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1-28, 2014

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Port Canaveral Reaches Terms with Norwegian & Royal Caribbean

PORT CANAVERAL, FL, Feb 28: Canaveral Port Authority next month expects to sign contracts with Norwegian and Royal Caribbean cruise lines after recently reaching terms that expand commitments from both companies.

The agreement with Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is a multi-year deal that would continue port of call visits from the Breakaway and Gem for the next three years, with options for two additional years. In addition, NCL also will homeport a ship at Port Canaveral in 2015-2016 for a partial-year deployment.

A new letter of intent with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL) outlines a 10-year contract with two five-year options and financial guarantees. The current agreement expires on the last day of this year and is valued at $7 million. Under the new terms, minimum passenger fees increase to $9.7 million this year and grow to $16.7 million by 2024. The cruise line also will provide an additional $48 million during the next decade in an added terminal facility fee to become the priority berth user of the new Cruise Terminal 1, which currently is under construction in the Cove area of Port Canaveral and is scheduled to open in November. Royal Caribbean also will continue some use of Cruise Terminal 10.

Total combined value is an average of almost $20 million per year in minimum passenger fees during the next 10 years. Ship deployments are flexible and RCCL will decide and announce new deployments when appropriate. Currently, Enchantment of the Seas and Freedom of the Seas sail year round from Port Canaveral. This winter, Explorer of the Seas and Grandeur of the Seas are scheduled for port of call stops at Port Canaveral and the new Quantum of the Seas will start making transit calls starting this November. Also in November, Explorer of the Seas will homeport at Canaveral, offering 26 sailings of 9- and 5-day cruises.

“These agreements are the results of hard work and pencil sharpening to finalize the costs and terms and our Board looks forward to considering these contracts during our meeting next month,” said Tom Weinberg, chairman of the Canaveral Port Authority Commission. “We applaud the efforts of our staff and are delighted that our cruise line partners see the value of expansion and long-term commitments to Port Canaveral from which our community will continue to experience the economic benefits.”

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Royal Caribbean Announces Two Radiance-Class Ships to Sail 2015 Alaska Season

MIAMI, Feb. 27: Summer 2015 will mark Royal Caribbean International’s 26th year in taking vacationers to experience the immense unspoiled wilderness of Alaska. Royal Caribbean will deploy two Radiance-class ships, Radiance of the Seas and Jewel of the Seas, to the Last Frontier and offer more oceanview and balcony staterooms for guests to take in the unfolding landscape on an Alaska vacation. For a more immersive Alaska experience, vacationers also can choose a Royal Caribbean Alaska Cruise Tour to explore deeper inland and encounter the multitude of wildlife that call Alaska home, or delve into the beauty and exceptional towns and cities of the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and the Okanagan Wine Valley. Radiance of the Seas and Jewel of the Seas’ 2015 Alaska seasons are now open for bookings.

Additionally, Royal Caribbean announced that Rhapsody of the Seas and Splendour of the Seas will join Anthem of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas and Vision of the Seas to total eight Royal Caribbean International ships to sail Europe in summer 2015. Rhapsody of the Seas and Splendour of the Seas will take guests on a range of Greece, Turkey and – for the first time for the cruise line – Black Sea itineraries that unveils the unique colors and cultures of the region. Rhapsody of the Seas and Splendour of the Seas’ summer 2015 Europe seasons also are now open for bookings.

From May to early-September 2015, Radiance of the Seas will alternate northbound and southbound Alaska and Hubbard Glacier cruises, both seven-night itineraries from Vancouver, B.C. and Seward, Alaska, respectively. Guests will cruise the Inside Passage and by Hubbard Glacier, and call at Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point, Juneau and Skagway. On a special Sept. 4, 2105, sailing, Radiance of the Seas will sail a seven-night round-trip itinerary from Vancouver; cruise Tracy Arm Fjord to Sawyer Glacier; and call at Icy Strait Point, Juneau, and Ketchikan. For its part, Jewel of the Seas will sail seven-night round-trip itineraries from Seattle, Wash., which cruise the Alaska Inside Passage and also Tracy Arm Fjord to Sawyer Glacier, and call at Juneau, Skagway, and Victoria, B.C.

Additionally, vacationers can select among four Jewel of the Seas’ sailings that explores the California Coast, ranging from six to eight nights in duration, at the beginning and end of the ship’s Alaska season. Furthermore, a 14-night westbound Panama Canal sailing, departing May 2 from San Juan, Puerto Rico to San Diego, and a 15-night eastbound trans-Canal sailing, departing Oct. 10 from Los Angeles to San Juan, will bookend Jewel of the Seas’ 2015 Alaska and California season.

Vacationers also can explore Alaska’s interior on a variety of exciting Royal Caribbean Cruisetours, which combines a sailing aboard Radiance of the Seas with a three- to six-night land tour adventure. Royal Caribbean takes care of all the planning, transportation and lodging on fully escorted tours that spend at least one night in Denali National Park and one leg on the Wilderness Express, a plush, glass-domed train cars that offer panoramic views of the grand Alaskan frontier. Vacationers also can combine a Radiance of the Seas or Jewel of the Seas’ Alaska cruise with one of four pre- or post-cruise land tours throughout the Canadian Rockies and the Okanagan Wine Valley. For a comprehensive Alaska and the Canadian Rockies adventure, the Ultimate Cruisetour combines both region’s land tour programs with a seven-night cruise aboard Radiance of the Seas for a 19-night grand adventure on land and sea. For more details, visit

More Options for a Royal Caribbean Europe Vacation
In June 2015, Rhapsody of the Seas will mark Royal Caribbean’s first time in the Black Sea, offering vacationers three round-trip sailings, 10- and 11-night in duration, from Istanbul, Turkey. Guests will join the ship in making maiden port calls at Burgas, Bulgaria; Odessa, Yalta and Sevastapol, Ukraine; and Sochi, Russia, with overnight stays in Odessa, Sochi and Istanbul. Rhapsody of the Seas’ arrival at Istanbul will be preceded by a series of sailings that will reposition the ship from Sydney, Australia, to the Black Sea on Apr. 17, 2015. The ship will sail Australia’s north coast to Singapore; follow the Indian sub-continental coast to Dubai; and transit the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean to arrive for the summer season on June 1.

From July to mid-November, Rhapsody of the Seas will homeport at Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy, and sail seven- to 11-night Greece and Turkey itineraries. The seven- and nine-night itineraries focus on smaller ports such as Katakolon, Thessaloniki, Mykonos, and Santorini in Greece; and Bodrum, Turkey. Rhapsody of the Seas will then reposition to Sao Paolo, Brazil, for the winter season on a Royal Caribbean trans-Atlantic Ocean Voyage, departing from Barcelona, Spain, on Nov. 19.

Rounding out Royal Caribbean’s summer 2015 Europe season, Splendour of the Seas will return to homeport at Venice, Italy, for the 10th consecutive summer season, and sail seven-night Adriatic and Greek Isles round-trip itineraries for an extended season through November. A special 12-night itinerary from Barcelona to Venice will kick off the season and sail on May 4 to the French and Italian rivieras as well as Dubrovnik and Split, Croatia.

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Costa Cruises Brings Local Flavors Onboard Costa neoRiviera with Mediterranean Food Festival

HOLLYWOOD, FL, Feb. 27: To celebrate the inaugural neoCollection season in the Mediterranean, Costa Cruises is bringing local cuisine and wines to Costa neoRiviera with an exciting Mediterranean Food Festival. On the first five sailings of the Mediterranean 2014 season, guests will have the opportunity to savor delicious dishes and enjoy the Mediterranean's most flavorful ingredients through seminars, cooking demonstrations, specialty menus and shore excursions.

The Mediterranean Food Festival will take place on sailings departing from Savona, Italy, April 11 & 22 and May 3, 14 & 25. During the 11-day voyages, Costa neoRiviera will call at Toulon, France; Salerno and Livorno, Italy; Valletta, Malta; Porto Empedocle, Sicily; with an overnight call at Barcelona, Spain. The May 3 departure also includes a visit to Genoa, Italy.

"Our new neoCollection cruises are about incorporating immersive experiences on every voyage, and the Mediterranean Food Festival will enable guests to learn about and taste the exceptional local flavors," said Scott Knutson, vice president sales and marketing for Costa Cruises North America. "As Europe's number-one cruise line, it's important to make guests feel like they are a part of the European culture no matter where they come from."

The cruises will feature exclusive food and wine options, chosen in partnership with the University of Gastronomic Sciences of Pollenzo in Italy. The university is a popular and successful cooking school and home to the most important cultural food center in Italy. The seminars will cover a variety of topics including "The History of Pasta and its Shapes;" "Wines of the Sea" featuring wines of coastal areas and Mediterranean islands; "The Mediterranean's Extra Virgin Oils" showcasing oils from Spain as well as the Italian regions of Liguria, Tuscany, Campania and Sicily, Italy; and "Typical Desserts of the Mediterranean." At Salerno, Italy, natives of the Amalfi Coast will come aboard to host a cooking demonstration for guests on how to prepare handmade fusilli. Those interested in a shoreside culinary experience can book a tour in Barcelona or Salerno to a carefully selected local restaurant.

The Mediterranean Food Festival is part of Costa Cruises' all-new neoCollection itineraries featuring "slow cruising," a new style of cruising with longer, leisurely itineraries and extended time in port. In addition to a more intimate and exclusive onboard atmosphere on its two smaller ships, Costa neoRiviera and Costa neoRomantica, Costa's neoCollection features custom-developed small-group immersive shore excursions. For more information on Costa Cruises, visit

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Century Casinos Announces Contract Extension with Regent Seven Seas Cruises

COLORADO SPRINGS, Feb 26: Century Casinos, Inc. announced that the company and Regent Seven Seas Cruises signed an amendment to the casino concession agreement extending casino operations on board the Mariner, Navigator and Voyager through Dec 31, 2016. Thereafter, best efforts will be exercised to further extend the agreement for additional renewal terms.

Century Casinos also announces the introduction of a fleet-wide progressive jackpot on board of alleight vessels ofRegent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises throughout 2014. Progressive slot machines on each vessel will be linked via secure Internet connection with the jackpot controller, allowing passengers on all eight vessels to play for the same progressive jackpot. The company believes this is the first such fleet-wide progressive jackpot in the upper premium cruise industry and it will add excitement and fun to the overall casino experience.

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Crystal Announces Record Number Of Shore-Side Adventures For Record 2015 World Cruise

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25: A year in advance, ultra-luxe Crystal Cruises has released more than 350 Crystal Adventures for its 2015/20(th) annual World Cruise, a 30% increase in shore-side options over 2014's voyage. Half-day, full day, and multiple-day excursions, more than 40 of them new, can now be previewed and pre-reserved at Outings to date include multiple-night Overland Adventures in Africa, the Galapagos, and Andes; visits to Aboriginal, Incan, and Catholic spiritual centers; nighttime grooves at South American hotspots; outdoor sporting activities through rivers, oceans, jungle and skies from Tahiti to Turks & Caicos; cultural liaising with Zulu, Amazonian, and Easter Island villagers; and more. The 108-day voyage celebrates Crystal's 25(th) year of sailing with Crystal Serenity's first-ever circumnavigation of the globe, sailing to 44 ports of call in 23 countries, roundtrip from Miami starting Jan 25.

"Our World Cruisers are savvy travelers with diverse interests. With a record number of them aboard for 2015, we crafted an especially varied and rich array of ways for guests to explore the globe," says John Stoll, vice president of land programs. "Releasing Adventures this early gives everyone months to digest and savor the sights and destinations both opulent and intimate, so the days leading up to the cruise itself can be filled with anticipation and detailed daydreams."

Excursion highlights include:

17 Overland Adventures that delve deeper via overnight trips away from port, including:

-- A four-day Galapagos Islands cruise on luxury expedition ship
-- An Andes immersion, featuring UNESCO World Heritage cities and a hairpin-turn train ride through the mountains
-- South African "glamping" safaris

Spiritual centering at holy and hard-to-reach sanctuaries, such as:

-- Peruvian temples, including Machu Picchu
-- Ayers Rock, Aboriginal Australians' most sacred site
-- Private mass at Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue, an exclusive Crystal Boutique Adventure

South American rhythms of the night, thanks to overnights in port and late departures. Private performances, classes, and nightclub visits showcase the:

-- Tango in Buenos Aires
-- Samba in Rio
-- Salsa in Santa Marta

Extreme land, air, and sea adventures, including:

-- River rafting down New Zealand's Rangitaiki River
-- Trekking through the dense jungle of Ecuadorean wildlife reserves
-- Deep-sea fishing or advanced scuba diving in Turks & Caicos
-- Helicopter-ing over Tahiti, Australia's Great Ocean Road, South Africa's Drakensberg Mountains, The Hobbit locations, and New Zealand's only active marine volcano

Venturing off the beaten path to learn the culture from locals, who will teach ancient traditions and welcome guests into their homes and villages in:

-- Easter Island
-- The Amazon
-- South African Zulu country
-- Napier, New Zealand

Regional arts and crafts, wherein guests can:

-- Be personally guided through Mozambique sculptor Alberto Chissano's life and work by his grandson
-- Visit the Montevideo, Uruguay home and atelier of artist Carlos Páez Vilaró
-- Make their own Panama hat at an Ecuadorian weaving school

Philanthropic opportunities to give back with complimentary You Care, We Care excursions, like:

-- Assisting with daily activities at children's organizations in Durban and Cape Town
-- Planting trees at New Zealand's Penguin Place

More excursions, for locales like Madagascar and Macapa (both 2015 maiden calls) are expected to be added online in the coming months. Crystal will also host two grand-scale shore-side events showcasing local culture, complimentary for all guests sailing the full voyage.

The epic 2015 World Cruise, which many travelers consider the ultimate luxury travel experience, is comprised of six, 15- to 21-day segments sailing through Central and South America, the South Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa, and the Caribbean. Fares for World Cruise Crystal Adventures range from $29 to $5,699 per person. For more information, visit

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Oceania Cruises Unveils 2015 Summer Collection

MIAMI, Feb 25: Oceania Cruises has announced its 2015 Summer Collection featuring voyages to the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Alaska, Canada, Asia and Africa. Reservations for the new voyages open for sale on March 5, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern.

The fleet of Regatta, Insignia, Nautica, Marina, and Riviera will offer a diverse collection of itineraries, with 24 exciting new ports of call on four continents during the 2015 summer season. Among the new ports are Luanda, Angola; Paamiut, Greenland; Trois-Rivières, Québec; Archangel, Russia; Skiathos, Greece; Londonderry, Northern Ireland; Wismar, Germany; and Palamós, Spain. Also new this season is a series of Grand Voyages in Europe. Ranging in length from 20 to 70 days, these longer itineraries offer guests multiple opportunities for extended exploration during the summer.

“Our 2015 Summer Collection is perfect for those who enjoy a taste of the finer things in life,” shares Kunal S. Kamlani, the line’s president. “With a fantastic mix of marquee cities, boutique ports of call and extended port stays, we set a new standard for immersive destination experiences.”

