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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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