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Nov 5, 2007

Ambassadors International

David Giersdorf, president of Ambassadors International's cruise group, will resign Dec. 31, the group announced Friday. Joe Ueberroth, Ambassadors' chairman and CEO, will assume the position of interim president, effective immediately. Diane Moore, vice president of sales and marketing, will pick up additional responsibility for reservations, guest services and customer relations. Ambassadors International operates Majestic America Line and acquired Windstar Cruises from Carnival Corp. earlier this year. Oct 29, 2007

Holland America

Holland America Line is redesigning its brochures to complement its consumer advertising campaign centering on close-up photographs and evocative headlines. The new brochures are also being produced with the environment in mind and will be printed on recycled paper. In addition, Holland America says it is ramping up promotion of its e-brochures to reduce reliance on paper. Nov 1, 2007

Holland America

Holland America's 793-guest Prinsendam will operate back-to-back grand voyages in 2009, both beginning and ending in Fort Lauderdale. The first, departing January 2, 2009, will be a 68-day South America and Antarctica cruise with calls at such ports as Lima, Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world. Then, on March 11, Prinsendam will set sail on a 50-day cruise to the Mediterranean and Black Sea, with overnight stays in Barcelona and Istanbul. Reservations are now being accepted; fares start at $13,599 for the 68-day cruise and $8,749 for the 50-day itinerary. Oct 30, 2007

Holland America Line

What started out as Holland America Line's $225 million Signature of Excellence improvement program has now ballooned to $425 million, the premium line says. Holland America has invested another $200 million toward enhancing its ships, expanding activities and introducing more amenities. The latest ship to receive Signature of Excellence treatment is the Prinsendam, which leaves dry dock on December 16. By December, Holland America's fleet will have logged more than 350 days in dry dock, receiving an assortment of retouches and upgrades. Nov 2, 2007

MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises' newest ship, MSC Orchestra, will join MSC Lirica for the 2008-2009 Caribbean season, which will feature seven itineraries, 16 ports of call and the line's first-ever Bermuda call. Pricing begins at $449 per person for the seven-night itineraries and $699 for 10-day voyages. MSC Orchestra, which debuted in 2007, will become the largest MSC ship to ply the Caribbean, carrying 2,550 passengers. The ship will begin its Caribbean season on January 2, 2009 and sail seven-night itineraries from Fort Lauderdale through April. Lirica will operate seven- and 10-night itineraries from Fort Lauderdale beginning December 3, 2008. Nov 2, 2007

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line has renewed its partnership with food magazine Cooking Light, which will help provide healthy meal options onboard NCL ships in 2008. As part of the agreement, Cooking Light will provide appetizer, entree and dessert recipes that are regularly incorporated and rotated among the menus on NCL ships. A Cooking Light chef will oversee execution. Dishes include jerk-style chicken and tilapia with lemon-peppercorn pan sauce. Oct 29, 2007

Norwegian Cruise Lines

Norwegian Cruise Lines on Thursday said it would increase its calls to The Bahamas, adding a total of 32 cruises there between now and 2009. NCL's newest ship, Norwegian Gem, will be responsible for 28 of the calls. "This deployment reaffirms NCL's long-standing commitment to its relationship with The Bahamas," said Andy Stuart, NCL's executive vice president, marketing, sales and passenger services. "We also have a long history of pioneering the development of new cruise destinations and we are pleased to be a part of establishing Grand Bahama Island as a major cruise destination." Gem will sail seven-day Bahamas and Florida itineraries roundtrip from New York in December 2007 and February, April and December 2008. Nov 2, 2007

San Francisco

The port of San Francisco will be capable of accommodating and servicing the largest cruise ships in the region after Princess Cruises and BAE Systems invest $5 million to upgrade the port's drydock facilities. Improvements at Pier 70 will structurally reinforce drydock No. 2's foundation. "With improved maritime assets, we can compete to attract mega cruise ships that previously would not homeport on the West Coast," said Monique Moyer, the port's executive director. As a result of the expansion, Princess already has reserved the facility for scheduled hull repairs and topside renovations of two of its ships, Star Princess and Golden Princess, in fall 2008 and spring 2009, respectively. Oct 31, 2007

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