- Princess Signs with Mitsubishi
- Ships On Hand for America's Cup Race
- Carnival/Fairfield Communities Update
- Weekend Cruise News
- HAL Changes for 2001 Caribbean Cruises
- Two New Ships for Royal Olympic
- Star Cruises Bangkok Terminal Announced
- Environmentally Friendly Cruising
- Weekend Cruise News
- Carnival Destiny Update
- Destiny Power Restored
- Major Refit for Crystal Harmony
- The Return of Crown Odyssey
- Carnival Destiny Loses Power
- Carousel Evacuated
- Valentines Day News
- Hot Off the Grill
- NCL News
- Weekend Cruise News
- Titanic Tours
- CDC Enhances Ship Rating Reports
- No Mega-Ships for Bermuda
- Port Tax Decision Reversed
- Man Overboard
- P&O Plans New Cruise Company
- Clipper Adventure Rescued
- Health & Wellness Voyages Planned
- Rotterdam 2001 World Cruise Announced
- Grand Princess To Caribbean Year Round
2-29-00 Princess Signs with Mitsubishi Princess has now signed the contract with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for the construction of two 113,000 grt ships for delivery in July 2003 and May 2004.
Originally announced last June, the contract signing confirms that for the first time, Princess ships will be built in Japan by Mitsubishi, builders of the Crystal Harmony.
The two ships will be the largest in the Princess fleet. They will feature low emission diesel and gas turbine propulsion, with the gas turbine installed in the funnel, and the latest waste treatment technology.
More than 70% of the cabins will be outside and more than 75% of those will have balconies.
On board will be four swimming pools including one in a conservatory with a bar and sliding glass roof. The health club and spa will have an outdoor sunken terraced pool. A children's splash pool will be a welcome addition for families.
The Grand Class Cruising concept of Princess will include 24-hour dining with three restaurants, a Lido cafe, pizzeria and two theme restaurants for passengers' dining pleasure.
A wedding chapel, business center, virtual reality center and mini golf will join the usual ship board public areas.Back to Top
2-28-00 Ships On Hand for America's Cup Race Silver Cloud, Marco Polo and Sky Princess will be in Auckland, New Zealand this week for the America's Cup. Passengers on ships calling at Auckland this season have been able to enjoy the excitement of the prestigious yacht races. The Maritime Museum and America's Cup shop are walking distance from the wharves where cruise ships dock. Nearby, at the yacht basin, the technologically sophisticated yachts can be seen preparing for the races in the hope of winning the world's oldest sporting trophy.
The Italian team, Prada won the Louis Vuitton Cup giving them the chance to race New Zealand, current holders of the trophy, in the best of nine race final which started February 14th. Racing for the Louis Vuitton Cup began October 18, 1999 with teams from many nations participating.
Excitement has been high in Auckland, known as "The City of Sails" throughout the race season. Light winds have forced the postponement of Races 1, 3 and 4 of the finals but cruise ships schedules have still managed to coincide with race days.
Silversea Cruises' luxury ship, Silver Cloud arrived in Auckland February 26 for Race 3 of the America's Cup. Anchoring just off the Ragatta's course at the start-finish line, Silver Cloud was the only cruise ship amongst the estimated 2,000 boats and craft at the line which included the beautiful replica of Captain James Cook's three-masted Endeavour, the first European ship to visit New Zealand in 1769.
Passengers stayed aboard Silver Cloud over the weekend prior to disembarking the vessel at the end of their 12-day "Quest for America's Cup I" cruise. They were to watch Race 4 but that race was postponed due to light winds and is now scheduled for Tuesday. Passengers have boarded for the next voyage, "Quest for America's Cup II" and will be able to enjoy Race 4 from the start-finish line.
Silversea also arranged exclusive events for passengers at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, home of the America's Cup since 1995. New Zealand dignitaries and VIP's were on board Silver Cloud for lunches and dinners, hosted by the Captain and senior officers.
Orient Line's Marco Polo arrives March 1st in Auckland. Passengers will enjoy a hotel stay in Auckland allowing them to take in the race on March 2nd.
Princess Cruises' Sky Princess has been calling in Auckland during January and February and will be in town this week for the March 2nd race.
Norwegian Capricorn Line's Norwegian Star called at Auckland in mid February on a 14-day America's Cup theme cruise from Sydney.
