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February 1-14, 2002

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Miami - Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) announced Norwegian Star will call at Kahului, Maui on Fridays through May 3, 2002 instead of Lahaina, Maui as previously scheduled. NCL has tested the operational feasibility of offering Kahului as an alternative to Lahaina when there are port conflicts or inclement weather.

"Lack of sufficient shore side tender support in Lahaina has prompted us to make this change on a temporary basis," said Colin Veitch, president an  chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line."We will test Lahaina again once the promised shore side tender support is available later in the spring."

NCL has a full shore excursions program available. The proximity of Kahului to many of Maui's most beautiful sights offers guests additional elements to the existing shore excursions program. Guests with pre-booked Lahaina shore excursions will be able to enjoy these excursions as planned, and NCL will have a free Kahului - Lahaina shuttle operating constantly so guests will not miss out on visiting Lahaina independently of the shore excursion program. 

Below is the revised itinerary:

Day Port Arrive Depart
Sunday Honolulu, Oahu -- 8:00 pm
Monday Hilo, Hawaii 7:00 am 1:00 pm
Tuesday At Sea -- --
Wednesday Fanning Island, Republic of Kiribati 9:00 am 3:00 pm
Thursday At Sea -- --
Friday Kahului, Maui 1:30 pm 10:00 pm
Saturday Nawiliwili, Kauai 8:00 am 4:00 pm
Sunday Honolulu, Oahu 7:00 am --

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Carnival believes that Royal Caribbean's unspecified threats are entirely hollow

MIAMI, Feb. 14 - Micky Arison, Chairman and Chief Executive of Carnival, said: "The future of P&O Princess should be determined by its shareholders based on the relative merits of the two proposals, not on the basis of threats. We continue to believe that Carnival's increased offer is superior to the Royal Caribbean proposal and urge shareholders to support an adjournment of the EGM until the outcome of the regulatory process is known. Carnival remains fully committed to closing the transaction with P&O Princess. We are confident that our transaction will proceed, whatever actions Royal Caribbean may take."

Carnival believes that Royal Caribbean's unspecified threats are entirely hollow; they may threaten to walk, but have never said that they will walk, precisely because they are in a legally binding contract and they know it.

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Royal Caribbean's Richard Fain Voices His Prediction Regarding Expected Princess Cruises Shareholder Stall Tactic

Royal Caribbean International Cruise LineMIAMI, Feb. 13 - Following the conclusion of a series of shareholder meetings in London today, Richard Fain repeated his views of last Friday and said:

"The Board of P&O Princess Cruises plc has already said that an adjournment of the EGM tomorrow could as a practical matter threaten the ultimate success of our combination. This observation is absolutely correct.

There is no free option. I want my view to be very clear. If there is no approval of the P&O Princess/Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. combination tomorrow, there will, for any number of reasons, be no deals - neither our combination nor the Carnival Corporation takeover.

Whilst we have yet to decide what specific actions we would take, it is clear that such an adjournment vote would strike at the heart of our transaction."

SOURCE: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

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1,486-Passenger 'Fun Ship' to Launch Year-Round Four- and Five-Day Service From Texas Port Aug. 19

MIAMI, 02/13/02 - The deployment of the 1,486-passenger Jubilee to Galveston Aug. 19 will not only double Carnival's capacity from that port but will also provide one of the most relaxing and affordable vacations available, with 4- and 5-day "Fun Ship" Mexico cruises starting at just $349 per person. On its new route, the Jubilee will depart Galveston Thursdays on four-day sailings to Playa del Carmen/Cozumel and Mondays and Saturdays on five-day voyages to Cozumel and Calica/Playa del Carmen. The Jubilee will join its sister ship Celebration which launched a similar 4- and 5-day schedule from Galveston in September 2000, the first year-round cruise program from that port.  

"Response to our Galveston cruises has been exceptional and deploying the Jubilee there this summer will provide consumers with an exciting, value-packed vacation option from a convenient, centrally located homeport," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. 

Prior to the launch of the Jubilee's 4- and 5-day cruises from Galveston, the vessel will operate a unique 2-day cruise-to-nowhere departing Galveston Saturday Aug. 17 and returning Monday, Aug. 19, providing the ultimate weekend getaway. Prices for the 2-day cruise start at $249 per person, including gratuities.

Continued Growth of Short Cruise Market
The deployment of the Jubilee to Galveston represents yet another milestone in the rapidly expanding short cruise market. Including the Jubilee, roughly half of Carnival's fleet will operate voyages of five days or less in length and the line will offer 31 short cruise itineraries from 10 different U.S. homeports. "The growth in the short cruise market mirrors North Americans' increasing preference for quick, affordable getaways, offering the convenience, value and flexibility desired by today's consumers," said Dickinson.
Distinctive Interiors
Guests sailing aboard the Jubilee enjoy a diversity of dramatic public spaces, from the refined elegance of Churchill's Library, with design elements that include a faux fireplace, wood-beamed ceilings, Ionic columns and suits of armor, to the fast-paced action of Oz, a pulsating dance club highlighted by its emerald green ceiling, checkerboard dance floor and high-tech sound and light system. Other areas include Park Lane, whose interiors are designed to evoke the atmosphere of an old English garden, the Speakeasy Lounge, which, like the name implies, is patterned after the great watering holes of the past, and the Atlantis Lounge, an elaborate multi-level show lounge offering spectacular Las Vegas-style entertainment.

