Silversea Sets First Alaska Calls

11 cruises to be offered from four ports next year

By: Theresa Norton Masek

Silversea Cruises will visit Alaska for the first time next summer a new destination that’s expected to keep reservations lines ringing.

The line will be offering 11 Alaska cruises from San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver and Anchorage.

The Silver Shadow will operate the seven- to 14-day voyages. Silversea’s business has been booming lately.

The cruise line recently announced it achieved its highest booking day in its history on July 21.

The record-setting day followed a 12-week period in which average weekly reservations were 40 percent higher than the same period the year before. “With the recent announ- cement of our new 2004 itineraries, featuring inaugural calls to Alaska and Japan, we expect our reservations call volume to remain exceptionally high over the next several months,” said Bill Leiber, Silversea’s senior vice president of sales and marketing.

Cruise Briefs:

" ASTA Members File Renaissance Suit

Seven members of the American Society of Travel Agents have filed a class-action lawsuit against the bankruptcy estate of Renaissance Cruises, which is attempting to recall commissions paid on cruises that did not sail after the line went under on Sept. 25, 2001.

“ASTA is doing the right thing for travel agents by supporting this lawsuit,” said ASTA President Richard Copland. “We think the court will agree with our claim that travel agents earn commissions when they deliver to a cruise line a client who is ready, willing and able to sail.”

The ASTA members asked for an emergency hearing on their motion to halt further efforts to collect those commissions on cruises that did not operate.

" Chicken Nuggets, Anyone?

Carnival Cruise Lines has introduced a supervised children’s dinner program that allows parents to have a night to themselves.

The dinners are an addition to Camp Carnival, the complimentary children’s program.

The dinners take place most nights in the Lido Deck’s “Seaview Bistro” from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., after which children can continue with the Camp Carnival activities until 10 p.m.