New Voyages
Nautica, Marina, and Riviera will set sail on 43 incredible European itineraries, 40 of which are new. Nautica will spend the majority of the season exploring the majesty of the British Isles, the Baltic and Scandinavia, sailing as far north as Greenland, while Marina will also explore the region before making her way around the Iberian Peninsula to embark on several cruises in the Western Mediterranean. Featuring all new itineraries, Riviera will call the Mediterranean, the Greek Isles, Turkey and the Black Sea home for the season. Regatta will spend the summer in Alaska offering her perennial favorite 7- and 10-day itineraries as well as five all new sailings, including the exciting 12-day Glacial Explorer. In the fall, she will sail for New York City on a new Panama Canal cruise and then showcase the autumn foliage with four cruises throughout New England and Canada.

Due to the overwhelming response to the line’s first-ever world expedition unveiled last summer, Insignia will depart on a second 180-day voyage on July 8, 2015. Unlike conventional world cruises that commence in winter, this unique voyage will spend the summer sailing from Miami through New England and Canada to Greenland, Iceland and Norway. Insignia will then call on France, Portugal and Spain en route to Italy and other alluring destinations in the Mediterranean. As the winter season begins, the voyage will explore Asia and Africa before returning to Miami. Individual segments within the 180-Day World Odyssey will open for bookings with the launch of the 2015 summer season, as will Grand Voyages featuring various combinations of these itineraries.

“We are always creating new itineraries to enhance and enrich the ways in which our guests discover the world. These new voyages present the most sought-after destinations around the globe and deliver them at an unrivaled value,” added Kamlani.

Itinerary Highlights

• Great Northern Lights – This spectacular 20-day journey aboard Nautica departs from Copenhagen on July 19, 2015, and includes four new ports of call including Trondheim, Norway; Aalborg, Denmark; Archangel, Russia; and the Solovetsky Islands, where guests will have a unique overnight stay. After cruising the North Sea and exploring the Norwegian fjords, the voyage concludes in the Norwegian capital of Oslo.
• British Isles Medley – Sailing roundtrip from Southampton, England, this 12-day voyage aboard Marina departs on July 21, 2015, and calls on the new ports of Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland; and the U.K. cities of Liverpool and Newcastle (Tyne).
• Isles & Empires – This 8-day sailing aboard Riviera departs on July 17, 2015, and explores some of the world’s oldest ports in the Eastern Mediterranean, Greek Isles and Black Sea, and also includes a new port of call in Zadar, Croatia.
• Glacial Explorer – This 12-day voyage aboard Regatta sails roundtrip from Seattle, departing on June 25, 2015. Guests will enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Alaska’s magnificent glaciers and unspoiled wilderness, as well as immerse themselves in the native cultures of coastal towns such as Ketchikan and Sitka, among others.

All voyages feature 2-For-1 Cruise Fares, including Free Airfare. Additionally, Oceania Cruises is offering 50% off deposits on all stateroom categories and free pre-paid gratuities for guests staying in Veranda Staterooms and above. Additionally, all Grand Voyages feature Exclusive Prestige Package amenities that may include a 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay; visa package; roundtrip transfers; laundry service; unlimited internet and free pre-paid gratuities in all stateroom and suite categories. Reservations must be booked by June 30, 2014. Visit for more information.

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Windstar Cruises Launches Exclusive Asia Offer

Seattle, Feb 21: Windstar Cruises is currently featuring an exclusive offer for the line’s recently introduced Asia sailings. Guests can receive 2-for-1 cruise fares on any of the new Asia itineraries, two free hotel nights pre- or post- cruise, and a free exclusive private event on shore during each voyage. As an added benefit to previous guests, the line also offers an additional 10% off the cruise fare to Yacht Club Members. Star Pride, Windstar’s all new, all suite power yacht will set sail for the Far East in October, 2014. Offering the best value in luxury cruising, Windstar’s Asia voyages start at $3,999, cruises must be booked by March 28, 2014 to receive this special offer.

Windstar showcases the local Asian culture and cuisine through new free exclusive Private Events such as A Feast for the Senses, a Private Event held in Phuket on the Singapore & Malay Peninsula voyage. Guests are welcomed with a traditional flower garland and a Long Drum Parade and dancers. Thai dishes are served at dinner at the award-winning restaurant, Sala Bua (Pavilion of Lotus). The night ends with a private performance of graceful Thai dance. Additionally there are expert guest lecturers and local entertainers on each voyage to bring local flavors to life, even when on board the ship.

“Cruising is a great way to experience Asia and Windstar can take you closer to the destination. For example, on the Treasures of Southeast Asia itinerary, Star Pride is docked right in the city center of Hong Kong, the same terminal as the Victoria Ferry rather than the standard cruise terminal. Guests can get off the yacht and immediately begin to explore the city,” said Hans Birkholz, Windstar Cruises’ chief executive officer. “We curated these new Asia voyages with the local experience in mind, our product managers toured the regions sampling cuisines, talking to locals, visiting the UNESCO sites to create the best itineraries possible. I think our guests will be impressed with the offerings.”

Star Pride’s Asia voyages include:

Singapore & the Malay Peninsula: Discover the melting pot of Malaysia and Thailand on this 10-day round trip voyage from Singapore. This voyage visits Penang, Langkawi, Pulau Pangkor, Kuala Lumpur, and Malacca, Malaysia; as well as Phuket, and Ko Yao Noi, Thailand. The free exclusive private event, Phuket: A Feast for the Senses, gives guests the opportunity to enjoy local culture with a Long Drum Parade and a private dinner at the award-winning restaurant, Sala Bua (Pavilion of Lotus).

Treasures of Southeast Asia: Cruise in private yacht style on this 14-day voyage from the haute couture of Singapore’s legendary Orchard Road to French-flavored Ho Chi Minh City (the former Saigon) and the monuments of Hanoi. The voyage starts in Singapore and visits Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Qui Nhon, Da Nang, Hanoi (Haiphong), and Halong Bay, Vietnam before ending in Hong Kong. The free exclusive private event, Hoi An: Dreams of Floating Lanterns, is the perfect way to experience the best Vietnam has to offer in arts, crafts, culture, and cuisine with a private performance of lion dances and dinner at Nam Long, a beautiful restaurant on the Thu Bon River.

Vietnam Unveiled: Vietnam combines beauty and culture in one perfect experience on Windstar’s 10-day voyage from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Hong Kong. Ports of call include Nha Trang, Qui Nhon, Da Nang, Hanoi (Haiphong), and Halong Bay. The free exclusive private event, Hoi An: Dreams of Floating Lanterns, allows guests to enjoy local culture and practice skills like Vietnamese letter drawing, lantern-making, and wood-engraving interactive workshops.

For guests who are looking to extend their cruise vacation with a land experience, The Wonders of Angkor Wat can be added on to this itinerary. The three-day journey explores the ancient temples of Cambodia with visits to Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and the Angkor Temple of Ta Prohm. The package includes airfare to or from Ho Chi Minh City, two nights accommodation at the five-star Le Meridien Angkor and a gourmet dinner with traditional Cambodian entertainment and dance performance.

Pearls of the Indian Ocean: Sail through some of the Andaman Sea’s most breathtaking islands and bays and explore the colonial Old Towns, ancient cave temples, and melting pot cities on this 15-day voyage from Dubai, UAE to Singapore. Star Pride visits Mumbai, Mangalore, and Cochin, India; Phuket, Thailand; and Penang, Malaysia. This itinerary highlights everything from India’s colorful cities to the tranquil beauty of Thailand’s beaches.

Windstar’s Asia voyages offer the following:

• Best value in luxury travel: Guests receive two free hotel nights, a spacious, all new suite on Star Pride, Windstar’s first power yacht, and a spectacular Private Event, created exclusively for Windstar guests.
• In-depth local experiences: Windstar showcases local cultures and cuisines through expert guest lecturers and local entertainers who come on board every voyage.
• Acclaimed itineraries: recognized for unique itineraries and authentic experiences, Windstar’s Singapore & Malay Peninsula was recently showcased by Fodor’s as one of the Top 10 New Cruise Itineraries in 2014. Additionally, the line offers exclusive overnight experiences in both Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Da Nang.
• Special access of small ship cruising: Windstar can get close enough for guests to experience these extraordinary places. Star Pride docks in city centers where larger ships can’t go, including the center of Hong Kong, the center of Penang, and the center in Halong Bay where junks come right alongside for guests to board from the deck of the yacht.
• Convenience and ease of travel: Windstar’s combination of small ship luxury and world-class service on board and on shore bring peace of mind when exploring new countries.

Launching from Barcelona in May of 2014, the 9,975-ton Star Pride is the first of three new power yachts to join Windstar’s fleet. With a guest capacity of 212, the all suite yacht allows special access of small ship cruising. The yacht will undergo an extensive transformation of design and décor to align with Windstar’s casual contemporary style For more information about these new itineraries and hotel and land packages, visit

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Celebrity  Cruises World Tour 2015-16: Rocking The Globe

MIAMI, Feb. 20: Celebrity Cruises, the award-winning premium cruise line, will offer an array of thrilling adventures and itineraries in 2015-16 to excite world travelers. With an enticing lineup of 261 destinations in 72 countries, Celebrity will sail to all seven continents, visit new ports of call in Alaska, Europe and Asia, and offer exciting overnight stays, many of which coincide with internationally renowned festivals. Full details of Celebrity Cruises’ 2015-16 will be revealed as each set of itineraries opens for bookings.

Marking the launch of Celebrity's World Tour, Celebrity has today unveiled 51 sailings to Alaska. Three modern, luxurious ships will sail to this magnificent state, including Celebrity Millennium, and Celebrity Infinity, which returns to the region for 2015-16. Celebrity Solstice, the newest of all cruise ships sailing to Alaska, offers the most verandas at sea, allowing incredible views of the unique scenery and wildlife. Guests can experience Sitka, with its snow-capped mountains, and the awe-inspiring Hubbard Glacier, the longest river of ice in North America, and one of the most active glaciers in Alaska. Captain’s Club loyalty members will have exclusive 'Priority Access' for booking their Alaska trips beginning  Feb 20, 2014, five days before the official on sale date, Feb 25, 2014.

To inspire vacationers, Celebrity will sail to new far-flung destinations for the first time ever. New ports include:

• Haines, Alaska
• Fredericia, Denmark
• Beppu and Kanazawa, Japan
• Vladivostok, Russia
• Dublin Bay (Dun Laoghaire), Ireland

Celebrity will also offer exciting overnight stays in 2015-16 with 29 destinations to choose from. Guests will have the opportunity to experience the nightlife in dynamic, culture-rich cities and be part of glamorous, world-renowned events and occasions such as:

• Celebrity Constellation will visit Venice, Italy, during the Redentore Festival
• Celebrity Silhouette will overnight in Edinburgh, Scotland during the British Open Golf Tournament
• Celebrity Equinox will overnight in Cannes during the star-studded Cannes Film Festival
• Celebrity Equinox will present overnight stays in two destinations widely recognized for their vivacious nightlife: Ibiza, Spain & Mykonos, Greece
• Celebrity Millennium will overnight in Hong Kong during festive Chinese New Year celebrations

Along with newly added destinations and overnight stays, guests can indulge in the new “Suite Class” experience, which launches during April 2015. New luxury benefits include:

• A dedicated suites-only restaurant using world class ingredients, available morning, noon and night
• A VIP lounge, Michael’s Club, for guests in Celebrity, Signature, Royal, Penthouse and Reflection suites
• Complimentary ‘all in’ benefits - Premium beverages, dining at any specialty restaurant, unlimited internet access, private bar with water, sodas and beers, all included for guests staying in Royal, Penthouse and Reflection suites

To make the booking experience as luxurious as the vacation itself, Celebrity has taken the concept of a printed travel planning brochure and transformed it into an experiential tablet app, using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. From detailed ship layouts to interactive videos, this innovative technology offers an immersive experience while they plan their upcoming journeys.

Celebrating the launch of Celebrity’s World Tour, each destination will open with an incredible offer. For the first time in Celebrity’s history, guests can receive up to $400 to spend onboard for every cruise or cruisetour that is four nights or longer (from the newly available sailings) and booked by April 30, 2014, excluding Celebrity Xpedition sailings. In addition, the offer can be combined with select future promotions. For more information, guests can visit Celebrity is also introducing a World Tour Sweepstakes. Guests have the chance to win incredible vacations, and the grand prize is a 14-night cruise for two in Asia. Contest entrants can also have a chance to receive instant-win prizes. Vacationers can visit for more details.

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Canada's Largest Labor Council Initiates Boycott of Carnival Cruises

TORONTO, Feb. 20: Canada's largest labor council, representing 200,000 working families, has initiated a boycott of Carnival Corporation cruises and hopes the protest campaign will spread across the country. The Toronto and York Region Labor Council has launched the boycott to protest the role of Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald in a protracted labor dispute at the Toronto operations of manufacturing giant Crown Holdings. Donald is a key member of the Crown Holdings board of directors and bears direct responsibility for Crown's attack on the working and living standards of Crown employees, said Toronto and York Region Labor Council President John Cartwright.

"We are sending an important message to Arnold Donald that we hold him responsible for Crown's union busting. He can't hide in the boardroom anymore, he can and must act to stop Crown's attacks," Cartwright said.

Crown Holdings provoked the labor dispute at its Toronto plant by demanding ruthless cuts, including a two-tier wage plan that would permanently reduce new and younger workers' wages by up to $9/hour. About 120 members of the United Steelworkers (USW) have been walking the picket line at Crown's metal packaging facility in an attempt to fend off the company's concessionary demands.

"We intend to expand the Carnival boycott across Canada and the U.S. now that Canada's largest labor council has taken this first step," said Ken Neumann, the USW's Canadian Director. "There are literally tens of thousands of union members and retirees who can afford to take Carnival's cruises because of good union wages and decent retirements. But Arnold Donald is slapping all working people in the face with these demands. Carnival stands to lose a lot of customers as the boycott expands."

The USW is talking to retiree groups and unions across Canada about joining the Carnival boycott, Neumann said. "We are exposing each member of Crown's board of directors and holding them accountable for the company's shameful position towards our members," he said. "Donald sits on the compensation committee of Crown's board and approved paying the Crown CEO $6,000 per hour and lucrative executive retirement benefits, while remaining silent as the company slashed wages and benefits of workers throughout North America."

Carnival Corporation is the world's largest cruise company and operates cruise ships under the Carnival, Princess, Holland America, Cunard, Aida, Ibero, P&O, Seabourn and Costa brands. All brands are covered under the boycott. The USW is asking the public to send letters to Arnold Donald via an online campaign, at To date, over 6,000 letters have been sent.

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Autism on the Seas™ Launches the Cruise Industry’s First “Autism-Friendly”  
Ship Certification Standard & Training Program

Shelton, CT, Feb 20: Autism on the Seas™ (AotS), the leading travel organization catering to vacationers with autism and other developmental disabilities, today announced the introduction of the travel industry’s first “Autism Friendly” Certification Standard & Training Program for cruise lines. Royal Caribbean International is the first cruise line to receive certification from Autism on the Seas, thereby assisting with reasonable accommodations for inclusion and participation by guests with autism and developmental disabilities. Effective immediately, Royal Caribbean’s entire fleet is comprised of Bronze Level certified “Autism Friendly” ships. The fleet is expected to achieve Silver Level certification by the end of 2014.

