ACCORDING TO A POLL by TravelWeekly.com, 46% of
the 186 travel agents surveyed said they would recommend the
Federal Trade Commission deny both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.'s
proposed merger with P&O Princess and the proposed hostile
takeover of P&O Princess by Carnival Corp. The FTC's verdict is
expected later this month, marking the final regulatory decision
needed by both firms to pursue a P&O Princess pairing. Although
46% said "deny both," the remaining respondents clearly favored
RCCL, as 31% said they would tell the FTC to approve the
RCCL/P&O Princess merger and deny Carnival Corp. Only 10% said
they would prefer Carnival be approved and RCCL denied.
ON THE ISSUE of what defines the cruise market
-- a key consideration in determining whether either deal would
restrict competition -- respondents were evenly split. According to
the survey, 51% said cruise vacations compete with all vacation
types; 49% said they compete only with other cruise vacations.
CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES will call 11 times in
Bermuda next year, using two of its newer ships: the Carnival Pride
and the Carnival Legend. Carnival's 2003 Bermuda schedule more than
doubles the number of calls the line is making there this year.
Before 2002, Carnival last visited Bermuda in 1999. The ships will
dock at King's Warf, which is able to accommodate larger ships.
HOLLAND AMERICA LINE will send the Ryndam and
the Statendam into dry-dock in October to add an alternative
restaurant and concierge-level lounge to each ship. The restaurant,
called the Pinnacle Grill, will feature Pacific Northwest cuisine.
It will carry a surcharge, but the line has not yet determined how
much it will be. The Neptune Lounge is a private area for
passengers who book the ships' top staterooms.
MEANWHILE, a U.S. Coast Guard official said
Holland America Line could face a civil penalty of up to $25,000
for a discharge of partially treated sink, shower and sewage water
from HAL's Ryndam while the vessel was docked in the Juneau harbor.
Initial reports from Holland America said 250 gallons were
released, although the Coast Guard said the total could be closer
to 40,000 gallons. The Ryndam uses a sewage treating system called
Zenon, which processes and cleans the waste to "near drinking
water" status before it is discharged, a HAL spokesman said. The
discharge was accidental, he said.
PORT EVERGLADES, near Fort Lauderdale, named
Ken Krauter port director. He is a former CEO of the Jacksonville
Port Authority, the Saint John (New Brunswick) Port Corp. and the
Prince Rupert (British Columbia) Port Corp.