THERE HAVE BEEN NO new shipbuilding orders for
more than a year-and-a-half, but the dry spell could end soon,
according to a regular report by UBS Warburg analyst Robin Farley.
Carnival Corp., Royal Caribbean Cruises and P&O Princess all
have new-build options with European shipyards expiring in three to
four months, she said. Farley said new orders could have a negative
impact on stocks, but she told investors not to panic: How the
companies play their order options -- including taking a pass --
could improve share prices.
PLANS TO OPERATE the former Premier Cruises
ship Rembrandt (otherwise known as the HAL ship Rotterdam V) as a
time-share vessel have been permanently shelved. Delivery of the
ship to EXA International, which was to sell time-share cabins on
the ship under its Cruiseshare program, was scheduled for May.
However, EXA terminated the deal with Rembrandt owner Credit
Suisse/First Boston, forfeiting its deposit on the ship. According
to EXA president Steve Priskie, the Rembrandt might not comply with
safety and health inspections in 2010.
PRINCESS CRUISES boasted that its newly
announced 2003 Europe season will be the line's biggest expansion
there, with four ships and 79 different ports of call. New
itineraries include a 10-day Greek Isles cruise between Venice and
Athens; a 12-day trip from Rome that sails along the Black Sea
coast; and an Iceland/Norwegian Fjords itinerary that departs from
Southampton, England and stops in Belfast.
THE NORWEGIAN STAR rescued 11 survivors from an
Indonesian cargo ship on April 1 after the vessel had been adrift
since March 13. The Star, which was southwest of Hawaii while en
route to Fanning Island in the Republic of Kiribati, answered a
visual distress call Monday from the vessel by an engine fire that
caused the death of one crewmember. Of the 11 remaining crew, one
had to be airlifted to a Hawaii hospital for burns, forcing the
Star to return to Hawaii and replace its Fanning Island call with
NCL AND ORIENT LINES, meanwhile, signed an
agreement to become provider participants on Amadeus Cruise. The
cruise lines will be available for booking on Amadeus Cruise later
this year, the company said.
• NCL and Orient Lines are promoting the decision to retain their
10% air commissions with a series of special offers through April
14, including bonus commissions, group amenity points, reduced air
add-ons and aggressive pricing on oceanview staterooms.
• Crystal Cruises said it will -- for the first time -- offer free
cabin upgrades on its Aug. 21 and Sept. 2 12-day Alaska sailings
from San Francisco on the Crystal Harmony. Until now, complimentary
upgrades have only been available to Crystal Society members.
• Guests receive 50% off the second cabin booked for seven-day
Mediterranean sailings aboard the SeaDream I and II yachts.
Bookings must be made before April 30. In addition, SeaDream is
offering a free Mediterranean sailing for agents who sell one
SeaDream cabin. Agents do not need to travel with clients.
• Clients who book and deposit a Radisson Seven Seas Cruises
sailing by credit card on the same day receive a $100 per person
shipboard credit. The program ends May 4.
• First European Cruises is offering savings of up to 25% on
seven-day Mediterranean cruises aboard the 1,500-passenger European
Vision and the 1,200-passenger Mistral for select October and
November departure dates.
• The Cruise Lines International Association is sending CLIA
affiliated and non-affiliated agencies an e-mail that includes
printable coupons allowing agents attending a local CLIA training
course to bring another agent free of charge.
PERSONNEL FILE: Carnival Corp. promoted Arnaldo
Perez to senior vice president-legal and Richard Ames to senior
vice president-audit services. Perez joined Carnival in 1992 as
assistant general counsel; Ames joined the company as director of
internal audit in 1989.