Thursday 14 June 2012
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Variety becomes Preferred
Cruises’ newest mega-yacht, the223-foot
, 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
include anindoor restaurant, outdoor restaurant, DeckBar Lounge, Wellness Zone and InternetCorner and library.Seewww.discovertheworld.com.au.
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:
Western Mediterranean andrepositionings;
Adriatic,Greek Isles & Turkey & Holy Land sailings;
Grand Mediterranean &Canary Islands cruises; and
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
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.