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Awilhelmsen—one of Royal Caribbean's founders—sold 4.8m shares of RCL common stock in a transaction that enabled the Arne Wilhelmsen family to become the sole owner of the Oslo-based private investment company.

Seatrade Europe Cruise and River Cruise Convention is coming up this year with its 10th edition taking place in Hamburg from September 11-13. Newly launched and co-located with the event is MARINE INTERIORS Cruise & Ferry Global Expo, powered by SMM and in partnership with Seatrade Cruise.

The Port of New Orleans set a new record in 2018 with 1,182,111 cruise passenger movements, up 2.3% from the year before. A 23% surge in guests taking Mississippi River cruises helped buoy the total, with new and larger ships set to sail from New Orleans both in the Caribbean and on the river in 2019.

Cruise and Maritime Voyages is offering what it calls the best-priced opportunity to circumnavigate the globe in comfort. Fares start at $100 per night, per person for the 120-day world cruise in early 2020 aboard the classically designed, mid-sized Columbus.

The Carnival Cruise Line Hub app now offers pre-cruise purchasing functionality and online check-in for its North American-based ships. Plus, the app’s popular 'Pizza Anywhere' on board function is now available on 11 ships with a fleetwide rollout expected to be completed later this year.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings plans to report fourth quarter and full year 2018 financial results on Feb. 21.

The biennial Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum returns this May to Athens for its fifth consecutive edition at a new venue and celebrates the industry’s renewed optimism for East Med cruising.

Dustin Nason has joined Seattle-based SSA Marine as VP, SSA Cruise Division. SSA Marine operates cruise facilities in Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, Mexico and other locations, handling millions of cruise passengers each year.

Windstar Cruises unveiled a new travel agency recognition program, Club 180, a riff on the company's '180 Degrees from Ordinary' tagline. The multi-tier program is designed to reward top-producing agencies with a Top 10 Platinum distinction, a top 11-20 Gold award and a 21+ Silver category.

Ushuaia, at the southern tip of Patagonia, has gained more docking space for small and medium-size ships as Argentina acts to accommodate the growth of Antarctica expeditions and cruises around South America.

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