More and more Germans are taking cruises. In Hamburg alone, over 500,000 passengers checked in for a holiday at sea last year - setting a new record. The city is planning on building another terminal for cruise liners.
Worldwide tourism will be celebrating a record year in 2017. The UNWTO had wanted to counter tourism's negative consequences on local residents and environments with a Year of Sustainability. A preliminary stock-taking.
While diesel cars increasingly look to be on the way out, another big polluter is often ignored: shipping. Will electric vessels, including the first e-barges, help the industry clean up its act?
Large cruise ships will be allowed back into the Venice lagoon, but will be kept away from St Mark's Square, the Italian government has announced, limiting a practice seen as an potential environmental risk.
Italy's highest court has upheld a guilty sentence against the captain blamed for the deadly 2012 sinking of the Costa Concordia cruise ship. Over 30 people died in the shipwreck.
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