Cruise Lines International Association estimates 30m people will take cruise vacations in 2019, up 6% from the expected 28.2m in 2018.

MSC Cruises is now carrying US citizens to Cuba for the first time as MSC Armonia embarked passengers at PortMiami on Monday. The seven-night sailings visit Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel before arriving in Havana on Saturday for an overnight stay.

Reinforcing its commitment to expand and diversify global sourcing and distribution, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings promoted Harry Sommer to president, international.

Relatively unknown to the cruising public in France but convinced of its growth potential there, Oceania Cruises is expanding its presence in the market.

Costa Cruises plans to name its first ship built for the Chinese market at festivities in Trieste on March 1. The 135,500gt Costa Venezia is under construction at Fincantieri's Monfalcone yard.

Delegates at the 2018 WLCL Summit aboard Majestic Princess were told there has been phenomenal growth in passenger numbers for Holland America Line since Tony Archbold, snr director sales and marketing Australia and New Zealand, opened the company’s dedicated office in Sydney in September 2011.

David Rousham, vp UK and international development, confirmed that Australia has overtaken Germany as the third largest source market for Cunard after the UK and US.

Princess Cruises will have its biggest 2020/21 season in Australia with the deployment of its second Royal-class ship, the 3,560-passenger Regal Princess.

Australasia is a 'strong and important market that we continue to invest in,’ Jan Swartz, group president of Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia and New Zealand, told travel agents at the World’s Leading Cruise Lines' 2018 Partnership Summit on board Majestic Princess.

On a day when Portugal's Mystic Invest signed for €165m in financing from China's ICBC Leasing—which covers sale-lease deals for three expedition cruise ship newbuilds at WestSea Viana—principal Mário Ferreira told Seatrade Cruise News his company is opening a US office to promote expedition and cultural sailings under the Mystic Cruises brand.

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