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Articles from 2009 In February


Wachovia sees apos;aggressiveapos; moves to fill Q2/Q3

Wachovia sees apos;aggressiveapos; moves to fill Q2/Q3

Since early January, pricing for close-in bookings has stabilized year over year but both companies stepped up discounting to fill second and third quarter sailings in Europe and Alaska, according to the brokerage's latest bookings survey.

Wachovia analyst Tim Conder said Q2 and Q3 'continue to be very challenging,' and it appears that lines are now 'aggressively' moving to fill remaining capacity 'after attempting to hold pricing as long as possible.'

He added that the price/value relationship for sailings more than 60 days out 'could be beginning to approach levels that should allow pricing to stabilize in the current economic environment.'

Wachovia's survey tracks three brands: Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises.

For those, Caribbean pricing continues to show the most general resilience, according to the survey's findings, with rates down high single digits for cruises of seven days and longer and down 8% to 12% for cruises under seven days.

European pricing is down low double digits for US-sourced sailings, and 'likely down' mid/high single digits for European-sourced business (local currency), Wachovia said. (The Carnival brand has just a few sailings in Europe this year, so the survey reflects mainly RCI/Celebrity.)

Alaska appears especially weak, Wachovia said, with pricing down 35% to 40% for the Carnival brand (one ship) and down 20% to 30% for RCI/Celebrity (six ships), hitting new lows in February.

Wachovia reduced its 2009/2010 earnings per share estimates for Carnival to $2.25/$1.98 from $2.53/$2.27 and for Royal Caribbean to $1.41/$1.11 from $1.47/$1.19 to reflect pricing erosion, relatively stable fuel costs and modest strengthening of the US dollar.

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Crystal gives agents Europe training

Crystal gives agents Europe training

The course details Crystal's on-going Europe promotions, excursions, hotel and land packages, group incentives and sales and marketing tips.

Agents can register for the free training at CrystalCruisesAcademy.com.

Those who complete one of the courses are eligible for a drawing to win a cruise, with one drawing entry per course completed.

Four drawings are held per year with the next scheduled for March.

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NCL seeks chief marketing officer

NCL seeks chief marketing officer

The company confirmed that Scott Rogers, svp marketing, is leaving.

Rogers joined NCL in 2005 after a long career with Procter & Gamble.

At NCL he oversaw the launch of a new brand identity campaign in late 2006 that touched every aspect of the company, from its website to the on-board bath amenities packaging, and brought new television commercials that used humor to depict Freestyle Cruising as less regimented than 'traditional' cruising.

According to Travelpulse.com, Rogers is leaving to take the chief marketing officer role at Goodyear.

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Atlantic Canada predicts another growth year

Atlantic Canada predicts another growth year

The region's total passenger count is projected at 608,000, up from 582,862 in 2008 when numbers increased double-digits.

Brands operating in Atlantic Canada include Carnival, Costa, Crystal, Cunard, Holland America, Norwegian, Princess and Royal Caribbean with sailings from New York, Boston, Baltimore, Bayonne's Cape Liberty, Philadelphia and Fort Lauderdale.

From June to October, Canadian Sailing Expeditions will offer voyages of four to 14 days on the tall ship Caledonia. And this summer newcomer Pearl Seas Cruises will visit small ports like Nova Scotia's Lunenberg and will circumnavigate Newfoundland.

More expedition ships are plying the waters of Newfoundland and Labrador, often en route to the Arctic or Greenland. This year, officials expect 54,000 arrivals, a whopping 64% increase over 2008.

Adventure Canada, Cruise North, Fred. Olsen, Polar Star Expeditions and Wanderbird Cruises, to name a few, will visit ports like St. John's, Corner Brook, Battle Harbour and Red Bay.

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Star Clippers to put all three ships in the Med

Star Clippers to put all three ships in the Med

It will be the first time since 2007 that the full fleet has sailed the Med at the same time.

In the spring Royal Clipper, Star Clipper and Star Flyer will reposition from their winter homes in the Caribbean, Far East and Tahiti, respectively, to begin the Mediterranean deployment.

Star Clipper will continue round-trip Athens routes, while Royal Clipper will maintain itineraries round-trip Civitavecchia and between Civitavecchia and Venice.

Star Flyer is scheduled to sail seven-day round-trip Monaco itineraries, as well as Eastern Mediterranean and Turkey cruises from Rhodes.

