CRUISES will be marketing sister-brand P&O Australias
new Southeast Asia cruises on the Pacific Sky. The seven-day
cruises sail roundtrip from Singapore and alternate eastern
itineraries (Ko Samui and Bangkok, Thailand, and Kuantan, Malaysia)
and western (Melaka, Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi and Penang, Malaysia,
and Phuket, Thailand). The cruises begin in February. The onboard
experience, Princess said, will feature a more casual,
Australian-style cruise experience, right down to the onboard
CRUISING is coming to Alaskas Glacier Bay National Park
next year, courtesy of new three- and four-day Cruise West voyages.
The Spirit of Alaska and the Spirit of Glacier Bay will sail
roundtrip from Juneau and call at Skagway and Haines and cruise
Glacier Bay; the four-day cruise adds a visit to Icy Strait.
Another new option enables passengers to extend their four-day
Glacier Bay cruise into a cruise-tour that includes day-cruising on
Cruise Wests yacht the Sheltered Seas and overnights in hotels in
Juneau, Petersburg and Ketchikan.
RENOVATION is in the cards for the Disney Magic, which on
Oct. 1 is going to the Norshipco yard in Norfolk, Va., for a 10-day
drydock. Disney is the latest line to incorporate a giant movie
screen into its pool deck decor; the 24-by14-foot screen will be
used for movies as well as sporting events and other special
presentations. Plans include an expansion of the Vista Spa and
Salon to include three indoor/outdoor treatment rooms and a bigger
fitness room. For the kids, three conference rooms will be turned
into a hangout called Ocean Quest, where they can watch live video
feed from the Magics bridge.
MEANWHILE, Oceania Cruises Nautica is
getting a stem to stern refurbishment before it begins operations
this fall. That means new carpeting throughout, new furniture and
upholstery, a next generation of Tranquility Beds, a new on-deck
lounge called the Patio and extensive changes to the top suites.
Also new will be a cabana deck on Deck 11 that will feature
reservations-only private cabanas with Balinese sun
CRUISE LINE is planning to establish a customer service
and reservations center in Mesa, Ariz., east of Phoenix. The line
already has several home-based res agents operating in the region.
Andy Stuart, NCLs executive vice president of sales and marketing,
said that the success of its home-based program prompted the line
to expand further with both home-based and office-based staff in
advance of our big growth over the next few years. With some 50% of
our product offering now in Hawaii, Alaska and the west coast of
Mexico, we need a bigger res center in the [Pacific] time