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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Cruise ships return to Barbuda with Windstar call

The Wind SurfBarbuda next week will welcome its first cruise line since it was slammed last fall by Hurricane Irma: Windstar Cruises. The Wind Surf, the largest ship in the fleet, with capacity for 310 guests, will make nine biweekly calls to Barbuda in the 2018-2019 season starting with a Dec. 8 call. (

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Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. Announces Partnership With Huna Totem Corporation to Construct New Pier at Icy Strait Point Near Hoonah, Alaska

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings - NCLH (logo)Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., a leading global cruise company operating the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands, today announced a partnership with Alaska Native-owned Huna Totem Corporation to develop a second cruise pier in Icy Strait Point, Huna Totem’s world-class cruise ship destination in Hoonah, Alaska.

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Cruise ship calls grow strongly at Sri Lanka port

Calls by cruise ships have grown strongly at Sri Lanka’s main port of Colombo this year with container transshipment traffic also growing fast, the Sri Lanka Ports Authority said. A statement said 45 cruise ships have called at Port of Colombo in the 10 months to October this year, up 28.8 percent from a year ago. (

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