LINE: Itineraries are already in
full swing for 2006 at Holland America Line. The Zuiderdam, which
has been in the Caribbean since its 2002 debut, will move to Alaska
in 2006, along with the Westerdam, which sailed Europe for the past
two summers. That means HAL will have eight Alaska-based ships
three of them Vista-class the lines largest concentration there
ever. In other deployment news, the Amsterdam will leave Alaska to
sail in the Baltic region during summer 2006, and the Statendam
will sail in Australia and New Zealand during winter 2006. The
Prinsendam's 2006 world cruise, meanwhile, will include a Libya
CELEBRITY, meanwhile, is
going to Asia and the South Pacific for the first time in 2006. The
line will use its 1,950-passenger Summit. Itineraries are still
under development but would likely include open-jaw cruises of
varying lengths to places such as Australia, China, Singapore,
South Korea, Japan and Vietnam. Look for the books to open on the
product by April.
XPEDITIONS: Celebrity also
rolled out its 2005 Xpeditions products, which include a two- or
four-night visit to Easter Island; a six-hour shore excursion to
the ruins in the Mayan city of Copan, Honduras; and a four-night,
post-cruise tour of Egypt and the Pyramids. Unlike Celebrity's
first foray into the Xpeditions line, which it did by buying a
small ship for Galapagos cruises, the new Xpeditions are add-ons to
established itineraries. In fact, Celebrity said this year it will
include one Xpeditions experience on every major cruise
CORP. is taking a five-cent
per-share hit this year on the cancellation of P&O Cruises'
world voyage. The cruise was to be on P&O's 1,874-passenger
Aurora, but the ship began experiencing propulsion-system problems.
Passengers booked on the world cruise are being provided refunds
and future cruise discounts.
THE CRUISE LINES
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION (CLIA) is estimating that 11.1 million people will take a cruise in
2005, up about 4.6% from the projected 2004 figures. The annual
bump will be a little smaller than last year's, simply because
there's not that much tonnage coming on line: Only three new ships
will be delivered this year. Occupancies, meanwhile, are expected
to remain high. CLIA expects that 2004 load factors were about
105%, which is what they predict for 2005, too.
MAIL: Silversea added a feature
to its Web site that enables agents to customize and send
direct-mail pieces to clients.