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Articles from 2008 In December


Internatapos;l Expeditions puts airfare on sale

Internatapos;l Expeditions puts airfare on sale

15 free in-country airfare.

The promotion is valued at up to $410 per person.

The 10-day Amazon program travels aboard the 28-passenger riverboat La Amatista and focuses on nature, wildlife and local culture.

The 10-day Galápagos program marks Charles Darwin's 200th birthday with a visit to the destination that inspired his theory of evolution. It operates on the 32-passenger Evolution.

Per person prices for the Amazon start at $3,048 and for the Galápagos at $4,998, including the free in-country airfare.

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FCCA wraps up holiday gift project

FCCA wraps up holiday gift project


Each year the FCCA, its member lines and destination partners work together to brighten the holidays for underprivileged children.


For example, this season Santa paid a visit to hurricane-ravaged Grand Turk, where some families are still living in tents.


And in Tortola, $2,000 cheques were delivered by the captain of Grandeur of the Seas to the Rainbow Children's Home, Youth Empowerment Foundation Project and the Eslyn Henley Richez Learning Centre.


Gifts were also distributed in other destinations, from Grand Cayman to Guatemala.

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Windstorm damages Barcelona terminal

Windstorm damages Barcelona terminal

The port's other cruise terminals continue to function normally.

The configuration of Moll (Quay) Adossat, which has four cruise terminals in all together with a major container terminal, explains the difference.

Terminals A, B and C, operated by Creuers de Barcelona, are effectively sheltered by the outer breakwater of the northern entry to the port.

Palacruceros (formerly Terminal D) and the container facility lie further to the southwest and that portion of the quay, forming part of the southern entry to the port, is directly exposed to open water. Both cruise and container vessels tie up on the shoreward side of the pier.

The substantial glass area of the Palacruceros building did not withstand the combined impact of high wind gusts, strong waves, driving rain and wind-driven sea spray, and electrical power was also knocked out.

There were few cruise vessels in port at this time of year, and alternative arrangements were made for handling turnarounds.

One private security guard was drowned when his vehicle was swept into the water at another section of the port, and there was significant damage to scores of vehicles awaiting shipment to Tunis.

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L&K outline value of cruise incentives

L&K outline value of cruise incentives

The Miami-based company is also stressing the value of cruise incentives versus land-based options.


According to L&K, in businesses fueled by employee performance and sales teams, aggressive revenue targets and a push to boost market share and customer affinity, trimming the incentives that drive these markers can be detrimental to a company's longevity and financial health.


Not surprisingly, L&K ceo Joyce Landry sees cruising as the solution for pressured meeting planners who must demonstrate cost-saving initiatives while also tapping venues with the technical capabilities that enable attendees to stay connected, and a range of 'experiential' activities, spouse programs and entertainment.


As the economy worsens, cruising becomes a more appealing choice for the inherent cost savings, Landry said. For example, she noted that choosing a 'floating hotel' eliminates the food and beverage line item from the budget, which can represent more than 38% of the total meeting cost at a land-based venue.

Landry also said that inclusive cruise pricing removes the need to allocate time or budget for spouse programs and entertainment.

Among the other advantages of cruising cited by the L&K ceo are a way to more cost-effectively structure a European travel incentive, up-to-date technology including stem to stern Wifi on some ships, advanced audiovisual setups and sound, light and projection systems that Landry said would cost thousands of dollars extra in a hotel or resort.

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Carnival recaps restricted stock awards

Carnival recaps restricted stock awards

The awards were approved in value form and converted to shares by taking the higher of the average closing prices of the periods from Dec. 12-17 and Dec. 19-24.

The price of $23.415, for those receiving Carnival Corp. awards, and £14.63, for those receiving Carnival plc awards, was determined on Thursday.

Awards of Carnival Corp. restricted common stock were made to Micky Arison, chairman and ceo, and Howard Frank, vice chairman and coo, in the amounts of 149,524 and 124,603 restricted shares, respectively.

Awards of Carnival plc restricted share units representing a hypothetical interest in Carnival plc ordinary shares (plc RSUs) were made to Pier Luigi Foschi, chairman and ceo of Costa Crociere, and David Dingle, ceo of Carnival UK, in the amounts of 44,880 and 14,422 plc RSUs, respectively.

The restricted shares and plc RSUs will be released from restriction on Dec. 19, 2011.

Following the awards, direct and indirect beneficial ownership of Carnival Corp. common stock totals 186,975,357 for Arison and 419,304 for Frank. Foschi and Dingle's total plc RSU holdings are 89,880 and 31,419, respectively.

