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July 31, 2003   
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Carnival Cruise Line isn't noted for being shy and their newest vessel CARNIVAL GLORY is a 110,000 ton dazzler. With 3300 passengers on board and accompanied by a flotilla of fireboats, CARNIVAL GLORY set sail on her maiden voyage from Port Canaveral on July 14th after being officially named by her godmother Dr. Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.

Step on board with for a CARNIVAL GLORY Preview and prepare to be immersed in COLOR! Carnival Glory displays a kaleidoscope of color—her theme song could be "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." Take a photo tour of the colorful CARNIVAL GLORY with more than 50 exclusive photographs of this exciting new ship!

ms Oosterdam at left and ms Rotterdam, berthed bow-to-bow

Where's Cruise Diva been? To the Netherlands, where Holland America Line's newest ship ms Oosterdam was christened on Tuesday, July 29th. Three days of festivities began on Sunday, July 27th with the arrival of Oosterdam in the city of Rotterdam, where the company was founded 130 years ago. Joined on Monday by Holland America's flagship, ms Rotterdam, the two vessels were berthed bow-to-bow at Wilhelminakade, adjacent to the line's original headquarters. Over 20,000 people visited on board the ships and thousands more passed nearby for a look at the elegant vessels.

Five thousand guests were on hand for the naming ceremony as Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet arrived to officially christen Oosterdam. On cue, the five house flags that have flown over the Holland America Line fleet floated majestically from the stage behind Princess Margriet to the bridge of the Rotterdam, while 130 white doves soared overhead to commemorate the company's anniversary and a 6-liter mathusalem of champagne began its descent to burst against Oosterdam's hull. Amid a rain of confetti, a huge Dutch flag was unfurled from the bow of the Oosterdam and a United States flag from the Rotterdam, representing Holland America's name and association with the two countries.

Capping a regal evening of celebration, Rotterdam city officials estimated over 150,000 people lined the banks of the Maas River and the Erasmus Bridge to view an elaborate fireworks display that filled the sky after Princess Margriet blew the ship's whistle. Judging from the crowds on hand, Holland America's flagship Rotterdam and exciting new vessel Oosterdam are surely two of the world's most photographed ships.

Come aboard with and explore OOSTERDAM—then take the photo tour, which includes dozens of photographs of Holland America's stunning new ship!

More christening details are available in Cruise News.

Cruise News Headlines:

 - Holland America Line's Lanterman Receives Highly Coveted Decoration From Dutch Royal Family
 - Royal Caribbean International Takes Delivery of Serenade of the Seas
 - Holland America's New Oosterdam Dedicated in Rotterdam July 29th
 - Silversea Cruises Sets New Single-Day Booking Record
 - Windstar Celebrates a Decade of "Signature Cuisine" with Culinary Master Joachim Splichal
 - Seabourn Adds Free Air, Up To 50 Percent Savings To 'Luxury Adventure' Cruises Of Panama, Belize and Costa Rica
 - Florida Residents Find Savings Aboard Disney Cruise Line
Mexican Rodeo to open in Cozumel on Sept. 5, 2003
 - Silversea Cruises Kicks Off Their 10th Anniversary Year With New 2004 Global Itineraries
 - Crystal Cruises Wins Travel + Leisure Magazine 2003 'World's Best' Award for Eighth Consecutive Year
 - Royal Caribbean Wins Awards for Onboard TV Programming
 - New Children's Dining Program Available Aboard Carnival's 'Fun Ships'
 - Princess to Begin Sailing From Galveston in 2004
 - Princess Details Dramatic Caribbean Growth in 2004-05
 - Norwegian Cruise Line Evaluating Shipyard Bids for S/S Norway Repairs
 - Explorer of the Seas Assists in Hurricane Tracking; Data on Hurricane Claudette Came From Only Cruise Ship With Science Labs
 - "Destination: Panama Canal" Feature Debuts on
 - Norwegian Cruise Line Extends Popular "Star Seeker" Search to Kids
 - Royal Caribbean International Receives Top Marketing Award
 - Oceania Cruises' Regatta Receives Rave Reviews
 - Celebrity Cruises Cancels One Mediterranean Cruise
 - Windstar Cruises Debuts "Romance Under Sail" United Passion for Travel with Ease of Planning
 - Silversea Cruises Earns Top Award from Readers of Travel + Leisure Magazine

Details of these stories and more in CRUISE NEWS

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