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Biggest EVER ongoing
Popular demand has seen
Royal Caribbean respond by
extending the booking window of
its ‘Biggest Sale EVER’ until 14 Feb.
The promotion enables pax to
secure 50% off companion fares,
up to US$400 onboard credit per
stateroom and half price deposits.
Bonuses apply to local sailings
of five nights or more departing
between now and Apr 2016, with
first pax fares starting at $1,299.
Selfies at Sea app
Mini movies made of selfies
taken onboard Carnival ships can
now be made by Aussie travellers
after the line introduced its new
‘Selfies at Sea’ smartphone app.
Selfies taken using the app
after linking to the camera are
automatically collated into a short
film to be shared on social media.
The app is now available to
download free of charge from the
iTunes and Google Play stores.
Three free excursions
Scandinavia tour operator
Bentours is offering three free
shore excursions valued at $600
per person on select Hurtigruten
Classic Round Voyages this year.
Travellers will receive a free visit
to the largest salt-water aquarium
in Europe in Alesund, a Husky
Sled adventure in Kirkenes and a
Sea Eagle Safari in Svolvær.
The bonus inclusions are valid
on departures of the 12-day
roundtrip ex Bergen from 01 Apr
to 30 May - phone 1800 221 712.
Tuesday 03 Feb 2015
Crystal two-year window
Full global itineraries complete
with fares through to the end of
2017 are now available to book
through Crystal Cruises, with the
release allowing bookings nearly
three years in advance.
The season for both of the line’s
two ships - Crystal Symphony and
Crystal Serenity - feature on its
Announced earlier than ever
before, the complete roster for
the line in 2017 also features in
the line’s first ever two-year 236page Worldwide Cruise Atlas.
Highlights of the year include
32 maiden calls to ports including
Calvi, Corsica; Sète, France and
Santa Margherita, Italy.
A “history-making” transit of the
Hawaii cruising down
Visitors to Hawaii arriving by
cruise ship plummeted 28% in
2014, according to new figures
for the full year published by the
Hawaii Tourism Authority.
The islands saw 123,071 visitors
from 69 cruise vessels based in
other states compared to 170,987
visitors from 84 ships a year prior.
Embarking pax arriving in Hawaii
by air or other cruise ships over
the year totalled 242,057, down
15.8% compared against 2013.
Results were not all bad though,
with the destination seeing a 2.1%
increase in visitors arriving by air
to join a cruise ship home-ported
in Hawaii, such as Norwegian
Cruise Lines’ Pride of America.
Northwest Passage will also be
undertaken as well as a 102-day
World Cruise of the Pacific Rim
and visits to all seven continents.
“We continue to offer intrepid
luxury travellers new ways to
explore and experience the
world, whether with a new
destination or simply a new
perspective on a favourite one,”
Crystal Cruises president and coo
Edie Rodriguez commented.
All-inclusive fares start from
US$1,995ppts as part of promo
fares on sale until 02 Mar.
Celestyal Poppy Post
Greek line Celestyal Cruises
has partnered with Discover the
World in Australia to launch a
‘Poppy Post’ social media promo
ahead of the line’s Gallipoli cruise
for the Anzac Day Centenary.
Users who ‘like’ Discover the
World’s Facebook page can share
Poppy Posts to win a 7-nt cruise.
New SeaLink vessels
Two new high-speed ferries
have been purchased by SeaLink
Travel Group to expand its Sydney
Harbour charter ferry and tourist
hop-on-hop-off cruise operations,
taking its total fleet to nine.
The 300-pax un-named vessels
were bought for $6 million and
will be used to design new routes
& win new contracts surrounding
the booming Barangaroo district.
US merger completed
American host agency parent
Cruise Holidays has completed
its merger into,
retaining its brand and removing
license fees for franchisees.
US-based members will now gain
access to marketing
programs & online booking tools.
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Cruise Weekly today features
three pages of the latest news
and photos from the industry.
Discover & Hurtigruten offering up to
Special Savings and upgrades
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Tuesday 03 Feb 2015
PRINCESS Cruises is celebrating
all year in 2015 for its 50th
anniversary but will now have
a bit of cheering up to do for
fans in its role as the official
cruise line of the Seattle
Seahawks NFL franchise.
The Hawks could have won
yesterday’s Super Bowl, which
would have seen a scheduled
fan cruise turn into the wildest
party to sail into Alaska waters
- however it will now be a case
of fans drowning their sorrows.
Departing on 20 Jun, the
seven-day cruise sets sail from
Seattle aboard Crown Princess.
Pax onboard will still enjoy
meet and greet chances with
current and former players, ondeck tailgate parties, football
movie nights, chances to win
merchandise and much more.
APAC in focus at CSM 2015
Australian cruise industry
executives will share their
expertise in prominent roles
at the upcoming annual Cruise
Shipping Miami 2015 conference.
A series of panel discussions
Come Back to the Sea
Carnival Cruise Lines
appeared on hundreds of millions
of American TV screens yesterday,
running its first commercial to air
during the NFL Super Bowl.
Entitled ‘Come Back to the Sea,’
the commercial features emotive
footage of Carnival ships around
the world, played to a soundtrack
of a speech made by former US
President John F Kennedy to open
the 1962 America’s Cup.
The advert was filmed over nine
days in Barcelona, including five
days onboard the newest Princess
Cruises vessel Regal Princess, and
is aimed at new-to-cruise pax.
