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April 30-May 6, 2001

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Norwegian Cruise Line Reports Accidental Discharge
 of Treated Black Water

MIAMI, May 5 -- Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) confirms that on May 3, 2001, at 17:27 local time, an accidental discharge of treated black water from the M/S Norwegian Sky occurred while the vessel was leaving en route from Juneau to Ketchikan. The vessel was more than three (3) miles from land and traveling at 17.3 knots.

Although the black water was processed through an IMO approved treatment plant, this discharge is in contravention of the Company's published policies. NCL's policies prohibit any discharge of black water unless the vessel is more than three (3) miles outside of any Alaskan water including the Alexander Archipelago.

NCL has notified the United States Coast Guard (USCG) of the incident. The USCG has initiated an investigation and has taken black water samples from the Norwegian Sky today in Ketchikan.

NCL implemented extensive initiatives with respect to environmental protection prior to beginning the Alaska season. These initiatives include extensive crew training, environmental compliance audits by independent consultants, review of existing equipment and operating procedures by environmental experts, and the purchase of additional equipment for treatment of wastewater.

NCL deeply regrets this incident. The Company is cooperating fully with the USCG and is conducting its own investigation to determine the reasons for the incident.

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MIAMI - May 4, 2001 - Celebrity Cruises has announced that the next ship in its Millennium-class fleet will be named Constellation.  The fourth in Celebrity's series of four 1,950-guest Millennium-class ships, Constellation will bring the Celebrity fleet to a total of nine ships. 

Constellation will make its maiden voyage in May 2002, embarking on a series of European itineraries which will be announced when bookings for Constellation's inaugural season open later this month. "Constellation will be yet another magnificent Celebrity ship designed with our sophisticated guests' desires in mind," said Celebrity Cruises President Rick Sasso.  "In the Celebrity tradition, Constellation will offer the most innovative concepts afloat."

Like its sister ships - Celebrity's Millennium, Infinity, and Summit - Constellation will offer a conservatory, a distinctive and serene botanical environment featuring the creations of floral designer Emilio Robba of Paris; the industry's largest and most luxurious suites; 80 percent ocean-view staterooms, 74 percent with verandas; museum-quality contemporary art collections; AquaSpaSM, offering exotic treatments on a par with the world's finest land-based spas, from the elite Elemis Ltd.; COVA Café Milano, the seagoing version of Milan's fashionable coffeehouse; a relaxing music library; Michael's Club cigar bar, featuring hand-rolled cigars and fine cognacs; an intimate specialty restaurant offering elegant tableside cooking and carving, and other dining venues featuring the award-winning cuisine of renowned Master Chef Michel Roux.

Following Millennium's lead in becoming the industry's first cruise ship to incorporate gas turbine engines, Constellation also will operate on that smokeless propulsion system, which reduces exhaust emissions by up to 90 percent. 

Like its sister Millennium-class ships, Constellation is being built to Panamax standards to enable Panama and Suez Canal transits for international deployment.

Celebrity Cruises is the highest-rated premium cruise line in the industry and has the youngest fleet of any major cruise line.  Celebrity's eighth ship, Summit, launches this Fall, and Constellation will make its maiden voyage in May 2002.  For more information, visit the Celebrity web site at

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Big Sails Lure Cruisers to the Mediterranean

SEATTLE, May 3 -- Sail the Mediterranean in style aboard the msy Wind Surf, one of the world's largest luxury sailing yachts afloat. This summer the mega-yacht, owned by upscale cruise line Windstar Cruises, will tour the playgrounds of the rich and famous between Nice, France; and Rome and Venice, Italy. 

A total of 26 cruises, each 7-days in length, are plying the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas on two different itineraries from May 5 to November 3, 2001. Cruisers can also choose to book the two itineraries back-to-back to create a fabulous 14-day sailing that offers a special discount. 

Fresh from a recent renovation in December of 2000, the Wind Surf carries just 308 passengers served by 163 attentive staff. High above spacious teak decks, her 26,881 square feet of sleek computerized sails unfurl at the touch of a button, creating an ambiance of romantic freedom that has no equal. 

Wind Surf calls upon the timeless ports of France and Italy this summer, broadening its cultural horizon with side-trips to lively Greece and historic Croatia. 

The French and Italian Rivieras are the highlight of the 13 cruises which sail between Nice, France and Rome, Italy. This itinerary features the quintessential ports of Monte Carlo, Monaco; St. Tropez, France; Portofino, Portoferraio, and Portovenere, Italy (with an optional tour to Florence); and Porto Vecchio on the island of Corsica, France. 

The Amalfi and Adriatic coasts are the focus of the 13 Wind Surf cruises sailing between Venice and Rome, Italy. This popular itinerary visits Amalfi and Messina, Italy; Corfu, Greece; Dubrovnik and Rab Island, Croatia, and also offers a day of sailing at sea. 

Shore excursions are an excellent way to fully embrace the abundant history and colorful cultures of the various European ports. A popular tour on Corfu, Greece visits the dramatic 19th-Century Achillion Palace built for Empress Elizabeth of Austria. Stunning Aegean views, beautiful gardens and exotic flowers surround the palace. Grand statues adorn the gardens, with the most prominent being that of the palace's namesake, the mythic Achilles. 

A historic tour of the medieval, walled-town of Dubrovnik, Croatia reveals such gems as priceless Renaissance art collections, including paintings by the masters Titian, Rafael, and Padovanino; visitors can also view the relics of the city's patron saint inside the Church of St. Blaise. 

Over 50 European shore excursions allow Windstar guests to immerse themselves in each and every unique destination. Shore excursions are priced from [U.S. $12-$248 / CDN$18-$370]. 

Consumers will save 50% off the brochure fare when booking the cruise-only rate which starts at [U.S. $2,563 / CDN$3,630] per person, double occupancy, including port charges and taxes. 

