CRUISES canceled the May 20 Alaska sailing on the Summit
to replace a bearing in the ships propulsion system, the company
said last week. Service on the Summit will resume May 27. Guests
booked on the seven-day cruise between Vancouver and Seward,
Alaska, will receive a full refund and a free Celebrity cruise in
North America; travel agents will receive full commissions for the
canceled sailings plus a $50 rebooking fee per cabin when clients
reschedule a cruise.
ALSO said last week it will send the Mercury to Australia
and New Zealand for the first time in December 2007. At an event in
New York last week, Celebrity President Dan Hanrahan said the ship
will operate six 15-day sailings between Auckland, New Zealand, and
Sydney from December 2007 to March 2008.
The sailings will be preceded by Celebritys first trip to French
Polynesia on a 17-day relocation sailing from Honolulu to Auckland
departing November 23, 2007.
CRUISES will open a reservations center in Colorado
Springs, Colo., in July that will employ up to 70 people. Frank Del
Rio, CEO of Oceania Cruises, said the facility will function as a
call center and serve as a backup emergency operations center for
its main facility in Florida in the event of a hurricane. Tim
Rubacky, Oceanias spokesman, said that disruptions from Hurricanes
Katrina and Wilma contributed to a loss of more than a week of
productivity and bookings for the line. Del Rio said an optimum
combination of office space, site location and financial incentives
... combined with the citys solid economic base and friendly
business environment, made Colorado Springs the choice for this new
INTERNATIONAL is appealing to Indias Supreme Court to keep
the 46-year-old ship that has been called the Blue Lady, the France
and most notably the Norway from being sent to an Indian scrap
yard. Greenpeace contends that the vessel is filled with 1,000 tons
of asbestos and other toxic chemicals and is harmful to workers and
the environment. The ship has sailed for Norwegian Cruise Line, but
it has been out of service since May 2003, after a boiler room
explosion onboard killed eight crewmembers.
CLARIFICATION: In an item in the May 9
Cruise E-letter, Princess and Cunard said they were the first
cruise lines to enable travel agents to create online group
reservations. But although theyre the largest cruise company
to-date to implement such a system, theyre not the first: Oceanias
spokesman Tim Rubacky said that Oceania introduced an online group
booking system in November 2004.
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