Compagnie du Ponant and Norwegian Each Order A Ship – Princess Cruises Policy To Undermine Other Cruise Lines
THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin
The Cruise Examiner for 22nd July 2013
Last week came the news that, on the heels of accepting its new Le Soleal, Marseilles- based Compagnie du Ponant had ordered a fourth 264-berth vessel of its Boreal class from Fincantieri, followed by the news that Norwegian Cruise Line had ordered a second 4,200-berth vessel of the “Breakaway Plus” class from Meyer Werft. The fourth Ponant sister will cruise in Alaska by summer and in Australia by winter, while the intended employment for the second Breakaway Plus ship has not yet been announced. Meanwhile, after years of efforts by Carnival and Royal Caribbean to stop rebating by travel agents, Princess Cruises has made the unusual announcement that it will allow agents to give away as much as 10% of the cruise fare in on board credits in order to capture more business from other lines.
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