Disney to Build Three More Cruise Ships at Meyer Werft

Disney cruise Line has announced plans to build three LNG-powered cruise ships at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany. A memorandum of agreement for the vessels has been signed between the two parties. At approximately 144,000 gross tons and 1,250 guest staterooms, the ships will be slightly larger than the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy and powered by liquefied natural … [Read more...]

European Commission Opens Antitrust Investigation Into Fincantieri’s Bid for Chantiers de l’Atlantique Shipyard

By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Italy's bid to create a European industrial champion in the shipbuilding industry faces difficulty after EU antitrust regulators said Fincantieri's bid for Chantiers de l'Atlantique would significantly reduce competition. The European Commission said the deal between two global leaders in an already concentrated and capacity … [Read more...]

Photos: Cruise Ship Cut in Half, ‘Stretched’ in Italy

Fincantieri has cut Windstar Cruise’s Star Breeze in half as part of a $250 million project to “stretch” three cruise ships. The final cut in the hull of the Star Breeze took place at Fincantieri’s Palermo shipyard, marking the first major milestone in the process of inserting a 84-foot (25.6 meters) mid-section. Star Breeze is the first of three Windstar cruise ships to … [Read more...]

Cruise Ships Operators Agree to Pollute Less in French Waters

MARSEILLE, France, Oct 17 (Reuters) - The main cruise ship operators in French waters have agreed on measures to limit pollution caused by their vessels, including hooking up to the power grid instead of keeping their engines running during stopovers. The "Blue Charter" agreement signed in Marseille by Costa Cruises, MSC Cruises, Royal Carribean Cruises and Ponant also … [Read more...]

France’s Cannes to Ban Polluting Cruise Ships

By Michel Bernouin CANNES, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Mediterranean resort town Cannes, France's fourth-biggest cruise ship port, will ban the most polluting cruise ships from next year in a bid to boost air quality in the city. The ban will target ships that do not respect a 0.1% cap on sulfur in their fuel and could stop some passengers from disembarking in the city famous for … [Read more...]