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January 16-31, 2003

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Newest Member Features Upscale Cruises on Regatta, Insignia

NEW YORK, Jan 30, 2003 -- Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has added Oceania Cruises to its roster of member lines. Based in Miami, Oceania Cruises was founded in 2002 by industry veterans Frank Del Rio and Joe Watters. The line will feature unparalleled onboard service, fine cuisine crafted by renowned master chef Jacques Pepin, four open-seating restaurants and a “country club casual” onboard atmosphere.

Oceania Cruises features two 684-passenger ships, Regatta and Insignia.   The line’s inaugural season will feature itineraries to the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Panama Canal. The itineraries have been tailored to include overnight port stays to allow passengers to immerse themselves in the history, culture and local flavor of the region.

“We welcome Oceania Cruises as CLIA’s 25th member line,” says Bob Sharak, executive director of CLIA. “Its emphasis on discovery voyages in an intimate atmosphere will further enhance the cruising opportunities available through the existing CLIA fleet.” 

“We are very proud to be a member of CLIA, the most respected industry organization,” says Del Rio, president and CEO of Oceania Cruises. “We welcome the opportunity to be part  of its dynamic marketing programs and excellent agent training, and we look forward to working with CLIA-affiliated agencies.”

“Oceania Cruises’ commitment is to the travel agent. Therefore, we’re delighted to become a member of CLIA, an organization that has fostered both growth and strong relationships between cruise lines and the travel agent community for nearly 30 years,” added Waters, chairman of Oceania Cruises. 

Cruise Lines International Association is a nonprofit marketing and training organization representing 25 of the leading cruise lines, which together accommodate 95 percent of the North American cruise passengers. CLIA also works with nearly 17,000 affiliated travel agencies in the U.S. and Canada. For more information on CLIA and its member cruise lines, visit its website at To learn more about Oceania Cruises, visit their newly-launched web site at

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Celebrity Cruises Cancels Two Hawaii Cruises

MIAMI, Jan. 29 -- Celebrity Cruises is canceling two cruises on Infinity to replace ball-bearing units in the ship's propulsion system. The ship must enter drydock to replace the bearings, which will result in the cancellation of its February 2 and February 13 sailings. The ship is expected to return to its scheduled sailings on February 23.

The first cancelled sailing, Sunday, is a 11-night cruise from Ensenada, Mexico, to Hawaii. The February 13 sailing is a 10-night cruise from Hawaii to Ensenada. Infinity is currently completing a 14-night trans-Canal sailing that ends in San Diego Sunday.

Guests booked on the cancelled sailings will receive a full refund and a voucher for a 50-percent discount on a future Celebrity cruise of 12 nights or less, departing on or before April 1, 2004, excluding Christmas and New Year's sailings. Travel agents will receive full commissions, plus a $50 rebooking fee per cabin when their clients reschedule their cruise.

"The thrust-bearing failure in one of the ship's propulsion systems developed very quickly, and while the ship continues to operate safely, its speed has had to be reduced," said Jack Williams, president and chief operating officer of Celebrity Cruises. "Unfortunately, this has resulted in us having to take the ship to an unscheduled drydock. I want to personally apologize of all our guests whose vacation plans have been disrupted due to this disappointing event."

Celebrity has established a special Help Desk to assist guests and travel agents with rebooking, air transportation and other issues. That toll-free number is 1-888-701-7192.

The cancelled cruises are expected to have a negative impact on the earnings of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. of $.03 to $.04 per share. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is a global cruise vacation company that operates Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises, with a combined total of 25 ships in service and three under construction or on firm order. The company also offers unique land-tour vacations in Alaska, Canada and Europe through its cruise-tour division. Additional information can be found on, or

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Guests who book "Romanovs Remembered" optional package will receive special, limited edition crystal egg designed by Fabergé  

Fort Lauderdale, FL, Jan,  2003 - Silversea Cruises has announced  a once-in-a-lifetime program to be hosted by Theo Fabergé aboard its newest ship, Silver Whisper. Theo Fabergé is the only living grandson of Carl Fabergé and heir to the artistic legacy of the House of Fabergé, Imperial Jewelers to the Romanov Czars. Mr. Fabergé is scheduled to host the "Romanovs Remembered" optional package of special events during Silver Whisper's "St. Petersburg Treasures" cruise (Voyage 4316), sailing from July 7 to 14, 2003. On this unique seven-day cruise, privileged guests will journey from Stockholm to Copenhagen cradled in ultra-luxury comfort as  theyenjoy a special program of lectures and events. Highlighting the voyage is a truly memorable three-day stopover in the majestic city of St. Petersburg.

"Romanovs Remembered" Package - Silversea has created the "Romanovs Remembered" optional package to commemorate the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg, the legendary city founded by Peter the Great in 1703. During Silver Whisper's three-day visit to St. Petersburg, guests participating in the "Romanovs Remembered" program will be treated to guided tours of Yusupov Palace, Grand Duke Vladimir's Palace, Peterhof Grand Palace and Catherine the Great's Palace at Tsarkoe Selo, the summer residence of the Czars. Highlighting the program is a festive evening at the Peterhof Grand Palace, where guests will be serenaded by the Military Brass Band as they arrive for their guided tour of the opulent suites of the palace. Later in the evening, guests will truly feel the joyful spirit of the city's tricentennial celebration when they enter the palace's Main Throne Room to attend the exclusive Theo Fabergé Ball. Exquisitely decorated tables laden with gifts, sumptuous cuisine, enchanting orchestral music and vibrant waltzes and mazurkas are the exclusive pleasures awaiting guests. After dinner and dancing, the famous Great Cascade of Fountains springs to life in a glorious ceremony followed by a ballet concert and breathtaking fireworks display that will put the finishing touches on a truly splendid and unforgettable evening.

In addition to exploring the celebrated splendors of the city, guests can enjoy the enlightening shipboard lectures of Philip Birkenstein, who will share his insights as CEO of The St. Petersburg Collection*, which showcases contemporary Fabergé eggs. As Silver Whisper departs St. Petersburg, guests will be invited to "Black Pearls and Ice", an exclusive shipboard caviar and vodka tasting.

Theo Fabergé's Exclusive Silver Whisper Egg

To add a unique dimension and aesthetic perspective to the guests' experience, Silversea commissioned world-renowned artist Theo Fabergé to create the Silver Whisper Egg. A limited edition egg, it is carefully crafted from mouth-blown lead crystal, and hand-enameled in blue with a swirling design that evokes rolling ocean waves. The outer shell is topped with Theo Fabergé's signature Romanov crown in sterling silver accented by a cabochon sapphire. In the Fabergé family tradition, the creation features a miniature surprise - a model of Silver Whisper crafted in sterling silver and 24-karat gold. Under the ship model and hand-cut into the crystal base is a miniature compass.

"The 'Romanovs Remembered' package is a tremendous opportunity for guests to get the most out of their visit to St. Petersburg and the Baltic region," said Bill Leiber, Silversea's Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing. "The planned special events, informative lectures, and the presentation of the Silver Whisper Egg designed by Theo Fabergé are sure to provide guests with memories that they will treasure for a lifetime." The "Romanovs Remembered" optional package is only offered in conjunction with Silver Whisper's seven-day "St. Petersburg Treasures" cruise (Voyage 4316), which sails from Stockholm to Copenhagen on July 7, 2003, with calls in Tallinn, St. Petersburg and Helsinki. Cruise-only fares for this voyage start at $5,795 per guest, double occupancy.

To add the extraordinary "Romanovs Remembered" program, full-cruise guests may purchase the package at an additional $5,900 per person, double occupancy. The package cost for single-occupancy guests is $7,900. One Silver Whisper Egg is included per suite. Theo Fabergé's limited edition eggs normally retail between $4,000 and $35,000, with one-of-a-kind pieces bringing as much as $155,000.

Guest's not wishing to add the "Romanovs Remembered" package to their cruise booking will still be able to experience the thrill of visiting St. Petersburg and exploring the Baltic region at their leisure. 

On the following voyages, Silversea guests can also experience the splendors of historic St. Petersburg as it celebrates its 300th anniversary:

Voyage 4312 - Stockholm to Copenhagen, via Tallinn, St. Petersburg and Helsinki; 7 Days [Silver Whisper] June 5 - 12, 2003. Cruise-only fares start at $5,595 per guest, double occupancy.

Voyage 4315 - Copenhagen to Stockholm, via Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Tallinn; 7 Days [Silver Whisper] June 30 - July 7, 2003. Cruise-only fares start at $5,795 per guest, double occupancy.

Voyage 2305 - London to Copenhagen, via Amsterdam, Tallinn, St. Petersburg and Helsinki; 10 days [Silver Wind] July 5 - 15, 2003. Cruise-only fares start at $6,995 per guest, double occupancy.

Voyage 2306 - Copenhagen to London, via Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallinn and Amsterdam; 10 days [Silver Wind] July 15 - 25, 2003. Cruise-only fares start at $6,995 per guest, double occupancy.

Voyage 1323 - Copenhagen to Stockholm, via Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki and Visby; 7 Days [Silver Cloud] July 15 - 22, 2003. Cruise-only fares start at $5,395 per guest, double occupancy.

