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Half a year after selling a majority stake in Silversea Cruises to Royal Caribbean for $1bn, Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio has teamed with his friend Geoffrey Kent to jointly acquire 100% of the Abercrombie & Kent Group of Companies.

Entering service in October, Sky Princess will be helmed by a seasoned master, Heikki Laakkonen, who heads a team of senior officers with a combined more than 140 years of service for Princess Cruises.

American Cruise Lines is offering three premium pre-cruise packages with select sailings throughout the year. From exhilarating jet boat tours to luxury hotels and Graceland, these programs offer a memorable way to begin cruises from Memphis, Boston and Clarkston, Washington.

Queen Elizabeth will be based in Australian waters for a record 118 days during a third consecutive 2020/21 season.

Fred. Olsen River Cruises is launching its second season of European river cruising in 2019 aboard 156-guest Brabant with a number of offers, including no supplement for singles on selected sailings.

Carolin Niemczyk, vocalist in the German electropop duo Glasperlenspiel, christened Mein Schiff 2 Saturday night. The event—attended by some 2,800 passengers on board—was like a premiere for the port of Lisbon, according to TUI Cruises, since this is the first cruise ship christened in the Portuguese capital.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises' Seven Seas Splendor was launched Saturday at Fincantieri's Ancona shipyard. The sister of 2016's Seven Seas Explorer is scheduled for 2020 delivery.

On Friday night dinner guests were transferred by tender from the Man O War Steps next to the Sydney Opera House to Le Lapérouse, anchored in the harbour, just off Point Piper.

For a taste of what the Virgin Voyages experience promises (hint: one big party of lively, attractive people in fun surroundings), the line's website is fully built out ahead of bookings opening on Valentine's Day.

President and CEO Tom McAlpin has just set off on what he called a 'whirlwind tour'—but, given that his company is Virgin Voyages, it's more like a rock star tour.

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