ISSN 1834-5913 Tel:1300 880 025 firstname.lastname@example.org WED 16 APR 08 BOOK ONLINE! PAGE 1 Editor: Bruce Piper email: email@example.com Celebrity Cruises Seabourn committed RCC reveals Central Park THE president of Carnival smoking ban Corporation’s Yachts of Seabourn NO, it’s not the famous New He said Central Park would CELEBRITY Cruises will no says the company remains York landmark but a feature on feature promenades as well as longer allow passengers to smoke “committed to the small ship board Royal Caribbean’s newest seven bars, cafes and restaurants, in cabins and on balconies from experience” despite having three ship, the Genesis. evening entertainment and October this year. newbuilds on order which are The company this week “street” performances. The new rules will be phased in more than twice as big as its revealed that the 5400 passenger And there’s more to come - Fain across all Celebrity ships during existing vessel. vessel would include an internal said Central Park (pictured below) the month, and both Celebrity The new ships will still only “park” the size of a football field. is just the first of seven Solstice and Celebrity Equinox have 450 beds each, with The innovation allows Royal ‘neighbourhoods’ that will be will follow the new regulations president Pamela Conover saying Caribbean to massively increase unveiled on the ship. upon launch. “we are committed to providing the number of balcony cabins it “What has always distinguished Violators of the new rules could the sort of individualised offers, with the ‘town square’ in us from the beginning is be hit with a US$250 cleaning fee. experience that is the reason the centre of five decks which innovation,” he said, with other Seabourn guests choose to travel rise around it. firsts introduced by RCC include Voyages joins with us.” Central Park is open to the rock-climbing walls, ice skating IAATO She said the new vessels would elements and will feature real rinks and the FlowRider on-board provide among the highest ratios living plants, offering surfing machine. VOYAGES of Discovery has been of space per guest in the industry. 254 ‘Park view’ accepted as a member of the balcony cabins, plus 80 International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators. NCL online feedback park-view windowed NCL Corporation has launched staterooms. “IAATO is dedicated to safe and the Guest Experience and Loyalty RCCI ceo Richard environmentally responsible Scorecard to collect feedback Fain said: “Getting our private-sector travel to the from guests. customer to say ‘wow’ Antarctic, and we fully support its The online system, which can is our inspiration.” aims and goals,” said Mark Flager, collect, analyze and report guest He said the company vice president-sales, marketing feedback about the entire cruise wasn’t planning on and passenger services. experience is designed to help revealing the concept The cruise line joins as an measure the impact of NCL’s at this stage, but had associate member of IAATO with fleet-wide Freestyle 2.0 initiative realised that full membership provided after to be fully rolled out by 01 Jun. construction on the ship at the one year as an associate. NCL’s ceo Colin Veitch said: Aker Yards in Turku, Finland was Voyages of Discovery operates “having this new guest feedback now at the stage where the the Discovery and begins its fifth tool in place is of utmost innovation was visible from season sailing to Antarctica this importance to our success.” planes flying overhead. November. Princess releases Alaska ‘09 Poesia specials MSC Cruises is celebrating the launch of flagship, MSC Poesia on 05 Apr by offering specials for the ship’s inaugural Mediterranean season from Apr - Nov 2008. Seven-night itineraries visiting ports in Italy, Greece, Turkey and Croatia start from S1010pp, with children under 18 crusing free - details at www.msccruises.com.au. ABOVE: Princess Cruises has released its latest Alaska program “Hostages?” featuring a number of cruises THE 30 crew members of with prices from $969pp for a French vacation yacht Le Ponant seven-night voyage through the who were taken hostage by Inside Passage. pirates off the coast of Somalia Princess has eight ships offering last week (Cruise Weekly 09 Apr) 130 sailings from May to Sep 2009 - have been