Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and ITM Group, the Mexican company behind Costa Maya and the Dominican Republic's new Puerto Plata cruise port, teamed on a global destination development initiative with an important twist.

In cutting its 2019 earnings guidance, Carnival Corp. & plc said its Continental Europe brands have been facing heightened geopolitical and macroeconomic headwinds that are impacting this year's performance.

The Panama Canal Authority's board of directors approved a proposal to modify the Panama Canal tolls system and the regulation for the measurement of vessels, to be effective Jan. 1, 2020. Most market segments are affected.

To incentivize cruise lines to homeport in Panama, President Juan Carlos Varela issued a decree authorizing reimbursement for the cost of one Panama Canal transit.

In a troubling incident that raises questions about port security, police broke a blockade of Holland America Line's Zuiderdam at Kiel's Ostseekai terminal Sunday night after a group of local radical environmental campaigners had prevented the ship's departure for nearly six hours. Arrests were made. No injuries were reported.

A Brussels-based Transport & Environment report claims Carnival Corp. & plc ships have ‘emitted nearly 10 times more sulphur oxide (SOx) around European coasts than the 260m European cars on the road in 2017.’ It also says Royal Caribbean Cruises emitted four times as much SOx as the European car fleet.

Carnival Corp. will pay a $20m fine and submit to more rigorous oversight by court-appointed monitors during the next three years — among a host of other actions — to settle charges that it violated probation in a 2016 criminal pollution case.

Global Ports Holding said it has agreed in principle to an equity partnership with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. to develop Antigua and Barbuda's cruise facilities.

Why pour $200m-plus into a 20-year-old ship?

Thursday's Carnival Sunrise naming in New York struck a lot of emotional chords. Godmother Kelly Arison is the daughter of Madeleine Arison, the ship's original godmother when it entered service as Carnival Triumph 20 years ago.

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