When the 1,041-foot Celebrity Equinox arrives in New Orleans for the finale of Mardi Gras, it will become the longest cruise ship to visit the port.

While environmental matters will be part of numerous sessions, including the State of the Global Cruise Industry panel, two Seatrade Cruise Global panels focus in depth on this key subject.

Argentina's Transport Minister Guillermo Dietrich and other port and government officials met with representatives of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators in Ushuaia to foster Antarctica cruises from the southern port.

Nominations are open for Cruise Lines International Association’s annual Hall of Fame Cruise Industry Awards, which recognize individuals and organizations making a significant contribution to the cruise industry.

With enormous dignity, Diane Patrick accepted a special award for her late husband James at the CLIA Australasia annual awards dinner in Sydney on Saturday night.

Concerns about public health issues like norovirus, whether justified or not, can have a substantial impact on cruise passengers' and prospective passengers' perceptions.

A powerful lineup of experts and operators with newbuilds in the pipeline characterize the 'Expedition/Adventure Cruising & the Polar Code' conference session at Seatrade Cruise Global.

With Seatrade Cruise Global around the corner, calendars are already filling with workshops, events and meetings. One of the week's biggest gatherings, giving attendees the chance to dine with a high-level cruise executive, even a president or ceo, is the 23rd annual FCCA Gala Dinner on March 15.

The newly delivered Viking Sky is scheduled to sail its maiden voyage from Civitavecchia (Rome) on Feb. 25 and will be named June 22 under the Midnight Sun in Tromsø, Norway, as hinted by Viking Cruises chairman Torstein Hagen a few months back.

The leaders of Carnival Corp. & plc, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and MSC Cruises will debate the state of the global cruise industry at Seatrade Cruise Global's premier panel.

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