“Costa App” Wins a Host of Awards
VOYAGER OF THE SEAS ADDS NEW WAVE OF THRILLS Adventures in the South Pacific will take on a whole new meaning with the highly anticipated arrival of a bolder-than-ever Voyager of the Seas this fall. Royal Caribbean International has revealed a $97 million new look with a lineup of first-to-market features for the region’s debut amplified ship. From The Perfect Storm duo of racer waterslides to the reinvigorated Vitality Spa and redesigned kids and teens spaces, Voyager will tout a thrilling combination of experiences that make for an unforgettable family vacation to far-flung destinations on the other side of the world.
SEABOURN SOJOURN PREMIERES NEW ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCES Guests on Seabourn Sojourn will find a lively atmosphere, as the ship has debuted new musical and theatrical performances with productions designed to amaze with cutting-edge technologies and choreography, creating an awe-inspiring onboard complement to the elevated travel experience Seabourn guests enjoy. Produced by Belinda King Creative Productions, each new production features a vibrant cast, dynamic musical arrangements, tailor-made costumes, and creative direction. In addition, Seabourn Sojourn’s Grand Salon has been recently upgraded with brand new LED screens, a redesigned stage, and updated theatrical lighting to enhance the entertainment spectacles scheduled through the summer season.
The Costa Cruises “Costa App” won the “Mediastars Prize,” the Advertising Technical Award, in the App category. This was the fifth prize won in just a few months by the app, demonstrating the great success achieved by this new digital tool that is making the onboard experience increasingly user-friendly. As part of the Advertising Technical Awards, the “Costa App” also won the “Special Star” prize awarded to Costa Cruises and Triplesense Reply for creative direction. It previously gained first place at the Interaktive Key Awards, in the Mobile Communication category, and won both the “Silver in UX, Interface and navigation 2019” and “Silver in Apps 2019” prizes at the Indigo Awards. The “Costa App”, which can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store and Google Play Store, provides a range of information about the actual cruise, both before boarding and during the trip: ports of call, times of arrival and departure of the ship, shore excursions available at every call, with full screen photos and videos that help illustrate the various offers as effectively as possible. Once guests are on board, it also allows them to view the schedule of activities planned for the cruise, book a table directly at the on-board pay restaurants, use the weather widget, chat function and even the budget con-
CUNARD LAUNCHES FLEETWIDE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM Luxury cruise line Cunard is elevating its art offerings with the introduction of an Artist in Residence program in partnership with Clarendon Fine Art. The program will launch on board Queen Victoria in September 2019, offering guests insight into the world of fine art. Sherree Valentine-Daines, an internationally acclaimed British artist, has been
troller. Finally, by signing in to their CostaClub profile, guests can check the points they have earned and benefits available to them on board and on land, as well as plan their future cruises. Use of the Costa Cruises App on board is free, so no payment is required for the connection needed to browse the various sections.
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appointed as Cunard’s inaugural Artist in Residence. Widely celebrated as the ‘Face of Modern British Impressionism,’ Valentine-Daines will offer live painting demonstrations, hold a book signing event and unveil an original painting onboard. “We are thrilled to launch this program with one of Britain’s leading Impressionist artists, Sherree ValentineDaines,” said Josh Leibowitz, SVP of Cunard North America. “Guests will have the opportunity to meet Sherree and witness her create her craft live on board, adding a unique and fascinating new dimension to a Cunard voyage.” THIRD QUARTER 2019 | TRAVEL & CRUISE 43