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.

Among key changes to 2019 and 2020 itineraries, Norwegian Cruise Line will deploy China ship Norwegian Joy in Alaska next summer, joining sister Norwegian Bliss, and Joy will remain year-round on the US West Coast.

From September 2018 through April 2019, Holland America Line's Westerdam extensively explores China, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam on cruises ranging from 10 to 31 days.

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.

Dream Cruises' Genting Dream made its inugural visit to Bintan Island, Indonesia, as part of the ship's year-round itineraries from Singapore across the ASEAN region.

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.

The cruise industry is already coping with China's ban on travel to South Korea. As the trade war escalates between the US and China, could the cruise business be impacted?

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.

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