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August 1-31, 2012

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What's on Cruise Diva's mind? A bit of editorializing, news, announcements, and travel tips...find that and more in Cruise Diva's Blog. Recent headlines appear below.

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Carnival Expands Seat-Saving Initiative Fleetwide

Following a highly successful pilot program on Carnival Breeze, Carnival Cruise Lines has begun a fleetwide rollout of a new system designed to ensure that all guests are able to enjoy equal access to sun loungers by preventing seat saving in outdoor deck areas.

Under the new system, shipboard team members monitor sun lounge usage and if they observe a seat that contains a towel or personal belongings but appears to be unoccupied, a notification is placed on the chair indicating the current time. If the chair remains unoccupied for 40 minutes, the contents are removed and held for the guest’s safekeeping.

The expanded policy is scheduled to be introduced on a gradual basis over the next couple of weeks, with fleetwide implementation on all 24 Carnival ships expected by mid-September. Guests will be advised of the new system via public address announcements by the cruise director, signage in outdoor deck areas, messages displayed on the Seaside Theater poolside LED screen, as well as notices in “Fun Times,” the daily shipboard newsletter.

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Seabourn Adds Seventh Continent On 'Ultimate Antarctica & Patagonia' Voyages

SEATTLE, Aug. 31: More than twenty years after the company pioneered an entirely new style of small-ship, ultra-luxury cruising, Seabourn plans to extend its repertoire of highly desirable cruising destinations to include Antarctica for the first time in 2013. Seabourn Quest, the newest ship in Seabourn's award-winning fleet, will begin a series of four 21- to 24-day voyages sailing between Valparaiso, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina starting in November of 2013.

"Seabourn is already renowned for our extensive portfolio of worldwide itineraries," noted Seabourn's president Richard Meadows. "Antarctica was the only continent that Seabourn did not feature in our itineraries. This expands our global reach to all seven continents and builds on our already impressive list of exotic destinations. Seabourn is very proud to be bringing our highly rated ultra-luxury cruise experience to Antarctica."

The all-suite ship will cruise the Chilean coast, including visits to Puerto Montt for the Chilean Lakes District, Castro on the huge island of Chiloe, and Puerto Chacabuco, from where guests can tour the magnificent Torres del Paine National Park. Then the intimate ship will thread the glaciers, peaks and channels of the Chilean Fjords, culminating in a transit of the Beagle Channel and its spectacular Glacier Alley. Weather permitting, following a call at Ushuaia in Argentina's Tierra del Fuego, Seabourn Quest will cruise by Cape Horn bound for the Southern Ocean. Guests on board will experience five days in Antarctica, including scenic cruising of highlights such as the breathtaking Lemaire Channel, picturesque Paradise Bay and the Gerlache Strait. An experienced Antarctic expedition staff will ensure that guests enjoy the best of the numerous available sites for landings and cruising in smaller inflatable boats, based on real-time weather and wildlife reports during their Antarctic adventures. Scientists, naturalists and other lecturers in a number of disciplines will speak on board and accompany guests ashore to add insights to their once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

During the South Atlantic portion of the voyage, guests will enjoy visits to Port Stanley, in the Falkland Islands, and Montevideo, Uruguay's capital, en route to or from Buenos Aires.

A 24-day Holiday version will include two days exploring the sub-Antarctic wildlife Eden of South Georgia Island, renowned for its beauty and its vast, teeming rookeries of king penguins and other seabirds, as well as breeding elephant and fur seals.

Seabourn's new Ultimate Antarctica & Patagonia sailings open for sale on Tuesday September 4, 2012 for sailing beginning in November of 2013.

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New Evidence Proves Princess Cruises Did Not Fail to Rescue
Adrift Fishermen as Alleged

Santa Clarita, CA, Aug 30: Princess Cruises has released recently discovered video footage of a rescue at sea of a small boat adrift for nearly a month in the Pacific Ocean that conclusively confirms the adrift boat, the Fifty Cent, was not the small boat spotted and photographed by three Princess passengers several weeks earlier. The story, which broke last April, received extensive press coverage with Princess and the ship’s captain widely criticized for not coming to the rescue of the men onboard, two of whom subsequently died.

Princess has been sued six times by the survivor and relatives of fishermen on the adrift boat. The lawsuits claim the cruise ship Star Princess passed within several miles of the Fifty Cent, but failed to rescue them despite three cruise ship passengers spotting them and reporting they saw a boat that might be in distress. The ship’s bridge staff did not see signs of distress and therefore did not stop or notify the ship’s captain.

The Princess passengers, a group of bird watchers with sophisticated telescopic camera equipment, photographed the small boat they had spotted. Their photos depict a small white boat similar to Panga boats used by local fishermen in Central America. In contrast, the video footage of the Fifty Cent’s rescue shows a markedly different boat.

Princess had the newly discovered video and the original bird watchers’ photos analyzed by Michael Snyder, a retired photo analyst and photogrammetry expert from NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Mr. Snyder concluded that “the small boat photographed by the passengers onboard Star Princess is clearly not the small boat called Fifty Cent that Adrian Vasquez was found adrift on.”

Princess began searching for photographs or video of the Fifty Cent after hearing recorded statements by plaintiff Adrian Vasquez that were inconsistent with his allegation that Star Princess had passed him by, and which were also inconsistent with the bird watchers’ reported sighting. The captain of the fishing boat that rescued Vasquez has provided a sworn statement confirming that Vasquez gave a detailed account of his ordeal at the time he was rescued, but never mentioned any cruise ship passing him by.

Further supporting the fact that Star Princess did not cross paths with the Fifty Cent is a drift analysis which charted the movement of the two vessels taking into account ocean current, wind and wave data. Conducted by Weather Routing, Inc., a private meteorological consulting firm, the analysis concluded "that it is not likely the boat sighted by the guest passengers was the same boat rescued on March 23rd and identified as the Fifty Cent."

“While this remains a tragic story, we are gratified to have scientific confirmation that Star Princess was never in the vicinity of the adrift boat and that the boat photographed by our passengers was not the adrift Fifty Cent,” said Alan Buckelew, president and CEO of Princess Cruises. “Nevertheless, we have used this as a valuable learning opportunity and have strengthened our bridge reporting procedures to ensure that all messages of concern from passengers or crew are carefully evaluated by our senior bridge officers.”

According to Princess, the ship’s captain, Edward Perrin, had been devastated by allegations his ship might have ignored a vessel in distress. Ironically, Captain Perrin was praised last month by Canadian authorities after his ship diverted to act as a wind block assisting Canadian authorities in a dramatic helicopter rescue of two sailors from a boat that was floundering in stormy conditions off the coast of British Columbia. Princess ships have come to the aid of persons or ships in distress more than 30 times in the past decade and it is fairly common for Princess ships to divert to render aid when they receive distress calls.

Princess Cruises has demanded the lawsuits be immediately dismissed and has offered to waive its right to seek recovery of legal costs,citing sympathy for the victims of the Fifty Cent’s ordeal. Video footage of Adrian Vasquez aboard the fishing boat that rescued him, and his boat Fifty Cent can be found here and  a graphic comparing the Fifty Cent and the boat photographed by Princess passengers can be found here.

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Carnival Cruise Lines Celebrates National Cherry Popsicle Day with
Special Gift to Kids at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®

August 26 was National Cherry Popsicle Day and, in recognition of this annual event, Carnival Cruise Lines provided a delicious treat of 500 cherry popsicles, along with fun popsicle-shaped balloons, to the kids at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, one of the cruise line’s top charitable partners.

The kids truly enjoyed the tasty frozen confections and, as an added treat, all of the names of Carnival’s Facebook fans who “liked” the company’s post about the National Cherry Popsicle/St. Jude project were added to a card that will be given to the hospital.

The National Cherry Popsicle Day celebration at St. Jude was part of Carnival’s ongoing support of the organization, one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Carnival’s support of St. Jude includes a series of fun, interactive shipboard fundraisers and the company’s goal is to raise $3 million over a three-year period.

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Princess Cruises Offers New Small-Ship Caribbean Sailing Opportunity

SANTA CLARITA, CA, Aug 30: Princess Cruises has  announced a unique new Caribbean cruise opportunity for travelers looking to get away from the cold January weather. Featuring the intimate cruise experience of its small ship Pacific Princess, this 10-day sailing features the line’s only calls at the boutique ports of Tortola and St. Barthelemy in 2013. Sailing from January 17-27, this Eastern Caribbean voyage also offers full-day calls in Antigua, St. Lucia and St. Kitts, which features a late evening departure for more time on the island.

“Because Pacific Princess travels the globe, we rarely have the opportunity to offer a Caribbean cruise on this popular small ship,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. “But because we’re rescheduling the ship’s drydock, we now have a wonderful chance to offer this unique one-time itinerary option before she takes off on her yearly world cruise.”

Among the in-port opportunities for passengers on this sailing are tours to Virgin Gorda from Tortola to see the famous geologic formation "The Baths," as well as the chance to visit UNESCO World Heritage sites of Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park on St. Kitts and the dramatic Pitons in St. Lucia.

Passengers will enjoy an intimate cruise experience aboard small ship Pacific Princess. Carrying just 680 passengers, the ship offers a rich selection of amenities, including specialty restaurants Sabatini’s and Sterling Steakhouse. Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company's website at

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Princess Cruises Announces Name of Next New Ship Will Be Regal Princess

SANTA CLARITA, CA, August 28: Princess Cruises today marked the beginning of construction of the second of its new generation of ships with the official keel laying ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. At the same time the line announced that the ship’s name will be Regal Princess. The vessel, a sister ship to Royal Princess, will debut in Spring 2014. The company and shipyard officials started the countdown to the ship’s launch today as the keel, the bottommost part of the ship, was ceremoniously lowered into position in the building dock.

“Just as Royal Princess was named after one of our iconic early vessels, Regal Princess also takes a name from our past that we think is well suited for this spectacular ship,” said Alan Buckelew, president and CEO of Princess Cruises. “Today’s keel laying is an exciting event as it marks a key milestone in our newbuilding program.”

Following a traditional blessing by a priest, the ship’s keel, which weighs approximately 500 tons, was moved into position by a huge crane onto the keel blocks. The computer-guided maneuver took only minutes, belying the more than 2 million man hours that will ultimately go into building the vessel. The 3,600-passenger, 141,000-ton ship will remain in the building dock until its float-out next summer.

Regal Princess will offer many of the same special features as Royal Princess, which debuts in June 2013. Among these are a greatly expanded 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 that appear to be floating on the water; the new Princess Live! television studio; a 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. More information and video previews of Royal Princess are available at

Additional details including schedules and itineraries for Regal Princess will be announced next year. Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company's website at

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InnerSea Discoveries + American Safari Cruises Releases First Combined
Un-Cruise Adventures Brochure

Seattle, WA, Aug 28: Travelers seeking Un-Cruise Adventures may now reach for one brochure detailing InnerSea Discoveries’ Active Adventures and American Safari Cruises’ Luxury and Heritage Adventures. The first combined Un-Cruise Adventures brochure begins arriving on doorsteps this week. The 72-page brochure details Un-Cruise Adventures in Southeast Alaska, Mexico’s Sea of Cortés, the Hawaiian Islands, Columbia and Snake Rivers, and Coastal Washington and British Columbia. Three styles of adventure cruises are available on four yachts and three expedition vessels carrying 22-88 guests. The brochure covers adventures from November 2012 through April 2014.

“With additional boats added to our fleet, we’ve been able to diversify our offerings,” said Tim Jacox, executive vice president of sales and marketing. “We now have three different adventure styles—luxury, active and heritage—but as Un-Cruise Adventures, they share the common thread of an enriching adventure travel experience.”

Active Adventures
Active Adventure cruises focus on adventure activities outside such as trekking, kayaking, paddle boarding and skiff excursions. Activity levels vary from shore walks to all day hikes or kayaking excursions. Offered at a moderate price point, meals and activities are included. Massage, alcohol and port fees/taxes are extra.

Three expedition vessels—60 -guest Wilderness Adventurer, 76-guest Wilderness Explorer and Wilderness Discoverer—sail active adventure cruises in Southeast Alaska from May through September. The Wilderness Explorer will sail its first season in the Hawaiian Islands beginning November 2013 through April 2014.

Luxury Adventures
Luxury Adventure cruises are more inclusive and combine soft adventure activities with extra amenities and comforts on board. Voyages in five un-cruise destinations include all meals; premium brand spirits, fine wines and microbrews; activities and port fees/taxes. A massage is also included on the Safari Explorer and Safari Endeavour.

Three yachts—22-guest Safari Quest, 36-guest Safari Explorer and 86-guest Safari Endeavour—offer luxury adventure cruises. All three boats sail in Southeast Alaska from May through September. The Safari Endeavour sails in Mexico’s Sea of Cortés from November through April. The Safari Explorer sails in the Hawaiian Islands from November through April. The Safari Quest sails a Coastal Washington and British Columbia itinerary in spring and fall.

Heritage Adventures
History is brought to life on board and ashore on a Heritage Adventure cruise. Guest presenters, character reenactments and shore tours highlight history along the way and on board Legacy Leaders guide the journey. The Safari Legacy joins the fleet in mid-August 2013 for two 11-night Gold Rush Legacy cruises in Southeast Alaska. In fall and spring, the boat sails weeklong Legacy of Discovery cruises along the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Cruise fare includes all meals; premium brand spirits, fine wines and microbrews; activities; one massage and port fees/taxes.

Yachts and expedition vessels can be booked as a private charter or by individual stateroom. To book an un-cruise adventure or to request additional information, contact InnerSea Discoveries at 888-862-8881 or email . The new brochure is online, or call to request a copy.

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An Olympic Champion, Guest Musicians & More Jazz Up
 Crystal's South Pacific Voyage

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 27: Live jazz brings an energetic beat to Crystal Cruises' November 25th South Pacific voyage. From Los Angeles to Hawaii and French Polynesia, a host of prolific guest musicians will treat sea-goers to daily live music, ranging from ragtime to swing, while Louis Zamperini, Olympic champion and subject of the bestseller Unbroken; American musical theater author Herb Keyser; Clint Van Zandt, former Chief Hostage Negotiator and "Silence of the Lambs"-style profiler for the FBI; and General Nick Halley will also be aboard to rivet audiences as Crystal Visions Enrichment guest speakers. Also just added to the rich lineup is Discovery Channel & National Geographic "Storm Chaser," Tim Samaras.

Clarinetist Pieter Meijers is set to lead a jazz ensemble of percussionist Eddie Metz; trumpeter, pianist and banjo player Randy Morris; keyboardist and vocalist Tom Hook; bassist and vocalist Nicki Parrott; and vocalist Rebecca Kilgore, thanks to jazz aficionados, Jazzdagen Tours.

Crystal Symphony's abundant lounges, nightclubs and theaters, recently redesigned in a dazzling "extreme makeover," will also be bustling with full stage productions like new show Diva, solo headliners like comedian Dale Gonyea, lively piano tunes in the Avenue Saloon, dance hits in Luxe, "Magic Castle at Sea" magic shows and much more.

"While cruise insiders know that Crystal always sparkles on days at sea, this lineup of great jazz music, fascinating speakers, and breathtaking destinations is particularly stellar," says Bret Bullock, vice president of entertainment.

