The cruise industry contributed A$4.8bn to the Australian economy last financial year, according to the 2017/18 Economic Report released to the industry this evening by Cruise Lines International Association Australasia, and md Joel Katz said there is potential for much more.

In an effort to stimulate tourism to Hawaii, Norwegian Cruise Line, along with the Island of Hawai`i Visitors Bureau, hosted a private event Tuesday in Hilo to celebrate the culture, history and people of the islands. The line also announced a limited-time free airfare promotion.

Paul Papalia, Western Australia’s tourism minister who opened ACA 2018 at the Indian Ocean-front Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa, said major upgrades to the port will establish Broome as a touchpoint destination for new cruise lines.

The fact that Ovation of the Seas must tender in Auckland again this coming 2018/19 season is ‘our collective shame,’ New Zealand Cruise Association chairman Debbie Summers told delegates at Friday’s 2018 conference in Blenheim.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced a strong vote of confidence in expedition newbuild Crystal Endeavor, saying she would like to sail on it during today's keel-laying festivities at MV Werften in Stralsund.

The nine ports of Cruise the Saint Lawrence hosted 387,678 passengers and 151,362 crew members in 2017, and 2018 is projected to be even stronger, with a 30% increase in passenger numbers.

The Port of Seattle and Sound Transit, with Sound Transit mascot Zap Gridlock, on Friday handed out 500 free light rail tickets to disembarking cruise passengers to encourage them to spend time in Seattle before taking Link light rail to the airport. Later this month Sound Transit and the port will surprise 500 airport passengers with a similar in-terminal giveaway.

The cruise industry contributed a record €47.86bn to the European economy in 2017, according to new figures released by Cruise Lines International Association in its updated European Economic Contribution Report.

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) announced a non-repayable contribution of $329,000 to fund the Atlantic Canada Cruise Association's marketing activities for three more years.

On its journey to summer homeport Seattle, Norwegian Bliss has been breaking records every step of the way as the largest cruise ship to transit the Panama Canal and to visit the US West Coast. Today at Pier 66 Bliss is turning heads, stopping joggers and bikers in their tracks and getting photographed like crazy.

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