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Cruise Weekly for Thu 14 Jun 2012 - APT ocean cruising, Sydney cruise tax, Orion, Fantasea sells and much more....

Cruise Weekly for Thu 14 Jun 2012 - APT ocean cruising, Sydney cruise tax, Orion, Fantasea sells and much more....

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Thursday 14 June 2012
APT enters the ocean cruising game
Australian-owned travelcompany APT has stretched itswings beyond land touring andriver cruising, and entered theocean cruising market, buying astake in Noble Caledonia.
in the UK, Noble Caledonia has beenin operation for 21 years and offers a selectionof river cruising, expedition cruising, small shipcruising and land touring options across 15world regions, including the Arctic Circle,Alaska, PNG, Greenland, Canadia Maritime,Cuba, the White Sea and Asia Pacific, marketedacross the northern hemisphere.The company’s stable contains seven small shipvessels which have capacity for between 50 to160 passengers, two of which it owns and theremainder secured under long-term charters.Announcing the purchase at an industrylunch this week to celebrate the company’s85th anniversary next year, APT owner, Geoff McGeary said that Noble Caledonia “fittedperfectly” with APT’s business platform“providing high quality, high comfort, smallgroup, fully inclusive pricing and professionallyescorted travel experiences, primarily for thediscerning 50-plus market”.“APT has grown through strategicpartnerships with operators who share similarvalues and are experts in their field,” he said.“We’ve done this successfully with Aboriginalcommunities for our Australian 4WDwilderness adventures and wilderness lodges,with river cruising in Europe and Vietnam,train travel across Russia and now with a cruisecompany that takes us into ocean waters,” headded.APT did not disclose the price it paid for thestake, nor did McGeary reveal how big a chunkof Noble Caledonia APT now owns, but he didtell
Cruise Weekly 
that whilst the shareholdingwas less than 50% it was nonetheless a“significant” amount.Speaking to media and trade guests McGearyalso said that Noble Caledonia’s ocean productwas a rival for SeaDream and Orion ExpeditionCruises.APT has already incorporated NobleCaledonia vessels in its 2013 Botanica gardentours, European river cruise program and itsmost recent Canada-Alaska brochure.The purchase follows APT’s acquisition of amajority stake taken in Golden Eagle LuxuryTrains in 2009, with the company also aco-owner of the European river cruiseoperator AmaWaterways, a partnership whichaccording to the company has seen APTbecome the largest supplier of European rivercruises in the Australian and NZ market. 
coinciding with APT’sstakeholding purchase, Noble Caledonia has just welcomed its newest expedition ship,
MSCaledonian Sky 
into the fold.Formally
Hebridean Spirit 
, the 116-guest
Caledonian Sky 
 joined her sistership
MS Island Sky 
in the Noble Caledonia fleet following anextensive refurbishment and will now sailaround Britain, before heading to the Arctic,then South America, Australasia and thePacific Rim.APT has said that it has a number of exclusivesailings onboard
Caledonian Sky 
, including its85th anniversary cruise, hosted by McGearydeparting 18 Aug next year from thePhilippines to Darwin.
trade issue of 
features four pages of all the latest cruise news,
today marks thelaunch of 
River Cruise Guide 2012.To access the Guide,
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CruiseNews &Views
World Oceans Day
Did you know that last Friday, the 8
of June, was World Oceans Day?Given our industry relies quiteheavily on the oceans we cruise it iscertainly worth raising someawareness about this day.The cruise industry has alwaysdemonstrated support for measuresthat protect the world’s oceans and itgoes without saying that the long-term success of our industry isdependent on their beauty,something that we often take forgranted.In honour of World Oceans Day, theNorth American Cruise IndustryCharitable Foundation (CICF), which isfunded by many of the ICCA’smember cruise lines, made aUS$5,000 donation to the CousteauSociety, a non-profit organizationfounded in 1973 by Jacques Cousteau.The Cousteau Society raises fundsfor ocean exploration, research andconservation.
