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Sessions on port marketing, cruise industry issues and trends, itinerary planning, shore excursions, multi-channel marketing and growing the Canada/New England market are on tap for the Canada/New England Cruise Symposium.

Thai army lifts curfew in key outlying tourist areas but not Bangkok

The curfew in Thailand's key tourist areas including Phuket, Pattaya and Koh Samui has been lifted but a 1 a.m. to 4 a.m. curfew continues in Bangkok, according to a Destination Asia (Thailand) update.

Panama Canal to charter post-Panamax ship for new-locks training

The Panama Canal Authority said it will charter a post-Panamax vessel before the opening of the expanded Canal to be used for training purposes in the third set of locks.

Abercrombie & Kent US touts suite savings in Antarctica

Abercrombie & Kent's US office has limited availability on the Dec. 9 'Classic Antarctica' cruise aboard Le Boréal. Two-room, two-bath suites with private balconies (Category 5) are available at $15,196 per person, double occupancy, a savings of $3,799 per person.

Un-Cruise offers savings on inclusive Hawaii voyages booked by July 31

From November through April, travelers can explore four Hawaiian islands—Hawaii, Maui, Molokai and Lanai—by yacht on a week-long cruise with small ship line Un-Cruise Adventures.

SeaDream has limited space on Northern Europe cruises

SeaDream Yacht Club’s 112-passenger SeaDream I entered the Baltic Sea on Monday, beginning a season of voyages showcasing Northern Europe. The cruise originated at Hamburg on Saturday as the vessel embarked on a journey through the Kiel Canal headed for Helsinki, Stockholm and St. Petersburg.

American Express travel counselors are booking more cruises this year than last and report demand or interest in river cruising is skyrocketing. However, clients are waiting for future price cuts and many ask for on-board credits.

Hurtigruten's 2015 fjord-focused 'Explorer' voyages 25% off

Hurtigruten has early booking savings of 25% on a pair of Norwegian Fjords 'Explorer Voyages' in 2015. The 10-day 'The Norwegian Fjords,' departing May 1, and the 12-day 'Fjord Highlights & Viking Trail,' departing May 12, visit Hardangerfjord, Lysefjord, Sognefjord and Nordfjord.

Travel adviser Jenny Malka of Atlanta-based Century Travel, a Virtuoso-affiliated agency, booked Oceania Cruises’ 1 millionth reservation on Monday. This is a significant milestone for the line established in 2003.

For limited time in upper categories, Celebrity cuts NCFs, MSC boosts pay to 25%

In an eye-opening pair of travel agent incentives, Celebrity Cruises eliminated non-commissionable fares (NCFs) on bookings made during June in verandah accommodations and above for 2015 sailings, and MSC Cruises USA set 25% pay for balcony bookings on MSC Divina cruises from August to late December.

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