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Articles from 2007 In January


Balearics hit the million mark again

Balearics hit the million mark again

Within the totals some new trends appeared.

Palma de Mallorca clocked 923,868 passengers, with a 28% increase in the home-base segment, beginning or ending their cruises there. Mahon, Menorca, recorded 81 calls bringing 66,172 passengers (see separate story).

Ibiza suffered a 41% decline in numbers, despite requests from various lines to make additional calls. The island has had problems in developing an esplanade and new piers on the Botafoc jetty.

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Menorca faces 55% rise in calls in 2007

Menorca faces 55% rise in calls in 2007

According to preliminary statistics Mahon recorded 81 calls (+3% compared to 2005) and 66,172 passengers (+10%) in 2006. For the coming season 126 calls are anticipated, almost 56% up on last year. Among callers in 2007 are Hapag-Lloyd, Seabourn Cruise Line and Peter Deilmann Reederei. Frequent callers are Pacific Princess, Island Star, Island Escape, Thomson Celebration and Thomson Destiny. Mahon's cruise season kicks off next month with a call by Adriana on March 23 and closes eight months later when Insignia pays a November visit.

Local tourism authorities are reinforcing the island's appeal as a winter destination and have launched a new logo, branding Menorca as offering "All for your senses".

The local Diario de Menorca newspaper recently reported that Mahon's town council tried to persuade shops to open on Sundays for visiting cruise passengers. More than 20 calls are scheduled for Sundays during the 2007 season. Local Councillor of Tourism, María Sintes, suggests establishing a roster ensuring that at least one-third of the outlets remain open on Sundays.

Meanwhile the Council has commissioned a study to look at attracting more cruise ships to the port, which it hopes will be completed by next month.

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European river products booming Down Under

European river products booming Down Under


'We had a lot of disappointed clients who could not get reservations until now,' Seatrade Insider was told by Watson, who is offering the French company's five-day 'Rhine Valley and the Lorelei Rock' round cruises from Strasbourg with airport to ship transfers between April 5 and October 15 for A$1,325 (US$1,026) twin-share.


'There could not have been a better time for CroisiEurope's entry into this market because Australians are taking to the European waterways like ducks,' he said.


The demand is reflected in the announcement that Australian Pacific Touring is building a third ship in partnership with Amadeus Waterways. APT, Australia's largest privately-owned coach tour operator, is a joint investor with Brendan Worldwide Vacations in Amadeus Waterways' Amadagio, which entered service last year and Amalegro which will be launched next month.


The new 150-passenger sister ship Amacello is expected to enter service for the 2008 season.

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Economic impact data due next week

Economic impact data due next week


Compiled by a research firm, the figures will show direct and indirect spending as well as employment generated by the European cruise business during 2005.
Watch this space.

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Antarctica ship to undergo temporary repairs

Antarctica ship to undergo temporary repairs

Sailing under its own power, the vessel relocated to Maxwell Bay, King George Island, home of the Chilean Marsh/Frei research station.

Because of environmental considerations, Hurtigruten management decided to carry out the temporary repairs at Maxwell Bay before the ship heads to Argentina where permanent repairs will be completed. Nordkapp's outer hull was damaged when the ship struck underwater rocks.

As earlier reported, all 294 passengers and eight expedition staff were safely transferred yesterday to another Hurtigruten vessel, which is en route to Ushuaia.

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CruiseOne offers reduced cost conversions

CruiseOne offers reduced cost conversions

'We have not been active in the conversion segment over the years but recognize that this is a growing market,' said Vivian Ewart, svp and gm of CruiseOne. Depending on verified sales volume and experience, conversion franchises will range from $495 to $3,195 and will include the same support and tools that current franchise owners use.

'While the majority of our existing members are home-based, we certainly welcome qualified brick and mortar cruise-only agencies to consider this opportunity,' Ewart added.

CruiseOne currently has more than 470 franchisees throughout North America.

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Divers en route for Nordkapp repairs

Divers en route for Nordkapp repairs

The divers are expected reach the ship on Friday or Saturday, according to Torkild Torkildsen, operations director for Hurtigruten. Nordkapp, which touched bottom at Neptune's Bellows near Deception Island on Tuesday, will undertake temporary repairs prior to setting off for Argentina where permanent repairs will be carried out, most likely in Buenos Aires.

Hurtigruten canceled the three remaining cruises in Nordkapp's Antarctica season.

Norkapp is now anchored in Maxwell Bay, King George Island, near the Chilean Marsh/Frei research station. Ever since the grounding, the vessel has been ringed by oil booms as a precautionary measure, but no leakage has been detected, Torkildsen said.

Det Norske Veritas cleared the ship to sail to Argentina after analyzing a report and pictures taken by divers from the British naval vessel Endurance. However, Torkildsen said Hurtigruten management decided to conduct the preliminary repairs as a precautionary measure in light of environmental considerations.

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New topics, new faces for Seatrade Miami

New topics, new faces for Seatrade Miami

The event is set for March 12-15 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Celebrity Cruises president Dan Hanrahan will open the State of the Industry session on March 13 with an industry forecast in his role as chairman of the Cruise Lines International Association's marketing committee. As always, the panel will include top names from the major companies.

During the various sessions, a number of executives will be speaking at Seatrade for the first time. For example, joining the 'Baby Boomers & Beyond' panel on March 14 are Alice Norsworthy, svp marketing for Royal Caribbean International, and Jan Swartz, svp sales and customer service for Princess Cruises. Bill Johnson, new director of the Port of Miami, joins 'Mega-Ports for Mega-Ships,' also on March 14.

The full conference program is outlined and regularly updated at cruiseshipping.net (select 'Conference Attendees' then 'Conference Program').

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Royal Caribbean sets dividend

Royal Caribbean sets dividend

The dividend is payable on March 30 to shareholders of record on March 1.

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CLIA cites changes in wedding market

CLIA cites changes in wedding market

Forty percent of agents polled reported that second-marriage couples are their largest source of business, and 32% of agents said they are booking more wedding parties that include family and friends.

Of the 460 CLIA-member agents who participated in the poll, 20% singled out the biggest change in their honeymoon and wedding business as more couples renewing vows at sea, and 8% saw an increase in same-sex couples choosing cruises.

Fifty-six percent of the agents said Generation Xers (ages 28 to 42) represented the largest group of honeymoon and wedding cruisers. Generation Y (ages 27 and younger) accounted for 25%, while younger baby boomers (ages 43 to 51) represented 13% and older boomers (ages 52 to 61) totaled 6 percent.

In other survey findings, 57% of agents identified the most popular cruise destination for couples as the Caribbean/Bahamas, followed by Hawaii (23%), Europe (9%) and Alaska (7%).

Fifty-four percent of agents reported that, on average, couples pay $1,000 to $3,000 for the cruise portion of their vacation, while 35%put the figure at $3,000 to $6,000 per couple.

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