Hurtigruten’s Fridtjof Nansen Launched at Kleven Verft



Hurtigruten’s 530-guest Fridtjof Nansen is in the water following a Sunday launch at Kleven Verft in Norway. The hybrid expedition ship features battery power and will join the fleet in 2020 following 2019’s introduction of her sister ship, the Roald Amundsen. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

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Royal Caribbean To End Partnership with DreamWorks




Royal Caribbean International  (logo)Starting on all sailings departing on or after April 1, Royal Caribbean will cease to offer the DreamWorks experience on any of its ships. The line announced the decision in a letter to travel agents and booked passengers that emphasizes the popularity of non-DreamWorks activities including glow-in-the-dark laser tag, escape rooms and the Sky Pad virtual reality bungee trampoline. (cruisecritic.com)

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Ruling limits how Juneau can spend cruise passenger fees




A federal judge has ruled Juneau can keep collecting fees from cruise ship passengers. But the judge sided with the cruise industry which sued over how the funds are spent. (ktoo.org)

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Four New Cruise Terminals Underway in the U.S.



The Cruise Lines International Association anticipates positive year-over-year growth for the industry globally in 2018, with a passenger forecast of 28 million. As the cruise industry continues to expand globally, plans for four new terminals in the U.S. have been advanced over the last two weeks. (maritime-executive.com)

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Funchal Poised to Become Hotel Ship in London



FunchalThe much-loved classic Funchal is set for a new life as a hotel ship in London. On Wednesday, Dec. 5 the ship was sold at auction for 3.9 million euro to Signature Living, which was represented by John Hanbidge of QPS Marine Ships/Cruise Ventures. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

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HMS Global Maritime Recognized for Growth of American Queen Steamboat Company




American Duchess - American Queen Steamboat CompanyHMS Global Maritime was named a 2018 Business of the Year in the “Very Large Company” category by Louisville Business First at its annual awards gala on Monday, Dec 3. A full-service marine management company, HMS Global Maritime was recognized for its significant growth in its overnight cruise division, specially within American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC).

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Costa Venezia to be named in Trieste on March 1, 2019. The first Costa ship built specifically for the Chinese market




Artist impression of the Costa Venezia (Courtesy of Costa Cruises)The naming ceremony for Costa Venezia will be held in Trieste on March 1, 2019. The ship, currently under construction at the Fincantieri Monfalcone shipyard, is the first Costa Cruises vessel designed specifically to offer the best of Italy to the Chinese market.

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Carnival Corporation, Univision Announce Second Season of “La Gran Sorpresa”



Carnival Corporation & plc  (logo)Carnival Corporation & plc today announced that the second season of the popular series “La Gran Sorpresa” (“The Great Surprise”), produced in partnership with Univision Communications, Inc., will launch in festive style with a one-hour Christmas special airing December 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (9 p.m. CT) on the Univision Network.

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