Greek Cruise Ship Owner Fined in Norway for Violating Sulphur Content Rules

The Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) has fined a Greek shipowner nearly $80,000 for violating a new law limiting the sulphur content of fuel used by ships operating in world heritage fjords. The fines stem from the operation of the MS Magellan, owned by the Greek company Global Cruise Lines Ltd, in two of the fjords protected under new environmental requirements related to … [Read more...]

Scientology Cruise Ship Slips Out of St. Lucia After Measles Quarantine

AIS ship tracking data shows the ship departed St. Lucia overnight bound for Curacao, its homeport. May 2 (Reuters) - A cruise ship quarantined for a reported case of measles left the Caribbean island of St. Lucia late on Thursday after health officials provided 100 doses of vaccine to the ship, media reports said. The Church of Scientology cruise ship was confined in port … [Read more...]

St. Lucia Quarantines Scientology Cruise Ship Over Measles Case

By Steve Gorman May 1 (Reuters) - The Caribbean nation of St. Lucia has imposed a quarantine on a visiting cruise ship, barring any passengers or crew from leaving the boat while in port, after a case of measles was diagnosed on board, the island's chief medical officer said. Dr. Merlene Frederick-James said in a video statement posted to YouTube on Tuesday that the St. … [Read more...]

Meyer Werft Delivers Spectrum of the Seas to Royal Caribbean

German shipbuilder Meyer Werft has handed over the new Spectrum of the Seas to Royal Caribbean International during a ceremony Thursday in Bremerhaven, Germany. The vessel is the first ship in Royal Caribbean’s new Quantum-Ultra class. It has a rating of 169,000 GRT, and measures 347.1 m in length and 41.4 m in width, with capacity for 4,246 passengers. Building on Royal … [Read more...]

Number of Global Cruise Passengers Hits 28.5 Million in 2018

The global cruise industry continued to see steady growth in 2018 in line with the overall increase in global tourism, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) said in releasing its latest report on global cruise passenger statistics. According to CLIA, cruising continues at a paced growth around the world with an almost 7 percent increase from 2017 to 2018, … [Read more...]