THURSDAY 18th NOVEMBER 2010
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Editors: Louise Goldsbury & Amanda Collins
White Bay: A tourist’s nightmare? Athena in Eden
CLASSIC INTERNATIONAL CRUISES HAS REVEALED
The State Government’s plan the city will not, according to Carnival’s plans to have its flagship, Athena, make a
submission, do anything to improve traffic maiden call into the NSW South Coast port
to build a cruise terminal at conditions. of Eden as part of its eighth successive
In fact, according to the City of Sydney’s summer season in regional waters next year.
White Bay will only harm terminal response letter, depositing tourists The announcement comes on the back of
Sydney’s image and increase into one of Sydney’s most congested traffic the commencement of Athena’s seventh
snarls in peak hour whilst they rack up a season this week, as she sails from Rome to
traffic, according to industry large taxi fare, would not cast Sydney in a Fremantle on a 35-night repositioning
stakeholders. great light. voyage.
“The whole process has been totally The maiden call will be part of Athena’s
CARNIVAL AUSTRALIA HAS JOINED ITS VOICE TO A
shambolic, and this DA is a huge wasted inaugural eight-night round-trip voyage from
growing chorus of concern over the State
opportunity,” said the Mayor of Leichardt, Adelaide to Sydney and Melbourne departing
Government’s plan to develop a permanent
Jamie Parker, who added that the link road 28 Jan 2012.
cruise terminal at White Bay in Sydney’s
would contradict 10 years of careful urban The visit will see the 600-passenger vessel
planning. port at Eden on 31 Jan 2012, staying a full
Last month the government released the
Noise from cruise ships (incl. shoreside work) day, between 6am and 5pm.
White Bay plan’s on the Department of
that stay late or overnight at White Bay Shore tours on offer will include local
Planning website and opened a 30-day
would also affect local residents, said Carnival. sights, as well as a day trip to Canberra.
window for public comment, which ended
In addition to its traffic and noise Cruise prices for the voyage start at
reservations, Carnival said the estimated $1,520pp/ts, whilst children under 18 who
Amongst the plans opponents were local
$1.1 million per year required by cruise lines are sharing a cabin with two adults, cruise for
residents groups, Leichardt Council, the City
to employ two tug boats to ensure “safe free, paying just $200 to cover taxes and
of Sydney, opposition MPs and the National
berthing” at White Bay, makes it a less charges, see www.classicintcruises.com.
desirable place to port, as opposed to
Of primary concern to those who oppose
Barangaroo which does not require tugs to
the plan is the effect that cruise passenger
accompany ships (unless the prevailing wind
traffic would have on the already notoriously
grid locked morning traffic on Victoria Road.
is more than 15 knots). Cruise in style
Whilst the plan’s opponents dispute the
An estimated 112 ships will dock at the to 320 ports of
White Bay location, most agree that a cruise
proposed White Bay terminal during next
terminal west of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
year’s cruise seasons, berthing between
6.30am-7am and each requiring upwards of
is needed, but say that either Darling Harbour call worldwide.
or Barangaroo would be far better options.
300 vehicles (car, coach, taxis) to transport
With this end in mind, Carnival Australia
passengers and crew to the city, as well as
has said that the government’s “claims that
around 30 trucks to replenish onboard
security requirements precluded a cruise
terminal at this location because of
The government’s plan to have a link road
residential and office blocks in the vicinity
snake around the foreshore from White Bay
are without basis”.
and join Victoria Road to feed tourists into
“Cruise terminals all around the world
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Cruises’ 2011-12 program Full details of pricing will be released soon,
said a spokesperson from the line’s
will soon be unveiled in the Australian representative, Wiltrans.
Australian market. RSSC claims to be the industry’s most
inclusive cruise line, with fares including all-
THE LUXURY FLEET OF SEVEN SEAS VOYAGER, suite accommodation, open bars, fine dining,
Where is the next boom area
Where area Mariner and Navigator will spend the shore excursions, nightly entertainment,
Northern Hemisphere’s autumn in the gratuities and taxes.
when it comes to cruising? Mediterranean and the Holy Land, followed See www.wiltrans.com.au.
by Egypt, India, Australia, New Zealand,
I don’t have a crystal ball to answer this
question but many people point in the
Asia, South America and the Caribbean.
Seven Seas Voyager will operate five Orion opens her doors
direction of South America. Mediterranean cruises next Oct and Nov,
On the west coast of South America, the with overnight calls in Jerusalem or Luxor.
first dedicated cruise passenger terminal is
Seven Seas Mariner will offer three Med
Valparaiso Terminal de Pasajeros S.A. (VTP)
itineraries before crossing the Atlantic for
– port for Santiago, the capital of Chile.
