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April 15-30, 2003

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Plan For Financial Success Aboard a Luxury Cruise

Seattle, WA, April 30, 2003 — Windstar Cruises will partner with Sky High Travel and the H.S. Dent Adviser’s Network® to host expert financial advisers to speak onboard Windstar’s 308-passenger Wind Surf, the newest and largest ship in the Windstar fleet. Seventeen upcoming Wind Surf cruises will feature free financial seminars by Master Certified Members of the H.S. Dent Adviser’s Network®. The 17 European cruises begin June 1 and run through Nov. 9, 2003 featuring seven-, 10-, and 12-day itineraries in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and Baltic. Cruise guests will visit such famous ports as Nice, France; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Barcelona, Spain; Dover, England (tours to London); Leith, Scotland (tours to Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands); Oslo, Norway; Copenhagen, Denmark; and St. Petersburg, Russia.

“Windstar is always looking for new and interesting opportunities to present to our guests,” said Ken Devones, CTC, director of retail sales for Windstar Cruises. “We are very pleased to be partnering with the H.S. Dent Advisors Network and Sky High Travel. Given current economic uncertainties this unique vacation enrichment opportunity is more relevant now than ever.”

The H.S. Dent Adviser’s Network® is a joint project of Harry S. Dent, Jr., author of The Roaring 2000’s™ and The Roaring 2000s Investor and Bill Good, author of Prospecting Your Way to Sales Success, Chairman of Bill Good Marketing®, and featured author for Research magazine. The two financial talks presented on each sailing are available to all passengers and will be announced in the ship’s daily newsletter. The presentations will take place in Wind Surf’s state-of-the-art conference facilities that can accommodate up to 60 people in a dedicated meeting center boasting full audio-visual capabilities and an Internet business center with eight online terminals accessible 24-hours a day. 

The 308-passenger ship offers all ocean-view staterooms and suites, a modern sailing experience with signature open bridge operations, a casual unregimented onboard ambiance, exemplary cuisine and service, and complimentary water sports program from the ship’s aft marina. The WindSpa onboard Wind Surf also offers extensive spa treatments and fitness opportunities. Visit Windstar Cruises online at For more information on the H.S. Dent Advisers Network® enriching cruise vacations aboard Windstar Cruises call Sky High Travel at (800) 947-5944.

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Destinations' Survey Says: Crystal Cruises is 
"World's Top" Cruise Line

LOS ANGELES, April 29, 2003 -- Crystal Cruises has been named "World's Top" Cruise Line by the discerning readers of Departures, a luxury lifestyle magazine published exclusively for American Express Platinum and Centurion Card members. In a first-ever survey to gauge their readers' favorite travel picks, from big city, boutique and country hotels to luxury resorts, ski lodges, beach hotels, air carriers and cruise lines, over 50,000 respondents participated from which the "World's Top" list was compiled.

"There is no greater honor than to be rated number one by such discerning travelers,'' says Gregg Michel, Crystal's president. "Awards like this are a testament to the hard work and dedication of all of our employees, shipboard and shoreside, who deliver a vacation experience that exemplifies the highest of standards."

Crystal's 94.67 score not only ranked number one in the cruise category, it also rated higher than most of the winners in other categories. The survey results, billed by magazine editors as "an unprecedented compilation of insider information from an exceptionally discerning, exclusive crowd,'' can be found in the May/June 2003 edition of Departures. "To be voted by the Departures readers as their favorite cruise ship line is an extraordinary accomplishment,'' says editor in chief Richard David Story. "After all, these readers are among the most sophisticated, discriminating, and opinionated travelers in the world. These are people in search of the ultimate experience--on land, in the air, at sea.'' 

Crystal Cruises is booked exclusively through professional travel agents. For a complimentary brochure, call 800.820.6663.

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Cruise Marketing Alliance Now Comprises Seven Members 

MIAMI (04/29/03) - Following the combination of Carnival Corporation and P&O Princess Cruises announced earlier this month, Los Angeles-based Princess Cruises, one of the most recognizable names in travel, has joined the World's Leading Cruise Lines (WLCL) marketing alliance, bringing the total number of WLCL members to seven. Princess Cruises joins the WLCL's six original members - Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Windstar Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line and Seabourn Cruise Line - to create a truly global vacation company operating more voyages, offering more itineraries and visiting more destinations than any other cruise operator in the world. 

"We're very pleased to welcome Princess Cruises as the newest member of the World's Leading Cruise Lines, which now offers consumers an even greater diversity of cruise styles, lengths, and amenities to meet any lifestyle or budget," said WLCL Executive Director Jack Anderson. 

"We're delighted to join the World's Leading Cruise Lines alliance," said Dean Brown, Princess' executive vice president of customer service and sales. "We believe our membership in this group will create some valuable marketing opportunities, and we look forward to contributing to the success of this partnership." 

Princess Cruises has already been integrated in the WLCL's wide range of cross-marketing and promotional initiatives, including its innovative guest loyalty program, "Vacation Interchange Privileges (VIP)," which provides guests who sail on any WLCL-affiliated cruise line with access to certain benefits accorded to members of each line's past guest program. Princess Cruises will also be included in the WLCL's trade and consumer advertising, as well as trade shows and travel agent training efforts. Additionally, the WLCL's in-cabin video, shown in the alliance's more than 40,000 staterooms fleetwide, will soon be updated to include footage of Princess ships. 

Princess has also been integrated into the WLCL's comprehensive Web site, which includes such features as a "Cruise Vacation Concierge," that helps consumers find the cruise that's right for them, and a "destination finder" in which consumers enter their destination, voyage duration and season of choice and are provided a list of cruises matching their preferences. Visitors to the site can also send "e-postcards" and sign up for the free monthly "e-Cruise News" featuring news, information and current bargains available across the different WLCL brands. 

The World's Leading Cruise Lines marketing alliance was established by Carnival Corporation as a means of communicating a highly diversified, global cruise product that capitalizes on the unique attributes and amenities of its seven distinct member lines, which include: 

  • Carnival Cruise Lines - The largest and most popular cruise line in the world, Carnival's "Fun Ships" offer a one-of-a-kind vacation experience enjoyed by guests of all ages and backgrounds. 

  • Costa Cruises - Europe's number one cruise operator, Costa offers cruising "Italian-style," with a distinctive shipboard ambiance, outstanding cuisine and a diversity of activities and entertainment. 

  • Cunard Line - Operator of the most famous ship in the world, the Queen Elizabeth 2, Cunard brings more than 160 years of cruising experience, offering only the best in luxury, style and amenities. 

  • Holland America Line - The leader in the premium category, Holland America's modern award-winning fleet is known for top-of-the-line amenities, exquisite artwork and fine craftsmanship. 

  • Princess Cruises - The leader in destination cruising offers a wide variety of choice in dining and entertainment together with excellent service aboard its modern fleet of balcony-rich Love Boats. 

  • Seabourn Cruise Line - Among the finest cruise products in the world, The "Yachts of Seabourn" feature well-appointed cabins, outstanding cuisine, modern amenities and top-notch service. 

  • Windstar Cruises - Comprised of a fleet of three computerized sailing vessels, Windstar offers a casually elegant shipboard experience that is "definitely 180 degrees from ordinary." 

Currently, the WLCL fleet comprises 55 ships totaling more than 85,000 lower berths. WLCL member lines have 17 new ships slated for delivery between now and mid-2006 representing more than 42,000 new lower berths.

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From Château Margaux to Holmenkollen, a world of epicurean delights awaits

Miami, FL, April 29, 2003 – From Châteaux Margaux to Holmenkollen, a world of epicurean delights awaits the guests aboard Regatta’s inaugural season in Europe. Oceania Cruises has gone to great lengths to design epicurean experiences ashore that rival and complement those created onboard. Guests may choose from a wide variety of tours including a private wine tasting and dinner at a Château, an evening of flamenco music and dance accompanied by an authentic Mediterranean dinner, or Greek cooking lessons at Spyros & Vassilis.

"Living well is an art form and we took that into consideration when we designed these new excursions. We wanted to appeal to guests who have a love & passion for fine food along with those seeking to develop a broader appreciation of the culinary arts,” stated Gary Hart, Director of Destination Services for Oceania Cruises.

Joe Watters, Chairman of Oceania Cruises added, “Discerning cruisers have a keen interest in participating in enriching experiences ashore. Our excursions go a step beyond, offering unique opportunities to capture the essence of the places that they visit.”

Oceania Cruises’ European season kicks off with the 14-day inaugural cruise of the intimate and luxurious Regatta, from Barcelona to London. Regatta will spend the remainder of the summer sailing 14-day voyages to the most alluring ports in Scandinavia before returning to Western Europe and the Mediterranean this fall. Air-inclusive “Your World. Your Way.” fares start at just $2,995 per guest.

A Taste Of Spain
No visit to Spain is complete without experiencing flamenco. Guests will have a perfect opportunity to enjoy this exciting native art form and enjoy a typical Mediterranean dinner as well.

Flamenco is intense and hypnotic and there is nothing else quite like it. The sound of rhythmically tapping heels and clicking castanets, the traditional rascado flourishes of the guitar, and emotional voices of the singers are electrifying. This ancient art form evolved from the gypsy enclaves of Andalucia and has come to typify Spain. The expressive postures and passion of the dancers, the flourishes of the women’s skirts and the haunting lyrics of the songs are not soon forgotten.

A Taste Of Italy
After browsing through the local food vendors to find all ingredients required for the menu of the day, guests will reach Palazzo Marziale of Sorrento. The Marziale Palace is located in the historical centre of Sorrento, in the so called Largo St. Francesco; it dominates the square with St. Francesco church and the adjoining cloister having the same name (destination of the most cultural excursions to Sorrento), the square, through the gardens of the public Villa, gives onto the Gulf of Sorrento and from the cliffs dropping sheer to the sea people can enjoy an unforgettable sea view. You will be welcomed with a cocktail and then start your cooking lesson which will involve you personally in the preparation of the culinary local specialities of the day.

