Travel Weekly's Cruise E-letter: Oct. 9, 2007

THE NORWEGIAN GEM will be christened by the Norwegian Cruise Line passenger who best personifies an "It" girl in an online video contest. NCL said that contestants can submit videos to the ship's Web site, gemitgirl.com, explaining what makes them an It girls like the Gem, NCL's final Jewel-class ship. The five finalists will be revealed on Nov. 15; and the grand prizewinner will be announced on Dec. 18 in New York, just before the ship is christened. The winner also will receive a seven-day cruise in the Gem's Garden Villa, along with her five-member "entourage," NCL said.

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES expanded its Concierge Club recognition program to provide members with shipboard credits when they achieve a "milestone" cruise with the line: their 25th, 50th or 75th Carnival cruise. The shipboard credit will represent 25%, 50% or 75% of their cruise fare, depending on the milestone, for that sailing. Anyone on their 100th cruise will earn a free voyage of up to eight days to the Caribbean, Mexican Riviera or Alaska.

HOLLAND AMERICA LINE is holding a free cruise sweepstakes, is offering booking incentives and will have extended hours, all in conjunction with the World's Largest Cruise Night, CLIA's annual marketing event. HAL will offer reduced deposits for customers who book from Oct. 17 to 19 and is holding a sweepstakes with a grand prize of a Caribbean cruise for two for all agents booking between those dates. The line's reservations hours will be expanded to midnight on Oct. 17 (the night of the World's Largest Cruise Night), and HAL also will provide agents with promotional materials such as a guide to staging cruise nights.

DISNEY CRUISE LINE will begin offering passengers "onboard airline check-in" this season, a service that enables its qualified guests to check-in for post-cruise flights from Orlando while onboard the Disney Magic or Disney Wonder. Besides checking in from the ship, guests' luggage will be transported directly from the ship to their flight on the seven participating airlines: AirTran, Alaska, American, Continental, Delta, Northwest and United. To participate, passengers will have to complete preregistration information from Orlando Airport or a Disney Cruise Line Hospitality Desk at the Disney World Resort and turn it in during cruise check-in at Port Canaveral.

WINDJAMMER BAREFOOT CRUISES canceled its sailings last week, took down its Web site and left its passengers and travel agents wondering what the line's future held. The line's ships were stranded in various Caribbean ports, with reports surfacing that the vessels had no fuel or food and that their crews were not being paid. Late last week, the Miami Herald reported that Jerry Ceder, an investor who the paper said in August would be taking over the tall-ship cruise line, was now going to sue Windjammer for violating its agreement concerning the acquisition by negotiating with other interested parties.

Cruise E-Letter Editor: Johanna Jainchill

Phone: (201) 902-2065

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