HURRICANE LILI, the fourth hurricane of the
season, moved north of the Cayman Islands, heading for eastern Cuba
late Monday. NCL's Norwegian Sun changed its sequence of port calls
to shift its Grand Cayman call to Thursday. Carnival Cruise Lines
revised its itineraries for the Fascination, Imagination, Jubilee,
Sensation, Pride, Inspiration and Paradise. Royal Caribbean's
Monarch and Explorer of the Seas and Celebrity's Century moved
towards an eastern Caribbean route.
EARLY DELIVERIES: Royal Caribbean Int'l's fifth
Voyager-class ship, the Mariner of the Seas, will be delivered to
the cruise line about eight weeks early, the shipbuilder said.
Kvaerner Masa-Yards said the ship would be delivered from its yards
in Turku, Finland, Oct. 31, 2003. Earlier this year, the cruise
line and Kvaerner moved up the delivery date on the next
Voyager-class ship, the Navigator of the Seas, which is to be
delivered Nov. 8, about six weeks earlier than originally
OUT OF OPTIONS: French shipbuilder Chantiers de
l'Atlantique will not extend two shipbuilding options held by
P&O Princess Cruises that expired Monday. The options, which
were granted in 1999, P&O Princess said, were for the same
design as the Coral Princess, which will be delivered in December.
The company extended the options in July. P&O Princess said it
remains "favorably disposed" to acquiring more vessels for Princess
Cruises, including ordering them from Chantiers in the future.
P&O PRINCESS Cruises chairman Lord
Sterling, who was slated to retire from the company's board of
directors next month, will continue in the post until a decision on
a merger for Princess is finalized.
NEW ROUTING: The Paradise, Carnival Cruise
Lines' smoke-free ship, will sail a new cruise program from Miami
next year, visiting Casa de Campo, a resort area in the Dominican
Republic and a new port call for the Carnival brand. Carnival
sister brand Costa Cruises has been working jointly with Casa de
Campo to develop a new port facility there; a Carnival spokesman
said the project should be completed by "late fall."
THE CRUISE SHOPPES consortium signed a
preferred supplier agreement with Europeanbarging.com, a
Houston-based wholesaler of barge and river cruises in Europe. The
company represents Continental Waterways, Viking River Cruises,
European Waterways and Peter Deilmann.
CHINA SPECIALIST Victoria Cruises will return
three ships to their owners at the end of 2002, and will acquire
two new ships in early 2003. The operator plans to acquire two more
ships during 2003, which will bring its fleet to 12.
• Norwegian Cruise Line premiered a new agent program called,
appropriately enough, NCL Premieres. The promotion, which runs
through Dec. 31, includes a booking contest and an awards program
for creative travel sellers. The booking contest features a
sweepstakes: The grand prize is a seven-day cruise for the winning
agent and five friends in a Garden Villa aboard the Norwegian Dawn
or Norwegian Star.
• Costa Cruises is wooing agents to its new La Dolce Vita voyages
on the CostaRomantica with prizes and bonus commissions: for every
CostaRomantica booking, the agent will receive a $50 bonus and be
entered to win one of 50 Caribbean cruises. The CostaRomantica will
sail New England, the Caribbean and the Panama Canal before
returning to Europe in May.
IT'S OFFICIAL: Cunard Line and the organizing
committee for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens signed a memorandum
of understanding to position the Queen Mary 2 as a floating hotel
during the Games; the ship would be docked in Piraeus between Aug.
12, 2004, and Aug. 30.