News Archive - April 2002

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4-26-02 Weekend Cruise News *** The Alaska cruise season gets underway this weekend with Norwegian Sky sailing from Seattle on Sunday and Norwegian Wind sailing from Vancouver on Monday. A record number of ships are sailing from Vancouver, Seattle and San Francisco for the season with four ships having been re-deployed from Europe following 9/11 (Mercury, Regal Princess, Seabourn Spirit and Amsterdam). The Port of Vancouver has posted the summer schedule on its web site at For the first time three ships will be able to berth at the same time at the expanded Canada Place terminal in Vancouver, so fewer ships will need to dock at the more easterly Ballantyne Pier this year. Visit CruiseMates' Alaska Planning Guide for details on the Alaska 2002 season and take part in a special chat session with Royal Celebrity President Craig Milan Tuesday, April 30 at 9:00 pm ET in the CruiseMates' chat room.

*** Prior to christening ceremonies for CostaEuropa on Wednesday, it was announced in Genoa that Costa Cruises carried a total of 447,808 passengers in the 2000/20001, a 20 percent increase over the previous year. CostaEuropa, the former Westerdam of Holland America Line, was christened by 27-year old, Finnish-born Piia Nooora Kauppi, the youngest Scandinavian member of the European Parliament. The 1,744-passenger ship is sailing in the Mediterranean before repositioning to Amsterdam for summer Baltic cruises.

*** Holland America Line has announced that its third Vista Class ship, entering service in April, 2004, will be named Westerdam. The 85,000-ton, 1,848 passenger vessel will be the third Westerdam in the line's history which dates back to 1871. Five Vista Class ships are entering service through 2006, beginning with the Zuiderdam this November, then the Oosterdam in June 2003, and the Westerdam in April 2004. As yet unnamed, the fourth ship of the series will be delivered in October 2005 and the fifth in Spring 2006. The largest ships ever built for Holland America they will feature exterior elevators located on both sides of the and a wide range of spacious accommodation categories. About 85 percent of the staterooms feature an ocean view, with approximately 80 percent of those offering private verandahs.

*** Royal Olympic Cruises took delivery of Olympia Explorer from Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany on Thursday. The 836-passenger ship is sister ship to Olympia Voyager and was originally scheduled for delivery on April 27, 2001. The one year delay was caused by a dispute between the shipyard and the cruise line which was recently settled. Christening ceremonies are expected to take place in Piraeus in early June. Olympia Explorer commences Mediterranean on May 3. The itinerary from Piraeus (Athens) on Fridays calls at Corfu, Venice, Dubrovnik, Bari, Katakolon (Olympia), Istanbul, Mykonos and Santorini. The cruise can also be taken round trip from Venice or Istanbul.

*** For the second time in a month, Norwegian Star missed its call at Fanning Island as it was called upon by the U.S. Coast Guard to launch a rescue mission. On April 16 Norwegian Star rescued a man on a sailboat who required emergency medical treatment. It was on April 2 that 11 crew members of an Indonesian ship, drifting without power or communications for 22 days, were rescued by Norwegian Star.

*** The Mississippi riverboats Mississippi Queen and Delta Queen are scheduled to set sail again May 7 and August 26 respectively however ownership of the vessels has yet to be decided. Two companies will bid for the vessels at a bankruptcy auction on May 3. Waveland, a Chicago based group of investors publicly announced their intention to purchase the Queens for $3.75 million at the auction. Now a second player, Uniworld, the Los Angeles based European river cruise operator plans to bid as well. Uniworld's President & CEO states that Delta Queen would be a perfect complement to their existing holdings and with their experience and financial strength; it would restore consumer confidence to the line and allow them to once again cruise the great rivers of the US. If successful in their bid, Uniworld plans to maintain Delta Queen's headquarters in New Orleans.

*** Royal Caribbean International is considering debuting Navigator of the Seas a few weeks early, in December 2002, to take advantage of holiday bookings. The vessel is the fourth of the 142,000-ton Voyager-class ships for the line. Another new ship, Brilliance of the Seas, sister ship to Radiance of the Seas debuts in Europe in July for RCI.

