Monthly Archives: March 2012

MSC exec says ‘big announcements’ ahead for North America

By Donna Tunney MSC Cruises will roll out a marketing plan to bring brand awareness to North American travelers and travel agents, according to Rick Sasso, president of MSC Cruises USA. This spring, the Italy-based line’s North American strategy will begin to take shape “with some big announcements in about a month’s time,” Sasso said. “I can’t say what our plans are, but they’re big, and you’ll be hearing about them soon,” he said, adding, “The U.S. will become another …

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Paul Gauguin Cruises unveils m/v Tere Moana’s 2013 itineraries

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Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin, unveils 2013 itineraries for the cruise line’s second ship—the 90-guest m/v Tere Moana—which will offer voyages in Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. View the Original article

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Seabourn unveils full 2013 Europe cruise season

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Seabourn has unveiled an exciting 2013 Europe season featuring more than 100 departures aboard its six intimate, all-suite ships, visiting many of Europe’s captivating cities and hidden gems from April through October next year. From the sun-blessed resorts on the Mediterranean coast to the shining polar ice pack in the Arctic Ocean, the line’s award-winning ships will carry travelers to more than 180 ports on voyages ranging from seven to 21 days in length View the Original article

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Princess Celebrates record-breaking bookings for new Royal Princess

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Princess Cruises had the biggest booking day in its history for a new ship’s inaugural season with the anticipated debut of Royal Princess . Opening the books on its 2013 Mediterranean season on March 15, sales for the new Royal Princess reached an all-time record for the most bookings of any ship’s maiden season voyages. View the Original article

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Norwegian Cruise Line selects names for its new youth and teen programs

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Following the “Up2YOU” naming contest that received entries from thousands of cruisers, Norwegian Cruise Line has selected the names for its new Youth and Teen programs.  Splash Academy is the new name for its enhanced Youth program and Entourage is the new moniker for its revitalized Teen program. View the Original article

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Norwegian Breakaway to feature line’s largest youth and teen areas

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Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, Norwegian Breakaway, will debut the largest youth and teen dedicated facilities in the fleet. For the first time, the youth area, named Splash Academy, will span two decks that are conveniently located adjacent to the family-friendly staterooms and feature areas designed specifically for three specific age groups. View the Original article

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Gourmet at sea with Norwegian Cruise Line

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Norwegian Cruise Line is enhancing the guest dining experience by introducing its signature Brazilian-style steakhouse on board additional ships in its fleet, as well as bringing a complete new nine-course chef table dining experience aboard the fleet. NCL is considered Europe’s Leading Cruise Line by the World Travel Awards. View the Original article

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Agents’ share of cruise sales falling, according to study

By Johanna JainchillTraditional travel agencies’ share of cruise sales is falling, from 68% in 2009 to a projected 64% by 2013, according to a PhoCusWright study. The study, “Travel Agency Distribution Landscape 2009-2013,” found that cruise lines’ reduction in agent compensation (through the increase of non-commissionable fees, for example) is part of the reason for the decline. Also, a greater number of cruises are being sold by the cruise lines and online travel agencies, PhoCusWright said. PhoCusWright found that cruise …

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All-inclusive arrives in elegant fashion to Crystal Cruises

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After a year of planning, Crystal Cruises has now officially begun its transition to an all-quality “All Inclusive.” Launched with the start of Crystal Symphony’s Miami to Lisbon Trans-Atlantic cruise today, guests can now enjoy a generous and impressive selection of complimentary fine wines and premium spirits throughout the ship, as well as open bar service in all lounges, and pre-paid gratuities for all housekeeping, butler, bar and dining staff. Crystal Serenity follows suit with her spring Trans-Atlantic sailing on …

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Monarch of the Seas to transfer to Pullmantur brand

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Royal Caribbean Cruises has announced the transfer of Monarch of the Seas from its Royal Caribbean International cruise brand to its Pullmantur brand, a cruise and tour operator based in Madrid, Spain. Monarch of the Seas will transfer to Pullmantur on April 1st 2013, following its last sailing for Royal Caribbean International, which departs on March 29th 2013. View the Original article

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