Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is acquiring what chairman and CEO Richard Fain called 'a crown jewel,' Silversea Cruises. RCL is taking a 66.7% stake for $1bn and assuming about $500m in debt, based on an enterprise value of approximately $2bn, and Fain said he's 'thrilled beyond words.'

Travel agents can now customize up to four staterooms at once while booking individuals and groups on Espresso, the agent reservation system for Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises.

Global Ports Holding (GPH), operators of 14 cruise ports around the world, is expanding its ancillary services portfolio having entered into an exclusive partnership with, and simultaneously made an investment in online travel agency, Dreamlines GmbH.

Liz Gammon has been appointed general manager of TVG Travel. This new division of TVG Zimsen, daughter company of Eimskip, specialised in worldwide freight forwarding services and owner of port agency Gára, is dedicated to servicing cruise ships and luxury yachts at Icelandic ports.

 

Home-based travel agencies Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. hosted a christening ceremony—in a nod to cruise tradition—to celebrate the unveiling of their renovated corporate headquarters in Fort Lauderdale.

Cruise Lines International Association opened registration for its annual Cruise360 conference, April 1-8, 2019, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.

A funeral service will be held for Denise Blackmore, who co-founded Cruiseabout with husband Ross in 1996, at 1:15 p.m. at the North Chapel of Northern Suburbs Crematorium in Sydney on June 6.

Monique Ponfoort, vp Asia Pacific for Ponant, announced a 5% bonus commission on every new booking made and deposited from June 4 until July 31 on 2019 Kimberley and 2018-2020 Antarctica sailings.

Mary Woody, with more than 20 years of cruise industry experience, was appointed Celestyal Cruises' business development manager for the central US region.

MSC Cruises USA appointed Lori Sheller SVP strategic sales and groups, a new position.

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