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Articles from 2002 In May


Australia at a glance for itinerary planners

Australia at a glance for itinerary planners

Speaking at theannual Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE 2002) in Brisbane where 660 overseas buyers from 48 countries met with 630 Australian product suppliers, Hockey said the upgraded interactive site will be a powerful marketing tool for a country that is a natural cruise region with a coastline of 36,735 kilometres bordering two oceans and four seas.

The multi-lingual site has 360 degree images, screen savers and videos and covers everything from regional maps and climate to local food and wine and tourist attractions.

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Small ship sales course for global consultants

Small ship sales course for global consultants

Agents who successfully complete the five-modules of the InternationalCruise Council Australasia (ICCA) approved FOC self-training programme by October 31 receive a complimentary four-night cruise of their choice. They will also receive the company's cruise specialist discounts and news flashes and will be put on the invitation list for familiarisations. For moredetails contact CCC's sales and marketing director Allison Haworth([email protected]).

Seatrade Insider also spoke to CCC's founder and executive chairman Trevor Haworth at ATE 2002 who said the October 27 start-up of international leisure flights to Cairns from Nagoya, Fukuoka, Osaka, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taipei by new Qantas subsidiary Australian Airlines will be a bonanza for all cruise operators using the North Queensland port.
The full service single-class carrier will initially operate four Boeing767-300 aircraft and is expected to bring around 350,000 additional Asian and Japanese visitors into Australia in its first year. The fleet will then be increased to 12 aircraft and Honolulu is one of several destinations under consideration for an expanded network that will include other Australian ports.

Captain Haworth will escort a special Chairman's Cruise ex-Cairns November 22 aboard the 3,125 gt 168-passenger Reef Endeavour to Cape York on the northern tip of Australia and Thursday Island in the Torres Strait.

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Windstar extends Tahiti air offers

Windstar extends Tahiti air offers

On 17 cruises beginning May 31 through September 20, Windstar is featuring free roundtrip airfare to Tahiti on reservations originating from Los Angeles, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Portland, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tucson and Vancouver, B.C. On those same dates, the line is also offering roundtrip airfare to Tahiti for either $199 or $299 from 26 other North American cities.

On 14 cruises beginning September 27 through December 27, the company is offering roundtrip airfare between Los Angeles and Tahiti for $495 on all reservations. Windstar partners with Los Angeles-based Air Tahiti Nui for non-stop service aboard Airbus 340-200 series aircraft. The 148-passenger Wind Song sails weekly from Tahiti to sister islands of Raiatea, Huahine, Bora Bora and Moorea.

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P&O claims the Largest Ever Floating Street Party

P&O claims the Largest Ever Floating Street Party

Almost 6,000 British passengers will be cruising with P&O for the Golden Jubilee long weekend, but the cruise company has made sure the celebrations will mirror Britain by holding street-style parties on all their ships' promenade decks which will be adorned with bunting and Union Jack flags.

Golden Jubilee cocktail parties will also take place and in a competition held for its bar staff, P&O Cruises has created the ultimate cocktail to toast the queen called 'Her Majesty'. The concoction of Malibu, Van der Hum, cherry brandy, pineapple and orange juice will be available throughout the weekend. The creator, Phil Stacey, from Oriana, says, 'My secret ingredient is the Van der Hum which gives 'Her Majesty' a long, summer taste that passengers are sure to enjoy.'

To mark this occasion, passengers and crew across the fleet will receive a limited edition P&O Cruises Golden Jubilee commemorative spoon, incorporating the official Queen's Golden Jubilee crest.

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Jacksonville veteran to lead Port Everglades

Jacksonville veteran to lead Port Everglades

He is expected to begin on August 19. Phillip Allen has been serving as interim director since the departure of Paul DeMariano last May.

Krauter was ceo for the bi-modal Jacksonville Port Authority from 1996 until the agency divided its seaport and airport operations last October. Broward County administrator Roger Desjarlais cited Krauter's experience running a bi-modal agency and his knowledge of Florida ports as making him the top contender in a nationwide search for a new Everglades chief.

Under Krauter's leadership, Jacksonville achieved record growth in air passenger traffic, air cargo traffic, marine cargo traffic and gross revenues. At the seaport, Krauter implemented a $200m capital investment programme to upgrade and expand marine terminals and completed the purchase of a 565-acre property to develop new marine cargo terminals, among other accomplishments. The Canada native, 59, earlier served as ceo for the Saint John Port Corporation in New Brunswick and the Prince Rupert Port Corporation.

