Travel Weeklys Cruise E-letter: April 4, 2006

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES on April 6 will permanently switch itineraries operated by the Fantasy and the Sensation, due to a technical issue with the propulsion system on the Sensation. The ship is unable to operate at maximum cruising speed to complete five-day itineraries to Bahamas and Grand Turk and will take over the Fantasys three- and four-day itineraries to the Bahamas. The Fantasy will take over the Sensations route.

THE FANTASY AND SENSATION are sister ships with the same features, amenities, accommodations and layout, and passengers reservations will automatically change from one ship to the other; booking numbers and stateroom assignments will stay the same. Guests also can use their preexisting cruise documents.

PRINCESS CRUISES canceled the remainder of its Caribbean cruise season and a transatlantic cruise on the Star Princess. The ship was taken out of service after a fire damaged 100 cabins; one person died and 11 people were injured in the fire. The ships next scheduled sailing will be May 15, from Copenhagen, Denmark. Passengers booked on the canceled cruises will receive full refunds and a 25% credit toward future Princess cruises.

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE is getting loads of airtime. The Norwegian Jewel was the center of an episode of NBCs The Apprentice. The two teams faced off to create a 30-second ad for NCLs Freestyle Cruising concept. On April 6 HBO will air All Aboard! Rosies Family Cruise, a documentary about the first cruise for gay and lesbian families, which was held on the Norwegian Dawn.

ROYAL CARIBBEAN is wearing its heart on its sleeve -- or at least on its building. The line kicked off its Travel Agent Appreciation Month on April 1 by unveiling the slogan: Royal Caribbean Recommends Using a Travel Agent and by hanging a giant banner from its Miami headquarters. Other facets of the campaign: a sweepstakes for bookings made in April for travel between August and December and Travel Agent Appreciation Month promos in newspaper and online ads.

Cruise E-Letter Editor:

Johanna Jainchill

Phone: (201) 902-7940

[email protected]

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