PACIFIC NORTHWEST ECONOMIC REGION SUMMIT 2018

Over 500 regional business leaders, legislators, and key decision makers attended the PNWER Annual Summit July 22 – 26 in Spokane, exploring shared challenges in the region, discuss best practices, promote regional relationships, and develop an action plan for addressing these challenges in the coming year. For more information visit pnwer.org

HARO STRAIT VOLUNTARY SLOWDOWN – 80% PARTICIPATION IN THE FIRST WEEK 

It has been just over one week since the southern resident killer whales were spotted in Haro Strait, triggering the start of the voluntary vessel slowdown. The voluntary slowdown will now remain in effect until at least September 15th, 2018.

CRUISE LINES ELIMINATE PLASTIC STRAWS,

PLEDGE TO BAN SINGLE-USE PLASTICS

Start saying goodbye to single-use plastics on cruise ships. A handful of lines have either eliminated straws or other single-use plastics or pledged to ban all single-use plastics in the near future. To view the breakdown of the lines that have implemented bans on-board visit cruisecritic.com, July 20,2018

ARCTIC CRUISE OPERATIONS TARGET PLASTIC USE

This summer, the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) is working with cruise operators to identify how the expedition cruise industry can drastically reduce the use of disposable plastics on ships. AECO will also continue to engage thousands of cruise passengers in beach cleanups in the Arctic.

Environmental agent Sarah Auffret was hired by AECO in May to lead the association’s efforts to combat marine plastic pollution. She has visited 16 expedition cruise vessels sailing in Svalbard to analyze and later share best practices on reducing plastic consumption.

To read more visit maritime-executive.com, July 24,2018.

SUSTAINABILITY FROM SHIP TO SHORE 

Carnival Corporation & plc released its eighth annual sustainability report, announcing that in 2017 the company achieved its 25 percent carbon reduction goal three years ahead of schedule and is on track with its nine other 2020 sustainability goals. The full 2017 report, “Sustainability from Ship to Shore,” was developed in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative format and is available online at CarnivalSustainability.com.

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE ANNOUNCES 2019 JOY RE-POSITIONING TO ALASKA

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced changes to its 2019 and 2020 itineraries. Among these, the Norwegian Joy is leaving China to join the Norwegian Bliss, sailing seasonally in Alaska in the summer 2019, and will offer Mexican Riviera and Panama Canal voyages during the winter 2019-2020. The Norwegian Spirit will replace the Joy in China in 2020, leaving Norwegian out of the Chinese market for one year, and the Spirit will only sail there on a seasonal basis.

The Pearl, which is in Alaska now, will sail to Europe as the cruise line’s sixth ship in the region in summer 2019, while the Jade and Jewel will expand Norwegian’s presence in Australasia in winter the 2019-2020 winter season. To read more visit cruiseindustrynews.com , July 18,2018

CELEBRITY CRUISES TO UPGRADE EVERY SHIP 

Celebrity Cruises is transforming the cruise industry with a plan to spend over $500 million to upgrade every cruise ship. The cruise line unveiled The Celebrity Revolution which is designed to bring the rest of the brand’s award-winning fleet to the Edge.

From staterooms to new sundecks and lounges, where is what Celebrity Cruises is doing to upgrade every cruise ship in their fleet.

Celebrity collaborated with renowned international hospitality design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) to transform the staterooms as part of The Celebrity revolution. To read more visit cruisefever.net, July 22,2018

MAJOR MARKETS CONTROL CRUISE CAPACITY 

While new regions of the world creep into ship deployment patterns, the major markets are still dominating the global cruise capacity picture, according to 2018-2019 Cruise Industry News Annual Report. This year, the Annual Report projects that 38.4 percent of the world’s capacity will be in the Caribbean, down from 38.9 percent in 2017, and matching 2016’s number.

The second biggest market is Asia-Pacific, which is down year-over-year, to 15.1 percent from 15.7 percent in 2017 – but that region is well up from representing just 8 percent of capacity in 2013. To read more visit cruiseindustrynews.com, July 03,2018

WEST COAST CRUISE MARKET ON THE COMEBACK TRAIL 

The West Coast and Mexican Riviera cruise market is experiencing a renaissance in 2018 and is expected to deliver more growth in 2019 and beyond, according to the 2018-2019 Cruise Industry News Annual Report.

Capacity is set to grow in 2018, up more than 5 percent and led by increased deployment from Carnival Cruise Line, in addition to increased deployment from Norwegian and Disney as well.Earlier this week, Norwegian added even more to future growth forecasts when it announced the Norwegian Joy would offer a seasonal program as well. To read more visit cruiseindustrynews.com, July 19,2018

CRUISE CRITIC’S TOP TEN POPULAR CRUISE SHIP DESTINATIONS FOR 2018 :QUEBEC CITY AT NUMBER 3

Quebec City is sometimes considered the Paris of North America, but it’s so much more than that. While the language is French-first, the culture is very much Canadian, perhaps best evidenced in the local food scene (and not just poutine). View the full top 10 at cnn.com, July 24,2018

SAINT LAWRENCE TO HOST MORE THAN HALF A MILLION CRUISE GUEST IN 2018

The nine ports of call in Canada’s Saint Lawrence region expect to welcome more than 500,000 cruise passengers in 2018 – a 30% increase from 2017.

In 2018, 35 different ships from 26 cruise lines will visit the nine port and generate a combined direct and indirect annual economic impact of over US$500 million.  To read more visit  cruiseandferry.net, July 26,2018

‘VERY GOOD SEASON SO FAR’ SAYS PORT AUTHORITY OF CRUISE SHIPS

Fall is known to be the busiest time of Halifax’s cruise ship season, but the Port of Halifax is starting to see more calls earlier in the year.

“Last year in April we had two, this year we had four,” said communications advisor Lane Farguson. “It’s sort of carried on that way through May, June and July as well.

“We’re expecting about 68 vessel calls from April until August, which means we’ll be looking at over 130 in September and October.”

To read more visit halifaxtoday.ca, July 22,2018

CLIA ANNOUNCES PRESIDENT & CEO TRANSITION 

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced that Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, will be stepping down at the end of the year to focus on family priorities. D’Aoust will remain in her role until a successor is identified and will help oversee the transition of a new leader.

“CLIA has been fortunate to have Cindy at the helm for the last two years but we respect her decision to focus on her family and wish her all the best,” said Arnold Donald, Global Chair, CLIA and President and CEO, Carnival Corporation & plc.


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