Gonna need one hell of a coat rack…

March 4, 2008

I had a good chuckle when I saw this article the other day… Ocean Ranger Cruise Ship Bill Introduced In CaliforniaEnvironment News Service, February 24, 2008 Sacramento, CA — Every cruise ship transiting California waters would carry an Ocean Ranger aboard to oversee wastewater discharge practices and the maintenance and operation of pollution control equipment if a bill introduced in the state Senate Friday becomes law. Senator Joe Simitian, a…

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Lots of new cruisers out there

February 7, 2008

With the US market maturing, its amazing to see so many new builds being delivered this year. The trend seems to expand into untapped markets. Royal Caribbean is “home porting” ships all over the globe. The Vision is going in South America, Rhapsody in Asia, and a whack in Europe, including a Freedom class boat in the UK. I am theorizing them building a non US income stream to pay…

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A good reason to take your time building steam

December 16, 2007

Norway report blames NCL and BVCraig Eason, 11 December 2007 Lloyds List THE official report into the cruiseship Norway explosion in Miami in 2003 that killed eight crew members has said that the owner, Norwegian Cruise Line, and class society Bureau Veritas were partly to blame. The US National Transportation Safety Board report into the boiler room explosion claims that the probable cause was “the deficient boiler operation, maintenance, and…

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Korean built cruise ships coming soon

December 3, 2007

The Korean industrial group STX has purchased a 39% stake in Norway’s Aker Yards in late October 2007. The large Korean shipbuilding conglomerate seems to be going after the “specialized” shipbuilding European yards. Aker Yards operates 18 ship yards across Europe and Brazil, and has a workforce of about 20,000 people. They are responsible for building the worlds largest passenger ship, the Freedom Class of ships, for Royal Caribbean. Aker…

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Sailing with the anchor on the bottom…

October 6, 2007

Windjammer fleet stranded03 Oct 2007, Safety at Sea International MIAMI BEACH 3 October – Windjammer Barefoot Cruises is on the brink of bankruptcy, with all cruises halted and crew stranded. After months of cash shortfalls as the company sought a rescue investor, Windjammer cancelled all sailings late last week. The company’s phone line now offers a recorded message referring to “trying times” and the website has gone offline. The company’s…

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Norwegian Dawn gets dry after soaking

September 29, 2007

NCL passengers blew holiday storm out of proportionBy Sandra Speares, 11 June 2007 Lloyds List A FLORIDA jury has found in favour of Norwegian Cruise Line in legal action brought by passengers on a voyage during which Norwegian Dawn was hit by a freak wave, writes Sandra Speares. “We are pleased with the jury’s thoughtful and reasoned decision,” NCL chief executive Colin Veitch said following the verdict. “We have always…

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