Silversea Cruises is recognized as an innovator in the luxury segment, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard intimate vessels designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. The recent launch of all-suite luxury sister ships Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper continues Silversea's award-winning service excellence and sophistication with new features and amenities aboard vessels catering to just 382 guests. For the seventh consecutive year, Silversea Cruises was named best small-ship line in the 2002 readers' survey conducted by Condé Nast Traveler magazine. For the fourth time, Silversea was selected "Number One" small-ship line in Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards 2002. 

For more information on Silversea Cruises, please contact a travel agent. For a complimentary brochure, please call (877) 215-9986 or visit

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Invites Past Passengers of Berlitz Top Cruise Lines To
 “Test Drive” SeaDream at Great Savings

COCONUT GROVE, FL - SeaDream Yacht club invites past guests of 20 highly-regarded cruise ships to “Sea Why” its ultra-luxury mega yachts, SeaDream I and II, were rated at the top of the Five-Star club of the Berlitz Ocean Cruising and Cruise Ships 2003. And, at a great savings. The list of Five-Star cruise ships the SeaDream twin yachts topped in the authoritative new Berlitz guide is listed below:

Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships 2003,
Author Douglas Ward*

These are the Top 20 Cruise Ships in the World:  

Rank Ship Score  Star Rating
1 Europa  1857 5+
2 SeaDream I  1790 5
3 SeaDream II  1790 5
4 Seabourn Legend 1786 5
5 Seabourn Pride  1785 5
6 Seabourn Spirit  1785 5
7 Crystal Symphony  1758 5
8 Silver Shadow 1757 5
9 Silver Whisper 1757 5
10 QE2 (Grill Class)  1754 5
11 Hanseatic  1740 5
12 Crystal Harmony  1725 5
13 Silver Cloud  1717 5
14 Silver Wind  1717 5
15 Sea Cloud II  1709 5
16 Hebridean Spirit 1707 5
17 Sea Cloud 1704 5
18 Seven Seas Mariner  1703 5
19 Hebridean Princess  1701 5
20 Constellation 1701 5

*Altogether, the Berlitz book rated 254 vessels.

SeaDream’s “Sea Why” tariff allows a $500 per stateroom savings off the currently applicable pricing on all 2003 sailings. This savings is combinable with the “Book Today and Save” prices which are up to 50% off the brochure pricing.

Larry Pimentel, CTC, SeaDream’s Chairman and CEO, said “The SeaDream experience is the new-kid-on-the-block in high quality, seagoing holidays. The ‘Sea Why’ program is our invitation to past passengers of well-established cruise lines that we topped in the Berlitz 2003 Five Star Club to give us a try.”

Those wishing to take advantage of SeaDream’s “Sea Why” offer for individual bookings on selected voyages must book by April 1, 2003. To qualify, SeaDream asks that the ship, voyage date and itinerary the past guests sailed be specified through their travel agent. The “Sea Why” $500 per stateroom savings is good for single as well as double occupancy bookings. Air transportation, ground transfers and government fees, handling and service charges are extra.

This “Sea Why” offer coupled with the recently announced “No Stress, No Strings, No Cancellation Penalty” provide travelers compelling reasons to select SeaDream Yacht Club for their holiday. In unsettling times such as the world is experiencing at present, the “No Stress, No Strings, No Cancellation Penalty” policy enables travelers to change or postpone their SeaDream travel plans for any reason up to the date of departure and receive 100 percent travel credit of the yacht tariff including government fees, handling and service charges. This money is applied toward a future sailing on one of the ultra-luxury mega yachts SeaDream I or II within two years of the original booking.

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Oceania Cruises Opens Reservations Department

Oceania Cruises has officially opened the inaugural season itineraries of REGATTA and INSIGNIA for bookings. Travel Agents may reach our reservations department at 800-531-5658.

Oceania Cruises has hired industry veteran Nathan Hickman as Manager, Agency Services to assist our Travel Agent Partners and National Accounts with any special needs.

Oceania Cruises will also offer one of the most competitive Group Sales policies in the industry.

  • 5 Staterooms is the group minimum
  • Guaranteed group rates
  • 1 for 15 Tour Conductor Allotment
  • Run of Ship Availability

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Royal Caribbean Accessible Seas Program Ensures Great Vacations For Guests With Special Needs
Little Touches Make a Big Difference for Guests With Disabilities

MIAMI, Jan. 27 -- Royal Caribbean International has announced a fleetwide enhancement to its industry-leading Accessible Seas program that may seem a small thing to the average cruiser, but will make a big difference for some guests with disabilities. To better meet the needs of visually impaired travelers, the company is adding Braille deck numbers to staircase handrails on each of its 16 ships in 2003.

"We've learned that it's sometimes the small things that add up to a relaxing and stress-free cruise experience for our guests with disabilities, something as simple as not having to ask passers-by what deck they are on," said Laura Amor, access specialist for Royal Caribbean. "We've looked at our ships from bow to stern to make sure that every aspect of the cruise is easy and enjoyable. Our ships offer an extensive list of amenities from larger features like automatic doors, hydraulic pool lifts and shore-side beach wheel chairs to smaller extra touches such as pull-down closet rods, Braille menus, and, now, stairwell banister deck numbers."

This latest addition is just one component of Royal Caribbean's comprehensive accessibility program, which strives to make travel more convenient and hassle-free for the nearly one in five Americans with disabilities. As a result of initiatives such as these, cruising has been cited by the Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality (SATH) as the most common way for Americans with disabilities to travel overseas.

"I've traveled extensively since becoming paralyzed and have found that cruise travel has distinct advantages," said David Rafter, an active disabled traveler and travel writer. "From the moment I embarked, Royal Caribbean's activity-packed ship and helpful staff made me feel like an active participant, rather than a passive bystander. Cruising also gives me peace of mind knowing that I'll have the same room, bed and shower to come back to at the end of each day."

Rafter offers travelers with disabilities and their loved ones the following tips to help plan a successful vacation:

* Seek out companies offering modern accessible features and accommodations (such as wheelchair lifts, gradual inclines, automatic doors, and accessible bathrooms).
* Choose a vacation that creates opportunities for guests with disabilities to actively participate in the same activities as other guests.
* Inquire if there is staff dedicated to helping both before and during the vacation, and take full advantage of their services.
* Look for destinations that offer convenient dining, activity, and entertainment options all in one place.
* Get out there! Don't let fear hold you back. With some upfront planning, travelers with disabilities can have a terrific vacation with exciting new experiences.

"For many people, when it comes to traveling, fear and apprehension of the unknown are far worse than the reality," Rafter said. "Seemingly insurmountable challenges faced by Americans with disabilities in the past have been addressed by travel industry leaders like Royal Caribbean."

Other notable accessibility features onboard Royal Caribbean's Voyager- class and Radiance-class ships include:

* Staterooms with 32- to 34-inch doors, ramped bathrooms, roll-in showers, grab bars, raised toilet seats, lowered sinks and vanity areas, and a five-foot turning radius in sleeping areas, bathrooms and sitting areas;
* Spacious corridors, pool lifts and ramps in terraced public areas; 
* Braille on menus, stateroom doors, service directories and elevators buttons;
* Portable kits for the hearing impaired including TTY (Text Telephone)/TDD (Telecommunication Device for the Deaf), Alertmaster and a strobe alarm; and 
* Closed-captioned televisions, amplified telephones in staterooms and public areas, and infrared systems.

Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand currently with 16 ships in service and three more under construction or on firm order. For more information about Royal Caribbean's disability programs, or to request an Accessible Seas brochure, contact the Access Desk at 800-722-5472, extension 4492. For additional information about the cruise line, please visit the company's Web site at or call 800-327-6700.

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"Million Dollar Golf Shootout" Held Aboard Carnival Conquest
$1 Million Hole-in-One Contest, Golf Tournament at Jamaica's Legendary White Witch Golf Club Highlight Seven-Day Caribbean Cruise aboard Carnival Conquest 

MIAMI (01/27/03) - Golfers who make a hole-in-one can win a "cool million" as part of the "Million Dollar Golf Cruise" aboard the new 2,974-passenger Carnival Conquest. The seven-day western Caribbean cruise, which features visits to Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, will sail round-trip from New Orleans Nov. 2-9, 2003. The cruise can be booked through any travel agent. 

The $1 million hole-in-one contest will serve as the finale to a day-long golf tournament at Montego Bay's legendary par-72, 6,820-yard White Witch Golf Club, located at the five-star Ritz-Carlton Hotel and considered one of the finest golf courses in the Caribbean with rolling hills, well-manicured greens and strategically placed bunkers. Four golfers will be selected for the "Million Dollar Shootout" based on a closest-to-the-pin contest held during the tournament. These golfers will then have one shot to make a hole-in-one at a designated par-3 hole at the end of the tournament. The $1 million prize will be paid out as a 40-year annuity. 

In addition to a fun-filled day of golf at Montego Bay, the cruise includes stops at Cozumel, home of the Nicklaus-designed Cozumel Country Club offering a rugged landscape carved out of the Mayan jungle, and Grand Cayman featuring the Sunrise Golf Center, a challenging par-3 course that is ideal for both beginning and advanced golfers. 

"The 'Million Dollar Golf Shootout' provides golfers the opportunity to become an 'instant millionaire' and play some of the Caribbean's most beautiful and challenging courses, while enjoying the spectacular 'resort-style' amenities of Carnival's newest and largest 'Fun Ship,'" said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. 