Diversity of Dining Options, On-Board Amenities
Dining options aboard the Jubilee range from the elegant Burgundy and Bordeaux dining rooms featuring full-service, multi-course meals to the Funnel Bar & Grill, a casual poolside eatery offering full breakfast and lunch buffets, extensive salad and dessert bars, and a 24-hour pizzeria. This area also houses the Seaview Bistro, the line's nightly alternative dinner-time service offers steaks, seafood, pasta and other dishes in a relaxed, café-like setting. Complimentary 24-hour room service is also available. All of these options comprise Carnival's Total Choice Dining (SM), cruising's most comprehensive dining program offering the widest variety of culinary choices at sea. Also housed within the Jubilee's eight passenger decks are three swimming pools, one with a 114-foot-long water slide, along with a full gambling casino, a "Spa Carnival" health and fitness facility, and a children's play area, part of the line's fleetwide "Camp Carnival" program offering fun, supervised activities for kids ages 2-15.

Prices for the Jubilee's new 4- and 5-day sailings from Galveston are based on double occupancy, vary according to sailing date and are subject to change without notice. Round-trip air supplements from a variety of North American gateways and special rates for third and fourth guests are available. For additional information and reservations, call 1-800-327-9501 (individual) or 1-800-327-5782 (groups). Information and reservations can also be obtained on-line via

Celebrating "30 Years of Fun" in 2002, Carnival is the largest and most popular cruise line in the world with 16 "Fun Ships" operating voyages ranging from two to 17 days in length to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, the Panama Canal, New England, Canada, Bermuda and Europe. The line currently has five new ships with an estimated value of $2.2 billion scheduled for delivery between now and 2004.

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MIAMI, 02/12/02 - Carnival Corp reported today that net bookings during the first five weeks of "wave season" have increased 8 percent over the same period last year, compared to a 3 percent capacity increase for the first nine months of 2002. Pricing has also recovered from the significantly discounted prices experienced after the events of September 11, with pricing during recent weeks almost equal to last year's levels.

Carnival Corp Chairman and CEO Micky Arison said, "I am extremely pleased to see the strong rebound across all of our six cruise brands following the slowdown in travel after September 11. The fact that our three largest brands (Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line and Costa Cruises) have all reported record booking days during this year's 'wave season' demonstrates the fundamental strength in the demand for our vacation products, as well as our ability to manage that demand to an optimal level."

Because of the improved booking levels and pricing, the company now estimates that net revenue yields for the first quarter of 2002 will be down approximately 8 percent. This compares to the company's most recent guidance for the first quarter of a decrease in net yields of between 10 percent and 15 percent. 

While cumulative advance booking levels and prices for the second through fourth quarters of 2002 are still below last year's levels, Carnival expects that net revenue yields for the remainder of 2002 should continue to improve compared to the first quarter.

"Although the booking curve continues to be very close-in, I am very pleased to see that the close-in pricing is above last year's levels," Arison said. "This gives me a great deal of optimism for the remainder of 2002, especially as we see the booking curve starting to move toward more historical patterns." 

Because of the company's current offer to purchase P&O Princess Cruises plc and the U.K. market regulations, the company is limited in the amount of forward guidance that it can give and consequently, has not scheduled a conference call to discuss bookings at this time. Carnival Corp's various brands operate 43 ships in the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe, Mexican Riviera, South America and other worldwide destinations. Additional information can be obtained via Carnival Corp's Web site at

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Carnival Cruise LinesCarnival Corp: Antitrust Position & Letter to Princess CEO - 2/12/02

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Silversea Ships Recognized as the Very Best in
 Condé Nast Traveler Magazine

~ Silver Wind & Silver Cloud Voted #1 and #2 Among 70 Ships ~

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, Feb 11 - The ships that revolutionized ultra-luxury cruising nearly eight years ago, sister ships Silver Cloud and Silver Wind, are still regarded today as the very best. So say the readers of Condé Nast Traveler, the magazine known for "truth in travel."

In its February issue, the magazine provides an in-depth look at the detailed scores for each of the criteria used to determine a cruise ship's ranking in its Annual Readers' Choice Poll which for the last six consecutive years (1996-2001) has awarded Silversea Cruises the enviable distinction of World's Best Small Ship Cruise Line.

Despite attempts by Silversea's competitors to emulate the line's service standards, progressive ship design, innovative sales philosophies and pricing integrity, Silver Wind's overall score of 94.3 places it above every ship, including those ranked in the categories for medium and large ships, as does Silver Cloud's equally impressive score of 90.7. Silver Shadow, a newcomer to the Silversea fleet in September 2000, also made its debut among the top 10 small ships.
(Note: The line's newest ship, Silver Whisper, June 2001, was not yet in service at the time of the readers' poll.) 

