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Articles from 2008 In March


Lübeck considers pier expansion

Lübeck considers pier expansion

City planning authorities hope to have findings in three or four months, said Falk Ohlig, director of business development for the Port of Lübeck.

'The boom in the Baltic with bigger ships with more passengers will continue,' Ohlig said, explaining the need for Lübeck to expand.

If the city decides to move forward and is able to secure funding, larger ships could be berthing as soon as 2010 or 2011, Ohlig told Seatrade Insider.

Lübeck and the seaside resort of Travemünde host small- to medium-sized ships at four berthing locations. City planning officials are looking at lengthening Travemünde's Ostpreußenkai to 300 meters.

If the city decides to expand, Ohlig sees 100 cruise calls a year as feasible.

In his promotional efforts, Ohlig sells the city of Lübeck itself as the main attraction, not as a gateway to Berlin or nearby Hamburg. With centuries of history and a skyline dotted by Gothic steeples, Lübeck was known as the Queen of the Hanseatic League. The Old Town is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are museums devoted to three Nobel laureates - Thomas Mann, Günter Grass and Willy Brandt. The Niederegger Café is famous for its marzipan.

'Lübeck is one of the hidden secrets of the Baltic,' said Alex Napp of port agency Sartori & Berger. 'We see a big future if they start this [pier expansion] investment.'

'The city is one of the most attractive in Germany,' said Simon Douwes, director of deployment and itinerary planning for Holland America Line, who noted the Prinsendam 'made a very succesful port call last summer' but added that only smaller ships can dock downtown.

'If larger ships can dock downtown as well, we can expect to see a large increase in the number of ships visiting Lübeck,' Douwes told Seatrade Insider.

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Australian government drafts single pricing bill

Australian government drafts single pricing bill


Australia's Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Competition Policy & Consumer Affairs, Chris Bowen, said amendments to the Trade Practices Act 1974 will not prevent companies from using component pricing, provided the total price is also displayed prominently as a single figure.


The draft bill spells out that 'specifying the single figure price in the small print of a newspaper advert is not specifying the price in a prominent way.'


'No longer will consumers feel ripped off when they suddenly discover that what they thought they were paying doesn't take into account hidden taxes and charges,' Bowen said.


'These reforms will mean that consumers will know the total price they will have to pay for goods and services that they buy.'


Bowen's consumer affairs advisor, James Cullen, told Seatrade Insider that breaches of the amended Trade Practices Act could attract criminal penalties.


Interested parties are invited to submit comments on the draft bill - which is available on www.treasury.gov.au - by April 17.

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New cruise facilities underway at Tianjin

New cruise facilities underway at Tianjin

The nearest port to the Chinese capital of Beijing can already handle a 2,600-passenger ship at its numerous commercial berths.

The new passenger terminal and berthing facilities will cover an area totalling 1.6m sq mtr and offer six berths. Commercial and recreational facilities will also be built including a hotel and office complex.

The first phase development includes two cruise berths and related passenger terminal facilities, capable of handling mega ships and up to 500,000 passengers a year.

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Europaapos;s classical birthday celebration

Europaapos;s classical birthday celebration

The Ocean Sun Festival is a two-week international music event featuring some of the world's finest classical music talent; the festival will also include four shore events at exclusive venues in Hamburg, Lisbon, Cadiz and Palma de Mallorca.

Performing artists on board will include Grammy 2008 laureate Oleg Maisenberg, leading Mozart tenor Michael Schade and rising soprano star Patricia Petibon, who will present her new album with arias by Mozart, Haydn and Gluck.

In Hamburg, the soloists of the Munich Philharmonic (quartet) will be accompanied by the celebrated cellist Mischa Maisky. Lisbon's Casino Estoril will give Europa's guests an exclusive presentation of their 50th anniversary show. An 18th-century castle in Cadiz, the Castillo San Marco, is the location for a concert starring Michael Schade and Patricia Petibon while the festival's finale, featuring all the principal artists, will be at the Teatre Principal in Palma de Mallorca.

The two-week itinerary departing Hamburg on September 14 includes stops at St Peter Port, St. Malo and Bordeaux, Galicia, Lisbon, Cadiz, Palma and, finally, Barcelona. Prices, including full board and all classical music events on board and ashore, are from EUR5,405 per person sharing a double suite.

