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March 1-31, 2007

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Carnival Cruise Lines Adds 20 New Shore Excursions For 
2007 Alaska Cruise Season

MIAMI, March 21 -- For its 2007 Alaska cruises  set to kick off in May aboard the 2,124-passenger Carnival Spirit, Carnival Cruise Lines has added 20 new shore excursions, including "zip line" canopy tours, luxury SUV and 4 x 4 excursions, and a train ride on a vintage parlor car -- providing guests with even greater opportunities to experience and explore the "Last Frontier." With the new excursions, guests sailing on Carnival's "Fun Ship" Alaska cruises have 120 different shore excursion options on the line's seven-day Glacier Route and Glacier Bay voyages operating May - September 2007.

Among the new tour choices:

  • Rain Forest Canopy & Zip Line Adventure (Juneau) - This thrilling eco- adventure begins with a "zip line" canopy tour across suspended "sky-bridges" that link a mile-long network of platforms mounted on Sitka Spruce trees. The treetop vantage points provide participants with a bird's eye view of a number of landmarks, including Bullion Creek and historic downtown Juneau. Certain age and weight restrictions apply.

  • Exclusive Touring by Luxury SUV (Ketchikan) - This customizable excursion includes an expert local guide and use of a luxurious-yet-rugged SUV limousine that visits three distinct attractions, each rich in history and culture: Saxman Village, where participants observe Native American totem carving first-hand; Libby Cannery, an important part of the state's fishing industry; and charming Creek Street, Ketchikan's former red light district offering a variety of shops, restaurants and boutiques.

  • 4 x 4 Wilderness Adventure (Sitka) - Following a boat ride across majestic Sitka Sound -- home to whales, seals, otters and other marine life -- participants board two-person Yamaha Rhino 4x4 off-road vehicles and enjoy an exhilarating ride through Southeast Alaska's lush temperate rain forest and visit North Beach with its unique black-sand beaches. This excursion operates in the Tongass National Forest under a Special Use Permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service.

  • Alaska Up Close and Personal (Sitka) - Participants have their choice of activities on this fun and educational marine expedition, in which a knowledgeable and experienced captain guides a state-of-the-art 30-foot catamaran while pointing out sea life such as whales, sea lions, and porpoises, as well as volcanic formations, glaciers, and other natural wonders along the way. Weather permitting, the tour may also include a visit to St. Lazaria National Wildlife Refuge, breeding grounds for thousands of sea birds.

  • Bennett Lake, Yukon Wilderness Express Train (Skagway) - On this tour, guests view the breathtaking panorama of mountains, glaciers, gorges, and waterfalls from the comfort of a vintage parlor car on a scenic railroad built during the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush. Also included are stops at several historic and quaint towns where participants can relive the Gold Rush days, complete with a traditional "prospector's meal." The tour concludes with a ride on the White Pass Train that parallels Lake Bennett and includes magnificent views of Tormented Valley.

These new tours complement the wide variety of shore excursions available on Carnival Spirit's Alaska 2007 sailings, ranging from leisurely paced city walks and nature tours to more active pursuits such as hiking, cycling, canoeing, kayaking, and alpine lake snorkeling. 

Carnival Spirit's 2007 Alaska program consists of 16 seven-day Glacier Route and three seven-day Glacier Bay cruises. Glacier Route cruises depart May 16 to August 29, either northbound from Vancouver or southbound from Whittier/Anchorage. Cruises in both directions feature Prince William Sound, College Fjord, Lynn Canal, Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Sitka and the Inside Passage. Three week-long Glacier Bay cruises will operate round-trip from Vancouver May 9, and September 5 and 12 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 to purchase Carnival Spirit's Alaska shore excursions, visit the company's Web site, Guests are also welcome to stop by the Carnival Spirit's shore excursion desk once on board to book shore excursions. Information and reservations on Carnival's Alaska cruises or any other "Fun Ship" departure can also be obtained by contacting any travel agent or calling 1-800-CARNIVAL.

Baby Boomers, Seniors Can Save up to Half Off on Select MSC Cruises Europe Sailings 

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, March 21 -- Baby Boomers and Seniors can save more than 40 percent, and as much as 51 percent, off retail rates on selected 2007 Europe sailings of MSC Cruises' ships. Senior Saver prices are available on bookings made through April 30.

"This is an extremely affordable way for Seniors and Baby Boomers to experience Europe with a cruise line whose roots are in Europe," says Richard E. Sasso, president and CEO of MSC Cruises USA.

Senior Saver rates are available on selected MSC Cruises' sailings in both Northern Europe and the Mediterranean, including MSC Orchestra, the line's newest ship, which begins sailing 7-night roundtrip itineraries from Venice to Greece and Turkey this spring, and MSC Musica, offering 7-night Western Mediterranean itineraries. In Northern Europe, Senior Saver rates are available on 7-night Baltic Capitals and Norwegian Fjords sailings of MSC Opera and MSC Lirica. Prices begin at $745 for Mediterranean cruises and $1,095 for Northern European cruises. All rates are per person, double occupancy (cruise only, not including government fees and taxes). Restrictions apply. At least one guest in the stateroom must be 50 years of age on the departure date.

For more information about MSC Cruises, visit or a local travel agent.

Carnival Destiny To Launch New 5-Port, 7-Day Southern Caribbean Schedule From San Juan in January 2008

MIAMI, March 20 -- Carnival Cruise Lines' 2,642- passenger Carnival Destiny will operate a new five-port, seven-day itinerary from San Juan featuring a rare overnight call in La Romana/Casa de Campo, along with day-long visits to St. Kitts, Dominica, Barbados and St. Thomas/St. John. The new itinerary begins Jan. 8, 2008. 

"The Southern Caribbean is one of the world's most sought-after cruising regions, with lush landscapes, interesting cultures and historical attractions, and absolutely gorgeous beaches. Carnival Destiny's innovative five-port, seven-day itinerary showcases this spectacular region with visits to five distinct island destinations, each offering guests a truly unique on- shore experience," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO.

Five Magnificent Island Destinations

  • The overnight call in Casa de Campo, at La Romana in the Dominican Republic, provides Carnival Destiny guests with additional opportunities to explore this elegant resort area. Its many attractions include Altos de Chavon, a quaint 16th century Mediterranean village replica offering myriad daytime and evening entertainment options, a wide variety of nightclubs, restaurants and shops, and world-class golfing and beaches. A shore excursion option to Santo Domingo -- the country's historic capital -- will be offered as well.

  • The breathtaking island of St. Kitts offers a landscape of rugged mountainous interiors and dense rainforest. The popular destination also features excellent examples of West Indian and Creole architecture, as well as centuries-old fortresses and plantations, myriad shopping opportunities and beaches ranging in color from black to golden.

  • Barbados is a friendly British isle boasting particularly beautiful aqua- blue waters and white sand beaches, along with a diversity of shopping, dining and watersports opportunities.

  • The largest of the Windward Islands, Dominica is a 289-square-mile island with lush mountains, hot springs and volcanoes, as well as gorgeous white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters teeming with tropical fish.

  • St. Thomas is one of the Caribbean's most popular islands boasting excellent duty-free shopping bargains and world-famous beaches. The stop includes an optional shore excursion to St. John, a 20-square-mile island paradise whose Trunk Bay Beach consistently ranks among the world's best.

Variety of 'Fun Ship' Amenities
One of the largest cruise ships at sea, the 101,353-ton Carnival Destiny was the first cruise ship to exceed 100,000 tons and ushered in the era of the mega-liner, introducing a host of new and exciting innovations. The vessel underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation in 2005 that included the addition of a new teen club -- part of the line's popular "Club O2" program -- along with a renovated Lido restaurant and children's pool, redesigned casino, and updated suites. Also featured are 18 lounges and bars, four restaurants, four swimming pools, Carnival's signature 214-foot-long "Twister Waterslide," an on-board duty-free shopping mall, a 15,000-square-foot spa and health club, a "Camp Carnival" children's program with spacious facilities and fun-filled activities. A comprehensive golf program offering opportunities to play top Caribbean courses is also available.

Of its 1,321 staterooms, 60 percent offer either an ocean view or private balcony, perfect for scenic Caribbean cruising. All accommodations feature the Carnival Comfort Bed sleep system with plush mattresses, luxurious duvets and high quality linens and pillows. 

Carnival is currently accepting reservations on the Carnival Destiny's new five-port, seven-day schedule from San Juan. For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL, or visit

SeaDream Yacht Club Helps Eliminate Muscle Fatigue 
With Portal to Portal Luggage Transfers

SeaDream Yacht Club is eliminating passenger headaches and they’re not talking about over-the-counter medications or morning after libations. Guests of the twin ultra-luxury, mega-yacht cruisers SeaDream I and II, now have no need to muscle their bags from their land-based homes to their seagoing, SeaDream yacht home-away-from-home. Now all they really need to carry is their passport, their voyage documents, a toothbrush and a good book.

SeaDream’s new “medicine” is called Dream Luggage Express--a new way to handle luggage to and from their SeaDream yacht. Not just to the yacht but right in their stateroom. Luggage service from SeaDream yacht to the guests’ home is available from most destinations as well.

To provide the luggage service--cost of which ranges from approximately $705 for a Caribbean Voyage to $1,565 for a Mediterranean Voyage--SeaDream Yacht Club has contracted with Luggage Express of Boca Raton, Florida. Estimated prices based on two suitcases shipped roundtrip weighing approximately 50lbs each coming from the Northeast USA.

Here’s how the program works: The SeaDream guests simply go to and click on Dream Luggage Express, which takes them directly to the Luggage Express website. A few entries and a few more clicks and it’s a done deal. 

Experience the Best Mediterranean Itineraries With Costa, Europe's Number One Cruise Line

MIAMI, March 20 -- From the sun-soaked beaches of Mykonos to the Mauresque medinas of Morocco, Costa, Europe's Number One Cruise Line, offers the best of the Mediterranean in year-round cruises spanning from seven to twelve nights. In 2007, the Italian cruise line will offer guests over 350 itineraries in the Eastern and Western Mediterranean aboard its fleet, including the new Costa Serena and Costa Concordia.

This summer, the new flagship Costa Serena will set sail on seven-night cruises departing from one of Italy's most beloved ports, Venice, where palazzo-lined canals bring to mind the romance and beauty for which Italy is known. From there, guests will visit the historic port city of Bari, Italy, home to some of Italy's best nightlife, before continuing on to Katakolon, Greece, historic site of the first Olympic games. The itinerary then continues on to Turkey, where guests will experience two stops in the country-the first in the 5,000 year-old city of Izmir, also known as the "Pearl of the Aegean Sea" and then on to Istanbul, the only city to span two continents. Travelers have long enjoyed the centuries-old port city for its many treasures, including the incredible Tokapi Palace and Blue Mosque, as well as its famous Grand Bazaar. With a day to relax at sea, guests will then venture to Dubrovnik, Croatia, one of the most sought-after destinations for travelers in the region, filled with breathtaking views of the Adriatic Riviera and arguably one of the most picturesque spots in the world.

"We consistently receive feedback from our guests praising us for the outstanding Mediterranean itineraries we offer-and with good reason-we've been sailing the region for nearly 60 years and know the best ports and itineraries," said Lynn Torrent, President & CEO of Costa Cruise Lines-North America. "With year-round cruising from the Greek Isles to the Canary Islands, there's a wealth of options for guests to explore the Mediterranean, all based on their preference, schedule and budget."

Autumn and winter months are some of the best times to take advantage of Costa's Mediterranean itineraries with the Italian cruise line's "Mediterranean Value Voyage Collection." Many travelers have long known the benefits of cruising the region during these seasons-lower priced airfare offers more affordable travel, while fewer crowds at ports of call make for easy exploration at the numerous historical sites. In addition, temperatures in the region are relatively mild, providing a comfortable vacation experience onboard and ashore.

The Western Mediterranean's ports of call provide a sunny, enjoyable cruising experience in the autumn months. Beginning in October 2007, the Costa Magica will sail select dates on an 8-night itinerary through Spain and Portugal, offering a glimpse into the most beautiful coastal cities of the two countries. Departing from Savona, Italy, guests will enjoy stops in Malaga, Spain, the premier city of the Costa del Sol; from there, they will continue on to Cadiz, where excursions include visits to Seville and the orange-scented groves of Andalusia. The itinerary then continues on to Lisbon, Portugal, the famous baroque capital city, and on to Gibraltar, "the rock" that guards the entrance to the Mediterranean. Afterwards, a stop in Alicante, Spain, the resort city with incredible beaches enjoyed year-round and a visit to the exciting, sophisticated city of Barcelona complete the trip before returning to Savona. 

For reservations or more information, contact a travel agent, call (800) GO-COSTA or visit

Royal Caribbean Intl Gives Cruisers a Total Mind, Body and Soul Vacation

MIAMI, March 19 – Vacationers in search of better balance in their lives can experience a total mind, body and soul vacation with Royal Caribbean’s new Vitality program. Launching in April 2007 on the cruise line’s newest ship, Liberty of the Seas, the program provides an integrated approach to wellness, offering guests more choices to foster a healthier lifestyle. The program covers every aspect of the cruise experience, including new fitness and spa offerings, wholesome culinary options and active onboard and shoreside activities.

“This all-encompassing program is designed to encourage and educate our guests to achieve wellness through a balance of lifestyle choices that may even include the occasional dessert or an indulgent morning spent sleeping in,” said Alice Norsworthy, senior vice president, Marketing, Royal Caribbean. “Guests will be able to get their feet wet with one or two of the Vitality elements or have a total experience with the onboard spa and fitness classes, shoreside activities and special menus, and then continue that experience with take-home workout plans, virtual personal trainers and healthy cooking recipes.”

Fitness Classes and Spa Treatments 
The Vitality program provides guests with opportunities to incorporate sports and fitness of every activity level into their cruise vacation. In addition, a variety of spa treatments are aimed at helping guests find their individual lifestyle balance. Tai Chi and meditation classes, therapeutic Chinese herbal medicinal offerings, and acupuncture at sea round out the new roster, taking everyday relaxation to the next level. For an outward boost of confidence, guests are encouraged to participate in the revamped “New Look & New You” program, which offers mini-makeovers. The “Eat More to Weigh Less” program includes a personal tour of Windjammer Café, the cruise line’s buffet restaurant, with an instructor who provides tips on healthier food choices and information on developing eating habits for lifelong health.

Onboard and Land-Based Activities 
Guests eager to go the extra mile for a healthier, more balanced perspective on life can look to the Vitality program lecture series developed by a health and wellness expert for advice on stress and relaxation, weight management, and health and fitness. Brand partner New Balance is bolstering the Vitality program by installing a virtual personal-trainer kiosk on the line’s Freedom-class ships to assist guests in creating a customized cruise vacation fitness regimen as well as a post-vacation exercise plan. Land-based Vitality fitness offerings will be available in various ports of call as well as New Balance self-guided running maps and an extensive running course on Labadee, Haiti, the cruise line’s private island destination. 

Shore Excursions 
A lifestyle balance extends well beyond the onboard experience, and Royal Caribbean’s popular shore excursions also will reflect the new Vitality program. Recommended excursions are perfect for active families and singles ready to hit the ground running, biking or zip-lining, including the Dragon's Flight Zipline on Labadee, Haiti; the Jungle Bike Adventure on Cozumel, Mexico; the Kayak, Snorkel and Beach Experience in George Town, Grand Cayman; and Jungle River Tubing in Montego Bay, Jamaica. These Vitality excursions are paired with discounted onboard spa treatments to rejuvenate guests’ senses after an exhilarating day shoreside.

Culinary Offerings 
The Vitality program will offer guests more dining choices to reinvigorate the body and recharge the soul. Energy bars, protein and green tea drinks, and Tazo iced- and hot-teas have been added to menus in locations like the popular “Squeeze” juice bar. Without sacrificing flavor and taste, healthier menu options, including trans-fat-free meals, all-natural ingredients and freshly prepared breads and meals, will be offered ship- and fleet-wide, alongside staple favorites. 

Royal Caribbean Intl is a global cruise brand with 20 ships currently in service and three under construction. Liberty of the Seas, the cruise line’s newest ship, which debuts in April 2007, will share the title of largest cruise ship at sea with sister ship Freedom of the Seas. At 160,000 GRT with a capacity of 3,634 guests (double occupancy), Liberty of the Seas will sail alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from Miami. For additional information or to make reservations, go to, call (800) 327-6700, or contact your travel agent.

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Princess Luggage Valet Introduces New Way for Passengers to Travel Light

SANTA CLARITA, CA, March 19 - Imagine breezing through the airport on the way to your cruise with only a small carry-on bag in tow, knowing that the rest of your wardrobe is already waiting for you in your stateroom. With the new Princess Luggage Valet service, passengers will soon be able to lighten their load and enjoy this escape from one of the ultimate travel frustrations. Princess Luggage Valet offers a convenient direct shipping service in which luggage is picked up right from a passenger's home and delivered straight to their stateroom onboard. The new service will first be available for travelers on European voyages, beginning aboard Grand Princess on May 14, Emerald Princess on May 17, Star Princess on May 22, and Royal Princess on June 1. The program will subsequently be expanded to other destinations later in the year. Shipping for Princess Luggage Valet will be provided by DHL Worldwide Express.

"Luggage Valet represents the ultimate luxury for travelers who hate lugging their own suitcases through airport congestion and customs," said Jan Swartz, Princess senior vice president. "And it's a great option for passengers who're extending their pre- or post-voyage travels so they won't have to carry their cruise luggage with them on land."

Reservations for the new Luggage Valet service will be available up to 30 days prior to the cruise sailing date. Princess Luggage Valet pick-up is available from residential addresses in the continental United States and Canada, and bags can be delivered to both domestic and international cruise ports. A complementary service, Princess Package Valet, will begin later in the season, offering passengers a convenient way to ship home items purchased at the ship's onboard boutiques.

Prices for Princess Luggage Valet start at $90 per bag each way for domestic shipments, and vary depending on baggage weight and destination. All baggage is insured up to $2,000 with additional insurance available for purchase. Additional information about Princess Luggage Valet is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company's website at

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Caribbean Princess to Make New York Debut in Summer 2008

SANTA CLARITA, CA, March 16 - Princess Cruises' popular Caribbean cruises from New York will return for a third season in 2008, this time featuring Caribbean Princess. The amenity-filled vessel's debut in the Big Apple will offer two different nine-day Eastern Caribbean itineraries, enabling passengers to plan the perfect escape to idyllic islands and favorite ports of call such as the pink sands of Bermuda and the resort amenities of Grand Turk.

