Apple Vacations looking for new cruise supplier

NEW YORK -- Apple Vacations will seek to partner with another supplier to offer weeklong Bermuda cruises from Philadelphia following the bankruptcy of Commodore Cruise Line, said a company spokesman.

Commodore's Crown Cruise Line division had been scheduled to offer Bermuda cruises aboard the 800-passenger Crown Dynasty between June and October as part of a partnership with Apple.

Those plans were scuttled when Commodore filed for bankruptcy last week. Apple will now "initiate another project that will bring another cruise line to Philadelphia," according to the spokesman.

Apple had planned to charter the Crown Dynasty until 2003, and was instrumental in luring the ship to Philadelphia.

Commodore, along with Philadelphia, the state of Pennsylvania and the region's two maritime agencies, collectively spent $5 million to renovate an old Navy industrial building into a cruise terminal for the Bermuda service.

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