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Dec 31st, 2001, 01:50 AM
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Paul Therault
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President Bush has appointed a Presidential Emergency Board that will extend the United Air Lines Mechanic's strike talks until February 21st. United has stated it will try to reach an agreement with the union.

American West Steamboat Company has recently signed a contract to build a second sternwheeler cruise ship to be called Empress of the North. The Vessel will debut in June of 2003 and will hold 236 passengers. It will sail Alaska in the summer and then re-position to Portland for a series of Columbia, Snake and Willamette river cruises. 105 of the 112 suites and staterooms will have balconies.

Since the Carnival Holiday is sailing in March out of Mobile Ala. and the longer cruises are now sold out, Carnival is adding 5 additional sailings in March.

Seabourn Cruise Line is offering 30% early booking prices for all of 2002. They are also offering complimentary air on many of their sailings. See your travel agent.

Regal Cruise Line's Regal Empress is sailing February 9th for a 7 nite cruise that will port in New Orleans for 2 days including Feb. 12th (Fat Tuesday). Passengers will be able to view 11 parades.

The P&O/Princess/RCCL/Carnival merger/purchase might be decided at the next stockholder's meeting on February 15th.

Contest: Whoever guesses what the initials P & O mean will win the opportunity to purchase the new P&O/Princess/RCCL/Carnival stock. Hint: It is a family name.

Remember, Carnival has senior discounts on many sailings in 2002. See your travel agent.

One of the great surprises to novice cruise vacationers is that on a ship there's typically ready access to medical facilities designed to deal with everything from sunburn to cardiac episodes. Increasingly sophisticated equipment and extensive training have made cruise vessels one of the safest places to vacation in the travel industry. Several years ago the ICCL began working with the American College of Emergency Physicians. This resulted in most ships having relationships with shoreside medical institutions such as Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins, University of Texas Medical, U of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial, the American Heart Association, among others. Most ships carry one doctor for every 1,000 passengers and one nurse for every 250 passengers. Tele-medicine is becoming an important part of medical practice at sea, as some of the larger vessels link with satellite-transmitted electrocardiograms or xrays, live video and audio and dialogue with specialist physicians around the world. Tips: Evaluate your own medical condition, and alert the special needs department of the cruise line. Carry ample supplies of your prescription medications (in original containers) and pack them in your carry-on. Purchase supplemental insurance and be sure to check your coverage very carefully. Medical facilities on board are offered as a service and there is a charge. Be sure to update emergency contact information. If you are traveling with minors who are not your own children, have a document with you authorizing emergency medical attention for them. This is important. Also it is a good idea to have a document at home for when the grandkids visit. Or give a document to all your childcare workers.

Here's a golfers' pair of dice: Thialand, one of Asia's popular golf destinations, plans to turn a land mine-infested area on the border with Laos and Cambodia into a golfing paradise. The cabinet minister is working on a project to build a 27 hole golf course linking all three countries with nine holes in each. The proposed area is littered with land mines. His statement: "Yes, the area is booby-trapped, but it is a piece-of-cake for the three couintries to solve." Who wants to tee off first?

Have a wonderful New Year.

Paul

 
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Dec 31st, 2001, 07:44 AM
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Peninsular and Orient,does that make us even on the Ferrari?

Happy New Year!
 
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Dec 31st, 2001, 08:26 AM
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xxxx From info I have, I think your right. Save your money for another cruise.
Thought at one time it meant Pacific & Orient.
 
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Dec 31st, 2001, 02:04 PM
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Nope .... keep guessing.

It is a two-family name.

Paul
 
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Jan 3rd, 2002, 07:17 AM
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OK Paul give us the answer.
 
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Jan 3rd, 2002, 07:33 AM
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Fore! Now it's 28 holes.
 
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Jan 4th, 2002, 01:10 AM
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I like that xman.

The initials P & O stand for Pritzker & Offer.

Paul
 
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Jan 4th, 2002, 04:34 AM
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Paul am I losing something in translation ?

Please explain the Pritzker and Offer answer.
 
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Jan 4th, 2002, 04:35 AM
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P&O Princess Cruises - History
P&O Princess Cruises demerged from the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company on 23 October 2000 when it started trading as an independent company on the London and New York Stock Exchanges. It is one of the largest cruise companies in the world.


Our cruise business has had over 150 years of maritime history within P&O. From established positions in the United Kingdom and Australian cruise sectors, P&O strengthened its position in the North American cruise sector the acquisitions of Princess Cruises in 1974 and of Sitmar Cruises in 1988. Sitmar cruises was merged with Princess Cruises. Since the beginning of the 1990s, Princess Cruises has embarked on a policy of growth through building new ships.

In the United Kingdom, we have a long history of passenger cruising which began in the 1840s and has included well-known vessels such as Canberra. We have capitalized on the strength of the P&O Cruises' brand with the successful introduction of three ships over the last six years, two of which, Aurora and Oriana, have been designed specifically for the British market.

In 1999, we entered Continental Europe with the acquisition of a majority stake in AIDA, which in its first five years of operation has, according to commissioned third-party research, become the best known cruise product in Germany. In 2000 we acquired the remainder of AIDA and also Seetours, which has over 40 years of experience in the German cruise and riverboat sector.

In July 2001 we launched A'ROSA, a new premium destination-oriented brand catering exclusively for German-speaking customers.

 
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Jan 5th, 2002, 01:44 AM
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Well straight from the horses mouth.
But where pray-tell did the moniker Pritzker & Offer come from?

Thanks for the info.

Paul
 
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