Crystal AirCruises’ Crystal Skye—touted as the most luxurious privately-owned Boeing 777-200LR—carried the players, coaches and members of the Uruguay National Football Association to Russia for the World Cup.

Adam Armstrong, the former md of RCL Cruises Australia and New Zealand who takes up his new role as Silversea Cruises’ md Australia and New Zealand on August 13, will be a panellist at the New Zealand Cruise Association’s annual conference in Blenheim August 23-24.

Ellen Asmodeo-Giglio, EVP, chief revenue officer of AFAR Media, and Lucy Huxley, editor-in-chief of Travel Weekly UK, will serve as the godmothers of Azamara Pursuit for its Aug. 28 naming in Southampton.

AIDA Cruises for the first time is supporting the annual Kieler Woche sailing festival as a main event sponsor.

Viking Ocean Cruises' fifth ship, Viking Orion, was named by retired NASA astronaut Anna Fisher in festivities Thursday night in Livorno, Italy.

MSC Cruises—known for grand events—outdid itself today at STX France by ordering a fifth Meraviglia-class ship, celebrating the float-out of MSC Bellissima, holding a coin ceremony for MSC Grandiosa and cutting steel for and giving a name to its 2020 newbuild, MSC Virtuosa.

Media mogul, producer, actress and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey will serve as the godmother of Holland America Line's Nieuw Statendam in 2019, at a date to be announced.

Carnival Corp. & plc created a World Cup programming collection for OceanView, its digital streaming channel.

Some 200 Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Platinum Members and their associates along with 20 high-level executives from FCCA member lines met in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, this week for the annual FCCA PAMAC Conference.

Seatrade has announced the first confirmed speakers for Seatrade Cruise Med, Sept. 19-20 in Lisbon, and conference topics including the state of the industry, meeting future demand, best practices to mitigate cruising's carbon footprint and uncovering hidden gems (opportunities in new destinations).

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