Police in Australia are hopeful that two missing passengers, who are believed to have fallen from the deck of a cruise ship, are still alive. Authorities are conducting an air and marine search off Australia‘ s east coast after two cruise passengers were discovered missing when their ship docked in Sydney Harbour at the end of a 10-day journey.
The 30-year-old man and 27-year-old woman were found to be missing after the Carnival Spirit docked at Sydney’s Circular Quay this morning, said New South Wales State Police Superintendent Mark Hutchings. A spokeswoman for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which is coordinating the search, said an airplane and helicopter plus police boats were searching a thousand-square-kilometre (300-square-nautical mile) area of sea north of Sydney. Carnival Cruise Lines is a subsidiary of Miami-based Carnival Corp, the world’s largest cruise operator. The Australian cruise company Orion Expedition Cruises was founded by Sarina Bratton in 2004 and began cruising operations in March 2005 with the repositioning cruise of the MV Orion from Papeete, Tahiti in French Polynesia to Sydney, Australia. MV Orion II (formerly Renaissance Four, currently Clelia II, joining Orion Expedition Cruises in early 2012): Malta registry, built 1990, 4,260 gross tons, 100 passengers, 70 crew members. Often called "Rolls Royce of the cruise industry" the intention of Seabourn Cruise Line has always been to offer the most luxurious top-of-the-line cruises on the most elegant ships to worldwide destinations to satisfy the demands of the most discriminating passengers. Reading the company's and passengers' profiles, it is not very hard to figure out how strict the requirements are when it comes to selecting new employees. Seabourn Sojourn: Bahamas registry, built 2010, 32,000 gross tons, 450 passengers, 335 crew members. Seabourn Odyssey: Bahamas registry, built 2009, 32,000 gross tons, 450 passengers, 335 crew members.
Seabourn Legend: Bahamas registry, built 1992, 9,961 gross tons, 208 passengers, 164 crew members. Seabourn Spirit: Bahamas registry, built 1989, 9,975 gross tons, 208 passengers, 164 crew members. Seabourn Pride: Bahamas registry, built 1988, 9,961 gross tons, 208 passengers, 164 crew members.

The global pioneer of cruising, P&O has operated cruise ships from Australia since 1932, when the 23,000-ton liner Strathaird sailed on a five-night round trip from Sydney to Norfolk Island. Pacific Sun (formerly Carnival Cruise Line Jubilee): Bahamas registered, built 1986, 43,262 gross tons, 1,486 passengers, 670 crew members.
Pacific Dawn (formerly Princess Cruises Regal Princess): UK registered, built 1990, 69,845 gross tons, 1,910 passengers, 696 crew members.
Pacific Pearl (formerly Sitmar Cruises Fairmajesty, Princess Cruises Star Princess, P&O Arcadia and Ocean Village Cruises Ocean Village). Since then Orion Expedition Cruises has been operating Australian-based expedition-style cruises in areas as diverse as the Antarctic continent to Australian coast, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.
The ships fall into a special category - small enough to be exclusive and large enough to offer all the facilities of a large cruise ship.
Whoever has the qualities and experience needed though, will enjoy the highest salaries, the most prestiges working conditions and the most interesting itineraries in the cruise industry. All the passengers are very high income experienced and sophisticated travelers accustomed to the best, they know and understand quality and their expectations are high. As the other leaders in the ultra-luxury cruise market (Crystal Cruises, Radisson Seven Seas Cruises and Silversea Cruises), Seabourn Cruise Line is one of the most highly recommended for employment. The company now offers Australians the choice of three cruise ships sailing from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Fremantle and Adelaide, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand to approximately 40 destinations in Australasia and the South Pacific. The ship combines the best and the latest in design with maritime and environmental technology, comfort and casual elegance. Most of them are from North America, the rest - from Britain, Germany, Switzerland and all over the world. Lauderdale, FL and Malaga, Spain; Mediterranean out of Lisbon, Portugal, Monte Carlo, Monaco, Barcelona, Spain and Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy. From the ice-strengthened hull to the superb cuisine, MV Orion offers expedition cruising at its best.

MV Orion is designed to be fully self contained for up to 22 days at sea and meets the strictest requirements for marine management established by the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators. Originally the name Signet Cruises was planned, but later the company decided to change it to Seabourn Cruise Line.
Lauderdale, FL, Valparaiso, Chile, Buenos Aires, Argentina; South Pacific out of Los Angeles, CA and Ft. Orion Expedition Cruises announced that will charter for a long term a second all-suite luxury special expedition ship which will be joining the company's fleet in 2012. Currently operated by the New York based Travel Dynamics International, MV Clelia II (originally launched in late 1990 as Renaissance Four of Renaissance Cruises) will be renamed Orion II after she joins the Orion Expedition Cruises. In 1991 already, Carnival Corporation acquired a stake in Seabourn Cruises and later took over the line. Orion II will focus on Southeast Asia and Far East expedition cruises, visiting Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Borneo and Japan. In 1999,  the ships Seabourn Sun and the two Seabourn Goddesses joined the fleet from sister company Cunard Line.
In mid-2001, Seabourn Goddess I & II were sold again, however, and the larger Seabourn Sun was transferred to sister company Holland America Cruise Line in April, 2002.
Seabourn markets its cruise ships as "The Yachts of Seabourn" and the ultra luxury ships do in fact feel like private yachts.

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