Genting Acquires Superfast Ferry For Bimini – Celebrity To Increase Australian Capacity – Can Global CLIA Solve Perception Problem?

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com

by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 8th April 2013

Superfast_VILast month, when the Malaysia-based Genting Group acquired the 28-knot fast ferry Superfast VI, observors wondered what their intention was. But since then, the vessel has been renamed Bimini Superfast and it has been announced that she is intended for operation between Florida and Bimini North in the Bahamas, where Genting will open a new casino this December. From Australia comes news that the Celebrity Century will return to join the Celebrity Solstice Down Under in 2014/15. And with increasingly large ships bringing increasingly large crowds, CLIA going global and the US Cruise Vessel Security & Safety Act of 2010, Senator Jay Rockefeller sends a contentious letter to Micky Arison. Is the new global CLIA up to the task of combatting negative publicity from politicians?

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