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SeaDream makes time for agents Down Under

SeaDream makes time for agents Down Under


Regional director business development, Julie Denovan, said agents in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania can now phone 1800 217 902 until 11 a.m. Australian Eastern Daylight Time Tuesday-Saturday.


Denovan said New Zealand agents can ring 00 800 7323 7326 Tuesday- Saturday until 1 p.m. local time.

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100 calls at Kiel in 2006

100 calls at Kiel in 2006

Joerg Ruedel, md of Seehafen Kiel GmbH, said 2006 will be the first year Kiel will hit the 'magic' 100 visits. In total, 20 different ships are expected, most of them for turnaround calls.

The 2006 cruise season will start on April 22 with a call by AIDA Blu and will end on September 14. A highlight will be the opening day of June when five cruise ships will be in port at the same time, including maiden calls from MSC Lirica and Costa Classica. 'We will make it a celebration day for the people of the city,' Ruedel stated. Most frequent user of the Port of Kiel will be the German operator Hapag-Lloyd Kreuzfahrten with 17 calls throughout the summer.

Next year the Port of Kiel will invest some EUR19.5m on its Ostseekai Cruise Terminal which is facing an extensive upgrade. Construction work will be finished in early 2007 when the rebuilt terminal, boasting two berths for very large cruise ships, is ready for operation. The existing terminal building at Ostseekai will also be retained and fully upgraded using funding from the state of Schleswig-Holstein.

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Boudicca en-route for B+V

Boudicca en-route for B+V

'Primarily decks 8 and 7 have been completely stripped out in preparation for all new configuration of cabins and suites,' Nigel Lingard, the line's marketing director tells Seatrade Insider, whilst deck 6 has been gutted in preparation for creation of two new main restaurants, bars and lounges.

Lingard says the company took advantage of the warm weather in Tenerife to complete most of the refurbishment planned for the outer deck areas including the installation of two Jacuzzis and one Swimex and replacing some of the teak decking.

Boudicca has been formally named, classed with DNV and re-flagged to Bahamas Registry.

Most of the mechanical work, including the removal of four existing main engines and installation of new 4-stroke diesel MAN B&W engines, plus reduction gear, four new Aalborg exhaust boilers and new propeller blades from Rolls Royce, is scheduled to be finished by the end of the year reports Lingard. Boudicca will then leave the drydock and the remainder of the refit will be completed afloat.

The ship is scheduled to sail to Dover for her inaugural cruise to the Canary Islands departing February 25 (see also Boudicca on-line supplement by clicking on banner above).

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Now available on Amazon.com ...

Now available on Amazon.com ...

Now the 224-page coffee-table volume is available for the first time on line at Amazon.com.

Among the 86 recipes are dishes that reflect regions where Princess sails, such as Poached Weave of Halibut and Salmon with a Delicate Spring Leek Sauce; Tequila Prawns, Flamed with Mexican Tequila and Serrano Chiles over Dirty Rice; and Vanilla Cognac Soufflé with Warm Grand Marnier Sauce.

The Amazon.com list price is $49.95.

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Georgian Clipper charts new Ontario route

Georgian Clipper charts new Ontario route

'The Thousand Islands are world-renowned for their natural beauty and history,' said Jim Franchetto, gm of Heritage Cruise Lines, which specializes in the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River.

Attractions of the new itinerary include close-up scenery; history related to the War of 1812 and the Loyalist settlements of Picton, Bloomfield and Prince Edward County; local wineries and markets; a full-day excursion to the Canadian capital of Ottawa; and, on autumn sailings, the fall colors. The first cruise departs on June 3 and the last on Oct. 11.

The 1997-built Georgian Clipper flies the Canadian flag and offers an open-bridge policy, fine dining and VQA wines from the Prince Edward County and Niagara regions. Customers are sourced from Canada, the U.S. and Europe, with a new focus on charters for family reunions and corporate incentives.

Per-person, double-occupancy rates are CAN$1,769 (US$1,430), including excursions. Information: www.heritagecruises.com.

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NCL adds youth environmental program

NCL adds youth environmental program

to offer the Officer Snook Water Pollution Program on board its ships.

