Royal Caribbean International’s Independence of the Seas arrived Saturday at her seasonal new home of Southampton, following a multi-million pound makeover.

Seatrade Cruise Awards 2018 will be presented at Seatrade Cruise Med in Lisbon in September. Principal sponsor for the 12th annual awards is once again Oracle Hospitality.

The deadline for entering this year's Seatrade Cruise Awards is today.

Finland's Elomatic Ltd and Deltamarin Ltd have signed a large-scale, tri-party engineering contract with MV Werften in Germany for the design of Star Cruises' first 200,001gt Global Class ship.

Cruise New Zealand chairman Kevin O’Sullivan has announced that Anita Hodson, director of nautical and port operations for Crystal Cruises, will be a speaker at CNZ 2016 at Te Wharewaka o Poneke conference centre on Wellington’s waterfront from August 25-26.

Norwegian Getaway is en route to Rio de Janeiro for the Summer Olympic Games in a charter brokered by Landry & Kling on behalf of the RIO 2016 Organizing Committee.

Crystal Cruises has engaged 21 experts in polar history, marine biology, geology, culture and other fields for its first Northwest Passage transit in August. Crystal Serenity's 32-day journey travels from Seward, Alaska, to New York City.

Shipping might have been excluded from COP21, but is under no less pressure to cut harmful emissions. The IMO NOx Tier III requirement entered into force this year, while the global 0.5% sulphur cap could enter force as early as 2020. In the North Sea ECA, sales of low-sulphur fuels are on the rise.

Steve Odell, svp and md Asia Pacific for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, has released pricing for Norwegian Jewel’s extended 2017/18 season in Australia.

The deadline for entering this year’s Seatrade Cruise Awards is fast approaching.

Any company or individual can enter. It’s a simple process. Nominations must be submitted via e-mail using the form found here. Closing date is August 1.

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