June 25 marks the International Maritime Organization's annual Day of the Seafarer, recognizing the contribution made by seafarers from all over the world to international seaborne trade, the world economy and civil society as a whole.

The Kieler Woche sailing regatta, the biggest maritime folk festival and sail sport event in northern Europe, is taking place this week in Kiel, Germany.

Ports in the Canada/New England region have committed a whopping $656m to handle bigger ships, improve the welcome, stay relevant and stretch the season beyond the fall foliage period.

From blueberry pies to balloons, costumed dancers to drummers, and even stevedores in bilingual welcome vests, ports along the Saint Lawrence River pull out all the stops for cruise visits. It's part of the region's 'Best Bienvenue' initiative.

Bruce Krumrine, vp shore excursions for Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and Seabourn, is the keynote speaker for Cruise New Zealand 2017 to be held in the Auckland Museum on August 29.

Aiming high, Canada/New England by 2026 wants to be a premier, year-round cruise destination that welcomes dozens of international lines, hundreds of ship calls and more than 1m cruisers annually.

The 50th MedCruise General Assembly is taking place this week in Gibraltar with around 120 representatives from MedCruise port and associate members, cruise line executives and media meeting to discuss latest developments in the cruise sector, as well as the implications and prospects of cruising in the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas.

Modernized to the tune of a whopping $78m, Montréal's cruise terminal at Alexandra Pier is being praised for its flexible design, extra features like a left luggage room and as a gateway to the city and region.

Paula Bennett, deputy prime minister and minister for tourism, will officially open Cruise New Zealand 2017 at the Auckland Museum on August 29.

Seatrade Cruise News readers around the globe are invited to enter the 2017 Seatrade Cruise Awards scheme.

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