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Princess Cruises details 2012 Canada and New England season

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
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As the East Coast cruising season has just come to an end, Princess Cruises is reminding passengers it's the perfect time to start planning a Canada & New England voyage for 2012. Whether travelers are intrigued by charming Canadian ports, including quintessentially French Quebec City, or wish to follow in the footsteps of America's founders in historic cities, Princess' fall cruises next year offer the perfect way to discover these timeless vacation destinations.

Emerald Princess and Caribbean Princess will offer 11 voyages on three itineraries – a week-long roundtrip sailing from New York; a 10-day one-way voyage, sailing between New York and Quebec City and featuring an overnight stay in the charming French-Canadian city; and a 12-night Canada & Colonial America cruise from Quebec to Ft. Lauderdale for a voyage along the entire eastern coastline.

All itineraries feature the opportunity to experience area highlights, such as the historic treasures of Boston, the beauty of Maine's Acadia National Park, and the dramatic mansions of Newport, RI.

"The natural beauty of this coastline mixed with the area's rich history makes Canada and New England one of our favorite cruise destinations," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. "Where else can you find such brilliant fall foliage, colonial landmarks, rugged beauty and quaint towns all in one voyage?"

Passengers can extend their Canada & New England voyage with one of two cruisetour options that create a full land/sea vacation to America's colonial treasures, or to Niagara Falls and some of the favorite cities in Canada.

The 2012 Canada & New England program includes:

Canada & New England – Caribbean Princess sails on its popular roundtrip seven-day sailings from New York, featuring calls at Halifax (Nova Scotia), Saint John (for the Bay of Fundy), Bar Harbor (for Acadia National Park), Boston and Newport. Caribbean Princess will offer seven departures between September 8 and October 20, 2012.

Classic Canada & New England – Emerald Princess sails on three Classic Canada & New England 10-day cruises between New York and Quebec City, featuring calls in Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor, Saint John (for the Bay of Fundy), Halifax (Nova Scotia), Sydney (Cape Breton Island), and Charlottetown plus an overnight stay for extra time in charming Quebec City. Emerald Princess departs between September 26 and October 16, 2012.

Canada & Colonial America – Emerald Princess also offers one sailing along the full East Coast on a 12-day Canada & Colonial America itinerary from Quebec City to Ft. Lauderdale on October 26. This cruise features an overnight in Quebec City plus calls along the Eastern seaboard in Sydney (Cape Breton Island), Halifax (Nova Scotia), Bar Harbor (for Acadia National Park), Boston, Newport, New York and Charleston.

Cruisetours – For those who would like to extend their Canada & New England vacation, Princess offers escorted pre- or post-cruise land tours in conjunction with these sailings, in which passengers can travel back through historic America or spend further time in Canada with a complete land and sea experience. The Historic America cruisetour includes travel to Washington, D.C.; Williamsburg; Richmond and Monticello in Virginia; Gettysburg, and Philadelphia, while the Maple Explorer cruisetour includes the Canadian cities of Toronto (for Niagara Falls), Ottawa, Montebello, and Montreal.

Oceania unveils 2012-13 itineraries with 15 new ports

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Oceania Cruises, which is part of Prestige Cruise Holdings in Florida, says it has launched its 2012-13 winter collection of worldwide cruises from September 2012 to May 2013 on board its four mid-sized luxury cruise ships, the 1250 guest new cruise ship `Marina’, her sister ship `Riviera’ (launching April 2012), and the two 650 guest ships `Regatta’ and `Nautica’. The new collection features 22 new itineraries, 15 new ports of call and new Grand Voyages from 23 – 71 days as the four ships cruise in Asia, South America , Canada & New England, the Caribbean, Australia , New Zealand and the South Pacific.

For the first time the magnificent new ship Riviera will make inaugural journeys to the idyllic Caribbean islands for a winter season of Caribbean and Panama Canal cruises, starting with `Idyllic Isles’ (departing 29th November 2012, from £931pp). The ships 14 night `Island Holiday’ (departing 20th December  2012, from £2258pp) includes stops at Kingstown, St. Vincent, and Philipsburg, both new ports for Oceania Cruises. Riviera’s sister ship Marina will take guests to the South Pacific, to Australia and New Zealand, sailing to new ports that include the mysterious Easter Island for the first time and replacing the smaller ship, Regatta, on cruises `down under’. Her The 20-day `Ancient Legends’ voyage (departing 27the December 2012, from £2030pp) to Polynesia via South America will visit such outposts as Robinson Crusoe, Easter and Pitcairn islands and Fakarava in French Polynesia.

The 684-guest luxury ship Regatta returns to New England and Canada in September and October 2012, including a 14 night `Autumn Vistas’ cruise (19th October 2012, from £2234pp) before cruising to the Caribbean and South America where new port calls include Boston and Portland, Maine . Her sister ship Nautica returns to Africa and Asia, with a 17 day `Asian Treasures’ itinerary (4th February 2013, from £2969pp) sailing from Singapore to Hong Kong, followed by a 17 day `Empires and Dynasties’ cruise (21st February 2013, from £3007pp) from Hong Kong to Beijing .

