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Hurtigruten promoted Beth Mercier to director, national accounts, for the Americas, based in the Seattle office. Most recently she was director of US explorer sales.

Noting that much has changed since Canada's port authorities were established 20 years ago, Minister of Transport Marc Garneau on Monday called for a re-examination of the system to ensure the country is well-positioned to innovate and compete for years to come.

In a great spectacle of naval engineering, Silversea Cruises' 2009-built Silver Spirit has been cut in two at Fincantieri Shipyard in Palermo to be lengthened. A prebuilt 49-foot segment was inserted, and the ship is now being reconnected.

American Harmony will be the name of the second 184-passenger newbuild in American Cruise Lines' modern riverboat series. Construction began earlier this year on the sister of American Song, whose inaugural cruise on the Mississippi River is set for Oct. 6.

Majestic Princess will soon commence a homeporting season in Taiwan, following two sold-out 14-day Grand Asia voyages between Shanghai and Singapore. 

Carnival Corp & plc today signed a first-of-its-kind, long-term strategic partnership with the Japanese port city of Sasebo. Under the agreement, Carnival will invest in the construction of a new terminal to be operational by 2020. The cruise group will also be granted berthing preference as part of the arrangement.

Genting Cruise Line threw a mega party at sea on board World Dream last weekend to recognize the significant efforts of some 300 trade partners to the cruise group’s ‘outstanding growth during an year of many milestones’.

The Port of Kiel is providing additional handling capacity for cruise ships with the construction of a second terminal at the city-centre Ostseekai.

AIDA Cruises is continuing its commitment to supporting social, cultural and charitable projects by providing €42,265 to the Reiner Meutsch Foundation FLY & HELP for the reconstruction of an elementary school in Dinagat, Philippines.

German passengers were the main drivers of growth for Europe's river cruise industry in 2017, following years of only modest gains. However, Germany still trailed the combined US/Canadian source market.

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