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Princess to feature largest Australia and New Zealand program of any North American brand in 2012-2013

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
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Featuring the largest Australia deployment of any North American line in the region, Princess Cruises' 2012-13 season of "Down Under" cruising offers intriguing new routes, a special solar eclipse cruise, a new cruisetour to the Outback, and more sailings to New Zealand than any other line.

In total, four ships -- Diamond Princess, Sun Princess, Dawn Princess and Sea Princess -- will sail on 40 voyages of eight different itineraries in the region. Among them are a longer 14-day Australia & New Zealand itinerary that adds two ports, Wellington and Picton, compared to previous seasons; as well as an extensive 33-day Round Australia & New Zealand route, featuring the best of the lands of kangaroos and kiwis.

Additionally, a special sailing will offer the unique opportunity to view the November 14 solar eclipse in its area of totality around northern Australia. This 11-day Queensland cruise aboard Dawn Princess includes a day at sea especially for the opportunity to view the solar eclipse.

Passengers who want to see more of Australia can opt for one of four complete land and sea cruisetours, that seamlessly combine a land itinerary with an Australia/New Zealand cruise. A new seven-night tour option debuts this season, featuring a train ride into the Outback from Adelaide aboard the historic Ghan Railway.

The Princess program includes three ships based locally for Aussie-style cruising. Featuring dining and entertainment options geared to Australian tastes, plus using Australian dollars as the onboard currency, these sailings offer a true local experience to passengers from all over.

"Australia and New Zealand are home to some of the world's great cruise destinations," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. "Whether someone wants to explore the Great Barrier Reef, sail to scenic spots in New Zealand such as the dramatic Fiordland National Park, or even circumnavigate the entire Australian continent, we offer unforgettable vacation experiences."

Torres de Navarra appointed Vice President, Commercial Port Operations for Carnival Cruise Lines

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Carnival Cruise Lines has announced the appointment of Carlos Torres de Navarra to the newly-created position of vice president, commercial port operations. In this capacity, he will oversee homeport and port-of-call operations for the cruise line's 23-ship fleet, as well as port-related strategic planning, agreements and relationships.

The new position and a subsequent reorganization of the port operations and nautical operations functions currently overseen by Captain Domenico Tringale, vice president of port operations, have resulted following the announced retirement plans of Captain Tringale. Also retiring is Gordon Buck, vice president of Caribbean relations. Tringale will retire in spring 2012 following a maritime career spanning more than 50 years, including 11 years with Carnival Cruise Lines. Buck will retire in early 2012 following a 33-year career with Carnival Cruise Lines. Tringale and Buck will continue to provide support within their respective areas during the transition period.

Torres de Navarra will assume responsibility for commercial port operations effective November 7 and will report to Gus Antorcha, senior vice president of guest commerce. Leadership for the nautical operations area, including oversight of navigational aspects related to port and itinerary planning, and irregular operations, will report to Martin Landtman, senior vice president of marine operations, and will be announced in the near feature.

Torres de Navarra was most recently senior director of port destination and development for Carnival Corporation & plc, the parent company of Carnival Cruise Lines. Prior to that, he spent seven years with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., most recently as assistant treasurer. Torres de Navarra also served as manager of international finance for W.R. Grace & Company. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration from the University of Miami.

"Carlos has an outstanding and diverse professional background that makes him extremely well-suited to lead our new commercial port operations function," said Ruben Rodriguez, executive vice president of ship operations for Carnival Cruise Lines. "We are well familiar with his exceptional work at Carnival Corporation & plc, leading very large and complex port destination development projects, and we look forward to benefitting from his exceptional leadership skills in his new role at Carnival Cruise Lines."

Rodriguez added, "We are extremely grateful to Domenico Tringale and Gordon Buck for their many years of service and outstanding contributions to Carnival Cruise Lines. We wish them both the very best in their retirement."

Fred. Olsen Cruise Line’s Lingard to retirement in style

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
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Nigel Lingard, Marketing Director of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, the UK based operator of four medium sized ships, will go to retirement in style: a reception will be held on 22 November at the Reform Club in London.

The Reform Club , located on Pall Mall in central London, opened its doors in 1836. The current clubhouse, in the style of an Italianate palazzo, was finished five years later and it was designed by Charles Barry, whose other works include Houses of Parliament in Westminster in London.

Lingard, meanwhile,  served Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines for 23 years and in that time he became one of the best known personalities in the UK cruise industry..

Kamlani succeeds Himelstein as Oceania Cruises’ president

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Oceania Cruises has announced the departure of its president, Bruce J. Himelstein. Effective immediately Kunal S. Kamlani will serve as Oceania Cruises president, with direct responsibility for the sales, marketing and brand management functions, in addition to his current responsibilities as president and chief operating officer of the lines parent company, Prestige Cruise Holdings. "We thank Bruce for his contributions to Oceania during his tenure with us," said Frank J. Del Rio, chairman and chief executive officer for Prestige Cruise Holdings. We wish him well in his future endeavours,’ Oceania Cruises said in a statement.

Splendour of the Seas begins $35 million revitalisation in Cadiz

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Royal Caribbean International’s Splendour of the Seas enters into the Navantia ship yard in Cadiz, Spain to begin a five-week long, $35 million dry dock where she will receive an array of new amenities.

“The revitalisations are part of the Royal Advantage  the lines commitment to offer vacationers the world’s most innovative cruise ships, exciting itineraries to popular destinations, and world-renowned friendly and engaging Gold Anchor Service,” Royal Caribbean said in a statement.

Included in the new amenities on Splendour of the Seas will be new dining venues: Chops Grille, Izumi, the Boardwalk Dog House, Chefs Table and the Park Café; the Royal Babies and Tots Nursery, a Diamond lounge for Crown and Anchor loyalty guests, a Concierge Lounge for suite guests and upgraded technology throughout.

In addition the ship will receive 124 new balconies and a host of new stateroom amenities including flat panel televisions. Other features being added to Splendour of the Seas include ship-wide WIFI, a digital way finding system, electronic mustering and an outdoor movie screen. Other enhancements to the ship will be announced in the coming weeks.

Upon completion of the refurbishments on November 25, Splendour of the Seas will sail a transatlantic voyage from Lisbon, Portugal to her seasonal homeport of Sao Paulo (Santos), Brazil. From there she will offer a variety of South American itineraries that take advantage of the summer season in Brazil.