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February 15-28, 2002

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MIAMI, Feb 26, 2002 - Guests of Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises now can view their flight itineraries 60 days prior to cruise departure and decide whether to use Custom Air service to lock-in those flights or choose others. Itineraries not secured with Custom Air are subject to change until the time of ticketing, typically four weeks prior to sailing. 

"This service gives travel agents and guests more time, if needed, to adjust air arrangements prior to receiving cruise documents," said Nick Hafner, vice president of Air/Sea. "By providing guests their air itineraries earlier, agents and guests can decide if it makes sense for them to take advantage of our Custom Air program."

Flight itineraries can be obtained 60 days prior to departure through CruiseMatch, the cruise lines' automated booking tool for travel agents, as well as most other automated booking tools, or by contacting the reservations department at Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises. Approximately one-fourth of the cruise lines' 2.4 million guests in 2001 arranged flights through the Air/Sea department. Custom Air can be planned up to 11 months in advance or booked as little as seven days prior to North American sailings. By utilizing Custom Air for a $50 administrative fee ($75 for international sailings), guests can secure an existing itinerary or select other flights and times that most suit them. The service is free to Crown & Anchor Society members at the Diamond and Platinum levels. There could be a bump-up fare on certain flights.

Despite massive and unprecedented airline schedule changes, Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises are achieving exceptionally high levels of customer service for Air/Sea guests by consistently delivering more than 95 percent of all cruise documents at least three weeks prior to departure.

"We have been working overtime to cope with schedule changes which have affected travel since September 11," Hafner explained. "Airlines canceled about 20 percent of their flights and made other changes impacting hundreds of thousands of our guests. But we have met these challenges, and it shows our resolve to provide an unparalleled vacation experience from beginning to end." 

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is a global cruise vacation company that operates Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Royal Celebrity Tours.  Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises have a combined total of 23 ships in service and six under construction or on firm order. Royal Celebrity Tours operates land-tour vacations in Alaska utilizing the world's largest glass-domed train cars. Additional information can be found on &

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Once-A-Decade World Garden Expo Featured
 in Two-Day Stays at Amsterdam

MIAMI, Feb 25, 2002 - Seabourn Pride's three 14-day cruises of Scandinavia & Majestic Fjords this summer feature two full days in Amsterdam, allowing the ultra luxury ship's pampered guests plenty of time to visit the glorious gardens on display at Floriade, the biggest horticultural exposition on the planet. Every ten years, the Floriade exposition brings exhibits from Africa, Asia, the Americas and all over Europe to the Netherlands in an extravaganza of carefully cultivated vegetation. This year's version, the fifth such festival, runs from April though October on a 160-acre site in the suburbs of Amsterdam.

"Floriade is like Nirvana for a gardener," said Rick Meadows, Seabourn's senior vice president of sales and marketing. "We designed our itinerary to allow guests time to enjoy both the spectacle at Floriade and the many other attractions of Amsterdam."

Displays have been growing since 1996 in the park-like setting. There are indoor and outdoor exhibits, including both hybrid and wild varieties of flowers, vegetables, fruits, shrubs and trees, fungi and over a million bulbs. The climate-controlled indoor exhibition measures over 320,000 square feet, covered by the largest solar-powered installation ever integrated in a single roof. One of the features, called Green City, contains 15 houses designed to demonstrate innovative ways to live with green space both inside and outside. Overlooking the entire grounds is a "Big Spotters' Hill" giving panoramic views of the exhibit and acting as a beacon to visitors. 

In addition to the Floriade Festival, Seabourn guests will enjoy a complimentary Exclusively Seabourn event created just for them in Amsterdam. The evening excursion visits the handsome Historical Museum of the city, where docent guides will provide information as guests are regaled by strolling musicians and singers in period costume. After a reception offering delicious Dutch food and drink, guests will enjoy a candlelit return to the ship by canal boat.

Aside from this momentous festival, Seabourn Pride's two-week cruise also encompasses Edinburgh, Scotland; Bergen, Gudvangen, Flaam and Oslo in Norway; and additional overnights in Copenhagen, Denmark and in London.

On board the all-suite, 208-guest Seabourn Pride, guests will be delighted by a continuing series of refinements that have been introduced aboard the award-winning Yachts of Seabourn.  Elements include complimentary fine wines and spirits throughout every cruise, free mini-massages on deck, fluffy towels and bathrobes of fine Egyptian cotton and popular Movies Under the Stars on deck. Further refinements 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.

Cruises sail roundtrip from London, departing June 15, July 13 and August 10, 2002. Garden enthusiasts can enjoy Early Booking Savings up to 20 percent including free airfare with fares from $8,751, or take advantage of Cruise Only savings up to 40 percent and fares from $6,563. All fares are per person, double occupancy.

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 details or to reserve a Seabourn suite, contact your professional travel agent, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit

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MIAMI, Feb 22, 2002 - The first Royal Caribbean International ship to set sail regularly from the Port of New Orleans, Rhapsody of the Seas, begins sailing from the Crescent City tomorrow.

Rhapsody of the Seas will dock at the Port of New Orleans' Julia Street Terminal  One at approximately 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The ship will sail from New Orleans on February 23; March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2002, on six seven-night Western Caribbean sailings with ports of call at Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico; and Georgetown, Cayman Islands. 

"We are very excited about our first sailings from New Orleans," said Dan Hanrahan, senior vice president of Marketing and Sales for Royal Caribbean International. "The response to Rhapsody of the Seas has been very strong. Because of this, we are returning to New Orleans for a second season of sailings, from October 2002 through April 2003, with our ship Grandeur of the Seas."

During Royal Caribbean's second season of sailings from New Orleans, Grandeur of the Seas will sail from October 5, 2002, through May 3, 2003, on 28 sailings.

Grandeur of the Seas will arrive in New Orleans on October 5, 2002, by way of a 14-night Panama Canal cruise that departs San Diego on September 21, 2002, with ports of call at Cabo San Lucas and Acapulco, Mexico; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; and Cartagena, Colombia.

Grandeur of the Seas will sail from New Orleans on October 5, 12, 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; December 7, 14, 21, 28, 2002; January 4, 11; February 15, 22; March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; and April 5, 12, 19, 26, 2003, on 26 seven-night Western Caribbean sailings. The port calls for these sailings will alternate every week. One week's sailings will make port calls at Georgetown, Cayman Islands; Cozumel and Progreso, Mexico. The next week's port calls will be at Cozumel and Progreso, Mexico; and Key West, Florida. The Key West port calls include an overnight stay near Duval Street and Mallory Square.