released. www.dawnsunprincess.com.au. French President Nicolas Sarkozy Pictured here is the Diamond said in a statement that they were Princess in Tracy Arm. freed “without incident.” WED 16 APR 08 PAGE 2 Editor: Bruce Piper email: firstname.lastname@example.org ICCA Update Did faulty rivets Cruise characters up for NTIA gong A NUMBER of cruise specialists According to AFTA, this year’s by GM Brett Jardine sink the Titanic? are up for recognition at this awards have seen a record TWO scientists say they’ve year’s prestigious National Travel number of nominations, and from found new evidence that low Industry Awards. today agents and suppliers from quality rivets may have doomed Carolyn Holmes from Wiltrans, around the country can vote for the 1500 passengers onboard the Craig Owens from MSC Cruises, their top choices in all categories. Titanic, which sank 96 years ago Ian Jamieson from Travel the Other hotly contested yesterday. World and Jacqui Haraldstad from categories include Best Cruise They say better rivets may have Complete Cruise Solutions have Operator, with 10 lines allowed the vessel to stay afloat all been nominated in the represented. long enough for help to arrive. competitive Best Sales Executive - Online voting is open until 09 The team says clues from 48 Industry Supplier category. May at www.afta.com.au or click HOT OFF THE PRESS – ICCA rivets taken from the wreck show The travel industry’s night of on the links below to vote. MASTERS NOW CONFIRMED. high concentrations of slag, a nights will be held at the Westin Agents click here to vote See Travel Daily tomorrow for glassy residue of smelting that Sydney on Sat 05 July, hosted by in supplier categories full details and makes rivets more brittle. Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies. www.cruising.org.au for online At the time, shipbuilders were Suppliers click here to Online voting for the awards registrations. also moving from iron to stronger vote in agent categories officially opened today. In a retail environment you steel rivets, but scientists say will always have a rough idea of what destinations are high the Titanic only had steel rivets on the central hull, not the bow FC cruises the Orient on the list of your client’s where the iceberg struck. desires. Historians say that evidence For those clients that have from the archives of shipbuilder not experienced a cruise Harland & Wolff also shows that holiday – are you giving them they were facing shortages of the opportunity? rivets and riveters as they A cruise holiday offers struggled to build the Titanic and something for everyone – even its sister ships, Olympic and families with teenage kids! We Brittanic, and had to reach past all know it’s not cool for their usual suppliers of rivet iron. teenagers to ‘hang out’ with It’s not the first time the rivets Mum and Dad so a cruise used on Titanic have been holiday is a great option. questioned, with accusations also The teenage kids get the arising around a decade ago. freedom they need and the Harland and Wolff, which is still parents get the peace they in existence, denies the findings. deserve! For families with younger Murray Winter deal children a cruise holiday is still CAPTAIN Cook Cruises is letting a great option. partners cruise for half the price Cruise lines that cater for the on all three, four and seven night family market have some Murray River cruises from 01 Jun - amazing kids play areas where 31 Aug 2008. they will be entertained in a All cruises include meals, safe and enclosed accom, complimentary scenic environment. coach transfers, guided walks, all Some of the kids clubs are so onboard facilities and more. good us poor adults are the Valid for sale until 31 Aug - ones missing out! www.captaincook.com.au. Unlimited Playstation, arcade style games, pinball machines Fantasea package and DVD’s are just the FOR all bookings made on beginning. ABOVE: Flight Centre, Qantas and Royal Caribbean hosted a group 4 night Great Barrier Reef cruises With the kids taken care of aboard the MV Fantasea Ammari of FC consultants aboard Rhapsody of the Seas during her recent Mum and Dad are free to five night sailing from Shanghai. before 30 June, guests will choose a cruise that they want The cruise visited ports in Japan and South Korea and shown here receive up to $400 added value to do – whether it is based on in the ship’s foyer are, front row from left; Leanne Pearman, FC their favourite cruise line or a per couple in onboard beverages and spa and beauty treatments. North Melbourne; Stevie Phillips, FC Northland; Candice Myles, SF destination they are yet to see Bookings must be made for Flinders St; second row; Anna Bayley, FC Hobart; Patrick Doyle, FC – there is no excuse! travel through to 12 Dec 2008 Bentleigh; Koren Window, Infinity Cruise; third row; Iris Varga- with prices from $2460 per person Hodgson, FC South Yarra; Paul Pearman, FC Yarraville; Leonie twin share. Prowse, Discover the World Marketing; Deb Toohey, FC Cruise; and Details from World Resorts of fourth row; Andrea Friend, FC Hastings; Eva Carroll, FC Brimbank; Distinction via email to Zac Kemp, FC Southern Cross; Emma MacPherson, ET Stock Ex- email@example.com. change; Tanja Cuperus, FC Croydon. WED 16 APR 08 PAGE 3 Editor: Bruce Piper email: firstname.lastname@example.org destination: South America MSC rolls out new paint job Disney at Canaveral Have you seen this DISNEY Cruise Line says that LEFT: MSC Cruises has both of its much awaited new- river cruise? started to restyle the PETER Deilmann Cruises says it generation ships will make their exterior of its ships, and is has space available on a 7 night home at Port Canaveral, where planning to complete its Seine River cruise from Paris expansions are being made to the entire fleet by the end of departing 09 August 2008. Disney Terminal. the season. The firm is offering a discount The two 1,250 stateroom ships The company’s compass on the cruise aboard five star will more than double the line’s logo, designed in 2004, will river cruise ship ms Cezanne, total capacity, and are expected be displayed on the side of with prices from $1885pp in a to make their maiden voyages in each vessel to ensure that lower deck twin (Cat.A2) to 2011 and 2012. they’re recognized $2300pp for a deluxe upper deck immediately. Vanuatu experience twin (Cat.E2). The MSC Armonia and MSC Lirica, operating from Brazil and Florida CORAL Princess Cruises is A selection of shore excursions respectively, are the first ships to be adorned with the new livery. looking to introduce passengers to are also included free of charge some of Vanuatu’s least visited including the Paris Panorama Tour 2 for 1 Greek deals Family friendly fares corners, with three departures and Monet’s Home and Garden CHAT Tours is offering a 2 for TRAVEL The World and Cruise scheduled for 10, 15 and 20 Nov. Tour in Vernon. the price of 1 deal on limited 7 West have launched family The five-night intinerary, For full details contact Peter night Zeus Greek island cruises, friendly fares to Alaska, with onboard the 72-pax expedition Podesta at Classic Voyages on with the second person only savings of up to 75% off the kid’s ship Oceanic Discoverer departs 02 92676661 or email paying for port taxes. fare for 3 or 4 night cruises - Port Villa and visits a number of email@example.com. Call 1800 22 2232 for details. www.traveltheworld.com.au. islands, providing a unique cultural experience. Melanesia special AMILIARISATION FAMILIARISA WIN A FAMILIARISATION TRIP ON Prices from $3150 ppts incl CORAL Princess Cruises is accom, meals, lectures, transfers offering free flights and ‘SPACE-SHIP’ SCENIC TOURS NEW ‘SPACE-SHIP’ and landing fees - 1800 079 545. accommodation for bookings on its 14 night Melanesia cruise. Tall Ships Challenge The expedition-style voyage CALIFORNIA is getting ready to aboard Oceanic Discoverer welcome a flotilla of tall ships to departs 27 Oct 2008 and visits its ports for the Tall Ships islands and nations between Challenge, which pits barques Rabaul in Papua New Guinea and and barkentines, brigs and Port Vila, Vanuatu. brigantines, schooners, sloops and During the voyage the ship will There’s only two weeks left to enter our fabulous Scenic Tours full-rigged ships against each also allow passengers to explore competition, so get those entries in quickly! other in a series of races. the reefs and remote islands with Nicole Fankhauser from Club LaBourse Travel QLD submitted the Fankhauser Travel From Jun - Sep ships from all its excursion vessel Xplorer, glass following entry - over the world will sail the Pacific bottom coral viewer