Masters Conference 2012 – TransAtlantic crossing on
There is exactly one month to gobefore we will be handing back anyunsold space from our MastersConference cabin allotment toCunard.If attendance for this year is on yourradar there is not a lot of time left toconfirm your place!The most successful cruiseconsultants across Australia and NewZealand are ICCA Masters.This gives them enormous credibilitywith current and future clients so thetime and money invested in youreducation will never be wasted – that Ican guarantee you!
Brett Jardine - General Manager, ICCA
NSW Govt defends new cruise tax
The introduction of a $20 perpassenger fee in Sydney is “fairand reasonable”, saysState Minister for Roads andPorts Duncan Gay.
new head tax for cruisepassengers visiting Sydney, set to beintroduced next year and increased annuallyuntil 2015/16, is quadruple the amountproposed by the cruise industry, according topeak body TTF.But the State Government, which announcedthe $20pp fee yesterday, said it was requiredto “allow a greater investment in cruiseinfrastructure”.State Minister for Roads and Ports DuncanGay said the current charge of $250 an hour toberth in Sydney was “not economicallysustainable” and it was time for the industry tocough up.“The NSW Government had already launchedan $87 million program to improveinfrastructure to support the State’s boomingcruise ship industry and it’s only fair to ask thecruise industry to help meet the costs,” Gaysaid.“There is no reason to suggest cruise growthin Sydney will be impacted by this new, fairand transparent fee,” he added.But as a TTF spokesperson explained to
Cruise Weekly 
, the increase in SydneyHarbour’s wharfing costs has gone too far.“An average P&O ship would use eight hoursat most, leaving it liable for $2000, whichdivided between 2000 passengers is $1,” hesaid.“Clearly that was too low and the industryhad been talking to the Government to workout a rise, but we feel the $20/pax from 2013,then $25 in 2014 and then $30 in 2015 isunjustifiable.”The cruise industry had proposed a passengercharge of around $5 per head, he said.TTF chief executive John Lee also condemnedthe fee as “a tax on success”.“The cruise industry recognises that it shouldpay its fair share but this new charge goesbeyond cost recovery and is designed to giveSydney Ports a new profit stream,” Lee said.“Overnight, Sydney Harbour will become oneof the world’s most expensive for cruise ships.”Lee said TTF was particularly concerned thatother states may follow NSW’s lead, leading tomassive increases for passengers visitingmultiple Australian ports.“TTF urges the NSW Government toundertake genuine consultations with theindustry before the tax commences in 2013 todevise a system that more fairly recoverscosts,” Lee said.
Across the Wallace Line
10-night Across the Wallace Linevoyage is currently priced from $7,335(brochure fare $8,150) per person, for anocean view Category B suite.Departing 22 Sep 2012, the ten-night voyagetakes passengers from Tawau to Bali via theeastern side of Borneo, including calls at PulauKakaban, Pulau Sangalaki, Sungai Sangatta,and Samboja in Kalimantan; Lampuko MampieWetlands, Pare Pare (for overnight trip to TanaToraja), and Makassar in Sulawesi.Seewww.orionexpeditions.com.
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Variety becomes Preferred
Cruises’ newest mega-yacht, the223-foot
Variety Voyager 
, which debuted lastmonth, has become the first ocean vessel to join the membership ranks of the ‘PreferredHotels & Resorts’ organisation.Launched on 02 May the €29 million mega-yacht features accommodation for 72 guests,and 28 crew, and is presently operating aseries of charters and scheduled cruises in theAdriatic, before heading to the WestMediterranean in Jul for a four month cruiseseason with sailings from Nice and Salerno.Features of 
Variety Voyager 
include anindoor restaurant, outdoor restaurant, DeckBar Lounge, Wellness Zone and InternetCorner and library.Seewww.discovertheworld.com.au.
at sunset
Seven day Norwegian sale
Cruise Line is hosting a SevenDay Europe Sailing sale, with reduced fares onselected European sailings between Jun 2012and Apr 2014.Reduced fares are being offered for:
Norwegian Epic’s
Western Mediterranean andrepositionings;
Norwegian Jade’s
Adriatic,Greek Isles & Turkey & Holy Land sailings;
Norwegian Spirit’s
Grand Mediterranean &Canary Islands cruises; and
Norwegian Sun’s
Baltic Capitals and repositionings.The sale period is between 18 and 25 Jun2012, seewww.ncl.comfor details.