“Offering cruise lines a Standard that includes training for their staff to effectively accommodate the needs of the growing and underserved autism community marks a turning point in the travel and cruise industry,” says Mike Sobbell, founder and president of Autism on the Seas. “We are very proud to bring Royal Caribbean on as our first “Autism Friendly” Cruise Line Certified partner. Royal Caribbean’s involvement and initiative to accommodate this community is to be commended, and will open the door towards filling the gap for special needs families seeking a vacation designed for their wide range of unique requirements.”

"We are honored to be the first cruise line to achieve Autism Friendly certification," said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, executive vice president of Operations for Royal Caribbean International. "Royal Caribbean is a global leader in taking guests to unforgettable destinations and is committed to catering to vacationers of all abilities. We have worked with Autism on the Seas for more than seven years to better provide accessible cruise vacation options for families with autism."

About Autism on the Seas Cruise Line “Autism Friendly” Certification Standard & Training
Autism on the Seas Cruise Line Autism Friendly Certification Standard is designed as a guideline for cruise lines to ensure their pre-cruise and onboard services, venues and amenities are accessible for inclusion and participation by the autism and developmental disability community. The reasonable accommodations to comply with this Standard are, and can be, customized to each cruise line’s policies, procedures and ships, to ensure sustainability and effectiveness in retaining the scope and intent of the certification. Certifications are awarded by individual ship. Depending on the certification level, ships may be required to conform to seven categories, including:

1.Cruise Staff Training
2.Youth Program
3.Pre-Vacation Planning & Services
5.Disability Accommodations
6.Guest Satisfaction & Feedback
7.Support for “Cruises with Autism on the Seas Staff”

Four Autism Friendly Certification Levels
There are four levels of certification, each progressing with increased levels of staff training.

• Bronze Certification: Confirms the ship’s readiness to accommodate guests with autism and other developmental disabilities to provide equal access onboard services and amenities. Some of the reasonable accommodations include providing sensory related toys and cruise social story, autism friendly modification to youth activities (where appropriate), autism friendly movies, priority boarding, dietary offerings (including gluten free and dairy free), and several modifications to services for groups of guests with disabilities. See for a full list.
• Silver, Gold and Diamond Level: Focuses on increased staff training. Silver Level ensures that all Youth Staff have received basic awareness training in autism and other developmental disabilities. Gold Level ensures that all Youth Staff have received advanced training, and we provide other shipboard staff with basic awareness training. Diamond Level ensures that we provide “hands-on” training for our Youth Staff.

Visit for a list of Certified Ships, details on the Certification Standard Criteria, and information on the first Autism on the Seas “Cruise with Staff” aboard Royal Caribbean’s Bronze Certified “Serenade of the Seas” departing New Orleans on March 8th to Key West and the Bahamas (and other cruises).

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Norwegian Cruise Line Schedules 16 Calls at Banana Coast

MIAMI, Feb. 20: Norwegian Cruise Line has scheduled 16 calls at the port of Banana Coast beginning in October. The 2,376-passenger Norwegian Jewel is slated to call at Banana Coast in Trujillo, Honduras, through April 2015.

To date, six cruise lines have scheduled 34 calls on eight ships at Honduras' first mainland cruise port. Holland America Line was the first major cruise company to commit to a series of Banana Coast calls from November 2014 through March 2015. In addition to Norwegian Cruise Line and Holland America, Silversea Cruises has slated calls in December 2014 and March 2015, and P&O Cruises and Oceania Cruises plan to call in the first quarter of 2015. In all, Banana Coast expects to host more than 80,000 passengers and crew during the 2014-15 winter cruise season.

"On October 15 Norwegian Jewel will be our first big ship call and we're ready to welcome thousands of guests and crew," said Randy Jorgensen, general manager of Grande Trujillo Authoridad, which developed the port. "When we built the port we planned it to have a little something for everyone."

Banana Coast, "where the rainforest meets the sea," has shopping, a tender dock, reception center and transportation hub as well as 10 acres of beachfront right in the town of Trujillo, which was established in 1525. Diverse shore excursions feature the region's Spanish heritage and lush tropical setting with cultural, historical, soft-adventure and eco-tour offerings. The newest western Caribbean cruise destination welcomed its first ship, Travel Dynamics International's 138-passenger Yorktown, Feb. 10. For more information about Banana Coast visit

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Paul Gauguin Cruises Australia & Southeast Asia Voyages Feature Exotic Shore Excursions

BELLEVUE, WA, Feb. 19: Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin, and the 88-guest m/v Tere Moana, features exotic, optional shore excursions for its Australia & Southeast Asia voyages.

On these 14-night itineraries, The Gauguin sails between Cairns, Australia, and Singapore, visiting less-traveled tropical ports of Australia such as Thursday Island, once a World War II military outpost, and Darwin, with its lively yet laidback ambiance. Indonesian ports include Komodo Island, home of the Komodo dragon; beautiful Bali, a coveted destination for generations; and Semarang, with its fascinating history and gateway to the temples of Borobudur. Two departures are offered: June 25, 2014, and Aug 4, 2014. Both sailings include roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles.

Select optional shore excursions offered on the Australia & Southeast Asia voyages include:

-- Thursday Island, Australia--Thursday Island Discovery: Gain insight into Thursday Island's people, history, commercial base, and culture; visit the refurbished Torres Strait Museum and Green Hill Fort; and see the Japanese Pearl Divers Memorial.
-- Darwin, Australia--Crocodylus Park: Visit a park featuring more than 1,000 saltwater and freshwater crocodiles, ranging in length from 11 inches to 15 feet.
-- Darwin, Australia--Jumping Crocodile Cruise: Cruise along Adelaide River to watch jumping crocodiles.
-- Darwin, Australia--Litchfield National Park: Explore the rainforest at Litchfield National Park, and view the Magnetic Termite Mounds and either Wangi or Florence Falls.
-- Komodo Island, Indonesia--Komodo Trekking Tour: Trek through Tamarind Woods in search of Komodo Dragons, the largest reptiles on Earth.
-- Benoa, Bali, Indonesia--Cooking Class at Four Seasons Resorts at Jimbaran Bay: Learn the secrets of Indonesian, Balinese, or Italian cuisine, as well as the use of the Balinese stone mortar and pestle.
-- Benoa, Bali, Indonesia--Experience Balinese Life: Experience local culture, visit a local elementary school and a unique Balinese House Compound, stroll along rice fields with a local farmer, view a demonstration of coconut harvesting, and visit Taman Pule Temple and Mas Village.
-- Benoa, Bali, Indonesia--Elephant Safari Ride & Monkey Forest: Acclaimed as one of the world's best, the Elephant Safari Park is home to 29 of these gentle giants. Enjoy a 30-minute elephant ride, then travel to Sangeh Village to visit the Sangeh Monkey Forest.
-- Benoa, Bali, Indonesia--Bali Safari & Marine Park: Four hundred animals, representing 80 species, live here. Interact with the many different animals within these gardens and enjoy the water park, which has slides for both adults and children.
-- Semarang, Indonesia--Highlights of Semarang Tour: See the Gereja Blenduk (Dome Church), Gedong Batu Temple, Grand Mosque (MAJT - Masjid Agung Jawa Tengah), and Vihara Mahavira monastery.
-- Semarang, Indonesia--Steam Train Ride & Plantation Tour: Ride through the historical sections of Semarang and make your way to Ambarawa Village. Visit the Ambarawa Railway Museum and board a unique steam train for a ride to the village of Tuntang and back.
-- Semarang, Indonesia--Fascinating Borobudur Temple: See the dramatic landscape of Central Java en route to Borobudur Temple, the world's largest Buddhist monument and a UNESCO World Heritage site, and take in a performance by local entertainers.

On board the ship, a variety of special guests will lecture, perform, or provide demonstrations on the Australia & Southeast Asia voyages, which are included in Paul Gauguin Cruises all-inclusive fares. Parisian celebrity chef Jean-Pierre Vigato, champion freediver Herbert Nitsch, "extreme artist" Jean Francois Detaille, and soprano Francoise Krief will be aboard the June 25, 2014, voyage. Joining the Aug 4, 2014, voyage are Nobel Peace Prize winner John E. Hay, islands expert Helen Henry, destination specialist Mick Fogg, and Paul Gauguin Cruises chairman Richard Bailey. On both voyages, art history professor and Paul Gauguin expert Caroline Boyle-Turner, renowned archaeologist and scholar Mark Eddowes, and a World War II expert will provide a series of lectures. For shore excursions rates and additional information, visit

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The American Queen Steamboat Company Extends Partnership
with National Trust for Historic Preservation

MEMPHIS, TN, Feb. 19: The American Queen Steamboat Company, owner and operator of the U.S-flagged American Queen and the American Empress, announces the extension of its partnership with The National Trust for Historic Preservation. In an effort to preserve American heritage, the company will donate $100,000 to the National Trust’s Campaign to Save America’s National Treasures on behalf of guests sailing on the line’s two riverboats during the 2014 season. The American Queen and American Empress are also the only vessel members of Historic Hotels of America, designated for their contributions to delivering legendary hospitality and a classic hotel-style experience on the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Columbia and Snake Rivers.

“Our guests share a passion for discovering America’s heartland and the Pacific Northwest. We are delighted to make this contribution restoring and maintaining important landmarks protected by The National Trust for Historic Preservation,” shares Ted Sykes, president and COO of the American Queen Steamboat Company. “The American Queen Steamboat Company recognizes our responsibility to carry on traditions, educate guests and we embrace the Historic Hotels of America membership of our two riverboats. ”

Through the partnership, American Queen travelers have the opportunity to learn more about the National Trust’s National Treasure sites, located along the Mississippi River as well as the Pacific Northwest, where the American Empress will launch April 2014. The American Queen Steamboat Company is the contributing sponsor of the Mississippi Delta Heritage Area, Manhattan Project Historic Site in Washington and the Willamette Falls Navigation Canal and Locks in Oregon. Special attention to preservation concepts and techniques, as well as the work of architects, historians and other professionals in the field of historic preservation are highlighted onboard and onshore.

The National Trust’s National Treasures are irreplaceable, critically threatened places across the country where the National Trust for Historic Preservation is making a deep organizational investment. Guided by more than 60 years of experience, the organization is taking direct action to protect these places and promote their history and significance, engaging local preservationists to help advance the cause of preservation nationally.

Those interested in furthering the work of the National Trust for Historic Preservation while experiencing America’s heartland by luxurious and opulent river cruise can order an American Queen Steamboat Company brochure and request additional information by visiting online at

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GRAMMY® Festival At Sea: Women Who Rock To Set Sail

ATLANTA, Feb. 19: Hot on the heels of the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards(®), The Recording Academy(®) (internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards) and marketing and travel company Sixthman are partnering to produce the first GRAMMY(®) Music Festival at Sea, which will set sail Nov. 4 - 8, 2014, in conjunction with Norwegian Cruise Line, the official cruise line of The Recording Academy. Departing out of Miami on Norwegian Pearl, the GRAMMY(®) Festival at Sea will offer guests the opportunity to celebrate GRAMMY-winning and/or -nominated women who rock, while sailing to Grand Bahama Island and Nassau. Joining guests at sea will be Shawn Colvin, Estelle, Skylar Grey, Emmylou Harris, Heart, and Indigo Girls, with more artists to be announced throughout 2014.

In addition to all of the activities and entertainment offered aboard the GRAMMY Festival at Sea, guests will take advantage of Norwegian Pearl's 13 bars and lounges, 19 dining experiences, outdoor pool, hot tubs, expansive spa and fitness center, and so much more. In addition, guests can test their strength on the outdoor rock climbing wall, bowl a few frames in the ship's bowling alley, or try their luck in the Pearl Club Casino. Norwegian Pearl features a wide range of stateroom categories to fit all lifestyles and budgets, from the perfectly appointed inside staterooms to luxurious penthouse suites in the Haven.

Pre-sale signups for the GRAMMY Festival at Sea: Women Who Rock will begin Feb. 19. Guests wishing to sail onboard this exciting event can reserve their spot for as little as $200 per person for an Interior or Oceanview, and $300 per person for a balcony or suite. This highly anticipated music experience goes on sale to the general public on Feb. 28. For additional information, please visit

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SeaDream Yacht Club Announces Limited Availability on Fall 2014 Caribbean Season

MIAMI, Feb 19: In 2014, after sailing the globe visiting small ports and harbors in Southeast Asia, Papua New Guinea, Northern Europe and the Mediterranean, both award-winning mega-yachts of SeaDream Yacht Club will conclude the year sailing the Caribbean. Offering a fully inclusive yachting experience, SeaDream I and SeaDream II will sail from departure ports in Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Barbados beginning Nov. 6, 2014. Limited availability remains on end of year Caribbean voyages with fares starting at $2,999 per person, based on double occupancy.

“As large mega-ships enter the Caribbean, SeaDream continues to offer a true yacht experience visiting small ports and anchoring in secluded coves away from the crowds,” shares President Bob Lepisto. “Our guests say they favor the smaller, intimate size of our mega-yachts for an off-the-beaten path island escape with personalized service.”

During fall 2014, the SeaDream twins will visit secluded islands including Culebrita and Vieques off the coast of Puerto Rico as well as Guadeloupe, Saba and Grenada. The British Virgin Islands port of Jost Van Dyke and overnights in St. Barts are among itinerary highlights. The mega-yachts also call on an astounding five ports in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, including the smallest inhabited island in the chain, Mayreau, which stretches only 1.5 miles with a population of 300 residents.

Itineraries in the Caribbean emphasize relaxation and rejuvenation. Guests can take advantage of the SeaDream Spa, with the highest therapist-to-guest ratio at sea. They can splash in the surf with a bevy of water toys, including stand-up paddleboards and wave runners, available from the yacht’s marina. They can also partake in the revelry of special beachside culinary experiences like the signature Champagne and Caviar Splash™, in which bubbles and caviar are served in the sea aboard a white linen-sheathed surfboard. For more information on SeaDream Yacht Club’s 2014 Fall Caribbean season, visit

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Norwegian Unveils First Look At Norwegian Escape: Accommodations

MIAMI, Feb 19: Norwegian Cruise Line has offered the first look at Norwegian Escape by unveiling the wide variety of staterooms on the line’s largest ship to date at approximately 163,000 gross tons and 4,200 passenger berths, scheduled for delivery in fall 2015. The accommodations include the company’s signature luxury ship–within-a-ship complex: The Haven by Norwegian®; along with Studios, designed and priced for solo travelers; and many options for families, multi-generational groups, spa enthusiasts and more. Norwegian Escape includes all of the revolutionary features of Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, plus a number of new spaces and interactive experiences that will excite and inspire.

“The stateroom offerings on Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway have been so well received that we wanted to be sure to continue to offer such a rich mix of accommodations on Norwegian Escape.” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “On Norwegian Escape, we will have an optimal mix of accommodations, offering something for every type of guest whether it be solo travelers, families or those seeking the ultimate in luxury and pampering.”

The Haven by Norwegian
The Haven by Norwegian on Norwegian Escape will offer 95 spectacular, ultra-luxurious suite accommodation options including: The Haven Deluxe Owner's Suite, The Haven Owner’s Suite, The Haven Two-Bedroom Family Villa, The Haven Courtyard Penthouse and The Haven Deluxe Spa Suite. The exclusive, key-card only access two-story Haven on Decks 17 and 18 offers the ultimate in luxury and includes a private restaurant with outdoor terrace, lounge, and an enhanced courtyard area with retractable roof that features a pool, two whirlpools, sauna, spa treatment rooms and sundeck exclusively for Haven guests. All suites will feature pillow-top mattresses and fine linens from The Bliss Collection by Norwegian™. The Haven’s exclusive benefits include priority embarkation and disembarkation; distinctive platinum keycard; the personal service of a butler and concierge, in-suite espresso/cappuccino machines; gourmet treats delivered each evening; along with plush bathrobes, slippers, oversized towels; and much more.