"Caribbean Princess takes over for Crown Princess, which successfully debuted on this crowd-pleasing route last year," said Jan Swartz, Princess' senior vice president of customer service and sales. "Passengers have loved this opportunity to sail to the Caribbean from our convenient New York terminal in Brooklyn, and we're delighted to return for a third season. As you might guess from her name, Caribbean Princess was designed especially for Caribbean cruising and will help our New York-area passengers get in the island mood with a wealth of amenities perfect for the region, such as the poolside Movies Under the Stars and the local flavors of Café Caribe."

Caribbean Princess' summer season from New York will include 11 departures between May 17 and August 15, 2008 on two Eastern Caribbean itineraries. Ports of call on eight of these nine-day roundtrip voyages include Bermuda (West End), San Juan, St. Thomas and Grand Turk. In addition, three sailings will feature calls in San Juan, St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Grand Turk. Caribbean Princess will also offer one seven-day Exotic Eastern Caribbean sailing from New York to San Juan departing on October 26 and calling at St. Kitts, Antigua and St. Thomas along the way.

Caribbean Princess features the many hallmark amenities that define the Princess experience, including the dramatic Movies Under the Stars outdoor movie screen; multiple dining venues including specialty restaurants and the regional Café Caribe; Personal Choice Dining featuring traditional or Anytime seating; Lotus Spa with fitness center; an extensive children and teen's center; a wedding chapel and nearly 900 staterooms with private balconies.  Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company's website at

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Daily Postings in On-Line 'Blog' by Carnival Freedom Senior Cruise Director John Heald Offer Humorous, Insightful Look at Carnival Freedom's Inaugural European Cruise Season 

MIAMI, March 16 -- Since being launched just 10 days ago, the new on-line "blog" written by Carnival Freedom Senior Cruise Director John Heald has attracted more than 25,000 visitors who have enjoyed his insightful and often humorous look at the ship's inaugural 12-day European cruise schedule that began earlier this month. Heald's blog can be viewed at and offers a lighthearted, behind-the-scenes account of life aboard a cruise ship and interesting happenings ashore, all delivered with his trademark off-beat humor and self-deprecating manner. Also included are Heald's personal photos of scenic destinations in Italy, Greece, and Turkey, along with travel tips, shore excursion recommendations and more. With the blog's interactive feature, scores of readers have left their comments and questions for Heald.

"I am thrilled and slightly bemused that so many people have taken the time to read my nightly ramblings on the Web site. Working on a cruise ship is a unique experience and this gives me a great opportunity to share those experiences with everyone," Heald said. "I will keep writing until the readers or my Mum and Dad tell me to stop! Thanks to everyone who is reading my musings and I look forward to continuing to share the Carnival Freedom experience with others in the future," he added.

Known for his easygoing demeanor, quick wit and engaging personality, Heald is one of the most popular cruise directors in the industry. He joined Carnival in 1986 as a bartender and, after transferring to the entertainment department, was named a social host three years later. He was promoted to cruise director in 1990 and in 2004 was named senior cruise director in the Carnival fleet , currently the only individual to hold that position with the company. Heald's blog enjoys a prominent position within the Carnival Freedom's new micro site, which was launched in conjunction with the ship's inaugural cruise earlier this month. The site also includes video footage of the Carnival Freedom's naming ceremony in Venice, with international supermodel and designer Kathy Ireland serving as godmother, as well as a first look at the ship's dramatic public rooms and areas whose interiors are inspired after prominent design themes of the past decades and centuries.

Itinerary information on the Carnival Freedom's 12-day European cruises, along with interesting "fun facts" about the 2,974-passenger SuperLiner and a profile of Carnival's award-winning interior architect Joe Farcus, are also included. Carnival Freedom will continue its 12-day "Grand Mediterranean" and "Mediterranean & Greek Isles" cruises, operating round-trip from Rome (Civitavecchia), through Oct. 16, 2007. It will then sail on a 14-day trans- Atlantic voyage from Rome (Civitavecchia) to Miami, positioning the vessel for a winter schedule of seven-day Caribbean voyages from Miami Nov. 17. Carnival Freedom will return to Europe in May 2008 to operate another season of "Grand Mediterranean" and "Mediterranean & Greek Isles" cruises.

Reservations are currently being accepted on all of Carnival Freedom's various European and Caribbean departures. For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit

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Costa Cruise Lines Confirms Its Leadership in Environmental Compliance

MIAMI, FL, March 16 – Costa, Europe’s Number One Cruise Line, is confirming its leadership in environmental compliance with the introduction of a new aluminum recycling initiative for its ships calling on the Port of Savona in 2007 and 2008. In addition, the company will release its first “Sustainability Report,” created on a voluntary basis and outlining the company’s results in the fields of social accountability and environmental compliance. 

Under an agreement with CIAL, the Italian National Consortium for the Recovery and Recycling of Aluminum, Costa is about to launch a first for Italian shipping with the commencement of segregated waste collection onboard its ships. All 11 of its ships calling on the Port of Savona during 2007 and 2008 will feature separate disposal and recycling for aluminum packaging. This includes food and drink cans, aluminum foil, spray cans and aluminum trays. All “used” aluminum packaging will be collected in segregated waste disposal bins placed onboard Costa’s ships and sent to CIAL for recycling. As aluminum is 100% recyclable, it may then be reused to make household articles, garden furniture, window frames, automotive components and much more. The agreement currently involves vessels calling on Savona; however, Costa and CIAL are planning to extend the plan to other Italian ports. It is estimated that this year alone, 50 tons of aluminum packaging will be collected onboard Costa’s ships, providing a simple and convenient way for Costa’s guests and crewmembers to make a significant contribution to helping the environment. Once recycled, this material could be turned into the equivalent of 58,000 espresso coffee makers, 2,600 bicycles, or 3,300 wheel rims. Aluminum recycling enables a savings of 95% of the energy required to make new aluminum from bauxite ore. By recycling just one drink can, enough energy can be saved to power a 14-inch television set for 3 hours.

Costa will also issue its first “Sustainability Report” for the 2005 fiscal year, which is currently available on The report is created voluntarily on behalf of Costa and outlines the company’s results in the fields of social accountability and environmental compliance for the headquarter offices and for all the ships in its fleet. These results go beyond the scope of mandatory requirements by laws and regulations. The introduction of the report presents the company profile (mission, history and values) and its management systems. This is followed by a description of performance, which is segregated into three macro-categories: economic, environmental and social performance. The report ends with an assessment of the objectives attained in 2005, and the identification of those to be achieved in the years to come, including the new aluminum recycling initiative. 

Among the main results obtained in the environmental field in 2005 are the improvement in the management of waste produced both onboard and ashore, based on the type and disposal. Also, each ship has been equipped with meters which measure the quantity of sewage discharged, with a “white box” for the measurement of the oily substances contained in the bilge water, with procedures for recording the amounts of materials incinerated, and with means for sampling smoke emissions. In terms of social accountability, special software has been developed to monitor the hours of work/rest for the thousands of shipboard members, the “Conduct of Shipboard Personnel and Disciplinary Sanctions” document has been revised, and a new revision of the agreements with the trade union representatives’ organizations has been ratified. In addition, it includes a new revision of Costa’s rules regarding the guarantee of service quality, safety and protection, environmental compliance and observance of social accountability. 

Costa’s “Sustainability Report” has its roots in the “BEST4” integrated management system, which has been in place since 2004 and encompasses four types of voluntary certification of corporate compliance with the highest standards in the areas of quality, environment, safety, and social accountability, guaranteeing the measurement of company performance and continuous improvement. 

In addition to the “BEST4,” Costa has received widespread recognition for its commitment to safeguarding the environment. Costa is the first company in the world to be assigned RINA’s prestigious “Green Star” notation across the fleet, which certifies that all of Costa’s vessels comply with environmental standards for the prevention of marine environment pollution and it is stricter than the prevailing provisions of the international MARPOL Convention. Since 2003, Costa has held the Green Planet award for exemplary ecological performance, bestowed annually on the entire fleet by the Tour Operator KUONI and regarded as the highest seal of eco-approval. In July 2005, Costa joined forces with the WWF to protect three of the world’s marine ecoregions that are under the greatest threat: the Mediterranean, the Greater Antilles and Northeast Brazil. Additionally, in October 2005 Costa launched a project in collaboration with the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission for monitoring climate change in the Mediterranean.

For reservations or more information, contact a travel agent, call (800) GO-COSTA or visit

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$2 Billion in New Cruise Ships Ordered at 
Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention

MIAMI, March 15 -- Oceania Cruises and Silversea Cruises together ordered newbuilds worth $2 billion from Italy's Fincantieri shipyards during the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention, which closed today in Miami Beach. (Details follow below.)

Participants are calling the 23rd annual edition the best show ever. The global exhibition and conference drew nearly 10,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibiting companies from over 100 countries. Attendance was up this year, and exhibition bookings for the 2008 event are well ahead of past years. Exhibitors and attendees agreed that Seatrade 2007 was an extremely good show.

"This is my first year at Seatrade, but my colleagues have been coming to Seatrade for the past 15 years and they say that this is the best show they've been to," said exhibitor Michelle Larivee of Bermello Ajamil & Partners Inc. "There has been a lot of traffic and the show has expanded. The quality of people is superb."

"By and large the event was excellent, and I've been coming here for the past 20 years," said John McNeece, delegate and managing director of Ringwood Hampshire from the United Kingdom. "The State of the Industry was the best it's ever been, and a variety of subjects were explored. I love coming to Seatrade because it is more like visiting family, it is an integration of old friends with the prospect to make new friends."

Industry news announced at the convention included the new ship orders for Oceania and Silversea as well as new port development projects were announced as well between Carnival Cruise Lines and Roatan, Honduras (see details below); and Royal Caribbean International and the island of Aruba. The convention had the strongest presence ever from Asia, with delegations from China, Japan, Korea and the Association of Southeast Asia Nations represented. The conference featured the third annual International Super Yacht Symposium with a two-day series of sessions held in conjunction with the convention. For the first time, the exhibition featured a pavilion dedicated to suppliers to the superyacht industry.

Conference sessions covered such pertinent industry issues as shipbuilding and design, product development and distribution, shipboard management, technology and the future of the cruise industry. 

The 2008 Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention is scheduled for March 10-13 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

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Silversea Announces New Ship Plans

Miami -- Ultra-luxury operator Silversea Cruises has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for one 36,000-GRT, 540-guest, ultra-luxury vessel from Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri with delivery scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2009. The line has also signed an option for a sister ship with Fincantieri. The agreement with Fincantieri is conditional to final contract and financing. However, an irrevocable banking commitment, fully underwritten, has already been obtained and is only subject to the final loan agreement. 

"This is a very exciting time for our company as we are now poised to further develop our unique style of luxury travel with a new generation of ship design," said Manfredi Lefebvre, Silversea's chairman. "Fincantieri is the ideal shipbuilder to craft our new luxury vessel that will carry on our tradition of being an innovator and trendsetter in ultra-luxury cruising." Added Amerigo Perasso, Silversea's president, "This newbuild order shows great confidence in the luxury segment's potential for greater demand. Silversea will be well positioned to fully meet this future demand in North America and our international markets." 

The newbuild order is the first one for Silversea since 1998 when contracts for Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper were signed. The award-winning vessels entered into service in 2000 and 2001, respectively. With the newbuild, Silversea's overall fleet capacity grows from 1,356 berths to 1,896 berths, representing a 40% increase. The purchase price and design details about the new vessel will be forthcoming over the next few weeks.

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Oceania Cruises Enters Into Newbuild Agreement

Miami, FL — Oceania Cruises announced today that it has entered into a memorandum of agreement with Italy’s Fincantieri shipyard that calls for the construction of two 1,260-guest, 65,000-ton ships to be delivered in the fall of 2010 and summer of 2011. The agreement includes an option for a third vessel to be delivered in 2012. The contract price for each vessel is $500 million dollars. 

“This new class of elegant, mid-size ships will define upper-premium cruising for years to come and demonstrates our commitment to providing our guests and travel agent partners with an extraordinary onboard experience. We have elevated the onboard product in every area and as a result, guests will be able to dine in an unprecedented number of gourmet restaurants, and revel in the luxury of accommodations that will set a new standard in terms of size, spaciousness and comfort,” stated Frank Del Rio, Chairman and CEO of Oceania Cruises. 

Designed by the world renowned architectural firm of Yran & Storbratten, the new Oceania-Class vessels will usher in new generation of luxurious, mid size cruise ships. Under the direction of Executive Architect, Gunnar Aaserud, the new Oceania-Class represents an evolution of the line’s extremely popular Regatta-Class ships. This new class of mid size cruise vessels will retain all of the warmth, popular design elements and signature amenities of the Regatta-Class while affording guests an additional level of comfort, convenience and many new luxury amenities. Designed to cruise to all corners of the globe, the new ships will boast a cruising speed 20% faster than the Regatta-Class. In addition to their greater speed, the Oceania-Class will have a greater range that enables them to undertake the itineraries to virtually any destination worldwide. 

The new Oceania-Class vessels will set a new standard in culinary excellence, featuring six open-seating gourmet restaurants which boast the capacity to seat 150% of the ship’s guests in a single seating. The magnificent Grand Dining Room will be an opulent space crowned with a magnificent frescoed domed ceiling. The four specialty restaurants will feature the line’s signature Polo Grill and Toscana along with two new specialty dining venues, an elegant French bistro and a Pan-Asian restaurant. 

These new ships have been designed with all the signature elements that guests and travel agents cherish, and the décor will be imbued with the same warmth and charm that the Regatta-Class is renowned for. Signature public spaces will include the Martinis, Horizons, The Patio, and a Grand Staircase that sweeps up both sides of the lobby. Public areas and accommodations will include rich wood paneling and granite accents, opulent furnishings and a museum quality art collection that will include many rare nautical antiques.

“With our new financial partners and this one billion dollar order, Oceania Cruises is poised to take its place as the market leader in upper-premium cruising. While the Regatta-Class ships have provided us with an exceptional foundation for the line and are extremely successful, the new Oceania-Class will be the perfect complement to our fleet and have been designed with all the signature features our unique and discerning guests love, plus new amenities to enhance their Oceania Cruises experience,” stated Del Rio. 

The design specifications for the Oceania-Class call for the vessels to be 825 feet long, 105 feet wide, a draft of 23 feet, and accommodate 1,260 guests on 9 guest decks. The ships will feature 630 staterooms and suites that are on average, 50% larger than the Regatta-Class; 96% of all guest accommodations will feature sweeping ocean views and 93% will boast oversized, private teak verandas. The ships will be powered by diesel-electric engines and operate with twin screw propellers, with a service speed of 20 knots. They will be equipped with two bow thrusters to enhance maneuverability, and will also be “green ships” employing the most advanced environmental systems and technology. 

Del Rio said that travelers and travel agents seeking a truly exceptional cruise experience will be ecstatic when the ships are unveiled. “The addition of these spectacular new ships will provide greater opportunities for guests and travel agents alike and allow us to sate the pent up demand for our award-winning product,” said Del Rio.

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Carnival Corporation Signs Agreement to Build and Operate Cruise Terminal in Roatan, Honduras

MIAMI -- Carnival Corporation has signed an agreement to build and operate a cruise terminal on the island of Roatan, Honduras. Development of the facility - to be called "Mahogany Bay - Roatan" - is expected to start in fall 2007 and be completed by summer 2009 at a cost of $50 million. The cruise facility will be situated on 20 acres on the Roatan waterfront and will consist of a two-berth cruise terminal capable of accommodating super post-Panamax vessels and up to 7,000 passengers daily. Partnering with Carnival on the project is Jerry Hynds, a local business leader and a member of the Honduran Congress. He is also the owner of Coral Cay, a resort property located adjacent to the planned port facility.

Within five years of operation, "Mahogany Bay - Roatan" is expected to host 225 cruise ship calls and 500,000 passengers annually. Adjacent to the facility will be a 35,000-square-foot Welcome Center including retail shops, restaurants and bars, along with a 60-foot-high lighthouse, a lagoon with cascading waterfalls, and a nature trail. A transportation hub with the ability to accommodate taxis, rental cars and tour buses is also planned. A variety of shore excursion opportunities, to be provided by local tour operators, are being developed, as well. 

A tropical island distinguished by a lush landscape of rugged mountains with beautiful white-sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and colorful coral reefs, Roatan is a 165-square-mile island located 40 miles north of Honduras in the southwestern Caribbean Sea. The island is currently featured on the western Caribbean itineraries of Carnival Corporation brands Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises, and P&O Cruises. The new "Mahogany Bay - Roatan" facility will further enhance guests' shoreside experience on the popular island destination.

The new Roatan project continues Carnival Corporation & plc's efforts at developing Caribbean ports to provide consumers with an even greater variety of destination choices within the region. These include the new Grand Turk Cruise Center, which in its first year in operation hosted nearly 300,000 passengers.

"The Caribbean remains the world's number one cruise destination and Carnival Corporation & plc is always looking for ways to capitalize on many distinct attributes that make the region so attractive to consumers. 'Mahogany Bay - Roatan' is designed to build upon the success of our other projects by providing cruise ship guests with an unparalleled landside experience, with modern facilities and wide range of shore excursion choices, along with opportunities to explore this fascinating and beautiful island," said Giora Israel, Carnival Corporation's vice president of strategic planning.

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Celebrity Quest Presents Cruises Through a Europe Less Traveled

MIAMI, March 15 -- Celebrity Quest, the luxurious 710-guest vessel that will join Celebrity Cruises' "Celebrity Expeditions" brand extension later this year, will pair the best of Celebrity with exceptional experiences in European destinations less traveled.

"The upscale, smaller nature of Celebrity Quest allows us greater versatility in deployment, so our itineraries feature destinations that are likely to be new discoveries for even the most experienced European travelers," said Celebrity President Dan Hanrahan. "Our Celebrity Expeditions fleet offers unparalleled service, including butler service and concierge-style amenities in every stateroom; extraordinary dining experiences; and revitalizing spa programs -- all within a relaxed yet stylish atmosphere, and paired with truly exotic destinations and unique shore excursions."

