Travel Weeklys Cruise E-letter: April 12, 2005

THE NORWAY will transfer to sister company Star Cruises, where it will be used in a new venture. Star is making arrangements to tow the Norway to Port Klang, Malaysia, in the near future, NCL said. Star did not disclose any specific plans for the vessel. The Norway was damaged in a boiler explosion in Miami in May 2003 and has been laid up at the Lloyd Werft shipyard in Germany since. NCL said the ship would not return to the NCL fleet, and last month CEO Colin Veitch said NCL had done our bit in giving the ship the best chance of finding a new home.

PRINCESS CRUISES Regal Princess, which was built in 1991 and carries 1,690 passengers, will leave the Princess fleet and transfer to Ocean Village, a sister company based in the U.K., in November 2006. The transfer will set Princess cruises overall berth space back by about 5%; Ocean Villages berth space, meanwhile, will jump by 108%. The Regal Princess is one of the oldest in the Princess fleet.

STAR CRUISES is moving into the India market with the Norwegian Sea, which will be renamed the SuperStar Libra when it transfers from Norwegian Cruise Line to Star Cruises. The SuperStar Libra will homeport in Mumbai, India, beginning in September and will offer four-day cruises. The SuperStar Gemini, meanwhile, will move to Singapore in November from its summer home in Taiwan.

RADISSON SEVEN SEAS CRUISES last week launched an agent-booking tool at www.rssc.com. The booking tool was part of an overall site redesign, RSSC said. The program, called Partner Access, enables agents to view reservations online (even reservations made over the phone), add hotel and land packages and take information for meals and special requests.

CARNIVAL CORP. said its second-quarter and full-year earnings per share could be reduced by one cent and three cents per share, respectively, due to higher-than-expected fuel costs. Carnival based its previous guidance on average fuel prices of $246 per ton, but it said in its first-quarter report that fuel pricing curves indicate the price could increase 29% for the next three quarters, to an average price of $257 per ton.

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