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Articles from 2015 In April

Hurtigruten offers summer savings in 5-day US sale

Hurtigruten offers summer savings in 5-day US sale

Example fares include $1,368 per person, double occupancy, for a six-day sailing from Kirkenes to Bergen in June and July, a discount of $1,004, or the seven-day reverse itinerary in August, a discount of $1,204. The 12-day October round-trip starts at $1,845, a savings of $1,300, and the 11-day version in September begins at $1,800, $1,159 off.

This capacity-controlled special is for new bookings only. Code FS10 must be used when booking.


Agents tour MSC Divina, train on MSC Book during maiden NYC call

MSC Cruises
MSC Divina pays first visit to New York

The occasion was marked by a plaques and keys ceremony and facilitated a briefing for retailers by MSC Cruises USA executives and training in the new MSC Book online reservations system.

MSC Divina Capt. Pier Paola Scala; Elizabeth Shearin, vp cruise operations for the New York City Economic Development Corp.; and Kenneth Winkler, general manager for Ports America, exchanged plaques during a ceremony watched by several hundred agents.

MSC Cruises USA president Rick Sasso and Ken Muskat, evp sales, public relations & guest services, briefed agents on the company's growth plans, particularly its aggressive expansion strategy for North America.

Agents also were able to participate in an hour-long demonstration of the newly unveiled MSC Book and to give the system a try.

MSC Divina stopped overnight at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal as part of a repositioning cruise to the Mediterranean for the summer season.

Passengers will be able to embark at Civitavecchia (Rome) on Saturdays or Barcelona on Wednesdays for cruises to La Spezia, a late-night stay affording the ability to visit Pisa, Florence, Portofino and Cinque Terre, and Palma de Mallorca, also a late-night stay, as well as Naples, for access to Pompeii, Capri, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast.

Upon MSC Divina's return from the Mediterranean in November, the ship will sail year-round to the Caribbean from PortMiami.

Savino Del Bene teams with Videlio HMS to supply cruise ships in Asia

Savino Del Bene teams with Videlio HMS to supply cruise ships in Asia

Based in Hong Kong, the newly established Videlio Asia provides a wide range of services including audio, video and projection systems, lighting, integrated control, broadcasting and interactive television platforms, rigging services (with a team of specialized technicians available on site), landing and repairs management, support and refitting services, and ordinary and emergency maintenance assistance.

To this end, Videlio Asia is working with Savino Del Bene Hong Kong, part of the Savino Del Bene Global Cruise Vertical, for transportation and distribution, customs brokerage and innovative supply chain solutions.

This is the latest example of Savino Del Bene Cruise Vertical's strategy to become a top logistics provider in the region for its customers, according to John Paul Brigneti, vp global logistics, cruise & marine solutions, Savino Del Bene-Miami.

Last year in Japan, for example, Savino Del Bene set up an import process solution for food and beverage and technical spares that substantially reduced the cost and local customs issues for one of its major clients.

Brigneti said that besides being competitive in logistics, Savino Del Bene's goal is to find solutions and innovate in ways that provide the best service and add value for its customers.

MedCruise meets Brussels institutions, contributes to policy agendas

MedCruise meets Brussels institutions, contributes to policy agendas

Following the successful launching event of the Pan-European dialogue between cruise operators, ports and coastal tourism stakeholders, MedCruise joined major stakeholders, including CLIA Europe and ESPO in a meeting structuring the way forward for the dialogue. 

The meeting, organised by DG MARE, the European Commission Directorate General for Maritime Policy and Fisheries,  concluded with a number of next steps to be orchestrated by the EC.

DG-MOVE, the European Commission Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (Ports and Inland Navigation) organised the first panel discussion with stakeholders on differentiated port infrastructure charges to promote environmentally friendly maritime transport activities. 

MedCruise progressed the dialogue and committed to participation to the next steps, aiming to promote the dissemination and implementation of best practices in cruise ports in the Med and its adjoining seas.

MedCruise actively participated at the European Sustainable Shipping Forum meeting where Mangiarotti presented the work that MedCruise has developed in providing intelligence on Waste Reception Facilities available in MedCruise Ports – an innovative MedCruise project, that will inform the progress of the review of the relative European Directive that is currently in progress.

Last week MedCruise vp and Dubrovnik Port Authority’s Kristijan Pavic was among the keynote speakers of the 2015 edition of Adriatic Sea Forum.

This event, organised by Risposte Turismo, was held in MedCruise member Port of Dubrovnik, Croatia, attracting 40 speakers including MedCruise's Roberto Perocchio, managing Director of Venezia Terminal Passeggeri and president of Assomarinas.

Pavic and Perocchio both emphasised the need for greater cooperation among the countries that border the Adriatic and reminded delegates of the extent to which economic development in the area is able to generate and safeguard sustainability.

Cunard pays tribute to the loss of Lusitania 100 years on

Cunard pays tribute to the loss of Lusitania 100 years on

In the early hours of 7 May, 100 years after the Cunard flagship Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk with the loss of 1,195 lives, Queen Victoria will pause over the wreck off Cobh.

Commodore Rynd and Cunard director Angus Struthers will lay wreaths and passengers travelling who had relatives on Lusitania will offer their own floral tributes prior to Queen Victoria paying her own tribute by sounding her fog horn.

Further tributes will be paid at the Lusitania graves in the Old Churchyard outside Cobh prior to a special commemorative service.

Two special moments will be Queen Victoria sounding her whistle at 1410 hours (the moment the torpedo hit Lusitania) and 1428 hours (the moment Lusitania sank). Lusitania was the first of 20 ships Cunard ships lost in the First World War and these will be remembered in service which will include speeches, blessings and hymns. All passengers on Queen Victoria will be able to attend the service.

