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Articles from 2007 In December


Hurtigruten outlines Fram compensation

Hurtigruten outlines Fram compensation

The ship is to undergo engine repairs and replace a lifeboat that was damaged when Fram lost power on Friday night and brushed against a glacier.

As earlier reported, the Jan. 2 voyage is canceled. Fram is expected to return to service on Jan. 10 from Ushuaia.

Hurtigruten said passengers on the current sailing will be compensated an amount to be determined and will receive a 30% discount on a future cruise in Antarctica or along the Norwegian coast.

Passengers booked on the canceled Jan. 2 departure will receive a full refund plus 50% off a future sailing. Hurtigruten said it hopes to rebook passengers on cruises that run through February.

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Van Goghapos;s world cruise to go ahead

Van Goghapos;s world cruise to go ahead

The vessel will depart Falmouth for the 93-day voyage on January 4.A notice issued on December 29 by joint administrator Paul Clark says he continues to examine the company's financial and operational position in order to determine its ongoing viability. 'With the exception of the Van Gogh world cruise, the position regarding departures due on or after January 3, 2008 remains uncertain,' writes Clark.


The Gloucestershire-based firm, which specialises in 'reader holiday offers' found in the local and national press went into administration on December 21.

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Princess appoints fleet commodore

Princess appoints fleet commodore

He becomes the senior master of the fleet and will represent the interests of all ships and their captains.

The title of commodore is an honor traditionally bestowed upon the most senior captain of a fleet, and the position represents the highest rank attainable to a Princess mariner.

Romano's appointment is a recognition of his long career of service, said Princess ceo Alan Buckelew.

Romano, 56, is currently serving aboard Caribbean Princess where he has been master since 2004. A native of Sorrento, he studied at the Nautical Institute 'Nino Bixio,' Piano di Sorrento, one of Italy's oldest maritime schools, and began his career at sea in 1970 as a cadet with Lauro Lines.

After serving in the Italian Navy, Romano sailed on various types of cargo ships before joining Sitmar as a second officer in 1976. His first appointment as captain was aboard the former Dawn Princess in 1990.

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Fram cancels Antarctica sailing for repairs

Fram cancels Antarctica sailing for repairs

The collision occurred after the ship lost power for a brief period on Friday night. There were no injuries.

The Jan. 2 voyage is canceled. Fram is expected to return to service on Jan. 10 from Ushuaia.

The company said the ship sustained damage to its starboard-side lifeboats after drifting into a glacier following a short episode of engine trouble. The incident occurred at 9:30 p.m. Friday after passengers had returned from a landing at Brown's Bluff.

Fram is carrying 247 passengers and a crew of 71.

The ship went to the Chilean base on King George Island for an inspection prior to setting off for Ushuaia.

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Tahiti celebrates arrival of Star Flyer

Tahiti celebrates arrival of Star Flyer

Sydney-based shipbroker Toko Yatsuki described the four-year time charter of Star Flyer by the government of French Polynesia he negotiated on behalf of the Monaco-based owner as 'a marriage made in heaven.'

The four-masted 170-passenger ship arrived in Moorea on December 26 after a voyage from Panama where she had been in drydock undergoing a refurbishment that included the installation of new teak decking.

The first three months of her maiden cruise programme from Papeete, which commences tomorrow night, are reportedly fully booked.

According to French Polynesia Tourism Minister Marc Collins, Star Flyer is expected to carry more than 6,000 passengers throughout 2008 and will have an overall direct and indirect economic impact for local businesses worth an estimated 1.15bn French Pacific francs (US$14.6m).

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Ports Direct launches online taxi booking

Ports Direct launches online taxi booking

Taxi-Direct serves any airport to port and port to airport transfers needed in addition to the core booking facilities already available.

'We hope to fully integrate this additional service to both Ports Direct and also our parent Coach Direct service early next year,' said Paul Chapman, business development manager, Ports Direct.

In the meantime, the stand-alone Taxi-Direct site is now live at www.taxi-direct.com.

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Orianaapos;s short Australian sectors on sale

Orianaapos;s short Australian sectors on sale

A two-night 'Oriana sampler' sector from Melbourne to Adelaide on March 2 that ecruising.travel put into the marketplace this morning costs A$499 (US$437) per person for an inside double cabin.

The six-night Melbourne to Perth sector via Adelaide and Albany on March 2 costs A$1,499 (US$1,314) and the nine-night Sydney to Perth sector departing February 28, which also calls at Burnie and Melbourne, costs A$2,499 (US$2,191).

A five-night Brisbane to Melbourne sector departing February 26 was also released this morning by Cruiseabout for A$1,249 (US$1,095).

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Costa announces executive moves

Costa announces executive moves

Costa's Italian sales and marketing director Carlo Schiavon was appointed sales and marketing director of Iberocruceros, the brand formed in a joint venture with Orizonia Corporación, Spain's largest tour operator. Costa holds a 75% stake in Madrid-based Iberocruceros. The company has two ships in service and a third on order.

Schiavon will oversee the business expansion plan for Iberocruceros in cooperation with Orizonia and will report to Iberocruceros gm Alfredo Serrano.

The role of Costa's Italian sales and marketing director will be filled by Andrea Tavella, who has been promoted from director of marketing for Italy. He will report to Mario Martini, svp sales and marketing.

Tavella's marketing position will be filled by Renata Rizzo, the current marketing manager for Italy, who will report directly to Tavella.

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McGirl joins Royal Caribbean as vp

McGirl joins Royal Caribbean as vp

McGirl joins Royal Caribbean after three years at People2Strategy, the human resources and organizational development company he co-founded with Patricia Sadar. Since 2004, the firm has completed extensive work in the hospitality, retail and cruise sectors. With McGirl's exit, People2Strategy will continue to operate with Sadar as president.

McGirl earlier served as vp human resources for Cunard Line and the Yachts of Seabourn, from 1987 to 2004. He is an adjunct professor in the master's program at Florida International University's School of Hospitality Management.

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Cunard outlines three Queens rendezvous

Cunard outlines three Queens rendezvous

13 in New York harbor.

The trio is to depart at 6:30 p.m. Queen Mary 2 will cast off from the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, while QE2 will sail from Pier 92 and Queen Victoria will depart from Pier 88, both in Manhattan. The three Queens will rendezvous and sail past the Statue of Liberty during a fireworks celebration at approximately 7 p.m.

'This is an historic occasion for Cunard and New York, marking the only time that the three ships will be together...ever,' said Carol Marlow, president of Cunard Line. QE2 departs on her 26th and final world cruise and Queen Victoria will depart on her maiden world voyage.

It will be the first time in Cunard's 168-year history that three Queens have been in service at the same time and, with QE2 retiring in November 2008, it will be the only time they are together.

Thousands of well-wishers are expected to gather at viewing locations including Battery Park on Manhattan's southern shoreline; Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park, overlooking the Hudson River; The Esplanade, running the length of Battery Park City along the Hudson River; and Hudson River Park, which extends for five miles along the Manhattan shoreline from Battery Place to West 59th Street.

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