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1-31, 2013

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Cunard Line Honored with Distinguished Service Award

Oct 31: Cunard Line made history last Wednesday at the National Maritime Historical Society’s 50th Anniversary Gala Awards Dinner in New York when it became the first company ever to receive the Society’s Distinguished Service Award for its outstanding contributions and efforts to promote maritime heritage. Former DSA recipients include Op-Sail founders Frank Braynard and Howard Slotnick, Amistad godfather Warren Marr, former Secretaries of the Navy, Author Clive Cussler, Ted Turner, and Walter Cronkite.

Held each fall in the Model Room of the historic New York Yacht Club, the ceremony distinguishes industry leaders, who through their personal efforts and creativity have made honorable impacts to the maritime field. Stanley Birge, vice president of North America for Cunard Line, was joined by a number of maritime industry guests, including historians, authors, business owners, Travel Agents, port services professionals, the United States Coast Guard, and media journalists. This year’s recipients also included Stan Honey, director of technology for America’s Cup Event Authority, and Rear Admiral Sandra L. Stosz of the United States Coast Guard, the first woman in American history to head a military service academy.

“We are truly honored to be recognized among such an elite group of maritime dignitaries and believe it is in large part due to organizations like the NMHS that Cunard continues to thrive today, especially in this rapidly changing world,” said Stanley Birge, vice president, North America, for Cunard Line. “As a union of people who represent a variety of expertise, we feel it is with the basis of contributions, such as those of Mr. Honey and Rear Admiral Stosz that Cunard can continue to drive the future of what ocean liner travel is meant to be.”

“It was most fitting that we presented Cunard with the NMHS Distinguished Service Award,” said Burchenal Green, president of the National Maritime Historical Society. "With a history spanning nearly 175 years, Cunard exudes a passion for the importance of not only preserving its illustrious maritime heritage, but also to contemporizing the legacy for today’s maritime and ocean voyage enthusiasts with their modern fleet of three Queens.”

For more information about Cunard Line, visit

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Boston Marathon Heroes Enjoy Free European River Cruise From Vantage Deluxe World Travel

BOSTON, Mass, Oct 30: Vantage Deluxe World Travel is extending their thanks to approximately 114 Boston Heroes by offering a free 11-day cruise through the South of France aboard the ms River Discovery II. Inspired by the displays of courage and kindness after the Boston Marathon bombings, Vantage Deluxe World Travel staff and crew wanted to give back to these heroes as an expression of gratitude. Each of the heroes is invited to bring along one guest as a companion for this memorable luxury cruise, departing Dec 11th and returning Dec 21st, just before the holiday season.

The group of 114 Boston Heroes is comprised of families of the Boston Marathon victims (both deceased and seriously injured) and first responders (EMTs, police and fire). The River Discovery II offers an intimate cruising experience conducive to relaxation, camaraderie and rejuvenation for up to 176 passengers. One of the benefits of river cruising is the intimate size and luxurious style of the ship, better suited for talking with others about shared experiences.

This exclusive, one date only vacation includes round-trip international airfare between Boston and Paris, home from Marseille, with deluxe stateroom accommodations for nine nights (passengers lose an evening on the Transatlantic flight from Boston to Paris). The trip includes meals and complimentary wine with dinner, along with daily sightseeing and cultural activities.

The cruise meanders through the Saone and Rhone river valleys, with port calls at Provencal highlights such as Avignon, Chateauneuf-duPape, Arles, Viviers, and more. Guests will visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites (Arles, Avignon, and the Pont du Gard) as well as an array of Vantage Cultural Connections: cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, local interaction, and lectures. Guests will also enjoy ©Vantage Travel Lifestyle features such as a pub crawl and onboard entertainment. In addition to the cruise and air travel, all taxes and port charges, transfers and baggage handling are complimentary for these special guests.

“We hope that this vacation will give these Boston heroes a well-deserved break, and a chance to connect with other inspirational people who may understand the experiences they have gone through,” said Kevin Wallace, COO of Vantage Deluxe World Travel. “The south of France is one of our most popular destinations, so we felt this was a wonderful way for our company to show our support and express our pride in Boston’s tremendous spirit.”

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Norwegian Cruise Line Teams Up With The New York Knicks

MIAMI & NEW YORK, Oct 30: Norwegian Cruise Line and the New York Knicks announced today a new marketing partnership naming Norwegian the “Official Cruise Line” of the team. Norwegian will be featured on digital platforms and in-arena during the Knicks home games at the completely transformed Madison Square Garden.

“New York is a key feeder market for Norwegian Cruise Line. With the recent introduction of Norwegian Breakaway sailing year-round from New York and the upcoming launch of her sister ship Norwegian Getaway in Miami, the time was right to align with a premier sports team in New York that could showcase our product offering to their fans in fun and innovative ways,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “New York Knicks fans are some of the most passionate in basketball and enthusiastically support their team. Therefore, we want to make sure that they choose Norwegian when they are thinking about a cruise vacation.”

The marketing partnership includes Norwegian Cruise Line branding on the Seventh Avenue and Eighth Avenue marquees outside Madison Square Garden, as well as integration on The Garden’s new multimedia display, Gardenvision, inside the Arena. Norwegian will sponsor on-court promotions during select Knicks home games where fans will have the opportunity to win prizes ranging from Norwegian’s recently introduced gift card to a 7-day cruise. Additionally, Norwegian is sponsoring the “Upcoming Voyages” Gardenvision in-game feature and is the presenting partner of the Knicks “Post-Game Digital Platform” which can be found at, as well as on the team’s mobile app. Content features post-game recaps, including player interviews, game highlights and more.

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Children Unleash Their Inner Super Hero, Become Iron Man & Meet Captain America Aboard Disney Magic

CELEBRATION, FL: Marvel’s Avengers Academy is now accepting new recruits for training onboard the Disney Magic for a multi-day experience that transports kids to an elite facility for super hero training. Calling Disney’s Oceaneer Club its new seaward home, Marvel’s The Avengers make their presence known in an epic way. Young heroes are transported to a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. base (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division)—a technologically advanced remote command post used by The Avengers for special missions and operations training. Throughout the base, displays featuring some of the equipment that helps to make The Avengers earth’s mightiest heroes—Iron Man’s high-tech suit of armor, Captain America’s shield and Thor’s hammer—inspire super hero “recruits” throughout their academy missions.

Become Iron Man
Inside Marvel’s Avengers Academy, young hero hopefuls will get to virtually wear one of Iron Man’s suits during a simulated training experience on a video screen display. With a little help from J.A.R.V.I.S. (Just A Rather Very Intelligent System), the simulation gives recruits the opportunity to test out the suit’s repulsor system and flight mode—just like Iron Man.

Trainees begin by virtually suiting up, piece-by-piece in the armor, and testing their agility in the suit. Then, recruits practice accuracy with the repulsor system blasting targets—this fully interactive experience is complete with lighting effects, immersing the young heroes in the experience. The training simulation concludes with a fast-paced flight test to get kids used to jetting around in the suit—a skill that they may find handy in the future.

Avengers Assemble!
The fun continues with Become a Hero. When the kids enter the high-tech S.H.I.E.L.D. base at Marvel’s Avengers Academy, they are briefed by Director Nick Fury on the constant presence of fearsome villains—and the need to train new recruits to keep the world safe from evil. The kids learn that Hydra continues to be a nefarious force that The Avengers continue to battle all over the world.

After Nick Fury signs off, kids are put to work building super-suits of their own by constructing masks, capes, chest plates and repulsor rays to reflect their own super powers. Once their hero suits are ready, the real work begins—skills training to learn telepathic powers and target practice with their repulsor rays. By the end of their first day, recruits are well on their way to active duty hero work when the training is interrupted by a surprise appearance of one of their favorite Marvel super heroes—Captain America himself. Checking-in on the training, Captain America teaches the group the “Avengers Assemble” call sign so they can truly step into the role of The Avengers.

On Day Two of Marvel’s Avengers Academy, recruits report for more training of their super-skills, when S.H.I.E.L.D. intercepts an urgent transmission—Super-villain Red Skull has planned another elaborate diabolical plot to turn a “certain sea vessel” into a deadly weapon. With The Avengers on assignment on the other side of the globe, it becomes clear that it’s up to the newest recruits to formulate a plan to save the planet.

Recruits realize the task may be harder than they thought when things take a turn for the worse—they soon find that their own Youth Activities counselors have been put under an evil spell that the kids must break. With time running out quickly, kids will need to use their super hero powers and creative reasoning to work together to find a solution to thwart Red Skull’s evil plans so that they can save the Avengers and prevent the Disney Magic from takeover.

Disney’s Oceaneer Club, open to 3- to 12-year-old children, is a completely re-imagined area that transports little ones to the magical realms of brave super heroes, adventuresome toys, fanciful fairies and Mickey Mouse’s club for creativity and fun. To learn more about Disney Cruise Line, visit

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Stars & Experts Highlight Seabourn Sojourn 2014 World Cruise

SEATTLE:  Seabourn Sojourn's 2014 world cruise will host a stellar line-up of distinguished celebrities, guest entertainers and lecturers, taking part in the line's "Seabourn Conversations" program of onboard enrichment and special guest entertainment. The featured guest speakers and celebrities include Tony Award-winning Broadway star Patti LuPone; former CIA operative Tony Mendez, whose heroic exploits inspired the Academy Award-winning film "Argo"; and Dennis Conner, an American yachtsman and four-time America's Cup winner. Seabourn Sojourn's 116-day world cruise begins January 4, 2014 at Los Angeles and ends in Venice, Italy on May 1, 2014.

From historians and scientists to authors, destination and maritime experts, the exciting luminaries will share their stories, expert opinions and valuable insights to guests throughout the once-in-a-lifetime voyage. In addition, they will experience the journey along with guests, sharing meals, adventures ashore and casual chats throughout the voyage.

"Our guest speakers are as intriguing and worldly as the destinations we will visit during the world cruise," said John Delaney, Seabourn's senior vice president, marketing and sales. "Not only will they entertain and delight our guests with their talent, expertise and knowledge, they will also be a part of the daily social scene, enhancing our guests' experience."

In addition to the "Celebrity Conversations" with LuPone, Mendez and Conner, Seabourn Sojourn's world cruise will feature "Arts Conversations" with David Smith, photographer and travel writer; "Culinary Conversations" with Andrew Fairlie, Scotland's only two-Michelin star chef; "Cultural & Destination Conversations" with Ronald Sampson, CBE, a former commander of the British Empire for Diplomatic Services, and Dr. Thomas Lippman, journalist and author specializing in Middle East affairs; and "Current Affairs and History Conversations" with Ralf Vargas and Daniel Silke, foreign policy experts. A list of currently scheduled Seabourn Conversations guest speakers can be viewed here.

Seabourn Sojourn's 116-day world cruise will visit 53 ports in 20 countries, encompassing destinations such as Hawaii, the South Pacific and Australia, Indonesia and Southeast Asia, India, Arabia and the Mediterranean. Rates include round trip air and a host of other complimentary amenities. For guests who cannot sail the entire voyage, shorter segments are available from 22 days. For more information about Seabourn Sojourn's 2014 world cruise, visit

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Royal Caribbean Reveals First Look at 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Float

MIAMI, Oct 29: Royal Caribbean International and Macy’s revealed the first look at the cruise line’s new float, which will set sail down the streets of New York as part of the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® lineup. Dubbed “A World at Sea,” the float was designed by the creative artists of the Macy’s Parade Studio and will bring the cruise vacation experience to midtown Manhattan and beyond via three distinct postcard scenes which take place onboard a Royal Caribbean ship. The rotating scenes depict three “WOW” moments found only on Royal Caribbean, including the cruise line’s signature FlowRider surf simulator, thrilling zip line and iconic rock climbing wall.

The float will celebrate the November 2014 debut of Quantum of the Seas, the first ship in Royal Caribbean’s groundbreaking Quantum-class, and will feature a special, surprise performance. Quantum of the Seas will sail out of the New York area to exciting destinations in the Caribbean, including Labadee, Haiti and CocoCay, The Bahamas – Royal Caribbean’s highly-rated, private beach getaways.

For 45 years, Royal Caribbean has brought the best and most innovative ships to the Caribbean, as well as destinations around the world, and reaffirms that strong commitment with the new Quantum-class.The 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs nationwide on NBC-TV on Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 from 9 a.m. to noon in all time zones. For more information on Quantum of the Seas, as well as Royal Caribbean’s global fleet and private destinations in the Caribbean, visit

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International Luminaries Set To Debate Aboard Crystal's World Cruise Voyages

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 29: Highly decorated military vets, diplomats, political figures, and global news correspondents, along with more of today's most fascinating - and sometimes polarizing - personalities from around the world will go head to head aboard three segments of Crystal Cruises' 2014 World Cruise. During the line's unique moderated Ocean Views-themed discussion panels, the esteemed experts will candidly discuss several of the hottest current issues, followed by an interactive Q&A/polling from the audience of Crystal's savvy world-traveling guests. Ocean Views will present the spirited debates aboard three segments of Crystal Serenity's 89-day World Cruise: January 18 Los Angeles-Yokohama, March 10 Singapore-Cape Town and March 28 Cape Town-London. Among the experts set for the panels are:

-- James Bradley - Award-winning author of the bestselling book, Flags of Our Fathers, based on his own father's experience raising the flag on Iwo Jima (January 18 cruise);
-- Richard Roth - CNN's senior U.N. correspondent, covering everything from Syria and the Arab Spring to U.S. politics and New York stories (January 18 cruise);
-- General Anthony Zinni (Ret.) - Decorated 39-year U.S. military veteran who led troops in over 70 countries; now also an acclaimed author and diplomat (January 18 cruise);
-- Edwina Currie - One of the U.K.'s most provocative conservative political figures and former Member of Parliament (March 10 cruise);
-- Ambassador Tony Leon - Former leader of South Africa's progressive Opposition Party and ambassador to South America (March 10 cruise);
-- Sue MacGregor - Renowned BBC broadcaster, perhaps best known as the long-running host of Women's Hour, and current host of The Reunion on BBC Radio 4 (March 28 cruise);
-- Tex Harris - Twice president of the American Foreign Service Association and advocate for strengthening U.S. diplomacy (March 28 cruise); and
-- Shelby Coffey - Veteran newsman and former editor of the Los Angeles Times and president of CNN Business News (March 28 cruise).

"Ocean Views offers our guests a fantastic opportunity to witness, and participate in, the intellectual sparring that occurs when great minds come together for open discussion," says Bret Bullock, vice president of entertainment. "Regardless of what side of the aisle one may fall upon, this roster of dynamic, opinionated speakers is certain to inspire lively conversation long after guests leave the theater."

The Ocean Views sessions, initially launched in 2011, are presented annually aboard the World Cruise, and other select voyages, alongside enhanced Creative Learning Institute and other enrichment programming around the globe. 2014's World Cruise from Los Angeles to London is comprised of five segments, ranging from 12 to 22 days, with segment fares starting at $6,845 per person if booked by October 31.

Crystal's award-winning, luxurious offerings always include a diverse selection of thought-provoking, scholarly, and sophisticated enrichment activities that provide extensive on-board choices for cultured world travelers. For more information visit

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Holland America Line's ms Noordam To Sail Central & Western Mediterranean Cruises In 2014

SEATTLE, Oct. 28: Holland America Line's ms Noordam will now sail cruises with central and western Mediterranean itineraries in spring and summer 2014. The new itineraries will allow for longer voyages, including the introduction of three new 11-day itineraries with several departures each and numerous Collectors' Voyages up to 33 days. From April through October 2014, the ship will sail between Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, and Barcelona, Spain, or Venice, Italy. The 11-day itineraries feature a combination of calls in Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Monaco, Tunisia, Greece, Croatia, Montenegro and Turkey. Guests who want a longer vacation can combine two or three back-to-back voyages to form a 22- or 33-day Collectors' Voyage. These extended itineraries offer a more in-depth cruise and allow for extra time ashore to become immersed in the culture and history of the Mediterranean. The new Noordam itineraries replace the previously published cruises that included Egypt, which was cancelled due to continued unrest in the area.

"The central and western Mediterranean cruises feature a variety of popular ports in 10 countries so our guests can explore the top highlights of the region," said Richard Meadows, Holland America Line's executive vice president of sales, marketing and guest programs. "For travelers with more time, the different itineraries can be combined into an ultimate Mediterranean cruise experience with few, if any, repeated ports."

Departing April 4, May 18, July 1 and Aug. 14, the "Mediterranean Explorer" voyage sails from Barcelona to Civitavecchia (Rome). The cruise begins with an overnight at Barcelona and continues on to Marseille (Provence), France; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Calvi, Corsica; Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy; La Goulette (Tunis), Tunisia, and Palermo and Naples, Italy. The ship sails the reverse itinerary, ending with an overnight at Barcelona, May 7, June 20, Aug. 3 and Oct. 8.

The "Adriatic Dream" itinerary departs April 15, May 29, July 12 and Aug. 25 from Civitavecchia (Rome) and sails to Venice, where guests enjoy an overnight before disembarking. Along the route the ship calls at Messina, Sicily, Italy, after scenic cruising along the Strait of Messina; Valletta, Malta; Argostolion and Kerkira (Corfu), Greece; Kotor, Montenegro, and Dubrovnik, Korcula and Split, Croatia.

The "Mediterranean Dream" cruise departs April 26, June 9, July 23 and Sept. 5 from Venice and sails to Civitavecchia (Rome). This itinerary features six calls throughout the beautiful Greek Isles, including Katakolon (Olympia), Navplion, Piraeus (Athens), Mykonos, Rhodes and Santorini. The ship also calls at Kusadasi, Turkey, home to Ephesus, and Naples, Italy.

The Sept. 16 "Venetian Adventure" voyage sails round-trip Civitavecchia (Rome) with an overnight at Venice mid-voyage. The ship also calls at Messina after scenic cruising along the Strait of Messina, Valletta, Kotor, Split, Dubrovnik and Kerkira (Corfu).

A round-trip Civitavecchia (Rome) "Mediterranean Dream" cruise departs Sept. 27 and calls at Katakolon (Olympia), Navplion, Piraeus (Athens), Mykonos, Kusadasi, Rhodes, Santorini and Naples.

Travelers looking to explore more of the Mediterranean can book a longer Collectors' Voyage that combines two or three of the 11-day cruises. For example, the 33-day "Best of the Mediterranean" cruise departs April 4 and combines the April 4, 15 and 26 departures. The 22-day "Mediterranean and Adriatic Explorer" combines the May 18, 29 and June 9 sailings. Each month through September will offer a combination that features 22- to 33-day Collectors' Voyage options.

On Location Brings Destinations Alive on Noordam
On each Europe cruise, Holland America Line's "On Location" enrichment program brings local traditions, culinary tastes and cultural experiences to life both onboard and ashore to deepen guests' appreciation of the region. Guests might enjoy a Turkish Taraf with live belly dancers, and regional beer and wine tastings, cultural cooking demonstrations, special tapas sail-away parties and more.

Explore4 Early Booking Promotion Gives Added Perks for Planning Now
Holland America Line is currently offering the Explore4 early booking promotion that features a free Signature Beverage Package or beverage card, a free specialty restaurant dinner, free or reduced fares for third and fourth guests in the same stateroom, and 50 percent reduced deposits for bookings on select 2014 cruises made before November 15, 2013. Guests may receive all four offers when booking a qualified itinerary. Cruise fares for Noordam's summer Europe sailings start at a range from $1,599 to $5,799 per person, double occupancy, depending on the departure selected. For more information about Noordam's 2014 Mediterranean season and Holland America Line,  visit

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Celebrity Cruises Presents Exclusive Experiences for Loyal Guests
with President & CEO Michael Bayley

MIAMI, Oct 28: Imagine an evening of open-air entertainment and a complimentary dinner rich with authentic Italian fare and robust local wines in Bolgheri, a 15th Century medieval village in Tuscany. For Celebrity Cruises’ Captain’s Club members on the modern luxury line’s “President’s Cruise” in 2014, that’s just one of the special experiences they’re likely to remember long after the cruise. Celebrity Cruises President & CEO Michael Bayley will personally host the 7-night sailing on Celebrity Equinox departing from Rome (Civitavecchia) July 26, 2014, with a series of events designed exclusively for members of Celebrity’s Captain’s Club loyalty program (“Classic” level membership or higher).

In addition to the exceptional evening in the medieval village of Bolgheri, considered the ultimate destination for Super Tuscan wine enthusiasts, Celebrity’s President’s Cruise will allow Captain’s Club members and other guests to book dining experiences offered exclusively on this sailing, each representing Celebrity’s culinary excellence:

· A Taste of Nice: This four-course Mediterranean dinner will feature locally-caught seafood, farm-to-table vegetables, artisanal olive oils, local wine pairings and dessert, all created by Celebrity Chefs Thomas Szymanski and Thierry Houlbert, and served in Celebrity’s elegant Murano restaurant. The prix fixe menu is $95 per person.

· Molecular Cocktail dinner: Captain’s Club members on this sailing can join Celebrity’s James Beard-featured Chef John Suley and “The Liquid Chef” Junior Merino on a tour de force fusion of cocktails from Celebrity’s Molecular Bar paired with a ‘uniquely unordinary’ menu inspired by Celebrity’s engaging specialty restaurant, Qsine. The prix fixe menu is $95 per person.

