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Costa Crociere takes 33.3% share in Chantiers Naval de Marseille to turn yard to major repair and conversion facility

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen

San Giorgio del Porto, part of Genova Industrie Navali (GIN) holding company in which Genoese shipyard: T. Mariotti has a stake and Costa Crociere have signed an agreement for the development of a world-class center for ship repair and conversion.

“The agreement, announced today, provides for the entry of Costa Crociere with a 33.3% share in Chantier Naval de Marseille, company specialised in ship repair and conversion based in Marseille and controlled by the Genoese San Giorgio del Porto,” the French shipyard said in a statement.

The agreement between San Giorgio del Porto and Costa Crociere for the strengthening of Chantier Naval de Marseille calls for an initial investment of €10 million aimed at increasing the efficiency of the shipyard with the best available technologies.

The investment will generate volumes and a scale that will allow the entire shipping industry to take advantage of the facilities for any type of vessel and maximize the potential of the basin number 10 able to accommodate big ships. The investment will also create a positive impact in terms of direct and indirect employment.

Costa Crociere is part of the Carnival Corporation & plc group.

RCCL says strong North America compensates for weakness in Eastern Mediterranean and Shanghai

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen

Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd (RCCL), the world’s second largest cruise shipping group, says its booked position for the remainder of 2016 remains strong, similar to last year's record levels. 

However, it notted that a strong North America compensated for weakness in Eastern meditrrranean and in Shanghai – the first time Cruise Business Online learns a major cruise shipping group reports a soft market in China.

“Looking further ahead, the company's booked position for the next twelve months is also strong, up on both rate and volume, versus same time last year.  Net Yields on a Constant-Currency basis are expected to increase in the range of 4.0% to 4.5%, driven primarily by the deconsolidation of the Pullmantur Group,” it said in a statement. 

“Continued strength for North American products are helping offset weakness in the Eastern Mediterranean and in Shanghai,” the company pointed out.

Net cruise costs, excluding fuel are expected to be up approximately 1.0% for the year.  This includes a slight increase in this cost metric driven by the deconsolidation of the Pullmantur Group offset by a slight decrease in costs from the rest of the fleet.

"While there are always puts and takes in our key markets, our portfolio is performing as expected, our booked position remains strong, and our newbuilds are entering their markets to great fanfare," said Jason T. Liberty, chief financial officer.  "These factors are driving another year of record earnings."

Taking into account current fuel pricing, interest rates, currency exchange rates and the factors detailed above, the company expects 2016 Adjusted EPS to be in the range of $6.00 to $6.10 per share.


  • Net Yields are expected to increase in the range of 4.0% to 4.5% on a Constant-Currency basis (up approximately 2.0% As-Reported) with the increase from previous guidance driven primarily by the deconsolidation of the Pullmantur Group.
  • Net Cruise Costs, excluding fuel are expected to be up approximately 1.0% on a Constant-Currency basis (up flat to up 1.0% As-Reported), unchanged from previous guidance. This includes a slight increase in this cost metric driven by the deconsolidation of the Pullmantur Group.
  • Adjusted EPS is expected to be in the range of $6.00 to $6.10 per share, a $0.20 decrease from the mid-point of the company's previous guidance, driven by a negative $0.27 impact of currency and fuel rates, partially offset by the better than expected second quarter.

"Our business remains strong and we continue to improve our return profile," said Richard Fain, chief executive officer.  "This keeps us solidly on our path towards the Double-Double."

RCCL cuts 2016 EPS forecast by$.020 to $6.00. to $6.10 range

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen

Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd (RCCL), the world’s second largest cruise shipping group, says it updated full year adjusted earnings per share (EPS )guidance to a range of $6.00 to $6.10.

“This is a $0.20 decrease at the midpoint versus previous guidance due to a $0.27 negative impact from currency and fuel rates, of which approximately $0.14 is related to weakness in the British Pound following the Brexit vote.  Lower than expected fuel expense in the second quarter partially offset the full year impact of weaker foreign currencies and rise in fuel prices, the company said in a statement.

As previously announced, the company sold 51% of its stake in Pullmantur and formed a Joint Venture with Springwater Capital.  This sale results in the deconsolidation of the Pullmantur Group.  Consistent with our other joint ventures, results from this venture will now be accounted for under equity method accounting.  An immaterial gain related to the sale has been excluded from the company's earnings guidance.

RCCL reports rise in second quarter interim profit to $229.9 million

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen

Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. (RCCL), the world’s second largest cruise shipping group, has reported a rise insecond quarter net profit to $229.9 million from $184.9 million in the same period last year. Revenues increased to $2.10 billion from $2/06 billion, the company said in a statement.

In the first six months of the year, the net profit increased to $329.0 million from $230.2 million, while revenues rose to $.4.02 billion from $3.87 billion.

“Yields and costs for the year are also performing generally as expected. The sale of 51% of the Pullmantur Group announced in May was completed at the end of July. Consequently, Pullmantur's results will no longer be consolidated in the company's accounts. Since Pullmantur's yields and costs are lower than the fleet average, this change has the effect of increasing the company's yields and costs metrics for 2016,” RCCL said in the statement.

Key highlights of the second quarter figures:

Net Yields were up 1.1% on a Constant-Currency basis (down 0.5% As-Reported), in-line with previous guidance.

Net Cruise Costs ("NCC") excluding fuel were up 1.9% on a Constant-Currency basis (up 1.5% As-Reported), in-line with guidance.

US GAAP Net Income was $229.9 million or $1.06 per share, versus $185.0 million, or $0.84 per share in 2015.]

Adjusted Net Income was $235.2 million, or $1.09 per share, versus $185.0 million, or $0.84 per share in 2015, better than guidance due to lower than expected fuel expense.

Costa Cruises to homeport in Mumbai

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä

Alan Lam reporting

At a press conference in Mumbai, Costa Cruises announced that it would entering the Indian market from December 2016, when its Costa neoClassica begins homeport cruise operations from the city.

The ship will perform a series of weekly sailings from 16 December 2016 to 18 March 2017. Its itineraries will include destinations such as Goa, Cochin, Maldives, and Colombo.

"We are delighted to bring cruising to the Indians at their doorstep,” said Buhdy Bok, President of Costa Group. “For many travellers, the holiday often starts after some sort of a long journey. Now, like never before, Indians will have the opportunity to start holidaying – right from their door-step - from India's largest metropolis, Mumbai."

“It is a proud moment for us to have Costa neoClassica to be homeported at India’s premier Mumbai Port,” said Sanjay Bhatia, Chairman of Mumbai Port. “The Mumbai Port has long been the principal gateway to India, playing a crucial role in sea trade and the development of the national economy, trade & commerce, and the prosperity of Mumbai city in particular."

On board the ship, to cater for the special regional need, Costa Cruises will also offer a variety of Indian cuisines, which include Jain, vegan, and vegeatarian dishes.

This pioneering move has demonstrated Costa’s confidence in the Indian market, which may be finally taking off. It also proves that, a decade after entering the Chinese market, Costa continues to be the pioneer in Asia.

Originally built in 1991, after a recent refurbishment and conversion the 52,926-gross ton Costa neoClassica has the capacity of 1,300 lower berths, carrying up to 1,766 passengers. It has a total of 654 cabins. The vessel will be the biggest cruise ship to sail between Mumbai and the Maldives.


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