Windstar finished in the top three for small ship cruising in both Travel and Leisure's World's Best Awards and Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards for 2000, and was recently named to the Conde Nast Traveler 2001 Gold List of "Best Places to Stay in the World." 

Seattle-based Windstar Cruises operates four sailing yachts, the 308-passenger Wind Surf and 148-passenger Wind Star, Wind Song and Wind Spirit. Windstar's unique cruise vacations mix casual elegance and small-ship intimacy. The fleet cruises worldwide to exotic ports in New Zealand, the Far East, Mediterranean, Greek Isles, Caribbean, Central America, and the Atlantic and Pacific. 

Consumers can request a brochure by calling 87-STAR-SAIL (877-827-7245.) For reservations or more information contact your travel agent, call Windstar Reservations at 800-258-SAIL(7245), or visit

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, May 3, 2001 – Renaissance Cruises announced today that its board of directors has appointed Manfred Ursprunger as Chief Executive.  

Mr. Ursprunger joins Renaissance Cruises from Celebrity Cruises, where he was one of the two key senior executives.

“This is an exciting time for Renaissance Cruises,” said Mr. Ursprunger.  “We have substantial new funding, the youngest fleet in the industry, and a tremendous range of luxury cruise itineraries.  Our product is first rate and Renaissance Cruises is making substantial progress towards its goal of becoming the cruise line of choice for travel agents and their clients. I look forward to working with the team here to build on our considerable strengths, achieve certain operating efficiencies, and continue to enhance the quality of our service and our relationship with the travel agent community.” 

On April 20, 2001, Renaissance Cruises announced that Malvern Maritime, led by Norwegian shipowner Peter Gram, has become the majority shareholder of R Holdings, the parent company of Renaissance Cruises, through a major investment in the Company.

“I am delighted to have Manfred on board,” said Mr. Gram.  “We are proud of what we offer travel agents and their customers, and we are confident that our new leadership will continue to further develop and improve Renaissance Cruises’ service and product offerings.” 

The Company also announced the decision of Richard L. Kirby, former President and Co-Chief Executive Officer, to resign in order to pursue personal interests.

“Richard has helped lead Renaissance Cruises through an important and exciting period in its development,” added Mr. Gram. “We are grateful for his contributions in building Renaissance Cruises into one of the world’s premier cruise lines and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Under Mr. Ursprunger's leadership, Celebrity Cruises has earned top travel industry honors for lodging and service quality. The line has received the highest rating in the Large Cruise Ship category in the Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising, and continues to rank among the top in annual Readers' Choice Awards published in Condé Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure and Porthole Cruise Magazine.  Responsible for Total Guest Satisfaction, Mr. Ursprunger was responsible for overall product development and delivery, including all onboard services, hotel operations, shipboard concessions, onboard entertainment and pre-post guest operations for the premium cruise line.

Prior to joining Celebrity Cruises, Mr. Ursprunger served as Vice President Hotel Operations with Costa Cruises.  His experience in the cruise industry has included assignments at Crystal Cruises, Cunard Cruise Line and Norwegian American Cruises.

Mr. Ursprunger also has served as general manager at The Plaza Club, a private city club in Bradenton, Florida.  Previously, he held various posts with European hotel companies. Ursprunger began his management career assisting in the management of the Hotel Olympia, a four-star facility owned by his sister in Kuehtai, Austria.  He received his formal education in his native Austria.

Renaissance Cruises distinguishes itself from other cruise lines with its extraordinary destinations and Five Star service, on the youngest fleet in the cruise industry.  Renaissance Cruises offers year-round itineraries to the Greek Isles, Tahiti and her Islands, Asia, Africa, Northern Europe and Scandinavia, South America, New Zealand and Australia, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean on eight brand new 684/698-passenger R-Class ships and two 114-passenger Renaissance-Class ships.  The recent launch of the latest “R-Class” ship, R8, brings Renaissance Cruises’ total capacity to 5,742 berths and secures the company's place as the fifth largest cruise line company in the world.

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Seabourn Rewards Same-Day Deposits with $250 Added Savings

Guests Offered Savings Through May 
for Booking and Depositing on 2001 Cruises

Ultra luxury pioneer Seabourn Cruise Line has announced Immediate Deposit Rewards: a bonus savings of $250 per couple for guests who make a booking and an initial deposit on the same day. The offer is available through May 31st for new bookings on 2001 cruises of the company's 758-guest Seabourn Sun, the yacht-like 104-couple Seabourn Pride, Spirit or Legend, or the 58-couple Seabourn Goddess I & II. 

Rick Meadows, CTC, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Seabourn, commented, "We are making a long-term commitment to refining Seabourn's onboard yacht product with complimentary wines and spirits, mini-massages on deck and a host of other added amenities. We also want to provide agents with the most innovative and persuasive tools to help them close sales and increase their business. Our Immediate Deposit Reward, combined with an array of other available savings, will assist agents in bringing their clients to a purchase decision and getting them booked and on a cruise."

The offer is combinable with Seabourn's other savings options, including BEST early booking savings of up to 30 percent, an additional 10 percent Club Savings for past guests and voyage combination savings for combining two or more voyages. It is likewise combinable with promotional offers such as free roundtrip economy airfare or value-priced upgrades to business class air on some 59 cruise departures this year on the yachts of Seabourn and nine additional departures on Seabourn Sun.

For information on Immediate Deposit Rewards or any other feature of Seabourn cruise vacations, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit

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MIAMI (05/03/01) – Couples sailing aboard the new 88,500-ton Carnival Spirit can say "I do" in a traditional and elegant setting in the first wedding chapel to be featured on a Carnival ship. Also, Carnival Spirit will feature the line’s first "Weddings at Sea" program, which allows couples to marry while the vessel is sailing in Canadian waters during the summer Alaska season.

The new 2,124-passenger ship entered service April 29, 2001. These new components complement Carnival’s existing comprehensive wedding program, whose wide variety of convenient and affordable packages is expected to attract nearly 2,200 couples this year.

