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					                                                                                                                       TUESDAY 28TH JUNE 2011


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                                                                                                  Editors: Louise Goldsbury & Amanda Collins

P&O launches controversial contest                                                                    Plan your RCCL summer
                                                                                                        ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE LINES IS ENCOURAGING
                                                  getting to a destination,” said Jenny Lourey,       Aussie cruisers to plan ahead for their 2012
A reality TV-style campaign                       senior vice president of Carnival Australia.        European summer cruise holiday to avoid
will see Australia’s most                           “They’re exactly the kind of people we            disappointment, with 2012 cruises onboard
                                                  want to enter this competition,” she added.         Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and
reluctant cruisers filmed                           Australian residents need to upload a             Azamara Club Cruises proving very popular.
at sea.                                           video or photos accompanied by 200 words              “European cruises have always been popular
   P&O HAS CREATED A COMPETITION TO LURE          explaining their reservations about cruising.       with Australians and this year, Australian
‘landlubbers’ to experience their first cruise,     The best entries will win the free cruise for     bookings on Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises
which will be filmed and broadcast on the         two adults, or a family of two adults and two       and Azamara Club cruises are ahead of plan
internet.                                         children, with P&O filming their experiences        in both rate and volume,” said Adam
   The campaign will target people who are        onboard.                                            Armstrong, Commercial Manager, Royal
afraid of cruising, worried about seasickness       The footage will be available for the public      Caribbean Cruises Limited (Australia).
or simply hate the idea of a holiday at sea.      to view on the P&O Australia website, as               Overall, next year Royal Caribbean will
   The cruise line plans to send the top six      well as the P&O Cruises YouTube channel.            visit 101 ports in 34 countries, whilst Celebrity
entrants – and their companions or families         “We’re confident that once we put people          will visit 70 ports in 22 countries and Azamara
– on a nine-night Pacific Islands voyage to       with such doubts on a cruise they’ll change         will stop at 105 ports across 27 countries.
face, and hopefully conquer, their fears.         their perception of cruising – and by                 Season prices start at $1379 for a 12-night
   “We know from our research that some           producing videos on their experiences we’ll         Mediterranean Greek Isles Serenade of the
people hesitate to take a cruise because          help change the minds of thousands of               Seas cruise, $2,579 for 14 nights through
they are concerned about getting seasick.         others,” Lourey said.                               Scandinavia and Russia onboard Celebrity
   “Others think they’ll be bored, and there        Entries open today, with the cruise line          Eclipse and $3,599 for a British Isles in
are some who don’t want to spend days             calling for recruits through newspaper ads          Bloom cruise onboard Azamara Journey.
                                                  as well as through its website, blog and               See your travel agent for details.
                                                  Facebook pages.
                                                    The competition closes at 11:59pm (EST)
                                                  on 24 July 2011.
                                                    For details, see
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                                                  Olympic ship plans barely afloat
                                                  Cruise lines are yet to confirm                  the most sense to fill the demand there,
 SYDNEY                                                                                            rather than keep chasing an Olympic charter,”
 Pacific Sun                 Fri 01 Jul           involvement in London’s                          said Julie Denovan, SeaDream’s Director of
 Pacific Pearl
         Pearl               Fri 01 Jul                                                            Business Development in Australia.
                                                  2012 Olympic Games.                                Other lines, such as Silversea, will have
 Pacific Jewel               Sun 03 Jul
                                                                                                   ships in the UK at the time but with no
 BRISBANE                                           DURING THE OLYMPICS PERIOD NEXT YEAR, CRUISE
                                                                                                   specific Olympics plans.
 Pacific Dawn                Sat 02 Jul           ships were expected to serve as ‘floating
                                                                                                     The Olympic Games are scheduled to take
                                                  hotels’ to help boost the number of beds for
American Safari Cruises                           tourists in London, but so far there is only
                                                                                                   place in London from 27 July until 12
                                                                                                   August 2012.
new 2012-13 program features a large line-          German line, Peter Deilmann, will berth
up of all-inclusive luxury voyages through        the MS Deutschland at West India Docks,
Alaska, the Hawaiian Islands, Sea of Cortes,
Columbia and Snake Rivers.
                                                  near the Olympic stadium, offering three
                                                  nights’ accommodation for £4,336 per             Huge Le Boat savings
                                                  person – not including entry to sporting           EUROPEAN CANAL CRUISE OPERATOR LE BOAT HAS
  The program also includes a new roundtrip
                                                  events.                                          reduced the one-way charter price of selected
Seattle itinerary which takes guests to the
                                                    The 298-cabin art deco-style ship offered      boats by 50% during Jun, Jul and Aug.
San Juan Islands, Princess Louisa Inlet and
                                                  similar facilities in Greece during the Athens      In addition, return charters are being
into British Columbia, Canada.
                                                  Games in 2008.                                   discounted between 10%-40% between Jun
  The program is detailed in the company’s
                                                    Azamara Club Cruises is believed to be         and Oct.
new 2012 - May 2013 brochure which
                                                  waiting on approval to have one of its ships       “If you want to immerse yourself into the
features itinerary and pricing details.
                                                  docked on the Thames, but nothing has            country, culture and people then travelling
  For a copy of the brochure, see your travel
                                                  been confirmed.                                  along the canals of Europe is one of the best
agent, or CLICK HERE
                                                    “Azamara continues to discuss various          ways to do it,” said Head of Distribution for
                                                  options with the organisers of the London        Le Boat Australia & Asia/Pacific, Mark Windsor.
                                                  Olympics,” a company spokesperson told             “No experience is necessary to skipper one
                                                  Cruise Weekl
                                                  Cruise Weekly.                                   of these boats and with options such as
                                                    SeaDream Yacht Club recently gave up its       bicycles, BBQs and Welcome packs for any
                                                  search for an Olympics charter and last          occasion adds to the whole experience of the
                                                  week announced a replacement program for         freedom of cruising as well as being able to
                                                  Europe, adding longer Mediterranean              venture into the many villages along the
                                                  voyages and new itineraries in Turkey,           waterways,” Windsor added.
                                                  Greece, Croatia and the Black Sea.                 Discounts are subject to availability, and
                                                    “Given that our most consistently popular      bookings must be made by 30 Jun.
                                                  destination is the Mediterranean, it made          See for details.

