icki Freed, Carnival
Cruise Lines' senior vice president of sales and marketing,
celebrated her 25th year with the line last month.
Freed celebrated her silver anniversary with a party and a Fun
Ship-shaped cake. She also received a diamond-and-ruby anniversary
pin from Carnival CEO Bob Dickinson.
Freed joined Carnival in 1978 as the Southern California
regional sales manager. She was named to her current position,
where she is responsible for all sales and marketing activities, 10
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Silversea Cruises is turning 10 years old next
year, and the line is using the opportunity to take itself back to
"ancient, classical styles."
OK, that really only refers to the way the cruise line's
sommelier pours the wine at the dinner table.
"Shall we pour wine from the bottle? Or from the carafe?" mused
Barbara Muckermann, Silversea's new vice president of worldwide
marketing and communications. "Which is the right way?"
The line is looking at ways to give itself a proper European
flair when it comes to service issues -- as well as to cater to the
more casual lifestyle that pervades the market these days.
Casual options include informal poolside dinners and "lighter"
menus, executives said.
Meanwhile, the Vintages champagne room will be turned into an
intimate formal dining room seating 32 people (where, most likely,
the wine will be poured from the bottle).
The line also slated 10 special cruises to mark its anniversary
year, including an invitation-only kickoff cruise April 4 on the
Silver Cloud. CEO Albert Peter will be the host.
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Oceania Cruises is taking travel agent bookings
on its Web site, www.oceaniacruises.com, through a private-label
version of Revelex's cruise-booking engine.
Revelex said real-time pricing and availability is queried
through Oceania Cruises' reservations system to produce a detailed
cruise invoice and itinerary.
Jeff Drew, Oceania's vice president of sales, called it a "major
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Princess Cruises added a shore excursion on its
new sailing to Antarctica this winter, which takes guests to one of
the "oldest and most important" research stations on the
The 12-hour Antarctica Landing Expedition takes passengers via
plane from Punta Arenas, Chile, to the Villa Las Estrellas research
station. Guests will tour the research center, view the area's
wildlife reserves and glaciers and, weather permitting, hike along
the "beach" to Ardley Island.
The expedition is offered on the Royal Princess' Dec. 19
Antarctica cruise, and again on Cape Horn and Strait of Magellan
cruises in January and February.
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Celebrity Cruises introduced a program called
Celebrity Science Journeys, which pairs up children with science
and nature projects.
The hands-on programs range from 30 minutes to an hour and are
appropriate for children ages 3 to 12.
Topics include Earthworks, which focuses on biomes, pollination
and the solar system; Environmentation Station, which explores
natural phenomena and "man-made" disasters; and Get Buggy, which
offers encounters with insects and arachnids and traces the process
The seminars will be offered daily on every Celebrity ship
beginning Nov. 27.
The line also debuted its first Acupuncture-at-Sea cruises,
which includes lectures about acupuncture, feng shui, nutrition
and, of course, the treatments themselves.
The treatments are offered through a Miami-based company called
OM Alliance, which offers acupuncture service to celebrities and
The line offered three acupuncture-themed cruises on the
Infinity in September and October; a Celebrity spokeswoman said the
line "definitely" would offer more of them.
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Crystal Cruises cut rates by more than half on
four of its spring Asia sailings aboard the Crystal Harmony and
added a reduced business-class air upgrade for bookings made by
The luxury line said it reduced minimum fares by 57% and balcony
cabin fares by 52% on three of the four itineraries: a 14-day
Singapore to Hong Kong cruise on April 9; a 12-day Hong Kong to
Beijing voyage on April 23; and an 11-day cruise from Beijing to
Tokyo on May 5.
The fourth cruise, a transpacific crossing between Tokyo and San
Francisco on May 16, offers 50% off cruise fares.
Two New Zealand and Australia cruises in March and April also
have reduced rates, Crystal said.
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Radisson Seven Seas, meanwhile, is giving up to
50% discounts on 15 seven- to 19-day itineraries in November and
December in the Caribbean, Panama Canal, South America and South
"In celebration of the season of giving," clients on certain
sailings are eligible for two-for-one savings or up to 50% off on
second-guest fares, the line said.
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First European Cruises is ushering in 2004 with
discounts of up to 50% on several Mediterranean cruises in
The 1,200-passenger Mistral sails roundtrip from Genoa, Italy,
on 10-night voyages to Greece, Egypt, Italy and France; per-person
rates start at $999.
The 1,500-passenger European Stars sails to Spain and Morocco on
10-day voyages. Reduced rates start at $950.
On Jan. 6, the European Stars will offer a 10-day roundtrip
cruise from Genoa to Almeria, Lanzarote and Malaga, Spain; Madeira,
Portugal; Agadir and Casablanca, Morocco; and Marseilles, France.
Reduced rates start at $950.
To contact reporter Rebecca Tobin, send e-mail to [email protected].