Friday, May 28, 2004

BRING ON THE NEEDLES: Thanks to huge demand, trailblazing Celebrity Cruises is expanding its acupuncture program from one ship to at least five. Acupuncture at Sea, with a dose of feng shui, features up up to four doctors of Oriental medicine aboard ship treating for pain management, smoking cessation, weight loss, nutrition issues, stress, and more. Diagnosis and treatment centers on specific medicinal herbal formulas. Debuting on Infinity in September, 2003, the Acupuncture at Sea is available on Millennium through Nov. 21, Constellation through Oct. 24, Summit through June 2 and from Sept. 17 to Dec. 31, and Galaxy through Dec. 31.
BRING ON THE NEEDLES: Thanks to huge demand, trailblazing Celebrity Cruises is expanding its acupuncture program from one ship to at least five. Acupuncture at Sea, with a dose of feng shui, features up to four doctors of Oriental medicine aboard ship treating for pain management, smoking cessation, weight loss, nutrition issues, stress and more. Diagnosis and treatment centers on specific medicinal herbal formulas. Debuting on Infinity in September, 2003, the Acupuncture at Sea is available on Millennium through Nov. 21, Constellation through Oct. 24, Summit through June 2 and from Sept. 17 to Dec. 31 and Galaxy through Dec. 31.
NOW IT’S FREESTYLE FRIENDS: With the hit television sitcom Friends sailing over the horizon, Norwegian Cruise Line is poised to launch Freestyle Friends, a program targeting home-based agents and agencies generating under $25,000 in annual revenue from groups or individuals booking the line. By joining, qualifiers benefit with customized e-mail programs and collateral, CD-ROM staff presentations and a toll-free line to inside sales reps. By hooking up directly with home-based agents and giving fledging and / or entrepreneurial retailers an edge toward boosting their cruise sales, the line’s execs anticipate reaping medium to long-term loyalty from both home-based agents and their clients.

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

RED, WHITE & BLUE GOLF: With Hawaii among top golfing destinations, Norwegian Cruise Line launches shore side golf, with the first golf pro shop at sea, for Pride of Aloha, (formerly Norwegian Sky), reflagging to U.S. registry for seven-day inter-island cruises. Starting July 4, on the 2,000-passenger ship’s inaugural, NCL's Golf Hawaii program features courses on four islands, including Koolau on Oahu; Poipu Bay and The Prince Course on Kauai; Mauna Lani Resort and Hapuna Golf Course on the Big Island, and Kapalua and Wailea on Maui. All 18-hole courses have layouts from 5,873 to 7,263 yards. Pride of Aloha’s Pro Shop, guaranteeing tee-times, rents Callaway clubs and Adidas shoes, and sells NCL Golf Hawaii logo items. Onboard clinics feature local pros and three practice nets. Fees start from $95 per person, transport included.
BACK TO LABADEE: Based on assurances from independent security experts, Royal Caribbean International is resuming calls at its private beachfront along Haiti’s northern coast on Hispaniola. The line earlier this year had indefinitely suspended calls to Labadee because of political unrest. Beginning in late May, three Voyager-class ships, Voyager of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas again call at Labadee, amid security including 24-hour beach patrols, back-up from local police, and a security team based in Cap Haitien.

Monday, May 24, 2004

CZARIST OVERNIGHTS: Summer in the Baltic provides smorgasbords of luxury with three Holland America Line ships embarking on 15 voyages in June, July and August. Baltic itineraries explore from six to 10 countries per cruise. All 15 sailings feature a two-day overnight at the Czarist capital of St. Petersburg, Russia while two cruises also overnight in Hamburg, Germany. Calls include Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Riga, Stockholm, and Tallinn, as well as overland options of Berlin, London and Moscow. Building on 130 years of sailing history, HAL’s tradition of excellence prevails on eight 10-day cruises aboard the Noordam (celebrating her farewell season with HAL), on four 14-day voyages aboard the Prinsendam, and on three 12-day sailings aboard Westerdam, sailing part of her inaugural season in the Baltic. Some sailings combine to lengthen cruise holidays.