Norwegian Cruise Line announced last month that its 2011/12 winter/spring deployment includes two new seasonal homeports: Tampa, Florida and Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy, marking the first time Norwegian has initiated voyages from these cities. In addition, for the first time since 1999 the cruise line will visit Israel.
Guests cruising from Tampa on Norwegian Star will sail a seven-day Western Caribbean itinerary beginning 16 October, 2011 until 8 April, 2012. In Europe, Norwegian Jade will sail from Rome (Civitavecchia) on 11-day Mediterranean and Holy Land cruises, along with 10-day Eastern Mediterranean sailings, from October 15, 2011 to April 11, 2012.
In the Caribbean, Norwegian Pearl’s seven-day Western Caribbean cruise from Miami now includes Ocho Rios, Jamaica as a port of call. The company also announced new sailing dates for Pride of America in Hawaii. These new sailings went on sale last month.
Marriott set to expand in Europe
Marriott International has outlined plans to double the number of rooms in its European portfolio.
The international hotel chain presently offers 40,000 rooms across 174 properties, with the figure expected to double to 80,000 rooms by 2015.
“Europe is the largest lodging market in the world and holds enormous potential for Marriott,” Marriott International Europe president Amy McPherson said in a statement.
“With a footing in most of Europe’s gateway cities, we are thrilled to see our expansion continue into secondary cities and emerging markets.”
Marriott offers three property tiers across Europe: the luxury Ritz-Carlton and Bulgari brands, the upper upscale JW Marriott, Marriott and Renaissance brands and the select-service Courtyard by Marriott brand.
UK attractions optimistic for 2010
The UK’s top visitor attractions remain largely optimistic about the immediate future, with 82 per cent expecting to maintain or increase visitor figures over the
This is up from just 60 per cent during 2009, according to figures released by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions today.
Following the economic downturn – and subsequent staycation trend – visitor numbers were up at the vast majority of UK attractions; with numbers up at the country’s foremost museums, galleries, heritage sites, cathedrals, gardens, zoos and leisure parks by a median of 10.9 per cent.
According to figures released by the Office for National Statistics, the estimated seasonally adjusted number of visits abroad fell by six per cent in the three months to December 2009; with British holidaymakers taking just 13.9 million trips overseas.
The UK also attracted a greater number of overseas visitors in 2009, with guests drawn by the weak poun