- Holland America Line and Seabourn name My Nguyen Deputy Director of Interior Design
- Viking Line reports steady interim loss as freight volumes fall, costs rise
- Cruise industry adopts Passenger Bill of Rights
- Royal Caribbean announces inaugural season for Quantum of the Seas
- DFDS to upgrade Copenhagen-Oslo cruise ferries for DKK120 million
- To regain pricing power, invest in upgrading fleet - analyst
- "Worst may not be over yet for Carnival brand” – Farley
- The American Steamboat Company to expand west
- Carnival shares open sharply lower in New York, partly recover in London after morning rout
- Carnival issues profit warning, says yields to fall, shares dive in London
- Richard J. O'Hanlon appointed Vice President, Nautical and Safety Operations for Carnival Cruise Lines
- Viking launches its ocean project, company rebrands
Ports & Destinations
- St. Kitts to receive calls from Royal Caribbean's new Quantum of the Seas
- Port of Barcelona hits an annual record
- Athens prepares to host Posidonia Sea Tourism Conference
- Norwegian Breakaway makes maiden call to Bermuda
- Study demonstrates that BC cruise ports continue to be an economic hub in Canada
Products & services
- Trimline completes work on Pullmantur’s Monarch
- Wallem opens offices in South Africa
- Trimline and Carnival UK agree an on board interior maintenance service for five ships
- Wärtsilä Aquarius ballast water system received final approval
- Wallem opens first hub of expertise in Singapore as it looks to establish strategic maritime locations around the world
- Published on Saturday, 11 September 2010 14:55
- Written by Teijo Niemelä
By Henrik Segercrantz
The SMM tradeshow, held last week in Hamburg, is a great place to gather bits and pieces of market rumours. Although unconfirmed, as rumours are before they eventually end up as a press release, they are almost treated as facts by the end of the exhibition week, when you have heard them so many times. But, these are unconfirmed rumours of upcoming cruise ship orders.
Hapag Lloyd is to place their 30,000 gross ton newbuilding order in France, which is a very interesting piece of news from the last days of the tradeshow.
Already during the first days, everyone "knew" that a letter of intent has been signed, for NCL's next vessels, with Meyer Werft. The previous vessel, Norwegian Epic, was recently delivered from France. Interesting but partly predictable.
That leaves one joker about which no definite rumours were expressed, at least loudly – Royal Caribbean International's next series of vessels. One could argue that these are bound for Finland, but RCI keeps the competition going on for these, between STX in Finland and Meyer Werft in Germany. Allure of the Seas, the last vessel at the Turku Yard in Finland is to be delivered on October 28. Maybe around that time some of these rumours turn into orders. Until then we can just speculate.
A fact is though, that Viking Line wants a lower price for their newbuildings, than those offered by the yards which have participated in the tendering, so far.
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