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Tom Anderson is leaving Princess

Tom Anderson is leaving Princess

'He's extremely competent. Princess won't skip a beat,' Anderson says.

Colleagues and industry associates are sad to see Anderson go. 'He, and his wit and wisdom, will be sorely missed by everyone,' says destination development consultant Rick Strunck. Anderson plans a two-month car trip up the Eastern Seaboard with his wife and children before making his next career move. 'I certainly would like to stay in the industry in some capacity, whether on the cruise line side or service provider side,' he tells Seatrade Insider.

Anderson joined the industry in 1988 as director of on board revenue for Costa in Miami. He moved to Princess to become manager of Caribbean & Atlantic shore ops and says he's proud of the line's reputation for tour variety and quality. Anderson notes that Princess remains the only brand with a formal tour guide recognition programme. 'Tours are provided by the local people and those guides really make or break the tour and can make or break the destination,' he says. 'I have every confidence the programme will continue to grow with Princess and I hope other lines will pick it up. It's those tour guides out there who are really the unsung heroes.'

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New York proclaims apos;Prinsendam Dayapos;

New York proclaims apos;Prinsendam Dayapos;

As earlier reported, HAL's 10,000 employees will serve as godparents, with three past Employees of the Year breaking the champagne against the ship's hull. They are Rose Abello, vp public relations; Eva Andresen, vp information services, and Linda Ehlenberger, vp sales.

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Star Cruises in expansion mode

Star Cruises in expansion mode

The price is HK$3.30 per share, a 8.33% discount from the closing price on May 28.

'Following a period of consolidation last year and the strong improvement in our business in the first quarter of this year backed by the strong booking trend, we believe that the cruise industry is experiencing an earlier than expected resurgence. This clearly contributed to the encouraging response to the share placement despite the recent weakness in the equity markets. We believe that with increased public float from 11.5% to 15.4%, the liquidity of the stock will increase,' said Dato' KT Lim, Star's chairman, president & ceo.

Star's expansion into the North China region in the wake of a more open Chinese economy reaffirms its commitment to further develop the cruise industry in China. 'This has warranted a review of our fleet profile to ensure that the most suitable ships are positioned to meet the different demands of the various regional markets,' added Dato' Lim. He confirmed Star has plans to increase capacity which calls for additional funding.

Well-placed sources have been saying for some time that Star is close to contracting a newbuild. When Seatrade Insider asked the company to comment earlier this month, a spokeswoman said: 'Star Cruises has not placed any order for a new shipalthough serious evaluation is ongoing on the class of ship needed thatwould fit into our newbuilding programme and fleet deployment plans.'

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Royal Celebrity tours adds board member

Royal Celebrity tours adds board member

Brandon joins board members Jack Williams, president and coo of Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises; CraigMilan, president of Royal Celebrity Tours; Steve Frank, a former AlaskaState House and Senate member and resort owner from Fairbanks; and TomTougas, an owner and operator of numerous Alaskan travel and tourismbusinesses from Seward.

Brandon is vp of Tourism for Cook Inlet Region, Inc (CIRI)and president of CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation (CATC) in Anchorage. Previously, he served as marketing vp for WestmarkHotels, a division of Holland America Line Westours. Brandon is also vice chairman of the Visitors Benefit Alaska Coalition and amember of the Alaska Tourism Industry Association Marketing Committee.

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Star, Diamond Princess to sail from Seattle

Star, Diamond Princess to sail from Seattle

(The 113,000gt Diamond is under construction at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for delivery early next summer.)

The deployment marks the first time Princess will use Seattle as a homeport. The new Inside Passage itineraries are seven-day roundtrips supplementing the Alaska routes that will be offered by four other Princess vessels, including the new 88,000gt Coral and Island Princess, as earlier reported. Today's news means that four of the company's newest ships (2002's Star and Coral and 2003's Island and Diamond) will ply the waters of the 49th state next season.

Both Star and Diamond will call at Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Victoria and cruise through Tracy Arm and past the twin Sawyer Glaciers. The 2,600-passenger Star Princess will offer 18 departures on this itinerary mid-May through September, while the 2,670-passenger Diamond Princess will operate 14 voyages mid-June through September.

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