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Wind Song Arrives in Tahiti

Papeete, Tahiti — The 148-passenger Wind Song arrived in Papeete, Tahiti on May 13, 2002 to begin year-round cruises to Tahiti and her islands of Raiatea, Huahine, Bora Bora, and Moorea. The luxury sailing yacht’s arrival was heralded at a ceremony onboard attended by the President of the Government of French Polynesia, Gaston Flosse, as well as local dignitaries, government officials and tourism trade partners.

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Free & Low-Cost Air Upgrades Available on 43 Cruises

Seattle, WA, May 16, 2002 - Luxury cruise operator Windstar Cruises means business, announcing a new promotion that provides cruisers with complimentary or low-cost business class air upgrades to Europe on Lufthansa Airlines.

"Travelers want to feel like royalty on their vacation without breaking the bank. At Windstar we strive to deliver that feeling of 'having it all,' impeccable service on your own private yacht, cruising along the Mediterranean shores, and flying business class, it's the only way to go," stated Tom Russell, vice president of marketing and sales for Windstar Cruises.

"Windstar is one of the few cruise operators in the Greek Isles this summer and with our value-added free business class air program, the price is definitely right. This is a prime year to experience the joy of cruising European-style," Russell added.

For example, vacationers flying to one of 23 Greek Isles cruises can take advantage of the upgrade promotion and receive roundtrip business class air for the price of coach from 24 gateways. The company's Home City Air program offers competitively priced airfare from 39 gateways across North America starting at US$1,530 [CAD$2,217] per person.

Business class upgrades to 20 Mediterranean cruises range from free to US$599 [CAD$868] per person. Prices vary depending upon where guests fly from and their chosen itinerary. The low-cost business class upgrades are in addition to the cost of standard coach air rates booked through the line.

Complimentary and low-cost business class air upgrades are being offered on a total of 43 select departures of the 148-passenger Wind Star and Wind Spirit, and the 308-passenger Wind Surf.

Cruise dates for the business class upgrade promotion run from May through November of 2002 on both the Mediterranean and Greek Isles cruises operated by the luxury line.

Guests aboard Wind Spirit and Wind Star seven-day cruises between Athens, Greece and Istanbul, Turkey visit the fabled islands of Rhodes, Santorini, and Mykonos, Greece; Kusadasi and Bodrum, Turkey. The reverse itinerary is offered on certain dates.

The 23 specific promotion dates for Greek Isles cruises include May 11, June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, and July 6, 2002 onboard Wind Spirit. Also, May 18 and 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, July 6, 13, 20, and 27, and August 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2002 onboard Wind Star.

Windstar's Mediterranean sailings blanket cruising's mecca with 7-day itineraries departing throughout the season from Lisbon, Portugal; Barcelona, Spain; Nice, France; Grand Harbour, Malta; and both Rome and Venice, Italy.

The 20 specific promotion dates on Mediterranean cruises include May 5, June 23, July 14 and 28, August 4, 11, and 18, September 1 and 22, October 6, 20, and 27, and November 3, 10, and 17, 2002 onboard Wind Surf. Also offered are the October 26 departure of Wind Star as well as July 27, August 31, and November 9 and 16, 2002 onboard Wind Spirit.

The 43 European cruises featured in the business class air promotion offer significant savings with rates starting at US$1,895 [CDN$2,746] per person based on double occupancy including port charges and taxes. Discounted cruise rates represent savings of up to 60 percent off brochure rates of US$5,020 [CDN$7,275].

The company offers optional trip cancellation protection that provides cash back when you cancel for any reason prior to 24-hours before departure. For reservations or information contact a travel agent or call Windstar at 1-800-258-SAIL (1-800-258-7245.) To request a brochure call 1-87-STAR-SAIL (1-877-827-7245.) More information on Windstar Cruises is available online at

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MIAMI (05/16/02) - Carnival Cruise Lines' new 2,124-passenger Carnival Legend will operate a series of 8-day "exotic" Caribbean voyages from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Nov. 10, 2002 - April 19, 2003, marking the first time the line has deployed a brand new ship to that port. Originally, this program was scheduled to operate from Miami.

Carnival Legend's new Fort Lauderdale-based schedule, the line's first long-term cruise program from that port in more than a decade, will consist of alternating 8-day "exotic" southern and western Caribbean cruises. Eight-day southern Caribbean cruises will visit St. Maarten, Barbados and Martinique, while eight-day western Caribbean voyages will call at Belize City, Belize; Limon, Costa Rica; and Colon, Panama. These voyages will sail opposite a similar eight-day "exotic" Caribbean program from Miami that debuted on the Carnival Legend's sister ship, Carnival Spirit, in November 2001.

The unique 8-day cruise schedule is made possible by the Carnival Legend's and Carnival Spirit's faster sailing speed, which enables the vessels to visit exciting destinations previously available only on longer length voyages. Another benefit of the 8-day schedule is that departure days vary from week to week, meaning that Carnival Legend and Carnival Spirit visit destinations when fewer ships are in port.

"Because of their flexible departure days and wide variety of 'exotic' Caribbean destinations, our 8-day sailings have been a huge hit with consumers and deploying the Carnival Legend to Fort Lauderdale provides consumers with yet another attractive 'Fun Ship' cruise option from a very convenient U.S. embarkation point," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. He added that Carnival Legend's 2-day cruise-to-nowhere scheduled to depart from Miami Nov. 8, 2002, will sail from Fort Lauderdale, as well. Carnival Legend will also operate a similar 8-day "exotic" Caribbean program from Fort Lauderdale November 2003 - April 2004. 

Currently undergoing final outfitting at Kvaerner Masa-Yards in Helsinki, the 88,500-ton Carnival Legend is the third in the line's "Spirit-class" and will feature 16 bars and lounges, a 14,500-square-foot health club, an on-board golf program, Internet café, a children's play area, and three restaurants, including an upscale "steakhouse-style" supper club. Eighty percent of the ship's staterooms will offer an ocean view with 80 percent of those featuring private verandahs. 

Reservations are currently being accepted for the Carnival Legend's 8-day "exotic" Caribbean cruises. Prices begin at $749 per person based on double occupancy. Round-trip air transportation supplements from a variety of North American gateways and 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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Disney Cruise Line Embarks On New Seven-Night 
Western Caribbean Itinerary

PORT CANAVERAL, FL – Disney Cruise Line now sails a new seven-night western Caribbean cruise vacation to a tropical trio of Caribbean ports and Castaway Cay.