RCI's Legend of the Seas was in Auckland overnight January 8th, during the semi-finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup allowing passengers to enjoy the evenings celebrations after the race.Back to Top
2-28-00 Carnival/Fairfield Communities Update It has been announced that the proposed strategic merger of the two companies will not take place but they will continue to develop a close working relationship. Present market conditions have prompted Carnival to reassess the merger at this time.Back to Top
2-25-00 Weekend Cruise News Add the Elation to your list of ships receiving perfect scores from the U.S. Health Inspectors. Elation scored 100 on its February 13th sanitation inspection.......Bob Dickinson, President of Carnival Cruise Lines is active in this week's retail travel news. He adds another feather to his cap as he joins the distinguished board of directors of ByeByeNOW.com. An interactive network of web sites and franchise travel agents, Bye ByeNOW designs its services for both internet and traditional markets. Meanwhile, Airtours, 26% owned by Carnival Corp. reports summer 2000 bookings are up seven percent. Airtours continues to expand this month with the purchase of UK tour operator, Manos (UK) Limited and Travel Services International......First European Cruises have announced the names of their two new builds which will be delivered in June 2001 and April 2002. European Vision and European Dream are to be built at Chantiers de L'Atlantique in France. The 56,800 grt sister ships will be similar in design the the Mistral and will carry 1,500 passengers......The revived Crown Cruise Line will be offering Bermuda "Sail and Stay" cruises this summer. The program will include a one week cruise on Crown Dynasty and a hotel stay in Bermuda..... It is disappointing to see Premier re-issue the press release announcing the Rembrandt will be the Big Red Boat IV. It had been hoped that the letter writing campaign to save the ship would be successful.Back to Top
2-24-00 HAL Changes for 2001 Caribbean Cruises Grab your partners for the Westerdam's new 5 and 8-day "Sock Hop" cruises. The rock'n roll theme cruises will sail round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale, calling at Key West, Half Moon Cay and Nassau, on the 5-day itinerary and Nassau, San Juan, St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Half Moon Cay on the 8-day. The cruises will operate from January 14 through April 13, and November 4 through December 16, 2001 as part of HAL's 2001 Caribbean schedule.
Holland America Line offers 29 different itineraries to the Caribbean in 2001 from three main ports of embarkation; Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa and San Juan. Most cruises include a visit to Half Moon Cay, the company's private island paradise in the Bahamas.
The Maasdam becomes HAL's year 'round Caribbean vessel sailing Eastern and Western cruises from Ft. Lauderdale. The Western ports of call will be Playa del Carmen/Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Half Moon Cay. On the Eastern itinerary, Maasdam calls at Nassau, San Juan, St. John/St. Thomas and Half Moon Cay.
The new Zaandam is scheduled to join Volendam in sailing alternating 10-day Seafarer and Wayfarer cruises to the Southern Caribbean. These popular cruises operate round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale from January 6 through April 6 and October 21 through December 12., 2001. Seafarer cruises feature visits to Bonaire, Margarita Island, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. John/St. Thomas and Nassau. Wayfarer cruises call at Curacao, La Guaira (Caracas), Trinidad, Martinique, St. John/ St. Thomas and Half Moon Cay.
Southern Caribbean cruises will also be offered from Tampa on the Noordam and from San Juan on the Veendam. Noordam's comprehensive 14-day itinerary features San Juan, St. John/St Thomas, Guadeloupe, Barbados, St. Lucia, Margarita Island, Bonaire, Aruba and Grand Cayman and is offered from January 7 through April 1, and again on December 5, 2001. Veendam's 7-day itinerary round-trip from San Juan calls at the Dominican Republic, Barbados, Martinique, St. Maarten and St. John/St. Thomas with sailings from January 6 through March 30 and October 19 through December 14, 2001.Back to Top
2-23-00 Two New Ships for Royal Olympic The innovative Olympic Voyager sets sail in the Mediterranean this summer The 25,000 grt ship has a sleek and fast monohull design capable of cruising at 27 knots, allowing more time in port.
Voyager is Royal Olympic's first new ship and their largest. Currently popular ship board features included on board are casual dining in the dining room and Garden Restaurant, interactive TV, in-cabin safes, video game room, cigar lounge, spa and health club and an outdoor bistro. Passenger capacity is 840 pampered by a crew of 360. Olympic Voyager will spend the winter of 2000 - 2001 in South America and the Caribbean.
