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News from the world of cruising ~
March 26-April 2, 2001

New Panama Canal Itinerary for Renaissance Cruises

The 51-mile-long Panama Canal is one of the world's greatest engineering feats - an artificial waterway that connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and enables ships to sail on a more direct route to their destinations instead of having to round Cape Horn. It also offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the cruise vacationer.

Now Renaissance Cruises has included transit of the Panama Canal in our all-new Barbados to Costa Rica cruise vacation - a fabulous 15-day cruise that will take you from the islands of the Caribbean to the heart of Central America - including:

  • Barbados

  • St. Lucia

  • St. Kitts

  • St. Maarten

  • Tortola, British Virgin Islands

  • Aruba

  • Columbia

  • Panama

  • Costa Rica

  • AND a cruise through the Panama Canal!

Imagine yourself seated on the balcony of your stateroom as your Renaissance Cruises ship travels the Panama Canal. Now you can make that dream a reality. 

Be one of the very first to experience this all-new itinerary, and take advantage of special introductory prices! Make your reservation today!

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Cruising Emphasizes Fun For Families as Ships Provide
The Perfect Destination for Kids and Parents

NEW YORK NY, March 30 (CLIA) -- Don't look now, but in just a few weeks school is out for the summer. As families scramble to organize their summer vacations, more are opting for a cruise as the solution.

Cruise lines expect to carry more than half a million guests under the age of 18 this year, and the industry has geared its facilities and programs to accommodate these young sailors and to enthrall their parents ... and grandparents ... as well. 

All the member companies of the Cruise Line Coalition, an information bureau formed by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and the International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL), welcome children age 12 and over, and the vast majority are geared for children of all ages. Fifteen lines offer reduced rates for kids (and most carry infants for free); 16 offer babysitting services; 17 have cribs available for little ones, and 21 feature family cabins that can accommodate three or four persons. 

Special activities abound for children. Of course, the all-time favorites, such as arts and craft  classes, movies, games and contests and cartoons, are offered by nearly all cruise lines. But some offer the unexpected as well, such as escorted shore excursions, foreign language classes, swimming pools just for kids, snorkeling instruction, volleyball, basketball and other fun stuff.

Well aware that two-income households have complicated the vacation-planning process, cruise  lines have made it easy -- and affordable -- for families to vacation at sea, and have thus helped define a niche in the travel market. 

There are itineraries geared to any family's schedule, from short cruises of three to five days (perfect for weekend getaways) to week-long and longer voyages. Virtually all ships have special children's menus loaded with classic, kid-friendly dishes (macaroni and cheese, hot dogs, hamburgers and French fries) that can supplement selections from the main menu for the more sophisticated junior gastronomes onboard. Many cruise lines feature special children's clubs and most have child and teen counselors on staff.

``These reduced fares, plus the fact that all food, transportation and activities are included in the cost of a cruise, makes a cruise one of the best vacation values for budget-conscious families,'' said James G. Godsman, president of CLIA, who points out that families are one of the fastest growing categories of cruise vacation prospects. Generally speaking, activities are designed with specific age groups in mind, and emphasize education as well as fun.

To learn more about special family activities and fares, visit CLIA's website or meet with a cruise counselor at a CLIA-affiliated agency. To find one, use the Cruise Expert Locator on CLIA's website, or check the local yellow pages listings.

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Radisson Seven Seas' m/s Paul Gauguin

Departure dates:  May 5, 26; June 2; July 7, 14, 21; August 18, 25 & September 1, 2001
Summer Cruise Fares from $1,595 per person

On the Paul Gauguin in Tahiti, you are immersed in a timeless, unspoiled world of islands and sea.  One which quite literally allows you to step off into a kayak or windsurfer to explore an inviting coral lagoon - an integral part of the French Polynesian experience unobtainable aboard any ordinary ship. 

The Paul Gauguin features one of the highest space-to-guest ratios of any cruise ship, with luxurious, spacious ocean-view staterooms and suites, half with private balconies.  A state-of-the-art retractable watersports platform provides direct access to the crystalline waters of the bluest lagoons you'll ever see.  Complimentary kayaking, waterskiing and windsurfing are offered direct from the ship.  The Paul Gauguin is also one of the few ships in the world to have a full optional scuba dive program for all levels of expertise.  Superb cuisine inspired by two-star Michelin chef Jean-Pierre Vigato is served in a choice of three restaurants, with open-seating dining.

Your cruise aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin includes:

  • Special Savings of $2,600 per couple

  • Low cost roundtrip economy air add-ons of $599 - $999 (depending on gateway)

  • Luxury accommodations, all meals and entertainment onboard

  • Complimentary pouring wines with lunch and dinner

  • Complimentary soft drinks, juices mineral water throughout cruise

  • Complimentary in-stateroom bar set-up

  • Gratuities for ship's staff included

  • Complimentary watersports program

  • Special amenities for honeymooners

Contact your travel professional today, call (800)285-1835 for more information, or visit us on the web at We'd love to welcome you to this island paradise very soon!

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MIAMI (03/29/01) - Carnival Corporation (NYSE: CCL) announced today that its Holland America Line unit will transfer its 1,494-passenger Westerdam to sister company Costa Cruises in spring 2002, at the conclusion of the vessel's winter Caribbean cruise season.

The vessel will then immediately reposition to Europe where it will undergo a short drydock for minor interior renovations and exterior modifications followed by a program of Mediterranean cruises beginning in June 2002. The addition of the Westerdam next spring will be the second
Carnival Corporation vessel to be transferred to the Italian cruise operator in a span of 14 months. Last month, the 1,022-passenger Costa Tropicale, formerly Carnival Cruise Lines' Tropicale, joined the Costa fleet and will begin seven-night Mediterranean voyages from Venice in June.
"While we will continue to expand Costa with an aggressive newbuilding program with three ships currently under contract, the transfer of these two vessels provides Carnival the unique opportunity to quickly build upon Costa's leadership position in the fast-growing European market," said Micky Arison, Carnival Corporation chairman and CEO.

