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American Express travel counselors are booking more cruises this year than last and report demand or interest in river cruising is skyrocketing. However, clients are waiting for future price cuts and many ask for on-board credits.

Hurtigruten's 2015 fjord-focused 'Explorer' voyages 25% off

Hurtigruten has early booking savings of 25% on a pair of Norwegian Fjords 'Explorer Voyages' in 2015. The 10-day 'The Norwegian Fjords,' departing May 1, and the 12-day 'Fjord Highlights & Viking Trail,' departing May 12, visit Hardangerfjord, Lysefjord, Sognefjord and Nordfjord.

Travel adviser Jenny Malka of Atlanta-based Century Travel, a Virtuoso-affiliated agency, booked Oceania Cruises’ 1 millionth reservation on Monday. This is a significant milestone for the line established in 2003.

For limited time in upper categories, Celebrity cuts NCFs, MSC boosts pay to 25%

In an eye-opening pair of travel agent incentives, Celebrity Cruises eliminated non-commissionable fares (NCFs) on bookings made during June in verandah accommodations and above for 2015 sailings, and MSC Cruises USA set 25% pay for balcony bookings on MSC Divina cruises from August to late December.

When Holland America Line’s Volendam emerges from its December drydock, the 1999-built ship will have 21 new lanai staterooms, the three-in-one contemporary bar area, Mix, and updated bathrooms in all suites and select other accommodations.

Carnival doubles reward points in agents' social learning game

Carnival Cruise Lines doubled the amount of reward points travel agents can earn playing Carnival Adventures, the line’s social learning game.

Azamara offers free companion airfare on bookings made in June-July

Azamara Club Cruises is offering free companion airfare to travelers who make a booking in June or July. More than 100 voyages aboard Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest are eligible.

The Port of Kiel opened a new cruise terminal Monday with an inaugural turnaround by Costa Pacifica, which arrived at Kiel from Stockholm.

Installation of the sponsons needed to refloat Costa Concordia from atop its underwater platform at Giglio continues.

CMV going blogging

Cruise and Maritime Voyages has opened a new and enhanced blog ‘World of CMV’. The aim is to provide articles, meet some of the team and find out more about many of CMV’s key destinations.

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