“We are fortunate to have assembled yet another outstanding Disney Cruise Line experience for guests,” said Disney Cruise Line president Matt Ouimet.  “Both first-time cruisers and the many repeat Disney Cruise Line guests sailing this new itinerary will enjoy the wonderful history, culture and beauty of these great ports.”

In addition to discovering many of the Caribbean’s most popular ports, guests enjoy the same magical entertainment, age-specific programming, unique dining experiences, attention-to-detail and excellent guest service featured aboard Disney’s popular seven-night eastern Caribbean cruise vacation, but with a creative twist reflective of the colorful western Caribbean ports-of-call being visited.

The Disney Magic departs on its seven-night itineraries each Saturday from its year-round home port at Port Canaveral.

New Itinerary Highlights:

- A Saludos Amigos! Embarkation Welcome - Authentic greeting inspired by popular Disney films, including The Three Caballeros


- Key West Sunset Celebration, docked overlooking Mallory Square - The most popular event in Key West from the comfort of the Disney Magic


- MEXICALifragilisticexpialidocious! Dinner, Deck Party & Midnight Buffet - Disney characters dressed for the occasion & Latin-inspired cuisine make this night Hot, Hot, Hot!


- Cinco de Mayo Sailaway Party - High-energy deck party, complete with piñatas, colorful flags and festive music and dancing

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a Disney Cruise Line vacation, guests can contact their travel agent, visit or call Disney Cruise Line at (888) DCL-2500.

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MIAMI (05/14/02) - The new Carnival Legend will offer guests a tantalizing array of formal and casual dining options, including an elegant two-level main dining room, an expansive poolside eatery, and a "steakhouse-style" supper club offering prime aged beef, along with a Carnival exclusive: crab claws from Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant. Carnival Legend is the third "Fun Ship" to feature the world famous Florida delicacy.

The succulent crustaceans will be among the featured menu items in The Golden Fleece, a reservations-only supper club located at the top of a soaring nine-deck-high atrium and housed under a red-tinted glass dome that forms the forward portion of the ship's massive winged funnel. In addition to crab claws from Florida's most famous dining establishment, the intimate two-level restaurant will serve top quality, hand-cut beef, seafood and other upscale cuisine, all of which are enjoyed amidst striking interiors inspired by the Greek legend Jason and the Argonauts with gold bas-relief ships, black and gold figures of Jason, Grecian urns and other classic design elements.  Gracing the restaurant's intimate bar is a two-foot-high by four-foot-long sculpture of the Golden Fleece. 

The Golden Fleece Supper Club is just one of several delicious dining options available on the new 88,500-ton SuperLiner. The $375 million "floating resort" is also home to Truffles, a 1,250-seat formal restaurant where diners can select from eight different soups, salads and appetizers, seven main courses, including the ever-popular Caribbean lobster tail once each cruise, and six desserts nightly, all served by friendly and efficient staff. Also available nightly in Truffles is Carnival Spa Fare, delicious guilt-free selections that are lower in fat, cholesterol, sodium and calories. 

Truffles features a dramatic décor that includes display cases housing elegant, decorative china patterns--soup tureens, cups, saucers and platters--along with ceiling and wall murals featuring the swirling flowers, vines, vegetables, and tendrils made famous in Royal Copenhagen's Flora Danica china pattern. 

The décor of the Carnival Legend's two-level casual restaurant, the Unicorn Café, is just as dramatic, with bas relief sculptures of Unicorns, gothic arches and other medieval-inspired touches. Here, guests enjoy self-service breakfast and lunch buffets, extensive salad and dessert bars, meat-carving and made-to-order pasta stations, and 24-hour pizza and ice cream. A variety of specialty dining areas, including "Asian Corner," serving authentic delicacies from the Far East; "Taste of the Nation," featuring traditional cuisine from a different country each day; "The Rotisserie," serving broiled and roasted chicken and steak; and a New York-style deli, with hot and cold sandwiches and classic deli side dishes; are located throughout the sprawling 1,000-seat restaurant. 

The Unicorn Café is also home to the nightly "Seaview Bistro," Carnival's alternative dinner-time service featuring steaks, seafood, pasta, salads and other dishes served in a relaxed, café-like atmosphere. 

Carnival Legend, like other "Fun Ships," will also offer complimentary 24-hour stateroom service with a variety of freshly made sandwiches, salads, fruits, and baked-on-board desserts available anytime of the day or night. And, at the Legend's Café, the ship's patisserie, guests can enjoy specialty coffees, lattes, cappuccinos, espressos and the like, and sweets such as chocolate covered strawberries, apple strudel, Black Forest cake and banana splits. 

Carnival Legend is scheduled to enter service Aug. 24 with a 12-day Northern European voyage round-trip from Harwich (near London) followed by a 15-day transatlantic crossing departing Harwich Sept. 5 and arriving New York Sept. 20. From New York, the ship will operate two- and three-day cruises-to-nowhere and 11-day Canada/New England sailings then sail on six-day Bermuda cruises from Baltimore and Philadelphia in October. Carnival Legend will then reposition to Miami to operate a two-day cruise-to-nowhere then launch eight-day Caribbean sailings from that port Nov. 10. Following these voyages, the ship will launch a one-of-a-kind eight-day Caribbean cruise program from New York May 13, 2003.  For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL, or visit

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Fourth in Series of Four Millennium-class Vessels Sets Sail From Barcelona

MIAMI, May 13, 2002 - Celebrity Cruises' Constellation, the fourth in the top-rated premium cruise line's Millennium-class fleet, yesterday set sail from Barcelona, Spain, on her maiden voyage. The new vessel brings the Celebrity fleet total to nine ships, with more than 16,000 berths. 

"Constellation completes Celebrity's series of sleek Millennium-class vessels designed to provide our guests with extraordinary vacation experiences," said Celebrity Cruises President Jack Williams. "Like her sister ships, Millennium, Infinity and Summit, Constellation extends the popular traditions introduced on those vessels, along with new and distinctive features all her own."

Among the compelling elements of Celebrity's Constellation is "Ocean Liners" restaurant, the fourth in Celebrity's distinctive series of specialty restaurants recalling the best of classic  transatlantic travel, with actual artifacts gleaned from some the world's most famous luxury liners.  Among the extraordinary items accenting Constellation's Ocean Liners restaurant are sets of original, lacquered paneling from the Ile de France, one of the most revolutionary vessels of the 1920s.