and fleet of Pure decadence and indulgence! Coast of America, calling at ports inflatable Zodiacs. Castles, cathedrals, concerts, including Washington, Los Angeles The deal includes return flights culture, cosmopolitan cities and cocktails... San Francisco and more. from selected Australian cities An experience you would think only fairy tales are made of! Visitors to the events will be (excluding taxes) plus two free Nicole is now in the running to win a spot on a familiarisation trip able to tour over vessels, meet nights at Vanuatu’s Le Lagon to Europe in Nov 08 on one of Scenic Tours new “Space-Ships” . the crews and enjoy other Resort and prices start from The lucky winner will cruise between Amsterdam and Budapest, nautical activities like family boat $10,500 per person twin share. visit world class museums, theatres and cafés and experience building competitions! Call 1800 079 545 for details. Scenic Tours FreeChoice activities. Exclusive to Scenic Tours, 82% of cabins are Private Balcony Suites, complete with a large teak balcony furnished with outdoor Celine Dion’s CCC Party chairs and a table to watch Europe’s spectacular scenery as you RIGHT: Captain Cook sail by. Cruises luxurious All you have to do to enter the competition is tell us in 25 words catamaran Sydney or less why you would like to be amongst the first to cruise on Crystal recently hosted Scenic Tours new “Space-Ships”. Celine Dion and 25 of See www.scenicspaceships.com to view these amazing vessels. her family and friends Extra points will be awarded for creative answers. for a private afternoon All entries are to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org of fun and relaxation on with full terms and conditions available on our website at Sydney Harbour. www.cruiseweekly.com.au. The cruise included So get those entries in to be in the running to win this prize!!! lunch, with Celine reportedly enjoying it so much she asked her personal chef to ask the chefs from Sydney Crystal for a few recipes to take home. Pictured here is Celine Dion with her personal chef and the crew from Sydney Crystal, posing on the waters of Sydney Harbour. WED 16 APR 08 PAGE 4 Editor: Bruce Piper email: email@example.com APT ANZAC Day ship RepoRt APT World Discoveries has PORT Cruises with a difference released details for its 30-day ANZAC Day dawn service and HOLE WELCOME to a new Cruise Weekly feature, in which our readers Europe river cruise 2009 package. A SHIP made from paddle-pop provide a personal account of their cruise experiences. After the dawn service at sticks set sail for England this The report this week looks at ‘Cruises with a difference’ and is Gallipoli, pax spend six days in week from the Netherlands. written by well-known radio cruise commentator Fred Shaw. Turkey and Bulgaria before a 21- The 15m-long vessel was You don’t have to be a journalist - we welcome contributions from night fully escorted sailing from created by US entrepeneur any of our readers for this section, so send your cruising stories of Rousse in Bulgaria to Paris, where Robert McDonald with the help about 500 words to firstname.lastname@example.org. they spend the final three nights. of more than 5000 children. Prices from $13,590 ppts - How many times have you operating 7 day cruises departing It consists of 15 million www.aptouring.com.au. heard someone say they would each Saturday and Sunday from recycled ice-cream sticks, with like to cruise somewhere Dubai to Oman, Fujairah, Abu Hurtigruten 2 for 1 McDonald saying he wants to different? Dhabi and Bahrain. BENTOURS is offering ‘2 for 1’ “teach kids that anything is Cruises that were outside the Departures from Dec-Mar 09. deals on the Norwegian Coastal possible. If you can dream it, standard destinations of the Also in this region in March 09 Voyage (Hurtigruten). you can do it.” Caribbean, Alaska, South Pacific, is Silversea’s Silver Wind offering The cruise travels along the If the initial cross-Channel Baltic and Asia. a 9 night cruise from Mumbai to coastline of Norway from Bergen voyage is successful McDonald Well why not try recommending Dubai followed by 2 x 7 night to Kirkenes with visits to Geiranger plans to lick the Atlantic next some of the emerging cruise cruises from Dubai to ports in the Fjord, the towns of Kristiansund year on the