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April 16-30, 2004

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Windstar Wins Accolades from Condé Nast Traveler & Departures Magazine Readers 
High Marks From Readers Highlight 2004 Awards

Seattle, WA, April 29, 2004 -- For the second straight year, Windstar Cruises has secured a spot on Condé Nast Traveler magazine's prestigious Gold List, an award that recognizes the top 700 hotels, resorts and cruise lines in the world as voted by the magazine's readers. Windstar was given high marks in a poll of 32,000 readers, who commented on the three ships' singular elegance, food and service. In addition to the Gold List designation, all three of Windstar's motor sailing yachts were named among the Best Cruise Ships in the World by Condé Nast Traveler readers. 

Departures Magazine presented its second annual survey of reader's favorites in the May/June issue. The travel-savvy readers vote on the best hotels, resorts, spas, cruise lines and airlines. Windstar Cruises won high marks on the list of best Small Cruise Lines.

Also, the company secured second place in Recommend Magazine's 7th Annual Reader's Choice Awards for Best Small Ship Cruise Line, and the Wind Spirit was singled out for Best Dining in Cruise Critic's Reader's Choice Awards. 

"We are pleased and honored to receive these prestigious awards," says Tom Russell, vice president of marketing and sales for Windstar Cruises. "It is very gratifying to see that the active and discerning travelers who read these publications have singled us out. We will continue to make every effort to help every guest we serve go '180 Degrees From Ordinary' on their cruise."

Among the comments by readers that were published in Condé Nast Traveler's list of top cruise lines were the following:

* "Simply elegant ships"
* Rooms are..."luxurious and comfortable, with everything you'll need."
* The ships' smaller size means the staff have a chance to get to know each passenger, and "they make an effort to do so."

About Windstar Cruises
Seattle-based Windstar Cruises operates three motor sailing yachts known for their pampering without pretense and their ability to visit the hidden harbors and secluded coves of the world's most treasured destinations. Carrying just 148 to 308 guests, the luxurious ships of Windstar cruise to nearly 50 nations, calling at more than 100 ports throughout Europe, the Caribbean and Tahiti.

Windstar's trademark "casual elegance" delivers a sophisticated yet relaxed experience with all-view staterooms and suites, innovative cuisine and wine selections, open dining, attentive service, enchanting ports of call, complimentary water sports and resort-style dress. Guests will appreciate recent ship enhancements which range from flat screen LCD TVs and DVD players in staterooms to new fabrics, décor and window treatments throughout the ship. For more information including brochures, rates and itineraries contact a professional travel agent or call Windstar at 1-800-258-7245. Visit Windstar Cruises online at

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Royal Caribbean's Summer Cruise Season Offers
 Irresistible Tastes of Europe 
Cruise Line Dishes up Full Flavor of the Continent With Unforgettable Destinations, Exceptional Ships and Authentic Regional Cuisine 

MIAMI, April 29 -- Three Royal Caribbean ships will sail to 16 European countries this summer, taking thousands of guests to experience some of the continent's grandest sights and greatest culinary delights.

"Our guests have identified food as an important element of their vacation experience," said Maria Sastre, vice president, Hotel Operations, for Royal Caribbean. "Our award-winning culinary team uses authentic regional dishes from countries including France, Spain, Greece and Italy to bring the full flavor of Europe to our guests, engage the senses, and enhance the onboard experience."

Recipes for many of the dishes enjoyed by guests cruising the waterways of Europe this summer are included in the "Royal Caribbean International Cookbook" by Master Chef Rudi Sodamin. For those not cruising overseas, whipping up these three examples at home is like taking a quick "hop across the pond."
The "Royal Caribbean International Cookbook" and the "Royal Caribbean Holiday & Entertainment Cookbook" are available onboard all Royal Caribbean cruise ships, nationwide at bookstores and through online book retailers. is pleased to share sample recipes for Greek Salad, Rigatoni Pesto, and Raspberry Creme Brulee.

Royal Caribbean's 2004 European Sailings
Starting in May, Royal Caribbean will have three ships in Europe for the summer season, including two of its highly acclaimed Radiance-class ships: Brilliance of the Seas and the line's newest ship, Jewel of the Seas, which makes her debut in May.

Brilliance of the Seas offers 12-night Mediterranean/Venice and 12-night Mediterranean/Greek Isles cruises from Barcelona. Jewel of the Seas offers 12-night Scandinavia/Russia and 12-night British Isles/Norwegian Fjords cruises from Harwich, England. The third ship, Splendour of the Seas, sails seven-night Mediterranean itineraries from Barcelona. With luxurious day spas, Broadway-style shows, extensive workout facilities, rock-climbing walls, and spectacular dining venues, all three ships balance relaxation, active entertainment, and outstanding cuisine.

Prices for Royal Caribbean's Europe itineraries start at $819 per person, double occupancy for seven-night cruises, and $1,899 for 12-night cruises. Royal Caribbean Cruises International is a global cruise brand currently with 19 ships in service and one more under construction. The company also offers unique cruisetour vacations in Alaska, Canada and Europe. Additional information can be found on the company's web site at or call 800-327-6700. 

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Europe By Sea: 12 Luxurious Sailings Aboard Seven Seas Voyager
Select Voyages Feature "Spotlights" on Wines & Antiques, Exclusive Le Cordon Bleu Cooking Classes and Club Mariner Youth Program

Ft. Lauderdale, FL -- Luxury goes exploring "Europe By Sea" this May through November with exceptional values on 12 all-balcony suite Seven Seas Voyager cruises. Given the strong euro, Voyager guests will reap the benefits of all inclusive pricing in dollars plus bonus savings with a choice of free roundtrip economy air from any of 86 North American gateways, or $1,000 savings on the cruise fare.

While enjoying the acclaimed service and amenities aboard the 700-guest vessel's may 6, 13, June 7, July 23, Aug. 27, Sept. 7, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25 and Nov. 1 cruises, travelers will discover legendary ports and cultural treasures from Russia and the Baltic states to the artistic legacies of Italy and France, to the historic remnants of ancient Greece, to the picturesque resort towns of the Costa del Sol and Cote d'Azur. Select seven- and 11 -night voyages - reaching such ports as Civitavecchia (Rome), Istanbul, Piraeus (Athens), Monte Carlo, St. Tropez, Malaga, Barcelona, Bilbao, Lisbon, Bordeaux, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Tallinn, Bergen, and Hamburg - also feature "Spotlight" programming, hands-on Le Cordon Bleu workshops and Club Mariner Kids activities.

Fine Wines & Antiques
Four of the Seven Seas Voyager's "Europe by Sea" sailings are part of the line's popular series of "Spotlight" theme cruises. The 11-night June 7 Monte Carlo to Dover "Exploring Vineyards and Vintages" cruise caters to wine lovers with an adventurous palette. While sailing the coasts of Spain, Portugal and France, guests will sample and learn first hand about the complexity of some of the region's great wines with Bordeaux winemakers from Domaines Baron de Rothschild and Jean-Pierre Moueix Estates.

The Sept. 7 11-night Rouen to Monte Carlo "On the Road to Bordeaux with The Broadbents" voyage will place the spotlight on experiencing the inner secrets of wine in the company of world-class experts. Bartholomew Broadbent, one of the world's leading authorities on Madeira and Port, will host tastings, joined by James Beard Award-winning wine writer Lyn Farmer and the king of dessert wine, Alois Kracher.

Two "Antiques Boatshow" voyages will explore some of Europe's great bargain hunting destinations with BBC Antiques Roadshow TV hosts. Joinng the Aug. 27 11-night Stockholm to Rouen crusie will be Antiques Roadshow specialists Hilary Kay and Paul Atterbury, and jewelry connoisseur John Benjamin. Ceramics and glass specialists Paul Atterbury and David Battie, with silver expert Ian Harris and pictures and prints authority Lord Mark Poltimore will enliven the Nov. 1st 11-night Monte Carlo to Istanbul cruise. After sharing their professional shopping tips with guests, the experts will lead them on land tours and - before the cruise ends - recreate an Antiques Roadshow onboard, ultimately crowning the guest who found the best bargain ashore.

Cruising, Cooking and Kids
On the June 7 and Sept. 27 sailings, culinary wizards as well as kitchen neophytes can brush up on the cooking techniques imparted by Le Cordon Bleu masters in six hours of hands-on workshops. The pre-bookable classes are $395 per person.

The Club Mariner youth program for youngsters aged six to 17, is available on the July 23 seven-night roundtrip Copenhagen Norwegian Fjords voyage.

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Celebrity Cruises' New Xpedition Puts Guests in the Driver's Seat 
Caribbean Cruises Offer Rare Chance to Drive on Professional Race Track

MIAMI, April 28 -- Hairpin turns, pit stops and 100 mph straight-a-ways are not what you normally expect from a cruise line. They are, however, just a few of the maneuvers guests can make on Celebrity Cruises' latest entry in its Celebrity Xpeditions(SM) series: the Celebrity Racing Academy, an authentic, exhilarating race experience paired with plush hotel accommodations. Developed exclusively for Celebrity by racing champion Justin Bell in association with the Skip Barber Racing School, Celebrity Xpeditions Racing Academy includes four hours at the track, including two hours behind the wheel of a Formula One Dodge racecar capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. Professional drivers are on site throughout, providing pre-track briefings and demonstrating racing techniques. All guests also get to experience a "hot lap" -- a ride in the passenger seat with champion drivers Justin Bell or Derek Bell at the helm of a 450-horsepower Dodge Viper.