"Constellation's Ocean Liners restaurant presents another incredibly appealing dining option for guests who enjoy a casually elegant setting with unparalleled service and cuisine," said Williams. "Again under the direction of Master Chef Michel Roux, Ocean Liners underscores the benchmark Celebrity set with Constellation's sister ships, in offering the only tableside cooking and carving at sea, and a dine-in wine cellar featuring nearly 200 labels from around the world."

Additional Constellation Highlights:
Maintaining Celebrity Cruises' trendsetting tradition, Constellation offers a number of features and amenities designed to appeal to savvy cruise travelers, including:
* A 25,000-square-foot AquaSpaSM, operated by the elite Elemis Ltd., and presenting the "Sensory Heaven" experience, a fusion of exotic Eastern and Western spa treatments and 10 "Cultural Touches."
* The first cruise line to introduce a Conservatory at sea, Celebrity continues the tradition onboard Constellation, where guests will find a unique botanical garden where they can enjoy flower arranging demonstrations or simply relax with a cup of tea.
* Eighty percent of Constellation's staterooms offer an ocean-view, and 74 percent of those have verandas.
* Constellation is the fourth Celebrity ship to run on quiet and smokeless gas turbine engines, which reduce exhaust emissions by up to 95 percent.
* The ship presents among the industry's largest Penthouse Suites, encompassing more than 2,500 square feet, with veranda.
* "The Emporium," Celebrity's 15,000-square-foot designer boutique area offers elegant and trendy labels, including Fendi, Versace and Hugo Boss, in addition to shops offering Cova Cafe Milano confections.
* Constellation presents exterior, glass-enclosed elevators, offering guests captivating, panoramic ocean views as they move from deck to deck.
* The ship presents "," Celebrity Cruises' Internet service available in all staterooms and suites for guests who bring their own laptops.
* The vessel features an 18-workstation Internet cafe, "," accessible to all guests, 24 hours a day.
* Constellation presents a music library, "Notes," offering thousands of digital recordings and a quiet haven for music lovers.
* Extensive options for the physically challenged are available onboard Constellation, with accommodations in a variety of categories, including suites.

In addition to its newer public spaces, Constellation also expands upon Celebrity's highly acclaimed, fleetwide favorite concepts and spaces, including Cova Cafe Milano, the seagoing version of the stylish coffeehouse in the heart of Milan's fashion district; one of America's finest corporate collections of original, contemporary art; the cozy Michael's Club lounge; lively clubs, and inviting Champagne and Martini Bars offering nearly 30 variations of the popular libations.

Itineraries for Celebrity's Constellation
Constellation will spend the balance of her inaugural season in Europe, presenting guests with a series of seven-night Western Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona, 14-night Baltic sailings from Dover, England, and a series of 10- and 11-night Western Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona. 

Constellation embarks on a 14-night transatlantic voyage from Barcelona on October 25, ending in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where the ship will sail two two-night cruises on November 10 and 12. Constellation then repositions to San Juan, Puerto Rico, offering round-trip, seven-night Southern Caribbean sailings from November 26, 2002 through April 5, 2003. 

Celebrity Cruises is the highest-rated, fastest-growing premium cruise line in the industry, with the youngest fleet of any major cruise line. The launch of Constellation brings the Celebrity fleet to nine ships. For more information, visit the Celebrity web site at

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Enhanced Onboard Product, Flexible Cruise Schedules Highlighted

MIAMI, May 13, 2002 - Seabourn Cruise Line has published its annual cruise brochure outlining the global sailing schedules of its intimate, all-suite Yachts of Seabourn: Seabourn Pride, Spirit and Legend in 2003. The full-color, 104-page catalogue also includes a comprehensive review of the many refinements and enhancements added to the onboard experience in the past year.

The brochure opens with a 20-page section describing the ultra luxury lifestyle offered to guests on The Yachts of Seabourn. From exceptionally personalized service made possible by the line's guest-to-staff ratio of nearly one-to-one, to the myriad enhancements such as open bars throughout the ship, including fine French champagnes from the House of Heidsieck; gratis Massage Moments for guests on deck; exciting new cuisine created by renowned chef Charlie Palmer; complimentary Exclusively Seabourn shoreside experiences and Seabourn's Pure Pampering program of beauty and wellbeing products and a menu of therapeutic bathing experiences from Molton Brown, London, the brochure fully illustrates Seabourn's assertive commitment to providing the finest ultra luxury cruise product in the industry.

"Seabourn has made substantial investments to upgrade our guests' experiences while they are sailing with us, in keeping with our stated mission to be the best of the best" said Richard Meadows, CTC, Seabourn's senior vice president of sales and marketing. "We wanted our 2003 brochure to show just how rich and luxurious our onboard experience is for guests today. The value of a Seabourn cruise vacation has never been better, and we want to ensure that consumers know that."

Also outlined are the new packages of services available to guests in The Spa at Seabourn. Called "ceremonies," these consist of series of treatments and rituals to be used throughout the guest's stay on board, much as they might expect at a shoreside spa.

The balance of the catalogue details cruises available in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe; Asia, India & Africa; South America; Costa Rica, Belize & Panama, the Caribbean and the Eastern Seaboard of North America. Also featured are transatlantic crossings and Grand Voyages for the Blue Water Sailor: longer voyage combinations of 20 to 72 days offered at special Grand Voyage Fares.

An example of the innovative itineraries created for 2003 is the line's new approach to marketing the prime Mediterranean season. Seabourn Spirit and Legend will each sail a series of seven-day itineraries that can be combined to create vacations of up to five weeks with different ports of call. Both one-week and two- week versions of these cruises are fully detailed, to illustrate the concept.

Seabourn will offer Early Bookings Savings of 20 to 50 percent for those who book cruises well in advance. In 2003 it will offer additional 10 percent Combo Savings for travelers who combine two cruises. Grand Voyages, which are combinations totaling 18 or more days in length, will qualify for savings of 40 to 50 percent.

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

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

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

~ Seabourn Legend in 2003 repeats a series of 14-day cruises of Panama, Belize and Costa Rica. After some seven-day Caribbean cruises from St. Thomas, Legend will position to the Mediterranean for a series of four distinct seven-day cruises centered in the western region, sailing from Nice, Barcelona and Civitavecchia. In the autumn, Legend returns to two-week Panama, Belize and Costa Rica and the Caribbean.

