Cruise Ship News Archive - 2002
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Industry News - [23 Dec 2002]
sHave a Happy New Year everybody!
There is a report indicating that a technical study
of the "S.S. Norway" may show she is capable of being updated
and this may be an indication her owners Star Cruises are interested in
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines "m/v Brilliance
of The Seas" is hit with a Norwalk-like virus. Passengers
and crew are stricken ill.
The Wind Star Cruises vessel "m/s Wind Song"
that was gutted by fire, has been seized by the Tahitian government for
payment of the US$3 million dollar
rescue effort. The cruise line is working to recover the vessel.
There is a report indicating that the former Baas
Strait passenger ship "Spirit of Tasmania" is on the move.
She has been observed leaving her port of lay up.
The P&O/Princess Cruises new build "m/s
Coral Princess" has departed from her French builder, and is bound
for her new home port of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Industry News - [21 Dec 2002]
Merry Christmas everybody!
Cruises new build "m/s Coral Princess" has been delivered
to her new owners. The delays were being caused by an engineering
issue, which appears to be resolved for now. Congratulations...
Cruises new acquisition of the former Renaissance Cruises "R4" has been
christened as the new "m/s Tahitian Princess".
Holland America Line is now celebrating the inauguration
of their new ship the "m/s Zuiderdam". Congratulations...
Radisson Seven Seas has had the bad of their "m/s
Hanseatic" being cruelly pounded by a large and angry rogue wave.
The vessel has sustained moderate damage, and there were no major injuries
Cruises new build "m/s Diamond Princess" was gutted by fire,
because of a welders torch.
Industry News - [17 Dec 2002]
The now sunken car carrier "Tricolor"
which was recently struck again in low tide, was originally sunk on 4 Dec
2002 during thick fog in the English Channel by the container ship "Kariba".
None of the "Tricolor's" 29 Philipino crew were injured. Her captain
and two officers were taken aboard the other ship. The car carrier
was carrying about 2,850+ cars and
containers. She also was carrying about 2,000
gallons of oil.
A female employee of Celebrity Cruises has filed
a sexual assault case against the cruise line, alleging that two make crew
members attacked her, beat her, and raped her. This case is pending
in a Miami county Florida district court. The female employee states
also the the cruise line allegedly failed to aid her following the
attack, and didn't do anything to assist the authorities in gathering evidence.
The Bahamian police have detained the two men believed to be involved with
Patients in a hospital in Long Island, New York,
are now sick from passengers carrying the Norwalk-like virus. About
people have taken ill, and are now quarantined by the hospital.
Industry News - [14 Dec 2002]
A new cruise line is forming to offer entertainment
cruises for the St. Petersburg area. Welcome Titan Cruise Lines.
The 3000 ton vessel "Nicole" has struck
the sunken freighter "Tricolor" and is stuck on the wreckage.
Industry News - [12 Dec 2002]
Happy Holidays and seasons greetings from
Carnival Cruise Lines "m/v Carnival Conquest"
returned from her voyage today, with more than 200
passengers feeling sick from what is described as a 'Norwalk-like' intestinal
Industry News - [10 Dec 2002]
Cruises "m/v Coral Princess" has been delayed due to engineering
problems with the ships propulsion system.
Industry News - [09 Dec 2002]
The former Regency Cruises "m/v Regent Sky"
is up for sale, USD$11 million dollars.
She will be scrapped otherwise.
Industry News - [06 Dec 2002]
Norwegian Cruise Lines has named Kim Cattrall as
the Godmother of their new "m/s Norwegian Dawn".
The "R.M.S. Windsor Castle" needs your
help. She is slated to be sold for scrap...
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines "m/v Majesty of
The Seas" had left more than 1,422
passengers stranded on their private island in the Caribbean, after a sudden
shift in the weather. The sky turned black, a funnel cloud was spotted,
and the seas were swelling to 6 feet
or more. Evacuation was not possible, so the passengers were stranded
in the dark cold weather, on a deserted island. The were given blankets,
sweatshirts, and a hot dog dinner, and finally went back to the ship 21
hours later. No injuries were reported.
Industry News - [05 Dec 2002]
Carnival Cruise Lines "m/v Carnival Conquest"
is making quite an impression. Her size being the most stunning of
all. She is in an area, where low hung power lines are now becoming
a problem for her. They run across the Mississippi River, and her
great size threatens to snag on them. A solution of moving the power
lines underground is being discussed.
Industry News - [04 Dec 2002]
Fred Olsen's "m/s Black Watch" was
delayed on her voyage to Southampton because of mechanical troubles.
The laid up "m/v Enchanted Isle" in
a bid to save her life, may have lost the battle. Her owners Silja
Line, has reportedly decided to sell her, by the end of the year she will
be sold to the breakers.
It has been reported that the former Ellerman Liner
"m/s City of York" has been run aground, in an effort to
prevent her from continuing to sink. She recently sprung some kind
of a leak, and has been taking on water.
The P&O Cruises
vessel "m/s Oceana" has reported that 124 of it's passengers
have taken sick, on a 15 night cruise from Port Everglades, Florida.
The CDC is looking into this.
The Crystal Cruises new build "m/s Crystal
Serenity" has a Godmother, England's very own Lady Dame Judy. Congratulations.
The "R.M.S. Queen Mary" is having her
35th anniversary celebration on December 8th
and 9th, come and
Industry News - [02 Dec 2002]
The Wind Star Cruises ship "m/s Wind Song"
has been declared a total loss, following a destructive fire that ripped
from the engine room, and gutted the vessel. All 127
passengers and 92 crew escaped the
fire without injury.
The Carnival Cruise Lines "m/v Holiday"
had run aground on a sand bar in Cozumel, Mexico, on November
She has returned to service as of December 2nd.
Norwegian Cruise Lines brand new "m/s Norwegian
Dawn" will be arriving in Southampton, England a full day ahead
of it's proposed schedule.
Carnival Cruise Lines "m/v Fascination"
has just joined the list of the afflicted cruise ships. More than
passengers took ill, while on a three day cruise.
Wind Star Cruises "m/s Wind Song" had
to cut short a cruise, after a fire broke out in her engine room.
Her passengers were put into life boats, and then later flown home.
A refund has been issued to these passengers.
Clipper Cruise "m/s Clipper Adventurer"
hd run aground, of the isle of Deception (King George Island). Chilean
Navy reports damage is minor, and a tug was standing by.
It has been reported that the King of Spain may visit
the site where the oil tanker sank, and spilled over 70,000
gallons of crude into the ocean.
The European Union is calling for a ban on single
walled tankers, in favor of the double walled versions.
The International Maritime Museum (IMO)
is meeting to discuss the possibility of a security measure to better protect
the maritime community. It will cover the vessels and ports.
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CENTURY OCEAN LINERS
Can I Cruise With Confidence?...
seem that many people are concerned about the latest scares of sickness
aboard the cruise ships. Passengers are justified in their concerns.
But, it doesn't mean that you have to cancel your travel plans. When
you go aboard the ship just be certain to monitor your surroundings, and
take a notice of who and what is around you. If you feel that something
isn't quite right, then feel free to let a crew member know how you feel.
Be polite and honest with the person you speak to. There is no need
to be unkind, or say things that aren't nice. Just tell the crew
member, you are uncomfortable about what you have seen, or noticed, and
leave it at that. If you should feel ill, or experience any
problems, let your cabin steward know right away, or go visit the ships
infirmary for a check-up. It's in our opinion, that the illnesses
and such found aboard the ships is not the fault of the company, crew or
the passengers, but more realistically the work of a lone individual seeking
to disrupt and destroy the safety and structure of the cruise community.
Is it terrorism? We don't know. Is it just random? We
do not believe so, but we do not place any blame on the cruise lines, nor
any of their employees. This situation is very strange. But be patient,
while the cruise lines, and the authorities work to sort this all out.
Industry News - [29 Nov 2002]
Industry News - [25 Nov 2002]
The 'Love Boat' gets a new name, she'll be sailing
for new owners as the 'm/s Pacific".
Disney Cruises "m/s Disney Magic" continues
to be harassed by a stomach flu.
Industry News - [23 Nov 2002]
The "R.M.S. Windsor Castle" formerly
of the Union Castle Line, is the subject of a foundation proposal to save
her. Please contact email@example.com
for more info.
The former "m/v Transvaal Castle" might
be moving to Freemantle, Australia. A plan has been proposed to use
the ship and possibly some of her former fleetmates from the now defunct
Premier Cruise Lines, an a new cruise line based in the Australian waters.
