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Articles from 2018 In November

Carnival workshop hosts aspiring US Virgin Islands musicians

PHOTO: Carnival Cruise Line
Students had the opportunity to play alongside Carnival Fascination musicians

Backstage tour and jam session

Following a backstage tour, students from the University of the Virgin Islands and four high schools in the area participated in a day-long workshop where they met with the ship’s performers and musicians to learn about careers in the music and entertainment industries. The day culminated in a lively jam session that provided students an opportunity to hone their craft playing alongside Carnival Fascination musicians.

A second tour is planned in the coming months to provide additional opportunities to fine-tune the students’ musical talents.

A boost after last year's hurricanes

'After last year’s hurricane season, it’s been difficult for schools in the US Virgin Islands to keep music and art programs operating at their full potential,' said Chris Nelson, Carnival’s senior director of entertainment.

'Over the last year, Carnival has been providing much-needed support to young musicians while creating special moments to inspire the next generation of entertainers,' added Sarah Beth Reno, Carnival’s VP entertainment.

'It gives me such joy to see how happy and optimistic our students feel about their futures after meeting with the talented Carnival Fascination team,' said Dionne Donadelle, VIDE’s territorial director of music. 'Music and art are so important to our communities, so we are grateful to Carnival for their support. We feel very fortunate.'

Joe Farcus book 'Design on the High Seas' is out

PHOTOS: Images Publishing and Anne Kalosh
'Design on the High Seas,' left, has just been published. At right, Joe Farcus with the trademark Fun Ships funnel he designed for Carnival

'Entertainment architecture'

Rich in color photos, original sketches and a compelling narrative, the book traces the spectacular journey that made Farcus the most prolific cruise ship architect and spawned a new genre, 'entertainment architecture.'

'I was extremely lucky to have crossed paths with Ted Arison which led me to Micky Arison. They were my Medicis and their confidence and trust allowed me to develop my ideas to create the environment which led to the most successful cruise company in the world. I’m grateful and proud,' the author said.

'Design on the High Seas' tells what shaped Farcus's design philosophy while also chronicling the history and development of Carnival.

'Each ship and each public room aboard was different with unique expressions and ambiance,' Farcus said. 'In short, I wanted each design to be art, as I believe architecture is, and to have it be an important part of the product’s appreciation and success.'

50 cruise ships

World-renowned for his cruise work, Farcus has designed 50 ships, many as the sole designer and most for Carnival Cruise Line but also for Costa Cruises, Holland America Line and Cunard.

Perhaps his greatest distinction is original design, not derived or copied to follow trends.

'It truly set us apart from what everyone else in the cruise industry was doing,' according to Arison. 'Other cruise lines were basically building the same ship. Joe’s concepts for Carnival were entertaining and whimsical and he ultimately ended up coining the phrase ‘entertainment architecture’ to describe his unique style of design.'

Fincantieri naval architect Maurizio Cergol considers Farcus different from all the many architects he's known during 35 years in cruise ship design.

'His style is unique, personal and probably best described by a single word: eclectic,' said Cergol, SVP marketing and new concept development for Fincantieri's Merchant Ship Business Unit. Farcus didn't copy or recycle ideas. Instead, he used his creativity—'which seems infinite,' Cergol said, and hand-sketched his designs, making 'elegant technical drawings' in 'perfect scale and proportion.'

Artist and technician

For all these reasons, he considers Farcus an 'artist in the noblest sense of the word and a hands-on technician with a deep knowledge of cruise ship operations, shipbuilding, architecture, human nature and behaviors, materials, modern technology and innovations.'

Farcus was a licensed architect for a decade before he started cruise work. 'I knew what I was doing,' he said. 'I knew construction, electrical, how structures work. It's not just a matter of designing pretty forms.

'In designing a three-deck show lounge, you're working with structural engineers. So many times early in my career they would say "It can't be done." I would sit down with a pencil and show them the structure behind the wall. Once you show them how to do it, you get their respect.'

The famous winged funnel

One design that will forever hold a place in cruise industry history is the winged funnel Farcus created for the Fun Ships. In the early 1980s, when Carnival was planning its first newbuild, Farcus proposed a stack with wing-like protrusions on the sides to carry engine exhaust out and away from the ship. This sparked heavy debate until a wind tunnel test proved the winged design was far superior to the conventional one.

