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Cruise Ship Construction: China Rising

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China earns cruise newbuild business, aims for ship financeWhile China has steadily built shipbuilding market share, cruise ship construction –  more specifically mastering the logistical complexities inherent in cruise ship design, outfit and construction – has proved elusive. But it appears that Chinese shipbuilders have turned the corner,

21 Graduate from Webb Institute

The 2018 graduating class of the WEBB Institute (CREDIT: WEBB Institute)

On Saturday, June 16, 2018, Webb Institute awarded 21 Bachelor of Science degrees at its 122nd Commencement Ceremony. Each graduating student received a dual degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.     Webb’s commencement ceremony included inspirational remarks from Webb’s President R.

MSC Cruises Orders Another Newbuild at STX France

(File photo: MSC Cruises)

MSC Cruises has ordered a fifth Meraviglia class cruise ship at STX France. Due to be delivered in 2023, the vessel will be equipped with a new generation of dual-fuel engines designed to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG).The agreement for the new Meraviglia-Plus vessel represents an additional investment of €900 million (approximately $1.

Royal Caribbean Buys $1 Bln Stake in Silversea Cruises

Manfredi Lefebvre D’Ovidio (left) shakes hands with Richard D. Fain after signing a deal that gives Royal Caribbean a 66.7 percent stake in Silversea (Photo: Silversea Cruises)

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL.N) said on Thursday it would buy a 66.7 percent stake in privately owned Silversea Cruises for about $1 billion to add ultra-luxury and expedition cruises to its fleet.Silversea Cruises, which has nine ships, sails to destinations including Antarctica, the Arctic and Greenland,

New Cruise Terminal for Brisbane

Image: Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd

 A new international cruise terminal will be operating in Brisbane within two years after Port of Brisbane and Carnival Australia announced they had reached a commercial agreement.   The Brisbane International Cruise Terminal (BICT) at Luggage Point will be operating by mid-2020 and is expected to

Carnival Scoops Up Port, Rail and Retail Operations in Alaska

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A subsidiary of Carnival Corporation has reached a deal to purchase port, railroad and retail operations that form a gateway to the Klondike Gold Rush region, in a major push into the Alaskan tourism industry.Carnival, the world’s largest cruise and leisure travel company, announced Thursday it has

Cruise Ship Viking Orion Delivered

Viking Orion, the fifth oceangoing cruise ship for owner Viking Cruises, was delivered June 7 from Fincantieri's shipyard in Ancona (Photo: Fincantieri)

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has delivered the fifth cruise ship in a series of oceangoing newbuilds for ship owner Viking Cruises. The new vessel, Viking Orion, was delivered today from the builder’s shipyard in Ancona.Viking Orion, as its four preceding sister ships, fits into the small cruise ship segment,

SunStone Orders Third Expedition Ship from China

3D rendering of an Infinity class ship (Image: SunStone Ships)

SunStone Ships, Inc. announced it has finalized an agreement with shipbuilder China Merchants Industry Holdings Co. Ltd. to build a third Infinity class expedition cruise vessel, to be named Ocean Victory. The newbuild is scheduled to be delivered in March 2021.SunStone’s President & CEO, Niels-Erik Lund,

Fincantieri Delivers MSC Seaview

MSC Seaview is the latest cruise ship built by Fincantieri for MSC Cruises (Photo: Fincantieri)

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri delivered the newly constructed cruise ship MSC Seaview to owner MSC Cruises during a ceremony Monday in Monfalcone.Following fresh on the heels of sister ship MSC Seaside delivered last November, MSC Seaview is the second ship to be built by Fincantieri for MSC Cruises in six months.

MSC Seaview Comes into Service

Photo:  MSC Cruises S.A.

 With just a few days to go until MSC Seaview comes into service, excitement is reaching an all-time high among cruise guests, travel agent partners, port officials and the broader industry.    While a nearly 4000-strong team at the Fincantieri shipyard is working 24/7 around the clock to put the

Cruise Industry Beat 2017 Passenger Projections

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The ocean cruise ship industry surpassed 2017 passenger projections, reaching 26.7 million cruise passengers globally up from a projection of 25.8 million, according to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).For 2018, based on the new vessel launch schedule and expected regional deployment,

Meyer Turku Floats Out New Mein Schiff 2

Mein Schiff 2 (Photo: Meyer Turku Shipyard)

A month after the delivery of New Mein Schiff 1, the next ship in line, New Mein Schiff 2, has been floated out at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland. New Mein Schiff 2 will be delivered to the customer, German TUI Cruises, early next year.The timetable for the construction of the ship shows how Turku

Costa Cruises to Grow Capacity by 43 Percent by 2021

Photo: Costa Cruises

 Costa Cruises is continuing to expand and renew its fleet of ships flying the Italian flag. At Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard, construction has begun on a new 135,500-ton ship with 2,116 cabins, due for delivery in 2020. Like its twin Costa Venezia, it will be designed specifically for the Chinese market.

MSC Cruises Plans MSC Seaview Christening on June 9

Photo: MSC Cruises S.A.

 In just over two weeks, MSC Cruises will christen their newest cruise ship. MSC Seaview.  MSC Seaview is the second Seaside class ship from the cruise line.    With just 15 days until the Christening of MSC Cruises’ new state-of-the-art flagship MSC Seaview, the leading cruise company in Europe announced 

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