News Archive - November 2000

11-30-00 Costa Changes Classica Plans Costa Cruises rerouted the CostaClassica from Britain's Cammell Laird shipyard to its homeport of Genoa, Italy, effectively canceling, for now, plans to lengthen the vessel. The line and the shipyard have "different assessments" of the yard's ability to complete the work in time for its next scheduled Europe cruise on April 25, said Dino Schiboula, president of Costa' North American division. Schiboula said Costa was unwilling to jeopardize the ship's availability for the upcoming season. "We're not prepared to give the ship to anybody until we know when we're going to get it back," he said. Cammell Laird has a $72 million contract to lengthen 1,308-passenger CostaClassica by cutting it in half and inserting a 146-foot section that would add 300 berths. Work was scheduled to begin Sunday, but on Thursday Costa rerouted the ship and later filed an application with a U.K. Board of Arbitrators to determine whether Costa has the right to postpone delivery of the CostaClassica or terminate the contract to lengthen the vessel. Back to Top

11-24-00 Weekend Cruise News ***The Long Beach Harbor Commission has approved Carnival Corp's plans to build a cruise facility alongside the Queen Mary. Ground breaking is expected in the next six to eight weeks with the new facility opening in May, 2002. Named "The Long Beach Cruise Terminal At the Queen Mary", the facility will be home to Carnival's ships sailing 3 and 4-day, and 7-day cruises year 'round from Los Angeles, currently scheduled to be the Elation and Ecstasy. The new terminal will be able to accommodate any Carnival vessel except QE2 and yet to be built Queen Mary 2 which will continue to dock at nearby San Pedro. Passengers will have the option of checking in on board the historic Queen Mary and taking a tour of the famous liner before boarding their Carnival ship. Cost of the new facility is $40 million.

*** Costa has added a new "Salute e Benessere" (Health and Well Being) menu for its Caribbean season. Featuring selections that are low in fat, carbohydrates, calories and cholesterol, the new menus will be available in the dining rooms during lunch and dinner. A vegetarian menu has also been developed and is available upon request.

*** Crystal Cruises' passengers now have 24-hour access to the Internet and e-mail using specially designated laptops and computers in the Computer University @Sea lab. Passengers are assigned a special shipboard e-mail address and charged $3.00 per e-mail. Users are charged $1.25 a minute with a 10-minute minimum to access their Internet based e-mail or explore cyberspace.

Other on board information services include CNN, ESPN, The New York Times summary, free delivery of USA Today in most ports and personalized stock-tracking e-mail service for following investments.

*** Port Canaveral drew a record 1.89 million cruise passengers between Oct. 1, 1999 and Sept. 30, 2000, surpassing the Port of Miami which attracted 1.68 million passengers during the same period. However, Miami still leads the industry in overnight cruise passengers. Canaveral has a large number of daily gambling excursions which account for about half of the port's cruise passengers.

*** The new ship by Aida Cruises of Germany, coming in March 2000, will be named AIDAvita while the AIDA will be renamed AIDAcara. The second newbuild scheduled for March 2003 has not yet been named. The AIDAvita will be 42,000 and carry 1,300 passengers. The announcement comes as part of the plan by P&O Princess to combine their German cruise interests, Aida and Seetours International into one company called Seetours. The cruises will continue to be sold under their separate names.

***In 2001, there will be seven new vessels sailing in Alaska. Carnival Spirit, Radiance of the Seas, Celebrity Infinity and Holland America Zaandam will be joined by Radisson Seven Seas' new luxury vessel, Seven Seas Mariner in sailings from Vancouver. The small ship Spirit of Oceanus will sail from Victoria to Seward for the first time on 7 and 10 day itineraries for Cruise West while Society Expeditions "New" World Discoverer will call at more remote areas of the State. Opportunities to sail from Japan and China to Alaska are increasing with World Discover, Spirit of Oceanus, Regal Princess and Norwegian Wind all positioning to or from Asia next year.

