News Archive - September 2001

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09-28-01 Silver Wind Out of Service for 2002 Silversea Cruises will lay up Silver Wind after its scheduled October drydock and operate a three-ship fleet in 2002. The line said it will refurbish the vessel while it is out of service. �While we firmly believe that consumer confidence is returning, this move allows us to maintain strong load factors and to protect our price point with as little disruption to our customers and our product as possible,' said Silversea ceo Albert Peter.

Silver Cloud, refurbished last summer, will assume Wind's 2001 holiday itineraries and its 2002 programme of cruises throughout Europe and the Americas. (Wind's three Middle East/Africa cruises in October/November will not operate.) As a result, Cloud's entire 2002 programme is cancelled. The ship was to spend January-August in the Far East and September-December in the South Pacific. Itineraries for Silver Shadow and Whisper remain in place.

Earlier this week, Silversea invited Renaissance passengers to apply 100% credit for their cruise-only fares to the published fare of any new Silversea voyage in 2001-02 and offered travel agents a $500 per suite bonus commission for converting bookings. Back to Top

09-28-01 Weekend Cruise News *** Cruise lines have reported high occupancy rates over the last week. Increased security measures at ports and airports as well as onboard vessels, has boosted consumer confidence. Travelers have also been encouraged by the fact that delays due to security have been less than expected. Carnival Cruise Lines reported a 97.7 percent occupancy rate for its six cruise divisions between September 19 and 23. Additional security included an inspection of the hull of Carnival Victory by divers in Sydney, Nova Scotia.. Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises reported occupancy at 92% on the sailings departing Thursday, September 20 through Monday, September 24, 2001. For the company's seven-night Caribbean cruises, the occupancy level was 97%.

*** At a teleconference this morning, Holland America Line unveiled revamped itineraries for 2002. Changes include the redeployment of Amsterdam from Europe next summer, to sail seven-night Alaska cruises from Seattle. Passengers already booked on Amsterdam are being offered alternative cruises on board Noordam or Prinsendam. The Western Mediterranean replaces the previously published Eastern Mediterranean itineraries. For itinerary details see our HAL story below.

*** An overnight fundraiser cruise to benefit four Hawaii charities will be part of the inaugural festivities for the Norwegian Star this December. Ticket revenue from the one-night cruise, December 15, will go to the Aloha United Way, Read To Me, Bishop Museum and Hawaii International Film Festival . Norwegian Cruise Line will donate the use of the ship and all operational, food and beverage services and amenities for the sailing. Beginning Dec. 16, 2001, the 91,000-ton, 2,220-passenger Norwegian Star will offer weekly seven-day, year-round itineraries round-trip from Honolulu, Oahu and Lahaina, Maui. For reservations and information on the fundraising cruise, contact Pacific Management Consultants, Inc., at (808) 536-5688.

*** Construction of American Classic Voyages' (AMCV) two 1,900 passenger cruise ships is continuing following an agreement being reached with the builder, Northrop Grumman Corporation. A number of business issues which had put a halt to construction have been resolved. The delivery dates have now been extended by around 12 months to February 1, 2004 and Feb 1, 2005. Cost of construction has been increased by $19 million per ship. The two vessels are destined for Hawaii to sail for the United States Lines division of AMCV.

*** Carnival is offering special rates for anyone directly involved in on-site rescue and relief efforts in New York and Washington, D.C. The "American Heroes Program" offers deeply discounted cruise rates starting at $199 for three-day cruises; $249 for four-day cruises; and $399 for seven-day cruises on a variety of itineraries to the Bahamas, Caribbean and Mexico. The special discounts are available on a wide selection of sailing dates through 2002. Reservations must be made by Dec. 31, 2001. Carnival president, Bob Dickinson, said "There are many thousands of heroes among us who have worked tirelessly in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. We are extremely pleased to extend special recognition and appreciation to the firefighters, police officers, medical personnel and others who have worked so hard at the sites by offering this program. Our 'American Heroes Program' is a small gesture of thanks at the point they're ready to make future vacation plans." Reservations may be made by contacting Carnival Cruise Lines' Special Promotions Desk at 1-800-794-6225 and requesting fare code CPH1. A verification letter supplied by worker's employer will be required at the time of reservation.

***Crystal Cruises is the first line to launch a personal web site service. Effective this month on Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony, "How To Create A Personal Web Site," employs custom designed software to enable quick learning . A web page can be created in as few as 45 minutes, using any combination of text, pictures, hyperlinks, and colors. The proprietary software offers a library of 1,500 photos, including various worldwide destinations and the ships' public rooms. Passengers can further personalize their site with images from their own digital camera, or use the onboard photo shop's digital processing to convert a roll of 35mm film to a CD-ROM. Pictures captured live from the various onboard web cams may also be used. The onboard class is complimentary . To publish the web page on the Computer University@Sea server for 30 to 180 days, the fee starts at $40 for 10 pages and 25 photos. This new service is the latest in a steady stream of enhancements to Computer University@Sea since its debut in 1997, when Crystal Cruises became the first line to offer regularly scheduled computer instruction and e-mail.

*** Those watching television's Love Cruise, the latest in the series of survivor game shows, are able to take a look at Windjammer Barefoot Cruises' sailing ship, Mandalay which hosts the event. Mandalay is a 236 foot barquentine, built in 1923 for financier E.F. Hutton. Originally christened Hussar, she was renamed Vema after being sold to shipping magnate George Vettlesen in 1953. Columbia University used the ship to chart the bottom of the Gulf o f Mexico and the Caribbean. Evidence gathered on her 1 � million miles of voyages confirmed the theory of the continental drift. Mandalay joined the Windjammer fleet in 1982. She carries 72 passengers and 28 crew on Southern Caribbean voyages from Grenada. Back to Top

09-28-01 Holland America Reroutes Ships for 2002 Like other companies, Holland America Line has unveiled new 2002 schedules in an effort to keep more ships closer to the U.S. Here is a ship-by-ship rundown:

