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Saturday, May 7th 2016 - 00:23 UTC

Carnival takes delivery of the 3.954 pax and 133.500 ton Carnival Vista

Carnival Vista repositioned to Trieste, Italy, where it departed on its maiden voyage, beginning a summer schedule in Europe that runs until October 2016.

At a traditional maritime handover ceremony held on May first at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, Carnival Cruise Line took delivery of its newest, largest and most innovative ship, the 133,500-tonne Carnival Vista.

Wednesday, May 4th 2016 - 22:17 UTC

“Whale recovery in Falklands” and an explosion of sightings

Peak of whale sightings: January to March each year

”Whale recovery in Falklands’ waters was the subject of an article in Penguin News in October last year. It outlined the Marine Spatial Planning team’s efforts to capture the story of the mammal’s recovery.

Tuesday, May 3rd 2016 - 21:04 UTC

Antarctica visitors increase 4.6% in 2015/16; IAATO celebrates 25th anniversary

American and Australian visitors remained the most numerous, accounting for 35.5% and 11% of the total number of visitors.

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) announced its tourism figures for the 2015-2016 Antarctic season on the first day of its 25th Anniversary Meeting in its home town of Newport, Rhode Island, USA.

Monday, May 2nd 2016 - 20:11 UTC

St Helena postpones official opening of the new airport

Last week the Island’s Air Service Provider, Comair, brought a Boeing 737-800 aircraft to St Helena on an ‘Implementation Flight’

The St. Helena Government confirms that further safety and operational work is required prior to the Official Opening of the Island’s new Airport – and that this event has therefore been postponed. While this means that the Airport will not officially open on 21 May 2016 as originally planned, the safety of aircraft and passengers is of course paramount.(MP, 15 and 19 April).

Monday, May 2nd 2016 - 08:39 UTC

“Adonia”, the first US cruise vessel in fifty years to dock in Havana on Monday

“Making history and preparing for an even more positive future for everyone is the greatest of honors any company can have,” said Carnival CEO Arnold Donald

The first US cruise ship bound for Cuba in half a century set sail from Florida on Sunday, marking a new milestone in the rapprochement between Washington and Havana. The Adonia, a vessel from the Carnival cruise's Fathom line, raised its anchors and departed from Miami, the heart of the Cuban diaspora in the United States, around 4:00 pm.

Tuesday, April 26th 2016 - 07:51 UTC

Penguin Day, April 25; Falklands one of the great penguin capitals

The majestic King penguins at Volunteer Point

April 25 is one of two days dedicated to the adorable, waddling birds. April 25 is World Penguin Day while January 20th is Penguin Awareness Day.In addition to two penguin days, there are believed to be 17 penguin species, ranging from the Little Blue Penguin to the mighty Emperor Penguin. And several of these are threatened by climate change.

Monday, April 25th 2016 - 05:53 UTC

RMS St Helena on sale; she will make a farewell to the port of London

Built in UK in 1990 specifically for the St Helena route and with 6,767 gross tons, she can accommodate 156 passengers in 56 cabins, together with a cargo capacity

Helena Line has announced that it is to withdraw the Passenger Cargo Royal Mail Ship St Helena from service in July 2016 and has appointed London ship broker CW Kellock & Co Ltd to handle her sale.

Monday, April 25th 2016 - 05:46 UTC

Cruise industry with 375 ships by 2026; Chinese market forecasted to jump 50%

With more and bigger ships the estimated annual passenger capacity is forecast to reach more than 33.5 million by 2026 from the 23.6 million this year

The world’s cruise fleet is set to grow to more than 375 ships by 2026, based on existing orders and known withdrawals, according to the 2016-2017 Cruise Industry News Annual Report.

Monday, April 25th 2016 - 05:39 UTC

Carnival retains cruise market leadership, but MSC is forecasted to double its share

 Carnival’s market share erosion is due to the expansion of the industry with aggressive new/building programs by the other major cruise companies

Carnival Corporation will retain its leading market share going forward, with more than 40% of the global cruise market by 2026, but down from 44.3% this year, according to the 2016/2017 Cruise Industry News Annual Report. Meanwhile, MSC Cruises will double its market share.

Friday, April 22nd 2016 - 15:51 UTC

Carnival cruise to Havana triggers controversy with Cuban/Americans who allege discrimination

Marty is part of a class-action lawsuit claiming that Carnival is discriminating against Cuban-Americans looking to travel to their homeland.

A federal lawsuit is claiming that Carnival Corporation is discriminating against Cuban-Americans who weren’t allowed to book tickets on a cruise to the Castro brothers dominated country. CNN reports that when Carnival announced plans for a cruise ship from its Fathom line to sail from Miami to Havana in May, Francisco Marty jumped at the opportunity to surprise his children with a trip back to their native land.

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