Travel Weekly's Cruise E-Letter: May 6, 2003

CRUISEPATH NETWORK, which provided online booking tools for travel agents, ceased operations May 5. CruisePath products, which include CruiseManager and CruisePro, will no longer be available for use. The company, which was formerly known as GoCruise Direct, voted May 2 to move the company into Chapter 7 proceedings. CruisePath had been operating under Chapter 11 protection since November. Reorganization efforts "have not materialized," the company said in a statement. CruisePath operated cruise booking platforms through Worldspan and Sabre and had relationships with TRAMS and Trisept Solutions; last December, CruisePath's president John Stewart said the company had about 300 to 400 direct agency customers. Stewart could not immediately be reached for comment.

ENTERGY CORP., New Orleans' utility company, unveiled a plan to raise the power lines that hang over the Mississippi River--which would allow the Carnival Conquest to sail to and from its New Orleans berth unobstructed. Work to raise the lines by another 23.5 feet will begin in June and should be completed by October, Entergy said. The Conquest will stay in Gulfport, Miss., through June 2, where it was moved when the river rose too high for the ship to navigate under the wires; a spokesman said. Entergy said it is working on a permanent solution to bury the wires underground.

PRINCESS extended its Canada/New England program for 2004 and will send the Regal Princess and the Grand Princess to the region. The two ships will offer 13 voyages, including seven roundtrip seven-day sailings from New York on the Grand Princess, five New York-Montreal sailings on the Regal Princess and one cruise on the Regal Princess from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale.

RESIDENSEA released its 2004 itineraries for its condo-cruise ship, the World. The vessel will start the year with a visit to Antarctica and the South Shetland Islands and a three-day call in Valparaiso, Chile. The World will spend the balance of the summer in Europe and finish the year by calling in Cape Town, South Africa.

ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS are sponsoring a plan to levy a $50-per-head tax on Alaska cruise passengers. Organizers collected the required 100 signatures and submitted the proposed ballot initiative to the Alaska Division of Elections for approval. Once certified, organizers will spend the summer collecting the needed signatures to get it on the ballot. The measure, if adopted, would also require cruise ships to pay Alaska corporate income tax, get wastewater discharge permits and turn over a percentage of gambling profits to the state.

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