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Meyer Werft Lays Keel of Norwegian Bliss

Norwegian Cruise Line president and CEO Andy Stuart and MEYER WERFT managing partner Tim Meyer at the keel laying for Norwegian Bliss. (Photo: NCL

A keel laying ceremony was held for Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) new cruise ship Norwegian Bliss at the shipbuilder Meyer Werft’s facility in Papenburg, Germany.   During the ceremony, one of the keel blocks of the 167,800 gross ton vessel was lifted into the covered building hall, signifying a major milestone in the ship’s construction.

Lloyd's Register: Maritime Grows in the Americas

Mark Darley (Photo: Lloyd's Register)

As the global maritime market remains mired in a slump, Lloyd’s Register continues to expand rapidly in the Americas market where it sees green fields of opportunity. Mark Darley, President—Americas Marine for LR, recently sat with Maritime Reporter & Engineering News to explain the strategy to conduct

Florida Seaports See Continued Growth -Report

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“Florida seaports have demonstrated three straight years of growth in total cargo tonnage, including an increase of 4.2 percent in 2015/2016. This is in addition to a strong cruise sector, where Florida continues to be home to the top three cruise ports in the world,” said Doug Wheeler, president and CEO of the Florida Ports Council,

Peace Boat to Showcase Ecoship at Nor-Shipping

Ecoship (Photo: Nor-Shipping)

Peace Boat will showcase its plans for Ecoship, a unique concept cruise vessel, at Nor-Shipping 2017. The Japanese-based organization, which works to promote peace, human rights, sustainable development and respect for the environment, will take one of the largest spaces in the event’s exhibition Hall A,

Riverboat American Duchess to Launch in August

Artist rendering of American Duchess, the company’s latest riverboat (Image: American Queen Steamboat Company)

 The American Queen Steamboat Company, owner and operator of the American Queen and American Empress, will launch service on its new American Duchess when it sets sail from New Orleans on Aug. 14, 2017, following its christening a day earlier.   The all-suite, 166-guest American Duchess will be the

Costa Concordia Captain Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison

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The former captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Friday by Italy's highest court for his role in the 2012 shipwreck, which killed 32 people off the island of Giglio, a court official said. Francesco Schettino was originally found guilty in 2015 of manslaughter,

Mein Schiff 6 Makes Maiden Call in Kiel

Photo: Port of Kiel

The latest newbuilding to join TUI Cruises, Mein Schiff 6, has berthed in Kiel for the first time. Kiel is the ship’s first passenger port of call in Germany she has visited since she was handed over a few days ago in Turku, Finland.   The 99,000 GT, 295 m long cruise ship arrived in the Kiel fiord on Thursday,

Steel Cut for Hapag-Lloyd’s New Expedition Ship

(Photo: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises)

The first steel cut on May 9, 2017 at the VARD shipyard in Tulcea, Romania marks the official start of the construction of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ first of two new-build expedition ships.   In an official ceremony Karl J. Pojer, CEO of the luxury cruise operator, gave the official start signal for the construction process of HANSEATIC nature,

Meyer Turku Delivers Mein Schiff 6 for TUI

Photo: Meyer Turku

Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku said it has delivered the newly built cruise ship Mein Schiff 6, the fourth in a series for Germany’s TUI Cruises.   “We are very happy about the delivery of Mein Schiff 6 in time and excellent quality,” said TUI Cruises CEO, Wybcke Meier. “With this ship we can again

Dedication Ceremony Kicks off Boston Cruise Season

Photo: Massport

In a ceremony not far from the docks where former Mayor of Boston and U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Raymond L. Flynn once worked as a young man, Governor Charlie Baker, elected officials, community members and children from South Boston, and Massport officially dedicated The Flynn Cruiseport Boston at The Black Falcon Terminal.

Meyer Turku Reports Larger 2016 Profit

Photo: Meyer Turku

Shipbuilder Meyer Turku reported a net profit of 25 million euros ($27.4 million), or 3.2 percent of revenue, in 2016, rising from 15 million euros ($16.5 million) in 2015.   The Finish shipyard, which specializes in cruise ship and large passenger vessels, said it has seen been on a “good and economically

Royal Caribbean Will Return to New Orleans

Vision of the Seas (Photo: Royal Caribbean International)

Royal Caribbean International announced it will return to New Orleans with a seasonal home-based cruise ship in late 2018. The 915-foot Vision of the Seas will sail seven-night itineraries to destinations across the Bahamas and Yucatan Peninsula from the Port of New Orleans’ Julia Street Cruise Terminal.

NCL Makes Inaugural Call to Cuba

Norwegian Sky in Havana (Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line)

 Norwegian Cruise Line’s first ship to sail to Cuba, Norwegian Sky, has made her maiden call in the capital city of Havana.   “Today is a momentous day for Norwegian Cruise Line, our guests and our travel agent partners, as we open our doors to Cuba’s natural beauty, warm people and historical treasures,

RCL Announces Share Buyback Plan

Photo: Royal Caribbean Cruises

 Royal Caribbean Cruises has announced board authorization for a $500 million share repurchase program.   The company said that it received board approval to implement a program to repurchase up to $500 million of its common stock.  The plan will include opportunistic open market purchases over the coming periods.

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