Carnival’s Big Advertising Deal – Queen Mary 2 Begins Blohm & Voss Refit – New Orders For Royal Caribbean And Celebrity

The Cruise Examiner for 30th May 2016

Carinthia Lounge QM2

Artist’s impression of the new Carinthia Lounge that will replace the present Winter Garden on Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2

Last week, Carnival Corp & plc announced that it had awarded a major advertising contract to PHD to act as its international media agency of record for the seven of the ten brands that comprise its Anglo-American English-speaking market. The brands that are not included are AIDA Cruises and Costa Cruises, which work in different language markets in Europe, and P&O Cruises Australia, which is based in a different geographical market. Meanwhile, Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 arrived at the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg for a 25-day refit that will see new cabins and facilities added. Among the changes is the new ocean liner-style Carinthia Lounge, named after one of the first Cunard ships to offer World Cruises and a regular in the 1930s on the New York-Nassau run. And Royal Caribbean has ordered another “Oasis” class ship as well as two more “Edge” class ships for its Celebrity Cruises brand.

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Miniature Empress of Canada Oil Painting Sells in Montreal for $419.00

Empress of Canada (ii)A small 8 x 10″ oil painting by Canadian artist Harry Leslie Smith (1900-74) of Canadian Pacific’s second Empress of Canada at her berth in Montreal sold today on eBay for $419.  The starting price was $9.99 and the painting attracted 43 bids. This was the ship in which I emigrated from England to Canada at the age of four, along with my parents and younger brother. I remember to this day my father holding my head out the porthole and telling me that this was our new land – and seeing the bleak, grey, rocky coast of Labrador in late October!

Coming back to the UK for good in 1992, the result of that voyage today is a London-based company called The Cruise People Ltd, which I formed to be able to allow the public to book the voyages that they wanted. We don’t just do cruises, our customers have sailed Round Antarctica, to the North Pole in Russian nuclear icebreakers, up the Amazon to Peru, to Australia in container ships, across the Northwest Passage in ice class expedition ships, across the Atlantic in tall ships – just ask and we’ll see what we can do for you, including the ultimate in luxury.

Along the way, in 1998, I managed to obtain a larger oil painting of the Empress of Canada by American artist Lawrence Blumenthal that today hangs in my office in London and shows her departing from Liverpool on one of her regular voyages to Montreal. This painting is joined by a Blumenthal miniature in oils of Cunard Line’s Carinthia, in which ship I returned to England at the age of eleven to spend a summer in North Devon.

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By Kevin Griffin, London, 12th February 2013.