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Welcome to the autumn edition of
Cruise Passenger magazine.
Two issues, which appear in
the following pages, neatly illustrate the
changing face of the cruising market.
On the one hand, Cunard is celebrating
175 years and Princess 50 years of taking
cruise passengers over the seas.
Queen Mary 2, Cunard’s flagship, along
with her royal sister Queen Victoria, will
be in Sydney Harbour to ensure we share
in the party. Both are favourites – we are
Cunard’s second most important market
Princess, on the other hand, will be using
her long association with the TV series
The Love Boat to celebrate.
But the line has already entered a float
in the Rose Parade in California, which
is watched by millions. Past guests were
invited to share inspiring stories.
The grand-prize winner was 91-year-old
World War II veteran Nathan Abbott, who
took a Princess cruise back to the South
Pacific, as he had long wished to revisit the
islands where he served during the war.
Others recollections included an
engagement in front of a glacier in Alaska,
a renewal of vows to mark 50 years of
marriage, a celebration of life after surviving
breast cancer, and a mother and daughter
college graduation cruise to celebrate both
A double celebration for cruise passengers
Issue 59, Autumn 2015
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Brian Johnston, Lucy Jones, Peter Lynch,
Sally Macmillan, Kris Madden, Teresa Ooi,
John Pond, Nick Walton
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receiving their degrees. Such memories are
what cruising is all about.
But while our biggest lines are looking
at the history books, our special report for
this issue is about cruise travel in Asia –
ver y much the future.
While Australia still holds the prize
for the world’s fastest cruise growth, our
neighbouring region is fast playing catch-up.
It is already second – and likely to gain on us.
As a result, we are getting a fabulous new
destination on our doorstep, with some of
the most modern ships to take you there.
Singapore has built not one, but two
cruise terminals and is home to a Royal
Caribbean and a Princess ship, as well as
Star Cruises, an important Asian carrier.
Take a look at the growing list of
itineraries, we know you’ ll be impressed.
And that ’s before China and the arrival
of the much-vaunted Quantum of the Seas
While it has still some way to go before it
can rival the Mediterranean or the Pacific in
the hearts of Australian cruisers, there can be
no doubt that Asian cruising
is about to take off.
Publisher, Cruise Passenger
When Cruise Passenger’s weekly newsletter
first raised the issue of gratuities, the
response was immediate and largely angry.
After reading your views, there can be no
doubt that the industry needs to take a long,
hard look at a system that is supposed to tap into
the warm and fuzzy feeling many
passengers get when they part
from crew who have given good
service. Tapping into it is one thing.
Cashing in is quite another.
Many readers were justifiably
confused by a system which asks
them to pay a tip to top up staff wages – then
charges service on drinks and excursions.
They claim there is a lack of transparency from
some lines about the way they are charged, and
confusion among others when gratuities are
supposedly all in – yet appear on the bill anyway.
More transparency, please
It all sounds a long way from the idea that a
gratuity is something you freely give to individual
crew members who have gone the extra mile
and performed above average.
Cruising is booming, and crews should now
be paid their proper dues.
Many who wrote to us –
check out the comments at
cruisepassenger.com.au – said they
now go to reception and cancel
gratuity payments, thus ensuring
their favourite crew member gets
the financial reward for their service.
We like the system used by Scenic Tours,
among others. While gratuities are included,
there is money set aside so a crew’s hard work is
recognised. The amount is linked directly to the
score passengers give the vessel at the end of
their trip on their survey forms.
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