Valletta, the designated European Capital of Culture for 2018, comes under the cruise spotlight again next week as cruise line representatives from more than ten brands and representatives from Mediterranean ports and destinations are headed to Malta for the 52nd MedCruise General Assembly.

Developing an Antarctic research fellowship, strengthening support for science projects and a new Antarctic Ambassadors program were some key initiatives decided at the 27th annual meeting of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators.

Following the success of the inaugural CLIA LIVE in Sydney last month, CLIA Australasia & Asia md Joel Katz has announced the event will move to Brisbane and Melbourne later this year.

Celestyal Cruises is promoting COO Chris Theophilides to succeed Kyriakos Anastassiadis July 1.

The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators has hired an environmental agent who will lead efforts to drastically cut back single-use plastics on Arctic expedition cruise ships and enhance passengers' involvement in regular beach cleanups.

The upward trend in tourists to Antarctica recorded since the 2011/12 season continued in 2017/18. The majority of visitors—41,996—traveled by sea on ships offering excursions ashore, a 16% increase from the prior season.

The Passenger Port of St Petersburg Marine Façade hosted Cruise Europe Tuesday evening in one of its four terminals as around 140 delegates from North European ports and destinations, their service providers and media gathered in Russia for the association's annual conference.

Armed with 2.43m Norwegian kroner ($308,000) in funding, United Nations backing and thousands of volunteers, the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators is taking on the massive environmental challenge of marine plastic pollution.

Mark Kerr has been appointed to Abercrombie & Kent’s newly created position of cruise manager New Zealand, following an increase in business in what CLIA Australasia said is one of the world’s top performing markets.

Eastern Caribbean destinations like Puerto Rico, St. Maarten and the US Virgin Islands already welcome tens of thousands of cruise passengers per day after recovering from 2017's tragic and unprecedented hurricane season, but they are looking to the future.

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