"The Chapel on the Carnival Spirit combines a traditional wedding atmosphere with the romance of the sea, to create a truly memorable experience for couples who choose to marry aboard this exquisite new ship," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president.

With stained-glass windows and Old Testament scenes, The Chapel features a central aisle leading to the stage and a private dressing area for the bride.

The Gothic-style facility will serve as the venue for the "Weddings at Sea" program, available only during the Carnival Spirit’s Alaska sailings. Couples will have the opportunity to "tie the knot" as the ship enters and leaves Vancouver, B.C., through an arrangement with Canadian authorities.

Carnival will offer the "Weddings at Sea - Just for the Bride & Groom" package, priced at $795, including an official civil ceremony, a champagne toast with keepsake flutes, flowers for both bride and groom, a wedding cake with cake topper, pre-recorded wedding music, a decorated bridal aisle and photographic services.

The "Welcome Aboard" package costs $1,395 and offers all the amenities of "Just for the Bride & Groom" as well as a reception with one-hour open bar and hot-and-cold hors d’oeuvres, a traditional two-tiered wedding cake and coffee service. Couples may also select the "Deluxe Romance" package for $1,495, which includes a one-and-a-half hour reception and an ice carving, as well as all the features of the other programs.

A wide variety of options such as videography services, live music and tuxedo rental are also available at additional cost.

A shipboard staff member authorized by the Canadian government will perform the ceremonies at sea and wedding licenses will be processed and issued on board at an additional cost.

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

For additional information on Carnival’s wedding program and "Weddings at Sea" packages, call the line’s Bon Voyage Department at 1-800-933-4968.

Information and reservations on Carnival’s "Fun Ship" cruises can be obtained by contacting any travel agent, calling 1-800-CARNIVAL or visiting the line’s Web site at

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Luxury Line Revises Christmas and New Year's Cruise To Round-Trip Los
Angeles Route, Adds The Glenn Miller Orchestra, and Offers Up To 40% Savings

LOS ANGELES. May 1, 2001 -- Crystal Cruises is unveiling a new Christmas and New Year's cruise -- adding more convenience, more glamour and more savings. On Dec. 21, 2001, the Six-Star rated Crystal Symphony will offer a new, 14-day warm-weather holiday itinerary through the Mexican Riviera, sailing round-trip from Los Angeles.  Adding more swing and sizzle to the holiday programming and New Year's gala is The Glenn Miller Orchestra, joined by the star of "The Glenn Miller Story," actress June Allyson.  In conjunction with the new program, Crystal is offering savings of up to 40% lower than published fares.

"The 'holidays' can become more about crowds, traffic, and chaos than the magic of the season.   We're offering travelers the ease of a round-trip LA departure on a floating resort to tropical destinations, a stellar entertainment roster and a festive, pampering environment in which they can really revel or just relax," says Adam Leavitt, senior vice president, marketing. 

On Dec. 21, the new 14-day itinerary aboard Crystal Symphony will cruise from Los Angeles to San Diego, Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco, Zihuatanejo, Puerto Vallarta, and La Paz, and will return to Los Angeles on Jan. 4. In keeping with Crystal's luxury experience, more than $100,000 worth of seasonal décor such as handcrafted ornaments, ornate sleighs, Old English toy soldiers, and a dozen twinkling Christmas trees will adorn Crystal Symphony.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra, the cruise's headline entertainment and highlight of the New Year's gala, made recording and entertainment history in the '30s and '40s with Tuxedo Junction, Chattanooga Choo-Choo, In the Mood and Moonlight Serenade.  The appeal of these timeless classics and the spirit of Miller continue today under the leadership of award-winning jazz trombonist Larry O'Brien.  In addition to the New Year's party, the 19-piece orchestra will perform sets at teatime, cocktail hour and even deckside for those moonlit serenades. For guests who desire dance partners, additional ballroom dancers - Crystal's Ambassador Hosts - will be aboard.

June Allyson, an actress synonymous with the Golden Age of Hollywood also graces Crystal Symphony's Holiday cruise.  She will offer a compelling insider look at nearly fifty years of entertainment on Broadway, film and television. 

Gourmet dining will reflect the season's culinary traditions.  An elegant Christmas dinner, eggnog party, Christmas Day brunch and elaborate Christmas buffet dinner as well as a holiday-themed production show and Santa visits combine for an unforgettable holiday experience.  Clergy will be on board to conduct midnight mass and Protestant services.

In addition to the requisite champagne and party favors to ring in 2002, the festive New Year's gala will feature the swinging Big Band sound of The Glenn Miller Orchestra.

Cruise fares start at $4,495 per person, double occupancy, for the 14-day voyage, a savings of up to 41% off the published brochure fares.  Low singles fares available for only 25% more.

Crystal Symphony's sister ship, Crystal Harmony, will celebrate the holidays with a 14-day Caribbean sailing, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. Crystal Cruises' 50,000-ton, 940-guest floating resorts are two of the most spacious and luxurious cruising vessels in the world.  Frette linens, Wedgwood bone china, and Riedel crystal are accentuated by a staff whose training is unequalled in the industry.  Onboard amenities include spacious lounges, convivial bars, full-service fitness facilities, lavish spa, the only Caesars Palace at Sea casino, expansive decks, two pools, exquisitely appointed staterooms and penthouses, many of which boast private verandahs.  For the fifth consecutive year Crystal Cruises was named best large-ship cruise line in the 2000 readers' surveys conducted by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines.

Crystal Cruises is booked exclusively through professional travel agents. For a complimentary brochure, please call (800) 820-6663. Visit the luxury cruise line's Web site at

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American Classic Voyages Co. Announces Webcast
 of First Quarter 2001 Results

CHICAGO - May 1 - American Classic Voyages Co. announced today that it will hold a conference call with analysts to discuss its first quarter 2001 results on Tuesday, May 8, 2001, at 10:00 am CDT.  Philip C. Calian, Chief Executive Officer, and Randall L. Talcott, Vice President, Finance, will participate in the call.

