Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is planning to build a new office and parking garage to the south of its current location on Dodge Island at PortMiami, The Miami Herald reports.

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.

Costa Venezia, designed for the Asian market, made its maiden call at Singapore over the weekend, where more than than 2,000 passengers embarked.

Princess Cruises announced its return to French Polynesia in 2020 when the line deploys the intimate Pacific Princess on a series of Tahiti round-trips. It will be the first time since 2015 that Princess has homeported in Tahiti.

As befits Silversea’s first destination-specific newbuild, the 100-passenger, all-suite Silver Origin will feature the culture, cuisine, history and design elements from Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands.

Norwegian Encore will debut in Seattle in 2021, to sail seven-day Alaska cruises alongside sister ship Norwegian Bliss. Meanwhile, Norwegian Joy will homeport in New York for the first time for Bermuda and Canada/New England cruises.

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.

AmaWaterways christened its second river vessel for Portugal, AmaDouro, during festivities in Porto on Friday.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages will operate 'soft expedition' voyages in the Sea of Cortez from Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point), Mexico's newest cruise homeport.

Frank Del Rio, president and CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, received 2018 compensation valued at $22.6m, up from $10.5m the year before.

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