MegaWest Cruises is looking to raise funds, to setup this venture.
There are some photographs available for you, of
the equipment for the "Queen Mary 2"
being delivered to her builder in France. Click [Here]
to have a look... :-)
A truck falls from a ferry into the Long Island Sound
on November 19th.
The driver's body was recovered. Our sincere condolences to his family
and friends. It was aboard the "Susan Ann".
The Chinese shipyard in Juangnan, Singapore delivered
a huge train ferry this week, the "Yuehaitie No.1".
The Steamship Historical Society of America West
Coast Chapter has a new home aboard the "R.M.S. Queen Mary".
For more information, click [Here].
Mr. Richard Miller of Nautiques dies suddenly at
age 49. Our condolences to his
family and friends.
The "m/s Crown Odyssey" will be transferred
from the Orient Line, to the NCL fleet. She will follow the itineraries
for two of her sisters. The "m/v Norwegian Dream" and
the "m/v Norwegian Sea".
The Ukrainian cruise ship "Olvia" was
briefly detained in New Zealand for an environmental concern, that was
resolved. She was later released.
Industry News - [20 Nov 2002]
US health officials are concerned by the seemingly
growing threat of sickness aboard cruise ships that call on US ports. To
date, several cruise ships have been affected by a 'Norwalk-like' stomach
flu. Passengers are asked to use caution when traveling.
Disney Cruise Lines reports that the "m/s Disney
Magic" had 100 of her passengers
fall ill to a stomach sickness like that of the Holland America Lines "m/s
Amsterdam", Disney says it will be cleaning and disinfecting the
ship while at sea, and does not plan to cancel any cruises at the this
time. Disney says it will be offering sick passengers compensation.
The former Commodore Cruise Lines (nw bankrupt) "m/s
Enchanted Isle" is getting a new lease on life. The World
Explorer Cruises will be working jointly with Helsinki based Siljia Lines
to operate the ship. Her new name will be "m/s Universe Ambassador".
Her planned itineraries are not yet confirmed.
The Port of New Orleans, Louisiana has a newly established
safety zone, from mile marker 87.2to
this zone extends down a length of five miles, and covers the full with
of the Mississippi river. The only vessel allowed in the zone right
now is the US based "m/v Carnival Conquest".
Industry News - [19 Nov 2002]
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines has taken delivery of
their new "m/v Navigator of The Seas". Congratulations!
Holland America Line has now taken delivery of their
new "m/s Zuiderdam". Congratulations!
Carnival Cruise Lines is giving the impression that
their new "m/v Carnival Conquest" might be deployed from
New Orleans, Louisiana.
A source tells us that the French shipyard of Chantiers
de l'Atlantique has been receiving parts, supplies and equipment for the
Cunard Line new build "m/s Queen Mary 2".
The US defense department is in a waiting game, while
the US Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld decides the fate of a next
generation of nuclear aircraft carriers. The CVNX is in for about
billion dollars of the allocated
General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman
shipyards are teaming up with foreign shipbuilders for the study of the
Combat Ships. The program is to determine the possibility of building
such a vessel.
The crude oil tanker "Prestige" has
finally sank about 30 miles off the southwest coast of Spain. Ecological
and nature supporters are very concerned that the 70,000 tons of liquid
fuel oil the ship was carrying will leak to the surface from the ocean
floor, and cause an ecological disaster.
The President of Panama has been asked to christen
the P&O/Princess Cruises new build "m/s Coral Princess"
after her completion, and delivery from her builders.
The international tennis star Stefanie Graf has been
chosen by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines to serve as the godmother for their
new vessel "m/v Navigator of The Seas". Steffi will
name the ship officially in ceremonies on Dec. 6th,
Industry News - [17 Nov 2002]
The West Coast Chapter of the SS United States Foundation
held their first meeting on the 16th.
The meeting was held at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum in San Pedro, CA.
The meeting was very informative, and drew a crowd of over forty people.
The P&O/Princess Cruises new build
Coral Princess" will be delayed. The French shipyard of Chantiers
de l'Atlantique has indicated that they have encountered some unexpected
Norwegian Cruise Lines is in what reports call a
serious discussion, with the German shipyard of Lloyd Werft, to complete
the Project America vessel that NCL purchased, and to possibly build the
second smaller ship.
A report is suggesting that 'freak waves', unusually
large, and fast moving elements of water, may be caused by strange or unexpected
The "R.M.S. Queen Mary" is going to
celebrate her 35th
anniversary in Long Beach, California. On December 7th
the historical society will be hosting a free to the public floatilla,
along the coastline. The festivities will include a time capsule
to be created and sealed on December 9th,
It will then be reopened on December 9th,
on the 100th anniversary
of the "R.M,S. Queen Mary" being in Long Beach, California.
For more information visit Queen
Holland America Line pulls the "m/s Amsterdam"
from service. To overcome a stomach virus. She will return
to service on December 1st,
The former planned mid-section of the "m/s
Costa Classica" was onboard the Giant 2 sub-mersible barge, and
was bound for somewhere in Europe. The mid-section has been sold
by Cammell Laird to HAPO for demolitions.
The former 'Love Boat' of television fame, and a
recent retiree from the P&O/Princess Cruises fleet, will be making
a very new and surprise come-back. The Pullmantur Cruises of Spain
has purchased the vessel from its recent buyers. So expect to see
her in 2003. Her new name and
itinerary are not yet announced.
Three classic steamers will remain among us.
"The Topaz", "Enchanted Isle" and "Stella
Solaris" will all be seen in the upcoming year. This is great
The new "Costa Fortuna" has been launched, and her
sister, the "Costa Magica" are both expected to enter service in the year
coming years, 2003 and 2004.
Congratulations to Costa Crociere.
More than two dozen passenger fell ill to a flu like
stomach virus on their trip from San Diego, California aboard the Holland
America line vessel "m/s Statendam". The cruise line
is now dealing with the results of this problem.
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CENTURY OCEAN LINERS
Cruise Lines Adhere To Their Consumer Cancellation
This is a serious financial concern for many
passengers who take trips on a cruise ship. When you book your trip,
it is a very good idea to purchase cruise cancellation insurance.
It is also a good idea to consult your insurance company to arrange for
travel insurance for yourself. In the aftermath of September 11th2001,
the travel industry is an uncertain realm. This does not mean, you
run to your travel agent, and cancel your trip, and blow up at them...
You simply contact your travel agent and your insurance agent, and get
yourself some travel insurance. This is to financially protect you
as a consumer. If you have to cancel your trip at the last minute,
or if the airlines, or the cruise line issue a cancellation, you will be
able to recover a better portion of the money you paid for your fares.
This is also true, if you become sick or injured while on a cruise.
Industry News - [12 Nov 2002]
Industry News - [10 Nov 2002]
Cruises new builds will trade their names. The "m/s Diamond
Princess" will be trading her name for the new "m/s Sapphire
Princess". The original ships will then appear in order of
completion. The original
will be undergoing a rebuilding
before she can be completed, about 40%
of her superstructure needs to be replaced. The original new build
appear as the "m/s Diamond Princess" on schedule, in February
The gutted Diamond, now Sapphire will be available for completion
sometime in 2005.
Industry News - [07 Nov 2002]
The SS United States Foundation West
Coast Chapter will be holding a meeting on Saturday, November 16th,
The meeting will be held at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, at 2:30
ResidenSea's "The World" will not be
calling on Indonesia as originally planned.
The 'Project America' vessels, and the parts for
it's smaller companion were purchased by Norwegian Cruise Lines for a mere
million dollars. The partially completed vessel, is under tow, on
her way to an unspecified port in the European area to be completed.
The vessel was once part of the now defunct American Classic Voyages Co.
that fell prey in the wake of the September 11th
terrorist attacks on the United States.
US lawmakers and coastal patrol services are being
frustrated by ship that dump or expel bilge or dark water contents the
US harbors, and nearby waterways and oceans. They are troubled as
detection and control efforts seem to be unable to curb those ships from
continuing to do this.
Carnival Cruise Lines "m/v Carnival Conquest"
will be based out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Congratulations and
Victoria" will become the "m/s Mona Lisa".
The "m/s The Topaz" from Thomson Holidays
will continue to sail, after her charter ends in the spring of 2004.
The former Premeir Cruise Lines ship the "m/v
Seawind Crown" will be auctioned off in December
Official info fo the sale are not yet disclosed. We still await
the word, on the fate of her stranded crew who have been there since the
end of Premeir in Sept. 2000.
