The Port of Seattle and Sound Transit, with Sound Transit mascot Zap Gridlock, on Friday handed out 500 free light rail tickets to disembarking cruise passengers to encourage them to spend time in Seattle before taking Link light rail to the airport. Later this month Sound Transit and the port will surprise 500 airport passengers with a similar in-terminal giveaway.

The cruise industry contributed a record €47.86bn to the European economy in 2017, according to new figures released by Cruise Lines International Association in its updated European Economic Contribution Report.

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) announced a non-repayable contribution of $329,000 to fund the Atlantic Canada Cruise Association's marketing activities for three more years.

On its journey to summer homeport Seattle, Norwegian Bliss has been breaking records every step of the way as the largest cruise ship to transit the Panama Canal and to visit the US West Coast. Today at Pier 66 Bliss is turning heads, stopping joggers and bikers in their tracks and getting photographed like crazy.

New itineraries to Cuba and the eastern Caribbean were the theme of an event that kicked off the cruise season at Boston's Flynn Cruiseport.

The Port of Seattle is embarking on another record cruise season with the arrival of the first ship, Norwegian Sun. The just-delivered Norwegian Bliss is due May 30, becoming the largest cruise ship on the West Coast.

During 2019, a Costa Cruises ship will homeport at Genoa for the first time in nearly 15 years, while the new flagship Costa Smeralda will operate an itinerary that includes the fellow Ligurian ports Savona and La Spezia.

New York City's cruise industry is stronger than ever, with an economic impact of more than $228m, up 41% since 2016, according to a new study.

The Port of Galveston achieved a new milestone in December, embarking 113,488 passengers, surpassing previous volumes and setting a record as the busiest month since the port began its cruise business in September 2000.

Cruise Lines International Association forecasts 27.2m people around the world will take seagoing vacations in 2018. That's a 5.4% increase from the estimated 25.8m in 2017, and up from the 24.7m in 2016.

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