Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, which doubled capacity this year—but is temporarily back to one ship due to a charter—has been upping its game in areas like guest experience and digital marketing, while rolling out new partnerships.

Crystal Cruises jumped out by announcing its full 2021 deployment, which features extensive exploration of Southeast Asia, China and Japan, four sailings to/from Dublin, and the Holy Land.

The cruise industry contributed A$4.8bn to the Australian economy last financial year, according to the 2017/18 Economic Report released to the industry this evening by Cruise Lines International Association Australasia, and md Joel Katz said there is potential for much more.

AIDAaura is currently four days into her 2018/19 and first world cruise.

Ponant is looking for international sailing enthusiasts to spend seven nights aboard its new luxury expedition ship Le Lapérouse for a grandstand view of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 2019.

Qatar is expecting to welcome nearly double the number of cruise ships and triple the number of cruise passengers visiting in 2018/19 compared to last season.

Windstar Cruises' 2019 and 2020 Caribbean and Latin America sailings include new visits to ports in Mexico, Honduras, Grand Cayman, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica. In a first for the line, 2020 features a new 'Star Collector: Grand Caribbean Adventure' aboard Wind Surf, the world’s largest sailing ship.

MSC Cruises is giving members of its MSC Voyagers Club (past passengers) the first crack at booking MSC Grandiosa's maiden voyage in November 2019.

In order to avoid the path of Hurricane Michael in the Gulf of Mexico, Carnival Cruise Line revised routes for six vessels, while one of its Pacific itineraries was tweaked due to Hurricane Sergio. Norwegian Cruise Line changed one itinerary, while Royal Caribbean International is monitoring the storms but has no alterations so far.

Carnival Corp. and several of its brands—AIDA Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises—have been working on a number of community projects to support Caribbean destinations. These include rebuilding schools, youth training, emergency response, beach cleanups, literacy and more.

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