by Lisa Grimaldi | May 01, 2007

Ambassadors International, based in Newport Beach, Calif., has agreed to acquire Windstar Cruises from Holland America Line, a unit of Carnival Corp. Windstar’s fleet comprises three ships: the 312-passenger Wind Surf, the 148-passenger Wind Star and the 148-passenger Wind Spirit. Ambassadors acquired Delta Queen Steamboat Co. last April; with the addition of the Windstar ships, it will have 10 vessels in its fleet. In addition to its cruise group, Ambassadors has a meeting, incentive and travel division.

Rymax Marketing Services, based in Pine Brook, N.J., has published a white paper titled, “In Praise of Presents: Why Merchandise Trumps Cash.” The report is available in its entirety on Rymax’s website at

Disney Cruise Line is adding two 1,250-stateroom ships to its fleet, to be deployed in 2011 and 2012, respectively. The cruise line currently has two ships. A spokesperson for the company said specific design plans and itineraries for the yet-unnamed ships still are in development.