Royal Olympic Cruise Lines, says that their famour
"m/s Stella Solaris" will re-appear in 2003.
Industry News - [06 Nov 2002]
A small child who perished when the "R.M.S.
Titanic" sank in 1912, has
been finally identified. It was through a DNA
test his name is now known. The infant youngster is believed to be
Eino Panula. It was once thought he might have been the child of
Swedish immigrants, but this is now proved not to be so. The little
boy is buried in the Titanic Memorial cemetery in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Figures on the death toll of the "m/s La Joola"
ferry sinking have now risen to 1,153
Industry News - [02 Nov 2002]
There are reports indicating that because of a strong
lack of interest and no funding, the former transatlantic passenger liner
"S.S. United States" is scheduled to be sold to the breakers.
It may appear that time has truly and finally run out. She will be
greatly missed. Click
to help save her now!
Oceana Cruises get a Princess. The former P&O/Princess
Cruises "m/s Ocean Princess" will be sailing for this new
The new Norwegian Cruise liner "m/v Norwegian Dawn"
has left her German builder Meyer Werft. She came out the inlet passage
backwards, and ran the route at 6.5
knots (average). She is expected for delivery in early December.
The Disney Cruise Line hosts the 3rd
annual Ebert & Roeprt film festival at sea.
Silversea Cruises wins the world's best small cruise
ship line in 2002 by the Conde Nast
traveler survey. Congratulations!
Crystal Cruises wins the best large cruise ship line
in 2002 by the COnde Nast traveler
Industry News - [30 Oct 2002]
The city of Southampton, England could be getting
a brand new cruise terminal. This would be the third one, but it
could provide an increase in capacity for the city's cruise industry.
The Norwegian Cruise Lines new vessel "m/v
Norwegian Dawn" is scheduled to arrive at the port of Soithampton
on December 6th.
The SS United States Foundation West Chapter held
its first meeting at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum.
Carnival Cruise Lines has made a move by having its
new "m/v Carnival Legend" call at the port of Baltimore.
Industry News - [29 Oct 2002]
The international shipping industry is meeting in
Shanghai, China to discuss the possibility of a next step forward on how
old ships are recycled. The meeting will include members from Korea,
China, and Japan.
A report suggests that political or economic migrants
have come in large numbers to the Florida coast line.
An announcement from Star Cruise indicates that they
will be sending their "m/s Superstar Leo" & "m/s
Superstar Aries" to Shanghai for 8-day cruises.
Industry News - [27 Oct 2002]
Carnival Cruise Lines has canceled the October 27th
Mexican Riviera cruise for the "m/v Elation". She is
bound for San Francisco, California to undergo repairs to her propulsion
system. There was a problem found during a prior cruise, and it has
been affecting her performance while at sea. She is due to return
to service on November 3rd.
Holland America Line has named tv spokeswoman/host
Joan London to be the godmother for their new "m/s Zuiderdam".
Holland America Line has announced that you can now
book a shore excursion from their web site.
Cunard Line has made arrangements with
Worldwide Express to allow passengers to ship their baggage between their
homes and their ships.
Industry News - [26 Oct 2002]
The British ferry "Prince of Portsmouth"
struck the British warship "HMS
St. Albania" after being blown off course. The type 23 frigate
suffered major damage. None of the ferry's 850
passengers or 130 crew were injured.
Industry News - [25 Oct 2002]
P&O/Princess Cruises PLC bids farewell to their
'Love Boat' the "m/s Pacific Princess" as she will
be arriving in her new port on Sunday October 27th.
And she will transfer to her new owners.
Industry News - [23 Oct 2002]
Carnival Corporation has purchased the
Cruises PLC for £3.5
Carnival Cruise Lines has taken delivery of their
new ship, the "m/v Carnival Conquest". Congratulations.
Please see the Carnival Cruise Lines
for the destinations and prices for this new vessel.
Industry News - [21 Oct 2002]
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has towed the now gutted
"m/s Diamond Princess" to a new location in the yard for
The heavy lift vessel "Swan" has arrived
in the Sydney harbor to retrieve the damaged "HMS
Nottingham". She had run aground in bad weather off the coast
of Australia. She is now bound for her home waters of Great Britain.
The 505 foot freighter / passenger ship "Mercury
capsized in bad weather in the Caspian Sea. 9people
were found out of 54.
P&O Cruises "m/s Victoria" has
bid a fond farewell to Southampton, she is bound for her new home port
in Civitavecchia (Rome).
Holland America Lines "m/s Amsterdam"
has appearantly picked up a virus. Her passengers are reportedly
suffering from a flu like sickness.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to post a large loss
for the fiscal year. This is due to the recovery efforts of the new
build for P&O/Princess Cruises
The estimated amount of the loss is USD$250
million. The vessel was insured against damage.
The disaster report for the "La Joola"
has been released. The report says that overcrowding and poor safety
checks are the cause of the ferrys sinking.
The SS United States Foundation has
opened a new West coast website. www.ss-united-states-west.com.
This is in an effort to save the now aging vessel from being scrapped.
Please help her if you can!
Star Cruises to sail a straight voyage from Taiwan
to China in November 2002.
Industry News - [20 Oct 2002]
PLC is looking like it may
be making some kind of progress with its merger business. An announcement
is possibly expected as early as Wednesday, October 23rd.
A group of divers is planning to sink the "Straits
of Mackinac, a 1926 built, 210 foot auto ferry.
Industry News - [05 Oct 2002]
A new cruise line is being formed. Two former
top executives from two other cruise lines have come together to form a
cruise company Oceana Cruises. It has been reported that they
are looking at using a couple of the former Renaissance vessels.
Star Cruises is planning to add three new 2,000
passenger vessels to their fleet. They indicate that they would like
to have the new vessels in place by the end of 2005.
Royal Olympic Cruises "Olympia Voyager"
had run aground Oct 9th.
After minor repairs she should be back in service.
Two vessels that had been reported as sold by the
press, have not in fact been sold at all. The "Princesa"
and the "Lapalma" are still laid up.
The International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL)
has published an estimate on the value of the North American cruise market.
Their estimate places the value at USD$20
Royal Caribbean Cruise lines has planned the repositioning
of two of their vessels. The "Monarch of The Seas"
and the "Enchantment of The Seas" will be moved to new port
assignments come June next year.
Pearl Harbour Naval Shipyard has been given the possibility
of receiving USD$202 million dollars
for the purpose of continuing the refueling and refurbishment of older
American nuclear submarines.
Industry News - [02 Oct 2002]
Reports indicate that the fire aboard the not yet
completed "m/s Diamond Princess" was strong enough to require more than
fire fighting vehicles, and water craft. The 1,000 worker's who were
present at the time of the blaze were able to make it to safety.
The former Cunarder "m/s Contessa" has returned to
service in Taiwan. She had been under arrest there, and she is now
now cruising as a gambling ship.
It has been reported that the "m/s Sun Ray
has a new operator.
The mystery continues over the passing of a 42
year old passenger on an Australian cruise ship. Ms. Brimble was
found by her 12 year old daughter.
The woman was found deceased aboard the P&O liner "m/s Pacific
US Federal Trade
Commission (FTC) has voted and cleared the way for the merger process of
the P&O/Princess Cruise Lines LLC
continue. Bids have been offered for the Carnival Corporation and
Royal Caribbean International.
Industry News - [01 Oct 2002]
The California port services are working on efforts
to resolve their current problems.
Near final totals are coming in... Almost a
people have perished on the now sunken ferry "Le Joola".
Industry News - [20 Sep 2002]
A port services walk-out in Southern California leaves
ships and cargo stranded on the pier.
The new Cunard vessel being built in France has been
signed to serve as a hotel / accommodation ship for the Athens Olympics,
in 2004. A first official public
affair for the new "Queen Mary 2".
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries shipyard in Nagasaki,
Japan has suffered a fire in the yard where the new P&O/Princess
cruise ship "Diamond Princess" is being built. The
reports suggest that the ship suffered significant damage. She is
due to arrive in May '03, and will
enter service for P&O/Princess
in June '03.
Cruises has allowed an option deadline with the French shipyard Chantiers
de l'Atlantique to expire. They indicate they will be planning on
constructing vessels for the North American service in the future.
Regal Cruise Lines is celebrating the arrival of
the "Regal Empress" in New London. She is the largest
vessel to call there. She was greeted pier side with a brass band,
and given a 14 gun salute.
The ferry "Le Joola" capsized in rough
seas on Sunday. 32 people have
been rescued, out of hundreds... Divers have found 88
bodies so far, and reports say the ship contains many more. It is
thought that about 706 persons have
perished. Our condolences to all...
