- Weekend Cruise News
- New Radisson Seven Seas Ship
- Florida To Prosecute Cruise Crimes
- New $50 Alaska Cruise Tax?
- Teens Disrupt Voyager Cruise
- Royal Caribbean - Record Earnings
- Weekend Cruise News
- Carnival Extends San Juan Stay
- Celebrity's Infinity To Alaska in 2001
- Star To Launch Luxury Ship
- NCL Announces New Ship
- Weekend Cruise News
- Passenger Disappears From Ship
- Celebrity To Cruise South America
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- RCI Eliminates Voyager Extra Charges
- New Carnival Ship & Itinerary
- Celebrity Announces New Infinity Itinerary
- Cruise Tax Scuttled
- Princess' Next Ship: Golden Princess
- Premier Sells OceanBreeze
4-28-00 Weekend Cruise News One of CruiseMates' industry spies reports that Princess has embarked on a new project -- code named "Lady Di" -- a 155,000-ton new build project that will not be marketed to North Americans, but in the Pacific Rim for the Austral-Asian market. According to the rumor, Princess plans to announce the construction of this mega-megaliner -- the largest cruise ship ever constructed -- at the Sydney Olympics.
The first cruise ship of the year arrived in Vancouver on Tuesday. Statendam docked at 11am at Canada Place following a 3 day coastal voyage from San Diego. Nieuw Amsterdam arrives Sunday and Universe Explorer on Wednesday to prepare for the Alaska season. Nieuw Amsterdam will be the first to set sail for Alaska on Thursday May 4.
Meanwhile the Bermuda season is underway with Zenith and Norwegian Majesty sailing from New York and Boston respectively. May 7, Pacific Princess and Nordic Empress will begin their New York to Bermuda season followed on May 10 by Crown Dynasty operating from Philadelphia. Regal Empress will make one sailing to Bermuda on October 4, from Charleston.
Ships are positioning for European cruises. Noordam has arrived in Lisbon and is undergoing a $2.6 million refurbishment. Public areas will be spruced up and there will be a complete new layout for 20 deluxe cabins including new furniture, TVs and minibar cabinets. Standard cabins will receive new upholstery, carpet and tiles. Launched in 1984, Noordam carries a $2 million collection of art and artifacts. This classic, smaller vessel is popular with traditional ship enthusiasts and offers some of the best values in European cruising this summer.
Pat Riley, the popular Miami HEAT basketball team Coach, will host the Seabourn Legend's July 21 cruise. Riley will be the guest lecturer on board the ultra-luxury vessel as its sails for 10 days in Scandinavia and Russia. Known for his winning personality and attitude, Pat Riley is a much sought after motivational speaker whose successful basketball coaching career includes bringing four championships to the Los Angeles Lakers and guiding the struggling Miami HEAT to their fourth consecutive Atlantic Division title.
Holland America has also scheduled a special cruise in Scandinavia and Russia, this one hosted by teen actresses, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The two superstars have been named Teen Admirals Holland America, 2000-2001. Family and fans will join them on board the Maasdam for the 7-day June 25 cruise, round-trip from Stockholm, calling at Tallinn, Estonia; 2 days in St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland and Visby, in Gotland, Sweden. The actresses will also be on hand to dedicate the Zaandam next Thursday, May 4, when Holland America Line holds special inaugural ceremonies for their newest vessel in Ft. Lauderdale.Back to Top
4-28-00 New Radisson Seven Seas Ship Radisson Seven Seas Cruises' new luxury Seven Seas Mariner will be the first all-suite, all-balcony ship, scheduled for delivery in March, 2001. The 50,000-ton, 700-passenger ship will boast the highest passenger/space ratio of any vessel afloat, with single, open-seating dining in four restaurants. Additional features include "Club.com," an internet cafe, and a Judith Jackson Spa and Beauty Salon.
Eight passenger decks will have 262 suites with a minimum of 301 sq. feet, all with balconies, walk-in closets, marble bathrooms with full tubs and showers. Another 92 suites will range in size from 449 to 1,580 sq. feet. The four restaurants include "Signatures," staffed by Cordon Bleu-trained chefs; Latitudes, a 70-seat reservations-only restaurant with tableside food preparation and caviar tasting; the Compass Rose, the vessel's main dining room seating 570 plus La Veranda, with indoor/outdoor dining. In addition to the spa, fitness facilities will include a gymnasium, full jogging track and sports deck with golf cages.
