CRUISES

Eyeing new destinations

Welcoming the New Year with a bang, Cosmos, a division of Globus Family of Brands offering budget coach touring at destinations far and wide, has introduced a slew of tours and destinations for Indian travellers in 2018. TT BUREAU The Globus Family of Brands turns 90 this year and to …

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No biometric for e-visa cruisers

Cruise tourists arriving in India with a valid e-visa are exempted from biometric enrolment for a period of three years, that is, till December 31, 2020, according to an official notice. TT BUREAU I n order to promote cruise tourism in the country, and make India an attractive cruise tourist …

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Training gets interactive

Globus & Cosmos has changed the way it interacts with its travel partners by training them through educational quizzes and talk shows. TT BUREAU The Globus Family of Brands (India) recently conducted its annual training programme for the frontline staff of travel agencies across 19 cities. But it was not …

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India lifts anchor

Having seen its greatest leap in sales and numbers in 2017, Global Anchor Cruises hopes that travellers will now start to see cruising as the next best way to roam the world. TT BUREAU Cruising is set to evolve dramatically in the coming years, feels Ian Banerjee, Director, Global Anchor …

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Food for thought at sea

AmaWaterways takes its cruisers on hosted culinary tours where foodies and wine connoisseurs can delve into the local flavours amidst serene landscapes. TT BUREAU AmaWaterways has partnered with James Beard Award-winning cookbook author and Master Chef Jonne Weir for its special sailing, ‘Taste of Bordeaux – Culinary Cruise Hosted by …

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What it means to be CLIA certified

The first Indian national to get certified by the largest cruise industry trade association speaks about her experience and why travel agents in India who are interested in selling cruise packages need to do this course. Kashish Jiandani, Business Development Manager, NCLH It was the thirst to learn that took …

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Mumbai prepares for cruise liners

The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) along with the Mumbai Port Trust (MPT) has made major upgrades at the port to make their disembarkation and offshore experience a seamless one. Appointed in May 2017, Vijay Waghmare, Managing Director, Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has been busy since. If it’s not …

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On-board security in radar

The Swiss-based MSC Cruises has now deployed a new intelligent video surveillance system that offers even greater on-board security for passengers and crew alike. TT BUREAU MSC Cruises has announced the launch of a new vanguard video surveillance system offering even greater onboard security. In another industry-first, MSC Cruises has …

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The rise of cruising in India

With an increase in desire to cruise, Indians are also looking at it as a venue for events. Peter Kollar, Head of International Training & Development, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), outlines the evolving cruise market. Last month we released our CLIA Asia Cruise Trends report for 2017 which outlined …

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Ark’s next big ‘Dream’ bash in 2018

Ark Travels has announced that it plans to host a bigger ‘Big Bang Nautical Fiesta’ next year on Dream Cruises to thank its travel partners as well as showcase Asia’s biggest luxury ship yet. HAZEL JAIN FROM SINGAPORE Ark Travels, the preferred sales agent for Star Cruises in India, recently …

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