King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands today visited MV Werften's Rostock facility to be briefed about the construction of the first Global-class cruise ship for Dream Cruises and the training program at the shipyard group.

China Merchants Heavy Industries (Jiangsu), the cruise shipbuilding arm of China Merchants Group, is co-operating with China’s communication industry players Ericsson and China Mobile (Nantong) Branch to apply a 5G network in the shipbuilding base of China Merchants at Haimen, Jiangsu.

DeCurtis Corp., a provider of software solutions to hospitality/travel clients including cruise lines, received a significant, majority, strategic growth investment from Shamrock Capital, a Los Angeles-based investment firm. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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.

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.

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators is redeveloping its ship scheduling process as part of a commitment to ‘leave only footprints’ by the effective self-management of visitor activities.

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%.

AmaWaterways launched its new multi-platform, multi-phased advertising campaign across NBC stations in New York (WNBC), Los Angeles (KNBC) and Miami (WTVJ) this week.

A Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings subsidiary entered into the Norwegian Jewel Credit Agreement, providing term loans totalling $260m. These will be used for general corporate purposes, including prepayment of debt for Norwegian Epic.

Stockholm’s tourism trade is on the up, driven by the cruise industry, according to an independent survey conducted during 2018 by GP Wild. The survey was also carried out in around 20 other port cities.

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