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.
" 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.
" 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
" 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.
Editor: Allan Seiden
Phone: (808) 734-4677
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