Over the past few years cruise ship operators have concentrated on adding new attractions to their vessels such as roller coasters, fancy water slides, climbing walls and bowling alleys. Now, they are focusing their attention on advanced technologies to provide the improved experience their clientele have come to expect, notes Ingo Soerensen, Area Vice President, Global Cruise Sales at Oracle.

Supermodel, singer, songwriter and former first lady of France Carla Bruni named Mystic Cruises' World Explorer—the first oceangoing ship in Portuguese entrepreneur Mário Ferreira's fleet—during festivities at WestSea Viana.

Global marketing and communications firm Finn Partners has expanded its Cruise Marketing Services to include both B2C and B2B capabilities to address the growing mar-comm needs of clients in the multibillion-dollar cruise industry.

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, was inducted into Cruise Lines International Association's 2019 Hall of Fame for lifetime achievement. Avoya Travel joins as travel agency innovator and Lucinda Beldon, Dream Vacations, Stingray Travel, as elite cruise counselor.

MSC Cruises announced Christian Hein has been appointed managing director for MSC Kreuzfahrten, its Munich-based business for Germany.

 APT, the family-owned Australian company that operates river and ocean cruises, has launched One Tomorrow, a philanthropic foundation chaired by APT Travel Group director, Robert McGeary, son of Geoff McGeary.

Alessandro Carollo has been promoted to director port services Europe, Middle East, Africa and India for Royal Caribbean.

Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services is strengthening its team in Italy with the appointments of Eleonora Prata as National Manager Italy and Marinella Megaro as Port Agency Manager Italy.

The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators appointed Brede Valanes as its new marine operations agent. He is a certified master mariner with experience in the coast guard, fisheries, oil and gas industry, as well as tourism.

Carnival Cruise Line's chief fun officer Shaquille O’Neal today revealed details for the 'Choose Fun' water park aboard the new Carnival Panorama, set to debut from Long Beach, California, in December.

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