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News from the world of cruising ~
April 1-15, 2002

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Ultra Luxury Line Re-invents Lifestyle Publication for Past Guests

MIAMI April 15, 2002 - After a five-year hiatus, the Club Herald will again arrive at the homes of travelers who have sailed aboard The Yachts of Seabourn. The complimentary lifestyle magazine has been reborn as a glossy, full-color celebration of enticing destinations and gracious living. The 48-page spring 2002 issue has just been mailed to its worldwide audience of Seabourn Club members. 

"The Club Herald was a popular benefit to Seabourn's past guests," said Richard Meadows, Seabourn's senior vice president of sales and marketing. "We are pleased to be able to resume its publication as a fresh, new magazine that maintains the spirit of the original and yet reflects investments and refinements mirroring those we have added on board The Yachts of Seabourn."

Lavishly-illustrated feature articles in the first issue include an homage to Italy's Amalfi Coast by Steve Blount; an appreciation of the family-owned Fuente cigarmakers in the Dominican Republic by James Y. Bartlett; a mouthwatering survey of Andalusia's taste-tempting tapas by George Semler and an article about renowned chef Charlie Palmer's inspired cuisine by Rich Rubin. 

Departments include: 

· Two Bottles - tasting an Italian Chianti Classico and its California-bred cousin
· Port Sides - exploring the "fragrant harbor" of Hong Kong
· Finer Things - extolling fine fountain pens
· Shop On Board - cataloguing luxury goods available on board
· Seabourn Soundings - comprising news and tidbits from The Yachts of Seabourn, including staff profiles, shore excursions, itinerary news and photos of Seabourn guests enjoying destinations around the world.
· Departing Now - featuring a full-page photograph of one of Seabourn's picturesque destinations.

The Club Herald will be published three times a year, and is available exclusively to Seabourn Club members. Guests who sail aboard The Yachts of Seabourn, Seabourn Pride, Spirit or Legend, are automatically enrolled into the Seabourn Club after their first cruise. Aside from the Club Herald, members receive benefits both at sea and ashore, including Signature Value Sailings savings of up to 50 percent off selected cruises; invitation to exclusive events on each cruise and a free cruise of up to 14 days after sailing just 140 days. They also enjoy an exclusive email contact point at the Club Desk from Seabourn's website at For more information, contact your travel agent or Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391.

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Expanded Services, Full-Cruise Programs Target Spa Vacationers

MIAMI, April 15, 2002 - Starting in mid-May, The Yachts of Seabourn will be offering their pampered guests a new level of indulgence with the introduction of The Spa at Seabourn, a newly enhanced menu of treatments and services aboard the recently refurbished all-suite ships. For travelers who frequently vacation at land-based resort spas, the ultra luxury line is providing programmed "Ceremonies," which are combinations of treatments to be enjoyed throughout the time the guests are on board, similar to what they might experience at a spa ashore. Additionally, guests will be encouraged to participate in various spa and fitness programs by means of promotional discounts, free treatments for frequent customers and inspirational nightly pillow messages in their suites.

 "We know that when our guests feel better, they enjoy themselves more," said Richard Meadows, Seabourn's senior vice president of sales and marketing. "The Spa At Seabourn and our new Ceremonies will encourage them to take fuller advantage of the professional staff and the variety of services we have on board, to help them feel more relaxed, rejuvenated and to have a more fulfilling experience."

Among the new spa treatments added to the extensive onboard menu are:

· Elemis Aroma Stone Therapy, utilizing volcanic basalt stones warmed, treated with essential oils and placed on the body's key energy points
· Frangipani Conditioning Hair and Scalp Ritual using Tahitian floral essence to revive and polish the hair and skin

In addition, new complimentary fitness classes include a Pathway to Yoga, Mat Pilates instruction and a vigorous Cardio Ki Bo Circuit Training. Personal training consultations, one-on-one Pilates training and body composition analysis are also available by appointment. Each ship's newly refurbished gymnasium includes the latest state-of-the-art fitness equipment in a sea-view facility.

The Spa at Seabourn presents three Ceremonies for spa enthusiasts who wish to sign up for a balanced package of services to be enjoyed throughout their stay on board. These may be purchased and scheduled at the Spa desk once guests are on board.

The Ceremony of Tranquility is a well-balanced blend of five rituals including massage for muscles, Aroma Stone Therapy for spirit and skin nourishing masks for body and face, all polished off with a professional manicure.

The Ceremony of Exotics renews inner glow from head to toe, utilizing the Aroma Stone Therapy with spicy Oriental scents on the body's key energy points, a Frangipani Conditioning Hair and Scalp ritual and soothing massage and finishing rituals on the feet.

The Exotic Voyage of Touch includes a Wellbeing Massage combining aromatherapy and Eastern techniques in a series of movements to balance body and mind. Imperfections fade with an LT Oxygen Lifting Facial and suppleness is restored with an hour-long Exotic Hand Ritual.

All spa and beauty services are described in a handsome new menu placed in every Seabourn suite. In addition, spa services may be purchased with onboard credits given as gift certificates by guests' family, friends or travel agent. After guests purchase any four treatments, they receive a complimentary Wellbeing Massage.  Motivational pillow cards placed in the guest suite each night offer discounts on selected treatments and suggestions for activities and rituals being offered in the Spa and Gymnasium.

The Spa at Seabourn is another in a continuing series of refinements being introduced aboard the award-winning Yachts of Seabourn.  Elements already introduced include complimentary fine wines and spirits throughout every cruise; free mini-massages on deck; complimentary Exclusively Seabourn shoreside experiences on every cruise;  Movies Under the Stars on deck; exciting new dinner menus created by renowned chef Charlie Palmer and Seabourn's Pure Pampering featuring fine wellbeing products and a selection of therapeutic bathing experiences by Molton Brown, London.

The yachts of Seabourn provide the ultimate in small-ship, ultra-luxury cruise vacations to the most desirable destinations on earth. The Seabourn fleet includes Seabourn Pride, Spirit and Legend. Seabourn Cruise Line: 1-800-929-9391  Website:

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World of ResidenSea to be christened May 17

MIAMI - The World of ResidenSea has a new christening ceremony date and location: Venice, Italy, on May 17.

Christening ceremonies for the condo-at-sea originally were scheduled to take place this month in New York; however, those plans were scuttled due to a shipyard delay.

Anne Weedon, one of the first to buy a cabin on board the ResidenSea, will wield the champagne bottle.

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Princess successfully negotiates for R3 and R4 in Tahiti

Tahitipresse has reported that P&O Princess president Phil Kleweno left
Papeete after successful negotiations with the government of French Polynesia over substantial tax concessions to take over R3 and R4.

According to Tahitipresse, the two ships that have been laid up in Papeete
since last September 26th, following the collapse of Renaissance Cruises,
will operate under the Princess flag beginning as early as October 1st. One of the liners will continue to operate year-round Tahiti cruises, while the other will spend extended seasons in New Caledonian waters.

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Five-Year Agreement Has Rhapsody of The Seas Returning to Galveston
Ceremony to Mark First Sailing This Sunday

MIAMI, April 12 - Royal Caribbean Intl and the Port of Galveston have signed a five-year agreement to sail from the Texas seaport. The first of these sailings will be this Sunday when Rhapsody of the Seas returns to Galveston, where it will be based for the extended future, to sail Caribbean cruises from the Lone Star State.

Rhapsody of the Seas was the first Royal Caribbean ship to sail regularly from Galveston, between October and December 2001. Those sailings were so successful that Royal Caribbean and the Port of Galveston pursued the five-year agreement, enabling the ship's return for ongoing sailings.

"We are very happy to be returning to Galveston," said Jack Williams, president and chief operating officer of Royal Caribbean International. "Rhapsody of the Seas is the newest and most beautiful large ship sailing from Texas, and we truly appreciate the warm Texas welcome we have received. We look forward to five years of successful sailings from Galveston."

Rhapsody of the Seas will depart Galveston on Sundays for seven-night Western Caribbean sailings, with port calls in Key West, Florida; Georgetown, Cayman Islands; and Cozumel, Mexico. The Key West port calls include late- night departures that allow guests extra time to enjoy the Key West nightlife. Fares start as low as $599 per person, double occupancy.

"We are very pleased with Royal Caribbean's decision to homeport a ship at The Texas Cruise Ship Terminal on Galveston Island," said Steven Cernak, acting port director of the Port of Galveston. "It is becoming more and more apparent that Galveston Island is one of the most popular new homeports for cruise lines. Galveston has a lot to offer passengers whether they are sailing for the first time or are seasoned travelers."

Sunday's sailing will be commemorated in a 2 p.m. ceremony at the Port of Galveston's Pier 23. The ceremony, involving local dignitaries, will include:

* The unveiling of a 4-foot by 6-foot picture of Rhapsody of the Seas, to be hung in the lobby of the port's cruise ship terminal.

* The presentation to the ship's Captain of a U.S. flag flown over the Texas State Capital on October 28, 2001, the date of the ship's first sailing from Galveston.

* A ribbon-cutting with the Galveston Chamber of Commerce.

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

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1,000 volunteers fan out to provide unparalleled day of corporate community service

MIAMI, April 12, 2002 - Over 1,000 Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises employees, family members and friends will be repainting, replanting and refurbishing tomorrow in communities from Miami to Wichita in the largest annual community service event held by a single Florida company.

For the fifth consecutive year, the volunteers will spend a day donating their time and energy to one of 16 non-profit organizations, in 17 locations.  Their efforts are part of the company's annual G.I.V.E. corporate volunteer day. G.I.V.E. stands for "Get Involved Volunteer Everywhere" and is part of the global cruise company's outreach efforts in areas where they operate.

The employees will spend their Saturday assisting non-profit organizations that focus on helping children and families in need, improving education, and enhancing our environment. Their activities will be as diverse as:

* Refurbishing classrooms for developmentally challenged children and adults
* Sprucing up Miami Senior High School in preparation for its bicentennial
* Helping "green" Wichita
* Brightening up 26 blocks of the Miami Beach boardwalk
* Helping two YMCA's improve classrooms and play areas for children

"The events of this past year have underscored the need for unified community service with strong corporate support," said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. "I am pleased and gratified that 1,000 of our dedicated employees are responding to this call for action, and will make important and meaningful contributions to improve the quality of life for so many people."

The cruise company's employees were given the opportunity to perform their volunteer work for one of 16 non-profit organizations. Twelve of the agencies are in South Florida, and four are in Wichita, Kansas, where the company maintains a reservations center.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is a global cruise vacation company that operates Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Royal Celebrity Tours. Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises have a combined total of 22 ships in service and six under construction or on firm order. Royal Celebrity Tours operates land-tour vacations in Alaska and Canada utilizing the world's largest glass-domed railcars. Additional information can be found on and

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MIAMI (04/12/02) - Carnival Cruise Lines has expanded its "Skipper's Club" VIP check-in program to provide guests sailing in category 11 or 12 suite accommodations with expedited embarkation and special boarding privileges at all of the line's year-round U.S. homeports. Previously offered only in Miami and Port Canaveral, FL, "Skipper's Club" is now available in conjunction with "Fun Ship" departures from Los Angeles, Tampa, New Orleans, San Juan, and Galveston, as well as New York during the summer cruise season. 

"Carnival is continually looking for ways to streamline the embarkation process and we're delighted to expand our 'Skipper's Club' program to provide guests in deluxe accommodations with this convenient, value-added amenity," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. Guests berthed in category 11 or 12 accommodations are automatically enrolled in "Skipper's Club" and need simply ask a Carnival representative upon arrival at the cruise terminal to take advantage of this program. 

