Countdown ‘til Jour­ney

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Club Cruises had all hands on deck on Tue, with pres­i­dent and ceo Larry Pi­mentel in Aus­tralia to make fi­nal ar­range­ments for the maiden ar­rival of .

has un­der­gone a US$25m re­furb, fit­ting her with new venues and tech­nolo­gies, along with a re­design of her suites & state­rooms ( 28 Apr).

Pi­mentel told the time is “ab­so­lutely right” to in­tro­duce to Aus­tralian waters.

“Book­ings so far are telling us that we’ve made the right de­ci­sion,” he said.

“For geopo­lit­i­cal rea­sons, there are ar­eas of the world which we can’t cur­rently cruise to, so for many of our guests, Aus­tralia and New Zealand is both a safe and an exotic lo­ca­tion.”

Rather than look­ing to add to the fleet, Pi­mentel told the cruise line has “spent mil­lions of dol­lars com­pletely re-work­ing our two bou­tique ships, leav­ing no space un­touched, and now we turn our fo­cus to evolv­ing and im­prov­ing our im­mer­sive, des­ti­na­tion-rich of­fer­ing”.

Pi­mentel high­lighted the im­por­tance of the trade, not­ing that in his time down un­der, he spoke to around 300 new agents dur­ing a we­bi­nar and is aim­ing to visit as many of the key agent groups as pos­si­ble.

“Our abil­ity to be able to bring our two ships down un­der, year af­ter year, is down to the im­por­tance of the travel trade to Aza­mara,” he added.

will ar­rive in Dar­win on 08 Feb as part of her Asia repo­si­tion­ing, and will sail in the re­gion un­til early Mar, of­fer­ing two Aus­tralia and New Zealand sail­ings and a re­turn Asia repo­si­tion­ing voy­age.

For more from Pi­mentel’s visit, see .

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