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 Hapag-Lloyd Cruises announced Hanseatic inspiration, the second of two new expedition ships being built by Fincantieri/Vard and launching in October 2019, will serve the German-speaking and international markets.

A larger Norwegian Cruise Line ship, Norwegian Star, will replace Norwegian Sun in South America for the 2019/20 austral summer season, late December 2019 through early March 2020.

Holland America Line upped the star power on its Culinary Council with the addition of chef Ethan Stowell from the company's Seattle hometown. He'll be involved in enhancing the culinary offerings aboard the fleet, including Nieuw Statendam, which begins sailing Dec. 5.

Last year Kiel welcomed 143 calls from 29 different cruise ships and for the first time more than half a million (513,500) passengers boarded or left cruise ships, an increase of 6% and making 2017 Kiel’s most successful cruise year ever.

The potential for India’s cruise market cruise comes under the microscope at SATTE 2018, taking place in New Delhi January 31-February 2 with Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) participating in one of Asia’s biggest travel shows for the first time.

Capt. Ingar Engan, who worked on the building of Royal Viking Sea and sailed on all three of Royal Viking Line's original ships before going on to join the start-up team for Crystal Cruises and overseeing Crystal Harmony's construction, died Jan. 11. He had been in hospice at his home in Spain.

Production began on Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises' first newbuild, Crystal Endeavor, at MV Werften's yard in Stralsund, Germany. Previously announced for summer 2019, the ship is now due to debut in 2020.

Carnival Victory is in the midst of an extensive, multimillion-dollar dry dock that is adding a variety of food and beverage outlets, as well as two luxurious Captain’s Suites and new deluxe ocean-view staterooms.

Tales from the first successful ascent of Denali, tastings of birch syrup and Alaska trivia are among the 2018 programs Princess Cruises plans for its new wilderness treehouse at Mount McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge.

Carnival Cruise Line has begun paying travel agents commission for wedding package sales and is offering wave season bonuses.

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