Special savings of 50% are available off the second-person fare on select five- to 28-day itineraries. From March 22 through early April, 2001, Seven Seas Mariner will sail on nine-night voyages between Ft. Lauderdale and Costa Rica with a partial transit of the Panama Canal. In April, May and November, the ship will sail from Ft. Lauderdale to Caribbean. From June through August, 2001, Mariner will cruise Alaska on seven- to 11-night sailings. In September, 2001, the Mariner will sail roundtrip from San Francisco or Los Angeles on a 26-night "South Pacific Odyssey" to the Marquesas and French Polynesia, Christmas Island and the Hawaiian Islands. For a brochure, call Radisson Seven Seas Cruises at 800-477-7500. Back to Top
4-26-00 Florida To Prosecute Cruise Crimes Those who commit a crime aboard a cruise ship sailing within 100 miles of Florida can be prosecuted by the state. This is a recent ruling of the state Supreme Court, following a crime committed by a passenger from Chicago aboard Premier's Atlantic (Big Red Boat) in 1997. The defense had argued that only the federal government could prosecute a crime on the high seas. In its ruling, the state's highest court upheld a state law that triggers Florida's jurisdiction on ships outside territorial waters if half the people on the ship boarded in Florida and planned to disembark in Florida -- and if no other government was prosecuting. Back to Top
4-25-00 New $50 Alaska Cruise Tax? Following debate on regulating the cruise industry's waste discharges into Alaskan waters, the Alaska Senate passed a bill requiring cruise lines to pay $50 per passenger for each ship that enters Alaskan waters. Juneau recently levied a $5 per person tax on cruisers, but the new tax, if passed, would replace this. The bill is now before Alaska's House Representatives. If passed, it will wind up on the governor's desk. Back to Top
4-24-00 Teens Disrupt Voyager Cruise Can a ship carry too many children? Judging by the events that transpired aboard Voyager of the Seas' April 15, 2000 voyage, the answer may be yes. There were around 800 children aboard the sailing, including 400 rowdy teenagers. After sneaking into the disco at night, teens got drunk, broke glasses, threw chairs overboard and pushed all elevator buttons. They were so disruptive that Captain Johnny Faevelin finally made an announcement imposing a curfew of midnight, with a stern warning to parents: "It's not Royal Caribbean's responsibility to teach parents how to behave. It is your responsibility to chaperone and take care of your kids, to make sure they are in bed at the proper time," he said. Nancy Corbin, who created Royal Caribbean's "Adventure Ocean Program," said that the cruise line may have to start limiting the number of children allowed aboard the ship.Back to Top
4-24-00 Royal Caribbean - Record Earnings In a pleasant surprise for cruise line investors, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. reported a 17 percent rise in first-quarter net income. The company attributed consumer acceptance of Voyager of the Seas and millennium New Year's cruises to the boost in revenue. The results beat analysts' estimates by a penny a share according to a data compiled by market research firm First Call/Thomson Financial.
Royal Caribbean posted a net income of $105.5 million, or 55 cents a share, for the first quarter compared with net income of $90.2 million, or 49 cents per share, in the year-ago quarter. The results also include revenue from Celebrity Cruise Lines which is also owned by RCI.
Shares of big cruise companies such as Royal Caribbean and Carnival Corp. have been hit hard in the last few months because of concerns that the market won't be able to absorb all the new ships coming out.
Carnival recently released earnings and noted concern about lower "yields" which is another way of saying "revenue per passenger per day," however, Royal Caribbean's gross yields were actually higher than a year ago by 1%, and net yields were up even more.
