CRUISES said it would penalize agencies that offer
consumers any kind of cash rebate; discount; a payment in kind or
in any other manner; or a cruise fare below the line's published
rates on any Crystal booking. The policy is effective immediately
for all new bookings; any agency found to violate the policy will
receive a written warning for each of the first two incidents and
then on the third violation receive a reduced commission applied to
that sale and to all subsequent sales by the agency for up to 12
months. Bill Smith, Crystal's senior vice president of sales and
marketing, said in a statement that, "ensuring consistent pricing
in the market place allows our guests to feel confident about the
price they are paying and protects the ability of our agent
partners to advertise and promote the Crystal product without being
out-sold by unfair discounting."
AMERICA LINE'S newest ship, the Eurodam, will be named in
Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on July 1 before it embarks on a 10-day
maiden voyage from Copenhagen. The ship will sail its inaugural
season in Europe followed by sailings in Canada and New England in
the fall and the Caribbean in the winter. The Eurodam, the first of
HAL's Signature-class ships, will feature two new alternative
dining venues that feature pan-Asian and Italian
PRINSENDAM, Holland America's smallest vessel, will go
into a drydock for a $20 million upgrade at the end of this year,
where it will be given a new Explorations Cafe, an expanded
shopping area, new carpeting and flooring, an upgrade to its cabins
and a new meeting room that will be convertible to a Club HAL
hangout for kids.
CRUISE LINE plans to add 32 additional cruises to the
Bahamas by 2009, and it will make its first call to Grand Bahama
Island in five years when the Norwegian Jewel docks there on Nov.
15 on a three-day trip from Miami. Twenty-eight of the 32 cruises
will be on the 2,400-passenger Norwegian Gem, which was launched on
Oct. 1. NCL estimated that its increased presence in the Bahamas
will contribute $9 million a year to the Bahamas' economy, with $4
million going directly to Grand Bahama Island.
SEVEN SEAS said last week it would consider implementing a
fuel surcharge for 2008 sailings due to record high fuel costs.
Regent said that when it priced its 2008 itineraries it did not
factor in such high fuel costs.
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