For additional information on "Skipper's Club" or to make a "Fun Ship" cruise reservation, contact any travel agent or call 1-800-CARNIVAL. Carnival information and reservations are also available on-line at

Celebrating "30 Years of Fun" in 2002, Carnival is the largest and most popular cruise line in the world with 16 "Fun Ships" operating voyages ranging from two to 17 days in length to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, the Panama Canal, New England, Canada, Bermuda and Europe. The line currently has five new ships with an estimated value of $2.2 billion scheduled for delivery between now and 2004.

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Windstar Offers Free & Low-cost Airfare Nationwide This May & June

Seattle, WA, April 11, 2002 - Windstar Cruises announces free airfare from ten North American cities on all seven May and June cruise departures aboard the 148-passenger Wind Song in Tahiti.

"You can't get better than free!" stated Tom Russell, vice president of marketing and sales for Windstar Cruises. "Our competitive air deals and cruise pricing make this dream vacation as affordable as it's ever been. "Wind Song in Tahiti offers the consummate romantic getaway.  The ship is small and intimate and the pristine beauty of the islands is unspoiled by crowds," added Russell.

Seven hours from Los Angeles by plane, flight schedules allow cruisers to maximize their vacation time in Tahiti. Windstar partners with Los Angeles-based Air Tahiti Nui, the pre-eminent airline of Tahiti, offering convenient and comfortable non-stop service aboard their state-of-the-art Airbus 340-200 series aircraft. 

Free roundtrip airfare, a post-cruise hotel dayroom and all necessary transfers are included in the cruise price listed below for all bookings originating from the following cities: Los Angeles, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Portland, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tucson, and Vancouver, B.C. 

$199 - $299 AIRFARE FROM 26 CITIES
The upscale line is also offering roundtrip airfare to Tahiti for either $199 or $299 from 26 other North American cities.  The low-cost air rates include a post-cruise hotel dayroom and all necessary transfers and can be added on to the May/June cruise rates listed below. For $199 consumers can fly from these 15 cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, New York, Orlando, Salt Lake City, and Tampa. Airfare is just US$299 [Cdn$433] from the following 11 cities: Detroit, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Washington D.C., Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, and Toronto. 

DISCOUNTED CRUISE RATES Seven-day cruise rates for the May 24 and 31, 2002 cruise start at US$2,695 [Cdn$3,906]. On June 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2002 the seven-day cruise rate starts at US$2,795 [Cdn$4,051]. Prices start at US$3,895 [Cdn$5,645] for the 10-day Tahiti Maeva (welcome) cruise on May 14, 2002. 

Discounted rates save consumers up to 38 percent off the brochure fare of US$4,195 [Cdn$6,080]. Prices listed are per person, double-occupancy and include port charges and taxes. An optional trip cancellation protection program provides cash back when you cancel for any reason prior to 24-hours before departure. 

The company promises a week of enriching and diverse activities in this dream destination. On Wind Song's seven-day cruise the ship stays  overnight at four of the five islands, including Raiatea, Bora Bora, Moorea, and Tahiti. The cruise also calls at Huahine and cruises by Tahaa. A sampling of optional shore excursion tours include a Nature Safari by Land Rover, Shark's Breakfast Outrigger Adventure, Deep Sea Fishing, Dolphin & Whale Watching Expedition, and Motu Beach Picnic & Ray Feeding Tour. Free water-sports are a favorite Windstar feature. Wind Song's aft "pop-down" marina offers complimentary snorkel gear, water-skis, wind-surfers, kayaks, sailboats, and the not-to-be-missed "banana boat rides." Scuba diving is available to both novice and expert divers for an additional fee. During the Raiatea island call, the "Children of Raiatea" and traditional "Tahitian Drum Troupe" perform onboard - singing, dancing and teaching guests about their rich culture. The "Mamas of Raiatea" sell local handicrafts onboard such as hand-dyed pareos, palm leaf crowns and gorgeous, fragrant leis. Also, Bill Kolans, a noted anthropologist discusses the mystical origins and religions of the Polynesian people. While visiting Moorea, a local dance group entertains cruise guests with the show "Hirinaki" performing lovely traditional dances with several costume changes. Dr. Michael Poole, world-renowned marine mammal expert lectures on the fascinating underwater world that he has researched for over two decades. Dr. Poole relates his experience documenting dolphins, whales, and sharks for many prestigious research facilities as well as for the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, BBC, Audubon Society, Nightline and Good Morning America - among others. 

Windstar Cruises' new and returning clients describe the Windstar adventure as a luxury cruise vacation with a laid-back attitude. The company prides itself on its casual elegance, providing each guest a sophisticated yet relaxing experience with all ocean-view staterooms. The cuisine is carefully matched to an extensive connoisseur's wine list. Exciting ports of call within an unsurpassed and sophisticated setting, open dining, free water-sports, resort-style dress, and pampering service round out the Windstar cruise experience. To request a copy of the "Tahiti and Her Islands" brochure please call 1-87-STAR-SAIL (1-877-827-7245.)  For reservations contact a travel agent or call Windstar at 1-800-258-SAIL (1-800-258-7245.)  Visit Windstar Cruises online at

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Special Business Class Air Upgrades, coupled with the flexibility of an unmatched Reassurance Program, has Silversea's summer 2002 sailings filling up fast!

Silver Cloud - Cutty Sark Tall Ships' Races

Silver Cloud will offer guests a chance to experience the excitement of the Cutty Sark Tall Ships' Races in July 2002

Fort Lauderdale, FL (April 11, 2002) - The incredible response to Silversea's extended summer season in Europe and the Mediterranean has the ultra-luxury line advising guests and travel agents alike... better book now as sailings are filling up fast and many voyages are sold-out! Stretching from April through October, Silversea's Europe and Mediterranean summer season features more than 50 different cruises, ranging from 5 to 14 days. A variety of voyage lengths including 5, 6,7, 8,9, and 10-day sailings offer affluent professionals, enriching luxury vacations designed to fit today's tight travel schedules.

Business Class Air
For those air-sea guests wishing to upgrade to the comfort and convenience of Business Class Air, Silversea is offering special roundtrip transatlantic BCA upgrades on nearly 30 voyages to the Mediterranean and Europe this summer, ranging from complimentary to $1,395 per person. The comfort of Business Class adds ease to air travel with priority check-in and boarding, as well as an enhanced level of comfort and service that allows guests to begin their vacation in Silversea style from the moment they step on the plane.

The Reassurance Program - Travel with Peace of Mind
Silversea guests who book summer 2002 voyages or any voyages departing in 2002, have the option of purchasing the line's Reassurance Program, which provides travelers with the freedom to change their travel plans at the last minute for any reason without being penalized. Guests taking part in the Reassurance Program may choose to cancel their Silversea cruise for any reason 1 to 14 days prior to departure and receive a 100 percent Reassurance Cruise Credit on a future cruise valid for 12 months from the date of issue. The Reassurance Program is available for $250 per person when purchased with Silversea's GuestCare® optional travel insurance, or $500 per guest when purchased alone.

The Mediterranean

The sunny climes of the Mediterranean continue to be a favorite among Silversea guests, and in response the line is offering nearly 40 different Mediterranean itineraries aboard all three of its all-suite ships this summer. Already filling fast are voyages to the brightly colored ports and yachting retreats of the French and Italian Riviera and Spain's Costa del Sol. 

Intimate ships offer Silversea guests the chance for cultural immersion with cruises to the history-rich cities of Italy, France, Spain, Greece and Turkey, as well as the unique ports of the Dalmatian Coast, Black Sea, Madeira and Canary Islands, and Morocco. All-inclusive, air-sea fares for Silversea's Mediterranean voyages begin at $5,795 per person, for a seven-day sailing, double occupancy.

Silversea guests can choose to continue their in-depth exploration of the Mediterranean with optional pre- and post-cruise land programs ranging from two to five nights and including: the Palaces and Pousadas of Portugal, Istanbul's Turkish Delights, and Amazing Landscapes of Cappadocia featuring the ancient Turkish landscapes and 11th century carved rock churches of Central Anatolia. 

Northern Europe & the Baltic
Silver Cloud and Silver Shadow bring guests a private veranda view of Northern Europe and the Baltic this summer with more than a dozen sailings featuring the grandeur of St. Petersburg, Norway's majestic fjords, the British Isles, and the charming port cities of Sweden, Finland, Germany, Denmark, Holland and France. 

Cruises featuring two- and three-day calls in St. Petersburg, Russia, continue to be extremely popular, allowing guests to explore the czarist splendor of the city by day and return in the evening to the luxurious comfort and sumptuous cuisine aboard ship. All-inclusive, air-sea fares for Silversea's Northern Europe and Baltic cruises begin at $4,695 per person, for a five-day voyage, double occupancy.

In July, Silver Cloud will offer guests a chance to experience the excitement of the Cutty Sark Tall Ships' Races, when the ship meets up with the masted brigade during a two-day call in La Coruña, Spain. Guests will visit the ships in port, have a front row seat for the stunning Parade of Sail, and view a fireworks display celebrating the races sponsored by Cutty Sark Scots Whiskey since 1956. All-inclusive air-sea fares for this 14-day cruise from Dublin to Lisbon begin at $11,195 per person, double occupancy, and feature calls in Waterford, Cork, Amsterdam, Zeebrugge, Honfleur, St. Peter Port and St. Malo. 

Guests may choose to enrich their exploration of Europe with one of Silversea's pre- and post-cruise land programs. Guests embarking or disembarking in London can experience the beauty of a traditional country weekend in A Manor Home in the Cotswolds or the best of the country charm and city glamour with Towne & Country. Other programs include Journey to an Emerald Isle featuring the castles and villages of Ireland, and Three Faces of Germany, a showcase of Berlin, Potsdam, and Dresden. 

The Silversea Difference
The leader in elite luxury travel, Silversea's intimate vessels provide the most all-inclusive air/sea cruise vacations in the industry, featuring roundtrip air transportation, a deluxe pre-cruise hotel stay and all transfers and porterage. Aboard the vessels, Silversea's all-inclusive policy makes guests feel "at home" by conveniently including all wine, spirits and champagne, all gratuities, all port charges and a special shoreside event on select voyages. For Reservations, please contact your travel professional. For a complimentary brochure please call (800) 774-9996. View worldwide itineraries, take a virtual tour, and plan your cruise online at

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Line's Newest Wilderness Property to Feature Authentic Alaskan Cuisine

The culinary team at Princess' new Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge will be creating a symphony of Alaskan flavors for cruisetour guests this summer, beginning with the property's opening in May. Featuring Signature Alaskan Cuisine dishes such as Buffalo London Broil, Reindeer Osso Bucco, and the area's famed Copper River Red Salmon, the Copper River menu offers a wide variety of unique local specialties. The flavorful fare can be found all day long, with Elk Burgers and Grilled Buffalo Salad at lunch or Crab Benedict Florentine at breakfast. Soups, such as Alaskan Clam Chowder, and appetizers, such as Alaskan Crab Cakes, also tempt the taste buds.

"Our Signature Alaskan Cuisine is one of the many features that add to the authentic wilderness experience found at our Copper River lodge," said Dean Brown, Princess' executive vice president of customer service & sales and CEO/Chairman of Princess Tours. "The new property is not only the setting for an unusual, ‘off-the-beaten-track' adventure, but it also captures the true atmosphere of Alaska in elements found throughout the facility, including the main dining room."

The lodge's 120-seat Two Rivers Restaurant will feature diverse menu options throughout the day, including many choices more familiar in the ‘lower 48,' such as Filet Mignon, Grilled Chicken, Rack of Lamb, and Barbequed Garlic Shrimp. A selection of salads and other healthy fare is also available.

Food and Beverage Manager Jim Schmidt and Chef Mark Segobiano, a chef instructor at Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, SC, will lead a staff of 30. In addition, they will oversee the lodge's culinary intern and co-op programs, which have been established in partnership with Johnson & Wales and will bring a number of talented students to the lodge's kitchen.

