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Articles from 2007 In August


Star Clippers newbuild in sight

Star Clippers newbuild in sight

'We are progressing with negotiations with a European yard, and hope for a delivery in Spring 2010,' she told Seatrade Insider.

After Royal Clipper -- whose design was based on the 1902-built, 5,081-ton German tall ship Preussen, the world's largest five-masted full-rigged ship -- Star Clippers owner and ship buff Mikael Krafft will go for another historic design.

This time he found inspiration in France II, a 5,633-ton, five-masted barque constructed in Bordeaux by Chantiers Navals de la Gironde in 1911.

France II retains its title as the longest sailing ship ever built. It was also one of the first ships used for cruising, with a piano bar, photography darkroom and the first saltwater treatment spa at sea.

The 296-passenger newbuild will stretch 157 meters with a meter-wider beam (18.5 meters) than France II, to meet modern stability requirements. Draft will be six meters.

The new ship will sport 37 sails for a total of 6,350 square meters of sail surface area. The rigging will extend 65 meters above the waterline and the open Sun Deck will span 2,500 square meters.

All the designs have been made by Star Clippers. The vessel's name and the builder are to be revealed in the near future.

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Fresh features for Star Clippers newbuild

Fresh features for Star Clippers newbuild

To allow all passengers to dine at one seating, the dining room will be enlarged and designed with a number of galleries, creating smaller spaces set on the deck above. More space is also allocated for the Tropical Bar -- one of the line's trademarks -- which remains outside and sheltered but turns into a two-deck lounge with bar service on both decks, both also giving views of the evening entertainment.

A retractable marina in the stern will provide access for watersports, snorkeling and diving, an integral part of the Star Clippers experience.

The newbuild will use a davit-dampening system for safe tendering operations even in rough seas.

Star Clippers also said the vessel will be built to the highest environmental standards and is designed to qualify for the Det Norske Veritas 'Green Passport' rating. It will be the first in the fleet to use a diesel-electric propulsion system with a pair of Caterpillar generators that burn clean gas oil, not bunker fuel, supplying two Siemens electric propulsion motors to power the twin screws. The ship will use MGO with very low sulphur content and low emissions.

Star Clippers said the garbage, spent oil and wastewater treatment systems will exceed IMO standards.

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P&O Cruises expands special diet menus

P&O Cruises expands special diet menus

All ships have a chef dedicated to the preparation of meals for special diets, the company said. The chef will be advised in advance by the reservations team of a passenger's special needs to ensure the required ingredients are available.

When the passenger embarks, a head waiter will follow up to see that dietary preferences are met.

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Four Seasons ship launches e-brochure

Four Seasons ship launches e-brochure

The brochure outlines the amenities of 112 private residences ranging from 797 square feet (74.1 square meters) to 7,860 square feet (730 square meters). All sport terraces, kitchens and utility rooms with washer/dryer. On the three uppermost decks the top penthouse accommodations stretch across two levels with their own private elevators.

Dining spots include the Four Seasons Restaurant and the Mediterranean Restaurant & Terrace. Among the other features are a demonstration kitchen, a gourmet boutique and coffee shop, an art gallery, business center, the Four Seasons Spa and a large pool.

Global itineraries, starting with a maiden voyage departure from Helsinki, are also described. The routing is events-influenced, with plans for visits to the Olympic Games and the Cannes Film Festival.

The Four Seasons ship is designed by Tillberg Design U.S., and construction is planned for Aker Yards with 2010 delivery.

Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts will manage the Ocean Residences, which are a joint venture between Bayview Capital, a real estate investment and mortgage finance company, and Miami's Ocean Development Group.

The brochure is at: http://www.fourseasons.com/private_residences/oceanresidences/.

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Voyages of Discovery taps marketing vet

Voyages of Discovery taps marketing vet

'Her background with small ships and destination-intensive cruising is ideal for us,' said Mark Flager, vp sales, marketing and passenger services for Voyages of Discovery.

Kemp previously served as a marketing services specialist with Seabourn Cruise Line. She launched her industry career with Royal Cruise Line, holding various marketing positions in 13 years with the company. After Royal, Kemp worked for two marketing firms in San Francisco before joining Seabourn in 2001.

