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Fincantieri’s Bono sees deal with unions to improve prospects

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Fincantieri, the Italian state owned shipbuilder, expects an agreement between the company and trade unions lead to better prospects for the future. 

"The company confirms its leading position, also thanks to its strong financial and capital structure. Following the trade union agreement concluded late last year, intended to adjust production capacity to demand, we are more competitive in a still extremely depressed market," said Giuseppe Bono, Fincantieri's Chief Executive Officer, said. "Now more than ever before is it essential for the entire company, from management down to every individual employee, to be united in pursuit of those growth objectives that, although tough, can be achieved even at this time of severe crisis.”

During the year Fincantieri pursued a dialogue at every level of the trade unions, that lead to a national agreement being signed on 21 December 2011 by the Ministry of Labour and Welfare, the company and the main trade unions (FIM-CISL, UILM-UIL, UGL, FAILMS and FAILMS CISAL) who also represent the majority of the employees.

The group’s revenues amounted to €2.4 billion last year and it reached EBITDA of €138 million. “The strength of the Group capital and financial structure is demonstrated by the fact that equity amounts to €951 million, of which euro 300 million of retained earnings from prior years. In addition, the financial statements include also €114 million in provisions that are more than adequate in respect of the specific risks and potential charges.”

Capital expenditures of €78 million relate to the completion of projects started in the past years to enhance production efficiency and improve safety and environmental standards. This figure also includes the continuation of the capex programme in the US shipyards,” the company said.

Azamara Club Cruises in special weekend UK promotion

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Azamara Club Cruises, which is part of the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd group, says it is launching a special promotion in the UK that covers a four day period.


"Snap up one of 12 selected cruises aboard its ships Azamara Quest and Azamara Journey between 13 February and 17 February 2012 and you’ll be in line for a host of on-board extras. Additional goodies include $500 of on-board credit to spend how you like, a meal for two in one of the two speciality restaurants on the ship, plus a luxurious box of chocolate-covered strawberries," the company said.


Sailings featured in the promotion include:


·         10-night Adriatic cruise aboard Azamara Quest leading in at £2138 per person. Cruise departs Venice with ports of call including Kotor, Brindisi, Corfu and Capri. Departs August 2012


·         10-night Western Mediterranean cruise aboard Azamara Quest from £2032 per person from Barcelona. Ports of calls include Palma de Mallorca, Bonifacio, Rome (Civitavecchia) and Nice. Departs October 2012

·         16-night transatlantic cruise aboard Azamara Quest from £2131 per person, departing Malaga and calling at destinations including Lanzarote, Cape Verde, Recife and Rio de Janeiro. Departs December 2012.


All offers apply to selected sailings and selected departure points. All bookings must be made during the qualifying period (13 February – 17 February inclusive) and deposit paid by 20 February 2012.





P&O Cruises launches free balcony upgrade promotion weekend

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For a special Valentines treat this weekend, P&O Cruises is offering free balcony cabin upgrades for new bookings made on a selection of cruises departing between April and September 2012, the company said in a statement.

"The Balcony Giveaway is available for bookings made between February 10 – 13, on a selection of 22 cruise holidays on board Aurora, Azura, Oceana and Ventura.  All cruises in the promotion depart from Southampton and are between three and 17 nights in duration, to a choice of destinations such as the Central Mediterranean, Baltic, Iceland, Greenland, Western Mediterranean and the Canary Islands."

Savings are available of up to £1,267 per person for a 14 night Norway, Greenland and Iceland cruise on Aurora (R207) departing June 19, 2012, and prices start from £349 per person for a three night cruise break on board Ventura, departing July 20 (N217N).

Celebrity Cruises launches Celebrity Life Plus programme on Transatlantic voyages

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Celebrity Cruises says its is launching “Celebrity Life Plus”, an extension of the “Celebrity Life” activity programme which will be available to guests on transatlantic sailings. Guests can enjoy a wide range of immersive activities, including Riedel comparative wine glass workshops, cooking competitions, from Rosetta Stone language lessons and iPhoto classes.