  • Amsterdam: 100-day world cruise departing January 20 eliminates Mediterranean/Middle East ports, operates via South Africa and South America instead. Summer Europe cruises dropped in favor of an 18-day New York/Ft. Lauderdale-Seattle transcanal sailing, 19 seven-day Alaska cruises, a 21-day return trip via the Panama Canal to Ft. Lauderdale, and six new 10-day southern Caribbean trips.
  • Prinsendam (being delivered April 22): Will maintain planned June 3 transatlantic sailing from New York and two-week northern Europe/Baltic cruises through September 3. Then the new ship will operate a 22-day West Africa itinerary from Lisbon to Cape Town and a 22-day Cape Town-Mumbai voyage, instead of previously scheduled Mediterranean trips.
  • Rotterdam: Earlier schedule of 10 spring Panama Canal transits between Ft. Lauderdale and Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica changed to two 10-day Canal trips January 6 and 16; eight new 10-day Caribbean roundtrips from Ft. Lauderdale (they will still visit the Canal); a sailing from New York to Ft. Lauderdale for another 10-day roundtrip; and four new 10-day Caribbean roundtrips from Ft. Lauderdale in November and December. Previously announced Canada/New England schedule is unchanged.
  • Noordam: Remains in Europe for the summer, but will replace all eastern Med ports with schedules to the western Med.
  • Ryndam: Maintains previous schedule of South America, Mexico and Alaska sailings through October, then adds new Mexico cruises from San Diego through the end of the year.
  • Zaandam: In the fall of 2002, Zaandam's planned series of 10-day southern Caribbean cruises out of Ft. Lauderdale replaced by seven-day eastern Caribbean itineraries from Port Canaveral.
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09-27-01 Updates on Cancellations & Changes Listed alphabetically by cruise line. (American Hawaii Cruises, United States Lines, Delta Queen Coastal Voyages and Delta Queen Steamboat Company are listed under parent company, American Classic Voyages. No operational interruptions for these companies.) Latest additions made to: Silversea, Seabourn, Regal Cruises, Radisson, Celebrity and Princess.

In compliance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations, be sure to travel with photo ID and a printed passenger receipt or paper ticket for travel. Acceptable identification includes a government issued photo identification card, driver's license or passport. You will not be allowed to pass the security checkpoint without the required documents. For border crossings, be sure to have proof of citizenship for returning to the U.S.

AMERICAN CLASSIC VOYAGES No operational interruptions for their four companies, American Hawaii Cruises, United States Lines, Delta Queen Coastal Voyages, Delta Queen Steamboat Company. Passengers booked on cruises who have questions regarding their specific departure should contact their travel agent or our Special Assistance Desk at 1-800-810-9165.

"American Classic Voyages Co. expresses its deepest sympathy to the families of the victims of the horrific terrorist attacks on the United States of America. Our hearts and prayers are with all those affected by this national tragedy. As the largest American-flag cruise company in the world, we join with all Americans in standing behind our president in the days and weeks ahead."

" The American flag that proudly flies above each of our vessels is far more than a symbol of our company's American ownership. It is a clear indication that our company and its resources are part of the fabric of our great nation. This flag is our flag. And we stand behind it."

CARNIVAL The following statement was issued Tuesday Sept. 18th: "All of us at CARNIVAL are shocked and saddened by last week's events. We extend our sincerest condolences to the families that had loved ones affected by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with them".

Security Carnival Cruise Lines is operating at heightened security levels throughout its fleet and is working closely with law enforcement and federal agencies to ensure the safety of our ships and ports. The safety and security of our guests and employees is our highest priority.

CELEBRITY CRUISES ** For the remainder of the Bermuda season, the Zenith is using the port of Baltimore instead of New York while Horizon is using the Port of Philadelphia.

Both ships will depart on September 29, October 6, 13, and 20. In Philadelphia, Horizon will arrive at 7 a.m. and depart at 7 p.m. In Baltimore, Zenith will arrive at 7 a.m. and depart at 6 p.m.

Because of the change of ports, Celebrity will provide ground transportation from New York to Philadelphia and Baltimore to assist guests in reaching their ship. Specific pick-up locations and times are available through guests' travel agents and Celebrity Cruises.

Celebrity also will provide Horizon and Zenith guests with a certificate for a 25 percent discount on a future seven-night Celebrity cruise, redeemable for cruises departing through December 15, 2002, excluding June, July and holiday sailings. **

Inaugural events for the new ship Summit have been cancelled in Boston and New York, however the Ft. Lauderdale and Miami events are still scheduled.

Guests needing assistance may reach Celebrity Cruises at 1-800-437-3111. Guests calling from the United Kingdom or Ireland should dial +44(0)1932-834440. Guests calling from France should dial 0800-204060. Guests calling from Scandinavia should dial +47-22-51-3780. All other international guests should contact their local cruise representatives.

Itinerary changes will be made public as soon as possible, as well as posted on the Celebrity Cruises website at

Celebrity Cruises issued a statement saying their highest priority is to ensure the safety and security of all its guests and crew: "A cruise ship is inherently secure because it is a controlled environment with limited access. Under normal circumstances, Celebrity's security programs are stringent. But, in light of recent events, we have strengthened those programs even further. In order to maintain an effective and meaningful security environment, Celebrity has established strict and highly confidential security procedures that cannot, for obvious reasons, be discussed in detail."

CRYSTAL CRUISES "Crystal Cruises wishes to offer its sincere condolences to all persons that have been affected by these acts of terrorism on the East Coast of the United States. As always, the safety and security of our guests is of paramount importance to us. While we have no reason to believe that our ships are at risk, we are taking every precaution to protect our guests, crew and ship. A maximum level of security is in effect. We are closely monitoring all aspects of our operation impacted by the recent events, including but not limited to air transportation. In advance, thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this exceptional situation."

Crystal Harmony's New England/Canada cruise on September 29 and U.S. East Coast/Caribbean cruise on October 10: the port of Baltimore, Maryland, will replace the scheduled disembarkation/embarkation in New York. For teh September 29 cruise, Newport, Rhode Island has been added as a port of call. (On Tuesday Baltimore was substituted for New York and the turnaround operation went very smoothly.)

Crystal Symphony's 24-day East African itinerary from Rome to Capetown on October 1, which had been scheduled to call in Egypt and Jordan and transit the Suez Canal, has been revised with more Mediterranean ports, the Canary Islands, and West Africa, including two full days in Cape Town. Booked guests and their travel agents are being notified.

Crystal Cruises' air department is in continual communication with the airlines and travel agents to reroute guests with new schedules as needed. Crystal Cruises continuously updates its web site at

CUNARD LINE The QE2 and Caronia are using the Port of Boston instead of New York.

Cunard Line said it will reposition the Caronia to Southampton starting in May 2002, from which it will operate a variety of five- to 21-day itineraries, mainly in Europe. "As part of the new marketing initiative, enrichment lecturers and entertainment will be geared toward U.K. passengers, and the currency on board ship will be the British pound," Cunard said. The new schedule includes cruises to the Greek Isles, Norwegian fjords, the North Cape, Mediterranean, Black Sea, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

HOLLAND AMERICA LINE/WINDSTAR: All cruises are sailing as scheduled. Chairman and CEO, A. Kirk Lanterman said "The events of the past week have been a shock to everyone at Holland America Line and Windstar Cruises. Personal lives as well as businesses have been greatly affected. We trust that everyone will join us in offering prayers and support for the innocent victims of this past week and the rescue and aid workers who continue to assist in the recovery effort. The company is returning to normal operations and our security measures remain at the highest level...The next several weeks and months will continue to require our patience,our teamwork and our resolve. We feel strongly, as I'm sure everyone in thetravel industry does, that worry-free vacations are one of the many freedoms we hold dear."