Carnival Cruise Lines "Paradise" made
a short stop in Cartagena, Colombia in order to free herself of the tropical
storm Lili. It's odd that she is there, since this destination has
been taken off of her route list due to problems with the worlds terrorist
The "m/v Odessa" was
spotted under tow, possibly heading to the Ukraine.
A man was arrested after trying to repel from the
Lions Gate bridge in Vancouver, onto the Holland America liner "m/s
Veendam". The man bounced off of the ship as he had miss
timed his descent. The departures were for the "m/v Norwegian
Sky" and the "m/s Amsterdam" were delayed while this
matter was investigated.
A woman was evacuated from the "m/v Vision
of The Seas" after she went into premature labor.
chairman Lord Sterling has agreed to remain at his post, until the matter
of the mergers is settled.
Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises alter itineraries
to avoid hurricane Lili's fury.
A 37 year old
woman was arrested last Tuesday when she was found to be shoplifting in
a Portland, Maine store. She was a passenger on the "m/v Carnival
Legend" who was docked there. Her bail was set for USD$5,000,
and the ship left Tuesday evening without her, but did contain her husband.
Industry News - [18 Sep 2002]
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines has been given an extension
from the German shipbuilder to wait on the 5th/6th
Radiance class ship until January 10th,
Suspected Clyde side strike leader suffers from a
stroke, and is now hospitalized.
A small bit of "m/v Britanis" has been
seen washed up on the beach in South Africa, off of the coast of Cape Cross.
She sank there almost two years ago, while under tow to the breakers.
Louis Cruise Lines sheds two classic ships, the "m/s
Lapalma" and the "m/s Patriot". They are reportedly
up for sale as scrap.
A judge has ruled that disability suit against NCL
Industry News - [13 Sep 2002]
"S.S. United States"
is in deep trouble. She is scheduled to be SOLD for
scrap metal to a shipyard or other materials agency. Men with asbestos
clothing, and a tube with fire coming out of it, will slice her up like
a holiday turkey. If you've ever thought of helping her, or doing
something to help her, this is the time, and it's running out fast! Click
to find out how you can be of help to save a rich and beautiful, historic
Ferries del Caribe will be offering ferry services
from San Juan and Santo Domingo. Starting in 2003, their 1,200 guests
weekly round trip service aboard their new "Poseidon Empress".
Industry News - [10 Sep 2002]
The US federal
court in Texas has denied the Norwegian Cruise Lines the right to have
an exemption for their vessels, charging that it is a violation of the
with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Industry News - [05 Sep 2002]
The completed upgraded mid-section of the unused
"m/v Costa Classica" for the purpose of being broken up in
The former Renaissance Cruises "R3"
has been selected to operate an Alaska tour of duty, as the "m/s
Pacific Princess" for the P&O/Princess
A 54-year old woman was airlifted off of a cruise
ship for medical reasons in the outback yesterday. No word on the
vessel, or the woman's condition. She was suffering from gastro-intestinal
|A Public Safety Service Safety Announcement
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CENTURY OCEAN LINERS
Passenger Advisory - Greece Re-Enters Dark
Ages by Acting Like The Taliban!
This is a tourist safety warning - All tourists
visiting ports in the Greek territory's should be advised, that the possession
and or use of any electronic device for the purposes of entertainment will
result in the imposing of fines, or long imprisonment. The Greek authorities
have imposed a border wide ban on ALL forms of electronic games of ANY
kind. Passengers are VERYSTRONGLY
URGED to LEAVE these items onboard
their ships. Cell phones, laptops, palm pilots, PDA's,
Game boys, wrist radios, Walkman's, mp3 players, etc. Any electronic
item, having an LCD display, or emitting lights or sound is considered
a 'game' by the Greek authorities. They advise they will arrest anyone
found to posess one. DO NOT take these items with you!
Industry News - [04 Sep 2002]
Industry News - [01 Sep 2002]
The ferry "Norsea" experienced a fire
while on it's way to Belgium. She arrived 10
hours late, and was able to return on her own power. No injuries
were reported as a result.
China is building it's largest shipyard in the city
of Qingdao, which lies in the Shandong province.
Industry News - [29 Aug 2002]
The paddle-wheel steamer "p.s. Portland"
was found by the NOAA underwater research
team. They have video and sonar images of the wreck, which lies in
of water. She sank on November
1898 when two large storms had begun
to approach the eastern coast of the US.
Her location is between Cape Cod and Cape Ann off of the Massetchusetts
The "R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth 2" has
become a transatlantic wonder. She has steamed her fifth millennial
nautical mile. She accomplished the amazing feat on August 28th,
in the evening.
Industry News - [20 Aug 2002]
P&O/Princess Cruises has decided to rename their
"m/s Island Princess" to "m/s Platinum Princess",
her assignment will be the South Pacific area.
Reports are suggesting that the fees for passing
through the Panama Canal will be going up.
Holland America Lines "m/s Ryndam"
has gotten herself into more trouble. She was caught extruding partially
processed waste water into the Juneau, Alaska harbour area. The US
Coast Guard is investigating this matter.
The Russian government is now requiring all passengers
to have a VISA (travel documents) when they cruise into the port of St.
Kvaerner Philadelphia shipyard has fired its chief
The Mjellem & Karlsen shipyard in Norway, has
Norfolk Shipbuilding has won a Navy repair contract
worth USD$12.2 million dollars.
Industry News - [16 Aug 2002]
The "Sun Bay II"
has returned to her builders. Apparently she was sailing on a positioning
cruise on low capacity. Her owners want to select a new route and
schedule for the vessel. She will remain at her builders until then.
The first shp "Sun Ray" remains in service.
The former Renaissance Cruises vessels are on the
move. It would seem that "R5"
and "R8" are now in demand
once again. The former "R5"
is being chartered to Spanish operators. And the "R8"
is being chartered to the Swan Hellenic group for a cruise starting in
April next year.
NCL has opted to purchase the rejected hulls of the
former American Classic Voyages, Inc. Both of the hulls have been
tentatively, including all of the materials and such to complete the two
ships. They will be operating for NCL upon their completion.
NCL's "m/v Superstar Leo" has made
her maiden debut in Shanghai, Chin after laving Hong Kong.
A report suggests that Star Cruises is going to expand
its operations in China and North America. The company is reportedly
willing to spend about USD$1 billion
dollars on four new vessels to do it.
Authorities in Bermuda seized about 33 pounds of
cocaine from the NCL ship "m/s Norwegian Majesty".
NCL's new "m/s Norwegian Dawn" will
make her debut in December. We anxiously await her arrival!
Cunard Line has announced the sailing dates for the
farewell transatlantic crossings of their famous "Queen Elizabeth
See Cunard's website
for more details.
Industry News - [13 Aug 2002]
Carnival Cruise Lines has taken delivery of
their new "m/v Carnival Legend". Congratulations...
Holland America Lines "m/v Ryndam"
has been hit yet again, with another power failure.
Celebrity Cruise Lines "m/s Mercury"
has been hit by a case of Salmonella poisoning.
The 'Jones Act' has apparently grounded the cruise
business in the Hawaiian islands.
The P&O/Princess Cruises "m/s Pacific Princess"
is in preparations to sail on her final cruise.
The Norwegian Cruise Line "m/s Norwegian Star"
is in an odd position, her owners want her to have an exemption to be able
to sail in Hawaiian waters. Even though she is foreign flagged, staffed
Mediterranean Shipping Cruises has., has announced
the names for it's two new buildings, they are "MSC Lirica"
and the "MSC Opera".
Melbourne, Australia is getting two new ferries,
the "Spirit of Tasmania I"
and "Spirit of Tasmania II".
Industry News - [09 Aug 2002]
Holland America's "m/s Ryndam" experienced
a brief but annoying power failure that left her adrift at
AM. The ships power was restored to a minimum level in about 10
minutes, and then full power 20 minutes
Norfolk Shipbuilding, Norfolk, VA wins a contract
for USD$12.2 million dollars to build
a landing craft for the United States Navy. The "U.S.S.
The Rosyth Dockyard, Rosyth, Scotland is bidding
on the repair contract for the recently damaged British destroyer "H.M.S.
Nottingham". This would mean jobs for the some 2,000
employees of the shipyard. The ship suffered some damage when she
ran aground a week ago.
The new terminal in Progresso, Yucatan is now open
to the public. It's estimated that over 100
ships will be calling there.
Russia flies flags at half mast, and displays a memorial
for the 118 men, who died in the "Kursk"
disaster two years ago.