Dazzling atriums are another trademark. Farcus didn't invent the multi-story atrium but he made them breathtaking.

'Design on the High Seas' is available to order from and and will be in bookstores.

Author event Jan. 6 in Miami

Farcus is scheduled to speak at Miami's Books & Books on Jan. 6 at 4 p.m. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Before Antarctica season, Silversea expedition team trained in Chilean Andes

PHOTO: Silversea
Four days of training in the Andes, with base camp near Chile’s El Morado Natural Monument

Workshops, route-finding, emergency evacuation training

The group's base camp was located near Chile’s El Morado Natural Monument. Training included a challenging high ropes course, snow and ice awareness workshops, route-finding and orienteering sessions, a wilderness medicine refresher and an emergency evacuation scenario. Team-building activities were peppered throughout the program.

Afterward, eight of the participants embarked Silver Explorer ahead of the Antarctica season.

'Pushing the boundaries of expedition cruising'

Kit van Wagner, Silversea’s director of expedition training and staff development, deemed the camp a huge success and said it demonstrates the company's commitment to 'pushing the boundaries of expedition cruising.' This works to enhance the experience for travelers.

For the 2019/20 Antarctica season, Silver Cloud will begin the program Nov. 24 with a 16-day voyage that starts in Buenos Aires and ends in Ushuaia. Then, on Dec. 20, the ship embarks on a 15-day round-trip holiday voyage from Ushuaia.

Silver Explorer will undertake a classic 12-day round-trip from Ushuaia on Feb. 21, 2020.

Antarctica voyage details are here.

Bohai Ferry eyes on cruise business expansion

Chinese Taishan, the former Costa Voyager, operating for Bohai Cruise since 2014

It is considering opening routes around Bohai bay, The East China Sea, The South China Sea and the open sea, as well as regional cruise port construction.

China’s first cruise ship owner

The company registered a subsidiary, Bohai Cruise, in Hong Kong in 2014 and began cruise operations that year after purchasing Costa Voyager for $43.68m.

The ship was renamed Chinese Taishan.

Built in Germany in 1999, the 24,430gt, 920-passenger cruise ship was formerly part of the Royal Olympic fleet as Olympic Voyager and was renamed Grand Voyager (2004-2011).

Chinese Taishan marked a significant milestone in the Chinese cruise market, becoming China's first wholly-owned and independently operated cruise ship.

Currently, the ship is mainly deployed on between China-Japan, China-Russia, China-Vietnam and China mainland-Taiwan.

Expansion of cruise and fleet

It is predicted by 2035 China's annual cruise passenger volume will reach 14m and in the coming decade will attain expereince in designing and building cruise ships.

'Considering these great opportunities, the company will further expand cruise itineraries and develop port infrastructure in the northeast Asia region,' Bohai Ferry stated.

The company plans to purchase larger and more cruise ships by 2021 to expand its cruise business, it said.

In addition, Bohai Ferry announced a plan to add two more ro-pax by 2020 to further improve its overall fleet capacity.


New berth for Port Canaveral's Cruise Terminal 3 advances

PHOTO: Canaveral Port Authority
Intermarine LLC's Ocean Globe delivered 261 steel pipes with 36-inch diameters and lengths up to 126 feet

Home to Carnival's LNG-powered 'XL' newbuild

The $150m CT-3—terminal, related landside structures and roadway improvements—will be Port Canaveral's largest single capital project in its 65-year history. The facility will become home to Carnival Cruise Line's 180,000gt newbuild, currently dubbed 'XL'—the largest ship in its fleet and the first cruise ship in the Americas to be powered by LNG.

Intermarine LLC’s Ocean Globe, a 545-foot multi-purpose US-flag vessel, arrived at the port this week to discharge 261 steel pipes ranging in length from 110.5 feet to 126 feet. The 36-inch-diameter pipe piles will be part of an A-frame structure under construction at the berth that will anchor to the waterfront bulkhead wall.