~ Savings programs include the Early Booking Savings of 20 to 50 percent. These savings are capacity controlled and will be reduced as the available suites are booked, effectively raising the fares closer to sailing. They have no set expiration date.

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

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

~ Single Traveler Savings are capacity-controlled and vary by departure. They result in single-occupancy fares that range from 110 to 175 percent of the per-person double occupancy fare.  All savings programs are capacity controlled and may be changed or withdrawn at any time.

Seabourn's 2003 Yachts of Seabourn cruise brochure at may be ordered at For more information on The Yachts of Seabourn, call your travel agent or Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391.

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Carnival's Jubilee to Debut New Seven-Day Southern Caribbean Cruise Program from San Juan in Fall 2003
Unique Six-Port, Seven-Day Schedule Features Different Tropical Island Each Day

MIAMI (05/13/02) - Carnival Cruise Lines' 1,486-passenger "Fun Ship" Jubilee will launch a unique six-port, seven-day southern Caribbean cruise program from San Juan in fall 2003 featuring a different tropical island each day. On this one-of-a-kind program, the Jubilee will depart the Port of San Juan every Saturday beginning Sept. 27, 2003, and visit some of the Caribbean's most charming and picturesque islands, including St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Lucia, Dominica, St. Kitts and Tortola. 

"The southern Caribbean is home to some of the region's most scenic and appealing destinations and the Jubilee's new island-intensive itinerary provides consumers the opportunity to experience the wide range of cultures, sites and attractions at six distinctly different ports of call - all in a single week," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. 

Featured ports on the Jubilee's new San Juan-based itinerary include: 

Famous for its duty-free bargains, St. Thomas also features a variety of dining and water sports opportunities, as well as magnificent beaches, including Magen's Bay, which consistently ranks as one of the world's best.

Antigua is a sun worshiper's paradise, with some 365 beaches, "one for every day of the year," along with such interesting historical sites as Nelson's Dockyard, the Caribbean's version of Colonial Williamsburg. 

Often referred to as the "crown jewel" of the Windward Islands, St. Lucia offers a lush landscape of flowers, rain forests, and white- and black-sand beaches, all nestled amidst the dramatic backdrop of twin-peaked volcanic mountains called the Pitons. 

Known as the "Nature Island," Dominica is an unspoiled paradise, with waterfalls, rain forests, hot springs, verdant mountains and more than 200 rivers. Popular with scuba divers and snorkelers, Dominica also offers some of the best whale and dolphin watching in the Caribbean. 

Equally inviting is St. Kitts, a 101-square-mile island distinguished by its rugged mountainous landscape and magnificent beaches ranging in color from black to golden, along with crystal-clear waters teeming with colorful tropical fish. 

Rounding out the itinerary is Tortola, the largest of the British Virgin Islands known as much for its perpetually laid-back atmosphere and gracious hospitality as for its excellent beaches, boating, and water sports.

Special Repositioning Voyage from Galveston to San Juan
The Jubilee, which currently sails from Tampa and will reposition to Galveston, Texas, this summer, will also operate a one-time seven-day Caribbean sailing departing Galveston Sept. 20 and arriving San Juan Sept. 27, 2003, which will position the vessel for its new seven-day southern Caribbean program from that port. Ports of call on this special voyage from Galveston include Key West, St. Thomas and St. Maarten.

Signature 'Fun Ship' Amenities
The Jubilee offers guests a wide variety of "resort-style" amenities and facilities, including a health and fitness club, a full gambling casino, Internet café, three swimming pools (one with a 114-foot-long water slide), along with a children's play room and on-board duty-free shopping. Entertainment venues range from an intimate piano bar to an elaborate multi-level show lounge housing Las Vegas-style revues. As part of Carnival's Total Choice Dining (SM), cruising's most comprehensive dining program offering the widest variety of culinary choices at sea, the Jubilee also houses two full-service restaurants, sushi bar and a casual poolside eatery offering breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets. Complimentary 24-hour pizza, ice cream and stateroom service are also available. The Jubilee also features a comprehensive golf program offering professional instruction both aboard ship and during golf excursions. 

Pricing and Reservations
Reservations are currently being accepted for the Jubilee's new seven-day cruises from San Juan. Prices begin at $499 per person, based on double occupancy. If purchased via Carnival's "Fun Finance Plan (SM)," the cruises are available starting at $24 per month (based on a 24-month payment term at the lowest annual percentage rate available). Actual "Fun Finance Plan" monthly payments and terms may vary according to the applicant's credit qualifications. Valid for U.S. individual bookings only. Certain other restrictions apply. Round-trip air transportation supplements from a variety of North American gateways and 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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It's Summertime and the Cruising is Easy 
Summer Sailings Feature Variety of Destinations, Great Value

NEW YORK, May 10 - Summer vacation time is around the corner but there's still time to plan that dream cruise you've always wanted to take. In fact, procrastinators still pondering their choices will find everything they want on a summer cruise.

The 23 member lines of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) have ships and itineraries guaranteed to give anyone a vacation to remember.

This summer, cruise ships will visit destinations all over the world. Cruise vacationers can experience the breadth of the European continent, including the Scandinavian and Baltic countries, the United Kingdom, the great capitals of Europe and the sun-kissed lands of the Mediterranean. Cruise ships also will visit the exotic ports of the Far East and the South Pacific, while closer-to-home itineraries will take travelers to explore the glaciers of Alaska, the floral beauty of Hawaii, the sunny islands of the Caribbean and Bahamas, and the charms of New England and Canada.

"There is such a great variety of cruise itineraries available during the summer months that it is no problem finding a cruise that fits your family's schedule and interests," says James G. Godsman, president of CLIA, a member of the Cruise Line Coalition. "You can choose to read by the pool, lounge on a pristine beach, visit undersea worlds, walk on a glacier or explore ancient worlds."

A cruise is also an unbeatable summer vacation value. With special family offers (some cruise lines feature "kids sail free" specials and additional discounts for a third or fourth person in a room), a cruise is ideal for a summer vacation or family reunion. And more ships are sailing from U.S. ports this year than ever before, putting the beginning of a memorable summer vacation only a short drive away for most people.

