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THE CRUISE EXAMINER - COMMENT ON THE LATEST CRUISE INDUSTRY NEWS BY MARK TRE'
Cybercruises.com
Monday March 22 - Week 12
Ultra-Luxury ships - Alaska In Retreat - Hapag-Lloyd's Air Cruises and a Non-Stop Sailing - Cunard Joins The Overnight Stay Lines
This week, we look at initial reviews for the Seabourn Odyssey while we await those for Silver Spirit, delivered more recently. As well, we have news of a retreat on Alaska's head tax, air cruises and a one-time voyage from Singapore to Nice from Hapag-Lloyd and overnight stays for Cunard's Queen Elizabeth.
(Click here to see the last columns by The Cruise Examiner)




Cruise ship extends stay in port for more cleaning
March 22nd, 2010
Celebrity said it was enlisting the help of 50 extra workers to help disinfect the cruise ship Mercury after stomach-bug outbreaks afflicted passengers on three consecutive sailings from the Port of Charleston. (postandcourier.com)
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Coral Princess Cruises Banishes Single Supplements on the Great Barrier Reef
March 22nd, 2010
Coral Princess has banished the bane of the solo traveller - the ubiquitous 'single supplement' - on its three, four and seven-night Great Barrier Reef cruises. (Expedition Cruising | Adventure Cruising)
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Yangtze River Cruise Lines Veering Towards 5-Stars
March 22nd, 2010
As the Yangtze River Cruise business matures after completion of the Three Gorges Dam project, visitors are looking for luxury. In a country where the terms "4-star" and "5-star" are thrown around loosely and often defined by the supplier, if you want luxury, best to go to the top level. Also it's wise to read reviews online.
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Market Watch: Big Boom For Small Ships
March 22nd, 2010
In the ever-changing travel industry, agents are seeking out categories with strong consumer appeal and revenue growth. River and small-ship cruising, is one of today's "shooting stars." One of the key reasons is that it combines the luxury and relaxation of big-ship cruising with the enrichment of a land vacation. (travelagewest.com)
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CruiseOne, Cruises Inc. Hold Spring Advisory Board Meeting
March 22nd, 2010
Earlier this month, CruiseOne franchise owners and Cruises Inc. independent agents gathered alongside senior leaders and key partners for the companies' joint spring 2010 advisory board meeting. (travelpulse.com)
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Cruise Planners Honored by Three Travel Companies
March 22nd, 2010
The rewards reflect dedicated corporate partnerships and support to the cruise travel industry. (travelpulse.com)
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Cruise Shipping Convention Ends with Higher Attendance
March 22nd, 2010
The 26th annual Cruise Shipping Miami Convention drew 10,800 attendees March 15 to 18. (travelpulse.com)

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES SELECTS ROLLS-ROYCE PROPULSION FOR CARNIVAL GLORY
March 22nd, 2010
Carnival Cruise Lines has selected the Rolls-Royce propulsion system Promas Lite, combining propeller and rudder, for their cruise vessel Carnival Glory. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
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World's Leading Cruise Lines Creates Search Site
March 22nd, 2010
World's Leading Cruise Lines, composed of six Carnival Corp. brands, has created a new web-based tool designed to help consumers find the right cruise vacation. (travelpulse.com)
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Alaska's Gov. Parnell Proposes Reduction in Cruise Head Tax
March 22nd, 2010
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell proposed reducing the cruise passenger head tax from $46 to $34.50 ‹ a 25 percent decrease ‹ three days after meeting with top cruise line executives at a major industry convention in Miami Beach. (travelpulse.com)
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ResidenSea Honors Top 10 Port Agents, Tour Operators
March 22nd, 2010
ResidenSea hosted its third annual "Celebration of Excellence" ceremony honoring its top 10 port agents and tour operators. (vacationagentmagazine.com)
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CSA to debut in Singapore in 2011
March 22nd, 2010
Singapore will host the inaugural Cruise Shipping Asia 2011 event from 16 to 18 November, as the popularity of the cruise sector continues to grow in the region. (traveldailynews.com)
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Ten Reasons Why There's No Excuse Not To Cruise
March 22nd, 2010
CruiseCritic.co.uk is challenging common misconceptions about cruising with its list of the Best Cruises for People Who Swear They'll Never Cruise. The Web site recently conducted a poll to reveal the most common excuses given by non-cruisers. (travmedia.com/uk)

