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Louis Cruises to rename Thomson Destiny as Louis Olympia

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
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Louis Cruises has announced the deployment of its cruise ship Thomson Destiny in its own brand operations as of this coming season. Thomson Destiny will replace the Louis Majesty - which has been chartered to Thomson Cruises as it is better suited for their 7 and 14-night cruises - in the 3- and 4-night cruises operation out of Piraeus and Kusadasi as of May 11th 2012.

Refurbished this year, the new addition to the own brand operations is ideal for 3 and 4-night cruises to the Greek islands and Turkey. Featuring 9 passenger decks and 7 elevators, she can accommodate 1664 passengers in 725 comfortable and welcoming staterooms, 419 of which with window views and 21 suites, 9 of which with balconies, an upgraded option for the Louis Cruises passengers sailing on 3 and 4-night cruises. With 3 eating outlets to choose from, passengers can enjoy the sumptuous Greek and Mediterranean cuisine on board as well as 24-hour room service. A large show lounge, various other lounges, the casino Royale, the spacious decks - ideal also for parties by the 2 large swimming pools - and the 5 bars on board provide a complete entertainment at sea. A fully equipped gym, badminton, basketball and table tennis are available along with the Ocean's Spa for treatments and saunas. The Kid's Club, duty free shops, library and Internet corner complete the experience offered on board.

The deployment of this cruise ship in the Louis Cruises own brand operations marks the launching of the company's enhanced identity as a Greek island and Turkey specialist niche operator with a genuine Hellenic and East Med experience on board. It is for this reason that Thomson Destiny will be renamed Louis Olympia. Named after the ancient sanctuary and archeological site of Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games, the Louis Olympia will provide her passengers with a truly Hellenic experience, fitting with Greece's vast history and culture which shaped today's civilization and democracy around the globe. 

Commenting on the addition of Louis Olympia to the own brand operations, Kerry Anastassiadis, CEO of Louis Cruises stated: "The deployment of 'Louis Olympia' in our ex Piraeus and Kusadasi itineraries marks a new era for us at Louis Cruises since it further enhances our profile as the Aegean and East Med specialists. With a name representing the eternal values of Olympia and fitting with our Hellenic identity and local expertise in the region, the 'Louis Olympia' coupled with our 'Louis Cristal' that operates 7-night cruises out of Piraeus and Istanbul, will now both offer our passengers a complete experience of the region's history, culture, tastes, music and 'filoxenia', the Greek word our warm hearted hospitality is based on, while they sail to unique destinations. From the moment a passenger boards one of our cruise ships till the time of his disembarkation, a Louis Cruises sailing offers a genuine experience of Greece and Turkey. After all, we at Louis Cruises don't just sail in Eastern Mediterranean but in essence we invite our passengers for an authentic experience in our 'home' waters."

Keel-laying of Vking Line cruise ferry at STX Turku Shipyard

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
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The keel-laying of newbuilding 1376, an environmentally friendly new generation cruise ferry to be built for Viking Line ABP was performed at STX Turku Shipyard on Tuesday 6 March 2012. The keel-laying ceremony followed old traditions and was witnessed by representatives of Viking Line, STX Finland and the classification society Lloyd's Register, invited guests and members of the press.

When completed the cruise ferry Viking Grace will be the most environmentally friendly large cruise ferry ever. It is fuelled by liquefied natural gas (LNG), emissions into the sea have been totally eliminated, and emissions into the air are remarkably lower than those of any other ships. The 218-metre long cruise ferry is scheduled for delivery at the beginning of 2013. For the Turku Shiyard it brings approximately 2,600 man-years of labour.

"The project has advanced according to plan and we are pleased to be able to celebrate the keel-laying of the cruise ferry at the STX Turku Shipyard" says Jari Anttila, Director of STX Turku Shipyard. "The ship has already attracted a lot of interest both nationally and internatinonally due to her new and innovative technical solutions. This is positive for STX Finland and the Finnish shipbuilding in general," continues Anttila.

P&O Cruises in free cabin upgrade offer in March for 67 cruises from June to December

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
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P&O Cruises is offering free cabin upgrades in March on a selection of 67 cruise holidays on all seven ships in the fleet, departing between June and December 2012, the company said in a statement. 

"The Ultimate Upgrade promotion is valid on bookings made throughout March, and entitles customers to a higher grade cabin at a lower grade price. All cruises in the promotion depart from Southampton and are between two and 35 nights in duration, to a choice of destinations such as the Mediterranean, Baltic, Canary Islands, Caribbean, USA and Canada, Norwegian Fjords, Iceland, and Around Britain," the company said. 

P&O Cruises managing director, Carol Marlow, said: “Customers booking in March will receive a fantastic value cruise holiday, offering the kind of cabin that may normally not be affordable for an even better cruise experience. This summer or autumn you could be enjoying a stunning view of the fjords from your  balcony or toasting the Caribbean sunset from a suite; all for less than expected, thus highlighting the unbeatable value for money offered by a cruise holiday."

Thomson Cruises to introduce Thomson Majesty as replacement of Thomson Destiny

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
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Thomson Cruises, which is part of the London based TUI Travel PLC group,  is replacing one of the four ships in its fleet this summer as part of the line’s modernisation plans, Travel Weekly reports in a newsletter.

The 1990 built 41,000 gross ton Thomson Majesty is coming in this summer in place of the 1982 built Thomson Destiny, which is of 38,000 gross tons. Thomson Majesty will operate four itineraries originally scheduled for Thomson Destiny from May 4 calling at ports such as Corfu Town, Venice, Santorini, Dubrovnik and Split in the Eastern Mediterranean as well as Atlantic islands sailings to Santa Cruz, Funchal, Las Palmas and Agadir in Morocco. 

Managing director Fraser Ellacott said a “significant” number of passengers who had booked Thomson Destiny were being contacted about the switch of ships. But he said Thomson Majesty, which offers 12 additional berths, had a range of facilities which would appeal to those transferring vessels including more modern cabins, an a la carte restaurant and a couples’ massage room, the report said.

Thomson Majesty was ordered by Birka Cruises, a Finnish company, for short cruise service in the Baltic from Stockholm. However, the shipyard that was building the vessel went bankrupt and Birka did not accept the higher price the restructured shipbuilder wanted for the vessel. Instead, it was sold to Majesty Cruise Line and operated in the Caribbean as Royal Majesty. The ship was later sold to Norwegian Cruise Line who renamed it Norwegian Majesty and lengthened the ship sop that its gross tonnage increased by about 8,000. It let the Norwegian fleet a few years ago as part of their fleet renewal programme and was bought by Louis Cruise Lines, the Cypriot company, which has chartered it to Thomson Cruises..

Azamara Club Cruises extends UK promotion

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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)