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During its revitalization late this year, Navigator of the Seas will be getting the ‘virtual balconies’ revealed as a new feature for Quantum of the Seas, according to Adam Goldstein, president and ceo of Royal Caribbean International.

Ship shape and Bristol fashion for CMV

Cruise and Maritime Voyages reports using the Bristol Cruise Terminal at Avonmouth for turnarounds has ‘exceeded expectations'.

Celebrity Constellation gets another dose of Solsticizing

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.

First pair of renovated Space-Ships start operations for Scenic Cruises

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.

 

Italy court considers charges for Concordia captain, five others

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 continues refurb cooperation with Star Cruises

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.

Costa fined €1m for Concordia after judge accepts plea bargain

An Italian judge has fined Costa Crociere €1m ($1.3m) in administrative sanctions related to the Costa Concordia incident.

Following the recent upgrade of its Lobith facilities, Dutch shipyard De Hoop now boasts a range of facilities to perform newbuilding as well as refits, conversions and upgrades.

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