LINBLAD EXPEDITIONS New, more lenient cancelation policies have been created. Sven Lindblad, president and founder of Lindblad Expeditions states: "At the end of the day, a vacation, holiday or expedition is something done to bring joy or inspiration to the traveler. If personal feelings preclude that, I don't believe someone should travel, and we should not represent a punitive hurdle in that decision"

For more information, call 1-800-EXPEDITION (1-800-397-3348) or check the website at

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINES Norwegian Sea and Norwegian Sun are using the Port of Boston instead of New York.

NCL has revamped its 2002 itineraries. See NCL story below.

PRINCESS CRUISES ** Pacific Princess will now embark and disembark passengers in Boston until further notice. Sailing dates affected include the current voyage as well as five additional Bermuda cruises departing on September 23 & 30 and October 7, 14 & 21.

Motorcoach transportation will be available between Boston and New York regional airports and the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal.

In addition, Pacific Princess' Africa and Holy Land cruises scheduled to depart November 1, 2001 through April 5, 2002 have been cancelled. The ship will sail its 2002 Bermuda season as scheduled beginning May 5, 2002.

Passengers are encouraged to contact their travel agent or call Princess at 1-800-693-7222 for further information.

Princess has also revamped their 2002 Royal Princess and Sea Princess itineraries. See Princess story below. See **

All Princess ships are operating at the highest level of security on board. "We want to extend our deepest condolences to everyone affected by this unprecedented tragedy," said President, Phil Kleweno. All Princess ships continue to sail as scheduled and are completing their itineraries as originally published, with the exception of those listed below:

The scheduled events planned for the christening of Golden Princess have been postponed to 2002.

Golden Princess:

Voyage #5121 (Sailing September 25): This voyage has not been affected and the Golden Princess will complete the itinerary as originally published.

Royal Princess Royal Princess' 10-day Canada/New England sailings between New York and Montreal will now embark and disembark passengers at Boston or Baltimore until further notice. The ship's September 20 voyage (#1118) from Montreal is now scheduled to arrive in Boston on September 30, and the following voyage (#1119) will depart from there. The ship's final sailing on this itinerary (#1120), departing from Montreal on October 10, will now disembark passengers in Baltimore on October 20. Passengers will be provided with transportation between the ship and New York regional airports and the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Passengers are encouraged to contact their travel agent or call Princess at 1-800-693-7222 for further information.

RADISSON SEVEN SEAS CRUISES ** The Seven Seas Navigator world cruise has been amended to sail around Cape Horn instead of through the Suez Canal. The basic route is now Los Angeles - Sydney - Hong Kong- Cape Town - Rio de Janeiro - Ft. Lauderdale. **

"In light of the September 11th terrorist attacks in the United States, Radisson Seven Seas Cruises has enacted an immediate tightening of security aboard all vessels and in all ports where our vessels are scheduled to visit. At this time, no cruises have been cancelled nor itineraries changed."

REGAL CRUISES ** Regal Cruises continues to use the port of Philadelphia in place of New York with bus transportation provided from New York and New Jersey to the vessel.

"First and foremost, Regal Cruises wishes to extend our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to all persons who have been affected by the acts of terrorism on the East Coast of the United States this week. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the many families and individuals who have been affected by this national tragedy." **

ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL The Nordic Empress is using the Port of Philadelphia instead of New York for Bermuda cruises. Nordic Empress has four additional cruises to Bermuda this season. The ship will depart on September 30, and October 7 and 14. This weekend the ship will arrive in Philadelphia at 7 a.m. and depart at 5 p.m. Departure times for future sailings will be announced and posted on Royal Caribbean's website.

Guests needing assistance may reach Royal Caribbean International at 1-800-327-6700. Guests calling from the United Kingdom or Ireland should dial +44 (0) 1932-834440. Guests calling from France should dial 0800 204060. Guests calling from Scandinavia should dial +47 22 51-3780. All other international guests should contact their local cruise representatives. Itinerary changes will be made public as soon as possible, as well as posted on the Royal Caribbean International website at

Guests needing assistance may reach Royal Caribbean International at 1-800-327-6700. Guests calling from the United Kingdom or Ireland should dial +44 (0) 1932-834440. Guests calling from France should dial 0800 204060. Guests calling from Scandinavia should dial +47 22 51-3780. All other international guests should contact their local cruise representatives.

Royal Caribbean issued a statement saying their highest priority is to ensure the safety and security of all its guests and crew: "A cruise ship is inherently secure because it is a controlled environment with limited access. Under normal circumstances, Royal Caribbean's security programs are stringent. But, in light of recent events, we have strengthened those programs even further. In order to maintain an effective and meaningful security environment, Royal Caribbean has established strict and highly confidential security procedures that cannot, for obvious reasons, be discussed in detail."

SEABOURN ** Seabourn Sun's final world cruise itinerary has been changed. The altered segment deletes a passage through the Red Sea, Suez Canal and Mediterranean Sea from Mumbai (Bombay), India on March 15 to Malaga, Spain on April 10. Instead, the ship will sail from Mumbai across the Indian Ocean, visiting the islands of Mahe in the Seychelles and Mauritius. Guests will then explore Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, South Africa; the island of St. Helena; Dakar, Senegal and Las Palmas on Grand Canary Island, before crossing the Atlantic to St. Thomas as published. **

Seabourn Pride is using the Port of Boston instead of New York. Otherwise cruises are operating as scheduled.

"Seabourn Cruise Line offers its deepest sympathy to anyone affected by last week's catastrophes in New York and Washington D.C. While recognizing that there are many who will need to seek their own ways in which to grieve and recover, Seabourn is committed to maintaining the rights of people to travel and learn. We believe that travel is a valuable freedom for individuals and for the cultures of the world at large."

" With the safety of our guests, crew and ships uppermost in mind, Seabourn Cruise Line has raised the level of security measures both aboard our ships and in every port of call to the highest levels. We are fortunate in that our intimate ships carry only a limited number of guests, so it is possible to maintain the most stringent controls with only a minimal impact on our guests' enjoyment of their cruise."

"SeaDream Yacht Club is keeping itself fully informed of potential danger to its passengers and its officers, staff and crew of SeaDream I and SeaDream II, at sea, in port and ashore. This is a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week responsibility. We are vigilant and constantly prudent. This is our highest priority."