The Haven Deluxe Owner’s Suite is the ship’s most luxurious, well-appointed and spacious accommodation. The four Haven Deluxe Owner’s Suites are more than 1,300 square feet of luxury at sea with living room, dining area, wet bar, guest bedroom with bathroom and two spacious balconies. Dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows provide an ever-changing seascape view. Glistening marble spans the enormous master bathroom, which includes two modern vanity sinks and a tub with equally amazing views. There are also four Owner’s Suites at are 572 square feet, sleep up to four guests and feature a separate bedroom, living/dining area, spacious balcony and one and a half bathrooms.

The Haven features 25 Two-Bedroom Family Villas that sleep up to six guests, offering a luxurious space for the whole family with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. In addition to the extra space, these beautiful suites offer floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies. In all, this private enclave is 540 square feet of modern, luxurious bliss. The large master bathroom includes a luxury shower, two modern vanity sinks and an oversized tub.

The Haven Courtyard Penthouses offer an elevated cruise experience and the guest’s choice of views featuring 22 Penthouses in the Haven, 14 Aft-Facing and 12 Forward-Facing Penthouses located on additional decks throughout the ship. Each accommodates between three and four guests and offers not only the extra space guests need, but also a luxurious king-size bed and dining and sitting areas.

For those who like to relax, Norwegian Escape offers 14 Haven Spa Suites where serenity is an understatement. These suites that sleep up to three guests are tranquil retreats of modern luxury and include soothing colors and clean lines that add a relaxing, spa-like ambience. Add a king-size bed, in-room hot tub, oversized waterfall shower with multiple body spay jets and complimentary access to the adjacent Spa Thermal Suite and Fitness Center and this is a true spa vacation experience.

Solo Travelers
Norwegian is continuing its popular award-winning Studio staterooms designed and priced for solo travelers on Norwegian Escape. The 82 Studios are located inside a private keycard-only access complex and feature a full-size bed, a window to the corridor, and separate areas for toilet, sink and shower. All Studio guests will have access to the private Studio Lounge.

Rich Mix of Accommodations
The ship’s 308 Mini-Suites are perfect for those seeking a little more room than the standard Balcony Stateroom. Featuring two lower beds that convert to a king-size bed, and bedding to accommodate up to two additional guests, Mini-Suites offer amazing views and so much more. There are 40 Family Mini-Suites on board that offer the perfect accommodation option for guests traveling with children. They feature a king sized bed, a bathtub, bedding to accommodate up to two additional guests and are conveniently located near Splash Academy, the ship’s complimentary kids’ facilities. For those who like to indulge themselves, Norwegian Escape features 20 Spa Mini-Suites with tranquil spa décor and waterfall showers, offering exclusive access to the ship’s Spa Thermal Suite and Fitness Center.

Guests sailing in one of the 1,168 Balcony Staterooms can take in the amazing views from these staterooms that include two lower beds that convert to a queen-size bed and bedding that can accommodate up to two additional guests. Of those, there are 172 Family Balconies that are ideal for guests traveling with children. These staterooms are also conveniently located near the children’s facilities. Some connecting staterooms are also available.

Norwegian Escape will also include Oceanview staterooms that feature large picturesque windows and two convertible beds that convert to a queen-size bed. Of the 114 Oceanview staterooms, there are 48 Family Oceanview Staterooms that can accommodate up to five guests.

Norwegian Escape’s accommodations mix also includes 407 inside staterooms which include two lower beds that convert to a queen-size bed. Some Inside Staterooms have up to two additional Pullman beds and connecting Inside Staterooms are also available. This comfortable stateroom option is located on various decks throughout the ship and some are adjacent to the children’s facilities.

There are a total of 47 wheelchair accessible staterooms in a variety of categories, including suites; all feature lowered wash basins; collapsible shower stools mounted on shower walls; all toilets feature collapsible arm guards.

Norwegian Escape’s itinerary and homeport will be announced in mid-March, when the first sailings will go on sale. Additional information and accommodation renderings can be found at

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Celebrity Cruises Announces Celebrity Century’s Farewell 2014-2015 Season

MIAMI, Feb. 13: To celebrate the farewell season of Celebrity Century, the ship will host special events, including a newly introduced “President's 'Celebration of the Century' Cruise,” during a year featuring a record number of ports of call and 17 new cruise destinations for the brand. The farewell season will also feature exclusive onboard programming and special offers for guests. Celebrity Century will leave the fleet in April 2015.

Captain's Club loyalty members and vacationers can join Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, on the President's Celebration of the Century Cruise in Asia. The 14-night sailing from Singapore on Celebrity Century will depart March 8, 2015, and guests will travel to magnificent destinations in Vietnam and the Philippines. Further special events and exclusive onboard programming will be announced shortly.

From March 2014 through April 2015, Celebrity Century will visit 77 ports across 32 countries, the most destinations worldwide of any other ship in the Celebrity fleet. New exotic destinations include Manila and Boracay, Philippines; Bandar Seri Begawan (Muara), Brunei; and Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar. Guests can take their pick from culture-rich experiences in Asia, Alaska, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, the Pacific Coast and South Pacific.

Since its inaugural sailing in 1995, guests have enjoyed Celebrity Century’s spacious and beautifully-designed spaces, indulgent premium spa and award-winning dining experiences. Celebrity Century was the first ship to have the now hugely popular Martini Bar and Murano, the award-winning specialty restaurant.

Beginning today and available until April 30, 2014, guests booking any of Celebrity Century’s April 2014-2015 itineraries across the globe can receive up to $200 per stateroom in onboard credit to indulge in rejuvenating spa treatments, globally influenced dining, unique shore excursions and more. Celebrity’s Captain’s Club loyalty guests can choose between the onboard credit or an exclusive savings offer. And now through February 28, 2014 both offers are combinable with Celebrity's rich 123go! offer. For more information, visit

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Norwegian Cruise Line to Install Scrubbers on Six Ships

MIAMI, Feb 13: To further the company’s commitment to environmental stewardship, Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that the line will make a significant investment in the installation of 28 scrubbers on six ships in the line’s fleet. The company has contracted with Green Tech Marine for the outfitting of the scrubbers on Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Sun. The scrubbers will be installed starting this spring and installation will continue through 2016. Green Tech Marine also supplied the scrubbers on the line’s Hawaii-based Pride of America last year and will deliver 10 scrubbers to the company’s two new builds, Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Bliss, being constructed at MEYER WERFT in Germany.

“We remain committed to environmental protection at Norwegian Cruise Line,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “Therefore, it is important for us to invest in new technologies, such as Green Tech’s innovative scrubber systems, in order to reduce fuel emissions, overall energy consumption, and the company’s environmental footprint.”

Green Tech Marine is a world leading scrubber supplier that develops innovative, environmentally friendly, high-performance, energy-saving solutions to the marine industry. Green Tech’s compact scrubber systems will replace the current silencers on all six Norwegian vessels.

"We are very pleased to have Norwegian Cruise Line as a returning customer," says CEO Peter Strandberg. “The decision to install scrubber systems on six additional ships demonstrates Norwegian Cruise Line’s commitment to environmental regulations and reaffirms that Green Tech Marine’s scrubbers have taken a strong position in the exhaust gas cleaning market.”

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New Calls In Spain, British Isles & North Cape Add Romance & Depth To Crystal Summer Europe Voyages

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12: From Ibiza to Skagen, Crystal Cruises is expanding its repertoire of ultra-luxury European cruises with nine maiden calls. The world's most northern city and Ireland's most Gaelic town join a collection of favorite romantic destinations, like Barcelona and Venice, along with less-visited ports, like Korcula, Croatia; Greenock, Scotland; and Kristiansand, Norway, for a chic collection of 39 Northern Europe, Western Europe, and Mediterranean itineraries ranging from five to 16 days. New in 2014 are:

-- Oban, Scotland: The "Gateway to the Isles" boasts the quaint, romantic charm of a small, bayside city, with locally-made Celtic jewelry, single malt Scotch whisky and tartan kilts coloring the brogue experience.
-- Ferrol, Spain: Boasting a rich maritime heritage and an impressive number of beckoning beaches, Ferrol is a prime location for watersports of all kinds or just strolling along the sand hand-in-hand at sunset.
-- Londonderry, Northern Ireland: 400-year-old walls serve as a unique promenade around the inner, aka "maiden," city, which was also named the UK's City of Culture 2013.
-- Santander, Spain: Long a favorite holiday spot of Spaniards themselves, word of Santander's clear blue shoreline, lush green mountain ranges and welcoming residents is rapidly spreading to travelers worldwide.
-- Alta, Norway: The northernmost city on the planet, Alta inspires snuggling with massive fjords, one of Europe's largest gorges, and 5,000-year-old rock carvings designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
-- Galway, Ireland: The Bohemian heart of Ireland, here, guests can enjoy the talents of the many musicians and artists who flock to the city, or join the Gaelic-speaking locals in a pub as they sing traditional Irish songs.
-- Ibiza, Spain: The island splits its storied reputation between the "Undisputed Party Capital of the World" and the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, with as many fascinating historical sites as dance clubs and picturesque beaches to visit.
-- Skagen, Denmark: Couples can witness the crashing waves as the Baltic and North Seas meet, and meander among the characteristic red-tiled yellow houses that dot the coastline.
-- St. Helier/Jersey, Channel Islands: On a colorful island lined of flowers, St. Helier is the ideal place to dream of wedding bouquets while ambling a tranquil lane or visiting the centuries-old Elizabeth Castle.

"From up-and-coming hotspots to destinations that might be harder to reach on one's own, our 2014 European season offers so many new and less-visited calls that even the most well-traveled can fall in love with Europe all over again," says Crystal president Edie Bornstein.

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Exclusive, Indulgent ‘Suite Class’ Experience on Celebrity Cruises

MIAMI, FL, Feb 12: Discerning guests who desire the very best in modern cruise vacations will soon be able to indulge in Celebrity Cruises' new 'Suite Class' experience. This will be fully introduced on Celebrity's state-of-the-art ships during April 2015. With exclusive new benefits including a suites-only restaurant, VIP lounge, complimentary premium beverages, plus more, the newly launched Suite Class is designed to create the ultimate luxurious experience. Guests will enjoy incredible service from the moment they arrive with their personal butler taking care of every detail. This is the only way to travel.

From the one-of-a-kind Reflection Suite, with its jaw-dropping ocean views and unique cantilevered shower, to the stylish Sky Suites, Celebrity's exceptional Suite Class experience is designed to set the standard in modern cruise vacations around the world.

The new Suite Class will include:

-- Private dining: A dedicated private restaurant reserved exclusively for all Suite Class guests will be available morning, noon and night. Each meal will feature unique menus that offer sumptuous dishes not available anywhere else onboard. Guests can truly immerse themselves in the local culture with specially crafted menus inspired by the local destination, and enjoy the world's best ingredients. Memorable and inspiring dishes will be served, from locally caught seafood, to the freshest pasta. The Suite Class chef can provide a tailor-made experience to suite guests and prepare a dish to their liking, and the Cellar Master, Celebrity’s head sommelier, will select from more than 450 wines to provide the perfect pairing.
-- Premium 'all in' benefits: Premium beverages, dining across all specialty restaurants, unlimited internet access and a private bar with water, sodas and beers will all be complimentary for guests staying in Royal, Penthouse and Reflection suites.
-- VIP lounge: A private VIP lounge, Michael's Club, will be available to guests staying in Celebrity, Signature, Royal, Penthouse and Reflection suites. A dedicated Concierge service and unique food and beverage experiences by Celebrity's James Beard-featured chef will be provided to guests.

"Our guests are accustomed to exceptional quality and service, and for those wishing to further indulge in the very best while on vacation we have launched 'Suite Class', specially designed to appeal to the most discerning vacationer,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. “We know that suite guests value privacy, personalized service, exclusive access and flexibility, and providing them with their own unique benefits, such as a dedicated restaurant with a dining experience like no other, is just another way that we are significantly elevating the guest's vacation with us."

Suite guests will also continue to enjoy a large number of benefits including:

-- The Celebrity 'Suite Class' welcome: Guests will receive priority check-in and embarkation
-- Legendary butler service: From unpacking guests' luggage to booking the best destination experiences on land, the Suite Class butler will be on hand 24 hours a day to ensure seamless, dedicated and personalized service. The Suite Class experience will also include a daily high-end afternoon tea service served in the guest's spacious and beautifully-designed suite.
-- Luxurious stateroom amenities and benefits: As well as enjoying spacious suites with verandas that showcase sweeping ocean views, guests can indulge in a variety of luxury amenities including deluxe Bulgari bathroom amenities, plush robes, premium bedding and an indulgent pillow menu. A host of other extras will also be provided during the guest's vacation including reserved theater seating for all Suite Class guests.

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Unveils 2015 Summer Collection

MIAMI, Feb 12: Regent Seven Seas Cruises has announced its 2015 Summer Collection featuring voyages to the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Alaska, Canada/New England, the Caribbean & Panama Canal, Asia, Africa and South America. Voyages are anticipated to fill quickly when reservations open Feb 19, 2014 at 8:30a.m.

