Two Tallink ferries chartered as accommodation ships

Tallink Grupp has signed contracts with Slaapschepen Public BV, an organisation nominated by Centraal Orgaan Opvang Asielzoekers (COA) of the Netherlands, for the short-term charter of two vessels. The company’s Tallinn/Helsinki route vessel ‘Silja Europa’ (pictured) was chartered to provide temporary accommodation in the Netherlands [Read more...]

2022-08-12T17:10:46+00:00 August 12th, 2022|Ships|

‘Amorella’ to go to Corsica

Finnish ferry company Viking Line reached an agreement on 4th August to sell the ‘Amorella’ to Corsica Ferries. The deal will be completed, and the ship delivered to her new owner in October, 2022. A sale of ‘Amorella’, following the delivery of the ‘Viking Glory’, is [Read more...]

2022-08-12T16:46:59+00:00 August 12th, 2022|Ships|

Royal Caribbean confirms ‘Crystal Endeavor’ purchase

Royal Caribbean Group (RCI) has confirmed that it has received court approval to acquire the ultra-luxury cruise ship ’Endeavor’, ex ‘Crystal Endeavor’. Originally delivered to Crystal Cruises in 2021, the ship will be renamed ’Silver Endeavour’ when she officially joins the Group's wholly owned subsidiary, Silversea Cruises' fleet, [Read more...]

2022-07-23T21:18:59+00:00 July 23rd, 2022|Ships|

Tender re-issued for Regione Siciliana ropax

According to local media reports, Italian regional administration, Regione Siciliana has issued a public tender for the construction of one, option one, ropax for the third time. To be deployed on the Trapani/Pantelleria and Porto Empedocle/Lampedusa routes, the vessel’s tender price was said to be [Read more...]

2022-07-23T20:36:46+00:00 July 23rd, 2022|Ships|

Cruise ship recycling

One of the oldest cruise ships still trading has arrived at a Turkish recycling yard. The 1977-built 16,900 gt ‘Gold Club’ was beached at Aliaga on 11th July. She had operated for cruise lines, including Cunard, Starlauro/MSC and Mano. ‘Gold Club’ was built in Denmark [Read more...]

2022-07-23T20:21:51+00:00 July 23rd, 2022|Ships|

MSC’s Explora Journeys increases ship orders

Explora Journeys, the luxury travel brand of the Cruise Division of MSC Group, has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Fincantieri two build another two hydrogen-powered luxury cruise ships. Once delivered, this will bring Explora’s total fleet up to six vessels. ‘Explora V’ and [Read more...]

2022-07-13T17:24:45+00:00 July 13th, 2022|Ships|

Coin laying ceremony for ‘Utopia of the Seas’

At the beginning of this month, the keel-laying ceremony of Royal Caribbean’s first LNG-powered ship ‘Oasis’ class cruise ship took place at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. This event celebrated the official start of the ship’s physical construction. She is due to be delivered in the [Read more...]

2022-07-13T16:47:39+00:00 July 13th, 2022|Ships|

Dae Sun wins luxury cruise ferry order

Mid-sized South Korean shipyard, Dae Sun Shipbuilding & Engineering, has won an order to build a 22,000 gt luxury cruise ferry for Pan Star. Pan Star operates a ferry service between Busan and the Japanese port of Osaka, according to South Korean press reports. The [Read more...]

2022-07-13T16:40:48+00:00 July 13th, 2022|Ships|

Russia to start cruises to Turkey

A Russian company is set to launch a cruise ship operation calling at Turkish ports this month. According to Turkish media, the ‘Astoria Grande’, ex ‘AIDAcara’ (pictured) is to start seven day cruises from Sochi to Istanbul beginning on 16th July, according to Yuriy Vladimirov, Sochi port’s general manager, [Read more...]

2022-07-13T16:32:36+00:00 July 13th, 2022|Ships|

‘Star Pisces’ to be recycled

The 1991-built former Star Cruises operated ‘Star Pisces’ has arrived at Alang, India for recycling. She arrived on 3rd July under the name of ‘Pisc’. ‘Star Pisces’, a former large cruise ferry, is the first of Star Cruises operated cruise ships to be sold, following [Read more...]

2022-07-13T16:30:20+00:00 July 13th, 2022|Ships|