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Newsletter: Cruise, 7/15/08


NCL Forms Partnership 2.0 Advisory Board


­­Norwegian Cruise Line has formed a Partnership 2.0 Advisory Board, composed of 16 travel agents from across the U.S. NCL says the board will meet periodically to provide feedback on the line's new travel partner programs and suggestions for improving existing policies.

The Partnership 2.0 Advisory Board consists of: John Keen,; Brad Anderson, America’s Vacation Center; Tom Coiro, Direct Line Cruises; Tom Baker,; Emerson Hankammer, Vacations To Go; David Crooks, World Travel Holdings; Koreen McNutt, Expedia; John Lovell,; Makis Xenatos, Liberty Travel; Vicky Garcia, Cruise Planners; Dwain Wall, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc; Anthony Hamawy, Cruise Ticket Center; Don Walker, WPMH Vacations; Marc Jacobs, The Cruise Line Ltd; Michael Drever, CruiseShip Centers; and Paul Bruzzese, Virtuoso.

“This advisory board plays a critical role in guiding NCL along the right path to future success, not only with our travel partners, but also with our guests,” said Colin Veitch, NCL’s president and CEO. “The group serves as a sounding board where new ideas are formulated, tested and measured before they’re implemented.”

The board's first meeting was in June in Las Vegas during a second revealing of NCL's new F3 ships. The next meeting is being held this week in Bermuda.

“The board is a very innovative approach to further developing the communication and relationships with NCL’s biggest fans and partners," said Anthony Hamawy, president of "From the initial meeting, I took away several ideas which will improve my agency’s business with NCL. The developments shared show clearly that NCL has turned the corner and is positioning its brand to be a major contender in the cruise industry for years to come.”

NCL's new F3 ships are slated for delivery beginning in 2010. Along with Partnership 2.0, NCL has initiated Freestyle 2.0, which is a new breed of the line's freestyle cruising environment.


New Delta Service to Expedite Check-In at Port of Barcelona


In what ­­­­Delta Air Lines is calling a first, the carrier will provide dockside check-in service at the Port of Barcelona for those travelers returning from a Mediterranean cruise and flying to either New York's JFK or Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airports. Customers arriving at the port's cruise Terminal B on Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Line and Holland America ships will be able to check in for their Delta flights, check baggage and obtain boarding passes. The service is available on Delta's two nonstop flights from Barcelona (DL95 to New York and DL115 to Atlanta). Delta says it will offer the service on a permanent basis, and, in time, roll it out to all cruise ships.

"Delta is committed to simplifying the travel experience of our customers," said Asunción Perez, commercial director, Delta Air Lines. "Checking-in at the cruise terminal will allow Delta passengers to easily transition between their cruise and their flight home."

Delta asks cruise passengers to contact their travel agent to determine of dockside check-in is available for their cruise. Visit

Uniworld Set to Launch Dedicated Travel Agent Booking Engine


­­Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection will launch a fully dedicated travel agent booking engine this fall called, "Currents," exclusively for agents, not consumers. Uniworld, which is completely trade dedicated, says the new site will help agents effectively grow their river cruise business.

"River cruising has proven to be a strong growing market for vacationers," said Janice Tully, senior vice president for sales at Uniworld. "It's imperative we give our travel partners the right tools and resources to make it easier for them to secure their Uniworld business. We rely on the travel agent community for their support, so it's our intent to do everything possible to make sure we are supporting them in return." Visit

Carnival Cruise Ships Test Open Seating

While consumers typically love Carnival's two-seat dining process and their personal relationship with their waiter, Carnival's president Gerry Cahill acknowledged that some consumers may prefer open seating. So Cahill said that, for the past three weeks, the contemporary line has begun trying the open seating concept on Carnival Legend, which sails from Tampa.

The upper seating area of the Carnival Legend is open seating, the lower is for traditional fixed seating. He also said the line will soon implement the program for testing on Carnival Liberty. Cahill said the biggest challenge is how to incorporate entertainment into the dining schedule. Carnival's waiters normally dance in the dining room between the end of the main course and dessert, but it's a bit tough when people enter and leave at different times.

Carnival Corp.'s Arison Warns of Capacity Slowdown

Onboard the new Carnival Splendor on Saturday, Micky Arison, Carnival Corp. chairman, told reporters in a press briefing that the environment for any potential new ship orders remains "very difficult." Arison noted that Carnival Corp. hasn't ordered a ship for any of its North American brands in more than a year. While collectively those brands will take delivery of four to five new ships a year between now and 2010-2011, beyond that Arison sees a potential slowdown in capacity growth if worldwide economic conditions and currency exchange rates remain as they are today. While the Carnival Corp. brands will continue to talk with shipyards and vendors, "we have to get a return better than the cost of capital" when ordering any new ships, Arison said.

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

Pay Less for Business Class Air to Europe


Crystal Cruises is offering low Business-Class air from select U.S. gateways for all summer 2009 Baltic, British Isles and Mediterranean cruises. The rates are available on cruises beginning June 18 through the end of August 2009. Upgraded service starts at only $799 one way, $1598 round trip, to the Baltic and British Isles, and $899 one way, $1798 round trip, to the ­Mediterranean - up to 75% lower than unrestricted published business class fares. ­

In the summer of 2009, Crystal Symphony will make five seven- and 11-day cruises to the Baltic, including overnights in St. Petersburg, Russia, and one 11-day cruise around the British Isles.  From June through August, Crystal Serenity will make five seven- and 12-day Mediterranean cruises departing from Barcelona, Rome, Venice and Athens. Visit ­

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