· James Beard House dinner: Celebrity was the first cruise line to be invited to prepare dinner at the revered James Beard House in 2012, and the menu for this evening will replicate it exactly, with globally influenced classic and contemporary creations. The intimate, four-course dinner complete with an international array of award-winning wines and desserts will be served in the private Murano restaurant wine cellar and will be co-hosted by Master Sommelier Andrea Immer Robinson. The prix fixe menu is $195 per person, and includes a copy of Celebrity’s hardbound “Excite the Senses” culinary and lifestyle book.

· New York Pop-Up evening: Celebrity was the first cruise line to introduce a pop-up restaurant on land in 2012, and this dining experience will recreate it on Celebrity Equinox for Captain’s Club members who reserve a space. The modern seasonal creations on the four-course menu designed by Chef Suley feature dishes prepared exclusively with sustainable and organic products. Co-hosted by Master Sommelier Andrea Immer Robinson, the dinner includes wines and dessert, along with a copy of Celebrity’s hardbound “Excite the Senses” culinary and lifestyle book. The prix fixe menu is $95 per person.

· A Taste of Spain: Captain’s Club members who book this experience will enjoy traditional tapas, such as Iberico ham and samplings of olive oils direct from Andalusia. Celebrity Chefs Rufino Rengifo and Thierry Houlbert will host the evening together with Master Sommelier Andrea Immer Robinson, and will pair Spanish delicacies with fine wines including Riojas, Priorats and Sherry. The prix fixe menu is $95 per person.

Guests on this sailing also can purchase select shore excursions, including a scenic tour and tasting at the Tenute Nozzole winery, or Celebrity ExclusivesSM, such as a hot air balloon ride over the Tuscan countryside, a tour via Ferrari of the Côte d’Azur, and a specially designed helicopter flight prior to an intimate lunch at renowned Chef Alain Ducasse’s Provencal Inn. Space is extremely limited within the collection of Celebrity Exclusives, and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

After departing from Rome (Civitavecchia), guests on Celebrity Cruises’ 7-night President’s Cruise in 2014 will visit some of the finest destinations in the Mediterranean, including Florence, Italy; Nice (Villefranche), France; Ajaccio, Corsica; Porto Torres (Sardinia), Italy; and Palma de Mallorca, Spain, concluding in Barcelona, Spain.

The exceptional entertainment lineup on this sailing will include:

· Tenors Unlimited, known as “the rat pack of opera,” who have performed alongside such notables as Sting, Lionel Richie and Simply Red
· The Overtures, who will perform some of the best music of the ‘60s, from the music of the famous “fab four,” The Beatles, to the folk-rock of The Mamas & The Papas
· A comedy variety night starring Pete Matthews, widely recognized as the premier comedy juggler in the UK, together with ventriloquist Gareth Oliver, who reached the live semifinals of Britain’s Got Talent
· Perry Grant, a professional singer-pianist whose style, personality and piano-bar presentation of big-band style arrangements have made him a longtime favorite among Celebrity’s most loyal guests
· Authentic Broadway entertainment through Celebrity’s unique partnership with Manhattan’s 54 Below: Broadway's Supper Club
· Direct from Las Vegas, and introduced earlier this year on three Celebrity ships: Sin City Comedy, a late-night stand-up comedy show with a sexy touch of burlesque
· String Fever, a quartet of world class musicians who blend classical and rock & roll music with comedy to create a genre-defying show

Captain’s Club members can learn more about the President’s Cruise and the special events Celebrity has created exclusively for them by logging into their member account at

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New Princess Cruises Ship Receives Royal Welcome to Ft. Lauderdale

SANTA CLARITA, CA, Oct. 28: Royal Princess arrived at Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale today, marking her North American debut and launching her inaugural season of Caribbean cruises. Princess Cruises ambassador Gavin MacLeod was on hand to welcome the ship as it arrived at the Florida port, where he was joined by a court of young girls who he proclaimed "royal princesses for the day." The actor, best known as Captain Stubing from the iconic "Love Boat" TV show, joined the ship for a 2-day preview cruise for travel agents where he will participate in a special presentation and book signing for his just-released autobiography, "This is Your Captain Speaking."

Royal Princess debuted this past June with a christening ceremony watched around the world as The Duchess of Cambridge officially named the ship in her last public appearance before giving birth to her first child. The ship has been sailing in the Mediterranean throughout the summer.

"We're delighted that Royal Princess has been so enthusiastically received by passengers during her first Mediterranean season," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. "And now Caribbean cruisers will be able to experience this stunning new vessel too."

The first of two new-generation ships for Princess, Royal Princess' prototype design received rave reviews from passengers sailing on the ship's summer season. Among the features garnering attention are a dramatic over-water SeaWalk, where passengers can venture 28 feet beyond the edge of the vessel in a glass-bottomed walkway; a water and light show that has been dazzling the crowds; a dedicated pastry shop and a gelateria for those with a sweet tooth; a soaring atrium that has become the social center of the ship with its many new eateries and entertainment options; and many more dining opportunities including a special Chef's Table Lumiere, the centerpiece of an exclusive dinner at a private glass table surrounded by a curtain of light.

The ship's North American season starts with a 5-day maiden Caribbean cruise on Oct 29, followed by a program of 7-day Eastern Caribbean sailings to Princess Cays, St. Thomas and St. Maarten.Royal Princess will sail from Ft. Lauderdale through April 20, 2014. The ship then will cross the Atlantic to offer a summer season of Scandinavia and Russia cruises. More about Royal Princess, including a video tour of the ship, is available at:

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MSC Cruises Announces Exclusive Partnerships To Bring
A Taste Of The Mediterranean To The Caribbean

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, Oct. 25: On Nov 2, 2013, MSC Divina sets sail to her new year-round home in the Caribbean, bringing along some of the best of the region to share with guests onboard. Born in the Mediterranean and drawing inspiration from its roots, MSC Cruises continues to capture the essence of a Mediterranean way of life with a series of exclusive partnerships now on board MSC Divina, the first Fantasia class ship to sail from the US and the first MSC cruise ship to offer year-round Caribbean sailings. With a sleek Italian design, the 4,345-guest ship will embark on alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries with delectable new partnerships that range from coffee and gelato to steakhouse and signature cocktail menus.

The Smoothest Coffee at Sea
To start the day in style, MSC Cruises has partnered with Segafredo Zanetti, widely considered among the finest gourmet coffee brands in Italy and worldwide. The official coffee for all 12 ships across the fleet, the Segafredo partnership will be expanded on board MSC Divina, whose Caffe Italia will boast Italian favorites, from full-bodied espressos to flawlessly foamed cappuccinos to specialty Segafredo coffees and chocolate drinks. The rich Chocolate Temptation menu includes White Chocolate, After Eight Chocolate and Cherry Chocolate, and frozen coffee combinations such as a Chococcino and Caramel Coffee Frost.

Delicious Nutella Crepes and Gifts
By the main pool, MSC Divina has created a Nutella Corner featuring the beloved hazelnut spread. The Nutella Corner will offer a specialty gift to every guest who purchases a freshly made Nutella-filled crepe. All embarking families will receive a special welcome kit with a Nutella & Go snack.

Savor the Sweet Flavors of Artisanal Gelato
MSC Divina will boast a Venchi Gelateria next to the main pool area, where travelers of all ages can enjoy a gelato menu of classic favorites and innovative seasonal flavors. Venchi, masters of Italian confectionery since 1878, is renowned for using 100% natural ingredients, from intense extra dark chocolate to creamy gianduja and refreshing fruit sorbets. Venchi gelato will be prepared in a specially developed on-board laboratory, ensuring fresh - and refreshing - new flavors daily.

An Ice-cool Disaronno in the Garden Bar MSC Cruises has partnered with Disaronno, the celebrated Italian liqueur, to bring the world's first floating Disaronno Contemporary Terrace to MSC Divina. Set-up in the ship's stylish Garden Bar, this outdoor area offers a Disaronno cocktail menu and a chic chill-out zone close to the pool.

One night per cruise, the terrace will transform from a relaxation space to vivacious bar, with a mix of entertainment, live music and deliciously inventive cocktails, such as the new MSC Disarita, fusing tequila, Disaronno and margarita mix.

Shaken or Stirred, Sip a Modish Martini
In La Luna bar on deck seven, discerning guests will find an exclusive Martini menu. Partnering with the legendary and award winning Martini vermouth and sparkling Italian wines, the specialty menu offers a variety of Classic Martinis, Signature Martinis, Sparkling Martinis and Dessert Martinis, as well as the Martini Flight, a six-Martini sampler. A highlight is the MSC Signature Martini, made from Grey Goose Vodka, Disaronno Amaretto, Licor 43 and lemon peel, with souvenir MSC cocktail glass to take home.

Eataly Steakhouse & Ristorante Italia
Following the successful launch of the first two Eataly restaurants at sea on board sister-ship MSC Preziosa, MSC Cruises is launching two new Eataly restaurants and a marketplace onboard MSC Divina. Eataly, the popular food emporium originating from Italy, has locations around the globe including New York City and a soon to open store in Chicago. MSC Divina will feature the 30-seat upscale Ristorante Italia, offering a 'table d'hote' menu every night, and spectacular 115-seat regional steakhouse, Eataly Steakhouse, fashioned after Eataly's famed Manzo steakhouse in Manhattan.

All pizzas in MSC Divina's La Cantina di Bacco wine bar and pizzeria will now be made using Eataly ingredients, including delicious meter-long pizzas customizable with individual toppings. The wine bar will also boast Eataly's exclusive Vino Libero menu, produced by an association of leading Italian winemakers committed to producing high-quality wines using only sustainable farming practices. The menu offers bottles from famous wineries including Fontana Fredda and Mirafiore. A boutique Eataly marketplace will also be available for guests to purchase authentic Italian products, including olive oils, dried pastas, artisanal sweets and aged balsamics.

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Oceania Cruises Announces Innovative Classes For Culinary Centers at Sea in 2014

MIAMI, Oct 25: Today Oceania Cruises unveiled its new 2014 curriculum for the Bon Appétit Culinary Center onboard the Marina and Riviera. More than 20 different classes are offered, ranging from regional cuisines to secrets of homemade pasta, with each session expanding guests’ knowledge and appreciation of local flavors. The multi-million-dollar, ground-breaking culinary centers feature individual work stations with induction cook tops – a first at sea – and have been a favorite onboard amenity since their debut.

“While many ships offer cooking demonstrations for guests to observe, what has set our culinary centers apart is the opportunity for guests to actually cook themselves, delivering a hands-on experience in a true state of the art classroom,” shares Kunal S. Kamlani, the line’s president. “The 2014 classes, developed by acclaimed chef Kathryn Kelly and Bon Appétit magazine, promise an interactive and rewarding experience for epicureans.”

Each class appeals to a wide range of tastes and incorporates regional cultures and cuisines. Depending on the itinerary, classes can range from 45 minutes to three hours and cater to all levels of aptitude, from beginner to master-chef level. The culinary experience is also often brought ashore with market tours where guests shop for local ingredients with Chef Kelly. Culinary classes can be purchased in advance with onboard bookings based on availability starting from $69 per person.

Highlights of the new 2014 classes as well as a sampling of voyages that they can be experienced on are listed below. Note: These classes are available on virtually every 2014 voyage of Marina and Riviera

European Favorites
French Classics: At the center of the gastronomic sphere, French cooking methods and techniques are the benchmark for culinary standards worldwide. In this class, gourmands master several fundamental French techniques and prepare elegant dishes that can be recreated at home. Riviera, May 5, 2014 Historic Holy Lands 10 Days, Istanbul to Athens

Italian Family Table: This class celebrates the cuisines and specialty dishes of the many regions visited by Oceania Cruises. Students learn techniques and recipes that have been passed down for generations and shared around family tables in the fabulous Italian destinations visited, which include Portofino, Amalfi, Tuscany and Sicily. Riviera, June 1, 2014 Venetian Revelations 10 Days, Barcelona to Venice

Viva España: Guests are transported to the tapas bars of Spain, learning how to host a tapas party, complete with sangria and delicious, authentic Spanish dishes. Exciting arrays of tapas are prepared with recipes by Oceania Cruises’ chefs discovered on journeys to San Sebastián, Barcelona and Andalucía. Riviera, September 1, 2014 Flavors of Europe 7 Days, Rome to Barcelona

Regional Recipes
Modern Nordic: The fresh, inventive dishes of restaurants including Copenhagen’s Noma and Geranium have changed the way the world views Nordic cuisine. Inspired by Oceania Cruises’ Baltic travels, the line’s chefs have developed a class devoted to favorite recipes of the region. Marina, June 7, 2014 North Sea Coasts 7 Days, London to Copenhagen

Magical Morocco: With a special emphasis on tagine recipes, this class teaches guests the basics of Moroccan cooking, one of the most popular cuisines today. Highlights are the spices and ingredients of the Moroccan pantry and how to utilize them for flavorful dishes. Marina, September 24, 2014 Tapestry of Cultures 10 Days, Lisbon to Rome

Techniques to Know
Pasta from A to Z: Aspiring chefs make fresh pasta from scratch, including techniques for gnocchi and stuffing. Students master rolling the dough, cutting, proper cooking and serving with the freshest of sauces. Riviera May 15, 2014 Gems of Antiquity 7 Days, Athens to Istanbul

Mastering Fish: One of the most popular classes, guests practice high-heat and moist-heat methods, as well as curing, to make delicious fish entrées at home. Riviera, May 22, 2014 Portraits of the Past 10 Days, Istanbul to Barcelona

Oceania Cruises Onboard Favorites
Most Requested from Canyon Ranch: Working with the culinary team at Canyon Ranch, Oceania Cruises brings the most requested recipes from the world-renowned health resort and creator of the Canyon Ranch SpaClub® on each ship. Guests learn healthy cooking techniques and quick, easy recipes with a focus on fresh ingredients and delicate flavor. Riviera, May 22, 2014 Portraits of the Past 10 Days, Istanbul to Barcelona

Oceania Favorites, Red Ginger: A selection of the most requested recipes from the acclaimed Red Ginger onboard Marina and Riviera highlights this class. Its Asian fare, with Thai and Vietnamese influences is a favorite. Guests learn how to use the ingredients that stock an Asian pantry as well as regional cooking techniques. Riviera, November 18, 2013 Enchanted Passage 14 Days, Barcelona to Miami

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Princess Cruises Ships Prepare for a Joyful Holiday Season

SANTA CLARITA, CA, Oct 25: The holiday season is always a joyful time aboard Princess Cruises ships around the world, and this year is no exception. Passengers enjoying seagoing holiday cruises will find some new activities onboard as well as favorite celebrations to make sure the season is merry and bright. The festivities begin with spirited Halloween and Thanksgiving cruises and continue with fun-filled cruises over Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s Day. Whether sailing through sunny waters of the Caribbean or South Pacific, or cruising Down Under in Australia and New Zealand, ships will be decked from stem to stern, and may even experience a unique snowfall.

“Tis the season to leave work and cold weather behind, and instead truly relax and enjoy holiday festivities,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. “Our shipboard teams make sure passengers can make the most of seasonal celebrations, with favorite things such as our annual snowfall in the atrium, plus new traditions.”

Halloween Happenings – Spooky characters will be haunting the ships as “stowaways” throughout the fleet. Passengers who spot the figures hidden throughout the ship could win prizes in a new Halloween contest. Other Halloween cruise happenings include a new "Fright Night" party where passengers are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costume. Passengers can even join in with the ship’s flash mob to perform to “Thriller” at the party. Young ghosts and goblins will have an opportunity show off their costumes as well and enjoy trick or treating around the ship. Late night scary movies and special Halloween film events on the Movies Under the Stars screens will keep the frights coming.

Giving Thanks – Thanksgiving cruises will offer some new activities as well, centered around a Tree of Thanks, where passengers can write down and share the things for which they are most thankful. For those who can talk to the birds, a new turkey calling contest will crown the best gobbler. Dining rooms will serve up a traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings, and turkey carving demonstrations will get passengers ready to do the honors at their next holiday feast. Footballs fans can keep up with all the Thanksgiving Day NFL games on Movies Under the Stars (depending on satellite availability).

Hanukkah Celebrations – Beginning November 27, passengers celebrating the Festival of Lights will find a special area of the ship is reserved for those participating in Hanukkah events. Ships display menorahs and fresh flower arrangements decorated in blue, silver and white. Children also get into the act with themed arts and crafts relating to the holiday.

Christmas Cheer – Christmastime begins in early December with a new tree-lighting ceremony when the holiday décor first goes up around the ship. Also new this year is a holiday variety show to keep spirits bright. And passengers can also cheer on their favorite of Santa’s reindeer in a new reindeer race event on select Christmas cruises.

Special seasonal activities abound, including a “gingerbread challenge,” where teams test their holiday house-building skills in a fun-filled competition to construct the most creative gingerbread structure. Holiday card-making activities will allow passengers to tap into their creative side. For those who can’t get enough of Christmas carols, the ship’s Princess Pop Choir will feature a holiday concert with favorite seasonal songs.

Religious services are held as well, and passengers can attend Christmas mass or an inter-denominational church service. Passengers will receive a stocking turndown gift and can enjoy classic holiday films on the Movies Under the Stars screen or in their staterooms. They can even relax in front of a traditional burning Yule log … on their stateroom television!

Kids will especially like the season at sea. Santa Claus makes an appearance with a gift for each child, and an officer will entertain with the traditional reading of “The Night Before Christmas.” Fun-filled holiday activities offer youngsters the opportunity to try their hand at Christmas ornament making, cookie decorating, balloon making, face painting, games and other competitions. The youth centers will host holiday parties for each age group, and kids can search each day to find the Elf on the Shelf. They will also have an opportunity to sing Christmas carols for passengers. For parents who want to stay up later to celebrate the holidays, free late-night group kid sitting sessions will be available on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Each Princess ship’s culinary team will delight the senses with spectacular holiday displays and will serve up several delicious feasts. A sumptuous Christmas breakfast will include complimentary eggnog. On Christmas Day, passengers will sit down to a dinner of traditional holiday fare including roast turkey and all the trimmings. Freshly prepared stollen and Christmas cookies (even some for Santa) round out the seasonal treats.

Happy New Year – To ring in 2014, ships will host fun-filled New Year's Eve parties to count down to the new year with upbeat music, confetti and a balloon drop. Earlier in the evening, the dinner menu will feature special treats just for New Year’s Eve. On New Year’s Day, football fans will be able to follow the holiday’s traditional college bowl games, as the telecasts will be shown (as available by satellite) on the giant Movies Under the Stars screens or in shipboard lounges.

The 17-ship Princess fleet will cover the globe this holiday season, with sailings to the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Australia/New Zealand, South America, Hawaii and the South Pacific. Additional information about Princess Cruises is available on the company's website at

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Seven Seas Voyager Emerges From Drydock With Dramatic, Stylish New Interiors

MIAMI, Oct 24: Regent Seven Seas Cruises announced today that Seven Seas Voyager has emerged from her scheduled dry-dock with a dramatic, breathtaking new interior decor and refreshed exterior decks. The all-balcony, all-suite 700-guest capacity vessel unveiled her new look on October 23 when she set sail on a 10-night cruise from Rome to Venice. Radiating a new sense of warmth, the ship’s public spaces are resplendent with elegant new furnishings, rich upholstery, custom-milled carpeting and hand-selected accents. From the bold yet soothing tones of the Observation Lounge, to the inviting sophistication of Horizons, every area exudes a sense of style and elegance.

“Regent Seven Seas Cruises has always set the benchmark for luxury cruises and the Seven Seas Voyager just raised the bar considerably. The ship is nothing short of breathtaking,” said Kunal S. Kamlani, president of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “Seven Seas Voyager is ushering in a new era of design sophistication for the line and is now undoubtedly the most beautiful ship afloat,” he added.

As part of the ship’s refurbishment all Penthouse Suites received stunning new décor with custom-crafted elegant furnishings, plush carpeting, curtains, wall coverings, furniture, lighting, original artwork and outdoor furniture. Horizons, the ship’s nightclub and bar, and the Observation Lounge each underwent a complete, radical transformation. The venues now sport distinctive new bars, chic new furnishings, tony carpeting, lustrous wall coverings, and new lighting throughout. The Constellation Theater, the ship’s two-deck high, state-of-the-art show theatre was rejuvenated with new carpeting, all new upholstery, wall coverings, cocktail tables, wall sconces, banquettes and chairs.

Of course, the ship’s exterior decks received just as much as attention as the interiors. New teak was installed on the balconies of all 350 suites and teak decks in common areas were re-surfaced and re-finished to brand-new condition. The Pool Deck, as well as the ship’s outdoor relaxation areas on Decks 5, 11 and 12, now feature brand new resort furniture and stylish accents. The Pool Grill and La Veranda also received eye-catching upgrades with new mosaic tiling, new wall coverings and awnings.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ fleet is comprised of three all-suite ships that carry from 490 to 700 guests in luxury to ports in Australia, Europe, Asia, South America, South Pacific, Alaska, New England, Canada, Africa, and the Caribbean. Additionally, Regent Seven Seas Cruises recently announced an expansion to its industry-leading all-inclusive product by offering free Wi-Fi fleet-wide including Seven Seas Voyager as part of a multi-million dollar Internet investment upgrade. Beginning with Winter 2014-2015 sailings, concierge-level and higher guests will receive up to 500 minutes of free Wi-Fi.

