Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has partnered with Alaska Native-owned Huna Totem Corp. to develop a second cruise pier in Icy Strait Point at Hoonah. Last month NCLH president and CEO Frank Del Rio said the company was looking to make strategic investments in Alaska to ensure preferential berthing rights for its growing deployment there.

Silversea has crafted 34 shore excursions in Havana, Santiago de Cuba and Cienfuegos for its new 16-voyage Cuba sailings in 2019 and 2020. They delve into the natural, cultural and historical treasures of the island nation.

The Québec ports of Baie-Comeau and Havre Saint-Pierre chalked up their strongest cruise seasons in 2018, while Sept-Îles achieved its second best year following cancellations related to the federal right whale protection measures in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Princess Cruises will have its biggest 2020/21 season in Australia with the deployment of its second Royal-class ship, the 3,560-passenger Regal Princess.

Viking Cruises' new 11-day 'Greek Odyssey' ocean itinerary takes travelers to explore antiquities of the Aegean Sea during the quiet season. Sailing round-trip from Piraeus starting in January 2021, the cruise features three new ports for Viking: Volos, Thessaloníki and Nafpilo in Greece, as well as a stop in Kuşadasi (for Ephesus), marking the line's return to Turkey.

LidaComm, Inc., a Fort Lauderdale-based travel marketing communications firm led by cruise industry veteran Jim Lida, has been selected by Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises to revamp descriptions for approximately 1,700 shore excursions in the Mediterranean, Africa and Middle East.

Oceania Cruises unveiled more than 80 land tours, the line's most extensive offering to date, in Australia, Asia, Africa, Egypt and the Holy Land, Europe, South America, Alaska and Canada. Included are pre-, post- and mid-cruise options.

Belize's long-awaited Stake Bank Cruise Port is a 'go.' The 25-acre island project just off Belize City will shorten the current long tender ride to Belize Tourism Village by providing berths for four cruise ships, plus expedited tours dispatch, beaches, a crafts market and retail, dining, cabanas, over-water bungalows and crew facilities.

Though Asian-sourced cruise numbers hit another record in 2017, topping 4m, China—accounting for 59% of all Asian passengers, or 2.4m—experienced a slower growth rate due to regulatory issues and some reductions in ship deployment.

The state government of Tasmania today released a 2017/18 cruise market update and regional ports review which has been embraced by CLIA Australasia.

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