King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands today visited MV Werften's Rostock facility to be briefed about the construction of the first Global-class cruise ship for Dream Cruises and the training program at the shipyard group.

Newbuild SeaDream Innovation will be equipped with a large battery pack of approximately 4 MWh, enabling silent, emissions-free sailing for up to three hours, with no disturbance to wildlife.

Damen Shipyards Group has established its first presence in Finland. The Helsinki office has been set up to take advantage of the depth of engineering expertise that exists in the country.

Celebrity Flora is preparing to embark on a journey from Europe to its new home in the Galápagos Islands, following an intimate delivery ceremony in Rotterdam.

The Fincantieri group achieved a €6.5bn first quarter record in orders acquired. Of that, €6.3bn is in the shipbuilding area, almost entirely in the cruise segment, with 11 ships for five brands and an expedition cruise vessel from another customer. Also included is one littoral combat ship for the US Navy.

Costa Cruises is following up its Venetian-themed ship for the Chinese market, this year's Costa Venezia, with the Florence-inspired Costa Firenze in October 2020. It, too, will be dedicated to China.

After its handover from Vard in Norway, Hanseatic Nature — first of three newbuild expedition ships for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises — was presented in Hamburg on Saturday.

Meyer Werft laid the keel for Royal Caribbean's fifth Quantum-class ship, Odyssey of the Seas, during festivities at its Neptun Werft yard in Warnemünde on Friday. There, the engine room unit will be produced prior to further ship assembly in Papenburg.

A steel-cutting ceremony for the L3 mock-up project was held at CSSC Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding as China State Shipbuilding Corp. prepares to build a large cruise ship for Carnival Corp. & plc's Chinese joint venture.

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