Travel Weeklys Cruise E-letter: May 30, 2006

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINES christened its third Hawaii vessel, the Pride of Hawaii, during a ceremony in Los Angeles on May 20. Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), who sponsored legislation in 2003 that allowed NCL to complete construction of two of its U.S.-flagged ships in Europe and to re-flag a third foreign-flagged vessel, dedicated the ship. The Pride of Hawaii departed L.A. on May 22 and is en route to the Aloha State, where it will begin seven-day interisland cruising from Honolulu on June 5. At 93,500 tons and with room for 2,466 passengers, the Pride of Hawaii will be the largest ship in the NCL America fleet.

 

NCL ALSO SHED TWO SHIPS in May. Parent company Star Cruise is selling the Norwegian Crown to Fred Olsen Cruise Lines in August. The ship will become Olsens fifth vessel in November 2007, after completing its current NCL schedule in Bermuda, this summer and next, and in South America this winter. The Norwegian Wind will be transferred to Star Cruises, becoming the SuperStar Aquarius, in April 2007 and will be replaced by the larger Norwegian Sun on its Hawaii route. The departure of the two ships coincide with the scheduled deliveries of two new NCL ships, the Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Gem.

 

CRYSTAL CRUISES will be the first cruise line to offer a shore excursion to Tanzanias 19,340-foot Mount Kilimanjaro, said John Stoll, Crystals director of land programs. Starting in March 2007, the nine-night pre- or post-cruise program will be available to Crystal Serenity passengers on two cruises out of Cape Town, South Africa. The hike scales the highest mountain in Africa, ending on the continents only glacier. The climb encompasses an average of four to six hours of hiking each day. According to Stoll, the excursion is geared toward people who are a lot more active and more interested in living on the edge. Its not for everyone and its not meant to be.

ROYAL CARIBBEAN had another tough week on the P.R. circuit. First, the attorney for the family of 21-year-old Daniel DiPiero of Canfield, Ohio, who disappeared from the Mariner of the Seas on May 14, issued a statement criticizing Royal Caribbeans handling of the incident. The statement claims that DiPiero was recorded going overboard by video cameras but that the footage was not promptly reviewed, leading to a significant delay in rescue efforts. Then, Royal Caribbean division Celebrity Cruises had to dismiss the captain of the Celebrity Mercury after he failed a breath alcohol test administered by the U.S. Coast Guard in Seattle.

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