Mystic Cruises buys Vasco da Gama, first CMV ship to be auctioned

Portugal-based Mystic Cruises is the buyer of Vasco da Gama, the first of five vessels operated by insolvent Cruise & Maritime Voyages that are being auctioned this month.

The 630-cabin Vasco da Gama was auctioned by CW Kellock & Co on October 9. The sale price has not been disclosed.

Mário Ferreira, chairman of Mystic Invest, parent company of Mystic Cruises — and Seatrade Cruise Personality of the Year 2020 — called the acquisition an ‘opportunity to grow the company’s fleet and to better position it for the expected uptake of the market after the COVID-19 pandemic.’

Smaller ship focus

He said, ‘Our focus is on smaller cruise ships, under 1,000 passengers, to create a more personalized, safe and intimate cruise experience for our guests,’ adding, ‘We believe that this segment of the market is better placed to answer to what cruisers will expect in the near future.’

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Cruise Ship Stocks Sink as Royal Caribbean Plans to Raise Capital

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A Celebrity Infinity Cruise ship, owned by Royal Caribbean Group, in Miami.


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Royal Caribbean Group

unveiled plans Tuesday to raise $1 billion in new capital, the latest effort by a cruise operator to shore up liquidity as business remains sharply curtailed by the pandemic.

Royal Caribbean (ticker: RCL) said it has launched a private offering of $500 million in senior convertible notes due 2023, with a purchaser option to buy an additional $75 million of the convertible notes. It has also launched a public offering of $500 million shares of common stock, with an underwriter option to buy $75 million in additional shares.

Shares of all three major U.S. cruise operators were lower after the news. Royal Caribbean was down 10.9%, at $62.19, in recent trading, while rival

Carnival

(CCL) was off 6.5%, at $14.22, and

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings

(NCLH) was down 6.9%, at

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Troubled waters prevent the UK’s largest cruise ship fit for 5,200 passengers from setting sail

The largest cruise ship yet built for the UK market has been delivered and is big enough to carry 5,200 passengers.

Named Iona, the ship weighs in at 182,000 tons and measures 1,132ft (345m) long, with 17 passenger decks. With construction costing several hundred million pounds, features include a gin distillery and a glass dome roof above a dining and entertainment venue.

It was due to launch in May but was delayed because of Covid-19, and passengers will have to wait even longer to board Iona – the first British liner powered by liquefied natural gas – as the owner P&O Cruises has suspended its operations until early next year.

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With construction costing several hundred million pounds, features include a gin distillery and a glass dome roof (Photo: P&O/PA Wire)

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P&O takes delivery of its biggest ever cruise ship as long as four football pitches with 17 decks and gin distillery

P&O Cruises has taken delivery its biggest ever cruise ship with 17 decks and its own gin distillery – the world’s first at sea.

Iona weighs 185,000 tonnes and is the length of four football pitches with a capacity to take 5,200 holidaymakers, when they’re finally allowed on board.

Iona is P&O's biggest ship

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Iona is P&O’s biggest shipCredit: Michael Wessels Meyer Werft
The ship features a huge sky dome

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The ship features a huge sky domeCredit: P&O
Iona was built at a shipyard in Germany

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Iona was built at a shipyard in Germany Credit: Michael Wessels Meyer Werft

The behemoth was due launch in May but that was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Passengers will have to wait even longer to experience Iona, as P&O Cruises has suspended its operations until early next year because of travel restrictions.

Iona’s maiden season will see her cruise to northern Europe, Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands from our home port of Southampton.

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Inside the Australian cruise ship that left four days after the COVID-19 pandemic declaration

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Aurora Expeditions’ Greg Mortimer departed the Argentinian coast 4 days after the pandemic was declared.

The notorious Ruby Princess crisis was unfolding, and cruises were being cancelled around the world. At least one other operator cancelled its Antarctic cruise, and Aurora’s MV Greg Mortimer was the last ship to depart Ushuaia in Argentina.

Of the 217 people who boarded the vessel in Ushuaia, 96 were Australian passengers and crew, and roughly 16 were New Zealand citizens.

By the time those on board were tested for COVID-19, 128 people had contracted the virus.

In a statement sent to Dateline, Aurora Expeditions said it took the decision to sail “following wide consultation and based on the information available to [it] at the time.”