"Silversea set the benchmark for ultra-luxury cruise travel with the maiden voyage of Silver Cloud in April 1994. We were the first to feature private verandas on nearly every suite, we redefined the term 'all-inclusive' while remaining true to the luxury experience, and we have been committed to our firm no-discounting philosophy, even in times of soft demand," stated company CEO Albert Peter.

"Individually, these are great attributes for any business strategy; collectively, they add up to an unparalleled experience for our guests, both in terms of satisfaction and value for money," Peter continued. "As we move forward, we will continue to take the lead in defining ultra-luxury travel with an innovative approach to addressing the evolving expectations of our valued customers and agent partners."

Silversea's Sr. Vice President of Sales and Marketing Bill Leiber, CTC, added, "The timing of the rankings couldn't be better for Silversea and the industry in general as travelers begin to turn their attentions to summer vacation plans. During the month of January we experienced greatest growth in year over year activity in the company's history and the trend indicates that demand will continue to be strong. We're seeing increased activity on our Mediterranean and Northern Europe cruises this summer; with all of our ships deployed in the region, Silversea is able to offer a comprehensive selection of European itineraries and land programs."

Silversea -- All-Inclusive Luxury
Silversea's all-inclusive air/sea fares are by far the most comprehensive in the industry making travel near effortless by including roundtrip air transportation and a deluxe pre-cruise hotel stay and all transfers and porterage expertly arranged by the line's professional travel staff. Aboard the vessels, Silversea's all-inclusive policy makes guests feel "at home" by conveniently including all wine, spirits and champagne, all gratuities, all port charges and a special shoreside event, The Silversea Experience on select voyages. For Reservations, please contact your travel professional.

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Seattle, Feb 8, 2002 - When Holland America Line brings its flagship the ms Amsterdam - the Ocean and Cruise Liner Society's 2002 Ship of the Year - to Seattle to begin a season of cruising to Alaska, the thousands of arriving guests also will be offered an enticing choice of pre-cruise land tours. The tours, from one night to four nights, visit Seattle and Western Washington, with some options that take guests to Portland, Oregon or into Eastern Washington.

"The Seattle area has so much to offer," said David A. Giersdorf, senior vice president, marketing and sales. "We are delighted that many of our guests will have the opportunity to experience the spectacular beauty and interesting culture of the majestic Northwest." 

All of the land packages start with an overnight stay at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Seattle and include a tour of the Seattle area. Seven pre-cruise options range from one to four-night packages and cost from US$195 [$280 Canadian] per person, double occupancy, to US$625 [$895 Canadian]. The tours return guests to Seattle in time to board the Amsterdam for their seven-day cruise to Alaska. Sailing on 19 Saturdays from Seattle, beginning May 18, 2002, the Amsterdam will visit Juneau, giant Hubbard Glacier, Sitka, Ketchikan, and Victoria, British  Columbia, before returning to Seattle. The ship's faster speed of up to 22.5 knots permits this ideal weeklong itinerary from Seattle.

