Travel Weekly's Cruise E-letter: Jan. 30, 2007

CRYSTAL CRUISES said it has gone trans fat-free on its two ships. The line said its chefs have replaced all trans-fat oils with trans-fat-free oils, such as sesame seed oil, pumpkin seed oil and different olive oils, in its restaurants and in its crew galleys. Toni Neumeister, Crystal vice president of food and beverage operations, said the line's "priority in this initiative is to offer healthy food choices."

COSTA CRUISES will open the Costa Allegra's itineraries from Shanghai and Hong Kong to cruise markets worldwide in the next few weeks. The sailings, which have been marketed within China, will soon be available in the U.S. and other markets. Costa, owned by Carnival Corp., in July became the first international cruise line to offer cruises to Chinese nationals on voyages that departed from mainland China.

SEADREAM YACHT CLUB is saying goodbye to South America after it concludes its inaugural season sailing the coast of Brazil and Argentina. The line will not return to South America for the 2007-2008 winter season due to what it termed a "multitude of unexpected operational challenges," including "the recessive regulatory environment, the challenges with provisioning and the current internationally-publicized crime problems in Brazil." The 110-passenger SeaDream II, one of the line's two vessels, will instead be deployed on a series of six- and 10-day sailings in the Caribbean.

DISCOVERY WORLD CRUISES will sail a second ship, the Explorer II, under a long-term lease. The 394-berth Explorer II, formerly Swan Hellenic's Minerva and most recently operated by Abercrombie & Kent, will undergo a "soft refurbishment program" before entering service with Discovery, which is owned by U.K.-based All Leisure Group. The line currently sails one ship, the 650-passenger Discovery. The 12,500-ton Explorer II will sail to Africa, the Red and Black seas, Libya, the Arctic, Canada and South America, among other destinations.

Cruise E-Letter Editor: Johanna Jainchill

Phone: (201) 902-2065

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