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Articles from 2017 In January


Seafood Shack added to seven Fun Ships

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Lobster rolls, crab cake sliders, fish and chips, seafood platters and more

Located within the ships’ poolside Lido restaurants, the a la carte dining venue offers lobster rolls, lobster BLTs, crab cake sliders, fish and chips, and a fried seafood platter with shrimp, clams, calamari, and fish.

There are also buckets of fried buffalo shrimp and fried clams or a combination featuring both items. Diners can also order steamed lobster, snow crab, peel and eat shrimp, and oysters, all available at market price.

In addition to Carnival Vista, Seafood Shacks are currently featured aboard Carnival Liberty from Port Canaveral, Carnival Glory and Carnival Victory from Miami, Carnival Conquest from Port Everglades and Carnival Freedom, Carnival Triumph and Carnival Valor from Galveston.

Technical problems continue to plague Norwegian Star

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Norwegian Star has been forced to reduce speed and skip ports en route to Sydney

The 91,740gt ship had problems with its Azipod system in Singapore late last year at the start of the company’s first Asia program in more than a decade.

Now Norwegian Star has experienced a further technical malfunction and is travelling at reduced speed.

She will miss Wednesday’s scheduled call at Cairns and a call at Brisbane on February 4 and is expected to arrive in Sydney as planned on February 6.

The ship is expected to sail from Sydney that day, calling at Melbourne on February 8 where she will overnight. She will miss the calls at Burnie on February 9 and Milford Sound on February 12.

She will visit Dunedin on February 13, Akaroa on February 14 and Wellington on February 15, but will miss Napier on February 16.

The ship will arrive in Tauranga on February 17, and Auckland as planned on February 18.

All passengers are being offered a credit of A$1,000 per stateroom and a 100% future cruise credit of the fare paid for use within the next five years.

Passengers who sail on the February 6 voyage will receive a A$250 shipboard credit and a 25% credit on the fare of a future cruise to be used within five years. 

Those who do not sail on the voyage to Auckland will receive a 100% future cruise credit.

The ship, which underwent a full refurbishment in 2015 as part of the ‘Norwegian Edge’ upgrade, was built in 2001 and is not NCL’s Norwegian Star that came to Australia in 1997 for Sarina Bratton’s Norwegian Capricorn Line.

Costa North America, Paul Gauguin unwrap Valentine's Day offers

Costa North America, Paul Gauguin unwrap Valentine's Day offers

The Costa savings are available in the western Mediterranean on flagship Costa Diadema and in the eastern Mediterranean on Costa Luminosa. Fares for the week-long voyages are under $100 per person, per day.

Costa Diadema sails round-trip Barcelona to Marseille, Palma de Mallorca, Savona, Civitavecchia (Rome) and La Spezia (gateway to Cinque Terra, Pisa and Florence). Costa Luminosa sails round-trip from Trieste, Italy, for Katakolon (Olympia), Piraeus, Split, Dubrovnik and Venice.

'The Mediterranean is one of the most romantic regions in the world, and Costa is making it an affordable gift to give this Valentine's Day,' said Scott Knutson, vp sales and marketing, Costa Cruises North America.

The special rates are available on a dozen Costa Diadema dates from March through May. Travelers who want to spend more time in Rome can plan a pre- or post-cruise stay in the city and take the same itinerary, round-trip Civitavecchia. Rates start at $499 per person. Eligible Costa Luminosa sailings are in June, priced from $599 per person.

At Paul Gauguin Cruises, an exclusive gift package is offered on select 2017 and 2018 sailings for passengers who book between now and Feb. 18.

The Valentine's gift package includes a $200 per stateroom credit at the ship’s Deep Nature Spa by Algotherm, a box of chocolates and a bottle of sparkling wine. The package is valued at $250.

It's available for Paul Gauguin voyages departing Aug. 26, 2017, through Dec. 29, 2018, excluding the Oct. 7, 2017 sailing. Passengers also receive 50% off standard all-inclusive cruise fares and included round-trip airfare from Los Angeles on all 2017 and 2018 departures.

Cunard's new TV commercial to debut on 'Ocean Treks'

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A scene from the new brand campaign

The commercial showcases Cunard's new brand campaign—‘Everything you wanted, nothing you expected'—taking viewers through the possibilities and experiences available.

'The ad showcases the grandeur and sense of occasion that Cunard provides while glimpsing into the more intimate moments experienced on board our ships,' said Josh Leibowitz, svp, Cunard North America.

From February through July, Cunard will be featured on select episodes of 'Ocean Treks' and 'Vacation Creation,' two programs created by Carnival Corp. to highlight cruising.