Land Package Options:
One night -- Seattle and Tillicum Village
Following a sightseeing tour of Seattle, which includes visits to the shopping district, the historic Pioneer Square area, Seattle's landmark Space Needle, the Hiram Chittenden boat locks, and Seattle's colorful waterfront, guests board a boat for a harbor tour and a trip to Tillicum Village on nearby Blake Island. At Tillicum Village guests enjoy a traditional Native American salmon bake and cultural presentation in the cedar longhouse.
Two nights -- Seattle Classic with Mt. Rainier
This package includes the tour of Seattle and visit to Tillicum Village and adds an extra day with a visit to Mt. Rainier.  Mt. Rainier, a dormant volcano towering above the Cascade Mountain Range, is cloaked in more glacial ice than any other mountain in the continental United States. Guests will have lunch at the historic Paradise Lodge in Mt. Rainier National Park and spend the afternoon exploring the breathtaking Paradise Lodge area. 
Three nights -- Seattle Classic with Paradise Lodge
With this three night option, guests will tour Seattle and Tillicum Village and will spend one night at Paradise Lodge on Mt. Rainier, an historic log inn built in the 1930s with two massive fireplaces in the 50-foot high lobby.
Three nights -- Seattle/Mt. St. Helens/Mt. Rainier
The first full day of this package takes guests to Mt. St. Helens, the volcano that erupted in 1980, generating ash plumes and massive mudflows. The tour arrives at the Johnson Ridge Observatory mid-day, where guests enjoy interpretive centers that exhibit the eruption trail, the Toutle River flood basin, the blast zone and the newly-formed elk habitat. Guests stay overnight at the Cowlitz River Lodge. The next day, this tour visits Mt. Rainier before returning to Seattle and an overnight at the Sheraton, and concludes with tours of Seattle and Tillicum Village.
Three nights -- Seattle and Olympic Loop
This comfortable scenic drive takes guests from Seattle past the Washington State Capital building in Olympia and stops at the fascinating Washington State Historical Museum with exhibits displaying the state's rich history. The day ends with a drive to picturesque Lake Quinault and an overnight stay at Lake Quinault Lodge. The next morning, the tour moves on to the beautiful Pacific Ocean and lunch at Kalaloch Lodge. In the afternoon, guests visit the Olympic National Rain Forest and then proceed to the Forks Logging Museum. Guests overnight in Port Angeles to enjoy the friendliness of this historic city. Hurricane Ridge, featuring a panoramic view of the towering, rugged Olympic Mountain Range, awaits visitors the following morning. In the afternoon, the tour visits historic Port Townsend with time to explore the town's charming ships and eateries, before returning to Seattle by way of Bainbridge Island and a ferry ride across Puget Sound.
Three nights -- Seattle and Cascade Loop
Guests depart on a three-day excursion into the Cascade Mountains for what National Geographic Traveler raved as "one of America's grandest, most spectacular drives." After a tour through Seattle, the excursion proceeds north to Stevens Pass and the mountains, arriving mid-afternoon in the Bavarian theme town of Leavenworth. An overnight in Leavenworth gives guests time to explore the many interesting shops and eateries in this Bavarian village. The next day, the tour visits Cashmere, home of the Applets and Cotlets Candy Kitchen, the apple capital of Wenatchee, and the resort town of Lake Chelan. In the afternoon, the tour moves north to the frontier-themed town of Winthrop, with an overnight stay at Sun Mountain Lodge. On the final day the tour proceeds to the scenic North Cascades Highway with spectacular views of craggy peaks and untouched snow fields en route to Seattle. 
Four nights -- Seattle and Columbia Gorge
This exciting package takes guests through Seattle, Portland, the Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Rainier. The tour starts with highlights of Seattle and then travels south past the state capital of Olympia. Mid-afternoon the tour arrives in Portland for a tour of the Rose City and proceeds to the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, which extends 80 miles along the Columbia River with cliffs up to 4,000 feet high. Guests overnight at Skamania Lodge. In the morning, guests will see Multnomah Falls, Beacon Rock and Bonneville Dam, and then will cruise the Columbia River on a sternwheel riverboat. Later in the day the tour moves on to south central Washington and the farming area of Yakima to overnight. Guests next visit Mt. Rainier with an overnight at Paradise Lodge before returning to Seattle.

To book tour packages with a seven-night Inside Passage Alaska cruise, guests may consult their professional travel agent or call Holland America at 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425). 

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Windstar Wins Top Award at 
Onboard Services Magazine 2002 Competition

SEATTLE, Feb. 8 - Windstar Cruises received the highest honor at the annual Onboard Service Awards in January, winning the Overall Onboard Service Award for Cruise Lines. Four other awards were bestowed upon the luxury line including the top Diamond Award for the Food Services and Catering categories.

"Windstar has steadily improved its onboard service ratings, and 2001 has been no exception. The Wind Surf had an astounding year in particular, with average passenger survey ratings increasing from 8.49 to 8.64 based on a scale from 1-9. The prestigious Overall Onboard Service Award for Cruise Lines is yet another testament that Windstar continues to improve upon its consistently high level of service," stated Tom Russell, vice president of sales and marketing, Windstar Cruises.

The first place Diamond Award for Food Services recognizes the line's exemplary five-star signature cuisine and dining service. This award honors a year of many achievements with the highlight being the extensive renovations of the onboard dining venues on the Wind Surf. Other notable fleet-wide enhancements include a newly categorized wine list promoting experimentation within preferred varieties of wine and new lounge hors d'oeurve offerings.

Windstar's Diamond Award for Catering applauds the line's new completely customizable onboard and shore-side wedding program. The innovative program brings dream weddings to life offering an array of services from pre-wedding spa treatments and decorations and music for the ceremony, to gourmet appetizers for the reception.

The second place Emerald Award for Entertainment showcases Windstar's acclaimed multicultural crew talent show. The unique show brings the crew and passengers together as the cabin stewards, waiters, and bar staff show off their hidden talents in a comedic show featuring native song and dance. Other highlights of the Windstar entertainment program include extensive water sports offerings and special theme cruises available throughout the year.

Windstar also garnered the Emerald Award for Onboard Services. This award acknowledges Windstar's outstanding quality service ratings for 2001 as well as the rigorous pre-cruise and onboard training programs that have helped Windstar achieve these ratings.


Currently celebrating its 15th anniversary year, Windstar pioneered the concept of a luxury cruise vacation with a laid-back attitude. The company's trademark of "casual elegance" delivers a sophisticated yet relaxed experience with all-view staterooms and suites, innovative cuisine and wine selections, open dining, pleasant and pampering service, enchanting ports of call, complimentary water sports, and resort-style dress.

Porthole Magazine recently heralded the small ship operator as "Most Romantic" cruise line and Condé Nast Traveler awarded Windstar second for small ships in the "2001 Readers' Choice Awards" as well as naming it to their "2002 Gold List of Best Places to Stay in the World."

Seattle-based Windstar Cruises operates four sailing yachts, the 308-passenger Wind Surf, and 148-passenger Wind Star, Wind Song and Wind Spirit. Windstar's unique cruise vacations are a mix of casual luxury and small-ship intimacy.

