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The Panama Canal administration expects to receive approximately 234 cruise ships through the Panamax and Neopanamax locks during the upcoming 2018-2019 cruise season.

To meet luxury travelers’ growing interest in exploring Cuba beyond Havana, last month Regent Seven Seas Cruises introduced a March 2019 voyage that visits four Cuban ports. It quickly sold out, so the line added a second immersive sailing in November next year.

Catherine Lafon who has worked at Port of Seté for over 40 years and has been the public face of the French Med port in the cruise market for the last decade is retiring.


Région Sud, comprising the south coast of France departments of Provence, Alpes and Côte d’Azur, boasts a collection of 25 sea and river ports that account for 50% of all cruise arrivals in French (European coastlines as well as overseas) destinations.

Crystal Cruises president and CEO Tom Wolber will host two sailings aboard Crystal Symphony, the Dec. 1, 2019, 'Panama Panorama' from Fort Lauderdale to Caldera, Costa Rica, and the Dec. 7, 2020, 'Icons of Southeast Asia' for an extended journey from Singapore.

In an effort to stimulate tourism to Hawaii, Norwegian Cruise Line, along with the Island of Hawai`i Visitors Bureau, hosted a private event Tuesday in Hilo to celebrate the culture, history and people of the islands. The line also announced a limited-time free airfare promotion.

At Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., EVP maritime Harri Kulovaara has recently beefed up his team with a trio of VPs in newly created roles—Bo Cerup-Simonsen (newbuild strategy and portfolio), Tor Svensen (maritime technology) and Constantin Ionesco (fleet modernization).

Costa Fortuna will get €8m in work, including many restyled public areas and new guest services, in Singapore this December before returning to Europe from its Asia deployment.

Shipbuilding veteran Raimon Strunck has been named to the newly created role of chief technology officer at MV Werften. His responsibilities include project management, design, planning as well as procurement and logistics.

Throughout October, Cruise Lines International Association, its member cruise lines and travel agents are highlighting why travelers should #ChooseCruise.

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