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Costa-North America promotes winter Med

Costa-North America promotes winter Med

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From November through March, the line is touting sailings of seven to 12 nights to destinations including the Canary Islands, Greece, Turkey, Morocco and Egypt.

One of the best values offered on the North American market is a 10-night voyage to Spain, Morocco and the Canary Islands on the new Costa Serena. The Dec. 8 sailing is priced starting at $799 per person.

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CLIA raises agent ID card requirements

CLIA raises agent ID card requirements

CLIA said the new requirement reflects its obligation to the industry to ensure that affiliated agents are actively selling travel and pursuing professional development to grow their businesses.

Since 2000, CLIA has provided agents the option of acquiring an official CLIA ID Card that signifies their affinity to a CLIA-affiliated agency.

Attainment of a starting level (ACC) Cruise Counsellor designation requires mandatory and elective training options as well personal cruise experience, shipboard inspections and 25 cabin sales within the two-year enrollment period.

The owners and managers of CLIA member travel agencies who manage the business but are not necessarily front-line sellers are entitled to a limited management allocation of CLIA ID Cards for which the certification qualification is waived although annual CLIA recurrent training is necessary.

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Cruise West outlines a dozen Japan sailings

Cruise West outlines a dozen Japan sailings

The 12-day/11-night voyage explores UNESCO World Heritage Sites, makes a short stop in Kyongju, South Korea, and visits Japanese port towns, traditional gardens, shrines and castles.

The program operates round-trip from Kobe on the all-suite Spirit of Oceanus, with four departures in October, four in March and four in October 2009.

Prices start at $5,849 per person, with a $250 shipboard credit offered on departures this autumn. Customers save up to $400 when booking a March or April 2009 departure by Oct. 10, 2008, or a September or October 2009 departure by April 10, 2009.

A three-day pre-cruise excursion includes two days in Kyoto and one in Nara, home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Kiyomizu Temple.

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Crystal savings on world cruise segments

Crystal savings on world cruise segments

All told, the available savings can total up to $6,600 per couple.

The 26-day voyage from Los Angeles to Auckland now offers free air back to 20 U.S. gateways, a 5% combination-fare discount, a 3.5% full payment discount (for payment in full by Oct. 27) and no fuel surcharge ($312 per person).

Further, customers taking two segments of the world cruise get a $200 per person on-board spending credit and two free shore tours.

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Challenge to Calif. emissions rules expected

Challenge to Calif. emissions rules expected

The rules require vessels within 24 nautical miles of the state to burn low-sulfur fuel, with a limit of .5% sulfur starting in July 2009, stepping up to .1% in 2012.

These form the world's toughest pollution rules for ocean-going vessels and are expected to affect approximately 2,000 ships, from oil tankers to cruise vessels, according to a brief by Washington, D.C.-based law firm K&L Gates. The brief said the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) plans to fight the rules.

Cruise ships operating regularly out of California ports already voluntarily use fuel of .5% sulfur content within three miles of shore, according to Michael Crye, evp of the Cruise Lines International Association. Crye also believes PMSA will challenge the regulations on the ground they exceed state authority and said CLIA will likely support the challenge.

CLIA favors the international approach to environmental issues rather than a patchwork of regulations around the world, Crye told Seatrade Insider.

The IMO is crafting global standards to reduce sulfur and nitrogen oxides as well as greenhouse gases from ship emissions. An October meeting will weigh proposals for lowering the sulfur content of fuel from the 4.5% currently allowed to 3.5% by January 2012 and thereafter progressively to .5% by January 2020. The sulfur limits in special Emission Control Areas (ECAs) would go from the current 1.5% to 1% in March 2010 and then to .1% by January 2015.

Because of the international efforts, Crye doesn't see the need for California to adopt its own rules, or for U.S. federal legislation. Sen. Barbara Boxer has introduced a bill that would limit sulfur to .1% by 2010 in fuel for main and auxiliary engines for ships calling at U.S. ports.

