Ocean Liners – Timor Sea Justice http://timorseajustice.org/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 19:32:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://timorseajustice.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-7-1.png Ocean Liners – Timor Sea Justice http://timorseajustice.org/ 32 32 AWA seminars address key trends in the label and packaging industry https://timorseajustice.org/awa-seminars-address-key-trends-in-the-label-and-packaging-industry/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 19:32:07 +0000 https://timorseajustice.org/awa-seminars-address-key-trends-in-the-label-and-packaging-industry/ AWA Alexander Watson Associates hosted three concurrent events ahead of Labelexpo Americas 2022. The market research firm welcomed attendees to explore the latest trends and developments in the label and packaging industry on September 11-12 , in Rosemont, Illinois, USA. In addition to the AWA & TLMI Sleeve Label Seminar, which was held for the […]]]>
AWA Alexander Watson Associates hosted three concurrent events ahead of Labelexpo Americas 2022. The market research firm welcomed attendees to explore the latest trends and developments in the label and packaging industry on September 11-12 , in Rosemont, Illinois, USA.

In addition to the AWA & TLMI Sleeve Label Seminar, which was held for the 16th time, AWA hosted the first North America Narrow Web Pouch Seminar and the 15th Annual Label Release Liner Industry Seminar.

All three events benefited from a wide range of industry sponsors including Resource Label Group, Siegwerk, Multi-Plastics, Hudson-Sharp, Avery Dennison, Elkem, Mactac, UPM and many more.

“Our goal was to have an inspiring week,” said Corey Reardon, President and CEO, AWA. “We organized an evening focused on networking and reunions. The program was set up so that participants can move between programs and learn what’s happening – simultaneously – in the industry.

The opening night, which took place on September 11, focused on sustainability and the recent increase in M&A activity in labels and packaging. Kelly Murosky, Packaging Development Manager, Seventh Generation explored the various sustainable innovations underway in pressure sensitive labeling, shrink sleeves, pouches and more. Seventh Generation offers plant-based cleaning products for everything from laundry detergents to disinfectant sprays.

“We work on many different types of packaging, from labels to corrugated cardboard,” Murosky said. “We are well aware of the waste generated by packaging and its effects on nature. We are one of the first companies to put ingredients on our packaging, and we felt this was a necessary change in this industry because consumers should know what is in their products and which could be a toxic ingredient.

Murosky also detailed the latest trends in sustainable packaging, including bio-based and PCR for alternative stocks. She cited UPM Raflatac’s new product Ocean Bound, as well as the company’s Forest Film, respectively, in these two areas. Additionally, the industry is seeing greater adoption of compostable adhesives and improved washing technology for PET.

Jonathan White, Managing Director, Mazzone & Associates, concluded the evening with a discussion of M&A activity in the industry. According to White, 2021 was “a banner year by any definition.” Although 2022 has slowed some down, he noted it’s still “very strong.”

White said: “The net-net is that we are still in a very robust environment for labels and hoses. You can’t say that about the economy, but you can say that about the industry we’re in. M&A activity was hit hard in 2020, but valuations rebounded in 2021. There was a lot of activity and low interest rates, which is why 2021 was such a great year.

While White conceded that 2021 was likely an outlier, with 8-9 times the multiple range, mergers and acquisitions are likely to continue – especially in this sector. Small deals continue to dominate the space, but size matters when it comes to price. Financial sponsors or private equity groups accounted for the bulk of deals, and this peaked in 2021, with nearly two-thirds of all deals.

“Financial sponsors have pulled back a bit in the market in 2022, and corporate buyers have stepped into a market with a lot of disruption or uncertainty,” White said. “Higher interest rates will reduce the present value of future cash flows. This can result in significantly lower valuations.

Sustainability also played a key role in White’s presentation, as he highlighted the importance of valuing the environment when selling a business. “Five years from now, if you don’t have a legitimate sustainable strategy, you’ll have a hard time selling a business. This is how important sustainability has become.

During the AWA & TLMI Sleeve Label Seminar, Linnea Keen, President of TLMI, spoke about the growth many members of the association have experienced. Of the 90 responding processors, 81% saw an increase in growth from 2021. About 16% saw a decline in activity while 3% of respondents said activity remained static.

“Overall, we’re seeing very strong growth, which is the most opportunistic and optimistic part of being in this industry,” Keen said.

Technology will also play a key role in the future, as 23% of respondents said they had purchased a digital press in 2022 – and more are planning to do so in the future, especially as media converters labels aim for efficiency in their facilities.

On sleeves, AWA’s Market Research Manager Anum Javed Beg illustrated the state of the industry. A total of 71 billion square meters were printed last year, with PS holding a 41% market share in the label market. Meanwhile, sleeves accounted for 19%. Beverages and food were the main labeling drivers with 43% and 22%, respectively. Paper labels accounted for 52% of the market compared to 48% for films, and paper saw growth of 4% in 2021.

