Travel Weekly's Cruise E-letter: June 12, 2007

REGENT SEVEN SEAS became the first cruise ship to call at Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada's first aboriginal terminal, on June 5. The Seven Seas Mariner docked at Campbell River's Wei Wai Kum Cruise Ship Terminal, located on the northeastern end of Vancouver Island. Regent said the new cruise destination was an initiative of the Campbell River Indian Band, also known as the Wei Wai Kum. The Seven Seas Mariner will be the only ship to call in Campbell River this year, a destination that Regent said was also known as the "Salmon Capital of the World," on seven-night cruises from Seward, Alaska to Vancouver. Upcoming Regent sailings featuring calls to Campbell River depart on June 13, June 27 and July 11; it will also call there on some 2008 cruises.

THE CRUISE LINES INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION added the European ship unit of Uniworld Grand River Cruises as a member on June 6, the second addition in less than a week. Terry Dale, president and CEO of CLIA, said Uniworld, the association's 23rd member, would increase "the diversity of our membership and river cruising options." With eight ships, each carrying approximately 128 passengers on seven- to 28-day itineraries on major rivers throughout Europe, Uniworld is the first European river cruise company to join CLIA. Worldwide, Los Angeles-based Uniworld Grand River Cruises operates 21 vessels that cruise on four continents, including in Europe, Russia, China and Egypt.

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES launched the Port of San Diego's first year-round cruise program last week when the 2,052-passenger Elation departed on a four-day cruise to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The Elation will operate four- and five-day cruises to Cabo San Lucas departing Thursdays, Mondays and Saturdays. In the winter, the Elation will be joined by the 2,124-passenger Carnival Spirit, which operates eight-day Mexican Riviera voyages from San Diego between October and April. Combined, the Elation and the Carnival Spirit are expected to carry more than 230,000 passengers annually from the port, the most of any cruise operator.

ALSO HEADING WEST is the Mariner of the Seas, which Royal Caribbean International will send to Los Angeles on Feb. 22, 2009. It will be the largest Royal Caribbean ship, and the first Voyager-class vessel, to be deployed on the West Coast. The vessel will offer 27 seven-day sailings to the Mexican Riviera from its Los Angeles homeport, calling on ports including Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta.

CELEBRITY CRUISES launched the second phase of its Special Agent Mission educational and sales incentive program, Special Agent Mission II, which focuses on South America and the Panama Canal and how to sell groups. The program is a follow-up to its first Special Agent Mission, which focused on selling Alaska, Bermuda and Europe. Agents can win prizes, including cruise and airfare to the regions the program focuses on, by completing the training at Celebrity's cruisingpower.com Web site.

Cruise E-Letter Editor: Johanna Jainchill

Phone: (201) 902-2065

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