This month marks a half century in the travel business for Rick Sasso, 46 years of that in cruising.

A Senate proposal to tax a portion of cruise revenues would generate approximately $70m a year for US coffers, according to the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation.

In the past, unusual events—be they weather-related or geopolitical—caused people to freeze. Cruise bookings suffered as everyone waited out a return to normalcy.

Lindblad Expeditions Holdings reached an agreement with Ulstein Group to build a 12,300gt expedition vessel for delivery in first quarter 2020 at a price of 1.066bn Norwegian kroner, or $134.6m including hedging costs. The order comes with an option for two additional ships, all to be built in Ulsteinvik, Norway.

Rich Pruitt, a highly respected cruise industry professional who previously spent 13 years with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., was named VP environmental operations at Carnival Cruise Line.

There were encouraging words about post-hurricane resilience at the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association's annual conference. But as one audience member asked: How can destinations rebuild better than before if they don't have money?

Queenland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced construction will commence on the A$158m Brisbane International Cruise Terminal at Luggage Point on the north side of the Brisbane River.

A message of solidarity, recovery and resilience rang through at Tuesday's opening session of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association's annual conference. Mérida, Mexico, is hosting the event this week.

Celebrity Edge's inaugural summer season will be in the Mediterranean in 2019.

Carnival Corp. now plans a phased implementation of Ocean Medallion cruising aboard Regal Princess in lieu of the ship-wide launch that was targeted for Nov. 13.

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