The Seven Seas Voyager, Seven Seas Mariner and Seven Seas Navigator will visit more than 185 ports in 68 countries during the 2015 Summer season.  Palamós and Almería, Spain; Walvis Bay, Namibia; Tyne (Newcastle), England; İzmir, Turkey; and Malmö, Sweden are among the season’s 27 new ports.
“The dream voyages in our 2015 Summer Collection promise memories that will last a lifetime,” shares Kunal S. Kamlani, the line’s president. “We deliver the most inclusive luxury cruise experience with highly personalized service, acclaimed gourmet dining with no surcharges and an exciting collection of free and unlimited shore excursions in each port.”
The 2015 season features a refreshed and rejuvenated fleet, as each of the line’s ships has completed a multi-million dollar refurbishment and exudes an aura of Park Avenue elegance and sophistication.  The award-winning ships are the perfect size for exploring some of the world’s most legendary cities and boutique ports as they can sail in and out without restriction.
New and noteworthy in the 2015 Summer Collection:

--  Seven Seas Voyager calls on exciting new ports during her Northern Europe sailings, including the Solovetsky Islands in Russia.  She offers 11 sailings across the region, many of which feature multiple overnights in historic St. Petersburg or a wealth of opportunities to explore the British Isles.  A 20-night, round-trip sailing from Copenhagen departing July 6 explores the Norwegian fjords.  Seven Seas Voyager then spends the holiday season on a 28-night, Cape Town-to-Singapore voyage with inaugural calls on Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Sabang, Indonesia.
--  Seven Seas Mariner offers more choices in the Mediterranean than ever before, featuring the new ports of Trieste, Italy; Almería, Spain; and Gythion, Greece.  Overnight destinations include Venice, Barcelona, Lisbon and Istanbul.  Later in the season Seven Seas Mariner departs Lisbon and sails the coast of western Africa with an inaugural call in São Tomé and Príncipe.
--  Seven Seas Navigator explores the Americas, as she sails along the ancient and magnificent glaciers of Alaska on 16 voyages.  In September, she embarks on a 21-night itinerary that begins in San Francisco and transits through the Panama Canal, concluding in New York.  From there, the colors of the fall take center stage as Seven Seas Navigator calls on the eastern seaboard’s most beautiful cities, including Montréal; Québec City; and Bar Harbor, Maine.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises is offering a wide array of enriching and enthralling pre or post-cruise land programs; all include hotel accommodations, select meals, guided tours and transport.
Among the highlights are the following:

--  Cape Town, South Africa: Safari – this land program features a three-night African Safari where guests will take in breathtaking scenery and discover some of the world’s biggest game.
--  Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Opulent Cities of the Emirates – this three-night, post-land program includes tours of Dubai City, Burj Khalifa, Jumeirah Mosque, Jumeirah Beach and the Dubai Museum.
--  Athens, Greece: Sacred Treasures of Greece – in this two-night immersion into the glorious ancient history of Greece, guests will visit archaeological museums, hallowed ruins and centuries-old monasteries perched high in the mountains.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises leads the industry with its luxury value proposition, being the first to launch fleet-wide free Wi-Fi for Concierge Suites and higher throughout the ships.  As the most inclusive luxury cruise experience in the world, all Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ sailings include two-for-one fares plus the following:

--  Free round-trip air 
--  Early bookings savings of up to $6,000 per suite
--  Free unlimited shore excursions in every port of call
--  Free premium spirits, fine wines and gratuities included
--  Free business class upgrades for Concierge Suites and higher on European voyages
--  Free Wi-Fi throughout the ship for Concierge Suites and higher
--  Free luxury hotel package for Concierge Suites and higher

 For the 2015 Summer Collection, special child fares (18 years of age and under) on 15 Mediterranean and Northern European voyages are available starting at $1,700 per child.  To receive a brochure or for more information on Regent Seven Seas Cruises, visit

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MTN's Hybrid Network Transforms Communications At-Sea on the New Norwegian Getaway

MIRAMAR, FL, Feb. 12: MTN Communications (MTN) announces it is supporting Norwegian Cruise Line's launch of the newly-Christened Norwegian Getaway with its advanced hybrid communications network. This innovative network enables satellite and terrestrial broadband connectivity for higher performance connections on large vessels both at-sea and in-port. With approximately 4,000 guests and 1,600 crew, Norwegian Getaway, the world's newest cruise ship, is the first to showcase one of the most visionary communications solutions at sea today. While sailing in the open sea is a remote experience, guests and crew members don't want to leave their "connected lives" back in port. Being able to share experiences as they are happening, and staying connected to friends and family while on vacation, are must-haves for consumers today.

"MTN and Norwegian Cruise Line are delivering another first, much like we did in the 1980s with the initial Internet access ever at sea," said Chris Leber, executive vice president, commercial business development, MTN. "Since then, faster land-like connectivity has become clearly expected. However, the challenge has been staying ahead of demand, while dealing with the cost of adding more satellite bandwidth for guests and crew applications. MTN's advanced hybrid communications network allows cruise operators to focus on their core business. When vessels are in port, they switch over to MTN's Terrestrial Broadband Network, which delivers much higher-performance and speed. Norwegian Getaway is the premier showcase in how to address the insatiable demand for connectivity, speed and content."

Cruise ships traditionally have relied solely on satellite bandwidth. The new MTN Terrestrial Broadband Network delivers faster, more efficient connections, enables access to applications and content, and optimizes corporate IT data. This allows people to bring their daily online habits with them to sea, including social media, infotainment, content and more.
Between 2008 and 2013, MTN managed a six-fold increase in satellite bandwidth requirements as a result of Internet, content and voice usage. Internet logins on the MTN network more than doubled to almost 33 million per year. Voice communications increased approximately 50 percent.

"Norwegian Getaway is one of the most technologically advanced ships all around, including how guests and crew can communicate and access content," said Vincent Cirel, senior vice president and CIO, Norwegian Cruise Line. "For example, with MTN's hybrid satellite and terrestrial network, we know our crew and guests will have the communications experience they expect, increasing guest satisfaction and crew morale."

To support this new hybrid network, MTN equipped Norwegian Getaway with the industry's most sophisticated software systems to maintain multiple types of connections simultaneously. It also uses the fastest data path available so it can access terrestrial broadband when near and in ports. A broadband antenna tracking and stabilization system enables the ship to "lock" onto an MTN access point in-port for terrestrial broadband connectivity with no impact to the end user during the switchover.

Key to this land-like level of service, the shipboard data center of Norwegian Getaway also is equipped with the industry's most advanced processing technologies. Leveraging these technologies, MTN is delivering improved efficiency and throughput for Internet, television, and crew calling services on the vessel. "The MTN vision of dramatically improving communications at sea is now a reality on Norwegian Getaway," Leber concluded. "This is thanks to advanced terrestrial broadband connectivity as the very first step. Crew and guests can stay connected, consume content and network during their amazing voyages."

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American Cruise Lines to Offer Lobster Theme on All Maine Coast Cruises

GUILFORD, CT, Feb 12: American Cruise Lines has announced it will be offering its popular lobster theme on all 2014 Maine Coast cruises. The eight-day theme cruise features lobster cuisine, a lobster boat excursion, a traditional lobsterbake in Rockland, and more. Offered on the 49-passenger American Glory and 104-passenger Independence, cruises begin in early June and sail through September. Guests will enjoy freshly prepared lobster and unique activities, while enjoying a personalized cruise experience along the coast of Maine. Highlights of the lobster-themed cruise include:

• Lobster Dishes – Our experienced chefs take lobster seriously. They have created unique menus which feature lobster throughout the cruise. The typical menu includes stuffed lobster tail, whole steamed lobster, lobster pot pie, lobster risotto, lobster omelets, and even lobster ice cream.
• Lobster Boat Excursion – Guests have the opportunity to board an actual lobster boat for an authentic “daily catch” experience while enjoying gorgeous views of the coast of Maine. While catching lobsters, they’ll also learn about the lifestyle of Maine lobsterman.
• Lobster Bake – The highlight of the cruise is American Cruise Lines’ signature New England Lobster bake on the shore of the Penobscot Bay. Fresh lobster, clams, and corn are all steamed in kelp over hot coals. The feast is unlike any other, and also features live music and stunning views of the Rockland Harbor.

“We decided to extend this theme to all of our Maine Coast sailings due to its popularity among guests,” said Timothy Beebe, Vice President of American Cruise Lines. “Lobster is Maine’s specialty and people travel from all over the country to experience it. We look forward to allowing even more guests to enjoy the New England tradition and delicacy aboard this theme cruise.”

From Boothbay to Bar Harbor, Camden to Castine, American Cruise Lines brings guests to charming ports in Maine famous for their shipbuilding, beautiful national parks and quaint historic districts. They will visit the charming village of Belfast, famous for its beautiful Greek revival architecture, the Granite Mountains of Acadia National Park, and view the classic schooners in Camden harbor.

American Cruise Lines is the largest US-flagged cruise company and operates the newest fleet of riverboats and small cruise ships on more than 35 itineraries around the country. The line is known for working closely with guests and travel agents before, during, and after a cruise to create a highly personalized cruise experience. Long established and deeply experienced in cruise travel, American Cruise Lines has most recently received world-wide recognition as the first line to revive paddlewheel river cruising in America. To learn more, visit

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World-Renowned Australian Chef Mark Best Joins Holland America Line's Culinary Council

SEATTLE, Feb. 11: Holland America Line announced the addition of Australian Chef Mark Best as the newest member of the line's esteemed Culinary Council. Celebrated as one of the most innovative chefs in the world today, Best was welcomed to the group at an event on ms Amsterdam during the ship's call in Sydney, Australia, while sailing on its 115-day Grand World Voyage. Best joins Holland America Line's Master Chef and Council Chairman Rudi Sodamin, and prominent international chefs Jonnie Boer, David Burke, Elizabeth Falkner and Jacques Torres on the Culinary Council. Best will add a selection of his French-inspired signature dishes to the line's menus and work with Sodamin and other council members to shape the culinary direction aboard Holland America Line's fleet.

"With our increased presence in Australia, it's exciting to welcome to the Culinary Council an accomplished chef like Mark who has made headlines locally as well as internationally," said Richard Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs for Holland America Line. "Mark is known for his innovative Australian cuisine and we look forward to seeing his passionate influence on our menus and introducing his flair and originality to our guests."

"The Culinary Council is a collaboration of some of the greatest international chefs, and Mark brings imaginative ideas from a part of the world that is very inventive with cuisine," said Rudi Sodamin, chairman of the Culinary Council and Holland America Line's culinary consultant. "Mark has great energy and creativity and our guests are really going to enjoy his dishes."

After an unconventional path toward a culinary career, Best found his passion for French food during an apprenticeship at the Macleay Street Bistro in Potts Point, New South Wales, Australia, in 1990. While there he was awarded the Josephine Pignolet Award for best young chef in New South Wales. Best enjoyed stints working overseas in some of the world's most famous French restaurants, including Alain Passard's three-Michelin-star L'Arpege in Paris, France, and Raymond Blanc's Le Manoir Aux Quatre Saisons in Oxford, England. He leaned on these experiences with classic French culinary preparation and matched them with his own innovation and intelligent recipe development to become the face of new Australian cuisine as he returned to Australia in 1999 and opened Marque in Sydney's Surry Hills.

Heralded by restaurant critics from the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and around the world, Marque received the U.K. Restaurant Magazine's World's 50 Best Restaurants "Breakthrough Award"in 2010 and ranks among the San Pellegrino World Top 100 Restaurants. Marque was named 2011 restaurant of the year by the Sydney Morning Herald's "The Good Food Guide" and won the 2012 Australian Gourmet Traveller restaurant of the year award. For a decade Marque has held a prestigious Three Hats--the highest of the iconic symbols awarded by "The Good Food Guide"--as well as the maximum of three stars from Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine in its annual top 100 list. Best has published a cookbook, "Marque: A Culinary Adventure," and also has appeared on the television show "MasterChef Australia" as a guest chef and judge.

Holland America Line introduced the Culinary Council in 2010. In addition to providing expert guidance, advice and knowledge regarding onboard menus and culinary offerings, the Council works with the line's offerings in the Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine magazine, to bring new and engaging learning experiences to guests. For more information about Holland America Line, visit

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Benefit Cruise to Support American Heart Association Sets Sail

SANTA CLARITA, CA, Feb 11: Princess Cruises’ second “Cruising for a Cause” voyage set sail from Ft. Lauderdale for a special “cruise with heart” aboard Ruby Princess. Throughout the 5-day Caribbean cruise, passengers will celebrate both the “affairs of the heart” over Valentine’s Day, and participate in a variety of onboard activities focused on heart-healthy living and raising funds for the American Heart Association’s (AHA) programs and educational outreach. An impressive lineup of special guests has joined the ship, including a renowned cardiac surgeon, a celebrity chef, a fitness expert, an award-winning author, a four-time Super Bowl champion, and a beloved cast member from the hit television series The Love Boat.

Among the educational opportunities available exclusively on this cruise are training in the American Heart Association’s Hands-OnlyTM CPR; seminars on how to better manage stress, diet, and exercise; and a survivor’s reception for those who have overcome heart disease. Passengers can also take advantage of complimentary blood pressure screenings and participate in a fundraising walk on deck, patterned after AHA’s successful HeartWalks. Valentine's Day will be especially festive and include an onboard renewal of vows and other romantic touches. The cruise will be capped off with a Ruby Red Gala party.

Special guests appearing exclusively on this sailing include:

-- Dr. Kathy Magliato, MD, MBA, FACS: Dr. Magliato is one of the few female cardiothoracic surgeons in the world with specialization in heart failure, heart transplantation, and artificial/mechanical heart technology. A nationally recognized expert on heart disease in women, she is currently the Director of Women’s Cardiac Services at Saint John’s Medical Center in Santa Monica, California, where she is developing a Multidisciplinary Women’s Health Center to address the cardiac needs of female patients.
-- Jesse Sapolu: Four-time Super Bowl champion Jesse Sapolu played center and offensive guard for the San Francisco 49ers during his 15-year football career. He now serves as the 49ers’ alumni coordinator, and is a motivational speaker and author of the biography “I Gave My Heart to San Francisco.” He is also the co-founder of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame and a spokesperson for the American Heart Association.
-- Chef Marc Anthony Bynum: Cook Healthy; Cook Delicious! A finalist on Food Network's “Chopped,” celebrity Chef Bynum will be offering fun, innovative healthy cooking demonstrations for passengers.
-- Ary Nunez: Fitness expert Ary Nunez is a celebrity personal trainer who is passionate about educating people on how to live a healthy lifestyle. In addition to being a Nike-sponsored athlete, health and fitness personality, and an internationally renowned celebrity personal trainer, Nunez holds black belts in karate, tae kwon do and kung fu and has appeared on most major television networks. She is actively involved with many charitable causes including the American Heart Association.
-- Diana von Welanetz Wentworth: An award-winning author and national speaker on many facets of heart health, Wentworth’s passion for nurturing women’s hearts arose from her own surprising heart attack. Drawing from the recommendations of the American Heart Association, she developed a unique, fun, holistic program of heart-health care that is the topic of her newest book, “Love Your Heart: Follow the Red Thread to a Heart-Centered Life.”
-- David and Karen Gamow: The authors of “Freedom from Stress,” the Gamows have provided workplace stress management training to clients including NASA, CBS, GE, Marriott, Intuit, Nokia, Stanford School of Medicine, and the U.S. Army. As the founders of Clarity Seminars, they have personally trained more than 20,000 people throughout North America to reduce stress and change their lives for the better.
-- Bernie Kopell: For 10 seasons, Bernie Kopell looked after the health of passengers aboard TV’s version of Pacific Princess as Doctor Adam Bricker (“Doc”) on The Love Boat. Kopell will be available to meet with and sign autographs for passengers.

A portion of each passenger’s cruise fare will be matched by Princess Cruises with the proceeds going towards the American Heart Association’s work to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The cruise features a Western Caribbean itinerary roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale, with calls at Grand Cayman and Cozumel. Additional information about Princess Cruises is available by visiting the company's website at

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Costa Cruises Sets Inaugural Schedule for Costa Diadema

HOLLYWOOD, FL, Feb. 11: Costa Diadema, the new Costa Cruises flagship set for delivery by Fincantieri shipyard Oct. 30, 2014, will debut with a 7-night preview cruise from Trieste, Italy, Nov. 1. The $750-million ship then will sail three inaugural seven-night cruises in the western Mediterranean featuring extended port calls before entering regular weekly service from Savona, Italy, through the winter season.

Italy takes center stage during Costa Diadema's first weeks in service with the "Made In Italy" liner calling at Trieste, Naples, Genoa, Savona and La Spezia. The "vernissage," or preview cruise, will embark at Trieste Nov. 1. Costa Diadema will overnight at Trieste before departing Nov. 2 for Dubrovnik, Croatia; Corfu, Greece; Malta; Naples; and ending at Genoa.

