Travel Weekly's Cruise E-letter: Nov. 6, 2007

CRYSTAL 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."

HOLLAND 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 cuisine.

THE 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.

NORWEGIAN 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.

REGENT 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.

Cruise E-Letter Editor: Johanna Jainchill

Phone: (201) 902-2065

[email protected]

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