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Princess Cruises UK has recruited Natasha Lizardos as sales operations manager on a 12-month contract. She was previously with Thomas Cook for 20 years.

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.

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.

The third edition of the Fighting Cancer with Music event took place at Limassol Marina with great success.

The Cypriot delegation, under Savvas Perdios, deputy minister of tourism, received encouraging messages during their presence at the important, specialised Seatrade Europe cruise fair which was recently held in Hamburg.