*** Tailor made garments for cruise passengers are planned by two new ventures. Royal Far East Tailors has been developed by industry veteran Rick Sasso to create custom-made suits for passengers. Clients will have a half-hour fitting during their cruise and the finished suit, made by Far East tailors, will arrive at their home within a month. The company expects to be on board cruises of seven days and longer in the near future. An expansion of Hong Kong Tailors is also in the works. The company currently produces fashions for Radisson Seven Seas passengers and is now planning to move to other lines as well, since partnering with The PPI Group, publishers of Porthole magazine.

*** Carnival Cruise Lines has announced summer sailings from New York in 2003. Carnival Legend will sail new eight-day Caribbean cruises roundtrip from New York. The new program operates from May 13 - Oct. 12, 2003 and is the only Caribbean cruise schedule round-trip from New York. The eight-day cruises features three ports of call - San Juan, St. Thomas/St. John and Tortola Virgin Gorda. Carnival Legend, which debuts this August, is the third Spirit-class vessel for Carnival. The new eight-day Caribbean cruises will supplement the line's popular summer-long four- and five-day round-trip Canada cruises and seven-day fall foliage program from New York aboard the 102,000-ton Carnival Victory. The program will run June 23 - Sept. 1, 2003. Four-day cruises sail Thursday through Monday calling at Halifax, Nova Scotia while five-day cruises depart on Mondays and Saturdays, visiting Halifax and Saint John, New Brunswick. Seven-day fall foliage cruises on the Carnival Victory will depart New York each Saturday Sept. 6-27, 2003, and visit Boston; Portland, Maine; and Sydney and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Prior to the start-up of the Canada/New England cruises, Carnival Victory will also operate three two-day cruises-to-nowhere from New York departing June 17, 19 and 21, 2003. Back to Top

4-25-02 NCL Announces Alaska 2003 Ships Norwegian Cruise line will base two ships in Seattle for the 2003 Alaska season. Both the Norwegian Sun and Sky will be based in Seattle from May through September on 7 night Alaska cruises. The Norwegian Sun kicks off its inaugural Alaska season on May 11, 2003 and is joined by the Norwegian Sun on May 17, 2003. The Norwegian Wind will continue its series of 7 night Alaska cruises from Vancouver starting May 19, 2003. Back to Top

4-23-02 Fifth Vista Class Ship for HAL Holland America line exercised their option with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for a fifth "Vista Class" newbuild to be delivered in 2006. The first of the Vista class vessels, the 1,848-passenger Zuiderdam, will be delivered Nov. 15, 2002, and sail Dec. 14, 2002 on her maiden voyage, a seven-day Caribbean cruise from Ft. Lauderdale. The Oosterdam is scheduled for delivery in June 2003 and will spend her inaugural season in the Western Mediterranean and the Baltic. The third Vista ship will be delivered in April 2004 and the fourth in October 2005. The Vista Class ships, at 85,000 tons are the largest ever built for Holland America and with a passenger capacity of just 1,848 passengers, are also the most spacious in the fleet. 85 percent of the staterooms will feature ocean views and 80 percent of those will have verandahs. Back to Top

4-23-02 HAL acquires Seabourn Sun Holland America line took possession of the 38,000 ton Seabourn Sun in Fort Lauderdale today upon completion of its final voyage with sister company Seabourn Cruises. To be renamed Prinsendam, the ship will now proceed to Charleston, SC for an extended dry dock where the ship will undergo transformation into a Holland America Line ship. The transformation will see the addition of $350,000 in new artwork, 14 new staterooms, a new alternative restaurant, Holland America's trademark "Ocean Bar" and many other areas will be redecorated or reconfigured. Prinsendam will debut in New York City on June 3rd. Back to Top

4-22-02 Carnival Pays $18 Million Fine Carnival Cruise Lines agreed to pay $18 Million in fines to the US Government for discharging oil contaminated waste in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. In a plea agreement signed last week, Carnival admitted to discharging waste from six of its vessels and that employees falsified records pertaining to the discharges. In addition to the $18 Million in fines, Carnival has agreed to five years of court supervision and also pledged to hire new managers and others as part of an environmental compliance program. Back to Top

