Viking Sky Cruise Ship Arrives in Port After Near Disaster at Sea

By Terje Solsvik OSLO, March 24 (Reuters) - A luxury cruise ship that had set sail with almost 1,400 passengers and crew aboard arrived at a port in Norway on Sunday after narrowly escaping disaster when its engines failed during a storm. The Viking Sky sent out a mayday signal on Saturday as it drifted in rough waters in the Norwegian Sea to within 100 meters of … [Read more...]

Damen Lands First Cruise Ship Construction Contract

Dutch shipbuilding group Damen Shipyards has officially entered the cruise market having signed a contract with Oslo, Norway-based SeaDream Yacht Club for a 155-meter luxury vessel. The so-called Mega Yacht will be purpose-built with ice class Polar Code 6 permitting sailings to polar destinations as well as tropical ones. The order marks Damen's official entry into the … [Read more...]

MSC Cruises Inks 2 Billion Euro Order for New Luxury Ships

MSC and Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri have announced the signing of the final contracts for the construction of four luxury cruise ships to join MSC Cruises fleet.  All four vessels will have gross tonnage of approximately 64,000 GT, 481 guest suites, and will feature the latest maritime and environmental technology. The first of the four ships is expected to … [Read more...]

Passengers Injured as Norwegian Escape Hit by ‘100 Knot Wind Gust’ Off U.S. East Coast

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYSiqsmAtuQ Several passengers aboard the cruise ship Norwegian Escape were reported injured after freak gust of wind reportedly caused the ship to list as much of 45 degrees, causing chairs, tables and pretty much anything unsecured to go flying. A statement from Norwegian posted to its Twitter account said the incident took place just … [Read more...]

Linblad Orders Second Polar Expedition Cruise Ship at Ulstein

Expedition cruise company Lindblad Expeditions (NASDAQ: LIND) announced the signing of an agreement with Norwegian shipbuilder and designer Ulstein to build a second new polar vessel, expanding the line's National Geographic polar fleet to four ships. Lindblad Expeditions is an expedition cruise tourism company that operates cruises in partnership with National … [Read more...]