P&O Cruise Lines, parent company of Princess, also reported record breaking earnings last month and said that its cruise business was stronger than ever.Back to Top
4-21-00 Weekend Cruise News New characters are appearing on board Premier Cruises' ships. Fuzzy wuzzy bear, a dolphin, seal and clam will entertain children. They replace the Looney Tunes characters formerly on board. The children's turndown service may be reintroduced later in the year. Other news from Premier, the Rembrandt is still scheduled to become the Big Red Boat IV but not in November 2000 as originally planned. Scheduling is still being finalized and the name change is not expected to take place before 2001. Troubles continue for Premier's Seabreeze which is reported to be sailing at reduced speed and unable to make all ports on its weekly itinerary�� Star Cruises continues to expand its cruising regions with the announcement that MegaStar Capricorn will homeport in Dubai. The 4,200 grt, 100 passenger all suite ship is the former Sun Viva II, recently acquired by Star Cruises when it purchased Sun Cruises of Singapore. It will be the first vessel based in the Arabian Gulf. By November, Star expects to position a 700-passenger cruise ship in the region. The ship will be customized for the Arabian market with signage and announcements in both Arabic and English, Arabian cuisine, music and entertainment. Cruises will call at Abu Dhabi and Sir Bani Yas Island which has been developed by the Royal Family of Abu Dhabi into an open wildlife park with thousands of protected animals. Ports in Oman and the Arabian Gulf will be added to the itinerary in the near future��Alaska might tax cruise lines $50.00 for each passenger brought into the State. The proposed tax has been added to a Senate bill requiring cruise ships to divulge what they dump over the side in Alaska. The tax will replace Juneau's $5.00 per passenger tax approved by the capitol's voters last fall, as $5.00 will be given to the ports of the first five towns ships visit in Alask.a. The bill was passed by the Senate committee on Wednesday but has yet to pass into law��� More than 100 sailing ships, the largest flotilla of Tall Ships ever assembled are participating in the International Sail Training Association's transatlantic race to celebrates the millennium. On April 16, they set sail from Southampton heading for Cadiz where the transatlantic race to Bermuda begins May 7. They are expected in Bermuda June 9 to 12 with celebrations and special events planned during their visit. Cruise ships calling at Bermuda at this time are in for a treat. Crown Dynasty has a special "Tall Ships 2000 and Queen's Birthday" theme cruise sailing from Philadelphia to Bermuda on June 7. The tall ships will sail together from Bermuda, spending a month on the east coast. The flotilla will be in New York July 2-9. QE2 will sail from New York, July 1 on a 4-day cruise to nowhere, returning to New York harbour July 4 for the Tall Ships Celebration. �.The Alaska season is almost underway. Next Tuesday, Statendam is scheduled to arrive in Vancouver from San Diego, the first cruise ship of the year in the Port of Vancouver. The first Alaska departure will be the Nieuw Amsterdam on May 4.......If you've never attended a ship's christening, here's your chance: the christening of P&O's new Aurora27, at 11:00am Southampton time. The 76,000 grt ship carries 1,850 passengers and is the largest in P&0's fleet. Watch the festivities on the Aurora page of the P&O web site, www.pocruises.com��Linger longer in the Panama Canal. Radisson Seven Seas ships stay for two days in the canal, and many visit the Gatun Yacht Club as well. See CruiseMates page of Radisson Seven Seas itineraries for details.Back to Top
4-21-00 Carnival Extends San Juan Stay Cruisers frequently complain about ships that arrive in San Juan after the stores and attractions have closed. Carnival Cruise Lines gives passengers aboard the smoke-free Paradise a full day in Puerto Rico, beginning on the September 3, 2000 departure. The ship's new itinerary features a 13-hour stay in San Juan, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., enabling them to take shore excursions, shop and sample evening nightlife. In addition, Paradise will retain Thursday calls at St. Thomas with port time there being extended an additional hour, and the ship will also visit Nassau, which replaces Virgin Gorda/Tortola. Back to Top
4-20-00 Celebrity's Infinity To Alaska in 2001 Celebrity Cruises has announced that its newest ship, Infinity, will join Mercury in Alaska in 2001. Sister ship to the new Millennium, Infinity will sail on seven night Alaska/Hubbard Glacier cruises round-trip from Vancouver between May 22 and Sept. 14, 2001. The 1,950-passenger ship will also make a May 1, 2001 10-night positioning cruise from San Francisco to Vancouver, calling in Seattle, Victoria, Sitka, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan. The nine-night southbound positioning cruise, scheduled Sept. 21, 2001, sails from Vancouver and San Diego.
Mercury will sail from Vancouver to Seward, Alaska (port of Anchorage) on seven-night cruises, scheduled from May 11 to Aug. 31, 2001. The ship cruises the Inside Passage, Hubbard Glacier and College Fjord, stopping in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Valdez, Alaska. Seven-night Alaska/Hubbard Glacier cruises, departing September 14 and 21, sail round-trip from Vancouver, British Columbia, visiting Juneau and Skagway, Alaska; Hubbard Glacier (cruise);Ketchikan, Alaska; Inside Passage (cruise); and Vancouver, British Columbia.
