I am from the country of Bermuda and wrote this letter to our local newspaper, The Royal Gazette. It was published on Friday, October 5th, 2001. Hope you enjoy...
Why not Carnival?
Being involved in the cruise ship industry for over six years, I feel, and I am sure others can say the same, the Bermuda Department of Tourism should consider Carnival Cruise Lines.
Why does the Department of Tourism continue to reject Carnival? In December of two thousand, Crown Cruise Lines parent company, Commodore Cruise Holdings filed for bankruptcy. Crown Cruise Line’s, Crown Dynasty operated the first and only weekend ship to Bermuda. With Commodore Cruise Holdings filling for bankruptcy the Department of Tourism was in search of finding another cruise line to replace Crown Cruise Line’s Crown Dynasty. As cruise lines already have their ships and itineraries planed well ahead of time it was impossible to find another cruise line to commence weekend voyages this year. Carnival offered to operate one of its “Fun Ships” to Bermuda on such a short notice that no other cruise lines could do. In my opinion wouldn't you have taken that opportunity? Carnival could have and would bring a great deal of revenue for Bermuda’s tourism industry and would make a great contribution to Bermuda as a whole. Carnival’s 16 “Fun Ship” Super liners make up the newest and the largest fleet of cruise ships in the world. Carnival has had the desire to sail to Bermuda for years but each time they try, they are rejected. Are Carnival’s guests different? Carnival’s guests are no different from those guests of Celebrity, Norwegian, Princess and Royal Caribbean whose ships already sail to Bermuda weekly during the cruise ship season. A few months ago the Department of Tourism agreed to allow Carnival to send the Carnival Triumph on three cruises next year. At least we know the communication level between the Department of Tourism and Carnival still exists.
Carnival Corporation (Carnival), is the world's largest and most profitable cruise company that owns six cruise brands. Carnival offers affordable prices - the best value in the entire vacation marketplace. "Today's Carnival" is committed to total guest satisfaction and is always looking for new ways to keep their product fresh and exciting. Always the pacesetter, Carnival continues to redefine contemporary cruising. Throughout the years Carnival has made significant financial contributions and is now donating fifty-dollars for each stateroom sold over the next thirty days to generate 1.5 million for the American Red Cross to aid in the recent terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. says, Carnival’s President Bob Dickinson.
Earlier this year Renaissance Cruises applied for a contract to sail to Bermuda and was given the approval a few days ago. Renaissance Cruises was given the approval to have one of its ships sail to Bermuda on the weekends. Well today, Renaissance Cruises ceased all cruise operations and passengers and crew currently onboard their vessels are being disembarked and travel arrangements are being made to get them home safely. Now the Department of Tourism is again, searching for another cruise line to commence weekend sailings to Bermuda. Also, in the next few years many of the cruise ship contracts are ending and the Department of Tourism are in search of other cruise lines. What is the future the Department of Tourism and the cruise ship industry here in Bermuda? In the future, will Carnival need Bermuda or will Bermuda need Carnival? Carnival Cruise Lines “the Most Popular Cruise Line in the World!”
What do you think? Love to hear from you...