In a photo taken Feb. 28, 2012, the Disney Fantasy, newest ship of Disney Cruise Line, sails past the Statue of Liberty Tuesday after traveling nearly 3,800 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Bremerhaven, Germany. The 4,000-passenger Disney Fantasy will be christened in New York on March 1, then sail to her home port of Port Canaveral, Fla. With a maiden voyage on March 31, the Disney Fantasy will sail seven-night cruises to the Caribbean and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.
Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd (RCCL) says it has exercised its option to build a second Sunshine-class cruise ship to be delivered in the Spring 2015. The 158,000 gross ton ship will be built by German shipbuilder Meyer Werft on substantially the same terms as the first Sunshine ship. “This confirms our continued confidence in the success of this new generation of ships and our strong conviction about the Royal Caribbean International brand,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO RCCL. The fiirst ship was ordered in February last year at a cost of 170,000 euro per berth. It will be delivered in 2014
Argentina has escalated the row over
the ownership of the Falklands Islands as two British flag cruise ships were
banned from calling at Ushuaia on Monday after they had called the Falklands
Princess Cruises 109,000 gross ton Star
Princess and P&O Cruises 30,000 gross ton Adonia were both banned from
calling at the Argentine port following an earlier visit at Port Stanley in the
Falklands Islands, which belong to the UK. Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises are both parts of the Carnival Corp & plc group.
No explanation was given to the ban.
Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the UK foreign ministry, said in a statement
the ban was unacceptable interference with free commerce. Both ships in question are registered
in Hamilton, Bermuda, a British overseas dependency. They fly the Red Ensign of
the British merchant navy.
fire broke out in the generator room of Costa Crociere’s 28,430 gross ton Costa
Allegra in the Indian Ocean that left the adrift 20 miles outside the Alphonse
island, but nobody was hurt in the incident. “Inspections
on the state of the engine room are on-going in order to restart the necessary
equipment to reactivate the functionality of the ship,” Costa Crociere said.
relevant authorities were alerted, including the Maritime Rescue Control Centre
in Rome, which is following the situation ready to provide the necessary
support. Tugs and other naval and aerial units have been dispatched to the
ship, drifting over 200 miles south-west of the Seychelles and about 20 miles
from Alphonse Island."
ship left Diego Suarez on Saturday and was cruising towards the port of
Victoria for Mahè in the Seychelles where it was expected to arrive on 28 February.
The ship had 636 passengers on board. Costa
Allegra was built in Finland in 1969 as Annie Johnson, a container vessel of
the now defunct Stockholm based Johnson Line. Following a period in lay up in
the late 1980s, it entered service as Costa Allegra in December 1992 after
rebuilding in Italy that included lengthening the hull by 14 metres and fitting of new engines.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, which operates
four medium sized ships on the British market, has reported a deepening of
final quarter loss in 2011 compared to the previous year, while revenues
The company booked a net loss of NOK27
million in the last three months of 2011compared to a NOK3 million loss in the
same period in 2010. Revenues remained stable at 1.68 billion, parent company
Ganger Rolf said in a statement. Higher cost of bunkers was the reason behind
weakening of the result, Ganger Rolf said.
The company repaid NOK78 million of dent
that amounted to NOK 1.20 billion at the end of last year. Equity in the
company amounted to NOK886.4 million at the end of last year, a decrease from
NOK925.7 million in the same period in 2010.
Fred. Olsen has two holding companies,
Bonheur and Ganger Rolf, that are both listed in Oslo. Bonheur owns 62.1% of
the shares in Ganger Rolf and Ganger Rolf controls 20.7% of the shares in
Bonheur. The two companies jointly own operating units in the system, including
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.