COSTA CRUISES increased its travel agent
commission rates on Costa's Caribbean voyages to 12% through the
end of the year. The increased commission rate applies to the
cruise-only portion of Caribbean sailings, for departures between
Dec. 2 and April 21. Bookings must be made by Dec. 31. Costa
continues to pay 10% on air add-ons. The line also reduced deposit
requirements on Caribbean bookings to $100 from $200 through Dec.
31. Costa operates two ships in the Caribbean, CostaAtlantica and
CostaVictoria, which offer eastern and western Caribbean
itineraries. For more information, call (800) GO-COSTA.
WIDESPREAD redeployments prompted by the Sept.
11 terrorist attacks will result in increased cruise traffic for
destinations in the Caribbean, Bahamas and Mexico, said Micky
Arison, Carnival Corp. chairman, at the eighth annual
Florida-Caribbean Cruise Assn. conference in Aruba. Arison, also
chairman of FCCA, said cruise lines have pulled 15,000 to 18,000
berths out of European routes since the attack, with most of ships
redirected to the Caribbean for 2001 and 2002. "All of the
Caribbean will benefit, but those destinations that are closest to
the North American marketplace, the drive-in markets, will benefit
the most," he said. Arison added that some of the southern
Caribbean destinations won't share in the traffic surge.
THE TYPICAL cruise ship carrying 2,000
passengers and 900 crew members generates almost $259,000 in
passenger and crew expenditures during a port of call visit,
according to "Cruise Industry's Economic Impact on the Caribbean,"
a PricewaterhouseCoopers study that was completed in conjunction
with Business Research & Economic Advisors, a private firm. The
study also found that in 2000, Caribbean cruise passenger capacity
grew by 21.8% and the industry had a total annual economic impact
of $2.6 billion throughout the Caribbean.
THE CARTAGENA de Indias Cruise Ship Terminal of
Colombia is offering Florida-Caribbean Cruise Assn. member lines a
50% discount off passenger head taxes for all port calls not
scheduled prior to Sept. 11. The discount will apply for the
remainder of the fall 2001/spring 2002 season, port officials said.
Among the lines affected: Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line
and Princess Cruises.
DISNEY CRUISE LINE inventory now can be booked
through the Sabre Cruise Director. With real-time connectivity to
Disney Cruise Line vacations, agents now can confirm reservations
on the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder cruise ships directly through
P&O PRINCESS CRUISES named Peter Foy deputy
chairman and said he will succeed Lord Sterling as chairman on Oct.
23, 2002, which will mark the second anniversary of Princess
Cruises' becoming a separate company. Foy was managing director of
McKinsey and Co. U.K. and has been a nonexecutive director of
P&O Princess Cruises since its demerger last year.
HOLLAND AMERICA LINE foresees no layoffs and
will continue with its plans to add five ships and expand staff in
the next four years, CEO Kirk Lanterman told a press conference in
ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISES LTD. signed an
agreement with GoCruiseDirect.com to make the inventory of Royal
Caribbean Int'l and Celebrity Cruises available through
GoCruiseDirect.com's Cruise Path Network.
MEANWHILE, Royal Caribbean Int'l and Celebrity
Cruises, launched links on their Web Sites that will enable
consumers to buy clothing and accessories stamped with the cruise
lines' logos. Just the thing for that virtual cruise they've always
dreamed of, perhaps.
WINDSTAR CRUISES said it will redeploy the Wind
Surf to Fort Lauderdale about two months earlier than expected. The
line now will start seven-day Florida Keys/Bahamas cruises on Jan.
13. The line initially scheduled roundtrip Caribbean sailings out
of Barbados in January and February, with the Florida Keys/Bahamas
itinerary set to debut in March.