Largest Sushi Roll at Sea Created Aboard HAL’s Koningsdam

Seattle, Wash., June 18, 2018 — Today is International Sushi Day, and Holland America Line is celebrating the beloved delicacy by revealing the Largest Sushi Roll at Sea made on June 9 by Culinary Council Member Andy Matsuda while he sailed aboard Koningsdam on a special Food & Beverage Aficionado Cruise in Norway. Dubbed the “World Mega Roll,” the creation measured 49 feet long (15 meters) before getting rolled, 3.3 feet (100 centimeters) wide and used 70 pounds of sushi rice.   

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PONANT takes delivery of Le Lapérouse

  June 19, 2018 – PONANT, the global leader in luxury expeditions and the only French cruise line, is pleased to announce the arrival of its new vessel, Le Lapérouse, the first of the six EXPLORERS-class ships. On June 15, as per the agreed construction schedule, PONANT successfully took delivery of Le Lapérouse, the brand-new vessel and the first of the six exceptional PONANT EXPLORERS series. Construction of the other five ships is currently under way. Le Lapérouse left the shipyard in Ålesund, Norway, on June 16 and will reach Reykjavik, Iceland today, June 19 for the start of her maiden cruise. The inauguration will

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Alan Cumming Headlines Cunard’s Insights Program

Queen Mary 2 Welcomes Acclaimed Renaissance Man VALENCIA, Calif., June 19, 2018 – Stage, film and TV superstar Alan Cumming will join Cunard as part of the luxury cruise line’s famed Insights program on the January 3, 2019 Transatlantic Crossing (M902) on flagship ocean liner Queen Mary 2. While sailing on the seven-night voyage from New York to Southampton, England, Cumming will be offering a Q&A session with guests and hosting a screening of Instinct, his new hit TV series on CBS in which he plays Dr. Dylan Reinhart. Instinct, which premiered in March and was just renewed for a second season, is an American police drama based on James Patterson’s Murder Games. “Cunard is delighted

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Celestyal Appoints Mary Woody New BDM for Central US Region

Woody is a 20+ Year Cruise Industry Veteran Having Worked With Royal Caribbean and NCL Piraeus, Greece: Celestyal Cruises today announced the appointment of Mary Woody as Business Development Manager for the Central U.S. Region. Ms. Woody is a business development manager with more than 20 years’ experience in the cruise industry. Ms. Woody is based in Kansas City, KS, and will report to Gordon Dirker, Vice President, Business Development, Celestyal Cruises, Inc., beginning May 28, 2018. Prior to joining Celestyal Cruises, Ms. Woody served as Business Development Manager for Royal Caribbean International (RCL), where she also represented Azamara Club Cruises. Before her tenure as Business

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Celestyal Appoints COO Theophilides to Succeed CEO Anastassiadis

Theophilides Promotion to CEO Becomes Effective on July 1st Athens, Greece:  Celestyal Cruises is promoting COO Chris Theophilides to succeed Kyriakos Anastassiadis July 1. Theophilides has served as COO since January 2017, supporting Anastassiadis in a wide range of cross-functional activities. Before that, he was VP strategy and business development since October 2014, and he has worked in the cruise industry since 2006. From 1998 to 2006, Theophilides served as senior manager, corporate finance at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he qualified as a certified public accountant. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and holds an MBA

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Celestyal Launches 20% Commission Special for Travel Agents

Celsetyal Enticing North American Agents to Book Their Clients on Celestyal Cruises In-Depth – All-Inclusive Cruises MIAMI, FL – April 2018 – Celestyal Cruises is celebrating the launch of its newest itineraries with a 20% commission special on 7-day all-inclusive cruise bookings.  The company is pleased to demonstrate its ongoing commitment to its North American travel agent partners rewarding them with commission across the majority of components, including the cruise fare (which includes, standard unrestricted drinks package and select shore excursions), additional pre-sold shore excursions, and pre-sold premium drinks upgrade package.  This special 20 percent commission offer is applicable on new bookings made

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NCL Takes Delivery of NORWEGIAN BLISS

BREMERHAVEN, GERMANY – April 19, 2018 – Today, Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of the 168,028-gross-ton Norwegian Bliss from Meyer Werft during a ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany, marking the conclusion of an 18-month building period.  In attendance were executives from Norwegian Cruise Line, including Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer, Harry Sommer, executive vice president of international business development, Robin Lindsay, executive vice president of vessel operations for the 16-ship fleet, representatives from Meyer Werft including Bernard and Tim Meyer, managing partners of the German-based shipyard, and the ship’s captain and hotel director. Before cruising to Southampton, England to begin her transatlantic

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President’s Cruise Aboard Crystal Serenity

MIAMI, April 19, 2018 – Today, Crystal announced that President & CEO Tom Wolber will host the line’s annual President’s Cruise aboard Crystal Serenity this July. The  “Vineyards & Vistas” voyage sets sail on July 29, 2018 from London to Monte Carlo on a 14-day journey through the wine lands and coastal countryside of Western Europe, and will feature special events and activities hosted by Wolber and his wife, Sharon. On the interactive voyage, guests can attend a presentation by Wolber on what is on the horizon for Crystal, special receptions and dinners throughout the sailing, as well as a hosted shore excursion in Barcelona, Spain.

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5th Grade Teacher Wins 7-Day Celestyal Cruise to Greece on Price is Right

Price is Right Celebrates Teachers on Special Teacher Appreciation Episode Los Angeles, CA, April 7, 2018: A Utah teacher won the vacation of a lifetime on a recent episode of the long-running T.V. Daytime Game Show, The Price is Right. The show, hosted a special Teacher Appreciation Day episode broadcast on April 7, 2018 (Though the actual taping date was March 4, 2018) Uriah Hernalsteen, a 5th Grade Teacher at Coral Canyon Elementary School in Washington, Utah made it to the final showcase and came closest to guessing the actual retail price of his showcase, and won. In addition to

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Celestyal Cruises Announces Extended 2019 and New 2020 Itineraries

New Itineraries Include 7 New Ports of Call. New 7-day Eclectic Cruises Call at Isanbul, Canakkale & Volos New 7-day 3 Continents Cruise Sails to Egypt, Israel & Turkey February 28, 2018 — Piraeus, Greece: Celestyal Cruises today announced its extended 2019 and new 2020 itineraries. In 2019 Celestyal Cruises will extend its season into December and return to Istanbul for the first time since 2016 with its new 7-Day Eclectic Aegean itinerary, which sails 6 departures from October 21st 2019 through November 25th 2019. This “eclectic’ cruise includes an overnight stay in Istanbuland calls at Volos, Greece, for excursions to the stunning mountains of Meteora, and to Canakkale, Turkey,

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