“The market is growing but at a much more stable pace,” Javed Beg remarked. “We recorded global growth of 3.8% in 2021 for the label market.”

The Sleeve Label event also featured several round tables. John McDowell, President of McDowell Label, Resource Label Group, Ryan Hughes, Founder of Ghost Lifestyle, and Dave Parsio, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Multi Plastics, explained the value of shrink sleeves at all levels of the chain of supply, from the supplier to the converter to the brand.

“We can decorate virtually any shape and size of container, which drives a lot of demand,” McDowell said. “Being able to provide brand owners with quick changeovers and quick turnarounds gives them tremendous design flexibility and freedom.”

“Our goal is to be as sustainable as possible while trying to perform at the highest level for our brands,” added Hughes. “Thanks to our partners, we can execute at this level.”

Other presentations featured Doug Horn, Partner at Clairvest, who presented the Buyer’s Perspective on M&A, and Zack Meister, Head of Global Shrink Sleeves Business Development, Siegwerk, who detailed the importance of inks and coatings for successful sleeve label printing.

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Antarctica: An expert’s guide to making the most of your time https://timorseajustice.org/antarctica-an-experts-guide-to-making-the-most-of-your-time/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://timorseajustice.org/antarctica-an-experts-guide-to-making-the-most-of-your-time/ Towering icebergs, screaming penguins, majestic whales breaking the surface of the ocean: these are just some of the thrilling natural phenomena that await you in Antarctica. With its otherworldly landscapes and magnificent colonies of wildlife – sometimes hectic, sometimes quiet and serene – it has carved out a place among the most charismatic wilderness destinations […]]]>

Towering icebergs, screaming penguins, majestic whales breaking the surface of the ocean: these are just some of the thrilling natural phenomena that await you in Antarctica. With its otherworldly landscapes and magnificent colonies of wildlife – sometimes hectic, sometimes quiet and serene – it has carved out a place among the most charismatic wilderness destinations in the world.

As remote as it is, Antarctica is not out of reach, even if you only have ten days to enjoy yourself. There are several ways to get there, including the express option: by booking a fly-in cruise on a small expedition vessel, where careful logistics ensure no minute is wasted. Francesco Contini, a polar tourism expert with a boutique expedition company in Antarctica Antarctica21walks us through some of the key details that will help travelers get the most out of their expedition experience.

What would be your first piece of advice to someone planning an expedition to Antarctica?

First, it is essential to consider your initial travel options. There are only two ways to cross the Drake Passage: by sail (a four-day round trip that, in stormy weather, is folklore), or by plane, which only takes two hours and brings you to your ship well rested and in good condition. As a result, I always encourage time-pressed travelers to consider air cruises on ocean-only voyages. It’s both a matter of convenience and saving time, in my opinion.

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Merci Madame – how the Queen was a maritime champion, christening a record 21 ships https://timorseajustice.org/merci-madame-how-the-queen-was-a-maritime-champion-christening-a-record-21-ships/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 11:29:46 +0000 https://timorseajustice.org/merci-madame-how-the-queen-was-a-maritime-champion-christening-a-record-21-ships/ Next week, Queen Elizabeth’s funeral will attract the biggest TV audience ever, with around 4 million viewers. Perhaps a little-known side of his life was his incredible maritime record. As Princess Elizabeth, the future Queen had her first impression of what the christening of a new ship entailed on September 27, 1938. At the age […]]]>

Next week, Queen Elizabeth’s funeral will attract the biggest TV audience ever, with around 4 million viewers. Perhaps a little-known side of his life was his incredible maritime record.

As Princess Elizabeth, the future Queen had her first impression of what the christening of a new ship entailed on September 27, 1938. At the age of 12, she and her sister, Princess Margaret, accompanied their mother at the John Brown shipyard in Clydebank. From the rostrum she watched the largest ship in the world at the time – the mighty Cunard queen elizabeth – Was launched.

As the imposing ship slid stern-first down a tilting slipway and plunged into the sea for the first time, the cheers of hundreds of thousands of people lining the banks of the River Clyde undoubtedly impressed the young princess.

From there, she made her own maritime history. Queen Elizabeth II christened 21 ships in her lifetime, more than anyone in the country’s history. She has served on five Cunard liners, two P&O Cruises ships and a mini-armada of Royal Navy craft, not to mention her own royal yacht.

On November 30, 1944, Princess Elizabeth launched her first ship – HMS Vanguard – Britain’s largest and fastest battleship; three years later, for her last public engagement before her marriage to Lieutenant Mountbatten, she returned to Clydebank to launch Cunard’s Caronia. As queen, the ships she launched include some of the most famous in recent maritime history.

