Business development manager David Brown is leaving Port of Newcastle after a highly successful career in developing the region as a desirable international cruise ship destination.

   

Star Cruises celebrated the inaugural sailing of SuperStar Aquarius from her new Qingdao homeport yesterday.

MSC Cruises—known for grand events—outdid itself today at STX France by ordering a fifth Meraviglia-class ship, celebrating the float-out of MSC Bellissima, holding a coin ceremony for MSC Grandiosa and cutting steel for and giving a name to its 2020 newbuild, MSC Virtuosa.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is acquiring what chairman and CEO Richard Fain called 'a crown jewel,' Silversea Cruises. RCL is taking a 66.7% stake for $1bn and assuming about $500m in debt, based on an enterprise value of approximately $2bn, and Fain said he's 'thrilled beyond words.'

Four of Seabourn's five ships, including the newest, Seabourn Ovation, will sail in Europe during 2019 when new ports join the roster.

Carnival Corp. & plc created a World Cup programming collection for OceanView, its digital streaming channel.

Disney Cruise Line's first Québec cruises, set for late September, have 'Halloween on the High Seas' themes and 25% savings on inside staterooms.

Royal Caribbean's first Quantum Ultra ship will offer the line's first private enclave for suite guests, new stateroom categories, innovative dining concepts and some never-before-seen-at-sea features.

Reservations for The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection opened today for the general public, following several weeks of priority access sales for Ritz-Carlton and Marriott Rewards loyalty members.

Pullmantur Cruises and Emirates have reached an agreement to operate 16,000 airline seats on four A380 scheduled daily flights between Spain (Madrid and Barcelona) and Dubai to link in with the line's new Middle East winter 2018/19 cruise itineraries.

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