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Queen Latifah Named Godmother Of Carnival Cruise Line’s Newest Ship, Carnival Horizon

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MIAMI, March 1, 2018 /Queen Latifah – Grammy award-winning musical artist, acclaimed television and film actress, label president, author and entrepreneur – has been named the godmother to Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, Carnival Horizon.

Latifah will participate in the ship’s official naming ceremony as well as a special “Lip Sync Battle: Horizon” showcase that is part of the line’s authentic shipboard reproduction of the hit Paramount Network series.  The event will be held during an invitation-only overnight gala onboard Carnival Horizon in New York City on May 23, 2018.

Currently starring in the FOX series “STAR,” Latifah is an incredible talent earning an Oscar nomination, a Golden Globe nomination and a SAG Award nomination for her portrayal as Mama Morton in Chicago. She also received an Emmy nomination, a Golden Globe win and a SAG Award win for performances in both “Life Support” and “Bessie,” an HBO biopic on the legendary jazz artist Bessie Smith as well as accolades for her performance as the title character in NBC’s The Wiz Live!

The first hip-hop artist to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Latifah has earned six Grammy nominations and a Grammy Award for Best Solo Rap Performance.  Her production company, Flavor Unit Entertainment, has quickly grown to prominence, producing award-winning television shows, blockbuster hits and independent films for a variety of Hollywood studios.

“With her fun-loving spirit and positive, can-do attitude, Queen Latifah embodies our brand and knows how to ‘Choose Fun’ in everything she does,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “Knowing that she is a long-time supporter of St. Jude and has performed and won ‘Lip Sync Battle’ made her the ideal candidate to serve as godmother to our newest ship,” she added.

“Carnival is an iconic American brand and it’s an honor to be named godmother of Carnival Horizon and take part in the event on May 23, honoring the special children of St. Jude – a cause that is very near and dear to my heart,” said Latifah.

The May 23 gala will recognize long-time Carnival partner St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with a check presentation from funds raised via various activities and events, both on board and ashore, leading up to the event. Additionally, Carnival will unveil special custom-designed artwork created by more than 30 St. Jude patients that will appear on the Carnival Horizon’s “Dreamscape,” a stunning three-deck-high LED sculpture that takes center stage in the ship’s atrium.

Following the event, Carnival Horizon begins her summer schedule from New York that runs through September followed by the launch year-round Caribbean cruises from Miami later that month.

As the line’s newest ship, Carnival Horizon will introduce a number of one-of-a-kind innovations, including Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse|Brewhouse with BBQ favorites created by Food Network star Guy Fieri in addition to the first Dr. Seuss-themed water park, part of the line’s exclusive partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the groundbreaking bike-ride-in-the-sky attraction called SkyRide, an IMAX Theatre, and more.

A wide range of accommodations will also be offered, including spa cabins with exclusive privileges at the luxurious Cloud 9 Spa, extra-roomy staterooms in Family Harbor, and tropics-inspired Havana staterooms and suites with exclusive daytime access to a Cuban-themed bar and pool.

Norwegian Cruise Line celebrates first construction milestone for newest ship

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Norwegian Encore

Norwegian Cruise Line marked the start of construction for its newest ship. Named Norwegian Encore, Norwegian’s latest addition to its young, modern fleet will sail The Caribbean from Miami seasonally beginning fall 2019.

“Norwegian Encore will be the fourth ship in the successful Breakaway Plus class of Norwegian Cruise Line,” says Christian Böll, Managing Director Europe at Norwegian Cruise Line. “Like all ships in our fleet, our newest one will have an excellent entertainment program, a variety of dining options and surprising on-board activities our guests can look forward to.”

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and MEYER WERFT executives gathered at the MEYER WERFT Laser Center in Papenburg, Germany and cut the first plate of steel, marking the ceremonial start of construction of Norwegian Encore, which is due for delivery on October 31, 2019. “We are excited to start production for Norwegian Encore and to create another floating destination for Norwegian Cruise Line”, said Stephan Schmees, Executive Board Member Project Management Ships, MEYER WERFT.

