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Weekly Cruise Newsletter - Monday December 12, 2016


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Seabourn Encore Delivered – Other Cruise News: Three Ships For Thomson Cruises' Caribbean – Croisières de France to Disappear
December 12th, 2016
by Kevin Griffin

Recenly delivered in Italy, Seabourn’s new 600-berth Seabourn Encore, the line’s biggest ship since the 793-berth Seabourn Sun (1998-2002), has now joined the Seabourn fleet and is on her way to Singapore for her christening by Sarah Brightman.
Meawnhile, the Royal Caribbean and TUI-affiliated UK arm of TUI Cruises will have three ships in the Caribbean this winter, with flights by Thomson Airways from a network of ten UK airports.
And a week after the announcement of the disappearance of Fathom as a ship operator comes news that a longer-established brand, Croisières de France, is also being assigned to the dustbin of history.
Posted in News, The Cruise Examiner



Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Names Stella David to Its Board of Directors
December 12th, 2016
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings announced that Stella David will be appointed to its Board of Directors as a new independent member, as of January 1, 2017. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
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P&O Cruises Australia Releases New Mobile App
December 12th, 2016
P&O Cruises Australia has launched its first onboard app allowing guests to plan their activities, make bookings and share experiences in real time while onboard. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
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Costa Underlines Savona Economic Impact, Homeporting 2019 Newbuild
December 12th, 2016
Savona: The Costa Cruises' PalacrociereCosta Cruises has released the results of a recent study carried out by PwC Italia, showing that the company has a significant economic impact on Savona, Italy. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
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Mobile: Already Eying More Ships
December 12th, 2016
After its first month of service out of Mobile, port officials are optimistic that Carnival Cruise Line will extend its one-year contract, based on what they called exceptional demand for the first cruises. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
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Give the gift of Scientific Education on board One Ocean Expeditions’ Antarctic Cruises
December 12th, 2016
Canadian polar cruise specialist, One Ocean Expeditions (OOE), elevates the expedition cruise travel experience well beyond tourism by enhancing its programs with innovative scientific, educational and exploration opportunities in the Antarctic.
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Cruise ship pollution case has consequences for Charleston’s Ecstasy
December 12th, 2016
The Charleston-based Carnival Ecstasy and all other cruise ships sailing under Carnival Corp.’s eight brands will be under strict environmental monitoring during the next five years – the result of an agreement between the company and federal prosecutors to end a criminal pollution case. (postandcourier.com)
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Scenic Eclipse cuts steel
December 12th, 2016
The 16,500-ton, 228-berth ocean-going cruise ship Scenic Eclipse (Artist impression courtesy Scenic Cruises)Scenic marked the official start of production of the World's First Discovery Yacht – Scenic Eclipse, with a steel cutting ceremony at the Uljanik Shipyard JSC in Pula, Croatia last month, a year after the contract was signed. (etbtravelnews.com)
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Fred. Olsen to offer free Travel Insurance on a Selection of Short UK 'Taster Cruises'
December 12th, 2016
Guests wishing to book a Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' one-night UK 'Taster Cruise' in 2017 can now do so without having to take out a Cruise Travel Insurance policy, making it even easier to experience a Fred. Olsen cruise for the first time.
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Lisbon to Expect 320 cruise calls and about 535,000 passengers in 2017
December 12th, 2016
The port of Lisbon expects 320 cruise calls and about 535,000 passengers in 2017, representing an increase of 2% compared to 2016 figures.
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Pandaw River Expeditions Announces New Ship for Borneo
December 11th, 2016
The Kapuas PandawPandaw are delighted to announce the acquisition of a new ship to be deployed to West Kalimanran, Borneo. This charming twelve cabin river ship, originally called the L'Amant was built in Saigon in 2006 and since then has plied the Mekong Delta offering deluxe cruises.
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Japan: Cruise liner influx overwhelming Miyakojima's economy
December 10th, 2016
Amid rising hopes for economic growth, Japan's tourism boom has exposed the need for regional authorities to develop infrastructure and help secure the manpower needed to deal with the influx of foreign tourists. (japantimes.co.jp)
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New cruise ship to offer tour in South China Sea
December 10th, 2016
A new cruise ship, named Nanhai Zhi Meng, will start its maiden voyage in late December from Sanya to the Yongle Islands, which are administered by China’s southernmost city of Sansha in Hainan Province, the city’s tourism bureau said Friday. (news.xinhuanet.com)
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Princess Cruises Offers Exceptional Cruise Deals During Great Getaways Sale
December 10th, 2016
Princess Cruises is offering fares from $349 on getaway cruises to the Caribbean, Mexico and the West Coast during the Great Getaways Sale, based on double occupancy.
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Carnival Raises Bottled Water Prices … Again
December 10th, 2016
For the second time this year, Carnival Cruise Line has raised its prices for bottled water. In July 2015, the cruise line banned passengers from bringing their own bottles onboard but appeased the masses by offering inexpensive 12-packs for pre-order at a cost of $2.99 each. (cruisecritic.com)
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CruiseOne Recognizes Top Agents at Conference
December 10th, 2016
Cruises Inc., CruiseOne and Dream Vacations just held their annual awards ceremony for their top travel agents. Also at the event, the brands announced the venue for their 2017 National Conference. (travelagentcentral.com)
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CruiseOne Introduces Groups Concierge Service and More at Conference
December 10th, 2016
CruiseOne, Cruises Inc. and Dream Vacations rolled out a lineup of new programs at the 2016 National Conference onboard the Carnival Vista. (travelagentcentral.com)
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The Four Ports Of The French Riviera Expect 721,000 Cruise Passengers In 2017
December 9th, 2016
The four ports of the French Riviera, Cannes, Antibes, Nice and Villefranche sur mer expect 373 cruise ships bringing 721,000 cruise passengers in 2017.
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Balearic Ports Received 749 Calls In 2016 And Are Expecting 865 Next Year
December 9th, 2016
Windstar at Ibiza, Baleares - SpainThe five ports of the Balearic Islands, Palma, Alcudia, Mahon, Ibiza and La Savina, are all expecting more (or the same) amount of ships to call in 2017 as this year.
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Inaugural Warped Rewind at Sea to Set Sail in 2017
December 9th, 2016
Vans Warped Tour, along with Sixthman, which specializes in music festivals at sea, and music management firm MDDN, will launch the inaugural Warped Rewind At Sea in 2017 on a four-day cruise aboard Norwegian Pearl. (travelagentcentral.com)
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Crystal Cruises Announces Barbara Streisand-Themed Film and Theatre Cruise
December 9th, 2016
Crystal Cruises has announced the roster of performances on the Crystal Symphony Film & Theatre Festival sailing inspired by Barbara Streisand. (travelagentcentral.com)
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Four cruise ships to visit Nuku'alofa, Tonga, next week
December 9th, 2016
Christmas is coming to Nuku’alofa next week when four cruise ships will visit the capital, bringing thousands of visitors from December 12-16. (matangitonga.to)
Posted in News