"While the adults are enjoying themselves, they can feel comfortable knowing the youngsters are participating in supervised, age-appropriate fun activities," says Godsman. "Then the entire family can reunite over dinner to share their experiences. It's the best of all worlds!"

"The first step toward a memorable summer vacation is a visit to a CLIA-affiliated travel agent, a certified cruise expert," says Godsman. "The CLIA-affiliated agent can find the cruise that suits your needs."

To find a CLIA-affiliated travel agency, use the Cruise Expert Locator on CLIA's website, or check the local yellow pages.

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Disney Magic Cruise Ship Embarks on Port Canaveral's 
Newest Itinerary

On May 11, 2002 a colorful embarkation celebration will send off new Western Caribbean cruise vacation: 11 A.M.-1 P.M. at Disney's Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal

Since Disney Cruise Line first called Port Canaveral home in July 1998, the Central Florida port has become one of the busiest in the world with millions of dollars pouring into the local economy. Due in part to its proximity to the Walt Disney World Resort and Central Florida attractions, Port Canaveral has become increasingly popular for families interested in cruising.

Disney Cruise Line specifically designed its ships with areas and activities that meet the unique vacation needs of every member of the family. With the introduction of a new seven-night western Caribbean cruise vacation, Disney now offers five different cruise itineraries across its two-ship fleet, plus one seamless seven-night land/sea package that combines the fun and excitement of the Walt Disney World Resort with the enchantment of a Disney Cruise Line voyage.

The Disney Magic sets sail for the first time ever to a new set of western Caribbean ports on Saturday, May 11.

Saturday - Depart from Port Canaveral
Sunday - KEY WEST
(Ship remains docked right at Mallory Square through sunset year-round)
Monday - Day At Sea
(Lessons learned at Disney theme parks, four tenders and organized queues make tendering from the south pier a seamless experience)
Wednesday - COZUMEL
Thursday - Day At Sea
(Disney's private Bahamian island)
Saturday - Return to Port Canaveral

The new itinerary alternates each week with its present seven-night eastern Caribbean cruise vacation, calling on St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay. All seven-night cruise vacations aboard the Disney Magic feature magical entertainment, age-specific programming, unique dining experiences and excellent guest service.

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MIAMI (05/09/02) - From wonders of the ancient world and heroes of antiquity to 20th century jazz masters and great athletes, legendary people and places inspire the interior design of the Carnival Legend, Carnival Cruise Lines' newest ship. The latest edition of Carnival's 88,500-ton, 2,124-passenger Spirit class of "Fun Ships" is slated to debut in Harwich, England, Aug. 24.

The central idea of legendary figures and locations, both historical and mythical, which inspired the design of the public rooms aboard Carnival Legend, represents the latest installment of what Joe Farcus, Carnival's ship architect, calls "entertainment architecture." 

"The overall design theme of legends is realized in many different ways, both literally and figuratively," said Farcus. 

Ancient Greece and the legendary, classical city of Rhodes provided inspiration for the ship's atrium. On the towering nine-deck-high atrium wall is a mural of the Colossus of Rhodes, a 150-foot-tall bronze statue that stood in the city's harbor and is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Greek triremes in the harbor and the city of Rhodes in the background are also depicted in the Colossus Atrium mural. 

Using ancient Greece as a jumping off point, Farcus employed a decorative theme of stylized Greek vases throughout the ship's atrium, promenades, elevator lobbies and other public areas in the form of pillars, table bases, railings, bar stool bases and so on. 

The Medusa's Lair dance club offers a playful twist on the mythological legend of the mysterious gorgon Medusa which was so horrifying that to look upon her turned men to stone. Here, one encounters giant three-and-a-half-foot-high Medusa heads with four-inch-diameter snakelike hair ending in a snake's head with lighted eyes. The flexible four-foot-long snakes extend from  the wall, and, assuming guests are not immediately turned to stone, they can move the strands and point the snake heads in different directions. Table bases are snakes and snakes also curl up the black stainless-steel wall and extend onto the ceiling. 

The poignant Russian folktale of a talented seamstress from a small village who is turned into a bird by an evil sorcerer is the inspiration for the Firebird Lounge. Hand-painted lacquered boxes, similar to those created by Russian artisans for centuries, provide the wall decorations, accented by lamps done in Pairpoint fashion - the glass globes are frosted and painted on the inside so the painted images are backlit, providing a soft, moody lighting effect.

Follies, the main show lounge on Promenade Deck, recalls the magnificent movie palaces of the 1920s. The lounge is designed to have the feel of the open courtyard of a Mediterranean villa, a style prevalent in these now-rare venues. The walls and the proscenium are adorned with turrets, stained-glass and mission-style walls. The proscenium arch elements are continued across the ceiling in a mural of buildings that spans the width of the room. 

Satchmo's Club, named after legendary trumpeter Louis Armstrong, is decorated to resemble an old New Orleans bar, with exposed brick walls, wrought-iron details, café curtains, thatched ceiling fans, wood handles and other design elements associated with the Big Easy. The walls are adorned with a series of photos of Armstrong at various stages of his career, while a false skylight provides diffused illumination. 

The Dream Team Bar is a paean to sports greats from the past - some obscure, some instantly recognizable. Features include a recurring motif of red, white and blue bunting - often found at World Series games - large photographs of classic sports figures, including Jackie Robinson, Bart Starr, Wilma Rudolph, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, and Juan Fangio, big plasma-screen television sets and comfortable overstuffed leather living-room sofas.

Doubtless many Carnival Legend guests will be looking for magic when they enter the Club Merlin Casino, named after the powerful wizard of the Arthurian legends. The days of chivalry and adventure are recalled with paintings of damsels, knights and wizards on the walls. The castle-like atmosphere is enhanced by a statue of a suit of armor standing at the bar and shields with heraldry symbols and crossed swords topped by a knight's helmet mounted on the walls. 

Named for the aromatic delicacy treasured by chefs and gourmands alike, Truffles Restaurant is the main dining room on Carnival Legend. The main feature of this two-deck-high room is a series of glass display cases containing fine china - plates, soup tureens and platters in a variety of patterns. The ceiling sports large murals of a china pattern made famous by Royal Copenhagen. The Flora Danica pattern features botanical paintings of various flowers, vegetables and fruits with gold borders, so the ceiling looks like giant dishes painted in this pattern. 

