Travel Weekly's Cruise E-Letter: August 7, 2001

A FEDERAL JUDGE ordered an immediate reduction in the number of cruise ships permitted to sail into Glacier Bay, a move that could affect up to 32 of the 42 vessels still scheduled to visit the highly popular Alaskan waterway this summer. U.S. District Court Judge James K. Singleton's ruling stems from a 1997 lawsuit brought by the National Parks Conservation Assn., which charged that the National Park Service illegally increased the number of ships allowed into Glacier Bay because it failed to undertake a complete environmental review before granting the increase.

CUNARD LINE dismissed 92 land-based employees worldwide, said Pam Conover, president and COO, in a move to "streamline operations and maximize profitability." The firings represent a 3% reduction in Cunard's workforce of 3,000, of which 534 work shoreside. Cunard has offices in Miami, England, Australia and Germany.

CONOVER said the dismissals were prompted by the reduction in capacity at sister brand Seabourn Cruise Line, which recently sold Sea Goddess I and II to Norwegian investor Atle Brynestad and transferred Seabourn Sun to another sister brand, Holland America Line. Seabourn currently receives assistance in ship operations, sales, reservations, finance and administrative services from Cunard. "It is essential that we reorganize our operations," said Conover, "particularly in light of the recent sale of two Seabourn ships and the redeployment of another."

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES is offering two additional long voyages aboard its smoke-free ship, the 2,052-passenger Paradise, in August 2002. The two new cruises are an 11-day western Caribbean sailing departing Aug. 4 and a 10-day southern Caribbean voyage departing Aug. 15.

THE WORLD OF RESIDENSEA Ltd. ended its management contract with Silversea Cruises. ResidenSea will assume operations previously contracted to Silversea, including technical services, hotel operations, and sales and marketing, during a 30-day transition period. An undisclosed number of Silversea staffers dedicated to the World will be hired by ResidenSea. The World offers 110 privately owned "apartments" and 88 guest suites open to travel-agent booking. Its ship, which is under construction in Norway, is scheduled to debut in December.

PETER DEILMANN Cruises' 48-passenger sailing vessel Lili Marleen will reposition to the Galapagos Islands this fall, from where the vessel will offer year-round 10- and 14-night cruise-tour programs beginning Dec. 6.

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