Golden Princess Beijing To Sydney – Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Asia Pacific Steve Odell has been appointed as the new Chairman of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australia.
Mr Odell replaces Gavin Smith, who has moved to the UK following his appointment as senior vice president of international affairs for the Kingdom of the Caribbean.
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Following its meeting in Sydney today, CLIA also welcomed three new members to its Executive Board: Princess Cruises Australia and New Zealand Vice President Stuart Ellison, Australia and New Zealand Caribbean General Manager Adam Armstrong and Australia Vice President Jennifer Vandekricke.
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While the executive committee has now expanded to eight cruise line representatives, the new members join four existing committee members: Ponant Asia Pacific President Sarina Bratton, Silversea Cruises Australasia CEO Karen Christensen, MSC Cruises Australia and New Zealand CEO Lynne Clarke and Travel the World’s. Executive Director Andrew Millmore (GSA for Tauck).
CLIA Australia Chief Executive Neil Linwood welcomed the new committee and thanked outgoing members Gavin Smith and Carnival Australia Chief Executive Ann Sherry for their efforts and paid tribute to Smith for the time and dedication she has given to CLIA over the past five years. . He was appointed to the position of chairman for the first time in 2011.
“Gavin has been very generous with his support and guidance to CLIA during a time of rapid industry growth, and we thank him for all his hard work on behalf of the industry,” said Linwood.
“We look forward to continuing to raise the profile of the cruise industry with Steve now at the helm of our board.”
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Mr. Former Chairman of Cruise Council International Australia (now CLIA Australasia) from 2005 to 2006, Odell has more than 30 years’ experience in the cruise industry and has held senior management positions with a number of international modern and luxury cruise lines. Silversea Cruises. Last October, he joined Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, which includes Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
“I welcome the opportunity to work in partnership with the board and offer my voice at such an exciting time for the industry,” Odell said.
“Globally, the cruise industry has never looked better, and within that the cruise sector in Australia is particularly strong.” With the annual number of Australian cruise passengers more than six-fold in the last ten years, now over one million, and more ships sailing our waters and returning to our region than ever before, it is time to lay the groundwork for further growth. to the future. “
On behalf of everyone associated with the Australian shipping industry, I would like to welcome Steve to his new role and we wish him the best of luck.
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Carnival Cruise Line ensured the focus was on fun in the sun and fun police taking part in events on the island when the Carnival Spirit made its maiden call to Moreton Island last Thursday (May 5).
Walking around the Tangalooma resort during the day, the mock police officer in charge of keeping guests entertained during the ship’s inaugural visit encouraged them to try new experiences and indulge their “random passions”.
Photo 1: An entertainment policeman (male) prepares to greet guests at the opening Spirit Carnival invitation to Moreton Island.
Dressed up like an English bobsledder, the local brass kept the crowd entertained by handing out prizes as well as fun prizes – in the form of popcorn vouchers and fairy floss – to those who needed a hand to join in.
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During the inaugural visit, Carnival guests also became the first cruise ship guests to try out two new activities – sand sculpting and plaster painting – in addition to the resort’s many adventure and recreational activities, including snorkeling among local ruins, parasailing and feeding wild dolphins.
Photo 2: Pictured after the official handover on the occasion of Carnival Spirit’s maiden call to Moreton Island are Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort CEO David James (left) and Carnival Spirit captain Adriano Binacci.
Carnival completed both Moreton Island cruises with another four-night cruise from Sydney last Saturday (May 7). On September 9 and 13, 2016, two more Carnival Spirit cruises will depart from Sydney to Moreton Island.
Princess Cruises plans to offer guests a new state-of-the-art stateroom with VIP amenities and exclusive dining with the launch of the Club Class Mini suite in December.
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The upgraded junior suite category offers a number of perks, including the new Club Class restaurant, a reserved dining room with express seating and expanded menus, as well as priority seating and to-go. Club Class guests will also be among the first to sleep in the new Princess Luxury bed.
Club Class will be introduced in Australia in December 2016 on Princess Emerald and will be rolled out to the rest of the Australian fleet in 2017.
Stuart Ellison, vice president of Princess Cruises, Australia and New Zealand, said the new staterooms will provide Princess guests with better accommodation during the cruise.
“VIP benefits, including the new Club Class Dining, offer a premium and memorable onboard experience so our guests can relax, unwind and immerse themselves in destinations around the world and ultimately ‘come back fresh,'” Ellison said.
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For added convenience to guests, the Club Class dining room is open every evening for dinner, as well as for breakfast and lunch on sea days. Dedicated seating area offers special menu options with daily chef cooking and table side, dedicated seating area also includes dedicated wait staff and unique table decor.
* Princess Luxury Bed – Club Class guests will be among the first to experience the “Ultimate Sleep at Sea” in a new bed designed in collaboration with certified sleep expert Dr. Michael Bruce and HGTV-acclaimed designer Candice Olson.
* Priority check-in and departure at the beginning of the cruise and priority landing at the end of the cruise
In addition to Club Class dining and enhanced amenities and services, Club Class Mini Suites have all the standard Mini Suite privileges, such as a spacious room up to 30 square meters with a balcony, a separate sitting area with a sofa bed and a coffee table. , a bathroom with a combined bathtub and shower and a welcome glass of champagne.
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Full Suite guests will also enjoy all the benefits of the Club Class Mini suites, including Club Class dining and be among the first to experience the new Princess Luxury Bed – as well as many other amenities offered with the Full Suite.
The new Club Class Mini Suites add to the cruise line’s previously announced Return New Promise, a multi-year, multi-million dollar program that introduces new product innovations that provide guests with an enhanced vacation experience. The Return of the New Promise features a collaboration with award-winning chef and restaurateur Curtis Stone, who will present guests with fresh culinary creations that were unveiled in Australian waters on Princess Princess in April.
Club Class Junior Suites are now available for booking. More information, including sailing schedules, can be found at www.princess.com/clubclass
Starting today, Royal Caribbean International is making VOOM, its exclusive high-speed Internet service – the fastest at sea – available on its fleet of 24 innovative ships sailing around the world. First introduced on the Quantum class of ships, including the $1 billion Ovation of the Seas, which recently called Australia home, VOOM allows guests vacationing with Royal Caribbean to stay connected and enjoy music, movies and stream your favorite TV shows to stay up-to-date with the latest news. events Whether they’re posting inspiring vacation photos on Instagram or Snapchat or video chatting with loved ones back home using FaceTime or Skype, travelers can share their adventures in real time with family and friends. Guests can even lounge or relax by the pool while watching their favorite TV show or the latest movie.
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“VOOM is revolutionizing the onboard experience for guests as well as our crew and is truly a game changer for the industry,” said Michael Bailey, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International. “Everything our guests and crew can do online at home, they can now do on all our ships around the world.”
The cruise line, known for its innovative ships at sea, has made significant investments to enhance the connected guest experience by equipping its state-of-the-art smart ships with the latest and most advanced technology and continuously upgrading its existing fleet. By combining Wi-Fi service providers, Royal Caribbean is able to deliver more bandwidth per fleet than any other cruise ship. The improvements will ensure speeds are at least twice as fast, and have also allowed the cruise line to offer services at prices that are cheaper than before – compared to most land-based resorts.
Travelers sailing on all Royal Caribbean ships can enjoy the fastest Internet at sea for a fixed price, and guests can choose from two packages:
* Surfing, which allows guests to surf the web, stay in touch via email, and share vacation photos on social media. Surf packages start at $12.99 per device per day, with additional devices added at a discount. Family plans – 5 devices or more – start at $8.99 per device per day.
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