The Asian giant

Genting Hong Kong holds first creditors' meeting

Hong Kong - Genting Hong Kong held its first creditors meeting Monday as it pursues a restructuring. Leading up to the virtual meeting, the company paid bank fees that were due last week.Previously, Genting HK reported missing the payment of €3.7m in bank fees relating to newbuilds "Global Dream" and a sister vessel

Italian market

Covid-19, Costa Cruises will test passengers

To obtain certification from RINA, specific training modules for crews have been created in strict compliance with the new health protocols and with the associated shipboard management system implemented by Costa

By the end of July

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises to resume cruise operations

Hamburg - Germany-based Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has announced plans to commence sailing by the end of this month with the implementation of hygiene and preventive measures. The cruises will first begin from Hamburg on the "Europa 2" luxury ship and the "Hanseatic" inspiration expedition ship

The sip was built in 2000

P&O Cruises has sold the "Oceana"

Southampton - P&O Cruises announced that the "Oceana" has been sold and will leave the fleet. It makes the 2000-built 2,016-guest ship the first "modern" cruise ship sold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A buyer or a sales price was not named. P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: “Whilst we and many of our guests will miss "Oceana", her departure will allow us to focus on our remaining ships in the fleet"

The project

Costa Crociere, the cruise terminal in Genoa ready before 2025

The terminal, which could be designed by the world-renowned architect Renzo Piano, will be built in the area of ​​the ancient port, the most prestigious area of ​​the city, a few hundred meters from the largest historical center in Europe

Tourism and Covid-19

Spain maintains ban on cruise ships

Spain is to uphold a ban on cruise liners from docking at its ports to stop the spread of COVID-19, according to a ministerial order published on Saturday

The statement

CLIA: cruise lines extend suspension of operations from US ports until mid-September

Miami - “Due to the ongoing situation within the U.S. related to COVID-19, CLIA member cruise lines have decided to voluntarily extend the period of suspended passenger operations,” the association said in a statement. “It is increasingly clear that more time will be needed to resolve barriers to resumption in the United States.”

14 ships are involved

Filipino crew files lawsuit against Royal Caribbean Cruises in Miami

Miami - Filipino crew members on Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Celebrity ships have moved to federal court, demanding immediate repatriation by the company. Ryan Maunes Maglana filed a lawsuit, on behalf of all Filipino crew on Celebrity’s 14 ships, in a federal court in Miami on May 21. He said he and his co-workers have been held against their will without pay for more than two months


Virgin Voyages cancels cruises through October 15

Miami - Virgin Voyages, the new adults only cruise line that was originally scheduled to debut this spring, will now sail its first cruise on October 16, 2020. Virgin Voyages has canceled all cruises through October 15, 2020. The cruise line has also rescheduled the Richard’s Birthday Bash sailing for July 14th, 2021

State aid

UK presents support package to protect its ferry routes

London - The United Kingdom government has introduced a multimillion-pound coronavirus support package to keep the flow of goods and services running smoothly in and out of the UK, and around the country, throughout the pandemic

The project

Wärtsilä to design Amundsen Expeditions’ cruise ship newbuilds

Helsinki - Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has received an order to devpelop a design for up to six new luxury expedition cruise vessels to be owned and operated by Amundsen Expeditions. As informed, the 200-passenger newbuilds are primarily intended for the growing Chinese market


Australia tells cruise ships to leave

Australia ordered two cruise ships to leave its waters on Thursday, after a liner that docked in Sydney Harbour last week became the primary source of infection in the country’s coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus effect

Carnival warns of loss, moves to shore up liquidity

Miami - Carnival Corp., the largest player in a cruise industry reeling from the effects of the coronavirus, said it expects a loss this fiscal year and is taking steps to improve liquidity. The efforts include cutting investments and expenses and looking for additional financing, Carnival said in a statement Monday

Port of Genoa

Coronavirus epidemic, Italy turns a ferry to hospital

The project was born from the collaboration between Gnv / Msc and the Rina group. It would take 10 days to transform the first ferry into a hospital. The Coronavirus epidemic is devastating the Italian economy and has already killed nearly 700 people

Green Deal

Amsterdam's boats go electric ahead of 2025 diesel ban

The century-old Amsterdam canal boat "Gerarda Johanna" looks like a classic with wood paneling, but beneath its floorboards lies a high-tech underbelly: rows of lithium ion batteries, 66 in all, with an electric drive train powering its propeller.

Diamond Princess

Mattarella nomina Commendatore il comandante Arma

"In considerazione del suo esemplare comportamento, il Presidente della Repubblica ha conferito motu proprio l'onorificenza di Commendatore al Merito della Repubblica Italiana al Comandante della Diamond Princess Gennaro Arma". Lo comunica il Quirinale in una nota

Il coronavirus

Crociere, soffrono i big del settore: a picco le prenotazioni

"Vittima eccellente" del coronavirus, il settore crocieristico sta soffrendo più di altri: quello che preoccupa è la situazione estiva, e soprattutto per il Mediterraneo dove le prenotazioni per l’estate 2021 e 2022 sono diminuite già del 40%.

China pneumonia outbreak

Coronavirus concerns loom over cruise industry

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


Passengers face two weeks on virus-hit cruise ship off Japan

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


Boat protesters in Venice take on damage from big ships

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


Carnival Group to receive 16 new ships by 2025

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


Finnlines orders new RoPax ships in China

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

cruise and ferries

Virgin’s “Scarlet Lady” completes sea trials

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

cruise and ferries

Duferco revamps Venis Cruise project

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

cruise and ferries

New LNG-hybrid vessels for Seaspan Ferries

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

cruise and ferries

Ancona will host the fourth edition of the Adriatic Sea Forum

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.

cruise and ferries

“Venice Port: dredging should start immediately” / INTERVIEW

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.”

cruise and ferries

Industry optimism high at Seatrade 2019

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

cruise and ferries

“Costa Luminosa” docks at Mumbai Port

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

cruise and ferries

Twenty expedition ships on delivery within 2020

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

cruise and ferries

On board Costa Venezia, the ship that brings Italy to China

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.

cruise and ferries

Asian cruises pioneer Costa deploys “Venice” in China / FOCUS

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

cruise and ferries

Finnlines: a next-generation ro-pax concept

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

cruise and ferries

Travelling with “AidaNova” / GALLERY

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

cruise and ferries

Asian cruise market growth continues

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%)

cruise and ferries

GNV: negative net results of 9.8 million

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

cruise and ferries

“Venis Cruise”, Appeal By Authority Rejected

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.

cruise and ferries

Carnival opens the Helix Center in Barcelona

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.

cruise and ferries

Carnival Spirit departs Sydney for drydock

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.

cruise and ferries

Greek seamen to hold 24-hour strike on April 18

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.

cruise and ferries

Corsica Ferries, the Balearics route

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

cruise and ferries

“NeoClassica” joins Bahamas Paradise / GALLERY

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

cruise and ferries

“Viking Sun” named in Shanghai

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

cruise and ferries

Vodohod orders new ship, refurbishes 3 others

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

cruise and ferries

Tallink, earns record amount

London - The group’s highest ever number of passengers in one year – over 9.8 million – significantly increased the revenue.

cruise and ferries

Carnival orders third new ship for AIDA Cruises

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

cruise and ferries

MSC Cruises coming to Japan

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.

cruise and ferries

Msc Group and Onorato to build mega cruise ferries in China

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.