Finalists for the 2018 Seatrade Cruise Awards have been announced and are listed below in alphabetical order. Principal sponsor of the 12th Cruise Awards scheme is once again Oracle Hospitality.

Carnival Cruise Line reached an agreement in principle with the Canaveral Port Authority on a new terminal able to accommodate its 180,000gt newbuild, the largest ever constructed for the line.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is eliminating single-use plastic straws across its fleet of 26 ships and two island destinations, Great Stirrup Cay and Harvest Caye.

Amid public outcry over the shooting of a polar bear in Svalbard after it attacked a Hapag-Lloyd Cruises bear guard, the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators said 'the expedition cruise industry takes polar bear safety extremely seriously.'

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has completed a comprehensive single-use plastics elimination program fleetwide. Lindblad’s ships are now 100% free of all single-use plastic bottles, cups, straws and stirrers.

During lively festivities at Fincantieri's Sestri Ponente shipyard, Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Voyages president and CEO Tom McAlpin announced the first ship's name and said the company will eliminate single-use plastics and mentor women in shipboard roles.

Seatrade Cruise Awards 2018 will be presented at Seatrade Cruise Med in Lisbon in September. Principal sponsor for the 12th annual awards is once again Oracle Hospitality.


This summer, the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators is working with companies in the field to identify how the expedition cruise industry can drastically reduce the use of disposable plastics on ships. AECO will also continue to engage thousands of cruise passengers in beach cleanups in the Arctic.

Carnival Maritime, the Hamburg-based marine service unit for Costa Group—AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises and Costa Asia—appointed Hermann J. Klein as managing director. He starts Sept. 1.

Hurtigruten today marked 125 years since founder Richard With brought the steamer Vesteraalen into service along the coast of Norway, establishing a regular sea link for locals and tourists.

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