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Articles from 2005 In May


Itinerary expert Strunck joins NCL

Itinerary expert Strunck joins NCL

Strunck assumes responsibility for planning routes for NCL, Orient Lines and NCL America, effective immediately. He reports to Steve Riester, vp planning and analysis.

Based in South Florida, Strunck has served as a consultant for the past six years. Before that, for 15 years, he led the cross-departmental team that designed, developed and implemented itineraries at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. During his tenure there, the company grew from four ships offering six itineraries and calling at a dozen Caribbean ports to a combined fleet (with Celebrity) of 21 ships with 175 itineraries calling at nearly 250 destinations on six continents.

As a consultant, Strunck's assignments included assisting Silversea Cruises in developing their four-vessel deployment plans and advising the management team at Renaissance Cruises on revamping their deployment for the eight new 'R' ships.

'After six years of consulting, I realized that I needed to get back into the center of the bulls-eye. While I enjoyed working as a consultant, it just wasn't the same as being an integral part of the team that makes things happen,' Strunck told Seatrade Insider.

'NCL is well positioned to grow its fleet, its presence in the marketplace and its position in our industry,' he added. 'It seems to be a great place to work and I'm proud to be associated with an organization that encourages innovative thinking and promotes teamwork.'

Strunck also expressed delight that with NCL, he will finally add itinerary planning for a seventh continent -- Antarctica.

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Carnival upgrades bedding

Carnival upgrades bedding

The 'Carnival Comfort Bed' ensemble, including pillows, duvet and cover, pillowcases and mattress set, is in place on several ships and is expected to be implemented fleetwide by the end of the year.

The bedding consists of an eight-inch spring mattress, a duvet of 100% hypoallergenic down and sheets of a high quality cotton blend. The duvet covers and pillowcases are of an ultra-fine, ring-spun, satin-striped cotton blend. New Generation Pillows, made of non-allergenic micro fiber with a down-like consistency, will be available in all cabins, while suites will offer a pillow menu.

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Statendam gains apos;Signatureapos; enhancements

Statendam gains apos;Signatureapos; enhancements

The transformed Statendam began sailing its summer Alaska season on May 13 with such additions as the Culinary Arts Center, upgraded youth facilities and Explorations Café - powered by The New York Times.

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Steiner chief sets plan to sell shares

Steiner chief sets plan to sell shares

An independent broker is directed to sell, over the period commencing June 2 and ending on May 31, up to 324,001 common shares that will be acquired by Fluxman upon exercise of share options that are currently vested, all of which expire during 2007.

Under this plan, the Steiner chief executive will exercise up to a specified number of options each quarter and sell all of the common shares acquired upon that exercise, assuming the share price exceeds minimum share prices specified in the plan for that quarter.

Fluxman owns 5,000 common shares and an additional 680,542 options to purchase common shares, of which 570,444 options are currently exercisable.

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MSC promotes apos;family-friendlyapos; Med

MSC promotes apos;family-friendlyapos; Med

Trained counselors are on board to offer age-appropriate activities and children's menus are available with choices like hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza.

In addition to cabins that sleep up to four people, family suites with separate rooms for children can be found on the MSC Opera, MSC Lirica, MSC Sinfonia and MSC Armonia. Special rates are available for the third and fourth person (age 12 and younger) sharing a cabin with two adults.

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Celebrity plans $55m Century revitalization

Celebrity plans $55m Century revitalization

The vessel will also gain 24 accommodations, a specialty restaurant, a teen centre and other features.

'We'll make sure Century is much more aligned with the Millennium-class ships,' said Celebrity president Dan Hanrahan at a news briefing in Miami. 'We think this will make a great ship even greater and more competitive in the marketplace.'

The drydock work will take place in Europe next spring, from April 28 to June 1. Bidding is underway to select the yard that will carry out the revitalization.

Century will emerge with 393 veranda cabins, 43% of its 907 total accommodations. The new balconies will be 1.75mtr deep, compared to the average 1.4mtr depth on Millennium-class ships.