Princess' fifth custom-built Alaska property, the 85-room Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge, is located just outside of the nation's largest national park, Wrangell-St. Elias, on more than 200 acres in the Glennallan and Copper River area of south central Alaska. The lodge opens May 16 and is featured on 11 of Princess' Alaska cruisetour packages.

In keeping with its dramatic location, the property has been designed to combine the special architectural elements of historic national park lodges with old Alaskan mining buildings to create a unique environment for its visitors. Public areas include a signature two-story "Great Room" featuring a stone fireplace, 25-foot ceilings and stunning views of the awe-inspiring Mt. Wrangell, Mt. Drum and Mt. Blackburn. 

Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge joins the company's other riverside lodges: Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge, Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge and Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge. Each property is set in a scenic riverside location and offers premier accommodations plus a wide range of local area tour options.

Wilderness lodge stays are a primary component of Princess' unique cruisetour experience, which combines a Gulf of Alaska cruise with a land tour segment of three to ten days. This year passengers can choose from 56 cruisetour options for a complete land/sea vacation. For more information about Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge, or any Princess cruisetour, contact your travel professional.

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Carnival Corp: UK and European Merger Review - Click for Details

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P&O Princess Cruises announces the launch of Ocean Village, a new contemporary brand for the UK, and revised ship deployments

P&O Princess Cruises today announced the launch of a new brand in the UK cruising industry and revised ship deployments which will accelerate the Group's development in the fast growing cruise segment of the UK holiday market, offer more choice to customers and enhance the position of its Princess Cruises fleet in North America.

  • Ocean Village, a new contemporary UK brand to be launched in May 2003

  • Transfer of Sea Princess to the UK fleet from the North American fleet in Spring 2003

  • Fourth Grand class vessel, currently under construction, to be introduced to North American fleet in Spring 2004

Ocean Village
The number of cruise passengers from the UK has more than doubled since 1995, but cruises still represent a small proportion of all UK holidays. Recognising the great potential for growth in cruising within the UK, P&O Princess is creating a new brand, Ocean Village, which will target a young and active customer base, further expanding the appeal of cruising within the UK.

Initially, Ocean Village will have one ship, providing a dedicated fly-cruise product for the UK from May 2003. The ship, currently called Arcadia and part of the P&O Cruises UK fleet, will have 1,620 lower berths, eight bars, an internet cafe and a bistro endorsed by the TV chef, James Martin. She will provide a cruise experience designed for British passengers, with a relaxed contemporary atmosphere and an emphasis on informality, health and well-being. The initial summer season itineraries will offer one and two-week Mediterranean cruises, together with cruise and stay holidays, based on two alternating seven night itineraries out of Palma, Majorca.

Ship deployments
The 2,010 lower berth Sea Princess will be transferred to the P&O Cruises brand in the UK from Spring 2003. Currently part of the Princess fleet in North America, Sea Princess will be refitted to cater to British tastes and renamed Adonia. Her first season will be providing European cruises from Southampton. Together with the introduction of Oceana (currently Ocean Princess) and the withdrawal of Victoria in November 2002, these changes will give the P&O Cruises brand a fleet of four modern ships. By mid 2003, the P&O Cruises fleet will have a weighted average age of under five years and will have an average ship size of over 1,900 berths. Approximately 35% of the cabins in the fleet will have balconies.

P&O Princess also announced that the 3,100 lower berth ship currently under construction in Fincantieri and scheduled for delivery in Spring 2004, will now be delivered to the Princess fleet in North America rather than the P&O Cruises UK fleet. This ship, to be named Crown Princess, has the same basic design as the highly successful Grand Princess series with changes to the public rooms and an extra deck added to provide additional capacity. Coupled with the transfer of Sea Princess to the UK, this change moves some of Princess' capacity growth from 2003 to 2004 and represents a further modernisation of the Princess fleet. Based on current plans, by the middle of 2004 the Princess fleet will have a weighted average age of under four years and will have an average ship size of approximately 2,300 lower berths. Approximately 55% of the cabins in the fleet will have balconies.

Peter Ratcliffe, Chief Executive Officer, P&O Princess Cruises stated, "Our existing strong global reach and modern fleet gives us the flexibility to deploy our fleet strategically. The ship deployments we have announced today will enable us to accelerate our growth in the fast growing cruise segment of the UK holiday market, further modernise our fleet within North America and provide greater choice to our customers." 

P&O Princess 
P&O Princess Cruises plc is a leading international cruise company with some of the strongest cruising brand names: Princess Cruises in North America; P&O Cruises, Swan Hellenic and Ocean Village in the UK; AIDA and A'ROSA in Germany; and P&O Cruises in Australia. It is a leading provider of cruises to Alaska, the Caribbean, Europe, the Panama Canal and other Exotic destinations. The current complement of 18 ships offering 29,460 berths is set to grow in the next three years with seven new ocean cruise ships and three river cruise vessels on order.

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Seattle, WA, April 11, 2002 - Holland America Line has entered into a contract with Fidelio Cruise Inc. to supply the Fidelio Cruise Ship Management System and Micros POS, a state-of-the-art, fully integrated on-board management system, on board the premium line's newest ships, beginning with the 1,848-passenger ms Zuiderdam. 

"As we expand our fleet and enhance our on-board operations, we are confident that the Fidelio Cruise program will help us provide more efficient customer service and account management, and allow us to interface more expediently between the head office, shipboard management and passengers," said Stein Kruse, senior vice president of fleet operations, Holland America Line. 

Tony Heuer, President of Fidelio Cruise Group stated, "Fidelio Cruise is delighted to have been given the opportunity to work with such a major player in the cruise industry. We view this new liaison as a major opportunity to further develop the existing product incorporating the latest technologies available and to deliver a wide ranging package of products to all departments within the Holland America Line fleet operation." He added, "We fully support Holland America Line in pursuing the direction of offering the finest in customer service using the most modern IT systems on the market. We look forward to a long and strong partnership with Holland American Line as the delivery of such a business critical application requires more than a standard business relationship."

Holland America will install several modules to enhance passenger handling and service on board. These include Gangway Security, Enhanced Shore Excursions, Remote Check-In (for hotel check-ins for passengers on pre-cruise packages, an important element of the Holland America Line cruise product package), Hotel Maintenance, Marketing and Promotions, SilverWhere Dining Reservations and Passenger Survey Analysis. These modules will allow Holland America Line to track all activities on board, gathering valuable client data while offering the highest levels of service to their discerning clientele.  

The ms Zuiderdam, the first in a series of new 84,000-ton Vista class cruise ships, due to sail its maiden voyage on December 14, 2002, will be the first Holland America Line ship to install the renowned Fidelio Cruise integrated one database Ship's Property Management System V7. Holland America plans to install Fidelio Cruise on all Vista Class ships as well as convert the entire fleet following the Zuiderdam installation. Installation dates for the fleet are to be determined shortly. 

About Fidelio Cruise - Formed in 1995 and headquartered in Hamburg, with a key operations office in Fort Lauderdale Florida, Fidelio Cruise today is a global company and currently supports 100 vessels representing 35 cruise lines worldwide. Building on stable foundation provided by majority shareholder, Micros Fidelio Software GmbH & Co KG , Fidelio Cruise offers solutions that address operational, regulatory, legal and sales and marketing challenges faced by cruise ship owners operating in today's highly competitive cruise industry. Information on Fidelio Cruise Group is available at 

About Holland America Line - Holland America Line has 10 luxury ships sailing to more than 280 ports of call and scenic cruising destinations on all seven continents, including Antarctica. In 2002, Holland America Line will offer 360 sailings within a half-day's drive of 40 percent of North American households and departing from 15 North American home ports. Holland America Line is the highest-rated premium cruise line in the world in the 2001 "Travel & Leisure" magazine "World's Best" Awards and one of the world's three highest rated large-ship cruise lines in the 2001 "Conde Nast Traveler" Readers' Choice Awards. The company also has won its 10th consecutive "Best Overall Cruise Value" award from the World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society (WOCLS). For more information, consult a professional travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit

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Crystal Cruises Sets Sale for Europe; Luxury Line Offers Up to 59% Savings for Starting Fares of $284 Per Day

LOS ANGELES, April 11 - Crystal Cruises is introducing new "Europe Value" fares on eight sailings in Scandinavia, the Mediterranean, and Canary Islands from July through October 2002. With this new promotion reducing fares by up to 59% for under an unprecedented $300 per day, per person, double occupancy, the luxury line is making it more compelling than ever to experience Europe.

Starting fares of $3,495 for deluxe outside accommodations are available on seven 12-days cruises departing July 7, Aug. 13 and 25, Sept. 6, and Oct. 1, 13 and 25. Additionally, the luxury line is extending "Europe Value" fares starting at $5,995 for verandah staterooms on Crystal Symphony's Sept. 18 and Oct. 1 departures.

This joins a long list of reasons to visit Europe aboard Crystal Symphony in 2002:

* Sail now and save later with 2-for-1 "Crystal Dividends" savings on almost every 2003 Crystal cruise aboard Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony.

* Get pampered in the highest-rated mid-sized ship to cruise the region, according to Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler magazines.

* Relax in the ease and convenience of visiting up to seven countries, with as few as two flights, while staying in a single luxurious floating resort.

* Listen, learn and relish in Crystal's enrichment program including Sotheby's lecturers, Atlantic Monthly editors, world-renowned wine experts, guest chef Jacques Pepin, as well as noted guest chefs from The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd.

* Choose among more than 200 specially-created shore excursions to Europe's richest cultural, historic, and scenic areas to explore the region in comfort and Six-Star style.

* Take advantage of air add-on fares, escorted transfers, pre- and post-cruise land and hotel programs in renowned worldwide properties for a seamless luxury vacation experience.

"There's no question that even luxury travelers are seeking bargains this year, and that now, more than ever, travelers are booking cruises closer in. While we do have sold-out cruises in our 2002 Europe season, we created 'Europe Value' fares to stimulate demand for sailings through October where we have availability," says Adam Leavitt, senior vice president, marketing. "We recently experienced tremendous success with a limited tactical promotion on one date, so we decided to roll this out for more of the season."

While many operators in the cruise industry announced schedule and deployment changes for this summer, Crystal Cruises' Europe itineraries remain unchanged except for a handful of port calls in the fall. She will sail 12 different itineraries in Scandinavia/Russia, the North Sea, Mediterranean and the Canary Islands, calling in 45 of Europe's most historic, cultural and scenic destinations.

"Europe Value" fares are available on the following cruises:

Scandinavia & Russia
Crystal Symphony's July 7 sailing visits seven countries, departing London for Stockholm (overnight stay) with calls in Amsterdam, Kristiansand, Copenhagen, Helsingborg, and features two full days in St. Petersburg.

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

Canary Islands
Crystal Symphony's last cruise of the season, before crossing the Atlantic, is a 12-day Canary Islands itinerary from Barcelona to Lisbon on Oct. 25, with calls in Malaga and Cadiz (for Seville), Spain; Gibraltar; Las Palmas; Tenerife and Madeira, Portugal.

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

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

"Europe Value" cruise fares start at $3,495 per person, double occupancy for 12- to 13-day cruises. The Crystal Dividends certificates are applicable to every stateroom category aboard Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony, except the Crystal Penthouse, and are not redeemable for Crystal Symphony's 2003 World Cruise, or Christmas/New Year's holiday voyages on either ship.

The 50,000-ton, 940-guest Crystal Symphony is one of the most spacious and luxurious sailing vessels in the world. Its unique size in the luxury market allows for smooth sailing and a wide range of innovative facilities, generous amenities and elegant accommodations. In addition to a full-service fitness center and lavish spa, the Six-Star rated line features grand lounges, 24-hour Internet and e-mail access with Computer University@Sea, the only Caesars Palace at Sea casino, expansive decks, two pools, award-winning cuisine and entertainment and exquisitely appointed staterooms, more than half of which offer private verandahs.

