The hull assembly phase for Carnival Cruise Line's 180,000gt Mardi Gras was celebrated with a traditional coin ceremony at Meyer Turku shipyard today. The coins set on top of the keel blocks will be placed into the ship for good luck.

Fincantieri subsidiary Vard delivered Le Dumont-d’Urville, the fourth ship in Ponant's Explorers series and the ninth in its fleet.

Scenic Eclipse sea trials 'surpassed every expectation,' according to Capt. James Griffiths of Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours.

American Cruise Lines' newbuild, American Harmony, moved under its own power to Chesapeake Shipbuilding's outfitting pier at 5 this morning.

Production began for expedition newbuild Seabourn Venture with a ceremonial steel-cutting in San Giorgo di Nogare, Italy. Seabourn President Rick Meadows and T. Mariotti Managing Director Marco Ghiglione presided.

Fincantieri officially confirmed what Australian cruise operator Coral Expeditons earlier announced: that its Vard subsidiary is building Coral Geographer, a sister of the recently delivered Coral Adventurer.

Quark Expeditions chose Ultramarine as the name for its new polar expedition ship scheduled to sail in late 2020. Construction is at Croatia's Brodosplit yard.

China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI) signed a contract with Miami-based SunStone Ships to build a seventh Infinity-class expedition vessel.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection has firmed the order for a second yacht at Astillero Hijos de J. Barreras (HJB) in Vigo, Spain. The keel-laying is scheduled to take place this year, with delivery in 2021.

Genting Cruise Lines held hosted the 'Greater Bay, Greater China, Greater Opportunities' event in Hong Kong Friday on board World Dream at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal. Part of Genting Cruise Lines’ 25th anniversary activities, the event recognized the partnerships and support of the ports and cities that developed the Greater Bay region as a cruise destination.

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