PLAN A CRUISE MONTH BEGINS IN OCTOBER
October is Plan a Cruise Month – a worldwide movement to learn more about, plan and take a cruise vacation. The campaign offers advice, special cruise line deals and promotions as well as experts to help navigate the many cruise vacation options available for every travel style and budget.
Did you know almost 70% of cruise travelers take advantage of the expertise of a travel agent to book a cruise vacation? Plan a Cruise Month is the perfect time to connect with a CLIA certified travel agent to learn more about this amazing campaign. Visit cruising.org for more information.
Throughout the month, you’ll be able to find fantastic cruise deals shared by cruise lines. On October 5 join Cruise Critic on Facebook Live at 12:30pm (BST) for a Q&A with CLIA’s Andy Harmer, who will be taking destination and cruise-related questions.
NEW HOME FOR CLIA GLOBAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS WEB CONTENT
Content previously available on CruiseForward.org has moved to CLIA’s website at Cruising.org. Please visit www.cruising.org for industry facts about cruise industry regulations, environmental innovation, safety at sea and more.
WHALE SLOW DOWN RULE COSTING TIME AND MONEY
On August 11, 2017, Transport Canada implemented a temporary mandatory slowdown of vessels 20 meters (66 feet) or more to a maximum of 10 knots as a result of recent whale strike incidents. The speed restriction applies to vessels traveling in the western Gulf of St. Lawrence, between the Quebec north shore and just north of Prince Edward Island.
To date, 16 cancellations have been confirmed for three Saint Lawrence ports of call, the one most seriously affected being Gaspé. Gaspé mayor Daniel Cote estimated that the town of 15,000 will lose about $2.5 million as a result.
In Alaska, effective conservation measures have been introduced that involve posting observers on the ship’s prow to spot marine mammals and modify, as required, the speed or course of a ship. In Québec, the Marine Mammal Observation Network (ROMM), in cooperation with the Green Alliance, could play a key role in drawing up solutions together with marine industry players.
CLIA-NWC continues to work with Transport Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to address the use of technology as a mitigation measure to protect the North Atlantic Right Whale.
The issue has been covered recently in several publications:
- Government of Canada’s actions to date on North Atlantic right whales – canada.ca, Aug. 11
- Gaspé predicts $2.5M loss after efforts to save whales force cruise ship cancellations – ca, Sept. 6
- Cruise industry seeks alternatives to speed restrictions – ca, Sept. 13
- Whale Slow Down Rule Costing Time and Money – The Maritime Executive, Sept. 17
- ‘A big question mark ‘ for cruise ship industry amid worries of more cancellations’ – ca, Sept. 18
- Queen Mary 2 to call in Sept-Iles – com, Sept. 19
- New speed limits force cruise lines to revise Canada sailings – Travel Weekly, Sept. 24
- New speed restrictions compel cruise lines to modify Canada sailings – Travel and Tour World, Sept. 25
HAWAII LEGISLATIVE MEMBERS TOUR CARNIVAL LEGEND IN HONOLULU
In conjunction with CLIA North West & Canada, Carnival Cruise Line hosted members of the Hawaii State Senate, the House of Representatives, the Department of Transportation Harbors Division and Hawaii Pilots Association on a ship tour aboard Carnival Legend September 22. The guests visited ship operation areas including the bridge, the engine control room and the solid waste handling area.
Standing (L to R): Staff Captain Alessandro Paparo, Sr. Environmental Officer Ashok Kumar, Charles Toguchi, Rep Ty Cullen, Capt Tom Heberle, Rep Tom Brower, Rep Sean Quinlan, Rep Mark Hashem, CLIA-NWC President Greg Wirtz, DOT Harbors Director Davis Yogi, Sandi Weir, Dre Kalili, Maureen Andrade, Tonga Hopoi and Kristen Takushi.