"Our total security program has been thoroughly reviewed and some additional measures have been incorporated to respond to this unprecedented series of events. These obviously cannot be discussed. Highly trained security personnel, both aboard our vessels and ashore, are monitoring the world situation and the dangers this may present and are working closely with government security agencies, port officials, airlines and others in the U.S. as well as with those of other countries."

SILVERSEA ** Silversea issued a new statement on September 27 concerning the current situation and its commitment to passenger safety and product delivery:

Silversea's management, shareholders and financial institutions believe that consumer confidence will return, and they remain steadfast in their long-term commitment to the company. Silversea assures its business partners and its passengers that the line has the proper financial resources in place to cover the consequences of recent events.

The safety, comfort and peace of mind of its guests has always been Silversea's highest priority. This continues to be the case with its fleet of luxury ships operating at the highest level of security. Recognizing that there is a significant level of uncertainty among the traveling public today, the line will continue to be sensitive in its handling of each passenger's individual circumstances. Currently, the company is evaluating its worldwide itineraries and a subsequent announcement will be made within the week. **

Voyages are on schedule with the following exceptions:

Voyage 3122 - Silver Shadow: The calls in Tartous, Syria (October 5th) and Limassol, Cyprus (October 6th) have been cancelled. Silver Shadow will now call on Kastellorizon, Greece on October 5th from 8:00am to 6:00pm and Patmos, Greece on October 6th from 8:00am to 11:00pm.

Cancellation Policy Guests needing to cancel their reservations on any Silversea voyage commencing on or before September 30th, will receive a cruise credit certificate in the amount of their cancellation penalty, which may be applied to a future Silversea cruise. This includes the following voyages:

  • Silver Cloud, 9/19/01, Lisbon -Casablanca
  • Silver Wind, 9/19/01, Athens -Nice
  • Silver Shadow, 9/19/01, Athens -Istanbul
  • Silver Whisper, 9/25/01, Philadelphia- Montreal
  • Silver Wind, 9/29/01, Nice -Barcelona
  • Silver Cloud, 9/30/01, Casablanca -Monte Carlo
  • Silver Shadow, 9/30/01, Istanbul -Athens

For further details, call Reservations at 1-800-722-9955. Back to Top

09-26-01 More on Renaissance Here is the latest information regarding Renaissance passengers and ships:

  • R1 and 2 - Arrived in Rome this morning. Passengers will be put on an Omni Air charter flight to JFK.
  • R3 and 4 - The ships will arrive in Papeete today or tomorrow and passengers will fly to LAX on board a Hawaiian Air charter.
  • R5, 6, 7 - Did not sail as scheduled therefore no passengers were on board.
  • R8 - Will arrive in Dover tomorrow and passengers will fly back to JFK on an Omni Air charter.
  • Renaissance VII, VIII - Did not sail therefore no passengers were on board.

PLEASE NOTE: All passengers will be transfered to the airport by bus however they must pay for the bus service at the time of boarding as the ground operator will not invoice Renaissance for the services. In addition, any passengers that are holding cruise only reservations, Renaissance will accommodate them on the charter flights free of charge, space permitting. In total there are approximately 2,500 passengers that are on board the ships as of yesterday. Back to Top

09-25-01 Renaissance Halts Operations Renaissance Cruises ceased operations, effective immediately, on September 25 and filed for Chapter 11 reorganization under federal bankruptcy laws. The company said the action was necessary due to a sharp dropoff in business following the terrorist attacks on September 11. Company sources told CruiseMates that all of Renaissance's ships are proceeding to port where passengers are to disembark, and that the line is working diligently to ensure that all passengers are safely returned home to the United States.

Here is the status of the Renaissance fleet:

  • R1-Passengers will be disembarked in Rome on September 26.
  • R2-Unconfirmed report that the ship is proceeding to Rome.
  • R3-Passengers are currently being disembarked in Tahiti.
  • R4-Passengers will be disembarked in Tahiti.
  • R5-Unconfirmed report that the ship is proceeding to Rome.
  • R6-Status Unknown.
  • R7-Status Unknown.
  • R8-Passengers who were to embark in Barcelona were not embarked; all passengers to be flown home.
  • Renaissance VII-Unconfirmed report that the ship is headed for Rome.
  • Renaissance VIII-Unconfirmed report that the ship is headed for Rome.

CruiseMates urges affected passengers to contact their credit card companies immediately to ask that credits be issued. Passengers who have purchased third party insurance should contact their agents or the insurance company for claim information, procedures and forms. Back to Top

09-25-01 RCI, Celebrity Reposition Ships for 2002 Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises have joined the growing roster of lines that are changing their itineraries for 2002, mostly moving ships away from Europe, especially the Mediterranean.

Royal Caribbean announced the following changes:

  • The new Brilliance of the Seas, being delivered in July 2002, had been slated for 12-night Mediterranean cruises out of Barcelona. Instead, it will be based in Harwich, England during July and August for 12-night sailings to Scandinavia, Russia, the British Isles and Norwegian fjords. Next it will move to Boston for 10-night New England/Canada cruises in September and October before repositioning to the Caribbean.
  • Rhapsody of the Seas' previous schedule called for various northern Europe itineraries this summer, followed by New England/Canada sailings. Instead, the vessel will operate seven-night western Caribbean trips out of Galveston from April through October 2002, and will continue the Galveston-based schedule as previously planned from October onward.
  • Grandeur of the Seas' seven-night Mediterranean itineraries next summer out of Barcelona and Rome have been scrapped. Instead, the ship will operate Mexico sailings out of southern California from May through September, then resume Caribbean cruises out of New Orleans in October 2002.
  • Splendour of the Seas will now operate seven-night western Med cruises from Barcelona from late April through October 2002. The ship had been slated for various European itineraries out of Southampton, England and Venice.

Celebrity Cruises announced the following changes for 2002:

  • The new Constellation, to be delivered in April 2002, will remain in Europe for the summer. But instead of its original schedule of seven, 10- and 11-night Med sailings out of Rome and Barcelona, it will now operate seven-night western Med cruises in May, then move to Dover, England for 14-night Baltic sailings from June through August. Finally, it will return to Barcelona for 10- and 11-night western Med cruises from mid-September to mid-October.
  • The Millennium, previously slated for 12-night Mediterranean cruises between Barcelona and Istanbul, instead will remain in Fort Lauderdale for a summer series of 10- and 11-night Caribbean cruises, from mid-April through September 2002.
  • The Mercury's schedule of Baltic and Mediterranean cruises from Copenhagen and Barcelona will be replaced with a west coast schedule. From San Diego, the vessel will operate two 14-night transcanal sailings to and from Miami in April 2002; then it will reposition to Vancouver for seven-night Alaska cruises from late May through September.

