Cruises in France: new horizon for CDF Croisieres
Cruise operator CDF Croisieres de France presents cruises on the new liner L'Horizon. Horizon ship designed for 1440 people started its first trip after the modernization from the port of Marseille on April 8, 2012.
The "new Life" of L'Horizon began with the record. The ship’s cabins were booked for 115%. They were booked for a weekly cruise in the Mediterranean Sea. The company predicts the average occupancy of cabins for the 2012 season will be 88%.
The official presentation ceremony of the updated Horizon liner is to be held in Marseille on 28-29 April. Until that time the liner will make in total three cruises along the Mediterranean.
The new L'Horizon liner is well known in the cruise industry. It began its cruise history under the name MV Horizon. The vessel was build at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg in 1990. Initially the liner was operated by Celebrity Cruises. Subsequently the ship operated in Southern Europe and the Caribbean under the name Island Star. Then in 2009 it was bought by the Spanish cruise line Pullmantur Cruises, where it once again changed its name to Pacific Dream. But then the Spaniards returned the ship its original name - Horizon. Until 2011 the liner was managed by Pullmantur Cruises. In 2011 it was decided to transfer it to CDF Croisieres de France, which as well as Pullmantur is part of the Royal Caribbean. After the reconstruction Horizon replaced the liner Bleu de France.
Ship renovation included new painting and cabin updating. All 721 rooms on the ship received new beds, furniture, flat TVs and carpets.
L'Horizon is a liner, which is primarily designed for the French-speaking audience. In addition to the French ship operator it is also proved by the fact that after the reconstruction all service plates of the liner were written in French.
The menu in the restaurant - traditionally important moment for the French - was compiled with the assistance of Francis Leveque, the chef of the Restaurant du Marché in Paris.
Tours on the ship are designed for35-60 year people. On the eve of the L'Horizon premiere CDF Croisieres company organized various advertising campaigns, including campaigns on TV and the Paris underground.
With the new liner the company could increase its sales by more than two times. For example, if in 2011 CDF sold 110,000 beds per night for Bleu de France, this figure for L'Horizon at the moment is 264.000.
Riviera will start its first Caribbean cruise in Miami
Riviera, which is the newest ship of the Oceania Cruises company, will depart for the first winter cruise from Miami on November 29, 2012.
More cruises in Northern Europe
It is expected that 2012 will be one of the most successful season in the modern history of the cruise traveling for the Northern Europe region. The European Cruise Council (ECC) has estimated that the number of passengers in the current season will increase by 16% compared with 2011 and reach 1 million 490 thousand people.
Norwegian: free cruises for children
Norwegian Cruise Line, the third-largest cruise company in the world, announced a special offer – “Kids Sail Free”. As part of the offer potential customers will be able to book on favorable terms cabins on the cruise ships for themselves and their children – the third and fourth beds in the cabin for the children under 17 years can be booked for free.