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

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MIAMI (04/11/02) - For the inaugural 2002 season of the new 2,124-passenger Carnival Legend, Carnival Cruise Lines has assembled a diverse schedule that includes the line's first-ever sailings from Europe and its first cruises to Bermuda in three years.

Also included in the 88,500-ton SuperLiner's inaugural season are 11-day New England/Canada "fall foliage" sailings from New York and eight-day "exotic" Caribbean voyages from Miami. 

"Carnival Legend's inaugural season encompasses a variety of attractive itineraries from five different U.S. and European homeports, providing consumers myriad opportunities to experience all that this spectacular new 'Fun Ship' has to offer," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. 

The Carnival Legend's 2002 season includes:
Europe/Transatlantic from Harwich (London) - Carnival Legend will inaugurate "Fun Ship" cruising from Europe with a 12-day Northern European voyage round-trip from Harwich (near London) Aug. 24 - Sept. 5. The voyage will feature six historic European ports: Copenhagen, Denmark; Warnemünde, Germany; Helsinki, Finland; St. Petersburg, Russia; Tallinn, Estonia; and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.  

Following the 12-day voyage, Carnival Legend will sail on Carnival's first transatlantic crossing, a 15-day voyage departing Harwich Sept. 5 and arriving New York Sept. 20. Ports include Le Havre, France; Cobh (Cork), Ireland; Greenock, Scotland; Reykjavik, Iceland; and St. John's, Newfoundland. 

Canada/New England from New York - Carnival Legend will operate two 11-day Canada/New England "fall foliage" sailings from New York departing Sept. 22 and Oct. 6. On these voyages, the ship will visit Boston; Portland or Bar Harbor, Maine; Quebec City, Quebec; and Sydney and Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Prior to and following these sailings, the ship will operate a three-day cruise-to-nowhere Oct. 3 and a pair of two-day cruises-to-nowhere Oct. 17 and 19, all round-trip from New York.  

Bermuda from Philadelphia and Baltimore  - Carnival Legend will operate two six-day sailings to Bermuda; one departing Philadelphia Oct. 23 and another from Baltimore Oct. 30. On these special one-time voyages, Carnival Legend will spend three days docked at historic King's Wharf, offering guests ample time to explore the island's magnificent beaches and myriad sightseeing, shopping and golf opportunities. 

'Exotic' Caribbean from Miami - Beginning Nov. 10, Carnival Legend will operate year-round eight-day "exotic" southern and western Caribbean cruises from Miami, featuring ports typically available only on longer length voyages. Eight-day southern Caribbean cruises will visit St. Maarten, Barbados and Martinique, while eight-day western Caribbean voyages will include stops at Belize City, Belize; Limon, Costa Rica; and Colon, Panama. Prior to the start-up of this program, Carnival Legend will sail on a two-day cruise-to-nowhere from Miami Nov. 8. 

Currently undergoing final outfitting at the Kvaerner Masa-Yards in Helsinki, the $375 million Carnival Legend is the 17th vessel in Carnival's "Fun Ship" fleet and will offer guests a variety of modern, "resort-style" amenities and facilities. These include 16 "themed" bars, lounges and nightspots, with dramatic interiors inspired by famous legends and historical figures, as well as a 14,500-square-foot health and fitness facility, four swimming pools, a cascading water slide, Internet café, wedding chapel, and a children's play area, part of the line's top-rated "Camp Carnival" program. 

Dining options include a 1,250-seat formal dining room, a patisserie with specialty coffees and sweets, complimentary 24-hour room service, and an expansive two-level poolside restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner alternatives and 24-hour pizza and ice cream. Also featured is an intimate "steakhouse-style" supper club serving prime aged beef and other gourmet cuisine.

Of the ship's 1,062 staterooms, 80 percent feature an ocean view with  80 percent of those offering private balconies. Reservations are currently being accepted on all of the Carnival Legend's 2002 departures. For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL, or visit 

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MIAMI (04/11/02) - While the Carnival Legend's diverse 2002 cruise schedule will include scenic ports throughout Europe, Canada, New England, Bermuda and the Caribbean, the ship's comprehensive on-board golf program will provide golfers the opportunity to play some of  the regions' most beautiful and historic courses. The golf program, which is managed by Sunrise, Fla.-based Elite Golf Cruises, LLC, is available in conjunction with the Carnival Legend's various six- to 15-day sailings taking place throughout 2002.  

"The Carnival Legend's inaugural season encompasses historic ports that are not only home to many fascinating sites and landmarks but also to some of the world's top golf courses, which when combined with the ship's modern, 'resort-style' amenities, add up to the ultimate cruise/golf getaway," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president.

Courses featured on the Carnival Legend's 2002 schedule:

Fano Golf Club
(Denmark) - Established in 1901, Fano is Denmark's oldest course and regarded as one of Scandinavia's best. With its rolling hills and undulating dunes, Fano bears a striking resemblance to many of Scotland's classic courses and is just as challenging.

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

De Hoge Dijk of the Golf Club Olympus (The Netherlands) - This 18-hole Amsterdam beauty was carved out of the Dutch countryside by renowned course designer Joan Dudok van Heel. Built in 1995, this spectacular course offers beautiful scenery, unforgiving fairways, large, well-placed bunkers and many unforeseen challenges.

Golf d'Etretat
(France) - Recognized as one of France's best, this 94-year-old course was renovated in 1992 under the direction of French golf architect Didier Fruchet, who placed his unmistakable stamp on this historic course, with meandering fairways, strategically placed water hazards, lush foliage and a host of other interesting features.

Greenock Country Club (Scotland) - Known locally as the "big course," Greenock was redesigned in 1924 by James Braid, who made maximum use of Scotland's legendary rolling hills. Although a relatively short 5,850 yards in length, Greenock is by no means a pushover, with narrow, tree-lined fairways and tiny greens that leave little room for error.

Sable Oaks Golf Club
(New England) - Located in Portland, Maine, and nestled amidst a landscape of stately oaks, this stunning par-72 course is a New England favorite, with dense woods, well-placed water hazards and soft fairways leading to rolling, manicured greens.

Glen Arbour Country Club (Canada) - Designed by Canadian course architect Graham Cooke, this par-72 course features lush landscaping, rolling hills and bent grass tee boxes, fairways, and greens. Built around three lakes, water comes into play on almost every hole.

Club de Golf Royal Quebec (Canada) - Established in 1874, this historic course has been the site for several international competitions, including the Labatt Open and the Labatt International.  While relatively short in total yardage, this 6,347-yard course makes up for the distance with narrow fairways and hard-to-read greens.

Bell Bay Golf Club (Canada) - Located in the scenic village of Baddeck in Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island, this beautiful Thomas McBroom-designed course sits above the Bras d'or Lakes, North America's most beautiful inland sea providing spectacular vistas at every turn.  Myriad water hazards, deep rough and large pot bunkers make for an interesting day.

Admiral's Green at Pippy Park (Canada) - Located minutes from downtown St. John's, Newfoundland, Admiral's Green offers panoramic views of North America's oldest city. Compared to the legendary British courses, Admiral's Green has played host to the Canadian Junior Nationals, Canadian Pro Tour and Canadian Ladies Nationals, among others. 

Port Royal Golf Course
(Bermuda) - Meandering through some of Bermuda's most scenic terrain and designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones, Port Royal offers an unforgettable golfing experience. The par-3 16th hole with its breathtaking ocean views and well-placed bunkers is fast becoming the most famous hole in Bermuda.

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

Caye Chapel Golf Resort
(Belize) - This is one golf excursion guests won't want to miss. After leaving the ship, guests are transported via seaplane, the Island of Caye Chapel, home to this challenging 6,800-yard championship course which has received international acclaim for its creative, high quality design and spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea and Barrier Reef.

Barbados Golf Club (Barbados) - Known for its distinctive tropical flavor, this 6,805-yard "links-style" course served as the venue for the Barbados Open in November 2000 and has been officially sanctioned by the PGA European Tour to host a PGA Seniors event in 2002. Magnificent trees and coral waste bunkers add to the course's personality.

Mullet Bay Resort Golf Course (St. Maarten) - Although this par-70, 6,200-yard course looks easy on the scorecard, it plays longer than it appears.  With ocean breezes, rolling terrain and small greens, golfers are in for a challenging day. One of the finest examples of "island golf," Mullet Bay is an unforgettable experience for golfers at any level.

Country Club of Martinique (Martinique) - Encompassing 150 acres of majestic rolling hills, this Robert Trent Jones-designed course is a Caribbean favorite, with a creative lay-out and large, well-placed water hazards coming into play on just about every hole. Swirling tradewinds keep golfers cool while offering some unique and interesting challenges.

All-inclusive golf excursions include golf pro escort, priority tee times, round-trip transportation between ship and course, and cart and green fees. Golfers can also rent top-of-the-line Callaway clubs and Adidas golf shoes and purchase golfing accessories such as golf balls, gloves and apparel. 

Like other Carnival "Fun Ships," Carnival Legend also features a lighted shipboard "practice range," which protects golfers from the elements and allows for both day and nighttime lessons. Golf clinics and putting contests are also held during each voyage. Shipboard lessons are complemented by state-of-the-art "V1" teaching computers, which provide split-screen, side-by-side comparisons with top tour players and sophisticated video analysis. A take-home video re-cap is also available with 30- and 60-minute lessons, enabling golfers to continue their instruction even after returning home. (The V1 teaching software can also be purchased on board for use on guests' home computers.) 

Carnival Legend is scheduled to enter service Aug. 24 with a 12-day Northern European voyage round-trip from Harwich (near London) followed by a 15-day transatlantic crossing departing Harwich Sept. 5 and arriving New York Sept. 20. From New York, the ship will operate two- and three-day cruises-to-nowhere and 10- and 11-day Canada/New England sailings then sail on six-day Bermuda cruises from Baltimore and Philadelphia in October. Carnival Legend will then reposition to Miami to operate a two-day cruise-to-nowhere then launch year-round eight-day Caribbean sailings from that port Nov. 10. 

Course information is available by visiting, calling 1-800-324-1106 or faxing a request to 1-954-382-5398.  Guests can also stop by the shore excursion desk once on board. All-inclusive golf packages, which include professional golf escort, begin at $130 per person for 18 holes. Professional on-board lessons range in price from $25 for a "swing check" to $80 for a complete one-hour video analysis with a private instructor. For additional Carnival information, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit

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MIAMI, April 8, 2002 - On Tuesday, April 2nd the crew of Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Star initiated a late night rescue operation that resulted in saving 11 crewmembers of the INSIKO, an Indonesian fishing supply ship adrift 220 nautical miles southwest of Hawaii. The ship was left disabled and without power or any means of communication after experiencing an engine fire on March 13th.

Of the 12 people onboard INSIKO; there were 11 survivors and one deceased, a crewmember killed during the engine fire. One of the survivors experienced serious burns and Norwegian Star transported the burned crewmember to a location where the U.S. Coast Guard could airlift him to a local hospital in Hawaii. The other crewmembers were treated by the ship's onboard doctor and transferred to a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter.

Since the rescue operation, there have been false accusations in the media by the Hawaiian Humane Society that the crew of Norwegian Star would not allow the INSIKO crew to bring a dog onboard and deliberately left the animal on the disabled ship.

At no time during the rescue operation or immediately after the rescue did INSIKO crewmembers inform the captain of Norwegian Star that a dog was onboard the cargo ship. In fact, the captain of INSIKO spent more than an hour with the NCL captain on the bridge of Norwegian Star and never mentioned the dog. Had the NCL captain been aware, the dog would have been safely transported onto Norwegian Star.

