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Voyages of Discovery’s new ship Voyager has had its bow painted ahead of the launch in December. The ship will be entering a month long refit in Portland, UK from November.

Wind Surf and Wind Spirit are scheduled for work next month to complete public room improvements as part of Windstar Cruises’ $18m fleetwide refurbishment.

Hearing sharpens battle lines in Costa Concordia culpability

After the hearing, the spin. Much as after any US presidential debate, the pre-trial hearing into the Costa Concordia disaster that ended in the Tuscan city of Grosseto on Friday was followed by a rush of statements designed to decode the events of the preceding days for a rapt public and, not incidentally, press the case of the leading protagonists.

Prospective guests of Europa 2 – debuting next May – may soon get a first-hand impression of the interior onboard Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' latest fleet addition: model suites of the new ship will be displayed in five design studios in Hamburg, Nuremberg, Vienna, Cologne and Wiesbaden.

Experts testifying at a pre-trial hearing into the Costa Concordia disaster have strongly rebutted claims by the ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino, that absent his decisive action in running the vessel aground off the island of Giglio many more would have died.

The rollout of Carnival Cruise Lines’ $500m Fun Ship 2.0 fleetwide enhancement program continues with New Orleans’ largest year-round cruise ship, Carnival Conquest, departing for a two-week drydock at Grand Bahama Shipyard.

Concordia pre-trial hearing expected to focus on black box content

A major pre-trial hearing in the Costa Concordia case will get under way in Grosseto Monday, focussing particularly on the contents of the giant cruise ship’s black box, which is expected to prove critical in reconstructing the causes and effects of ihe grounding on the rocks off Giglio on the night of January 13.

Daniel Klistorner, an expert on Titanic’s passenger accommodation, has joined design consultant Steve Hall on the Titanic II project.

Celebrity Reflection puts a digital game spin on the card room

Celebrity Reflection’s ‘Game On’ is a modern make-over of the traditional card room. A design of bold but elegant patterns and an eclectic collection of clocks adorning the walls makes for what Celebrity Cruises calls an ‘old-meets-new aesthetic.’

Concordia captain sues Costa for wrongful dismissal

Capt. Francesco Schettino, who faces multiple criminal charges in connection with Costa Concordia’s deadly capsize, is suing Costa Crociere for wrongful dismissal, Reuters reports from Rome.

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