Dream Cruises, “Asia’s Global Cruise Line” and the only International cruise company that has year-round homeport deployments at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, welcomed the arrival of the 2 millionth passenger – Ms. Mu from Taiwan on September 23.
Ms. Mu arrived in Hong Kong on Sunday (September 23) morning upon completion of her fly-cruise holiday on World Dream, along with her daughter and grandson.
Since 2016, Dream Cruises has been based in Hong Kong with homeport deployments of two megaships respectively - Genting Dream which debuted in November 2016, as well as her sister ship World Dream, which debuted in November 2017 as the first cruise ship to be christened in Hong Kong.
With Dream Cruises’ arrival in the Pearl River Delta almost two years ago, she has delivered close to 600,000 international passenger trips from across the region.
In 2018, Hong Kong is ranked 4th with the number of cruise calls in Asia. In 2017 the passenger throughput of Kai Tak Cruise Terminal doubled to 780,000 – this year it is expected to have a total of 850,000 passengers, a 9% YOY increase.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, the UK based destinational cruise line, said it is playing its part in helping to conserve its local shoreline by supporting the Marine Conservation Society's 'Great British Beach Clean'.
The Fred. Olsen team cleaned a 100-metre section of River Orwell foreshore at Priory Park, Ipswich, Suffolk on Sunday 16th September 2018, and collected an incredible 73kgs of rubbish, in just over 90 minutes!
"Fred. Olsen was proud to hold its first-ever ‘Beachwatch’ beach clean event with the Marine Conservation Society (‘MCS’) at Priory Park, Ipswich, Suffolk on Sunday 16th September 2018, in support of The Great British Beach Clean," the company said in a statement.
In just over 90 minutes, the Fred. Olsen team collected an unbelievable 73kgs of rubbish at Nacton shores.
Rachael Jackson, Public Relations Manager for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and organiser of the inaugural Fred. Olsen beach clean said:“It was a very successful first-ever beach clean for Fred. Olsen and a project that we would like to continue into the future. We were amazed – and disappointed at the same time – that we were able to find so much rubbish, along a fairly small section of the Nacton shores, ranging from plastic bottles, car parts, yacht buoys, cuddly toys and even metal barbeques!
“We care passionately about the natural environment around us and – as an Ipswich-based company – we chose the River Orwell as our beach clean area because the majority of our staff live and work locally. We would like to thank Priory Park and Suffolk Coast & Heaths for all their assistance and support throughout our beach clean event.”
Fred. Olsen will be submitting the data of all the rubbish collected to the MCS to assist and inform their studies along the River Orwell.
The 2017 hurricane season that affected a number of destinations in the Caribbean taught the cruise industry how to deal with such events, industry executives said in a conference call on Thursday.
“We have become quicker and more efficient in dealing with such events now,” said Adam Goldstein, vice chairman of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and chairman of Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA).
The first way to deal with a storm is to replace a port in an itinerary with another one and if a port call is missed, a compensation can be paid to affected passengers, but this is done on a case by case basis, said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc and global chair for Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).
Ships are mobile assets, unlike e.g. hotels, which gives the cruise industry flexibility. The group fleet operations people are tasked with dealing with routines such as provisioning and waste disposal in case a ship has to revise its itinerary due to unforeseen conditions.
He added that events such as hurricanes, typhoons etc. are parts of the environment in which the cruise industry operates.
Goldstein said that the industry has, on a broad scale including destinations, learned to share experiences in order to enable everyone affected by an event to respor to best practyises to deal with it.
The social media has posed a new challenge as some commentators post contents that may not be fully accurate about e.g. hurricanes. Golstein said that travel agents play an important role in providing prospective passengers a truthful picture of the situation during the hurricane season.
Donald reminded the audience that the Caribbean covers mre than one million square miles. He noted that it is not a point, it’s a huge area and asked if there’s a storm in Texas, would you ancel a trip to New York because of that.
Genting Cruise Lines celebrated the inaugural sailing of World Dream, Dream Cruises’ German-built, premium megaship, from the Shekou Cruise Homeport in Shenzhen on Tuesday, 18 September, embarking on a journey to scenic destinations in Vietnam. This new deployment will provide guests from the Pearl River Delta region with a convenient and hassle-free travel option right at their doorstep.
Over the next two months, World Dream will set sail on multiple cruises from Shenzhen, including 2-night weekend escapes with departures on September 21 and November 23, offering guests a staycation at sea, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, as well as a 5-night cruise departing on November 18 to Danang and Halong Bay to explore the many splendours of Vietnam.