For 'Ocean Treks,' Jeff Corwin takes viewers on adventures in remarkable destinations, from mountain climbs to deep sea dives, helicopter rides and glacier treks.

This week’s episode features Queen Victoria and Kotor, Montenegro, where Corwin climbs high above the city to the ancient fortress of St. John's Castle. Then he explores two hidden natural wonders, plunging into Kotor's coastal waters to discover their Blue Caves, and rappelling into long-unexplored Skurda Canyon.

Until Feb. 28, Cunard's 'Upgrades on Us' offer gives free double upgrades, from inside to balcony accommodations, on select voyages, plus 50% reduced deposit, free drinks in Grill Suites and free gratuities for past passengers.

Eligible cruises include itineraries on a wide range of voyages aboard Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, with fares starting at $1,299.

'Good Spirits' expands Carnival TV programming, manifests in new shipboard bar

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Matthew Biancaniello sails the globe in search of extraordinary everyday people and fresh, native ingredients to inspire one-of-a-kind cocktails

The show will premiere on FYI Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. ET and A&E Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. ET.

'Good Spirits' follows Biancaniello as he sails the globe on ships in the Carnival Corp. family in search of extraordinary everyday people, sharing the stories of spirits and collecting farm fresh, native ingredients to inspire one-of-a-kind cocktail creations.

The 30-minute, 10-episode series is the fourth originally produced program in Carnival Corp.'s growing portfolio of experiential content, following the three TV series viewed by millions that air Saturday mornings on major broadcast networks.

'Expanding the diversity of our content while extending into an evening time slot allows us to showcase our diverse portfolio of vacation experiences to an entirely different group of viewers,' said John Padgett, chief experience and innovation officer, Carnival Corp.

'Good Spirits' custom short-form vignettes will showcase how-to drink recipes inspired by each new episode. These vignettes will debut on air and natively across the FYI social and digital platforms throughout the series' 10-week run. Also coinciding with the series, Carnival Corp. and A+E Networks will launch a sweepstakes offering a chance to win a seven-day cruise for two.

The 'Good Spirits' experience will be manifested on Ocean Medallion Class ships, starting with Regal Princess in November. The Good Spirits Lounge will be an immersive bar experience with authentic cocktails related to the destinations and, thanks to the Medallion, a personal identifier that each passenger wears or carries, media in the room will relate to the drink a patron orders.

'We love it because it brings together immersive media, the story of the destination, personalization and customization and next-level service integration,' Padgett told Seatrade Cruise News.

Fathom offers savings on deluxe rooms to Cuba

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Adonia approaching the Port of Havana

The offer applies to premium balcony staterooms starting at $2,999 per person, double occupancy, with an additional $150 shipboard credit, and ocean-view staterooms priced from $2,499 with a $75 shipboard credit.

The prices do not include taxes, fees, port expenses, visa and gratuities. Estimated taxes, fees and port expenses vary by sail date and range from $144.02 to $165.98. The required travel visa costs $75 and gratuities are estimated at $80.50.

UBS sees upside to Carnival's unchanged guidance

UBS sees upside to Carnival's unchanged guidance

Historically, the company has used its annual report to give an update on wave-season bookings since Carnival's guidance in December doesn't have the future-year visibility that companies with a December fiscal year do, UBS said in a note.

One of those companies, Royal Caribbean, last Thursday projected its net yields to rise 4% to 6%, however UBS analyst Robin Farley said that includes significant accounting benefit from the deconsolidation of Pullmantur. Excluding the 125 basis points related to Pullmantur indicates 3.75% yield guidance at the midpoint for RCL, Farley said.

Furthermore, UBS cited the benefit to RCL of a full year of two new ships, Ovation of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas, and the sale of Legend of the Seas—changes Farley said add about 125 to 130 basis points to 2017 yield.

As a result, UBS put the like-for-like estimate of RCL yield as up 2.5%—the same as Carnival.

Carnival estimates 2017 adjusted earnings per share of $3.30 to $3.60, and in its 10-K reiterated December fuel cost and foreign exchange assumptions, while pointing out those change daily.

UBS estimates fuel and FX since the Dec. 20 guidance may have had a net positive impact of 4 cents to a nickel per share since the dollar has weakened against major currencies, partially offset by slightly higher fuel costs.

The brokerage continues to be slightly ahead of CCL's guidance, and Farley said RCL's outlook from Thursday is 'a positive indication, in our view, that there is likely upside to CCL guidance.'

UBS reiterated its distribution channel checks indicate a strong start to wave season.