Industry News - [06 Aug 2002]
Freshly scrubbed Holland America liner "m/s
Ryndam" returns to service. Welcome back...
Cruises is going to acquire the two former Renaissance Cruises vessels
"R3" and "R4". Both will be operating
in the Pacific cruise services. "R3" will be renamed
to "Pacific Princess", and the "R4" will become
the ne "Tahitian Princess". Congratulations to P&O/Princess,
and welcome back...
The British Destroyer "HMS
Nottingham" was towed into an Australian port, after having trouble on
The US Coast
Guard is planning to build a database, to detect "spy ships".
Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises
are now offering a 24/7 automated online
Industry News - [04 Aug 2002]
Southampton it seems is the choice for now, to be
the location of the naming ceremonies of the new Cunard liner "m/v
Queen Mary 2", because the
port of liverpool is not yet ready with their new terminal system.
Holland America Lines "m/s Statendam"
was towed back to port, late Monday night. After a fire had caused
the ships power to fail, leaving the ship adrift, with her navigation,
and propulsion systems down. The fire was in a generator room.
The famous "Calypso" is in need of
your help. Capt. Jaques Cousteau's ship is in France, it needs to
brought here to the US, for restoration
and repairs. The ships is slated to become a museum in New Rochelle,
Industry News - [03 Aug 2002]
Reports are showing that the merger between Carnival
Corp. and P&O/Princess has been given the opportunity to do so. The
European Commission of Anti-trust has not given any indications that they
will be halting the merger, no that they block any attempts by the two
industry giants to join forces. Also, it is looking like Royal Caribbean
International is not going to be the winner here.
Reports indicate that Northrop Grumman has acquired
the German submarine maker HDW.
Despite shipbuilding 'peaks' the current trend is
showing a decline of orders and construction of about 36.5%
over last year.
Industry News - [23 Jul 2002]
is now officially operating from our own domain, http://www.20thcenturyliners.com/.
We have left our former temporary host after four long years with them...
Carnival Corp. has exorcised an option to construct
one more additional "Conquest-class" vessel.
P&O/Princess has exorcised an option to construct
another vessel for its Princess division.
A crew member aboard the "S.S. Norway"
was arrested after a brief chase, and a report he/she was in possession
of some illegal narcotics. This incident is under investigation...
Holland Americas "m/s Ryndam" is reported
to have been denied access to the Alaskan port, due to a stomach flu outbreak
Passengers threaten to file a law suit against the
Holland America Line after the passengers take ill, from a virus that causes
flu like symptoms, and vomiting... This incident is pending investigation.
Reports indicate that coastal steamer travel is on
According to news reports, the case involving a 'booze
cruise' has been given a decision. This is looking like it now clears
the way for more of these types of cruise activities. There is a
rumor going around, that you may be able to bring your own alcohol on board.
We want our readers to know, we think this is a bad idea, and will only
server to create problems.
he port of Boston, MA, is looking to do more business
with the shipping industry.
Mr. Devine, a noted naval architect, has died at
age 89 of lung cancer. He will be missed.
Industry News - [17 Jul 2002]
A family from Maryland was denied the privilege to
board two Carnival Cruise Line vessels, because they were trying 160
live 'bees' onboard the ships. In their second attempt, they were
found to posses a CO2 container. Carnival Corp.
says the lawsuit filed against them by the family has "No merit..."
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines' "m/v Brilliance
of The Seas" abruptly ended her maiden voyage by racing across
the North Sea, at nearly her top speed of 24
knots. This was to meet a Royal Air Force rescue helicopter sent
to pick up a seriously ill passenger.
The city of Galveston, TX has alleged that the cruise
ships visiting their ports are causing 'vibrations' to emanate into their
city, and harm tall buildings...
Industry News - [08 Jul 2002]
British actress Judi Dench is named as the Godmother
for the new Carnival Cruise ship "m/v Carnival Legend".
Industry News - [05 Jul 2002]
A monsoon that lasted two days, had left the Alang,
India coast in shambles. Major winds, and flooding caused a delay
in many aspects of the ship breaking industry in the area. Many segments
of the Connery were stressed by the storm. That crept through the area
in June, on the 27th
A British Frigate was aground on rocks, off of the
Australian coastline. She radioed distress, and said she needed pumps
as she was taking water. Rescue efforts were successful, and all
of the ships 200 crew and vessel were
able to be saved.
Industry News - [23 Jun 2002]
Cunard Lines new project "Queen Mary 2"
has had her keel laid down, on the anniversary of the birth of the Cunard
Cunard Lines project "Queen Mary
has received the four stabilizers from their Scottish maker. Each
weighs 100 tongs, and is 40
foot in length.
The Cunard Liner "R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth 2"
was 250 miles off of the Irish coast, when two of her engineering crew
were burned by steam, when a valve broke. They were both airlifted
by RAF rescue to Ireland for treatment. Get well soon....
The former P&O
liner "S.S. Oriana", who was retired form the P&O
line in 1986, was seen being towed
to Dalian in China. Reports suggest that she is freshly painted,
and looking swell. She has been inactive for many years, but its
nice to see her on the move, and active again.
Visa free cruises, from Russia to Finland are to
end in a week. Russian officials have declined the request to allow
this free travel freely.
Royal Caribbean Cruises and Carnival Cruises are
in a dispute over a fax being sent to the travel agents, and consumers.
Industry News - [16 Jun 2002]
There is a report that the Northrop Grumman shipyard
is planning to complete the partially built Project America vessel. But
only to the extent, that the vessel is seaworthy. We believe this
is to free up the space in the graving dock.
A report has indicated that the Erie, Pennsylvania
area is looking to attract cruise opportunities. The is so, because
of the nearly completed waterfront terminal .
Royal Olympic Cruises, has indicated that their first
quarter results are looking up.
Carnival Corp. plans to donate USD$1.2
million dollars, to Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's literacy initiative.
Industry News - [11 Jun 2002]
Cunard Lines, has released the itineraries for their
new "Queen Mary 2".
Also it is reported that their is a booklet now available for the new liner...
Which features deck plans of the stunning ship.
The 1929 built
"m/v Regina Maris", which is currently owned by Regina Maris
Cruises, will be sold. She is laid up in Alexandria, Egypt.
The "m/v Norwegian Star" will be sold
to new owners, Crown Investments. She will be known as the "m/v
Royal Olympic Cruise Lines, has celebrated the arrival
of their new "m/v Olympia Explorer" Congratulations!
A new cruise line in Alaska, Glacier Bay Cruiseline
has signed a deal with their partners to purchase two new vessels.
Holland America celebrated their new arrival, the
"m/v Prinsendam" on 3
The "Opy" has been beached in Turkey,
to be broken up. She was incidentally placed there at full speed!
Also joining her is the Italian ferry "Gallura".
Industry News - [04 Jun 2002]
The "m/s Ocean Princess" had over 100
cases of what is only known as the "Norwalk-like flu" lay-up it's passengers
for about 24 hours. The symptoms were vomiting, diarrhea, nausea,
and a mild fever. The ship was on a seven day cruise from Seaward
to Vancouver, BC.
Cruises "m/s Star Princess" will be the largest ship to date
to be scheduled to call at Melbourne, Australia. The "m/s Star
Princess" is about 951 feet
long, and weighs in at over 109,000
gross tons. She towers at 18
Blinded crew member receives USD$7.6
million dollars, after being hit in the head by a lifeboat winch, in May
A Scottish shipyard, has lost it's contract for an
enclosure project worth millions. A Norwegian company has won the
A Bermuda dockyard is fighting not to lose it's worker,
local storms have forced cruise ships to discontinue calling there.
The Mersey-side shipyard of Cammell Laird may open
soon, after being closed for a year.
Industry News - [31 May 2002]
Chicago based Bank One, is seeking purchase the German
shipyard Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft AG.
Bank One is attempting to create a partnership with General Dynamics, and
A new company, Voyager Holdings PLC is planning to
build three trimaran type cruise ships. Each would be
feet long, and 170 foot wide.
Estimated costs are near USD$1.9 billion
dollars. The project would build the ships in the Bethlehem
Steel Shipbuilding, in Sparrows Point, MD.