New Puget Sound cruise
on the success of its PacificNorthwest cruise collection American CruiseLines has announced an additional itinerary forits 2013 line-up, a Puget Sound and San JuanIslands cruise.Sailing on the 100-guest
 American Safari 
roundtrip from Seattle, the cruise will takeguests to Anacortes, Friday Harbor, PortTownsend and Poulsbo, with the inauguralvoyage to take place on 06 Apr 2013.Seewww.americancruiselines.com.
real world?An online game lover is in desperate needof a holiday, preferably a cruise far awayfrom any computers, after admitting that hehas spent the last 10 years playing thecomputer game Civilisationwhere he created his own world.Known online as Lycerius, the gamefanatic has said that his “virtual world” isnow approaching 4000AD and is a “hellishnightmare of suffering and devastation”ruled by three superpowers.“Roughly 90% of the world’s populationhas died either from nuclear annihilation orfamine caused by the global warming thathas left absolutely zero arable land to farm,”he said, adding
“I was forced to do awaywith democracy roughly a thousand yearsago because it was endangering my empire”.
Marseille’s new bridge
Grand Port Maritime in Marseille hasenlisted TEAM Ports & Marine to supply its ferryterminal with a new PEGASUS-type PassengerBoarding Bridge, for installation in 2013.
Fantasea sells operation
Cruises has agreed to sell itsWhitsundays tourism operation to CruiseWhitsundays.Effective date is expected to be 29 Jun,however this may extend to 16 Jul subject tocontractual conditions.Cruise Whitsundays will take over Fantasea’srights to service Hamilton Island, the twoReefworld platforms on Hardy Reef, the vessel
, and the land and marina holdings atPort of Airlie.The Fantasea brand will continue to operateelsewhere, including Sydney, Palm BeachFerries and the Townsville Magnetic Islandferry service.Cruise Whitsundays owners Chris Jacobs andRoger Dold said the acquisition would allowtheir business to reach its full potential.“With the additional passengers and serviceswe have acquired from Fantasea, the economicsof the business will be stronger and will allowus to focus on growth and innovation in thesechallenging times,” they said in a statement.Glenn Bourke, ceo of Hamilton Island, said hehad been consulted throughout the processand was fully supportive of the move.Fantasea Cruises has won a number of regional, state and national tourism awardsand was the only Queensland operator to winan award at the 2011 Qantas AustralianTourism Awards.
Carnival replaces tour operators
Australia has appointed two newshore tour operators to manage passengerexcursions for its locally based cruise ships.Bob Wood Cruise Group (BWCG) will manageshore tours in Queensland, South Australia,Victoria, Tasmania and Northern Territory forP&O Cruises, Princess Cruises and CarnivalCruise Lines, while Australian ShoresideManagement (ASM) will oversee shore tours inWestern Australia and New South Wales.The two companies will also provide shoretours for Princess Cruises’ international shipsvisiting Australia.BWCG and ASM are both already used by anumber of Carnival’s international brandsincluding P&O Cruises World Cruising, HollandAmerica and Seabourn.The appointments end the contracts of AOTand Heritage Tours Australia, which hadprovided shore excursion services to CarnivalAustralia for the past three years.
Not long left to save with RSS
Seven Seas is reminding agents thatthere is only 18 days left before fares increaseon its cruise product, with prices set toincrease from 01 Jul.Savings apply to 2012 cruises and includereduced single supplements of 50% on selectedvoyages, seewww.wiltrans.com.aufor details.
Marseille’s new bridge
four month project to lengthen Berth 2at Portsmouth International Port has nowbeen completed, with the work adding around50 metres to the berth which previouslymeasured 210 metres.“The extension to Berth 2 has alreadyproved its worth, demonstrating the addedflexibility we need to attract customers in acompetitive market,” port manager of Portsmouth International Port, MartinPutman told media.“To successfully handle eight cruise ships ina week, alongside our busy ferry and cargooperations, shows that we can continue togrow our business in Portsmouth,” he added.

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