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Articles from 2004 In May


Canada/New England symposium kicks off

Canada/New England symposium kicks off

The symposium is co-hosted by the CruiseMaine Coalition, the Maine Port Authority and the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce.

Wednesday's program includes opening comments by David Cole, commissioner for the Maine Department of Transportation and chair of the Maine Port Authority, and Vaughn Stinson, executive director of the Maine Tourism Association. Environmental issues will be addressed by Michael Crye, president of the International Council of Cruise Lines, and Capt. L. N. Schwoengerdt of Holland America Line. Craig Milan, svp guest port services for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., will discuss shore excursions, while trends in small-ship cruising is the topic of Charles Robertson, president of American Cruise Lines.

E-marketing authority Nick Dragash will address how to market a destination to travel agents, and itinerary consultant Rick Strunck will examine how new Eastern Seaboard homeports are impacting the region and what cruise lines consider when exploring new geographical markets. Tom Anderson of Destination Canada/New England will discuss how destinations can be packaged from the shore excursion perspective.

Thursday's session begins with a talk on Acadia National Park by park superintendent Sheridan Steele. Cruise line pricing and planning will be the focus of Michael Pawlus, vp pricing and planning for Radisson Seven Seas Cruises. Best tourism management practices will be shared by Lorene Palmer, president and ceo of the Juneau Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Mark O'Malley, captain of the port for the US Coast Guard, then explains new security regulations, and BEA International's Larry Levis covers terminal design considerations. The impact of New York's port development on Canada/New England will be explored by Mark Ittel of Bermello, Ajamil & Partners. All symposium speakers will join for a roundtable on regional industry trends.

The gathering concludes with a presentation by next year's hosts, the Port of Halifax and Atlantic Canada Cruise Association. Conference details are at www.cruisemaineusa.com.

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Seabourn savings on apos;05 combo cruises

Seabourn savings on apos;05 combo cruises

Seabourn Pride, Spirit and Legendwill sail to 250 ports in 76 countries during the 16-month period,visiting destinations in Asia and the Pacific, Europe, theAmericas, India and Africa. The company is emphasizing flexibility, with many combinable cruises of seven to 18 days from nearly 30 embarkation ports.

Savings apply to combos based on the number of days booked, with 10% off two or more cruises totaling up to 17 days and 50% off combinations totaling more than 18 days.

The catalog is designed to look more like a coffee-table book than a brochure, Seabourn said. There are two double gatefold spreads. The first shows all cruises bydeparture date, with duration, page number and publishedEarly Booking Savings of up to 50% off plus a day-by-day calendar for each ship.

The second double gatefold introduces Seabourn destinations and leads to the individualcruise itineraries, which are located in sections color-coded foreach cruising region.

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Australia will meet ISPS deadline

Australia will meet ISPS deadline

John Hirst, ceo of the Association of Australian Ports and Marine Authorities Inc., said every port was required to submit its security plans to the Federal Department of Transport and Regional Services (DOTARS). Hirst said most ports have already received the necessary approval from DOTARS, which is responsible for national security. He is confident all ports will receive DOTARS clearance by July 1.

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Panama Canal earns ISPS certification

Panama Canal earns ISPS certification

ISPS Code compliance is mandatory for ships and port facilities by July 1. The Panama Canal Authority was not required to comply.

'We voluntarily sought certification because we are constantly looking for more efficient ways to make the canal safer and more reliable,' said Juan Hector Diaz, the authority's security officer and environment and security director.

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New headquarters for The Marine Centre

New headquarters for The Marine Centre

Effective today, the ship management company's address is: The Marine Centre, LLC; 202 South 22nd Street, Suite #211; Tampa, FL 33605. Tel/fax: 1-813-248-1288. Principals are Erik Hultkrantz, Joao de Sa Nogueira, Jeff Starling and Ron Ardis. Information: www.themarinecentre.com.

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Cruise West adds California wineries

Cruise West adds California wineries

Highlights of the three- and four-night itineraries, detailed in a new California Wine Country brochure, include private dining in winery settings, storage-cavern tastings and private tours of vineyards, wine museums and art collections.

Both itineraries visit Benziger, Ledson and St. Supéry wineries. The three-night also visits Clos Du Val, Clos Pegase and Domaine Carneros while the four-night adds Schramsberg, Markham Vineyards, Viansa Winery & Italian Marketplace, Rosenblum Cellars and a wine tasting at Bacchus and Venus wine and art gallery in downtown Sausalito.

Departures run Sept. 17 through Nov. 15 aboard Cruise West's 102-passenger Spirit of Endeavour.

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Norwegian Dawn to host Shipping Club

Norwegian Dawn to host Shipping Club

Shipping Club/Chamber members and their guests are invited to luncheon in the ship's Le Bistro at 11:30 a.m. on June 16 at the Port of Miami. The price is $15 for members and $35 for guests. Advance reservations are required by June 10 to [email protected]

This gathering will be the only one of the summer; Shipping Club/Chamber meetings resume in September.

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Training for Port Facility Security Officers

Training for Port Facility Security Officers

The three-day program will prepare students to perform the duties and responsibilities identified in the IMO's ISPS Code and the US Maritime Transportation Security Act for the position of Port Facility Security Officer. Participants will receive documentation of certification before the July 1 compliance deadline.

The cost is $895, including the final day's class on a Discovery Cruises ship sailing roundtrip to Freeport. Not included are Fort Lauderdale hotel, meals, ground transportation and Bahamas entry fees and departure taxes.

Information: [email protected]

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Pacific Skyapos;s clean bill of health

Pacific Skyapos;s clean bill of health

Mark Ferson, South Eastern Sydney Area Health Service director, also told Seatrade Insider no tests of specimens from sick people on the cruise that ended in Sydney on May 20 had been carried out. At the time, an NSW Health spokeswoman had said that tests would be conducted after 32 passengers and 24 crew fell ill.

P&O's 46,000gt resident ship sailed again for New Caledonia Saturday evening.

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Sydney agency keeps HAL, Windstar

Sydney agency keeps HAL, Windstar

TTW has represented HAL in Australia for 17 years and last year received an award for attaining the highest sales growth of any of its international GSAs. Millmore predicts record sales for Alaska again this season and said bookings for South America and Northern Europe are strong.

HAL and Windstar are also marketed in Australia under Carnival's World's Leading Cruise Lines umbrella.

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