4-22-02 Radisson goes to Bermuda Radisson Seven Seas Cruises has reached an agreement with the Government of Bermuda to operate the 490 passenger, all suite Seven Seas Navigator between the US and island of Bermuda in 2003. The Seven Seas Navigator will operate a total of 15 voyages, ranging from 7 to 9 days in length from Fort Lauderdale (April 3 & 14), Hamilton (April 30), New York City (May 7, 14, 21, 28; June 4, 11, 18; August 27; September 3, 10, 17) and West Palm Beach (November 1). Early booking fares begin at $2,696 per person and reservations will open up in early May. Back to Top

4-19-02 Weekend Cruise News *** Changes in cruise line fleets continue this week with two vessels changing hands and two being christened:

  • On Tuesday the Seabourn Sun will be transferred to Holland America Line to be refitted and renamed Prinsendam. The vessel will sail longer, worldwide itineraries following a gala transatlantic maiden voyage June 3 from New York to Southampton.
  • Crown Princess is finishing up her final cruise for Princess Cruises. She will be refitted and emerge as the A'rosa Blu for the new A'ROSA division of P&O Cruises in June, sailing premium destination-oriented cruises for the German-speaking market.
  • CostaEuropa, the former Westerdam for Holland America Line, is completing a refit and will be christened next Wednesday April 24 in Genoa. She will sail in the Mediterranean and Baltic for Costa Cruises.
  • Festival Cruises' newest ship, European Stars was christened today at Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in St. Nazaire, France. The 58,700-ton sister ship to European Vision will sail from Barcelona on Mediterranean cruises from April 26 and from Genoa to the Canary Islands commencing December 1, 2002.

*** Rhapsody of the Seas will sail from the port of Galveston, for the extended future. A five year agreement has been signed by Royal Caribbean International and the Texas port city. Rhapsody Of The Seas began sailing from Galveston last Sunday. Her seven-night Western Caribbean itinerary calls at Key West, Florida; Georgetown, Cayman Islands; and Cozumel, Mexico with a late-night departure from Key West.

*** Cabo San Lucas plans to double its number of tender landing piers to eight this summer. With a record 250 cruise ships calls and 450,000 passengers visiting the Mexican port in 2002, congestion at tender piers is growing. The new piers will be constructed during the slower summer months, in time for the increase in cruise ship calls beginning in October. An increasing number of ships are calling at Cabo San Lucas on Mexican Riviera cruises from Los Angeles or San Diego including the new 109,000-ton Star Princess which carries 2,600 passengers. Star will be sailing in Alaska while the new tender landing piers are under construction.

***Gregory Hines will headline the "QE2 goes to the Movies" transatlantic crossing from Southampton to New York, October 24-30, 2002. The multi talented Hines has acted on the Broadway stage as well as on screen. The winner of a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role in Jelly's Last Jam, Hines is well known as a dancer as well as an actor in both comedic and dramatic roles. Also on board will be the director or Notting Hill, Roger Michell and Ava Astaire-McKenzie, daughter of Fred Astaire.

*** The culinary team at Princess' new Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge have lined up signature Alaskan cuisine dishes for cruisetour passengers this summer. Amongst the new selections are Buffalo London Broil, Reindeer Osso Bucco, the famed Copper River Red Salmon, Elk Burgers, Grilled Buffalo Salad and Crab Benedict Florentine. There's Alaskan Clam Chowder and Alaskan Crab Cakes on the menu as well. The lodge's 120-seat Two Rivers Restaurant will also feature fare from the �lower �48' including Filet Mignon, Grilled Chicken, Rack of Lamb and Barbecued Garlic Shrimp. The new Copper River lodge opens May 16 offering cruisetour passengers a chance to visit Wrangell-St. Elias National Park for the first time. For more see CruiseMates article on the new Copper River Lodge.

