The littlest member of the godfamily fussed at the last minute, but his parents Carlos and Alexa PenaVega helped son Ocean press the button that sent Champagne smashing on the hull of Symphony of the Seas. And so the world's largest cruise ship was officially christened at PortMiami Thursday night.

Finland's Meyer Turku cut steel for Carnival Cruise Line's first liquefied natural gas-powered ship, currently dubbed 'XL.' The 180,000gt vessel, which will be the first North American cruise ship to use LNG, has a new hull design and livery.

Three Carnival Australia ships — P&O Cruises Australia’s Pacific Jewel and Pacific Explorer and Princess Cruises’ Sea Princess — will provide additional accommodation for the APEC 2018 Summit which will be held in Port Moresby from November 15-17.

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.

The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association's 'Caribbean is Open/Caribbean for Everyone' campaign has enticed travelers to the region, but 'horror stories' continue to pop up in the media, showing conditions that no longer exist, Carnival Corp. & plc chairman Micky Arison said Tuesday. Such reports may help destinations get aid but they 'deter the demand in a big way.'

Fast-growing MSC Cruises has much to offer the Caribbean, particularly access to a broad market of European travelers—up to 50% who return for land vacations, executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago said in his keynote address to the FCCA Conference & Trade Show in San Juan on Tuesday.

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 Vulnerable ecosystems, rising sea levels, regional debt, outdated funding mechanisms, inequality and inadequate tourism infrastructure investment are some of them.

The fifth Royal-class newbuild for Princess Cruises will be named in Southampton in June 2020 and sail its inaugural season in the Mediterranean. Enchanted Princess will have the Sky Suites that are debuting on 2019's Sky Princess and a number of transformed spaces.

Philip Engelberts, who launched PEPR (Philip Engelberts Public Relations) in Sydney in 2003, hosted a party Thursday night to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the boutique communications agency.

One of the year's most anticipated and innovative cruise ships, Celebrity Edge, was handed over to Celebrity Cruises by Chantiers de l’Atlantique Wednesday.

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