Guests can choose from up to four, open-seating gourmet restaurants, including Compass Rose, serving an exceptional variety of European-inspired Continental cuisine; Prime 7, a contemporary American steakhouse; Signatures, a classic French dining experience that rivals the finest Parisian restaurants; and Sette Mari at La Veranda, which offers an extensive menu of authentic Italian specialties. With some of the highest space-per-guest ratios in the cruise industry, accommodations include such requisite amenities as down comforters, Egyptian cotton linens, flat-screen television, DVD players and Wi-Fi access. Penthouse and higher-category suites aboard all three ships are equipped with iPads. For more information, visit

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American Cruise Lines Introduces NEW Mardi Gras Celebration Cruise

GUILFORD, CT, Oct 24: American Cruise Lines, the largest U.S. cruise company, announced today the introduction of a specially-themed Mardi Gras cruise. Offered on March 1, 2014, during the week of Mardi Gras, the new theme cruise will kick-off the line’s third season on the Mississippi River in New Orleans, with a complimentary pre-cruise package, specially-planned festivities, and an exclusive dinner for guests at Antoine’s, one of New Orleans’ finest and most historic dining establishments. Offered as a roundtrip out of New Orleans, the Mardi Gras Celebration cruise features:

-- Complimentary Pre-cruise Package: Guests can join the party early with a complimentary two-night stay in New Orleans aboard the Queen of the Mississippi, prior to their cruise.
-- Mardi Gras Celebration: American Cruise Lines offers guests an opportunity to celebrate the city’s most quintessential holiday without the crowds, on the beautiful Queen of the Mississippi. Guests will enjoy specialty foods such as King Cake, festive activities including mask making, and a Fat Tuesday celebration onboard the ship.
-- Dinner at Antoine’s: Joined by American Cruise Lines president Charles A. Robertson, guests are treated to an exclusive evening of dinner and drinks at Antoine’s Restaurant, one of New Orleans’ finest and most legendary restaurants. The oldest family-run restaurant in the United States, Antoine’s is a historic landmark, having kept its doors open through some of the nation’s most difficult times, including the Prohibition era, the Great Depression, and both World Wars. Known for its French-Creole cuisine, impeccable service, and world-famous clientele, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, numerous movie stars, foreign royals, and even a former pope, Antoine’s will offer American Cruise Lines’ guests the premier New Orleans dining experience.
-- Exclusive Tours: American Cruise Lines has arranged for a number of exclusive tours available only for its guests, including a behind-the-scenes guided tour of Mardi Gras World and a float building demonstration.

The Mardi Gras cruise provides guests with the best value on the Mississippi River, offering an 8- or 9-night cruise at the price of seven nights. This new cruise offers a unique and authentic way to experience New Orleans and its most well-known holiday, along with the many other fascinating cities found along the Lower Mississippi River. To learn more, visit

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Costa Victoria to Undergo $18 Million Refurbishment in Singapore

HOLLYWOOD, FL, Oct. 23: Costa Cruises' Costa Victoria is to return to service Nov. 11 following an US$18 million dry-dock upgrade completed at Sembawang Shipyard in Singapore. Totally refurbished with new balconies, terraces and windows, Costa Victoria boasts an "Italy at Sea" theme that is translated in every detail of the upgraded ship, from the exquisite food to the bright colors and tailored service. The renewed Costa Victoria will be a testament to authentic Italian fashion, but also will be perfectly tailored for the unique tastes and needs of the Asian market.

"Our investment in Costa Victoria means she is going to offer our valued Asian passengers the absolute finest and most enjoyable cruising holiday, which speaks to our long-term commitment to the Asia market," said Buhdy Bok, senior vice president Pacific, Asia and China for Costa Crociere S.p.A. "As the first international cruise company to enter the China market in 2006, Costa Cruises is proud of how we've developed alongside China and have been able to satisfy the rapidly growing demand for cruise holidays with innovative and high-quality cruising options."

Costa Victoria has several new dining experiences, from a buffet terrace where passengers can dine al fresco to the relaxed Pizza and Noodle area to a midnight buffet. Authentic Italian fashion elements will be interwoven into every element of the ship, guaranteeing a refined environment for guests. Lounges will be decorated and embellished with unique works of art, like the Capriccio Bar's mosaic signed by Emilio Tadini. Almost the entire interior of the ship will be restyled with a contemporary European flair.

When Costa Victoria first entered the China market in May 2012, it was heralded as Asia's first fashion cruise and won admirers from China's east coast fashion elite for its fantastic array of European designer goods at duty-free prices. That couture heritage has been reinforced in the renewed Costa Victoria with an expanded boutique shopping area.

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Paul Gauguin Cruises Offers Free Hotel Overnight In Exotic Singapore On
2014 Australia & Southeast Asia Voyages

BELLEVUE, WA, Oct. 23: Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin, and the 90-guest m/v Tere Moana, offers a free hotel overnight at the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore for guests who book one of The Gauguin's 2014 14-night Australia & Southeast Asia voyages by Dec 31, 2013. Set amid lush tropical gardens, the Deluxe Shangri-La Hotel is located in the heart of Singapore offering luxurious amenities, as well as easy access to the city's world-class shopping, restaurants, and attractions. Overnight accommodations in a Tower Room, breakfast, transfers, and a guided city tour highlighting the Raffles Hotel, Little India, Arab Street, Merlion Park and Marina Bay, and Chinatown, are included with the free hotel overnight offer.

On the Australia & Southeast Asia voyages, 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. In addition to the free hotel overnight offer, guests save 50% off standard all-inclusive cruise fares and enjoy included airfare from Los Angeles.

On both voyages, a variety of special guests will lecture, perform, or provide demonstrations. Parisian celebrity chef Jean-Pierre Vigato, champion freediver Herbert Nitsch, and extreme artist Jean Francois Detaille will be aboard the June 25, 2014, voyage. Joining the August 4, 2014, voyage are Nobel Peace Prize winner John E. Hay, islands expert Helen Henry, and Paul Gauguin Cruises chairman Richard Bailey. Art history professor and Paul Gauguin expert Caroline Boyle-Turner will lecture on both sailings. For more information, visit

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Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri Sails with Carnival Cruise Lines For Family Fun
in New Food Network Television Special

MIAMI, Oct 23: Guy Fieri and his family take to the sea for fun, adventure and killer food aboard the Carnival Breeze in a new television special, Guy’s Family Cruise, premiering on Food Network Monday, October 28 at 9 p.m. ET (8 p.m. CT).

Guy’s Family Cruise follows the Fieris during their Caribbean adventure, making stops in Miami, the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos Islands, and Jamaica aboard Carnival Cruise Lines’ largest and newest ship, Carnival Breeze. In the hour-long Food Network special, Guy and his family experience many of the amazing attractions available on Carnival Breeze. Guy, along with his two sons and nephew, work the line at his namesake eatery, Guy’s Burger Joint, a popular complimentary poolside dining spot featured on several Carnival ships that offers hand-crafted burgers, along with fresh-cut fries and special recipes the chef created exclusively for Carnival.

The family dines together at the ship’s Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse and indulges in Italian family-style favorites at Cucina del Capitano. While at sea, they have some fun at WaterWorks, slipping down the 312-foot Twister slide and getting soaked by the 300-gallon PowerDrencher splash bucket. As the guys check out SkyCourse, a suspended ropes course with breathtaking views to the sea 150 feet below, Guy’s wife spends time at Cloud 9 Spa and enjoys some much-deserved “me” time at Serenity, an adults-only retreat. The ship ultimately docks at the picturesque Caribbean port of Ocho Rios, Jamaica where the family enjoys some sun-splashed activities and samples the local cuisine.

“Our family vacation on Carnival Breeze was awesome for the entire Fieri Krew,” said Fieri. “I’m stoked that we brought the cameras along so that everyone can see all of the off-the-hook food and cool things you can do on board and in port on a Carnival cruise.”

“Guy has been such a great partner to Carnival and we were excited to host the Fieris’ first-ever family cruise on Carnival Breeze, just as we have done for millions of families over the past 41 years,” said Jim Berra, Carnival’s chief marketing officer. “Whether you’re new to cruising, a Carnival veteran or big fans of Guy, this new special provides television viewers an authentic look at how one family can enjoy a multitude of delicious dishes, fun activities and exciting entertainment on a Carnival cruise vacation.”

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Cruise Lines Celebrate The Holidays With Festive Décor, Activities & Seasonal Specials

FORT LAUDERDALE, Oct 23: Whether cruising to Tahiti or Tanzania, Argentina or Antarctica, there’s no better way to enjoy seasonal merriment than getting away with family and friends for a celebration at sea. Why stay at home when the cruise lines are bringing the holidays to you onboard? Each in its own way, cruise ships are incorporating the traditions and décor of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve into décor, dining and activities. For example: Carnival Cruise Lines has occasional “snowfalls” in the ships’ atriums, Regent Seven Seas Cruises is known for its magnificent gingerbread house displays, American Cruise Lines has ornament making as well as gift giving and Celebrity Cruises will hold pre-Christmas trunk shows in its boutiques, which are tax-and duty-free. Starting with Nov 9 departures, Disney Cruise Line’s “Very Merrytime” Cruises feature a “deck the deck holiday party” with Disney friends. In addition to holiday themed entertainment, many cruise lines offer special concerts, caroling and festive receptions as well as religious services. Princess Cruises features a tree lighting ceremony and a holiday themed variety show. For families, most lines feature special holiday crafts sessions, parties for kids along with visits from Santa and surprise gifts.

Following is a sampling of cruises from the North American fleet of Cruise Lines International Association for Christmas and New Year’s sailings guaranteed to bring tidings of comfort and joy with familiar traditions in far-flung locations:

-- Go where few will ever venture. Have a winter wonderland Christmas as Seabourn sails to Antarctica for the first time this fall. On December 11, the Seabourn Quest 24-day cruise departs from Santiago, Chile, sailing to Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a Christmas Day landing on the “White Continent”; enjoy two days at South Georgia Island, with its vast rookeries of king penguins and other seabirds, as well as breeding elephant and fur seals. Crystal Cruises’ new 17-night Antarctica cruise on the Crystal Symphony, departs Dec 21, visiting Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Falkland Islands, Drake Passage, Cape Horn and the Chilean Fjords, offering chances to fly, hike and zodiac over and on the icy continent and to view the gorgeous glacial scenery of both King George and Ardley Island.

-- Celebrate ancient traditions. Holiday markets, with hand-crafted toys, crafts and festive holiday food and drinks are a tradition dating back centuries and a special treat on many northern European cruises between November and January. Avalon Waterways invites travelers to spend Christmas in Prague and New Year's in Vienna on its 9-day “Christmastime on the Danube” voyage departing Dec 25. Experience charming Christmas markets with AmaWaterways, which is offering four land-and-cruise itineraries on the Danube River, the Rhine and the legendary canals of Amsterdam. Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering seven holiday cruises ranging from 8 to 13 days, taking travelers along Europe’s great rivers. And Hurtigruten offers itineraries with a chance to experience Norway’s natural beauty and holiday traditions such as indulging in local foods, visits from “Norway’s Father Christmas” and the chance to see “The Northern Lights” of the Aurora Borealis.

-- Discover delightful regional differences. Experience the holiday spirit—southern or Cajun style with American Cruise Lines. The 7-night “Historic South & Golden Isles” cruise, departing from Jacksonville, Florida on Dec 21, features a holiday décor tour of Charleston’s famous mansions and a traditional Sapelo Island holiday oyster roast on the beach, while the Dec 28 New Year's Eve sailing, departing from Charleston, South Carolina, features fireworks over Savannah. The 7-night “Cajun Christmas” cruise on the Lower Mississippi River, departing from New Orleans on Dec 21, features Oak Alley Plantation in its holiday finery, Christmas Eve bonfires along the levee lighting the way for Santa and a traditional Reveillon-style feast. Or celebrate Christmas and New Year’s in Hawaii with hula and ukuleles on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America 7-day Hawai`i cruise, departing Dec 21 and Dec 28 from Honolulu.

-- Find serenity on the South Seas. A 7-night Tahiti & the Society Islands voyage with Paul Gauguin Cruises onboard the m/s Paul Gauguin departs on Dec 21 and features a holiday celebration while the New Year’s voyage, departing Dec 28, picks up the tempo with rock ’n’ roll classics, jazz and original compositions played by musician Robert Thomas as well as a lecture and wine tasting led by vintner Judy Jordan of J. Vineyards & Winery. Holland America Line features in-depth cultural experiences as part of its new fleet-wide “On Location” immersion program on a 28-day “New Zealand and Pacific Treasures Collector Holiday” cruise on the ms Oosterdam departing Dec 8 from Sydney that explores New Zealand, Fiji and New Caledonia.

-- Experience exotic Asia and beyond. A 14-night Myanmar, Malaysia and Sumatra voyage with Azamara Club Cruises departing Dec 23 from Singapore combines a festive Christmas at sea with exotic ports and a relaxing New Year's Day on the beaches of Phuket, Thailand. SeaDream Yacht Club offers a 7-night journey departing from Singapore on Dec 21 on its elegant mega-yacht SeaDream II, featuring golfing, diving and beach time. Oceania Cruises’ 30-day Lands of Grandeur sailing aboard Nautica departing on Dec 8 from Dubai visits ports in Oman, India, the Maldives and Seychelles as well as Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Mozambique and South Africa.

‘Tis the season to book early. Many cruise lines offer early booking specials and discounted pricing on select holiday cruises. For instance, for bookings through Dec 31, Oceania Cruises offers 2-for-1 cruise fares, free airfare from 26 North American gateways, and bonus savings up to $4,500 per stateroom. Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is waiving or reducing its single supplement on select holiday cruises to make your Christmas vacation even merrier.

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Costa Cruises Launches 'Slow Cruising' with Costa neoCollection

HOLLYWOOD, FL, Oct. 23: Costa Cruises is introducing "slow cruising" on Costa neoRiviera and Costa neoRomantica, 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's neoCollection focuses on local foods and wines, and custom-developed small-group immersive shore excursions. Many neoCollection itineraries are exclusive to the line's smaller "neo" ships that can sail to destinations inaccessible to larger vessels. Itineraries are designed with longer stopovers at each port, often overnight and part of the next day, to allow maximum time on shore.

As part of the immersive neoCollection experience, shore excursions for groups of 25 or fewer guests have been designed to highlight cultural and natural attractions in each destination. New menus developed in collaboration with Università delle Scienze Gastronomiche in Pollenza, Italy, feature authentic cuisine that incorporates local food and wines.

The relatively small size of Costa neoRiviera (624 cabins) and Costa neoRomantica (789 cabins) makes them ideal for slow cruising because they can visit smaller ports, the shipboard ambience is warm and inviting, and the service is more refined and personalized. From the time of booking to the actual "slow cruise" experience, quality and service are hallmarks of Costa neoCollection. Guests can consult a team of experts and personalize their cruise by booking shoreside tours that match their tastes and interests. Once onboard, a concierge assists guests in choosing from an array of shipboard and shoreside amenities, such as the newly introduced romantic candlelit gourmet "Dinner Under the Stars."

The neoCollection Itineraries
The Costa neoCollection kicks off with an extraordinary 62-day voyage sailing from Dubai Feb. 9, 2014. The "Grand Africa Tour" will visit the coastline of India, the islands of the Indian Ocean--the Seychelles, Maldives, Mauritius and Reunion -- then on to Madagascar, circumnavigating the African continent on a route taking in Mozambique, South Africa, Namibia, St. Helena, Senegal, Cape Verde, the Canary Islands and Morocco, ending at Savona, Italy. The voyage can be booked as a complete trip from Dubai to Savona or, for those with less time, divided into segments from Dubai to Cape Town, South Africa, or Cape Town to Savona.

In spring/summer 2014 the Costa neoCollection will transform Mediterranean cruising when Costa neoRiviera sails a 12-day "Mediterranean Heart" slow-cruise vacation.

The "Mediterranean Heart" itinerary departs Savona April 11 and 22, May 3 and 25, Sept. 12 and Oct. 4. The cruises call at Toulon, France; Salerno and Livorno, Italy, a port ideally located for excursions to Pisa and Florence; Valletta, Malta; Porto Empedocle, Sicily, with unforgettable tours to the temples of the Valle dei Templi, and an overnight call at Barcelona, Spain. The May 3 departure also includes a visit to Genoa, Italy.

The "Mediterranean Spirit" itinerary from June 5 through Sept. 1 offers the epitome of a Mediterranean summer among the historically evocative islands of the region, as well as Italy’s Amalfi Coast. With Savona as homeport, Costa neoRiviera will call at Toulon; Propriano, Corsica; Olbia, Sardinia; Trapani, Sicily; Valletta; Capri and Salerno, Italy, and Portoferraio, Isle of Elba. The range of tours includes seaside trips to inimitable gems like Costa Smeralda, San Vito lo Capo, Positano, Amalfi, Portofino and the island of Favignana.

The Costa neoCollection also features one of the most popular itineraries for scenic cruising--northern Europe. Costa neoRomantica will offer 13- to 15-day summer cruises bound for Baltic cities and the majestic fjords of Norway.

On June 25 and Aug. 2 and 26, Costa neoRomantica sails from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on a 13-day "Northern Capitals" itinerary. After stopping at Bornholm, Denmark, Costa neoRomantica will call at Helsinki, Finland, and St. Petersburg, Russia, where guests will spend two days and one night exploring the historic imperial city. The ship then calls at Tallin, Estonia; Stockholm and Visby, Sweden, and Copenhagen, Denmark.

Guests who want to admire the midnight sun can choose the 13-day "Kingdom of Light" itinerary on Costa neoRomantica departing June 1 and 13, July 21 and Aug. 14. The ship visits destinations where fjords and waterfalls dominate the stunning landscape.

Costa neoRomantica departs Amsterdam bound for Hellesylt and Geiranger, Norway, en route to what many consider to be Norway's most beautiful fjord. The next port is historic Trondheim, Norway, followed by the North Cape, continental Europe's northernmost point, where from May through July the Land of the Midnight Sun offers its most romantic natural spectacle. The cruise continues on to Tromso, Norway, the base for many polar expeditions. At the Lofoten Islands, amid peaks overlooking turquoise water and fishing villages, guests will experience the essence of natural Arctic splendor. The last calls are at Olden and Bergen, Norway, with its wooden houses and little shops.

Finally, Costa neoRomantica offers "Beyond North Cape," an exclusive cruise departing Amsterdam July 7 on an extended panoramic voyage off the Norwegian coast, beyond the Arctic Circle to the Svalbard Islands.

The Ships
Costa neoRiviera (48,200 tons) has comfortable, intimate spaces reminiscent of a large sailing yacht. With 624 staterooms including 94 suites, four panoramic suites and six grand suites, all with private veranda, Costa neoRiviera's interiors evoke the atmosphere of the Italian and French rivieras. The ship has three restaurants (including a buffet), six bars, two shopping arcades, three swimming pools, including one for children, Jacuzzis, a beauty and wellness center with thalassotherapy, hydrotherapy and massages, a fitness center, show lounge and disco.

With just 789 cabins, Costa neoRomantica (56,000 tons) is modern, stylish and exclusive with a dazzling array of amenities, from the opulent Samsara Spa to four restaurants and a Wine & Cheese bar. Lovers of traditional Italian cuisine will enjoy Costa neoRomantica’s pizzeria equipped with a genuine wood-burning brick oven. Light and airy, the substantial use of glass and wood paneling is one of the distinguishing features of the ship’s interior decor.

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Windstar Cruises Announces Voyages to Southeast Asia & Arabia

Seattle, Oct 23: Windstar Cruises, a leader in yacht style cruising, announced the line’s debut in Southeast Asia & Arabia on its new 212-passenger power yacht, Star Pride. The new voyages are open for sale and feature five unique itineraries exclusive to the all suite yacht, highlighting small ship ports throughout Asia, Arabia, and India. The inaugural Southeast Asia & Arabia season will begin on October 30, 2014.

“Small ship cruising is an incredible way to explore this part of the world. There are tremendous experiences to be had from the ancient cliff city of Petra to the colorful Ho Chi Minh City,” said Hans Birkholz, Windstar Cruises’ chief executive officer. “This is our first journey beyond Europe, South Pacific and the Caribbean, and we are delighted to announce Star Pride’s Southeast Asia & Arabia deployment.”

Star Pride’s 2015 Asia voyages include:

Wonders of Arabia: Follow the legends of Lawrence of Arabia, Cleopatra, and Moses across the dunes to the Nile and Mount Sinai on this 18-day voyage from Athens, Greece to Dubai, UAE. Ports of call include Suez Canal, Hurghada, Sharm el Sheikh, Luxor, Egypt; Aqaba, Jordan; and Salalah and Khasab, Oman. The voyage showcases the Red Sea, the Nile, and the rose-colored ruins of Petra.

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, Cochin, India; Phuket, Thailand; and Penang, Malaysia. This itinerary highlights everything from India’s colorful cities to the tranquil beauty of Thailand’s beaches.

Singapore & the Malay Peninsula: Discover Malaysia and Thailand’s most spectacular gems 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. Guests can enjoy long days in port and blissfully beautiful destinations.

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. UNESCO World Heritage Sites are everywhere on this voyage: the ancient trading city of Hoi An, My Son Sanctuary, Hue, and Halong Bay.

