Travel Weeklys Cruise E-letter: July 18, 2006

NATIONAL LEISURE GROUP, the cruise and vacation seller whose subsidiaries include Cruises Only, Cruises.com, CruiseOne, Cruises Inc. and Vacation Outlet, was acquired by World Travel Holdings, a New York-based company run by the former presidents of Travel Impressions and Empress Travel. The sale, whose terms were not disclosed, makes World Travel Holdings the largest distributor of cruises in the world, according a statement issued by World Travel Holdings.

WORLD TRAVEL HOLDINGS was founded by co-chairmen and brothers Brad and Jeff Tolkin last year; they ran Travel Impressions and Empress Travel before selling the companies to American Express in 1998. World Travel Holdings will be comprised of high-end wholesaler Creative Leisure International; luxury villa rental company Villas of Distinction; cruise seller Cruise411 and the NLG subsidiaries.

OCEANIA CRUISES will make its debut in the waters off Australia and New Zealand in January 2008. According to executive vice president Bob Binder, who revealed the plans to passengers on Oceanias recent Club Reunion cruise, the Nautica will relocate from the Mediterranean to Asia in November 2007 and will operate a Christmas/New Years cruise from Singapore to Sydney. The ship will then cruise between Sydney and Auckland, New Zealand, during January. The Nautica will head back to Southeast Asia and China for cruises in that region in February and March and will then return to the Med for its summer season.

ALSO DEBUTING DOWN UNDER are Celebrity Cruises cruise-tours, which are being offered in conjunction with the lines inaugural season in Australia and New Zealand, which starts November 2007 on the Mercury. Celebrity is partnering with Australian operators to provide a three-night tour with one night in Sydney and two nights in Cairns; and a five-night tour with an overnight in Sydney and two nights each in Uluru and Port Douglas.

 

AMERICAN CRUISE LINES will double the berths on its Maine Coast and Harbors itinerary in summer 2007 by putting its newest ship there, the 100-passenger American Star, which will replace the 49-passenger American Glory. The American Glory will move to the New England Islands itinerary, where it will sail with the American Spirit; the American Eagle will operate a Chesapeake Bay itinerary. The American Star is currently under construction at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Md., and will enter service in June 2007.

Cruise E-Letter Editor:

Johanna Jainchill

Phone: (201) 902-7940

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