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Costa Cruises resumes Japan itineraries

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
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Costa Cruises has announced the resumption of its Japan itineraries. On August 26th, 2011 Costa Classica will be leaving Shanghai for a 4-night cruise calling at Fukuoka (Japan), Cheju (South Korea) before returning to Shanghai.

This decision demonstrates Costa’s confidence in Japan’s tourism market and its support to the revitalization of the local tourism industry. Costa Classica cruises to Japan are very much appreciated especially by Costa Chinese guests. As the first international cruise company to enter the Chinese market, Costa Cruises has been operating cruise itineraries from China to Japan for more than five years. From August to October this year Costa Classica, home-ported in Shanghai, will operate a total of 12 cruises to Japan and South Korea. The wide selection of itineraries includes 3 very appealing Japanese destinations: Fukuoka, Nagasaki and Kagoshima: 4-night cruises to Fukuoka and Cheju (South Korea); a 6-day cruise to Pusan (South Korea), Fukuoka, Kagoshima; a 5-night cruise to Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Cheju (South Korea). Also on these Japan itineraries Costa Cruises will continue to offer its guests its extraordinary Italian style cruise experience.

In 2012, Costa is further expanding its operations in Asia and the Far East, with the deployment for the first time of the Costa Victoria (75,200 gross tonnage and 2,394 total passenger capacity), which will replace the Costa Classica (53,000 gross tonnage and 1,680 passengers). For the first time on these cruises the Costa Victoria will offer Guests the chance to book 246 veranda cabins and enjoy the splendid scenery of the Far East, including Japan, from the privacy of their own cabins. Thanks to the Costa Victoria positioning, Costa Cruises will increase its offer in the area by about 40%. In 2012 Costa Victoria will sail to an array of new destinations in Japan, including: the tropical paradise Hososhima/Miyazaki; Wakayama, which boasts the largest hot spring resort; Osaka, Japan’s second largest city; the popular sightseeing cities in the Kanto Area, Yokohama and Tokyo, the capital city.

According to the Japan National Tourism Organization (, a joint statement from the World Health Organization, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the World Meteorological Organization, the International Maritime Organization and the International Civil Aviation Organization has reaffirmed that operations can continue normally into and out of Japan's major airports and sea ports.

Singapore Cruise Centre named exclusive Platinum Sponsor of Cruise Shipping Asia 2011

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
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UBM Live and UBM Asia have named Singapore Cruise Centre Private Ltd. the exclusive Platinum Sponsor of the inaugural Cruise Shipping Asia event scheduled Nov. 16-18, 2011, in Singapore. Cruise Shipping Asia 2011 is a tradeshow and conference focusing on the Asia Pacific cruise market. As the show's principal sponsor, Singapore Cruise Centre will showcase its position as an award-winning cruise terminal operator in one of the fastest-growing markets in the industry.

"Securing the Singapore Cruise Centre as our Platinum Sponsor is a testament to the importance of Cruise Shipping Asia in helping cultivate the pan-Asia region as an emerging cruise market," said Michael Kazakoff, vice president UBM Live, organizer of Cruise Shipping Asia and the annual Cruise Shipping Miami shows.

Singapore Cruise Centre handles more than 8 million passengers annually at three ferry terminals and one cruise terminal. With the opening of the state-of-the-art International Cruise Terminal at Marina South, Singapore's cruise terminal infrastructure will double in capacity by April 2012.

Singapore Cruise Centre had a lead role in forming the Asia Cruise Terminal Association and chairs the organization. ACTA serves as a regional forum for cruise terminal operators to cooperate in terminal development, operations and management, and to raise awareness of available facilities and services.

"We share the Cruise Shipping Asia vision to tap into the rapid growth of the cruise industry in Asia-Pacific, and it is our honor and privilege to be the Platinum Sponsor of this inaugural event," said Christina Siaw, CEO of Singapore Cruise Centre. "We look forward to CSA 2011 and the opportunities to learn, network and share experiences and expertise within and outside of the industry."

