Cold ironing is expected to become significantly more attractive in German ports after the federal government this week agreed to cut the EEG charge for electricity supplied to ships by 80%.

AIDA Cruises' AIDAaura made her inaugural visit to Portland Port Friday. This follows the return of sister ship AIDAvita to the port on Monday.

The Port of Kiel welcomed the maiden call of AIDA Cruises' AIDAprima at the Ostseekai Cruise Terminal on Friday and confirmed AIDA Cruises will be the first line to use shore power there starting in 2020.

Sweden’s Helsingborg expects five cruise calls this year with three from Phoenix Reisen. First up is the 1,188-passenger Artania, due June 22, then 800-passenger Albatros on Aug. 8 and Aug 15. Oceania Cruises' 684-passenger Nautica will drop anchor Aug. 1, and Fred. Olsen’s 1,360-passenger Balmoral is expected Sept 11.

Sweden’s Karlskrona will welcome the arrival of Hansa Touristik’s Ocean Majesty this month. The ship will return in 2020, part of a significant increase to eight calls including Oceania Cruises' Marina, Saga Cruises' Spirit of Discovery, Phoenix Reisen’s Amera, Sea Cloud II, Cruise & Maritime Voyages' Marco Polo, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's first ship and a Nordstjernen charter.

Stockholm’s tourism trade is on the up, driven by the cruise industry, according to an independent survey conducted during 2018 by GP Wild. The survey was also carried out in around 20 other port cities.

The bigger, newer Carnival Sunshine kicks off a year-round cruise program from the Port of Charleston on Saturday, replacing Carnival Ecstasy which is redeploying to Jacksonville.

Norwegian Joy on Wednesday became the largest cruise ship to sail into Icy Strait Point, Alaska.

Carnival Dream on Monday embarked its first voyage from new home Port of Galveston, expanding short cruise offerings from the Texas city.

Passenger Terminal Amsterdam is using green electricity to supply the building energy receiving power from a windfarm located at Ruigoord in Afrikahaven in the Port of Amsterdam.

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