Finland's Meyer Turku cut steel for Carnival Cruise Line's first liquefied natural gas-powered ship, currently dubbed 'XL.' The 180,000gt vessel, which will be the first North American cruise ship to use LNG, has a new hull design and livery.
On a day when Portugal's Mystic Invest signed for €165m in financing from China's ICBC Leasing—which covers sale-lease deals for three expedition cruise ship newbuilds at WestSea Viana—principal Mário Ferreira told Seatrade Cruise News his company is opening a US office to promote expedition and cultural sailings under the Mystic Cruises brand.
SunStone Ships signed an agreement to build another two Infinity-class vessels, signaling rapid adoption of the European-designed, Chinese-built concept.
The third Infinity-class expedition ship being built in China for Miami-based SunStone Ships will sail for Victory Cruise Lines in the (northern) summers and Albatros Expeditions in winters (austral summers), Seatrade Cruise News has confirmed.
Another expedition ship newbuild has been delayed. The 176-passenger World Explorer, expected from Portugal's WestSea Viana Shipyard this month, is now set to arrive in summer 2019.
It's official: The contracts have been signed for the first two cruise ships to be built in China to operate for the new Chinese cruise brand CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping Ltd. This seals agreements announced in February 2017.
Kanesville Queen, a former gaming vessel built in 1995, has been cut in half at Gulf Island Shipyard in Houma, Louisiana, in preparation for the addition of a midsection to create the new riverboat American Countess.