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. Guests can visit Imperial Hue, ancient Hoi An, breathtaking Halong Bay, and amazing Ho Chi Minh City.

On each of these new voyages guests will experience the secluded coves and hidden harbors offered by small ship cruising, as well as the local culture brought to life on board in Windstar’s unique style. Local entertainment, authentic cuisine, intimate and personal shore excursions are all a part of the in-depth enrichment experience offered at Windstar Cruises.

Launching 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 will undergo several upgrades and changes in design and décor to align with Windstar’s casual contemporary style. Star Pride will showcase many signature Windstar experiences, including the line’s famous Sail Away party, yacht deck barbecue gala, and Open Bridge policy. For more information about these new itineraries, hotel and land packages, and how to book, visit

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Expanded Voluntourism Excursions On Crystal's World Cruise To Help Travelers Help More

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 23: Crystal Cruises' guests and crew will have almost twice as many more opportunities to give back locally during 2014's World Cruise. With an expanded You Care, We Care program during Crystal Serenity's 89-day, LA to London global journey (departing January 18), volunteers can help underprivileged children, the eco-system, or a local memorial, in Hawaii, Asia, and/or Africa, with Crystal handling all costs and logistics. Typically, Crystal offers one complimentary voluntour per cruise, always aiding a small, local organization. However, the World Cruise's five segments next year boast seven unique excursions in seven ports. Assistance opportunities include:

-- Gardening and weeding Honolulu's Makapu'u Beach to help preserve dwindling native plant life.
-- Helping build structures and clean playgrounds at Father's Home Care Ministries' home for disadvantaged children in Takoradi, Ghana.
-- Reading to underprivileged children to improve literacy as part of Singapore's LIFE program (offered on two World Cruise segments).
-- Teaching, singing, gardening and playing with orphans in Sihanoukville, Cambodia;
-- Preparing meals, babysitting, or reading to the abandoned, abused, neglected or orphaned children of Baphumelele Children's Home near Cape Town, South Africa.
-- Crafting the commemorative candles to be lit at Nagasaki's annual Peace Ceremony, in remembrance of the lives lost to WWII's atomic bomb.
-- Engaging in the day-to-day programs (knitting, gardening, schoolwork, etc.) of the orphaned children raised and cared for by families in Durban, South Africa's SOS Children's Village.

"Our You Care, We Care participants have cherished connecting to the destinations in such an intimate, interactive, and compassionate way," says Thomas Mazloum, Crystal's executive vice president. "They love seeing facets of a culture not usually visited on a luxury vacation, and return to the ship feeling like they may have made a difference, however small or large. Just a few hours together can be incredibly informative, enriching, and so memorable, for both the recipients and those giving."

March 10's Singapore to Cape Town segment should prove to be especially appealing to the philanthropic-minded, with three different You Care, We Care opportunities during the 18-day voyage. Since launching in 2011, Crystal's You Care, We Care program has aided more than 50 in-need communities around the world, with new organizations constantly reviewed by the Land Programs team year-round. Some communities are visited just once a year, while others have been visited several times a season, and returned to the following year, building goodwill over multiple visits. Recent You Care, We Care excursions have included:

-- St. John, New Brunswick: Sorting donated clothing and serving food to refugees and other less fortunate at the Romero House community food kitchen.
-- Cartagena, Colombia: Aiding impoverished "barrio" villagers via the Granitos de Paz Foundation.
-- Barcelona: Helping protect endangered marine life at the CRAM Foundation for the Rehabilitation and Conservation of Marine Animals.
-- Belfast: Contributing to conservation efforts for a 200 year-old British garden.
-- Lunenberg: Raising funds to help operate the no-kill SHAID Animal Shelter.

A cornerstone of Crystal Cruises' culture is its genuine hospitality and service that has been internationally celebrated for two decades. This spirit of generosity extends to its respectful treatment of the environment, oceans and communities in which it travels. For more information, visit

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American Queen Steamboat Company Unveils 2014 Season in New Brochure

MEMPHIS, TN, Oct. 22: As the 2014 season nears for the American Queen Steamboat Company, a new brochure celebrating the line’s most exciting and expansive program in its history debuts. This 58-page brochure showcases the perfectly American experience of the world’s largest and most opulent riverboat: the American Queen. The line’s entry into the magnificent Pacific Northwest with the American Empress sailing in April 2014 is also a brochure highlight.

“We are amazed by the overwhelming, heartfelt response to the American Queen and the luxurious amenities that she provides, including deluxe hotel stays before each voyage, remarkable shore excursions in each port and a wealth of complimentary onboard amenities,” shares American Queen Steamboat Company President & COO Ted Sykes. “As spring 2014 approaches, we look forward to introducing our elegant and intimate style of travel to the Columbia and Snake Rivers with the American Empress.”

The brochure, features new photography from the American Queen’s second season, capturing her stunning refurbishment, expanded dining venues, enhanced public spaces and refreshed yet authentic Antebellum décor. The 436-guest river boat’s itineraries for 2014 include an expanded season on the Lower Mississippi with 25 itineraries operating between her homeport of Memphis to New Orleans or New Orleans roundtrip.

The treasures of summer and colors of fall are celebrated on 11 Upper Mississippi voyages calling on favorite ports, including Mark Twain’s hometown of Hannibal, Mo., and Red Wing, Min., as the American Queen sails between St. Louis and St. Paul. Seven itineraries on the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers will explore locales between Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, highlighting the region’s kaleidoscope of big cities and small towns.

A special Riverboat Rally sailing embarking from Louisville (Jeffersonville, Ind.), will celebrate the 100th birthday of the famed Belle of Louisville and conclude with the American Queen debut in Nashville, Tenn. as the largest riverboat in the world sails the Cumberland River. A collection of 18-themed cruises will be available on the American Queen including two new Bourbon & Bluegrass journeys exploring hand-picked distilleries, Mardi Gras in New Orleans and a Fourth of July celebration docking in downtown Pittsburgh at the confluence of the Ohio, Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers.

Re-tracing the footsteps of Lewis and Clark while featuring all the comforts of modern luxury, the American Empress sails her inaugural voyage between Portland, Ore., and Clarkston, Wash., on April 5, 2014. A total of 32 nine-day voyages will sail through November 16 with ports of call including Astoria, Wash.; Stevenson, Wash.; The Dalles, Ore.; Sacajawea State Park, Wash.; and Richland, Wash. The 223-guest American Empress serves as a floating boutique hotel exploring the heart of Washington’s vineyards and celebrating the Walla Walla Wine Trail.

Offering the most inclusive river cruise experience in North America, all journeys include a one-night pre-voyage hotel stay, shore tours in all ports, complimentary wine and beer with dinner and a host of other amenities. To order a brochure and for additional information, visit online at

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Carnival Cruise Lines Launches Vacation Anticipation Photo Contest Tied to
Upcoming U.S. Debut of Carnival Sunshine

MIAMI, Oct 22: There’s nothing like the fun and excitement of getting ready to head off on vacation. For those awaiting the U.S. arrival of the recently transformed Carnival Sunshine or anyone who enjoys the feeling of anticipation leading up to a fabulous vacation, Carnival Cruise Lines has launched a fun new photo contest. The Vacation Anticipation Contest invites consumers to submit a photo of their (or their pet’s) most ‘vacation ready look’ via social media. Four lucky grand prize winners will receive a free cruise for four aboard Carnival Sunshine following its U.S. debut next month in New Orleans.

From now through October 31, fans can submit their best vacation-ready photos, whether it’s them in their straw hat and Hawaiian shirt or their pet with food bowl and treats packed, to Instagram, Twitter, or via the simple upload tool on the Vacation Anticipation website at using the dedicated hashtag for each of the following categories:

· #SunshineReadyKids – Let little ones demonstrate their best cruise vacation look.
· #SunshineReadyDuos – Couples, ‘besties’ and other duos – show us you’re ready for a warm-weather retreat.
· #SunshineReadyFamilies – Whether you’re a family or a group of friends, let us see how excited you are to get on board with your favorite traveling companions.
· #SunshineReadyPets – Pets may not be able to join the cruise, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get in on the fun.

From Nov 1 through Nov 5, consumers can vote for their favorite photos in each category at once per day, and encourage others to participate by sharing contest entries on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The 10 photos in each category with the most votes will become contest finalists to be judged by Carnival Cruise Lines based on originality, creative spirit and effectiveness in depicting ‘vacation ready.’

Carnival will announce the grand prize winner in each category on Nov 18 as part of the Carnival Sunshine Naming Ceremony video recap. Each grand prize winner will receive a complimentary cabin for up to four people to sail on a seven-day Caribbean cruise aboard Carnival Sunshine. Those receiving the second and third most votes in each category will receive gift cards in the amount of $100 and $50, respectively.

Carnival Sunshine, which arrives in New Orleans Nov 17, received an unprecedented $155 million, 75-day transformation. The total makeover incorporated all of the line’s “Fun Ship 2.0” dining, bar and entertainment features, as well as a variety of exciting innovations unique to the vessel such as the stunning three-deck-high Serenity adults-only retreat. Following a trans-Atlantic crossing from Europe, Carnival Sunshine will arrive to its U.S. homeport of New Orleans and offer 7-day cruises to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean from the Big Easy and then begin sailing from Port Canaveral, Fla., beginning April 2014.

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Norwegian Launches New Gift Card Program

MIAMI,  Oct 22: Norwegian Cruise Line has launched a new Gift Card that can be redeemed toward the purchase of a cruise or onboard expenditures, making it easier for guests to give the gift of cruising to friends and loved ones. Just in time for the holidays, Norwegian’s Gift Cards are prepaid cards that are available in set denominations of $25, $50, $100, $250 and $500, as well as in customizable amounts of up to $1000. The cards can be used toward cruise purchases on, through a travel agent, or toward a guest’s onboard experiences such as pampering spa treatments, shore excursions, dinners in one of Norwegian’s specialty restaurants, and much more.

“The new Norwegian Gift Card makes a great gift during the upcoming holiday season, or any time of year,” said Maria Miller, Norwegian’s senior vice president of marketing. “The Norwegian Gift card is the perfect gift for loved ones and friends, because there is truly nothing better than giving the gift of an amazing cruise vacation that will create memories that last a lifetime. We are excited to launch this new product because it invites even more people to discover how it feels to Cruise Like a Norwegian.”

Norwegian Cruise Line Gift Cards are available for purchase online at , via phone by contacting a Norwegian representative at (800) 372-7030, or through a travel agent partner.

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SeaDream Yacht Club Charters: The Ultimate in Corporate and Incentive Travel

MIAMI, Oct 21: SeaDream Yacht Club offers distinctive charter experiences that break the mold of traditional corporate and incentive travel with inclusive voyages to some of the world’s most secluded ports and harbors. The luxury mega-yachts SeaDream I and SeaDream II accommodate groups in an intimate, elegantly casual setting which embodies the essence of the exclusive yachting lifestyle. A private SeaDream charter is ideal for rewarding employees with aspirational yachting experiences they will never forget.

“A charter with SeaDream can be the ultimate mechanism for building morale and showing appreciation to the team with a travel experience like no other,” shares President Bob Lepisto. “Our crew creates an inclusive custom experience from the menu to the itinerary, so the host can focus on creating memories with friends and colleagues.”

The award-winning SeaDream I and SeaDream II each feature fifty-six well-appointed staterooms, including 10 suites and accommodating a maximum of 112 guests. Companies can take advantage of the personalization offered by SeaDream Charter Coordinators, who assist in every aspect of planning a voyage, from the custom itinerary to land and sea activities to special dining preferences to entertainment options. With a 1-to-1 crew to guest ratio, no detail is too small and no request goes unheeded when planning a SeaDream charter.

Charter guests enjoy the ultimate in outdoor activities, testing out the yacht’s always-available fleet of water toys, including wave runners, kayaks, water skis and stand-up paddleboards. The only Thai-certified spa at sea, SeaDream’s Spa includes treatments in the private, open-air massage area. Daily yoga sessions offered on deck or shoreside on white sandy beaches are also a perfect activity for corporate and incentive groups to promote wellness and camaraderie. Well-known for an award-winning culinary program, SeaDream serves elevated cuisine that often features indigenous ingredients sourced locally from harbors, and meals can be enjoyed al fresco or in the Dining Salon.

Examples of past SeaDream Yacht Club charters hosted for corporate or incentive travel include:

· An automotive company that chartered a SeaDream mega-yacht for the Grand Prix in Monaco
· Groups that integrated Caribbean and Aegean private island takeovers into their custom itineraries
· A group that arranged a celebratory fireworks display, working with the captain to secure an ideal vantage point

For more information on SeaDream group charters, visit

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Costa Rica Kicks Off Cruise Season With New Routes & Major Partnerships

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, Oct 21: With the 2013–2014 cruise season officially underway, Costa Rica has announced a new strategy to strengthen and promote the cruise industry. “In addition to reaching important agreements with industry executives, we have concentrated our efforts on improving port infrastructure and the amenities available to passengers through our local entrepreneurs,” said Minister of Tourism Allan Flores. “These relationships and efforts will continue to strengthen our position as a cruise destination and create an even better experience for visitors.”

The arrival of the “Island Princess,” operated by Princess Cruises, to the Port of Limón marked the start of a cruise season filled with new arrivals, partnerships and improvements aimed to support the destination’s offerings and passenger services. This was the first of 64 ships expected to arrive in the port city, 12 percent more than last year. Officials also announced plans to include the improvement of infrastructure as well as projects for the recovery of architectural and cultural heritage in the Caribbean city.

As part of the destination’s new strategy, Costa Rica has announced a cooperative partnership with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Through this partnership, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, and New York will begin promoting travel packages that include three-night stays in Costa Rica, with a city tour, beginning Oct 31 and running through Dec 31, 2013.

To further solidify the country’s cruise offerings, a new Mesoamerican regional agreement has also been implemented. For the first time, countries in the region have cooperatively developed a partnership with cruise lines worldwide to introduce new routes through the Pacific. The new route, named Amazing Pacific, will begin operations on January 14, 2014, with the arrival of Azamara Club Cruises, part of the Royal Caribbean fleet, to Costa Rica’s Puerto Caldera region. Additional major Pacific ports will include Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico.

For more information on visiting Costa Rica and the variety of options for cruise passengers, see

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Princess Cruises Announces 2013 Alaska Season Shore Excursion Awards Winners

SANTA CLARITA, CA, Oct 18: As the Alaska cruise season came to a close, Princess Cruises again celebrated the year’s favorite local tour operators and guides with its 14th annual CRUISE service awards. Winners were honored at special ceremonies aboard Princess ships, to recognize the best shore excursion experiences in select ports on Alaska itineraries.

The awards for the most acclaimed tours, individual guides and dock representatives are presented in the ports of call of Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway and for the most acclaimed tour in Victoria. Chosen from the extensive line-up of shore excursions offered to Princess passengers, the awards highlight the important role local tour operators play in each community as part of a passenger’s overall cruise experience. Winners are determined largely by customer satisfaction scores and passenger comments.

“Getting out to truly experience Alaska and British Columbia is so important for passengers on cruises to this magnificent region,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. “These local tour operators have made an outstanding contribution toward providing our passengers with unforgettable vacation moments, and we’re happy to again recognize their important contribution.”

The CRUISE program is the longest running customer service program in the cruise industry. The awards began in 2000 and cap off a season-long effort to recognize the role that locally owned tour partners play in passengers' cruise experiences. Tour Guide of the Season and Dock Representative of the Season award winners receive $100, a letter of commendation, a plaque, a ship tour and lunch onboard with their family. Operators of the Shore Excursion of the Season receive a plaque and a letter of commendation, a tour of the ship, and lunch onboard for company officials.

The 2013 winners are:

Co-Shore Excursions:
Helicopter Glacier Trek, NorthStar Trekking
Pilot’s Choice Ice Age Exploration, TEMSCO Helicopters
Mendenhall Glacier, Whale Quest & Salmon Bake, Allen Marine Tours

Co-Tour Guides:
Dylan Robins, Alaska Icefield Expeditions / TEMSCO Helicopters
David Cannamore, Alaska Galore Tours

Dock Representative:
Kelsey Castagnola, TEMSCO Helicopters

Co-Shore Excursions:
Back Country Zodiac Expedition, Ketchikan Outdoors
Bering Sea Crab Fishermen’s Tour, Commercial Fishing Adventures
Rainforest Canopy & Zipline Expedition, Alaska Canopy Adventures

Co-Tour Guides:
Marcus Lyng, Snorkel Alaska
Rob Holston, Lighthouse Excursions

Dock Representative:
Jill Gates, The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show

Co-Shore Excursions:
Golden Glassblowing Experience at Jewell Gardens, Jewell Gardens
Glacier Point Wilderness Safari, Alaska Excursions
Glacier Discovery by Helicopter, TEMSCO Helicopters

Co-Tour Guides:
Aaron Schmidt, Jewell Gardens
Matt Hall, Alaska Icefield Expeditions / TEMSCO Helicopters

Dock Representative:
Crystal Ketterman, White Pass & Yukon Route

Shore Excursion:
High Tea at the Empress Hotel & City Highlights, Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available by visiting the company's website at

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Seabourn Signs Letter of Intent to Build Ship for Delivery in 2016

SEATTLE, Oct 18: Seabourn announced today that it has signed a Letter of Intent for the construction of a new ultra-luxury cruise ship with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri. The new ship will be modeled after the line's three newest vessels, Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn, and Seabourn Quest, and will encompass the features that have made these ships so successful. Delivery is planned for the second half of 2016.

The vessel will replace the capacity that is leaving the Seabourn brand with the sale of Seabourn Pride, Seabourn Spirit, and Seabourn Legend. These ships will be transferred to their new owners in April 2014, April 2015 and May 2015, respectively.

"We are pleased to be moving forward with the plans we announced earlier this year to build a fourth ship similar to the highly regarded new design we introduced with Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn, and Seabourn Quest," said Seabourn President Richard Meadows. "The experience and amenities offered by these award-winning ships have raised the bar in ultra-luxury cruising."

Gabriele Cocco, Fincantieri's Executive Senior Vice President Merchant Vessels, said: "We are very pleased to have acquired a new customer like Seabourn and at the same time to have strengthened our historic partnership with the Carnival Group. This agreement is particularly important: it strengthens our leadership in the luxury cruise niche and confirms our primacy in the cruise industry."

For more information on Seabourn's award-winning cruise vacations, visit

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Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Named Godmothers of Norwegian Getaway

MIAMI, Oct 17: Norwegian Cruise Line and the Miami Dolphins announced today that the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders will christen Miami’s ultimate ship, Norwegian Getaway, as the official Godmothers. The Christening Ceremony will take place on Feb 7, 2014 on board Norwegian Getaway, the largest ship to homeport year-round in Miami. The line also announced a partnership with the Miami Dolphins that designates Norwegian Cruise Line as the “Official Cruise Line” of the Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium.

“Norwegian Getaway is Miami’s ultimate ship, so the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders are a great fit with our brand as they are excellent role models and global representatives of South Florida,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s president and CEO. “There’s no better match here in Miami than to have these outstanding women christen our new ship.”

The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders have been a visible aspect of Dolphins football history since 1966. These internationally known ambassadors for South Florida diligently rehearse every week to bring spirit and excitement to every game day and community event appearance. An ethnically diverse group of glamorous women, the cheerleaders wholeheartedly encompass what it means to be both beauty and brains, as they are all also well-respected professionals in their community. The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders, just as the team they represent, exemplify teamwork, performance, the pursuit of perfection and an unrivaled passion for football.

“We are honored to be selected by Norwegian to be the Godmothers of their newest ship, Norwegian Getaway. Norwegian Cruise Line is a first class organization and a well-known brand in our community, making this an ideal partnership,” said Emily Snow, director of the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders. “It is truly a privilege to be named as the Godmothers of Norwegian Getaway and we are anxiously awaiting the christening celebration.”

Norwegian Cruise Line is also partnering with the Miami Dolphins throughout the football season at Sun Life Stadium and is an official sponsor of the team. At each home game, ticket holders can picture how they would “Cruise Like a Norwegian” by having their photograph taken in front of a Norwegian Getaway backdrop and they can enter a sweepstakes to win a cruise for four on Norwegian Getaway. On-site ambassadors are available with information about Norwegian’s newest ship and overall fleet. During the Miami Dolphins “Salute to Service” in the third quarter at home games, a military hero is recognized with a cruise for two on Norwegian Getaway, courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line. Norwegian Cruise Line is also being promoted on the stadium television network for all events at Sun Life Stadium year-round, along with permanent signage under the scoreboard. The partnership also extends onboard Norwegian Getaway, as the ship’s library will house Miami Dolphins memorabilia highlighting the team’s rich history.

To celebrate the announcement of the Dolphins Cheerleaders as Godmothers of Norwegian Getaway, the cheerleaders will make an appearance at Norwegian Cruise Line’s photo area on the Grand Plaza (across from the Dolphins store at Gate G) at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday, October 20 from 11 am to 12 pm. The Cheerleaders will be available for photos and will be giving fans commemorative posters.