Industry News - [26 May 2002]
A source reports to us that the European Commission
has submitted a list to the Carnival Corp. of it's objections to their
proposed merger with P&O/Princess
Cruises. It means either the merger would stop, or be theoretically
altered by the plan of NOT using any
markets. In the original call for Carnival to drop it's Cunard line
in order to successfully bid into the European markets, in response Carnival
Corp. quickly said "No.", they would rather not use the UK
markets than release the Cunard line. Either way this presents a
whole new set of challenges for Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean
Industry News - [24 May 2002]
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Nagasaki, Japan has
launched the new "m/s Diamond Princess" for P&O/Princess
Cruises. She is a 113,000 ton
vessel, which measures 951x136
feet. She will carry up to 3,100
The gutted tanker "Insiko", that burned
in early April, has been drained of her cargo, and bilge. The remains
of the dead crew man have been removed. The former tanker has been
sunk by the Coast Guard about 14 miles
southwest of Kalaeloa, HI in about
feet of water.
Industry News - [23 May 2002]
The Canadian Customs offices have arrested a couple
leaving a cruise ship, in Vancouver. At the time of the arrest the
couple was carrying approximately 8 Kilos of Cocaine. There is no
info available on the ships or line involved.
Industry News - [21 May 2002]
Noted maritime author, and historian Sir Walter Lord,
dies in New York. He passed away last Sunday, May 19th.
Our condolences to his family, and friends.
Reports are indicating that there is an upsurge in
orders for tonnage in Korea, which had slumped in the aftermath of the
September 2001 terrorist attacks.
Daewoo shipbuilding is planning the sale of a portion
of it's stocks, reports say.
Industry News - [20 May 2002]
An elderly female passenger was taken off of the
"m/s Rotterdam" by a Coast Guard medical transport.
The problem was a heart related issue. No further word is available,
on the woman's condition...
The Ministry in the UK, has approved a rescue plan
to save the failing shipyard of Harland & Wolff. This shipyard
is famous for constructing the "R.M.S. Titanic", and it's
Two Canadian shipyards, may be shut down, and cleaned
up. No details available as yet...
Industry News - [16 May 2002]
There was a report of a fire in a marina in Seattle,
WA over the weekend. Some local boats were damaged.
A report indicates that a Florida group planning
to sink a boat, to become an artificial reef, backfired. It sank
pre-maturely with the crew and some passengers still aboard.
Island Cruises "m/v Island Escape"
was docked when a waste pipe burst. The result was a ship flooded
by sewage. Passengers were put ashore in Majorca, and were sent home
with a full refund. This is the second incident involving the "m/v
The DFDS Seaways
"m/v Princess of Scandinavia" caught fire in the engine room,
and in her funnel. The ferry was able to limp to port.
Industry News - [08 May 2002]
Cunard Line has announced that in April
the 33 year old "R.M.S. Queen
Elizabeth 2" will cease her
transatlantic sailings. They indicate that QE2's
new sister, will be the lines new flagship, and will continue the transatlantic
sailings. The QE2 will be offering
short cruises from the Southampton area after that point.
The "m/v Constellation" has begun her
maiden voyage from Barcelona, Spain. Following a return to her builder,
for a last minute repair to one of her azipod propulsion units, that had
Industry News - [05 May 2002]
Thomson Holiday's has announced a ten year charter
deal with Holland America to use their now redundant 19
year old "m/v Nieuw Amsterdam". She will sail as the
"m/v Thomson Spirit".
Star Cruises deploys their "m/v Superstar Gemini"
to her new homeport of Singapore.
Louis Cruise Lines has redeployed it's fleet.
Royal Olympic Cruises has appeared to have retired
their "S.S. Stella Solaris", she will not be cruising in
the remainder of 2002. And she
is now listed as 'withdrawn'.
Delaware North's Hospitality and Entertainment Group
has won the bidding for the Delta Queen fleets.
Royal Caribbean's "m/v Voyager of The Seas"
is in the Grand Bahamas floating dry dock for service. This is her
first time in a dry dock since her construction. She will spend two
weeks here, undergoing annual and basic routine maintenance.
Celebrity Cruises "m/v Constellation"
will be ready for her May 12 sailing.
Cunard Lines' "R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth
is hosting a big pow-wow for the industry executives.
Industry News - [01 May 2002]
A ferry in Dhaka, Bangladesh sank on Friday in bad
weather. It was believed the ferry was overloaded, and began to list.
When the seas turned rough, the ferry "m/v Salahuddin-2"
capsized and sank. It is estimated that there were over 150
passengers on board. The vessel was about 100 miles from it's destination.
A sunken ferry has been reported as 'found' in the area, about 20
meters below the surface. There were initial reports the ferry had
been carrying over 400 persons.
But this has not yet proved to be true. But reports suggest that
there are still hundreds missing. Only the bodies of two women and
a child have been found so far, other than nearly 100
survivors pulled to safety by rescuers.
Festival Cruises has entered into an agreement to
charter the once famous "S.S. Stockholm" of Swedish America
Lines. She is sailing now as the "m/v Valtur Prima".
This is the ship that collided with the "S.S. Andrea Doria"
in July 1956.
The "m/v Empress" of Empress Cruises
is now for sale, she is laid up in Singapore.
Carnival Cruise Lines' "m/v Carnival Spirit"
had to cancel it's trip when the air conditioning failed. She was on a
sailing at the time. Passengers have been given full refunds, and
were accommodated in Honolulu, and were given a 50% discount off of a future
cruise. The manufacturer of the HVAC
system is attending to the problem.
The "m/s Minerva" will be possibly
chartered to the Saga Holiday's group in 2003.
This report is "unofficial".The "m/v Olympia Voyager" will be sailing in
Europe, and not the USA. The
port of Houston, TX will not have a cruise of it's own.
The Celebrity Cruises "m/v Constellation"
will be returning to her builder in France to correct a problem with a
leak in one of her azi-pod propulsion units. That is currently taking
on sea water. The ship was built by Chantiers de l'Atlantique.
Industry News - [29 Apr 2002]
The original 7
foot steam whistle, which weighs 1,400
pounds that used to be heard for over 10
miles on the Atlantic, will be back in action again. This whistle
once belonged to the Cunard "R.M.S. Queen Mary". After
more than a 30 year old sabbatical,
this famous whistle we believe will be placed on the new Cunard liner "Queen
Mary 2". It is being carried
onboard the "R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth 2"
to Southampton for inspection, repair and refurbishment. Then it
will be sent on to France.
Musung Shipping Corp. has setup a cruise with the
"Columbus Caravalle" to operate a run to Shanghai, China.
If the cruise can prove to profitable then it may become a permanent run.
The US Coast
Guard has opted NOT to sink the burned out tanker "Insiko 1907".
Instead she is being towed back to Honolulu, HI,
where she will be pumped out of her 60,000
gallons of diesel fuel, and lube oils. An the body of the dead sailor
may be recovered for internment. The tug "American Quest"
is performing the tow operations.
The Cunard line is looking for information, stories,
photographs and memorabilia of the history of the Clyde and the Cunard
line. If you have any information you wish to share, contact: Cunard
Researcher, The Open Agency, Mill House, 8
Mill Street, London, England. This information will be in a display
onboard the new "Queen Mary
Northrop Grumman who purchased the Litton Ingalls
Shipbuilding Co. late last year, has put the unknown and unfinished hulk
of a 55% completed cruise ship up for
sale. The asking price is USD$185
Industry News - [24 Apr 2002]
Holland America Line has announced that they will
be naming their new Vista class ship "m/s Westerdam".
She has a passenger capacity of 1,848,
and is a 85,000 GRT vessel.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines' "m/v Grandeur
of The Seas" will be sailing from San Diego, CA.
Britain's "Takeover Panel" is scheduled to further
investigate the merger between P&O Princess, and Royal Caribbean.
Holland America Line implements a new pricing policy.
This applies to early bookings only.
Industry News - [19 Apr 2002]
Star Cruises has made a decision to further expand
into the Chinese cruise market. They are proposing to add two additional
ships to the fleet, in the China area to meet expected growth.
Holland America Line is considering adding a
vessel to it's fleet. A Vista class, 85,000
1,848 passenger ship to
their fleet by Spring 2006. She
will be over 950 feet long, and be
powered by a dual diesel, and gas turbine system.
Liverpool is looking into the possibility of adding
a new terminal, and doing some dredge work, to enlarge the harbour capacity
to accommodate larger cruise ships, to improve the city's tourism.
The situation with the gutted tanker is getting attended
to, by the US Coast Guard. Fishing vessels have tried to rescue the
Captains terrier mix dog, but have been unsuccessful. The tanker
will either be towed somewhere, or may be sunk depending on it's condition.
This is an apology, and a correction, it was previously assumed that the
ship sank, and the Captains little pal was lost.
