Travel Weekly's Cruise E-letter: Nov. 7, 2006

PAMELA CONOVER was named president and CEO of Seabourn Cruise Line. Conover was appointed acting president of the luxury line after its president Deborah Natansohn suffered a heart attack on Oct. 22; she died Oct. 24. Conover was most recently senior vice president of shared services for Carnival Corp., Cunard and Seabourn's parent company. She also oversaw the Seabourn brand from 2001 to 2004, when she was president of Cunard Line Ltd.

NEARLY THREE MILLION PEOPLE CRUISED in the second quarter of 2006, an 11.67% increase over the same period in 2005, according to the Cruise Lines International Association. Of the 2.97 million passengers to cruise in the quarter, about 2.5 million passengers were sourced from North America, CLIA said. Member cruise lines also posted an average 103.2% occupancy rate during the second quarter, a four-point improvement over second-quarter 2005, CLIA said.

CLIA also said that its World's Largest Cruise Night event, which was held Oct. 19, was expected to generate 14,860 bookings, or an estimated $18.5 million in cruise sales, which would yield more than $2.4 million in travel agency commissions.

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES will launch the first year-round service out of San Diego in June when it sends the 2,052-passenger Elation there to operate 78 annual four- and five-day Baja Mexico voyages. The ship will move from Port Canaveral, Fla., where it currently sails year-round to the Bahamas; Carnival currently has no plans to replace the Elation in Port Canaveral.

QUARK EXPEDITIONS, the arctic and polar small-ship line, bought its first ship, the 96-passenger expedition vessel Sarpik Ittuk, from the Arctic Umiaq Line of Nuuk, Greenland. Quark CEO Patrick Shaw said the vessel will be deployed to Antarctica during the austral summer for Quark and will operate adventure cruising programs in Greenland, the Baltic Sea and Norway for one of Quark's client tour operators, Denmark-based Albatros Travel.

Cruise E-Letter Editor:

Johanna Jainchill

Phone: (201) 902-7940

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