China Merchants Heavy Industries (Jiangsu), the cruise shipbuilding arm of China Merchants Group, is co-operating with China’s communication industry players Ericsson and China Mobile (Nantong) Branch to apply a 5G network in the shipbuilding base of China Merchants at Haimen, Jiangsu.

DeCurtis Corp., a provider of software solutions to hospitality/travel clients including cruise lines, received a significant, majority, strategic growth investment from Shamrock Capital, a Los Angeles-based investment firm. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Princess Cruises plans to expand its MedallionClass Vacations to six additional ships in 2020 — Ruby Princess (Jan. 27), Grand Princess (March 29), Enchanted Princess (June 15), Emerald Princess (Aug. 16), Coral Princess (Oct. 16) and Island Princess (Dec. 20).

The biggest European shipbuilders formed Code Kilo, a new cooperative initiative to develop and demonstrate a connected vessel platform.

An independent study report commissioned by SEA\LNG and the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel has revealed that greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions of up to 21% are achievable now from LNG as a marine fuel, compared with current oil-based marine fuels over the entire life cycle from well to wake.

Technology is transforming guest services on board cruise ships, while the power of social media is helping lines monitor and improve guest satisfaction.

Royal Caribbean is working with IDEMIA to speed its debarkation process using IDEMIA's MFace high-speed, 3-D face capture technology. Successful trials have gone underway at Cape Liberty, New Jersey, and PortMiami, where it will go into production.

Helsinki-based NAPA, provider of maritime software, services and data analysis, announced a comprehensive service and product agreement extension with Carnival Corp. & plc.

Over the past few years cruise ship operators have concentrated on adding new attractions to their vessels such as roller coasters, fancy water slides, climbing walls and bowling alleys. Now, they are focusing their attention on advanced technologies to provide the improved experience their clientele have come to expect, notes Ingo Soerensen, Area Vice President, Global Cruise Sales at Oracle.

Seatrade Cruise Global will feature 200 new exhibitors at this year’s record-breaking event. Marking its 35th year, the show will return to Miami at the newly renovated Miami Beach Convention Center, April 8-11.

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