A Visit To Château Margeaux
After driving along the famous Quai des Chartrons, cradle of the Bordeaux wine trade, your tour of the Médoc starts just north of the city. Médoc vineyards are orderly and well-kept almost to the point of fanaticism, and the region's world famous châteaux produce wines that are nothing short of divine and you will be explained the techniques of wine making during a visit to the cellars of Château Margeaux for a wine tasting.

A Taste Of Greece
Through the outskirts of Corfu and the picturesque countryside, you will proceed to the Spyros & Vassilis restaurant. This is one of the most popular restaurants in the island of Corfu, situated in the middle of a large farming area. You will be mesmerized by the beautiful gardens with old trees where the Greek cooking demonstration and lunch will take place.

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by the chef/owner who will offer them a glass of the traditional aperitif, ouzo accompanied with Corfu Olives, feta cheese and villager’s bread. The chef will teach you how to prepare, Tzatziki, Fish roe dip, Greek Salad (Horiatiki), and Moussaka. Guests will then feast on the meal which they have personally prepared along with an array of white and red wines and seasonal fruits.

A Visit to Château Kirwin
Château Kirwin’s origins date back to 1751 when an English trader, Sir John Collingwood, purchased the LaSalle estate, which produced claret. When he died in 1760 the estate passed to his son-in-law, Mark Kirwan, who took such pride in becoming a château owner he renamed it Château Kirwan.

A private dinner in this magnificent château, and especially one that is accompanied by their superb wines, is an exceptional experience. This tour to Château Kirwan, a grand estate in the Médoc, will take you through their cellars before you sit down to enjoy a wine aperitif and four-course dinner accompanied by three excellent wines.

A Taste Of Norway
Although not of world fame, the Norwegians have their own traditions when it comes to preparing “food delights”. During the last decades the Norwegians have become much more interested in various food as more and more people travel and get acquainted with other food cultures. Many younger chefs have won international recognition and prizes.

Today we will introduce you to a traditional restaurant situated on the Holmenkollen hill with superb views to the city and the fjord. You are invited to sit at the “Chef’s Table” and he will introduce us to Norwegian Food Traditions, and prepare samples which you are invited to taste. A glass of aperitif is served before you sit down to enjoy a three-course lunch with appropriate wines, followed by coffee or tea.

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

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Regal Cruises Ceases Operations

A recorded message on Regal Cruises' answering machine says the line ceased operations as of April 28, 2003.

Earlier this month Federal Marshals seized their sole ship, the Regal Empress, after a lien was placed on her by Motor-Services Hugo Stamp Inc. of Fort Lauderdale over an unpaid repair bill for $750,000.
It has also come to light that the Port of Manatee claims Regal Cruises owes them at least $300,000 in overdue fees.

Regal Cruises were forced to cancel two scheduled cruises, but expected to sail again on May 1st.

The Board of Directors of Regal Cruises has issued the following statement:

"We deeply regret having to take this action, but we had no other choice as the Company has been unable to continue operations after one of its suppliers, Motor-Services Hugo Stamp, Inc., arrested the REGAL EMPRESS on April 18, 2003.

The Company had hoped to negotiate a resolution of this unfortunate action through a sale of its business, which the Company has been pursuing for some time. In light of the world-wide decline in travel and tourism and the short time frame within which the Company could conclude its ongoing sale negotiations necessitated by the arrest, it was unsuccessful."

The Company is currently gathering information to allow it to file for an Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors in State Court shortly. This would seek to accomplish an equitable distribution of the assets of Regal Enterprises, Inc. to its creditors. Creditors who provided goods and services to the Regal Empress may participate in the arrest proceeding pending in Federal Court. 

The Company is deeply sorry for the inconvenience the cancellations of these cruises will cause its passengers. Regal Cruises is now making every effort to contact passengers on the upcoming sailings to advise them of the cruise cancellations. Details regarding passenger refunds will be forthcoming.

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Crystal Cruises Partners With Yamaha to Offer Exclusive 'Passport to Music' Program
Enrichment Curriculum is a Cornerstone of Crystal's New 'Creative Learning Institute'

LOS ANGELES, April 28 -- Luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises has selected music pioneer Yamaha to offer a comprehensive program of music instruction as part of the line's innovative new "Creative Learning Institute" (CLI), set to debut aboard the new Crystal Serenity this July. Presented by Yamaha and Crystal Cruises, the Passport to Music program is a cornerstone of Crystal's CLI, the most original program of experiential and interactive "edutainment" offered at sea, and shares top billing with other prestigious names in art, entertainment, lifestyle, wellness and culture. Passport to Music instruction will be offered in "The Studio," Crystal Serenity's hands-on, high-tech, dedicated facility created expressly for CLI programs. The Studio will be outfitted with 15 portable grand piano keyboards, Yamaha's newest state-of-the-art model regarded as the best in the industry, and supported with the Clavinova® digital piano. 

Certified Yamaha music teachers  will be on board Crystal Serenity voyages to teach an innovative and fun course of piano-style instruction to groups of 12 to 15 guests. Depending on the length of the cruise, the average curriculum will feature six, 60-minute sessions and guests will receive a certificate of instruction at the program's completion. From Pachelbel's Canon to Billy Joel's Piano Man, students will learn nearly a dozen songs during the course of the cruise, as well as an overview of music reading, notation, theory, and ensemble playing. Additionally, ensemble music will be written exclusively for the Passport to Music program.

The Passport to Music curriculum embraces the positive dynamics and wellness benefits of learning music in a group environment with ensemble instruction and fun activities such as "name that song." Scientific studies underwritten by the American Music Conference and other organizations support the benefits of group learning and show advancements in everything from cognitive development and socialization skills in children, to improvements in loneliness, depression and the brain chemistry of Alzheimer's patients among seniors.

"We recognize that today's travelers are seeking more learning  opportunities to enrich their vacations, and collaborating with a prestigious organization such as Yamaha allows us to deliver on that expectation," says Crystal's vice president, entertainment, Bret Bullock. "Traveling with Crystal Cruises is a personalized and unique experience and Crystal's Creative Learning Institute is designed to make the journey all the more intriguing and enriching."

The Passport to Music curriculum creatively blends the language of cruising with the fundamentals of music with classes such as: "All Hands on Deck" teaching students to navigate a keyboard with both hands; "Latitude and Longitude" providing instruction on learning the keys; "Charting Our Course" featuring a musical map of the written language of music; and "Walking the Plank" inviting the new virtuosi to perform for their classmates. Designed to provide a life-long appreciation for music and its wellness benefits, post-cruise music education is available with an extensive selection of user-friendly software created by Yamaha that allows guests to continue their musical journey at home.

About Creative Learning Institute
Crystal established the Creative Learning Institute, an extensive new series of interactive classes, to provide comprehensive instruction focusing on improving wellness and enhancing quality of life. In keeping with Crystal's penchant for quality alliances, the newly-minted CLI is partnering with well-known organizations and schools, such as Berlitz, The Cleveland Clinic, Society of Wine Educators, Pepperdine University, Tai Chi Cultural Center, BOOK magazine and Barnes & among others, to bring experts in their respective fields aboard to share their knowledge in a classroom setting. Offered as a series of classes, vs. single lectures, the CLI curriculums feature progressive levels of instruction on a single subject or several one-class sessions of related topics. 

The "five pillars" comprising the CLI include: 

  • Arts & Entertainment -- from Asian woodblock printing, gift wrapping and foreign language to advertising, jewelry design and acting workshops.
  • Business & Technology -- from Computer University@Sea, estate planning and fundraising to philanthropy, real estate appraisal and patent applications.
  • Lifestyle -- from book clubs, bridge, candle making and home organization to floral and interior design, make-up artistry, menu planning, sewing and pattern making and successful grand parenting.
  • Wellness -- from advances in medicine, alternative medicine, dance and fitness classes, yoga, tai chi and ki bo, to skin care, sports health, nutrition memory fitness, and men's and women's health.
  • Wine & Food -- from beginning sushi, sake, bread making, cheeses, caviar, the art of serving, soups, sauces, salads, pastry making, dim sum and chocolate deserts to the wines of Champagne, Italy, Chile, California and Bordeaux.

About Crystal
The newest member of Crystal Cruises' Six-Star-rated fleet, at 68,000 tons, Crystal Serenity will feature a higher space-per-guest ratio than her sister ships, Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony, expanded areas for spa services and other athletic, cultural and intellectual pursuits, an increased number of penthouses, and enlarged staterooms.

Crystal Cruises currently operates the 50,000-ton, 940-guest sister ships, Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony, 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. Crystal Cruises is booked exclusively through professional travel agents. For a complimentary brochure, call 800.820.6663. Visit the web site at

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Carnival Corporation & plc, in co-operation with Fincantieri, stretches out new building schedule
Princess Cruises to get additional 116,000-ton ship

4/28/03 -- Carnival Corporation & plc announced today an agreement for Princess Cruises to construct a new 116,000-ton cruise ship, a sister to the Caribbean Princess, to be built at Fincantieri's Monfalcone yard. Built at an approximate all-in cost of $500 million (U.S.), the new vessel is expected to be delivered in May 2006. By utilizing an existing hedge against the euro, the new Princess vessel will be built at approximately 92 cents (U.S.) to the euro versus the current exchange, which is approximately $1.10 (U.S.) today.

In addition, the company has reduced the number of Holland America's "Vista-class" vessels from five to four. Holland America's Vista-class includes the Zuiderdam, introduced last year, along with three other new builds scheduled to enter service through early 2006. The company has also stretched out the delivery of three cruise ships being constructed at Italy's Fincantieri shipyard. The vessels with adjusted deliveries include: Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Valor -- delivery adjusted from Sept. 2004 to Dec. 2004; Cunard Line's Queen Victoria -- delivery adjusted from Jan. 2005 to March 2005; and Holland America Line's fourth "Vista-class" vessel - delivery adjusted from Oct. 2005 to Jan. 2006. This realigned new building schedule further demonstrates Carnival's flexibility, allowing it to maximize its new building program especially when it encompasses multiple companies building ships at the same yard.