Celebrity and Royal Caribbean have set up a help desk for prebooked passengers and their travel agents if their plans have been affected: 888-305-4626. Back to Top

09-25-01 Princess Revamps 2002 Schedules Princess Cruises has announced new 2002 schedules for the Sea Princess and the Royal Princess. Instead of operating its planned world cruise, followed by a series of eastern Mediterranean sailings, the Royal Princess will be based in Fort Lauderdale from January through April, providing 10-day roundtrip Panama Canal cruises, with rates starting at $999 per person. Ports will include Cartagena, Limon (Costa Rica), Grand Cayman and Cozumel. The Sea Princess will drop its planned series of southern Caribbean cruises this coming winter and spring, and instead will operate 16 additional Mexico sailings from Los Angeles. From December 29 through March 2 they will be seven-day itineraries to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas, followed by a series of 10-day cruises from March 8 to April 28. The longer trips will add Acapulco and Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa to the itinerary. The Mexico cruises start at $499. Back to Top

09-21-01 Weekend Cruise News *** Norwegian Cruise Line is planning a dual christening for its newest ships, Norwegian Sun and Norwegian Star. The inaugural festivities will take place November 17 at the Port of Miami's Piers 1, 2 and 3 with the ships positioned bow to bow. Godmothers are Brooke Burke, popular host of E! Entertainment Television's "Wild On" for Norwegian Sun and reigning Miss America 2001 Angela Perez Baraquio for Norwegian Star. Miss America is a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, which will be the year-round homeport for Norwegian Star. According to Colin Veitch, president and chief executive officer of NCL, both women embody the distinctive spirit of Freestyle Cruising. "Both Brooke and Miss America represent the independence and enthusiasm that is evident in Freestyle Cruising," Veitch said. "They are two of America's shining young stars and will make wonderful godmothers for two brand new ships packed full of energy and fun."

The 78,309-ton, 1,936-passenger Norwegian Sun was delivered to NCL in August. The 2,240-passenger Norwegian Star is nearing completion. It will be NCL's largest ship at 91,000 tons and is built at the maximum size to fit through the Panama Canal.

*** Carnival Pride will be sailing two introductory mini-cruises. A six-day New Year's cruise departing Miami Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001, will call at Belize, Playa del Carmen/Cozumel and Key West. The three-day Bahamas voyage departing Port Canaveral, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002 features an overnight call in Nassau. The new 88,500-ton, 2,124-passenger vessel is currently in the final stages of construction at Kvaerner Masa-Yards in Helsinki, Finland. Following these voyages, Carnival Pride will launch year-round seven-day Caribbean service from Port Canaveral Jan. 12, 2002, becoming the newest and largest vessel to operate from that port. Carnival Pride is a sister ship to Carnival Spirit.

*** Cunard Line said it will reposition the Caronia to Southampton starting in May 2002, from which it will operate a variety of five- to 21-day itineraries, mainly in Europe. "As part of the new marketing initiative, enrichment lecturers and entertainment will be geared toward U.K. passengers, and the currency on board ship will be the British pound," Cunard said. The new schedule includes cruises to the Greek Isles, Norwegian fjords, the North Cape, Mediterranean, Black Sea, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

*** Seabourn Cruise Line has announced a new program of services called Pure Pampering, on board the all-suite yachts Seabourn Pride, Spirit and Legend. Beginning in 2002, guests vacationing on the 104-couple ships will enjoy a new assortment of complimentary in-suite toiletries created by the British brand Molton Brown. These include Vitamin A B & C Bath & Shower Gel, Healthy Hair Revitalizing Shampoo, Instant Conditioner, Ultra Smooth Hand & Body Lotion and Ultra Pure Soap. A new menu of five soothing and revitalizing Molton Brown therapeutic bathing experiences will also be provided, with the option of having the bath drawn and prepared by the suite's stewardess. The available options for Pure Pampering baths are: Intoxicating Sensual Bath, Invigorating Ginseng Bath, Yuan Zhi Peacemaker Bath and Oceanic Stress-Relieving Bath. These additions to the Seabourn yachts are part of the line's ongoing program to refine its suite amenities.

*** The Alaska season is winding down with ships departing Vancouver for the last time in 2001. Infinity sails tonight for San Diego via Alaska, Victoria and San Francisco. The largest cruise ship sailing to Alaska this season, Infinity will then position through the Panama Canal for winter Southern Caribbean cruises from San Juan. Norwegian Wind sets sail Monday for its first season in Asia when it positions from Vancouver via Alaska and the Russian Far East to Beijing, China on a 21-night cruise. This will be followed by cruises and cruisetours in southeast Asia through December 15. Norwegian Wind will then sail in Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and Hawaii before returning to Vancouver next April. Back to Top

09-20-01 NCL revamps 2002 plans; Norway to stay in Miami Norwegian Cruise Line and Star Cruises Group have overhauled their fleet plans for 2002, making major changes in planned ship locations and itineraries. The company said it expects North American travelers will want to stay closer to home in the months ahead, and the changes are designed to accommodate that trend. Among the changes:

  • The Norway, which was supposed to join Star Cruises and operate in southeast Asia, will remain in North America for at least another year. After undergoing a drydock and refurbishment in Europe this fall, the classic vessel will return to Miami in time for a December 23 Christmas cruise, then will continue to operate seven-day eastern Caribbean sailings.
  • The new Norwegian Sun, which had been scheduled for Mediterranean cruises from May through October 2002, will remain in the Caribbean instead.
  • Star Cruises has canceled plans to transfer its SuperStar Aries to Orient Lines, which had planned to rename it the Ocean Voyager. Instead, the ship will stay in southeast Asia until 2003.
  • The Norwegian Sky will operate alternating eastern and western Caribbean itineraries from January through March 2002; it had been slated to replace the Norway on a regular series of eastern Caribbean cruises.

The new itineraries will be opened up for sale September 24, the company said. Back to Top

09-20-01 Celebrity Supports Red Cross Celebrity has assigned 200 staterooms on Summit's two-night preview cruise departing Port Everglades on September 28 for a fundraising event by the American Red Cross of Greater Miami and the Keys. The "wave of compassion" cruise is available to interested donors at a rate of $1,000 for a premium stateroom with a veranda or $500 for an ocean-view stateroom, with all funds going toward the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund. Celebrity Cruises also has pledged to donate all proceeds from Summit's casino operations during the two-night sailing.

Summit is the third Millennium Class vessel, sister ship to Millennium and Infinity. Inaugural events in Boston and New York were canceled last week and Summit was immediately repositioned to Port Everglades. Inaugural events are scheduled next week for South Florida, including the "wave of compassion" cruise. Summit enters service October 1.

