When Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship, Symphony of the Seas, debuts in April the vessel will be the world’s largest cruise ship.

Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy, who is visiting Sydney from Miami this week, announced the 3,900-passenger Carnival Splendor will be permanently based in Sydney from December 2019.

Thirty-six-year veteran of Carnival Cruise Line Adolfo Perez was promoted to SVP sales and trade marketing. He reports to Ken Tate, who also was promoted, to EVP and chief commercial officer.

The 2018 wave season is 'off to a very good start,' following last year's 'incredibly strong' wave period, Royal Caribbean management said Wednesday, and despite some investor concerns the company is 'feeling good about the Caribbean.'

Many of Norwegian Cruise Line's largest and newest ships will be sailing from new homeports starting in late 2019.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings' top management will ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday to celebrate the five-year anniversary of the company's initial public offering and its recent NYSE listing.

Sixteen ocean-going cruise ships valued at a total $8.4bn are due to arrive in 2018, according to Seatrade's orderbook.

With 16 new ocean-going ships set to join the global cruise fleet in 2018, investors are focused on the impact of capacity increases.

It's been three months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, but the island is declaring its comeback for tourism as the winter season kicks off Dec. 20. Already cruise ships have been visiting for two months.

A high-ranking US Coast Guard veteran and an accomplished marketing professional have joined Cruise Lines International Association in SVP roles.

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