Holland America Crewmember Arrested For Vicious Attack On Passenger

File photo of MS Nieuw Amsterdam

A Holland America crewmember has been placed under arrest following an alleged assault on a female passenger aboard the MS Nieuw Amsterdam cruise ship this past Friday. Holland America has confirmed that a 31-year-old female onboard the MS Nieuw Amsterdam was assaulted by a 28-year-old crewmember in her stateroom in the early morning hours of Friday, February 14, 2014. A … [Read more...]

Dr. Stephen Payne – Designing a Liner, Not a Cruise Ship

Dr. Stephen Payne Chief Naval Architect CUNARD

On the occasion of the Queen Mary 2's 10th anniversary of her delivery from STX Europe, CUNARD Line's Chief Naval Architect Dr. Stephen Payne, OBE narrates an inside look at her design and construction. He notes that although this vessel carries passengers on long ocean voyages in luxury, she is not a cruise ship, but rather a purpose-designed liner capable of criss-crossing … [Read more...]

Cruise Passenger Killed By ‘Freak Wave’


A passenger aboard the cruise ship MS Marco Polo was killed Friday after the vessel was reportedly hit by a "freak wave". The Marco Polo is chartered by Cruise & Maritime Voyages, a relatively new and privately owned cruise line based out of Britain. A statement released Friday by Cruise & Maritime Voyages said that an elderly person had died and another was … [Read more...]

David Macaulay Does the SS UNITED STATES


David Macaulay is an author and illustrator well known to most all American children. His book UNDERGROUND has to be one of my all-time favorites when I was a kid. Mr. Macaulay next book will feature drawings of the great cruise liner SS UNITED STATES. Here is the press release which notes that he was a former passenger on the great ship: Dear SS United States Conservancy … [Read more...]

Time Lapse Video: Cruise Ship Cut in Half, Stretched

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Check out this recently unearthed timelapse video showing the 2008 lengthening of the Balmoral cruise ship (formerly Norwegian Crown) at the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany. Originally built to a length of about 616 ft. in 1988, the ship underwent a major retrofit upon arrival at its current owner/operator, Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines, that included the addition of a … [Read more...]

Hundreds Fall Ill on Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship


Jan. 27 Update: Over 600 Sickened on Royal Caribbean Cruise -CDC By Dan Hart Jan. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control boarded a Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. ship in the Virgin Islands today to assess the situation after hundreds of passengers and crew became sick. The agency said in a report on its website last week that 281 of … [Read more...]

Italy to Sell Stake in Fincantieri

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ROME, Jan 10 (Reuters) - The Italian government will go through with plans to sell a minority stake in Fincantieri within the next few months, the chairman of the state-owned shipbuilding group said on Friday. "It's one of the companies that will have a non-controlling stake placed on the market before the summer," Vincenzo Petrone told reporters at an event in … [Read more...]