Industry News - [15 Apr 2002]
Norwegian Star" performed another rescue at sea. A 68
year old man was picked up from a 36'
yacht. He was later transferred to a helicopter after the ships physician
determined his condition was serious.
Two companies are now participating in a bankruptcy
bid, for the purchase of remaining vessels of the subsidiary of
AMCV. The Delta Queen Steamboat Co. seems to be the item of
most high interest.
The Canadian paddle wheel steamer "p/s Fintry
Queen" is the first of her kind to be publicly auctioned off, on
the internet. A Canadian company, and eBay have handled the auction.
Royal Olympic Cruises receives their new "m/s
Olympia Explorer". Congratulations, and welcome...
Industry News - [12 Apr 2002]
Today in history, is the most famous of all of the
known maritime disasters ever to be presented to mankind. On this
day, 90 years ago, the "R.M.S.
Titanic" in a poignant time stopping accident, collided with a
large iceberg. This action has forever changed the way that man looks
at, and sails on the great and powerful waves known as the Atlantic...
We want to welcome the newest member of the Festival
Cruises fleet, "m/s European Stars". Congratulations!
Industry News - [03 Apr 2002]
Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, MS,
who has two vessels for sale. They are the former new builds of the
now defunct American Classic Voyages, Inc. The US
Navy had considered the two ships for either troop work, or possibly C&C
support. But has now officially declined to take the vessels.
The Radisson Seven Seas vessel "m/v Seven Seas
Mariner" has been pulled from service to be repaired. Apparently
her 'mermaid' pod drive systems, have nearly worn their bearings out.
She is expected to return to service shortly.
A ferry in the Philippines catches fire, and 32
are believed dead and 27 are still
missing. The ship was southeast of Manilla when the fire broke out.
The "m/v Marla Carmella" was an hour out of Lucena in Quezon
province. Which is about 110
km from Manilla. Montenegro Shipping Lines owns the ferry.
210 passengers were rescued form the
The burned out Chinese tanker "Insiko",
that was about 230 miles off of the Hawaiian coast, has sunk. The
Hawaiian humane society had sent a tug and a helicopter to the ship to
attempt a rescue of the Captains dog. Upon arrival they only found
empty ocean... Our condolences...
The former American Hawaii Cruise ship "S.S.
Independence" has been laid up in Suisun Bay, CA.
The "World of ResidenSea" will be christened
in Venice, Italy, on May 17th,
Industry News - [26 Mar 2002]
A source reports to us, that the former "m/s
Patriot" was returned to the Carnival Corp. (HAL),
in very poor condition. It was reported that the crew that was hired by
United States Lines did not know, or understand how to maintain the
vessel properly. The repair work performed
by that crew was only "jury rigged".
Belfast, Ireland and Cobh (formerly Queenstown) are
planning a celebration for their Titanic
festival. To be held on the 90th
of the maiden voyage of the famous liner "R.M.S. Titanic".
The "m/v Norwegian Star" performed
a rescue at sea. She picked up 11
crew members from a burned out refueling tanker. Apparently, the
tanker suffered a fire in the engine room, and it quickly spread.
1 crew member was burned badly, and another died as a result of the fire.
The dead man's body is aboard the gutted vessel. She is adrift off
of the coast of Hawaii. The ship was the "Insiko".
There is a new US to Mexico ferry service.
The Seattle Prince Cruise Line. Route is from the Seattle area to
The "m/v Nieuw Amsterdam" has changed it's destination
from Freeport, Bahamas to the port of Charleston, SC. For a
possible lay up status, and wet docking service.
Star Cruises has resumed service to Taiwan.
The "Clipper Adventurer" is reportedly aground, in
Essequibo River, Guyana. On a sand bank.
A drydock in Dubai, UAE suffered a terrible accident,
the gates were being worked on, and then one of them collapsed. Causing
a mad rush of ocean to come in. Many injuries were suffered, and
sadly, 17 are known to have perished.
There were 5 vessels in the 200m
x 100m drydock, at the time
of the incident.
Industry News - [25 Mar 2002]
The former "m/v Talisman" from Commodore
Cruise Lines will be operated by SeaEscape Entertainment, Inc. A
new name and home will be announced shortly...
Star Cruises plans a possible expansion further into
the Asian markets. Reports indicate that the company may even move
into the European markets.
Anaedin Line's "m/v Baltic" has been
renamed to it's original name "m/v Birger Jarl". The
ship runs daily services to Mariehamm from Stockholm, Sweden.
Industry News - [23 Mar 2002]
Russia is reported as having made a decision to no
longer allow passengers in the Vyborg area without their visas.
Star Cruises of Japan has apparently signed an agreement
to refinance, worth USD$450 million
Festival Cruises' "m/s Mistral" was
given a surprise guest while in her berth in Havana, Cuba. The country's
President Fidel Castro came aboard, and met the crew and passengers, and
was given a tour of the ship.
According to the CEO of the Carnival Corp. Micky
Arison the former Holland America Line "m/v Nieuw Amsterdam"
is up for sale.
Industry News - [15 Mar 2002]
Celebrity Cruises reports that due to "premature
wear" of bearings on their "m/s Infinity" and "m/s
Summit" the two ships have entered the drydock at Grand Bahama
Shipyard, Freeport, Bahamas for repairs. Some of the upcoming cruise
have had to be canceled, and others have had to be shortened.
The former Renaissance Cruises vessel "m/v
R5" will be chartered by Pullmantur
to run weekly cruises from Barcelona, Spain to Villefranche.
A Picasso etching, the "Petite Infante Accroupie
et Courtisan"was stolen from it's frame on the promenade of the Carnival
"m/v Fantasy" on Wed. 03/13/02.
If anyone has any information regarding this, please contact the FBI.
The former United States Lines "m/s Patriot"
has left Hawaiian waters for Freeport, Bahamas. Under the flag of
their former owners Holland America Line. No decision has been made
as to the future of the ship.
Cruises "m/v Star Princess" completed her maiden voyage from
Singapore to Los Angeles, CA. She had arrived in L.A. at 4:30 AM
and was tied up while her passengers slept. Congratulations!
Industry News - [08 Mar 2002]
Viking Lines' "Cinderella" experienced
a fire in an aft stage area, where a short circuit caused the stage drapes
to become ablaze. The crew of the ship was credited for very excellent
care of the passengers, and fire fighting techniques to put out the fire.
No injuries were reported, and the rescue ships and helicopters were not
needed. Only black smoke was the remainder...
The Disney cruise ship "m/s Disney Magic"
had a small fire in an 'aft tunnel', and the fire was put out. The
US Coast Guard was notified, and assist
was asked. No injuries were reported.
The former yacht ship of 'Aristotle Onassis' "Christina",
will soon have a sister. The former "Galeb" owned once
by the former dictator of Yugoslav 'Tito'. The yacht will be refurbished
by the Croation yard of Viktor Lenac.
ResidenSea has taken delivery of their new ship "m/s
The World of ResidenSea" from her builder Fosen Mek of Norway.
The reason for the delay was "minor finishing work". Her April
10, christening has been canceled.
The former Holland America Liner "m/v Westerdam"
has been transferred to the Costa fleet, for Mediterranean service. It
was this move, that ended the career of the "m/v Costa Riviera".
Industry News - [04 Mar 2002]
The former "m/v Costa Riviera" lies
beached now, and awaits her final demolition at the Alang, Turkey breakers.
A female crew member fell off of the "S.S.
Norway", she was picked up by her crew in a lifeboat after the
vessel had discovered her missing, and the ship was stopped. The
young lady is reported to be all right, just a bit dehydrated.
Fast Ferry's "m/v Black Prince" is
aground in Cuban waters.
Swan Hellenic Line is planning to lease the former
Renaissance Cruises' "m/v R8".
The "m/s Neptune" has arrived at the
breakers, and is now beached.
The attempted project by CruiseShares to save and
use the "m/s Rembrandt" has fizzled out.
The "S.S. Independence" left her berth in San Francisco
to go north via the Richmond Bridge, heading for the Suisun Bay.
Having traversed the path to the Carquinez Bridge, she ran into it and
snapped her mast just above her radar system.
Industry News - [01 Mar 2002]
With the passing of Mr. Canter (see below), the fate
of the "S.S. United States" now hangs more precariously.
It is not currently known if his estate will provide for her protection
and care. We are urging all interested parties or concerned persons
to take quick and decisive actions to support the vessel and its
welfare. If you can help, or know of someone who can, act now!
The "m/v Switzerland" has just arrived
in Greece She is sailing for new owners.
