A surprise musical performance, a New England clambake, news of potential additional airlift to support Boston-Québec sailings and a cruise raffle with proceeds to benefit the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing opened the 15th annual Canada/New England Cruise Symposium in Boston on Tuesday night.
Haugesund, situated between Stavanger and Bergen in the heart of Norway’s south-western cruise region, received its first cruise ship today (Wednesday) with a visit by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ Balmoral.
Carnival Corp. & plc cut its earnings outlook for the second half, blaming lower net yields due to reduced pricing—likely as a result of continued weak demand for the Carnival brand and costs related to additional voyage cancellations.
The American Queen Steamboat Co. announced westward expansion plans with the acquisition of Empress of the North from the US Maritime Administration for an undisclosed amount. To be renamed American Empress, the vessel is scheduled to resume sailings in the Pacific Northwest April 2014 from Portland, Ore.
All veranda staterooms, abundant al fresco dining, a sun deck with an infinity pool and a main pool with a fire pit under a retractable dome are features of the 928-berth Viking Star. After three years of planning, steel-cutting for the 47,800gt newbuild is set for June at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard for this first ocean-going entrant in Torstein Hagen’s Viking Cruises.
Total ships: 18
Total berths: 56,783
Total Order Book Value:$12,560,800.00
Average Price Per Berth:$264,302