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In an effort to stimulate tourism to Hawaii, Norwegian Cruise Line, along with the Island of Hawai`i Visitors Bureau, hosted a private event Tuesday in Hilo to celebrate the culture, history and people of the islands. The line also announced a limited-time free airfare promotion.

At Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., EVP maritime Harri Kulovaara has recently beefed up his team with a trio of VPs in newly created roles—Bo Cerup-Simonsen (newbuild strategy and portfolio), Tor Svensen (maritime technology) and Constantin Ionesco (fleet modernization).

Costa Fortuna will get €8m in work, including many restyled public areas and new guest services, in Singapore this December before returning to Europe from its Asia deployment.

Shipbuilding veteran Raimon Strunck has been named to the newly created role of chief technology officer at MV Werften. His responsibilities include project management, design, planning as well as procurement and logistics.

Throughout October, Cruise Lines International Association, its member cruise lines and travel agents are highlighting why travelers should #ChooseCruise.

Following a restructuring that made Costa Cruises' national sales and marketing group in Germany independent from AIDA Cruises, a road show is planned through 10 cities.

Blue World Voyages, whose motto is 'Active Lifestyle Cruising,' has formed a partnership with 'Yoga Journal,' a leading authority on yoga and the yoga lifestyle for four decades. In addition the line will ally with the International SeaKeepers Society.

Naval architecture, design and marine engineering specialist Foreship is transferring a senior member of its management team in Finland to lead its Seattle operation. This move is aimed at expanding West Coast activities and providing a new focus for the company's US cruise ship customer base.

Passengers with mobility impairment will be able to participate in group shore excursions at Costa Cruises thanks to a new program involving the Italian Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (AISM) and Costa Crociere Foundation.

Oceania Cruises unveiled guest service enhancements as part of the line’s OceaniaNEXT initiative, including the ability to apply shipboard credit prior to sailing and the novel extension of on-board booking benefits.

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