Celebrity's Racing Academy events also extend beyond the track. Guests opting for the post-cruise experience following select Caribbean cruises on Celebrity's Millennium, Century and Summit will be transported to the PGA Resort and Spa, one of Palm Beach County's most luxurious resorts. There, in addition to plush accommodations, participants will have the opportunity to meet with Justin or Derek Bell at a cocktail reception and presentation about the racing experience. The following morning, guests will be transported to Moroso Motorsports Park, a 200-acre park with a state-of-the-art, 2.25-mile, 10-turn course, where they will suit up in racing gear, attend a pre-track briefing and hit the track.

Justin Bell was the 2001 TransAm Rookie of the Year and winner of the LeMans 24-hour race and World GT2 Championship. Derek Bell has more than 30 years of racing experience, and is a five-time winner of LeMans. He also was two-time champion of the World Sports Car Championship, and is a commentator for Fox Sports and ESPN.

Pricing for the two-day Celebrity Xpeditions Racing Academy package begins at $1,000 per couple with one person participating in the track session, or $1,800 with both guests participating in the track event. Most packages include one or two nights at the PGA Resort and Spa, transportation from the ship to the hotel and racetrack, and the five-hour track experience, including lunch. Additional details and online booking capability are offered via the Celebrity Xpeditions web site at

The Racing Academy is the latest in a series of Celebrity Xpeditions, which include vacation packages on a luxurious megayacht in the exotic Galapagos Islands, voyages on a Russian icebreaker in the isolated Arctic and Antarctic, and a behind-the-scenes experience with the KGB and Kremlin in Moscow.

Celebrity Cruises is the industry's highest rated premium cruise brand with a taste of luxury. The cruise line has 10 ships in its fleet, which is the youngest of any major line. Celebrity sails to the Arctic, Antarctic, Alaska, Bermuda, California, the Caribbean, Europe, the Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, the Mexican Riviera, the Panama Canal and South America. For more information, call your travel agent, dial 1-800-437-3111, or visit the Celebrity web site at

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Seabourn Retools Award-Winning Website, Adds 2005-2006
'Virtual Theater' Features 360 Degree Ship Tour, Streaming Videos

MIAMI, April 28 -- Seabourn Cruise Line has launched a completely renovated website, designed to be both more user-friendly and more media-rich than their previous award-winning site. An innovative "Virtual Theater" feature provides an interactive, audio-visual ship tour with streaming 360 degree images of suites, public rooms and deck area, as well as streaming videos. The Virtual Theater is accessible from numerous links on the site or directly at

"The Seabourn yachting life is a highly personalized experience," according to Richard D. Meadows, senior vice president of sales and marketing. "We want our website to enable you to have that same experience," he said. "So in the Virtual Theater you are addressed by name, just like you would be on our ships. We'll invite you on a tour of the yachts in a 360 degree format and videos. We're even adding a feature soon that will let some guests share their experiences via individual video clips."

Seabourn's site was selected by for its "Best of the Web" list of the best-designed and most effective sites on the worldwide web. The new content includes complete itineraries for all three Seabourn yachts for 2005 and through April 2006. The site averaged nearly 3,000 visits per day and attracted 550,000 unique visitors in 2003. The newly revised site consists of some 700 pages, including nearly 500 dynamic pages that auto-populate with content based on the user's query.

The new design features a navigation menu located on the right side of the screen in every frame, allowing visitors easy movement between pages throughout the site. Visitors to the site are greeted by an appealing two-minute streaming montage of evocative images and music illustrating Seabourn's key product features, which the line calls Signature Delights. The greeting can easily be skipped on subsequent visits. Visitors are then invited to categorize themselves as "First Time Cruiser," "Experienced Cruiser" or "Already Booked," leading them to a page suggesting possible further navigation based on the sorts of information the visitor may be seeking.

Alternatively, visitors can proceed directly to the navigation menu and explore every aspect of Seabourn's cruising, from destinations to deck plans, by means of dynamic HTML menus that appear at the touch of the cursor. Added features include:

Seabourn's Virtual Theater: "Living the Seabourn Experience" is a virtual tour of a Seabourn ship via 360 degree photography of suites and public rooms. A selection of videos includes "Discover Seabourn Yachting Life," an interesting "Shopping with the Chef," an aerial short "A Look from Above," and "Seabourn Stories," as told by Seabourn guests.

Plan Your Cruise allows visitors to navigate specific areas containing details about a Seabourn vacation, including a selection of Frequently Asked Questions and copies of various guest forms in PDF format for downloading.

Destinations: Highly interactive, this section lets users select a region from a world map and then explore itineraries for 2004, 2005 and 2006, along with shore excursions, pre-and post-cruise extensions, ports of call and Seabourn's complimentary Exclusively Seabourn shoreside experiences. At the bottom of each regional page, icons offer a map, average daily temperatures, optional golf excursions and suggested reading lists.

My Seabourn is a section allowing visitors to store itineraries in a My Cruise Folder for later review and to submit and update personal preferences, including Seabourn suite set-ups and their culinary preferences, food allergies or dietary restrictions, etc.

The Spa at Seabourn is highlighted in a new flash page that contains details of health and beauty treatments available on board.

Links on the site include Seabourn's online boutique of logo sportswear, luggage and accessories by Tumi; Seabourn's a la carte SeabournGolf program and an online source for maps, books and other materials sold by Visitors can also order a printed brochure from the site, request a booking and send email to the company.

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Carnival Adds New Shore Excursions for 2004 Alaska Season
More than 100 Tour Options, Including New Rock Climbing Adventure, Dog Sledding Expedition & Gold-Panning Tour

MIAMI (April 28, 2004) - Carnival Cruise Lines has expanded the number of shore excursion options for its 2004 Alaska season, adding a dozen new tours that range from adventurous rock climbing and dog sledding expeditions to scenic cruises and gold-panning excursions. In total, Carnival will offer more than 100 different tour options in conjunction with the Carnival Spirit's seven-day Glacier Bay and Glacier Route cruises, which sail northbound from Vancouver or southbound from Whittier/Anchorage May 12 - Sept. 15, 2004.

"Alaska is a fascinating and spectacular region, full of natural beauty and wonder, and our shore excursions are designed to provide our guests with the best opportunities to discover the many intriguing highlights of the last frontier," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO. "From active expeditions to more leisurely paced tours, our excursions appeal to a broad range of cruisers with diverse interests."

A sampling of the new excursions includes:

Sled Dog Discovery and Mushing Camp (Skagway) - Riding aboard a custom-built sled, guests discover a northern pastime while learning all about sled dogs and their mushers. The tour whisks guests along a scenic wooded trail, past waterfalls and spectacular views of the Taiya Inlet tidal flats. 

Gold Panning and Salmon Bake Combo (Juneau) - This three-hour tour combines two popular tours in Alaska - gold panning and dinner at the award-winning restaurant Gold Creek Salmon Bake. Following a ride through historic Juneau, guests receive hands-on experience panning in Gold Creek and learn about the city's history of gold discovery. Afterward, guests enjoy a delicious meal at Gold Creek Salmon Bake against a beautiful mountain backdrop.

FX-11 Expedition Kart Adventure Combo (Ketchikan) - After a motor coach ride to the Cape Fox Rainforest Preserve on the shores of George Inlet, guests are introduced to the FX-11 expedition karts and receive an orientation and necessary safety gear for their adventurous journey. With kart guides stationed at the head and rear of the expedition convoy to ensure a safe pace, guests drive to the Mahoney Lake basin, making stops along the way to enjoy the region's beauty. Once at the lake, guests have the opportunity to participate on a guided walk to view the cascading falls. The final leg of the adventure is a one-hour exhilarating Jet Boat ride, which traces the shoreline of George Inlet and heads back to the cruise ship dock. All drivers must show a valid driver's license. The karts are driven over uneven terrain and in all weather conditions. Certain physical requirements apply.

Klondike Rock Climbing & Rappelling Adventure (Skagway) - This challenging and adventurous excursion provides guests an opportunity to climb over the smooth granite walls of the White Pass while accompanied by professional mountain guides with world expedition experience. There are more than a dozen paths to choose from, ranging from easy to very challenging, and all routes end with a stunning view of the Skagway River, the White Pass Yukon Route Railway, and the surrounding wilderness. This excursion is designed for physically fit guests. Climbing shoes, helmet, harness and snack are provided. 

"Duck" Historic City and Harbor Tour (Ketchikan) - A modern amphibian vehicle, called the "Duck," takes guests through Ketchikan's rustic streets and into the scenic harbor for a fun-filled tour. This unique vehicle, which is a combination boat and bus, travels through historic downtown Ketchikan toward Bar Harbor. Upon reaching the launching ramp, the water portion of the excursion commences, where guests can view wildlife, as well as local scenery.

