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.

Seatrade Cruise News readers around the globe are invited to enter the 2017 Seatrade Cruise Awards scheme.

Fincantieri signed a letter of intent with China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), China’s largest shipbuilding conglomerate, and with Shanghai's district of Baoshan, aimed at creating a cruise ship industrial park.

China's homegrown cruise line, SkySea, is celebrating its second anniversary during May, and ceo Ken Muskat described the brand as 'healthy and poised for future growth. It's challenged,' he added, 'like every brand here, by the amount of capacity and the competition in the market.'

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines announced the launch of its new dedicated river cruise programme featuring holidays between April and November 2018, on board 156-guest Brabant.

Close-in demand for Caribbean sailings and strong on-board revenue pushed Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings' first quarter profit above expectations, and the company raised its 2017 guidance.

Carnival Cruise Line is moving forward with a major port development on Grand Bahama Island that will offer a two-berth pier, mile-long beach, food and beverage outlets, shops and water-based amenities.

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.

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