On January 18, 2003, Grandeur of the Seas will make a 14-night sailing through the Panama Canal to San Diego, visiting Cartagena, Colombia; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; and Acapulco and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. On February 1, 2003, Grandeur of the Seas will depart San Diego and return to New Orleans on a 14-night sailing through the Panama Canal, visiting Cabo San Lucas and Acapulco, Mexico; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; and Cartagena, Colombia.

Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand with 14 ships in service and five under construction or on firm order. For additional information about the cruise line, please visit the company's Internet web site at

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Florida Father Wins Royal Caribbean International  Family Cruise Sweepstakes

MIAMI, Feb 22, 2002 - Ernesto Pinero has a dozen reasons, and could think of a dozen more, to be happy he logged on last Fall, and entered Royal Caribbean International's Family Cruise Sweepstakes. Pinero, a Miami, Florida resident is taking 11 of his family members on his grand prize, a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise on Explorer of the Seas on May 4th. The sweepstakes offered visitors to the website a chance to win four staterooms on a 2002 Explorer of the Seas or Adventure of the Seas cruise. 

"Picking the family members to join me wasn't easy. But I decided to use this wonderful opportunity to reunite my wife with a sister she hasn't seen for six years, and to celebrate two birthdays," said Pinero. Family members from Spain and Puerto Rico will journey to the United States for this special cruise, that also will serve as a birthday celebration for Pinero's wife and daughter.

"Our cruise vacations are designed to bring families closer together with amenities and activities for all ages," said Dan Hanrahan, SVP, Marketing and Sales, Royal Caribbean International. "From our award-winning Adventure Ocean program, with fun adventures for kids and teens, to onboard and onshore activities for adults, we deliver a great vacation experience for the whole family." 

Explorer of the Seas is one of three Voyager-class vessels in the Royal Caribbean fleet. This series of ships is particularly popular with families, offering revolutionary features and amenities, such as a rock-climbing wall, an ice-skating rink, an in-line skating track, 15,000 square feet dedicated to health and fitness, a Johnny Rockets restaurant, as well as the award-winning Adventure Ocean youth program. Most unique to the ships are the village-like Royal Promenade shopping, dining and entertainment boulevard. 

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The World of ResidenSea, the first resort community at sea continuously circumnavigating the globe, is now scheduled to begin her maiden voyage from Oslo, Norway on March 7, 2002, with the ship’s christening to take place on April 19 in New York City.

After a blessing ceremony and media events in Trondheim on Feb. 20, the ship will be delivered by Fosen shipyard to ResidenSea Ltd. in the subsequent days. Residents will move into their new homes in Oslo on March 6, and the first passengers in guest suites will board in London on March 12. The ship will arrive in its first U.S. port of call, Ft. Lauderdale, on March 24.

Residents and guests will enjoy inaugural voyages from London directly across the Atlantic to Ft. Lauderdale; from Ft. Lauderdale directly to Bridgetown, Barbados; from Bridgetown to Ft. Lauderdale; from Ft. Lauderdale to Nassau; and up the eastern seaboard of the U.S. before The World arrives at the New York City Passenger Ship Terminal on April 18 for the christening spectacular on the following day. Details of the christening events will be announced at a later date.

Comprised of 110 elegant, privately owned residences, many of which are available for rental, and 88 guest suites available for family & friends of residents, reciprocal private club partners and the high-end vacation market, the remainder of The World's 2002 inaugural itinerary coincides with major international events such as the Cannes Film Festival, the Grand Prix of Monaco, and the British Open in Scotland. Extended stays of up to five days are designed to give residents and guests the time to experience all the sights, sounds, and flavors of the world’s most exciting ports.

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Royal Caribbean Launches "Wild For Alaska" Sweepstakes & Cyber-Challenge

Miami, FL, Feb 20, 2002 - Virtual vacationers can steer a dogsled across the Alaska frontier and enter to win an Alaskan cruise adventure for two in Royal Caribbean International's new "Wild For Alaska Sweepstakes," which began on February 12 and runs until April 30, 2002. The lucky winner will also get a $1000 onboard credit to spend on shore explorations, spa treatments, and many other activities and amenities.

Consumers can enter the sweepstakes in three ways. Click on the "win an Alaska cruise" icon at; find the sweepstakes banner ad on popular sites including Yahoo,, Cruisemates and CruiseCritic, or click on the sweepstakes link sent to Royal Caribbean's email newsletter subscribers. Only one direct entry per person will be accepted. However, if an entrant sends the sweepstakes and game to friends, who also enter the contest, he or she will receive up to six additional chances to win. 

"One of the best ways to experience Alaska is on a Royal Caribbean cruise vacation. From traversing an ice field, kayaking past a spectacular glacier, racing a dog sled on a snow-covered glacier, or experiencing majestic wildlife, the winner and guest will enjoy a great Alaskan adventure," said Barbara Shrut, vice president, Customer Loyalty, Royal Caribbean International. 

The "Wild For Alaska" mini-site also offers a taste of the Alaska cruise vacation experience, including an interactive dog-sled cyber challenge game - Ready, Set Mush! - and the brand's Alaska commercial. Through the interactive game, entrants can test their skills on one of the most popular land explorations in Alaska. After selecting the game button on the mini-site, players can choose a dog team from three options, then select the course difficulty and begin the fun challenge. Actual dog-sled commands will allow them to direct the dogs over the Alaska tundra and through an obstacle course within the 60-second time limit. Royal Caribbean's advertising partner, Arnold Communications and Snowball, a leading Internet media company developed the online game. 

Royal Caribbean's new Alaska commercial can also be viewed at the "Wild For Alaska" site. The commercial can be seen on CBS' The Early Show with Brian Gumbel and Jane Clayson on February 25, Good Morning America on February 26, and The Amazing Race on Feb 23 and 27, as well as during Survivor, NYPD Blue and Alias in March. 

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

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15-Day Mainland-to-Islands Rountrip Cruises Are Among
Company's Most Popular Itineraries

Seattle, Feb 19, 2002 - Following its most popular year of Hawaii cruise bookings, Holland America renewed its commitment to the Aloha State with seven sailings remaining in 2002. 

"Our Hawaii cruises have been extremely popular last year and this year," said David A. Giersdorf, senior vice president, marketing and sales. "With strong early year booking incentives and the public's attention on domestic travel opportunities, it should be another strong year for Hawaii cruising. "On each cruise, guests enjoy several days of sailing the Pacific Ocean each way and five Hawaiian ports of call on four islands. These cruises are ideal for guests who want to enjoy a totally relaxing vacation at sea and experience the best of Hawaii without the packing/unpacking bother of island-hopping by air." 

