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Articles from 2005 In April


Miami port director is stepping down

Miami port director is stepping down

A replacement has not been named.

Towsley joined the Port of Miami eight years ago, following director Carmen Lunetta's retirement. He previously was with the Tampa Port Authority.

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Terrorism liability a sticking point

Terrorism liability a sticking point

But how to handle the issue of terrorism liability when terrorism -- like acts of war -- is not covered by insurers remains the critical sticking point.

'What this does not do is clarify the [ship] owner's responsibilities,' said Michael Crye, president of the International Council of Cruise Lines. 'Are we going to say terrorism is the same as war so you don't have strict liability for terrorism and war? [Terrorism liability] will be a continuing topic of discussion of the Legal Committee in coming months and will remain a barrier to the ratification of the Athens Convention Protocol.'

The protocol was adopted in 2002 by the IMO but has not entered into force because it has not been ratified by member states.

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Amadeus hooks up in France with Costa

Amadeus hooks up in France with Costa

The graphicinterface (deck plans, pictures of the ships and cabins) will ease thereservation process of the total fleet-wide inventory offered by the leading line in the French market and also includes choice of cabin and flight bookings. MSC Cruises, France's second cruise operator does not intend to join Amadeus Cruises for the time-being.

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Busy times for Fidelio Cruise

Busy times for Fidelio Cruise

The first ships to be installed in 2005 with FC SPMS were Saga Shipping's Saga Ruby, MSC Cruises' MSC Sinfonia and Classic International's Athena. All three ships are now cruising European waters. P&O Cruises' newbuild Arcadia sailed on April 12 from Southampton with Micros 9700 POS.

Currently being linked up is MSC Cruises' Monterey, due to start cruising May 6. Spain's Iberojet Cruceros adds Grand Mistral to its fleet this spring and Pullmantur adds Blue Dream, both ships will utilize FC SPSM and POS systems.

NCL America's Pride of America, also in the midst of FC SPSM and POS installations at Lloyd Werft in Bremerhaven will sail June 6. NCL's Norwegian Jewel which enters service in August will sail with the same equipment.

On the river cruise front, A'Rosa's two new vessels, A'Rosa Luna and A'Rosa Stella, named in Rostock earlier this month are also installed with FC SPSM whilst Koeln Duesseldorfer Rheinschiffahrt's Poetry and Flamenco are currently being installed with the newly developed river system from Fidelio Cruise, the FC River SPMS. More details about these projects can be found on the Fidelio on-line supplement by clicking on the banner above.

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All aboard easyCruiseOne

All aboard easyCruiseOne

Stelios Haji-Ioannou, founder of the line and the easyGroup, will be onboard for the inaugural sailing and tells Seatrade Insider there will be a party on May 7 in Cannes to celebrate the launch.

Aiming to attract independently minded people in their 20's, 30's and 40's, passenger bookings are showing that this has worked reports easyCruise. Of those people who have booked so far, 75% are aged between 18 and 40. The average age of all the passengers who have booked easyCruise to date stands at 35 years old.

'Conventional cruise lines will always, despite their efforts to the contrary, attract retired people,' said Haji-Ioannou. 'So long as they insist on cloistering their passengers on board every night, milking them in the casino, forcing them to play quoits and shuffleboard to while away the hours, they will never attract a young crowd,' he claims.

easyCruiseOne carries 170 passengers and 54 crew. There are 86 cabins on board (twins, quads and suites) as well as a coffee bar, a sports bar with evening DJ, an outdoor cocktail bar with hot tub and a gym.

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Star confirms possible US listing for NCL

Star confirms possible US listing for NCL

S. The company said in a statement that it has not decided whether to go ahead with the listing and gave no other details.

Star shares spiked on Thursday in Hong Kong and Singapore.

The company also denied speculation that it plans to acquire gaming business from the Genting Group, a major shareholder in Star.

Last month at the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention in Miami, NCL president and ceo Colin Veitch told reporters that a separate U.S. listing could come as early as this year. He said a listing would be dependent on a stabilized Hawaii program, which will allow the company to demonstrate to the market what level of operating income can be expected. Veitch did not give the scale of the offering, saying that depended partly on how hot the market is at the time.

