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Seabourn launches dedicated shore excursion hotline - e-Travel Blackboard (press release)

Seabourn launches dedicated shore excursion hotline - e-Travel Blackboard (press release) | cruise operations | Scoop.it
Seabourn launches dedicated shore excursion hotline e-Travel Blackboard (press release) Seabourn guests can now phone 1800 259 679 between 4.30am and 1.00pm from Monday to Friday and between 4.30am and 11.00am each Saturday to receive detailed...

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Seabourn is doing a great job in providing a toll free line in set times to answer questions about offer to guests before booking a cruise with them, giving insight to them of how everything is going to be during their vacation

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Venis Grier's comment, July 1, 2013 1:39 PM
I think this was a very smart business move for Seabourn. Booking a cruise and shore excursions are very complex and tedious. This new hotline will allow cruisers to feel comfortable and confident in their decision making. Cruisers will also feel assured that their vacation will go as planned, especially since using the hotline is similar to using travel a agent. We all know that using a travel agent is great because they will always keep a close eye on cruisers' future vacation plans to let cruisers know if any thing changes. Great job Seabourn!
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QE2 'to sail from Dubai in October', owners say - BBC News

QE2 'to sail from Dubai in October', owners say - BBC News | cruise operations | Scoop.it
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QE2 'to sail from Dubai in October', owners say
BBC News
Plans to convert the ship into a floating hotel and entertainment centre off Dubai's man-made islands in 2009 came to nothing after the economic downturn.

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It's impressive that this ship could have carried 2.5 million passenger and done 800 Atlantic crossings. Based on this article it still undecided of who is going to be owning this ship to make it a floating hotel in Asia. Only that the ship has undergone extensive renovations.

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Sasha Morel's comment, July 15, 2013 8:42 AM
I am impressed at the capacity of people this ship is carried 2.5 million passengers! Wow.
Ralph de la Portilla's comment, July 30, 2013 4:18 AM
I was at Port Everglades to get a final glimpse of this majestic old liner in April of 2008. I had actually completed a tour of the Everglades with a busload of its passengers when I saw her for the last time. I actually think this is a good idea to perpetuate her glory... Better than stripping it apart for scrap metal....
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Historic Day for Maritime Industry | newcastleonhunter.com

Historic Day for Maritime Industry | newcastleonhunter.com | cruise operations | Scoop.it
Historic Day for Maritime Industry - New national laws which regulate the safety of ships and seafarers today. http://t.co/KsoemZHoJr

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This article refers to the new National Law Bill in Australia, this Navigation Act replaces a century old Navigation Act 1912.  The new navigation act will provide a new range of measures that will ensure maritime safety in Australia. Allowing to check vessels for maritime safety.

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Douglas Waldinger Jr.'s comment, July 5, 2013 12:31 PM
This is great! I love when I hear people really trying to preserve the maritime environment and trying to make things safer. As a diver i love the ocean and love when people want to protect it even more.!
Sasha Morel's comment, July 10, 2013 8:57 AM
I am all for the new national laws that regulate safety.
Joanna Alvarez's comment, July 30, 2013 3:23 PM
I think Australia has always been a pioneer when it comes to protecting their waters. I think combining all the laws from every state into one unified Act will help increase protection against law breakers.
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Another cruise line drops Egypt calls due to unrest - USA TODAY

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Another cruise line drops Egypt calls due to unrest
USA TODAY
One of the world's largest cruise lines has canceled its winter itineraries in the Red Sea, citing unrest in Egypt.

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Mediterranean Shipping Company Cruises has decided to drop the 2,065 passenger MSC Armonia due to the citing unrest in Egypt. One of the world's largest cruise line first priority is the safety and security of their guests and staff thats why they've decided to go to other locations such as Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. 

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Joanna Alvarez's comment, July 30, 2013 3:14 PM
So sad to see countries losing business over war, when these people need the jobs and money that tourism brings in.
Ralph de la Portilla's comment, July 31, 2013 12:44 AM
A perfect example of how cruise lines have to monitor and consider politics and conflicts regarding their ports of call for the safety of the passengers. The unrest in Egypt is bad for business for the entire region. The decision to move to Islas Canarias is a good one.
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Safety First: Cruise ships are safer than ever - Travel Daily News International

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Safety First: Cruise ships are safer than ever
Travel Daily News International
HAMBURG – Since the Costa Concordia disaster in early 2012 cruise ship safety has become a major topic in public debate.

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This article talks about all the safey regulations and how they have been keep up to date. After the Costa Concordia disaster in 2012, cruise companies goals have been the safety of their guests and crew. It also refers to the size of the lifeboats that can hold 150 passengers. 