2002 Sailings Highlight Hawaii's Best
The Statendam departs on its Circle Hawaii cruises March 23, April 17, Oct. 6 and 31 and Nov. 25, 2002. Each cruise calls at Hilo, Hawaii (Hawaii Volcanoes National Park tour option); Honolulu, Oahu; Nawiliwili, Kauai, plus scenic cruising along its Na Pali coast; Lahaina, Maui; and Kona, Hawaii, before returning to San Diego. The cruises also sail past the active Kilauea Volcano in the evening when its glowing lava "show" can be seen best. Also new for 2002 is the Statendam's first port call at Molokai, one of the most Hawaiian, and least-visited, islands of all. Molokai will be a featured port call on the Statendam's Dec. 20, 2002, holiday cruise. Called "The Friendly Island," Molokai is populated by more native Hawaiians than any island (except Niihau, which is closed to visitors) and so offers a true spirit of traditional Hawaiian aloha (welcome).

In addition to port calls throughout the islands featuring a broad range of shore excursions to suit every interest, the 1,266-passenger Statendam further heightens guests' Hawaii experience by highlighting island cuisine at such events as a traditional Hawaiian dinner, Hawaiian barbecue and a Polynesian dinner. Many Hawaiian items also are featured on the daily menus. Passengers may choose from more than 50 offered shore excursions, including a four-wheel drive sea to sky adventure up the Mauna Kea summit, the highest peak in the Pacific, from Hilo; deep sea fishing off Kona on the Big Island; whale watching with naturalists from the Pacific Whale Foundation off Lahaina, Maui; and kayaking a jungle stream with a short hike to beautiful Hidden Valley Falls at Nawiliwili, Kaui.

Cruise fares for the 15-day sailings start at US$2,199 per person, double occupancy, including port charges. Shore excursions start from as low as US$15 per person for adults (children's rates apply for many excursions) and may be reserved at the time of booking or on-line at

Pre/Post-Cruise Options Include Copper Canyon
Holland America also offers several pre- and post-cruise packages ranging from one-, two- and three-night hotel accommodations in San Diego to the extraordinary four-day/three-night "Copper Canyon Experience." On the latter, guests travel by air and motorcoach into the heart of Mexico's Sierra Madre Mountains, then experience a spectacular journey aboard the luxurious Chihuahua al Pacifico Railroad (reverse itinerary for post-cruise tours). The train traverses dramatic Copper Canyon and passes through more than 70 tunnels as it winds its way from nearly 8,000 feet to sea level in less than six hours. Cost is US$1,750 per person, double occupancy.

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Rose Abello, vice president, public relations, and Mark Kammerer, vice president, worldwide marketing, with HAL's awards at the New York event.

Seattle, Feb 19, 2002 - Holland America Line's advertising and promotional campaigns dominated the cruise division of the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International HSMAI) awards show in New York City on Jan. 29. 

The campaigns, created for Holland America by the Seattle office of DDB Worldwide Communications, sailed away with five awards, including one silver, three gold, and the most coveted of them all, the platinum award. Platinum awards are given to the best of the best in each category. 

The HSMAI Adrian Advertising, Golden Bell Public Relations and Golden Click Web Awards Competition has grown to become the largest and most prestigious travel event of its kind in the world, attracting more than 1,800 entries from 52 countries. 

"We won awards in every category we entered. We couldn't be more pleased," said Ron Elgin, president and CEO, DDB Seattle. "It feels great to be acknowledged for the creative, strategic work we do for our clients. Holland America has been a super client over the years and I feel fortunate to have its support and trust as we continue to propel its brand forward."

"These awards underscore what a winning combination we have with Holland  America and the exceptionally creative team at DDB," said David A. Giersdorf, senior vice president, marketing and sales, Holland America Line. "It's gratifying to work with professionals with such great ideas and concepts to advance our branding and market position as the world's leading premium cruise line. Credit for these awards also goes to Holland America's marketing team, led by Mark Kammerer, vice president, worldwide marketing, and Judy Palmer, director, marketing communications."

DDB's "People" campaign, which ran in travel trade publications, won a gold Adrian Advertising award and was presented with the platinum award. The awards also included a silver Adrian Advertising award for Holland America's consumer magazine campaign, a gold Golden Bell PR award for its "60 Second Vacation" promotional event, and a gold Adrian Advertising award for its "Station Domination" campaign. 

"It was a little risky coming up with the 'People' campaign," commented Fred Hammerquist, creative director, DDB Seattle. "The ads are focused on real people enjoying their real Holland America cruise. To truly make it work, we didn't want actors. We didn't want scripts. Giving up control like this made some folks a little nervous. But in the end, the ads came out absolutely beautiful and I'm thrilled to know we've been recognized for our work." 

The HSMAI awards honor and showcase the best in hospitality and travel advertising, marketing materials, public relations, and website design and development. The contest embraces virtually every area of the travel industry including hotels, airlines, cruise lines, car rental companies, destinations, credit card companies and many more. 

About Holland America Line 
Holland America Line has 11 luxury ships sailing to more than 280 ports of call and scenic cruising destinations on all seven continents, including Antarctica. The company is a member of the exclusive World's Leading Cruise Lines alliance, which also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Cunard Line, Seabourn Cruise Line, Costa Cruises and Windstar Cruises. Together, these member lines share a commitment to quality and value, offering cruise vacations that appeal to the widest range of lifestyles and budgets and sail to some of the world's most exciting destinations. 

In 2002, Holland America Line offers 360 sailings within a half-day's drive of 40 percent of North American households and departing from 15 North American home ports. Holland America Line is the highest-rated premium cruise line in the world in the 2001 "Travel & Leisure" magazine "World's Best" Awards and one of the world's three highest rated large-ship cruise lines in the 2001 "Conde Nast Traveler" Readers' Choice Awards. The company also has won its 10th consecutive "Best Overall Cruise Value" award from the World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society (WOCLS). For additional information, see

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Celebrity Cruises announces Celebrity Escape, Adults-Only Cruises

Celebrity Cruises announces Celebrity Escape, cruises reserved for adult guests age 21 and older. (This means no children on board!) Sign up now and sail through the blue waters of the Caribbean or Hawaiian islands on your choice of four Celebrity Escape cruises scheduled for fall 2002.

