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Seatrade honours IMOapos;s Efthimios Mitropoulos

Seatrade honours IMOapos;s Efthimios Mitropoulos

'I am delighted to receive this auspicious award in the 20th anniversary year,' Mitropoulos said. Referring to the IMO's recent agreement on sulphur limits and its response to this environmental challenge, he added: 'It is important that we stay united and work together. If we do that, everything will be possible.'

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal presented the awards at the Seatrade Awards 20th Anniversary Ceremony Dinner last night. Over 350 members of the maritime community gathered in London's Guildhall to celebrate the outstanding contributions made over the last year, as well as marking the significant milestone celebrating 20 years of excellence.

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NCLapos;s Stuart gains new executive role

NCLapos;s Stuart gains new executive role

Stuart, who has been leading the Freestyle 2.0 initiative as evp sales, marketing and passenger services, now gains broader responsibility for the delivery of Freestyle Cruising across the fleet.

Additionally, as foreshadowed here, he assumes the role of F3 project chief, which includes the planning, coordination and oversight of NCL's two newbuilds at Aker France, including their design, building, commercial and marketing launch, product development and operational delivery. The F3 multidisciplinary project team now reports to him.

NCL said a search is under way for a replacement to assume Stuart's responsibilities in the areas of sales, marketing and public relations.

Calling the F3 ships 'the most innovative and important project in NCL's history,' president and ceo Colin Veitch said Stuart has the leadership, drive and passion to ensure the continued success of Freestyle Cruising and to launch the F3 ships, which he predicted will be 'revolutionary.'

Stuart joined NCL in 1988 and served as UK sales and marketing director in until late 1996. He was named vp sales planning and relocated to Miami headquarters in January 1997. Stuart took on successively greater roles and became evp sales, marketing and passenger services five years ago.

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RCI details 2009-10 Caribbean routes

RCI details 2009-10 Caribbean routes

In opening bookings for nine of the ships today, Royal Caribbean did not disclose its Genesis deployment but, as earlier reported here, that should be coming soon with sales likely to open in August. The first Genesis, in late 2009 and the second, in 2010, will be based in Port Everglades. Last month a Royal Caribbean executive told Seatrade Miami delegates the ships were likely to sail an Eastern Caribbean route to San Juan, St. Maarten and St. Thomas, and a Western route to San Juan, Labadee, Cozumel and the new Jamaican port of Falmouth.

Sales that opened today for nine ships include year-round departures from Miami, Port Canaveral, Cape Liberty and San Juan. Freedom of the Seas debuts at Canaveral in May next year as the largest cruise vessel sailing from Central Florida. It will offer alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, replacing Mariner of the Seas.

From Miami, Liberty of the Seas will sail an alternating seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean program in summer 2009 before changing to two alternating Western routes in the winter. Liberty's traditional Western Caribbean itinerary will alternate with a new choice in November that includes Belize City, Costa Maya, Cozumel and Grand Cayman.

Based year-round from San Juan, Adventure of the Seas will operate two new alternating seven-night Southern Caribbean programs with Sunday departures, while Serenade of the Seas will join Adventure in the winter and offer a Saturday departure. New calls at Grenada, Dominica and St. Croix for both ships, and additionally Tortola and St. Kitts for Serenade, create two back-to-back 14-night voyages with no repeat calls.

Additional winter season highlights include Independence of the Seas sailing six-night Western Caribbean and eight-night Eastern Caribbean itineraries from Port Everglades.

Explorer of the Seas will continue its third consecutive year-round deployment at Cape Liberty with Eastern and Southern Caribbean itineraries ranging from eight to 12 nights. Voyager of the Seas returns to Galveston in December next year to offer two Western Caribbean itineraries, one new, featuring calls at Roatán, Costa Maya and Cozumel.

Jewel of the Seas will offer 10- and 11-night Caribbean and Panama Canal cruises from Miami. On a special holiday sailing, the ship will make a maiden call on Christmas Eve at Falmouth. Enchantment of the Seas will return to Colón for seven-night Southern Caribbean sailings.

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Lefebrve joins Aron in Anguilla investment

Lefebrve joins Aron in Anguilla investment

, an Anguillan firm formed by an investor syndicate led by Adam Aron, former chairman of Vail Resorts and current senior executive with Apollo Investments.

Earlier this month, Cap Juluca Properties acquired the Cap Juluca resort on Anguilla.

