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First British cadets sponsored by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines graduate

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Ipswich-based Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has announced the graduation of its first British Officer Cadets. Cadet Tim Cummins and Cadet Ian Meacham were sponsored by Fred. Olsen throughout their three years’ of study at Warsash Maritime Academy, in Southampton, and celebrated their graduation with a formal ‘Passing Out’ ceremony at the Academy in June 2011.


Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Managing Director, Mike Rodwell, said: “We are extremely proud of our two new Officer Cadets, and I am sure that they will both be valuable members of our onboard crew. It is very satisfying to sponsor two such ambitious young men and to see them progress and develop into fully fledged Officer Cadets. We wish them every success for the future."


“It is important, as a British company, that we do all that we can to support the excellent work undertaken by Warsash Maritime Academy and others in promoting and encouraging maritime skills amongst young people in the UK. This nation has a proud seafaring heritage, and Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is delighted to play its part in training the mariners of the future.”


Cadet Tim Cummins was first attracted to a life at sea after hearing stories from a work colleague married to a Master Mariner. Tim spent three years training to be a Deck Officer, dividing his time between the Academy and the Fred. Olsen cruise ships, gaining valuable practical experience.


Tim explains why he chose Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines as his sponsor: “I applied to a few companies, and it was sponsorship with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines that I accepted. It was an easy choice: what most attracted me was the varied itineraries of all of the ships. This is something that few larger cruise companies are able to offer these days. For now, my training has finished and I have just accepted my first position with Fred. Olsen. Hopefully, this is a start of a promising career, and I could not be happier. And, one day, I hope that I will become a Captain, hopefully within the fleet where I started.”


Cadet Ian Meacham decided that, before leaving school, life as a Cadet appealed more than three years at university and the probability of having to pay off large debts after graduation. Ian attended an open day at Warsash Maritime Academy, which inspired him to apply to be a trainee Cadet.


Ian said: I chose Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines – with its small, friendly ships with mainly British passengers – over the giant vessels of other cruise companies. During my time at sea, the officers and crew onboard all the Fred. Olsen ships I’ve served on have made the three years of training challenging, interesting and, most importantly, fun! In terms of the future, Captain is of course my aim. However, that is a long way away and years of experience are needed first, as well as passing more exams. The most important, aim, of course, is to continue to build upon the excellent reputation that Fred. Olsen Officers have within the maritime industry.”


John Bazley, Head of School of Professional Studies at Warsash Maritime Academy, said: "It is good to see the first UK Fred. OIsen cadets qualify. Both Ian and Tim have performed strongly in their academic course and this, combined with their excellent onboard training, should set them up well for a fulfilling first complement appointment at sea “If young people, like Ian and Tim, are keen to find out more about what a career at sea can offer them, they should visit our next Open Day on Friday 20th January 2012.”


EU should stimulate shipbuilding – Fincantieri’s Antonini

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The European shipbuilding industry is in a crisis and the European Union should provide assistance to the industry to prevent further job losses and help owners to replace aged vessels with modern ones, said Corrado Antonini, chairman of the Italian state-owned shipbuilder Fincantieri.
“With regard to passenger ships, there are signs of recovery although industry experts have indicated that in the next few years ship owners are more likely to seek to increase economic return rather than the size of their fleets,” he said at the company’s agm in Rome.
Orders to yards in the medium term are forecast to total no more than 6-8 ships a year, compared to an average of 12 in the period 2004-2007, with a peak of 16 in 2007. In addition, deliveries are being staggered over a longer period of time.
“Effectively it is impossible to saturate the production capacity of shipyards which build for this high profile niche market, yards which to date are all located in Europe: Italy, Germany, France, Finland. Hence the vast majority of EU shipbuilders, who are also penalised by a strong euro, are in crisis,” Antonini said.
“Against this perspective, the European Commission must accept that it is necessary, as was already evident in previous years albeit never effectively translated into measures, to provide stimuli to demand with the aim of ridding European waters of obsolete vessels and to adopt instruments, which favour the construction of ships with an advanced environmental profile.”
“This would help overcome stagnated demand in the ferry sector which has been hit by the difficulty to find financing for newbuildings and by shipowners restructuring,” he concluded.

Oceania Cruises launches inaugural itineraries for new Riviera with free hotel offer

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The inaugural season itineraries for Oceania Cruises' new Riviera have been announced and travelers who book by Aug. 31 will receive a free hotel stay and bonus savings of up to $3,000 per stateroom. Fares begin at $1,999 per guest and include free round-trip Economy Class air from 22 North American cities.

