Cruise News - July 2010

Cruise news and cruise travel news in July 2010 – the updates are right here at Prow’s Edge Cruise Magazine

In July 2010, the crew aboard Prow's Edge sifted through the press releases from and about the cruise lines and cruise ports to find the latest news about cruises – from news about fascintating new cruise destinations from Voyages of Discovery and Celebrity Cruises to news about entertainment on Cunard, and Crystal Cruises being voted “World’s Best Large-Ship Cruise Line” by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine.

This archive is intended to showcase the cruise news of July 2010.

Voyages of DiscoveryJULY 26 - 2010 : Discovering the hidden gems of the Middle East, Orient & Australia this winter with Voyages of Discovery

In Winter 2011-12, Voyages of Discovery will continue to offer guests the opportunity to explore many of the world’s most fascinating, diverse and lesser-travelled destinations.

Voyages of Discovery

Discovery begins her programme in the Holy Land journeying around Israel and Egypt before moving on to India and the Orient, the Indian Ocean and finally Australia before making the journey home. Discovery will visit some extraordinary places on route, including mystical Myanmar then voyaging onto places such as China and arriving in Australia. She finally returns to the Mediterranean and the Black Sea including a visit to Gallipoli on ANZAC day, before visiting some classic European destinations including Sicily, Corsica and Greece. With prices starting from just £1,549pp for 15 days, including flights, accommodation, food, entertainment and all gratuities, passengers can be assured of exceptional value.

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Prices range from $1,533 to $2,140 for October through December Sailings- a 30% Savings!

The Norwegian fjords, a highlight of Hurtigruten's Coastal Voyage, have had awards and honors bestowed on them over the years, most recently by National Geographic Traveler which named it the world’s most celebrated and iconic travel destinations. And Hurtigruten is making it easier to take in these Norway treats (and many others) this fall, offering its 12-day roundtrip Norwegian Coastal Voyage for the price of the seven-day northbound portion - five nights free with the purchase of six.

MS Trollfjord  - Hurtigruten
MS Trollfjord - Photo courtesy Hurtigruten

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IN AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, INDONESIA AND FRENCH POLYNESIA – Inspired by guest demand, new itineraries feature 36 ports in six countries

Like the iconic boomerang believed to have originated in Australia, Celebrity Cruises today announced plans to return to the region in 2011-12, with an enticing new series of vacations on Celebrity Century.

Celebrity Cruies Celebrity Century
Celebrity Century - photo courtesy Celebrity Cruises

Marking the line’s first return to the land Down Under in two years, Celebrity’s exotic new Australia and New Zealand season – bookended by a series of vacation options in Hawaii – features a total of 36 ports in six countries: Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, French Polynesia, the U.S. and Mexico.

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Hebridean Island CruisesJuly 15 - 2010 : Hebridean Island Cruises hold prices as Hebridean Princess 2011 programme is launched

Hebridean Island Cruises, for which Lord Sterling is Chairman, has launched the 2011 programme for their 5 star cruise ship Hebridean Princess - this will be the ship’s 23rd season of continuous operation in and around the Hebrides.

Whilst demand for their cruises is high, the company has been able to hold cruise fares at the previous year’s levels meaning that 2009 prices will be continued into 2011. In addition, for the first time in over 15 years and in response to guest feedback, a number of longer 9 and 10 night cruises have been included.

Hebridean Island Cruises
Hebridean Princess - Photo courtesy Hebridean Island Cruises

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Costa Cruises - Costa RomanticaJuly 13- 2010 : Cunard Announces the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Company

When Cunard Line’s new Queen Elizabeth debuts in October 2010, the Line will introduce an original concept in theatrical entertainment at sea with the newly formed Queen Elizabeth Theatre Company. Guests will enjoy a brand new repertoire of shows premiered by the Theatre Company’s 29 singers, dancers, actors and musicians.

New shows will include the hit “Slice of Saturday Night,” a popular nostalgic pastiche of 1960s music which has been staged in London and toured extensively throughout the UK and US.

Cunard Queen Elizabeth Theatre Compnay   Cunard Queen Elizabeth Theatre Compnay

Photos courtesy Cunard Line - Queen Elizabeth

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Holland America LineJuly 09 - 2010 : CRYSTAL CRUISES VOTED WORLD’S BEST AGAIN

For a record 15th consecutive year, Crystal Cruises has been voted “World’s Best Large-Ship Cruise Line” by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. The ultra-luxury line is the only vacation experience – cruise line, hotel or resort -- to have been voted #1 by for 15 years, each year since the awards’ inception. Crystal Cruises’ 2010 World’s Best Score of 90.47 is one of the line’s highest ever scores and its second highest score in eight years.

Crystal Cruises Crystal Symphony Prego Room
Crystal Cruises refurbished Prego Room aboard the Crystal Symphony
Photo courtesy Crystal Cruises

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In a gala ceremony rich with Dutch heritage, Holland America Line named ms Nieuw Amsterdam in Venice, Italy, on July 4. Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima of the Netherlands officially named the premium line’s 15th ship in front of invited dignitaries, cruise guests and media during the special celebration before the ship embarked on its maiden cruise.

nieuw Amsterdam from Holland America Line
Dedication Ceremony - ms Nieuw Amsterdam - Photo courtesy Holland America Line

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Interntaional Cruise Victims AssociationJuly 02, 2010: International Cruise Victims Association (ICV) brings about landmark changes for victims who die at sea

Over the past two weeks, the International Cruise Victims Association has continued their work for the rights of victims who die at sea and as a result, the House has passed H.R. 5503, the Securing Protections for the Injured from Limitations on Liability Act (SPILL Act).

Introduced by Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) and Louisiana Gulf Coast Congressman Charlie Melancon (D-La.), this legislation focuses on fixing loopholes in liability statutes so that the victims who die at sea can be fairly treated.

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