• 2019 October 20 13:41

    Fincantieri begins project for stretching three small cruise ships of Windstar

    Fincantieri has cut Windstar’s Star Breeze in Half, inserting 84-foot (25.6 m) new section in Palermo, Italy 17 October, 2019. It’s only appropriate that the culture that gave birth to the Renaissance is where Windstar Cruises ushers in a new era as the leader in small ship cruising by making the final cut to the hull of Star Breeze to “stretch” the first of its three ships and begin the process of inserting a new 84-foot mid-section (25.6 meters) that will help evolve and transform the Windstar experience.

    The first Windstar ship to emerge from this transformation, Star Breeze, will sail from Barcelona to Lisbon on February 20, 2020, and celebratere-inaugural activities in North America at the Port of Miami on March 19, 2020.

    While many a ship has been “stretched,” as it is referred to in the cruise industry, the complexity and significant undertaking with Star Breeze (and sister ships Star Legend and Star Pride in 2020) is not just cosmetic or experience-based. It also involves removing and replacing the engines to ensure a cleaner, more environmentally-friendly operation as the ships sail through some of the world’s most beautiful waters and call at small, enchanting ports for decades to come.

    “The $250 Million Star Plus Initiative is the most complex and comprehensive small ship lengthening, engine replacement, and renovation project undertaken in cruising, and we are very proud to be working with Fincantieri, the leader in major cruise ship renovations,” stated Windstar Cruises President John Delaney. “The slightly larger ships and new enhancements will significantly build upon the signature onboard environment Windstar is famous for. The social and friendly public spaces on the ships create a welcome chemistry with guests and the crew.”

    This is the first of three new mid-ship sections to be constructed and inserted as part of Windstar’s $250 Million Star Plus Initiative, which iscommitted to the expansion and transformation of the cruise line’s three Star-class vessels. In addition to the all-important propulsion system and “back-of-house” investment, what guests will welcome most are the two new restaurants including the eclectic, Spanish-styled Cuadro 44 by Anthony Sasso and a modern, alfresco Star Grill by Steven Raichlen capitalizing on the ships’ increase in deck space.

    That additional space also translates into a new pool and whirlpool on the upper deck, a re-imagined, world-class spa and fitness center, a new retail shop, and more. In addition, every bathroom on the ship with be re-built and fitted to modern luxury standards. The new 84-foot (25.6 meters) mid-section will also welcome most of the 50 new suites. With the new section, Star Breeze will now be able to accommodate 312 passengers (previously the ship accommodated 212 guests). The expanded ship will also allow for more crew and maintain the enviable 1.5-to-1 guest-to-service staff ratio.

    Vice President of Fleet Operations for Windstar Christopher Prelog said, “This is a momentous undertaking for Windstar and a major milestone. Thanks to ourpartners at Fincantieri, we are literally witnessing the evolution of a cruise line. Star Breeze and her sister ships have always been coveted for their beauty, pleasing lines, and cozy yet seemingly spacious environments. The significant investment and the transformation of these ships will be stunning, and we are all eager for our guests to experience the renaissance of Windstar Cruises.”

    Vice President Ship Repair and Conversion of the Fincantieri Services Division Andrew Toso stated, “Today is a big day. A proud day. A day of amazing accomplishment by Windstar, Fincantieri, and our shipyard in Palermo. Cutting Star Breeze in two, inserting a new section, replacing the main engines and diesel generators is evidence of our ability in these kinds of highly sophisticated and complex operations, which require engineering and design skills, as well as project management competence that represent the state-of-the-art in the industry.”

    Windstar is transforming three of its Star-class ships – Star Breeze, Star Legend, and Star Pride – and renovating each ship in succession at Fincantieri’s Shipyard in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. Work will be complete in late 2020.

    The second ship to undergo the transformation, Star Legend, will debut in Barcelona on July 2, 2020. The third and final ship, Star Pride, will be complete with the departure of Star Pride from the shipyard in fall of 2020, with her first cruise sailing from Barcelona on November 20, 2020.

    Reservations are open for 2020 and 2021 cruises aboard the post-Star Plus Initiative Star Breeze, Star Legend, and Star Pride, including a Colors of Key West & Central America10-day voyage from Miami to Colón, Panama on March 20, 2020; sailing from Miami will be a first for the Seattle-based company.




