Signature style and design are key when it comes to brand differentiation in the cruise industry, especially in the luxury sector that is currently seeing an uptick in demand. During a session at Seatrade Cruise Global, cruise industry design specialists discussed how originality and diversity can be resourced from outside the industry.

The Apollo Group, a full-service hospitality management company, is turning 50. To celebrate the milestone, the Miami-based company is donating a $25,000 scholarship to Florida International University's Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management.

Ernst & Young provided consulting services to Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., primarily related to its Excalibur technology platform, to the tune of approximately $52m from Jan. 1, 2018, to Dec. 1, 2018.

The US National Transportation Safety Board’s Office of Marine Safety has installed BMT’s fully certified Rembrandt navigation simulator system.

Virgin Voyages will offer more than 20 food venues aboard Scarlet Lady, from a lively Korean barbecue spot to a vegetarian eatery with meat 'add-ons,' a CBD-infused cocktail and a Drag Brunch.

LidaComm, Inc., a Fort Lauderdale-based travel marketing communications firm led by cruise industry veteran Jim Lida, has been selected by Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises to revamp descriptions for approximately 1,700 shore excursions in the Mediterranean, Africa and Middle East.

Belize's long-awaited Stake Bank Cruise Port is a 'go.' The 25-acre island project just off Belize City will shorten the current long tender ride to Belize Tourism Village by providing berths for four cruise ships, plus expedited tours dispatch, beaches, a crafts market and retail, dining, cabanas, over-water bungalows and crew facilities.

Italy's cruise traffic is projected to reach a historic high in 2019 with 11.85m passengers, according to the Italian Cruise Watch 2018 report by tourism research and consulting company Risposte Turismo.

Naval architecture, design and marine engineering specialist Foreship is transferring a senior member of its management team in Finland to lead its Seattle operation. This move is aimed at expanding West Coast activities and providing a new focus for the company's US cruise ship customer base.

Former P&O Cruises Australia svp Tammy Marshall, who launched The Bhive as an innovation and change management consultancy, quoted outgoing Cruise Lines International Association president and ceo Cindy D’Aoust when she discussed ‘overtourism’ at ACA 2018.

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