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Monday, November 12, 2018

Carnival Cruise Line News

Seabourn Ovation godmother Elaine Paige gets a special bridge tour from the ship’s Captain, Stig Betten (left), and Staff Captain, Stefan Tsvetkov. Ovation was christened in front of Seabourn guests in Valletta, Malta. Photo by the company.

Seabourn Ovation Christened in Malta

Carnival Corporation's luxury cruise brand Seabourn introduced its newest vessel with a naming ceremony for Seabourn Ovation in the harbor of Valletta, Malta.Seabourn Ovation is the fifth ultra-luxury vessel to join the Seabourn fleet over the past decade, and the second of two ships designed for the line by hospitality design icon Adam D. Tihany.Seabourn Ovation was delivered on April 27 during an official handover ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy. Following the delivery ceremony…

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Carnival Unveils Miami Fleet Operations Center

Carnival Cruise Line has previewed its new Fleet Operations Center (FOC) in Miami, the largest and most advanced in the cruise industry. The 35,000-square-foot facility is custom-designed for hands-on, around-the-clock monitoring and support of the line's 26 cruise ships. The Carnival Cruise Line FOC is the first facility of its kind in South Florida and features a state-of-the-art tracking and data-analysis platform that enables real-time information sharing between Carnival ships and specialized shoreside teams designed to support fleet operations.

Christine Stevens (Photo: Hurtigruten)

Stevens Joins Hurtigruten Americas

Hurtigruten has appointed Christine Stevens as Vice President of Sales for the Americas to be based in its Seattle regional headquarters. Stevens brings 30 years of cruise industry expertise to Hurtigruten and will lead the sales organization, including field sales and national accounts. Angel Moledo, Vice President Customer Sales & Service, continues to be responsible for tour operator partners.Stevens will drive additional revenue growth, identify new client opportunities, lead and manage the sales team, and represent Hurtigruten at national and regional trade shows, events, and seminars.

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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…

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Jaxport Breaks Cruise Passenger Record

The Jacksonville Port Authority (Jaxport) served a record number of cruise passengers during the past year, with 199,899 passengers setting sail from Jacksonville. More than 2.4 million passengers have sailed from Jacksonville during 15 years of cruise service at Jaxport.The Carnival Elation offers year-round sailing to the Bahamas from Jaxport’s North Jacksonville Cruise Terminal featuring stops at Freeport, Nassau and the private Bahamian islands of Half Moon Cay and Princess…

American Song, the first modern riverboat in the U.S., arrives at the Port of New Orleans days before making its inaugural cruise. (Photo: port of New Orleans)

America’s First Modern Riverboat to Sail from New Orleans

The first contemporary riverboat in the U.S. is set to depart from the Port of New Orleans on October 6 for its inaugural cruise on the Mississippi River.The new vessel, American Song, is the flagship in a series of contemporary riverboats by operator American Cruise Lines. With an exclusive capacity of 184 guests, American Song provides modern design features and contemporary styling. The modern riverboat features a four-story glass-enclosed atrium with a large domed skylight, which will serve as the central gathering point for the entire ship.

From left:  Carnival Corporation VP Port and Destination Development David Candib, Carnival Cruise Line EVP Professional Services James Heaney, Canaveral Port Authority Port Director and CEO Capt. John Murray, Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy, and Carnival Cruise Line COO Gus Antorcha. (Photo: Carnival Cruise Line)

Carnival May Homeport its Largest Ship in Canaveral

The Canaveral Port Authority said it has reached an agreement in principle with Carnival Cruise Line principle on a new state-of-the-art terminal able to accommodate Carnival’s new 180,000-ton ship, the largest ever constructed for the line, set to debut in 2020.The terms of the agreement are expected to be included on the agenda of the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners’ meeting on August 29, 2018. If approved, the deal will clear the way for the world’s largest cruise operator to homeport its as-yet-unnamed 5…

CLIA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner - David Crooks (Photo: CLIA)

CLIA: 2017 Cruise Industry HoF Award Winners

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced the 2017 Cruise Industry Hall of Fame Award Winners. The awards recognize individuals and organizations whose efforts and accomplishments represent a significant contribution to the cruise industry. The 2017 Award Winners were honored at the Hall of Fame Cruise Industry Awards dinner during the CLIA Cruise360 conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Saturday, April 22, 2017. “The nominees for Hall of Fame represent the…

Webb Institute’s Class of 2017 throwing their caps in the air after the 121st Commencement Ceremony. (Photo: Jonathan Wang, Webb Institute student, Class of 2020)