Departing Los Angeles, the 13-day luxury cruise overnights in Honolulu, Hawaii and visits Moorea, Society Islands en route to another overnight in Papeete, Tahiti. Until August 31, all-inclusive "Book Now" fares for the "Grand Pacific Interlude" feature savings for Penthouse and Verandah accommodations and for combining this cruise with the following Papeete to Auckland voyage. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit

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Norwegian Introduces Specialty Dining Package

MIAMI, Aug 23: Norwegian Cruise Line is introducing a new Specialty Dining Package, “Signature Trio,” that gives guests the unique opportunity to pre-purchase three specialty restaurants prior to sailing at a special rate. Guests who take advantage of Norwegian’s Specialty Dining Package can experience three of the line’s most popular specialty restaurants: the steakhouse, French bistro and Italian restaurant at a special package rate of $47 per person. The offer is currently available on all ships fleet wide.

The Signature Trio gives guests a taste of something deliciously new and the opportunity to experience three of the line’s most popular restaurants. Diners will delight in Norwegian’s signature steakhouse, featuring succulent grilled steaks, perfectly cooked double cut lamb chops and other delectable steakhouse favorites. Also included in the trio is Norwegian’s signature French bistro, where guests will enjoy French favorites such as escargot, coq au vin and a spectacular vanilla crème brulee for dessert. The third specialty restaurant included in the trio is Norwegian’s traditional Italian restaurant, where guests will feast on a variety of pastas, made-to-order specialty pizzas, and other Italian favorites such as chicken parmesan and osso bucco in a casual atmosphere.

To take advantage of the Signature Trio Specialty Dining Package, guests with a current cruise reservation can either pre-purchase the package by logging into their “myncl” account on or by contacting Norwegian reservations at 888-NCL-CRUISE. The offer is not available for purchase on board. In addition, the package is not available for sailings that occur during Christmas or New Years.

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American Cruise Lines to Christen Queen of the Mississippi in Nashville

GUILFORD, CONN, August 23: American Cruise Lines, operator of the newest fleet of riverboats and small cruise ships in the United States, is proud to announce that on Saturday, August 25, in Nashville, Tennessee, Phyllis Dale, a nationally-recognized travel agent and small-ship cruise expert, will christen Queen of the Mississippi and help celebrate the company’s first-ever season on the Mississippi River. Following the ceremony, Queen of the Mississippi, the first authentic paddlewheeler built for the Mississippi River in nearly 20 years, will set sail at full capacity on an 8-day voyage from Nashville to St. Louis.

Queen of the Mississippi offers guests a brand new way to see the longest river system in North America and explore the remarkable port cities that line the way. Most of the ship’s spacious 300-square-foot staterooms—the largest in the industry—offer private balconies while an all-American staff and crew cater to passengers’ every need. Daily educational events and themed entertainment help paint a picture of what life on the Mississippi was like in days gone by. Construction of Queen of the Mississippi was completed in June by Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Md., making it the most luxurious, fully-functioning, authentic paddlewheeler in the industry.

“The christening of Queen of the Mississippi is a meaningful way to celebrate the official launch of American Cruise Lines service on the Mississippi River,” said Charles A. Robertson, president and CEO, American Cruise Lines. “Guests now have access to the industry’s best amenities aboard an authentic paddlewheeler with a historic appearance.”

The Queen of the Mississippi was designed and built to set the standard for modern river cruising. During each eight-day journey, guests will explore Queen of the Mississippi’s numerous amenities, including the most spacious staterooms and suites in the industry, unique lounges and libraries. Staterooms features private balconies, many with large sliding glass doors, hotel-style bathrooms, access to room service, in-room phones, Wi-Fi and satellite TV. Seasoned cruise passengers will also appreciate American Cruise Lines’ exclusive, open seating dining plan, which allows guests to enjoy meals in a single seating or at the time of their choice, while surrounded by panoramic views of the River.

American Cruise Lines, the largest U.S. cruise company, operates the newest fleet of riverboats and small cruise ships in the industry and offers more than 35 unique itineraries along the rivers and inland waterways of the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, the Mississippi River and the U.S. East Coast, from Maine to Florida. To learn more about American Cruise Lines, visit or call 800-814-6880.

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Cunard to Present Greta Garbo Auction and Insights Program

August 2012: In conjunction with Julien’s Auctions of Beverly Hills, Cunard Line will offer guests the opportunity to view and purchase rarely before seen items of famed actress Greta Garbo during Queen Mary 2’s 20 November 2012 Transatlantic Crossing. Additionally, during the voyage, Garbo’s great nephew, Derek Reisfield, will headline Cunard's on board enrichment program, Cunard Insights, where he will provide a personal account of her life and iconic Hollywood career.

Hailed as Hollywood’s “First Modern Woman,” Garbo’s timeless appeal spans the eras of both silent and talking films. Regarded for her striking beauty and style, the four-time Academy Award® nominee is best known for her classic roles in “Anna Karenina,” “The Temptress,” “The Kiss” and “Grand Hotel.”

The on board auction and display will give guests an exclusive preview of Julien’s December 2012 Garbo auction event in Beverly Hills, and will feature several of her most photographed belongings, including her iconic cashmere turtleneck and vintage umbrella, used to shield herself from paparazzi. Relics from Garbo's world travels, including her vintage Louis Vuitton suitcase, travel watch, and a luggage tag bearing her travel alias, will also be on display for guests’ viewing pleasure.

During his guest lectures for Cunard Insights, Derek Reisfield will recall personal stories from the actress’ life, learned during his weekly, childhood gatherings with her. Topics will also include career highlights, Garbo’s personal relationships with dignitaries and celebrities such as President John F. Kennedy, Sir Winston Churchill and William Randolph Hearst, and will highlight her lesser-known historical contributions to American and British military intelligence during World War II.

“We are pleased to partner with Julien’s Auctions who, along with the Garbo Family, are graciously providing our guests exclusive access to some of Garbo’s prized possessions,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line. “A highlight of any Cunard voyage is our Insights program, and we are delighted to offer such a personal account of Garbo’s legacy to Hollywood and to the rest of the world.”

For more than 170 years, Cunard Line’s Transatlantic Crossing has appealed to a broad range of sophisticated travelers with a love of glamour, elegance and tradition. Each Crossing features a series of Royal Nights-themed balls held in the Queens Room – the largest dance floor at sea; and each evening, the Royal Court Theatre presents West End-style musical revues and guest performers. For more information about Queen Mary 2 or to book a voyage, consult your Travel Agent, call Cunard toll-free 1-800-728-6273 or go to

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Windstar Cruises Launches “Last 12 Deals of 2012”

Seattle, August 22: Windstar Cruises has just launched its “Last 12 Deals of 2012” on Europe itineraries. Going on now, guests who book any of the featured voyages by Saturday, September 1st can sail on board one of Windstar’s unique sailing yachts for as low as $1,799 per person.

Guests can experience signature voyages such as the Islands of Italy, which visits places like Lipari and Portoferraio, or the Greek Isles and Turkish Delights that sails through picturesque Santorini. The selected voyages include:

Greek Isles & Turkish Delights – Athens to Istanbul
Islands of Italy – Rome to Rome
Islands of the West Med – Rome to Barcelona
Glitter & Glam of the Rivera – Rome to Barcelona
Classic Italy & the Dalmatian Coast – Venice to Rome
Classic Mediterranean – Athens to Rome
Splendors of Southern Spain – Barcelona to Lisbon

To learn more about the 12 available sailings and take advantage of Windstar’s “12 Deals of ‘12” contact a travel professional or call Windstar at 800-258-7245. Visit Windstar Cruises online at

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Princess Cruises Announces Second Annual Entertainer of the Year Cruise

SANTA CLARITA, CA, August 22: After a successful first-ever Entertainer of the Year cruise this past April in which comedian Carlos Oscar was named the top entertainer across the Princess Cruises fleet, the line has now scheduled its second cruise to determine next year’s winner. Passengers aboard the Feb 9-16, 2013 Valentine’s Day cruise on Crown Princess sailing the Western Caribbean will cast their ballots to show their love for their favorite candidate from four finalists.

“Passengers loved our first Entertainer of the Year competition, especially the opportunity to see all the finalists on one cruise,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. “Many passionate fans were championing their favorites and the final performances onboard were hugely popular. We can’t wait to see to see who our passengers pick next year.”

Highlights from the first Entertainer of the Year cruise are captured in this overview video:

To narrow down the field in advance of the cruise, the Princess Cruises entertainment team will select the four top finalists. Finalists will be announced on Princess’ Facebook page along with video clips so fans can see the entertainers who are up for the award. Aboard the Entertainer of the Year cruise, passengers will be able to see live performances from each finalist and then cast their ballot for their favorite. The winner will be announced on the final night of the cruise at a special party.

The winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and will hold the title of “2012 Princess Cruises Entertainer of the Year.” Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company's website at

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Cunard Line’s 2014 World Voyage Program Features All Three Queens

August 22: With visits to 85 unique ports of call in 40 countries, Cunard Line’s 2014 World Voyage program is sure to satisfy the most adventurous traveler with opportunities to explore South America, to circumnavigate Australia and to discover the excitement of Japan and Southeast Asia.

On sale Sept 5th, the program will feature three World Voyages ranging from eight to 133 days aboard Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, and Queen Elizabeth, with embarkation points in Southampton, England, New York, Fort Lauderdale, and San Francisco, depending on the voyage. Together, Cunard’s Queens will cover 116,808 nautical miles, taking in signature, must-see cities as well as less familiar, but equally compelling, destinations.

“For nearly a century, Cunard has served the adventure-seeking traveler with unrivaled access to the world’s most storied regions since the advent of our World Voyage program in 1922,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line. “Such an experience is heightened only by Cunard’s reputation in superior service and world-class amenities, and is why we see so many return guests year upon year.”

Queen Mary 2
Flagship Queen Mary 2 will celebrate her 10th anniversary season with an exciting 119-day World Voyage, commencing from Southampton and visiting 30 ports of call in 19 countries. Guests have the option to return to Southampton, or to New York via an iconic Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Crossing. Destination highlights will include Namibia and the spectacular sculpted dunes; Cape Town and beautiful Table Mountain; plus her second, full circumnavigation of Australia with calls in Cairns, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

On her return route home from Sydney, guests will be treated to an impressive range of exciting Asian sights and cultures before transiting the Suez Canal and cruising the Mediterranean. Overnight calls will include Cape Town, Hong Kong and Dubai.

Segment voyages provide guests the opportunity to enjoy Cunard’s distinctive World Voyage experience in a shorter time frame, ranging from 18 to 23 days and will include:

18-day Southampton to Cape Town, includes an overnight in Cape Town
22-day Cape Town to Sydney
23-day Roundtrip Sydney
19-day Sydney to Hong Kong, includes an overnight in Hong Kong
19-day Hong Kong to Dubai, includes an overnight in Dubai
18-day Dubai to Southampton

Guests can also enjoy outstanding value by combining two or more consecutive segments to create adventurous Liner Voyages.

Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria’s epic 116-day World Voyage will sail roundtrip from Southampton and visit 40 ports in 19 countries, including an extended trip around South America and a much-anticipated overnight call in San Francisco. Guests can begin their journey in Southampton or Fort Lauderdale and experience everything from joyful samba displays in Rio and silent turquoise glaciers in Chile, to the mystery and legend of remote Pacific isles. Cape Horn, Amalia Glacier, Pio X Glacier, Easter Island, Pitcairn Island and breathtaking Milford Sound are just some of the voyage’s iconic and dazzling destinations. Other highlights will include seven calls in New Zealand and visits to American Samoa, Tonga and Hawaii.

Queen Victoria will make 10 maiden calls during this World Voyage: Fortaleza (Brazil), Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo (Uruguay), Buenos Aires, Puerto Madryn (Chile), Ushuaia (Argentina), Punta Arenas (Costa Rica), Puerto Montt (Chile), Moorea (French Polynesia) and Suva (Fiji).

Segment voyages range from 10 to 28 days and will include:

10-day Southampton to Fort Lauderdale
16-day Fort Lauderdale to Buenos Aires
12-day Buenos Aires to Valparaiso
23-day Valparaiso to Sydney
28-day Sydney to San Francisco, includes an overnight in San Francisco
15-day San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale
12-day Fort Lauderdale to Southampton

Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth will return to the World Voyage with an enthralling 118-day circumnavigation of the globe featuring embarkation points in Southampton, New York, Fort Lauderdale or San Francisco. The ship will visit 41 ports in 24 countries and feature a first-ever visit to Japan where she will make four maiden calls: Kochi, Yokohama, Kobe and Nagasaki. Additional highlights include a dramatic passage of the Panama Canal, the beauty of Hawaii and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Overnight calls will include San Francisco, Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai. Additional maiden calls will include Busan (South Korea), Shanghai, Xiamen (China) and Abu Dhabi.

Segment voyages range from 8 to 23 days and will include:

8-day Southampton to New York
19-day New York to San Francisco, includes an overnight in San Francisco
23-day San Francisco to Sydney, includes an overnight in Sydney
15-day Sydney to Yokohama
19-day Yokohama to Singapore, includes overnights in Hong Kong & Singapore
14-day Singapore to Dubai, includes an overnight in Dubai
20-day Dubai to Southampton

Enhanced Benefits program
Guests who book their 2014 World Voyage adventure before Feb 28, 2013 will receive an On Board Credit of up to $3,000 per stateroom on Full World and Liner Voyages. Guests who book a Full World Voyage will receive complimentary Hotel & Dining Charges (gratuities).

In addition to On Board Credit, World Club members will receive additional savings of up to $2000 per person. These World Club savings will combine with most other offers that are available to past guests, giving them peace of mind that booking early is advantageous.

Land Tours
New for 2014, guests may opt to increase overnight stays by three or four days in Santiago (Chile), Cape Town and Sydney, when booked in conjunction with select voyages. Featured land tours include:

Queen Mary 2
Cape Town & Winelands (3 nights): includes a fascinating visit to a penguin colony in Boulder’s Beach at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, as well as a stop at the house of J.C. Le Roux and the nearby university town of Stellenbosch. Adventurous guests may also climb Cape Town’s most celebrated landmark, Table Mountain, before embarking on a tour through the city. This tour can be booked for Queen Mary 2’s arrival in Cape Town as a post-voyage tour from Southampton or can be enjoyed before departing Cape Town for Sydney or Brisbane.

Queen Victoria:
Chilean Gastronomic Delights (3 nights): offers an introductory tour around Chile’s capital, Santiago, as well as excursions to Concha y Toro Winery and Casablanca Valley Vineyard & Valparaíso.
Andes & Viña Del Mar (3 nights): a scenic drive from the Central Valley of Santiago to the Andes (at 9,421 feet above sea level) is followed by a tour through the Casablanca Valley to the fashionable seaside resort of Viña del Mar and Valparaíso.
These tours can be booked for Queen Victoria’s arrival in Valparaiso as a post-voyage tour from Southampton or can be enjoyed before departing Valparaiso for Brisbane or Sydney.

Queen Elizabeth
Sydney: Blue Mountains & Hunter Valley (4 nights): begins with a morning tour of Sydney highlights, including the historic Rocks area, Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair, Kings Cross and Bondi Beach, in addition to the world famous Sydney Opera House; next on the tour is a visit to Featherdale Wildlife Park, the township of Katoomba in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, and a 700-foot ride down the world's steepest funicular railway; the tour ends with a wine tasting in the beautiful Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s oldest and renowned wine regions. This tour can be booked for Queen Elizabeth’s arrival in Sydney as a pre-voyage tour before departing for Yokohama, Hong Kong, Singapore or Southampton.

