(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."