Silversea Expeditions' Silver Cloud journeyed to the 66th parallel south on Jan. 13, crossing into the Antarctic Circle. It was the first time the ship has ventured so far south.

Longtime river cruise specialist Scylla AG is branching out into ocean cruising with the purchase of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' Bremen in 2021. The sale price was not disclosed.

Polar specialist Quark Expeditions opened bookings for its expanded 2020 Arctic season.

American Queen Steamboat Co. finalized the purchase of sister vessels Victory I and Victory II and the Victory Cruise Lines brand from Miami's SunStone Ships. The price was not disclosed but a $3m refurbishment is planned before Great Lakes service begins in the spring.

For the sixth consecutive year, expedition ship Sea Spirit will take travelers to the Arctic and Antarctic in 2020 and 2021 under the auspices of Poseidon Expeditions.

The Polar Collective was awarded a substantial grant from Booking Cares, a sustainability initiative of Booking.com, to develop a citizen science mobile app. The app is intended to make participation in science easy and rewarding. It also will deliver feedback to users, keeping them engaged long after the experience.

A whopping 25 ocean-going newbuilds are set to sail into service for the global cruise industry this year, according to Seatrade's orderbook.

Silver Wind is going to get a second extensive refurbishment, completing a project started this month, to include a strengthened ice-class hull, bigger suites/reduced capacity and other upgrades under Silversea's Project Invictus program.

When Hurtigruten’s hybrid electric powered Roald Amundsen begins sailing in 2019, it is not only the ship itself that will make history. Capt. Kai Albrigtsen will become the first master of a cruise vessel that's able to sail for short stints on silent, emission-free battery power.

Early bird savings of up to 20% have been announced for selected 2020/21 polar sailings of the joint Intrepid/Chimu charter of Ocean Endeavour.

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