These new tours complement the wide variety of existing shore excursions available on Carnival Spirit Alaska sailings, which range from leisurely paced city walks and nature tours to more active pursuits such as biking, cycling and alpine lake snorkeling. Carnival Spirit's 2004 Alaska season consists of 16 seven-day Glacier Route and three Glacier Bay voyages. Glacier Route cruises depart May 19 to Sept. 1, either southbound from Whittier or northbound from Vancouver. Cruises in both directions feature Prince William Sound, College Fjord, Lynn Canal, Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Sitka and the Inside Passage. Glacier Bay cruises depart round-trip from Vancouver May 12, Sept. 8 and 15 and feature full days cruising Glacier Bay National Park and the Inside Passage, as well as visits to Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan. Additional information on Carnival's Alaska cruises can be obtained by contacting any travel agent, calling 1-800-CARNIVAL or visiting

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Holland America Line Names ms Westerdam in Venice

Godmother, Dutch actress Renée Soutendijk, is joined by Captain Dirk van den Berg, master of the Westerdam (left) and Stein Kruse, president and COO of Holland America Line. 
Image ©Holland America Line

VENICE, Italy -- The sun shined over a crowd of more than 1,500 travel agents, local officials and maiden voyage guests during the naming ceremony of Holland America Line's ms Westerdam in Venice, Italy on April 25. The 1,848-passenger Westerdam embarked its maiden voyage guests and sailed its inaugural 12-day cruise from Venice to Greece, Turkey and Croatia.

"It was a very special celebration as we dedicated our first ship in Venice, Italy," said Stein Kruse, president and chief operating officer, Holland America Line. "The ship is beautiful and runs very well." 

The naming ceremony took place on the "Festa del Boccolo," or St. Mark's Day, the holiday celebrating the patron saint of Venice. As is tradition on this day, every woman received a red rose and Dutch actress Renée Soutendijk named the ship in fitting style, with a rose being launched toward the bow to signal the breaking of a champagne bottle against the Westerdam's name on the ship's hull. Prior to the naming ceremony colorfully costumed performers from a Venetian 16th century-style carnival troupe performed for guests.

Following the naming ceremony, guests aboard the sold-out maiden voyage enjoyed a special reception as the ship overnighted in Venice before departing the next day. The ship will visit Dubrovnik, Santorini, Rhodes, Pythagorion, Athens, and Katakolon, Greece, Kusadasi, Turkey, and Valletta, Malta.

Born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 1957, godmother Renee Soutendijk has appeared in more than 50 films and TV programs. In 1991 she made her first American film, playing the title character in "Eve of Destruction" (1991), also starring Gregory Hines. She was honored with the well-known German film industry's Adolf Grimme Prize in 1999.

ms Westerdam Latest in Series of Exclusive Vista-class Premium Vessels
With the delivery of its first 1,848-passenger Vista-class ship in December 2002, Holland America Line immediately expanded its premium appeal to a broader range of guests. While many additions to the ships are newly evident -- exterior elevators, two promenade decks, multi-tiered show lounge, varied dining options -- the Vista class ships look and feel like others in Holland America's fleet, delivering the traditional on-board "HAL-marks" that made the company the undisputed leader in premium cruising.

Like its sisters, ms Zuiderdam and ms Oosterdam, the new Westerdam boasts a spacious design for public areas and staterooms with a high passenger space ratio of 46. And 85 percent of its staterooms have ocean views, with 67 percent of all staterooms sporting verandahs, including the new value-priced stateroom category -- Deluxe Verandah Outside -- the best verandah value at sea. Penthouse and Deluxe Verandah Suite guests also enjoy the use of a private concierge lounge. The ms Westerdam will be the first ship delivered complete with the Signature of Excellence cabin amenities, including plush Euro-top mattresses, fluffy robes, and make-up mirrors in all cabins.

Additional features include The Greenhouse Spa and Salon, a renowned full- treatment spa, exercise facility and hair and nail salon; the multi-level Vista Show Lounge; a second "cabaret-style" theater for late-night entertainment and daytime first-run movies; and a golf simulator. Two interior promenade decks, an exterior covered promenade deck, Lido pool with a retractable dome, the Club HAL kids and teens areas, and the signature Explorer's Lounge and "Crow's Nest" observation lounge are also featured.

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Hit a Hole-In-One with Norwegian Cruise Line's New 
Hawaii Golf Program
Pride of Aloha to debut Industry's First Golf Pro Shop at sea

Miami, April 26, 2004 - With breathtaking views, superb year-round weather and world-class golf resorts, Hawai`i is one of the top golf destinations in the world. NCL America announced today that it has created a comprehensive shore side golf program, complete with the first golf pro shop at sea, for the new Pride of Aloha.

Beginning July 4, 2004 with Pride of Aloha's inaugural voyage, passengers can tee it up with NCL's Golf Hawai`i program, which will offer golf outings to championship courses on all four main islands, including Ko`olau on O`ahu; Poipu Bay and The Prince Course on Kaua`i; Mauna Lani Resort and Hapuna Golf Course on the Big Island of Hawai`i; and Kapalua and Wailea on Maui. All courses feature 18 holes of golf with a variety of layouts ranging from 5,873 to 7,263 yards in length.

"Hawai`i is one of the world's premier golf destinations and with Pride of Aloha's full days in port we are able to offer a golf program that truly caters to golf enthusiasts," said Andy Stuart, NCL America's executive vice president of marketing, sales and passenger services. "It will be a comprehensive program including the industry's first dedicated pro shop at sea." 

The Pride of Aloha Pro Shop will provide all that is needed for a great golf experience in Hawai`i. The ship will feature top-of-the-line golf equipment including Callaway clubs and Adidas shoes for rent; guaranteed tee-times and NCL Golf Hawai`i logo items for purchase including Callaway apparel, Top-Flite and Callaway balls, gloves and hats. The shop will also feature onboard clinics with local golf pros and three practice nets. Prices start from $95 per person. Transportation is included in all rounds of golf. 

Pride of Aloha, currently sailing as Norwegian Sky, will undergo a multi-million dollar remodeling in May and be re-flagged into the U.S. registry. The 2,000-passenger ship begins her new schedule in early June in California and culminates with an inaugural celebration and ship christening on July 4 in Hawai`i when she will then begin seven-day inter-island Hawai`i cruises. For further information on NCL, agents in the U.S. and Canada may contact NCL at (800) 327-7030 or visit NCL's website at

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Silversea Cruises Launches Convenient Online Shore Excursion Booking Feature
Exclusive “Silver Collection” Shore Tours Debut

Ft. Lauderdale, FL –- Silversea Cruises announced that guests can now enjoy the added convenience of reserving their shore excursions online. Starting with this year’s Alaska and Mediterranean itineraries, guests can visit the ultra-luxury line’s Web site and pre-book their shore excursions with the click of a button. Silversea is also enhancing its program of award-winning shore adventures with exclusive new Silver Collection tours that provide an enriching and in-depth exploration of local history and culture. These inspired and unique cultural experiences include private openings of galleries and museums, cooking classes with celebrated chefs, private helicopter sightseeing, and visits to venues that are often inaccessible to the general public.

“We are very pleased to be able to offer these new options to our guests,” said Jim Droney, Silversea’s Director of Land Programs. “By giving guests the ability to take care of their shore excursions in advance, we’re giving them the freedom and convenience to board ship and just relax and settle into their cruise; there’s no need to worry about getting to the Tour Desk in time to review and secure excursions.” Added Droney, “With our new Silver Collection tours, we’re offering a dramatically enhanced array of shore experiences that will hold great appeal for those guests who seek out exceptional cultural encounters and enrichment through their travels. Our goal is always to go above and beyond, and that is what these new shore programs are all about.”

To take advantage of the new online booking feature for shore excursions, which is available 60 days prior to sailing, guests (or their travel agents) can simply visit Silversea’s Web site at, find their cruise, and if a “Reserve Now” button appears above “Shore Excursions” on the right side, then the online booking option is available. Once a shore excursion is reserved online, the cost of the tour is subsequently charged to the guest’s shipboard account during their cruise. The option is not available within two weeks of sailing, though guests will still be able to book their excursions, depending on availability, once they have embarked their cruise.

This year, in addition to offering over 1,800 different shore excursions worldwide, Silversea is rolling out a collection of very exclusive shore experiences in select ports of call. The new Silver Collection is a selection of carefully tailored cultural experiences that offer guests rare access to unique events and extraordinary sightseeing opportunities. Highlights of the Silver Collection include a private cooking lesson in Taormina, Sicily, at the restored 18th-century home of noted culinary author Eleonora Consoli; an evening of fine dining and wine tasting in Bordeaux at the Schÿler family’s Château Kirwan, an elegant estate, vineyard and winery located in the heart of the famous Médoc wine region; and a fly-out adventure to Alaska’s Chatham Strait where guests have the rare privilege to witness humpback whales bubble-net feed (an incredible phenomenon where whales form a veil of bubbles to entrap fish). The number of participants is usually limited on Silver Collection tours and guests are encouraged to book as early as possible. For more information on Silversea Cruises, please contact a travel agent. For a complimentary brochure, please call toll-free (877) 215-9986 or visit

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A Shining New Star to Debut After Multi-Million Dollar Refurbishment
Norwegian Star to Display New Hull Artwork

Miami, April 20, 2004 – Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) Norwegian Star star-studded debut in December 2001 garnered shining reviews from both travel agents and media. Purpose built for Freestyle Cruising, she features the industry’s first 10 restaurant-ship and, along with Norwegian Dawn, the largest suites at sea. In May, she will shine even brighter as she emerges from a San Francisco dry dock where she will undergo a multi-million dollar refurbishment. The refurbishment encompasses changes on both the inside and outside of the 91,000-ton vessel including the addition of a steakhouse, a 10,000-square foot casino and dramatic hull artwork, a signature trademark for the company.

