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