"Although our primary focus will be to expand our core brands through new tonnage, we will also continue to analyze potential transfers of ships within our various operating companies to maximize the earnings potential of our cruise ship assets," Arison added. For example, just last week it was announced that Seabourn Cruise Line's 758-passenger Seabourn Sun will be transferred to Holland America Line on April 23, 2002, becoming the newest member of the premium cruise operator's fleet.

Commented Pier Luigi Foschi, Costa Cruises chairman and CEO, "The Westerdam is a perfect fit for Costa. Not only is it a stunning ship - impeccably maintained and beautifully appointed - but its huge space ratio and numerous on-board amenities will serve to broaden our product offerings and allow us to further solidify our role as Europe's number one cruise operator."  Foschi added that following the transfer of the Westerdam to Costa, the vessel will undergo some minor renovations and emerge with the physical characteristics of a typical Costa ship, including a white hull and the company's signature funnel emblazoned with the company's giant "C" logo. Further details, including a new name and European homeport and itinerary, will be announced in the near future.

The Westerdam is noteworthy for being the only ship in Holland America's 127-year history to undergo an extensive lengthening and redesign. The ship was built in 1986 at Germany's Meyer Werft shipyard as the 1,000-passenger MV Homeric for now-defunct Home Lines and was acquired by Holland America two years later. 

In 1989, the vessel underwent an $84 million renovation and refit during which it was "stretched" by a then-cruise industry record 130 feet, increasing its capacity to 1,494 and tonnage to 53,872. Since its first cruise under the Holland America banner in 1988, the Westerdam has sailed on close to 600 voyages, carrying nearly a million satisfied guests. "The Westerdam is a wonderful cruise ship. She has provided loyal Holland America guests with many happy memories and it will be sad to bid her farewell," said A. Kirk Lanterman, chairman, president and CEO of Holland America Line. "However, it makes sound business sense for us to transfer her to Costa as we look forward to the future growth of our company and the addition of our new generation of ships," he added. Carnival Corporation is comprised of Carnival Cruise Lines, the world's largest cruise line based on passengers carried, Holland America Line, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, Seabourn Cruise Line and Windstar Cruises. Carnival Corporation's various brands operate 44 ships in the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe, Mexican Riviera, South America and other worldwide destinations.

Additional information can be obtained via the Web sites of Carnival Corporation (, Holland America Line ( or Costa Cruises (

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MIAMI (03/29/01) - As part of its Total Choice Dining(SM) initiative, Carnival Cruise Lines has completed the fleetwide implementation of its new four staggered dinner seatings in the formal restaurants aboard its 14 "Fun Ships."

According to Carnival President Bob Dickinson, the new dinner seatings -- 5:45 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. -- have proven very popular among guests since implementation first began several months ago. "Guests truly appreciate the many enhancements provided by this new seating system, which offers greater choice in dining times while maintaining one of the single most valued aspects of the traditional cruise dining experience - the opportunity to develop a rapport with the same wait staff throughout a voyage," Dickinson said.

The new dinner seatings are just one component of Carnival's Total Choice Dining, cruising's most comprehensive dining program offering the widest variety of formal and casual options at sea. In  addition to full-service, multi-course meals in the formal restaurants, Carnival's "Fun Ships" feature a diversity of casual choices, including expansive Lido-area eateries offering breakfast, lunch and dinner-time alternatives, 24-hour pizzerias and self-serve ice cream and frozen yogurt, grille areas, meat-carving and pasta stations, and extensive salad and dessert bars.

Complimentary 24-hour stateroom service, nightly midnight buffets, and a children's turn-down service offering chocolate chip cookies at bedtime twice each voyage are available fleetwide, as well. Patisseries, sushi bars, New York-style delis, and Asian and American specialty areas are also featured on several vessels, while the new 88,500-ton Carnival Spirit - set to debut April 29 - will feature stone crabs from Miami Beach's legendary Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant -- the first time the world-famous delicacies have been included on a cruise ship menu. "Carnival's dining options have changed dramatically in recent years and with Total Choice Dining we're striving to provide our guests with not only enhanced quality but also the greatest variety of cuisines at sea, along with culinary experiences not available on any other cruise line," Dickinson said.

Carnival is the largest and most popular cruise line in the world, with 14 "Fun Ships" operating voyages from three to 17 days in length to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, the Panama Canal, New England and the Canadian Maritimes. The line currently has seven new ships with an estimated value of $3 billion scheduled for delivery over the next three years.

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Advance Planning Yields Savings on Luxurious Silversea Cruises

Silver Cloud's Fall voyages offer vacationers early booking savings. Highlights include pre- and post-cruise land packages to the Carlton Hotel in Cannes and the Four Seasons in Istanbul. Silversea guests still have the opportunity to take advantage of the ultra-luxury line's 15 percent Advanced Payment Bonus (APB) and ten percent Early Booking Incentive (EBI) on a series of three Mediterranean voyages this Fall.

All-inclusive air/sea fares for these 10, 11 and 12-day voyages, double occupancy and offer guests the opportunity to enhance their travels with pre- and post-cruise land programs to the ancient cities and sapphire waters of the Mediterranean.

Mediterranean Interlude
Silver Cloud's 12-day "Mediterranean Interlude," October 10-22, Monte Carlo to Athens, features calls in Livorno, Valletta, Taormina, Santorini, Marmaris and Kusadasi. In addition to these ports, "Mediterranean Interlude" also features two-day stays in Rome and Rhodes offering even more time for guests to explore fabled sights and wonders. All-inclusive air/sea fares, double occupancy, and those guests booking before June 12, 2001 save ten percent with Silversea's EBI.

