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Azamara Club Cruises extends UK promotion

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
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Azamara Club Cruises  says they are extending their “Sell Three and Sail Free” offer which provides agents with a free sailing for every three new bookings they confirm on selected cruise itineraries to the end of March.

The cruise line is also providing agents with the added incentive of offering free flights on selected cruise bookings to a host of European ports of call. Plus, as well as selected free European flights, agents will have the additional bonus of offering guests complimentary extras such as one night pre-cruise hotel accommodation and luxurious balcony stateroom upgrades.

The stateroom upgrades are available on a host of itineraries on both Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest during 2012. Agents need to act now to make the most of the incentive offer which ends on 31 March 2012.

Sonia Limbrick, business development  manager, Azamara Club Cruises, explained: With warm weather on its way and savvy travellers planning their summer holidays, we’re working hard to ensure both agents and consumers choose Azamara Club Cruises. The most luxurious ships at sea are supported by unbeatable value offers and incentives – it has never been easier or more rewarding to sell Azamara Club Cruises.”

 The promotional campaign applies to selected sailings including:        

10-night Adriatic fly/cruise aboard Azamara Quest from £2,642.00pp. Cruise departs Venice with ports of call including Kotor, Brindisi , Corfu and Capri . Departs August 2012 and price includes a balcony stateroom upgrade.

10-night Western Mediterranean fly/cruise onboard Azamara Quest from £2,032.00pp with cruise departing Barcelona . Ports of calls include Palma de Mallorca, Bonifacio, Rome ( Civitavecchia ) and Nice. Departs October 2012 and price includes a balcony stateroom upgrade.

12-night Jazz in the Fjords fly/cruise aboard Azamara Journey from £2,614.00pp with cruise departing Copenhagen and calling at destinations including Skagen, Denmark, Rotterdam, the Netherlands and Amsterdam. Departs July 2012 and price includes a free balcony stateroom upgrade.

 All offers apply to selected sailings and selected departure points. All bookings must be made during the qualifying period (6 – 31 March 2012 inclusive)











Changes in STX Finland management

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
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STX Finland reinforces its management in order to achieve its strategic and financial targets. The changes will promote achievement of the financial targets and establish solid foundations for the development of business operations in the coming years.

In the challenging market situation, the primary target set for STX Finland is profitable operation. In 2011 this target was achieved, and now the focus is strongly on how similar development could also be secured over the years to come.

By consolidating sales and marketing into a corporate level activity, STX Finland strengthen and increase the efficiency of its strategic targets which main focuses are diversification, differentiation and customer relationship management.

Appointments and special areas of responsibility:

Mr Timo Suistio has been appointed EVP, CMO of STX Finland. He is tasked with enhancing the functioning capacity of sales and marketing and boosting the order book of the shipyards to ensure long-term operation of the company.

Mr Jari Anttila has been appointed EVP, COO of STX Finland. He is tasked with ensuring cost-efficient implementation of company projects, exploiting the resources of both Turku and Rauma shipyards. Mr Anttila will also continue as Director of the Turku Shipyard.

Mr Suistio and Mr Anttila will report in their duties to President and Chairman of STX Finland Oy, Mr Su-Jou Kim.

Mr Toivo Ilvonen has been appointed Director of the Rauma Shipyard.

Mr Tapani Pulli has been appointed Deputy Director of the Turku Shipyard. He will also continue as Vice President, Strategic Planning.

Mr Ilvonen and Mr Pulli will report in their duties to EVP, COO Mr Jari Anttila.

The changes are effective from 1 March 2012.

MSC Cruises to increase capacity in South Africa in 2012-13

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MSC Cruises, the world's fourth largest cruise shipping group, will increase capacity in South Africa in the winter of 2012-13 by sending the 58,000 gross ton MSC Sinfonia  to the region to join its sister ship MSC Opera. The newcomer will replace the 35,000 gross ton MSC Melody that was built in 1982 and is the oldest and smallest vessel in the fleet of MSC Cruises. New ports of call will include Harmanus in South Africa, Anakao in Madagascar and Luderitz in Namibia, MSC Cruises said in a statement. The company did not say anything about the deployment of MSC Melody.


Totally restyled Costa neoRomantica departs Savona on first cruise

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
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Costa Cruises' totally restyled Costa neoRomantica departed Savona, Italy, on March 2 with 1,600 guests on board, following a private naming ceremony.

