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Articles from 2008 In July


Celebrity rolls out Southern Caribbean sale

Celebrity rolls out Southern Caribbean sale

31 will save based on the length of the sailing.

Cruises operate round-trip from San Juan on Celebrity Galaxy and Celebrity Summit and range from seven to 11 nights. Savings of $200 per stateroom are offered on itineraries 10 nights or longer and $100 per stateroom for seven-night itineraries.

The offer applies to all Celebrity Summit sailings between Dec. 13 and April 11, and Celebrity Galaxy sailings between Dec. 19 and March 2.

Regular, pre-discount fares for the seven-night cruises included in the offer start at $749 per person, double occupancy. The 10-night cruises start at $999 per person, and the 11-night cruises at $1,049 per person.

The promotion is not available to customers in Europe, the Middle East or Africa.

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Saint John to host millionth cruise passenger

Saint John to host millionth cruise passenger

6. The passenger will arrive aboard the Carnival Victory.

'It is a happy coincidence that this achievement would be reached during a record season that will see 81 cruise ships visit the Port of Saint John,' said Betty MacMillan, the port's manager of business development.

The millionth visitor will be a VIP guest on a private guided tour of Saint John and surrounding areas. Local merchants have contributed a basket of gifts, and the passenger will be invited back to New Brunswick for three-day stay with accommodations provided by the Delta Brunswick Hotel. Irving Oil will provide a gas card worth $500 so the recipient can travel the area.

Saint John's first cruise call was in 1989. An estimated 187,000 passengers will visit this season.

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Azamara booking perks for 2009 Europe

Azamara booking perks for 2009 Europe

The shipboard credit is $150 for each ocean-view or veranda stateroom, and $300 for each suite. Additionally, the first and second passenger in each room will get complimentary standard gratuities.

Both Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest will sail in Europe from April to November next year. Itineraries include 20 new ports and a number of overnight stays and late-night departures.

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Another Mobile turn-around for Carnival Fantasy

Another Mobile turn-around for Carnival Fantasy

Monday's cruise will also sail from Mobile.

Carnival Cruise Lines had hoped to resume regular service from New Orleans when the Mississippi River opened earlier this week after last week's tanker and barge collision that spilled 400,000 gallons of fuel oil.

Carnival will provide free motorcoach transportation back to the Port of New Orleans or the New Orleans airport for passengers disembarking Monday. Those due to embark that day will get a free motorcoach transfer from New Orleans' Erato Street cruise terminal to Mobile.

Carnival is advising passengers on the next voyage to proceed to the Port of New Orleans for the Mobile transfer because at the end of the cruise, the Fantasy is expected to return to New Orleans.

The only exception is individuals who are being dropped off and not leaving a car.

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Aurora Expeditions appoints operations manager

Aurora Expeditions appoints operations manager


Bolton, a former business travel operations analyst for Qantas, will be responsible for the overall management of the 100-passenger ice- strengthened Marina Svetaeva which Aurora Expeditions purchased last year.


She will also be responsible for the charter operations of the Australian-owned adventure travel company.


Aurora will once again charter Coral Princess Cruises' 50-passenger Coral Princess for its 2009 Kimberley Coast programme. The 35mtr vessel will make two 11-day round voyages from Broome, departing June 1 and June 12 and an 11-day cruise from Broome to Darwin on June 22.

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Stormy weather delays Pacific Sunapos;s return

Stormy weather delays Pacific Sunapos;s return


The 47,000gt ship sailed from Auckland on July 23 with 1,732 passengers for an eight-night round voyage to the South Pacific and was due to dock at 8 a.m.yesterday.


On Wednesday night when she was about 600km north of Auckland she was hit by seven metre swells and 50-knot winds and rolled sharply.


Today's edition of 'The New Zealand Herald' reported that at least 57 passengers were injured and required medical attention. The newspaper said a nation-wide clean up is now under way in the wake of the storms that killed several people and caused millions of dollars worth of damage.


This afternoon a statement issued by P&O Cruises Australia's corporate affairs director, Sandy Olsen, said a CARE team had met the ship and that counselling is being offered to passengers and crew.


Olsen said an hotel had been booked for the families and friends who had been waiting for the ship to arrive and that taxis, coaches and flights are being provided for the onward travel of passengers.


She said Pacific Sun, which had been scheduled to sail from Auckland last night on a 10-night voyage to Fiji and Tonga, will now leave tomorrow evening on an eight-night cruise to New Caledonia.

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NCL UK keeping the agents satisfied

NCL UK keeping the agents satisfied

'We created itineraries between June to August to the Med, North Cape, Western Europe and one round-Britain which are appealing, in particular, to first-timers and the family market,' said Park. Together with Norwegian Jewel's roundtrip Dover sailings to the Baltics, NCL has increased its UK capacity by 65% year on year which is why Park and his team have been focussing on building stronger relationships with travel agent partners to get the Freestyle Cruising message across.