Commenting on the announcement, Micky Arison, Chairman and CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc said, "We're less than two weeks into the new Carnival/P&O Princess combination and we are already working on optimizing asset utilization to benefit the brands and maximize returns for the group. The addition of Holland America's four 'Vista-class' vessels will result in a 59 percent capacity increase over a three-and-a-half-year period, which is a more rational growth rate for an up-market premium brand. The reality is that we would have scheduled our deliveries differently had we been making decisions for this portfolio of brands two years ago. Slowing down the delivery schedule gives us a more rational and efficient timetable to absorb additional capacity. It is also a testament to our excellent relationship with Fincantieri, which has shown incredible flexibility in working with us in accommodating this new schedule. Eleven of our 17 new builds are under contract with Fincantieri and the level of cooperation they have demonstrated only serves to further strengthen our business partnership."

Commenting on the new order, Fincantieri's Chief Executive Officer Giuseppe Bono, said, "Carnival, Holland America and Princess, along with Costa Crociere and Cunard Line, are among our best customers. We are very pleased to work with Carnival Corporation & plc in adjusting its delivery schedule and look forward to continuing to deliver state-of-the-art vessels that will define the group's brands while providing excellent holidays for its guests."

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Sister Ship to Caribbean Princess Ordered for 2006 Delivery
Latest Love Boat Further Differentiates Princess' Caribbean Product From Rival Royal Caribbean/Celebrity

SANTA CLARITA, CA, April 28, 2003 -- Carnival Corporation announced today that it has ordered a new ship for the Princess Cruises fleet. The vessel, to be delivered in May 2006, will be a sister ship to Caribbean Princess, and will also have a year-round Caribbean deployment.

The order for the new 116,000-ton Caribbean Princess 2, as the ship is being referred to initially, further cements Princess' goal of becoming the leading premium cruise operator in the Caribbean. By 2006, Princess will have approximately 50 percent of its total capacity in the Caribbean, and will carry nearly three-quarters of a million passengers there, clearly giving the line a substantial presence in the industry's most popular destination.

"We're pleased that as part of the new Carnival Corporation, with its great financial strength, we can now proceed with ordering a second Caribbean Princess," said Peter Ratcliffe, chief executive officer for Princess. "We believe the Caribbean is a largely-untapped market for the Princess Cruises brand, and that the opportunity for growth is substantial for a product like ours, which is quite different from any Caribbean operator there today, especially our primary rival, Royal Caribbean/Celebrity."

The distinctive, new ship continues Princess' trademark "big ship choice, small ship feel" philosophy, along with its exclusive Anytime Dining(SM) program that is unique in the industry.

"We like to say that Princess offers the `only truly royal experience' in the Caribbean," said Ratcliffe. "Our innovative, choice-filled ships, with their `small ship' atmosphere and truly flexible dining provide the very best experience in the Caribbean. Princess is offering affordable luxury with a level of service currently not offered by any other cruise line operating there."

The ship will incorporate Princess' innovative signature features, which include a large number (900) of affordable balconies; Anytime Dining which offers passengers the only true choice of traditional and restaurant-style dining; the renowned Lotus Spa; and multiple entertainment venues including "Dive-In Movies" on a giant, outdoor state-of-the-art LED screen located poolside, and Club Fusion, a Jules Verne-themed "edutainment" lounge. Additionally, Caribbean Princess 2 will have many of its programs and amenities themed around the Caribbean experience.

"Over the coming months and beyond, one of our goals will be to educate travel agents and consumers alike that cruising the Caribbean with Princess is a different experience because the Love Boats of Princess have been specially-designed to provide a very distinctive cruise product," said Ratcliffe.

In support of this, Princess will soon begin a series of travel agent seminars and marketplaces to provide information about the differences between Princess ships and cruise product, and its primary rival, Royal Caribbean/Celebrity.

Princess' growing Caribbean program currently offers a variety of sailings with up to four ships in the region and up to six different seven- and ten-day itineraries from Ft. Lauderdale and San Juan. The schedule features year-round cruising, and summertime choices this year include Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings on Grand Princess. Summer 2004 will see the debut of the new Caribbean Princess, built specifically for the Caribbean, which will be joined by Golden Princess, marking the company's first two-ship summer of Caribbean cruising.

One of the best-known names in North American cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise and tour company. Part of Carnival Corporation & plc , its current fleet of 10 ships sail on approximately 150 different itineraries around the globe, calling at more than 260 ports on all seven continents. By 2006 a further five ships will be introduced. Additional information is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company's website at

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Ocean Village rocks the boat
New cruise ship 'Ocean Village' launches today

London, April 28 -- Ocean Village, the new casual cruising concept, has thrown cruising tradition overboard to mark the launch of its new ship today in Southampton. Hosting a party like no other, the ship's celebrations will include a stunning evening deck show featuring abseiling percussionists which will culminate in Ulrika Jonsson making a dramatic entrance on stage to smash a bottle of champagne and officially name the ship 'Ocean Village'. The naming will be rounded off with a spectacular colour-coordinated firework display.

The concept behind Ocean Village Holidays is simple - a heady mix of on board and on shore activities without any of the pomp and formality of conventional cruising. Ocean Village has ripped up the cruising rulebook, placing an emphasis on informality and choice. So no-one has to dress up on board and everyone's free to choose when, where and who they want to eat with. Optional activities ashore in the Mediterranean and Caribbean range from mountain biking (the ship carries its own fleet of bikes on board), jeep safaris, rain-forest hikes, abseiling and river-rafting to wine-tasting, cookery classes and swimming with stingrays.

Nick Lighton, Managing Director at Ocean Village, says, "Our aim has been to give cruising a shot of adrenaline and a new sense of fun: the Ocean Village concept marks the biggest shake up the industry has seen for decades. Decidedly less stuffy than traditional cruises, time on board the Ocean Village ship can be as chilled-out or pepped-up as you want to make it. Research has shown that half of those booking with us are 'cruise virgins' with an average age at least ten years younger than traditional cruisers - both the holiday itself and our action-packed launch celebrations have been specifically designed to reflect the lifestyles of this new breed of passengers."

On 29 April, Ocean Village will sail to Palma in time to welcome passengers for its sell-out first official sailing on 6 May, 2003. There are two Mediterranean itineraries, "Palaces and Paella" and "Piazzas and Pasta", which set sail from Majorca between May and October 2003. Flights to Palma are offered from five regional airports - Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Stansted and Gatwick. Alternatively for winter sun, Caribbean cruises sail from Barbados between November 2003 and April 2004. The two Caribbean itineraries are "Sugar and Spice" and "Calypso and Coconuts". Flights to Barbados are offered from Gatwick and Manchester.

Each itinerary calls at six destinations every seven days and can be combined as a 14-night sailing and the "Stay and Cruise" option combines seven nights in a 3 or 4 star Majorca or Barbados hotel with seven nights on ship, to help the holiday mood to set in before setting sail for the second week away.

Facts and Figures:

  • The ship offers 7,000 square metres of open deck space and at 63,500-tons, is the equivalent weight of almost 10,000 elephants!
  • Passengers are treated to 801 of the most spacious cabins of their type (average size 188 square feet). Overall, the ship offers up to 50% more personal space than comparable cruise ships.
  • A dedicated crew of 514 will ensure that the 1,602 passengers onboard have a great time on board. That's the equivalent of one crew member to every three guests
  • With a bar for every night of the week, four restaurants, a casino, a cinema showing first run films, and a night-club, Ocean Village comes into its own in the evenings. In addition, "The Marquee" will host contemporary acrobatic shows, cabaret and tribute bands. Passengers can also unwind in superb on board leisure facilities, including a fully equipped spa for a spot of pampering and a state-of-the-art ocean-view gym for getting the pulse racing.
  • Celebrity TV chef James Martin has opened his first restaurant on board Ocean Village - "The Bistro" serves an a la carte menu of British dishes with a Mediterranean twist for an extra charge of under £10 per person, and is one of four places to eat on the ship. The Waterfront and Plantation restaurants offer a mouth-watering range of high quality buffet options and, to allow passengers to eat at their leisure, the Plantation is open 24/7 - it never closes. La Luna, Ocean Village's open-air deck café, offers al fresco lunches in the sun by day, and for less than £5 a head extra, poolside waiter-service dining beneath the stars at night.

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ARLINGTON, TX, APRIL 25, 2003 - has selected Silversea Cruises to receive its "BEST Small Ship Cruise Line" award for 2003. The award is voted on by the editors of and is presented to the cruise line that they feel provides the highest level of service and quality.

"This is the most prestigious award we bestow upon a cruise line," says Rickee Richardson, Senior Editor of "Only one cruise line each year is selected as the BEST in its category." Other cruise lines considered by editors for the 2003 award were Seabourn Cruise Lines, Radisson Seven Seas Cruises and Windstar Cruises.

"We are honored to be named the "BEST Small Ship Cruise Line" by," said Bill Leiber, Silversea's Senior Vice President,Sales & Marketing. "As we move forward, we will continue to pursue excellence in all aspects of our operation and will strive to always take the lead in defining ultra-luxury travel with an innovative approach to addressing the evolving expectations of our valued guests." 

Unlike those awards which are based on reader surveys or consumer polls, awards are "Editor's Choice" awards and are based upon physical ship inspections conducted by editors. To be considered for the award, two or more editors from inspect all facets of a cruise line's shipboard operations during a seven night or longer cruise. The editors sail as regular passengers without informing the onboard staff of their mission to conduct a review. "We believe our awards have the highest degree of credibility in the industry," says Chris Dikmen, President and Managing Editor of "Our review process is objective, fair and unbiased. Any cruise line can participate in our review schedule and be considered for our awards program."

