After a flat year, the French cruise market registered 3.4% growth in 2018, with 520,800 passengers, up from 503,800 in 2017.

A record 28m passenger movements were recorded at MedCruise member ports during 2018.

The US Virgin Islands is determined to position itself as the No. 1 tourism destination in the Caribbean by employing robust public-private partnerships.

The Nunavut government and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on cruise ship tourism in the territory.

New trends for the German market emerged in 2018 with a swing toward longer cruises and a pullback from remote destinations like Asia and the Caribbean in favor of Europe, particularly the Baltic but also the Eastern Mediterranean.

The number of cruise passengers visiting Britain continued to rise for an 11th consecutive year, according to figures recently released by Cruise Britain. Over the course of this period, passenger day calls have risen by a factor of 4.5 to reach 1.642m, including an increase of 16% over 2017.

The number of ocean cruises taken by the UK/Irish market last year passed 2m for the first time, hitting a record 2,009,000 in 2018, up 2% from 2017. UK/Ireland is only the second European market to have reached over 2m cruisers and the fourth globally.

Is there potential for more cruise itineraries along the vast Pacific Coast of the Americas, which stretches from Alaska in the north to Chile in the south? The topic was discussed by a panel on “The Rise of the Pacific Coast of the Americas” at Seatrade Cruise Global.

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has teamed up with Tourism Northern Territory to introduce a new education option for its travel agent members focussed on Australia’s Top End.

More people cruised globally in 2018 than forecast, with 28.5m taking seagoing vacations, a nearly 7% increase from 2017, and up from the 28.2m originally projected by Cruise Lines International Association.

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