A Pre-cruise Stay in Cannes
Guests aboard this voyage may choose to extend their travels by flying into Cannes for a three-night pre-cruise land program at the Carlton Hotel. Included in the package is a partial seaview room at the Carlton, famous for its Belle Epoque charm and its location on the Cote d'Azur; a full day of sightseeing with a private driver; a spa treatment as well as complimentary access to the health club; breakfast daily; and transfers between the airport, the hotel and the ship. 

Grecian Isles and Turkish Delights
"Grecian Isles and Turkish Delights," Silver Cloud's 11-day voyage from Athens to Istanbul October 22 - November 2, calls in the ports of Limassol, Kas, Aghios Nikolaos, Monemvasia, Kusadasi, Mytilene and Volos. All-inclusive air/sea fares for this voyage, guests still have the opportunity to take advantage of Silversea's 15 percent APB deadline of March 25 and ten percent EBI deadline of June 24. As an added bonus, those guests sailing as members of Silversea's past guest program, the Venetian Society, may choose to further enhance their savings by combining the APB or the EBI with a special 15 percent Venetian Society Rewards savings available on this voyage.

Post-cruise Options in Istanbul
All guests aboard "Grecian Isles and Turkish Delights" have the option to take part in one of two post-cruise land programs highlighting Istanbul's most coveted landscapes and marvels. "Istanbul & Ancient Cappadocia," a five-night post-cruise package, includes air transportation; hotel accommodations; sightseeing and lunch in Istanbul; a tour of Ankara and the Museum of the Ancient Anatolian Civilization; a tour of Cappadocia, the Goreme Valley and the settlement of Zelve; breakfast daily; and transfers as applicable.

"Istanbul at the Four Seasons" is a three-night post-cruise package including deluxe accommodations at the Four Seasons in Istanbul; a half-day tour of Pera Palace with a champagne and caviar reception; a drive along the Bosphorus; lunch at the Four Seasons; breakfast daily; and transfers as applicable. 

Echoes of Ancient Civilizations
Silver Cloud's 10-day "Echoes of Ancient Civilizations," November 2 - 12, embarks in Istanbul and debarks in Athens. Featuring two-day stays in Antalya and Alexandria, as well as calls in Dikili, Santorini and Rhodes, this voyage explores the tranquil isles of Greece, the stunning scenery of  Turkey and the awe-inspiring treasures of Egypt. All-inclusive air/sea fares for "Echoes of Ancient Civilizations"  and offer guests who pay in full by May 6 the opportunity to save 15 percent with Silversea's APB and those who book by July 5 the opportunity to save ten percent with the line's EBI.

Istanbul Land Packages
Before boarding Silver Cloud for this 10-day Mediterranean spectacular, guests may choose to  extend their stay in Istanbul with either a five-night pre-cruise land program, "Istanbul & Ancient Cappadocia," or a three-night pre-cruise program, "Istanbul at the Four Seasons.

Unmatched All-inclusive value
Whether guests crave champagne and caviar on their private veranda, or an elegant dinner served course-by-course in the intimacy of their suite, they will experience the impeccable service and attention to detail that have earned the line the industry's highest accolades.

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Indulge Yourself in Carnival Spirit's "Nautica Spa"

Modern facilities, pampering treatments highlight Carnival Spirit's 'Nautica Spa,' among the largest at sea Spacious Grecian-inspired surroundings, state-of-the-art exercise equipment and a variety of soothing "European-style" therapies will create a unique environment for personal indulgence and keeping fit aboard the 88,500-ton Carnival Spirit, Carnival Cruise Lines' newest "Fun Ship" set to debut April 29.

"Spas have become an essential part of the overall cruise experience and we've incorporated everything we've learned over the years to create this spectacular new facility," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president.

"'Today's Carnival' is all about choice and the Carnival Spirit's spa - with its vast array of sophisticated exercise equipment and pampering treatments - is just the latest example of our efforts to satisfy today's health-conscious vacationers," he added. Dickinson noted that the debut of the Carnival Spirit's "Nautica Spa," combined with the spas on Carnival's 14 other "Fun Ships," is expected to push the line's fleetwide spa usage past the one million mark - roughly half of the company's overall passenger base. As the first in a new series of "Fun Ships," the Carnival Spirit's design innovations will extend to the two-level, 13,700-square-foot spa.

Spanning the forward portion of Lido Deck 9 and Sun Deck 10, the expansive health and fitness club will feature a distinctive multi-level configuration, which maximizes space and provides magnificent sea views from the large picture windows that surround the facility. Housed within the various levels will be a wide variety of state-of-the-art exercise equipment, including stationary bicycles, treadmills, and rowing, stair-climbing and Keiser pneumatic progressive resistance machines. A variety of free weights and dumbbells will be available, as well. Exercise areas are  enhanced by a stunning Grecian-inspired décor, including terra cotta and ochre-accented zebrawood walls, classic Doric columns and hand-painted murals featuring a Greek vase motif with depictions of various Olympic events. Adjacent to the workout areas is a mirrored aerobics room, which will serve as the venue for Carnival's wide range of exercise classes, including low- and high-impact aerobics, step and senior aerobics, and various stretching and relaxation sessions. The spacious facility can accommodate large groups or be reconfigured to host several different classes simultaneously.

The Carnival Spirit will also offer a variety of exotic "European-style" treatments, including the new "aroma stone therapy," based on an ancient ritual that combines heated and scented oils with a full body massage using warm basalt stones, creating a relaxing and rejuvenating sensation. These treatments complement a sophisticated menu of full body and scalp massages, seaweed wraps, mud packs, and various slimming and toning therapies. Treatments are conducted by the Carnival Spirit's highly trained staff, who also provide nutrition and training tips, wellness counseling sessions, and fitness evaluations such as height/weight and body fat composition analyses. The Carnival Spirit will also feature four swimming pools and five whirlpools -- one housed within the spa itself and four others on Lido Deck 9. 

For those who want to exercise in the fresh sea air, there's also a padded jogging track encircling  Sports Deck 11. Ten private treatment/massage rooms, complete locker facilities, sauna and steam rooms, and a full-service Nautica Salon, further add to the total "spa at sea" experience. 

