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Articles from 2008 In May


Star Cruises books large Indian groups

Star Cruises books large Indian groups

On Sunday, the ship will carry a group of 1,000 Indian yoga practitioners under the leadership of Swami Ramdevji on a five-night South China Sea cruise. Another group of more than 1,000 Indians will sail on June 11 aboard a two-night cruise to Xiamen.

Michael Goh, svp sales and marketing of Star Cruises, said that developing the meetings and incentives market has been a major focus. The two Indian groups demonstrate the company's ability to handle large groups, he added.

They also show, Goh said, that Star is having success in selling to special interest groups and in developing the Indian source market.

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Crystal jazzes up Mexico cruise

Crystal jazzes up Mexico cruise

The seven-day voyage on Crystal Symphony will sail round-trip from Los Angeles on Nov. 30 to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.

The musical line-up includes the Harry Allen Quartet, Pieter Meijers Quartet, Bob Wilber Quintet and a variety of solo headliners. Also scheduled is guest lecturer Loren Schoenberg, author of 'The NPR Curious Listeners Guide to Jazz.'

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Swan Hellenicapos;s Minerva completes repairs

Swan Hellenicapos;s Minerva completes repairs

The 15-night 'Cities of the Baltic' cruise will be the first for the former Explorer II under the Swan Hellenic brand.

The May 23 maiden voyage was canceled to allow for repairs after Minerva experienced generator failures while sailing under charter to Phoenix Reisen.

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Aron, Simonson paired for ASTA debate

Aron, Simonson paired for ASTA debate

8 in Orlando.

Aron is a senior operating partner with Apollo Management and chairman and ceo of World Leisure Partners. Previous positions included chairman and ceo of Vail Resorts and president and ceo of Norwegian Cruise Line.

Financial analyst Simonson covers cruise, motor sports, leisure products and sporting equipment retailers for William Blair & Co. in Chicago.

Aron and Simonson will speak at ASTA's THETRADESHOW during a new forum called the Retail Travel Leadership Summit. ASTA said the summit will provide an exclusive audience of senior executives, travel agents and industry representatives with insight into such topics as the future profitability of the travel industry.

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Carnival selects Arnold/MPG for ad account

Carnival selects Arnold/MPG for ad account

com, citing Ark Advisors, which acted as review consultant to Carnival.

A Carnival spokesman confirmed the news late Friday.

The account is valued at $70m to $80m annually.

Arnold held the Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International accounts until early 2007 and late 2007, respectively, and was responsible for such campaigns as 'The Celebrity Treatment' and 'Get Out There.'

Early this year, Carnival launched an agency review, working with Ark Advisors. The cruise line's long-time agency of record, CooperDDB, was among 13 firms that pitched but it did not make the group of seven semi-finalists.

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Fincantieri same-day float for Costa pair

Fincantieri same-day float for Costa pair

Costa Luminosa is due for delivery at the end of April 2009, with Costa Pacifica following a month later. The arrival of the two ships will boost the Costa fleet to 14 with total passenger capacity of approximately 36,000.

The 92,700gt Costa Luminosa, a new design for the brand, will carry up to 2,828 passengers. A sister to Costa Concordia and Costa Serena, the 114,500gt Costa Pacifica will accommodate up to 3,780 passengers.

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RCI outlines 2009/10 Asia, Australia sailings

RCI outlines 2009/10 Asia, Australia sailings

From September next year through April 2010, Rhapsody of the Seas will offer 17 voyages to Hawaii, the South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand. Itineraries range from eight to 18 nights.

Two cruises may be combined for a 35-night Australia odyssey. Rhapsody will circumnavigate the continent in November 2009 and again in late February 2010, each time sailing a 17-night northern coast passage from Sydney to Perth and an 18-night southern coast return passage.

Legend of the Seas returns to Asia in October 2009 and will operate 19 sailings ranging from three to 15 nights. Repositioning cruises from Civitavecchia to Dubai and Dubai to Singapore are available.

A 15-night itinerary on Jan. 28, 2010, sails from Singapore to Hong Kong with overnight stays in Singapore, Laemchabang (for Bangkok), Vung Tau (Ho Chi Minh City), Halong Bay (Hanoi) and Hong Kong.

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TV campaign for Hurtigruten in France

TV campaign for Hurtigruten in France

TV advertising was tested last year on a couple cable channels and is scheduled this year on two national ones to promote Hurtigruten's summer programs.

For two weeks and in cooperation with Innovation Norway (the Norwegian Tourism Office in Paris), a 30-second spot -- to be repeated about 80 times -- will describe the destination and the sailing experience the Hurtigruten ships offer.

The French office, opened some four years ago, has registered huge passenger growth, starting from 800 to reach reach 7,000 last year. A 10% increase is expected in 2008.

The favourite itinerary: the 'Grand Voyage,' from Bergen to Kirkenes and back, chosen by a third of the passengers. Bookings are made mainly at travel agencies and very few come through tour operators.

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CIP announces newbuild designers

CIP announces newbuild designers

The Nantes-based naval architecture and design firm Stirling Design International (SDI) will handle the exterior design. SDI's Joël Bretecher and Thibaut Tincelin earlier collaborated on the three-masted Le Ponant in 1991, then in 1998 on yacht Le Levant.

'For each of these projects, SDI was able to reconcile performance, elegance and innovation -- all qualities that will be apparent in our two new ships,' said Eric Lustman, evp marketing for CIP.

Both of the 10,700gt, 140-meter-long and 18-meter-wide ships will sport streamlined silhouettes, fitted with large arched windows forward and aft. The 132 cabins, 95% with balconies, will accommodate 264 passengers. Public rooms will include an auditorium and an observation lounge.

The ships will sail at 16 knots and be able to operate in polar regions. They also will be equipped with dynamic positioning systems.

The interiors will be by the architecture and interior design firm of Jean-Philippe Noel, known for contemporary designs and experienced in the upper end of the hotel industry. His minimalist yet warm approach is said to favour softened lines, subtle colours, superior materials and pairings of wood and metal.

To be built at Fincantieri's Ancona yard, the ships are scheduled for delivery in March and June 2010.

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Málaga wins Royal Caribbean turn-arounds

Málaga wins Royal Caribbean turn-arounds

Navigator of the Seas will arrive in autumn 2009 for six cruises of two alternating five-night itineraries, one calling at Tenerife and Funchal, the other at Villefranche and Ajaccio.

From January through April 2010, Brilliance of the Seas -- Royal Caribbean's year-round Europe ship -- will sail two alternating seven-night cruises, one calling at Funchal and three destinations in the Canary Islands, and the other at Tunis, Civitavecchia, Ajaccio and Marseille.

Royal Caribbean's md in Spain, Belén Wangüemert, expressed enthusiasm for Málaga, calling it 'an attractive place, well-known in the international sector and it has a strong local market,' plus good air, train and road connections, as well as a passenger terminal 'which completely fulfills the expectations of the company.'

Port authority president Enrique Linde said the Royal Caribbean turn-arounds mean a 'qualitative jump and, at the same time, a great challenge because the port facilities must be in the best condition.'

The new deployment is a big boost to Málaga. Counting Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Cruises, Royal Caribbean is scheduled for 14 calls in 2008.

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