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March 1-15, 2003

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Carnival Glory Offers Colorful Array of Dining Options

MIAMI - Dining has always been closely associated with cruising and the new 110,000-ton Carnival Glory epitomizes this concept, offering the widest variety of culinary choices at sea. While traditional multi-course full-service meals remain a staple of cruise ship dining, the quality and variety of casual alternatives are what set the 2,974-passenger SuperLiner apart. These include a New York-style deli, a rotisserie, a specialty seafood venue, Asian and American stations, a sushi bar, extensive salad and dessert bars, complimentary 24-hour ice cream, pizza and stateroom service, and, of course, full breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets. There's also a reservations-only supper club offering the finest U.S.D.A. prime steaks, seafood and other gourmet cuisine.

Meals are enjoyed amidst spectacular surroundings, with striking interiors that offer dramatic interpretations of different colors. For example, the Carnival Glory's casual eatery, the Red Sail Restaurant, like the name implies, offers a distinctive nautical interior with red canvas sails, chrome hardware, faux portholes, teak flooring and sailboat models located throughout the sprawling, two-deck-high 1,250-seat room. Here, guests enjoy a wide range of palate-pleasing alternatives. In addition to breakfast buffets and made-to-order omelette stations (both available until noon), the Red Sail Restaurant houses a 24-hour pizzeria serving seven different pies and calzone; a New York-style deli with corned beef, pastrami and turkey sandwiches and traditional side dishes; "Taste of the Nation" featuring a different international cuisine each day; a rotisserie with broiled meats and chicken; Sur Mer, a specialty seafood area with items such as bouillabaisse, calamari fritters and ceviche; a grille serving hot dogs, hamburgers, and grilled chicken and steak sandwiches; an elaborate buffet with various hot and cold items, and a plentiful 35-item salad bar. A dessert bar and complimentary 24-hour ice cream are offered, as well.

For those seeking a more intimate setting, there's the Emerald Room, Carnival Glory's reservations-only "steakhouse-style" supper club. At this cozy, 108-seat restaurant, guests can enjoy top quality dry-aged prime beef, including a nine-ounce filet mignon, 24-ounce porterhouse, and a 14-ounce New York strip, along with a Carnival exclusive: crab claws from Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant, the signature item from Florida's oldest restaurant. A décor of cobalt-blue walls and light fixtures resembling oversized emeralds creates an atmosphere of understated elegance. The Emerald Room carries a $25 per person reservations fee.

Of course, traditional full-service meals are available in the two-level Golden and Platinum main dining rooms whose interiors are inspired by Japan's famed Silver and Golden Temples, with bonsai- and peony tree-themed wall coverings and distinctive decagon-shaped windows creating a memorable dining environment. The cuisine is just as inviting, with a choice of eight soups salads, and appetizers, and seven entrees nightly, including the ever-popular Broiled Caribbean Lobster Tail served once each voyage. A full dessert menu and extensive wine list are available, as well, along with vegetarian and children's selections and health-conscious Spa Carnival Fare, delicious "guilt-free" items lower in fat, cholesterol, sodium and calories.

Other dining venues aboard Carnival Glory include Sushi Salmon, a sushi bar serving California rolls, tuna rolls and other Asian delicacies with traditional accompaniments; and Creams, a patisserie serving specialty coffees - lattes, cappuccinos, espressos and the like - along with decadent confections such as Black Forest cake, apple strudel and banana splits.

Complimentary 24-hour room service offering various continental breakfast items and a variety of sandwiches, wraps, salads, chips and desserts any time of the day or night.

Beginning July 19, 2003, Carnival Glory will operate year-round seven-day sailings from Port Canaveral, Fla., with alternating eastern and western Caribbean voyages departing every Saturday. Eastern Caribbean cruises will call at Nassau, St. Thomas/St. John, and St. Maarten, while western Caribbean voyages will include Key West, Fla.; Belize City, Belize; and Cozumel and Progreso/Merida, Mexico.

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Princess' Europe Season Offers New Adventures Ashore®
Unique Shore Excursions Include Opportunities to Attend the Edinburgh
Military Tattoo, Climb Mt. Vesuvius, Visit a Mercedes Benz Factory, or
Meet a Clan Chieftain

SANTA CLARITA, CA - Whether they want active adventures, to meet local people, get off the beaten track or just relax on a beach, Princess passengers will be able to tailor their time ashore in Europe with a number of unusual and interesting choices this summer. More than 20 new Adventures Ashore® excursion options debut in European ports this year, offering many unique experiences, including the opportunity to watch as a Mercedes Benz is assembled in Germany, to climb the volcano that buried Pompeii while in Naples, meet a real-life chieftain of a Scottish clan, fly to Moscow or attend the famed Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
"Our Adventures Ashore program is designed to offer our passengers the same level of innovation, choice and attentive service on land as they have come to expect on board," said Dean Brown, Princess' executive vice president of customer service and sales. "This year, we've arranged for an exceptional range of tour options in Europe, including many unique experiences available only with Princess."

Some of the new and unusual Adventures Ashore excursions available

You Can't Do This at Home
Take in a Local Tradition -- The famed Edinburgh Military Tattoo has  been billed as one of the world's greatest shows, with its stirring sight of massed pipes and drums of the Scottish regiments as well as military bands from around the globe. People travel from all over to experience the unique blend of music, ceremony and theater set against the backdrop of the historic Edinburgh Castle. Tickets can be hard to come by for this renowned event, which takes place for only three weeks each summer, but passengers on Royal Princess' August 3 Western Europe/British Isles sailing will enjoy a special longer call at the port of Rosyth especially to facilitate a tour that will take them right to their reserved seat.

Fly to Moscow for the Day -- A new tour this year gives passengers the opportunity to see not only St. Petersburg but also Moscow during Regal Princess' two day call in the Russian port. Passengers will take a short flight to Moscow and spend a full day in the city, visiting such sights as the Kremlin, Red Square, Lenin's Mausoleum, the Armory Museum (famous for its collection of Faberge Eggs) and other unforgettable places. The tour includes lunch and dinner in local Moscow restaurants, including a Russian folklore show.

Visit a Mercedes Benz factory -- Automobile aficionados will love Princess' new "Car Lover's Delight" tour from Hamburg. The package features a drive from the port to nearby Bremen, home to the Mercedes Benz factory billed as the most modern car plant in Europe. Passengers will see just how many different models are assembled, and will enjoy lunch at the plant's visitor restaurant. The tour also includes a walking tour of Bremen's historic city center and a scenic drive through Hamburg.

Climb Mt. Vesuvius -- A new tour developed by Princess enables adventurous passengers to not only visit the ruins of Pompeii, but also hike up the volcano that buried the town, Mt. Vesuvius. The 40-minute hike also affords stunning views of Naples and the bay.

Step into a Shakespeare Play -- Passengers on the new "Verona: City of Romeo and Juliet" tour can feel as though they're living Shakespeare's classic tale of star-crossed lovers by touring the tale's setting near Venice. This walking tour takes in Verona's imposing Arena, the Roman amphitheater that once rivaled the Colossuem, as well as Juliet's Balcony, where passengers can pose for photographs in the small courtyard and admire the names inscribed on the wall by visitors seeking eternal love.

Meet the Locals
Visit a Clan Chieftain in Invergordon
-- Princess passengers will have the unique opportunity to visit and have tea with a hereditary Scottish clan chief at his castle in this new tour. Hector Munro, chief of the Clan of Munro, and his mother welcome their Princess guests to the 700-year-old family home, Foulis Castle.

Visit an American Gondola Builder in Venice -- Guests on this new excursion visit one of Venice's six gondola builders, American Thom Price. The master craftsman escorts the group himself as they tour his boatyard and see gondolas in various stages of construction.

Try a New Mode of Transport
Barcelona on Wheels
-- Passengers can explore the capital of Catalonia up close and personal with this new guided bicycle ride through the city streets.

Kayaking in Venice -- What better way to experience a city of canals than on the water? In this new excursion, passengers can join instructors from a local rowing club as they explore the less-traveled parts of the city's lagoon by their own kayak power.

Thorsmork Safari by 4x4 -- Passengers can enjoy the great outdoors Icelandic style in this new tour that features traveling in Super 4x4 vehicles through some of the country's most spectacular scenery. These rugged vehicles can roam over a lava plateau and through the coastal lowlands surrounded by imposing glaciers.

Acropolis and Corinth Canal Transit by Caique -- Unique to Princess, this favorite tour enables passengers to transit Greece's famed Corith Canal feeling like the ancient Greeks, as they travel by caique, an indigenous type of watercraft.

Go Back in Time
Titanic Walking Tour through Cork
-- The last port of call for the Titanic before it set off across the Atlantic on its fateful voyage, Cork is full of remnants of the heyday of the White Star Line and the early 20th century immigration to the New World. In this new excursion developed by Princess, passengers will visit the pier where the ship docked, the historic offices of the shipping line, and other local sights, plus learn the art of making Irish coffee.

Saga City Tour of Reykjavik -- A new tour of Reykjavik that not only takes in the sites, but also presents the history of the city's settlement. Passengers will learn about the remarkable changes that have transformed this city from its first settler to modern times.