As part of Carnival's Total Choice Dining(SM), cruising's most comprehensive dining program offering the widest variety of formal and casual options at sea, menus in the Carnival Spirit's main dining room, the Empire Restaurant, will offer the line's signature "Nautica Spa Fare." These delicious, guilt-free dishes are lower in fat, cholesterol, sodium and calories. Meats are broiled or roasted, salads prepared with low-fat or fat-free dressings and desserts with sugar substitutes. Vegetarian meals will also be available on all dining room menus, while the expansive two-level La Playa Grille poolside restaurant will include a diversity of healthy offerings, including an extensive salad bar and a 24-hour frozen yogurt station.

Carnival Spirit is scheduled to debut April 29 with a 16-day Panama Canal cruise from Miami to Los Angeles, followed by a three-night voyage from San Francisco to Vancouver departing May 20, a series of week-long Glacier Bay and Glacier Route Alaska cruises throughout the summer, two 12-day Hawaii cruises, and a 14-day Panama Canal sailing from San Diego to Miami departing Oct. 20. From Miami, Carnival Spirit is slated to operate a unique eight-day program to   "exotic" Caribbean ports of call throughout the winter, commencing Nov. 3. 

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Crystal Cruises Unveils 2002 Value Collection

LOS ANGELES, March 28, 2001 -- Savvy travelers can find the best bargains of the year -- well in advance -- with Crystal's Value Collection of cruises at more than 50% off regular prices.  The luxury line has set its most diverse program of value-priced cruises for 2002, twelve sailings ranging in length from nine to 16 days to worldwide destinations including the Mediterranean, Scandinavia and Russia, Alaska, Hawaii, the Panama Canal, Asia and South America.  Value Collection prices aboard Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony start as low as $1,995 per person, double occupancy for a 10-day voyage.  Another cruise itinerary offers fares as low as $192 per person,  per day.

This marks the fourth consecutive year that Crystal Cruises rolls out its Value Collection in tandem with the following year's entire schedule.  The line identifies those sailings that may be more challenging to sell, such as a cruise during a particular destination's shoulder season, and offers them at an extremely attractive rate.  Rather than hoping for bargains closer in, travelers who may be flexible with their time can take advantage of the strongest savings of the year. 

"We know that not everybody likes to wait to the last minute to plan a vacation, or enjoy savings opportunities," says Adam Leavitt, senior vice president, marketing.  "Even travelers in the luxury market look to get the most for their leisure dollar.  The Value Collection has earned a reputation,  and a following, for delivering the Six-Star rated Crystal cruise experience at a significant reduction of the cost of similar itineraries in the traditional prime season."

Crystal's 2002 Value Collection (All prices listed are per person, double occupancy)


  • Panama Canal/Caribbean: Jan. 4, 13 days starting at $2,995

  • Panama Canal/Caribbean: Jan. 5, 13 days starting at $2,495


  • Hawaii: March 24, 10 days starting at $1,995

  • Hawaii/Japan: April 3, 13 days starting at $2,595

  • Caribbean: April 27, 16 days starting at $4,455 

  • Trans-Atlantic: May 13,  9 days starting at $2,310

  • Scandinavia/Russia: May 22, 10 days starting at $3,325

  • Asia/Pacific/Alaska: June 3, 12 days starting at $2,495


  • Alaska: Sept. 14, 10 days starting at $2,085

  • Trans-Atlantic: Nov. 6, 11 days starting at $2,825

  • Panama Canal/Caribbean: Dec. 9, 14 days starting at $2,710

  • Panama Canal/Caribbean: Dec.10, 10 days starting at $2,470

At 50,000 tons with only 940 guests, the spacious Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony are both the highest-rated large luxury ships afloat. Crystal Cruises is the winner of the travel industry's most prestigious honors, including top ratings in the most recent reader surveys from Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines.  Each offer expansive decks, exquisitely  appointed staterooms (most with private verandahs), a wide variety of quality entertainment, lounges, engaging activities, flexible gourmet dining, a full-service spa and fitness center, and the only Caesars Palace at Sea Casino.

Reservations are booked exclusively through travel agents.  For a complimentary Value Collection brochure with detailed itineraries, or for a full 2002 schedule, call 800-820-6663 or visit Crystal Cruises' website at

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"South Pacific" Remake Spurs Interest in Tahiti & Renaissance Cruises

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, March 27, 2001-- Renaissance Cruises announced today that it expects to see increased interest in its French Polynesia Cruises spurred by, among other things, the new version of the classic musical South Pacific, which was broadcast Monday, March 26, 2001 on the ABC television network. Glenn Close and Harry Connick, Jr. starred in the highly anticipated television event. The remake of South Pacific was partially filmed in Australia and on the South Pacific island of Moorea, both Renaissance Cruises destinations. 

"Thousands of our past guests have thoroughly enjoyed the South Pacific on their Renaissance Cruises vacation and we hope the recently aired ABC movie will entice even more people to visit the incredible islands of French Polynesia," said Charlie Dunwoody, Renaissance Cruises Vice-President of Sales. "Ever since filming of the ABC movie completed last year, we have received numerous requests from our Tahiti cruise passengers to see the spot on Moorea where Glen Close and Harry Connick Jr. filmed their beach sequences." 

"The exotic islands of the South Pacific have always held considerable appeal for travelers," continued Dunwoody. "The original Broadway and film productions of South Pacific made audiences aware of the beauty and romance that the islands offer. Many of our past guests have told us they were inspired to book our Tahiti cruises because of the image that the Hollywood productions created in their minds. In fact, from time to time, we play the original South Pacific movie in passengers' staterooms." 

