Travel Weeklys Cruise E-letter: April 18, 2006

PRINCESS CRUISES confirmed that last months fire aboard the Star Princess that led to one passenger death and damaged 100 cabins started on one of the ships balconies. As a result of its findings, Princess is immediately implementing precautions designed to prevent such a fire from happening again and to detect and extinguish one if it did:

" 24-hour fire watch of balconies: Crewmembers will be posted on the bridge wings of each Princess ship to watch the balconies full-time. (All balconies are visible form the bridge wings.)

" Specific training and fire-response procedures for the crew, especially for handling fires on balconies, and a new balcony fire drill as well as enhanced communication to passengers regarding fire safety.

" Changing housekeeping procedures on balconies, such as instructing room stewards to put personal items left on balconies by passengers back in the room and to observe balconies during other visits.

THE PRIDE OF HAWAII remains in Germany this week, delayed due to repairs needed on its Azipod propulsion system, Norwegian Cruise Line said. Problems were detected last week during sea trials, when it was deemed necessary to replace bearings on the vessel that were replaced just two weeks ago. The ship will be delivered to NCL once the complications are resolved. NCL said that the inaugural events in Los Angeles scheduled for May will proceed as planned, including its inaugural event on May 20.

ATLANTIS EVENTS chartered Royal Caribbeans Freedom of the Seas, the worlds largest cruise ship, for an all-gay cruise to the Caribbean in January. The charter will be the first for the Freedom of the Seas, which holds up to 3,700 guests. The announcement came just days after RSVP Vacations said it had chartered the worlds second-largest ship, the Queen Mary 2, for a gay-and-lesbian transatlantic cruise, set to depart in May 2007.

REGENT SEVEN SEAS CRUISES and Regent Hotels will be consolidated under one management structure, headed by Regent President Mark Conroy, who will take on responsibility for all global relationship and brand governance. Conroy was previously president of the cruise line, which changed its name from Radisson to Regent last month. Regent also announced various other changes to its Fort Lauderdale headquarters organizational structure.

Cruise E-Letter Editor:

Johanna Jainchill

Phone: (201) 902-7940

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