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Articles from 2008 In October


Cruise West expands Columbia River offerings

Cruise West expands Columbia River offerings

The seven-night 'Best of the Columbia & Snake Rivers' program will sail round-trip from Portland and highlight the native culture, cuisine and history of the region, with tours of the Tamastslikt Culture Institute, Mount St. Helens and two boutique wineries. Additionally, passengers will visit Bonneville Dam and Pendleton Woolen Mills, and take a jet boat ride into Hells Canyon.

The new summer route sails May 15 through Sept. 11. Passengers who book and pay in full prior to Dec. 12 save $450, and those who pay in full by Feb. 6 save $350.

Spirit of '98, along with Spirit of Columbia, currently operate the 'River Voyage of Discovery' itinerary on the Columbia and Snake rivers in the spring and fall, highlighting the history of Lewis & Clark. Also, Spirit of Discovery will continue to offer its 'Taste of the Pacific Northwest' itinerary in the spring and fall.

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Carnival Corp. suspends dividends for 2009

Carnival Corp. suspends dividends for 2009

The company intends to maintain the dividend suspension throughout 2009 but will reevaluate the policy based on circumstances prevailing during the year. The action would result in annualized cash savings of approximately $1.3bn, 'giving the company the flexibility to fund its 2009 capacity growth without the need to access credit markets', Carnival reports.

Chairman and ceo Micky Arison said, 'The company's cash flow remains strong. However, in light of the unusually high cost of raising new capital, continuing concerns about financial institution liquidity and current uncertainties in the global economy, we believe that preserving cash is a prudent step which will further strengthen the company's balance sheet and enhance our financial flexibility.'


The company also increased its full year 2008 earnings per share guidance to $2.81 to $2.83, up from $2.79 to $2.81, based on revised currency exchange rates and fuel prices.

However, it reports a further slowdown in booking volumes during the recent turmoil in the financial markets. Looking at the first half of 2009, occupancy levels for advance bookings lag the prior year, with ticket prices for these bookings on a constant dollar basis at slightly higher levels compared to the prior year.

For 2009, Carnival is providing earnings per share guidance in the broader range of $2.50 to $3 given the uncertain economic outlook.

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Celebrity sets three-day, post-election sale

Celebrity sets three-day, post-election sale

The sale takes place Nov. 5, 6 and 7.

The promotion is valid for new, individual bookings and excludes cruises on Celebrity Xpedition and Celebrity Solstice, as well as Celebrity Century's Jan. 8 and 22 departures, and the Feb. 28 Celebrity Mercury cruise.

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CruisePhilly wraps season

CruisePhilly wraps season

CruisePhilly itineraries this year also included Bermuda and Canada/New England. It was the first season Norwegian Majesty homeported from the city; the ship will return in August to kick off the 2009 season.

'Norwegian Cruise Line's commitment to CruisePhilly for the past six years has had a large impact on the success of the Philadelphia Cruise Terminal,' said John Matheussen, ceo of the parent agency of the Port of Philadelphia and Camden. He welcomed Norwegian Majesty's return in 2009.

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Fun Ships return to Galveston this weekend

Fun Ships return to Galveston this weekend

Both ships have been turning around at Houston's Bayport facility since Hurricane Ike caused heavy damage to Galveston.

As earlier reported, Galveston port officials said everything is ready to resume full service for the Carnival vessels.

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Solstice sails to Nov. 3 stateside debut

Solstice sails to Nov. 3 stateside debut

Sailing in from its Atlantic crossing fresh from its delivery by Meyer Werft, the vessel is due to be at the sea buoy at approximately 6 a.m. for positioning alongside at 7 a.m.

Celebrity Cruises said ideal viewing spots include Fort Lauderdale Beach and surroundings. The first of five in a new 122,000gt series of ships for Celebrity will be dressed with flags flying above its half-acre Lawn Club.

Soon after its arrival, Celebrity Solstice will serve as the platform for Celebrity's first global sales meeting, followed by a series of two-night preview cruises for travel agents, media and dignitaries.

The ship will be named on Nov. 14 and will embark on its inaugural season of week-long Eastern Caribbean cruises on Nov. 23.

In the spring, Celebrity Solstice will introduce 10- and 11-night Mediterranean sailings round-trip from Civitavecchia.

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P&O to homeport in Fremantle and possibly Auckland

P&O to homeport in Fremantle and possibly Auckland


Carnival Australia ceo Ann Sherry said the first ship, which will arrive in December next year, will be renamed Pacific Jewel and will be based in Brisbane for year-round cruises.


Sherry said Pacific Sun, which moved to Brisbane in 2007, will then homeport in Fremantle 'in response to West Australians' passion for cruising.'


She said it is planned to base the second Ocean Village ship, due to head Down Under in 2010, in Auckland.


Princess Cruises' two resident ships -- Sun Princess and Dawn Princess -- will continue to operate from Sydney, Fremantle and Melbourne.


'In these tougher times, cruising is the success story of Australian tourism because people are increasingly looking for good value holidays, paid in Australian dollars, but (they) still want to travel to exotic destinations,' she said.

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Gay cruise for Bleu de France

Gay cruise for Bleu de France

Departing from Marseille, the itinerary will call in Barcelona, Valencia, Ibiza (a two-night stop), Palma de Mallorca and Bonifacio.

The cruise is being sold through 80 agencies in France, but also in Belgium, Luxemburg, Britain and Canada. It can also be reserved online directly on Attitude Travels' web site. Prices start at EUR891 per person, tips and drinks included.

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Marseille gets ready for Top Cruise

Marseille gets ready for Top Cruise

Unlike the two previous years, which has seen the show open to the public, it will remain a B2B event.

Some 35 exhibiting cruise lines and operators are expected to meet French travel and incentive agents at pre-organized appointments. In the morning training sessions will take place at the Palais de la Bourse and the workshop will be hosted at the Pole Media Belle de Mai TV studios where daily episodes of Plus Belle la Vie, a popular French series set in Marseille and exported to several European countries are recorded.

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Musical inaugural cruise for MSC Fantasia

Musical inaugural cruise for MSC Fantasia

Belgian tour operator Atout Coeur has chartered the 1,647-cabin newbuild which will leave the French port on December 10 bound for Marseille, where it will dock on December 16. Calls on the way include Lisbon, Gibraltar, Alicante and Barcelona.

The ship will welcome some 30 French-speaking singers and artists who were famous in the '60s to the '80s and who have been touring in France and abroad for a couple of years with a show named after a Gilbert Becaud's hit 'Age Tendre et Tête de bois'.

More than 3,000 passengers are already booked on the cruise and prices (including railway station transfers, tips and drink packages) start at EUR695 per person. From Marseille MSC Fantasia will sail onto Naples for her naming on December 18.

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