Malta loses home-port business
March 22nd, 2010
Greetings from Grand Harbour in La Valletta, which is considered by many to be the most spectacular "Sail in" and "Sailaway" of any port in the world. (Off Radar)
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Only Miracle can clean up the polluted Baltic Sea and how will affect the future of cruise
March 22nd, 2010
Following a recent pledge to take urgent action to generate the so called 'miracle' from the 11 Baltic region country leaders of Finland, Russia, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, Belarus and Norway, cruise passengers are becoming increasingly aware of the polluted reality of the Baltic Sea. (Off Radar)

NCMA MEMBER LINES HAVE NEW PRODUCTS FOR FALL 2010
March 20th, 2010
Niche Cruise Marketing Alliance member lines will offer new products and promotions for the fall of 2010.
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MTN launches cruise industry's first global TV network
March 20th, 2010
MTN Satellite Communications (MTN) has launched MTN Worldwide TV, the industry's first TV broadcast service delivering programming from six major U.S. and international television networks to cruise ship passengers anywhere on the high seas. (cruisebusiness.com)
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STX Europe warns of Norwegian Epic cost overrun
March 20th, 2010
STX Europe, the Norway based shipbuilder owned by the South Korean STX Business Group, warns about overruns from a cruise liner project in France and about losses from bankruptcy of a German shipbuilder last year in which it had a minority stake. (cruisebusiness.com)
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Bremerhaven Positive on Future
March 20th, 2010
After handling some 250,000 passengers in the last two years, 2010 numbers at the Columbus Cruise Center in Bremerhaven are expected to be down with Managing Director Veit Huerdler citing "unfortunate circumstances." (cruiseindustrynews.com)
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New cruise planner at www.atlanticalliance.eu
March 20th, 2010
"Create your Itinerary "- the new web tool from ATLANTIC ALLIANCE for processing the preferences of cruise passengers and requirements of the cruise lines.
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ATLANTIC ALLIANCE launches destination video
March 20th, 2010
The joint marketing partnership of Western Europe's major cruise ports, launches a new and exciting online facility at www.atlanticalliance.eu. Cruise lines, passengers and all other cruise lovers and visitors can now view 17 destination videos from Lisbon to Hamburg.
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Port Everglades Boasts Record-Breaking Day
March 20th, 2010
The Port of Miami may be the Cruise Capital of the World, but neighboring Port Everglades may soon be a strong rival for that title. (cbs4.com)
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Norovirus plagues cruise industry
March 20th, 2010
Norovirus, a miserable bug that causes vomiting and diarrhea, seems to be spreading like bad news.
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Royal Caribbean Opens New Zealand Office
March 19th, 2010
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has announced that it will open a dedicated office in New Zealand to cater to the increasing numbers of New Zealanders taking cruise holidays. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
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Savannah seeks cruise business, eyes Jacksonville's ship
March 19th, 2010
Savannah, Ga., is making a play to land a cruise ship and its city leaders are closely watching whether Jacksonville remains a homeport for Carnival Cruise Lines. (jacksonville.com)

Rising crime removes Antigua from itineraries
March 19th, 2010
Following last month's murder of a cruise passenger, a leading cruise line has cancelled all calls at the beautiful island of Antigua. The action by Star Clippers came ten days after the body of Nina Nilssen, 30, from San Francisco, was discovered near Pigeon Point Beach, a popular tourist area. (journallive.co.uk)
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WLCVacations Showcases Stimulating Cruises to the Galapagos Islands
March 19th, 2010
World Luxury Cruise Vacations proudly highlights two unique programs aboard Isabela II this 2010. Across five sailing dates, two special onboard guests will make cruises to the Galapagos Islands even more engaging.
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Sea Voyager's important mission in Haiti. International Shipping Partners' vessel to offer accommodation for relief workers
March 19th, 2010
Sea Voyager (Ex Cape May Light) has been accepted into Lloyd's Register class following two weeks of sea trials in Jacksonville, Florida on the St. Johns River. (lr.org)