  • Millennium 9/23/02, 11-night Ultimate Caribbean from Ft. Lauderdale

  • Mercury 10/25/02, 7-night Western Caribbean from Miami

  • Horizon 11/17/02, 7-night Western Caribbean from Tampa

  • Infinity 11/28/02, 10-night Hawaii from Honolulu

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-Travel Aboard the Country's Only Hotel Barge and
 Experience Two Rivers That Shaped America-

NEW ORLEANS, Feb 19, 2002 - To celebrate its spring vacations, RiverBarge Excursions is offering guests $50 "Barge Bucks" onboard credit per stateroom, good for alcohol and gift shop purchases, on its Delta South Rare on the River "Mouth of the Mississippi River" New Orleans round-trip (March 6-13, 2002), Delta South New Orleans to Memphis (March 27-April 3 and April 10-17, 2002) and America's Junction Rare on the River "Rivers to Rails" Cincinnati round-trip (June 18-25, 2002) offerings. 

Rare on the River Trip to the Mouth of the Mississippi River & along the Intracoastal Waterway
Travelers will have the opportunity to experience the wide and mighty Lower Mississippi River, the largest in North America, on RiverBarge Excursions' eight-day, New Orleans round-trip Delta South Rare on the River trip from March 6-13. Travelers board in New Orleans and travel the Lower Mississippi River passing through Algiers Lock into the Intracoastal Waterway to Crown Point, LA, where they will experience an adventurous Swamp Tour. The following day, the barge passes through Bayou Boeuf Lock, arriving in Morgan City, and then travels along the Atchafalaya River through Bayou Sorrell Lock before entering the Port Allen Alternate Route, an eastern segment of the Atchafalaya River Basin. The R/B River Explorer then arrives in Baton Rouge, LA, where guests can visit the USS Kidd and War Memorial, The Louisiana Maritime Museum, the recently-restored Old State Capital and art galleries, or alternatively, roll the dice and try their luck at the casino. The barge then meanders down the Mississippi to its Mouth and the Head of Passes at Mile Zero, once the strategic location of control for the continent. Guests will have the chance to visit nearby Pilottown, LA, the tiny community unreachable by land, before arriving in Fort Jackson, LA, a sentinel that has stood watch over the area since 1832. The River Explorer will then pass historical plantation sights while making its way back to New Orleans.  The all-inclusive price begins at $2,150 per person, based on double occupancy. 

Delta South: New Orleans to Memphis along the Mississippi River
The R/B River Explorer gives guests a chance to experience both Mississippi River cities of New Orleans, LA, and Memphis, TN, from March 27-April 3 and April 10-17. The trip begins with a day in New Orleans, where guests can explore the French Quarter, ride the streetcar down St. Charles Avenue and visit the Riverwalk Shopping Center. The barge then travels the Mississippi River to Baton Rouge, LA, for a visit to the USS Kidd or Old State Capital  before heading to Natchez, MS, the oldest permanent settlement on the river, featuring the largest concentration of antebellum homes in the nation. The River Explorer makes its way to Vicksburg, MS, "The Red Carpet City of the South," and home to The National Park Service's Vicksburg National Military Park, The Blue & Gray Naval Museum and the Coca Cola Bottling Museum. Memphis is the final destination, where guests can experience Beale Street, barbecue and Mud Island's Mississippi River Museum. The all-inclusive price begins at $2,080 per person, based on double occupancy.

Rare on the River along The Ohio, America's Junction and Dividing Line Between Cultures
The eight-day America's Junction Rare on the River "Rivers to Rails" excursion from June 18-25 begins and ends in Cincinnati, OH, the "Queen City of the West." Travelers will have the chance to explore attractions such as Union Station and Fountain Square and even try its famous Cincinnati five-way chili before traveling the Ohio River to Ripley, OH. There, guests can visit the Rankin House, part of the Underground Railroad, and antique shop before rejoining the barge and traveling to Marietta, OH. There, they can ride in vintage 1920s rail cars passing through the Hocking River Valley, visit Robin's Crossing, an 1850s village and interpretive center, visit the Ohio River Museum and famous glass company, before heading back down the Ohio River for arrival in Huntington, WV. Guests will travel by motorcoach along the breathtaking New River Gorge, "the Grand Canyon of the East," passing over the New River Gorge Bridge and New River Gorge Park, before visiting the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine. The barge then travels to Portsmouth, OH, where guests will view the colorful murals painted on the floodwall and stroll its charming downtown, before making their way back to Cincinnati. The all-inclusive price begins at $2,270 per person, based on double occupancy.

RiverBarge Excursion Lines: See America.  Differently
RiverBarge Excursion Lines, Inc., owner and operator of the 198-guest R/B River Explorer, the only hotel barge traveling America's inland waterways, offers four to ten-day excursions to seven regions of the country's rivers, including the lower and upper Mississippi River, the Cumberland River Valley, the Atchafalaya River Basin, Ohio River Valley, Missouri River and along the inland Texas-Louisiana Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. Offering a complete vacation experience Barging Through America, each excursion allows guests to experience the heritage and culture of nearby towns that celebrate their past, live in the present and have their eye on the future. Travelers can also enjoy a relaxed, family atmosphere, homestyle cooking, regional entertainment, land activities and fully inclusive pricing. 

RiverBarge Excursion Lines, Inc. is located in historic Algiers Point at 201 Opelousas Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70114. For further information and reservations, call a travel professional or 1-888-GOBARGE; send an e-mail to   or visit the Web site at

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New Exclusive Medallion shore excursions highlight Holland America's 2002 Canada/New England Cruises

Seattle, Feb 18, 2002 - Cruisers aboard Holland America Line's Canada/New England sailings this summer will enjoy the opportunity to sample the premium line's new Medallion Special Collection shore excursions. Exclusive activities range from becoming a 19th-century Redcoat soldier for a day (and learning to load and fire a cannon) to exploring the Fortress Louisbourg on a behind-the-scenes tour of the French bastion in Nova Scotia.

These exciting shore excursions, and many more, are offered by Holland America Line in conjunction with its expanded cruise schedule to Eastern Canada/New England in 2002. From May through October this year, the ms Rotterdam will sail 17 premium cruises ranging in length from seven to 10 days during, departing from New York, Boston and Montreal. 

Seven shore excursions come from Holland America's Medallion Special Collection, recently developed by Holland America to offer in-depth or extraordinary experiences for a limited number of guests. Designed for seasoned travelers, the Medallion excursions provide a unique perspective on the culture, history and heritage of the area visited.

"Holland America created the Medallion Special Collection shore excursion program to offer our cruise guests exceptional and exclusive tours that enhance their vacation experience," said David A. Giersdorf, senior vice president, marketing and sales.