Guests sailing a luxury cruise vacation aboard Cunard Line delight in the experience of the voyage itself, not just the destination. By day, guests enjoy voluminous libraries, world class spas, white-glove afternoon tea service and engaging award-winning Cunard Insights guest enrichment programs; by night they are entertained by Royal Nights themed balls, West End-style productions and Veuve Clicquot champagne cocktails. To view the complete 2014 World Voyage schedule, visit For more information and to book a 2014 Cunard World Voyage aboard Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria or Queen Elizabeth, call toll-free (800) 728-6273 or visit

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Silversea Details 2013 Voyage Collection in Two New Brochures

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, August 21: Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises has released two new brochures showcasing over 200 imaginative voyages sailing from January through December 2013 to over 450 destinations on seven continents. The new 2013 Voyages atlas immediately captures the imagination with an exquisite cover design that hints at the luxurious travel experiences revealed within its 176 pages. Devoted to the remarkable journeys of Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper and Silver Spirit, this comprehensive guidebook showcases Silversea's exclusive world, where luxury is found in every detail.

Also just released is Silversea Expeditions' 2013 Voyages brochure. Formerly enfolded within the company's main atlas, it is now available as a stand-alone 48-page guide to Silver Explorer's amazing voyages of adventure. It highlights 27 expedition cruises sailing from pole to pole and to some of the world's most remote destinations in between.

"Our new brochures reveal the many unique elements that are woven together to create an extraordinary vacation experience for our guests," said Ellen Bettridge, Silversea's president of the Americas. "These include intimate ships, luxurious amenities, superb cuisine, amazing destinations, and the ability our guests have to personalize their experience with bespoke land adventures, options for customizing their suites and a choice of cruise-only or all-inclusive pricing."

Silversea's 2013 Voyages atlas opens with several pages of stylish imagery and engaging content devoted to revealing the hallmarks of Silversea's unique luxury lifestyle. The balance of the brochure provides a snapshot of "What's New" followed by detailed worldwide cruise itineraries by region, including shore excursion recommendations, descriptions of land programs, deck plans and general information. A pricing summary booklet is contained in the back cover pocket. Highlights for 2013 include:

An epic 115-day journey from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale awaits guests when they board Silver Whisper on January 5. Crossing the equator four times, the World Cruise itinerary will follow the tropical belt to 52 destinations in 28 countries with overnight stays in several key ports. The warm-weather journey will explore an array of far-flung cultures and scenic wonders including New Zealand and Australia's remote west coast; the idyllic isles of French Polynesia; fascinating Asian cities of Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore; and Africa's rarely seen western coast. Guests may choose to extend their voyage an additional three days to disembark in New York, or 15 days to disembark in Southampton.

Created for travelers who can spare the time and prefer a more immersive experience in the lands they visit, this special collection offers extended voyages from 34 to 54 days. These unique odysseys combine the luxury of sailing aboard the line's elite, all-suite ships with expanded journeys to diverse regions of the world, featuring visits to must-see traditional ports, as well as exotic destinations that are off the beaten path -- all on one cruise.

From the glamorous City of Angels to the moonlit beaches of Bora Bora to the sheer, emerald cliffs of Kauai's Na Pali coast and back, guests will enjoy a 31-day roundtrip journey exploring the enchanting cultures of the South Pacific. This uniquely immersive voyage (#5304) departs February 1 from Los Angeles aboard Silver Spirit.

For complimentary copies of the 2013 Voyages brochures, visit and click on the "ORDER A BROCHURE" tab or call toll-free (877) 215-9986.

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American Safari Cruises Introduces Heritage Adventure Cruises in 2013

Seattle, WA, August 21: Joining the yacht fleet in summer 2013, the 88-guest Safari Legacy adds a new style of adventure to InnerSea Discoveries/American Safari Cruises un-cruise lineup. Heritage Adventures in Alaska and along the Columbia and Snake Rivers bring history to life with an innovative Living History program on board and ashore. After significant renovations and upgrades, the replica Victorian steamer will sail two 11-night cruises between Seattle and Juneau, AK departing Aug 11 and Aug 22, 2013. In fall and spring, the Safari Legacy will sail weeklong cruises on the Columbia and Snake Rivers roundtrip Portland, OR. In summer 2014, it returns to Alaska for a full season of weeklong cruises between Juneau and Ketchikan, AK.

“In both destinations, historical characters and stories come to life in unexpected ways,” said Tim Jacox, executive vice president of sales and marketing. “You may meet naturalist John Muir on the bow of the boat in Alaska or Meriwether Lewis along the river.”

The Heritage Adventure program aboard each sailing combines on board presentations with tours ashore—all coordinated by on board Legacy Leaders who retrace history along the gold rush trail in Alaska or Lewis and Clark’s expedition along the rivers. Stories and characters from the past are brought to life through educational presentations, expert guest speakers and character reenactments. In contrast to the line’s luxury and active adventures which tend to forgo port calls for maximum time in the wilderness, the Safari Legacy calls on historic ports along the route and includes a tour in each town. Guided visits to museums and historical sites provide another view into the past and a chance to visit with local people and historians.

Gold Rush Legacy
Two 11-night Gold Rush Legacy sailings between Seattle and Juneau (and reverse) kick off the Safari Legacy’s inaugural year. The August 11 and August 22 cruises visit San Juan Islands and Friday Harbor, WA; Canada’s Inside Passage; Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Frederick Sound, Sitka, Icy Strait, Glacier Bay National Park, Haines and Skagway, AK.

Highlights include guided tours in port, whale watching, viewing glaciers in Glacier Bay, discovering native Tlingit culture and exploring scenic waterways by Victorian-style steamer. Legacy Leaders weave the colorful stories from Alaska’s history and the gold rush into activities throughout the voyage. Rates start at US$7,895 per person, double occupancy.

Legacy of Discovery
From September through November and March through May, weeklong Legacy of Discovery cruises depart roundtrip Portland, OR to explore the history and scenery of the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Areas visited include the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Richland, Hells Canyon, Walla Walla, Washington Wine Country, The Dalles and Astoria.

Highlights include scenic cruising through the Gorge; a visit to Multnomah Falls; transiting eight sets of locks and tour of the Bonneville Dam Visitor Center; jet boat into Hells Canyon; Fort Clatsop; Fort Walla Walla; downtown Walla Walla or Whitman Mission; Columbia Maritime Museum in Astoria; Maryhill Museum and Columbia Gorge Discovery Center; and a private wine tasting at a Washington winery. Rates start at US$3,195 per person, double occupancy.

The renovated boat emulates an early Victorian style steamer with carved wooden cabinetry, period décor and old world charm—perfect for a voyage down the Rivers or retracing the voyage of gold rush pioneers. All staterooms feature outside view windows, flatscreen TV/DVDs and an iPod docking station. Safari Legacy cruises include entry fees to museums, national parks and preserves, all onboard meals, fine wine, premium spirits and microbrews, and a complimentary massage. The vessel features a hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment and yoga classes. A guest to crew ratio of 2.5-1 ensures personalized service. Public areas include a Salon with dance floor, dining room with adjoining wine bar, a DVD and book library, open bridge and covered sun deck. An elevator provides access to three public decks. Cruise rates include transfers and all activities except optional excursions. To book an un-cruise or to request additional information, contact your travel agent or InnerSea Discoveries/American Safari Cruises at 888-862-8881 or .

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Crystal Cruises Soothes Your Mind, Body, Spirit—And Wallet—In 2013

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 21: Luxury travelers can rejuvenate, reduce stress, improve balance and get motivated in 2013 with Crystal Symphony's first cruise of the new year, a brand new Experiences of Discovery itinerary through southern Australia. With a Mind, Body & Spirit focus, the January 5 luxury cruise from Melbourne to Brisbane features health and wellness experts leading complimentary classes and seminars—appropriate for beginners making a new fitness resolution or those looking to continue their regimen without missing a beat on vacation. As a special bonus, the unique voyage offers $3,000 per person savings if booked by August 31, 2012.

Guest experts joining Crystal's own onboard health and fitness specialists include:

-- World-class ultra-runner, adventure racer, and Seven Summits mountaineer Marshall Ulrich, sharing experiences and motivational tips.
-- Legendary founder of the Tai Chi Institute, Dr. Martin Lee, teaching classes in the ancient discipline.
-- Spiritually-inspiring yoga instructor Lisa Goodwin, leading various sessions.

"A Crystal vacation is already one of the 'World's Best' ways to relax and refresh," says Chris Corrigall, Crystal's entertainment manager. "Adding motivational on-board programming to these beautiful and active destinations seemed like the perfect way to help travelers recover from the holidays and support a wellness focus for the year ahead."

During the two days in each of the eastern territories' biggest cities—Melbourne, Victoria; Adelaide, South Australia; Brisbane, Queensland; Hobart, Tasmania; and Sydney, New South Wales—travelers can further inspire their minds with a day of Aboriginal art or communing with koalas; challenge their bodies by rock climbing Blackman's Bay or hiking to the top of Sydney Harbor Bridge; or let their spirits soar with an aerobatic G-Force 4 flight.

Also Mind, Body, & Spirit-themed for 2013: a January 4 Caribbean voyage round-trip from Miami and a February 23 Southeast Asia sailing from Bali to Singapore.

Crystal offers a bevy of complimentary wellness choices on every voyage, such as dance classes, pro golf lessons, Feng Shui spa and fitness center, personal trainers, Kinesis(TM) strength-training equipment, "Tour de Cycle" Spinning, Nordic Walking Poles, Walk-On-Water(®) weighted Walkvests, a 360-degree promenade deck, and dietary-restriction support at each of the vessels' many gourmet dining venues. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit

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Experience the Caribbean & Bermuda During MSC Poesia’s 2012-13 Winter Season

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, Aug. 20: MSC Poesia will be arriving in Fort Lauderdale Nov. 27 to begin a series of sailings that will take guests to exciting Caribbean destinations, beautiful beaches, natural wonders and cultural landmarks – each cruise an international experience based on MSC Cruises’ rich Mediterranean heritage.

MSC Poesia will be sailing roundtrip itineraries that feature the Eastern, Southern and Western Caribbean destinations as well as Bermuda before departing Fort Lauderdale on April 20, 2013 on a 17-night transatlantic crossing to Kiel (Hamburg), Germany. The 2012-2013 Caribbean season includes opportunities to celebrate Christmas or New Year’s in the Caribbean as well as the chance to visit two new port calls – Bonaire, the colorful island in the Dutch Antilles, and Dominica, location of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Shore Experiences
Whichever itinerary guests select, they will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of excursions. Guests can enjoy magnificent beaches, shop for treasures, visit historic and natural landmarks or try their hand at more adventurous activities, such as snorkeling, swimming with stingrays, horseback riding on the beach, ATV adventures and kayaking. In 2012-13, MSC Cruises has added these unique opportunities:

“Mexican Cuisine Workshop and Tasting” in Cozumel, where guests can learn how to prepare, serve and decorate some of the traditional recipes of the region.
For a holistic experience, the peaceful oasis of Papillote Wilderness Retreat in Dominica is the site of a unique “Yoga in the Rainforest” experience.
Visit the Caribbean School of Jewelry in Cartagena, Colombia and make jewelry with emeralds.

Family-Friendly & “Kids Sail Free”
With a focus on family, kids ages 11 and under sail free and kids ages 12-17 sail at a reduced rate on all MSC Cruises’ itineraries when sharing a stateroom with two full-fare-paying adults with early booking fares; government fees and taxes are additional for each guest and certain restrictions may apply.

Special activity leaders organize age-appropriate fun activities, with ages 3-6 in the Mini Club, 7-11 in the Juniors Club, 12-14 in the Y Team and 15-17 in the MSC Generation Teen Club. The Kids’ Club leaders onboard organize activities, shows, games and dancing in addition to arts and crafts. The Mini and Junior Clubs even remain open while parents are ashore participating in shore excursions. Kids’ menus feature Italian favorites like pasta and pizza as well as all-American favorites such as hamburgers and hot dogs and numerous tantalizing pastries and desserts.

“Baseball Greats”
The 2012-13 Caribbean season includes several of the line’s popular “Baseball Greats” theme cruises. Guests cruise with some of the “greats” of the game, such as New York Yankees pitcher Stan Bahnsen, Kansas City Royals star Cookie Rojas and Cincinnati Reds star Ken Griffey Jr.

“Baseball Greats” are featured on the following sailings:

Dec. 11: 10-night “Southern Caribbean Dream”
Feb. 9, 23 & March 9: 7-night “Eastern Caribbean Enchantment”
April 6: 7-night “Colors of the Caribbean”

These cruises offer free guest/player activities including a player-hosted trivia game, question-and-answer session, guest pitching contest, a lively story-telling session and player-hosted clinics. One of the most popular aspects of the experience is a free autograph session.

Onboard Experiences
MSC Poesia features 1,275 staterooms (80% oceanview staterooms and 65% with a balcony). Guests enjoy 2 pools and 4 hot tubs, a 13,000-square-foot Balinese-inspired exotic MSC Aurea Spa, and four restaurants, including a Sushi Bar themed restaurant. On each sailing, guests will enjoy the line’s white-gloved service, elegant and pristine décor, delicious cuisine (including regional Mediterranean specialties) and highly acclaimed world-class entertainment.

MSC Cruises is offering several promotions for the 2012-13 Caribbean season, including Summer Sale, Holidays on Sale, Family Plan rates for balcony categories, back-to-back rates when combining two consecutive sailings and special pricing for AARP members. For more information about MSC Cruises or these special promotions, visit, call 877-665-4655, or contact a local travel professional.

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Royal Princess “Float Out” Celebrated With Tie-in to the Past

SANTA CLARITA, CA, August 17: Princess Cruises’ newest ship, Royal Princess, reached a significant construction milestone yesterday when the vessel was “floated out” at its building dock at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. A traditional ceremony marked the occasion, which was highlighted by a participant with a unique tie to the ship and the unveiling of a special ship’s bell. Princess President and CEO Alan Buckelew and Royal Princess Captain Tony Draper attended the event, as did long-time Princess master Captain Nick Nash and his daughter, Victoria, who served as the ship’s “madrina” (or “godmother”).

Following the Italian shipyard’s tradition, the float out of a ship is celebrated when the madrina cuts the cord that begins the flow of water into the ship’s dock. Victoria Nash was chosen to serve as madrina because she has a special connection to the first Royal Princess. As a baby, she was christened aboard the ship.

“The original Royal Princess left our fleet some time ago, but we wanted to bring the spirit of that much-loved ship, also a prototype design, to the new Royal Princess,” said Buckelew during the ceremony. “And who better to do that than Victoria, who has grown up into a beautiful young lady who will now have a special connection with both vessels.”

As is tradition, the ship’s bell was used as her christening bowl during that ceremony in 1996, and Victoria’s name was subsequently engraved inside the bell to commemorate the occasion. Thanks to the Nash family, this same bell will be aboard the new Royal Princess.

“Captain Nash was presented with the ship’s bell from our original Royal Princess following its decommissioning, and we are delighted that he has very generously offered this bell to be placed aboard our new Royal Princess, in honor of his daughter,” said Buckelew. “Thank you Nick, for this wonderful gift.”

