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Carnival Cruise Lines to return to the Port of Baltimore in March 2015

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Carnival Cruise Lines is returning to the Port of Baltimore. Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Thursday that the cruise line will resume seven-day, year-round cruises beginning in March 2015. The return comes after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard approved Carnival's plan to reduce ship emissions. The O'Malley administration says the Carnival Pride ship will return to Maryland with new air-emission reduction technologies.

Off reeking cruise ship in NJ, passengers recall nightmare trip

By Victoria Cavaliere BAYONNE, New Jersey (Reuters) - Passengers staggered off a Royal Caribbean ship reeking of vomit and diarrhea at its home port on Wednesday after their cruise was cut short by an apparent stomach bug that felled nearly 700 vacationers and crew. Cheers erupted from the Explorer of the Seas as the vessel pulled into Bayonne, New Jersey, in New York Harbor.

Swedish steelmaker SSAB to buy Rautaruukki for 1.1 bn euros

Swedish steelmaker SSAB said on Wednesday it will acquire Finnish competitor Rautaruukki, hoping to reduce costs and boost competitiveness in the sluggish steel market. The announcement caused the price of shares in the two groups to leap. The acquisition will take place through a public share exchange offer to Rautaruukki's shareholders with a 20-percent premium on the average share price of both companies over the last three months. These terms value the deal at 10.1 billion kronor (1.15 billion euros, $1.56 billion).

Steelmaker SSAB says to buy Rautaruukki for 1.1 bn euros

Swedish steelmaker SSAB said on Wednesday it would acquire Finnish competitor Rautaruukki, hoping to reduce costs and boost competitiveness in the sluggish steel market. The merger will take place through a public share exchange offer to Rautaruukki's shareholders with a 20-percent premium on the average share price of both companies over the last three months, amounting to 10.1 billion kronor (1.15 billion euros, $1.56 billion).

Swedish steel company SSAB in $1.6 billion bid to merge with Finland's Rautaruukki

STOCKHOLM - The Swedish steel company SSAB AB has made an offer to buy Finnish company Rautaruukki Oyj for 10.2 billion Swedish kronor ($1.6 billion) to create a combined Nordic producer of high-strength steel. SSAB said Wednesday the boards of the two companies have agreed on the merger and the offer represents a premium of 20 per cent to the average Rautaruukki share price in the last three months.

Swedish steel company SSAB in $1.6 billion bid to merge with Finland's Rautaruukki

STOCKHOLM - The Swedish steel company SSAB AB has made an offer to buy Finnish company Rautaruukki Oyj for 10.2 billion Swedish kronor ($1.6 billion) to create a combined Nordic producer of high-strength steel. SSAB said Wednesday the boards of the two companies have agreed on the merger and the offer represents a premium of 20 per cent to the average Rautaruukki share price in the last three months.

2 Carnival cruise ships delayed by storm Karen expected to reach New Orleans on Sunday

NEW ORLEANS - Two Carnival Cruise Line ships delayed by former Tropical Storm Karen were due in New Orleans within a half-hour of each other Sunday, a day earlier than previously expected. The storm, which dissipated Sunday, delayed arrival by a day for the Carnival Elation and less than half a day for the Carnival Conquest, which had to remain in the Gulf of Mexico until the Coast Guard reopened the mouth of the Mississippi River about 12:15 a.m. Sunday.

Captain sentenced in Greece over fatal 2007 shipwreck

A Greek court Thursday found the captain of a cruise liner guilty of causing the deaths of two French tourists in a 2007 shipwreck that saw 1,600 passengers evacuated from the vessel. Magistrates in Piraeus, Greece's main port, sentenced the ship's captain to 12 years in prison for serial involuntary manslaughter and causing a shipwreck following a four-month trial. A representative of the cruise ship's Cyprus-based owner Louis Hellenic Cruises (LHC) and seven crew members were also given between two and eight years in prison on the same charges.

Fire put out on Royal Caribbean cruise ship, no injuries

A fire broke out aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship early Monday, forcing the more than 2,000 guests aboard to gather at assembly areas while it was extinguished, the cruise line said. The company said the fire broke out at 2:50 am (0650 GMT) in a mooring area on the third deck of the Grandeur of the Seas as it was enroute to Coco Bay, Bahamas. The blaze was put out two hours later. "All 2,224 guests and 796 crew have been accounted for, and there have been no injuries of guests or crew reported," the cruise line said.

Royal Caribbean to base 3,100-passenger ship in Galveston year-round

GALVESTON, Texas - Royal Caribbean International says it'll begin sailing seven-day western Caribbean cruises out of Galveston year-round. The Miami-based cruise line says it'll base the 3,114-passenger Voyager-class Navigator of the Seas at Galveston in November, replacing its Mariner of the Seas. The Navigator will head for dry dock in January for a monthlong revitalization, then return to service in Galveston in February. Among the features to be added during the revitalization are a surf simulator, new restaurants and "virtual balconies" in some interior staterooms.
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