discontinued some scheduled
flights, citing escalating business costs and increased
competition. The carrier cut two Saturday evening flights from
Miami to Grand Cayman through Oct. 27 and discontinued one flight a
week to both Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands, and Kingston, Jamaica,
from Grand Cayman. Service to Orlando from Grand Cayman will be cut
after Sept. 7 and one flight a week to Houston also will be removed
from the schedule.
NORTH AMERICAN AIRLINES will extend its weekly
757 charter flights from New York's Kennedy to Aguadilla, Puerto
Rico, through Jan. 16. Additional departures will be offered at
Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's and Three King's Day on Jan. 6,
a popular Puerto Rican holiday.
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS authorities approved a
$30.5 million joint plan by Carnival Corp. and Royal Caribbean
Cruises Ltd. to enlarge St. Thomas' Crown Bay facility to
accommodate contemporary megaships, said Giora Israel, vp-strategic
planning at Carnival Corp. The project calls for the enlargement of
an existing two-ship pier and the improvement of 7.5 acres of
adjacent land into a staging area for taxis and tour departures.
The pier enlargement is scheduled for completion in October 2002;
the land development will follow in April 2003. The Virgin Islands
Port Authority will own and manage the pier, which will be open to
all cruise lines at standardized rates. Carnival and Royal
Caribbean, however, will receive priority berthing for 30 years and
retain a portion of their head taxes as a means of recouping their
IN ANOTHER port development pact, Carnival
Corp. will spend $8.5 million to enlarge San Juan's Pier 4 to
handle 100,000-ton megaships, Israel said. Carnival's 20-year
agreement with the Puerto Rico Ports Authority guarantees a minimum
revenue stream for Puerto Rico; Carnival in turn will receive
priority berth rights at the pier. Carnival also will retain a
portion of its user fees as a means of recouping its investment.
Preliminary construction is slated to start in November.
SANDALS Hicacos Resort & Spa, the chain's
second resort in Cuba, will open March 1. The 404-suite resort, 90
minutes from Havana and 10 minutes from Varadero resort area, joins
the 350-suite Beaches Varadero which opened in March 1999. A third
property will be built in Cayo Coco, another resort destination in
BEACHES RESORT INN in Negril, Jamaica, will
close Aug. 31 for a $25 million refurbishment. The 130-room
property plans to reopen in late fall.