In addition to unforgettable golfing opportunities, guests sailing aboard Carnival Conquest will enjoy a wide range of delicious formal and casual dining options, including full-service multi-course meals in the Renoir and Monet restaurants, and breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets, 24-hour pizza and various specialty venues in the poolside Restaurant Cezanne. An upscale reservations-only supper club, The Point, is featured, as well. The 110,000-ton SuperLiner also offers full casino gambling, as well as 22 lounges, bars and nightspots, including a sports bar, wine bar, piano bar and multi-level theatre offering elaborate Vegas-style production shows. Four swimming pools -- one with a 214-foot-long water slide -- an Internet café, duty-free shopping mall, jogging track, expansive spa and children's facilities, and an outdoor recreation area with basketball and volleyball courts are also featured. 

Prices for the Million Dollar Shootout begin at $859 per person and include all meals, accommodations and entertainment, golf in Montego Bay, and round-trip transfers to and from the golf course. Golf in Cozumel and Grand Cayman is available at an additional cost. Non-golfers are also welcome to participate with prices beginning at $689 per person (golf not included). For additional information and reservations, contact Dynamic Travel & Cruises toll-free at (800) 766-2911 or visit

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Famous QE2 Scores 92 on Latest Inspection

MIAMI, Jan 27, 2003 - Cunard Line's legendary flagship Queen Elizabeth 2 received a score of 92 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vessel Sanitation Program. A satisfactory score is 86. The world famous vessel was inspected in Honolulu on Thursday, January 23. At a prior inspection in early January the CDC had identified some deficiencies that were immediately rectified by the line.

According to Pamela Conover, Cunard's president, "As the world's foremost luxury liner it is important that QE2 meets or exceeds all government standards and we will continue to do so with vigilance."

Cunard's 1,791-passenger QE2 is currently on her World Cruise, which began in New York January 5 and will end there April 23. The ship departed Honolulu on Friday for Papeete, Tahiti.

QE2 features six dining venues, several elegant bars and lounges, a European-style spa, a computer center and the largest library afloat. Other facilities include a gym, theatre, showroom, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and casino. QE2 uniquely features a florist, synagogue, children's center staffed by British nannies, pet kennel and the only shipboard branch of the famous Harrods of London. The ship's five-star Grill accommodations have recently won a prestigious maritime Oscar from the Berlitz guide to Ocean Cruising & Cruise Ships 2003. "If you occupy one of the top-level suites, with butler service and all the trimmings of finery, your experience should be nothing short of superb," states the author Douglas Ward.

Cunard Line has operated the most famous ocean liners in the world since 1840. The Cunard fleet has a classic British heritage and includes Queen Elizabeth 2 and Caronia. In December 2003, the line welcomes Queen Mary 2, the largest liner in the world, and in 2005, an as yet-unnamed new build. For information and reservations, contact a travel agent, call 1-800-7-CUNARD or visit the website

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NCL Adds Charleston To Its Expansive Homeland Cruising Program
Norwegian Majesty set to sail a series of 24 seven-day cruises

Miami, FL, Jan 24, 2003 -- The leader in roundtrip seven-day cruising from U.S. and Canadian ports has announced that it will add Charleston, South Carolina to its rapidly expanding Homeland Cruising program. Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) will redeploy Norwegian Majesty to the popular Southern city beginning Saturday, Nov 8, 2003 to sail a series of 24 seven-day cruises to the Western Caribbean calling on George Town, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Mexico and Key West, Florida. On Saturday, April 17, 2004 she will reposition to Boston with a 15-day Colonial America cruise. From Boston, she will continue her very successful summer season to Bermuda.

This full season of seven-day Caribbean cruises is the most expansive  ever offered from the Port of Charleston demonstrating the commitment of NCL to expanding Homeland Cruising into new and innovative ports throughout the US and Canada. By offering these new cruises out of Charleston, NCL can cater to drive markets in nearby cities such as Greenville and Columbia, South Carolina; Asheville, Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte, North Carolina; and Atlanta, Augusta and Savannah, Georgia.

With the addition of Charleston, NCL's popular Homeland Cruising program expands to 13 ports from which cruisers can go Freestyle Cruising. NCL ships sail on roundtrip itineraries seasonally from Baltimore, Boston, Charleston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Orlando (Port Canaveral), San Juan, Seattle and Vancouver, and year round from New York, Miami, Houston and Honolulu.

"Our Homeland Cruising program keeps growing because it has really struck a chord with our travel partners and their clients," said Colin Veitch, chief executive officer and president of Norwegian Cruise Line. "Charleston is a vibrant, beautiful city and an ideal location on the East Coast for Norwegian Majesty, a favorite with NCL passengers."

"The Port of Charleston is excited about the opportunity to serve the Norwegian  Majesty and the passengers that she will attract to ourcity," said Bernard S. Groseclose, Jr., president & CEO of South Carolina State Ports Authority. "Charleston is a world-class city and will be a perfect fit with NCL, which is clearly a world-class cruise line. NCL's commitment to Charleston is a welcome boost to the Charleston economy."

Following is Norwegian Majesty's new itinerary:
Sat. Charleston, South Carolina, depart 4:00pm
Sun. At Sea
Mon. At Sea
Tue. George Town, Grand Cayman, 7:00am to 3:00pm 
Wed. Cozumel, Mexico, 10:00am to 6:00pm
Thur. Key West, Florida, 3:00pm to 10:00pm
Fri. At Sea
Sat. Charleston, South Carolina, arrive 8:00am

The 1,462-passenger Norwegian Majesty is one of NCL's 10 Freestyle Cruising ships and features six restaurants, The Palace Theatre, the Monte Carlo Casino, an Internet Café, Body Waves spa and fitness center, and the Kids Korner children's center.

For further information on NCL, contact a travel agent or NCL in the U.S. and Canada at (800) 327-7030; in Miami-Dade County, Florida, (305) 436-0866; visit NCL’s web site at

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Norwegian Dawn To Sail Year-Round Out Of New York
New Ship's Tremendous Reception in the Big Apple Drives Change

MIAMI Jan 23, 2003 -- Last month in New York, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) debuted its newest Freestyle Cruising ship, Norwegian Dawn, to more than 5,000 travel agents during its star-studded inaugural events. The ship featured many firsts for the industry and NCL, including original artwork by 19th and 20th Century Masters Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, a 1930s style steak house (an NCL first) and a groundbreaking itinerary from New York City to the Bahamas and Florida. Today, the company announced another first in the industry - it will base a ship from New York year-round. The ship will be the line's newest and biggest, Norwegian Dawn.

According to President and CEO Colin Veitch, NCL made the unprecedented change for several reasons including the tremendous response Norwegian Dawn received from travel agents and media in New York in December.

"We knew this ship would generate excitement after the successful launch of her sister ship Norwegian Star last year, but the response has been incredible," Veitch said. "Our travel agent partners are clamoring to have a brand new ship out of New York year round and we are listening to them!

"NCL listened two years ago when New York travel agents asked us to bring a ship to New York sailing to the Bahamas. Although we hesitated, knowing we could only call on two ports on a 7-day itinerary, we made the move anyway and Norwegian Sea was extremely successful. With the brand new Norwegian Dawn and her innovative four-port itinerary we expect to be even more successful year round out of New York. "

With Norwegian Dawn's speed of 25 knots, the ship can sail on seven-day roundtrip cruises out of New York calling on four ports in the Bahamas and Florida. And with her great speed she can leave the brisk weather of New York on Sundays and guests can wake up to sunshine and warm weather the next morning.

NCL has enhanced Norwegian Dawn's itinerary by calling in Orlando (Port Canaveral) first, giving passengers a 15-hour day to enjoy the area's theme parks and attractions. The ship then calls in Miami, Nassau and NCL's private island Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas allowing passengers a full day in each port of call.

After her winter season in Miami, Norwegian Dawn will begin her innovative New York itinerary of seven-day sailings on May 18, 2003 and make New York her permanent home.

Norwegian Dawn-perfectly suited for New York
Norwegian Dawn, NCL's largest ship accommodating 2,224 guests and 1,112 crew, offers a plethora of amenities that New Yorkers and non-New Yorkers will love. The ship has 10 restaurants; spacious staterooms and suites; unparalleled original art; high-energy entertainment; a state-of-the-art fitness center and spa; the largest children's complex sailing from New York; a Las Vegas-style casino; and an Internet café and Wi Fi.

Like her sister ship Norwegian Star, Norwegian Dawn has more dining options than any other ship in the world, with the flexibility of 10 different restaurants and 11 different menus every night. Guests can choose from three main and seven alternative restaurants offering an unrivaled array of cuisine including French Mediterranean, Italian, Thai/Japanese/Chinese in Bamboo, Norwegian Dawn's Asian complex also featuring a sushi bar and Teppanyaki table, and traditional American fare as well as Certified Angus Beef in Cagney's the ship's 1930s steakhouse.

Norwegian Dawn also features NCL's new standards in cabins, with rich cherry wood finishing, refrigerators, tea and coffee makers in every room, and a much larger bathroom unit than other ships. Seventy percent of cabins are outside staterooms and over 70 percent of these have balconies. The ship also offers a large number of cabins (including suites and mini-suites) that can interconnect to create a two, three, four or five bedroom area suitable for small or large families. The ship also boasts the largest suites at sea with its Garden Villas, positioned atop the vessel with each encompassing an unprecedented 5,350 square feet of living space.

