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Three milestones for Royal class ships in Fincantieri shipyards, confirmation of LNG newbuilds

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Top Headlines

A special event took place today at the Monfalcone shipyard: Fincantieri and Princess Cruises, a brand under Carnival Corporation & plc, celebrated three construction milestones of three Royal class ships, currently in different construction phases.

The day began with the live broadcast of the steel cutting for the sixth and last Royal-class ship, still unnamed, from the shipyard of Castellammare di Stabia (Naples). The section, once completed, will be transported by sea to the yard in Monfalcone, where the ship will be completed in 2022.

Later, in Monfalcone, the keel laying of Enchanted Princess, the fifth unit of the same class to be delivered in 2020, was celebrated. The event was attended, among others, by Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia group president, and Luigi Matarazzo, Senior Executive Vice President Merchant Ships Business Unit of Fincantieri.

Finally, the celebration in honor of the recent Sky Princess float out took place. Set to join the fleet by the end of the year, the ship is the fourth unit after Royal, Regal, and Majestic, which all took the sea from the Monfalcone yard, as well. Madrina of this ceremony was Kerry Ann Wright, 2nd officer for Princess Cruises.

At the conversion into contracts of the Memorandum of Agreement announced in July 2018, the partnership between the Monfalcone yard and Princess Cruises will continue with two next-generation cruise ships. These will be the largest built so far in Italy with a gross-tonnage of 175,000 tons, expected to be delivered at the end of 2023 and in spring 2025. The vessels will accommodate approximately 4,300 guests and will be the first of the ship owner’s fleet to be dual-fuel powered primarily by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).

Silversea's Manfredi Lefebre invests in Abercombie & Kent luxury and experiental travel brand

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Top Headlines

Geoffrey J.W. Kent, Founder, Chairman and CEO of luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent has formed a strategic partnership with Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Chairman of Heritage Group, to jointly acquire 100% of the Abercrombie & Kent Group of Companies S.A. (Abercrombie & Kent). This union brings together two visionaries in luxury travel to further develop Abercrombie & Kent as the premier brand in luxury and experiential travel.

Geoffrey Kent is a true pioneer and visionary in the travel industry. He created the first luxury tented photographic safaris in 1962 in Kenya and has built A&K into the world’s leading luxury and adventure travel company.

Manfredi Lefebvre built Silversea Cruises, created by his father in 1994 with the purchase of two ships, Silver Cloud and Silver Wind, into the leading luxury and expedition cruise line. Recently Royal Caribbean Group (RCL) acquired a 66% stake in Silversea Cruises. A&K is a separate and unique investment by Heritage group, led by Manfredi Lefebvre, and does not involve Silversea.

Since their humble beginnings, both companies have grown to become the dominant players in their respective fields, offering a discerning clientele the ultimate in luxury travel.

Geoffrey Kent and Manfredi Lefebvre have known each other for more than twenty years and also been business partners, having acquired the MV Explorer in 1992.

“Abercrombie & Kent is the finest luxury travel company in the world, and I am honored to be able to partner with Geoffrey Kent to help this remarkable company continue its record growth,” said Manfredi Lefebvre, Chairman of Heritage group. Kent added: “I am very excited to be working with Manfredi. I cannot think of a better or more experienced partner for the next phase of A&K’s growth.”

Heritage group will own 85% of Abercrombie & Kent and Geoffrey Kent 15%. Geoffrey Kent will continue to be Chairman and CEO of the operating company, while Manfredi Lefebvre will become Chairman of Abercrombie & Kent Holding.

The closing is expected to be completed later in the year, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

Barclays Bank Plc served as financial advisor to Heritage group.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises drove up TUI AG’s cruise operation EBITA in first quarter

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
  • Category: Top Headlines

Cruise operations of TUI AG, the German travel company that is listed in London, benefitted from a good performance of is Hapag-Lloyd Cruises unit, but was variance in the performance of its three cruise brands in terms of operating result (EBITA).

Turnover in the group's cruise business rose by just 0.4% to €193.0 million, but underlying EBITA rose by 25.3% to €47.0 million, mainly due to a strong performance of the luxury and expedition market unit Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

Its average daily rate rose by 10.9% to €591 and outpaced both the UK focused Marella Cruises’ 6.2% rise, to €137, and the flat figure of TUI Cruises, of  €149.

TUI Cruises, in which TUI AG has a 50% stake, had 8.3% more passenger days than in the first quarter of its previous financial year, while Hapag-Lloyd Cruises experienced a deduction of 5.1% in its corresponding figure.

“In Cruises, the strong demand continues for TUI Cruises, Marella Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, as we look forward to our ship launches in 2019 and beyond. Looking ahead, load factor and yield performance are in line with our expectations, and re ect the additional capacity coming to market,” TUI AG said in a statement.

 

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