CLIA: The Cruise Lines
International Association (CLIA), which collects passenger data for
its 19 member lines, said 2.9 million people cruised during the
third quarter, a 9.7% increase over third-quarter 2003. For the
year to date, CLIA said nearly 8 million people worldwide cruised
on CLIA lines, a 9.9% year-over-year jump. The organization
predicts its member lines will surpass the 10 million mark this
LINE will offer winter cruises
from New York in 2006 on its new Noordam, the line's fourth and
final Vista-class ship. The winter cruises will start Feb. 22,
2006, and will be offered between February and April and again
starting in October. The ship will spend the summer in Europe, HAL
said. HAL will begin to accept bookings Dec. 20.
Until now, Norwegian
Cruise Line had been the only line to offer regularly scheduled
service from New York in the winter. It started with the Norwegian
Dawn in 2003 and plans to add the Norwegian Spirit to the port in
late 2005. In a statement, the line offered its congratulations to
HAL and said, "Its presence will help to grow an already vibrant
" Was fined $265,000 by
the State of Alaska and the federal government for discharging
20,000 gallons of partially treated wastewater from the Ryndam in
August 2002. HAL also will contribute $500,000 to the National
Forest Foundation and invest $1.3 million in developing and
implementing a "focused environmental compliance plan."
" Purchased a satellite
reservations center in Williston, N.D., and is operating a training
program for the 28 current employees there, with the goal to open
Jan. 3. The call center was owned by American Express.
" Hired Jim McHugh, a
former Silversea executive, as vice president of marketing and
sales for Windstar Cruises. Tom Russell, who most recently held
that position, will stay on as a consultant for a few
SAILING TOWARD THE
HORIZON: Celebrity Cruises'
Horizon will leave the fleet at the end of 2005, although its
sister ship, the Zenith, will stay for now. Meanwhile, Celebrity
launched its much-hyped Cirque du Soleil program on the
Constellation last week, which includes a redesigned observation
lounge (now called the Bar at the Edge of the Earth) and a weekly
masquerade ball that costs $30 per person.
CARNIVAL: On Dec. 17, NBC's
"Today" show co-host Katie Couric will christen the Carnival Valor
in Miami. The Valor, the third in Carnival Cruise Lines'
Conquest-class series, will begin seven-day cruises Dec.