Celebrity orders a fourth
Celebrity ordered a
fourth 2,850-passenger, Solstice-class ship from
German shipbuilder Meyer Werft, for delivery in the fall of 2011,
even though the first in the series won't debut until next year.
The Equinox and Eclipse follow in 2009 and 2010, respectively.
Celebrity estimated the all-in cost to be about $798 million, based
on current exchange rates.
Hawaii Superferry delays launch
The Hawaii Superferry
delayed its scheduled launch from July 1 to "late summer" because
of a "delay in hand-over procedures at the shipyard," said a
company spokeswoman. The vessel is still at the shipyard in Mobile,
Ala., where it was built, awaiting Coast Guard inspection.
A spokeswoman for shipbuilder Austal USA
said, "This is not uncommon. The Coast Guard physically inspects
the vessel, item by item, everything from life vests to flashlight
batteries, just as though there were passengers onboard."
NCL signs up for recruiting
NCL Corp. will give
priority hiring status on its U.S.-flagged NCL America ships to
veterans in an army employment program.
The line signed an agreement with the
U.S. Army Recruiting Command to participate in the U.S. Army's
Partnership for Youth Success program. Army recruits in the program
will sign a statement of intent to interview for one of
approximately 50 positions on NCL America ships upon completion of
their term of service, NCL said. Some 500 U.S. corporations and
public-sector agencies are part of the program.
Mandarin Oriental in Beijing
Mandarin Oriental signed a deal to
manage its first hotel in Beijing. The 241-room Mandarin
Oriental, Beijing is scheduled to open in mid-2008 in a
contemporary downtown complex that will include the headquarters of
China Central Television. Aside from Hong Kong and Macau, the
company has two other projects in development in China. A hotel
will open on Hainan Island this year, and one will open in
Guangzhou in 2010.
Marriott reflags hotel in
Marriott has reflagged the former PLM
Saint Jacques hotel in Paris. It is now the Paris Marriott
Rive Gauche Hotel & Conference Center. According to
Marriott, which acquired the Left Bank property last year, it is
the largest hotel convention site in Paris, with 757 rooms and
48,883 square feet of conference space.
Vladivostok Air seeks U.S.
Vladivostok Air filed a
Department of Transportation application for rights to operate
scheduled flights from Vladivostok and other Russian points to
Anchorage and Seattle, beginning April 1.
New York weighs sex tourism
New York Gov. Eliot
Spitzer and legislative leaders reached agreement on a
bill to combat trafficking in human beings. The measure includes
language that declares it is a felony to knowingly sell travel
services that facilitate prostitution. The parties said the
proposal clarified existing law as it related to the business they
called "prostitution tourism."
Frontier, Spirit tout Latin
Frontier won final
approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation to extend its
route system to San Jose, Costa Rica, and began taking reservations
for the new service, which will begin Nov. 30, operating four times
a week from Denver with Airbus A319 aircraft. Frontier already
serves Canada and Mexico, but this is the carrier's first route to
meanwhile, continued its buildup of service in the region,
disclosing plans for service between Fort Lauderdale and Managua,
Nicaragua, beginning Aug. 2. Spirit is already in San Jose and
Guatemala City and is planning service to San Pedro Sula, Honduras,
and Lima, Peru.
Hurricane forecast: A to L,
The National Hurricane
Center's annual forecast for the six-month
Atlantic hurricane season, which officially begins
June 1, calls for 13 to 17 named storms that could swell into seven
to 10 hurricanes, three of which could be "intense," with winds
above 110 mph.
The 2007 season already produced
subtropical storm Andrea on May 9. (Weather systems become named
storms when winds reach 39 mph; storms become hurricanes with winds
of at least 74 mph.) Last year's season was below average, but it
followed the record-breaking 2005 season that produced Katrina,
Radisson Edwardian plans London
Radisson Edwardian Hotels set Sept. 10
as the opening date for what will be its 12th hotel in London, the
Radisson Edwardian New Providence Wharf, a
169-room, four-star property in London's Docklands.
The location is said to be close to
Canary Wharf, Excel (site of the annual World Travel Market) and
Greenwich Park, an expected venue for some Olympic events when
London hosts the Summer Games in 2012.
Hilton Hotels Corp.
announced that Matthew Hart, the company's
president and COO, will assume the role of president and CEO,
effective Jan. 1. Hart, who also is a board member, will replace
Stephen Bollenbach as CEO. " " " ResortQuest
Hawaii appointed Dana Washofski, director of
marketing for the company's 26 properties on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and
Hawaii. She previously was the marketing communications manager for
Marriott International Hawaii. ResortQuest also named Wendi
Vasconcellos group sales manager. She had been leisure
sales manager for Castle Resorts and Hotels.