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ICCAapos;s river cruise membership keeps on rollinapos; along

ICCAapos;s river cruise membership keeps on rollinapos; along


Trafalgar Uniworld was first in 2005, followed by Avalon Waterways and APT Amadeus.


Gm Brett Jardine said ICCA's newest entrant brings the total number of cruise line members to 24.


As previously reported, this fast-growing segment of the cruise industry will be included for the first time in ICCA's 2007 Australian and New Zealand passenger survey due for release at the end of this month.

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Smooth Music cruise on board Celebrity Century

Smooth Music cruise on board Celebrity Century

The 2009 Smooth Music Cruise, a five-day Caribbean full charter of Celebrity Century, departs Miami on January 31 and is priced starting at $999 per person. The sailing will include performances, autograph signings, interview sessions and late night jam sessions with artists such as Norman Brown, Larry Carlton, Heather Headley, Acoustic Alchemy, Marion Meadows, Michael Lington, Steve Oliver, Chieli Minucci, Alan Hewitt and Althea Renè.

Jamieson has held executive-level positions with Sony, CBS and BMG and was most recently chairman of the RCA Music Group for BMG.

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MSC promotes free balcony upgrades

MSC promotes free balcony upgrades

The deal provides savings of up to 50% or more off retail prices for North American customers who book an ocean-view stateroom on MSC Orchestra's 2008-09 Caribbean itineraries by April 30.

Cruise-only prices for a seven-night Eastern or Western Caribbean round-trip itinerary from Fort Lauderdale start at $799 per person. Kids 17 or younger sail free when sharing a stateroom with two full-fare-paying adults.

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CLIA opens 2009 cruise3sixty registration

CLIA opens 2009 cruise3sixty registration

CLIA said a record2,200 travel professionals met March 7-9 for CLIA's fourth annual cruise3sixty conference, and officials expect next year's show to sell out well in advance.

A pre-registration period opened on March 10 for agents who attendedthis year's cruise3sixty as well as interested agents whosigned up on the cruise3sixty website. Nearly 400 agentshave completed their registration for 2009 in the past three weeks, said Terry Dale, president and ceo of CLIA.

Early registration provides a special rate and first choice for ship inspections and seminars.

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Aker shareholders reject board changes

Aker shareholders reject board changes

As a result, the board remains unchanged.

Havyard Invest, which holds a 10.2% stake in Aker Yards, told Reuters on Monday that it would propose to elect four new board members and replace two current members.

Aker Yards said nearly 79% of the company's shares were represented at today's meeting.

The vote against Havyard Invest's proposal for a new board was 49,506,467 to 35,843,596, with 302,974 abstaining votes.

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Celebrity outlines apos;09 Alaska season

Celebrity outlines apos;09 Alaska season

Celebrity Mercury's 14-night 'Ultimate Alaska' cruise round-trip from Los Angeles on April 27 visits five ports in the state as well as Seattle and Victoria, BC. Immediately following is a 13-night 'Ultimate Alaska' voyage from Los Angeles to Vancouver, also visiting five Alaska ports.

Celebrity Millennium will sail the line's first 10-night round-trip from Vancouver with an 'Ultimate Alaska' voyage on Sept. 18, visiting six Alaska ports and one Canadian port.

At the core of the 2009 season are seven-night sailings between May and September that visit Hubbard Glacier.

Celebrity Infinity will depart Fridays round-trip from Seattle, calling at Juneau, Ketchikan and Victoria, with most sailings also stopping at Icy Strait Point.

Celebrity Mercury will depart Sundays round-trip from Vancouver, calling at Sitka, Juneau and Ketchikan.

Celebrity Millennium will sail between Seward and Vancouver, departing on Fridays, with calls at Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway.

Celebrity Mercury will reprise its 2007 and 2008 wine cruises with an 11-night sailing from Vancouver to San Diego on Oct. 12, and will again offer three- and four-night Pacific Northwest sailings from Seattle in September and October with calls at Nanaimo and Victoria.

A total of 21 Alaska cruise-tours are available in conjunction with seven-night voyages on Celebrity Millennium from Seward and Vancouver. In 2009, the offerings include a new seven-night post-cruise tour through Seward, Anchorage, Talkeetna, Denali National Park and Fairbanks.

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