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March 1-15, 2002

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Windstar Revises 2002 Voyage Planner
Includes New Tahiti & Western Mediterranean Sailings

SEATTLE, March 15 - Windstar Cruises just released its "2002 Voyage Planner Revised" including all sailings through the end of the 2002. The new brochure highlights recently announced Tahiti and Western Mediterranean sailings for the upscale cruise line.

"Our new 2002 Voyage Planner provides travel agents and consumers a terrific one stop resource for the recent changes made to Windstar's 2002 line-up," remarked Tom Russell, vice president of marketing and sales for Windstar Cruises.

"A number of exciting cruise opportunities have been announced in the past few months, and the revised voyage planner will help bring everyone up to speed on the latest Windstar happenings," he added.

The colorful four-panel mini-brochure provides an overview of Windstar's cruise schedule for the year including detailed itineraries and dates for 153 cruises sailing on 38 unique itineraries around the world. The brochure also showcases Windstar's four-ship fleet of deluxe sailing yachts with ship cutaways, deck plans, and images of public and private spaces.

Newly announced itineraries for 2002 include the return to the acclaimed Tahiti program with 33 sailings cruising round-trip out of Papeete aboard the 148-passenger Wind Song, as well as the addition of four Western Mediterranean sailings between the ports of Rome, Italy; Nice, France; Barcelona, Spain; and Lisbon, Portugal on her sister ship, the Wind Spirit.

The new itineraries complement Windstar favorites including the Greek Isles, Mediterranean, Virgin Islands, Bahamas and Florida Keys, Belize, Costa Rica, Panama Canal, New Zealand and Trans-Atlantic crossings.

The 2002 Voyage Planner Revised is en route now to travel agencies and past guests across North America.

Destination specific brochures for Europe, Tahiti, Central America, New Zealand, Florida Keys, The Bahamas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are also available upon request for further details on ports and pricing.

To request a brochure or make a reservation, 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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Cunard Line Serves Up Cuisine By Award-Winning Chef Daniel Boulud

MIAMI, March 14 - Daniel Boulud, whose New York restaurant Daniel has been rated one of the 10 best in the world by The International Herald Tribune, will create signature menus exclusively for the ships of Cunard Line. The four-star chef has been engaged to build on the line's legendary reputation for culinary excellence. The new culinary partnership was announced today at the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention, the world's largest annual cruise industry event. 

The announcement was made by Deborah Natansohn, senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing for Cunard Line. Cunard's fleet includes Queen Elizabeth 2, the world's most famous liner; the intimate Caronia; Queen Mary 2, the line's new flagship due in December 2003; and an as yet-unnamed newbuild due in 2005.

Born in France, Boulud is heralded as one of the world's greatest chefs, known for his contemporary French-American cuisine. Menus will include favorite selections from his celebrated New York restaurant Daniel, given four stars by The New York Times and Gourmet's coveted "Top Table" award, as well as the top food rating in the Zagat guide. Boulud also owns and operates Cafe Boulud and DB Bistro Moderne, both in New York, and Feast & Fetes, the exclusive catering division of Daniel, which has catered events for heads of state and some of America's most prominent families.

"It is a honor for me to be associated with the world-famous liners of Cunard," says Boulud. "It will be a privilege to introduce my favorite signature dishes alongside the Continental cuisine for which the company is well known." Boulud also was enchanted with the notion that his cuisine would be served in exotic ports as far a field as Africa, New Zealand, Scandinavia, even Vietnam. "On the QE2 2003 World Cruise," he mused, "my cuisine will be carried to 35 ports on six continents, not to mention, many places I dream of visiting myself."

In making the announcement, Natansohn said, "We are thrilled to give our discerning guests the option of dining on Daniel Boulud's renowned cuisine. This new relationship will only enhance our strong reputation for providing the finest dining experiences at sea." According to Karl Muhlberger, Cunard's corporate executive chef, "Daniel likes to use seasonal ingredients from the best-available local purveyors. His culinary style is drawn from family traditions, regional specialties and his own contemporary take on classic haute cuisine. This all adds up to a distinctive style combined with the highest quality for Cunard guests."

Boulud was raised on his family's farm near Lyon. There he grew up surrounded by fresh produce that evolved with the rhythm of the seasons, homemade cheeses and cured meats, and best of all, his grandmother's inspiring cooking. A young Daniel knew he was destined to become a chef, and after being nominated as a candidate for "best cooking apprentice in France," he went on to train under some of the country's most renowned masters. After two years as chef in some of Copenhagen's finest kitchens, Boulud made his way to the U.S. where his first position was cooking for the European Commission in Washington, DC. He went on to open the Polo Lounge at the Westbury Hotel and later Le Regence at the Hotel Plaza Athenee, both in New York. From 1986 to 1992, Boulud served as executive chef at the famed New York eatery Le Cirque. Under Boulud's masterful hand, the restaurant was regularly chosen as one of the most highly rated in the world. In 1993, he opened his own much-heralded restaurant Daniel, followed by Cafe Boulud in 1998 and DB Bistro Moderne in 2001. The rest is culinary history.

Cunard Line's QE2 and Caronia cater to sophisticated, well-seasoned travelers who enjoy the cultured atmosphere of classic luxury liners along with every modern amenity. Both vessels offer luxurious accommodations, including suites with private balconies; a formal main dining room or casual alternative venue; several lounges; cabaret-style entertainment; an Internet center; well-stocked library; casino; health club; and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. For more information on Cunard Line, consult a travel agent, call 1-800-7-CUNARD or visit the website at

Cunard Line has operated the most famous ocean liners in the world since 1840. The Cunard fleet has a classic British heritage and includes Queen Elizabeth 2 and Caronia. In December 2003, the line welcomes Queen Mary 2, the largest liner in the world, and in 2005 an as yet-unnamed newbuild.

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MIAMI, March 14, 2002 - Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. today provided an update on the status of its bookings during "wave," the cruise industry's strongest booking  period. Following the tragedies of September 11, bookings throughout the cruise industry were disrupted. In recent months, the situation has begun to stabilize, allowing a clearer picture of likely booking patterns.

As previously reported, booking volumes this year have been strong, especially for close-in sailings. Pricing, although still behind last year's levels, continues to improve. As a result, the company currently expects first quarter yields (net revenue per available berth day) will be down approximately 7-8% on a year-over-year basis and that the earnings per share will be in the range of $0.25 - $0.30.

Pricing in the second and third quarters, while also improving, is still expected to be lower than pricing in 2001. In addition, yields for these two quarters will be affected by the redeployment of four ships out of their originally scheduled European itineraries to lower-yielding markets. Estimates are that these redeployments will negatively affect second quarter yields by 2% and third quarter yields by 4%. Therefore, current expectations are that the yield change for the second and third quarters will also be down in the range of 7-8%.

"We are obviously pleased that the first quarter yields and earnings are so much better than we originally anticipated," said Richard Glasier, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. "We are also providing our first guidance on second and third quarter yields, based on what we've seen so far during wave. However, the shift in demand to close-in bookings means that visibility is lower than in prior years. This makes our ability to project yields more difficult than in other years at this time. We will be reporting our first quarter results at the end of April, and will give another update then."

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 22 ships in service and six under construction. Royal Celebrity Tours operates land-tour vacations in Alaska and Canada utilizing the world's largest glass-domed railcars. Additional information can be found on, and

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Seattle, March 12, 2002 - Holland America Line's "Elegant Explorer," the new ms Prinsendam, will make its grand entry on June 3 after a 35-day transformation, from which it will emerge with a new alternative Odyssey Restaurant and a Lido Restaurant, a new Ocean Bar, an Art Gallery, a new Internet Center, a revamped show lounge, and new "lanai" staterooms. Holland America takes delivery of the 38,000-ton Seabourn Sun on April 23, after which the ship will undergo an extended drydock to become the ms Prinsendam, with 14 additional staterooms and a new passenger capacity of 794. It also will feature Holland America's familiar blue and white livery, public room names and artwork.

"This ship has a very loyal following and a stellar reputation as a world cruiser. We're sure that our guests will agree that the enhancements we're making will only increase its already high appeal," said David A. Giersdorf, senior vice president, marketing and sales. "We're calling the Prinsendam our 'Elegant Explorer' to sum up its mid-range size, worldly destinations and elegant, sophisticated décor. The Prinsendam also offers an intimate, yet spacious, environment. With a 794-guest capacity, this ship has a space ratio of 47.86, one of the highest in the industry." The ship's decks will be renamed to correspond with the naming system on board the HAL fleet.

Starting from the top deck, which on the Seabourn Sun is named the Observation Deck, the passenger decks will be renamed as follows: Sky (Deck 13), Sports (12), Lido (11), Verandah (10), Upper Promenade (9), Promenade (8), Lower Promenade (7), Main (6) and Dolphin (5). Other enhancements will include a reconfigured La Fontaine dining room to accommodate two dinner sittings, a new concierge lounge for the exclusive use of suite guests, a modified Shore Excursion Office, conversion of the present Compass Rose Room to an Explorer's Lounge, upgraded furnishing in the Wajang movie theater, a new wind screen at the bow, and a specially commissioned sculpture for the central atrium.

Features that will undergo minimal changes are the Crow's Nest lounge on Sports Deck forward; the Java Café and Bar, centrally located on Promenade Deck; and the Oak Room, a dedicated smoking room, also on Promenade Deck. The Casino on Promenade Deck and the large, beautiful and well-appointed Ocean Spa, located on Upper Promenade Deck aft, were both renovated in 1999 and will undergo few modifications. 

Swedish architect Tomas Tillberg, who designed the ship's original décor and led the 1999 update, is in charge of the renovations. Tillberg, with the assistance of architect F.C.J. Dingemans of Utrecht, Netherlands, will be responsible for the art applications that will complement the Prinsendam's new interior designs, installing $350,000 worth of modern art and antiques to supplement existing artworks. 

