Friday, May 19, 2017

Fincantieri Takes Majority Stake in STX France

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri (one of the world's largest builders of cruise ships) signed the paperwork today to acquire another large builder of ships, STX Europe in Saint-Nazaire, France, formerly Chantiers D'Alantique.

The company agreed to purchase 66.66% of the STX Europe stock for 79.5 million euros, which will be paid in cash.

The complete story appeared in the May 19 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Holland America Adds Second Vista-Class to Mexican Riviera

Apparently the Mexican Riviera is coming back for cruisers on the West Coast. Holland America's Oosterdam will be joining Westerdam on the popular itinerary, with both Vista-class ships based at San Diego for the 2017-2018 season.

Details appeared in the May 19 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Cirque Goes to Sea

One of the main features of MSC's Meraviglia-class is the ultra high-tech $22 million Carousel Lounge, which is designed specifically for its starring entertainers, Cirque du Soleil. The famous acrobatic troupe is designing eight entirely new shows for the four Meraviglia ships in the series.

With the first ship in the series, MSC Meraviglia, set to enter service on June 4, MSC has release details of the first two Cirque du Soleil shows.

The complete story appeared in the May 18 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

A Scenic Place for a Fire

Earlier this week (Monday morning), Island Princess experienced a small engine room fire while the ship was doing scenic cruising in Glacier Bay.

Princess said the cause of the fire was a lubrication leak that allowed lubrication oil to drip onto a hot exhaust pipe.

Details appeared in the May 18 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Open voor Zaken

How many people know exactly what they will be doing on a given day in the first quarter of 2019? Or even in December 2018? If you were one of the first to book Holland America's Nieuw Statendam today, you know what you'll be doing.

The line opened the books today for the inaugural season for their second Pinnacle-class ship, and announced that the ship will be homeported at Port Everglades for the 2018-2019 winter season, so its inaugural voyage will be a 14-day transatlantic crossing from Rome to Ft. Lauderdale.

The complete story appeared in the May 17 edition of Cruise News Daily.