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Articles from 2007 In July


NCL rolls out cabin upgrade promotion

NCL rolls out cabin upgrade promotion

The offer is applicable fleetwide on inside, ocean-view or balcony categories for most fall 2007 and winter 2008 sailings.

The promotion is aimed at motivating customers to 'hurry up and book.' NCL said the deal provides the lowest price for an inside, ocean-view or balcony stateroom, with customers automatically receiving the best available stateroom within that category at the time. Those who don't procrastinate could receive up to an 11-category upgrade free, NCL noted.

Travel agents can access promotional tools online, including customizable banner ads, webpage templates, copy and images.

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Costa-North America promotes Dominici

Costa-North America promotes Dominici

She will oversee Costa's communications strategy for the North American region including communication plans to support overall brand awareness, direction of media relations activities and promotional relationships.

Dominici joined Costa's Florida office in February 2006, following a position as public relations manager for The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne. She launched her career at the Paris bureau of CNBC Europe where she produced financial and political stories for the news channel.

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Kurtz to speak about the affluent market

Kurtz to speak about the affluent market

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Cruise industry veteran senior executive and researcher Kurtz will speak to the joint Aug. 7 meeting of The Luxury Marketing Council of Miami, The Latin Luxury Marketing Council and The Luxury Marketing Council of Fort Lauderdale.

The presentation will take place at the Dolphin Stadium Private Club.

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Pandaw Cruises joins Niche Alliance

Pandaw Cruises joins Niche Alliance

Pandaw operates itineraries on the Irrawaddy and Chindwin rivers in Burma, the Mekong and Tonle rivers in Cambodia and the backwaters of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam.

The line's four boutique ships carry 48 to 68 passengers and were designed as replicas of colonial river steamers.

Brian Stevenson, executive director of Pandaw Cruises, said his company joined the Niche Cruise Marketing Alliance to increase awareness of the brand among North American travel agents.

Pandaw's programs include an eight-day sailing from Saigon to Angkor via Kampong Cham, a 13-day sailing from Kalewa to Homalin to Pagan, a 13-day sailing from Pagan to Bhamo and a 13-day sailing from Prome to Mandalay.

Short cruises include two-night itineraries from Pagan to Mandalay and Mandalay to Pagan as well as a one-night downstream jaunt from Mandalay to Pagan.

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Port Everglades adds six new ships

Port Everglades adds six new ships

S. debuts. The port expects to handle 3.2m passenger movements (embarking and disembarking) aboard 40 cruise ships from 15 lines during the upcoming Caribbean season.

New to the fleet will be Costa Cruise Lines' Costa Fortuna, Cunard Line's Queen Victoria, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' Bremen, Princess Cruises' Emerald Princess and Royal Princess, and Royal Caribbean International's Navigator of the Seas.

The 105,000gt Costa Fortuna will arrive at Port Everglades on Nov. 17 for its inaugural Caribbean season while Costa Mediterranea will offer new Saturday departures. Costa will continue as the only line offering direct routes to Bermuda from Port Everglades.

Queen Victoria will arrive on Jan. 16, one month after its maiden voyage in Europe. The visit will be the liner's only call at Port Everglades this season.

The Love Boat line's newest vessels, Emerald Princess and Royal Princess, will homeport for sailings to the Eastern and Southern Caribbean. The 113,000gt Emerald Princess begins sailing from Port Everglades on Oct. 27, while the 710-passenger Royal Princess arrives on Dec. 22.

The 138,000gt Navigator of the Seas will operate four- and five-night itineraries to the Eastern and Western Caribbean Nov. 18 through April.

The 164-passenger Bremen will arrive on May 19 before embarking on a 15-night voyage to Halifax.

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Costa-North America taps field sales director

Costa-North America taps field sales director

Haas comes to her new position after 16 years with Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International, most recently as corporate director of inside sales, on-board sales, sales training and sales communications for Celebrity.

At Costa, she reports to Joni Rein, vp sales development for North America.

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INTRAV offers Antarctica savings

INTRAV offers Antarctica savings

31. The promotion applies to Antarctica and Falkland Islands expeditions departing Dec. 2 (20 days) and Jan. 20 (17 days).

Both programs embark the ship in Ushuaia, Argentina, after a hotel overnight in Santiago, Chile, and return via Buenos Aires. With the 10% savings, the 20-day expedition is priced starting at $8,676, and the 17-day option is priced starting at $7,299.

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MSC Lirica sets gastronomy theme

MSC Lirica sets gastronomy theme

Activities will include culinary demonstrations focused on Italian specialties, sommelier-led wine tastings and bartender mixology sessions.

There will be lessons on table settings and how to serve food and drinks, and games and events will revolve around culinary subjects. Each evening will feature a selection of special menus.

The cruise visits Harwich, La Coruña and Malaga in Spain, Olbia on Italy's Costa Smeralda, Lisbon and Gibraltar, arriving in Genoa on Sept. 12.

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HAL book highlights shipboard art

HAL book highlights shipboard art

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The 176-page hardcover coffee-table volume shows pieces that range from a saxophone signed by former President Bill Clinton to Waterford crystal atrium centerpieces, pre-Columbian artifacts and original paintings from various eras.

Photographer Michel Verdure, a specialist in cruise ships, provided the images for the book. The text was written by travel journalists Paul Lasley and Elizabeth Harryman, who also narrate HAL's self-guided shipboard art tours. The highlighted artworks include Andy Warhol's Queen Beatrix series, an original Man Ray sculpture, Capt. Stephen J. Card's marine oil paintings and Susanna Holt's life-size bronze sculptures of wildlife.

The book is priced at $45 and available on board HAL ships and at www.shophollandamerica.com/artbook.

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Delta Queen to end river service after 2008

Delta Queen to end river service after 2008

Majestic America Line plans a farewell season with events that will commemorate the ship's 80 years of service on the rivers, said president David Giersdorf. A company spokeswoman told Seatrade Insider that plans for the paddlewheeler beyond 2008 have not been firmed.

Built in 1926, the Delta Queen sports a steel hull and a wood superstructure. Subsequent fire safety regulations prohibited wooden superstructures, but Congress decided more than 40 years ago to provide a special exemption for the Delta Queen.

Lawmakers extended the exemption on six occasions. The current exemption is due to expire in November next year.

In 1970, recognized as the last operational steam paddlewheeler with overnight accommodations plying the rivers, the Delta Queen was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In 1989, it was designated as a National Historic Landmark.

A veteran of World War II and the only steamboat to transit the Panama Canal, the Delta Queen played host to three U.S. presidents and a princess, statesmen, stars of the entertainment world and prominent business leaders.

The ship is rich with art and antiquities such as original Tiffany-style stained glass windows, hardwood paneling, brass fittings, the only Siamese ironwood floor aboard a steamboat, an 1897 steam calliope and the same ship's bell that sounded out landings for the steamboat that Mark Twain rode downriver in 1883.

Delta Queen will operate 24 departures in 2008, with farewell season events to be announced.

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