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MedCruise GA discusses green port, deployment and shorex revenue issues

Ports from Southern Europe, gathering in Castellon for the 44th MedCruise General Assembly, heard a broad range of discussion on green ports, deployment issues and shorex revenue in the Med.

Over 120 participants gathered in Castellon for the 44th MedCruise General Assembly.Located less than an hour's drive north of Valencia and three hours south of Barcelona, the Spanish port has been a member of MedCruise since 2006.

Port of New Orleans commissioners applauded the grand opening of Howard Hughes Corp.’s $80m transformation of the former Riverwalk Marketplace into a premier destination for shopping, dining and entertainment that features a number of outlet stores.

Princess begins first China homeporting with Sapphire Princess

Sapphire Princess began sailing from its new summer homeport of Shanghai on Thursday, marking the first China-based program for Princess Cruises.

Addressing how the big MSC newbuilds may reshape the competitive climate, given they are headed to 'the most sought-after warm weather destinations in the Mediterranean, South America and Caribbean,' Carnival chief Arnold Donald first downplayed the impact then conceded there may be risk for pricing.

Saga Sapphire underway following blackout on Germany's Elbe

Saga Sapphire has been delayed after experiencing a blackout on the Elbe River off Brunsbüttel, Germany, Tuesday night. After repairs and inspections, the ship was authorized to resume its 14-night Baltic itinerary on Wednesday. Originally scheduled to arrive at Stockholm on Thursday, the vessel is now expected in the Swedish capital on Friday.

Carnival Miracle to sail full-year Mexico featuring Mazatlán return, Legend assumes Alaska program

Carnival Miracle will operate year-round, week-long Mexican Riviera cruises from Long Beach, Calif., beginning this October that include a return to Mazatlán, among three itinerary choices, and Carnival Legend will take over Carnival Cruise Lines' Alaska program from Seattle in May 2015.

The two Spirit-class ships will also offer four Hawaii cruises in 2015/16.

STX Finland handed over TUI Cruises' first newbuild, Mein Schiff 3, on Thursday, as the cruise line's chief called for action by the Finnish government on the Turku shipyard's future.

It's official: MSC Cruises signed a contract with Fincantieri for two ships, with an option for one more. The 154,000gt vessels will be the largest ever built at Fincantieri, and they sport an innovative design.

Carnival Corp. & plc said it would invest as much as $400m to expand innovative exhaust gas cleaning technology to more than 70 vessels across its brands, up from 32 announced last year.

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