The two-day float-out process involves slowly letting water into the building dock to set the vessel afloat. The ship is then moved to the outfitting dock where final construction and interior outfitting will take place until the ship debuts in June 2013.

The 3,600-passenger Royal Princess is a new-generation ship currently under construction for Princess Cruises. Among the special features found on board will be a greatly expanded 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 that appear to be floating on the water; the new Princess Live! television studio; a 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. The ship’s 2013 maiden season will include cruises on the line’s signature Grand Mediterranean itinerary throughout the summer, followed by Eastern Caribbean cruises beginning in the fall. More information and video previews of the ship are available at

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Race into Monaco with Windstar Cruises' Grand Prix Package

SEATTLE, Aug. 16: Windstar Cruises announced today an exclusive Grand Prix package for its Yachting the Rivera voyage. Guests on board the May 21(st) voyage of Wind Surf, the largest of Windstar's three sailing yachts, will have the opportunity to experience the world's most legendary auto racing event while enjoying the unique Windstar experience. The package features preferred seating for Saturday's preliminaries and Sunday's race, as well as other exciting events both on shore and on board.

Wind Surf will sail in to the glamorous port of Monaco and the exhilarating world of Formula One on Saturday. Guests will attend the preliminaries, getting a glimpse at all the preparation that goes into the famous race. The evening will flow into dinner at the renowned Café de Paris, an intimate French bistro in the heart of Monte Carlo, followed by a gala event at the world-famous Monte Carlo's Grand Casino. On Sunday guests can cheer on their favorite driver with seats in Section K at the race. The seats overlook the famous Tabac Corner, one of the most challenging sections of the race. Other highlights of the package include an exclusive cocktail reception and Grand Prix dinner on board the yacht in Cannes as well as a special Sunday brunch the day of the race. Guests will also receive a gift package including high definition binoculars.

The Grand Prix Package is available to guests on the specific Yachting the Rivera Voyage. The 312-passenger Wind Surf will sail through the glittering Italian and French Riviera's, making guests feel like they are on their own private yacht. The seven-day cruise will start in Nice and sail immediately to Monte Carlo, Monaco where it will dock overnight. Wind Surf will visit two ports in France; Cannes and Calvi, a French port city of on the island of Corsica. As the yacht sails through Italy, guests will visit Portofino; Portovenere, where guests can visit Cinque Terre, the neighboring, picturesque mountain village; and Portoferraio before disembarking in Rome.

The optional Grand Prix Package starts at $2,299 per person, a $300 savings if booked by October 27, 2012. To learn more, please visit the Grand Prix page on Windstar's website,

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Celebrity Cruises’ New Celebrity Reflection Presents Circuit Of Sensory Experiences In Exotic AquaSpa

MIAMI, August 16: Some like it hot, some like it cold, and they’ll all find enticing experiences in the exotic AquaSpa on Celebrity Cruises’ new Celebrity Reflection. The epitome of modern luxury, Celebrity Reflection will present an enhanced AquaSpa by Elemis allowing guests to create their own circuit of sensory experiences as they move from room to room and experience hot and cold, wet and dry, and peace and tranquility throughout.

The AquaSpa’s expanded, 883-square-foot Persian Garden will allow for six more in-demand curved, heated tile beds (15 total) with soothing sea views, and six entirely new experiences:

• The Hammam: A modern twist on a traditional experience, the Hammam is a cool, calm and quiet space designed to loosen muscles and joints while relaxing on a heated stone slab. The relaxing, regenerating experience can be enhanced with a massage or a soothing, custom salt scrub.
Infrared Sauna: Infrared heat offers distinct advantages over traditional steam heat saunas, as it provides many of the health benefits of natural sunlight without the dangerous effects of solar radiation. The heat within the infrared sauna penetrates deep into guests’ joints and surrounding tissue to increase blood flow, reduce inflammation and decrease pain versus purely heat the skin, as in a traditional sauna.
Aromatic Steam Room: Warm steam and aromatherapy combine to melt away muscle tension and toxins, and to relax the mind, and leave the entire body feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.
The Cold Room: Guests can ‘chill out’ completely in this space, whose seats, walls and floor are icy cold (52 F). The room is designed to tighten pores that were opened and cleansed previously in the infrared sauna and aromatic steam room.
DIY Scrub and Salt Bar: This new do-it-yourself bar allows guests to create custom “body cocktails,” or scrubs, from an array of salts, sugar and herbs. The scrubs can be purchased individually, or as a package of five scrubs for $45.
Sensory Showers: Guests can complete their journey through the Persian Garden by selecting either warm, tropical rain infused with mild, fruity fragrances, or an arctic cold mist enlivened with eucalyptus essences. Creative applications of soothing sound, scent and light will further tantalize the senses to leave guests invigorated and refreshed.

The Persian Garden experience will be complimentary for guests booked in Celebrity’s spa-inspired AquaClass accommodations. All other guests will be asked to pay $35 for a one-day pass. Additionally, the AquaSpa will introduce “Girlz Night,” a social spa night for women, complete with access to the Persian Garden, and “Couples Night,” offering couples an intimate evening in the Persian Garden. Celebrity Reflection’s AquaSpa also will add to the extensive menu of treatments a new therapy, “Rhythm and Bliss,” a rhythmic rubdown conceived and choreographed by the New York brand, bliss®, designed to give guests’ tense spots a ‘tune-up,’ while they ‘tune out’ with noise-canceling headphones playing their choice from four music mixes: classical, world, electronic and rock.

Consistent with its focus on wellness and life balance, the AquaSpa on Celebrity Reflection will offer “Acupuncture: The Point of Well-Being,” an integrated solution for chronic symptoms ranging from severe muscle and joint pain to insomnia, in addition to Botox® and Dysport® injectables, and Restylane® and Perlane® dermal fillers. The salon within the AquaSpa on Celebrity Reflection also will present a new service, introducing the popular Keratin Complex hair smoothing therapy.

Celebrity Cruises is so rejuvenated about the modern luxury enhancements debuting in Celebrity Reflection’s AquaSpa, it is today launching “The Art of Relaxation” sweepstakes, allowing a winner and guest to experience all the spa and ship have to offer. The grand prize is a 7-night Eastern Caribbean getaway cruise for two in AquaClass Suite accommodations on Celebrity Reflection, complete with round-trip coach-class air for two, and ground transportation from airport to port and the reverse. Entries can be made from Aug 16 through Sept 19, 2012, at, with more chances to win by referring friends.

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Norwegian Cruise Line Enhances Great Stirrup Cay with Three New Interactive Experiences

MIAMI, August 16: Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that a new Stingray Encounter and Fate of the Fancy Snorkel Adventure are now available on Great Stirrup Cay, the line’s 250-acre private island in the Bahamas. In addition, coming soon is a brand new Lighthouse Beach Bar presented by Patron. The launch of these three brand new experiences marks more exciting additions to the island as part of the ongoing $30 million enhancement project.

Located inside Bertram’s Cove, on the right hand side of the main beach, the Stingray Encounter invites guests to interact with 18 specially-trained stingrays in an enclosed area. This exciting and unique excursion introduces guests to these smooth and graceful creatures. Each of the stingrays has a name and its own unique personality, and guests will enjoy feeding, watching and holding them, for the perfect photo opportunity. Also included in the Stingray Encounter experience is use of a mask, snorkel and snorkel vest so that guests can peer below the surface to examine the rays up close. The hour-long excursion includes 45-minutes of interaction with the rays and is $29 per adult and $19 per child.

Norwegian is also launching a new snorkel trail experience called, “Fate of the Fancy Snorkel Adventure,” for guests to enjoy during their time on Norwegian’s private island. Snorkeling is one of the most popular activities on the island and Norwegian has now enhanced that experience with the snorkel trail.

Located near the Stingray Encounter in Bertram’s Cove, the Fate of the Fancy Snorkel Adventure is the first private island snorkel trail to depict an actual legend as it portrays the tale of a shipwreck. As the legend goes, “The Fancy,” sailing from Nassau, Bahamas in 1696, encountered a mythical creature named Lusca that was half-shark, half-octopus. It is believed that Lusca was responsible for the ship disappearing near the Berry Islands, the location of Great Stirrup Cay. Guests can explore discover and look for clues underwater that lead to the treasure that the Fancy was carrying, highlighted by 17 different underwater scenes that depict the shipwreck and Lusca’s legend, including cannons, a sunken piano, treasure chests, swords and more.

Developed in conjunction with IDEA Inc., an Orlando-based company with experience in developing theme park experiences, the Fate of the Fancy Snorkel Adventure features some authentic artifacts that are more than 300 years old. In addition, all of the artifacts are eco-friendly and will stimulate additional marine life in the area. To experience the snorkel trail, guests can rent snorkel equipment at a rate of $29 per adult or $15 per child for the entire day. Guests wishing to experience both the Fate of the Fancy Snorkel Adventure and the Stingray Encounter during their time on the island can purchase a combination package that includes both tours at a discounted price of $49 per adult, a $9 savings, and $29 per child, a $5 savings.

Norwegian has also partnered with the popular spirits brand, Patron, to introduce a new island bar experience to Great Stirrup Cay called, Lighthouse Beach Bar presented by Patron. This is the first private island bar that Patron has sponsored. It will feature Patron products, as well as a full range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The bar will be completely redesigned and will be outfitted with beach-inspired décor, Patron branded materials, including bar stools, umbrellas and menu boards, as well as two large flat-screen TVs that will showcase a variety of entertainment from music videos to sporting events. The new bar is set to open in September 2012.

Norwegian was the first cruise line to offer an uninhabited tropical island experience exclusively for its guests. Great Stirrup Cay offers magnificent white sand beaches, majestic palms and calm, pristine waters where an abundance of colorful marine life inhabits the surrounding coral reefs. Additional activities on the island include a Waverunner® tour; a large Hippo Waterslide; eco boat tour; kayaking; parasailing; shopping at the straw market; and more.

Norwegian Sky makes year-round stops at Great Stirrup Cay on her 3- and 4-day cruises from Miami. Norwegian Gem visits Great Stirrup Cay during her 7-day Bahamas & Florida itinerary from New York. Beginning in October, Norwegian Jewel will also stop at Great Stirrup Cay on her 7-day Bahamas & Florida cruises from New York. Norwegian Pearl will also visit Great Stirrup Cay this winter on her 7-day Western Caribbean itinerary from Miami. Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian’s newest ship launching next spring, will visit Great Stirrup Cay on 7-day cruises from New York to the Bahamas & Florida beginning in mid-October 2013. To book a cruise to Great Stirrup Cay or one of the many other destinations Norwegian visits, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 866-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit

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Norwegian Celebrates Continued Success of "Undercover Boss" Episode
with "The Boss is Back" Promotion

MIAMI, August 15: In celebration of the continued re-airing of Norwegian Cruise Line’s “Undercover Boss” episode featuring CEO Kevin Sheehan, the company is showing its appreciation to the more than 35 million viewers who have watched the episode’s two airings on the CBS Television Network. More recently, the Norwegian episode has aired on The Learning Channel (TLC) and the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and will re-air on TLC this Saturday, August 18 at 8 and 11 pm EST. The show has also aired in dozens of countries around the world, providing for a global audience. To thank all those who have sent letters expressing their fondness for the show, Norwegian is offering “The Boss is Back” promotion giving all those who book a cruise on Norwegian Epic or Pride of America between today and August 19, 2012, up to a $200 on-board credit per stateroom plus reduced deposits on all cruises of three days or longer, courtesy of “The Boss.”

“I learned so much during my Undercover experience. Even now, more than a year later, I continue to be humbled and appreciative of how our crew makes every day memorable for our guests,” said Sheehan. “I’ve also continued my Undercover journey by making a point of visiting all of our ships on a regular basis.”

Just this year, Sheehan has visited nine of Norwegian’s 11 ships and has personally met thousands of crew members and guests. He has placed a major focus on crew welfare and training and has introduced many initiatives based on feedback he receives during his visits. Most recently, the company has introduced enhancements that will allow crew to better communicate with family and friends around the world. The company is expanding bandwidth for crew, along with lowering telephone and internet rates, making it easier and more affordable for crew to keep in touch with their families.

“My mission since filming “Undercover Boss” has been to listen to our crew and make adjustments to ensure that they have the appropriate tools to do their jobs, feel appreciated and, very importantly, can keep in touch with their families and friends while onboard.”

The episode originally aired in 2011 on the CBS Television Network and featured Sheehan who finds himself in uncharted territory aboard both Norwegian Epic and Pride of America when he's asked to lead nearly 1,000 party-goers in a line dance, and is later forced to reveal his true identity after being recognized by a crew member.

“Every time the episode airs, I receive a flood of emails from guests who tell me how much they loved the episode and how much they are looking forward to cruising with us,” added Sheehan.

In addition, Sheehan will take questions via Twitter during the dates of the promotion. From today through August 19, tweet questions or comments to @CruiseNorwegian using the hashtag #TheBossisBack and look for responses from Sheehan.

To book a cruise to one of the many destinations Norwegian visits, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 866-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit

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Fans Of Bravo Media ’S “Top Chef” Invited To Set Sail On Culinary Journey

The most sought-after “reservations” in town for April 2013 will not be on land, but rather will be at sea, with the launch of the first-ever “Top Chef: The Cruise,” aboard the modern Celebrity Constellation. The announcement was made today by Bravo Media, Celebrity Cruises, Magical Elves, and Rose Tours, and offers fans of the Emmy-winning “Top Chef” reality competition series the chance to spend quality time with the show’s judges and chefs, making this a one-of-a-kind culinary vacation experience.

Hosted by two of “Top Chef’s” most beloved stars, Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons, and featuring past “chef’testants,” the April 11-15, 2013 cruise will sail roundtrip from Miami, Florida, with stops in Key West, Florida and Cozumel, Mexico. During the voyage, guests will have the opportunity to savor events such as interactive “Quickfire” cooking challenges, culinary demonstrations, question-and-answer sessions, Top Chef menus and more. Guests also will enjoy Celebrity’s own award-winning culinary offerings, with cuisine created by a James Beard-featured chef, and inimitable, personalized service.

“The incredibly engaged fans of Bravo’s Top Chef are in for a one-of-a-kind and personal opportunity with Top Chef: The Cruise,” said Ellen Stone, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Bravo. “With complete access to talented former chef’testants and our amazing judges, Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons, fans will experience and taste the Top Chef culinary feats firsthand!”

Joining Colicchio and Simmons are chefs from past seasons of “Top Chef,” “Top Chef Masters” and “Top Chef Just Desserts,” including Hubert Keller, Tim Love, Jennifer Carroll, Tiffany Derry, Chris Hanmer, Michael Isabella, Spike Mendelsohn, Hosea Rosenberg, Angelo Sosa and Casey Thompson. Additional chefs to be announced shortly.

“There’s no better setting for ‘Top Chef: The Cruise’ than a Celebrity Cruises ship, because of the complexity of our culinary operation, the quality of our food offerings and the variety of our dining concepts,” said Dondra Ritzenthaler, Senior Vice President, Sales, Celebrity Cruises. “We offer an update on the luxury vacation, so not only is food a standout aspect of what we offer, but so are modern, of-the-moment experiences and the chance for guests to explore what they’re passionate about, just like what they get by watching ‘Top Chef.”

Staterooms go on sale on Aug 16, 2012, at 12 pm EST at Additional information can also be found at the site.