“Experienced cruisers know that transatlantic cruises offer an ideal opportunity to spend luxurious days at sea learning new things, exploring new tastes, recharging, or simply having fun,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Senior Vice President, Hotel Operations, Celebrity Cruises. “The introduction of Celebrity Life Plus takes everything our guests already love about these sailings and about Celebrity Life and marries the two, resulting in the most comprehensive, enriching, exciting and fun long cruises, offering incredible speakers and other exclusive activities.  Never before have we had such a wide array of offerings and activities on one sailing.”


Highlights of the Celebrity Life Plus programme include:




  • The opportunity to hear from guest chefs and wine educators, who will present cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, book signings, food-and-wine pairing dinners and more, on each transatlantic cruise
  • Speakers from Smithsonian Journeys, the programme known for its experts who deliver Celebrity Cruises’ destination lectures on many of the regular cruises throughout the year
  • Astronomy experts David Hughes and Steve Maran will speak on select sailings, as will art history expert Allison Jessing
  • Former Olympic gold medalist Frank Shorter and professional basketball player Nancy Lieberman will share their experiences in the world of sports
  • Additional special interest speakers include naturalists, oceanographers and guest artists. The first of these will be the first at-sea appearance by the palette knife artist Graham Denison, a contemporary impressionist whose work has been prominently featured by The Walt Disney Company and other leading consumer brands. Denison will be on the first 2012 spring transatlantic sailing painting live in a studio setting, offering guests an interactive class and hosting question-and-answer sessions
  • Guests can participate in additional interactive classes including jewelry making, mosaics, drawing, Chinese brush painting and watercolor
  • Celebrity Cruises will also introduce the popular Latin and internationally inspired dance-fitness class “Zumba Fitness”. Celebrity Life Plus will offer two classes a day – Zumba Gold (for the active older adult) and Aqua Zumba, which Zumba calls “the ultimate pool party”


The cruises that will feature Celebrity Life Plus are:

·         14-night sailing on Celebrity Solstice, departing Fort Lauderdale ( Florida ) on 15 April 2012 and arriving in Barcelona ( Spain ) on 29 April

·         10-night cruise on Celebrity Eclipse, departing Miami (Florida) on 21 April 2012 and arriving in Southampton (England) on 1 May from £1,221.00 per person (based on two people sharing an inside stateroom). Price includes one way flight from London Heathrow and one night’s pre-cruise hotel accommodation in Miami.

·         15-night cruise on Celebrity Constellation, departing Fort Lauderdale on 5 May 2012 and arriving in Amsterdam ( Holland ) on 20 May

·         14-night cruise on Celebrity Equinox, departing Fort Lauderdale on 16 April 2012 and arriving in Rome (Civitavecchia, Italy) on 30 April

·         Nine-night cruise on Celebrity Silhouette, departing Cape Liberty ( Bayonne , New Jersey ) on 22 April 2012 and arriving in Rome ( Civitavecchia ) on 1 May

·         13-night cruise on Celebrity Eclipse, departing Southampton on 27 October 2012 and arriving in Fort Lauderdale on 9 November from £1,338.00 per person (based on two people sharing an inside stateroom). Price includes one way flight from Miami to London Heathrow.

·         14-night cruise on Celebrity Equinox, departing Rome ( Civitavecchia ) on 26 November  2012 and arriving in Fort Lauderdale on 10 December

·         15-night cruise on Celebrity Constellation, departing Southampton on 30 November 2012 and arriving in Miami on 16 December

·         15-night cruise on Celebrity Silhouette, departing Rome ( Civitavecchia ) on 1 December 2012 and arriving in Fort Lauderdale on 16 December



TUI Cruises adds golf package to Western European cruise

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TUI Cruises, the German premium markert operator, will offer a golf package on a western European cruise in the spring, the company said in a statement. It includes an opportunity to play the game on courses at Cadiz, Lisbon, La Coruna, Southampton, Le Havre and Zeebrugge on a cruise that Mein Schiff 2 will undertake from 22 April to 3 May this year. The package costs 890 euro per person and includes e.g. transfers and green fees.