Norwegian Getaway will sail 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruises departing every Saturday from Miami beginning on Feb 8, 2014. For more information on Norwegian Cruise Line, visit Additional information on Norwegian Getaway can be found at

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Regal Princess to Debut Early: Two New Sailings Added

SANTA CLARITA, CS, Oct 17: Regal Princess will make her debut next year earlier than originally announced, and Princess Cruises has added two new sailings to her maiden schedule. The ship’s first voyage, which was previously scheduled for June 2, will now be May 20, 2014. Passengers can select from two new week-long Mediterranean cruises traveling between Venice and Athens.

The two new Regal Princess Mediterranean cruises are:

May 20, 2014 (New maiden voyage) – Seven-day cruise from Venice to Athens including stops in Corfu, Mykonos and an overnight call in Istanbul.

May 27, 2014 – Six-day cruise from Athens to Venice including calls to Kusadasi (for Ephesus), Santorini, Katakolon (for Olympia) and Dubrovnik.

Both voyages can be combined into a 13-day Grand Adventure or added on to the previously announced June 2 cruise for a full 20-day Mediterranean escape. Throughout the summer, the new ship will sail on Princess’ signature Grand Mediterranean cruises, with two itinerary choices.

To ensure that passengers previously booked on Regal Princess’ maiden voyage continue to have the option to sail on the ship’s first cruise, each of these passengers will automatically receive a duplicate booking on the new May 20 maiden voyage. They have until Nov 15, 2013, to decide if they want to take the new cruise instead of, or in addition to, their existing reservation.

“The construction of Regal Princess has been progressing very well and we’re delighted the ship will be ready to welcome passengers even earlier than originally planned,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. “We know that this beautiful new vessel will impress passengers just as much as her sister ship, Royal Princess, has this year.”

Regal Princess, a sister ship to Royal Princess, will offer its 3,560 passengers a variety of enticing features, including a soaring atrium, the social hub of the ship; a dramatic over-water SeaWalk, a top-deck glass-bottomed walkway extending more than 28 feet beyond the edge of the vessel; plush private poolside cabanas; the Princess Live! television studio; a dedicated pastry shop; a special Chef’s Table Lumiere, a private dining experience that surrounds diners in a curtain of light; and balconies on all outside staterooms. Additional information about Princess Cruises is available by visiting the company's website at

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Windstar Cruises Launches New Loyalty Program

Seattle, WA, Oct 15: Windstar Cruises today announced a new enhanced guest loyalty program launching November 1, 2013. Renamed Windstar Yacht Club (formerly Foremast Club), the new program better recognizes Windstar’s valued loyal guests. Yacht Club members will enjoy special benefits when they book, while they are on board, and every time they share the Windstar experience with friends and family. Yacht Club member benefits become effective on November 1, 2013.

“The satisfaction and loyalty of our guests is paramount to us,” said Hans Birkholz, Windstar’s chief executive officer. “Our new Yacht Club program demonstrates our commitment to delivering the highest levels of guest satisfaction while rewarding our loyal guests with enhanced benefits. We are dedicated to creating the world’s best small ship cruise experience; rewarding our loyal Yacht Club members is an integral part of that experience.”

Windstar Yacht Club members will receive the following exclusive benefits:

-- Savings of 5% on standard cruise fares for most voyages, member discount may be combinable with -other special offers (excluding FLASH fares);
-- Upgrades to the next highest cabin category at no cost, or an upgrade from a standard stateroom or suite to a premium suite starting at $500 per person (based on availability during onboard check-in);
-- Private member cocktail party;
-- Dining with the Captain or other ship Officers;
-- Commemorative Welcome Aboard gift;
-- Savings of 10% on any purchase made in the onboard gift shop;
-- Referral rewards.

The referral rewards give Yacht Club members an opportunity for additional perks when they refer a friend to Windstar Cruises. For every new friend a member refers, they will receive a $100 shipboard credit when final payment is received for their friend’s first sailing. Additionally, each new guest who is referred to Windstar by a member will receive $100 shipboard credit on their first voyage.

Windstar guests are automatically enrolled in Windstar Yacht Club upon completion of their first Windstar cruise. New members will receive a Windstar Yacht Club Welcome package, including Member ID card, shortly following their first cruise. Current Foremast members will be automatically enrolled in the new program starting November 1, and will also be receiving a Welcome package.

For more information about the new Windstar Yacht Club, visit

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Carnival Cruise Lines Simplifies Fare Structure

MIAMI, Oct 14: Carnival has simplified its fare structure by reducing the number of core fare options from six to three. The change is a result of travel agent and consumer feedback indicating that the line’s fare structure was too complicated and made it difficult to book with Carnival. The revised fare structure will become effective October 31 for all future sailings.

Moving forward, the core fare structure will be simplified to include three fares:

· Fun Select: This cruise option features a two category stateroom upgrade and guests choose their stateroom assignment. The fare is fully refundable before final payment, offering a premium and flexible choice for guests.
· Early Saver: Offers Carnival’s unique price protection guarantee and is the ideal fare for closing early business. This fare closes three months prior to sailing for cruises of 5-days or less and five months prior to sailing for cruises of 6-days or more. Guests choose their stateroom assignment with Early Saver. This fare includes a non-refundable deposit and $50 administrative fee for changes to the reservation.
· Super Saver: Generally opens when Early Saver closes. The deposit is non-refundable and the stateroom is assigned by Carnival. Super Saver is a good selection for close-in travelers.

The Fun Select Plus, Easy Saver, and Instant Saver fare code options will no longer be offered as part of the simplification. Qualifying fares such as past guest, resident and military as well as special promotional fares will continue to be available.

“Based on input from our travel agents, we modified the core fare structure to include those fare codes that offered the customer value and choice,” said Brenda Yester, senior vice president of revenue management for Carnival Cruise Lines. “By offering three fare choices instead of six, it simplifies the decision-making process and makes the overall sales experience easier for our travel professionals and their clients.”

Many travel professionals have supported the pricing simplification project. “We want to thank our travel professionals who gave us invaluable input through our quarterly travel agent survey, focus groups and Carnival Conversations. Their feedback has helped us tremendously in finalizing this new structure,” said Joni Rein, vice president of worldwide sales for Carnival Cruise Lines. Carnival continues to gather travel agent feedback on its group program and will share updates in the coming weeks.

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Holland America Line to Feature Explore4 Savings, Reduced Deposits & Onboard Credits

Seattle, Oct. 14: Holland America Line is planning special promotions for the third National Cruise Vacation Week (NCVW) that runs Oct. 20-27, 2013. Sponsored by Cruise Lines International Association, the weeklong event features promotions and online opportunities to give consumers the perfect opportunity to book a cruise vacation.

Throughout the week, Holland America Line will be featuring the exclusive Explore4 promotion on select December 2013 holiday cruises and 2014 sailings that provides four added-value extras—a free Signature Beverage Package or beverage card, free specialty restaurant dinner, free or reduced fares for third and fourth guests in the same stateroom, and reduced deposits of 50 percent off the normal deposit rate. Guests making a booking on select cruises during the week also receive a special NCVW shipboard credit depending on the length of the cruise and type of cabin booked. Guests can receive up to $200 per stateroom in shipboard credits in addition to all four Explore4 offers. For example, guests who book a verandah on a 15-day cruise can receive a bonus $200 per stateroom in shipboard credits.

“This week generates an exceptional amount of interest in cruising and we want to recognize that with a very special offer,” said Richard Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs for Holland America Line. “Not only will we be featuring shipboard credits, but guests can combine this offer with our fantastic Explore4 savings, making it the best time to book their dream vacation.”

One of the best early booking values available, the Explore4 promotion provides guests who book select December 2013 holiday cruises and 2014 sailings with four value-added exclusive extras. The extras include a free Signature Beverage Package or beverage card, a free specialty restaurant dinner, free or reduced fares for third and fourth guests in the same stateroom and 50 percent reduced deposits.

The premium line also will host a Cruise Night event for guests aboard each of its 15 ships during the NCVW promotion. Sailing guests making bookings onboard will be able to take advantage of all NCVW offers and extras. All travel sellers will receive credit and full commission for all future bookings made aboard Holland America Line ships.

To support NCVW across North America, Holland America Line has arranged several “On Stage Alaska” presentations—a free multimedia travel presentation about the Last Frontier, and on-site visits to travel sellers by its Explorer motor coaches that are adorned with Alaska wildlife and nature scenes. For more information, visit

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American Cruise Lines Gears up for Busy 2014 Season

GUILFORD, CT, Oct 11: American Cruise Lines, the largest U.S. cruise company, has officially announced its 2014 cruise schedule, which includes over 35 unique itineraries. With advance bookings already ahead of the previous year, the line is preparing for an exciting year ahead, with new itineraries and plans to operate more cruises than it ever has before.

In the American Heartland, American Cruise Lines has added a new itinerary on the mighty Mississippi River. New for 2014, the line’s authentic paddlewheeler Queen of the Mississippi will be operating new St. Louis to New Orleans cruises. This new itinerary allows guests to experience a greater portion of the Mississippi River, by sailing through six states, in only eight days. The new cruises are being offered exclusively by American Cruise Lines.

Furthermore, due to popularity and demand, American Cruise Lines has added eight more sailings to next year’s Puget Sound & San Juan Islands schedule. Newly introduced this year, the eight-day roundtrip cruise from Seattle, explores the hundreds of islands nestled between Canada’s Vancouver Island and the U.S. mainland. Guests enjoy breathtaking views of a diverse natural wonderland and experience the region’s culture with guided tours to historical sites and museums. 2014 sailings are offered March through November.

“We are gearing up for a busy 2014,” said Timothy Beebe, Vice President of American Cruise Lines. “Spring cruises are already selling out and we look forward to working with new and existing valued travel partners to help us reach even more guests. We thank them for being a major factor in our growth and success.”

American Cruise Lines will also be announcing a robust 2014 theme cruise and entertainment schedule in the coming weeks. Visit for more details.

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New Intimate Wine Dinners & Microbrew Enrichment Set For Crystal's
2014 Wine & Food Theme Cruises

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 9: Crystal Cruises has set four new Wine & Food-themed luxury cruises for 2014. New to the program next year will be new guest chef-prepared Vintage Room dinners on each of the four sailings--in Asia, the South Pacific, Trans-Atlantic, and the U.S./Caribbean--as well as a new microbrew theme on the last of the voyages.

All of Crystal's culinary Experiences of Discovery voyages include complimentary hands-on cooking classes, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, mixology lessons, and a guest chef dinner for all guests in the Crystal Dining Room. In addition, in 2014, each culinary-themed cruise will feature an optional intimate, guest chef-created dinner for 12-14 in Crystal's Vintage Room, with seven courses featuring local flavors of the region and extraordinary wine pairings selected by the guest wine expert. Building upon the success of Crystal's recently-added Connoisseur Beer menu, the new microbrew-themed cruise will offer beer pairings, instead of wine, for the dinner, as well as craft beer enrichment and sampling throughout the voyage.

"Our Wine & Food cruises have been one of our most successful, and longest running themes," says Toni Neumeister, vice president, hotel procurement & food and beverage operations. "With our new program expansions, guests now have even more to love: more beverages, more flavors, more enlightenment about foreign cultures, and more intimate experiences with our culinary experts."

Held on both Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, the cruises will feature local tastes of:

-- The South Pacific: Sailing Jan 20 from Papeete to Bora Bora, Rarotonga, Tonga, Fiji, and Auckland (overnight).
-- Asia/China: Sailing April 9 from Hong Kong (overnight) to Xiamen, Shanghai (two overnights), and Dalian, with three days ashore in Beijing included.
-- Atlantic, including Iceland and New England: Sailing Sept 5 from London's port of Southampton to the Channel Islands, Waterford, Dublin, Belfast, Reykjavik (overnight), Halifax, Bar Harbor, and Boston.
-- The U.S. East Coast, South, and Caribbean: Sailing Nov 5 from New York (overnight) to Baltimore, Norfolk, Charleston, Turks & Caicos, Curaçao, Aruba, and Miami.

While exact programming details are still being finalized, food experts scheduled thus far include Thrainn Freyr Vigfusson, recent Icelandic Chef of the Year and Bocuse d'Or finalist; Stephen Beaumont, co-author of The World Atlas of Beer; Aldo Sohm, Wine Director at New York's Le Bernadin restaurant and the first-ever representative from America to win "Best Sommelier in the World"; Shailesh Naidu, the only native five-star executive chef in Fiji; and Serge Dansereau, Australian celebrity chef, fresh food movement pioneer, and owner of the iconic Bathers' Pavilion restaurant in New South Wales.

Extraordinary culinary experiences are a hallmark of every Crystal vacation. Crystal's extensive, innovative choices for dining include the ultra-luxury line's coveted cheese and wine cellars, overseen by onboard sommeliers (Court of Master Sommeliers-certified); fresh, chef-like cocktails served by certified mixologists; and gourmet dining options at every meal, whether in the Crystal Dining Room, at afternoon tea, or in Nobu and Piero Selvaggio's specialty restaurants. For more information visit

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Unveils 2014-2015 Winter Collection

MIAMI, Oct 9: Regent Seven Seas Cruises has introduced its 2014-2015 Winter Collection featuring voyages to Asia, Africa, South America, South Pacific, Caribbean, Europe, and Alaska. In total, the line’s award-winning, all-suite vessels will sail 48 itineraries and 19 Extended Voyages to more than 200 destinations in 75 countries. The collection, which features voyages taking place from November 2014 through May 2015, includes 23 new destinations from Busan, South Korea to Zadar, Croatia.

“We are extremely excited about the launch of our upcoming Winter Season itineraries as Seven Seas Mariner will explore the South Pacific for the first time in five years, Seven Seas Voyager will call on an array of new ports in Africa and Asia and Seven Seas Navigator will offer more choice in the Caribbean than ever before,” states Kunal S. Kamlani, the line’s president. “Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers the only truly all-inclusive experience and continues to set the standard for the cruise industry, most recently adding complimentary Wi-Fi for concierge-level and higher guests.”

Recognized as The Most Inclusive Luxury Cruise Experience in the world, all Regent Seven Seas Cruises sailings include two-for-one cruise fares, roundtrip air, unlimited shore excursions, premium spirits and fine wines and gratuities as well as a pre-cruise luxury hotel package, complimentary Wi-Fi and free land programs on select sailings in Africa and Asia for those who book concierge-level and higher suites.

Out of Africa and into the Mediterranean on ‘Seven Seas Voyager’
The 700-guest, all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Voyager begins its season in Dubai, UAE; traveling to Cape Town, South Africa; and then to Singapore. Maiden ports of call explored from November through December 2014 include Maputo, Mozambique; Langkawi, Malaysia; Nosy Be/Nosy Komba, Madagascar; and Mossel Bay and Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

From mid-January 2015 to April 2015, Seven Seas Voyager visits Asia and the Pacific on six itineraries ranging from 14 to 21 nights, calling on Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo and Dubai. For the first time, the line is calling on Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Busan, South Korea; and Ishigaki and Kagoshima, Japan.

The month of May 2015 is spent in the Mediterranean with three itineraries, beginning with a 20-night journey from Dubai to Barcelona, followed by two seven-night sailings from Barcelona to Lisbon and then Lisbon to London. Highlighted ports include Petra, Jordan; Rhodes, Greece; Málaga, Spain; Oporto, Portugal; and Bordeaux, France.

Tahiti and the South Pacific to New Zealand & Australia on ‘Seven Seas Mariner’
The South Pacific and Tahiti are featured destinations for Seven Seas Mariner’s winter offerings. The 700-guest, all suite, all-balcony ship opens the season with the choice of a 16-night itinerary from Miami to Los Angeles or a 34-night voyage from Miami to Papeete, French Polynesia. New ports of call include Corinto, Nicaragua; Nawiliwili (Kauai) and Kahului (Maui), Hawaii; Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands; and Fakarava, French Polynesia.

Seven Seas Mariner then makes her way to New Zealand and Australia, discovering new ports along the way such as Raiatea, French Polynesia; Rangiroa, French Polynesia; Champagne Bay (Espiritu Santo), Vanuatu; Pago Pago, American Samoa; and Huahine, French Polynesia.

From March 2015 to mid-April 2015, she explores South America with three itineraries from Lima, Peru to Buenos Aires, Argentina; Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Rio de Janeiro to Barcelona, Spain. For the first time, the line calls on Natal, Brazil known for its blend of stunning beaches and historical monuments. The ship culminates the season in the Mediterranean with a 10-night trip from Barcelona to Venice, Italy visiting Provence, France; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Florence/Pisa, Rome and Palermo, Italy; Kotor, Montenegro; and for the first time, Zadar, Croatia.

From the Tropics of the Caribbean to the Fjords of Alaska on ‘Seven Seas Navigator’
Accommodating 490 guests, the all-suite Seven Seas Navigator starts the season with 16 Miami round trip sailings to the Eastern and Western Caribbean. From ecotourism adventures in Belize City to the ultra-chic vibe of St. Barts, guests will be charmed and captivated by island life. Of note is the 24-night Eastern Caribbean/Amazon River itinerary that begins November 23, 2014 and includes calls on Santarém, Boca da Valeria, Manaus, Parintins and Alter do Chão, Brazil along the Amazon River.

In April 2015, Seven Seas Navigator makes a 10-night Miami round trip to Bermuda with stops in Port Canaveral, Jacksonville and Charleston. Later that month, she sails west to San Francisco calling on Key West; Cartagena, Colombia; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Puerto Chiapas, Mexico; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; and San Diego transiting the Panama Canal along the way.

The ship returns to Alaska in May 2015 with two seven and one nine- and one 14-night itinerary. Ports include Vancouver; Prince Rupert and Victoria in British Columbia; Sitka, Juneau, Ketchikan, Wrangell, Hoonah, Anchorage, Skagway in Alaska; and Astoria, Oregon.

Complimentary Land Programs for Guests Booked in Concierge Suites & Higher
Regent Seven Seas Cruises is offering complimentary three-night pre- and post-cruise land programs in Africa and Asia for guests booking concierge-level and higher categories on select itineraries. The land programs include:

· Singapore: Angkor Wat Experience – features a two-night stay in Angkor Wat and a one-night stay in Singapore. Guests will enjoy tours to Banteay Srei, Angkor Thom, the Ta Prohm Temple, the Angkor Wat Temple and Angkor Wat at sunset;

· Beijing (Tianjin), China: Beijing & The Great Wall Experience – guests will enjoy three nights in Beijing with tours to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven and Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, the Great Wall at Juyongguan and the Changling Tomb of Ming Tombs;

· Cape Town or Johannesburg, South Africa: Safari – this land program features either a one-night stay in Cape Town or Johannesburg with a two-night African Safari where guests will enjoy breathtaking scenery and discover big game;

· Hong Kong, China: Jewels of Hong Kong – this tour features a three-night stay in Hong Kong with tours to the Flower, Jade and Stanley Markets, the Sacred Chi Lin Nunnery, the Nan Lian Garden of Sun Dynasty, a Sampan Boat Ride to the floating village of Aberdeen, and the Tin Hau and Man Mo Temples;

· Tokyo, Japan: Sunrise over Tokyo – guests will enjoy three nights in Tokyo with tours to the Kōtoku-in Temple, Tokyo Tower, the Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū Shrine, Rappongi and Ginza, the Meiji Shrine, the Sensō-ji Temple and Mount Fuji;

· Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Opulent Cities of the Emirates – this three-night post land program includes tours to Dubai City, Burji Khalifa, Jumeirah Mosque, Jumeirah Beach and Dubai Museum.

Extended Voyages for those with the Luxury of Time
For those who wish to spend a bit more time discovering new cultures and exotic destinations, Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers combination cruises consisting of one or more voyages, ranging from 26 to 85 nights. Additional amenities on select Extended Voyages include complimentary Business Class Air, door-to-door luggage delivery, a comprehensive visa package, phone time, unlimited Internet access, laundry including dry cleaning and pressing, and a special gift featuring a commemorative jacket, a designer tote bag and Regent Seven Seas Cruises logo gear.

For more information on Regent Seven Seas Cruises visit

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Celebrity Cruises Creates Brand-Dedicated Team in Asia

SINGAPORE/MIAMI, Oct 9: Celebrity Cruises has announced plans to create a single-branded organization in Asia. The new structure will take effect immediately. Kelvin Tan will serve as Commercial Director, Asia-Pacific for Celebrity Cruises. He and his team will be based out of Singapore, and will oversee the brand's commercial, marketing, trade support and sales in the region. He will continue to partner with the corporation's current International Representatives in the region, who successfully built a strong network throughout Asia.

“The Asia-Pacific region has great potential for Celebrity Cruises, and this will best position the brand for future growth in this dynamic region," said Celebrity Cruises President and CEO Michael Bayley. "There is a high percentage of affluent travelers in the region who are eager for more premium cruise options, which Celebrity Cruises can deliver. And, as a result of this development, our brand will get greater visibility, and our travel partners can expect even more attention and support. Kelvin is the perfect executive to spearhead our growth in Asia. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge, having strongly contributed to Royal Caribbean's expansion in Asia over the past eight years. He also is well respected by his peers throughout Asia for his passion and commitment to cruising. I am confident Kelvin will help put Celebrity Cruises on the Asia map and in the minds of affluent Asian consumers when considering a premium cruise holiday."

