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Cruise Pulse: News and Notes for Dec. 21, 2015

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Costa Cruises | Jason Leppert | December 21, 2015

Cruise Pulse: News and Notes for Dec. 21, 2015

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New Costa 'Happiness Squared' Promotional Splash Stars Shakira
Costa Cruises has announced new brand initiatives and an international promotion featuring Shakira and the slogan "welcome to happiness squared."

Cruise Line Employees Make the Season Bright for Northwest Harvest and New Beginnings
Employees of Holland America Line, Seabourn Cruise Line and Princess Cruises donated time and money to fight hunger and domestic abuse.

Carnival Sunshine’s Inaugural Call in Martinique Marked with Shipboard Ceremony
A traditional maritime plaque exchange commemorated the inaugural call of Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Sunshine in the Caribbean island of Martinique.

Costa Cruises to Become Direct Sell
Updated: Costa chief says otherwise. Following a new business model as of February 2016, Costa Cruises will stop selling through U.K. travel agents to instead sell direct from its website and calls.


Following a 22-day transatlantic crossing, MSC Cruises' MSC Opera has just arrived in Havana, Cuba as the largest ever cruise ship to dock at the island nation.

The South Pacific island territory of New Caledonia is exploring the possibility of opening up Belep as a new cruise ship port of call.

Final financing for Port of New Orleans' Poland Avenue cruise ship terminal in Louisiana has been approved and could see construction begin in early 2016.

In order to address passenger complaints of tourist harassment and maintain their cruise industry, the St. Kitts and Nevis government will make changes at Port Zante.

Ann Sherry, Executive Chairman of Carnival Australia, has joined Palladium's board and announced that Angela Howard has been appointed as Carnival Australia's new Vice President People & Performance.


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