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Italy's cruise traffic is projected to reach a historic high in 2019 with 11.85m passengers, according to the Italian Cruise Watch 2018 report by tourism research and consulting company Risposte Turismo.

Fincantieri’s ceo Giuseppe Bono and the shipbuilding group are mourning the death on August 6 of Mrs Gunilla Furuhjelm, the widow of Corrado Antonini who died on July 20, just 17 days before. She died aged 79.

Fincantieri Group has promoted shipbuilding veteran Luigi Matarazzo to senior evp of Fincantieri Merchant Ships Business Unit effective August 1.

Costa Cruises has undertaken a survey of the Port of Genoa to find a suitable location for a cruise terminal, president Neil Palomba said, adding that it would be about five years before such a facility could be operational.

In an early-evening ceremony culminating with late-night fireworks, Roma Cruise Terminal (RCT), managing cruise operations in the port of Civitavecchia, inaugurated its first purpose-built permanent terminal on May 18. 

Seabourn Ovation, the second ship Fincantieri has built for Seabourn Cruise Line, was delivered Friday morning at the Sestri yard near Genoa.

Counting MSC Seaside, MSC Cruises could be ushering in 'at least' 10 ships through 2026—four at Fincantieri and, counting options, six more at STX France, where Fincantieri holds a controlling stake.

MSC Cruises inked a deal for two additional and bigger ships from Fincantieri called Seaside Evo (Evolution), for delivery in 2021 and 2023. The slot reservation to build a third Seaside-class ship for 2021 is being replaced by the first Evo ship.

Pasqualino Monti, appointed president of the recently established Western Sicily Port Authority (Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mare di Sicilia Occidentale), has put growing cruise business among his main objectives.

Cruise traffic at Italian ports is expected to return to positive figures in 2018, with 10.8m passengers and around 4,600 ship calls compared to 2017's estimated 10.2m passengers and just over 4,400 calls.

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