A live webcast of the conference call will be available online at and  An on-demand replay will be available at the same sites for two weeks following the call.

American Classic Voyages Co. is the largest owner and operator of US-flag, US-crewed passenger vessels.  Its cruise lines explore the inland rivers and coastal waters of North America and sail throughout the Hawaiian Islands.  For more information, visit their web site.

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Steiner Leisure Limited Agrees to Acquire Greenhouse Day Spas

Leading Provider of Spa Services to Cruise Industry Expands to Own and Operate Chain of Land-Based Luxury Day Spas

NASSAU, The Bahamas --April 30, 2001-- Steiner Leisure Limited, a leading provider of spa services, and the leading spa operator in the cruise ship industry, announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Greenhouse Day Spas. The chain of luxury day spas consists of eleven spas located throughout the U.S., including New York City; Beverly Hills; Greenwich, Connecticut; and Troy, Michigan. 

Leonard Fluxman, President and Chief Executive Officer confirmed that Steiner Leisure Limited will pay for the Greenhouse Day Spas $24.7 million in cash and $3.0 million in Steiner Leisure stock. In addition, $3.0 million and 200,000 options in Steiner Leisure stock can be earned if certain EBITDA thresholds are obtained. The transaction is expected to close May 31,  2001.

The terms of the deal call for the continued operational involvement of Gerald and Lee Katzoff, the current owners and senior executives of the Greenhouse Day Spa group. In addition, Steiner will license the right to use the "Greenhouse'' name to the Katzoff's, who will continue to own and operate the Greenhouse luxury destination spa in Arlington, Texas, which is excluded from the Steiner transaction.

"We are very excited by the acquisition of this well known and well respected brand, which offers a full range of the most modern beauty services including facial and body treatments, expert manicures and pedicures and non-evasive laser procedures for skin resurfacing and hair removal,'' said Fluxman. "It reflects our continued diversification into high quality land-based operations with ideal settings for daily luxuries and exceptional guest services, and will assist us in opening new channels for distributing our Elemis product line in the U.S. Additionally, we will selectively offer this well respected brand to our luxury maritime and resort partners.''

Steiner Leisure Limited is the leading world-wide provider of spa services in the world. The company operates the spas and salons on 100 cruise ships, including Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Disney Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, and Holland America Lines. Elemis Ltd., a dedicated spa therapy company, manufactures its Elemis brand for use on board Steiner cruise ships spas. This top quality European line of beauty products is also distributed worldwide to some of the most exclusive five star hotels, salons, health clubs and destination spas. Elemis, as well as other Steiner private label products, including La Therapie, Ionithermie, and Steiner Hair Care, are available at

Steiner Leisure also owns and operates three post secondary schools  (comprised of nine campuses) located in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Sarasota, Virginia and Baltimore. Offering degrees in massage, advanced therapy and skin care, these schools train and qualify spa professionals for health and beauty positions within the Steiner family of companies or other industry entities.

Steiner expects to open a luxury spa at a major resort and casino in Las Vegas, by the end of 2001.

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AAA Announces 2002-2004 Preferred Travel Suppliers
Radisson Seven Seas Cruises & Celebrity Cruises Join the List of Thirteen Cruise Lines Selected

ORLANDO, FL - April 30, 2001 - AAA, the largest leisure travel agency in North America, today named 24 cruise and tour partners for its 2002-2004 lineup of preferred suppliers that includes two new cruise line partners. 

Radisson Seven Seas Cruises and Celebrity Cruises join the list of 13 cruise lines selected.

"We believe that our new lineup of preferred partners allows AAA to continue to offer its 44 million members the best selection of international and domestic cruise options in the industry,'' said AAA Travel Vice President Sandra Hughes. "Each of our partners is committed to providing outstanding customer and travel agency service.''

Hughes said that each of the 81 AAA and Canadian Automobile Association clubs would be thoroughly briefed on the agreements in early May.

AAA is currently negotiating the renewal of the AAA Disney Alliance which includes AAA Vacations operated by the Walt Disney Travel Company and Disney Cruise Line. A separate announcement will be made when these negotiations are completed. A decision on preferred airline partners and their vacation package providers will be made later this year. 

AAA's new agreements with its preferred suppliers will enable them to:

-- Provide unique products and services available only to AAA members

-- Offer benefits to AAA members on many products available to the general public, including reduced rates, upgrades, and added value programs.

AAA began its supplier program in 1995 when it reduced the number of preferred relationships from more than 400 vendors to focus on a limited number of quality cruise and tour operators.

"Our international and domestic sales and service have grown significantly since we instituted the preferred supplier program and our partners, AAA clubs and members all have realized the benefits,'' Hughes said.

AAA has more than 1,000 accredited, full-service travel agency offices serving its members and the public in the United States and Canada. AAA travel offices offer worldwide air, cruise and rail packages; hotel and car rental reservations; tour packages; and a variety of travel insurance programs.

American Hawaii Cruises
Carnival Cruise Lines
Celebrity Cruises
Cruise West
Crystal Cruises
Delta Queen Coastal Voyages
Delta Queen Steamboat Company
Holland America
Princess Cruises
Radisson Seven Seas Cruises
Royal Caribbean International
United States Lines
Windstar Cruises

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Continue Your Education at Sea on Holland America Line

Seattle -- Throughout 2001, Holland America Line is offering dozens of opportunities to earn continuing education credits, or participate in a personal enrichment program, while enjoying the ultimate in relaxation aboard a Holland America Line cruise.

Especially designed for the personal and professional enrichment of guests on Holland America Line ships, the program offers continuing education  seminars in the fields of medicine, law, chiropractic, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary, and engineering/architecture, as well as a series of classes designed for the general public.

The "University at Sea" program is offered on selected itineraries in the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Alaska, Europe and Mexico.

