Cruiseship Deaths in China Death Toll Rising

 Eastern Star Cruise Ship Sinking in China in Yangtze River – 456 aboard, when storm caused severe listing and cruise ship rolled over hundreds trapped inside.

A week ago Monday, the Eastern Star — a passenger ship on a pleasure cruise along a stretch of the Yangtze that winds through central China’s Hubei province — went down during a storm. Four hundred and fifty six people — mostly senior citizens — were on board.

Only 14 survived.

By Monday, search crews had recovered 434 bodies. Eight remain missing.

It’s the deadliest boat disaster in China in almost 70 years.

Rescuers use cranes to lift the capsized ship Eastern Star on the Yangtze River in Jianli county of southern Chinaís Hubei province, as seen from across the river from Huarong county of southern Chinaís Hunan province, Friday, June 5, 2015. The Eastern Star's top-deck cabins with smashed blue roofs jutted out of gray water Friday after Chinese disaster teams righted the capsized river cruiser to ease the search for people still missing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) {focus_keyword}

Rescuers use cranes to lift the capsized ship Eastern Star on the Yangtze River in Jianli county of southern Chinaís Hubei province, as seen from across the river from Huarong county of southern Chinaís Hunan province, Friday, June 5, 2015. The Eastern Star’s top-deck cabins with smashed blue roofs jutted out of gray water Friday after Chinese disaster teams righted the capsized river cruiser to ease the search for people still missing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)



Norwegian Cruise Line defends global title at World Travel Awards


Norwegian Cruise Line has once again been named the World’s Leading Large Ship Cruise Line by the World Travel Awards, marking the third consecutive year that the company has been honoured with this award.

The recognition was bestowed upon Norwegian at the 21st annual World Travel Awards Grand Final Gala Ceremony, this year hosted in Anguilla.

The annual awards are voted on by travel agents and consumers across the globe and honour travel companies that provide outstanding products and customer service.

In addition to the award for top large ship cruise line worldwide from the World Travel Awards, Norwegian Cruise Line has also received the award for Europe’s Leading Cruise Line for the past seven years, and has been named Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Line for the past two years.

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Celebrity Cruises places order for two new ships


Celebrity Cruises has taken a bold step in ship design with the signing of a letter of intent for a new class of ships, Royal Caribbean Cruises and French shipbuilder STX France have announced.

The two 2,900-guest, 117,000-gross-registered-ton ships, developed under the project name EDGE will build upon the modern luxury experience of the brand’s Millennium and Solstice class ships.

At 984 feet long, 123 feet wide and 190 feet high, Project EDGE will deliver small ship itineraries with large ship amenities, a perfect holiday experience in step with today’s premium guest.

Richard Fain, chairman and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises said:

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Silversea Cruises launches new luxury cruise website


Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises has introduced a new, redesigned website.

Providing an enhanced user experience designed to inspire travellers, the refreshed site is supported with improved navigation, optimisation for mobile devices -and the first glimpse of Silversea’s new visual identity.

Guests and travel agents will see changes also in the line’s brochures and other marketing materials as the new visual branding initiative rolls out over the coming weeks.

These include new logo elements, tone of voice, and inspiring imagery.

The new look leverages key colours to convey a sense of indulgence and adventure.


Black-and-white photography evokes savoured memories, while creative use of photographic views illuminates the remoteness of certain destinations, and brings guests closer to unique experiences.

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Carnival unveils plans for two further new ships with Fincantieri


Carnival Corporation has announced new cruise ship orders for two of its brands with Fincantieri, the world’s largest cruise ship building company.

The new cruise ships will be constructed by Fincantieri for Carnival Cruise Line and Holland America Line, two of Carnival Corporation’s nine industry-leading brands.

Carnival Cruise Line’s as-yet-unnamed 3,954-passenger vessel, which is the 26th ship in the line’s fleet, will offer many of the newest and most popular features from Carnival’s current ships, along with several innovations that will be exclusive to this vessel.

The delivery date for the new cruise ship is scheduled for March 2018.

Homeport and itinerary information will be announced at a later date.


The new ship will be a sister ship to Carnival Vista, which is slated for delivery in spring 2016. 

For Holland America Line, the new order adds a second Pinnacle class ship to the fleet, a new class of vessels that will debut with the delivery and launch of the ms Koningsdam in February 2016.

The new ship, scheduled for delivery in late November 2018, will accommodate 2,650 guests.