Celebrity Quest rounds out the Celebrity Expeditions brand extension when she joins sister ship Celebrity Journey, along with the megayacht, Celebrity Xpedition, which sails year-round in the enchanting Galapagos Islands.

Celebrity Quest -- Exotic Europe Itinerary Highlights

Celebrity Quest will singlehandedly introduce 25 new ports in Europe for the Celebrity brand, including a series of exceptional overnight stays, allowing guests a richer, more immersive experience in intriguing destinations. Celebrity Quest begins Celebrity Expeditions' inaugural Europe season with a 14-night transatlantic voyage that departs Miami on April 12, 2008, featuring the brand's first calls on Alicante and Gijon, Spain, and Bonifacio, Corsica. The ship then presents a 14-night "Best of Italy" cruise from Rome that holds true to the itinerary's name, with overnight stays in Sorrento, Venice, and Livorno (Florence/Pisa), and visits to Monopoli, Ravenna and Sardinia, Italy, as well as Split, Croatia, and Taormina, Sicily.

An early-season, special-interest cruise allows film enthusiasts to pair the pleasure of the silver screen with the sheer beauty of the Mediterranean on Celebrity Quest's Cannes Film Festival cruise round-trip from Civitavecchia (Rome) on May 10, including three consecutive nights in Cannes when the city hosts what is widely considered the world's most prestigious film festival. At the height of her European season, Celebrity Quest's unparalleled 14-night Mediterranean sailings round-trip from Rome from May through September feature overnight stays in both Livorno and Barcelona, Spain; and visits to Sorrento, Portofino and Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy; Malta; Tunisia; Monte Carlo, Marseilles (Provence) and Sete, France.

Celebrity Quest will offer guests several special sailings in Europe. The ship sails through the mysterious Black Sea on a 14-night cruise from Rome to Athens on July 5 and August 2, with overnight stays in both Ephesus (Kusadasi) and Istanbul, Turkey, and including visits to the fascinating coastal communities of Sinop, Turkey; Yalta, Sevastopol, and Odessa, Ukraine; and Varna, Bulgaria. Ancient empires await those who select Celebrity Quest's 14-night itineraries of the same name in June, October or November, with visits to five locations in Turkey, including an overnight stay in Istanbul; the captivating Greek islands of Chios and Santorini; Limassol, Cyprus; Alexandria, Egypt, and Sorrento, Italy. Additionally, three 14-night sailings departing Athens on June 21, July 19 and August 16 feature a series of overnight stays in Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey, Sorrento, and Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy, and several visits to Greece's lesser-known island gems.

Celebrity Quest -- Ultra-Premium Onboard Experience Highlights

Guests sailing on Celebrity Quest will enjoy a more exclusive guest experience. Celebrity Quest and her sister ship, Celebrity Journey, offer 15 classes of accommodations, all featuring butler service as well as concierge- style amenities, including fresh-cut flowers, fresh fruit, Elemis toiletries, complimentary use of Frette cotton robes, two complimentary pairs of plush slippers, plasma TVs and European bedding. Despite the ships' smaller size, Celebrity is offering two specialty restaurants onboard--a first for the brand. Guests staying in suites will receive one night of complimentary dining in one of the two specialty restaurants. The ships, which will not require formal attire for dining, also feature open seating in the main dining room.

The two ships are the first in Celebrity's fleet to feature a wine bar, which will offer wine and champagne tastings, seminars, and mini-pairings of food and wine, in addition to its standard menu of fine wines by the glass or bottle. Celebrity Journey and Celebrity Quest will offer an enhanced emphasis on spa and relaxation. The ships' AquaSpa facilities will offer spa treatments not available on any other ships in Celebrity's fleet. Guests in suites will be able to enjoy certain spa services in the privacy of their room. The ships will also offer an outdoor spa relaxation lounge and an aesthetics suite offering Celebrity's popular Acupuncture at Sea, laser hair removal and microdermabrasion.

The two ships will each feature an onboard "excursion expert," who will not only help guests select shore excursions based on their personal interests, but also serve as a destination guide, offering information about the culture and history of each port of call. The retail experience onboard Celebrity Journey and Celebrity Quest will focus on fine art, sculpture, photography, jewelry, and resort wear.

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Celebrity Cruises to Bring 'Four Stars' Back to Europe

MIAMI, March 15 -- Even before its 2007 season in Europe begins, Celebrity Cruises has announced plans to return to the region in 2008 with four ships consistently rated among the "world's best."

"Celebrity's European sailings have sparked increasing demand year-over-year, and we're thrilled to respond by returning with four of our award-winning large ships, while also deploying Celebrity Expeditions' new Celebrity Quest in the more exotic, remote locations in the region," said Celebrity President Dan Hanrahan. "On every Celebrity ship, the combination of impeccable service and state-of-the-art amenities, with the rich history, culture and natural beauty of Europe, is simply unparalleled."

Bookings opened today for Celebrity's 2008 European season on Celebrity Century, Celebrity Constellation, Celebrity Galaxy, and Celebrity Summit.

Celebrity's European Itinerary Highlights 2008

  • Celebrity Century on April 28, 2008, will depart Miami, Fla., on a 14-night transatlantic voyage to Amsterdam, where the ship will present round-trip, 12-night Scotland and Ireland sailings, a series of 12-night Scandinavia and Russia cruises, an Arctic Circle and North Cape voyage, and a 10-night Ireland and Norwegian Fjords cruise, before repositioning to Barcelona to cap the season with a series of Western
    Mediterranean and Morocco sailings. Celebrity Century departs Barcelona December 1 on a 14-night transatlantic voyage to Miami, where the ship will resume round-trip Caribbean sailings.

  • Celebrity Constellation crosses the Atlantic on April 11, 2008, departing Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on a 13-night voyage to Harwich, England, a new port of embarkation for Celebrity. There, Celebrity Constellation will present a round-trip, nine-night Scotland and Ireland cruise before launching a series of 14-night, round-trip
    Scandinavia and Russia cruises. Celebrity Constellation's 2008 season in Europe concludes with a transatlantic voyage departing Barcelona September 8, featuring visits to Morocco, Spain, Portugal, the Azores and Newfoundland, and concluding in Cape Liberty, New Jersey, where the ship resumes Canada and New England sailings.

  • Celebrity Galaxy presents a series of 10- and 11-night sailings from May to December, round-trip from Rome, each featuring an overnight stay in Istanbul, Turkey. Celebrity Galaxy concludes its European season in 2008 with a 14-night transatlantic voyage from Barcelona, highlighted by visits to the exotic Moroccan ports of Casablanca, Tangier and Agadir, along with Lanzarote, Tenerife, and Santa Cruz, Canary Islands, ending in Miami, Fla.

  • Celebrity Summit opens the European season on April 29, 2008, with a 12-night "Best of Europe" cruise from Southampton, England, to Barcelona, Spain, highlighted by Celebrity's first calls on Gijon, Spain, a coastal community rich with culture and located between two beaches. Celebrity Summit then presents a series of 12-night
    Mediterranean sailings from Barcelona and Venice, featuring overnight stays in Venice. The ship's 2008 Mediterranean season concludes with a series of 14-night voyages featuring overnight stays in three stunning locations: Venice; Ephesus (Kusadasi) and Istanbul, Turkey; and Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy. Celebrity Summit sets sail on a 14-night transatlantic crossing departing Barcelona on November 29.

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Oceania Cruises Introduces the 2008 European Collection

Miami, FL, March 15 — Oceania Cruises is pleased to announce the release of the new 2008 European Collection. With three ships positioned in Europe for the season, Oceania Cruises will offer guests an unrivaled array of itineraries that call on Europe’s most enticing ports. Oceania Cruises will offer 54 European voyages in 2008, introduce six new itineraries, and make maiden calls at new and intriguing ports. From the elegant avenues of Saint Tropez, to the majestic beauty of Kotor's dramatic fjords and the Czarist splendors of St. Petersburg, Oceania Cruises presents the cultural and historical gems of this fabled continent to the most discerning travelers. Sailing to the Western Mediterranean, the Greek Isles and Scandinavia, Regatta, Insignia and Nautica will sail to more than 70 ports throughout Europe. 

Oceania Cruises continues to set the benchmark for destination cruising in Europe with more overnight port stays than any other cruise line in its class. This unique and trend-setting approach to cruising provides travelers the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich and abundant history, culture and cuisine of Europe’s most alluring cities. With a keen focus on the destination experience, every aspect of the line’s 2008 European Collection has been meticulously planned with the discriminating traveler in mind. 

New Ports 
“Oceania Cruises has always been known for its destination-intensive itineraries and we are always seeking new and different ports to elevate the experience for our guests,” stated Bob Binder, President of Oceania Cruises. 

Oceania Cruises has added several new and exciting ports to its already stellar line up of boutique and marquee ports, Haifa, Israel; Pula, Croatia; Alghero, Italy; Tangier, Morocco; and Hamilton, Bermuda. Oceania Cruises’ intimate and mid-sized enable guests to experience smaller ports that many larger ships simply cannot access, such as Monte Carlo, Saint Tropez, Sarande, Portofino and Kotor. These are in addition to Oceania Cruises’ perennial favorites like St. Petersburg, Istanbul, Copenhagen, Venice and Rome. 2008 European Collection voyages range from 10 to 16 days in length and feature an abundance of port time and a minimum number of sea days. On average, 10- and 12-day itineraries will feature no more than one sea day and 14-day itineraries will feature no more than two sea days. 

Highlights of the 2008 European Collection

  • The Mediterranean and Greek Isles offer 42 different opportunities to explore these fabled lands rich in culture, cuisine and history. 

  • New 14-day Barcelona to Istanbul itinerary that includes both Egypt and Israel. 

  • Regatta traverses virtually all of Europe with voyages to the Greek Isles, Mediterranean, Western Europe and the glittering, great northern cities of St. Petersburg, Russia; Stockholm, Sweden; Copenhagen, Denmark; Berlin, Germany; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Gdansk, Poland; Tallinn, Estonia; and Bruges, Belgium. 

Spotlight on Maiden Ports of Call

  • Haifa, Israel - Visit the land of miracles--Galilee, the Jordan River, the Mount of the Beautitudes and Tabgha or venture to Nazareth, home of the young Jesus. 

  • Pula, Croatia – Rich in Roman political history, visit the majestic Arena which dates back to the 1st century or stroll the quaint, medieval streets of the city’s old quarter. 

  • Alghero (Sardinia), Italy – Although Italian, many in this quaint, Genoese influenced city speak Catalan. Marvel at the ancient Phoenician buildings.

  • Tangier, Morocco - An ancient Phoenician town, founded by Carthaginian colonists in the early 5th century, Tangier is an eclectic wonderland of cultures, cuisines, histories and cultures. 

  • Hamilton, Bermuda - This British colony is pretty as a picture. Blessed with a perfect climate, pink sugar-sand beaches and an air of civility that is second to none, Bermuda is synonymous with paradise. 

With Free Airfare from 20 North American gateways and 2 for 1 cruise fares, these extraordinary voyages are the pinnacle of value. 2 for 1 cruise fares start at just $1,699 per guest and guests are urged to make their reservations as early as possible to ensure that they take advantage of the free airfare and receive the accommodations of choice on their preferred voyage.

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MSC Cruises to Bring Panamax Ship to the Caribbean in 2008-09

MIAMI, FL March 13 – MSC Cruises will bring one of its newest Panamax ships to the Caribbean for the winter 2008-09 season. One of the line’s 89,600-ton “Musica” class Panamax vessels will arrive in Fort Lauderdale Jan. 2, 2009 for a season of 7-night itineraries. The line’s “Musica” class ships carry 2,500 passengers and have more than 242,000 square feet of public area. In addition, 85 percent of the staterooms are outside accommodations and 65 percent of the total number of staterooms have balconies, giving MSC Cruises’ “Musica” class ships the highest percentage of balconies of any Panamax-class ships in service. The announcement was made today at the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention by MSC Cruises (USA) President and CEO Richard E. Sasso. 

“A ‘Musica’ class ship is ideally suited for the 7-night Caribbean sailings. Its elegant features, extensive public space and number of staterooms with balconies make it ideally suited for the North American market,” says Sasso. “Since launching its massive expansion program in 2003, MSC Cruises has become the leading European cruise company and the fastest-growing cruise line. This announcement demonstrates the line’s commitment to be a dominant force in the international cruise market,” he adds.

The ship will depart Genoa Dec. 16, 2008 on a 17-night Christmas/New Year’s transatlantic cruise, arriving in Fort Lauderdale Jan. 2, 2009. On Jan. 3, 2009, she will begin sailing 7-night roundtrip itineraries from Fort Lauderdale. MSC Lirica will sail 10-night Deep Caribbean and Panama itineraries during the winter 2008-09 season. 

MSC Cruises is the largest Italian-styled cruise company. Its headquarters are in Naples, and the worldwide cruise giant is present in 28 other countries worldwide. MSC Cruises currently has a fleet of seven ships – MSC Musica, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Armonia, MSC Lirica, MSC Opera, MSC Melody and MSC Rhapsody – and offers itineraries in the Mediterranean (year-round), Northern Europe, Caribbean, South America, South Africa and transatlantic sailings. For more information about MSC Cruises, visit

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PhotoWorks® Offers Cruise-Goers New Options for Their Digital Photos

SEATTLE, March 14 -- PhotoWorks®, Inc., a leading online digital photo-publishing company, is bringing its unique, high-quality commemorative photo travel books to the high seas. The company today announced that it will deliver a unique technology solution to help cruise-goers do more with their digital photos as part of the SeaMobile Web Portal, an interactive portal that allows travelers aboard cruise ships access to important information to customize and enhance their cruising experience. The technology will feature PhotoWorks' easy-to-use book creation experience customized for on-ship use. It will allow cruise passengers to use their digital photos to create high-quality, professionally-bound glossy photo books that will last for years to come.

On board, PhotoWorks will offer its popular 8.5" x 11.5" personalized- cover photo book. Customers can choose from an array of colors, layouts and themes to personalize their books. Printed on thick stock archival-quality, acid-free paper, personalized-cover photo books provide a keepsake people will want to put on display and show to all their friends.

"Cruises offer great opportunities for incredible photographs, and PhotoWorks is thrilled to partner with SeaMobile to provide cruise ship adventurers new ways to document and commemorate their travel experiences," said Andy Wood, President and CEO of PhotoWorks, Inc. "This new service will give passengers sophisticated and creative ways to express themselves, indulge their passions and preserve their digital memories."

Guests can access the PhotoWorks content on the SeaMobile Web Portal by using their own laptop WiFi connection on the ship or by visiting on-board Internet cafes. The progressive roll-out will commence April 2007. Carnival Cruise Lines will be the first to make the service available on its ships.

About PhotoWorks, Inc.
PhotoWorks(R), Inc. is an Internet-based digital photo-publishing company. The company's web-based services allow PC and Mac users share and store their digital and film images, and to create hardbound photo books, customized greeting cards, calendars, prints and other photography-sourced products. Formerly known as Seattle Film Works, PhotoWorks has a 30-year national heritage of helping photographers share and preserve their memories with innovative and inspiring products and services. More information on the Company is available at or by e-mailing .

About SeaMobile Enterprises
SeaMobile Enterprises is the dominant global service provider of at-sea communications, connectivity and content services. Our global VSAT satellite communications network is delivered by the industry leader, Maritime Telecommunications Network (MTN), a SeaMobile company. With our additional acquisition of GeoLink, SeaMobile now provides broadband satellite and other services for more than 200 maritime vessels throughout the world. For more information, visit

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Announces New Food & Wine Circles of Interest Aboard 2007 Sailings

FORT LAUDERDALE, March 13 - Guests sailing aboard select Regent Seven Seas Cruises® in 2007 may select from eight new Food and Wine Circles of Interest. Developed to emphasize the culinary delights of Regent's itineraries and expand the palette of a small group of guests from ship to shore, the 2007 Food and Wine Circles of Interest offer guests an epicurean discovery of Italy, Scandinavia and France, with private tastings of local delicacies, hands-on cooking workshops and private tours with special guest hosts. Also new for 2007, many of the ever-popular Le Cordon Bleu® culinary workshops have been expanded to become Circles of Interest. 

The 700-guest all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Mariner® and Seven Seas Voyager® will offer the following Food and Wine Circles of Interest on select voyages in the Mediterranean, Western Europe and Asia beginning May 26 and continuing through December 3, 2007. Each Circle includes several exclusive components, both on board and on shore; highlights of each are detailed below while full descriptions can be found on 

Italian Culinary Adventure
Guests aboard the May 26 Mediterranean sailing of Seven Seas Voyager are invited to experience "An Italian Culinary Adventure with Alan Tardi" as he explores the multi-faced cooking of Liguria and Italy's finest wines. Alan Tardi, writer, restaurant consultant and previous owner of top New York City restaurant Follonico, leads this Circle with the utmost passion for Italian cuisine and wine. On board, guests will enjoy a dinner and wine tasting co-hosted by Mr. Tardi and Italian winemaker Nicola Biscardo, demonstrating the combination of climate, soil and care that makes this area's cuisine and wines unique. On shore, guests will travel to the small town of Recco for an exclusive visit to the area's most acclaimed restaurant, Da O Vittorio, and a lesson in preparing trofie pasta led by the restaurant chefs. ($275 per guest) 

Norwegian Epicurean Delights 
The beautiful cities of Scandinavia offer some of the world's greatest delicacies and are a fitting backdrop for "Norwegian Epicurean Delights," offered aboard the June 23 Baltic sailing of Seven Seas Voyager. Guests are invited to join host Chef Fredrik Hald, one of the most prominent chefs in Scandinavia, for a visit to his hometown of Bergen, Norway, and Lucullus restaurant, where he is owner and chef de cuisine. The afternoon will be spent enjoying a specially-prepared lunch while co-host and James Beard award-winning wine expert Lyn Farmer shares three wines to showcase Chef Hald's exemplary cuisine. On board, guests will enjoy a private tasting of specialties from Norway's fjords including the delicately flavored "fjord trout" and a toast with a well-aged bottle of Norwegian aquavit. ($250 per guest)

Exploring Bordeaux 
A tasting of four classic Bordeaux grape varieties and the experience of creating a unique blend are all highlights of the "Adventures for Wine Lovers" program aboard Seven Seas Voyager's June 2 sailing. This Circle is hosted by Clay Mauritson, a seventh-generation grape grower and expert winemaker, and Max McCalman, the United States' first Maître Fromager and a living legend for his expertise and passion for fine cheeses. Mr. Mauritson and Mr. McCalman will share their expertise in wine blends, even allowing guests to try their hand at developing a blend. On board, a private dinner will include wines from Spain, France and California, including the limited production Mauritson Bordeaux Blend red wine and an array of artisanal cheeses. On shore, the hosts will lead Circle guests to the extraordinary Château Beychevelle for a private, exclusive visit where they will have the opportunity to taste several Grand Cru Classe vintage wines from 1955 to 1999 in the company of the château's general manager. The wines are paired with an elegant lunch in the château's dining room and a tour of the estate. Later, Circle guests will stop at the beautifully restored Château Pichon-Longueville for a sampling of other famous vintages before returning to the ship. ($380 per guest)

Expanded Le Cordon Bleu Programs
Many of Regent's Le Cordon Bleu culinary workshops have been expanded for 2007 to include on shore components in Asia, Alaska and Europe. Through an exclusive partnership with the venerable Parisian cooking school, Le Cordon Bleu Circles of Interest offer a dynamic, hands-on introduction to the art of French cooking and bring the culinary aspects of select ports of call alive for a small group of Regent guests. Limited to just 16 guests, the programs include three intensive two-hour workshops and a chef-led local market visit in a specific port of call. In Papeete, Cairns, Hakodate or Cadiz (depending upon the voyage), guests will learn how the chef chooses the best local delicacies and uses them to prepare a delicious meal. Upon completion, guests will enjoy a celebratory dinner at Signatures restaurant with their chef instructor and receive their own chef's apron and hat, a tea towel, a special Le Cordon Bleu cookbook and a certificate of participation. 