In other news, Star scheduled its annual meeting for May 24 in Hong Kong. The meeting will take place at 3 p.m. in Suite 1501, Ocean Centre, 5 Canton Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon.

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Thomsonapos;s fleet of four

Thomsonapos;s fleet of four

Together the four ships will cruise to 13 new countries and offer a choice of 90 ports of call.

'Placing the newly refurbished Thomson Celebration (ex Noordam) out of UK ports this year has given us a whole new range of itineraries,' David Selby, head of cruising at Thomson tells Seatrade Insider. It is the first time Thomson has cruised out of the UK, sailing from Southampton, Harwich and Newcastle to the Med, Norwegian Fjords and Baltic for a five-month season. Selby expects a lot of repeat passengers to sample Celebration in her inaugural year. 'Rather than fly our passengers out to start the cruise with us, we are bringing the ship to the people,' he adds.

On May 2, Thomson Celebration takes its first passengers on a three day cruise to Guernsey and France. On May 5, Thomson Destiny commences its Mediterranean cruise programme from Palma, where she joins Thomson Spirit, another new addition. The day after, Emerald starts her itineraries around the Adriatic and Eastern Med from Corfu.

'Summer bookings are on plan and we are extremely encouraged by the forward bookings on the Thomson Spirit programme around the Red Sea Riviera next winter,' says Selby.

Looking ahead to summer 2006 Selby confirms the fleet will operate similar cruise programmes as this year from the same bases. 'In 2007 we may look to make changes,' he adds.

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Enchantment midbody en route to Keppel

Enchantment midbody en route to Keppel

On that same day, Enchantment of the Seas will set sail from Fort Lauderdale, arriving at Keppel Verolme on May 14.

The 73-foot (22.2-meter) midbody was built at Aker Finnyards' Turku facility and took to the seas last Sunday on a barge.

The section will add 151 cabins and a number of indoor and outdoor public areas. Enchantment's length will increase to 990 feet (301.8 meters) and its tonnage from 74,140 to 80,700.

The ship will resume service on July 7 with a four-night cruise to Halifax from Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, N.J.

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Bremerhavenapos;s season kicks off tomorrow

Bremerhavenapos;s season kicks off tomorrow

Altogether CCCB is expecting 78 cruise calls this year with a roll call that reads like an A-Z of North European-based ships: from Albatros and Astor to Paloma and van Gogh.

Also calling Bremerhaven for the first time this year Phoenix Reisen's Alexander von Humboldt, Fred Olsen's Black Prince and Silverseas' Silver Cloud. The World will tie up alongside Bremen's Europahafen for three days this summer.

About 70,000 passengers will begin or end their cruise at CCCB in 2005, and approximately 5,000 will call at Columbus Quay in transit. These represent an increase of 7% in volume from 2004. The cruise year ends on December 23, Phoenix's Maxim Gorki sets off from Bremerhaven on her traditional world cruise.

On the personnel side a change in management at CCCB sees Arno Hartog - a founding member of the team since 1999 - retire at the end of this month to be succeeded by sole managing director and colleague Veit R. Hürdler.

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Four ousted at Port Everglades

Four ousted at Port Everglades

They are deputy port director Gene Ciccarelli, security administrator Mel Becena and Mary Frances Bakke, director of business administration.

Port Everglades is a department of Broward County, and county officials suggested 'philosophical differences' with Krauter in how port business should be conducted. County Administrator Roger Desjarlais told the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and The Miami Herald that slowness in contracting business was another factor in the firing. He said a contract with the Florida East Coast Railway Co. would have expired this week if county commissioners had not approved a temporary extension on Tuesday.

Krauter told the Sun-Sentinel he worked under 'too much county process and bureaucracy.'

Krauter led Port Everglades for more than two years, during a time of record financial performance and cruise numbers. In the last fiscal year, the port surpassed 4 million passenger movements and, for the first time in its history, topped $100m in operating revenues.

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