"We very much regret that the Hawaiian Humane Society has seen fit to impugn the reputation, motives and standards of Norwegian Cruise Line and the captain and crew of Norwegian Star, without any reference to the crew's efforts to save lives or any attempt to contact us," said Colin Veitch, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. "It is unfortunate that the heroism of the crew onboard Norwegian Star has been overshadowed by false allegations that we deliberately and maliciously left an animal behind. It is simply untrue.

"We are very sorry indeed that the dog has been lost. We are pleased to have been able to save 11 other lives."

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Windstar Offers 2-Night European Hotel Packages For Just $95

Seattle, WA, April 8, 2002 - Offering cruise guests a US$95 [CDN$138] two-night hotel package, Windstar has just upped the ante on its 7-day Mediterranean cruises in Europe this year. Windstar offers five-star hotel accommodations for the two-night pre- or post-cruise stay at the deluxe Istanbul Hilton, Athenaeum Inter-Continental Hotel in Athens, Barcelona Hilton, and Le Meridien Hotel in Nice. The line is offering guests an outstanding European vacation value by combining reduced rate hotel and complimentary transfers with excellent cruise discounts. 

Istanbul: Embark on an Aegean odyssey with two overnights at the Istanbul Hilton Hotel, one of the first luxury hotels in Turkey. This lavishly decorated historic hotel offers a glimpse of the old-world with services such as the Turkish haman or sponge bath, as well as all modern amenities. Guest rooms offer balconies with views of the Bosporus Straight, 13 acres of enchanting gardens, and/or the breathtaking Istanbul skyline. A selection of gourmet restaurants entices guests to try authentic Ottoman cuisine as well as many other international specialties. 

Athens: View the heart of the ancient world from the deluxe Athenaeum Inter-Continental Hotel in Athens, Greece. The centrally located hotel offers astounding views of the Acropolis and easy access to all of the city's top spots. The Inter-Continental offers superior rooms, and many additional services such as a fitness center, spa, beauty salon, restaurants, and boutique shops. 

Barcelona: The Hilton Barcelona boasts luxurious accommodations and a prime location. Just step out the door and find the best of Barcelona waiting to be discovered. Wander along the pedestrian-only shopping promenade of "Las Ramblas" on the way to the centuries-old cathedral in the Gothic Quarter. Marvel at nearby architectural masterpieces such as the Sagrada Familia by famed architect Antonio Gaudi. After a fun-filled day, the Barcelona Hilton offers a comfortable retreat with deluxe accommodations and refined service.

Nice: Stay at one of the premium hotels in Nice, capital of the Côte d'Azur, with overnight stays at Le Meridien Nice. Located along the Promenade des Anglais, the address of Le Meridien Nice is as prestigious as the services and amenities it offers. The hotel offers panoramic views of the Mediterranean, elegant restaurants, and beautiful grounds including a pool and plenty of chaise lounges to relax and sunbathe. The Chagall and Matisse Museums are just a short distance away for a dose of cultural exploration during this peaceful retreat.

The $95 Europe hotel package is valid on 35 of Windstar's seven-day Greek Isles' cruises aboard either of Windstar's intimate 148-passenger sailing yachts, the Wind Spirit or Wind Star. Applicable sail dates include May 11, June 1 to July 6, and September 7 to October 26, 2002 on Wind Spirit, and May 18 to October 19, 2002 on Wind Star.

Guests on the seven-day cruise between Athens, Greece and Istanbul, Turkey visit the fabled islands of Kusadasi and Bodrum, Turkey; Rhodes, Santorini, and Mykonos, Greece. Prices on Windstar's Greek Isles' cruises feature early booking savings starting at US$2,695 [CDN$4,022] per person, double occupancy (pp/do), including port charges and taxes.  This represents savings of 48% off the brochure rate of US$5,020 [CDN$7,275].  

The $95 Europe hotel package is also valid on four 7-day Western Mediterranean sailings on Wind Spirit and the 308-passenger Wind Surf.  Sail dates include July 27, 2002 on the Wind Spirit and June 23, September 1, and November 10, 2002 aboard the Wind Surf. Sail between Barcelona, Spain and Nice, France visiting the picturesque ports of Mahon, Spain; Port Vendres, Marseille, Sanary sur Mer, Porquerolles, and Cannes, France en route.  Select Western Mediterranean sailings offer early booking discounts starting at US$1,995 [CDN$2,891] pp/do, including port charges and taxes.  ABOUT WINDSTAR Seattle-based Windstar Cruises operates four sailing yachts, the 308-passenger Wind Surf, and 148-passenger Wind Star, Wind Song and Wind Spirit.

Windstar's unique cruise vacations are a mix of casual luxury and small-ship intimacy. The fleet sails worldwide to over 40 countries with regularly scheduled cruises to Tahiti, New Zealand, the Mediterranean, the Greek Isles, the Caribbean, the Bahamas and Florida Keys, Central America, Panama Canal and Trans-Atlantic, and now the Baltic. For reservations contact a travel agent or call Windstar at 1-800-258-SAIL (1-800-258-7245.)  To request a brochure call 1-87-STAR-SAIL (1-877-827-7245.)  Visit Windstar Cruises online at

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Seattle, April 8, 2002 - Questions about Alaska? What to wear on a summer trip? What to see? What are prices like compared to the lower 48? Holland America Line-Westours' Alaska Expert Help Line can provide the answers for anybody who has a question. 

"People want to know when they can see whales and other wildlife," says Paul Allen, vice president of Alaska Cruises and Tours. "The best times for fishing - that's a big one. They ask about the temperature and have a lot of questions about packing." 

The Alaska Expert Help Line also gets many questions about distances in Alaska, and people are sometimes shocked by the answers. The Alaska Expert Help Line, which is available to all travel agents and consumers, can be reached at 1-800-553-2660. The line is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pacific time, Monday through Friday. Experts who staff the help line phones can answer the most common questions without hesitation, but if they are stumped they have stacks of reference books on Alaska history, geography, government, culture, tourism and other subjects at their fingertips. A sampling of top questions - and answers - follows.

Q.  When and where can I see whales and other wildlife? 
A. Year round, whales most often can be found in the southeast region near Skagway and Juneau, and in Glacier Bay. However, wildlife viewing usually is best in May and September, throughout Alaska. July and September are the best months to glimpse bears at Katmai National Park. Holland America cruises and cruisetours offer excursions specifically designed to optimize guests' opportunities to see wildlife.
Q. When and where is the best time to go fishing?
A. We recommend the Great Alaska Fish Camp, in the Kenai area, where visitors can fish for many different species. The most common are king salmon, with runs peaking in the second and third weeks of July, and halibut, which are most abundant during the first three weeks of June. In addition, fishing is available throughout Alaskan waters with open seasons varying from place to place.
Q. Is it cold, even in the summer?
A. In commonly traveled areas such as Southeast Alaska and the Inside Passage, the Gulf Coastline, Anchorage, Denali and Fairbanks the temperature typically is in the mid 40s in May and September, and up to the mid 60s June through August. And, Alaska can see temperatures rise to the 80s and 90s in the summer.  It's best to plan for all types of weather,though, since weather patterns and temperatures can change quickly.
Q. What should I pack? 
A. Dress for comfort. Because of the variable weather conditions, casual clothes that can be layered easily are highly recommended. Bring a jacket if traveling to glaciers or the Arctic, which can be cool and windy. Comfortable, sturdy walking shoes are a must.  Guests who are taking a cruise can pack a bag with appropriate dress for the formal nights on the ship and have the bag held for their return from a cruisetour if traveling inland.
Q. Where should I go in Alaska? 
A. That depends on what you want to see. Denali National Park, the interior and the Inside Passage are the most popular destinations. Holland America Line-Westours offers several enticing cruises and tours to all of these destinations. To see glaciers you'll want to visit southeast Alaska. For native Eskimo culture, the Arctic is the right choice. And to travel the gold rush trail you'll want to visit the Canada's Yukon (Alaska is the gateway), including Dawson City and on up to Fairbanks.
Q. How can I learn about Native American cultures? 
A. The Native Heritage Center in Anchorage has lots of information and, for a more in-depth look, take one of the Arctic tours that visit native Eskimo villages in Nome and Kotzebue. In addition, cruise lines such as Holland America bring in-depth knowledge and demonstrations of Native culture on board the cruise ships. On all Holland America cruises, an artist-in-residence from the Native Heritage Center provides talks and demonstrations and a Huna lecturer boards the ship in Glacier Bay to provide a unique perspective on the area and wildlife.
Q. Is it expensive to shop in Alaska? 
A. It depends on what you are shopping for. General merchandise that is commonly available in the lower 48 does cost more because Alaska is several thousand miles north for shipping goods. Locally produced items will vary depending upon their production costs. 
Q. How big is Alaska?
A. Alaska is by far the largest US state. It is 586,412 square miles, including 33,000 miles of coastline. Alaska is one-fifth the total size of the Lower 48 states; 488 times larger than Rhode Island; two and a half times larger than Texas; and bigger than the next three largest states in the U.S. combined. Alaska's population is 622,000 (August 2000). Nearly half of the state's residents live in Anchorage. Alaska has .93 square miles for each person in the state. By comparison, New York has .003 square miles per person.
Q. Where is Denali?
A. Denali is 238 miles North of Anchorage and 120 miles South of Fairbanks. Although Mt. McKinley, in Denali National Park, often is shrouded in clouds, it occasionally is visible from Anchorage.
Q. Where is the Yukon?
A. One third the size of Alaska with 33,000 residents and located next to Alaska, the Yukon Territory is in Canada and boasts some of the most beautiful nature in the North, including the peaks of Kluane National Park and the Yukon River.  It was, in fact, the discovery of gold in the Yukon that spurred a turn-of-the-century Gold Rush and transformed Alaska into a staging area for many a fortune seeker heading north.
Q. Can I take a bus from Seattle to Anchorage (or to anywhere in Alaska)? 
A. Although it might be possible to take a bus, it's not practical at all. It would take several days over some very rough roads. It is 2,435 miles (nearly the distance across the United States) from Seattle to Anchorage. Many Alaska cities, such as Juneau and Ketchikan, are accessible only by air or sea. We suggest going by air, on an Alaska cruise or by Alaska state ferry. Alaska is vast and traveling between cities often is an all-day trip.

Holland America is Alaska travel leader
As the leader in travel to Alaska, Holland America Line-Westours offers three ways to explore the 49th state. Six cruise ships depart on 115 cruises, including a seven-day roundtrip itinerary debuting from Seattle on the new 1,380-passenger flagship ms Amsterdam. In addition, Holland America offers 31 cruisetour options that cover Alaska and the Yukon, featuring Holland America premium cruises, plus an exciting land-based experience. Holland America Tours also offers 19 land-only tour options, including six new packages for 2002, as well as a selection of great Alaskan attractions. Holland America Line offers 360 sailings within a half-day's drive of 40 percent of North American households and departing from 15 North American home ports. For more information, consult a professional travel agent, call
1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit

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Luxury Line Confirms ABBA Mania To Headline October Sailing

LOS ANGELES, April 8, 2002 - Luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises has confirmed the English band "ABBA Mania" for the ultimate live tribute to the '70s Swedish supergroup during its "1970s popular music" theme cruise aboard Crystal Harmony on Oct. 8. Additional onboard programming includes the renowned woman of many hats, San Francisco-based entertainment reporter Jan Wahl, who will dish the decade's movies; a dj to spin disco and emcee dance competitions under a strobing disco ball; quizzes and trivia games to test guests' knowledge of the era's slang, toys, food, and clothes; and, of course, guests are encouraged to sport their favorite '70s garb to join in the unadulterated fun.

With its festive mood and laid-back attitude, the Mexican Riviera is a fitting backdrop for Crystal's light-hearted homage to the '70s. Known primarily for its voyages of 12 days or more, Crystal Cruises' eight-day Oct. 8 departure from San Francisco to Acapulco is the luxury line's shortest cruise of the year. Ports include a maiden visit to Monterey, as well as San Diego, Mazatlán, Puerto Vallarta, and Zihuatanejo.

