A cruise port at the Pacific side of the Panama Canal has been discussed for years, with various locations considered. Now the Panama Maritime Authority has honed in on Perico Island, one of the islands off Amador Causeway near Panama City. The cost to build the facility is an estimated $30m.
Kristian Anderson, formerly with Silversea Cruises, joined Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection as svp global sales. There he'll be working for Ellen Bettridge, who brought him into the cruise industry in 2012 from Qatar Airways after she became Silversea's president, the Americas.
Empress of the Seas, the Miami-based ship Royal Caribbean has intended to sail to Cuba once approval is obtained, now has itineraries open for booking through year's end.
Harmony, created in partnership with chef Richard Chen, formerly of Wynn Las Vegas 'Wing Lei'—the first Chinese restaurant in North America awarded a Michelin star—is one of two new dining spots on China ship Majestic Princess.
Update: Regent Seven Seas Cruises has canceled its 2017 Northwest Passage itinerary.
Crystal Serenity's current voyage through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago exemplifies the growing human presence in an increasingly ice-free Northwest Passage. In mid-August, the southern route through the Passage was nearly ice-free, according to NASA's Earth Observatory.
Total ships: 59
Total berths: 183,044
Total Order Book Value:$44,247,631,647.00
Average Price Per Berth:$296,360