Silversea Cruises will visit Alaska for the first time next summer
a new destination that’s expected to keep reservations lines
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.
" 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,
“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
The dinners are an addition to Camp Carnival, the complimentary
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.