Within Celebrity Cruises' portfolio of cruises visiting all seven continents are an attractive variety in Asia. Starting Dec 7, Celebrity Millennium's second consecutive season in the region will include a series of 13- to 15-night cruises from Singapore and Hong Kong, capped with a 7-night Japan Golden Week cruise from Yokohama May 3, 2014. After her summer Alaska season, Celebrity Millennium will return to Asia for her third season, from Sept 12, 2014 to April 26, 2015. In addition to Celebrity Millennium's deployment in Asia, Celebrity Century will begin her first season in the region Jan 25, 2015, with a series of 7- to 14-night cruises from Singapore and Yokohama, visiting 26 ports in 11 countries, including 10 first-time destinations for the brand: Yangon, Myanmar; Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei; Dalian, China; Kanazawa and Otaru, Japan; Kota Kinabalu and Langkawi, Malaysia; Boracay and Manila, Philippines and Vladivostok, Russia.

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Norwegians Named Their Ships Norwegian Escape & Norwegian Bliss

MIAMI, Oct 8: Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that thanks to its Facebook fans around the globe the names of the line’s two new Breakaway Plus class ships are Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Bliss. These names are the two that received the highest number of votes, out of the line’s top ten name prospects, in the “Norwegians Name Their Ships” contest, which asked fans in five countries to help select the names for the line’s two new Breakaway Plus vessels.

The contest, which ran from Sept 10 through Sept 24, 2013, garnered more than 100,000 votes from Norwegian fans located in five different countries, including the United States, Canada (excluding Quebec), Spain, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

“The response to our ‘Norwegians Name Their Ships’ contest was overwhelming,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian’s chief executive officer. “It reaffirms that we have a very engaged and passionate community of Norwegians and we are thrilled with the names they have selected for our two new Breakaway Plus Class Ships. Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Bliss are two names that truly characterize our brand, Freestyle Cruising®, and the experience guests will have on board these fantastic new vessels.”

All those who submitted a vote for their favorite Breakaway Plus ship names were entered into a random drawing to win a trip for two to the first Breakaway Plus ship’s inaugural festivities, including round-trip coach airfare for two, ground transportation, balcony stateroom accommodations (double occupancy), and on-board meals. Winners will be announced today, Oct 8, 2013, on Norwegian’s Facebook Page at

Norwegian’s new Breakaway Plus ships will be the largest in the line’s fleet at approximately 163,000 gross tons and 4,200 passenger berths each and will be similar in design and innovation to the line’s current Breakaway class, the first of which, Norwegian Breakaway, launched in New York in early May and the second of which, Norwegian Getaway, will launch in January and arrive in her homeport of Miami in February. For further information on Norwegian Cruise Line, visit

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Silversea Lines Up Notable Experts to Enrich Fall Voyages

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Oct 8: A former astronaut, a renowned investigative journalist, an accomplished film and television actor, an award-winning photojournalist, and an award-winning designer and TV host are set to enlighten Silversea guests on upcoming voyages this fall. They will be joining an expansive array of esteemed authors, historians, diplomats, political analysts and other cultural experts participating in the luxury line's popular Silver Perspectives® enrichment program. Featured on all sailings, the program offers Silversea guests the chance to attend fascinating lectures on a range of topics, usually followed by lively question and answer sessions.

Following are the fall voyages and their just-announced guest lecturers:

Silver Spirit - Oct 15 - Voyage 5332 (Athens to Venice)
MARK BRUNETZ: Known by viewers internationally as the Emmy Award-winning designer and clutter expert on Style Network's Clean House, he is most recognized for his unique, client-driven approach in the world of high-end luxury design.

Silver Spirit - Oct 24 - Voyage 5333 (Venice to Rome)
DAVID BURNETT: Award-winning photojournalist with more than four decades of work covering the news, the people, and the visual tempo of our age.

Silver Whisper - Nov 29 - Voyage 4332 (Barbados to Fort Lauderdale)
JUSTIN SHENKAROW: Star of television and film, his 17-year career includes work on such hit television shows as Home Improvement, Who's the Boss, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Picket Fences, and the critically acclaimed Eerie, Indiana.

Silver Wind - Dec 3 - Voyage 2336 (Las Palmas to Cape Town)
ROGER COOK: Award-winning investigative journalist who launched and hosted the ground-breaking ITV series The Cook Report, the most popular current affairs program on British television during its entire long run.

Silver Spirit - Dec 5 - Voyage 5337 (Fort Lauderdale to Fort Lauderdale)
THOMAS JONES, Ph.D.: This scientist, author, pilot, and former NASA astronaut holds a doctorate in planetary sciences, and in more than eleven years with NASA, flew on four space shuttle missions to Earth orbit.

"Enrichment is a fundamental component of every Silversea voyage, and we're delighted to add these special experts to our roster of distinguished guest lecturers this fall," said Ellen Bettridge, Silversea's president of the Americas.

For a complete list of upcoming guest lecturers, including their photos, biographies and voyage dates, go to

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MSC Divina Sets The Stage For New Entertainment And Activities Onboard Caribbean Sailings

FORT LAUDERDALE, Oct. 7: The soon-to-arrive MSC Divina is expanding its roster of onboard performances, activities and enrichment programs to provide daily, round-the-clock choices for guests as it prepares to debut in North America.

Special Entertainment for Three-night Cruises, November 20 & December 7:
Two very unique 3-night sailings will kick off a slew of exclusive entertainment options that guests will continually experience throughout the season. On Nov 20, along with exciting fireworks displays, MSC Divina will feature a variety of shows, including musical tribute group Abbacadabra, performing hits from the famed '70s pop group Abba and music from the film "Mamma Mia". Popular Cuban singer Carlos Oliva with his band Los Sobrinos del Juez, will bring their Latin flare to MSC Divinawith a rhythmic fusion of Cuban music, salsa, afro beats, samba, jazz and rock for all to enjoy. Another special celebratory sailing, announced for Dec 7, will also feature fireworks and a special performance by Abbacadabra.

"We are excited to present MSC Divina guests with several new, outstanding onboard experiences," said Andre Schlemmer, MSC Divina's new cruise director. "The ship will premiere several exciting musical productions, headline entertainers and comedians, new family programs and an outdoor cinema for first-run films, classes and special broadcast events."

New Performances:
As part of its North American sailings, MSC Divina will be offering a continuously changing roster of exciting performances throughout the season. Joining the line-up of are world-class performers, such as Scott Record, singing comedy impressionist, and comedic magician Levent, known for his signature combination of masterful comedy and world-class sleight of hand.

The Jazz Bar's new Dueling Pianos will feature a line-up of performers throughout the winter, including Van and Keith, Dueling Pianos Forte, whose unique style combines comedy and rock n' roll, and Michael and Amy Pickering, who bring an eclectic mix of musical genres with humor. Also new on MSC Divina, the open pool deck will turn into a tropical paradise with the island sounds of the Calypso band, Trio Caribe.

Keeping to its Mediterranean heritage, MSC Divina will continue to showcase current guest favorites, including Traviata, a special presentation of Giuseppe Verdi's celebrated opera; Sogno Italiano, a tribute to popular Italian music, as well as the high-energy, vibrantly choreographed performances of Starwalker, a tribute to the "King of Pop" Michael Jackson, and Billy Bones, inspired by the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean."

MSC Cinema Al Fresco:
First-run films and special programming will be projected throughout the day and evening hours "al fresco" on a new large outdoor screen on the pool deck. In addition to a variety of popular movies, exciting sporting events such as the NFL season football, including Playoffs and Super Bowl, NCAA Basketball, NBA Finals, MLB Playoffs and The World Cup will also be broadcast.

Non-stop Enrichment & Activities:
Among the new guest enrichment programs added to the Caribbean sailings are expert-led stargazing and astronomy classes; wine tastings; mixology classes; culinary demo's, Mediterranean jewelry making; daily dance instruction of popular ballroom techniques such as tango, cha-cha and meringue; Mediterranean cooking classes, and language lessons to teach guests key phrases in Italian. Guests can also join the fun with MSC's ongoing theme nights, such as Little Italy, Flower Glory Party, Carnival Nights, Hollywood Stars and Romance Nights. In the Black & White lounge, passengers can show-off their unique talents with "MSC Factor," MSC Cruises' twist on the famed television talent competition.

In addition to four swimming pools and 12 whirlpool baths, active guests can enjoy basketball, volleyball, tennis, and soccer in the MSC Sports Arena, bowling, shuffle board, a jogging track, and the soon-to-debut Aqua Cycling at sea in the infinity pool. The now, non-smoking casino features slots, blackjack, poker, and a brand new craps table.

For the Family:
MSC Divina provides guests, especially families, hi-tech fun on the high seas with two thrill-packed experiences: the ship's 4D Theater featuring a 3D movie with sights, sounds and seat movement providing a truly exhilarating motion-ride experience, and the Formula 1 racecar simulator that tests riders' skills on world famous race courses from Monte Carlo to Montreal.

MSC Cruises' youngest guests will enjoy the newly launched series of Smurf-themed programs, available throughout the season. The Smurf mascot will host a number of novel family events, such as the Smurfs Family Disco, the Smurfs Live Talent Show, and Smurfs Master Chef, a special cooking demonstration held by the head pastry chef in which children learn how to make biscuits and cakes. For teens, MSC Divina provides signature events and new activities such as the Teens White Party, a take on MSC Cruises' beloved deck party, a prom, and a flash mob dance workshop.

For more information on MSC Cruises, visit

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Dhani Jones Teams Up With Royal Caribbean As Quantum Experience Advisor
 For Sports & Fitness

MIAMI, Oct. 7: Royal Caribbean International has teamed up with athlete and adventurer Dhani Jones to create a game plan for active cruising onboard its newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, when she launches from the New York area in November 2014. As Quantum Experience Advisor for Sports and Fitness, Jones is the latest celebrity expert to suit up for the cruise line's Quantum Experience Advisors program, whose roster also includes interior designer and HGTV-star Genevieve Gorder. Royal Caribbean is documenting the creative process with both Jones and Gorder and fans can tune in to to follow their progress.

"Mixing an active lifestyle with a zest for life comes naturally for Dhani Jones, whose passion for exploring the world has taken him from the sports field to countless countries around the globe," said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Executive Vice President, Operations, Royal Caribbean International. "We're thrilled to draft Dhani as our latest partner to help us take on all things sports and fitness onboard Quantum of the Seas."

Dhani Jones, a former National Football League player for 11 seasons, is also known for his off-the-field adventures. Starring in his own Travel Channel show, Dhani Tackles the Globe, the self-proclaimed adventurer participated in many of the world's games. From Rugby to Sambo, Jones immersed himself in each culture and learned how athletes around the world compete in their favorite sports. Off the field, Jones is currently starring in a new show on FOX Sports 1, Jones and Mosley, and also is an author, entrepreneur and philanthropist, founding a company that sells high-end bow ties for various charities around the world.

Since June 2013, Jones has been collaborating with Royal Caribbean's guest activities team on their home turf in Miami to create a playbook for thrills and excitement onboard Quantum of the Seas. Over the course of multiple creative sessions, Jones has been lending his expertise on the latest active trends and providing fresh ideas for Quantum's SeaPlex, the largest sports and entertainment complex at sea - which will feature first-at-sea innovations such as bumper cars, roller skating and a circus school, complete with a flying trapeze.

The next few months will see Jones sampling the existing programs and signature innovations found only on Royal Caribbean, while adding his trademark touches to distinct spaces onboard Quantum of the Seas, including four custom-themed SeaPods which will be found on the mezzanine level of the SeaPlex and will offer spectacular views of the sea. Jones also will help influence programming in the adjacent Sports Deck, which serves up signature Royal Caribbean innovations such as the rock-climbing wall, the FlowRider surf simulator and RipCord by iFLY, the first skydiving experience at sea which allows everyone from first-time flyers to seasoned skydivers to enjoy the sheer thrill and exhilaration of skydiving in a safe, controlled, and simulated environment.

"I'm having a phenomenal time working with Royal Caribbean as a Quantum Experience Advisor," said Jones. "It's giving me the opportunity to demonstrate my passion for sports, travel, fitness and adventure, and draw on my own experiences traveling the globe to contribute ideas that will bring good fitness and good fun to Quantum of the Seas."

In addition to Jones, Royal Caribbean also has partnered with Genevieve Gorder, one of America's favorite interior designers and the most popular personalities on cable television network HGTV, as the Quantum Experience Advisor for Design. Gorder has been working with Royal Caribbean's newbuild and design team since May 2013 to influence and inspire the decor and furnishings in the loft and suite accommodations onboard Quantum of the Seas, where her soulful and whimsical style will be felt throughout. The cruise line plans to reveal several other Quantum Experience Advisors in the coming months.

The new Quantum class will debut in November 2014 with Quantum of the Seas, followed by her sister-ship Anthem of the Seas in April 2015. The Quantum-class ships span 16 decks, encompass 167,800 gross registered tons, carry 4,180 guests at double occupancy and feature 2,090 staterooms. For additional information,visit

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Holland America Line Features Robust Lineup Of South America Voyages
Fall 2013 Through Spring 2014 Season

SEATTLE, Oct. 4: From fall 2013 through spring 2014, four of Holland America Line's premium ships will sail to South America on a series of cruises that will explore more than 40 ports of call that span from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., around Cape Horn up to Vancouver, British Columbia. With vibrant cultures, breathtaking scenic cruising and once-in-a-lifetime adventures, guests can choose from a variety of itineraries on msZaandam, msMaasdam, ms Statendam and ms Prinsendam.

The voyages range from 13 to 49 days and include Zaandam's full season of cruising and a popular 49-day port-intensive "Amazon & Carnaval Explorer" voyage aboard Maasdam in early 2014. A 26-day "Amazon Explorer" cruise in November 2013 on Prinsendam is another highlight of the line's 2013-14 South America schedule.

"South America is very popular with our guests because it's exotic, mysterious and adventurous with a wide diversity of cultures and scenery," said Richard Meadows, Holland America Line's executive vice president of sales, marketing and guest programs. "Guests can experience incredible 'must-do' moments with us, from seeing penguins in Antarctica and visiting the ruins of Machu Picchu to exploring the Amazon River and witnessing Carnaval from a seat in the Sambadrome."

To start the South America cruising season, Zaandam departs Fort Lauderdale Oct. 18, 2013, on a 17-day "Inca Discovery" voyage to Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile. The itinerary includes a full transit of the Panama Canal in addition to an extended port call at Manta, Ecuador, and an overnight at Callao (Lima), Peru.

From November 2013 to April 2014, Zaandam will sail a series of six 13-day itineraries between Valparaiso and Buenos Aires, Argentina, and one 18-day cruise departing Nov. 30, 2013, from Valparaiso to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The sailings include multiple days cruising the scenic fjords and national parks of Chile, calls at exotic locations such as Ushuaia (the southernmost town in the world), sailing around Cape Horn and a visit to the Magellan Strait, gateway to Antarctica. A call at Puerto Madryn, Argentina, affords guests an opportunity to encounter Magellan penguins, sea elephants, sea lions and seals up close in their natural habitat.

Guests looking to spend the holidays exploring Antarctica can take Zaandam's 21-Day South America and Antarctica Holiday cruise that sails from Rio de Janeiro to Valparaiso. This special sailing features overnight calls at Rio and Buenos Aires, and three days of scenic cruising through the Antarctic Sound to the Palmer Archipelago on the northwestern coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Guests also will enjoy rounding Cape Horn and scenic cruising through Drake Passage, Glacier Alley, the Beagle Channel, Strait of Magellan, Canal Sarmiento and the Chilean fjords. Additional calls include Montevideo, Uruguay; Puerto Madryn, Ushuaia, and Puerto Montt, Chile.

Two 21-day "South America & Antarctica Explorer" sailings on Zaandam between Valparaiso and Buenos Aires depart Jan. 8 and 29. Those extended voyages also sail farther south past Ushuaia for scenic cruising through the Antarctic Sound to the Palmer Archipelago, with calls in Chile, Argentina and Uruguay along the way.

Zaandam then sets out March 30 on a new 33-day "South America Passage Inca Discovery" repositioning voyage that takes the ship from Buenos Aires to Vancouver. Guests looking to disembark in the United States can take the 29-day segment that ends at San Diego, Calif. The month-long journey takes guests to 11 countries and an extreme variety of climates, from the scenic blue ice of Glacier Alley to the tropical landscapes of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. A 16-day segment from Valparaiso to San Diego also is available.

Statendam Sails Two Inca Empire Collectors' Voyages In November 2013 and March 2014, Statendam sails two cruise itineraries that can be combined to form a longer Inca Empires Collectors' Voyage. A 16-day itinerary departs San Diego Nov. 3, 2013, and a 15-day option departs March 16, 2014, and heads south to Callao (Lima). Guests on this segment will enjoy two overnight calls at Huatulco, Mexico, and Callao, as well as calls at Cabo San Lucas; Puerto Chiapas, Mexico; Fuerte Amador, Panama; and Salaverry (Trujillo), Peru. The Nov. 3 cruise adds an overnight at Fuerte Amador, Panama.

The 15-day Inca Empires segment departs Callao Nov. 19 and March 31 after an overnight call and sails back to San Diego. Statendam calls at ports in seven countries on this itinerary, with stops at Manta, Ecuador; Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica; Corinto, Nicaragua; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala, and Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The two voyages can be combined to form a 30- or 31-day Collectors' Voyage that sails round-trip San Diego.

Explore the Amazon, Experience Carnaval on Maasdam Aboard Maasdam, guests will sail a 49-day "Amazon & Carnaval Explorer" conveniently sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale Feb. 7, 2014.

The cruise will call at 25 ports, including all three of the "ABC Islands"--Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao--Barbados, 11 ports in Brazil, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, French Guiana, St. Maarten, Trinidad and Tobago. The ship will cross the equator three times during the voyage and venture deep into the heart of the Amazon River. Another highlight of the itinerary is Carnaval, a festive celebration often referred to as the world's largest party that coincides with an extended call at Rio from March 2-4. Extended calls at three ports--Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao, and Salvador de Bahia, Brazil--as well as overnights at Rio and Manaus, Brazil, allow extra time ashore to enjoy historical and cultural attractions.

Shorter segments of Maasdam's "Amazon & Carnaval Explorer" are available for guests with less time. The 23-day segment departs Fort Lauderdale for Rio de Janeiro Feb. 7, and the 26-day segment departs Rio de Janeiro for Fort Lauderdale March 2, and includes the Amazon River cruising and two-night call at Rio de Janeiro during Carnaval.

Prinsendam's 26-day Amazon Explorer
Departing Nov. 26, 2013, Prinsendam sails south once again on a 26-day Amazon Explorer voyage roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. During the cruise the ship will sail throughout the Caribbean and spend nine full days on the Amazon River, with an overnight call at Manaus.

Shore Excursions, Overland Tours in South America Holland America Line guests can experience some of the most iconic and world-famous South American attractions and destinations by taking an award-winning shore excursion or in-depth overland tour, many of which visit UNESCO World Heritage sites.

A selection of featured tours includes:

Iguazu Falls: Natural Wonder of the World -- This unforgettable tour enables guests to see the awe-inspiring Iguazu Falls, located at the border of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. Guests will ride a train to Devil's Throat (a cliff at Iguazu Falls) and take a guided walk to view the falls. The spectacular display is made up of 250 giant cascades twice the height of Niagara Falls.

Cuzco & Machu Picchu Overland Adventure -- This fascinating excursion includes a sightseeing drive through colonial Cuzco to see the main square and cathedral, followed by a Vistadome train ride along the Urubamba River and a coach ride to Machu Picchu -- the Lost City of the Incas -- at an elevation of 7,874 feet.

Patagonian Experience: Otway Sound & Penguin Reserve -- During this adventure, guests will take a motor coach ride across mostly unpaved roads and farms bordering Otway Bay for magnificent views of the Pinto Range. The tour also enables guests to see thousands of Magellan penguins near their caves and nesting areas.

Drive to Tierra del Fuego National Park -- Tierra del Fuego encompasses the city of Ushuaia, Cape Horn, the Magellan Strait and is a gateway to Antarctica. This national park was created to protect the southern portion of the sub-Antarctic forest. Today it provides visitors an opportunity to enjoy the Andes and the region's forests, rivers and lakes, and is home to a wide variety of birds. A short stop at Lapataia Bay, the southernmost place that can be reached by road, also is included on this tour.

Experiencing More of South America through "On Location"
Through the line's "On Location" enrichment program, local traditions, culinary tastes and cultural experiences come to life both onboard and ashore to deepen guests' appreciation of the destinations they are exploring. In South America, this might mean learning to cook Gaucho Steak with Chimichurri Sauce in the Culinary Arts Center, Tango lessons from a professional South American dance expert, a Gaucho-themed barbecue on deck with traditional South American food and Spanish lessons.

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Dreams Take Flight with Windstar Cruises Tahiti Air Package

Seattle, Oct 4: Windstar Cruises, a leader in small ship cruising, offers the perfect way to complement recently introduced Dreams of Tahiti voyages with the debut of its cruise and airfare offer. The package includes round trip airfare between Los Angeles (LAX) and Papeete, Tahiti via non-stop Air Tahiti Nui service; one complimentary night pre-cruise at the beautiful Le Meredien Papeete; and complimentary transfers to and from the yacht. Guests can add the convenience of the new air and hotel package for only $1,999 per person. Additionally, Windstar is currently offering 2-for-1 cruise fares for its Tahiti voyages.

