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Seabourn unveils 2018-19 itineraries

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
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Seabourn, the luxury brand in the Carnival Corporation & plc group, said it will feature new worldwide itineraries for the fall 2018 and winter 2019 seasons. The new program includes 37 unique sailings to hidden harbors, marquee ports and must see cities accessible only by smaller ships.

The fall 2018 and winter 2019 seasons will allow guests to see our Extraordinary World with 103 departures of seven to 66 days in length, visiting exotic destinations in South America & Antarctica, India, Arabia, Australia & New Zealand, and Southeast Asia, along with classic favorites including the Panama Canal, Canada/New England, and the Caribbean. The itineraries, fares and additional details of Seabourn's complete fall 2018/winter 2019 cruise schedule can be viewed at

Seabourn Ovation,  the line's newest ship, will depart Athens on a 20-day Holy Land and Arabia voyage headed to Dubai. An additional 18-day voyage of Arabia, India and Sri Lanka will position the ship in Singapore to begin the ship's inaugural Asia season of five 14-day voyages between Singapore and Hong Kong. These itineraries will feature the line's popular Caviar in the Surf beach parties at Ko Kood in Thailand, an overnight stay at Ho Chi Minh City and an extended day at Halong Bay in Vietnam, allowing for optional excursions to Hanoi. The season will also include a 14-day voyage from Hong Kong to Singapore visiting China, the Philippines, and Kota Kinabalu (Borneo) in Malaysia, providing options for appealing 28-day combo cruises with the Vietnam/Thailand voyages. The ship will then depart Singapore on a 22-day voyage to Dubai via Myanmar, India and Oman, followed by a 20-day voyage to Arabia and the Holy Land, arriving in Athens to begin the 2019 Europe season.

Following the summer season,Seabourn Encore will depart the Mediterranean bound for Australia & New Zealand via four voyages: 19 days through the Holy Land and Arabia; 18 days through Arabia and India to Singapore; a seven-day voyage between Singapore and Benoa, Bali, visiting Java and Celukan Bawang, Bali; and an 18-day sailing from Bali to Sydney via the Great Barrier Reef. The 2018-2019 season in Australia & New Zealand will consist of four 16-day voyages between Sydney and Auckland, interspersed with two alternate 16-day South Pacific Islands voyages round-trip from Auckland, visiting New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji. The start of spring will see Seabourn Encore depart Sydney for a 16-day voyage, featuring the Queensland Coast & Great Barrier Reef, plus Indonesia islands to Bali. A 10-day Gems of the Java Sea voyage will highlight Bali and Komodo, plus several ports on Java before reaching Singapore. The return to Europe will include a 16-day cruise through India and Arabia to Dubai, and an 18-day voyage from Dubai to Athens via the Holy Land.

During fall 2018, Seabourn Quest will sail on four 10-day Canadian Maritimes & New England voyages between Montreal and Boston, as well as a 12-day cruise round-trip from Montreal. A 14-day positioning cruise ends in Miami, from which Seabourn Quest will sail 25 days southward to visit Key West, pass through the Panama Canal, and explore the Inca Coast of Peru. Seabourn Quests will then sail on five voyages in Antarctica & Patagonia, including a 24-day Holiday voyage from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso that features the South Georgia Experience and Ventures by Seabourn optional kayaking excursions led by the ship's top-flight expedition team. In spring 2019, Seabourn Quest will depart from Buenos Aires to travel up the coast of Brazil on a 21-day voyage into the Amazon. The ship will then sail a 24-day itinerary from Manaus, down the Amazon and across the Atlantic to Lisbon for its summer season in Europe.

Following an Atlantic crossing, Seabourn Odyssey's fall 2018 season begins with a series of 18 seven-day Caribbean cruises between Bridgetown, Barbados and Philipsburg, Sint Maarten. Each of the cruises will offer both a Caviar in the Surf beach barbecue at Carambola Beach, St. Kitts or Mayreau in the Grenadines, as well as a Marina Day at Jost Van Dyke or Iles des Saintes. (All subject to conditions.) In early spring, Seabourn Odyssey will cross the Atlantic to Lisbon in 11 days, and then sail 14 days through the Canary Islands, Morocco and Spain to Barcelona to be poised for another European season.

