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Articles from 2006 In December


Australian wholesalers to get with the TRENZ

Australian wholesalers to get with the TRENZ

Next year's Tourism Rendezvous New Zealand (TRENZ) will be held for the first time in Rotorua, the most popular shore excursion destination for passengers in cruise ships calling at Tauranga, from May 21-24. The location's bubbling mud pools, dramatic geysers and Maori heritage will be a major drawcard for delegates at the annual event which has been running for more than 20 years to showcase the country's new and established tourism products.

In keeping with Ports of Auckland's innovative strategy to develop year-round cruising (Seatrade Cruise Review December 2006), regional tourism organisations and operators have been asked to come up with reasons to visit New Zealand during shoulder and low seasons for the buyers at TRENZ.

TRENZ 2007 is managed by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand in partnership with Tourism New Zealand, Air New Zealand and Qantas. Full details for buyers and sellers are available on www.trenz.co.nz.

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Pimentel in lineup for Cruiseco 2007

Pimentel in lineup for Cruiseco 2007

Cruiseco 2007 will be held March 15-18 at Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove, a five-star resort on Queensland's Gold Coast.

Cruiseco ce Steve Lloyd said other international delegates and speakers will be announced shortly.

Pimentel was a star performer at Cruiseco 2005 in Canberra when he put the question 'Do you still enjoy being part of the travel industry?' to his audience.

At last year's convention in Adelaide, Lloyd briefed members about Cruiseco's exclusive distribution of Saga products in Australia and its tie-up with Select Hotels and Resorts International. He said this gave Cruiseco the option to 'top and tail' cruise arrangements with luxury accommodation that matched 'the same standard of the cruise product.'

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Norwegian Crown charter a sell-out

Norwegian Crown charter a sell-out

Speaking to Seatrade Insider from Keith Prowse Australia's office in Brisbane today, Smiles said the 34,520gt ship's voyage from Miami to Philadelphia on April 21 is fully booked. Smiles, who is now taking names for a wait-list, said passengers will attend the semi-final match in St Lucia and the final in Barbados.

Smiles, who worked for the Passenger Shipping Association in the UK between 1991 and 1993, said Australia's redemption of The Ashes in the current series against England has generated enormous publicity for the sport and two other Cricket World Cup 2007 cruise products she is selling.

She said passengers aboard SeaDream II's round voyage from Barbados on April 12 will also be attending the semi-final in St Lucia and the final in Barbados and that a ticket package is available for sale to passengers sailing to Grenada, Barbados and St Lucia aboard the 55,451gt Maasdam, departing Fort Lauderdale April 16.

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RCI taps HI-FOG for Genesis

RCI taps HI-FOG for Genesis

The system will provide more than 13,000 sprinklers across all accommodation, public, service and machinery spaces. In addition, HI-FOG nozzles will be installed to protect the laundry and galley ducts as well as the deep-fat fryers.

As a special feature, the system will be commmissioned into use as Genesis is being built at Aker Yards in Turku. As soon as a section is completed, it will be connected to the active HI-FOG system to provide fire protection during construction.

Finland-based Marioff holds multiple orders from all four major shipbuilding yards in Finland, Italy, Germany and France.

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Norwegian Pearl to display masterpieces

Norwegian Pearl to display masterpieces

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Two of those paintings are being transferred to the new Norwegian Pearl, which entered service from Miami this month.

The ship will gain a Renoir and a Van Gogh, according to NCL Corp. evp Andy Stuart. Paintings by Matisse and Monet will remain on Norwegian Dawn.

Norwegian Pearl also sports art treasures such as the large Dale Chihuly glass sculpture that graces the atrium.

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Big NZ roll-up for 2007 ICCA dinner

Big NZ roll-up for 2007 ICCA dinner

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ICCA gm Linda Halliday told Seatrade Insider an increase in the number of categories for members on both sides of the Tasman has resulted in strong industry support for the third annual black-tie event.

New Zealand has its own 'New Member Achievement Award' for the first time, as well as awards for top consultant and agency. NZ members are also in the running for the best consumer promotion throughout Australasia and the most outstanding individual.

Air New Zealand is the event gold sponsor again and the silver sponsors are Avalon Waterways, British Airways, Complete Cruise Solution, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruise Lines.

As previously reported, Halliday plans to move the New Zealand presentation ceremony to an annual dinner in Auckland from 2008.

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Mastervolt on the move in the US

Mastervolt on the move in the US

The company opened new warehouse facilities in a central location in Baltimore, replacing the previous operation in Thomaston, Maine.

Mastervolt also reopened its warehouse facilities in Fort Lauderdale to better serve the Southeast region.

'A steady increase in our customer base has resulted in a growing number of installers, dealers, distributors and boat builders,' said Menno Ligterink, senior marine sales engineer for Mastervolt. 'The new warehouse facilities and revised logistical set up will ensure we can cope with much higher volumes in the future.'

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Australiaapos;s newest ship set to sail

Australiaapos;s newest ship set to sail

The 60-mtr boutique cruise ship is the former Rivage St Martin that was built by the Austal shipyard in Western Australia. She was bought from her Italian owners earlier this year by Riverside Marine, the Brisbane-based family-owned company that also acquired Fantasea Cruises, now trading as Fantasea Cruising.

David Gibbs, the spokesman for Riverside Marine, told Seatrade Insider that Fantasea Ammari has had a galley make over and that all the 'super comfortable' cabins have private facilities, air-conditioning, flat-screen TV and refrigerators. There is a restaurant, lounge, dance floor, shop, beauty salon and spa, swimming pool, sun-deck and indoor and outdoor bars.

Riverside Marine has also invested in the construction of a high-speed 32-seat tender for Fantasea Ammari.

Gibbs said Fantasea Ammari, which was due to enter service this month, will now commence weekly three-night cruises from Hamilton Island and Daydream Island on Jan. 7. The ship will cruise to Reefworld, the company's private pontoon, for snorkelling and diving and to Whitehaven Beach. She will also anchor overnight off Hayman Island and Lindeman Island.

Fares start at A$1,782 (US$1,390) per person twin-share, which includes all meals, but not alcoholic drinks.

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HAL boosts Sea of Cortez sailings

HAL boosts Sea of Cortez sailings

That is four more than the line will offer in 2007.

The Ryndam also will sail three Mexican Riviera cruises of varying lengths in 2008, while the Oosterdam will continue its seven-day Mexican Riviera voyages, sailing a total of 28.

Altogether, HAL will offer 46 Mexico cruises roundtrip from San Diego.

The 1,258-passenger Ryndam's 10-day Sea of Cortez routes will operate in spring and fall 2008 to coincide with the region's peak wildlife-viewing periods. The ship sails eight cruises from Feb. 5 to April 15 and seven cruises from Oct. 12 to Dec. 11. Destinations are Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, Topolobampo, Loreto, La Paz and Cabo San Lucas. Fares start at $999.

The 1,848-passenger Oosterdam will offer seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises departing Saturdays Jan. 5 through April 19 and Oct. 4 through Dec. 27, including two holiday voyages. Ports are Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta. Fares start at $649.

In addition, the Ryndam will sail a trio of Mexican Riviera cruises, including a 12-day route from San Diego to Vancouver and an 11-day reverse itinerary.

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RCI charts new Alaska tours

RCI charts new Alaska tours

Passengers can choose from a total of more than 135 options.

The excursions are detailed at royalcaribbean.com and can be reserved in advance. Tour offerings are also available as a downloadable brochure and are customizable by port, ship and sail date.

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