MSC Cruises’ MSC Grandiosa, the first of the Meraviglia-Plus class and due to launch later this year, will introduce new MSC for Me features such as improved pre-planning capabilities. On-board packages and shore excursions can be booked through the MSC for Me app and added to personal agendas.

Hands-free mooring technology is now fully deployed throughout the Saint Lawrence Seaway. The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. (SLSDC) invested $23m to install the technology in the US Snell Lock and the US Eisenhower Lock.

Celebrity Equinox resumed service following a bow-to-stern modernization at Navantia Shipyard in Cádiz that added features for suite guests, innovative dining, a new spot for craft beers/cocktails, refreshed staterooms, science programming for youngsters and advanced technology.

Following the successful rollout of Carnival Cruise Line Hub app’s ‘Pizza Anywhere’ feature, the company has added beverage delivery.

China Merchants Heavy Industries (Jiangsu), the cruise shipbuilding arm of China Merchants Group, is co-operating with China’s communication industry players Ericsson and China Mobile (Nantong) Branch to apply a 5G network in the shipbuilding base of China Merchants at Haimen, Jiangsu.

DeCurtis Corp., a provider of software solutions to hospitality/travel clients including cruise lines, received a significant, majority, strategic growth investment from Shamrock Capital, a Los Angeles-based investment firm. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Princess Cruises plans to expand its MedallionClass Vacations to six additional ships in 2020 — Ruby Princess (Jan. 27), Grand Princess (March 29), Enchanted Princess (June 15), Emerald Princess (Aug. 16), Coral Princess (Oct. 16) and Island Princess (Dec. 20).

The biggest European shipbuilders formed Code Kilo, a new cooperative initiative to develop and demonstrate a connected vessel platform.

An independent study report commissioned by SEA\LNG and the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel has revealed that greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions of up to 21% are achievable now from LNG as a marine fuel, compared with current oil-based marine fuels over the entire life cycle from well to wake.

Technology is transforming guest services on board cruise ships, while the power of social media is helping lines monitor and improve guest satisfaction.

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