The rapid spread of the coronavirus disease is taking a toll on the $46 billion global ocean cruise industry. Many see Asia as a potential growth area for cruise tourism
U.S. President Donald Trump has thanked Cambodia for taking in the castaway cruise ship MS Westerdam in a rare message to a country that is one of China’s closest allies and has often been at odds with Washington
Vietnam has denied two cruise ships permission to dock due to fears of coronavirus infections on board, Vietnamese state media and a cruise operator reported on Friday
Thailand has barred passengers from Holland America’s cruise ship MS Westerdam from disembarking. The Netherlands-flagged ship was sailing off the southern coast of Vietnam
Dozens more people on a cruise ship quarantined in a Japanese port tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday and thousands of passengers remained confined to their cabins, only allowed on deck briefly for fresh air
Around 3,700 people are facing at least two weeks locked away on a cruise liner anchored off Japan after health officials confirmed on Wednesday that 10 people on the ship had tested positive for coronavirus and more cases were possible
Hong Kong was testing over 1,800 passengers and crew on a cruise ship for a coronavirus that originated in Wuhan
Some 6,000 people are being kept on board an Italian cruise ship as tests are carried out on two Chinese passengers suspected of having caught coronavirus
In preparations to host the 2022 World Cup, Qetaifan Projects, a Katara Hospitality owned company signed a memorandum of understanding with Admares
Hundreds of people in small rowing boats protested in front of Venice’s St Mark’s Square on Sunday to denounce what they say is a proliferation of motor boats that have crowded the waters of the lagoon city
The Piraeus Port Authority, a subsidiary of China’s Cosco Shipping Group, anticipates a further increase in 2020, according to Deputy Manager for Public and Investor Relations Nektarios Demenopoulos
Carnival Corporation, the world's largest leisure travel company, said it will launch four new cruise ships in 2020 across four of its global cruise line brands – Iona for P&O Cruises UK, Britain's favorite cruise line
After the order of three hybrid sto/ro ultra large green vessels at Jinling Shipyard back in 2018, Finnlines is pleased to announce that it has recently signed an order for two ro-pax vessels from China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Weihai), previously known as AVIC Weihai. Today, both shipyards are part of China Merchants Group
Genova - “Scarlet Lady”,the first Virgin Voyages’ cruise ship under construction at the Fincantier-Sestri Ponente shipyard, has successfully completed sea trials carried out in recent weeks. This is a fundamental step in the construction of a ship
Genoa - Now that the Council of State has rejected the appeal by the Venice Port Authority, and that a new government is about to settle in Rome, the “Venis Cruise” project, for a new cruise terminal in Venice outside its lagoon
Mangalia - Canadian transport provider Seaspan Ferries will be adding two new liquid natural gas (LNG) – battery hybrid ferries to its fleet in 2021. The 149-meter-long vessels will be constructed by Damen Shipyards Gorinchem at their Mangalia Shipyard in Romania, with construction scheduled to begin in 2019
Ancona - Thursday 30th and Friday 31st Ancona will welcome operators from Albania, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Slovenia and all Italian region facing Adriatic See for a the two-day opportunity for discussion, business networking and an in-depth study of the cruise, ferry and nautical sector.
Venice - “Without dredging, the port of Venice is blocked. We have been waiting too long for the approval from the Interregional Authority for Public Works, which hasn’t come: the situation is critical, and we are suffering as a result.”
Anchorage - Federal investigators are due in Alaska on Tuesday to try to find out why two sightseeing planes collided in mid-air over open water during daylight hours, killing at least four tourists.
Miami - Having just completed another record year, optimism remains high in the cruise industry as the business leaders, port and government officials, suppliers and other vendors all gather for one of the industry’s largest business conferences - Seatrade Cruise Global 2019 in Miami, Florida
Mumbai - Costa Cruises, the first and only international cruise company to offer regular cruises directly from Mumbai to Cochin, Cochin to Maldives, Maldives to Mumbai, confirmed its strong interest in developing the Indian cruise market, by just completing their third successful India season
Oslo - Cruise vessel had 1,373 passengers and crew. Vessel nearly ran aground as engines failed.
Oslo - Passenger airlift suspended as tow begins. Stricken vessel heads towards Norwegian port.