Webb Institute Class of 2017 Turns Tassels

On Saturday, June 17, 2017, Webb Institute awarded 19 Bachelor of Science degrees at its 121st Commencement Ceremony. Each graduating student received a dual degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Webb’s commencement ceremony opened with the singing of the National Anthem by the WooFs (Webb Family Singers) and included inspirational remarks from the ceremony’s Principal Speaker, Bruce S. Rosenblatt. Rosenblatt, President of Bruce S. Rosenblatt & Associates, LLC, and Chairman of Webb’s Board of Trustees…

AIDAprima during her christening ceremony in Hamburg (Photo: Carnival Corporation & plc)

AIDAprima Christened in Hamburg

Carnival Corporation & plc officially welcomed its fleet’s newest ship with the christening of AIDAprima, now the flagship vessel for Carnival’s German-based brand AIDA Cruises. AIDAprima made its debut with a light show and naming ceremony witnessed in person by 1.6 million visitors at the 827th Hamburg Port Anniversary. AIDAprima launched as the corporation’s most environmentally friendly ship, equipped with a dual-fuel engine that can be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) while in port and at sea.

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Carnival to Open State-of-the-art Training Center

Carnival Corporation & plc announced today that its Arison Maritime Center in the Netherlands will honor the legacy of the Arison family who founded and grew the company into the world’s largest cruise line operation. The company also announced that construction is now well underway for what will be a state-of-the-art campus located in Almere, just outside Amsterdam. A grand opening celebration at the center is scheduled for July 14, 2016. The centerpiece of the new seven-acre campus is the CSMART Academy…

Dream-Dawn 2016 Photo Port of New Orleans

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…

Captain Inger Klein Thorhauge, who helms Cunard ships, is among women with prominent roles at Carnival Corporation. (Photo: Cunard)

Cruise Industry Sees More Women in Leadership Roles

When she left her home in the remote Faroe Islands and took a temporary job as a stewardess on a cargo ship, Inger Klein Thorhauge wanted most to become a wife and mother. But life at sea held such an attraction that she worked her way up through the ranks to become a cruise ship captain for Cunard. Thorhauge is part of a sea change at the top of the cruise industry, as women are smashing through the glass ceiling, bringing a new energy and new ways of thinking. In days of yore, women actually were considered bad luck in the maritime world.

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Carnival Opens High-tech Training Center

Carnival Corporation & plc today announced the official opening of its Arison Maritime Center, a world-class facility dedicated to providing safety training for its bridge and engineering officers responsible for the navigation and operation of the company’s fleet of cruise ships. Located in Almere, Netherlands just outside Amsterdam, the new 75-million-euro facility features some of industry’s most advanced simulators and training equipment to provide annual training to more than 6,500 bridge and engineering officers from Carnival’s 10 global cruise line brands.

CarnivalVista. Photo: Carnival Cruise Line

133,500-ton Carnival Horizon Unveiled

Carnival Cruise Line has announced that their next and 26th cruise ship in the fleet will be called Carnival Horizon. The  133,500-ton 3,936-passenger ship is currently under construction in the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. The Carnival Horizon will be the line’s second Vista-class ship and scheduled to be delivered in March 2018. “The name Carnival Horizon not only reflects the ship’s unique connection with the sea with so many spectacular indoor and outdoor spaces but also the boundless array of options that guests of all ages are sure to enjoy…

Carnival Valor (Photo: Carnival)

Carnival Increasing Capacity from NOLA

Carnival Cruise Line will expand capacity on its short cruise offerings from the Port of New Orleans beginning in 2019. Carnival Valor will shift to New Orleans for year-round four- and five-day cruises from the Big Easy beginning in May 2019, becoming the largest ship to offer a year-round short cruise itineraries from Port NOLA. On this route, four- day long weekend cruises depart Thursdays and visit Cozumel, while five-day voyages depart Mondays and Saturdays calling at Cozumel and Progreso.

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Carnival Vista Recognized as 'Green' Ship

Classification society Lloyd's Register has bestowed the "ECO Notation" designation on the new Carnival Vista, marking the first Carnival Cruise Line ship to achieve this distinction. The notation recognizes that the cruise line designed, built and operates Carnival Vista in a manner that exceeds current maritime statutory environmental regulations. Lloyd's Register (LR) established a set of voluntary standards that vessels can seek to achieve that exceed regulations established by the International Maritime Organization and other national and international regulatory agencies.

