Travel Weekly's Cruise E-letter: May 17, 2005

PRINCESS CRUISES AND CUNARD LINE, are merging their sales forces. The two lines operations and port planning were brought under one management last year, after Carnival Corp. moved Cunard from Miami to Princess offices in southern California. Both lines fall under Carnivals P&O Princess International division, which is overseen by Peter Ratcliffe. The consolidated sales force is divided into four regions, each overseen by a current regional sales director. Cunards former vice president of sales, Lee Robinson, becomes the vice president-field sales, and Princess current vice president of sales, Jim Baer, was named vice president of national account sales for the new, combined organization.

SALES TEAM COMBOS are not uncommon where Princess and Cunard are concerned: Their sales teams are combined in the lines international offices, including the U.K. where the same reps sell Princess, P&O Cruises, Cunard and the other, smaller Carnival Corp. brands.

ITS A CARNIVAL in Europe next year. The Carnival Liberty will return to the Mediterranean in 2006 for a full summer season and will offer 15 12-day cruises roundtrip from Rome between May and late October. Our efforts at expanding our Fun Ship itinerary choices include having an ongoing presence in Europe, said Carnival CEO Bob Dickinson.  

THE ROUGH WEATHER in the Atlantic that plagued the Norwegian Dawn and the Golden Princess last week hit another ship, this time the Enchantment of the Seas. The ship was carrying no passengers when it ran into stormy weather. Five cabin windows were broken. The Enchantment was on its way to a dry dock in Rotterdam, Netherlands, to be lengthened: Over the next two weeks the ship will be cut in half and a new midsection will be inserted.


* Steve Hancock, the vice president of sales for Celebrity, resigned. His last day with Celebrity will be June 3.

* Star Cruises is bringing the 800-passenger SuperStar Gemini to Singapore from Taiwan this fall, for four months to supplement the 1,960-passenger SuperStar Virgo.

* Norwegian Cruise Line went live in Amadeus Cruise, the GDS standalone Web-based booking tool.


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