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Costa Crociere group enjoyed 18% rise in passenger count to 2.1 million in 2010

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Costa Crociere S.p.A. Group – comprising CostaCruises, the number one cruise company for the German market Aida Cruises andIberocruceros, which operates mainly for the Spanish- and Portuguese-speakingmarkets – has confirmed its leadership in Europe.

The Group’s consolidated revenues rose byabout 12% in FY 2010, reaching just under 3 billion euros, while the totalnumber of guests was 2.15 million, representing an increase of some 18%compared to the previous fiscal year. The increase in revenues reinforces Costa Crociere’s position as Italy’slargest travel group

“Despite the fact that the economicsituation is not the most favorable, European cruising remains a growthindustry and continues to play a key role in terms of the creation of wealthand employment.  Costa Crociere S.p.A. isthe no.1 operator and the driving force in Europe:  in 2010 the Group’s ships carried over 2million Guests and generated an economic impact (direct and indirect spending)worth 2.2 billion euros in Italy alone,” commented Costa Crociere S.p.A.President Gianni Onorato. 

Costa is part of Carnival Corp & plc,the world’s largest cruise shipping group.

Cruising only European tourism sector with major growth in 2010 - ECC

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The European cruise industry continues toprovide a major contribution to Europe’s economy as a whole and it was the onlyarea of the tourism sector to enjoy substantial growth last year, according tofigures issued today in Brussels by the European Cruise Council (ECC).

Last year there were some 5.5 millionEuropean cruisers (a 10% increase compared to 2009), which works out toapproximately 30% of cruise passengers worldwide (18.8 million cruisers).  The EU countries with the most cruisers arethe UK (1.6 million), Germany (1.2 million), Italy (around 890,000) and Spain (645,000).,figures of the sixth edition of the annual report of the European CruiseContribution show.

In 2010 the European cruise industry alsogrew in terms of the numbers of passengers departing from European ports:  5.2 million (+7.2%).  The overall (direct and indirect) economicimpact of the industry on the continent’s economy last year was 35.2 billioneuros, including over 14 billion euros of direct spending. 

The greatest beneficiaries of this directexpenditure were Italy (4.5 billion euros), the UK (approximately 2.6 billion)and Germany (2.3 billion).  Europeanshipbuilders continue to play an important part in this expansion:  from 2011 to 2014 the continent’s yards willbuild 23 new cruise ships, with a total investment worth almost 11 billioneuros.  The economic impact of the cruiseindustry also contributes very substantially to employment, accounting foraround 300,000 jobs in Europe.

Cruise Critic announces first ever Cruisers' Choice Awards

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Cruise Critic, the leading cruise reviews site, has announced the winners of the first-ever Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice Awards. The awards honor the top cruise ships, based on ratings submitted by consumers for cruise reviews published on the site.

"The reviews submitted by our members are an outstanding resource for cruisers and offer a fantastic insight into the different cruise experiences you will find on each ship," said Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor in chief of Cruise Critic. "With these awards, we're looking to honor the ships that rank highly with our members by providing exceptional facilities, accommodations, activities and service."

Cruise Critic boasts the world's largest online cruise community with more than 700,000 members and 70,000 cruise reviews. Each month, almost 2 million people visit the site to read cruise reviews, find information on planning cruises or access the forums, where they swap advice and stories with other cruisers.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines introduce three new theme nights, adapts menus

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A highlight of many Fred. Olsen cruises, for many guests, is the chance to dress up and join in with the fun of a specially themed night; it creates a party atmosphere and menus and entertainment are all designed to tie in with the theme, the company said in a statement.


From July 2011, three exciting new Themed Nights will be introduced:- Nautical Nights, with a seafaring flavour – Rock ‘n' Roll Nights,  and International Nights, celebrating the international nature of the cruises, and their crew and guests.  In each case, guests will be encouraged to dress according to the theme, and the crew will also be suitably dressed. The ships will be decorated in the appropriate style, while the entertainment, quizzes and shows will all be themed.  Special menus have been devised to reflect each theme, and the bars will serve appropriate drinks – such as 1950s style sodas and floats, on Rock ‘n’ Roll Nights.