Private Visit to Dalmeny House -- Located in what is credited as one of the most beautiful and unspoiled settings in Britain, Dalmeny House, home to the Earl of Rosebery, offers passengers the opportunity to travel back 300 years to an art-filled Gothic Tudor estate in this new excursion option from Rosyth, Scotland.

A Taste of Ancient Greece -- A Princess exclusive that has become popular over the last several years, this tour gives visitors the opportunity to dine in the style of the ancient Greeks. Passengers can enjoy a feast of dishes prepared just as they were in classic Greek recipes. The family-style meal is served only with spoons (as there weren't forks in ancient times), and with beer or wine fermented according to ancient practices.

Life's a Beach
Europe may not be the first place people think of for a beach vacation, but with Princess passengers have a number of options to visit local landmarks and join the locals at favorite seaside haunts.

Visit Pisa and Viareggio -- When the people of Tuscany want to enjoy the seaside they go to Viareggio. Princess passengers can now enjoy this popular resort area in style with reserved loungers and changing rooms, plus visit the newly restored Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Acropolis and Astir Beach -- In Athens passengers can also choose to combine ancient wonders with beach time, as they visit the Acropolis in the morning followed by a relaxing afternoon enjoying the waters of the Aegean on the "Athenian Riviera" in this favorite Princess exclusive.

Enjoy a Taste of Germany
Hamburg at Night
-- A new opportunity to see another side of this German city, with tours through the red light district, a visit to a historic microbrewery for beer and pretzels, and a chance to sample a local specialty, "fischbrotchen," a wheat bun with fried fish.

Beer and Pretzels -- Passengers on Regal Princess' Baltic Heritage cruises can also experience classic German taste treats on this new tour from Warnemunde. The evening features sightseeing of the seaside town as well as stops for sauerkraut, bratwurst and, of course, sourdough pretzels and freshly tapped Pils-beer.

Go Your Own Way
Private Chartered Cruise, Bay of Naples
-- The ultimate way to experience any port of call is with your own private transportation. Now Princess has added to passenger options, with not only private cars on land, but now private boat charters in Naples. This tour will enable small groups to enjoy a private cruise to Sorrento and Capri, with lunch at the luxurious Hotel Quisisana on Capri.

Private Car program expanded -- Princess has added 11 new cities in which passengers can hire the services of a private car or van with guide, making it possible to enjoy this luxury in 16 total European ports. Only Princess enables passengers to reserve these private tours ahead of time via the web.

Princess' European season features three ships sailing on 24 different itineraries featuring 70 distinct ports of call. Golden Princess features 11 sailings, including Princess' famed Grand Mediterranean route between Barcelona and Venice, with calls at Monte Carlo, Livorno, Naples, Athens, Kusadasi and Istanbul. Regal Princess will offer nine Scandinavia/Russia sailings, taking in the best of the Baltic seacoast. Royal Princess sails on an extended Europe season with 19 Connoisseur cruises, featuring the widest range of itinerary choices in the cruise industry. Routes include the Mediterranean, Western Europe, Eastern Mediterranean, the British Isles, and the Norwegian Fjords. Cruisetour options are available for many sailings, creating a complete land/sea vacation that allows passengers to explore many of the region's most popular cities and attractions.

Fares for Europe cruises this summer begin at $999 per person, based on double occupancy. One of the best-known names in North American cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise and tour company. Its current fleet of 11 ships sail on approximately 150 different itineraries around the globe, calling at more than 260 ports on all seven continents. By 2004, a further four ships will be introduced.

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Program Now Features Lower Cost And Greater Flexibility 
When Applying Reassurance Cruise Credits

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 3/12/03 -- Silversea Cruises announced it is enhancing its Reassurance Program while reducing the cost. The innovative cancellation option was originally introduced in 2001 and was the first cruise-line program to allow travelers to alter their travel plans at the last minute for any reason without being penalized.

Guests who purchase Silversea's Reassurance Program will continue to enjoy the freedom to change travel plans within the critical 1-14 days prior to sailing without penalty on any 2003 voyage. Instead of losing 100% of the air/sea or cruise-only fare, guests receive a 100% Reassurance Cruise Credit toward a future cruise. The enhanced program now allows cruise credits to be applied to future cruises after deducting other published savings from the fare.

"Silversea was at the forefront of the industry when we developed our Reassurance Program to give guests more flexibility in making travel plans," said Bill Leiber, Silversea's Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing. "We are seeing that people want to travel, but they still have a certain level of concern about the uncertainty in world events, so they want the option to cancel with ease and without penalty. Therefore, we have taken the initiative to further refine the program and make it as affordable and user-friendly as possible." Leiber added, "The Reassurance Program is a great selling tool for travel agents who will earn commission on the program, plus retain their full cruise commission if their client chooses to cancel for any reason, as 100% of the cancellation penalty is protected. In effect, the program provides peace of mind for both the travel agent and client."

Details of Silversea's enhanced Reassurance Program are outlined below.

Program Fee is Reduced -- Silversea's Reassurance Program fee is being reduced to $100 per guest (previously $250) when purchased with Silversea's GuestCare® optional travel insurance, and $250 per guest (previously $500) when purchased alone. Reassurance Cruise Credit will be applied after other savings deductions This modification ensures that the guest will enjoy a more generous Reassurance Program benefit. Reassurance Cruise Credits issued under the enhanced program will be applied after calculating available savings such as the Advanced Payment Bonus, Early Booking Incentive and Venetian Society savings. Previously, the credit was applied prior to calculating other savings programs.

The enhanced Reassurance Program and fee reduction is available for all Silversea cruises in 2003 which depart on or after May 1, 2003. Guests who have already purchased the Reassurance Program on applicable sailings may request the new rate. Complete details about the program are available at Silversea's website, For more information on Silversea Cruises, please contact a travel agent. For a complimentary brochure, please call toll-free (877) 215-9986 or visit

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New 2,974-Passenger SuperLiner Set to Debut in Fall 2005

MIAMI (03/12/03) - Carnival Liberty is the name chosen by Carnival Cruise Lines for its new 110,000-ton SuperLiner scheduled to enter service in fall 2005. The fourth in the line's 110,000-ton Conquest-class series, the massive 2,974-passenger 'Fun Ship' will be constructed by Italian shipyard Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A.. Carnival Liberty's homeport and itinerary have yet to be announced. 

"Carnival Liberty continues our company's tradition of providing our 'Fun Ships' with memorable and distinctive names and promises to be a spectacular addition to the fleet, offering the 'resort-style' amenities and features desired by today's vacationers," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. 

More than three football fields in length and towering 207 feet at its highest point, Carnival Liberty will be among the largest passenger vessels at sea. The 952-foot-long vessel will feature four restaurants, including two twin-level formal dining rooms, an expansive two-deck-high casual poolside eatery, and an upscale "steakhouse-style" supper club serving hand-cut U.S.D.A. prime beef and other gourmet cuisine. Carnival Liberty's 13 passenger decks will house 22 lounges and bars, including a sports bar, wine bar, a three-deck-high theater showcasing Vegas-style revues, a piano bar and various other live music venues. 

Other features include a conference center, Internet café, a comprehensive golf program offering professional instruction aboard ship and during golf excursions, a duty-free shopping mall and a state-of-the-art 12,000-square-foot health club. Particular emphasis will be paid to Carnival Liberty's children's facilities, which will include a 4,200-square-foot play area and a 1,800-square-foot teen club and video game room. Of the ship's 1,487 staterooms, 60 percent will offer either an ocean view or balcony. Four swimming pools and a 214-foot-long water slide will be featured, as well. 

Carnival Liberty represents the seventh Carnival Cruise Lines "Fun Ship" to be constructed by Fincantieri dating back to the 101,353-ton Carnival Destiny, which entered service in November 1996. In addition to Carnival Liberty, Carnival's current order book with Fincantieri includes two other 110,000-ton "Conquest-class" vessels - Carnival Glory, set to launch year-round seven-day Caribbean service from Port Canaveral, Fla., July 19, 2003, and Carnival Valor, set to debut in fall 2004.

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Local Culture in Each Port Extends "Great Frontier" Experience Aboard Ship

This summer when Princess passengers head to Alaska, they'll discover that the wonders of this "last frontier" are not only enjoyed ashore. The company is offering a unique local experience in each port, a program that has been designed to give a true insider's view of this majestic destination.

New cultural offerings in each port of call, unique partnerships with the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service, and an interesting lineup of local entertainers, historians and naturalists further enhance passengers' Alaska experience. Two new programs have been added this year, including a special presentation from U.S. Forest Service rangers while in Ketchikan, and performances by local raconteur Buckwheat Donohue in Skagway. All programs are free of charge and open to all passengers who wish to learn more about Alaskan life.

"People are so awed by the majesty of Alaska viewed from the decks of our ships, and also by what they experience ashore," said Dean Brown, Princess' executive vice president of customer service and sales. "Princess is now bringing local culture to our passengers aboard our ships, for a fantastic vacation that never stops reminding them of this special place."

Among these special "Alaskan culture" offerings are:

Tongass National Forest Presentations in Ketchikan -- New this year, passengers have the opportunity to learn more about the nation's largest National Forest -- Tongass National Forest -- with a special onboard presentation by rangers from the U.S. Forest Service. A naturalist station will be set up throughout the afternoon each ship is in Ketchikan, and passengers are invited to a special presentation later in the day as the rangers share information about this important national treasure.

