In 2017, Crystal Cruises juggled growth, new technology and processes and new experiences, creating challenges for the brand and its travel partners. There was a big executive turnover, too.

Acclaimed singer and actor Rachel York is the godmother of Crystal River Cruises' newest vessel, Crystal Debussy. She will preside over the May 28 christening ceremony at the Port of Amsterdam.

The fifth luxury vessel for Crystal River Cruises and the fourth built by MV Werften was handed over to the company today in Wismar, Germany. Crystal president and CEO Tom Wolber took the 'keys' to Crystal Ravel ahead of its maiden voyage next month.

Tauck riverboats Treasures and Esprit resumed sailing from Amsterdam following a massive reconfiguration of their interior spaces to create larger cabins and reduce passenger count.

Shipyard De Hoop recently delivered Amadeus Queen to Lüftner Cruises, the 15th river cruise vessel the Dutch builder has completed for the Austrian operator.

Viking Cruises is packaging a European river cruise aboard a Viking Longship with a Scandinavia cruise aboard one of its ocean vessels.

Joni Rein has left Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours, where she served as VP sales and marketing, USA, for the past 17 months.

Genting Hong Kong's 2017 loss of US$244.3m was down from its $504.2m loss in 2016, due mainly to a one-off gain of $205m for the disposal of certain available-for-sale investments and the absence of a 2016 impairment loss of $305m on ordinary shares in Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.

AmaWaterways' newest vessel, the 156-passenger AmaLea, embarked this week on its inaugural 'Tulip Time' voyage from Amsterdam. Currently sailing the Dutch and Belgian waterways, AmaLea is scheduled to begin Danube service starting May 6.

The millennials-only policy may have gone away even before U by Uniworld begins revenue service in a few weeks, but at least one major retail group thinks the new concept will still broaden the audience for river cruising.

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