*** Starting in mid-May, The Yachts of Seabourn will be offering "The Spa at Seabourn", a newly enhanced menu of treatments and services aboard the all-suite ships Seabourn Pride, Spirit and Legend. The new offerings include "Ceremonies," which are combinations of treatments to be enjoyed throughout the cruise, similar to what is available at spas ashore. New fitness programs include Mat Pilates instruction and a vigorous Cardio Ki Bo Circuit Training. Other enhancements to the Seabourn fleet over the last year have included complimentary fine wines and spirits throughout every cruise; free mini-massages on deck; complimentary Exclusively Seabourn shoreside experiences on every cruise; Movies Under the Stars on deck; exciting new dinner menus created by renowned chef Charlie Palmer as well as Seabourn's Pure Pampering featuring fine in-suite wellbeing products and a selection of therapeutic bathing experiences by Molton Brown, London.

*** ResidenSea Ltd. has announced details of christening festivities for The World, the first resort community at sea continuously circumnavigating the globe. The christening will take place on Friday, May 17 in Venice, Italy, following the ship's maiden voyage. The World will sail into Venice's Grand Canal to dock off the Piazza San Marco on May 16. A black and white masked ball that evening will benefit the Venetian Heritage Society. The ship will remain overnight in the canal off Piazza San Marco, where the christening ceremonies take place the afternoon of May 17. After the ceremony, a gala celebration will be held onboard The World for 300 invited guests before the ship sails for the Cannes Film Festival, via Taormina, Italy. Back to Top

4-18-02 Royal Olympic's New Ship After more than a year of delay, Royal Olympic Cruise Line has announced that it will take possession of the Olympic Explorer. The 836-passenger sister ship of Olympic Voyager is a second high-speed vessel, with speeds of 28 knots. The May 3, 2002 inaugural voyage from Piraeus to Venice, will be followed by seven-day voyages in the Adriatic and Eastern Mediterranean, including port calls in Piraeus, Corfu, Venice, Dubrovnik, Bari, Katakolon, Istanbul, Mykonos and Santorini. For additional information, visit Back to Top

4-17-02 New NCL Ship From NY Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that it's newest ship, the Norwegian Dawn, will sail from New York in 2003 on one-week Caribbean voyages.. From May through October, the 92,000-ton vessel will make 23 seven day cruises to the Caribbean ports of Nassau, Great Stirrup Cay, Miami and Pt. Canaveral. NCL will also position the Norwegian Sea in New York. The ship will make five-port, seven-day voyages from New York and Boston to New England Canada. Back to Top

4-12-02 Weekend Cruise News *** Radisson Seven Seas Cruises has cancelled three sailings of Seven Seas Mariner due to a bearing problem in one of its two Mermaid propulsion pods, part of the vessels advanced azipod propulsion system. Seven Seas Mariner will enter drydock for repairs this month forcing the cancellation of the April 22, 26 and May 9 cruises. Passengers on the affected sailings will receive a full refund plus generous re-booking discounts or credits. The bearing problem is similar to that experienced by the Celebrity ships, Infinity and Summit, both of which recently cancelled cruises in order to make pod repairs.

*** CostaEuropa is scheduled to be christened in Genoa on April 24. The vessel sailed formerly as the Westerdam of Holland America and is currently undergoing a major refit in Genoa. CostaEuropa will sail Mediterranean then Baltic cruises for Costa this summer commencing April 27.

*** Windstar is offering a special two-night hotel package available on European sailings for $95. Windstar offers five-star hotel accommodations for the two-night pre- or post-cruise stay at the deluxe Istanbul Hilton, Athenaeum Inter-Continental Hotel in Athens, Barcelona Hilton, and Le Meridien Hotel in Nice. Complimentary transfers are included as part of the hotel packages. The $95 Europe hotel package is valid on Greek Isles cruises, May 11, June 1 to July 6, and September 7 to October 26, 2002 on Wind Spirit, and May 18 to October 19, 2002 on Wind Star as well as Western Mediterranean sailings July 27, 2002 on the Wind Spirit and June 23, September 1, and November 10, 2002 aboard the Wind Surf

*** Carnival Legend is scheduled to enter service this August 24 sailing round trip from Harwich, England on a 12-night Northern European cruise. The vessel's inaugural season will feature Carnival's first-ever sailings from Europe and its first cruises to Bermuda in three years as well as Canada/New England sailings. from New York. Carnival's onboard golf program will operate on board the new vessel giving passengers an opportunity to practice with a golf pro during the cruise and play at some of the world's finest golf courses during port calls. The 2,124-passenger Carnival Legend is a sister ship to Carnival Spirit and Carnival Pride.

