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ACL to Launch Riverboat Pair in 2021

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American Cruise Lines announced that it will launch two additional modern riverboats for the 2021 season. Construction is already underway on the new riverboats and will ramp up as American Jazz, the Line’s third modern riverboat, is readied for its 2020 debut in New Orleans.The two riverboats

Seven Seas Splendor Named in Miami

(L-R) Captain Serena Melani; Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ President and Chief Executive Officer, Jason Montague; President and Chief Executive Officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., Frank Del Rio; Seven Seas Splendor Godmother Christie Brinkley; and Cruise Director of Seven Seas Splendor, John Barron watch as the iconic champagne smash officially christens Seven Seas Splendor. (Photo: Business Wire)

Godmother and international icon Christie Brinkley named Seven Seas Splendor in a star-studded ceremony during black-tie festivities Friday evening at PortMiami.The Luxury ocean cruise line Regent Seven Seas Cruises stated that Seven Seas Splendor is the sister of 2016's Seven Seas Explorer."Every ship we launch gets even better,

Fourth Diamond Princess Passenger Dies from Coronavirus

Diamond Princess (File photo: Princess Cruises)

A fourth passenger from the cruise ship Diamond Princess moored in Japan has died from the coronavirus, NHK public television said on Tuesday. The passenger was in their 80s, NHK said.Japan has come under fire for its handling of the situation on the cruise ship, which is operated by Carnival Corp (CCL.

80 Filipinos Test Positive for Coronavirus on Diamond Princess

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Philippine citizens infected with coronavirus on cruise ship rises to 80, others fly homeThe Philippines said on Tuesday that the number of its citizens who had tested positive for the coronavirus on a cruise ship docked in a Japanese port had risen to 80, as 400 others arrived back home.The Philippines’

Japanese Doctor Blasts Ship Quarantine

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A Japanese infectious disease specialist has castigated his government's handling of quarantine on a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship, saying it was run by "bureaucrats" who stoked the crisis by failing to follow basic protocols.Kentaro Iwata of Kobe University Hospital took his criticism to YouTube

American from MS Westerdam Tests Positive for Coronavirus

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An American passenger from a cruise ship that docked in Cambodia has tested positive for the new coronavirus a second time in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia said on Sunday, after the cruise firm and Cambodian authorities sought further tests.The 83-year-old woman was the first passenger from the MS Westerdam,

Australia to Evacuate 200+ Citizens from Diamond Princess

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Australia will evacuate more than 200 of its citizens onboard a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship being held under quarantine in the Japanese port of Yokohama, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday.Morrison said the passengers will depart on Wednesday and will be taken to Australia's tropical north,

National Geographic Endurance Completes Sea Trials

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Lindblad Expeditions’ National Geographic Endurance successfully completed its first sea trials in Storfjorden, the entrance to Norway’s Geirangerfjord.The next-generation expedition ship is a purpose-built for polar navigation and the first polar new build for Lindblad Expeditions.During the trials,

Cruise Industry Seeks to Limit Coronavirus Risks

Norwegian Spirit (Photo: Norwegian Cruise Lines)

The plight of the cruise ship off Japan with more than 200 coronavirus infections and the shunning of another by five ports despite no known cases has led to a sharp change in tack for an industry in shock: avoid Asia.To that end, many cruises in the region are being cancelled while others currently sailing are being re-routed,

44 New Coronavirus Cases on Diamond Princess

Diamond Princess (Photo: Princess Cruises)

Japanese health officials said there have been 44 new positive tests for the novel coronavirus on board the Diamond Princess, raising the total number of confirmed cases to 218 aboard the cruise ship currently quarantined in Yokohama.Princess Cruises' Diamond Princess, owned by Miami-based Carnival Corp,

Cruise Ship Stranded by Virus Fears Docks in Cambodia

MS Westerdam (Photo: Holland America Line)

Cambodia has agreed to allow a cruise ship, that has been turned away by five countries over fears that someone aboard may have the coronavirus, to dock and disembark its passengers, the Holland America Line said.The MS Westerdam, which has 1,455 passengers and 802 crew on board, docked at the Cambodian port of Sihanoukville on Thursday,

Fincantieri Delivers Virgin Voyages' Scarlet Lady

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Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri said it has presented Scarlet Lady, the first of four new cruise ships it is building for new cruise ship operator Virgin Voyages, part of Richard Branson’s Virgin Group.The 110,00-gross-ton Scarlet Lady, constructed at the builder's shipyard in Genoa Sestri Ponente, is 278 meters long and 38 meters wide.

Coronavirus Cases Rise on Cruise Ship Marooned off Japan

Diamond Princess (File photo: Carnival Corp.)

Dozens more people onboard a cruise ship quarantined in the port of Yokohama, Japan, tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday and thousands of passengers remained confined to their cabins, only allowed on deck briefly for fresh air.The Diamond Princess, owned by Miami-based Carnival Corp, was placed

Hong Kong Checks Quarantined Ship for Virus

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Hong Kong authorities quarantined a cruise ship for a second day on Thursday as they checked thousands of passengers and crew for the new coronavirus, forbidding anyone from disembarking to prevent further spreading of the epidemic.Authorities said 33 crew members on the World Dream had developed respiratory

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