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Crystal Expedition Cruises appointed seasoned explorer David Sinclair as expedition leader for Crystal Endeavor, arriving in August 2020.

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators pledged to turn the tide on plastics with new guidelines set to reduce single-use plastic use among visitors to the White Continent.

Robert Halfpenny, MD of Australia’s Aurora Expeditions, confirmed an agreement with SunStone Ships for a second Ulstein X-BOW ship for delivery in 2021. In 2018, he had said a sister ship was planned, and SunStone recently firmed the newbuild order, without disclosing the charterer.

Update: This story has been continuously updated with itinerary changes.

Lines are now informing passengers booked on Cuba cruises that they will no longer call at the island, with immediate effect. This follows the Trump administration policy change announced Tuesday.

Fincantieri officially confirmed what Australian cruise operator Coral Expeditons earlier announced: that its Vard subsidiary is building Coral Geographer, a sister of the recently delivered Coral Adventurer.

Since 2014, there has been a stalemate over cruise ships transiting the Venice Lagoon via the Giudecca Canal and San Marco Basin.

Tuesday evening update: Royal Caribbean became the first line to announce itinerary changes, to the June 5 and June 6 sailings, which will no longer stop in Cuba.

Cruise operators are reeling with uncertainty from the Trump administration's decision to halt sailings to Cuba from the US.

Quark Expeditions chose Ultramarine as the name for its new polar expedition ship scheduled to sail in late 2020. Construction is at Croatia's Brodosplit yard.

Saga marked the keel laying of its second new cruise ship Spirit of Adventure, with a ceremony at Meyer Werft on June 3. The 999-passenger ship will set sail in summer 2020.

The New Zealand Cruise Association has announced that Adam Armstrong and Susan Bonner will join the impressive lineup of speakers at its annual conference in Shed 10 on Queens Wharf in Auckland August 22-23.

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