Following is an overview of the enhancements: 

  • The Sky Deck will house a Holland America trademark Crow's Nest lounge. The intimate lounge features floor-to-ceiling windows, a piano and spectacular views from high atop the ship.
  • The ship's present alternative restaurant on Deck 11 (to be renamed Lido Deck) will be transformed into a new, Holland America-style Lido Restaurant with two serving lines.
  • Forward of the pool area on Lido Deck, the Prinsendam will have a concierge lounge to serve the suites on the Sports and Lido decks. The lounge, behind the port side navigation wing, will feature a private balcony offering spectacular views.
  • The Prinsendam will feature a new type of staterooms with the introduction of 10 "lanai" cabins. These staterooms, constructed in space currently used as a lounge on Promenade Deck aft, will have private lanais and share a private, covered deck and a hot tub.
  • The Queen's Lounge show room on Promenade Deck forward will be revamped to seat guests for Holland America's customary two nightly shows. The room will have a new stage and will be equipped with the same state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment all of the company's other ships use to produce their award-winning shows.
  • The present Compass Rose Room on Promenade Deck will be converted to a Holland America-style Explorer's Lounge, with a bandstand for after-dinner music and a large mural to provide the room with the elegant atmosphere customary on other Holland America ships.
  • The La Fontaine Dining Room, in the aft section of Lower Promenade Deck, will be reconfigured to accommodate Holland America's traditional two dinner sittings. Large windows will afford spectacular views.
  • The port side of the forward portion of the present dining room will be converted into an alternative Odyssey Restaurant, featuring Italian cuisine and Mediterranean décor. Opposite the Odyssey will be a traditional Ocean Bar, with bandstand and dance floor.
  • Adjacent to either side of the Atrium on Lower Promenade Deck, a new Internet Center with 11 computer stations and a new, dedicated Art Gallery will be added.
  • The centerpiece of the Atrium on Lower Promenade Deck will be a new, specially-commissioned sculpture.
  • Lower Promenade Deck contains the ship's traditional walking area. A windshield will be added to the front to protect walkers from wind and weather as they round the bow.
  • The ship's golf putting course will be replaced by a volleyball/basketball court, consistent with the Holland America fleet. The ship also will feature a golf simulation center on Main Deck. This virtual-reality golf game allows golfers to "play" several famous courses around the world as well as practice their golf swing and putting stroke. It is identical to simulators to be installed on Holland America's new Vista series ships.

Maiden Cruise is June 3 for Holland America's "Elegant Explorer" Prinsendam The Prinsendam departs from New York on June 3 for its 10-day maiden cruise across the Atlantic Southampton (London), with calls at Halifax, Nova Scotia; Cobh (Cork), Ireland; and Plymouth, England. The ship's inaugural season will feature a full year of globe trotting from Northern Europe and the Mediterranean to Africa, Asia and the South Pacific, and  back again.

The Prinsendam offers nine passenger decks, plus 15 public rooms and boutiques. After the refitting, the ship will have a capacity of 794 passengers. The staterooms include: one Penthouse Verandah Suite; 18 Deluxe Verandah Suites; 50 Superior Verandah Suites; 82 Deluxe Verandah Outside; 220 large double outside; 2 single outside; and 25 double inside. Of these, 151 (38 percent of the total staterooms) will have verandahs. Aboard ship, guests will feel at home in public rooms with familiar Holland America names and stateroom categories consistent with the company's fleetwide system. Amid Holland America's classic Dutch art and ambiance, guests will discover their favorites: an Explorers Lounge, Crow's Nest, Java Café, La Fontaine Dining Room, and the alternative Odyssey Restaurant featuring fine Italian cuisine. Other favorite features include provides a full Ocean Spa and fitness center, Internet center, outside pools, wrap-around promenade deck, theater, show lounge, library, Lido restaurant, and several lounges, including an Ocean Bar. 

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

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Seattle, March 12, 2002 - The inaugural season of Holland America Line's "Elegant Explorer," the new ms Prinsendam, will feature a full year of globe trotting from Northern Europe to Africa, Asia and Australia/New Zealand, and back again. Holland America Line is scheduled to take delivery of the former Seabourn Sun on April 23. The ship will undergo a 35-day refitting, followed by five festive days of introductory activities for travel agents and consumers on the East Coast, culminating with its being bestowed with one of the most cherished names in company history.

During its first year under the HAL flag, the 38,000-ton, 794-passenger Prinsendam will sail on 23 cruises ranging in length from 10 to 22 days. Guests may choose to combine itineraries to create longer voyages of 23 to 44 days or more.

"The Prinsendam will offer one of the most exciting cruise programs ever created by Holland America," said David A. Giersdorf, senior vice president, marketing and sales. "Calling the Prinsendam our 'Elegant Explorer' sums up its mid-range size, worldly destinations and elegant, sophisticated décor. This ship already has an exceptional reputation as a world cruiser. With the new itineraries we've developed, plus our award-winning service and renowned value, we expect the Prinsendam's total experience to add up to an unbeatable vacation filled with exotic adventures in storied ports of call across the world." 

Inaugural Year Begins with the Best of Northern and Western Europe
The Prinsendam's adventures begin on June 3 with a gala 10-day maiden cruise, a big band theme cruise featuring Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians, across the Atlantic from New York to Southampton (London). 

Following the maiden cruise, the Prinsendam will embark on a series of 13- and 14-day cruises from London, Copenhagen or Amsterdam. Depending on itinerary, highlights include the British Isles, the coast of Spain, Norwegian fjords, seaports of the Baltic, the treasures of St. Petersburg (Moscow tour option) and the coast of France. Also depending on itinerary, these cruises feature first-time visits for Holland America at La Rochelle, France; Bilbao, Spain; Klaipeda, Lithuania; the Kiel Canal; Esbjerg, Denmark; Karlskrona, Sweden; and Rouen, France. Departures are scheduled for June 13 and 26, July 10 and 24 and Aug. 7 and 21, with the final cruise in the series concluding in Lisbon. Fares start at $2,629 [CAN$3,819] per person, double occupancy. 

New West and East Africa Itineraries
The Prinsendam will debut two exciting new itineraries in the fall: a 22-day cruise from Lisbon on Sept. 3 that traces the coast of West Africa to Cape Town at the continent's tip, followed by a 22-day cruise on Sept. 25 from Cape Town along East Africa and across the Indian Ocean to Mumbai (Bombay), India. Highlights include the exotic medinas of Morocco and the sparse wonder of Namibia's Skeleton Coast on the West Africa cruise; intriguing, cosmopolitan Cape Town, considered to be one of the world's most beautiful cities; Kenya's vast plains, teeming with wild animals, and the chic Seychelles in the Indian Ocean on the East Africa cruise. Booked back-to-back, the two cruises offer an unprecedented opportunity to sail both West and East African coastlines on a 44-day cruise of a lifetime. Double occupancy fares start at $3,979 [CAN$5,769] for either 22-day cruise; $6,949 [CAN$10,069] for the combined 44-day cruise. 

A Voyage from India to Points East and Down Under
From Mumbai, the Prinsendam departs on Oct. 17 for a 16-day cruise to Singapore, brimming with the sights, sounds and flavors of Southeast Asia, including Myanmar (Burma), Thailand and Malaysia, and featuring maiden visits for Holland America to Thilawa (Rangoon), Myanmar; Port Blair, Andaman Islands, and Langkawi, Malaysia. From Singapore, the ship sails on Nov. 2 for a series of seven 18- or 16-day Australia and New Zealand cruises, featuring exotic Indonesia as well as the lively Land Down Under. First-time port calls for Holland America include Hardee Reef, Great Barrier Reef, Australia; Brisbane, Australia; and Napier, New Zealand. On Feb. 24, 2003, the Prinsendam departs Sydney for an 18-day cruise to Singapore featuring five Australian ports, plus Bali and Semarang (Borobudur tour option), Indonesia. Fares for these cruises start at $3,019 [CAN$4,379] per person, double occupancy. 

The Prinsendam will spend an idyllic spring on a series of four 14-day Far East cruises from Singapore, Hong Kong or Osaka departing on March 14 and 28, April 11 and 25. Depending on itinerary, highlights include Brunei, Cambodia; Vietnam; Shanghai and Beijing, People's Republic of China; South Korea; and Japan. Fares start at $2,829 [CAN$4,099] per person, double occupancy.

Retracing her steps, the Prinsendam sails from Singapore to Mumbai on a 16-day cruise from May 9 to 25. Double occupancy fares start at $3,119 [CAN$4,519] per person. 

Features of HAL's "Elegant Explorer" Prinsendam
After delivery to Holland America, the former Seabourn Sun will become the Prinsendam, with 14 additional staterooms and a new passenger capacity of 794. It also will feature Holland America's familiar blue and white livery, public room names and artwork. The Prinsendam offers nine passenger decks, plus 15 public rooms and boutiques. The staterooms include: one Penthouse Verandah Suite; 18 Deluxe Verandah Suites; 50 Superior Verandah Suites; 82 Deluxe Verandah Outside; 220 large double outside; 2 single outside; and 25 double inside. Of these, 151 (38 percent of the total staterooms) will have verandahs.

Aboard ship, guests will feel at home in public rooms with familiar Holland America names and stateroom categories consistent with the company's fleetwide system. Amid Holland America's classic Dutch art and ambiance, guests will discover their favorites: an Explorers Lounge, Crow's Nest, Java Café, La Fontaine Dining Room, and the alternative Odyssey Restaurant featuring fine Italian cuisine. Other favorite features include a full Ocean Spa and fitness center, Internet center, outside pools, wrap-around promenade deck, theater, show lounge, library, Lido restaurant, and several lounges, including an Ocean Bar. 

