Nanaimo, B.C., suspends cruise ship terminal project

The cruise industry has been recovering steadily from the poor results of 2008 and 2009 and many at the recent SeaTrade convention were predicting more good news. So it was sad to see this item today: According to Cruise Industry News, the Nanaimo Port Authority Board of Directors has suspended the $22-million floating cruise ship terminal project because, as of April 1 it had not received the federal environmental assessment permits required to proceed with tender and …

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Prices reduced on three expedition trips to Greenland and Iceland

Hurtigruten has announced pricing specials on three new Greenland & Iceland expedition cruises — sailings that combine the remote polar regions of the world’s largest island and its 5,000-year-old history (that includes Eric the Red and Fridtjof Nansen), with Reykjavik, the vibrant capital city of Iceland, and on the 14-day sailing, Eastern Canada. Each journey includes informative lectures, landings and shore excursions and offers the chance to get close to the culture, wildlife and communities of Greenland’s …

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Seven Seas Voyager receives accolades for the quality of its food and dining room service

The all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Voyager of Regent Seven Seas Cruises has been voted the cruise ship with the best food and dining room service by members of the prestigious World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society for the second year in a row. According to the society, when choosing a cruise, “the category of food is often at the top of everyone’s list of importance.” When voting, their members considered food taste, quality and presentation. Equally important …

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Star Clippers offers free air and $1,000 savings on sailings in the Med

Star Clippers is offering free air and $1,000 savings on seven 14-night sailings aboard Star Clipper and Star Flyer in the Mediterranean from May through September. Eligible for the promotion are two 14-night “Grand Mediterranean” voyages between Monte Carlo and Rhodes on the Star Flyer. Departing July 3 from Monte Carlo and Aug. 21 from Rhodes, the cruises call at less-visited destinations in Turkey, Greece, Italy, Sicily and Corsica. Fares begin at $3,285 per person, double, which …

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Seabourn offers 2-for-1 cruise fares on all voyages through fall 2011

The Yachts of Seabourn has opened its 2011-12 cruise season for sale with two-for-one cruise fares plus value-priced air add-ons on all Seabourn voyages through fall 2011. Cruise fares start at $3,250 per person, and round-trip, add-on airfares from 40 North American gateways begin at $499 for economy and $1,999 for business class. A complete 24-month listing of itineraries and fares is available at www.seabourn.com. “With the addition of Seabourn Sojourn this June, and Seabourn Quest in …

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Single supplement waived on the Paul Gauguin for seven sailings this spring

Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, is waiving single supplement fees for seven sailings this spring. The offer is for stateroom categories B through F when booked by April 30. Eligible sail dates are April 6, Cook & Society Islands, 11 nights; April 17, Society Islands, seven nights; April 24, Society Islands, seven nights; May 8, Fiji Westbound, 13 nights; May 22, Fiji Eastbound, 15 nights; June 12, Society Islands, …

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Compagnie du Ponant to introduce new mega-yacht this spring

Compagnie du Ponant, a French company that recently opened a U.S. office, is introducing a new $150 million mega-yacht, the 264-guest Le Boréal, this spring. The 466-foot mega-yacht was built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. A sister ship, L’Austral, will debut in spring 2011.

Le Boréal will have a staff-to-guest ratio of 1:2. Public spaces include a theater for performances and lectures, the Main Lounge with a dance floor and live music, the Panoramic Lounge for live entertainment and Internet access, a library, two open-air bars and two restaurants. Serving French and international cuisine, La Licorne will offer three meals a day in an elegant setting. At the more casual La Boussole, guests can dine inside or in the open air on lighter meals for breakfast, buffet lunch and themed dinners. The yacht also provides 24-hour room service.

The vessel will have a Carita spa with a hammam and a hydrotherapy room. The fitness center will be equipped with treadmills, bicycles and kinesis equipment. The ship also has an expansive Sun Deck with a swimming pool and terrace with panoramic views. Le Boréal has will carry a fleet of Zodiac rubberized rafts that allow guests to explore as well as a marina platform that allows access to the water for swimming or water sports.

All but eight of Le Boréal’s 132 suites and staterooms have verandas. Measuring between 484 to 200 square feet, the suites and staterooms have king or twin beds, bathtubs or showers, L’Occitane amenities, flat-screen satellite TV, DVD, CD and iPod players, satellite telephone and Wi-Fi. Suites also have Nespresso machines and Carita amenities. Le Boréal has the flexibility to reconfigure 40 staterooms into 20 suites, making a total of 24 suites and 88 staterooms.

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Your Own Private Island for The Day

NCL has owned a private island since 1977 when it became the first cruise line to offer an uninhabited tropical island experience exclusively for its guests. Great Stirrup Cay offers magnificent white sand beaches, majestic palms and calm, pristine waters where an abundance of colorful marine life inhabits the surrounding coral reefs. Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Sky and Norwegian Pearl regularly call on Great Stirrup Cay throughout the year. Now, Norwegian Cruise Line Plans to Significantly …

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French Country Waterways gives anniversary discounts every fifth celebration

Quinquennial wedding anniversaries are those that take place every fifth year — and French Country Waterways is continuing its tradition of celebrating those milestones with savings that match the anniversary. So, if this is the year of the 5th, 10th, 15th, all the way up to the big Golden (50th) Anniversary, then the celebrating couple can save the same amount (5%, 10%, 15%…50%) off the price of the seven-day luxury sailings. A festive dinner will mark the …

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Voyages of Discovery expands it inside/outside sale to its South America program

Voyages of Discovery has expanded its Summer 2010 Book Inside ~ Sail Outside promotion to include the recently announced Winter 2010/11 South America program. The Winter 2010/11 brochure will be released this week, and a customizable pdf of the brochure is available on the line’s website. mv Discovery will embark on its first-ever circumnavigation of South America in January 2011, with cruises and cruise combinations from 15 to 80 nights. Early Booking savings up to 38% are …

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