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Articles from 2003 In April


Veridien offers sunscreen towelettes

Veridien offers sunscreen towelettes

Petersburg, Florida, has signed a sales agency agreement with International Silhouettes, Inc. to sell Veridien's SunSwipe (TM) Sunscreen Towelettes to the cruise industry. Flora Thomas, principal of California-based International Silhouettes, called the towelettes 'ideal for cruise lines. Their convenient application and sunscreen capabilities make these products very handy for cruises to sunny seas and island stopovers ... We expect to be able to place SunSwipes on many major cruise ships operating out of the United States.'

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TMM schedules call

TMM schedules call

US Eastern time to discuss details concerning exchange offers for its outstanding 9 1/2 percent notes due 2003 and its 10 1/4 percent notes due 2006. The event will be carried live via a conference call, and investors may dial 888-603-9856 (US) or 773-756-4799 (international) at least five minutes prior to the start of the call.

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Princess expands in Canada/New England

Princess expands in Canada/New England

The September 11 through October 31, 2004 program includes seven GrandPrincess seven-day sailings roundtrip from New York and five RegalPrincess offerings of the line's classic 10-day route between New York andMontreal. Regal Princess will also sail one 13-day Canada/Colonial America voyagefrom Montreal to Fort Lauderdale.

The seven-day route visits Halifax, Saint John, Bar Harbor, Boston and Newport, while the 10-day classic adds Quebec and an overnight in Montreal. The 13-day sailing combines the classic itinerary ports with stops at Baltimore, Norfolk and Charleston.

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Marlink signs Kymaapos;s Topaz

Marlink signs Kymaapos;s Topaz

Under the terms, Marlink will furnish Sealink voice and high-speed data services.

'The key advantages our clients realize through the Sealink solution offered by Marlink are true global coverage for our ships and one of the industry's most advanced prepaid calling card systems, making it easy for passengers and crew to make calls,' said Paris Katsoufis, president of Kyma Ship Management. 'Their system will also accept the JCB card [a popular Japanese credit card] that makes billing easy to understand and efficient for passengers onboard the TSS The Topaz.'

As earlier reported here, The Topaz will be under a three-year charter to Peaceboat, a Japanese non-governmental organization. Marlink is a division of Telenor.

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Crystal sets Wine & Champagne Makers Dinners

Crystal sets Wine & Champagne Makers Dinners

Offered at only a few select restaurants ashore until now, the dinners will bring aboard winemakers like Frederic Heidsieck of the Louis Roederer Champagne House to share anecdotes such as how Roederer's Cristal became the Champagne of the Tsars, followed by the chance to taste the vintage with Russian Beluga caviar.

Crystal says the concept goes beyond standard wine tastings. 'These dinners draw upon the rich tradition of wine makers to gather and showcase their most treasured vintages -- where the wine is in the spotlight and the cuisine is the complement -- in an intimate venue exclusive to friends and esteemed customers,' says Toni Neumeister, Crystal's vp food and beverage operations.

The Wine & Champagne Makers Dinners will be available for groups of four to 14 guests nightly by reservation at a per person cost of $50 to a few hundred dollars. Crystal's culinary team is working with the line's sommeliers to create tasting menus that showcase the attributes of each vintage. Menus will reflect the cruising region and will feature four to eight wines or champagnes.

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Windstarapos;s N. Europe debut brings 80 tours

Windstarapos;s N. Europe debut brings 80 tours

They range from a canal boat ride and a visit to the Heineken brewery in Amsterdam to an exploration of the Neolithic village of Skara Brae in the Orkney Islands. Prices range from $28 per person (for a two-hour walking tour of Århus, Denmark) to $1,640 per couple for a daylong 'Romance In the Baltics' excursion by boat through the Helsinki Archipelago to a secluded island. Full information is at the Shore Excursions section of www.windstarcruises.com.

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Power struggle nearing resolution?

Power struggle nearing resolution?

2m plan to raise power lines that cross the Mississippi River near New Orleans so the 110,000gt Carnival Conquest can cruise beneath them. Work is already under way to raise the lines about 23.5 feet with completion scheduled for October. Carnival Cruise Lines moved the Conquest's homeport to Gulfport, Mississippi, when the river rose to a level that made it dangerous for the ship to pass below the power lines.

'The solution announced will permit the existing tower lines to be raised sufficiently to assure that even the largest ships using New Orleans as a homeport can sail beneath them,' Entergy's press release said. Carnival spokeswoman Jennifer de la Cruz said the cruise line was not invited to Entergy's Wednesday press conference and the company is still assessing the plan.

'Under the assumption that this will be an effective solution, we're quite thrilled,' she said. Conquest will remain in Gulfport through early June. If river levels drop sufficiently by then, the ship will return to its New Orleans homeport. Passengers currently are being bused from New Orleans to Gulfport, a little over an hour's drive, or changing air arrangements to fly directly into Gulfport.

A separate, $15m project to bury the power lines 90 feet below the river is still proceeding, Entergy said. Completion on that project is scheduled for June 2004.

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ResidenSea unveils apos;04 routes

ResidenSea unveils apos;04 routes

Other highlights of the year will include three-day stays at Valparaiso, Barcelona, Civitavecchia, Venice, St. Petersburg and Cape Town. The World will also spend three weeks in the Greek Isles.

ResidenSea's 'Travel by Design' concept allows customers to plan their own itineraries in five categories of studio residences with all-inclusive pricing. Nightly fares for 2004 range from $450 to $1,550 per studio residence, double occupancy. Based on a three-night minimum stay, fares include accommodations, meals and beverages, onboard gratuities and port charges.

In addition, many of The World's two- to six-bedroom apartment residences are available for rental, with nightly fares ranging from $1,800 to $3,100 per apartment residence. These rates include accommodations, meals, beverages, daily maid service, port charges and gratuities for two guests. Additional guests pay $150 per person, per night.

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AAPA calls for dredge study

AAPA calls for dredge study

The Wednesday hearing focused on interpretations of existing ownership requirements for US flag dredges, especially exemptions to foreign chartering prohibitions.

Rear Adm. Richard Larrabee, director of port commerce at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, testified for the American Association of Port Authorities, which voiced concern that any changes to the law's exemption could restrict competition on dredging projects and may increase the cost of dredging. Larrabee requested that Congress direct the General Accounting Office 'to study how all existing policies, including ownership requirements, are affecting our ability to maintain and construct navigation channels in a timely and cost-effective manner.'

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Regal Empress auction expected

Regal Empress auction expected

Regal Cruises' only ship was arrested April 18 at Port Manatee afterMotor-Services Hugo Stamp obtained a lien related to $750,000in unpaid engine repair bills. Regal Cruises ceased operations on April 28.

Regal Empress was moved to the the less expensive facility to save money. Tenattorneys representing creditors appeared at a federal hearing in Tampa onTuesday, said John Tomaselli, the attorney for Motor-Services. 'Well inexcess of $2m in claims have been filed,' he said. Magistrate JudgeMary Scriven approved food purchases for the 350 crew members still on board,and work has started to expatriate them, according to Tomaselli.

Creditors disagreedon when the ship should be sold, with Tomaselli urging an immediate auctionbut others wanting to wait in hopes of a higher selling price for the50-year-old vessel. 'There's no question the ship will be sold, but thequestion is when and at what minimum bid,' Tomaselli said. The judge willrelease her ruling on the auction in the next day or so, according to the Motor-Services attorney.

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