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

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LOS ANGELES, March 12, 2002 - Luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises has renegotiated rates with its hospitality partners for four of its 2002 optional pre- and post-cruise hotel programs, passing on savings of as much as 32% to guests extending their cruises in Europe, Alaska/Canada, and the Panama Canal/Caribbean.

The new fares apply to Crystal's one-to three-night hotel programs at the renowned worldwide properties of San Jose, Costa Rica's Real Inter-Continental; Lisbon's Four Seasons Hotel The Ritz; The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco; and Hotel Bauer, member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd., in Venice.

The line's "Crystal Classic" and "Crystal Classic Plus" programs are a two-tiered option that provides the luxury line's guests a variety of services, including escorted transfers, luggage assistance, some meals, and a choice in the level of accommodations at top worldwide properties, just as they may choose their category of stateroom aboard Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony.

The "Crystal Classic Plus" program, the more deluxe of the two, features personal meet and assist arrangements at the airport, private car transfer between hotel and airport (or vice versa), superior deluxe or Club floor rooms with the best available views, priority check-in and breakfast each day. The "Crystal Classic" program includes group meet and assist arrangements at the airport, group transfer by motorcoach and a deluxe  room.

Both programs include hotel tax, porterage, and a specially-designed sightseeing tour by motorcoach between the ship and hotel. A hospitality desk staffed by Crystal representatives offers insider advice and organizes optional sightseeing.

"We have found that even our most sophisticated guests who may travel independently for business choose our escorted hotel programs while on vacation because they appreciate the added convenience and comfort," says Adam Leavitt, senior vice president, marketing. "We try to make our guests feel as pampered ashore as they do on board."

The renegotiated fares start at $275 for the first night, per person, double occupancy, and $110 for each additional night.

The 2002 pre- and post-cruise hotel programs are also available in Athens, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, London, New Orleans, Rome, Sydney, Tokyo, Santiago and Vancouver.

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, Australia/New Zealand, the Caribbean, 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. For the sixth consecutive year, Crystal Cruise s was named best medium-sized line in the 2001 readers' surveys conducted by Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler magazines. Crystal Cruise s is booked exclusively through professional travel agents. For a complimentary 2002 brochure, call 800.820.6663. Visit the luxury cruise line's Web site at

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MIAMI, March 12, 2002 - Royal Caribbean International today announced its third annual Environmental Ship Of The Year Award and Best Environmental Innovation Of The Year Award.

Sovereign of the Seas was selected as the Environmental Ship Of The Year and Monarch of the Seas was selected for the Best Environmental Innovation Of The Year. The company's 14-ship fleet was informed of the winners during a conference call with Royal Caribbean International's President and Chief Operating Officer, Jack Williams, and Senior Vice President for Safety and Environment, Capt. William Wright.

The annual awards are designed to encourage Royal Caribbean's longstanding commitment to environmental innovation and improvement. Judging for the awards was conducted by the independent external auditing firm of Haley and Aldrich, which audits all of Royal Caribbean's 14 ships for adherence to the company's Environmental Compliance Plan.

"I congratulate the crews of both Sovereign of the Seas and Monarch of the Seas for their outstanding achievements," Williams said. "I also thank our other ships for their continuous improvement and commitment to environmental excellence. It is impressive to see the ongoing environmental advances onboard all our ships."

The selection of the Environmental Ship Of The Year Award was based on seven criteria established by Royal Caribbean and its independent external auditors and covered all of 2001. Those criteria were audit findings related to environmental performance, effectiveness of corrective actions, completion of corrective action to clear audit findings, reports of near incidents, weekly and monthly environmental reports, performance of environmental equipment, and innovative thinking. The selection of the Best Environmental Innovation Of The Year Award was based solely on accomplishments within the innovative thinking criteria. 

In their Environmental Ship Of The Year Award, Sovereign of the Seas' crew was cited for having truly stretched to improve upon their already superior environmental performance. The ship set environmental excellence as a goal, and worked diligently toward that goal throughout the year. The ship successfully developed an onboard culture where accidents or incidents represent opportunities for improvement, and did extremely well on all of the external audits conducted during the year. During 2001, Sovereign of the Seas embarked on an aggressive campaign to drastically reduce gray water and hazardous waste generation, as well as to conserve energy aboard the ship. The ship was exceptionally proactive in educating all crewmembers about their responsibility to further environmental conservation and compliance goals of the ship.

In their Best Environmental Innovation Of The Year Award, won for the third straight year, Monarch of the Seas' crew was cited for educating passengers on the effects of global warming and providing them with tips to "do their part" in assisting with energy conservation measures explained in a video produced for passenger viewing. The ship also reached out to the island of Antigua, by sponsoring a "Mash the Trash" environmental clean-up campaign aimed at school children. The campaign encouraged garbage clean-up and sustained personal and public cleanliness. The ship's crew participated in planning this program, sponsored educational instruction materials, as well as television advertisements. The ship's crew also improved their environmental systems by developing a software program to assist them in accessing and reporting environmental information. Elements of this program will be made available fleetwide during 2002.

"All of our ships distinguished themselves as they sought higher environmental performance standards through innovation and communication," Wright said. "Our ships have again exemplified a continuous improvement philosophy that is the hallmark of Royal Caribbean. We thank them for their hard work and the impressive examples they set."

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 22 ships in service and six under construction or on firm order. Royal Celebrity Tours operates land-tour vacations in Alaska and Canada utilizing the world's largest glass-domed railcars. Additional information can be found on, or

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Voyages to Depart from Four Different U.S. Homeports 
Aboard Carnival Triumph, New Carnival Legend

MIAMI (03/12/02) - Carnival Cruise Lines will return to Bermuda in grand style after a three-year hiatus with five "Fun Ship" cruises to the island nation in 2002. The six- and seven-day voyages, which will dock at historic King's Wharf, will depart from four eastern U.S. seaports aboard the 2,758-passenger Carnival Triumph and new 2,124-passenger Carnival Legend, currently under construction and set to debut this summer.

"Bermuda is a fascinating and highly desirable cruise destination and we are delighted to offer such a wide range of U.S. departure points for this extremely popular island," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. He added that the five voyages will be operated on two of the newest, most attractive ships sailing to Bermuda in 2002. 

Carnival's 2002 Bermuda program includes voyages from the following U.S. homeports:

  • Charleston, S.C. (spring 2002) - six-day sailing departing May 29 aboard the 102,000-ton Carnival Triumph

  • Norfolk, Va. (summer 2002) - two seven-day voyages from Norfolk, Va., departing June 5 and 12 aboard Carnival Triumph 

  • Philadelphia (fall 2002) - six-day cruise aboard the 88,500-ton Carnival Legend departing Oct. 23 

  • Baltimore (fall 2002) - six-day voyage aboard Carnival Legend departing Oct. 30. 

Located on Bermuda's northern coast, King's Wharf is a centuries-old port city offering a number of interesting historical sites and attractions, including the Royal Naval Dockyard and the Bermuda Arts Center and Craft Market. During their three-day stay in Bermuda, guests can also visit the island's legendary pink beaches, partake in a wide range of watersports, including snorkeling, kayaking and scuba diving, and enjoy a diversity of fine dining and shopping opportunities. 

Both the Carnival Triumph and Carnival Legend feature such signature "Fun Ship" amenities as expansive spa and children's facilities, on-board duty-free shopping malls, full casino gambling and multiple swimming pools with cascading water slides. A diversity of entertainment venues, ranging from intimate piano bars and jazz clubs to pulsating discos and dazzling three-deck-high show rooms housing Vegas-style entertainment, are featured, as well. Dining options include full-service, multi-course meals in elegant two-level dining rooms, patisseries, and casual poolside eateries housing Asian and American specialty areas, extensive salad and dessert bars and 24-hour pizzerias. Complimentary 24-hour room service is available.

Carnival is currently accepting reservations for all five Bermuda sailings aboard Carnival Triumph and Carnival Legend. Prices for six- and seven-day Bermuda cruises begin at $799 and $899 per person, respectively, based on double occupancy. If purchased via Carnival's "Fun Finance Plan(SM)," six-day Bermuda cruises are available starting at $37 per month and seven-day cruises at $42 per month (based on a 24-month payment term at the lowest annual percentage rate available). Actual monthly payment and terms may vary according to the applicant's credit qualifications. Valid for U.S. individual bookings only. Certain other restrictions apply. Special rates for third and fourth guests sailing in the same stateroom, along with round-trip air transportation from a variety of North American gateways, are also available. For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit

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From Kristiansand in the North to Taormina in the South, Luxury Line Extends "Crystal Dividends"

LOS ANGELES, March 12, 2002 - Crystal Cruises is offering several compelling reasons to visit Europe aboard Crystal Symphony in 2002:

  • Sail now and save later with 2-for-1 "Crystal Dividends" savings on almost every 2003 Crystal cruise aboard Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony.
  • Get pampered in the highest-rated mid-sized ship to cruise the region, according to Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler magazines.
  • Relax in the ease and convenience of visiting up to seven countries, with as few as two flights, while staying in a single luxurious floating resort.
  • Listen, learn and relish in Crystal's enrichment program including Sotheby's lecturers, Atlantic Monthly editors, world-renowned wine experts, guest chef Jacques Pépin, as well as noted guest chefs from The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd.
  • Choose among more than 200 specially-created shore excursions to Europe 's richest cultural, historic, and scenic areas to explore the region in comfort and Six-Star style.
  • Take advantage of air add-on fares, escorted transfers, pre- and post-cruise land and hotel programs in renowned worldwide properties for a seamless luxury vacation experience.

Crystal Cruises has targeted more destinations in 2002 with its special future savings plan, "Crystal Dividends." Initially introduced for Orient and Scandinavia/Russia cruises, the unprecedented promotion now applies to most of Crystal Symphony's European cruises this summer and fall. Travelers who book any of a dozen designated sailings, in any stateroom category, will receive a 2-for-1 savings certificate applicable to almost every cruise aboard Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony in 2003.

