Cruising: Small is Beautiful
Cruise shipping, at the intersection of maritime and hospitality industries, continues to be vibrant. The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the industry’s major trade association, forecasts that the ocean cruise segment will draw 30 million passengers in 2019, up from 28.2 million in 2018. At the start of the decade, in 2010, the comparable count was 19.1 million passengers. CLIA members will have 272 vessels operating in 2019- with 18 ocean going vessels set to begin service.
Fincantieri Delivers Costa Venezia
Fincantieri's Monfalcone shipyard handed over Costa Venezia - built specially for Chinese guests - to Costa Cruises, the Italian brand of Carnival Corporation, the world's largest cruise company.The handover took place yesterday in the presence of Italy's Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini and Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Edoardo Rixi, as well as Carnival Corp. & plc and Costa Group officials.With a gross tonnage of 135,500 tonnes, the 323-meter-long Costa Venezia offers 2…
Cruise Industry to Cut Carbon Emissions 40%
The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced an industry commitment to reduce the rate of the global fleet's carbon emissions 40% by 2030, from a 2008 baseline."We aspire to the International Maritime Organization’s vision of a carbon-free shipping industry by the end of the century," said Arnold Donald, global CLIA chairman and president and CEO, Carnival Corp. & plc. "Our commitment to a 40 percent reduction in the rate of emissions by 2030 is a strong first step…
Carnival's First LNG Powered Ship Delivered
Carnival Corp on Wednesday launched its first liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered ship in Germany as the world's largest cruise operator tries to cut its carbon footprint.Addition of LNG ships are part of Carnival's ongoing fleet enhancement strategy and 20 new vessels are scheduled for delivery between 2018 and 2025.The shipping industry have been forced to look for cleaner options such as LNG after the International Maritime Organization introduced tough new rules on use of marine fuel.Strategically important ports such as Gibraltar are already preparing to offer upgraded facilities to meet
China Cruising: Carnival Corp Launches China JV
Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), has announced that its cruise joint venture with China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) will launch this week under the name CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping Limited. The new China-based cruise company plans to operate its own fleet to serve Chinese cruise guests by the end of 2019.CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping Limited announced an agreement to purchase two existing ships from Carnival Corporation’s Costa Group, the leading cruise operator in Europe and Asia.
Carnival Corp Meets CO2 Reduction Goal
Carnival Corporation, the world's largest leisure travel company, released its eighth annual sustainability report, announcing that in 2017 the company achieved its 25 percent carbon reduction goal three years ahead of schedule and is on track with its nine other 2020 sustainability goals.Looking to the future, the company continues to chart its sustainability journey, using the United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals as a framework to identify new environmental management…
Carnival Cruise Ships Blocked from Port by Hurricane Harvey
Carnival Corp said on Friday that three of its cruise ships are unable to return to the Port of Galveston, Texas, which is closed ahead of Hurricane Harvey. Two of the ships, the Carnival Freedom and the Carnival Valor, will head for New Orleans where they will pick up fresh supplies. Passengers will have the option of disembarking there, but Carnival advised them to not do so and said the ships will return to Galveston as soon as feasible. A third ship, the Carnival Breeze, will extend its stay in Cozumel, Mexico, and begin sailing back to Galveston this weekend, the company said.
Cruise Leaders to Meet in New Orleans
More than 150 leaders in the cruise industry from around the world will meet here this week, as the Port of New Orleans hosts the 2016 Platinum Associate Membership Advisory Council Conference of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA). Local elected officials and tourism leaders will meet with cruise executives from FCCA’s 19 Member Lines, along with key cruise tourism stakeholders, to update them on New Orleans' tourism economy, infrastructure and attractions. Presenters include Gary LaGrange…
Carnival: First US Cruise Ship to Cuba in 50 Years
The world's largest cruise line Carnival Corp. will be the first cruise company in more than five decades to sail a U.S. cruise ship to Cuba. Cuba has granted Carnival approval to travel there beginning May 1. Carnival, which is led by St. Louisan Arnold Donald, is cleared to operate the 704-passenger MV Adonia through its newest brand, Fathom. It is the first time in more than 50 years that a cruise ship has been approved to sail from the U.S. to Cuba. CEO Donald said, "Today, we made history. I want to thank the U.S.