Le Cordon Bleu Circles of interest are available on the following sailings: Nice to Dover aboard Seven Seas Voyager (June 2, 2007); Seward, Alaska to Osaka aboard Seven Seas Mariner (September 12, 2007); Dover to Monte Carlo aboard Seven Seas Voyager (September 12, 2007); Singapore to Sydney aboard Seven Seas Mariner (November 4, 2007); and Auckland to Los Angeles aboard Seven Seas Mariner (December 3, 2007). ($395 per guest)

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Princess Cruisetours Take Passengers Beyond the Sea to Explore Worldwide Wonders on Five Continents

SANTA CLARITA, CA, March 13 -- The ultimate traveler's wish list might include visits to such monuments as the mysterious Machu Picchu or the long-hidden Angkor Wat, natural wonders such as the vast Australian Outback or the dramatic Yangtze River, and such historic spots as colonial-era Williamsburg in Virginia or China's Terra Cotta Warriors from the Qin Dynasty. Locations such as these -- places that stir the imagination of travelers -- await Princess passengers with its collection of cruisetours spanning five continents. By combining a cruise with a specially developed land journey, Princess creates a seamless land/sea adventure encompassing many world treasures not easily accessible on a cruise alone. Princess passengers can select from 14 global cruisetour itineraries in such diverse locations as Asia, Australia, Canada/New England, Europe and South America. In addition, the line features more than 20 cruisetour choices in Alaska.

Cruisetours are easier than ever to choose as they've now been added to Princess' innovative Searchlight online tool. This quick, intuitive system makes finding the perfect cruisetour a breeze by searching for the ultimate vacation with just a few mouse clicks. The revolutionary function can search simultaneously by a variety of criteria -- including destination, date, ship, travel sequence and duration -- and instantly displays the results to help pick out the best cruisetour option in seconds.

"Cruisetours add an exciting extra dimension to a cruise vacation, turning it into an adventure of a lifetime," said Jan Swartz, Princess' senior vice president of customer service and sales. "They enable travelers to explore beyond their ship to visit some of the world's most amazing inland locations."

Princess worldwide cruisetour choices include:

  • Australia -- Four different tour options await passengers headed "down under." Combined with a 12-day Australia and New Zealand cruise or a 31-day Hawaii, Tahiti and South Pacific Voyage, these land tours take passengers to some of continent's undisputed wonders, starting with tours around cosmopolitan Sydney, including its world-famous Opera House and Bondi Beach. Those who want to explore the extensive Great Barrier Reef will enjoy a high- speed catamaran tour of this living marvel. Other tour options include visits to the famed Uluru (Ayers Rock), and a new tour to majestic Kakadu National Park, featuring extensive wetlands, diverse wildlife and the largest number of accessible Aboriginal sites in Australia.

  • Bangkok and Angkor Wat -- Dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, the legendary Angkor Wat temple complex was abandoned by the Khmer civilization in 1431 and appeared lost to the world until it was rediscovered in 1860 when a botanist stumbled upon it deep in the jungle. After years of civil war, Angkor Wat -- one of the world's most important archaeological sites -- is once again open to travelers and forms the highlight of Princess' new "Bangkok and Angkor Wat" cruisetour. Passengers taking this unforgettable journey have the opportunity to explore the best of this fascinating part of Southeast Asia, with a six-night tour featuring stays in Bangkok, the northern city of Chiang Mai, and Cambodia's Siem Reap. In addition to the stunning Angkor Wat temples, visitors will enjoy sites such as Bangkok's Golden Buddha Temple, a cruise on the Chao Phraya River, and an elephant camp near Chiang Mai. This tour combines with a 16-day Bangkok/Beijing cruise for a full 23-day adventure.

  • China -- The splendor of the world's most populous country will impress travelers on two custom-designed Princess cruisetour itineraries that combine with a Beijing/Bangkok or Bangkok/Anchorage sailing. Both options feature the opportunity to explore the capital city of Beijing, including such highlights as the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall and the Summer Palace. Participants also travel to Xian to walk along the excavation pits housing thousands of life-size Terra Cotta Warriors -- one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. Plus one cruisetour itinerary also features a three-night cruise through dramatic gorges of the legendary Yangtze River.

  • South America -- Two South America tour options offer passengers the opportunity to visit the famous ruins of Machu Picchu or Rio and the dramatic Iguazu Falls. Passengers on a Princess Cape Horn & Strait of Magellan cruise or Antarctica and South America Adventure can choose to add one or even both options to their vacation for an opportunity to fully explore some of the continent's most talked about sites. Travelers headed to Peru's mystical "Lost City of the Incas" at Machu Picchu will also explore Cusco, the cradle of the Incan Empire, as well as the bustling capital city of Lima. On the Rio and Iguazu Falls cruisetour, visitors will enjoy the city sites and beaches of Brazil's legendary city, plus will contemplate the majesty of the more than two miles of falls that cross the Brazil/Argentina border.

  • Europe -- Three European adventures take passengers beyond the continent's seaports to explore Ireland, Tuscany or the Danube region. Connecting with British Isles or Northern Europe cruises, the Ring of Kerry tour includes travel through some of the Emerald Isle's most inspiring landscape with visits to Shannon, Killarney and Cork. Expanding on Princess' Scandinavia and Russia sailings, the Cathedrals and Castles of Imperial Europe tour features four capitals that have figured prominently in history -- Budapest, Vienna, Prague and Berlin. Meanwhile, for travelers in the Mediterranean, the "Under the Tuscan Sun" tour highlights the charms of Italy with visits to Florence, Siena and Milan.

  • Canada/New England -- Passengers exploring the tradition and natural beauty of fall foliage season in New England and Canada can also travel back through historic America with a tour through Washington, D.C., Williamsburg, Richmond and Charlottesville, Gettysburg, Lancaster, Philadelphia and New York. Or they may choose to see more of Canada with travel to Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto.

  • Alaska Cruisetours -- Princess' most extensive cruisetour lineup features 10- to 16-night land/sea vacations in the heart of "The Great Land." All Princess Alaska tours offer at least two nights at either of the two Denali- area Princess wilderness lodges, ensuring that travelers enjoy more time among the wilderness and wildlife they came to see. Passengers can travel directly to their Princess lodge from the ship with Princess' exclusive Direct to the Wilderness rail service. Princess' Alaska cruisetours include accommodation at the line's five exclusive wilderness lodges, with scenic riverside settings in some of the state's most desirable locations.

Additional information about Princess cruisetours is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company's website at

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msy Wind Spirit Receives Latest Degrees of Difference Enhancements

SEATTLE, March 12 -- Windstar Cruises' second of three ships to undergo the latest phase of Degrees of Difference upgrades, the 148-guest motor sailing yacht Wind Spirit, begins a five-week work period on March 17, 2007. Guest upgrades include remodeled bathrooms in all staterooms, an expanded beauty salon and a refurbished lounge. All stateroom bathrooms will be remodeled for a more contemporary look with new fixtures, open glass shelves, new cabinets, granite countertops, porcelain sinks, and a magnifying mirror. Refinished teak floors retain the popular nautical style. In staterooms, full length mirrors and slippers will be added, and cell phone service will be available at sea. In the Lounge, the bar will be relocated to a central and visible location near the back of the room. The Lounge will be refreshed with reupholstered furniture, new carpet, ceiling, lighting, and wall coverings.

The Salon will move from deck one to deck three by the Lounge providing a more serene spa experience with space for relaxation. Expanding into the area vacated by the bar, salon space doubles with a new waiting area, two separate massage rooms, an area for facials and hair/nail treatments, and pedicure chair. The number of massage appointments available for guests will double and new spa treatments will be added including La Therapie Hydralift Facial, Elemis Aroma Spa Seaweed Massage, and Ionithermie Cellulite Reduction Program. The expanded spa menu turns the former salon into a complete spa facility. 

Other additions in guest areas include new tables and chairs in the Veranda, a new couch and ceiling in the Lobby and upgrades to public bathrooms. In the Pool Bar, a new bottle display area will freshen the look of the bar along with new lighting, and wall and ceiling coverings. Upgrades are also planned for technical operations of the ship.

In 2006, Windstar invested in luxury amenities on board all three ships. Wireless internet is available throughout the ship along with Bose SoundDock speakers in all staterooms, Apple iPod Nanos pre-loaded with music for complimentary check-out and laptops for rent. Plush Euro-Top mattresses, luxury bedding, Egyptian cotton towels and bath amenities by L'Occitane were added to staterooms as well. Other additions include hammocks built for two on deck, and lemon-scented iced towels and orange sorbet served on warm days. In The Restaurant, enhancements include Riedel stemware and Rosenthal china, new menus by acclaimed Chef Joachim Splichal; an "Amuse Bouche," or "little bite" at dinner; a new wine list featuring more boutique labels plus the flexibility to purchase wine in ports along the ships' itineraries; and Petit-fours, trays of delicate sweet treats, to be served with coffee at the end of dinner.

The two-week wetdock begins on March 17 when the ship sails from St. Thomas (without guests) on its Transatlantic crossing to Portugal. It will then spend three weeks in Lisnave Mitrena shipyard in Portugal. The ship will welcome guests back on its April 21 cruise from Lisbon to Barcelona. The four-masted Wind Spirit will sail the Greek Isles from May to September along with a few Mediterranean itineraries in early spring and late fall. 

The 312-guest Wind Surf sailed with all Degrees of Difference upgrades completed on December 16, 2006. The 148-guest msy Wind Star is scheduled to begin its work period in October 2007.

About Windstar Cruises
Seattle-based Windstar Cruises operates three sailing yachts known for their pampering without pretense and their ability to visit the hidden harbors and secluded coves of the world's most treasured destinations. Carrying just 148 to 312 guests, the luxurious ships of Windstar cruise to nearly 50 nations, calling at 100 ports throughout Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas. For more information including brochures, rates and itineraries contact a professional travel agent or call Windstar at 1-800-258-7245. Visit Windstar Cruises online at

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Celebrity Cruises Naturalists Enhance Alaska Itineraries 

MIAMI, March 12 -- Celebrity Cruises has found a way to make its unforgettable Alaska cruises even more memorable: The top- rated line's onboard enrichment program features the expertise of knowledgeable and enthusiastic naturalists who offer free, ongoing educational presentations about the region's flora, fauna and natural history. 

Marine researcher Brent Nixon is scheduled to offer onboard enrichment programs in Alaska on Celebrity Mercury and Celebrity Infinity this year. Nixon has been exploring Alaska for over 25 years. His comprehensive array of onboard presentations includes an overview of Alaska's land and people and glimpses into the lives of humpback whales, dolphins, killer whales, sea otters, seals, sea lions, puffins; brown and black bears, and bald eagles of the Pacific Northwest. Nixon is known for dazzling guests with personal accounts of tangling with bears, swimming with orcas, and sitting in eagles' nests. A former U.S. Army cold-weather survival and climbing instructor who also has worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service, Nixon was instrumental in establishing and managing the nation's first non-captive whale-watching park. He also has contributed extensively to the creation of the Marine Mammal Sanctuary in the Hawaiian Islands. This year, Nixon is also scheduled to sail on Celebrity Century in Europe, offering discussions on topics including humpback whales of the North Atlantic; Atlantic puffins, bottlenose dolphins and killer whales; the difference between seals and sea lions; and glacial geography.

Naturalist and Santa Cruz, California public radio personality Milos Radakovich will LEAD onboard enrichment programs on Celebrity Infinity and Celebrity Summit in 2007. Radakovich has been producing a series of science-oriented radio spots titled "Life on the Planet" for National Public Radio (NPR) station KUSP-FM 88.9 in Santa Cruz. He has led walking, cycling and kayaking tours along the West Coast for 25 years, has been widely recognized for his work in education and conservation. Radakovich, who has been the recipient of numerous awards for his work in education and conservation, will offer Celebrity guests the chance to learn about wildlife of the open ocean; volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis; marine mammals; and global climate.

Naturalist Leneh Wingard is scheduled to share her passion for the Alaskan wilderness with guests sailing on Celebrity Summit and Celebrity Mercury this year. Wingard, who holds a Master of Science degree in environmental education from the Audubon Expedition Institute, once spent several months living in a tent in the Alaskan wilderness while studying its geology, botany and wildlife, and trekking more than 70 miles over some of the state's most prominent glaciers. A past lecturer for the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Pacific Whale Foundation, Wingard has worked to find new species of deep sea animals in the Monterey Canyon and has spent hundreds of hours watching whales in the waters around Maui. Wingard will discuss the formation of glaciers; the life cycle and cultural significance of salmon in Alaska; and the wildlife of Alaska and the North Pacific Ocean, including humpback whales, eagles, elk, bears and killer whales.

In addition to Alaska, Celebrity also offers naturalist-led enrichment programs during certain cruises in the Caribbean, Mexico, South America, Europe and the Galapagos Islands. Celebrity also will offer naturalist enrichment programs when Celebrity Mercury begins sailing in Australia and New Zealand in November.

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Hotel Cipriani Headlines Crystal Cruises' Expanded Portfolio of European Pre- and Post-Cruise Hotel Options 

LOS ANGELES, March 12 -- Venice's venerable Hotel Cipriani and Hotel Danieli, Istanbul's Ritz-Carlton and Athens' Hotel Grande Bretagne are the grand new additions to Crystal Cruises' 2007 European Crystal Adventures Hotel Program. The four new hotels join an expanded collection of Europe's most prestigious properties -- 15 in all -- offering savvy travelers luxurious options to extend their Crystal vacations with a pre- or post-cruise hotel stay.

Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity offer 29 European itineraries from April through November. In several of the cruise departure and arrival cities, guests may choose from more than one hotel including:

  • Venice, Italy: Hotel Cipriani (new); Hotel Danieli (new); Hotel Bauer; Il Palazzo at the Hotel Bauer 

  • Monte Carlo, Monaco: Hotel Hermitage

  • Rome, Italy: Grand Hotel Parco Dei Principi; St. Regis Grand

  • Lisbon, Portugal: Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

  • Istanbul, Turkey: The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul (new)

  • Stockholm, Sweden: The Grand Hotel

  • London, England: Renaissance Chancery Court London; The Berkeley Hotel

  • Copenhagen, Denmark: Copenhagen Marriott

  • Athens, Greece: Hotel Grande Bretagne (new); Athenaeum InterContinental Hotel

The Crystal Adventures Hotel Program is offered on each cruise in all nine departure and arrival cities, which include Athens, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Lisbon, London, Monte Carlo, Rome, Stockholm and Venice. For the two Crystal Serenity cruises that end or begin in Toulon, France, guests may extend their travels to Monte Carlo or Venice.

"With the increased demand for our hotel programs, we've expanded our selection of 5-star properties to be able to offer more variety and more availability where possible," says John Stoll, Crystal's director of land programs. "That said, we are still encouraging guests to book early, as the programs are selling very well. Our guests appreciate the value of these programs priced in US dollars and are, most importantly, seeking the ease, comfort and luxury of a seamless Crystal experience from ship to shore."

The Crystal "Classic" program includes luxurious hotel accommodations, meet and assist arrangements, transfers between airport and hotel, direct transfer from hotel to ship, priority embarkation for pre-cruise guests, hotel tax and porterage, and a Hospitality Desk staffed by a Crystal representative providing valuable insights into each city's main attractions. In most locations, a Crystal "Classic-Plus" upgrade option is available offering additional services and amenities. Properties included in the Crystal's "Classic" and "Classic-Plus" Hotel Programs are carefully selected for their location, ambience, level of service and attention to detail. Each property chosen is individually regarded for its stellar reputation, and many are recognized as some of the finest hotels in the world.

With their cruise, guests can also customize their European shoreside experience with individualized Crystal Private Adventures and choice of more than 600 boutique tours. For additional information, please contact a travel agent or call 888-799-4625. Visit the luxury line's website at

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Royal Caribbean & Celebrity Cruises Assist in 2007 G.I.V.E. Day Events 

March 9 -- Over 200 volunteers will be planting vegetable gardens, painting buildings and cleaning the grounds at Wichita, Kansas' Old Cowtown Museum as part of the 10th annual Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises G.I.V.E. Day. G.I.V.E., which stands for "Get Involved Volunteer Everywhere," is a community service event that brings together Royal Caribbean and Celebrity employees, their families, friends, vendors and business partners to assist non-profit organizations with improving the quality of life in their local communities. Employees from the cruise lines' Customer Contact Center in Wichita will be participating in tomorrow's event.

