CRUISES

Costa Firenze and Costa Venezia will join the Carnival fleet

“We are excited to see these iconic Costa ships make their debut in the US under the leadership and operation of our sister brand. Costa providing its beautiful ships with their Italian design and Carnival delivering FUN, Italian Style!” Mario Zanetti, President Costa Cruises said

All 10 ships in operation

Silversea Cruises completese its full return to service

Silversea’s entire 10-ship fleet has now re-entered service. Since "Silver Moon" first set sail on June 18, 2021, Silversea has led the global restart of ultra-luxury cruising, successfully welcoming guests around the world

After the "Msc Seaside" case

Six drug smugglers arrested posing as cruise passengers

Santos - For the second time in weeks, Brazilian drug smugglers posing as cruise passengers were arrested while attempting to transport cocaine between Brazil and Europe. The latest group was intercepted boarding a cruise ship departing for a transatlantic cruise

Vegas, Macau and now Dubai

Global casinos raise bets on gambling in the Gulf

It's been the subject of quiet speculation among diplomats and executives for years, but now global casino bosses are setting their sights on a once improbable prize: gambling in the United Arab Emirates Ras Al Khaimah (RAK), one of the smaller and lesser-known of the seven emirates

security

Another P&O; ferry seized on disrupted Dover-Calais route

“I think certainly this weekend will be extremely busy on our roads, potentially at our ports, particularly at Dover, where P&O disgracefully sacked all their staff,” Britain’s Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told BBC Radio.

After company's default

Genting Hong Kong's unfinished "Global Dream" cruise ship attracts investors

Berlin - Billionaire Lim Kok Thay is among several investors interested in purchasing the "Global Dream" mega luxury liner that was under construction at Genting Hong Kong's now-insolvent shipbuilder, MV Werften in Germany. Several serious interested parties are in talks to buy the unfinished ship, said Mr Christoph Morgen, the German court-appointed provisional insolvency administrator for the shipbuilder

"Wonder of the Seas"

Royal Caribbean takes delivery of new world’s largest cruise ship

Royal Caribbean has taken delivery of the "Wonder of the Seas" from the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in France. At 236,857 gross registered tonnes (grt), the ship is biggest cruise ship ever built. It is the fifth installment in Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class

After first filing for bankruptcy in Germany

Cruise operator Genting Hong Kong asks Court of Bermuda to wind up company

Hong Kong - After first filing for bankruptcy for its cruise shipyards in Germany - MV Werften and Lloyd Werft - Genting Hong Kong has also asked the Supreme Court of Bermuda to wind up the parent company and put it in the hands of liquidators. In a statement, the company says it will run out of cash by the end of January at the latest

As funding dries up

Genting Hong Kong looks to liquidation

Hong Kong - Troubled cruise operator Genting Hong Kong warned it may seek court assistance to safeguard its assets, after failing to secure funding to help it stay afloat following the insolvency of its German shipbuilding subsidiary, Bloomberg reports

At world's biggest gambling hub

Macau casinos to stop junkets

Hong Kong - Macau's gaming regulator has ordered junket operators in the world's largest gambling hub to stop offering credit to customers, according to brokerage firm Bernstein. Macau's Gaming Inspection and Co-ordination Bureau (DICJ) has ordered the operators, who bring big-spending clients from mainland China to VIP rooms in Macau casinos, often with loans to gamble with, to stop offering credit

For next year

Croatia's tourism sector short of one-third of workforce

Zagreb - Croatia's tourist facilities face a shortage of up to one-third of their workforce next year, head of the national association of biggest tourist firms Veljko Ostojic said on Friday. Croatia's tourist industry, largely focused on the summer months on the popular Adriatic coast, accounts to almost 20% of the country's gross domestic product (GDP) and many seasonal workers can earn more in other countries

cruises

Life on board the MSC Yacht Club, between luxury and discretion

The Yacht Club is a real ship within a ship. Concierge available 24 hours a day, private butler, possibility to have lunch and dinner by choosing the time, priority access to theater shows, but also restaurants, elevators and private bars, as well as swimming pools and Jacuzzis.

