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In 2018, more cruise guests than ever before went ashore at a Baltic Sea port. This is shown in a new report from Cruise Baltic, presented in Miami Sunday evening on the eve of Seatrade Cruise Global. The compass also points towards further growth in 2019.

A strategic investment partner is taking a minority stake in Portugal's Mystic Cruises, enabling Mário Ferreira's privately held company to grow faster and have a bigger, stronger presence in the US market, Seatrade Cruise News can exclusively report.

On the eve of Seatrade Cruise Global, Holland America Line announced its next Pinnacle-class ship will be named Ryndam during a media visit to Nieuw Statendam, berthed in Port Everglades.

Over the past few years cruise ship operators have concentrated on adding new attractions to their vessels such as roller coasters, fancy water slides, climbing walls and bowling alleys. Now, they are focusing their attention on advanced technologies to provide the improved experience their clientele have come to expect, notes Ingo Soerensen, Area Vice President, Global Cruise Sales at Oracle.

Supermodel, singer, songwriter and former first lady of France Carla Bruni named Mystic Cruises' World Explorer—the first oceangoing ship in Portuguese entrepreneur Mário Ferreira's fleet—during festivities at WestSea Viana.

Global marketing and communications firm Finn Partners has expanded its Cruise Marketing Services to include both B2C and B2B capabilities to address the growing mar-comm needs of clients in the multibillion-dollar cruise industry.

Mystic Cruises is set to name its first ocean-cruise newbuild, World Explorer, during star-studded festivities Saturday night in Portugal with supermodel, singer and songwriter Carla Bruni as the godmother. But the company isn't stopping there.

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, was inducted into Cruise Lines International Association's 2019 Hall of Fame for lifetime achievement. Avoya Travel joins as travel agency innovator and Lucinda Beldon, Dream Vacations, Stingray Travel, as elite cruise counselor.

Costa Cruises is increasing its number of calls to Valletta in 2020



The west coast of Australia is a new addition to Europa 2’s 2020/21 itineraries recently announced by Hapag Lloyd Cruises. Other cruises will head for the Mediterranean, western and northern Europe, the Caribbean, Oceania, Asia and across the Indian Ocean to Africa.

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