Individuals interested in joining Celebrity Cruises and the American Red Cross of Greater Miami and the Keys in this "wave of compassion" cruise are asked to book a stateroom by calling Gloria Danovitz at (305) 644-1200, extension 111, by or before Monday, September 24. Back to Top

09-18-01 Carnival Passengers Cleared The detention of two Pakistani passengers on Carnival's Fascination, reported last Friday, turned out to be a case of mistaken identity. One man's name was similar to that of the suspect in a bombing in India. Both men have been released. Back to Top

09-18-01 RCI/Celebrity's Top Ten Tips RCI and Celebrity Cruises today issued this list of tips for cruise travelers:

  • Purchase trip/vacation interruption insurance. CruiseCare Cancellation and Passenger Protection Program is worth the nominal investment.
  • Review your cruise documents in advance for important guidelines and travel tips.
  • Prior to leaving home, call the airline - or check their website for flight arrival/departure information.
  • Be at the airport early - 2 hours or more unless local circumstances dictate allowing a longer time. Security screenings take additional time.
  • Minimize carry-on luggage OR be prepared to have them searched and suspicious items confiscated (nail files, scissors/clippers, etc). Please make sure luggage is clearly tagged with the completed colored bag-tags provided with your documents.
  • Make sure necessary medical items are with you rather than in checked luggage.
  • Make sure you have your passport and other travel identification on your person - not in checked bags.
  • Lower the stress level of "getting to the ship on-time" by arranging a pre-cruise land package. Consider coming in a day early - especially when flying a long distance to the cruise.
  • Expect delays and longer lines - and be pleasantly surprised if they are not that bad.
  • Be patient - once onboard your cruise, you will have a fantastic time!
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09-17-01 Carnival To Raise $1.5 Million Carnival Cruise Lines will donate $50 for each stateroom sold over the next 30 days to the American Red Cross to aid in relief efforts associated with the recent terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. The $50 per cabin donation is expected to generate approximately $1.5 million for the American Red Cross, According to Carnival president Bob Dickinson, "Words cannot begin to express the feelings of sorrow and sadness we've experienced over the past week. It is our hope that this donation will allow the dedicated personnel at the American Red Cross to carry out their duties as we pray and mourn for those killed and injured in these attacks."Back to Top

09-17-01 Heightened Port Security Ports around the United States are under heightened security. The port of New York remains closed, the world's largest hospital ship docked in the passenger terminal. Ships scheduled to arrive in New York have been diverted to other cities, including Boston and Philadelphia. In Miami, the Coast Guard says cruise ships will be escorted in and out port, maintaining a 100-yard security zone around them.

The Vancouver Port Authority is asking cruise passengers bound for Alaska to arrive no earlier than 2 p.m. on the day of their departure. Ship sailings will be delayed to allow arrived passengers sufficient time for security to embark. Back to Top

09-16-01 Alaska Sailings Delayed Cruise ships are arriving and departing from port behind schedule due to increased customs and immigration checks in ports around the globe. In Vancouver, Alaska bound passengers are being asked not to arrive before 2 p.m. to board vessels as it is taking longer than usual for arriving passengers to disembark.

Passengers planning to drive from Seattle to Vancouver should allow extra time as delays of up to seven hours have been reported at the border this week. The Quick Shuttle from Seattle airport and downtown Seattle to Vancouver is reporting a one hour delay coming into Canada and one to three hour delays going into the United States as of Sunday September 16. Back to Top

09-14-01 Two Carnival Passengers Detained Update: Law enforcement officials say two cruise ship passengers detained after the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the FBI and the Coast Guard boarded the ship were not linked to the attack. But law enforcement sources said that at least one of the men is being detained on a fugitive warrant involving a terrorist act overseas. The subject was carrying an Indian or Pakistani passport.

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Two passengers aboard the Carnival Fascination were detained by Coast Guard officials early this morning. Law enforcement agencies and Carnival cruise line would not say whether the detentions were tied to Tuesday's terrorist attacks. The Coast Guard detained two cruise ship passengers Friday as their ship approached port after a four-day trip, and the pair was turned over to immigration and FBI agents upon reaching the Port of Miami.

Coast Guard law officers arrived on Carnival's Fascination ship at 3:15 a.m. EDT, when the 2,050-passenger ship was about 20 miles south of Miami. Carnival's security staff helped the agents detain the pair, Coast Guard spokesmen said.

The two passengers were removed from the ship about a half-hour after it docked at its usual terminal at 6:30 a.m., said Petty Officer Robert Suddarth. They were turned over to the FBI and INS agents. No arrests had been made as of three hours after the ship docked, agency spokeswoman Judy Oriheula said. The agency did not initiate the boarding request, she said.

The 2,050-passenger Fascination, one of the cruise line's larger ships, was returning from a four-day trip to Cozumel, Mexico, and Key West. Carnival planned a standard same-day turnaround Friday for a three-day cruise to the Bahamas with a new load of passengers.

The Coast Guard announced Thursday that it planned to have boats escort all cruise ships and tankers in and out of the world's busiest cruise port and maintain a 100-yard security zone around the ships. Back to Top

09-13-01 Celebrity, Royal Caribbean Credits Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. today announced that due to the interruption of the air transportation system, both Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises will allow guests booked on cruises that depart on or before September 16 to postpone their cruise. Those guests who are unable to meet their cruise due to flight interruptions will receive a credit of up to the amount they paid toward a future cruise.

Guests being impacted by the interruption of air service should contact their travel agent or either Royal Caribbean International at 1-800-327-6700 or Celebrity Cruises at 1-800-437-3111 prior to the departure time of their cruise. The rescheduled cruise must be taken prior to December 15, 2002. Guest booked on cruises after September 16, will be subject to normal cancellation policies.     Back to Top

09-13-01 Shore Excursion Plane Crash Sixteen passengers from the Holland America ship MS Maasdam who had taken a shore excursion to the Mayan Ruins at Chichen Itza in southern Mexico were among 19 people killed when their light plane crashed shortly after take-off, officials said on Thursday.

The plane left an airstrip near Chichen Itza in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula on Wednesday afternoon but it was in the air only a few minutes when it crashed into a jungle. The plane had been headed back to their cruise ship on Mexico's Caribbean island of Cozumel.

The 16 U.S. tourists, their Mexican guide and two Mexican crew members were killed when the twin-engine, 20-seater plane crashed and exploded into flames, according to airport administrator Eduardo Alfaro and officials with the charter company Aeroferinco. Back to Top

09-13-01 Additional Itinerary Changes If you are sailing soon, expect heightened security at Miami, Port Canaveral, Houston, Tampa Palm Beach and Galveston. The Port of New York remains closed.

On Sunday, September 16, Norwegian Sea will arrive in the Port of Boston instead of New York for disembarkation. The ship will arrive in Boston at 5 p.m. NCL will provide passengers with transportation from the Port of Boston to a number of drop off points in the New York City area, where they will be able to continue with their previously arranged travel plans. If passengers miss flights due to the schedule change, NCL will work to re-book the outbound flights from Boston the following day and will keep the passengers overnight onboard the ship.

