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They’re big, mobile and can
so it makes perfect sense that
cruise ships are moving into major
events – either by serving as
transport and accommodation or
by becoming concert venues.
This year MSC Cruises is giving
soccer fans an alternative by
offering two South American
cruises that revolve around the
30-day World Cup in Brazil.
MSC Divina will sail from
Miami on May 24 on an 18-night
Caribbean cruise before heading
along the Brazilian coast to arrive in
Rio de Janeiro on June 11 – the day
before the tournament kicks off.
The second cruise takes soccer
fans back to the US post-World
Cup, departing Rio de Janeiro
on July 14.
River cruise line Rainforest
Cruises will act as an
during the World Cup, offering
a cruise that takes guests to
Manaus, one of the 12 hosting
cities. The ship will be moored at
the port on match days. On non-
BIG EVENTS AND CONCERTS
TURN SHIPS INTO STADIUMS
game days, the vessel will explore
the Brazilian Amazon.
Meanwhile, when the Turkish
government capped the number
of people permitted to attend
next year ’s ANZAC Centenary
commemorations in Gallipoli by
land at 8,000, cruise lines quickly
stepped up to offer extra spots on
MSC Cruises and Azamara Club
Cruises are among the lines that
have announced they will give an
extra 7,500 Australians and New
Zealanders the chance to witness
the 2015 event.
According to reports, MSC
Sinfonia, Armonia, Lirica, Orchestra
and Poesia will be joined by
Azamara Journey, moored one
nautical mile off the Turkish coast.
MSC Orchestra is offering guests
the chance to relive the ANZAC
journey on its 100th Anniversary
Cruise. Departing from Fremantle
on March 26, 2015, the 36-day
cruise will follow the original
voyage to Gallipoli, calling at many
of the ports where troops were
assembled and trained. It will arrive
in time for the dawn service off the
shore of Gallipoli.
In addition to their involvement
with land-based events, cruise lines
are also signing up to host concerts.
Carnival Cruise Lines recently
announced that it has booked
a line-up of stars to perform on
its ships as part of a concert series.
Among these will be R&B singer
Jennifer Hudson, Australian singer
Olivia Newton-John and country
acts LeAnn Rimes, Jewel and
From April 2014, Carnival LIVE
Concerts will take place on eight
ships that call at Cozumel, Mexico;
Nassau, the Bahamas; and Catalina
Island, California. Tickets for the
concerts will only be available to
those who have already booked
WORDS: NAHRAIN JOHN
Jennifer Hudson; and MSC Divina, which is heading to the World Cup
Called “drip pricing”, it’s the
practice of advertising a cheap
deal but hiding booking fees
and other charges until the final
stage of purchase.
In recent years, many sites
have sprung up that sell cruise
products directly to the public.
ACCC chairman Rod Simms
says full pricing should be
disclosed before booking. Action
will be taken against companies
found breaching the law.
➠CRACKDOWN ON ‘HIDDEN’ FEES
Australia’s consumer protection
group has promised to crack
down on travel websites that
mislead customers with hidden
fees and charges.
TAKES A CRUISE
Qantas has dipped its toe into
the cruise market with a new
site that allows seamless bookings
of cabins and flights in one place.
The Qantas Cruises site will
allow flight bookings in a “live”
environment, meaning cabins and
seats on planes are reserved the
moment an order is taken.
“Unique to Qantas Cruises
is the ability for customers to
access a full range of cruise
lines and ships, with live cabin
availability and prices, and
instant confirmation,” a company
spokesman said. It also allows
customers to use and receive
Qantas frequent flyer points.
Industry insiders said many
had tried to convince Qantas of the
importance of cruising, but this
site shows the airline has finally
been persuaded to get directly
involved in the cruise industry.
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