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Articles from 2004 In October


Gavin Smith president of Carnival Australia

Gavin Smith president of Carnival Australia

Gavin Smith, P&O Cruises Australia's md, is now president of Carnival Australia and John Molinaro, the former vp sales for P&O Princess Cruises in the US and Canada who relocated to Sydney in September last year, has been appointed vp sales.

Jackie Foggitt, WLCL's vp Asia Pacific, has been appointed to the newly created position of vp international sales for Carnival Australia.

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New look Europa

New look Europa

These include a completely new indoor-outdoor bar with aft-facing views named Sansibar, after the famous restaurant of the same name on the island of Sylt, where Germany's rich and famous go to escape. The beachfront restaurant is known for its fresh seafood and incredible wine cellar. In the shipboard version, tapas (different each day) are provided along with wines selected from the famed restaurant. The new facility has a dance floor, and backs onto a new, high-ceilinged electronic golf simulator/golf club (the ship now carries a PGA pro on every cruise).

Another new addition is an extensive fitness centre, with forward facing views, together with a new lift for access from inside the ship. The facility replaced the former nude sunbathing deck, which is now relocated above the gymnasium. The fitness centre houses some high-tech workout machines and is extremely large for a ship of Europa's size (28,437gt).

A third new facility is a children's activity centre. Also, the reception area was completely panelled in wood, and the ship's fleet of Zodiac shore landing craft and hoisting cranes was repositioned atop the new Sansibar indoor-outdoor facility.

Europa is the only ship to receive a Five-Stars-Plus rating in the recently published 2005 (and 20th anniversary) edition of BERLITZ Ocean Cruising and Cruise Ships, authored by Douglas Ward.

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easyCruise to trial Far East cruises

easyCruise to trial Far East cruises

The vessel is currently undergoing a major refit in Singapore. If the experiment of the Far Eastern itinerary proves successful, Singapore might become the ship's permanent winter base.

Itineraries are still being planned but will include Melacca, Port Klang, Penang, Langkawi and other destinations in Malaysia and Thailand, says the start-up line.

In a break from easyGroup tradition, easyCruise is considering using travel agents. This departure from established easyJet policy will be tested in the first easyCruise sailings from Singapore in 2005.

Once the itinerary is finalised www.easyCruise.com will offer these cruises both to travel agents and to passengers booking on-line. Travel agents will get a 5% discount through the easyCruise website. 'Given how much interest easyCruise has generated in the media, I think consumers will be going to their normal travel agent asking to be booked on an easyCruise,' said Stelios Haji-Ioannou, easyGroup chairman. 'I am preparing to give them a chance to show that there is room in the market for travel agents selling their customers an easyCruise holiday. Travel agents can package an easyCruise with flights, which easyCruise will not get involved in supplying, and perhaps a few nights at a local hotel before or after the cruise. I think this will be a win-win and travel agents will be making money for both themselves and easyCruise,' he continued.

Towards the end of April the easyCruise vessel will sail to the Mediterranean for its first European cruise season (see separate story).

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easyCruiseapos;s summer 2005 itinerary: decision after Seatrade Med

easyCruiseapos;s summer 2005 itinerary: decision after Seatrade Med

easyGroup chairman, Stelios Haji-Ioannou, will make a final decision on which of these itineraries after meeting with several port authorities at Seatrade Med Cruise & Ferry Convention, taking place in Genoa this week, 3-5 November.

The entrepreneur is a guest speaker on the Cruise Product Development session taking place on Thursday afternoon (November 4) which also includes Carnival Cruise Lines' vp, cruise programming, Roger Blum.


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Cruise ships return to Grand Cayman

Cruise ships return to Grand Cayman

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'The government requested two ships a day initially with the hope of going back to their normal schedule on the 15th,' Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association president Michele Paige told Seatrade Insider.

Grenada, however, remains off the cruise charts. 'We don't know yet when we can return,' Paige said. 'It's wait and see. We're waiting to hear from the government.' Princess Cruises spokeswoman Julie Benson concurred that her company has not set an official return date to Grenada, which was battered by Hurricane Ivan on Sept. 7.

As earlier reported, Paige recently led an FCCA delegation to Grand Cayman at the invitation of tourism officials. 'We were very impressed with how much they have done,' she said, referring to the island's recovery effort. 'Many of us in South Florida who lived through [Hurricane] Andrew [in 1992] walked around in a state of shock for a month but that's not what Grand Cayman did.'

Cruise ships will lead the visitor rebound on the island, with land tourism expected to resume in late November.

'Our partnership is cast in stone,' Paige said of the Cayman Islands and the cruise industry. 'The people of Cayman were extremely appreciative of the relief efforts the cruise industry put into place -- the supplies we delivered but also the delivery by ship gave people a sign of hope,' the FCCA chief added. On Sept. 21, Caribbean Princess offloaded $50,000 worth of goods during a service call at George Town.