The Old Cowtown Museum, a 56-year-old landmark, presents an interactive learning experience through living history, education programs and historic reenactments. Live animals and 37 period-finished buildings on 17 acres set the stage as costumed history interpreters educate and entertain visitors from throughout the U.S. and more that 60 foreign countries. This year, the Royal Caribbean and Celebrity volunteers will be joined by over 100 local students and staff members from Communities in Schools. Communities In Schools is the nation's leading community-based organization helping young people stay in school and prepare for life. Together, their efforts will assist the museum in keeping up its property and help its staff maintain the Old Cowtown Museum as an active and vibrant cultural attraction. Volunteers will clean, prepare and plant the museum's four vegetable gardens over a one-acre area. They will also help with other clean-up projects on the grounds and paint several buildings. These projects will benefit the museum by assisting its undersized staff with these important and laborious tasks.

G.I.V.E. Day provides Royal Caribbean and Celebrity volunteers the opportunity to connect directly with their neighbors through public service projects that benefit the community. This hands-on approach is designed to empower the participants and promote further community service. Now in its 10th year, G.I.V.E. Day is an example of how the 40,000 Royal Caribbean and Celebrity employees give back to their communities around the world, by donating thousands of volunteer hours to assist their communities with neighborhood development, civic drives, environmental improvement and disaster recovery. Similar G.I.V.E. Day events will also take place tomorrow in Miami, Florida; Anchorage, Alaska; Seattle, Washington; Baltimore, Maryland; Springfield, Oregon; London, England; and Barcelona and Madrid, Spain.

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Royal Caribbean Deploys Record Seven Ships to Europe in Summer 2008

MIAMI, March 9  -- Royal Caribbean Intl has announced its largest deployment in Europe with seven ships visiting the continent in 2008. Choosing from four- through 14-night cruises, guests will be able to tour Europe aboard the new Independence of the Seas, the first Freedom-class ship in the region; two Voyager-class ships, Navigator of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas; and Brilliance of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas, Legend of the Seas and Splendour of the Seas. Bookings for Royal Caribbean's 2008 Europe cruises will open on March 14, 2007.

"Our increased capacity in Europe reaffirms Royal Caribbean's strong commitment to the region, which has shown tremendous growth in the recent years," said Adam Goldstein, president, Royal Caribbean International. "The Europe cruises will take guests to some of the most spectacular locations throughout the continent aboard some of the world's most innovative ships, offering travelers a range of exciting itineraries and experiences that best accommodate their needs. Active travelers, families and first-time cruisers will marvel at the rich history and culture of the region while enjoying the elements of our style of cruising that have made our brand globally recognized as an award-winning vacation experience."

Guests aboard Royal Caribbean's Europe cruises will enjoy the cruise line's signature amenities. Independence of the Seas will feature the revolutionary FlowRider surf simulator and regulation-size boxing ring. Navigator and Voyager belong to the first class of ships in the world to offer guests an ice-skating rink and the Royal Promenade - the ship's entertainment hub. Jewel and Brilliance boast self-leveling pool tables and golf simulators and allow guests to relax in expansive, themed solariums while kids play in the ships' Adventure Beach water park. Legend and Splendour feature a 12-hole mini-golf course for families and a retractable glass roof. All ships offer an extensive range of spa services, fitness and wellness classes, engaging Adventure Ocean kids and teen programs, top-rated Broadway-style theater productions, and multiple restaurants and lounges from which to choose. The highly anticipated Independence of the Seas will embark on her maiden voyage in mid-May 2008, offering 14-night Western Mediterranean sailings from Southampton, England to the Spanish, French and Italian Riviera. Independence also offers travelers four voyages to the Canary Islands on ten- and 11-night itineraries.

From Harwich, England, guests aboard Jewel of the Seas embark on 11- to 13-night voyages to the majestic Norwegian coast and grand Baltic cities. Jewel also will sail on a series of three- and four-night North Sea short cruises departing from such ports as Amsterdam, Holland; Oslo, Norway and Hamburg, Germany, offering a call at one popular Northern Europe city per sailing, including Copenhagen, Denmark and Brussels, Belgium.

Navigator of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas and Brilliance of the Seas will sail from Barcelona, Spain on four- to 12-night itineraries throughout the Mediterranean. Perfect for first-time or time-strapped cruisers, Navigator's four- and five-night sailings - beginning in April - give travelers a great opportunity to sample the Western Mediterranean and enjoy the innovative amenities of a Voyager-class ship. In addition, Navigator also offers a series of ten to 12-night sailings from Barcelona to the Eastern Mediterranean, Greece and Turkey. On certain sailings, guests will make an overnight call at Istanbul, Turkey to explore this gateway to the East. In July, Navigator will embark on seven-night voyages from Rome (Civitavecchia) to the Eastern Mediterranean.

Voyager follows the French Riviera to Sicily, Italy on weekly seven-night sailings from Barcelona through November. Voyager will call at some of the most popular cities in Europe, including Nice (Villefranche), France; and Florence/Pisa (Livorno) and Naples/Capri in Italy.

Being deployed year-round at Barcelona, Brilliance of the Seas offers travelers ten- and 12-night sailings that combine popular Italian port cities with the Greek Isles, or with the Dalmatian Coast. On the voyages through the Adriatic, guests also will enjoy a two-day call at Venice.

From Venice, Splendour of the Seas alternates roundtrip Turkey and Greece, and Greek Isles voyages ranging from six to eight nights. On the eight-night voyage, Crete is an additional port of call.

Legend of the Seas alternates between 12-night Greece and Eastern Mediterranean and 13-night Italy and Croatia itineraries, both roundtrip from Rome (Civitavecchia). Guests on the 13-night voyage will enjoy an in-depth Italian peninsula experience with two full days in Florence/Pisa (Livorno) and Venice.

For travelers in search of more in-depth experiences, Royal Caribbean International's cruisetour program offers pre-cruise packages as an extension of their European cruise vacation, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the customs and cultures of the locations they are visiting. The cruise line's signature cruisetours makes travel planning simpler by taking care of all arrangements including air travel, hotel, land transfers and land-tours. Each cruisetour is led by experienced tour directors, who provide expert historical and cultural insights giving guests a deeper understanding of the attractions visited. Personal concierge services also provide anything from dinner reservations to the purchase of VIP museum, show or attractions tickets, allowing guest to avoid long lines.

For additional information or to make reservations, go to or call (800) 327-6700.

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New Shore Excursions, Including ‘Family Fun Tours,’ Featured on Carnival Freedom's 2007 Europe Cruises

MIAMI, March 8 – Carnival Freedom’s inaugural 12-day European cruise program, set to kick off later this month, will feature more than 150 different shore excursion choices, including new “Family Fun Tours” in Turkey providing parents and children an opportunity to explore the fascinating region together as a family. 

Also featured on Carnival Freedom’s European voyages are several new shore excursions, including a wine cellar tour in Barcelona, and an exciting land/sea tour of magnificent Dubrovnik, a driving tour of France’s Provencal villages, and a visit to Florence’s famed Uffizi Museum. These new tours are among the more than 150 shore excursion options available in conjunction with Carnival Freedom’s 12-day “Grand Mediterranean” and “Mediterranean & Greek Isles” itineraries featuring popular seaside destinations in Italy, Croatia, France, Spain, Greece, and Turkey.

“With its centuries-old architecture, excellent museums and interesting historical sites and landmarks, Europe is one of the fastest growing markets in cruising,” said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO. “For Carnival Freedom, we’ve assembled a diversity of shore excursion options that provide guests of all ages with an opportunity to experience and explore this fascinating vacation destination,” he added.

Carnival Freedom will operate 19 12-day “Grand Mediterranean” and “Mediterranean & Greek Isles” cruises March 14 – Oct. 16, 2007, round-trip from Rome (Civitavecchia). The new 2,974-passenger SuperLiner will return to Europe to operate a similar program in 2008.

Sample “Family Fun” tours include:

  • Ancient Past & Modern Istanbul (Istanbul – Med & Greek Isles Cruises) - Families can explore past and present Istanbul with visits to the fabled 17th century Blue Mosque, St. Sophia Museum, Church of Divine Wisdom and the city’s legendary grand bazaar with more than 4,000 shops. The day ends with a stroll along Istklal Street for a sampling of local culture with galleries, bookstores, and cafes. The day includes lunch featuring traditional Turkish fare and a ride on an old-time trolley. 

  • Old City & Private Yacht Cruise - (Istanbul – Med & Greek Isles Cruises) – Families sail on a private yacht on the Bosphorus Sea past ancient palaces, including the 19th century Dolmabahce Palace, now a museum. A visit to the Old City includes a tour of the Blue Mosque and the magnificent Topkapi Palace, once the seat of government during the Ottoman Empire and home to the 86-carat "Spoonmakers Diamond," the 7th largest in the world.

  • Ephesus & The Train Museum (Izmir- Med & Greek Isles Cruises) – This exciting excursion combines the opportunity to explore the historic city of Ephesus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, with a tour of a Turkish train museum. Also included is a visit to the Corinthian-style Hadrian Temple, the first structure made entirely of marble, as well as the Great Theatre dating back to the Hellenistic period. Next is a stop in Camlik which features an open-air Train Museum, the largest collection of steam engine trains in Europe.

Other new shore excursions for the Carnival Freedom’s 12-day European cruises: 

  • Cordorniu Wine Cellars & Barcelona (Barcelona – Grand Mediterranean) – This tour is highlighted by a visit to the cellars of the largest “cava” wine producers in the world and includes a train ride through the underground cellars of the Cavas Codorniu vineyards. Also included is a look at the winemaking process, as well as a photo opportunity at Sagrada Familia, the Holy Family Church, whose construction began in 1884 and remains unfinished. 

  • A Scenic Drive through Provencal Villages (Cannes – Grand Mediterranean) – On this tour, guests view the rolling countryside of France’s Provencal Villages and enjoy olive oil tastings at Moulin du Flayosquet, a historic 13th century mill. Also featured are visits to the quaint villages of Lorgues -- surrounded by vineyards and olive groves and featuring a fortified 12th century gateway -- and Tourtour, whose Montagne Ste-Victoire was one of Cézanne's favorite painting subjects. 

  • Dubrovnik by Land & Sea (Grand Mediterranean Cruises) – This boat/walking tour includes a boat tour of Dubrovnik’s historic Old City Harbor, as well as a walking tour past famous buildings such as the Sponza Palace, notable for its columned courtyard and elaborate stone carvings, the Church of Saint Blaise, Onofriou`s Fountain, and Rectors Palace. The tour concludes with a visit to Island of Lokrum, a nature preserve rich in history and featuring a 12th century monastery and magnificent gardens. 

  • Winery & Mt. Etna (Sicily – Grand Mediterranean) – In addition to visiting Europe's largest active volcano, this excursion includes a tour of a Sicilian winery where participants can sample local wine and cheese, as well as a panoramic bus tour of the City of Messina past the Piazza Duomo’s Cathedral with its famous astronomic clock. After arriving at the top of Mount Etna and viewing surrounding scenery of lemon groves, orchards, and vineyards, guests visit the Silvestri Craters and see the recent lava flow. 

  • Positano, Sorrento & Pompeii (Naples - Grand Mediterranean) – On this tour, participants visit the ancient city of Pompeii which was devastated by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. and features ornate temples and porticoes. Also included is the fabled town of Sorrento, offering magnificent views of Naples Bay, along with a visit to Positano, a charming fishing village with numerous seaside boutiques and cafes. 

Carnival Freedom’s 12-day “Mediterranean & Greek Isles” cruises include eight ports: Naples, Italy; Rhodes, Greece; Izmir (Ephesus) and Istanbul, Turkey featuring scenic cruising of the Dardanelles; Athens (Piraeus) and Katakolon, Greece; and Livorno, Italy, as well as an overnight call in Rome (Civitavecchia). The seven 12-day Mediterranean & Greek Isles cruises depart March 14 and 26, April 7 and 19, May 13, June 18, July 12, Aug. 5 and 29, and Sept. 22, 2007.

The 12-day “Grand Mediterranean” cruises visit seven ports: Naples, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Venice, Italy (two-day call); Messina, Sicily; Barcelona, Spain; Cannes, France; and Livorno, Italy. The 12 voyages depart May 1 and 25, June 6 and 30, July 24, Aug. 17, Sept. 10, Oct. 4 and 16.

Carnival Freedom will also offer a series of “Grand Mediterranean” and “Mediterranean & Greek Isles” cruises May 10 to Oct. 25, 2008. For additional information and reservations on Carnival Freedom’s European programs, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL, or visit

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Princess Cruises Reunites Television's Favorite Mothers and Daughters To Christen Two New Ships and Celebrate Mother's Day

SANTA CLARITA, CA, March 8 -- In celebration of the historic dual naming of its two newest ships, Emerald Princess and Royal Princess, which takes place over Mother's Day weekend in Santorini, Greece, Princess Cruises will reunite a pair of television's favorite mothers and daughters to christen its pair of vessels. Television icons Florence Henderson, best known as "Carol Brady" on The Brady Bunch, and Marion Ross, aka "Marion Cunningham" of Happy Days fame will christen the larger Emerald Princess, while their TV daughters, Susan Olsen ("Cindy Brady") and Erin Moran ("Joanie Cunningham") will christen the more intimate Royal Princess. 

In addition, these stars united today to announce a contest for a real mother and daughter duo to join them in Greece for the christening festivities. Contestants may enter by logging onto for a chance to win "The Ultimate Mother and Daughter Mediterranean Escape." The winners will sail on the May 5-17 Greek Isles/Mediterranean Emerald Princess sailing, the inaugural celebration cruise during which the ships will be simultaneously named on May 12. The winning mother and daughter will be announced on April 12.

"Millions of Americans have grown up knowing Florence Henderson and Marion Ross as America's quintessential mothers and Susan Olsen and Erin Moran as their daughters. What better way to celebrate Mother's Day and the launch of our pair of new ships than to have this pair of iconic television mothers and daughters as christeners," said Alan Buckelew, president of Princess Cruises. "We're extremely honored to have them perform the role of godmothers."

  • Florence Henderson is known worldwide as "America's favorite mom, Carol Brady," from the hit television series The Brady Bunch. The show ran for five seasons, from 1969-1974, has never been off the air in the U.S., and is currently broadcast in 122 countries around the world. Ms. Henderson recreated her popular role in several Brady-related shows including the recent VH1 reality show, My Fair Brady, which starred her TV son, Peter Knight. She is one of the most respected and beloved performers of our time and the Wall Street Journal rated her number five out of ten top television endorsers, based on consumer appeal and a career built on trust and talent.

  • Marion Ross, the "best known matriarch on television" has played a variety of motherly roles over the years. She is best known as the mom, "Mrs. Cunningham," on the classic television show Happy Days, which ran for 11 seasons, from 1974-1984. According to TV Land, if there was a "Sitcom Hall of Fame," Happy Days would have a cherished spot. The show was a regular in the Nielsen "Top 10" while airing and has been called one of America's favorite family shows. In addition to her role on Happy Days, she played a mother on The Drew Carey Show, That '70s Show, The Gilmore Girls, Brooklyn Bridge, and most recently, as Sally Fields' mother on ABC's hit, Brothers & Sisters.

  • Susan Olsen, best known as the youngest Brady, "Cindy," started her acting career while still in kindergarten. She reprised her famous role in several Brady Bunch reunion movies and the series, The Bradys. Expanding her role as one of the best-known daughters and little sisters ever on television, she also created and was the executive producer for Brady Bunch Home Movies, a CBS prime time special, and is currently working on a book, which offers a humorous look at the Brady Bunch Variety Show. She is also serving as one of the editors on an upcoming Travel Channel special, The Bradys Back in Hawaii.

  • Erin Moran also started her acting career at the young age of five, appearing in several television commercials and then feature films before landing her most famous role, as Joanie "Shortcakes" Cunningham on Happy Days, at the age of 12. In the show's tenth season, America's then-favorite daughter left the show to star in a series spinoff, Joanie Loves Chachi.

Florence Henderson, Marion Ross and Erin Moran also share the distinction of guest-starring in episodes of The Love Boat, which was set on Princess Cruises' Pacific Princess. 

Princess' two new ships will both offer passengers the best of Europe with a variety of cruise experiences and itineraries. Emerald Princess will sail to the most sought-after ports in the Greek Isles and Mediterranean, while Royal Princess' boutique onboard experience is the perfect complement to its series of "Elite" itineraries which takes advantage of the ship's small size to introduce four exotic new ports.

Emerald Princess - The 113,000-ton Emerald Princess, a sister ship to the line's Crown Princess, will be the company's first vessel to make its debut from Rome's seaport, the town of Civitavecchia. Emerald Princess' first cruise, a 12-day Greek Isles itinerary, is scheduled to set sail on April 11 on a voyage to Venice that will take passengers to some of the most scenic spots in the Mediterranean and Aegean. Thereafter the ship will offer a series of Greek Isles and Grand Mediterranean cruises before repositioning to Fort Lauderdale for Caribbean sailings in the fall. Emerald Princess will include the many design innovations introduced aboard Crown Princess including a dramatic new piazza-style atrium, new casual dining venues, and a brand new adults-only retreat called The Sanctuary.

Royal Princess - Princess will expand its fleet with an intimately-sized sister vessel to the line's popular Tahitian Princess and Pacific Princess. The 710-passenger Royal Princess takes the name of a much-beloved former Princess ship, and joins the fleet on April 19 with a series of unique Mediterranean itineraries including four brand new ports that are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The 30,000-ton ship originally entered service in 2001 as a Renaissance vessel and is currently cruising as Swan Hellenic's Minerva II. After a drydock to transform the ship into a "princess," Royal Princess will join its sisters to give passengers a cruising environment with all the hallmarks of choice for which Princess is known -- including a variety of dining and entertainment options and a large number of cabins with private balconies - all offered in intimate surroundings.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company's website at

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Costa Serena Undergoes Sea Trials

MIAMI, FL, March 8 – The Costa Serena, the newest flagship to be unveiled by Costa, Europe’s Number One Cruise Line, is preparing for her official debut. On Friday, March 9,2007, the liner will leave Fincantieri’s shipyard in Sestri Ponente (Genoa), where the final touches are currently being put on her outfitting, and will take to the open sea for the first time. The Costa Serena will cross the Tyrrhenian Sea and sail to Fincantieri’s Palermo shipyard for cleaning and coating of the hull. During the return voyage to Sestri Ponente, the vessel will perform her official technical trials; specifically a series of running tests on the ship’s systems, machinery and engines. The Costa Serena will sail at a maximum speed (in excess of 23 knots, or 40 km/h), equivalent to an output of 42 megawatts, generated by the two main electric engines. She will sail at top speed for 8 hours non-stop during the endurance test. A crash stop will also be carried out; this maneuver involves the total shutdown of propulsion with full ahead movement to see the distance required to bring the vessel to a total halt in the event of an emergency. During the UMS trial, the Costa Serena will sail for 6 hours non-stop using only her automatic control systems for power generation and propulsion. Lastly, the blackout test will be conducted whereby all the ship’s control equipment is shut down and reactivated automatically. 

