Royal Caribbean International continues to up the ante in Asia-Pacific with plans to deploy the first Quantum Ultra-class ship to the region.

Global Ports Holding (GPH), the world’s largest independent cruise port operator, announced its intention to proceed with an initial public offering of its ordinary shares and trading on the London Stock Exchange.

Princess Cruises' new China-tailored ship, Majestic Princess, will be based in Sydney over the 2018-19 austral summer. This 143,000gt vessel will become the largest Princess has ever fielded in Australian waters.

Walt Disney Co. veteran Anthony Connelly is to succeed Karl Holz as president of Disney Cruise Line and New Vacation Operations when Holz retires in February.

Five new dining concepts, open seating and larger staterooms on Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, revamped entertainment and free, unlimited Internet for all are in the works at Crystal Cruises.

The fourth Oasis-class ship, Symphony of the Seas, headlines Royal Caribbean International's eight-vessel 2018 Europe season. That's an increase from six ships in Europe during 2017 and comparable with the eight in 2016.

With demand strong, emerging markets like China and Cuba, a $50bn-plus newbuild orderbook and the 'Trump effect' boosting the stock market, the cruise business may be at its best moment ever, top leaders said Tuesday.

Political tensions over South Korea's missile-defense plans have led to Beijing reportedly urging Chinese travel agents to halt sales of trips to Korea. This raises concerns for cruise lines since most itineraries from China visit South Korean ports.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' four smaller ships will be visiting 228 destinations in 73 countries around the globe, covering 91 areas of scenic cruising, from the UK departure ports of Southampton, Dover, Liverpool, Newcastle and Edinburgh (Rosyth) during 2018/19.

Hamburg-based Blohm+Voss shipyard (B+V) with an impressive track record in cruise ship refurbishment, including the $132m re-mastering of Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 last year, is in financial difficulty with parent company Lürssen set to implement restructuring measures to try and secure its future.

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