Cruises in Asia surface at ITB Asia

September 26, 2017 by  
Filed under cruises, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 26 September 2017: Norwegian Cruise Lines is strengthening its cruises promotions in Asia following the recent launch of its first purpose-built ship designed especially for Asian travellers.

The company will be represented on a high profile panel during ITB Asia that will discuss and highlight the expansion of the cruise market in Asia,

Norwegian Joy was the company’s first ship to be custom rigged to serve the Asian market. Read more

Carnival picks up ASTA award

August 31, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, cruises, News

SAN DIEGO, 31 August 2017: Carnival Corporation  was honored by the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) with the 2017 ASTA Supplier Partner of the Year Award for its commitment to travel agents.

ASTA’s president and CEO, Zane Kerby, presented the cruise-line company with the award at the ASTA Global Convention 2017 in San Diego following a keynote address by Carnival Corporation president and CEO, Arnold Donald, during which he highlighted the key role of travel agents in growing demand for cruise vacations in North America.

The ASTA Supplier Partner of the Year Award was established to recognise the partner who has impressed the agency community most by offering the best service and by helping agencies with attractive agency compensation and creative pricing. Read more

Halong bay vessels complete refit

September 6, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HALONG BAY, VIETNAM, 6 September 2016: Halong Bay cruise operator, Bhaya Group, has just completed a renovation of two of its luxury vessels, collectively known as The Au Co.

A redesign of the two ships’ combined 64 cabins was completed along with a revamp of on-board facilities, including a new reception area, restaurant, cocktail bar, library and on-board cinema.

The two leisure ships are used for three-day, two-night cruises featuring a stop at Cat Ba Island for mountain biking. Read more

Queen Mary II heads for refit

March 17, 2016 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

SOUTHAMPTON, 17 March 2016: Cunard announced a refit for Queen Mary II, the most significant refit ever undertaken by Carnival UK.

The Cunard announcement, released Wednesday, said it would add Britannia Club staterooms to Queen Victoria during the ship’s next dry-dock.

“The changes being made are a direct response to an increasing desire for space and style, and to meet rising expectations of luxury,” stated David Noyes, Cunard CEO. Read more

Halong bay shipping shift ports

December 22, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

QUANG NINH, 22 December 2015: Quang Ninh’s administration has decided to stop ships from berthing at its main wharf starting New Year’s Day, due to serious deterioration of the structure.

Tuoi Tre News reported that ships bringing tourists to the world-famed Halong Bay in Quang Ninh province will no longer be allowed to dock at the old Bai Chay tourist wharf effective 1 January 2016 onwards.

The Bai Chay wharf serves hundreds of ships visiting Halong Bay each year, but it has seriously deteriorated due to over use and poor maintenance, prompting local authorities to speed up efforts to move cruise ships to a new facility. Read more

Qatar to float football fans

April 21, 2015 by  
Filed under Hospitality, Middle east, News

DOHA, 21 April 2015: Qatar plans to accommodate some 12,000 football fans on cruise ships during the World Cup in 2022, a spokesman for the Qatar Tourism Authority said on Monday.

The proposal for “floating hotels” is a revival of an idea, which was initially rejected two years ago.

However, Qatar is now seeking to strengthen its presence in the cruise ship market and the idea to house fans during the tournament has been re-floated.

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