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                                                                       ‘Tremendous amount of surprise being provided’
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New Disney cruise ship aims to please everybody                                                                                                                                                                                                         friday, january 28, 2011

PORT CANAVERAL, Florida, Jan 27,                                                                                                                 called the Oceaneer Club promises to             pool shows cartoons and drives the rau-           airport inquiry tel: 161
(AP): The christening ceremony, com-                                                                                                             keep kids stimulated while parents relax         cous “Pirates of the Caribbean” deck
plete with elaborate musical number, fire-                                                                                                       by a quiet pool or pull up a bar stool in        party.                                            www.kuwait-airport.com.kw
works and a 16-foot (4.8-meter) cham-                                                                                                            one of the chic clubs in an adults-only             This ship also has more entertainment
pagne bottle, was typical in-your-face
Disney. The best attributes of the compa-
                                                                                                                                                 area called The District. The Oceaneer
                                                                                                                                                 Club’s 103-inch (260-centimeter) plasma
                                                                                                                                                                                                  for ‘tweens and teens, a demographic that
                                                                                                                                                                                                  was not as engaged as younger kids on            ✔      BERLIN: Deutsche Lufthansa
ny’s newest cruise ship, though, are not                                                                                                         TV screen shows movies, but also offers          Disney’s other two ships, said Carolyn           AG says it will start using Airbus
quite so over-the-top.                                                                                                                           interactions with an animated character,         Spencer Brown, editor-in-chief of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   A380 superjumbo jets on its route
   Oh, the 4,000-passenger Disney                                                                                                                the surfer-dude sea turtle Crush from                                                             from Frankfurt to San Francisco start-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  CruiseCritic.com. As a result, Brown             ing in May.
Dream certainly has some wows, like a                                                                                                            “Finding Nemo.” In a neat show of                said, Disney was losing families with
765-foot (235-meter) “water coaster”                                                                                                             Disney innovation, Crush appears to hold                                                             The company said in a statement
                                                                                                                                                                                                  kids older than 10 to some of the other          Thursday that from May 10 its daily
whose clear tubes wind and twist above                                                                                                           spontaneous conversations with guests,           lines.
the highest decks, but the Disney whimsy                                                                                                         responding appropriately to whatever                                                              flights will be able to carry up to 526
                                                                                                                                                                                                     The Dream carved out a larger, cooler,
here is more understated than you might                                                                                                          they might say.                                  no-parents-allowed space for teens con-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   passengers -- 420 in economy, 98 in
expect. Art deco interiors and other clas-                                                                                                          Crush is also the star of an interactive      nected to a private sun deck. The                business and eight in first class.
sic touches in common areas hark back to                                                                                                         experience in an assigned-seat dinner            Oceaneer Lab is chock-full of video                 Lufthansa says it will be the first
a time when only the very wealthy could                                                                                                          restaurant called the Animator’s Palate,                                                          airline to have regular flights with an
                                                                                                                                                 working the room on huge video screens           games and other technology for ‘tweens.
afford to sail on ocean liners. From the                                                                                                                                                             “I think that was the one thing they          A380 in and out of San Francisco
atrium’s massive chandelier to the plush                                                                                                         with other “Nemo” characters and mar-                                                             International Airport.
                                                                                                                                                 veling at diners in the “human tank.” In         really had to nail,” Brown said.
