Expedia has been making some big boardroom
deals lately, particularly with Carnival Cruise
Lines and Donald Trumps exclusive magazine, Trump World,
to put together a cruise themed on the hit TV show The Apprentice.
charter the Carnival Legend in September, a first for the online
agency. But according to execs, it wont be the last time it does
something different -- the Apprentice cruise is just one of several
experiences Expedia is considering.
Its a direction
well go in the future, Vice President of Cruise Mark Kammerer told
Travel Weekly during an official Apprentice cruise launch in New
York. The Internet isnt just about booking the cheapest travel out
Khosrowshahi, who will become Expedias new CEO this spring, was
also on hand at the launch party to offer his job -- for a day --
to the winner of an Apprentice-style contest that will be held
during the cruise. (Three former Apprentice contestants will
reprise the Donalds boardroom role and fire the participants during
the eight-day cruise).
What will be the
new CEOs role that day?
Were going to
have a review of the cruise business, Khosrowshahi
remain to be ironed out, such as how many contestants will be
involved in the Apprentice show and where the firings will take
place. The bridge? Or the lido buffet between meals?
Speaking of theme cruises, Radisson Seven Seas
Cruises was promoting its February 24 yoga cruise as a way
for passengers to stretch their minds and bodies, but not their
wallets (two-for-one fares start at $2,198).
A New York-based
husband-and-wife yoga team will be onboard the ship, the Seven Seas
Mariner, to conduct daily yoga programs for beginners and experts,
men and women, the old and the young. Theyll also offer classes on
meditation and aromatherapy. The cruise is offered out of Fort
And speaking of
deals, tall-ship specialist Star Clippers is offering up to $800
off cruise and air packages on 58 summer sailings of the Star
Clipper, the Star Flyer and the Royal Clipper.
The three ships
are sailing seven-, 10- and 11-day cruises in the western
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excitement surrounding Wave Season, and cruise lines are fanning
the flames with several promotions.
America Line is back with its View and Verandah promotion.
Norwegian Cruise Lines Sale of all Sails banners
were on agency sites this month, and the line is running a daily
Cruises, meanwhile, has a Suitestakes. Agents booking
through its Polar Online booking system are registered to win a
cruise in a Princess suite.
Some cruise lines
are just staying in the spotlight to keep the buzz
Caribbean Internationals senior vice president of sales,
Lisa Bauer, talked up the lines new trade-show booth thats
appearing at shows in Chicago, New York and Boston.
The booths got a
rock wall and virtual reality, Bauer said. Its very
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