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Jordan Warren's comment, June 30, 2013 4:47 PM
After the 2012 Costa Concordia disaster, it was vital that the Cruise Lines International Association come up with new, improved and inventive safety measures. I felt that after the disaster, many people lost trust in the cruise line experience and it was important that the CLIA recognize potential hazards that can occur and ways to prevent these issues. Carnival cruise lines recognizes this need for improvement and invested about $300 million to upgrade the safety systems on board all of their 24 ships. In particular, the fire safety and fire fighting systems are being modernized.
katelyn graham's comment, July 17, 2013 7:03 PM
I find it interesting how they said that getting to the port is more hazardous then the cruise itself will be. it is also hard to believe that one lifeboat for the Norwegian Epic can holdup to 300 people, the advances in building technology is amazing.
Ralph de la Portilla's comment, July 30, 2013 4:38 AM
I've never had an issue with thinking cruise ships are unsafe, even after the incidents these past two years. This article did, however, make me take a look at the Geman cruise line, AIDA, a little bit closer with their AIDAbella and AIDAdiva ships.
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New luxury cruise terminal launches in Hong Kong - Capital FM Kenya

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New luxury cruise terminal launches in Hong Kong
Capital FM Kenya
Hong Kong opened a $1.1 billion cruise terminal at the site of its former airport on Wednesday in a bid to become Asia's hub for luxury liners.

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This article talks about the grand transformation of the formal Kai Tai International Airport taht closed in 1998 after being in service for over 70 years, it has been transform into one of the world's largest cruise terminal being able to accommodate liners up to 220,000 gross tonnes. The terminal will open in the middle of 2014

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Venis Grier's comment, July 1, 2013 2:03 PM
I read an article on this project a few months ago. This new terminal will give cruisers a 360 degree view of the city. The site is also supposed to be historic. I agree with you Joanna, Japan's economy will definitely see a peak. It's not a surprise that Royal Caribbean would be the first cruise line to create a partnership with Japan and invest in creating a new port that will definitely take cruising to another level.
Karla Bestard's comment, July 22, 2013 12:11 PM
What can we expect from the Chinese!? They are the best in bringing us the most advanced technology.
Ralph de la Portilla's comment, July 30, 2013 4:28 AM
I would say Koreans and Japanese far outpace the Chinese in technological advancement, and this is Hong Kong we're talking about (under British rule for over 150 years until recently), but I must agree that it is an outstanding terminal... Only two berths, though...? For that specific terminal building, I suppose... I wasn't clear on how large the rest of the port will be...
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Blue Water Holidays unveils luxury cruise comparison site - Travolution

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Blue Water Holidays unveils luxury cruise comparison site
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The Blue Water Luxury Cruise Collection will allow visitors to the site to compare cruises from the top luxury lines including Regent Seven Seas, Silversea Cruises and Oceania.

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This article talks about how the Blue Water Luxury Cruise Collection will allow visitors to the website to go online and compare the cruise prices between different luxury cruise companys such as Regent Seven Seas, Silversea Cruises and Oceania. This will help give more insight to the customers and to compare the prices in order to make the decision of what luxury cruises to choose.

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Sasha Morel's comment, July 15, 2013 8:40 AM
This is a great tool that will be available to those of us that are interested in purchasing a cruise vacation. I like the idea that this one website will have the access to compare on different factors such as prices, offers, and availability.
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2013, the perfect time for a cruise ship job - Cruise Ship News

2013, the perfect time for a cruise ship job - Cruise Ship News | cruise operations | Scoop.it
Cruise Ship News 2013, the perfect time for a cruise ship job Cruise Ship News When you worked on a cruise ship a decade or two ago, it wasn't a great environment to be in, this was because the ships were small, not much in the way of things to do...

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This articles is about how it has become more popular to work on a cruise and that 2013 is the year to look for a job in the cruise industry. How more people are interested in working and gaining experience; some may think that working on a cruise it equals to being on vacation most of the time but thats not the case. Cruise employees work 6-7 days a week with breaks in between shifts. But not everything is work they do get the opportunity to go on shore and visit other places. This article also says that it has become a little more difficult to obtain a job in a cruise and that there are companies that for just $15 will look for a job opening.

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Jordan Warren's comment, July 28, 2013 7:07 PM
More and more people are interested in getting a job on cruise ships. This is due to larger cruise ships, advancements in technology to become more stable and there is much more entertainment to occupy your free time. It will be harder to get a job now that living conditions are much more favorable.
Ralph de la Portilla's comment, July 30, 2013 4:13 AM
I remember back in the mid-90s when I had three friends working as entertainers (two singers and one dancer for the Broadway-style revue they had aboard one of the cruise lines). They would do seven and nine months at a time as I recall. They mostly enjoyed the nature of the work, but one thing they could all agree on: it wasn't easy. The rehearsals and daily shows sounded grueling enough, but they also had other jobs on board, too. This isn't any surprise, of course, but I can't imagine it being too much "easier." Accommodations were a tad tight then and perhaps THAT aspect has improved since, but I still think it takes a special type of person to embrace that line of work (out at sea for long stretches). I'm certain it is fulfilling nonetheless.
Rebecca Bonet's comment, August 3, 2013 9:48 AM
Throughout this year people are getting interested in getting a job in the cruise industry. However, finding that perfect cruise job in 2013 is not as easy as it once was; this is because there are more people going for this position, because people are looking for work. This is a great opportunity to see wonderful parts of the world as well as getting away from the stress of bring home. For this job $15.00 dollars an hour is not a lot but with room accommodation for employees, food, and visiting the world make up for the money that they are not receiving.