FEBRUARY CRUISE NEWS:
Carnival, the world’s biggest cruise line, chose the Super Bowl football final in Arizona (USA) this month – and its huge national TV audience – to market its brands which include Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America, Princess Cruises, Cunard, Seabourn, P&O Cruises. and Costa Cruises.
The Super Bowl video, can be seen below.
australiancruisingnews.com notes that of the 21-million, or so, who take a cruise each year, almost half book with Carnival, carnival.com.au
Holland America’s new flagship ms Koningsdam’s first sailings are 12 months away, but guests have already made bookings on her first cruise in the Mediterranean. It is a 7-day round trip from Civitavecchia (the port for Rome) in Italy that sails to Dubrovnik (Croatia), the Greek island of Corfu, and Katakolon, the port for the ancient Greek city of Olympia, and Naples (Italy). The following week a 12-day sailing also includes an overnight stay in Istanbul and a port call to Kusadasi for the Greco-Roman ruins at Ephesus,Turkey, hollandamerica.com.au
Scenic Tours’ launches its luxury new Scenic Spirit on the Mekong River early next year, scenictours.com.au Its more budget minded division Evergreen Tours is also moving into Vietnam and Cambodia next year with an 8-day Mekong River cruise on board the new 68-guest RV Mekong Navigator sailing between Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and Siem Reap (Cambodia), evergreentours.com.au
Venice’s ban on large cruise ships has been overturned by Italian authorities, for now at least. Since last November the ban prevented cruise ships bigger than 96,000 gross tons from sailing through the Giudecca Canal which takes in Venice’s scenic heart. However, plans are under way to construct an alternative cruise route through the Italian city to avoid environmental damage to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, port.venice.it