Sitting (L to R): Sen Breene Harimoto, Rep Joy San Buenaventura, Sen Lorraine Inouye, Rep Henry Aquino, DOT Harbors Director Darrell Young, Hotel Director Erik Speekenbrink
ROYAL CARIBBEAN SUPPORTS BC CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AT ILWU FUNDRAISER
The ILWU Ship and Dock Foremen Local 514 raised roughly $38,000 at its annual Doug Sigurdson – Children’s Hospital Golf Tournament on August 23 at Riverway Golf Course in Burnaby. Royal Caribbean International generously sponsored a “Hole In One” in support of the fundraiser.
CLIA NW & Canada Member Lines have been supporting this event since 2001 by offering a cruise for two to anyone who scores a hole in one. Although the prize was not won this year, ILWU Local 514 said the chance at winning helped to make the charity event a great success.
50% CUT IN CRUISING’S CO2 IMPACT REALISTIC
A 50% reduction in cruising’s carbon footprint is realistic in the near future, according to Tom Strang, SVP maritime affairs, Carnival Corp. & plc. At Seatrade Europe in Hamburg Strang, who chairs CLIA Europe’s Environment, Safety & Security Committee, also called for strong cooperation within the industry to address sustainability issues.
Seatrade Europe’s ‘Sustainability and Green Shipping’ panel said cruising has led the green shipping movement and continues to press for environmentally friendly advances beyond regulatory requirements.
According to Fred Danska, director – cruise business, marine solutions, Wärtsilä Corp., recent technological developments have not been huge but still contribute to significantly improving efficiency. Speaking from the suppliers’ perspective, he noted operators increasingly ask for low- or zero-emission ships. “We have experienced a shift from technology push to technology pull,” Danska said.
Stressing the need for new fuels, Strang called for strong partnerships beyond the cruise industry to solve challenges. He advocates a knowledge transfer from other sectors such as aviation. From Seatrade-cruise.com, Sept. 8, 2017
PORT OF SEATTLE SURPRISES ITS ONE-MILLIONTH CRUISE PASSENGER
Two cruisers on Holland America Line’s ms Eurodam found themselves at the center of an impromptu party September 23 as the Port of Seattle celebrated its one-millionth passenger to pass through Seattle’s cruise terminals during the 2017 season. This is the first year the Port of Seattle reached the million-passenger milestone. Port of Seattle Commissioner John Creighton and Holland America Line CEO Orlando Ashford greeted the couple and presented a gift basket stuffed with goodies to mark the day.
“Congratulations to our millionth cruise passenger this season. Passengers like Ted and Linda from Alexandria, Louisiana and points all across our country come here for a unique Pacific Northwest/Alaska experience that drives half a billion dollars in annual business revenue,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner John Creighton. From portseattle.org, Sept. 26, 2017
Pictured: Linda Ellis and Ted Finn from Alexandria, Louisiana are surprised by Port of Seattle Commissioner John Creighton, Holland America Line CEO Orlando Ashford and Captain Werner Timmers of the ms Eurodam as the one-millionth passenger to pass through Port of Seattle cruise terminals this season.
CRYSTAL SERENITY STOPS IN NOME EN ROUTE TO NEW YORK CITY
Heading from Anchorage to New York City, the luxury cruise ship Crystal Serenity once again made landfall in Nome, Alaska on August 20 following its successful maiden voyage through the Northwest Passage last summer.
In preparation for the influx of the visitors, Northern Logistics, owned by Dave Karp, Robin Johnson and Phil Okeson, spent six months planning the logistics of offering itineraries for the different tour packages. Johnson said they rented seven full-sized school busses, eight vans, and hired 35 local people for the day to work as tour guides, bus and shuttle drivers. The Crystal Serenity’s next visit to Nome is scheduled for the summer of 2019. From The Nome Nugget, Aug 25, 2017.
PRINCESS CRUISES DONATES $25,000 TO ALASKA WILDLIFE CONSERVATION CENTER
Princess Cruises presented its first donation from the Princess Animal Welfare Sponsor (PAWS) to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) in the amount of $25,000. PAWS was established by Princess Cruises to donate a portion of proceeds from the sales of Stanley the Bear, the cruise line’s recently introduced plush bear, to local causes and charities that support nature, animals and wildlife.
