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Articles from 2004 In September


Port Canaveral fully operational

Port Canaveral fully operational

Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne had caused shoaling at the harbor entrance.

The US Coast Guard this afternoon issued a marine advisory allowing vessels of up to 36 feet draft to enter the port at any time. That is greater than Mariner of the Seas, the port's largest cruise ship.

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Those shipping titans all look alike

Those shipping titans all look alike

chairman and ceo Micky Arison on www.forbes.com. Forbes eventually fixed the blunder.

The magazine ranks Arison at No. 32 with an estimated net worth of $5.3bn. His fortunes are improving -- last year, he placed 39th with $4.4bn.

'Ironically, Patrick Boissier wasn't on the list at all last year. He had no idea he made that much money on the Queen Mary 2,' quipped Tim Gallagher, Carnival's vp public relations. Boissier is the president of Alstom Marine and the ceo of Alstom Chantiers de l'Atlantique, the builder of QM2.

Forbes notes that Arison, 55, leads the world's largest cruise company, which has been buoyed recently by the travel industry's recovery. And the magazine mentions Arison's ownership of the Miami Heat basketball team, which made a 'blockbuster trade' for Shaquille O'Neal in July. According to Forbes, Arison celebrated the Shaq announcement with champagne in Cannes.

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Zurawick joins Marine Environmental Partners

Zurawick joins Marine Environmental Partners

in West Palm Beach, Florida, as vp sales. He is responsible for managing the international sales team efforts for marine and land-based businesses and also will take charge of expanding MEP's distributor network and serve as a liaison between customers and manufacturing in new product development.

Zurawick brings an extensive background in the wastewater industry, most recently serving as vp sales with Hydroxyl Systems, where he managed marine and land accounts. Prior sales management positions were with Zenon Environmental, Waterlink, EV Environmental and Grace/Dearborn Chemical.

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RCI, Celebrity back to Icy Strait in apos;05

RCI, Celebrity back to Icy Strait in apos;05

Both lines will make the same number of calls as this year -- a total of 32. 'If we were adding capacity in Alaska in 2005, which we are not, we would probably add calls in Icy Strait Point,' said John Tercek, vp new business development for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

During its inaugural season this year, Icy Strait Point was 'generally well received by our guests,' Tercek told Seatrade Insider, 'with enthusiastic comparisons to the other ports and lots of written comments like "please don't change a thing -- this port delivers the Alaska we hoped to experience." '

Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski visited Icy Strait Point on Sept. 19, during the last call of the season by Celebrity's Mercury. The port hosted approximately 23,000 passengers since its opening in late May.

'We had a terrific first season,' enthused Mike Greve, president of Global Destinations Development, which markets Icy Strait Point, adding that passenger feedback 'validated our belief that cruisers want to experience the real Alaska one ship at a time.' The destination limits cruise calls to one per day.

Greve said talks are on-going with other cruise lines that have expressed interest in calling. The destination offered 11 shore excursions this year. More will be added in 2005, Greve said.

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Royal Caribbean notes are convertible

Royal Caribbean notes are convertible

Notes may be converted up to 5 p.m. New York time on Dec. 31.

The notes are convertible at a rate of 15.6675 shares of common stock per $1,000 principal amount. If all outstanding notes were converted, the number of shares issued would total approximately 13.8m.

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Coming unhinged

Coming unhinged

The plans and parts for a hinged bow are ready, but the company changed its mind on executing the procedure during the drydocking at Rotterdam's Keppel Verolme, a Royal Caribbean spokeswoman told Seatrade Insider. Since the hinged bow is 'a fairly high-maintenance item' and Enchantment is not scheduled for any Panama Canal itineraries, the company decided to forego the work for now.

If the bow hinge is ever needed, the procedure can be done fairly quickly, the spokeswoman added.

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Port of Los Angeles poised for renewal

Port of Los Angeles poised for renewal

The development plan, approved unanimously by the Harbor Commission, will create a more visitor-friendly waterfront and provide more recreational opportunities for cruisers.

