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Why You Might Drive To Your Next Cruise

The fear of flying (combined with a reluctance to spend money in a weakened economy) is keeping travelers off airplanes as well as cruise ships. In an effort to make cruising more appealing and accessible to those afraid to get on an airplane, most cruise lines are pulling ships from Europe and other parts of the world and repositioning them in places closer to home such as Caribbean and North American destinations.

Drive and Cruise

The cruise industry is about to begin a marketing campaign touting cruises as safe, easy, and a good way to see the world without getting on an airplane. Cruise lines are increasing the number of shorter cruises leaving from ports that are within a half-day's drive of U.S. households. The move is clearly a strategic one, as closer-to-home itineraries with round-trips from U.S. ports will decrease the need for and expense of air travel.

Itinerary Changes

So, where might you drive to your next cruise? The 2002 changes (as of October 25, 2001) are listed below.

Carnival Cruises

  • MS Holiday: Instead of sailing the Caribbean from San Juan, PR, she will move to her new homeport of New Orleans and sail the Western Caribbean year-round.
Celebrity Cruise Lines

  • Constellation: Celebrity's newest vessel, to be delivered in April 2002, will have several itinerary changes. Originally scheduled to sail from Rome and Barcelona on eastern Mediterranean cruises in May, she will now sail on several western Mediterranean cruises departing from Barcelona only. In June and August, she will reposition to Dover for Baltic sailings. From mid-September through mid-October, she will return to Barcelona for more western Mediterranean cruises. In mid-October, she will head for her homeport of San Juan, PR, for Caribbean sailings.

  • Mercury: Previously scheduled to sail Baltic and Mediterranean cruises from Copenhagen and Barcelona, the ship will now sail a South American itinerary. In April, she will sail two Panama Canal cruises between San Diego and Miami. Then, in late May, she will head to Vancouver for summertime Alaska cruising.

  • Millennium: Previously scheduled to sail between Barcelona and Istanbul on eastern Mediterranean cruises, she will now remain in Ft. Lauderdale and cruise the Caribbean.

Costa Cruises

  • mv CostaVictoria: Instead of sailing her Caribbean itinerary planned for mid-November, the ship will operate western Mediterranean and Canary Islands sailings.

  • mv CostaTropicale: Instead of sailing from Venice in the spring and summer of 2002, Costa's newest ship will sail western Mediterranean cruises.
Cunard Line

  • Caronia: Itineraries for March and April, which were originally scheduled for the Suez Canal, have been changed to the Panama Canal. In late April, she will sail a transatlantic cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to Southampton.
Holland America Line

  • ms Amsterdam: The 100-day Grand World Voyage has been re-routed to South Africa and South America from the Middle East, Holy Land, and Mediterranean. Instead of cruising her previously scheduled European itinerary, she will cruise the Caribbean from Ft. Lauderdale.

  • ms Noordam: She will now sail the western Mediterranean instead of her planned eastern Mediterranean itineraries.

  • ms Prinsendam: Instead of her scheduled Mediterranean itineraries, the ship will offer a new West Africa cruise from Lisbon to Cape Town, followed by a new cruise from Cape Town to Mumbai. From Mumbai, the ship will resume her originally scheduled southeast Asia and Australia/New Zealand itineraries.

  • ms Rotterdam: Instead of her 10 spring Panama Canal itineraries between Ft. Lauderdale and Puerto Caldera, this ship will sail on two Panama Canal cruises and eight new Caribbean cruises departing Ft. Lauderdale. In the fall, the ship will offer cruises from New York to Ft. Lauderdale. In November and December, she will sail round-trip Caribbean itineraries from Ft. Lauderdale.

  • ms Ryndam: In the fall, the ship will offer new seven-day Sea of Cortez and Mexican Riviera cruises instead of her scheduled South America cruises.

  • ms Zaandam: Instead of cruising the southern Caribbean from Ft. Lauderdale in the fall, she will sail from her new homeport of Port Canaveral on an eastern Caribbean itinerary.
Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL)

  • S/S Norway: Originally scheduled to leave NCL in November to join parent company Star Cruises' fleet, she will now remain with NCL for another year and will sail year-round from Miami on an eastern Caribbean itinerary.

  • Norwegian Sky: Instead of only sailing an eastern Caribbean itinerary from January through March, she will alternate between eastern and western Caribbean.

  • Norwegian Sun: Originally scheduled to sail in the Mediterranean from May through October, she will cruise the Caribbean instead.
Orient Line

  • Crown Odyssey: Instead of sailing slated itineraries in the Mediterranean and Suez Canal, the ship will operate grand voyages in Africa and the East to altered ports. The ship will sail from Barcelona to Singapore, by way of Mombasa, Cape Town, and other ports-of-call in the region.

