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									                                                                                                                                                                                                         Tuesday 05 June 2012

Uniworld adds three ships in Asia                                                                                                                                                        Liverpool closer to turnaround
                                                                                                                                                                                           THIS month UK transport authorities have
                                                                                              passenger, French colonial-style River Orchid.                                             granted permission for the Liverpool Cruise
Australians will soon have more                                                                                                                                                          Terminal to operate as a turnaround port,
                                                                                                “The demand for Vietnam and Cambodia has
opportunities for luxury cruising                                                             exceeded our expectations,” said John                                                      pending the repayment of £8.8m as a lump-sum,
on the Yangtze and Mekong.                                                                    Molinaro, general manager, Uniworld.                                                       or a total of £12.6m if phased over 15 years.
                                                                                                “We quickly sold out all of our departures for                                             Prior to this decision, restrictions put on the
  UNIWORLD Boutique River Cruise Collection                                                   2012, and so it made sense for us to add an                                                port in 2007 after it received grants from the
is claiming to provide “the best cruising                                                     additional ship on the Mekong.”                                                            UK Government and EU to develop its facilities,
experiences these regions have to offer” when it                                                In China, passengers can look forward to “an                                             prohibited Liverpool Cruise Terminal from
launches three new small ships in Asia next year.                                             unmatched level of comfort, luxury and                                                     having turnarounds and thus potentially
  The luxury line has partnered with Pandaw in                                                relaxation never before experienced on the                                                 poaching cruise trade from other ports.
Vietnam and Cambodia and Century River                                                        Yangtze” onboard the new Century Legend and                                                  However should Liverpool either repay the
Cruises in China to operate several sailings on                                               Century Paragon.                                                                           lump sum of £8.8m or £12.6m over 15 years,
new vessels along the Mekong and Yangtze.                                                       Special features on these 398-guest vessels                                              the Department for Transport has said it will
  Joining the River Saigon, which Uniworld                                                    include an exclusive executive deck, a large                                               allow turnarounds.
launched in January 2012, will be the 60-                                                     indoor pool/spa area, and Uniworld Signature                                                 Final removal of the grant condition by the
                                                                                              Suites that include “VIP benefits”, Molinaro said.                                         UK Department for Communities and Local
                                                                                                Uniworld has also arranged for all of its                                                Government will be dependent on securing
Hurtigruten in Greenwich                                                                      passengers to stay in superior, centrally located                                          State Aid clearance from the European
  FOR the first time ever Hurtigruten will                                                    five-star hotels throughout Asia.                                                          Commission, which will now be sought.
feature itineraries departing from and                                                          The new 2013 Asia brochure will be released
concluding in the London port of Greenwich.                                                   this month.
  Outlined in the new 2013/14 Explorers                                                         For details, see
Brochure, the itineraries include a new voyage
which explores Norway and Scotland before
finishing in Greenwich, and another that                                                      Disney sails in to the rescue
departs from Greenwich and explores the UK                                                      FOUR Cuban men were rescued by Disney
before heading over to Hamburg.

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                                                                                              Fantasy on 27 May after they were discovered
  The new brochure covers cruising in Spitsbergen,                                            adrift on a small raft.
Greenland, Antarctica and Europe, and                                                           According to reports the wayward sailors

                                                                                                                                                                                            TO EUROPE.
features more dates for its most popular                                                      signalled for help and were rescued by crew
itineraries, plus a 20% early booking discount,                                               onboard Fantasy whilst she was sailing
which is capacity controlled per departure.                                                   between Port Canaveral and Grand Cayman.
  Highlights of the program include a new 19-                                                                                                                                               HURRY, STRICTLY LIMITED OFFER.
                                                                                                Once onboard, the men received food, water
day Great Antarctic expedition from Ushuaia to                                                and medical attention.
the Falklands, South Georgia, the South
Orkney Islands and Antarctica; as well as three
‘In the realm of the Polar Bear’
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  See your travel agent for a copy of the brochure.                                              four pages of all the latest cruise news.