Norwegian Encore will be the seventeenth ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet and the line’s fourth and final ship in the Breakaway Plus Class, the most successful Class in the brand’s history. At approximately 167,800 gross tons and accommodating 4,000 guests, Norwegian Encore will sail weekly seven-day Caribbean cruises each Sunday from PortMiami, offering guests the superior service, world-class entertainment, signature dining and onboard experiences that Norwegian Cruise Line is known for around the globe. The ship will be available for reservations in March 2018.




The Baltic region is expected to continue to grow and prosper in the future. DFDS’ six ferry routes in the Baltic Sea combine people, businesses and nations across the region forming a vital part of the region’s infrastructure and transport solutions.

To improve our ability to support the growth of our freight customers and offer the best possible travel experience for passengers, two combined freight and passenger new buildings (ro-pax) have today been ordered for delivery in Q1 and Q3 2021 respectively.

“This investment reflects our commitment to and belief in a continued strong development in the Baltic region. The new ships will enable us to improve service levels for all our customers and improve the efficiency of the route network, also environmentally,” says Niels Smedegaard, CEO.

The ships are designed to each carry 4,500 lane metres of freight and passenger vehicles as well as 600 passengers.

The two ships will be built by Guangzhou Shipyard International Co, Ltd. at their Nansha Yard in China.

Both ships are planned to be deployed on one of the routes connecting Lithuania with either Sweden or Germany. The deployment in 2021 is planned to be a catalyst for a reallocation of ships in the Baltic route network ultimately increasing the network’s total freight capacity by around 30%.

The ships are built to the newest, environmental standard offering the lowest possible consumption and emissions. Scrubbers will also be installed on the ships.

Investment outlook increased for 2018
The investment in the two ships totals around DKK 1.8bn to be paid during the period from ordering to delivery in 2021. Around 10% is paid in connection with the ordering of the ships while more than half of the payment is due on delivery.

DFDS’ investment outlook for 2018 is increased to DKK 1.3bn from previously DKK 1.1bn following the new order.

Carnival Corporation orders new ship for P&O Cruises

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The new ship for P&O Cruises is scheduled for delivery in 2022. The 180,000 GRT ship will operate 100% with LNG.

MEYER WERFT and the cruising and leisure travel company Carnival Corporation (USA) have signed a contract for delivery of one additional cruise ship powered 100% by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). This new ship will be integrated in the fleet of the British cruising company P&O Cruises in 2022. The first ship of this type will be delivered to P&O Cruises in 2020.

“We are looking forward to build this innovative ship at our yards in Papenburg and Rostock (Warnemünde) continuing our long term partnership with Carnival Corporation”, says Tim Meyer, Managing Director of MEYER WERFT. “Due to our long term order book, we are constantly looking for Experts, especially for our Engineering and IT Departments.”

Shipbuilding is a highly competitive market which offers job perspectives for different specialists. The order book of MEYER WERFT reaches until 2023 und thus gives employees a long term perspective for the future.

Rostock based NEPTUN WERFT with its 550 employees will build and deliver large floating engine room units for these ships. These units include the main engine rooms and the LNG tank compartment with all associated equipment, systems and outfitting.

The new ships for P&O Cruises will be rated with more than 180,000 GT and have capacity for 5,200 passengers each. In the framework of the Green Cruising concept, the ships will be among the first cruise ships to run 100% on LNG, which makes them very environmentally friendly.


Ice-Breaking LNG Carrier for Yamal LNG Project Named Vladimir Rusanov – New Milestone with MOL’s 1st Vessel for World’s First Ice-Breaking LNG Carrier Project

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TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) today announced that on December 21, a naming ceremony for an ice-breaking LNG carrier, which was jointly ordered by MOL and China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited (China COSCO Shipping), was held at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME).