At Voyages of Discovery, she replaces Judith Falloon-Reid, who left to joint a start-up enterprise outside the cruise business.

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USCG, HAL produce Alaska training CD

USCG, HAL produce Alaska training CD

S. Coast Guard regulations and procedures in the region.

The CD was created by a collaboration between U.S. Coast Guard Sector Juneau and Holland America Line. HAL provided technology, design expertise and extensive operating experience in Southeast Alaska to help package the Coast Guard's content into the course.

The CD-ROM takes users through six modules illustrated with graphics and photos. Topics include port state control boardings, advanced notices of arrival, mandatory incident reporting, maritime security, tender operations and Alaska wastewater regulations.

The USCG is distributing free copies of the CD to masters of all cruise ships operating in Southeast Alaska. Additional copies may be requested from Sector Juneau or downloaded from http://homeport.uscg.mil/juneau.

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Hamburg plans for cruise growth

Hamburg plans for cruise growth

In 2010, the North German city targets 140 calls and 300,000 passengers.

To handle the increasing business, a third berth is planned for 2009 with a brand-new cruise terminal scheduled for 2011.

Hamburg Cruise Center will promote its facilities and the Hamburg area as a cruise destination at Seatrade Europe in late September. It will exhibit at the trade show in conjunction with the Port of Lübeck, which inaugurated a new cruise terminal this year, and J.J. Darboven GmbH & Co. KG, a tea and coffee supplier to the industry.

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Star Flyer Tahiti bookings on a roll

Star Flyer Tahiti bookings on a roll

The U.S. remains the biggest source market (57% of bookings), with Europeans, Asians and Australians comprising the balance. In spite of Tahiti's distance from the top source markets, 'interest is very strong' in all sectors, including charters, McFarlane told Seatrade Insider.

The ship will provide Tahitian entertainment and a daily local menu specialty.

Star Flyer will start its seven-day cruises from Papeete in late December.

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Queen Victoria previews theatrical offerings

Queen Victoria previews theatrical offerings

Cunard Line said it will have spent two years crafting the shows, from concept to curtain. The productions will be staged in the Royal Court Theatre, a three-tiered venue with brocade fabric dressing the walls, a red velvet curtain, murals framing the stage and 16 private boxes.

Coordinating architect Giacomo Mortola said he was inspired by 'the spectacular spaces designed by noted English theatrical architect Frank Matcham.' Queen Victoria's theatre is a tribute to Matcham, whose London landmarks include The Coliseum, built in 1904 and now the home of the English National Opera, the London Palladium, Victoria Palace and Alhambra Theatre in Leicester Square.

Royal Court Theatre's 16 boxes will seat two to eight people each, 48 in total. Each box will be furnished with armchairs and cocktail tables, with individual-sized bottles of Veuve Clicquot and sweet or savory treats served by white-gloved ushers. Box patrons have an opportunity to meet the cast backstage after the performance.

Shows include 'Victoriana,' focused on the height of the British Empire, with Music Hall highlights and period costumes, followed by a Victoriana-themed ball in the ship's Queens Room. Other shows are 'Dance Passion,' 'Celtic Heartbeat' (for which Cunard tapped Dmitri Iliukhin, choreographer and former Riverdance performer) and 'A Stroke of Genius' (pairing famous artworks with popular music).

The productions are by UK-based Belinda King Creative Productions, the company behind the shows for Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth 2.

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Vago traces growth at MSC double ceremony

Vago traces growth at MSC double ceremony

Guests were also able to witness progress on the MSC Fantasia, first of two new 133,000gt post-Panamax vessels under contruction at the same yard, the hull of which is now one-third assembled.

MSC Cruises ceo Pierfrancesco Vago described MSC's current growth pattern as probably unprecedented within the cruise industry. The company's fleet will have increased from four ships of 3,962 lower berth capacity in 2003 to 12 vessels of 24,864 lower berths in 2010, he said.

Newbuilding sizes during this period have progressed by steady increments of about 40% or 900 passengers a time, from the Opera class to Musica class to Fantasia class, he added.

Vago also revealed that gross revenue yield will have risen from a per diem of EUR117.43 in 2002 to a projected per diem of EUR171.68 in 2009, a 46% increase in seven years.

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