As winner of this year's BEST Small Ship Cruise Line award, Silversea will be featured and receive special recognition on the web site. Further, will provide its network of affiliate travel agencies with special links to the Silversea content on for placement on their web sites. The winner of the award benefits from the additional consumer traffic to their content generated through these links. is a commercial web site that provides cruise-oriented content to affiliate travel web sites and directly to consumers through Affiliate travel agencies who subscribe to have access to thousands of pages of cruise ship information, itineraries, sailing dates, port information, editorial reviews, ship ratings, guest registration technology, quote request forms, itinerary maps, deck plans, etc. to use in conjunction with their own web sites. Any travel agency with a web site can subscribe to regardless of affiliation. Travel agencies can obtain additional information at Cruise lines can find information at

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Crystal Cruises Eliminates Calls To Turkey
Luxury Line Revises Two Itineraries, Reduces Mediterranean Fares on Five Cruises

LOS ANGELES, April 24  -- Crystal Cruises has eliminated visits to Turkey and ports of call in the Black Sea due to security concerns on two Crystal Serenity sailings, August 26 and October 1, and is offering reduced fares on the ship's inaugural Mediterranean season. The revised itineraries aboard the luxurious 1,080-guest ship will substitute more calls in Italy. Reduced fares start at just $3,995 per person, double occupancy, and represent up to 56 per cent savings. The 12-day, August 26 voyage will sail as planned from Rome (port of Civitavecchia) and include stops in Monte Carlo (overnight), Florence (Livorno), Ajaccio, Sorrento (overnight), Taormina, Valletta, Santorini and Athens (port of Piraeus), replacing calls on Yalta, Odessa, Varna and Istanbul. Crystal Serenity will begin its revised 12-day voyage from Athens (port of Piraeus) as scheduled, October 1, and will now call on Santorini, Catania, Rome (overnight), Sorrento (overnight) Dubrovnik and Venice (overnight), replacing Istanbul and Dikili.

Meanwhile, fares have been reduced to $3,995 per person, double occupancy, a savings of up to 56 per cent, on three other 12-day Mediterranean voyages aboard Crystal Serenity this fall. A September 7 voyage from Athens to Barcelona includes calls in Santorini, Dubrovnik, Venice (overnight), Sorrento and Monte Carlo; a September 19 Barcelona to Athens voyage features calls in Cannes (overnight), St. Tropez, Portofino, Florence (port of Livorno), Valletta, Bari and Mykonos, while an October 13 sailing from Venice (overnight) to Barcelona visits Dubrovnik, Taormina, Sorrento, Florence (port of Livorno) and Villefranche (overnight).

Crystal Serenity debuts in July 2003. Crystal's worldwide sailings are booked exclusively through professional travel agents. Visit the luxury line's website at

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Carnival Corporation & plc announces realignment of responsibilities among executive directors

Micky Arison, center, Chairman & CEO of Carnival Corp. & plc, and his wife Madeleine, right, applaud traders on the New York Stock Exchange floor Tuesday, April 22, 2003, during the first day of trading for the cruise conglomerate on both New York and London exchanges. At left is Howard Frank, the company's chief operating officer. (Photo by Andy Newman/Carnival Corp. & plc)

Miami, FL, April 24 -- Carnival Corporation & plc London today announced a senior management realignment of the company's executive directors who have specific brand responsibilities.

Peter Ratcliffe will continue to be responsible for Los Angeles-based Princess Cruises and Seattle-based Princess Tours and will also be responsible for all of Carnival's UK-oriented brands, including Cunard Line Ltd. (which includes Cunard Line and Seabourn Cruise Line), P&O Cruises, Ocean Village and Swan Hellenic. Pamela Conover, president of Cunard Line, and David Dingle, managing director of P&O Cruises (UK), will report to Ratcliffe. Ratcliffe will also oversee P&O Cruises' Australian operations with Gavin Smith, managing director, continuing to report to him.

Pier Luigi Foschi will continue to have responsibility for Genoa, Italy-based Costa Cruises and will also assume responsibility for the corporation's German cruise companies, which include Seetours and the AIDA and A'ROSA cruise brands. Lars Clasen, president of Seetours, will report directly to Foschi.

Bob Dickinson will continue to be responsible for Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines, the largest of Carnival Corporation's cruise brands.

A. Kirk Lanterman will maintain responsibility for Seattle-based Holland America Line and Holland America Tours, as well as Windstar Cruises.

All four executive directors will continue to report to Carnival Corporation & plc Chairman and CEO Micky Arison and Vice Chairman Howard Frank.

"We anticipate that placing all UK-oriented brands under the leadership of Peter Ratcliffe and all mainland European brands under Pier Luigi Foschi will contribute significantly to the streamlining of communications and acceleration of synergy opportunities among those groups," said Howard Frank, vice chairman of Carnival Corporation & plc. "At the same time, Bob Dickinson and Kirk Lanterman, who are the well established and respected leaders of two of the cruise industry's most successful cruise brands, will continue in their existing roles," he added. "In our view, these four individuals comprise the most talented management group in the cruise industry."

Carnival Corporation & plc is the largest cruise vacation company in the world, with a portfolio of 13 distinct brands comprised of the leading cruise operators in both North America and Europe. Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Windstar Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line, Cunard Line, Costa Cruises, Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises, Ocean Village, Swan Hellenic, AIDA, A'ROSA, and P&O Cruises Australia are all included in this group.

Together, these brands operate 66 ships totalling more than 100,000 lower berths with 17 new ships scheduled for delivery between now and mid-2006. It also operates three riverboats on Europe's Danube River and the leading tour companies in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon, Holland America Tours and Princess Tours. Traded on both the New York and London Stock Exchanges, Carnival Corporation & plc is the only company in the world to be included in both the S&P 500 and the FTSE 100 indices.

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Oceania Cruises Sails the Connoisseur's Caribbean & Panama Canal
Regatta to sail from Miami, Los Angeles and Puerto Caldera

Miami, FL, April 23, 2003 – Oceania Cruises announced that the luxurious, 684 guest Regatta will begin her inaugural season of 10-, 12- and 14-day sailings to the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico and the Panama Canal from Miami on November 25, 2003. Regatta will set sail from Miami, Los Angeles and Puerto Caldera to such sultry and captivating ports as Gustavia on the island of Saint Barts, Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, Port Antonio, Jamaica and Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala. From exquisite and secluded beaches to vast coral reefs, the stunning beauty and magnificent rainforests brimming with exotic birds, to the incomparable artistry of ancient Mayan temples, an enchanted world awaits.

Guests aboard Oceania Cruises will experience the Caribbean, Mexico and Panama Canal as it was meant to be; aboard an intimate, causally elegant ship where a level of personalized service and pampering is provided that just isn’t possible aboard the huge mega-ships. Guests will explore the playgrounds of the jet-set, emerald isles beyond the reach of larger ships, ancient empires of Central American and Mexico and the eighth wonder of the world, the Panama Canal. Oceania Cruises brings them an insider’s view of paradise.

“Oceania Cruises will bring its guests a distinctly different tropical experience as we cruise throughout these enticing regions,” stated Jeff Drew, CTC, Senior Vice President of Sales for Oceania Cruises. “Guests have told us they yearn for a more intimate cruise experience in the Caribbean, Panama Canal and Mexico; they want to go where the mega-ships cannot,” added Drew.

Joe Watters, Chairman of Oceania Cruises, stated “I’m delighted that Oceania Cruises is launching its inaugural season of Caribbean, Panama Canal and Mexico sailings from such convenient and easily accessible cities such as Miami and Los Angeles. Our guests can experience a myriad of exotic and enticing destinations from ports that are close to home.”

Beaches, Rainforest and Mayan Treasures
Sails roundtrip from Miami for 14 days on November 25 to Port Antonio, the Panama Canal, San Blas, Puerto Limon, Roatan, Santo Tomas, Belize and Cozumel.

Caribbean Hideaways
12-day sailings roundtrip from Miami to Tortola, Nevis, Roseau, St. John’s, St. Barts, Virgin Gorda and La Romana. Sails 12/9, 12/21, 2/20, 3/4

Tropical Jewels and Panama’s Canal
14-day sailings between Miami and Puerto Caldera to Tortola, Nevis, St. Barts, St. John’s, Castries, Oranjestad, San Blas and the Panama Canal. Sails 1/2, 2/6

Enchanting Mexican Riviera
10-day sailings between Puerto Caldera and Los Angeles to Puerto Quetzal, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas. Sails 1/16, 1/27

Guests may save up to 45% with fares starting at just $1,395 per person. Staterooms with private teak verandas are available from $2,295 and the ultimate pleasure and privilege that comes with 24-hour Butler Service is available from $2,995 per guest in suite accommodations.

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

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Norwegian Cruise Line Announces 2004/05 Bermuda Itineraries
Program features four Homeland Cruising Ports 
and Freestyle Dining Ashore

MIAMI - April 23, 2003 - Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) today announced an expanded slate of 52 weekly Bermuda departures from four Homeland Cruising ports with its 2004/05 Bermuda program. The program includes sailings from the eastern seaboard cities of Baltimore, Boston, New York and Philadelphia and is the company's most varied Bermuda departure schedule ever. Additionally, NCL's Bermuda program offers guests the flexibility of Freestyle Dining Ashore and a full-time Bermuda concierge onboard the ships to provide information about the destination.

"NCL's Bermuda program redefines the cruise experience with our dining ashore program, Bermuda concierge and wide ranging departure points," said Colin Veitch, NCL's president and CEO. "NCL is the only line offering weekly departures from four eastern seaboard cities, giving a significant percentage of our guests the option of driving to their ship. We've also expanded our Freestyle Dining Ashore program by adding a shore side element that will provide guests even more flexibility."

Norwegian Crown is the only ship to offer regularly scheduled cruises to Bermuda from Philadelphia, New York and Baltimore and features the only itinerary that calls on three ports in Bermuda, including St. George's, Hamilton and King's Wharf. Per person prices for each itinerary start from $749 from Philadelphia, $699 from New York and $629 from Baltimore.

