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.
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.
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.