  • Ocean Voyager: Orient Line's newest vessel was scheduled to join the fleet in May 2002; however, she will not be delivered until Spring 2003.
Princess Cruises

  • Pacific Princess: Originally scheduled to sail Africa and Holy Land cruises, Princess' oldest ship will be withdrawn from service from November 2001 through May 2002 when she will resume sailings to Bermuda. Pacific Princess will leave the fleet as scheduled in October 2002 when she is delivered to her new owners.

  • Royal Princess: Instead of a world cruise and Mediterranean sailings, she will sail Panama Canal cruises from Ft. Lauderdale.

  • Sea Princess: Originally scheduled to sail the southern Caribbean in the summer, she will sail the Mexican Riviera.

  • Sun Princess: The vessel will sail on a series of Mexican Riviera cruises between September 27, 2002, and January 15, 2003, and again from March 26, 2003, to April 25, 2003. She will also offer two round-trip voyages from Los Angeles to Hawaii on January 25, 2002 and March 11, 2002, and will sail on two Panama Canal voyages between Los Angeles and Ft. Lauderdale on February 9 and 24, 2002.

  • Regal Princess: Originally scheduled to sail Europe, she will sail round-trips to Alaska from May through September. After her Alaska season, Regal Princess will sail a series of Asia/South Pacific/Australia cruises. She will sail throughout the Pacific through April 2003, instead of her previously scheduled Canada/New England, Panama Canal, and Amazon River sailings. In mid-April 2003, she will offer two Asia sailings from San Francisco.

  • Golden Princess: This ship's popular "Grand Mediterranean" itinerary has been revised for summer 2002. The ship will now travel between Barcelona and Venice and will include several new ports-of-call.
Radisson Seven Seas Cruises

  • Seven Seas Navigator: The vessel's world cruise from Los Angeles to Ft. Lauderdale has been modified. Instead of sailing around the Middle East, the ship will now sail from India to the Seychelles and Madagascar, also making calls in South Africa, Namibia, and St. Helena before crossing the Atlantic to Rio de Janeiro and other South American and Caribbean ports.

  • Song of Flower: Originally scheduled to cruise the Middle East and Asia, she will be taken out of service until May 2, when she begins her European season.
Royal Caribbean

  • Legend of the Seas: The ship's November 3, seven-night sailing has been modified. Originally scheduled to sail from Barcelona to Athens, she will instead sail round-trip from Barcelona with stops in other western Mediterranean ports-of-call. The ship's November 10 sailing, departing from Athens for Dubai, has been cancelled. The ship's November 24 sailing departing from Dubai to Singapore, has also been cancelled. Legend of the Seas will resume her normal sailing schedule on December 7, when she departs Singapore for Sydney.

  • Brilliance of the Seas: Originally scheduled to sail in the Mediterranean, Royal Caribbean's newest ship (which enters service in July 2002) will sail cruises to Scandinavia and Russia and to the British Isles and Norwegian Fjords. She will then reposition in Boston for New England and Canada cruises in September and October 2002.

  • Grandeur of the Seas: The ship, originally scheduled to sail seven-night Eastern and Western Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona and Rome, will instead sail seven-night Mexican Riviera cruises from May through September 2002. In October, she will then reposition in New Orleans to begin her planned seven-night Western Caribbean sailings.

  • Rhapsody of the Seas: Originally scheduled to sail in Northern Europe, the Baltic, the British Isles, Canada, and New England, she will now finish her originally scheduled seven-night western Caribbean sailings from New Orleans in March 2002 before repositioning in Galveston for seven-night Western Caribbean cruises.

  • Splendour of the Seas: Originally scheduled to sail from Southampton to European itineraries, and from Venice to the Greek Isles, she will sail from Barcelona on seven-night western Mediterranean cruises from late-April through October 2002.
Royal Olympic Cruises

  • Olympia Voyager: The vessel will call Houston her homeport in 2002 to sail the Caribbean and Central America year round.
Seabourn Cruise Line

  • Seabourn Sun: The vessel's farewell world cruise, departing from San Francisco to Ft. Lauderdale on January 9, has canceled her sailings through the Red Sea, Suez Canal, and Mediterranean Sea. Instead, the ship will sail from Mumbai across the Indian Ocean, visiting Seychelles and Mauritius.

  • Seabourn Spirit: The ship will reposition from her winter itineraries in southeast Asia to Alaska via China, Japan, and Korea. Following the Alaska season, the ship will return to Asia by the reverse route.
Silverseas Cruises

  • Silver Wind: Now in scheduled dry dock, the vessel will be removed from service throughout 2002.

  • Silver Cloud: Originally, the ship was scheduled to sail the Far East and South Pacific in 2002. Instead, she will take over the Silver Wind's Europe, South Africa, and Americas itineraries.
Windstar Cruises

  • Wind Surf: After more than a decade abroad, Windstar Cruises returns to the U.S. The cruise line has bumped up the launch of her Florida Keys and Bahamas cruises by two months to begin Ft. Lauderdale round-trip sailings on January 13, 2002. The Wind Surf's Bahamian season has been extended to 12 seven-day round-trip voyages until the end of March.

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