Cruise passengers who join "University at Sea" classes will have the opportunity to interact with world-class speakers and expand their minds during their days at sea. While credits for these courses may be earned, the primary purpose is to make travel at sea more engaging and rewarding without interfering with port visits.

The Personal and Professional Enrichment Program includes "Overview of 'Seven Habits of Highly Effective People;" a hands-on class in "Computers & Internet;" "Virtues of Aging;" and "Estate Planning, Taxation, Wills, Trusts and Ethics." 

Featured speakers include Howard Fineman, one of the foremost political reporters and commentators in the U.S., who writes for Newsweek magazine, reports for NBC television and appears on a syndicated radio show; Jonathan Pond, author of 11 books on personal financial planning and a contributor to several national publications; and Dr. C. Everett Koop, former Surgeon General of the U.S.

Course fees range from $129 [CAN$195] to $695 [CAN $1,035] depending on the course. Participants receive 12-18 hours of classroom time, complete course materials, appropriate credit registration, a certificate of attendance and a University at Sea shirt.

Interested guests should reserve their space in a course at least 60 days prior to sailing. Guests should contact their travel agent for information on program details, speakers, fees, credentials, and credits.

For additional information, contact University at Sea at 1-800-926-3775. A complete course schedule is available at

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

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Radiance of the Seas Makes A Splash in Seattle

MIAMI -- Whoever thought playing pool on a cruise ship would be possible? Radiance of the Seas, Royal Caribbean' newest ship sails into Seattle with the first billiard tables at sea. This new generation world cruiser boasts a variety of entertainment, activity and dining options including a rock-climbing wall, a miniature golf course, a Seattle-themed bookstore/coffee shop, five dining venues, a three-story theater, large spa and gym and internet ports in every stateroom. At 90,090 GRT, she also features vibration-free, smokeless gas turbine engines, which represent the cruise industry's newest technology for protecting the environment, and will result in an 80 to 98 percent reduction in exhaust emissions, as well as a reduction in oily waste.

"With her sleek, mega-yacht exterior, an abundance of windows, and all-glass elevators facing the sea, Radiance of the Seas gives a remarkable sense of openness, connecting guests to the ocean,'' said Jack Williams, president, Royal Caribbean International. "We are excited about bringing her to Seattle as she is ideal for the Pacific Northwest itineraries, and is the first ship in our fleet to serve Seattle's Best Coffee.''

More than 70 percent of outside staterooms on this ship will have balconies. Glass elevators facing the sea will span 12 decks, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows in many public areas will offer spectacular sea views. Radiance of the Seas represents an evolution of Royal Caribbean's signature elements and incorporates many exciting design features and technological advancements found on Royal Caribbean's Voyager-class ships.

Starting April 30, 2001, Radiance of the Seas will offer sixteen sailings departing from Seattle with ports of call in Vancouver and Victoria in British Colombia. The round-trip itineraries include: 

Seven four-night cruises that depart on Monday, Apr. 30; May 7, 14;
Sept. 17, 24; Oct. 1, 8, 2001.

Six three-night cruises that depart on Friday, May, 4, 11, 18; Sept
21, 28; Oct 5, 2001. A May 21, 2001, sailing departs on a Monday.

Three two-night cruises that depart on May 24; Sept 15 and October 12,

Royal Caribbean International's shore excursions provide for unforgettable port adventures in Victoria and Vancouver. Guests can choose exciting shore excursions like Victoria's Butchart Gardens and Butterfly Gardens tour, or Victoria by Horse Drawn Trolley. Shore excursions in Vancouver include the Sea Safari, high-speed water tour and ocean kayaking amidst the grandeur of English Bay. 

Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand with 14 ships
in service and six under construction or on firm order. For additional
information about the cruise line, please contact your travel
professional or the Royal Caribbean web site.

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Seattle, WA -- Windstar Cruises returns to mainland U.S.A. on a newly announced itinerary for 2002. Sailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the 308-passenger mega-sailing yacht Wind Surf will cruise to the Bahamas and Florida Keys, beginning March 3, 2002.

"It's been over a decade since one of the Windstar ships has sailed from mainland U.S.A. We are planning a big celebration for her arrival in Fort Lauderdale," commented Tom Russell, vice president of marketing and sales. "Anyone who sees the striking Wind Surf with her billowing sails will understand why Windstar is known for luxury cruising '180 degrees from ordinary'," Russell added. 

Wind Surf will make Fort Lauderdale, Florida her homeport offering 10 cruises during 2002 on the new 7-day itinerary. The 10 scheduled sailing dates include March 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, April 7, and December 8, 15, 22, and 29 of 2002. 

Sailing on Sundays round-trip from Port Everglades, the ports of call on the new itinerary are Salt Cay (with tours available to Nassau), Green Turtle Cay, Half Moon Cay, and Bimini, all in the Bahamas. The cruise finishes with a full day at Key West, Florida. A key element of the itinerary is an overnight call to Half Moon Cay, a top-rated private Bahamian island (Little San Salvador) owned and operated by Windstar's parent company, Holland America Line. The private island will nicely enhance Windstar's private yacht-style experience. Half Moon Cay offers a multitude of activities focused around a beautiful crescent-shaped white sand beach. Cruise guests will enjoy beach massages, complimentary water sports, volleyball, basketball, a par cours exercise trail, and a network of nature trails. Wind Surf cruisers will enjoy a festive Caribbean-style evening beach party with an array of tropical food and drink, and an island steel drum band. The private island also boasts a designated Wild Bird Reserve and West Indies Village with shops, art gallery, straw market, post office, chapel, ice cream shop, bar and food pavilion. 

Port calls were planned with Windstar's penchant for cruising off the beaten path in mind. However, the best of the Bahamas and Florida Keys will still be available. For example, guests will be offered an excursion from Salt Cay to the bustling capital of Nassau. Other Bahamian port highlights include a stop at Bimini, the "game fishing capital of the world." The waters off Bimini are teeming with marlin, sailfish, and bluefish tuna, and the scuba diving is world class. 