In addition commemorative dinners will be held during the cruise which will acknowledge and pay tribute to Lusitania and Cunard’s role in the First World War.

Angus Struthers, Cunard director: ‘In this, our 175th anniversary year, we will take time to remember and reflect on the loss of the Cunard flagship Lusitania and we hope this special cruise will ensure that the tragedy will continue to be remembered for generations to come. It is especially important for us to be in Cobh on 7 May as we stand united with the port that will forever be associated with the tragedy.’

Cunard has commissioned historian Eric Sauder to produce a temporary exhibition of Lusitania memorabilia that will be displayed on board Queen Victoria. The exhibit will feature china, silver, brochures, postcards, memorabilia and souvenirs that will bring to life the story of Cunard’s former flagship.

Norwegian Epic begins Barcelona deployment, 2 UK cruises planned

Norwegian Epic - has new entertainment lineup

Broadway shows 'Burn the Floor' and 'Priscilla, Queen of the Desert—The Musical,' will debut in October. Norwegian Epic also will feature a British pop music entertainment experience, The Cavern Club, bringing to sea the legendary Liverpool venue where the Beatles performed.

Broadway sensation 'Burn the Floor,' which has received rave reviews on Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, will bring the sizzle and passion of ballroom dancing to Norwegian Epic with 'Ballroom Blitz,' a new show designed for a European audience.

Based on the Oscar-winning movie, 'Priscilla, Queen of the Desert—The Musical,' offers a hit parade of dance floor favorites, including 'It’s Raining Men,' 'I Will Survive' and 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.' The show will open on the Oct. 18 voyage, along with The Cavern Club.

Until Nov. 22, Norwegian Epic will operate seven-night cruises from Barcelona or Civitavecchia (Rome) to the western Mediterranean, including stops at Naples, Livorno, Cannes and Palma de Mallorca. Between Nov. 29 and April 7, the ship will sail alternating 10-night cruises to Morocco, the Canary Islands, Madeira and Málaga and 10-, 11- and 12-night cruises to the western Mediterranean including stops at Sardinia, Sicily and Mallorca.

In addition, Norwegian Epic will offer two cruises to and from Southampton in 2015, marking the first time the ship has visited the UK port since its June 2010 inaugural. A six-night cruise will depart Barcelona on Sept. 20 and call at Cartagena, Málaga and Lisbon before arriving Southampton.

Then, following a 22-day drydock in France, Norwegian Epic will embark on a seven-night 'Iberian Peninsula' cruise from Southampton to Barcelona on Oct. 18. Ports include Vigo, Lisbon, Málaga and Cartagena.

The Christmas cruise is a nine-night Canary Islands and Morocco itinerary beginning Dec. 19 at Barcelona, while the New Year's cruise, six nights, departs Dec. 28.

12 days left to make a nomination for the 2015 Rama Rebbapragada Award

12 days left to make a nomination for the 2015 Rama Rebbapragada Award

This award recognises an individual who has made exceptional contribution to the development of cruise tourism in Asia, and is named in memory of the late Rama Rebbapragada, whose outstanding commitment to cruise tourism in Asia is worthily remembered by friends and colleagues.

The award will be presented during the welcome reception at Seatrade Cruise Asia, which will take place in Busan, Korea from June 11-12 2015.

Email your nominations, including a brief statement of support, to Nina Marston, Seatrade's cruise marketing manager, by close of play Monday May 11, 2015.

Previous winners are Kelvin Tan, commercial director Asia Pacific Celebrity Cruises (2014) abd  Ong Huey Hong, director, cruise for Singapore Tourism Board (2013).

Panama Canal installs final lock in expansion project

Panama Canal Authority
The 16th and final gate is one of the heaviest—4,232 tons

The installation began on the south end of the Canal's Pacific locks, which connect directly to the ocean. The final gate is one of the heaviest and weighs 4,232 tons. It measures 57.6 meters wide by 10 meters long and 33 meters high.

The Panama Canal expansion is now 87.6% complete. With all 16 gates installed, the next milestone will occur when the lock chambers are flooded.

The installation of all eight gates on the Atlantic side of the Canal was completed earlier this month, on April 1.

NCLH to announce first quarter results on May 7

NCLH to announce first quarter results on May 7

A conference call for analysts will follow at 11 a.m.

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OAS, Puertos de Estado offer scholarships to Madrid ports management course

OAS, Puertos de Estado offer scholarships to Madrid ports management course

The four-week course, in Spanish only, will be held Oct. 13 to Nov. 10 in Madrid.

The scholarships are supported by Puertos del Estado of Spain, co-organizer of the course.

General objectives of the course include analyzing the main models of port development worldwide, with special emphasis on the cases of Spain and Latin America. Participants will also delve into the major elements and techniques of port management in Spain, with the aim of achieving the efficiency and competitiveness required of modern ports.

Strategic planning, infrastructure, finance, logistics, intermodal issues, human resources, safety and environmental matters will be addressed.

The speakers will include experts from Spain and Latin America.

The course consists of 150 hours of theory and 80 hours of lectures, workshops and practical coursework that will be assessed. There will be visits to major ports in Spain to see theory in practice.

Scholarship applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of a member state of the OAS and hold a university degree in management, law, economics, engineering or another relevant sector and be employed as a professional in an administration or state port authority. Applicants must also have at least three years of experience in the port sector and be fluent in Spanish.

Scholarship applications must be received by Sept. 1.

Information: [email protected] or here.