Pearl Seas Cruises becomes 20th member of CLIA

Pearl Seas Cruises joined the Cruise Lines International Association on Oct. 6, becoming its 20th member, said Terry Dale, president and CEO of CLIA.

Pearl Seas Cruises, an offshoot of small-ship operator American Cruise Lines, announced in late September that it signed contracts to build one 165-person luxury cruise ship that would enter service in July 2008 and one 210-passenger vessel that would enter service in June 2009.

"CLIA-member travel agencies are widely regarded as the consumer's very best resource when planning a cruise vacation," said Pearl Seas Cruises President and CEO Charles Robertson in a statement.

CLIA-member cruise lines collectively represent 97% of the cruise capacity marketed in North America.

Pearl Seas will offer cruises starting in 2008 in the Canadian Maritimes, Newfoundland and New England, before repositioning to the Caribbean later that year.

"The line's new ships will offer vacationers a new choice in the luxury segment of the market," said Dale in a statement. "Moreover, the itineraries will showcase some of the Western Hemisphere's most desirable coastal attractions."

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Johanna Jainchill at [email protected].

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