Travel Weeklys Cruise E-letter: March 1, 2004

ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISES shook up its senior executive lineup last week by creating separate presidency positions for its Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises brands and tapping two of its veterans, Adam Goldstein and Dan Hanrahan, to fill the posts. Goldstein, an executive vice president at the company, took over the presidency of Royal Caribbean. Hanrahan, who joined Royal Caribbean six years ago and was its senior vice president of sales and marketing, will become the president of Celebrity. Goldstein and Hanrahan will report to Jack Williams, who has for the past three years acted as president for both brands and now takes the title of president and COO of the parent company, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

BOOKINGS OPENED Feb. 28 on Royal Caribbean Internationals Freedom of the Seas, but only to members of the lines Crown and Anchor loyalty program. Crown and Anchor members will get a two-week jump-start before reservations open to the general public. The ship will sail to Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Montego Bay, Jamaica, and the lines private beach in Haiti from its Miami base on seven-day, year-round cruises when it debuts in 2006.

ORAL ARGUMENTS in the U.S. Supreme Court case, Spector vs. Norwegian Cruise Line, were heard Feb. 28. The matter is coming before the court to determine why foreign-flagged cruise ships should comply with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); Congress did not specifically mention foreign-flagged vessels when it drafted the ADA. Two appeals courts have issued conflicting rulings over the ADAs application to cruise ships. A ruling is expected by mid- to late-June.

SILVERSEA CRUISES opened the books on its 2006 season, which includes a first-time call in Qeshm, Iran. In all, the line will make inaugural calls in 23 cities, including additional port calls in Libya and a new call in South Korea. David Morris, the lines vice president of sales, said the schedule was one of the most diverse weve ever offered.

THE CARNIVAL GLORY was back on its normal itinerary on Feb. 26 after a propulsion problem slowed the ship on its previous voyage, causing it to miss stops in St. Thomas and St. Maarten. Carnival said Friday that technicians made a partial repair to the Glorys starboard propulsion system, which has been experiencing a technical issue affecting the vessels speed. The technicians continue to assess the situation, but the company believes the ship will be able to operate its normal seven-day western Caribbean itinerary, Carnival said.

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