An excellent facility where the passenger three roundtrip cruises from Fort Lauderdale,
building, which forms part of the port Florida, to the Southern Caribbean.
facilities, consists of 4,200 sq meters of The ship then embarks on a 71-night
historical buildings (former warehouses of the circumnavigation of South America, which
old Port of Valparaiso) and offers all will also be split into four shorter segments.
amenities expected from international cruise Seven Seas Navigator will sail two Canada
passengers. and New England “foliage voyages” from
Valparaiso, located approximately 1hr and New York and Montreal, an 11-night Last week Orion Expedition Cruises
20 minutes drive from Santiago, is a “World Bermuda cruise, a series of Eastern and boutique 106-passenger Orion, called into
Heritage Site” and is referred to as the Western Caribbean cruises, and a three-week Sydney enroute to Melbourne, Eden
cultural capital of Chile. South America adventure, roundtrip from (maiden call) and Jervis Bay.
With many cruise lines offering Valparaiso Whilst in Sydney the Orion Expedition
as an embarkation port the opportunities to
spend time in the region either pre or post
Adults only Oriana team were kept busy escorting groups of
FROM 30 NOV 2011 P&O CRUISES UK 1,800- industry members and potential charter
cruise are endless.
passenger Oriana will be a child free zone, clients (including high powered politicians),
If you have clients considering a cruise
holiday in South America then contact ICCA with the cruise line announcing its decision to around Orion to get a feel for what she has
Associate member Condor Travel who are the make the vessel adults only. to offer.
leading ground operator in the region and With Oriana’s conversion, she will become Onboard, Orion’s Michael Corbett
can cater for all your pre and post cruise the third vessel in P&O’s fleet to be adults- told CW that the cruise line is in the
arrangements. only, alongside the 2,064-guest Arcadia and process of looking for its third vessel, but
For example, in Valparaiso, Condor have the 1,200 passenger Artemis (to be replaced gave no further selection or delivery
put together a walking excursion, where by the 710-passenger Adonia in May 2011). details, saying that the process “may take
visitors can delve into the city’s daily life, art The move has been prompted by the a while”.
galleries and its architectural heritage reduction in adults-only capacity which will Pictured above taking a quick photo
allowing them to fully appreciate one of the break from the tour is (from left) Orion’s
occur when the small ship Adonia replaces
continent’s most fascinating cities! Matthew Vince and Michael Corbett.
Artemis in May next year.
Or why not visit the Casablanca Valley,
home of Chile’s white wine industry and only
a 30 minute drive from Valparaiso.
Within the valley there is an abundance of
wineries where it is possible to enjoy some of
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Splendor cancellations Lindblad sells out Viking Legends
FOLLOWING A THOROUGH INSPECTION OF THE LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS HAS REPORTED THAT ITS
damage done to Carnival Splendor’s engine 2010/11 Antarctica season voyages onboard
room from a fire which broke out last week in its state-of-the-art expedition ship, the
the midst of a Mexico sailing, the cruise line National Geographic Explorer, have sold out.
has been forced to cancel all scheduled The first voyage of the season kicked off on
voyages from now through to her 09 Jan 22 Oct, taking guests from Ushuaia to the
departure. Falkland Islands and South Georgia, before
This move means that she will not re-enter returning to Ushuaia via the Falklands.
service until 16 Jan. As an added bonus for guests, the voyage
It is estimated that the cancellation of its was accompanied by National Geographic
festive season voyages will affect upwards of Alumni and world renowned American
20,000 passengers. astronaut, Buzz Aldrin (of Apollo 11 fame). Pictured above is Adi Schützeneder,
Guests booked on the cancelled cruises will MEANWHILE Lindblad has also recently GlobeNet Travel/Clean Cruising; Beth
receive a full refund of their cruise cost, plus released its 2011/12 program which includes Malcom, The Travel Studio; Teresia Fors,
a refund to the value of their air transport an 18-day Falklands and South Georgia Managing Director, Viking River Cruises
costs, and a future cruise credit worth 25% of voyage, as well as two 22-day Falklands, Australia & New Zealand; Robert Adams,
the value of their cruise fare. South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula Caboolture Travel Centre; Bob Malcom,
“We realise how much guests look forward expeditions. The Travel Studio, at Viking River Cruises’
to their vacations and know that they are As part of the release, Lindblad is offering Brisbane Legendary Cruise Night.
very disappointed by this news,” said Carnival a complementary roundtrip charter airfare Held to show support to the industry and
president and ceo Gerry Cahill. between Santiago and Ushuaia valued at up to showcase to travel agents how Viking
“We too are disheartened that we are not to US$2000 for all confirmed bookings for its can aid them in their selling efforts, the
able to fulfill the dreams of those who have 2011 Falklands and Georgia expedition Legendary Cruise Nights were held
entrusted us with their important vacation booked by 15 Dec. recently in Adelaide at the South
plans,” he added. According to Wild Earth Travel, the Australian Museum; Brisbane at the Urban
Carnival is currently in the midst of Australian and NZ regional representative for Hotel Panorama Bar; Melbourne onboard
contacting affected passengers and travel Lindblad, spots for the 2011/12 season are a chartered vessel decked out in Russian
agents, in a bid to alert them to the situation, filling up fast. theme; and in Sydney with a French
and to help them book in alternate holiday For further details contact Wild Earth Travel theme; as well as Perth at the Miss Maud
voyages. at email@example.com. Hotel.