2019 November 18

17:54 Rosmorport supports 3rd Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging Congress as its General Sponsor
17:35 Columbia Threadneedle Investments and Brittany Ferries reach agreement to acquire Condor Ferries from Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets
17:21 Moscow, Saint-Petersburg and Murmansk to host PORA discussion “Development of Water Transport Infrastructure in the Arctic” on Nov'26
17:05 ​Shearwater GeoServices awarded largest-ever 4D campaign in the Asia Pacific region by Woodside
16:35 HYUNDAI Merchant Marine joins “Getting to Zero Coalition”
16:20 Gazprom Neft reports 4.1-pct growth of bunker fuel production to 2.04 million tonnes in 9M’19
16:05 Essar Ports completes work on the Hazira-based Passenger Ferry Terminal
15:41 Epic Gas completes acquisition of 11,000 CBM Epic Sicily
15:37 Gazprom Neft increases net profit by 7% in 9M 2019
15:02 Port of Gdynia prepares to develop acquired land at Węgierskie Quay
14:39 Training for African women working in SAR operations held at Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in Morocco
14:15 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Europe and Mediterranean
13:36 Container Terminal Saint-Petersburg allocated RUB 10.4 million under its 9M’2019 social and environmental programmes
13:15 MacGregor secures complete piggy-back hatch cover order from Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding
12:53 Vympel Shipyard delivers Grachonok-class special purpose boat to Federal National Guard Troops Service
12:32 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 8,159 in RF spot market
12:09 Kim Heng signs MoU with subsea cable installer for offshore windfarm cable-laying projects in Taiwan
11:51 New national port operator WT Terminal established in the Freeport of Riga
11:09 Stena Line takes delivery of new ferry Stena Estrid
10:54 Series of eighth dry cargo carriers of Project RSD32M completed with delivery of Anatoly Nikolayev
10:33 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in Jan-Oct’2019 fell by 6.4% Y-o-Y to 38.92 million tonnes
10:19 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Nov 18
10:15 Port of Singapore throughput in Jan-Oct’2019 declined by 0.6% to 520.7 million tonnes
09:52 DEME and Royal IHC launch TSHD MEUSE RIVER
09:34 Brent Crude futures price is flat at $63.3, Light Sweet Crude – at $57.83
09:32 IMO's working group agrees National Action Plans – draft MEPC resolution
09:20 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,357 points

2019 November 17

16:12 Port of Dover wins ESPO Award 2019
14:47 Aker Solutions and leading operators join forces to qualify subsea gas separation
14:12 Wight Shipyard Co to build an innovative hybrid CTV for CWind
12:42 PSA Marine and Wartsila join hands to tackle climate emergency
11:38 A.P. Moller-Maersk improves operational profitability
10:15 ABS and Arista launch smart shipping journey

2019 November 16

16:42 Team Tankers International Ltd. announces Q3 2019 results
15:02 GasLog places NOK 900M of senior unsecured bonds due 2024
14:23 BTG and GoodFuels preparing for major investment in bio-refinery to support shipping’s low carbon fuels demands
13:41 Third L-class delivered in China
12:32 Seaspan to purchase a fleet of six containerships on long-term charter for $380 million
11:28 Mammoet inks agreement with Port of Coeymans Marine Terminal to strengthen presence along East Coast
10:18 Metal Sharks delivers pilot boat duo to BCMT

2019 November 15

18:09 Coast Guard medevacs cruise ship Aida Perla passenger just off Ponce, Puerto Rico
17:48 Sovcomflot reports its results for third quarter and nine months of 2019
17:23 Wärtsilä and PSA Marine collaborate to achieve clean energy shipping
17:15 Bollinger Shipyards contracted to build ocean transport barge
17:00 Composit supports 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
16:57 Ulstein unveils its concept of the first hydrogen powered offshore vessel
16:36 RF Government separates positions of Deputy Transport Minister and head of Rosmorrechflot
16:14 IMO holds training on impacts of anti-fouling systems and ships’ biofouling on marine environment
15:39 Norway boosts IMO's GreenVoyage-2050 GHG project
15:11 New Wärtsilä Expertise Centre provides value-adding lifecycle support
14:57 LUKOIL commissions phase three facilities at Filanovsky field
14:30 NSR cargo traffic totaled 26 million tonnes year-to-date, up 63.5% YoY
14:13 Georgia Ports Authority up 3.5 percent to 428,400 TEU in October 2019
13:13 Diana Shipping announces direct continuation of time charter contract for m/v Medusa with Cargill
12:51 Multipurpose Reloading Complex reports 4-fold increase of allocations for environment protection to RUB 11.5 million
12:32 ABI Research: Commercial fleets looking to tech to accelerate ROI in the face of rising costs, competition, and uncertainty
12:13 Port of Oakland names Danny Wan Executive Director
11:28 ESL Shipping participates in Intelligence Hunt
11:00 CMA CGM to apply GRI from Canada West Coast to worldwide destinations (Excluding EU, Russia & USA)
10:41 Delft Dynamics, Next Ocean and Damen perform qualification test in North Sea