FREED will be Royal Caribbean International's new senior
vice president of sales. Royal Caribbean announced Friday afternoon
that Freed, who has spent 29 years at Carnival Cruise Lines,
including 15 years as its senior vice president of sales and
marketing, would head up Royal Caribbean's 345-person sales force.
Freed also will manage the line's trade support and services
division, which includes reservations, group sales, customer
service and loyalty programs. She will report to Royal Caribbean
President Adam Goldstein.
LINES INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION said 12.8 million people
would take a cruise this year, a 2.4% increase over 2007. The
number represents a slowdown in growth compared with a 4.6%
increase in passengers last year; CLIA said the slower growth was a
result of less capacity coming onto the market than in years past.
Eight new ships are expected to enter service this year for CLIA
member lines, and six ships are scheduled to move out. In 2008,
CLIA said that 10.5 million passengers would originate from North
America, and the remaining 2.3 million would originate from
also revealed results from a survey of its agent members regarding
this year's Wave season: 90% of the agents surveyed said they
expected "as good or better" sales results than in 2007.
Thirty-five percent of the respondents said they expected Wave
season to be their highest volume booking period, and an almost
equal number, 32%, reported that their cruise sales were generally
consistent throughout the year. The agents also said that the
Caribbean remained the top cruise destination, and the
Mediterranean, Alaska and Hawaii were named the three fastest
growing destinations. The top three reasons for taking a cruise,
according to respondents, were value, the opportunity to see
multiple destinations in one trip and convenience.
CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL wants some help from the public in
naming the line's two Genesis-class ships, which will be the
world's largest cruise vessels when they debut in 2009 and 2010.
Between now and Feb. 29, Royal Caribbean is holding an online
contest and asking people to submit name ideas for the 220,000-ton,
5,400-passenger ships. The winners of each naming contest will
attend that ship's naming ceremony and be given a week-long,
expense-paid cruise vacation on that vessel. The contest is being
held in conjunction with USA Today, and readers are invited to
submit names for the vessels at
INTERNATIONAL teamed up with the Mexican government, the
cruise industry and tourism organizations to launch an initiative
to preserve the biodiversity of Cozumel, Mexico. Under the
agreement, the parties agreed to increase cruise tourism
sustainability practices in what CI called "the world's
most-visited cruise destination." Cozumel's Department of Tourism
and the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association, on behalf of its
cruise line members, signed the Mesoamerican Reef Tourism
Initiative, with a goal to "strike the right balance between
tourism and conserving the environment it depends on." Cruise
passengers will be given enhanced environmental awareness and
education about Cozumel, which is part of the Mesoamerican Barrier
Reef System, one of the world's most endangered reefs, CI
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