According to Viking md Australia and
NZ, Teresia Fors, the feedback from the
evenings has been “very positive”.
Similar events are now slated to happen
across NZ over the coming weeks.
Agents who would like to partner with
Viking to put on a Legendary evening for a
select group of their clientele who may be
considering taking a European river cruise
should call (02) 9299 9220.
Australia’s first IMO rep
AUSTRALIA HAS APPOINTED ITS FIRST PERMANENT
representative to the International Maritime
Organization (IMO), the Australian High
Commissioner to the United Kingdom, HE
John Dauth LVO.
According to The Hon. Anthony Albanese,
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, this
appointment “formally demonstrates
Australia’s commitment to the IMO and its
important work in international maritime
safety, security and pollution prevention”.
As part of his duties as Australia’s
permanent representative to the IMO Dauth
will also spearhead Australia’s re-election
campaign to the IMO’s 40-member
Australia was one of the founding
members of the IMO.
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EXPLORE THE KIMBERLEY
Cruise3sixty places Harvey’s Choice agents take Pride in Hawaii
THE ICCA IS REMINDING AGENTS THAT THERE ARE
still places available for its Cruise3sixty Harvey’s Choice Holidays
conference which will be held in Florida from recently spoiled its top 50
13-17 Apr 2011. Australian agents (known also
The largest cruise conference in the world, as the Harvey’s Choice
Cruise3sixty is the official travel agency Holidays Legends) to a seven
conference of the cruise industry in North night voyage through the
America, operated by the Cruise Lines Hawaiian Islands onboard
International Association (sister to ICCA). Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Pride
The participation fee is $1,295 (land only), of America.
with a single supplement of $750. The lucky HWT agents
Registrations close 31 Dec see - enjoyed the full bounty of
www.cruising.org.au/cruise3sixty. Pride’s freestyle cruise offering
and worked their way through
Deliziosa deal the vessel’s cocktail list in true
COSTA CRUISES IS OFFERING A VERY LAST MINUTE
In addition to luxuriating
deal on its 10-night Mediterranean voyage
onboard Pride and
onboard Costa Deliziosa, departing 21 Nov.
participating in her many
The voyage takes in Savona, Egypt,
onboard entertainment options, agents were also treated to complimentary shore tours in
Cyprus, Turkey and Greece and is priced
Maui, Hilo, Kona and Kauai.
from $699pp (inside cabin), $766pp (outside
As an added bonus some agents bookended their cruise, all expenses paid, with stays in
cabin) and $816pp (outside cabin with
Las Vegas and Miami, making their reward trip last three weeks!
balcony)- see www.costacruises.com.au.
The agents are pictured above about to enjoy a cocktail party held in their honour, with
Pride’s Captain, Buz Radican, and Harvey’s Choice Holidays general manager, Alastair
Fernie (both front of photo).
St Kitts update MS Eden savings
CARNIVAL CRUISES HAS ISSUED A STATEMENT PASSENGERS WHO BOOK AND PAY FOR BEYOND
regarding the recent incident involving Travel’s eight-day 2011 Dalmatia itinerary
Europe Travel -
passengers cruising onboard Celebrity onboard MS Eden, before 31 Jan, will save
Mercury who were robbed at gunpoint whilst themselves 10% off the total cruise cost.
on an ‘Essential St. Kitts’ shore tour in the The voyage departs Split between May and
Caribbean Island of St Kitts (CW Tue).
CW Sep 2011, taking in Markasa, Korcula, Dubrovnik,
According to the cruise line, all the Mlijet and Hvar, and with the discount, is
and includes 15
passengers who were involved in the incident priced from $886- call 1300 363 554.
offers a detailed
have since been contacted by the Guest Care
Team, to offer assistance, if necessary.
Mexico’s money change
“The safety and wellbeing of our guests IN A BID TO STIFLE DRUG CARTEL MONEY
and crew members is always our top priority,” laundering, Mexican lawmakers have passed
the 18 ships
the statement said. new legislation which may make it tricky for
used, giving deck and cabin plans
“We will closely monitor the safety situation cruise guests to change money on shore.
in St. Kitts, and work with law enforcement The new rules mean that banks and
Also included are early bird discounts up
and government officials, which are taking money exchange bureaus can only change
to $4000 per couple with a bonus
steps to ensure the safety of everyone in St. up to US$1,500 from tourists into Mexican
Exclusive Flexi Bonus of $200 per couple
Kitts,” the statement added. pesos per month.
to spend as they wish.