The fleet sails worldwide to over 40 countries with regularly scheduled cruises to Tahiti, New Zealand, the Mediterranean, the Greek Isles, the Caribbean, the Bahamas and Florida Keys, Central America, Panama Canal and Trans-Atlantic.

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Carnival Cruise LinesCarnival announces 29% of P&O Princess Shareholders favor postponing upcoming meeting and favor Carnival as a partner over the combination with Royal Caribbean - 2/8/02

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Princess CruisesP&O Princess Cruises Urges Rejection of Latest Carnival Offer - 2/8/02

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MIAMI, FL (Feb 8, 2002) - Royal Caribbean International ships continue their winning streak with top rankings in Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, and Modern Bride reader's choice surveys. The brand was recognized for excellence in the areas of service, itineraries, entertainment and activities, children's programs, fitness and recreation programs, food and value for price and honeymoon travel.

"We are extremely pleased to receive such strong endorsements of our cruise vacation products," said Jack Williams, president and COO, Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises. "These honors further energize us to continue providing guests with unparalleled vacation experiences." 

In Condé Nast Traveler's "2001 Reader's Choice Awards," the brand topped the "large ship category" with the greatest number of ships in the top 25. Readers singled out ten ships in the individual categories of itineraries, service, design, food, onboard programming and activities. The cruise brand retained its position on the magazine's "2002 Gold List," with specific praise for its excellent destinations, attentive service and diversity of activities. 

For the sixth year in a row, Royal Caribbean was recognized for excellence in the large cruise ship category in Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards. The magazine's readers rated vacation providers in the categories of destinations, activities, food, accommodations and value. For the second time, Modern Bride recognized Royal Caribbean as the World's Favorite Cruise Line, based on its poll of 3,000 ASTA travel agents who specialize in honeymoon travel. 

Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand currently with 15 ships in service, and five more under construction or on firm order. For additional information about the cruise line, please visit the company's Internet web site at or

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MIAMI (02/08/02) - Carnival Cruise Lines, the American Lung Association of Connecticut (ALAC), and Manchester Community College have teamed up to offer a series of "Quit Smoking Caribbean Cruises" aboard the 2,052 passenger Paradise, the world's first and only totally smoke-free cruise ship. The seven-day voyages, included as part of the ALAC's comprehensive seven-session Freedom From Smoking program, will operate round-trip from Miami Sept. 15, Oct. 13 and Dec. 1, 2002. The cruises can be booked through any travel agent. 

During the cruises, participants attend a variety of on board smoking cessation clinics and seminars conducted by the ALAC's trained experts who utilize positive behavior modification strategies to help smokers develop their own "quitting plan," adjust to recovery symptoms, manage stress through proven relaxation techniques and fight the urge to resume smoking.

Prior to taking the cruise, participants must enroll in the Freedom From Smoking program and attend the first and second sessions in their geographic areas to lay the groundwork for quitting smoking. Sessions three and four, the sessions during which smokers actually quit, will be held during the seven-day Paradise cruise. The remaining sessions take place following the voyage and reinforce the long-term maintenance and behavior modification strategies acquired during the cruise. 

"Carnival is delighted to partner with the American Lung Association of Connecticut and Manchester Community College to offer these unique smoking-cessation cruises aboard the world's only smoke-free cruise ship, the Paradise," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. "The Paradise has been very well received since its launch three years ago and these voyages provide those interested in quitting smoking with a positive, supportive environment for accomplishing this goal," he added. 

John Zinn, president and CEO of the American Lung Association of Connecticut commented, "We applaud Carnival's efforts in creating this unique vacation environment. Over the years, our successful seven-session Freedom From Smoking program has helped thousands of smokers to quit and the Paradise provides a unique venue for smokers to begin their journey to healthier living." 

In addition to on board smoking cessation clinics and an encouraging atmosphere for quitting smoking, participants in the "Quit Smoking Caribbean Cruise" can enjoy the Paradise's vast array of "resort-style" amenities and facilities. These include dining options ranging from elaborate, multi-course formal meals to casual alternatives for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and 24-hour pizza and stateroom service, as well as spacious accommodations, lavish entertainment, expansive spa facilities, and full casino gambling. The 70,000-ton SuperLiner also houses three swimming pools, one with a 114-foot-long cascading water slide, an Internet café and a duty-free shopping mall. Ports of call on the Sept. 15 and Oct. 13 eastern Caribbean cruises include Nassau, San Juan and St. Thomas/St. John, while the Dec. 1 western Caribbean voyage features Playa del Carmen/Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios. 

While aboard the Paradise, smoking is prohibited in all areas of the vessel, including restaurants, lounges, cabins, and public areas, even on open decks. Guests who violate the Paradise's no-smoking policy must disembark the vessel, forfeit their cruise fare and return home at their own expense. Additionally, smokers can be assessed $250 for "liquidated damages," an agreed upon estimate for damages that Carnival will incur as a result of the violation of the smoking policy.  

