Starting today, Royal Caribbean International's Travel Agent Appreciation Week features visits from senior company executives, bonus commission opportunities and the chance to win cruises.

During its 10th year of operations in the Galápagos Islands, Celebrity Cruises is offering new land excursions that range from dining on authentic cuisine prepared by local residents to contributing to the protected islands by helping revive a native tree species.

Crystal Cruises has made special arrangements for small groups to visit areas of St. Petersburg's Fabergé Musuem that are not open to the public, including Romanov family exhibits, former aristocratic domiciles and Brothers Karamazov art collections.

IST has added SeaDream and Compagnie du Ponant to its online global distribution system FIBOS.

All eyes have been on Normandy this past week with several events commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy taking place.

 

Cruise pricing checks show a slight sequential softness over the past four to five weeks but close-in sailings look strong, according to a UBS Investment Research note.

Princess Cruises presented a check for $832,000 to the American Heart Association, the result of the line’s fundraising cruise in February to support heart health. The educational themed sailing was part of the company’s 'Cruising for a Cause' program.

Norwegian Cruise Line's Andy Stuart, evp global sales and passenger services, netted $2.37m from the sale of 70,000 NCLH shares at a weighted average price of $33.93.

Viking Cruises is among four new companies to be approved for membership in the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators during the group's recent annual meeting.

With increasing administrative demands on cruise directors that take time away from their role as the 'face and voice' of the ship, Carnival Cruise Lines has created a new shipboard entertainment director position to focus on scheduling and back-of-house activities.

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