Four suspects have so far been There is however no limit to how many
Six pages are dedicated to the Exclusive
apprehended by police in St. Kitts. pesos tourists can withdraw from their bank
Extensions offering a 10% discount for
MEANWHILE the incident prompted the account via their ATM card.
bookings paid in full by 31 Oct.
rerouting of two St Kitts port calls to Antigua The new laws also stipulate that retail
More information is available by calling
this week by Carnival Miracle and Grand businesses can only take transactions of
1300 668 844.
Princess. $100 or under.
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Avalon’s earlybirds Uniworld’s free wi-fi
AVALON WATERWAYS EARLYBIRD DEALS INCLUDE UNIWORLD BOUTIQUE RIVER CRUISES IS NOW
discounts on nine European river cruises offering free internet access onboard its
running from Mar to Jul 2011. entire fleet for 2011.
Cruises included in the deal range in Guests will be able to access the
length upwards of 12 days, and are on sale complimentary internet on their own personal
until 15 Dec, or until they sell out. laptops as well as via Uniworld’s Internet
Earlybird discounts have been applied to Corners, which are essentially computer
voyages including the 14-day Windmills, stations that allow guests to send and receive
Vineyards and Paris cruise departing 13 Jun, emails as well as access the web. FLORIDA GETS MORE GUNS.
and featuring a two-night stay in Paris, and “Being able to share your holiday Cruisers to Florida may be seeing more
cruising from Luxembourg through Germany, experiences with family and friends back guns in the hands of locals, after a car
Belgium, Holland & Amsterdam, from $4,456. home is an important aspect of travel,” said dealership promised to buy each
Other cruises also featured in the deal John Molinaro, general manager, Uniworld customer who purchased a truck, their
include a 16-day Grand France voyage Boutique River Cruises. very own AK-47 rifle.
departing 19 Apr from Paris to Rouen from Ships which will offer the complimentary Since the announcement, sales at the
$6,020pp; and a 15-day Magnificent wi-fi include: River Empress, River Princess, car yard have more than doubled.
Europe cruise departing 24 Apr from River Countess, River Duchess, River Queen, Rather than have a stock of AK-47s on
Amsterdam to Budapest from $5,144pp. River Beatrice, River Antoinette, River hand, the manager of the dealership
See www.avalonwaterways.com.au. Baroness, River Ambassador, and River Royale. simply hands out gun vouchers to be
redeemed at the local gun store.
“I don’t think it sends the wrong
message,” the dealership owner, Nick
“You don’t need to buy a truck to go
As the UK’s leading online cruise agency we are looking to expand the team of our and buy an AK-47.
flagship Australian operation in North Sydney, due to growth in demand. “There is a long line of people just
We are urgently seeking to recruit for the following roles: waiting to buy trucks and my buyer is
absolutely a gun owner, no question,” he
Marketing Manager added.
In this newly created role you will be required to drive the development of our key PERHAPS HE SHOULD HAVE CONSIDERED
channels. You will be responsible for developing and executing plans that will utilising the waterways?
increase awareness, traffic, conversion and booking levels in line with our overall Police in China were shocked after they
commercial objectives. discovered a truck carrying two smaller
To succeed in this exciting role you must have previous marketing management trucks stacked on top of it (see below).
experience, preferably with extensive cruise product knowledge, be highly The officers went in search of the
motivated and analytical with a ‘can do’ attitude. The successful candidate will offending truck, after concerned
play a key role in shaping the success and future direction of the business. motorists on the Shi’an Highway called
to report sighting a three truck stack
Reservation Agents driving toward Beijing.
Soon after being dispatched the
As a Cruise Reservation Agent you will be responsible for actioning online officers located the strange convoy, and
bookings, calls and email requests from direct customers and travel partners, pulled the driver over.
packaging and selling Cruise Holidays and answering questions relating to a range According to reports, the driver told
of travel products. police that he had picked the three
It is essential that you have at least 12 months experience in a reservation or trucks up from the Hubei Province 600
retail/wholesale travel consulting role, exceptional customer service skills, miles from where he was picked up.
preferably with extensive cruise and air product knowledge and fully conversant His goal was to drive them from
with Galileo, Amadeus and Microsoft Office. Hubei, where he had ordered and
This is an exciting time to join an innovative International organisation and purchased them, and drive them to
become an integral part of establishing and developing the Australian operation. Beijing, where they would be deployed.
So if you are a bright, enthusiastic individual with a proven track record and He decided to stack them and drive
genuine interest in the cruise industry then we look forward to hearing from you. them together to save on fuel and tolls,
but assured the police that he was
Please send your expression of interest and CV to “driving carefully”.
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