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American Queen Steamboat Company Revives River Traditions with Old Fashioned Holidays Voyages

MEMPHIS, TN, August 14: ‘Tis the season to be jolly “steamboat style” in December 2012. The American Queen Steamboat Company is stuffing stockings with lasting memories by introducing Cajun and Creole Christmas traditions onboard. Five Old Fashioned Holidays voyages on the American Queen are available from New Orleans roundtrip or between New Orleans and Memphis, Tenn. These itineraries offer guests authentic holiday experiences including the old Louisiana tradition of bonfires on the levees, special Christmas shows in the Grand Saloon, door-decorating contests and even a visit from Santa Claus and his elves. Seasonal culinary delights and decadent desserts including a Creole Réveillon Christmas Dinner, prepared by Culinary Director Regina Charboneau and her team, are among the many tasty highlights.

“This December guests on the American Queen will be immersed in holiday traditions celebrated by generations in the Lower Mississippi River region,” explains American Queen Steamboat Company CEO Jeffrey D. Krida. “Our Culinary Director Regina Charboneau will share both her own experiences and those traditions she has extensively researched for historical authenticity.”

 The 7-night Old Fashioned Holidays voyages depart from Memphis, Tenn. to New Orleans on Dec. 1 and Dec. 21. A voyage upriver is also available from New Orleans to Memphis, Tenn. on Dec. 20 with all itineraries calling on Vicksburg, Miss.; Natchez, Miss.; St. Francisville, La.; Baton Rouge, La.; and Oak Alley, La.
 A 5-night New Orleans roundtrip Old Fashioned Holidays voyage departs Dec. 8 featuring the ports of Oak Alley, La.; St. Francisville, La.; Natchez, Miss.; and Baton Rouge, La.
 A 7-night New Orleans roundtrip Old Fashioned Holidays voyage embarks December 13 calling on Oak Alley, La.; St. Francisville, La.; Natchez, Miss.; Vicksburg, Miss.; Baton Rouge, La.; and Houmas House, La.

“I am delighted to be introducing the Creole Réveillon experience for our guests onboard to enjoy the holiday recipes passed on from my great Aunt Nan Marie,” this is a first glance at recipes from her new book “Mississippi Current” shares the line’s Culinary Director Regina Charboneau. “The beauty of the Réveillon is that it awakens the senses with food and celebrates the joys of Christmas and the New Year.”

A typical Réveillon menu served in homes along the Mississippi River or the fine restaurants of New Orleans’ French Quarter included Daube glace or veal grillades, egg dishes, breads, puddings and often included turtle soup and oysters. Naturally there was always an abundance of wines, cordials and fortified drinks. Eventually this tradition slowly began to disappear like many classic holiday traditions on the river. As the Réveillon is revived on the American Queen steamboat, Chef Charboneau’s menu will include Sazerac and Champagne Cocktails, Tomato Aspic with Fried Oysters, Deviled Eggs with Lump Crabmeat and Caviar, Pheasant Gumbo, Pork Grillades over Savory Grits, Almond Tarts and Bouche Noel.

All journeys include a one-night pre-voyage hotel stay, all shore tours onboard deluxe SteamcoachesSM in all ports, complimentary wine and beer with dinner and a host of other amenities. For additional information and reservations, kindly contact the Great American Steamboat Company at 888-749-5280, visit us online at or call a professional travel agent.

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Britain’s Got Talent Winners Pudsey and Ashleigh Entertain Aboard Queen Mary 2

August 2012: Britain's Got Talent Winners Pudsey and Ashleigh returned home to England on board Cunard's flagship Queen Mary 2 after a month of taking their winning performance across the United States. During the 7-night Transatlantic Crossing on the grandest ocean liner in the world, Pudsey and Ashleigh charmed the ship's 2,600 guests as Pudsey danced on his hind legs, jumped through hoops, and spun around as part of their popular Charleston dance routine. Ever the entertainer, Pudsey couldn't resist performing for the crowd on the quayside as they disembarked in Southampton on August 10th.

“We've really enjoyed our time on board Queen Mary 2,” said trainer Ashleigh Butler. “I've been on a cruise ship before but this is the first time I’ve been able to bring Pudsey along, thanks to Queen Mary 2’s remarkable dog-walking deck. The food and service on board were great, and we received such a warm welcome. Pudsey loved the fresh sea air and all of the pampering and attention he received from Cunard’s wonderful passengers. I could tell he really enjoyed performing on board--he just loves the limelight!"

Queen Mary 2 offers the only kennels on a passenger ship where pet dogs can travel on board with their owners. For more information about Queen Mary 2, or to book a voyage, consult your Travel Agent, call toll-free 1-800-728-6273 or visit

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Holland America Line Launches 'Dream Cruise' Sweepstakes, Enhances Roll Call

SEATTLE, Aug. 14: Holland America Line has just launched a sweepstakes on Facebook that will award one fan a 7-day "Summer 2013 Dream Cruise" for two in an ocean-view stateroom to Europe, Canada/New England or Alaska. The sweepstakes runs through Oct. 31, 2012, with the winner selected upon the close of the sweepstakes.

"There's no doubt that Facebook has become an essential way for us to interact with our fans and for our fans to stay connected to Holland America Line and each other," said Richard Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. "We are excited to offer all of our fans who participate on Facebook the chance to experience the dream of cruising through this new sweepstakes."

'Top Picks' Features Diverse 2013 Cruise Destinations All Holland America Facebook fans have the opportunity to share their travel desires on Facebook. By choosing from 12 stunning images, fans get to showcase their top three cruise destinations for 2013 and share these favorites with friends via their Facebook wall; however, doing so is not required for sweepstakes entry. To enter the sweepstakes, Facebook users must "like" Holland America Line's Facebook page, while current Holland America Facebook fans will click on the "win a cruise" icon on the line's Facebook page. The entry form must be completed for a chance to win the cruise. (The sweepstakes is limited to legal residents 18 years of age or older from the United States, District of Columbia, Canada, except Quebec, and the United Kingdom.)

New Enhancements Simplify Cruise Guest "Roll Call" & Extend to Post-Cruise
The sweepstakes is just one of the cruise line's latest Facebook initiatives. To further cultivate interactivity for guests, Holland America Line has enhanced the popularRoll Calltab, making it easier for Holland America Facebook fans to connect and stay in touch with fellow shipmates who are traveling or have sailed on the same cruise. New enhancements include improved cruise search functions and the ability to "Roll Call" for up to three months after the cruise to re-contact new cruise friends met on board and share stories and photos.

Guests just click on the Roll Call icon, enter the month of their cruise and the ship name to "join" and begin getting or giving advice, asking questions about what to do while on their cruise, and sharing the excitement. Roll Call cruisers may also set up an exclusive shipboard "meet and greet" in advance through the line's Onboard Events team. Holland America Line Roll Call may be viewed at

"Not only can our Facebook fans meet other guests on their cruise through Roll Call, but they also can talk about their experiences, share tips and photos and even win an exciting cruise with us," remarked Meadows.

For more information on Holland America Line's cruises and CruiseTours, consult a professional travel seller, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit

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Culinary Experts From Australia, New Zealand & The Island Of The Gods To Headline
Wine & Food-Themed Crystal Cruises In 2013

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 13: Australasian and Balinese culinary arts will kick off ultra-luxe Crystal Cruises' 2013 Wine & Food-themed series, with regional star chefs and wine experts headlining two new, 12-day Crystal Symphony itineraries: Australia/New Zealand departing January 17 and Australia/Bali leaving February 11. A bevy of experts will teach complimentary cooking lessons, hands-on recipe instruction, wine tasting, cocktail-mixing classes, and special dinner menus that all showcase the area's unique gastronomic specialties. Presenters include:

-- Damien Pignolet - Sydney's renowned Modern Australian/French fusion chef and executive chef at Bistro Moncur restaurant.
-- Heinz von Holzen - Balinese cookbook author and owner of the island's only traditional, multi-award-winning restaurant and cooking school,
Bumbu Bali.
-- Greg Doyle - Former Australian Restaurateur of the Year and Owner of Pier, one of Australia's finest seafood restaurants and a Sydney institution.
-- Cameron Douglas - New Zealand's first and only Master Sommelier.

Connoisseurs can also indulge in optional, intimate Vintage Room dining experiences, offering multiple courses paired with extraordinary wines.

"These wine, food, and spirits programs offer travelers another level of cultural understanding," says Toni Neumeister, vice president of food and beverage operations. "They provide them with sensory souvenirs they can share with friends and family forever."

The voyages offer intimate access to each country's culinary capitals, from the renowned wine regions of South Australia and Wellington to New South Wales' fine dining and Northern Territory's outback pubs. The January "Koalas and Kiwis" itinerary explores Brisbane, Newcastle, and Sydney (overnight), Australia before sailing through stunning Milford, Doubtful, and Dusky Sounds en route to Dunedin, Christchurch/Lyttelton, Wellington, and Auckland, NZ. The February "Reefs and Rainforest" voyage overnights in Sydney before venturing north through the Great Barrier Reef, Brisbane, the Whitsunday Islands/Hamilton, Cairns, Darwin, and Benoa/Bali.

All-inclusive starting prices feature up to $3,000 in "Book Now" savings off the 2-for-1 fare if booked by Aug 31. Three additional Wine & Food-themed voyages are also scheduled for May, July, and Nov 2013, in other regions.

Extraordinary culinary experiences are a hallmark of every Crystal vacation. Extensive, innovative choices for gourmandizing include the ultra-luxury line's coveted cheese and wine cellars, overseen by on-board, certified cheese and wine sommeliers; fresh, chef-like cocktails served by certified mixologists; gourmet dining options at every meal, whether in the Crystal Dining Room, at afternoon tea, or in Nobu Matsuhisa's specialty restaurants; fine wines, champagnes, and premium spirits; and gratuities for bar, dining, and housekeeping staff, all complimentary and included with every cruise. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit

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Costa Cruises Awarded Go Green Award 2012 by Hong Kong Magazine

GENOA, Aug. 13: Costa Cruises has been recognized for its efforts in and dedication to environmental protection with the Go Green Award 2012 -- The Most Devoted Go Green Organization, presented by Weekend Weekly, one of Hong Kong's most popular travel magazines. This is the first time Costa Cruises has received the Go Green Award for its record of environmental excellence.

The Go Green Award 2012 was supported by the Green Council (a nonprofit environmental association in Hong Kong), Green Sense (a charitable Organization that aims to promote environmental compliance), Green Power (an environmentalist and ecologist nongovernmental organization) and the National Geographic Channel. The award serves as a benchmark to recognize corporations and brands that are making a positive contribution and commitment to the environment.

Costa Cruises received the award based on its involvement in several projects dedicated to protecting the environment. Since September 2011 the company is the "Sustainable Cruise" project manager for an initiative on Costa Pacifica co-funded by the European Commission through the LIFE + Program that is testing for the first time in the maritime field the feasibility of turning organic waste into reusable materials such as compost or fuel. Moreover, Costa ships’ ongoing environmental practices include waste-management policies, recycling of aluminum, glass and other wastes; usage of desalination plants for water production, and energy and fuel-saving measures that have resulted in decreased pollutant emissions.

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Princess Cruises Reveals the Ultimate in Relaxation Aboard Royal Princess

SANTA CLARITA, CA: In anticipation of National Relaxation Day next week, Princess Cruises has unveiled details of the expanded Lotus Spa that will offer the ultimate in rejuvenation for passengers cruising aboard the new Royal Princess, including a new location just off the atrium, a convenient stop for passengers enjoying a treatment before or after the many activities and dining options nearby. When the ship debuts next June, cruisers will find a spa with a welcoming feel and contemporary, sophisticated décor, as well as more treatment rooms than any other Princess spa. New features will include private Couples Villas and The Enclave, a thermal suite that is triple the size of any existing Lotus Spa. Here passengers will be able to totally decompress with new relaxing options such as the Hammam (a Turkish-style steam room), the Caldarium (an herbal steam room), the Laconium (a dry heat sauna) and the line’s first-ever hydro-therapy pool.

“The opportunity for total relaxation is one of the key reasons to cruise with Princess,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. “So naturally, our signature spa is a popular place for passengers to escape from any stress and tension. With the new Lotus Spa aboard Royal Princess, we’re excited to give our passengers the ultimate place to unwind.”

Among the features of the Lotus Spa on Royal Princess will be:

The Enclave – The central feature of Princess’ largest-ever thermal suite is the dramatic hydro-therapy pool to help rejuvenate the mind and body with a cascading rain shower and therapeutic air jets in various locations around the pool. Passengers can also choose to relax on heated stone beds or soothing water beds, plus enjoy steam and sauna options using different temperatures, humidity zones, and aroma infusions to offer a sense of rejuvenation. New features include:
The Hammam – A Turkish-style steam bath to enhance well-being, the Hammam’s warm marble slab is a soothing addition to a massage and can be used with clay, mud or salt treatments.
The Caldarium – A feature taken from Roman times, this warm, light steam ceramic chamber offers an infusion of herbal aromas. Walls, floors and seats are heated for a deep penetrating warmth that promotes relaxation.
The Laconium – This warm, dry chamber gradually warms the body to help with purification and detoxification.
Sensory Showers – Passengers can choose from four different experiences: Tropical Rain, Cold Mist, Rain Shower or Siberian Shower, which also include dynamic mood lighting and aromas to enrich the experience.
Scrub & Shine Bar – As a prelude to any spa treatment, or as an addition to use in The Enclave, passengers can get recommendations from a “mixologist” for the perfect scrubs to complement their treatments. The bar offers a selection of salt and sugar scrubs to choose from, which can be “spiced up” by adding a mixture of herbs.
• Treatment Rooms – The Lotus Spa on Royal Princess features more treatment rooms than ever before (a total of 18), including two new luxurious Couples Villas. These private retreats offer a quiet place for time together with side-by-side massage tables, a soothing whirlpool bath, customized music for relaxation and a sitting area with ocean views.
Relaxation Lounge – A private space to relax before a treatment, this comfortable lounge features a calming atmosphere and scenic ocean views. Passengers can enjoy a cup of herbal tea or fruit-infused water as they unwind.
Lotus Spa Salon – The spa will also feature a full service salon featuring a new “social” nail bar with side-by-side stations for an interactive manicure experience. Included in the salon are private teeth whitening stations with individual TVs, pedicure stations and a barber shop for men.

The 3,600-passenger Royal Princess is a new-generation ship currently under construction for Princess Cruises. Among the special features found on board will be a greatly expanded 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 that appear to be floating on the water; the new Princess Live! television studio; a 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. The ship’s 2013 maiden season will include cruises on the line’s signature Grand Mediterranean itinerary throughout the summer, followed by Eastern Caribbean cruises beginning in the fall. Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company's website at

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MSC Cruises Introduces Happy & Fun Time Dinners

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, Aug. 10: As a celebration of International Youth Day being observed Sunday, Aug. 12, MSC Cruises announces three innovative features which make it even easier for children to have a fun-packed family holiday at sea.

Happy Dinners
MSC Cruises has created the perfect recipe for a great family meal. Often, children don’t like being seated for hours while adults want to take their time over dinner. MSC Happy Dinners offers the best of both worlds! Children are served dinner from the kids’ menu while parents are enjoying their opening courses, with everyone dining together as a family.