AIDA Prima on Fire - Third Time!
AIDA Prima, a new ship for Carnival Corp.'s AIDA Cruises brand, was damaged by a fire early Sunday at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.’s shipyard in Nagasaki, the Japan Times reports. The fire reportedly was quickly extinguished by workers, with no injuries. Citing police and firefighters, local media said a worker found cardboard and insulation materials burning. The fire, which is the third to strike at the shipyard in January, is reportedly being investigated as an arson. It follows an electrical fire near a theater space on January 11…
Carnival Confirms Chinese JV Cruise
In an industry first, the Miami-based Carnival Corp. will develop a multi-ship domestic Chinese cruise brand with Chinese partners. Carnival, the world’s largest cruise company, formed a joint venture with China State Shipbuilding Corp., the largest shipbuilder in China, and China Investment Corp., a sovereign wealth fund with $740 billion in assets. Carnival Chief Executive Officer Arnold Donald formalized the accord Wednesday in a meeting in London with Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is on a state visit to the U.K., according to a statement released by Carnival.
Cuba Opens Up for Carnival Corp. Brand
Carnival Corp. granted U.S. Carnival Corporation & plc said that the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Commerce granted approval for the company to begin travel to Cuba. Carnival Corporation intends to take travelers to Cuba beginning in May 2016 via its newly launched fathom brand – a new social impact travel brand providing purpose-oriented, social impact experiences, initially in the Dominican Republic. Carnival Corporation intends to operate fathom travel itineraries directly to Cuba for the purpose of providing cultural…
Crews Recover Bodies of 9 Victims of Alaska Plane Crash
Emergency crews recovered on Friday the bodies of nine people from the wreckage of a sightseeing plane that remains teetering on a steep rock face after crashing in Alaska, a rescue official said. Eight passengers and the pilot were killed when the aircraft, an excursion flight booked via a cruise ship, went down during a tour of the Misty Fjords area of southeast Alaska on Thursday afternoon, flight operator Promech Air said. A helicopter pilot spotted the wreckage against a granite rock face about 800 feet (240 meters) above Ella Lake, according to an Alaska State Trooper report.
Dozens Fell Sick on Holland America Cruise Ship
About 60 guests aboard Holland America cruise ship Maasdam reported to the infirmary with the virus about one week into the cruise. The passengers on the MS Maasdam began experiencing gastrointestinal illness while on a 14-day sailing. The affected guests were asked to remain in their cabins until their symptoms disappeared. Sixty of 1,138 passengers on the MS Maasdam and 11 of 578 crew members experienced vomiting and diarrhea during the cruise, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
Royal Caribbean Cuts Profit Forecast
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd cut its adjusted profit forecast for the year, citing a jump in fuel prices since its January forecast and a strong dollar. Shares of the world's second-largest cruise operator, which also cut the higher end of its full-year net yields forecast, fell 9.3 percent to a more than four-month low on Monday. Fuel prices have risen 14 percent and the dollar has gained 3.5 percent since the company's previous forecast, Royal Caribbean executives said on a post-earnings call.
Carnival Corp Names Marie McKenzie VP of Global Destinations Services and Sourcing
Carnival Corporation and plc, the world’s largest travel and leisure company, today announced that Marie McKenzie has been named vice president of global destinations services and sourcing. She will be the first person to fill this new role. McKenzie will lead a team of brand experts who will assume responsibility for geographical regions on behalf of all nine brands, while also maintaining their reporting lines into the leadership structure of their respective brand. Together…
Costa Cruises Seeks to Reassure Italy over Job Loss Fears
A unit of one of the world's biggest cruise operators sought to reassure Italy on Friday that plans to transfer some of its operations to Germany did not mean it would move abroad. Costa Cruises, part of Carnival Corp, is based in the northern Italian port of Genoa, but transport workers union FIT-CISL fears the company's transfer plan spells job losses. Unions are concerned that the transfer of four Costa Cruises units to Hamburg would result in the loss of about 160 jobs and…
Costa Concordia's Schettino Awaits Verdict
Schettino accused over loss of cruiseship in January 2012. Charges include manslaughter, causing shipwreck, abandoning ship. The former captain of the doomed Costa Concordia on Wednesday gave his final address to a court where he is being tried over the loss of the giant cruiseliner, saying he had been made a scapegoat in a disaster in which 32 people died in January 2012. The court in Grosseto, Italy, may hand down a verdict as early as Wednesday evening for Schettino, 54, on charges of multiple manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning his ship, defence lawyers said.