The Queen’s Fleet

Caronia, 1947

Built specifically for transatlantic crossings and leisurely cruising in warm weather, Cunard’s Caronia, would be affectionately nicknamed the “Green Goddess” due to her distinctive four shades of green livery, similar to the trams of Liverpool. At the launch on October 30, 1947 in Clydebank, the Princess and her future husband, Lieutenant Mountbatten, were greeted by a crowd of 30,000 spectators in a “wild” fashion according to a local newspaper.

The Princess’s association will remain throughout the luxurious ship’s career; his portrait – depicting the Prince and Princess in a pastoral setting on their honeymoon at Broadlands – took pride of place in the main drawing room. Unfortunately, the fate of caronia was ignominious. Under tow to ship breakers in Taiwan; she sank off Guam.

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The Queen’s enduring friendship with the King of Racing Cups https://timorseajustice.org/the-queens-enduring-friendship-with-the-king-of-racing-cups/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 03:35:00 +0000 https://timorseajustice.org/the-queens-enduring-friendship-with-the-king-of-racing-cups/ There is no doubt that the inaugural 1954 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, won by outsider Blue Ocean, at Randwick was a more comfortable occasion for Her Majesty. Loading Blue Ocean was formed by Harry Darwon – a personality from Kensington when the running suburb had more characters than Runyon Broadway – who replied to “Aitch”. When […]]]>

There is no doubt that the inaugural 1954 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, won by outsider Blue Ocean, at Randwick was a more comfortable occasion for Her Majesty.

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Blue Ocean was formed by Harry Darwon – a personality from Kensington when the running suburb had more characters than Runyon Broadway – who replied to “Aitch”. When invited to attend the official presentation, Aitch was surprised.

“So I’m going to meet all the dignitaries,” he said. “They are all standing in a circle. For a second, the thought crossed my mind: “This looks like a two-man game”.

Aitch had advanced Blue Ocean from a country picnic horse that sired polo ponies on the sidelines of victory over top liners Carioca, Hydrogen and Advocate that day.

Yes, he started at 66/1, but Aitch gave him a chance as long as he practiced bowing for a week. So, when he was presented to his majesty, he appeared elegant and graceful. Sir Walter Raleigh was not in the same class.

However, once in the grove, he bowed to the Duke of Edinburgh, jockey Arthur Podmore and even the trash man who follows the horses. He seemed to set a record for holding her hand. “No,” Aitch told me. “I was shaking so badly that the queen held my hand to steady me.”

Again, hands played a role in 1960 when the Queen shared the front page of the Herald of the Sun. “Queen Waits Calmly” was the headline regarding the imminent arrival of her third child, while “Big Crowd Runs Wild”, written by Bill Whittaker, referred to the 50,346 – including this writer – who gathered in Harold Park to the Interdominion, won by Caduceus. The sardines were cozy by comparison.

The hand? Well, one punter punched a hole in a fibro wall to see the race and others followed suit, ripping the fibro from the wooden frame behind one of the stands. “She’s fine,” Prince Phillip said as he competed for space. “Very fit indeed.”

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Many options for plastic packaging alternatives https://timorseajustice.org/many-options-for-plastic-packaging-alternatives/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 06:30:00 +0000 https://timorseajustice.org/many-options-for-plastic-packaging-alternatives/ David Unwin / Stuff On Thursday, GreenChem Managing Director Kevin Snowden talks about his company’s work in Bulls. A viable alternative to plastic packaging will soon be produced in Rangitīkei. Plentyful is a new company creating sustainable plastic products and striving to launch production. General Manager Jayden Klinac spoke at an event at the Te […]]]>
On Thursday, GreenChem Managing Director Kevin Snowden talks about his company's work in Bulls.

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On Thursday, GreenChem Managing Director Kevin Snowden talks about his company’s work in Bulls.

A viable alternative to plastic packaging will soon be produced in Rangitīkei.

Plentyful is a new company creating sustainable plastic products and striving to launch production.

General Manager Jayden Klinac spoke at an event at the Te Matapihi – Bulls Community Center on Thursday about the future of plastic packaging made from biopolymers, which are made from natural sources.

Plentyful holds an exclusive license for a patent to use technology in New Zealand and Australia from a company in the United States.

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The technology converts organic waste – food, dairy, vineyard and forestry waste – into compostable and environmentally friendly “PHA” biopolymer, which can replace petroleum-based plastics.

Work is underway to commission the PHA plant which will absorb waste every day.

Klinac said they would take biomass and grow bacteria, which produced PHA when the bacteria stopped being fed.

PHA is extracted and used instead of oil-based plastics.

Klinac said PHA can be recycled, will degrade naturally, and there are no microplastics. The process takes two to three weeks.

Jayden Klinac's new company, Plentyful, will turn organic waste into compostable biopolymers.