In March 2001, Voyager's sister ship, Olympic Explorer will join the fleet for summer Mediterranean cruises. The new ships will not be replacing the Stella Solaris which will repeat the popular 56-day Circle South America cruise between January and March 2001.Back to Top
2-22-00 Star Cruises Bangkok Terminal Announced Star Cruises has been selected to develop and operate a cruise terminal at Laem Chabang, the port of Bangkok, Thailand. Named "Star Cruises Terminal Bangkok" the new terminal will be capable of docking the largest cruise ships afloat and those currently planned for the future. It will cost $15 million to build.
The agreement for a 30-year lease with extension for an additional two periods of 10 years each, was signed by the Port Authority of Thailand and Star Cruises. It is a part of Star Cruises commitment to develop Bangkok into one of the three major year-round fly/cruise hubs in the Asia-Pacific, along with Hong Kong and Singapore.
Laem Chabang, is a very busy container port, near the resort town of Pattaya, about a three hour drive from Bangkok. Star Cruises currently operate the Super Star Aries, the former Europa, on 3, 6 and 8-day cruises to Thai and Vietnamese ports from Laem Chabang. Other major cruise lines use the port for their seasonal sailings in the region.Back to Top
2-21-00 Environmentally Friendly Cruising Cruise Lines are making moves to lessen the impact of their ships on the natural environment. The creation of cleaner engines and achievement of ISO 14001 certification are two initiatives in this campaign.
The first gas turbine engine debuts in June on board Celebrity's Millennium. This system is designed to reduce exhaust emissions by up to 90 percent.
A smokeless diesel-electric propulsion system will be employed on Carnival's newbuilds in 2001. Code-named "project enviroengine", it is currently under development by Carnival in partnership with the Finnish engine manufacturer, Wartsila NSD. Carnival believes the diesel-electric systems are less taxing on precious fossil fuel supplies than the gas turbine system.
The ISO 14001 certification of cruise ships will identify those with the most sound environmental practices. Certification follows an extensive review of environmental operations. Celebrity announced last week that its fleet has been awarded ISO 14001 certification by the prestigious Lloyd's Register of Shipping classification society.Back to Top
2-18-00 Weekend Cruise News For the eighth year in a row, the National Professionals Network (NPN) will hold its popular conference cruise, this time on board RCI's Voyageur of the Seas. Vice President Al Gore and a "Who's who" of African-American leaders, celebrities and entrepreneurs will be on board from July 30 to August 6 attending educational seminars, nationally televised town hall meetings, networking and just relaxing. Participants will include Maya Angelou and San Francisco mayor, Willie Brown......The New York Times has launched an auction site which contains a number of cruises at www.auctions.nytoday.com. This is the third cruise auction site after www.allcruiseauction.com and www.egghead.com ..... Sandals Resorts plan to enter the cruise marketby June 2001. Based in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Sandals own sixteen Caribbean resorts including one in Cuba. They specialize in all inclusive resort vacations for couples........ Watch for new characters to entertain junior cruisers on board Premier's Big Red Boats in May. There aren't any cartoon characters sailing until then on Premier's ships........Renaissance plans to expand its cruise destinations to include Egypt, the Seychelles Islands and an African Safari. The progressive line has just announced a 50-day Cruise, Athens to Bangkok sailing November 20, 2000 to January 9, 2001.Back to Top
2-17-00 Carnival Destiny Update Shipboard entertainment and activities are continuing normally as Carnival Destiny sails back to Miami, where the cruise began last Sunday. Cruising at a speed of 10 to 11 knots, expected time of arrival in Miami is Friday evening. Passengers will be able live on board the ship, Saturday, with disembarkation on Sunday. Destiny is expected to sail on schedule for the February 20 cruise Sunday evening.
Passengers are being allowed to make complimentary phone calls for the next 24 hours. They will receive a full refund for their cruise and air as well as a 50% discount on a future 3 to 7-day Carnival cruise to be taken prior to December 15, 2001. Related Story Back to Top
2-16-00 Destiny Power Restored Partial power has been restored to the Carnival Destiny after being adrift for most of yesterday and last night. Technicians restored power to the port side propulsion engine about 5 a.m. EST this morning. Destiny is now on its way back to its homeport of Miami where it is expected to arrive sometime Friday evening. Related Story Back to Top
2-16-00 Major Refit for Crystal Harmony Crystal Harmony will arrive in Vancouver for the Alaska season with a stunning new look, thanks to numerous enhancements during her dry dock. Several design companies are involved in the overhaul which will see major improvements to public areas and penthouse suites.