Itineraries for Seabourn Sojourn are currently being finalized and will be announced soon. The ship will feature a number of Extended Explorations voyages in late 2018 & 2019, which are suited to the traveler looking for a longer, more in-depth experience from their journey.

As the newest ultra-luxury fleet in the industry, Seabourn's intimate ships offer key elements that set the line apart: spacious, thoughtfully appointed suites, many with verandas and all 100% ocean front; superb dining in a choice of venues including The Grill by Thomas Keller; differentiated evening experiences in partnership with Sir Tim Rice, Spa & Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil, open bars throughout the ship; fine wines poured at lunch and dinner; award-winning service and a relaxed, sociable atmosphere that makes guests feel right at home onboard. The ships travel the globe to many of the world's most desirable destinations, including marquee cities, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and lesser-known ports and hideaways. Travelers who covet outdoor adventures will also find the Ventures by Seabourn optional for-charge excursion program on many itineraries, including Alaska, Antarctica, Europe, Australia and Southeast Asia. Guests may book these tours in advance on Seabourn's website.

British delegation to attend CCYIA in November

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
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On 6 June, Stewart Gorman, Consul of Trade and Investment Office of British Embassy, and Yang Haixia, Trade and Investment Officer of British Embassy, visited CCYIA together. Zheng Weihang, Secretary General and EVP of CCYIA, received the consul.

During this meeting, the two parties carried out in-depth discussion on cooperation in the 12th China Cruise Shipping Conference which will be held from 5 to 7 November this year in Sanya, Haihan province. Both parties reached a consensus and fully affirmed the development prospects of China's cruise construction industry. They hoped to work together to make China’s shipbuilding bigger and stronge

According to the British side, The Embassy will organise a British delegation to attend the CCS12 conference; invite a number of high-tech enterprises engaging in cruise construction to thoroughly participate in the Cruise Construction Forum in the hope of exchanging experience with Chinese enterprises engaged in cruise manufacture and repair; organize relevant British enterprises in the cruise industry chain to participate in the Expo for demonstration and communication.


Fiftieth MedCruise General Assembly in Gibraltar

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The 50th General Assembly of MedCruise, the association of Mediterranean cruise ports, took place in Gibraltar from 14th to 17th June. Over 120 delegates – including representatives of members ports, cruise lines and the media – were present in the Assembly, taking part in discussions, business to business meetings and interactive workshops, Kalle Id reports.

Matters discussed included subjects such as recent changes in the governance structure of cruise ports in the Mediterranean (the creation of a new port authority system in Italy, the privatization of Piraeus port and the introduction of terminal operators in Cyprus), the perception of cruise activities and their impact in local communities, sustaining cruise growth in the Mediterranean, recent intiatives to create thematic and/or regional cruise port network to better promote less well known ports, and the improvements into port operations in the Mediterranean region.

We will be taking a more detailed look at the General Assembly in the next issue of Cruise Business Review.

President Trump to ban people-to-people travel to Cuba -- report

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Senior US administration officials said in a media briefing Thursday afternoon that President Trump will ban people-to-people travel to Cuba for individual Americans, reports on its website.

People-to-people trips are one of 12 types that were approved for US travelers as part of the Obama administration’s detente with Cuba. Tour operators had reported that this type of vacation was extremely popular with consumers, and it appears that group people-to-people trips will still be allowed.

“Individual people-to people travel has the highest risk of abuse,” said one official, but did not elaborate on examples of any alleged malfeasance. The Treasury Department will soon issue new regulations regarding the forms of travel that are acceptable.

These types of trips focused on connecting US travelers with Cubans in their communities and homes, creating an educational environment where travelers can experience what everyday life is like for Cubans. The ostensible goal was to foster a mutual connection between citizens of the two countries in a structured and regulated fashion, the report said.

Some 900 Meyer Turku workers in 36 hour walk out

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About 900 staff of Meyer Turku, the Finnish cruise ship builder, have staged a 36 hour walk out.

“The workers have in their statement presented strong accusations against the employer. The management of Meyer Turku does not recognise the allegations as they have been presented, but takes them seriously,” the company said in a statement.

The matter would be settled in talks between the workers concerned and the management of the company. There is a valid contract on terms of work between the staff of the company and the management, Meyer Turku said.