The UK’S south coast Port of Poole recorded a historic first after two cruise ships call on the same day.

Finalists for the 2018 Seatrade Cruise Awards have been announced and are listed below in alphabetical order. Principal sponsor of the 12th Cruise Awards scheme is once again Oracle Hospitality.

A new initiative was launched earlier this summer to find 20 under 40 year olds from the global cruise industry who have shown either great initiative, an exceptionally hardworking culture or demonstrated strong leadership.

After 24 years in the cruise sector, Kay-Uwe Maroß has left Carnival Maritime where he has been director of port operations for the past three years.

Three Turkish cruise ports operated by Global Ports Holding (GPH) - Ege Port-Kusadasi, Antalya Cruise Port and Bodrum Cruise Port - recorded increased levels of activity in the five weeks from end March to end April, compared to a year ago.

The new cruise passenger terminal at DP World Limassol has been inaugurated by Cyprus President, His Excellency Nicos Anastasiades; Minister of Transport, Communications and Works, Mrs Vassiliki Anastassiadou; the Mayor of Limassol, Nicos Nicolaides and DP World Group chairman and ceo, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) revealed that British Isles, Norway, the Baltic and sunshine favourites the Canary Islands and Madeira, Caribbean and Mexico are the most popular cruise destinations for its guests in 2018 based on bookings sailing from 11 ex-UK departure ports.

Carnival Corp & plc's new Terminal E on the Adossat Pier in the Port of Barcelona is set for formal dedication on May 5, when senior corporate executives are expected to officiate, headed by ceo Arnold Donald.

Transcoma Cruises, part of Transcoma Shipping agency, active across all ports in mainland Spain as well as in the Canaries, the Balearics, and Gibraltar, has had a busy start to the 2018 Mediterranean cruise season handling arrivals by Holland America Line's Prinsendam, Koningsdam and Oosterdam, Princess Cruises' Pacific (en route to Fort Lauderdale) and Crown Princess(cruising in the Med until November) as well as P&O Cruises' Azura.

 

Marella Explorer, the latest addition to the Marella Cruises fleet, is now on the blocks in Cadiz, Spain undergoing refurbishment as the transition process of TUI Cruises' former Mein Schiff 1 begins.

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