After her sea trials the Costa Serena will stay in Sestri Ponente to complete her outfitting until delivery, which is scheduled for May 15, 2007. The new flagship will make her first official public appearance on May 19 with inaugural events in Marseille, France and will depart from Venice on her maiden cruise on May 26, with a 7-night itinerary to Turkey and Greece. Every Sunday from June through November 2007, the Costa Serena will depart from the port of the “city of canals” on 7-night cruises calling in Bari (Italy), Olympia (Greece), Izmir and Istanbul (Turkey), and Dubrovnik (Croatia). In winter 2007/2008 she will offer 10- and 11-night cruise vacations to the Canary Islands. 

Like her sister ship, the Costa Concordia, the Costa Serena will be the largest vessel flying the Italian flag. The ship is 112,000 gross tons, 290 meters in length, and features 1500 cabins with a total guest capacity of 3,780. She will also feature all of the main innovations offered by her sister ship, the Costa Concordia. These include the Samsara Spa, one of the largest wellness centers ever built on a cruise ship, two swimming pools with a sliding glass roof, and an authentic Grand Prix race car driving simulator, the most accurate representation of Formula One racing. In addition, renowned Italian culinary innovator, Ettore Bocchia, will create menus for the ship’s specialty restaurant, “Club Bacco.” The interiors of the Costa Serena are designed by the ingenious American architect Joe Farcus, with a central theme of Greek and Roman mythology. This design includes the leitmotiv running through the ship’s many works of art. 

In addition to the Costa Serena, Costa has commissioned three more ships – all from Fincantieri – which will enhance its fleet, Europe’s largest and most advanced. The Costa fleet is currently 11 strong with a total capacity of approximately 20,500 lower berths in dual occupancy cabins. The Sestri Ponente yard will build a third sister ship to the Costa Concordia and Costa Serena, due for delivery in summer 2009. Meanwhile, two 92,700 gross tonnage ships will be built in Marghera, one due to enter service in spring 2009 and the other in March 2010. For reservations or more information, contact a travel agent, call (800) GO-COSTA or visit

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Norwegian Gem's Main Superstructure Complete

MIAMI, March 7 - On March 5, Norwegian Gem's main superstructure was completed as block numbers 62 and 63, weighing 600 tons, were lowered onto the ship's aft at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, where the ship is currently under construction. Once this section is welded to the ship's hull, the final outfitting work in the accommodations area will begin. On Thursday, March 8, the ship will be moved backwards in the dock so that the final block at the ship's nose and funnel can be installed. With these final blocks in place, Norwegian Gem, NCL's fourth Jewel-class ship, will have its complete form. 

Built specifically for Freestyle Cruising, Norwegian Gem is designed to provide guests the most customizable experience at sea. She features multiple restaurants, vibrant public rooms, versatile, family-friendly accommodations; and NCL's popular style of accommodations, Courtyard Villas, which along with the ship's two Garden Villas make up the biggest, most luxurious, most innovative suite complexes at sea. Additionally, Norwegian Gem will feature the industry's second on board bowling alley - another NCL industry first, which debuted in late 2006 on her sister ship, Norwegian Pearl.

Norwegian Gem is currently scheduled for delivery in October following which she will sail five new Mediterranean itineraries. After a series of inaugural events on the east coast, Norwegian Gem will be home ported year-round in New York featuring a seven-day Bahamas & Florida itinerary in December 2007, February, March and April 2008. In January and February 2008, she will sail a series of 10- and 11-day Exotic Southern Caribbean itineraries roundtrip from New York.

NCL plans to build up to three new third generation Freestyle Cruising ships for delivery between 2009 and 2011. NCL is on target to have the youngest fleet in the industry by 2010, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy the flexibility of Freestyle Cruising on the newest, most contemporary ships at sea. For further information on NCL Corporation, contact a travel agent or NCL in the U.S. and Canada at (800) 327-7030.

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Regent's New 'Art Travel' Program Invites Guests to Sail and 
Support the Arts

FORT LAUDERDALE - March 8, 2007 - As part of Regent's recently announced Art Experience and Endowment Program, Regent Seven Seas Cruises® ( is partnering with U.S. and international museums to create tailored endowment programs. Regent has committed to donating money to art museums when travelers book select cruises directly through the museum. Through Regent's first museum partnership, with Miami's Bass Museum of Art, art enthusiasts can set sail on one of ten European cruises and Regent will donate $400 per booking to the museum in their name. In addition, Regent will reward the same travelers with $200 per suite shipboard credit, which can be used at the ship's boutique, spa or for participation in the cruise's various Circles of InterestSM programs.

"Regent's partnership with the Bass Museum illustrates the beginning of the brand's pioneering commitment to the Regent Art Experience and Endowment Program and its goal to support the arts," said Sophie Vlessing, vice president guest strategy and marketing for Regent. "The program also gives us the opportunity to offer guests meaningful, often once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to gain private access to art experts, artists and exhibits through many of our voyages." 

Bass Museum Executive Director and Chief Curator Diane Camber will lead two Art, Design and Cultures Circles of Interest during each of three voyages in 2007. Regent's Circles of Interest are enrichment programs in Food and Wine; Art, Design and Culture; Photography and other topics, featuring expert guest hosts and exclusive onboard and on-shore programs. Sailing aboard Regent's 490-guest all-suite luxury vessel Seven Seas Navigator®, Camber's Circle of Interest participants will trace a path through the Mediterranean, embarking on art excursions in the ports of Sorrento, Venice, Monte Carlo and Livorno (for Florence). In Camber's expert company, guests will have the opportunity to explore Roman ruins, survey Michelangelo's masterpieces throughout Florence and view the private collection of billionaire collector Francois Pinault at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice. On board, Camber will provide unique insights into the life and work of artists such as Gaudí, Miró, Picasso and Caravaggio. Following are the Regent voyages led by Camber.

  • Barcelona to Monte Carlo - July 19, 2007 

  • Monte Carlo to Civitavecchia (for Rome) - August 11, 2007 

  • Civitavecchia to Venice - August 18, 2007 

Seven additional voyages are also part of the Regent-Bass initiative and can be booked directly through the Bass Museum of Art, including four Baltic sailings on Seven Seas Voyager that feature a Circle of Interest on Art, Design and Cultures, "From Restoration Rooms to Gallery Walls: The Hermitage from a Personal Perspective," led by Russian art and literature expert Vadim Palchun.

  • Barcelona to Civitavecchia on Seven Seas Navigator - May 14, 2007 

  • Monte Carlo to Piraeus (for Athens) on Seven Seas Voyager - May 19, 2007 

  • Civitavecchia to Nice on Seven Seas Voyager - May 26, 2007 

  • Stockholm to Copenhagen on Seven Seas Voyager - July 28, 2007 

  • Copenhagen to Stockholm on Seven Seas Voyager - August 4, 2007 

  • Stockholm to Copenhagen on Seven Seas Voyager - August 11, 2007 

  • Copenhagen to Stockholm on Seven Seas Voyager - August 18, 2007

Cruise fares include all shipboard gratuities; complimentary beverages, including select wines and spirits served throughout the ship; complimentary 24-hour room service; refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, beer and bottled water replenished daily; and an in-suite bar setup in butler suites. For more information and reservations, contact Julia Gerstman at the Bass Museum at 305-673-7530, extension 1015; or via e-mail at .

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NCL America Signs Memorandum of Agreement with Hawai‘i Department of Education to Partner On Education Program

Honolulu, March 7 – NCL America (NCLA) and the State of Hawai‘i, Department of Education signed a Memorandum of Agreement to create an education program designed to expose Hawai‘i’s future workforce to career opportunities aboard cruise ships. The pilot education program with Maui public schools is called “Navigating Through a Sea of Opportunities.” Over the next two weeks, 400 8th grade students from Maui Waena Intermediate School, Lahainaluna High School, Samual Enoka Kalama Intermediate School, Maui High School, and Maui Community College, will get a chance to tour one of NCLA’s three U.S.-flagged ships, Pride of Aloha, Pride of America, and Pride of Hawai‘i, meet the crew, and learn about the jobs available in the cruise industry. 

Crew members from the front desk, shore excursion, hotel management, the galley, food and beverage, wait staff, housekeeping, deck, engine and environmental departments are meeting with the students and giving them a first hand look at what it is really like to work and live on a cruise ship. NCL America recognizes the need to educate and develop promising employees. “By exposing these students at an early age to potential careers on cruise ships, we hope to excite their interests in such studies as science, mathematics, history, language, engineering, mechanics and much more,” said Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Hawaii Operations Robert Kritzman. “And these students will then be able to take what they have learned and apply it in their future career search.” 

The program kicked-off last August when 16 teachers from Maui public schools were invited over three Saturdays for a series of workshops aboard Pride of Aloha. The goal was to educate and train participating teachers about the cruise ship business. They, in turn, went back to their classrooms with knowledge and resources about the industry to develop and deliver the career education programs. The teacher sessions were led by NCL America crew and included such topics such as company overview, safety and environmental procedures, ship operations and testimony from crew members about life onboard.

Assistant Superintendent Kathy Kawaguchi says the State Department of Education is thrilled to partner with NCL America on what is the first career education program of its kind in the cruise industry. “The Department of Education now requires middle school teachers to provide students with the knowledge to begin developing a career plan. This program will expose students to exciting career options and encourage some to choose high school or collage curriculum that will educate them in their chosen field, whether it be in the cruise industry or other profession.”

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On Royal Caribbean's New Liberty of the Seas, Enhanced Family, Wellness & Wedding Programs on Par With Innovative Product

MIAMI, March 7 -- The unveiling of Royal Caribbean International's newest ship, Liberty of the Seas, in April 2007 will also signal the launch of new and enhanced onboard offerings for the health- conscious, newlyweds and families. The new Vitality wellness program, Explorer Weddings, Adventure Ocean family programming and the Crown & Anchor Society Youth Loyalty Program will offer more diverse options for guests on a Royal Caribbean cruise vacation. The stellar new ship - sharing the title of the world's largest cruise ship with her hugely successful sister-ship, Freedom of the Seas - will feature the cruise line's industry innovations such as the FlowRider surf simulator, full-size boxing ring, H2O Zone water park and 11-route rock- climbing wall.

Liberty of the Seas will be differentiated by her design and decor showcasing spectacular artwork commissioned by the cruise line in coordination with International Corporate Art. The Centrum and Royal Promenade feature dramatic artwork by Miguel Chevalier, renowned French artist and pioneer of interactive digital art. Through the use of color, video and light projection, guests will experience art that is vibrant, ever-changing and immersive. Chevalier's creations are a part of a distinctive theme, entitled "Illusion or Reality", that enlivens all of the public spaces aboard Liberty. In addition, guests will experience the Renaissance-themed dining room, the night club inspired by Norwegian mythology and the star-studded Casino Royale depicting Hollywood classic films.

For health and wellness enthusiasts, the cruise line's new Vitality program promotes a more invigorating and rejuvenating vacation through a balanced regimen of food, fitness, spa and shore excursion offerings. Tai Chi, acupuncture, wellness seminars and even a soothing signature scent will help guests get or stay on track for healthier lifestyles while aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise vacation.

The betrothed and devoted spouses can reinforce their commitment in extraordinary ceremonies with Explorer Weddings, an alternative and adventurous extension of the line's existing Royal Romance wedding and vow renewal program. Guests can tie the knot on an Alaskan glacier or in a hot-air balloon, while surfing on Liberty's FlowRider or SCUBA diving on the ocean bed, to name a few.

Enhancements to the Adventure Ocean program will give Royal Caribbean's younger cruisers a more enriching and immersive cruise experience. Adventure Theater by Camp Broadway, New York City's famed children's theater group, introduces kids and teens to the world of theater arts by weaving folktales, music, dance and cultural elements. Teens can also hone their turntable skills in Scratch DJ classes hosted by the Scratch DJ Academy. Meanwhile, tots can take the first steps to becoming tomorrow's culinary superstars in Fisher- Price's Chefs on Deck, or families can come together to share in the fun and construct their own ship in Build & Grow with Lowe's. Finally, Royal Caribbean launches the Crown & Anchor Society Youth Program, the line's first youth loyalty program complete with frequent cruiser rewards. More details on Liberty of the Seas and the new programs will be revealed in the upcoming weeks on

"With the introduction of Liberty of the Seas, the exciting new programs will provide our guests with even more freedom to create their own unique adventures," said Adam Goldstein, president, Royal Caribbean International. "This new ship embodies the brand's innovative essence in so many ways and will serve as a catalyst for fleet wide enhancements that will take the cruise vacation experience to new levels."

Above and beyond the new programming, Royal Caribbean's Freedom-class signature amenities on Liberty of the Seas, will endlessly entertain guests in search of action or relaxation:

  • The FlowRider surfing simulator and the interactive sculpture garden located in the H2O Zone water park offer many ways to stay cool in the Caribbean sun

  • Cantilevered whirlpools, suspended 112 feet above the ocean in the serene solarium, an adults-only oasis with a pool flanked by hammocks

  • The onboard ice-skating rink, Studio B, open for lessons and free skating during the day and presenting the spectacular original ice show 'Encore on Ice' at night

  • At 1,215 square feet, the Presidential Suite sleeps 14 people and features an 810-square foot outdoor living area with a Jacuzzi and private bar

  • A regulation-size boxing ring in the world's largest fitness center at sea

  • The Royal Promenade entertainment boulevard (longer than a football field) - the ship's undisputable hub for dining, shopping, bars and lounges

  • Flat-paneled televisions and the line's plush bedding program in every stateroom

  • A serious Sports Deck with a 9-hole miniature golf course, a golf simulator, basketball / volleyball court and ping-pong tables

  • The revolutionizing rock-climbing wall that first appeared on Voyager of the Seas in 1999, spanning 43-feet-tall by 44-feet-wide with 11 separate climbing routes

Liberty of the Seas and sister-ship, Freedom of the Seas, will alternate between 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, with Liberty departing on Saturdays (from May 19) and Freedom on Sundays from Miami. Both itineraries include stops at Royal Caribbean's private destination Labadee, Haiti, before returning to Miami. Liberty's Western Caribbean itinerary calls in Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Montego Bay, Jamaica; while the Eastern Caribbean itinerary calls in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten, allowing for a third day at sea to take advantage of all the ship has to offer.

The two Freedom-class ships will be joined by a third, Independence of the Seas, when she debuts in Europe in May 2008. For additional information or to make reservations, go to or call (800) 327-6700.

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Travel Billions of Light-Years Away Aboard Queen Mary 2

VALENCIA, CA., March 7 -- Guests accustomed to extraordinary voyages aboard the world's most famous ocean liner won't believe where their next adventure will take them. Cunard's Queen Mary 2, in partnership with the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium, introduces two breathtaking new space shows in the 150-seat "Illuminations," the only planetarium at sea. Using real science and cutting edge technology, these virtual tours of space are widely considered the most immersive experiences anywhere. "Illuminations" presents a total of four space shows per day, including the Hayden Planetarium's ground-breaking new productions, "Cosmic Collisions" and "Passport to the Universe."

"Queen Mary 2's 'Illuminations' theatre was specifically designed to feature dynamic multi-media programs like the unparalleled caliber produced by the American Museum of Natural History," said Carol Marlow, president of Cunard Line. "These shows are an ideal complement to the range of educational opportunities within our onboard guest enrichment programs as they are both educational and entertaining."

Shows playing on Queen Mary 2 include:

  • COSMIC COLLISIONS -- Narrated by Robert Redford, it launches passengers on a spine-tingling trip through space and time to explore the cosmic collisions and hypersonic impacts that drive the dynamic and continuing evolution of the universe.

  • PASSPORT TO THE UNIVERSE -- Narrated by Tom Hanks, this awe-inspiring show reveals the wonders of the universe in a way never seen before. This Hayden Planetarium show takes passengers on an exhilarating flight though the universe and into the Orion Nebula, deep into intergalactic space.

  • THE SEARCH FOR LIFE: ARE WE ALONE? -- Narrated by Harrison Ford, this space show, developed by the AMNH in collaboration with NASA, delves into the role of water as one of the necessities for life as we know it.

New AstroBulletins Broadcast Breaking News -- Outside of the entrance to "Illuminations," newly installed plasma screens present the American Museum of Natural History's pioneering AstroBulletins. Showcasing the latest developments in the ever-changing field of astrophysics, these high-resolution large-screen presentations tap the latest images from NASA satellites and other observatories. AstroBulletin presentations, ranging from breaking news and date visualizations to in-depth feature stories, explore a wide range of topics, including space weather, the possibility of life on Mars and the cosmic microwave background.

The Hayden Planetarium shows are just one example of Cunard's wide range of ground-breaking onboard entertainment and enrichment programs. Cunard also has a unique partnership with London's Royal Academy of the Dramatic Art aboard Queen Mary 2, and the company's onboard enrichment programs introduce guests to stimulating experts and accomplished visionaries who reflect the line's heritage of adventure and prestige. Through a series of lectures, Q&A's, debates, social gatherings, and workshops, guests will connect with personalities who have achieved notable distinction in areas including history, world affairs, science, politics, arts and literature. For more information about Queen Mary 2 or Cunard, call 1-800-7-CUNARD or go to

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Majestic America Line Debuts Culinary Enhancements That Celebrate the Distinctive Regional Flavors of America

SEATTLE, March 7 -- Majestic America Line, one of the world's premier river cruise lines and the largest river and coastal cruising company in America, has completely revamped its culinary program to create an outstanding dining experience that celebrates America's distinct regional flavors. Howie Velie, Majestic America Line's newly appointed Corporate Executive Chef, collaborated with noted American culinary experts to create a special dining event exclusively for the company's discerning guests, "Sara Moulton's American Cocktail Party," and has introduced completely new dinner menus featuring unique takes on regional favorites for all seven of Majestic America Line's boutique ships.

