Seventeen executives from 14 cruise lines are converging on Dubai this week for the annual Seatrade Middle East Cruise Forum taking place at Lapita, located within Dubai Parks and Resorts, Dubai, Dec. 12-13.

Leaders of US-based cruise companies that currently have agreements to sail to Cuba are in Havana for meetings hosted by the Cuban government, Cruise Lines International Association and the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association.

A Senate proposal to tax a portion of cruise revenues would generate approximately $70m a year for US coffers, according to the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation.

Despite the recent US government policy change and a travel warning for Cuba, the destination 'remains the star of the show' for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Frank Del Rio said Thursday.

Cruises are not affected under the Trump administration's new Cuba travel restrictions, issued today, according to multiple sources.

With China and South Korea officially ending their months-long diplomatic dispute this week, cruise lines are hopeful China-based ships will be able to reinstate Korean ports. However, the three major cruise companies indicated it's too early to speculate when this may happen.

China’s Belt and Road Initiative, its benefits and the influence it could bring to Asia and overall global cruise travel market dynamics, was a discussion point at Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific 2017.

The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of US Coast Guard members and their families, will hold its Seventh District tribute Nov. 16 in Fort Lauderdale.

In a note to investors Wells Fargo Securities said multiple media are reporting China and South Korea have agreed to quickly move beyond a nearly year-long dispute that since April prompted the Chinese government to boycott South Korean goods and services including suspending package tours that visit Korea, including cruises.

The Greek government has ordered the raising of the sunken cruise ship Sea Diamond that foundered just off the popular holiday island of Santorini 10 years ago, leaving two French passengers missing and presumed dead.

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