On Atlantic Deck, Billie's Piano Bar is a tribute to famed blues singer Billie Holiday. The streamlined, modern room has walls of corrugated polished stainless steel with light decorations fashioned to resemble portholes. Instead of a window, however, the "portholes" are filled with fine pieces of special burl wood backlit to highlight the grain. Separating the banquettes are stylized stainless-steel musical bar lines with notes welded to them.  There are even faux oversized microphones affixed to each table. The overall effect is reminiscent of the art deco days of the 1930s - Billie Holiday's heyday.

Super sleuth Sherlock Holmes is the inspiration for the Holmes Library. The English-style library could have been found at Holmes' fictional Baker Street apartment, with wall space covered by bookshelves with faux antique books mingling with the latest bestsellers, Oriental rugs and a series of built-in wall clocks displaying times from all over the world. Even the desks housing the Internet-connected computers have a classical look to them. 

Forward on Atlantic Deck is the enclosed promenade, the Enchanted Forest. Great tree trunks with huge knotholes where owls or squirrels might live adorn the walls. The ceiling is luminous, casting a light similar to that filtered through the leaves of an oak tree arbor. The result is a quiet spot where guests can relax, read or simply watch the sea through the large windows. 

On Lido Deck there is a return to medieval legends in the Unicorn Café.  Murals of unicorns are everywhere. Gothic wooden arches with colored glass separate the banquettes, which are paneled in mahogany and have small pewter-like medallions depicting unicorns in  bas-relief. Antiqued mirror resembling aged masonry is  located throughout, while ceiling cassettes are of mahogany.

The Golden Fleece Supper Club recalls the legend of Jason and the Argonauts with ships in gold bas-relief and figures of Jason and Greek triremes in black and gold. A sculpture of the Golden Fleece is located behind the supper club's bar where guests can enjoy a before- or after-dinner cocktail. 

The fantasy theme also extends onto the pool deck, with the Camelot Pool featuring a statue of a medieval castle, the Avalon Pool a statue of a knight and the Unicorn Pool a corresponding likeness of the mythological beast.

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

Carnival Legend will then reposition to Miami to operate a two-day cruise-to-nowhere and a series of eight-day Caribbean sailings from that port Nov. 10.  Following these voyages, the ship will launch a one-of-a-kind eight-day Caribbean cruise program from New York May 13, 2003.  For additional information and reservations, call 1-800-327-9501 (individual) or 1-800-327-5782 (groups).  Information and reservations are also available via the line's travel agent Internet portal at

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MIAMI (05/08/02) - Carnival Corporation announced that its Holland America Line brand has entered into a long-term agreement to charter the cruise ship m/s Nieuw Amsterdam to Cypress-based Louis Cruises, which will subcharter the vessel to Thomson Holidays in the U. K. where she will be marketed as the Thomson Spirit. 

Holland America sold the vessel to a subsidiary of American Classic Voyages in 2000 which operated the ship in Hawaii under the name Patriot, however, it was reclaimed by Holland America in foreclosure proceedings earlier this year. The charter became effective yesterday. 

Carnival Corporation will account for this charter as a sale which, including related expenses, is expected to result in a charge to earnings of approximately $9 million in its second fiscal quarter of 2002. Carnival Corporation is comprised of Carnival Cruise Lines, the world's largest cruise line based on passengers carried, Holland America Line, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, Seabourn Cruise Line and Windstar Cruises.  Carnival Corporation's various brands operate 43 ships in the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe, Mexican Riviera, South America and other worldwide destinations. 

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MIAMI (05/07/02) - Carnival Cruise Lines today announced that the 2,052-passenger Elation will launch the line's first seven-day cruise program from Galveston, Texas, and the 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride will operate week-long Mexican Riviera sailings from the Port of Long Beach/Los Angeles beginning in fall 2003.

The 70,000-ton Elation, currently based in Los Angeles, will begin service from Galveston Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003, offering a one-of-a-kind "exotic" seven-day western Caribbean cruise program featuring a day-long call at Belize City, Belize; as well as visits to Cozumel and Progreso/Merida, Mexico.

The 88,500-ton Carnival Pride, currently homeported in Port Canaveral, FL, will reposition to the West Coast to assume the Elation's popular seven-day Mexican Riviera program Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003. Carnival Pride will depart from Carnival's new state-of-the-art cruise terminal in Long Beach, which is in the Los Angeles area and being constructed in conjunction with Queen's Seaport Development, Inc. The facility is expected to be operational in early 2003. 

"Southern California and Texas are both popular and convenient embarkation points for cruise vacations and we are very enthused to be increasing capacity from the Los Angeles area and Galveston by introducing these larger, amenity-laden ships into those markets," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. 

First Seven-Day 'Fun Ship' Cruise Program from Galveston
Beginning Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003, the Elation will launch Carnival's first year-round seven-day cruise program from Galveston, joining the 1,486-passenger "Fun Ship" Celebration which has operated four- and five-day cruises from that port since September 2000.

On its new seven-day program, the Elation will depart Galveston every Sunday and visit Belize, Cozumel and Progreso/Merida, each of which offers a variety of interesting sites and attractions, including various archaeological ruins and pyramids, as well as gorgeous white-sand beaches, and myriad shopping and watersports opportunities. 

"Carnival has enjoyed tremendous success since launching 'Fun Ship' cruising from Galveston 18 months ago and deploying the Elation on our first seven-day program from Texas speaks volumes about the incredible growth potential of this region," said Dickinson. He added that the 1,486-passenger Jubilee, scheduled to begin four- and five-day cruises from Galveston Aug. 19, 2002, will operate that program through fall 2003 then be deployed to another homeport.

Commented Galveston Port Director Steven M. Cernak, "Carnival and the Port of Galveston make a dynamic duo. Our business relationship has been outstanding.  Carnival has shown their commitment to Galveston and the port intends to provide the necessary facility improvements to allow their Galveston operations to grow and prosper. We are pleased and excited that Carnival has chosen to expand its home port operations here and we look forward to a long, mutually rewarding partnership." 

Seven-Day Mexican Riviera Voyages Aboard Carnival Pride
Beginning Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003, Carnival Pride will take over the Elation's popular seven-day Mexican Riviera cruise program. Voyages will depart every Sunday from the new $40 million "Long Beach Cruise Terminal at the Queen Mary," located adjacent to the historic 1936 ocean liner, which now serves as a tourist attraction, complete with three restaurants, catering, weddings, attractions and a 365-room hotel. 

