Royal Caribbean International is extending Quantum of the Seas' Singapore season through April 2021 and in doing so deepening Royal’s commitment to the region with capcity for an additional 180,000 passengers.

Seabourn opened bookings for the inaugural season of Seabourn Venture, the line’s first purpose-built expedition ship. Between July 2021 and April 2022, Seabourn Venture will visit remote destinations in the Arctic and Antarctica, as well as sailing in the Amazon, Caribbean, Central and South America and beyond.

To appreciate the importance of Perfect Day at CocoCay, consider that in 2020, more than 2m passengers will visit, or about half of the nearly 5m travelers who will sail with the Royal Caribbean brand.

Cruise Isle of Man, a division of Visit Isle of Man, is set to welcome three inaugural cruise calls in the coming seven days.

Of the 4.75m international visitors to Cuba in 2018, approximately 800,000 arrived on ships belonging to 17 cruise lines, according to Cuba's Ministry of Tourism (MINTUR), as reported by John Kavulich, president of the New York-based US-Cuba Trade and Economic Council.

Cold ironing is expected to become significantly more attractive in German ports after the federal government this week agreed to cut the EEG charge for electricity supplied to ships by 80%.

AIDA Cruises' AIDAaura made her inaugural visit to Portland Port Friday. This follows the return of sister ship AIDAvita to the port on Monday.

The Port of Kiel welcomed the maiden call of AIDA Cruises' AIDAprima at the Ostseekai Cruise Terminal on Friday and confirmed AIDA Cruises will be the first line to use shore power there starting in 2020.

Sweden’s Helsingborg expects five cruise calls this year with three from Phoenix Reisen. First up is the 1,188-passenger Artania, due June 22, then 800-passenger Albatros on Aug. 8 and Aug 15. Oceania Cruises' 684-passenger Nautica will drop anchor Aug. 1, and Fred. Olsen’s 1,360-passenger Balmoral is expected Sept 11.

Sweden’s Karlskrona will welcome the arrival of Hansa Touristik’s Ocean Majesty this month. The ship will return in 2020, part of a significant increase to eight calls including Oceania Cruises' Marina, Saga Cruises' Spirit of Discovery, Phoenix Reisen’s Amera, Sea Cloud II, Cruise & Maritime Voyages' Marco Polo, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's first ship and a Nordstjernen charter.

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