PASSENGERS WHO BOOK any of Crystal Cruises' 10
sailings to the Orient, Scandinavia or Russia in 2002 will receive
a two-for-one discount for nearly 50 departures in 2003 on either
Crystal Harmony or Crystal Symphony, under the company's "Crystal
Dividends" program. The discount applies to every stateroom
category, excluding penthouse accommodations. The 10 cruises will
be offered between March and July, and include 14- and 15-day
cruises between Yokohama and Beijing, 12-day Baltic cruises and
10-day Pacific voyages.
HOLLAND AMERICA LINE named Noel DeChambeau
director of marketing and sales, a newly created position under
which he will oversee sales promotions, marketing initiatives and
travel agent relations for HAL's cruises, tours and land programs
in Alaska. DeChambeau joins HAL from sister-brand Windstar Cruises,
where he was director of charter and incentive sales. Prior to
Windstar, he served as HAL's product manager for Alaska
cruise-tours from 1991 to 1999.
ADVENTURE-CRUISE specialist Cruise West
launched a "Peace of Mind Travel Assurance" option that allows
passengers who book 2002 voyages or cruise-tours to cancel or
postpone without penalty up to 90 days prior to departure.
Vacationers who buy the travel insurance are eligible to receive
cash refunds if they cancel their booking for any reason covered
under the policy. In other news, Cruise West is offering free air
fare for vacationers from Washington, Oregon, California, Montana,
Idaho, Nevada and Arizona who book a seven-night or longer cruise
by Feb. 15.
FIRST EUROPEAN CRUISES' 1,500-passenger
European Stars will offer weekly sailings from Barcelona to
Marseilles, Genoa, Naples, Messina, Malta and Palma de Mallorca,
upon its debut in March, company officials said. European Stars is
a sister vessel to European Vision, which launched in June. First
European, the North American marketing arm for Genoa-based Festival
Cruises, attracts 20% of its passenger base from the U.S., said
Makis Xenatos, the company's CEO.
NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE will introduce an MBNA
MasterCard just prior to January's "Wave" period, according to a
company spokeswoman. NCL will market the card to past passengers,
and travel agents will receive a $25 commission for every client
who applies for the card and activates it.