Current Industry News, February 2008

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Lots of good stuff is happening in the cruise world, including the following tidbits. Please click on any link to find out more information.

$250 Million ‘Evolutions of Fun’ Product Enhancement Strategy – The Carnival Inspiration and Carnival Imagination are the first of the line’s eight Fantasy-class ships to undergo an “extreme makeover” with the new “Evolutions of Fun” ship enhancement program. In addition to the new “Carnival WaterWorks” aqua parks featuring 300-foot-long corkscrew water slides, water spray park and double-lane racing slides, the initiative includes a new design for the main pool areas, and the creation of the “Serenity” adults-only deck area. Other features, many of which are already in place, include nine-hole mini golf courses, atrium lobby bars, conference centers, and expansive new children’s play rooms. The “Evolutions of Fun” upgrades are expected to be completed over the next few years, with the Carnival Fantasy next in line to undergo the extensive renovations this fall.

caribsunset.jpgCruisers who book Holland America Line through the end of February will be rewarded with exceptional savings on select sailings across all Holland America Line cruise destinations. With the View and Verandah promotion, clients can upgrade from an inside stateroom to an outside for as little as $100 depending on the sailing.

“These are great values for cruise travelers,” said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest relations. “View and Verandah savings apply to most sailings in 2008 and help make this time of year the best time to plan a vacation.”

View and Verandah promotion fares on Alaska cruises and tours offer a savings up to $450 per person off brochure fares depending on sailing date. With eight ships sailing Alaska itineraries and 29 different cruise tours, Holland America Line offers numerous adventures exploring Alaska’s great frontier, from the Inside Passage to the Arctic Circle, and through the expansive wilderness of the Yukon Territory.

Queen Victoria, the newest luxury liner in Cunard’s celebrated fleet, made her maiden call to Ft. Lauderdale on January 16, just three days after embarking on her Maiden World Cruise and making an historic Royal Rendezvous in New York on Sunday with both sister-ships Queen Mary 2 and QE2. Queen Victoria has been sailing with QE2 since departing Southampton, England on January 6 making a tandem Transatlantic Crossing together. Queen Victoria was launched on December 10, 2007 by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall (Camilla Parker Bowles). Joining Queen Victoria at Port Everglades was Cunard’s grand dame QE2, the world’s most famous ocean liner. QE2 embarked on her 26th and final World Cruise and will complete her service to the Cunard fleet in November 2008.

Photo credit: Princess Cruises

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