In addition, passengers scheduled to sail Norwegian Sea on Sunday, September 16 from New York City will now embark in Boston on Monday, September 17. NCL will make arrangements to either re-route or transport all passengers from a number of pick-up points in New York City to join Norwegian Sea on Sunday and/or Monday. Because of the embarkation change, the ship will not leave Boston until Monday, September 17.

Crystal Cruises will use the port of Baltimore, Maryland, instead of New York, for its Tuesday, September 18 turnaround. Crystal Harmony will arrive in Baltimore at 6:00 a.m. to disembark guests from its September 1 cruise, which originated in Acapulco. Guests on the September 18 cruise headed north for New England/Canada will embark in Baltimore in lieu of New York. The ship is now scheduled to depart Baltimore at midnight. The subsequent port calls remain unchanged.

The Carnival Spirit arrived in Vancouver Wednesday morning as scheduled. Those guests who were not scheduled to return home via air transportation debarked. Those guests who were scheduled to return home via air travel will be allowed to remain aboard ship 2 nights (Wednesday & Thursday). Our air/sea staff will be available to assist them with travel arrangements as air space becomes available.

Guests scheduled to depart on this voyage who have already arrived in Vancouver will be offered accommodation for 2 nights (Wednesday & Thursday) aboard ship. The ship will remain docked in Vancouver on Wed. night, Sept. 12 and Thurs. night, Sept. 13.

** Royal Caribbean's Splendour of the Seas bypassed the port of Kusadasi, Turkey on Wednesday and Legend of the Seas will not call in Tangier, Morocco Thursday.    Back to Top

09-12-01 Port of NY Celebrity, Royal Caribbean Update Although several ships are scheduled to arrive and depart during the next few days at the port of New York, it is closed until further notice. NCL and Carnival are all scheduled to disembark and embark passengers this weekend, and CruiseMates is awaiting word from these cruise lines on any contingent plans they have for alternate arrangements if the port is not reopened by this weekend.

Celebrity Cruises will temporarily use the Port of Philadelphia for its ship Horizon to arrive in and depart from for its Bermuda sailing this weekend. The Celebrity ship Zenith will arrive from and sail to Bermuda from either Philadelphia or Baltimore, pending berthing availability. Horizon will arrive in the Port of Philadelphia on Saturday, September 15, at approximately 7 a.m. Celebrity will have special staff at the port to assist guests with both ground and air transportation issues.

Zenith will arrive in either the Port of Philadelphia or the Port of Baltimore on Saturday, September 15, at approximately 7 a.m. The final confirmation of its berthing location will be made Thursday, September 13. In either location, Celebrity will have special staff at the port to assist guests with both ground and air transportation issues.

The Royal Caribbean ship Nordic Empress will arrive in the port of Philadelphia on Sunday, September 16, at approximately 7 a.m. Royal Caribbean will have special staff at the port to assist guests with both ground and air transportation issues.

For all other Royal Caribbean and Celebrity cruise itineraries: due to the possibility that some airports may not open in a timely manner, guests scheduled to sail on or before September 17, 2001, will receive special consideration. Should their departure airport remain closed within 24 hours of their ship's departure, those guests will receive a future cruise certificate for an equivalent cruise any time through December 15, 2002, excluding holidays and sailings in June, July and August 2002.

Passengers affected should stay in close contact with their travel agents and cruise line websites to monitor the ongoing changes. Back to Top

09-12-01 HAL Cancels Westerdam Alaska Holland America Line has cancelled the Sept. 13 sailing of the ms Westerdam from Vancouver. This is the only Holland America cruise affected at this time.

The ship -- with 1,477 guests on board -- currently is enroute southbound from Ketchikan and scheduled to arrive on time in Vancouver, where it will remain in port instead of sailing on its next seven-day Alaska Inside Passage cruise Thursday evening.

The guests on board the Westerdam are being advised that all who have air connections may stay on board at no charge until alternate travel arrangements can be made. Guests who remain on board will be responsible for their individual expenses, including telephone, beverages, shop purchases, etc. The company is sending a Passenger Programs team to Vancouver to assist guests with travel plans.

In addition, Holland America Line is working with Canadian officials to keep the ship in port for several days and to provide guests with the most comfortable experience possible. Back to Top

09-12-01 Crisis Affects Cruising CruiseMates is recommending that all people booked on cruises this week or in the near future consult with the websites of the relevent cruise lines and airlines for the latest details on how the tragedy might affect your trip.

For example, the FAA is in the process of requiring more stringent security measures at airports. If you have an E-Ticket confirmation number only, you may need proof that you are actually booked on a flight before you can enter the airport.

Princess Cruises has modified the itinerary of the September 15 Golden Princess cruise in Europe. The ship will sail after a 48 hour delay from its originally scheduled departure time and will skip the ports of Kusadasi and Athens. The remainder of the cruise will continue as planned, beginning with a first call in Venice. A 20% refund will be given to passengers on that cruise.

Carnival plans to hold Carnival Spirit in Vancouver Wednesday night to allow for late arriving passengers. The ship will change its 7-day Alaskan itinerary to a modified 6-day itinerary and passengers will get a $200 onboard credit.

Holland America and Windstar, as well as Royal Caribbean and Celebrity and announced more stringent security precautions will be taken aboard their ships but have not announced any schedule changes as of yet.

Unfortunately, no cruise lines have announced that they will give full refunds to passengers who cannot make it to their embarkation due to airport closings or who have decided they are afraid to fly. The standard cancellation policies apply as before.   Back to Top

09-11-01 RCI & Celebrity Heighten Security In light of today's bombings in New York and Washington, both Royal Caribbean and Celebrity will increase security aboard all their vessels. Family who wish to contact the cruise lines regarding status of their loved ones can call 888-829-4050. Additional information will be posted on the Royal Caribbean and Celebrity websites at, Both cruise lines are also providing all shipboard guests, with relatives in New York or Washington, with free access to phone lines to check on the well being of their relatives. Back to Top

09-07-01 Weekend Cruise News *** Crystal Cruises has announced more dates for their special Wine and Food Festival cruises in 2002. The program has been expanded to 23 worldwide sailings next year in Asia, the Pacific, Alaska, South America, Panama Canal/Caribbean, and Europe. The culinary cruises will feature such notable chefs as Spago's pastry chef Sherry Yard; Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani of Napa Valley's Terra Restaurant; celebrity chef and TV host Sam Choy; and California cuisine pioneer John Ash;, who will join masters Andre Soltner and Jacques Pepin and more than a dozen others. Guest chefs will prepare a four-course dinner featuring his/her signature dishes. As well, they will offer cooking demonstrations, share recipes and tips, and participate in question and answer sessions. The Master Sommeliers and other guest wine experts on board will hold wine tastings, teach the history of wine in the regions sailed and offer hints on choosing and pairing wines.

