Travel Weekly's Cruise E-letter: June 26, 2007

CARNIVAL CORP. reported a slight gain in second-quarter profits this year, with strength in Europe offsetting continued weakness in the Caribbean. The world's largest cruise company reported a $390 million second-quarter profit, up from $380 million in 2006, on revenues of $2.9 billion, up 9% from 2006. Carnival lowered its full-year earnings guidance because of higher than expected fuel costs but also said that pricing was improving in the second half of 2007 and into 2008, especially in the Caribbean. During the call Carnival said that it would transfer a ship from one of its 10 cruise brands to the cruise line being formed by a joint venture between Carnival Corp. and German tour operator TUI.

CELEBRITY CRUISES has partnered with Las Vegas-based Blau & Associates, a strategic restaurant planning and development firm, to serve as the line's culinary consultancy. Blau & Associates was founded by Elizabeth Blau, who has been in the food service business for more than 23 years; she has worked with Osteria del Circo, Le Cirque 2000 and restaurants within the MGM Mirage family, and she recently partnered with Steve Wynn to open the Wynn Las Vegas. Celebrity's new vice president of food and beverage operations, Jacques van Staden, was formerly a partner in Blau & Associates. The move is part of Celebrity's plan to evolve its culinary program; in January Celebrity and chef Michel Roux ended a 15-year affiliation.

PETER RATCLIFFE will retire effective March 6 as CEO of P&O Princess Cruises International, ending a three-decade career with the company. Carnival Corp. will fill his shoes with the immediate promotions of David Dingle to CEO of Carnival U.K., with responsibility for the company's British brands, and Alan Buckelew to CEO of Princess Cruises. Buckelew had been president of Princess since February 2004, and Dingle was managing director of Carnival U.K. Ratcliffe said in a statement that "It has always been a goal of mine to retire at age 60 and in this case, the effective date is actually my 60th birthday."

PRINCESS CRUISES will offer two similar World Cruises in 2009 on two sister ships, the 670-passenger Tahitian Princess and 710-passenger Royal Princess. The ships will visit 40 destinations on six continents, the line said, and will depart within a week of each other from Fort Lauderdale: the Tahitian Princess embarks on Jan. 14, 2009, and ends in Dover, and the Royal Princess sets sail on Jan. 20, 2009, and finishes in Rome. The ships will make a maiden call for the cruise line at Port Blair in the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean.

PORT EVERGLADES unveiled a series of marketing initiates in partnership with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, to encourage more pre- and post-cruise stays. The Fort Lauderdale port, which said it was the third-busiest cruise port in the world, will get new wall art and a brochure station showcasing the area's beaches, outdoor activities and yachting scene. In 2006, more than 1.2 million passengers took cruises that lasted more than one day from Port Everglades; about 123,000 of them extended their stay into greater Fort Lauderdale.

Cruise E-Letter Editor: Johanna Jainchill

Phone: (201) 902-2065

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