theater, it is a grand display.                                                                                                                                                                      Food in family dining areas is above-            The airline currently uses its A380
                                                                                                                                                 22 other places around the Dream,                                                                 fleet to link its main hub, Frankfurt
           Accommodations                                                                                                                        “enchanted art” on walls comes alive             average, with fancy date-night experi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  ences available for an extra charge in           Airport, to Johannesburg, Beijing
   “The goal was to create an experience         This undated photo courtesy of David Roark for Disney shows the 4,000-pas-                      when guests approach, thanks to nifty
for all generations: for people who come                                                                                                                                                          ship-top French and Italian restaurants.         and Tokyo. Flights to New York are
                                                 senger Disney Dream cruise ship. The Disney Dream, the company’s newest                         video techniques and motion detectors.                                                            planned from February onward. (AP)
with grandparents and great-grandpar-            cruise ship, offers modern features, new innovations and unmistakable                              “Technology is an enabler throughout             The Disney Dream, carrying 40 per-
ents, for people who come without chil-
dren,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said in an
                                                                           Disney touches. (AP)                                                  the entire ship,” Disney Cruise Line
                                                                                                                                                 President Karl Holz said. “It brings the
                                                                                                                                                                                                  cent more passengers than either of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                  two existing ships in the fleet, is sailing      ✔ SINGAPORE: Asian budget carri-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  three-, four- and five-night cruises to the      ers are increasingly using social net-
interview with The Associated Press last           Still, the Disney brand is never far          equipped with “virtual portholes” provid-       ship to life in many, many different                                                              works like Facebook to boost their
week on one of the Dream’s first trips out       away. Blankets, bedside light fixtures and      ing live views outside the ship. But the        ways.”                                           Bahamas and Disney’s private island. Its         business and even channel customer
of Port Canaveral. “I think everybody            bath towels bear silhouettes of Mickey          innovative video feed is not just sea and          The backdrop for an adult bar called          twin, the Disney Fantasy, is due to be           criticism, without resort to print
takes out of it what they want, but I think      Mouse. The 150 inside staterooms, typi-         sky; it is embellished by the occasional        Skyline is a huge faux window offering           delivered to Port Canaveral next year.           advertising, industry chiefs said
we’re providing a tremendous amount of           cally the cheapest accommodations on a          appearance of Disney characters.                pictures of big-city skylines. A massive         They are the first new ships since Disney        Thursday.
surprise, too.”                                  ship because they lack windows, are               A technology-filled children’s area           video screen over the main swimming              Cruise Line launched in 1998.                       Singapore-based Tiger Airways,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   which already has a Facebook
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   account, plans to expand its social
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   media team as it looks increasingly to
                                        Travel                                                                                                                                                                                                     the Internet to drive its marketing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   campaign, its chief executive told a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   low-cost airline conference in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Singapore.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tony Davis, who has overseen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Tiger's rapid regional expansion since
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   2005, said print media now barely fig-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ured in his company's marketing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   budget.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "What I have seen in terms of mar-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   keting budgets over the last few years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   is we spent almost nothing now on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   print," Davis said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "Spending money on print advertis-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ing just seems so old-school now, so
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   why do it? We spend nearly all our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   marketing budget on online media."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Davis said the issue now is whether
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   companies are willing to embrace new
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   technology.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "Using things like Facebook helps
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   you reduce cost because it's cheaper
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   than putting an ad (in a newspaper)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   every week," he said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Azran Osman-Rani, chief executive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of Malaysia's long-haul budget airline
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   AirAsia X, said social media served
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   as an interactive medium between
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   passengers and carriers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "Once you have got a sufficient
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   size, you got to realise you have to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   keep customers coming back to you,"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   he said at the same conference.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "You got to be able to engage with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   them and there is only so much com-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   munication you can do with just put-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ting ads in the newspapers," Azran
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "People today are expecting a dia-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   logue and it's incredible how much
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   more loyalty you can build, even with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   customers that are upset with you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   when you give them a channel to air
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   their grievances." (AFP)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ✔     TOKYO: A tourism organization
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   says the number of foreign tourists to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Japan rose to a record high in 2010 on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the back of booming demand from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Asia but still fell short of target.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Japan National Tourism
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Organization said Thursday a record
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   8.61 million foreign tourists came to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Japan last year, up 26.8 percent from a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   year earlier.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The figure fell short of Japan's goal
This computer generated image courtesy of Oceania Cruises shows a rendering of the Ralph Lauren Home furnished Owner’s Suite onboard Oceania Cruises’ Marina. The just-launched Oceania Marina,                                                    of bringing in 10 million foreign
  which arrives in Miami on Feb 4, is getting attention for suites featuring Ralph Lauren Home furnishings, 16 Picassos in its onboard art collection, and 10 restaurants for its 1,250 passengers. (AP)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   tourists by 2010.
                                                                                           Wave season gets underway                                                                                                                                  The number of tourists from South
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Korea soared 54 percent to 2.4 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   last year, accounting for nearly 30
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   percent of all foreign visitors to Japan.