Guests will arrive at the completely redecorated Crystal Cove Plaza. All furniture and fittings will be replaced in shades of green and rust. The Crystal Dining room will be richly decorated in golds, rusts and turquoise. Mahogany wall paneling and artwork, a stone, marble and granite entrance floor and ceiling center in gold colors will be new additions.
In the retail stores, Facets will increase in size with the removal of the wall separating the jewelry and gift sections. All shops will receive new carpets, fittings and fixtures. The Penthouse suites will also be refurbished with an emphasis on rich elegance and comfort. Other proposed improvements include the rewiring of the ship to enable internet access from each stateroom. Kyoto and Prego alternative dining areas will receive a completely new preparation kitchen.Back to Top
2-16-00 The Return of Crown Odyssey One of the most exciting events of the cruise year is Orient Lines' acquisition of Norwegian Crown, which will revert to her original name of Crown Odyssey. One of the most popular ships afloat from her inaugural season for Royal Cruise Line in 1988 to the demise of Line in 1996, Crown Odyssey had a huge following of loyal passengers who appreciated the unusual itineraries and quality of service on board this elegant, modern ship. Since becoming the Norwegian Crown for NCL, reviews have been mixed. It is expected that the move to Orient Lines' will return Crown Odyssey to her former glory.
The proposed refurbishment, to begin in April, includes new carpets, drapes and upholstery. The "Top of the Crown" lounge which features 360° views, will become Le Bar. A Palm Court will be created resulting in a smaller Sports Bar. The Yacht Club will be transformed from a lounge into a new restaurant. Photos of Crown Odyssey show a black hull, matching Orient Line's other ship, the Marco Polo. The 34,250-ton vessel has 527 spacious staterooms, many with huge picture windows and 16 classed as suites with balconies. Many of the public areas are beautifully decorated with glass including colorful, reflective ceilings. Crown Odyssey will be christened in Istanbul. Her inaugural sailing will be a 12-day cruise, Istanbul to Barcelona including overnight stays in both cities. After a season of Mediterranean cruises, Crown Odyssey will leave Europe October 31st on a five month journey to Africa, India, the Far East, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.Back to Top
2-15-00 Carnival Destiny Loses Power Carnival Destiny has been reported adrift in the Atlantic Ocean about 60 miles east of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Destiny suffered engine failure about 1:40 am EST. Carnival said Destiny was "experiencing a technical problem with its two cycloconverters, which control the transmission of electrical power to the ship's propulsion motors. Cycloconverters format electrical power generated by the ship's six diesel engines so that it can be used by the two electrical propulsion motors. Carnival reports the problem was not affecting the ship's hotel systems (meaning, showers, lights and air conditioning) and a team of technicians was en route to Destiny.Back to Top
2-14-00 Carousel Evacuated Mexican maritime authorities report that the Carousel sailed over rocks on Sunday morning, resulting in propeller and hull damage. A 50-ton oil spill has been reported with some contamination to beaches.
The ship had just sailed from Calica, 48 miles south of Cancun, on a 7-day cruise when the incident occurred. Crew members detected the damage eight hours later at which point all 750 passengers were forced to abandon the ship.
Small boats were sent out to the ship to ferry passengers and their luggage to shore. They were then either flown home or allowed to spend the week at a 5-star resort in Cancun. All sailings through March 11 have been cancelled. Passengers will receive a refund or a cruise on another ship.
The Carousel was formerly RCI's Nordic Prince. Bought by Airtours in 1995, it is under charter to Canadian tour operator, Sunquest Cruises. They offer a series of "Tequila Sunrise" winter cruise packages Carousel, including air from Canadian gateways. The 7-day cruises call at Cozumel, Puerto Cortes, Honduras; Roatan Bay Island; Grand Cayman; and Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Sunquest Cruises also offer package cruises on Sunbird and Sundream, foremerly RCI's Song of America and Song of Norway, also now owned by Airtours.Back to Top
2-14-00 Valentines Day News "Love Story" Stars to Christen Ocean Princess! It is destined to be the most romantic inaugural festivities ever as Princess pulls out all the stops in welcoming Ocean Princess to their fleet. Events got underway with the arrival of Ocean Princess in Ft. Lauderdale, Friday with romance icon Fabio on the bow, surrounded by a bevy of cupids. A huge crowd welcomed the ship and Fabio fans were able to meet the star for an autograph.
