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Articles from 2004 In March


MSC Cruises discussing more new orders

MSC Cruises discussing more new orders

The news was confirmed by managing director Pier Francesco Vago during a press conference today in Milan.

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Costa management changes

Costa management changes

Mario Martini has been promoted to svp sales and marketing for Europe and rest of the World and former financial director Beniamino Maltese will take on the newly created position of svp finance and administration.

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Costa reports record 2003

Costa reports record 2003

Sales for 2003 rose by 7.2%, at EUR785.6m and operating income was also substantial, at EUR105m, although down on 2002 on account of the strong pressure on prices that occurred throughout the year. On the other hand, this pressure levelled off at the beginning of 2004 reports the line.

Highlights of 2003 included the entry into service of two new ships, Costa Mediterranea and Costa Fortuna, bringing fleetwide accommodation to 15,700 berths and the inauguration of the Savona Palacrociere cruise terminal.

'Once again we can confirm that we are very pleased with our results for 2003, which were attained despite the general economic difficulties experienced throughout the tourist industry,' commented Pier Luigi Foschi, chairman and ceo of Costa Crociere. 'Indeed, both the number of passengers and the volume of sales are on the up, while profitability has been maintained at a very good level. The positive trend has continued into 2004 with excellent performance in terms of bookings and encouraging price stability,' he added.

Costa Crociere also reports new records set in January this year: the highest number of passenger bookings on the one day (January 19, 2004): 6,102 passengers, up 9% on the previous record set in 2003 and the highest number of passenger bookings in a week (January 17-23, 2004): 30,445, a jump of 24% on the previous best recorded the year before.

Meanwhile Costa has announced a new managerial structure today(see separate story).

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HAL names apos;Signature of Excellenceapos; director

HAL names apos;Signature of Excellenceapos; director

Reportingto chairman and ceo A. Kirk Lanterman, Palermo will be responsible forimplementation of the $225m Signatureof Excellence initiatives across Holland America's 13-ship fleet.

'Joe brings more than 25 years of management experience in the areas ofbusiness strategy, planning, operations management, customer relations andservice delivery,' Lanterman said.

Palermo's background includes the airline, cruiseand tour sectors. He held management positions at American Airlines,Cunard Line Ltd. and Sceptre Tours. At Cunard he was svpof customer service worldwide.

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Celebrity Xpedition goes behind the Iron Curtain

Celebrity Xpedition goes behind the Iron Curtain

Available as an excursion during Celebrity's Northern Europe sailings on the Constellation, the Moscow tour takes passengers behind the scenes with the KGB in the morning, followed by an afternoon tour of the Kremlin.

From the ship in St. Petersburg, passengers board a one-hour flight to Moscow and transfer by limousine to the museum of the KGB. Stories of legendary Russian spies will be revealed, along with espionage equipment. Passengers then visit the Kremlin, Archangel Michael Cathedral and St. Basil Cathedral. Dinner follows in a historic mansion.

The fee for the 16-hour 'Moscow, Kremlin and KGB' excursion is $1,300 per person, including roundtrip air from St. Petersburg, limousine transfer, lunch and dinner.

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Royal Caribbean notes are convertible

Royal Caribbean notes are convertible

Holders may convert their notes into shares of common stock by 5 p.m. New York time on June 30.

The notes are convertible at a rate of 15.6675 shares of common stock per $1,000 principal amount. If all outstanding notes were surrendered for conversion, the aggregate number of shares of common stock issued would be approximately 13.8 million, Royal Caribbean said.

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Longshoremen sue Disney

Longshoremen sue Disney

The suit accuses Disney and the port authority of violating the union's free speech rights by banning it from protesting the lack of a union contract for Disney crew. Union pickets hand out pamphlets at Disney's terminal when the Disney Magic and Wonder are at Port Canaveral.

Disney spokeswoman Angela Bliss told the Associated Press that the cruise line has the right to prohibit the leaflet distribution at its terminal. Bliss called it 'unfortunate' that the union has escalated its efforts to pressure Disney in its union talks.

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Discovery World charts 04/05 routes

Discovery World charts 04/05 routes

Cruise-tours of 13 to 25 nights begin at per diems of $175 per person, double occupancy. Group rates and advance purchase discounts are available.

Discovery World vp Tim Davey said the line seeks to differentiate itself by emphasizing exotic but affordable itineraries. Many programs include an overnight hotel stay and sightseeing tour in the embarkation and/or disembarkation cities and all feature local cultural performances on board.

Details: www.discoveryworldcruises.com.

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Caribbean Princess arrives

Caribbean Princess arrives

The newest Love Boat will be named at a ceremony tomorrow by actress Jill Whelan, who will also become a bride when she marries fiancé Michael Chaykowsky on board.

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Southwest Airlines site books cruises

Southwest Airlines site books cruises

com. The lines offered include Carnival, Celebrity, Crystal, Disney, Holland America, NCL, Princess, Radisson Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean International and Windstar.

'Southwest serves many of the nation's busiest port cities, and we wanted to give our customers the added convenience of booking a cruise while on southwest.com,' said Kevin Krone, the airline's vp of itneractive marketing.

The site is affiliated with Travelocity. Customers may book on line or call a toll-free number to speak with an agent.

Southwest's current 'Cruise of the Week' is a seven-night Western Caribbean sailing on Carnival's Elation, roundtrip from Galveston, with a starting fare of $349 per person, double occupancy, including port charges.

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