Beginning April 18, 2004, NCL's 1,104-passenger Norwegian Crown will offer seven-day, round-trip Bermuda cruises departing Sundays from Philadelphia through May 30, 2004. After a repositioning cruise, Norwegian Crown will launch another seven-day Bermuda series departing Sundays from New York from June 6 to Sept. 5, 2004. Norwegian Crown's Bermuda season concludes with a weekly series departing again on Sundays from Baltimore from Oct. 17 to Nov. 14, 2004.

NCL's 1,462-passenger Norwegian Majesty will return to Boston in 2004 to resume its popular series of weekly Bermuda sailings departing Sundays from the Black Falcon Terminal in Boston. Norwegian Majesty will offer seven-day cruises calling on St. George's from May 2 to Oct. 24, 2004, making NCL the only line offering weekly Bermuda voyages from four large northeastern cities within driving distance of scores of regional communities. Prices start from $649 per person.

Freestyle Dining Ashore
Norwegian Crown and Norwegian Majesty will also offer NCL's innovative Freestyle Dining Ashore program on all Bermuda departures. An exciting extension of NCL's Freestyle Dining program, Freestyle Dining Ashore lets guests choose from a selection of 30 to 50 of Bermuda's top restaurants. NCL provides guests with one $25 lunch voucher to use at popular Bermuda restaurants, and a $5 per person charge will be added to each guest's account for the lunch voucher, and for just $5 more, the voucher can be upgraded to one $50 dinner voucher. Like the onboard program, Freestyle Dining Ashore in Bermuda offers guests the flexibility of selecting the type of cuisine they want, including American, Italian, French, Asian, Caribbean, Tex-Mex and Indian.

Bermuda Concierge
The Bermuda program also features a full-time Bermuda concierge on each ship to host one-on-one sessions and lectures where guests can learn about Bermuda's history and cultural heritage. Bermuda concierges will also assist with restaurant reservations and provide up-to-date information, maximizing guests' enjoyment during their stay on the island. "Our breakthrough Freestyle Dining Ashore program and Bermuda concierge program both exemplify our company's commitment to fresh, innovative ideas that challenge the traditional cruise model," Veitch said.

Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line is an international cruise company and industry innovator. NCL is the leader in round-trip seven-day cruising from U.S. and Canadian ports, offering its popular Homeland Cruising program seasonally from Baltimore, Boston, Charleston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Orlando (Port Canaveral), San Juan, Seattle and Vancouver, and year round from New York, Miami, Houston and Honolulu. For further information on NCL, please contact your travel agent or visit NCL's website at

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 Royal Caribbean Reports First Quarter 2003 Results

MIAMI, April 23, 2003 - Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced that net income for the first quarter of 2003 was $53.2 million, or $0.27 per share, which was essentially the same as the first quarter of 2002. Revenues for the first quarter of 2003 were $880.2 million, up 10% from $800.0 million in 2002. The increase in revenues was primarily due to an 11.5% increase in capacity, partially offset by a 1.3% decline in gross yields (revenue per available passenger cruise day). The decrease in gross yields was primarily due to a decrease in the percentage of passengers booking airline tickets as part of their vacation package with the company ("air/sea mix") and lower occupancy levels, partially offset by an increase in cruise ticket prices and shipboard revenues. Net yields for the first quarter of 2003 increased 3.9% from the first quarter of 2002. The air/sea mix decreased to 15.1% in 2003 from 19.8% in 2002.

"Just as we are pleased with the yield improvement our brands enjoyed in the first quarter, we are disappointed in the poor bookings we have seen since the beginning of the year for the second quarter sailings," said Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. "In the near term, we still have a challenging road ahead of us. But as we witnessed after the first Gulf War and, more recently, after the 9/11 terrorists attacks, the strong underlying fundamentals of the industry give us confidence to be optimistic about our recovery after the war with Iraq."

Operating and SG&A expenses, on a per available passenger cruise day basis, were relatively flat on a quarter over quarter basis (up 0.3%). Although the company previously anticipated costs would be higher in the first quarter, increased fuel costs were offset by a lower than expected air/sea mix and a shift in marketing and operating costs to later in the year. With the onset of the war with Iraq, the company suspended its television advertisements. Now that the war is over, the company is restarting those advertisements, first in the primary markets and then throughout the United States.

The company believes that changes in running expenses (i.e., those expenses directly associated with ship operations - defined as operating expenses less costs deducted to arrive at net yields) and SG&A to be the most relevant measure of its ability to control costs in a manner that positively impacts the bottom line. For the quarter, running and SG&A expenses were up 8.9%, on a per available passenger cruise day basis. This increase is primarily attributable to the increase in fuel costs and the Brilliance of the Seas lease payments. The company estimates running and SG&A expenses for the second quarter will be up on a quarter over quarter basis but expects that these costs will decrease slightly in the second half of the year. For the full year 2003, the company estimates that running and SG&A expenses will increase in the range of 2% to 3%, on a per available passenger cruise day basis.

The war with Iraq and economic uncertainty continue to have a negative impact on bookings, especially in the second quarter of 2003. While we had strong bookings through late 2002, we started to see a slowdown in December, which became more pronounced as the war with Iraq approached. This trend continued throughout the war. As a result, we currently anticipate that net yields for the second quarter will be down in the range of 6% to 9%. While we have started to see some improvement in bookings, not enough time has passed since the end of the war to determine if booking levels will return to pre-war levels. Because of the disruption related to the war in Iraq and the fact that bookings continue to come closer to the sailing date, we have limited visibility past the second quarter of 2003, which makes it difficult to provide net yield guidance for the remainder of the year.

During the quarter, Celebrity Cruises announced that the Zenith would be the first vessel to offer 11 to 14-night "Exotic Caribbean" cruises departing from Jacksonville, Florida. Among the highlights of Zenith's Western Caribbean itinerary are Celebrity's first calls on Roatan, the largest of Honduras' Bay Islands, surrounded by coral reefs and offering superb diving and fishing opportunities and a transit through the historic Panama Canal. Given Jacksonville's immediate access to the southeastern United States, this itinerary is expected to attract additional customers interested in the drive-in option.

In addition to the announcement that all Royal Caribbean International vessels will be outfitted with rock climbing walls by November 2003, the first quarter saw Alaskan itineraries for Royal Caribbean International increase the number of ways to "get out there" with the addition of 26 new shore excursions. While the list of shore excursions offers something for everyone, options such as the Klondike Rock Climbing and Rappelling and the Extended Helicopter Glacier Trek will offer guests a chance to experience a true adrenaline-boost.

The company has scheduled a conference call to discuss its earnings. This call can be listened to on a delayed basis on the company's investor relations web site at

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Norwegian Cruise Line Redeploys Norwegian Star To Alaska In Company's 2004/05 Itinerary Lineup
Three Freestyle Cruising ships to offer seven-day Inside Passage cruises in 2004 from Seattle and Vancouver

MIAMI, FL, April 22, 2003 - Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) announced its 2004/05 Alaska itineraries re-deploying Norwegian Star from Honolulu to Seattle in the spring of 2004 to offer seven-day Alaska cruises through September 2004. The move represents an expansion of NCL's Homeland Cruising program, placing one of its biggest ships in Alaska for a total of three Freestyle Cruising ships in Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. for seven-day cruises beginning May 2004.

Norwegian Star will join Norwegian Sky, the first ship to ever homeport in Seattle, for the Alaska season departing Sundays beginning May 23, 2004. Norwegian Sky begins her Alaska season on May 15th sailing from Vancouver to Seattle, which she will call home for the season. On May 22, 2004, she begins sailing out of Seattle every Saturday through August. Norwegian Sun, which sails from Seattle in 2003, moves to Vancouver, B. C. for the Alaska season in 2004.

"With the addition of Norwegian Star to Alaska for 2004, we will offer the youngest, most modern multi-ship fleet in Alaska," said Colin Veitch, NCL's president and CEO. "Alaska cruisers will now be able to enjoy a ship that only Hawaii cruisers have experienced with her 10 restaurants, the largest suites afloat and a ship perfectly suited for viewing Alaska's inspiring natural beauty with over 370 balcony staterooms and a entire deck of mini-suites with balconies."

Seven-day Glacier Bay and Sawyer Glacier itineraries
With Norwegian Sun and Norwegian Star, NCL offers two purpose-built Freestyle Cruising ships for Alaska cruisers. On May 23, 2004, Norwegian Star begins sailing from Seattle through Sept. 12, 2004, with port calls at Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan, Alaska plus Victoria, BC The itinerary also features a full day of cruising the Inside Passage and a full day cruising beautiful Glacier Bay. Prices begin from $799.

Beginning May 2, 2004, Norwegian Sun departs round-trip from Vancouver for a series of weekly cruises calling at Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Wrangell-a new Alaska port pioneered by NCL in 2003-- through Sept. 19, 2004. This itinerary features two full days in Alaska's scenic Inside Passage and a half-day of cruising through pristine Sawyer Glacier. Prices begin from $699.

On May 15th, 2004, Norwegian Sky will sail from Vancouver to Seattle with port calls at Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and a day of cruising through Sawyer Glacier. On May 22, 2004, she begins her round-trip departures from Seattle, with port calls at Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan, Alaska plus Prince Rupert, BC, through Aug. 21, 2004. This itinerary also features a half-day of cruising Sawyer Glacier and two full days of Inside Passage cruising. Prices begin from $729.

Vacationers will find NCL's newest Alaska-bound ship, Norwegian Star, ideal for scenic cruising in the 49th state. The ship offers a wide variety of onboard options including 10 separate restaurants featuring 11 menus; two 5,350 square-foot Garden Villa suites, the largest at sea; a two-deck fitness and spa center; a huge children's facility with separate teen areas; an Internet Café and wireless remote Internet access (WiFi) in public areas around the ship. Seventy percent of cabins are outside staterooms and over 70 percent of these have balconies.