Most new ships boast a multi-million dollar art collection. On Norwegian Dawn, however, a single restaurant features four original works valued at more than the entire collection of most other ships. In NCL's signature Le Bistro restaurant four original oil paintings by Impressionists - masters Pierre-August Renoir, Henri Matisse, Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet are displayed. Elsewhere on the ship guests enjoy a collection of original Pop Art featuring original signed works by Andy Warhol. The artwork is on loan from Star Cruises Chairman Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay's personal collection.

The artwork extends to the outside with images depicting the ship's innovative itinerary, running on both sides of the hull with the starboard side featuring dolphins playing in Technicolor waves signifying its Miami port of call and the port side featuring NYC's leading lady--the Statue of Liberty, signifying the ship's groundbreaking itinerary from the port of New York.

Guests aboard Norwegian Dawn experience a variety of entertainment ranging from an authentic Miami South Beach Rave! to the sensual sights and sounds of India's Bollywood to the memorable Broadway standards penned by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, with whom NCL has an exclusive entertainment agreement.

Norwegian Dawn also offers plenty of opportunities for those passengers who wish to work off any unwanted pounds. The Sports Deck contains a basketball, volleyball and soccer court, while a two-deck fitness and spa center boasts state-of-the-art cardiovascular workout equipment, aerobic and yoga area with a sprung wooden floor, steam and sauna rooms, a jet-current exercise pool, an indoor lap pool, whirlpool and  hydrotherapy pool.

Hawaiian-based Mandara Spa, the world's leading operator of landside resort spas, pampers NCL guests with an exotic menu of spa and beauty treatments combining the best of East and West.

Norwegian Dawn is particularly family-friendly offering one of the biggest facilities for kids -- almost 5,500 square feet. The ship features the T-Rex Childcare Center, a supervised facility for children which includes: a jungle gym; a playroom; a movie theater; a computer learning center; an arts and crafts area; and a sleeping area. Another highlight is the Jurassic-themed children's pool featuring water slides, a hot tub and a paddling/wading pool.

The casino aboard Norwegian Dawn has a variety of table games and slot machines including Roulette, Blackjack, Craps, Let It Ride and Caribbean Stud Poker.

Norwegian Dawn also provides remote wireless Internet access (also known as Wi Fi) to guests, in addition to its Internet Café, 24-hours a day, wherever the ship is located. Guests who bring their personal laptops onboard can get a wireless network card and will have the ability to access the Internet and their email in designated locations throughout the ship. Installing Wi Fi software is simple, requiring no reconfiguration of the guest's computer and taking up no hard-drive space once the guest leaves the ship. Laptops are also available for rent at Norwegian Dawn's Internet Café.

Norwegian Cruise Line's Commitment to New York
NCL has spent the last few months spreading the news that Norwegian Dawn is coming to New York through a series of high profile partnerships and promotions with well-known artistic, cultural, retail and sporting names in the city. The company also created an NCL Loves NY umbrella theme that is being weaved throughout the campaign.

NCL has partnered with the New York Giants and the New York Philharmonic as the organizations' preferred cruise lines. The company also developed promotions with Macy's, Bloomingdale's and Pathmark Grocery Stores, a New York-based chain with 114 stores. In December, NCL employees donated toys for the New York City Toys for Tots. In addition, the company launched a new, multi-million dollar television advertising campaign to the New York area market on January 6, 2003 to promote Norwegian Dawn. Three 30-second commercials are running through March 16, 2003 on a selection of high profile primetime programs as well as early and late news shows on ABC, CBS and NBC plus the Weather Channel, Discovery Channel, A & E, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC and History Channel.

"We're extremely excited about the New York market and are committed to supporting it not only through tourism but through partnerships with its arts, sports, retail establishments and children's charities. We look forward to establishing even more partnerships as NCL becomes more permanently connected with New York by having a ship deployed there full-time," Veitch added.

For further information on NCL, contact a travel agent or NCL in the U.S. and Canada at (800) 327-7030; in Miami-Dade County, Florida, (305) 436-0866; visit NCL’s web site at

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Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises Offer Expanded
Cruisetour Options in Alaska for 2003

From Longer Stays in Denali to Explorations on the Kenai Peninsula, Cruise and Land Package Pairings Hold Something for Everyone

MIAMI, Jan. 23 -- From scenic drives deep into Denali National Park to riding the rails through the wilderness in the world's most luxurious glass-domed railcars, Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises' proprietary cruisetour packages offer guests a way to experience the best of Alaska beyond the coastline. And with 20 different itineraries to choose from, there is something to suit any interest. The cruisetours pair seven-night Royal Caribbean Gulf of Alaska cruises on Legend of the Seas or seven-night Celebrity Cruises Glacier cruises on Summit with fully escorted land packages ranging from two to six nights. Packages visit diverse destinations including Homer, Seward, Alyeska, Anchorage, Talkeetna, Denali National Park and Fairbanks. The land packages are offered both before and after the cruises, giving guests even greater flexibility to design their ideal Alaska vacation.

In addition, the cruise lines offer seven different Canadian Rockies cruisetours, in conjunction with seven-night Inside Passage voyages on Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas or Vision of the Seas and Celebrity Cruises' Mercury or Infinity. Guests can enjoy four-, five- or six-night land packages through the breathtaking Canadian Rockies with visits to Calgary, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, Kamloops and Vancouver.

2003 Alaska Cruisetours Highlights
Here are just some of the highlights of Royal Caribbean & Celebrity Cruises' 2003 Alaska cruisetour offerings:
    *  Denali National Park -- With six million acres of wilderness, it's no surprise that Denali National Park is a top draw for visitors to Alaska. Sixteen of Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises' land packages offer at least one night in the park. Of these, four itineraries offer two nights and include a seven-hour Tundra Wilderness Tour through the park hosted by an experienced guide to help guests search for native        wildlife including caribou, moose, sheep, wolf and bears. Another new package for 2003 offers three nights in Denali and visits the historic mining community of Kantishna, deep in the park. During free time in Denali, guests can choose from an array of optional activities including heli-hiking, flightseeing with glacier landings, river rafting, or a tour to Goose Lake Kennel where they can learn about homesteading in Alaska and the life of an Iditarod musher.
    *  Kenai Peninsula -- Far less traveled by tour operators, the Kenai Peninsula is home to the charming towns of Seward and Homer, Kenai Fjords National Park, and Exit Glacier -- one of the few glaciers visitors can reach by foot. Cruisetours to the Kenai Peninsula include a wildlife cruise on Resurrection Bay, where guests can keep an eye out for bald eagles, seals, puffin, sea otters, stellar sea lions and even Orca and Humpback whales. In Homer, known as the Halibut Fishing Capital of the World, guests are free to fish, kayak or take advantage of complimentary admission to the Pratt Museum, which focuses on the natural and cultural history of the Kenai Peninsula.
    *  Wilderness Express(SM) -- On select cruisetours, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises guests travel in comfort and beauty on the world's most luxurious glass-domed traincars. The interiors of the Wilderness Express were designed by the companies' ship designers, bringing the comfort, luxury and feel of the cruise experience to the railways. All seats can be turned to ensure guests ride forward, if desired, or can be arranged into cozy seating groups for parties who want to enjoy the experience together. The traincars also have full dome-level wheelchair access.
    *  Deluxe Motorcoaches -- Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises' fleet of deluxe motorcoaches travel comfortably along Alaska's awe-inspiring highways. A third of the buses are equipped with lifts to meet the needs of wheelchair guests.

2003 Canadian Rockies Cruisetour Highlights

Here are some of the highlights of Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises' 2003 Canadian Rockies cruisetour offerings:
    *  Scenic Train Travel -- Each cruisetour package includes two days of spectacular scenery while traveling onboard the Rocky Mountaineer railway. Guests travel on a 100-year-old route that passes through up to seven mountain ranges and dozens of bridges and tunnels, numerous waterfalls, lakes and rivers. Onboard, guests can settle back in roomy reclining seats as they enjoy the famous RedLeaf Service including complimentary snacks, beverages and a delicious breakfast and lunch.
    *  Luxurious Hotels -- After a day of exploring, guests can relax in some of the most spectacular hotels in the region including Chateau Lake Louise, the Banff Springs Hotel, Rimrock Resort, the Jasper Park Lodge and Calgary's Palliser Hotel. 
    *  Exciting Activities -- All cruisetours include a variety of activities such as the Banff Gondola, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and hiking trails for the adventurous. Guests visiting Jasper experience a Snocoach ride on the Athabasca Glacier, and all packages enjoy the Two River Junction Dinner and Musical Review in Kamloops.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is a global cruise vacation company that operates Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises, with a combined total of 25 ships in service and three under construction or on firm order. The company also offers unique land-tour vacations in Alaska, Canada and Europe through its cruisetour division. Additional information can be found by contacting your travel professional.

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Sotheby's and Crystal Cruises Form Stimulating Alliance at Sea

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 22 -- From the palaces of Imperial Russia to the English influence on American furniture, world-renowned Sotheby's Institute will bring antiquities to life during compelling at-sea lectures on seven Crystal Cruises voyages in 2003.

On selected itineraries, experts will illuminate the culture of destinations visited, such as the glory of Irish cut glass, the palaces of Imperial Russia, and the distinctive architecture of South Carolina on voyages to Waterford, St. Petersburg and Charleston, respectively, and provide an unmatched historical perspective into the world of jewelry, wine, art and design on other voyages planned by the award-winning line.

