As Royal Caribbean International continues its massive ship revitalization program, next in line for upgrades are four Voyager-class vessels: Navigator, Voyager, Explorer and Adventure of the Seas. Mariner of the Seas was revitalized earlier.
A DNA analysis identified the remains found in the Costa Concordia wreck as passenger Maria Grazia Trecarichi, Italy's ANSA news agency reported Thursday, citing police.
Costa Victoria is currently undergoing a $18m upgrade at Sembawang Shipyard in Singapore. The new look Costa Cruises vessel will be unveiled on November 11, when she departs from Singapore on her first post-refurb cruise.
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Bad weather on its post-drydock Atlantic crossing from Cadiz, Spain, has forced the cancellation of Disney Magic's Oct. 20 sailing from Miami. The ship is still at sea, and due to stop at Port Canaveral for the completion of renovations prior to heading to Miami for the next scheduled cruise, on Oct. 25, a Disney Cruise Line spokeswoman told Seatrade Insider.
The Chinese shipyard contracted to convert QE2 into a floating hotel will be revealed October 15 in Shanghai.
Costa Crociere has secured the availability of a heavy lift ship that could raise Costa Concordia once it has been refloated and carry it to a location for breaking. Lifting the wreck, instead of towing it, provides one of the possible options for removal, Costa said.
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' Europa emerged from its Hamburg drydocking with refurnished suites, updated public areas, new carpeting and flooring, pool area improvements and fresh hull coating.
Singapore's Sembawang Shipyard was awarded the upgrading of 115,875gt Diamond Princess and the long-term business of Princess Cruises under parent company Carnival Corp. & plc's Favoured Customer Contract.
As the winter nears, efforts to increase Costa Concordia's stability are in progress at Giglio. Last week's adverse weather and marine conditions—which caused minor movements of the wreck atop its artificial seabed platform—confirmed the need to further stabilize the ship for the winter.