Prices for the "Quit Smoking Caribbean Cruises" begin at $612 per person based on double occupancy and include all meals, accommodations, and on-board clinics and activities (the price does not include the ALAC's Freedom From Smoking program materials, which must be purchased separately.) Supplemental round-trip air transportation from a variety of North American gateways and special rates for third and fourth guests sailing in the same stateroom are available, as well. 

For additional information and reservations for the "Quit Smoking Caribbean Cruises," contact Dr. William Levy at Manchester Community College at 1-866-512-2777.  Additional information on Carnival Cruise Lines and the smoke-free Paradise can be obtained on-line at

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Royal Caribbean International Cruise LineRoyal Caribbean Responds to Carnival's Latest Proposal - 2/7/02

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Carnival Cruise LinesCarnival's latest offer has the attention of at least 20% of Princess Shareholders - 2/7/02

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Seattle, Feb. 6, 2002 - Holland America Line has expanded its "shipboard romance" opportunities beyond the U.S. and Caribbean to include several European ports where couples may arrange a wedding on board an elegant Holland America cruise ship or in a romantic location ashore, including such famous ports as Santorini, Greece; Florence, Rome and Naples, Italy; and Stockholm, Sweden.

"The new European options are the latest addition to an array of wedding, honeymoon, anniversary and renewal-of-vows packages that fulfill the wishes of couples who want to celebrate special romantic moments on board one of Holland America's 11 premium cruise ships," said David A. Giersdorf, senior vice president, marketing and sales. "For our Europe cruise guests, this new wedding program opens up a whole new array of choices that will add an extra touch of magic to one of the most important occasions in a couple's life together."

Whether couples choose to tie the knot aboard ship, on an exotic Caribbean island, or in an exciting European city, Holland America can help launch a lifetime of memories with wedding packages tailored to individual needs. Couples may opt for a small ceremony and mini-reception or cruise along with family and friends for a larger celebration. European wedding packages start at $1,900, which includes wedding planning, officiant, romantic recorded music, custom wedding ceremony, wedding site, bride's bouquet and groom's boutonniere, bottle of champagne, 10-inch wedding cake, photography service, wedding photo album, keepsake certificate and 10 announcements. Additional services, such as live music, are available to customize each wedding. 

European weddings may be arranged through The Wedding Experience, 1177 South America Way, Suite 200, Port of Miami, Miami Florida 33132-2017. Phone: 1-305-577-3358. Toll Free from the U.S. 1-877-580-3556; Toll Free from France, Spain, Netherlands and the United Kingdom; 800-558-03556; Toll Free from Italy 800-787-556. On-board wedding packages are available in Ft. Lauderdale, Acapulco, Barbados, San Juan, St. Thomas, Costa Rica, Halifax, Juneau, Kona, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego and Vancouver. Other packages, including beach, garden or glacier weddings, also are available.

On-board packages start at $945, which includes wedding coordinator, on-board wedding location, wedding ceremony, officiant, romantic recorded music, bridal bouquet/groom's boutonniere, wedding cake for four on elegant table with flowers, bottle of champagne, photographer, 8x10 wedding photograph, commemorative wedding album, keepsake wedding certificate. Packages may be arranged through Royal Ocean Events Inc., Suite 205, 5000 Bridge Street, Delta, BC, V4K 2K4. Phone: (604) 940-1181 or 1-888-475-5511; fax: (604) 940-8561 

Honeymooners - All honeymooners who are noted as such on their Holland America Line booking are invited to a Honeymooners Party at sea, and receive a honeymoon certificate. In addition, honeymoon packages may be purchased, often as a gift for the newlyweds, and include a bouquet of fresh flowers, and a commemorative silver picture frame. The price of the package is $32 per couple.

Anniversaries - Anniversary packages include flowers in the stateroom and balloons on the door the day of embarkation. A photography credit will be applied to the couple's on-board account, and the chef will accommodate a special dessert or cake request. The package is $32 per couple.

Renewal of Vows - For couples who would like to say their wedding vows while at sea, Holland America offers an on-board renewal-of-vows package. The bride receives a corsage, and invitations are made available to invite guests to the ceremony and celebration. The couple also receives a photo and photo album, plus a celebration featuring live music. Champagne, wine and hors d'oeuvres are served by Holland America's five-star staff to ensure a romantic and memorable occasion. The price is $99 per couple and $12.50 per guest. 

The on-board honeymoon, anniversary and renewal-of-vows packages may be booked through Holland America Line's Ship Services Department, (800) 541-1576. Guests on Holland America Line Caribbean and Panama Canal cruises that visit Half Moon Cay, the company's own island paradise, may renew their wedding vows on the island in a private, traditional Bahamian chapel nestled in a garden overlooking the sea. This is a more casual ceremony than on board and participants are encouraged to wear their favorite tropical attire. Champagne and cake are served after the ceremony. Each couple is photographed on the island and the photo is delivered to their stateroom in a souvenir frame. Arrangements for renewal of vows at the chapel may be made through the Guest Relations Manager at the Front Office on board ship. Packages are $49 per couple and $6.50 per guest. 

