National Geographic Endurance, the first polar newbuild in the history of Lindblad Expeditions, arrived in Ulsteinvik, Norway, Tuesday after traveling nearly six days from Gydnia, Poland, where the hull was constructed.

ABB won a contract to supply its power and propulsion technology for Seabourn’s two expedition cruise ship newbuilds.

As befits Silversea’s first destination-specific newbuild, the 100-passenger, all-suite Silver Origin will feature the culture, cuisine, history and design elements from Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands.

Miami-based SunStone Ships signed to build a sixth Infinity-class expedition vessel in China and said it already has a long-term charter agreement in place. Delivery is set for September 2021.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. entered into an agreement with Chantiers de l'Atlantique for a fifth Edge-class ship for delivery in fall 2024.

Meyer Werft delivered the first Quantum-Ultra ship, Spectrum of the Seas, to Royal Caribbean International in Bremerhaven. This vessel is customized for the China market.

Viking Cruises and China Merchants Shekou, representing China Merchants Group, signed a memorandum of understanding to form a joint venture focused on building a cruise line with worldwide offerings for the Chinese market.

Le Bougainville, the third ship in Ponant's Explorers series, was handed over by Fincantieri's Vard April 5, on schedule, and left Søvik, Norway, this morning.

A strategic investment partner is taking a minority stake in Portugal's Mystic Cruises, enabling Mário Ferreira's privately held company to grow faster and have a bigger, stronger presence in the US market, Seatrade Cruise News can exclusively report.

Supermodel, singer, songwriter and former first lady of France Carla Bruni named Mystic Cruises' World Explorer—the first oceangoing ship in Portuguese entrepreneur Mário Ferreira's fleet—during festivities at WestSea Viana.

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