The littlest member of the godfamily fussed at the last minute, but his parents Carlos and Alexa PenaVega helped son Ocean press the button that sent Champagne smashing on the hull of Symphony of the Seas. And so the world's largest cruise ship was officially christened at PortMiami Thursday night.

Antoine Lacarrière has left CLIA as general manager, France, Belgium and the Netherlands, to work for French theme park Le Futuroscope.

 

Supanee Bencharit, who sadly passed away this week, was a leading figure in the development of cruise tourism in Thailand and across Asia.

On a day when Portugal's Mystic Invest signed for €165m in financing from China's ICBC Leasing—which covers sale-lease deals for three expedition cruise ship newbuilds at WestSea Viana—principal Mário Ferreira told Seatrade Cruise News his company is opening a US office to promote expedition and cultural sailings under the Mystic Cruises brand.

René Kouwenberg, managing director at Passenger Terminal Amsterdam is stepping down on January 1. His successor is Dick de Graaff, currently the terminal’s commercial director.

Fried chicken sandwiches and breakfast items like chicken and egg biscuits will be served at no charge in Shaquille O'Neal's first Big Chicken outlet at sea, aboard Carnival Radiance.

American Queen Steamboat Co. said it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Victory I and Victory II from SunStone Ships, along with the Victory Cruise Lines brand. This will enable AQSC to branch out beyond the US rivers and into the Great Lakes—a longtime goal—and perhaps beyond.

LidaComm, Inc., a Fort Lauderdale-based travel marketing communications firm led by cruise industry veteran Jim Lida, has been selected by Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises to revamp descriptions for approximately 1,700 shore excursions in the Mediterranean, Africa and Middle East.

The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association's 'Caribbean is Open/Caribbean for Everyone' campaign has enticed travelers to the region, but 'horror stories' continue to pop up in the media, showing conditions that no longer exist, Carnival Corp. & plc chairman Micky Arison said Tuesday. Such reports may help destinations get aid but they 'deter the demand in a big way.'

Fast-growing MSC Cruises has much to offer the Caribbean, particularly access to a broad market of European travelers—up to 50% who return for land vacations, executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago said in his keynote address to the FCCA Conference & Trade Show in San Juan on Tuesday.

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