The "World's Largest Floating First Date" will take place Sunday, when 50 couples who have corresponded online, will meet for the first time on board Ocean Princess. Jim Lange, host of the "Dating Game" and Gavin McLeod who played Captain Stubing on the original "Love Boat" TV series, will be on hand to introduce the couples.
Ryan O'Neil and Ali McGraw, stars of the 1971 hit, "Love Story", will be reunited for the first time on Wednesday, to christen Ocean Princess at the official naming ceremonies. Romance experts and celebrity couples will join the on board celebrations.
Valentine's week is a fitting time for the arrival of Princess Cruises' new Love Boat. Ocean Princess sails Saturday, February 19 on her inaugural 7-day Southern Caribbean cruise. After transiting the Panama Canal in April, Ocean will spend the summer in Alaska.
The price tag for Ocean Princess was over $300million. At 77,000 grt, 856 feet in length and carrying 1,950 passengers, Ocean is identical in layout to the Sun, Dawn and Sea Princesses. Noted as big ships with a small-ship-feel, public rooms are remarkably intimate. Passengers appreciate the full teak promenade, 24-hour dining options and two beautiful show lounges. Children's and teen areas are the finest of the Princess ships.Back to Top
2-14-00 "Hot Off the Grill" Enjoy "Cruisin' the Caribbean" this week on the Food Network's show "Hot Off the Grill". Filmed on board Mercury, the show will feature guest appearances by Celebrity Cruises' renowned Master Chef, Michel Roux.
Against the backdrop of the Western Caribbean, "Hot Off the Grill" hosts Bobby Flay and Jacqui Malouf, join Roux in creating tempting island fare on the top deck of the ship, hold a wine tasting onboard, and sample some of Roux's Celebrity menu selections during a tour of Mercury's expansive gourmet galley.
The show runs through February 18. Check your local listings for exact times.Back to Top
2-14-00 NCL News Tuesday February 15 is your last day to enter NCL's "Name the Ship" contest. Go to www.ncl.com to enter your suggestion for the name of their newbuild. Winners will be announced February 29. Prizes include a free cruise so don't delay.
St. Maarten continues to replace St. Kitts on Norwegian Dream's "Exotic Southern Caribbean" sailings. The pier at St. Kitts was badly damaged during Hurrican Lenny and is still being repaired.Back to Top
2-11-00 Weekend Cruise News Holland America has ordered two additional 84,000 grt ships to join their fleet in 2003 and 2004. This brings the total order to four. The Italian shipyard, Finticanteri, is building the ships, which will be the largest in HAL's fleet. Panoramic elevators on both port and starboard sides will be a distinctive feature of the new vessels .... Renaissance has taken delivery of its latest ship. The R5 joins R1 in Eastern Mediterranean cruises from Athens and Istanbul....Princess Anne will be the Godmother of P&O's new ship, Aurora, set to debut April 27. The Princess will attend a gala dinner and stay on board for an overnight cruise prior to the naming ceremony in Southampton....Crystal Symphony scored a history making 100 in the U.S. Public Health Inspection prior to its world cruise, January 20. Symphony is the only ship to have received a perfect score on two occasions. The stringent inspections require 86% for a satisfactory rating ....Cruising has become even more luxurious with Holland America's introduction of the Beach Massage at their private island in the Bahamas, Half Moon Cay. Massage therapists dressed in white shorts and T-shirts will offer you a variety of spa treatments including a 50-minute full body massage for $79 or a 25-minute back, neck and shoulder massage for $39.Back to Top
2-10-00 Titanic Tours The Irish tourism board in North Down is planning a series of tours promoting the famous Harland and Wolff shipyard, builders of the Titanic. The proposed tours will tell the story of the Titanic from its beginnings in 1907 through to its demise in 1912. The creation of the Titanic and its sister ships Olympic and Britannic at Harland and Wolff is a significant part of the cultural and social history of Northern Ireland, little understood outside that country.
