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Articles from 2007 In November


Royal Caribbeanapos;s big South Pacific splash

Royal Caribbeanapos;s big South Pacific splash

The 78,491gt ship, which sailed from Sydney for Singapore last Saturday after operating a cruise to the South Pacific and two round voyages to New Zealand under charter to Cruiseco, returns next year for RCI's biggest presence in the region.

The Vision-class ship, which features the company's signature rock-climbing wall and carries 2,435 passengers, will make a 13-night round cruise from Sydney to Noumea, Poum, Luganville, Vila, Ouvea, Isle of Pines and Lifou on October 19, 2008.

This will be followed by another round cruise from Sydney to the South Pacific on November 1 and 11-night cruises to the Great Barrier Reef on November 11 and December 2. She will cruise again to the South Pacific from Sydney on November 22 and December 13, 2008 and April 2, 2009.

On December 23, 2008, Rhapsody will make a 14-night Christmas and New Year round cruise from Sydney to New Zealand's north and south islands, including a call at Bay of Islands. She will operate three more round cruises to New Zealand from Sydney on January 13, January 27 and February 10, 2009.

On January 6, 2009, Rhapsody makes a seven-night round voyage from Sydney to Tasmania and on February 24 she departs Sydney on a circumnavigation of Australia.

She departs Sydney on April 13, 2009, for a 16-night cruise to Honolulu via Rarotonga, Bora Bora, Moorea, Papeete and Lahaina and on April 28 she leaves Honolulu on her repositioning voyage to Vancouver.




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Celebrity Solstice to feature glass-blowing

Celebrity Solstice to feature glass-blowing

The show will provide demonstrations and a narrated performance of glass-blowing, housed in an outdoor studio on the top deck of Celebrity Solstice.

Three resident 'gaffers' -- skilled glass-blowing artists -- will educate and entertain with glass-making shows, lectures and workshops.

The Corning Museum of Glass, based in Corning, N.Y., is considered a leader in education, research and scholarship for glass. Its collection holds more than 45,000 objects spanning 3,500 years of creation.

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Discover the World wins HAL business

Discover the World wins HAL business

'Besides demonstrating their commitment to our product and services, we were impressed that Ashley Noronha, Discover's director in Dubai, is familiar with our industry,' said Jennifer Pate, business development manager - Europe, Middle East & Africa for Holland America.

Based in Scottsdale, Ariz., Discover the World Marketing has 82 offices in 54 countries and represents nearly 60 major travel corporations.

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Marina Svetaeva undergoing refurbishment in Shanghai

Marina Svetaeva undergoing refurbishment in Shanghai


Aurora Expeditions chartered the ice-strengthened vessel, which was built in Poland in 1989, for polar cruising two years ago. Marketing manager David Mannix said it was operating a ferry run between Japan and Russia for a Sakhalin company when it was purchased by Aurora's co-founders, Margaret Werner and Greg Mortimer.


Mannix said the temporary helideck that was erected when Aurora Expeditions chartered Marina Svetaeva is being replaced with a permanent twin helideck before the first 2008 Ross Sea voyage from Hobart on January 7.


'We use helicopters not only for the most fantastic flight-seeing tours in Antarctica, but also for navigating the ice,' he said.


He said the ship will return to Shanghai for further enhancements to give her 'the Aurora touch' before operating a back-to-back voyage around Papua New Guinea from Rabaul on April 18.


She will then become the first Australian cruise ship to operate a voyage around the isolated Kuril Islands and Kamchatka coast when she departs the Japanese port of Kushiro for Petropavlovsk on July 6.

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Queen Victoria spa unfolds

Queen Victoria spa unfolds

The center will provide six branded exercise programs, acupuncture, nutrition consultations and a meditation program. The thermal suite encompasses saunas, steam rooms, a meditation room, showers relaxation area and the hydrotherapy pool. Thermal suite day passes are available for passengers not booking a treatment.

Treatments include 'Aromasoul Signature Body Rituals' inspired by Arabian, Oriental, Mediterranean and Indian massage traditions using oils, music and room atomizers. The salon offers hair and beauty treatments including four Kérastase 'hair rituals.' Services for men are available.

Operator is The Onboard Spa Company, a team comprised of experts from long-time UK-based Cunard partners Harding Brothers Spa and Multitrax Maritime.

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SecurePort posts 2008 conference agenda

SecurePort posts 2008 conference agenda

The program is at www.secureportusa.com/2008_conference_agenda.asp.

SecurePort is hosted by the Port of Houston Authority.

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ISP/Clipper Group bag another ship

ISP/Clipper Group bag another ship

, a company in Torben Jensen's growing Clipper Group.

ISP serves as administrative manager of Pearl Owner Ltd. and commercial and technical manager of the 1,258-passenger vessel, which is scheduled to undergo an upgrade in Turkey before being available for charter in the spring.

The ship was built in 1970 as the first in the fleet for Royal Caribbean Cruises and was later enlarged with the addition of a new midsection. The current tonnage is 22,945.

Airtours' Sun Cruises operated the ship as Sundream from 1997 to 2004. It then sailed for Caspi Cruises as Dream Princess and, most recently, Dream.

Earlier this month in Rhodes, the vessel broke loose of its moorings in strong winds and collided with a cargo ship, sustaining minor damage to its stern.

The incident occurred before ISP took delivery.

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Regent extends Cousteau partnership

Regent extends Cousteau partnership

Under the new agreement, Cousteau will continue to make lecture appearances on Regent ships several times a year. Additionally, his Ocean Futures Society counselors will lead Regent's Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Circles of Interest program aboard Alaska and Tahiti voyages during the summer, and in Tahiti over the holidays.

In 2008, Cousteau is booked to join Seven Seas Mariner's South America cruise in February and March, Seven Seas Navigator's Discovery Collection cruises to India and Africa in October and November, and Paul Gauguin's Tahiti and the Cook Islands program in September.

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NCL taps two senior executives

NCL taps two senior executives

The line also named Gregory Hunt to the newly created role of evp strategic and commercial development.

Both executives report to NCL president and ceo Colin Veitch.

After a nine-year career with Cendant including five years as president and cfo of Avis, two years as Cendant cfo and two years as chairman and ceo of Cendant's Vehicle Services Division, Sheehan has spent the past two and a half years consulting to private equity firms and lecturing in finance at Adelphi University in New York.

Hunt has held senior operating positions at companies owning and developing such brands as Culligan, Samsonite, Coldwell Banker and Century 21. Most recently, he worked for Apollo Management in the U.K. and prior to that served as svp and cfo at Tweeter Home Entertainment Group.

In his new role, Hunt will oversee on-board revenue including casino operations. He will also spearhead a new strategic planning initiative as well as the commercial development of licensing opportunities and business partnerships.

Veitch said the new executives 'and we alike are eager to make all kinds of initiatives and opportunities to take NCL to the next level.'

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Carnival hosts Dickinson retirement party

Carnival hosts Dickinson retirement party

Yesterday's reception in Carnival's Miami headquarters included video tributes from a number of senior executives along with a retrospective of Dickinson's career.

Dickinson joined Carnival when the company was founded in 1972 and was named its president in 1993. CEO was added to his title 10 years later. He officially retires tomorrow, Nov. 30.

A prominent philanthropist, Dickinson will continue to be active in the South Florida community and is spearheading a project aimed at eliminating chronic homelessness in Miami-Dade County.

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