Windstar Cruises unveiled a new travel agency recognition program, Club 180, a riff on the company's '180 Degrees from Ordinary' tagline. The multi-tier program is designed to reward top-producing agencies with a Top 10 Platinum distinction, a top 11-20 Gold award and a 21+ Silver category.

A remarkable transformation of three vessels is taking place at Gulf Island Shipyards in Houma, Louisiana. There, a paddlewheeler is being built for American Queen Steamboat Co. (AQSC), and the two coastal vessels of Victory Cruise Lines are being refurbished under the new ownership of AQSC.

Today, on World Cancer Day, Holland America Line announced that it reached a total of $6m for cancer support through its 'One Deck for a Cause' programming begun in 2006. The goal was achieved during the recent 'O, The Oprah Magazine' 'Girls’ Getaway' cruise aboard Nieuw Statendam, Jan. 30 to Feb. 2.

After completing its month-long tour of California to call attention to the upcoming arrival of the new Carnival Panorama to the West Coast late this year, Carnival Cruise Line's #ChooseFun AirShip extended its journey to the skies of Las Vegas, with Phoenix up next.

Silversea Cruises’ Silver Muse and Silver Whisper met in Sydney Harbour on Saturday and proceeded past the Opera House and under the Harbour Bridge to dock, bow-to-bow, at the White Bay Cruise Terminal.

 

Craig McLaurin, previously business development executive for MSC Cruises Australia, has been named Queensland business development manager for Norwegian Cruise Line.

Princess Cruises will resume calls to its private island, Princess Cays in Eleuthera, Bahamas, on Feb. 4. None of the line's itineraries were impacted by a fire that broke out late night on Jan. 28 when no ships were present.

Meyer Werft cut steel for Royal Caribbean International's second 168,600gt Quantum Ultra ship. It was announced this 27th ship in Royal Caribbean's fleet will be called Odyssey of the Seas.

The 2004-built Diamond Princess emerged enhanced and refreshed from an extensive 14-day, multimillion-dollar drydock in Singapore. The project continued Princess Cruises' 'Come Back New Promise,' a $450m fleetwide commitment.

Fresh from a hugely successful Caribbean cruise for 'O, The Oprah Magazine,' godmother Oprah Winfrey named Nieuw Statendam during shipboard festivities at Port Everglades.

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