Mark Kerr has been appointed to Abercrombie & Kent’s newly created position of cruise manager New Zealand, following an increase in business in what CLIA Australasia said is one of the world’s top performing markets.

With its second ship, Grand Classica, entering service today, new on-board amenities and travel packages and a strengthened sales and marketing team, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line expects to carry 500,000 passengers a year.

President and CEO Royal Caribbean International Michael Bayley shook his head when asked if he is worried about overcapacity in China.

Hurtigruten appointed Wendy Man, a veteran of Costa Cruises and Royal Caribbean Cruises, as Asia-Pacific regional sales & marketing manager for Hong Kong, South China and Southeast Asia.

Joni Rein has left Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours, where she served as VP sales and marketing, USA, for the past 17 months.

Genting Hong Kong is evolving to capture a larger share of its booming home market, increasingly pinning hopes on its newest brand with the Global-class newbuilds going to Dream Cruises. But on Thursday, the company disclosed it is starting to design a new class of ships for Star Cruises to 'replace the current fleet in the coming years.'

Imagine provisioning cruise ships that operate in such far-flung areas as the Northwest Passage, Greenland and Antarctica, while providing an upscale and memorable experience with regional dishes and customizing the hospitality offering for brands that carry a wide range of nationalities, from Germans and Danes to Americans, Australians and Chinese.

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.

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.

Sydney-based cruise specialist Diane Patrick of Wiltrans International has produced a dedicated Australian brochure with Australian dollars for British heritage tour operator Albion Journeys.
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