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  • COSTA CRUISES: Upgrading undertaken by RCI

    COSTA CRUISES: Upgrading undertaken by RCI

    10th March 2011

    Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas (2001/90,090gt) is being given a multi-million pound overhaul in May prior to making her debut in Australasia in October as part of a fleetwide ‘Royal Advantage’ renewal programme. This includes the creation of four…

  • CARNIVAL: Spirit heads Down Under

    CARNIVAL: Spirit heads Down Under

    10th March 2011

    Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL) is to base one of its ships in Australian waters on a full-time basis, reflecting the growth of interest in cruising in the region. Although parent company Carnival Corporation owns P&O Australia with four ships serving…

  • FISHING VESSEL: Profile of a mystery ship

    FISHING VESSEL: Profile of a mystery ship

    10th March 2011

    The profile of some ships presents a question mark as to their exact employment. One such is Thorshovdi, recently seen at Punta Arenas, Chile. The hull would appear to be that of a small container ship but what about all…

  • CRUISE INDUSTRY: Cruise incidents cause concern

    CRUISE INDUSTRY: Cruise incidents cause concern

    10th March 2011

    Equipment failures on two well known cruise ships, Carnival Cruise’s Carnival Splendor and Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, have been serious enough to generate international safety alerts. In the case of Carnival Splendor, which suffered an engine room fire off Mexico,…

  • IRISH SEA: Stena Line spells it out

    IRISH SEA: Stena Line spells it out

    10th March 2011

    Passengers travelling on the Birkenhead-Belfast ro-pax service have been handed copies of a letter explaining Stena Line’s position while formal approval of the purchase of this route, and the Heysham-Belfast freight service, is awaited. Updating events since Stena Line UK…

  • ROYAL FLEET AUXILIARY: Reprieve for auxiliary service?

    ROYAL FLEET AUXILIARY: Reprieve for auxiliary service?

    10th March 2011

    With little mention of the future of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary in the latest Defence White Paper, the service seems to have once again evaded the wholesale privatisation that many had feared. The optimistic outlook stems from a lack of…

  • NORWEGIAN CL: European quartet

    NORWEGIAN CL: European quartet

    10th March 2011

    Norwegian Cruise Line is basing four ships in Europe during 2012-13, including a second vessel on a year-round basis. The 4,200-passenger Norwegian Epic (2010/155,873gt) returns for a second summer in the Mediterranean operating weekly from Barcelona to Naples, Civitavecchia, Livorno,…

  • CARNIVAL: Splendor returns to service

    10th March 2011

    Carnival’s 2006-built Carnival Splendor, which was damaged by an engine room fire off Mexico in November (see SM, Jan/Feb 2011), departed San Diego for San Francisco under her own power on 21 January. She received over US$56 million in additional…

  • DFDS NORFOLKLINE: DFDS sell two routes to Belfast

    DFDS NORFOLKLINE: DFDS sell two routes to Belfast

    10th March 2011

    DFDS wasted little time disposing of the Irish Sea routes it acquired in July 2010 as part of the purchase of Norfolkline. Services from Birkenhead and Heysham to Belfast went to Stena Line at the beginning of December 2010, along…

  • FERRY REDEPLOYMENT: Dublin pair quickly moved

    FERRY REDEPLOYMENT: Dublin pair quickly moved

    10th March 2011

    Final DFDS sailings from Birkenhead and Heysham to Dublin were completed during the last weekend of January with the 320-passenger/100-car/135-truck ro-pax twins Dublin Seaways and Liverpool Seaways quickly redeployed. Dublin Seaways left the Mersey to begin a spell on the…