Cruise ships are 'very important' to the recovery of Cabo San Lucas following Hurricane Odile, Mexico Undersecretary of Tourism Carlos Joaquín González said Tuesday. He noted Cabo draws about half a million cruisers annually.

Carnival UK's David Dingle told how his new chairman's role allows him to give more time to key areas from government to newbuilds, urged port groups and cruise associations to work closely, and discussed European market recovery and opportunities for Cunard in Asia.

Starting Oct. 1, Cambodia's fee for a tourist visa (Type T), is going up to US$30, plus a US$7 processing fee for a total of US$37.

The three-year LYNCEUS project, which ends in early 2015, is demonstrating how low-power wireless technologies can help localise and track people on board ships, providing essential information in cases of evacuation, and improve overboard search and rescue, the European Union said in a release about efforts to improve the safety of large passenger ships.

All jobs are going to be retained in Germany and Finland after the acquisition of a 70% stake in STX Finland's Turku shipyard by Meyer Werft, and contracts with suppliers will be honored. Moreover, an agreement is being prepared to ensure Meyer’s continued presence in Papenburg long-term.

One of the nation's busiest cruise ports welcomed US Customs and Border Protection's decision to allow approved entities to reimburse the agency for expanded services to improve processing and inspection times. Port Everglades, along with the Port of Houston Authority and a number of airports and cargo terminal operators, were included in the initial selections for 16 new reimbursable services agreements.

Paul 'Chip' Jaenichen was confirmed as maritime administrator of the US Maritime Administration after serving as acting administrator since David Matsuda resigned in 2013.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller rescheduled the Senate Commerce Committee hearing on his Cruise Passenger Protection Act to July 23.

There will be a significant loss of cruise traffic and economic impact in future years if Tampa does nothing to address the 180-foot air draft limitation imposed by the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, a new state study confirmed. Building a port seaward of the bridge, which could cost up to $647m, or building a new bridge and demolishing the current one at about $2bn, are potential alternatives.

Costa Crociere ceo Michael Thamm and Debora Serracchiani, president of the Autonomous Region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, signed a memorandum of understanding for the development of cruising in Trieste.

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