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Hull commissions feasibility study for a dedicated, city-centre cruise berth

Hull, on England’s east coast, is carrying out a feasibility study for a dedicated, city-centre cruise facility as part of its vision to become a world-class visitor destination.

Holland America Line will field nine ships—one more than last year—on 126 cruises, up from 109, in the Caribbean during the 2014/15 season. Seven of those ships will sail regular voyages, while two offer just a December holiday voyage. That compares to seven ships in regular service and one providing a single cruise in the region during 2013/14.

Port of Seattle Commissioners voted Thursday to formally appoint their selection for the agency's new ceo, Ted J. Fick. Fick's selection was announced in August.

With the arrival of the passenger boarding bridge from FMT in Sweden, San Francisco's new cruise terminal at Pier 27 is close to handling its first ship one week from today followed by a Sept. 25 grand opening. Among the highly flexible facility's novel features is an accordion-like mobile security perimeter that can be removed on non-cruise days to allow public access to the waterfront. Numerous environmental elements are also built in.

Signature Travel makes ASTA membership a requirement

Recognizing that the entire agency community depends on a strong national trade association, Signature Travel Network told its members on Thursday that they will be required to belong to the American Society of Travel Agents, effective Jan. 1.

Oceania Cruises' just-announced 2015/16 winter season features a variety of longer, destination-rich itineraries to destinations in South America, Asia, South Africa, the South Pacific and the Caribbean. Of the 42 itineraries, 32 are two weeks or longer, and 27 are new routes. Maiden calls are planned at a dozen ports including Jeju, South Korea, and Luderitz, Namibia.

TUI Cruises' Mein Schiff 4 will be named in Kiel on June 5, 2015, before its newly announced maiden voyage to Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki and Stockholm, June 6-14. For the first time, TUI will give maiden voyage passengers the opportunity to attend the christening ceremony, although numbers will be limited to 300 cabins and attendees will have to pay a fee that includes an extra night on board.

Hurtigruten’s Northern Lights promise

Hurtigruten is introducing a Northern Lights promise -  if the lights are not visible from the ship on a full Norwegian voyage, it will offer passengers a second voyage for free.

Cape Verde stepping up its cruise facilities and activity

Phase One of the Cape Verde Cruise Development plan has been completed with the delivery of a cruise market assessment to Enapor, Ports of Cape Verde.

SeaDream Yacht Club is adding to its wine programming—which includes wine voyages this fall and in 2015—with wine education and certification approved by the prestigious British Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET). Courses in two of WSET's four levels will be delivered on board by SeaDream wine director Erica Landin.

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