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Intrav Shifts Focus With Sale of Ships

May 14, 2007 By: Jennifer Merritt Travel Agent

Intrav has sold its Clipper Odyssey and Clipper
ships to International Shipping Partners, a move that reflects
the company's current business plan, which is to focus more strongly on the
educational products offered by Intrav, such as its luxury river voyages and
land and safari journeys.

Another focus will be to further develop Intrav's "Wings
Over" series, an air charter service coupled with land tours, and its
"Inventing" desk, a service that aids agents in making FIT bookings,
said Randy Durband, president of Intrav. The company is adding Turkey, Australia
and New Zealand
to its "Wings Over" product, Durband noted, adding that agents can
expect announcements about new destinations for the "Inventing" desk
in a month or so. "When we expand, we'll have a native come over to work
with us to offer that expertise," he said.

Most Scheduled Departures Unaffected

Intrav will still operate small-ship cruises, even
continuing to charter the Adventurer over the next five years for the
company's highly successful Antarctica trips.
Meanwhile, the Adventurer will complete all Intrav scheduled departures
through February 2008, while Intrav-affiliated Odyssey sailings will
continue through September.

Durband says the ships did have some business blocked after
those dates, but that all agents involved were contacted about the news before
the press release was distributed last week.

Intrav, a division of First Choice Expeditions, acquired
Clipper Cruise Line in 1995. The company's new owner, International Shipping
Partners, is a passenger management company based in Miami, offering such services as charters and
ship conversions.

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