SunStone Takes Delivery of First Expedition Cruise Ship Built in China

The first expedition cruise ship built in China has been delivered to Miami-based Sunstone Ships. The vessel is the first of potentially ten Infinity-class polar expedition ships to be built at the China Merchants Heavy Industries Haimen shipyard China for Sunstone. The vessel was named Greg Mortimer after the founder of the Australian company Aurora Expeditions, who has … [Read more...]

World’s First Battery-Powered Cruise Ship Sets Sail for the Arctic

By Victoria Klesty OSLO, July 1 (Reuters) - The world's first cruise ship propelled partially by battery power is set to head out from northern Norway on its maiden voyage, cruise operator Hurtigruten said on Monday. The hybrid expedition cruise ship, the Roald Amundsen, can take 500 passengers and is designed to sail in harsh climate waters. Named after the Norwegian … [Read more...]

Italian Conservation Group Calls for Venice Cruise Ban

By Philip Pullella ROME, June 24 (Reuters) - Venice should be put on the United Nations' list of endangered cities and cruise ships should be banned from its fragile lagoon to prevent an ecological disaster, Italy's main conservation group said on Monday. The call came less than a month after a towering cruise ship collided with a dock and a tourist boat in Venice, injuring … [Read more...]

Carnival Cuts 2019 Profit on Cuba Travel Ban, Weak Europe Demand

June 20 (Reuters) - Carnival Corp cut its profit forecast for the year on Thursday, anticipating a hit from the Trump administration's sudden ban on cruises to Cuba and weakening demand in Europe over political uncertainty, sending its shares down over 7%. The company's profit warning also dragged down Carnival's rivals, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd and Royal Caribbean … [Read more...]