ancient Viking route destinations like Africa, the Gulf and a 15 night cruise from and Trondheim and Svartisen to North America via Greenland Persian Gulf or Greenland? Dubai to Athens. Glacier in the Arctic Circle. and Iceland. These cruises are not Growing concern over global The offer is valid for travel recommended for first or second warming and the melting ice cap from 15-31 October with savings time travellers but for those who have led to an increase in of up to $2320 for the 12 day want to cruise to an exotic interest in cruises to Iceland and round trip. destination outside of the normal Greenland. Call 1800 221 712 for details. cruise routes. The cruise season for these Looking at these areas I have cruises is from Jun to Sep. Circus at Sea compiled a series of adventurous P&O cruise ship Aurora (1,870 P&O Cruises will run its ‘Circus at cruises encompassing a range of passengers, which is a regular Sea’ program on selected cruises cruise prices offering different visitor to Australia on its annual throughout the fleet in 2008. cruise experiences. world cruise), sails from The circus initiative launched Starting in Africa, Costa Cruises Southampton on the 30th June on Pacific Dawn this month and will have the Costa Europa based 2008 for 18 nights to Ireland, includes acrobatic stage shows in Mauritius for a series of six Greenland, Iceland and Norway. and adult juggling classes. departures between 22/12/08 to Holland America’s Maasdam Separate kids juggling classes 28/02/09. (1,258 passengers) sails from will also be hosted by 12 year old THE cruise industry certainly The cruises are of 14 nights’ Boston on the 5th July 2008 on a juggling prodigy James Capener, doesn’t like pirates very much. duration and visit the Seychelles, 18 nights for Rotterdam via who is shown below. A blog on the website of US Kenya, Comoro Islands, Canada, Greenland and Iceland. James is part of the West newspaper USA Today has Madagascar and Reunion. This cruise can be done in Australian acrobatic family known covered the Somalian drama in Customers wanting a more reverse departing on the 22 Jul. as Cameo Rascale, who will which the crew of a French upscale experience can book on The Prinsendam (793 perform daring acts of balancing, cruising yacht was taken Silversea’s Silver Wind. passengers) leaves Dover on the juggling and roller boarding at hostage (CW last week, p1). Silver Wind will be operating 17th July for 21 nights to Norway the evening shows onboard. One of the caring and sharing an 18 night itinerary from Las and Greenland. posts from a sensitive blogger Palmas in the Canary Islands to Customers wishing to get a called VinceD suggests that Capetown via West Africa. more in-depth look at Greenland “they need to make examples of Silver Wind will also be can book a cruise on the Fram these pirates and shoot them all operating cruises between (272 passengers) operated by after the ordeal is over. Capetown and Mauritius and Hurtigruten. “No mercy is the only way to Capetown and Mombasa (Kenya) The Fram has been specially deal with terrorists,” he added. in January 2009. designed for expedition voyages A new cruise region that is and from Jun to Sep 08 operates COULD horses end up on board opening up is the Persian Gulf. three different itineraries of 9, cruise ships in Vancouver? These cruises will depart 13 and 16 days. The Royal Canadian Mounted during the Northern Winter and Bentours are the agent in Police has announced it may include destinations of interest Australia for Hurtigruten. spend up to CAD$5m chartering for those wanting a cruise that is So the next time someone cruise ships during the 2010 different in an emerging region. wants a cruise that is something Winter Olympics for officers due The Costa Victoria (1,928 out of the ordinary why not book to a shortage of hotel rooms. passengers) and Costa Classica them on a cruise to Africa, the Reports don’t say if they’ll (1,302 passengers) will be Persian Gulf or Greenland? take their mounts on board. ABOVE: James the juggler in action. Cruise Weekly is a publication for the travel industry of Cruise Weekly Pty Ltd ABN 73 123 041 485. All content fully protected by copyright. Please obtain written permission from the editor to reproduce any material. 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