“Our hull artwork on Norwegian Dawn and the designs for Pride of Aloha and Pride of America have been extremely well received,” said Colin Veitch, president and CEO of NCL. "As our purpose-built Freestyle Cruising ships enter dry dock and as we bring in new ships we will treat the hulls as blank canvases and incorporate dynamic designs that reflect the personality of the ships.”

Norwegian Star’s new decorative artwork will be splashed along both sides of the hull with a burst of colorful stars and streamers running from the bow of the ship almost to the middle of the ship. The green, red, yellow, purple and aqua blue design is a whimsical interpretation of the long-time cruise tradition of passengers throwing streamers from the bow of the ship as the vessel pulls away from the dock at the beginning of a sailing.

On the inside, one of the most dramatic changes during the renovation will be the expansion and conversion of the restaurant space on deck 13 now occupied as Las Ramblas into Cagney’s Steakhouse, a very popular restaurant concept on Norwegian Dawn. Cagney’s Steakhouse is a 1930s-style American steak house decorated in a Western theme. Norwegian Star’s Endless Summer restaurant, which is located on Deck 8 overlooking the Atrium, will become a Tex Mex and Tapas style restaurant. Offerings will include sangria, tamales, black bean soup with chorizo, enchiladas, quesadillas and Mexican chocolate mascarpone cheesecake. Currently there are three private rooms in the high-end SoHo Restaurant on Deck 6; two of those rooms will be removed to expand the overall restaurant space. One room will continue to offer a private dining experience for a group of 6-10 people. 

Another dramatic change for the ship is the addition of a state-of-the-art casino, which will be installed where Dazzles Nightclub currently exists on Deck 6. The Star Club Casino will feature passenger’s favorite tables like Blackjack, Mini Baccarat, Roulette, 3 Card Poker, Caribbean Stud Poker and Craps tables with lines that offer favorable odds that pay our 3, 4 and 5 times the amount of money bet. The ship will also feature games other lines don’t offer, including Pai-Gow Poker, Pai-Gow Tiles and even a Big Baccarat table, which are available only by special request prior to sailing. Also available in the Casino beginning in August, will be a new electronic player tracking system that logs passenger’s play and rewards them for it. The card records players earning and offers various rewards, including onboard amenities, credit applied to their onboard account, reduced rates for future cruises and even a complimentary cruise if the level of play is high enough. 

The Teen Club on Deck 7 will be transformed into the sleek, hip Pearl Martini Lounge and the adjoining Karaoke Circus will become the Carousel Bar and Night Club where the existing private Karaoke rooms will be removed to create an expanded space for the night club. The Teen Club, along with the Video Arcade, will be moved to Deck 12 aft in the Market Café. The space that used to accommodate the Video Arcade will now become an expanded gym area for the Barong Fitness Center. 

Norwegian Star’s Alaska season begins on May 30, 2004 from Seattle, calling in Juneau, and Skagway before cruising spectacular Glacier Bay, then visiting Ketchikan and Victoria, British Columbia. She will continue to sail this seven-day itinerary from Seattle through September 12, 2004. After her Alaska season, Norwegian Star will reposition to Los Angeles to begin a series of 8-day Mexican Riviera voyages calling in Acapulco, Zihuantanejo, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas Mexico. The season runs from September 26, 2004 through April 30, 2005.

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Royal Caribbean Honored for Environmental Achievements

MIAMI -- Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. was honored today by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers for the development and implementation of the cruise industry's first comprehensive ISO 14001-certified environmental management system and environmental officer-training program. 

"It is very gratifying to receive this recognition from such a knowledgeable and experienced group of environmental professionals," said William Wright, senior vice president of Safety and Environment for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. "I am very proud of, and thankful for, all of our employees who do so much to help our company continually improve our stewardship of the world's oceans."

Royal Caribbean's environmental management system is supported by its environmental officer training, which reinforces best management practices, going above and beyond regulatory compliance, organizational improvements, treatment processes, and critical record keeping procedures. Royal Caribbean's environmental officers are responsible for all solid, hazardous, and chemical waste management onboard their vessels. Their training empowers them to successfully administer the company's environmental management system. Environmental officers also train crew members in environmental management practices, perform ongoing inspections, serve as advisors to shipboard management, and act as vital links to the company's shoreside departments.

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Norwegian Cruise Line Announces Deployment for 2005-06
Company's lineup to feature expansion in key Homeland Cruising markets

MIAMI, FL -- Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) announced its deployment for 2005-06 expanding its presence in the company's key Homeland Cruising markets. Next year, NCL will deploy three ships in Hawai`i sailing 7-, 10- and 11-day cruises out of Honolulu, put a fourth ship in Alaska with three ships out of Seattle and one out of Vancouver, continue its position as a leader in Bermuda with departures from three eastern seaboard cities and differentiate its Caribbean deployment with innovative itineraries from five Homeland Cruising ports.

"Homeland Cruising is a core business strategy for the company both today and as we plan for the future," said Colin Veitch, president and CEO of NCL. "Our aim is to be the leader in popular cruise destinations as Hawai`i, Alaska's Inside Passage and Bermuda, and to offer the widest possible variety of innovative itineraries in the Caribbean."

Highlights of the deployment include:

Alaska - NCL will feature its largest Alaska deployment ever with four Freestyle Cruising ships departing from two Homeland Cruising ports - Seattle and Vancouver - and featuring the industry's only roundtrip 10- and 11-day itinerary out of Seattle and the only Alaska itinerary with Anchorage (Whittier or Seward) as a port of call. The move represents an expansion of NCL's Alaska program placing two of its biggest ships in Alaska for a total of four ships sailing 7-, 10- and 11-day cruises beginning May 2005. The line will place Norwegian Star, Norwegian Spirit and Norwegian Dream out of Seattle and Norwegian Sun out of Vancouver. Seven-day itineraries are on sale now. The 10/11 day itineraries will go on sale on April 26, 2004;

- NCL will feature a selection of 52 weekly sailings from Boston, Philadelphia and New York, the only three-port Bermuda itinerary and the only sailings to Bermuda from Boston. On sale date is May 10, 2004;

Hawai`i - NCL will deploy three ships in the Aloha state - Pride of Aloha, which will continue 7-day roundtrip inter-island cruises from Honolulu, Norwegian Wind, which will continue her 10- and 11-day cruises from Honolulu featuring a call in Fanning Island, and Pride of America. Pride of America's new schedule will be announced in the near future. Pride of Aloha and Norwegian Wind itineraries go on sale on May 10, 2004;

Caribbean - NCL will feature its diverse and innovative Caribbean deployment from five Homeland Cruising ports including Charleston, Houston, Miami, New Orleans and New York, where NCL will again place Norwegian Dawn for year round sailings. Caribbean itineraries go on sale on May 24, 2004;

Mexican Riviera - NCL will deploy Norwegian Star back to Los Angeles, where she will continue her 8-day exotic itinerary featuring the industry's only weekly cruise out of Los Angeles to include the Mexican Rivera's most famous playground, Acapulco, with a full day and overnight stay. The cruise also includes a call into Zihuatanejo and the traditional favorites of Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas. Itineraries go on sale on May 17, 2004.

South America - NCL will deploy Norwegian Crown in South America sailing a series of 14-day Chilean Fjords/Strait of Magellan cruises and two Panama Canal cruises. Itineraries go on sale on May 17,2004.

As the company's success with Homeland Cruising drives its rapid expansion in North American ports and key destinations, NCL will not deploy a ship in Northern Europe for 2005. In the future, that may change as the company expands its fleet.

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Wind Surf's Windspa & Fitness Center Update
Innovative Spa Treatments, Fitness Classes & Cuisine Options make Wind Surf an Ideal Destination for Today's Active, Health-Conscious Traveler

Seattle, WA -- Windstar Cruises has updated the WindSpa aboard its flagship Wind Surf. The spa has been enhanced with new furnishings, décor and lighting as part of the luxury line's recent multi-million dollar fleetwide enhancement program. The updated spa aboard the 308-passenger ship reflects Windstar's overall commitment to providing guests with diverse health and fitness options that cater to the desires of the modern traveler. 

Cruising under billowing white sails to destinations off the beaten path, Wind Surf offers passengers the perfect environment for renewal with a variety of therapeutic spa treatments and new fitness classes to choose from, as well as alternative Vegetarian and Sail Light cuisine menus at every meal.

"Self-improvement and life enhancement have become increasingly popular, especially among Windstar's active, adventure seeking travelers," stated Tom Russell, vice president of sales and marketing for Windstar Cruises. "Wind Surf's first-class spa, exciting fitness classes, and fresh menu choices from chef Jeanne Jones offer our guests an unmatched experience of easygoing luxury travel and total wellness."

WINDSPA -- Rejuvenating Treatments, soothing Indulgences
The updated WindSpa echoes Wind Surf's quiet elegance and features a skilled and talented staff committed to providing guests with unique treatments and services that reflect the tranquility of the sea. The spa's unique massage options include everything from soothing Reflexology, the ancient Asian pressure point foot massage, to Aromastone Therapy which uses Balinese stones to unlock the energy trapped within the body's Chakras. Those swept up in the romance of the sea may even choose a couple's massage lesson which includes a massage for each partner while the therapist teaches the healing qualities of mutual massage.

The WindSpa also features a number of innovative body treatments including the Ionithermie Algae Detox to firm and tone the skin, a refreshing and purifying Oxygen Lifting Facial, and Japanese Eye Zone Therapy. From cutting edge facial and body treatments to hairstyles and paraffin pedicures, the options for indulgence aboard Wind Surf are near limitless.

