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Royal Caribbean rolls out unprecedented wave of Digital Innovations

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is rolling out an unprecedented wave of digital innovations touching every aspect of its business, erasing travel frustrations with technology that is transforming cruise ships from bow to stern.

Most visible to consumers through a guest-empowering app that will blanket the company’s 48-ship fleet over the next two years, the surge of innovation will also banish check-in lines at ports, equip crew members to anticipate guests’ needs, and enable giant cruise ships to sail through the water on a fuel-saving curtain of air.

The technological transformation also encompasses areas beyond the guest experience, including innovations to make ships more energy-efficient, enhance ship management and put more connectivity into the hands of crew members than ever before.

CruiseAlong announces sales opening for 2019 Sub Antarctic Islands

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Imagine wandering black volcanic sand beaches on Macquarie Island, mingling with 800,000 Royal Penguins totally unconcerned by your presence. As interested in you as you are in them. Or visiting Snares Island, boasting more birdlife than that found in the entire British Isles. This is a bird watcher’s (and photographer’s) nirvana!

Far flung these islands may be, yet far from barren. Often referred to as ‘The Galapagos of the Southern Ocean’ these UNESCO World Heritage Sub Antarctic Islands throb with life. Protected by their remoteness they are breeding grounds for vast colonies of penguins, home to pods of orcas, fur seals and sea lions.

This expedition has been designed for those to whom the essence of travel means being rewarded with rare experiences. By Zodiac, land on remote, hard to reach areas, and to observe wildlife. Enjoy each day’s adventures with family, friends and other like-minded curious travellers – with the stimulation of mixing with informed, passionate speakers and knowledgeable Expedition Team members.…. all the while travelling in luxury.

Enjoy French luxury and ambiance onboard one of the world’s youngest and eco-responsible fleet of ships afloat, and experience the difference modern small ship luxury expedition cruising offers.

A rare sighting in Sydney Harbour

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Three P&O cruise ships – Pacific Explorer, Pacific Eden and Pacific Jewel – arrived in Sydney Harbour on Friday morning at the same time – a rare meeting for the three cruise ships which were carrying a combined total of 6000 guests onboard.

Carnival Cruise Line Fly Free Promotion

Today Carnival Cruise Line announced an exciting promotion on select 2018 cruises that sail to stunning Tasmania, offering guests the opportunity to learn about Australian history, stroll through beautiful vineyards and/or hike around rugged parks and reserves.

Guests have the option to cruise Sydney to Melbourne, or the reverse route, Melbourne to Sydney, both via Tasmania. The promotion also includes a $150 discount on a flight to the departure port or home upon completion of the cruise. The offer is available today until 4 December 2017.

Aussies that book will get to experience all the fun that Carnival Legend has to offer, with 45+ daily activities from the thrilling Green Thunder waterslide, dressing up for theme nights, live Broadway-style entertainment and the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss with Seuss at Sea.

Bula from Blue Lagoon Cruises

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Blue Lagoon Cruises are providing your clients with more ‘Fiji time’ to explore the stunning Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands with our ‘Cruise Longer for Less’ offer.

Book our seven night “Escape to Paradise” cruise and you will only pay the four night “Wanderer” cruise fare, saving a whopping FJD$2410* per person!

The offer is valid for bookings until 15 December 2017 for travel from 5 January to 31 May 2018.

For full terms and conditions on all offers, sales and booking periods or information visit www.bluelagooncruises.com.

New cruise dates for Fiji’s remote North Discovery Cruises

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Captain Cook Cruises Fiji has released the 2018 and 2019 departure dates for its two seven night’s Northern Fiji Discovery cruises – The Four Cultures Discovery Cruise and Colonial Fiji Discovery Cruise.

The Four Cultures Discovery Cruise, is the first ever Fiji cruise to circumnavigate Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second largest island and gives passengers the ultimate chance to discover and experience four distinctive Fijian cultures, Ellice Islanders (Polynesians), Banabans (Micronesia), Fijian and Indians.

Be taken on a cultural journey through an amazing show of song and dance by the Polynesian’s (Ellice Islanders) of Kioa Island and discover the home and history of the Banabans people on Rabi Island through a show of dance by villagers in traditional tribal costumes.

A colourful morning will be spent at Labasa Town, home to a vast number of Fijian Indians and a town not regularly visited by many tourists. Visit a Hindu snake temple and see the growing rock, before shopping in the many stores along the main street and explore the large market which sells a range of foods, spices, fish, poultry, goats and other local products. Then be entertained by a Bollywood style dance troop (Indian).

How river cruise newcomer, Riviera Travel, does things differently

European river cruise line, Riviera Travel – a newcomer in the Australian market – likes to do things differently and has released a list of the ways its award-winning product differs from that of better-known river operators.

The industry leader in the UK, Riviera Travel disrupted the local market with its launch here in Australia in mid-2016 and has seen Australian sales figures double in recent months compared to last year.

Riviera Travel has highlighted the key ways it differs from other river cruise lines, among many other reasons:

  • Offers inclusive, five-star cruises at fares up to 50 per cent lower than competitors
  • Solo-use cabins with no supplement on every cruise
  • Doesn’t include automatic gratuities in fares, allowing guests to tip as they like

European Waterways announces ‘Back-to-Back’ Cruises for longer wine tours in Burgundy and Champagne, France

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Between mid-June to early July 2018, European Waterways is offering wine lovers a unique, limited opportunity to visit two world renowned wine-making regions in France – the eponymous Champagne and Burgundy – with a new ‘Back-to-Back’ two-week cruise option.

