The number of solo travellers taking cruises, across all age groups is on the increase, found independent research conducted by UK-based online travel agency Cruise 118.

‘Overcrowding is an issue that both local ports and cruise lines need to work together to address,’ said David Vass, svp worldwide cruise business and operations Abercrombie & Kent Destination Management during Seatrade Cruise Global's conference session on Monday.

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, was inducted into Cruise Lines International Association's 2019 Hall of Fame for lifetime achievement. Avoya Travel joins as travel agency innovator and Lucinda Beldon, Dream Vacations, Stingray Travel, as elite cruise counselor.

Niche cruise specialist Poseidon Expeditions has appointed GAC as UK agent for 25 debut calls of 114-passenger Sea Spirit from the Scilly Isles in the south to Scotland in the north.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line hired two Norwegian Cruise Line sales veterans for its Deerfield Beach, Florida, headquarters. Francis Riley joins as SVP sales and Clark Reber as director of partner relations.

Carnival Cruise Line is rolling out its most ambitious product-education program for travel advisers in 2019. It offers 150 ship tours across 24 ships and nine Seminars at Sea.

The global chair of the Cruise Lines International Association, Adam Goldstein, will be a keynote speaker at this year’s Cruise360 Australasia on Friday, August 30.

Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services, a global expert in ground handling and port agency services, formed a new partnership with Mercy Ships. This will focus on the charity's training and capacity-building initiatives in countries served by hospital ship Africa Mercy.

Nautilus International Holding Corp. hired Anthony Newman as president of Metro Cruise Services, a nationwide provider of cruise terminal management, ship’s agency, stevedoring, ground services, shore excursions and terminal security services.

Avoya Travel chairman and founder Pal Anderson—the father of Van and Brad Anderson—died Feb. 10. He was 96.

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