*** Crystal Cruises presents the British rock group ABBA Mania on board Crystal Harmony's "1970s popular music" theme cruise, October 8. The band will perform two 50-minute concerts of ABBA music during the cruise which will also feature San Francisco-based entertainment reporter Jan Wahl. Other entertainment for the cruise includes the decade's movies; a DJ to spin disco and emcee dance competitions under a strobing disco ball; quizzes and 70's trivia games. The eight-day Oct. 8 departure from San Francisco is Crystal's shortest cruise of the year. It features a maiden call at Monterey as well as calls at San Diego, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta and Zihuatanejo.

*** Holland America Line's Alaska passengers may call the new AlaskaExpert Help Line for answers to their cruising questions. The special desk has been setup at to assist with any Alaska-related questions and concerns. Available to all travel agents and consumers, the help line can be reached at 1-800-553-2660 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pacific time, Monday through Friday. Holland America has five ships sailing from Vancouver to Alaska this summer while the Amsterdam will sail weekly from Seattle.

*** Windstar has announced two special theme cruises this Fall entitled "Wine Sampling at Sea with Gary Eberle" in Tahiti November 1 and "Spa Cuisine Secrets Revealed with Jeanne Jones" in the Mediterranean October 20:

  • In the Mediterranean Europe, "Cook It Light" syndicated columnist and Windstar's light/vegetarian cuisine creator, Jeanne Jones will host the October 20, 2002 Wind Surf voyage from Venice, Italy to Grand Harbour, Malta. Passengers will enjoy Jones' cooking demonstrations and tips on how to improve their diet through moderation, recipes and cooking styles that maintain both nutritional value and taste integrity. "We're talking about moderation in calories and fat grams, here, not deprivation in taste and standards," remarked Jones.
  • Experience a rare encounter with a world-class vintner and sample an exceptional selection of Eberle's boutique wines aboard the Wind Song on November 1, 2002. Owner of the exclusive California-based Eberle Winery and acclaimed wine-maker, Gary Eberle boasts more than 20 years of experience in the wine-making industry. Eberle will host the seven-day voyage which sails roundtrip out of Papeete, Tahiti, offering the ideal cruise for wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs.

*** Royal Princess and Regal Princess will sail in Europe in 2003. Princess Cruises announced the two vessels will join Grand and Golden Princess for the 2003 European season. Regal Princess will sail 10-day roundtrip sailings from Copenhagen from May 8 to August 18, 2003. The itinerary includes calls at Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn (Estonia), Gdansk (Poland), and Oslo with an overnight stay for two full days in St. Petersburg. Warnemunde, Germany, the port for Berlin, replaces Oslo, Norway on some sailings. Royal Princess will sail throughout the region on 26 different itineraries on an extended Europe season operating from April 22 through November 25. Royal's itineraries include the Mediterranean, Western Europe, Eastern Mediterranean including Egypt, the British Isles and the Norwegian Fjords. New routes include a 10-day Greek Isles cruise between Venice and Athens, a Black Sea cruise from Rome and a new Iceland/Norwegian Fjords itinerary from Southampton. Grand and Golden Princess will offer 12-day sailings in the Mediterranean between Barcelona and Venice from May 5 through August 30, 2003. Back to Top

4-10-02 Changes in Princess Fleet Princess Cruises will build a fourth Grand Class-ship to be named Crown Princess. Scheduled to enter service in Spring, 2004, the 2,400-passenger vessel will feature "Personal Choice" dining options similar to those found on sister ships Grand, Golden and Star Princess. The company's current vessel with that moniker, is being transferred to P&O Princess Cruises' German company, A'ROSA Cruises, at the end of this month.

The cruise line also announced that Sea Princess will be transferred to P&O Cruises in Spring, 2003. The 77,000-ton vessel will replace the 1,450-passenger Arcadia, which is moving to a new UK cruise line, Ocean Village, currently being developed by parent company P&O Princess Cruises to create an informal, contemporary style of cruising for that market. In her new role, the three-year-old Sea Princess will be renamed Adonia and refitted to cater to P&O Cruises passengers.

