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Newsletter: Cruise, 6/30/08

Carnival Dream to Unveil New Piazza Element


When the 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream debuts in September 2009 it will be Carnival Cruise Lines' biggest ship to date and, possibly, most innovative.

Carnival Dream will include a new entertainment concept called The Piazza, an indoor/outdoor cafe and live music space. The ship will also include the Carnival WaterWorks aqua park, cantilevered whirlpools and new stateroom categories, including those specifically designed for families.

The ship will launch year-round service from Port Canaveral in December 2009 offering alternating seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises departing every Saturday. Carnival Glory, which handles these itineraries now, will be redeployed to Miami and operate year-round seven-day Caribbean cruises beginning October 3, 2009.


Peter Deilmann Opens 2009 Bookings


Peter Deilmann Cruises, which operates riverboats in Europe, is now accepting bookings on all its 2009 European river cruises. Agents should take note that price increases in 2009 were held to 5 percent of 2008 prices on all cruise-only departures.

Peter Deilmann operates eight ships and offers sailings along Europe's rivers of seven to 14 nights. The Danube River is the focus of weekly cruises of two five-star Deilmann ships—the Mozart and Casanova—that sail round-trip seven-day cruises from Passau in southeastern Germany, calling at Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava and small towns in Austria and Hungary, including Melk, Esztergom and Dürnstein. Rates are from $1,610 to $5,120 per person.

The Elbe, Havel and Moldau rivers are the focus of the Katharina von Bora's and the Frederic Chopin's weekly itineraries between Potsdam and Prague, while the Dresden makes it way along the Elbe River between Dresden and Hamburg.  All three ships take in the smaller towns of Wittenberg, Meissen and Bad Schandau. Seven-night cruises are $1,625 to $3,895.

In France, Deilmann operates the Cezanne and Princesse de Provence along the Seine roundtrip from Paris. Fares range from $1,545 to $2,430.


California State Assembly Kills Ocean-Rangers Bill


A bill that would require cruise ships departing from California ports to carry "ocean rangers," or personnel who would monitor public safety and enforce environmental compliance, has been tabled by California's State Assembly

The decision to kill the bill ends California State Sen. Joe Simitian's attempt to increase regulation of the cruise industry. "I think the committee action today sends an unfortunate message," Simitian told the Los Angeles Times. "Buyer beware when you climb on a cruise ship. You're on your own."

The bill had already moved through the State Senate but failed to pass by the Assembly's Public Safety Committee.

NCL's Ultimate Touring Newest Freestyle Invention


Norwegian Cruise Line's Ultimate Touring is the cruise line's newest take on shore excursions. The smaller, private tours are targeted for couples or groups up to 18 people, and are available to book onboard or pre-cruise.

"These once-in-a-lifetime tours embody NCL’s Freestyle Cruising by offering guests a completely customized experience to fit their individual needs, interests and schedule," said Colin Veitch, NCL’s president and CEO.

More than 60 percent of cruisers want personalized shore excursion options according to a 2007 study conducted by YPB&R/Yankelovich Inc.

Tours from NCL include: an archipelago speed boat adventure in Helsinki; walking the rooftops of historical buildings in Stockholm; a 4x4 rally experience in Livorno, Italy; a float plane ride over the Maltese Islands; and a six-course tasting menu in Ketchikan, Alaska.


The Cruise Professionals Acquired by Travelzest


Travelzest, a travel group that offers specialist travel programs, has acquired Canadian luxury cruise retailer, The Cruise Professionals, for $13 million. The Cruise Professionals was formed in 1987 by Mary Jean Tully, who will remain on as chairman and CEO, to tap the luxury cruise segment. The company now employs 41 travel professionals.

The move was partly made to tap into markets outside North America. "We believe that becoming part of Travelzest will help the business move beyond the North American market and capitalize on the growing global demand for luxury cruises."


Carnival Launches Summer Sale


Carnival Cruise Lines' "Endless Summer Celebration" offers weekly specials on cruises booked during July.

The new promotion offers deals on three- to 12-day cruises to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Mexico and Europe

The sales event includes shipboard credits; stateroom upgrades; special rates for third and fourth guests in a stateroom; holiday offers and regional savings; and discounts on a variety of fall, winter and spring departures.

The promotion is capacity controlled and not combinable with any other discount offers. A special website has been created at, where agents can obtain collateral kits and other helpful sales items.

AMA Waterways' Winter Air Promotion


AMA Waterways is offering airfares as low as $99 on a host of November European river cruises. The promotion is available on the November 12, 2008, “Amsterdam to Paris” and “Blue Danube Discovery” itineraries, as well as select “Christmas Time Cruises” (November 19, 22 & 27) and “Christmas Wonderland” (November 22 and 26) sailings.

The “Amsterdam to Paris” itinerary includes a seven-night cruise to Trier, Germany, along the Rhine, Main and Mosel rivers, followed by a three-night stay in Paris; the “Blue Danube Discovery” program begins with two nights in Budapest, followed by a seven-night Danube cruise to Nuremburg, and a three-night stay in Prague; the 11-day “Christmas Time Cruise” features two nights in Prague before sailing from Nuremberg to Budapest; and the 12-day “Christmas Wonderland” cruise includes three nights in Paris before sailing from Trier to Amsterdam

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