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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

PSA elects four new members to Council

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The Passenger Shipping Association (PSA), which represents 42 cruise line members and 13 ferry companies in the UK, has elected four new members to its Council of Management.
Christophe Matthieu, Group Strategy & Commercial Director for Brittany Ferries; Kathryn Beadle, Managing Director of Hurtigruten; Fraser Ellacott, Managing Director – Cruise, Thomson & Island Cruises and Matt Grimes, Logistics Director from Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines were elected at the Association’s 35th AGM.
More than one hundred cruise, ferry and associate members attended the AGM at the Chamber of Shipping where an election took place following the retirement from the Council of Management of David Longden, Brittany Ferries; Peter Pate, MSC; David Selby, Thomson & Island Cruises and Nigel Lingard, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines.

MSC Cruises Forges Partnership with

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MSC Cruises and announced their recent partnership during Vacation.coms recent 13th International Conference & Trade Show, held at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, June 19-23. is a new outlet and supplier for selling MSC in this mutually-beneficial agreement. MSC Cruises North American president and CEO, Rick Sasso said, Having as a new business partner expands our exposure to an even broader audience, and the association with such a well-known and respected travel organization in the industry is very valuable, MSC Cruises said in a statement.

This new partnership further expands MSCs existing relationship with Travel Leaders Group and its family of companies. MSC Cruises has created exclusive offers for member agents to sell, including up to a $200 shipboard credit on select 2012 sailings to the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Abu Dhabi, Northern Europe and Europe through Vacation.coms Amenity Departure Dates program.

In addition, MSC has developed an exclusive offer for bookings of select 7- and 11-night MSC Yacht Club winter sailings via Vacation.coms Vacation Vignettes program. These hosted cruises feature unique amenities designed to enhance the guests vacation experience, at no additional cost, including a concierge host, an invitation to a private cocktail reception, and an exclusive shore event.

The MSC Yacht Club is an enclave of 71-suites onboard MSC Fantasia, MSC Splendida and MSC Divina (which debuts summer of 2012) with butlers and concierge services, complimentary wine and spirits, private dining and more. Plus, with the purchase of Yacht Club accommodations, guests receive free air, hotel and transfers.

American Cruise Lines Awarded Contract to Operate in Glacier Bay 2012

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American Cruise Lines announced today that it has been awarded a contract[by the Glacier Bay National Park to operate in the famed Alaskan park, making the line one of only several permitted to tour the area. Known for its abundant wildlife and spectacular blue glaciers, Glacier Bay is a highly sought after destination for Alaskan
cruisers and travelers.

American Cruise Lines will offer seven-to-eleven night cruises including roundtrips out of Juneau. Designated a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, Glacier Bay is a nature wonderland.  A National Park Service Ranger and a Native Cultural Interpreter will join passengers aboard each cruise to provide narration and insight into Glacier Bay, as well as help spot wildlife such as mountain goats, whales and brown and black bears.  "Here we can return briefly to a time that doesn't exist anywhere else," noted renowned photographer, Mark Kelley's award-winning book, Glacier Bay National Park: Alaska.

"It was important to be able to feature Glacier Bay on our Alaskan cruises," said Timothy Beebe, Vice President of American Cruise Lines. "As one of the few places where people can still view the world as nature intended it to be, we wanted to make sure we could take our passengers there to experience it for themselves. We're honored to have been awarded such a highly coveted contract and we look forward to showcasing the beauty Glacier Bay and the rest of Alaska has to offer."

Beginning next summer in June of 2012, American Cruise Lines will offer several different Alaskan itineraries, including roundtrip cruises departing from Juneau, Alaska, and one-way cruises between Juneau and Seattle, Washington. New and returning passengers can expect all the modern onboard amenities - oversized staterooms and bathrooms, private balconies, and elevators to all decks, along with exceptional locale-inspired cuisine and highly personalized service, the company said.

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