However, when the children have finished, they no longer have to wait patiently for the adults to finish. With MSC Happy Dinners, the children are picked up by specialized Kids’ Club staff members when they’ve finished and are then free to have fun with friends their age, leaving parents to leisurely savor the different courses and wine and to enjoy the rest of their dinner.

Fun Time Dinner
For kids who relish their independence and would love the freedom of eating with their friends, away from the grownups, MSC Fun Time Dinners may prove even more tempting. With MSC Fun Time Dinners, children dine in a separate, specially decorated area of the buffet restaurant with the entertainment team, and then have fun in the Mini and Junior Club while parents enjoy a leisurely dinner alone, picking up the kids when they’ve finished.

Each night, children ages 3-11 can eat together with the entertainment team and their new friends. Three of these nights are theme partiesa Welcome Party, Italian Party, and Farewell and Birthday Partywhile the remaining four MSC Fun Time Dinners are fun from start to finish!

Both the MSC Happy Dinners and the MSC Fun Time Dinner services are now available free on all MSC ships. Dedicated to children ages 3-11, parents need to register their children in advance with the Mini or Junior Club and complete the special “dinner coupons.”

Extended Kids’ Club Hours
MSC Cruises has also extended the hours of its Kids’ Club program. Every morning from 9-10 a.m. and now also from 5-6 p.m., MSC Cruises offers a special program designed for babies and toddlers ages 10-36 months to spend quality time with their parents with the support of MSC Kids’ Club staff. Staff members organize dedicated games and activities aimed specifically at MSC’s youngest guests and their parents, including playing with bricks, musical games, baby disco, puzzle games and drawing.

Moms, dads and, most importantly, the kids, will be smiling all day long with Happy Dinners, Fun Time Dinners, extended hours and the amazing range of activities tailor-made for families on board the MSC fleet. For more information about MSC Cruises, visit, call 877-665-4655, or contact a local travel professional.

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Princess Cruises Passengers Meet Soldier Who Sent Telegraph Announcing End of WWII in Europe

SANTA CLARITA, CA, Aug 10: Princess Cruises passengers aboard Star Princess last week were treated to a special presentation from the soldier who sent the message ending World War II in Europe. When he was an Army Signal Corps sergeant in 1945, 20-year-old Gregory Melikian was tasked with sending the a telegraph message from General Dwight Eisenhower announcing the end of the war in Europe. The message, originating from a schoolhouse in Reims, France – the makeshift Allied headquarterswas sent shortly after the surrender of German forces. For serving in France at this time, he is also being considered for the French Legion of Honour.

Hundreds of passengers joined Cruise Director Martyn Moss in the Princess Theater for a question and answer session, and many lined up afterward just to shake the hand that sent that historic telegraph. Today Melikian is a philanthropist, business owner, and an honorary commander of the Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. He sailed with a large group of family members and friends, and was invited to meet Captain Edward Perrin on the ship’s bridge.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company's website at

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Windstar Shines Brighter With New Yacht Renovation

Seattle, August 9: Wind Star, one of three sailing yachts in Windstar Cruises’ fleet, has recently completed a stem to stern renovation, bringing a modern, casual elegance to the brand’s landmark cruise experience. As part of the $18 million fleet-wide renovation, Wind Star was the first yacht to receive redesigned staterooms and owner’s suites and enhanced public areas.

“We have a company-wide commitment to ensuring our yachts are in excellent condition,” said Hans Birkholz, Chief Executive Officer and President of Windstar Cruises. “The vision for the renovation is a classic, stylish luxury that dramatizes the unique thrill of sailing and a private yacht experience.”

Wind Star’s décor was updated with new furnishings, upholstery, art, lighting, wall coverings, carpeting, ceiling finishes, window treatments, and floor coverings. The design palette combines sand and marine colors contrasting elegantly with the warmth of wood finishes, elevating the look and feel to stylish luxury at sea.

The Restaurant was transformed into a whole new dining experience as AmphorA Restaurant including a redesigned seating layout, and state-of-the-art wine display and storage. A new menu was introduced featuring savory dishes such as Dover sole, duck a l’orange and lobster ravioli. The Veranda’s outdoor seating was significantly expanded, creating an ideal mid-ship area for guests to enjoy breakfast and lunch alfresco. The interior includes a new buffet, new lighting, and epicurean style display counters. The Compass Rose was also reconfigured to open up expansively to the adjoining outdoor deck.

Other public areas enhanced include:

The Lounge – new hardwood flooring was put in, accented with inset rugs, a new mix of contemporary furniture, and a lighter color palette. A new AV system was also put in place.
Casino – installed new sound insulation.
Reception Area – received a make-over with new artwork and a fresh color palette.
The Pool Bar – redesigned to offer a more engaging and upscale social experience by creating additional alfresco seating for sunset dining at Candles Grill with new awning and deck furniture.
Library – enhanced to promote a more relaxing atmosphere.
Wind Spa – received a soft goods update.

“So far the feedback on Wind Star’s renovation has been excellent,” said Birkholz. “We wanted to really enhance the feeling of being on your own personal yacht, and I think we’ve succeeded.”

As part of the $18 million renovation project, Windstar Cruises has already redesigned the fleet’s staterooms and suites. The newly enhanced rooms showcase new leather headboards, stately arm chairs, linen wall coverings, new lighting features, window coverings, plush wool carpeting, new art work, stylish bed cushions and luxurious bed throws. Additionally, the owner’s suite received new furniture. The billowing white sails that make Windstar Cruises famous were also replaced. Over 69,000 square feet of hand-crafted sails, equivalent to 1.5 acres, were ordered. Wind Spirit, the last of the fleet to receive the order, hoisted the sails up last week.

The next phase in the renovation project will include the complete enhancement of Wind Surf, previewing on Dec 1, 2012 and Wind Spirit, completed on Dec 22, 2012. To learn more about Windstar Cruises renovations, visit the website

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New ‘Faster to the Fun’ Program Being Piloted on Two Carnival Ships

Carnival Cruise Lines has begun testing a new program on two ships that provides guests with an exciting array of highly attractive benefits including priority embarkation, early stateroom availability and express luggage delivery, among other features, available for purchase through the new Faster to the Fun program.

The pilot program will roll out on Carnival Imagination August 20 and Carnival Liberty August 25. Faster to the Fun includes early embarkation, early stateroom availability, express luggage delivery service to staterooms, priority dinner seatings and tender availability, and choice of early or late debarkation. The program enables guests to get their “Fun Ship” vacation started early and also includes express access to the ships’ guest services desk for any assistance guests may need during their voyage.

Faster to the Fun was developed based on extensive guest surveys which indicated a strong interest in a fee-based package providing priority access and benefits.

For Diamond and Platinum level members of Carnival’s VIFP (Very Important Fun Person) Club guest recognition program, all Faster to the Fun benefits, including the two new benefits of early stateroom availability and express luggage delivery service, are available free of charge.

Faster to the Fun is currently available for purchase in conjunction with voyages on the Carnival Imagination and Carnival Liberty via the shore excursion section of located at The cost is $49.95 per stateroom (regardless of number of occupants).

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Alaska Unleashed: InnerSea Discoveries Plans Three Alaska Cruises
 For Extended Wilderness Adventures

Seattle, WA, August 8: To satisfy outdoor adventure cravings in the remote wilderness of Southeast Alaska, InnerSea Discoveries dedicates the Wilderness Adventurer to three Alaska Unleashed departures in summer 2013. The itinerary promises longer and more exhilarating hiking and kayaking adventures in daily small-group excursions.
Sailing between Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska and reverse, weeklong un-cruise adventures depart on June 8, July 13, and August 10, 2013. A regional expert sails aboard each cruise to share knowledge of the area’s ecology, history and culture.

With the expedition vessel’s capacity reduced from 60 to 36 guests, adventure activities get kicked up into high gear. The line recommends that guests choosing this departure regularly engage in physical activity equal to a 25 mile bike ride or 5 mile run/hike.

“Although every un-cruise adventure includes outdoor activities, we’ve heeded the call to cater to guests looking for high-adventure, multi-sport activities on a daily basis,” said Tim Jacox, executive vice president of sales and marketing. “This is for the person who enjoys challenging themselves outside and feels happy coming home tired and maybe a bit dirty.”

Areas explored include Misty Fjords National Monument, Revillagigedo Island, Behm Canal, Thomas Bay, Baird Glacier, Frederick Sound, Stephen’s Passage, Windham Bay, Fords Terror Wilderness and Tracy Arm. Excursions are included and led by expedition guides. Guests can choose to be as active as they wish each day with activities such as kayaking, hiking, paddle boarding and snorkeling. Skiff excursions will explore shoreline and seek out wildlife. Whale watching and up close encounters with wildlife are highlights of each trip. On Alaska Unleashed adventures, guests can enjoy more extended excursions such as kayaking into the furthest reaches of Misty Fjords, hiking Cascade Creek trail to Swan Lake in Thomas Bay and the spectacular multi-sport adventure of Patterson Lake—11-mile roundtrip trek with 6 miles of kayaking to and from the face of Patterson Glacier.

Shipboard amenities include complimentary on-deck yoga classes, hot tub, fitness equipment and a large resource and DVD library. Especially for the Unleashed adventures, a professional masseuse offers each guest a complimentary massage during the week to ease sore muscles and promote relaxation. An underwater camera mounted on the ship’s bow streams video from the underwater world to flatscreen televisions in all guest rooms and the lounge. Healthy and hearty meals feature fresh ingredients including locally caught Alaskan seafood. A 2-1 guest to crew ratio for these three departures ensures attentive service and extra guide staff.

Cruise fares include transfers and all activities except optional excursions. To book an un-cruise or to request additional information, contact your travel agent or InnerSea Discoveries at 888-862-8881 or .

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Food & Wine and Royal Caribbean Intl Partner to Deliver “The Art of Preparation”

New York, NY, August 7: FOOD & WINE® announced today its latest online editorial section, “Masters Series: Lessons from the Experts,” highlighting extraordinary experts and artisans in fields ranging from brewing to baking. Inspired by this initiative, “The Art of Preparation” is a multi-platform program featuring FOOD & WINE and Royal Caribbean International “Masters” in a branded content experience. FOOD & WINE Marketing and Mindshare co-developed “The Art of Preparation” specifically for Royal Caribbean International.

This dynamic program, which includes custom rich media units showcasing videos of each expert, is designed to prompt food enthusiasts to learn more about the enticing culinary experiences available onboard any Royal Caribbean’s ship. The first installment of the “The Art of Preparation” will roll out today with co-branded rich media units across, American Express Publishing sister site, as well as select Time Inc. websites and will run through December 2012.

“Similar to Royal Caribbean International, the experts within ‘The Art of Preparation’ are masters in their respective crafts and are known for their superb attention to detail,” said Christina Grdovic, Vice President and Publisher. “At FOOD & WINE we are always on the look-out for the industry’s best talent. Capitalizing on this synergy between our brands is a fun and engaging way to tell the stories of our hand-selected masters and those of Royal Caribbean International.”

Hosted by Sissy Biggers, television personality and lifestyle expert, the two minute videos feature a look into each “Masters” area of expertise. The FOOD & WINE Masters line-up includes:

Brewing: Garrett Oliver (Brooklyn Brewery, NYC)
Baking: Matt Lewis & Renato Poliafito (Baked, NYC)
Pizza: Mark Bello (Pizza a Casa Cooking School, NYC)
Cocktails: Jim Meehan (PDT, NYC)
Spices: Lior Lev Sercarz (La Boîte a Epice, NYC)
Chocolate: Jean-Francois Bonnet (Tumbador, NYC)

“Royal Caribbean International is proud to be recognized by FOOD & WINE as a master in our field,” said Frank Weber, vice president of Food & Beverage Operations, Royal Caribbean International. “We have a history of innovation, not only in the unmatched designs of our ships, but also in delivering exceptional dining experiences that reflect the trends and varieties today’s diner has come to expect.”

The Royal Caribbean International masters include:

Josef Jungwirth – Director of Culinary Operations and Master Chef
Marco Marrama – Corporate Executive Chef
Frank Weber – Vice President, Food and Beverage Operations
Matthias Terskow – Pastry Chef and Supervisor
Fritz Halbedl – Chef & Culinary Consultant
Maureen “Molly” Brandt – Chef de Cuisine, 150 Central Park
Travis Kamiyama – Executive Sushi Chef, Izumi Asian Cuisine
Chef Michael Schwartz – Chef and Owner of Michael's Genuine Food & Drink and Exclusive Culinary Partner of Royal Caribbean International

“We look forward to showcasing our star chefs’ philosophies and personalities and the variety of dishes that one can savor on a Royal Caribbean cruise vacation,” said Jungwirth. “Throughout, viewers understand that even though we work at sea, our approach, still, is to start with fresh ingredients, talent and dedication to deliver delicious and memorable dining experiences to each and every guest, every day.”

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Jazz Hands And West Coast Hits Amplify Crystal's Thanksgiving Tune

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 7: More than a dozen jazz musicians will provide a rhythmic soundtrack for Crystal Cruises' American Thanksgiving-time voyage up the stunning West Coast of North America. The convenient one-week/Sunday-to-Sunday round-trip cruise from Los Angeles departs November 18 and features complimentary live performances by internationally-acclaimed jazz pianists, vocalists, bassists, drummers, horn players and more. With special events, recently-redesigned show spaces and a traditional gourmet Thanksgiving turkey feast, the Crystal Symphony voyage offers music lovers a decidedly celebratory, American-style luxury vacation experience.

"Jazz was born in America, so what better musical backdrop for one of the U.S.'s most treasured holidays along one of the country's most jaw-dropping coastlines?" says Bret Bullock, vice president of entertainment. "California's natural beauty and exciting cities don't need any jazzing up, but a little backbeat and soulful swing on board simply adds to the luxury of a Crystal experience."

Thanks to Jazzdagen Tours, some of the genre's leading artists from around the globe will headline at least four hours of jazz per day in the ship's new, posh lounges and theatres. The line-up, including bassist/vocalist Nicki Parrott, saxophonist Harry Allen, vocalist Rebecca Kilgore, percussionist Butch Miles, clarinetist Antti Sarpila, and band leader/clarinetist Pieter Meijers, will cover musical styles ranging from New Orleans jazz, bebop and ragtime to swing, boogie-woogie and jumpin' blues. Their combined experience includes performing in such venues as New York's Birdland, the Kennedy Center, and the Berlin Jazz Festival, and backing up some of the industry's greats, including Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Count Basie, and Benny Goodman.

From L.A., the 7-day voyage visits Santa Barbara, San Diego, San Francisco (overnight) and Ensenada, Mexico. Until August 31, all-inclusive, "Book Now" fares start at $2,560/person, double occupancy, with attractive air add-ons from more than 90 North American gateways. Guests combining two luxury cruises, either from NY beforehand, or to Tahiti afterward, or traveling in a group of 6+, receive additional savings.

Crystal Cruises' award-winning entertainment offerings include a range of venues and performances, from cabaret nightclub to piano bar saloon; acclaimed productions to headline entertainers; and sophisticated enrichment activities to in-room Blu-ray-viewing, for all world travelers. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit

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Extension for New York Exhibition Celebrating the SS United States

NEW YORK, NY, August 7: As part of the SS United States Conservancy’s ongoing 60th anniversary celebration of America’s flagship it is proud to announce the extension of its popular Forbes Galleries exhibition “The Ocean Liner United States: Celebrating the Past and Future of America’s Flagship.” The exhibit which is free and open to the public will now run through Oct 20, 2012. The SS United States exhibition is open 10am – 4pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Prominent additions to the exhibit include one of the original wall panels from the "Duck" Suite, one of the first-class staterooms favored by frequent United States travelers including the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant, and Burt Lancaster. Painted in gold leaf by American artist Constance Smith, this stunning aluminum panel is displayed in its own gallery alongside enlargements of period color photography showing life aboard the liner, reproduced from the archive of collector Charles W. Howland.

