CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL placed an order for a
5,400-passenger, 220,000-ton cruise ship -- the biggest cruise ship
in the world. The new ship, code-named Genesis, will be about 37%
bigger, tonnage-wise, and carry 50% more passengers than Royal
Caribbeans current biggest-ship-in-the-world, the Freedom of the
Seas, which is on track for a May delivery. The newly-ordered
vessel will be built by Aker Yards for $230,000 per berth, or about
$1.2 billion, for a 2009 delivery. The contract is contingent on
the completion of certain conditions by the end of February.
ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISES cut its fourth-quarter loss to
$2.6 million, compared with a $25.8 million loss in fourth-quarter
2004, and ended the year with record net income of $716 million.
RCCL said the 2006 Wave season is off to a good start, and
President Adam Goldstein said the company has not seen any
meaningful impact on the business as a result of negative publicity
resulting from the George Smith IV case.
CRUISE LINE is the latest line to recommit to New Orleans.
The Port of New Orleans and NCL announced that the Norwegian Sun
will return to the city on Oct. 15 to sail seven-day Western
Caribbean cruises. The timing makes the Sun the first cruise ship
to homeport in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina. Carnivals
Sensation is scheduled to return in late October and Royal
Caribbeans Grandeur of the Seas returns in December.
AMERICA LINE TOOK DELIVERY on Jan. 31 of the Noordam from
Italian shipyard Fincantieri at a ceremony in Venice. The ship, the
fourth and last of the lines Vista class, is en route to New York,
where actress and godmother Marlee Matlin will christen the ship on
Feb. 22. The ship will then embark on its maiden voyage and offer a
series of 10- and 11-day Caribbean cruises.
IT WAS SMOOTH
SAILING for the Largest Gay Cruise in History 2, which
arrived in Grand Cayman on Jan. 31 with about 3,200 passengers
aboard Royal Caribbeans Navigator of the Seas. Atlantis Events, a
tour operator that specializes in gay charters and which organized
the Navigator cruise, had not visited the island since government
officials turned away an Atlantis cruise in 1998. Aside from a
small group of protesters, passengers were warmly greeted,
according to the company. The response from most guests has been
overwhelmingly positive, said Rich Campbell, CEO of Atlantis