The two dozen new accommodations will include 14 'Sky Suites' and 10 staterooms, ranging from insides to veranda categories. A specialty restaurant with a menu by celebrity chef Michel Roux and featuring tableside preparations will be added on Deck 5, said Dietmar Wertanzl, svp fleet operations. The Lido dining area will be expanded to include a casual Mediterranean Café, a Sushi Café and an al fresco seating area. The ship's spa will gain a Spa Café with healthy cuisine, and the Sports Bar will transform into a Martini Bar.

A new teen facility will go into a corner of the Deck 7 aft lounge. On-board boutiques will be expanded, Century will gain an art gallery, the 'Acupuncture at Sea' program will get a permanent space and the Millennium-class 'High Seas Computing' concept will find a home on the ship, with the number of terminals increasing to 25. Internet connectivity, including WiFi in suites, will be added, along with flat-screen televisions throughout the vessel, Wertanzl said.

Because of the extra weight all the renovations will add, Century will be fitted with a 200-ton sponson to ensure stability, noted Joe Miorelli, senior naval architect newbuilding for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. The addition will impact the ship's speed by only one-tenth of a knot, Miorelli said.

Century will emerge from its revitalization to operate Baltic, Norwegian Fjords and Mediterranean cruises. The ship will reposition to Miami in November 2006 for five-five-four itineraries.

Last year, Lloyd Werft installed 246 balconies on Costa Victoria in the industry's biggest balcony retrofitting to date.

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Cruise West appoints new vp

Cruise West appoints new vp

He will report to Jeff Krida, president and coo of Seattle-based Cruise West.

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Pacific Sky delayed again

Pacific Sky delayed again

As reported earlier (Seatrade Insider 13/05/2005), Pacific Sky had been chartered by Gullivers Sport Travel for the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand. The 46,000gt 1,550-passenger liner was to have been a floating hotel for the first test against the All Blacks in Christchurch on June 25 and the second test in Wellington July 2.


Her departure from the Forgacs Cairncross shipyard has now been delayed for a third time which will prevent her from reaching Auckland for the start of the two-week charter on June 21.


The charter will now be operated by Pacific Sun, by altering scheduled sailings:  Pacific Sun's 11-night round cruise from Sydney on June 14 will be cut to seven nights and will terminate in Auckland and her 10-night round voyage from Sydney on July 4 will be replaced with a seven-night cruise from Auckland to Sydney on July 7.


Gavin Smith, md of P&O Cruises Australia and president of Carnival Australia, said passengers will receive pro-rata refunds, flights and a shipboard credit of A$300 (US$228).

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Final stretch

Final stretch

During this time the vessel will also undergo a total refurbishment of her cabins and public areas which will require 800 more workers.

The addition of 151 more cabins will add 15% extra capacity. As for lengthening another ship in the fleet, Harri Kulovarra evp maritime for RCCL said, 'It is a very challenging project, but, I think, beneficial for us. Her sister Grandeur of the Seas is based on the same drawings. Once we get a feedback from the market place, we will take our decision.'

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Prunella Scales to name Artemis

Prunella Scales to name Artemis

Commenting on the announcement, David Dingle, md of P&O Cruises said: 'Prunella Scales is one of the most accomplished actresses of stage and screen and has been delighting audiences for more than 40 years in both comedy and serious roles. Whilst an outstanding stage actress, her television role as Sybil Fawlty [in Fawlty Towers] captured our hearts. It was a truly classic performance and enthralled millions of us over the years.'

The day long naming celebrations will include a a classical music concert and champagne picnic in the grounds of Osborne House, Queen Victoria's favourite residence on the Isle of Wight.

Previously sailing as Royal Princess, Artemis is currently at Lloyd Werft undergoing a multi-million pound re-fit. Additons to the ship include a spacious, newly built health and beauty spa and an internet [email protected] The remodelled two-deck atrium will feature a colourful glass dome at the top.

Artemis will be a child-free ship and offer Music Festivals at Sea, with classical recitals onboard by some of the UK's leading performers. This will be complemented by a New Horizons programme of self-enrichment featuring Bridge, literature, art, ballroom dancing, photography, computer skills and flower arranging.

During the summer the 46,000gt vessel will sail from her home port in Southampton to the Med, Canaries, Baltic and Norwegian Fjords. On October 25 she starts a 110 night Grand Odyssey which will include almost 50 ports of call in South America, the South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, California, Central America and the Caribbean.

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