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Articles from 2007 In May


Sinop joins MedCruise

Sinop joins MedCruise

The city and port of Sinop lie on an isthmus linking the Boztepe Peninsula to the mainland. Last year eight cruise ships visited including Holland America Line's Prinsendam and Peter Deilmann's Deutschland.

'We hope to build on our number of calls as interest in Black Sea cruising gains momentum,' Bulent Saglam of Cakiroglu Group of Companies and owner of the port, told Seatrade Insider.

According to legend, Sinop was founded by the Amazons, who named it after their queen, Sinova. It became a flourishing Greek settlement and the birthplace of the philosopher Diogenes.

Historic monuments include an ancient citadel, the old city walls dating from the early Greek and Roman periods and the Alâeddin Cami mosque, built in 1214. The countryside offers sandy beaches, thick pine forests, caves and waterfalls. Hamsilos Fjord, 11 kms from the city centre, is the only fjord in the country.

Locally produced handcrafts include woven textiles, linen and cotton clothing, model boats and knives. The skill of model ship making dates back to 1950 when two prisoners started teaching the wood carving craft to the local community. Today model ships of every kind and size can be purchased as souvenirs.

MedCruise, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, has 66 member ports from 20 countries spanning the region.

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New captain of Port of Gibraltar

New captain of Port of Gibraltar

He started his seagoing career as a fisherman before joining the Merchant Navy, initially as an officer of the watch and progressing to master.

After a 12-year Navy career and a further period ashore in management, Brand joined the UK's Marine Accident Investigation Branch. During the eight years he spent at the MAIB he was responsible for investigating more than 60 serious accidents, many involving the loss of life.

In February 2005 he took up the post of maritime administrator for the government of Gibraltar, where he is head of the Gibraltar Maritime Administration.

Some 225 cruise calls are scheduled at Gibraltar in 2007. This is an increase over 2006 when 202 ships visited the Rock.

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QE2 to host Falklands reunion

QE2 to host Falklands reunion

QE2 joined the ranks of other Cunarders, including Mauretania, Aquitania, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. when she was called up to serve her country. She was almost unrecognisable following the nine-day conversion to troop ship when the public lounges were turned into dormitories, fuel pipes were taken through the ship down to the engine room so she could be refueled at sea, helipads were constructed fore and aft, and the carpets were covered with 2,000 sheets of hardboard.

More than 650 crew volunteered for the voyage to look after the 3,000 members of the Fifth Infantry Brigade which the ship transported to South Georgia. In order to avoid detection the liner was blacked out and the radar switched off, and Capt. Jackson and his fellow officers on the bridge were plunged into a navigational nightmare as they steamed on without modern aids, through an icefield in the dark.

QE2's return with the warship survivors on 11 June 1982 was a national event and The Queen Mother welcomed the liner from the decks of the royal yacht Britannia.

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Savings on new shipapos;s Antarctica jaunts

Savings on new shipapos;s Antarctica jaunts

A dozen departures will be offered on the new expedition ship from Nov. 21 to Feb. 7.

The vacation combines an eight-night voyage with the Chilean capital of Santiago and Argentina's Ushuaia.

Air-inclusive fares start at $4,999 per person, double occupancy, for staterooms and $8,599 for suites. Booking before June 30 saves $500 per person which can be combined with an AARP member discount of $150 per cabin.

The offer includes roundtrip air from New York with add-on fares available from dozens of North American gateways.

The 318-berth Fram just entered service in May and is operating its inaugural season in Greenland.

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Plans for major upgrade of Ushuaia Port unveiled

Plans for major upgrade of Ushuaia Port unveiled

In addition, leading port officials Alejandro Vernet and Salvador De Gaetano pledged to introduce a more coordinated advance berthing reservation system.

Over the next five years the port plans to move its cargo and fishing berths out of the city centre to a new industrial location to the north. Two parallel cruise piers each 300 metres in length will then be added to the end of the existing pier in perpendicular fashion, allowing the simultaneous berthing of four 'Infinity-type vessels,' according to De Gaetano.

Ushuaia Port also plans to build a $30m passenger terminal, for which international designers such as Luis Ajamil, who was present at the forum, will be invited to tender.

The moves follow a dramatic increase in passenger traffic at Ushuaia, which handles 95% of all Antarctic traffic, in recent years. During 2006/07 it received some 360 passenger vessel calls, over double the 2001/02 level, and 390 are forecast for 2007/08. However, the high number of small expedition-type vessels - as dictated by Antarctic landing quotas - means passenger numbers have yet to breach the 100,000 mark.

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Seatrade Ushuaia tackles regional issues

Seatrade Ushuaia tackles regional issues

Attendees at the Seatrade Ushuaia Cruise Forum included port representatives from Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Peru, as well as a team of leading cruise executives and international guests.

