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Rhapsody’s makeover
Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas has had a $54m complete makeover, inspired by the design elements  of the popular Elements of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, with a  bow to stern refresh of furniture, carpets and drapery.

Cabins will be more spacious and intimate, as many three and four berth cabins have been modelled into two berth cabins especially for couples.

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Prize-winning cruiser falls in love on Orion expedition

When Jackie won a six-night New Zealand voyage through Cruise Factor Ltd, she didn’t expect to fall in love.

A first-time cruiser, Jackie Goulter won an Orion Expedition Cruise earlier this year that would see her take to the waves from Auckland to the Bay of Islands.

But when her partner Keith’s bad back cut him out of the cruising picture, it left space in her heart for something else.

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Winds of Change
A multi-million dollar facelift is in the air for the entire fleet of Windstar Cruises. The cruise line is pouring $US18 million into a complete makeover for three of its sailing yachts, Wind Star, Wind Spirit and Wind Surf. And once they set sail in 2013, guests will be spirited along to new destinations in the Mediterranean and northern Europe.

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Holland America and Seabourn join World’s Most Ethical companies

Holland America Line and Seabourn have been bestowed an Ethical Cruising award, adding them to the list of most ethical companies of 2012.

Ethisphere Institute, who grants the awards, recognises companies promoting the highest ethical standards, and commended the cruise companies for their business, community and environmental practices and initiatives.

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Viking River Cruising splashing out with discounts for 2013

Multi-award winning Viking River Cruises is celebrating the launch of its 2013 itinerary with an amazing Early Booking Discount of up to $1000 per couple off cruise fares.

Viking’s 2013 schedule boasts twelve new Longship vessels, ship refurbishments, and eight new itineraries to add to its list of all-inclusive scenic voyages across Russia, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt.

Booking by 31 July 2012 will allow passengers to take advantage of Viking’s best ever early booking discount.

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MSC Cruises Family Values

MSC Cruises is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to family values.

Revamping what it has on offer for kids of all ages, the company is rolling out a whole suite of new programmes, packed with sports, crafts, theatre, Xbox, and Wii, as well as a broader choice of family events, ranging from parades to scavenger hunts.

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Seabourn set to take Europe by storm in 2013
Next year Seabourn will take passengers beyond the Arctic Circle, across the Mediterranean, and to overnight stays in the exciting cities of St. Petersburg, Amsterdam, Bordeaux, Venice, Malta, Barcelona, Istanbul, Edinburgh and Dublin.
Between April and October 2013, Seabourn’s fleet of six ships will make more than 100 European departures, carrying passengers to more than 180 ports.

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Aurora offers intimate journey to Russian Arctic
Aurora Expeditions is the only “small ship” operator planning to sail the far reaches of the Russian Arctic this year, visiting Novaya Zemlya and Franz Josef Land on a 14-day ‘Voyage to the End of the Earth’ cruise, departing from Murmansk on September 8.

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Norwegian Cruise Line puts seaside boardwalk on board

An oceanfront boardwalk lined with shops, restaurants and bars, is just the beginning of a unique connection between ship and sea onboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) newest ship, Norwegian Breakaway.

Comprising The Waterfront and 678 Ocean Place, Norwegian Breakaway’s innovative new design will bring to life an oceanic experience for guests on board the 4000-capacity ship. “With our newest ship, Norwegian Breakaway, we are continuing our tradition of innovation with a brand new ship design that will provide our guests with a unique experience unlike anything else at sea,” says Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line CEO.

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New paddlewheeler to meet US river cruising demand

American Cruise Lines is set to build a third paddlewheeler to meet an increasing demand for river cruising in the US.

Boasting the most spacious staterooms in river cruising, the vessel’s hotel-style bathrooms, WiFi in all staterooms, and single-sitting open seating dining will follow in the footsteps of the company’s second paddlewheeler, Queen of Mississippi, carrying around 150 guests.

“We recognise a considerable strength in river cruising and have observed an increased interest in our US river cruises over the last several years,” CEO Charles Robertson told Cruise Weekly.

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