Critical milestone

'The initial delivery of steel "A" frame components on the jobsite is a critical milestone in the progress of building the marine facility for the new CT-3,' said Bill Crowe, VP engineering, construction and facilities. 'The project team at Port Canaveral, including the contractor RUSH Marine, is increasingly excited for the completion of our new landmark cruise terminal for Carnival Corporation.'

Waterside construction of the new berth got under way in September, beginning with the demolition of existing pier structures at the site and installation of protective barriers to prevent erosion resulting from wake and wave action generated by vessels transiting the main channel.

Use of lightweight aggregate

In a first for the port, a lightweight aggregate will be used in construction as backfill to reduce long-term settlement of the berth. This reduces load on the bulkhead wall, allowing a reduction in the size of the steel and substantially decreasing construction costs. The aggregate material is manufactured from various clays produced by a rotary kiln process.

CT-3's completion is planned in time for the June 2020 arrival of the Carnival newbuild.

The marine works are expected to be finished by end of November 2019. Two passenger boarding bridges for the terminal are currently in the design/build process. Terminal and parking garage construction are expected to start this January and be completed in April 2020.

Silversea the perfect fit for these ballet shoes

PHOTO: Helen Hutcheon
Adam Armstrong said the company’s flagship, Silver Muse, is well named

The rehearsal was a prelude to the ballet’s opening night on Friday.
Earlier this month, Armstrong hosted travel agent partners at a full dress rehearsal of ‘Spartacus.’

Multi-year partnership

When Silversea announced a new multi-year partnership with Australia’s national ballet company last year, it said it was ‘bringing together two prestigious brands and a world of beauty and elegance.’ 
Armstrong said The Australian Ballet, one of the world’s premier ballet companies, has many shared values with Silversea.
He said they have a commitment to delivering to the highest standards and a passion for creating inspiring, beautiful experiences.
He said the ballet shoes he is holding are a perfect fit for the ultra-luxury cruise line.

Silver Muse in Sydney January 6

He said the name of its boutique flagship, Silver Muse, due to arrive in Sydney for the first time on January 6, is most appropriate. In Greek mythology the Muses are goddesses who inspire the creation of the arts.

Scenic Group appoints managing director USA

Jayne O'Brien brings experience from British Airways, InterContinental Hotels, Regus PLC and Dubai Properties Group

O’Brien has extensive experience in developing, implementing and overseeing branding, marketing and commercial leadership strategies with several global organizations including British Airways, InterContinental Hotels, Regus PLC and Dubai Properties Group.

'Bringing Jayne onboard as a managing director is a true win for us,' said Anna Wolfsteiner, Scenic Group SVP sales and distribution. 'Her extraordinary experience in marketing and branding, coupled with living and working in markets throughout the world, brings a global perception that fits well into our current and future plans.'

18 years with British Airways

During an 18-year career at British Airways, O'Brien held senior branding, marketing and commercial roles and was responsible for developing and leading many of BA’s most successful brand and product initiatives, including the first ‘flat bed’ in business class (Club World) and a new brand, World Traveller plus (economy plus). She also served as chief marketing officer for Regus Group and Dubai Properties Group. Her most recent experience was as SVP global brands & marketing services at InterContinental Group.

'I am delighted to be joining Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours and Emerald Waterways at such an exciting time in the group's history and growth,' O'Brien said. 'I have been truly impressed by the company and its incredible ships and top-notch tours and look forward to augmenting and adding to the US team’s effort in driving the business forward and growing the US market share.'

Hurry, Seatrade Cruise Global early bird closes November 30

Catch the Wave back to Miami next year with early bird deadline of Friday November 30

New exhibitors can be found here.

Content-wise, and new, are the Safety & Security Symposium a free-to-attend show floor theater featuring the latest cyber, port and tour security systems, biometrics, access control, monitoring and life-saving technologies; Cruising Innovations Theater a free-to-attend show floor theater showcasing the innovations differentiating today's most competitive cruise lines; a demo stage for all things F&B and networking opportunities including the new Design Lounge, the Welcome Reception, the Professional Women In Cruising Brunch and more.

Early bird deadline - just one day to go

Early bird deadline for delegate registration is Friday, November 30 with savings up to $500.

