|Fancy a free upgrade?
Celebrity Cruises is running an Asia Upgrade Offer, allowing guests to book an Oceanview Stateroom for the price of an Interior on select Asian sailings between Oct-Apr.
|River cruise itineraries in Burma, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Borneo and China have been detailed in the newly-released Pandaw 2017/18 program.|
|Voyages of Discovery has put out it 2017 brochure featuring 17 new ports of call.|
|European travel giant TUI has flagged the sale of its Specialist division, which includes more than 50 different brands including canal boat operation Le Boat as well as yacht holiday businesses Sunsail & The Moorings.|
|Two river cruise ships have been added to Crystal Cruises order with Lloyd Werft Group, bringing the total to eight new vessels, a day after a steel-cutting ceremony for four of the new-build river yachts.|
|Star Cruises will introduce two mega cruise ships to the Chinese market between 2019 and 2020.
The 201,000 tonne vessels will be designed with Chinese characteristics and the cruise line has claimed they will be “the first purpose built cruise ships deployed for the contemporary Chinese market”.
|Here’s a christening which certainly didn’t hold back.
Aidaprima was welcomed by Carnival Corporation & plc with a show in Hamburg of lights, music and fireworks for an audience of 1.6 million.
|NSW Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres has confirmed the government is looking at a range of docking options for cruise ships in Sydney Harbour, saying Garden Island is unlikely to be a suitable solution in the long term.
More in today’s Cruise Weekly shortly.
|Costa Cruises’ Costa Diadema has unveiled a children’s area dedicated to Peppa Pig. The dedicated area will be rolled out across nine other vessels this summer.|
|This group of agents were among the first to experience a new Scenic Enrich activity, ‘The Best of The Sound of Music and Salzburg Show’.
Cruising on board the newest Scenic Space-Ship, Scenic Amber, participants set off from Passau to spend seven days exploring Germany and Austria on a famil.
|Travelmanagers took home the Cruiseco ‘Top 5 in sales’ award and were acknowledged as a member of Cruiseco’s ‘Million Dollar Club’, both for the second consecutive year.|
|Viking Ocean Cruises will for the first time visit Australia as part of the company’s inaugural world cruise. Viking Sun will berth in Sydney for an overnight stay as part of the 141-day voyage.|
|Scenic has released a South East Asia River Cruising booklet for agents to detailing Scenic Spirit and Scenic Aura’s on board inclusions and itineraries on the Mekong and Irrawaddy.|
|APT has expanded its Kimberley Coast cruising offering with the addition of a new ship for the APT portfolio, L’Austral. Check out the new brochure.|
|Here’s a special to brighten up your Thursday: Royal Caribbean International is offering up to 30% off, plus up to US$200 of on board credit.
The promo applies to bookings made by 14 May on Oasis or Allure of the Seas Caribbean departing 01 Jul-30 Apr.
|Fancy a reserved dining area, among other perks on Princess Cruises?
The line will introduce a new premium stateroom category in Dec on Emerald Princess, offering Club Class Dining, priority embarkation and disembarkation, the new Princess Luxury Bed and more.
|P&O Pacific Eden captain Gavin Pears and the ship’s senior officers participated in Fremantle’s ANZAC Day Parade on Monday, joining the local community in commemorating the ANZAC tradition of service and sacrifice during the ship’s day in port.|
|The APT girls glamming it up 1920’s style!
#aptdiamond #aptthebest #aptunforgettable
|One of the many castles in the Rhine Gorge @aptouring #aptdiamond #aptunforgettable #aptthebest|
|Look who is sitting on my bed! @aptouring #aptdiamond #aptunforgettable #aptthebest|
|Ready to start our APT adventure on AmaVenita #aptunforgettable #aptdiamond #aptthebest @aptouring|
|Regent Seven Seas Cruises has unveiled its collection of itineraries for 2017-18 with the four ship fleet set to make more than 100 voyages during the season.