Industry News - [22 Feb 2002]
The 108,806 ton
"m/s Star Princess" has paid it's first visit to the port
of Osaka, Japan. She is the largest cruise vessel to date, ever to
visit this Pacific port. Wow.
The Victoria Shipyard, in western Canada will be
seeing five cruise ships this year. All will receive their basic,
and some major refit work there.
Cunard Lines "m/v Caronia" has been
detained in Rio de Janeiro for an alleged fuel oil spill. She is
on an 88 day around the planet cruise, with 730
passengers on board.
Norwegian Cruise Lines "S.S. Norway"
had been rumored to be moving to the Orient. This is NOT true.
A spokesperson for the company, reports in an announcement that this rumor
is totally false. She will remain on her current assignment until
April of 2003.
Industry News - [21 Feb 2002]
The "S.S. Switzerland" has been sold.
Her new owners are Majestic Cruises.
Mr. Edward A. Cantor, owner of the "S.S. United
States" died on Tuesday. Our condolences to his family and
The last piece of great floating Italian art is up
for grabs. The former Italian liner "m/s Augustus"
is now awaiting her fates. She is the only known sole survivor of
the Italian liners left. Her sisters include "S.S. Cristoforo
Colombo", "S.S. Guilio Cesare" and
the famous "S.S. Andrea Doria".
The former "m/v Neptune" of Royal Olympic Cruises
is to be prepared for her final trip. She is to sail to the Allaga
breakers in Turkey.
The former Renaissance Cruises ships that were acquired
by Imperium Cruises are to be renamed. The former "R
Six" will be renamed to "White Goddess", and her
sister "R Seven" will
be renamed to "Goddess Nayna". Cruising will begin in June
in the Dubai area. Imperium indicates that they would like to add
a third ship in the near future (next
The Panama Canal Authority has decided to expand.
A contract has been awarded to a Belgian-French firm, for work on the Pacific
side. The Canal Authority said it plans to negotiate with the US
Army Corps of Engineers to do similar work on the Atlantic side.
They want to enlarge the locks to allow for bigger vessels. This
will be of strategic and commercial interest to all who use the lock system.
Industry News - [10 Feb 2002]
ResidenSea's "The World" was christened
today (02-20-2002) in Trondheim, Norway.
Congratulations & welcome!
A new company, Scotia Prince Cruises Inc. in Portland,
ME is planning ferry services from the Tampa, FL area to the Yucatan, Mexico
The situation with P&O/Princess Cruises, Royal
Caribbean Cruise Lines and Carnival Corp. appears to be anything but far
from being over.
Orient Lines denies that Norwegian Cruise Lines "S.S.
Norway" would join their fleet.
The former Costa Cruises "m/s Costa Riviera",
sailing as "Liberty" leaves Genova, Italy for India, to be
The new Imperium Cruises, has purchased the former
Renaissance Cruises vessels "R
Six", and "R Seven"
for use in cruises to the Dubai, UAE
Louis Cruise Line's "m/v Princesa Victoria"
Industry News - [06 Feb 2002]
Cruises declines the fourth offer made by Carnival Corp.
The budget bill in the US
as put fourth by President George W. Bush, contained USD$2.13
trillion dollars. But it was shy the expected USD$250
million dollars needed to aid the construction of two ships being built
at the Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, MS.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines "m/v Rhapsody
of The Seas" came to the rescue of a stricken ship, about 100 miles
off the coast of Cozumel, Mexico. The vessel "Aloha"
was working on a wreck site, when she lost power and began to take water.
"Libra Houston" also came to her aid. The "Peregrine
picked up her nine crew members. The "Aloha" was unrecoverable
Industry News - [31 Jan 2002]
Carnival Cruise Lines makes a third offer to P&O/Princess
Cruises. Princess declines.
Kvaerner Masa shipyards of Finland is going to merge
with the Aker Finyards, this will make them the largest shipbuilder in
RAF rescues 18
sailors from a gale and 20 foot swells, pushing their safety limits to
do it. The fishing vessel was off of the coast of Scotland, and ran
into bad weather. Well done.
Industry News - [28 Jan 2002]
It has been reported that while in the Sydney, Australia
area the P&O liner "m/s Pacific
Sky" had a passenger aboard who died from a possible case of meningococcal
disease. The authorities in the area and P&O
are looking into this.
Rumors are floating around that the former United
States Lines "m/v Patriot" may be purchased by her previous
owners. Holland America Line is considering the idea.
The government of the UK
has taken in interest in the merger between P&O/Princess Cruises and
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. The British government feels this is
necessary after the bid efforts of the US
based Carnival Cruise Lines.
The story has surfaced again. The "m/v
Costa Riviera" has been sold to unspecified Indian breakers.
Industry News - [26 Jan 2002]
The "m/s Walrus", a former Cunarder.
Collided with the Chinese cargo ship "Wangtong 87",
and sank it. The wheel house had caught fire, and the ship's captain
is still missing... The "m/s Walrus" has returned to
service. The accident is under investigation.
Word has it, that the Crystal Cruises "m/s
Crystal Symphony" was very much cleaned, refurbished, and upgraded
during her last dry dock service in Nov. 2001.
Many new improvements were made, and many new enhancements were added to
her five star status up to the moment. Tillberg Designs of Florida
oversaw this process in Lisbon.
Holland America is implementing a new policy of 'non-smoking'
in all major dining areas aboard it's vessels. The first ship to
deploy this new policy, is the "m/v Amsterdam". The
new plan will be in effect starting as early as the middle of Feb 2002.
Industry News - [22 Jan 2002]
The former American Hawaii Cruises "S.S. Independence"
is now tied up in San Francisco, CA, at pier 50.
She is the only US flagged and built
vessel to remain.
Hapag Loyd's "m/s Europa" was in Cape
Town, Africa on the 22nd. And was unfortunately
harassed by a storm that had moved into the area. The result was
that when she was truing to depart, the winds pushed her port side stern
into the pier. Initial inspections showed minimal damage, and she
was cleared to leave. She will be given a detailed examination in
Reports are indicating that the efforts of the Carnival
Corp. to acquire the P&O/Princess Cruise line is beginning to fizzle
it self out.
Industry News - [04 Jan 2002]
The Northrop Grumman Corp. has finished its purchase
of the Virginia based Newport News Shipbuilding Co.
Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and Carnival Corp. are still bantering
around with their current bid situation. Reports are indicating that
Carnival has increased its bid offer and that P&O/Princess is possibly
going to wait this whole thing out.
Carnival is looking into a venture to have access
to their own port in Cancun, Mexico.
Canyon Ranch at Sea has indicated through a signed
document to Kvaerner Masa in Finland that they want to build two ships,
which will be delivered in 2004-2005.
SeaEscape Entertainment has decided to purchase the
"m/v Island Adventure" for her current owners. The
vessel has been on charter to SeaEscape Entertainment Inc., for the
past five years.
The chief operations officer for Cunard, has pushed
the proverbial button. So the cutting begins. The steel for
their new "Queen Mary 2"
is being assembly cut at the ships builder, Chantiers de l'Atlantique in
On the 17th
of this month, the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard began construction
of the largest cruise ship known to man. Weighing in at 150,000
GRT, and a length of 1,131 feet.
She's got to be the ultimate record breaker. She will be delivered
to the Cunard Line in the end of 2003.
Discussions are being made as to the fate of two
incomplete cruise ships in Mississippi. The former new buildings
of the nw bankrupt American Classic Voyages Inc. is in debate. The
Ingalls shipbuilding firm has a partial keel, and one new build to start,
if and when a discussion is somehow able to be reached by the US
Industry News - [01 Jan 2002]
Crystal Cruises "m/s Crystal Symphony"
has returned from her fall refit, in Lisbon, Portugal.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines "m/v Rhapsody
of The Seas" has been moved to the Tampa, FL area.
Cunard Lines' "R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth
has returned to New York.
A work slow down has been noticed for Chantiers de
l'Atlantique, the fine French shipyard.
Sources indicate that 2002,
will be boom year. This is expected because of the number of new
cruise ships to enter service will be greater at this time, than any other.
And it will afford the industry some new opportunities.
The state of Hawaii is planning to spend more than
million dollars to build new ports, or repair/upgrade some of its existing
ones. This is a sure sign of the desire to boot the Hawaiian tourism
The dinner cruiser "Star of Honolulu"
is going to begin sailing luncheon cruises, for around USD$40
dollars you can have a 2½ hour
day cruise, and nice Hawaiian style lunch. Sounds good...
Happy New Year Everyone! We wish all
of you and yours, the very best 2002.
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