For example, on the "Soldier for a Day" tour in Halifax, participants learn about all aspects of a soldier's life and then change into period costume to become a full fledged member of the Queen's garrison. "Recruits" learn how to load and fire the Citadel's defensive cannons. A themed period lunch is included as well as time to explore on one's own. Other Medallion trips take guests sailing the pristine Bras d'Or Lakes on Cape Breton Island and experiencing life in 1744 through a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the Fortress Louisbourg near Sydney, Nova Scotia. They can also explore Quebec City on an intimate walking tour with a Quebecois guide, concluding with high tea at the historic Chateau Frontenac, and relax for a day at Dalvay by the Sea, the magnificent Victorian summer home resort of wealthy American industrialist Alexander MacDonald. Cost of Medallion excursions ranges from $49 to $249 per person.

Historic and Active Tours Highlighted
In addition to the Medallion shore excursions, Holland America offers a wide selection of tours in each port where the 1,316-passenger Rotterdam calls. The tours range from two to seven hours in length and $24 to $119 per person in price.

For example, guests can discover Acadia National Park, take a guided bicycle tour or enjoy coastal sea kayaking when the Rotterdam calls at Bar Harbor, Maine. In Boston cruisers can walk the Freedom Trail, tour "Old Ironsides," the USS Constitution, or visit historic Salem and seafaring Marblehead.

In Halifax, Nova Scotia, guests can step back to the time of the sinking of the Titanic, visiting the churches, morgues, Maritime Museum and cemetery where rows of identical gravestones, laid out in the shape of a ship's hull, mark the final resting place for 150 victims.

Active biking and kayaking trips are also offered in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, plus a tour to the famous Anne of Green Gables homestead. Halifax and Quebec City both offer many shore excursions highlighting their history and cultural heritage. Leader in Shore Excursions Holland America offers a total of 1,400 shore excursions worldwide, leading the cruise industry in the number and choices of tours. 

Approximately 40 to 60 percent of its guests take shore excursions, depending on destination. 

For the third consecutive year, Porthole Cruise Magazine's annual Reader's Choice awards bestowed its top Platinum Award on Holland America for having the best shore excursion program in the cruise industry. Passengers may reserve space on Medallion Special Collection and other shore excursions when booking a cruise or by visiting

New York, Boston and Montreal Gateways for 7 to 12-day Cruises The Rotterdam kicks off the spring cruise program with two seven-day cruises, sailing round-trip from New York on May 10 and 17. The ship calls at Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard; Portland, Maine; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Boston; and Newport, Rhode Island. The seven-day cruise from New York on Oct. 22 will feature the same itinerary.

A nine-day cruise from New York to Montreal and two 10-day sailings between Montreal and Boston follow. Highlights on these cruises are Newport; Bar Harbor, Maine (Acadia National Park tour option); Halifax; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (Anne of Green Gables tour option); charming Quebec City; quaint St.-Pierre and Miquelon, rugged islands anchored off the coast of Newfoundland that comprise the last French holding in North America; and St. John's, Newfoundland. From June to August, the Rotterdam will sail on a seven-cruise series of new week-long cruises between Montreal and Boston, presenting the perfect weeklong summer getaway for families, plus special children's pricing. 

Cruises departing from Montreal on June 22, July 6 and 20 and Aug. 3 feature visits to Quebec City, Charlottetown, Sydney, Halifax and Bar Harbor. Cruises departing from Boston on June 29 and July 13 and 27 feature the same itinerary in reverse. 

Colorful Fall Foliage Displays Highlight Fall 10-Day Cruises
From Sept 12-Oct. 12, the Rotterdam will offer a series of four 10-day cruises between New York and Montreal, featuring such delightful sights as New England villages, Nova Scotia seaports and blazing fall foliage. Cruises departing from New York on Sept. 12 and Oct. 2 will visit Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor, Halifax, Sydney, Charlottetown and Quebec City. Cruises departing from Montreal on Sept. 22 and Oct. 12 feature the same itinerary in reverse.

Montreal & Ottawa Pre- or Post-Cruise Tour
In addition to its extensive selection of shore excursions, Holland America offers a three-night tour package featuring Montreal and Ottawa for those who wish to extend their vacation with a pre- or post-cruise tour. On the pre-cruise tour, guests arrive in Montreal and explore on their own the first day, enjoy a fascinating tour of Old Montreal and travel to the village of Montebello the second day, visit the capital city of Ottawa the third day and return to Montreal to board their cruise the fourth day. The post-cruise tour features the same itinerary in reverse. Accommodations are at a first-class Montreal hotel, Le Chateau Montebello (a stunning Red Cedar log  luxury accommodation) and Ottawa's Chateau Laurier.

Pre-cruise packages are offered May 30; June 19; July 3,17, 31; Sept. 19; Oct. 9. Post-cruise packages are June 2, 22; July 6, 20; Aug. 3; Sept. 22; Oct. 12. Cost is $475 per person. Cruise guests can also extend their vacations by simply adding pre- or post-cruise hotel accommodations in New York, Boston and Montreal. Holland America makes it easy with one-, two- and three-night stays at centrally located, first-class hotels in each city. 

About Holland America Line
Holland America Line has 11 luxury ships sailing to more than 280 ports of call and scenic cruising destinations on all seven continents, including Antarctica. In 2002, Holland America Line will offer 360 sailings within a half-day's drive of 40 percent of North American households and departing from 15 North American home ports. 

Affordable air arrangements are available through the Home City Air program and Holland America offers the only trip cancellation program in the industry that offers cash back for canceling for any reason prior to 24 hours before departure.

Holland America Line is the highest-rated premium cruise line in the world in the 2001 "Travel & Leisure" magazine "World's Best" Awards and one of the world's three highest rated large-ship cruise lines in the 2001 "Conde Nast Traveler" Readers' Choice Awards. The company also has won its 10th consecutive "Best Overall Cruise Value" award from the World Ocean &  Cruise Liner Society (WOCLS).

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Seattle, Feb 18, 2002 - Offering among the best cruise values in Europe for 2002, Holland America Line's ms Noordam offers Baltic, Northern Europe, Mediterranean and Transatlantic cruising this summer starting at less than US$120 per day. The 1,214-passenger luxury liner will feature a total of 19 cruises from April 26 through October 31 with cruise only fares starting at just US$1,199 per person, double occupancy. The majority, 17 cruises, are 10-day sailings, which have proved popular with European travelers. All Baltic cruises are roundtrip from Copenhagen, Denmark, while Western Europe and Mediterranean cruises sail to or from Rome, Italy.

"The 10-day Noordam cruises combine some of Europe's most popular cities with intriguing, less-frequented ports of call," said David A. Giersdorf, senior vice president, marketing and sales. "These cruises also offer breath-taking experiences such as sailing through the Straits of Gibraltar and magical Stockholm Archipelago. They are ideal for the first-time visitor to Europe who seeks a safe, stress-free way to see the highlights, while enjoying a five-star cruise vacation in comfort and style."