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Jayden Klinac’s new company, Plentyful, will turn organic waste into compostable biopolymers.

“Trash is only trash if you throw it down a hole. It’s a resource if you use it differently.

Plentyful would start by replacing coated cardboard, things like cardboard ice cream containers that had a plastic liner inside that couldn’t be recycled, with PHA liners.

Klinac said the business has huge potential because organic waste is a huge problem.

“There is definitely a high demand for it. We can’t build the factory fast enough. Brands and large customers have a huge desire to move towards sustainable models.

It would depend on the raw material, the waste, but Klinac hoped the yield would increase over time as the technology improved.

“We work without waste. Anything else goes into another process.

Klinac said the plastic was so durable that every piece produced still existed. But if the PHA product ended up in the ground, the ocean, or an animal’s stomach, the product was not benign and would break down.

Marton was chosen for its central location to bring in and take out bio-waste raw materials.

Accelerate 25 speaker Craig Nash talks about the benefits of working in Manawatū-Whanganui.

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Accelerate 25 speaker Craig Nash talks about the benefits of working in Manawatū-Whanganui.

In July, the government announced it was providing Plentyful with $2 million in the form of a loan or capital to build its manufacturing plant in Marton, from the government’s Regional Strategic Partnership Fund.

Plentyful would work with another new Marton company, GreenChem, led by managing director Kevin Snowdon, which aimed to bring biomaterials extraction to a wider market.

GreenChem breaks down wood into lignin, which can be used as biofuel, which can then be transformed into biopolymers for compostable plastics. Hardwoods, such as pine, are best.

Snowdon said it was an environmental opportunity to keep things from going to landfill, help prevent climate change and impact the future of sustainability.

He came from Rotorua to Marton about a year ago and worked to get the plant started, but hoped to be up and running within a month.

He worked to ensure a supply of raw materials.

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It’s smart money day! https://timorseajustice.org/its-smart-money-day/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 00:11:22 +0000 https://timorseajustice.org/its-smart-money-day/ Let’s get straight to the real news here: There’s a Netflix documentary just released TODAY called Get Smart With Money Somehow, old Mr. Money Mustache and several friends were brought in to play a part in making it. And I’m very happy with the results! And you can watch the results here (which will be […]]]>

Let’s get straight to the real news here:

  • There’s a Netflix documentary just released TODAY called Get Smart With Money
  • Somehow, old Mr. Money Mustache and several friends were brought in to play a part in making it. And I’m very happy with the results!
  • And you can watch the results here (which will be a big help for the success of the movie!): https://www.netflix.com/title/81312877

Now let’s get to the real story behind this strange situation. Why did I accept this? Am I not supposed to be retired? Do you get paid a lot to be in a Netflix movie? And does that mean you become “famous” and your life changes? Read on to find these answers and more.

The origin

On a sunny afternoon in December 2020, I received an email from the co-owner of a filmmaking company with this title:

In-depth documentary – personal finance

Inside was a very well-written description of his movie idea, and a heartfelt invitation for me to be one of the people in it.

I immediately had my usual set of reactions: feeling flattered that someone really wanted me in their production. Then dread the thought of signing up for a bunch of “work” when I’m already far too busy doing fun and meaningful things as a retiree. Then a motivated excitement to respond immediately to say,

“Thank you very much, I’m honored, but no thanks, and good luck and maybe I could help via email as an occasional consultant if you need some ideas.”

Well, that failed. Because that filmmaker turned out to be Kristin Lazure, who then dragged her co-founder Stephanie Soechtig into the conversation, and together they run Atlas Moviesnot just another documentary company, but one of better those of the country.

Atlas has made super-edgy films about food, public health, guns, political cover-ups and more, all watchable and action-oriented. Looking at their previous titles, I realized that Atlas doesn’t just exist to create entertainment or profit from cheap controversy. They are willing to do the real work to dig up the real stories, with the goal of creating positive social change.

“Damn,” I thought. “How can I say no to this, if my goal with this MMM hobby is really to try and make a difference myself?”

I realized that of course doing screen and camera work is difficult and sometimes awkward and that it would waste some of the time I would normally spend writing blog posts. But in exchange, it would almost certainly reach many more people for every hour I invested in it, and just as importantly, it would reach New people, Netflix watchers who are probably a different group than blog readers.

And, if you put aside my serious-eyebrow-adult pretense of being all concerned and logical, I also thought it would be a lot of pleasure to be part of such a big, exciting and new experience. And damn it man, how nice to be able to go to a friend’s house and challenge them to put on YOUR OWN NETFLIX MOVIE!?!

So I said yes, and the giant ball started rolling real fast, and suddenly we’ve been spending all of 2021 going through a series of casual shoot days, and recording zoom calls, and d other silly and interesting experiments.