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South Australia to boost cruising                                                                                                                        Cruise
The coastal state with the least                       Royal Caribbean’s megaliner Voyager of the
                                                       Seas visiting Adelaide twice, and Holland
cruising in Australia is primed                        America’s Volendam and Classic International                     Cruise Weekly’s cruise calendar details
for 20% more ships next season.                        Cruises’ MV Athena visiting all four SA ports.                   upcoming port calls of passenger cruise
                                                         Increasing regional dispersal of cruise ships                  ships at various destinations in Australia.
  THE South Australian Tourism Commission
                                                       is a major goal of the SATC, Clarke said.
(SATC) aims to double the number of cruise                                                                              SYDNEY
                                                         “Regional ports had zero large cruise ship
ship arrivals by 2020, starting with a modest                                                                           Pacific Pearl                        Fri 08 June
                                                       arrivals five years ago, and in 2012/13 there
increase in the 2012/13 summer.
                                                       will be seven cruise ship arrivals at the
  Leah Clarke, SATC’s senior business manager,                                                                          BRISBANE
                                                       regional South Australian ports of Kangaroo
access development, told Cruise Weekly that                                                                             Pacific Sun                          Sun 10 June
                                                       Island, Port Lincoln and Robe.”
South Australian ports will welcome 25
                                                         The increases are part of SATC’s Southern
arrivals during the upcoming summer season,
                                                       Ocean Cruising strategy to put the state on                      CAIRNS
up from 21 in 2011/12.
                                                       the map as a cruise destination.
  “Our long-term goal is to reach 43 cruise                                                                             Pacific Sun                          Wed 06 June
                                                         “We are constantly in touch with the cruise
ship arrivals by 2020 and we are on track to
                                                       ship companies to ensure they are catered for
achieve that,” she said.                                                                                                DARWIN
                                                       when they visit our state – if cruise ship
  “Importantly, South Australia is attracting not                                                                       Dawn Princess                        Tue 05 June
                                                       companies aren’t happy with a destination,
only more cruise ship arrivals, but also visits from                                                                    Orion                                Tue 12 June
                                                       they won’t return,” Clarke said.
much larger ships carrying more passengers.”
                                                         Also central to the strategy is the private
  Highlights in 2012/13 are set to include
                                                       ownership of Adelaide’s port at Outer Harbor.                    BROOME
                                                         The total economic impact of cruise ships in                   Dawn Princess                        Fri 08 June
                                                       SA is expected to top $9 million next season,
            Winter                                     up from $2.7 million in 2006/07.
                                                                                                                      Norwegian strike called off
           Warmers                                     Solo tariff waived for Avalon
                                                                                                                        THE Norwegian pilot strike which interrupted
                                                                                                                      several cruise ship calls to the port of Oslo, and
                                                         MORE than 30 Avalon Waterways European                       threatened disturbing services to other
                                                       river cruises no longer have a single fare                     Norwegian ports, has been called off with the
                                                       supplement, after the company decided to waive                 pilot unions reaching wage agreements with
                                                       its single traveller pricing on 11 European                    the relevant authorities after a week of action.
                                                       itineraries between June to October this year.                    All vessels 70 metres or more in length in
                                                         As a result, solo travellers can now save more               Norwegian ports are subject to compulsory

         Book by June 30
                                                       than a third off the cost of the usual solo fare.              pilotage when operating in waters within the
                                                         Special solo fares are now priced from $3,406                sea boundary.
                                                       for an eight-day Paris to Normandy’s Landing
                                                       Beaches cruise along the Seine departing 14
                                                       August 2012.                                                                                      Last Minute
                                                         See your travel agent for details.
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            Credit*                                    2012/13 season, Classica will now join Costa
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                                         Tuesday 05 June 2012

