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Royal Caribbean Skips Calls in San Juan Due to Political Protests

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-17 19:26:03

After the recent release of hundreds of pages of offensive chat messages sent by Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello, demonstrators have gathered in Old San Juan to call for his resignation. The protests turned violent on Monday night, prompting an investigation by the U.S. Justice Department and the FBI. Given circumstances on the ground, Royal Caribbean has elected to cancel at least two port calls in the city.  “Due to the ongoing civil unrest in San Juan, Puerto Rico, we...

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Carnival Targets Single-Use Plastics

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-09 19:23:49

Carnival Corporation will significantly reduce its purchase and consumption of non-essential single-use plastics by the end of 2021.  The effort to dramatically reduce single-use plastics across its nine global cruise line brands is part of an expansion of Operation Oceans Alive, the corporation’s program for achieving environmental excellence, introduced in January 2018. The plastics commitment includes initiatives to reduce or eliminate plastic straws, cups, lids and bags, among other single-use items. The brands are also working to potentially eliminate individual...

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Video: Cruise Ship Narrowly Misses Dock in Venice's Giudecca Canal

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-08 17:01:52

The regional port authority for Venice has launched an investigation after a cruise ship made a close approach to a pier during a passage through the historic Giudecca Canal.  On Sunday, the vessel Costa Deliziosa was passing through the historic waterway during a severe storm, and bystander video from the scene indicates that she had a close encounter with a pier and a moored superyacht during the transit. Heavy rain, hail, lightning and gusts of wind are apparent from the...

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Man-Overboard Search Launched for Cruise Ship Crewmember

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-05 15:41:42

The U.S. Coast Guard has launched a SAR effort to locate a crewmember from the cruise ship Carnival Victory who went overboard Thursday afternoon.  The victim, a 37-year-old male crewmember, was seen going over the side at a position about 30 nm off the coast of Cuba as the Victory transited back to her home port of Miami, Florida.  "The ship's command immediately returned to the location where the crew member was last seen and initiated search and rescue activities,...

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First Hybrid Cruise Ship Sails at Last

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-04 20:57:13

Hurtigruten’s diesel hybrid powered cruise ship Roald Amundsen is the first vessel of her kind, and this week she became the first cruise ship in the world to sail (for a period) on battery electric power alone. "This opens a new chapter in maritime history. MS Roald Amundsen is the first cruise ship equipped with batteries, something deemed impossible just a few years back," said Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam. Over the course of a voyage, Amundsen's hybrid propulsion will reduce CO2...

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Lisa Bauer Named CEO Of Starboard Cruise Services

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-04 20:15:20

At-sea retailer Starboard Cruise Services has named Lisa Bauer President and Chief Executive Officer.  Starboard Cruise Services provides retail operations for Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Costa Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Dream Cruises, Crystal Cruises and Silversea. The company is headquartered in Miami and has offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Genoa, Italy. Bauer will oversee all operations for Starboard and sister company Onboard Media, an integrated media company, comprising 2,500 employees working both on land and...

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Leadership Team Named for Enchanted Princess

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-04 19:30:29

Princess Cruises has announced the leadership team for its newest ship, Enchanted Princess, a year before her debut. Captain Nick Nash and Captain Gennaro Arma will rotate as Captains. The vessel will be debuting in Rome (Civatevecchia) on June 19, 2020. Nash will bring the ship into service from the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, with Chief Engineer Officer Ignazio Cappelluti, Hotel General Manager Dirk Brand and Staff Captain Raffaele Di Martino.  Arma will serve together with Chief Engineer Officer...

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Seabourn Unveils Passenger Submarine Design

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-04 19:13:43

Seabourn has revealed the design for its custom submarines that will operate excursions from the line’s two upcoming ultra-luxury expedition ships.  Both Seabourn Venture and her yet-to-be-named sister ship will sail globally carrying two U-Boat Worx Cruise Sub 7 submarines designed specifically for Seabourn. Each battery-powered sub will carry six guests as well as a pilot and is capable of reaching depths of up to 300 meters. They are certified for continuous diver operations of up to eight hours. Independent...

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Alaska's Governor Suspends Funding for Cruise Ship Monitors

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-04 18:57:32

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy has vetoed funding for a long-running program that employs American marine engineers as monitors aboard the foreign-flag cruise ships that transit Alaskan waters.  The operation - known as Ocean Rangers - is similar in concept to NOAA' fishery observer program, which places paid monitors aboard fishing vessels to ensure compliance. Under Ocean Rangers, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed marine engineers have been riding large cruise ships in Alaska since 2006, when state residents voted for a ballot measure to create the program. It...

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Spirit of Discovery Delivered to Saga Cruises

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-04 18:39:42

German shipyard Meyer Werft has handed over Spirit of Discovery to the British cruise line Saga Cruises. She will be named at the Port of Dover on July 5, 2019. The vessel with a rating of 58,250 GT will, in a first for Meyer Werft, be equipped with the eSiPod propulsion system delivered by Siemens. The prodded propulsion system is claimed to be low-noise, low-vibration and superior to conventional diesel electric solutions due to its efficiency, manoeuvrability and flexibility. It has a...

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