"Like Crystal, Sotheby's is renowned for its sophisticated and well-traveled clientele who seek rewarding, enriching experiences," says Adam Leavitt, Crystal's senior vice president, marketing. "Our alliance with Sotheby's now adds an entirely new educational component to the travel experience that our guests will enjoy."

Esteemed lecturers--Daniela Mascetti, one of Sotheby's most experienced scholars specializing in the history of jewelry; Jane Gardiner, a specialist in early European ceramics and glass; Raymond Notely, a specialist in design history as well as the history of glass and ceramics; Adriana Turpin, a specialist in late 17th century furniture; and Tom Savage, vice president and director of Sotheby's Institute of Art for North and South America--will inspire guests with a wide-range of topics on the following cruises:

* Beijing to Hong Kong with calls in Qingdao, Shanghai, Nagasaki and Taipei, March 31, 12 days aboard Crystal Harmony plus an included three-day Beijing land program, from $4,245 -- Lecturer: Mascetti. "The Glitter and Glamour of Belle Epoque Jewels," "The Exotic and Colorful Jewels of the Roaring Twenties," "From the Bold, Sculptural Jewels of the 1940s to the Elegant Sophistication of 1950s Diamond Creations." 
* London to Amsterdam with calls in Waterford, Bordeaux, Honfleur, Guernsey (St. Peter Port), Ghent, May 27, 10 days aboard Crystal Symphony, from $3,815 -- Lecturer: Gardiner. "The Glory of Irish Cut Glass," "A Pictorial History of Wine Making," "Dutch Art in the Seventeenth Century." 
* Amsterdam to London with calls in Stockholm, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki and Copenhagen, June 6, 11 days aboard Crystal Symphony, from $5,035 -- Lecturer: Notely. "Past and Present Delights of Swedish, Danish and Finnish Approaches to Design," "The Palaces and Pleasures of Imperial Russia," "Faberge: Master of Magnificence." 
* Venice to Rome with calls in Dubrovnik, Taormina, Sorrento, Cagliari, Cannes, St. Tropez, August 14, 12 days aboard Crystal Serenity, from $5,995 -- Lecturer: Mascetti. "Art Nouveau and Art Deco Jewels in Paris and New York," "1940-2000: Six Decades of Jewelry," "Quintessentially American: Verdura and Schlumberger, Two of the Most Important Jewelry Designers of All Time." 
* Rome to Athens with calls in Taormina, Santorini, Yalta, Odessa, Varna and Istanbul, August 26, 12 days aboard Crystal Serenity, from $5,790 -- Lecturer: Notely. "Great Palaces of Imperial Rome," "Harem! Scarem! Victorian Visions of Orientalism," "Gongs, Glass and Goulash." 
* New York to Montreal
with calls in Martha's Vineyard, Boston, Bar Harbor, Halifax, Quebec and Montreal, September 26, 11 days aboard Crystal Symphony, from $4,425 -- Lecturer: Turpin. "English Furniture and Interiors," "Regency Design and its Influence on American Furniture." 
* Montreal to Fort Lauderdale with calls in Quebec, Halifax, Bar Harbor, New York, Norfolk and Charleston, October 7, 12 days aboard Crystal Symphony, from $4,435 -- Lecturer: Savage. "High Life in the Low Country: Great Houses and Collections of Charleston, South Carolina," "In Pursuit of Refinement: Charlestonians Abroad, 1740-1860," "Great Houses and Collections of Tidewater Virginia."

The alliance with Sotheby's Institute enhances the Crystal Visions Enrichment Program, an onboard program dedicated to providing guests with some of the world's leading lecturers and entertainers. As part of Crystal's enrichment series on every sailing, the Sotheby's presentations will be in addition to existing lecture programs on geography, culinary arts, history, politics and medical discoveries.

The 50,000 ton, 940-guest sister ships, Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony, are two of the most spacious and luxurious vessels cruising the world. Their unique size in the luxury market allows for smooth sailing and a wide range of innovative facilities, generous amenities and elegant accommodations. The Six-Star rated liners feature pampering refinements such as grand lounges, a lavish spa adhering to the principles of Feng Shui, and exquisitely-appointed staterooms, more than half of which offer private verandahs. Coupled with these luxurious appointments are expansive decks, two pools, a full-service fitness facility, Computer University@Sea, Crystal Cruises' award-winning cuisine and entertainment plus the only Caesars Palace at Sea Casino.

The 68,000 ton, 1,080-guest Crystal Serenity will feature an even greater space-per-guest ratio than her sister ships. Plans include expanded areas for spa services and other athletic, cultural and intellectual pursuits. Within a range of luxury accommodations, the line will increase its number of penthouses and enlarge its deluxe staterooms with verandahs. Approximately 85% of its all outside staterooms and suites will offer private verandahs.

Crystal Cruises is booked exclusively through professional travel agents. For a complimentary 2003 Cruise Atlas call 800.820.6663. Visit the luxury liner's web site at

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Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises Expand Offerings on CocoCay
$20 Million Invested in Additions to Cruise Lines' Private Island

MIAMI, Jan. 22 - Located in the Bahamas' Berry Islands chain, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises' 140-acre private island of CocoCay is an exclusive playground for the cruise lines' guests. Now, a trip to CocoCay offers even more activities and amenities to enjoy thanks to a $20 million investment in renovations and additions.

"A trip to a private island always ranks among our guests' favorite experiences," said Maria Sastre, vice president, Fleet Guest Services, for Royal Caribbean. "When else do you have a chance to have a Caribbean island virtually to yourself? Especially one that offers so much to do, see and explore. CocoCay offers guests a fun-filled day away from it all."

From new snorkeling and scuba diving facilities and expanded docks to additional restaurants, bars and shops, the renovations touched all areas of the island.

The new Snorkel Shack makes signing up, and gearing up, for one of CocoCay's underwater adventures easier and more convenient. With equipment from the Snorkel Shack, guests can check out the sunken plane wreck, explore the coral reef or attend a fish-feeding frenzy. For deeper explorations, the Diver's Den offers certified divers an opportunity to experience the crystal- clear waters of the Bahamas on a one-tank, shallow-water beach dive that takes them to 40 feet below, where a PADI scuba instructor will help identify the varied marine life and coral formations.

Guests looking to pick up the pace can stop by the new Wave Hut to get outfitted with their own WaveRunner(R) and head out on a guided, 50-minute, wet and wild adventure. Highlights include Great Stirrup Cay Lighthouse, Slaughter Harbor, Star Fish Alley and the abandoned island community of Cistern Cay. And to be sure not to miss out on these exciting snorkel, scuba and WaveRunner adventures, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity guests can sign up for shore excursions before they leave home on the lines' Web sites and

Back on land, guests can explore the island's attractions on the new three-mile-long Nature Trail. The trail cuts through lush areas along the north and south shorelines of the island. Guests who prefer to combine their strolling with shopping can get back to civilization Caribbean-style at the Straw Market, a re-creation of a Bahamian village complete with cottages and artisan huts. Local artists showcase a bounty of crafts and memorabilia, while hair braiders offer new "dos" in six new, hair-braiding tiki huts.

No island paradise would be complete without abundant food and drink. Black Beard's Grille, the island's central food facility, offers a beach barbecue at no extra costs to guests. For liquid refreshments, Junkanoo Jacks, Stir-it-up and On the Rocks are three new bars serving a wide array of drinks perfect for sipping in the Caribbean sun.

Additional renovations to the island were designed with guests' comfort and safety in mind. These include new dining shelters, specialty seating areas and trellises to offer shady sanctuaries; new and renovated restrooms; and a new building for the First Aid station and full-time nurse.

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Best Ship & Number One in Foodservice Top an Array of Honors

MIAMI, Jan 21, 2003 - Two years of continuous innovation and investment in the onboard product is keeping the all-suite Yachts of Seabourn ahead of the pack. The intimate, ultra luxury ships continue to rack up awards for the exceptional cuisine, superb service and indulgent amenities they offer their pampered guests.

Seabourn Spirit tops the list of 71 ships in a survey of "The Best Cruise Ships in the World" published in the February, 2003 issue of Condé Nast Traveler magazine. The ship scored an overall rating of 95.1 and a perfect score of 100 for service, as rated by subscribers in the magazine's recent annual readers' poll. Spirit's identical sisters, Seabourn Pride and Legend, were also highly rated, with especially high marks for service and cuisine.

"The Yachts of Seabourn have always been ranked among the finest ships in the world by critics, experts and readers' polls. These awards show that they are still getting better and better," said Richard Meadows, Seabourn's senior vice president of sales and marketing. "The most important scores, of course, are the ones our guests give the ships while they are on board, which consistently average well above nine out of ten for all three ships, and the number of guests who come back again and again, which is well above 50 percent," he added.

Elsewhere, the new menus designed by renowned chef Charlie Palmer for The Yachts of Seabourn won the 2003 Diamond Award in the Foodservice category at the 17th Annual Onboard Services Magazine Awards. The first place award, which acknowledges the most outstanding innovation or achievement in onboard cuisine, was presented to honor Seabourn and Charlie Palmer, who in 2002 successfully created and introduced a menu of over 200 original, contemporary dishes, designed by Palmer to be served at dinners in the line's elegant open-seating Restaurants.

"We are gratified to have this recognition of the extraordinary accomplishment by Charlie and our onboard team this year, " said Meadows. "We look forward to continuing to expand Charlie's menus on board the Yachts of Seabourn as we enter the next phase of our partnership."