'In this challenging economy, we thought it prudent to bring all three ships closer to where our guests reside and have them sail itineraries with proven success,' said Mikael Krafft, owner and president of Star Clippers.

'While Star Flyer's Tahiti itineraries have been popular, redeploying Flyer to the Mediterranean with the other two ships ultimately will make taking a Star Clippers vacation more affordable for our guests.'

Star Flyer will continue its Tahiti itineraries until Feb. 21, 2010, after which it will make a 'Grand Pacific Crossing' from Papeete to Panama City. The ship will then sail a Panama Canal cruise that ends in St. Maarten, followed by an Atlantic crossing to Lisbon.

Details of the Mediterranean itineraries and the schedule for the remainder of 2010 will be available in March.

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71% Australians on QM2apos;s Sydney-Yokohama sailing

71% Australians on QM2apos;s Sydney-Yokohama sailing

m. sailing today for Yokohama.


Carnival Australia's director of sales, Don Clark, revealed these figures at a gala dinner last night in the Todd English restaurant for top cruise sellers and media to celebrate the 151,400gt flagship's return to Sydney on her second circumnavigation of the globe.


On shore Commodore Bernard Warner and Carol Marlow, Cunard's president and md, who sailed in QM2 on the Auckland/Sydney sector, hosted a dinner in the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre at Darling Harbour for passengers making the entire world voyage from Fort Lauderdale to New York via Southampton.

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Linda Hallidayapos;s HOT new job

Linda Hallidayapos;s HOT new job


Halliday, a New Zealander, moved to Auckland when she left ICCA in October 2007 after 17 months with the Sydney-based travel agent training organisation. She was most recently gm-New Zealand for Abercrombie & Kent/Akorn.


HOT, the privately owned and operated company founded by Chris Paulsen in 1987, is one of New Zealand's top 40 companies based on sales and has specialised in selling cruise products.


TravelManagers, a network of home-based consultants, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of HOT in Australia and ICCA gm Brett Jardine said many of its members are taking advantage of the A$99 individual member category that was launched in December last year.

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Carnival Australia executive joins Gavin Smith

Carnival Australia executive joins Gavin Smith


Armstrong was a senior marketing analyst with Carnival UK before moving to Carnival Australia five years ago.


Smith, who became country manager Australia for RCCL last December, has made Armstrong responsible for sales, marketing and revenue management in his role as commercial manager.


Smith has also named Peter McCormack, an Australian who worked for Insight Vacations and Trafalgar Tours in the United States, as his national sales manager. McCormack was most recently the Sydney-based sales and marketing director for Explore Holidays.

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Second Princess world voyage from Australia

Second Princess world voyage from Australia


The 77,000gt ship will make her first world voyage from Sydney on July 5 this year, calling at 42 ports in 104 nights. She will travel eastbound through the South Pacific to New York and London, returning via the Mediterranean, Suez Canal and Asia.


On May 21 next year she will make a second 104-day westbound world voyage from Sydney with early-bird fares from A$19,199 per person twin-share.

Several sectors, including Sydney/Dubai and New York/Sydney, were also announced today.

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Carnivalapos;s Narraway hopes to see a ship back in UK

Carnivalapos;s Narraway hopes to see a ship back in UK

Lynn Narraway, md UK business for CCL, said sales grew nearly 80% compared with 2007 thanks largely to the publicity generated by the Dover naming of Carnival Splendor and the ship's subsequent programme of North European cruises from the port.

Britons accounted for 10% to 30% of the passengers on the ex-UK sailings and entertainment was adaped a little for their tastes, reported Narraway, including 'making sure no one went without a decent cup of tea'.

The Dover cruises attracted a slightly different British passenger profile compared to CCL's Caribbean fly-cruise sales which are predominately couples and families. 'Partly these were people who prefer not to fly but it was mainly the destination - the Baltic - which tends to appeal to an older profile,' Narraway added.

Talking about the move to keep Carnival Liberty in the Caribbean in 2009 rather than put her in Europe, a decision taken at the time of rising transatlantic airfares, Narraway called it 'disappointing for us in the UK' but remarked there will still be three Med cruises this year operated by CCL's next new ship, Carnival Dream, 'and we hope that when airfares come down, we shall see a CCL ship back in Dover.'

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