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The local Carnival Cruise Lines’ team is preparing for Carnival Legend’s September 22 debut on Sydney Harbour at the start of her six-month maiden season Down Under.

There's more global competition for Canada/New England as a destination but travel agents are optimistic about the potential for the region's growth, Cruise Lines International Association president and ceo Christine Duffy told a symposium in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

Celebrity Cruises promotes trio in key sales roles

Celebrity Cruises promoted three of its top people from the North American sales team led by Dondra Ritzenthaler, svp sales, trade support and service. Keith Lane became vp field sales and national accounts, Carol Cabezas became associate vp national accounts and strategic accounts and Ron Gulaskey was named global director, corporate, incentives and charter sales.

TUI Cruises' first newbuild was christened in Hamburg Thursday afternoon in a spectacular ceremony with 1,700 invited guests and tens of thousands of spectators. German singer Helene Fischer, the godmother, floated up to Mein Schiff 3's bow in a huge balloon to crack the traditional champagne bottle.

Norwegian offers new air/hotel package for Houston cruises

Norwegian Cruise Line said its new, inclusive package from Houston offers an easy way to book air, hotel accommodations and a Caribbean sailing aboard the recently enhanced Norwegian Jewel. The package gives the option of round-trip air from major US cities, along with transfers, one-night pre-cruise accommodations, a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise, three specialty dinners on board and more.

Australia is the first country to ever achieve a stronger penetration rate than the world’s largest cruise passenger source market, North America.

The Port of Kiel welcomed Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Europa 2 for the first time Wednesday, greeting the ship with a tug escort and water fountains on arrival.

 Wärtsilä has signed a ten-year maintenance and technical support agreement with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, which includes a subcontract with ABB Turbocharging.

UBS expects 2017 newbuild orders from Carnival Corp. this summer

UBS Investment Research predicts Carnival Corp. & plc could order a pair of ships this summer for 2017 delivery, since the cruise giant currently has no new tonnage planned past 2016.

An exclusive Royal Caribbean production featuring William Close's signature Earth Harp, digital shows that come to life in ultra-high resolution, virtual concerts and a live music venue that will stage tribute acts, a 'Mamma Mia!' after party and more are among Quantum of the Seas entertainment offerings.

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