Beginning Nov. 8, the 132,500-ton Costa Diadema will depart on three 7-night inaugural cruises to the western Mediterranean with longer stopovers at Marseille, France; Barcelona, Spain; Savona and La Spezia. The itinerary also includes calls at Genoa (on the first cruise only); Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands; and Naples. From Nov. 29 through the rest of the 2014-15 winter season, Costa Diadema will depart roundtrip from Savona on 7-night western Mediterranean cruises calling at Marseille, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Naples and La Spezia.

For more information about Costa Cruises, visit

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Banana Coast Welcomes First Cruise Ship Call

MIAMI, Feb. 10: Banana Coast, the newest western Caribbean cruise port, welcomed its first cruise ship call at Trujillo, Honduras, today. Travel Dynamics International's U.S.-flagged 130-passenger Yorktown made the inaugural call and is scheduled to return next Monday. After tendering ashore Yorktown guests were treated to performances by Garifuna musicians, browsed locally made crafts and set out on tours to the nearby rainforest as well as enjoyed the beach.

"It was rewarding to see Banana Coast come to life today with its first cruise passengers," said Randy Jorgensen, general manager of Grande Trujillo Authoridad, which developed the port. "Travel Dynamics' guests are interested in culture, history and nature when they cruise, and we are proud to offer a destination that delivers all of that and more."

Travel Dynamics International specializes in high-caliber educational cruises aboard intimate coastal cruise ships in North America, the Mediterranean, Antarctica and Africa. Banana Coast was added to Yorktown's "Tropical Islands, Rain Forests & Ancient Sites of Central America" itinerary.

Banana Coast has shopping, a newly built tender dock, reception center and transportation hub as well as 10 acres of beachfront right in the town of Trujillo, which was established in 1525. Diverse shore excursions feature the region’s Spanish colonial heritage and lush tropical setting with cultural, historical, soft-adventure and eco-tour offerings.

To date, five cruise lines have scheduled 20 calls on eight ships at Honduras' first mainland cruise destination. Holland America Line was the first major cruise company to commit to a series of port calls beginning in November 2014 through March 2015. Silversea Cruises has slated calls in December 2014 and March 2015. P&O Cruises and Oceania Cruises are slated to call in the first quarter of 2015.

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Azamara Club Cruises, Anthony Bourdain & The Wolfsonian-FIU Museum To Host
South Beach Wine & Food Festival Event

MIAMI, Feb. 10: Azamara Club Cruises, the cruise line known for its destination-immersive voyages is bringing its nautical flair to the 13th Annual Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival (SOBEWFF) as the exclusive sponsor of "An Evening Aboard the S.S. Wolfsonian with Anthony Bourdain." The cruise line is helping to set the stage, in conjunction with the Wolfsonian-FIU Museum for CNN host, author and chef Anthony Bourdain to curate a unique dining experience inspired by ocean liner menus from The Wolfsonian's historic collection.

Bourdain will oversee the multi-course menu prepared by celebrity chefs Daniel Boulud (Daniel), Andrew Carmellini (The Dutch), David McMillan and Fred Morin (Joe Beef), Francois Payard (FPB), and Eric Ripert (Le Bernardin). Joining Bourdain to host this elegant affair that transports guests to a by gone era of luxurious ocean liner dining will be Azamara's own Captain Johannes Tysse.

"Azamara Club Cruises is delighted to participate in this special evening which was inspired by Anthony Bourdain's wish to curate a meal based on the Wolfsonian-FIU Museum fantastic collection of ocean liner menus," said Larry Pimentel, president and CEO, Azamara Club Cruises. "It is an honor to represent modern day ocean voyages along with such esteemed chefs."

Joining Captain Tysse at this star-studded event will be Azamara's Executive Chef Robert van Rijsbergen, a captivating culinary expert in his own right as well as Cruise Director, Eric De Gray. The elegant evening, styled by Cristofle, includes a one item live auction for an exclusive voyage for two in Azamara Club Cruises' Club World's Owner's Suite. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University and The Wolfsonian-FIU Endowment Fund.

Azamara Club Cruises offers distinct destination-immersive experiences for up-market travelers. The cruise line uniquely features voyages with longer stays and more overnights at ports to provide guests the opportunity to experience night touring at some of the most compelling destinations of Europe, Asia, South America, West Indies, as well as Central and North America. On board the intimate Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, guests receive exceptional and personal service and the cruise line's authentic, exclusive and bespoke AzAmazing Evenings events that showcase the unexpected colors and flavors of a destination.Guests also enjoy fine cuisine and boutique wines from around the world, as well as more inclusive amenities, such as included gratuities; complimentary bottled water, sodas, specialty coffee, and teas, as well as complimentary boutique wines, international beers and select standard spirits in the ships' bars, lounges and restaurants when open; complimentary self-service laundry; English Butler service for suite guests; and shuttle transportation to city centers in ports, where available. For more information, visit

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Grammy-Nominated Percussionist Sammy Figeroa to Headline the Grammy® Experience at Sea
on Norwegian Getaway

Miami, Feb 10: Legendary jazz percussionist Sammy Figueroa will be the next headline act on Norwegian Getaway’s GRAMMY® Experience at Sea beginning February 15, 2014. He will succeed Latin jazz flautist Nestor Torres after the ship’s inaugural Eastern Caribbean cruise, beginning an eight-week residency on Norwegian’s most spectacular ship from through April 12, 2014.

Sammy Figueroa has long been considered to be one of the great musicians of the world, known for his ability to play in all genres from bebop to pop, from Latin to R & B, from New Age to symphonic. In addition to his own three albums, two of which received GRAMMY® Nominations for Best Latin Jazz Album, he has played on countless GRAMMY®-winning hit records including Mariah Carey’s MTV Unplugged, David Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance,’ Miles Davis’ ‘Man With A Horn,’ Sonny Rollins’ ‘Road Shows II,’ Average White Band’s ‘Cut The Cake,’ Nile Rogers’ ‘Chic’ and ‘Sister Sledge’ and countless other albums. He has also appeared regularly with the David Letterman and Saturday Night Live bands. In addition to his two GRAMMY® Nominations, he was twice named NARAS Percussionist of the Year.

“Every day I can see the ships coming in and out of the Port of Miami from my balcony in South Beach,” Figueroa says. “Now I get to be on one of those ships!”

Sammy will play every evening at The GRAMMY® Experience on Deck 8 of Norwegian Getaway. He is designing a special show for this venue, forming a new band with musicians from Norwegian Cruise Line’s roster. Not only will he be playing selections from his own two GRAMMY® nominated albums, he will also be covering music from other GRAMMY® winning and nominated albums on which he has played. An evening at The GRAMMY® Experience will culminate with Sammy’s GRAMMY® Jam at 11 pm every night, with special guests and an opportunity for other musicians from the ship to sit in with Sammy.

Anyone who has seen Sammy perform live can testify that he is not only a spectacular virtuoso, he also has a hilarious sense of humor, his buoyancy and ebullience connect him with audiences in a very special way. As host of The GRAMMY® Experience audiences will have an opportunity to hear and see him in an intimate venue. In addition to the live show, guests will also enjoy viewing a variety of music memorabilia chosen and curated by the GRAMMY® Museum at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles.

“It’s a great honor to be part of this new partnership. The Recording Academy is an outstanding organization that does so much for the music world and Norwegian Cruise Line is simply the best.” Sammy extends an invitation to his fans and friends “to come and join me for a Caribbean cruise on Norwegian Getaway--meet me over at The GRAMMY® Experience on Deck 8--I’ll be waiting there for you!”

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Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas to Offer Cruise Vacations in Europe &
The Caribbean During Inaugural Year

MIAMI, Feb. 10: Royal Caribbean International announced that the second ship in the new and most advanced Quantum class of ships, Anthem of the Seas, will be joined by Adventure of the Seas and Brilliance of the Seas in the U.K. as part of an unprecedented 2015 Europe season. As previously announced in November 2013 at an exclusive event for media and special guests at London’s iconic Heron Tower, the highly anticipated Anthem of the Seas will homeport at Southampton, U.K. when it launches in April 2015. The ship will mark its inaugural Europe season with 19 cruises to the Spanish, French and Italian rivieras, and the Canary Islands on 3- to 16-night itineraries, and then reposition in late-October 2015 to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and sail 5-night short Caribbean, 6-night Western Caribbean and 8-night Eastern Caribbean itineraries through April 2016 for its first winter season.

Royal Caribbean’s Crown & Anchor Society loyalty members will have the exclusive privilege to reserve their staterooms earlier than the general public on Anthem of the Seas inaugural year sailings. Anthem of the Seas’ summer 2015 Europe cruises will be available for member bookings starting Feb. 26, 2014 and the ship’s winter 2015-16 Caribbean cruises will be open for members starting Mar. 12, 2014. Bookings for the general public on Anthem of the Seas’ summer 2015 Europe cruises and winter 2015-16 Caribbean sailings will be opened on Mar. 3& 20, 2014, respectively.

Serenade of the Seas also will join Anthem of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas and Brilliance of the Seas in the North Sea in summer 2015, and offer a range of Scandinavia and Russia, as well as Norwegian Fjords, sailings from Copenhagen, Denmark, and Stockholm, Sweden. Adventure of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas and Serenade of the Seas will open for booking on Feb. 26, 2014.

Adventure of the Seas will sail 3- to 16-night, roundtrip itineraries to Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, or Madeira, Azores and Canary Islands. The ship also will sail two trans-Atlantic Ocean Voyages, a 12-night itinerary from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Southampton on May 3, 2015, and from Southampton to Port Canaveral, Fla. on a 15-night return itinerary on Oct. 16.

Offering vacationer a second British port to embark on an unforgettable Royal Caribbean Europe vacation, Brilliance of the Seas will reposition from Tampa, Fla. to its homeport of Harwich, England, on a 14-night trans-Atlantic Ocean Voyage on May 4, 2015, and continue with 12-night roundtrip Scandinavia and Russia sailings from mid-May through August. A July 29 sailing will take guests on a special 12-night Norwegian Fjords and Iceland itinerary, featuring an overnight call at Reykjavik, Iceland.

For its part, Serenade of the Seas also will offer vacationers 7- to 13-night Scandinavia, Russia and Norwegian Fjord itineraries from May through August. The ship will sail from Copenhagen from May through June and in the month of August, bookending sailings from Stockholm from mid-June through July.

Vacationers also can choose four repositioning cruises on Serenade of the Seas. The April 11, 2015, sailing will take guests on a 13-night Caribbean itinerary from New Orleans, La., to Boston, Mass., followed by a 15-night trans-Atlantic Ocean Voyage to Copenhagen via the North Sea. Finally, a 16-night westbound trans-Atlantic Ocean Voyage from Copenhagen to Cape Liberty via Iceland will depart on Aug. 30.

Along with its sister-ship Quantum of the Seas, the 4,180-guest, 167,800 gross tonnage Anthem of the Seas, both currently under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, will be a dramatic leap forward for the cruise industry and introduce more game-changing “firsts at sea” such as a skydiving experience call RipCord by iFLY and the North Star, an engineering marvel featuring a jewel like capsule that extends 300 feet above the ocean and over the sides of the ship to deliver 360-degree views for guests. Cutting-edge transformative venues include SeaPlex, the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea with bumper cars, roller skating and more; and the cruise line’s largest and most advanced staterooms ever. These new, larger staterooms enable innovation in design, storage and comfort including the industry’s first virtual balconies.

These innovations and advances follow Royal Caribbean International’s strong tradition of introducing exciting guest experiences to the cruise line’s ships. Anthem of the Seas and sister-ship Quantum of the Seas, which will debut in Oct. 2014 and sail out of New York Harbor from her homeport of Cape Liberty, will be two of the most architecturally and technologically advanced ships ever built. More information on Quantum class of ships is available at

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Celebrity Cruises & Canyon Ranch Create The Largest & Most Comprehensive SpaClub at Sea Partnership

MIAMI, Feb. 6: Celebrity Cruises and Canyon Ranch, one of the world's leading spa and wellness brands, today unveiled a partnership to feature Canyon Ranch SpaClub® at Sea facilities onboard 10 state-of-the-art Celebrity ships. Canyon Ranch and Celebrity will create the largest and most comprehensive SpaClub at Sea offering, and debut exclusive SpaClub services and treatments.

The luxurious Canyon Ranch SpaClub on Celebrity Cruises will include spa, beauty salon, wellness and fitness amenities presenting signature Canyon Ranch offerings. The industry-leading brands intend to elevate the onboard experience by introducing exclusive SpaClub treatments and services tailored to the unique preferences of Celebrity's guests, including new facial and body treatments, and unique yoga and meditation classes.

"We are passionate about providing our guests with unforgettable experiences, and this collaboration with Canyon Ranch is an important milestone in our drive to elevating guests' modern luxury vacations," said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. "We want every aspect of our vacations - from dining and destinations to relaxing in beautiful spa surroundings - to be special, and the experts at Canyon Ranch will help us deliver on this promise."

Both Canyon Ranch and Celebrity Cruises have long been recognized as leaders in their respective industries and have received countless awards. The Canyon Ranch SpaClub at Sea division of Canyon Ranch has been recognized as a "Best Spa at Sea" from various industry publications' readers choice awards, including Conde Nast Traveler and SpaFinder, Inc., and Celebrity Cruises is consistently awarded top honors by the readers of Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler and Celebrated Living magazine. The combination of these award-winning travel brands will result in an unmatchable vacation experience for discerning travelers seeking a taste of modern luxury at sea.

"It gives us great pleasure to offer our luxury spa experience to guests onboard Celebrity's state-of the-art ships," stated Peter Smith, Chief Operating Officer of Canyon Ranch. "Our approach to the wellness lifestyle perfectly complements that of Celebrity and we look forward to a long, prosperous relationship."

The new, robust spa menu features popular Canyon Ranch treatments, such as indulgent facials and facial enhancements, massage, thermal, Asian touch, and Reiki healing energy therapies. A selection of salon offerings, including hair care, nail, and makeup services, will also be offered. Fitness lovers can choose from private consultations to group classes, including yoga, Pilates, cycling, Mind/Body Connection and relaxation - led by Canyon Ranch-trained fitness experts. Wellness programs such as personal exercise prescription, private nutritional consults, acupuncture, Chiropractic therapy and Canyon Ranch Healthy Feet(TM) centers will also be available on select ships. Additionally, Canyon Ranch health experts will provide onboard wellness lectures, workshops and cooking demonstrations.

Celebrity's cruise vacations bring guests to inspiring destinations on all seven continents. In addition to its newly enhanced spa and wellness programming, the premium brand welcomes vacationers to experience its luxury "AquaClass" accommodations, which infuse the stateroom experience with additional spa-like elements as well as a host of other extras. AquaClass guests can exclusively dine in the chic specialty restaurant, Blu, and enjoy unlimited access to the Persian Garden, a relaxing oasis with heated mosaic lounge chairs and grottos releasing a variety of dry heat, aromatherapy-infused steam and mists into the air.

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International Music Superstar Pitbull to Headline Norwegian Getaway Christening

MIAMI, Feb 6: Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that Armando Christian Perez aka Pitbull will perform during the Christening ceremony of their newest ship, Norwegian Getaway, at PortMiami on Friday, February 7. Norwegian Getaway is the largest ship to homeport year-round in Miami and features a multitude of Miami-inspired venues and offerings.
The Miami icon and international recording artist will also introduce his signature Voli brand to cruise goers aboard Norwegian for the first time. Voli - Vodka with Natural Flavors will be featured onboard Norwegian Getaway and across the Norwegian fleet, along with two signature drinks including Pitbull’s personal favorite, the Volito, his take on the classic mojito. Voli is hand-crafted in Cognac, France and features a delicate blend of the finest multi-distilled wheat vodka, pure spring water and natural infused flavors.