A Fresh Face on Fitness
With an eye toward total passenger well-being, Wind Surf's exercise gym and Nautilus fitness rooms have also been updated and improved. Wrap-around glass windows allow sweeping views of the ship and surroundings from the bikes, elliptical machines, stairclimbers or treadmills. Free weights and a multi-workout station are also available in the gym. A new floor and large mirrors in the Nautilus fitness room brighten the room for fitness classes. The ship offers a diverse assortment of classes that take exercise in directions "180 degrees from ordinary," including Cardio Kick-Boxing, Kai-Bo, Yoga, High/Low-impact Aerobics, Pilates, and more. 

For those who wish to embark on their own personal journey of renewal, Wind Surf offers expert personal training, diet consultation and body composition analysis, with options designed to create workouts and fitness regimens based on passengers' individual goals and needs.

Aboard Wind Surf, fitness can also mean fun in the sun with complimentary water sports available on most itineraries (when the ship is anchored). Aboard all three Windstar ships, guests can take part in the best activities the sea has to offer, including water-skiing, snorkeling, windsurfing, sailing, banana boating and kayaking. PADI certified divers lead diving expeditions and conduct diving lessons for a fee.

"A Windstar cruise is about living life to the fullest and the Wind Surf allows us to offer our guests incredible opportunities to get hands on with water sports and fitness activities that enrich their experience and fulfill their sense of adventure and exploration," said Russell.

Healthful dining that feeds the senses
An innovator in the culinary arena, Windstar has complemented its signature cuisine with a collection of "spa cuisine" alternatives from renowned chef Jeanne Jones. An author and syndicated columnist, Jones has developed spa menus for Canyon Ranch, the Pritikin Longevity Center and the Four Seasons Hotels. Windstar's light menus focus on fresh, flavorful fare prepared to meet the American Heart Association's guidelines and incorporate indigenous foods, spices and local flavors from the exotic destinations the ships travel.

While the Sail Light menus are low in calories and fat grams, they are big on taste and enhancing the savory flavors of the food. Windstar's lacto-vegetarian menu dishes contain no meat or meat byproducts (some use eggs). All menus note calories, fat grams, dairy and egg ingredients, and guests may always request to view the recipe before ordering. From Vegetable Cannelloni with Creamy Vegetables wrapped into Crepes and served on a Tomato Coulis, to Herb Ravioli with Melted Tomatoes and Crispy Basil, guests are sure to find a dish to tempt the palate.

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Royal Caribbean Takes Delivery of Jewel of the Seas
Fourth Radiance-class Ship Offers Wealth of Activities, Amenities 

MIAMI, April 22 -- Royal Caribbean International took delivery today of Jewel of the Seas, in a ceremony in Eemshaven, Netherlands. The 2,112-passenger ship, built at Meyer Werft Yard in Papenburg, Germany, will sail a series of short, preview events before arriving in Harwich, England, to commence her inaugural cruising season in Northern Europe.

"Jewel of the Seas is the final jewel in our Radiance class of ships," said Jack Williams, president and chief operating officer of Royal Caribbean International. "She sparkles with nearly three acres of exterior glass and offers a wealth of activities, entertainment and itineraries. Jewel of the Seas will take guests on unforgettable adventures to many of the world's most scenic and exciting cruise destinations."

Jewel of the Seas will sail Scandinavia/Russia and British Isles/Norwegian Fjords itineraries until September, when she repositions to Boston to cruise Canada and New England. In November, she moves to Ft. Lauderdale to take guests throughout the Eastern and Western Caribbean.

The activities and amenities onboard Jewel of the Seas are just as diverse as her itineraries. The elegant ship includes a spectacular, two-story main dining room; an exotic Thailand-themed, adults-only Solarium with a retractable glass roof; two intimate specialty restaurants; and the full- service ShipShape Day Spa, equipped with a thermal suite, which includes heated tile loungers facing the ocean, an aromatherapy steam room, a sauna and tropical rain showers. Jewel of the Seas also has a playful side, including active options such as Royal Caribbean's signature rock-climbing wall, a jogging track, a basketball and volleyball court, ping pong tables, a nine-hole miniature golf course, the ShipShape Fitness Center and two self-leveling, gyroscopic pool tables.

The Adventure Ocean Youth Program offers guests ages 3 to 17 activities ranging from scavenger hunts and sports tournaments to art and science workshops. Teens have their own exclusive hangout, Fuel nightclub, complete with a soda bar, dance floor and DJ music. The whole family will enjoy heading to the Coral Theater at night for one of Jewel's three incredible stage productions, including "Tango Buenos Aires," a spectacular performance that takes the audience through the history of the dance. In addition, a variety of comedians, singers, piano players and musicians appear throughout Jewel's numerous bars and lounges.

From May through September 2004, Jewel of the Seas will sail Scandinavia/Russia itineraries. In September, Jewel of the Seas will cross the Atlantic for a series of New England/Canada cruises from Boston. A month later, she will arrive in her winter homeport of Ft. Lauderdale, where she will sail alternating eight-night Eastern Caribbean and six-night Western Caribbean itineraries. For additional information about the cruise line, please visit the company's web site at or call 800-327-6700.

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Crystal Cruises Named Number One Cruise Line Spa in Conde Nast Traveler 2004 Readers' Spa Poll

LOS ANGELES, April 22 -- Discerning readers of Conde Nast Traveler have once again recognized Crystal Cruises as the very best cruise line spa in the magazine's 2004 Readers' Spa Poll of spas in North America and the Caribbean. Crystal's overall score of 89.0 places the luxury line ahead of the four other cruise lines recognized in the annual survey, as well as many of North America's most renowned resort and destination spas including Tucson's Canyon Ranch health resort, Ten Thousand Waves in Santa Fe and the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara.

Cruise line spas were rated on cabins, workout facilities, treatments and staff/service, with Crystal taking top honors in three of the four categories including its Asian-inspired treatments and Feng Shui-designed exercise facilities. Despite Crystal's number one standing among all cruise lines and its high marks for treatments, it is the company's impressive score in the critical area of staff/service that puts the luxury cruise line on par with the best spa purveyors in the nation. With a score of 96.4, the line ranks number eight for staff/service among the 47 spas listed.

"A soothing, therapeutic or energizing spa experience is such a perfect complement to Crystal's luxury cruise experience," says Crystal President Gregg L. Michel. "We recognize that stimulation of mind and body, diet and fitness are an increasingly important part of our sophisticated clientele's daily lifestyle and we continue to answer their needs with purpose-built spa facilities, expertly trained staff, healthy gourmet dining options, and an exacting attention to the individual needs of each guest."

Indeed, Crystal's progressive wellness philosophy is evidenced by its innovative enrichment programming both onboard and ashore. Less than a year ago, the award-winning cruise line launched its revolutionary Creative Learning Institute with a dedicated fitness component featuring hands-on, interactive instruction in Thai Chi and health and fitness seminars conducted by the renowned Cleveland Clinic. Utilizing her signature WALKVEST, fitness expert Debbie Rocker recently debuted a custom-made "Walk on Water" program for the cruise line designed to maximize the health benefits of walking. Among its array of state-of-the-art gym equipment is a Pilates Reformer for one-on-one sessions with a personal trainer.

The Crystal Spa, found aboard Crystal Harmony, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, is designed in accordance with the principles of Feng Shui, the Asian art of placement, to evoke health, prosperity and happiness, and offers a variety of treatments applying these principles to the body. The luxurious floating resorts feature a range of therapies designed to alleviate stress and tension, from Yin Yang Facials with essential oils to Exotic Lime & Ginger Salt Glow with Well-Being Massage to Aroma Stone Therapy using heated volcanic basalt stones and aromatherapy to release tension. Complementing the treatments are sports activities, a fully equipped gym, and group and private training in yoga and Pilates, disciplines of stretching that engage both the mind and the body. Operated by Steiner Leisure, the world's largest spa company, the Crystal Spas employ therapists dedicated to the cruise line who must complete extensive training not only in the fundamentals of Feng Shui and Eastern massage, but also in the core values of the Crystal service philosophy.

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Budding Comedians Compete For Gig As Stand-Up Comics Aboard The ‘Fun Ships’

MIAMI (April 22, 2004) – Cruise ships are top venues for both established and up-and-coming comedians and Carnival Cruise Lines is giving three budding comedians the break of a lifetime – a comedy gig aboard the world’s most popular cruise line. As part of the new “Carnival Comedy Challenge,” up to 100 would-be comedians in Atlanta, Charlotte, and Sarasota, Fla., will compete for the grand prize – an all-expenses-paid comedy performance, including round-trip transportation, aboard a Carnival “Fun Ship.”

The “Carnival Comedy Challenge” is the brainchild of Al Ernst, one of the most popular comedians performing aboard Carnival’s ships who also appears regularly in comedy clubs throughout the country and has been featured in numerous television comedy specials. Ernst, who got his start by winning the guest talent show aboard a Carnival “Fun Ship,” will serve as emcee for “Carnival Comedy Challenge” events, which will be held on the following dates:

  • April 27-28 – Punchline Comedy Club in Atlanta

  • May 25-26 – Comedy Zone in Charlotte

  • June 29-30 – McCurdy’s Comedy Theater in Sarasota 

In addition to an audience vote, a panel of judges, comprised of top talent evaluators, including entertainment scouts from Carnival and comedy club owners, will select 10 finalists from each city to compete for the grand prize. The 10 finalists will then perform a six-minute stand-up act as part of a “comedy showdown,” with one winner from each city being chosen to be a featured comedian aboard a Carnival “Fun Ship.” Winners will have numerous opportunities to showcase their talents during the cruise, including performing during the line’s popular “Midnight Special” comedy show. 

