Norwegian Cruise Line said it will invest more than $250m in a program focused on spreading 'new enhancements, experiences and transformations' across the fleet as it seeks to elevate its offering in line with Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway.

Due to re-enter service on Saturday following a two-week drydock, Norwegian Jewel becomes the first Norwegian Cruise Line ship to get retrofitted with O'Sheehan's Neighborhood Bar & Grill. Other changes relocated the Brazilian-style steak house and added a Mojito Bar. Plus, among numerous technical improvements, exhaust gas scrubbers were installed.

Last week, as Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Equinox completed its scheduled drydock in Cadiz, Spain, it joined Royal Caribbean International's Allure of the Seas and Explorer of the Seas in a program that tracks ocean circulation dynamics and measures atmospheric and oceanographic conditions, on repeated journeys.

A 13-knot speed limit will be implemented in Alaska's lower Glacier Bay and national park waters at the mouth of the bay to protect numerous humpback whales that have been sighted.

Port Metro Vancouver’s 2014 Alaska cruise season looks to be on par with a strong 2013, features several new twists and will be the last that Ballantyne Pier is used for cruise operations as the business will be fully handled at an optimized Canada Place in 2015.

Norwegian Cruise Line said it plans to install exhaust gas scrubbers on six additional ships.

A public workshop/hearing about Alaska's draft 2014 Large Commercial Passenger Vessel Wastewater Discharge General Permit is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Centennial Hall in Juneau.

Mein Schiff 3 will be a 'dramatic addition to the German scene,' in the words of Royal Caribbean chairman and ceo Richard Fain.

Timed to Earth Day, Cruise Lines International Association outlined a variety of environmental accomplishments and ongoing efforts across the business.

The Port of Seattle kicked off a pilot project to reduce the amount of polluted runoff reaching Puget Sound. The port is hosting a two-year study for two metal boxes that will bloom into rain gardens and help reduce pollutants. The effort is in partnership with King Conservation District, Sustainable Seattle, Gealogica and Splash Boxx.

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