Genting Cruise Lines—comprising Star Cruises, Dream Cruises and Crystal Cruises—signed a new memorandum of understanding with Indonesia’s state-owned terminal operator, PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (PERSERO), as part of an ongoing commitment to develop the country's cruise industry.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, which doubled capacity this year—but is temporarily back to one ship due to a charter—has been upping its game in areas like guest experience and digital marketing, while rolling out new partnerships.

Following a restructuring that made Costa Cruises' national sales and marketing group in Germany independent from AIDA Cruises, a road show is planned through 10 cities.

From 2013-2016, the Chinese cruise market was booming, enjoying 70% growth every year. But this growth slowed in 2017, and the market was even predicted to decline in 2018. One of the greatest impacts was the 2017 ban on Chinese travel to South Korea, one of the most popular destinations. Earlier this year, Royal Caribbean and Ctrip ended their SkySea Cruise Line joint venture, and Norwegian Cruise Line decided to move its built-for-China ship, Norwegian Joy, to Alaska in spring 2019.

The appointment of Stewart Williams as regional manager Asia Pacific is ‘a core component’ in the company’s plans to expand throughout the region,’ Chris Theophilides, ceo of Celestyal Cruises, said.

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

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.’

Cruising in Australia has gone from zero to hero in 10 years, keynote speaker Sture Myrmell told delegates at ACA 2018 in Broome.

As top travel retailers and international media got a first peek at Celebrity Edge today at Chantiers de l'Atlantique, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo announced sister ship Celebrity Apex will debut in Southampton in spring 2020.

Under the slogan of 'Fluß meets Meer' (German for 'River meets the sea'), A-ROSA Flussschiff and Celebrity Cruises have teamed up for a new road show campaign targeting Germans. In other news, Portugal's Douro River is joining A'Rosa's destinations.

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