American Cruise Lines deemed the launch of its paddlewheeler, America, 'picture perfect.'

Lindblad Expeditions is close to contracting two of three planned newbuilds and is weighing acquisition opportunities in the adventure travel sector, president and ceo Sven-Olof Lindblad said Friday.

In its first earnings report as a public company, Lindblad Expeditions posted a second quarter 9.1% increase in earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortization despite slightly weaker ticket pricing related to softer demand for cruises to Africa and the Indian Ocean. The company also said it expects to contract a pair of coastal newbuilds in the third quarter that would enter service in Q2 2017 and 2018.

Frank Del Rio, president and ceo of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, has been appointed to the company's board of directors, and his term of employment was extended to June 30, 2019, with a new compensation agreement.

Cruise and Maritime Voyages announced that its 600-passenger Astor will return to Australia for a fourth season from October 2016 through to March 2017.

AIDAprima's completion at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has been delayed six months. Instead of entering service Oct. 1, the ship will begin cruising in April from Hamburg.

Port St. Maarten is supporting the FCCA Foundation and Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Conference & Trade Show by serving as title sponsor for the FCCA Table Tennis Challenge.

A towering pyramid sprouting multiple water slides, a lazy river jungle adventure float ride dotted with surprises, a ropes course and an 'archaeological site'—all are elements of a major new attraction opening at Puerto Costa Maya this winter.

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