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.

Five Arctic tourism organizations have joined forces to develop guidelines for tourists visiting Arctic communities. In addition to general advice on how to behave, the organizations presented a template that helps communities to create their own tailored guidelines.

Tauck plans to double its small-ship cruise capacity over four years thanks, largely, to programs on newbuilds belonging to long-time partner Ponant. In other news, expedition sailings will be distinguished by BBC Earth, the company's first Cuba cruises are on tap and a new Galápagos program will use Silversea Cruises' Silver Galapagos.

Tauck has completed a 'down to the studs' refurbishment of two river vessels to create larger cabins and reduce capacity.

Mico Cascais retired from Carnival Cruise Line in January after a decades-long career there, most recently as vp tour operations. He had also chaired the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association's Shore Excursions Committee.

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