New York - With around 20 expedition ships entering the cruise market between 2018 and 2020, over 10 in 2019, travellers are setting sights on destinations that were previously out of reach, some only accessible now by cruise ship
Genoa - It will offer a series of unprecedented innovations created specifically for Chinese customers, which will introduce guests to Italian culture, lifestyle and excellence, beginning with the interior, which is inspired by the city of Venice.
Monfalcone - It is the symbol of Made in Italy exported to China. And for Fincantieri and Costa it was a week of great celebrations distributed in the hubs of Monfalcone and Trieste with the delivery of Costa Venezia, the first ship of the Genoese company expressly built for the Asian market
Naples - Finnish RoRo and passenger services operator Finnlines, part of the Grimaldi Group, is designing and developing a new roll-on/roll-off passenger (RoPax) concept. The new class of ships, named Superstar, will be bigger than the company’s existing Star class which represents the largest ships in the Finnlines’ fleet
Santa Cruz de Tenerife - And where is the smoke? This is the first impression after a trip between Canary Islands and Madeira with “AidaNova”. In fact, no special emissions were ever noticed by the smokestack of the new flagship of Aida Kreuzfahrten during the stay on board
London - The crews searched for about 83 hours, covering 3,707 square miles.
Koblenz - The Koblenz Higher Regional Court recently confirmed that tour operators cannot be held liable by cruise passengers for gym injuries sustained during large swells
Genoa - Yesterday, at the Palacrociere terminal, the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority and Costa Cruises signed the renewal of the contract to extend until 2044 the concession to the Italian company.
Genoa - “Kilic 1” was in serious distress due to a fire onboard.
Genoa - The Italian Ministry of Transportation, has refused to renew the concession to operate a fast maritime passenger transport service on the Messina-Reggio Calabria route.
Genoa - The first of this highly-innovative new generation of ships will come into service in Spring 2023 .
Genoa - The video published on the social networks by the Tunisian crew of the Ulysse ferry, which collided last Sunday with the Csl Virginia containership, is provoking controversy.
Miami - Cruise vacations are growing increasingly popular in Asian markets, according to the latest report from trade association Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). Asian-sourced ocean cruise passenger numbers hit another record high in 2017 with more than four million taking an ocean cruise (up 20.6%)
Genova - The Board of Directors of GNV has approved the company’s results for 2017, which show the firm has yet again improved its financial performance, including revenues and assets. GNV recorded growth across all major performance indicators
Costa new flagship will be the first cruise ship to be marketed globally that will be fully powered by LNG.
Paris - The investigation comes after anti-graft group Anticor filed a complaint accusing the aide, Alexis Kohler, of influence-peddling and breaking conflict of interest rules over his ties to the Mediterranean Shipping Company while in public office.
Venice - The project, which was presented by the three companies in 2014, provides for the construction of a new cruise terminal at Bocca di Lido, from where passengers would then board smaller vessels and be taken to the Venice Maritime Station.
London - TUI narrows Q2 loss to 125 mln euros. Hotels and cruises profit drives first-half results.
Genoa - The ceremony of christening of the new ship of the MSC fleet, MSC Seaview, will take place in Genoa on June 9th.
Miami - Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest leisure travel company, on 5th May officially opened its second cruise terminal at the Port of Barcelona with an inauguration ceremony attended by government, business and community representatives.
Miami - The ship will emerge on June 6, sailing a 19-day cruise back to Sydney from Singapore, including rare ports of call for Carnival: Phuket, Bali (Benoa), Darwin and Airlie Beach.
Genoa - The new Costa Cruises flagship will be named in Savona on 3 November 2019.
Athens - The 24-hour strike was organised by Greece’s seamen federation (PNO).
Athens - Ferries will remain docked on Wednesday due to a 24-hour strike called by the Greek seamen’s federation (PNO) protesting a draft ministerial decision that will lift restrictions in cruise shipping.
New York - In an interview with Business Insider, Royal Caribbean CEO Michael Bayley said there isn’t much a cruise line can do to prevent a norovirus outbreak.
Genoa - Traffic grows in the first two months of the year, as passengers grew by 3% last year, considering only non-chartered flights.
