Royal Caribbean Launches German Line

German tourism and shipping group TUI AG and Royal Caribbean Cruises are entering the German cruise market with a new joint venture, TUI Cruises, set to begin service with one ship in 2009. Two new builds are planned for 2011 and 2012. Sales and marketing will begin mid-2008, focused on "the sophisticated needs of German-speaking customers seeking a contemporary/premium cruise experience," a release stated. The line will be based in Hamburg, with Richard Vogel named CEO of TUI Cruises. Visit www.tui-group.com or www.royalcaribbean.com. (JM)

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