Infinity is the second ship in Celebrity's Millennium-class fleet. It is designed with a total of 80 percent of staterooms offering an ocean view, and 74 percent of those have verandas. Like Millennium, the first ship in the class, Infinity is the first to incorporate environmentally-benign gas turbine propulsion systems, which substantially decrease emissions. The 1,950-passenger Millennium joins the fleet in June, 2000. Infinity sets sail in February 2001, and two additional vessels will join the fleet by 2002. For additional information, visit the company's web site at www.celebritycruises.com.Back to Top
4-20-00 Star To Launch Luxury Ship Star Cruises and Hainan will introduce a 1,900-passenger luxury cruise ship, the Baopingxing, on cruises between China and Vietnam, scheduled to become fully operational October 1, 2000, China's National Day. The ship will make three cruises per week, each of 36 hours duration, from China's southernmost island province of Hainan to Vietnam. The cruise ship will stop over in Haikou, capital of Hainan, Sanya and Ha Long and Hai-phong in Vietnam. Back to Top
4-17-00 NCL Announces New Ship Under new ownership with Star Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line is adapting Star's cruising concept, new to Americans, called "Freestyle Cruising." Starting with the October, 2002 debut of a 91,000-ton ship currently under construction in Germany, NCL passengers will find a unique feature in large-ship cruising: open seating in the main dining rooms. The ship's two main dining rooms will each offer a different menu and round-the-clock buffet-style restaurant with bistro service in the evenings will also be available. The new ship will boast la carte specialty dining in five small gourmet and ethnic restaurants with varied menus.
Norwegian Cruise Line's new 2,300-passenger ship was being built by parent company Star Cruises, designed for the custom-built for the "Freestyle Cruising" concept. Additional features will include computer ports in every cabin, a cyber cafe and on-board enrichment programs. Children will have their own buffet restaurant and movie theater. Staterooms will include a full deck of 107 mini-suites with balconies plus 372 standard cabins with private verandas. Back to Top
4-14-00 Weekend Cruise News Look for a story this week about year-round three- and four-day cruises to Cuba from the Bahamas. The good news is Americans can book them in the U.S. and visit Cuba with prior approval and in compliance with U.S. law. ...... On March 30, 2000, Holland America's Rotterdam suffered damage to the ship's starboard bow when a huge storm and rogue wave struck the vessel near Midway Island. There was no damage to the water tight doors or structural strength of the ship. Repairs were made during the voyage and Rotterdam continued on its World Cruise, arriving in Hawaii as planned on April 4, 2000�� Work has commenced on the construction of the additional cruise berth at Canada Place in Vancouver, B.C. Pile driving is scheduled through October this year. The 2000 cruise season will not be effected, nor will the current businesses operating in Canada Place. The Port of Vancouver is preparing for a record breaking 1 million passenger season. New ships sailing to Alaska this year are Norwegian Sky, Ocean Princess, Volendam and Seven Seas Navigator�.�NCL's new "Vacation Stretcher" brochure is now available. For those seeking leisure or sightseeing time pre or post-cruise, Vacation Stretchers offer a choice of 40 customized pre and post-cruise land stays in 15 diverse destinations including Buenos Aires/Aguazu Falls, Santiago, Paris, Athens, Istanbul, San Juan, Honolulu and others��.Star Cruises' Superstar Leo has begun a season of cruises from Hong Kong. From April 2 through September 24, 2000 Leo will sail from Hong Kong on 2-,3- and 5-night cruises to Sanya, Hainan Island; Danang, Vietnam and Xiamen, China. The 76,8000 grt ship carries 2,000 passengers (lower berths) and entered service in October, 1998��.A special 3-day Bahamas cruise is being offered by the newest ship in the Carnival fleet, Carnival Victory. Sail from Miami, Thursday October 12 and return Sunday October 15. The 102,000 grt, 758 passenger Carnival Victory is a sister ship of Carnival Destiny and Triumph. Currently in the final stages of construction, Carnival Victory is scheduled to debut on August 31. Following the 3-day Bahamas cruise, Victory will undertake a year-round program of alternating eastern/western itineraries from Miami��.QE2 will sail four transatlantic theme voyages this year from Boston to Southampton. The four sailings feature special entertainment and speakers on a variety of topics: May 11 "Gardens of Great Britain"; June 6, "Floating Jazz Festival" featuring Dave Brubeck and Luie Bellson; September 4, "View of the New Century" with historians and futurists on board and September 24 "Beyond the Human Limit" featuring famous people who have endured or excelled exceptionally. "The New Yorker's" celebrity cartoonists will also be aboard for the September crossings. Cunard's new guarantee rates on QE2 apply to these sailings.
