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.

China’s politically motivated suspension of permission for its people to cruise to Korea has cast a shadow over the expansion plans for the main Korean cruise port of Jeju, described by John Tercek, vp new business development, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., as 'the number one cruise port in Asia.'

With the steel-cutting for Virgin Voyages' first ship scheduled for Wednesday at Fincantieri's Sestri Ponente yard, everyone can watch since the company will air the event on Facebook Live.

'Every cruise line is still lagging behind when it comes to providing the connectivity that people expect,' said O3b Networks vp mobility market segment management Greg Martin at the 'Cruise Connectivity' session at Seatrade Cruise Global.

The opening of Cuba to cruise tourism from the US is not just set to grow business for the Caribbean but, according to Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association president Michele Paige, it also could boost the all-important first-time cruiser market.

The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association's 23rd annual Gala drew 400 attendees and more than 50 cruise line executives, including presidents and chief executives, for networking and to benefit the FCCA Foundation.

This year's Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific will take place in the Baoshan district of Shanghai, China between November 1-3, 2017.

With demand strong, emerging markets like China and Cuba, a $50bn-plus newbuild orderbook and the 'Trump effect' boosting the stock market, the cruise business may be at its best moment ever, top leaders said Tuesday.

Seatrade Cruise Global, the world's largest cruise industry gathering, kicks off Monday in Fort Lauderdale.

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