Extravagant costumes and 16,000 watts of lighting will bring the pop sensation to life. ABBA Mania will perform two 50-minute shows during which the dead ringers for Benny, Bjorn, Agnetha and Frida will dazzle guests with dozens of their most popular songs, such as "Dancing Queen," "Take A Chance On Me," "Fernando," "Money, Money, Money," and, complementing the itinerary, "Hasta Mañana."

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

Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony are operated by Crystal Cruises, winner of the travel industry's most distinguished hospitality awards and guidebook ratings. For the sixth consecutive year, Crystal Cruises was named best large-ship line in the 2001 readers' surveys conducted by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines. Earlier this year, Crystal Harmony was named "The Best Cruise Ship in the World" for its size class in Condé Nast Traveler's first-ever survey of individual ships.

Crystal Cruises is booked exclusively through professional travel agents. For a complimentary 2003 Cruise Guide, please call 800.820.6663. Visit the luxury line's web site at

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MIAMI (04/08/02) - For the Carnival Spirit's 2002 Alaska season, Carnival Cruise Lines has added a number of new and exciting shore excursions, everything from Helicopter Flightseeing with Extended Glacier Trek in Juneau to expanded city/wilderness tours, golfing and fishing expeditions, and "Jeep adventure tours" in Skagway. The new tours are among the 90 different shore excursions offered in conjunction with seven-day Glacier Route and Glacier Bay cruises aboard the 88,500-ton Carnival Spirit this summer.

"Alaska is one of the world's most spectacular cruising destinations and these new tours provide guests with even more opportunities to get 'up close and personal' as they explore the vast beauty and wonder of the 'Last Frontier,'" said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president.

The Carnival Spirit's new 2002 shore excursion offerings include: 

Helicopter Flightseeing and Extended Glacier Trek (Juneau) - Following an exhilarating helicopter ride, guests spend four hours hiking the rugged glacial terrain, exploring cave-like ice seracs, visiting hidden glacier pools and streams, and descending pristine glacier walls, all accompanied by a professional mountain guide. Rain- and wind-proof outerwear such as mountaineering boots, harnesses, gloves, ice axe and helmet, are included in the cost of the tour.  Recommended only for the most physically fit.

Yukon Jeep Adventure (Skagway) - Guests travel the same route as the Gold Rush settlers of 1898 in fully equipped four-wheel-drive Jeep Wranglers, providing an opportunity to explore destinations that are definitely "off the beaten path." Utilizing an interactive radio system, the tour guide in the lead Jeep entertains guests with tales of the Gold Rush era and points out interesting facts about the passing scenery, which includes Dead Horse Gulch, Moore Bridge, Bracket Wagon Trail and the charming village of Carcross. Available to licensed drivers 25 years or older only.

Whitehorse, Yukon Adventure (Skagway) - This tour takes guests 115 miles north of Skagway through the magnificent St. Elias Coast Mountain Range and into the heart of the Yukon at Whitehorse, the region's capital where guests visit its historic downtown and tour the retired sternwheeler S.S. Klondike. The excursion also includes a trip via motorcoach over the spectacular White Pass and Klondike Highway and along the jewel-like string of lakes that form the headwaters of the 2,100-mile Yukon River, the fourth longest in North America.

Weeping Trout Resort (Skagway) - This seven-hour tour, named a top choice by Picked-by-You Guides, begins with a seaplane flight from Skagway to Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve followed by a guided tour through the expansive nature park, a boat ride across majestic Chilkat Lake, and trout fishing and/or golfing at the Weeping Trout Resort, where a light seafood lunch is served. Those who don't golf or fish can partake in canoeing or sea cycling in the resort's freshwater lake or take advantage of Weeping Trout's wide-ranging amenities.

Best of Skagway City Tour (Skagway) - During this six-and-a-half-hour tour, guests ride the antique parlor cars of the historic White Pass & Yukon Railroad then board deluxe motorcoaches for a scenic drive through Tormented Valley and Pitchfork Falls. Also included is a visit to Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp where guests pan for gold and enjoy a delicious lunch of freshly grilled Alaskan salmon. The tour ends with a champagne reception and tour of the famous Red Onion Saloon, a restored 1890s brothel.

The Carnival Spirit's 2002 Alaska season consists of 16 seven-day Glacier Route and three Glacier Bay voyages. Glacier Route cruises depart May 22 to Sept. 4, either northbound from Vancouver or southbound from Seward/Anchorage. Cruises in both directions feature Prince William Sound, College Fjord, Lynn Canal, Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and the Inside Passage. Southbound cruises also visit Valdez, Yakutat Bay and Hubbard Glacier while northbound cruises feature Sitka and Endicott Arm Fjord. Glacier Bay cruises will depart round-trip from Vancouver May 15, Sept. 11 and 18 and feature full days cruising Glacier Bay National Park and the Inside Passage, as well as visits to Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan. For additional information and reservations contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL, or visit

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Radisson Cancels Three Seven Seas Mariner Cruises

Radisson Seven Seas Cruises is taking the Seven Seas Mariner out of service in order to make necessary repairs on the bearings of the ship's pod propulsion system. On Monday, April 8th, Radisson's reservations team will contact all agents with letters providing complete details.

Cruises on the following sailing dates have been cancelled:

  • April 22

  • April 26

  • May 9

Offer highlights will be as follows:

Compensation: FULL REFUND of all monies PLUS

  • 50% Future Cruise Credit* if the passenger rebooks a cruise departing on or before July 1, 2002 (excluding Paul Gauguin)

  • OR Future Cruise Credit good through June 30, 2003 (excluding Paul Gauguin)

  • $1000 per person - Passengers on April 26 and May 9th Sailings

  • $500 per person - Passengers on April 22 Sailing

    * The 50% savings is off the rack rate and is not combinable with group savings, $1000 reduced fare voyages, or minimum guarantee dates.

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Windstar Cruises Offers 22 Exciting Shore Excursions

Seattle, WA, April 5, 2002 - Passengers aboard Windstar's Wind Song, the sailing yacht built specifically to tour Tahiti, may take part in an extensive shore excursion program featuring the bountiful beauty and culture of the idyllic South Pacific islands. The 22 shore excursions range from snorkeling and horseback riding to cultural tours and helicopter flight-seeing.

"We have something for everyone from our complimentary water-sports to our extensive shore excursion program," said Tom Russell, vice president of marketing and sales for Windstar Cruises. "A first hand experience enables guests to truly experience the romance, natural beauty and rich culture of Tahiti and her islands," he added. 

Windstar's first port call, Raiatea, known as the Sacred Island, offers five unique shore excursion options. These include the Raiatea Insight Tour, Exclusive Lagoon Tour with Snorkeling, 4-Wheel-Drive Safari, Horseback Riding Tour, and Faaroa River Tour. Ride away on the 4-Wheel-Drive Safari, through the tropical hills of Raiatea past vanilla plantations, lagoons, and the famous Marae Taputapuatea, the sacred site of departure for ancient Polynesian explorers. 

On the island of Huahine guests have the opportunity to explore both the local culture and the exotic wildlife on five shore excursions. Offerings include the Lagoon Snorkeling Adventure, Huahine Culture & History Tour, Nature Safari by Land Rover, Deep Sea Fishing, and Beach Horse Ride. Head towards the shore for a Beach Horse Ride atop the famed Marquesan breed. Take in panoramic views while trotting past fragrant frangipani and leading your horse across a shallow inland lake. 

Taste adventure on a set of six shore excursion on beautiful Bora Bora. Enjoy the Bora Bora Snorkeling Safari, Glass Bottom Boat Tour, Shark's Breakfast Outrigger Adventure, Tupuna Mountain Safari & Island Drive, Bora Bora Island Discovery Tour, and Aquascope Adventure. Although the name sounds ominous, the Shark's Breakfast is actually an opportunity for snorkelers to view and hand feed the benign black-tip reef shark known as Mauri. Discover these beautiful and ancient creatures as well as their colorful aquatic habitat. 

The final port call, Moorea, also offers six tempting shore excursions including the Motu Beach Picnic & Ray Feeding Tour, Para-sailing for Lovers & Singles, Dolphin & Whale Watching Expedition, Moorea Island Tour by Helicopter, Agricultural 4-Wheel-Drive Adventure, and a chance to Swim & Snorkel in Moorea's Bays. Dramatic views abound on the Moorea Island Tour by Helicopter. Cameras are a must to capture the picturesque lagoons encircling the shores and lush mountain ridges and valleys. 

Prices for Windstar's Tahitian shore excursions range from US$36 to US$69 [CDN$54-$103] per person. Except for the Moorea Island Tour by Helicopter, priced at US$246 [CDN$367] per person and Deep Sea Fishing tour, priced at US$399 [CDN$596] half day and US$599 [CDN$894] full day. Special early booking rates on Windstar's Tahiti cruises start at US$2,695 [CDN$3,906] per person, double occupancy and include port taxes and charges.

Windstar is featuring a special Tahiti Maeva "welcome" cruise for ten days beginning May 14, 2002, which calls at the above featured islands as well as Rangiroa and Arutua. Beginning May 24, 2002 seven-day cruises sail every Friday round-trip from Papeete, Tahiti. Cruisers can choose from a total of 32 different departure dates through the end of 2002.  Windstar will also offer these cruises in 2003. 

Free round-trip airfare from 10 North American cities is being offered on the May 14, 24, and 31, and June 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2002 sailings. Airfare from 27 other gateways for those dates is either US$199 [CDN$288] or US$299 [CDN$433]. This free airfare package also includes post-cruise hotel dayroom, and all necessary transfers. Airfare, hotel dayroom, and transfers are available for an additional US$495 [CDN$717] on all cruises from July through December of 2002. Windstar also offers a trip cancellation protection program that provides cash back for cancellation for any reason prior to 24-hours before departure. 

Porthole Magazine recently heralded the small ship operator as "Most Romantic" cruise line and Condé Nast Traveler awarded Windstar second for small ships in the "2001 Readers' Choice Awards" as well as naming it to their "2002 Gold List of Best Places to Stay in the World." With four sailing yachts, the 148-passenger Wind Star, Wind Song, and Wind Spirit, and the 308-passenger Wind Surf, Windstar vacations are intimate and elegant, yet casual. The fleet sails worldwide to over 40 countries with regularly scheduled cruises to Tahiti, New Zealand, the Mediterranean, the Greek Isles, the Caribbean, the Bahamas and Florida Keys, Central America, Panama Canal and Trans-Atlantic, and now the Baltic. To receive a brochure or more information contact 1-87-STAR-SAIL (1-877-827-7245.)  For reservations contact a travel agent or call Windstar at 1-800-258-SAIL (1-800-258-7245.)  Visit Windstar Cruises online at

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Join Celebrated Vintner in Tahiti and 'Sail Lite' Menu Creator Along Italian Coast

Seattle, WA, April 5, 2002 - Windstar offers a selection of "savory" sailings this fall with epicurean theme hosts vintner Gary Eberle sailing to Tahiti on November 1, 2002, and the culinary "Queen of Lean," Jeanne Jones cruising to Italy October 20, 2002.

"Our wine and culinary programs add value to select sailings this fall, providing our guests with a cruise experience that is both enjoyable and educational," stated Tom Russell, vice president of marketing and sales for Windstar Cruises.

Experience a rare encounter with a world-class vintner and sample an exceptional selection of Eberle's boutique wines aboard the Wind Song on November 1, 2002. Owner of the exclusive California-based Eberle Winery and acclaimed wine-maker, Gary Eberle boasts more than 20 years o  experience in the wine-making industry. Eberle will host the seven-day voyage which sails roundtrip out of Papeete, Tahiti, offering the ideal cruise for wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs.

