As part of its focus on waste minimisation and recycling across its fleet, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines announced it has introduced a ban on the use of plastic straws on its four ocean ships – Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch.

After a long Indian summer, Sydney was blasted by vigorous southerly winds and torrential rain Friday—the first official day of winter—with the Bureau of Meteorology issuing a severe weather warning for damaging surf and abnormally high seas.

The Port of Kristiansand is set to become the first Norwegian port to offer cold ironing for cruise ships at berth, according to coo Thomas Grandfeldt jr.

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is forecasting a 75% chance that the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will be near or above normal.

Cruise lines have been getting questions about Hawaii with the intensive news coverage of two weeks of explosions from the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island. Early Thursday's dramatic eruption sent an ash cloud 30,000 feet into the sky.

Norwegian passenger ship owner and operator, The Fjords, has taken delivery of a vessel it believes sets new standards for environmentally responsible passenger transport.

Daniel Günther, minister-president of the Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein, Michael Thamm, ceo of  Costa Group & Carnival Asia, Dr. Ulf Kämpfer, mayor of the Federal State capital Kiel, and Dr. Dirk Claus, md of Seehafen Kiel, signed a declaration of intent yesterday onboard AIDAluna on the joint promotion of environmentally-friendly cruise tourism in the port of Kiel.

 

A record 150 or so North European ports, destinations and service providers attending the 2018 Cruise Europe conference in St Petersburg, Russia Wednesday heard of the growth mode the region is currently experiencing and with 99 newbuilds delivering through to 2027, the future also looks bright.

Eastern Caribbean destinations like Puerto Rico, St. Maarten and the US Virgin Islands already welcome tens of thousands of cruise passengers per day after recovering from 2017's tragic and unprecedented hurricane season, but they are looking to the future.

Forecasters in Fiji say a cyclone brewing in the ocean to the west will hit around midday on Tuesday.

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