In spite of 2017's devastating hurricanes, Caribbean and Latin American destinations overall benefited from a record $3.36bn in direct cruise spending, a 6.3% increase compared to the last measurement in 2015.

Cruising's most important global destination—the Caribbean—has largely bounced back from 2017's devastaging hurricanes but still faces a bundle of challenges. Vulnerable ecosystems, rising sea levels, regional debt, outdated funding mechanisms, inequality and inadequate tourism infrastructure investment are some of them.

Hurtigruten signed a memorandum of understanding with Norway’s Kleven Verft for the construction of a third hybrid-powered, ice-strengthened expedition cruise ship. Delivery is expected in second quarter 2021.

Ponant’s highly advanced, pioneering luxury icebreaker, Le Commandant Charcot, due to enter service in 2021 will be powered by technology group Wärtsilä’s 31DF dual-fuel engine, which emphasises outstanding efficiency, extremely economical fuel consumption, and minimal emissions.

With today's departure of Emerald Princesss, the Port of Vancouver's 2018 cruise season will close with more than 900,000 passenger movements on 243 calls. This is a 7% increase in passenger volume from 2017.

In its first year, Guardians of the Coast—promoted by the Costa Crociere Foundation and one of Italy's biggest citizen science projects—engaged thousands of students.

Luxury travel network Virtuoso reported increased winter Caribbean bookings one year after the destructive hurricanes Irma and Maria.

In an update, the US Environmental Protection Agency said the 2013 Vessel General Permit—which covers discharges incidental to normal operation—will not be reissued prior to its Dec. 18 expiration date. The 2013 VGP will be administratively continued and remain in effect until a new permit is issued.

MSC Cruises announced a commitment to eliminate single-use plastics from its entire fleet globally and introduce sustainable alternatives if available. By the end of this year all plastic straws will be replaced with 100% compostable and biodegradable substitutes.

 

In order to avoid the path of Hurricane Michael in the Gulf of Mexico, Carnival Cruise Line revised routes for six vessels, while one of its Pacific itineraries was tweaked due to Hurricane Sergio. Norwegian Cruise Line changed one itinerary, while Royal Caribbean International is monitoring the storms but has no alterations so far.

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