It's been three months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, but the island is declaring its comeback for tourism as the winter season kicks off Dec. 20. Already cruise ships have been visiting for two months.

Grand Celebration will return to service Dec. 23 with several enhancements, and Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line's new ship will be named Grand Classica.

Despite the fact that land-based tourism to the Middle East Gulf region have been growing in the past five years, it is unlikely to become a year-round cruise destination in the coming decade, however there is no reason why the Middle East cruise season should not be extended into the shoulder months of October and May was the concensus at the opening session on Day 2 of the Middle East Cruise Forum, taking place in Dubai Parks and Resorts.

Nisomar, which harnesses data-analytic technology to inform its maritime services, nailed a partnership agreement with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings for the 2017/18 cruise season in Chile.

Celebrity Cruises released the balance of its 2019/20 season deployment, covering sailings in Asia, Australia and the Americas. Bookings open to the public on Thursday, with Captain's Club members getting a head-start from today.

This year, for the first time, the Dominican Republic stands to crack 1m cruise passengers, spread among several ports—Amber Cove at Puerto Plata, La Romana/Catalina Island, Samaná, Cap Cana and the nation's capital, Santo Domingo.

Mumbai, one of five Indian ports identified by the Indian government for cruise infrastructure upgrading, is leading the charge as the country aims to capture more calls and generally grow its engagement with cruising.

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has appointed ISS Cruise Solutions as cruise tourism consultant as part of its destination 2019 tourism strategy to attract 1m visitors to the emirate by the end of 2018.

Azamara Club Cruises' new wave season offer takes 50% off the fare for the second traveler in a stateroom, and bookings in Club Oceanview and higher categories also get one free, unlimited Wi-Fi package (for one device).

The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May is expected to be a boon to the UK economy that could surpass even the tourism-generating interest of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s nuptials in 2011.

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