Cruise News May 14, 2011


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Transcript:
Hello! This is the animated news from the cruise industry this
week, May fourteenth, twenty eleven. (I'm not real, but the news
and our sponsor, Cruise News Daily, are.) This week we have a
collection of smaller stories that in their own way, have shaped
or will shape the cruise industry. OK. Here are this week's
headlines.
On Wednesday, Celebrity president Dan Hanrahan answered questions
from customers on Facebook in a live video webcast. The
importance of it didn't surface until, in answer to one question
near the end of the hour, about the line's lack of TV
advertising, Hanrahan revealed the line had discontinued TV
advertising and has shifted those resources to the internet and
why. This could make for a significant difference in the presence
cruise lines will have in mass media advertising. We have the
link to the webcast on our website.
In another interesting nod to the power of the internet this
week, Royal Caribbean International issued a statement denying
the either Majesty of the Seas or Monarch of the Seas had been
sold or were for sale. CND found that the rumor started a couple
of weeks ago when a Korean newspaper published a story about a
new Korean startup cruise line buying a 74,000-ton ship. It was
fairly detailed about their plans for the ship and the contracts
associated with it, and it said the current name of the ship
couldn't be revealed for legal reasons. As is often the case with
international publications, it was illustrated with a picture
that didn't necessarily have a connection to the facts of the
story. In this case it was of Majesty of the Seas, which is about
74,000 tons. A few days later, the story was picked up by a
European trade paper, but they added the "fact" to the story that
the ship was Majesty of the Seas. And that is how the rumor was
born. But, according to Royal Caribbean, it just isn't true.
A 17-year-old girl has sued Royal Caribbean alleging that a
musician aboard Navigator of the Seas raped her on a sailing in
early March. She alleges he bought her cocktails and encouraged
her to continue drinking them. Royal Caribbean investigated and
turned the crew member over to the FBI. Authorities questioned
him and declined to arrest him. He has not been prosecuted, but
he was terminated by the cruise line and sent home to the
Dominican Republic. In the CND article we look at the reasons so
few of these crew members end up behind bars.
Those are the top stories of the week. The complete detailed
stories and perspective on them were delivered to CND subscribers
daily via e-mail. CND's daily e-mails also covered 19 other items
last week. Among them were these other things you'll want to
know. Norwegian Cruise Line canceled Norwegian Jade's winter
program from Rome to the eastern Mediterranean due to soft
bookings because of uncertainty about the ship's calls in Egypt.
Instead the ship will remain in Europe and operate cruises from
Barcelona to the Canary Islands similar to NCL's successful
program last winter.
Seabourn announced that actress Blythe Danner will christen
Seabourn Quest next month in Barcelona. The small all-suite ship
is the third of three newbuilds ordered by Carnival for their
Seabourn brand.
Celebrity Mercury was rechristened TUI's Mein Schiff 2 on
Saturday in Hamburg after an extensive refit at Lloyd Werft. We
have a link to the video on the CND website.
Norwegian Epic left for the summer in the Mediterranean this
week, but before it did, NCL announced a change in the
entertainment lineup to better suit the internationally sourced
passengers who would be boarding the ship in Europe. The ship's
signature acts such as Blue Man Group, Legends in Concert,
Nickelodeon and Howl at the Moon will still be aboard, but the
Second City troupe will be taking the summer off and replaced by
a rotation of four acts that are less language-dependent.
After receiving complaints about aggressive local craft vendors,
the parish council that includes the new Jamaican port of
Falmouth decided they needed to license the vendors. They
expected less than a hundred applications for about that many
spots on the town square and on the pier. Instead they received
almost a thousand, and are now trying to figure out how to decide
who should get the licenses.
A clever video has gone viral, at least among cruisers. The time
lapse sequences show things the producer has seen from the decks
of cruise ships he's sailed around the world. We have a link to
the video on the CND website.
Those are the top stories of the week and other things you'll
want to know from the cruise industry that were included in our
daily e-mails to our subscribers. Other headlines and links we
mentioned are on our website at www.CruiseNewsDaily.com. I'll be
back next week with more news from Cruise News Daily. So long!