“It’s great to partner Voli with Norwegian Cruise Line,” says Armando Christian Perez (Pitbull). “Its a perfect match, what better than a party on a beautiful ship with amazing vodka… holy Voli!!”

“What better way to welcome Miami’s ultimate ship than with Miami’s ultimate performer and international superstar, Pitbull,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s CEO. “A Miami native, Pitbull epitomizes this incredible city and is also a Latin Grammy Award winner so he is the perfect fit with our new ship that will sail year-round from Miami and features the first ever Grammy Experience at sea.”

The star-studded Christening Ceremony will take place while the ship is docked in PortMiami on Friday, Feb 7. The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders are the ship’s Godmothers and will officially christen the ship. More information about Norwegian Getaway can be found at

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First Steel Cut for Holland America Line’s Future Pinnacle Class Ship

Seattle, WA, Feb. 5: Holland America Line celebrated a significant construction milestone as the first steel was cut for the as-yet-unnamed Pinnacle Class ship that is due for delivery in February 2016. Stein Kruse, the company’s president and CEO, presided over the ceremony on Feb 4 at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy, where the vessel is being built. Antonio Quintano, director of Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard, co-hosted the event.

The 99,500-ton ship is the first Pinnacle Class vessel for Holland America Line and the largest ever built for the line. The steel cutting follows an intensive period of design and development for the 2,648-passenger ship that will feature exciting new elements and innovations.

“This is a proud day for Holland America Line as we officially begin construction on our new Pinnacle Class ship,” said Kruse. “We’re thrilled to be back at Fincantieri for such a milestone, and the next two years are going to be exciting as we unveil a host of new features that will be found onboard.”

This is the 15th ship built for Holland America Line by Italian shipyard Fincantieri, which most recently constructed ms Nieuw Amsterdam that was delivered in July 2010.

“Construction of this new Pinnacle Class ship marks our second decade of building vessels for Holland America Line,” said Quintano. “Starting with ms Statendam in 1993, our relationship with Holland America Line has evolved even as cruise ships have evolved over the past 20 years.”

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Allure of the Seas to Inaugurate First Full Oasis-Class Europe Season

MIAMI, Feb. 5: For nearly five years, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, sister ships that share the title of the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ships, have captured vacationers’ imagination and taken more than two million guests to unforgettable Caribbean destinations. Royal Caribbean International today announced that, for the first time since the ship was delivered in Turku, Finland, in late 2010, Allure of the Seas will return to Europe in summer 2015 and homeport at Barcelona, Spain, and take vacationers to new, fascinating Mediterranean destinations for the first, full Oasis-class Europe season. Royal Caribbean’s Crown & Anchor Society loyalty program members have the exclusive privilege to book Allure of the Seas’ Europe season one week earlier on Feb. 12, 2014.

Additionally, Rhapsody of the Seas will offer three 10- and 11-night Black Sea itineraries from Istanbul, Turkey, and then sail a variety of seven- to 11-night Greek and Turkey itineraries from Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy. For its part, Splendour of the Seas will offer seven-night Greek Isle and Turkey itineraries from Venice, Italy. Allure of the Seas, Rhapsody of the Seas and Splendour of the Seas’ summer 2015 season will be open to the general public on February 18, 2014.

“Royal Caribbean will be taking vacationers to spectacular Europe destinations and delivering the WOW aboard the world’s most innovative ships in 2015,” said Carol Schuster, senior vice president of Marketing for Royal Caribbean International. “Each Royal Caribbean ship sailing in Europe has already undergone extensive enhancements as part of our fleetwide revitalization program to deliver some of the most popular concepts that debuted on the unmatched Allure of the Seas. No matter which Royal Caribbean ship you choose, every member of our friendly and engaging staff and crew will deliver our signature Gold Anchor Service on an unforgettable Europe vacation.”

Starting May 24, 2015, Allure of the Seas will sail every Sunday from Barcelona and sail a 7-night itinerary, calling at Palma De Mallorca, Spain; Provence (Marseilles), France; and Florence/Pisa (La Spezia), Rome (Civitavecchia), and Naples/Capri in Italy. Vacationers can also choose to embark Allure of the Seas for a 7-night sailing, roundtrip from Rome (Civitavecchia).

On board, Allure of the Seas’ guests will enjoy the most innovative and extensive array of onboard amenities contained in seven themed neighborhoods, such as an 82 foot-long zip line, a handcrafted carousel, the Rising Tide elevating bar, a fully-licensed Broadway musical, the high-diving Aquatheater, and Central Park with more than 12,000 live trees and plants, and many more. Allure of the Seas also offers amenities that can only be found on Royal Caribbean, such as twin FlowRider surf simulators, cantilevered whirlpools, an ice-skating rink, the H20 Zone kids aquapark, and the Royal Promenade, an interior boulevard that stretches nearly the length of the ship and flanked by restaurants, lounges and boutiques, among many others.

Guests also will enjoy the DreamWorks Experience, an exclusive integrated entertainment program developed with the world-class animated film studio powerhouse DreamWorks Animation. The DreamWorks Experience was first launched aboard Allure of the Seas in November 2010, with beloved character Princess Fiona of the “Shrek” franchise inaugurating the ship as godmother, and continues to impress guests and receive accolades. Guest can join in parades, themed activities and themed events based on DreamWorks Animation’s popular feature-film characters, including Po of “Kung Fu Panda;” Shrek, Fiona and Puss In Boots of “Shrek;” and Alex the Lion, Gloria, and the Penguins from “Madagascar.” Allure of the Seas also is equipped with a 3-D movie theater playing the latest DreamWorks Animation films, as well as a dedicated RCTV channel, featuring a variety of the film studio’s popular movies.

Royal Caribbean’s award-winning family programming also will help ensure that guests of every generation can share in an unforgettable Europe family vacation aboard Allure of the Seas. The cruise line’s complimentary Adventure Ocean kids program offers ongoing educational and entertaining sessions for three age groups from three- to 11-year-olds, led by college-accredited counselors from 9:00 to 2:00 a.m. Two curricula for teens age 12 to 17 years offer more organic programming to offer them the flexibility to help shape their day with peers, as well as teen-only sessions on the FlowRider, Rock Wall and Sports Court. Furthermore, Allure of the Seas’ Royal Babies & Tots Nursery will cater to Royal Caribbean’s youngest guests, age six to 36 months old.

Royal Caribbean International is an award-winning global cruise brand with a 45-year legacy of innovation and introducing industry “firsts” never before seen at sea. The cruise line features an expansive and unmatched array of features and amenities only found on Royal Caribbean including, jaw-dropping, Broadway-style entertainment and industry-acclaimed programming that appeals to families and adventurous vacationers alike. For additional information, visit

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Carnival Cruise Lines Debuts New TV Spot As National Exclusive Cruise Line Advertiser
 for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

MIAMI, Feb 5: Carnival Cruise Lines today announced it is the national cruise line advertiser of NBC’s telecast of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, debuting a new marketing campaign featuring a tailored TV spot along with cinema and digital elements. The company will also provide other fun ways for fans to celebrate the season through social channels, including a Carnival Cruise Lines #ChampionSHIPS contest that challenges people to participate in a photo competition involving fun, cruise-themed categories on Instagram. The new campaign is designed to build additional consumer interest during what is known as “wave season”--key window for generating cruise reservations. Carnival recently announced a record reservations month in January citing unprecedented Web traffic and strong support from travel professionals.

Carnival’s new “Bobslide” TV spot follows four young, thrill-seeking cruisers who race together down one of Carnival’s popular waterslides. As the children stride across the deck in slow motion, a sportscaster voice over calls the action saying, “Here’s the crew to beat today: Carnival-1. Hard to believe they just met yesterday.” Donning goggles and bathing suits, the four-kid team twists and turns through the giant slide, reaching the finish line with big smiles, arms raised and a gigantic splash, creating a memorable moment for all. The sportscaster exclaims, “That was a run for the ages!”

“With our brand motto of ‘Fun for All, All for Fun,’ we couldn’t think of a better time to showcase our spirit than during NBC’s broadcast of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games,” said Jim Berra, chief marketing officer for Carnival Cruise Lines. “As part of our ongoing marketing campaign, our new ‘Bobslide’ spot is not only emblematic of the amazing moments millions will celebrate this February, it also illustrates the fun and memorable experiences our guests of all ages enjoy every day on Carnival cruises.”

Carnival will also create more ways for fans to get in on the action through a series of contests, videos and posts on the line’s highly trafficked social channels. Each week via Instagram, Carnival will encourage fans to compete in a fun photo contest in various categories such as best game face, best sand versus snow image, and best water slider. Fans submitting winning photos will receive Carnival Cruise Lines gift cards valued at $500 for first place, $250 for second place and $100 for third place.

Among a variety of other social media initiatives, Carnival will post a collection of videos that provide instructions on how to create winter-weather inspired warm cocktail recipes developed by the cruise line’s master mixologist. The videos will be viewable via YouTube and promoted on Carnival’s various social channels. Additionally, in honor of the great international event, Carnival crew members, who hail from more than 100 countries, will cheer on winter sport athletes from their home teams on video messages that will also be featured on Carnival’s social channels.

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The new 30-second TV spot will debut on Feb 6, 2014, and will air on NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, NBC Sports Network and USA Network throughout the duration of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The new ad will also air in select cinemas across the country and will feature an interactive Shazam call-to-action for consumers to enter a sweepstakes offering a free Carnival cruise vacation to the grand prize winner. Carnival will also serve as the sponsor of Yahoo! Sports’ “Memorable Olympic Moments” hub, incorporating a mix of high-impact ads encouraging fans to “Get ready to cheer for fun that unites us all,” and “Make memories worth replaying.”

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Un-Cruise Adventures Hosts Guest Experts on Alaska Theme Cruises

Seattle, WA, Feb 4: Un-Cruise Adventures combines an Alaska small ship cruise with experts in music, photography, marine biology and wine on seven theme cruises in summer 2014. Guest experts sail on weeklong cruises aboard the 88-guest S.S. Legacy and 86-guest Safari Endeavour in Southeast Alaska.

“While staying focused on the nature, wildlife and activities drawing travelers to the Great Land, theme cruises add an extra value of learning, fun and camaraderie,” said Captain Dan Blanchard, CEO.

The S.S. Legacy, a replica coastal steamer sailing between Juneau and Ketchikan, hosts the 1940s style group Letters From Home on the June 22 voyage. The group performs three part harmonies, tap dancing and comedy. The Alaska’s Golden History cruise focuses on the history of the Klondike Gold Rush and includes a shore excursion in each port.

The 86-guest Safari Endeavour, sailing roundtrip Juneau, Alaska on a weeklong Discoverers’ Glacier Country itinerary, hosts six theme cruises in Alaska. The cruise spends two days exploring by land and sea inside Glacier Bay and remote wilderness areas. Hiking, kayaking, whale watching, skiff excursions, stand-up paddle boarding and seeking out wildlife are main activities. Guest experts on board provide additional activities for those interested.

Photography: On the June 29 cruise, David Julian, a professional photographer with 30 years’ experience, shares tips and work experience capturing the essence of places, people and light with creative vision. Award winning documentary photographer, videographer and writer Billy Howard joins the Aug 17 cruise. He’ll share tips on storytelling through documenting people and places.

Marine Biology: Jackie Hedgpeth, a professor, lecturer, photographer and adventurer, adds her 20-year expertise to two departures—July 6 & July 13. Guests will soak up her knowledge and experiences through lively edutainment-style presentations focused on the physiology, feeding, mating, and survival behaviors of marine organisms. Alaska-resident Gary Freitag, a faculty member in the public service unit of the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Sea Grant Program, brings his expertise in marine biology, oceanography and salmon fisheries to guests on the Aug 10 cruise.

Wine: Kevin Correll, owner and winemaker for Woodinville, Washington’s Barrage Cellars, shares his wine, expertise and experience as a new, boutique winemaker on the June 15 cruise. A one-man operation launched in 2005, Barrage has received recognition from the Seattle Wine Awards and the Wine Advocate.

Fresh, innovative cuisine is served on all vessels. Guests enjoy attentive, friendly service and a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Charters and group incentives are available. For additional information, visit

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Silversea Announces Special 'Air Included' Offer on Asia Pacific Expedition Voyages

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Feb 4: To celebrate Silver Discoverer's inaugural year, Silversea Expeditions is including roundtrip economy airfare for new cruise bookings on select Asia Pacific expedition voyages. Also available are reduced business class airfares. The bookings must be made by March 31, 2014. The offer is available for a limited time from select gateway cities in the U.S. and Canada.
Aboard the small-sized, all-suite Silver Discoverer, guests will be able to explore some of the world's most remote regions and enjoy an enriching onboard program of destination lectures, photo presentations and daily recaps. Zodiac excursions and interactive walks ashore will be led by the best and brightest in their field--marine biologists, ornithologists, geologists, botanists, historians, and anthropologists.
"Silver Discoverer will sail to the most remote corners of Asia Pacific, offering the chance to discover pristine lands where few travelers have ever set foot," said Kristian Anderson, Silversea's senior vice president of sales and general manager for North America. "And now with our air-included offer, we're making it as convenient as possible to book passage to these far-off, dream destinations."
Following is a small sampling of the Asia Pacific expedition voyages featuring economy roundtrip airfare included:

"Southeast Asia" May 24-June 9, Bali to Keelung
This cultural and wildlife journey of 16 days focuses on Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Expedition highlights include the chance to see the famed Komodo dragon in its natural habitat, visit diverse tribal villages, and come face to face with Orangutans.
"East Asia & Russian Far East": July 2-19, Otaru to Seward
Spanning from the Sea of Okhotsk to the Bering Sea, this unique 18-day expedition will explore such remote destinations as Sakhalin Island, Tyuleniy Island, the Kuril Islands, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Alaska Peninsula, and the Aleutian Islands. Following the historic routes of explorers and traders, guests will have the opportunity to witness rare wildlife and spectacular natural landscapes, including massive volcanoes.
"Melanesia": Nov 3-21, Cairns to Auckland
An 18-day expedition to unlock the mysteries of the Coral Sea, this intriguing voyage encompasses the islands of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Norfolk Island, and Bay of Islands. These are some of the most idyllic places on Earth--lush, tropical Edens with a stunning diversity of cultural and natural landscapes. This expedition offers a rare, up-close view of a traditional lifestyle centered on gardens, reefs, and ocean ancestors.
"New Zealand & Sub-Antarctic Islands": Dec 6-22, Dunedin to Dunedin
From the towering peaks, majestic waterfalls and rugged coastlines of New Zealand's South Island to the biologically rich and diverse Sub-Antarctic Islands, this is a 16-day journey to paradise for nature lovers. Highlights include an off-road adventure from Akaroa to the foothills of the Southern Alps, immersion in the rich history of Māori culture, and two days exploring Macquarie Island, Australia's sub-Antarctic jewel.

