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COSTA CONCORDIA Raised

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The complex and large scale operation to refloat the wrecked COSTA CONCORDIA cruise ship continued today. Widely covered in the international media, the wreck of COSTA CONCORDIA was successfully raised on July 14 from the submerged platform that she has been resting on since the wreck was maneuvered upright in…

Construction Begins On SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER

Construction Begins On SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER

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Construction began this morning on SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy. According to a release from Regent Seven Seas Cruises: The ceremonial first piece of steel cut this morning will serve as the foundation for an opulent, one-of-a-kind owner’s suite unlike any other at sea. The…

Two More Breakaway-Plus for Norwegian Cruise Lines

Two More Breakaway-Plus for Norwegian Cruise Lines

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Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that it has reached an agreement with shipbuilder Meyer Werft GmbH of Germany to build two new Breakaway-Plus class cruise ships for delivery in the second quarter 2018 and the fourth quarter 2019. Each ship will be 164,600 gross tons and include 4,200 passenger berths.…

VIKING STAR Floats

VIKING STAR Floats

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“VIKING STAR, the most exciting and innovative cruise ship for years, has been floated out at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard outside Venice”, according to MaritimeMatters contributor Peter Newall. Today’s release from Viking Cruises:  Viking Cruises announced its inaugural Ocean ship – the 930-passenger VIKING STAR – was “floated out,” the first time…

River Cruise Ship Holed In Netherlands

River Cruise Ship Holed In Netherlands

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A river-cruise ship was evacuated early Sunday after it began taking on water on the Ijssel river in the eastern Netherlands. It appears that the 1969-built BRITANNIA was holed late the previous evening and eventually began to list. All the passengers, mostly from Germany and Austria, were evacuated safely from…

QUEEN ELIZABETH 2014 Refit Completed

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QUEEN ELIZABETH Technical Figures: Length = 294 m Width = 32 m Draught = 8 m Maximum Speed = 23.7 knots Passenger Capacity = 2,068 Staterooms = 1,034 Crew = 1,005 Cunard released a four-minute video describing the recent multi-million dollar refit of QUEEN ELIZABETH at the Blohm+Voss yard in…

COSTA DIADEMA’s Details

COSTA DIADEMA’s Details

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Today, Costa Crociere issued some more details about the COSTA DIADEMA, a Dream-class cruise ship currently being built at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard near Venice, Italy.  The ship will be named at Genoa on November 7, 2014. From the release: “A 1,640-foot promenade on Deck 5 of Costa Cruises’ new COSTA DIADEMA…

Jim Pollin Throws A Lifeline to SS UNITED STATES

Jim Pollin Throws A Lifeline to SS UNITED STATES

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Press release from the SS United States Conservancy today: JIM POLLIN PLEDGES TOTAL OF $220,000 TO HELP SAVE AMERICA’S FLAGSHIP – THE SS UNITED STATES Cruise Industry Executive, Son of Late Capitals, Wizards Owner Saves Historic Propeller from Destruction, Makes Largest Contribution toward Saving the United States Since 2011 PHILADELPHIA, PA –…

SS FRANCE “Paquebot FRANCE, Design Embarqué”

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The exhibition “Ocean Liner France, Design at sea” closed its doors in the Spring of 2014 at the Musee d’Art et d’Industrie  (Museum of Art and Industry) in Saint-Etienne, France.  The exhibition ran from October 2013 and closed in April 2014 with some 31,000 visitors to the Museum. MaritimeMatters has been in touch with…

MS FINNEAGLE On and Off The Rocks

MS FINNEAGLE On and Off The Rocks

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Update: Following inspections that deemed the grounded ship seaworthy, FINNEAGLE was refloated and returned to normal service. The 1999-built Finnlines passenger-cargo vessel MS FINNEAGLE was reported to have run around in Kapellskär harbour, Sweden, early on Thursday morning as it arrived from Naantali in Finland.  Kapellskär harbour is 55 miles north of Stockholm. According to Finnlines, there were…

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