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Douwes to steer HAL itinerary planning

Douwes to steer HAL itinerary planning

He reports to Mark Kammerer. Douwes has served as a master in the HAL fleet from 1993 to 2001, most recently on Volendam. A 1980 graduate of Amsterdam's Nautical Academy, he joined HAL in 1978 as a cadet.

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Will Princess continue year-round in the Caribbean?

Will Princess continue year-round in the Caribbean?

Early this year, Princess reported a 'dramatic increase in Caribbean passenger numbers,' 28% higher than in '01.

A spokeswoman says Princess has reached no decision about having a year-round Caribbean ship in 2003. 'It is still under review, although the programme should be announced later this spring,' she tells Seatrade Insider.

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Sarina Bratton keeps high profile and industry guessing

Sarina Bratton keeps high profile and industry guessing


Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport John Anderson said Bratton,who has been on the AMSA board since 1996 and is also a director of theAustralian Trade Commission (Austrade), was 'an ideal choice' for her newrole on the Federal Government body responsible for environment protectionthat includes monitoring cruise ships in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Parkas well as maritime safety. Anderson cited her extensive experience in thecruise shipping industry (she is a former vp and gm Asia Pacific for Cunardand inaugural chairman of International Cruise Council Australasia).


In an exclusive interview with Seatrade Insider today, Bratton said hermuch-publicised 17-month search for a ship to start up another year-roundfour-star cruise operation in Australia is nearing fruition. She said'active negotiations are under way' for a vessel she declined to name.

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Olympia Explorer delivery close

Olympia Explorer delivery close

Blohm + Voss confirmed arbitration is still on going and the vessel remains at the yard. ROC would need to take delivery of the vessel soon as its first scheduled cruise is due to leave Piraeus on May 3rd.

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McLeod returns to his Royal Caribbean roots

McLeod returns to his Royal Caribbean roots

While he worked for the Miami Heat basketball team, led Carnival Corp's 'World's Leading Cruise Lines' campaign and took the helm of American Classic Voyages, Royal Caribbean acquired Celebrity Cruises and swelled from eight ships to 23 (counting the Island j/v), with six newbuilds under construction. But McLeod, after a week in the new role of svp travel industry relations, says Royal Caribbean feels 'oddly comfortable ... This is my career home. That doesn't take away from any other places I have been and people I've worked with in any way. There are places where you just feel comfortable.'

McLeod joined Royal for the first time in 1972 when shoreside staff numbered 60. 'Now I think there are that many in the mail room,' he quips. 'It was really a small company. I don't think anybody who was in the business then envisioned how the company would grow and how this industry would grow. But there was a culture that still exists ... In many ways, it's the same business.' Today Royal employs about 2,000 in Miami and 600 in Wichita, Kansas.

McLeod left for the first time in 1986 to become NCL president, returning in 1988. Back at Royal, he was evp of sales, marketing and passenger services when he left again in 1996. The late 2001 collapse of AMCV hit him hard, and anyone who knows McLeod understood that would not be his industry exit. On March 11, RCI and Celebrity president Jack Williams announced McLeod's appointment to a new position taking 'chief responsibility for liaising with travel agencies and supporting travel agents' and clients' needs.'

McLeod describes the relationship between the trade and the cruise industry overall and RCI/Celebrity in particular as 'among the strongest of relationships. While agents today might not be happy with travel suppliers, they're probably more happy with us than with other suppliers.' He sees areas for improvement, but McLeod hopes agents will keep the faith. 'We are going to see an increase in the volume of direct business, largely driven by the percentage of consumers for whom that's the way they like to do business. But I don't see our fundamental business model changing to where third party distribution is not the dominant player. More agents need to believe that because therein lies the opportunity.'

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A.G. Edwards: industry entering cyclical uptrend

A.G. Edwards: industry entering cyclical uptrend

Edwards' mid-March pricing survey for Royal Caribbean and Carnival confirms broad general improving industry trends. Booking rates and trends for both companies are stable, reports analyst Tim Conder, with Royal Caribbean pricing in second and third quarters flat to down low single digits, Alaska pricing up mid single digits and Europe flat. A. G. Edwards' pricing survey shows Carnival's Caribbean product experiencing mid single digit erosion through August and stabilising thereafter, with Alaska pricing flat or showing single digit gains.

Conder sees the industry in the early stages of a two to three year cyclical uptrend and says he would look to upgrade RCL from Buy to Strong Buy if shares pull back to the upper teen's-$21 range. Similarly, if CCL pulls back to the $20's-$30 range, Conder would consider upgrading Carnival's rating from Buy to Strong Buy.

At midday in New York, CCL shares were trading at $32.50, up 17 cents, while RCL was up 69 cents at $22.55.

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Viking Riverapos;s US bookings up 12%

Viking Riverapos;s US bookings up 12%

The spring tulip season begins the first week of April with the company's four newest ships hosting two different itineraries throughout the month.

Established in 1997, Viking River's fleet has grown to 24 vessels, making it the world's leading river cruise line. The line marketed cruises mainly to Europeans before setting up an office in Los Angeles two years ago this month. Jeff Dash, the president of that branch, said it has made 'tremendous strides,' booking nearly 28,000 Americans for the 2001 and '02 seasons. Bookings this year are running 12% ahead.

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QM2 apos;ahead of scheduleapos;

QM2 apos;ahead of scheduleapos;

On completion, slated for December 2003, the 150,000 gt liner will comprise 83 blocks of up to 600 tons each.

Next milestone in QM2's construction says Payne will be the keel laying ceremony which has been, 'tentatively set for July 4th'. Apart from being Independence Day, it is a momentous date in Cunard Line's history as the company's first paddle steamer Britannia made her maiden Atlantic crossing on July 4th 1840.

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Bahamas consolidates cruise ship lead

Bahamas consolidates cruise ship lead

Royal Caribbean recently flagged eight of its vessels amounting to over three quarters of a million tons to the Bahamas Register, including three Voyager class ships.

The fast growing ship register had less than 100 ships of 1m tons total in 1983 but today boasts 1,400 ocean-going ships of around 30mgt and its cruise fleet reads like a Who's Who of international operators with names such as Carnival, HAL, Seabourn, Disney, Crystal and Royal Caribbean. Latest entrant is the 43,524gt The World, owned by ResidenSea which is based in The Bahamas capital, Nassau.

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Lines promote Alaska add-ons

Lines promote Alaska add-ons

The package visits the town of Talkeetna near Denali National Park and includes a river safari by jet boat and nature hike, an overnight at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, a drive along Turnagain Arm, and a tram ride up Mount Alyeska with lunch at a mountain-top resort. There's also an overnight hotel stay in Anchorage. Prices start at $580 per person.

Crystal Cruises in June will offer a five-night, fully escorted land programme to Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Denali. The 'Alaska Frontier' package is available before Crystal Harmony's June 14 Alaska cruise and in conjunction with its June 3 Japan/Pacific cruise, which concludes in Seward to kick off the Alaska season. The price is $1,995.

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