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Cruise Shipping Prospects

GE Marine Engines' Gas Turbines To Be

Used On Princess Newbuilds

GE Marine Engines will install LM2500+ aeroderiv- ative gas turbines in Combined Diesel And Gas (CODAG) turbine configurations on four Grand

Princess-class cruise ships currently on order from

Princess Cruises.

One LM2500+ gas turbine will be used on each ves- sel in conjunction with medium-speed diesel engine- driven alternators.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI) will con- struct two 113,000-ton cruise ships at its Nagasaki,

Japan shipyard. Each ship will use four diesel engine- drive alternators. Chantiers de l'Atlantique will build two 88,000-ton vessels at its facilities in Saint Nazaire,

France, each of which will use two diesel engine-dri- ven alternators.

The Mitsubishi-constructed vessels are the largest cruise ships ever ordered by Princess and the first to be commissioned from MHI. All four Grand Princess- class ships are part of a five-year expansion program that will see the Princess fleet grow to include 14 ships carrying more than 1.5 million passengers annually.

According to Princess Cruises, the diesel and gas tur- bine propulsion arrangement employs environmentally sound technology that supports their ongoing commit- ment to this important issue. At the same time, this design incorporates better space usage through instal- lation of the gas turbine in the funnel area of the ships, thereby enabling an even wider range of public rooms and onboard facilities to be introduced.

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Grandeur of the Seas Docked In Curacao

After Power Outage

Royal Caribbean's cruise ship, Grandeur of the Seas, was docked in the port of Willemstad, Curacao, after experiencing a loss of electrical power on October 31.

Within hours, all air conditioning, lighting and plumb- ing functions were fully restored.

According to Jack Williams, Royal Caribbean's president, all 2,040 guests and 842 crew members were kept safe and out of harm's way throughout the repair process.

Once the electrical problem was resolved, the ship was expected to remain on its original itinerary, which included a day at sea Wednesday, November 1

The electrical problem appeared to be related to a component in an electronic board, and it was reported that it was fixed in a minimal amount of time.

The correction returned power to the ship's propulsion system, the last area of the ship needing its electricity restored.

Solar Solve Installs Sunscreens On

Award Winning Vessel

Solar Solve Marine, which has enjoyed high success in the cruise market, has installed its

Solasolv anti-glare sunscreens at the wheel- house windows of P&O Nedlloyd's Southamp- ton, which recently received the 1999 Ship of the Year Associated Award from the Society of

Naval Architects Japan (SNAJ).

The 984 x 140 ft. (300 x 42.8 m) VLCC, which was built by Ishikawajima-Harima

Heavy Industries in 1998, is outfitted with 26

Solasafe sunscreens.

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Progreso/Merida, Mexico. The 960-ft. (292.6 m) Car- nival Pride will kick off its seven-day Port Canaveral- based schedule with an eastern Caribbean voyage departing Jan. 12, 2002; the first western Caribbean sailing will depart Jan. 19, 2002.

Currently under construction at the Kvaerner Masa-

Yards in Helsinki, Finland, the 2,124-passenger Carni- val Pride will be the second in the line's Spirit Class.

Carnival Pride's Homebase To Be

Port Canaveral

Carnival Cruise Lines will position its new 86,000-ton Carnival Pride on year-round alter- nating seven-day eastern and western

Caribbean departures from Port Canaveral,

Fla., beginning in January 2002.

Carnival Pride will offer the only western

Caribbean cruise program departing from Port


It will feature two ports rarely offered on cruise itineraries — Belize City, Belize; and • jgg -

French Yard Tapped To Build $780M Queen Mary 2

Carnival Corp. has finalized a contract with

France's Alstom Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard for the construction of the Queen

Mary 2, a new 150,000-ton "liner-style" ves- sel for its Cunard Line unit.

The largest ocean liner ever constructed,

Queen Mary 2 will have a basis-two capacity of 2,620 and will be built at a cost of approx- imately $780 million. Expected to enter ser- vice in late 2003, the Queen Mary 2 repre-

The most recent rendering of Cunard's Queen Mary 2 was unveiled sents the flrst new ocean liner constructed in at a press conference in London last month. ., , , more than three decades.

At 1,132 ft. (345 m) and 17 decks high, the vessel will stretch nearly four football fields in length with a height equal to a 23-story building.

Queen Mary 2 will also have a beam of 135 ft. (41.1 m), making it the longest and widest passenger ship ever constructed. Its unprecedented size provides for the widest variety of modern amenities and facilities aboard any ocean-going vessel.

The vessel's numerous technological advancements will include a Mermaid podded propulsion sys- tem comprised of two fixed and two rotating units allowing for easy maneuverability, along with a diesel and gas turbine power plant capable of creating 157,000-hp, which will enable the ship to sail at 30 knots, significantly faster than other cruise ships.

Queen Mary 2 will have 1,310 staterooms, nearly three-quarters of which will feature a private bal- cony. More than 90 suites, including six penthouses offering private butler and concierge service, and five 1,650-square-foot "duplex apartments." rm^m J /C 1 / • *1 J v m

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