One year after devastating hurricanes, the Caribbean is 'back to business as usual,' cruise line leaders said Thursday.

A global search for cruising’s top '20 under 40s' came to a conclusion today as the winners of the Seatrade Cruise News competition were announced at Seatrade Cruise Med in Lisbon.

Seatrade Cruise Med—the largest cruise industry event focused on the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas—will move to Málaga, Spain, in 2020, it was announced today on the final day of the 2018 event in Lisbon.

Star Cruises' SuperStar Gemini will be sailing from several Malaysian ports, along with Phuket in Thailand, from Nov. 5 to April 28.

Dream Cruises' World Dream embarked on its first voyage from new China homeport, Shenzhen. The ship sailed from Shekou Cruise Homeport Tuesday, giving residents of the Pearl River Delta region a convenient and hassle-free travel option right at their doorstep.

As the British Virgin Islands head into their first cruise season following last year's devastating hurricanes, Mark Vanterpool, minister for communications and works, said the territory's visitor attractions are 'pretty much back' and he's hopeful numbers will recover to top half a million passengers.

Seatrade Cruise Personality of the Year went to Douglas Prothero, CEO, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, while Outstanding Contribution Award went to Fred Danska, director-cruise, at Wärtsilä, and Port Personality of the Year to Betty MacMillan, cruise development manager, Port Saint John.

Seabourn Sojourn will return to Alaska and British Columbia next summer with a lineup of 11-, 12- and 14-day voyages. Ten departures are scheduled from June to October.

Connecticut-based tour operator Tauck is launching a new 'Alaska's Inside Passage' cruise for 2019 that will be highlighted by up to six daily shore excursion choices, with all selections already built into Tauck's all-inclusive prices.

Delivering the European State of the Industry address at Seatrade Cruise Med in Lisbon, David Dingle, CLIA Europe chairman, was brief and to the point: ‘Currently the state of the cruise industry is very good indeed. The end. Thank you very much.’

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