Buckwheat performs in Skagway -- Also new this season, each ship will offer a special tribute to Alaska by entertainer Buckwheat Donohue while in port in Skagway. The town's former mayor, Buckwheat presents an afternoon performance incorporating the poems and songs of Yukon adventurer Robert Service, mixed with a collection of humorous tales of life in Skagway and Alaska.

Dog Sledding Up Close in Juneau - Libby Riddles, the 1985 Iditarod dog sled race champion and first woman ever to win the famous Anchorage to Nome trek, has become a Princess favorite, enthralling passengers with her dog mushing exploits. In her exclusive appearances for Princess, Riddles joins each of the line's Alaska ships during its call in Juneau. Taking passengers behind the scenes into the world of dog mushing, she shares her Iditarod experiences while describing what it's like to live in a native Inupiat village near Nome. Riddles' approximately hour-long presentations are held aboard the ship in the afternoon, followed by an opportunity for passengers to ask questions, get autographed copies of her books or pose with her for photos.

Park Ranger Programs in Glacier Bay -- Park rangers present a variety of programs for passengers of all ages while ships sail among the dramatic ice fields of Glacier Bay National Park. In particular, Princess ships offer an enriching Junior Ranger and Teen Explorer program designed to bring Glacier Bay and the Alaska wilderness to life for the thousands of children each summer. This joint effort between Princess and the National Parks Service is designed to encourage children to explore Glacier Bay's natural and cultural history through fun interactive projects. Children ages 6-12 and teens ages 13-17 can participate in special programs customized for their age group, and take home specially developed activity books. Kids who participate in a certain number of events and activities can earn Junior Ranger status and receive an official badge.

Alaska Naturalists -- Each Princess ship offers passengers the expert guidance of their own dedicated onboard naturalist throughout their cruise. These veteran guides include adventurers, educators and photographers, among others, who present informative talks and slide shows about oceanography and marine life, glaciers, native Alaskan cultures, wildlife, history and many other local topics of interest.

Signature Alaska Cuisine -- Passengers also get to taste the true flavor of Alaska on board. Each season chefs create flavorful dishes that reflect the state's culinary delights, featuring fresh fish, unique, savory meats and an assortment of seafood specialties. With options including a special Alaska dinner menu, poolside fish barbeque, and Glacier Bay buffet, passengers have a variety of ways to enjoy Alaskan specialties. In addition, guests in one of Princess' many balcony staterooms can order a special Glacier Bay champagne breakfast to further enhance their cruise through this natural wonder. On shore, the company's five premier wilderness lodges and exclusive rail cars serve up their own Signature Alaskan Cuisine as well.

Princess' 2003 Alaska season features the company's most diverse cruise and tour options to date. With 78 departures on six ships, Princess offers a range of experiences on vessels that range from 680 passengers to 2,600 passengers, include several new vessels. Travelers can choose from a variety of itineraries sailing from Vancouver, Seattle or San Francisco. Princess offers the youngest and most amenity-filled ships in the region, offering up to 85 percent balcony cabins -- perfect for private viewing of the state's stunning scenery. In addition, passengers will enjoy the flexibility of Personal Choice Dining, and the legendary service provided by courteous and knowledgeable crew members.

Passengers can also create a full land/sea vacation with a choice of cruisetour options offered in conjunction with the line's famed "Voyage of the Glaciers" Gulf of Alaska sailings. Only Princess includes the state's top land and sea attractions -- Denali National Park and Glacier Bay National Park -- on every cruisetour. The company's roster of 46 land tour options and three cruise itineraries gives vacationers a wide range of choices to create the perfect Alaska adventure. On land, all Princess tour options include accommodations at one or more of Princess' five exclusive riverside wilderness lodges -- including two properties in the Denali National Park area, plus lodges on the Kenai Peninsula, in Fairbanks, and just outside of the nation's largest National Park, Wrangell-St. Elias. Tours also feature transportation on the company's renowned Ultra Dome Midnight Sun Express railcars, and deluxe motorcoaches.

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Zuiderdam Caters To Growing Trend of Multi-generational Guests 
Special Pricing Now Available for Spring & Summer

Seattle, March 11, 2003 - As Holland America's first Vista-class ship, the ms Zuiderdam enhances cruising for "multi-generational" guests - families that span several generations. More and more frequently, grandparents, parents and children are cruising together, and family reunions can easily number 30-50 adu! lts and children on a cruise. Now, special pricing makes a family vacation even more attractive aboard Holland America's newest ship. Special spring and summer savings fares start at US$499 (CAN$699) per person for an inside cabin, $699 (CAN$999) for an outside and $899 (CAN$1,289) for a Verandah cabin on the ms Zuiderdam. Rates apply to Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings, departing Saturdays from April 5 to August 16, 2003. In addition, third and fourth berth pricing in Verandah cabins is $199 (CAN$299) for children and $299 (CAN$449) per person for adults on ms Zuiderdam sailings departing April 26 and May 3-24, 2003. The Zuiderdam offers the ideal multi-generational cruise experience with large facilities for children and teens, while their parents and grandparents enjoy the classic cruise experience of premium Holland America Line. The ship will sail seven-day Caribbean cruises year-round for convenient vacation and school break planning.

"Multi-generational and family reunion cruising are definitely a growing trend in the travel industry," said David A. Giersdorf, senior vice president, marketing and sales. "According to the Travel Industry Association (TIA), nearly 20 percent of travel in 2001 spanned three generations. At Holland America, we can see upwards of 150 to 200 children on board during the summer months and school breaks, especially on our seven-day cruises. The Zuiderdam was designed with this trend in mind. It features WaveRunner for teens and KidZone for children ages five to 12. Parents and grandparents can truly enjoy their cruise, knowing their kids are equally enjoying the time in supervised pastimes."

The Zuiderdam sails Saturdays from Ft. Lauderdale on classic seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises throughout 2003. This geographical area is the most popular for Holland America's multi-generational cruisers, followed by Alaska.  Eastern Caribbean itineraries visit Half Moon Cay, Holland America's award-winning private island experience in the Bahamas; St. Kitts & Nevis; St. Thomas; and Nassau, Bahamas. Western Caribbean cruises feature Half Moon Cay; George Town, Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico; and Key West, Florida.

"Holland America had more than 20,000 children aboard its 2002 Caribbean-dedicated ship, the ms Maasdam," noted Giersdorf. "Given the Maasdam's maximum capacity of 1,266 guests, we expect some 30,000 children aboard the 1,848-passenger Zuiderdam during 2003."

KidZone and WaveRunner
The Zuiderdam features a joint facility for all ages of youth. Its "Club HAL" program features KidZone for younger cruisers ages five to 12 and WaveRunner for teens. KidZone is a children's facility with inside play areas, complete with safety matting. Professional youth coordinators supervise daily activities such as games, arts and crafts, computer fu! n, candy-bar bingo, movies and special kids-only parties.

WaveRunner is a place for teenagers, complete with a dance floor where they can dance to a booming sound system and special lighting effects. In an area 50 percent larger than those on other Holland America ships, teens enjoy their own game room to play video games, watch movies on big-screen TV, compete in team games for cool prizes or just hang out with friends their own age. Both areas offer juice and sodas.

At Half Moon Cay, kids delight in a variety of activities through its shore-side Club HAL program ranging from sand castle building to treasure hunts. Teens enjoy swimming, snorkeling and sailing, plus volleyball and Frisbee on its white sand beaches. 

Extensive Adult Activities 
On board the Zuiderdam, adult guests can enjoy a wide range of activities including tennis and basketball, swimming, jogging and dancing. They can work out in a state-of-the-art fitness cen! ter, pamper themselves in the luxurious Greenhouse Spa, and improve their golf game via a simulator of the world's great courses. The Zuiderdam also features two interior promenade decks, an exterior covered promenade deck encircling the entire ship and a Lido pool with a retractable dome. 

For entertainment, the Zuiderdam offers three new facilities: the three-tiered Vista Show Lounge, Queen's Lounge featuring "cabaret-style" entertainment, and the sophisticated Northern Lights Nightclub. The ship has an expanded casino and continues Holland America's popular Ocean Bar, Explorer's Lounge and top-deck Crow's Nest observation lounge. 
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Norwegian Cruise Line Launches "STAR Seeker"
Guest talent competition could lead to offer of a full-time
entertainer contract onboard an NCL ship

Do you sing in the shower? Are you the first in your crowd to grab the Karaoke mike? If you're waiting in the wings for stardom, then Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has the competition for you. The company will shine a spotlight on its onboard guests when its new "Star Seeker" premieres April 4th. This new American Idol-style contest will be offered aboard all of NCL's ships on four-day and longer voyages to give every guest a chance to wow the crowd and possibly win a full-time entertainment contract onboard an NCL ship.

Contestants will perform a three-minute routine showcasing their talent and a panel of judges will select the winners based on each performer's entertainment value and audience reaction. The judging panel will be comprised of the ship's hotel director and cruise director as well as a musician and a guest performer from the vessel's professional entertainment staff. Individual ship winners will receive a trophy, and a videotape of their winning performance will be sent to NCL's shore side headquarters for review by the entertainment department. NCL will then select a handful of winners to perform a 45-minute cabaret show as a featured entertainer aboard a future NCL cruise.