Baltic & Europe Cruises
The Noordam's summer schedule is highlighted by nine "Gems of the Baltic" sailings. These 10-day itineraries depart roundtrip from Copenhagen June 9, 19 and 29; July 9, 19 and 29; Aug. 8, 18 and 28. Guests cruise the Baltic Sea to Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia (Moscow tour option); Helsinki, Finland (Lapland tour option); Stockholm, Sweden; Kalmar, Sweden (Orresfors tour option); Warnemunde, Germany (Berlin tour option); Arhus, Denmark. As in past years, the Noordam includes an extended two-day call in popular St. Petersburg With Holland America's Early Booking Savings program, cruise-only fares start at just US$1,389 per person, double occupancy, including port charges.

One-way, 14-day cruises are featured on either side of the above Baltic schedule. The Noordam sails May 26 from Rome to Copenhagen and Sept. 7 from Copenhagen to Rome. 

The May 26 "Rivieras & Capitals" itinerary departs Rome for Monte Carlo, Monaco (Cannes/Grasse/St. Paul de Vence tour option); Marseille, France (Avignon/Les Baux tour option); Barcelona, Spain; Gibraltar; Lisbon, Portugal; Vigo, Spain (Santiago de Compostela tour option); Le Havre, France (Normandy Beaches, Rouen and Paris tour options); Dover, England (Canterbury, Leeds Castle and London tour options); Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Floriade Flower Festival tour option); Oslo, Norway; Copenhagen. Cruise-only fares start at US$1,759 per person. 

"Classic Europe" from Copenhagen to Rome Sept. 7 features a similar itinerary in reverse; however, it calls at Antwerp, Belgium (Brugge, Brussels and Ghent tour options) instead of Amsterdam, and at Livorno, Italy (Florence and Pisa tour options) instead of Marseilles. Cruise-only fares start at US$1,889 per person. Five Itineraries in Western Mediterranean The Noordam also features eight, 10-day Western Mediterranean cruises during the spring and fall with five itinerary choices, expanded from last year. 

The "Mediterranean Intrigue" itinerary sails from Lisbon to Rome with departures on Apr. 26 and Oct. 21. It cruises the scenic Strait of Gibraltar and calls at the ports of Ceuta, Spanish Morocco (Tetouan tour option); Casablanca, Morocco (Marrakech and Rabat tour options); Gibraltar; Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain (Valldemosa tour option); Barcelona, Spain; Marseille, France (Avignon/Les Baux tour option); Monte Carlo, Monaco (Cannes/Grasse/St. Paul de Vence tour option); Livorno, Italy (Florence and Pisa tour options). With Holland America's Early Booking Savings program, cruise-only fares start at just US$1,389 per person, double occupancy, including port charges.

A similar, reverse itinerary, "Mediterranean Spice," sails Oct. 11 from Rome to Lisbon; it differs only by calling at Cadiz, Spain (Seville tour option) instead of Ceuta, Spanish Morocco. Cruise-only fares start at US$1,299 per person.

"Mediterranean Enchantment" cruises sail from Rome to Barcelona May 6 and Sept. 21, calling at Dubrovnik, Croatia; Corfu, Greece; Valletta, Malta; Palermo, Sicily, Italy; Mahon, Minorca, Spain; St. Tropez, France; Sete, France (Carcassonne tour option). Cruise-only fares start at US$1,389 per person.

A different itinerary is offered from Barcelona to Rome May 16 and Oct. 1. "Mediterranean Rivieras" features Marseille, France (Avignon/Les Baux tour option); Ajaccio, Corsica, France; ); Monte Carlo, Monaco (Cannes/Grasse/St. Paul de Vence tour option); Livorno, Italy (Florence and Pisa tour options); Valletta, Malta; Messina, Sicily, Italy (Taormina tour option); Naples, Italy (Capri, Pompeii and Sorrento tour options). Cruise-only fares start at US$1,299 per person. 

The fifth itinerary, "Mediterranean Crossroads," sails roundtrip from Rome Oct. 31 and calls at Livorno, Italy; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Barcelona, Spain; Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Valletta, Malta; Messina, Sicily; and Naples, Italy, offering the same tour options respective to each port. Cruise-only fares start at US$1,199 per person. 

Sailing the first Transatlantic cruise of the season for Holland America, the Noordam, departs on April 14, 2002 for a 12-day itinerary including a call at Key West, with first landfall in Europe at Horta and Ponta Delgada, Azores, and ending with an overnight stay in Portugal's capital, Lisbon. The Noordam returns on a 14-day crossing, departing November 20 from Rome, and visits Corisca; Motril and Malaga, Spain; Gibraltar; Funchal, Madeira; and Holland America's private island, Half Moon Cay. Fares start at just US$899 per person. 

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

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Disney Cruise Line Offers Florida Residents Special Rates to Experience An Exciting New Way to Vacation With Disney

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL, Feb 18 - Conveniently located for residents of most major Florida cities, Port Canaveral-based Disney cruise Line offers special savings for Floridians on most April and May, 2002, cruise vacations.


3-night cruise 4-night cruise 7-night cruise
Inside stateroom $349 $399 $599
Deluxe outside stateroom  $449 $469 $699
Deluxe stateroom with verandah $559 $659 N/A
Ages 3-12 $199 $249 $299
Ages 2 & under $99 $99 $119

The three-night May 16 sailing and the four-night April 28 sailing are excluded from this special offer. Rates are per person, based on double occupancy and subject to availability. At least one adult guest per stateroom must be a Florida resident. Proof of residency is required. Government taxes and fees are not included.

Disney's weeklong cruise vacations alternate between the eastern (St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay) and, beginning May 11, western (Key West, Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Castaway Cay) Caribbean and feature magical entertainment, clever programming and unique dining experiences.

Three- and four-night sailings call at Nassau and Castaway Cay, with four-night cruises alternating each week between a day at sea or a call at Grand Bahama Island.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a Disney Cruise Line vacation, guests can contact their travel agent, visit or call Disney Cruise Line at (888) DCL-2500.

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Valentine's Day is Everyday Aboard Windstar Cruises
Luxury Line Offers Romantic Trips for Two & New Couple's Packages

SEATTLE, Feb 15 - Valentine's Day is everyday aboard Windstar's intimate sailing yachts, with romantic South Pacific and Greek Isles cruises and new onboard couple's packages. Voted "Most Romantic Cruise Line" by Porthole Magazine and and "Top Honeymoon" by viewers of Today Throws a Wedding and, Windstar provides the ultimate escape for couples looking to get away from it all -- together.

