Port Canaveral plans to add up to three new cruise terminals

Quantum_of_the_Seas_at_Meyer_WerftIn addition to the eighth terminal that is currently under construction, three new cruise terminals are likely to be built at Port Canaveral to handle the expected increase in cruise ship traffic. A detailed presentation of Port Canaveral’s cruise and cargo outlook was given to the commissioners just a few days ago.

The $105 million Cruise Terminal 1 is scheduled to open December 27 and will be used mainly by Royal Caribbean. The additional terminals will be needed by 2016, 2018 and 2022 each. They would be part of the $587 million five-year development program that is expected to establish the port as an important cargo destination and boost the number of the cruise passengers. Continue reading

Florida’s scariest Halloween cruise: 960 passengers evacuated

800px-Kristina_Katarina_lifeboats_2A Halloween cruise turned into a real nightmare-on-sea when the Bahamas Celebration, shortly after leaving Grand Bahamas Island and heading back to Port of Palm Beach, Florida, hit an unidentified object at around 9 p.m. Friday, and the passengers had to be evacuated.

More than 960 passengers were planning to attend the costume contest and the zombie ball on Halloween night. Continue reading

Norwegian to acquire Prestige Cruises for $3 Billion

800px-Norwegian_Cruise_Line_Norwegian_Spirit_05Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. which is the third largest US cruise operator, has recently announced that it has agreed to acquire Prestige Cruise International in a deal valued more than $3 billion in cash, including the assumption of debts and about 20.3 million shares of common stock, according to some sources.

Committed financing for the deal is being provided to Norwegian Cruise by Continue reading

Cruise itineraries changed due to Ebola concerns

Army_researcher_fighting_Ebola_on_front_lines_(14841171181)Several cruise lines have canceled port calls and changed itineraries to avoid areas in West Africa that could potentially be affected by Ebola virus. In spite the fact that most cruise lines don’t regularly visit West Africa, there still are a few lines that offer exotic voyages with port stops in the area.

Carnival’s Holland America Line has adjusted its 35-day “African Explorer” cruise which departs from Cape Town, South Africa on November 15 and sails to Southampton, United Kingdom. Continue reading

Ovation of the Seas will be the third Quantum Class ship

Liberty_of_the_Seas_La_Spezia_(_Royal_Caribbean_International)Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas started construction at Mayer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany where Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas are being built, too.

The first piece of steel was cut and the construction of the third Quantum-class cruise ship officially began, Royal Caribbean announced a few days ago. Continue reading