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During 18 years at the Port of Oslo, Margrethe Austad has helped foster tremendous cruise growth and development. Her proudest accomplishment as cruise marketing manager has been raising awareness of the Norwegian capital; Oslo is now one of the key cruise destinations in northern Europe.

Anette Braekke is to head up a recently restructured marketing department at the Port of Oslo from June 1, when current cruise marketing manager Margrethe Austad steps down after 18 years to pursue new opportunities.

The International Maritime Organization has approved global binding regulations aimed at enhancing safety of navigation in polar areas. This means new requirements for passenger ships.

Commissioners sink soccer stadium plan at PortMiami

Miami-Dade County commissioners voted against a proposal by David Beckham to locate a soccer stadium at PortMiami.

Travel veterans Severini, Rodney, Mancini launch consultancy

Veteran cruise line executives John Severini and Art Rodney along with travel educator Marc Mancini formed a consultancy for travel and tourism businesses.

Maritime specialist ISS GMT opened an office in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Located at the heart of the Mallorcan yachting community, the office is within the Global Building at STP, one of the largest superyacht facilities in Europe for refit and maintenance.

Liz Tauck Walters is godmother of Tauck riverboat Savor

Liz Tauck Walters, a board director at her family’s travel company and a granddaughter of company founder Arthur Tauck Sr., will serve as godmother to the second of Tauck’s two new Inspiration-class riverboats launching this year.

Princess Cruises president Jan Swartz was on hand to greet passengers embarking for the maiden voyage of Regal Princess on Tuesday in Venice. The seven-day inaugural sailing will call at Corfu and Mykonos with an overnight in Istanbul.

Standard and Poor's raises RCL outlook to 'positive'

Standard and Poor's Ratings Services raised its outlook on Royal Caribbean to 'positive' from 'stable' on the expectation of improved operating performance over the next year and affirmed the company's 'BB' corporate credit rating.

Repaired Costa Deliziosa to sail May 23 from Savona

With repairs being completed to Costa Deliziosa in Valencia, Spain, the ship is now scheduled to operate a revised cruise from Savona on May 23.

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