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Cruise operators are increasingly offering bite-sized breaks along the coast of Australia for domestic travellers keen to explore the island continent.

Cruise Baltic is hailed to be the first cruise network to become completely paperless. The initiative is in line with the ambition for the Baltic Sea to be the most sustainable cruise destination in the world.

Oman’s Ministry of Tourism has revealed that the Sultanate posted a significant 43,6 percent growth in cruise ship tourists from January to December 2019 to reach 283,488 passengers from 193,467 recorded during the same period last year.

River cruise specialist, VIVA Cruises, is re-launching its flagship vessel VIVA TIARA in March of this year.

Princess Cruises has officially named its newest ship, the 3,660-guest Sky Princess, at a ceremony in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Princess Cruises has bid farewell to its final UK-based ship for this year as the line now looks ahead to 2020. Following the departure of Sapphire Princess after a season sailing from Southampton, mostly to Northern and Southern Europe, the line will cruise again from the UK in just over six months time with the arrival of the 3,560-guest Regal Princess.

Travelling by sea throughout Australia is becoming a popular past time for the domestic travellers.

Costa Cruises, the Italian company of Carnival Corporation, one of the world’s largest leisure travel company, and Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, one of the largest shipbuilding groups in the world, recently celebrated the official float-out ceremony of Costa Firenze, the cruise liner’s second ship designed and built specifically for the Asian market.

Cruises confirm their positive contribution to the European and Italian economy. In particular, the Costa Group, a leader in this sector, both in Europe and China, with 3,2 million guests, generated a total economic impact in 2018 of EUR12,6 billion in Europe, creating over 63,000 full-time equivalent jobs.

Princess Cruises has announced it will return to Tahiti in autumn 2020, and sailings will be available on the 670-guest Pacific Princess.