But that's not all! "Star Seeker winners who really wow the crowd as a guest entertainer may then have the opportunity to become a featured performer onboard NCL ships with a full-time entertainment contract," said Keith Cox, vice president of entertainment and onboard programming for NCL. "Recent hit shows like American Idol and Star Search illustrate the amount of untapped talent out there and we are extremely excited about  discovering gifted new entertainers."

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Mandara Announces Renewal of Agreement with Silversea Cruises

NASSAU, The Bahamas March 11, 2003 - Steiner Leisure's Mandara subsidiary has renewed its agreement with Silversea Cruises, Ltd. for a further three-year term through February 2006. The new agreement enables Mandara to continue its relationship to be the exclusive provider of unique spa and massage services, hair dressing and beauty treatments, and fitness programs on the existing Silversea's fleet of four cruise ships, as well as on all ships it introduces into service during the term of this agreement. 

Leonard I. Fluxman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Steiner Leisure Limited, commented, "We are very excited about Mandara's contract renewal with Silversea Cruises, which reflects the commitment by both parties to continue our mutually successful association. Mandara is proud to continue to be associated with the quality, traditions and excellence of Silversea Cruises, Ltd.

Steiner Leisure Limited is a worldwide provider of spa services. The Company's operations include spas and salons on 106 cruise ships, and in 52 resort spas and 11 luxury day spas. Our cruise line and land-based resort customers include Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Disney Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Holland America Lines, Marriott, Park Place Entertainment and Kerzner International. Elemis Limited manufactures its Elemis® brand products for use in our cruise ships and land-based spas. This top quality European line of beauty products is also distributed worldwide to exclusive hotels, salons, health clubs and destination spas. Elemis®, as well as other Steiner private label products, including La Therapie®, Ionithermie, and Steiner Hair care, are available at

Steiner Leisure also owns and operates three post secondary schools (comprised of a total of eight campuses) located in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Sarasota, Florida; Baltimore, Maryland; York, Pennsylvania and Charlottesville and Winchester, Virginia. Offering degree and non-degree programs in massage therapy and skin care, these schools train and qualify spa professionals for health and beauty positions within the Steiner family of companies or other industry entities.

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MIAMI - Cunard Line's $800-million liner Queen Mary 2 will be the first ship to debut a "Chef's Galley," whereby passengers are taught by the chef how to prepare their meal just prior to dining. The new restaurant will feature both Cunard chefs and guest appearances by world-famous chefs sponsored by Gourmet magazine.


Chef's Galley, located in the ship's innovative King's Court dining pavilion, will have a mirrored work station so that diners can view their meal preparation and observe the chef's skills before partaking in the fruits of his/her labors.


Three other dining venues will make up the King's Court, which by day serves as a casual dining venue for breakfast and lunch but at night is transformed, through lighting and special screens, into four individual, sit-down restaurants. Distinctive china, menus, wine lists and server uniforms will distinguish each restaurant. They include:

·      Lotus, which will serve Asian cuisine, including Chinese, Thai,   Japanese and Indian.

·      La Piazza, a 24-hour restaurant serving pasta, pizza and other Italian specialities.

·     The Carvery is a deliberate nod to Cunard's rich, British heritage. Here diners can enjoy the finest carved beef, lamb, pork and poultry.


According to Deborah L. Natansohn, Cunard's senior vice president, sales and marketing, "With the tremendous interest and growth in culinary arts and cooking programs, we're thrilled to be the first line to bring the 'chef's table' concept to sea."


When she enters service in January 2004, Cunard's $800-million Queen Mary 2 will be the largest, longest, tallest and most expensive passenger ship ever built. She will feature sweeping staircases, expansive promenades and luxurious accommodations for 2,620 guests; nearly three-quarters of which will have private balconies. World-famous chef Daniel Boulud will be the ship's culinary consultant.


Facilities include 10 dining venues, including the only shipboard restaurant by celebrity chef Todd English, the only Canyon Ranch SpaClub at sea, the world's first planetarium at sea, the largest ballroom at sea, the largest library at sea, and the largest wine collection at sea. The ship will also feature a champagne bar, several other elegant bars and showrooms, a two-story theatre, a casino, five indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hot tubs, boutiques, a pet kennel, and a children's facility, complete with British nannies.


In her inaugural year, Queen Mary 2 will sail 17 transatlantic crossings as she takes over the role currently operated by her sister ship, Queen Elizabeth 2, as Cunard's transatlantic liner. Her maiden westbound crossing from Southampton, England, to New York will depart on April 16. Her maiden eastbound crossing will be historic for Cunard as both Queen Mary 2 and QE2 will depart New York on April 25 together. The day in New York will be the first time two Cunard Queens have been berthed in the port together since March 1940. The vessel will also introduce a series of Caribbean cruises from New York and Fort Lauderdale; a voyage to Rio de Janeiro and back, timed for Carnival; five European itineraries and two fall foliage cruises to ports in Canada and New England. For more information on Queen Mary 2, consult a travel agent, call 1-800-7-CUNARD or visit the website at

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Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises Amend Mediterranean Cruise Cancellation Policy

MIAMI, Mar 11, 2003 -- Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced an amendment to its cancellation policies for Mediterranean sailings with both Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International.

Effective immediately, any guests who, for any reason, choose to cancel their Mediterranean cruise prior to May 1, 2003, will receive a future cruise credit equal to 90 percent of the cancellation fees imposed by the company.

"Sailing in the Mediterranean with Royal Caribbean or Celebrity is a fabulous experience," said President and COO Jack Williams. "We have amended our cancellation policy to make our guests feel more comfortable about planning their Mediterranean vacation."

The offer applies to the following European sailings:
     Royal Caribbean International
       Brilliance of the Seas, May 12 through October 26, 2003
       Splendour of the Seas, May 24 through October 18, 2003
     Celebrity Cruises
       Constellation, September 12 through October 13, 2003
       Millennium, May 11 through October 26, 2003

The credits may be used on any sailing except for those during Christmas and New Years. The credits are valid for one year from issue date, are not transferable and have no cash value. This special offer is not an insurance policy and does not provide any other coverage. Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises strongly recommend that guests purchase the CruiseCare Vacation Protection Plan to cover their entire vacation, including coverage for trip cancellation and delay, medical, baggage and emergency assistance.

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Seattle, WA, March 11, 2003— Holland America Line announced a revised maiden voyage date of Aug. 3, 2003 for the ms Oosterdam, the second of the line’s Vista-class ships. The 1,848 passenger Oosterdam’s maiden voyage will depart London (Harwich) on August 3, 2003. The ship’s first two scheduled sailings, Jul. 10 and Jul. 22, have been cancelled.

“The Oosterdam is the first Holland America ship to sail its maiden voyage from Europe in five years,” said A. Kirk Lanterman, Chairman and CEO, Holland America Line. “This additional time provides an opportunity to showcase the ship to the European market and ensure that the crew and ship enter service at the highest possible standard.”

Guests who had booked passage on Jul. 10 or Jul. 22 will be able to choose from many alternate sailing dates, including the Oosterdam’s four remaining Baltic itineraries. Guests scheduled on the canceled sailings who rebook will also receive cabin upgrades and shipboard credits. Agents will earn a re-booking fee of up to $500 per cabin. Agents are encouraged to call (800) 391-6256 for more information.

The Oosterdam will now sail a total of four Baltic cruises between London and Copenhagen with departures through Sept. 8. Its 12-day itinerary includes Oslo, Norway; Arhus, Denmark; Warnemunde, Germany; Visby, Sweden; Estonia; St. Petersburg; Helsinki; and Stockholm. On Sept. 20, the Oosterdam offers a 12-day “European Capitals” cruise from London to Rome, followed by four Western Mediterranean sailings between Rome-Lisbon or Venice-Lisbon on Oct. 2, 14, 26 and Nov. 7. The remarkable “European Capitals” cruise highlights the history-steeped cities of Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Lisbon, Seville and Monte Carlo. The Oosterdam concludes its Europe cruise season with a 14-day transatlantic sailing Nov. 19 from Lisbon to Ft. Lauderdale.

At 85,000 tons, HAL’s “Project Vista” series of premium ships are the largest ever built for the company. They also boast a passenger space ratio of 46, keeping the company firmly placed as the leader in premium cruising. The Vista-class ships feature innovative "exterior elevators," located on both sides of the vessel and vertically transversing 10 decks, providing guests with panoramic sea views. The ships also include a wide range of spacious accommodation categories. About 85 percent of the staterooms feature an ocean view, with approximately 80 percent of those offering private verandahs.

The 951-foot-long ships build upon the hallmarks of the Holland America brand, displaying extensive multi-million-dollar art collections and a signature Waterford Crystal centerpiece in the ship’s atrium. The vessels feature numerous dining options, from elegant full-service meals to casual Lido service and an upscale gourmet restaurant. The ships also will continue other trademark features of Holland America ships, including the Explorers Lounge, Ocean Bar, an exterior covered promenade deck encircling the entire ship, a large Lido pool with a retractable dome, and Holland America's signature "Crow's Nest" observation lounge.

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MIAMI - Cunard Line has signed a letter of intent with RADA Enterprises Ltd, the commercial subsidiary of the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, to perform plays and lead acting workshops on the line's new Queen Mary 2, which is scheduled to debut in January 2004. The new partnership is part of an innovative entertainment programme that has been conceived for the new luxury liner.

