Worldapos;s wealthiest have cruise connections

Worldapos;s wealthiest have cruise connections

Forbes puts Arison's fortune at $3.6bn (that's down from $4.1bn last year when he held 96th place). Sister Shari Arison Dorsman of Israel occupies 112th place with $3.3bn. Others on the list who have cruise ties include Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud, who in 1997 put $20m into NCL Holdings (then parent of Norwegian Cruise Line). The Saudi prince is 11th with a fortune of $20bn.

Thomas Pritzker, at 55th place with $5bn, is a Royal Caribbean director, and the Pritzker family are major shareholders in the world's No. 2 cruise line. Fellow Royal director Eyal Ofer is the son of Sammy Ofer of Israel, at 208th place with $2bn, and the Ofer family own a sizable chunk of RCL shares through their company, Cruise Associates.

No. 1 on Forbes' list for the eighth consecutive year is Microsoft maven Bill Gates with a fortune of $52.8bn. Gates stayed on top despite losing $6bn last year, an amount equal to the valuation of the proposed Royal Caribbean-P&O Princess combination.

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Celebrity maps out 1st Charleston sailings

Celebrity maps out 1st Charleston sailings

The 1,870-passenger ship will offer a series of 10- and 11-night cruises to the Caribbean visiting such ports as Nassau, Tortola, St Thomas, St Maarten, Antigua, Belize, Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Key West. Fares start at $899 per person, double occupancy.

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Ritz-Carlton Santiago eyes cruise market

Ritz-Carlton Santiago eyes cruise market

JamesHughes, general manager for the 15-story property, says corporate CEOs and upscale cruise passengers will form part of the target market.'We're going to bring a new level of service and luxury to the city,' Hughes pledges. 'US leisure travel to Chile has been strong,' he adds. 'There is a lot of cruise ship business, along the coast and to Antarctica. We will be trying to capture the upper segments of that market. A company like Crystal Cruises might be interested in using our product.'

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Seven Seas Mariner to circle globe in apos;03

Seven Seas Mariner to circle globe in apos;03

(RSSC's first circumnavigation is currently underway on the 490-passenger Seven Seas Navigator.) Mariner's 108-night journey departs Los Angeles on January 21, 2003, and will visit 44 destinations in 28 countries on five continents. The voyage ends on May 9 in Fort Lauderdale.

Fares for the all-balcony-suite vessel start at $44,816 per person (which represents a 10% early bird savings if booked by July 1, 2002), including roundtrip first class air. Four segments and combinations of segments are also available. RSSC is offering an additional 5% savings for past guests and for world cruise veterans from other lines.

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Arison earned $1.68m bonus in 2001

Arison earned $1.68m bonus in 2001

45m bonus the year before. However, his salary remained the same: $510,000. According to documents the company filed today with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Arison realised a profit of $36.7m from the exercise of options on 2m shares last year, and he was granted $1.6m in restricted stock compared to $1.8m in 2000. CCL closed up 85 cents today at $28.14. (See also earlier story: 'World's wealthiest have cruise connections').

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