Renaissance Cruises has been closely associated with the islands of the South Pacific since it began offering year-round sailings to Tahiti & the South Pacific on two brand-new ships, the R3 & R4, in September 1999. Renaissance Cruises currently offers 7 to 10 day Tahiti & South Pacific Cruise Vacations from $799 per person. The Company also offers exclusive air service to Tahiti through an agreement with Hawaiian Airlines. Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific is based on James Michener's Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of stories, Tales of the South Pacific. With music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan, South Pacific premiered in 1949, winning the Pulitzer Prize and nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. 

Renaissance Cruises distinguishes itself from other cruise lines with its extraordinary destinations and Five Star service, on the youngest fleet in the cruise industry. Renaissance Cruises offers year-round itineraries to the Greek Isles, Tahiti and the South Pacific, Asia, Northern Europe and Scandinavia, South America, New Zealand and Australia, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean on eight brand new 684-passenger R-Class ships and two 114-passenger Renaissance-Class ships. The recent launch of the latest "R-Class" ship, R8, brings Renaissance Cruises' total capacity to 5,742 berths and secures the company's place as the fifth largest cruise line company in the world. To book a Renaissance Cruises' vacation, travelers should see their Professional Travel Agent.

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Seabourn Announces FREE Roundtrip Air to Europe & up to 30% off brochure fares

  • Business Class upgrades from $995!
  • New refined features: complimentary open bar, mini massages on deck and all suites, many with French Balconies
Seabourn Pride Days From To From
July 6, 2001 14 London Copenhagen $ 11,804.00
July 20, 2001 14 Copenhagen London $ 8,373.00
August 3, 2001 14 London Copenhagen $ 11,804.00
August 17, 2001 14 Copenhagen London $ 9,532.00
August 31, 2001 21 London New York $ 12,772.00
Seabourn Spirit Days From To From
April 25, 2001 12 Venice Piraeus $ 5,448.00
May 7, 2001 12 Piraeus Istanbul $ 5,796.00
May 31, 2001 7 Piraeus Venice $ 4,265.00
July 5, 2001 7 Piraeus Civitavecchia $ 4,496.00
July 12, 2001 7 Civitavecchia Piraeus $ 4,265.00
July 26, 2001 14 Istanbul Civitavecchia $ 9,058.00
August 16, 2001 7 Piraeus Istanbul $ 4,978.00
August 23, 2001 14 Istanbul Barcelona $ 9,658.00
September 6, 2001 7 Barcelona Civitavecchia $ 4,939.00
September 20, 2001 12 Istanbul Piraeus $ 8,290.00
October 9, 2001 14 Roundtrip Istanbul   $ 8,764.00
October 16, 2001 7 Piraeus Istanbul $ 4,736.00
October 23, 2001 14 Istanbul Alexandria $ 8,233.00
Seabourn Legend Days From To From
May 17, 2001 7 Lisbon Nice $ 3,576.00
May 17, 2001 14 Lisbon Civitavecchia $ 6,444.00
June 14, 2001 14 Barcelona Civitavecchia $ 8,284.00
June 28, 2001 14 Civitavecchia Barcelona $ 8,278.00
July 26, 2001 14 Lisbon Amsterdam $ 7,783.00
August 9, 2001 14 Amsterdam Lisbon $ 9,005.00
August 23, 2001 14 London Amsterdam $ 11,852.00
September 6, 2001 14 Amsterdam Lisbon $ 7,783.00
September 20, 2001 14 Lisbon Civitavecchia $ 7,956.00
October 2, 2001 12 Civitavecchia Cannes $ 7,956.00

For reservations call 1-800-929-9391 or visit Seabourn Cruises on the web at

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Seabourn Goddesses Offer FREE Roundtrip Air to Europe
& up to 30% off brochure fares

  • Business Class upgrades from $995!
  • New refined features: complimentary open bar, mini massages on deck.
Seabourn Goddess I Days From To From
May 12, 2001 7 Malaga Nice $ 3,245.00
May 26, 2001 7 Civitavecchia Venice $ 3,448.00
June 23, 2001 7 Piraeus Venice $ 4,042.00
June 30, 2001 7 Venice Civitavecchia $ 3,816.00
July 28, 2001 7 Roundtrip Nice   $ 4,088.00
August 4, 2001 7 Roundtrip Nice   $ 4,088.00
August 11, 2001 7 Nice Civitavecchia $ 4,331.00
August 18, 2001 7 Civitavecchia Venice $ 4,088.00
August 25, 2001 7 Venice Piraeus $ 4,088.00
September 8, 2001 7 Istanbul Piraeus $ 4,344.00
September 15, 2001 7 Piraeus Venice $ 3,826.00
September 22, 2001 7 Venice Civitavecchia $ 4,344.00
October 6, 2001 7 Roundtrip Nice   $ 4,344.00
October 13, 2001 7 Nice Civitavecchia $ 4,344.00
October 20, 2001 7 Civitavecchia Venice $ 4,344.00
October 27, 2001 7 Nice Malaga $ 4,344.00
November 3, 2001 7 Malaga Santa Cruz de Tenerife $ 4,085.00
Seabourn Goddess II Days From To From
June 2, 2001 7 Civitavecchia Venice $ 3,448.00
June 9, 2001 7 Venice Piraeus $ 3,816.00
July 29, 2001 6 Civitavecchia Nice $ 3,528.00
August 11, 2001 7 Roundtrip Nice   $ 4,088.00
August 25, 2001 7 Civitavecchia Venice $ 4,088.00
September 1, 2001 7 Venice Piraeus $ 4,344.00
September 22, 2001 7 Piraeus Venice $ 4,344.00
September 29, 2001 7 Venice Civitavecchia $ 4,344.00
October 13, 2001 7 Roundtrip Nice   $ 4,344.00
October 20, 2001 7 Roundtrip Nice   $ 4,344.00
October 27, 2001 7 Nice Malaga $ 4,344.00
November 3, 2001 7 Malaga Santa Cruz de Tenerife $ 4,085.0

For reservations, call 1-800-929-9391 or visit Seabourn Cruises on the web at 

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'Sock Hop' and 'Big Band' Theme Cruises Add Extra Measure of Dancin' & Romancin'
to Caribbean and Transatlantic Cruises

SEATTLE, March 27 -- Whether your musical tastes lean toward the kings of swing or "The King," you'll find a Holland America Line theme cruise in 2001 or 2002 that's just your ticket to a vacation filled with dancin,' romancin' and fun.

