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MBNA Thames Clippers prepares to welcome additions to fleet

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MBNA Thames Clippers has seen two new 150 capacity catamarans loaded onto a vessel in Hobart, Tasmania, ahead of setting off on a 10,000 mile journey to the River Thames in London. The two new boats represent a £6.5 million investment boost for London’s commuters and sightseers and they will provide additional capacity across the river transport network when they go into service in autumn 2015. → Read More

Costa Cruises signs with Meyer Werft for two new vessels

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German ship yard Meyer Werft has signed on to build two new cruise ships for Italian line Costa Cruises, billed as the largest ships ever built in terms of guest capacity. The move is part of a four ship deal signed by Costa-parent Carnival Corporation. In June, Carnival Corporation announced the other two ships included in the multi-billion dollar contract are destined for its German brand, AIDA Cruises. → Read More

Leadership falls into place for new Fathom cruise line

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Fathom has named 15-year cruise industry veteran Michelle Sutter as a company senior sales leader. In this role, Sutter will be responsible for marketing and business development supporting sales of Carnival Corporation’s newest brand designed to pioneer a new category the line is calling “social impact travel”. Sutter joined the company in July reporting to David Drier, vice president, sales for Fathom. → Read More

SuperStar Libra begins Xiamen homeport

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Star Cruises has joined with Xiamen Port Holding Group to hold a festive celebration marking the beginning of SuperStar Libra’s homeport in Xiamen, China until November 1st. The longest homeport of any industry cruise ship ever in Xiamen, SuperStar Libra will operate three-day/two-night cruises to Penghu, Taiwan and six-day/five-night cruises to Miyakojima and Naha, Okinawa in Japan throughout the summer and autumn. → Read More

Carnival Corporation adds capacity in China as momentum grows

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Carnival Corporation will add two ships to its China fleet in 2016, making it the first global cruise company with six total ships based in China. The move will increase Carnival Corporation's total capacity in China by an additional 58 per cent in 2016, further accelerating the company's leadership position in the growing Chinese market, which continually delivers double-digit annual returns and is expected to eventually become the largest cruise market in the world. → Read More

Barcelona to welcome new private cruise terminal

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The Port Authority of Barcelona has welcomed an investment of more than €30 million to build and operate a second private cruise terminal at the Port of Barcelona. The cash will come from Carnival Corporation, which presently sees seven of its ten cruise line brands use the Barcelona as both a destination and home port. → Read More

DFDS services return to normal as Calais port blockade ends

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French officials have said the blockade in Calais will be lifted and the port of will re-open fully from noon today. The news follows a meeting at the ministry of transport in Paris, with the participation of SCOP SeaFrance, Groupe Eurotunnel and DFDS Seaways. → Read More

Norwegian Cruise Line introduces à la carte speciality dining

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Norwegian Cruise Line has introduced à la carte speciality dining at the line’s signature speciality restaurants, providing guests the freedom to savour an array of tastes and gourmet dishes and the flexibility to choose how many courses they wish to enjoy during their meal. → Read More

Carnival Corporation increase shareholder dividend

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Carnival Corporation has announced that it has increased its quarterly dividend to $0.30 per share. “We are pleased to increase dividends to our shareholders 20 per cent this quarter, reflecting our strong cash flow from operations approaching $4 billion this year,” said Arnold Donald, president Carnival Corporation." → Read More

DFDS Seaways reroutes vessels around Calais strike

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DFDS Seaways is continuing to divert a fourth ship to its Dover-Dunkirk service for the 16th day in a row as on-going strike action by former MyFerryLink workers continues to prevent the company from operating a full service into Calais. Carsten Jensen, senior vice president and head of DFDS Seaways in the UK commented: “We would like to reassure all our customers that we are open for business on the Channel, with the Calais Seaways continuing to operate on the Dunkirk route alongside our three normal ships." → Read More

Costa signs three year partnership with Alitalia at Expo 2015

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Costa Cruises and Alitalia, the main Italian airline, have signed a three-year agreement which will see passengers departing Italy welcomed to scheduled and charter flights to reach the ports of embarkation for cruises around the world. The agreement, presented today at Expo Milano 2015, envisages a total of around 100,000 airline seats on Alitalia flights, made available to Costa Cruises in the period 2015-2018. → Read More

Celebrity Cruises appoints first female captain

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For the first time in Celebrity Cruises’ history, an American female will take the helm of a mega-ton cruise ship. At 37 years of age, San Francisco native Kate McCue will command Celebrity Summit – a 91,000-ton, 965-foot ship in the Celebrity Cruises fleet, sailing between the eastern United States and Bermuda. → Read More

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