*** Port expansion plans on the French Riviera will allow ships to dock in Cannes, currently a tender port. Small vessels will be able to dock at the embankment by April 2001 with a new passenger terminal to open in 2003. As well, Nice will be able to handle more passengers and larger cruise ships when its new facility opens in 2006. The terminal will also house a shopping area and parking. The Rivera ports are the top cruise destination in France with 255,028 passengers and 393 cruise ship calls in 1999. Back to Top

11-22-00 Second Coastal Voyages Ship Delta Queen Coastal Voyages, has just christened its second ship, the 226-passenger Cape Cod Light. The ship will debut Aug. 4, 2001, sailing on nine itineraries in the Great Lakes, Canadian Maritime Provinces and U.S. eastern seaboard. Its sister ship, the Cape May Light, will enter service May 5, 2001. Those booking six months in advance will get savings of $800 per couple off seven-night vacations and $1,600 per couple off of 14-night cruises/ Fares for the five suite and stateroom categories vary by itinerary and season, with rates (prior to early booking bonus)* starting at $2,185 for seven nights and $3,985 for 14 nights, per person, double occupancy. All onboard meals and entertainment, and shore excursions at every port, are included in the fares. Delta Queen Coastal Voyages is a subsidiary of American Classic Voyages Co. For more information on the new DQ Coastal Voyages vessels see, Reservations may be obtained from travel agents. Back to Top

11-21-00 New South America Voyages Starting November 1, 2001, Renaissance Cruises will begin a five-month program of South America cruises. Three new itineraries will be available aboard one of the cruise line's 685-passenger "R" class ships ranging in duration from 14 to 16 days. Passengers may sail from Lisbon, Portugal to Rio de Janeiro, stopping in Las Palmas, Canary Islands; Porto Grande, Cape Verde Islands; Recife and Salvador, Bahia. Another itinerary, from Rio to Buenos Aires, visits Santos (Sao Paulo), Brazil; Montevideo, Uruguay; Puerto Madryn, Argentina; Port Stanley, Falkland Islands and Punta del Este, Uruguay. The third itinerary, from Buenos Aires to Santiago, Chile calls in Montevideo, Uruguay; Puerto Madryn, Argentina; Port Stanley, Falkland Islands; Ushuaia, Argentina; Punta Arenas, Chile; Puerto Montt, Chile; and Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile. Reservations start at $1,999 per person, double occupancy, cruise only. Reservations and additional information may be obtained from local travel agents. Or, go to Renaissance Cruises' web site: Back to Top

11-17-00 Weekend Cruise News *** The Millennium arrived in New York yesterday following her first transatlantic voyage. Since her inaugural voyage , July 1, Millennium has sailed in the Baltic and Mediterranean. Millennium will be in dry-dock for three weeks before embarking on her winter schedule of eastern and western Caribbean sailings from Fort Lauderdale, December 17 through April 22.

***Cruise Line Executives met with Alaskan Governor Tony Knowles in Juneau this week and pledged support for the regulation of ship discharges in Alaskan waters. Cruise line officials from Carnival, HAL Westours, Princess, RCI/Celebrity, NCL, Radisson Seven Seas and World Explorer, plus the International Council of Cruise Lines also agreed to voluntarily comply with the provisions of the bill, which is pending before Congress, prior to it becoming law. The bill includes the prohibition of the discharge of untreated sewage in Alaska waters, including the Inside Passage; prohibition of the discharge of treated sewage and grey water within a mile of shore (except in certain specified circumstances) or while a ship is at rest; establishment of effluent standards, verified by testing, for treating sewage and grey water; granting authority to create no-discharge zones in environmentally sensitive waters for both grey water and treated sewage; monitoring and enforcement to ensure compliance with the legislation.

*** When the new ms Patriot sets sail in the Hawaiian Islands December 9, she will offer 80 optional shore excursions. Passengers will have a chance to get to know Hawaii in depth with the wide variety of on shore activities and the on board Destination Learning Center. A kumu (Hawaiian teacher) is on hand during the voyage to lead the extensive cultural enrichment program. Included in the shore excursion options are a Na Pali Coast Hiking Adventure in Kauai, Bicycling down the slope of Haleakala volcano on Maui; a Polynesian Lu'au in Maui; a visit to Volcanoes National Park from Hilo and a coffee plantation tour in Kona. While in Honolulu passengers will have the opportunity to visit Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial as well as the Polynesian Cultural Center.

***The Sky Princess underwent a two week makeover at Brisbane's Forgacs Cairncross Drydock to become the Pacific Sky for P&O Cruises Australia. Now sailing from Sydney year round South Pacific itineraries, Pacific Sky replaces the Fair Princess. There is more outdoor deck space on board, the piano lounge has been converted into a sports bar and the nightclub is now an indoor/outdoor disco. Australian slot machines have been installed in the casino.

