Travel Weeklys Cruise E-letter: May 23, 2006

ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONALS Majesty of the Seas will be given what president Adam Goldstein called an extreme makeover in January 2007. The cruise line said that it will renovate most of the ship, a plan that includes implementing Royal Caribbeans new bedding program and relocating a larger and more contemporary ShipShape Fitness Center to Deck 9. A Johnny Rockets and Sorrentos pizzeria will be added to the Majesty, which will be out of service from Jan. 12 to Feb. 9. The line also said the Legend of the Seas will head to the Mediterranean in 2007, alternating 12-day cruises to Italy and Croatia with 12-day eastern Mediterranean cruises.

CARNIVAL CORP.S SHARES fell 6% on May 16 after the company reduced its earnings outlook based on lower revenue yields, higher fuel costs and a change in the accounting of its drydock costs.  The company said that further weakness in bookings, principally for sailings in the Caribbean during the second half of 2006 and fuel costs increases of $265 million, or $0.32 per share, compared to the prior year are expected to further impact earnings per share this year.

 

NCL CORP. recorded a net loss of $28.1 million in the first quarter, the result in part of a softening of the Caribbean market and the impact of high fuel prices. Company revenue for the quarter was $422.4 million, a 21% increase over first-quarter 2005. Colin Veitch, CEO of NCL Corp. said in a conference call with analysts that consumers are seeing tighter discretionary income, which has affected lower-price cruise markets in the Caribbean. NCLs parent company Star Cruises, meanwhile, said it lost $35.1 million in first-quarter 2006, compared with a $4.4 million profit in first-quarter 2005.

 

FIRST CHOICE HOLIDAYS formed First Choice Expedition Cruising, bringing the two vessels of Clipper Cruise Line and the two small ships operated by the First Choice Holidays-owned Australian travel company Peregrine together under the same management. Clipper will maintain independent operations of its two vessels, the 122-passenger Clipper Adventurer and 128-passenger Clipper Odyssey, through October 31, the company said.

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