Thirty-six suites, 372 standard staterooms with balconies, and an entire deck of 107 mini-suites with balconies are among the spacious and well-appointed accommodations located on the 15-deck ship. Once Norwegian Star leaves Hawaii, a state-of-the-art casino will be added in Dazzles nightclub according to the ship's original design.

NCL will be announcing its Hawaii deployment in the next few weeks.

Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line is an international cruise company and industry innovator. NCL is the leader in round-trip seven-day cruising from U.S. and Canadian ports, offering its popular Homeland Cruising program seasonally from Baltimore, Boston, Charleston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Orlando (Port Canaveral), San Juan, Seattle and Vancouver, and year round from New York, Miami, Houston and Honolulu. For further information on NCL, agents in the US and Canada may contact NCL at (800) 327-7030; visit NCL's website at

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Crystal Cruises Publishes 160-Page, 2004 Cruise Atlas
Largest-Ever Brochure Features Wide-Ranging Itineraries for Line's Three-Ship Fleet

LOS ANGELES, April 21 -- Crystal Cruises has published its first worldwide 2004 Cruise Atlas for its three-ship fleet. At 160-pages, the publication is Crystal's largest ever produced. Replete with stunning photography and coupled with evocative copy that comprehensively and imaginatively brings to life Crystal's Six-Star vacation experience, the Atlas takes the reader on a vivid, luxurious journey to exotic locales aboard 940-guest sister ships, Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony, and the new 1,080-guest Crystal Serenity, set to debut in July 2003.

"As our guest base grows, we're continuing to exceed their expectations,'' says Adam Leavitt, Crystal's senior vice president, marketing. "Our 2004 Cruise Atlas is designed to show the consumer how truly expansive, contemporary and luxurious the Crystal experience is."

89 Itineraries to 178 Destinations in 56 Countries
The Atlas chronicles the line's 89 itineraries to 178 destinations in 56 countries in a user-friendly fashion that is always inviting and never daunting. A color-coded cruise calendar is conveniently located on the inside foldout cover for easy reference. The divider pages for worldwide destinations are printed on a heavier paper stock to enable readers to find what they want effortlessly.

With land stays becoming increasingly more popular with Crystal guests, the Extended Land and Hotel Programs section of the Atlas has been moved from the back to the front. Descriptions of land programs, pre- and post-hotel stays, and Crystal Society (past guest membership) benefits program are also detailed within the Atlas' pages. Readers will also find penthouse and stateroom layouts, deck plans, general cruise information, air/sea fares and gateways, terms and conditions and a "Ways to Save" section.

Most importantly, the Atlas features the many new cruise opportunities offered by Crystal in 2004, among them:

  • 28 Cruises Will Sail Roundtrip From Domestic Ports -- In keeping with consumer demand for more itineraries close to home, Crystal will feature more domestic port departures than ever before. In all, 28 cruises will sail round-trip from domestic locales, while 33 will either begin or end in domestic ports.
  • Shorter Cruise Options -- For those guests stretched for time, brand-new seven-day itineraries will be available on all three ships. The shorter itineraries include cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Canada/New England.
  • Crystal Serenity's Inaugural World Cruise -- This 106-day journey will begin in Los Angeles on Jan. 19 and end in New York on May 5. It is the first time that the line is offering its World Cruise on Crystal Serenity -- and the first time such a cruise has concluded in Manhattan. The ship will voyage to some of the most fascinating corners of the globe, including Hawaii, Japan, China, Southeast Asia, South Africa, South America and the Caribbean. Guests have the option to take the world cruise in segments, each lasting in duration from 22 to 29 days. The onboard programming is always dazzling, with an array of celebrity guests and progressive classes.
  • More Maiden Calls -- As always, the Crystal fleet will make maiden calls at a host of exciting new destinations, including Christmas Island in the Republic of Kiribati, Nuuk in Greenland, Calvi on the French isle of Corsica and Zadar in Croatia.
  • More Exclusive, Late-Night Stays -- In 2004, Crystal ships will feature overnight stays in some of the most fascinating destinations in the world, including Bordeaux, Venice, Cannes, Monaco, Villefranche, Istanbul, Barcelona, Acapulco, Bangkok, Ho Chi Min City, Shanghai, Osaka, St. Petersburg, Edinburgh, Rouen, Quebec City, Montreal, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires.
  • More Extended Land Programs -- An array of new three, four, five and six-night extended land programs have been added to Crystal's roster of cruises. Destinations where such extensions are available include New Zealand, Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe and Central America.

Luxury Times Three: Harmony, Symphony and now Serenity
The Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony are two of the most elegant, spacious vessels afloat in the world today. Their size, at 50,000-tons, provides for flawless sailing experiences and allows for a range of cutting edge facilities, amenities and accommodations.

The sister ships will be joined by Crystal's first new build in eight years. At 68,000-tons, Crystal Serenity offers guests an even greater space ratio than her two sisters. The vessel will provide guests with more expansive spa facilities, a larger number of penthouses and larger deluxe staterooms with verandahs featuring unobstructed views. Two specialty restaurants, Silk Road and The Sushi Bar, will feature the cuisine of renowned master chef Nobu Matsuhisa.

Crystal Cruises is booked exclusively through professional travel agents. For a complimentary copy of the 2004 Cruise Atlas, call 800.820.6663. Or, visit the luxury line's website at It features on online version of the 2004 Cruise Atlas that can be downloaded, printed, or e-mailed.

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Solo Travelers Get a Fare Break

SeaDream Yacht Club is giving a break to single travelers for the 2003 European season of its twin, ultra-luxury mega yachts, SeaDream I and II. Effectively immediately SeaDream will charge singles only 125 percent of tariff. Single fares of 175 to 200 percent has become almost a passenger ship standard when solo travelers occupy onboard accommodations usually designed for two or more persons. SeaDream’s Singular Singles Fare, is down from its regular 175 percent.

Larry Pimentel, CTC, SeaDream’s President and CEO said “The new fare is our effort to gain ground for the lackluster bookings in Europe that all passenger shipping companies have been experiencing as a result of war, the threat of terrorism and other calamities.”

SeaDream I and II, top-rated Five Star vessels in the authoritative 2003 Berlitz Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships, will be sailing in the Mediterranean from May through October. These are primarily seven-day voyages. At present SeaDream is offering a special fare on some European sailings of $1,699 per person, double occupancy. Its basic European fare for the 2003 season is $2,399. This special SeaDream Singular Singles Fare is not available on all SeaDream’s European sailings. Government fees, handling and service charges of $235 per person for all guests is extra. There are some restrictions that apply and the offer may be withdrawn at any time. SeaDream also features a No Stress No Strings, no cancellation penalty program.

SeaDream Yacht Club is the yachting venture by Norwegian entrepreneur Atle Brynestad who founded Seabourn Cruise Line, and Larry Pimentel who was president of Seabourn under Brynestad and later president and CEO of the merged Cunard and Seabourn. Pimentel is President and CEO of the Coconut Grove, Florida headquartered SeaDream Yacht Club and a co-owner. Brynestad is Chairman. The company operates SeaDream I and SeaDream II, twin, ultra luxury, mega yachts that operate on seven-day sailings in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. The yachts are not only ideal for discerning travelers seeking an unstructured and casual holiday experience but also for small meetings and incentive groups or individual private family gatherings. They are available for full charter. SeaDream I and II share the top Five-Star Club award in the Berlitz Ocean Cruising and Cruise Ships 2003 guidebook. In the Americas the SeaDream Yacht Club reservations number is 1 800 707-4911. In Europe it is +47 23 28 96 60. The website is

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One Family Member Age 20 or Under Sails Free in Same Stateroom Or Additional Family Members Age 20 or Under Occupy Second Stateroom at $100 Per Day

SeaDream Yacht Club welcomes families. To demonstrate, the entrepreneurial company is offering a Summer Family Program for select 2003 European sailings aboard SeaDream I and II to encourage family seagoing vacations.

Here's how it works:
One family member 20 years of age or under sails free when occupying the same stateroom with two adults. That person may sleep on a comfortable couch converted to an extra bed in SeaDream’s well-appointed, 195-square foot Yacht Club Staterooms. Or, two or even three family members 20 or under can sail at $100 per person, per day and occupy a separate Yacht Club Stateroom. Only one extra stateroom per family is available at this discounted family rate. The new Summer Family Program supercedes SeaDream’s regular policy regarding a third person in a stateroom that costs $100 if the family member is less than 12 years of age and $200 if that person is more than 12 years of age.

Larry Pimentel, CTC, SeaDream’s President and CEO, cited the unsettled world situation--war, terrorism threats and other calamities that have stalled all travel--as a deciding factor in the Summer Family Program. “It’s a jump-start for our upcoming European season,” he said.

Pimentel, six feet, two inches, said he has slept like a baby on a Yacht Club Stateroom couch. “Try it,” he suggests.

SeaDream I and II, top rated, five star vessels in the authoritative 2003 Berlitz Guide to Cruising and Cruise ships, will be sailing its upcoming Mediterranean voyages from May through October. These are primarily seven-day sailings. Six Mediterranean sailings on SeaDream I and six on SeaDream II are in the Summer Family Program and available for these special savings. Government fees, handling and service charges of $235 per person for all guests is extra. Some restrictions apply. Details are available from travel agencies or may be found on SeaDream’s website

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MIAMI -- The 19th annual Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention, held March 3-7, 2003, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, set strong attendance figures despite a sluggish U.S. economy and the potential of war with Iraq. Attendance topped 9,000 during the four-day event, including 1,265 registered conference delegates, 3,820 visitors, 202 international press and 3,938 exhibiting personnel, for a total of 9,225 attendees.

"Once again, the Miami event has proved to be an asset to the global cruise industry," said Michael Kazakoff, vice president of CMP Princeton Inc., the show's organizers. "The 2003 convention was an extremely important event where exhibitors and delegates came to do business, network and assess the state of the industry.

