Cruising Updates

Starwood joins CLIA

In a nod to the growing value of cruising to the hotel sector, Starwood Hotels and Resorts has signed on as an executive partner of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia.

A long term member of CLIA USA, the Sydney-based Starwood branch decided to join the Australasian association after attending the inaugural regional Cruise3sixty in February.

The agreement aims to provide an accommodation solution pre and post cruise at Starwood properties and strengthen the group’s association with the cruise industry.

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Space on Gallipoli 2015 cruise

Innovative Travel has space available on the commemorative Gallipoli 2015 cruise on Azamara Journey from Athens to Istanbul. The 11 day cruise is priced from $11,395pp twin and will be led by historians and authors providing a complete picture of the Gallipoli campaign from every side of the conflict. Those with ballot tickets will be tendered ashore of the commemorations and those remaining on-board will take part in a special commemorative service featuring Soprano Dame Malvina Major. Contact Innovative Travel on 0508 100 111 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Cruise New Zealand looks at AKL progression

Cruise New Zealand has identified the upgrading and 'right sizing' of Auckland's cruise infrastructure, as well as further research into cruise visitor spend, as imperative focuses for the progression of New Zealand's cruise sector.

Cruise New Zealand recently met with CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) Australasia to engage with key stakeholders with the objective of demystifying the cruise sector and establishing a blueprint for New Zealand's cruise future.

Given that Asia Pacific is seeing larger ships, new entrants and new builds to the region, with ships increasingly carrying in excess of 3000 passengers, Cruise New Zealand is focusing on streamlining port infrastructure and shore-side processes in Auckland, New Zealand's primary exchange port.

CLIA Australasia chairman Gavin Smith, who headed the delegation from Sydney, envisages New Zealand’s growth through positioning Auckland for more fly-cruise opportunities. 'New Zealand has largely been a successful cruise destination. However if we can make it easier for guests to cruise from Auckland, and can create new experiences, Auckland will become a better cruise hub.'

Cruise New Zealand chairman Graeme Marshall says the body is prioritising research as one of its key focuses, and says the meeting with CLIA was beneficial. 'This was a great opportunity for the cruise lines through CLIA Australasia to connect with our stakeholders on what is required to grow New Zealand as a successful cruise destination. It was heartening to hear that everyone had the same objective, to not only see New Zealand succeed further as a cruise destination, but with new exciting ideas on the table to do things more intelligently,' says Marshall.

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Mexican Riviera and Alaska cruising

Carnival Cruise Lines fun ship, Carnival Miracle will sail year-round to the Mexican Riviera departing October 4 2014 from Long Beach, CA.

The programme will encompass three different week-long itineraries, including a ports of call at Mazatlán, Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta.


Following its inaugural season in Australia, Carnival Legend will operate the line’s seasonal Alaska programme beginning in May 2015. In total, 16 week-long Alaska cruises will operate from the Port of Seattle from May 26 to September 8, 2015, departing each Tuesday.

Port calls on include the Alaskan towns of Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, as well as Victoria and cruising Tracy Arm Fjord or sailing Glacier Bay. Carnival Legend will also operate a special one-time eight-day Glacier Bay voyage departing Vancouver May 18 and arriving in Seattle May 26, 2015.

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Hail a Huskey

For the winter 2014 sailings, Hurtigruten has an optional transfer by Huskey between Kirkenes Airport and the SnowHotel.

On arrival at Kirkenes airport, guests will be given all the suitable clothing to make the 45 minute journey by husky sledge to the hotel. The luggage will be transferred by mini-bus.

The transfers will be available to customers flying into Kirkenes for a ‘Classic Voyage South’, but who are staying overnight at the SnowHotel in Kirkenes for a night before joining the ship.

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Carnival and confetti

Confetti was flying moments after Carnival Australia CEO Ann Sherry announced to her staff that two ships are being added to the P&O Cruises fleet in November 2015.

The additional tonnage will give P&O Cruises a five-ship fleet making it the largest fleet of ships home-ported in this market year round.

Emphasising Carnival Australia’s ‘House of Brands’, there will be 12 Carnival-brand ships either home-ported year round or seasonally representing 10% of Carnival Corporation’s worldwide fleet of 101 cruise ships. Announcements will follow on home-porting arrangements and itineraries for the ships joining the P&O Cruises fleet.

Confetti flies at the announcement by Ann Sherry

The additional ships, which will transfer to P&O Cruises from Holland America Line, will deliver much needed capacity in the world's fastest growing cruise market.

Having a five-ship fleet will give P&O Cruises greater flexibility in its increased offering of short-break cruises, traditional cruises to the South Pacific and cruises to new destinations such as Papua New Guinea and Asia.

The company’s ships sail from five Australian cities as well as Auckland in New Zealand.

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Azamara Club Cruises 2016 voyages

Azamara Club Cruises has released the cruise line's annual deployment for 2016. Azamara’s twin boutique ships, Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, will take up-market travellers to intriguing ports in Australia and New Zealand, the Far East and Southeast Asia, the Arabian Gulf, and the West Indies, totaling 204 ports of call in 70 countries.

Azamara's programme for 2016 includes 44 maiden calls in Australia and New Zealand, United Arab Emirates and Oman, Europe and the West Indies.

Azamara delivers extraordinary service, fine dining and more inclusive onboard amenities, including boutique wines, international beers and select spirits, as well as an AzAmazing Evenings event on every voyage, an exclusive, unique, and complimentary evening tour that showcases a destination’s distinct culture and flavour.

For more information, visit

Azamara Quest

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Antarctic voyage waives single sup

Innovative Travel and Oceanwide Expeditions has waived the single supplement on the 30 night Antarctic Ross Sea Voyage aboard MV Ortelius departing February 11, 2015.

There are 12 cabins available to single travellers until sold out. Cruise highlights include Peter I Island, Southern Royal Albatross, Ross Sea, Scott’s Hut, Cape Adare, Antarctic Peninsula, helicopter outings and much more.

The price includes cabin of choice, transfers, excursions and all activities as per the itinerary, all meals including snacks, tea and coffee, use of boots, Zodiac excursions and helicopter transfers (weather permitted), lectures, service taxes and port charges. Single cabins start from US$31,800 (was US$54,060)

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