Half a year after selling a majority stake in Silversea Cruises to Royal Caribbean for $1bn, Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio has teamed with his friend Geoffrey Kent to jointly acquire 100% of the Abercrombie & Kent Group of Companies.
As expected, Silversea Cruises' expansion under the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. umbrella will be happening fast. The companies today announced agreements to build three new ships for the Silversea fleet.
Seabourn becomes the latest line to order new ships for luxurious expeditions. The company signed a letter of intent with a new partnership between shipbuilders T. Mariotti and Damen, which will collaborate on the construction under the Mariotti Damen Cruise banner.
MSC Cruises—known for grand events—outdid itself today at STX France by ordering a fifth Meraviglia-class ship, celebrating the float-out of MSC Bellissima, holding a coin ceremony for MSC Grandiosa and cutting steel for and giving a name to its 2020 newbuild, MSC Virtuosa.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is acquiring what chairman and CEO Richard Fain called 'a crown jewel,' Silversea Cruises. RCL is taking a 66.7% stake for $1bn and assuming about $500m in debt, based on an enterprise value of approximately $2bn, and Fain said he's 'thrilled beyond words.'
In its first deal in the Americas, Global Ports Holding scored a big one—a 15-year agreement with Cuba's Aries Transporte to operate the Havana cruise port. The plans include increasing from two cruise berths to six.
Longtime Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. senior executive Adam Goldstein, one of cruising's most respected leaders, has been elevated to vice chairman. This allows him to focus on the externally facing relationships so critical to cruising's global growth and development, he told Seatrade Cruise News in an exclusive interview Monday.
Carnival Corp. & plc inked the contract for a third LNG-powered newbuild for AIDA Cruises at Meyer Werft.