Travel Weekly's Cruise E-letter: March 13, 2007

PRINCESS CRUISES appointed two mother-daughter stars of 1970's TV sitcom shows as the godmothers of the line's two newest ships, to be named in a dual ceremony on May 12 in Santorini, Greece, during Mother's Day weekend. Florence Henderson, who played Carol Brady on "The Brady Bunch," and Marion Ross, who played Marion Cunningham on "Happy Days," will name the Emerald Princess. Their TV daughters, Susan Olsen, aka Cindy Brady, and Erin Moran, aka Joanie Cunningham, will christen the Royal Princess. Princess is also looking for a real mother-daughter duo to join it in Greece for the festivities. Contestants may enter the sweepstakes, called "The Ultimate Mother and Daughter Mediterranean Escape," by visiting www.princess.com/mothersdayescape.

NCL AMERICA will launch a program in Maui's public school system to expose the island's future workforce to careers on cruise ships. The cruise line and the Hawaii Dept. of Education will launch "Navigating Through a Sea of Opportunities," a program for 400 eighth grade students who will tour one NCL's three U.S.-flagged ships, meet the crew and learn about jobs in the cruise sector.

THE CARIBBEAN is still the most popular cruise destination, according to travel agents polled by the Cruise Lines International Association. Eighty percent of more than 500 CLIA travel agents named the destination as the most popular among their customers, and 88% reported that the total number of Caribbean cruises sold at their agencies in 2006 increased over 2005; 93% of agents predicted that 2007 sales totals would surpass 2006 levels.

ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL will send seven ships to Europe in 2008, its biggest presence in the region to date. The Independence of the Seas, the Navigator of the Seas, the Voyager of the Seas, the Brilliance of the Seas, the Jewel of the Seas, the Legend of the Seas and the Splendour of the Seas will offer cruises ranging between four and 14 days. Adam Goldstein, president of Royal Caribbean International, said that this "increased capacity in Europe reaffirms Royal Caribbean's strong commitment to the region, which has shown tremendous growth in recent years."

OCEANIA CRUISES will spend $6 million to upgrade the Regatta in order to bring the ship up to the standards of its sister vessels, the Insignia and the Nautica, said Robin Lindsay, Oceania's senior vice president of vessel operations. During the refurb, which will take place in Marseille, France, from April 5 to April 16, the 9-year-old vessel's Owners and Vista suites and the Toscana Italian restaurant will be "stripped to the steel" and refurbished. All of the ship's soft goods will be refurbished and upgraded; its carpet will be replaced; all fabrics will be reupholstered; and much of its furniture will be refreshed or changed. Lindsay said the "the look" of the Regatta will not be changed at all.

Cruise E-Letter Editor: Johanna Jainchill

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