EMBARK navigates partnership to resume operations for Oklahoma River Cruises

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EMBARK successfully arranged a contract amendment with long-time partner Hornblower Marine Services (HMS), to restore partial operations of Oklahoma River Cruises through a public-private partnership.

Owned and managed by the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority (COTPA)/EMBARK, ferry operations and maintenance of the cruisers have been contracted to HMS since the fall of 2007. 

The long-standing relationship proved advantageous, as an agreement was reached, providing that HMS lease the boats to run river tours, cocktail cruises, and private charters.

“With transit, resiliency and dependability is key, regardless of the mode,” said Jason Ferbrache, EMBARK Administrator. “HMS has provided that dependability for Oklahoma River Cruises for over ten years and now with the furtherance of the public-private partnership will demonstrate resiliency with a return to service.

HMS CEO Matt Miller says the strong partnership between EMBARK and HMS created an opportunity for the continuation

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P&O Cruises Accepts Delivery of Delayed Iona from Meyer Werft

Iona on her sea trials – courtesy Meyer Werft


The Maritime Executive

10-12-2020 02:37:59

P&O Cruises accepted delivery of its newest cruise ship, the Iona, on October 9 after a long pause due to the global pandemic. Built at Meyer Werft in Germany, the Iona is one of the first LNG-powered cruise ships in the world and also the largest ever built for the U.K. market.

The Iona had been due for delivery in the spring of 2020 with her maiden voyage planned for May. As the pandemic spread across Europe, Meyer Werft arranged for the ship to complete its conveyance on the Ems River from Papenburg to Bremerhaven before the increased restrictions due to the virus. While work was slowed in March by precautions related to the health and safety of the shipyard workers and contractions completing the outfitting,

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Meyer Werft Delivers Iona, Lagest Cruise Ship

German shipbuilder Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany on Friday delivered to P&O Cruises the cruise ship Iona, dubbed the largest cruise ship ever built for the UK market.

Apart from being the largest, with 185,000 tonnes, 345 meters in length with 17 guest decks, Iona is also the first British cruise ship to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). It features four low-emission dual-fuel engines from Caterpillar, which can be operated 100% with LNG at sea
and in port.

The cruise ship had been scheduled for delivery to Carnival’s P&O brand earlier this year, and was due to enter service in May before COVID-19 disrupted work onboard Iona and at many shipyards across Europe, including Fincantieri, MV Werften, and others.

Commenting on the company’s new ship, P&O Cruises president, Paul Ludlow, who was present at the event in Papenburg and signed the Protocol for Delivery and Acceptance said: “Iona’s

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Less Is More or How 2 Cruise Companies Disrupt the Industry – Cruise Industry News

As cruise ships get bigger and bigger, Ponant has stayed true to its form, building luxury expedition ships that are French flagged, with the idea “to create special relationships between the oceans of the world and people sailing on them,” said the CEO of Ponant Americas, Navin Sawhney.

Ponant’s specialization is in expedition ships, vessels that allow guests to see the most exciting and distant destinations while at the same time, thanks to their size, feeling like “you are one with the ocean and the destination that you sail in.”

“What Ponant saw as a void that we could fill was that the tastes of the consumer were changing. They wanted to go on expeditions, they wanted to understand and immerse themselves in destinations beyond [what] existed in the 80s and 90s,” Sawhney said during a virtual panel discussion.   

“We were the first who purpose built ships that combined [a

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Peninsula runners cruise to victories in Zombie Half Marathon

Runners from Seward and Soldotna took home victories Saturday in the Zombie Half Marathon at Goose Lake.

Pyper Dixon of Seward was the overall winner in 1 hour, 13 minutes, 41 seconds. He earned a 50-second victory over Tracen Knopp of Wasilla.

Youngren and Balsan placed fifth and sixth overall in a field of 269 runners, who started the 13.1-mile race in waves of 50.

Women –1. Megan Youngren, Soldotna 1:18:30; 2. Elizabeth Balsan, Anchorage 1:19:03; 3. Julianne Dickerson, Anchorage 1:21:29; 4. Jana Van Stee, Anchorage 1:26:58; 5. Michelle Baxter, Anchorage 1:28:51; 6. Yvonne Jeschke, Anchorage 1:30:13; 7. Heather Edic, Anchorage 1:31:09; 8. Mariah Graham, Anchorage 1:31:32; 9. Riley Burroughs, Anchorage 1:31:58; 10. Kendra Paskvan, Anchorage 1:32:18; 11. Emily Evans, Anchorage 1:32:40; 12. Megan Neale, Anchorage 1:36:20; 13. Lizzy Iandoli Miner, Anchorage 1:36:33; 14. Ruth Cvancara, Anchorage 1:36:58; 15. Erin Jordan, Anchorage 1:37:37; 16. Terina Noteboom, Anchorage 1:38:53; 17. Kristin

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Clemson cruises, Alabama shaky in win

Some big-time ranked matchups on Saturday will shake up the Week 7 college football rankings and even a crazy Red River Rivalry caused waves.