'I think the IMO has addressed these issues in a very productive and progressive way by limiting the NOx and SOx and allowing for the stepping up of SOx limits in ECAs and a global cap that will require the use of distillate fuel by 2020,' Crye told Seatrade Insider. 'And any country that sees the need can petition for an ECA so the U.S. has a tool in its toolbox [to institute tougher standards].

'Doing it through the international approach is the appropriate way rather than establishing a patchwork of unilateral regulations around the world,' he added.

Last year the PMSA won a suit that halted the California Air Resources Board's earlier effort to regulate ship emissions out to 24 miles. CLIA supported that challenge.

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Mississippi River traffic resumes

Mississippi River traffic resumes

According to U.S. Coast Guard officials, regular traffic could resume to and from the Port of New Orleans by Tuesday afternoon.

The reopening of ship traffic comes five days after a tanker and a barge collided, spilling 400,000 gallons of fuel-oil into the river on July 23.

Carnival Fantasy on Saturday turned around in Mobile. The ship is due to end its current five-day voyage back in New Orleans.

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New sales team appointments at NCL UK

New sales team appointments at NCL UK

Lisa Jacobs joins the team in the latter role with a dedicated focus of sourcing new business for NCL, specially with tour operators across the UK.

She moves to NCL from Hoseasons, where she was a regional sales executive covering central England and Wales. Plummer has previously worked for Wendy Wu Tours and Collette Worldwide Holidays.

This year NCL will conduct its biggest programme of sailings from the UK and the introduction of its first year-round European-based ship, Norwegian Jade, which arrived in May. Nick Wilkinson, sales director, NCL UK says 'the new appointments will be key in ensuring NCL's continued success with the trade in 2009 and 2010, when the two new F3 vessels are launched.'

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Hunter Tourismapos;s ceo targets more business

Hunter Tourismapos;s ceo targets more business


Ferrier, who has been acting ceo of the Hunter Regional Tourism Organisation since April, is on the steering committee of Newcastle Port Corporation's Cruise Hunter project and said she will work closely with David Brown, the project's Cruise Down Under representative.


A Novocastrian (someone born in Newcastle), Ferrier was previously tourism marketing and development manager forthe Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority. The SHFA manages some of the city's most significant harbourside assets, including Darling Harbour and The Rocks, on behalf of the New South Wales government.

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Call for entries for the 2008 Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards

Call for entries for the 2008 Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards

Nominations received so far come from across the globe including North America, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa.


The 2008 Seatrade Insider Awards, whose principal sponsor is Fidelio Cruise, cover eight categories in their second year: Port of the Year (sponsored by Instone International), Destination of the Year, Supplier of the Year (sponsored by Tura Turizm), Environmental Initiative Award (sponsored by Port of Dover), F&B/Hotel Operations Award, Mediterranean Cruise Personality of the Year and Sea-going Employee of the Year. A new category has been added this year for Innovative Shorex.


Any company or individual can enter. Nominations for the eight categories must be submitted via e-mail. A panel of experienced judges (see website for list) will select the winners of six of the awards, whilst Seatrade will select the Mediterranean Personality of the Year 2008 and Seatrade Insider readers will vote for the Sea-going Employee of the Year 2008, based on a shortlist drawn up from nominations received.

Click on The Seatrade Insider Awards banners, located on the news pages, to find out how to enter.

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Costa book recaps 60 years of cruising

Costa book recaps 60 years of cruising

The 240-page 'Sixty Years of Cruising with Costa' is edited by Fiora Palazzini and Paolo Piccione, and published and distributed by Silvana Editoriale. Special promotional activities are planned in September, including a dedicated shop window in one major bookstore in five Italian cities.

Priced at EUR30, the book, with chapters in Italian and English, is available on board Costa ships, at major Italian bookshops, on the Silvana Editoriale website (www.silvanaeditoriale.it) and at some specialist bookstores abroad.

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