Got a pencil? You might need one just to help you connect the changing dots in the cruise picture.
It has been two months since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and it's quite evident that every aspect of leisure travel has suffered repercussive blows. Apparently, many of us still aren't going much of anywhere these days, perhaps not even to our mailboxes.
The attacks thrust added pressure on the cruise industry, which well before Sept. 11 was grappling with the effects of an unparalleled ship-building craze paired with an already sluggish economy.
The still-uncertain cruise picture could augur rough seas ahead. Already, two lines _ Renaissance and American Classic Voyages _ have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The latter line also took with it any hopes for the first "made in America" ships in 40 years, which were to debut in Hawaii in 2004 and 2005. Despite early reports of resuscitating the project, it is officially dead in the water.
For willing travelers, though, the picture may not look quite so dim. In fact, some might see it as rosy. To entice would-be passengers, lines are …