Under the new Cunard Repertory programme, RADA will provide a company of actors, who are graduates or students of RADA, to perform on Queen Mary 2. RADA will also offer a variety of readings and workshops, including acting classes.

"Cunard and RADA are two great British institutions," said Deborah Natansohn, senior vice president of sales & marketing for Cunard. "Queen Mary 2 passengers will have the opportunity to see the stars of tomorrow while cruising aboard the world's greatest luxury liner today."

According to Antonia Gillum-Webb, chief executive, RADA Enterprises Ltd, "We are very pleased that RADA students will have the opportunity to perform on the extraordinary new Queen Mary 2 and to share their love of theatre with Cunard's international clientele."

RADA, established in 1904, is one of the foremost acting training programmes in the world. Graduates include a "who's who" of British actors, from Sir John Gielgud and Vivien Leigh to Anthony Hopkins, Joan Collins, Glenda Jackson, Peter O'Toole, Kenneth Branagh and Ralph Fiennes. In addition to seminars led by graduate students, Queen Mary 2 passengers will have the rare opportunity to see talented performers on the thresholds of their careers in plays seldom performed in the commercial theatre.

When she enters service in January 2004, Cunard's $800-million Queen Mary 2 will be the largest, longest, tallest and most expensive passenger ship ever built. She will feature sweeping staircases, expansive promenades and luxurious accommodations for 2,620 guests; nearly three-quarters of which will have private balconies. World-famous chef Daniel Boulud will be the ship's culinary consultant.

Facilities include 10 dining venues, including the only shipboard restaurant by celebrity chef Todd English, the only Canyon Ranch SpaClub at sea, the world's first planetarium at sea, the largest ballroom at sea, the largest library at sea, and the largest wine collection at sea. The ship will also feature a champagne bar, several other elegant bars and showrooms, a two-story theatre, a casino, five indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hot tubs, boutiques, a pet kennel, and a children's facility, complete with British nannies.

In her inaugural year, Queen Mary 2 will sail 17 transatlantic crossings as she takes over the role currently operated by her sister ship, Queen Elizabeth 2, as Cunard's transatlantic liner. Her maiden westbound crossing from Southampton, England, to New York will depart on April 16. Her maiden eastbound crossing will be historic for Cunard as both Queen Mary 2 and QE2 will depart New York on April 25 together. The day in New York will be the first time two Cunard Queens have been berthed in the port together since March 1940. The vessel will also introduce a series of Caribbean cruises from New York and Fort Lauderdale; a voyage to Rio de Janeiro and back, timed for Carnival; five European itineraries and two fall foliage cruises to ports in Canada and New England. For more information on Queen Mary 2, consult a travel agent, call 1-800-7-CUNARD or visit the website at

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Hotel Operations Unveils Impressive Host of New Dining, Entertainment and Land Program Options

LOS ANGELES, CA, March 5, 2003 - Befitting the luxury standards for which Crystal Cruises has become famous, the award-winning line's Hotel Operations unveiled today an impressive array of new features to tempt palates and enrich the lives of guests on the high seas through 2004.

"From a host of new culinary experiences and learning opportunities to customized land arrangements, our new efforts speak to the sophistication and service-oriented approach that have become Crystal hallmarks," says Thomas Mazloum, Crystal's vice president, hotel operations. "What will not change, however, is our dedicated commitment to service, consistency of product, and flawless execution."

In an industry where crew and officer retention represents a significant challenge, 59 percent of officers and crew aboard 940-guest sister ships, Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony, have been with the line for more than five years. Positive news, says Mazloum, as Crystal readies to debut its first new-build in eight years, the 1,080-guest Crystal Serenity in Southampton, U.K., in July. In fact, 80 percent of Crystal Serenity's new crew worked on either Crystal Harmony or Crystal Symphony. In order to accommodate the expansion of its fleet, not a single candidate from outside the line was hired in management. Repeat guests, therefore, will be afforded a unique opportunity on a new ship to mingle again with familiar faces who have made Crystal Cruises the award-winning line that it is today.

Guest feedback, as always, is pivotal to the success of Crystal Cruises. And, with 71 percent of guests completing Crystal's Quality Assurance Program questionnaire before disembarkation -- the highest scores were achieved in 2002 -- several of the new onboard features and enriching, educational experiences unveiled today are a direct result of such feedback.


Non-Alcoholic Beverages Free
Guests fleet wide will enjoy complimentary bottled water, soft drinks, juices and specialty coffees, including cappuccino and café latte, beginning with Crystal Harmony's Alaska season.

Wine & Champagne Makers Dinners Offer Ultimate Gourmet Experience
Crystal Serenity's Vintage Room will host the ultimate experience for wine connoisseurs. Here, in an intimate setting reserved for just four to 14 guests, Crystal is introducing Wine and Champagne Makers Dinners at which its chefs will create a tasting menu to complement rare vintages from famed wine-making regions. Plans include dinners themed around the rare wines of Bordeaux, Napa Valley, Australia and Italy, as well as those featuring fine champagnes.

Reserve Wine List
Beginning this summer, fleet wide, approximately 20 rare wines including regional specialties will be featured on a Reserve Wine List. Guests can indulge in California's superb Harlan Estate or such dream vintages as a 1959 Chateau Lafite Rothschild, a 1970 Chateau Palmer, a 1996 Screaming Eagle or 1971 Chateau Petrus.

Late Risers Breakfast, Sunday Brunch & Healthy Choices Expand Options
Beginning this summer, a new Late Risers Breakfast, developed and catered specifically for late risers from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and the launch of Sunday Brunch in the Crystal Cove, Sundays only at sea, expand guests' morning dining options. Crystal is also expanding its Healthy Breakfast options at Tastes aboard Crystal Serenity. Here gluten-free, lactose, sugar and fat-free offerings and whole grain options abound.

Best Young Chefs of Italy to Tempt Palates at Prego
As part of Crystal's alliance with Valentino, Piero Selvaggio will introduce the future stars of the culinary world in a new series-"The Best Young Chefs of Italy"-at Prego, Crystal's Italian specialty restaurant. Beginning on Crystal Serenity, Sicily's most-promising young chef, Ciccio Sultano, will re-create Italian cuisine with 21st century flair, enhancing old favorites with global culinary influences.

Crystal Serenity to Debut with Seven Dining Venues
Seven dining venues-punctuated by the cuisine of Master Chef "Nobu" Matsuhisa in The Sushi Bar and Silk Road Restaurant-will be unveiled on Crystal Serenity when it debuts in July. Venues include the Crystal Dining Room; Prego, a specialty restaurant featuring the cuisine of Valentino's Piero Selvaggio; Tastes, for casual poolside dining; Vintage Room, for exclusive Wine & Champagne Makers Dinners; and in-stateroom dining, in which even the most elaborate meals can be served course-by-course.


Society of Wine Educators, Berlitz, The Cleveland Clinic & Tai Chi Cultural Center are among those Sharing Top Billing at Creative Learning Institute
Recognizing that travelers are seeking more learning opportunities to enrich their vacations, Crystal is launching its new dedicated classroom space on Crystal Serenity with a "Creative Learning Institute" (CLI). In keeping with Crystal's penchant for quality alliances, the newly-minted CLI will partner with well-known organizations and schools-such as Berlitz, The Cleveland Clinic, Society of Wine Educators, Tai Chi Cultural Center, BOOK magazine and Barnes& and others-to teach a series of classes focusing on improving wellness and quality of life. Many of the classes will be taught in "The Studio," Crystal Serenity's hands-on, high-tech, dedicated onboard space, rivaling that of any college classroom. The series of classes-vs. single lectures-feature progressive levels of a single subject or several one-class sessions of related topics. Some of the dozens of classes offered include:

  • Arts & Entertainment: From Yamaha keyboard lessons, Chinese brush painting, gift wrapping and foreign language instruction to advertising, jewelry design and acting workshops
  • Business & Technology: From Computer University@Sea,® estate planning and fundraising to philanthropy, real estate appraisal and patent applications
  • Lifestyle: From book club, bridge, candle making and home organization to floral and interior design, make-up artistry, menu planning, sewing and pattern making and successful grand parenting
  • Wellness: From advances in medicine, alternative medicine, dance and fitness classes to skin care, sports health, nutrition memory fitness, and men's and women's health
  • Wine & Food: From beginning sushi, sake, bread making, cheeses, caviar, the art of serving, soups, sauces, salads, pastry making, dim sum and chocolate desserts to the wines of Champagne, Italy, Chile, California and Bordeaux
  • The Creative Learning Institute, part of the Crystal Visions Enrichment Program of renowned speakers, special interest lecturers and celebrities, will roll out on Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony in 2004

"Forever Plaid" Debuts on High Seas
"Forever Plaid," hailed by critics and audiences since its New York debut, will open on the high seas with the launch of Crystal Serenity. Directed by the show's creator, Stuart Ross, "Forever Plaid" follows the career of four young men who aspire to singing careers against the backdrop of the 1950s. In addition to Broadway and London's West End, the show has played across the United States and Canada, Japan, Sweden, Germany, Australia and the Czech Republic. In addition, two new production shows will debut on Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony.