'I'm delighted to be affiliated with this exciting venture,' said Lefebvre, who is also the chairman of Silversea Cruises. 'This is an excellent opportunity in the Caribbean tourism sector and I look forward to sharing my expertise in luxury travel to help shape the successful future of Cap Juluca.'

The new ownership's plans include what is described as 'a massive investment of monies' to fully renovate the resort.

The government of Anguilla is expected to be offered a 20% ownership stake in Cap Juluca Properties Ltd.

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Three Royal Caribbean brands hike fuel fee

Three Royal Caribbean brands hike fuel fee

Additional passengers in a room will be charged $3 per person, per day, to a limit of $42 per cruise.

The revised supplement will apply to bookings made throughout the world on and after May 1 for Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Cruises.

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TUI Cruises fires first AIDA salvo

TUI Cruises fires first AIDA salvo

TUI Cruises,' adding: 'TUI Cruises comes -- book it as of autumn 2008.'

The advertisements indicate a bold stance by the new TUI Cruises, formed by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and TUI AG, against its established competitor, the Carnival Corp. & plc-owned AIDA Cruises.

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Royal Caribbean, TUI complete jv

Royal Caribbean, TUI complete jv

The deal was cleared last month by European antitrust officials.

Based in Hamburg, TUI Cruises will be led by veteran cruise executive Richard Vogel as chief executive. The new brand will launch service with one ship in early 2009, with sales and marketing activities to begin in the coming months.

That said, TUI Cruises plastered Rostock with advertisements today on the eve of the christening of AIDA Cruises' new ship. [See separate story.]

Royal Caribbean last week declined to comment on speculation that the ship to start the new TUI brand might be Celebrity Cruises' Galaxy. Details about the initial vessel and the product are to be revealed at an April 29 press event in Hamburg.

'We look forward to working with our colleagues at TUI AG to build a world class cruise line for Germany,' said Royal Caribbean chairman and ceo Richard Fain, who called the venture 'another strategic step in our efforts to meet the growing global demand for cruising.'

'We expect TUI Cruises to be a central player in Germany's fast growing cruise market,' added Michael Frenzel, ceo of TUI AG.

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US proposes to fingerprint exiting visitors

US proposes to fingerprint exiting visitors

citizens as they leave the country under a new rule proposed today by the Bush administration.

Visitors who currently have to provide fingerprints on arrival in the U.S. would need to be fingerprinted as they exit the country, according to a Department of Homeland Security proposal. Cruise operators and airlines would have to transmit the fingerprints of departing passengers to U.S. officials within 24 hours.

DHS said it aims to implement the biometric air and sea exit procedures by January. The agency will allow a 90-day comment period on the proposed rule.

Cruise lines already provide information on passengers and crew to U.S. officials in advance of sailing.

A spokeswoman for the Cruise Lines International Association told Seatrade Insider CLIA would have to review the proposal before commenting.

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Crystal promotes sales executive

Crystal promotes sales executive

He most recently spent five years as district sales manager for Crystal, Los Angeles region.

Replacing Garcia as Los Angeles DSM is Edyta Teper, a 17-year travel industry veteran. She most recently managed travel agency and corporate accounts as regional business development manager for Carnival Cruise Lines.

Nineteen DSMs represent Crystal throughout the U.S. and Canada, in addition to overseas representatives.

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Central Park in the middle of Aker Yards

Central Park in the middle of Aker Yards


As earlier reported here, Central Park is located in the centre of the ship opening skywards. On each side rise six-storeyed hotel towers including 334 staterooms overlooking the park, 254 with balconies. With the length of a soccer field, some 110mtr and a width of 19mtr the park will have a growing lawn, trees and other vegetation. The open outdoor space will be surrounded by restaurants, shops and cafés.


'Central Park is another example of revolutionary innovation in ship design and building,' said Juha Heikinheimo, president of Aker Yards, Cruise & Ferries. 'Cruise passengers are expecting new unparalleled experiences, and that is what the owners, the yard and the maritime cluster continuously are creating in good cooperation. As for the Genesis project, feel certain this park area will not be the last new innovation on board,' promised Heikinheimo.


When designing Central Park, the yard faced many structural challenges. For example, the hotel towers on both sides of the park underwent rigorous analysis and calculations and so did the logistics of the large park area.


The Central Park project has thrown up 'interesting challenges,' noted Toivo Ilvonen, Genesis project manager at Aker Yards. He cited such issues as testing how much soil is needed, how to incorporate irrigation and drainage systems, and how to keep the park from getting too windy when the vessel is speeding at 20 knots, or too hot in port conditions.


The first 5,400-berth Genesis newbuild is due in late 2009.

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