Travel Weeklys Cruise E-letter: July 4, 2006

THE COSTA ALLEGRA, the first cruise ship from an international company to operate locally in the Chinese market, was to be inaugurated in Shanghai on July 2. Costa Cruises CEO Pier Luigi Foschi, Carnival Corp. CEO Micky Arison and representatives from the Italian and Chinese consulates will attend the ceremony. The Costa Allegra was to begin sailing from Shanghai July 3. The ship will reposition to Hong Kong in November and will offer five-day cruises with stops in Sanya, China, and Vietnams Halong Bay.

MORE NAMING CEREMONIES:

" MSC CRUISES christened its newest vessel, the Musica, against the backdrop of the setting sun on the bell tower of the Piazza San Marco in Venice last week. Italian actress Sophia Loren was the godmother. The Musica, at 89,600 tons, is the largest ship in the lines fleet and includes four restaurants, 11 bars, a casino, a 12,400-square-foot spa and fitness area, a 1,240-seat theater and room to carry 2,550 guests.

" Eva Herzigova, a Czech-born supermodel, will be godmother of the Costa Concordia, the largest ship in the Costa fleet, when it is christened on July 7 near Rome. Costa said that Herzigova was chosen in part for her association with the fashion industry. The inaugural ceremony, Made in Italy, will be a tribute to products made in Italy -- and fashion, said Costa spokeswoman Dana Dominici, is something that has always been associated with Italian style.

A FEDERAL COURT JURY in New York awarded Celebrity Cruises $193 million in a lawsuit against Essef Corp. for damages incurred during a 1994 outbreak of Legionnaires disease on the Celebrity Horizon. Essef manufactured the swimming pool filtering system that, according to Celebrity, malfunctioned and became a medium for the legionella bacteria. Essef was acquired by Pentair in 1999. Celebrity said there have been no subsequent outbreaks of Legionnaires on its ships.

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES will expand its wireless Internet access to all public rooms and suites in its fleet by the end of 2006. The project is about 75% complete. The Carnival Valor and Carnival Liberty currently have 100% bow to stern wireless access, Carnival said.

Cruise E-Letter Editor:

Johanna Jainchill

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