“With the introduction of Shenzhen as a homeport, Dream Cruises has strategically extended its deployment to three major cities within the Greater Pearl River Delta Bay Area,” said Thatcher Brown, President of Dream Cruises. “Going forward, we will continue to explore more opportunities for inter-city collaborations involving drive, rail and fly-cruise to propel the development of the South China cruise market to the next level. On behalf of our officers, crew and colleagues, we are pleased to celebrate the inaugural call of World Dream to Shenzhen. As Asia’s Global Cruise Line, we are committed to delivering inspirational vacations at sea, offering value, quality and unique destination experiences to our partners and guests from Shenzhen.”
Genting Cruise Lines, through Star Cruises, was the first-ever international cruise line to homeport in Shenzhen upon the opening of the Shekou Cruise Homeport with SuperStar Virgo’s deployment from November 2016 to March 2017 covering 27 voyages during this period. A modern international cruise centre located in Southern China that integrates access to “sea, air, land and railway”, Shekou Cruise Homeport also first welcomed Dream Cruises in June this year when Genting Dream made her inaugural visit during the widely acclaimed Cruise Carnival of Shenzhen.
“The homeport deployment of World Dream in Shekou brings forth access to a comprehensive array of on-board experiences for the general public, through which the concept of cruise travel will gain wider recognition and awareness, resulting in a win-win situation for the people of Shenzhen and Dream Cruises,” said Wu Wei, Shekou Cruise Home Port General Manager. “Over the past two years, we have witnessed tremendous growth of cruise tourism in Shenzhen, which has become one of the leading port cities in the country with close to 490,000 outbound travelers to date. Starting with Shekou Cruise Homeport, we will create an innovative business model with all-in-one “ship, port, city, tourism, shopping, leisure” including shipping, port, commercial property, supporting infrastructure, international logistics transhipment, maritime works repairs, tourism, specialty duty free, and financial services etc. in one ecosystem. This will be the replicable 4.0 cruise homeport template with the ultimate aim of reaching international free ports.”
During a ceremony held on Wednesday the 12 September, celebrating the joint stopover of two ships from the Celebrity Cruises company in Villefranche, the cruise ship Celebrity Reflection was awarded the Green Award 2017 by the French Riviera Cruise Club (FRCC), the organisation said in a statement.
This award was created in 2010 at the initiative of the FRCC and its partners to reward any cruise ship calling in at Alpes-Maritimes ports (Cannes, Antibes, Nice and Villefranche) for its sound approach to sustainable development.
The selection of the winner of the Green Award 2017 is based on “environmental audits” conducted by port management teams of CCI Nice Côte d’Azur (relying on quayside monitoring) of all ships calling in at least four times per year in one of the four ports.
The selected analysis criteria include noise, exhaust fumes, smells associated with the ship’s stopover, but also the transport of cruise passengers by tender and by bus, with the emphasis being placed on non-motorised mobility (bicycles, electric bicycles).
Taking into account quality of life and environmental aspects has always been at the heart of our approach as port managers hosting cruise stopovers.
Our approach is guided by an environmental and global approach to cruise operations, from the ship to the transport of passengers, including the stopover at the port.
This environmental commitment has also driven the FRCC to develop green products for cruise passengers calling in at the ports of our department: “Green Tours” are on offer at each one of the harbours, allowing passengers to discover the region in an environmentally-friendly manner. Depending on the port of call, thematic excursions are suggested through apps, an internet site, and flyers available at the ferry terminal. This work is conducted in partnership with the Tourism Offices of the cruise’s different ports of call and the Regional Tourism Committee.
Since 2008, the port of Nice-Villefranche Santé is ISO 14001-certified for its environmental management system. This certification relates to all of its operations (including cruises) in the following areas:
Monitoring of water quality in the port (six campaigns conducted throughout the year).
Development and testing of an innovating “environmental monitoring” tool to monitor weather conditions, environmental noise levels and air quality, in partnership with the city of Nice Côte d’Azur (MNCA) and ATMOSUD.
Organising waste removal for all ships calling in at the port. Cruises/Ferries/Cargo ships/Yachts/Leisure boats.
“Zero Discharge” approach with dumping points throughout the waste water network in commercial harbours or with approved waste water pumping service providers.
Soft mobility services provided to port users, with the availability of electric bicycles (with solar charging).
Awareness raising and information: operations throughout the year with, for instance, the Port Education programme for school children or Green Flag for pleasure boaters, etc.
The CCI Nice Côte d’Azur, operator of the port of Nice and the ferry terminal of Villefranche Santé, is highly aware of the economic benefits that these stopovers generate for small local business owners in the ports of call of these cruises.
“Sensation Stopovers” are also regularly organised with various professionals and partners to guide individual passengers towards partner business owners.