If it's the Golden Age of Swing that zings the strings of your heart,

you'll love tripping the light fantastic on a "Big Band" cruise across the Atlantic or through the blue Caribbean. Dance contests and other theme events also will be on the program, in addition to movie classics featuring the big-band sound airing on stateroom televisions. Each Big Band cruise also will feature six social hosts. Double occupancy fares start at just $899 (CAN $1,339).

If digging the beat of Elvis' Blue Suede Shoes is more your style, you can rock 'n' roll on a "Sock Hop" five- or eight-day Caribbean cruise aboard Holland America Line's ms Westerdam. Each Sock Hop cruise features plenty of "golden oldies" dancing music, a Fabulous '50s Sock Hop, Rockin' Rolldies passenger lip-synch show, '50s Trivia Contest and movies capturing that era such as "Grease" and "American Graffiti." Guests are encouraged to wear '50s attire to all the events. Double occupancy fares start at just $499 (CAN $749).

Swingin' and Swayin' with the Big Band Sound

For 2001, Big Band theme cruises are scheduled on the following sailings (bands may be subject to change):

  • April 8, 16-day cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to Rome aboard the 1,380-passenger flagship ms Amsterdam, featuring the Sammy Kaye Orchestra.
  • April 15, 12-day cruise from Tampa to Lisbon aboard the classic 1,214-passenger ms Noordam, featuring Peter Jacobs and the Wartime Radio Swing Orchestra.
  • April 27, 12-day cruise from New York on board the 1,316-passenger flagship ms Rotterdam, featuring the Harry James Orchestra.
  • Aug. 22, 16-day "Voyage to the Northern Isles," from Copenhagen to New York (including Scotland, Iceland and Greenland), aboard the Amsterdam, featuring Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians.
  • Dec. 12, 10-day Southern Caribbean cruise sailing roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale on board the 1,440-passenger ms Volendam, featuring the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

For 2002, Big Band cruises ranging in length from 12 to 16 days are scheduled aboard six spring and fall transatlantic cruises aboard the Noordam, Rotterdam and Amsterdam. Orchestras for specific sailings have not yet been announced. Big Band theme cruises also are scheduled for eight-day Caribbean cruises aboard the ms Westerdam Nov. 1, 2002, (the Harry James Orchestra) and Dec. 13, 2002, (orchestra to be announced.)

Rock Around the Caribbean with the Westerdam

The popular "Sock Hop" theme cruises are scheduled for fall 2001 on board the classic 1,494-passenger Westerdam sailing from Ft. Lauderdale. Guests on the five-day sailings will cruise to Key West, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Holland America's private island paradise in the Bahamas; and British-accented Nassau, Bahamas. The eight-day cruises also call on Nassau and Half Moon Cay en route to the Eastern Caribbean: deliciously Spanish San Juan, Puerto Rico; Dutch-flavored Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and the shopping haven of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands (St. John tour option). Sailing dates and entertainers (who may be subject to change) are:

  • Oct. 27, eight days, featuring Little Anthony & The Imperials, Diamond Dave Somerville and TV actors Barry Livingston (Ernie from "My Three Sons) and Cathy Garver (Cissy from "Family Affair").
  • Nov. 4, five days, featuring Bobby Rydell, Diamond Dave Somerville, and TV actor Paul Petersen (teen idol Jeff Stone on "The Donna Reed Show") and another TV star (to be announced).
  • Nov. 9, eight days, featuring Bobby Vee, The Crystals and two TV stars (to be announced).
  • Nov. 17, eight days, featuring The Crystals and singer Lenny Welch.
  • Nov. 25, five days, featuring The Platters and Johnny Tillotson.
  • Nov. 30, eight days, featuring Johnny Tillotson and Bowzer & The Stingrays.
  • Dec. 8, eight days, featuring Bowser & the Stingrays and The Happenings.
  • Dec. 16, five days, featuring The Happenings and The Dixie Cups.

About Holland America Line

Holland America Line is the highest-rated premium cruise line in the world in both the 2000 "Travel & Leisure" magazine "World's Best" Awards and the "Conde Nast Traveler" Readers' Choice Awards. The company also has won its ninth consecutive "Best Overall Cruise Value" award from the World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society (WOCLS). For more information, consult a professional travel agent, call 877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit

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The Queen of Cuisine Sails On the Queen of Liners -- Julia Child, the chef who revolutionized American cuisine by demystifying sophisticated French cooking, is scheduled to join Cunard Line's Queen Elizabeth 2 for a Chef's Palate theme cruise, a 6-day transatlantic crossing from New York to Southampton, June 24 - 30, 2001. Guests can attend a cooking demonstration hosted by Child, as well as book signings, roundtable talks. Queens Grill will serve menus designed by her especially for the Chef's Palate crossing.

For reservations, please call us at 1-800-7-CUNARD or any travel agent. You can also visit our Web site at

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Sail the breathtaking Norwegian Fjords in prime summer season aboard the single-seating Caronia and fly roundtrip for as little as $499. 12-day cruises sail roundtrip from Southampton in May, June and July. BEST savings to 25%.

For reservations, please call us at 1-800-7-CUNARD or any travel agent. You can also visit our Web site at

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Celebrate QM2 on QE2

Fares from $1215
Queen Elizabeth 2 - Southampton to New York
Transatlantic Crossing ~ May 3, 2001

  • Celebrate the history of Queen Mary and the excitement of the new Queen Mary 2 aboard the legendary Queen Elizabeth 2.
  • Gala QM2 Black and White Celebration Ball, Queen Mary Tea and Queen Mary Anniversary Dinner from an original Cunard menu.
  • News of QM2 from the ship's designer and builder.
  • Sail with captains who served aboard Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth 2.
  • Hear about the Grand Floating Palaces from noted ocean liner historian John Maxtone-Graham.

