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Articles from 2002 In October


Marlink, Radisson extend contract

Marlink, Radisson extend contract

Marlink, a subsidiary of Telenor Satellite Services, has been furnishing high-speed data communications at 128 kbps for Seven Seas Mariner since 2001. The system provides Internet access for Internet Cafés and additionally enables simultaneous transmission of large amounts of data, voice calls, facsimile and e-mail messages as well as offering the potential for videoconferencing.

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Political turmoil curbs Royal Olympic revenues

Political turmoil curbs Royal Olympic revenues

Revenues dropped 7.5% to $52.8m, compared to $57.1m in fiscal 2001.

Seven of Royal Olympic's eight overnight vessels operated during the third quarter of '02. Olympia Voyager halted its seven-day Mayaribbean itinerary in June to redeploy to a seven-day Aegean itinerary. Olympia Explorer continued a seven-day Mediterranean route, while World Renaissance and Olympia Countess offered three-/four-day Aegean itineraries and were on charter for a total of 76 days. Odysseus offered three- and seven-day Aegean cruises in addition to a seven-day Mediterranean itinerary. Triton also operated seven-day Med cruises. Seawing was under charter by Airtours (MyTravel).

Passenger cruise days (PCD) in the quarter were 394,802, a 7.5% drop from the same period last year, but occupancy increased from 82.8% to 92.1%. Net revenue per PCD remained flat at $133.78. Third quarter operating expenses increased $1.2m (3.8%), from $32.6m in 2001 to $33.8m this year. Selling and administrative expenses for the three months ended August 31 decreased to $7.7m in 2002, down from $8.1m due to cuts made following the September 11 attacks.

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Steiner issues profits warning

Steiner issues profits warning

6m ($0.22 EPS) for the comparable quarter ended September 30 last year. Revenues climbed 21.1% to $70.4m from $58.1m on a like for like basis. Spa provider Steiner expects fourth quarter operating results to be lower than expected for the quarter ending December 31. Primary reasons are decreased revenues at its Schools segment because of lower than expected enrollments, lower revenues for Mandara Spa Asia Limited following the terrorist attacks in Bali and decreased cruise revenues due to delays in ship introductions and mechanical problems forcing vessels out of service. EPS is now estimated in the range of $0.15 - $0.20 for the fourth quarter.

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CLIA to stay in New York, boost staff

CLIA to stay in New York, boost staff

After months of debate, CLIA has decided to stay put rather than relocated to Florida or Washington, DC. 'When we first considered moving, we did it based on economic considerations,' CLIA chairman Mark Conroy tells Seatrade Insider. 'Now that the office market in New York has dropped, there was no financial gain in moving south, particularly when you take into consideration the cost of the move and the disruption of the CLIA staff's lives.'

Conroy says CLIA will strengthen its staff by adding several positions and has assigned a human resources committee (consisting of members of the management committee) to assist executive director Bob Sharak in determining the best organisational structure to insure CLIA's future success.

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First European holds apos;03 fares at apos;02 levels

First European holds apos;03 fares at apos;02 levels

Pricing for 2003 is set at levels equal to and sometimes less than last year's rates. First European is also introducing the name 'First Rates' to describe its programme of 15% discounts off published fares for bookings 120 days in advance. In addition to paying travel agent commissions of 12-15%, the line also pays 5% commission on the air portion of air-sea bookings. First European says that up to 15% of its overall guest list is comprised of Americans.

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Everglades welcomes 5 new ships

Everglades welcomes 5 new ships

The South Florida seaport will host an estimated 3.76m passengers, an 8% increase, during fiscal year 2003. Forty-six ships from 18 cruise lines are scheduled to make 1,813 calls.

Port Everglades will welcome its first brand new Carnival ship, Carnival Legend, in November. This addition makes Everglades the only port in the world to host all six Carnival Corp. brands. Holland America Line will dedicate the 1,848-passenger Zuiderdam at Port Everglades in December. P&O Cruises is the latest line to join the Everglades fleet with the introduction of Oceana (formerly Ocean Princess) on an inaugural season of 13 charter cruises for UK passengers. Sister brand Princess will bring the new Coral Princess in December, the same month that Royal Olympic's Olympia Explorer makes her debut.

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Nordic Empress launches Tampa season

Nordic Empress launches Tampa season

On March 1, a special seven-night Mardi Gras cruise will give passengers three days at New Orleans and one night at Progreso. 'We are excited to return to Tampa for a second season,' says Dan Hanrahan, RCI's senior vp of marketing and sales. 'The response to our first sailings was very strong, and we look forward to that interest continuing with our Nordic Empress cruises.' Royal Caribbean's first regular sailings from Tampa were in January and February.

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St. Maarten promotes budget taxi tours

St. Maarten promotes budget taxi tours

Customers can choose from beach, shopping or all day excursions as well as island tours. Information: www.sxmtaxi.com.

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The return of American Queen

The return of American Queen

The 436-passenger paddlewheel steamboat -- the world's largest and newest (built in 1995) -- will homeport mainly in New Orleans, with additional departures from Memphis, St. Louis, St. Paul, Louisville, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. The January 18 sailing will be the first for American Queen since Delta Queen Steamboat Company was acquired by Delaware North last May.

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Segway first

Segway first

Seatrade Insider has been informed Disney Cruise Line already has five of the scooters: one for each ship, two at Castaway Cay - the line's private Bahamian island and one at Orlando International Airport. On your marks, get set, go......

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