More than 5,300 Cruise Lines International Association Australasia travel agents across Australia and New Zealand have completed 100,000 online modules in under five years.

AIDA Cruises' AIDAaura made her inaugural visit to Portland Port Friday. This follows the return of sister ship AIDAvita to the port on Monday.

The Port of Kiel welcomed the maiden call of AIDA Cruises' AIDAprima at the Ostseekai Cruise Terminal on Friday and confirmed AIDA Cruises will be the first line to use shore power there starting in 2020.

A Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings subsidiary entered into the Norwegian Jewel Credit Agreement, providing term loans totalling $260m. These will be used for general corporate purposes, including prepayment of debt for Norwegian Epic.

Sweden’s Helsingborg expects five cruise calls this year with three from Phoenix Reisen. First up is the 1,188-passenger Artania, due June 22, then 800-passenger Albatros on Aug. 8 and Aug 15. Oceania Cruises' 684-passenger Nautica will drop anchor Aug. 1, and Fred. Olsen’s 1,360-passenger Balmoral is expected Sept 11.

Sweden’s Karlskrona will welcome the arrival of Hansa Touristik’s Ocean Majesty this month. The ship will return in 2020, part of a significant increase to eight calls including Oceania Cruises' Marina, Saga Cruises' Spirit of Discovery, Phoenix Reisen’s Amera, Sea Cloud II, Cruise & Maritime Voyages' Marco Polo, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's first ship and a Nordstjernen charter.

Crystal Mozart, the double-wide 'Queen of the Danube' that initiated the Crystal River Cruises brand in 2016, will be leaving the Crystal fleet in 2020.

The bigger, newer Carnival Sunshine kicks off a year-round cruise program from the Port of Charleston on Saturday, replacing Carnival Ecstasy which is redeploying to Jacksonville.

Norwegian Joy on Wednesday became the largest cruise ship to sail into Icy Strait Point, Alaska.

Newbuild SeaDream Innovation will be equipped with a large battery pack of approximately 4 MWh, enabling silent, emissions-free sailing for up to three hours, with no disturbance to wildlife.

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