"Today's consumers are looking for the best value. This promotion offers a solid return on investment that is more attractive than most investment opportunities available today," says Adam Leavitt, senior vice president, marketing.

While many operators in the cruise industry announced schedule and deployment changes for this summer, Crystal Cruise s' Europe itineraries remain unchanged except for a handful of port calls in the fall. Crystal Symphony will sail 14 cruises on 13 distinct itineraries, calling in 48 of Europe's most historic, cultural, and scenic destinations in 20 countries in Scandinavia/Russia, the North Sea, Mediterranean and the Canary Islands.

The "Crystal Dividends" promotion applies to the 12 designated sailings below from June into November 2002:

Scandinavia & Russia
On four cruises from June through July 2002, Crystal Symphony will sail four varying 12-day itineraries between London and Copenhagen or Stockholm, and, depending on the sailing, will visit up to seven countries among England, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Finland, Denmark, Germany and Sweden. Each voyage features two full days in St. Petersburg, and, depending on the itinerary, an overnight shipboard stay in Stockholm. Other calls include Amsterdam, Warnemünde for Berlin, Helsinki, Oslo, Kristiansand, Copenhagen, and Helsingborg. Departures are available on June 1, 13, 25 and July 7, 2002 .

North Sea
Crystal Symphony's 14-day North Sea itinerary departs Stockholm for London on July 19, and returns to Reykjavik , Iceland for the first time since 1998, and calls in the Norwegian ports of Oslo , Bergen , Flåm and Gudvangen; and spends two days in Dublin , Ireland .

The Mediterranean Summer and fall sailings aboard Crystal Symphony include three 12- and 13- day itineraries between Athens and either London , Venice or Rome ; and three between Rome and Barcelona or Venice . Highlights include the line's first-ever visit to Thessaloniki, Greece; overnight shipboard stay in Bordeaux, Cannes, Monte Carlo, Venice and Barcelona; and a return to Dubrovnik, Croatia. Departures are available on Aug. 13, 25; Sept. 6, 18; Oct. 1 and 13.

Canary Islands
Crystal Symphony's final cruise of the season, before crossing the Atlantic, is a 12-day Canary Islands itinerary from Barcelona to Lisbon, with calls in Málaga and Cadiz (for Seville), Spain; Gibraltar; Las Palmas and Tenerife.

Pre- and Post- Cruise Land Programs
In conjunction with Crystal Symphony's cruises beginning or ending in Athens, the luxury line offers "The Glories of Ancient Greece," a five-night extended land program featuring Athen's most famous landmarks; two nights in Thessaloniki, home to Mt. Olympus; renowned archeological sites at Pella; the monasteries of Meteora; and ancient Delphi's Temple of Apollo. All meals, overnight accommodations, transportation and porterage are included for $2,790 per person, double occupancy.

Crystal Cruise s is offering optional one- to three-night pre- and post-cruise hotel stays with every European departure, in luxury properties such as The Landmark London and Venice 's Hotel Bauer.

The "Crystal Dividends" certificates are applicable to every stateroom category except the Crystal Penthouse aboard Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony, and are not redeemable for Crystal Symphony's 2003 World Cruise , or Christmas/New Year's holiday voyages.

The 50,000-ton, 940-guest Crystal Symphony is one of the most spacious and luxurious sailing vessels in the world. Its unique size in the luxury market allows for smooth sailing and a wide range of innovative facilities, generous amenities and elegant accommodations. In addition to a full-service fitness center and lavish spa, the Six-Star rated line features grand lounges, 24-hour Internet and e-mail access with Computer University@Sea, the only Caesars Palace at Sea casino, expansive decks, two pools, award-winning cuisine and entertainment and exquisitely appointed staterooms, more than half of which offer private verandahs. Crystal Cruise s is booked exclusively through professional travel agents. For a complimentary 2002 Europe brochure, or for any worldwide destination, call 800.820.6663. Visit the luxury cruise line's Web site at

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LOS ANGELES, March 11, 2002 - Luxury travel specialist Crystal Cruises is adding yet another gourmet experience to its culinary repertoire: Chinois at Jade. Wolfgang Puck's acclaimed Santa Monica-based restaurant, Chinois on Main, will soon be featured at Jade Garden, the intimate Asian specialty restaurant aboard award-winning Crystal Symphony. Best known for its creative and unique fusion of flavors with a Chinese and French heritage, Chinois on Main has garnered virtually every culinary award since its inception in 1983.

Leaders in their respective fields, Wolfgang Puck and Crystal Cruises have enjoyed a relationship since 1991 when the celebrity chef served as guest chef on the luxury line. More recently, Puck shared the recipe for his famous Grilled Mongolian Lamb Chops in The Crystal Cruises' Cookbook, published in 1999.

"Wolfgang has been one of the great innovators of world cuisine over the past two decades," said Puck's friend, Toni Neumeister, Crystal's director, culinary operations. "He is a star in the culinary world and he has been an inspiration to us since his early involvement with Crystal Cruises. We are enormously proud to feature Chinois on Crystal Symphony, an exciting new chapter in our relationship with Wolfgang and his restaurants."

Befitting Crystal 's penchant for stylish innovations, the program is launching in grand style during a portion of Crystal Symphony's currently operating 2002 World Cruise. For nine days in March while the ship is in Asia, Jade Garden will be completely transformed, gastronomically and decoratively, into Chinois at Sea, under the direction of Bella Lantsman, Chinois on Main's general manager, and its noted executive chef, Luis Diaz. During this time, the menu will only feature Chinois on Main selections. Following, Crystal Symphony guests will have the opportunity to select from Jade Garden 's own inventive menu or choose from the new Chinois at Jade menu, featuring five signature dishes. Using the finest, freshest and most unique ingredients available, Crystal's chefs will treat guests to such selections as the famous Chinois chicken salad, Szechwan pancakes filled with stir-fried Cantonese duck, seared Shanghai lobster with a lightly spiced ginger-curry sauce, white miso-marinated baked sea bass fillet Chinois-style and the grilled Mongolian lamb chops with cilantro mint vinaigrette sauce.

On two separate occasions, including most recently in January, Jade Garden's Singaporean executive chef, John Poh, trained under Luis at the Santa Monica restaurant. In March, John and Luis will continue to work in the Jade Garden private galley to ensure that the Chinois at Jade recipes are prepared and presented as tastefully and creatively as guests would enjoy them in Los Angeles.

Since its inception, Los Angeles-based Crystal Cruises has formed exclusive alliances with a number of luxury purveyors. Neumeister continually seeks unexpected additions to Crystal 's rich culinary experience. In 2001, Crystal launched a shipboard partnership between its critically-acclaimed Italian specialty restaurant, Prego, and Valentino, frequently cited as one of the country's best Italian restaurants and wine cellars in the U.S. Following months of training and development, Valentino at Prego was born, which now features at least five signature Valentino dishes reflecting owner Piero Selvaggio's philosophy of utilizing the best, freshest ingredients to create authentic Italian cuisine of the highest quality. Other exclusive Crystal alliances include Caesars Palace for its Caesars Palace at Sea casino, Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. as its only floating hotel partner, Neiman-Marcus as its only cruise line for the InCircle Rewards program, Callaway for its onboard golf equipment, and St. John Knits and Judith Leiber handbags for its luxury retail shops.

In late 2001, Crystal Symphony's Jade Garden underwent a completely new floor-to-ceiling design renovation, including the dining room's furnishings, service uniforms, china, table linens and menus. With an evening seating capacity of 100, the "new" Jade Garden is warm, sophisticated, contemporary and intimate.

In addition to the main dining room and Prego on Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony and Jade Garden on Crystal Symphony, Crystal Harmony offers a Japanese specialty restaurant, Kyoto. Crystal Serenity, the line's newest luxury floating resort under construction and scheduled for delivery in June 2003, will also feature Italian Prego, an Asian restaurant as well as a sushi bar. The ambience of the line's casual poolside deck dining was recently enhanced with luxurious over-sized rattan furniture and other design elements.

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

Crystal Symphony and Crystal Harmony are operated by Crystal Cruises, winner of the travel industry's most distinguished hospitality awards and guidebook ratings. For the sixth consecutive year, Crystal Cruise s was named best large-ship line in the 2001 readers' surveys conducted by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines. 
Crystal Cruise s is booked exclusively through professional travel agents. For a complimentary brochure, please call 800.820.6663. Visit the web site at

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Alaska, Caribbean, Panama Canal, Mexico, Canada/New England and Europe
Cruises Available

Seattle, March 11, 2002 - The results of an Internet survey of U.S. adults
indicate that the elements of a premium cruise experience are just what
mothers are looking for to celebrate Mother's Day. The holiday falls on
Sunday, May 12, this year, and Holland America Line is offering nine cruises
that either depart on that date or include the 12th in their itinerary.

"A Holland America cruise is a perfect gift for moms," said David A. Giersdorf, senior vice president of marketing and sales. "We'll take care of all the pampering, make sure there is plenty of time to relax, and we offer up a world of interesting destinations from which to choose." 

In a poll, mothers were asked, "What is the nicest thing you do for yourself on Mother's Day?" Forty-eight percent of respondents selected "spend time with my family." The poll also asked, "How do you celebrate Mother's Day?" A third of respondents said they either had dinner out or had dinner prepared by someone else. Sixty percent of the mothers who responded to the survey also said that the vacation that appealed to them the most was one where they could just relax.

Given these findings, it is clear that a Holland America Line cruise would be the perfect Mother's Day gift--it allows the family to spend quality time together, Mom does not have to cook or clean, and everybody has a chance to relax. Not only that, but Holland America's wide selection of cruises available during Mother's Day provides a cruise itinerary and length to fit any mother's schedule and travel desires, from the wonders of the Panama Canal to the scenic Mediterranean, the glaciers of Alaska or the comforts of New England.