Depending on the venue, runners-up will win a booking at the historic Punchline Comedy Club in Atlanta, a one-week booking on the “Heffron Talent Comedy Zone” tour which visits more than 60 comedy venues throughout the country, or a one-week booking at the new McCurdy's Comedy Theatre in Sarasota. The winner of the Atlanta event will perform on the Inspiration’s four-day Caribbean cruise from Tampa Nov. 4, 2004; the Charlotte winner will perform on Celebration’s four-day Bahamas voyage from Jacksonville, Dec. 9, 2004; and the Sarasota winner will perform on the Imagination’s five-day sailing from Miami on Oct. 26, 2004. 

Would-be comedians interested in competing in the “Carnival Comedy Challenge” can visit for additional information and registration. Additional information on Carnival’s “Fun Ships” is available by contacting any travel agent, calling 1-800-CARNIVAL, or visiting

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Queen Mary 2 Makes First Visit to New York 
Mayor Michael Bloomberg to Formally Welcome Ship to Manhattan

NEW YORK, April 22 -- The world's grandest luxury liner, Queen Mary 2, will arrive at her U.S. home port of New York for the first time today on her maiden westbound transatlantic voyage from Southampton, England. The flagship of Cunard Line and the British merchant fleet will be welcomed to New York in grand fashion. Escorted by two U.S. Coast Guard vessels amidst a massive water display by fireboats, Queen Mary 2 (QM2) is scheduled to dock at Pier 92 at the New York Cruise Terminal.

New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will formally welcome QM2 at a brief quay-side ceremony upon her arrival. Also in attendance will be Pamela Conover, president of Cunard Line; Micky Arison, chairman of Cunard's parent Carnival Corporation; Commodore Ronald Warwick, master of QM2; Jonathan Tisch, chairman of NYC & Company, and other dignitaries. In her remarks, Cunard's Conover will declare: "Today is an historic day for Cunard Line, for it is the first time in 35 years that we will welcome a new ship to New York. We have a special relationship with this great city as the only company to provide regular transatlantic service between England and New York for over 158 years."

QM2's arrival at Pier 92 will be heralded by a rousing welcome from the New York Maritime College and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point, NY) marching bands. Additionally, Cunard commissioned world-renowned artist Peter Max to create a commemorative banner that depicts the familiar image of Lady Liberty, whose welcoming arms and glowing torch have greeted transatlantic voyagers for over two centuries. The artwork, which will serve as the backdrop for the Mayor's welcome ceremony, will adorn lampposts throughout the city from April 20 to May 20.

On Saturday, April 24, 2004, QM2 will welcome the Entertainment Industry Foundation's second annual "Hollywood Hits Broadway" musical extravaganza benefiting the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance. The excitement will continue on Sunday, April 25, as QM2 and her famous sister ship QE2 will meet for the first time in New York. Their legendary namesakes Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth were berthed in the port together in March 1940, the last time two Cunard Queens adorned Manhattan's harbour. Cunard's current Queens will cross the Atlantic in tandem, arriving in Southampton on May 1. To celebrate this milestone, prior to leaving the harbour, both vessels will be positioned near the Statue of Liberty at approximately 8:30 p.m. for a spectacular serenade of fireworks by Grucci.

Queen Mary 2 features 10 dining venues, including a Mediterranean speciality restaurant operated by celebrity chef Todd English. The liner also has the only Canyon Ranch SpaClub(R) at sea, the largest ballroom at sea, the largest library at sea, and the largest wine collection at sea, as well as a Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar, a two-story theatre, a casino, five indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hot tubs, boutiques and children's facilities complete with British nannies. QM2 uniquely features the world's only shipboard planetarium. Among its feature presentations is the American Museum of Natural History's Space Show--The Search for Life: Are We Alone?--narrated by actor Harrison Ford.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II named the ship at a gala ceremony held in Southampton on January 8, 2004. She entered service on January 12 with her maiden voyage from Southampton to Fort Lauderdale, FL, followed by a series of Caribbean cruises. In 2004, she will offer 13 transatlantic crossings between New York and England as she takes over the role currently operated by QE2. Six-day crossings are priced from $1,499 per person, double occupancy, and include one-way Economy Class air between London and 102 North American gateways. In between operating April to October transatlantic crossings, QM2 will offer five European itineraries, two fall foliage cruises to ports in New England and Canada, and serve as the flagship of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

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Holland America's Newest Ship, the ms Westerdam, Sets New Standard For Elegance and Luxury Among Premium Cruise Lines
The Westerdam Provides Guests With a First Look at Some of the New Enhancements Part of the Cruise Line's Signature of Excellence Initiative

The Pinnacle Grill, an alternative restaurant serving Northwest cuisine and fine wines in a romantic upscale atmosphere, is just one of the many elegant features on board ms Westerdam. (PRNewsFoto)

SEATTLE, April 21 -- Holland America Line announced today that its newest Vista-class ship, the ms Westerdam, will set a new standard in the premium cruise category and deliver a cruise experience in the grand tradition of classic ocean voyaging when it embarks on its inaugural cruise on April 25, 2004. Guests on the Westerdam will notice the many bold improvements the cruise line is making as part of the Signature of Excellence initiative focusing on five areas that are central to Holland America Line guests' experience: spacious, elegant ships and accommodations; sophisticated five-star dining; gracious, unobtrusive service; extensive enrichment programs and activities; and compelling worldwide itineraries.

"Starting with the inaugural cruise, the Westerdam will provide more ways than ever to find luxury and elegance at sea," said David A. Giersdorf, executive vice president, marketing and sales for Holland America Line. "Designed to showcase Signature of Excellence enhancements, the Westerdam is a jewel in our five-star fleet that demonstrates our commitment to delivering a superior premium cruise experience for our guests."

Holland America ships combine traditional nautical elements into an unmistakable elegance that is unmatched in the industry. Details like the expansive teak promenade decks and multi-million dollar collections of fine art and antiques help to evoke the romance of the Golden Age of ocean travel.

More Luxury and Comfort in Every Stateroom
Nearly 85 percent of the staterooms feature breathtaking ocean views and two-thirds have large, private verandahs. All staterooms will be outfitted with luxurious appointments such as premium plush Euro-top mattresses and triple-sheeted beds with high-quality white cotton bed linens. In the bathroom, guests will enjoy 100 percent Egyptian cotton towels and deluxe bathrobes. Other amenities will include premium massage showerheads, magnifying make-up mirrors with halo lighting and salon-quality hair dryers.

In addition, all Penthouse and Deluxe Verandah suite guests will enjoy comfortable duvets on the beds; fully-stocked mini-bars; VCRs or DVD players and access to a well-stocked video/DVD library; and personalized stationery. The Westerdam will also feature the industry-leading Neptune Lounge, a private retreat for Penthouse and Deluxe Verandah suite guests where they can take advantage of the personalized services from the Neptune Lounge's concierge.

Extraordinary Dining with a Stunning Ocean View
Guests traveling aboard the Westerdam can choose to dine at the popular reservations-only Pinnacle Grill, one of the most notable additions to the Holland America dining experience. The alternative restaurant features Sterling Silver hand-selected cuts of premium beef and fresh seafood, complete with Bulgari china, Riedel stemware and Frette linens.

Those who dine in the main dining room will enjoy new one-on-one service which will allow one steward to stay with their assigned tables while an assistant steward delivers each course from the kitchen. This one-on-one service concept ensures quicker delivery time for the delectable cuisine and provides even fresher meals. In addition, guests will be able to choose from four dinner seating times in the main dining room, allowing them greater flexibility to dine early or later in the evening and still have the opportunity to take advantage of Holland America's celebrated evening entertainment.

For guests who are interested in a more casual dining experience, the Westerdam will feature enhanced Lido dining with a relaxed, sit-down dinner option, new made-to-order dinner entrees and table-side waiter service at dinner.

The Ultimate in Pampering and Relaxation at Sea

Guests on the Westerdam will be able to relax and rejuvenate at the world- renowned Greenhouse Spa and Salon. They can choose from a variety of traditional treatments or Signature Treatments designed especially for Holland America Line including: aroma stone therapy using heated volcanic basalt stones with warm, spicy oils; therapeutic water treatments; exotic coconut rub and milk ritual wraps; and exfoliating lime and ginger salt glows. The Greenhouse Spa and Salon also features a large, well-appointed fitness facility with the very latest exercise equipment.

Another way guests can ensure they start the journey off on a relaxing note is to take advantage of the recently announced Early Embarkation program which allows guests to take their time and board the ship as early as 11:30 a.m.

More Choices for Interesting Activities and Programs
A groundbreaking Culinary Arts Program will debut on the Westerdam next spring, providing interactive gourmet experiences such as guest chef presentations, demonstration events and small cooking classes that take place in the ships' specially designed Culinary Arts Theaters.

A Passage to Exotic Global Destinations
The Westerdam's maiden voyage is a 12-day cruise departing from Venice and winding its way through the Mediterranean. The ship will spend the summer exploring the ports and destinations of the Mediterranean, Baltic Sea and North Cape before setting off for winter in the Caribbean in mid-November.

