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Articles from 2006 In November


Massport seeks terminal proposals

Massport seeks terminal proposals

The Massachusetts Port Authority seeks to add capacity to accommodate the growth of Boston's cruise business. Massport said several cruise lines have expressed interest in calling year-round.

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Grandeur returns to New Orleans

Grandeur returns to New Orleans

Carnival Cruise Lines and Norwegian Cruise Line resumed operations in October.

'Royal Caribbean's return to New Orleans means a lot for the cruise line, and hopefully for the city and its people as well,' said RCI president Adam Goldstein.

'Royal Caribbean was one of our first cruise partners to pledge their return to the Crescent City,' said Gary LaGrange, president and ceo of the port. 'Their early show of confidence in the port and the city was welcome news to all of us and we look forward to working closely with Royal Caribbean in the future.'

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Carnival rolls out Christmas sales event

Carnival rolls out Christmas sales event

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The promotion includes discounts, shipboard credits and upgrades on a range of three- to eight-day sailings to the Bahamas, Caribbean and Mexico, along with a different pricing promotion each day.

For example, the Dec. 5 promotion offers savings of up to $300 on family bookings on summer sailings, while on Dec. 6, customers can save up to $100 when booking weekend getaways.

The promotion applies to new, individual bookings.

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A Lake District first for HAL

A Lake District first for HAL

Prinsendam is scheduled to visit the Lake District's major cruise port, Barrow in Furness, on July 10, 2008.

Toohey tells Seatrade Insider that Barrow is looking for a modest growth target of 10 calls by 2010. 'Generally the Lake District although popular with land-based tourists hasn't been on the cruise itinerary route. There is a lot of enthusiasm here to attract cruise business particularly from the port authority, Cumbria Tourism and Barrow Council,' he says.

In future there are plans to develop a cruise terminal in Barrow at the site where P&O's 1960's-built Oriana was constructed by Vickers Armstrong for the then Orient Steam Navigation Company. Oriana is featured at Barrow's Dock Museum, just a short distance from the cruise berth which presents a view of the town's shipbuilding heritage.

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Stars for a Pearl

Stars for a Pearl

Earlier this week 1,800 travel agents and media from Continental Europe sailed on a one-night cruise to nowhere from Rotterdam.

During that cruise NCL ceo Colin Veitch commented, 'We are celebrating our 40 years in the industry, and we have come a long way. It is our ninth new ship since 1999 and the third vessel of the successful Norwegian Jewel class. When Star Cruises bought NCL, it was the oldest fleet in the industry. Since then, we focused on building new ships, developing new products, creating new itineraries. We are on target to have the youngest fleet in the industry by 2010.'

Three more newbuilds are under construction: Norwegian Gem, a sister to Pearl delivering October 2007, and two F3 class ships of 150,000gt resulting in a total of 10,784 lower berths between 2007 and 2010.

Norwegian Pearl sets sail from the UK tomorrow for a Miami christening on December 16 prior to starting a winter season in the Caribbean and then onto Alaska in the summer.

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New Eastern Med itineraries for Costa Concordia

New Eastern Med itineraries for Costa Concordia

The 10-day itinerary departs from Civitavecchia and Savona, with stopovers in Olympia, Athens and Rhodes (Greece), Cyprus and Alexandria (Egypt). The 11-day cruise includes the additional port of call of Izmir (Turkey).


As well as Costa Concordia, Costa Victoria and Costa Europa will also sail in the Mediterranean during the 2006/07 winter season, offering a total of 43 cruises. Costa Victoria will operate out of Savona on 10-day cruises to the Canary Islands whilst Costa Europa will also use Savona as a homeport with two different routes, one to Egypt and Libya and the other to the Canary Islands.

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MSC Cruises USA unwraps holiday gift rates

MSC Cruises USA unwraps holiday gift rates

Prices start at $695 per person, double occupancy. Bonus upgrades of up to three categories -- from inside to outside rooms, not including balconies or suites -- add as much as $150 to the value of the gift, MSC said.

Applicable sailings are select roundtrip voyages from Fort Lauderdale Jan. 9-April 18. Bookings must be made by Dec. 31, with full nonrefundable payment due within 24 hours of booking.

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Boston calls set to rise in 2007

Boston calls set to rise in 2007

For 2007, 101 calls are already booked for the Black Falcon Terminal.

Twelve lines offered assorted New England/Canada, Bermuda and Caribbean itineraries this year. 'This diversity brings wide-ranging opportunity to the local economy translating into each visitor generating between $500-$1,500 during their stay,' said Thomas Kinton, Jr., Massport ceo and executive director.

Newcomers included Royal Caribbean International's Freedom of the Seas, the new world's largest cruise ship; Holland America Line's Noordam and Seabourn Cruise Line's Seabourn Pride.

2007 visits will include an inaugural call by Norwegian Cruise Line's' new Norwegian Gem and new port-of-call stops by Norwegian Spirit, Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas and Explorer of the Seas, and Classic International Cruises' Athena.

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NCL raises expectations for European sourcing

NCL raises expectations for European sourcing

ncl.eu) to the trade.

Zengerle also presented the second edition of the 2007/08 brochure in the new design, including extended (until Jan. 31) early-booking discounts for cruises in Europe and Norwegian Gem's inaugural sailings, which will chart the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands in October and November 2007 and include a pair of two-night cruises roundtrip from Dover and Barcelona.

With an expected result of 37,000 passengers generated by the company's Continental European branch, an approximate 70% increase, 2006 performed well for NCL.

'Response to our concept has been very positive from the Europeans and we are looking to allow more capacity for the market, as our product is very suitable to it,' said ceo Colin Veitch. Nearly 45% of NCL's customers from Continental Europe chose a European sailing, either on Norwegian Dream in the Baltic or Norwegian Jewel in the Med.

'A positioning we will repeat and enhance by adding next year our newest ship, the Norwegian Gem,' commented Andy Stuart, evp sales, marketing and passenger services. 'We expect a further 30% passenger growth in Continental Europe for 2007. It is also likely we will expand our positioning in 2008.'

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Sydney starts royal rendezvous countdown

Sydney starts royal rendezvous countdown

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As well as a daily countdown, www.queenmary2.com.au has a schedule of events planned for the day that will make maritime history.

When the 151,400gt Queen Mary 2 arrives at 6:30 a.m. on Feb. 20 during her maiden world voyage she will be the biggest ship to enter Sydney Harbour. She will tie up at Woolloomooloo, as she is too big for the Overseas Passenger Terminal. That is where Queen Elizabeth 2 will dock when she arrives that evening.

It will be the first time two Cunard Queens have been seen together in Sydney since the original Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth arrived as troop carriers during World War II.

There will be a fireworks display over Sydney Harbour before QM2 departs at 11 p.m. for Hong Kong.

QE2 will spend two nights in Sydney before she leaves for Brisbane on her Silver Jubilee world cruise.

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