                                                          You are cordially invited to discover Antarctica
                                                    Cruisers considering an Antarctic adventure may want to take Orion Expedition Cruises
                                                  up on an invite to its Centenary Antarctica Information Event, designed to give attendees
                                                  an insight into the region and Orion’s upcoming expeditions to Antarctica and the sub-
                                                  Antarctic Islands.
                                                    Orion will host two information events on Tuesday 05 July at Sydney’s Australian
                                                  National Maritime Museum (which is currently holding a ‘Scott’s Last Expedition’ exhibition
                                                  sponsored by Orion), the first of which will be held between 2-4pm and the second
                                                  between 6-8pm.
                                                    In addition to a fun and informative evening, guests will also enjoy a range of
                                                  complimentary canapes and beverages.
                                                    To register call 1300 361 012.
                                                                                               Orion guests discovering Antarctic wildlife in a zodiac

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QM2 fails inspection
  CUNARD’S QUEEN MARY 2 HAS FAILED A VOLUNTARY                             New terminal for Greenwich, London
health inspection, which was conducted by
US Centres for Disease Control inspectors                                  by Louise Goldsbury
whilst she was docked in New York on 10
June.                                                     The Mayor of London recently gave final approval for a cruise terminal to be built in
  According to reports, inspectors marked               Greenwich in time for the 2012 Olympic Games.
QM2 84 out of 100 (anything less than 86 is               Construction is due to start later this year
a fail), which is in stark contrast from her            at Enderby Wharf, and the facility will
past scores of 95 and above.                            eventually include a hotel, homes, a public
  The reasons for the failure, as noted by              square and even a new street.
inspectors, included filthy Minnows splash                Although ships can currently moor at
pool water and numerous food and beverage               Greenwich, or upstream at Tower Bridge if
safety violations such as soiled beer lines,            they are small enough, there is no berth at
cockroaches in a food storage area and food             either location.
and bar utensils stored alongside used pool               As the first international cruise liner
towels and maintenance tools.                           terminal on the Thames, Greenwich will be
  Responding to the CDC’s report Cunard                 able to accommodate vessels up to 240
said that the issues were confined to a small           metres long (about the length of a P&O Australia ship) with a maximum capacity of
section of QM2, and that all the issues had             1500 passengers.
now been addressed and corrected.                       Maritime attractions
  Cunard also said that it had redefined                   I spent a few days in the area to check out its potential for a pre-cruise or post-cruise
some crew roles to establish accountability,            stay.
and has also stepped up crew training to                   First of all, Greenwich is easy to reach from the city centre by public transport: it is
avoid any similar incidences in the future.             accessible by Dockland Light Rail as well as express overland British Rail trains.
                                                           From Heathrow, the journey can be cumbersome with luggage as you need to switch
                                                        lines from the Tube; by taxi, it costs about £50 ($80) which is worth it after the long
Have your maritime say                                  flight from Australia.
                                                           Regular riverboat services are also available to Greenwich from Westminster,
  AUSTRALIANS NOW HAVE A CHANCE TO VOICE THEIR          Embankment, London Bridge, Bankside and Tower Piers.
say on the final shape of the nation’s                     The new terminal will be within walking distance of the local attractions: the National
maritime industry laws, via the                         Maritime Museum, which houses the Maritime Galleries, the Royal Observatory and
announcement of several public                          Planetarium, and the 17th-century Queen’s House.
consultations hosted by officials from the                 All of these venues are on the same block and can be visited in one day if you start
Australian Maritime Safety Authority.                   early enough.
  In 2012 the Australian Maritime Safety                   The main museum building (free entry) has fantastic displays including the
Authority will become the national regulator            ‘Waterline’ exhibition of historic cruise photography from 1925-1970.
of all commercial vessels, wielding a set of               You can also stand on the (imaginary) prime meridian line, where the longitude is 0°
nationwide laws (which will replace 50                  and which the International Date Line and Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) follows.
different pieces of state and territory legislation).      For a second day out, take a walk along the river to Christopher Wren’s Old Naval
  The forums will allow the public to have              College and the Painted Hall.
their say on the formation and articulation of             Then continue on to the world’s last tea clipper, the 140-year-old Cutty Sark, which
the new nationwide legislation, which will              re-opens to the public next spring after major conservation work.
cover (amongst other things) cruise vessel                 There is a definite maritime theme in Greenwich – and what a wonderfully nautical
design, construction, and certification                 way to extend your cruise holiday on land.
  The forums kick off today in Sydney from                            Greenwich
                                                        How to see Greenwich
1pm at the Sydney Masonic Centre                          To sail in the UK before the Olympics madness, Voyages of Discovery has an 11-night
Conference & Function Centre; followed by 5             ‘Heritage of the British Isle’ cruise from London to Portsmouth, departing 26 May 2012,
July at the Fremantle Sailing Club 2-6pm; 7             which will anchor off Greenwich for the celebrations marking Queen Elizabeth II’s