Carnival Pride's new Mexican Riviera program will feature an extra-long nine-hour stay in scenic Cabo San Lucas, in addition to day-long visits to the seaside resort cities of Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan, all famous for their centuries-old landmarks, excellent shopping and sportfishing opportunities, and magnificent beaches.

"Aside from providing a truly spectacular shipboard experience, Carnival Pride will offer guests the longest time in port of any cruise ship sailing the Mexican Riviera," Dickinson said. "It is very exciting to see the new Long Beach Cruise Terminal at the Queen Mary come to fruition. We are enthused at this opportunity to offer our attraction, hotel, shopping and dining facilities to Carnival passengers and are looking forward to the Carnival Pride's first departure in September 2003," said Joseph Prevratil, president and CEO of Queen's Seaport Development, Inc.

Carnival Pride, which entered service earlier this year, provides consumers with an exciting new "Fun Ship" option on this popular route and features such innovations as indoor and outdoor wrap-around promenades, a wedding chapel, and a reservations-only supper club offering prime aged beef and other gourmet cuisine.  Additionally, Carnival Pride will offer the highest percentage of balconied staterooms of any year-round West Coast-based cruise ship.

Other 'Fun Ship' Voyages Aboard Carnival Pride and Elation
Before repositioning to the Port of Long Beach/Los Angeles, Carnival Pride will operate a series of eight-day "exotic" southern and western Caribbean voyages from Miami July 13 - Aug. 30, 2003. Eight-day southern Caribbean cruises will visit St. Maarten, Barbados and Martinique, while eight-day western Caribbean voyages will include stops at Belize; Limon, Costa Rica; and Colon, Panama. 

Following this program, Carnival Pride will operate a 14-day Panama Canal cruise departing Miami Sept. 7 and arriving Long Beach/Los Angeles Sept. 21, 2003, positioning the vessel for its new seven-day Mexican Riviera schedule. Ports on the 14-day Panama Canal cruise will include Cartagena, Colombia prior to the Panama Canal transit; along with Puntarenas, Costa Rica; and Acapulco, Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Prior to the launch of its new Galveston-based cruise program, the Elation will operate a 14-day Panama Canal cruise departing Long Beach/Los Angeles Sept. 14 and arriving Galveston Sept. 28, 2003. Featured ports on this voyage include Acapulco, Mexico, prior to the Panama Canal transit, followed by visits to Cartagena, Colombia; and Cozumel, Mexico.

Pricing and Reservations
Reservations are currently being accepted for the Elation's and Carnival Pride's various 2003 departures. Prices for the seven-day "Fun Ship" cruises aboard the Elation from Galveston begin at $549 and Carnival Pride from Long Beach/Los Angeles at $599 per person, based on double occupancy. If purchased via Carnival's "Fun Finance Plan (SM)," seven-day Elation cruises are available starting at $26 per month and seven-day Carnival Pride voyages at $28 per month (based on a 24-month payment term at the lowest annual percentage rate available; actual "Fun Finance Plan" monthly payments and terms may vary according to the applicant's credit qualifications). Valid for U.S. individual bookings only. Certain other restrictions apply. Round-trip air transportation supplements from a variety of North American gateways and 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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Guests Can Save up to 50% on Vista and Veranda Suites

Fort Lauderdale, FL, May 6, 2002 - Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises announced a limited-time promotion that allows guests to save up to 50% off the cruise-only fare of Vista and Veranda Suites. The special promotion begins May 6, 2002 and is offered through year-end, subject to availability. This first-ever extraordinary savings program for Silversea is valid for new reservations on most 2002 voyages and is not applicable to land, hotel and air programs.

Based on valuable feedback received from the travel agency community, Silversea has decided to introduce an attractive and simplified booking promotion. The program is designed to encourage greater numbers of guests to enjoy Silversea's award-winning cruise experience.

Under the Simplicity Pricing program, Silversea has set a pre-assigned, easy-to-understand, savings amount to particular voyages. Depending on the voyage selected, guests can purchase cruise-only Vista and Veranda Suites at savings of up to 50%. The savings program applies to voyages sailing between June 29 through December 22, 2002.

Silversea believes consumers are anxious to get back to traveling, and special incentives, promotions, and deals have become commonplace in today's new travel environment. Silversea's new Simplicity Pricing program is being responsive to the changing demands of the marketplace, but at the same time making it easier for travelers to see the value of a Silversea vacation when compared to other luxury cruise options.

"This Simplicity Pricing program provides the perfect opportunity for guests to treat themselves to the cruise of a lifetime," said Albert Peter, Silversea's Chief Executive Officer. "The inconceivable events of 9/11 and the uncertain economy have discouraged some travelers from fully realizing their travel desires. We anticipate our special promotion will interest our valued past guests, but will have tremendous appeal to first-time customers who have always wanted to enjoy the finest cruise experience in the industry. A Silversea cruise along with our simplified savings program, is the ultimate combination for an unforgettable vacation."

As a result of the events of 9/11, Silversea was unable to fully actualize its 2001 promotional efforts planned for the United States and forced the cancellation of visits to key U.S. markets for Silversea's spectacular new six-star vessels; Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper. The ship visits would have been instrumental in exposing Silversea to greater numbers of potential guests. As a result, Silversea has embarked on this aggressive one-time marketing program designed to bring more passengers to its ships and enable as many guests as possible to enjoy its top-rated cruises.

Silversea is also seeing an increase of guests confirming travel plans closer to departure than in the past. The entire travel industry is finding solutions and ways to adjust to this growing trend. Silversea anticipates its new Simplicity Pricing program will entice travelers to fully commit to fall and winter vacation plans now.

For full terms and conditions on Silversea's Simplicity Pricing program, guests are encouraged to contact their travel agent.

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

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

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Delaware North Companies Acquires Mississippi River Steamboat Business

BUFFALO, N.Y., May 6 - Delaware North Companies, a global leader in hospitality, retail and food service, announced today that it was the successful bidder for the assets and business of the Delta Queen Steamboat Company, including the Delta Queen, Mississippi Queen and American Queen steamboats. These three vessels are part of a successful river cruise business that serves overnight passengers and pays tribute to the era of the great American paddlewheel steamboat.

The flagship boat, the Delta Queen, was built in 1926. In its long and prestigious history, it served the United States in World War II, and in 1989, was designated as a National Historic Landmark. The Delta Queen has hosted numerous luminaries including President Herbert Hoover, President Harry Truman, President Jimmy Carter and Princess Margaret. The Mississippi Queen was placed in service during the bicentennial in 1976 and the American Queen was placed in service in 1995.

