It’s been a fairly quiet week for the cruise industry, at least when it comes to news. A lot of this probably comes from the fact that they’re all putting the final touches on their great offers and deals for January, so that’s where the focus lies. Still, there has been some stories of note, so here’s your Cruise118 news roundup of the week:
Thrill cruises with Crystal
Crystal Cruises has announced details of a new themed cruise entitled “Extreme Thrill Seekers: Experiences of Discovery”. What this entails is a series of guest speakers who’ve lived extraordinary lives, giving a sense of the extreme during a 20-night sailing from Singapore to Cape Town in March 2014.
Speakers include Rona Cant, the British yachtswoman who, as a relative novice, took part in the BT Global Challenge sailing around the world, as well as trying her hand at trekking the West Coast Trail in Vancouver and dog-sledding across a previously-uncrossed path in the Arctic.
Chris Fallow will regale guests of his time spent diving with Great White Sharks, and ‘Crocodile Mick’ Pitman will talk of his experiences hunting and capturing crocodiles. It all promises to be quite the interesting series of lectures, all as part of one cruise.
Azamara’s first UK Managing Director
A short one this, as Azamara Club Cruises has appointed a dedicated UK Managing Director for the first time. Richard Twynam, with nearly 20-years of experience in the travel business, will lead a team of 10.
Azamara president and chief executive Larry Pimentel said: “The UK and Ireland market continues to be one of the largest and most important for Azamara Club Cruises and is going from strength to strength.
“We are excited to welcome Richard Twynam to lead this evolution as we continue to grow and invest in our business in the UK. Now is a really exciting time for the business as the expansion continues.”
Fred. Olsen supporting the solos
And finally for this post, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has launched a new brochure completely dedicated to the solo traveller. I think this might be the first time any major cruise line has made such a point of marketing itself to single passengers, but it won’t be surprising to see the trend continue as the solo market grows.
Nathan Philpot, Sales and Marketing Director for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “We understand that it can be difficult to find suitable holidays as a solo traveller, especially without having to incur huge single supplements. So Fred. Olsen’s new ‘Solo Cruising’ campaign offers great value single fares combined with a cruise product that is totally compatible with their needs, without being overwhelming or intimidating.”
That’s your Cruise118 news roundup for the week. We’d love to hear your thoughts on any of these stories.