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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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