Oceania Cruises’ Managing Director, UK and Europe , Bernard Carter said “We anticipate strong demand for these cruises. Oceania Cruises’ core values of comfort, service and cuisine have repeatedly won accolades for exceptional quality at exceptionally keen prices. This new collection is no exception and with 7 night cruises from £738 per guest (Regatta 27 Nov 12), we are rivaling the top cruise lines for quality while maintaining exceptional value for our clients”.

Oceania Cruises’ Winter 2012- 13 Collection – at a glance

·         15 new ports of call

·         22 new itineraries

.         21 new Grand Voyages from 23 to 71 days.

·         A return for `Regatta’ to Canada and New England 

·         A return for `Nautica’ to Africa and Asia .

 ·         Riviera’s North American debut with a winter season of Panama Canal and Caribbean cruises.

·         Marina will replace Regatta on cruises Down Under; the repositioning cruise from South America to the South Pacific and will visit exotic destinations such as Easter Island, the Pitcairn Islands and Robinson Crusoe Island .

 ·         In South America, Marina will operate a Rio to Valparaiso cruise as well as a Panama Canal cruise from Miami to Lima

·         Regatta operates a 25-day Amazon cruise from New York , a new 7-day Caribbean cruise, a Panama Canal transit, and a 30-day cruise highlighting the best of South America before operating 12-day cruises.

·         Marina which will operate a 16-day voyage from New York to Southampton via New England , Canada and Ireland .

Centrum becomes entertainment venue on Splendour of the Seas

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Royal Caribbean International’s Splendour of the Seas will reemerge from its extensive revitalisation with the transformation of the elegant and popular Centrum into an exciting entertainment venue, the company said in a statement.

"With its sweeping views and central location on the ship the Centrum will become a new chic and sophisticated venue featuring a range of daytime activities, nightly entertainment and aerial performers. The Centrum’s Champagne Bar also will be unveiled as a new venue – the R Bar – featuring a sophisticated 1960s vibe, complete with signature cocktails."

Lisa Bauer, senior vice president, Hotel Operations, Royal Caribbean International said: "Throughout each sailing, guests can gather in the Centrum to enjoy performances from musicians and singers or take a spin on the dance floor at themed parties such as the popular ‘Disco Inferno’ dance party. It’ll also play host to a variety of interactive daytime activities including chef demonstrations, dance classes, game shows, Nintendo Wii competitions, towel folding demonstrations and the popular ‘Captain’s Corner’ where guests can spend time with the Captain."

“The revamp of the spectacular 60-foot high Centrum found onboard the Vision-class ships brings new life to a popular gathering space by incorporating innovative technology and vertical entertainment elements to what was already the place to be and be seen. Guests sailing onboard Splendour of the Seas will be in for a multi-sensory experience that puts them at close proximity to amazing aerial performers from multiple viewpoints in a sophisticated and glamorous atmosphere.”

Bringing the Centrum’s new entertainment offerings to life is the latest in sound and light technology. The glass lifts facing into the Centrum will feature large LED panels across their entire length providing a spectacular backdrop of moving visuals five decks high. During the entertainment experiences the space comes alive with a series of aerial acrobatic performances blurring the lines between artful choreography and state-of-the-art technology.


The R Bar offerings will feature a return to the classic drinks all served in unique glassware with surprising garnishes. The venue’s resident mixologist will create drink specials to complement each evening’s theme and aerial spectacular.


Alaskan Dream Cruises 'optimistic'

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Alaskan Dream Cruises, the Sitka-based, native-owned small ship operator, is "optimistic" about its second year after an encouraging finish to its inaugural season. "Our inaugural season for 2011 definitely had a slow start, but thank goodness for last-minute bookers," reports Vice President of Sales and Marketing Michael Wien. “The end of the season was encouraging, and that gave us the confidence and boost to move into 2012,” he says.

Wien told Cruise Business Review that ADC aims to carve out a unique niche for itself that will distinguish the small ship line from its competitors. "At Alaskan Dream Cruises, we want to make sure our guests have an overall experience of what life is like in Alaska. We’re going to have a strong native cultural influence to make sure guests have a good understanding of the rich history of native culture in the Southeast."

Commenting on the sudden expansion by small ship lines in Alaska since the failure of Cruise West, he notes, "With the demise of Cruise West more boats were available. With that, the three cruise lines [Alaskan Dream Cruises, American Safari Cruises, and InnerSea Discoveries] picked up the boats and are designing their own business model and highlights. And whatever cruise line you choose, it’s a great way because they all have a different angle."

For now, Alaskan Dream Cruises is not looking to increase capacity as it builds brand awareness with its existing fleet of two ships, carrying 42 and 66 passengers respectively. "We are currently focusing on the 2012 itineraries aboard the Alaskan Dream and Admiralty Dream," Wien emphasizes. However, the line does own another former Cruise West vessel, renamed the Baranof Dream, which is being held in reserve and is available for charter.

By M.T. Schwartzman 

TUI Cruises appoints Mike Schwanke director of marketing

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TUI Cruises, the German premium segment operator, has appointed Mike Schwanke director of marketing. He will take up his new position on 1 January next year and follow Nils Behrens, who has resigned to pursue other activities.

Schwanke joins the Hamburg based cruise line from the position of brand management department leader of the German unit of Telefonica, the Spanish Telecom giant. He was responsible for brand management projects at Telefonica's office in Munich.

In his new position, Schwanke will report to Richard J. Vogel, ceo of TUI Cruises, the company said in a statement.