Carnival Fascination, which was scheduled to resume cruises from San Juan this Sunday, is instead being chartered to the Federal Emergency Management Agent until mid-February.

After visits to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, Royal Caribbean senior management are 'very encouraged' by the 'speed of recovery and resources,' brand president and CEO Michael Bayley said.

Peter Collins’ reference group appointed by New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey to tackle Sydney’s cruise ship berthing crisis has recommended the Royal Australian Navy share a revamped Garden Island with cruise ship operators.

The importance of this year's Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Conference & Trade Show rises to an even higher level as the region recovers from hurricanes and earthquakes.

The US Coast Guard captain of the port has removed transit restrictions for ships calling at San Juan, Puerto Rico, and, in the US Virgin Islands, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.

The British Virgin Islands got a double-punch from hurricanes Irma and Maria but Mark Vanterpool, minister of communications and works, indicated the cruise pier and Tortola Pier Park sustained minimal damage.

The US Virgin Islands tourism commissioner has formally thanked Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Line and the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association for helping with post-hurricane evacuations and humanitarian and relief missions.

Major lines are cruising to Cuba despite the Department of State's new warning that US citizens should not travel there. They, and a US-Cuba relations expert, cited the fact there have been no incidents reported involving tourists or cruise ship passengers.

Cruise lines are anxious to resume visits to the US Virgin Islands, Gov. Kenneth Mapp told members of the business community at a meeting in St. Thomas.

Closing two months of dispute and negotiations between France and Italy, a solution has been found for the new ownership structure of major cruise shipbuilder STX France.

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