One week Crystal sale                             Grandeur returns to the sea
  BETWEEN 04 and 08 June Crystal Cruises is         RCI’S Grandeur of the Seas has completed
hosting a one-week sales event where guests       her US$48m bow to stern revitalisation, and
can receive up to US$800 per stateroom in         now sports five new dining venues, new
complimentary shore excursion credits on          furniture, carpet, a new Royal Babies and Tots
select voyages.                                   Nursery and a refreshed Viking Crown Lounge.
  The offer is valid on new full fare cruise
bookings made between 04 and 08 June and
relates to 12 of Crystal Serenity’s 12-day        NCL’s Norwegian Sky                                 POMP and ceremony
Mediterranean itineraries, including the 06                                                             P&O Cruises’ chefs have added a bit of
                                                    THE ink is currently drying on a new
September Athens to Istanbul voyage.                                                                  pomp and ceremony onboard Pacific Jewel,
                                                  Memorandum of Understanding signed by
  For more information visit your travel agent                                                        Pacific Pearl, Pacific Sun and Pacific Dawn,
                                                  Norwegian Cruise Line to purchase Norwegian Sky.
or see                                                                           cooking up special Union Jack cakes to
                                                    Currently NCL operates the 2,002-guest
                                                                                                      mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
                                                  Norwegian Sky under a Bareboat Charter
                                                                                                        Guests celebrated the Queen’s 60 year
                                                  agreement with Ample Avenue.
                                                                                                      reign whilst cruising around Australia and
Who loves Pixar?                                    Under the Charter agreement NCL had the
                                                                                                      the Pacific Islands, tucking into the
  DISNEY Cruise Line has announced it will        option to purchase the vessel, an option which
                                                                                                      Diamond Jubilee cakes and enjoying some
host four new Pixar themed seven-night            is now being exercised.
                                                                                                      good old fashioned Royal bunting (pictured
Californian Coastal Cruises onboard Disney          According to reports the purchase price is
Wonder.                                           approximately US$260 million.
  During the voyages guests will be able to         The transaction is expected to close shortly.
interact with their favourite Pixar characters      At present Norwegian Sky operates three and
including Mr Incredible, Remy, Woody, Jessie,     four-night voyages year-round from Miami.
and Buzz Lightyear, and will be able to have an
inside look into the creative process used in
the development of an animated feature or
                                                  Sunsailing into Vancouver Is
short via a series of workshops.                    YACHT charter company, Sunsail, has
  Guests will also be able to view storyboards,   expanded its reach into Vancouver Island,
character sketches, environment paintings,        British Columbia, partnering with Island
maquettes and other inspiring concept art         Cruising, to offer its Bareboat and Skippered
used to design Pixar films in a special art       Yacht charters in the region, with itineraries
                                                  through the USA and Canada.
exhibition at sea, and will have access to the                                                       Spring Kimberley cruise deals
entire Pixar library of films, including a                                                             CORAL Princess Cruises is offering 15% - 25%
selection of rare animated shorts.                Getaway with Scenic Cruises                        discounts off a selection of its August, September
  The voyages will also host Pixar-themed           POPULAR travel program Getaway is                and October Kimberley Coast 2012 voyages.
dance parties in the Atrium Lobby as well as a    showcasing Scenic Tours river cruising product       Travelling onboard the 72-guest Oceanic
range of opportunities for guests to hang out     to the Black Sea, the Danube, the Rhine,           Discoverer and the 48-passenger Coral Princess
with their favorite Pixar pals.                   France and Russia over the coming months.          between Darwin and Broome, the reduced
  The voyages will take place between 16            To get an insider’s look onboard the             price 10-night cruises start from $5,941pp.
September and 14 October 2012, and are            company’s Black Sea cruises, make sure you           See your travel agent for more details.
priced from US$799pp.                             tune into Channel 9 this Saturday night as
  See your travel agent for details.              host Catriona Rowntree takes viewers
                                                  onboard Scenic’s ‘Space-Ship’, the Scenic Pearl
                                                                                                     MSC NYC package deal
                                                  at Cernavoda.                                        MSC Cruises is offering guests a special New
HAL helps Special Olympics                                                                           York to Copenhagen fly/cruise package which
  AUSTRALIAN television icon Paula Duncan                                                            is priced from $4,098 per person.
has signed on to help raise money for the         Cunard’s Jubilee specials                            Departing Australia on 19 April 2013, the
Special Olympics with Travel the World and HAL.     CUNARD is celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s       package includes flights and a cruise from New
  As such, Duncan will join guests onboard        Jubilee with a 14-day ultimate upgrade sale.       York on 23 April which calls at ports in
Holland America Line’s ms Oosterdam for a 10-       The offer applies across a range of stateroom    Portugal, Spain, the UK, Germany and Denmark.
night Pacific Islands cruise from Sydney which    categories on all three Queens, and includes         “We’re always looking to add value to the
departs 02 January 2013, with 5% of all ticket    an upgrade from an inside stateroom to a           experience at MSC, and as this voyage is at sea
sales going to Special Olympics Australia.        oceanview stateroom onboard QM2’s 15-night         during ANZAC Day, we will be looking at
  ‘I am so excited to have this opportunity to    voyage from Fremantle to Cape Town                 possibilities there too once we know the
host such a fantastic South Pacific cruise,”      departing 26 March 2013, priced from $2,899        numbers from this market,” said MSC Cruises
Duncan said.                                      per person twin share.                             Australia Managing Director, Lynne Clarke.
  Fares start from $1,499pp, see your travel        The sale runs from today until 11.59pm on          See your travel agent, or visit
agent or visit         19 June 2012, see your travel agent for details.