May 12, Mother's Day, the ms Maasdam departs on a seven-day round-trip Western Caribbean cruise from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

On Mother's Day eve, May 11, the ms Zaandam departs Vancouver on a seven-day Glacier-route Alaska cruise that includes visits to Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Glacier Bay. The following day, Mother's Day, the ms Statendam begins sail on a seven-day Glacier-route Alaska cruise from Vancouver to Seward.  May 6, the ms Volendam departs Vancouver on a round-trip cruise that finds it sailing through the natural beauty of the Inside Passage on the special day. 

When the holiday rolls around, the ms Amsterdam will call at Acapulco, Mexico, during an 18-day Panama Canal cruise from New York to Seattle that departs April 30. The ms Veendam will be in Mexico for Mother's Day on an  18-day trans-canal sailing from Fort Lauderdale to Vancouver departing May 1.

On May 4, the ms Ryndam sets out from San Diego to the Mexican Riviera on a 10-day voyage, calling at Cabo San Lucas on the holiday. Other ports feature Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Pichilingue, Santa Rosalia, and Loreto.

The ms Noordam departs on May 6 from Rome, Italy, on a 10-day Mediterranean voyage and will be sailing the scenic Strait of Bonifacio on Mother's day. On its Mediterranean Enchantment cruise, the Noordam also visits Dubrovnik, Malta, Sicily, Minorca, Spain, and St. Tropez and Sete, France.

The ms Rotterdam will celebrate Mother's Day in Portland, Maine, during a seven-day cruise that departs May 10 from New York and includes Martha's Vineyard, Halifax, Boston and Newport, Rhode Island.

Cruise fares for Mother's Day sailings start at $749 per person, double occupancy.  For more information, contact your professional travel agent or visit

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MIAMI, March 11, 2002 -  Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises announced two key appointments today and revealed plans to provide the Celebrity brand with a dedicated sales staff. Jack Williams, president and chief operating officer for both brands, named industry veterans Dietmar Wertanzl and Rod McLeod, to two new posts created to build service quality and improve outreach to travel agents. Williams also outlined the new sales organization, in which Celebrity gains its own sales force to support its top-producing accounts.

Williams tapped Wertanzl to lead Celebrity's Fleet Operations, assigning him responsibility for the brand's hotel and marine operations. Named senior vice president of Fleet Operations, Wertanzl joins Celebrity from Crystal Cruises, where he was senior vice president of Hotel Operations, and widely credited with both elevating and cementing Crystal's luxury standing. Wertanzl's appointment follows a 25-year career in high-end lodgings and travel, which includes nine years at Crystal and six years at Royal Viking Line. He also was involved in the initial start-up phase of Celebrity.

Williams named McLeod senior vice president of Travel Industry Relations, giving him chief responsibility for liaising with travel agencies and supporting travel agents' and clients' needs. McLeod returns to Royal Caribbean after a six-year hiatus working elsewhere in the cruise industry. Most recently, McLeod headed American Classic Voyages as president and chief operating officer. Previously, he led a multiple-brand campaign for Carnival Corporation as senior vice president of marketing for Carnival Corp.

"I am overjoyed that these two gentlemen are joining our team," Williams said. "Individually, they are exceptional in their field, both recognized and dedicated professionals. Together, they are a testament, I believe, to the zealous commitment this company has to providing extraordinary service to our guests and unparalleled support to our travel agents."

Wertanzl and McLeod were also enthusiastic about their new employer.

"I am honored to join this company and this management team," said Wertanzl. "I am particularly pleased to be rejoining Celebrity, which has grown significantly in size and stature. Having worked with other high-quality brands, I know Celebrity has a tremendous product and the ability to further enhance its reputation as the flagship of the premium cruise market."

"In returning to Royal Caribbean, I return to my first love," echoed McLeod. "I actually grew up in this company and now I look forward to helping it grow to its next level of excellence. And that level will only be achieved if we continue to build strong relationships within the travel agency community."

Williams also outlined the new sales structure, which, for key accounts, moves from a single sales force representing both Royal Caribbean and Celebrity to separate sales personnel dedicated to each brand.

In describing how the new sales structure gives Celebrity a new voice and new strength, Williams said, "With the launch of Constellation this spring, our final Millennium-class ship, we will have completed the first phase of Celebrity's growth plan. The brand is much larger and more established, and now warrants its own independent sales voice in the agency community."

While some details of the new sales organization are not yet finalized, Williams noted that smaller agencies would continue to be serviced by sales staff representing both brands.

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 22 ships in service and six under construction or on firm order.  Royal Celebrity Tours operates land-tour vacations in Alaska and Canada utilizing the world's largest glass-domed railcars. Additional information can be found on, or

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'30 Years of Fun' Promotion Includes
Special Commemorative Items, On-Board Contests, and More

MIAMI (03/11/02) - Carnival Cruise Lines, the most popular cruise line in the world, will mark its 30th anniversary with a year-long celebration featuring a variety of special commemorative items, on-board contests and promotions, and even a special 30th anniversary song recorded by Broadway star Andrea McArdle. A reception commemorating the milestone was held at Carnival's Miami headquarters March 8 and special celebrations are planned aboard its 16 "Fun Ships" for today, March 11, the actual date of the inaugural voyage of the company's first cruise ship, the TSS Mardi Gras, in 1972.

"For three decades, Carnival has provided relaxing and affordable vacations to millions of satisfied guests and our '30 Years of Fun' promotion commemorates this historic milestone while offering our guests and travel agent partners a host of value-added extras," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president.

The company has also created a special "30 Years of Fun" logo, which has been emblazoned on a wide range of items throughout the "Fun Ship" fleet, everything from hurricane and pilsner glasses, wine bottles, photo and video holders to ice carvings, cruise document sleeves, even mints left on guests' pillows each night.

Through a unique agreement with Coors Brewing Co., a special commemorative "Fun Ship" Coors Light beer can has also been created for sale in shipboard bars, restaurants and lounges. Fun, interactive trivia contests, scavenger hunts and other events, all featuring a 30th anniversary theme, will be held aboard ship, as well. 

The wide-ranging contributions and support of the travel agent community will also be recognized with a host of customized logo items to be distributed at trade shows and in-agency visits by Carnival's field sales force. 

Established by entrepreneur Ted Arison in 1972 with a single converted transatlantic ocean liner, Carnival has grown to become the world's largest and most popular cruise line, with a fleet of 16 "Fun Ships" operating some 1,000 voyages from 19 different homeports this year. The groundbreaking "Fun Ship" concept, which combined a stimulating on-board environment with a wide variety of all-inclusive amenities and facilities, is widely credited with bringing cruising into the mainstream vacation market by broadening its reach to a wider audience. Carnival continues to redefine contemporary cruising with "Today's Carnival," a service mark that describes the company's commitment to enhancing every aspect of the "Fun Ship" vacation experience. Carnival will launch five new vessels between now and 2004.

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MIAMI (03/11/02) - Carnival Cruise Lines has dramatically expanded its fleetwide golf program to include a variety of beautiful and challenging courses in Belize, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Bermuda, Grand Cayman, Mexico and Europe. Additionally, the line has signed an agreement to include top-of-the-line Callaway metal woods and irons as part of its equipment rental packages.

"Golf has always been a popular activity with 'Fun Ship' guests and we're delighted to expand our already impressive offerings to provide golfers an even greater variety of spectacular courses from which to choose," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president.

The new courses complement the more than 40 different golf options currently available within the line's comprehensive golf program, which is operated in conjunction with Sunrise, Fla.-based Elite Golf Cruises LLC and offers professional instruction both aboard ship and during golf excursions. Included among the new course offerings are:

Cozumel Country Club (Cozumel) -  Created by the renowned Nicklaus design team, this is the island's first and only championship-caliber course. Incorporating the natural habitat of the island, the 6,724-yard course was built around native trees, mangroves and wetlands, creating a truly spectacular golf venue. 

The White Witch (Montego Bay) - Located at the world-renowned Ritz Carlton Resort, White Witch is one of the Caribbean's most popular courses and recently hosted Shell's Wonderful World of Golf tournament. Golfers' experience is enhanced by their own caddy offering insight into the course's unique attributes (extra fee required). Non-golfers can join the excursion to enjoy the resort's tennis courts, pools and other facilities for a nominal charge. 

Port Royal Golf Course (Bermuda) - Meandering through some of Bermuda's most scenic terrain, the Port Royal course was designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones. The par-3 16th hole with its breathtaking ocean view and well-placed bunkers is fast becoming the most famous hole in Bermuda. A "must play" for any golfer.

Southampton Princess Golf Club (Bermuda) -  Situated on a 100-acre estate on Bermuda's highest point, this gorgeous course features views of both the harbor and sea. Its well thought-out design requires a skillful touch, with elevated tees, water hazards, and a variety of strategically placed sand traps.

Caye Chapel Golf Resort (Belize) - This spectacular 6,800-yard championship course offers ocean views at virtually every turn and has received international acclaim for its creative yet challenging lay-out, beautifully manicured greens and fairways, and Caribbean Sea vistas. Adding to the day's fun is an exhilarating seaplane transfer, which is included in the price. Simply an unforgettable golfing experience.

Sunrise Family Golf Center (Grand Cayman) - This par-3 course features many beautiful holes ranging from 60 to 160 yards in length, perfect for beginners or those wishing to practice their short game. Sunrise Family Golf Center is an excellent value and  offers couples and families the opportunity to experience the beauty of island golf. 

El Conquistador Resort & Country Club (San Juan) - Designed by renowned golf course architect Arthur Hill, this breathtaking course meanders over 6,660 yards and offers fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. For a small fee, non-golfers can also tag along during the excursion to enjoy the resort's wide-ranging guest amenities. 