Book today for an exclusive opportunity to be among the first to sail Queen Mary 2.

Guests who have sailed with members of World's Leading Cruise Lines - Cunard Line, Seabourn Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Windstar Cruises, Costa Cruises and Carnival Cruise Lines - are entitled to past guest club savings.

For reservations, please call us at 1-800-7-CUNARD or any travel agent. You can also visit our Web site at

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AAA Offers Travel Tips to Combat Current and Potential Airline Strikes

ORLANDO, Fla., March 26  -- With pilots for Comair Inc. on strike and the possibility that employees on one or more of the four major airlines may follow suit later this spring, air travelers need to be aware of all of their options, according to AAA.

In a worst-case scenario, Delta, American, United and Northwest -- all in continuing labor disputes -- could suffer labor strikes at some point if those disputes are not settled. President Bush has urged the four airlines and their workers to avoid strikes and said he would explore all options if they were not able to work out their differences.

AAA, the largest leisure travel agency in North America, offers the following tips to air travelers:

  • If you are booked on Comair, call Delta Airlines at 1-800-221-1212 to find an alternate flight rather than trying to make a change at the airport. Delta handles reservations for Comair.
  • Pay attention to the news reports regarding the latest information on your scheduled carrier.
  • Before booking a future flight, check out a variety of carriers that fly to your destination. Consider choosing an airline that is not facing a potential strike.
  • Make your reservations through travel agents; they can help your sort through various flight options.
  • If you must book a flight with one of the carriers that may strike, book the first flight of the day and go nonstop if possible. 
  • Request a paper ticket instead of an electronic ticket. If your carrier does strike, it will be much easier (particularly if you're already at the airport) to go to another carrier and request a seat on their next available flight. Non-striking carriers will usually try to accommodate you, but they will give preference to their ticket holders first.
  • Pay for your ticket with a credit card. If your carrier strikes and you can't make alternate arrangements, you can notify your credit card company to credit your account for the full fare.
  • If you are taking a cruise or tour, consider flying to the departure city at least one day in advance. This way if your carrier strikes or your flight is delayed, you have time to make alternate arrangements.
  • Reconfirm your flight at least 48 hours prior to departure and again 24 hours in advance.
  • If your flight is delayed but not cancelled, find out how late it may be so you can evaluate your options.
  • Arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes early for domestic flights and two hours before an international flight since long lines and delays can be expected during flight interruptions.
  • If your carrier strikes and you can't get on another airline/flight, hold onto your ticket. Most tickets are good for one year from date of issue.

AAA is the largest leisure travel agency in North America with more than 1,000 accredited, full-service travel agency offices serving 44 million members and the public. Travel services include worldwide air, cruise and rail tickets; tour packages; hotel and car rental reservations; and a variety of travel insurance programs.

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Greyhound Shore Services to Provide Royal Caribbean
Meet-and-Greet Services In Galveston, Texas

DALLAS, March 26 -- Greyhound Shore Services, L.L.C., a unit of Greyhound Lines, Inc., announced its newest meet-and-greet contract with Royal Caribbean (RCI). Greyhound Shore Services will provide cruise ship passengers meet-and-greet services in Galveston, Texas, the port-of-call for many RCI cruises including vacations to the Caribbean and the Panama Canal.

"We expect to handle thousands of guests a year with this new contract," said Gordon Barr, senior vice president. "This is the fourth contract we've won this year for Greyhound Shore Services, so we are on our way to becoming the premiere provider of meet-and-greet services in North America."

Greyhound Shore Services staff provides both pre- and post-assistance to ensure cruise ship passengers have a smooth and seamless experience. GSS employees meet vacationers at the airport, transport them to a hotel or cruise terminal, and assist with hotel check-in. After their vacation, Greyhound offers post cruise services. Greyhound anticipates expanding its Shore Services unit to additional locations this year.

Greyhound Shore Services is a unit of Greyhound Lines, Inc., the largest North American provider of intercity bus transportation, serving more than 3,700 destinations with 20,000 daily departures across the continent. Greyhound Travel Services offers Greyhound vacation packages, charters, destination management services, sightseeing and shore services, as well as prepackaged tour options for the independent traveler. Call the Greyhound travel and reservation center at 1-800-440-3885 for more information.

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By Diana M. Orban Associates

NEW YORK - There are some sure signs of spring: the crack of a baseball bat, the first sight of a robin and, in the world of cruising, ships on their way to summer cruising waters.

As the first phase of the journey, cruise lines offer spring “repositioning” itineraries - transatlantic crossings, Panama Canal transits and itineraries with exotic port calls that ships visit only on their way to summer cruising waters, according to the Cruise Line Coalition.

"Repositioning itineraries offer cruising experiences that are available only once or twice a year," says James G. Godsman, president of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), a member of the Cruise Line Coalition. "These are unique opportunities for travelers. They can spend an extended period of time sailing and enjoying the many luxuries, programs and entertainment the ships feature. And once they arrive in port, they can experience the beauty of some of the world's most exotic locales."

This time of year, repositioning sailings crisscross the major seas. Following is a sampling of 2001 offerings:

Costa Cruises’ CostaAtlantica’s and CostaVictoria’s passengers sail in “Italian Style” from Fort Lauderdale to Genoa. The CostaAtlantica departs April 27 on an 18-night cruise with calls in Baltimore; New York; Funchal, Madeira; Casablanca, Morocco; and Barcelona. The CostaVictoria’s 16-night eastbound sailing departs April 22, calling on the ports of Nassau, Bahamas; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; St. Maarten, Leeward Islands; St. Lucia, Windward Islands; St. Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands; Malaga and Palma de Mallorca, Spain; and Marseille, France.