Holland America Line offers something for everyone with the Westerdam's compelling shore excursions including even more "Medallion Shore Excursions." These one-of-a-kind, exclusive experiences include a trip through the beautiful French countryside with wine and cheese tasting in Old Nice or a visit to the ruined city of ancient Ephesus to view the breathtaking frescoes adorning the "Terrace Houses" which are accessible only with special permission.

About Signature of Excellence

As the premium cruise leader, Holland America Line is investing $225 million in the Signature of Excellence initiative to provide unparalleled product and service enhancements to its fleet of five-star ships. Signature of Excellence will build on Holland America Line's renowned tradition of excellence by significantly raising the standard in premium cruising. The comprehensive enhancements will focus on five areas central to the Holland America guest experience: spacious, elegant ships and accommodations; sophisticated five-star dining; gracious, unobtrusive service; extensive enrichment programs and activities; and compelling worldwide itineraries. Enhancements have been started and are expected to be completed by the end of 2006. For more information, consult a professional travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit

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Carnival Cruise Lines to Introduce New Low Carb Menu
 Items Fleetwide

Specially Prepared Appetizer, Salad and Entree Selections to List Carb Content

MIAMI, April 21 -- In response to the explosive growth in popularity of low carb diets, Carnival Cruise Lines will begin rolling out specially designated low carb dining selections on dinner menus this week with a gradual fleetwide implementation over the next month. Dinner menus in the ships' main dining rooms will feature an appetizer, salad and entree with a low carbohydrate count. The number of carbohydrate grams per dish is listed beneath each low carb selection.

"Whether consumers are following Atkins, South Beach, the Zone, or simply subscribing to the low carb philosophy, we want to make it as easy and convenient as possible to enjoy the pleasures of the Carnival dining experience," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO. "The low carb phenomenon has been building for years and has recently evolved to such an extraordinary degree that there is tremendous consumer demand for carb-conscious dining options and specific carb count information," said Dickinson. "We are constantly striving to stay abreast of societal trends and provide our guests with choices that meet the needs of their individual lifestyles," he added.

The designated low carb appetizer and entree dishes on each evening's menu are designed to complement each other. Primary ingredients focus heavily on vegetables, meat and fish blended with flavorful seasonings and creative preparation. The low carb dishes are included both within the overall list of menu selections for each course as well as in a special box on the opposite page labeled Low Carb Selection, which contains all low carb items from that evening's menu. The new low carb selections are being introduced on menus aboard the Carnival Victory this week with implementation throughout the balance of the company's 20-ship fleet expected to occur over the next month.

Sample low carb appetizer selections include: Vine Ripe Beefsteak Tomatoes and Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella -- Marinated with Basil Leaves and Virgin Olive Oil -- 3 grams of carbs; Hickory Smoked Alaskan Salmon -- Garnished with Purple Onion Rings, Fresh Dill and Baby Capers -- 2 grams of carbs; Escargots Bourguignonne -- Burgundy Snails in Garlic Butter with an Infusion of Chablis and Pernod -- 5 grams of carbs; Gravlaks -- Thinly Sliced Norwegian Fjord Salmon Cured with Dill and Brandy Presented with a Sour Cream Mustard Sauce -- 5 grams of carbs

Sample low carb entree selections include: Filet Mignon with Gorgonzola Butter -- Aged Center-Cut Beef Tenderloin, Grilled to Perfection with Green Beans -- 8 grams of carbs; Pepper-Seared Supreme of Young Long Island Duckling -- Marsala Infused Purple Onion Confit, Steamed Bok Choy and Sauteed Spinach -- 6 grams of carbs; Tender Roasted Prime Rib of American Beef au Jus, Cooked to Perfection -- Broccoli Roses and Grilled Tomato -- 4 grams of carbs; Jerked Pork Loin -- Slowly Roasted Center Cut Pork Loin, Marinated in Island Spices and Herbs Sauteed Savoy Cabbage with Bacon -- 6 grams of carbs.

A reduced carbohydrate bread selection will be available each evening on request, as well. Carnival lunch and dinner menus in the main dining rooms also feature Spa Carnival selections, which are lower in calories, sodium, cholesterol and fat. Designated items are accompanied by a listing of the number of calories and grams of fat contained within each selection.

Every Carnival "Fun Ship" also features a Spa Carnival health and fitness facility offering a wide array of fitness classes, exercise machines and free weights, along with a luxurious selection of body and facial treatments. The line currently has two 110,000-ton "Fun Ships" -- Carnival Valor and Carnival Liberty -- with an estimated value of $1 billion scheduled to enter service between now and 2005.

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Celebrity Cruises Expands 'Acupuncture At Sea'
Guest Demand Leads Trendsetting Line to Offer Program On Five Ships

MIAMI, April 20 -- The world's first cruise line to offer "Acupuncture at Sea," Celebrity Cruises has announced plans to expand that exclusive program from one ship to at least five, based on overwhelming guest demand.

"We were thrilled with the tremendously positive guest response during our trial program onboard the Infinity," said Celebrity's Senior Vice President of Fleet Operations, Dietmar Wertanzl. "But we weren't entirely surprised. Our guests are savvy travelers interested in new methods of enriching their lives and improving their health and well-being. Acupuncture certainly qualifies, so why not offer it within the relaxing environment of a Celebrity vacation?"

Celebrity's Acupuncture at Sea program features between two to four doctors of Oriental Medicine who offer treatment for pain management, smoking cessation, weight loss and stress management; present lectures about acupuncture, feng shui, nutrition and healing with herbs; and diagnose and treat specific syndromes with medicinal herbal formulas.

"The satisfaction rates among the guests who experienced Acupuncture at Sea onboard Infinity have been tremendous -- even beyond what we normally see in regular clinical settings," said Dr. Philippe Manicom of OM Alliance, Coconut Grove, Fla., acupuncturist for celebrities and Olympic and NBA athletes, and among the professionals offering the service onboard.

Celebrity's Acupuncture at Sea debuted on Infinity in September 2003. The program will be available this year on Millennium April 25-November 21, Constellation April 24-October 24, Infinity April 25-May 28 and September 26- December 31, Summit April 30-June 2 and September 17-December 31, and Galaxy May 7-December 31.

Celebrity is the industry's highest rated premium cruise brand with a taste of luxury. The cruise line has 10 ships in its fleet, which is the youngest of any major line. Celebrity sails to the Arctic, Antarctic, Alaska, Bermuda, California, the Caribbean, Europe, the Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, the Mexican Riviera, the Panama Canal and South America. For more information, call your travel agent, dial 1-800-437-3111, or visit the Celebrity web site at

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Carnival Cruise Lines Revamps Web Site
'Re-Engineered' Site Features Streaming Video, Enhanced Graphics and Information, Improved Navigation

MIAMI, April 20 -- Carnival Cruise Lines, the world's largest cruise operator, has re-engineered its popular Web site, which now offers a host of new and expanded features, including enhanced site navigation, streaming video, personalized content tailored to each visitor, and more 360-degree "virtual tours" of the "Fun Ship" fleet. 

Developed by Carnival's in-house Web architects and SBI.Razorfish, the leading independent interactive consultant, the new encompasses more than 1,000 Web pages, along with a comprehensive new search engine, detailed port of call and shore excursion information, updated pricing features, and a variety of new visuals, with colorful images mirroring the line's current television ad campaign. Visitors can also download Carnival screensavers and play "Fun Ship"-themed games on-line.

"The Internet is an indispensable tool for vacation planning and this new upgrade has made one of the travel industry's most visited Web sites even better, with more user-friendly features that provide current and prospective guests with a wealth of helpful information about the 'Fun Ship' vacation experience," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO.

Added Susan Kidwell, client partner at SBI.Razorfish in Ft. Lauderdale, "Both first-time cruisers and loyal Carnival guests will benefit from a streamlined research and purchase process and the delivery of richer, more up-to-date and relevant content. In developing the new, we wanted to develop an integrated online experience that would exemplify the same best-in-class features and service that customers have come to expect from Carnival."

Guests who are booked on a "Fun Ship" cruise are greeted with personalized information when they log in. In addition to a detailed booking history, including ship, itinerary and stateroom number, guests are directed to content specifically tailored to their particular voyage, with port of call information, shore excursion selections, Bon Voyage gifts and various other prompts.

Emphasizing the importance of travel agents in the cruise vacation purchase, is the only cruise industry Web site that aligns guests' booking information with their travel agency contact information on the navigational bar, continually reinforcing travel agents in the consumers' mindset while on-line. Other new features include an expansive new drop-down shore excursion menu that includes a complete listing of more than 900 shore tours, with in-depth information such as activity level, tour duration, and pricing, all easily accessed by a dynamic search engine. The new site includes an enhanced booking engine and special "Fun Ship" offers, updated four times daily. There's also a new group travel feature highlighting the many advantages of sailing with a large group, from value- added amenities to volume booking discounts.