The program, which launched on Norwegian Jewel this week and will be available exclusively on all NCL and NCL America vessels in 2006, is a long-term water pollution prevention initiative that emphasizes youth education and involvement. The Officer Snook mascot is a cartoon fish symbolizing the program's protection of the water environment worldwide.

Elements of the program will be incorporated into NCL Kids Crew and include activities for different ages. For example, for ages 2 to 5, there will be an Undersea Hospital, story-telling, coloring books and games. For pre-teens there are crafts, a simulated 'Beach Clean Up' activity, a 'Catch or Release' game identifying endangered species and an environmental poster contest.

Beginning in January, NCL will add a teen component that will allow high school students to earn one to five community service hours. These hours may be used at the teen's school as part of their community service allotment.

More than 5 million students across the U.S. have participated in the Officer Snook Water Pollution Program since its inception in 1994.

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Celebrity debuts apos;A Taste of Cirque du Soleilapos;

Celebrity debuts apos;A Taste of Cirque du Soleilapos;

The new 30-minute show, created exclusively for Celebrity, has been in a 'soft launch' phase for several weeks.

'A Taste of Cirque du Soleil is the result of positive dialogue with our partners at Cirque, combined with valuable feedback from our guests and trade partners,' said Celebrity president Dan Hanrahan. 'We are extremely pleased with the outcome, and judging by the standing ovation when we first presented this new concept, we're confident our guests will be thrilled, as well.'

Offered exclusively on Constellation and Summit twice per cruise, the programs feature three acrobatic performances and characters from Cirque du Soleil. The show 'focuses on the human element, the simplicity of individual artists' talent, creativity and agility,' said Cirque du Soleil president and coo Daniel Lamarre. 'It is the true essence, and at the core of, what Cirque du Soleil was founded on.'

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Grandeur set to sail from Tampa

Grandeur set to sail from Tampa

Grandeur had been scheduled to sail from New Orleans this winter but was redeployed following Hurricane Katrina. (The ship is scheduled to return to New Orleans in December 2006.)

From Tampa, Grandeur will operate four- and five-night cruises through April 22, joining five other homeporting ships, including RCI's Legend of the Seas.

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Windstar adds RSS feed

Windstar adds RSS feed

com. Users can sign up to have news delivered automatically whenever a release is posted.

'An RSS feed saves time for those interested in staying up to date on cruise news. We are constantly looking for ways to improve communication with travel agents, consumers and media,' said Diane Moore, vp marketing and sales for Windstar. The RSS feed will be a way to keep up with all the changes associated with Windstar's Degrees of Difference initiative, she added.

An RSS reader or aggregator is needed. To set up a reader, go to http://www.windstarcruises.com/media/pressreleases.asp and click on Setup Instructions.

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Norfolk teams with HAL on cruise promotions

Norfolk teams with HAL on cruise promotions

The partnership is a rare instance of a port and a major cruise line joining forces on sales and marketing efforts.

Stephen Kirkland, manager of cruise operations and marketing for Nauticus at The National Maritime Center, said the goal of the partnership is to show Norfolk's 'real support' for cruise lines 'and to continue building awareness of our cruise program throughout the travel industry.'

Promotional efforts are targeting two key markets: Hampton Roads area cruisers and the national travel agent community. Through its website (www.TheNMC.org), The National Maritime Center is asking regional cruisers to nominate a friend or relative who they think most deserves to win a free cruise for two from Norfolk. A panel of celebrity judges including two local news anchors will evaluate each entry received by the Jan. 2 deadline. The winner will be announced on Jan. 18.

In the separate trade promotion, agents are being encouraged to book as many customers as possible on the Maasdam through April by entering on line at www.cruisenorfolk.org. A winning agent will receive a free Caribbean cruise and airfare from any U.S. port.

Norfolk began promoting the cruise giveaway this week with a commercial running throughout southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, resulting in more than 500 story submissions already received, Kirkland told Seatrade Insider. The agent promotion has been sent directly to more than 3,500 agents across the country.

The commercial may be viewed at www.cruisenorfolk.org under the News Release section.

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