Amsterdam is proposing a new location for the berthing of large cruise ships away from the city centre where the multifunctional Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA) has been operating since 2000.

The Port of Helsinki is gearing up to meet growing cruise demand and plans to spend €10m on new berths at its Hernesaari cruise harbour which will allow three large cruise vessels to berth simultaneously, leaving existing berths available for smaller cruise ships.

The recent contracting spree by major cruise lines has provided some welcome relief for specialist European builders. Meyer Turku deputy ceo Tapani Pulli revealed that recent orders and two ships which are the subject of MoUs but not yet confirmed orders, could mean that the yard is full until 2023 with work in hand extending beyond then.

As of last week, guests can enjoy an array of Starbucks products for the very first time on board a German cruise ship.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is enjoying another bumper start to the New Year, reporting impressive sales volumes and generating more than £1m of cruise revenue in a single day, on January 9, 2017, for the second January in a row.

 

Rostock Port is expecting further growth of its cruise business this year, having received 192 reservations for the season running between April 27 and October 12, 2017. According to the Rostock Port GmbH, passenger movements are expected to increase slightly from 766,000 in 2016 to more than 800,000.

Following the closure of All Leisure Holidays, another UK small to mid-size ship operator Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV) is advising agents and travel media of a special discount on availability across its winter and summer 2017 cruise programmes for any ALH customers who had an advance booking and are trying to find an alternative cruising holiday.

AIDAperla, due for 2017 delivery by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries as the sister of this year's AIDAprima, will be completed and inaugurated two months ahead of schedule.

STX France and MSC Cruises have finalised contracts for two Meraviglia-Plus newbuilds.

AIDA Cruises is to screen the premier of a new spy comedy Kundschafter des Friedens starring actor Winfried Glatzeder and directed by Robert Thalheim

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