Travel Weeklys Cruise E-letter: Nov. 2, 2004

KIRK LANTERMAN, a cruise industry icon who has led Holland America Line for more than 30 years, is stepping down as its CEO. Stein Kruse, HALs current president, will take over as CEO, effective Dec. 1. Lanterman will continue to serve as chairman of Holland America Line Inc. in a nonexecutive role and as a member of the board of directors of Carnival Corp., HALs parent company.

STAR CRUISES became the first major cruise line to introduce a fuel surcharge, which it is now charging on its Asia-Pacific cruises. The line said the charges, which run between a $2 and $4 per person per day, is a temporary measure and said it was continuing to monitor fuel prices. The charges do not extend to Stars sister companies, Norwegian Cruise Line, Orient Lines or NCL America.

THE CRUISE LINES International Association (CLIA) will play host next fall to Cruise3sixty, a combination trade show and CLIA training session with a focus on cruise lifestyle themes, such as fashion, food and entertainment. The show is slated for Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center and will include keynote speeches and one-on-one meeting opportunities with senior cruise officials, ship inspections, CLIA training courses and technology-based training modules.

COSTA CRUISES Costa Magica debuts this week, and Spanish actress Paz Vega will act as the ships godmother during its christening ceremony Nov. 6 in Barcelona. Meanwhile, Costa said its next ship, to be the largest in the fleet, will be named the Costa Concordia. The Concordia will be about 112,000 tons and carry 3,300 passengers when it launches in 2006; the Magica is 105,000 tons and carries 2,720 passengers.

NEW YORK could sign a lease agreement to take control of two Brooklyn piers for use as cruise berths within the next two weeks. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the Brooklyn piers, outlined the time frame in a statement given to the New York City Council last week, which held a hearing on the subject. Carnival Corp. Vice Chairman Howard Frank, who testified at the hearing last week, said it was critical that the Brooklyn facility open on time and added: Many of our brands have expressed interest in using the Brooklyn facility. The city predicts an opening in spring 2006.

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