Most popular time to book a cruise
NEW YORK, Jan 27, (AP): River cruising           last, with consumers on average reserving       the Caribbean. Highlights include an            Instead of thousands of passengers, there           Mazatlan: Disney Cruise Line has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The number of Chinese tourists
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   jumped 40 percent to a record 1.4 mil-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   lion.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The organization also said that the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   number of tourists from Malaysia,
is finding its niche as an alternative to        cruises about 5.8 months in advance, up         extensive aqua park called WaterWorks           might be a mere 150. And while main-             become the latest cruise line to shift its       Singapore and Thailand rose to a
mainstream cruises and megaships. Cruise         from 4.5 months in 2009, according to a         and a pub with a private label beer brewed      stream cruises charge for excursions or          Mexican itinerary due to concerns about          record high. (AP)
lines are thinking twice about port calls in
Mazatlan, Mexico. And a new port is due
                                                 survey of more than 500 travel agents con-
                                                 ducted by the Cruise Lines International
                                                                                                 just for Carnival, ThirstyFrog Red.
                                                                                                    River Cruising: River cruises carry
                                                                                                                                                 activities in port, on European river cruises,
                                                                                                                                                 excursions are included in the price, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                  violence, saying that its seven-night
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mexican Riviera trips will no longer stop        ✔       MADRID: China has replaced
to open in Jamaica soon.                         Association, CLIA represents 25 cruise          about 300,000 people a year, according to       might range from a walking tour of a small       in Mazatlan. Holland America also can-           Spain as the world's third most visited
   Those are some of the headlines from          lines, including major brands such as           Patrick Clark, managing director of             village to a cultural experience in Vienna to    celed a port call in late January in             country, behind France and the United
the cruise industry for 2011 as “wave sea-       Carnival, Celebrity, Cunard, Crystal,           Avalon Waterways. That’s just a fraction        sightseeing in the south of France.              Mazatlan “in response to recent incidents        States, figures from the UN World
son” — the most popular time of year to          Holland America, Norwegian, Princess,           of the passengers that take mainstream             “They’re fun; you get to know every-          of violence,” the cruise line said in a state-   Tourism        Organisation       showed
book a cruise — gets underway.                   and Royal Caribbean.                            cruises, but the industry has been growing      body,” said Heidi Allison-Shane, spokes-         ment, though it made no commitment               Wednesday.
   “I’ve always likened wave season to              New Ships: Fourteen ships are new to         about 10 percent a year since 2003, Clark       woman for CruiseCompete.com. “On                 either way for the future.                          China had 55.98 million interna-
Black Friday,” said Jennifer Gaines, con-        the CLIA fleet this year, including the just-   said, with Avalon’s growth higher, at 50        some trips, you can even rent a bike in port        Bob Sharak, executive vice president of       tional arrivals last year, up 10 percent,
tributing editor for Travelocity. “It’s by far   launched Disney Dream, already attracting       percent.                                        and meet the ship at the next port.” One         marketing for CLIA, said that while some         edging past Spain, which received
the most popular time of year to book a          praise for technology and design features          The appeal of the river ships, in part, is   itinerary CruiseCompete.com is offering          ships have pulled out of Mexico’s west           some 53 million foreign tourists, a
cruise because the cruise lines drop their       like a water coaster and virtual portholes,     an experience that’s completely different       for 2011 is a “Christmas market” river           coast altogether, other Mexican destina-         rise of 1.4 percent, according to fig-
prices. More than one-third of cruisers          which stream video of sea and sky to win-       from a modern megaship. “It’s gourmet-          cruise on Ama Waterways, with holiday            tions — like Cozumel in the Yucatan —            ures released by the Madrid-based
book during wave season.” A cruise sale at       dowless staterooms. Also getting attention      oriented, good service, nice accommoda-         shopping stops in places like Vienna and         remain popular for port calls.                   body.
