Viking Cruises and China Merchants Shekou, representing China Merchants Group, signed a memorandum of understanding to form a joint venture focused on building a cruise line with worldwide offerings for the Chinese market.
Following a string of very good years, the cruise industry remains buoyant with no downturn in sight, top leaders said Tuesday in Miami.
Cruise tourism in Asia has been identified as one of the fastest-growing sectors in tourism development, with the number of passengers increasing by an estimated annual average of 33%, from 775,000 in 2012 to nearly 4.26m in 2018.
Joseph Boschulte, commissioner designee for the US Virgin Islands Department of Tourism, will be encouraging a 'refresh' of USVI's tourism product and urging cruise lines to consider St. Croix a distinct destination with its own special attributes.
Compliance in ballast water treatment depends on crew knowledge as well as the treatment system. To help customers secure it, Alfa Laval has a complete range of training options for Alfa Laval PureBallast 3. Among them are open crew trainings, which the company now provides in three additional locations.
‘Overcrowding is an issue that both local ports and cruise lines need to work together to address,’ said David Vass, svp worldwide cruise business and operations Abercrombie & Kent Destination Management during Seatrade Cruise Global's conference session on Monday.