Caribbean cruise destinations hardest hit by hurricanes Irma and Maria last summer are aiming to fortify their storm–fighting arsenal with best practices developed from lessons learned in the powerful storms. 

Quoting Mark Twain, Harry Sommer, evp international business development, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, told a Seatrade Cruise Global panel the demise of China is somewhat exaggerated.

Chile and Panama are working together to develop and promote Pacific itineraries that support the new cruise terminal under construction at Amador near Panama City and the proposed new Valparaíso pier where cruise ships would get priority.

Fincantieri will pay €59.7m to acquire 50% of the share capital of STX France from the French state, according to a share purchase agreement signed today.

The Great Lakes region is growing 'quite dramatically' as a cruise destination this year while two major new government initiatives are embracing the business with infrastructure development plans.

Tourism ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have formally committed to further develop cruise tourism by improving the clarity of cruise policies and regulations, streamlining administration processes and refining business practices to be fairer and more responsible.

Environmental organizations and the global shipping industry, including Cruise Lines International Association, are calling for an explicit prohibition on the carriage of noncompliant marine fuels when the global 0.5% sulphur cap takes effect in 2020.

In cutting costs and adding benefits for lines and passengers, Argentina Transport Minister Guillermo Dietrich aims for the ports of Buenos Aires, Madryn and Ushuaia to reach a total of 1m cruisers next season.

Fees are planned to go up at 17 US national parks in 2018, including two that are important attractions for cruise ship visitors: Alaska's Denali and Maine's Acadia.

Carnival Australia has chartered three ships to support Papua New Guinea’s hosting of the 2018 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Port Moresby next November.

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