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Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings to partner with Huna Totem Corporation to construct new pier at Icy Strait Point in Alaska

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. has announced a partnership with Alaska Native-owned Huna Totem Corporation to develop a second cruise pier in Icy Strait Point, Huna Totem’s world-class cruise ship destination in Hoonah, Alaska.

The pier is scheduled to be completed for the summer 2020 Alaska cruise season and will be built to accommodate Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway Plus-class ships. The partnership will provide Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ brands with preferential berthing rights in the popular port destination and allow the Company to increase its calls to Icy Strait Point. Currently Oceania Cruises’ Regatta, Seven Seas Mariner, Norwegian Jewel and Norwegian Joy are scheduled to call on Icy Strait Point in the 2019 season.

In addition, the new pier will provide more cruise passengers with access to Icy Strait’s newly upgraded retail, restaurant and shore excursion amenities, including the world’s largest ZipRider zip line, the most accessible coastal brown bear viewing platforms in Southeast Alaska, whale watching and fishing excursions, local cultural dances accompanied by oral histories and more.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Huna Totem Corporation to construct a new pier at Icy Strait Point which will strengthen our presence in the wildly popular Alaska market and provide our guests with a best-in-class experience as they explore the natural beauty and exciting shore excursions of this unique destination,” said Howard Sherman, executive vice president of onboard revenue and destination development of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “This partnership marks the latest step in our ongoing efforts to promote economic development in the area and make a positive economic impact on the Alaska tourism industry.”

The partnership will benefit the Hoonah community, home to approximately 750 people, including approximately 80 percent of Icy Strait Point’s employees. By leveraging the rapidly growing demand for top-tier destinations for Alaska cruises, Icy Strait Point creates more jobs and local opportunities for Alaskans.

“The economic impact that this expansion and Norwegian’s investment will have in Hoonah and the Southeast Alaska region is significant, and we’re looking forward to how our Alaska Native community can be a sustainable contributor to the future of Alaska’s cruise industry,” said Russell Dick, Huna Totem Corporation president and chief executive officer. “Icy Strait Point is one of the few Alaska cruise ship destinations where cruise passengers can step off the dock and into Alaska wilderness. We have the land, the capacity and the hospitality to welcome more travelers into our home in an authentic way while maintaining our heritage and the values of our Native Tlingit culture.”

MSC Cruises acquires significant interest in Trieste cruise terminal

MSC Cruises has announced it has acquired a significant interest in Trieste Adriatic Marine Initiatives S.r.l. (TAMI), a strategic holding company of the cruise terminal Trieste Terminal Passeggeri (TTP).

This investment will support MSC Cruises’ long-standing objective of providing enhanced and seamless experiences for cruise guests right from the point of embarkation onwards.

Following this investment, MSC Cruises will develop homeporting operations in Trieste starting in Summer 2020.

MedCruise President and Spanish Ports President discussed the challenges of the cruise business

Airam Diaz Pastor, President of MedCruise, met the President of Spanish Ports (Puertos del Estado), Ornella Chacon Martel, at the headquarters of her organisation in Madrid, where they had the opportunity to discuss about the future and challenges of the cruise industry as well as look for ways of collaboration in order to promote a sustainable cruise business in ports and cities of the region.

Diaz Pastor detailed all tasks and actions that MedCruise is developing in different areas of expertise such as alternative fuels in shipping industry, IMO new regulations in terms of emissions and cooperation with European bodies, among others.

Furthermore, Chacon Martel had the chance to find out the importance of the Spanish ports inside MedCruise Association, where they represent the 27% of the total cruise passenger movements handled by MedCruise members, which places Spain at the second position at the MedCruise ranking.

On the hand, Diaz Pastor highlighted that the 76% of the total cruise passengers that visited Spain in 2017, have been welcomed by MedCruise members, which sheds lights on the important role that MedCruise plays at the Spanish Ports system in terms of cruise passengers and calls as well as cruise destinations.

Finally, both Presidents discussed the several ways of collaboration ahead as well as the synergies and sort of actions to be studied for being developed together. Diaz Pastor and Chacon Martel showed their interested in promoting the region and the whole Mediterranean as a sustainable cruise destination and leave a mark in the industry by working for a greener and cleaner cruise business in this bright period.

Havre Saint-Pierre reports record season

On October 10th, Havre Saint-Pierre culminated a tenth season of cruise port activities with visits by a grand total of ten cruise ships, confirming the 2018 cruise season as the best in the past ten years. Since 2008, Havre Saint-Pierre has welcomed into port the ships of 17 different cruise lines for an aggregate total of some 40 000 passengers and crew. Of the ships having scheduled stopovers, a number are operated by cruise lines ranked among the most luxurious in the world, proof positive of an offer of substance by the smallest of the Saint Lawrence ports of call.

On the occasion of the destination’s 10th anniversary, Havre Saint-Pierre shattered a number of records, including that of the largest ship welcomed to date. Indeed, the AIDAvita, transporting 1266 passengers and 402 crew members, dropped anchor at Havre Saint-Pierre not once but twice midway into the summer season. This year, the port also welcomed ‒ for the first time ever ‒ Seabourn’s Quest, Silversea’s Silver Wind and Silver Cloud, as well as Hurtigruten’s Fram. The latter launched 2018 activities on May 6th, thereby initiating the longest cruise season in ten years. In total, 5931 cruise passengers and 2790 crew members stopped into port at Havre Saint-Pierre, making for the best season in the past 10 years.

Although the 2018 season proved the busiest to date, bookings for 2019 point to even superior results with 14 cruise ship calls already confirmed, including three by the AIDAvita.

Global Ports Holding signs Antigua and Barbuda MO

Global Ports Holding, the Istanbul based port operator that is listed in London, said it gad signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to operate ports in Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean.

Emre Sayin, Chief Executive Officer said in a statement “There has been progress in our inorganic growth strategy for the Cruise segment, with concessions for Havana and Zadar signed so far this year, and an MoU recently signed in relation to port operations in Antigua and Barbuda.”

The concession in Havana was the first one for the company in the Caribbean. The company is the world's largest cruise port operator with an established presence in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Atlantic and Asia-Pacific regions. It was established in 2004 as an international port operator with a diversified portfolio of cruise and commercial ports.