***Costa Cruises have released their Europe 2001 brochure outlining their cruises in the Mediterranean, Canary Islands, Baltic, Norwegian Fjords/North Cape and Black Sea. Costa's entire fleet is deployed in Europe from May through November. The CostaClassica will return to the fleet in May following the largest lengthening of a cruise ship-to-date with a 147 foot midsection added. More public rooms and 345 staterooms will be added. CostaClassica will emerge at 78,000 grt from 52,950 and carry 1,998 passengers instead of 1,308.

***Carnival Cruise Lines' 2,056-passenger Fantasy has emerged from a recent refurbishment with new facilities including a Roman-themed promenade, expanded children's play area, new tuxedo rental/flower shop, Internet cafe and the largest conference center in the "Fun Ship" fleet. The ship's newly designed promenade, "Via Marina," is inspired by the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. The boulevard, which provides convenient access to an array of lounges and nightspots, is appropriately decorated with a faux stone floor, electric "torches," Doric columns and terra cotta urns. Adjacent to the new conference center is "Children's World," a 2,500-square-foot high-tech play area. It includes a bank of Apple iMac computers loaded with educational software and games, and an arts and crafts area featuring spin and sand art machines. The new teen center features Sega Dreamcast video game units, foosball and pool tables. Back to Top

11-16-00 A New Star Moves To L.A. Princess Cruises has announced that one of its new ships, the Star Princess, will home port in Los Angeles. Scheduled to begin service in March, 2002, the ship will sail round-trip on seven-day cruises to the Mexican Riviera. A sister ship to Golden and Grand Princess, the 2,600-passenger vessel will feature a wedding chapel, five swimming pools, 710 cabins with private balconies, three show rooms and multiple dining options. To commemorate the new "star," Princess Cruises is donating $50,000 to the Hollywood Walk of Fame for repairs and general upkeep. With nine ships currently in operation, Princess will more than double the size of its fleet by 2004 to 31,340 berths with the addition of six more vessels -- including Star Princess -- under construction or on order. Back to Top

11-14-00 Hawaii Wedding Packages It will be a cinch to get married in Hawaii now, with new wedding packages available in conjunction with one-week cruises aboard United States Lines' new Patriot, scheduled to begin year-round cruises Dec. 9, 2000. The Patriot will depart every Saturday night from Honolulu, Oahu, and cruise to Nawiliwili, Kauai; Kahului, Maui; Hilo, Hawaii; and Kona, Hawaii; before returning to Honolulu the following Saturday.

Cruisers have the option of planning a ceremony aboard the 1,212-passenger ship while docked at Oahu, Kauai, Maui or the Big Island of Hawaii or on US Lines' shore excursions. One shipboard wedding option, the Orchid Package, is priced at $950 per couple and includes include professional wedding coordination to plan the ceremony and help obtain a marriage license, a wedding officiate and a witness to sign the license; a Hawaiian floral wedding lei for the bride, maile lei for the groom, photography services and an 8x10 color photo, a photo album, commemorative wedding certificate matted for framing, a bottle of sparkling wine, tropical wedding cake (serves 10) with fresh flowers, and an invitation to participate in an onboard "Madame Pele's Night of Fire and Romance" ceremony as the ship passes the active lava flows of Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. Another shipboard wedding option, the Plumeria Package (priced at $1,350) adds live Hawaiian music and adds chauffeured limousine service to the Patriot, a bridal bouquet, for two delivered to the couple's stateroom and a picnic basket available in-room upon request.

The Oahu Island Package, Kauai Island Package, Maui Island Package and Hawaii Island Package ($1,450*) feature idyllic wedding locations such as the rim of a fiery volcano, the base of a shimmering waterfall, or a high mountain peak overlooking the Pacific Ocean. All include professional wedding coordination before the cruise and on the wedding day, marriage license assistance, a wedding officiant and a witness, transportation to and from the ceremony, a wedding lei and maile lei, recorded Hawaiian music, 8x10 photo, photo album, commemorative wedding certificate, sparkling wine, small orchid. For Patriot reservations, call your travel agent; for a brochure, call United States Lines toll-free at 877-330-6600 or visit the Web site at For more information on the Hawaiian Aisles wedding and romance packages, call toll-free 877-491-5918. Back to Top

11-10-00 Weekend Cruise News ***Society Expeditions has acquired a new vessel which will be in service May 31, 2001 for the Alaska season. The 6,000 grt "New" World Discoverer will carry 160 passengers in comfort on unique Alaska, Russian Far East, South Pacific and Antarctic itineraries. Zodiac landings are a regular feature of the expedition style cruises which visit remote areas of the world. Currently sailing as Samsung Corporation's private yacht, Dream 21, the vessel will undergo a four month conversion into a luxury expedition ship. The 86 suites and staterooms will measure 215 - 375 sq.ft., each featuring a verandah or French balcony. A two-room owner's suite is also planned.