If you thought the first five weeks of the season were crazy, Week 6 took the cake, and it really wasn’t even close.

Craziness was on the docket early on as the Red River Rivalry went to overtime, and then some, and some SEC powers were upset as one had playoff hopes absolutely crushed.

Two historically-potent SEC defenses took the field on Saturday afternoon and were both downed via the upset. LSU went to Columbia to face Missouri as the hurricane down south moved the location from Baton Rouge and the time from evening to noon. This led to some whacky play as LSU found itself in a shootout with a winless Missouri team. They surrendered 580 yards to the Tigers and the defending national champs

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‘Allow offshore casinos, river cruise boats to begin ops’ | Goa News

Panaji: The Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) has requested the government to open offshore casinos and river cruises in view of the recent guidelines issued by the Union ministry of home affairs.
A separate standard operating procedure (SOP) for the same will be issued shortly.
TTAG president Nilesh Shah said they have written to the government as the Union home ministry has permitted entertainment parks and similar places – but those outside containment zones – to open with effect from October 15. “We have to send a positive message so that tourists start planning their holidays to Goa. We can’t wait till the vaccine is introduced,” said Shah.
River cruises are the biggest attraction among domestic tourists, and many think their Goa trip will be incomplete if they do not include a boat ride in their itinerary.
A tourism stakeholder said that offshore casinos are also a huge
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The Chao Phraya River Gets a New Luxurious Private Charter Cruise

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SALA Hospitality Group has curated two special packages that combine the serenity of a riverboat cruise with the option of a dedicated five-course menu and a luxurious overnight staycation accommodation.

SALA Hospitality Group and True Leasing have created a series of private sightseeing river cruise packages that also offer delectable dining and stays at Sala Rattanakosin, Bangkok’s acclaimed boutique riverfront hotel. Couples can enjoy a sumptuous lunch or dinner for two, along with a private 30-minute cruise in a classic handcrafted mahogany Hacker-Craft boat, for just THB 9,100++ (reduced from the regular rate of THB 12,900++).

Alternatively, guests can combine their memorable meal and a 30-minute cruise with an overnight stay in a stylish and spacious Wat Arun River View Suite, including breakfast for two the following morning, for just THB 16,999++ (reduced from the standard rate of THB 24,400++).

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All boats

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Carnival’s (CCL) Seabourn Puts Voyages on Hold for 3 Cruises

Owing to the circumstances tied to the coronavirus pandemic, Carnival Corporation & Plc’s CCL Seabourn has halted cruise operations for three of its ships, namely, Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Ovation and Seabourn Encore.

Notably, operations for Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Ovation, and Seabourn Encore have been effectively paused through Jan 15, Apr 18 and May 28, 2021, respectively. Earlier, Seabourn had announced the halting of operations for Seabourn Ovation, Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Quest through Jan 3, Jan 6 and May 10, 2021, respectively.

Given that the risk of the pandemic cannot be ruled out, management stated that the decision is in line with the company’s initiative to safeguard health, safety and well-being of its guests and crew members.

Compensation Updates

Meanwhile, Seabourn is offering future cruise credits for its cancelled voyages. Notably, guests are entitled to 125% future cruise credits, depending on the type of payment. With a validity of

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How To Find The Best River Cruise Deals

The difference in on-board experience and offshore exploration varies dramatically between different river cruise brands. But finding a ship with a crowd-free deck, top cuisine and compelling excursions, doesn’t have to break your budget. 

An affordable, stellar experience can be found by securing the best river cruise deals and travelling at the cheapest times. In this guide, we reveal everything you need to know before booking your next river cruise trip. 

Best river cruise brands – discover which river cruise companies impressed passengers and which are best avoided in our latest, independent, customer survey.

1. Book your river cruise early

Most river cruise companies that we spoke to told us their best deals are available in advance. You might expect them to say this, and while you should always compare prices to make sure an early bird deal is really a deal, the fares we looked at did appear to

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