Travel Weekly's Cruise E-letter: Nov. 21, 2006

CELEBRITY will cancel the Dec. 10 sailing of the Millennium in order to repair the vessel's propulsion system. The affected cruise is a seven-night Caribbean sailing, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale; Celebrity said the Millennium is expected to be back in service for its subsequent sailing, which departs Dec. 17. The line said the ship is operating safely, but that a drydock is necessary in order to replace the port thrust bearing in the propulsion system. Passengers were given a refund and a future cruise credit; the line established a help desk for passengers and agents at (888) 281-9343.

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES, meanwhile, modified the Carnival Liberty's Nov. 19 itinerary to give the ship a two-day break for a thorough sanitizing after a suspected Norovirus outbreak on the Nov. 3 sailing from Rome to Fort Lauderdale affected 506 passengers and 137 crew members. The modified itinerary, which was shortened to a four-day cruise leaving Nov. 21, originally was scheduled as a six-day roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale to the Caribbean. Carnival is offering passengers on the shortened cruise a 50% discount on the fare and a 50% future cruise credit, or the option to cancel without penalty.

PRICING AND BOOKINGS ARE IMPROVING, even in the Caribbean, according to a survey of 450 travel agents done each month from August to October by Bank of America leisure analyst Michael Savner. October was the third consecutive month of improved Caribbean demand, the report said, with the Caribbean demand index rising to 46.8 in October from 39.5 in August. "We do not believe this indicates the Caribbean market is healthy, but it does not appear to be worsening," the report said. Overall, bookings and pricing improved over the last three months as well, and Savner wrote that the upcoming Wave season could be "solid." The report said that demand had risen over the three months for Royal Caribbean International, while it decreased for Norwegian Cruise Line.

THE CARNIVAL TRIUMPH will operate a new seven-day itinerary from Miami to the Eastern Caribbean beginning in April. The 2,758-passenger ship will visit the private Bahamian island Half Moon Cay; San Juan; St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.; and Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos. The Triumph's previous itinerary on its eastern route was to San Juan, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. The program will run from Miami every other Saturday from April 21 through August 11, and in the fall, the Triumph will shift to New Orleans.

Cruise E-Letter Editor:

Johanna Jainchill

Phone: (201) 902-7940

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