“A great deal for a cruise fare can range anywhere from $50 to $100 per person, per day – sometimes even less,” explains Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor-in-chief of Cruise Critic, a specialist cruise website.“The good news is, there are a number of times each year when these deals are prevalent, making it relatively easy to secure good fares if you know when to book. Just be sure when searching for a bargain that you’re searching for value over just price alone. Find a ship that not only fits your budget, but matches your travel style, too.” The following have been recommended as the best times to search for a good deal:Hurricane Season: While Atlantic hurricane season typically stretches from June 1 – November 30, particularly good deals abound for sailings during its height (mid-August to mid-October).There are considerations to keep in mind – itineraries may change as ships re-navigate to avoid storms – but a majority of cruisers are unfazed by potential hurricane-related issues, with 73% reporting to Cruise Critic that they would sail during hurricane season, or are already booked to this year.A Year Out (or More): Travelers may just be setting out for this year’s summer vacation, but it’s not too soon to book next year’s cruise. As sailings are announced – usually a year or more out – cruise lines tend to offer a number of added-value promotions.This includes anything from drink packages to gratuity or airfare – all added costs that cruisers will usually end up paying anyway, and could save hundreds of dollars.Last-Minute: The final payment for a cruise is usually 90 days out. At that time, cabins that have not been paid in full may be released, giving cruise lines a better idea of the occupancy that they have left to fill – which often means deeply discounted fares for potential cruisers.Off-Season: Each destination has its own high and low seasons – with cruise fares following suit. By booking a cruise during a destination’s low-season, cruisers may have the option to visit their destination of choice at a much lower cost than offered during high-season – and without the crowds. Examples of low-seasons include Alaska in May and September, the Caribbean in late spring or winter (holiday weeks, excluded) or the Mediterranean in the fall.Industry-Wide Sales: Two of the biggest industry-wide cruise sales are held in October and January-March. The cruise industry’s national cruise week will be held October 6-13, 2014 in North America, with cruise lines and agents offering a wide range of promotions. “Wave Season,” beginning in January, is an annual period of three months where cruise lines offer special promotions during one of the more popular times for cruise shopping to begin.In addition to the scheduled occasions listed above, signing up for notifications from cruise lines, agents and industry sites can also highlight time-sensitive promotions offered throughout the year.Press Release, July 2, 2014, Image: Carnival, MSC zoom Carnival GloryFor travelers looking to book a significant deal on a cruise vacation, timing is everything. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to know what to take in mind especially if you want to strike a good deal.
Harim Peiris was today appointed as an Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera. Peiris revived his official letter of appointment from Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera. Peiris is also Sri Lanka’s Point of Contact for the Open Government Partnership (OGP).Peiris previously served as the official Presidential Spokesperson for former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, as the Chairman of Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation and as Director General for Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconciliation, in which capacity he oversaw the implementation of a range of multilaterally funded rehabilitation and reconstruction projects in the North and East. (Colombo Gazette)
Weir Minerals Africa reports an increased demand for its range of Cavex® hydrocyclones in DMS applications. Sheldon Gabriel, Product Manager Cyclones at the com[pany, attributes this to the increased separation efficiencies being achieved using these hydrocyclones.“During the Dense Media Separation (DMS) process it is the ability to recover more economically valuable minerals that is considered vital and for this reason reduced turbulence in the cyclone plays a very real part in the process,” Gabriel says. He says Weir Minerals Africa has leveraged the successes achieved with its classification cyclones worldwide and applied this technology and applications knowledge to the Cavex® DMS hydrocyclone range. This was done while still retaining the traditional Dutch State Mine guidelines. Significantly, the inlet design of the Cavex® hydrocyclone has been engineered to reduce turbulence using a unique laminar geometry. The profile of the inlet section has been designed to incorporate an extended or 360o scroll and to eliminate any sharp or square edges or corners that are commonly found in conventional cyclones. “This design allows the slurry to flow into the hydrocyclone with less resistance consequently reducing interparticle collisions, and this reduces turbulence and friction inside the hydrocyclone,” Gabriel says. This greatly reduced turbulence results in a significant increase in separation efficiency, as the residence time in the separation zone is increased. Another advantage when compared with conventional cyclones is the reduction in misplaced particles in both the overflow and underflow streams. “It should also be obvious that with such a marked reduction in turbulence and friction, there will be significantly reduced wear,” Gabriel adds. In coal and similar applications where highly abrasive slurries are transported, ceramic tiles are engineered specifically for use in the inlet section of the Cavex® DMS hydrocyclone. Tumelo Matsebedi, Senior Process Engineer Hydrocyclones at Weir Minerals Africa, says these specially designed radius tiles assist in maintaining the more rounded profile of the Cavex® in applications such as this. “This further enhances the wear resistance capability of the hydrocyclone, and in extremely high wear applications where very abrasive slurry is being transported the hydrocyclone could be lined with a variety of specialised ceramics and other exotic materials to ensure optimum wear life,” Matsebedi explains.He adds that hard metal cyclones with a minimum of 27% chrome content are considered ideal for diamond and chrome processing operations. This is because this metal alloy is able to withstand the impact forces while at the same time providing a smooth surface for the easy transfer of the material.Where hard metal cyclones are used, a combined cone spigot, sometimes referred to in the industry as a monocone, can be supplied to further reduce turbulence in the lower section of the cyclone and this applies especially to diamond applications.