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Holland America Line's Nieuw Amsterdam to sail from Port Everglades

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
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Bookings are open for the Premiere Voyage and 2018-19 inaugural Caribbean cruise season of Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam. Due for delivery December 1, 2018, the second Pinnacle Class ship in the fleet currently is under construction at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy.

When Nieuw Statendam departs the yard, it will be delivered in Venice, Italy, December 1. After arriving at Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, Nieuw Statendam departs Dec. 5 on its Premiere Voyage with guests — a 14-day transatlantic crossing to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The ship will then spend the winter season cruising roundtrip from the South Florida port on 7-night Caribbean itineraries, with select 3-, 4- and 10-night options.

“Every milestone we reach with Nieuw Statendam brings us closer to delivery, and opening for bookings in the inaugural season is an exciting step as we officially give guests the opportunity to start planning their vacations on this beautiful new ship,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “The crossing is a great chance for guests to really get to know the ship and explore every corner during the sea days, and the Caribbean season is a perfect blend of ports that highlight the beauty, diversity and relaxed ambiance of that region.”

Cruise shares still to recover from fall triggered by NCLH interims

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
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Shares in the listed three major cruise shipping groups still have not recovered from fall that started with the weaker than forecast interims of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) on 09 May.

NCLH reported earnings per share of $0.27, well below its own forecast of $0.36 when it published its final quarter and full year 2016 results. The fresh figure was also below the $0.29 the company had reached in the first quarter of 2016.

Shares in NCLH set a recent high at about $56 on 9 May, they closed at $48.07 in New York on 17 May, when the overall market had suffered deep losses. However, the wider market performed well prior to the turmoil on Wednesday.

Carnival plc in London closed at £46.74, well below its recent high at £48.29 on 9 May. The FTSE100 share index of leading shares set record highs earlier in the week. meanwhile,  Carnival Corporation finished at $59.75 in New York on 17 May after a recent high at $63.22 eight days earlier.

Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd (RCCL) had hit a recent high of about $110 on 1 May; it closed at $103.65 in New York on 17 May.

NCLH warned about challenges in China due to political tension between that country and South Korea. However, it raised its earnings guidance for the full year, citing strong demand elsewhere as the reason.

The three months to the end of may interims of Carnival Corporation & plc – its financial year runs to 30 November –should cast some light on development of the industry and give investors guidance regarding how to value cruise shipping shares.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines to charter river cruise ship 2018

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, the UK based destinational cruise operator, said it has introduced a European river cruise programme that will run from early April to early November 2018.

The 156 passenger capacity Brabant, 110 metres in length and built in 2006 and which the company will charter, will operate a series of cruises on the Danube, Rhine, Main and Moselle – on a total of 30 departures in 2018, on durations ranging from five to 25 nights, complemented by a selection of shore excursions, designed to enhance guests’ experience of the destination.

“Fred. Olsen will be bringing its unique style of ‘destination exploration’ to the river cruise market, with exciting itineraries visiting some of Europe’s most stunning rivers, canals and valleys,” the company said in a statement.

Justin Stanton, Sales and Marketing Director for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “At Fred. Olsen, we specialise in creating a ‘home-from-home’ atmosphere on our ocean cruises, and we are proud to be bringing our many decades of expertise and rich sailing heritage to the river cruise market for the very first time. In fact, the name Brabant harks back to Fred. Olsen’s historic passenger ship of the same name from the 1920s.”



Over half of the Alaska visitors arrived by a cruise ship in 2016

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
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A total of 1,857,500 million out-of-state visitors came to Alaska from May to September 2016, according to the Alaska Visitor Statistics Program 7 (AVSP 7), the most recently released report by the Alaska Tourism Industry Association (ATIA) and Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development (DCCED). This sets the record for visitor volume since the AVSP began in 1985, and it marks a 4 percent increase from the same period in 2015.

In summer 2016, Alaska visitors spent an average of $1,057 per person on their trip, which shows a 4 percent increase in spending from the previous year. Spending a total of $1.97 billion in the state last summer, tourist spending was up 31 percent from 2011. The significant economic growth is representative of an increase in per-person spending as well as the growth in visitor volume.

A large portion of the bump can be attributed to an increase in air volume, which went up by 6 percent. Cruise ship passengers still make up the majority of Alaska’s visitors, however. Those arriving by cruise ship accounted for 55 percent of visitors, totaling 1,025,900 people in summer 2016. The highway/ferry market saw the biggest jump, going up 10 percent over the past year and now accounting for 5 percent of total summer visitor volume.


AmaWaterways to launch next-generation, wider river ship AmaMagna next year

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AmaWaterways has announced plans for AmaMagna, its biggest ship ever to be launched in 2019. AmaMagna represents a new concept specifically designed to elevate the modern luxury market. Twice the width of traditional European river ships, the latest AmaWaterways innovation welcomes only 194 guests and affords luxurious living spaces, multiple dining options including an al fresco glass-enclosed restaurant, more onboard activities and enhanced evening entertainment. The ship will debut a quieter and more fuel-efficient engine and – a first for Ama – open-water sports platform, complete with zodiac boats, canoes and recreational equipment. Construction for the new vessel, destined to sail Danube itineraries, began March 6, 2017.

“As the luxury river cruise market continues to grow, we want to carry on as the leader in industry innovation. While this new double-width concept has been on the table for some time, we believe, given the unique demand that exists, that now is the perfect moment to introduce this style of ship,” said Rudi Schreiner, president and co-owner of AmaWaterways. “AmaMagna will provide guests with generous personal space, the freedom of multiple dining choices and exceptional stateroom comfort. Combining this with our award-winning cuisine, noteworthy shore excursions and remarkable onboard service, we feel this ship is a game-changer.”

In total, AmaMagna will feature 97 staterooms – the majority of which will be over 300 square feet, some of the largest in river cruising. Additional amenities include a large heated sundeck swimming pool with whirlpool and sky bar, a spacious spa area with new treatments, a fitness room large enough for small group classes and generous common areas designed to accommodate a variety of onboard events.

“We’ve expanded the options for our guests by incorporating exceptional epicurean adventures, and new wellness offerings. Our guests deserve the very best and we are always thinking about new opportunities that will give them the vacation of a lifetime,” said Schreiner. “Now is the perfect time for us to introduce a new concept of luxurious European river cruising.”