* Mississippi Closure Disrupts Carnival Conquest’s Turnaround
A sunken tugboat in the Mississippi River disrupted Carnival Conquest’s turnaround in New Orleans yesterday making for a last-minute change in travel plans for thousands of Carnival passengers. It threatened to do the same with Carnival Elation’s turnaround today, but the Coast Guard reopened the river in time for Elation to turnaround with a delay, but not a long enough one that it would affect the next cruise’s itinerary.
* Cracking the China Market
China is indeed shaping up to be the new battleground for passengers among the international brands of cruise lines. It is a vast, virtually untapped market that is quickly proving itself quite profitable. Cruising has proven very popular with the Chinese with most lines marketing there experiencing rapid growth.
The latest line to jump into the market with both feet is Princess Cruises which today opened five offices in China.
* Other Things You’ll Want to Know
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