Sea Princess' departure follows the arrival of Coral Princess in December 2002, with sister ship Island Princess scheduled to join the Princess Cruises fleet in May 2003. The first of these two 88,000-to vessels, which are being built by the French yard Chantiers de l'Atlantique, will feature a two-story interactive aft lounge, a New Orleans-style specialty restaurant, and an indoor/outdoor spa. In addition, only 10 percent of the staterooms will be inside, with 80 percent of outside cabins featuring a private balcony.

Also scheduled to launch in June 2003 is Diamond Princess from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. At 113,000 tons the largest Princess ship ever to be built, Diamond Princess will offer more than 70 percent outside staterooms, with more than 75 percent of these featuring balconies. Sapphire Princess, a sister ship to Diamond Princess, will premiere in May 2004. Back to Top

4-5-02 Weekend Cruise News *** Norwegian Star had to alter its itinerary following an early-morning rescue operation last Tuesday. Star officers spotted a distress flare from the Indonesian fishing supply ship INSIKO 1907 at around 1a.m. The vessel had been adrift since March 13, 220 nautical miles southwest of Hawaii, after an engine fire left it disabled, without power or any means of communication. One crew member had died during the fire. Norwegian Star used a lifeboat to pick up the crew members. A survivor with serious burns was airlifted by the Coast Guard to a hospital in Hawaii. The other crew members were treated by Norwegian Star's doctor and transferred to a USCG cutter. Because Norwegian Star had to return to the Hawaiian Islands to be within helicopter range for the medical evacuation, it had to miss its call at Fanning Island. Instead, Star visited Lahaina on Wednesday, cruised the Napali coastline on Thursday and is spending a full day in Kahului, Maui, today.

*** Royal Princess is calling at Colon, Panama in place of Cartagena, Colombia on 10-day Panama Canal itineraries, due to political unrest in Colombia. The extra day in Panama gives passengers the chance to take two new excursions. Panama City by Day and Night is a comprehensive, 7.5 hour coach tour which includes a visit to the Miraflores Locks and dinner in Panama City. The cost is $79. The Atlantic to Pacific Railway Journey operates on the newly revitalized Panama Canal Railway. The carriages have mahogany paneling, leather seats, antique lamps, panorama windows and air conditioning. The ride alongside the canal is followed by a coach tour of the Pacific side of the Canal including Miraflores locks, the bridge of the Americas and Balboa, the historic port of Panama City. The 5.5 hour rail/coach tour costs $99 for parlor car and $119 for dome car seating. The shorter Panama Canal tours offered on this itinerary now operate during the day at Colon allowing passengers to stay on board for the entire navigation of the Gatun Locks and Gatun Lake the following day.

*** Holland America Line (HAL) has introduced four new spa treatments and eight new fitness programs on board its fleet. Created by Elemis, a premium brand of skincare products and spa therapies, the new exotic therapies were designed to provide a unique experience utilizing a wide range of healing, soothing and relaxation practices. New offerings include Aroma Stone Therapy and Frangipani Conditioning Hair and Scalp Ritual. The new set of physical fitness programs energize and burn calories while focusing on balance, concentration and inner strength. Classes feature expanded activities from aquarobics and step-classes to Ki-bo and yoga toning.

*** Crystal Cruises presents Repertory Theatre as Sea aboard Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony, featuring a selection of renowned comedic and light dramatic works performed by troupes of professional actors on every cruise. Repertory Theatre At Sea performances, comprise excerpts, or selected scenes, from larger works. Among the shows scheduled for this year are readings from "Love Letters," the popular look at love from A. R. Gurney; "Simply Simon," showcasing some of the famed playwright's most hilarious scenes; "Never Doubt I Love," an exploration of some of Shakespeare's most revered love poetry and prose; and "Art" with scenes from the witty Tony-award winning comedy that explores the nature of friendships and art. Other theatrical selections include suspenseful tales from the Victorian age of Edgar Allen Poe and Henry James, plus scenes from today's most popular Broadway hits and new material and formats as the program evolves. "Many of Crystal Cruises discerning guests are theater aficionados, and expect their luxury vacation to include a wide scope of stimulating and entertaining experiences," says Bret Bullock, vice president, entertainment. "The Repertory Theatre at Sea format gives us the flexibility to regularly present new material, which is particularly appreciated by our large number of repeat guests." The performances are presented in the Galaxy Lounge on both ships, as well as Club 2100 on Crystal Harmony and in Starlite Club on Crystal Symphony.

