FEDERAL LEGISLATION introduced this month would
prohibit cruise ships from discharging waste less than 12 miles
from U.S. shores and would set higher standards for ships
discharging less than 200 miles offshore. The Clean Cruise Ship Act
of 2004, which was referred to committees after it was introduced
in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, would
establish national standards for discharges from cruise vessels
into U.S. waters and set up an inspection system. A per-passenger
fee, "not to exceed $10," according to the bill, would pay for the
THE BILL effectively would prohibit ships
without advanced wastewater treatment systems from discharging
within 200 miles of U.S. coastline, said the International Council
of Cruise Lines' president Michael Crye. About 25 cruise ships
currently carry advanced wastewater systems, he said. If the bill
were to become law, he said, "It would require the immediate
installation of advanced wastewater treatment systems [on ships] if
they were to continue operating in the US," which he estimated
would be a $250 million capital investment.
AN INTERNAL INVESTIGATION begun last month by
Carnival Corp. into improper bilge water processing on the Noordam
determined that improper operations might have occurred
"sporadically" between January and March 4. In its 10Q form
submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission April 8,
Carnival Corp. said Holland America Line notified governmental
authorities of the incident on March 5. HAL and three shipboard
engineers have received grand jury subpoenas from the Office of the
U.S. Attorney in Tampa, Fla.
THE NORWEGIAN DREAM was operating on one engine
last week after a broken crankshaft affected the other engine. A
new crankshaft has been ordered, and a spokeswoman for Norwegian
Cruise Line said the issue will not affect the Dream's next three
Europe cruises, but added NCL is "still assessing [the situation]
beyond that." The line meanwhile said it is not yet clear what fine
would be assessed under the Passenger Services Act for the
Norwegian Star's Hawaii cruises -- the ship is skipping its foreign
port calls in Fanning Island this month because of problems with
its propulsion system.
THE FINCANTIERI GROUP recorded a 90.7 million
euro profit -- about $109 million -- in 2003, a 17% increase over
2002. The Italian shipbuilder delivered 14 cruise ships to
different owners in 2003, and the company said its current
workload, on the basis of orders placed in 2003 and 2004, is about
5 billion euro, or about $6 billion.
MOVIES UNDER THE STARS will be added to all of
Princess Cruises' vessels that operate in the seven-day Caribbean
market, i.e. the Grand-class Grand Princess, Golden Princess and
Star Princess. The poolside theater concept debuted in early April
on the Caribbean Princess with a 300-square-foot LED screen, a
69,000-watt sound system and up to three feature-length films a day
(chaise lounges are available by reservation). Peter Ratcliffe,
Princess' CEO, said the movie screens would be used in Princess'
marketing "to signify the type of experience we're trying to get in
the Caribbean." What was the first movie shown aboard the Caribbean
Princess: "Pirates of the Caribbean," of course, Ratcliffe
VINTAGE 1994: As part of Silversea's 10th
anniversary celebrations, the line will offer a bottle of Dom
Perignon champagne and a $250 per cabin onboard credit to couples
sailing on any Silversea cruise this year who are celebrating their
10th wedding anniversary. Cruises must be booked by July 31 and
proof of wedding date will be required at the time of booking.
DUTCH ACTRESS Renee Soutendijk will act as
godmother of Holland America Line's new ship, the Westerdam.
Soutendijk will christen the Westerdam during a ceremony in Venice
on April 25.