Cruises is in the design phase of a new ship called the
Victoria Jenna, which will be built in 2005 for
sailing in 2006, TC has learned.
It will be built on
the model of the 133-cabin Victoria Katarina, the lines newest
ship, which was launched last March.
Katarina is the first of a new generation of larger, more elaborate
ships that will characterize the Victoria line in the
In response to
rumblings that Travel Corp., the parent of
Trafalgar Tours, will acquire an interest in
Uniworld, Serba Illich, the river cruise operators
president, confirmed that he has, indeed, been in talks with Travel
Corp. about a strategic partnership.
But while sources
at Travel Corp. said, Its very near. Its going to happen, TC has
been told that no deal has been finalized.
Whats the hang-up?
Well, it turns out Uniworlds substantial European holdings include
a number of subsidiaries with contracts written in German or Dutch.
Also, the subsidiaries are governed under Swiss or Dutch law. The
whole thing takes some sorting out.
TC has learned that
the Olympics proved to be a gold mine for more than just the U.S.
Athens Ledra Hotel hosted the NBC cast and crew who
telecast the Games for the past two weeks. And NBC holds the rights
for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where Marriott has three
properties and will open a fourth in time for the Games.
Were bidding on
hosting the NBC folks again. Theyre winners for us, a Marriott