MSC Poesia departed Salvador, Brazil, Thursday at the end of the southern hemisphere summer season when the country posted a 15% passenger spike.

Small ship cruise specialist Cruise Traveller, which was co-founded in Queensland 15 years ago by md Craig Bowen, has taken over representation in Australia of American Queen Steamboat Co. and Victory Cruise Lines.

Conrad Combrink, Silversea’s svp expeditions and destination experiences, told Seatrade Cruise News that Australia is back as No. 2 global market for the company’s expedition voyages, after the United States.

About a third of passengers on Silver Muse’s second season in Australasia will be domestic, with the remainder coming from Silversea’s core international markets of the US, Canada and the UK, according to md Asia Pacific Adam Armstrong.

Jalesh Cruises, a start-up catering to the Indian domestic as well as international source markets, took delivery of its first ship, Karnika, the former Pacific Jewel from P&O Australia, on Tuesday in Singapore.

The shops on newly introduced Costa Venezia feature prestigious designer brands, many carried for the first time at sea, and the largest beauty space ever offered on a cruise ship. Starboard Cruise Services curated this Italian-style shopping experience for longtime partner Costa Cruises' first newbuild for China.

Xu Juehui, general manager of Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal Development Co., Ltd, is calling for legislation at the National People's Congress and the Chinese Political Consultative Conference to protect the rights of cruise passengers.

The number of Germans taking river cruises grew at a higher rate than that of those choosing ocean cruises during 2018.

The number of Germans taking an ocean cruise totaled 2.26m in 2018, up from 2.19m in 2017, according to CLIA Germany.


At a lunch on board Insignia in Sydney Monday Steve Odell, snr vp and md Asia Pacific of Norwegian Cruse Line Holdings Ltd, confirmed that Australia is the second most important cruise market in the world for Oceania Cruises.

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