The menus allow the chefs to be truly imaginative, and create dishes that are both delicious and fun. The ‘Anchors Away’ menu for Nautical Nights has a strong emphasis on fish and seafood, with dishes including ‘Pirate’s Platter’ of beetroot-marinated gravadlax and avocado; ‘Surf and Turf,’ a favourite combination of Rib Eye steak with giant prawns, and a starter of ‘Cornish Crab Bisque’. Vegetarians are never forgotten, and they can delight in ‘Porthole of Yorkshire Pudding’ featuring veggie sausages and onion gravy.


The Rock ‘n’ Roll Night menu brings into play many of the top names from that great musical era. Dishes include a starter of ‘Chuck Berry Salad’ with cherry (‘Berry’) tomatoes, ‘Great Balls of Fire’ Jerry Lee Lewis, a tasty dish of spicy meatballs, and desserts like ‘Tutti Frutti’ Little Richard, featuring candied fruit in an orange and vanilla sauce.


The International Night menu combines dishes from all over the world. On one menu, you may find starters of California Rolls and Thai Crab cakes, along with main dishes such as German ‘Sauerbraten’, a delicious beef dish, cheek by jowl with good old British Bangers and Mash, while vegetarians can enjoy Mexican ‘Chimichangas’ – vegetable tortillas.

Radiance of the Seas radiates after $70 million, 21-day revitalisation

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After a 21-day dry-dock, Royal Caribbean International's Radiance of the Seas reemerged from one of the most extensive revitalisations of the cruise line's approximately $70 million Royal Advantage enhancements programme for 2011, the company said in a statement. 


The new variety of dining concepts, entertainment options, children's programming and technology advancements originally introduced to industry-wide acclaim aboard Royal Caribbean's new Oasis-class ships, debuts onboard Radiance of the Seas. The enhancements to Radiance of the Seas delivers on the global cruise line's Royal Advantage, a commitment to provide guests with the industry's most innovative cruise ships, exciting destinations and superior Gold Anchor service for an extraordinary cruise vacation.  This summer Radiance of the Seas sails alternating, seven-night Southbound and Northbound Alaska itineraries before repositioning for its first winter 2011 season to Australia and New Zealand.


"Radiance of the Seas' drydock is part of Royal Caribbean's multi-ship enhancement and revitalization strategy to deliver the Royal Advantage to our guests," said Lisa Bauer, senior vice president, Hotel Operations, Royal Caribbean International. "The Royal Advantage comprises some of the industry's most innovative onboard amenities, programs and Gold Anchor Service that make up the most contemporary cruise vacation. By introducing almost all of the same specialty restaurants that can currently be found onboard Allure of the Seas as well some of the Oasis-class ships' most popular concepts to Radiance of the Seas, guests can enjoy a variety of brand new onboard experiences."


Guests eager to relish in Royal Caribbean's signature innovations while experiencing more exotic destinations, will find that balance onboard Radiance of the Seas.  The all-encompassing revitalization introduces a range of amenities and experiences from the Royal Babies and Tots Nursery designed for children, 6 - 36 months old, to 12 newly added accommodations - one family, five interior and six exterior staterooms - and technology enhancements that include Wi-Fi availability throughout the ship and flat-panel interactive televisions in all staterooms.


The ship also features a new Concierge Lounge for suite guests, a Diamond Lounge for Crown & Anchor Society loyalty program members, the Quill and Compass Pub and an outdoor LED video wall overlooking the main pool area where families, friends and couples can enjoy movies under the stars and entertainment programs during the day.


Dining options onboard Radiance of the Seas have nearly doubled with the addition of seven of the most highly acclaimed dining concepts in the fleet, including Samba Grill a Brazilian steakhouse, the Asian Izumi restaurant, the Mexican-themed Rita's Cantina and the Italian family-style restaurant Giovanni's Table, as well as the Boardwalk Dog House hotdog stand, Park Café deli-style restaurant and the exclusive Chef's Table dining experience.  

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