The keel-laying ceremony for Dream Cruises' 204,000gt Global-class ship took place today at MV Werften's Rostock facility.

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.

Keel-laying festivities for the 204,000gt Global-class ship are scheduled for Sept. 11 at MV Werften in Rostock, an event that will be streamed live on Dream Cruises' Facebook page and on Weibo ( in China.

Chile's Senate has approved legislation that would allow foreign-flag ships to operate cruises entirely within coastal waters, advancing a cause that industry stakeholders have championed for years.

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.

At a ceremony today in Wismar, MV Werften welcomed 105 apprentices and 12 dual-system students into the company’s fold. They will be trained at three locations in six professions.

The US Department of State reduced its Cuba travel warning from Level 3 ('reconsider travel'), put in place almost one year ago, to Level 2 ('exercise increased caution').

German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced a strong vote of confidence in expedition newbuild Crystal Endeavor, saying she would like to sail on it during today's keel-laying festivities at MV Werften in Stralsund.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is scheduled to attend the keel-laying for Crystal Endeavor—Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises’ first newbuild—on Aug. 21 at MV Werften's Stralsund yard.

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