Monthly Archives: September 2014

Dubai multi-entry visa to boost cruise tourism sector

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Recent regulatory changes to the United Arab Emirates’ visa system will have a transformative effect on Dubai’s cruise sector and further boost medical tourism in the emirate. A new ruling in the UAE which took effect on August 1st 2014, will ensure implementation of a new visa and fees system. Amendments include a new multiple entry tourism permit for cruise passengers and a range of new entry permits for medical tourists and their companions. The ruling was signed by His …

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Guatemala grows cruise tourism sector

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One of the reasons to visit Guatemala this year lies within their cruise offering, which allows passengers to experience just enough off the country’s culture, gastronomy and exotic nature to lure back approximately 70 per cent of visitors for a longer stay, according to data published by Inguat – Guatemala’s Tourism Board. View the Original article

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Norwegian completes $3bn deal for Prestige Cruise International

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Norwegian Cruise Line has confirmed it will buy Prestige Cruises International from its owner Apollo Global Management for a fee of $3 billion. The deal sees NCL, the third largest of the major cruise lines, expand its high-end luxury cruise offerings. Prestige registered with US regulators for an initial public offering in January. The organisation owns upper-premium cruise operator Oceania Cruises and luxury cruise operator Regent Seven Seas Cruises. It operates eight ships, with about 6,500 berths. Miami-based Norwegian Cruise …

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Celebrity Century sold to Ctrip in China

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Ctrip.com International has entered into an agreement to acquire Celebrity Century, a 1,814-passenger cruise ship, from Royal Caribbean Cruises. Royal Caribbean Cruises will continue to operate Celebrity Century until April 2015. Exquisite is a wholly owned subsidiary of Skyseas, a co-founded company by Ctrip and other investors, which targets to provide Chinese customers the world-class and tailor-made cruise products. Ctrip has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Royal Caribbean Cruises to form a joint venture to manage the operations …

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