The world's most expensive cruise ship makes its four-night maiden voyage from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Labadee, Haiti, plus boat shows in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Oasis of the Seas Maiden Voyage
December 1
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

The world's biggest and most expensive cruise ship will make its four-night maiden voyage from Fort Lauderdale to Labadee, Haiti. The 16-deck ship can accommodate up to 6,360 passengers and offers amenities such as rock-climbing, surfing and zip-lining. The €900 million extravaganza from Royal Caribbean aims to lure the first-time cruiser.

Paris Nautic Show
December 5-13
Porte de Versailles, Paris, France

Europe's third-biggest boat show will showcase the latest models in the nautical world. More than a quarter of a million visitors are expected to attend, as are 1,200 exhibitors representing 1,400 brands. Nearly 1,500 boats will be on display, including close to 300 new models.

2nd Emirates Boat Show International
December 8-12
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

More than 150 exhibitors are scheduled to be present and more than 200 boats will be in the water and onshore at the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club. The show, open to trade visitors and the public, will feature multi-million dollar yachts and the latest in marine accessories and electronics.

Thalys accelerates
December 13

The high-speed service linking France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands gets even faster on December 13. New high speed lines reduce the journey time of Paris - Amsterdam to 3 hours, 18 minutes and Paris - Cologne to 3 hours, 14 minutes.

Phuket International Boat Show
January 7-10
Phuket, Thailand

The seventh annual PIMEX show is the largest in the region and features a display of yachts/superyachts alongside a series of seminars that combine international experts on maritime security with technical experts in their fields.