*** Carnival Spirit will offer Alaskan cuisine this summer with produce delivered to the ship in various Alaskan ports of call. Fresh-caught salmon, halibut, cod, as well as wild mushrooms, herbs and berries, venison and Alaskan king crab are available in the Carnival Spirit's formal dining room, the Empire Restaurant, and the reservations-only alternative restaurant, Nouveau Supper Club. The "only in Alaska" dishes include Sushi and Sashimi Platter with Thinly Sliced Alaskan Salmon and Tuna, with Pickled Daikon, Wasabi and Soy Dip; Fettuccine with Sauteed Shrimp, Salmon and Halibut Tossed in Mascarpone and Tomato Cream; Braised Leg of Farm Raised Venison Served with a Juniper and Blueberry Sauce; and Chestnut Veloute (Light Truffle Chestnut Soup).

*** Itineraries for 2003 have been released for The Yachts of Seabourn. Highlights of the year include Seabourn Pride sailing around South America, Seabourn Spirit in Asia and Africa with both vessels joining Seabourn Legend for summer European cruises:

  • Seabourn Pride sails a 72-day South America cruise roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale available in segments of seven to 18 days. In addition to Med cruises, Pride will sail 14-day cruises of Northern Europe encompassing Scandinavia, St. Petersburg and Norwegian fjords. Fall foliage cruises of Canada and New England will be followed by a series of new one-week cruises from Barbados that alternate between eastern Caribbean islands and an adventurous sortie up Venezuela's Orinoco River, combinable to create 14-day vacations.
  • Seabourn Spirit explores Southeast Asia, with a 12-day cruise of Myanmar and 14-day cruises of Thailand and Vietnam. In the spring, Spirit moves from Asia to the Mediterranean via India, with an India Journey option. In the Mediterranean, Spirit will sail five distinct seven-day cruise itineraries in the eastern and central Mediterranean that can be combined for up to 35 days of sailing with different port content. In addition, Seabourn Spirit and Legend will meet at Civitavecchia (Rome) on five occasions, giving the possibility for guests to transfer from one ship to the other and expand their exploration of the Mediterranean's riches. In autumn, Spirit returns to Asia via Africa, with optional safari Journeys available.
  • Seabourn Legend in 2003 repeats 14-day cruises of Panama, Belize and Costa Rica between Fort Lauderdale and Caldera. After some seven-day Caribbean cruises based in St. Thomas, Legend will position to the Mediterranean for a series of four seven-day cruises centered in the western region, sailing from Nice, Barcelona and Civitavecchia. In the autumn, Legend returns to two-week Panama, Belize and Costa Rica cruises and a Holiday Caribbean cruise.

*** Peter Deilmann Cruises will send the Deutschland on a "Voyage to the Sun", its first World Cruise, from December 18, 2002 to May 4, 2003. The 136-night journey begins in Las Palma, Canary Islands and sails across the Atlantic to South America, around Cape Horn to Valparaiso, Chile then heads across the Pacific calling at remote Pacific islands as well as French Polynesia, Tonga, Fiji and New Caledonia. Continuing westward, Deutschland calls at the Solomon Islands, Indonesia, the Philippines, Japan and China. From Hong Kong the route back to Europe visits Vietnam, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, India, Dubai, Egypt, Crete and Venice. Eight segments of 12 to 20 nights are available starting at $2,702. per person. Special low airfares are offered in conjunction with segments.

*** Star Cruises will re-commence cruises from Taiwan on March 31. SuperStar Aries has repositioned to Keelung, Taiwan to sail two and three night cruises to Naha and Ishigaki (Japan) through September 27, 2002. Star Cruises withdrew SuperStar Taurus from Taiwan late last year due to the slump in demand following September 11. Plans to transfer SuperStar Aires to Orient Lines as the Ocean Voyager were canceled at the same time. Back to Top

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