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Cruise operators still searching for reset

A restart to full operations can’t come soon enough for cruise lines, whose financial position has become increasingly precarious given high debt levels incurred from fleet expansions and the fund raising required to survive the current crisis, Maritime Strategies International (MSI) said in a report. [Read more...]

2021-07-13T21:15:35+00:00 July 13th, 2021|Marketing|

CDC contests Florida cruise ruling

The legal spat between the Florida and the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has taken another twist. Last week, CDC’s legal team asked a federal appeals court to put on hold a US district judge’s ruling that backed Florida in the fight [Read more...]

2021-07-13T21:07:03+00:00 July 13th, 2021|Safety|

Royal Caribbean updates

Late last month, Royal Caribbean (RCI) announced several initiatives and protocols as part of its cruising restart. For example, for unvaccinated guests, RCI said that it now required travel insurance for Florida sailings. Unvaccinated passengers booked on cruises sailing from Florida ports between 1st August through 31st [Read more...]

2021-07-13T21:04:47+00:00 July 13th, 2021|Marketing|

Foreship designed ropaxes ordered for the Bass Strait

Tasmania-based TT-Line recently firmed up a contract with Finnish shipyard Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) for the construction of two new ropaxes. This project was conceived by naval architecture and marine engineering firm Foreship. The agreement was finalised following approval from the Tasmanian Government, with construction [Read more...]

2021-07-13T20:59:39+00:00 July 13th, 2021|Ships|

KiwiRail firms up rail ropaxes

KiwiRail and Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) have signed a firm contract for the delivery of two Cook Strait ferries. The first will arrive in 2025 and the second in 2026. The contract price for the two ferries is $369 mill, KiwiRail revealed. Interislander’s two new [Read more...]

2021-07-13T20:57:43+00:00 July 13th, 2021|Ships|

Disney cancels test cruise

Disney Cruise Line has postponed its first test cruise since the onset of the pandemic after a few volunteers showed inconsistent COVID-19 test results. Several cruise lines are planning to resume voyages from the US after many months, with Royal Caribbean Group's ’Celebrity Edge’ becoming the first [Read more...]

2021-07-13T20:55:11+00:00 July 13th, 2021|Safety|

VARD delivers ‘HANSEATIC spirit’

VARD has delivered ‘HANSEATIC spirit’ (pictured), the third expedition cruise vessel for Hamburg-based Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.  Her handover completes the series of three vessels in the new Hapag-Lloyd Cruises expedition class. ‘HANSEATIC spirit’ has now joined the expedition fleet alongside its structurally identical sisterships, ‘HANSEATIC nature’ [Read more...]

2021-07-13T20:49:58+00:00 July 13th, 2021|Ships|

‘Global Mercy’ joins Mercy Ships

Following a ceremony at the shipyard in China at the end of last month, the world's largest civilian hospital ship, ‘Global Mercy’ (pictured), was delivered to the charity organisation Mercy Ships. Stena RoRo has been working on the global project since 2013. Her maiden voyage will [Read more...]

2021-07-13T20:47:18+00:00 July 13th, 2021|Ships|