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Seabourn Quest calls at Marmaris on her maiden voyage

Following her naming ceremony, Bahamas flagged Seabourn Quest has made her inaugural call at Marmaris on her maiden voyage which started in Barcelona last week. Seabourn Quest arrived with her 410 passengers and 344 crew members on board at Marmaris Cruise Port in the early hours of Thursday morning.

For the occasion of Seabourn Quest's maiden voyage and inaugural call in Marmaris, a welcoming ceremony was arranged by Marmaris Cruise Port. The new luxurious ship was greeted in traditional Turkish style and hospitality with folk dancers and red roses. The music and dancing put smiles on passengers' faces and they showed their excitement by taking lots of photos. Evil eye beads and gifts with views of Marmaris such as, bags, postcards, magnets and bookmarks were given to passengers as memorabilia. Passengers also got the chance to taste delicious Turkish delight. After the ceremony, as some passengers went on excursions, others preferred to visit the town of Marmaris and take advantage of the sunny day at the beach. Passengers had enough time to enjoy the beauties of Marmaris before the ship's departure at 18:00 on her way to Kusadasi.

For her maiden voyage, a commemorative hand crafted wooden plaque made of a traditional ceramic tile with Ottoman Gallion motives was presented to the master of Seabourn Quest by Marmaris Cruise Port management.

It was a pleasant and busy day at Marmaris Cruise Port welcoming two cruise ships; Seabourn Quest and regular caller AIDAdiva.

Seville improves locks, Braemar to call at city centre

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines will make itsinaugural visit to the Port of Seville on 27th June 2011, with the call of the 24,400 gross ton Braemar. Matt Grimes, Director, Planning, Ports & Logistics for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said in a statement: “We are delighted that Braemar will be the first Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ ship to berth at the Port of Seville.”

“The recent refurbishment of the port’s entrance lock means that we are able to call into the heart of Seville, berthing the ship only a short walk from the centre of the Andalucian capital.  It is an important addition to our busy cruise programme, and offers an exciting combination of tradition and innovation, making it an ideal destination for the enjoyment of our guests. The call demonstrates FOCL’s ability to reach smaller ports that today’s new mega-liners are unable to call at.”

To commemorate this maiden call to the city, a representative of the Seville Tourism Board will board Braemar to offer commentaries and information about the Guadalquivir River to all the guests enjoying the cruise along this scenic waterway, allowing them to make the most of their beautiful surroundings as the ship sails some 40 nautical miles inland from the coast.

Santiago García-Dils de la Vega, Head ofPromotion, Marketing and Visitor’s Centre, Seville Tourism Board, said: “Seville has become a regular stop-off point for several cruise lines, and the Seville Port Authority and the Seville Tourism Board have been working closely together to promote the city as an ideal destination for cruises."

“The welcome growth of this cruise activity, and the increasing importance of the ‘Delicias’ dock area, reinforce the integration of the Port of Seville into the city, greatly enhancing it in turn from a touristic point of view."

“The maiden call of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines in Seville City is a moment of special satisfaction after the fruitful Promotional Action Plan that the Seville Tourism Board and the Port of Seville have developed in co-operation with this prestigious cruise line over the past few years.”

Larger ships call at Cadiz on the Atlantic coast of Spain and passengers are then taken by coach to Seville on tours.

FCCA prepares for the 18th annual FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show in Puerto Rico

The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association is gearing up for the premier event of 2011, the annual FCCA Cruise Conference and Trade Show taking place in San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 3-7, 2011.

More than 1,000 cruise industry partners will come together with 100 Cruise Executives from the FCCA Member Lines to share ideas and discuss industry trends. Executives from the FCCA Member Lines will once again host a series of round table discussions in the areas of Marketing, Shore Excursions and Operations.

This year's trade show promises to be the main draw of the conference with an expanded number of booths and special destination pavilion options, this will be the perfect way to showcase destinations as a team including vendors who want to sell their products to the lines, tour operators who wish to provide tours and overall showcasing a destination who wants to make the greatest impact at the FCCA Conference & Trade Show.

The FCCA will pre-set meetings with select Cruise Executives on a One-on-One basis for pre-registered Delegates.

The Annual Golf Tournament has become an important resource for meeting top executives in an exclusive casual atmosphere. Play in a foursome hosted by a Cruise Executive and contribute to a worthy cause, the FCCA Foundation.

For more information on the FCCA Conference & Trade Show, please visit www.f-cca.com

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