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The worldwide cruise industry will meet in Madrid on November 29 and 30 at the International Cruise Summit 2017

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
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The International Cruise Summit will gather, in its seventh edition, the most relevant professionals of the cruise industry, who will meet in Madrid during 29 and 30 November to discuss this outstanding tourism sector that generates more than 1,300 million euros in Spain.

Officials and executives of cruise companies, port authorities, tourist destinations, tour operators, shipping agencies, travel agencies, suppliers and experts of the sector, will be present at one of the most important cruise congresses in the world.

The inauguration will be carried out by Puertos del Estado, Tourspain, and the Madrid City Council, after which, Airam Diaz Pastor, President of MedCruise will address the delegates to give them the keynote speech. During the two days, several round tables and presentations will address topics such as “The pulse of the cruise industry”, “Changes in the European passenger profile”, “Markets trends impacting on cruise ports”, or “Planning tourist destinations”, among others.

More than 300 delegates from around the world will attend this event at the NH Eurobuilding Hotel. Speakers will include Edie Rodriguez, Americas Brand Chairman and Corporate Special Advisor of the luxury company Ponant, as well as Lars Clasen, Managing Director of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. In fact, this edition is notable for the attendance of exceptional luxury companies as well as new ones; for example, Virgin Voyages, represented by Craig Milan, Vice-president Itinerary / Destination Development. TUI Cruises, MSC Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Costa Cruises, Pullmantur, Norwegian Cruise Line, Silversea, Marella Cruises, Cruise & Maritime Voyages will also be represented by senior executives.

This seventh edition contributes to enhancing Spain’s image as the second most popular European cruise tourist destination and the positioning of Madrid as a pivotal city in hosting international congresses. During 2016, 8.5 million cruise passengers visited the Spanish coast, which meant an economic benefit of more than 1,300 million euros and 28,000 jobs. Barcelona leads European ports with 2.68 million cruisers in 2016, 5.79% more than the previous year. Also noteworthy are the Balearic Islands ports, with 1.8 million cruisers, and Las Palmas, with 1.1 million.

Questioned because of their environmental impact in some cities, cruise ships face the future committed to sustainability, having already installed in the majority of the fleet, scrubbers that limit their emissions to the atmosphere, and building new ships powered by Liquefied Natural Gas, the cleanest of fossil fuels.

Champneys returns to sea with Marella Explorer spa contract

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Marella Cruises, the British cruise line in the TUI group of companies, has announced an onboard partnership with the UK’s biggest and original health spa, Champneys.

Champneys operated the spa on board P&O Cruises’ 1995 built Oriana early in the career of the ship. Marella Explorer is currently sailing as Mein Schiff 1 in the fleet of Hamburg based TUI Cruises. It was built in 1996 as Galaxy of Celebrity Cruises and it will join the Marella cruises’ fleet in May next year.

“Typical of UK Champneys resorts, the luxurious spa will feature a full treatment menu, including facials, body wraps, massages, manicures, acupuncture and more, as well as a salon, wellness centre and stylish relaxation room that boasts comfortable beds complete with stunning panoramic views,” Marella Cruises said in a statenment.

Distribution and Cruise Director at TUI UK & Ireland, parent company of Marella Cruises, Helen Caron, said: “We’re delighted to announce this partnership with Champneys onboard our fantastic new addition Marella Explorer. We’re proud to be known for the friendliest service at sea and Champneys’ world-class service really mirrors this. Our ships offer holidaymakers a relaxing home from home that they can return to following a full day of exploring a destination and this new introduction onboard Marella Explorer will ensure they can fully unwind in luxury onboard.”

Stephen Purdew, Champneys co-owner said: “We are thrilled to be working with Marella Cruises from next year, offering the very best Champneys spa experience onboard Marella Explorer. We’re confident that our state-of-the-art spa will bring even more enjoyment to guests’ holidays and can’t wait to hear about their experiences.”