Seventy-six cruise line owners and operators were represented at the convention, and 726 cruise line executives attended the exhibition. People from 106 countries participated, affirming the global nature of the largest annual gathering in the cruise industry.

Gross exhibit space equaled 330,000 square feet (30,658 square meters) and net exhibit space totaled 141,755 square feet (13,169 square meters), with 952 companies represented. The 2004 Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention is scheduled for March 15-18 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. For details, visit on the Internet.

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iGames Entertainment Announces Royal Caribbean And Celebrity Cruises To Accelerate Installation Of Slot Machine Security Device

LAS VEGAS, April 21 -- iGames Entertainment Inc. announced an additional purchase agreement with Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises of 713 Protector Slot Security Devices, a proprietary, patented security product of iGames Entertainment Inc. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is one of the world's largest cruise companies, operating the Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises brands, with 25 modern ships and a passenger capacity of over 50,000 guests. 

"We intend to continue to install the Protector Slot Security Device across our entire fleet as quickly as possible. We are committed to protecting our assets from any criminal element and eliminating potential slot cheating from all of our vessels," stated RCCL's VP Fleet Operations-Revenue, David Stanley.

iGames Entertainment will continue to retrofit Royal Caribbean and Celebrity cruise ships with the Protector. "We believe that the installation of additional Protectors adds an extra line of defense when it comes to eliminating the problem of slot machine cheating. We are pleased that Royal Caribbean Cruises continues to take positive steps forward to stop theft at the point of attempt and has decided to protect their entire fleet with this device," stated iGames Entertainment CEO, Jeremy Stein.

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From Toddlers to Teens: New Carnival Glory Offers All-Ages Appeal
New 110,000-ton Carnival Glory Reflects Growing Emphasis on Family Cruise Market

MIAMI (04/18/03) - With more families than ever setting sail--Carnival Cruise Lines alone expects to host a record 400,000 children in 2003, a four-fold increase over eight years ago--cruise lines are stocking their ships with "family friendly" amenities catering to this burgeoning market. A perfect example of this is the new 110,000-ton Carnival Glory, the line's newest "Fun Ship" set to launch year-round seven-day Caribbean service from Port Canaveral, Fla., July 19, 2003. One of the largest passenger vessels at sea, this massive 2,974-passenger SuperLiner is designed as the ultimate family vacation with a 4,200-square-foot play area, "kid-friendly" dining selections, fun morning-til-night activities, stroller rentals and more, all part of the line's top-rated "Camp Carnival" program. Particular emphasis has been placed on teens, who can enjoy a high-tech game room/dance club, exclusive just-for-teens shore excursions and various other activities.

"With its all-inclusive value and all-ages appeal, cruising is attracting more families than ever. Newer, larger ships such as Carnival Glory provide unparalleled opportunities to incorporate dramatic public spaces specifically designed for children and teens, which, when combined with the myriad dining, entertainment and activities aimed at adults, creates the ultimate family vacation," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president.

Spacious Play Areas, Fun Science/Geography Projects 
The focal point of the Carnival Glory's "Camp Carnival" program is Under the Rainbow, a 4,200-square-foot play room that is divided into four distinct areas: an arts and crafts center with spin and sand art and candy making machines; a video room with a 16-monitor wall displaying kids' favorite movies and cartoons; a computer lab with educational computer games and the latest PlayStation 2 game consoles; and a children's library with various youth-oriented books and magazines. Under the Rainbow will serve as the venue for many "Camp Carnival" activities, including geography and science projects, part of the line's EduCruise program offering hands-on science and geography projects designed to enrich kids' knowledge of the cultures and landmarks featured within Carnival Glory's seven-day Caribbean itineraries.

The colorful playroom will also be the site for the line's popular babysitting service, which is available from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. nightly and costs $6 per hour for the first child and $4 for each additional child in the same family.

Fun-Filled Activities 
In addition to EduCruise projects, kids of all ages sailing aboard Carnival Glory will enjoy a variety of fun, supervised activities morning-til-night. Sample age-appropriate activities include "Play Dough Fun," storytelling and sing-a-longs for younger cruisers and scavenger hunts, late-night movies and pool parties for older kids. Recently added activities include snow-cone making, cake-decorating and pizza-making sessions during which children can make their own culinary creations under the watchful eye of Carnival Glory's trained youth staff.

Also offered are "multi-generational" activities such as make-your-own sundae sessions, arts and crafts, family water play, which provide parents, children and grandparents an opportunity to participate in activities together as a family.

Increased Emphasis On Teens 
With teenagers comprising a significant portion of Carnival's passenger base, the line has responded to this unique market by creating Ultraviolets, a combination game room/teen dance club featuring a DJ, state-of-the-art sound and lighting system, including a "video wall" displaying continuous music videos, a dance floor and "mocktail lounge" where teens can relax, socialize and enjoy sodas and other non-alcoholic specialty drinks. The 1,800-square-foot room will also house a library with teen-oriented books and magazines, video game units and computers loaded with popular gaming software. And with Carnival's new teen shore excursions, teens have an opportunity to partake in a variety of fun, exciting landside activities - everything from sailing and mountain biking to cave tubing and horseback riding - with kids their own age sailing on that voyage.

Other 'Family Friendly' Features, Special Dining Options 
Carnival Glory will also feature four swimming pools, including a children's wading pool on Sun Deck 12, along with a 214-foot-long twisting, turning water slide. Kids can also rent the latest GameBoy Advance hand-held video game units. The line's popular fleetwide stroller rental program offering single and double strollers for rent by the day or the week will be available on Carnival Glory, as well. The cost is $6 per day and $25 per week.

Dining is considered a highlight of any "Fun Ship" vacation and Carnival Glory will offer a variety of kid-friendly culinary choices, everything from special menus in the main Golden and Platinum dining rooms to a two-level casual eatery, the Red Sail Restaurant, serving hamburgers and hot dogs, and 24-hour pizza, ice cream and frozen yogurt. Kids can also enjoy dinner with the youth counselors each night in the poolside restaurant. A special children's turn-down service offering freshly baked chocolate chip cookies on the first and last night of the voyage is also available. Carnival Glory, like other "Fun Ships," will also offer the "Fountain Fun Card," which provides unlimited soft drinks throughout the duration of the cruise for a flat, one-time fee. The cards, which are purchased once on board, cost $22.95 per child for Carnival Glory's seven-day Caribbean cruises.

Exciting Seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean Itineraries Beginning July 19, 2003, Carnival Glory will operate year-round seven-day sailings from Port Canaveral encompassing alternating eastern and western Caribbean voyages departing every Saturday. Eastern Caribbean cruises call at Nassau, St. Thomas/St. John, and St. Maarten, while western Caribbean voyages include Key West, Fla.; Belize City, Belize; and Cozumel and Progreso/Merida, Mexico. Prior to the start-up seven-day service, Carnival Glory will operate a special five-day Mexico cruise to Costa Maya and Cozumel July 14-19. Information and Reservations For additional information and reservations, call 1-800-327-9501 (indvidual) or 1-800-327-5782 (groups) or visit the line's travel agent Internet portal,

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Result of P&O Princess Extraordinary General Meeting
Carnival Corp & P&O Princess Merger Complete

Lord Sterling of Plaistow, left, P&O Princess Cruises plc chairman, and Micky Arison, Carnival Corp. chairman and CEO, right, chat following P&O Princess Cruises' Extraordinary General Meeting held on April 16, 2003, in London

NEW: April 17 -- Following their announcements on 14 April 2003 and on 16 April 2003 that approval had been given by their respective shareholders, Carnival Corporation and P&O Princess Cruises plc ("P&O Princess") are pleased to announce the completion of the DLC transaction. P&O Princess also announces it will today change its name to Carnival plc.

LONDON, April 16 -- P&O Princess Cruises plc and Carnival Corporation announce that at the P&O Princess EGM held earlier today, the resolution set out in the P&O Princess shareholder circular dated 17 March 2003 relating to, inter alia, the DLC transaction with Carnival was passed on a show of hands. Proxy votes announced at the EGM were 408,679,183 votes cast in favour, representing 99.7 per cent. of shares voted, and 1,118,826 votes cast against, representing 0.3 per cent. of shares voted. There were 3,854,706 votes refrained or abstained. The DLC transaction has now received all necessary shareholder and regulatory approvals and is expected to close on 17 April 2003. The DLC structure will allow P&O Princess shareholders to retain their shares with their exposure to the cruise industry and its significant growth potential in North America, Europe and the rest of the world.

Combining P&O Princess and Carnival creates the world's largest cruise vacation group, with a wide range of complementary and well known cruise brands. The portfolio of 13 brands will cover all sectors of the cruise vacation market and is among the strongest in the industry with Carnival Cruise Lines and Princess, as well as Holland America, being the three top lines in North America; P&O Cruises and Cunard Line the leading brands in the UK; Costa Cruises the best known brand in Southern Europe; Aida the leader in Germany; and P&O Australia the leader in Australia.

The Combined Group will have 66 ships with a further 17 on order equating to 100,000 berths and 42,300 berths respectively. In addition, the Combined Group will have substantial financial flexibility, with strong operating cash flow, low leverage and a strong balance sheet. The pro forma combined revenue for the group for the year ended November 2002 was $6,891 million with net income of $1,333 million. In total 4.7 million passengers were carried during this period.

"I am pleased that the shareholders of P&O Princess and Carnival have decided to combine their two great companies," said Lord Sterling of Plaistow, who is to retire as Chairman of P&O Princess on completion of the DLC Transaction. "As I retire as Chairman of P&O Princess, I have the pleasure of knowing that our people, both at sea and on shore, will have a tremendous future working together with their Carnival colleagues in this new global cruising enterprise."

Micky Arison, who will become Chairman and Chief Executive of the Combined Group, stated, "Such an overwhelming vote in favor of the DLC transaction demonstrates the logic of combining our two companies. Our primary focus will now be on organic growth and extracting the benefits of the combination for shareholders and customers alike. Carnival and P&O together are in the best position to ride the current geo-political uncertainties and benefit from the positive long term prospects for the cruising industry. In virtually every market in the world where cruise vacations have established a foothold in the overall leisure travel business, Carnival Corporation & P&O Princess are leaders. In addition these brands offer very different experiences allowing us to cater to virtually every lifestyle and budget. We offer, quite literally, something for everyone."