Fano Golf Club (Denmark) - This historic 101-year-old course, Denmark's oldest, is regarded as Scandinavia's best. With its rolling hills and undulating dunes, Fano bears a striking resemblance to many of Scotland's classic courses and is just as challenging.

Espoo Ringside Golf Club (Finland) - Located approximately 15 miles outside of Helsinki, Espoo is considered Finland's finest golf course, with tight fairways, strategically placed bunkers and fast, tough-to-read greens. Four large ponds and a meandering brook add to the challenge.

All-inclusive golf excursions include golf pro escort, priority tee times, round-trip transportation between ship and course, and cart and green fees. In addition to Callaway clubs, golfers can rent Adidas golf shoes and purchase golfing accessories such as golf balls, gloves and apparel. Carnival's golf program also features lighted shipboard "practice ranges," which protect golfers from the elements and allow for both day and nighttime lessons. Golf clinics and putting contests are held throughout the voyage, as well. Shipboard lessons are complemented by state-of-the-art "V1" teaching computers, which provide split-screen, side-by-side comparisons with top tour players and sophisticated video analysis. A take-home video re-cap is also available with 30- and 60-minute lessons, enabling golfers to continue their instruction even after returning home. (The V1 teaching software can also be purchased on board for use on guests' home computers.) 

Course information is available by visiting, calling 1-800-324-1106 or faxing a request to 1-954-382-5398. Guests can also stop by the shore excursion desk once on board. All-inclusive golf packages, which include professional golf escort, begin at $60 per person for 18 holes. Professional on-board lessons range in price from $25 for a "swing check" to $80 for a complete one-hour video analysis with a private instructor. For  additional Carnival information, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit

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Seattle, March 8, 2002 - Holland America Line is offering a new, 21-day cruise this fall on the 1,266-passenger ms Ryndam, combining ports on the beautiful Mexican Rivera and exotic Central America with a daylight partial transit of the Panama Canal. The Ryndam will sail roundtrip from San Diego on Oct. 26 and return Nov. 16. In 2003, Holland America will offer a similar18-day cruise on the Ryndam from Oct. 9-27. 

"People who enjoy warm weather and beautiful beaches, as well as the culture of Central America and the history of the Panama Canal, will love  this new, out-of-the-ordinary cruise experience," said David A. Giersdorf,  senior vice president, marketing and sales. "It should have particular appeal to those who have cruised in Mexico and want to do something a little different this time around."

Holland America is the only major cruise line offering this kind of roundtrip cruise from a West Coast port. The Ryndam will spend from nine to 17 hours in six of the nine ports on the itinerary, allowing time for in-depth exploration not possible on most cruises. The Ryndam also will remain overnight in Gatun Lake in the Panama Canal. The first port of call for guests on this Pan American and Panama Canal cruise will be Cabo San Lucas, where water sports and fishing abound. Other stops in Mexico include historic Acapulco and the Huatulco resort area with its magnificent bays and dozens of beautiful beaches.

The Ryndam will spend 11 hours in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, where guests can visit the city of San Jose or take an enlightening eco tour, before sailing for Golfo Dulce and a morning of relaxing scenic cruising the next day. Before entering the Panama Canal, the Ryndam will spend a full day, 7 a.m. to midnight, in Amador (Panama City). This cosmopolitan city offers Spanish colonial ruins, museums, parks and fine restaurants as well as the famous locks.

The Ryndam will sail into the Panama Canal and spend the night at Gatun before exiting the following day, with both the entrance and exit made during daylight hours. The next two ports of call will be in Central America at the quiet fishing village of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, and Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala, the gateway to the charming colonial capital of Antigua. 

Returning up the Mexican coast, the Ryndam visits Zihuatanejo, with its friendly atmosphere and true Mexican flavor, and Puerto Vallarta, the quintessential Mexican resort offering something for everyone. A Flagship Forum speaker will be on board throughout the cruise to help guests develop a new and deeper understanding of the ports of call. For golfers, tee times will be available at Mexican ports of call.
Fares for this exciting cruise start at US $2,699 per person, double occupancy.

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

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19 Departures Also Scheduled Aboard ms Amsterdam in 2002

Seattle, March 8, 2002 - Holland America Line's luxury cruise ship ms Amsterdam, recently voted Cruise Ship of the Year, is coming back to Seattle for the 2003 Alaska cruising season. Beginning in May 2003, the 1,380-passenger Amsterdam will sail 20 roundtrip cruises to Alaska, cruising the Inside Passage and visiting Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan and Victoria, B.C.

"We are excited to be able to bring the Amsterdam back to Seattle for a second year," said David A. Giersdorf, senior vice president, marketing and sales. "This is, after all, our home town, and what better place to homeport a beautiful vessel like the Amsterdam. The ship's fast speed of up to 22.5 knots permits her to complete a week-long itinerary from Seattle, and she will have no equal in the Alaska market. No other cruise offering from Seattle comes close to matching the quality of experience provided by the Amsterdam and the employees of Holland America."

In 2003, the Amsterdam sails from Seattle from May 2 to Sept. 26. In addition to the seven-day Inside Passage cruises, the Amsterdam also will offer new, longer Alaska cruises from Seattle: an 11-day cruise departing July 25 and a 10-day cruise on Aug. 5. 

For 2002, the Amsterdam will arrive in Seattle on May 18 to begin the Alaska season. Sailing Saturdays through Sept. 21, 2002, the Amsterdam will visit Juneau, Hubbard Glacier, Sitka, Ketchikan, Victoria, B.C., and then return to Seattle.

The Amsterdam joins the 1,266-passenger sister ships ms Ryndam, ms Statendam, and ms Veendam; and the 1,440-passenger sisters ms Volendam and ms Zaandam, already heading to Alaska for Holland America Line-Westours from Vancouver, B.C. and between Vancouver and Seward, Alaska. In all for 2002, Holland America will operate 115 cruises on three cruise itineraries to the Inside Passage and a combination of the Inside Passage and Gulf of Alaska.

The Amsterdam features a passenger space ratio of 45, one of the highest in the premium market. Guests enjoy public areas appointed with more than US $2 million in artwork, including three restaurants offering dining choices from casual to intimate, six lounges, a library, full kids room, card room, disco, duty-free shops, two pools, spa and exercise area, Internet center, coffee bar, concierge lounge for suites, and movie theater. The ship recently earned Ship of the Year honors from the World Ocean and Cruise Liner Society, a 21-year old organization with more than 8,000 members who are experienced cruisers. 

The Amsterdam not only will grace the Seattle waterfront every Saturday during the 2002 and 2003 seasons, but it will also boost the Seattle-area economy. Holland America estimates that the Amsterdam, along with the ms Zaandam and the ms Veendam, which will sail several short cruises from Seattle this year, will have a direct impact on the economy in 2002 of $18,594,365, including passenger and crew spending, port fees and taxes, and provisioning. This last area includes expenditures such as a weekly US $5,000 flower order from local florists and such services as having the nine pianos tuned regularly throughout the cruise season.

Holland America spends approximately US $3,263,800 to provision a ship every week on the "turn around" sailings. Provisioning a ship means bringing aboard all of the supplies and food products needed for a sailing. For example, the Amsterdam will require some 20,000 eggs and 1,500 gallons of milk each week, coming from local farmers. In addition, local growers will supply 30,000 pounds a week in fresh produce. Using the commonly accepted multiplier of 2.5, economic impact next year can be measured at US $46,485,912. Similar direct impacts should continue during the 2003 season.

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

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MIAMI, March 8, 2002 - Travelers interested in vacationing without the kids have a series of new options from Celebrity Cruises, with the top-rated premium cruise line's introduction of "Celebrity Escape" sailings. Four Celebrity cruises this year have been reserved exclusively for adult guests ages 21 and older.

"The Celebrity Escape program is a direct result of listening to our guests, many of whom said they would like to experience a Celebrity vacation without children," said Celebrity Cruises Senior Vice President of Marketing and Brand Planning Ares Michaelides. "These sailings will offer the same superior service, cuisine and entertainment that we offer on every Celebrity cruise; the only difference is that there will be no kids onboard."

This year's Celebrity Escape itineraries include:
* An 11-night Caribbean voyage on Millennium, departing round-trip from Fort Lauderdale on September 23, with ports of call in Key West, Florida; Cozumel, Mexico; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Colon, Panama; Cartagena, Colombia; Oranjestad, Aruba, and Georgetown, Grand Cayman. Fares currently begin at $999 per person, double occupancy.
* A seven-night Western Caribbean cruise on Mercury departing round-trip from Miami on October 25, with visits to Grand Cayman; Cozumel and Progreso, Mexico, and Key West. Fares currently begin at $699 per person, double occupancy.
* A seven-night Western Caribbean cruise round-trip from Tampa on Horizon departing  November 17, calling on Key West; Costa Maya and Cozumel, and Grand Cayman. Fares currently begin at $699 per person, double occupancy.
* A 10-night Hawaii cruise on Infinity, departing Honolulu on November 28, 
with ports of call in Nawiliwili, Kauai; Lahaina, Maui; Kailua Kona, Hawaii, and ending in Ensenada, Mexico. Fares currently begin at $1,199 per person, double occupancy.

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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Seattle, March 8, 2002 - Holland America Line will bid a fond farewell to the ms Westerdam on March 10 as the ship leaves its fleet after 643 voyages during a career spanning more than 13 years with the company.

"The departure of a ship from our fleet is always a poignant occasion. The Westerdam is a wonderful cruise ship. She has provided more than a million guests with many happy memories and it is bitterwseet to bid her farewell," said A. Kirk Lanterman, Holland America Line chairman and CEO. "We wish her a long and joyous service with our sister company, Costa Cruciere, as we look forward to welcoming the next generation of Holland America Line ships beginning this fall."

