Pearl Seas Cruises Joins CLIA

Ana Figueroa (CLIA) has welcomed Pearl Seas Cruises as its newest member. The addition of Pearl Seas Cruises brings to 20 the number of CLIA-member cruise lines, which collectively represent 97 percent of the cruise capacity marketed in North America. CLIA is also comprised of nearly 17,000 travel agenci

By: Ana Figueroa

(CLIA) has welcomed Pearl Seas Cruises as its newest member. The addition of Pearl Seas Cruises brings to 20 the number of CLIA-member cruise lines, which collectively represent 97 percent of the cruise capacity marketed in North America. CLIA is also comprised of nearly 17,000 travel agencies, making it the largest travel industry association based on agency membership.

Pearl Seas Cruises, an offshore affiliate of American Cruise Lines, Inc., will sail to the Canadian Maritimes, Newfoundland, New England and the Caribbean aboard intimate, luxury vessels that are small enough to visit off-the-beaten path destinations as well as larger, more widely visited ports. The line's first ship, which will carry 165 passengers, is scheduled to be delivered by Irving Shipbuilding of Halifax, Nova Scotia, in time for a July 2008 maiden voyage. A larger 210-passenger sister ship will join the fleet in 2009.

Plans call for Pearl Seas' new vessels to have elegant public rooms and luxurious accommodations amid a relaxing and inviting onboard ambiance. Facilities include a spacious dining salon, several lounges, a well-stocked library and a state-of-the-art spa. The ships' staterooms (each measuring 240-510 square feet) will all feature flat-screen satellite TV and DVD player, individual climate control, Internet access and private balconies with large picture windows that actually open.

“We are very pleased to welcome Pearl Seas Cruises to the CLIA family," said CLIA President and CEO, Terry Dale. "The line's new ships will offer vacationers a new choice in the luxury segment of the market. Moreover, the itineraries will showcase some of the Western Hemisphere's most desirable coastal attractions."

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