As a crowd of VIPs and personnel related to the project looked on, the newbuilding vessel was named the “Vladimir Rusanov” by Ms. Veronika Makeeva of PAO Novatek, the major shareholder of the Yamal LNG project. The name is derived from Russian Arctic explorer and geologist. The Vladimir Rusanov is the first of three newbuilding vessels for MOL and China COSCO Shipping’s fleets in the Yamal LNG Project(*1). The vessel is slated to go into service at the end of March 2018, following delivery at the end of December and ice trials (ice-breaking sea trials) in Arctic waters.

The Vladimir Rusanov and its sister ships will have independent ice-breaking capabilities enabling them to sail in seas with ice up to 2.1m thick. The vessels will transport LNG from the Yamal LNG plant at Sabetta on Russia’s Yamal Peninsula to worldwide LNG markets throughout the year. They will also be able to sail on the Arctic Sea Route to transport LNG to East Asia via the Bering Strait during the summer months. They are expected to make major contributions from various aspects such as improvement of LNG transport efficiency, establishment of a new transport route, and further reduction of CO2 emissions by shortening sailing distances.

MOL has allocated engineers to DSME to ensure safety and quality during the construction of these high-quality vessels, which are the world’s first ice-breaking LNG carriers, and promoted the project under a cooperative relationship with China COSCO Shipping.

In addition, MOL has carefully prepared a ship management system for operation in the Arctic Ocean, through special training of seafarers at Russian training institutes as well as training onboard ice-breakers and module carriers in operation in the Arctic.

Furthermore, along with its partner China COSCO Shipping, MOL has had the long-term charter contract for four conventional LNG carriers serving the Yamal LNG project, which MOL signed (*2) based on the trusting relationships with Russian and Chinese partners. The conventional vessels serving the project will be launched from 2019 to 2020.

MOL works continuously to accumulate the most advanced know-how and resources of Arctic Ocean operations throughout this project, and further develops high-quality ocean transport services in response to the needs of global customer.

(1) Length : 299.0 m
(2) Breadth : 50.00 m
(3) Draft : 12.00 m (at ice sea sailing)
(4) LNG tank : Membrane type
(5) Cargo tank capacity : 172,000 m3
(6) Ice class/Specification : RMRS ARC7/Special specifications for Arctic environment
(7) Ice-break sailing capabilities : Icebreaker bow structure; 3-axis POD propeller aft structure
Max. ice breaking capacity: 2.1 m (when going astern)
(8) Shipyard : Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd.
(9) Ship management company : Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.
(10) Ownership : Ownership: MOL 50% / China COSCO Shipping 50%

(*1) For details, please refer to the press release on July 9, 2014:
MOL signs Ship Building Contracts with DSME for ice class carriers

(*2) For details, please refer to the press release on November 2, 2017:
MOL and China COSCO Shipping Jointly Own 4 LNG Carriers for Russia Yamal LNG Project

Three Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines ships to undergo multi-million pound refits

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Three of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ ships will undergo multi-million pound refits this winter – in preparation for the start of the 2018/19 cruise season.

Two of Fred. Olsen ships – Braemar and Balmoral – will be refurbished before Christmas with the third, Boudicca, upgraded in March 2018. Black Watch, benefitted from extensive improvement work at the end of last year.

Mike Rodwell, Managing Director of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “We are very proud of our smaller, classic cruise ships and we recognise the importance of investing in ongoing upgrades to ensure that our guests can continue to enjoy them at their best. The refreshed Black Watch has been very well received by both new and existing guests so we are delighted that the rest of the fleet will also benefit.”

The schedule for the Fred. Olsen ships includes: upgrading the existing public areas, creating new facilities – such as a new restaurants and gelato bar on Balmoral, a new dining room on Boudicca, a new buffet restaurant on Braemar – and cabin enhancements across the fleet.

The 929-guest ship Braemar will set sail from Southampton to Hamburg on 23rd November 2017 for a nine-day dry dock at the Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany. Her first sailing after the refit will be a 16-night M1730 ‘Voyage to the Caribbean’ cruise from Southampton on 5th December 2017.

