WAVE SEASON is revving up, and most cruise
executives predicted a banner -- or at least, a normal -- period of
cruise bookings. Jeff Dash, the president of Royal Viking Cruises,
predicted a "tremendous" season -- "if the fourth quarter [was] any
indication." Several cruise lines rolled out promotions to tie into
Wave, which typically runs from early January through mid-March.
Cruise lines like Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruises
and Holland America Line are stepping up advertising efforts;
meanwhile, at Norwegian Cruise Line, executives said its annual
"Sale of all Sails" had its "best reception ever" with the trade.
THE CRUISE LINES INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION will
name New York tourism executive Terry Dale its president and CEO.
Dale, who has been the executive vice president of NYC & Co.,
will start at CLIA in mid-January. The organization has been
without a president since June 2001; Bob Sharak, who was promoted
to executive director after CLIA's former president, Jim Godsman,
retired, will remain with the organization.
THE QUEEN MARY 2 will be officially named
Thursday by Queen Elizabeth II in Southampton, England. Cunard
senior vice president of sales and marketing Deborah Natansohn
didn't want to spoil the surprise, but she predicted "a huge
display of pageantry" in Southampton this week. "And there will be
lots of lords and ladies in attendance," she added. Verve Clique,
which has a branded Champagne bar onboard the QM2, is providing the
Champagne bottle for the historic occasion.
CARNIVAL CORP. confirmed it signed an agreement
to construct a facility for port calls on Grand Turk, Turks and
Caicos. The deal is still subject to legislative approval in the
Turks and Caicos, but, if approved, a Carnival spokeswoman said the
company estimated a construction start in July, with completion by
ROYAL OLYMPIA CRUISES' woes continued last
week, as the Athens-based cruise line cancelled the next voyages of
the Olympia Voyager, a 17-day cruise that was to have departed Jan.
2 from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to the southern Caribbean and South
America, and the Jan. 5 sailing of the Olympia Explorer from Los
Angeles to the Hawaiian Islands. The cancellations leave the ships
out of service until at least Jan. 19. The vessels have been
restricted from entering foreign ports as a result of ongoing
Chapter 11 negotiations between the companies that own the ships --
subsidiaries of Royal Olympia -- and a group of lenders. A
spokesman for Royal Olympia said refunds will be made available
through an escrow account. Information on obtaining a refund will
be made available through the Federal Maritime Commission Web site
NEW BUSINESS CARDS at Crystal Cruises:
• Bill Smith, the former Silvers Cruises president and COO, will
join Crystal Cruises as senior vice president of sales and
marketing, taking over from Adam Levant, who left to join an
• The line also announced a handful of promotions: Barbara Gillian
was promoted from director of Crystal's air department to vice
president of passenger services. Thomas Mazola transitioned from
vice president of hotel operations to senior vice president of
hotel operations. Mimi Weisband was promoted from director of
public relations to vice president of public relations.