On the occasion of Costa neoRomanticas inaugural sailing from Savona, Costa Crociere top management attended a private blessing ceremony conducted by His Excellency Vittorio Lupi, Bishop of Savona.

At the beginning of the blessing ceremony, one minute of silence was observed in respect and mourning for the victims of Costa Concordia.

Following long-standing maritime tradition, a bottle of champagne was broken across the ships hull. Serving as Costa neoRomantica's godmothers were Francesca Scuffi, a member of the Costa Club for repeat guests, and Gabriella Gentile, a member of Costa Concordia's crew. She was chosen as a symbol of the gratitude the company expresses toward Costa Concordia's crew.

Costa neoRomantica was virtually a new ship when it left San Giorgio del Porto shipyard in Genoa. The five-month restyling represents an investment by Costa Cruises of approximately US$120 million (90 million euros), one of the most expensive and extensive cruise ship refit projects ever undertaken in the industry.

Costa neoRomantica's interior design has a contemporary, elegant and refined style created by Swedish architectural firm Tillberg Design and Syntax, the London firm specializing in prestigious hotels and spa.

Costa neoRomantica departed on an 11-night round-trip Canary Islands cruise calling at Barcelona, Spain; Casablanca and Agadir, Morocco; Arrecife and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands; Funchal (Madeira), Portugal and Malaga, Spain.

Celebrity Chef Cat Cora named godmother for Riviera

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One of America's most generous, personable and ground-breaking chefs will step into the honored role as godmother to Oceania Cruises' newest ship, Riviera. Chef Cat Cora will name the ship in Barcelona at a lavish, invitation-only christening ceremony on May 11, which will culminate with a 15-liter Nebuchadnezzar of champagne, custom-made by Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, commemoratively breaking against the hull of the 1,250-guest ship.

Poised to take its place as another "game-changer" for the upper-premium segment, much like its sister ship Marina which debuted in February 2011, Riviera is the second new ship launched by Oceania Cruises in under 18 months. Designed for epicureans, Riviera features 10 dining venues - six of which are gourmet restaurants - plus a Bon Appétit Culinary Center for hands-on learning and La Reserve by Wine Spectator, a professional facility for wine tastings and pairing dinners.

"Cat Cora's passion for fine cuisine and her focus on the dining experience captures the essence of what we do every day," stated Kunal S. Kamlani, Oceania Cruises' president. "We are all excited to have her christen our newest ship and are proud to welcome her to the Oceania Cruises family."

Cora made television history as the first and only female Iron Chef on Food Network's Iron Chef America, and this spring, steps into a role as co-host of Bravo's new television show "Around the World in 80 Plates" with Curtis Stone debuting in May. The show follows 12 chefs competing in a culinary race across 10 countries in 44 days. Many of the countries featured in the show include destinations her new ship, Riviera, will visit during its inaugural season.

In addition to her television credits, Chef Cora operates four restaurants: Kouzzina at Disney's Boardwalk Resort in Orlando, CCQ, in partnership with Macy's in Costa Mesa, California and Cat Cora's Kitchen in San Francisco and Houston. A third Cat Cora's Kitchen location will be opening at the Salt Lake City International Airport later this month. In addition to being a restaurateur, she also has her own branded olive oils, vinegars, sauces, tapenades and cookware, a collection of wines and is the author of three best-selling cook books and a children's book.

"It's an honor to have been asked to serve as the godmother for the beautiful Riviera," said Cora. "Oceania Cruises has done an incredible job of developing ships custom-designed for food lovers, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it all."

Oceania Cruises chose Chef Cora as godmother to Riviera, a role revered for its historic and symbolic value, also in recognition of her many philanthropic efforts to support emergency, educational and hunger-related causes. Cora is the president and founder of Chefs for Humanity, which she started in response to the devastating Tsunami that hit Indonesia in 2004. The organization is dedicated to reducing hunger worldwide by supporting humanitarian relief and promoting nutrition education.

After the Christening Cruise concludes in Venice, Riviera sets sail on May 16 on her maiden voyage, a 10-day cruise that includes an overnight in Venice before visiting Dubrovnik, Kotor, Corfu, Monemvasia, Crete, Santorini, Kusadasi (gateway to Ephesus), Delos, Mykonos and Athens.