Construction of Royal Caribbean International's Quantum Ultra ship, Spectrum of the Seas, began Tuesday with the steel-cutting for Spectrum of the Seas at Meyer Werft.

A robust consumer environment and successful revenue initiatives pushed Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings' second quarter profit above expectations, and the company raised its full-year guidance.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. surpassed Wall Street's expectations and its own second quarter forecast, turning in earnings per share of $1.71, more than 60% higher than a year ago. The company also raised the midpoint of its full-year guidance by 30 cents.

Fincantieri chalked up a stronger first half profit on slightly higher revenues as talks continue with the French government about the terms for taking a majority stake in STX France.

SkySea Golden Era will sail from a record five seasonal homeports in 2018 including, a first for the line, from Taiwan, and to new destinations such as Vietnam. Plus, cruises will add overnight calls, late-night stays and new evening excursions.

The consortium Cruceros del Pacifico, formed by Belgium’s Jan de Nul and Beijing-based China Harbour Engineering Co. (CHEC), was awarded a $165.7m contract by Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) to design, develop and build the Amador Cruise Terminal at the Panama Canal Pacific entrance.

GE Power and Fincantieri agreed to co-develop an emission control solution to reduce air pollution from cruise ships. The Shipboard Pollutant Removal System will be compliant with MARPOL’s more stringent limits taking effect by 2020. 

Norwegian Joy's lavish naming ceremony in Shanghai today featured an over-the-top performance by the ship’s godfather, the singer, songwriter, music producer, actor and film director Wang Leehom.

Ports in the Canada/New England region have committed a whopping $656m to handle bigger ships, improve the welcome, stay relevant and stretch the season beyond the fall foliage period.

Aiming high, Canada/New England by 2026 wants to be a premier, year-round cruise destination that welcomes dozens of international lines, hundreds of ship calls and more than 1m cruisers annually.

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