Century Casinos Exclusive Casino Operator for Windstar Cruises
March 19th, 2010
Century Casinos, Inc. announced today that the company entered into an exclusive, long-term agreement with Windstar Cruises (a division of Ambassadors International Cruise Group, LLC). Century Casinos has been selected by Windstar Cruises to operate the casinos on all cruise ships that Windstar Cruises currently operates and will put into service during the term of the agreement.
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P&O Australia Cruise Cut Short Due to Engine Trouble
March 19th, 2010
P&O Australia's Pacific Sun returned to Sydney on Wednesday, March 17, having cruised only nine days of its planned 14-day itinerary, reports Industry news outlet cruise-community.com. (cruisecritic.com)
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Landry & Kling and Seasite.Com Appoint Mark Phillips, Former StarCite Exec, as Chief Operating Officer
March 19th, 2010
Longtime cruise meeting and incentive specialist Landry & Kling Inc. - who last fall launched Seasite.com - has appointed Mark Phillips to the new position of Chief Operating Officer. (eon.businesswire.com)
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Canadians rescued from grounded yacht in Galapagos
March 19th, 2010
Sixteen Canadian tourists and eight Ecuadorean crew members were rescued from a yacht that ran aground in the Galapagos Islands, officials said Thursday. (democratherald.com)
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Holland America Line's Signature of Excellence at Greatest Level Ever
March 19th, 2010
As part of its on-going Signature of Excellence program, Holland America Line continues to add enhancements and new features to its fleet of ships, including dramatic new public areas and stateroom upgrades as well as expand their industry-leading enrichment program.
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Incident involving the Quasar Expeditions' M/S Alta
March 18th, 2010
The Vessel M/S Alta On March 17, at 7:20 PM local time (13h20 GMT), while entering the harbor at Puerto Ayora, on the southern coast of Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos, Ecuador, the M/S Alta, struck a reef at Cama-o Islet and was unable to free itself.
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SMALL SHIP CRUISING: SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE, WITH INTIMACY, COMFORT AND LUXURY
March 18th, 2010
Adventure, luxury, fine dining, worldwide itineraries of every length, exceptional value: the extraordinarily diverse menu of small ship cruises offered by members of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) features virtually all the choices and experiences found on larger vessels.
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New Central American Port Awaits Cruisers in 2012
March 18th, 2010
By 2012, cruise ships departing U.S. ports may head for a new Caribbean cruise destination, "Banana Coast" at Trujillo, Honduras. (travelagentcentral.com)

Q&A: Celebrity Cruises President Talks Norovirus in Wake of Massive Outbreaks
March 18th, 2010
"This is a big step for us to take the ship out of service for three days," Celebrity Cruises' President Dan Hanrahan told Cruise Critic. We asked him to explain what his team of staffers and crew would do to eradicate the spread of Norovirus onboard. (cruisecritic.com)
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French Country Waterways Offers Anniversary Savings
March 18th, 2010
Couples celebrating their fifth, 10th, 15th, all the way up to the 50th anniversary save the same amount off the price of the seven-day sailings. (travelpulse.com)
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Hurtigruten Develops House Wine for Norway, Fram Voyages
March 18th, 2010
Hurtigruten has commissioned two Portuguese wines produced by Winery José Maria da Fonseca, a vineyard well-known and popular in Norway. (travelpulse.com)
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Taiwan Invests in Cruise Facilities and Marketing
March 18th, 2010
Taiwan is positioning itself to take advantage of cruise interest in Asia by improving terminal facilities and increasing marketing activities to the cruise industry and consumers. (travelpulse.com)

ON-WAVES AWARDED PONANT CONTRACT
March 18th, 2010
On-Waves Ehf, a leading maritime mobile services provider, announced today that it has been awarded a fleet-wide contract with the Compagnie du Ponant, which operates a five-ship fleet of luxury yachts that explore the world's most treasured destinations. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
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European cruise market grew 12% to 4.95 million passengers 2009
March 18th, 2010
Figures released by the European Cruise Council (ECC) at the Cruise Shipping Miami Conference show nearly 4.95 million passengers took a cruise holiday, a 12% increase on the previous year. (cruisebusiness.com)

NY Cruise Survey Finds Passengers, Crews Spent $93.8 Million
March 18th, 2010
NY Cruise, a part of the New York City Economic Development Corp., conducted a survey that found embarking passengers and onshore crew spent an estimated $93.8 million in 2009. (travelpulse.com)

Chilean Ports Plan Cruise Infrastructure Improvements
March 18th, 2010
The Chilean Ministry of Public Works announced a $400 million investment in passenger and cargo port infrastructure through 2013. (travelpulse.com)

