TUESDAY 28TH JUNE 2011
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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.
The competition closes at 11:59pm (EST)
on 24 July 2011.
For details, see www.pocruises.com.au/
CRUISE SALE WEEK TODAY’S CRUISE WEEKLY
Welcome to today’s consumer issue of
EXTRA ON BOARD CREDIT Cruise Weekly, featuring four pages of
cruise news and photos.
Orion unveils its 2012
$300 PER CABIN ORION EXPEDITION CRUISES HAS JUST RELEASED ITS
PLUS HALF PRICE 2012 brochure which covers Orion and
Orion II voyages stretching from Antarctica,
DEPOSITS to the Russian Far East, Borneo, Vietnam,
Thailand, Cambodia, the Inland Sea of
Japan, Korea, China and Micronesia, the
P&O CRUISES Kimberley Coast, Arnhem Land, Great
PRINCESS CRUISES Barrier Reef, The Spice Islands, NZ, and
CARNIVAL SPIRIT Papua New Guinea.
The brochure details 69 voyages to 17
countries with highlights including new
Orion New Zealand and Bay of Island
On Selected Cruises and Cabins
voyages, as well as Orion II’s new cruises to
the islands of Micronesia, and themed
adventures such as the Art of Japan and
FARES FROM $699 Culinary Voyage of Japan.
28 JUNE TO 4 JULY Next year, for the first time ever, Orion
Expeditions will also sail in China, taking in
the Yangtze Delta (Kobe to Shanghai) and
www.justcruises.com.au Shanghai to Tawau, as well as an inaugural
visit to Java.
1800 284 112 For details, or to grab a copy see your travel
agent, or visit www.orionexpeditions.com.
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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
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
YACHTING SPECIALIST, AMERICAN SAFARI CRUISES’ one option.
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 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 www.leboat.com.au 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-
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
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 www.voyagesofdiscovery.net.au.
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- www.visitgreenwich.org.uk and
5pm at the Stamford Grand Adelaide and in www.nmm.ac.uk.
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 www.novotel.com.
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Orion II faces down quake European cruise popularity
IT WAS A BIT OF A STORM-IN-A-TEACUP FOR ORION IT SEEMS AUSTRALIANS AREN’T THE ONLY ONES
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.
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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