Friday, August 04, 2006

MSC Stokes Virtual Passion ...

Mama Mia: MSC Cruises has re-launched msccruises.com with fresh design reflecting its signature – “Beautiful. Passionate. Italian.” Travel agents get a portal to “TruePartnerships.” Consumers get info on amenities, ships, departures, itineraries; and theme cruises. MSC Cruises has eight ships: MSC Musica, the newest, plus MSC Sinfonia, MSC Opera, MSC Armonia, MSC Lirica, MSC Melody, MSC Rhapsody, MSC Monterey and sails in the Med, Northern Europe, the Caribbean, South America, and South Africa. The MSC fleet grows to 12 with MSC Orchestra joining in '07, MSC Poesia and MSC Fantasia in '08 and MSC Serenata in '09. MSC co-sponsors Team Alinghi in the 32nd America’s Cup, culminating in June '07 finals in Valencia.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Added Wrinkle: RCI Gift Certificates ...

New Tack Bolsters the Tacky: Etiquette mavens cringe at invitations for weddings, vow renewals, anniversaries, and such that broadly hint (or outright ask!) for cash instead of tangible gifts, yet that hasn’t stemmed the flow. To that end, you now can fork out for cruises via Royal Caribbean International’s gift certificate program, available by mail or e-mail. Just think of the savings on ribbon and wrap! Certificates apply toward cruises, or for onboard credit at spas, casinos, shops, and bars on RCI's 20 ships (with three more on horizons). Agents can apply toward new or existing reservations, while keeping bookings fully commissionable. Certificates – in $50, $100, $250, or $500 denominations -- are purchasable online or at (800) 722-5970.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Counsel Promoted & Another Overboard ...

Death Confirmed: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. named company attorney Bradley Stein vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary. Stein, a 14-year company veteran, assumes broad legal strategy responsibilities. On heels of his promotion comes news of yet another tragedy aboard a Royal Caribbean ship, this one off the Italian coast as authorities recovered a body believed that of a Florida woman, a daughter of an auto dealership owner. Elizabeth Kay Galeana, 22, vanished from Voyager of the Seas on July 25. "... from what we know at this time, we do not believe Elizabeth's death was a result of any foul play, " a statement from her family said. Michael Sheehan, cruise line spokesman, said she likely fell off the ship. The FBI and Italian authorities are investigating . Galeana, last seen aboard en route to Naples from Civitavecchia, was reported missing by a sister. Her family's response contrasts sharply with that of the family of George Smith IV, last year disappearing from RCI's Brilliance of the Seas. Accusations by the Smiths, alleging cover-up in a suit against RCI, have resulted in an RCI web post debunking the "Top 10 Myths" surrounding Smith's disappearance. His body has not been found.