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PSA welcomes CLIA safety review

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The Passenger Shipping Association (PSA), the cruise and ferry industry organisation in the UK, says it welcomes the announcement by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) that in response to the Costa Concordia incident and as part of the industry’s continuous efforts to review and improve safety measures, they have launched a Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review. 


The PSA, European Cruise Council and CLIA are fully committed to working with the International Maritime Organisation, governments and regulatory bodies, including Parliament and the European Commission, to implement any necessary regulatory changes, the London based organisation said





Nobu to host “Foodie” cruise onboard Crystal Serenity

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Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa is coming onboard Crystal Serenity this May to serve as in-person Executive Chef in Silk Road and the Sushi Bar, his speciality restaurants with Crystal Cruises. The world-famous Japanese chef plans to give cooking instruction, personally prepare dishes, take pictures with guests and sign autographs during a 12-night western European/Mediterranean voyage departing Dover on 24 May 2012. Crystal Cruises is part of the Tokyo based shipping giant Nippon Yusen Kaisha. 

P&O Cruises cancel Azura's 2013 world cruise

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P&O Cruises, the UK based contemporary market unit in Carnival Corp & plc group, has cancelled a world cruise planned for 2013 and decided to deploy the 115,000 gross ton vessel in the Caribbean instead on fly cruises. 

"Based on the success of our recent world cruise programmes, we have added more world cruise capacity for 2013. Due to current economic circumstances however, we are seeing a growing preference for shorter cruises which leads us to believe that it could become more difficult to fill an enlarged world cruise programme next year. In order to recognise this situation, we have taken the decision to redeploy Azura from her scheduled world cruise in 2013 and instead operate her in the Caribbean," a spokesperson for P&O Cruises said.

In the autumn, the company revised the itinerary of the 30,000 gross to Adonia for autumn 2012, whereby the ship will sail from Southampton throughout the autumn rather than operating fly cruises in the Mediterranean. 

Could Pacific Sun be headed for Thomson?

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When Thomson Cruises’ Managing Director Fraser Ellacott said in an interview that he would unveil “exciting plans” in the next three to four months, could he refer to the introduction of Pacific Sun that P&O Cruises Australia have sold with delivery to undisclosed buyers in the summer of 2013?

“For the longer term, clearly we have a need to modernise,” he told Travel Weekly earlier this week.

Pacific Sun was built in 1986 as Jubilee of Carnival Cruise Lines and it is of 47,262 gross tons and it has 1,896 lower berths. Thomson currently has four ships thatall cater for the UK market; Thomson Dream, Thomson Spirit, Thomson Destiny and Thomson Celebration - plus one ship branded as Island Escape. These were built between 1982 and 1986 and range in size from 34,000 to 56,000 gross tons.

Thomson Cruises does not own any of the vessels but operates them on long time charters from their owners, such as the Cyprus based Louis group.

Thomson Cruises to unveil “exciting plans” in three-four months

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Thomson Cruises, which is part of TUI Travel group, is looking to modernise its fleet both with potential new ships and upgrades to existing ships, the company’s Managing Director tells Travel Weekly.

Managing director Fraser Ellacott disclosed that there would be news about “exciting plans” for the UK’s third largest cruise company in three to four months time. The company operates four ships under the Thomson Cruises brand name - Thomson Dream, Thomson Spirit, Thomson Destiny and Thomson Celebration - plus one ship branded as Island Escape on the UK market. The vessels are second generation cruise ships, all built between 1982 and 1986 and range in size from 34,000 to 56,000 gross tons. All ships are operated on time charter from their respective owners.

“For the longer term, clearly we have a need to modernise,” he told Travel Weekly. When asked if this would involve work to the existing fleet and new tonnage, he replied that both were under consideration. The development flowed from a strategic review of the company he undertook when taking the helm nine months ago.

Ellacott is also looking to the Middle East and North Africa as possible new destinations from summer 2013, identifying Libya, Lebanon, Algeria and the Dead Sea as offering history and culture that would appeal to British passengers in the wake of the Arab Spring.

Ellacott said it was too early to gauge the impact of the Costa Concordia tragedy on business, saying the industry would learn any lessons to emerge from what he described as a “significant event”. In the meantime, he is anxious to highlight the key USP’s of the Tui UK & Ireland cruise brand, such as fly-cruises from 22 regional airports, tips and service charges included in the up-front price, destination-rich itineraries and more flexible cruise and stay options.

He described feedback from customer service questionnaires in 2011 as the best ever and continuing to improve, with around half of passengers on repeat cruises with the company. “Once people have tried cruising with us, very few don’t go back,” he said. A return to ex-UK sailings this summer with Thomson Spirit offering departures from Newcastle and Harwich was proving popular with customers in the north of England, added Ellacott according to the report.