Carrying just 74 couples per ship, the enchanting Wind Star, Wind Spirit, and Wind Song offer all ocean-view staterooms with CD, VCR players and 24-hour room service. Windstar is known for its award-winning cuisine, pampering service, complimentary water sports, and casual yet sophisticated ambience. 

These beautiful sailing yachts visit remote ports far from everything and everyone that usually keeps lovers apart. Windstar offers romantic escapes to over 40 destinations in 2002, featuring 34 Tahiti and 46 Greek Isles cruises. Innovative pre-purchase couple's packages will have champagne and hors d'oeuvres delivered upon arrival so that the honeymoon or anniversary celebration can start off right. 

Windstar's new made-to-order wedding packages make dreams come true. "Unlike many cruise lines that cringe at the thought of the logistics involved with weddings on deck, the luxurious Windstar fleet was practically built for them," stated Tom Russell, vice president of sales and marketing for Windstar Cruises. 

The 148-passenger Wind Song makes a 14-day journey from Auckland, New Zealand to Papeete, Tahiti on May 1, 2002, reuniting Wind Song with her South Pacific origins. The cruise will cross the International Date Line and visit Rarotonga, Aitutaki, and Atiu in the Cook Islands en route. Couples packages start at US$7,190 [CDN$10,420]. 

A special 10-day "Tahiti Reunion" cruise sailing round-trip from Papeete, Tahiti on May 14, 2002 celebrates Wind Song's return to the idyllic islands of Rangiroa, Arutua, Huahine, Raiatea, Bora Bora, Moorea, and Tahiti. Couples packages start at US$7,790 [CDN$11,290] for cruise-only and US$9,190 [CDN$13,318] for air-inclusive. 

Beginning on May 24, 2002 the Wind Song will offer 32 seven-day cruises roundtrip from Papeete, Tahiti departing every Friday and calling at Raiatea, Huahine, Bora Bora, and Moorea. The couples package for the seven-day Tahiti cruise begins at US$5,390 [CDN$7,812] and US$6,590 [CDN$9,550] for air-inclusive. Rates listed are per couple, based on double occupancy and include port taxes and charges. Air inclusive deals include roundtrip airfare to Tahiti from Los Angeles on Air Tahiti Nui. 

Succumb to the mythical lands of irresistible Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love. Cupid will strike on 46, seven-day cruises through the Greek Isles starting April 27, 2002. The 148-passenger sister-ships Wind Star and Wind Spirit offer a total of 41 cruises between Athens (Piraeus), Greece and Istanbul, Turkey, visiting the islands of Kusadasi, and Bodrum, Turkey; Rhodes, Santorini, and Mykonos, Greece departing Saturdays from May 4 to October 26, 2002. Couples can book the 7-day Greek Isles cruises starting range from US$5,390 [CDN$7,812] 

Windstar will travel the course less charted on five unique Aegean repositioning cruises between Athens, Greece and Rome, Italy, with port calls at Ermoupolis, Navplion, and Gythion, Greece; and Messina and Capri, Italy. The Wind Star departs May 4 and October 26, 2002 and the Wind Spirit cruises on April 27, August 31, and November 2, 2002. Couples packages start at US$3,990 [CDN$5,782]. Rates listed are per couple, based on double occupancy including port taxes and charges. 

With its casual luxury, romantic sails and international ports, Windstar has been a popular honeymoon and anniversary destination since its inception, averaging ten honeymoon and anniversary couples a week. A new selection of couple's packages and programs featuring a fully customizable wedding and vow renewal program further enhance this romantic destination.

Honeymoon and anniversary gift packages can now be purchased pre-cruise by family, friends or by the couples themselves. The deluxe honeymoon package including a bottle of Iron Horse, Wedding Cuvee Champagne and a plate of delicious chocolate-dipped strawberries is perfect for those who have just said "I do." For anniversary celebrants a package including a bottle of Mumm Cordon Rouge with a plate of assorted hors d'oeuvres will kick off the special occasion in style. Those wanting to indulge in the romantic ambience will enjoy the "Just for Us" package which includes a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne and caviar for two. Pricing for gift packages range from US$62 to $210 [CDN$90 to $304]. All orders can be placed through Windstar's Ship Services department by calling 1-800-541-1576. 

Windstar offers a wedding and vow renewal program as only a small ship can with individually tailored ceremonies that can be as simple or elaborate as the couple desires. Fresh flowers adorn the aisle and a violinist plays Canon in D in the background as a couple recites nuptials that will hold them together for a lifetime. Extraordinary personal touches can be added such as a firework display sailing out of Venice or a Maori tribal dance during the wedding ceremony in New Zealand -- anything is possible. Weddings are set up through The Wedding Experience, by calling 877-580-3556. 

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. To receive a brochure or more information contact 1-87-STAR-SAIL (1-877-827-7245). For reservations contact a travel agent or call Windstar at 1-800-258-SAIL (1-800-258-7245). Visit Windstar Cruises online at

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Windstar Sails Into 11th Year of Greek Isles Cruising
Two Ships Offer 47 Sailings in 2002

SEATTLE, Feb 15 - Windstar is embarking on its 11th season of cruising through the fabled Greek Isles. Beginning April 27, 2002, sister ships Wind Spirit and Wind Star will sail 46 seven-day cruises in the Aegean this summer. The upscale cruise line carries 296 travelers per week, from May through October, to the history-laden region. 

Windstar will offer Greek Isles cruises between Athens (Piraeus), Greece  and Istanbul, Turkey. Ports of call on the above cruises include the islands of Kusadasi, and Bodrum, Turkey; Rhodes, Santorini, and Mykonos, Greece. Windstar will also offer several Aegean repositioning cruises between Athens (Piraeus), Greece and Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy in 2002. These unique sailings journey off the beaten path to Ermoupolis, Navplion, and Gythion, Greece; and also feature Messina and Capri, Italy. 

"We are staying true to our belief that experienced travelers want to vacation in dramatic surroundings such as the Greek Isles," stated Tom Russell, vice president of marketing and sales for Windstar Cruises. "And cruising is really the best way to see the spectacular islands of the Aegean. "Since many lines have indicated they may not return, this summer will be the best season ever to enjoy the unspoiled and uncluttered Greek Isles," noted Russell.

While the archeological treasures of this region are deeply routed in the past, cruise guests will delight in the local culture, fabulous food and drink, lively music and every-day pleasures of the charming ports of call. Blue-domed churches and bell towers, picturesque villages, orchards of lemons and oranges, gnarled olive trees, white-washed houses, hand-made ceramics and rugs, oil paintings, semi-precious jewelry, pavements of colored marble mosaics, and bustling bazaars lead visitors to a fascinating crossroads where past meets present. 