***The Independence of American Hawaii Cruises, has repositioned from Honolulu to its new homeport of Kahului, Maui. On Saturday, Independence begins 7-night cruises from Kahului, calling at Hilo and Kona, Hawaii; Honolulu, Oahu and Nawiliwili, Kauai. The newly refurbished Patriot (ex Nieuw Amsterdam) of sister company United States Lines will take over 7-night cruises from Honolulu commencing December 9.

***The Cuba Cruise Corporation has postponed indefinitely its cruises to Havana from Nassau following threats of violence and a bomb threat from those opposed to travel in Cuba. The company is working with Canadian authorities to investigate the threats. Scheduled to commence November 18, the cruises were to include educational programs and seminars on Cuban history and culture with hosted day visits to Havana. The Program is operated by Toronto based Blyth & Co. Passengers booked on the sailings are transferring to the Valtur Prima of the Italian line, West Indies Cruises. Valtur Prima has been offering seven day cruises from Montego Bay, Jamaica, to Havana and Isle of Youth, Cuba, Georgetown, Grand Cayman, and Calica (Mayan Riviera), Mexico, since December 1998.

***With the formation of P&O Princess, plc and the acquisition of NCL by Star Cruises earlier this year, there have been changes in the "Big Three" cruise lines. At the end of 2000, based on number of berths, Carnival/Airtours is number 1 with 59,666 lower berths followed by RCI/Celebrity with 35,996. Star/NCL have edged out P&O Princess for third place with 25,216. P&O Princess are fourth with 23,750 lower berths.

***The riverboats of Delta Queen Steamboat Company will celebrate the Holidays with special theme cruises from November 20 through December 28. The "Old-Fashioned Southern Thanksgiving" cruises will be followed by "Southern Steamboatin' Christmas" sailings to the end of December when the gala "New Orleans New Year's" cruises ring in 2001. The 20 Old-Fashioned Holidays theme cruises range from 4 to 10 days in length and offer passengers a wide variety of dates for a festive Holiday celebration on board the Delta Queen, Mississippi Queen and American Queen. Most sailings are round trip from New Orleans but also included in the Holiday season itineraries are New Orleans/ Galveston and return on the Delta Queen; New Orleans/ Memphis; Memphis/Nashville and Nashville/New Orleans on the Mississippi Queen.

***Police had to be called in following an eruption of violence among the crew of the Seawind Crown. The ship has been docked in Barcelona since September 17 after owner Premier Cruises declared bankruptcy. The 259 crew members have not been paid and the situation on board has become increasingly desperate as supplies have run out. The police were called in on Monday after crew members tore speakers and paintings from walls and broke into the wine cellar. Someone also tried to break into a safe holding petty cash. Consulates have started to intervene on behalf of the crew members who represent 26 different countries. There are indications that some members will soon be paid following assurances given to the Jamaican government earlier this week. Back to Top

11-09-00 Carnival Pride To Sail From Port Canaveral Carnival Cruise lines has announced that it will position the new 88,000-ton Carnival Pride on year-round alternating seven day eastern and western Caribbean voyages from Port Canaveral, Florida, beginning January 12, 2002. Carnival Pride will be the first Carnival vessel to call at a private Bahamian island, Half Moon Cay, normally visited by Holland American passengers.

The itinerary will offer the only western Caribbean cruise program from Port Canaveral, featuring port calls in Belize City, Belize and Progreso/Merida, Mexico; additional scheduled ports will be Key West and Playa del Carmen. On alternating weeks, Carnival Pride's eastern Caribbean route includes a visit to either Half Moon Cay (April to October) or Salt Cay, with tender service to Nassau (May to September), plus St. Thomas and St. Maarten. Back to Top

11-08-00 Crystal to Construct New Ship Crystal Cruises' parent company, NYK, has signed a letter of intent for the construction of a new 68,000-ton luxury ship, expected to enter service in the fall of 2003. The ship will be constructed in the French shipyard Chantiers de l'Atlantique. With a passenger capacity of 1,880 passengers, the new vessel will exceed the space-per-passenger ratio of Crystal's two sister ships, Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony, and 85% of all outside staterooms will have private verandas. Back to Top

11-07-00 Carnival Introduces Flexible Dining Carnival has announced new dining policies which will be introduced fleet wide by the end of 2001. Currently in effect on board the Imagination, the changes include four seatings for dinner in the main dining rooms, alternative Bistro dining every evening and an increased number of service staff.

