Chinese cruise ship operator Bohai Ferry signed a letter of intent for the strategic cooperation on the development of cruise routes between China and Nampo, North Korea.

Amália Rodrigues departed Porto for an inaugural cruise on the Douro on March 20 after a naming ceremony the day before. This is the sixth ship to join CroisiEurope’s Douro fleet.

Darius Mehta, a member of the start-up team at The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, has retired. He was VP cruise reservations, land and air.

Seabourn has contracted hospitality design icon Adam D. Tihany to create the indoor and outdoor guest areas of its two luxurious expedition newbuilds.

Puertos del Estado has released cruise data for 2018 showing a 9.66% growth year-on-year with total passenger count up at 10,178,169 and the first time to break the 10m mark. Port calls totaled 4,384, up 3.45%, confirming the clear trend towards higher capacity vessels.

Longtime Princess Cruises executive John Chernesky has been promoted to SVP North America sales and trade marketing. He will continue to lead the North American sales teams for Princess and Cunard, in addition to assuming responsibility for all Princess trade marketing.

With Basel, Switzerland, serving as party central, Viking ushered in seven new river vessels in multi-city locations on Tuesday.

V.Ships Leisure is partnering with Mystic Cruises to provide crew management services including deck, engine, and hotel crew for the 9,300gt ice-classed vessel World Explorer.

 

Following on details of Seven Seas Splendor's top-of-the-line Regent Suite, announced earlier, Regent Seven Seas Cruises detailed all 14 other suite categories on the new ship, set to debut in February 2020.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line hired two Norwegian Cruise Line sales veterans for its Deerfield Beach, Florida, headquarters. Francis Riley joins as SVP sales and Clark Reber as director of partner relations.

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