Highlights include the 30-night Grand Northwest Passage which will take a rare summertime excursion through Canada’s Northwest Passage.
|TravelManagers’ personal travel manager Kathy Myatt thoroughly enjoyed the major prize she nabbed during her very first suppliers function.
|Crew on Carnival Legend waved goodbye to Sydney yesterday afternoon as the ship set sail for Hawaii following its extended summer season Down Under.
|To mark The Queen’s 90th birthday today CUNARD has released a series of never-before-seen photos of Her Majesty.
This one captures her as a princess launching RMS Caronia in 1947.
|METH AT SEA: The part-owner and skipper of Kimberley Quest II Jeff Ralston has been charged with intending to deal methylamphetamine on board the vessel, according to reports by ABC News.
|Avalon Waterways is kicking off a new category of European river cruising next year with Active Discovery cruises to debut in company’s 2017 brochure.
|Gold Coast-based Ignite Travel Group – well known for its My Holiday Centre portfolio with brands such as MyFiji, MyBali and My Queensland Holiday, has launched a new MyCruises brand with hand-picked ocean, river and specialty cruises.
|Holland America Line celebrated the delivery of MS Koningsdam over the weekend with an official handover ceremony at Fincantieri’s Shipyard in Marghera, Italy.
|Four extra departures have been added to Ovation of the seas’ maiden Australian itinerary for its 2016/17 season.
Interest in the newbuild surpassed expectations with more than 90% of summer sailings booked out.
Final deployment details for the new itineraries will be released in the coming weeks.
|Viking River Cruises has altered two itineraries heading to Brussels in light of this week’s terror attack.
|Dream Cruises has unveiled the artwork set to debut on its new-build ship, Genting Dream.|
|Crystal Cruises has announced the acquisition of a 200-passenger polar-class “megayacht”.
The new megayacht will be named Crystal Endeavour, in honour of Captain James Cook’s HMS Endeavour.
The newbuild is due for delivery in August 2018.
|Royal Caribbean International will expand its global fleet, overnight announcing the acquisition of Galapagos-based tour operator, Ocean Adventures.
The purchase will be made through Royal Caribbean’s Celebrity Cruises brand.
|BREAKING NEWS: Royal Caribbean has axed a second Bali port call due to heightened security concerns.
More details in today’s Cruise Weekly.
|Happy 30th birthday Scenic!|
|Disney Cruise Line has announced two new vessels will join its fleet, slated to be completed by 2021 and 2023.
Ship names, itineraries and design plans will be revealed at a later date.
|Say hello to the new Managing Director of Uniworld River Cruise Collection Australia, Fiona Dalton!
Dalton will take the reigns from early May.
|Viking River Cruises christened six of its new Viking Longships at a waterfront celebration in Amsterdam this week, naming prominent travel trade partners as the ships’ “Viking Godmothers”.
Photo credit: Peter Knego
|Vivid Sydney is coming to town!
Captain Cook Cruises is offering early bird savings of up to 35% off its cruises during the anticipated festival of lights.
Vivid runs 27 May – 18 Jun
|P&O Pacific Pearl Cruise Ship has launched an all-new party concept for kiwis on its five-month New Zealand deployment!
|The team at Royal Caribbean International Australia welcomed Explorer of the Seas to the Aussie fleet and celebrated her maiden season by presenting the captain and crew with a
specially commissioned painting of the ship in Sydney Harbour.
|Something tells me this little guy would rather be on board…|
|Azamara Club Cruises vp of marketing and sales hinted that the cruise line is looking to bring a new learning and incentive
platform over from the US to Australia called The World Academy, which will allow agents to sail for free after they use the portal and sell three cruises.
|Delish! Chicken Marsala|
|#BREAKING: Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises will join the Norwegian Cruise Line Holding office in Sydney by 31 Mar, transitioning from Wiltrans & The Cruise Office.
More in tomorrow’s Cruise Weekly.
|What is this? A cruise ship for ants?
A non-buoyant Pacific Aria was showcased at the Museum of Sydney on Wed in anticipation of the cruise line’s Australia Day event – where LEGO certified professional Ryan McNaught, will build a model of Pacific Eden in the forecourt of the museum.
|Congrats to Roger Chen, who has taken up the role of chairman for Carnival Cruise Line in China.|
|We’re about to jump on board to tour Azamara Quest!|
|A 300-litre barrel filled with a specially created cocktail will be brought on board the Queen Mary 2 Age of Discovery World Voyage.
