Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: March 5 2007

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINES is examining ways to generate profits on its money-losing interisland cruise division. NCL, which operates U.S.-flagged cruise ships in Hawaii, has had to absorb the cost of adding three new ships to its interisland fleet over the past two years. NCL's interisland cruises have faced growing competition from Holland America and other operators that offer transpacific cruises that include a full interisland itinerary.

AIR LINKS

" Northwest Airlines has added direct, twice-weekly service between Anchorage and Kona. The flight is available through April 8. Northwest also offers five weekly flights between Anchorage and Maui. On the return trip to Anchorage, the Kona flight stops in Honolulu.

" Hawaiian Airlines is adding three weekly roundtrips between Loa Angeles and Honolulu from June 22 through Aug.16. Four weekly fights will be added between Seattle and Honolulu year-round. The carrier is also adding a third weekly flight between Pago Pago (American Samoa) and Honolulu.

BIG ISLAND SPECIALS

" The Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort &Spa, having just finished a $50 million upgrade, has introduced the Paradise Plus Package, which includes a daily compact car or buffet breakfast for two. The package, ranging from $329 to $389 per night, is valid through April 20. Call (800) 228-9290 or visit www.waikoloamarriott.com.

" The Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa is offering the Sunrise to Sunset Package. Starting at $209, the per-night package includes daily breakfast buffet, sunset mai tai, free meals for one child 12 and under, use of Keiki Club Keauhou activity center (when child is accompanied by adult), use of fitness center and Internet and e-mail access. The plan is valid until Dec. 25. Call (866) 716-8109 and use rate code "SUNRISE."

" The Royal Kona Resort on Kailua Bay has introduced a third night free for couples who book one of its two three-night wedding packages. Package rates start at $1,070 for reservations made through Dec. 1 for travel from April 1 through June 15, Sept. 5 through Oct. 7, and Oct. 15 through Dec. 20. Call (800) 22-ALOHA or visit www.royalkona.com.

Hawaii Editor: Allan Seiden

Phone: (808) 734-4677

[email protected]

For promotional opportunities in the Hawaii E-letter, contact Debbie Joseph at [email protected].

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