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Sailing Solo Special: Single Supplement Waived and up to 2-For-1 Savings on Crystal Cruises' October South America Voyage

LOS ANGELES, April 17 -- Sailing solo has never been so sweet. In addition to supplying extra Ambassador Hosts to serve as dancing and dining partners, Crystal Cruises has waived the single supplement for most stateroom categories and is offering special savings and future benefits for those sailing on the luxury line's October 19 Fort Lauderdale to Buenos Aires cruise aboard Crystal Symphony. Departing from Fort Lauderdale, the itinerary includes calls at the U.S. Virgin Island ports of St. John and St. Thomas, Fortaleza, Brazil and overnight visits in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Now designated as part of the line's Value Collection, the 17-day itinerary is boasting up to 50% off published fares. For reservations made by July 31, travelers will enjoy an additional "Best of Everything" saving of $500 per person. In all, travelers seeking sole occupancy staterooms can save more than $3,000 off the cruise fares. Fares start at $4,450 per person for double, or single, occupancy staterooms. With the "Crystal Dividends" program, the benefits continue into 2004. Guests aboard this sailing who rebook a 2004 cruise will enjoy an automatic 50% discount off of almost every sailing in almost every category.

"Discerning single travelers have long appreciated Crystal's abundant social opportunities coupled with our high level of service and quality entertainment. They also enjoy being seated with interesting fellow guests and dining and dancing with our Ambassador Hosts," says Adam Leavitt, Crystal's senior vice president, marketing. "Now, the single traveler has yet another reason to sail with Crystal -- phenomenal savings."

To accommodate the increased number of single guests, Crystal will add more Ambassador Hosts to the sailing. Gentlemen hosts share backgrounds similar to those of Crystal guests and serve as dance partners, dinner companions and shore excursion escorts. Professional ballroom dance classes are offered on every day at sea.

As part of Crystal's Wine and Food Festival, this voyage will feature guest chef Sigfried Pucher, executive chef of the award-winning La Ciel Restaurant in Austria's Grand Hotel Vienna. He will present cooking demonstrations and prepare a guest chef dinner. Wine expert Bernard Sun, head sommelier of the venerable Montrachet restaurant in Manhattan, will offer tastings that reflect his vast knowledge of wine. The highly acclaimed Montrachet attracts wine connoisseurs from all over the world.

Crystal Cruises is booked exclusively through professional travel agents. For a complimentary brochure on any of Crystal's worldwide sailings, call 800.820.6663.

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Diamond Princess Sparkles During Weekend Float-Out in Nagasaki

Diamond Princess, being built for Princess Cruises by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan, was floated out from the shipyard during ceremonies in Nagasaki on April 12.

Attended by numerous Japanese officials, business leaders local media and Princess officials, the ceremony included the traditional breaking of the champagne bottle against the bow of the vessel, as the ship's horn was sounded and a shower of streamers was released. Peter Ratcliffe, CEO of P&O Princess Cruises, cut the cord for the ship's launch, as she was towed from her drydock berth flanked by fireboats spraying green, red, blue and yellow-colored water into the air.

Diamond Princess will debut in March 2004 with a series of seven-day Mexican Riviera sailings roundtrip from Los Angeles, before beginning her maiden Alaska season from Seattle in the summer.

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Radisson Diamond Joins other Radisson Seven Seas Cruise Ships With Improved Communications Capabilities

April 15, 2003 - Marlink announced a new agreement with Radisson Seven Seas Cruises to provide complete onboard satellite communications for the Radisson Diamond. The Diamond joins other Radisson Seven Seas Cruise ships including the Navigator, Mariner, and new-build Voyager in offering at-sea satellite communications from Marlink. Telenor has been providing Radisson with high-speed data communications at 128 kbps since 2001.

The agreement calls for Marlink, a company within Telenor Satellite Services formed to serve as the preferred interface between maritime customers and the satellite communications industry, to provide Sealink high-speed data service. Operating at speeds up to 2 Megabits per second, the Sealink solution allows guests and crew to enjoy greater access to e-mail, fax services, and telephone service.

The systems being installed aboard the Diamond offers one of the most advanced shipboard satellite communications solutions available today with the highest reliability in the industry. The system will provide Internet access for the ships' Internet Cafe. In addition to Internet access, the system permits simultaneous transmission of large amounts of data, voice calls, facsimile, and e-mail messages, and has the potential for videoconferencing. Guests apply usage charges to a major credit card, making billing and payment simple and easy to understand.

"The communications solution from Marlink allows us to provide Internet services and real-time e-mail services to our guests, enhancing their overall cruise experience," said Jeff McVay, director of communications and technology for Radisson Seven Seas Cruises. "Today, we send tremendous amounts of data between our ships and our offices. This flow of information allows us to improve our services to our guests as well as provide more accurate and timely information from our ships to our shore side offices. Without Marlink's technology, this would be far too costly."

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Insignia will debut in the Mediterranean in April, 2004

Miami, FL, April 15, 2003 – Oceania Cruises, which is less than three months away from the debut of its first ship Regatta, has announced a revised delivery date for its second ship, Insignia. Originally scheduled to sail her inaugural voyage on October 4, 2003 from Barcelona, Insignia will now make her Mediterranean debut on April 10, 2004. All Regatta sailings will operate as scheduled.

Joe Watters, Chairman of Oceania Cruises stated, “Our decision to delay Insignia’s introduction is based on current world conditions that have impacted overall travel. We are fortunate to have the flexibility to make this decision. We will now put our full attention into the successful introduction of Regatta in 2003 with a more timely addition of Insignia in April 2004.”

Frank Del Rio, President & CEO of Oceania Cruises commented, “As we approach the debut of Regatta in July, we will focus our resources and energy on ensuring Regatta’s inaugural season, as well as subsequent cruises in the Caribbean and Central America, is flawlessly executed. Our brand positioning as an upper premium cruise line is paramount to our long term success. Insignia will now make her European debut in 2004 when demand for Mediterranean sailings will once again be stronger.”

Oceania Cruises will be contacting Travel Agents to discuss rebooking options for affected passengers. Oceania Cruises features two intimate and luxurious 684 passenger ships, REGATTA and INSIGNIA. Oceania Cruises’ hallmarks are an unsurpassed culinary experience, a casually elegant atmosphere and unparalleled personal service coupled with extraordinary value.

For additional information on Oceania Cruises or to make a reservation please contact your Travel Agent. To request a brochure, call 800-531-5658 or visit

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Crystal Cruises Introduces Once-In-A-Lifetime Fares For Newly Unveiled May Voyages From Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, April 15 -- Crystal Cruises is offering unprecedented savings on a series of new six- to nine-day roundtrip itineraries in May from Los Angeles aboard the Six-Star Crystal Harmony, featuring prices as low as $795 per person including port charges. The savings opportunities, the most attractive in the luxury line's history, and new itineraries come in the aftermath of Crystal's close-in cancellation of its Asia program due to the high rate of cancellations resulting from the fear of SARS in China.

"Given that these cruises are beginning within a month, we felt it necessary to launch them with the most extraordinary pricing," says Adam Leavitt, Crystal's senior vice president, marketing. "Now is the time for those travelers looking to sample the Crystal experience to get on board and for seasoned Crystal guests to just say yes to a last-minute getaway beginning at just $110 a day."

A nine-day sailing departing Los Angeles on May 1 will call at San Diego, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan. Fares begin at $995 for non-verandah accommodations, $1,295 for verandah staterooms and begin at $2,095 for penthouses.  The same itinerary, departing from San Diego, runs seven days and is available from $895, $1,195, and beginning at $1,995, respectively.

A seven-day sailing departing Los Angeles May 10 will call at Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan.  Fares are $895 for non-verandah accommodations, $1,195 for veranda staterooms and begin at $1,995 for penthouses.  On May 17, the Crystal Harmony will embark on a six-day repositioning cruise to Vancouver for the launch of her Alaska season. Port calls include San Francisco, Seattle, Victoria and Vancouver.  Fares start at $795 for non-verandah accommodations, $1,095 for verandah staterooms and begin at $1,895 for penthouses.

The line's Alaska season kicks off May 23 with a 10-day itinerary departing from Vancouver and ending in San Francisco.  The 10-day cruise will be followed by nine 12-day departures: June 2, 14, 26; July 8, 20; August 1, 13, 25; and September 6.  The itinerary will call at the Alaskan ports of Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and Vancouver and Victoria and British Columbia.  Other highlights include cruising Glacier Bay, Hubbard Glacier or Tracy Arm, depending on itinerary selected.  With Crystal's "Perfect Harmony" savings, guests can take advantage of 40% off standard cruise fares, representing a savings of $3,830 per couple.  Children 12 and under sail free on all 2003 voyages to Alaska when sharing the same stateroom with two adults.

Crystal Cruises is booked exclusively through professional travel agents. For more information, contact Crystal Cruises' website at:

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Diamond Princess Sparkles During Weekend Float-Out in Nagasaki

Diamond Princess, being built for Princess Cruises by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan, was floated out from the shipyard during ceremonies in Nagasaki on April 12.

Attended by numerous Japanese officials, business leaders local media and Princess officials, the ceremony included the traditional breaking of the champagne bottle against the bow of the vessel, as the ship's horn was sounded and a shower of streamers was released. Peter Ratcliffe, CEO of P&O Princess Cruises, cut the cord for the ship's launch, as she was towed from her drydock berth flanked by fireboats spraying green, red, blue and yellow-colored water into the air.

Diamond Princess will debut in March 2004 with a series of seven-day Mexican Riviera sailings roundtrip from Los Angeles, before beginning her maiden Alaska season from Seattle in the summer.

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