Agent feedback from the company's Partnership 2.0 programme, designed to make NCL easier to do business with - first rolled out in the US and recently in the UK, showed more agents wanted to see our ships, remarked Park. 'To address this we are doubling the total number of trips available to agents this season.' In 2009 the number of places will increase again, he noted, up from 3,000 this year. Earlier this month 600 UK and Ireland agents were invited onboard during port calls on Jade's round Britain cruise.

Park explained how agents are honing in on the benefits of cruising in Europe on a dollar denominated ship. 'UK agents are using NCL's onboard dollar pricing as a USP for closing sales,' he remarked. 'With a gin and tonic priced the same in pounds ashore, it works out half the cost, which is especially appealing to holidaymakers'.

On this front, NCL is pitched against two other American brands, RCI and Princess operating ex-Southampton ships where 'competition is hot but in a positive way,' says Park. 'All the noise that is being generated by each brand is driving people to cruise and we are seeing a 'significant' surge in first time passengers this year.'

Particularly successful, he notes, have been mini-cruises of up to 5 nights duration and in 2009 Norwegian Jade will return from her winter Barcelona base to Southampton in May through to August with a programme including five short breaks (three from Southampton and two from Rotterdam) of 2, 3, and 5 nights. Norwegian Jewel will once again sail 12 night round trips to the Baltics from Dover from April through to September.

Park said more changes will be implemented in the coming months to improve the way NCL conducts its business in direct response to feedback from the Partnerhip 2.0 survey.

Referring to this initiative and the fleet-wide implementation of Freestyle 2.0, focusing on the customer experience, both driven by Apollo, Park praised the speed with which the new backers are making decisions and implementing them.

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Hamburgapos;s got the blues for cruise

Hamburgapos;s got the blues for cruise

Light artist Michael Batz is highlighting more than 30 objects, buildings and ships in magic blue light during the evenings. Among the features of Hamburg's skyline that will be bathed in a blue glow are the Köhlbrand Bridge, the 'Michel' church, the Elbe Philharmonic Hall building, Hanseatic Trade Center, and the rapid transit rail viaduct between Baumwall and Landungsbrücken stations.

During five days of festivities Hamburg will welcome in port Queen Mary 2, Deutschland, Colombus, AIDAaura and Astor as well as Sedov the world's largest four-masted sailing vessel, and Cap San Diego, the oldest cargo/passenger vessel still capable of proceeding under her own power.

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Island Cruises unveils winter 09/10 Caribbean sailings

Island Cruises unveils winter 09/10 Caribbean sailings

This 15-night cruise highlights three new ports to the brand portfolio - Guadeloupe, Dominica and Santa Domingo and is available from £1,499 when departing either Gatwick or Manchester, based on 2 adults sharing an inside cabin on Aqua deck.

The season commences on November 14, 2009 with Island Star's Caribbean bound transatlantic crossing from Palma down to Barbados. The ship will be based in Barbados from December 3 until April 8, 2010, before relocating back to Palma.

Island is offering it top 10 selling agents a chance to win a place on an Island Star 7-day cruise from Antigua to Martinique, followed by St Lucia before disembarking in Barbados and two nights in a 4-star hotel. For further information agents can contact Island Cruises dedicated trade hotline on 0161 772 8610.

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ECC adds sub committees; new vice chair sought

ECC adds sub committees; new vice chair sought


Tom Strang of Carnival will chair the Environment Sub Committee, with the other members being MSC Cruises' Tim Skinner and Royal Caribbean's Jamie Sweeting together with ECC secretary Tim Marking.

Marking outlines it will focus on monitoring EU environmental regulatory and policy developments from the cruise industry perspective and to develop draft positions for the approval of the Executive Committee/Board, for subsequent input into the EU institutions. Close liaison will be maintained with CLIA, in particular, to ensure consistent cruise industry positions and to avoid duplication. Close contacts with other shipowner organisations such as ICS/ECSA, as well as with the Passenger Shipping Association's SHEW Committee, will also be maintained.


Giovanni Abeti will chair the Sub Committee on Tourism & Consumer Affairs and Roberto Ferrarini of Costa is being approached to chair the Sub Committee on Ports & Infrastructure.


Susan Hooper's impending departure from Royal Caribbean means the vice chair position of ECC needs replacing and Marking tells Seatrade Insider that a proposal for her replacement as vice chair will be considered by the board following the next meeting of the ECC to be held in Brussels on September 9. Carnival UK ceo David Dingle's term as chairman of ECC formally ends early next year.


Meanwhile the first meeting of the Executive Committee took place last month and Giovanni Abeti of MSC and Manfredi Lefebvre of Silversea have accepted to serve on that committee for two years. A third Executive Committee member will be announced later in the year.

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