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ABB won a contract to supply its power and propulsion technology for Seabourn’s two expedition cruise ship newbuilds.

The biggest European shipbuilders formed Code Kilo, a new cooperative initiative to develop and demonstrate a connected vessel platform.

Seattle opened its 20th year as a cruise homeport with the arrival of Celebrity Eclipse today to the Bell Street Pier Cruise Terminal at Pier 66.

Princess Cruises announced its return to French Polynesia in 2020 when the line deploys the intimate Pacific Princess on a series of Tahiti round-trips. It will be the first time since 2015 that Princess has homeported in Tahiti.

As befits Silversea’s first destination-specific newbuild, the 100-passenger, all-suite Silver Origin will feature the culture, cuisine, history and design elements from Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands.

Windstar Cruises detailed its $250m Star Plus Initiative at Seatrade Cruise Global, with company President John Delaney calling it “the most complex refit ever attempted.”

An independent study report commissioned by SEA\LNG and the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel has revealed that greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions of up to 21% are achievable now from LNG as a marine fuel, compared with current oil-based marine fuels over the entire life cycle from well to wake.

Norwegian Encore will debut in Seattle in 2021, to sail seven-day Alaska cruises alongside sister ship Norwegian Bliss. Meanwhile, Norwegian Joy will homeport in New York for the first time for Bermuda and Canada/New England cruises.

The number of ocean cruises taken by the UK/Irish market last year passed 2m for the first time, hitting a record 2,009,000 in 2018, up 2% from 2017. UK/Ireland is only the second European market to have reached over 2m cruisers and the fourth globally.

AmaWaterways christened its second river vessel for Portugal, AmaDouro, during festivities in Porto on Friday.

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