Princess Cruises has launched its Local Connections programme in Australia to coincide with the start of the cruise line’s 2018/19 summer cruise season. A global initiative, the Australian-based programme will see the development of up to 20 new shore excursions in six ports – Broome, Perth, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide and Brisbane.
Speaking at the 2018 Carnival Australia Partnership Summit aboard Majestic Princess in Australia, Princess Cruises’ chief commercial officer, Deanna Austin says the line was pioneering partnerships with regional experts in response to demand for meaningful and authentic tourism
Norwegian Cruise Line marked its third anniversary in New Zealand (and showed off its Auckland premises) with a trade function late last week.
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Royal Caribbean Line’s 11th New Zealand season started off in style this week when a group of 30 agents plus was hosted on Celebrity Solstice.
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Conditions are ripe for continued strong growth in cruising out of the New Zealand market, says Stuart Allison, Princess Cruises’ senior vice president, Asia Pacific.
The responsibility to be good stewards of the environment and the places they visit is something cruise companies take extremely seriously, Cindy D’Aoust, president and chief executive officer of Cruise Lines International Association Global told an Australasian audience recently.
The launch of Aurora’s new expedition ship, Greg Mortimer, and additional itineraries presents extra opportunities for New Zealand agents with clients seeking this increasingly popular form of cruising.
A 37% increase in membership of the New Zealand Cruise Association was celebrated at its annual conference in Blenheim last week.
The number of New Zealanders taking an ocean cruise continues to increase – and the travel trade’s revenue opportunities grow accordingly.
Travel + Leisure readers have again voted Viking to the top of its categories in the 2018 World’s Best Awards. Viking was named the number one Ocean Cruise Line for ships carrying 600–2,199 guests and one of the World’s Best River Cruise Lines. In the three years since the launch of Viking’s ocean cruises in 2015, the company has been named a number one Ocean Cruise Line every consecutive year. Viking has also been voted a World’s Best River Cruise Line every year since the award’s began in 2011. Last month the company launched its fth ocean ship, Viking Orion, and the announcement of the 245-day Viking Ultimate World Cruise, the longest-ever continuous world cruise itinerary.
To celebrate 30 years of expeditions, every passenger booked on a PONANT Kimberley 2019 or Antarctica 2018- 2020 luxury expedition, will earn agents a $500 gift card. Entry is automatic – no need to register. Plus earn a bonus 5% commission on any Antarctica or Kimberley Expedition booked.
Trade gift card incentive and bonus commission for Antarctica and Kimberley is valid on all new bookings deposited from 1 June to 31 July 2018. This offer is in addition to receiving normal commission. Contact Francis Travel Marketing for more information.
Crystal Cruises has unveiled new itineraries aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity. The collection of Grand Journeys are expanded sailings of combined existing 2020 itineraries, allowing guests to curate adventures ranging from 14 to 57 days.
On International Sushi Day on 18 June, Holland America revealed the largest sushi roll at sea made by Culinary Council member Andy Matsuda, while he sailed aboard Koningsdam on a special Food & Beverage Aficionado Cruise in Norway.
Holland America’s Food & Beverage Aficionado Cruises showcase the talents of the seven members of its Culinary Council. CLICK HERE for details.
Departing 7 December 2018 a 14-day journey aboard Crystal Serenity, round-trip from LA, will take clients along the coast of California, from LA to San Francisco and Santa Barbara; the Mexican Riviera ports from Puerto Vallarta to Mazatlán, La Paz and Cabo San Lucas.
This all-inclusive luxury cruise includes two Experience of Discovery themes, the Crystal Wine & Food Festival and Crystal on Broadway. Clients who book by 30 June can choose Crystal Clear Choices savings of either US$400 o the cruise fare or US$600 Shipboard Credit per person. Fares Available from US$6534 pp. www.crystalcruises.com
Holland America Line has announced Oprah Winfrey will serve as godmother of Nieuw Statendam, celebrating its belief in the transformative power of travel. Choosing a godmother for a new vessel is a time-honored maritime tradition that is thought to bring good luck and protection to the ship and all who sail on board. The official dedication will take place in a private ceremony and is not a part of the Girls’ Getaway cruise.
Three-day Girls’ Getaway Cruise
Guests can join Oprah and O, The Oprah Magazine editors Gayle King, Lucy Kaylin, Leigh Haber, Adam Glassman and Brian Underwood, for a three-day Bahamas Girls’ Getaway on Holland America Line’s newest ship: Nieuw Statendam. There’s an appearance by Oprah Winfrey, O-themed events and a day ashore at Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s award-winning private island. www.francistravelmarketing.co.nz
For those who have customers looking to go to Antarctica within the next year, availability on 2018 / 2019 cruises is very limited, and the Chimu Charters are no exception with its cruises coming season almost full.
Now is the time to secure 2019/2010 early birds on charter cruises as well on Viva Expeditions list of Antarctic cruise product. There are still some spaces available for 2018/2019 but clients need to move quickly. firstname.lastname@example.org