Bruce Krumrine, director of shore operations in the region for Cunard and Princess, set the agenda by welcoming the recent resurgence of interest by North American passengers in 'destination cruising' to South America. But he warned that it remains 'critical that ports and service providers in those ports remain affordable.'

Specifically, cruise lines are concerned by issues such as high port costs, pilotage fees, light dues and compulsory payments for tugs. In addition, there have been problems with port congestion and advance berth reservations.

'There has been a lack of coordination,' said Mike Ronan, RCCL's vp of government relations for the region, 'and that's the reason we are here.' Other cruise execs attending included NCL's Edouard Petitson, HAL's Tino Salud, RCI and Celebrity Cruises' Christopher Allen and Regent Seven Sea Cruises' Mike Pawlus.

The cruise lines identified efficient operations at the main turnaround ports of Buenos Aires (BA) and Valparaiso as being vital to the entire region and ended the forum by offering to return and hold dedicated workshops with port officials in both locations. Preliminary meetings with BA port president Luis Diez took place at Seatrade Ushuaia.

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Fort Lauderdale promotes stay-over visits

Fort Lauderdale promotes stay-over visits

Last year more than 1.2m people cruised from Port Everglades on voyages that lasted more than one day. Approximately 123,000 extended their stay in the area.

'There is no reason to make a beeline to board a ship or for the airport following a cruise,' said Nicki Grossman, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. She suggested travelers think of the area as a port of call for beaches, dining, shopping and nature.

The bureau has installed colorful wall hangings showcasing area attractions and a new brochure station at Port Everglades' Terminal 2. The terminal is used by Princess Cruises and the 3,100-passenger Caribbean Princess, the largest ship to operate year-round from the port. Plans are in place to expand the artwork displays to additional terminals.

Once off their ship, travelers can transfer to the beach while sending their luggage directly to the airport. Passengers flying Southwest Airlines (year-round) or AirTransat (during the winter season) can use the luggage delivery service from 'Bags To Go' to have their bags picked up curbside at the port and sent to airport check-in.

Travelers on other airlines can hop onto a shuttle to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport where they can store their bags for the day with the on-site 'Bags To Go' (www.baggagecheckin.com) locations in all four terminals. There are plans to expand the luggage delivery service with additional airlines.

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Westerdam completes upgrades

Westerdam completes upgrades

Passenger capacity was increased to 1,916 with the addition of 34 verandah and inside cabins on the aft Upper Verandah, Rotterdam and Navigation decks.

A new Explorations Café, powered by The New York Times, was installed in a portion of the Crow's Nest on Observation Deck. The Pinnacle Grill was expanded to accommodate 136 diners, and a separate Pinnacle Bar was installed. A high-end shop, Merabella, was added after a successful trial on the Amsterdam.

The Westerdam work shows an on-going commitment to quality and innovation, said HAL president and ceo Stein Kruse. The new concepts and venues on the Westerdam will be extended to the Eurodam, entering service in June 2008, and to the Vista-class Oosterdam in 2008 and Zuiderdam in 2009.

HAL said the Westerdam work was completed a day earlier than expected at Fincantieri's Palermo shipyard.

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New mission for Celebrity Special Agents

New mission for Celebrity Special Agents

'Mission Two' asks agents to 'save their clients from ordinary vacations by cracking the Celebrity Special Agent code and sending them on extraordinary Celebrity cruises,' said Dondra Ritzenthaler, svp sales.

Training focuses on South America and Panama Canal cruises, and group sales. Participants who complete and pass both courses will earn a Celebrity Special Agent t-shirt and receive seven entries for a sweepstakes for one of two grand prizes: a cruise for two to South America, the Panama Canal or the Caribbean, including air and ground transfers.

Agents can also earn entries by booking individual or group cruises on South America, Panama Canal or Caribbean itineraries between now and Aug. 31 (except for Celebrity Constellation). Groups must be blocked by the cut-off date but any booking added to an existing group before Nov. 1 will qualify for the additional sweepstakes entry.

Agencies can also earn Group Amenities Program (GAP) points during Mission Two.

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Empress cancels more Alaska sailings

Empress cancels more Alaska sailings

The vessel, which ran aground earlier this month, is also scheduled to leave drydock in Ketchikan for a different repair yard.

A Majestic America Line spokeswoman said the new yard and a repair timeline are still under discussion.

Customers on the canceled departures who choose to move to a later Empress of the North Alaska sailing will be reimbursed for incidental charges and receive a 25% credit toward a future cruise. Those who cancel will get a full refund. Travel agent commissions are protected.

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