Etiquette Training for Juniors
Junior cruisers will learn the nuances of social etiquette and receive education in ballroom dancing, poise, confidence and self-esteem during exclusive Cotillion lessons and parties as part of Crystal's expanded Junior Activities Program in Alaska this summer. Kids 12 and under sail free on all 2003 voyages to Alaska when sharing the same stateroom with two adults.


Pre-Registration Shore Ex Program Set for Alaska
Guests aboard the award-winning Crystal Harmony can pre-register for any one of 59 wide-ranging shore excursions offered by Crystal Cruises on nine itineraries to Alaska in 2003. Long before stepping into the Last Frontier, and up to two weeks prior to sailing, guests can preview and complete a pre-registration form or visit Crystal's preview their preferred shore excursion. Payments are not required before sailing but will be charged to the guest's shipboard folio.

Land Program Specialist to Design Customized Adventures Ashore
For that exclusive private adventure, Crystal Cruises' new onboard Land Program Specialist can customize a shore excursion for any taste. Experiences can be tailored to specific interests, be they fitness, culinary or shopping related, or a combination of group excursions or private meals. As exclusive as a day outing combining a private limousine with a hot air balloon to lunch in the countryside, the Land Program Specialist will work with guests to create the ultimate, independent sightseeing experience.

The 50,000 ton, Six-Star rated Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony are two of the most spacious and luxurious vessels cruising the world. The two ships have won some of the travel industry's most distinguished hospitality awards and guidebook ratings. Just last month readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine rated Crystal Symphony "The Best Medium-Sized Cruise Ship in the World" and declared there is no greater culinary experience at sea than the one enjoyed aboard Crystal Symphony. The ship's 97.7 food rating outscored all 71 of the world's leading cruise ships featured in the poll. Additionally, for the seventh consecutive year, Crystal Cruises was named best large-ship line in the 2002 readers' surveys conducted by Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler magazines. Crystal Cruises is booked exclusively through professional travel agents. For a complimentary 2003 Cruise Atlas call 800.820.6663. Visit the luxury line's website at

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MIAMI (03/07/03) - In conjunction with the opening of the new Long Beach Cruise Terminal at the Queen Mary, Carnival Cruise Lines is offering one- to three-night pre and post-cruise land packages aboard the historic Queen Mary hotel beginning in April, 2003. The new Queen Mary hotel packages, which can be partnered with three- and four-day Baja cruises aboard the 2,052-passenger Ecstasy, and seven-day Mexican Riviera voyages aboard the 2,052-passenger Elation from Long Beach, include overnight accommodations aboard the Queen Mary, a self-guided tour of the ship, and a rental car. 

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 81,237-ton Queen Mary remains one of the most famous transatlantic liners in history. The 1,019-ft. long classic liner boasts 365 Art Deco-inspired staterooms and a wide-range of dining venues, including Sir Winston's featuring award-winning California/continental cuisine; Chelsea, an upscale seafood restaurant; and The Promenade Café, a casual eatery offering panoramic views. 

Visitors can partake in a variety of guided tours and a Ghosts & Legends of the Queen Mary show. The Queen Mary also houses meeting and banquet rooms, an on-board wedding program, a variety of shops, and an exquisite Champagne Sunday brunch. Guests staying at the historic hotel can also visit nearby attractions such as The Aquarium of the Pacific, Shoreline Village and Rainbow Harbor. 

"The opening of the new Long Beach Cruise Terminal at the Queen Mary not only marks an exciting new chapter for Carnival's West Coast cruise operations but also provides our guests with a unique opportunity to stay aboard one of the most elegant and famous ocean liners in history," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. 

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to share the history and nostalgia of one of the most famous ocean liners of all time with those sailing aboard the state of the art Carnival cruise ships. I believe I speak for the entire Queen Mary staff when I say that we are elated to welcome Carnival passengers to our property," said Joseph F. Prevratil, Queen Mary president and CEO. 

One-night Queen Mary packages, including rental car, start at $115 per person; two-night packages at $200 per person; and three-night packages at $240 per person, based on double occupancy. The Queen Mary hotel stays can be partnered with the Ecstasy's three-day cruises departing Fridays to Ensenada, and four-day voyages departing Mondays to Ensenada and Catalina Island, as well as Elation's seven-day sailings to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas departing every Sunday (this program will be taken over by the 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride beginning in September 2003). Set to debut in April 2003, the new $40 million Long Beach Cruise Terminal at the Queen Mary can accommodate vessels with a draft of 28 feet and a length of up to 1,000 feet. The facility will also house a 1,450-vehicle parking garage. For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL, or visit

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Regrettably, on October 9, 2002, despite explicit written and verbal orders to the contrary Crystal Harmony discharged appropriately treated wastewater while the ship was in transit and crossed within a portion of the boundaries of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. This unfortunate incident took place approximately 14 miles off shore. (Maritime laws allow discharges of even untreated blackwater more than 12 miles off shore.) While this did not violate any maritime law, it did violate a pre-existing commitment we made to the City of Monterey, as well as our own corporate environmental policy.

It is Crystal Cruises' policy to not discharge in any marine sanctuary worldwide. Crystal takes its obligations to preserving the environment very seriously and we have been lauded for our efforts. We have made it very clear to all personnel that any infractions of this policy, or any other environmental policies, will result in the immediate dismissal of those individuals involved.

As evidence of our environmental commitment, immediately following our own internal investigation of this matter, we terminated the Chief Officer, who was primarily responsible for the occurrence of this unfortunate incident. In addition, two other senior officers, including the Captain, and a junior officer, were censured and given final warnings. Additionally, we have reiterated to our crew that if laws or regulations are violated in connection with any such incident, Crystal Cruises will fully cooperate with investigating officials. As no laws or government regulations were violated in this incident, no reports of the discharges were made to authorities. However, as soon as the California State Water Resources Control Board requested information about our visit to Monterey, we supplied detailed information regarding our location and the cubic feet of wastewater regrettably released.

This incident is particularly disturbing to us given our aggressive company-wide environmental education program, which includes onboard training, monthly environmental meetings held in our corporate office and on each of the ships, monthly useful environmental tips that are distributed to employees for home use, and environmental updates featured in each of our quarterly employee newsletters. Crystal Cruises sincerely apologizes for the incident and truly regrets that vessel personnel did not comply with the firm instructions given them with respect to the call in Monterey.

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New Carnival Glory Offers Ultimate Cruise/Golf Getaway

MIAMI (03/06/03) - Golfers seeking unique golfing opportunities beed look no further than the new 110,000-ton Carnival Glory, whose comprehensive golf program will feature some of the Caribbean's most beautiful and challenging courses, along with professional instruction both aboard ship and during golfing excursions. Managed by Sunrise, Fla.-based Elite Golf Cruises LLC, the value-added program will be among the many on-board amenities aboard the new 2,974-passenger "Fun Ship," scheduled to begin year-round seven-day service, alternating weekly to the eastern and western Caribbean from Port Canaveral, Fla., July 19, 2003.

"A 'floating resort' in every sense of the word, the new Carnival Glory promises to be a spectacular addition to the 'Fun Ship' fleet, offering the widest variety of dining and entertainment options at sea, along with exciting golf experiences to create the ideal cruise/golf vacation," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president.

Featured golf courses on the Carnival Glory include:

Mahogany Run (St. Thomas - Eastern Caribbean Itinerary) - Located along the island's scenic coastline, this newly renovated course was designed by George and Tom Fazio and meanders through dense, lush rainforest before reaching the aptly named "Devil's Triangle," considered three of the most challenging holes in the Caribbean.

Key West Country Club (Western Caribbean Itinerary) - The southernmost golf course in the continental U.S. is built upon more than 200 acres of native foliage with stately palms, dense mangroves, and rolling hills, which, combined with its challenging layout, adds up to an unforgettable golf outing.

Caye Chapel Golf Resort (Belize, Western Caribbean Itinerary) - This spectacular course offers ocean views at virtually every turn and has earned worldwide acclaim for its creative layout and beautifully manicured greens and fairways vistas. Adding to the day's fun is an exhilarating seaplane transfer, which is included in the price. Simply an unforgettable golfing experience.

Cozumel Country Club (Western Caribbean Itinerary) - Created by the renowned Nicklaus design team, this is the island's first and only world championship-caliber course. Incorporating the natural habitat of the island, the 6,700-yard course was built around native trees, mangroves and wetlands, creating a truly spectacular golf venue.

In addition to unforgettable golfing opportunities, guests sailing aboard Carnival Glory can take advantage of professional instruction provided by a certified golf professional, who also conducts shipboard lessons, golf clinics, and putting contests and accompanies golfers on shoreside excursions. Shipboard lessons take place in a netted and lighted "driving range" offering guests an opportunity to enjoy day or evening lessons. Instruction is complemented by state-of-the-art V1 teaching computers, the same technology used to improve the game of golf professionals around the world. A take-home video recap is available with the 30- and 60-minute lessons, allowing guests to continue their instruction when they return back home.

All-inclusive golf excursions include golf pro escort, priority tee times, round-trip transportation between ship and course, and cart and green fees. Equipment rental, including top-of-the-line golf clubs and shoes, along with a variety of golf apparel and accessories, are also available. Guests can make advance reservations on-line via or by calling Elite Golf at 1-800-324-1106 prior to their cruise. They can also visit the shore excursion information desk once on board. Prices for the Carnival Glory's all-inclusive golf packages begin at $125 per person per 18-hole round, including professional on-site instruction. Shipboard lessons range in price from $25 for a "swing check" to $80 for a complete one-hour instructional video analysis with take-home video.