The cocktail will be aged on board on open decks and unloaded at the end of the cruise and join The Savoy Collection.
Guests will be able to sample a non-aged version of the cocktail.
|A reader sent in this snap from Stockton as Azamara Quest cruised into Newcastle earlier this week.|
|P&O Cruises Australia’s newest ship Pacific Eden completed a trifecta of maiden visits this week.
Pacific Eden stopped in for the first time at Eden (Sun), Mornington Peninsula (Tue) and Portland (Wed).
|Kogan.com has announced an expansion into the cruise sector.
The company emailed its more than 2.3 million customers with a range of initial offers, with the portfolio comprising 4,000 cruises on “more than 20 of the world’s best cruise lines”.
|Wendy Wu Tours has introduced a dedicated Asia River Cruise brochure for 2016/17.
The program stretches across China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and India.
Luxury vessel Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer in China has been introduced for 2016, along with the Oberoi MV Vrinda in India.
|Check out the winning entry of Lindblad Expeditions’ latest incentive!
United Travel at the Mount, from Mount Maunganui, New Zealand won AU$1,000 for their entry, captioned “On a stormy night deep in the heart of Mount Galapagos…A beautiful red/yellow breasted penguin Lindy I believe…was discovered by Julia and Amanda surrounded by some rather interesting wildlife.”
|Active Travel is offering a buy-one-get-one-free deal on Indian River Cruises in Apr, for bookings by 26 Feb.
Alternatively, solo pax can cruise without paying a supplement.
|Would you like an upgrade with that?
P&O Cruises Australia’s “Biggest Ever Offer” is back, with the cruise line offering up to five inclusions on cruises booked by 25 Feb.
Itineraries include a 10-night Papua New Guinea cruise roundtrip from Brisbane on 31 Oct, 2016 from $899 per person quad share
|P&O Pacific Eden visited Eden, her namesake port for the first time over the weekend.
The visit was the first cruise call of the year for the town, with Pacific Eden on an eight-night roundtrip Sydney itinerary which visits only regional towns.
|Carnival Cruise Line is ditching holiday weight-gain with the help of personal trainer Shannan Ponton.
Ponton who will be aboard two Carnival cruises departing Sydney in Apr and Nov and will run a new nutrition advice seminar, in addition to his Biggest Bootcamp at Sea classes and motivational seminar.
|Would a Flaming Vegas brighten up your Wednesday?
Master mixologist Dale DeGroff has created a new cocktail menu for Holland America Line to be served up on MS Eurodam this month and fleetwide by Spring.
Creations include the Gallery Gimlet, Hemingway Daiquiri, Yuzu Margarita and The Ritz Cocktail.
|P&O Pacific Aria’s call into Mystery Island yesterday was called off as P&O opts to stay “well away from Cyclone Ula”.
The vessel instead took a more northerly course on the way to Mare, where was scheduled to arrive at 0800 local time today.
|Cruise Holidays has reported a strong 2015, with double-digit sales growth and more than 60 members across the country.
Les Farrar, managing director of parent company Your Travel & Cruise Pty Ltd, has also announced a new partnership with Travel Training Australia which offers agents access to exclusive training modules.
|Oceanwide Expeditions has added two new journeys to the Ross Sea in 2017.
Ortelius will sail from South America to the Antarctic Peninsula, crossing the Polar Circle before heading to Peter I Island and the Bellingshausen Sea into the Ross Sea.
|WAIT. That doesn’t look right! Is it the cruise ship of the future you’re laying your eyes on right now? Well, perhaps!
It’s a conceptual project developed by architect Gianluca Santosuosso dubbed the MORPHHotel. Built around a flexible spine, the hotel changes shape based on the ocean currents. It would slowly travel around the world, docking wherever the tide is flowing to let passengers board or disembark.
|Lindblad Expeditions has confirmed it will be spending $28 million to purchase and revamp the Via Australis expedition ship.
The company plans to use the vessel for trips to the Galapagos Islands in place of National Geographic Endeavour.
|Azamara Quest arrived Down Under for the first time last week with more than 600 passengers on board.
