Celebrity Constellation, the first Millennium-class ship to be ‘Solsticized’ in 2010, entered a scheduled drydock for a second round in Celebrity Cruises’ $140m initiative to add Solstice-class features.
The more than $300m in extra measures Carnival Cruise Lines is layering on to boost the reliability of technical systems and, in the event of a power loss, passenger comfort, will take place in stages on a ship-by-ship basis, Gerry Cahill told Seatrade Insider on Wednesday, while also stressing that blackouts are very rare.
Carnival Cruise Lines said it is pouring more than $300m into expanding emergency power capabilities, adding the latest fire safety technology and boosting operating redundancies fleetwide. The efforts are intended to prevent a recurrence of the Carnival Triumph incident that has dogged the company since February and sparked intense industry scrutiny in Washington.
Scenic Cruises has introduced two of its five Space-Ships that spent the winter being almost completely rebuilt. The revamped Scenic Diamond and Scenic Sapphire have started their 2013 season cruising in Europe.
An Italian court on Monday began hearing prosecutors’ arguments for charging Costa Concordia Capt. Francesco Schettino with manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship.
ALMACO Group’s cooperation with Star Cruises in the modernization of the cruise line’s fleet continued with the recent refurbishments of SuperStar Aquarius and Star Pisces at Hong Kong United Dockyards in Tsing Yi, Hong Kong.
An Italian judge has fined Costa Crociere €1m ($1.3m) in administrative sanctions related to the Costa Concordia incident.