Cruise News February is "National Cruise Month." According to the Cruise Lines International Association, a record 17,663 new berths are on tap as of early this year, and many cruise lines are offering new destinations, itineraries, and programs.
Among the new developments (for more, see page 33):
* Disney Cruise Line will introduce a seven-day eastern Caribbean cruise in August on Disney Magic, from Port Canaveral to St. Maarten, St. Thomas, and Castaway Cay.
* American Classic Voyages Co. has acquired the name United States Lines; the line's first ship is the former Nieuw Amsterdam, renamed ms Patriot, which will set sail in late November for seven-night cruises year-round from Honolulu, Hawaii.
* American Cruise Lines introduces its first ship, American Eagle, in April.
* Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Victory sets sail August 31.
* Celebrity Cruises launches its first Millennium-class vessel, The Millennium, in June.
*Costa Cruises' CostaAtlantica sets sail July 2.
*Crown Cruise line's recently redecorated Crown Dynasty will begin its Bermuda season in May out of the Philadelphia Naval Yard.
*Holland America Line is introducing three new ships in the span of a year: sister ships Volendam (November 1999) and Zaandam (February); and Amsterdam (October).
*Norwegian Cruise Line introduced the Norwegian Sky in late 1999.
*This month, Princess Cruises' newest ship, Ocean Princess, was launched.
*Royal Caribbean International launched Voyager of the Seas in November 1999 and will launch Explorer of the Seas in October.
*Royal Olympic Cruises' new Olympic Voyager sets sail in June.
*Silversea Cruises will introduce the Silver Shadow in September.
*Star Clippers will launch Royal Clipper, a 228-passenger sailing ship, in March.
*A fine dining cruise ship from Argosy Cruises and Consolidated Restaurants will launch in May in Seattle. Four full-service dining areas can seat up to 600 guests; groups can charter part or all of the ship.
*Cunard's QE2 will be refurbished. The Vistafjord will also be refurbished and renamed Caronia.
*New to Orient Lines is the refurbished Crown Odyssey (formerly Norweigian Cruise Line's Norwegian Crown).
*American Hawaii Cruises is offering expanded children's programs, plus a number of new shore excursions.
*Commodore Cruise Line is offering extended sailings on the Enchanted Isle out of New Orleans to the Panama Canal and Eastern Caribbean, plus port calls in Honduras and Belize.
*First European Cruises is now sailing in the Caribbean, with weeklong itineraries on the Mistral from the lower Caribbean.
*Premier Cruise Lines' "Big Red Boats" will soon begin sailing out of New York, Houston, and Los Angeles.
*Regal Cruises has two new ports of call, Portland, Maine, and Martha's Vineyard.
*Seabourn Cruise Line's new Seabourn Golf Club features prearranged rounds of golf at courses worldwide.
*Windstar Cruises introduces roundtrip sailings from Cancun to Belize, visiting Roatan Island, Honduras; and Goff's Caye, Half Moon Caye Reserve, and San Pedro, Belize.
*Cruise West's 102-passenger Spirit of Endeavour has undergone a $1.5 million renovation. The ship cruises in Baja, Mexico's Sea of Cortes in winter, Alaska in summer, and California Wine Country in the fall.
*Blue Lagoon Cruises is offering two- to six-night cruises on four luxury yachts that sail around the Fijian Islands.
*Landry & Kling, a Miami-based company that works with corporate meeting executives to create customized cruise programs, now has branch offices in 12 locations across the United States. For a free copy of A Planner's Guide to Business at Sea, call (800) 448-9002 or visit www.corporatecruises.com
*With the objective of increasing cruise calls to their part of the Caribbean, Barbados, Bonaire, Cartagena (Columbia), Curacao, Porlamar/Margarita Island (Venezuela), and Trinidad & Tobago have joined forces to form the Southern Caribbean Cruise Partnership (SCCP). Members have developed a new series of value-added shoreside and shipboard products. For more information, e-mail Dino Daal at the Curacao Tourism Development Bureau at email@example.com
* The new Clubhouse and Spa at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, mentioned on page 134 of Corporate Meetings & Incentives December, "1999 Florida Meeting Planner's Guide," will open in March in a 75,000 square-foot building with 35,000 square feet of meeting space.
* The photograph on page 34 of the December 1999 issue of Corporate Meetings & Incentives, in the "Countdown to 2000" feature, was mistakenly identified as the Anaheim Hilton Ballroom. It is a picture of an event produced by Paint Me a Party Productions at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. The photograph on page 38 is also of the event at the Adler Planetarium. It was mistakenly identified as the Scottsdale Conference Center Resort Ballroom. Both Adler Planetarium photographs were taken by Darren Trentacosta.