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
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
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.