With glass in hand, Eberle relates the exciting turn of events that led this former Penn State linebacker/biology major to become credited as the "founding father" of the Paso Robles wine region in the central coast of California. Guests will sample award-winning Eberle Winery varietals commended by industry publications such as Wine Spectator, Wine Today and Vintage Experiences. Eberle's flagship Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as the Chardonnay, and Syrah are just a few of the wines to be sampled during this oenological cruise.

On November 1, 2002, the intimate 148-passenger Wind Song will sail from Tahiti to her islands for seven days ending with a night in port in Papeete, Tahiti. The deluxe sailing yacht will journey to the isles of Raiatea, Huahine, Bora Bora, and Moorea. Early booking rates for the seven-day November 1, 2002 oenological cruise, sailing among Tahiti and her islands start at US$2,795 [CDN$4,172] per person based on double occupancy including port charges and taxes. A US$495 [CDN$739] airfare add-on round-trip out of Los Angeles is also available including all transfers and a post-cruise day room. 

Steal a look behind the scenes at Windstar's delectable "Sail Lite" and vegetarian cuisine on a trip along the Italian coast this fall. "Cook It Light" syndicated columnist and Windstar's light/vegetarian cuisine creator, Jeanne Jones will host the October 20, 2002 Wind Surf voyage from Venice, Italy to Grand Harbour, Malta.

Guests will enjoy Jones' cooking demonstrations and tips on how to improve their diet through moderation, recipes and cooking styles that maintain both nutritional value and taste integrity. "We're talking about moderation in calories and fat grams, here, not deprivation in taste and standards," remarked Jones.

On October 20, 2002, join Jones aboard the luxurious 308-passenger sailing yacht Wind Surf on its newest European itinerary. Embark on a relaxing seven-day Mediterranean journey which includes a "floating hotel" overnight in Venice, Italy, and visits the historically rich ports of Hvar and Dubrovnik, Croatia; Corfu and Cephalonia, Greece; and Taormina, Sicily while en route to Grand Harbour, Malta. The seven-day October 20, 2002 Mediterranean culinary cruise is available at early booking rates as low as US$2,195 [CDN$3,276] per person based on double occupancy, including port charges and taxes. Windstar also offers a trip cancellation protection program that provides cash back for cancellation for any reason prior to 24-hours before departure. 

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

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Cruise Week's Agent Survey Awards Silversea with Highest Score

Fort Lauderdale, FL, April 4, 2002 - Cruise Week has announced the results of it's cruise cuisine survey for mainstream and luxury cruise lines, and Silversea has again garnered top honors. Cruise Week asked 125 travel agents to rate the cuisine of fifteen cruise lines from "1" to "10", with "1" rated as inedible and "10" rated as superb. The results: Silversea Cruises earned the top spot with a score of 9.1.
"We are thrilled with the results of Cruise Week's cuisine survey," said Bill Leiber, CTC, Silversea's Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing. "This recent honor is further validation of Silversea' tremendous commitment to creating an innovative and outstanding dining experience for our valued guests. The polished perfection, artful presentation and simply delicious cuisine set forth by our executive chef, Franck Garanger, cannot be surpassed."

Silversea, the elite luxury cruise line whose intimate ships carry pampered guests to the world's exotic locales, also attributes its many cuisine honors to teaming with the renowned chefs and inspired gourmet creations of Relais & Châteaux - Relais Gourmands to provide guests with the most complete and flavorful travel experience.

Silversea recently introduced a Culinary Cruise Series for 2002 featuring nine voyages, ranging from seven to 16 days, highlighted by cooking demonstrations, gala dinners, signature dishes, and regional specialties created by the distinguished chefs, including Michelin rated masters, from Relais & Châteaux - Relais Gourmands boutique properties and restaurants around the world. The chefs and properties of this world-renowned association hold an unprecedented 283 Michelin stars worldwide.

"Silversea's exclusive partnership with Relais & Châteaux-Relais Gourmands offers guests an opportunity to taste the signature creations and learn first-hand from the chefs of some of the world's most sought after restaurants," said Franck Garanger, Silversea's Executive Chef. "These are the top tables around the globe our guests would search out during their travels in hopes of getting a coveted reservation. Through the Culinary Series we have brought this experience to them to savor and enjoy aboard our ships."

Cruise Week is one of the industry's leading travel trade publications. It offers the latest breaking news about the cruise industry and is delivered to travel agents and cruise professionals worldwide via fax or email. Cruise Week's editor-in chief is veteran trade journalist Michael Driscoll. Cruise Week can be viewed at

Since the launch of the 296-guest, all-suite Silver Cloud in 1994 and sister ship Silver Wind in 1995, Silversea has been recognized as an innovator in the luxury segment, offering guests large ship amenities aboard intimate vessels designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. Convenient all-inclusive pricing, an attentive "at your service" staff, and an unmatched onboard product created in partnership with the world's most respected luxury brands, Bvlgari, Moët & Chandon, Davidoff and Relais & Châteaux, has made Silversea the favorite among modern affluent travelers. The launch of all-suite luxury sister ships Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper continues Silversea's award-winning service excellence and sophistication with new features and amenities aboard vessels catering to just 382 guests. For the sixth consecutive year, Silversea Cruises was named best small-ship line in the 2001 readers' survey conducted by Condé Nast Traveler magazine.

For more information on Silversea Cruises, please contact a travel agent. For a complimentary brochure, please call (800) 774-9996 or visit

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Innovation, Variety, Flexibility Offered Aboard Yacht-Like Ships

MIAMI, April 4, 2002-The 2003 sailing schedules announced by Seabourn Cruise Line feature a world of choices for upscale travelers. The ultra luxury line's all-suite, 208-guest Yachts of Seabourn: Seabourn Pride, Spirit and Legend will provide their renowned pampering service, superb cuisine and exceptional shoreside experiences to guests in virtually every corner of the globe next year, from classic cruising regions to more exotic destinations.

An example of the innovative itineraries created for 2003 is the line's new approach to marketing the prime Mediterranean season. Seabourn Spirit and Seabourn Legend will each sail a rotating series of seven-day Mediterranean itineraries that can be combined to create vacations of up to five weeks with different ports of call. The unique schedule is a creative solution to the challenge of attracting time-budgeted vacationers, while still serving the needs of travelers who want a longer cruise. The line will continue to offer generous Early Bookings Savings of 20 to 50 percent for those who book their cruises well in advance. But now it will offer additional 10 percent Combo Savings for travelers who combine two cruises. Grand Voyages, which are combinations totaling 18 or more days in length, will qualify for savings of 40 to 50 percent.

"Today's ultra luxury travelers are very busy people, and many choose to divide their annual vacation time among a number of shorter, seasonal getaways," said Richard Meadows, Seabourn's senior vice president of sales and marketing. "In the past, we have sold these guests shorter cruise segments at a premium fare. The key difference is that in 2003 Seabourn will instead provide additional savings rewards for those who can and want to stay on board longer."

Highlights of the 2003 sailing schedule for The Yachts of Seabourn include:

· Seabourn Pride sails completely around South America in a 72-day roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. Individual cruises of seven to 18 days are available. Seabourn Pride's European season begins with 14-day cruises in the Mediterranean and then continues with its popular 14-day cruises of Northern Europe encompassing Scandinavia, St. Petersburg and Norwegian fjords. Fall foliage cruises of Canada and New England in 2003 will be scheduled at seven days, sailing between New York and Quebec, with roundtrip combinations from either New York or Quebec available. Following a cruise of historic eastern seaboard ports, Pride ends her year with a series of new one-week cruises from Barbados that alternate between eastern Caribbean islands and an adventurous sortie up Venezuela's Orinoco River, combinable to create 14-day vacations.

· Seabourn Spirit once again explores Southeast Asia, with a 12-day cruise of Myanmar and the highly popular 14-day cruises of Thailand and Vietnam. In the spring, Spirit moves from Asia to the Mediterranean via India, with an India Journey option. In the Mediterranean, Spirit will sail five distinct seven-day cruise itineraries in the eastern and central Mediterranean that can be combined for up to 35 days of sailing with different port content. In addition, Seabourn Spirit and Legend will meet at Civitavecchia (Rome) on five occasions, giving the possibility for guests to transfer from one ship to the other and expand their exploration of the Mediterranean's riches. In autumn, Spirit returns to Asia via Africa, with optional safari Journeys available.

· Seabourn Legend in 2003 repeats her highly successful series of 14-day cruises of Panama, Belize and Costa Rica between Fort Lauderdale and Caldera. After some seven-day Caribbean cruises based in St. Thomas, Legend will position to the Mediterranean for a series of four distinct seven-day cruises centered in the western region, sailing from Nice, Barcelona and Civitavecchia. In the autumn, Legend returns to two-week Panama, Belize and Costa Rica cruises and a Holiday Caribbean cruise.

· Savings programs in 2003 include the Early Booking Savings of 20 to 50 percent depending on cruise departure. These savings are capacity controlled and will be reduced as the available suites are booked, effectively raising the fares for guests who book closer to sailing. Early Booking Savings have no set expiration date.

· Combo Savings of an additional 10 percent are awarded to guests who book any two cruises totaling up to 17 days in length. These savings are deducted from full brochure fares and combined with the applicable Early Booking Savings for the cruise.

· Grand Voyage Savings of 40 to 50 percent are calculated from the full brochure fare, and are deducted for combined voyages totaling 18 or more days on board.

· Seabourn offers Single Traveler Savings, which reduce the normal 200 percent fare for single occupancy of a suite. These savings, which are capacity-controlled and vary by departure, result in single-occupancy fares that range from 110 to 175 percent of the per-person double occupancy fare. All savings programs are capacity controlled and may be changed or withdrawn at any time.

Seabourn's complete 2003 schedules may be viewed at A full-color 2003 Yachts of Seabourn cruise brochure will be available in May 2002. For more information on The Yachts of Seabourn, or to book a Seabourn vacation, see your professional travel agent or call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391.

The yachts of Seabourn provide the ultimate in small-ship, ultra-luxury cruise vacations to the most desirable destinations on earth. The Seabourn fleet includes Seabourn Pride, Spirit and Legend. Seabourn Cruise Line is a member of the exclusive World's Leading Cruise Lines alliance, which also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Cunard Line, Holland America Line, Costa Cruises and Windstar Cruises. Together, these member lines share a commitment to quality and value, offering cruise vacations that appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets and sail to some of the world's most exciting destinations.

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Crystal Cruises Offers Unprecedented Free Upgrades in Alaska

LOS ANGELES, April 4 - Crystal Cruises is running a rare promotion for free stateroom upgrades on two late summer Alaska sailings, representing a savings of $490 to $2,670 per stateroom. Through April 30, travelers may book an outside stateroom with large window, then sail in a stateroom with verandah to enjoy Alaska's spectacular scenery at no extra cost. The upgrade promotion applies to Crystal Harmony's 12-day round-trip San Francisco cruises departing Aug. 21 and Sept. 2.

"This is a unique opportunity for travelers, as complimentary stateroom upgrades have historically been available only to Crystal Society members, our past guests, who have reached certain program milestones," says David Morris, senior vice president, sales.

Crystal Harmony will call in the Alaskan ports of Skagway, Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan; Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; cruise the Inside Passage; and, depending on itinerary, Hubbard Glacier or Glacier Bay.

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

In addition to the popular 12-day Alaska cruises round-trip from San Francisco, in 2002 Crystal Cruises is offering three new 10-day itineraries between Vancouver, British Columbia and Seward, the port for Anchorage, or San Francisco from June through September. All Alaska cruises are aboard the award-winning, Six-Star rated Crystal Harmony, with additional departures scheduled for June 14 and 24; July 4, 16 and 28; Aug. 9 and Sept. 14, 2002. Depending on the itinerary, Crystal Cruises' Alaska cruise fares start as low as $2,085 per person, double occupancy. Promotional pricing for the Aug. 21 and Sept. 2 sailings starts at $2,975 per person, double occupancy.

