Former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates is scheduled to sail aboard Queen Mary 2's Aug. 11 trans-Atlantic voyage from Southampton to New York.

April 14 update: President Obama endorses removing Cuba from list of states that sponsor terrorism.

With US and Cuban leaders meeting over the weekend for the first time in more than half a century, the cruise industry's hopes got another boost that the trade embargo may be closer to ending, allowing US lines to call.

Underscoring the importance of the cruise business to St. Kitts and Nevis, newly installed Tourism Minister Lindsay Grant was a visible presence at Cruise Shipping Miami in his first trip abroad since taking office 18 days earlier.

Tobago's tourism secretary is in Washington, DC, on a two-day fact-finding mission to explore the potential support for building dedicated berthing facilities for the growing cruise business.

Between March 2-6, six cruise ships carrying more than 11,500 passengers and 5,000 crew will visit Darwin making it the busiest cruise week on record.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller praised the US Department of Transportation's creation of a web page that he said 'for the first time will give consumers a reliable one-stop resource where they can find information on important consumer protection issues related to cruise vacations.'

After getting 'bruised' by Hurricane Gonzalo, in the widely reported phrase of Premier Michael Dunkley, Bermuda is quickly recovering and scheduled to handle its first cruise ship on Wednesday. Celebrity Infinity is to call on a repositioning voyage from Europe to the Caribbean. The ship sailed Oct. 13 from Harwich and is to arrive at Port Everglades on Oct. 27.

Carnival Magic—carrying a quarantined woman who worked at a Texas hospital lab that conducted Ebola testing—has missed Friday's scheduled call at Cozumel after Mexican authorities failed to grant clearance.

The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association's conference and trade show in St. Maarten was its largest and most successful in the event's 21-year history, the organizers said.

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.

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