The brokerage rates both CCL and RCL 'buy.'

Crystal's 2019 has hot trending regions, new ports, top wine areas

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Crystal Serenity at Bordeaux, one of several wine regions Crystal Cruises will visit in 2019

Sailings for the full year are open for booking.

Maiden calls include Crystal Symphony at Hualien, Taiwan; Ishigaki, Japan; Vlissingen, Netherlands, and Port Arthur, Tasmania, while Crystal Serenity's first visits include Kangaroo Island, Australia, and Porto Novo, Cape Verde.

An expanded Holy Land itinerary includes three full days in Israel, plus visits to Jordan and Greece aboard Crystal Symphony.

Warm weather getaways for Northerners in the winter include South America and along the Gulf of Mexico coast, with overnights at New Orleans, Rio de Janeiro, Punta Del Este and Buenos Aires, all aboard Crystal Symphony.

Among the cultural powerhouse itineraries are a Crystal Serenity Northern Europe route that includes three full days in UNESCO-recognized Bordeaux, plus extended exploration in Bruegge, Amsterdam, Bilbao and the Basque region of St. Jean-du-Luz and the Rioja wine region.

Other premier wine regions highlighted on specialized itineraries are Chianti and Napier.

Crystal will offer more French flair, with Crystal Serenity's Honfleur overnight giving the chance to travel to Paris and visit Monet’s Garden in Giverny, Deauville, plus an optional journey to Versailles.

Crystal Serenity will give access to Canada/New England, typically visited by ships in the fall, during springtime for a fresh perspective on the historically rich region.

French Polynesia and New Zealand-focused discoveries are featured in Crystal Symphony itineraries to the Cook Islands, Easter Island, Tauranga and Rotorua.

Also, via Crystal River Cruises, travelers can explore four major European rivers on sailings ranging from seven days aboard Crystal Mozart to 16 days aboard Crystal Mahler. Five vessels will ply the Danube, Rhine, Main and Moselle rivers on 142 voyages through Austria, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Slovakia, Hungary and the Netherlands.

And yachting adventures to the boutique harbors of the Caribbean's West Indies are available on Crystal Esprit, sailing from Marigot Bay, St. Martin, to spots including St. Barts, Jost Van Dyke, Anegada and Virgin Gorda.

Ports, companies can dine with cruise brass at FCCA Gala

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Adam Goldstein - FCCA Gala an 'invaluable opportunity for stakeholders to closely interact with the cruise industry’s key players'

The FCCA Gala offers an 'invaluable opportunity for stakeholders to closely interact with the cruise industry’s key players to develop understanding, relationships and business,' said Adam Goldstein, president and chief operating officer, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and chairman, Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association. 'I look forward to hosting a table and listening to ideas and developments while benefiting a good cause.'

Other table hosts include Christine Duffy, president, Carnival Cruise Line; Orlando Ashford, president, Holland America Line; Michael Bayley, president and ceo, Royal Caribbean International; Arnold Donald, president and ceo, Carnival Corp. & plc; Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and ceo, Celebrity Cruises; Jason Montague, president and ceo, Regent Seven Seas Cruises; Rick Sasso, chairman, MSC Cruises USA, and Andy Stuart, president and ceo, Norwegian Cruise Line.

The cruise executives will be on hand with all attendees for a 90-minute networking reception and silent art auction sponsored by Park West Gallery before sitting down to dinner. Feature tables are available for the presidents, ceos and other with select cruise executives, allowing for a destination or company to bring a team of up to nine.

Individual tickets are also available with other decision-makers, from managers to senior vice presidents throughout sectors including itinerary planning, purchasing, shore excursions, new business development, government relations, port and destination development and operations.

Proceeds benefit the FCCA Foundation, a nonprofit, charitable organization that funds humanitarian causes in the Caribbean and Latin America.

The dinner takes place at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, across the street from Seatrade Cruise Global.

Information and registration are here.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises fields relaxation experts on Europa 2

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Yoga in all its variations feature in IN2BALANCE themed-cruises

Experts from various fields, including Jonathan Hippensteel, US personal trainer, ‘Ironman finisher’ and marathon runner, Patrick Broome, yoga trainer for the German national football team and professional boxers Regina Halmich and Sven Ottke will present innovative training methods and Asian relaxation techniques.

Yoga in all its variations, burn-out prevention, t’ai chi, shiatsu and interval training are some of the IN2BALANCE options.

Experts and trainers will also address the latest trends in areas such as nutrition.

The first IN2BALANCE programme will take place on an ex-Hong Kong cruise to Singapore in March, 2017.