“This ship is an irreplaceable national icon and symbol of our great nation,” states Robert L. Forbes, Vice President of Forbes and President of ForbesLife, who serves as a member of the Conservancy Board of Directors and helped make the exhibition possible. “This exhibit, special events and all the Conservancy’s work to save this ship give us an opportunity to celebrate, save and restore a national treasure and marvel of American innovation.”

On Tuesday, Octo 9, 2012 at 6pm, the Conservancy will host a panel discussion "Designing the SS United States" at the gallery, led by historian Pat Kirkham. The event will explore the unique contributions of women artists and designers to the famous vessel.

China, furniture, artwork and documents from the ship’s top-secret design are among more than 120 artifacts assembled including souvenirs from the maiden voyage. Items for the exhibition lent by collectors from across the country transport visitors back to an era of travel in grand style, where world leaders and celebrities roamed America’s flagship as she sped across the Atlantic. Through personal stories of crew members, tourists, and immigrants, the exhibition shines a spotlight on life aboard the ship in the 1950s and 1960s and conveys the SS United States’ special role as national symbol and cultural touchstone.

Built to be both luxury superliner and Cold War weapon, America’s flagship, the SS United States was the fastest and safest ocean liner ever built. Larger than the Titanic and faster than the Queen Mary, she was one of the greatest achievements of American engineering of the 20th Century. In July 1952, the ship smashed the transatlantic speed record on her historic maiden voyage– a record that remains unbroken.

The extension of the exhibition comes on the heels of the launch of the Conservancy’s new Save the United States campaign featuring an online museum and virtual SS United States experience that enables supporters of America’s flagship to save and personalize their own pieces of the historic vessel. Proceeds from the campaign will be used to restore the vessel’s exterior and establish a museum on board.

“The extension of this special exhibit will help us showcase this legendary liner and lay the groundwork for the extraordinary shipboard museum and the Conservancy’s future Center for American Design and Discovery,” states Susan Gibbs, Executive Director of the Conservancy and granddaughter of the ship’s designer, William Francis Gibbs. “The new Save the United States Campaign will help us bring these exciting plans to fruition.”

The Conservancy’s Redevelopment Project is also advancing plans to repurpose the SS United States, withdrawn from seagoing service in 1969, into a self-sustaining, multipurpose waterfront destination. The Forbes Galleries, New York are located at 62 Fifth Avenue (at 12th Street) in Manhattan. For more information about the SS United States visit

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Silversea Cruises Enhances Sleep Experience With Pratesi Bed Linens

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, August 7: Silversea guests will soon find their sleep experience elevated to a new level of comfort and luxury with the debut of Pratesi custom-made bed linens. Founded in 1860 and renowned for creating masterpieces in linens for the Italian and European aristocracy, the legendary Italian linens firm is bringing its high-quality and stylish creations to the beds in every Silversea suite beginning with the Sept 3 voyage of Silver Spirit, followed by Silver Cloud in November. Pratesi bedding will then be rolled out to the rest of the Silversea fleet in 2013.

The plush new bedding collection, which features 240 thread count, 100% Egyptian cotton satin sheets, pillowcases and duvet covers, will complement an already lavish collection of sleep amenities enjoyed by Silversea guests. These include a memory pillow top and dual-side mattress that can be flipped to provide either soft or firm support, a down duvet, and a pillow menu offering nine different pillow options, from soft down to memory foam, and chamomile or lavender aromatherapy pillow covers.

"Getting a great night's sleep is a priority for luxury travelers," said Ellen Bettridge, Silversea's president of the Americas. "We know many of our guests have luxurious bedding in their own homes, and if they have not yet discovered Pratesi, we're happy to introduce them to this revered Italian brand."

Silversea Cruises, which is chaired by Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio, is recognized as an innovator in the luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper and Silver Spirit,all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the expedition ship Silver Explorer, Silversea Cruises' itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both polar regions and over 450 fascinating destinations in between. For more information on Silversea Cruises, please contact a travel agent, call toll-free (877) 215-9986. or visit

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Survey Reveals Generational Divide Over Relaxation Habits

SANTA CLARITA, CA, Aug. 7: The 2012 Princess Cruises Relaxation Report, commissioned in celebration of National Relaxation Day on Aug. 15, revealed that Boomers and their adult children’s generation of Millennials have very different vacation habits, from social media vices to work-life balance, with the latter finding it more difficult to, or simply refusing to, truly disconnect while on holiday.

The national survey found that Boomers (approximately 48-66 years of age) take their vacation time seriously, with more than one in three finding it impossible to go an entire vacation without doing anything work-related. In contrast, nearly six out of 10 Millennials (approximately 18-31 years of age) would not be able to completely disconnect from work on vacation. Millennials are also leaving relaxation time on the table. Of those employed with vacation time available to them, less than half are using all their paid time off. Boomers on the other hand, appreciate their vacation time and nearly 60 percent used all of their allotted time last year. One potential indication of why Millennials aren’t using all of their available vacation time is the fact that nearly one out of five reported they’re more relaxed when their boss goes on vacation than when they do.

The national survey was commissioned by Princess Cruises with Wakefield Research for the third annual Princess Cruises Relaxation Report. Princess Cruises, which annually helps more than 1.3 million passengers escape completely aboard its worldwide fleet of ships, conducts the survey to examine Americans’ ability and approach to relaxation and vacation trends.

“It’s evident through our survey findings that Americans’ approach to relaxation and vacationing is changing with each generation,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. “We’ve always inherently known that different people find different settings and experiences relaxing, but to see such a clear shift between generations and their attitude toward embarking on a vacation escape and disconnecting completely is eye-opening. The good news, of course, is that a cruise vacation offers something for everyone.”

Social Media Vices
In addition to Americans’ varying views on relaxation, many were divided on whether social media is a must-have while on vacation. A vacation get-away won’t stop 85 percent of Millennials from making a social media update. In contrast, fewer than half of Boomers would update a social profile while on vacation. The No. 1 social media outlet for vacationing Americans is Facebook, where nearly six out of 10 Americans would likely make an update, 16 percent will reportedly visit YouTube and 15 percent will likely visit Twitter. But while social media is clearly important to most Americans, nothing says ‘relaxing escape’ to the majority of vacationers like a cocktail, according to the survey. More than 60 percent of respondents would rather go without social media than alcohol while on holiday…cheers!

Parenting & Relaxation – Do they blend?
They don’t blend for today’s parents. Sixty-four percent of parents have taken a vacation without their child, but that comes with a guilt price tag. Of the parents who have vacationed without their kids, 46 percent felt guilty for not taking their kids along, and moms in particular are more likely to feel the pain than dads. More than half of moms felt guilty about leaving their kids at home while hitting the road, but just over a third of dads share their guilty feelings.

Do New Friends and Vacation Mix?
It’s a mixed bag. Nearly half of Americans have made a “vacation friend” while on a trip. Of those outgoing Americans who have befriended someone during a relaxing escape, the average respondent made six new friends. So are vacation friends the hottest travel accessory? Princess Cruises polled Americans on which TV couple they’d most like to befriend on vacation. Forty percent of all Millennials would want Marshall and Lily from “How I Met Your Mother” as their TV couple of vacation friends. “Modern Family” TV couple Phil and Claire Dunphy, are Boomers’ No. 1 favorite with 33 percent.

Dream Escapes
When asked to describe their perfect vacation libation, 37 percent of females viewed their dream escape as a mai tai – tropical and beachy; whereas 27 percent of men think of their dream escape as a bottle of beer – party time! Perhaps a sign of the economic times – just over one in 10 respondents would classify their dream vacation as a glass of champagne – high-end all the way. Looking ahead to the end of summer, Princess Cruises queried Americans on what they most need to escape from before fall. The No. 1 response was hot weather (50 percent), followed by high gas prices (38 percent) and political campaigns (36 percent).

To Do or Not to Do?
Relaxation wins out! Fifty-seven percent of Americans’ describe their vacation style as a “relaxer” – sitting back and doing nothing — as opposed to the 43 percent who describe themselves as a “doer” – trying to fit in as many activities as they can into each trip. Interested in trying something new? Sixty-nine percent of Americans say they would try new food and drinks while on vacation, and 38 percent would accomplish something on their bucket list. Thirty-nine percent of Millennials would chat with a stranger, whereas nearly one in four Boomers would stay out all night.

Pop Culture Escape Break
Celebrity mamas are in need of a break! More than one in four Americans responded that of the soon-to-be celebrity moms, Reese Witherspoon is most in need of a pre-baby escape. Drew Barrymore is also an American favorite with 22 percent supporting her for a pre-baby getaway. Snooki and Tori Spelling are in the middle of the pack, with 18 percent and 16 percent. At the bottom of the list are Sarah Michelle Gellar and Anna Paquin, with 10 percent and 8 percent.

On the celebrity vacation friend front, more than one in four females would like to hang out with Chelsea Handler on a relaxing beach day, whereas 25 percent of all men would rather share their sunblock with Jay Leno. In analyzing generational preferences, Boomers prefer Jay over any other late night host (29 percent), while Millennials would rather buddy up with Chelsea Handler (33 percent) or Jimmy Fallon (26 percent).

Politics, Politics!
In the presidential race, almost half of all Americans think President Obama is the candidate most in need of a relaxing escape from the public eye. Only 20 percent of Americans think Mitt Romney is most in need of a break. Millennials and Boomers differ once again on the candidate’s wives, with over one in five Millennials believing Michelle Obama is in most need of an escape, as opposed to 17 percent of Boomers who think Ann Romney is most in need of an escape.

About the 2012 Survey
The Princess Cruises 2012 Relaxation Report was conducted by Wakefield Research among 1,000 American adults, ages 18 and older, between June 28 through July 5, 2012, using an email invitation and an online survey. Quotas have been set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the U.S. adult population 18 and older.

Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. For the interviews conducted in this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 3.1 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company's website at

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American Cruise Lines Introduces Queen of the Mississippi

GUILFORD, CONN, August 2012: American Cruise Lines, operator of the newest fleet of riverboats and small cruise ships in the industry, is celebrating the launch of Queen of the Mississippi, the first new, authentic paddlewheeler built for the Mississippi River in nearly 20 years. Commencing the company’s first-ever season on the Mississippi River, the 150-passenger Queen of the Mississippi will set sail August 4, on a sold-out, 8-day, roundtrip voyage from New Orleans.

Queen of the Mississippi offers guests a brand new way to see the longest river system in North America and explore the remarkable port cities that line the way. Almost all of the ship’s spacious 300-plus-square-foot staterooms—the largest in the industry—offer private balconies with sliding glass doors, while an all-American crew cater to passengers’ every need. Daily educational events and themed entertainment help paint a picture of what life on the Mississippi was like in days gone by. Construction of Queen of the Mississippi was completed in June by Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Md., making it the most elegant, fully-functioning, authentic paddlewheeler in the industry.

“The launch of Queen of the Mississippi represents the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Mississippi Riverboating, where 21st century amenities are offered aboard an authentic paddlewheeler that is historic in appearance,” said Charles A. Robertson, president and CEO, American Cruise Lines. “We know Queen of the Mississippi will set a new standard for river cruising expectations.”

During the 8-day journey, guests will explore Queen of the Mississippi’s numerous amenities, including the most spacious staterooms and suites in the industry, unique lounges and libraries. Every stateroom features hotel-style bathrooms, access to room service, in-room phones, Wi-Fi and satellite TV. Seasoned cruise passengers will also appreciate American Cruise Lines’ exclusive, open seating dining plan, which allows guests to enjoy meals in a single seating or at the time of their choice, while surrounded by panoramic views of the River.

To learn more about American Cruise Lines, visit or call 800-814-6880.

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New Legends Lineup Will Rock Norwegian Epic This Fall

MIAMI, August 2: Norwegian Cruise Line today announced the next three "Legends" to perform as part of Legends in Concert on board Norwegian Epic beginning Saturday, Nov 3, 2012, when the ship returns to Miami, Florida to begin her weekly Eastern Caribbean sailings. The tribute artists will perform as some of the world's most recognized entertainers – Michael Jackson, Donna Summer and Jimmy Buffett. A staple on the Las Vegas center strip for over 25 years, Legends in Concert is the pioneer of live tribute shows and has assembled the greatest collection of live tribute artists and celebrity look-alikes in all of show business.

"Our guests absolutely love the Legends in Concert performances on board Norwegian Epic. The next round of tribute artists, Michael Jackson, Donna Summer and Jimmy Buffett, three extraordinary performers, are destined to be fan favorites," said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line's chief executive officer. "With Norwegian Epic returning to its homeport in Miami, this is the perfect time to introduce these three talented performers to guests sailing to the Caribbean."

Portraying the legendary “King of Pop,” J Lucas is known for entertaining his audiences with intensity and passion. Lucas has been a beloved member of the "Legends in Concert" family for many years where he has wowed fans in Las Vegas on Harrah’s main stage. Hailing from South Carolina, Lucas has been performing as a singer/dancer since he was a teenager. As a young boy, Lucas was heavily influenced by Michael Jackson and fine-tuned his talents as a Legend by following Jackson’s career closely. Following the death of Jackson in 2009, Lucas performed at a tribute concert and from there began performing Michael Jackson tribute shows throughout the country before joining the Legends in Concert family. In addition to his Legends’ performances, Lucas is also a very talented song-writer who has written and collaborated on over 100 songs.

Portraying Donna Summer, Marva Scott has been an integral part of the Legends in Concert production for many years. Originally from Seattle, Washington, Scott made her singing debut as a young girl in her local Baptist church choir. After performing in local theatrical productions, Scott took her talents to Los Angeles, where she started her own band, Marva Scott and the MCR. While there, she also discovered her talents for celebrity impersonation. Following her time in Los Angeles, Scott briefly lived in Paris and then returned to the United States where she began performing in the main showroom of Caesar’s Palace in Atlantic City, as well as in countless productions along the Las Vegas strip. Performing as the legendary “Queen of Disco” Donna Summer, Scott will light up the stage on board Norwegian Epic.

Barrie Cunningham is a producer, entertainer, singer and musician who has spent most of his life entertaining delighted audiences in a variety of venues – from concert halls to cruise ships. Cunningham will join Norwegian Epic’s Legends in Concert lineup as the legendary Jimmy Buffett, the impersonation performance for which he is best known. A Southern California native, Cunningham started performing folk music in coffeehouses at the young age of 15. He later went on to join the popular California rock-a-billy group, Black Slacks, and was named Entertainer of the Year in San Diego. Since 1990, Cunningham has performed an impressive 300 dates per year, in front of more than three million show-goers. Although he is best known for his live performances, Cunningham also has own original material and has written songs for many other popular artists.