Passengers will be assigned a table for dinner at one of four seatings; 6pm, 6:45pm, 8:00pm and 8:45pm. (The Tropicale will be the only ship in the fleet which will not offer four seatings, as it has only one main dining room.) In addition to the expanded dining room seatings, the poolside lido eateries will be converted into Seaview Bistros between 6:00pm and 9:00pm each evening, offering buffet dinner with no reservations or advance notice required. The Bistro menus are being upgraded to include Sauteed Shrimps in Chardonnay Cream, Roast Leg of Spring Lamb au Jus; Grilled Salmon Mignonettes with Dill Butter, and Rigatoni with Peppers, Mushrooms and Italian Sausage. Occasionally full table service will be available in the Bistros.

The new "Team Serivce" concept means there will be a more attentive wait staff as their numbers are being increased. Each table will have 3 waiters on hand instead of 2. Additionally, for every 30 passengers, there will be one head waiter and two team waiters. Back to Top

11-06-00 Queen Mary 2 to be Built If the gilded era of transatlantic liner travel makes you nostalgic, here's a reason to celebrate: Carnival Corporation has announced it has finalized a contract for the construction of Queen Mary 2, a 150,000-ton vessel to sail under the Cunard Line banner. It will be the largest passenger-carry vessel every constructed, with a capacity of 2,620 and a cost of $780 million. Scheduled to enter service in late 2003, Queen Mary 2 will be built at the Alstom Chantiers de L'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. At 1,132 feet long and 17 decks high, the vessel will stretch nearly four football fields in length with a height equal to a 23-story building. Queen Mary 2 will also have a beam of 135 feet, making it the longest and widest passenger ship ever constructed.

Among the ship's many highlights are multiple dining venues, including Cunard's traditional "Grill Rooms," a 1,300-seat three-deck-high main restaurant and a casual poolside eatery, indoor and outdoor wrap-around promenades encircling several decks, a planetarium, a seven-classroom enrichment center and an art gallery exhibiting maritime paintings and memorabilia. Five swimming pools - including an indoor pool housed within the ship's expansive health and fitness facility - along with a diversity of entertainment venues, ranging from intimate locales to a spectacular multi-deck show lounge, will be featured, as well. Queen Mary 2 will have 1,310 staterooms, nearly three-quarters of which will feature a private balcony. More than 90 suites, including six penthouses offering private butler and concierge service, and five 1,650-square-foot "duplex apartments," each featuring their own private gymnasium, are also available.

The vessel's numerous technological advancements will include a state-of-the-art MerMaid (tm) "podded" propulsion system comprised of two fixed and two rotating units allowing for easy maneuverability, along with a diesel and gas turbine power plant capable of creating 157,000 horsepower, which will enable the ship to sail at 30 knots, significantly faster than other cruise ships. Back to Top

11-06-00 Princess Expands 2001 Panama Cruises Princess Cruises has announced it will add an additional ship to its 2001/2002 Panama Canal schedule with a new 15-day itinerary. Beginning November 1, 2001, Crown Princess will sail between Ft. Lauderdale and San Diego combining the canal transit with port calls at Aruba, Ocho Rios, Cartagena, Puntarenas (Costa Rica), Huatulco, Acapulco and Cabo San Lucas. In addition, Sun Princess returns for another Canal season, this time offering two round-trip itineraries from Ft. Lauderdale. Dawn Princess, Sea Princess and Ocean Princess will sail on a series of Grand Canal Adventure cruises in fall, 2001 and spring, 2002 ranging from 10 to 20 days. Panama Canal brochures may be obtained by calling 1-800-PRINCESS and reservations and fare information may be obtained from travel agents. Back to Top

11-03-00 Weekend Cruise News

***Carnival Cruise Lines has announced it is expanding no-smoking areas aboard its ships to include the aft show lounges and Lido Deck alternative restaurants. The fleet has had smoke free main dining rooms and show lounges since 1994 and the Paradise is a completely smoke free vessel. The change is in response to feedback from passengers requesting more smoke free areas. The new policy has already taken effect.

