Costa Group ceo Michael Thamm added responsibility for Carnival Corp. & plc's Asia operations as ceo Carnival Asia.

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic's new ship arriving in June 2018 will be called National Geographic Venture. It's the sister of this year's National Geographic Quest and both incorporate special features—from the innovative bow to the customized Mark V Zodiacs—that maximize wildlife-viewing and expedition adventures.

The record cruise ship orderbook got a further boost with Fincantieri signing a memorandum of agreement with Carnival Corp. & plc for one new ship each for Holland America Line and Princess Cruises. The order is valued at more than €1bn.

Fincantieri subsidiary Vard signed a letter of intent to design and build a 220-passenger luxury expedition ship for an unnamed international cruise company.

Meyer Werft laid the keel for World Dream, the second newbuild for Asia's Dream Cruises, during a ceremony Tuesday at Papenburg.

Scanship said it entered into a contract with a Norwegian shipyard to supply its Total Clean Ship System including advanced wastewater purification, food waste processing and garbage handling.

MV Werften started the construction of two additional Rhine-class yachts for Crystal River Cruises with a steel-cutting in Wismar Monday.

A South Korean court has approved Fincantieri as the preferred bidder to acquire STX France, the Italian shipbuilding giant confirmed Tuesday. If the deal goes through, Fincantieri would control a formidable chunk of the global cruise shipbuilding and repair market.

Eleven ocean-going cruise ships valued at a total $6.8bn are targeted for delivery in 2017, according to Seatrade's orderbook. They'll add 28,000 lower berths to global capacity.

AIDAperla, due for 2017 delivery by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries as the sister of this year's AIDAprima, will be completed and inaugurated two months ahead of schedule.

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