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Cruise News IN BRIEF


Passengers on STAR CLIPPERS’ tall ship Royal Clipper will have more chances to spot


whales and dolphins in


the Caribbean next year as the line has Spanish-born Laura Del Rio Torres as marine-biologist-in- residence for the entire Caribbean season to enhance their environmental commitments. More at www.starclippers.com.


Former FRED OLSEN CRUISE LINES Sales & Marketing chief Nigel Lingard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement award at the Passenger Shipping Association’s annual dinner in London on December 1. Lingard has retired after 32 years in the cruise business, 23 with Fred Olsen.


Celebrity’s Suite Reflection


CELEBRITY CRUISES’ fifth Solstice-class ship – the Celebrity Reflection, in October, 2012 – will feature the line’s first Signature Suites and an exceptional Reflection Suite that has a sea-view bathroom extending over the edge of the ship, among other novelties.


eflection will also feature an extra deck, as a major difference to her four Solstice-class sisters, that will house additional staterooms and Celebrity’s first AquaClass Suites. Located in a private area of Deck 14,


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the five Signature Suites will boast 441sq ft of stateroom space and an 118sq ft balcony, with floor-to-ceiling windows and doors, all designed to maximise the sea views. Each suite will accommodate four and offer the line’s hallmark Butler service. The entire deck area, including the new Reflection Suites, features special key-card access so families or groups of up to 26 can have a private, six-suite experience. Nestled in one corner will be the Reflection Suite, Celebrity’s first


AMERICAN SAFARI CRUISES suspended calls to the island of Molokai in Hawaii early in December after local protesters on surfboards and in boats blocked the luxury 36-passenger Safari Explorer from docking on November 26. The protesters fear tourism will hurt the rural atmosphere of the island but company CEO Dan Blanchard has pledged to work with the local community to try to resolve differences.


two-bedroom suite, with the distinctive sea-view bathroom, a balcony whirlpool with rain shower and panoramic views from a wraparound balcony. The 1,636sq ft suite also comes with butler service and can accommodate up to six. The first AquaClass Suites will each offer 300sq ft of space, plus 79sq ft balconies, paired with all the features of Celebrity’s AquaClass accommodations, including exclusive free access to speciality restau- rant, Blu, and butler service. Reflection will also feature an addi- tional eight Sky Suites, 19 extra Concierge Class staterooms and 11 more inside staterooms, bringing the accommodation total to 1,515.


Celebrity president and CEO Dan


Hanrahan explained: “We gave a great deal of thought to how to ideally accommodate everything we’re adding. We’re widening the ship slightly, enabling us to introduce each of these exceptional new venues without compromising an inch of Celebrity’s premium space ratio and traffic flow.” The ship’s expanded lido deck will offer


an extra 245 loungers, while there will be 45 additional seats in the Celebrity Theater, 118 in Oceanview Café, 24 each in Blu and Tuscan Grille, four more in Qsine and 40 more in the main dining room. More info: in the UK, call 0844 493 2043 or visit www.celebritycruises.co.uk; in the US, 1800 647 2251 or www. celebritycruises.com.


Don’t forget, you can get more cruise news on a regular basis on our blog site – www.timespentatsea.blogspot.com


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