Travelocity through Feb. 10 offers 65 per-       is its specialty restaurant, the Remy, which    tions,” said Motter, of CruiseMates.com.        Nuremberg, Germany.                                 New Terminals: Falmouth, Jamaica’s               France remained in top spot, with
cent off brochure prices on trips taken          charges $75 for meals. While many ships                                                                                                          new port, is scheduled to open in late           78.95 million visitors, followed by the
through Aug. 31. Many other travel agents        now feature fees for special meals, typical-                                                                                                     February. The town is located between the        United States with 60.88 million, up
and cruise sellers also offer discounts and      ly the cost is $25 or $30. CruiseCritic.com                                                                                                      popular resort cities of Montego Bay and         2.8 percent and 10.9 percent respec-
deals that may not be available later in the     editor in chief Carolyn Spencer Brown said                                                                                                       Ocho Rios, and its port will accommodate         tively.
year.                                            $75 is “the highest” such fee on any ship.                                                                                                       megaships like Royal Caribbean’s massive
   Here are some details on what’s new in           Also just launched is the 1,250-passen-                                                                                                       6,300-passenger Oasis of the Seas.                  In 2008, the United States overtook
bookings, launchings and other cruise            ger Oceania Marina, which arrives in                                                                                                                San Diego is also home to a new termi-        Spain to become the number two des-
trends for the coming year.                      Miami Feb. 4. Paul Motter, editor of                                                                                                             nal that opened in December and is               tination.
   Booking Trends: Travelocity’s year-           CruiseMates.com, said Marina sounds                                                                                                              designed to accommodate large new ships,            The UNWTO said previously that
over-year data on cruise prices shows that       “impressive,” with “the largest staterooms                                                                                                       unlike the city’s original terminal. But the     global tourism rebounded strongly
overall, consumers should be prepared to         at sea on average, 10 dining venues large-                                                                                                       opening of the new terminal comes at a           from the economic crisis, jumping 6.7
pay a little more to cruise this year than       ly coordinated by culinary icon Jacques                                                                                                          time when departures to Mexico from              percent in 2010 on the back of strong
last. In 2009, the average price per person      Pepin, a spa by Canyon Ranch and state-                                                                                                          Southern California are declining, so the        growth in emerging economies, such
for a seven-night Caribbean cruise on            room amenities by Ralph Lauren.”                                                                                                                 port district expects half as many passen-       as China.
Travelocity was $922. The average price             Spencer Brown said the Marina will                                                                                                            gers this year as last.                             "It is clear that the strong players of
for a similar trip dropped to $844 last year,    help carve out a new category of ships,                                                                                                             Philadelphia’s cruise terminal, mean-         Asia are going to continue to be the
but is back up to $874 for the coming year.      which she described as “less expensive                                                                                                           while, is closing, with just two ships           strong players, not only China, but
   Luxury cruising, meanwhile, has               than high-end luxury cruising, but more                                                                                                          expected to call in 2011.                        particularly       China,"      UNWTO
become a little more affordable, with more       upscale than a mainstream cruise, with                                                                                                              Alaska: Cruise visits to Alaska are on        Secretary-General Taleb Rifai said
deals being offered by high-end lines. For       smaller ships.” Ten to 19-night sailings on     This computer generated image courtesy of Carnival Cruise Lines shows a                          the rise. Among the ships joining the
example, for 2011 bookings, Regent               the Marina in Europe and the Caribbean                                                                                                           Alaska market will be Disney Wonder,             last week.
                                                                                                 rendering of the WaterWorks park on the Carnival Cruise Lines Magic cruise                                                                           "The world is changing, the geopol-
Seven Seas Cruises includes free                 start at $1,499 a person.                       ship. In May, Carnival Cruise Lines launches Carnival Magic, a 3,690-pas-                        which plans 18 seven-night cruises from
overnight accommodations at deluxe                  May will see the launch of Carnival          senger ship that will sail Mediterranean itineraries through October, and then                   Vancouver, Canada, beginning May 3.              itics of the world is changing, the cen-
hotels before every European cruise.             Magic, a 3,690-passenger ship sailing the       will reposition to Galveston, Texas, for Caribbean trips. The Magic’s highlights                 “Disney going into Alaska is huge,” said         tres of gravity are changing and we
   Booking windows for cruises are not           Mediterranean through October and sail-         include an extensive aqua park called WaterWorks and a pub with a private                        Spencer Brown of CruiseCritic.com. “It           can't expect tourism to be away from
expected to change this year compared to         ings after that out of Galveston, Texas, to               label beer brewed just for Carnival, ThirstyFrog Red. (AP)                             gives Alaska a real shot in the arm.”            that." (AFP)

				
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