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Hamilton Island in world spotlight

Hamilton Island in world spotlight


Oatley, an Australian wine industry executive who bought the island -- which is a member of Cruise Down Under -- in 2004, has the words 'Hamilton Island' prominently displayed across the boom of his maxi yacht which notched a record fourth consecutive Sydney to Hobart triumph yesterday.


A former key shareholder of Orion Expedition Cruises, Bob Steel, was also in the spotlight this morning when the race committee named his TP 52 class boat Quest as overall winner based on handicap.


The World of ResidenSea will follow the fleet in the annual 628-nautical-mile yacht race from Sydney to Hobart on Boxing Day, December 26, 2009.

Passengers on The World will have the opportunity to celebrate with the winners in Hobart before the ship returns to Sydney for the New Year's Eve fireworks, which also receive international exposure.


Holland America Line's 61,396gt Volendam, currently operating the company's 2008/09 trans-Tasman season, arrives in Sydney on Wednesday for an overnight stay, providing its passengers with dress circle seats for this New Year's Eve event.

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Search for Houston successor in Vancouver

Search for Houston successor in Vancouver

Executive search firm Ray & Berndtson has been leading the quest.

The search seeks an accomplished ceo or second-in-command within a major, complex, international organization, where the candidate has excelled as a strategic and operational leader. Other requirements include familiarity with large capital projects, regulatory environments and dealing with numerous, diverse stakeholders.

Houston, who has helmed Canada's largest and busiest port since March 2001, 'has made environmental and Olympic contributions that leave his successor some large shoes to fill,' said Vancouver Magazine in naming him to its 'Power List 2008' last month.

The magazine cited Houston's responsibility for 30 deep-sea marine terminals, two cruise-ship docks and more than $53bn in goods traded annually. It also identified his work in promoting environmental sustainability and credited him as instrumental in making Vancouver the first Winter Olympics city to designate a port as an official supplier.

Vancouver handled 850,000 cruise passengers this year. Going into the season, Houston said the port was working with industry stakeholders to incorporate 'environmental, social and economic sustainability objectives into all areas of our operations,' with particular attention to reducing air emissions through the differentiated harbour dues program, salt water scrubber and shore power projects.

Starting in 2009, Vancouver's Canada Place will become the first Canadian facility to provide clean hydroelectric-generated shore power to cruise ships.

Recently, in his final speech to the Vancouver Board of Trade, Houston stressed the need to build corporate social responsibility into the mission and values of companies. Addressing the global economic situation, he expressed confidence in the long-term future and forecast a 3% increase in cruise passengers.

'The Port Authority's ability to borrow remains solid and, at this time, we're not scaling back on major capital programs as they provide much needed capacity,' he said.

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Oceania rolls out savings of up to 72%

Oceania rolls out savings of up to 72%

Starting Jan. 7, the line will offer bonus savings off existing two-for-one cruise fares, resulting in price reductions of up to 72% on select sailings. Free airfare from 20 North American gateways is another component of the 'Celebration of Savings.'

Details on pricing, value-added amenities and departure dates will be announced on Jan. 5. Customers may sign up for email alerts at OceaniaCruises.com.

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Cruise West expands savings

Cruise West expands savings

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In addition, to encourage new bookings on any itinerary, the company is waiving the fuel surcharge on all 2009 sailings for passengers who pay in full by the final early booking discount dates, which vary by destination.

By paying in full new or existing reservations by Jan. 30, customers can save up to $1,210 per cabin, double occupancy, on an eight-night/nine-day Alaska Inside Passage cruise, including a one-night hotel stay in Juneau. These savings reflect both the early booking discount and waived fuel surcharge.

The Alaska Inside Passage itinerary starts at $3,999 per person, double occupancy. Alaska cruises range from three nights/four days to 24 nights/25 days and start at $1,149 per person before savings.

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Black Watch offers Tahiti-Sydney sale

Black Watch offers Tahiti-Sydney sale


The A$2,995 per person price-tag includes a twin-share inside cabin for the 16-night voyage via Moorea, Rarotonga, Nuku'alofa, Suva, Noumea and Brisbane, as well as air travel to Papeete from Sydney with Air Tahiti Nui, air and government taxes and port charges.


The 28,613gt ship, which commences her 97-night world cruise from Southampton on January 6, will spend two nights in Sydney before calling at Burnie, Melbourne, Adelaide, Albany and Fremantle on her return to Southampton via Mauritius, Africa, the Canary Islands and Lisbon.

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