OF THE SEAS was expected to arrive in New Orleans April 25
following its run-in with a dock in Costa Maya, Mexico. The ship
struck the pier last week while it was trying to dock and tore a
42-foot hole in its hull. The line said that repairs had been
completed and the ship was on its way to its homeport, two days
behind schedule. No passengers or crew were hurt in the incident.
Passengers who needed to return to New Orleans earlier than April
25 were flown back from Costa Maya on a charter flight.
CURRENT CRUISE was scheduled to depart April 25 at 8 p.m.
and will sail an abbreviated cruise to Key West, Fla., and Cozumel,
Mexico. Guests who choose to sail will receive a $300 per-cabin
onboard credit, or they can choose to cancel and receive a full
CRUISE LINE said a plan to shoot an episode of the hit TV
show The Apprentice onboard the Norwegian Dawn on April 17 had no
influence whatsoever over the operational decisions taken relating
to the Norwegian Dawn's passage home. The shoot was canceled after
the Dawn encountered a freak wave and rough seas on the return leg
of its cruise that broke two windows onboard, forcing it to stop in
Charleston, S.C., for repairs. Under no circumstances would NCL
compromise the safety of our passengers and crew, NCL said April
had altered the itinerary of the Dawns April 10 cruise to build in
extra time to get back to New York for the shoot. Passengers were
informed of the itinerary changes beforehand in a letter that
mentioned a special event in New York on April 17. NCL said the
Dawn was on its usual northerly track from South Florida/Bahamas to
New York when the ship encountered the rough seas. The line also
added that it was not subject to monetary penalties for failing to
get back to New York in time for The Apprentice shoot. Monetary
conditions were simply not a factor, NCL said.
CARIBBEAN CRUISES net income for first-quarter 2005 rose
41% to $135.3 million, and revenues rose 10% to $1.2 billion,
compared with first-quarter 2004. RCCL said fuel costs were up 30%
year over year; fuel now represents 6.1% of revenue, compared with
5.2% of revenue in first-quarter 2004. For the first time, new
Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises presidents Adam
Goldstein and Dan Hanrahan joined CEO Richard Fain on the companys
quarterly conference call with Wall Street analysts.