A global search for cruising’s top '20 under 40s' came to a conclusion today as the winners of the Seatrade Cruise News competition were announced at Seatrade Cruise Med in Lisbon.
Mark Kempa, who has served as interim chief financial officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings since March, was appointed EVP and CFO.
The Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development Council announced a commitment of $3.9m in grant funding for cruise terminal improvements and $108,075 for security at PortMiami.
The Canaveral Port Authority has been awarded a total of $1.149m in federal and state grants for port security operations and cybersecurity systems.
Disney Cruise Line will expand to a pair of big ships at PortMiami and gets first right to negotiate for a potential new cruise terminal on the south side of the port, according to a resolution approved by Miami-Dade County commissioners.
When it comes to China, Frank Del Rio thinks 'the bloom is off that rose,' however the Eastern Mediterranean's recovery could have a profoundly positive impact on the cruise business. As for Cuba, there's enough demand for five or six ships a day in Havana, if adequate infrastructure were available.
Spending on luxury cruises ballooned 14% in 2017, the highest increase among eight categories of luxury goods, including cars, fine wines and spirits, fine food, personal goods, hospitality, designer furniture and fine art.
Cruise season at the Port of Buenos Aires is scheduled to open Oct. 29 with a maiden call by AIDAaura, one of the new ships enticed by reduced costs and incentives. Costs will drop further in the 2019/20 season with a 56% cut in the passenger head tax.