Casino at Sea Rewards Program Expands to Recognize Players Aboard More Ships

first_imgMIAMI, Mar. 30, 2017 – Casino players now have the upper hand with the enhanced and expanded Casinos At Sea rewards program aboard Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Casinos At Sea now offers members the opportunity to play and earn rewards across the three brands in 24 casinos, which offer a range of exciting atmospheres, from intimate, high-roller parlors to grand gaming palaces that, together, offer more than 4,000 games across the fleet. Players can elevate their status and redeem benefits across all three cruise lines, including stateroom and suite discounts, free play, special birthday and promotional offers, ship-to-ship point transfer, and onboard credit. “We are glad to relaunch the Casinos At Sea program, making it the first multi-branded casino rewards program at sea,” said Jim Abbas, Senior Vice President of Casino Operations, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “Casinos At Sea members can now play aboard all 24 ships under the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands, offering an expansive range of innovative onboard amenities, worldwide itineraries, exquisite onboard dining and unrivaled luxury. No matter which ship they sail with, members will be recognized, and earn points and rewards as they play.” Casinos At Sea members each will receive a new, personalized and sleek Players Card, with which they can claim benefits and rewards whenever they play in the casinos of Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Joining Casinos at Sea is easy. Guests can sign up for their complimentary Players Card on board at the Players Club desk, and start playing their way to complimentary amenities and extras when they use their Players Card, while playing favorite slot machines and table games. Members also earn status just by playing, and progress through tiers named Jade, Pearl, Sapphire, Ruby and Elite, which qualify them for up to nearly 20 benefits and rewards, depending on the cruise line. For more information on the Casinos at Sea program, including tier-levels and rewards, please visit  About Regent Seven Seas CruisesCelebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017, Regent Seven Seas Cruises is the world’s most inclusive luxury cruise line with a four-ship fleet that visits more than 425 destinations around the world. Regent Seven Seas Cruises is currently undergoing a $125 million fleetwide refurbishment that will elevate the level of elegance found throughout the fleet to the standard set by Seven Seas Explorer, which entered service on July 20, 2016, and has since been recognized as the most luxurious ship ever built. A leader in luxury cruising, the line’s fares include all-suite accommodations, round-trip air, highly personalized service, exquisite cuisine, fine wines and spirits, unlimited internet access, sightseeing excursions in every port, gratuities, ground transfers and a pre-cruise hotel package for guests staying in concierge-level suites and higher. Beginning in summer 2017, Regent Seven Seas Cruises also will include Business Class air for all intercontinental flights. For the latest news about Regent Seven Seas Cruises, please visit; like the line’s Facebook page; and follow @RegentCruises on Twitter. For more information about Regent Seven Seas Cruises or to make a reservation, please contact a professional travel agent, visit, or call 1-844-4REGENT (1-844-473-4368).  About Oceania CruisesFeaturing a fleet of intimately luxurious ships, Oceania Cruises offers an unrivaled vacation experience renowned for the finest cuisine at sea and destination-rich itineraries spanning the globe. Seasoned world travelers are drawn to Oceania Cruises’ expertly crafted voyages, which call on more than 370 ports across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and the Americas. Spacious and elegant accommodations aboard the 684-guest Regatta, Insignia, Nautica, and Sirena and the 1,250-guest Marina and Riviera invite guests to explore the world in unparalleled comfort and style.  About Norwegian Cruise LineNorwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 50-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising. Most notably, Norwegian revolutionized the cruise industry by offering guests the freedom and flexibility to design their ideal cruise vacation on their schedule. Today, Norwegian invites guests to enjoy a relaxed, resort style cruise vacation on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea with a wide variety of accommodation options, including The Haven by Norwegian®, a luxury enclave with suites, private pools and dining, concierge service and personal butlers. Recently, the line was named “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line” for the ninth consecutive year, as well as “Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Line” for the fourth time and “World’s Leading Large Ship Cruise Line” for the fifth straight year by the World Travel Awards. Norwegian will introduce three new “Breakaway Plus” Class cruise ships through 2019 and has four additional ships on order for delivery beginning in 2022, with an option to introduce two more ships in 2026 and 2027. For further information on Norwegian Cruise Line visit; contact us in the U.S. and Canada at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784); or follow us on the following social channels for the latest company news & exclusive content: Facebook, Instagram and Youtube: @NorwegianCruiseLine; Twitter, Periscope and Snapchat: @CruiseNorwegian; and WeChat: @gonclcn. High resolution, downloadable images are available at read more