Having completed the dinner menus for the ships' Restaurants, Palmer is now turning his attention to the cuisine served in the casual indoor/outdoor Veranda Café aboard each Seabourn Yacht. These popular alternative dining venues, which were extensively refurbished recently, will be offering bistro-style dinners nightly in addition to daily buffet breakfast and luncheon service.

The company was also awarded three other prizes. The line's innovative Massage Moments, provided free to guests as they enjoy the sun on deck, won the Emerald Award in the Onboard Service category. Another Emerald Award was presented in the Amenities category for Seabourn's ultra-indulgent Pure Pampering program of luxurious Molton Brown beauty and well-being preparations and therapeutic bathing experiences. The third Emerald Award, in the Entertainment category, acknowledged the line for its popular "Movies Under the Stars" evenings on deck.

All three Seabourn Yachts were given multi-million dollar refurbishments during routine maintenance periods at year's end.  Aside from the redecoration of the Veranda Cafés, each ship's gym was doubled in size; a new onboard shop was installed and all guest suite bathrooms were overhauled. A famous Bose Wave stereo radio and CD player was installed in each suite, and a library of music and unabridged best-selling books on CDs was placed on board for the guests' enjoyment.

The Yachts of Seabourn will sail cruises of seven to 14 days in Europe during the spring, summer and autumn of 2003. Special Guarantee Rates from $2,795 per person, double are available on a selection of European cruises. For details, consult your travel agent, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit

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Ship Resumes Popular Texaribbean Cruises in November 2003

Miami, FL -- Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) announced that Norwegian Sea will undergo a multi-million dollar refurbishment project this month as it enters dry dock in Grand Bahama. Enhancements range from the addition of a new restaurant, new carpet, granite floors and countertops to wood floors and new upholstery added to various public rooms on the ship.

Built in 1988, the 1,518-guest Norwegian Sea will be the only cruise ship sailing year round from the Port of Houston in November when she will offer weekly “Texaribbean” cruises to four exotic Western Caribbean ports including Cozumel and Cancun, Mexico; Roatan, Honduras; and Belize City, Belize. NCL is the only major cruise line sailing from Houston rather than Galveston and the only one offering four Caribbean ports from Texas.

Norwegian Sea is a very popular ship with new and repeat guests,” said Andy Stuart, senior vice president marketing and sales for NCL. “Our travel partners and passengers will love the new look of Norwegian Sea with her rich colors and vibrant public rooms.”

After her dry dock, which began yesterday on January 16, Norwegian Sea will resume service on January 30th in Miami where she will sail to the Caribbean before she begins her summer season sailing to Bermuda out of New York.

Dramatic changes for Norwegian Sea
NCL is adding a fifth restaurant to Norwegian Sea called The Pasta Café. The restaurant, to be decorated in burgundy and peach colors, will serve traditional Italian fare and seat 40 guests.

Gatsby’s Wine Bar will undergo a dramatic change from its current black and white treatment to a more romantic room with vibrant reds and greens. NCL is installing new wood paneling as well as new Scandinavian designed chairs and tables in this intimate spot on Deck 10. Audiences will enjoy spectacular Broadway-style shows in the newly refurbished Stardust Lounge, which will feature a rich burgundy and gold theme with new carpet, drapes and new upholstery for banquettes, chairs and bar stools.
Le Bistro, NCL’ signature restaurant, will be transformed with new colors including classic golds and greens and new carpet, draperies and upholstery.

Other enhancements include:

  • The Pool Deck will be sanded and refinished as well as the addition of new deck carpeting and “teak-deck” around the pool;
  • Seven Seas Restaurant will be transformed with tranquil blues and greens. The restaurant will also receive new chairs, carpet, wall coverings and granite floors;
  • Four Seasons Restaurant will receive new carpet, teak woods, wall coverings, upholstery and drapes in beautiful golds and teals;
  • Reception and shore excursion areas will receive granite countertops and floors and new carpet;
  • Stair towers, landings and corridors on all decks will receive new carpet, chairs and drapes;
  • The Big Apple Café will receive new ceramic tiles and wood floors;
  • Oscar’s Piano Bar will receive new carpet and upholstery;
  • Monte Carlo Casino will receive new carpet;
  • The Cabaret Lounge and Boomers Disco will receive new carpet and draperies and re-upholstered seat banquettes;
  • The Butterfly Card Room/Library will also receive new carpet, wall coverings and draperies;
  • Norwegian Sea’s four suites will be completely redecorated with new carpet, new draperies and new chairs.

Norwegian Sea offers a variety of dining options to whet any appetite including two main restaurants, NCL’s signature Le Bistro restaurant, the Big Apple Café, The Pasta Café and Lickety Splits ice cream parlor.

Two years ago, NCL added an Internet Café to Norwegian Sea. In keeping with today’s technology trend, Norwegian Sea guests can now stay connected with wireless access or Wi Fi. They can check e-mail, send messages and get work done at their leisure without having to be ‘wired’ to their cabin 24-hours a day, wherever the ship is located. Among Norwegian Sea’s many features are the Cabaret Lounge, the Stardust Lounge, Boomers Disco and the Monte Carlo Casino. Junior cruisers have their own playroom, “The Porthole,” for NCL’s “Kids Crew” activities, and guests of all ages can enjoy the Norwegian Sea’s spacious pool deck, spa and 24-hour fitness area.

For further information on NCL, contact a travel agent or NCL in the U.S. and Canada at (800) 327-7030; in Miami-Dade County, Florida, (305) 436-0866; visit NCL’s web site at

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Miami - Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has introduced its 2003-2004 Homeland Cruising brochure, the largest, most comprehensive cruise brochure in company history. Highlighting NCL’s roundtrip departures from 12 U.S. and Canadian ports, the colorful 192-page directory is the definitive guide to NCL’s breakthrough Homeland Cruising concept, and features complete details on the company’s fleet expansion and convenient new itineraries departing from Baltimore, Houston and New Orleans. In all, NCL is offering 68 Freestyle Cruising voyages to Alaska, Bermuda, Canada & New England, the Caribbean and Bahamas and Hawaii in 2003 –2004.

NCL, which offers regularly scheduled round-trip cruises from more U.S. and Canadian ports than any other cruise line, recently expanded its popular Homeland Cruising program, announcing the transfer of Crown Odyssey from the NCL Group’s Orient Lines brand to the NCL brand in the fall of 2003. With Crown Odyssey’s transfer, NCL ships will sail on seasonal roundtrip itineraries departing from Baltimore, Boston, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Orlando (Port Canaveral), San Juan, Seattle and Vancouver, and year-around sailings from Miami, Houston and Honolulu.
With the expansion, NCL is the leader in some of the most popular cruise destinations including:

  • The leading cruise line in Hawaii
  • The leading cruise line in the Northeast
  • The leading cruise line in Alaska’s Inside Passage
  • The leading cruise line sailing from Seattle to Alaska
  • The leading cruise line in Bermuda

We’re proud to introduce the largest brochure in our history, which appropriately focuses on our innovative Homeland Cruising program,” said Andy Stuart, senior vice president of marketing and sales for NCL. “NCL was the first line to popularize close-to-home departures in late 2001 when we introduced Homeland Cruising. Today, roundtrip departures from close-to-home ports have become the preferred method of cruise vacationing for millions of travelers in the U.S. and Canada. We’ve brought the ships to vacationers instead of asking them to fly across the country to get to the ships, and they've responded.”

New Homeland Cruising Ports
NCL’s newest Homeland Cruising ports are highlighted by the company’s first-ever regular departures from Baltimore and New Orleans and NCL’s return to Houston, where the company pioneered Texas-based cruising in 1997. 

NCL’s Homeland Cruising 2003-2004 brochure also offers complete information on NCL’s fascinating ports of call in Alaska, Bermuda, Canada & New England, the Caribbean and Hawaii, plus NCL’s nine Freestyle Cruising ships, including the new 2,224-passenger Norwegian Dawn, the recently introduced sister vessel to NCL’s Norwegian Star. NCL’s innovative Freestyle Cruising concept does away with fixed restaurant seatings, standardized meal times and restrictive dress codes that are the norm on other cruise lines, and instead offers guests a resort-style experience where they can do what they want, wear what they want and dine where they want.

In addition to its exciting Homeland Cruising voyages, NCL will offer seasonal sailings to the Mediterranean, Western Europe, Russia and Scandinavia; the Panama Canal and Colonial America (including Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.; Norfolk, Va. and Charleston, S.C.) during 2003-2004.

Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line is an international cruise company and industry innovator that currently operates a fleet of 10 ships sailing to more than 140 ports around the world. For further information on NCL, contact a travel agent or NCL in the U.S. and Canada at (800) 327-7030; in Miami-Dade County, Florida, (305) 436-0866; visit NCL’s web site at

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Get the Shirt off George Clooney's Back; Celebrity Cruises and eBay Have the Next Best Thing

MIAMI, Jan. 20 -- First came the sock puppet. Now, the Celebrity Cruises T-shirt has become a wildly popular advertising icon. Log onto eBay this week to place your bid on one of these fashion-forward Ts signed by celebrities, including the entire cast of "Friends," as well as Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Bacon and many more. Not your average cotton T, the Celebrity shirt has a trendy, form-fitting design and is emblazoned simply with the word "celebrity" in blue.

Since the introduction of the shirts in Celebrity Cruises' ad campaign, the line's Reservations department has received countless calls from consumers asking where they can buy one. Now, superstars and eBay have joined the craze, in a philanthropic auction featuring autographed Celebrity T-shirts.

