MSC Cruises names second Seaside-generation smart ship MSC Seaview

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MSC Cruises’ second Seaside-generation smart ship, set to launch in June 2018, will be named MSC Seaview.

Spending its inaugural season in the western Mediterranean, MSC Seaview will homeport in Genoa, Marseille and Barcelona.

MSC’s Seaside-generation offers a high ratio of outdoor space per guest, as well as an increased number of balcony cabins and public areas.

Built by Fincantieri, MSC Seaview will feature a 360-degree promenade with glass balustrades that runs around the entire ship.

As well as Genoa, Marseille and Barcelona, MSC Seaview will call at destinations such as Naples and Messina in Italy, and Malta.

The vessel will also include the latest at sea technology, as part of a partnership with Samsung. The technology covers everything from the latest displays and mobile solution to products to help enhance the customer retail experience.

Sales for the ship are now open to MSC Voyagers members, with all other guests able to book from 18 July.

MSC Seaview’s sister ship, MSC Seaside, is entering into service in December 2017, and sailing year round from Miami, US, to a range of Caribbean and Central American destinations.

Japan’s MHI Scuttles Cruise Shipbuilding Plans After Losses on Carnival Ships

The AIDAPrima was delayed several times at MHI before its delivery in March 2016, more than a year behind schedule. d

The AIDAPrima was delayed several times at MHI before its delivery in March 2016, more than a year behind schedule.

TOKYO, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd has abandoned its ambition to build European cruise liners and will stick to making smaller ferries and other medium-sized passenger ships after racking up losses on a venture to build two large vessels.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), Japan’s No.4 shipbuilder, booked 238 billion yen ($2.3 billion) in extraordinary losses in the three business years ended March 31 due to cost overruns and delays in the construction of two 100,000-ton class cruise liners for Europe’s Carnival Corp.

“We thought we could somehow manage it, but it showed us that we need a stringent decision making process and risk management, MHI Chief Executive Officer Shinichi Miyanaga said at a press briefing in Tokyo on Tuesday.

The construction of the vessels for Carnival was plagued by faulty engines, late design changes and onboard fires. That delayed delivery by more than a year and increased construction costs for the first of the two liners by almost four times to nearly $2 billion, MHI said in a report.

In the future, MHI’s passenger ship unit will build smaller vessels, such as 40,000-ton cruise ferries, that it can manage with its current workforce and domestic supply chain.

Currently, more than 90 percent of the world’s cruise liners are built in European shipyards.

MHI is more skilled at building merchant vessels, mainly liquefied natural gas carriers.

Earlier this month, a media report said MHI was downsizing its shipbuilding operations due to a slump in orders. Shipyards worldwide, including in Japan, South Korea and China, have been hurt by a slump in demand as a result of oversupply.

Global orders last year fell to 2,197 ships from 2,888 in 2014, according to the Shipbuilders Association of Japan. (Reporting by Tim Kelly; Editing by Chris Gallagher and Himani Sarkar)

Richard Branson’s cruise venture named Virgin Voyages

Richard Branson, accompanied by dancers, makes his entrance during Tuesday’s Virgin Voyages event. Photo Credit: Robert Silk

MIAMI BEACH — The Virgin Group cruise line will sail under the name Virgin Voyages, the company said Tuesday.

“I’ve never fancied going on a cruise ship but I do fancy going on a voyage,” said Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, shortly after making his characteristically flamboyant entrance to the press conference at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach.

The line had been going by the name Virgin Cruises since the venture was announced in the summer of 2015.

Virgin Voyages CEO Tom McAlpin said that the company remains on track to take delivery of the first of three 110,000-gross-ton ships that it has on order from Fincantieri in 2020, with the next two ships to follow in 2021 and 2022.

Fincantieri will begin cutting steel in February, he said, and keel laying will come toward the end of 2017.

Virgin didn’t reveal many details about the vessels, which are each slated to carry 2,700 guests and 1,150 crew members. But the company is promising a transformative product that will differentiate the Virgin Voyages experience from other cruise lines.

“It’s incredibly exciting. It’s under lock and key,” Branson said of the design specifics and ship offerings, noting that he didn’t want Virgin’s competitors to learn too much too soon.

One thing McAlpin did reveal is that Virgin Voyages is the first cruise line to enter into a partnership with Climeon, a Swedish green energy solutions company.

Together the companies will install a system on the Virgin vessels that will convert the heat the ships produce into clean energy. Each ship will have six Climeon engine units, which will save an estimated 5,400 tons of carbon dioxide annually per vessel.

“It would take 180,000 trees 30 years to absorb this much CO2,” McAlpin said.

He said that Virgin has all but completed a multibillion-dollar financing deal with lead lending partners CDP and UniCredit, backed by the Italian export agency SACE.

“We just need the final rubber stamp from the Italian government,” McAlpin said.