Royal Caribbean reduces presence in South America

The company of shipping company of cruises Royal Caribbean, he has announced that during the winter 2012-2013 he foresees to have in South America only one ship, the Splendour of the Seas, of 2.074 passengers, which will weigh anchor from Saints, Brazil …

The company of shipping company of cruises Royal Caribbean, he has announced that during the winter 2012-2013 he foresees to have in South America only one ship, the Splendour of the Seas, of 2.074 passengers, which will weigh anchor from Saints, Brazil, in diverse itineraries as the region.

According to the portal, the company had brought in the recent days benefits superior to 600 million US$ in 2011.

The Splendour, recently restored, is navigating this winter in Brazil together with the Vision of the Be (2.000 passengers), that in the next period it will not return to the region and will do cruises of ten and 11 days from Port Everglades.

In accordance with the plans of deployment of the line of cruises with base in Miami, Florida, the Vision will offer 19 cruises alternatives in the Caribbean Sea and the Canal of Panama. Between the scales Dominica, Antigua will be Turtledove, St Maarten, St Kitts, St Croix, Martinique, Saint Lucia, Barbados, Granada, Bonaire, Aruba, and San Vicente.

This scheme marks the return of the shipping company to Martinique after four years of absence and the scales premiere in San Vicente. The line Royal Caribbean is provided with 22 ships that come to more than 270 destinations in 72 countries of six continents

Carnival Cruise Line will have base in Puerto Rico

The port of San Juan, Puerto Rico will serve from 2013 like basic port of the ship Carnival Valor, of the company Carnival Cruise Lines, what represents a local economic impact for 630,000 US$ for every exit, he reported …

The port of San Juan, Puerto Rico will serve from 2013 like basic port of the ship Carnival Valor, of the company Carnival Cruise Lines, what represents a local economic impact for 630,000 US$ for every exit, reported the Government of Puerto Rico.

Economic Development and Commerce Puerto Rican (DDEC), José Pérez Riera, told today in a press release that the decision of the company of cruises thinks about how “to strengthen its itineraries in the Western Caribbean Sea“.

“Also, it is a good indication of that the cruises industry in Puerto Rico is moving in the correct direction”, there emphasized Pérez Riera, who added that the economic activity in the Caribbean island for the cruises reaches 245 million US$.

Pérez Riera added that the cruise Carnival Valor, which will do its inaugural trip in February, 2013, will turn into the ship with basic port in Saint John of major size and more modern, with a capacity for 2.974 passengers and a crew of 1.180 persons.

He emphasized that for the last tax year, the island received several new ships, between them, Celebrity Silhouette, with capacity for 2.886 passengers, and the MSC Poetry, which is provided with a maximum of 2.550 travelers.

“Without place to doubt, Puerto Rico has managed to restore its credibility with the cruises industry“, supported Pérez-Riera.

Haiti might receive “Cruises with a cause”

The Haitian Secretary of the Interior, Thierry Mayard-Paul, announced that recently in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, there was opened the possibility that the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, is receiving “Cruises with a cause”, in 2013 …

The Haitian Secretary of the Interior, Thierry Mayard-Paul, announced that recently in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, there was opened the possibility that the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, is receiving “Cruises with a cause”, in 2013, after 25 years of absence.

As it gets rid of a note sent to the writing of Mayard-Paul, the welcome gave to this possibility in the meeting that it had with the organizers of the cruise, which combines tourism with voluntary work, understanding this like a sustainable development sample for the economy of the Caribbean nation.

“Haiti is in a crucial point like nation“, pointed out Mayard-Paul in the ministers’ retirement preachers, which across the years they have organizing “Cruises with a cause”, a series of cruises of missions that volunteers transport to several places who need help.

The ministers preachers are thinking about how to take its experience to Haiti with 4,000 persons on board of the cruise in 2013. The passengers of this cruise will be able to take part in projects that include the houses construction, repair schools and install new systems to provide drinking water in the whole Port-au-Prince.

