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Supanee Bencharit, who sadly passed away this week, was a leading figure in the development of cruise tourism in Thailand and across Asia.

Years ago, Holland America Line broke out of cruising's typical fall-foliage-period-only rut in Canada/New England by sending its ships to the region in spring and summer as well.

On a day when Portugal's Mystic Invest signed for €165m in financing from China's ICBC Leasing—which covers sale-lease deals for three expedition cruise ship newbuilds at WestSea Viana—principal Mário Ferreira told Seatrade Cruise News his company is opening a US office to promote expedition and cultural sailings under the Mystic Cruises brand.

SunStone Ships signed an agreement to build another two Infinity-class vessels, signaling rapid adoption of the European-designed, Chinese-built concept.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises is opening its pool grills to serve relaxed, gourmet dinner alfresco fleetwide. In another move, passengers will be able to use shipboard credits toward for on-board purchases prior to departure.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours announced the first sailing date for Scenic Eclipse has been amended for a second time to April 13, 2019.

Around 100 Carnival Cruise Line sailings are going to call at Havana between now and 2020, from seven US homeports—probably more homeports for Cuba cruises than any other single brand.

When Carnival Radiance emerges in 2020, the totally transformed ship (now sailing as Carnival Victory) will operate 10- to 13-day Mediterranean voyages and Carnival Cruise Line's first Cuba sailings from New York, Norfolk and Port Canaveral. Canada/New England cruises are also planned.

Princess Cruises partnered with Blackhawk Network, a financial technology company specializing in stored value products, to make cruise gift cards available in more than 3,500 Kroger, Harris Teeter and Giant Eagle locations nationwide.

Holland America Line is introducing Club Orange, providing elevated benefits and amenities, from private dining to priority services and a dedicated concierge hotline.

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