Beginning July 19, 2003, Carnival Glory will operate year-round seven-day sailings from Port Canaveral, with alternating eastern and western Caribbean voyages departing every Saturday. Eastern Caribbean cruises will call at Nassau, St. Thomas/St. John, and St. Maarten, while western Caribbean voyages will include Key West, Fla.; Belize City, Belize; and Cozumel and Progreso/Merida, Mexico. For additional Carnival information, call 1-800-327-9501 (individual) or 1-800-327-5782 (groups) or visit the line's travel agent Internet portal at

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New Shore Excursions, Including 'Extreme' Activities, Added for Carnival's 2003 Alaska Season

MIAMI (03/05/03) - For the Carnival Spirit's 2003 Alaska season, Carnival Cruise Lines has added a number of exciting shore excursions, including "extreme" activities such as helicopter/hiking expeditions and snowshoe trekking tours. The new excursions, 10 in all, are among the 95 different on-shore activities available in conjunction with Carnival Spirit's seven-day Glacier Bay and Glacier Route cruises sailing northbound from Vancouver or southbound from Seward/Anchorage May 14 - Sept. 17, 2003.

"'Today's Carnival' is all about choice and these new excursions provide even greater opportunities for guests to explore Alaska's majestic beauty and splendor," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. "The wide variety of shore excursions, combined with the Carnival Spirit's high percentage of balconied staterooms, indoor and outdoor promenades, and special 'just for Alaska' menu items provide the ultimate Alaska vacation," he added.

Included in the new excursions are:

Helicopter Adventure Hike & Whitepass Railway (Skagway) - Only for the most physically fit, this "extreme" excursion combines a scenic helicopter flight and train ride with a breathtaking four-mile wilderness hike in the Tongass National Forest, including the Skagway River and magnificent Laughton Glacier. Trekking gear, snacks and rain gear are provided. Snowshoe Trek & White Pass Railway Adventure (Skagway) - On this "extreme" tour, guests enjoy a majestic ride through the Alaskan wilderness aboard the historic White Pass & Yukon Railway followed by a five-mile snowshoe trek up the frozen Skagway River to Laughton Glacier, viewing native flora and fauna all the while. Recommended for guests in good physical condition.

Helicopter Flightseeing & Glacier Walkabout (Juneau) - Guests discover the unique beauty of the southeast Alaska landscape as they soar via helicopter over rainforests and granite peaks that surround the 1,500-square-mile Juneau Ice Field. From there, guests will explore the majestic landscape for an hour before their return helicopter flight back. Rain gear, boots, gloves and trekking poles are provided.

Whale Quest & Salmon Bake Combo (Juneau) - Following a motorcoach ride to spectacular Auke Bay, guests board water jet-powered catamarans for a relaxing ride through the island-studded waters of Stephen's passage, home to humpback and killer whales, sea lions, porpoises, bald eagles and other species. Back ashore, guests enjoy a meal at renowned Gold Creek Salmon Bake amidst a beautiful mountain setting.

Ketchikan Explorer by Land & Sea (Ketchikan) - This three-and-a-half-hour excursion includes a motorcoach tour through quaint Saxman Village, home to one of the world's largest collection of totem poles and the historic Libby Cannery. Also included is a boat tour through George Inlet, where an on-board naturalist will explain the history of the region and point out native foliage, wildlife and glaciers.

Wilderness Adventure & Crab Boil (Ketchikan) - After a 30-minute motorcoach tour through the Alaskan countryside, guests board a 25-person inflatable skiff to Ketchikan's famed crab harvesting grounds. During the seven-mile ride to Coon's Cove, guests can view the Tongass Rainforest and all its beauty. The cove is also the location of the Dungeness Crab Fishery, where guests assist in pulling up the crab pots before enjoying a delicious Dungeness crab dinner.

Scenic Grouse Mountain and Airport Transfer (Vancouver) - This five-hour excursion begins with a motorcoach tour through Stanley Park followed by a ride on the "Super Skyride" to the top of 4,100-foot-high Grouse Mountain, where guests can explore nature trails or enjoy a meal in one of the mountain-top restaurants featuring breathtaking vistas. The return ride includes a stop at Prospect Point en route to Vancouver International Airport.

These new tours complement the wide variety of shore excursions available on Spirit Alaska sailings, ranging from leisurely paced city walks and nature tours to more active pursuits such as biking, cycling and alpine lake snorkeling. Carnival Spirit's 2003 Alaska season consists of 16 seven-day Glacier Route and three Glacier Bay voyages. Glacier Route cruises depart May 21 to Sept. 3, either northbound from Vancouver or southbound from Seward/Anchorage. Cruises in both directions feature Prince William Sound, College Fjord, Lynn Canal, Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Sitka and the Inside Passage. Glacier Bay cruises will depart round-trip from Vancouver May 14, Sept. 10 and Sept. 17 and feature full days cruising Glacier Bay National Park and the Inside Passage, as well as visits to Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan.

For additional information and reservations call Carnival's Alaska Desk at 1-800-529-6792. Information and reservations are also available via the line's travel agent Internet portal,

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A Cruise Could Be as Close as Your Grocery Store, Gas Station or Dry Cleaners, if You Use the Right Credit Card
New Royal Caribbean Credit Card Allows Users to Create Personalized Cruise Vacations

MIAMI, March 4 -- Royal Caribbean International has introduced a new credit card that enables users to earn points toward free merchandise, onboard amenities, upgrades, cruise discounts and free cruises every time they make a qualifying purchase with the card. The Royal Caribbean Platinum Plus Visa is a no-annual-fee card issued through MBNA America Bank, N.A.

"We are extremely pleased to partner with MBNA, a company known for its outstanding customer service, to offer a card with such a rich rewards program," said Barbara Shrut, vice president, Customer Loyalty and eMarketing, for Royal Caribbean International. "Our program gives card users a great deal of flexibility in claiming rewards. Whether you are a frequent cruiser or someone who has long dreamed of taking a cruise, this card will help you enhance your vacation, or simply get onboard faster."

The Royal Caribbean Visa card is being offered at a low introductory annual percentage rate. Cardholders earn one point for every dollar they charge to the card and double points when they use the card to book a Royal Caribbean cruise, or make purchases onboard any Royal Caribbean ship. In addition, each user receives 2,500 bonus points after their first qualifying transaction. Points can be redeemed for a variety of rewards that allow cardholders to customize their cruise experience. Whether it's adding a little romance, or bringing a friend along for free, the Royal Caribbean Visa card program offers something for everyone, starting with a selection of great rewards redeemable at just 5,000 points. 

Rewards include:

  • Free upgrade from an inside stateroom to an outside window stateroom on three- to four-night Bahamas or Baja Mexico sailings (5,000 points)
  • Royal Caribbean travel pack: two towels, two disposable cameras and two messenger bags (5,000 points)
  • A romantic onboard picnic for two (5,000 points)
  • Cruise discounts good on any Royal Caribbean ship and sail date: $150 (15,000 points) and $500 (50,000 points)
  • Free upgrade from an inside stateroom to an outside window stateroom on five- to seven-night Caribbean or Mexican Riviera sailings, September through May (15,000 points)
  • The Grand Romance Package, featuring a welcome aboard bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne, canapes and fresh flowers; two waffle robes; a romantic in-stateroom breakfast; pre-dinner canapes and after-dinner sweets each formal night; and a framed, 8x10 portrait (15,000 points)
  • Free upgrade from an outside window stateroom to a balcony stateroom on five- to seven-night Caribbean or Mexican Riviera sailings (25,000 points)
  • Free companion fares on Bahamas, Baja Mexico, Caribbean and Mexican Riviera sailings, outside stateroom (25,000 - 75,000 points, depending on cruise length and season)
  • Free three- to four-night Bahamas or Baja Mexico cruise for two, outside stateroom (50,000 points)
  • Free five- to seven-night Mexican Riviera or Caribbean cruise for two, outside stateroom (125,000 points)

The Royal Caribbean Platinum Plus Visa card's benefits also include credit lines up to $100,000; $1 million carrier travel accident insurance; and emergency cash and replacement airline tickets. For more information or to apply for the Royal Caribbean Platinum Plus Visa card, go to

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Carnival Conquest to Be Shifted From New Orleans to Gulfport

MIAMI, March 4 -- Carnival Cruise Lines will shift its cruise ship Carnival Conquest from its current homeport of New Orleans to Gulfport, Mississippi, for at least the next six weeks commencing this Sunday, March 9, 2003. The repositioning is necessitated by rising water levels in the Mississippi River, which combined with low hanging power lines down river from the Port of New Orleans, pose a potential safety issue for the Carnival Conquest.

The Carnival Conquest is the newest and largest ship in the Carnival Cruise Lines fleet and entered year-round seven-day Caribbean cruise service from New Orleans in November 2002. Up until now, the 110,000-ton ship, which is 207 feet tall from the water line to the top of its mast, has been sailing under the Entergy Corporation's power lines at Chalmette by hugging one side of the river. However, the seasonal rise in the level of the river, combined with strengthening currents, is making it increasingly challenging to navigate under the lines.