Cunard Line's Queen Elizabeth 2 departs New York April 20 on a transatlantic voyage that features the “QE2 Goes to the Movies”. After port calls in Fort Lauderdale, Funchal, Lisbon and Le Havre, the ship arrives in Southampton May 3. The Caronia, meanwhile, departs Fort Lauderdale on its crossing, arriving in Hamburg, Germany on May 10.

First European Cruises’ Mistral departs Guadeloupe May 4 for a 15-night transatlantic crossing prior to beginning a Mediterranean season. The voyage includes seven days at sea plus port calls at Antigua, St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, Funchal, Cadiz and Marseilles, ending in Genoa May 19.

Mediterranean Shipping Cruises offers a 17-night transatlantic voyage onboard the Melody, encompassing both European and Caribbean destinations. The Melody departs Fort Lauderdale April 11.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Dream departs April 2 from Miami for a 16-night journey to Civitavecchia, Italy. Passengers will spend a total of 10 days at sea and visit such ports of call as Ponta Delgada, Azores; Barcelona; Cannes, France; and Genoa and Liverno, Italy.

Orient Lines offers a 34-day springtime repositioning cruise that spans four continents. The Crown Odyssey departs from Los Angeles March 27 and sails along the Mexican Riviera and Costa Rica to the Panama Canal. Following a transit of the canal, the ship visits Cartagena, Key West, Fort Lauderdale and Bermuda before beginning its transatlantic crossing. On the other side of the Atlantic, the ship visits the Azores, Madeira, Casablanca and Tangier before concluding its journey in Barcelona, where passengers enjoy an included two-night hotel stay.

Royal Olympic Cruises’ transatlantic crossing features Master Chef André Soltner as guest chef on the Olympic Voyager. In addition to cooking demonstrations, some of Soltner’s most requested dishes will be featured in selected dinner menus. The crossing begins in Fort Lauderdale on April 16 and includes port calls in Funchal, Lisbon, Gibraltar, Tangier, Cartagena, Palma de Majorca, Villefrance, Livorno, Civitavecchia, Naples, Messina and Corfu, before arriving in Barcelona. Guests may book 12-, 7- or 19-day itineraries.

The Seabourn Pride of Seabourn Cruise Line offers a “Passage to Iberia” which departs Fort Lauderdale on April 23 for an 18-day journey to Barcelona. In addition to 10 days at sea, the itinerary includes port calls in Hamilton, Bermuda; Ponta Delgada; Funchal; Lisbon; Ceuta, Spanish North Africa; and Malaga (Granada).

Windstar Cruises' luxury yachts sail into position to begin their Mediterranean season after each completes a 14-day transatlantic crossing. On April 15, the Wind Surf cruises from Lisbon on an itinerary offered only once a year. The Wind Spirit sets sail April 22 from Lisbon along the Costa del Sol ending in Nice. Finally, the Wind Song departs April 28 from Lisbon on an exclusive itinerary to Portimao, Portugal; Gibraltar, Malaga and Ibiza, Spain; concluding on the famous shores of Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Carnival Cruise Lines offers two Panama Canal voyages. The Ecstasy will operate a 14-day cruise departing Miami May 4 and arriving in Los Angeles May 18. Prior to the canal transit, the voyage will visit Cartagena, Colombia followed by stops at Puntarenas, Costa Rica, and Acapulco and Mazatlan, Mexico. The Holiday will sail a 15-day Panama Canal voyage departing Los Angeles May 18 and arriving in San Juan June 2. The itinerary includes port calls in Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa, and Acapulco, Mexico; Puntarenas and St. Thomas/St. John.

Celebrity Cruises' Mercury undertakes a 14-night repositioning cruise through the Panama Canal on its way to its spring home in Alaska waters. After departing Fort Lauderdale April 16, it stops in Oranjestad, Aruba, and Cartagena, before cruising through the Panama Canal. It then makes stops in Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica, and Acapulco and Cabo San Lucas, before arriving in San Diego.

Holland America Line’s Veendam sails from Aruba April 29. The itinerary includes port calls in Costa Rica and Santa Cruz Huatulco and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico before arriving in Los Angeles 11 days later. Guests can also opt to spend three more days at sea on the Veendam before arriving in Vancouver on May 13.

Princess Cruises features Panama Canal crossings on four ships, including Ocean Princess, which departs San Juan on April 29 for a 22-day adventure. Stops include St. Thomas, Dominica, Barbados, Aruba and Cartagena before transiting the canal. Following the transit, the vessel visits Costa Rica; Acapulco (for an overnight stay), Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas; and Los Angeles before arriving in Vancouver.

Radisson Seven Seas takes travelers on a 17-day repositioning cruise to the west coast through the Panama Canal. Departing Fort Lauderdale on May 6, the Seven Seas Mariner stops in Key West; Cozumel; Grand Cayman; and San Andres Island, Colombia, before transiting the canal, then visits Puerto Caldera; Huatulco, Acapulco and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; and San Diego, before arriving in Los Angeles on May 22.

Royal Caribbean International's Vision of the Seas departs Miami April 13 on a 15-night journey that transits the Panama Canal. On its way to San Diego, the ship makes stops in Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao; Puntarenas/Caldera; Acapulco and Cabo San Lucas.

Crystal Cruises offers a 13-day Western Europe cruise from London to Rome on April 27. The cruise repositions Crystal Symphony from a World Cruise finale in London to the Mediterranean, where the ship will remain for the rest of the spring. Port calls include Lorient and Villefranche, France; Lisbon; Gibraltar; Malaga; and Portofino and Florence, Italy.

Silversea Cruises’ Silver Cloud’s 15-day voyage, “Journey to the Valley of the Kings,” travels from Mumbai to Athens May 17 - June 1. Guests will enjoy two-day calls in both Muscat and Safaga, a transit of the Suez Canal, as well as days on the Arabian and Red Seas. The cruise is highlighted by a complimentary overnight excursion to Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, where guests will have the opportunity to explore the temples and tombs of Egypt’s legendary Kings and Queens.

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

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