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CELESTYAL CRYSTAL Collision

CELESTYAL CRYSTAL Collision

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On June 27th the Scorpio owned chemical tanker STI PIMLICO and the cruise ship CELESTYAL CRYSTAL collided in the Dardanelles Strait (that links the Aegean Sea with the Sea of Marmara). The tanker was reportedly carrying highly explosive naptha (a general term that refers to flammable liquid hydrocarbon mixtures).  Both ships suffered…

Viking Ocean Cruises Celebrates Float Out of Second Ship

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Set to Debut in Spring 2016, VIKING SEA Meets Water for First Time Los Angeles (June 26, 2015) – Viking Ocean Cruises today announced its second ship—the 930-passenger VIKING SEA—was “floated out,” marking a major construction milestone and the first time that the new ship touches water. The traditional ceremony took place…

STAR BREEZE Inaugural, Part Two

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Peter Knego visits Monaco, Portofino and Portoferraio during Windstar Cruises’ STAR BREEZE inaugural voyage from Nice to Rome. Windstar Cruises Keep up to date with Peter Knego on Twitter by clicking here THE SANDS OF ALANG: The latest DVD about shipbreaking in Alang, India All photos by and copyright Peter…

STAR BREEZE Inaugural, Part One

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Peter Knego spends a day in Nice before attending the christening of Windstar Cruises new STAR BREEZE, the former SEABOURN SPIRIT. Windstar Cruises Keep up to date with Peter Knego on Twitter by clicking here THE SANDS OF ALANG: The latest DVD about shipbreaking in Alang, India All photos by…

Around The World In 180-Days On INSIGNIA

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Around The World In 180-Days on INSIGNIA By Shawn J. Dake There are World Cruises and then there is this World Cruise.  Other lines may offer the usual voyages around the globe lasting from 80 to 110-days, however only Oceania Cruises is currently featuring a cruise that continues for a…

Peter Knego Awarded By SSHSA

Peter Knego Awarded By SSHSA

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I am delighted to announce that my good friend and MaritimeMatters Co-Editor, ocean liner journalist, owner of Midshipcentury.com and ship blogger extraordinare — Peter Knego — has been awarded the  Samuel Ward Stanton Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Steam Ship Historical Society of America. “Peter Knego is recognized as the…

Virgin Cruises To Build Three Ships With Fincantieri

Virgin Cruises To Build Three Ships With Fincantieri

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In a flurry of press releases today, it is announced that Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri will build three cruise ships for Virgin Cruises. “– FINCANTIERI S.p.A., world leader in cruise ship construction, and Virgin Cruises, brand of Virgin Group and new cruise operator, have signed a binding Letter of Intent (LOI) for…

MSC SEASIDE Steel Cut

MSC SEASIDE Steel Cut

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FINCANTIERI AND MSC CRUISES CUT THE FIRST STEEL OF AUDACIOUS NEW GENERATION SHIP MSC SEASIDE From todays release, “MSC Cruises S.A., the world’s largest privately-owned global cruise line and market leader in the Mediterranean, and industry-leading shipyard Fincantieri, today cut the first steel for its new generation of ship, MSC…

Carnival Corporation Contracts For First Liquified Natural Gas Cruise Ships

Carnival Corporation Contracts For First Liquified Natural Gas Cruise Ships

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According to a release from Carnival Corporation yesterday, the next four new ships on order will feature a revolutionary “green cruising” design. The ships will be the first in the cruise industry to be powered at sea by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) — the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel, representing…

Regent Reveal: SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER and the Pacific Rim

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Regent Cruises under-construction SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER with renderings of key public spaces and a new eatery called Pacific Rim, previewed in part at a special reveal at Hakkusan Restaurant in Beverly Hills. Regent Seven Seas Cruises Keep up to date with Peter Knego on Twitter by clicking here THE SANDS…

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