Skerritt leads mission to lure more cruise ships to St. Kitts
March 18th, 2010
The man charged with taking St. Kitts' tourism industry to higher heights says the further development of onshore attractions and the prospect of a second cruise pier at Port Zante, should provide additional leverage in attracting more cruise arrivals. (eturbonews.com)

Mahogany Bay Cruise Center Recognized as 'Best New Caribbean Port' by Porthole Magazine
March 18th, 2010
During a reception at the Cruise Shipping Miami conference, Mahogany Bay Cruise Center (MBCC) was recognized as the "Best New Caribbean Port" by Porthole Magazine.
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Carnival Cruise Lines Presents High School Students with Four-Year College Scholarships During Halftime of HEAT Game
March 18th, 2010
At last night's Miami HEAT game (14th March), Carnival Cruise Lines presented full four-year college scholarships to 15 local high school students who are participating in the company's innovative School to Work mentoring program operated in conjunction with the Miami HEAT and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami. Each student also received a laptop computer.
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Sail Windstar with Winemaker Eric Dunham of Dunham Cellars
March 18th, 2010
Windstar Cruises offers guests the opportunity to learn about wine making from Eric Dunham of award-winning Dunham Cellars aboard Wind Surf's July 25, 2010, Rome to Venice sailing.
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Royal Caribbean's 2011 Europe Itineraries
March 18th, 2010
Royal Caribbean International released the cruise line's 2011 Europe cruise and cruisetour season, which will include the deployment of 10 ships to sail Baltic and Mediterranean itineraries. (travelagentcentral.com)
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Holland America Line Announces 55 New Shore Excursions for Summer 2010
March 18th, 2010
To complement its already extensive and award-winning shore excursion offerings, Holland America Line has put together 55 new and captivating tours for its 2010 summer season.
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Experience the Ocean Sun Festival onboard the MS Europa
March 18th, 2010
Featuring this year's classical music Ocean Sun Festival, the 15-day Round Britain cruise onboard the Berlitz award-winning MS Europa is an opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the world's finest classical music stars. (easier.com)
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Cruise ship calls to spur RP tourism‹DoT
March 18th, 2010
The Department of Tourism (DoT) looks forward to a hike in the country's volume of tourists with the arrivals of international cruise ships to the Philippines. (mb.com.ph)

Norwegian Epic To Feature Largest Spa At Sea
March 17th, 2010
The ship's luxurious Mandara Spa will feature 24 treatment rooms, two private couple's villas, two exotic steam Rasul rooms, a DIY Scrub Experience, Hydrotherapy Courtyard & Thermal Suite, full-service salon, fitness center and barber shop.
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Norwegian Epic To Offer 11 Complimentary Dining Options
March 17th, 2010
Norwegian Cruise Line announced that its largest, most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship to date, Norwegian Epic, will feature an extensive number of complimentary Freestyle dining options - 11 out of 21 total - that are included in the cruise fare. The additional 10 dining options will have a nominal cover charge.
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Norwegian Cruise Line To Signficantly Enhance Its Private Island Great Stirrup Cay
March 17th, 2010
Norwegian Cruise Line announced that it will make major enhancements to its private island, Great Stirrup Cay, located 120 miles east of Ft. Lauderdale in the Berry Island chain of the Bahamas.
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Australia's Cruise Down Under Launches New Branding
March 17th, 2010
Cruise Down Under launched its new branding at the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention in Miami this week. (travelpulse.com)
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Cruise Executives Herald Improvements in Pricing, Booking Window
March 17th, 2010
Cruise line executives heralded improvements in cruise pricing and the lengthening of the booking window during the State of the Cruise Industry panel discussion at the 26th Annual Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention in Miami Beach. (travelpulse.com)


Costa Cruises affirms standing as European market leader in 2010
March 17th, 2010
Costa, Europe's Number One Cruise Line, affirms its standing as the European market leader in 2010. In 2009, a year marked by a severe economic crisis that significantly decreased consumption, approximately 1.3 million guests around the world cruised with Costa. (cruisebusiness.com)
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Cruise Lines Meet with Alaska Governor on Taxes, Regulations
March 17th, 2010
The icy relationship between the cruise industry and the state of Alaska thawed a bit on Monday, March 15, when Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell (pictured) met with a who's-who of cruise executives at the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention in Miami Beach. (travelpulse.com)
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What's New in Cruise? 6 Execs Speak Up
March 17th, 2010
The annual Cruise Shipping Miami convention draws cruise line executives, representatives from ports of call all over the world, and manufacturers and designers who supply vessels with everything from sewage systems to new carpet. (cruisecritic.com)

