Cruise ships flock to Belize but, until now, all have anchored off Belize City where a long tender ride to a cramped landing area is less than ideal. Cruise lines say passengers who buy excursions into the countryside or to the world's second largest reef system rate Belize highly. The rest, not so.

Valletta Cruise Port welcomed Norwegian Star's maiden call on Friday. The ship was greeted by the lively tunes of a Maltese village band, courtesy of Valletta Cruise Port plc.

The southern Texas port of Corpus Christi has had big cruise aspirations going back more than a dozen years. Those may be getting some momentum following a state committee hearing Thursday.

A cruise port at the Pacific side of the Panama Canal has been discussed for years, with various locations considered. Now the Panama Maritime Authority has honed in on Perico Island, one of the islands off Amador Causeway near Panama City. The cost to build the facility is an estimated $30m.

Helen Delich Bentley, champion of the US maritime industry and the first living person to have a US port renamed in her honor, died Saturday in Timonium, Maryland. She was 92.

Celestyal Cruises has been forced to rejig its three- and four-day cruise programme out of Piraeus and Laviron to the Greek Islands and Turkey in the wake of the failed coup by Turkish army officers.

A unanimously approved US Senate resolution proclaims October 'Cruise Travel Professional Month' and acknowledges the 'creativity and professionalism of the men and women of the cruise travel professional community.'

US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson appointed Cruise Lines International Association's Kim Hall, director of technical and regulatory affairs - operational and security, to the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee.

The House Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade and Security (PORTS) Caucus sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson urging him to allocate more resources to address Customs and Border Protection staffing shortages at US seaports.

Port Everglades became the first seaport to partner with the US Environmental Protection Agency on an air emissions study aimed at developing new pollution reduction strategies.

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