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 (weibo.com/dreamcruises) 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.

The federal government has put paid to years of speculation and intense lobbying for cruise ships to share Garden Island in Sydney Harbour with the Royal Australian Navy.

Dream Cruises' Genting Dream made its inugural visit to Bintan Island, Indonesia, as part of the ship's year-round itineraries from Singapore across the ASEAN region.

KfW IPEX-Bank is providing approximately €786m to Carnival Corp. & plc for the construction of P&O Cruises' newbuild at Meyer Werft, due for May 2022 delivery. 

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