“Our support of the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center furthers our commitment to nature and wildlife in the places we visit, as well as offers a much-desired authentic Alaska experience to our guests,” said Ralph Samuels, vice president of public affairs, Princess Cruises.
Pictured: Princess Cruises Vice President of Public Affairs Ralph Samuels presents a $25,000 check to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Board Member Karen Cowart, the cruise line’s first donation recipient from the Princess Animal Welfare Sponsor (PAWS). PAWS supports local causes and charities that foster nature, animals and wildlife. Also pictured: Animal Planet’s Dave Salmoni with local youth holding Stanley the Bears.
CRUISE LINES STEP UP TO PROTECT ENVIRONMENTAL: ‘IT’S RIGHT THING TO DO’
In Italy, kids are eating delicious and nutritious meals that were once surplus food prepared onboard ships for cruise passengers. In Miami, families in need are sleeping in comfortable beds with frames donated by cruise lines. At sea, cruise ships are assisting with ocean research and implementing and supporting recycling practices. As a result of those and similar efforts, the cruise industry is demonstrating its commitment to the environment and overall sustainability.
Said Bill Burke, chief maritime officer for Carnival Corporation: “We all understand a healthy environment is not just an operating necessity, but it is also the right thing to do.”
To that end, Carnival Corporation recently released its 2016 sustainability report, Sustainability from Ship to Shore. The report covers how the company, with its 10 global brands, has made tangible strides toward its 2020 sustainability performance goals—and is even ahead of schedule in achieving a nearly 25 percent reduction in CO2 emissions (equivalent carbon dioxide) relative to the 2005 baseline. The company is also on track to meet its additional sustainability goals during the next three years.
Visit www.newkerala.comto learn about how cruise lines are making the environment and sustainability a priority.
NANAIMO PORT AUTHORITY WELCOMES NEW CEO
The Nanaimo Port Authority (NPA) board of directors has named Ewan Moir as the new President and CEO, effective October 10. Moir’s long career has taken him around the world in senior management positions in Norway, United Kingdom, Singapore, Holland and India.
“The board conducted an extensive search and met with many highly-qualified applicants. Ewan’s world-wide leadership and management experience really stood out and we were unanimous in our decision. His people-focused leadership style, vast industry expertise and exceptional business development skills will serve to build on the excellent foundation already established at NPA,” said Moira Jenkins, NPA Board Chair.
The 56-year-old Moir said his priority will be to engage the Port’s community partners – the City and Snuneymuxw First Nation – to develop a relationship that ensures all members with an interest in the activities of the Port work together for the future. From npa.ca, Sept. 28, 2017
COAST GUARD FOUNDATION HONORS KRUSE AT PACIFIC NORTHWEST AWARDS
During the Coast Guard Foundation’s Pacific Northwest Awards in Seattle Sept. 13, 2017, Stein Kruse, Group Chief Executive Officer Holland America Group and Carnival U.K., was recognized for his commitment to the organization, according to a released statement.
The event was held at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center, and those attending were invited to tour a Coast Guard vessel and watch a live rescue demonstration following the ceremony.
“Thank you to the Coast Guard Foundation for this humbling recognition,” said Kruse. “The men and women of the United States Coast Guard faithfully serve our country, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with an organization that makes sure those who take care of us are taken care of in the most deserving way.”
Kruse, a member of the Coast Guard Foundation Board of Trustees for 15 years, was honored alongside Steve Scalzo, a 30-year member of the Board of the Coast Guard Foundation. Kruse has been a leading force behind the growth and success of the Pacific Northwest Awards, which has raised more than $2.5 million for Coast Guard Foundation programs.
“We are grateful for Stein’s steadfast support of the Coast Guard Foundation,” said Susan Ludwig, president. “His leadership and commitment make a real difference for Coast Guard members and their families here in the Pacific Northwest and throughout the country.” From cruiseindustrynews.com, Sept. 28, 2017
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