Travel Weekly's Cruise E-letter: Dec. 19, 2006

CARNIVAL CORP. confirmed an order for a second 130,000-ton vessel for Carnival Cruise Lines, to be constructed by Fincantieri and delivered in 2010. The ship would carry 3,652 passengers. The vessel and its sister ship, an as-yet-unnamed ship to be delivered in 2009, would be Carnival Cruise Lines' largest ships.

GERMAN TOUR OPERATOR TUI and Carnival Corp. said they would form a joint venture to operate two cruise brands for German-speaking vacationers: Carnival's existing AIDA Cruises and the new TUI Cruises, which would target an older, more traditional cruise clientele. AIDA pursues younger, more active cruisers. The first TUI-branded ship, which would carry an estimated 3,000 passengers, would be delivered in spring 2010. The joint venture, which is expected to launch in the first half of 2007, will be managed by Pier Luigi Foschi, CEO of Costa Cruises, which is owned by Carnival Corp. Costa already oversees Carnival's German operations, including AIDA. Michael Thamm, president of AIDA Cruises, will be president of the new joint venture.

CELEBRITY CRUISES continued to expand Celebrity Expeditions by adding the 710-passenger Blue Moon, a Pullmantur ship that will enter the Expeditions fleet in October. The ship will be renamed the Celebrity Quest and will undergo a $17.5 million revitalization in drydock before entering service for Celebrity. It will sail 12- to 14-day Caribbean itineraries and a series of 14-day Panama Canal itineraries.

SILVERSEA will introduce its first cruise with no formal nights or receptions next year aboard the Silver Whisper's April 9 cruise from Alexandria, Egypt. Silversea is testing the concept; CEO Albert Peter said if it is well received, the concept could be added to other cruises.

IN OTHER SILVERSEA NEWS, the line said that it sold out its 2007 world cruise, a first for the luxury line. Its 2008 world cruise, meanwhile, will make several maiden calls, including Majuro in the Marshall Islands, Pohnpei in Micronesia, Apra Harbor on the island of Guam and Iwo Jima.

Cruise E-Letter Editor:

Johanna Jainchill

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