Royal’s new Miami terminal plan & other news from the cruise & ferry industry

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  • miami-terminalRoyal Caribbean Cruises and Miami-Dade county announced an agreement to build a terminal at PortMiami, slated for December 2018. It will be large enough to accommodate Oasis-class ships.
  • Ovation of the Seas was named by Chinese actress Fan Bingbing at a ceremony attended by 100 Australian travel agents and cruise line executives.
  • MSC Cruises announced that the second Seaside-generation smart ship due in June 2018, will be named MSC Seaview and will homeport in Genoa, Marseille and Barcelona. MSC Seaview has a 360° promenade with glass balustrades that runs around the ship.
  • The expanded Panama Canal, linking the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans, was officially inaugurated. It will provide an additional lane of traffic.
  • A fire on board Fred Olsen’s Black Watch damaged three out of seven auxiliary engines. Passengers were returned home by aircraft and there were no injuries.
  • Celebrity Cruises, Cunard, Princess Cruises, Seabourn and Windstar cancelled cruise calls to Istanbul after Tuesday’s airport bombing.
  • Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas had to return to port hours after departure when an eight-year-old boy was found unconscious in one of the pools.
  • Hurtigruten intends to launch up to four new expedition ships.
  • The world’s oldest ocean-going passenger vessel, Astoria, will leave Cruise and Maritime Voyages in 2017.
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