The Westerdam, with 1,347 guests on board, departed from Ft. Lauderdale March 2 on its final cruise under the Holland America Line flag, an eight-day Eastern Caribbean cruise visiting Nassau, Bahamas, san Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and HAL's own private island paradise, Half Moon Cay, Bahamas.

The Westerdam has been a favorite with families and long-time Holland America alumni, since joining the HAL fleet. The ship, which began service as the former Home Lines' Homeric in 1986, was named the Westerdam and officially entered service with Holland America Line on Nov. 12, 1988. The Westerdam's arrival expanded the fleet to four ships and signaled the beginning of a new era of growth for Holland America that continues today. The Westerdam underwent a notable $84 million renovation in 1989 during which it was "stretched" by a then-cruise industry record 130 feet, increasing its capacity 1,000 to 1,494 guests and its size from 42,000 gross tons to 53,872.

With the departure of the Westerdam, Holland America has a fleet of nine cruise ships, which will increase once again to 10 on April 23, with the acquisition of the Seabourn Sun, entering service with HAL on June 3 as the 794-passenger ms Prinsendam.

Holland America Line's fleet will continue to grow for the foreseeable
future with its Vista series: five 1,848-passenger ships entering service through 2006, beginning with the ms Zuiderdam this fall and the ms Oosterdam in spring 2003.

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

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MIAMI, March 7, 2002 - The Board of Directors of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has declared a quarterly dividend of 13 cents per share for shareholders of record at the close of business on March 18, 2002, payable on March 29, 2002.

This is the 34th consecutive quarter Royal Caribbean's Board of Directors has voted to declare a dividend to shareholders.

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 22 ships in service and six under construction or on firm order. Royal Celebrity Tours operates land-tour vacations in Alaska and Canada utilizing the world's largest glass-domed railcars. Additional information can be found on

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Rich Shore Opportunities, Crystal's Pampering Environment 
and Penchant for Domestic Travel Lure Guests Back

LOS ANGELES, March 5, 2002 - Alaska is a cruise destination worth repeating, contend Crystal Society members. Recent statistics gleaned from luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises reveal that almost 20% of its Crystal Society members, booked to date on 2002 Alaska cruises, have cruised with the line previously to Alaska. (Crystal Society members are Crystal Cruises' loyal repeaters who have traveled with Crystal to any of its worldwide destinations.)

"Obviously, Crystal Harmony's floating resort experience is a draw, but these high repeat figures also underscore the appeal of returning to the Last Frontier. Typically, travelers are faced with having to choose between a variety of very intriguing shore excursion options in Juneau or Ketchikan or Skagway," says Adam Leavitt, senior vice president, marketing, Crystal Cruises. "That said, Alaska was not traditionally considered a repeat cruise destination, like Europe, until the interest in domestic, close-to-home destinations increased, as it has for 2002. Those returning will find opportunities to do something completely different, yet enormously satisfying. Crystal's Alaska shore tours earn extremely high ratings among our worldwide programs." 

Among the five new shore tours Crystal Cruises is arranging for 2002 are a Helicopter Glacier Trek and Dog Sled Ride in Skagway, added because of the popularity of a similar one in Juneau, and a kayak expedition in Ketchikan's Tongass National Forest. The 50 previously featured excursions, repeated for 2002, offer varied opportunities for mountain biking, rainforest nature walks, sport fishing, wilderness safaris, bird watching, scenic railway tours, streetcar rides, horseback riding, glacier trekking and other wildlife experiences. 

On board, guest geologists, historians and naturalists will provide insight into the 49th state's unique treasures. As Alaska is an ideal destination for multiple generations, Crystal boasts a well-supervised children's program with experienced Junior Counselors and guest naturalists to gear activities to younger cruisers.

In addition to the popular 12-day Alaska cruises round-trip from San Francisco, in 2002 Crystal Cruises is offering three new 10-day itineraries between Vancouver, British Columbia and Seward, the port for Anchorage, or San Francisco. The line has also extended its season from June through September. All Alaska cruises are aboard the award-winning, Six-Star rated Crystal Harmony, with departures scheduled for June 14 and 24; July 4, 16 and 28; August 9 and 21; and September 2 and 14, 2002. Depending on the itinerary, the luxury ship will visit the Alaskan ports of Skagway, Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan; Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; and cruise the Gulf of Alaska, Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay and the Inside Passage.

Crystal Cruises' Alaska cruise fares start as low as $2,085 per person, double occupancy, for the Sept. 14 Value Collection sailing. Perfect Harmony pricing of up to 40% savings is offered on all other departures. 

At 50,000 tons carrying only 940 guests, the elegant Crystal Harmony is a spacious floating resort. The award-winning ship offers expansive decks, exquisitely-appointed staterooms (more than half with private verandahs), a variety of entertainment lounges for acclaimed, Broadway-style shows, gourmet dining including Japanese and Italian specialty restaurants and "Valentino at Prego" selections from the renowned restaurants (Los Angeles and Las Vegas), a full-service spa, and the only Caesars Palace at Sea casino. 

For the sixth consecutive year Crystal Cruises was named best large cruise line in the 2001 readers' survey conducted by Travel + Leisure magazine, and outscored all other cruise lines, large- and small-ship, for the fifth time.

Crystal Cruises is booked exclusively through professional travel agents. For a complimentary brochure on Alaska 2002 or any other worldwide destination, call 800.820.6663. Visit the luxury cruise line's Web site at

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Spring Brings Unique Cruise Opportunities With Exotic Locales, Leisurely Journeys

NEW YORK, March 5 - As cruise lines move their ships to summer cruising waters, "repositioning" them for the next season, they offer special transatlantic crossings, Panama Canal transits, and itineraries with exotic port calls. Lines that don't reposition their ships often use this time to feature new or special itineraries.

"Many of these sailings include extended time at sea, allowing travelers leisurely days to enjoy the many luxuries, programs, entertainment and amenities available on today's ships between visits to some of the world's most exotic locales," says James G. Godsman, president of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). CLIA is a partner in the Cruise Line Coalition, with the International Council of Cruise Lines, Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association, and North West CruiseShip Association.

Following is a sampling of 2002 spring repositioning cruises and special itineraries offered by CLIA-member lines:

Transatlantic Crossings
Costa Cruises' CostaAtlantica sails from Fort Lauderdale to Genoa, Italy on April 21 on a 16-night itinerary that includes Nassau, Bahamas; St. Maarten, Leeward Islands; St. Lucia and Barbados, Windward Islands; St. Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands; and Funchal, Madeira and Malaga, Spain.

Cunard's QE2 repositions from Cape Town to Southampton April 5-13 to conclude a world cruise. The transatlantic season begins May 12 when QE2 sails from New York to Southampton. Ports include the islands of St. Helena, Tenerife and Madeira.

First European Cruises' new European Vision sails from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, April 14 on an 18-day crossing, with seven days at sea. The ship visits Tortola, Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Barbados, Tenerife (Canary Islands), and Marseilles before arriving in Genoa, Italy.

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines takes Braemar from the Caribbean to Southampton, departing April 24. The 16-night cruise includes visits to Bridgetown, Barbados; Roseau, Dominica; St. John's, Antigua; Gustavia, St. Barth's; St. Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands; and Funchal, Madeira. MSC Italian Cruises' Melody sails for Europe from Fort Lauderdale April 11. The itinerary features six days in the Caribbean, with calls at San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Lucia and Barbados, then six days at sea. After a stop in Funchal, Madeira, the ship visits Malaga and Barcelona, Spain, and on to Genoa, Italy.

Radisson Seven Seas Cruises' 13-night April 26 sailing of the Seven Seas Mariner from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona features the sounds of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. The ship calls at Hamilton, Bermuda; Funchal, Madeira; and Malaga, Spain. Windstar Cruises' ships use sail power on three 14-day transatlantic voyages.

Wind Surf sets sail April 7 from Fort Lauderdale to Lisbon, Portugal, Wind Star cruises from Bridgetown, Barbados April 6 to Lisbon, and Wind Spirit sails March 30 from St. Thomas to Lisbon.

Panama Canal
Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Spirit departs Miami April 4 on a 17-day Panama Canal cruise that arrives in San Diego April 21 for the Alaska season. The itinerary includes Cartagena, Colombia, a Panama Canal transit, and calls in Puntarenas, Costa Rica; and Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Celebrity Cruises' Infinity departs San Juan on a 13-night transcanal voyage April 27. The ship calls in Aruba, Costa Rica and Mexico, before reaching San Diego for its Hawaiian sailings.

Holland America Line's Amsterdam leaves Fort Lauderdale for Seattle May 2, with the Harry James Orchestra on board. Stops include Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Cartagena, Colombia; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Santa Cruz Huatulco, Acapulco; and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Other Repositionings
Crystal Cruises repositions Crystal Harmony from Hawaii to the Orient April 3. The 13-day journey includes maiden visits to Wake Island and Sendai, Japan, as well as Kauai and Maui.

Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Wind sails a 12-day South Pacific repositioning cruise from Papeete, Tahiti to Honolulu March 17-29. Port calls include Bora Bora, French Polynesia; Fanning Island; Hilo; Lahaina; and Nawiliwili.

Orient Lines offers a "South American Explorer" cruise from Valparaiso, Chile to Bridgetown, Barbados March 26 to April 12, visiting eight countries in 17 days, including Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Panama, and Colombia.

Princess Cruises' Star Princess transitions between its Mexican Riviera season and first Alaska season with a Pacific Coast sailing. The seven-day Los Angeles to Vancouver cruise departs May 4 and stops in San Diego, Santa Barbara, Monterey, San Francisco and Seattle. Royal Caribbean International's Vision of the Seas departs Honolulu May 22 to Vancouver. The 11-night itinerary features calls in Nawiliwili, Kauai; Kailua Kona, Hawaii; Lahaina, Maui; and Hilo, Hawaii.

