Fees are planned to go up at 17 US national parks in 2018, including two that are important attractions for cruise ship visitors: Alaska's Denali and Maine's Acadia.

A lot has happened in Joni Rein's first year with Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours as VP sales and marketing, USA. There's more awareness of Scenic stateside, new brand partnerships and products, and travel agents are getting additional support thanks to more sales firepower.

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.

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