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Norwegian Cruise Line launches £500 on board credit promotion in UK

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Agents will be able to offer guests up to $500 of on board spending money as part of a Norwegian Cruise Line autumn promotion. The added-value offer is available on any European cruise of three nights or more departing between April 2013 and April 2014, the company said in a statement.

"Guests must be booked between 1 to 30 September 2012 to take part in the offer which includes sailings on five Norwegian Cruise Line ships. Itineraries range from Transatlantic crossings to Eastern and Western Mediterranean, Greek Isles, Canary Islands and Baltics sailings," the company said.       


Once on board, guests can redeem their on board spend against a range of experiences which could include spa treatments, speciality dining or shore excursions.

Ocean Countess to leave CMV fleet in October

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Cruise & Maritime Voyage (CMV) will operate its last cruise of the 17,593 gross ton Ocean Countess in October, the company's website shows.

The last cruise the chartered in vessel will sail on for the British company will be a 13 night voyage from Liverpool on 9 October.

Yesterday, CMV and All Leisure group unveiled a cooperation agreement, whereby the 20,636 gross ton Discovery will transfer to CMV under a long term contract in February after a major refit. The ship will make two cruises from Bristol Avonmouth to Norway to start its programme with CMV, the company's website shows.



TUI Cruises to offer fight classes next month

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TUI Cruises, the German premium market cruise company, says it will offer Tae Bo fighting classes on board its Mein Schiff 2 on a cruise in October. The former professional boxer Regina Halmich will run the classes on a 10 night cruise that departs 10 October and covers ports in the Eastern Mediterranean. There will be no extra charge to join the classes, the company said in a statement.

Princess Danae detained and arrested in Dublin over fuel bill claim

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The High Court in Dublin has ordered the arrest and detention of Princess Danae that arrived in Dublin Port on Thursday, the Irish Independent reports.

"The Princess Danae, which has a capacity to carry more than 800 passengers and crew, has been detained arising out of an alleged failure by its owners to pay an outstanding fuel bill of US$94,000 (€75,000)," the report said.


The ship, which is owned by Classic International Cruises in Lisbon, registered in Madeira and flies the flag of Portugal and it arrived in Dublin Port on Thursday morning, and was due to depart at 7pm this evening. 

"Today, at the High Court, Mr Justice Roderick Murphy said he was satisfied to issue a warrant under a 1952 International Maritime Convention allowing for the arrest and detention of the Portuguese registered cruise ship. The application was made ex-parte, where only one side was represented in court," the repott said.


The arrest and detention order was sought by Italian registered firm Omega Bunker SRL, who entered into an agreement with the ships owners Waybell Cruises Inc, with a registered address at Panama City, Panama, to supply the vessel with fuel in the Port of Manila the Philippines last April.


The owners were then invoiced for $409,000 (€325,000). Ciaran Lewis Bl, for Omega, told the court that this deal was not honoured by the ship's owners.


Earlier this year counsel said that his client had the ship detained in the port of Pireaus in Greece over its alleged failure to pay the fuel bill.


The ship was released in early June after the parties entered into an settlement agreement.


The ship’s owners agreed to make a number of payments in June of July of this year in order to settle the bill.


Several payments were made. However, despite that agreement the ship's owners had refused to pay an outstanding amount of $94,000, which Omega claims it is due.

Counsel said his client now wanted the ship restrained from going to sea until security was given that it would receive its money. There was some urgency in the matter, as the ship was due to sail later today.


The Judge said that in light of the evidence present to the court he was prepared to grant orders detaining the ship, the report stated

Fred. Olsen offers an antiques-themed cruise for 2013

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Citing the popularity of antique collection in the UK, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines will offer a special antiques-themed cruise in the autumn of 2013, through its onboard enrichment programme, Vistas.

The 14-night so-called “The Art of the Mediterranean” cruise with Balmoral willdepart from Southampton on 27th September 2013. It will be accompanied by the Danish-born historian, Lars Tharp, as the onboard antiques expert.  

Lars has been a regular cruiser with Fred. Olsen and has hosted a number of talks and lectures across its fleet of four ships

This Mediterranean cruise will first call at Malaga, then on to Palamos, Ajaccio, Mahon and Cartagena, before reaching its final destination, Lisbon, where guests will be offered the delightful mix of palaces, churches, Art Nouveau cafés, and museums, among others. From there Balmoral will sail back to Southampton on 11th October 2013.