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MSC Cruises has placed an order for two new cruise ships from Aker Yards France at St. Nazaire. The 2 new ships are slated for delivery in 2011 and 2012 and will be named the MSC Meraviglia (which means "marvelous/amazing") and the MSC Favolosa (which means "fabulous") and they will be 5th and 6th cruise ships in the "Musica" class, at 93,000 tons, with 1,275 staterooms and capacity of 2,550 passengers, double occupancy. The majority of the MSC fleet will be less than 5 years old;

The MSC cruise ship fleet consists of 3 classes: the Lirica class (60,000 tons), the Musica class (93,000 tons), and the Fantasia class (133,500 tons). The 2 super-flagships, the MSC Fantasia and MSC Splendida, at 133,500 tons are the largest ships built for a European shipping company;

Construction will start on MSC Meraviglia and MSC Favolosa under the guidance of the Korean STX Shipbuilding at the Aker Yards France. The latest Cruise-Ship-News is here

Royal Caribbean Itinerary Change

High fuel costs will cost two Maritime ports hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue next year. Royal Caribbean had scheduled four calls each into Sydney and Charlottetown (Canada) in the fall of 2009 with its 3,000 passenger cruise ship Explorer of the Seas, but this has now changed to reduce operational costs. The decision will also hurt the Port of Quebec City. This is nothing new of course as Royal Caribbean International and most other cruise lines are changing itineraries to save on escalating fuel costs. The 4 calls will mean a loss of an estimated $87,220 in passenger taxes for the port as the port charges $7 per passenger and also industry estimates that cruise ship passengers also spend between $65 and $100 on average, in a port. On the other hand the change will save the cruise line $2 million to $3 million. In spite of the Royal Caribbean loss, Sydney and Charlottetown are expecting to have busy seasons in 2009. The latest Cruise-Ship-News

Fincantieri has delivers ‘Cruise Barcelona’

Fincantieri has delivered ‘Cruise Barcelona’, the second in a series of four cruise-ferries ordered by the Grimaldi Group. The new vessel will immediately start the service connecting Civitavecchia (Rome) to Barcelona every day. Built at Fincantieri’s Castellammare di Stabia shipyard, the ‘Cruise Barcelona’ belongs to a new generation of ships which combines the comfort and entertainment of cruise vessels with the flexibility and loading capacity essential to serve as the highways of the sea. Joining her sister ship, the ‘Cruise Roma’, which was delivered in April, the ‘Cruise Barcelona’ completes the voyage between Civitavecchia and Rome in 20 hours. Capable of carrying 2,300 passengers and with 3,000 lane metres for trucks and trailers in addition to 215 cars at a speed of 28 knots, the ‘Cruise Barcelona’ has 478 cabins equipped with all the comforts of a modern cruise ship, from a large wellness centre to a casino. At 225-metres-long and 30.45-metres-wide, the ‘Cruise Barcelona’ has a gross tonnage of 55,000 tonnes, making her along with her sister ship the largest ferries in the Mediterranean. Delivery of a further two sister ships ordered from Fincantieri by Grimaldi Group is due in 2009 and 2010. The latest Cruise-Ship-News

Cruise-Ship-NewsHolland America Line News

Holland America Line will name its latest Signature Class ship and the 15th in its fleet, the MS Nieuw Amsterdam. To ship is to delivered in 2010, and the 86,000-ton Nieuw Amsterdam will be built at Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard and its interior design and art collection will reflect the glamour and history of New York City, formerly called Nieuw Amsterdam. "The Signature Class marks Holland America Line's latest series of new-build vessels and with a guest capacity of 2,106 for Nieuw Amsterdam. The first Nieuw Amsterdam was launched in 1906 and used both a full set of sails and steam engines. She was 17,149 tons and carried 2,886 passengers, 2,200 of them in third class. She sailed in regular service through World War I and then through to 1932. The famed Nieuw Amsterdam II joined the fleet in 1938 as the company's flagship. The silhouette of this ship can still be seen today behind Henry Hudson's Half Moon in the company's logo. At 36,287 tons, "the Darling of the Dutch," as she was known, was decorated in great style and was launched by Her Majesty Queen Wilhemina of the Netherlands. Nieuw Amsterdam II served proudly in World War II completing 44 war time voyages carrying nearly 400,000 passengers (mostly troops). Nieuw Amsterdam III was launched in 1983 as one of the most elegant ships of her time. At 33,900 tons, Nieuw Amsterdam III sailed in Alaska in the summers and in the Caribbean in the winters.

Previous new-build series include the four-ship Statendam Class group, four-ship Rotterdam Class and four-ship Vista Class. The line also owns and operates the 793-passenger Elegant Explorer, ms Prinsendam. The first Signature Class vessel, ms Eurodam, joined the fleet in July 2008. Eurodam, and now Nieuw Amsterdam, further define and expand the Holland America Line premium brand with new concepts such as the innovative pan-Asian Tamarind restaurant and Silk Den lounge surrounded by panoramic views overlooking the ocean expanse and the Lido pool.

Other additions are an Explorer's Lounge Bar, a premium wine-tasting lounge, an elegant luxury jewelry boutique, new atrium bar area, enhanced and reconfigured show lounge, and a new photographic and imaging center. Nieuw Amsterdam will feature 11 guest decks and staterooms will spotlight all the Signature of Excellence premium amenities of plush Euro-top Mariner's Dream Beds, deluxe waffle/terry cloth robes, Egyptian cotton towels, flat panel TVs, dvd players, make-up mirrors with halo lighting, massage shower heads, professional grade hair dryers, fresh flowers and complimentary fruit baskets. The ship will also feature innovative spa staterooms with additional spa amenities.

The ship will continue several much-admired Holland America Line features, including outside-view, glass elevators at midship; the Explorations Cafe -- a cyber-coffee house powered by The New York Times; the Pinnacle Grill and Pinnacle Bar; the innovative Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine Magazine, where culinary experts provide cooking demonstrations and intimate classes in a state-of-the-art onboard show kitchens; an expanded Greenhouse Spa and Salon with thermal suites and hydro-pool, the largest gymnasium ever built for Holland America Line; and a youth facility that includes the teens-only Loft. In addition the ship will feature the family-style Canaletto's Italian restaurant,

On the technical side, Signature Class ships will feature the latest state-of-the-art navigation and safety systems including dynamic positioning abilities to hold the ship in a precise position. The vessels will be powered by six diesel generators and propelled by the latest Azipod propulsion technology. The latest Cruise-Ship-News is here