The site also includes a past guest section where visitors can review their cruise history, receive special past guest rates, and read an on-line version of Currents, the line's past-guest publication. Additional information on Carnival is available by contacting any travel agent, calling 1-800-CARNIVAL, or visiting

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Queen Mary 2, World's Grandest Liner, Makes First Visit to New York
Mayor Michael Bloomberg to formally welcome ship to Manhattan

NEW YORK, April 16 -- On Thursday, April 22, 2004, the world's grandest luxury liner, Queen Mary 2, will arrive at her U.S. home port of New York for the first time on her maiden westbound transatlantic voyage from Southampton, England. The flagship of Cunard Line and the British merchant fleet will be welcomed to New York in grand fashion. Escorted by two U.S. Coast Guard vessels amidst a massive water display by fireboats, Queen Mary 2 is scheduled to dock just before 8:00 a.m. at Pier 92 at the New York Cruise Terminal. Queen Mary 2 is the largest (151,400 tons), longest (1,132 feet/345 metres), tallest (236 feet/72 metres), widest (135 feet/41 metres) and most expensive ($800 million) liner ever built. It is also the first true transatlantic liner to have been built since Cunard's famous Queen Elizabeth 2 entered service in May 1969.

New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will formally welcome Queen Mary 2 at a brief quayside ceremony upon her arrival. Also in attendance will be Pamela Conover, president of Cunard Line; Micky Arison, chairman of Cunard's parent Carnival Corporation; Commodore Ronald Warwick, master of Queen Mary 2; Cristyne Nicholas, president of NYC & Company, and other dignitaries. Plans call for Queen Mary 2 to sail past the Statue of Liberty at approximately 6:45 a.m. en route to the pier. Her arrival will be heralded by a rousing welcome from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point, NY) band and the New York Maritime College marching band.

According to Cunard's Conover, "Thursday, April 22 is an historic day for Cunard Line, for it is the first time in 35 years that we will welcome a new ship to New York. We have a special relationship with this great city as the only company to provide regular transatlantic service between England and New York for over 158 years."

Sunday, April 25, will also be a special day for Cunard Line as both Queen Mary 2 and her famous sister ship Queen Elizabeth 2 will be together in New York. Their legendary namesakes Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth were last berthed in the port together in March 1940. The two Queens will cross the Atlantic in tandem, arriving in Southampton on May 1. To celebrate this milestone, prior to leaving the harbor, both vessels will be positioned near the Statue of Liberty at approximately 8:30 p.m. for a spectacular serenade of fireworks by Grucci, the award-winning creators of fireworks programs for three sets of Olympic Games, six U.S. presidential inaugurations and three World's Fairs. The fireworks display is being sponsored by American Express and American Express Travel.

Queen Mary 2 was named by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at a gala ceremony held in Southampton on January 8, 2004. The ship officially entered service on January 12 with her Maiden Voyage from Southampton to Fort Lauderdale, FL, followed by a series of Caribbean cruises and a voyage to Rio de Janeiro and back, timed for Carnival. In her inaugural year, she will sail 13 crossings between England and New York as she takes over the route currently operated by QE2. In between offering April to October transatlantic crossings, Queen Mary 2 will operate five European itineraries, two Fall foliage cruises to ports of call in New England and Canada, and serve as the flagship of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

Queen Mary 2 features 10 dining venues, including a Mediterranean speciality restaurant operated by celebrity chef Todd English. The liner also has the only Canyon Ranch SpaClub(R) at sea, the world's first planetarium at sea, the largest ballroom at sea, the largest library at sea, and the largest wine collection at sea, as well as a Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar, a two-story theatre, a casino, five indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hot tubs, boutiques and children's facilities complete with British nannies. 

Cunard Line has operated the most famous ocean liners in the world since 1840. Cunard vessels have a classic British heritage and include QE2, Caronia and Queen Mary 2, destined to recapture the glamour of the original Queen Mary, currently a hotel and attraction in Long Beach, CA. In 2007, Queen Victoria, joins the fleet. For more information, consult a travel agent, call 1-800-7-CUNARD or visit the website at

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Holland America Line Takes Delivery of New ms Westerdam

SEATTLE, April 16 -- Holland America Line took delivery today of the new ms Westerdam from the Italian shipyard Fincantieri-Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A. in Italy. The Westerdam, the line's third 1,848-passenger Vista Class ship, will be officially dedicated April 25 in Venice, Italy, and will embark passengers for a 12-day Mediterranean maiden voyage from Venice that same day. The Westerdam provides a new standard in the premium cruise category and delivers a cruise experience in the grand tradition of classic ocean voyaging when it begins its inaugural cruise on. Scheduled to sail a series of 16 European cruises, the Westerdam will call at Greek islands and ports in France, Spain and Tunisia before repositioning to Fort Lauderdale in November for the Caribbean season.

"The Vista-class ships are very popular with our guests and the introduction of the Westerdam in Europe is generating great interest," said Stein Kruse, president and chief operating officer, Holland America Line. "These three Vista-class vessels represent the next generation of Holland America cruising. With their facilities and amenities, they are the logical evolution of Holland America's premium cruise experience."

ms Westerdam Latest in Series of Exclusive Vista-class Premium Vessels 
While many additions to the ships are newly evident--exterior elevators, two promenade decks, multi-tiered show lounge, varied dining options--the Vista class ships look and feel like others in Holland America's fleet, delivering the traditional on-board "HAL-marks" that made the company the undisputed leader in premium cruising. The new Westerdam boasts a spacious design for public areas and staterooms with a high passenger space ratio of 46. And 85 percent of its staterooms have ocean views, with 67 percent of all staterooms sporting verandahs, including the new value-priced stateroom category--Deluxe Verandah Outside--the best verandah value at sea. Penthouse and Deluxe Verandah Suite guests also enjoy the use of a private concierge lounge.

The Westerdam features many of the line's new Signature of Excellence amenities which focus on the five areas central to Holland America Line guests' experience: spacious, elegant accommodations; sophisticated five-star dining; gracious, unobtrusive service; extensive enrichment programs and activities; and compelling worldwide itineraries. Additional features include The Greenhouse Spa and Salon, a renowned full-treatment spa and exercise facility; the Vista Show Lounge; a second "cabaret-style" theater for late-night entertainment and daytime first-run movies; and a golf simulator. Two interior promenade decks, an exterior covered promenade deck, Lido pool with a retractable dome, the Club HAL kids and teens areas, and the Explorer's Lounge and "Crow's Nest" observation lounge are also featured.

About Holland America Line
In 2004, Holland America Line's fleet of 13, five-star, premium ships will offer nearly 500 sailings from 15 North American home ports, including new departures from Norfolk, VA; Baltimore, MD; and Boston, Mass. Recent additions to the fleet include the Vista-class ships, ms Zuiderdam and ms Oosterdam. The fleet will visit all seven continents in 2004, while increasing the number of cruises to popular destinations such as Alaska (139 cruises scheduled), the Caribbean (191), Europe (58) and Canada/New England (26).

Holland America Line excels in service, amenities and special programs. Known for gracious, unobtrusive service, its ships have one of the highest staff-members-to-guest ratios. Spacious staterooms average 25 percent larger and verandahs twice as large as those on other lines' ships. Menus are among the most extensive at-sea. Dining choices include formal elegance, alternative specialty dining in the Pacific Northwest-themed Pinnacle Grill, casual fare and complimentary 24-hour room service. For more information, consult a professional travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit

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‘Fun Ship’  Holiday Kicks Off Mobile’s First Year-Round Cruise Schedule in October

MIAMI, April 16, 2004 – In conjunction with the launch of the first year-round cruise schedule from Mobile, Alabama, four- and five-day Mexico voyages aboard the “Fun Ship” Holiday beginning Oct. 16, 2004, Carnival Cruise Lines is offering special introductory fares of $279 per person. On this one-of-a-kind cruise program, the 1,452-passenger Holiday will depart from the Port of Mobile Thursdays on four-day long weekend cruises to Cozumel and Mondays and Saturdays on five-day cruises to the popular western Caribbean ports of Cozumel and Calica/Playa del Carmen or Costa Maya, all sunny tropical destinations offering magnificent beaches, world-famous snorkeling and diving, championship golf, interesting sites and attractions, great shopping and distinctive Mexican charm.

“We’re delighted to have Mobile as our newest homeport and these low introductory rates are an excellent way for consumers to experience this exciting and affordable ‘Fun Ship’ cruise option,” said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO. He added that the new four- and five-day sailings from Mobile continue Carnival’s efforts at expanding the short cruise market, the fastest growing segment of the cruise industry. This year alone, Carnival will operate 39 different short “Fun Ship” itineraries from 13 different homeports – the most in the cruise industry.

While aboard the Holiday, guests enjoy a diversity of signature “Fun Ship” amenities, including 10 lounges and bars, three swimming pools, a 115-foot-long water slide, an Internet café, full casino gambling, and a comprehensive golf program featuring professional instruction aboard ship and excursions to some of Mexico’s most beautiful and challenging courses. 

Dining options include two full-service formal restaurants with extensive menus and wine lists, complimentary 24-hour stateroom service, and a poolside eatery offering casual alternatives for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a 24-hour pizzeria. 

There’s also “Camp Carnival,” a complimentary children’s program with fun, supervised activities for kids ages 2-15. Other amenities include lavish Vegas-style entertainment, on-board duty-free shopping, and a Spa Carnival, health and fitness facility.

The Holiday currently operates four- and five-day cruises from New Orleans and will continue this program through Oct. 9 prior to launching service from Mobile Oct. 16. Carnival is currently accepting reservations on the Holiday’s new departures from Mobile. Prices for the four- and five-day cruises are based on double occupancy, valid for selected sailings and subject to change without notice. Special rates for third and fourth guests sailing in the same stateroom are also available. For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL, or visit 

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