Legends in Concert is a live musical celebration featuring the world's greatest celebrity tribute artists. Legends in Concert on Norwegian Epic features three celebrity tribute performers taking the stage in the Epic Theater for six 45-minute shows over three days during a seven-day cruise. In addition, a Legends “Unplugged” show is performed on three additional nights in the Manhattan Room, the ship's New York-inspired supper club, providing an unprecedented dining and entertainment experience. The celebrity performers change every four months, keeping the show fresh and exciting. The last performers were Steven Tyler, Lady Gaga and Elvis Presley.

Norwegian Epic returns to her Miami homeport on Nov 3, 2012. The ship will sail a series of seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruises, departing every Saturday, through April 13, 2013. Ports of call include St. Maarten and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; Nassau, Bahamas, as well as three relaxing days at sea. To book a cruise on Norwegian Epic, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit

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Princess Cruises Launches “How I Escape Completely” Pinterest Contest

SANTA CLARITA, CA, August 1: Princess Cruises has launched its first-ever Pinterest contest, asking fans to show “How I Escape Completely” through relaxing images. Using the social “pinboard” site, entrants can create their own boards depicting exactly what “escape completely” means to them. The top five boards will win a Sanctuary Relaxation Kit, complete with a Lotus Spa plush robe, skin nourishing milk bath and an iPod® with a $50 iTunes® gift card. The contest runs from Aug 1-14, 2012 – leading up to National Relaxation Day on Aug 15.

“We hope both experienced and novice ‘pinners’ will show us their perfect way to escape completely,” said Jan Swartz, executive vice president of Princess Cruises. “It’s easy to do and I expect we’ll see some really creative ways of depicting relaxation and escape.”

To enter, participants can go to or Princess’ Facebook page to register and follow Princess on Pinterest at Each entrant can then “pin” images to their personal boards showing the places, phrases and products that help them escape – including their own Princess cruise memories. Boards must contain at least five images pinned from Princess’ Pinterest board,, or Princess’ blogs at and

All boards will be judged between Aug 16 and Aug 31, 2012 on creativity, originality and how well they define “escape completely.” Participants can also use any inspirational or mood imagery to enhance their board. Each image should be tagged with the hashtags #PrincessCruises and #Travel.

All entries for the “How I Escape Completely” contest must be received by Aug 14, 2012. The contest is open to legal residents of the United States, Canada (excluding Quebec), the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. Official rules are available at: iPod and iTunes are trademarks of Apple, Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries. Apple is not a participant in or sponsor of this program.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company's website at

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Costa Cruises Highlights Its Asian Deployment at Korean Expo

GENOA, Aug. 2: Costa Cruises, the first Western cruise line to enter the Asian market in 2006, took center stage during the "National Day of Italy" today at the Yeosu International Expo in Korea. Costa Victoria (75,200 gross tons and 2,394 total guests) berthed for the occasion at a wharf set up by the expo organizers inside the exhibition area and hosted a reception for the National Day of Italy festivities. About 300 people, including local authorities and representatives of the expo’s participating countries, toured the ship and had an opportunity to experience Italian culinary excellence.

Attendees included Pier Luigi Foschi, chairman of the board of Costa Crociere S.p.A.; Michael Thamm, chief executive officer of Costa Crociere S.p.A., and the Italian general commissioner for the Yeosu International Expo, Ambassador Claudio Moreno.

"We were the first company in the world to believe in the development of the cruise market in Asia, and every year our cruises bring a piece of 'Italy at sea' to tens of thousands of Asian clients," said Foschi.

"Our programs in the area are based on a long-term commitment confirmed positioning Costa Victoria and Costa Atlantica to offer Asian guests an Italian-style cruise holiday experience," said Thamm.

The National Day of Italy culminated with a magnificent opera concert, organized by Costa Cruises, by the Giuseppe Verdi Opera Company Orchestra of Trieste, Italy. The concert was held for an audience of 3,500, including Costa Victoria guests.

Costa is focusing on the emerging Asian market for future growth. In 2013 Costa will double it capacity in the region with the arrival in May of Costa Atlantica (85,700 gross tons and 2,680 total guests). The positioning of Costa Atlantica and Costa Victoria represents a 90 percent increase of Costa’s capacity in Asia. Since 2006, about 400,000 Costa guests have cruised in the region.

Costa offers a unique product for the Asian market based on the concept of "Italy at Sea" with Italian hospitality, design, shopping, artwork and gastronomy. Costa Victoria and Costa Atlantica will offer a variety of short and longer itineraries departing from Singapore and Shanghai, Tianjin and Hong Kong, China, designed to appeal to both Asians and Europeans. Destinations include exotic ports in Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Korea. In 2012 Costa will make 42 calls in Korea, increasing to 81 in 2013 and, besides Yeosu, include Cheju and Pusan.

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Crystal Cruises' Fall Sailings Offer A World Of Extraordinary Value

LOS ANGELES: While a vacation with Crystal Cruises always presents a tremendous value, the ultra-luxury line has sweetened the deal for its fall season. Beginning in September, nearly a dozen Mediterranean, South Pacific and trans-ocean voyages aboard Crystal Serenity and a freshly-redesigned Crystal Symphony offer several new opportunities to save on luxury.

Crystal Serenity:

-- $2000 per Couple Penthouse Savings - Save $1,000 per guest on stylishly appointed Penthouse, Penthouse Suite and Crystal Penthouse accommodations. (Aug 13, 25, Sep 6, 18, 30, Oct 12, 24, Nov 5, 17, 28)
-- Kids Sale Free - Children age 17 and under can sail free in a third berth sharing with two adults (Sep 6, 18, 30, Oct 12, 24, Nov 5, 17, 28, Dec 9)
-- $1000 per Couple Verandah Savings - Save $500 per guest on luxury staterooms boasting spacious private verandahs in the Mediterranean. (Sep 6, 18, 30, Oct 12, 24, Nov 5, 17, 28)
-- Low Solo Fares - A significantly-reduced solo supplement of just 10% can save individuals up to almost $900 off a private, deluxe outside stateroom (Category C) of their own. (Aug 13, 25, Sep 6, 18, 30, Oct 12, 24, Nov 5, 17, 28)
-- Crystal Getaways - Crystal's new collection of 5- to 8-day Crystal Serenity itineraries offer a concentrated taste of Crystal luxury and stunning European destinations. (9 departures from mid-Aug through early-Dec)
-- Explorer Combinations - Guests save up to 26% for combining back-to-back cruises for an extended vacation. (combos departing Aug 25, Sep 30, Nov 5, Nov 28, Dec 9)

Crystal Symphony:

-- $1200 per Couple Verandah Savings - Save $600 per guest on luxury staterooms boasting spacious private verandahs in the South Pacific. (Nov 25, Dec 8)

"While our guests appreciate the luxurious nuances for which Crystal is celebrated, they also appreciate significant value," says Jack Anderson, senior vice president, sales and marketing. "These offers are an ideal opportunity for travelers to realize even more savings on the all-inclusive Crystal Experience."

With a "Book By" deadline of Aug 31, travelers can take advantage of value propositions and Crystal's all inclusive luxury on the following voyages:

-- Aug 13 Mediterranean: Venice - Barcelona
-- Aug 25 Mediterranean: Barcelona - Athens
-- Sep 6 Mediterranean & Black Sea: Athens - Istanbul
-- Sep18 Mediterranean: Istanbul - Venice
-- Sep 30 Mediterranean: Venice - Athens
-- Oct 12 Mediterranean & Holy Land: Athens - Venice
-- Oct 24 Mediterranean: Venice - Istanbul
-- Nov 5 Mediterranean: Istanbul - Barcelona
-- Nov 17 Canary Islands & Iberia: Barcelona - Lisbon
-- Nov 28 Canary Islands & Iberia: Lisbon - Barcelona
-- Nov 25 Hawaii & South Pacific: Los Angeles - Papeete
-- Dec 8 South Pacific: Papeete - Auckland
-- Dec 9 Trans-Atlantic: Barcelona - Miami
-- Dec 21 Caribbean: Miami Round-trip

Attractive air add-ons from more than 90 North America gateways are also available. Not all offers are combinable or apply to all listed itineraries. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit

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Cunard Line Announces Mediterranean Spotlight Sale

August 1: Guests looking to plan a luxury cruise vacation in the Mediterranean can do so at significant savings during Cunard Line’s five-day Mediterranean Spotlight Sale, starting August 2, 2012. The special sale will offer savings of up to 60 percent in addition to On Board Credit of up to $300 per stateroom on select 10- and 12-day Mediterranean voyages aboard Queen Elizabeth.

Included in the sale is the popular 12-day Holy Land Explorer between Rome and Athens, and the 12-day Pearls of the Black Sea to Venice, Istanbul, Odessa and the Greek Isles.

Mediterranean Spotlight Sale voyages aboard Queen Elizabeth include:

12-day Holy Land Explorer Sept 6, Nov 17
12-day Greek Isles & Aegean Treasures – Sept 18, Oct 12
12-day Pearls of the Black Sea – Sept 30
12-day Greek Isles & Ancient Wonders – Oct 24
12-day Greek Isles & Turkish Splendours – Nov 5
10-day Mediterranean Moments – Nov 29
Offer is for new bookings only.

Guests sailing a luxury cruise vacation aboard Cunard Line delight in the experience of the voyage itself, not just the destination. Queen Elizabeth captured the world stage with her launch in 2010, quickly establishing her among the fleet. On board, guests savor a grand celebration which includes dressing up for glamorous evenings at Royal Nights themed balls, and enjoying Cunard’s signature amenities such as Champagne Afternoon Tea in the Garden Lounge, extraordinary dining experiences in the line’s renowned Queens Grill and Princess Grill restaurants, and in The Verandah, a French restaurant that pays tribute to the legendary Verandah Grills aboard the original Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary.

For more information about Queen Elizabeth or to book a voyage, consult your travel agent, call Cunard toll-free 1-800-728-6273 or go to

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EU's Sustainable Cruise Waste-Management Project Is Under Way On Costa Pacifica

GENOA: The Sustainable Cruise waste-management project co-funded by the European Commission through the LIFE+ Program, the European Union’s funding instrument for environmental projects, is under way aboard Costa Pacifica. The project seeks to stimulate implementation of the EU directive on waste on board ships and create incentives for waste reduction, recycling and reuse.

"We are very proud to be managing this highly innovative project on board Costa Pacifica, which will be the pilot ship for new models of management of certain types of solid waste," said Ernesto Gori, Costa Cruises vice president, quality standards compliance and auditing. "The fact that we are the first cruise company in the world to carry out such a landmark experiment, which will lead to even higher standards in the treatment of shipboard waste, is further tangible evidence of our environmental excellence."

Costa Cruises is the project manager, and devised the proposal and presented it to the EU together with Centro interuniversitario per lo Sviluppo della Sostenibilità dei Prodotti and the Italian enterprises VOMM, Contento Trade, Design Innovation, RINA Services and Medcruise, the association of Mediterranean cruise ports.

Costa Pacifica (114,500 gross tons and 3,780 total guests), which entered service in 2009, was chosen to pilot the world’s first shipboard experimental project using innovative techniques and methods for packaging, biodegradable (organic) waste and paper, with specific objectives for reduction at the source and recycling. The project includes intervention in packaging—cardboard boxes, glass bottles, plastic bottles and containers—to reduce that type of waste at the origin, with the cooperation of product suppliers.

Another project area concerns wet waste—food and other organic waste—which on a ship like Costa Pacifica that carries nearly 5,000 guests and crew accounts for 22 percent of total waste. In compliance with international MARPOL laws protecting the marine environment, currently food waste is collected and processed to reduce the volume before it is discharged overboard as fish food. The state-of-the-art technology used by the Sustainable Cruise project instead processes the “pulp” produced from food waste into compost, a useful byproduct.

The third category involves paper, which accounts for about 16 percent of total waste on Costa Pacifica. Sustainable Cruise has already analyzed the waste flow (supply, storage, use and disposal) of paper on board the vessel. Work is now focusing on devising processes that can be applied to reduce paper at the source, reuse it or dispose of it sustainably.

The scope of the project goes beyond shipboard application and includes coordination with European port waste disposal facilities to increase recycling and reuse, and promote a Euro-Mediterranean network of ports to cooperate on waste management.

Sustainable Cruise also aims to set a new voluntary certification scheme for shipboard waste treatment, possibly paving the way for the introduction of specific EU environmental legislation for shipping. The Sustainable Cruise project dovetails with Costa Cruises’ fleetwide waste-management policy of 100 percent separation of solid waste on board, with separate storage and disposal of glass, plastic, metal, food, paper, ceramics and aluminum.

More details of the European Sustainable Cruise project and regular updates regarding the results of the work are posted at

The Sustainable Cruise project reflects Costa Cruises’ environmental compliance leadership. Not only does the company comply with all domestic and international environmental laws and regulations, it also voluntarily proactively implements possible solutions designed to enhance environmental protection. The environmental management system implemented on all Costa ships is developed in accordance with the requirements of UNI EN ISO 14001/2004. All ships in Costa’s fleet have received RINA’s Green Star notation, certifying they operate in compliance with environmental-protection standards that are stricter than the provisions of the MARPOL Convention.

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311 and Sixthman Announce Third Sailing of Caribbean Concert Cruise

ATLANTA, GA: 311 and Sixthman are excited to announce the third sailing of The 311 Caribbean Cruise March 1-5, 2013 on Norwegian Pearl. Guests will depart from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, Norwegian's private island for a two day private island party.

"The first two 311 Caribbean Cruises were amazing! The vibe and unity of all the 311 fans together on the ship and on the island really creates a once-in-a-lifetime experience for everyone involved - including the band! The energy & love on the ship is incredible. So much fun that we have to do it again - and we plan to make this one the best yet. Everyone needs a vacation and this is sure to be one you'll never forget! 311 Cruise 3 on 3-1-13!" - Nick Hexum, vocalist, 311.

During the four night cruise, guests will see three performances by 311 and have a personal photo taken with the band. Musical performances will not just be limited to 311 however, with several other bands and DJs scheduled to join the event. Adding to the experience of sailing with the members of 311 will be a host of themed games and activities. Look for more details and sign-up information for special artist-hosted events as the sail date approaches.

A unique concert experience awaits guests once they arrive to Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian's private 250 acre island located in the Bahamas. Guests will have the opportunity to take in two days worth of music right right on the sandy white beaches or in the crystal clear water as 311 and supporting artists perform on a specially constructed beachside stage. Snorkeling, watercraft rental, and the gigantic Hippo Water Slide are available to enhance your on-island experience.

Norwegian Pearl, the newest ship for 311 Caribbean Cruisers will offer guests the freedom and flexibility of Freestyle Cruising, an experience unlike any previous 311 event. From poolside BBQ to an upscale steakhouse, guests will have their choice of 19 different dining options in addition to 13 bars and lounges. A world class spa and The Pearl Club Casino will offer guests the opportunity to live the high life, while a four lane bowling alley, a rock climbing wall and an incredible fitness center will keep those guests occupied who wish to stay physically active. Norwegian Pearl offers a variety of accommodations including oceanview, balcony, and inside staterooms, as well as luxurious suites and multi-room villas.

The full website for the 311 Caribbean Cruise 2013 is now live at and guests who desire an interactive experience can join the cruiser's official community outpost at Alumni who sailed on previous 311 Cruises are automatically included in the pre-sale which begins on August 2nd. All other fans can sign up starting today to be included in the pre-sale. Please note that there will NOT be a 311 Cruise in 2014, so be sure to get on board the 2013 Caribbean Cruise!

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