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Articles from 2001 In May


Festival reaches for the Stars

Festival reaches for the Stars

'It is a directreference to the European flag and all the member countries,' said George F.Poulides, Festival's chairman and chief executive. He added that the namewas appropriate because the company draws 'most of our passengers from theEuropean Union, a concept that we strongly believe in.' The new ship,scheduled for an April delivery from Chantiers de l'Atlantique, is a sisterto the 58,600gt, 1,566-passenger European Vision. The Vision, set for a June30 inaugural voyage from Marseille, will offer seven-day cruises from theFrench port every Saturday through Nov. 17 to Genoa, Katakolon, Kusadasi,Mykonos and Naples. In the winter, the Vision will offer weekly Sundaydepartures from Santo Domingo to the Lower Caribbean. In North America,Festival cruises are sold by its New York-based First European Cruisesdivision.

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Fred. Olsen announces itineraries for third ship

Fred. Olsen announces itineraries for third ship

The 750-passenger, 19,089gt vessel, formerly the Crown Dynasty, will undergo a $75m renovation before embarking on its first voyage as the Braemar on August 11. McNeece has been appointed interior design consultant for the refurbishment. The European season features seven- to 21-night cruises, including several roundtrips from Dover and Southampton, to Scandinavia, the Adriatic, the Eastern and Western Mediterranean, Iberia and the Canary Islands. The December 19 holiday cruise is a 14-night transatlantic journey from Malaga to Barbados, from where the Braemar will offer a series of roundtrip Caribbean cruises this winter. Fred. Olsen purchased the vessel from the now-defunct Crown Cruise Line, a subsidiary of Commodore Holdings Ltd. Fred. Olsen cruises are sold in North America by New York-based EuroCruises.

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Disney adds new seven-day option

Disney adds new seven-day option

The new itinerary will call at Key West, Fla.; Grand Cayman; Cozumel; and the line's private island, Castaway Cay. The Magic's Eastern route, which it has operated since last August, visits St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay. Sister ship Disney Wonder continues to operate three- and four-night Bahamas cruises, which can be packaged with theme park stays for week-long vacations.

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Dunwoody moves to Cruise Holidays

Dunwoody moves to Cruise Holidays

Dunwoody effectively replaces outgoing Cruise Holidays president PeterKowal, the company said. Before joining Renaissance Cruises last August,Dunwoody worked for Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and NorwegianCruise Line.

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Australia gets tough with negligent shipowners

Australia gets tough with negligent shipowners

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill said any vessel operating in themarine park in a manner that results in environmental damage faces a maximum penalty of $AU1.1 million. Senator Hill said the $1.1 million fine also applies to the discharge of oil or other hazardous substances. The new legislation has been introduced just weeks before Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport John Anderson is due to hand down the findings of a far-reaching public inquiry to determine future regulations for all shipping - including cruise liners - in the vicinity of the Great Barrier Reef. The inquiry followed last November's grounding of a 21,339-ton container ship which was stuck fast on the reef for almost two weeks before the coral around it was blasted to clear a passage.

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Cruise West expands small-ship fleet

Cruise West expands small-ship fleet

The vessel, formerlyknown as MegaStar Sagittarius and Renaissance V, was purchased from Star Cruises. The 10-year-old vessel was christened in Singapore by 7-year-old Lauren West, daughter of Cruise West Chairman and ceo Richard West. The ship is expected to arrive in Whittier, Alaska, on June 6 before embarking on its summer season in the 49th State.

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HAL heading for Baja

HAL heading for Baja

In a first for the line, HollandAmerica Line's Ryndam will operate three cruises in October that visit ports on the Baja peninsula, including Cabo San Lucas, Loreto, Pichilingue (for La Paz) and Santa Rosalia.

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Drysdale quits Island for the US

Drysdale quits Island for the US

He has been replaced by Steve Garley, previously his counterpart at Airtours' rival Thomson. Drysdale tells Seatrade Insider that the move was motivated by purely personal reasons and his desire to take up a travel-related career opportunity in the US. 'Inevitably there are tensions when you start up a venture with different parents,' he says, 'but those were not the reason ... and I hope to be able to sort some of them out as I shall be around for at least the next month.' The company's brochure for summer 2002 West Med cruises aboard the 1,500-passenger Island Escape (ex Viking Serenade) launched in late April and Drysdale says the early response has been 'very encouraging'. The line is consciously targetting 30- to 50-year-olds and initial bookings 'seem to conform to that profile'. The Island team Garley inherits includes Drysdale's former Airtours colleague Karen Gee, who stays on as marketing director, and finance director Jonathan Harcourt.

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Norway skips cruise following detention

Norway skips cruise following detention

S. Coast Guard detained the vessel at the Port of Miami on Sunday due to safety concerns about the fire sprinkler system. NCL senior vp Andy Stuart said the line hoped to quickly make the required repairs and operate a shortened version of the seven-day Western Caribbean cruise. But by late Monday, the repairs were only about 80% completed, and the cruise was cancelled. On Tuesday, about 2,000 passengers were still on the ship, and NCL was offering free shore excursions in Miami, free drinks and a $300 shipboard credit while it attempted to book flights to transport them home. Passengers will also get full refunds and a free future cruise equal to whatthey paid for this voyage, he said. 'All things considered, there's quite afestive spirit aboard the ship,' Stuart told Seatrade Insider. 'Mostpassengers understand we're doing everything possible.' The Norway wasdetained after the Coast Guard reported finding more than 100 temporaryrubber patches placed over leaks on pipes that carry water to the sprinklerheads. Stuart said he fully expects the repairs to be completed this weekand the Norway to depart as scheduled on June 3.

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Speculation surrounds cash-rich Carnival

Speculation surrounds cash-rich Carnival

The latest speculation, cited in European news reports, is thatCarnival has its eye on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, owned by Germany's Preussag AG.'Obviously, our recent debt offering, along with the sale of our Airtoursholdings, gives us a substantial amount of cash, and that has resulted in atremendous amount of speculation as to what we may do with it,' Carnivalspokesman Tim Gallagher said Tuesday. 'With that said, it is our policy notto comment on market rumours.'

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