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Delays haunt three cruise ship newbuildings

Three cruise ship newbuildings are facing delays to entry into service – two of them for the second time.

AIDAnova, the world’s first LNG powered cruise ship, will not be able to operate its maiden voyage from Hamburg to the Canaries two cruises from 12 to 22 December, AIDA Cruises said on its website.

The Carnival Corporation & plc group member had to cancel previously announced pre-inaugural short cruises already earlier as the 184,000 gross ton ship, which is built by Meyer Werft in Germany, would not be ready to receive passengers.

The Carnival group is building units of the same class to four different brands under its umbrella.

Meanwhile, also last week, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours announced that the first sailing date for Scenic Eclipse, the World’s first discovery yacht, has been postponed to 13 April 2019.

“Due to the continuing financial issues at Uljanik shipyard in Croatia and the resultant strike by specialist engine and systems commissioning workers, this part of the ship’s completion has been delayed,” Scenic said in a statement.

The delivery of the roughly 17,000 gross ton ship was postponed by five months to the new year 2019 in the summer.

 Finally, the WestSea Viana do Castello shipyard in Portugal has told Mystic Cruises that the delivery of the 9,300 gross ton Mystic Explorer, the first in a series of similar ships to the same client, would be delayed to the summer of 2019 from this month, Shippax, the Swedish cruise and ferry information company, said in its newsletter on Friday.




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