Higher operating costs for Crystal Cruises, Dream Cruises and Genting Hong Kong's new German shipyards dragged the company to a first half loss of US$203.1m, up from a loss of $54.6m in the first six months of 2016.

Construction of Royal Caribbean International's Quantum Ultra ship, Spectrum of the Seas, began Tuesday with the steel-cutting for Spectrum of the Seas at Meyer Werft.

In 2018, American Cruise Lines' new 'American Revolution Cruise' will chart the most historically significant ports along Chesapeake Bay including a trio of new stops—Washington, DC; Chestertown, Maryland; and Mount Vernon, Virginia.

Crystal River Cruises took delivery of its first newbuild, Crystal Bach, during a handover ceremony from MV Werften in Wismar, Germany.

Lindblad Expeditions has selected the shipyard to build its blue-water newbuild and is in the process of finalizing specifications, company management said Thursday. The yard was not disclosed.

Genting Hong Kong expects to post a US$200m to $220m loss in the first half, compared to a loss of US$73.7m a year ago, the company said in a profit warning to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Both periods' results exclude Travellers International Hotel Group.

The first newbuild in Lindblad Expeditions' history set off on its inaugural voyage Saturday when National Geographic Quest departed from Juneau.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. secured financing for Royal Caribbean International's fifth Oasis-class ship and Celebrity Cruises' third and fourth Edge-class ships, all under construction at STX France.

Under construction at Portugal's WestSea Viana Shipyard, the 9,300gt World Explorer will carry 200 passengers in mostly all-balcony suite accommodations, with some 'infinity' cabins.

Expanding into the ocean cruise sector, Mystic Invest's Mário Ferreira sees vast potential to build and manage small expedition ships with 'the same great quality, style and value for money' as his European river vessels.

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