CRUISES and Caesars Palace are ending the partnership that
put Caesars Palace-branded casinos on Crystals ships. Since gaming
company Harrahs Entertainment completed its merger with Caesars
earlier this summer, Harrahs, as a Crystal spokeswoman put it,
decided to use its resources on other opportunities. Crystal said
it is looking at alternative partnerships with other land-based
casinos and said it would continue to abide by Nevada gaming laws
and continue to serve complimentary drinks in the casinos.
BREAKUP, the Crystal spokeswoman said, is a friendly one,
and though the two companies mutually agreed to discontinue the
relationship once Caesars Palaces management contract expires at
the end of 2005, Caesars has agreed to be flexible about when they
pull the Caesars Palace at Sea casinos off of Crystal ships. The
line said it expects to have another gaming operation in place in
the first half of 2006.
AMERICA LINE rolled out a group program called Group Early
Advantage, which is supposed to help agents generate more group
business during the first half of 2006. The line is offering group
savings on bookings deposited by Oct. 31 on a number of cruises
through May 2006 as well as a 1:12 tour conductor credit and one-
and two-category upgrades.
PRESIDENT OF SALES, Tracey Kelly, told Travel Weekly:
Consumers are buying further and further into the future. In 2005,
consumers felt the impact of waiting too long to make their choice
for their cruise vacation: prime sailing dates sold out or their
first-choice of staterooms were already booked. Looking into 2006,
we wanted to give the agents a tool to close more sales further
out. Agents are blocking groups and putting their promotions into
play earlier than ever before, and the result is bookings for 2006
are coming in fast.
* Look for a
new senior vice president of sales and marketing for
Norwegian Cruise Line. The line hired Proctor & Gamble
executive Scott Rogers in the role. NCLs current vice presidents of
sales and of marketing, Mitch Schlessinger and Karen Sinclair,
report to Rogers. Andy Stuart is continuing as NCLs executive vice
president of sales and marketing.
Meanwhile, Radisson Seven Seas Cruises promoted Randall
Soy to vice president-channel sales. Joyce Simon and David Levene
were promoted to vice presidents of sales.