All Aboard for CruiseWorld Ship Inspections

first_imgBy Theresa Bednarczyk, Event Manager, CruiseWorld  In what has become a CruiseWorld tradition, some of the newest ships to sail the world’s oceans will be part of the ship inspection opportunities available to attendees at this year’s event. Opportunities are limited for participating in ship inspections. Scheduled for November 18 and 19 in both Fort Lauderdale and Miami after CruiseWorld, spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. This year’s ship inspection roster includes Carnival Cruise Line’s Vista; Celebrity Cruises’ Silhouette; Holland America’s ms Koningsdam; MSC’s Divina; Norwegian Cruise Line’s Escape and Getaway; and Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas. Details and updates can be found at “CruiseWorld is designed to connect travel industry sellers with the suppliers, training and resources they need to grow their business and provide the best services to their clients. Ship inspections are integral to a travel advisor’s ability to sell these diverse products and decipher which ship and brand is best fit for each individual client. Being able to bring the most relevant ships on the water to our attendees is critical,” said Alicia Evanko-Lewis, Senior Vice President of Events for Northstar Travel Group. CruiseWorld, taking place from November 15-17 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, features c-suite keynote speakers, supplier workshops, peer-to-peer training, a one-day Exhibitor Showcase, sponsored meal functions, ship inspections and significant networking opportunities. CruiseWorld will include three days of general sessions during which attendees will hear from the top leadership in the cruise and tour community, with updates, insights and trends from industry leaders. Over the course of the event, nearly 30 breakout sessions will be held, covering every segment of the leisure travel space. Certification programs and CLIA classes will be offered. The one-day Exhibitor Showcase will be held on Thursday, November 16 with companies representing diverse segments of the travel industry including, airlines, attractions, business tools, car rental, cruise, destinations, hotels and resorts, professional services, tour operators and packaged vacations and more. Suppliers interested in joining the Exhibitor Showcase should contact Emmy Morales at Applications are now being accepted for CruiseWorld’s STAR (Select Travel Advisor Recognition) Program. As part of Travel Weekly’s ongoing commitment to supporting the professional development and growth of the travel advisor community, this program will help fund attendance for approximately 250 of the estimated 1,000 travel advisor attendees at CruiseWorld. The program is structured to provide enhanced event programming while offsetting some of the financial expenses incurred by travel advisors to attend professional development events. The core component of the STAR Program is a series of collaborative meetings scheduled between exhibiting suppliers and pre-qualified, travel advisors committed to business growth. Advisors who qualify for the STAR Program, and who are selected to participate, receive complimentary registration and complimentary hotel accommodation for two nights. Specific participation requirements are detailed on the CruiseWorld website at Traditional registration opportunities are available for those who do not wish to apply for the STAR Program. Whether attending as a STAR Program participant or a traditional attendee, CruiseWorld’s robust programming provides value for all types of travel advisors, from the home-based professional to the cruise-centered advisors, the seasoned veterans and those new to the industry. Register today and receive $25 off the current registration price using code HBTA at checkout. For more information on Travel Weekly’s CruiseWorld, the ship inspection roster and the STAR Program, visit read more

