Third ship of Classic International Cruises, the troubled Portuguese operator of five second hand vessels, has been detained due to unpaid bills, a French media report says.
The 1965 built Arion has been stopped at the Montenegrin port of Kotor. Before this, Athena and Princess Danae were held in Marseilles in France, reportedly due to unpaid bunker bills, tourmag.com says on its website.
Princess Daphne is in the Spanish port of Arrecife, according to Marinetraffic.com, the shipping movement website, while Funchal, the fifth vessel of the company, is in Lisbon according to the same source.
Costa Crociere, the Italian unit in Carnival Corp & plc group, says it has appointed Tom Strang in the new position of Senior Vice President Maritime Development and Compliance for the company. "Tom will report directly to Michael Thamm, CEO of the Costa Group, and be responsible for ensuring that industry regulations and safety standards are continuously updated and adjusted," Costa said in a statement.
Tom Strang, a British national, is responsible for supporting the Costa Group brands (Costa Cruises, AIDA and Iberocruceros) in ensuring that their maritime and safety processes, organisation and employees are the best in the industry. As well as guaranteeing compliance with industry standards and all national and international rules, he will lead the implementation of more advanced industry practices and promote a safety-centric culture.
Throughout September, Tom will make the transition from his current role in Carnival Corporation's Corporate Maritime Policy group and work with all the relevant people in Costa, AIDA and Ibero to ensure this task is delivered to the highest standard.
Tom Strang brings a wealth of experience to the role. He held his previous job as Vice President of Maritime Policy and Regulation MP&C (Maritime Policy and Compliance, now CMP – Corporate Maritime Policy) from 2005, where he was responsible for all aspects of policy development in relation to health, safety and the environment across the Carnival Group.
In February 2000, he joined Carnival Corporate Shipbuilding to oversee all aspects related to safety and in 2003 he transitioned to Corporate Maritime Affairs where he was responsible for technical aspects of maritime policy development across the Group.
Prior to joining Carnival, Tom Strang worked for Lloyd's Register in various international jobs and countries primarily as a passenger ship specialist. He is also very active within various trade associations and chairs a number of committees and panels.
The British cruise market is on track to reach its self-imposed target of two million passengers in the year 2020, a senior industry executive reportedly said.
“The (travel) trade must help the entire (cruise) industry realise its potential. The UK market is on track to hit two million passengers by 2020. Expansion in Europe has also seen some positive trends,” Jo Rzymowska, general manager of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL) was quoted by the Travel Weekly newsletter as saying. In 2011, the British cruise market generated 1.7 million passengers.
Cruise lines are offering incentives to boost trade amidst a prolonged economic slowdown. The Royal Caribbean group will, however, increase its exposure on the UK market next year, when Adventure of the Seas will join Independence of the Seas in Southampton.
Sister brand Celebrity Cruises has received Celebrity Constellation for a series of autumn cruises from the same port to accompany Celebrity Eclipse. In 2013 Celebrity Eclipse will return to Southampton, while Celebrity Infinity will introduce a new programme from Harwich.
Dominic Paul, md of RCCL in the UK, said at the European Cruise council event in Brussels in May that the company looks at positioning of ships from a global perspective. It builds its presence on a market over a number of years and looks at the deployment of its assets from a long term point of view.
Carnival Corporation & plc, the world;'s largest cruse shipping group, is forecast to report earnings per share (EPS) of $1.44 on 25 September, when the company will publish its interim result for three months to the end of August.
The highest forecast by analysts is $1.46 and the lowest $1.41, according to Thomson Reuters data posted on the company's website. In the third quarter of the 2011 financial year, Carnival reported EPS of $1.69 per share.
Costa Crociere says it is partnering with the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Changi Airport Group (CAG) to tap on the growth potential in Asia. By working together, Costa, STB and CAG expect to increase their impact on the Asian cruise industry.
Costa Atlantica will sail into Southeast Asia for the first time in May 2013 with Singapore as its homeport. In addition to these new offerings, Costa Cruises is now offering extended cruise itineraries from Singapore with Costa Victoria in 2012 and Costa Atlantica in 2013.
"Plans are in place to conduct marketing initiatives in the Asia Pacific region to promote Costa's voyages from Singapore. To heighten the awareness of cruising as a desired travel option, advertising, product seminars for travel industry partners and brochures will be launched in markets across the region including Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and India," Costa said.
As the first international cruise company to enter the Asian market, Costa Cruises recognises Asia as an important growth market. Singapore in particular holds a key position in the region and in recent years has been gearing up to become a major cruise hub in Asia.
“Singapore is a unique world city, famous for its blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture. We are excited to have this world-class Asian partner on board,” says President of Costa Cruises, Gianni Onorato. “We are committed to a long-term partnership, which will allowour companies to pursue our future growth in the cruise industry across the Asian region”.
According to Singapore Tourism Board sources, Singapore welcomed 394 ship calls and 942,000 passengers in 2011. From 2002 to 2011, the compounded annual growth rate in cruise passengers was 3.6%. During 2012-2013, the cruise landscape is set to become even more exciting with major cruise lines either increasing their presence in Southeast Asia or deploying new vessels to Singapore.
“STB’s vision to grow the Asian cruise industry is shared by regional governments, industry partners and major cruise lines, including Costa Cruises. The simultaneous presence of Costa Victoria and Costa Atlantica adds further credibility to the growth potential and Singapore’s position as a homeport of choice for cruise lines. Supported by the opening of Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore and a rejuvenated Singapore Cruise Centre, Singapore is well equipped to serve as the gateway to Southeast Asia,” offers Mr Lionel Yeo, Chief Executive of STB. “STB looks forward to working with Costa Cruises and CAG in offering new cruise experiences and introducing these exciting choices to travellers in the region.”
“This tripartite collaboration between CAG, Costa Cruises and STB represents the united efforts of the key stakeholders to work together to grow the Fly-Cruise segment in Singapore. Changi Airport's strong connectivity to more than 200 cities worldwide not only serves to complement STB's vision of developing Singapore into an Asian cruise hub, but also supports Costa's new cruise offerings in Singapore. Looking ahead, CAG is keen to partner Costa Cruises and STB on similar future collaborations, in order to develop and grow the Fly-Cruise segment together,” adds Mr Lee Seow Hiang, Chief Executive Officer of Changi Airport Group.
Having seen the strong potential in the Singapore market, Costa Cruises has recently launched three, four, seven and fourteen night itineraries to Malaysia and Thailand on board Costa Victoria from Singapore, offering excellent hospitality services and an ‘Italy at Sea’ experience throughout the journey.
Furthermore, Costa Cruises will deploy a second cruise ship, Costa Atlantica (85,700 gross tonnage, 2,680 total guest capacity), to the region from May 2013. The dual positioning of Costa Victoria and Costa Atlantica in Asia demonstrates the continued commitment of Costa Cruises in the region, boasting a combined daily passenger capacity of 5,074, which represents a 90% increase in Costa’s ‘Italy at Sea’ inspired cruises.