MSC Cruises cemented its Canada presence by opening an office in Mississauga (near Toronto), Ontario, part of its commitment to North American expansion.

Silversea is joining sister brands Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises by appointing Safeen Tourism in Dubai to be their sole representative for Silversea’s sales and marketing activities across nine countries in the Middle East.

Built two years ago for the Chinese market, the 'Westernized' Norwegian Joy has just debuted at Port of Vancouver after more than a $50m transformation for North American service.

After a flat year, the French cruise market registered 3.4% growth in 2018, with 520,800 passengers, up from 503,800 in 2017.

The number of solo travellers taking cruises, across all age groups is on the increase, found independent research conducted by UK-based online travel agency Cruise 118.

Following Explorer Dream’s christening ceremony in Shanghai last week, Dream Cruises is offering savings of up to 30% on cruises departing Sydney between October 27 and February 23, 2020.

TUI UK & Ireland is launching TUI River Cruises, catering to the UK market and for adults only. Three second-hand ships are going to be acquired to operate on the Rhine, Main, Moselle and Danube rivers starting next April.

New trends for the German market emerged in 2018 with a swing toward longer cruises and a pullback from remote destinations like Asia and the Caribbean in favor of Europe, particularly the Baltic but also the Eastern Mediterranean.

Costa Venezia, designed for the Asian market, made its maiden call at Singapore over the weekend, where more than than 2,000 passengers embarked.

The number of ocean cruises taken by the UK/Irish market last year passed 2m for the first time, hitting a record 2,009,000 in 2018, up 2% from 2017. UK/Ireland is only the second European market to have reached over 2m cruisers and the fourth globally.

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