** Please note: The MTS Arcadia sailings on the Great Lakes will take place the summer of 2001, not this summer as reported in the April 9 weekend news.Back to Top
4-12-00 Passenger Disappears From Ship A passenger aboard Radisson Seven Seas' Paul Gauguin has disappeared from the ship between Tahiti and Raiatea last Sunday, April 9, 2000. After a thorough search of the ship, investigators flew helicopters over the route, but this was called off. Police are still investigating the disappearance. Radisson's Paul Gauguin sails French Polynesia year-round from Tahiti. Back to Top
4-10-00 Celebrity To Cruise South America Celebrity Cruises will send Mercury on a southern route next winter during a series of South America voyages, many offered with extended tours ashore. Scheduled from Nov. 26, 2000 through March 9, 2001, the six 10 to 15 night Mercury cruises visit popular ports such as Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Devil's Island and other locales. The Feb. 22, 2001 "Rio Carnival and the Amazon" itinerary includes a stay in Rio plus seats at the Samaodromo for the city's Carnival Samba parade. To obtain a South America brochure call Celebrity at (800) 211-4789. Back to Top
4-8-00 Weekend Cruise News Carnival Corporation shareholders don't have to travel to Miami to attend meetings anymore -- the next shareholders meeting will be broadcast live by audio at the company's web site www.carnivalcorp.com. Interested parties may tune in Monday, April 10, 2000 at 11:00 a.m. (ET)....A fantastic July 4 fireworks display is planned when both Disney Magic and Disney Wonder meet in the waters off Castaway Cay. The nighttime pyrotechnic show will light up the Bahamian sky to cap off the Independence Day festivities� The winners of NCL's "Name The Ship" contest chose Norwegian Sun as the name of NCL's next ship, scheduled for delivery on September 1, 2001. The 80,000-ton vessel will be similar to the Norwegian Sky, carrying 2,012 passengers and a crew of over 800. ��.Meanwhile, NCL will close down it's Australian Norwegian Capricorn Line October 9, 2000. The Norwegian Star (ex. Royal Odyssey, Royal Viking Sea), currently based in Sydney for South Pacific cruising, will be deployed elsewhere in Asia����Premier's SeaBreeze had more trouble this week. The Sunday sailing was delayed until Monday with passengers put up in hotels overnight before sailing a revised schedule to Playa del Carmen, Cozumel and Key West. Passengers will receive a free cruise and a $50.00 ship board credit as compensation�� From Carnival, an announcement that guests will now receive a gift basket of name brand products in their stateroom. His and hers items including products such as Thermasilk Shampoo and conditioner, Phisoderm Daily Skin Cleanser, Soft Soap Body Wash, replace the company's generic shampoo and conditioner. ��..A new cruise terminal will be built in Southampton by P&O. Construction will begin early this summer with completion expected in the Spring of 2001. The new terminal will be built on the site of the existing Mayflower Cruise Terminal. Southampton is the UK's busiest passenger port with 300,000 passengers set to visit in 2000..�.. A new small ship will be plying the waters of the Great Lakes this summer. The MTS Arcadia, chartered by Great Lakes Cruises Inc, arrives in Toronto, Ontario, June 12 with the final sailing from Windsor, Ontario October 20. The 5,110-ton vessel carries 225 passengers. There will be 11 itineraries of 3, 4 and 7-nights. All the Great Lakes will be visited, but not on every cruise. Special features will include 2 or 3 lecturers on board offering nature, geological, historical and photographic expertise, a dance band and jazz pianist will perform every night, robes and umbrellas in all cabins. Back to Top
4-7-00 RCI Eliminates Voyager Extra Charges CruiseMates has learned that Royal Caribbean International has eliminated extra charges for all special activities as well as its alternative restaurant, Johnny Rockets. According to Royal Caribbean spokesperson, Michelle Smith, the company is conducting a "test period" of eliminating charges for activities such as ice skating, rock climbing, roller blading and golf. In addition, passengers will not pay to eat at the food concession, Johnny Rockets. Smith said the reason the company initially levied these fees was the belief that passengers would understand they were special, not normally part of the cruise experience. However, negative feedback from passengers has led the cruise line cut the extra costs. Back to Top
4-7-00 New Carnival Ship & Itinerary Carnival Cruise Line will introduce a new class of vessel with the debut of the 84,000-ton Carnival Spirit in May, 2001. The 2,124-passenger vessel will begin service on a series of one-week Alaska cruises between Vancouver and Seward/Anchorage. Following a repositioning cruise to Miami, Spirit will commence alternating eight-day "exotic" southern and western Caribbean cruises, beginning Nov. 3, 2001. The southern route will include visits to St. Maarten, Barbados and Martinique, while eight-day western Caribbean voyages include stops at Belize City, Belize; Limon, Costa Rica; and Colon, Panama (optional Panama Canal and Gatun Lake excursions available). The program ends with an eight-day southern Caribbean cruise departing March 27, 2002.
