I was offering a fact that supports FA4UA position that cruise ships can help increase seat capacity by block purchasing seats in the Hawaii market. Here is a example quote from NCL
"In addition, the company announced that it would offer a Maui embarkation/disembarkation option on the Honolulu-based Pride of Aloha, resulting in a seven-day round-trip cruise from Maui as well as the current seven-day round-trip cruise from Honolulu on Pride of Aloha. NCL
’s third Hawai`i-based ship, Norwegian Wind, will continue her popular 10- and 11-day Hawai`i and Fanning Island itineraries from Honolulu. Norwegian Wind sails under the Norwegian Cruise Line brand....
Maui embarkations supported by new United flight
Today’s announcement coincides with the introduction of United Airlines’ new non-stop Chicago-Maui-Kona service, which complements its recently introduced daily non-stop flight from Chicago to Honolulu.
'United’s new direct route from Chicago to Maui-Kona supports our Hawai`i deployment, especially as we introduce new Maui embarkations for Pride of Aloha and Pride of America,' Veitch added."
--Since these cruises are taking more seats from previously paying HNL
connections, airlines can increase their direct city pairings to increase sales and competitive advantage.
While this is not why DEN-KOA seasonal service is in existance, it hopefully expands on my point that Cruise/Tour Operators increase in port embarkment dates during the winter season indirectly helps expand nearby markets.
[Edited 2004-08-11 08:13:22]