July in Darwin between 2.30-7pm at the                  diamond jubilee.
Mantra Pandanas Hotel.                                                                                     See
  Forums will also be held in Hobart on 25                                                                 For details about Greenwich’s
July 1-7pm, at the Hobart Function &                                                                    attractions, see
Conference Centre; Adelaide on 28 July 2-                                                      and
5pm at the Stamford Grand Adelaide and in                                                     
Port Lincoln on 29 July between 2-5pm at the
                                                                                                         Where to stay
Port Lincoln Hotel.
                                                                                                           Novotel Greenwich has free internet in
  Details for Queensland and Victorian
                                                                                                         the lobby, a gym and restaurant.
forums are yet to be revealed.
                                                                                                           Discounts and free breakfast are
  For more information about the
                                                                                                         offered for two-night stays, and you can
consultation process, go to:
                                                                                                         book online at
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Orion II faces down quake European cruise popularity
Expeditions after its newest fleet member,                                          enjoying a cruise boom, with figures from the
fresh from being delivered and on her                                               European Cruise Council showing that the
inaugural voyage, encountered a 7.3                                                 cruise industry is the only European tourism
magnitude earthquake whilst sailing in the                                          sector that is enjoying “substantial growth”.
Aleutian Islands (North Pacific Ocean).                                                The ECC’s claims are backed by impressive
  Striking 64kms SW off Amukta Island,                                              figures which show that last year 5.5 million
Alaska, the earthquake was swiftly followed                                         Europeans took a cruise, a figure which is up
by official tsunami warnings.                                                       by 10% on 2009 results, and represents 30%                                               PEOPLE LIKE THE SLOW PACE.
  According to reports, Orion II was around                                         of cruise passengers worldwide.                                                            In an age where television plots move as
26 miles from the epicentre of the quake.                                                                                                                                    fast as free furniture on the side of the
  Onboard guests and crew reported
noticeable shuddering, however perhaps in
                                                                                    Radiant cruise specials                                                                  road, it is refreshing to find one TV station,
                                                                                                                                                                             albeit on the other side of the world in
testament to the sturdy character of the                                              TO CELEBRATE RADIANCE OF THE SEAS’ MAIDEN                                              Norway, embracing a slower approach.
vessel, there were no injuries to anyone                                            season Down Under, Royal Caribbean Cruises is                                              Streamed live for a total of 8040
                                                                                    offering discounts on a selection of sailings,                                           minutes straight, Norwegians responded
onboard and an inspection of the ship’s
                                                                                    with some cruises reduced by up to $1,000.                                               surprisingly well to the station’s live
tanks and void areas revealed no signs of
                                                                                     Between 2011/12 Radiance will offer four                                                coverage of a Hurtigruten Norwegian
leakage, whilst all systems were found to be
                                                                                    14-night New Zealand voyages departing                                                   coastal voyage onboard MMS Nordnorge.
working normally.
                                                                                    roundtrip from Sydney on 20 November, 04                                                   Cameras across the ship recorded
  According to reports no Aleutian Island
                                                                                    December, 15 January and 29 January.                                                     passengers on deck, the sights, nearby
residents were hurt during the quake, and
                                                                                      The voyages are now priced from                                                        boat traffic, and officers on the bridge.
the tsunami warning has since been cancelled.
                                                                                    $1,599pp for an inside cabin (previously                                                   Around a quarter of Norway’s
  Having suffered no damage, Orion II is
                                                                                    $1,999pp), and $2,499pp for a balcony                                                    population tuned in at some point to the
continuing her voyage to Adak, with all
                                                                                    cabin (a saving of nearly $1,000).                                                       broadcast, with some staying glued for up
passengers having been advised of the                                                                                                                                        to seven hours in one sitting.
earthquake’s occurrence.                                                              See your travel agent for details.

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