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                                   Heading North for Winter?
                                   by: Roderick Eime
    In a few weeks time, the first wave of Arctic cruises will begin in                                                tonnes with passenger capacity of 50 to 80, these ice-strengthened,
  vessels ranging from full blown icebreakers to cruise ships with just                                                mainly Russian, ships were purpose built for the rigours of the arctic
  enough ‘ice rating’ to nudge a few floating blocks. Ships venturing                                                  and are sturdy and robust. Some even spent time as spy ships in the
  anywhere north of the Arctic Circle will almost always advertise                                                     old USSR.
  some degree of ice rating, ranging from the highest, 1A Super to the                                                   Their capability is limited as they cannot physically break thick ice,
  just acceptable, 1D.                                                                                                 but they are still able to navigate a surprisingly dense pack. Their
    If you are making a decision about your first adventure or                                                         conventional hulls offer more ocean comfort and most have
  expedition cruise, it is important you understand the different                                                      stabilisers. Helicopters are generally not carried.
  features and limitations of the various classes of vessels.                                                          Expedition or Adventure Ship
  Icebreaker                                                                                                             Slightly softer in expedition capacity than the rugged Russian
    The mighty icebreaker is without doubt, the ultimate expedition                                                    workhorses, the expedition yacht is akin to a pocket cruise liner with
  vessel for the polar regions. Capable of smashing through thick                                                      an ice-rating and creature comforts similar to those found on the
  sheets of pack ice, these vessels can travel to the most remote                                                      bigger ships. It is ideal for those used to the big ship experience, but
  reaches of the planet including the North Pole.                                                                      looking for a more active, intimate alternative.
    Originally drawn from the Russian working fleet, these vessels are                                                   Expect to find more luxurious cabins and restaurant-style dining
  rudimentary in facilities compared to the large liners, but their                                                    with cocktail bars, boutiques and shiny fittings. Some vessels will
  rough’n’ready character often enhances their appeal. Nevertheless,                                                   provide the full range of expedition experience, while others may be
  they are modern and sophisticated with state-of-art navigational aids.                                               less capable. More passengers will limit some shore excursion
  Cabins are straightforward and comfortable without being lavish and                                                  possibilities.
  dining is supplied by European chefs and is tasty and plentiful.                                                       Lengthy and ambitious itineraries can be attempted as most
    The downside of the icebreaker is their rounded hull which makes                                                   vessels in this class are fully ocean-going with stabilisers. Passenger
  rough open sea conditions pretty exciting. Northern itineraries are                                                  capacity is typically over 100 and may range as high as 300 or more
  gentler, but be prepared if you are crossing the mighty Southern                                                     with vessels as large as 10,000 tonnes.
  Ocean during their voyages in our hemisphere. Often equipped with                                                      Newbuild ships entering the market are most commonly
  helicopters for remote access, the icebreaker journey is the badge all                                               constructed to this segment and are typified by the recent arrival of
  true expeditioners aspire too.                                                                                       Ponant’s Le Boreal and L’Austral. Comparatively large with lashings
  Oceanographic Vessel                                                                                                 of creature comforts, these vessels are the new face of adventure
    Similar to the icebreaker, the oceanographic vessel is another that                                                cruising, catering to well-healed passengers with a taste for
  typifies the spirit of adventure. Ranging from 1000 to about 6000                                                    luxury.

                  Ponant’s L’Austral- Icy Luxury                                  50 Years of Victory - Hardcore Nuclear Icebreaker                              Spirit of Enderby - Capable and Comfortable

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