Vaccination surge encourages sector

Russians' return boosts Turkish tourism prospects

Istanbul - Thousands of Russian tourists began arriving in Turkey on Tuesday, boosting hopes for its tourism sector after a two-month suspension in flights imposed by Moscow due to concerns about a surge in COVID-19 cases in April

Over summer

EU countries clear plan to ease cross-border tourism

Brussels - European Union countries agreed on Friday to an easing of travel restrictions over summer that will allow fully vaccinated tourists to avoid tests or quarantines and broaden the list of EU regions from which it is safe to travel. Ambassadors from the 27 EU member states approved a modified European Commission proposal that people who have been fully vaccinated for 14 days should be able to travel freely from one EU country to another

tourism

Spain to welcome back international cruises from June 7

"Shipping companies will have to comply with measures established by the health ministry... to guarantee total security, both for cruise passengers and for the cities where they land," the transport ministry tweeted on Saturday.

In Italy

Venice cruise ship ban passed

Rome - The Italian Lower House on Wednesday gave definitive approval to a decree banning cruise ships from mooring in Venice. The decree was passed by 370 votes to 16 with 29 abstentions. Cruise ships have been stopped from landing in the centre of Venice

Amid pandemic

Spectre of another lost tourism season haunts emerging markets

London - Fresh outbreaks of COVID-19 and travel curbs are deterring tourists from flocking back to Thailand's beaches and Turkey's bazaars, stalling a recovery in tourism, a crucial source of foreign currency and a large employer for many emerging markets. Global tourism suffered its worst year ever in 2020

First ship on schedule: "MSC Seaside"

Global Ports Holding awarded Taranto cruise port

Taranto - Global Ports Holding, the largest independent terminal operator cruises globally, is now the new concessionaire for traffic support and support services port cruises of Taranto. The international holding will act through the subsidiaries Port Operation Holding and Global Ports Melita. Taranto Cruise Port will have in concession, for the next 20 years, a part of the maritime state-owned areas and assets located on the San Cataldo pier

Mangiarotti (MedCruise)

"Mediterranean needs a single health protocol" / INTERVIEW

Cagliari - Valeria Mangiarotti, lawyer, has recently been vice-president of MedCruise, the association that brings together the cruise ports of the Mediterranean, under the new mandate of Aris Batsoulis. Not entirely a new entry, that of Mangiarotti, who had already held this position in the past. COVID 19  and environment in her agenda

Fight against the virus

Fincantieri intalls air sanitation system on MSC ships

Trieste - Fincantieri, in close cooperation with the virology lab of the International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, ICGEB, has developed an innovative next-generation air sanitation system called "Safe Air", which will further significantly improve the quality and cleanliness of the air on board cruise ships

More than $ 50 billion loss

UN agencies support resumption of cruise ship operations

London - The International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) have expressed their support for the safe resumption of cruise ship operations following the COVID-19 pandemic. In a joint statement, the organizations also encouraged their member states and relevant national and local authorities to designate all seafarers and marine personnel within their jurisdictions as key workers

With Costa Cruises

The era of eco fuel for ships begins also in Italy

La Spezia - It took five hours yesterday to complete the first refueling of LNG in Italy on the quay, from ship to ship. La Spezia, the only national port to make the operation possible, will be replicated in three weeks. Always with "Costa Smeralda", the flagship of the Genoese company, which points its bow on the Gulf of Poets every Sunday until mid-November

With "Serena"

Costa may have green light for December Asia start

Genova - Is Costa Cruises mounting a comeback in Asia? It would appear so, as multiple Taiwan-based travel agencies have listed departures aboard the "Costa Serena" out of Taiwanese homeports this coming December. Pulled from service in China in January, the Asia-based "Serena" has been sitting idle since

From Meyer Werft

P&O Cruises takes delivery of its new LNG-powered flagship

Papenburg - German shipbuilder Meyer Werft has handed over "Iona", a 180,000-ton LNG-powered cruise ship, to the British shipping company P&O Cruises. With the delivery, the new flagship of the cruise line will be integrated into the P&O Cruises fleet in order to be ready for service when the Biritsh cruise industry restarts

Cruises in the time of the coronavirus

Inside the "Costa Deliziosa" bubble / REPORTAGE

Trieste - Is it possible to return to travel carefree without worries about the world health situation? The answer is yes, thanks to the new models of protected cruises that aim to create a "security bubble" on board. We tried this experience aboard "Costa Deliziosa" during her second voyage after the resumption of operations

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

Coronavirus

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

Covid-19

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

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