IGTOA Awards the Charles Darwin Foundation $25,000 to Combat Invasive Bird-Killing Fly in Galapagos



The Galapagos IslandsThe International Galapagos Tour Operators Association (IGTOA) is committing $25,000 in emergency funding to the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) to study different methods for combating Philornis downsi, an invasive species of fly that is devastating populations of terrestrial bird species in the Galapagos Islands.

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Venice becomes the front line in the battle against overtourism




Strolling down a tiny street in Venice’s San Marco district, a couple pauses in front of a hand-crafted leather goods stall, one of hundreds of “authentically Venetian” shops lining the cobblestone streets of the city’s tourist thoroughfares. Holding hands, they stop to embrace in front of the famed Grand Canal. (edition.cnn.com)

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Coral Expeditions expands solo traveller program as fleet grows



The Coral Adventurer  (Courtesy Coral Expeditons)Coral Expeditions, Australia’s pioneering cruise line, is expanding its solo traveller program with a variety of new options and offers that cater for the varied circumstances and expectations of the contemporary solo traveller. (expeditioncruising.com)

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‘Ongoing Debate’ Continues on Amsterdam Head Tax




Norwegian Pearl in Amsterdam, June 2019 (Courtesy NCL)A day tourist tax that went into force on January 1, 2019 has contributed to a drop in transit calls to Amsterdam. “At the moment, with an ongoing debate on over tourism and sustainability, we are currently busy locally with civil servants, politicians, and press to give them facts and figures on cruises,” said Dick de Graaff, director of Passenger Terminal Amsterdam. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

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Costa Cruises “Costa App” Wins A Host Of Awards



The Costa Cruises “Costa App” has won the “Mediastars Prize”, the Advertising Technical Award, in the App category. This is the fifth prize won in just a few months by the Italian company’s app which was first launched around a year ago, demonstrating the great success achieved by this new digital tool that is making the on-board experience increasingly user-friendly.

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Dream Cruises: The Annual Elite Moment Photo Contest is Back!




Dream Cruises (Logo)Last year’s Elite Moment Photo Contest attracted enthusiastic support from DreamElite members all over the world. We collected a wealth of high quality photos illustrating the theme “My Favourite … on Genting Dream/World Dream”.

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Can’t Call At Cuba? Some Cruises Stopping At Key West Instead

Empress of the Seas calls on Key WestThe recent U.S. ban on cruise ships traveling to Cuba has had a ripple effect on South Florida’s cruise industry. Yet not all of it is bad news. In fact, it’s bringing more attention to the southernmost port of call for these big ships in the continental U.S. About 300 cruise ships a year stop in Key West. More than 860,000 people reached the island that way last year, spending 6 to 8 hours taking tours and shopping. (wlrn.org)

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New Zealand Wines Take Center Stage In Episode 7 Of Crystal’s ‘Culinary Journeys’ Video Series – Episode 8 Ventures To Madagascar

A Culinary Journey with Crystal Cruises | Madagascar

In episode 7 of “Crystal Cruises Presents: A Culinary Journey Hosted by Chef Jon Ashton,” the spotlight shines on the pairing of New Zealand’s signature wines and the culinary artistry of Crystal Serenity’s chefs. Chef Jon Ashton joins Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas just outside of Auckland where they explore the perfect vintages to pair with a multi-course dinner in the ship’s Vintage Room.

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New Study Finds Negligible Environmental Impact From Accumulated Scrubber Wash Water In Ports



Independence of The Seas scrubberThe Clean Shipping Alliance (CSA) 2020 has welcomed the preliminary results of an independent study presented by CE Delft, a research organisation in the Netherlands specialising in environmental issues, indicating that accumulated concentrations of exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS, or “scrubbers”) wash water components are at very low levels and well below applicable regulatory limits.

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