Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings shares surged 4% in early trading Thursday after the company reported record third quarter earnings, raised guidance and set a bullish tone for the Caribbean, Alaska and Europe.

It's official: The contracts have been signed for the first two cruise ships to be built in China to operate for the new Chinese cruise brand CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping Ltd. This seals agreements announced in February 2017.

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.

Ted Sykes, who has led American Queen Steamboat Co. as president and COO for the past six years—a time of growth and steadily increasing bookings—is stepping down at year's end.

Following the recent end of the SkySea Cruise Line joint venture and Norwegian Cruise Line’s decision to move its built-for-China ship, Norwegian Joy, to Alaska in spring 2019, there are concerns China’s cruise industry is on the decline after a decade of double-digit growth. However, the central government authorities and major cruise lines gave a differing and more bullish view during Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific on Wednesday.

Disney Cruise Line welcomed the Bahamas government's approval for its proposal to develop a destination in South Eleuthera with a berth, beach and recreational areas, marina and trails, plus conservation and cultural elements.

One of the most powerful leaders in cruising, Deanna Austin has played a critical role in the development of the global industry, according to her boss, Jan Swartz, group president, Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia.

Carnival Cruise Line is going to transform and rename a third Destiny-class ship when Carnival Victory becomes Carnival Radiance in 2020. This $200m refit represents the final phase of what Carnival tallies as a whopping $2bn fleet enhancement—the largest and most extensive in cruising—of more than 20 vessels since 2011.

In a novel and perhaps precedent-setting initiative that adds to Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.'s arsenal of efforts to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, the cruise giant is backing a wind farm that will enable it to offset up to 12% of its ships' CO2 output.

The Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation plans to donate $5m to support relief efforts in communities affected by Hurricane Florence in North and South Carolina, Super Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines and the recent Indonesia earthquake and tsunami.

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