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Paul Gauguin Cruises acquires second luxury ship

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Top Headlines

Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the Paul Gauguin, today announces the acquisition of a second ship which will begin sailing under the Paul Gauguin Cruises banner in December 2012. This ship will be christened Moana after completing a multifaceted renovation in November 2012. Moana features 45 staterooms accommodating 90 guests.

"We are monumentally proud to add a second ship to our Pacific Beachcomber portfolio and Paul Gauguin Cruises family. This is an incredibly huge branding achievement for the growth of our cruise line and I look forward to welcoming fans of The Gauguin onboard our latest addition," comments Diane Moore, President of Paul Gauguin Cruises.

Full 2013 deployment details for Moana will be announced in early 2012. Plans are to sail during the summer months in the Mediterranean and winter in the Caribbean and Latin America. Emphasis will be on delivering unique destinations that larger ships cannot offer and exploring hidden ports throughout these regions.

ISP offers Gemini and Ocean Pearl for sale or charter

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Top Headlines

On Monday, September 26, ISP was unexpectedly informed that Happy Cruises, charterers of the cruise vessels Gemini and the Ocean Pearl, would cease operation and cancel all remaining cruises for the 2011 season.

Based on this, the Gemini and the Ocean Pearl have been untimely redelivered by the charterers and are therefore immediately available for sale or charter. The two vessels were in full operation in the Mediterranean; are fully classed; SOLAS-approved and ready for trading. ISP invites interested parties to visit their website: www.isp-usa.com , under Fleet Information where detailed specifications, general arrangement plans and photographs can be found.

If there is any interest in acquiring these vessels, either on a cash basis or on a bare-boat hire-purchase contract; or if there is an interest in charters, please contact Niels-Erik Lund at ISP; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

STX Finland and TUI Cruises sign a contract for a cruise ship

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Top Headlines

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STX Finland Oy and TUI Cruises have today signed a contract for the design and construction of a 97,000 gross ton cruise vessel. The sophisticated and highly innovative cruise vessel is scheduled to be delivered in spring 2014. The vessel has many environmentally friendly features, with a particular emphasis on the vessel's energy efficiency. The project will bring some 5,500 man-years of labour to STX Finland's Turku shipyard. TUI Cruises has an option to order another ship subject to the decision of TUI Cruises shareholders.

The vessel will be approx. 295 meters long and approx. 36 meters wide. The ship will have 1,250 staterooms and will serve maximum of 2,500 passengers and a crew of 1,000 persons. High balcony ratio will ensure that most of the passengers will have a possibility to enjoy their own balconies during the cruise. The ship has a wide variety of restaurants, a theatre, a spa, a nightclub and a large deck area which all are carefully designed to ensure a unique cruising experience for passengers of all ages.

"We are extremely pleased to sign this contract with TUI Cruises. This order is highly important for STX and STX Finland. By building this innovative ship we continue our successful and long history of building top class cruise vessels," says Sujou Kim, CEO of STX Europe and STX Finland.

"This is a very important contract for STX Finland's Turku Shipyard and for the entire Finnish maritime cluster. We are delighted to deliver to TUI Cruises their first newbuilding which will represent the next generation of energy efficient and environmentally friendly cruise ship," says Jari Anttila, Director of STX Finland's Turku Shipyard.

"Due to its outstanding positioning as a shipyard and long-term cooperation with Royal Caribbean Cruises, we trust that STX Finland is a great partner for us and will successfully realize our ideas in the new ship," says Richard J. Vogel, CEO of TUI Cruises. Turku shipyard was the only yard that was capable to delivery the ship by May 2014.

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