Travel Weeklys Cruise E-letter: June 27, 2006

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES will outfit its fleet of 22 ships with cell phone technology. In a joint venture with Wireless Maritime Services, mobile phone calls at sea will be charged at international roaming rates as determined by the carrier and will be billed directly to the passengers normal cell phone bill. Passengers will also be able to send and receive text messages on their phone and hand-held wireless devices. The Carnival Triumph already has the service installed, and Carnivals remaining 21 vessels will be fitted with the technology by the first quarter of 2007.

CRYSTAL CRUISES will institute a daily fuel surcharge of $5 per person on all 2007 voyages, the company said. Crystal cited a substantial increase in fuel prices since announcing its 2007 cruise fares, but it said that there would be no change to the $4-per-person fuel surcharge that is in effect for 2006 sailings. Bookings paid for prior to July 17 will not incur the 2007 fuel surcharge. Pier Foschi, CEO of Costa Cruises, said that Costa had implemented a fuel surcharge for sailings in all European countries except for Germany and the U.K., of about $13 per day, per person, for cruises of seven days or fewer, and $19 per day for longer cruises.

NORWEGIAN COASTAL VOYAGE will officially adopt the name of parent group Hurtigruten ASA, effective this week for U.K. business. The company will continue to operate as NCV in the U.S. and mention the name of our parent company to slowly educate the overseas market about the Hurtigruten name, said Hans Rood, president of NCV in New York. Rood said that it was important to make the change because the name Norwegian Coastal Voyage did not speak to the full line of itineraries now offered -- Antarctica, Spitsbergen, [and] Greenland. The name means the fastest route and was created to describe the voyage from Bergen, Norway, to the Arctic Circle and outposts of northern Norway.

ROYAL CARIBBEAN implemented its second wave of travel agent appreciation efforts with two new initiatives. The Summer Splash Regional Ship Inspection will offer travel partners and their clients the opportunity to visit ships during July and August. The Mystery Shopper program, meanwhile, will reward agents for recommending Royal Caribbean: mystery shoppers will call travel agencies registered and in good standing with Royal Caribbean between now and August, and if agents recommend a Royal Caribbean cruise they will be awarded a $1,000 gift card and a cabin on a pre-inaugural event aboard the Liberty of the Seas.

Cruise E-Letter Editor:

Johanna Jainchill

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