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Articles from 2007 In October


SeaDream publishes apos;Dream Cuisineapos;

SeaDream publishes apos;Dream Cuisineapos;

' It contains more than 90 recipes, ranging from gratinated escargot served with aubergine caviar and mushrooms to Thai-style chili garlic quail.

Executive chef d'cuisine Robert van Rijsbergen has described SeaDream's approach as 'a subtle combination of classic French culinary techniques, sophisticated international offerings and a mingling of Asian influences.'

The cookbook depicts SeaDream's food, service and amenities including linen tablecloths and napkins of 100% Italian cotton woven in Belgium, flatware designed and crafted in Norway, and china from Porsgrund and crystal from Hadeland Glasswerk, both of also of Norway and owned by SeaDream owner Atle Brynestad.

'Dream Cuisine' was introduced at a book launch during a recent SeaDream Club Members' voyage by company president, ceo and co-Owner Larry Pimentel.

Florida-based Michel Verdure served as principal photographer for the book, which is priced at $30 and sold on board and in the Boutique section at www.seadream.com.

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HAL: Signature investment tops $425m

HAL: Signature investment tops $425m

When Prinsendam leaves drydock Dec. 16 with remodeled staterooms and a new Explorations Café, the line will have committed more than $425m fleetwide.

Rick Meadows, evp marketing, sales and guest programs for Holland America, said the initiative evolved into a brand promise and a commitment to continually invest in the product.

By December, the fleet will have logged more than 350 days in drydock receiving enhancements ranging from the loading of new plush pillows to the addition of 34 staterooms to the aft superstructure of the early Vista-class ships.

The line began major changes to its first three Vista-class ships last April when Westerdam added 34 staterooms, a Pinnacle Bar, new shops and an Explorations Café in the Crow's Nest. Similar additions will be completed on Zuiderdam in May and on Oosterdam in May 2009. The fourth Vista ship, Noordam, was delivered with all Signature of Excellence enhancements in place.

At year's end, Prinsendam will complete a scheduled docking to refurbish staterooms, expand the shopping promenade, replace carpeting and flooring, and add an Explorations Café and new meeting spaces.

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NCL charts return to Grand Bahama Island

NCL charts return to Grand Bahama Island

Twenty-eight of the calls will be made by the newly introduced Norwegian Gem.

Norwegian Jewel will make the first stop in Grand Bahama, along with a call at Nassau, during a three-day Bahamas get-away cruise on Nov. 15, round-trip from Miami.

The deployment affirms the line's long relationship with the Bahamas which began some 40 years ago, said Andy Stuart, evp marketing, sales and passenger services. NCL was the first cruise operator to include a private island experience, at Great Stirrup Cay in the Berry Islands.

The line estimates its Bahamas calls will contribute approximately $9m directly to the local economy, with $4m going to Grand Bahama Island.

NCL said it decided to return to Grand Bahama after a development team visited at the invitation of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and toured the area for the new cruise port facility and sampled tours, from a Jeep safari to an air boat ride.

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CLIA sees record Cruise Night sales

CLIA sees record Cruise Night sales

17 is expected to generate $22.3m sales that will yield more than $3m in agency commissions.

These estimates represent a 20% increase in bookings, sales andcommissions over the 2006 event. Further sales were forecast from a new Virtual WLCN option.

More than 45,000 consumers attended an eventsponsored by 900-plus travel agencies across North America, a 28%increase in attendance with a 27% increase in participatingagencies from 2006 levels.

For the first time, CLIA offered agents Virtual WLCN, with more than 3,000 agencies participating by inviting consumers to visit a customized website with cruise line videos and offers.

Virtual WLCN was available online from Oct. 15-31 and it is estimated that consumers viewed cruise line videos more than 50,000 times. Agents surveyed project 16,802 bookings and $21m in sales as a result oftheir two weeks of Virtual WLCN participation.

Combined, CLIA's 2007 WLCN events and online Virtual WLCN option areestimated by the nearly 4,000 participating agents and agencies togenerate a total of as many as 34,654 bookings, $43.3m in salesand over $5.8m in agency commissions.

