Travel Weekly's Cruise E-letter: July 24, 2007

HOLLAND AMERICA LINE launched a program that allows guests to choose either traditional, pre-set seating and dining times, or a flexible dining schedule. HAL said that one level of the two-tiered restaurants on its ships would offer the flexible/open dining service from 5:15 to 9 p.m. daily, and that the other level would host passengers in two seatings. Richard Meadows, executive vice president of marketing and sales, said that HAL had operated a test phase of the program, called "As You Wish dining," on the Noordam and had received "overwhelmingly positive" feedback on it. As You Wish dining will be rolled out across the rest of the fleet beginning this fall.

HAL ALSO SAID that its newest ship, the 2,104-passenger Eurodam, will sail Canada and New England itineraries in 2008 and will introduce Quebec City as a homeport for the line. Following its Europe launch in June, the Eurodam will offer three 10-day cruises between New York and Quebec City. On Oct. 1, 2008, the Eurodam will sail a 14-day itinerary from Quebec City to Fort Lauderdale.

THE CRUISE LINES INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION appointed Steve Collins, a marine environmental expert and former U.S. Coast Guard officer, as the association's director of environmental and health programs. He will be responsible for environmental and health matters, including wastewater and shoreside waste disposal issues, and for developing and communicating industry positions about vessel sanitation and medical practices. Collins most recently served as director of environmental affairs at Yellowstone National Park, and from 2000 to 2006 he was Royal Caribbean Cruises' corporate regulatory compliance manager.

REGENT SEVEN SEAS this month completed a $20 million fleetwide refurbishment program. The 700-passenger Seven Seas Voyager and Seven Seas Mariner and the 490-passenger Seven Seas Navigator were given wireless service, faster overall Internet connectivity and were set up for cell phone usage; the cabins received new bed linens and duvets; new bathrobes, towels and slippers were added to the rooms; and carpeting was replaced in public areas and cabins. Each of the three ships' computer lounges now have new espresso bars. The fitness area on the Seven Seas Navigator was relocated to the area previously home to the Observation Lounge, and a new Navigator Suite was added on Deck 11.

Cruise E-Letter Editor: Johanna Jainchill

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