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Articles from 2001 In September


Ocean Glory I to be scrapped

Ocean Glory I to be scrapped

Following its sale to new owners last month the ship has now been renamed Classica. New owners Carpentai Holdings Corp has signalled its intention to scrap the vessel which was detained on July 2nd after it failed a UK Port State Control inspection with deficiencies of the Safety Management System.

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ROC details Houston sailings

ROC details Houston sailings

Capable of sailing at speeds up to 28 knots, the 836-passenger vessel will visit a variety of Central American ports and the Panama Canal on February and March itineraries ranging from five to 12 days. Then, from March 30, 2002, to April 5, 2003, Voyager continues its standard seven-day itinerary calling at Roatán and Puerto Cortés in Honduras; Belize City; and the Mexican ports of Playa del Carmen and Cozumel.

'We are pleased to welcome Royal Olympic Cruises to Houston again in 2002 to enable the southwestern US market to enjoy new offerings to the Panama Canal, the Caribbean and South America,' comments James Edmonds, chairman of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority. Royal Olympic Cruises and its predecessors have served the Texas market since 1976.

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Harwich set to welcome Carnival Legend

Harwich set to welcome Carnival Legend

These will be the largest ships to visit the port to date. Brilliance arrives in July from the Med and Carnival Legend - the first Fun Ship in Europe - will arrive fresh from Kvaerner Masa to conduct a cruise roundtrip from Harwich on August 24 before departing on a transatlantic sailing September 5.

Harwich's business development manager, Terry Davies told Seatrade Insider Carnival Legend will definately be coming in 2002 and 'depending on delivery dates, it may also conduct a couple of 2/3 day promotional cruises out of the port too.' To cater for the 2,000+ passenger capacities of these vessels, Harwich will be expanding its baggage handling area and installing twice as many check-in desks.

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Carnival brand occupancy at 106%

Carnival brand occupancy at 106%

Reservations call volume is presently at 70% of the normal rate for this time of year.

Last Saturday in Boston, Carnival Victory served as host to Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who was on a promotional tour to restore key source markets' confidence in traveling to the Sunshine State. Bush addressed 100 Boston-area travel professionals aboard the Victory.

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RCI, Celebrity court Renaissance pax

RCI, Celebrity court Renaissance pax

RCI and Celebrity are dangling shipboard credits varying from $25 on two- to five-night sailings up to $75 for voyages of 10 nights and more for bookings made by Oct. 31 for departures through April 30.

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NCL makes pitch for agent loyalty

NCL makes pitch for agent loyalty

'This gives you the rest of the year and the entire wave period to develop and implement a plan to grow your business with NCL significantly ahead of our 55% growth over the next two years,' the NCL president and svp marketing and sales wrote.

In their letter, the execs also reminded agents of other commitments NCL has made to the trade, including no direct consumer Internet bookings, a new commission to be unveiled in the form of an NCL reward card and an insurance and travel protection product that allows customers to cancel for any reason.

Veitch and Stuart further noted that NCL offers regular roundtrip seven-day cruises from many US and Canadian ports, while its long-haul programme operates 'in areas less affected in challenging times such as these,' including the Scandinavian capitals and Russia from Dover; South America from Miami, Santiago and Buenos Aires; and an Asia series from Beijing, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore.

Veitch and Stuart ended their letter by saying: 'The travel industry community has supported NCL through good times and bad and we are now returning that support with an unprecedented package of benefits, commissions and product. We support those who support us and urge you to do the same.'

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Alstomapos;s Renaissance exposure

Alstomapos;s Renaissance exposure

Alstom shares fell to a record low of 15.37 euros on Friday - about half the price at which they were originally sold in June 1998, Reuters noted. Alstom said cruise line customers have not cancelled any newbuilds.

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RCCL names new svp for safety/environment

RCCL names new svp for safety/environment

, has been promoted to svp, safety and environment. The position was previously held by Nancy Wheatley.

Wright is responsible fordeveloping and overseeing all corporate environmental strategies andactivities. At 47, he is a nine-year veteran of Royal Caribbean International, has served as master of three ships, and for the last three years, hasmanaged the Bridge 2000 and the Navigation 2000 programmes. He oversawa total revision of navigation policies and procedures, and the company'smanual has been adopted by the Norwegian Shipowners Association as atemplate for bridge procedures. Wright also served as chiefinstructor for training in navigation and maneuvering for the Voyager class ships.

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Silversea takes Wind out of service in apos;02

Silversea takes Wind out of service in apos;02

The line said it will refurbish the vessel while it is out of service.

'While we firmly believe that consumer confidence is returning, this move allows us to maintain strong load factors and to protect our price point with as little disruption to our customers and our product as possible,' said Silversea ceo Albert Peter.

Silver Cloud, refurbished last summer, will assume Wind's 2001 holiday itineraries and its 2002 programme of cruises throughout Europe and the Americas. (Wind's three Middle East/Africa cruises in October/November will not operate.) As a result, Cloud's entire 2002 programme is cancelled. The ship was to spend January-August in the Far East and September-December in the South Pacific. Itineraries for Silver Shadow and Whisper remain in place.

Earlier this week, Silversea invited Renaissance passengers to apply 100% credit for their cruise-only fares to the published fare of any new Silversea voyage in 2001-02 and offered travel agents a $500 per suite bonus commission for converting bookings.

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HALapos;s massive deployment moves

HALapos;s massive deployment moves

There are no changes to the published 2002 itineraries for Westerdam, Statendam, Maasdam, Veendam, Volendam and Zuiderdam, which enters service in November '02.

'We recognise that some people may be hesitant to travel overseas or to take long flights now,' said David Giersdorf, svp marketing and sales. As a result, HAL is bringing some of its ships closer to the US source market.

In 2002, the line will offer 360 sailings within a half-day's drive of 40% of North American households and departing from 15 North American home ports,' Giersdorf said. 'Wherever possible, we are avoiding long flights, as well as expensive and complicated open-jaw air travel arrangements. We're also looking into increasing motorcoach and rail travel options to and from our homeports.'

The line will add Seattle and Port Canaveral as turn-around cities and put an additional ship in the Southern California market, sailing from San Diego on week-long Mexico cruises. (See following story.)

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