TUI group's Germany based brands deliver strong performance
December 9th, 2016
The two Germany based cruise brands of TUI AG, the world's largest travel company, have reported strong performance for the latest financial year, helped by turnaround of Hapag-Lloyd Kreuzfahrten. (cruisebusiness.com)
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Empress of the Seas to Move to Tampa for Cuba Cruises
December 9th, 2016
Royal Caribbean's Empress Of The Seas Arrives Home To MiamiThe Empress of the Seas will launch Royal Caribbean’s Cuba program with a five-night sailing departing Miami on April 19, 2017. The ship will then reposition to Tampa offering two itineraries with calls to Havana on April 30 (7-night sailing) and May 20 (5-night sailing). (cruiseindustrynews.com)
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Escale Gaspésie records good 2016
December 9th, 2016
"With 30 calls, and a total of 20,674 passengers and 12,020 crew members, the corporation is pleased with its positive performance in 2016," said the organisation bringing together the towns of Gaspé, Percé and Chandler in Canada in their efforts to develop the cruise industry in the Gaspe peninsula. (cruisebusiness.com)
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20 years of smiling lips – That was AIDA's anniversary year 2016
December 9th, 2016
The cruise line AIDA Cruises is looking back at one of its most successful years in its 20-year-old corporate history. With AIDAprima, the flagship of the latest AIDA generation, the company has once again entered new territory and proven its innovative power.
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CLIA Releases Fourth Quarterly Travel Agent Cruise Industry Outlook Report
December 9th, 2016
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) released today (Dec 08) the fourth and final Travel Agent Cruise Industry Outlook Report of 2016, revealing key cruise travel trends and insight into the current state of the travel agent industry.
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Another Cruise Line, Pearl Seas, Reveals Cuba Itineraries
December 9th, 2016
Cuba, Havana: Plaza de la Catedral de San Cristobal (Photo credit Gorupdebesanez at commons.wikimedia.org)The luxury, small-ship operator has revealed it received approval from the Cuban government to begin offering cruises from the U.S. January 2017. Its announcement comes just one day after major cruise companies Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. said they were cleared to go to Cuba. (cruisecritic.com)
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Holland America Line to Cancel all Cruise Calls to Turkey in 2017
December 9th, 2016
Holland America Line is the latest cruise line to cancel all calls to Turkey in 2017, citing “guest preferences for alternate ports.” (cruisecritic.com)
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Buenos Aires Hoping to Rebuild Cruise Business
December 8th, 2016
MSC Cruises - A ship of the fleet at Buenos Aires, ArgentinaAfter watching cruise calls decline at the Port of Buenos Aires, Argentina's cruise industry has become a crucial area of development by the Ministry of Transport, backed up by a new administration that has been in office for 11 months under President Mauricio Macri. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
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More Details Revealed on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Black Watch Refurbishment
December 8th, 2016
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Black Watch will emerge from a 26-day dry dock refit at the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg next week with a host of sparkling new features. (cruisecritic.com)
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50 and fabulous with Saga: Guess which surprising celebrities turn 50 in 2017
December 8th, 2016
Every year the Saga Travel team reports which celebrities will be reaching 'the Big 50' and 2017 will see plenty! These well-known faces will join the exclusive club of over 50s and will be eligible to experience Saga's selection of global adventures – proving there is life and excitement after 50 – you'll be surprised by the names!
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