Cruise News : e-Travel Blackboard Asia

By: E-travel Blackboard Asia  06-Dec-2011
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Carnival Ecstasy has entered the record books as the first ship ever to sail four and five-day Bahamas and Caribbean itineraries from Port Canaveral.

Tourist numbers into Israel increased by four percent to 1.9 million visitors in the first half of 2011, with cruising peaking to a 42 per cent increase, contributing largely to the growth.

Effective today, Crystal Cruises announces a new booking deadline of December 31, 2011 for revised 2012 Book Now fares.

Classic International Cruises’ 550-passenger Athena will stake its claim as the first ship to visit the Victorian city of Portland as part of her 2012/13 Australian summer cruise program.

Silversea will partner with Relais & Chateux in 2012 to offer passengers the opportunity to learn how to cook with the line’s culinary trainer David Bisland, former instructor at London’s Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School.

Fans of the band Maroon 5 will be treated to a free concert celebrating Carnival Magic’s inaugural voyage from the U.S. next Sunday 13 November.

Star Cruises, the leading cruise line operator in Asia-Pacific, yesterday held a ceremony at Sanya Phoenix Island International Cruise Terminal to celebrate SuperStar Aquarius homeporting in Sanya with new Sanya-Vietnam cruise itineraries. Star Cruises is the first international cruise line to homeport in Sanya.

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Oceania Cruises' new 1,250-guest Riviera will be christened in Monte Carlo on April 19, 2012.

Royal Caribbean’s Splendour of the Seas has entered dry dock at at the Navantia shipyard in Cardiz Spain ready for her USD$35 million ‘Royal Advantage’ refurbishment.

Carnival Cruise Lines’ travel agent web site was updated earlier this week with the news that its gratuity guidelines will increase effective from 1 December 2011.

In a first for the online cruise community, Voyages of Discovery have launched a new online TV channel.

Royal Caribbean’s Freedom-class vessel, Independence of the Seas will return to America for the winter 2012-13 season, sailing from Port Everglades.

The all-new ‘AquaLab’ will debut onboard Disney Fantasy when she launches next year and will offer guests a variety of ‘water experiments’ created by Donald Duck’s nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie.

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In preparation for her eighth birthday in January 2012, Cunard’s flagship, Queen Mary 2, will head to the Blohm & Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany for a refit.

Port Rashid cruise terminal in the heart of Dubai city will be expanded to accommodate up to five ships simultaneously by the end of 2012.

P&O Cruises continued its award winning streak as it was last night voted "Favourite large cruise line" in the Telegraph Travel Awards 2011.

Hurricane Rina, the sixth hurricane of the season, is currently located approximately 180 miles south-southeast of Cozumel causing further disruptions to cruise itineraries in the Western Caribbean.

Oceania Cruises will present ‘Signature Sailings’ in 2012 as their first foray into themed cruises.

Tropical Storm Rina has been upgraded to a Category Two hurricane, the sixth of the Atlantic season this year.

Norwegian Star arrived in her new homeport of Tampa last week to will sail a series of seven-day Western Caribbean itineraries through to April 2012.

The newest flagship in Costa’s fleet will be the largest and most advanced cruise ship to operate in the region when she arrives in the UAE to sail her seven-night ‘Jewels of the Emirates’ itineraries.

Sonesta Resorts Sint Maarten is pleased to announce a new charter partnership with Italian tour operator Eden Viaggi as a result of a joint effort with the Sint Maarten Tourism Bureau.

The information in this article was current at 02 Dec 2011

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