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Bernard Pras, homage to Magritte: preassigned vantage point (Photo: YSA Design)

Nieuw Statendam Arrives with Artistic Edge

Around 2,500 original artworks aboard Holland America Line’s newest cruise ship look beyond simply working in sympathy with their seaborne surroundings to put the visual surprises of contemporary art at the center of the cruising experience.Developed by YSA Design and Art@YSA, curated art has been a special area of focus on board the 99,902gt Pinnacle-class vessel Nieuw Statendam, where it is seen as a key differentiator likely to catch the attention of new and repeat cruise guests alike.As with sister ship Koningsdam…

Phot credit: MSC Cruises

Cruise Ships Cancel Tunisia Calls in Wake of Islamic Terrorists Attack

Cruise lines like Holland America, MSC Cruises, Costa Cruises, Star Clippers, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and Aida Cruises have canceled all port stops to Tunisia for the rest of the year following the jihadist terrorist attack and massacre in the capital March 18th. Seventeen cruisers from Costa Cruises and MSC Cruises ships visiting Tunis for the day were killed in Wednesday's attack, which took place at the city's Bardo National Museum. More than 20 other cruisers were wounded. The…

Banana Coast to Welcome First Mega Cruise Ship

Banana Coast, the newest cruise port in the western Caribbean, is preparing to host its first mega cruise ship call at the deep-water Bay of Trujillo, Honduras. Norwegian Cruise Line's 2,376-passenger Norwegian Jewel is scheduled to arrive Oct. 15, 2014, launching the port's inaugural cruise season with the first of 29 calls. The port is planning a ribbon-cutting ceremony that is slated to include government and community leaders from around the region. Invitees include Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández; Vice President Ricardo Alvarez…

Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald

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…

Pacific Jewel is part of the P&O Cruises' fleet of three ships currently based in Australia.

Carnival Expands in Australia

Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) announced plans to expand in Australia, one of the fastest growing markets in the cruise industry. With Australian cruise passenger numbers having increased 130%in the past five years and projections of 800,000 cruise passengers in 2013 growing to one million by 2016, P&O Cruises (Australia), one of Carnival Corporation’s 10 brands, will add two ships to its fleet in 2015. With a total of five ships, P&O Cruises will establish…

Ostuferhafen Berth No. 1

Port of Kiel Expands Cruise Capacities

Extension of Berth No.1 at Kiel’s Ostuferhafen has started. The Port of Kiel – third largest turnaround port for cruises in northern Europe -  is expanding its handling capacities for cruise ships. Construction work for the extension of Berth No.1 at Ostuferhafen has begun, so that large cruise ships can dock there this summer already. Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the Port of Kiel  (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG): “The shipping routes of northern Europe attract more and more big cruise ships as well as a constantly increasing number of tourists.

Short List Announced for the 2012 International Seafarers' Welfare Awards

The International Seafarers' Welfare Awards, aimed at show-casing best practice in seafarers' welfare in the maritime industry, will take place on November 28, 2012 at the IMO in London. - Port of the Year: Port of Corpus Christi, USA; Kandla Port, India and Port of Singapore, Singapore. - Seafarer Center of the Year: The Flying Angel Club Fremantle, Australia; Mission to Seafarers Sydney, Australia; Mission to Seafarers Vancouver & Roberts Bank, Canada; Seafarers' House Port Everglades, USA; Seamen's Club Welcome Bremerhaven, Germany.