The approval comes just as the first phase of the project, a $23m beautification outside the cruise center, nears completion. A new Cruise Ship Promenade, a green area with benches, public art and even a bocce ball court, will debut on Dec. 2. A new parkway directly in front of the cruise center, to be completed by the spring, will feature water fountains, trees and the history of Los Angeles seafaring told in a series of granite stones.

The work is part of the port's decades-old efforts to upgrade the nine-mile gritty waterfront and feature the nearby fishing community of San Pedro. The renovation took on more urgency after Carnival Corp. built a competing cruise terminal in nearby Long Beach, and Los Angeles lost its mainstay client, Carnival Cruise Lines.

However, port officials said at a press event Thursday night that Carnival sister Princess Cruises has signed a five-year agreement to homeport at Los Angeles, as has Royal Caribbean International.

The Port of Los Angeles also announced the continuation of Cruise LA, a promotional program in partnership with LA Inc., the convention and visitors bureau, to offer commissionable pre- and post-cruise vacation packages.

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Thinking niche

Thinking niche

The six founding members of NCA, launched earlier this year, are African Safari Club, Norwegian Coastal Voyages; Orient-Express Hotels, Trains & Cruises; Star Clippers, RMS St Helena and Travel Renaissance.

'Although each member is wholly independent, together we are jointly taking a fresh and proactive step to satisfy the growing demand for niche cruising,' says Laurence Hicks of Norwegian Coastal Voyages and chairman of NCA.

With the new brochure and supporting website www.nichecruisealliance.com (due to be launched next month), NCA hopes to provide a one-stop shop and encourage more people to experience these individual cruises. According to NCA, a niche cruise is a voyage of diverse nature, to an unusual destination and focusing on the destination rather than the onboard experience. 'Less emphasis on glitz and glamour,' says Hicks.

Experiences offered by members include: a year round programme onboard Royal Star to islands in the Indian Ocean; adventurous cruises along the coast of Chile as well as to Antarctica and Falklands; river cruises in Russia, along the Yangtze, the Scottish Highlands, Burma and bespoke barge cruises on the canals and rivers of France; tall ship cruises in the Caribbean, Thailand and Malaysia and St Helena, Ascension Island and Southern Africa onboard a working ship carrying the Royal Mail.

NCA is launching an on-line automated training academy for travel agents in the next two weeks together with UK roadshows and joint participation at consumer shows. Hicks told Seatrade Insider that other lines selling to the UK market are invited to join NCA as long as they complement the founding members' products.

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UK to celebrate the sea in 2005

UK to celebrate the sea in 2005

SeaBritain 2005 is a year-long programme of over 200 events - including festivals, exhibitions, regattas and parades - being held to celebrate the country's maritime heritage. At its heart will be the bicentennial celebration of Lord Nelson's historic victory at the battle of Trafalgar in October.

The initiative has been organised by the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London, which is hosting a major 'Nelson and Napoleon' exhibition from July 7 to November 13. The UK Passenger Shipping Association and tourist body VisitBritain are among NMM's partners in the venture since promoting the UK coast and its islands as a tourist destination is one of the objectives of SeaBritain 2005.

A full listing of events can be found on www.seabritain2005.com.

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New drive system for Black Watch

New drive system for Black Watch

The refit will concentrate on reducing noise and vibration levels on the 761 passenger ship including a new drive system with four MAN 7L32/40 diesel engines, each with 3,500 kW and 750 rpm. MAN will also supply a new Renk double step-down gear unit NDSL-2800 and two 8L21/31 Gensets for the power supply. 'We are very proud to be playing such a decisive role in the remodelling of Black Watch,' said Stefan Spindler, board member of the diesel engine contractor MAN B&W Diesel AG.

The new driving system will be fitted elastically on prefabricated foundations; the propeller blades will also be renewed and adapted to the new engine output. Two existing steam exhaust boilers will be replaced by four new ones and a new power management system will be installed to optimise the energy supply.

Extensive modernisation work will also be carried out on the 1972-built ship including safety devices, cabins and public areas, taking a total of 57 days.

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