26-year Jail Term Sought for Concordia Master
An Italian prosecutor asked a court on Monday to sentence the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner to more than 26 years in jail for his role in the 2012 disaster that killed 32 people. Francesco Schettino was the commander of the vessel, a floating hotel as long as three football pitches, when it came too close to shore and hit rocks off the Tuscan holiday island of Giglio. In summing up arguments at the trial in the nearby of Grosseto, Prosecutor Maria Navarro said Schettino should serve 14 years for manslaughter and causing injuries…
Carnival Corp MOU with CSSC to Promote Cruise Industry
Carnival Corporation & plc the world’s largest cruise company, today announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) to explore the possibility of a joint venture aimed at accelerating the development and growth of the Chinese cruise industry, expected to be one of the largest cruise markets in the world with 4.5 million passengers by 2020, according to the Chinese Ministry of Transport (MOT). Becoming official at a signing ceremony today at the Ninth China Cruise Shipping and International Cruise Expo in Tianjin…
Royal Caribbean Profit Jumps on Higher European Demand
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd's quarterly profit beat analysts' average estimate as demand for its European and Chinese cruises increased and passengers spent more on board, helping it raise its full-year profit forecast. Shares of the world's second-largest cruise operator rose as much as 9.1 percent to a life-high of $61.35. European cruises account for 22 percent of the capacity in the company, whose cruise lines include Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruise. The company raised its full-year earnings forecast to $3.40-$3.50 per share, from $3.25-$3.45.
Concordia Finally Heads for Scrapyard
The rusty hulk of the Costa Concordia began its journey to the scrapyard on Wednesday, after a two-year salvage operation off the Italian island where the cruise liner capsized two years ago, killing 32 people. Boats sounded horns and church bells rang as a tug boat slowly pulled the wreck of the liner, which was around two-and-a half times the size of the Titanic, away from the holiday island of Giglio, accompanied by a convoy of 14 vessels. Salvage workers gathered in bars at the port…
Carnival's Profit Forecast Down
Carnival Corp, the world's largest cruise operator, forecast an adjusted profit below market estimates for the current quarter, blaming increased competition in the Caribbean. Shares of the company, which operates the Carnival, Holland America and Costa cruise lines, fell as much as 3 percent. "The North American brands are ahead on price but are still behind on occupancy as a result of the large increase in industry capacity in the Caribbean," Chief Financial Officer David Bernstein said on a conference call.
Carnival Profit More than Doubles
Carnival Corp, the world's largest cruise operator, said its quarterly profit more than doubled as costs fell. Net income rose to $106 million, or 14 cents per share, in the second quarter ended May 31, from $41 million, or 5 cents per share, a year earlier. Excluding items, the company earned 10 cents per share. Revenue rose 4 percent to $3.63 billion. (Reporting by Sruthi Ramakrishnan in Bangalore; Editing by Don Sebastian)
Carnival Corp. to Invest $400m in Scrubber Technology
Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald announced that Carnival will significantly extend its installation of exhaust gas cleaning technology, investing $400m in the coming three years to install the technology on 70 ships across its brand, a significant jump from the 32 announced last year. Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) is the world’s largest cruise company, and Donald stressed that it is the company’s intention to use “communication, collaboration and cooperation” across its 10 brands to both build revenue generation opportunities…
Royal Caribbean Profit Plunge
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, the world's second-largest cruise operator, said its quarterly profit fell by two-thirds as costs rose and six cruises were canceled or shortened due to several mishaps. Shares of the company, whose cruise lines include Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruise, fell as much as 3.2 percent in early trading. The company shortened or canceled six cruises during January-March, typically the strongest season for cruise operators.