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Regent sets nine food and wine programs

Regent sets nine food and wine programs

Chefs from Le Cordon Bleu will host 'Classes Culinaires des Croiseres' on seven departures from mid January to mid September.

Walter Scheib, White House executive chef from 1994 to 2005, will share 'Presidential Secrets under the Mediterranean Sun' during a cruise to Greece, Italy and Turkey departing June 6.

Cindy Pawlcyn, chef and owner of Napa Valley's Mustards Grill and Cindy's Backyard, will host a 'Mediterranean Food Odyssey' departing June 21.

The programs are available at rates ranging from $255 to $450, exclusive of cruise fare.

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Darwin extends free shuttle bus service

Darwin extends free shuttle bus service


Henderson used the occasion to announce that the NT government and Darwin City Council will continue funding a free shuttle bus service between Fort Hill Wharf and the central business district until the new A$4.5m (US$4.2m) cruise ship terminal is completed.


At a reception he hosted for Cruise Down Under 2007 delegates at Darwin's Parliament House in August, Henderson said the new terminal, which will be linked to the city centre by a walkway, would open in time for the 2008/09 wave season. He confirmed this yesterday, saying that 'it will help attract even more cruise ships to the city in future years by providing better passenger facilities.'


Darwin already has an impressive lineup of international cruise ships for the current wave season -- Seven Seas Mariner, Van Gogh, SuperStar Gemini, Silver Whisper, Nautica, Pacific Venus, Sapphire Princess, Minerva II, Astoria, Queen Victoria, Crystal Serenity, Black Watch and Albatros.


Forward bookings for 2008/09 include Diamond Princess, Columbus, Europa, Amadea, Rhapsody of the Seas and Volendam.

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Deutschland tunes up for music gala

Deutschland tunes up for music gala

18 with stops in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Portugal, Monaco and Spain.

Eight artists are set to join the orchestra, including soprano Carolyn Sampson, pianist Erno Feher and guitarist Jose Maria Gallardo.

Deilmann is marketing the 14-day program in the U.S. with air-inclusive pricing from dozens of gateways ranging from $5,636 to $14,456 per person, double occupancy.

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MSC details 08/09 Caribbean, Bermuda first

MSC details 08/09 Caribbean, Bermuda first

MSC Orchestra will become the largest vessel of the brand to ply the Caribbean, joining MSC Lirica, which has been based seasonally in the region for several years. The new ship is set to arrive in Fort Lauderdale in early January 2009 to operate alternating seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises through mid April.

A special seven-night round-trip Bermuda sailing on MSC Orchestra departs Fort Lauderdale April 25, 2009, and includes three days at King's Wharf plus a call in Nassau.

'MSC Orchestra is ideally suited for the preferences of our American and Canadian guests,' said Rick Sasso, president and ceo of MSC Cruises USA. The ship sports five restaurants, meeting and conference rooms, a large outdoor LED screen and a spacious spa.

MSC Lirica's program next season includes varied seven- and 10-night sailings, some featuring Panama, starting in December 2008 and running until late April 2009.

Early booking savings and special group rates are available.

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Costa-North America unwraps diamond give-away

Costa-North America unwraps diamond give-away

The winner will be presented with a necklace by the captain on the last night of the cruise during the 'Roman Bacchanal.'

A diamond necklace winner will be selected each week between November and April from both the Costa Fortuna and Costa Mediterranea.

Costa said the necklaces, from Diamonds International, are valued at $1,000. Winners will be chosen randomly by cabin number and must be present at the 'Roman Bacchanal' to win.

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Boston charts steady growth

Boston charts steady growth

In 2006, Massport's Black Falcon Terminal handled 209,000 passengers and 81 calls.

More port of call visits for Canada/New England itineraries and larger ships are driving the increase, said Marcia Duffy, director of cruise marketing.

Looking to 2008, Boston projects further growth: 280,000 passengers and 114 calls. A larger Bermuda ship for Norwegian Cruise Line and the return of Royal Caribbean International's Jewel of the Seas are key factors.

Continuing the trend, the 2009 passenger count is expected to top 300,000, Duffy told Seatrade Insider.

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