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

CARNIVAL CORP. said that six of its brands would institute a fuel surcharge of $5 per person, per day, starting with sailings that depart Feb. 1. The surcharge will not exceed $70 per passenger, per sailing, and will be applied to the first and second passengers in a cabin on Carnival Corp.'s six North America brands: Carnival Cruise Lines, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Seabourn Cruises. A letter sent to travel agents said that agents would receive $10 per booking for notifying already-booked clients of the charge and for collecting the fee.

OTHER LINES ADD SURCHARGES: Oceania Cruises added a fuel surcharge of $7 per passenger, per day, effective Dec. 1 for new reservations and existing bookings that have not reached final payment. The charge applies to published sailings through April 2009. Regent Seven Seas Cruises instituted a fuel surcharge of $7.50 per person, per day for all 2008 bookings not paid in full by Dec. 1.

CRUISE WEST passengers were evacuated from the Spirit of Nantucket near Virginia Beach, Va., when the ship's captain ran the vessel aground to prevent it from possibly sinking after it began taking on water. The Spirit of Nantucket was traveling from Alexandria, Va., to Charleston, S.C., and was sailing on the Intracoastal Waterway near the Pungo region of Virginia Beach when the incident occurred. The U.S. Coast Guard said it was investigating why the ship began taking on water. Cruise West said all 66 guests and crew members were safely transferred from the vessel to a local hotel.

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE finalized an agreement to sail at least 44 cruises a year to Bermuda during the next 10 years. According to NCL, the agreement utilizes two of the line's "newest and largest ships." The cruises will primarily depart from New York and Boston. In 2009, the 2,000-passenger Norwegian Spirit will sail from Boston to Bermuda, and the 2,200-passenger Norwegian Dawn will sail from New York. The 1,500-passenger Norwegian Majesty, meanwhile, will sail to St. George's, Bermuda, from Charleston, S.C., Philadelphia and Baltimore.

AMBASSADORS INTERNATIONAL reported a 95% drop in net income for the third quarter of 2007, to $382,000, compared with $7.6 million for the same period in 2006. Revenue increased $38.1 million, primarily due to increases in revenue from the company's cruise and marine operations, but costs and operating expenses increased $41.1 million. The company said its river cruise brand, Majestic America Line, reported a 6% drop in revenue, to $33 million, and posted an operating loss of $6 million for the quarter. Meanwhile, Windstar's revenue was $27 million, and its operating income was $9.7 million.

Cruise E-Letter Editor: Johanna Jainchill

Phone: (201) 902-2065

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