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The hull assembly phase for Carnival Cruise Line's 180,000gt Mardi Gras was celebrated with a traditional coin ceremony at Meyer Turku shipyard today. The coins set on top of the keel blocks will be placed into the ship for good luck.

Effective today, citizens of the US, Canada, Japan and Australia no longer need a visa to visit Brazil. Stays of up to 90 days are allowed with a valid passport, with the possibility to extend up to 180 days.

Fincantieri subsidiary Vard delivered Le Dumont-d’Urville, the fourth ship in Ponant's Explorers series and the ninth in its fleet.

Since first setting sail in 1994, Silversea Cruises has carried almost half a million travelers on approximately 4,100 voyages. Its ships have logged an accumulated total of more than 47,800 cruise days, while passengers have journeyed a combined total of more than 9.4m cruise days.

The first Global class ship for Genting Group’s Dream Cruises, due for delivery in 2021, is to be installed with 17,000sqmtr of decking solutions from Dutch company Bolidt.

Yokohama’s Shinko Pier Cruise Terminal and InterContinental Yokohama Pier 8 hotel are set to open in November. By end of March 2020, an additional attraction in the precinct will be the adjacent Hammerhead Park and Promenade. The park will feature Yokohama's Hammerhead Crane, the first quay crane installed in 1914 which  will be the central icon of the park.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings shareholders voted four directors to continue serving until 2022 at the company's annual meeting on Friday in Miami.

MSC Cruises’ MSC Grandiosa, the first of the Meraviglia-Plus class and due to launch later this year, will introduce new MSC for Me features such as improved pre-planning capabilities. On-board packages and shore excursions can be booked through the MSC for Me app and added to personal agendas.

The Port of Southampton and PortMiami signed a sister port agreement during a visit from a delegation of officials from the Florida-based port and Miami-Dade County.

Theme parks veteran Anthony Esparza is joining Carnival Cruise Line as chief of guest experiences, vice president, a new role.

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