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Dr. Anna Fisher to name Viking Orion

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 Viking Ocean Cruises, the privately owned upper enmd of the market cruise line, said that American chemist, emergency room physician and recently retired NASA astronaut Dr. Anna Fisher will be honored as godmother to its fifth ocean ship, which will debut in July 2018.

The new ship has been named Viking Orion® after the prominent constellation and in honor of Dr. Fisher’s contributions to NASA’s Orion exploration vehicle project. The announcement was first made by Viking Chairman, Torstein Hagen, during a press conference in New York City celebrating the first call in Manhattan for the company’s third ship, Viking Sky.

The 930-guest Viking Orion reached a major construction milestone last week, when the ship met water for the first time during her “float out” ceremony at Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard. Dr. Fisher attended the September 28 ceremony and assisted with several maritime traditions. Viking Orion will spend her maiden year sailing itineraries in the Mediterranean, before making her way to Asia, Australia and then Alaska.

“Vikings were the original long-distance explorers and the first to use the stars and constellations as a way to navigate uncharted territory,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “The spirit of exploration is at the heart of everything we do, and so I am especially proud that an astronaut will be honored as godmother to our new ship. Dr. Fisher is a past Viking guest, a fellow scientist and a true explorer. As one of the first women in space, she has inspired generations of curious minds, and I look forward to welcoming guests onboard Viking Orion to learn more about her impressive career in space exploration.”

“The idea of exploring new territories has always appealed to me, whether through science or by traveling the world. I was 12 years old when I heard Alan Shepard’s voice on the radio during his sub orbital flight, and at that moment, I knew that I also wanted to explore beyond earth's atmosphere. I knew from that young age that I wanted to be an astronaut,” said Dr. Fisher. “I always wanted to be an explorer and I am proud and honored to be godmother to Viking Orion – a ship that was designed to help her guests see more of the world.”


Norwegian joins S&P 500 index

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Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., the third largest global cruise company, said it has been selected to join the S&P 500 Index effective at the open of trading on Friday, October 13. The company will be added to the S&P 500 GICS Hotels, Resorts & Cruise Lines Sub-Industry index.

Shares in the company are traded on Nasdaq in the use under the code NCLH.

"We are honored to be joining the prestigious blue chip companies that comprise the S&P 500," said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

"This significant milestone highlights our company's solid track record of strong financial performance since our initial public offering in 2013 and is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the talented men and women on board our 25 award-winning ships, our shoreside employees across the globe, and our management team and board of directors."

Meyer Turku shipyard lays keel of Mein Schiff 2 

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Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland said it has laid the keel of Mein Schiff 2, which will be a sister ship to the 111,500gross ton Mein Schiff 1, which will be delivered from Meyer Turku shipyard in the spring of 2018.

Both ships are based on a very successful Mein Schiff 6 and evolved from there with many improvements and new features for the guests to enjoy. Mein Schiff 2 will be 20 metres longer, at 315 metres, than Mein Schiff 6.

TUI Cruises CEOs Wybcke Meier and Frank Kuhlmann were present at the keel laying and were one of the VIP guests to fix lucky coins under the keel of the ship.

“It is always great to visit the shipyard and to see the progress with our coming ships. With new Mein Schiff 1 and 2 we will get two great new ships to lead our fleet in the coming years. We are very happy to see how these ships are taking form”, CEO Meier notes.

For Meyer Turku shipyard the keel laying of new Mein Schiff 2 takes place in the middle of a very visible investment as the parts of the new 1,200 tons goliath gantry crane are being moved at the shoreline to be ready for an eventual lifting starting on week 41.


Norwegian Breakway to sail from New Orleans in winter 2018-19 

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Norwegian Cruise Line, the contemporary market unit of Norwegian Cruise Line Holding, Ltd, said it would base the 4,000 passenger capacity Norwegian Breakaway in New Orleans for the winter of 2018-19.

Ports of call of the cruises from there will include Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras; and the beautiful island destination of Harvest Caye, Belize.

“Harvest Caye offers a diverse, enriching experience highlighting the natural beauty and culture of Belize along with lush native landscaping, a swim up pool bar, luxury beach villas, private pool cabanas, thrilling aerial activities and water sports. The destination also features the first ever pier in Belize that allows guests to walk straight off the ship and into paradise,” the company said in a statement.

Norwegian Gem will replace Norwegian Breakaway in New York City in the winter 2018-19 season.

“Norwegian Breakaway will be the largest and newest ship from Norwegian to sail from New Orleans, and we are thrilled to bring our signature Breakaway-class ship to this important homeport,” said Andy Stuart, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line.


Wasaline woos conference trade by first fast Internet on Baltic

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Wasaline, the Finnish-Swedish ferry company, said it is the first shipping one in the Baltic Sea to provide its passengers with fast and reliable Internet access. “For the first time, passengers can now surf the web, use social media and streaming services the same way they do at home,” the company said in a statement, adding that the new service would also target shipboard conference business

Wasaline has for a long time worked on ways to develop a better Internet connection to its ship, the Wasa Express, which operates between Vaasa in Finland and Umea in Sweden. Together with Aecorlink's innovative broadband technology, the shipping company can now launch a unique solution that will allow broadband access at the same speed ashore. This has not been possible onboard before.

“Companies that hold conferences onboard now have a unique opportunity to communicate with the outside world, for example through Skype or other streaming services, including calls via the Internet, which are now possible. The availability of fast broadband access will bring significant added value to the journey and supports important transport links between Vaasa and Umeå. It gives an opportunity to work on board with the same connection speed as at the office,” wasaline said.

“Today, fast Internet access is a no-brainer for our passengers. However, in the past it has not been possible to provide a fast broadband connection onboard, for example so that one could enjoy streaming services. It's great that the shipping company, together with Aecorlink, can launch this unique solution with advanced microwave technology. This is an important day to us and the whole region as Wasaline makes history by being the first shipping company in the Baltic Sea to test and introduce this. Wasaline is achieving to be in the frontline to develop innovated technology and this is a important part of the future”