In developing its Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, MSC Cruises is going for a more relaxed, nature-oriented experience than some of the other action-intensive cruise line private islands in the Bahamas. This will not be a 'theme park' but rather a 'paradise in the Caribbean,' as Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises, put it.

Fincantieri signed a preliminary agreement with Italian investment bank Cassa depositi e prestiti (CDP) and natural gas infrastructure company Snam aimed at identifying and implementing medium-term strategic projects for port facilities in Italy and sustainable technologies for maritime transport.

Port of Seattle Commissioners approved a funding plan to bring shore power to the current cruise berth at Pier 66.

The Polar Collective was awarded a substantial grant from Booking Cares, a sustainability initiative of Booking.com, to develop a citizen science mobile app. The app is intended to make participation in science easy and rewarding. It also will deliver feedback to users, keeping them engaged long after the experience.

This story first appeared in Cruise Europe's December newsletter. It is reproduced here with permission from Cruise Europe.

The increase in numbers of cruise passengers and ships visiting Bergen has led to increased criticism of cruise tourism from the residents of Bergen, politicians and the media. This year the Norwegian port received 342 calls, up 31 on 2017.

Cruise Lines International Association announced an industry commitment to reduce the rate of the global fleet's carbon emissions 40% by 2030, from a 2008 baseline.

Scanship said it has entered into a contract with one of the major European shipyards for delivery of advanced wastewater purification systems for two mega-cruise newbuilds. The contract also includes supplies for two optional vessels.

China's Ministry of Transport has released its 'Implementation Plan for Ship Emission Control Areas in Pearl River Delta, Yangtze River Delta and Circum-Bohai (Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei) Waters.'

When Hurtigruten’s hybrid electric powered Roald Amundsen begins sailing in 2019, it is not only the ship itself that will make history. Capt. Kai Albrigtsen will become the first master of a cruise vessel that's able to sail for short stints on silent, emission-free battery power.

The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators signed the Buenos Aires Declaration, which states that signatories cannot knowingly facilitate the carriage or sale of illegally traded wildlife products.

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