Quest docked in Cairns last night and will depart this evening for Townsville.
|Did you celebrate aboard the Superstar Virgo as part of Ecruising.Travel’s POSH Club special event?|
|Australia is set to achieve a record cruise season over coming months with more newcomers and luxury vessels boosting the number of cruise ships visiting local waters.
Cruise Lines International Association Australasia chairman Gavin Smith said February and March will see a host of new boats Down Under.
|MSC Cruises has revealed plans to create a new private island
experience in the #Bahamas for exclusive use by passengers.
The company is planning to spend $200m on the island and
will build a private pier for its ships to dock as well as a village with restaurants, bars and shops, an amphitheatre, zip line, bike pathsand a spa with massage huts.
|Newly launched US website cruise.me aims to streamline the
process of comparison shopping online for cruises.
Website co-founder Stephen Chip said the point of difference
with the website was being able to “see cruise itineraries on an
interactive map”. What do you think of the new site?
|Carnival Cruise Line Australia has named Richard Morse as senior vice president of hotel operations.
Morse joins Carnival early next month after 36 years with
|Tomorrow MSC Cruises will become the first global cruise line to home port in Havana, #Cuba.
“#Havana has never seen a ship this size,” ceo Gianni Onorato, said.
|Celestyal Cruises has added 43 new balconies to
its Celestyal Crystal as part of an extensive refurbishment
|P&O Cruises is taking Australia’s greatest sporting rivalry to sea,
announcing the inaugural State of Origin Cruise.
|Port Burnie in Tasmania is set to receive a $1.5 million upgrade
to make way for larger cruise ships coming into the region.
|Eastern Europe Travel has released what it says is its best
offer in a long time, with a 15 day Danube Cruise and Hotel tour
starting at just $3,437 per person or $229 per day.
|CroisiEurope River Cruises has ordered a third paddlewheeler river boat for 2018. Its innovative design will allow the vessels to cruise in low water, with the first of the paddlewheelers, the Loire
Princess now operating in France.
|Lindblad Expeditions sent in this photo of ACT travel agents who
are hoping to win $1,000 in the company’s current consultant
To enter simply snap a creative photo of an individual or your entire agency with Lindblad Expeditions mascot Lindy the pelican.
The promotion closes at the end of the month, for all the details head to expeditions.com/lindy.
|A fire in the engine room disrupted cruising on the Grand
Princess 20 miles off the coast of Hilo, Hawaii last week.
The blaze was put out within an hour and no one was injured.
|We’re about to tour this beauty!|
|Carnival Corporation’s new Fathom “social impact” brand will
feature a range of rich on-board experiences when it debuts aboard P&O Cruises UK’s 704-passenger MV Adonia next year.
Fathom will operate “impact travel” voyages to the Dominican
Republic and “cultural exchange” trips to Cuba, with the inaugural
cruises slated for Apr 2016.#Carnivalplc
|Diamonds are truly a cruiser’s best friend – particularly on
board Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas where the world’s first Tiffany & Co. store afloat opened last weekend.
|Nice, Rome, Florence, Sorrento, Sicily, Crete and Santorini are
must see destinations ticked off the bucket-list for a group of
#agents hosted on Azamara Quest recently as the boutique ship
sailed the Mediterranean. The agents had the chance to get to know Quest intimately ahead of her locally based deployment. Azamara Quest #FamTrip
|Soon to debut, Scenic’s own launch vessel for Southeast Asia continues to take shape ahead of its inaugural departure on the Mekong River. Onboard features of the 68 passenger #ScenicSpirit include a pool, steam room, bar and open-air cinema. Pictured on the Sun Deck of Scenic Spirit at shipyard 76
in Ho Chi Minh City from left are Scenic’s Max Miller, Jane Moggridge, Charlie Done, Alison Rooke, Liz Glover and Mike Kaye. #Mekong #HoChiMinhCity #SiemReap
|Pitbull has officially taken up his duties as #godfather of Norwegian Cruise Line’s new Norwegian Escape. Pitbull, who’s pictured doing a celebratory fist-bump with Norwegian ceo Frank Del Rio during the ceremony in #Miami, Florida, performed a pier side concert with Escape’s hull artwork forming a backdrop for
the “epic event”.
|Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings ceo Australasia, Steve Odell,
was in Hong Kong last week and accepted an #award for Oceania Cruises in the #WorldTravelAwards. Oceania was named “Australia’s Leading Cruise Line,” with executive vice president of international business development, Harry Sommer
confirming that Australia is “one of our most important and fastest
|Fancy a #Titanic cracker? A 103-year-old biscuit which
survived the 1912 sinking of the famed transatlantic liner on its
first voyage has been sold at auction for more than A$30,000.
Bringing the phrase “a tough cookie” literally to life, the biscuit was part of a survival kit on one of the Titanic lifeboats. Manufactured by Spillers & Bakers, the biscuit was auctioned in London this week by Henry Aldridge & Sons, with a spokesman saying “I
couldn’t imagine anything less appetising. “But if you’re in a rowing boat in the middle of the ocean, you’d certainly eat it with the rest of them,” he added.
|Carnival Cruise Line Australia sales staff have freaked out consultants at more than 100 travel agencies in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney this week, with a “spooktacular” sales blitz to make the most of #Halloween. Half price deposits and onboard
credit of up to $400 per cabin are on offer for bookings made up
to 09 Nov – while Carnival Spirit will also celebrate the creepy
American tradition tomorrow by entering Sydney Harbour with a
giant redback spider on her bow. #CarnivalHalloween
|Cruise Lines Industry Association Australasia has opened nominations from agents for three categories in the 15th
annual Cruise Industry Awards. Tickets to the event will go on sale later this year, with the nomination forms now available at http://cruising.org.au/industry-awards.asp CLIA Australasia #CruiseAwards
|Parents, don’t be surprised if onboard your next P&O Cruises Australia voyage you see a grown man in the Kids Club enjoying LEGO. That man is Ryan McNaught, one of only 13 LEGO Certified Professionals – that’s right, it’s his job to play with LEGO as well as share the joys of the little toy bricks with people of all ages, including how to make a round ball using straight-edge bricks (pictured).
Keep an eye out for him on your next P&O Cruises voyage
|Carnival Cruise Line Australia executives welcomed in #waveseason this week by hosting industry guests to a gathering at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Local boss Ann Sherry told attendees it was just the start of a massive cruise
season for Carnival and Australia. #cruising
|Viking indulged guests to a private viewing of Masterpieces from
the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine The Great, held at the
National Gallery of Victoria. http://www.new.cruiseweekly.com.au/news/viking-rolls-out-master-artworks/27756 Viking Cruises Australia
|Guess who’s coming on board Crystal Serenity…|
|Who doesn’t love a good deal?
Check out these #cruise deals from Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises here: http://bit.ly/1kvhEsM
|FlowRiders, new restaurants, virtual balconies and probably some fluoro blue cocktails coming to Voyager of the Seas this summer…
|What are you doing on 25 November 2015? Watching P&O’s first-ever five-ship display in Sydney Harbour! Bring the family, but prepare for a BIG crowd…
|P&O launches its biggest ever Australasian season!
Check out the new program with new ships, new cruise options, and new ports.
See more here: http://bit.ly/1qOwLf3
|Princess Cruises has ordered another new ship – a sister to the new Royal Princess and Regal Princess. Wonder what they’ll call this one?
|Who gets nervous in tight places?
Check out Silversea Cruises navigate the Corinth Canal.
Talk about a tight squeeze!
See more here: http://bit.ly/1s8UZ6K
|Happy 30th anniversary!
P&O Cruises Australia has cruised to the beautiful Isle of Pines for 30 years.
See how they celebrated here: http://bit.ly/1s8SzEZ
|Who doesn’t love a good selfie!
Check out this super selfie at sea by Carnival Cruise Lines’ ambassador Shannan Ponton.
See more here: http://bit.ly/1rV0upl
|APT christened the new 164-passenger river vessel, MS AmaSonata, in Germany. The celebration included a traditional Bavarian lunch, live Bavarian music and a traditional Bavarian shoot by professional riflemen off the ship’s sundeck.
|For all you foodies out there, check out Norwegian Cruise Line’s revamp of their menus and culinary favourites.