Vado Ligure - Two weekly departures are scheduled, day or night trips, until the end of October on the Toulon-Alcudia line (Port located north-east of the island). Corsica Ferries continues its development through diversification with its offering of a new line to the Balearics
Monfalcone - The Italian flag was struck for the last time on board the “Costa neoClassica”. The Portuguese flag is now flying at the stern instead of the Italian merchant navy’s flag. This historic ship has thus forever left Costa Crociere’s fleet
Shanghai - Cruise liner company Viking has officially named its fourth ocean ship,“Viking Sun”, during a ceremony held on March 8, in Shanghai, China. The ship was delivered by Fincantieri on September 25, 2017 at the Ancona shipyard. Like its sister ships, Viking Sun is placed in the small cruise ship segment
Berlin - Russian river cruise line Vodohod has ordered a new ship for delivery in 2019 - and will significantly refurbish three others, the line announced at the ITB Travel Show in Berlin. The 338-passenger Prince Vladimir will offer 11-night sailings from Moscow to St Petersburg from May 2020 and will take the line’s fleet to 27
London - The group’s highest ever number of passengers in one year – over 9.8 million – significantly increased the revenue.
Miami - Carnival Corporation,the world’s largest leisure travel company, today announced it has signed a shipbuilding contract for a third next-generation cruise ship for its rapidly growing AIDA Cruises brand, the leading cruise line in Germany, which is the largest and fastest-growing cruise market in Europe
Genoa - “Shaping the Port of the Future. The social, economic and management challenges”: This is the title of the second Forum organized by The MediTelegraph and On the Mos Way.
Genoa - This year, MSC Cruises will once again be an exhibitor at Milan’s BIT Travel Fair; the cruise firm confirmed its participation, and has unveiled its Summer 2018 and Winter 2018/2019 programme.
Genoa - Msc Group and Onorato Armatori signed a contract today with Guangzhou Shipyard International Co. GSI and China Shipbuilding Trading Co., CSTC to build four 2,500-passenger, 3,765-lane meter luxury roll-on/roll-off luxury cruise ferries. The contract includes an option for four additional vessels.
La Valletta - Gozo Channel dished out €4.3 million worth of direct ordersbetween 2016 and the beginning of 2018, statistics in parliament show. The direct orders were mainly for maintenance and repairs on the Gozo ferries, as well as the subcontracting of workers
Genoa - With its Italian shipyards at full capacity, there’s the possibility of Vard. The Geneva-based cruise group is getting ready to enter the upper end of the market.
Rome - MS Europalink will start on our Malmö–Travemünde route.
Palermo - The winner of the competition will receive a prize of € 77,000, while the runner-up will receive € 21,000 in reimbursement for expenses.
Copenhagen - The number of Danish passengers onboard on cruise ships in Copenhagen has fallen from 14,126 to 6,332 over the last three years.
Mumbai - Construction work has commenced on a new cruise terminal at India’s Mumbai Port, which is being built with an investment of around Rs3bn ($47m). The terminal is set to be completed by June next year. The new facility will comprise a total area of 415,000ft2 and will be able to handle 200 ships
Genoa - The port of Genoa closed December 2017 with a slight downward trend in cruise traffic and an essentially stable trend in ferry traffic.
Genova - The port of Genoa closed December 2017 with a slight downward trendin cruise traffic and an essentially stable trend in ferry traffic. Looking at the total numbers of cruises and ferries, in 2017, 3,003,652 passengers were recorded versus 3,110,432 in 2016 (-106,780 passengers or -3.4%)
Trieste - The year that has just begun will have no shortage of cruise ship launches. All the major companies in the shipbuilding industry and some “new entries” will be working hard to deliver a total of 16 new vessels.
Genoa - Theship leaves from Venice: 106 days exploring the most interesting sights on 5 continents, crossing 3 oceans and visiting 41 fascinating destinations .
Barcelona - While tensions rise between Madrid and Barcelona, Tarragona and Palamos record three-digit growth.
London - A Philippine vessel capsized on Thursday because of bad weather.
Rome - Moby and Compagnia Italiana di Navigazione met last Monday in Rome,with Fedarlinea and the national secretariats of the trade union organisations Filt Cgil, Fit Cisl and Uiltrasporti in attendance. The meeting took place after a request from the trade unions
Genova - Costa Crociere and Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus will continue their collaboration to recover and socially recycle food surpluses produced on board cruise ships. A new chapter of the collaboration was introduced on board “Costa Diadema” during her call at Civitavecchia
Miami - Royal Caribbean International will add a second ship that sails a Cuba itinerary, along with two new Cuba destinations, starting in the summer of 2018.