For more information, consult a professional travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit

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18th Century French Vintner Among the World's Most Renowned

MIAMI - Ultra luxury cruise pioneer Seabourn Cruise Line has forged an alliance with renowned French champagne maker Heidsieck & Co. to pour its champagnes aboard the company's three all-suite Yachts of Seabourn: Seabourn Pride, Spirit and Legend.

Seabourn has traditionally greeted arriving guests with a chilled bottle of Piper Heidsieck champagne waiting in each 277-square foot luxury suite. Starting June 1st, 2002, fine French champagnes from the house of Heidsieck will be poured with the line's compliments throughout the ships, assisting Seabourn's cruising guests in celebrating innumerable occasions great and small, from momentous milestones to spur-of-the-moment whims.

Florens-Louis Heidsieck, a draper, arrived in Reims, France in 1777. By 1780, he had produced his first cuvée, which met with great success. In 1785, Heidsieck established his house, offering a bottle to Queen Marie Antoinette. The company quickly became one of the principal purveyors to the King and Queen of England and to the Romanoff czars.

Between the wars, the company added the famous Monopole brand to become Heidsieck & Co. Monopole. Today the house is one of only 16 recognized Grand Marque Champagnes. Its champagnes are widely and consistently praised by wine publications, professional critics and connoisseurs.

"The prestigious French champagnes from the house of Heidsieck and The Yachts of Seabourn are a great match," said Rick Meadows, CTC, Seabourn's senior vice president of sales and marketing. "Champagne is about celebrating the good things in life, and so is Seabourn. Heidsieck champagnes will complement Seabourn's exciting new cuisine from Master Chef Charlie Palmer. Guests can also enjoy a chilled flute of Heidsieck as they ease into a steamy, aromatic Pure Pampering bath from Molton Brown. Or returning to their Seabourn Yacht from a complementary Exclusively Seabourn experience ashore, or while enjoying a soothing Massage Moment on deck. The possibilities are endless and very inviting."

The addition of complimentary Heidsieck champagne is another in a continuing series of refinements being introduced aboard the award-winning Yachts of Seabourn.  Elements already introduced include complimentary fine wines and spirits, Exclusively Seabourn shoreside experiences included on every cruise, free mini-massages on deck and popular Movies Under the Stars on deck. Further refinements that have been announced for 2002 include exciting new dinner menus created by renowned chef Charlie Palmer and Seabourn's Pure Pampering program, featuring fine personal wellbeing products and a selection of soothing and revitalizing bathing experiences by Molton Brown, London.

The yachts of Seabourn provide the ultimate in small-ship, ultra-luxury cruise vacations to the most desirable destinations on earth. The Seabourn fleet includes Seabourn Pride, Spirit and Legend. For information on The Yachts of Seabourn contact a travel agent, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit

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MIAMI, Feb 6, 2002 - Celebrity Cruises' standing as the highest-rated premium cruise line in the industry was underscored again this month, with the line's exceptional showing in Cond
é Nast Traveler's "Best Cruise Ships in the World" readers' poll.

Celebrity's Millennium, Mercury, Century and Galaxy were among the top eight of 27 vessels honored in the large-ship category of the Condé Nast Traveler poll (Feb 2002), with Millennium, the flagship of Celebrity's sleek Millennium-class fleet, and Mercury taking first and second place. [Millennium's sister ships Infinity and Summit launched in March and October, 2001, respectively.]

Celebrity also was honored in the medium-ship category of the same poll, with Zenith and Horizon ranked among the top 21 ships.

"It is tremendously rewarding to be recognized for delivering exactly what we strive to provide on every Celebrity ship: easy elegance, warm and engaging service, a variety of entertainment options, and outstanding gourmet cuisine," said Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises President and Chief Operating Officer Jack Williams.

Overall ship rankings were reached by calculating readers' evaluations of each ship's itineraries, service, design, food, activities and events.

Celebrity's latest superior reviews come on the heels of being the top-ranked premium cruise line on Condé Nast Traveler's elite 2002 "Gold List"; the top-rated premium cruise line in Condé Nast Traveler's 2001 "Readers' Choice Awards"; one of the top-rated cruise lines in Travel + Leisure's annual "World's Best Awards"; the line with the industry's best service, best cuisine and best spas, according to Porthole Cruise Magazine's annual readers' poll, and achieving a rating of six stars on a scale of one-to-six in Stern's Guide.

Celebrity Cruises is the highest-rated and fastest-growing premium cruise line in the industry, with the youngest fleet of any major cruise line.  Constellation will make its maiden voyage this year, bringing the Celebrity fleet to nine ships. For more information, visit the Celebrity web site at

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Sister-Ship Crystal Symphony Also Scores High

LOS ANGELES, Feb 5, 2001 - In Condé Nast Traveler's first-ever list of "The Best Cruise Ships in the World," Crystal Harmony placed first of 21 ships in the medium-sized ship category (carrying from 500 to 1,500 passengers), and sister-ship Crystal Symphony follows close behind in third place. A complete list of the awards appears in the February issue. The magazine heralds Crystal Cruises' two luxury vessels as the "...longtime favorite twin sisters." 

