Cruise lines alter itineraries to use less fuel

09/8/2008 | NYTimes.com

As record fuel costs have slashed cruise line profits, Royal Caribbean International and its rivals have been taking steps to offset the higher expenses. Now, cruise lines are changing their routes to save on fuel. New itineraries will affect passengers as well as port towns. "While it is paramount to offer a cruise itinerary that a guest wants to sail, the design and sequence of that itinerary can be evaluated to minimize the distance between ports of call and the speed necessary to accomplish that itinerary," said Lanie Fagan, a representative for the Cruise Line International Association.

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