Located in the Abacos, Green Turtle Cay draws on the regions 200 year-old tradition of shipbuilding featuring a New England fishing village atmosphere. Finally, a day in Key West, Florida abounds with the possibilities of fishing,  diving, snorkeling, art galleries, museums, antique shops, beaches, parks, and eco-tours. Key West is rich in historical heritage featuring many famous points of interest such as the Truman Little White House, the Robert Frost Cottage, and the Ernest Hemingway Home. 

The mainland Sunday departures and easy air connections make the Bahamas cruise a great choice for honeymooners. With intimate "table for two" dining, couples massage, ocean-view suites, pampering service and sleek sails, Wind Surf promises a highly romantic rendezvous. Magazines such as Bride's, Modern Bride, and Porthole have recognized the Windstar ships as a 'top pick for honeymooners,' 'perfect for couples,' and 'the most romantic vessels afloat.' 

An early booking discount up to 45% off the brochure rate is available through Windstar's "A.S.A.P." (Advanced Savings Advantage Program) fares. Prices for the 7-day Bahamas cruise begin at US$2,357 [CDN$3,572] per person, double occupancy and include port charges and taxes. The discount of 45% off the brochure rate of US$4,110 [CDN$6,228] represents a savings of US$1,753 [CDN$2,656] per person. Reasonable airfare add-on rates are available from 32 U.S. and Canadian cities. Hotel rates at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 are also available. 

Windstar finished in the top three for small ship cruising in both Travel and Leisure's World's Best Awards and Condé Nast Traveler UK Readers' Choice Awards for 2000, and was recently named to the Condé Nast Traveler 2001 Gold List of "Best Places to Stay in the World." Seattle based Windstar Cruises operates four sailing yachts, the 308-passenger Wind Surf and 148-passenger Wind Star, Wind Song and Wind Spirit. Windstar's unique cruise vacations mix casual elegance and small-ship intimacy. The fleet cruises worldwide to exotic ports in the New Zealand, the Far East, the Mediterranean, Greek Isles, Caribbean, Central America, and Trans-Atlantic.

For reservations, a brochure, or more information contact a travel agent, or call Windstar Reservations at 1-800-258-SAIL (7245), or visit Windstar Cruises' web site.

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Renaissance Cruises Introduces Affordable
“Stay Connected” Internet Plan on All “R-Class” Vessels

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, April 30, 2001 – Renaissance Cruises announced today the introduction of an unlimited Internet access plan aboard its fleet of R-Class vessels.  The new “Stay Connected” plan offers passengers the option of purchasing unlimited Internet Access at a set price for their entire cruise vacation. 

The cost of the usage program is per stateroom based on the passenger’s cruise length.  The current programs being offered are as follows: 10-Day Cruise - $99.99; 12-Day Cruise - $129.99; 15-Day Cruise - $159.99

“The new Internet plan will provide an affordable and convenient way for our guests to stay connected with family and friends through the Internet,” said Charlie Dunwoody, Renaissance Cruises’ Vice President of Sales. “Since the program was first tested last month, the feedback from our past guests has been overwhelmingly positive.  We are pleased to be able to offer such an economical Internet access plan to all our passengers.” 

All eight R-Class vessels currently feature Internet Cafés with 24-hour Internet access. Guests can send and receive electronic email in real-time, via a high-speed satellite link.  For an additional charge, passengers may also utilize Renaissance Cruises’ Video Mail.  Every computer terminal in the Café has a video camera and headset attached to the monitors making it simple for passengers to record a 15 second audio/video mail to surprise their loved ones back home.

Renaissance Cruises’ Internet Cafes are managed by Digital Seas International Inc., the cruise industry’s premier information technology concession. A Renaissance Cruises Internet Manager is also available aboard all R-Class ships to assist passengers throughout their cruise.  

“Renaissance Cruises’ new Internet plan is ideal,” said Jackie Bernard, a frequent past guest of Renaissance Cruises.  “During my previous vacations on Renaissance Cruises, I loved to send emails to family and friends telling them of the wonderful places that I was visiting.  Now, with the new unlimited usage program, I can send emails and surf the web at a very reasonable cost.”  

Renaissance Cruises distinguishes itself from other cruise lines with its extraordinary destinations and Five Star service, on the youngest fleet in the cruise industry.  Renaissance Cruises offers year-round itineraries to the Greek Isles, Tahiti and her Islands, Asia, Africa, Northern Europe and Scandinavia, South America, New Zealand and Australia, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean on eight brand new 684/698-passenger R-Class ships and two 114-passenger Renaissance-Class ships. The recent launch of the latest “R-Class” ship, R8, brings Renaissance Cruises’ total capacity to 5,742 berths and secures the company's place as the fifth largest cruise line company in the world.  

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Second in Millennium-Class Series Features Conservatory, SS United States

MIAMI - April 28, 2001 - Celebrity Cruises' new Infinity, the newest
addition to the premium cruise line's award-winning fleet, today sails into
San Diego, prior to tomorrow's call on Los Angeles, where the 1,950-guest
Infinity will hold formal inaugural ceremonies.

 "Infinity continues Celebrity Cruises' tradition of presenting sleek,
sophisticated ships that provide our guests with extraordinary cruise
vacation experiences," said Celebrity Cruises President Rick Sasso.  "Like
her sister ship, Millennium, which launched last year, Infinity presents a
variety of new and distinctive features."

Among the compelling elements of Celebrity's Infinity is the industry's
first full conservatory at sea, created for Celebrity Cruises by prominent
Paris-based floral designer Emilio Robba.

"The Infinity Conservatory is a secret garden of the seas," said Robba. "It
was designed to emphasize Infinity's magnificent surroundings and to
present nature in a harmonious blend of sea and sky."

Another hallmark of Celebrity's Infinity is an exclusive, historic maritime
treasure.  Accenting the interior of the ship's SS United States specialty
restaurant are actual glass panels from the SS United States cruise ship,
which launched in 1952 and gained fame for clocking the fastest
transatlantic crossing from New York.