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

For the sixth consecutive year Crystal Cruises was named best large cruise line in the 2001 readers' survey conducted by Travel + Leisure magazine, and outscored all other cruise lines -- large- and small-ship -- for the fifth time. Additionally, Crystal Harmony was named "The Best Cruise Ship in the World" for its size class in Conde Nast Traveler's first-ever survey of individual ships, published earlier this year.

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

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Seattle, April 1, 2002 - Guests of Holland America Line now can luxuriate in even greater comfort with four new spa treatments and tone up with eight new fitness programs being offered in the Steiner-operated spas on all Holland America ships.

"The fitness center on Holland America Line ships is a haven for mind, body and soul," said Johan Groothuizen, vice president of marine hotel operations. "We are always looking for ways to offer our guests more choices. These new therapies developed by Steiner Spas help to relax and de-stress our guests and our fitness programs will enhance posture, flexibility and cardio-vascular capacity."

Created by Elemis, a premium brand of skincare products and spa therapies, the new exotic therapies were designed to provide a unique experience utilizing a wide range of healing, soothing and relaxation practices. In addition to the new therapies, Holland America Line is launching a new set of physical fitness programs that energize and burn calories while focusing on balance, concentration and inner strength. Classes feature expanded activities from aquarobics and step-classes to Ki-bo and yoga toning. 

"Yoga and other alternative fitness programs are becoming more and more popular among the passengers on our ships, so we think it's a perfect time to expand the class offerings on the Holland America ships," added Groothuizen.

An entire roster of classes has been custom-developed for Holland America Line and Steiner has invested in additional training to qualify its fitness professionals. The following is a list of new spa and fitness programs:

New Treatments
Well-Being Massage
This hour-long treatment combines warmed pure massage oils and massage to create wellness of body and soul. Guests may relax away stress with oils of lavender, chamomile, melissa, geranium and bergamot, or detoxify with lemon, lime, peppermint and grapefruit oils. 
Aroma Stone Therapy
Aroma stone therapy uses the healing power of stones to relax, harmonize energy and invoke a meditative state. The stones are warmed and anointed with spicy, sensual aromas of the Orient, and placed on key energy points of the body. The penetrating heat of the volcanic basalt stone combines with traditional massage and aromatherapy to release muscular tension.
Sole Delight Foot Treatment or Exotic Hand Ritual
Warmed aromatherapy oils nourish and condition the feet or hands and the nails, while the decadence of milk and exotic frangipani monoi oil lavish their richness and healing action on the skin.
Frangipani Conditioning Hair and Scalp Ritual
Monoi oil, used for centuries in Tahiti to soften the skin and hair of brides, is the secret to this treatment. Included is a soothing deep scalp massage after the Tahitian monoi oil is left on the hair and scalp for 15 minutes under a warmed towel. 

New Fitness Classes
New Body Step & New Body Aquarobics
Two new aerobic classes offer both dynamic easy-to-follow combinations and invigorating music in the fitness work-out room and the opportunity to strengthen, tone and energize in the Lido swimming pool.
New Body Sculpt
Set to rhythmic music, New Body Sculpt tones the abs, buns and thighs. Technical moves give astounding results.  
New Body Circuit
This class combines the best of aerobic and resistance activities in a quick and explosive workout designed to maximize fitness. Participants are typically active and looking to hit a new plateau in conditioning.
One-on-One Body Reformer Instruction & Perfect Pilates Class The Pilates Method improves flexibility and strength for the total body without building bulk. Not just exercise, Pilates is a series of controlled Yogo-like movements engaging the body and mind, and performed on specifically designed exercise apparatus. Using the Pilates technique, instructors help guests enhance circulation, respiration and muscle strength through one-on-one or class instruction. 

Pathway to Yoga
Yoga offers a pathway to inner peace through specific postures and breathing techniques. This class offers a synergy of Yoga styles through movement, postures and visualization techniques.
New Body Ki-Bo
This class including boxercise, kick-boxing and aerobic conditioning to push participants to their cardio-vascular limit. 

About Holland America Line
Holland America Line has 10 luxury ships sailing to more than 280 ports of call and scenic cruising destinations on all seven continents, including Antarctica. In 2002, Holland America Line will offer 360 sailings within a half-day's drive of 40 percent of North American households and departing from 15 North American home ports. Affordable air arrangements are available through the Home City Air program and Holland America offers the only trip cancellation program in the industry that offers cash back for canceling for any reason prior to 24 hours before departure. For more information, consult a professional travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425), or visit

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Crystal Cruises Expands Entertainment Horizons With 
New 'Repertory Theatre At Sea'
Thespians and Theatre, Bards and Broadway Sail in 2002

LOS ANGELES, April 1 - Introducing yet another distinctive selection in its onboard entertainment and enrichment programming, Crystal Cruises debuts "Repertory Theatre at Sea" aboard Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony. This new concept features a selection of renowned comedic and light dramatic works performed by troupes of professional actors on every Crystal sailing.

The luxury line's award-winning entertainment roster becomes even more diverse with the ever-changing Repertory Theatre At Sea performances, comprised of excerpts, or selected scenes, from larger works. Among the shows scheduled for this year are readings from "Love Letters," the popular look at love from A. R. Gurney; "Simply Simon," showcasing some of the famed playwright's most hilarious scenes; "Never Doubt I Love," an exploration of some of Shakespeare's most revered love poetry and prose; and "Art" with scenes from the witty Tony-award winning comedy that explores the nature of friendships and art. Other theatrical selections include suspenseful tales from the Victorian age of Edgar Allen Poe and Henry James, plus scenes from today's most popular Broadway hits and new material and formats as the program evolves.

"Many of Crystal Cruises' discerning guests are theater aficionados, and expect their luxury vacation to include a wide scope of stimulating and entertaining experiences," says Bret Bullock, vice president, entertainment. "The Repertory Theatre at Sea format gives us the flexibility to regularly present new material, which is particularly appreciated by our large number of repeat guests."

The performances are presented in the Galaxy Lounge on both ships, as well as Club 2100 on Crystal Harmony and in Starlite Club on Crystal Symphony. Since its inception, Crystal Cruises has been recognized for its extensive shipboard entertainment programs, and has won virtually every industry entertainment award, and most recently outscored all other cruise lines in the category of entertainment, in the just-published CruiseMates readers' poll. The line's offerings range from the most sophisticated to the most fun, such as the '70s popular music theme cruise slated for this October.

Repertory Theatre At Sea joins Crystal's lavish productions featured throughout each cruise in the Galaxy Lounge, the ships' main lounges with horseshoe-shaped seating and rising hydraulic stage for optimum viewing. In addition to the sophisticated staging, elaborate sets, and dynamic sound and lighting, the award-winning shows consistently feature more than $100,000 worth of costumes.

During a typical 12-day cruise aboard Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony, guests will see five production shows, as well as a variety of evening entertainment options such as classical music recitals, including artists from The Juilliard School, cabaret shows, jazz concerts, and big band and other performances perfectly suited for dancing, with one's own partner or Crystal's gentlemen Ambassador Hosts. On select sailings, Crystal Cruises brings aboard esteemed celebrity guest entertainers such as Joel Grey, John Davidson, Maureen McGovern and Tommy Tune. For movie-lovers, Crystal Cruises offers recent releases in each ship's Hollywood Theatre.

The Crystal Visions Enrichment Program offers stimulating lecturers and celebrity guests from the worlds of politics, culture, academia and arts and sciences. Participants include guest speakers from The Smithsonian Associates, and Sotheby's, Atlantic Monthly editors, best-selling author David McCullough, former U.S. press secretary Marlin Fitzwater, world-renowned wine experts, master chef Jacques Pepin, as well as noted guest chefs from The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd.

Additional educational opportunities abound with the line's innovative Computer University@Sea, the technology instruction program featuring a complimentary curriculum—ranging from basic word processing to publishing your own web site—and 24-hour e-mail and internet access. Crystal also offers bingo, bridge instruction and games (for master points) conducted by ACBL bridge instructors, gambling at the only Caesars Palace at Sea casino, operated and managed by the famed Las Vegas gaming establishment, and complimentary yoga and Pilates instruction in the ships' spa facilities, designed in accordance with the principles of Feng Shui.

Outdoor activities include water sports in the ships' two pools, paddle tennis, shuffleboard, table tennis, and golf driving ranges featuring Callaway® equipment. Tournaments and instruction are conducted by sports and fitness directors and, on most cruises, a golf pro.

Crystal Cruises' 50,000-ton, 940-guest sister ships Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony, are two of the most spacious and luxurious vessels cruising the world. Their unique size in the luxury market allows for smooth sailing and a wide range of innovative facilities, generous amenities and elegantly- appointed accommodations, more than half of which offer private verandahs. Crystal Cruises is booked exclusively through professional travel agents. For a complimentary 2003 Cruise Guide, please call 800.820.6663. Visit the luxury liner's web site at

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MIAMI (04/01/02) - Guests sailing on the Carnival Spirit's Alaska voyages this summer are in for a special treat—mouth-watering entrees, appetizers and side dishes featuring local fish, seafood and game—prepared nightly by Carnival's master chefs.

The delectable offerings—fresh-caught salmon, halibut, cod, as well as wild mushrooms, herbs and berries, venison and the ever-popular Alaskan king crab—are available in the Carnival Spirit's formal dining room, the Empire Restaurant, and the reservations-only alternative restaurant, Nouveau Supper Club. The Alaskan delicacies are purchased during weekly port calls throughout Carnival Spirit's summer Alaska season (May—September), which not only guarantees that the items are the freshest available but also provides chefs the freedom to vary menus from voyage to voyage.

"The diversity of ports featured on our Alaskan sailings enables our chefs to purchase the freshest local products at the best prices, while providing constantly evolving menus featuring delicious mouth-watering selections," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. 

These "only in Alaska" dishes include Sushi and Sashimi Platter with Thinly Sliced Alaskan Salmon and Tuna, with Pickled Daikon, Wasabi and Soy Dip; Fettuccine with Sautéed Shrimp, Salmon and Halibut Tossed in Mascarpone and Tomato Cream; Braised Leg of Farm Raised Venison Served with a Juniper and Blueberry Sauce; and Chestnut Veloute (Light Truffle Chestnut Soup).

Dickinson noted that these special menu items are just one of several "personal touches" that make a "Fun Ship" Alaska cruise so memorable. Other value-added extras include a naturalist program featuring the cruise industry's only full-time marine biologists and wildlife specialists, and special Alaska-themed kids activities included as part of the line's top-rated "Camp Carnival" program.

"These amenities, which combined with the Carnival Spirit's huge percentage of outside and balconied staterooms, indoor and outdoor promenades that provide an ideal vantage point for viewing the spectacular scenery, and, of course, Carnival's fun and exciting on-board atmosphere, add up to the ultimate Alaskan vacation experience," Dickinson said. 

The Carnival Spirit's 2002 Alaska season consists of 16 seven-day Glacier Route and three Glacier Bay voyages. Glacier Route cruises depart May 22 to Sept. 4, either northbound from Vancouver or southbound from Seward/Anchorage. Cruises in both directions feature Prince William Sound, College Fjord, Lynn Canal, Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and the Inside Passage. Southbound cruises also visit Valdez, Yakutat Bay and Hubbard Glacier while northbound cruises feature Sitka and Endicott Arm Fjord. The three Glacier Bay cruises will depart round-trip from Vancouver May 15, Sept. 11 and 18 and feature full days cruising Glacier Bay National Park and the Inside Passage, as well as visits to Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan. For additional information and reservations call Carnival's Alaska Desk at 1-800-529-6792. Information and reservations are also available via the line's Web site at

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