German North Sea port of Bremerhaven welcomed Cruise Europe members, cruise lines and media to the port association’s 2017 annual conference today at the Columbus Cruise Center.

David Vaeafe, executive director of the American Samoa Visitors Bureau, said the South Pacific Tourism Organization’s memorandum of understanding with the South Pacific Cruise Alliance will open up opportunities for existing and new cruise destinations in the region.

The Sinfonietta Orchestra of Rome and renowned Norwegian violinist Charlie Siem entertained VIP guests including Prince Albert of Monaco during the intimate naming festivities for Silver Muse at Port Hercule Wednesday.

Hot on the heels of the announcement that Lisbon is the next venue Seatrade Cruise Med 2018, comes the announcement Malaga will host the event in 2020.

Just hours after taking delivery of Silver Muse from Fincantieri's Sestri Ponente, Silversea on Monday embarked top travel agent partners and media for a shakedown cruise from Genoa. Each found a hard hat in their stateroom.

Richard Vogel, president & ceo, Pullmantur; Larry Pimentel, president & ceo, Azamara Cruises; Kerry Anastassiadis, ceo, Celestyal Cruises & chairman, CLIA Europe; Michel Nestour, vp, global port and destination development - EuroMed, Carnival Corp; Claudius Docekal, vp, deployment, Crystal Cruises; Elisabetta de Nardo, global head of port operations & destination management, Silversea Cruises and Craig Milan, vp operations, Virgin Voyages are among cruise line executives confirmed to attendt the 4th Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum, which will once again place the East Mediterranean on centre stage.

Group president Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia Jan Swartz and Azamara Club Cruises president and ceo Larry Pimentel will be keynote speakers at CLIA Australasia’s fourth Cruise360 in Sydney August 25-26.

Seatrade announced that Portugal’s capital city, Lisbon, will be the 2018 venue for the largest cruise industry event focusing on the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas – Seatrade Cruise Med 2018.

Major structural changes are not required when designing cruise ships for Asians but there are some key cultural differences that need to be addressed.

Similar to the river cruise business several years ago, the expedition cruise sector is on the cusp of a building boom that will fuel tremendous growth, according to Capt. Ben Lyons, ceo, Expedition Voyage Consultants.

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