The recent Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise took an outpouring of goodwill, fundraising support and free music to San Juan, Tortola and Grand Turk.

Beginning this summer, Princess Cruises will provide a new immersive cultural experience on Caribbean sailings with regional cuisine, signature cocktails, theme parties and presentations from local experts like shark- and treasure-hunters.

During 2019, a Costa Cruises ship will homeport at Genoa for the first time in nearly 15 years, while the new flagship Costa Smeralda will operate an itinerary that includes the fellow Ligurian ports Savona and La Spezia.

The ex-Brazilian market is expected to finish more than 15% up on last year after seven consecutive seasons of passenger decline, and indications are that the 2018/19 season will continue on an upward trajectory.

Capital Cruising, running six cruise terminals across the UK, including in Edinburgh and London, has appointed Chris Alexander to the management team.

Carnival Corp. & plc painted a very strong demand picture for 2018 cruises across all regions but noted bookings for the Eastern Caribbean are slightly behind, citing 'a bit of a hurricane hangover.'

Variety Cruises is deploying 25 cabin mega yacht Harmony V at the Eastern end of the Mediterranean this winter, offering two alternative itineraries taking in highlights of Egypt and Jordan, running from December 2018 to March 2019.

 

Carnival Corp. & plc chalked up positive yields in China during the first quarter despite a 20% industry capacity increase and the fact that Korean ports are still off-limits to cruises from China, which wasn't the case a year ago.

The Isle of Man's Tynwald Parliament has approved plans to spend around £80m to develop the island’s key ports including support for the £11m development of a 240mtr long deep water berth allowing cruise ships to dock at Victoria Pier, Douglas.

In exciting news for the US West Coast, reservations opened for the new Carnival Panorama, which begins its year-round Mexican Riviera schedule from Long Beach, California, in December 2019.

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