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Read the next question below yours then put ocean village into the search box & read all about it.
Info on OV posted by myself on this very site back on Oct 30th....
Carnival are relocating the two OV ships to Australia and running them out of Brisbane under a new name. The cruise market in the UK and Europe is getting swamped with ships and it seems they have seen a marketing opportunity out in Oz where they can also make a greater profit then here.
We were on Ocean Village Two last week when a letter was delivered to our Cabin telling us that Ocean Village was to be phased out by 2010. Everyone on board felt upset. This is a kick in the teeth for the British Market. OV may not be Cunard but it is a great product. I hope enough people bombard Carnival UK with letters of complaint. Address them to David Dingle Managing Director Carnival UK 5 Gainsford Street London SE1 2NE.
I think Mr Bowley is correct in his assumption that bookings for cruising are down, we made an informal enquiry about a cruise later in 2009 and the travel agent phoned us 6 times in a week with “special” offers, all which were very expensive, never had so many calls before over a holiday and each time I was told that I had better book in a hurry because prices are about to soar. However one costing was - with a normal outside cabin on a Thomson ship, West Mediterranean cruise, 2 weeks in August/September with inclusive drinks package, flying from Glasgow – 2 passengers. For this we were give quotes of nearly £4000 (four thousand pounds) – afraid that most cruise companies seem to think such prices are sustainable if so I think they are in for a very rude awakening especially with the recession about to hit the UK very badly next year.
Yes you are right I read in news paper Sunday telegraph Ocean Village are taking first ship after spring to Austrailia and two is to follow a year later.
The first to be actually 'wound up' is Island cruises. RCI has pulled out of their 50% and taken their ship , Island Star, back almost immediately so that cruises have had to be cancelled next summer. Ocean Village is NOT being wound up but the brand is being redeployed to Australia which is an emerging market that has only had P & O Australia till recently. OV is of course managed by P&O as it was their new venture just before they were bought out by Carnival.