The SS United States restaurant is Celebrity's second specialty restaurant
to recapture the atmosphere of its namesake. Celebrity's Millennium, the
first in Celebrity's Millennium-class fleet, features "The Olympic"
restaurant, the design of which stemmed from a rare collection of wood
paneling that once graced the first-class dining room onboard the glamorous R.M.S. Olympic.

"Infinity's SS United States restaurant presents another enticing
alternative dining environment for guests seeking a casually elegant dining
venue," said Sasso.  "Under the direction of world-renowned Master Chef
Michel Roux, the SS United States restaurant reinforces the benchmark we
set with Millennium, in offering the only tableside cooking, carving and
flambé at sea, and a dine-in wine cellar featuring more than 175 labels
from around the world."

Also unique to Infinity's specialty restaurant is Chef Roux's recreation of
an entrée first served in the dining room onboard the original SS United
States cruise ship during the 1950's:  Roast Long Island Duckling a
l'Orange Stuffed with Fruit, one of a host of intriguing selections of
entrees, appetizers, wines and desserts selected exclusively for Infinity's
SS United States restaurant by Chef Roux.

Additional Infinity Highlights

Maintaining Celebrity Cruises' trend setting tradition, Infinity offers a
number of new features and amenities, in addition to the Conservatory and
the SS United States Restaurant:

* Infinity's  25,000-sq.-ft. AquaSpaSM is the first ocean-going spa
operated by the elite Elemis Ltd.  Infinity's AquaSpa will offer Elemis'
"Sensory Heaven" experience, a fusion of exotic Eastern and Western spa
therapies designed to appeal to every sense.
* Infinity offers 80 percent ocean-view staterooms, 74 percent with
* Infinity is the second Celebrity ship to run on environmentally
sensitive, quiet and smokeless gas-turbine engines.
* The ship presents the industry's largest penthouse suites, encompassing
nearly 3,000 square feet with veranda.
*  "The Emporium," Infinity's 14,000-square-foot shopping area, offers
elegant and trendy designer labels including Swarovski, H. Stern, Donna
Karan, and La Perla, in addition to shops featuring Michel Roux gourmet
delicacies and Cova Café Milano confections.
* Infinity presents exterior, glass-enclosed elevators, offering guests
captivating, panoramic ocean views as they move from deck to deck.
* The ship presents "Connect@Sea," Celebrity Cruises' first dial-up
Internet service provider to be available in all staterooms and suites for
guests who bring their own computers.
* The vessel features an 18-workstation Internet café,
"Online@CelebrityCruises," accessible to all guests, and flat screen PCs
and printers in all suites.
* Infinity presents a music library, "Notes," offering thousands of
selections of digital recordings and individual listening stations.
* Extensive options for the physically challenged are available onboard
Infinity, with accommodations in a variety of categories, including suites.

In addition to its new public spaces, Infinity also expands upon Celebrity
Cruises' highly acclaimed, fleetwide signature elements, including
museum-quality contemporary art collections, Cova Café Milano, Michael's
Club cigar lounge, and Martini and Champagne Bars serving caviar and other

Itineraries for Celebrity's Infinity

Celebrity's Infinity embarked on its maiden voyage, a 14-night trans-canal
cruise departing Fort Lauderdale on March 3, concluding in San Diego,
California. The ship then sailed Celebrity Cruises' first season in
America's true island paradise, Hawaii, with a series of 10- and 11-night
voyages to and from Honolulu and Ensenada.

Infinity begins its Alaskan season with a 10-night Northbound Pacific Coast
cruise on May 1, from San Francisco to Vancouver, British Columbia, then
presents a series of seven-night Inside Passage cruises in Alaska, with
departures from Vancouver every Friday from May 11 through September 14.

On September 21, Infinity sails a special nine-night Southbound Pacific
Coast cruise from Vancouver to San Diego, California, followed by a
13-night Eastbound Trans-canal itinerary departing San Diego on September 30, concluding in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Infinity begins its first Caribbean season on October 13, 2001, sailing
seven-night Southern Caribbean cruises departing round-trip from San Juan
every Saturday through April 20, 2002.

Celebrity Cruises is the highest-rated premium cruise line in the industry
and has the youngest fleet of any major cruise line.  Celebrity's eighth
ship, Summit, launches this Fall, and an additional Millennium-class ship
will make its maiden voyage in 2002.  For more information, visit the
Celebrity web site at

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MIAMI - April 30, 2001 - The Board of Directors of Royal Caribbean Cruises
Ltd. declared a quarterly dividend of 13 cents per share for shareholders of record at the close of business on June 6, 2001, payable on June 28, 2001. This is the 31st consecutive quarter Royal Caribbean's Board of Directors has voted to declare a dividend to shareholders.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is a global cruise vacation company that
operates Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Royal
Celebrity Tours.  Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises have
a combined total of 21 ships in service and eight under construction or on
firm order.  Royal Celebrity Tours operates cruise-tour vacations in Alaska
utilizing the world's largest glass-domed railcars. Additional information
can be found on, or

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Costa Expands Its 2001 Best Value Collection Series

Miami, FL -- Costa, Europe's #1 cruise line, has expanded its popular Best Value Program with the recent addition of CostaTropicale.  Costa's 2001 Best Value Collection offers a unique collection of 5- & 7-night sailings to the best of the Eastern & Western Mediterranean on board the recently refurbished CostaRiviera and the new CostaTropicale.  These sailings offer rates that compare favorably with European vacations and are so attractive they are in a special class all their own.  Only Europe's #1 cruise line shows you Europe's most popular vacation destinations at such incredible prices. 

Follow in the footsteps of the medieval world's great explorers with the CostaRiviera's Spain, Italy, & France itinerary departing for 7 nights from Barcelona and sailing to the magical ports of Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Tunis, Tunisia; Palermo, Sicily; Civitavecchia (Rome) & Savona (Genoa), Italy, and Cannes, France. Departing every Wednesday, this itinerary is offered from June 13 through October 10, 2001.