“Our new air and hotel package makes it easy and effortless for our guests to enjoy the pampering they deserve,” said Dustin Halcon, Windstar Cruises’ director of vacation planning. “We take care of all the arrangements in Windstar style, allowing our guests to adjust to island time on the beach or by the pool before they depart on their Windstar cruise.”

Wind Sprit, the line’s newly renovated 148-passenger sailing yacht, sails seven-day Dreams of Tahiti voyages from the capital city of Papeete, Tahiti beginning May 2, 2014 with stops through the Society Islands of Moorea, Tahaa, Raiatea, Bora Bora, and Huahine. The voyages are available through Nov 7, 2014.

While on board, guests will delight in the immersion of the South Pacific culture brought to life in Windstar style. Traditional Tahitian dancers will come on board for a magical evening to remember, while regional dishes are served during Windstar’s signature deck barbecue, held under the sails and stars one night per cruise. In addition, guests can soak up the crystal-clear lagoons from Wind Spirit’s Watersports Platform, which offers paddle boards, kayaks, Hobie Cats, wind surfing, snorkeling equipment, and more. Wind Spirit will also offer an onboard dive program.

Onshore, excursions are delivered in true French Polynesian style. Guests can hop on a colorful Le Truck in Papeete for a scenic drive and cultural experience all in one; watch villagers on Tahaa wade into the lagoon and beat the water with rocks in the ancient practice of stone fishing; experience life in a traditional Tahitian village at the Tiki Village Cultural Center on Moorea; or just simply gaze into a fiery sunset and watch for the green flash as the sun melts below the horizon. To find out more about the unique shore excursions offered on the Dreams of Tahiti voyage, check out Windstar’s blog.

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National Symphony Orchestra to Perform on Queen Mary 2 for Fifth Time

Oct 4: Cunard is pleased to announce that the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) will return to perform aboard Queen Mary 2 on her Sept 8–15, 2014 Transatlantic crossing from Southampton to New York. This will be the fifth time the NSO has travelled on Queen Mary 2 in what is fast becoming a highlight in the Cunard year.

The Orchestra performed on a Transatlantic crossing aboard the Cunard flagship just last month under the watchful eye of celebrated Grammy®-nominated British conductor Anthony Inglis. Anthony has performed more times at the Royal Albert Hall than any other conductor and played a key role in the naming ceremonies of each of the three ships that make up the Cunard fleet today.

During the recent crossing, over 150 passengers volunteered to take part in two choirs under Anthony’s direction, rehearsing regularly and then participating in two on board concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra.

During these “Last Night of the Cunard Proms” concerts, outstanding performances which achieved an approval rating of 99.6 in the passenger Comment Forms, two guest conductors stepped up to take the baton from Anthony Inglis at key moments: Queen Mary 2’s Master, Captain Kevin Oprey, and passenger Lord (Mervyn) King, formerly the Governor of the Bank of England. Footage of the guest conductors with the NSO and choirs can be seen in the
4 minute video clip.

“Each time we travel on Queen Mary 2 we raise the roof in the Royal Court Theatre,” said Anthony Inglis. “The Orchestra and I are still on a high from last month’s sailing and we are counting down the months to September 2014 and our fifth appearance on board Queen Mary 2, the greatest ship in the world, in her tenth anniversary year!”

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Costa Diadema Milestones: Funnel and Name Hull Section Installed

HOLLYWOOD, FL, Oct. 3: At Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard, Costa Diadema recently experienced two construction milestones--the ship's distinctive yellow and blue funnel was delivered and installed Sept. 16, and the hull section containing the ship's name was placed Sept. 30.

The 4,947-passenger, 132,500-ton Costa Diadema, which will be the largest Italian-flagged cruise ship, is scheduled for delivery in October 2014.

For more than 65 years Costa Cruises' ships have showcased Italian-made excellence throughout the world with their quality of service, variety of entertainment, range of fine food and wine, and exclusive onboard art collections. For more information, visit

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Carnival Cruise Lines & WDSU-TV Announce ‘Battle of the High School Marching Bands’
Competition in New Orleans

MIAMI, Oct 3: Strike up the marching band, New Orleans! Carnival Cruise Lines, New Orleans’ most popular cruise line, and local television station WDSU-TV have launched a search to find the most spirited high school marching band in the Big Easy. “The Battle of the High School Marching Bands” competition celebrates local spirit and skill, and will ultimately award the winning band a $10,000 cash prize from Carnival and chance to perform aboard Carnival Sunshine, the line’s latest ship to call New Orleans home when it arrives there for its North American debut this November.

Area schools have three weeks to record a three-minute video of their band performing their school fight song. In the performance, the bands also must identify their school and the name of the contest, “The Battle of the High School Marching Bands.” To enter, high schools must upload their video to YouTube by Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 6pm CST, and email a link to the video to a dedicated email address A special judging panel will select the top five finalists.

Beginning on Oct 22, the five finalists will be posted to the WDSU-TV website for schools, families and members of the community to get in on the musical fun and rally around their favorite band. Voting will run through Friday, Nov 1. Fans can vote once per day for the duration of the voting period.

The winning band will be announced in November and receive $10,000 for their school’s music program courtesy of Carnival Cruise Lines, along with the opportunity to perform aboard Carnival Sunshine during its U.S. debut celebration at the Port of New Orleans on Sunday, Nov 17. Each of the four additional band finalists will receive a $1,000 cash prize from Carnival.

“As we prepare for the U.S. arrival of Carnival Sunshine to New Orleans, we want to do something truly special to celebrate that is in the spirit of New Orleans and its rich music history,” said Jim Berra, Carnival’s chief marketing officer. “This contest provides an opportunity for us to help foster musical development in the next generation of talented performing artists and is a great way to partner with the community to celebrate the November arrival of Carnival Sunshine,” Berra added.

Beginning Nov 18, 2013, the 3006-passenger Carnival Sunshine will offer 7-day cruises to the Bahamas and the Western Caribbean from New Orleans. Earlier this year, the ship underwent an unprecedented 75-day, $155 million transformation, incorporating all of the line’s “Fun Ship 2.0” dining, bar and entertainment features, as well as a variety of exciting innovations unique to the vessel and 182 new staterooms.

Carnival has a long history with New Orleans, launching the cruise industry’s first year-round program in 1994. Over the years, Carnival has dramatically increased its presence in New Orleans and carries more passengers from there than any other cruise line. With the addition of Carnival Sunshine in November, the line expects to host more than 330,000 passengers annually from the Crescent City. For more information about the Battle of the High School Marching Bands, visit

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Celebrity Cruises Presents Star-Studded Musical Performances, Revolutionary Gaming Experiences On Caribbean Christmas Cruises

MIAMI, Oct. 3: If more is merrier, guests on Celebrity Cruises' Caribbean Christmas sailings can anticipate very merry vacations, highlighted by exclusive new performances and programs to appeal to all ages. Together with Nite Raiders Entertainment in Las Vegas, Celebrity will premiere on its Caribbean Christmas cruises "Finalists at Sea," a series of concerts, Q&A sessions and autograph signings by finalists of past seasons of the popular television show, American Idol®.

Two artists will perform on each sailing. The star-studded lineup includes:

-- Singer and musician Bo Bice, runner-up in the fourth season of American Idol®
-- Singer, actress and TV hostess Kimberly Caldwell, seventh-place finalist in season two, who released her debut album, Without Regret, in 2011
-- Melinda Doolittle, third-place finalist in season six, and previously backup singer for a series of top artists
-- Vocalist Matt Giraud, whose soulful performance of 'My Funny Valentine' landed him a fifth-place finish in season eight, followed by appearances on numerous talk shows
-- Singer Mikalah Gordon, a finalist on the show's fourth season, who went on to record and landed appearances on several national TV shows
-- Blake Lewis, singer-songwriter and beatboxer who was first runner-up in season six, and whose debut album, Audio Day Dream/A.D.D., was released through 19 Recordings/Arista Records
-- Elliot Yamin, who placed third in season five and whose self-titled album debuted at number one on the Billboard Independent Albums chart and number three on the Billboard 200

In addition to stellar performances, Celebrity's Caribbean Christmas cruises will allow kids and adults alike to be among the first to experience the revolutionary new Xbox One through Celebrity's exclusive partnership with Xbox. The new all-in-one gaming and entertainment system will allow guests to play the new game "Forza Motorsport 5," a cinematic, automotive journey starring the world's greatest cars and tracks. Celebrity's ships already are outfitted with dedicated Xbox spaces and mobile stations, allowing guests to enjoy one of the largest game and entertainment experiences afloat.

Celebrity Cruises' 2013 Caribbean Christmas sailings include:

-- 14-night Exotic Southern Caribbean cruise on Celebrity Eclipse departing Dec 14, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
-- 10-night Ultimate Caribbean cruise on Celebrity Equinox departing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale Dec 20
-- 7-night Caribbean Holiday Getaway cruise on Celebrity Reflection departing roundtrip from Miami, Fla., Dec 21
-- 7-night Southern Caribbean cruise on Celebrity Summit departing roundtrip from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dec 21
-- 7-night Eastern Caribbean cruise on Celebrity Silhouette departing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale Dec 22
-- 5-night Western Caribbean cruise on Celebrity Constellation departing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale Dec 23

Any reference to American Idol® is descriptive only. American Idol® is a registered trademark of FremantleMedia North America, Inc. and is not affiliated with Nite Raider Entertainment, Inc. or Celebrity Cruises. The Finalists at Sea lineup is subject to change.

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Holland America Line to Acquire McKinley Chalets Hotel in Denali National Park

SEATTLE, Oct. 2: Holland America Line, through its subsidiary Holland America-Princess Alaska, has reached an agreement in principle to acquire the McKinley Chalets Hotel in Denali National Park from Aramark Sports and Entertainment Services. Holland America Line will develop the property further for inclusion on its Land+Sea Journeys that combine an Alaska cruise with an overland tour to Denali National Park. Details of the McKinley Chalets Hotel purchase agreement and plans for future enhancements are ongoing, and once the purchase is completed later this fall, more information will be made available to the public.

The agreement to purchase McKinley Chalets Hotel is part of an enhancement program that also will see modifications to Holland America Line's Alaska hotels at Fairbanks, Skagway, and Whitehorse. The renovations, which will take place over the next few years, will include extensive room updates and upgrades to soft goods and hotel decor.

"Acquiring the McKinley Chalets Hotel provides Holland America Line with great potential for growth in Denali and enables us to expand the appeal of our brand as a leader in Alaska travel," said Stein Kruse, president and CEO of Holland America Line. "This purchase will help us deliver the finest destination resort and experience in Alaska at the highlight on Land+Sea Journeys -- Denali National Park."

Spanning more than 42 acres, the McKinley Chalet Resort features 345 rooms, fine and casual dining, an on-site dinner theater, on-site raft departures and walking trails on the Nenana River. Holland America currently owns 26 acres adjacent to the chalets, including 135 additional guest rooms that have been operated by Aramark as part of the McKinley Chalets. Total rooms are 480.

Land+Sea Journeys Bring Fresh Approach to Alaska Experience: In 2014, Holland America Line is rebranding its popular Alaska CruiseTour program with the new name Land+Sea Journeys. Now with more time in the marquee destinations and less overland travel time, Holland America Line guests will have more opportunities than ever to explore and personalize their Great Land vacations.

With 12 options ranging in length from 10 to 20 days and featuring a three- to seven-day cruise, Land+Sea Journeys offer the benefit of combining the "must-see" of Denali National Park with the "seldom seen" wonders of the Yukon. Among the most significant program enhancements for 2014 is a convenient one-hour flight that brings Fairbanks, Alaska, and Dawson City, Yukon closer together, replacing up to two days of motorcoach travel and a hotel overnight. Other notable elements include revised departures for the McKinley Explorer dome rail schedule between Anchorage and Denali to maximize guest time in both locations. For travel between Denali and Fairbanks, luxury motorcoaches will be introduced to also increase guest time in both Fairbanks and Denali.

For more information about the Alaska Land+Sea Journeys and Holland America Line, visit

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Angkor Wat & Other Sacred Sites Set For Crystal's New Complimentary
Three-Night Land Program

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 2: Crystal Cruises is offering a brand new, complimentary inclusive three-night Extended Land Program to Thailand and Cambodia with its March Asia-to-Africa World Cruise segment. Prior to sailing from Singapore to Cape Town aboard Crystal Serenity, guests will embark on an exotic overland journey, first exploring Bangkok's energetic markets, nightlife, and heavenward temple spires, and then flying to Siem Reap, Cambodia, where they will visit some of the world's most awe-inspiring spiritual monuments and landmarks, such as:

-- Angkor Wat - The world's largest religious monument and UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the 12(th) century.
-- The Grand Palace - A vast complex of buildings, pavilions and gardens, the palace has been the primary residence and official ceremonial site for Kings of Siam since 1782.
-- Temples of the Emerald, Golden and Reclining Buddhas - The most sacred temple in Thailand, the world's largest solid gold statue (nearly six tons!), and one of the largest overall Buddha statues in the world, respectively.
-- Angkor Night Market - Open until at least midnight with more than 100 shops and merchants, the market sets the perfect scene for post-dinner shopping.
-- Khmer Ruins - An array of ancient Cambodian architectural masterpieces, from Bayon Temple, known for its forest of heads and maze of dark rooms and galleries, to Ta Prohm, an Indiana Jones-like lost temple in the jungle, entwined in massive tree roots.
-- Apsara Dance Performance - Prima ballerinas from the Royal Ballet of Cambodia will perform this elaborate traditional dance, exclusively for Crystal guests.

Included for guests sailing on the single "Temples & Safaris" itinerary (the fourth segment of Crystal's 2014 World Cruise), the land program begins on March 7 and features meals, inter-Asia transportation, and a night at fellow Travel + Leisure World's Best honoree Peninsula Bangkok, followed by two nights at the five-star Sokha Angkor Wat Resort. The cruise voyage begins March 10 with an onboard overnight in Singapore, then sails to Jakarta, Indonesia; Mauritius/Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius; and Durban, Port Elizabeth, and Cape Town, South Africa (overnight).

"Together, this land/cruise program offers the best of all bucket lists: a fully hosted immersion into the ancient, artistic and spiritual history of Thai and Cambodian cultures, a choice of several optional safaris in Africa, a mix of unusual destinations, and a substantial piece of Crystal's coveted World Cruise, filled with glorious days at sea," says Thomas Mazloum, Crystal's senior vice president, operations.

Crystal's passion for creating exclusive, eye-opening luxury shore-side experiences are cornerstones of its Crystal Adventures program, helping earn the line top ratings for two decades. For more information, visit

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AmaWaterways Features “D-Day Remembered” Excursions through Normandy, France in 2014

CALABASAS, CA, Oct. 2: River cruise line AmaWaterways will honor the 70th Anniversary of the World War II D-Day landings with an enhanced Paris & Normandy itinerary.The 7-night voyage offers an up-close view of the historical coast with a choice of two special “D-Day Remembered” excursions. Active and retired military personnel will receive an additional $200 savings per person. Travelers can experience the Paris & Normandy itinerary featuring the “D-Day Remembered” excursions from April 10, 2014 to Nov27, 2014.

"We are pleased to offer special D-Day Remembered excursions as part of our Paris & Normandy cruises,” said Kristin Karst, AmaWaterways’ Executive Vice President and Co-Owner. "Our knowledgeable tour guides bring the itinerary to life and we hope our guests will enjoy the in-depth historical perspective as they travel through some of Europe's most beautiful cities."

Guests may choose from one of two “D-Day Remembered” excursions. Both start with a visit to Arromanches, a village renowned for its artificial "Mulberry" harbor. This artificial harbor was used during the June 6, 1944 landings and served as a base for Allied troops. Today, the ghostly remains of large concrete structures are still visible off-shore. From there, guests will set forth on their preferred tour:

U.S. Sector: Guests will have the opportunity to visit the D-Day Museum before traveling on to St. Laurent-sur-Mer, home to Omaha Beach, the site of intense fighting during the invasion, and the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, which was the first US cemetery on European soil. Guests can also see Point du Hoc on the Norman coast between Utah and Omaha Beaches. There, the Ranger Monument was erected by the French to honor the American Second Ranger Battalion that scaled the 100-foot cliff and stopped German artillery firing on troops on the shore below.

British and Canadian Sectors: Guests will visit the landing sites of the British 50th Division on Gold Beach and the Canadian 3rd Division on Juno Beach, where there is a museum dedicated to contributions made by Canadian soldiers during the war. There are opportunities to see the Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, the Memorial Pegasus and the British Cemetery in Ranville, the first French village to be liberated on D-Day.

Back on board the AmaLegro, guests can enjoy specially selected WWII-themed movies on the Infotainment system in their spacious staterooms or suites. The ship offers a luxurious cruising experience with delectable culinary creations and unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner, all served on a complimentary basis.

In addition to the “D-Day Remembered” tours, the 2014 Paris & Normandy itinerary includes other enticing excursions along the Seine River: the village of Giverny, home to Claude Monet’s beautiful and iconic gardens; Honfleur, a charming seaside town beloved by Impressionist painters; Rouen, where Joan of Arc was martyred; and Château Gaillard in the town of Les Andelys. The voyage ends where it started, in the magical city of Paris, where guests can spend two nights. To view detailed itineraries, please visit

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Sixthman & Norwegian Announce: LIVE LOUD. Festival at Sea

ATLANTA, Oct 2: Norwegian Cruise Line has partnered with Sixthman, the pioneers of music festivals at sea, to launch an all-new festival cruising experience called the LIVE LOUD Festival. The LIVE LOUD Festival is the first of its kind in Norwegian and Sixthman’s all new “Festival Cruising” series and will take place February 26-March 2, 2014, on board Norwegian Pearl. Guests sailing during this incredible event will “Live Loud” by celebrating their passions for music and life on an unforgettable four-day cruise from Miami, Florida to Great Stirrup Cay and Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas.

The first-ever LIVE LOUD Festival is jam packed with live music from talented bands and artists with a reputation for spectacular live performances and fan engagement. The impressive lineup currently features: Ken Block and Drew Copeland from Sister Hazel, Yacht Rock Revue with special guests, Scott Munns, DJ Soulman, Chuck Cannon, Kristy Lee, Bronze Radio Return, The Shadowboxers, Trailer Park Ninjas and Hey Monea!; alongside a host of additional artists yet to be announced. Concerts will take place in venues throughout Norwegian Pearl as well as on the beach on Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s private island.

In addition to live bands, the festival features the World’s Greatest Rock N’ Roll Dueling Piano show, Howl at The Moon, as well as other lifestyle elements like food, wine, craft beer, comedy and fitness. Other onboard experiences will include late night parties and jam sessions, artist-hosted activities and several unique theme nights.

“Living Loud is all about experiencing and living out your passions,” said Andy Levine, Sixthman’s Chief Experience Officer. “The LIVE LOUD Festival will feed the soul of passionate music lovers by creating a unique environment in which guests can make a unique, unforgettable connection with the artists. In addition, the cruise will feature a variety of other exciting lifestyle experiences that guests can enjoy while cruising to two incredible destinations.”

On top of the activities and entertainment offered during the festival, 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 at 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 For more information, visit

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Silversea's Second Expedition Ship, Silver Galapagos, Sets Sail

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Oct 1: Luxury expedition cruise specialist Silversea has launched its second expedition ship. Fresh from a major refurbishment, the 100-guest ship (formerly named Galapagos Explorer II) embarked September 28 on her first-ever voyage as Silver Galapagos.

Prior to setting sail, a christening ceremony was held on board, attended by local dignitaries and company executives. Highlighting the occasion were speeches by Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio, Silversea's chairman; Santiago Dunn, vice president of Silversea, Ecuador; and Conrad Combrink, Silversea's director of expedition cruises. Following the traditional blessing by a priest, the chairman's daughter, Costanza Lefebvre d'Ovidio, the ship's godmother, officially welcomed Silver Galapagos into the Silversea fleet by cutting a ceremonial ribbon.

The all-suite Silver Galapagos has just completed a major stem-to-stern refurbishment. All public spaces and guest suites have been refreshed with new upholstery, carpeting, curtains, and wall treatments. Each suite is highlighted by a totally renovated bathroom, enhanced with rich marble detailing. Besides a new walk-in rainforest shower, each bathroom features a new vanity, shelving, mirrors, lighting fixtures, and wood flooring. Plus, all guest suites have been outfitted with new flat screen TVs, new mattresses (custom-made exclusively for Silversea), and luxurious Pratesi bed linens.

Other ship enhancements include the installation of Wi-Fi access throughout the ship (including all suites) and a new complimentary service providing streaming movies and live television news broadcasts for guests to enjoy on their portable devices. And rounding out the renovations are a new fitness center, massage room, beauty salon, outdoor Jacuzzi, outdoor furniture, and Silversea's signature outdoor dining venue, The Grill.

In his remarks at the christening ceremony, Lefebvre d'Ovidio stated, "It is our aim that this ship will not only offer our guests the highest level of comfort and service, but also enlighten them to the rarity and beauty of the Galápagos Islands."

Silver Galapagos sails Saturday to Saturday on 7-day roundtrip voyages from Baltra Island, following either a western or north central route. These expedition cruises offer adventurous travelers the life-enriching chance to discover a wild, pristine paradise that has long been regarded as a natural laboratory of evolution. On complimentary expeditions ashore guided by an experienced expedition team (certified by the Galápagos National Park Service), Silversea's guests may experience up-close encounters with an abundance of wildlife that includes sun-basking land iguanas, giant tortoises, blue- and red-footed boobies, colorful marine iguanas, sea lions, penguins and Darwin's famous finches.