Five-Star Dining from the Four Corners of America
Majestic America Line worked with noted celebrity chef, author and culinary consultant Kathy Casey, of Seattle-based Kathy Casey Food Studios, to create a line up of signature American dishes for dinner menus fleetwide that showcase local, fresh and seasonal ingredients and bring to life the three very distinctive regions Majestic America Line sails -- Mississippi, Ohio and tributary rivers; Columbia, Snake and Willamette rivers of the Pacific Northwest; and Alaska's Inside Passage. For example, guests sailing through the breathtaking heart of Alaska's Inside Passage may choose to dine one night on baked Alaskan black cod with lobster and chive smashed potatoes and sweet red bell pepper cream. Another night, they may decide upon a regional specialty from the deep South such as delicious jumbo Creole shrimp served with green onion and cheddar grits made from specialty white corn grits. Each night will feature a different menu.

All-American Happy Hour
To complement the menu options, Majestic America Line worked with Gourmet magazine's executive chef and bestselling cookbook author Sara Moulton to create the "American Cocktail Party." This innovative concept, specially designed for Majestic America Line guests, will be available prior to dinner and will feature a selection of scrumptious hors d'oeuvres paired with signature drinks that showcase the diversity in American cuisine. Whether they are in the mood for a taste of New England with some savory lobster rolls and a Cape Coder cocktail or a sample of Mid Atlantic flavors such as a plate of mini crab cakes and Maryland beaten biscuit rounds served along side the perfect Manhattan, there is something on the menu to please every guest's palate.

An eclectic selection of quality American wines will accompany the outstanding culinary fare. Guests can savor distinctive wines from the country's finest winemaking regions -- from well known wineries in the Pacific Northwest to new labels from boutique vineyards in the Napa Valley. Every meal in the ships' dining room will be an event with beautiful new table settings, including fine American china. The place settings were specially chosen to highlight the artfully presented cuisine. In addition, every table will be decorated with fresh seasonal floral arrangements inspired by the three regional landscapes where Majestic America Line sails.

New Corporate Executive Chef Takes Dining to a New Level
Since joining Majestic America Line, Velie has been a critical part of the team developing and overseeing these culinary refinements. Most recently, Velie served as Corporate Executive Chef at Nestle Foodservices USA. He brings more than 20 years of culinary expertise, with experience as an accomplished chef, in food and beverage management and culinary instruction. His background includes an in-depth understanding of regional cuisine with an emphasis on locally grown food and wines. Velie is a Certified Executive Chef (CEC) recognized by the American Culinary Federation and trained at the Culinary Institute of America.

Details regarding itineraries, port stops, pricing and ship features are available at Majestic America Line's Web site and in the company's 2007 cruise catalog, which is now available. Please see your travel agent or call 1-800-434-1232 for a free catalog.

About Majestic America Line
Majestic America Line, formed through the combination of American West Steamboat Company and the vessels of the Delta Queen Steamboat Company, is the premier river and coastal cruising company in the United States, offering uniquely American cruise itineraries that provide an extraordinary travel experience.

With a fleet of seven U.S.-flagged and built ships, Majestic America Line travels America's great rivers and coastal waterways from Alaska and the Pacific Northwest to the Heartland and the Lower Mississippi. The company's specially designed ships deliver an unequalled boutique cruise experience that combines an unmatched attention to quality with deluxe comfort and warm, attentive service from an all-American crew. American Queen debuted as flagship of Majestic America Line's Fleet with an inaugural sailing from historic New Orleans on Friday, March 9.

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Silversea Announces 2007 Culinary & Wine Cruises

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, March 6 -- Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises is spicing up its 2007 schedule with an enticing collection of 6 Culinary Arts and 5 Wine Series voyages. The popular enrichment cruises will showcase the artistry of award-winning chefs of top dining establishments from around the world, including Relais & Châteaux – Relais Gourmands, the distinguished international association of boutique hotels and restaurants, while wine experts from an array of prestigious estates and wineries will be on hand to host the Wine Series voyages. 

"Our culinary and wine theme cruises offer the perfect blend of education and entertainment that appeals to our sophisticated clientele's desire for personal growth and cultural enrichment," said David Morris, Silversea's executive vice president of worldwide sales and marketing. “Every year they continue to grow in popularity with our guests, and we’re delighted to roll out a brand new selection of these special enrichment voyages for 2007." 

On 6 culinary sailings, guest chefs will display their exceptional talents during informative and entertaining cooking demonstrations. Guests can taste and learn firsthand the secrets of enticing signature dishes created by award-winning chefs like Anne Desjardins, the CAA/AAA Four Diamond chef/owner of L'Eau à La Bouche in Ste-Adèle, Québec; Cal Stamenov, executive chef of Marinus, the Mobil Four-Star restaurant at Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley, California; and Gale Gand, host of Food Network's Sweet Dreams cooking show and executive pastry chef and partner of Chicago’s Tru, a Mobil Four Star and AAA Five Diamond restaurant. The Culinary Arts enrichment voyages also feature escorted trips to international markets, food and wine pairings, creative regional dishes, and a five-course grand gourmet dinner. Throughout these special voyages, the featured guest chef and Silversea’s executive chef are on hand to share their culinary expertise and answer any questions. 

Discerning travelers with a passion for fine wines will enjoy sampling some of the world’s finest vintages and visiting world-famous wineries, cellars and vineyards aboard 5 wine-themed cruises. Top experts like David Elswood, international head of the wine department at Christie's, the world's oldest auctioneer of fine wines, and Eduardo Pulenta, Jr. of the award-winning Pulenta Estate, one of Argentina's hottest new winemakers, will be on board to provide enriching lectures, conduct special tastings of vintage blends and guide Silversea’s guests on excursions to celebrated wineries and vineyards in select ports of call. 

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Exclusive Video Footage of Carnival Freedom Naming Ceremony Featuring Godmother Kathy Ireland Showcased in Special Web Site

MIAMI, March 6 -- The 110,000-ton Carnival Freedom is showcased in a special Web site that offers a first look at the new 110,000-ton SuperLiner, including exclusive video footage of the ship's official naming in Venice by godmother Kathy Ireland. Located at, the site offers a comprehensive overview of numerous themed lounges, bars, restaurants and public areas featured aboard the 2,974-passenger vessel, whose stunning interiors are inspired by the prominent design styles of the past decades and centuries. Also planned is a "blog" written by Freedom Senior Cruise Director John Heald who will offer his own unique insight of the ship's inaugural season.

Following the naming ceremony in Venice March 4, Carnival Freedom debuted March 5 with a nine-day Mediterranean cruise from Venice to be followed by 12- day Grand Mediterranean and Mediterranean & Greek Isles cruises beginning March 14, round-trip from Rome (Civitavecchia).

"With its dramatic decor and wide range of dining, activity and entertainment options and high-tech amenities, Carnival Freedom is the ultimate 'floating resort' and this new Web site offers consumers an exclusive look at the many exciting facilities and features of our newest 'Fun Ship,'" said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO.

Created by Carnival's in-house Internet management team, the new custom- designed "micro-site" also features images of the ship's 13,300-square-foot Spa Carnival health and fitness center, expansive facilities for children and teens, and "Carnival's Seaside Theatre," a poolside 270-square-foot LED screen displaying movies, concerts and other programming.

Following its inaugural European season, Carnival Freedom will sail on a 14-day transatlantic voyage from Rome (Civitavecchia) to Miami, positioning the vessel for a schedule of seven-day Caribbean sailings from that port. Carnival Freedom will return to Europe for another series of 12-day voyages in May 2008 then reposition to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for six- and eight-day Caribbean departures. Carnival is accepting reservations on all of the Carnival Freedom's various European and Caribbean departures. For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit

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MSC Orchestra Set to Debut May 14th 

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, 3/6/07 – MSC Orchestra, another jewel in MSC Cruises’ rapidly expanding modern fleet, will soon cruise the seas, featuring the elegance of the Italian-styled cruise company. MSC Orchestra will be christened in the port of Civitavecchia on May 14. Second of the line’s ‘Musica’ class, this new addition to the fleet replicates the high standards of construction evident in other MSC Cruises’ ships and sets the benchmark for the larger ships in the fleet. Following her inaugural May 16 sailing, MSC Orchestra will embark on a mini-cruise to Venice, where she will be positioned all summer season. She will depart Venice on roundtrip 7-night itineraries every Saturday from June 2 till Oct. 27. The ship will call at Bari, Katakolon (where passengers can visit the archaeological site of Olympia or relax on the beautiful beaches), Izmir, Istanbul, Dubrovnik in Croatia (where guests can enjoy a walk on the famous ‘stradun’) and back to Venice. 

In winter 2007-2008, MSC Orchestra will be positioned in the Mediterranean, joining sister ship MSC Musica. The new flagship will depart Nov. 3 for 11- and 12-day cruises, departing Venice and calling at Dubrovnik, Athens, Rhodes, Iraklion, Tunis, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona and Marseille before arriving in Genoa on Nov. 14 to begin its winter itineraries. 

When making reservations, be sure to ask about the special “kids sail free” offer. For more information about MSC Cruises, visit or a local travel professional.

The MSC Cruises fleet consists of eight ships: the flagship MSC Musica, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Opera, MSC Armonia, MSC Lirica, MSC Melody, MSC Rhapsody and MSC Orchestra (to be launched in May 2007). MSC Cruises offers Mediterranean itineraries year-round, as well as cruises in Northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, South America, Indian Ocean and South Africa. The MSC Cruises fleet will increase to 11 vessels by 2009: in spring 2008 the MSC Poesia, third ship in the “Musica” class. In autumn 2008 and spring 2009 respectively, the MSC Fantasia and the MSC Serenata will be launched, the two largest cruise liners ever built for a European ship owner to date.

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Unveils New Circles of Interest 
Focusing on Art, Design & Cultures

Fort Lauderdale - March 5 -- Regent Seven Seas Cruises® unveiled five new Art, Design and Cultures Circles of InterestSM for Mediterranean and Baltic cruises this summer aboard the 700-guest, all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Voyager® and 490-guest all-suite (90% with private balconies) Seven Seas Navigator®. Circles of Interest offer guests the opportunity to discover a destination through a lens of particular interest, with the insights of an expert guest host and the camaraderie of a smaller community of guests who share similar interests.

"Both on land and at sea, we will continue to unveil new programs providing our guests exclusive access to top museums, private collections and other cultural treasures, each coupled with the personalized approach that defines The Regent ExperienceSM," said Sophie Vlessing, vice president, customer strategy and marketing for Regent.

Masterpieces of the Mediterranean
As part of the recently launched Regent Art Experience and Endowment Program, a partnership with the Bass Museum of Art on Miami Beach brings executive director and chief curator Diane Camber to Regent, leading guests on four Circles of Interest aboard three Mediterranean sailings this summer. Each of the four Circle of Interest programs includes a private welcome cocktail party, dinner, onboard lecture, and an exclusive shore experience with unique and private access. Participation is limited to only 30 guests. In addition to planned onboard and on shore activities, Ms. Camber will help facilitate smaller community events where possible.

  • The July 19 and August 11 Mediterranean sailings aboard Seven Seas Navigator both feature two Circle of Interest programs. During the first Circle, "Power, Passion & Glory - Diane Camber's Florence," Circle of Interest guests will join Ms. Camber for visits to the Museum of San Marco; the Medici Chapels and six tombs of the Medici Grand Dukes, adorned with some of Michelangelo's most famous sculptures; the Piazza del Duomo, Baptistery and Cathedral; Brancacci Chapel and a drive through the Piazzale Michelangelo. Guests will also explore the role of the Medici in religion and enjoy a lunch of local flavor. ($315 per guest)

  • The second Circle of Interest on those sailings is "Les Artistes de la Côte d'Azur," where Ms. Camber will use her curator's eye and personal connections at the Musée Matisse and Musée Nationale Marc Chagall to share her knowledge of the works and provide insights into the lives and times of these two modern French masters. Guests will also witness first-hand the artistic beauty of the French Riviera through a private drive. ($175 per guest)
    On board ship, the July 19 voyage's Circle of Interest programs will include a private discussion on Napoleon and art -- depictions of him as well as how his conquests enriched what is now considered French artistic patrimony. The August 11 voyage includes a private discussion on Modernity: Gaudí, Miró and Picasso. 

  • The August 18 sailing of Seven Seas Navigator also features two Circles of Interest. The first, "Passione per l'arte - A Personal View with Diane Camber," includes a shore experience where guests will travel by private water taxi to the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, which holds the largest private contemporary art collection and is owned by Francois Pinault, one of the world's richest men. Later, a short ride brings guests to another bastion of contemporary art: the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, housed in her personal villa. ($255 per guest)

  • The second Circle of Interest on that sailing is "Stabbiano di Castelammare - Dig for History, Art and Local Flavor." A private coach will drive along the Bay of Naples to offer guests a unique look at the lives of the ancient rich and famous, including an opportunity to witness an excavation of the Roman villas of ancient Stabiae. These sea-side homes comprise the largest group of villas built by the rich and powerful Romans in the first centuries BC and AD - a building boom halted by the cataclysmic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. En route back to Sorrento, guests will stop at a typical farm house to learn how mozzarella is made and enjoy a light lunch of local specialties. ($175 per guest)

  • On board the August 18 voyage, the Circle of Interest programs will include an exclusive talk on the culture, art and architecture of the Adriatic. Camber will also discuss Caravaggio, the man, his art, and his significance as an innovator and iconoclast. 

St. Petersburg's Jewel, The Hermitage Museum
Born and raised in the City of Light, special host and expert on Russian art and literature, Vadim Palchun will lead guests on a discovery of Russia's famed Hermitage Museum, "From Restoration Rooms to Gallery Walls - The Hermitage from a Personal Perspective." 

  • On board Seven Seas Voyager, guests will participate in a welcome cocktail party, an informative talk on the history of The Hermitage art collection, and a private dinner with other Circle of Interest guests. On shore, guests will enjoy exclusive access to one of the museum's Restorations Rooms. These rooms consist of the following: painting workshop; workshop of monumental paintings and sculptures; fabric workshops; and workshops of applied art and porcelain. The day will then continue with a tour of the collection and a visit to Palchun's personal highlights contained in this vast museum. In addition to planned onboard and on shore activities, Mr. Palchun will help facilitate smaller community events where possible. This program will be offered aboard the following Seven Seas Voyager sailings this summer, each seven nights in length and featuring calls in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Tallinn, Helsinki, Visby (Sweden) and overnights in St. Petersburg: July 14, July 21, July 28, Aug. 4, Aug. 11, Aug. 18, and Aug. 25. Participation is limited to only 30 guests. ($255 per guest)

The Regent Travel ConciergeSM
In addition to Circles of Interest, a myriad of shore programs is available on all Regent voyages, allowing guests to further enrich their experiences in each port of call. Available only to a limited number of participants, Concierge Choice shore excursions are intimate and experiential. Guests may also choose from a number of multi-night, overland Concierge Collection adventures ashore or two- to four-night pre- and post-cruise land packages or even customize their own with the assistance of The Regent Travel Concierge by calling toll free (888) TOUR-321.

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Delicious, Guilt-Free 'Spa Carnival Fare' Selections to Debut on Carnival Freedom's European Sailings 

MIAMI, March 5, 2007 – Carnival Cruise Lines has completely revamped its “Spa Carnival Fare” culinary offerings, incorporating the latest trends in gourmet preparation, ingredients and presentation to create the ultimate in healthy fine dining options. Showcasing the talents of Carnival’s master chefs, the new selections will be featured on all dining room menus and include nearly 50 different salads, appetizers, soups, entrees and desserts, all lower in calories, fat, cholesterol and sodium content, and free of trans fat. The new items will debut on the Carnival Freedom’s European sailings March 5 and be rolled out fleetwide over the next several months. 

New “Spa Carnival Fare” entrees include Seared Supreme of Chicken over Grilled Pineapple, Wild Mushroom Medley and Cured Watermelon (320 calories with 6 grams of fat, 60 mg cholesterol and 310 mg of sodium per serving), and Peppered Fillet of Tilapia over Ratatouille, Zucchini Cannelloni and Asparagus Nage (280 calories, 7 mg fat, 50 mg cholesterol and 330 mg sodium). 

Starters include Langoustino and Shrimp on Shaved Fennel Salad, Low Calorie Lemon Dressing (80 calories, 2 mg fat, 45 mg cholesterol, and 150 mg sodium), and Charred Broccoli and Cauliflower Tortellini, Served with Slow Cooked Tomato Broth (190 calories, 4 grams of fat, 0 mg cholesterol, and 480 mg of sodium), while desserts include Roasted Banana Panna Cotta in Citrus Broth Garnished with Fresh Berries (150 calories, 2 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, and 30 mg sodium).

“Consumers today are seeking healthier dining alternatives – even while on vacation – and the introduction of these new ‘Spa Carnival Fare’ menu items are part of our ongoing effort to provide our guests with the widest variety of tantalizing, high quality culinary offerings at sea,” said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO.

In addition to the new “Spa Carnival Fare” selections, Carnival offers a number of other options for today’s health-conscious vacationers, including extensive 35-item salad bars, 24-hour frozen yogurt stations in the Lido restaurants, and vegetarian selections at all meal times. Additionally, Carnival offers some of cruising’s largest and most elaborate health and fitness centers with the latest exercise equipment such as stair-climbing and rowing machines, treadmills and stationary bicycles, along with organized fitness classes, including Pilates and yoga. A sophisticated menu of European-style therapies and treatments are also available. Carnival ships also include basketball and volleyball courts, whirlpools and padded one-eighth-mile jogging tracks. 

For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit

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Seabourn to Sail from Merry Olde England to New England

MIAMI, March 5, 2007 -- Seabourn Cruise Line is offering a complimentary two-night pre-cruise stay at London's sumptuous Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park hotel and 50 percent savings on Seabourn Pride's 11-day transatlantic voyage departing on September 18, 2007. The Seabourn-style crossing begins with two nights' accommodation at the five-star Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, one of London's finest luxury hotels. Once a distinguished Victorian gentlemen's club, the impressive building has been resurrected as a fashionable and thoroughly modern hostelry that commands one of London's most advantageous addresses, in the heart of the upscale Knightsbridge shopping district. Guests can enjoy theater, museums, gardens and galleries and all the history, pageantry and charm that London has to offer, during the two-night pre-cruise stay.

