Princess Cruises and Fincantieri inked the final contracts for the construction of two LNG-powered ships. Deliveries for the 175,000gt vessels, largest to be built in Italy, are scheduled in late 2023 and spring 2025 from the Monfalcone yard.

BIO-UV Group has inked a contract to supply its BIO-SEA ballast water treatment system for installation aboard two cruise ships currently under construction for MSC Cruises at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard at St. Nazaire, France.

Construction milestones for three Royal-class Princess Cruises ships took place at Fincantieri yards today.

Carnival Cruise Line opened sales for Mardi Gras' inaugural season in summer 2020. It's an unusually varied program that takes advantage of ports that can bunker the LNG-powered ship.

Carnival Cruise Line's 2020 newbuild Mardi Gras will have six themed zones—Grand Central, French Quarter, La Piazza, Summer Landing, Lido and The Ultimate Playground.

Fincantieri signed a preliminary agreement with Italian investment bank Cassa depositi e prestiti (CDP) and natural gas infrastructure company Snam aimed at identifying and implementing medium-term strategic projects for port facilities in Italy and sustainable technologies for maritime transport.

A whopping 25 ocean-going newbuilds are set to sail into service for the global cruise industry this year, according to Seatrade's orderbook.

This story first appeared in Cruise Europe's December newsletter. It is reproduced here with permission from Cruise Europe.

The increase in numbers of cruise passengers and ships visiting Bergen has led to increased criticism of cruise tourism from the residents of Bergen, politicians and the media. This year the Norwegian port received 342 calls, up 31 on 2017.

No fewer than 43 MedCruise member ports are willing to provide LNG bunkering for cruise and commercial vessels, the association’s Sustainability and Environmental Issues director Valeria Mangiarotti explained to Seatrade Cruise News during a visit to her home port of Cagliari in Sardinia last week.

Cruise Lines International Association announced an industry commitment to reduce the rate of the global fleet's carbon emissions 40% by 2030, from a 2008 baseline.

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