"We had no idea that a T-shirt could create such a frenzy," said Steve Hancock, senior vice president of Marketing for Celebrity Cruises, "And we're thrilled that our shirts can be used so creatively to help so many worthy causes."

Celebrities like comedian Steve Martin, the cast of "X-Men 2" and hockey great Wayne Gretzky have signed and, in some cases, added personal designs to the shirts being auctioned on eBay. Other celebrities are rewarding bidders with more than just a signature: Jason Alexander, Kevin Bacon, Rhea Perlman and Jay Leno drew caricatures of themselves, while Dennis Franz drew an "NYPD" character. Susan Lucci recreated homes in the colorful neighborhood from her daytime hit show, "All My Children," and Jackie Chan stamped his own handprints in sparkling paint on the T-shirt.

The bidding for the Celebrity T-shirts will begin at $1 each, with proceeds benefiting a variety of worthy causes, including the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the Starlight Children's Foundation, the Race to Erase MS, the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, and more. To see the shirts, visit from January 20-30. 

The highest-rated premium cruise line in the industry, Celebrity Cruises' nine-ship fleet is the youngest of any major cruise line. Celebrity sails in Alaska, Bermuda, California, the Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, the Mexican Riviera, the Panama Canal and South America. For more information on Celebrity Cruises and the ad campaign that launched it all, visit

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Seattle, WA, Jan 17, 2003 - In response to a request from the US Coast Guard, the ms Statendam altered its course on its current sailing towards Hawaii. The US Coast Guard received a distress signal from a sailboat and requested that the Statendam alter its course to assist the 45-foot private yacht, Enchantment.

The ms Statendam sailed directly to the vessel in distress and rescued three male passengers from the sailboat while in 25-foot seas. The private yacht was taking on water and had injured passengers on board. All three passengers were safely transferred to the Statendam without incident.

"We are extremely proud of the seamanship of the officers and crew of the ms Statendam," said Stein Kruse, senior vice president, fleet operations, Holland America Line. "We have the finest sailors at sea and this highly successful rescue operation demonstrates their skills.

"The three gentlemen are in good spirits and are being treated by our on-board medical team," Kruse continued. "They will sail with the ship to Honolulu."

The 720-foot ms Statendam, a luxury cruise liner, carries 1,258 passengers and 560 crew.

The Enchantment, registered in Newport, California was on her maiden voyage from California to Honolulu.

Given the ship's deviation, the Statendam will alter its itinerary, arriving now first in Honolulu on Monday, Jan. 20.

The US Coast Guard sent an airplane to the scene that monitored the vessel until the Statendam arrived.

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Gimme a Break! Survey Shows Parents Want Romantic Escape

MIAMI, Jan 16, 2003 - A recent survey conducted for Celebrity Cruises found that nearly 90 percent of parents surveyed would be interested in taking a romantic vacation - without their children. Although 50 percent have never vacationed without kids, 66 percent of parents believe that time away from their kids makes the time with them even better. 

The survey polled 1,000 U.S. parents with children ranging from newborns to teens to find out what appeals to them the most about vacationing without the kids. While sleeping late rated high (17 percent), and 37 percent of parents said they couldn't wait to be free of responsibilities, having time alone with their partner won by a landslide. An overwhelming 77 percent of those surveyed stressed the importance of time for romance, saying that among the perfect vacation ingredients would be "a cruise," along with cash. 

"Not surprisingly, cruises ranked as a top choice for a getaway; they offer everything a parent could want, from privacy to fine dining to activities with other adults," said Celebrity Cruises Senior Vice President of Marketing Steven Hancock. Aside from costs, parents surveyed said the biggest challenge in planning a vacation is finding time and securing child care. Other parents expressed concern about finding someone to care for their pets. All the parents surveyed agreed on what they want to do on their child-free vacation: relax. More than half said they would like to enjoy fine food and wine, and lounge by the pool. Others said they would take time to see a show, go dancing and just curl up with a good book.

With only 9.4 percent of parents surveyed interested in using their time to exercise, it's clear that most are in need of a break. And while some kids would be disappointed to see their parents go, almost half of the parents said their kids would be indifferent or thrilled to see them go. In response to parents' need to spend romantic time together, away from their children, Celebrity Cruises in 2002 introduced Celebrity Escape[SM] sailings, premium cruise vacations for adults only. And due to guest demand, Celebrity presents four more "Escape" sailings this year, in the Caribbean, Alaska, and Mexican Riviera. With special amenities including extended hours in the exotic AquaSpa[SM] by Elemis, late-night adult comedy shows, professional dance instruction, romantic films in the cinemas, and wine tastings, Celebrity's Escape program provides adults the chance to be a "grown-up" again. Prices for Celebrity's February 23 "Escape" to the Eastern Caribbean begins at $750 per person, double occupancy. For additional information, visit or call 1-800-722-5941.

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Attention Past Carnival Guests! 'Fun Ship Reunion Cruises' Available Starting at $599 Per Person 
Attractive Fares, Value-Added Extras, Including Free Carnival Logo Items, On-Board Discounts, Highlight Seven- and Eight-Day Caribbean Departures 

MIAMI (01/16/03) - If you're a past guest of the "Fun Ships," Carnival Cruise Lines has a deal for you. For just $599 per person, past Carnival guests can enjoy a fun-filled seven- or eight-day cruise to the Caribbean, along with a host of value-added "extras," including free Carnival logo items, casino tokens and discounts on a number of on-board items and services, as part of the line's new "Fun Ship Reunion Cruises." 

Two "Reunion Cruises" will be offered in 2003: a seven-day eastern Caribbean cruise from Miami to San Juan, St. Thomas and St. Maarten aboard Carnival Triumph departing May 10, and an eight-day "exotic" southern Caribbean voyage from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to St. Maarten, Barbados and Martinique on Carnival Legend departing Dec. 7. The cruises can be booked through any travel agent. 

"These new 'Reunion Cruises' offer past guests special savings on two highly attractive ships and itineraries, as well as a host of exclusive keepsakes and discounts simply for being a loyal Carnival customer. It's our way of thanking our guests for helping Carnival become the most popular cruise line in the world," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. 

In addition to attractive rates, "Fun Ship Reunion Cruise" participants receive a booklet with coupons for $300 worth of free and reduced rate items. These include free beach towels, tote bags, complimentary wine with dinner, Ocean Players Club casino tokens, free photos, spa and shore excursion discounts and more. 

While aboard Carnival Legend and Carnival Triumph, participants enjoy a variety of delicious formal and casual dining options, including full-service multi-course meals in elegant two-level restaurants, patisseries and poolside eateries offering full breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets, New York-style delis, 24-hour pizzerias, and Asian and American specialty areas. Carnival Legend also houses an upscale "steakhouse-style" supper club serving aged USDA prime beef and other gourmet cuisine. Both ships also feature four swimming pools, a corkscrew water slide, expansive spa and children's facilities, and a diversity of dancing and entertainment venues, including an elaborate multi-level theater showcasing lavish Las Vegas-style production shows. Other features include an Internet café, duty-free shopping mall, full casino gambling and a comprehensive on-board golf program offering professional lessons both aboard ship and during golf excursions. 

To book a "Fun Ship Reunion Cruise," travel agents must request fare code CDP5 and provide a valid past guest number from their clients. The offer is valid for individual bookings only and cannot be combined with any other discount or promotional offer. Rates are for category 4A (interior) stateroom based on double occupancy. The offer is capacity controlled. Bookings must be made by Feb. 28, 2003. Certain other restrictions apply. Additional information and reservations on Carnival's "Fun Ship Reunion Cruises" is available by calling 1-800-327-9501 or visiting the line's travel agent Internet portal

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No Stress No Strings, No Cancellation Penalties, Says SeaDream Yacht Club

COCONUT GROVE, FL - Here’s another good and timely deal from innovative SeaDream Yacht Club. It’s a No Penalty Cancellation Policy called No Stress No Strings. In unsettling times such as the world is experiencing at present, travelers can change or postpone their SeaDream travel plans for any reason up to the date of departure and receive 100 percent travel credit of the yacht tariff including government fees, handling and service charges. This money is applied toward a future sailing on one of the ultra-luxury mega yachts SeaDream I or II within two years of the original booking.

Here’s how this simple, no risk, consumer credit policy works: Guests need only to advise their travel agent of their desire to cancel their original booking prior to embarkation. In turn the agent will advise SeaDream prior to embarkation and the original monies will be credited to the guest’s SeaDream account for use within a two year period. When the guest elects to re-book (within the specified two years), the amount paid for the original booking is applied. If the re-booking costs less than the original booking the balance is applied for the remainder of a two year period. If the re-booking costs more than the original booking the guest pays the difference.

Commenting on the policy, Larry Pimentel, CTC, Chairman and CEO of SeaDream stated, “My experience indicates that travelers are pragmatic and resilient about their vacation plans. Yet, all of us are in need of reassurances, especially in highly stressful times such as we are experiencing now. In this case, perhaps SeaDream’s combination of no penalties for cancellations, plus the two year grace period to re-book will provide some of the reassurance travelers need.”

Should a guest wish a cash refund, normal policies would apply. This No Stress No Strings policy is not a substitute for medical or other insurance coverage which SeaDream recommends strongly. The program is not applicable to full yacht charters.