This award is the latest in an extended line of accolades given to the luxury line since its inception, just over ten years ago. In 2001, Crystal Cruises received an unprecedented sixth consecutive designation as "World's Best" cruise line (with cruise ships carrying over 400 and 425 passengers) in the readers' surveys conducted by both Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler magazines, respectively.

"It continues to be a great honor to be rated number one by discerning travelers, and it is a testament to the hard work, dedication, creativity and loyalty of all of our employees, shipboard and shoreside," says Gregg L. Michel, president, Crystal Cruises. The high individual scores for both of our ships in the Condé Nast Traveler poll reflect the consistency of our luxury fleet, and match the record ratings of the most recent quality assurance surveys completed by our onboard guests."

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards for "The Best Cruise Ships in the World" represent the culmination of an extensive poll of travel preferences, in which subscribers were asked to rate individual ships on six criteria: itineraries, service, design, food, events and activities. Crystal Harmony outscored all other medium ships in the food and events categories. In addition to a cruise industry overview post-Sept. 11, 2001, Condé Nast Traveler specifically cites Crystal Cruises' accelerated security measures. 

Earlier this year, the January issue of Condé Nast Traveler featured the publication's annual "Gold List" of worldwide hotels, resorts and cruise lines. Once again, Crystal Cruises was the highest-rated mid-sized cruise line, and outscored all other cruise lines (small, medium and large) in the categories of entertainment and shore activities. Readers complimented Crystal's "well-planned land excursions," such as a Kenya safari; "superb Broadway caliber shows and classical performances;" and the line's Computer University@Sea for 24-hour e-mail and internet access, as well as hands-on lab instruction.

Crystal Cruises operates the two Six-Star rated, 940-guest Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony, heralded as two of the most spacious ships afloat. The luxury vessels sail on worldwide itineraries to Alaska, Asia, the Caribbean, Australia/New Zealand, Europe, the Mediterranean, the Mexican Riviera, the Panama Canal, Scandinavia and South America. The line's third ship, Crystal Serenity, is scheduled for delivery in summer 2003. Crystal Cruises is sold exclusively through travel agents. Call 800.820.6663 for a brochure, or detailed cruise information can be found at the line's web site:

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Royal Caribbean Cruise LineRoyal Caribbean Response to P&O Princess Announcement - 2/4/02

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Carnival Cruise LinesCarnival Corporation 
Responds to P&O Princess
- 2/4/02

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Princess CruisesP&O Princess Cruises: Rejection of pre-conditional offer from Carnival - 2/4/02

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Cruise Industry Rebounds With Record-Setting Bookings for January "Wave Period"

NEW YORK, Feb 4 - The North American cruise industry has rebounded strongly from the aftermath of September 11, according to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). In fact, reports from CLIA member lines indicate that more Americans are buying cruises so far in 2002 than during the same period a year ago. Several lines set record numbers for reservations made during the first three full weeks after the New Year holiday, known in the cruise industry as the "Wave Period." These weeks have traditionally served as a barometer of booking activity for the remainder of the year. 

"The industry has seen a resurgence in bookings since the significant drop-off after September 11. The numbers are very encouraging for the balance of 2002," says James G. Godsman, president of CLIA. "We view this as a clear sign of renewed consumer confidence, with guests actively booking travel once again. The resurgence has been influenced by several factors, including the lines' repositioning of ships, new programs and enhancements, extensive marketing campaigns, early booking incentives, and current price levels combined with already exceptional value. The support of travel agent partners in generating more first-time guests has also been invaluable." 

A sampling of CLIA-member lines reveals the following Wave Period activity:

Carnival Cruise Lines twice set new one-week reservations records, booking 140,392 guests for the week of Jan 7-13 and eclipsing that mark the following week when 144,342 guests booked "Fun Ship" cruises.

Disney Cruise Line reports Wave Period has "far exceeded" expectations, with demand rebounding more quickly and stronger than anticipated. 

Holland America Line and Windstar Cruises have broken previous booking records two weeks in a row and anticipate continued success, as phone volume remains strong.

Royal Caribbean International received a record 147,819 bookings during the week ending Jan 18, 2002 and, for the week ending Jan 25, 2002 booking volume for first quarter sailings was running 78 percent ahead of the same week last year.

Seabourn Cruise Line has seen a three-month wave in which it booked net revenues exceeding those in the same period a year ago by 307 percent.

Silversea Cruises has experienced what it describes as an "unprecedented surge" in reservations the week ending Jan 18, with the biggest net-booking week in the line's nine-year history. Net gain in reservations jumped 35 percent compared to the same week last year.

To learn more about cruise vacations, visit CLIA's website at, or visit a CLIA-affiliated travel agency. Find one using the Cruise Expert Locator on CLIA's website or by looking for the blue, white and gold CLIA sea displayed in your local travel agency. 

SOURCE Cruise Lines International Association

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Carnival Cruise LinesCarnival issues statement for P&O Princess shareholders regarding their rights - 2/1/02

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Unless otherwise noted, all news items are sourced by individual cruise lines, cruise-related industries, and their agents.