Once considered the leaders in maritime engineering, Harland and Wolff hope to return to the glory days with the construction of the Queen Mary Project for Cunard Line. The shipyard is on the shortlist for that prestigious order.
In other Titanic news, the Russian research vessel Akademic Keldish is being used by British Island Tours to visit the wreck site. Customers will then descend in two small submersibles on twelve hour, deep dives to inspect the ship. Cost of the expedition is $50,000. Fine dining, wine and lectures on the history of the Titanic will be a part of these adventures, scheduled for summer, 2000.Back to Top
2-8-00 CDC Enhances Ship Rating Reports The Centers For Disease Control, the organization responsible for inspecting cruise ships and awarding points based on sanitation levels, has expanded its reports. When accessing the chart at CDC's web site, you can now see the past history of ratings CDC has given any ship. You can also read CDC's report on why a ship received a specific score, including violations in food and kitchen equipment handling. CDC rates ships from 1-100 and a score of 86 is generally considered "passing." In CruiseMates, you'll find a direct link to the CDC reports located in CruiseMates' news and bargains area (use scroll down box). Or, go directly to CDC by clicking this link: www.cdc.govBack to Top
2-8-00 No Mega-Ships for Bermuda Bermuda's transportation minister, Mr. Ewart Brown has spoken out against allowing mega-ships to dock at the islands' ports. His report raises concerns that ships carrying more than 1,500 passengers place too great a strain on the island's infrastructure, notably ferry and taxi resources. There is also concern over the possible destruction of the island's coral reefs as shipping lanes would need to be dredged to accommodate the huge vessels. Information from the report will be included in the government's comprehensive cruise ship policy presently under development.
Bermuda has always restricted the number of ships calling at Hamilton and St. George's during the cruise season which runs from April to October. Cruise ships scheduled to make regular runs to Bermuda from U.S. ports in 2000 are Crown Dynasty(Crown Cruise Line), Norwegian Majesty (NCL), Zenith (Celebrity Cruises), Pacific Princess (Princess Cruises) and Nordic Empress (RCI). Of these Nordic Empress exceeds the recommended 1,500 passenger capacity with a total of 2,020 berths; 1,600 on a 2-berth-per-cabin basis. The grt (gross registered tonnage) is 48,563.Back to Top
2-8-00 Port Tax Decision Reversed Inflated port tax charges by NCL, Carnival and Costa are again in the news. Class action lawsuits on behalf of all U.S. residents were originally declined. The decision has now been overturned by a Court of Appeal in Florida. The reversal allows class action against the cruise lines for overcharging on port taxes between April 1992 and April 1996.Back to Top
2-7-00 Man Overboard A 20-year old Phoenix man was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard, at dawn, Saturday, after falling off the Nordic Empress and spending two hours treading water. The incident took place in the Atlantic Ocean, 12 miles northwest of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Erick Angel was spotted in a restricted bow area of RCI's Nordic Empress at 3 a.m. Saturday while the ship was sailing from Puerto Rico to St. Thomas. He had disappeared by the time crew members reached the area. The ship's 2,400 passengers and crew were roused from their sleep in order for a head count to be taken.
Angel was picked up by helicopter. He suffered a minor injury to his shoulder and was treated at a hospital on St. Thomas. The Coast Guard marine safety unit is investigating the incident.Back to Top
2-4-00 P&O Plans New Cruise Company The Board of P&O announced in London, Thursday, that it plans to spin-off the group's cruise businesses and form a separate cruise company which will be listed on the London and New York stock exchanges.
P&O is currently the world's third largest cruise operator. Its cruise interests include Princess Cruises, based in Los Angeles, P&O Cruises, based in London, P&O Holidays based in Sydney and a controlling interest in German Aida Cruises. P&O also operates Swan Hellenic's Minerva. Eleven new ships are in various stages of planning and construction.. Ocean Princess (Princess Cruises) and Aurora (P&O Cruises) will commence sailing in February and May, 2000, respectively.
The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company has been selling off business interests and assets since 1996 and is now focusing on its core divisions of cruises, ports and ferries and logistics. The sale of the Earl's Court & Olympia entertainment complex in London last year was a significant move in P&O's plan. Earls Court is a major entertainment concern, attracting 3 million visitors to trade shows, exhibitions and concerts annually.
