October 22, 2009
…for the Princess brand. Maritime Industry insider, Lloyd’s List, is quotes as saying
Carnival is in advanced talks with German Meyer Werft for an order of two new cruiseships for its Princess brand, Italian and German shipping sources have said.
The word “advanced” is the key here. The article goes on quoting a Meyer Werft official that didn’t go into specifics, but stated that Meyer Werft ARE in discussions with potential customers. He didn’t go into further detail.
If true I expect these to be slightly larger than the Coral/Island Princess. Meyer Werft are constrained by size due to its location. Based on that fact alone, I don’t see Carnival ordering anymore Grand Class (or whatever you want to call that class) ships. I can see it as pretty much the answer Carnival has for the successful Celebrity Solstice class. Princess designs are a little dated by now and therefore I predict that it will be a slightly trendy ship (think more like Celebrity). That way, those that want a very traditional will have Holland America to go to.
Feel free to express your thoughts or predictions here.
October 15, 2009
So it is kind of a slow time in the industry. The Dream is delivered and I am still looking for a good walk through of it.
The Oasis is back and settled in from the Sea trials. In fact all the crew have been assigned and will start arriving soon.
I have absolutely no idea why NCL is so tight lipped about the Epic. As you can tell from my Epic page, there has not been a significant update in a while.
So please be patient while these things are built. As always once an update hits of photos leak, they will be here up immediately.
October 12, 2009
…Well only of the water park. The winner of the Carnival Book of Dreams contest, 8-year old Hailee Steberger of Egg Harbor, N.J., will have the honors of being the Carnival Dream’s water park Godchild. The Carnival Dream will be christened in New York’s Passenger Ship Terminal in November.
The contest involved kids submitting an essay and a drawing to be voted by the public. The winner gets this “honor.”
To me, just seems like a PR move and nothing more. I’ll tell you this much, I have never heard of a waterpark godchild before and there isn’t a nautical significance of it. Just another way to keep the Dream in the headlines while it sails around the Med, killing time before it makes the big trip “across the pond.”
October 12, 2009
UPDATE: Ok listening to the first video with audio, the people are pretty funny! What do you think?
Remember last week when the Legend hit the Enchantment in Cozumel? Well I found another video of it. This one also from the Carnival Legend.
Here is another quick one:
October 7, 2009
Mr. Arison continued on to state that the reason they don’t wish to build larger is the lack of flexibility they have for itineraries. The opposite of Oasis.
The Oasis has to have special accommodations made wherever she sails. Lets see: A pier has to be built in the tender port of Labadee (RCI’s private beach NOT Island), St. Maarten is upgrading facilities, a completely new port is being devolved in Falmouth, Jamaica (which ironically won’t be ready in time!), Grand Cayman is being avoided entirely. Interesting note about Grand Cayman, the cruise lines have threatened to pull out of Grand Cayman if a pier is not built. There can easily be a total of seven ships or more a day during the peek Caribbean winter season.
Back to Carnival’s decision. This is a pretty interesting reason given that Carnival is the only major line to not seasonally send a majority of its ships to seasonal destinations(i.e. Europe, Alaska, Canada & New England, Bermuda). What carnival does instead is build up the secondary embarkation ports. Ports such as Jacksonville, Mobile, Tampa, and of course Galveston. The ships here are based year-round instead of seasonally (i.e. Royal Caribbean). If Carnival were to have their project Pinnacle built at lets say 240-250,000 grt. There would pretty much be only the overcrowded Caribbean for routes. If they were to place an order for say 4-5 of these then you would need more places to sail. In this aspect I would guess that the size does limit.
Take what you may from the statement of Carnival’s main man in charge, but I think this may be the end of the ego battle between him and Richard Fain (RCI’s President and CEO).
Once the market stabilized it would not surprise me to see Carnival go their “vista route” and order a few smaller than the Dream, but big enough to have lots of amenities. These ships I could see and being PANAMAX(2014), so just a large Spirit class, but the same purpose.
Any thought are welcomed here as always.
Update: Changed the typo. Thanks to those who noticed.
Update Friday Oct. 9 11:56: Having given more though to the subject, has there ever been a time where Micky Arison got it wrong. The guy is a genius of the industry. Here we are in a global economic downfall, and here is Carnival with a strong future. No tremendous debt on the books, and most major contracts finishing up. I believe he is on the right track with investigation Asian shipyards for future work. I know some of those yards are on the verge of disaster. The bottom falling out on break-bulk cargo is not helping anything for new construction.
On Royal Caribbeans side, they have high debt on the books. They are borrowing from several banks for the construction of Oasis, Celebrity Solstice and Equinox. But they will be able to attract customers with the WOW factor of Oasis. This could be a critical factor in marketing the ship to fill up the 5,000 beds every week.
October 6, 2009
From the collision last week, here is the damage do the Enchantment. Notice the red paint! These images come from InletCam. Very good site by the way. Good webcam too!
Enlargement of the damage:
October 1, 2009
Audio is bad so just keep it down
September 30, 2009
Update Thursday 8:12 pm: At the end of John Healds blog are thease pics taken by the Carnival’s port agent.
Update Thursday 6:11pm: This courtesy of the John Heald Blog. John Helad is Carnival’s senior cruise director and has a very popular blog. How he has the time to write such intensive blog posts I haven’t the slightest clue. Anyways, here is what he has to say (I know its alot):
Here I am sure many of you have already read about the incident yesterday as the Carnival Legend left Cozumel …………. and I am sure that one or two of the reports may be a little …………. ummmm ………fictional……..so as I was there from beginning to end…………..I thought you might like to know exactly what happened. So, grab a cup of tea, take a seat and let us begin.