In true Silversea Expeditions style, the guests of Silver Discoverer will enjoy spacious, ocean-view suites, sumptuous gourmet cuisine, the personalized service of a butler, and a generous selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, including complimentary beverages, wines and spirits served throughout the ship, and stocked in-suite beverage cabinet.  
For more information and a complete list of expedition voyages featuring this special, limited-time offer, please visit

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Costa Cruises Launches 'MyCosta Mobile' Free Voice & Text App

HOLLYWOOD, FL, Feb. 4: Costa Cruises has launched "MyCosta Mobile," a new application for smartphones and tablets that enables Costa guests to call and phone each other while cruising onboard its 14 ships with unlimited talk and text at no cost. The user-friendly MyCosta Mobile is free to download and register. Before their cruise, guests simply download the application from the Apple, Android or Google Play store and install it on their smartphone or tablet. Once onboard, guests connect to the ship's Wi-Fi network, register and launch the app.

By accessing the application via the ship's Wi-Fi system, guests can socialize with other guests on their ship by phone or text through the closed network at no charge. The app also can be used to contact a stateroom or one of the ship's restaurants, spa desk, shore excursion office and more. If a guest uses the mobile device to access the Web or contact someone not on the ship, then the customary roaming and shipboard Internet-access charges apply.

MyCosta Mobile is available for the iOS 5.0 operating system and newer versions of iPhones and iPads, as well as for smartphones and tablets that run on Android 2.3 and later mobile-operating systems. The application comes in six languages: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese.

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Holland America Line Honors World Cancer Day With On Deck For A Cause Fundraising Walks

SEATTLE, Feb. 4: As a part of its ongoing cancer research fundraising and awareness program, Holland America Line will hold On Deck for a Cause events this week across its fleet of 15 ships in support of World Cancer Day. From Australia and Antarctica to the Indian Ocean and Caribbean, guests and crew around the world will gather on deck to make the walk amid glaciers, palm trees and the Panama Canal. On Deck for a Cause invites guests to participate in a noncompetitive 5k fundraising walk on every sailing of the line's ships, with proceeds distributed among the American Cancer Society, Canadian Cancer Society, Cancer Council Australia, Cancer Research UK, Deutsche Krebshilfe (German Cancer Aid) and KWF Kankerbestrijding (Dutch Cancer Society). These walks take place on more than 500 cruises each year.

"Although we support the fight against cancer year-round with our On Deck for a Cause program, World Cancer Day is a time to reflect on the potential we have to impact future treatment and prevention," said Richard Meadows, executive vice president marketing, sales and guest programs for Holland America Line. "Cancer is a disease that affects every region in the world, and we're proud to support top organizations in those countries where many of our guests come from."

Since fully launching across the line's 15 ships in mid-2013, On Deck for a Cause fundraising events have raised more than $200,000 with 200 walks and more than 10,000 participants. Holland America Line began its onboard fundraising walks in 2006 with On Deck for a Cure which raised more than $3 million to fund breast cancer research, education and treatment.

With On Deck for a Cause, guests of all ages are invited to donate $20 to the Holland America Line Foundation, and a minimum of 80 percent ($16) is distributed to the organizations. The remaining 20 percent covers program and administrative expenses. On a day at sea, participants join in a 5k walk around the ship's decks. Guests may walk less or not at all, as they prefer. Participants also receive an On Deck for a Cause T-shirt, wristband and a reception following the walk. Depending on the ship, the distance to reach 5k ranges from nine to 12 laps.

Holland America Line and its corporate foundation's charitable giving programs include cash sponsorships, in-kind donations, shipboard events, free- and reduced-fare cruise donations for nonprofit fundraising events, donations of usable shipboard items around the world, employee volunteerism and other philanthropic activities. For more information about Holland America Line, visit

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Celebrity Cruises Sets Sail With Bravo Media's Emmy® Award-Winning Series "Top Chef"

NEW YORK & MIAMI, FL, Feb. 4: Celebrity Cruises and Bravo's "Top Chef" invite fans on a global culinary adventure with the new "Top Chef at Sea" partnership. The premium vacation brand and the Emmy® Award-winning culinary competition series unveiled an exclusive licensing partnership that offers fans custom "Top Chef" experiences onboard Celebrity's modern luxury ships. Building on last year's popular "Top Chef: The Cruise" charter, fans can enjoy an exclusive taste of the well-known series with enhanced culinary experiences for foodies and globetrotters alike. This marks the cruise industry's first Top Chef-themed licensing partnership on a large scale as well as Celebrity's first exclusive Top Chef-inspired experiences available onboard 10 Celebrity ships. For a sneak peek at "Top Chef at Sea," visit

Celebrity will launch four cruises featuring former "Top Chef" contestants departing July 27, Aug 15, Sept 19 and Nov 15. While vacationers sail away to dream destinations, such as Bermuda, Alaska, Europe and the Caribbean, they will have the opportunity to participate in complimentary cooking demonstrations, the show's famous, interactive Quickfire Challenges and other activities. For a more exclusive experience, guests can enjoy private cooking classes and events hosted by former chef'testants at an additional cost as part of their vacation experience.

In addition to the four exclusive cruises with "Top Chef" alums, Celebrity will also introduce Quickfire Challenges and "Top Chef"-inspired menu evenings to its cruise vacations onboard 10 ships for all sailings departing July 2014-June 2015.

"Embodying passion for creativity and culinary excellence, 'Top Chef'perfectly complements our already exceptional culinary line-up and innovative dining that guests enjoy while vacationing with us," said Lisa Kauffman, VP of Marketing, Celebrity Cruises. "We are thrilled to offer new, diverse experiences in the coming year that invite vacationers to engage in their favorite entertainment and culinary options exclusively onboard Celebrity."

Recognized for its industry-leading dining experiences, Celebrity Cruises has been applauded for its signature, award-winning cuisine and impeccable service across its luxurious fleet. From cooking exclusive dinners at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City to launching the cruise industry's first pop-up restaurants in New York and San Francisco, "Top Chef at Sea" is the next step in embarking guests on a rich vacation experience of endless culinary possibilities.

For more details about "Top Chef at Sea," visit

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Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas Gets Texas-Sized Makeover

MIAMI, Feb. 04: Royal Caribbean International’s Navigator of the Seas is primed to resume year-round service from Galveston, Texas on February 5, 2014, after completing a month-long drydock revitalization. Part of an extensive fleetwide program to enhance every Royal Caribbean’ ship, Navigator of the Seas will WOW the Lone Star State with the area’s most innovative and contemporary Caribbean cruise vacation by introducing new and significantly enhanced dining options; debut a new FlowRider surf simulator; and offer a glimpse ahead toward the cruise line’s highly anticipated Quantum of the Seas.
Most anticipated of all the ship’s additions is the new FlowRider surf simulator, the center of the action atop the Sports Deck (deck 13), as well as the debut of Royal Caribbean’s first Virtual Balconies in 81 interior staterooms displaying expansive, real-time views of the ocean and destinations. Virtual Balconies were first announced for Quantum of the Seas, which debuts October 2014, and vacationers can be among the first to experience the innovation on Navigator of the Seas, even before the Quantum class is launched. Vacationers also can choose new Panoramic Ocean View staterooms, featuring floor-to-ceiling glass walls providing guests breathtaking, unobstructed views all the time.
Navigator of the Seas’ guests also can look forward to an expanded lineup of eight dining options, led by the debut of an all-new modern Mexican specialty restaurant Sabor, featuring a mouthwatering menu of authentic, modern and unexpected Mexican dishes, such as Oaxacan Ceviche of Red Snapper, Spicy Chicken Flautas, or Chicken and Roasted Corn Empanada, topped with Green mole and spicy peanut sauce, to name a few. Sabor diners also can delight in customized guacamole and salsas, made tableside right in front of their eyes, as well as an assortment of tacos, quesadillas and burritos, all made with the freshest ingredients. Sabor has a service charge of $25 per guest. Guests can complement their experience with a curated menu of tequilas, mezcal, and Mexican beers, as well as delicious sangrias and tableside-mixed margaritas, for an additional charge. Sabor’s tequila flights also offer guests a chance to sample a trio of Plata, Reposado and Anejo tequila, or savor the nuances among three Reposado tequilas.
Furthermore, Navigator of the Seas’ guests will be the first to enjoy the fully revamped and elevated Chops Grille: The New American Steakhouse, which marries contemporary flair to traditional steakhouse offerings. The first among Royal Caribbean’s fleet to offer the new menu, Chops Grille on Navigator of the Seas will feature brand new selections, such as the Veal Chop Parmesan, slow broiled with caramelized shallots and topped with parmesan herb butter, a Slow-braised Short Rib of Beef with Bordelaise sauce, and a Dry-aged Steak Burger served on a brioche bun and topped with melted gruyere and pancetta. Guests also can still enjoy Chops Grille classic cuts, such as the 8 Oz. Filet Mignon, served with Béarnaise butter, and a 10 Oz. Grilled Sirloin Steak, as well as a range of new and delicious signature appetizers, soups, salads, and sides--such as new, decadent Truffled French Fries and Gruyere Cheese Tater Tots--that will complete the experience in the cruise line’s hallmark specialty restaurant. Chops Grille steakhouse has a service charge of $35 per guest. Chops Grille also features two new premium selections of the finest quality cuts of beef in the world, a 16 Oz. dry-aged NY Strip Steak and a 20 Oz. dry-aged Porterhouse Steak (an additional $18 and $19 respectively), each USDA prime beef, dry-aged for four weeks to achieve the pinnacle of flavor, tenderness and aroma. This dry-aged process can only be found at select steakhouses around the world, and now, in a cruise industry first, is offered aboard Royal Caribbean International’s Chops Grille.
Navigator of the Seas’ guests also can choose exciting sushi and Asian fusion dishes in the ship’s new Izumi Japanese Cuisine (a la carte menu), and delicious classic Italian favorites in Giovanni’s Table Italian trattoria ($15 for lunch and $20 for dinner per guest). Rounding out Navigator of the Seas’ culinary experiences is the grand, three-story main dining room, newly renamed Sapphire, the casual-dining Windjammer Café, and complimentary room service from 5–12 a.m. Navigator of the Seas’ specialty restaurants are available for advance online reservations for booked guests at
Guests also will enjoy some of the more popular concepts that were introduced aboard Royal Caribbean’s ground-breaking Oasis-class ships, such as new digital signage, bow-to-stern Wi-Fi service, new flat-panel televisions in every stateroom, an oversized LCD movie screen overlooking the main pool, a new Diamond Lounge for Crown & Anchor Society loyalty member guests, and the Royal Babies and Tots Nursery for the youngest guests ages six to 36 months. Additionally, the ship’s Champagne Bar has been re-conceptualized into Royal Caribbean’s signature, retro-chic R Bar.
Navigator of the Seas will sail 7-night Western Caribbean itineraries every Sunday from Galveston, visiting exciting warm-weather getaways in the Caribbean, including; Cozumel, Mexico; Roatan, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; Falmouth, Jamaica; and George Town, Grand Cayman.  For more information, visit

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American Cruise Lines Designates Newbuilds for Mississippi & Columbia Rivers

GUILFORD, CT, Feb 4: American Cruise Lines today confirmed it will be placing the first of four upcoming newbuilds on the Mississippi River, where it currently operates its newest riverboat, Queen of the Mississippi. The second newbuild will operate in the Pacific Northwest on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, where the line is operating the 120-passenger Queen of the West. Construction of both new riverboats is well underway at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, MD.

The new Mississippi riverboat will have a similar capacity to Queen of the Mississippi at 150 passengers, and will enter service in March of 2015. The new Columbia riverboat will follow later that same year. It will be slightly larger than American Cruise Lines’ other riverboats, with a planned capacity of 175 passengers. Similar in design, both will feature fully functioning paddlewheels.      

The two new ships, as of yet unnamed, will enable American Cruise Lines to offer expanded itineraries on the Mississippi River System and the Columbia and Snake Rivers, adding new cruise options for those looking to experience these unique regions.  The line currently runs numerous eight-day cruises on both rivers, offering various themes from wine and jazz music, to Mark Twain and the Lewis and Clark expedition.

“Demand on the Mississippi is high, and the Columbia River has not seen a new riverboat in many years,” said Timothy Beebe, Vice President of American Cruise Lines. “The new riverboats will offer the finest experience available in these regions, while maintaining the historic feel and authenticity of historic American river cruising.”

Both riverboats will feature historic accents and modern conveniences, as well as the latest safety technologies. They will feature the largest, most well-appointed staterooms on the rivers, and almost all will have large sliding glass doors offering panoramic views and entirely private balconies. A glass-enclosed dining room and various spacious lounge venues are also planned. During the cruise, guests will learn about the region’s history and culture, while enjoying personalized service and the comforts of the finest riverboats in North America. To learn more about American Cruise Lines, visit

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Carnival Cruise Lines Reports Record Sales; Sets All-Time High
For Number Of Guests Booked In A Single Month

MIAMI, Feb. 3: Carnival Cruise Lines set a one-month reservations record, taking net bookings (new reservations minus cancellations) for more than 565,000 guests between January 1 and January 31, 2014. The record number of reservations was 17 percent higher than the same one-month period a year ago. Additionally, traffic to the cruise line's web site also reached an all-time high with 13 million visits during the one-month period. Bookings were at unprecedented levels across the line's 24-ship fleet, which operates three- to 23-day voyages from a wide range of convenient North American homeports as well as cruises from Australia.

Carnival President and CEO Gerry Cahill attributed the record booking activity to a number of factors, including continued product enhancements and innovations being introduced across the Carnival fleet, very attractive promotions in the marketplace, strong support from travel agent partners, and a new "Moments that Matter" advertising campaign launched last fall, which is currently in heavy rotation in broadcast and digital channels. Cahill also cited increasing recognition among consumers that Carnival cruises provide a truly exceptional vacation value.

"Now is the time of year when many people focus on their upcoming vacation plans and the cruise industry typically sees an escalation in booking activity. We are definitely observing a strong uptick in reservations with bookings coming in at unprecedented levels," said Cahill. "We are seeing heavy sales growth in all channels, particularly via our travel agent partners, and we would like to express our tremendous appreciation for their support," he added. Cahill also pointed out that Carnival did not introduce any new ships in 2013 so added capacity would not account for the stronger booking activity. "More than anything, I believe consumers are increasingly recognizing that, when it comes to an exceptional vacation experience at a great value, Carnival easily comes out on top."

Among the new initiatives introduced over past several months are a one-of-kind vacation guarantee that gives consumers the option of ending their voyage early and flying home at Carnival's expense if they are dissatisfied for any reason, a comprehensive revamp of the line's main dining room offerings, and a fun and exciting partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises to enhance the activities programming for Carnival's youngest guests. Last month, the line announced an enhancement to its live music offerings through upgraded house bands and the Carnival LIVE concert series which features performances by many of today's top artists including Jennifer Hudson, Gavin DeGraw, Lady Antebellum, Olivia Newton-John, Daughtry, Styx, Martina McBride, Jewel and many others.

Additionally, the line has continued to roll out its $500 million Fun Ship 2.0 product enhancement program across the fleet, which includes a variety of hugely popular new dining, bar and entertainment upgrades. In 2014, a total of 11 Carnival ships will feature major Fun Ship 2.0 enhancements, including vessels that sail from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Port Canaveral, Tampa, New Orleans and Galveston. For additional information, visit

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