Some of them were indeed challenging (like being squeezed onto my patio with a dozen production crews in the blistering solar onslaught of a July afternoon, pretending to act naturally while answering questions of an interview, only stopping to wipe the occasional gallon of sweat from my brow.) But most of it was great fun. And it has led to wonderful new experiences and friendships for all of us.

One thing you’ll notice if you watch the movie is that I talk a big game about how hard it all is, but in the movie I just seem to just pop up once in a while, do a few bike rides and play with power tools, and oh yeah, I sometimes drop a few wise financial lines to help my students along the way. This is because our content was probably edited at a 100:1 ratio. They cover a plot of ground in this movie with a lot of people, and yet somehow it all feels natural and cohesive.

Probably my favorite part is that my old “purchase justification machine” concept, first described in this 2019 article about not buying Tesla, made it into the film as a a glorious and silly animated on-screen graphic – grinding away at Kim as she browses Amazon while leading her Peloton.

money and fame

Oh, and no, we weren’t paid much at all, especially if you work on an hourly basis. Documentaries like this have a high production budget when it comes to high-quality crew and equipment, but they somehow manage to get us on-camera participants to voluntarily give almost our time.

If you value fame or exposure, that alone could be considered a valuable form of payment. But in my case, any additional notoriety would be a downside – there’s very little real upside and quite a few privacy downsides, which in extreme situations can even lead to danger. However, I figured I was just one of many people in this movie, and that’s a small fish compared to Netflix’s overall ocean. When I weighed this against the benefits of sharing better financial and lifestyle habits, I made an optimistic guess and decided that the good aspects outweighed the bad. I’ll let you know how it goes now that the movie is out!

So what is the movie about?

The Atlas Films brought together four financial gurus, all from different backgrounds and styles (Paula pants, Tiffany Aliché, Ro$$ Macand myself.)

Then they asked us to send “casting calls” over the internet, summoning our ideal students with the offer of a year of free coaching – in exchange for everything being filmed and shared with the world.

Surprisingly, we received many responses – in the form of personal video stories of singles, couples and families, all lovely and heartfelt and leaving me wishing I had time to welcome and try to help everything of them.

In the end, I chose a young family of four from the same demographic that I’m targeting these blog posts at: high earners, high spenders wondering where all the money is going.

I taught my couple, John and Kim, how to streamline their initial spending budget of over $12,000 a month (!!), through things like more efficient grocery shopping and dining, monitoring a closer look at impulse purchases, thinking about housing, neighborhoods and school choice (private or public) and whether to consider longer-term secondary income streams to allow them to reduce their work.

As you’ll see in the film, the end results were both subtle and dramatic. And I’m happy to report that these subjects are now real friends and even live nearby so we can enjoy the results of their new, more fun lifestyle together.

So, I hope you enjoy both the movie and the backstory. I’m very glad I said “yes” after all, although I can guarantee that I won’t be coming back for a sequel or an ongoing series. The camera vans are long gone and my schedule is back to its perfectly open normal state.

With this small report to you now that I’m done, it’s back to my building projects here at home for the rest of this week, then I’m off camping deep in the mountains this weekend. Seventeen years later, this version of retirement is still the good life for me.

And I also wish you your own version of living the dream this week!

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*September 6, 2022

In the comments: Did you watch the movie? If so, what did you think of it? How could it have been even better if you made the cuts?

My candid criticism, being a detail person, is that they tried to cover so much that they didn’t have much time for detail. But then again, you can’t teach all the details of such a vast subject with a simple documentary, and still keep it fun to watch. So hopefully the approachable and easy nature of the film will get people to start thinking about these things for themselves. Once the right seed is planted, better financial habits can take hold quite easily.

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What happens when a cruise ship is scrapped https://timorseajustice.org/what-happens-when-a-cruise-ship-is-scrapped/ Mon, 05 Sep 2022 15:45:00 +0000 https://timorseajustice.org/what-happens-when-a-cruise-ship-is-scrapped/ In the wake of the existential crisis caused by the pandemic, several major cruise lines have found themselves in uncharted waters. To stem the decline in income from their fleets languishing in ports and anchorages around the world, they took the decision to turn ships, many still in their prime, to the yard for demolition. […]]]>

In the wake of the existential crisis caused by the pandemic, several major cruise lines have found themselves in uncharted waters. To stem the decline in income from their fleets languishing in ports and anchorages around the world, they took the decision to turn ships, many still in their prime, to the yard for demolition.

In 2020, the Grim Reaper wielded his scythe on: Ocean Dream; Pacific Dawn; Astor; Monarch; and Sovereign, while Carnival Corporation – the world’s largest cruise line – consigned its Fun-Ships: Fantasy; Imagination; and Torch Inspiration from Steel Cutters.

