First design and operational details of Liverpool’s ambitious plan for a purpose-built turnaround facility with capacity for 3,600 passengers have been revealed to Seatrade Cruise News. Documents show the challenge and complexity of building the UK’s newest cruise terminal.

Azamara Club Cruises' new ship, Azamara Pursuit, will return to the Mediterranean in 2019. (This follows its entry to service in the Mediterranean in August 2018 and then South America deployment from late 2018 to early 2019.)

MSC Fantasia made its maiden call at Port of Spain, Trinidad, on Wednesday. The ship is also visiting Scarborough, Tobago.

Carnival Cruise Line will position a newer, larger ship in Charleston when the 102,853gt, 3,002-berth Carnival Sunshine kicks off a year-round schedule of four- and five-day cruises in May 2019.

CruiseBritain, the membership association which brings together the ports and service sector of the UK cruise industry, will welcome James Stangroom as the new chair, an expanded steering group and new cruise line representative on January 1, 2018.

No surprise: Celebrity Edge will return to the Caribbean for a second season in 2019/20, following the ship's debut in the Caribbean next December and its recently announced inaugural Mediterranean stint in 2019.

Ushuaia, a key port for Southern Cone and Antarctica cruises, has implemented free Wi-Fi.

2019 marks 50 years in Alaska for Princess Cruises, and the line plans its biggest deployment there ever. Royal Princess will sail its first season in Alaska, marketing the largest ship Princess has deployed on the itinerary.

MSC Meraviglia, which entered service in June in the Mediterranean, will kick off its inaugural season in North America with three cruises from New York.

An Alaska Republican came to the aid of the cruise industry with a last-minute carve-out in the huge US tax bill the Senate pushed through overnight.

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