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Articles from 2003 In July


Delta Queen charts 43-day tour

Delta Queen charts 43-day tour

The voyage aboard the 174-passenger paddlewheeler Delta Queen departs on July 30, 2004, sailing from Pittsburgh to St. Paul, Minn. Delta Queen will steam on nine waterways, offering passengers 28 shore stops.

Bookings are open for past passengers between now and Sept. 15, after which reservations open to the general public. The program can be purchased in segments, with a 5% incremental discount for each additional successive segment purchased beyond the first. Customers booking the entire 43-night vacation will get the full incremental discount and free airfare from 75 US gateway cities. A $995 per person deposit is required at booking.

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CNZapos;s Craig Harris re-elected

CNZapos;s Craig Harris re-elected


Speaking to Seatrade Insider after the meeting, Harris, md of McKay Shipping Limited which represents a number of international cruise lines in New Zealand, said his main objective in the next 12 months is to expand membership throughout the Pacific 'as far as Tahiti.' He said recently recruited Christophe Boe of New Caledonia Tourism.South,  who attended today's agm, also recognises the importance of presenting a desirable cruise region, not just one destination, to itinerary planners.


Harris said he also hopes 'a refreshed' CNZ website (www.cruise-nz.com), which is owned by Air New Zealand, will be up and running again 'within 30 days.'

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SuperStars back in Asian waters

SuperStars back in Asian waters

Virgo returned to Singapore July 20.

'We are very excited to bring the SuperStars home to Asia and it heralds an even more exciting time for cruise tourism in Asia which by all indications are experiencing a resurgence in the region,' said Chong Chee Tut, coo, Star Cruises. 'The response from all fronts, including our past passengers, the local governments, our trade and commercial partners and the public has been very encouraging which we trust this will help boost the tourism industry at both the international and domestic levels.'

The near-capacity loads for the first few cruises since their return, 'reflect the healthy return of confidence in cruise travel as a viable holiday option,' said Chong Chee Tut.

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NCL details S. America routes

NCL details S. America routes

The 1,104-passenger ship will offer five Chilean Fjords/Strait of Magellan voyages from Dec. 28 to Feb. 8. The series resumes on Dec. 19, 2004 when Norwegian Crown launches the first of six South America departures through Feb. 27, 2005.

The ship's 14-day voyages will alternate between Buenos Aires and Valparaiso, visiting Montevideo, Uruguay; Puerto Madryn and Ushuaia, Argentina; Port Stanley, Falkland Islands; and Punta Arenas, Puerto Chacabuco and Puerto Montt, Chile. Passengers can purchase an Antarctica flyover while in Punta Arenas.

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Princess charts new Mexico itineraries

Princess charts new Mexico itineraries

Diamond Princess will offer seven-day roundtrip cruises from her new homeport of LongBeach, while Sapphire Princess will operate 10-day cruises roundtripfrom San Francisco, a first for the line. Diamond is set to debutin March, while Sapphire enters service in May.

For the first time, a Grand-class ship will sail a series of MexicanRiviera cruises roundtrip from San Francisco. Departing Sept. 22through Nov. 11, 2004, the six departures aboardSapphire Princess will feature a new itinerary including CatalinaIsland, San Diego, PuertoVallarta, Mazatlán and Cabo San Lucas.

Sailing from Long Beach (a new Southern California homeport for Princess), Diamond Princess will depart between Sept. 25, 2004 and April 23, 2005. Ports of call forthe Saturday sailings are Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán and Cabo San Lucas. Aspecial 10-day New Year's sailing starting Dec. 29 is also on tap, featuring Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco,Ixtapa/Zihuatenejo, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlán.

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HAL targets European customer growth

HAL targets European customer growth

The line also will add multilingual front desk staff to assist non-English-speakers. Holland America has long focused on the North American market but now aims to boost its international customer base from 7% to 15%, chairman and ceo Kirk Lanterman told Seatrade Insider. Hundreds of European travel agents have visited the company’s newest vessel at activities in Southampton, Rotterdam and Hamburg.

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Job opportunities

Job opportunities

Today, that number is at 1,000 and growing. By 2006, says chairman and ceo Kirk Lanterman, the line expects to employ 1,200 Dutch seafarers.

Meanwhile, nationalities other than Indonesians and Filipinos are finding positions in the fleet’s alternative restaurants. The Pinnacle Grill on the new Oosterdam is staffed by a dozen Hungarian waiters, and the line will transition to European service personnel in this specialty venue on other ships.

‘There’s no question our traditional staff are extremely competent,’ says Stein Kruse, svp fleet operations. Employing European servers is simply a way of further differentiating the Pinnacle Grill from the main dining room, Kruse tells Seatrade Insider.

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Genoa cruise passengers up 21% in 2002

Genoa cruise passengers up 21% in 2002

Cruise passenger numbers rose 21% last year whilst ferry traffic was up 10%. Stazioni Marittime anticipates this rising trend will also be sustained in 2003. Stazioni Marittime reports it has purchased a mobile x-ray machine for scanning luggage at both the cruise and ferry terminals.

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Hebridean appoints Peter Williams

Hebridean appoints Peter Williams

Williams will oversee Hebridean's total marketing and sales operation with a view to further expanding the company's global distribution network. Williams moved to the cruise industry from First Choice in 1995 when he joined RCI.

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Naples privatisation plans move forward

Naples privatisation plans move forward

The shareholding balance will be decided within 90 days according to the Port Authority. It is likely that Terminal Napoli will manage the entire Molo Angioino Cruise terminal under a long term concession starting beginning of 2004. The passenger terminal will be re-developed as part of a bigger restructuring plan which includes waterfront and urban areas. The passenger terminal and new quays should be renewed by 2005.

The Port Authority will retain at least a 5% stake in Terminal Napoli, another at least 10% of the shares will go to an 'airport operator' (likely Gesac, managers of Naples International Airport and British Airport Authority subsidiary), whilst three cruise lines will underwrite not less than 45%. The remaining 40% will be equally divided between Marinvest and Lauto.it, who currently manage half the cruise terminal.

Marinvest is a holding company owned by Pierluigi Aponte, owner of MSC Cruises. A Costa Crociere spokesperson confirmed to Seatrade Insider that the cruise line is interested in becoming involved in managing the Naples cruise terminal. Local sources suggest Festival would also be a natural contender. MSC Cruises may be the 'third cruise line' although another possibility being discussed in Naples is an involvement from Royal Caribbean, a regular caller at the port.

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