See more here: http://bit.ly/1n6UQ1P
|Norwegian Cruise Line has announced the order of two new Breakaway-Plus class #cruise ships, with capacity for 4200 passengers each.
See more here: http://bit.ly/1qCaMrX
|Love #cruising and cooking? We have a perfect cruise for you!
MasterChef winner, Julie Goodwin will be hosting a Celebrity Cooking Cruise.
See here for more information: http://bit.ly/1qWX0lI
|BREAKING NEWS: Pacific Eden revealed as the name of one of P&O’s new #cruise ships #pacificeden|
|LIVE from Bondi Beach: #P&O using a sand artist to reveal the names of its 2 new #cruise ships.|
|Love a bit of adventure?
Check out Hurtigruten ‘s new polar bear watch excursion in the Arctic.
See more here: http://bit.ly/1qlWDiA
|UNICEF is thanking MSC Cruises for their €3 million donation.
See more here: http://www.new.cruiseweekly.com.au/news/msc-cruises-donates-e3-million-to-unicef/18428
|Need adventure in your life? Check out the five best places to explore on an #expedition #cruise, according to Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic.
|How gorgeous is this wintery Christmas with Tauck!
Find out more at:
|Castle in Bratislava, Slovakia. One of the fascinating stops on a Danube river cruise. #suiteships|
|Creepiest “towel animal” ever? #cruise|
|What do you think about P&O’s announcement to bring across two ex-Holland America ships to Australia in 2015?
|Pacific Pearl is making a record four calls in South Australia this week, including:
– its maiden visit to Robe today
– its maiden visit to Adelaide (on Tuesday)
– its first time berthed at Kangaroo Island (yesterday)
– P&O Cruises’ first ever visit to Port Lincoln (on Easter Sunday)
The cruise line last visited Adelaide in 2011.
|Who’s ready for the first FlowRider at sea in Australia & NZ??|
|Swim-up bar on a river cruise? APT is bringing it to you!
|This week we departed from Hong Kong on one of our favourite ships, Silver Shadow.|
|DUBAI Tourism is firmly focused on the rapidly growing cruise sector, with its already huge terminal facilities undergoing significant expansion. Currently Dubai is able to handle five large ships and more than 9000 passengers a day, but has two more terminals under
development. “We want to become the Miami of the Middle East,” according to Hamad Bin Mejren from the
Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, who spoke to CW in Dubai yesterday at Arabian Travel Market. The vision is that Dubai will be the cruise hub
of the region, aiming to attract more homeported vessels to allow visitors to experience various Middle Eastern ports. And the figures speak for themselves, with cruise ship calls growing from just five in 2003
to 115 this year – and projections this will climb to 145 in 2015, with a total of 500,000 cruise passengers.
The turning point, according to Bin Mejren, was in 2006 when Costa Cruises and German operator AIDA decided to homeport ships in Dubai during the northern winter.
Royal Caribbean soon followed and TUI Cruises will also join the Dubai trend this year, with DTCM saying “we are doing all we can to make our region attractive for cruising”. The Dubai cruise terminal facilities offer a
great experience, with shops, VIP lounges, money exchanges, conference rooms and even free wi-fi internet access. Mejren said that negotiation with other
cruise companies about Dubai homeporting are also underway – and the emirate is also a popular port of call for round-world cruises. The amazing hotel infrastructure in Dubai provides for easy pre and post accommodation and the city’s aviation connectivity also makes fly-cruises very simple to package. Cruise visitors are also able to experience a range of unique ground activities such as desert safaris, spa treatments and even skiing. Pictured above on the Dubai Cruise Terminal
stand at Arabian Travel Market in Dubai yesterday are, from left: Suresh Babu, Senior Executive, Cruise Tourism; Hamad Mohammed Bin Mejren, Dubai Tourism Executive Director of Business Tourism; Jamal Salem Saif Humaid Al Falasi, Director, Cruise Tourism; and Saeed
Bin Touq, Cruise Tourism Officer.
|Christmas on Radiance of the Seas|