“When they sail in Port-au-Prince they will be doing history“, showed the minister. “His will be the first cruise that visits our capital in a quarter of century. It will be a milestone to remember, so allow me to be grateful to them for giving him a new breath to the tourist sector“, stood out Mayard-Paul.

MSC Cruises presents new itinerary from Dominican

The shipping company, MSC Cruises, realized the official presentation of its new itinerary for the area of the Caribbean Sea for the winter 2012-2013 period with shipments in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, where the travelers will be able to realize several excursions in ground.

In accordance with the note sent to the room of writing of the itineraries with exit from Barcelona, Spain will be realized in ‘Lyric MSC’ which will go out on December 2, 2012 in an itinerary that will last 14 days and that will end in Martinique (French Antilles) on December 15.

This ship will travel from the Mediterranean across the Atlantic Ocean and up to the Caribbean Sea with scales in Funchal (Madeira), Bridgetown (Barbados), Saint George (Granada), Basseterre (Saint Christopher and Nevis) and Castries (Saint Lucia) to December 15, 2012 come to Fort-de-France (Martinique).

From December 19, 2012 until February 13, 2013, Lyric MSC will initiate its period with cruises of 8 days with shipment in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), and scales in La Romana (Dominican Republic), Philipsburg (Dutch Antilles), Fort-de-France (Martinique), Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe), Saint John’s (Antigua and Barbuda), Road Town (Virgin Isles), and returning again to Santo Domingo.

This ship will say goodbye of The French Antilles on February 20, 2013, when its passage begins back of 17 days from Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) up to Barcelona where the scales that have been programmed are in La Romana (Dominican Republic), Philipsburg (Dutch Antilles), Fort-de-France (Martinique), Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe), Castries (Saint Lucia), Funchal (Madeira) and Malaga, ending in Barcelona.

tours for the sea, to discover the marine life and the tropical fish or realizarexcursiones for the tropical forests”, it points out the shipping company.


Another cruise of the proprietor of the Coast Concord had an accident in the Indian one

A fire in the cruise Costa Allegra – of the same company of the Coast Concord – stopped to the ship adrift in the area of Seychelles during the morning of this Monday, as he has informed the proper shipping company in a bulletin from its Italian head office.

According to The Huffington Post, the commander of the coast guard Cosimo Nicastro he affirmed to the television that the captain of the ship informed that the fire is already controlled but the engines are not working.

The Italian coastal authority has already finished boats towards the Allegra to help in the rescue, while the Seychelles already sent a boat to engine, a plane and other elements to the place.

Also, they informed that the company Costa Cruceros informed in a bulletin that it has hurt not even deceased between 636 passengers and 413 crew members.

“The fire in the room of machines of the Coast Allegra was already extinguished”, made sure the company, which it indicated that several merchant ships that were sailing along the area have taken charge of the first help operations.

The passengers have been informed about the situation, and grouped in the meeting points for the emergencies.

With the situation there deals also the Italian Coast guard, which added that the ship has average to communicate, but which “does not count strongly of propulsion”.

Royal Caribbean will construct another ship in the shipyard Meyer Werft

After the signed agreement last year with the German shipyard Meyer Werft for the construction of a new generation of ships, under the ” name “Sunshine”, Royal Caribbean Cruises has confirmed this Wednesday that will exercise its option for the construction of the second ship, which will be delivered in the spring 2015, according to a bulletin of the shipping company to which it has had access

The ship will be constructed in accordance with the same terms in which he remembered the construction of the first one of these ships. The “Project Sunshine” will be formed by two new ships that will be delivered, the first one in the spring 2014 and the second one year later.

They will be able to transport 4.100 cruceristas in regime of double occupation and will have a weight of more than 158.000 gross tons. The cost estimated by every cabin is 170.000 euros and it includes the contract with the shipyard, the design both of the ship and of its spaces and the construction of the same one, from the structure up to the most minimal detail of its interior.