Landry & Kling to Sell HAL World Cup Floating Packages
March 17th, 2010
One Ocean Club has appointed Landry & Kling, Inc. as its exclusive representative in the U.S. and Latin America to market and sell floating hotel packages for World Cup 2010 in South Africa. (travelpulse.com)
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Crystal Cruises Announces Perfect Choice Dining(TM) With Open Dining By Reservation(TM) for 2011
March 17th, 2010
Crystal Cruises is expanding its fine dining options in 2011 with Perfect Choice Dining, an innovation in the ultra-luxury sector of the cruise industry. Offered complimentary in the Crystal Dining Room, Perfect Choice Dining maintains Crystal's classic dining experience, while adding greater flexibility and choices.
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Silversea committed to growing Aussie market
March 17th, 2010
Ultra luxury European liner, Silversea Cruises have reaffirmed its dedication to the Australian market, which delivers 15 per cent of the company's business and is its fastest growing market, according to visiting Chief Operating Officer, Ken Watson. (Expedition Cruising | Adventure Cruising)
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WEIGHING UP CRUISING'S BIG AND SMALL
March 17th, 2010
A conference of cruise-specialist travel agents in Canberra has been shown something of the diversity in size of cruise ships now available to holidaymakers. (Expedition Cruising I Adventure Cruising)


Princess Cruises Honors Copenhagen as 2009 "Port of the Year"
March 17th, 2010
Princess Cruises has named Copenhagen as its "Port of the Year" for 2009 ‹ a distinction awarded as the result of passenger satisfaction surveys. Copenhagen is the first port outside of North America to earn this honor.
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Cunard and Fincantieri Preview Queen Elizabeth at Seatrade Cruise Shipping Miami
March 17th, 2010
Building on the excitement of Cunard's 2011-2012 Voyage Programme announcement yesterday, Cunard President Peter Shanks and Fincantieri CEO Giuseppe Bono previewed a special cutaway model of the new Queen Elizabeth at Seatrade Cruise Shipping Miami. (Cunard Line)
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EC AND BESST CONSORTIUM SIGN CONTRACT FOR RESEARCH PROJECT
March 17th, 2010
Europe's leading shipbuilders, coordinated by Fincantieri, started September 1st, 2009 the EU funded research project BESST - "Breakthrough in European Ship and Shipbuilding Technologies".
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Norwegian Cruise Line UK sees "unprecedented increase in bookings"
March 16th, 2010
Norwegian Cruise Line UK has experienced an unprecedented increase in booking volumes year-on-year during its 'Free Stateroom Upgrade' campaign, which ran through January and February and was recently extended to March 21, the company said in a statement. (cruisebusiness.com)
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Cruise Ship Suffers Massive Gastrointestinal Outbreak for Third Cruise in a Row
March 16th, 2010
Celebrity Cruises has announced it will cut short a cruise on Celebrity Mercury after hundreds of passengers have become infected with gastrointestinal illness. (cruisecritic.com)
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CDC Issues Rare 'Do Not Sail' Recommendation for Cruise
March 16th, 2010
The Centers for Disease Control has issued a no-sail recommendation for at least four full days for the Celebrity Mercury cruise ship to investigate recurring outbreaks of gastrointestinal illness, a CDC spokesman said Monday. (topnews.us)
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Now is the Best Time to Book a Hotel-Barge Cruise in France. As the start of the French canal cruising season nears, barge owners' desires to pre-book their seasons becomes your gain
March 16th, 2010
France Cruises (www.FranceCruises.com) features a complete list of early booking incentives for travelers interested in barge cruising.
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Cruise industry sees a resurgence. After the worst-ever downturn for the industry in 2009, cruise bookings are going up
March 16th, 2010
Last week, Kevin Sheehan, the chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line, opened an e-mail from his pricing guru with an update on ticket prices and bookings. (seattletimes.nwsource.com)


MSC Cruises Updates E-Ticket Policy
March 16th, 2010
MSC Cruises has updated its e-ticket policy, which will go into effect on April 1. (travelpulse.com)
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Princess to Issue E-Documents in Australia, New Zealand
March 16th, 2010
Princess Cruises has announced that it will begin issuing e-documents in Australia and New Zealand for sailings with departures starting May 14. (travelpulse.com)
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