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

Cruise Stocks Sink Ahead Of Irma

By Christopher Palmeri (Bloomberg) Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Line all tumbled in Tuesday trading as Hurricane Irma threatened to do to the hub of the cruise industry what Harvey did to the nation’s oil and gas capital last week. Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, is on a path that could take it through the heart of the Caribbean, bringing winds of as … [Read more...]

Norwegian Cruise Line Hires Lifeguards After Multiple Child Deaths

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) today announced that the line will begin employing certified lifeguards at all of the family pools across their fleet. The need for Lifeguards aboard cruise ships was first highlighted in the a highly controversial expose gCaptain published in 2013.  Disney Cruises was the first large ship operator to hire lifeguards several … [Read more...]

Norwegian Cruise Lines Places 3.2 Billion Euro Ship Order at Fincantieri

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has placed an order for four new next-generation cruise ships at Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for the NCL brand. The order includes options for 2 additional ships. The value of each ship is approximately 800 million euros, making the contract worth a minimum of 3.2 billion euros. Delivery is scheduled for 2022, 2023, 2024, and 2025, and … [Read more...]

Norwegian Cruise Line to Keep Fuel Prices at Bay With Hedges

By Robert Tuttle (Bloomberg) -- When ship fuel prices sank to the lowest depths on record in January, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. was mindful not to miss the boat. The company used swaps on fuel oil and marine diesel to hedge, or lock in the price, for nearly all of its 2016 demands. The cruise ship operator had hedged 92 percent of its fuel purchases for this … [Read more...]