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Disney Cruise Line makes inaugural call in New York


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.

(Kent Phillips/Disney, photographer)

RCCL takes up option to build second Sunshine class ship

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
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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 escalates Falklands row by cruise call ban

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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 earlier.

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.


No injuries after Costa Allegra fire that disabled ship

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A 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.

“The 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."

The 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’ losses deepen in final quarter

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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 remained stable.

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.