US Coast Guard personnel in and near Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands are responding to maritime search and rescue needs following Hurricane Maria's passage and will begin port reconstitution efforts when possible.

At the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line's Grand Celebration will be heading to St. Thomas to house the National Guard and first responders.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said Dominica sustained 'widespread devastation' from Hurricane Maria, which landed as a Category 5 storm.

Liverpool's plans for a new cruise terminal go to public consultation later this week.

Cruise the Saint Lawrence continues to urge the Canadian government to conduct an in-depth analysis of the right whale situation in the Gulf so a strategy can be implemented far ahead of the 2018 cruise season.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded a $1m grant to the Port of Galveston through the 2017 Port Security Grant Program.

A 50% reduction in cruising's carbon footprint is realistic in the near future, according to Tom Strang, SVP maritime affairs, Carnival Corp. & plc. At Seatrade Europe in Hamburg Strang, who chairs CLIA Europe's Environment, Safety & Security Committee, also called for a strong cooperation within the industry to address sustainability issues.

While Brexit continues to generate uncertainty and many questions, cruise industry experts are generally optimistic that the trade to British ports and operations of UK cruise vessels to European Union ports will continue largely unchanged.

A speed cap to safeguard highly endangered North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence is just the latest whale-related protocol involving cruise ships. Stakeholders are asking if successful practices from elsewhere could help mitigate the financial impact of this restriction on St. Lawrence ports and cruise lines.

Cruise the Saint Lawrence is calling for a long-term solution to protect the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale that avoids economic impact on communities and cruise lines resulting from a recently mandated 10-knot speed cap.

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