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Brooklyn cruise pier moves forward

Brooklyn cruise pier moves forward

The facility uses an existing shed at Pier 12 and is budgeted at $20m-$30m, according to Kate Ascher, evp-infrastructure, of the New York City Economic Development Corp. (EDC).

The EDC must first sign a lease with the port authority, which Ascher expects to do before year's end. Pier 12 runs parallel to the shoreline, enabling easier berthing than at the nearby finger piers, which were under consideration for cruise development.

The Brooklyn berth is 'absolutely critical' to New York's cruise redevelopment plans, Ascher told Seatrade Insider. The facility is needed to support New York's growing cruise business and, in the short term, it also will relieve crowding on Manhattan's West Side as individual piers are taken out of service for renovation.

An oversight committee comprised of representatives of the major cruise lines, Customs and terminal operators has been meeting monthly to participate in the design process and review the plans.

Bermello, Ajamil & Partners is handling the terminal design and Turner will provide construction. 'We are going to build the most efficient and passenger friendly terminal in the industry,' B&A's Luis Ajamil pledged.

The Brooklyn pier is expected to open for cruise operations late next summer.

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Celebrity debuts Galveston sailings

Celebrity debuts Galveston sailings

'We are very pleased to welcome guests from the great state of Texas and beyond, and are honored that a revered group of war veterans chose the Galaxy as the platform for their annual "Veterans' Victory Cruise,"' said Steve Hancock, Celebrity's svp marketing and sales. He also expressed appreciation for a warm reception from the Port of Galveston and local officials.

Hancock and Celebrity colleagues today welcomed area travel agents, media and officials including Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas at a ceremony on the 1,870-passenger Galaxy.

The ship will sail 11- and 12-night Panama Canal cruises through April, calling at Cozumel, Belize City, Cristóbal (for Colón), Puerto Limón, Grand Cayman and Montego Bay. Fares begin at $1,100 per person, double occupancy.

Galaxy will conclude its first Galveston season with a new 16-night transatlantic cruise departing May 7. Ports include Key West, Nassau, Ponta Delgada, Funchal, Gibraltar and Villefranche. The sailing ends at Civitavecchia, Galaxy's 2005 European homeport.

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Aliberti joins Bermello, Ajamil cruise team

Aliberti joins Bermello, Ajamil cruise team

Aliberti will work in B&A's growing Port and Maritime Division, based from the company's Fort Lauderdale office.

Most recently the director of shore programs for Cunard Line, Aliberti also brings cruise and destination expertise from earlier positions at Royal Olympic, Premier and Silversea Cruises.

'We want to continue to expand our cruise and destination practice by providing our clients with the ability to linkthe hard infrastructure of the cruise facilities we design and build with the software elements of shore excursion programmingand cruise destination development planning. Alberto is a great fit with our maritime team, and will assistus in raising the bar yet again in terms of cruise facility and destination planning,' said Mark Ittel, B&A's director ofmaritime and destination planning.

B&A's port and maritime project list extends from the Caribbean to St. Petersburg, Hong Kong to Juneau, New York City to Seattle.

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Costa Magica delivered, next newbuild name announced

Costa Magica delivered, next newbuild name announced

'The delivery of a ship is always an emotional event, but this year the emotions become "magical," with a ship that's a tribute to some of Italy's most enchanting places,' declared Pierluigi Foschi, ceo of Costa Crociere.

Giuseppe Bono, ceo of Fincantieri said the delivery 'consolidates our outstanding relationship with Costa, the group leader in Europe, for which we also renew our commitment to achieve new, common objectives in the future.'

Foschi used the occasion to announce the name of the next Costa newbuild, the fleet's twelfth, under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard. Costa Concordia, due for delivery in summer 2006, will be the biggest passenger cruise ship in Italian history at 112,000 gt, 290mtr long and with a maximum capacity of 3,800 guests. It represents an investment of EUR450m.

A number of events are planned during the coming week to celebrate the arrival of Costa Magica, culminating with the ship's christening in Barcelona on November 6. Next Wednesday evening Costa, Fincantieri and FAI, the Italian Environment Foundation, have organised a special event with a performance by the Glenn Miller Orchestra. All proceeds from the concert, will be used to finance the activities to restore the Ligurian heritage artefacts under FAI. That same night Costa Magica will also be the venue for a gala dinner for delegates attending Seatrade Med Cruise & Ferry Convention taking place 3-5 November in Genoa.

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Carnival adds Jacksonville hotel stays

Carnival adds Jacksonville hotel stays

Starting in January, the packages can be combined with four- and five-day cruises aboard the 1,486-passenger Celebration. Four-day cruises visit Freeport and Nassau, while five-day voyages feature Key West and Nassau.

The 996-room Adam's Mark Jacksonville Hotel offers four restaurants and bars plus a rooftop health club and pool overlooking the St. Johns River and surrounding cityscape. The property is located on the newly developed north riverbank boardwalk, in the heart of the downtown business district. Prices for the one-night stays begin at $53 per person, based on double occupancy.

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