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Woman Rescued Ten Hours After Falling From Cruise Ship

By MarEx 2018-08-19 17:30:31

A woman was rescued on Sunday after she fell from the Norwegian Star and spent 10 hours in the water. The ship was sailing in the Adriatic Sea after departing from Croatia when the British woman, 46, fell overboard shortly before midnight on Saturday. She has been taken to hospital and is believed to be in a stable condition. The crew of the Croatian Coast Guard ship Cavtat reportedly found her swimming, nearly exhausted, near where she is believed to...

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AIDAnova

AIDAnova Ready for Float Out

By MarEx 2018-08-15 01:20:39

The first cruise ship from AIDA Cruises to use LNG is scheduled to leave the Meyer Weft's covered building dock on August 21. AIDAnova is the world's first cruise ship that will be operated both in port and at sea on LNG, using four dual-fuel Caterpillar engines.  On leaving the building dock, she will berth at the shipyard’s outfitting pier where her mast and funnel cladding will be fitted, along with further interior fitting out. Additionally, her engines will be...

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Oasis of the Seas

Watch: Oasis of the Seas Maneuver into St. Thomas

By MarEx 2018-08-14 17:49:17

For Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas, one of the world’s largest cruise ships, arriving to St. Thomas in the Caribbean poses a number of challenges due to the location's narrow water ways, sailboats anchored in the harbor, a tight turn and just six feet of clearance below the keel. With a local pilot offering his expertise on the currents and local marine environment, and powerful bow thrusters which gives the captain the control he needs to pull the 1,187-foot...

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Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises to Revamp Four Ships

By MarEx 2018-08-14 03:41:19

Oceania Cruises will spend $100 million enhancing four of its ships: Regatta, Insignia, Sirena and Nautica. Named its OceaniaNEXT initiative, the 684-passenger ships will each receive 342 new designer suites and staterooms and new décor in the vessels' restaurants, lounges and bars. Insignia will be the first to debut on December 7, 2018, followed by Sirena in May 2019, Regatta in September 2019 and Nautica in June 2020. The ships were built in the 1980s, and their refurbishment will reflect...

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Cuba

Seabourn Cruises into Cuba in 2019

By MarEx 2018-08-12 02:10:41

Carnival Corporation cruise line Seabourn has received approval to begin sailing to Cuba from Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico, starting November 4, 2019. The line will commence operations with a 12-day cruise on board Seabourn Sojourn visiting five ports in Cuba throughout the season. Seabourn joins sister brands Carnival Cruise Line and Holland America Line to be Carnival Corporation's third cruise brand currently approved to sail to Cuba. Carnival Corporation led the opening of the Cuba market for cruising...

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Cunard Queens and the Red Arrows

Passengers View Red Arrows From Cunard Queens

By MarEx 2018-08-11 17:19:58

Cunard's three “queens” Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth sailed from Southampton on Friday amid a display from the the Red Arrows, the Royal Air Force Aerobic Team. The sendoff marks the first time in Cunard's history that guests had the opportunity to see the Red Arrows flying display while on board. Cunard is the only line to offer regularly scheduled Transatlantic service between New York and London.  A new ship is...

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American Song

First Modern Riverboat in U.S. History Nearly Ready to Sail

By MarEx 2018-08-02 20:05:06

American Cruise Lines has announced that the first modern riverboat in U.S. history, American Song, is nearly complete. The vessel, being built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding, is set to sail her inaugural cruise October 6, 2018 on the Mississippi River from New Orleans—during the city’s Tri-centennial year. She has five decks, accommodates 190 passengers and has 102 staterooms. The bow of American Song is designed to open, allowing a retractable rotating gangway to extend from the ship’s main deck directly to...

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Botany Bay

Bound for Botany Bay

By MarEx 2018-08-02 19:39:48

Cruise passengers could be greeted by cargo cranes instead of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge when arriving in Sydney after Australia's Federal Government rejected plans for cruise ships to dock alongside naval vessels at Garden Island in Sydney Harbour. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said: "Garden Island is a naval base and the ships of the Royal Australian Navy will always have the priority there, not … cruise ships." The original Sydney Harbour cruise terminal is struggling to services...

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Westerdam in Alaska courtesy of Holland America Line.

Bucket Lists Drive Destination Choice

By MarEx 2018-08-02 18:46:53

According to the latest Travel Agent Cruise Industry Outlook Report, travelers are spending more and specifically seeking out new, adventure-filled destinations to fulfill “bucket lists.”  The report, from Cruise Lines International Association, states that 62 percent of agents have experienced an increase in cruises booked to Alaska, making it one of the fastest growing destinations in the cruise industry. Other popular destinations include the Caribbean/Bermuda/Mexico (41 percent), Mediterranean Europe (36 percent) and Canada/New England (36 percent). Agents are also seeing...

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NYC Ferry Adds Service to the Bronx and Lower East Side

By MarEx 2018-08-02 15:12:23

The NYC Ferry, a small-vessel service operated by Hornblower for the City of New York, is adding two new routes to its popular inter-borough network. Starting August 15th, it will offer a route up the East River from Wall Street to the Upper East Side to the Bronx's Soundview neighborhood. On August 29, it will launch a Lower East Side route connecting Wall Street with the LES, Stuyvesant Town, Midtown and Long Island City.  “We’re excited to launch NYC Ferry...

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