Cruise Lines International Association released the 2019 Asia Cruise Deployment and Capacity Report. In the report, the organization details Asia’s planned cruise activity in 2019, providing stakeholders with information to keep pace with the dynamic cruise industry in this area.
Shanghai will establish a demonstration zone for cruise tourism, approved by China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the municipal authorities said Tuesday. This comes in line with the city’s plans to set itself as a hub for cruise tourism.
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and the City of Dubrovnik signed a Memorandum of Understanding to preserve and protect the cultural heritage of Dubrovnik through responsible tourism management. The agreement also aims to establish Dubrovnik as a model of sustainable tourism in the Adriatic.
In Palermo, Italy, ALE finalized the lengthening of two ships to make them the longest cruise ships in the world. The Grimaldi Roma and Grimaldi Barcelona operate on the busy Civitavecchia-Barcelona route and the lengthening has increased the capacity on both ships.
Cruise Belfast, a collaboration between Belfast Harbour and Visit Belfast, opened the first dedicated cruise terminal on the island of Ireland to cater for Belfast’s growing popularity as a cruise destination.
The European Barge Union, the European Transport Workers and IG Rivercruise signed an agreement on collaborating on measures that support equal employment in the European river cruise sector. The three participants aim to improve the working conditions on river cruise vessels, while ensuring a level playing field for the sector.
More than 10,000 people have signed a petition calling for a limit of one cruise ship a day docking in Palma de Mallorca. Currently, around 500 cruise ships dock in Mallorca every year, disembarking about 2 million passengers. The manifesto claims that the number of giant cruise ships has increased in an unsustainable way, which the city does not want.
After protests from demonstrators in Puerto Rico, who filled the streets in Old San Juan for days, Gov. Ricardo Rossello will be removed from office. However, these protests made several cruise ships to cancel their calls at the island, leading to an economic loss of $2.5 million.
Carnival Cruise Line announced that its newest ship, ‘Carnival Panorama’, completed sea trials in the Adriatic Sea earlier this week, in anticipation of its inaugural cruise from Long Beach, on 11 December 2019. Panorama became the line’s first new ship on the West Coast in 20 years.
Royal Caribbean Cruises ordered a third Icon Class ship for delivery in 2025. The agreement to build a third ship was placed with shipbuilder Meyer Turku. When completed, the vessel will join sister Icon Class ships, which are set to be delivered in 2022 and 2024.
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