After completion of a $25-million refurbishment, the CostaTropicale will sail to Venice where she will offer 7-night Eastern Mediterranean sailings departing every Saturday from June 30 through November 10, 2001.  Explore the fabled shores of the Greek Isles as the ship visits the ports of Bari, Italy; Katakolon, Santorini, and Mykonos, Greece; Kusadasi, Turkey, and Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Both ships will also offer five night positioning cruises including the CostaRiviera's Barcelona/Savona sailing on October 17, 2001 and the CostaTropicale's Venice/Genoa sailing on November 17, 2001.

Costa's Best Value Collection is just another way that guests can discover the familiar comfort, generous warmth, and friendly hospitality of "Cruising Italian Style."

For more information, see a travel agent, call 1-800-33-COSTA for a free brochure , or visit their web site at 

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APRIL 2001 -- It has been announced that effective fall 2002 Pacific Princess will no longer be deployed as part of the Princess fleet. The 640-ton Pacific Princess began sailing as the Sea Venture in 1972 and has been a part of the Princess fleet since 1975. The ship became well known around the world in 1977 when it served as the primary setting for the long-running television series The Love Boat.

Pacific Princess has played an integral role in the growth of this company, and I know that many of us hold a special place in our hearts for this original Love Boat, said Peter Ratcliffe, chief executive officer of P&O Princess Cruises and president of Princess Cruises. However, with our current fleet expansion well under way, we are now able to position larger and more innovative, amenity-filled vessels into markets that were once pioneered by Pacific Princess, offering our passengers a wider range of dining, entertainment and activity options consistent with our commitment to Personal Choice Cruising.

Over the next three years, the Princess fleet will expand to include six additional vessels. Golden Princess, the 109,000-ton sister ship to Grand Princess, will launch next month. Pacific Princess will leave after completing her 2002 Bermuda season.

Princess is part of P&O Princess Cruises plc, one of the largest international cruise companies incorporating some of the industry's strongest brand names: Princess in North America; P&O Cruises and Swan Hellenic in the UK; AIDA and Seetours in Germany and P&O Cruises (Australia). It is a leading provider of premium cruises to Alaska, Europe, the Panama Canal and other Exotic areas, and has a growing presence in the Caribbean.

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A Sweet Combination--Windstar Cruises & Turkish Delight


Seattle, WA -- Offering cruise guests two nights free hotel, Windstar has just upped the ante on its 7-day Aegean cruises in Europe this year.

The company is offering guests an outstanding European vacation value by combining the free hotel offer with excellent cruise discounts.

Prices on the Aegean cruise start at US$3,247 [CDN$4,846] per person, double occupancy, including port taxes. This represents savings of 40% off the brochure rate of US$4,910 [CDN$7,328].

This offer is valid on 12 of Windstar’s 7-day Aegean cruises aboard either of Windstar’s intimate 148-passenger sailing yachts, the Wind Spirit or Wind Song.

The specially selected sailings include July 7, 21, and 28, August 4, 11, and 18, 2001 on the Wind Song, and June 30, July 14, and 21, August 4, 11, and 18, 2001 on the Wind Spirit.

The Istanbul Hilton Hotel, one of the first luxury hotels in Turkey, is where guests will lodge for two nights, compliments of Windstar.

The two free hotel overnights will be added either pre- or post-cruise depending on whether the guest sails from Athens, Greece or Istanbul, Turkey.

Overlooking the Bosporus Straits amidst 13 acres of enchanting gardens, the Istanbul Hilton, offers refined service and dining throughout the hotel restaurants, guest rooms, lounges and health club with indoor/outdoor pools and tennis courts. The hotel, with its ideal central location, also offers a sightseeing limousine tour service with multilingual drivers to explore Istanbul’s city maze.

The hotel interiors are evocative of the region, combining both contemporary and traditional Turkish delights. The lavishly decorated lobby boasts white marble, Turkish rugs, and large brass urns treating guests to a truly luxurious retreat. The delectable dining options enable guests to taste authentic Ottoman cuisine as well as International specialties. Enjoy a romantic candlelight dinner at the stunning rooftop rotisserie with unobstructed city and sea views, relax at the Bosporus Terrace or poolside restaurant for buffet-style Turkish delicacies, or try the exotic Dragon Restaurant for a Chinese cuisine experience that will not soon be forgotten.

To further embrace the local culture, guests can experience a traditional Turkish haman. Guests will feel like royalty as they submerge into the circular shaped marble bath while being sponged down by an attendant.

A casino, business center, and onsite parking complement the Hilton’s guest rooms, which offer all of the modern amenities, as well as balconies with marvelous views of the Bosporus Straits and/or the breathtaking Istanbul skyline.

In addition to the extra nights in exotic Istanbul, guests will enjoy cruising to the fabled islands of Kusadasi and Bodrum, Turkey; Rhodes, Santorini, and Mykonos, Greece, topped with a visit to Athens, the capital of Greek society and culture. The 7-day cruises depart weekly on Saturday and sail from Athens, Greece to Istanbul, Turkey or the reverse.

Windstar finished in the top three for small ship cruising in both Travel and Leisure's World's Best Awards and Condé Nast Traveler UK Readers’ Choice Awards for 2000, and was recently named to the Condé Nast Traveler 2001 Gold List of “Best Places to Stay in the World.”

Seattle-based Windstar Cruises operates four sailing yachts, the 308-passenger Wind Surf and 148-passenger Wind Star, Wind Song and Wind Spirit. Windstar’s unique cruise vacations mix casual elegance and small-ship intimacy. The fleet cruises worldwide to exotic ports in New Zealand, the Mediterranean, Greek Isles, Far East, Caribbean, Central America, and the Atlantic and Pacific.

For reservations, a brochure, or more information contact your travel agent, call Windstar Reservations at 1-800-258-SAIL(7245), or visit

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