Martinique's cruise season started on a high note Monday with the inaugural call of Carnival Splendor. Tourism Commissioner Karine Roy-Camille was on hand with hostesses to welcome the ship.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages is adding Grand Holiday from Costa Cruises under long-term bareboat charter, commencing ex-UK operations under CMV livery in spring 2015 as part of a strategy to further expand its ocean and river cruise operation.

Costa Diadema embarked on its vernissage cruise Saturday following overnight festivities in Trieste where nearly 2,000 travel agents from 15 countries got to see the new ship.

The premiere of ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ in London on December 11 is expected to reinforce New Zealand as a must-see cruise destination.

Blount Small Ship Adventures is offering a 20% discount on for ‘The Big Apple to US Capital’ and ‘DC to Boston’ itineraries and 15% off all other 2015 cruises when travelers book by Dec. 31, 2104.

With a pier to handle the largest ships, 188,000 square feet of terminal space, a 1,000-car garage, on-site car rental, RFID luggage tracking, conveyor sorting and a warehouse, Port Canaveral's $110m Cruise Terminal 1 is shaping up to be a marvel.

What's more, the port plans four new cruise terminals in the next 10 years—if the market grows as projected, ceo John Walsh told Seatrade Insider.

Holland America Line will deploy eight ships in Europe next year, the same number as in 2014, on sailings of seven to 50 days. There will be 99 departures of 62 itineraries, compared to 105 departures of 57 itineraries this year. Three new routes, four maiden calls and overnight visits at 21 cities are highlights.

Nine new Professional Port Manager program graduates and one Latin PPM program graduate will receive their certificates on Nov. 12 in a luncheon ceremony at the American Association of Port Authorities’ 103rd Annual Convention in Houston, hosted by the Port of Houston Authority. Several graduates work at ports that handle sizable cruise business.

For their last season sailing under the Seabourn banner, Seabourn Spirit and Seabourn Legend will return to the Caribbean where they entered service more than 20 years ago. The vessels have been sold to Xanterra and will operate as Star Breeze and Star Legend for Windstar Cruises, starting in the spring.

The newly minted Costa Diadema left Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard on Thursday, bound for Trieste, which will be the first port to welcome the vessel, on Friday.

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