Fred. Olsen’s flagship Balmoral, will arrive in Hamburg on 10th December 2017 for a nine-day dry dock, before the 1,350 guest-ship departs on a 16-night L1728 ‘Canaries Christmas & Funchal Fireworks’ sailing from Southampton on 21stDecember 2017.

The 880-guest ship Boudicca will undergo a more extensive 13-day refurbishment in spring 2018, entering dry dock on 16thMarch 2018, before leaving from Dover on 29th March 2018 on a five-night D1804 ‘Mystery Cruise’.

In 2018/19 Fred. Olsen’s fleet of four smaller, more intimate cruise ships will be visiting no fewer than 228 destinations in 73 countries around the globe, covering 91 areas of scenic cruising, from the UK departure ports of Southampton, Dover, Liverpool, Newcastle and Edinburgh (Rosyth).

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Stena Line announces a new ferry route on the Baltic Sea

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The demand for freight capacity in the Baltic Sea has been growing steadily over the last number of years and Stena Line is supporting this growth through investing in a new route from Poland to Sweden, Gdynia-Nynäshamn, which will commence operations from October 16th 2017 with six trips a week.

“This is another important step where we are seeing a strong demand from our customers and also where we are building for the future. We will continue to develop our business in line with customer and market demands and the new route will be an important complement to our existing Baltic Sea routes”, says Stena Line’s CEO Niclas Mårtensson.

Stena Line has been operating the route from Gdynia to Karlskrona for over 20 years.

“We have been exploring the possibility over a period of time of improving our offering for our customers with an additional freight connection. Demand for freight capacity both from Poland and Sweden is showing continued growth and the routes over the Baltic Sea are an important part of the infrastructure connecting Central Europe with Scandinavia and have immense potential for development. This will now give us one very strong transportation hub in Gdynia, one in Nynäshamn and one in Karlskrona”, says Marek Kiersnowski, Trade Director Baltic Sea South.

The new route will operate its first sailing on the 16th October and will be operated by the chartered RoRo vessel Elisabeth Russ which is a freight only ferry carrying a mix of, trucks with drivers, trailers and containers. The ship will operate 3 round trips from Gdynia and Nynäshamn with a sailing time of 18 hours.

Facts about Elisabeth Russ 
Sailing time between Gdynia-Nynäshamn: 18 hours
Length: 153 metres
Width: 21 metres
Load capacity: 1625 lane metres




Trieste, September 25, 2017 – “Viking Sun”, the fourth of eight cruise ships Viking Ocean Cruises has ordered from Fincantieri, has been delivered today at the shipyard in Ancona.

“Viking Sun”, as its sister ships, is placed in the small cruise ship segment. In fact, with a gross tonnage of about 47,800 tons, it has 465 cabins with accommodation for 930 passengers, with a total capacity of over 1,400 people, including the crew.

The ship has been designed by experienced naval architects and engineers, including an interior design team of London-based SMC Design, and Los Angeles-based Rottet Studios, who transferred on “Viking Sun” a modern design of Scandinavian inspiration, featuring sophisticated elegance but functional, at the mean time. In addition to the all-veranda staterooms, the ship also has spacious suites with sweeping views, two pools, of which one Infinity Pool off the stern, and a Spa designed according to the wellness philosophy of the Scandinavian tradition, with a sauna and a snow grotto.

The Viking Ocean Cruises units are all built according to the latest navigation regulations and equipped with the most modern safety systems, including the “Safe return to port”. Furthermore, they feature the most advanced technologies for energy saving and for meeting the strictest environmental regulations with energy-efficient engines and an exhaust gas cleaning system.

The first of the series, “Viking Star”, has been built at the shipyard in Marghera and delivered in 2015, the second and the third, “Viking Sea” and “Viking Sky”, took the sea from the shipyard in Ancona in 2016 and 2017. The last four units will be delivered respectively in 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022.

Fincantieri has built 79 cruise ships from 1990 to today (56 from 2002), while other 32 are currently being designed or built in the Group’s yards.




Trieste, September 25, 2017 – Fincantieri, leader in cruise ship design and construction, and Carnival Corporation & plc, the world’s largest cruise company, announced today the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MoA) for the construction of one next-generation cruise ship for the iconic luxury brand Cunard.

