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New York (CruiseGuide - Cruising News Asia / Pacific) Mar 4, 2012

Costa Cruises Costa Allegra Arrives in Mah After Three Days Without Power. Costa CruisesO Costa Allegra docked at Port Victoria, Mah, Seychelles, at 3:16 a.m. ET March 1, and passengers began to disembark. The ship was towed in by a French fishing boat after a Feb. 27 fire in the generator room left the ship without power. Passengers told local reporters they ate cold sandwiches for three days and slept outside on deck to escape the heat in the shipOs interior. Shortly after the fire, lifeboats were readied, but no one abandoned ship. Some passengers said there was little drama and that the crew handled the situation well under the circumstances. Disembarking guests were attended to by the ship's crew, Costa personnel and local authorities, according to a company statement. Guests and crew are in good health. Of the shipOs 627 passengers, about 70 percent have accepted CostaOs offer to continue their vacation in the Seychelles. The guests were transferred to various hotels on the islands of Praslin, La Digue, Silhouette and Cerfs, where there will spend one or two weeks at the companyOs expense. Costa Crociere also will organize their return flights home after their holiday, according to the statement. The remaining guests who have elected to return home have been accommodated in Seychelles hotels and will depart in the evening on flights organized by Costa from Seychelles International airport to Paris, Milan via Rome, and Zurich via Vienna. The flights are scheduled to arrive the morning of March 2. The company has offered the passengers compensation packages including full refunds of their cruise fare and associated travel expenses; full refunds of on-board expenses incurred during the cruise and indemnity equivalent to the amount of the fare paid for the cruise and associated travel costs. Guests who opted not to continue their holiday in the Seychelles will receive a voucher for the same value they paid for their unfinished Costa Allegra cruise, to apply toward any Costa cruise departing within 24 months. Mar 1, 2012

Costa Cruises Costa Cruises issues update on Costa Allegra. Cristiano De Musso from Costa Cruises has made a statement just ahead of the last evening at sea of their Costa cruise ship, the Costa Allegra, before entering Port Victoria in the Seychelles. The Costa Allegra is being towed to Port Victoria following a fire in their engine room, which had immobilized the ship some two nights ago. The Seychelles government, its Tourism Board, and the Costa cruise shipOs ggent based in Seychelles have been working to ensure the safety and welfare of all the 600-plus passengers on the cruise ship. Today the following message was duly transmitted by Costa Cruises: OFebruary 29, 2012 [ETH] 5:00 pm - Costa Cruises informs that the members of the Costa OCare TeamO reached Costa Allegra and met guests on board to assess their state of health and serenity, as well as to collect their needs for disembarkation. From guestsOs requests on board it comes out that, up to now, 376 guests out of 627 agreed on the Costa CruisesO proposal to continue their vacation in Seychelles. These guests will be accommodated by Costa Cruises, at its expenses, in high-quality hotel structures on the following islands: Praslin, La Digue, Silhouette, and Cerfs. Costa Cruises will arrange also homeward flights at the end of the vacation. The remaining 251 guests decided to return to their homes with flights organized by Costa Cruises departing from Mah on Thursday evening, March 1.O The cruise ship is now expected in Port Victoria on Thursday morning, bringing to an end the episode of the Costa Allegra adrift in the Indian Ocean. Alain St.Ange, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, was heard on different news channels explaining that for the Seychelles it was the security and welfare of the passengers that remained their first priority. OThis is why we worked hard to bring this unforeseen incident in our waters to a close as fast as was possible. The passengers on board are now set to be on firm ground on Thursday, and the 376 guests staying on for a holiday in Seychelles will all be invited to join in the three days of festivities of the Carnival International de Victoria, which be officially opened on Friday this week,O Alain St.Ange said. Source: Seychelles Tourism Board Feb 29, 2012

Costa Cruises Costa Allegra adrift off Seychelles after engine fire. A cruise ship of the Costa Cruises line is adrift off the coast of the Seychelles after a fire in its engine room, the Italian coast guard said Monday. The ship, the Allegra, is a sister of the Costa Concordia, which wrecked off the coast of Italy on January 13, killing at least 21 people. The fire left the Allegra without propulsion, although its communications equipment is intact, the authorities said. The Allegra's fire has been put out, and the passengers are all in good health, the authorities said. The Seychelles is sending a tug, and merchant ships in the area are steaming toward the Allegra, the coast guard said. Source: CNN Feb 27, 2012

Odyssey Unlimited Odyssey Unlimited Presents Insiders Japan Itinerary. Odysseys UnlimitedOs 13-day OInsiderOs Japan,O starting April 14, blends JapanOs traditional and modern self, with time spent exploring Tokyo, Kyoto and Mt. Fuji, as well as the more off-the-beaten-path locations including Lake Suwa, Takayama and Kanazawa. Guests on Odysseys UnlimitedOs OInsiderOs JapanO small group tour will attend a Japanese tea ceremony; overnight in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn; bicycle through the grounds of KyotoOs Imperial Palace; and stroll through the Miyakawacho district, home to the geishas. OInsiderOs Japan,O priced from $4,795, air and land inclusive, includes roundtrip air from the United States, 11 nightsO accommodation, most meals, ground transportation, extensive sightseeing including all entrance fees, services of a skillful Odysseys Unlimited tour director, luggage handling and gratuities. There are nine scheduled departures from April 14 through Oct. 24. Feb 27, 2012

Orion Expedition Cruises Orion Expedition Cruises to Explore Russian Far East. Orion Expedition Cruises is offering two departures of its 10-night ONatural Treasures of the Russian Far EastO on May 30 and June 10. Guests will have the chance to explore 32 volcanoes stretched across the Bering Sea, known as OThe Northern Ring of Fire.O The voyages on Orion II begin and end in locations with international flight access -- Sapporo and Petropavlovsk. Prices start at $8,350 per person. Feb 27, 2012

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