From April 14 through Nov. 29, 2012, Riviera offers 13 distinctive itineraries on a total of 21 voyages, calling on ports in France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal and Turkey as well as Israel, Croatia, Cyprus, Montenegro, Morocco and Monaco.

Oceania Cruises' 1,250-guest Riviera has been designed for epicureans and features 10 dining venues - six of which are open-seating, gourmet restaurants - including a French bistro by Master Chef Jacques Pépin. Facilities also include a Canyon Ranch SpaClub® and Bon Appétit Culinary Center and Artist Loft enrichment center. Interior design highlights include a Lalique-designed grand staircase, elegant public rooms, spacious accommodations and Owner's Suites furnished exclusively in Ralph Lauren Home.

"We are delighted to introduce Riviera as part of our 2012 European Collection," said Bruce Himelstein, the line's president. "While we are seeing tremendous booking interest from our loyal past guests, there is still an opportunity for savvy consumers to take advantage of the free hotel stay and bonus savings offer."

Royal Caribbean International to relaunch Art on Royal programme

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Royal Caribbean International is re-launching the cruise line’s art programme with Art on Royal.  The new programme includes art-inspired events, tours, seminars and auctions. The programme, developed in partnership with Art Actually, was first piloted onboard Oasis of the Seas; is also currently aboard Adventure of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas; and will be available on all ships by the end of the year.
“Royal Caribbean International has compiled one of the world’s largest private art collections, valued at $120 million, on display onboard our fleet of ships for our guests’ enjoyment,” said Lisa Bauer, senior vice president of Hotel Operations, Royal Caribbean International, “Guests have always marvelled at our art and many have inquired into how to purchase them. Art on Royal will offer guests the opportunity to take home a lasting work of art as a memory of their cruise, as well as provide a broad menu of art-inspired programmes.”
Unique to Royal Caribbean International are Royal Caribbean Signature Artists, who include pop-culture icons such as Romero Britto and Thomas Kinkade. The BRITTO Gallery onboard Allure of the Seas and Freedom of the Seas and soon to be added to Splendour of the Seas – offers the artist’s contemporary masterpieces. The Thomas Kinkade Gallery onboard Mariner of the Seas features pieces by one of the most collected living artists in history.
Through the unique Art on Royal programme, guests have the opportunity to view and purchase a one-of-a-kind piece, as well as enjoy events on select sailings throughout the year. In addition, Art on Royal offers a range of gifts, souvenirs and high-valued originals, including limited-edition signed photography, one-off unique pieces, wall pieces, miniatures, and artist commissions.
Based in Miami and founded by the owners of ICArt, the curators of the Royal Caribbean Art Collection, Art Actually has created the unique shipboard art programme, Art on Royal.

TUI Cruises and TUI FlussGenus launch joint Road Show

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TUI Cruises, the Hamburg based premium cruise brand and its sister company, the river cruise operator TUI FlussGenus, will be touring 20 cities in Germany on a joint road show targeting travel agents, the two companies said in a joint statement.
The road show will start on 20 September in Munchen and will last abot three weeks: it is scheduled to end in Bremen on 7 October. “Together with TUI FlussGenus we will have the possibility to bring the two forms of cruising to travel agents over relaxed breakfast,” said Udo Lutz, senior head of sales force at TUI Cruises.
The event will take place at the following locations:
20.09.2011 - München - Hotel Sofitel Munich Bayerpost
20.09.2011 - Köln -Hotel Pullman Cologne
21.09.2011 - Nürnberg - Maritim Hotel
21.09.2011 - Düsseldorf - Lindner Congress Hotel
22.09.2011 - Duisburg - Mercatorhalle im City Palais
22.09.2011 - Stuttgart - Buddha Lounge Red Mandarin
23.09.2011 - Mannheim - Bootshaus
23.09.2011 - Dortmund - HCC
27.09.2011 - Dresden - Marché Restaurant im Hauptbahnhof
27.09.2011 - Frankfurt - Nizza am Main
28.09.2011 - Leipzig - Radisson Blu Hotel
28.09.2011 - Koblenz - Palais in Koblenz
29.09.2011 - Magdeburg - Maritim Hotel
29.09.2011 - Gießen - Bootshaus Gießen
30.09.2011 - Hannover - Courtyard by Marriott Maschsee
30.09.2011 - Berlin - Maritim Hotel Pro Arte
04.10.2011 - Kiel - Steigenberger Hotel Conti Hansa
05.10.2011 - Hamburg - east Hotel & Restaurant
06.10.2011 - Bielefeld - Mercure Hotel Bielefeld City
07.10.2011 - Bremen - Swissôtel Bremen