*** The sixteen members of the International Council of Cruise Lines have agreed to install local smoke alarms in passenger and crew cabins. At present, smoke detectors send a signal to the bridge from where fire fighting is controlled. The new alarms will emit a signal in the cabin itself. Cruise lines have had concerns about the locally sounding alarms but have decided to comply with a recommendation made in 1997, in response to the National Transportation Safety Board's attack on the industry last July.

***Bookings are pouring in for the Norway's final transatlantic crossing September 2, 2001. The gala farewell voyage will be the 400th time the ship crosses the Atlantic and will be a nostalgia cruise with many special events planned. Most of the Atlantic crossings were made when the ship was the liner, ss France but more than 2 million passengers have sailed on her since she became the Norway for Norwegian Cruise Line. She is being transferred to Star Cruises for Asia cruising.

***Carnival has secured a berth at Port Canaveral for the Tropicale's Bahamas cruises. The 1,022-passenger Tropicale will commence two and three-day sailings on February 12, 2001. Two-day Freeport cruises sail every other Thursday and Saturday while the three-day Freeport/Nassau cruise departs every other Monday. The mini-cruises can be combined with Orlando land packages and fill the void left by the demise of Premier Cruises and the temporary shutdown of Cape Canaveral Cruise Line.

***An update on the Queen Mary 2 project was given to members of the Steam Ship Historical Society at their Autumn meeting on board the Queen Mary in Long Beach in October. Lead naval architect for Carnival Corporation, Stephen Payne, who heads the project, flew in from London to make the presentation. The new ship will be 1,170 feet in length and will have "ocean liner" features including a wrap around promenade deck. There will be staterooms with balconies. Her hull will be designed to reduce rolling, she will have four mermaid (azipod type) propellers and powered by both diesel and gas turbines. Signing of a contract with Chantiers de l'Atlantique in St. Nazaire, France is imminent with the ship expected to be completed in late 2003 or early 2004. Cost of the project is $700 million.

***The Pacific Sky (ex Sky Princess) will commence sailings from Sydney, November 10, for P&O Cruises Australia. She replaces the aging Fair Princess which has been sold and will become a casino ship in Asia. Pacific Sky's Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific itineraries are sold out through March 2001. Also in Sydney, a new cruise company, Capricorn Cruise Line has been formed to replace NCL's Norwegian Capricorn division which has closed down. An announcement regarding a ship for the new line will be made early in the new year.

***The crew of the Splendour of the Seas has been honored for their bravery and dedication in the rescue of 11 crew members of a sunken cargo ship in stormy seas. The crew were awarded the New York Council Navy League's AMVER Award (Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System) at the League's annual black-tie anniversary dinner in New York last night. Captain Tor Isak Olsen accepted the award for Splendour of the Seas which is the first cruise ship to receive the award. The rescue took place December 16, 1999, 90 miles northwest of Aruba. The crew of the cargo ship Capricorn was forced to abandon ship as it sank in 30-knot winds and 10-foot seas. Splendour responded immediately upon siting flares set off by the crew. Within 30 minutes Splendour came upon two life rafts holding the 11 crew members. The Splendour crew succeeded in rescuing the men despite heavy seas, high winds and darkness. The body of the Capricorn's captain was discovered by the crew of the Van Spejk, a Dutch naval ship which also joined the search effort. Back to Top

11-02-00 NCL Drops Steiners, Adds New Spa Company Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that it has entered into a fleet-wide agreement with Mandara Spa for the operation of all of its shipboard spas, effective January, 2001. NCL has severed its contract with Steiners, which runs spas aboard the majority of cruise ships. Mandara Spa, headquartered in Hawaii, operates spas in resorts located in the Far East, Hawaii, South Pacific and Las Vegas. Mandara will offer its exclusive treatments, including Asian Spa Treatments, in-stateroom treatments for couples, poolside massages when the ships are in port.

The new agreement between NCL and Mandara Spa covers all existing NCL ships as well as the new Norwegian Sun due to commence service in September, 2001 and the Norwegian Leo (currently Superstar Leo in the Star Cruises fleet) which will commence service with NCL in Hawaii in December, 2001. Back to Top

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