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Newsletter: Cruise, 6/17/08

Costa's 2009/2010 Caribbean Season Now on Sale


Costa Cruises will operate two ships in the Caribbean for the 2009/2010 season from Ft. Lauderdale, sales of which are now open to travel agents. Costa Fortuna and Costa Atlantica will both sail alternating Eastern, Western and Southeastern Caribbean itineraries, with Atlantica also sailing to Bermuda.

Costa Fortuna will begin sailing in the Caribbean in December 2009, departing every Sunday on seven-night voyages; Costa Atlantica, which is making its Ft. Lauderdale debut, will too sail seven-night itineraries departing a day earlier than Fortuna on Saturday. The ship offers 44 spa cabins, which enjoy special privileges tied to the ship's spa, including three complimentary treatments.

Travel agents who book and place a deposit on any group by September 20, will be eligible for a $2,010 Prada gift certificate.


Agents Remain Main Cruise Seller Says CLIA Market Profile


Travel agents continue to play a vital role in selling cruises says the 2008 Cruise Market Profile Study, just released by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). A total of 2,426 U.S. residents over the age of 25 were interviewed online for the study between March and April 2008; of them, 42 percent said travel agents provide the best service, which is up two percent from last year.

"This fact is not lost on CLIA’s nearly 16,000 travel agency members who continue to be the industry’s invaluable distribution system and consumers’ most reliable source of assistance and service in planning and booking vacations,” said Terry Dale, president and CEO of CLIA.

In 2007, 9.57 million Americans took a cruise vacation representing 76 percent of the total 12.56 million passengers carried on CLIA member lines. This year's study also concluded that 33.7 million Americans stated an intent to cruise within the next three years. "Perhaps the economy isn't having as much of an impact as we thought," said Art Pfenning, vice president of Travel and Transport (TNS), which conducted the study in tandem with CLIA.

Added CLIA's Dale: "Given the current economic climate, we are particularly pleased to see that American cruisers remain bullish on the industry."

Other findings of note: The general profile of the 2008 cruise vacationer is upscale (with a median household income of $93,000), educated (69 percent have a college degree) and the median age of cruisers is now 46 years old, down from 49 in 2006, which shows that cruise vacations continue to appeal to younger travelers; travelers most frequently name the Caribbean as their cruise destination of choice (43 percent) with Alaska, Bahamas, Hawaii, Europe and the Mediterranean/Greek islands also top choices; and cruise vacationers agree (80 percent) that a cruise is a great way to sample destinations that they may wish to visit on a future land-based.

For more information about the study, visit

AMA Waterways Joins CLIA


The river cruise line, AMA Waterways, which changed its name earlier this week from Amadeus Waterways, has become the Cruise Lines International Association's (CLIA) 24th member line, and only the third river cruise line. AMA Waterways, based in Chatsworth, CA, offers river cruises throughout Europe on an ever-expanding fleet of ships. Four new ships have been launched since 2006, with two more expected to begin operations in 2009—the MS Amalyra and MS Amadolce.

"Their membership is another strong indication that CLIA not only continues to represent the entire spectrum of cruise lines in the industry, but that consumers have an extraordinary variety of cruise experiences from which to choose from," said Terry Dale, CLIA's president and CEO.


Cruise Ships Allowed to Operate Casinos While in Bermuda Ports

Passengers wishing to get their gambling fix while in Bermuda will now be able to do so without leaving the ship. Bermuda newspaper, The Royal Gazette, is reporting that Bermuda's government will allow cruise ships to operate their casinos while in port, along with bars and shops, a decision aimed at warding off competition from rival cruise destinations.

Bermuda's Premier and Tourism Minister, Ewart Brown, said ships would be allowed to open bars, shops and casinos after 10 p.m. while in port. In return, cruise lines would be required to contribute money to on-island activities.

The Opposition United Bermuda Party has since opposed the move saying it would serve as a gateway to making gambling legal on the island. Gambling has historically been a contentious subject in Bermuda.

Premier Brown has said, in reviewing cruise industry trends, Bermuda was losing an edge in attracting more cruise ships to call at the island, particularly smaller more premium ships.

Holland America to Debut Premium Excursions Collection This Summer


The Collections of Holland America, 500 specially selected shore excursions, will launch this summer on Alaska, Canada/New England and European itineraries. The Collection is broken down into four separate series: Signature, Medallion, Encore and World Wonders, each with its own focus.

Medallion excursions provide in-depth perspective and access to places and events not readily and normally available; Encore is a collection of excursions designed for guests who have previously visited a destination; World Wonders features many of the world's natural treasures and marvels of architecture; and Signature is made up of excursions for independent-minded travelers who want to customize their own experience.


NCL's Newest Enhancement Targets Co-op Collection


Norwegian Cruise Line has implemented a co-op marketing reimbursement plan called "e co-op," part of its Partnership 2.0 program to strengthen ties with the travel agent community.

The e co-op plan automates marketing reimbursement contracts, back-up and check processing, which allows for a more efficient collection process. Co-op reimbursements will now be paid five weeks earlier, which can be cut down even further if agents opt to receive funds electronically.

"The new electronic reimbursement innovation helps streamline the processing of our cooperative funds and allows for quick and easy tracking, which is a great benefit to our marketing department," said Anthony Hamawy, president of "This new found efficiency allows us to invest more time in marketing NCL’s cruises instead of collection efforts."

Other Partnership 2.0 enhancements include processing group commissions five weeks earlier and the implementation of a Resolution Desk to settle agent issues or concerns. Visit

Fam Cruise to Portugal


Travel agents looking to experience a river cruise in Portugal's Douro River Valley, look no farther than AMA Waterways, formerly Amadeus Waterways. The river cruise line is offering a fam cruise August 30 to September 6 on MS Amadouro roundtrip from Porto at a rate of $799 per person.

Agents will have a chance to learn during seminars, which will be led by Rudi Schreiner, the line's president, and Kristin Karst, vice president of sales. In addition, yoga sessions will be led Sheila Cluff, founder and president of The Oaks at Ojai.

The fam price also includes shore excursions. For information call 800-626-0126 or visit

$150 Air Credit With Hawaiian Cruise


American Safari Cruises is offering its passengers a $150 per person air credit on its new inter-island cruises in Hawaii to help ease the surge of fuel-induced airfare increases and checked-luggage fees. The booking deadline to receive the credit for inaugural season cruises December 2008 through May 2009 is July 18.

The 36-guest Safari Explorer will begin inter-island Hawaii cruises on December 19 with an eight-day cruises between the Big Island and Maui. Fares begin at $3,995 per person. Visit

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