Nieuw Statendam, a new cruise ship under construction for Holland America Line brand at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera, Venice. (Photo: Fincantieri)

Four Carnival Brands to Debut New Ships in 2018

Carnival Corporation & plc will roll out four new ships in 2018 across four of its 10 global brands, as the company will add 18 new cruise liners to its fleet between 2018 and 2022. The new vessels to set sail in 2018 will be for Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Seabourn and AIDA Cruises, and follow three new ships debuted by Carnival Corporation in 2017. “Our fleet enhancement program enables us to manage the overall fleet by aligning new ship deliveries with our strategy for measured capacity growth over time…

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P&O Cruises Orders Second Ship at Meyer Werft

Carnival Corporation announced it has signed a shipbuilding contract for a second cruise ship for its P&O Cruises brand with German shipbuilder Meyer Werft GmbH that is scheduled to be delivered in 2022. Similar to a fellow P&O Cruises sister ship due for delivery in 2020, this second new vessel will be the largest cruise ship to be built specifically for the British market. It will be 180,000 gross tons and will accommodate approximately 5,200 guests (lower berths). Both new ships will be registered in the U.K.

Manuel Fernandez Perez Guerra, Director General of the National Port Administration of Cuba, and Brandy Christian, Port of New Orleans Chief Operating Officer, sign a memorandum of understanding in Havana Oct. 4. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (standing directly behind Christian) and Michael Kearney, Chairman of the Port of New Orleans Board of Commissioners (standing front right), were among the 50-member Louisiana trade delegation that visited Cuba Oct. 3-7. Photo NOLA

New Orleans Port Signs Mou With Cuba

Port of New Orleans Chief Operating Officer Brandy Christian joined Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards in signing a memorandum of understanding with Cuba on Oct. 4 pledging to expand trade and commerce opportunities between Louisiana and the Caribbean nation. The agreement also calls for joint marketing and information sharing efforts to meet those objectives. “The proximity and historical relationship between Cuba and the Port of New Orleans has us well-positioned should the trade embargo be lifted…

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The Cruise Industry Business Model Evolves

Shifting populations, desirable destinations and yes – economics – drive the cruise industry of tomorrow. Unlike the cargo side of shipping, the cruise business has seen a steadily upward trajectory, with steady growth over decades. The 2018 annual “State of the Cruise Industry” report from Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) was projecting a count of 27.2 million passengers for 2018, showing a steady rise from the 19.1 million, the figure for the beginning of the decade, and a substantial increase from 25.8 million in 2017.

The MSC Seaside, first of the MSC Seaside class to sail from PortMiami. (Credit: MSC)

New Ships, Passenger Records Pace Global Growth

The relentless increases in luxury ocean and river travel that has propelled the cruise industry in 2017 to new passenger records is a clear indication that 2018 and the next five years will see a new era in global travel. Even as the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) counted up the record number of global cruise passengers in 2017, CLIA member cruise lines are scheduled to debut 27 new ocean, river and specialty expedition ships this coming year. Among the most interesting of those ships are the two new Ponant ships…

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Carnival to Sponsor ‘The New Celebrity Apprentice’

Carnival Corporation & plc announced it will sponsor the two-part finale of the upcoming season of NBC’s “The New Celebrity Apprentice” airing next year on February 6 and 13. The sponsorship also features Carnival Corporation launching the Celebrity Apprentice Charity Challenge, supporting the charities chosen by the celebrity contestants while driving consumer engagement with the show. “The New Celebrity Apprentice” premieres on January 2 at 8 p.m. EST on NBC. With “The New Celebrity Apprentice” featuring a component that brings attention to worthwhile charities…

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JAXPORT Extends Agreement with Carnival

More than 2.2 million passengers have sailed from Jacksonville during 15 years of cruise service at JAXPORT. Now the port has reached a deal with Carnival Cruise Line to help that number grow even larger.An agreement signed today extends Carnival cruise service from Jacksonville through at least May 2021 and potentially through 2027.Carnival Elation will continue offering year-round sailing to the Bahamas from JAXPORT’s North Jacksonville Cruise Terminal. The contract extends the cruise line’s service from Jacksonville for three years with three additional two-year renewal options.

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Carnival Opens Second Cruise Terminal in Barcelona

Carnival Corporation officially opened its second cruise terminal at the Port of Barcelona with an inauguration ceremony attended by government, business and community representatives.During the ceremony, the company revealed that Helix cruise center will be the name of its new 12,500 square meter state-of-the-art terminal. At over 46 million euros, the Helix terminal and the company's existing terminal at the port represent Carnival Corporation's largest combined terminal investment…

Carlos Torres de Navarra (Photo: FCCA)

FCCA Operations Committee Names New Chairman

The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) announced the appointment of the new FCCA Operations Committee Chairman, Carlos Torres de Navarra, vice president of strategic and commercial port development, Carnival Cruise Line, effective January 1, 2017. Torres de Navarra oversees the strategic planning and execution with respect to port development and port-related commercial agreements. He also works with Carnival Corporation brands and destination stakeholders to optimize port strategies, and agreements as well as planning long-term strategies across regions.