No less than nine cruise ships in 2021 were consigned to the rendering site. The first victim was Costa Victoria, quickly followed by Grand Celebration; Albatross; and Celestial Experience. Several popular British ships were also ‘recycled’, including: Marco Polo; Magalán; and Columbus from the failure of CMV cruises. Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ Boudicca met the same fate.

Already this year, the hourglass has passed on no less than 10 ships, including: Superstar Libra; Starfish; Filoxenia salamis; Celebrity Cruises‘ former Horizon; as well as British stalwarts: Black Watch and Marella Dream.

However, no maritime industry expert could predict that a cruise ship, destined to be one of the largest and most important in the world, will set sail for the scrapyard before even embarking on its maiden voyage. .

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The difference between river and ocean cruising and how to choose https://timorseajustice.org/the-difference-between-river-and-ocean-cruising-and-how-to-choose/ Sat, 03 Sep 2022 17:00:00 +0000 https://timorseajustice.org/the-difference-between-river-and-ocean-cruising-and-how-to-choose/ River or ocean cruise? Would you rather ride a giant floating city with roller coasters, surf simulators and enough equipment to keep you busy for days, or hop on and off a luxury hotel to the action, just steps away from your room to historic townships and hard-to-reach villages? Size matters here. The largest ocean […]]]>

River or ocean cruise?

Would you rather ride a giant floating city with roller coasters, surf simulators and enough equipment to keep you busy for days, or hop on and off a luxury hotel to the action, just steps away from your room to historic townships and hard-to-reach villages?

Size matters here. The largest ocean liners in the world can accommodate more than 6,000 passengers, while the elegant river vessels accommodate 200 on board, much more intimate. If you don’t like crowds, you probably already have your answer, but there are several other variables to weigh when choosing between river and ocean cruises.

Boarding

It takes a certain order to process passengers in the thousands, so boarding an ocean liner is a multi-level operation.

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Expect to leave your luggage tagged for departure and not see it again until later outside your cabin. Just like air travel, you will also need to present travel documents and pass through security before stepping on the gangway. Passengers enjoy a generous baggage allowance, often up to two suitcases.

You're never far from dry land on a river cruise.

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You’re never far from dry land on a river cruise.

At smaller ports with limited access for larger vessels, you’ll board a tender and then be transported to land – often going through border security processes again if you disembark in an international destination.

Boarding a river cruise is often a much simpler experience, and paperwork is usually completed before departure, so all that keeps you from getting to your cabin is checking in at the ship’s reception. Depending on the ship and your ticket, you will only be allowed one piece of checked baggage plus one piece of hand baggage.

Routes

Charming villages can be found at every bend in the Danube.

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Charming villages can be found at every bend in the Danube.

Compact river liners have the ability to navigate smaller, shallower waterways and then moor just off the curb at smaller port destinations.

When I cruised with U River Cruises along the Danube from Hungary to Germany, we floated between medieval castle ruins, Bavarian villages and 800-year-old restaurants. Elsewhere, you can see the pyramids, ancient cities and temples on the banks of the Nile, or explore the hard-to-reach pagodas, floating markets and fishing villages of Asia.

It’s also common to wake up in a new place each day, and in some cases you’ll have the opportunity to get off and explore more than once. You are never far from dry land.

Ocean liners can travel effortlessly over much larger bodies of water for much longer – you can be at sea anywhere from 1 to 10 days. Ever wanted to venture beyond the subantarctic islands to the white continent, hop between islands in the Caribbean or follow the length of New Zealand’s coastline? There are ocean cruises for that. The Greek Islands, the Middle East, the Galápagos Islands, and Alaska are other far-flung destinations you can explore.

Excursions and entertainment

Roller skating is just one of the activities aboard the Ovation of the Seas.

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Roller skating is just one of the activities aboard the Ovation of the Seas.

With more time at sea, ocean liners have become a destination in themselves. Broadway theater shows, water slides and trampoline parks are just the beginning of the many highlights on board.

Aboard Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas, I tried sea skydiving in an indoor simulator and roller-skated around a stadium-sized arena that doubled as a bumper car rink and flying trapeze studio. There were ballroom dancing classes, Pilates classes, towel folding workshops, and a life-size rock climbing wall. Good luck running out of things to do. There were also kids clubs.

With shorter distances between ports and more opportunities to hop on and off, river cruises are best known for their shore excursions – from guided city tours to hands-on cultural experiences.

Catch a Broadway show at sea.

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Catch a Broadway show at sea.

Take a bike ride by the river and finish with a beer made by Trappist monks, take a private walking tour through the grounds of a historic palace or visit the local sausage dog museum. Entertainment on board is minimal.

Food and drink

If your vacation usually revolves around food and drink, Ocean Ships are for you. The largest passenger ships in the world can have up to 25 dining options compared to one or two dining rooms on river vessels.