To see more information on the new look Miami Beach Convention Centre visit here.

Fincantieri's Marghera delivers Nieuw Statendam

PHOTO: Fincantieri
Nieuw Statendam is the second Pinnacle-class ship for Holland America Line

16th newbuild for HAL from Fincantieri

The 16th vessel Fincantieri has built for Holland America Line, it is the second Pinnacle-class ship and the sister of 2016's Koningsdam. A third sister is scheduled for delivery in 2021.

Carnival Corp. brass

Attending for Carnival Corp. were chairman Micky Arison and president and CEO Arnold Donald, Holland America Group CEO Stein Kruse and Holland America Line president Orlando Ashford. Fincantieri was represented by chairman Giampiero Massolo and CEO Giuseppe Bono.

Nieuw Statendam measures 99,902gt with a length of nearly 300 meters. Double-occupancy capacity is 2,666. As with Koningsdam, the interior design was created by Adam D. Tihany and Bjørn Storbraaten.

Some distinct features include the newly designed Rudi’s Sel de Mer, a French seafood brasserie; an alfresco dining area for pan-Asian Tamarind and Nami Sushi, a new sushi experience within the restaurant; and the new Club Orange restaurant exclusively for passengers in the Club Orange program. As well, Music Walk, offering a variety of authentic live musical experiences and genres, features the new Rolling Stone Rock Room for classic rock hits.

Naming ceremony Feb. 2 in Florida

Following its trans-Atlantic crossing from Civitavecchia, Nieuw Statendam will spend a full season in the Caribbean sailing round-trip from Port Everglades. Nieuw Statendam’s official naming ceremony will take place in Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 2. The godmother is Oprah Winfrey.

The ship will head to its summer homeport of Amsterdam in May for a series of Northern Europe, Baltic and Iceland cruises before making its way to the Mediterranean in September for cruises from Civitavecchia.

Fincantieri has built 87 cruise ships since 1990, including 64 since 2002. Another 53 are currently being designed or built in the group’s yards.

Port of Québec cruise numbers continue to climb

Québec City treats cruisers to beautiful views

In 2018 the port welcomed 230,940 passengers, a nearly 15% increase over the 200,000 in 2017. The port's goal is 400,000 passengers by 2025.

Cruise calls reached a record 156 including 14 turnarounds. Eight ships made maiden calls, including Disney Magic in September.

Economic impact

The cruise industry has significant impact on tourism in the Québec City region. A study conducted in April 2017 by Business Research & Economic Advisors estimated the impact at more than $221m for the province, while the impact on Québec City was estimated at $106m, including $73m in cruise line spending and $30m in passenger spending.

'Anyone who’s had the opportunity to sail the St. Lawrence knows that when you arrive in Québec City by water, you’re treated to one of the most beautiful views in our region,' said André Roy, director of Québec City Tourism. 'It’s a view that’s on par with the world’s most beautiful tourist destinations. But it’s more than just the breathtaking scenery—our hospitality and service are what make us the best Canadian port in the Canada/New England market today. The entire region benefits from the long-term economic impact generated by cruise ship passengers and crew members, not to mention the interest that the arrival of these ships generates among the region’s residents.'

Best Canada/New England Port Award

This month, Québec City received the Best Canada/New England Port Award from Porthole magazine as part of its 20th annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

'The Port of Québec is extremely honored to be recognized as the best port in the Canada/New England market,' said Mario Girard, president and CEO of the Port of Québec. 'This recognition is a testament to our ongoing efforts to improve our operations and make the customer experience a priority.'

Partnership for growth

Port development projects will accommodate future industry growth.

Following Québec City’s International Cruise Forum in February 2014, the city’s economic and tourism community rallied together to support the continued growth of the cruise industry with a goal of welcoming 400,000 passengers by 2025. The port and its partners have been actively developing cruise business and their efforts have succeeded in bringing Québec City closer to its objective every year.

These efforts spring from the partnership among the port, the city, Québec City Tourism, Secrétariat à la Capitale-Nationale and Chambre de commerce de Québec, Cruise the St. Lawrence and the Ministry of Tourism.