And we start with the only humorous part of this event and it really is true because I got a call from the Cruise Director Jen around 6:10pm and when she called…………….guess what ………… yep……………I was in my cabin…………in my underpants.
Anyway, Jen told me that I should come to the bridge as we were experiencing problems. Luckily my cabin is on deck 8 so I had a short walk and as soon as I arrived I could see what the problem was. The first thing that struck me was how angry the sky was. I had been on my balcony an hour or so ago and the sky was blue and the sun was as hot as Megan Fox’s bottom.
But now…….oh my goodness how things had suddenly and dramatically changed. It was noisy, dark and horrific. I could hear the thumping of rain crashing down against the ship and the wind was howling as though hundreds of wolves were outside baying for our blood. The sky was as dark as an Ed Wood movie and the sea, even within the protection of the harbor looked like it had been given the good news with a huge egg whisk……….. And was full of foreboding swells.
And the result of all this weather was that we were getting closer and closer to the Enchantment of the Seas which was docked in Cozumel on the opposite pier.
The captain was fighting the 50 knot winds with all his might using the thrusters and engines at full power. He was calm……….but at the same time you clearly see the look of concern and anguish in his eyes as he battled the elements. But I think he knew that this was one battle he wasn’t going to win and so he told Jen to make an announcement top have all the guests standing on the port side open decks and balconies to leave the area immediately and head back inside or to the middle or starboard side of the vessel………Jen made this announcement calmly and clearly and it’s a good thing she did………….because moments later we touched……not Jen and I…………I mean the Carnival Legend touched the Enchantment of the Seas.
And it was a touch, a brush, a tickle. The words collision or hit or crash don’t describe what happened at all. There was no bang or jolt, just a ………what’s a good word for it?………I know………a shudder or a shiver. The first thing I noticed was the look of anguish in the captain’s eyes and one repeated on the faces of all the officers on the bridge. But the captain continued the battle against the wind and managed to push us away again from the RCI ship. At this point it was hard to distinguish between the flashes of lightning that shot angrily out of the sky and the flashes of hundreds of cameras as guests on both ships recorded this incident for prosperity, for Facebook, twitter and YouTube.
At this point I wanted to grab the mic and talk to the guests on the PA system but it was not my ship so I gently suggested to Jen that she make another announcement repeating the request for guests to move away from the port side in case we touched again………not Jen and I……….the two ships……….and to just talk to the guests, keep them calm and informed. In moments like this there is no such thing as too many announcements and the one voice they want to hear from is the cruise director, it’s a voice the guests recognize and hopefully trust.
Well, after 20 more minutes of high winds the captain managed to reverse us away from the pier to a distance of maybe 1,000 meters from both the RCI ship and our sister ship Carnival Imagination which was also docked in Cozumel.
There was much relief all around……….and now the inspections began to discover what damage had been done. First of all I suggested to Jen that she make an announcement telling guests that all was well and that we were going to stop here so the ship’s command could assess the situation. She did…….and once again she did so calmly and professionally. I also suggested that she get as many of her Entertainment Staff out and about as possible in case guests had concerns or questions.
During the next 20 minutes the reports began to filter back to us on the bridge. Mr. Guna, the hotel director, had mobilized all of his management superbly and the first news was the best news because after checking a few times with the ship’s medical center there were no serious injuries ………the medical center was quiet.
Well, the damage could have been a lot worse. There is lots of broken glass on deck 3 port side where the ships “met” and we also have a bent railing and one damaged life raft. There is also broken glass in the guest relations back office but amazingly no damage at all to guest cabins or entertainment areas. The life raft has already been replaced as we of course always sail with extras and the ship’s crew is already starting to replace the broken glass.
As for the RCI ship……well…she sailed away from Cozumel on time…….the two captains spoke as did the bearded Safety Managers from both companies and I am sure apologies and fruit baskets were sent by Carnival to RCI.
For about two hours we inspected the damage and a pilot boat from the Cozumel sailed around us looking to see if there was any structural damage to the Carnival Legend. Then, after the inspections were completed and permission given by the Mexican authorities the ship sailed to Belize from where I am writing this blog to you now. Today, we will be joined by a safety team from Carnival Cruise Lines and a Lloyd’s inspector who together will give a thorough inspection of the vessel.
Update Thursday: Here are two pics of the minor damage. I can’t source since these have been passed around like crazy this morning.
The picture above to the right make me more concerned not with the ship-ship collision. I’m more concerned with the possible ship-pier allision. Especially if its right near the waterline.
Nothing serious here but according to a passenger from one of the ships, Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas and the Carnival Legend ‘brushed’ up against one another. No serious damage, no one hurt. Both ships will call upon their next port as scheduled. If pictures surface I’ll post.
September 28, 2009
September 22, 2009
Pretty slow recently. I’m eagerly awaiting photos from the Carnival Dream which has set sail on her maiden voyage.
Carnival reported that it earned 1 Billion (not million) this summer. This is good news as Micky Arison stated that guests are now booking more and more in advance, meaning the market is rebounding.
NCL is launching a new marketing project for the Norwegian Epic. Concentrated on social media (a genius move on their part I believe) and online advertising. You will soon be seeing the phrases “That’s Epic” ; “A world class resort that likes to travel” ; “Blurring the line between journey and destination” ; “7 days that will make your whole year” ; “200 feet of OMG”; and “A butler and a concierge might sound excessive. That’s the point.” Props to NCL for jumping on the social media/new media bandwagon. That is where the future of advertising lays. Now if only they can exploit their twitter to its fullest extent.