For Sydney local Antony Philip, the holiday – which cost an average of $22,000 per passenger – was

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P&O Cruises welcomes new cruise ship in British ‘first’ ahead of holidays 2021 | Travel News | Travel

P&O Cruises now has a new cruise ship to add to its fleet. The Iona joined last week at an official handover ceremony with the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany, in the latest cruise news. She is the largest cruise ship ever built for the UK market.

The area is a tranquil pool environment by day with dining and entertainment by night.

Here, guests can expect specially commissioned aerial entertainment shows under the stars when the Iona sets sail.

Holidaymakers will also be able to enjoy craft individual gins at the first-ever gin distillery at sea or unwind in the Oasis spa featuring a range of destination-themed treatments.

Iona will have eight speciality restaurants including yet-to-be-unveiled concepts.

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There will also be 13 entertainment venues, four swimming pools – including a spectacular infinity pool at the aft of the ship – and 16 whirlpools.

P&O Cruises president, Paul Ludlow,

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America’s first female captain of a mega cruise ship has been at sea for 310 days. She wouldn’t want it any other way.



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a person sitting at a table in front of a window: Kate McCue was the first female captain of a mega cruise ship. Celebrity Cruises


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Kate McCue was the first female captain of a mega cruise ship. Celebrity Cruises

  • Kate McCue, captain of the 2,918-passenger Celebrity Edge, is the first American female captain of a mega cruise ship.
  • She’s among only 2% of the world’s female mariners and hopes to inspire other women to follow in her footsteps.
  • She says Celebrity Cruises went from having a 3% female bridge team when she started in 2015 to over 27% today.
  • McCue is on Insider’s list of Luminaries: 25 women pushing boundaries and accomplishing extraordinary feats. Check out the full list here.
  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

“Everything’s better on the ship. You know, this real world sucks,” Captain Kate McCue told Insider back in December 2019.

“I would prefer five months on to two weeks off. That would be fine,” she said about her work schedule, which

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Meyer Werft Delivers Iona, Lagest Cruise Ship

German shipbuilder Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany on Friday delivered to P&O Cruises the cruise ship Iona, dubbed the largest cruise ship ever built for the UK market.

Apart from being the largest, with 185,000 tonnes, 345 meters in length with 17 guest decks, Iona is also the first British cruise ship to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). It features four low-emission dual-fuel engines from Caterpillar, which can be operated 100% with LNG at sea
and in port.

The cruise ship had been scheduled for delivery to Carnival’s P&O brand earlier this year, and was due to enter service in May before COVID-19 disrupted work onboard Iona and at many shipyards across Europe, including Fincantieri, MV Werften, and others.

Commenting on the company’s new ship, P&O Cruises president, Paul Ludlow, who was present at the event in Papenburg and signed the Protocol for Delivery and Acceptance said: “Iona’s

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New ship Iona ‘a very positive signal’ for cruise industry

P&O Cruises has taken delivery of the largest cruise ship built for the UK market.

Iona weighs 185,000 tonnes, is 345 metres long and has 17 passenger decks.

It has a maximum capacity for 5,200 holidaymakers, before social distancing measures are taken into account.

Features include a glass dome roof above a dining and entertainment venue, and a gin distillery.

The ship was due launch in May but that was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Passengers will have to wait even longer to experience Iona, as P&O Cruises has suspended its operations until early next year because of travel restrictions.

Iona is the first British liner powered by liquefied natural gas.

Speaking at a handover ceremony at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: “Iona’s delivery is a very positive signal for the future of cruising.

“She is now officially part of the

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P&O Cruises’ new cruise ship Iona has officially joined the company’s fleet

P&O Cruises has taken delivery of its brand new cruise ship, Iona.

At 185,000 tonnes and 345m in length with 17 guest decks, it will be the largest cruise ship ever built for the UK market.

The cruise line officially took delivery of the the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany on Friday.

Iona had originally been set to make her debut in May 2020, but this was delayed due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the cruise industry.

In fact, P&O Cruises has currently temporarily suspended all operations until early 2021 as a result of this impact.

Still, it was a milestone moment for the cruise line as Iona officially joined the fleet.



a large ship in a body of water: P&O Cruises' new ship is called Iona


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P&O Cruises’ new ship is called Iona

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