Starting with the new MSC Meraviglia and MSC Seaside, MSC Cruises is introducing more flexible dining with new packages, more specialty restaurants and greater celebrity chef collaborations.

Travelers from airports in eight countries will be barred from bringing laptops and other large electronics into the cabin on US-bound flights starting as early as Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security announced, and the UK followed suit for some inbound UK flights from five countries.

China’s politically motivated suspension of permission for its people to cruise to Korea has cast a shadow over the expansion plans for the main Korean cruise port of Jeju, described by John Tercek, vp new business development, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., as 'the number one cruise port in Asia.'

Steph Armengol moved up to vp hotel operations for Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. He previously served as senior director of hotel operations for Regent.

Genting Hong Kong appointed long-time executive Colin Au as group president and, effective in May, Kent Zhu as president of Genting Cruise Lines.

With the steel-cutting for Virgin Voyages' first ship scheduled for Wednesday at Fincantieri's Sestri Ponente yard, everyone can watch since the company will air the event on Facebook Live.

Capt. Edward Perrin, who sailed for many years with Princess Cruises, has joined Virgin Voyages as vp marine operations.

Holland America Line's master chef and culinary consultant Rudi Sodamin, the creator of Sel de Mer aboard Koningsdam, is launching the French brasserie as a pop-up in the Pinnacle Grill on select ships. In his honor, HAL is naming it Rudi's Sel de Mer.

Princess Cruises announced that it will continue to feature Penang as a port of call for its homeporting seasons out of Singapore for 2017-2018.

Scandinavian delegates at Seatrade Cruise Global were in buoyant mood on the eve of the event, during a reception held Sunday night at Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, as the region prepares for record season on the back of a well performing 2016.


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