Cruise Shipping Asia conference sessions feature panels of experts discussing key industry topics, including the state of the Asian cruise industry, sourcing, shipbuilding, marketing and successfully tailoring the cruise experience for the Asian market. Singapore Cruise Centre's Siaw will participate on the terminal design and operations panel. A travel agent training program also is planned to promote awareness of cruising as a holiday option in Asia.

The Cruise Shipping Asia exhibition features destinations, itinerary planning, shore excursion services, port and terminal development, as well as ship operations, ship services and hotel operations.

Star Cruises to deploy SuperStar Aquarius to new homeport in Sanya

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
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Star Cruises, the leading cruise line operator in Asia-Pacific, has announced the seasonal deployment of its state-of-the-art cruise liner SuperStar Aquarius to Sanya as its homeport, starting from November 2011. For a reinvigorating cruising experience, the deployment comes with a variety of destination cruises calling at Vietnams appealing tourist spots, Danang, Halong Bay & Hu¿.

During the five-month deployment, the 51,000-gross-tonnage SuperStar Aquarius will ply the South China Sea, departing from the thriving Sanya in two- and three-nights destination cruises to Danang, Halong Bay and Hu¿. These cruises will fittingly match the varying holiday preferences of Star Cruises Asian as well as international customers.

Michael Goh, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Star Cruises said, "As a leading cruise line in Asia Pacific, it's our pleasure and challenge to develop just the right itinerary that deftly caters for what passengers dream about for their holiday while capturing the best that a destination can offer."

He continued, "We're proud to present this Sanya-homeported itinerary that takes advantage of the cool and sunny weather in Sanya; and comes with a lot of shopping, sightseeing, entertainment and even cultural activities that the four ports are famous for. Not to mention that the passengers will be pampered with the crews warm hospitality and a vast selection of onboard dinning, entertainment and recreational facilities."

The latest deployment exemplifies Star Cruises' long-held belief and practice in refreshing passengers cruising experience throughout the years. The new Sanya-homeported itinerary follows SuperStar Aquarius' seven-month stay at Taiwan (homeport), from April to October 2011, with ports of call including Japans culturally rich Naha and relaxing Ishigaki; and Taiwan's mountainous gem Hualien.

Carnival Corp & plc expects loss from Costa Marina sale

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
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Carnival Corp & plc, the world’s largest cruise shipping group, expects that it cannot sell Costa Crociere’s Costa Marina at or above book value, but rather sees a loss of $0.02 per share from the disposal of the vessel.

The 25,441 gross ton Costa Marina had been built as a Swedish containership in the 1970s and it was rebuilt as a cruise liner in Italy in 1990 at a cost of $130 million.

Costa Marina, which has 772 lower berths, will leave the fleet in November 2011. “In the third quarter of 2011, the company will record a loss on the sale of approximately $0.02 per share,” Carnival said in a statement.

Norwegian Cruise Line merges UK, Continent marketing teams

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
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Norwegian Cruise Line is merging its marketing teams based in London (responsible for the UK market) and Wiesbaden (responsible for all Continental European markets) to optimise the operational processes and increase efficiency.  This move is a continuation of its European business consolidation that in May saw the appointment of Francis Riley as Vice President and General Manager, International.

Kevin Bubolz has been appointed Director Business Planning & Marketing for European revenue management and marketing across the London and Wiesbaden offices. The certified travel agent and business administration graduate has been with Norwegian Cruise Line since 2005 – previously as Head of Revenue Management Europe.

He will be supported by Tina Kunze, taking over responsibility for the revenue management department, with Eva-Maria Muth leading the European marketing team. Tina Kunze (Manager Pricing & Revenue Management Europe) has a bachelor degree in Tourism & Leisure Management. She has worked in the Revenue Management department at Norwegian Cruise Line since February 2009 – previously as Coordinator Pricing and Revenue Management. Eva-Maria Muth (Manager Marketing & PR Europe ) is a certified travel agent and business administration graduate. She has been working in Norwegian Cruise Line´s marketing department since October 2003, previously heading the marketing team for Continental Europe in Wiesbaden as Manager Marketing and PR.







As a result of the marketing team merger, Claire Riches has left Norwegian Cruise Line after three successful years with the business.