Travel Weekly's Cruise E-letter: May 29, 2007

CELEBRITY CRUISES placed an order for a fourth Solstice-class cruise ship with German shipbuilder Meyer Werft, with an expected delivery date in fall 2011. The three other 122,000-ton, 2,850-passenger Solstice-class ships are the Celebrity Solstice, the Celebrity Equinox and the Celebrity Eclipse, with slated deliveries every year between 2008 and 2010. Celebrity's fleet would grow to 11 ships with the $798 million new ship-order, a testament "to the demand we've received from travel agent partners and travelers" for Celebrity, said parent company Royal Caribbean Cruises' CEO Richard Fain. All four Solstice-class ships are being constructed by Meyer Werft and will have 90% outside cabins, 85% of those with verandas.

NCL CORP. will offer priority hiring to soldiers in an army employment program for jobs on the line's U.S.-flagged NCL America ships. NCL joined the Army's Partnership for Youth Success program, to help NCL "develop long-term relationships with quality candidates for our NCL America ships in Hawaii," said Colin Veitch, NCL's president and CEO.  Under an agreement with the U.S. Army Recruiting Command, interested enlistees agree to interview for one of approximately 50 positions on NCL America ships upon completion of their term of service.

THE FOURS SEASONS WILL FLOAT on a luxury residential cruise ship development slated for a 2010 delivery. BV International Ocean Holdings opened sales for private residences aboard Four Seasons Ocean Residences, a partnership with the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts brand. The 48,600-ton residential vessel will have 112 wholly owned one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom residences, from 800 to more than 7,000 square feet, starting at $3.8 million and will feature a helipad, a putting green and more than 70,000 square feet of public space.

THE PORT OF COPENHAGEN in Denmark will invest $40 million in a new dock for cruise ships, scheduled for completion in 2009. The dock is primarily geared towards cruise ship turnarounds, the port said, and the investment is part of a long-term strategy to attract more cruise ship traffic. "Good facilities play a leading role when cruise lines and passengers choose a destination," said Per Schmidt of the Port of Copenhagen. The port said it would set a new record in terms of cruise ship visits this year, with 290 vessels slated for arrival, carrying 420,000 cruise passengers, a 5% increase compared with 2006.

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