Trinidad and Tobago's new tourism minister, Shamfa Cudjoe, attended the recent Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association conference in Mérida, Mexico, where she met with cruise line leaders.

National Geographic Expeditions and Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours teamed to launch a new line of National Geographic River Cruises. They'll combine Scenic’s all-inclusive luxury river cruise experience with National Geographic's 129-year legacy of science, conservation and exploration.

Major lines are cruising to Cuba despite the Department of State's new warning that US citizens should not travel there. They, and a US-Cuba relations expert, cited the fact there have been no incidents reported involving tourists or cruise ship passengers.

Cuba took a pounding from Hurricane Irma, with severe flooding in parts of Havana and some towns wrecked along the north central coast.

Polar expedition ship Sea Adventurer has been extensively upgraded at Ulstein Verft and renamed Ocean Adventurer. All main equipment and engines were replaced, and the accommodation capacity was increased.

One of Australia’s oldest tour companies, Beyond Travel, has launched a new brand, Cruise Croatia.

Packaging more authentic tours and emphasizing the 'Pure Grenada' brand in all activities, especially culinary offerings, were among the insights Grenada gained from a Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association delegation's visit this month.

Steven Spivak, the Connecticut-based vp global sales for Tauck who is visting Sydney this week, said Australia has replaced the UK as No. 2 source market for the company after the United States.

April and May have been busy months for Emerald Waterways, which took delivery of three Star-Ships—Destiny, Liberté and Radiance—bringing its fleet to seven vessels.

Members of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators have agreed to develop a science-based conservation plan for the Antarctic Peninsula in collaboration with the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) to support decision-making for tourism management.

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