Travel Weeklys Cruise E-letter: Oct. 5, 2004

THE U.S. SUPREME COURT agreed to review a case brought by disabled passengers against Norwegian Cruise Line that could determine whether foreign-flagged ships are subject to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Two separate U.S. appeals courts have issued opposing opinions on the case, which prompted the passengers attorneys to file for Supreme Court review last April. In their petition to the Supreme Court, the five plaintiffs said, This is no mere conflict between two circuits, noting that the two appeals courts that are in disagreement have jurisdiction over the ports from which nearly two-thirds of all United States cruises depart. As a result, this conflict renders uncertain the rights of millions of travelers with disabilities.

* NCL America has been allowing passengers to cancel cruises on the Pride of Aloha and receive a full refund. If we cant allay their apprehension about cruising on the Pride of Aloha, well allow them to cancel their cruise without penalty, an NCL spokeswoman said. We havent had that many people taking us up on the offer. The offer is good through the Pride of Alohas Oct. 17 cruise.
* The Norwegian Dream will head to New Orleans earlier than scheduled after its planned drydock in the Bahamas was canceled because of hurricane damage to the shipyard. Two sailings were added to the Dreams lineup, a pair of western Caribbean cruises departing Oct. 10 and Oct. 17. Agents will receive a $100 bonus per cabin on these two sailings.


LOOK FOR NEW RESTAURANT concepts on Princess Cruises second Caribbean Princess-type newbuild. Included is a bakery/sandwich shop/coffee bar and a wine and seafood bar, both on the ground floor of the atrium; bar food in the Wheelhouse Bar; a new steak and seafood restaurant; and a newly designed Sabbatinis Italian restaurant, which will fit in beneath the ships top-deck disco. The second Caribbean Princess also will drop the spoiler design   --   the bar at the top aft of the ship   --   that makes the Grand-class ships so distinctive.

ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL pulled the plug on its plan to hinge the bow on the Enchantment of the Seas when the ship is lengthened next year. The original plan was to enable the tip of the bow to flip up in order to squeeze the stretched ship into the Panama Canal locks, but a spokeswoman said that since the ship isnt scheduled to go through the canal, the hinge project was put on hold.



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