Pearl Seas Cruises, a new offshoot of
small-ship operator American Cruise Lines, signed contracts with
Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax, Nova Scotia to build two new luxury
According to a
statement, Pearl Seas said the two new ships will carry 165 and 210
passengers and would be ready for service in July 2008 and June
2009, respectively. The line also plans to build a third, larger
ship, according to company spokesman Jamie Murrett.
To be flagged in the
Marshall Islands, the first, 9,000-ton, 88-stateroom ship is
currently under construction. The first ship will begin with
international cruises in 2008 in the Canadian Maritimes,
Newfoundland and New England and would reposition to the Caribbean
later that year.
Each ship will offer
a spa, a dining salon, several lounges and a library. Elevator
access to all decks and three observation decks will be offered on
each ship. All suites will be at least 240 square feet and will
feature large opening picture windows and balconies; flat-screen,
satellite TVs and DVD players; individual climate control; and
Pearl Seas Cruises
will pay agents 10% commission, and next week will unveil
information for agents on its Web site, www.pearlseascruises.com.
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