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Articles from 2002 In November


Scrubbed Amsterdam set to sail

Scrubbed Amsterdam set to sail

'Our guests can have complete confidence that they will be sailing on the cleanest ship at sea,' said HAL chairman and ceo A. Kirk Lanterman.

Meanwhile, Disney Magic is sitting out a cruise as it undergoes its own stem to stern sanitisation this week after Norwalk virus cropped up on the last two voyages. Centers for Disease Control epidemiologists have found no evidence of systemic problems causing the cruise ship outbreaks and say the gastrointestinal flu-like illness is being transmitted by person to person contact.

'The aggressive cleaning and sanitising protocol, combined with the length of time the [Amsterdam] was out of service, provided a great opportunity to break the person-to-person cycle of the virus,' said Lt. Cmdr. Jon Schoor, assistant deputy chief of the CDC's Vessel Sanitation Programme. Cleaning on the HAL ship was carried out by 573 crew members and more than 40 specialised subcontractors. Dr. Megan Murray, epidemiologist and infectious disease specialist at the Harvard School of Public Health, supervised the efforts and said 'there is no reason to believe that there will be further transmission of NLV onboard the ship.'

Lanterman noted that the preventative measures taken earlier had already reduced the number of cases, but HAL decided to take the ship out of service to 'eliminate any doubts.' Lanterman also said the company learned a great deal from its recent weeks in the media spotlight.

'We have a keen understanding of how important it is to communicate with our guests early and often when faced with these types of situations. We will endeavour to provide more advance notice and more choices. For example, prior to this December 1 sailing, we reached out to everyone booked on the cruise to ensure that they understood the situation and their options. Passengers uneasy about sailing were offered other cruises, future travel credits or refunds. It was satisfying to see that a very small number of guests changed their plans, and the ship is sailing near full capacity.'

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1m UK cruisers in the next few years

1m UK cruisers in the next few years

In 2001 the number of UK residents on ocean cruises grew to 776,000 passengers.

Ryan reflected on the past 15 months and the major impact of 9/11 resulting in fewer ships coming to Europe, cancellation of cruises and the high level of money invested in security systems. 'Yet despite all this, yields are holding up far better than we expected,' reported Ryan. 'Given a peaceful year ahead,' Ryan added, '2003 could look good.'

The PSA had 57 members on May 1, 2002; 36 cruise and 21 ferry companies.

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Costa strengthens its presence in Europe

Costa strengthens its presence in Europe

The new Brussels office, which is due to open officially towards the end of 2002, will be in charge of sales and promotion of Costa cruises in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. It will be managed by Patrick J. Pourbaix.

Costa's new commercial office in Bologna will also open for business next month under the direction of Roberto Chiantera, area manager for Emilia Romagna and the Marches. 'In Emilia Romagna we can already count on a consolidated presence with around 450 travel agencies,' said Chiantera. 'The potential for development of the cruise business is encouraging and the fact we'll be using Ravenna as a weekly port of call in summer 2003 means we need to strengthen our presence in the area,' he added.

Several local marketing initiatives have already been undertaken in order to support and heighten awareness of the Costa brand in the region, including sponsorship of Bologna's two basketball teams.

By year-end Costa will have offices in 23 cities in 14 countries worldwide, including Europe, US, Mexico, South America and Dominican Republic.

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Disney Magic cancels next cruise

Disney Magic cancels next cruise

Disney Magic's November 30 cruise has been cancelled after additional passengers and crew became ill with Norwalk-like virus this week.

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Windstar markets 1st N. Europe season

Windstar markets 1st N. Europe season

The three itineraries include two 10-day sailings between Lisbon and Dover, two 12-day cruises between Dover and Copenhagen and four 10-day cruises roundtrip from Copenhagen.

Also new for Europe in 2003 is an 11-day Greek Isles itinerary between Piraeus and Venice on the 148-passenger Wind Star. The four departures complement the line's regular seven-day Greek Isles cruises between Piraeus and Istanbul. Next summer marks a dozen consecutive years of Greek Isles operations with Wind Star and Wind Spirit.

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Galaxy launches Charleston departures

Galaxy launches Charleston departures

Celebrity Cruises' Galaxy launches its first cruises from Charleston, South Carolina, on December 3. The 1,870-passenger vessel will operate a total of 10 Caribbean sailings, ranging from nine to 11 nights.

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Electric push for Rolls Royce

Electric push for Rolls Royce

Saul Lanyado, head of Rolls-Royce marine business says this could be done either through acquisition or by internal growth, although the latter option would take longer.

Rolls Royce already has a venture with Alstom Marine of France - joint manufacturers of the Mermaid podded propulsion system, with Rolls Royce providing the mechanics and Alstom the electrics.

'As for acquisitions, we're following a couple of companies in Europe,' Lanyado confirmed. Asked if the electric propulsion business of Alstom or of ABB could be a target, he declined to answer in detail, limiting himself to saying: 'Alstom said they would sell, ABB did not.'

Meanwhile Rolls Royce is currently developing the Marine Trent 30 gas turbine for marine use which offers outputs up to 36MW from a package weight of 25 tonnes and is targetting the cruise sector.

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Credit facility extension for MyTravel

Credit facility extension for MyTravel

8m after e-commerce costs exceptionals and goodwill, compared with last year's restated profit of £62.3m. It turned in an operating profit, before exceptionals, of £2.8m. MyTravel's credit facility has been extended until December 2003.

MyTravel which owns Airtours and Going Places operates three cruiseships under the Sun Cruises brand: Carousel, Sunbird and Sundream. A fourth vessel Seawing is sub-chartered to Royal Olympic.

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Project America hull at Lloyd Werft mid-December

Project America hull at Lloyd Werft mid-December

Earlier this month NCL said it was in 'advanced negotiations' with the yard to complete the 2,000-passenger ship.

Yard md Werner Lueken speaking to Seatrade Insider at Shiprepair & Conversion show in London says the hull, currently under tow in the Atlantic, is due to arrive in Germany mid-December. 'The aft section is incomplete and the hull is, so far, just six decks high,' stated Lueken. That leaves a significant amount of hull superstructure work to do including the bridge section, plus the complete outfitting of the vessel. Lueken was unable to quote the value of the order.

The vessel is reportedly going to be similar in design to Norwegian Sun and will take around 12 months to complete. Delivery is expected in spring 2004, says NCL. The Project America ship was originally designed as 72,000gt, whereas Norwegian Sky and Sun are 77,000gt. Asked if the owner is considering lengthening the ship, Lueken replied 'maybe'.

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More exec changes at Royal Caribbean

More exec changes at Royal Caribbean

However, at least five key executives recently left the company, Seatrade Insider has confirmed. They include, on the corporate side, Michael Allsup, vice president of supply chain management, and Tony Ashmore, director of technical purchasing.

At the Celebrity brand, no longer with the company are Bob Keesler, vp total guest satisfaction; Pete Schubert, associate vp, finance and administration; and Colleen McGuirk, director of food operations in total guest satisfaction. This latest 'reorganisation' is likely to result in some new hires, a Royal Caribbean spokeswoman told Seatrade Insider, but to date, none of these execs has been replaced.

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