CLICK HERE to check it out.
grouped under industry trends
will take place, looking at the
major issues affecting the
industry on a worldwide scale.
The ‘State of the Cruise Industry
- Asia/Australasia,’ panel will star
Carnival Corp coo Alan Buckelew,
who recently relocated to China
to drive the line’s China program;
RCCL Int’l svp Dominic Paul; RCCL
Asia-Pacific vice-president Gavin
Smith; Carnival Australia chief
executive Ann Sherry & Princess
Cruises president Jan Swartz.
The discussion will look at the
momentum of the industry in this
part of the world and whether
China will “transform cruising”.
In the upscale cruise sector,
Ponant Asia-Pacific chairman
Sarina Bratton will feature on a
panel looking at next-generation
innovations in cruise ship design.
Cruise Shipping Miami 2015 will
take place at the Miami Beach
Convention Centre in Florida from
16-19 Mar.
A&K river connection
bespoke tour operator
Abercrombie & Kent has released
its 2015 Connections European
River Cruising journeys brochure
featuring intimate itineraries of
no more than 24 per departure.
City sightseeing bookmarks
cruising itineraries operated by
the Amadeus fleet of river vessels.
Classical music, World War I
and Christmas markets themed
voyages all feature in the guide.
Atlantic Gay Cruise
Voyages of Discovery will
operate a special “All-Gay” smallship cruise in Apr 2016 travelling
from Barbados to Gran Canaria.
Sailing aboard the line’s small
ship Voyager, the cruise will arrive
in the Canary Islands Las Palmas
port during the traditional period
for the Maspalomas Pride event.
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Search for Loch Ness
DTW offer extended
Maiden Eagle voyage
Families of 2A2C can enjoy
10% off in a new promotion to
sail the Scottish Highlands with Le
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hurtigruten & Discover the
World have extended the ‘Can I
Have Some More Please’ special
offer of $1,000 bonus inclusions
for sale to 28 Feb - 1800 623 267.
American Cruise Lines will set
sail for the first time with its new
paddlewheeler American Eagle
on 11 Apr from New Orleans.
The 150-passenger vessel will
offer 84 staterooms, of which
78 feature sliding glass doors to
access a private balcony.
A variety of celebrations will
take place on the voyage along
the Lower Mississippi to Memphis
including a Champagne Reception,
multiple musical performances,
an exclusive concert, an engraved
picture frame with photo & more.
American Eagle will operate
primarily on the route, operating
occasional sailings further upriver.
Carnival colours up for rapid ride
No delays from fire
ALL is fair in love and war on
the white water rapids, as found
by Carnival Cruise Lines’ sales
team which joined with members
of the industry for some friendly
yet intense competition recently.
The second annual Agent
Adrenalin Challenge held at
Penrith Whitewater Stadium was
every bit that and more, with
attendees divided into five teams.
Up for grabs were a swag of
prizes including cabins on Carnival
Spirit and Carnival Legend as
well as a GoPro camera, not to
mention plenty of bragging rights.
Teams were named after ship
features and each had 90 minutes
practice on the rapids before the
race to crown a winner, which on
this day was Team Orange.
Pictured above from left are
the team captains Anton Loeb
(orange), Lance Dye (blue), Shane
Gibbons (yellow), Mark Richards
(red) and Sissel Way (green).
The competing teams at the
event are also pictured below.
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bosses from Fred Olsen Cruise
Lines have personally met with
pax in Tenerife after the line’s
vessel Boudicca was damaged by
an engine room fire recently.
The company has been forced
to cut short its current 18-day
cruise to undertake repairs, with
pax affected receiving a 100%
refund, 50% future cruise credit
and flights back to Southampton.
Feel Frozen on Disney
A RAFT of new onboard
experiences themed around the
Disney animated hit film Frozen
will debut on Disney Cruise Lines
sailings in Europe and Alaska.
Selected voyages aboard Disney
Magic and Disney Wonder will
feature themed deck parties, a
three-song stageshow production,
character meet and greets,
storybook adventures and more.
Other celebrations will see the
central atrium redecorated as
Queen Elsa’s mountain ice palace,
a chocolate scavenger hunt,
snowman building, dancing and
specially themed Frozen menus.
This week’s port calls of cruise
ships at various destinations
around Australia and New
Diamond Princess
Carnival Legend
Voyager of the Seas
Pacific Pearl
Rhapsody of the Seas
Sun Princess
Carnival Spirit
03 Feb
04 Feb
05 Feb
06 Feb
07 Feb
07 Feb
08 Feb
09 Feb
Diamond Princess
Carnival Spirit
03 Feb
05 Feb
05 Feb
06 Feb
Pacific Dawn
Pacific Pearl
Oceania Marina
07 Feb
08 Feb
09 Feb
Silver Whisper
Carnival Spirit
Diamond Princess
07 Feb
03 Feb
05 Feb
07 Feb
Rhapsody of the Seas
04 Feb
09 Feb
Silver Whisper
03 Feb
Celebrity Solstice
Silver Discoverer
03 Feb
08 Feb
08 Feb
09 Feb
09 Feb
Seabourn Odyssey
04 Feb
05 Feb
Oceanic Discoverer
Celebrity Solstice
03 Feb
03 Feb
04 Feb
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