Travel Weekly's Cruise E-Letter: Nov. 4, 2003

MIAMI-BASED CRUISE LINES will move some of their ships away from the port of Miami this month and into the neighboring city of Fort Lauderdale. The unusual move is to avoid what Carnival Cruise Lines said could be "massive congestion" from the Free Trade Area of the Americas meeting to be held in downtown Miami Nov. 17 to 21. For example:

• Carnival Cruise Lines will shift the Paradise, the Imagination, the Carnival Triumph and the Carnival Victory to Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades. Ships departing Miami during the next seven days will disembark in Port Everglades; the ships will be back in Miami in December.
• Norwegian Cruise Line will keep its Norwegian Sun and Norwegian Wind in Miami Nov. 16 and Nov. 22, respectively, but is moving the Norwegian Dawn's Nov. 19 Miami port call to Port Everglades.
• Royal Caribbean Cruises said Monday it is finalizing plans with local authorities but added it was too early to discuss them.

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES will roll out an electronic registration Web site by the end of the month that will speed up the new data-gathering process required by the Department of Homeland Security -- as well as speed up guests' embarkation process. Carnival will give a pass to passengers who register prior to 40 days before sailing that allows them to "fast-track" through embarkation. The online registration process will start Nov. 25, for departures beginning Dec. 15. Passengers, or their travel agents, may access the site at and register at any point after the initial deposit is made.

• David Morris jumped ship from Crystal Cruises to Silversea Cruises, where he will be the line's senior vice president, North America sales. Morris previously was the senior vice president, sales for Crystal.
• Crystal meanwhile appointed Marilyn Richardson-Conroy acting senior vice president, sales to replace Morris.
• Bill Leiber, Silversea's former senior vice president, sales, was named to the newly created position of chief revenue officer. Leiber will oversee revenue planning, reservations, air programs, charter and incentive sales.

RESIDENSEA LTD. completed the sale of its ship, the World, as well as the unsold apartment residences onboard the ship, to The World of ResidenSea II Ltd., a company formed by the ship's residence owners. The purchase price was not disclosed. The ship's Residents Committee appointed James St. John III as the managing director of the new company. ResidenSea president Robert Riley resigned, effective immediately.

THE SHIP'S SALE, meanwhile, spurred an uptick in apartment purchases, according to a ResidenSea statement. In the latest tally, 85% of the 110 two- and three-bedroom units have been sold, as have 36% of the ship's 89 studio and one-bedroom units.

THE MARINER OF THE SEAS, the final Voyager-class design on the order books, was delivered Oct. 29 to Royal Caribbean International from Kvaerner Masa-Yards in Turku, Finland. The ship will have all the usual trappings of a 142,000-ton, 3,114-passenger megaship, but it also will have an outdoor pool deck designed by pop artist Romero Britto.

ROYAL CARIBBEAN and CELEBRITY president and chief operating officer Jack Williams was one of 30,000 runners in the New York City Marathon Nov. 2, raising $300,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Williams' race time in the 26.5-mile marathon: 5 hours, 22 minutes.

SOCIETY EXPEDITIONS filed a motion to dismiss an involuntary petition for Chapter 7 bankruptcy that was filed last month. The one- ship line also said it is seeking $1 million in damages, plus nearly $10,000 in legal fees, from the petitioner, Patrician Cruises. A hearing is set for Nov. 14 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Washington State in Seattle. In other developments, the line filed a motion seeking to establish an escrow account for future passenger deposits. Society's ship, the World Discoverer, is continuing to operate, a spokeswoman said.

CORRECTION: A report in the Oct. 28 Cruise E-Letter incorrectly stated that Society Expeditions was in Chapter 7 bankruptcy. A major creditor filed a petition seeking to place Society Expeditions in involuntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy, but the petition remains pending before a bankruptcy judge.


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