Seatrade Cruise News is part of the Informa Markets Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Sitemap


Articles from 2002 In December


SeaDream alters apos;03 itineraries

SeaDream alters apos;03 itineraries

There will be seven Monte Carlo roundtrip voyages, a Monte Carlo to Malaga sailing and a Malaga roundtrip.

The niche yachting specialist is also altering its Caribbean sailings to include several seven-day roundtrips from Barbados including a year-end holiday sailing. And SeaDream will make available for booking its eastbound transatlantic sailings of both SeaDream I and II in April, originally planned as deadhead crossings.

The changes result from a survey of hundreds of consumers, travel agents and yacht charter specialists. Chairman and ceo Larry Pimentel said the findings showed that SeaDream's target market in both North America and Europe is enthusiastic about the Mediterranean, while European interviewees indicated a strong preference for the deeper Caribbean. The revised 2003 schedule adds new SeaDream ports including Charlotteville, Tobago; St. George's, Bequia; Cariaccou and Mayreau in the Grenadines; Rodney Bay and Soufriere in St. Lucia; and Malaga, Cartagena, Mahon and Barcelona in Spain. The new schedules are at www.seadreamyachtclub.com.

NULL

Senegalapos;s goal: Africaapos;s apos;cruise capitalapos;

Senegalapos;s goal: Africaapos;s apos;cruise capitalapos;

' The country will convene a two-day technical conference in Dakar on February 19 and 20 titled the 'African Regional Conference on Tourism as an Engine of Growth,' bringing together 17 African nations and three Caribbean nations to discuss regional cooperation in tourism, the creation of tourism infrastructure and the marketing and finance of tourism projects.

Specific objectives include how to expand West Africa's appeal beyond that of a cultural destination to include eco- and adventure tourism and cruises. Currently, a very limited number of ships occasionally call on countries like Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Togo and Benin as part of longer repositioning voyages. The Government of Senegal's ambitious objective is establishing turn-around operations from Dakar.

That will require easier air access, says Fred Oladeinde, president of the Washington-based Foundation for Democracy in Africa, a driving force behind the February conference (and sponsor of the Africando trade and investment symposium held annually in Miami). The foundation has been working with Miami-Dade County and the Government of Senegal to establish direct flights between Miami and Dakar. Moreover, infrastructure upgrades are needed to facilitate cruise operations based in West Africa, Oladeinde notes.

NULL

Water taxis, monorail in Barbadosapos; future?

Water taxis, monorail in Barbadosapos; future?

The island is seeking a joint venture partner to help finance a new megapier that would accommodate two ships.

Island officials are also considering the possibility of transforming a 90,000sq ft sugar warehouse into a new cruise terminal and converting the existing terminal into a luggage-handling facility that would serve a growing number of homeporting European lines including, from late 2003, the Ocean Village brand.

Voicing concern about 'people pollution' if cruise numbers top 8,000 per day, Roach says planners must focus on issues like landside traffic congestion. He tells Seatrade Insider the island may have to consider developing water taxis 'and maybe even a monorail on the outskirts of Bridgetown.'

NULL

Barbadosapos; Roach retires after 40+ years

Barbadosapos; Roach retires after 40+ years

His legacy stretches back to 1961, when Bridgetown constructed a cargo facility that over the years came to host a ballooning number of cruise ships. Roach helped build Barbados into one of the world's premier cruise destinations, with annual passenger figures recently peaking at 600,000.

A replacement has not been named, but the Government of Barbados is recruiting for a new 'cruise director' position to lead the sector. 'I'm sure that the cruise business is in good hands and will continue to grow,' Roach tells Seatrade Insider. 'What we have to do in the Caribbean is not rest on our laurels but continue to develop the product and the infrastructure.'

A longtime proponent of regional cooperation, Roach would like to see the Caribbean marketed as a total destination instead of individual islands. 'We're all in it together,' he reasons. Pointing to the regional associations that have sprung up in the Mediterranean, Europe and South America, Roach expresses regret that the Caribbean has so far been unable to unify.

Have the cruise lines taken advantage? 'I would not say they take advantage. Any good businessman takes the opportunities he has to get as much profit as possible,' Roach responds. 'What we have to do is make sure we don't fall short in terms of providing destinations where the customers are happy and they're comfortable and feel secure. Then we're in a position to bargain more.'

Active in the American Association of Port Authorities, Roach helped establish the Cruise Committee and is involved in January's AAPA Cruise Workshop in Barbados. Retirement is looking far from relaxed. Roach holds a number of board positions, has been nominated as the Rotary Club's 2004 president-elect and continues in his fourth term as president of the Barbados Horticultural Society. He is an award-winning poet, a golfer and a justice of the peace. Roach describes four decades in the port business as 'rewarding' and singles out the international friendships he's made, such as his close relationship with AAPA president Kurt Nagle. Standing ready to assist and consult as needed, Roach quips: 'I'm not going to Mars. I'm still here, a phone call away.'