Through this option, guests can book the Panache hotel barge in Champagne and L’Impressionniste in neighbouring Burgundy for two consecutive weeks of exploration, education and wine tastings. As an added incentive, European Waterways will also provide a free night’s stay at the Hotel Westminster in Paris; a French institution situated along the opulent Rue De Paix.

This back-to-back cruise opportunity is only available for these limited weeks, when the 12-passenger Panache cruises the River Marne through Champagne’s peaceful vineyards.

Norwegian Jewel celebrates inaugural homeport season in Australia and New Zealand

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) celebrates the start of an incredible new chapter with the arrival of Norwegian Cruise Line’s iconic Jewel-class ship – Norwegian Jewel – into Sydney Harbour for her inaugural Australia and New Zealand season.

As the first Norwegian Cruise Line ship to homeport locally for a full cruising season, Norwegian Jewel’s arrival reflects Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings long-term focus on the region, following similar announcements from sister brands – Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises – that they are more committed than ever before to Australia and New Zealand.

NCLH recently announced that Norwegian Jewel will return to Australian waters in 2018/19 – fresh from a multi-million-dollar bow-to-stern refurbishment – for a series of homeported sailings, further demonstrating the cruise company’s long-term plans for the local region.

Norwegian Jewel’s arrival is set to be a game changer for the Australian cruising industry with her unique cruising concept, world-class dining options, award-winning entertainment, immersive destination experiences, diverse onboard activities and the widest range of accommodation options to suit every need, taste and budget.

Viking launches two new 2018 Mediterranean itineraries

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Viking Cruises today launched two new Mediterranean itineraries for 2018. The 15-day Mediterranean & Italian Sojourn and the 24-day Mediterranean Explorer & Crossing are both combinations of two existing, shorter itineraries. They are each offered on one sailing only, making them coveted “collectors’ cruises”.

Departing from Barcelona to Venice on 29 July 2018, the 15-day Mediterranean & Italian Sojourn is a combination of Iconic Western Mediterranean and Italian Sojourn. Guests will enjoy overnight stays in Barcelona and Venice.

In between, they will marvel at the historic Old Port of Marseille, and visit glamorous St. Tropez and Monte Carlo. In Italy, guests will explore Renaissance Tuscany, ancient Rome and elegant Naples before sailing around the boot via Sicilian Messina, the pristine ports of Crotone and Bari, and the remarkable Old Town of Šibenik, one of Croatia’s oldest cities.

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Russia approves controversial COVID-19 vaccine

by Christian Fleetwood

It’s a monumental achievement – one that could mean international travel is closer than ever before, right? Well, we wouldn’t recommend holding your breath.

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Royal Caribbean posts $2.3 billion quarterly loss, but 2021 bookings “trending well”

by Huntley Mitchell

With its global cruise operations having been suspended since March, Royal Caribbean’s quarterly results come as no surprise.

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“I Blame”, “Coal Village” and “Jumpsuit”: Visit Mexico site accidentally gives literal translations for destinations

Have you done something embarrassing at work recently? Take comfort in knowing it almost definitely wasn’t as bad as this gaffe by whoever is in charge of translating Visit Mexico’s webpage.

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Aviation

Private charter airline offers flights to Antarctica on board Qantas Dreamliner

by Christian Fleetwood

The first couple of flights to the frozen continent are set for a November take-off, with travel agents encouraged to get selling.

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Hotels

Marriott’s RevPAR falls more than 80pc in Q2, but CEO notes “steady signs” of demand returning

by Huntley Mitchell

Here’s yet another serving of dour financial results from a hotel giant, this time with a dash of optimism.

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Cruise Wrap: MSC’s Mediterranean return, Silverseas’ new expeditions + MORE

This week’s Cruise Wrap is one of our longest yet, with enough information to fill the Pacific Ocean. Or maybe just the Tasman Sea. It will fill your kitchen sink, at least.

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Travel Agents

Get your skills verified with AFTA’s new Micro Credentials Program

Fancy adding some shiny new credentials, or verifying your existing skills? Here’s a quick and easy way to get there.

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Wholesalers

CATO granted access to utilise ‘Safe Travels’ protocols

Unsure what this good news means for you as a CATO member? All is explained here for you, thanks to Travel Weekly’s copying and pasting of a press release.

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Technology

“Very difficult” second quarter sees Amadeus limp to $324m half-yearly loss

by Huntley Mitchell

Amadeus boss Luis Maroto has been forced to pause the order of a new leather chair and credenza for his office after announcing the company’s half-yearly financials.

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Midweek Interview

Life in the time of COVID-19 with Bench Africa’s Bonnie-Sue O’Garey

This week, we went on a virtual safari with Bench Africa’s state manager for NSW and the ACT. And by that, we mean we looked at YouTube videos of elephants while we interviewed her.

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Northern Territory’s border measures to remain for “at least” 18 months, says Chief Minister

Were you lining up a Christmas jaunt to the Top End for your clients in the hope that the NT’s border restrictions will be relaxed by then? Well, beware of this deflating news.

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Two key players shielded from Ruby Princess inquiry

The special inquiry into Ruby Princess will have to report without being able to question two key federal officers who helped clear the cruise ship.

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