Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas was the only place on Earth to see Bonnie Tyler and multi-platinum-selling band DNCE perform a duet of Tyler's iconic 1980s power ballad, 'Total Eclipse of the Heart.'

German opera star Anna Maria Kaufmann, the godmother, performed Johann Sebastian Bach's 'Air' to usher in Crystal Bach, the first newbuild of Crystal River Cruises. Festivities took place Sunday in Rüdesheim, Germany.

Europe's river cruise industry continues its growth path, with 1.36m cruise passengers sailing on Europe's rivers in 2016, up 2.7% from the previous year.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ expedition vessel, 155-passenger Bremen has become one of the first passenger ships to receive the Polar Code certification which will be mandatory for ships operating in the polar regions from January 2018.

 

Some Canada/New England itineraries may be impacted by a new speed restriction across a large swath of the Gulf of St. Lawrence that was put in place on short notice to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales. The zone stretches from the western Gulf from Québec's north shore to just north of Prince Edward Island.

Royal Caribbean International is teaming up with actress and avid traveler Shay Mitchell to be the brand’s adventurist—an adventure adviser and storyteller.

Gillies and Zaiser PR was selected as the public relations agency of record for Star Clippers in the US and Canada. The agency will handle all aspects of media relations, PR strategy and execution, and social media.

Port of Palm Beach commissioners gave the green light to a multi-ship agreement with Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, paving the way for the addition of a second ship, currently sailing as Costa neoClassica, in 2018.

With World Dream's arrival in November, this second ship of Dream Cruises will replace sister Genting Dream in China's Pearl Delta. Genting Dream will be homeported at Singapore, and Star Cruises' SuperStar Gemini will move from Singapore to Bangkok, Thailand.

Higher operating costs for Crystal Cruises, Dream Cruises and Genting Hong Kong's new German shipyards dragged the company to a first half loss of US$203.1m, up from a loss of $54.6m in the first six months of 2016.

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