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Terror threat against Norway: port and vessel security tightened (**updated**)

Update: Norway called off its terror alert July 31, with the head of the country's security service, PST, saying the threat of an imminent attack was over.

Norway’s ports and airports are on high alert after information obtained by Norway’s security service, PST, suggests a terrorist attack could be imminent. Norwegian maritime authorities have also requested ships calling at Norwegian ports to raise security levels.

At midday Saturday, Costa Concordia was fewer than 20 nautical miles from the port of Genoa, after just over three days of navigation.

Inchcape Shipping Services launch cruise shorex apps for Greek isles destinations

Maritime services provider, Inchcape Shipping Services, launched a series of travel apps for the cruise industry in Greece, covering the major ports and islands of Mykonos, Santorini, Kefalonia, Corfu and Syros. Further apps will also follow to cover the entire region.

‘A Date with Death & The Duchess’ is a new cruise itinerary built around mystery and suspense and launched by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines for summer 2015, onboard 880-passenger  Boudicca.

Strong close-in bookings for Europe and Asia pushed Royal Caribbean to a higher than expected second quarter profit, and the company raised its 2014 guidance while also outlining a strategy to achieve a double-digit return on invested capital and double earnings per share.

Carnival becomes Official Cruise Line of the Dallas Cowboys

Carnival Cruise Lines became the Official Cruise Line of the Dallas Cowboys under an exclusive, multi-year partnership with the NFL franchise.

After approximately 30 hours under tow from Giglio, the Concordia wreck on Thursday evening had traveled 63 of the approximately 200 nautical miles to Genoa at an average speed of two knots. Arrival was forecast for very early Sunday.

Costa cancels Israel calls

As the violent conflict in Israel continues, Costa Crociere became the latest line to cancel calls at Ashdod and Haifa.

GE Marine and Lloyd's Register sign MoU to collaborate on gas turbine-powered projects

GE Marine and Lloyd’s Register have signed a MOU to identify potential gas turbine-powered commercial ship projects.

CLIA Australasia’s executive partners continue to grow

CLIA Australasia now has 34 executive partners with the addition of three new members -- Creative Cruising, SevenOceans Cruising and Great Southern Rail.

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