Tamil Nadu awaits clearance to salvage 36 trawlers in Sri Lanka

The operation should have begun on September 10 but was delayed for want of clearance, the sources said. The State government had also sanctioned about Rs. 20 lakh for salvage operation – towards fuel and repair costs and ration for the salvage team members.A sum of Rs. 15,000 had been offered for each mechanised boat and Rs. 10,000 for each country boat for repair work, they said. Based on the report submitted by the team, the State government prepared a list of salvage team members to bring back 36 boats – 11 belonging to Rameswaram fishermen, 24 to Nagapattinam fishermen and one owned by Pudukottai fishermen. The Tamil Nadu Government is awaiting clearance from the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to salvage 36 trawlers impounded by the Sri Lankan Navy in March 2015 and ordered to be released by the Government of the island nation last month, The Hindu newspaper reported.After the Sri Lankan Government ordered the release of 42 boats – 36 belonging to Tamil Nadu fishermen and six to Karaikal fishermen – a seven-member team, led by G. S. Sameeran, Additional Director of Fisheries, inspected the condition of the trawlers from August 17 to 20 and decided to salvage them. Immediately, the Fisheries department prepared a list of 36 boats, 242 fishermen and technical persons to tow the boats back to shore and sent the proposal to the MEA, official sources said. The first batch of 15 boats, 93 fishermen and technical persons would leave immediately after getting clearance from the MEA.The second batch of 21 boats, 149 fishermen and technicians would leave after three days, they said.A three-member official team, led by the Deputy Director of Fisheries, would accompany them. The ICG had been asked to be in a state of readiness, they said. The Puducherry government would send a separate team to salvage the six boats from the Union Territory, the sources added. The boats have been berthed in Kankesanthurai, Karainagar, Mannar and Trincomallee in northern Sri Lanka and Puthalam in the west. (Colombo Gazette) Indian Coast Guard (ICG) would escort the teams up to International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and hand them over to the Sri Lankan Navy to be escorted to the ports. read more

Starstudded event kicks off UN Women global gender solidarity campaign

“Over the years, men have supported the women’s movement. But for the most part, it was just that: a women’s movement – when in fact gender equality is the responsibility of all people,” the Secretary-General said in opening remarks at the launch of the UN Women HeForShe campaign. Moderated by renowned CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer, the HeForShe event aimed to put men at the center of activism and dialogue to end persistent inequalities faced by women and girls around the world. Over the next 12 months, the campaign intends to mobilize one billion men and boys as advocates and agents of change for gender equality. “States have an obligation to address violence against women. But we also need to change attitudes,” said Mr. Ban, noting that one in three women is a victim of violence – but this is a men’s issue. “Men are responsible for most of the threats and violence against women. Often, these men are close to the victims – fathers, husbands, boyfriends or supervisors, said the UN chief, declaring: “We need to say to men and boys: Do not raise your hands in violence – raise your voices to stop it – and to support human rights for all.” In a highlight of the event, the Secretary-General capped his remarks by activating the HeForShe map – a real-time map with a geo locator to capture men’s engagement with the initiative worldwide over the next 12 months and keep a tally towards the campaign’s one billion target. The top UN official, through his map activation, was counted as the “number one man”. Mr. Blitzer became “number two”, by activating the map next.In her remarks, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said HeForShe is for every man, every boy, every individual, wherever they are. Despite the dire and very real statistics about the ongoing scourges of violence against women and gender inequality, “men and boys can change the course of history,” she said. Urging male politicians, artists, actors and sportsmen to “stand up” so that through them, young men and boys could see role models willing to help change society’s failures, she said people from all walks of life were invited to work towards creating a world of equal justice and equal opportunity, without discrimination. “I am reaching out to you because we need your help. We want to end gender inequality and to that we need everyone involved,” said Ms. Watson in her remarks, stressing the HeForShe campaign was more than talk; it was about achieving tangible results. Referring to her most iconic film role as Hermione in the “Harry Potter” film series, Ms. Watson said many in the audience might ask: “Who is this ‘Harry Potter’ girl and what is she doing speaking at the UN?” While admitting that she had asked herself the same question since being named UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, she said, “all I know is that I care about this problem and want to make it better. I feel it is my responsibility to say and do something.” To those present who might have similar doubts, she highlighted some start facts about the price of inaction. “The reality is, that if we do nothing, it will take 75 years before women can expect to be paid the same as men for the same work…and at the current rate, it will 2086 before all rural African girls can have a secondary education.” “I want men to take up this mantle. So their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice, but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too – reclaim those parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so be a more true and complete version of themselves,” Ms. Watson said. Along with Sam Kutesa, President of the UN General Assembly, the brought together renowned personalities, including senior UN officials such as UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, and UN Educational, Scientif and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General, Irina Bokova, along with actor Kiefer Sutherland and civil society representatives to discuss the central role men and boys can play in the achievement of gender equality. read more