US Coast Guard Joins Costa Concordia Investigation

Rock embedded in the port side of the damaged hull of the Costa Concordia.

The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday said that it will be part of the Italian-led investigation into the fatal grounding of the Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy which left 32 people dead, including two Americans. The USCG says it will be joined by the National Transportation Safety Board in the investigation into the January 13th grounding and partial sinking. Evidence, … [Read more...]

Coral Princess Cruises Fined $180,000 After Crewmember Killed by Powered Door

oceanic discoverer

Coral Princess Cruises has been fined $180,000 following the death of a crewman after he was trapped by a powered door while working on the cruise ship Oceanic Discoverer in 2009. The company was found to be non-compliant with the Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) Act 1993 in Cairns Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 30 October. It was also non-compliant with … [Read more...]

Norovirus Outbreak Takes Down 350 On Celebrity Constellation

The Celebrity Constellation

A Celebrity Cruises cruise ship has been delayed in Southhampton after 350 passengers came down with suspected cases of the industry's most feared stomach bug, the norovirus. BBC news reported Tuesday that the 2,200 passenger Celebrity Constellation arrived in Southampton on Tuesday at the end of a 12-night wine tasting cruise to France and Spain. Once there, they were met … [Read more...]

TUI Cruises Confirms Order for Second 2,500 Passenger Newbuild

An artist's rendition of TUI's newbuilds

Germany's TUI Cruises confirmed Monday that the company has ordered a second 2,500 passenger cruise ship from STX Finland. The 99,300 GRT cruise ship will measure approximately 294 meters long by 36 meters wide. The ship will have 1,250 staterooms, serve 2,500 passengers and have a crew of 1,000 persons. As with the first vessel, TUI says the newbuild will come equipped with … [Read more...]

NCL To Build 4,200 Passenger Cruise Ship


Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that it has reached an agreement with MEYER WERFT GMBH of Germany to build a new cruise vessel, for delivery in October 2015, with the option for a second ship for delivery in spring 2017. The new ship, at 163,000 gross tons and approximately 4,200 passenger berths, will be larger than the Company's Breakaway class ships currently under … [Read more...]

Crystal Cruises Announces Circumnavigation

LOS ANGELES – Crystal Cruises yesterday unveiled its 2014 itineraries. New 7- to 89-day cruises in 2014 are among the 61 sailings aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, with 16 maiden calls, 194 total ports and 68 countries – including the company's first ever World Cruise. Early 2015’s global calendar offers 15 exotic cruises and a 20th World … [Read more...]

Meningitis Outbreak Hits MSC Cruise Ship

MSC Orchestra

Four crew members from an MSC cruise ship are being treated for bacterial meningitis infections, Italian officials have confirmed. According to Italy's ANSA new agency, four crew members from the MSC Orchestra were admitted to a hospital in the Italian port of Livorno on Sunday following the end of a cruise. Two of the crew members, a 47-year-old Italian man and a … [Read more...]