NEW YORK -- Cunard Line's Queen Elizabeth 2 will make 16
transatlantic crossings next year before bequeathing the New
York-Southampton, England, route to the new Queen Mary 2 in 2004.
The QE2 will continue to do its annual World Cruise -which
usually includes a transatlantic crossing as part of the itinerary
-- and will offer Europe cruises from its base in Southampton.
The QM2 is under construction at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique
shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.
In other news, Cunard selected Encore Cruises, a Canadian
wholesale cruise distributor, to be the line's general sales agent
Sales support for Canadian agencies will be rendered through
Encore's district sales managers; Encore's marketing group will
promote the brand's ships.