Oceania Cruises announced its fifth consecutive 180-day world cruise, in 2018. The itinerary includes 87 ports in 40 countries while traversing more than 39,000 nautical miles.

Headlining the main theater of Royal Caribbean International's new Ovation of the Seas will be two new productions. 'The Dream' follows a man whose departed soulmate comes to him in a dream to help him rediscover his passion for life. And 'Live. Love. Legs,' by the same creative team behind the popular 'Sequins & Feathers' on Quantum of the Seas, features aerial acrobatics, next-gen choreography and vocal performances that come straight from the Broadway stage.

Rising disposable incomes coupled with high satisfaction levels are driving the Chinese to cruise, commented Dr Zinan Liu during a far-reaching discussion on Asia and Australasia during Seatrade Cruise Global in Fort Lauderdale.

Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal in the city’s Boashan district is expecting over 500 calls and an estimated 2m cruise passengers this year according to Madame Wang Hong, party secretary general, Shanghai Municipal People’s Government.

ABB power and automation technology group, has won a wide scope of orders to deliver propulsion systems for two new cruise ships to be built by the Lloyd Werft Group in Germany, for Crystal Cruises’ ‘Exclusive Class’.

CLIA Australasia announced it has changed the date of this year’s Cruise360 from May 6 to September 16.

Already classing AIDAprima, just delivered by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan and her sister AIDAperla, DNV GL nevertheless remains unconvinced about the possibility of significant cruise ship construction in China anytime soon.

Ovation of the Seas completed its conveyance along the Ems River from Meyer Werft at Papenburg to the North Sea. The ship traveled backwards, for greater maneuverability, guided by two tugboats, in a journey lasting about 12 hours.

MedCruise has launched a Chinese website - www.medcruise.cn, designed to promote the Mediterranean and its adjoining region as the ideal cruise destination for Chinese tourists.

Star Clippers will be sailing in Indonesian waters for the first time in 2017. The company, which operates three clippers, is offering a choice of 19 departures on four-mased Sta Clipper between May 6 and October 14 2017, and sailings of 7, 10, 11 and 14 nights, from Bali and Singapore, including Bali round trips and itineraries from Bali to Singapore and reverse.

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