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PAGE 1    Editor: Bruce Piper email: info@cruiseweekly.com.au
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.

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
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: info@cruiseweekly.com.au

 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
                                                                             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.
  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
                                     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!
  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-
                                     sales@wrd.com.au.                       change; Tanja Cuperus, FC Croydon.
 WED 16 APR 08
PAGE 3 Editor: Bruce Piper email: info@cruiseweekly.com.au                                   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    voyages@bigpond.com.
  Call 1800 22 2232 for details.      www.traveltheworld.com.au.             islands, providing a unique
                                                                             cultural experience.                 Melanesia special
WIN A FAMILIARISATION TRIP ON                                                   Prices from $3150 ppts incl          CORAL Princess Cruises is
                                                                             accom, meals, lectures, transfers offering free flights and
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 sceniccomp@cruiseweekly.com.au             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: info@cruiseweekly.com.au
                                                                                                                              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 voyages@cruiseweekly.com.au.                                                                               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
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.
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