Costa Diadema Near Ready

Construction is moving into the final stages for Costa Diadema, Costa Cruises’ new flagship due for delivery in November 2014. The 132,500-ton, 3,724-guest ship currently is under construction at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard near Venice. The flagship’s inaugural activities are scheduled to last throughout November, including the preview cruise Nov. 1, the christening event Nov. 7 and three inaugural cruises departing Nov. 8, 15 and 22.

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Cruise Shipping Miami 2014

The 2014 Cruise Shipping Miami conference took place Monday, March 10 through Thursday, March 13 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The annual event attracts the top movers and shakers in the industry.

Exhibitors included ports and destinations, destination management companies, shore excursion providers, national tourism organizations, shipbuilders, ship equipment manufacturers, entertainment suppliers, amusements and recreations attractions, information technology, food and beverage suppliers, hotel & ship services providers.

Delegates and visitors included ship owners and operators, cruise itinerary/deployment planners, port … Read the rest

DWTS Mirror Ball Trophy

The famous “Dancing with the Stars” Mirror Ball trophy made its way to the NewmanPR offices courtesy of our client Holland America Line. The famous symbol of the hit ABC television show is en route to the home of the winner of “Dancing with the Stars: at Sea,” an entertainment program that mimics the television version of the show on the line’s 15 ships.

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Quantum Key West 2014

J/70 boats crowd the windward mark during the final day of racing at the Quantum Key West 2014 sailing regatta Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, in Key West, Fla. The five-day sailing event off the Florida Keys featured 123 boats sailing in 10 classes. With 60 boats in the class, the J/70 was the largest of the fleet. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

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SI Top 100 Photo (Sports Illustrated) chose one of Andy Newman’s Diana Nyad images among the top 100 sports pictures of the year. In 2013, Nyad became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a protective cage. Newman is an accomplished photographer who has been published globally. Congratulations to one of our own!

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Happy New Year 2014

Sushi, portrayed by Gary Marion, hangs in a giant replica of a women’s red high heel over Duval Street, late Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at the Bourbon Street Pub Complex in Key West, Fla. The Red Shoe Drop is a Key West New Year’s Eve tradition and is one of four Florida Keys warm-weather takeoffs on New York City’s ball drop marking the beginning of the new year. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

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K.W. World Championship

Superboat Extreme class boats make the turn in Key West Harbor Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, during the first of three race days at the Key West World Championship in Key West, Fla. More than 40 high-speed powerboats from the U.S. and other countries are entered in the competition. The second race is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 8, and the finals, with double points, are set for Sunday. Nov. 10. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau)

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Fantasy Fest 2013

Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad, who recently swam from Cuba to Key West, Fla., rides atop the grand marshal float during the Fantasy Fest Parade late Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Key West, Fla. The procession was the highlight event of the 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival that ends Sunday, Oct 27. The parade attracted some 60,000 people, organizers said, and subscribed to the festival’s theme
of “Super Heroes, Villains… & Beyond.” FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys … Read the rest

Diadema Gets Funnel

Costa Diadema recently experienced two construction milestones — the ship’s distinctive yellow and blue funnel was delivered and installed Sept. 16, and the hull section containing the ship’s name was placed Sept. 30.

The 4,947-passenger, 132,500-ton Costa Diadema, which will be the largest Italian-flagged cruise ship, is scheduled for delivery in October 2014.

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Golden Keys Sunrise

Our own Andy Newman captured a stunning sunrise in the Florida Keys. Nothing says “it’s going to be a great day” like the golden hues of a morning sky shining over a shoreline adorned with Florida’s signature palm trees.

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