A record 1,281,159 Australians cruised last year, an increase of 21% over 2015.

Holland America Line, which is celebrating its 70th year in Alaska, is kicking off Seattle's cruise season with today's Eurodam maiden call at Terminal 91, while Norwegian Cruise Line is gearing up for the opening of its expanded Pier 66 terminal.

Cruise ships, passengers and crew contribute significantly to Canada's economy, and spending is growing at a healthy rate across all three major cruise regions: British Columbia, Québec and Atlantic Canada.

Stockholm is growing in popularity as a cruise destination. This year the region will be visited by 270 cruise ships carrying a record number of 650,000 passengers.

Carnival Corp. & plc's second cruise terminal at the Port of Barcelona—a €30m facility due to open in 2018—is designed to handle its next-generation ships powered by clean-burning LNG.

For the first time, cruise industry spending in Atlantic Canada exceeded $100m in a single season. Direct spending totaled $102m in 2016, according to the Atlantic Canada Cruise Association (ACCA).

When Oceania Cruises’ 30,277gt Sirena sailed from the Bay of Islands on Tuesday, it marked the end of another bumper wave season for New Zealand.

Outlining its Blue Growth Strategy, adopted in 2012, the European Commission(EC) believes Europe's oceans, seas and coasts can provide a driver for Europe's welfare and prosperity, and for sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors as a whole.

Highlights of Gothenburg's just-opened cruise season will be a call by the 4,000-passenger Norwegian Getaway, the largest ship in passenger capacity ever to visit the Swedish port, and TUI Cruises' new Mein Schiff 6.

The cruise season got under way this week at Port of Vancouver, where higher passenger volumes are expected at Canada Place.

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