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SeaView Cruises' latest round-up of cruise news features items from Rainforest Cruises, Cunard and P&O, Carnival, the port of Kiel, Princess Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

Cunard and P&O Cruises senior business manager to retire after 39 years

imageAfter nearly four decades in the business, Cunard and P&O Cruises senior business manager Trevor Dupont is to take early retirement in February. Dupont started with P&O in 1977. He managed the reservations department and spearheaded the transition and growth to the Southampton office from London. He also played a key sales role as the company was demerged from the P&O group in 2000 which was followed by the merger with Carnival Corporation in 2003 to form Carnival Corporation & plc. Dupont said: “After nearly four decades here, I’ve seen a huge amount of change in the industry, as well as in our ways of working. When I first started at P&O Cruises at the age of 16 we had two ships and no computers or internet and I had a full head of hair!”

Shell to fuel Carnival Corporation’s first LNG-powered cruise ships

Carnival Corporation has signed an agreement with Shell for it to supply marine liquefied natural gas (LNG) to power the world’s first fully LNG-powered cruise ships. Under this framework agreement, Shell will initially supply Carnival Corporation’s AIDA Cruises and Costa Cruises brands with fuel for two new LNG-powered ships expected to launch in 2019. The vessels are the first of a new generation of cruise ships fully powered by LNG both while in port and at sea.

Kiel posts record cruise shipping season with 147 ship visits
imageThe Port of Kiel’s cruise season came to a close on 8 October with a call by the AIDAvita. Overall, the port was visited a record 147 times in 2016 by 26 different cruise ships compared to 133 visits in 2015. More than 485,000 passengers boarded or disembarked at the port’s various terminals – 5.8 per cent more than last year. This year’s success was based on the fact that, for the first time, two cruise lines, AIDA and TUI ,  made Kiel their home port for three of their ships. www.portofkiel.com

Rainforest Cruises 10-day Brazil package to Amazon and Rio for Carnival, in 2017

Rainforest Cruises is offering 10-day Brazil package visiting both the Brazilian Amazon for a cruise, and Rio for Carnival, in 2017.
The Brazil tour begins in Manaus, gateway to the Brazilian Amazon, with an overnight stay before guests board the luxury riverboat, the Iberostar Grand Amazon, for a 5-day/4-night all-inclusive Amazon River cruise. The cruise includes cabins with private balconies.  From $2,899 per person. www.rainforestcruises.com

‘The Cruise’ documentary nominated for National Television Award

image The ITV documentary series The Cruise, set onboard Regal Princess as she sailed through Scandinavia and the Baltics, has been nominated for a National Television Award in the “factual entertainment” category. The six-part series, aired earlier this year, attracted an average audience of 3.5 million viewers and gave an insight into the day-to-day roles of the ship’s 1,400-strong crew, who hail from countries across the world. A second series filmed this summer on Royal Princess in the Mediterranean, is scheduled to be shown early next year. www.nationaltvawards.com/vote

EUROPA 2 receives 6 stars-plus in Stern’s Guide to the Cruise Vacation 2017

image Hapag Lloyd’s EUROPA 2 has taken top ranking with the highest distinction, 6-stars-plus for cruise ships worldwide In the 28th edition of Stern’s Guide to the Cruise Vacation 2017. “Having cruised on over 800 ships, I can honestly say that no other ships was as exquisitely beautiful as the Europa 2,“ said Steve Stern. www.sternsguidetothecruisevacation.com

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