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DFDS secures agreement on Dover-Calais route

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DFDS has announced that an agreement between the staff representatives of SCOP-SeaFrance, Eurotunnel and DFDS, concerning the release of the Channel ferries Rodin and Berlioz, has been reached with the assistance of the French transport minister. As part of the agreement, DFDS is committing to the employment of 202 former SCOP-Seafrance employees in its French organisation. → Read More

Azamara Club Cruises launches virtual reality on-board experience

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Azamara Club Cruises has launched a new app that showcases a series of 360-degree virtual reality experiences. The video series, known as Azamara 3di, uses virtual reality technology to allow guests to experience a cruise virtually. From touring the on-board offerings of an Azamara ship, zip lining through a Costa Rican rainforest, taking a moonlit carriage ride in Cartagena, Colombia or sailing through the Panama Canal, the new Azamara App is designed to give guests a true flavour of what the line offers. → Read More

Big hitters line up for CruiseWorld China as market blossoms

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Travel Weekly China has revealed the launch of CruiseWorld China on October 12th, 2015, in Shanghai, China. The one-day event, held at the Le Royal Meridien Shanghai, will bring hundreds of travel agents and cruise industry leaders together in a day filled with insight from top cruise executives and distribution partners, and networking among attendees. “We are so pleased to launch CruiseWorld China,” said Bob Sullivan, president of the travel group, Northstar Travel Media. → Read More

Holland America Line improves Flight Ease programme for passengers

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Holland America Line has given a new look to its air booking program, Flight Ease. The enhanced features make the process more user-friendly for travel professionals to navigate, search and book flights. In addition to the new design, the functionality of the site is now more intuitive, allowing users to select departure and return flights separately, add a stopover flight segment, easily compare real-time flexible and restricted fares, and review more detailed schedule displays. → Read More

DFDS Seaways appoints Rooster PR in UK

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Having successfully navigated its way through a competitive pitch process, Rooster has taken on the corporate and trade PR brief for DFDS Seaways. DFDS is northern Europe’s largest integrated shipping and logistics company, operating four outbound passenger routes from the UK and with a network of around 30 routes and 50 freight and passenger ships. → Read More

Norwegian Escape floated out ahead of launch

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Norwegian Escape, soon to be the largest ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet, has been floated out of Meyer Werft’s covered building dock II in Papenburg, Germany. The 164,600-ton ship has been under construction since September 2014. Beginning at approximately 09:15 local time, the 4,200 passenger vessel, with her signature hull artwork designed by famed marine wildlife artist and conservationist Guy Harvey, departed building dock II. → Read More

Crewman feared drowned after falling from Queen Mary 2

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A crew member from Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 cruise ship is feared drowned after falling overboard. The Cunard flagship left Southampton on Tuesday on its way to Halifax, Canada. The crewman is believed to have fallen from the ship early on Saturday morning, Cunard said. → Read More

New sales leadership appointed at Fathom

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Fathom has named Jason Maltais as the company’s East Coast senior sales leader. In this role, Maltais will be responsible for marketing and business development supporting sales of Carnival Corporation’s latest brand. The line is designed to pioneer what Carnival is calling a new category of “social impact” travel. Maltais joined the company in July reporting to David Drier, vice president, sales for Fathom. → Read More

Plymouth takes steps toward cruise port

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Leading marine consultants have been appointed to look at the economic case for a cruise terminal in the city of Plymouth, Devon. GP Wild International, a leading authority on passenger shipping and cruise markets whose clients have included CruiseScotland, Monaco and the port city of Dubrovnik, is compiling a report which will examine the current cruise market, its future trends and the Plymouth’s place within this market. → Read More

Celebrity Cruises revamps excursions on Caribbean sailings

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Celebrity Cruises is bringing more of the Caribbean to holidaymakers with ‘Evenings around the World’ shore excursions, featuring 14 new, unique experiences that begin after the sun goes down. These special excursions perfectly complement the recently announced overnight stays on over 40 Caribbean sailings departing January 2016 and beyond – more than any other cruise line. → Read More

MBNA Thames Clippers prepares to welcome additions to fleet

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MBNA Thames Clippers has seen two new 150 capacity catamarans loaded onto a vessel in Hobart, Tasmania, ahead of setting off on a 10,000 mile journey to the River Thames in London. The two new boats represent a £6.5 million investment boost for London’s commuters and sightseers and they will provide additional capacity across the river transport network when they go into service in autumn 2015. → Read More

Costa Cruises signs with Meyer Werft for two new vessels

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German ship yard Meyer Werft has signed on to build two new cruise ships for Italian line Costa Cruises, billed as the largest ships ever built in terms of guest capacity. The move is part of a four ship deal signed by Costa-parent Carnival Corporation. In June, Carnival Corporation announced the other two ships included in the multi-billion dollar contract are destined for its German brand, AIDA Cruises. → Read More

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