Carnival Corp. & plc's boards declared a dividend of 50 cents per share.

Lindblad Expeditions Holdings plans to report 2018 fourth quarter and full year financial results on Feb. 28, before market open.

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.

Subsidiaries of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings entered into separate credit agreements for the fifth and sixth Project Leonardo ships for Norwegian Cruise Line and for the newly announced Allura-class ships for Oceania Cruises.

With a price per berth of around $546,000, the Allura-class ships for Oceania Cruises cost about 30% more than the brand's last newbuilds, according to UBS.

UBS expects continued reductions in North American cruise capacity as the IMO's January 2020 requirement for low sulfur fuels approaches.

UBS raised its Carnival earnings estimate, driven mainly by the cruise operator's slightly lower depreciation and amortization and favorable fuel costs. The brokerage continues to anticipate higher yields (up 2.4%) than Carnival's guidance of up 1%, based on distribution channel checks.

Day visitors to Venice, including cruise passengers, will be charged up to €10 under a new measure aimed at defraying the costs of mass tourism.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings completed the refinancing of its senior secured credit facility.

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.

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