Thursday, September 14, 2006

Celebrity Alters Alaska Route ...

Seattle Swapped Out for Vancouver: For more time in select ports and a better arrival time for viewing Alaska’s Hubbard Glacier on Mercury’s 2007 seven-night Alaska sailings, Celebrity Cruises has changed the port of arrival/departure to Vancouver, B.C. Guests with reservations with deposits made for Mercury cruises from Seattle between May 4 and Sept. 14, 2007, will receive a $100 per stateroom onboard credit. Celebrity's Air/Sea department will make changes for Air/Sea guests whose air travel is impacted by the shift. Cruise-only guests incurring fees because of air changes will be reimbursed up to $100 each, after providing proof of the air change fee. The Vancouver itinerary will feature the same ports: Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan, Alaska, cruising the Inside Passage and several hours beside Hubbard Glacier. Celebrity is contacting all travel agents with clients holding reservations affected by this change; Agents or anyone with individual or group bookings are welcome to call Celebrity's re-accommodation desk at 888-281-9343.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Environmental CYA ...

Not to Muddy Waters With Too Much Claptrap, But: Operating companies for Carnival Corp. & plc have wrapped implementation and certification of their respective environmental management systems to ISO 14001 standard, landing certifications by four internationally recognized maritime regulatory agencies in recognition -- according to Carnival -- of “Carnival’s commitment to systematic management of its processes, products and services to minimize environmental impact. " Certification agencies include Italy's RINA, Germany's Germanischer Lloyd, North America's Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance, and the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency. They attest that each operating unit’s Environmental Management System (EMS) for Operation and Management of Cruise Ships meets the ISO 14001 standard established by the Geneva-based International Organization for Standardization, promoting development and implementation of international standards, including those for environmental management. Carnival is "committed to operating its vessels in the most environmentally friendly manner possible, and to receive this ISO 14001 certification speaks volumes,” said Micky Arison, chairman.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Cruise for Fun ...

'Cast Your Own' Contest: Carnival and AMC, basic cable’s destination dedicated to movie culture , tantalize with “You Cast Your Crew,” where contest entrants compete to win a Caribbean “Fun Ship” cruise for the winner and up to 19 pals. Through Sept. 30, log onto CCL's new social networking website, CarnivalConnections.com to enter the contest promoted via television spots on AMC, plus ads in People magazine and e-marketing channels. Entrants provide personal basics and then fill out what Carnival calls a “fun, easy multiple choice survey,” including questions tied to movies. Participants then submit a short essay on why their group should win. Entries will be judged on theme, originality, creativity, and story flow. The winner chooses from three to seven-day Carnival Caribbean itineraries, with estimated value up to $15,000. Ten second-prize winners get rolling duffels filled with Carnival and AMC branded goodies, and portable DVD players. Rules are at www.carnivalconnections.com/contest.