Subsidiaries in ports, ferries and logistics are showing high returns and continue to expand. One of the world's leading port operators, P&O owns 21 container terminals in 15 countries and has interests in 30 others.
Details of the new cruise company won't be released until after the preliminary announcement of the Group's 1999 results on March 16, 2000.Back to Top
2-4-00 Clipper Adventure Rescued: Clipper Cruise Line's 5,750 ton Clipper Adventurer was freed from ice in Antarctica by an Argentine Navy ice breaker, Tuesday, after being trapped for 24-hours.
The U.S. operated expedition vessel sailed from Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, the world's southernmost town, on Friday, January 28. There were 115 passengers and 71 crew members on board for the 12-day voyage. The ship became trapped at 5 a.m. Monday January 31, while sailing between the Antarctic islands of Belgrano and Liard when the wind suddenly shifted. The location is 900 miles south of Ushuaia. The Captain called the Almirante Irizar for assistance. The ice breaker arrived 13 hours later and struggled to tow the Clipper Adventure to open water. The rescue was completed by 5:30 a.m. February 1.
It was fortunate that the ice breaker was in the region, supplying Argentina's Antarctic base, Almirante Brown. Capt. Marcelo Gene, of the Almirante Irizar spoke by satellite telephone to a television station in Buenos Aires, announcing that all aboard the Adventurer were fine and the ship had sustained no damage.
The Clipper Adventurer has an ice strengthened hull and is continuing its cruise as originally planned.Back to Top
2-3-00 Health & Wellness Voyages Planned Tender Loving Cruises has a number of voyages planned for travelers interested in healthy lifestyles. "Chicken Soup for the Soul at Sea" is the first cruise in 2000. The 7-day Alaska Inside Passage cruise on board the Westerdam (HAL) sets sail July 15 from Vancouver calling in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Glacier Bay. The cruise leader will be well-known author and lecturer Barry Spilchuk, co-author of the popular book, "Chicken Soup for the Soul". Spilchuk will lead workshops and discussions on personal growth and wellness issues.Back to Top
Topics to be covered during future cruises include women's health, holistic health and inspirational themes for coping with life's stresses. The programs are designed to be rejuvenating and help participants re-focus their lifestyle
Tender Loving Cruises is based in Connecticut. Visit their web site at www.tenderlovingcruises.comBack to Top
2-3-00 Rotterdam 2001 World Cruise Announced Extended port stays are an attractive feature of the Rotterdam's next world cruise. Overnight stays in Callao, Peru; Singapore; Mambai (Bombay), India; Port Said, Egypt and Istanbul, Turkey are scheduled along with two-day visits to Sydney and Cairns, Australia and a 3-day visit to Hong Kong.
The 99-day voyage begins in Los Angeles, January 18, 2001. Six continents will be visited on the company's 33rd world cruise. Rotterdam will sail south to Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru, across the Pacific to New Zealand and Australia, north to Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, and Hong Kong before heading for India, through Suez to Europe and finally, across the Atlantic to the Azores and Ft. Lauderdale.
Many islands of interest are featured on the itinerary. The remote Galapagos Islands, Easter Island and Pitcairn Island, where the Bounty mutineers settled will be exciting and unusual ports-of call. Magical Tahiti and Bora Bora are a welcome addition to any Trans-Pacific route. Two ports in the Azores will be visited, Ponta Delgada and Horta.
World Cruises are special events. An outstanding lecture series will feature the culture, religion, literature and art of the regions visited; current events and political commentary; personal financial planning; and health, fitness and lifestyle. Folkloric performances, wine tasting, cooking classes and a number of overland tours will also highlight the educational program. Celebrity entertainers Debbie Reynolds, Jim Nabors or Alan King will be on board. Themed formal balls and parties, international cuisine and the traditional Equator- crossing ceremony are planned.
Segments range in length from 15 to 36 days. There are 14 to choose from, giving you the chance to experience part of a world cruise, the ultimate experience in cruising.Back to Top
2-2-00 Grand Princess To Caribbean Year Round Princess Cruises has announced that it will expand its Caribbean program in 2001 with a new schedule of year-round Grand Princess voyages. From April 29 through September 23, Grand Princess will sail on alternating eastern and western Caribbean itineraries round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale; eastern ports of call are St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Princess Cays and the western route includes Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Princess Cay. Fares for the one-week sailings will begin at $999 per person, double occupancy. Back to Top