NULL

SeaEscape tables public filing

SeaEscape tables public filing

'We believe that at this time in the company's history, with a small but valued shareholder base, a better strategy may be to remain a non-reporting company and focus our time and resources on building a stronger, more competitive business that offers a higher quality product and, ultimately, better shareholder value,' SeaEscape chairman Dean Hofmeister said in a statement.

The company had intended to complete a filing by the end of this calendar year. However, 'human and financial resources were reallocated ... to meet changing business demands, including the pursuit of ship acquisitions and financing for potential expansion efforts,' the statement said, adding that the higher costs and personnel burdens of complying with new securities regulations caused the board to reconsider the value of registration at this point. Hofmeister said the decision did not rule out the possibility of SeaEscape becoming a reporting company in the future.

NULL

Steiner acquires remaining Mandara equity

Steiner acquires remaining Mandara equity

In July 2001, Steiner acquired 60% each of Mandara Spa LLC, which operates spas in the US, the Caribbean, the Pacific and spas on ships of two cruise lines ('Mandara US'), and Mandara Spa Asia Limited, which operates spas in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and the Maldives ('Mandara Asia').

At that time, the remaining 40% equity in Mandara Asia and Mandara US was owned by Shiseido Co. Ltd., and its subsidiary, Shiseido Investment US, Inc. Last March, Steiner increased its equity ownership of Mandara US to approximately 80%.

Steiner paid to the Shiseido entities a total of 400,000 Steiner Leisure common shares for the Mandara equity. Those shares are subject to a lock-up which permits sales of half the shares beginning in one year and the balance a year after that, and also have SEC registration rights which are effective after the one year lock-up period.

Shares of STNR closed today at $13.94, up 45 cents.

NULL

MSC Lirica in Med from April

MSC Lirica in Med from April

Introducing the ship to travel agents, the Swiss-owned operator confirmed that from April 13, MSC Lirica will be deployed on 7-day West-Med cruises until November 2, including three Italian ports (Genoa, Naples and Palermo) as well as Marseille in France, Spain and the Balearic Islands. The ship will be based in the US in the winter of 2004 offering Caribbean/Panama Canal itineraries before returning to the Med in April.

MSC claims its new ships are the 'only designed in a truly Italian style'. In spring 2004, MSC Lirica will be joined by a sistership, MSC Opera. Both the ships are designed by Genoa-based De Jorio Design International.

NULL

SuperStar Virgo outlines new Asia routes

SuperStar Virgo outlines new Asia routes

On seven selected dates, the ship will sail Andaman Sea, Straits of Malacca and Gulf of Siam cruises to the major South East Asian islands and destinations of Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Phuket, Penang, Kota Kinabalu, Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur) and Ko Samui from Singapore and Port Klang. These voyages will also include an overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok and Phuket.

The itineraries represent an effort to develop more creative routes in South East Asia, said Star coo Chong Chee Tut. 'The region offers a unique cruise experience where one could visit up to three countries and even more cities on a seven-night cruise and there are a few options to choose from.'

NULL

AC expert sounds the alarm on mould

AC expert sounds the alarm on mould

James Giles, director of Giles Consulting in Harrow, says that hazardous airborne respirable mould spores (HARMS) are increasingly the subject of litigation in the US.

'There is every likelihood that the existence of HARMS will be the subject of similar attention in the passenger shipping industry before long,' Giles warns, pointing out that in a recent case, a US couple was awarded $32.9m for exposure to HARMS. It is already being described in legal and insurance circles as 'the new asbestosis.'

Giles proposes a verifiable, systematic approach to prevention and clean up as a way of reducing penalties and earning consumer acknowledgement. He's calling for a detailed study into the links between HARMS levels and health in order to set a standard for air-conditioning systems. Secondly, he advocates that classification societies should set up accreditation for the cleanliness of the vessel and associated AC systems. More specifically, Giles says passenger ships need AC systems designed to reduce the potential for mould growth and to stop spreading should an outbreak of HARMS occur.

He's a proponent of cutting the use of materials containing organic fibres, which are more conducive to mould growth. Apart from stopping infection, such precautions would stop insurance companies refusing to cover HARMS-related health claims in a knee-jerk reaction, Giles says. 'The maritime industry needs to be ready to deal with the problem, and to be seen to deal with it, as the entire world fleet could be hit,' he cautions. As well as calling for new industry standards, he has set up a specialist service to deal with the potential problem (see www.gilesconsulting.co.uk).

NULL

RiverBarge appoints Florida sales chief

RiverBarge appoints Florida sales chief

Curchy returns to RiverBarge after having worked as a dedicated affiliate from 1998 to 2001. Her Curchy Enterprises has provided multi-linerepresentation and sales and marketing services for more than 15 yearsthroughout Florida under the name of Creative Travel Marketing. Curchy is based in Orlando.

NULL