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RENAISSANCE CRUISES FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY

With travel down following the recent terrorist attacks, three cruise companies took actions Tuesday to respond, including one that filed for bankruptcy.

Renaissance Cruises, based in Fort Lauderdale, ceased all opera tions Tuesday and passengers and crew onboard its vessels already at sea were being removed, according to a message on the company's voice mail and on its Web site.

Company spokesman Bradley Ball would not comment.

The recorded message also told customers who had upcoming trips to contact their travel agents to get a refund. Information on the bankruptcy case would be available on their Web site soon, the message said.

"We apologize for any inconve nience you will experience and thank you for your prior support of Renaissance Cruises," the message said.

Renaissance had offered 7-to- 22-day cruises to destinations in cluding northern Europe, Australia and New Zealand, the Mediterra nean and the Caribbean.

Miami-based Royal Caribbean International will redeploy two of its ships, Rhapsody of the Seas and Grandeur of the Seas. Both ships, originally set to cruise in Europe next summer, will instead have itin eraries in North America.

Royal Caribbean International President Jack Williams said that Europe was still considered a via ble market. "However, with the un predictable nature of the current vacation marketplace, we think it is prudent to reposition some of our ships." Princess Cruises, based in Lon don, was changing some routes that would have taken cruises to the In dian Ocean, Middle East and Afri ca region.

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