The new "Spirit" class ships will have a two-level fitness facility, an outdoor wrap-around promenade and two levels of bars, lounges and nightspots. Other features include is a children's play area, a wedding chapel and several swimming pools, one of which will feature a retractable dome. Dining options will include an alternative restaurant that will be bordered on one end by the ship's massive smokestack and on the other will extend out over the uppermost section of the vessel's multi-decked atrium. An expansive Lido-area eatery offering casual alternatives for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a two-level main dining room for all guests, will be featured, as well. Eighty percent of the vessel's accommodations will be ocean view with 80 percent of those offering private verandahs. Back to Top
4-6-00 Celebrity Announces New Infinity Itinerary Celebrity Cruises has opened bookings for Infinity the second of four 91,000-ton Millennium-class ships. A sister ship to Millennium, which enters service in June, 2000, Infinity will be introduced February 3, 2001 on a 14-night westbound trans-canal voyage from Ft. Lauderdale to San Diego; the ship will again repeat this itinerary March 24, 2000. Celebrity's first season in Hawaii begins with Infinity's 11-night Mexico-Hawaii sailing, departing Ensenada on Feb. 17 and April 7, 2001. The ship will then sail a 10-night Hawaii-Mexico itinerary departing Honolulu April 18, 2000. On May 1, Infinity sails a 14-night repositioning cruise from San Francisco to Vancouver, including Juneau,Skagway, Ketchikan and the Inside Passage. She will then commence a full season of Alaska cruises. Rates for Infinity's trans-canal voyages begin at $1,499; Hawaii itineraries begin at $1,099; fares are per person, double occupancy, cruise only. For additional information or to book a cruise, call you travel agent or call Celebrity at (800) 437-3111. The company's web site is: www.celebritycruises.com. Back to Top
4-5-00 Cruise Tax Scuttled Florida Governor Jeb Bush (brother to the "W" in case you didn't know) stunned the Florida Marlins and many state legislators yesterday by announcing in a surprise opinion column in Monday's Miami Herald that he would veto a proposed tax of $4 per head/per day on cruise ship passengers. The tax proposal was initiated by Florida Marlins owner John Henry to build a new stadium in the Miami port area for the baseball team.
The governor had decided to oppose the tax after a meeting with cruise line lobbyists over the weekend, and though he made calls to key senators late Sunday night as a "heads-up" his column came as a surprise to many. The proposal had the backing of several state senators.
The Marlins had been pulling out all the stops to get the tax bill passed including sending their star athletes to Tallahassee to lobby the state senators. Henry, who claims to have been working on the proposal for 1 1/2 years was dejected but vowed to keep fighting.
Bush said he agreed with the cruise industry argument that a tax would eliminate jobs and force cruise ships to flee Miami-Dade for other ports. He stated that it was ``bad public policy'' to build a stadium ``on the backs of one of Florida's most vital industries.''
Though the tax was gaining momentum in the state senate, his stated opposition in the column was an implicit threat to veto the measure before it had a chance to reach the voters. This effectively killed the bill in the senate.Back to Top
4-4-00 Princess' Next Ship: Golden Princess Princess Cruises has announced that the name of its next new ship will be Golden Princess. The 109,000-ton vessel is a second sister ship to Grand Princess. Scheduled to enter April, 2001 in the Caribbean, Golden Princess will then reposition to the Mediterranean for a summer/fall season of voyages. The cruise line also has another sister ship to Grand Princess on order, scheduled to set sail in January 2002. Four additional vessels will be built; when introduced by the end of 2004, the company will more than double in size to 30,000 berths.Back to Top
4-3-00 Premier Sells OceanBreeze Premier Cruise Line's OceanBreeze will leave the fleet. It has been purchased by Imperial Majesty Cruise Line, a South Florida company which specializes in two-night Bahamas cruises and has leased the vessel since January, 1999. Effective April 19, 2000, the OceanBreeze will sail from Ft. Lauderdale to Nassau every other day at rates beginning at $149 per person, double occupancy.Back to Top