Princess Cruises’ Eco Awards
By doing its bit for the planet, Princess Cruises has been recognised with environmental awards by two countries.
The port of San Francisco has awarded Sea Princess and Sapphire Princess its Cruise Ship Environmental Award for their reduction in air emissions, advanced wastewater management programme and recycling and disposal programmes.And the port of Victoria in Canada has awarded Golden Princess, Island Princess, Sapphire Princess and Sea Princess with its Ogden Point Eco Award for using low sulphur fuel.
Broadway comes to Oasis of the Seas
New York’s Broadway came to Oasis of the Seas last Sunday when the cast from the ship’s Opal Theatre appeared in a live broadcast at the Tony Awards.
Royal Caribbean International is the only cruise line to feature fully-licensed Broadway productions and was named the official partner in the 66th Tony Awards.
Adam Goldstein, CEO of Royal Caribbean International told Cruise Weekly it was very exciting to partner the Tony Awards.
“[We want to] give the audience a taste of our genuine Broadway productions, which include Saturday Night Fever, as well as the Tony-award-winning musicals Hairspray and Chicago, The Musical,” he added.
AMA offers a taste of France
If you’re looking for the perfect French experience, AMAWaterways has just unveiled two new French itineraries for 2013.
The itineraries, Paris and Normandy and The Jewels of France, go hand-in-hand with French-themed cruise ships, where every detail has been thought of.
“From the design of the French balconies onboard our ships to the locally –sourced ingredients, menu selections, and wines, AMAWaterways combines old-world French charm with a luxury travel experience,” Ama founder, Rudi Schreiner, told Cruise Weekly.
The Paris and Normandy itinerary is a seven-night cruise on the AmaLegro going down the River Seine to Paris, Vernon, Giveerny, Rouen, Les Andelys, Conflans, Barcelona, Perpignan, Arles, Avignon, Viviers, Tournon, Vienne, Treveux and Lyon.
The Jewels of France itinerary on the Amadagio begins with three nights in Barcelona and includes seven nights on the River Rhone and seven nights on the River Seine.
Amadagio will cruise through the famous French wine regions where she disembarks in Lyon and passengers will travel up to Paris to join the AmaLegro for cruising in northern France.
Total refit for Captain Cook Cruises Fiji
Captain Cook Cruises Fiji has gone the whole hog with a total inside-and-out makeover for MV Reef Endeavour.
Last year, she was extensively re-fitted with the installation of several new suites, the creation of interconnecting family rooms and a refurbishment of the ship’s spa and gym.
Now she has had a ‘soft refurbishment’, with completely new modern pool furniture, new sun loungers on B deck and on the sun deck, as well as new carpet and furniture in the ship’s lounges and dining areas.
“These rebuilds and refurbishments complete a whole new experience for our many repeat passengers and give something exciting and unique for passengers embarking on their first cruise,” Jackie Charlton, CEO of Captain Cook Cruises Fij,i told Cruise Weekly.
New Voyages for Coral Princess
Award-winning expedition and adventure cruise line, Coral Princess Cruises, has announced its 2013 schedule with inaugural cruises to the Spice Islands and New Guinea.
The small-ship cruise line’s 72-passenger Oceanic Discoverer will next year spend almost a month exploring the remote regions of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
The new 25-night itinerary will depart from Darwin and will visit the Tanimbar and Spice Islands before a five-day exploration of the ‘Four Kings’ of Raja Ampat.
The cruise will continue into the Northern Hemisphere and Mapia Atoll and then will return to the West Papuan provincial capital of Jayapura, and onwards to Wewak.
Guests will spend two nights cruising 100 kilometres up the Sepik River, before exploring the east coast of Papua New Guinea, including Lababia, Tufi and the Trobriand Islands.
Tony Briggs, Coral Princess Cruises founder and managing director, has recently returned from a fact-finding visit to the area and told Cruise Weekly it was the most comprehensive expedition ever undertaken in the region.
“I’m excited that this expedition enables guests to experience one of the world’s emerging regions, in the comfort and unrivalled style they have come to expect from a Coral Princess Cruises expedition,” he added.
A limited number of staterooms are also available on a shorter 13-night leg from Darwin to Wewak and a 12-night itinerary from Wewak to Cairns.
The company’s newly released 2012-13 brochure also includes a series of PNG expeditions from Cairns and Rabaul, as well as two 13-night itineraries through the Melanesian archipelagos of New Caledonia, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and PNG.
Coral Princess Cruises is offering discounts of up to 25% for past guests, or 15% for first-time travellers on their 13-night Melanesian expedition from Rabaul to Noumea, departing on 11 November 2012. For a limited time, single travellers are also being offered the opportunity to join the same expedition without the need to pay a single supplement.
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