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The carnival cruise ship was named for demolition amid the Covid-19 crisis



The carnival cruise ship was named for demolition amid the Covid-19 crisis

(CNN) – A large cruise ship with only 23 years of service has been destined for a pile of garbage amid a decline caused by coronavirus for the shipping industry.

Following an announcement by the giant shipping company Carnival Corporation that they hoped to remove several ships from its fleet, it was revealed that one of them was Costa Victoria, a 2,394-passenger vessel that debuted in 1996.

While Carnival has not yet identified one of the ships set to be deactivated, the fate of Costa Victoria is questioned when the mayor of the Italian city of Piombino, Francesco Ferrari, announced on Facebook that the ship had arrived there to prepare for demolition.

Ferrari said he would welcome the captain of the ship, Gianfranco La Fauci, to the city on Tuesday morning and celebrate the moment as a step forward in Piombino’s economic recovery.

Costa Victoria was midway through when the Covid-19 pandemic struck earlier this year. The 827-foot ship arrived at Civitavecchia, in Italy, on March 25, where passengers were quarantined.

Earlier in the voyage, a passenger tested positive for coronavirus and got off the ship in Greece. Another passenger died from Covid-19 after returning from Italy to Australia.

‘Negative impact’

Passengers on the Costa Victoria await departure after the ship docked in the Italian port of Civitavecchia, returning in March.

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“The company already has an initial agreement for the disposal of six ships which are expected to leave the fleet in the next 90 days and is currently working towards an additional agreement,” the statement said.

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In the report, Carnival also discussed the economic impact of a series of canceled cruise ships.

“The lag in guest operations continues to have a material negative impact on all aspects of the company’s business. The longer the lag in guest operations continues the greater the impact on company liquidity and financial position.”

The statement said Carnival expects “gradual re-entry of its ships, removal of capacity from its fleet and delays in the delivery of new vessels.”

When contacted by CNN Travel to confirm whether Costa Victoria was one of the ships to be sold, Carnival Corporation spokesman Roger Frizzell said: “We have not announced names or details regarding the six ships at this time.”

When the cruise ships retire

Costa Victoria in the port of Civitavecchia on March 25, 2020.

Costa Victoria in the port of Civitavecchia on March 25, 2020.

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This is not the right time for the shipping industry: cruise ships are canceled all summer after Covid-19 stops shipping.

Usually, if a big brand like Carnival decides the ship is no longer needed, it is likely to sell it to a smaller company that will change the image of the ship. Ships can then sail for years to come.

But in the current climate, shipping companies are not inclined to invest in new vessels.

Take Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV), a British shipping company that operates several old ships that were originally built for other shipping lines.

The fleet included MV Vasco da Gama – which made headlines in March when passengers were quarantined on Australia’s Rottnest Island after the pandemic. Vasco da Gama, built in 1993, previously was Statendam America and P&O Cruises Australia Eden in the Netherlands.

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CMV also operates Marco Polo, from 1965, plus MV Astoria, the oldest cruise ship operating since 1948. Astoria will retire this year.

CMV also operates a former carnival ship, MS Magellan, formerly known as the Holiday Carnival.

UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced on Monday that they had confiscated five CMV vessels, including Vasco da Gama, Astoria and Marco Polo, because of concerns about crew welfare and late payment of wages.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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