Reflecting on his three year term as chair of CLIA Europe, Pierfrancesco Vago spoke of the successes cruising has witnessed across Europe, of some of the challenges it continues to face from port infrastructure to regulatory issues.

The biggest challenge facing the continuing growth of European cruising is consumer 'fear factor', according to Celestyal Cruises' ceo Kerry Anastassiadis.

MAN Diesel & Turbo and MV Werften have concluded a contract to equip the two Global Class cruise ships under construction for Star Cruises.

MSC Cruises is beefing up its presence in the UK in 2018 deploying 95,128gt MSC Magnifica for a full season of ex-UK sailings to Northern Europe and the Med out of Southampton.

AIDA Cruises' AIDAprima is sporting an ice rink on its top deck for the winter season.

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