"We are extremely disappointed that we have reached this juncture and the responsible parties have not been able to find a means to resolve this situation in a manner that would allow us to continue to operate the Carnival Conquest from New Orleans," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. "As much as we cherish the New Orleans community and are saddened at the economic loss it will experience, we simply cannot compromise the safety of our guests, employees and vessel and are now regrettably forced to take this action despite this issue having first been raised more than three years ago," Dickinson stated.

Gulfport is approximately an hour and 15 minutes from New Orleans. Guest embarkation and debarkation will take place at Gulfport beginning Sunday, March 9. Complimentary shuttle service from New Orleans will be provided. Carnival will fax travel agents today to advise of the change and provide more specific details.  Consumers may direct questions to their travel agent or to Carnival at 1-800-CARNIVAL. Information will also be available on the cruise line's web site at

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CLIA Lines Host 8.66 Million Cruise Vacationers in 2002; Industry Overcomes Challenges to Reach More than 7.6 Million North American Passengers

NEW YORK, March 4 -- More than 7.6 million North Americans are estimated to have cruised in 2002, including 7.47 million on Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) member line ships, surpassing industry expectations and setting yet another record, according to CLIA, the non-profit marketing organization that represents 25 North American cruise lines. They were part of a worldwide total of 8.66 million cruise guests hosted by CLIA member lines last year. This represents a 15.5 percent increase (over the 2001 number of 7.49 million) in worldwide guests sailing on CLIA member cruise lines at an average 2002 industry utilization of 97 percent.

"Despite the challenges we faced in 2002, the industry not only met but exceeded its projections and easily bettered the record number of 6.9 million North Americans who cruised in 2001," says Mark Conroy, chairman of CLIA. "The industry's response to such challenges as the threat of military action, an uncertain economy and exaggerated and inaccurate reports of a common stomach virus contributed to the impressive statistics we were able to record."

The response, CLIA's Executive Director Bob Sharak points out, included aggressive marketing as well as adaptive and innovative programs. "Through aggressive marketing and intensified public relations activities and advertising, our goal was, first, to reassure the public that it was, in fact, safe to travel and then to remind consumers of cruising's diversity, excitement and value," says Sharak. "Plus, the cruise lines' aggressive pricing programs made an already great vacation value an irresistible one."

The lines also responded by adapting existing itineraries to world events. Many created new itineraries based from homeports within easy driving distance of major North American population centers. "These proved so successful that they spurred a growing market for drive-cruise vacations and introduced cruising to many people who had been reluctant to fly even before 9/11," says Sharak.

With 13 new ships added to the fleet in 2002, the cruise industry kept its standards high and even raised the bar for new and innovative programs that expanded the range of choices in onboard dining, entertainment and recreation, technology and onboard facilities, including environmental, safety and security systems.

Sharak is confident the industry will be able to handle any challenges thrown its way in 2003 just as well. "At our current occupancy levels and with the 14 new ships slated to enter the fleet, the industry has the opportunity to welcome 1 million more guests this year--a potential of 8.3 million passengers from North America and 9.6 million worldwide," he says.

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Silver Wind returns to service in May following multi-million dollar refurbishment
Silver Cloud to undergo renovations that will mirror those of sister ship Silver Wind
"Silver Sailings" extended to include additional voyages for 2003

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, March 3, 2003 -- Silversea Cruises today announced deployment changes that will affect two of its ships. The luxury cruise line will bring Silver Wind back into service in May and will temporarily lay up Silver Cloud from October through April 2004, at which time the ship will undergo a major refurbishment. The line is also expanding its popular Silver Sailings program to include additional voyages in 2003.

Recognizing the continuing element of uncertainty in current world events and its anticipated lingering impact on leisure travel, the line will utilize this time as an opportunity to refurbish one of its ships, and will keep its other three ships positioned in destinations that are most appealing to travelers.

"The current travel environment provides for a perfect opportunity to refurbish Silver Cloud," said Silversea's CEO, Albert Peter. "After completing Silver Cloud's refurbishment, the vessel will be in peak condition when it returns to service." Added Peter, "We took similar steps in 2001, shortly after September 11th, when we took Silver Wind out of service. We have been quite satisfied with that decision, as it enabled us to achieve our objectives with the least negative impact on our guests and  product."

Silversea has also announced an expansion of its Silver Sailings program that features up to 50% savings off cruise-only fares. The savings program was initially promoted in the line's 2003 brochure with 30 applicable voyages, but has been recently expanded to more than double the number of previously available sailings.

"Consumers are anxious to get back to traveling, and special incentives and promotions are still working well to attract consumers in today's new travel environment," said Peter. "The expansion of Silver Sailings is being responsive to the ongoing pricing demands of the marketplace, and it offers an excellent enticement to get travelers to fully commit to 2003 vacation plans sooner."

New Deployment Plans for Silver Cloud & Silver Wind Fall & Early Winter
Silver Cloud will enter a scheduled dry dock on October 25, 2003, for comprehensive renovations that will mirror those of sister ship Silver Wind. At the same time, newly refurbished Silver Wind will assume Silver Cloud's scheduled fall and early-winter program, with voyages to the Caribbean and South America. As a result of the redeployment, many of Silver Wind's Caribbean cruises previously scheduled for the same period will be canceled.

Winter and Spring 2004
Starting on January 20, 2004, Silver Wind will assume a modified schedule of cruises to the Caribbean and Mexico, with transits through the Panama Canal, while Silver Cloud's originally scheduled Caribbean program will be canceled. In mid-April 2004, newly renovated Silver Cloud will return to service, sailing on a new Mediterranean program, and both vessels will be back sailing on their originally planned Mediterranean itineraries commencing in mid-May 2004.

Newly Renovated Silver Wind Returns to Service
After completing a multi-million dollar refurbishment, Silver Wind will set sail on May 15, 2003, on a private-charter cruise. Eight days later in Nice, the ship will commence her first public voyage, a recently created, special nine-day sailing to Rome. Guests aboard the newly renovated, ultra-luxury ship will notice a number of gentle enhancements, including elegant new furniture, linens and attractive artwork in all of the suites.

In addition, the 296-guest, all-suite ship will feature an intimate new Wine Bar, echoing the innovative and highly popular Le Champagne wine bars aboard Silversea's newest ships, the 382-guest Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper. Guests will also be treated to an expanded spa facility featuring a new Tranquility Room, a blissful, between-treatment sanctuary. Rounding out the structural improvements is a new Computer Center, Silversea's first Internet Café, plus an impressive new Fitness Center that has been relocated to the Observation Deck, providing a magnificent, panoramic view of the ocean. Silver Sailings Featuring up to 50% Savings off Cruise-Only Fares.

For a limited time, Silver Sailings is offering greater savings than published programs, for a total of up to 50% off cruise-only fares on a wide variety of applicable voyages. The voyages available for savings include the cruise regions of the Caribbean, Transatlantic, Mediterranean, and Colonial Coast. Silversea is publishing a 2003 redeployment and Silver Savings insert for its new 2004 Voyage Planner. Both the insert and brochure will be available in May. To request a copy, please call toll-free (877) 215-9986. The latest voyage schedules are also available at the line's web site, Travel agents with guests booked on any canceled or revised itineraries in 2003 or 2004 are being contacted by the cruise line to offer alternative arrangements for their clients.

Silversea Cruises is recognized as an innovator in the luxury segment, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard intimate vessels designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. The launch of all-suite luxury sister ships Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper continues Silversea's award-winning service excellence and sophistication with new features and amenities aboard vessels catering to just 382 guests. For the seventh consecutive year, Silversea Cruises was named best small-ship line in the 2002 readers' survey conducted by Condé Nast Traveler magazine. For the fourth time, Silversea was selected "Number One" small-ship line in Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2002. For more information on Silversea Cruises, please contact a travel agent. For a complimentary brochure, please call toll-free (877) 215-9986 or visit

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Miami, FL, March 3, 2003 – Oceania Cruises and UltraClenz LLC are pleased to announce the installation of the state-of-the-art Pro-Giene technology throughout Oceania Cruises’ two vessels REGATTA and INSIGNIA. Pro-Giene is comprised of all electronically based, touch-free dispensing devises and hand-wash stations configured to provide optimal conditions to reduce cross-contamination. Pro-Giene badges remind employees to wash their hands on a timed-interval basis. Each step is electronically validated, time-stamped and recorded, thus ensuring complete and total compliance with FDA and CDC guidelines. In addition to installing the Pro-Giene system in the food services areas, UltraClenz will also install touch-free hand sanitizers in the passenger accommodation areas.

Robin Lindsay, Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations for Oceania Cruises stated “The installation of the Pro-Giene system and touch-free hand sanitizing units underscores Oceania Cruises’ commitment to the well-being of its guests and staff.”

“We’re proud to have Oceania Cruises as our first cruise industry partner. Through the use of our state of the art technology, we hope to be instrumental in providing their guests peace of mind by ensuring the highest standards in shipboard hygiene,” added Charles Johnston, President and CEO of UltraClenz.

Oceania Cruises features two intimate and luxurious 684 passenger ships, REGATTA sm and INSIGNIA sm. Oceania Cruises’ hallmarks are an unsurpassed culinary experience, a casually elegant atmosphere and unparalleled personal service coupled with extraordinary value. For additional information on Oceania Cruises or to make a reservation please contact your Travel Agent. To request a brochure, call 800-531-5658 or visit

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