The federal government has put paid to years of speculation and intense lobbying for cruise ships to share Garden Island in Sydney Harbour with the Royal Australian Navy.
Perhaps the most innovative feature of Emerald Waterways' newest Star-Ship, Emerald Harmony—to navigate the Mekong River between Vietnam and Cambodia beginning in August 2019—is its clever design. Unlike most similar-sized Mekong vessels, it can access the center of Ho Chi Minh City, so travelers will disembark right into the action instead of needing to travel in by motor coach.
Asian-sourced cruise passenger numbers hit another record high in 2017, at 4.052m, a 20.6% increase. Of that, 2.4m were from mainland China, however the growth rate decelerated: just 286,000 more Chinese sailed last year, compared to the 1m increase in 2016.
Sun Princess passengers will now have access to the newest on-board enhancements following the ship's extensive 14-day, multimillion-dollar drydock in Singapore.
SuperStar Virgo is going to redeploy to north China where, in the three months starting September, the ship will sail from Dalian, Tianjin and Qingdao.
At Yokohama’s Osanbashi cruise terminal it’s quickly becoming a tradition that crowds gather waving yellow handkerchiefs, ribbons and flags as each cruise ship is departing.