Seabourn Cruise Line's Seabourn Spirit sails a Pacific Passage East, departing Tokyo May 1 and arriving in Seward, Alaska May 12. Ports include Hakodate on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, and Dutch Harbor and Kodiak Island in Alaska's Aleutian Island.

Silversea Cruises' 15-day "Accent on Arabia" voyage April 10-25 sails from Mombasa, Kenya to Athens, Greece, and features a complimentary overnight excursion to Luxor and the Valley of the Kings in Egypt.

Special Spring Itineraries
American Cruise Lines offers eight days in May to explore the villages along the Chesapeake Bay. Departing Baltimore, the ship stops at Yorktown, Va.; Cambridge and Annapolis, Md.; and Tangier Island, Va.

Bora Bora Cruises' catamaran yacht Haumana Spirit has been renovated, with renewed interiors and amenities. Local dive masters meet the ship for marine life exploration, as it sails three-, four- and seven-day voyages between the islands of Raiatea, Taha'a, Huahine and Bora Bora.

Disney Cruise Line offers a new western Caribbean itinerary beginning May 11, alternating each week between its new itinerary, calling on Key West, Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Castaway Cay, and its present eastern route to St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay.

Norwegian Coastal Voyage introduces Expedition Cruises to two Arctic islands (Greenland and Spitsbergen beginning in June. The eight-day cruises on the Brand Polaris and Polar Star feature naturalist guides, lectures and Zodiac landings.

Regal Cruises features several cruises departing Port Manatee, Florida. These include a three-night Key West cruise; five-night itineraries to Progreso/Merida and Cozumel,; and seven-night cruises to Key West, Belize City, Roatan and Cozumel.

Royal Olympic Cruises' Olympia Voyager begins its roundtrip seven-day Mayaribbean itinerary March 30. Departing Houston, the ship cruises the Gulf of Mexico to Playa del Carmen, Mexico; Puerto Cortez, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; and Progresso, Mexico.

For more information on spring cruises, visit a CLIA-affiliated travel agent or log on to CLIA's website at

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Royal Caribbean Intl Promises Exciting 2002 Alaskan Season

MIAMI. March 4, 2002 - Royal Caribbean International's 2002 Alaska season promises exciting new shore excursions, premium cruisetour packages, doubling of rail car capacity and some of the newest hardware in the region. Radiance of the Seas, Vision of the Seas and Legend of the Seas will offer inviting roundtrip and open jaw sailings that are to sure satisfy all Alaska cruisers.

"Alaska continues to lure vacationers with her rugged landscape and spectacular sights," said Dan Hanrahan, senior vice president, Marketing and Sales, Royal Caribbean International. "From traversing an ice field, kayaking past a spectacular glacier, taking a train deep into the heart of Alaska, or roaming free among majestic wildlife, our guests will experience remarkable adventures." 

Several new shore excursions allow guests to explore beautiful ports of call, creating the ultimate Alaskan experience. Start your exploration with the Yukon Jeep Adventure by navigating your four-person off-road Jeep Wrangler from Skagway into the Yukon Territory. Drive your Jeep into the historic village of Carcross and view Pitchfork Falls, Moore Bridge and many other breathtaking sights.

Or, if it is wildlife you're seeking, the Orca Point Lodge and Cruise excursion may be the right choice. Take in the fresh air by sailing on a deluxe whale watching boat from Auke Bay to Orca Point, and be sure to keep an open eye for dolphins, seals, sea lions and bald eagles. Many other excursions give guests the opportunity to enjoy all of Alaska's exhilarating treasures. 

With a doubling in rail car accommodations, more guests can experience any of 13 exciting packages taking them deep into the heart of Alaska on the most-advanced dome rail cars in the world. The cars offer 360-degree viewing; roomier, more comfortable seats that recline in pairs and rotate; onboard dining; outdoor viewing platforms; and wheelchair accessibility to the dome level, a first in the industry. With more than 13 different land packages, guests can explore areas such as Talkeetna, Fairbanks, Alyeska, Denali, Anchorage and more. Ranging from nine-nights to 13-nights, each Gulf of Alaska itinerary provides exciting opportunities to tour great cities; marvel at Alaska wildlife; experience great outdoor activities, such as a tram ride to the top of Mt. Alyeska, Arctic flightseeing or a stop at the rural Alaskan community of Nenana; and overnight stays at wilderness lodges such as the new Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, which offers spectacular views of Mount McKinley, the Denali Bluffs and Westin Aleyska's Prince Resort. All tours include a dedicated host, and are designed to balance viewing time onboard the rail cars and motor coaches with the time spent exploring the outdoors. All tours include a dedicated host, and are designed to balance viewing time onboard the rail cars and motor coaches with the time spent exploring the outdoors.

Launched last year, Radiance of the Seas represents an evolution of Royal Caribbean's signature elements, incorporating many exciting design features and technological advancements found on our Voyager-class ships. More than 70 percent of outside staterooms will have balconies. Glass elevators facing the sea will span 12 decks, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows in many public areas will offer spectacular sea views. Radiance of the Seas will be a "new generation world cruiser," with quieter, faster engines, a yacht-like design, more glass than any other cruise ship and the cruise industry's newest technology for protecting the environment. Vision of the Seas and Legend of the Seas launched the cruise brand's "ships of glass" series, each boasting 60% of staterooms providing ocean views, making these vessels ideal for this scenic itinerary.

  • Radiance of the Seas will sail seven-night voyages roundtrip from Vancouver each Saturday, from June 8 through September 7. Ports of call include Inside Passage (cruising), Juneau, Skagway, Hubbard Glacier (cruising), Ketchikan and Inside Passage (cruising.)

  • Vision of the Seas will sail seven-night voyages roundtrip from Vancouver each Sunday, from June 2 through September 8. Ports of call include Inside Passage (cruising), Hubbard Glacier (cruising), Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Misty Fjords and Inside Passage (cruising.)

  • After sailing two seven-night roundtrip Vancouver voyages on May 17th and 24th, Legend of the Seas will sail seven-night Gulf of Alaska cruises. Vancouver to Seward (Northbound): May 31, June 14 and 28, July 12 and 26,  August 9 and 23 and September 6. Ports of call include Inside Passage (cruising), Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau, Sitka and Hubbard Glacier (cruising) Seward to Vancouver (Southbound): June 7 and 21, July 5 and 19, August 2, 16 and 30 and September 13th. Ports of call include Hubbard Glacier (cruising), Juneau, Skagway, Sitka, Ketchikan, Misty Fjords, and Inside Passage (cruising) 

Cruisetour Packages
Nine-, 10-, 11-, 12-, and 13-night cruise tour packages will be offered on each northbound and southbound sailing. 

Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand currently with 14 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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Top-rated Premium Cruise Line Sails from Top-ranking North American Destination

MIAMI, March 1, 2002 - The world's top-rated premium cruise line and one of the top-rated travel destinations in North America present travelers with a new alternative in Caribbean cruise vacations this year.

Celebrity Cruises, the world's top-rated premium cruise line, has introduced its first round-trip Caribbean cruises from Charleston, considered one of the best travel destinations in North America, according to a recent Conde Nast Traveler poll.

"Celebrity's new itineraries provide the opportunity to sail from historic Charleston to some of the most appealing islands in the Caribbean," said Celebrity Cruises President Jack Williams. "We're pleased to offer our guests another quality cruise vacation option from a new port of departure."

The new sailings are offered on Celebrity's Galaxy, an 1,870-guest vessel which entered service in December 1996.

Galaxy's 11-night Caribbean cruises depart Charleston on December 23, 2002, and January 13, February 3, and February 24, 2003, with ports of call in Tortola, Antigua, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, San Juan and Nassau.

Galaxy's first 10-night Caribbean cruise departs Charleston on December 3, 2002, with ports of call in Nassau, Tortola, St. Thomas, St. Maarten and San Juan. The balance of Galaxy's 10-night itineraries from Charleston depart on December 13, 2002, and January 3 and 24, February 14, and March 7, 2003, with ports of call in Nassau, Belize, Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Key West. 

Fares for Celebrity's new Charleston-based sailings start at $899 per person, double occupancy.

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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MIAMI - Responding to the increasing number of families setting sail, Carnival Cruise Lines has launched a new stroller rental program aboard the new 88,500-ton Carnival Pride, the first "Fun Ship" to offer this convenient, value-added service to its guests. Available on Carnival Pride's seven-day Caribbean sailings from Port Canaveral, Fla., the new service offers single and double strollers for use both aboard ship and during port calls. The cost is $6 per day and $25 per week.

"Carnival anticipates carrying more than 350,000 kids this year alone and we expect this new service to be an immediate hit with families who are constantly seeking ways to reduce the 'hassle factor' when traveling," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. He added that stroller rentals are very common at land-based attractions and resorts and Carnival's new stroller rental service is part of the line's strategy of positioning itself on par with other vacation venues. Dickinson noted that the service is part of a pilot program and will be expanded to the line's other ships if met with positive guest response. 

The stroller rental program complements the Carnival Pride's numerous "family-friendly" amenities, which include supervised activities conducted by trained youth counselors, an expansive play area with a computer lab and an arts and crafts center, and four swimming pools, including a children's wading pool, and a cascading water slide. These features are part of the line's top-rated "Camp Carnival" program, which is available on all 16 "Fun Ships."

The 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride began seven-day eastern and western Caribbean service from Port Canaveral Jan. 12, becoming the newest and largest ship to be based at that port. Eastern Caribbean cruises feature the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay or Salt Cay, along with St. Thomas/St. John, and St. Maarten, while the western route features stops at Key West, Belize City, Progreso/Merida, and Playa del Carmen/Cozumel. 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 visit

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