Think of all the possible cuisines, from gourmet restaurants in collaboration with top chefs to food hall style restaurants, bars manned by robotic bartenders and 24-hour fast food stands. And you can’t forget the classic cruise buffet. Some restaurants include the cruise fare, while others can be added as part of food and beverage packages.

Features like teppanyaki night cost extra.

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Features like teppanyaki night cost extra.

The more intimate nature of river cruises and seating schedules mean it’s not uncommon to join the same guests for breakfast, lunch and dinner and build lasting relationships.

Buffets are common for breakfast and lunch to allow for quick dining, while dinner is usually served at the table. Snacks and hot drinks are available throughout the day, and some alcoholic beverages may be included. More premium operators offer fine tasting-style meals.

Sustainability

Ponant's Commandant Charcot runs on liquefied natural gas and on battery power.

Mike Louagie/Ponant

Ponant’s Commandant Charcot runs on liquefied natural gas and on battery power.

River and ocean cruises impact Earth’s waterways. With several operators committed to being carbon neutral by 2050, sustainability is the big question on everyone’s lips.

Large ocean liners use giant engines to cover great distances, so look for operators that use more sustainable fuel or choose a cruise line that uses shore power to minimize their impact on the environment. Ponant’s Commandant Charcot runs on liquefied natural gas and on battery power. Norwegian cruise line Hurtigruten is building ships using hybrid technology to reduce fuel consumption.

The compact nature of river cruises and smaller passenger capacity allow for smaller engines and lower emissions. Stopping more regularly also allows ships to buy local products and recycle solid waste – one of the biggest environmental issues. Look for hybrid-powered vessels and those looking to reduce waste.

Before booking: Many parts of Europe have been affected by a heat wave leading to a sharp drop in river water levels. This has resulted in the cancellation and postponement of some river cruises.

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Travel | River cruise on the Seine: Paris and Normandy https://timorseajustice.org/travel-river-cruise-on-the-seine-paris-and-normandy/ Thu, 01 Sep 2022 20:57:30 +0000 https://timorseajustice.org/travel-river-cruise-on-the-seine-paris-and-normandy/ By Debi Landermail@floridanewsline.com Most Seine cruises start in Paris, then head into Normandy towards the English Channel. Guests go on excursions to explore Normandy’s highlights: Rouen Cathedral, the 950-year-old Bayeux Tapestry, and World War II D-Day landing sites. Honfleur is the last stop before turning around, and the highlight on the way back becomes Claude […]]]>

By Debi Lander
mail@floridanewsline.com

Most Seine cruises start in Paris, then head into Normandy towards the English Channel. Guests go on excursions to explore Normandy’s highlights: Rouen Cathedral, the 950-year-old Bayeux Tapestry, and World War II D-Day landing sites. Honfleur is the last stop before turning around, and the highlight on the way back becomes Claude Monet’s House and Gardens.

When I saw the Riviera River Cruises itinerary, I knew this trip was for me – an art, history, wine and cheese lover. I flew to Paris and boarded their ship, the “Jane Austen”, which carries a maximum of 140 passengers. I prefer fewer people and small river cruises to mega liners. The cruise started with dinner in the evening. After a late sunset, the captain brought the boat closer to the small replica of the Statue of Liberty and the glittering Eiffel Tower in the distance. It’s magical to see the illuminated icon sparkle like fireworks.

The next morning we reached the village of Les Andelys, seeing Château Galliard on the hillside. The buildings are ruins of Richard Coeur de Lion’s castle built between 1196 and 1198. Riviera took its guests on an excursion to the site in the afternoon; then, we descended into the charming town of half-timbered houses.

The cruise moved to the medieval city of Rouen in time to see the evening sound and light show projected onto the facade of the cathedral. The explosion of vibrant color and technological mastery mesmerized the audience, who watched in stunned silence. Unbelievable! The next morning, the guests took a guided walking tour of the city, learning about the long history of the cathedral and Joan of Arc. Jeanne was burned at the stake in Rouen after her trial. A modern church stands on the site, architecturally unappealing to me, but once next to it, illuminated by a magnificent wall of stained glass.

My cruise docked at Caudebec and guests were bused to Bayeux the following day. The small town contains another great cathedral, but its calling card is the priceless Bayeux Tapestry. Having sewed in my youth, I enjoyed the intricate details and symmetry of this exquisite 230-foot-long masterpiece. It tells the story of William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hasting.

Then come the landing sites, from Pointe du Hoc. Here, American soldiers scaled the steep cliffs while encountering enemy fire. The courage of these young soldiers overwhelms you when you see the bombarded landscape and the base of German artillery guns. We went to Omaha Beach, another landing site. The sandy expanse surprised me; it was full of bathers and sunbathers. A magnificent memorial recalls the critical events along this beautiful beach in 1944.