Trieste - The new contract - worth a total of EUR 1.8 billion- was announced by Gianluigi Aponte, founder of MSC Cruises, in the presence of Fincantieri’s CEO Giuseppe Bono, the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, and of the Minister of Transport, Graziano Delrio.
Genoa - The coin ceremony was held at Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone (Italy). Costa Venezia will enter service in 2019, bringing new authentic Italian experience to Chinese guests.
Geneva - Under the €9 billion plan, six of a total of 11 new ships will have come into service between June 2017 and November 2020, resulting in a doubling of the MSC Cruises fleet capacity in just three and a half years.
Genoa - The maritime company GNV has announced the opening of a biweekly freight line between the ports of Trapani and Livorno.
Copenaghen - Twelve North African migrant stowaways have been repatriated after being stuck on a ferry sailing back and forth between Turkey and Ukraine for three months.
Moscow - Sea trips between Vladivostok, Russia and isolated North Korea have resumed after a two-month break, with the transport of cargo.
Genoa - The final overall figure is 584,000 passengers transported, a number that the company considers satisfactory and in line with initial forecasts.
Palermo - “And the prize for best destination goes to.... Genoa!”The phrase should have been more or less that, when the representatives of CLIA, the cruise line association, read the name of the winner for “best destination” for cruises in Italy in the middle of the institutional dinner
Palermo - Cruise ships will sail again in Italy, and next year Italian ports should see increases in the number of passengers. But not all: numbers at Genoa will stay unchanged, and will be overtaken by Savona in the country’s ranking
Venice - The Port System Authority of the Northern Adriatic Sea submitted a dossier containing all the studies and simulations prepared in recent months: “The analyses carried out show that there are solutions to resolve the age-old question of cruise ships in Venice, and they can be viable in a short time,”
Venice - The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA),whose power derives from the fact that it represents 95% of the companies in the cruise sector, is united behind the “Vittorio Emanuele III Canal” project as the solution to the five-year old problem of access to Venice for large cruise ships
Trieste - Fincantieri has built 78 cruise ships since 1990 (55 from 2002), 63 of which for Carnival’s different brands, while other 33, including agreements, are currently being designed or built in the Group’s yards, 9 of which for the shipowners of the American group.
London - Spirit of Adventure is expected to be delivered in Summer 2020, joining the Spirit of Discovery which sails in July 2019.
Soon to be unveiled an integrated hub with Marina di Carrara
Turku - The new Costa Cruises ship will be the brand’s first ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and the world’s first cruise ship to be broadly marketed to consumers from multiple countries throughout Europe.
THIS YEAR, the Italian Cruise Day will be held in Palermo on Friday, October 6th. The event is dedicated to the cruise sector and is organized by Risposte Turismo.
Autuori (President of Autuori Group): “Ships are used to transport motor cars, buses, and lorries, new and used”.
Genoa - Booms in Northern Europe, Australia and Alaska force a change of strategy. As the Asian market is struggling to take off, many companies revisit their schedule. Bayley (Royal Caribbean): “Short-Term Decisions”. But perplexities remain.
Trieste - The ship is set to come into service in June 2018, just six months after MSC Seaside will first come into service in December 2017 with her Grand Voyage from Trieste, Italy to Miami, USA in December 2017.
Split - The vessel shall be available for first customers as per the Arctic season in March 2019.
Genoa - As it waits for the arrival of the new ships ordered for Costa Crociere and Costa Asia, the Italian company has repositioned Costa Victoria in the Mediterranean and has announced the sale of Costa neoClassica.
Despite the old tensions, the island is an oasis of peace in an area that is always on edge. This is what DP World is now betting on.
Vienna - Almost 200 passengers and crew on a cruise along the Danube river had to be evacuated from their vessel on Monday when a blaze broke out on board, the Austrian fire service said.
Miami - Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCC), a renowned global leader in the cruise segment, has signed a deal with NAVTOR to install the innovative NavBox solution across its entire corporate fleet of 49 vessels.
Genoa - Arrested at the Ferry Terminal,in the lorry from which he sold his typical preserved meats and cheeses. According to the District Anti-Mafia Directorate, his name is Santo Giuseppe Aligi, he is 48, from Reggio Calabria, and anything but a parvenu
Shanghai - With more than 450 million users, Alipay is China, and the world’s, leading online and mobile payment platform, one that significantly enhances the payment platform lineup on Norwegian Joy.