The agreement will become operational when all the financial and technical conditions will be satisfied.

The ship will be built at the Monfalcone yard and join the Cunard’s fleet in 2022. The 113,000 ton ship will carry 3,000 guests and be the 249thto fly the Cunard flag, the first since 2010 when Fincantieri delivered the “Queen Elizabeth”, three years after the “Queen Victoria” was built in 2007. Marking the first time since 1998 that the luxury cruise brand will have four ships in simultaneous service.

We are very pleased to announce a fourth ship for our immensely popular Cunard brand, which is also one of the most legendary brands in the entire vacation industry,” said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation. “Cunard offers a fleet of unrivaled vessels and one of the most unique travel experiences in the world, which together create an enchanting and memorable vacation for our guests. While today’s news helps drive Cunard’s overall strategic growth plans, we also look forward to launching this next-generation cruise ship to help meet increasing global demand and entice even more travelers to explore the Cunard experience.” Donald added: “Fleet enhancement is an important part of our ongoing goal to exceed guest expectations. This includes replacing less efficient ships with more efficient vessels over time as part of our managed capacity growth”.

Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, stated: “With this agreement we once more link our company’s name with Cunard’s, a real icon of the cruise market, confirming us as a shipbuilder able to combine tradition and innovation like no one else in the world. It is a lasting journey that, besides the construction of the two authentic ‘queens’ like “Queen Victoria” and “Queen Elizabeth”, stresses the importance of our partnership with Carnival. Bono concluded: “In fact, for this Group we have built 63 ships, representing today almost two-thirds of their fleet, with other 9 to come in the coming years. A cooperation which can be defined as historical, based on relationships of mutual respect and trust”.

Fincantieri has built 78 cruise ships since 1990 (55 from 2002), 63 of which for Carnival’s different brands, while other 33, including agreements, are currently being designed or built in the Group’s yards, 9 of which for the shipowners of the American group.

Saga Cruises expands fleet with second new build ship

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2017-09-22 15_55_23-Pressemitteilungen _ Saga Cruises und MEYER WERFT vereinbaren zweiten Neubau

Saga Cruises has today confirmed plans to extend its fleet of new build ships with a second new cruise ship. Spirit of Adventure is expected to be delivered in Summer 2020, joining the Spirit of Discovery which sails in July 2019.

Both ships will be built by the renowned Meyer Werft shipyard – a recognised leader in cruise ship construction.

Spirit of Adventure will be a sister ship to Spirit of Discovery and similar in external design, carrying less than 1,000 passengers, balconies for all cabins and retaining the intimacy and personal touches Saga are renowned for.

Lance Batchelor, chief executive officer, Saga plc who announced the decision at the company’s interim results today said:

“Our first new ship, Spirit of Discovery, will be in service in June 2019 and with pre-sales being very strong, this confidence in demand has supported our decision to expand the new build fleet and purchase our second new ship, to be delivered in August 2020.”

Robin Shaw, chief executive, Saga Cruises, said: “Our loyal customers have played a key role in the design process for our first new build ship ‘Spirit of Discovery’. To date almost 7,000 passengers, who had pre-registered to sail on her have already gone on to book one of our new itineraries. This is a phenomenal conversion of over 80%.

Thanks to this strong demand, the desire of Saga members to keep doing the things they love and the forecast growth in the cruise industry, I am absolutely delighted that we are today confirming that we have now agreed to build a second new ship, ‘Spirit of Adventure’ for delivery in Summer 2020. This is an incredibly exciting time for Saga cruises and I am immensely proud of my team, both onboard and ashore, and the customers that will continue to help shape the look and feel of our future fleet.”

Bernard Meyer, managing partner of Meyer Werft said: “We are very happy and honoured to continue to work with Saga Cruises. Their decision to build now two vessels with us makes us very proud.”

The 58,250 GT vessel will be approx. 236 metres long, 31.2 metres wide with a planned completion date of Summer 2020.

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