Knut Utstein Kloster

It is with deep regret that we have to report the passing of Knut Utstein Kloster at the age of 91. Kloster was considered by many to be the instigator of modern cruising. In 1966, he introduced the ropax ‘Sunward’ to operate between the UK [Read more...]

2020-09-21T11:13:09+00:00 September 21st, 2020|Ships|

First two Havila ships launched

Havila’s coastal cruise ships, ‘Havila Castor’ and ‘Havila Capella’, were launched at the Tersan shipyard in Turkey last week. Arild Myrvoll, CEO of Havila Voyages, said; “It will be good to start providing people living along the coast, and tourists, with safe transport and environmentally [Read more...]

2020-09-12T07:21:12+00:00 September 11th, 2020|Ships|

CMV ships to be auctioned

Five former Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) operated cruise ships are to be auctioned. Four of the ships are lying at Tilbury, UK while the fifth is berthed at Avonmouth, near Bristol. They will be auctioned as five separate lots next month by London broking [Read more...]

2020-09-11T15:16:16+00:00 September 11th, 2020|Ships|

‘Black Watch’ and ‘Boudicca’ to be retired

Fred.Olsen has confirmed that the newly acquired ‘Bolette’ and ’Borealis’ will be taking over the itineraries of the veteran sisterships ’Black Watch’ and ’Boudicca’ out of the UK. The two classic 1970s-built cruise ships are to be retired. ‘Bolette’ and ‘Borealis’ were purchased from Holland America Line and were recently drydocked [Read more...]

2020-08-29T07:15:54+00:00 August 29th, 2020|Ships|

P&O to take delivery of ‘Iona’

P&O Cruises plans to take delivery of ‘Iona’ before the autumn. She is currently lying in Bremerhaven, where she has been bunkered with LNG. In addition, following discussions with the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg Germany, her as yet unnamed sistership will be delivered in [Read more...]

2020-08-14T14:16:13+00:00 August 14th, 2020|Ships|

Carnival reveals details of its green recycling plans

To recycle the 1990-built ‘Carnival Fantasy’ and the 1996-built ‘Carnival Inspiration’, Carnival Corp signed agreements with Turkish maritime reclamation and recycling specialists, EGE Celik and Simsekler. They were contracted to responsibly dismantle and recycle the two retired ships. Carnival Corp worked with the environmental non-profit Bellona Foundation – a partner in the [Read more...]

2020-08-14T14:00:56+00:00 August 14th, 2020|Ships|

New hybrid ropax for the Isle of Man

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company (IoMSP) has ordered a new purpose designed ropax from Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) at a price reported to be €76.8 mill. A contract for the newbuilding was signed on 31st July and the vessel is expected to enter [Read more...]

2020-08-14T13:07:28+00:00 August 14th, 2020|Ships|

Meyer Werft furloughs staff

On 24th July, ‘Spirit of Adventure’, the second new cruise ship for Saga Cruises was floated out of Meyer Werft's covered building dock I (hall 5). During the float out, the funnel was lifted onto the ship by crane and mounted. The ship was then [Read more...]

2020-07-27T14:53:50+00:00 July 27th, 2020|Ships|