In addition to four resorts and a spa hotel, Champneys also operate six city spas, two colleges and a range of globally recognised products.

The ship will operate fromPalma de Mallorca in the summer of 2018 and spend the winter of 2018-19 in the Caribbean and cruise from Newcastle in the UK in the summer of 2019, Marella Cruises’ 2018-19 brochure shows.

Majesty to re-join Celestyal Cruises fleet

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Celestyal Cruises has announced the Thomson Majesty will conclude its charter with Thomson and will contribute to the extension of the 2018 Celestyal Cruises season: the Majesty will sail approximately one month of 3- and 4-night Iconic Aegean cruises, from 30 March 2018 until 27 April 2018, when she embarks on her final Iconic Aegean cruise of the season.

The Majesty’s amenities include a swimming pool and Jacuzzi, a fitness center with a sauna, a fully-appointed spa and salon, a casino and duty-free shopping. Her restaurants include two impeccable full-service dining rooms, each the perfect spot for authentic Greek meals – and two casual restaurants for buffet breakfasts and lunches. She is also home to four bars, where Celestyal Cruises passengers can enjoy great entertainment and signature cocktails, and The Coffee Bar, the perfect spot to try a Greek coffee with a view of the Aegean.

“The Celestyal Majesty is ready to take our passengers to the heart of the Aegean after having delighted Thomson passengers for years,” said Celestyal Cruises CEO Kerry Anastassiadis. “At 207 meters long and with just over 700 cabins spread over six decks, she’s perfect for the small, sparkling Aegean harbors at which we call. Her size makes it possible for her crew to provide each of our passengers with the personalized service that makes Celestyal Cruises journeys authentic and unforgettable.”

Celestyal Majesty was originally delivered as Royal Majesty from Masa-Yards Turku shipyard in 1992 for a newly-founded Majesty Cruise Line.

MedCruise to convene for 52nd General Assembly in Valletta

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The 52nd MedCruise General Assembly will take place 23-26 May 2018 in Valletta, Malta. MedCruise is the Association of cruise ports in the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas, now totaling 72 members representing more than 100 ports around the Mediterranean region, and other cruise trade members.

During the General Assembly meeting, MedCruise member representatives together with other guests will discuss the latest developments of the cruise sector, as well as the implications and prospects of cruising in the Med and its adjoining seas.

In line with the MedCruise tradition, all regular and associate members will have a first class opportunity to discuss the developments in the region, while they will also devote time in B2B meetings and interactive workshops with cruise line executives.

Keel laying ceremony for Spectrum of the Seas

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The keel laying ceremony for the first block of the new cruise ship Spectrum of the Seas was held at Neptun Werft, part of Meyer Werft, on November 8. Kevin Douglas and Sebastian Brunila from Royal Caribbean International placed the lucky cent under the block before the first block of the new ship was lowered into position.

This block is one of a total of 74 blocks for the newbuilding and weighs altogether 938 tons. The keel laying ceremony marks the official start of construction for the Spectrum of the Seas. The ship will register 168,800 gross tons and will be able to carry 4,200 passengers. Spectrum is specifically designed for Asian market.

The first steel parts for the Spectrum of the Seas were cut to size in the Meyer Werft Laser Center already back in August 2017. The completion of the ship is planned for spring 2019. Royal Caribbean took delivery of the similar sister ships Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

The keel laying ceremony was held in Rostock-Warnemünde, where the ship's engine room unit is produced, attended by Thomas Weigend, Stephan Schmees (Executive Board Member) and Carsten Pengel (Project Management) from Meyer Werft, Raimon Strunck (Managing Director) and Mathias Kopitzki (Project Manager) from Neptun Werft, Thomas Murken DNV GL and the team from Royal Caribbean International. "It is our great pleasure to build these innovative ships for Royal Caribbean and to continue our long-standing business relationship," said Stephan Schmees.