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FROM PRINCESS BLOG: Until a few years ago if someone had asked me to make a bucket list of countries to visit, Vietnam would have been at or near the bottom. I guess you could say, “been there, done that.” I served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from June 1969 until June 1970. I was part of a recon platoon called Fox Force. MORE:
GREAT NEWS FOR CRUISING in AUSTRALIA: Jennifer Vandekreeke has been appointed Director, Carnival Cruise Lines, reporting into Carnival Australia – a new role in which Jennifer will be responsible for launching Carnival Cruise Lines to the Australian market. This will be the first time, Carnival Cruise Lines, the world’s largest cruise line, has permanently deployed a ship outside the United States.
Hailing most recently from Carnival Head Office in Miami, Florida as Carnival Cruise Lines’ Director of Advertising, Jennifer is tasked with establishing the Carnival Cruise Lines brand in the Australian market in partnership with the Carnival Australia team.
Former marketing director for world-renowned travel companies including Club Med, Jennifer‘s extensive knowledge and passion for Carnival Cruise Lines, and experience developing successful campaigns for the brand made her the ideal candidate for this new position.
Her experience includes leading an innovative integrated national marketing campaign called “Carnivalisms” which saw Carnival Cruise Lines’ consumer message uptake increase by 27 per cent. Jennifer also championed the current Carnival Cruise Lines US campaign called “Didja Ever” which aims to inspire people to try new things, to add more fun – and ultimately, add more happiness and satisfaction to their lives.
Jennifer aims to bring similar results for Carnival Cruise Lines to this market and said, “I’ve only been in Australia for a few months but already, I see a lot of similarities between the authenticity and playfulness of the Carnival Cruise Lines brand and Australians’ outlook on life.
“Australians seem to have a big appetite for adventure and excitement which is what Carnival Cruise Lines is all about – from onboard action in our water parks to a wide range of live entertainment including comedy and music. It’s this shared appreciation for quality and free spirited fun, which excites me about bringing the Carnival experience to Australia.”
Carnival Spirit will begin sailing in October of 2012 from Sydney offering eight to 12-day cruises to the Pacific Islands with limited sailings to New Zealand and select cruises from Melbourne.
In addition to Carnival Spirit’s deployment, Carnival Cruise Lines currently has two new 130,000-tonne ships on order – Carnival Magic, set to debut in Europe May 1, 2011, and Carnival Breeze, scheduled to enter service in (northern) Spring 2012.
This is great for the Australian cruise market. I look forward to seeing Carnival’s banner down under,
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All my blogs are automatically posted on my facebook page and on P&O’s facebook page, when they relate to that company.
In less than 4 hours I received over 60 responses from readers, all their comments, but one, being extremely positive.
Although I believe a lot of rubbish is posted on most facebook sites, there is no doubt that it is a powerful and instructive communication tool.
If only those that share what they had for breakfast and how many nights sleep there were to their next cruise, this incredible tool would be even more powerful. I certainly do not want to curb anyones enthusiasm, but I would love to see a little restraint so that all the informative blogs would not be lost in a sea of non informative comments. What do you think? I would love to read constructive comments, John.
By the way, if you love cruising, I would very much like you to be my facebook friend.
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I was right with my guess yesterday. In a major boost for the tourism industry, the world’s largest cruise line – Carnival Cruise Lines – has announced that it will base one of its cruise ships fulltime in Australia.
The 88,500 tonne Carnival Spirit will be the largest cruise ship ever to sail year round from Australia when she arrives in Sydney in October 2012 to operate a schedule of 8-12 day voyages to the Pacific Islands.
The move – announced globally in Sydney today by Ann Sherry CEO Carnival Australia – represents the first time Carnival Cruise Lines has ever ventured into Australian waters and reflects growing confidence in cruising in the region. Carrying 2,667 passengers, Carnival Spirit will be the first ship to be based in Sydney year round that is too tall to sail under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Rising nearly 53 metres above the waterline, Carnival Spirit is more than three metres taller than the specified clearance height for ships passing under the Bridge. Because of its height, Carnival Spirit will be based at the only cruise facility east of the Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay’s Overseas Passenger Terminal.
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