This project supposes the culmination of more than one year of investigation in the naval cruises sector. The ships will incorporate in its design new and exciting facilities based on the already existing ones on the ships of the company, to which unpublished stages will be added where to enjoy the best holidays.

According to declarations of Richard Fain, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises.: “The assertion of the construction of the second ship of the Project Sunshine reinforces and strengthens our continuous confidence in the success of this new generation of ships and our firm conviction on our mark: Royal Caribbean International”.

Royal Caribbean Cruises also operates on the marks Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Pullmantur, CDF Croisieres de France, and TUI Cruises across a joint venture to 50 % with TUI AG. The company is provided with a fleet of 40 ships and has other three in construction. Also, it offers the only excursions in ground in Alaska, Asia, Australia / New Zealand, Canada, Dubai, Europe and South America.

Two hard-working brothers of Costa Cruceros, in the ‘Concord’ and the ‘Allegra’

The bad luck has wanted that the brothers James Thomas and Rebecca Thomas, hired by the shipping company Costa Cruceros like ballet dancers, have lived in the first person through the shipwreck of the ‘Concord’ and the incident happened in the ‘Allegra’, which is being towed towards the Seychelles, after a fire in its generators, which left it adrift in the Indian one.

As he publishes this Tuesday the newspaper ‘Daily Mail’, the father showed its surprise when the shipping company communicated to him that its daughter Rebecca was traveling on board of the cruise ‘Costa Allegra’, after it was surviving its another son Mark to the shipwreck of the ‘Concord’.

“Simply I cannot believe it, I am absolutely surprised of that this has happened again.

There happens the circumstance of which its son 19-year-old James, was acclaimed like “a hero” after it was helping other passengers of the ‘Concord’ to disembark using its body “as bridge” to be raised to the lifeboats.

The shipping company Costa Cruceros has annulled the tow of the ship ‘Allegra’ to the island Desroches “with the target to guarantee the safety” of the passengers, and finally the vessel will be towed up to Mahè in the Seychelles, which was the initial destination foreseen by the cruise.

The Coast Allegra is in fact a cargo ship constructed in 1969 that was modified

The ship of Costa Cruceros, who has had to be rescued in waters of the Indian one with 1.000 passengers on board has more scars than a veteran of many wars. Constructed in Finland in 1969, with the number of IMO 6916885, first her name been Annie Johnson, then Regent Lune and later Alexandra …

During all these years, it worked like cargo ship dedicated to transporting containers, as there prove to be the top photos given by the ONG Robin des Bois. Until the Italian shipping company acquired it in 1990 and remodeled it in a few shipyards of Genoa, as he publishes The World in an article that he gathers

The restructuring of the vessel lasted two years in which it was provided with a new structure to support eight apartments and 410 cabins. Its length was lengthened 13 meters up to the current 190 meters and two new engines put themselves him. «The life expectancy of a ship to be put out of the circulation is 30 years», tells the spokeswoman of Robin des Bois, Christine Bossard.

Dedicated fundamentally to the environmental protection and the protection of the protected spices, this ONG supervises also the world market of scrappings of ships and publishes from 2006 an extensive quarterly bulletin on the topic.

«The Coast Allegra has already 42 years and this is a lot of time for a passengers’ ship», points out Bossard. How does it decide if a vessel is in conditions to keep on sailing? Since the regulation of the International Marine Organization (IMO) demands that all the ships should have a day a Certificate of Navigability, document sent by a society of examination, who credits that the craft has spent the obligatory recognition destined to guarantee the safety in the sea.

In case of Costa Allegra, the above mentioned Certificate of Navigability has been extended, apparently, by the society of Italian classification TIFF (Italian Record Navale): company with 150 years of experience in the naval certification member of the International Association of Societies of Classification (IACS) that integrates the 50 most prestigious companies of the branch. In spite of so notable curriculum, the name of TIFF has been related previously, as Robin des Bois points, to two serious shipping catastrophes.