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

Wuhan

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

Environment

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

Cruises

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

Ferries

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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“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.”

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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

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“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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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%)

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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

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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“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

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“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

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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

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Tallink, earns record amount

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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Gozo Channel dishes out €4.3 million in orders

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

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Mumbai to build a new cruise terminal

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

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Genoa: cruises to grow in 2018

Genoa - The port of Genoa closed December 2017 with a slight downward trend in cruise traffic and an essentially stable trend in ferry traffic.

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Port of Genoa: cruises to grow in 2018

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%)

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Cruises: 2018, year of the debutantes

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.

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Moby-Cin: no change on the job front

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

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Fighting waste: the Costa Crociere Food Bank

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

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Fincantieri picks up two more orders from MSC

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.

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First Meraviglia-Plus ship is named MSC Grandiosa

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.

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Blu Navy, increase in passengers

Genoa - The final overall figure is 584,000 passengers transported, a number that the company considers satisfactory and in line with initial forecasts.

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No one there to accept Genoa’s award

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

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Cruises rebound in 2018, but not in Genoa

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

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Venice ADSP: new studies for large cruise ships

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,”

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Cruise ships in Venice, pressure on Rome

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

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Fincantieri to build a next-generation ship for Cunard

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.

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Construction work begins on Costa Smeralda

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.

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7th Italian Cruise Day in Palermo

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.

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Chinese shadow cast over big cruise companies

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.

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Costa Crociere brings Victoria back to the Mediterranean

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.

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“Ferry Terminal grocer was a mafia boss”

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

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Alipay payment solution introduced on Norwegian Joy

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.