In 2002, the "Crystal Wine & Food Festival" is scheduled for Crystal Symphony's four 18- to 34-day individual World Cruise voyages on Jan. 17, Feb. 4, March 2 and 25; as well as her trans-Atlantic crossing on May 13; one Baltic cruise on June 1; four Mediterranean sailings on Aug. 13, 25, and Sept. 6; and a Canary Islands voyage on Oct. 25.

Crystal Harmony's Festival sailings include a 13-day cruise through South America on March 11; four Pacific Asia voyages on March 24, April 3, May 22 and June 3; four varying Panama Canal and Caribbean itineraries on Jan. 18, Oct. 27, Nov. 7, and Nov. 18; along with four Alaska departures on July 4, 16, and 28; and Sept. 14.

*** Norwegian Sun sails Monday on her maiden voyage, a 16-day "Path of the Vikings" voyage on from Southampton, England to New York. Following a series of 12-day Canada/New England cruises round-trip from New York, Norwegian Sun will sail a 14-day Eastern Seaboard/Caribbean cruise on Nov. 3 from New York to Miami, then sail seven-day Western Caribbean cruises through Apr. 6, 2002.

The 1,936-passenger, 78,000-ton Sun is NCL's first ship purpose built for Freestyle Cruising. Flexible dining is a major component of the freestyle concept. Norwegian Sun features nine dining areas on board. In the two main dining rooms, instead of two dining seatings, passengers can dine with whom they please, between 5:30 and midnight. Here is a rundown of the dining areas:

  • Four Seasons Restaurant - One of two main restaurants serving traditional fare
  • Seven Seas Restaurant - A second main restaurant focusing on contemporary cuisine
  • il Adagio - A formal Italian restaurant
  • Le Bistro - An intimate restaurant featuring gourmet French fare
  • Ginza - A Japanese restaurant featuring a sushi bar and teppanyaki room
  • East Meets West - A high-end Pacific Rim restaurant featuring a fusion of Californian, Hawaiian and Asian cuisine. This room's focal point will be a live lobster tank (guests can select their own lobsters)
  • Las Ramblas - A Spanish Tapas bar with a full selection of Tapas dishes and authentic entertainment
  • Garden Cafe / Great Outdoor Cafe - Indoor/outdoor buffet-style cafe serving breakfast, lunch and dinner including "food action stations"
  • Pacific Heights - "Healthy Living" restaurant featuring spa menus and dishes from Cooking Light magazine.

***Wind Star is the honeymoon choice of Jennifer and Jeffrey Scott, the couple married on NBC's 'Today' show on September 5. Viewers of the second annual, summer long "Today Throws a Wedding" series selected Windstar Cruises' sailing vessels over two other destinations, as the best honeymoon escape. Following a three-night stay in the deluxe Claris Hotel in Barcelona, Jennifer and Jeffrey will board the Wind Star and sail to Nice, France; Mahon, Spain; Port Vendres, Marseille, Sanary Sur Mer, Porquerolles, and Cannes, France. Windstar has an on board wedding program as well as special honeymoon packages. Couples can now tie the knot on the bridge of the line's masted sailing yachts before embarking on their cruise.

***Radisson Seven Seas Cruises is once again chartering the Hanseatic for Antarctic cruises in 2002. The luxury expedition ship departs January 16, for 16 nights, sailing from Ushuaia, Argentina to Cape Horn, Peterman Island, South Shetland Islands, South Orkney Islands, South Georgia ending in Port Stanley, Falkland Islands. On February 2, Hanseatic sails for 15 nights from Port Stanley, Falkland Islands to South Georgia, Peterman Island, South Shetland Islands, Cape Horn, ending in Ushuaia, Argentina. Hanseatic is one of several expeditions vessels sailing to Antarctica. They will be joined by the cruise ships Ryndam (HAL) and Marco Polo (Orient Lines) next season.

*** Cunard is offering a free three day/two-night land tour of Delhi, Agra and the Taj Mahal in conjunction with two new Egypt and India cruises for 2002 on board Caronia. The 25-day "Passage to India" voyages departs March 24, 2002 from Southampton, England to Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India, on a route through the Mediterranean, Aegean, Red and Arabian seas, featuring a full day transit of the Suez Canal. The reverse itinerary sails April 18, 2002. The complimentary tour is a $1,195. value which includes one night each in Delhi and Agra, some meals, sightseeing and transportation.

*** Carnival has unveiled "The Carnival Experience", a cookbook featuring selections from the line's menus. The 150-page book includes recipes and photographs for nearly 100 different entrees, appetizers, soups, salads, side dishes and desserts, all of which were created by Carnival's master chefs and adapted for readers' home kitchens. Featured within the publication are a number of new dishes, including Belon Oyster Ceviche with Beluga Caviar on Pickled Fennel Roots, Ahi Tuna on Grilled Pineapple with Wasabi and Lime Mustard, as well as longtime favorites such as Broiled Chilean Sea Bass with Truffle Butter, Caribbean Pepper Pot Soup, and "Hay and Straw," egg fettuccine with sun dried tomatoes and fresh spinach. Several dishes are taken directly from the menu of the Nouveau Supper Club, the line's first upscale "steakhouse-style" alternative restaurant which debuted aboard the 88,500-ton Carnival Spirit earlier this year. These include New England Crab Cakes on Roasted Pepper Remoulade and Lobster Bisque. One chapter is devoted to Carnival's health-conscious Nautica Spa Fare with recipes for a variety of low fat selections. "The Carnival Experience" is currently available in the gift shops aboard the line's 15 ships. The cost is $18.

***Cruise West is expanding its Asia program for 2002 and 2003. The line's newest vessel, Spirit of Oceanus, will sail from Bali to Alaska in several segments calling at Thailand, Vietnam, China, Korea, Japan and Russia. The cruises are 12 to 17 nights in length and include overnight stays in key ports including Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sapporo and Tokyo. Spirit of Oceanus sails in Asia during April and May, 2002 and 2003 and again in September and October, 2002. Back to Top

09-05-01 Fire in Nassau Cruise ship passengers visiting Nassau will have to make alternative sightseeing arrangements, at least for a while. Yesterday, a fire swept through the downtown area of the city, destroying the straw market, a hotel and the national museum.

Buildings on Bay Street were evacuated. The Pompey Museum, built in the 1700's, was damaged and the Tourism Ministry and Colony Place, which also housed restaurants were also affected by the fire. Back to Top

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