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Iberocruceros' Grand Mistral to Become Costa neoRiviera

HOLLYWOOD, FL, Oct. 1: The 1,600-passenger, 48,200-ton Grand Mistral is being transferred from the Iberocruceros fleet to Costa Cruises and will be renamed Costa neoRiviera. Iberocruceros is the Spanish cruise brand owned by Costa Crociere S.p.A. Group.

Totally refurbished in 2005 and further enhanced with the addition of new suites and cabins in 2007, Grand Mistral has three restaurants (including one buffet), six bars, two shopping arcades, three swimming pools (including a splash pool for kids), Jacuzzis, a beauty and wellness center, hydrotherapy and massages, fitness center, show lounge and disco. Prior to entering service as Costa neoRiviera in November 2013, the ship's exterior decks and interior public areas are being renovated to make the ambiance feel like the Italian and French rivieras.

Beginning Nov. 24, 2013, Costa neoRiviera will sail an innovative 7-night itinerary, "The Emirates in Style," that includes all overnight calls. Departing Sundays and sailing roundtrip from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the itinerary includes visits to Muscat, the capital of Oman, and Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. Each call includes an overnight and late departure the next day, allowing for 1.5 days of sightseeing in each port. The calls at Dubai at the beginning and end of the cruise are both overnight stays, giving guests two full nights to become immersed in the culture of that vibrant city.

"The Emirates in Style" cruise with its overnight calls sets a leisurely pace that lets guests experience new places and traditions, and revel in the magical "Thousand and One Nights" atmosphere of this exotic region. Guests on Costa neoRiviera will be able to go in small groups of 25 or fewer on excursions that are exclusive to this itinerary.

The range of shore excursions is diverse and alluring: at Muscat guests can partake in a tour of Oman with a visit to Nizwa Fort, dune bashing in Wahiba Sands and an overnight stay in a Bedouin tented camp. From Abu Dhabi, guests can soak up the sun during a day at the beach at the private Al Maya Island Resort or take part in the unforgettable experience of a night spent under the desert sky, witnessing an incredible dawn while enjoying breakfast at an Arabian village. In Dubai guests can visit the royal stables and see a traditional Arabian horse show.

Costa neoRiviera's program for the winter 2013-14 season in the U.A.E. is complemented by Costa Fortuna, which will be deployed there from Dec. 20, 2013, through March 21, 2014. Costa Fortuna will sail weeklong roundtrip cruises from Dubai with calls at Muscat (overnight) and Kashab, Oman, and Abu Dhabi. For additional information, visit

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises to Expand Its All-Inclusive Product Offering With Free Wi-Fi

MIAMI, Oct 1: Regent Seven Seas Cruises announced today an expansion to its industry-leading all-inclusive product by offering free Wi-Fi across its fleet. Beginning with the line’s Winter 2014-2015 sailings, concierge-level and higher guests will receive up to 500 minutes of free Wi-Fi.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises will also make a multi-million dollar investment to upgrade its fleet’s onboard Internet offering. This will include:

-- Doubling the satellite bandwidth to provide considerable improvements in both the quality and speed of the guest’s online experience;
-- Expanding the Wi-Fi signal’s range, making Wi-Fi available throughout the entirety of the ships including all suites, public rooms and outdoor decks;
--  Replacing all onboard hardware such as the modems, routers and bandwidth compression equipment with advanced technology.

These upgrades will be completed by the end of this year, significantly enhancing the Internet experience for all guests.

According to Kunal S. Kamlani, president of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, the addition of free Wi-Fi is a natural evolution of the brand’s all-inclusive product offering, which is unmatched in the travel industry. “It’s all included on Regent, from flights, ground transfers and unlimited shore excursions to premium spirits and fine wines, and gratuities. Coupled with our hallmark personalized service and spacious all-suite accommodations, we provide a luxury cruise experience like no other for those who want to explore the world without compromise,” Kamlani said. “And we know staying in touch with family and friends is of paramount importance. Our fleet-wide Internet upgrade will ensure our guests have an exceptional experience whenever or wherever they connect on board.”

Details on the free Wi-Fi program can be found here. Details of the 2014-2015 Winter Collection will be announced on Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013.

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Viva Miami! Norwegian Getaway to Debut South Florida-Themed Restaurants, Bars

MIAMI, Oct 1: Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship set to debut in January, will feature several restaurants and bars that evoke the tropical feel of Miami and South Florida. The Tropicana Room, Flamingo Bar & Grill, Sunset Bar and Sugarcane Bar will be new and unique additions to the largest ship to homeport in Miami year-round.

“Norwegian Getaway is Miami’s ultimate ship, so her unique venues celebrate the heritage and culture of Miami and South Florida,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s CEO. “With these themed venues, we want all of our guests to experience a taste of Miami with food and drinks that reflect what the city is known for.”

The Tropicana Room, a complimentary restaurant on Deck 7 aft, is inspired by the glitz and glamour of the Miami Beach night life of the 1940s and 50s. Rich woods, dark purple and silver fabrics and mirrored columns, along with nostalgic photos from Miami Beach in her heyday, will make guests feel as if they are dining in a retro supper club. Featured menu items will represent the flavor of Miami with several Latin-inspired choices, including ceviche (ceviche de camarón), churrasco steak (churrasco con chimichurri) and chicken with yellow rice (arroz con pollo).

The Flamingo Bar & Grill, a complimentary restaurant on Deck 16, will serve food with a Latin flair throughout the day. An extensive menu is offered, including traditional favorites like pulled pork (pierna asada); steak chimichurri (bistec con chimichurri); fried yucca (yuca frita); spinach empanadas (empanadas de espinaca); and guava turnovers (pastelitos de guyaba). Desserts include caramel custard (flan de leche); rice pudding (arroz con leche) and three milks cake (tres leches). A variety of regional drinks and Cuban coffee will be available to complement the meal.

Sugarcane Mojito Bar will serve mojitos and rum-based cocktails from an island-themed setting on Deck 8 with both indoor and outdoor spaces. The bronze bar features banana leaves made of bronze relief which also circle the dual columns. The atmosphere is tropical and relaxed with leather and rattan furniture.

The Sunset Bar on Deck 8 takes its inspiration from Ernest Hemingway’s Key West, with design elements that are eclectic, masculine and adventurous. A large Marlin mounted behind the bar serves as the space’s focal point, while leather furniture and animal prints round out the décor in this eclectic lounge. Drinks include a Hemingway-inspired daiquiri, Key Largo’s Secret Chest, which includes Bacardi Superior rum infused with mixed herbs, sweet vermouth, Campari and fresh orange and lemon juice, topped with sparkling wine. Just next to the Sunset Bar is the Humidor Cigar Lounge offering a range of cigars for purchase.

For those who prefer self-service, Norwegian Getaway will feature the wine dispensers first introduced on Norwegian Breakaway. Located in the Garden Café and Studio Lounge, each dispenser offers a selection of four wines. Guests can sample a taste or a full glass. Prices range from $2.75 to $13 per glass, depending on the wine.

Throughout the ship, guests will find murals and artwork inspired by her tropical homeport. On the Waterfront, there will be a collage of the flora, fauna and architecture of Key West and the Southernmost point, along with the signature Miami skyline. On Deck 18, murals will highlight the famous lifeguard houses of Miami Beach and other elements of South Beach.

For fans of hull artist David “LEBO” Le Batard, they can find his paintings showcased in the atrium café and reception area, with works that include several large original pieces of art. The Art Gallery will also feature a collection of his paintings for sale.

Norwegian Getaway is Miami’s ultimate ship and will embody the essence of her tropical hometown with hull artwork by Miami’s own David "LEBO” LeBatard, which features a whimsical mermaid holding the sun above the waves.

Featuring groundbreaking entertainment, the ship is the first to feature the GRAMMY® Experience at sea, which will include artifacts chosen and curated by the GRAMMY Museum® along with live performances by past GRAMMY winners and nominees, among others.

Another first of its kind at sea, The Illusionarium is an all-new dining and entertainment experience that will envelop guests in the fascinating world of magic, inviting them to experience the astonishing illusions of world-class magicians and supernatural special effects. In addition, Norwegian Getaway boasts sizzling Latin-inspired dance productions by Broadway sensation, Burn the Floor; performances of the seven-time Tony Award nominated musical LEGALLY BLONDE; hilarious comedy headliners produced by Levity Entertainment Group; and the sing along fun of the dueling pianos of Howl at the Moon. To cap off a spectacular cruise experience, every sailing will feature a dazzling fireworks show at sea, set to music, as part of a dance party in the ship’s outdoor club, Spice H20.

Similar to sister ship Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Getaway will dazzle guests with the excitement of 678 Ocean Place and The Waterfront, a variety of interconnected indoor and outdoor venues on three dynamic decks that creates a multiplex of dining, activities and more and enhances guests’ connection with the ocean. Norwegian Getaway will also feature Miami’s coolest place to chill out – the ship’s SVEDKA/Inniskillin Ice Bar, featuring Art Deco-style décor, reminiscent of Miami Beach’s famous Ocean Drive.

Foodies setting sail from Miami on Norwegian Getaway can feast in their choice of 27 incredible dining options, including Celebrity Chef and Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian’s three dining concepts: Ocean Blue by Geoffrey Zakarian; Ocean Blue on the Waterfront and The Raw Bar. Buddy Valastro, star of the popular TLC series “Cake Boss” also has an outpost of his famous Carlo’s Bakery onboard, serving up delicious treats like cannolis lobster tails and specialty cakes.

For families, Nickelodeon®, the number-one entertainment brand for kids, is on board and includes a variety of exciting interactive experiences, along with the opportunity to meet SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, Dora the Explorer and Diego, among other favorites. Norwegian Getaway will also include an all new pirate-themed Nickelodeon Kids’ Aqua Park where children can cool off with colorful, whimsical and larger than life Nickelodeon characters from Bikini Bottom.

The three-story Sports Complex will feature the Aqua Park with five thrilling water slides, two swimming pools and one of the largest multi-level elevated ropes course that will challenge guests to more than 40 different elements, including a zip track. For a thrill like no other, guests will confront The Plank, a platform that extends eight feet over the side of the ship. A nine-hole miniature golf course is located beneath the ropes course, offering family fun with friendly competition. A rock climbing wall, bungee trampoline and spider web, a 24-foot enclosed climbing cage complete with a spiral slide, round out the activities.

Norwegian Getaway offers a variety of flexible accommodations ranging from Studio staterooms specially designed for solo travelers, to balcony and family staterooms and opulent suites in The Haven, the ultimate in luxury accommodations. Additional information on Norwegian Getaway can be found at

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Viking Cruises Announces Additional 2015
Ocean Mediterranean Itineraries Due To High Demand

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 1: Viking Cruises today announced the full slate of 2015 Mediterranean itineraries for the new Viking Star, as well as select 2016 sailings. The move will keep Viking Star in the Mediterranean, offering additional sailings to some of Europe's most beautiful and historic cities, from Rome to Barcelona. Responding to the overwhelming demand for Viking Star's maiden voyages in the Mediterranean offered earlier for the spring and summer of 2015, the new winter cruises will allow guests to explore the vibrant cultures and sites along the Mediterranean in the quiet season, in keeping with Viking's promise to provide guests with a unique cruise experience. Due to the popularity of the nearly-sold out 2015 maiden voyages, select 2016 itineraries for Viking Star are now also available for booking.

"We are pleased to announce additional cruises in the Mediterranean that will allow guests to experience some of the most beautiful cities in Europe during the quiet season the way the locals do," said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises. "Our Mediterranean ocean itineraries have sold at an unprecedented rate; consumers are responding enthusiastically to this attractive region and the carefully-designed itineraries that offer our guests the opportunity to explore this historically fascinating region by letting them get closer to the historical sites, people and traditions in ways they have never experienced before."

New Mediterranean Itineraries
The overwhelming popularity of Viking Star's maiden voyages resulted in the addition of the winter 2015 Mediterranean itineraries. By highlighting more unique locations, such as Malta, Sicily, Sardinia, and Algiers - and crafting experiences that take advantage of the post-tourist season - the new itineraries showcase the Mediterranean in a way that many travelers have never witnessed. By sailing in the winter months, Viking Star's guests will see an entirely different Europe - quieter and more contemplative, all while soaking up the splendor of the region during this special time of year.

-- Romantic Mediterranean (8 days; Barcelona - Rome) - While sailing along some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, this itinerary offers a perfect mix of glamour, rustic pleasures and memorable landscapes with visits to Toulon, Corsica and Monte Carlo, France; the Tuscan region of Italy; plus overnights in Barcelona and Rome.
-- Mediterranean Getaway (8 days; Rome - Barcelona) - Explore historically significant sites and vibrant cities of the southern Mediterranean with destinations that include Rome, Naples (and Pompeii), Sicily and Sardinia in Italy; Tunis, Tunisia (and Carthage); and Palma de Mallorca, Valencia and Barcelona in Spain.
-- Mediterranean Explorer (15 days; Barcelona - Barcelona) - Combining the Romantic Mediterranean and Mediterranean Getaway, this itinerary features fabled ancient cities, medieval wonders and iconic sites that include Toulon, Monte Carlo and Corsica in France; Tuscany, Naples (and Pompeii), Sicily and Sardinia in Italy; Tunis, Tunisia (and Carthage); Palma de Mallorca and Valencia in Spain; plus overnights in Barcelona and Rome.
-- Grand Mediterranean Tour (15 days; Barcelona - Barcelona) - Sun-kissed shores and new places toc discover await on this voyage that begins with an overnight in Barcelona and includes an overnight in Rome. Stops include Monte Carlo, Toulon and Corsica in France; Tuscany and Sardinia in Italy; Tunis, Tunisia and Valencia, Spain; plus off-the-beaten path visits to Valletta, Malta and Algiers, Algeria.

Viking's Ocean Cruises
In May 2013, Viking Cruises announced the launch of its ocean cruise product line, which will begin sailing in May 2015 with the brand-new Viking Star embarking her maiden voyages in Scandinavia and the Baltic; and then she will also sail in the Western and Eastern Mediterranean. The launch affirmed Viking Cruises' continued commitment to providing unique cruising journeys for the experienced traveler. Viking's ocean cruises offer a small-ship experience via an intimate, custom-designed vessel that allows travelers to get closer than ever to their destinations. As well, the line offers itineraries highlighting history, art and culture while giving maximized time in port, privileged-access excursions and onboard experiences that truly immerse guests in the local culture. Since announcing itineraries for the 2015 Viking Star maiden voyages, cabins have sold at a rapid rate, due to overwhelming interest in Viking's small-ship, destination-focused ocean cruises.

Booking Details
For more details on all of Viking Star itineraries, visit From now until Dec 18, 2013, Viking is offering a 2015 & 2016 Early Booking Discount with up to 2-for-1 cruise pricing and up to $2,000 per couple off air. Viking's inclusive pricing covers accommodations, all onboard meals, a guided excursion in each port of call, port charges, complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch service, and more.

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Silversea's 2015 Voyage Collection Is Open

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Oct 1: Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises has opened the books on its entire voyage program for 2015. In total, the award-winning company's eight elite ships will offer a worldwide schedule of 276 voyages, visiting more than 700 destinations (including 71 that are brand new) on seven continents.

New Destinations
The line's classic fleet, comprised of its five elegant ocean-going ships, will visit 21 new ports of call. In the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions, there will be inaugural calls in Huelva, San Antonio (Ibiza), and Alcúdia (Mallorca), Spain; Rethymnon (Crete) and Igoumenitsa, Greece; Santa Maria di Leuca, Italy; and Amasra, Turkey. In Asia and the Pacific, new ports include Haikou, China; Hambantota, Sri Lanka; Bintulu, Malaysia; Savusavu, Fiji; Lifou Island, New Caledonia; and the Philippines' Bohol Island, Boracay Island, Busuanga Island, and Hundred Islands. Africa and the Indian Ocean offer inaugural visits to Luanda, Angola and Mahajanga, Madagascar. And in the Americas, first-time calls include Norfolk, Virginia; Morehead City, North Carolina; and Falmouth, Jamaica.

Expedition Cruises (featuring 50 new destinations)
As Silver Discoverer explores Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, the Russian Far East, Southeast Asia, New Zealand and Australia, including its magnificent Kimberley Coast, her guests will be introduced to dozens of exciting new destinations, such as the remote Phoenix Islands Protected Area in Kiribati, which includes Nikumaroro, the island some believe to be the final resting place of famed aviator Amelia Earhart.

After a year's absence, the exotic west coast of Africa is back on the schedule for Silver Explorer, joining the expedition ship's ever-popular cruises to Antarctica, South and Central America, the British Isles, Northern Canada, Greenland, and Arctic Norway. Among several adventurous new destinations for Silver Explorer is Congo's exotic Pointe Noire, renowned for its beautiful beaches and the spectacular red rock cliffs at Diosso Gorge.

And Silver Galapagos will again operate year-round voyages exploring the amazing Galápagos Islands.

"Our expansive 2015 voyage schedule, featuring 71 new destinations, offers unparalleled opportunities for unique and life-enriching journeys to all corners of the globe," said Ellen Bettridge, Silversea's president of the Americas. "It's been designed to offer a broad range of travel choices, including multiple-day calls and overnight stays showcasing traditional must-see destinations, as well as voyages to some of the world's most remote regions."

Classic fleet highlights:

World Cruise 2015: On Jan 5, Silver Whisper is set to embark on a 115-day epic voyage, encircling the world and embracing the cultures of five continents, 30 countries, and 50 unique destinations. Focusing first on the idyllic isles of the South Pacific, the sprawling itinerary will include visits to Australia, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, the Seychelles, Africa, and the Caribbean, before concluding in Fort Lauderdale.

Asia, Africa & India: Complementing World Cruise 2015 are 21sailings featuring some of the most exotic destinations in Asia, Africa and India, including four voyages with extended stopovers in Myanmar (offered aboard Silver Wind and Silver Shadow collectively). And Silver Shadow's November 10 sailing (#3531), from Singapore to Hong Kong, is highlighted with inaugural calls in Bintulu, Malaysia and the Philippines' Bohol Island, Boracay Island, Busuanga Island, and Thousand Islands.

Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific: In addition to Silver Whisper's World Cruise 2015, Silver Spirit's 64-day "Southern Cross" voyage will showcase this fabled corner of the globe during a roundtrip sailing from Los Angeles, departing Jan 22. Destinations for this Grand Voyage include the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia, Cook Islands, New Zealand, Australia, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji Islands, Samoa, Kiribati, and Hawaii.

Mediterranean, Northern Europe & Baltic: From April to November, Silversea will offer over 80 diverse voyages revealing the secluded harbors and storied cities of the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Baltic. Highlights include:

Silver Spirit's Voyage 5512, sailing from Barcelona to Rome, will overnight in Cannes on May 20, during the city's famous film festival, and also overnight in Monte Carlo on May 23, during the Grand Prix.

Silver Wind's Voyage 2519 will be in Venice July 18 and 19, when the city holds its annual Festa del Redentore celebrations, which include a spectacular fireworks display that illuminates St. Mark's Bay.

Silver Cloud will sail the Thames River to dock near (or depart from) Tower Bridge in the heart of historic London on five voyages (1516, 1517, 1519, 1520 and 1521) -- a journey most cruise ships are too large to navigate.

Silver Cloud's 17-day Voyage 1518 will visit Norway's remote North Cape and the Russian cities of Murmansk and Archangel in the White Sea.

Alaska: Silver Shadow returns to explore the awesome natural wonders of Alaska on 18 mostly 7-day voyages between Seward and Vancouver.

South America: Silver Shadow departs Jan 7 on a 62-day "Circle South America" roundtrip Grand Voyage from Fort Lauderdale. Highlights include a crossing of the Panama Canal, two days cruising Chile's majestic fjords, a two-night stopover in Rio de Janeiro during Carnival, plus overnight stays in Callao and Punta Arenas. And the Amazon will be the centerpiece of two South America cruises when both Silver Cloud (Voyage 1503) and Silver Whisper (Voyage 4530) journey up the iconic river for a two-night stopover in Manaus.

Caribbean & Central America: Silversea's 2015 schedule features 27 voyages showcasing the glistening beaches and easy-going lifestyle of the Caribbean and Central America. These include several Panama Canal voyages of 16 to 18 days between Fort Lauderdale and Los Angeles or San Francisco, as well as Silver Cloud's four Caribbean cruises conveniently departing roundtrip from San Juan.

Canada & Colonial Coast: On April 3, Silver Shadow will embark on a brand new itinerary (#3507), sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, with calls in Savannah, Charleston, Morehead City, and Norfolk on America's Atlantic coast, plus Bermuda and Nassau. And just in time for the region's fall foliage spectacle, Silver Whisper will offer a collection of voyages exploring eastern Canada and coastal New England.

Transoceanic: For those who enjoy plenty of relaxing days at sea, a number of transoceanic voyages are available, such as Silver Wind's Voyage 2533, a 17-day transatlantic crossing from Rome to Fort Lauderdale, and Silver Shadow's Voyage 3527, a 14-day sailing across the Pacific from Seward to Tokyo.

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