The new as-yet-unnamed ship will feature new public spaces and venues that will debut on Koningsdam. In addition, many of the familiar spaces that are currently featured across the Holland America Line fleet will be included.

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Carnival looks to expand China presence with CSSC deal


Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise company, has announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the China State Shipbuilding Corporation to explore the possibility of a joint venture aimed at accelerating the development and growth of the Chinese cruise industry.

The Chinese sector is expected to be one of the largest cruise markets in the world, with 4.5 million passengers by 2020, according to the Chinese Ministry of Transport.

Becoming official at a signing ceremony today at the Ninth China Cruise Shipping and International Cruise Expo in Tianjin, the deal outlines the framework for exploration of a partnership between Carnival Corporation and the CSSC that includes the possibility of forming a shipbuilding joint venture.

In turn, that venture that could become a three-way arrangement involving Fincantieri of Italy, the world’s largest cruise ship building company, in support of the Chinese government’s plans to grow the cruising industry in China and meet escalating demand for cruises from Chinese travellers.

As part of the possible shipbuilding joint venture, Carnival Corporation would work closely with CSSC and Fincantieri to help define the first-ever, world-class cruise ship built in China.


Under the joint venture concept, Carnival Corporation would provide its ship design and shipbuilding expertise to create the vision, definition and overall specifications for the China-built cruise ship.

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Norwegian Cruise Line defends World Travel Awards titles


Norwegian Cruise Line has once again been named Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Line by the World Travel Awards.

The 21st annual awards were voted on by travel professionals and consumers from around the globe and honour the world’s top travel companies for outstanding products and services.

Norwegian, which has been voted Europe’s Leading Cruise Line for seven consecutive years as well as the World’s Leading Large Ship Cruise Line, has ten spectacular Freestyle Cruising vessels sailing the Caribbean this winter.

The ships sail from five convenient departure ports, including Norwegian Getaway, the line’s newest ship and the largest ship to sail to the Caribbean year-round from Miami, and Norwegian Jewel, sailing from Houston for the first time since 2007.

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Royal Caribbean seeks to wow crowds in Southampton with Quantum of the Seas launch

Quantum of the Seas arrives in Southampton

Royal Caribbean International has welcomed the arrival of Quantum of the Seas in Southampton, the first-ever smartship and most technologically advanced cruise ship in the world.

Quantum takes the guest experience to a whole new level with never seen before technology offering super-speedy bandwidth to keep guests connected wherever the ship is sailing. 

New boarding process technology means that guests will go from checking in to chilling out in ten minutes and a series of other world firsts, like robotic bartenders and digital shows on Roboscreens, will keep guests on the edge of their seats.

Designed with audiences who’ve never cruised before in mind, Quantum of the Seas will also have a stellar entertainment programme that takes guests on a visual and experiential journey of music, sound and performance

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Dropping the pilot: Cahill steps down at Carnival Cruise Lines


Gerry Cahill, president and chief executive of Carnival Cruise Lines, has announced that he is retiring, effective November 30th, after 20 years of service.

Cahill, 63, has been chief executive of Carnival Corporation’s largest cruise brand since 2007, growing the cruise line to 24 ships

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DFDS Seaways commits to Newhaven-Dieppe ferry service


DFDS Seaways and the Syndicat Mixte de Promotion de L’Activité Transmanche, which is responsible for the promotion of cross Channel activities for the Seine-Maritime region, have reached an agreement in principle to extend DFDS Seaways’ operation and marketing of the Newhaven-Dieppe ferry service for an additional year.

The agreement was reached between Nicolas Rouly, chairman of the General Council of Seine-Maritime and the SMPAT and Peder Gellert Pedersen, chairman of DFDS Seaways France and underlines the importance of the cross Channel ferry service to the tourism industry in the Seine-Maritime region of Normandy.

The agreement stipulates that the Seven Sisters and the Cote d’Albâtre ships, which are owned by SMPAT, will continue to be operated by DFDS Seaways on the Newhaven-Dieppe service during 2015.

New sailing schedules will be introduced during peak periods in response to growing tourism and economic demands recorded in recent years.

Other key elements include plans to adapt the ships to meet the requirements of MARPOL VI directive, using cleaner fuels, as well as safeguarding the jobs of the crew and shore-side staff who currently work on the route for the additional year.


Carsten Jensen, senior vice president and head of DFDS Seaways in the UK added: 

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