SeaDream Yacht Club is the yachting venture by Norwegian entrepreneur Atle Brynestad who founded Seabourn Cruise Line, and Larry Pimentel who was president of Seabourn under Brynestad and later president and CEO of the merged Cunard and Seabourn. Pimentel is Chairman and CEO of the Coconut Grove, Florida-headquartered SeaDream Yacht Club and a co-owner. The company operates SeaDream I and SeaDream II, twin, ultra luxury, mega yachts that operate on seven-day sailings in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. The yachts are not only ideal for discerning travelers seeking an unstructured and casual holiday experience but also for small meetings and incentive groups or individual private family gatherings. They are available for full charter. SeaDream I and II share the top Five Star Club awards in the Berlitz Ocean Cruising and Cruise Ships 2003 guidebook. They were rated number one in the U.S. by this authoritative publication. The cruise line's website is

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On Two Special Voyages Food and Wine Enrichment Programs are Perfectly Paired

Ft. Lauderdale, FL -- In a creative move that is sure to delight both cruise enthusiasts and gourmets, Silversea Cruises is launching an innovative Wine Series to complement its popular Culinary Arts cruises. In 2003, the award-winning, ultra-luxury cruise line is introducing a selection of eleven Wine Series sailings to explore the heartland of some of the world's finest vintages. The new Wine Series is perfectly accompanied by eight Culinary Arts cruises and two special voyages on which privileged guests can savor the delightful pairing of both Culinary Arts and Wine Series enrichment programs.

"Recognizing that travel, food, wine and the arts are intertwined and central to the lifestyle of our discriminating guests, it is our mission to seek out and create unique, enriching experiences, which tap these interests, allowing guests to connect with the regions they visit on a more personal level," said Helen McCabe-Young, Silversea's Vice President of Marketing. McCabe-Young added, "Our smaller, more intimate ships create the perfect atmosphere for enriching experiences. Our existing Culinary Arts Series, featuring guest chefs from Relais & Châteaux. Relais Gourmands, has become a favorite with our guests. The Wine Series will add a new dimension of exploration, creativity and knowledge."

Silversea has developed a series of eight worldwide culinary sailings in 2003 that feature entertaining cooking demonstrations by the renowned international chefs of Relais & Châteaux -- Relais Gourmands. The chefs of this esteemed association of boutique lodgings and restaurants collaborated with Silversea's own chefs to create La Collection du Monde, the exclusive signature dishes featured aboard every 2003 voyage. In addition to sampling La Collection du Monde, guests on culinary sailings can taste and learn firsthand the secrets of other delectable signature dishes created by the chefs of such distinguished properties and restaurants as Villa la Massa, renowned for its inspired Tuscan cuisine, and the famed L'Arpege restaurant of Paris. The Culinary Arts cruises also feature creative regional dishes, local market tours and a 5-course gala dinner. Throughout these special voyages, the featured guest chef and Silversea's Executive Chef are on hand to share their culinary expertise and answer any questions.

In 2003, Silversea guests can explore regions from Western Europe to the Mediterranean on eleven different Wine Series voyages. True oenophiles and novices alike will delight in savoring some of the world's finest wines and visiting world-famous wineries, cellars and vineyards. Top experts, vineyard owners and winemakers from renowned establishments will be on board to provide enriching lectures, conduct special tastings of vintage blends and guide Silversea's guests on excursions to celebrated wineries and vineyards in select ports of call.

On two special voyages in the summer of 2003, guests will experience the perfect pairing of Culinary and Wine cruises. Silver Cloud's Voyage 1326, sailing from Paris (Rouen) to Lisbon, features guest chef Richard Reddington of Napa Valley's Auberge du Soleil. Reddington matches his contemporary French-Mediterranean cuisine with a selection of vintages chosen by the Robert Mondavi and Opus One wineries. On Voyage 3322, sailing from Rome to Cannes aboard Silver Shadow, Meadowood's Didier Lenders and Steven Tevere, and winemaker Scott McLeod, of Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery, find the ideal complementary flavors among their fine foods and wines.

Silversea has just published its "2003 Culinary Arts and Wine Series Voyages" program schedule. The colorful leaflet provides a concise overview of the programs, ships, itineraries and hosts for these tantalizing and enriching voyages. To request a copy, please call (800) 774-9996. Silversea Cruises is recognized as an innovator in the luxury segment, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard intimate vessels designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. The recent launch of all-suite luxury sister ships Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper continues Silversea's award-winning service excellence and sophistication with new features and amenities aboard vessels catering to just 382 guests. 

For the seventh consecutive year, Silversea Cruises was named best small-ship line in the 2002 readers' survey conducted by Condé Nast Traveler magazine. For the fourth time, Silversea was selected "Number One" small-ship line in Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards 2002. For more information on Silversea Cruises, please contact a travel agent. For a complimentary brochure, please call (800) 774-9996 or visit

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Royal Caribbean Pairs Fine Wines With The World's Largest
 New Cruise Ship

VINTAGES Brings First Wine Appreciation, Education and Entertainment Venue to Sea

Navigator of the Seas VINTAGES Wine BarMIAMI -- A taste of wine country comes to the Caribbean this winter on Royal Caribbean International's newest ship, the 3,114-passenger Navigator of the Seas. Going beyond anything the cruise industry has offered to date, the unique new VINTAGES wine bar combines wine appreciation, education and entertainment to create a one-of-a-kind experience for wine aficionados and novices alike. Royal Caribbean has partnered with Robert Mondavi and Beringer Blass Wine Estates, both consistently rated among the top 10 wine companies by consumers and wine publications, to create the new venue located on the ship's Royal Promenade, a dining, entertainment and shopping "street" longer than a football field that runs down the center of the ship.

"Royal Caribbean guests like to explore and try new things, whether it's a new destination or a new experience," said Maria Sastre, vice president, Fleet Guest Services, for Royal Caribbean. "But many people are intimidated by wine. By partnering with Robert Mondavi and Beringer Blass Wine Estates, we are able to offer our guests a range of superior, yet accessible, wines to suit any palate. VINTAGES also offers a full week of activities to make learning about wine fun for all. It's a great place to gather and enjoy time with friends."

Navigator of the Seas takes guests year-round to exotic ports of call throughout the Eastern and Western Caribbean, but VINTAGES carries them a continent away to California's famed wine region. Designed with a California winery tasting room in mind, VINTAGES is a warm, inviting place to enjoy the day or evening.

Rich woods, copper and brass fixtures, terra-cotta floors, wine bins and a 600-bottle wine cellar set the scene, with a color scheme reminiscent of the autumn grape harvest. Photos and television monitors guide guests on a virtual tour of the California wine country as Michael Mondavi, Chairman of Robert Mondavi, and Ed Sbragia, Winemaster of Beringer Vineyards, share personal insights and winemaking philosophies with guests via video.

VINTAGES' wine list introduces guests to a rich variety of wines from Robert Mondavi and Beringer Blass Wine Estates, as well as two selections from Niebaum-Coppola. Wines offered represent some of the world's premiere winegrowing regions, including California, Italy, and Chile. All are available by glass or bottle, ranging from $4.75 to $14.75 per glass and $19 to $59 per bottle.

Beyond the wine list, VINTAGES offers a week-long series of educational and entertainment activities each cruise from wine and sensory essence tastings like "How Merlot Can You Go?" to a "Wine Survivor" game. "Navigating the Wine List" is a free seminar designed to make guests more at ease with making wine selections, while "Meet Your Match" is a fun mixer for singles that also teaches them about matching wines and cheese. Each "Meet Your Match" guest receives a little black book with wine and cheese notes, trivia, fun facts and a place to jot down the names and cabin numbers of new friends. All activities are hosted by VINTAGES' specially trained and dedicated "Wine Tenders." At night, cruise guests are invited to VINTAGES to enjoy live jazz and the "Coppola Wine and a Movie" event featuring the wines and movies of Francis Ford Coppola.

Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand currently with 16 ships in service and three more under construction or on firm order. For additional information about the cruise line, please visit the company's web site at or call 800-327-6700.

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Delta Queen Announces Record Call Volumes and Booking Levels

NEW ORLEANS -- Delta Queen Steamboat Company, Inc. announced it has experienced the highest call volume and booking levels since the company resumed operation last May.

"With the re-launch of the grand American Queen on January 18th all three of the company's steamboats will once again be cruising on the inland rivers of America," said Rick Abramson, president of Delta Queen Steamboat Company.

In May 2003, Delta Queen Steamboat Company was acquired by Delaware North Companies, a global leader in the hospitality and food service industry. Abramson, a 35-year veteran of the hospitality industry, and the re-energized management team of the Delta Queen Steamboat Company will continue to develop stronger relationships with travel agents as the company moves forward.

About Delta Queen Steamboat Company
Delta Queen Steamboat Company is America's oldest continuously operating cruise line, offering 3- to 11-night river cruises throughout the Heartland and Old South. The company, which traces its roots to 1890, boasts authentic steam-powered paddle wheelers Delta Queen, Mississippi Queen and American Queen. These vessels cruise on the Mississippi, Ohio, Cumberland and Tennessee rivers, and on the Intracoastal Waterway in Louisiana and Texas.

Delta Queen Steamboat Company is headquartered in New Orleans, its homeport for more than 15 years. The company hosts nearly 30,000 visitors annually in New Orleans and other ports regularly visited by the steamboats. For more information call the Travel Agent Hotline at 1-800-458-6789 or visit their Web site at

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