The final stop was the 172-acre American Cemetery, with 9,387 graves of American war dead. The cemetery pays homage to those who died in the battles of Normandy. It’s an emotionally difficult place to visit, but one that keeps alive the memory of those who lost their lives in their brave fight for global freedom. We owe them a lot.

Honfleur, a medieval town with narrow cobbled streets and a central rectangular harbor in the middle of the old village, provided the next day’s visit. It was market day, so too crowded for my taste.

Monet’s house and garden named Giverny became a delight as we approached Paris. Her colorful home features a yellow dining room and a blue and white tiled kitchen. Of course, the waterlily ponds he painted remain his favourites.

The cruise returned to Paris, a city that never disappoints. Long live France.

Visit www.bylandersea.com to read more stories and travel tips from local travel writer Debi Lander.

Photo courtesy Debi Lander
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Events, things to do this Labor Day weekend on Long Island https://timorseajustice.org/events-things-to-do-this-labor-day-weekend-on-long-island/ Sun, 28 Aug 2022 20:14:30 +0000 https://timorseajustice.org/events-things-to-do-this-labor-day-weekend-on-long-island/ As the sun begins to set in summer, there’s still time for some last-minute fun. Here are some activities happening on Labor Day weekend that will help you end the season on a high note: NIGHT CRUISESee you at the Valley Stream Classic Car Show on Friday, September 2, from 6-9 p.m., for the last […]]]>

As the sun begins to set in summer, there’s still time for some last-minute fun. Here are some activities happening on Labor Day weekend that will help you end the season on a high note:

NIGHT CRUISE
See you at the Valley Stream Classic Car Show on Friday, September 2, from 6-9 p.m., for the last night of the season. Admire vintage cars in a town center village. (Free admission, Rockaway Avenue at Valley Stream, 516-825-4200, vsvny.org)

FESTIVAL PLEASURE
Drop by the Labor Day Festival at Kings Park Upper Rink on Saturday, September 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., for a day of family fun that includes music, food trucks, craft fair, market farmer and children’s attractions. , auctions and more. Proceeds will go to the Silent Night Foundation. Rain date: Sunday, September 4. (Free admission, donations appreciated, 270 Indian Head Road, Kings Park, 631-269-3900, facebook.com)

ATLAS IN AMAGANSET
See The Nancy Atlas Project rock the stage at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett on Saturday, September 3 at 7 p.m. (tickets are $50; 161 Main Street, Amagansett, 631-267-3117, stephentalkhouse.com)

FOR HEROES
Country stars Jake Owen, Dylan Scott and Ray Fulcher make up the triple bill for the “Salute to Heroes” at the Long Island Community Amphitheater at Bald Hill in Farmingville on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. ET honoring the brave men and women of Long Island who are veterans and first responders. ($40-$75, One Ski Run Lane, Farmingville, 631-676-7500, licommunityhospitalamp.com)

DOWNTOWN
Celebrate the music of Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye with That Motown Band at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Saturday, September 3 at 8 p.m. ($41-$61, 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, 631-288-1500, whbpac.org)

SUMMER ON THE STREET
Stroll through the Ronkonkoma Street Fair on Sunday, September 4 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shop at over 200 arts and crafts vendors while enjoying live entertainment, diverse food choices, and kiddie rides. (Free admission, Hawkins Avenue in Ronkonkoma, 631-963-2796, ronkonkomachamber.com)

COMPETITION IN THE CORN HOLE
Show off your corn hole skills at the Corn Hole Tournament at The Shoppes in Wading River on Sunday, September 4 from noon to 3 p.m. The winner wins a grand prize of $100. (Admission is $20 per team of two, must pre-register at eventbrite.com to guarantee a spot, 5720 NY-25A, Wading River, 631-929-3500 ext 3, eastwindlongisland.com)

QUEEN FOR A DAY
Don’t miss seeing singer Gary Mullen channel Freddie Mercury in his tribute band, One Night of Queen at the Long Island Community Amphitheater at Bald Hill in Farmingville on Sunday, September 4 at 7 p.m. (tickets start at $25; One Ski Run Lane, Farmingville, 631-676-7500, licommunityhospitalamp.com)

SEE A LEGEND COMEDY
Comedian Rita Rudner will perform her stand-up show at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Sunday, September 4 at 8 p.m. Get ready for Rudner to deliver his epigrammatic one-liners. (Tickets start at $86; 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, 631-288-1500, whbpac.org18 and over)

DANCE ALL DAY
Spend the afternoon on the dance floor at Flynn’s on Fire Island for its Labor Day wrap-up party on Monday, September 5, where music is played by DJ Nick G and DJ Rare. (Admission is $10; 11 Cayuga Street, Ocean Bay Park, 631-583-5000, flynnsfireislandny.com)

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