Sailing from Dover's celebrated white cliffs, guests will enjoy visits to the friendly ports of St. John's, Newfoundland; Halifax, Nova Scotia and Bar Harbor, Maine. The voyage ends in the picturesque fishing town of Gloucester, Massachussetts, just a short coastal drive from Boston. 

Aboard the ultra luxury, all-suite Seabourn Pride guests can indulge in as much, or as little as they like. Days are filled with options and devoid of obligations. Nights begin with glorious sunsets and continue to sparkle until the guests decide it's time. For details, contact a travel agent, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit

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Steve Kroft Among Luminaries of Television, Journalism & Literature Set to Host Silversea Enrichment Programs

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, March 1, 2007 -- Award-winning 60 Minutes co-editor and CBS News correspondent Steve Kroft is set to join a remarkable lineup of talent slated to host enrichment programs for ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises this year. Other distinguished personalities include Jennet Conant, bestselling author of Tuxedo Park; Rex Pickett, whose novel Sideways became a mega-hit film; Terry Hughes, award-winning British TV producer and director; Michael Buerk, legendary BBC news correspondent and anchor; James F. Hoge, Jr., editor of the venerable Foreign Affairs magazine; and David Garrard Lowe, renowned cultural historian and author. 

"Our guests are discerning and inquisitive travelers who look forward to enrichment programming that will stimulate their minds and broaden their world view," said Cliff Perry, Silversea's director of entertainment. "We're delighted to be able to feature such high-caliber speakers drawn from an array of fascinating backgrounds and professions. They are certain to delight our guests with lively discussions, personal perspectives and behind-the-scenes stories offering insights on cultural trends, film-making, politics, history and global issues." 

Steve Kroft and Jennet Conant will team up to host a series of presentations aboard Silver Cloud's 10-day "Landscapes and Legacies" voyage, sailing July 30 from Venice to Nice with calls in Hvar, Dubrovnik, Sicily, Sorrento, Rome and Portovenere. (Early Booking Incentive fares start at $7,036 per person.) Kroft was named a correspondent of 60 Minutes in May 1989 and delivered his first report that fall. The 2006-2007 season is his 18th on the broadcast and his 27th year as a CBS News correspondent. Two of his most significant reports have been about Chernobyl. In 1994, Kroft became the first U.S. reporter to actually enter the crippled reactor building. He is a recipient of three George Foster Peabody Awards and eleven Emmy Awards. His wife, Jennet Conant, is the author of the 2002 New York Times bestseller Tuxedo Park: A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science That Changed the Course of World War II. A former journalist, Conant has written for Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ, Newsweek and The New York Times. 

Rex Pickett came to prominence when his novel Sideways was made into an Academy Award-winning hit film chronicling the adventures of two friends on a road trip through California's Santa Barbara County wine region. Pickett will host screenings and discussions on the art of film-making, including a special screening of Sideways highlighted by a Pinot Noir tasting that's sure to delight wine lovers. His presentations are slated for Silver Shadow's 15-day "Pacific Interlude" voyage, sailing December 8 from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale with calls in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Acapulco, Puerto Quetzal, Costa Rica and San Andres Island. 

Award-winning British TV producer and director Terry Hughes is uniquely qualified to offer an insider's perspective on British and American comedy. Hughes, a former head of BBC TV Variety, oversaw production of such shows as the long-running comedy The Two Ronnies, for which he earned seven BAFTA nominations and one award. After relocating to Los Angeles, his many achievements include a Directors Guild of America Award, six Emmy nominations and an Emmy Award for outstanding directing for the situation comedy The Golden Girls. Join Hughes when he hosts Silver Wind's 15-day "Mosques and Monuments" cruise, sailing June 7 from Istanbul to Rome, with calls in Mykonos, Kusadasi, Rhodes, Tartous, Alexandria, Crete, Malta, Sicily, and Sorrento.

British broadcast journalist Michael Buerk, whose distinguished career at BBC News spans over 30 years, is perhaps best known for his reports on the famine in Ethiopia in 1984, inspiring Bob Geldof to organize the famous Live Aid appeal. In 1985, Buerk was named Television Journalist of the Year by the Royal Television Society and subsequently won a second RTS award for foreign reporting. Silversea guests will enjoy his presentations aboard Silver Whisper's 11-day "Indian Ocean Journey," sailing December 9 from Mumbai to Singapore and again on the 16-day "Barrier Reef Discovery" voyage, departing December 20 from Singapore to Sydney.

Silver Cloud will have the pleasure of welcoming James F. Hoge, Jr. and David Garrard Lowe to lecture and lead discussions aboard its 7-day "Minarets and Revelations" cruise, sailing July 6 from Istanbul to Athens with calls in Mykonos, Thessaloniki, Bodrum, Crete and Nauplia. Hoge is currently the editor of Foreign Affairs, a leading U.S. journal on international affairs and foreign policy published by the Council on Foreign Relations. He spent more than three decades in newspaper journalism, including serving as editor in chief and publisher of The Chicago Sun-Times. Lowe is a leading authority on architectural history, a cultural historian and author. His books include Stanford White's New York, Chicago Interiors, The Great Chicago Fire, Beaux Arts New York and Art Deco New York. He will lecture on Greek and Roman architecture.

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‘Kids Sail Free’ Offer Now Available on MSC Cruises’ 
Holiday Caribbean Sailings

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, March 1, 2007 – The entire family can enjoy a memorable holiday in the Caribbean this year as MSC Cruises extends its “Kids Sail Free” offer to its 7-night Christmas and New Year’s sailings. The offer applies to MSC Lirica’s Dec. 21 Christmas cruise and Dec. 28 New Year’s itinerary, both sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. Youngsters ages 17 and under sharing a stateroom with two full-fare-paying adults sail free (government fees and taxes of $51.15 to $54.84 per person are additional). 

The Dec. 21 itinerary includes two days at sea and calls at San Juan (Puerto Rico), Charlotte Amalie (St. Thomas), Cayo Levantado (Dominican Republic) and Nassau (Bahamas). The Dec. 28 sailing calls at Key West (Florida), Georgetown (Grand Cayman), Cozumel (Mexico) and Nassau and also includes two sea days.

Reservations must be made by April 30. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer or discount. Restrictions apply and the offer is capacity controlled. For more information about MSC Cruises and these special itineraries, visit or contact a local travel professional for reservations.

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Royal Caribbean Announces Finalists For Liberty of the Seas' Godmother

MIAMI, March 1 -- Royal Caribbean International moved closer today to finding a deserving godmother for its newest ship, Liberty of the Seas, when she debuts in May 2007, by announcing the three finalists in its search. In the ultimate demonstration of the cruise line's appreciation of the travel agent community, the three candidates were selected from more than 2,500 nominations in a search for exceptional women travel agents who have shown exemplary inspiration, courage, determination and dedication to philanthropy and service in their communities. From March 1 to 15, the public will have the opportunity to help select Liberty's godmother by learning about each finalist's story and casting their vote on The winner will be announced on March 30 at the Cruise Lines International Association's Cruise3Sixty conference.

"We honor the three finalists for the phenomenal contributions they have made in their communities and beyond," said Lisa Bauer, senior vice president, Sales. "It was extremely difficult for our panel of judges to select these three outstanding women from the list of nominees and all of the candidates deserve to be recognized for their efforts. Our search for the godmother for Liberty of the Seas has helped acknowledge the good work of so many travel agents who are committed to serving their communities and embody Royal Caribbean's dedication to the travel industry and our guests around the world."

The three godmother finalists of Liberty of the Seas are:

Marie Brouard, American Express Centurion Travel Services - Miramar, FL: Marie is team leader of American Express' Centurion Travel Services and co-leads its committee for diversity and inclusion. Seeing the intimate link between travel and community, she created the Infinite Way, Inc., an organization which aims to provide humanitarian, educational, health and technical assistance in Africa, Caribbean, and Central and South America. Marie's efforts have been recognized by UNICEF and she is the recipient of the American Express Global Volunteer Action Fund Award for three consecutive years since 2003. She has also received a personal letter of commendation from the Vatican.

Donnalea Madeley, Marlin Travel, Ontario: Donnalea has developed an international service organization called Hands Across the Nation with her husband. The organization launched in 1994, but the local youth group program can trace its roots back to as early as 1985. Her organization raises funds, provides training and develops essential facilities in forgotten communities such as Mali, Bolivia and countries in Western Africa. Current projects include constructing, furnishing and staffing homes for children of incarcerated parents; school dorms for women; and medical and community centers. While keeping pace with the full-time demand of their charitable efforts, Donnalea, who is a 25-year veteran of the travel industry, and her husband also maintain their full-time jobs to support their family of three children.

Carole Weishaar, Carefree Travel - Scottsdale, AZ: Carole has worked in the travel business for 16 years. As a cancer survivor, she is an active community leader in the fight for a cure against the disease. She currently serves as the Founder and Community Outreach Liaison for the Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona and liaison to the National Breast Cancer Coalition. Carole is also an active advocate for the American Cancer Society's agenda for uninsured women in Arizona and for the Domestic Violence Safety Plan in Arizona through her work in an anti-domestic violence taskforce. Concurrently, she is working to secure funding for mammogram screening for low-income and uninsured women in three different regional hospitals.

The three finalists were selected by a panel of 19 members, which included media representatives, cruise industry executives and Royal Caribbean travel partners, who reviewed more than 2,500 nominations of exceptional women travel agents. In the spirit of maritime tradition, the godmother will participate in Liberty of the Seas' naming ceremony on May 18, 2007. 

At 160,000 GRT and holding 3,634 guests double-occupancy, Liberty will share the title of largest cruise ship with Freedom of the Seas. Among new programs and onboard programs, Liberty will include the same popular innovations already found on Freedom, including the FlowRider(R) surf simulator; the H20 Zone aqua park; cantilevered whirlpools suspended 112 feet above the ocean; an ice-skating rink; a boxing ring and the 1,215-square-foot Presidential Family Suite, which sleeps up to 14. Liberty of the Seas will sail alternating seven-night Western and Eastern Caribbean itineraries from Miami. Both itineraries will call on Royal Caribbean's private destination, Labadee, Haiti. The Western Caribbean itinerary will include the ports of Montego Bay, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico; while the Eastern Caribbean itinerary will call on San Juan, Puerto Rico and Philipsburg, St. Maarten.

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In October, High-Brow Meets Humor Aboard Queen Mary 2's Transatlantic Crossing, 'A Most Civilized Literary Adventure'

VALENCIA, Calif., March 1 -- Like Cunard Line's unique place in the history of ocean travel, "The New Yorker" has occupied a distinguished place in magazine publishing since its first issue in 1925. On October 7, 2007, these two iconic names come together in "A Most Civilized Literary Adventure" Transatlantic crossing aboard Cunard's flagship Queen Mary 2. A trio of award-winning "New Yorker" authors, whose work runs the gamut from thought-provoking essays to side-splitting humor, will be introduced aboard the ship's New York to Southampton crossing.

The authors are:

  • Adam Gopnik - On "The New Yorker" staff since 1986, Gopnik writes "New York Journal." He has also served as the magazine's art critic and has written fiction and humor pieces, book reviews, profiles, reporting pieces and dozens of stories for "The Talk of the Town." Onboard, he will tackle contemporary culture in a dynamic multi-media presentation.

  • Anthony Lane - A "New Yorker" film critic since 1993, Lane is the author of "Nobody's Perfect," a book of his "New Yorker" pieces. Onboard, Lane will screen a film and lead an in-depth film discussion.

  • Andy Borowitz - Humorist, author, Hollywood producer and personality, Borowitz is considered one of America's leading comic voices. He appears on CNN's "American Morning" and National Public Radio's "Weekend Edition Sunday" and he writes a popular Internet column. Onboard, he will do stand-up comedy.

Each author will participate in one group conversation and give two presentations exclusively created and centered on his primary focus. In addition, each will give one reading and host a book signing. The sailing will afford guests multiple opportunities to interact with the authors, learn about the creative process and who and what inspires them. "'A Most Civilized Literary Adventure' continues Cunard's long history of stimulating literary pursuits," said Carol Marlow, president of Cunard Line. The line has long been a favorite of literary luminaries, ranging from Tennessee Williams and J.B. Priestly to Mary Higgins Clark.

Cunard Line's onboard enrichment program introduces guests to stimulating experts and accomplished visionaries who reflect the line's heritage of adventure and prestige. Through a series of lectures, Q&A's, debates, workshops and social gatherings, guests will connect with personalities who have achieved notable distinction in areas including history, world affairs, science, politics, arts and literature. In addition, guests can enjoy intellectual pursuits as well as a relaxing respite in the ship's library, the largest at sea with more than 8,000 volumes.

For more information about Cunard or Queen Mary 2, call 1-800-7-CUNARD or go to

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Silversea Enhances 2007/2008 Schedule With New Collection 
of  "Elegant Explorations"

Ft. Lauderdale, FL -- Silversea, known for its luxurious ships and exotic destinations, has unveiled a new series of 25 specially tailored Elegant Explorations for 2007 and 2008. Created exclusively for the sophisticated traveler who has the time and passion to indulge in travel on a grand scale, this special collection offers new extended voyages ranging from 27 to 69 days. These unique odysseys combine the luxury of sailing aboard the line's elite, award-winning ships with expanded journeys to diverse regions of the world, featuring visits to must-see traditional ports, as well as exotic destinations that are off the beaten path -- all on one cruise. 

"Our Elegant Explorations are all-inclusive extended escapes perfectly suited to those guests who have the time to indulge their wanderlust at a leisurely pace, in unabashed luxury and comfort," said David Morris, Silversea's executive vice president of worldwide sales and marketing. "You can explore the most desirable ports of Western Europe for 28 days, sail for 36 days from the Mediterranean through the Red Sea to Egypt, Kenya and the Seychelles or take a 62-day voyage from Venice and Dubai to Singapore and Sydney. Throughout each unforgettable journey, you'll enjoy superb accommodations coupled with Silversea's famous personalized service and gracious hospitality."

Highlighting the program are generous savings incentives and onboard spending credits of $500 per suite (based on double occupancy) for guests sailing 44 to 65 days and $1,000 per suite for guests sailing 66 to 109 days. Complimentary Business Class air upgrades are also available with the purchase of the optional air program on voyages of 50 or more consecutive days. Listed below is a small sampling of Elegant Explorations and the current best-available starting fares, which are cruise-only rates (based on double occupancy) that may include Early Booking Incentive savings of up to 30%; Silver Sailing Savings of up to 50%; an additional 5% Advance Payment Bonus savings when payment is made six months prior to sailing; Extended Voyage savings of 5%; and Venetian Society savings of 5%.


  • Silver Cloud departs July 30, 2007 on a 39-day voyage from Venice to Istanbul with calls in Croatia, Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Georgia, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria. 

  • Silver Shadow departs August 18, 2007 on a 69-day journey from Stockholm to Ft. Lauderdale with calls in Finland, Russia, Estonia, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, United Kingdom, France, Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Canary Islands, Senegal, Cape Verde Islands, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, St. Lucia, Guadeloupe, Antigua, St. Bart's, St. Kitt's and Virgin Gorda.

  • Silver Whisper departs November 4, 2007 on a 62-day voyage from Venice to Sydney with calls in Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, United Arab Emirates, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia.

  • Silver Wind departs November 13, 2007 on a 38-day voyage from Manaus to Santiago with calls in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Falkland Islands and Chile. Highlights include cruising the Amazon River and Chilean Fjords.


  • Silver Whisper departs January 19, 2008 on a 40-day voyage from Auckland to Singapore with calls in New Zealand, Australia, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Philippines, Hong Kong and Vietnam.

  • Silver Shadow departs May 16, 2008 on a 27-day voyage from Fort Lauderdale to Vancouver with calls in Colombia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Mexico, California, British Columbia and Alaska. Highlights include cruising the Panama Canal and Alaska's Glacier Bay and Inside Passage.

  • Silver Shadow departs September 17, 2008 on a 53-day voyage from Los Angeles to Los Angeles with calls in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Robinson Crusoe Island, Easter Island, Pitcairn Island, French Polynesia, Marquises Islands and Hawaii.

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Introduces  iJourneys, 
Downloadable Personal Walking Tours

FORT LAUDERDALE -- As part of The Regent Travel ConciergeSM program, Regent Seven Seas Cruises® unveiled a new service for guests: iJourneys, personal iPod® walking tours hosted by an Emmy-award winning television producer. The downloadable tours are compatible with iPod or MP3 players and will be available beginning spring 2007 on all Mediterranean voyages, with additional tours under development for select ports worldwide.

"As we see more and more Regent guests traveling with digital audio players such as iPods, it seemed only fitting to harness this technology to create a personalized and fun new way to explore individual ports of call," said Darius Mehta, Regent director of land programs.

iJourneys walking tours will be available for Regent guests to purchase onboard for a variety of Mediterranean ports of call including Venice, Florence, Rome, Pompeii and Barcelona. Each one and a half-hour tour comes with a map and features insightful commentary, historical context, a touch of humor and exclusive tips such as back entrances and shorter lines at popular attractions. For example, through a downloadable walking tour of ancient Rome, "The Imperial City in the Age of the Caesars," guests can stand at the spot where Marc Antony delivered his eulogy for Julius Caesar, enter the Coliseum through a secret ticket booth with no lines, see the ingenious Roman water system in action and sample sweet water still running from ancient springs.

Each iJourney tour is produced and narrated by Elyse Weiner, a seasoned foreign news producer who in the past has worked with such television programs as Tom Brokaw's "NBC Nightly News" and Peter Jennings' "ABC World News Tonight".

The Regent Travel Concierge was launched in 2005 to give guests tools to customize travel experiences based on personal interests and preferences. In addition to iJourneys, the program includes special "à la carte" tour and hotel arrangements that can be pre-booked through a dedicated toll-free number, and a wide array of exclusive Concierge Collection land adventures, ranging from multi-night overland journeys to ultra-deluxe pre- and post-cruise hotel extensions. Through a partnership with Travel + Leisure magazine, specially-created "Insider" guides provide exclusive recommendations for must-see attractions, including lesser-known spots and local favorites in select ports of call.

For further information, contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises, 1000 Corporate Drive, Suite 500, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33334. For brochures, call toll-free (866) 284-4079; for reservation information call toll-free (800) 285-1835; or visit:

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