The 7-day Greek Isles cruise is offered 42 times in 2002. Cruises depart on Saturdays beginning May 4, 2002 through October 26, 2002. The Wind Star sails on May 4, 11, 18, and 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, July 6, 13, 20, and 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, September 7, 14, 21, and 28, and October 5, 12, and 19, 2002. The Wind Spirit sails on May 4, 11, 18, and 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, July 6, September 7, 14, 21, and 28, and October 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2002.

Early booking rates for the seven-day Greek Isles cruises above begin at US$2,695 (CDN$3,906) per person based on double occupancy, including port charges and taxes. Rates vary based on cruise date and availability. The seven-day Aegean repositioning cruise is offered five times in 2002. The Wind Star departs May 4 and October 26, 2002 and the Wind Spirit offers the Aegean Repositioning on April 27, August 31, and November 2, 2002. Early booking rates for the five 7-day Aegean Repositioning cruises above begin at US$1,995 (CDN$2,891) per person based on double occupancy and include port charges and taxes. Airfare add-ons from 39 major U.S. and Canadian cities, hotel arrangements, and pre- and post-cruise tours are available at very attractive rates.

Windstar also offers a trip cancellation protection program that provides cash back for cancellation for any reason prior to 24-hours before departure. 

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. To receive a brochure or more information contact 1-87-STAR-SAIL (1-877-827-7245.) For reservations contact a travel agent or call Windstar at 1-800-258-SAIL (1-800-258-7245.) Visit Windstar Cruises online at

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Best Springtime Rates Ever Offered on Cruises and Cruisetours

2/15/02 - Although Princess' special Alaska "Double Early Booking Discount" promotion has expired, customer interest has prompted the company to offer a new "Alaska Wilderness Sale," featuring the best springtime rates ever available. With discounts of up to 37 percent off Princess' standard Love Boat Savers fares, passengers can now pocket savings up to $1,600 on cruises and cruisetours.

"This is the first time Princess has offered such an all-inclusive program for spring bookings," said Dean Brown, Princess' executive vice president of customer service and sales. "It's a great way to bring the incredible wilderness experience found aboard our ships and at our exclusive riverside lodges to both first-time and repeat passengers."

Discounted fares are available on all seven-day Gulf of Alaska and Inside Passage cruises and all of the company's 53 gulf cruisetour options.

Princess' Alaska cruise offerings include the famed "Voyage of the Glaciers" sailings which feature all of Alaska's top 10 cruising attractions, including Glacier Bay National Park, on every cruise. Passengers can choose from four Princess ships, including the new Star Princess, the largest and most amenity-filled vessel ever to cruise the West Coast.

Cruisetour passengers will enjoy both a cruise and land tour, featuring travel aboard Princess' Midnight Sun Express Ultra Dome railcars and stays at one or more of the company's five custom-built riverside lodges, including the new Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge, which offers exclusive accommodations near the heart of America's largest national park, Wrangell-St. Elias. Among other land tour options available are new "Maximum McKinley" cruisetours, which feature two- and three-night stays, more than any other tour company, in the shadow of Mt. McKinley and the popular Denali National Park.

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Miami, Feb 15, 2002 - Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) announced it will discontinue all seven-day Maui sailings beginning August 16, 2002. The line will continue to offer seven-day sailings from Honolulu.

"Operating an embarkation and disembarkation in Lahaina, which is a tendering port, has proven more challenging than anticipated with the constraints of the small harbor itself and also the lack of suitable shore-based tenders to facilitate an efficient service," said Colin Veitch, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. "The Maui-embarkation option has proved popular and we are well booked through August. We are currently embarking passengers quite effectively in our alternative Maui port of Kahului, which is a berthing port, but as we would like in the long term to retain the flexibility of calling in either Lahaina or Kahului, we have made the decision not to sell any more cruises embarking in Maui after August 16. We will of course continue to offer embarkation in Honolulu every Sunday and we are now offering passengers booked on the discontinued Maui program an attractive option to sail from Honolulu instead."

NCL is offering guests currently booked and deposited on any of the cancelled Maui embarkation sailings a four-category upgrade (Inside-Inside or Outside-Outside) or up to a two-category upgrade for those booked in an Oceanview stateroom with balcony. In addition, NCL will offer rate protection on any other seven-day roundtrip Honolulu sailing aboard Norwegian Star (Christmas and New Year's voyages excluded). Non-deposited bookings will be automatically cancelled unless the travel agent responsible for the booking notifies NCL.

Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line is an international cruise company and industry innovator that currently operates a fleet of nine 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.

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Royal Caribbean Shareholders Vote to 
Adjourn Extraordinary General Meeting

Royal Caribbean InternationalMIAMI, Feb 15 - Royal Caribbean's shareholders, convening today at an Extraordinary General Meeting in Miami to vote on a proposed merger with P&O Princess, decided to adjourn the meeting. Their action was taken in light of the vote yesterday by P&O Princess's shareholders to adjourn P&O Princess's own EGM in London.

Richard Fain, chairman and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean, said: "We are obviously disappointed at the outcome of these meetings. However, we have to acknowledge that a shareholders' vote is a democratic process, and naturally we respect the decision that has been reached at the P&O Princess meeting. Now we will need to consult with our advisors to determine the implication of the votes and their impact on the merger."

SOURCE Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

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P&O Princess Cruises: Result of Adjournment Resolution at Extraordinary General Meeting 15 February 2002

Princess CruisesLONDON, Feb 15 - At the Extraordinary General Meeting (the "Meeting") of P&O Princess Cruises plc, which commenced yesterday, a resolution to adjourn the Meeting was passed with 253,019,846 votes being cast in favour and 151,781,075 cast against. The Meeting has therefore been adjourned for an indefinite period. 

Shareholders will be given at least fourteen days notice of the date of the adjourned meeting.

SOURCE: P&O Princess Cruises

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Carnival Cruise LinesCarnival Corporation: 
Result of P&O Princess EGM

LONDON, Feb 15 - Commenting on the result of the P&O Princess EGM, Micky Arison, the Chairman and Chief Executive of Carnival, said:

"We are delighted with the adjournment of the P&O Princess EGM. We are committed to giving P&O Princess shareholders the opportunity to accept our increased offer and we will focus all our efforts on securing regulatory clearance. We believe that shareholders have effectively asked to maintain the adjournment until the regulatory processes for both Carnival and Royal Caribbean have been completed; we trust the Chairman will respect that mandate. We would like to thank the P&O Princess shareholders for their support throughout this process, and look forward to welcoming them as shareholders of the enlarged Carnival group in the future." 

Terms used in this announcement have the same meaning as in the announcement dated 7 February 2002.

SOURCE: Carnival Corp.

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