This week saw the opening night of the 2014 season of spectacular sound and light shows  projected against the western façade of Rouen’s Gothic cathedral that have quickly grown into one of the key highlights on France’s tourism calendar.

New South Wales Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Andrew Stoner, announced that Sydney-based consulting company MI Associates will work with Destination NSW to produce a 10-year Cruise Development Plan.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. expanded its presence in the Asia-Pacific region by establishing an office in Hong Kong, augmenting its locations in Beijing and Shanghai, and will deploy Voyager of the Seas from Hong Kong for a series of cruises in summer 2015.

Although none of the mainstream cruise lines are operating during the World Cup in Brazil the chartering of the 4,100-passenger MSC Divina by Mexican tour company Mundomex appears to have been a winning result.

John Tercek, vp, commercial development, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd kicked off Taiwan's inaugural Asia Cruise Forum 2014 with an overview of the Asia cruise market.

Holland America Line will return to Bermuda with a limited number of seven-day cruises from Boston aboard Veendam in 2015. The ship had sailed to Bermuda from New York for a three-season stretch that ended after 2012 when the line said it had other global deployment considerations.

In his welcome address at Taiwan's inaugural Asia Cruise Forum, taking place in Kaohsiung Tai Hsin Lee, gm of host Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Ltd, set the tone by focusing on  ‘ripple-effect development’ and strategic alliances being a crucial part of business opportunities in the cruise industry.

British Columbia's Nanaimo Port Authority and SRY Rail Link teamed on a feasibility study to create a Vancouver Island rail excursion service which could commence in summer 2015.

After a record 2013 cruise season, Stockholm is anticipating continued success this summer; with an estimated 274 cruise ships heading to the city, carrying a total of around 470,000 passengers.

Hamburg is preparing to welcome Norwegian Escape in October 2015. Norwegian Cruise Line's 4,200 passenger newbuild, currently under construction at Meyer Werft, will make its public debut in the city on October 23, becoming the largest cruise ship to call in Hamburg.

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