Riviera River Cruises increased the number of sailings it offers exclusively for solo travelers to four in 2019, with two departures in the spring and two in the fall.

Travelers are spending more and embarking on 'bucket list' river cruise adventures and new cruise destinations, according to three-quarters of the travel agents polled in the latest outlook report for Cruise Lines International Association.

At Royal Caribbean, more 2019 inventory is booked now than 2018 inventory was a year ago, and at higher prices. That's great news, of course.

On taking up her appointment to replace Adam Armstrong as Royal Caribbean’s vp and md Australia and New Zealand, Susan Bonner’s goal is to grow the local market.

Like Australia, New Zealand suffered from infrastructure constraints in 2017. Nevertheless, it continues to rank as one of the world’s fastest growing cruise markets, with a record 98,000 New Zealanders taking an ocean cruise holiday last year.

Asian-sourced cruise passenger numbers hit another record high in 2017, at 4.052m, a 20.6% increase. Of that, 2.4m were from mainland China, however the growth rate decelerated: just 286,000 more Chinese sailed last year, compared to the 1m increase in 2016.

It sounds like Virgin Voyages isn't stopping at three ships, and it's possible the fourth could be of a different design.

Among key changes to 2019 and 2020 itineraries, Norwegian Cruise Line will deploy China ship Norwegian Joy in Alaska next summer, joining sister Norwegian Bliss, and Joy will remain year-round on the US West Coast.

A quarter of all Cruise & Maritime Voyages(CMV) passengers who travelled on the company's ship departures from 11 UK ports plus Dublin and Cobh, between January-June 2018, were first time cruisers.

Steve Parker has been appointed to the newly-created position of regional sales manager New Zealand for Viking Cruises.

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