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MSC Express: a new speedy check-in service

MSC Express: a new speedy check-in service

The procedure allows passengers to significantly reduce the time it takes to get on board by utilising a simple, fast track system.

After logging on to the new www.mscexpress.net website, passengers enter their booking information - reservation number, passenger name and surname, together with the ship name and departure date.

Then personal details need to be entered to complete online check-in. This produces a printout which allows passengers to be fast tracked through check-in at the port via dedicated MSC Express desks.


Passengers present their printout and tickets at the desk on the day of embarkation.

'The addition of online check-in and dedicated MSC Express desks is an extra convenience that cuts queues and waiting times at the port, meeting the growing demands of busy clients,' says Guilio Libutti, md, MSC Cruises UK and Ireland. 'We hope that this new service will help our passengers to start their trip sooner and ultimately get their holiday off to the most relaxing start possible,' he adds.

The MSC Express service is currently available to passengers departing from the ports of Genoa, Civitavecchia, Naples, Palermo, Bari, Venice, Marseille, Barcelona, Valencia, Kiel, Copenhagen and Amsterdam.

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NCL sale offers upgrades, on-board credits

NCL sale offers upgrades, on-board credits

Plus, early bird pricing is available on most sailings through 2010.

The promotion applies to new individual bookings and to new named group delegates booking within a group block by Aug. 17.

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Tobago sees sharp rise in cruise calls

Tobago sees sharp rise in cruise calls

Cruise brands including Celebrity, Fred. Olsen, Holland America, Ocean Village, Princess and Windstar are expected to make 60 calls from October through April, up from 34 calls in the 2007/08 season, and carrying an estimated 100,000 passengers to the Southern Caribbean island.

'Traffic is continuing to build,' said Henry Yaniz, Tobago's Miami-based cruise consultant. 'We are well on our way to reaching our goal of making Tobago's cruise business year-round instead of seasonal.'

The first step in putting Tobago on the map of large-ship lines began with the completion of the $2.7m Scarborough Jetty expansion to accommodate vessels as large as the Voyager class.

The island aims to develop more cruise business to stimulate its tourism-based economy. The 2009/10 season is expected to generate $329m in cruise-related revenue.

Tobago is also expected to gain exposure from the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association's annual conference and trade show in late October, hosted by sister island Trinidad.

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Nordseth joins Silversea as vp

Nordseth joins Silversea as vp

His responsibilities include overseeing the areas of hotel operations, entertainment, food and beverage, concessionaires and purchasing.

Nordseth fills the position formerly held by Silvio Rossi.

Until recently, Nordseth served as vp hotel operations and on-board revenue for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. He had been with Regent for 10 years.

Earlier, Nordseth was director of operations for Blue Lagoon Cruises in the South Pacific. Previous positions were with Kloster Cruise Ltd., mainly for Norwegian Cruise Line, where his on-board posts included hotel director and food and beverage manager.

He also worked in NCL's corporate office as manager of training and crew development.

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Costa commissions Botero sculpture

Costa commissions Botero sculpture

'Reclining Woman 2004' is taking shape at the Mariani foundry in Pietrasanta, Italy, where Botero creates his works using the lost wax casting technique.

The artwork will be installed in Costa Luminosa's atrium.

Moreover, the ship's central staircase will display a set of previously unpublished photographs titled 'An Homage to the Master' and consisting of nine panels by Matteo Piazza depicting the artist Botero at work on paintings and sculptures.

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No injuries reported in Piraeus collision

No injuries reported in Piraeus collision

No injuries were reported, according to the Associated Press, citing Greece's Merchant Marine Ministry. The AP said Zenith was maneuvering alongside when it struck Aegean Pearl.

The 47,200gt Zenith is reportedly carrying 1,819 passengers. It was arriving in Piraeus at the end of a week-long cruise from Venice.

The 16,700gt Aegean Pearl is reportedly carrying 504 passengers. The ship was due to sail this morning on a four-day Greek Islands and Turkey cruise.

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Stars align for Celebrityapos;s apos;soap cruiseapos;

Stars align for Celebrityapos;s apos;soap cruiseapos;

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Customers who buy the soap cruise package (www.soapcruise.com) will be able to interact with the actors in autograph and photo sessions, trivia games, a cocktail party and other special events, including the opportunity to write a script and act it out with one of the stars.

Hosting the cruise will be Cameron Mathison, who plays Ryan on 'All My Children.' Mathison will be joined by other actors from 'All My Children,' 'As the World Turns,' 'The Bold and the Beautiful,' 'Days of Our Lives,' 'General Hospital,' 'One Life to Live' and 'The Young and the Restless.'

The cruise sails Jan. 22 round-trip from Miami.

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USCG updates TWIC compliance schedule

USCG updates TWIC compliance schedule

S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port Zones of Charleston, S.C.; Long Island Sound and Jacksonville, Fla.; and Savannah, Ga.

Port Canaveral is among the cruise facilities affected. In January, the port said it had begun enrolling employees, tenants and other port workers with between 11,000 and 12,000 badge holders to receive the new credential.

Mariners may use their valid USCG-issued merchant mariner's document, license or certificate of registry, along with a valid photo ID, to be eligible for unescorted access in secure areas of any facility regulated under the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 that has a TWIC compliance date earlier than April 15, 2009.

Cmdr. David Murk, chief of the USCG's Cargo and Facilities Division and new TWIC program manager, urged TWIC-eligible candidates to enroll for the new credential as early as possible or run the risk of not getting their TWIC prior to compliance deadlines.

The USCG plans to announce additional ports scheduled for the compliance phase of the TWIC program in coming weeks. Compliance will be phased in by Captain of the Port Zones between Oct. 15 and April 15, after which all ports must be in compliance and all credentialed mariners must carry a TWIC.

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Silverseaapos;s Odell a fair dinkum Aussie

Silverseaapos;s Odell a fair dinkum Aussie


Odell, who now has dual British/Australian citizenship, was based in London as Silversea's vp sales and marketing international before moving to Sydney in 2003 as vp sales and marketing Asia Pacific.


In April he opened the company's Asia Pacificheadquarters in Sydney which handles reservations, sales and marketing for the entire region.


Sydney-based shipbroker Toko Yatsuki, who runs the consultancy company Doctor Cruise, also became an Australian citizen at yesterday's ceremony.


Yatsuki, a graduate of the Seatrade Cruise Academy in Oxford and a regular delegate at Seatrade conventions, has lived in Australia for 34 years.

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HAL offers early booking savings for 2009

HAL offers early booking savings for 2009

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The line said past customers can save even more and, on select sailings, special fares are available for third or fourth passengers in the same stateroom, starting at $99 per person.

The 'Early Advantage' program encompasses a wide range of cruises sailing to destinations around the world. For example, a 10-day Mediterranean cruise starts at $1,449 per person, double occupancy, for an inside stateroom and $2,149 for a verandah, and fares for third or fourth passengers in a room start at $299.

A 16-day South America cruise is priced from $1,899 for an inside or outside stateroom. A 14-day Australia/New Zealand cruise starts at $1,699 for an inside and $1,899 for an outside.

A week-long Caribbean sailing starts at $599 for an inside stateroom and $899 for a verandah. A seven-day Alaska cruise round-trip from Seattle begins at $699 for an inside stateroom and $1,149 for a verandah.

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