Delaware North Companies will acquire these vessels, and the Delta Queen Steamboat Company brand and business, following federal regulatory approval expected in the next 15 to 21 days.

The Delta Queen is 285 feet long and has 87 staterooms and capacity for 174 guests. The American Queen is 418 feet long with 222 staterooms and capacity for 436 guests. The Mississippi Queen is 382 feet long with 208 staterooms and capacity for 422 passengers.

While each of the steamboats is unique, they share attention to a quality guest experience in a setting of Victorian elegance. With a home port of New Orleans, the steamboats' routes vary in length and destination, but include historic journeys along the upper and lower Mississippi River, as well as "Wilderness Routes" that include voyages up the Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers to Pittsburgh, Nashville and Chattanooga.

"We certainly are excited about the purchase of this historic and unique business," said Dennis Szefel, President of Delaware North Companies Hospitality and Entertainment Group. "We look forward to bringing Delaware North's innovative and creative hospitality business approach to this new business line as we look to enhance and grow these operations in the future."

Delaware North Companies plans to keep the steamboats' base of operations in New Orleans, along with its reservation and sales center. In addition, the company plans to interview and retain the majority of the operation's employees.

"We were very impressed with the local management and talent," added Szefel. "Our hope is that we can preserve this operation's most valuable resource--its employees. Their knowledge of the rivers and the company's history, along with the exceptional skill it takes to operate these vessels, is incredibly important to the ongoing success of these operations."

Delaware North Companies is no stranger to the hospitality, travel and entertainment industries. Delaware North Parks Services, one of the company's fastest growing subsidiaries, is a leading hospitality provider with significant experience in hotel, retail and food service operations. The company's portfolio includes some of the most unique hotels, resorts and conference centers in the United States, including hotels in Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks and Asilomar Conference Grounds in California, Deer Creek Resort and Conference Center in Ohio, The Grand Hotel near the Grand Canyon, and Roaring River Inn and Conference Center in Missouri's Ozark Mountains.

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MIAMI, May 6, 2002 - Celebrity Cruises' next ship delivery, Constellation, will sail its scheduled cruise May 12. 

The vessel returned to the builders' French shipyard last week following sea trials to correct a leak in its starboard propulsion pod. The repair work, at Chantiers de l'Atlantique, of St. Nazaire, France, will be completed this week, allowing for the May 12 sailing, a seven-night Western Mediterranean cruise departing from Barcelona.

Celebrity has established a special help desk to assist guests and travel agents with questions. That toll free number is 1-888-305-4549. 

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2,974-Passenger 'Fun Ship' to Launch Year-Round Seven-Day Caribbean Cruises from Central Florida Port in July 2003

MIAMI (05/02/02) - Carnival Cruise Lines' new 110,000-ton Carnival Glory will become the newest and largest cruise ship based at Port Canaveral, Fla., when it begins year-round seven-day Caribbean service from that port July 19, 2003. 

Currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, the 2,974-passenger Carnival Glory represents a 40 percent capacity increase over the 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride, which debuted the line's first seven-day cruise schedule from Port Canaveral earlier this year. Carnival Pride will be redeployed to another homeport. 

Among the largest passenger vessels ever constructed, the 952-foot-long Carnival Glory will provide an exciting new cruise option from Port Canaveral, with 14 passenger decks housing 22 bars and lounges, a 15,000-square-foot health club, four swimming pools and three restaurants, including an upscale "steakhouse-style" supper club serving USDA prime beef and other gourmet cuisine. 

Carnival Glory will also feature numerous "family-friendly" amenities, including an expansive 3,300-square-foot play area and family recreation area featuring a teen club and video game room, perfect for a ship based year-round at Port Canaveral, which typically attracts a higher concentration of families because of its proximity to Central Florida attractions.

"Carnival Glory promises to be a truly spectacular 'Fun Ship' and announcing its deployment to Port Canaveral just three months after the launch of the Carnival Pride is a clear indication of our confidence in expanding this important cruise market," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival President.

"Homeporting the Carnival Glory here only reinforces Carnival Cruise Lines' recognition of Port Canaveral as both a safe and convenient port," said Rodney Ketcham, chairman of the Canaveral Port Authority. "We are pleased that Carnival sees Port Canaveral as the premier location for passengers to embark on cruise vacations and to spend time enjoying all the wonderful sites Brevard and Central Florida have to offer," he added.

Seven-Day Eastern and Western Caribbean Cruises
Beginning July 19, 2003, Carnival Glory will operate year-round seven-day voyages from Port Canaveral encompassing alternating eastern and western Caribbean cruises departing every Saturday. Eastern Caribbean cruises call at Nassau, St. Thomas/St. John, and St. Maarten, while western Caribbean voyages include Key West, Fla.; Belize City, Belize; and Cozumel and Progreso/Merida, Mexico. 

Continued Expansion of Port Canaveral Market
With Carnival Glory's year-round seven-day departures from Port Canaveral, combined with the year-round three- and four-day Bahamas cruises operated by the 2,056-passenger SuperLiner Fantasy, Carnival is expected to carry nearly 400,000 passengers annually from the Central Florida port, making it the line's second busiest homeport after Miami. 

"With its convenient, centralized location and proximity to Central Florida's tourist attractions, Port Canaveral is one of Carnival's fastest growing homeports and we look forward to further bolstering our presence with the deployment of the Carnival Glory next summer," Dickinson said.

Variety of Signature 'Fun Ship' Amenities
A true "floating resort," Carnival Glory will offer guests a wide range of dining, dancing and entertainment options, as well as an Internet café, jogging track, conference center and a "boulevard" of shops and boutiques. Additionally, approximately 60 percent of the vessel's 1,487 staterooms will offer an ocean view with 60 percent of those featuring private balconies.  In addition to the supper club, dining options aboard Carnival Glory will include a pair of two-level full-service restaurants, an expansive two-level poolside eatery offering casual alternatives for breakfast, lunch and dinner, a patisserie and a sushi bar. Complimentary 24-hour pizza, ice cream and stateroom service will be available, as well.

Pricing and Reservations
Carnival is currently accepting reservations for the Carnival Glory's new seven-day cruises from Port Canaveral. Prices begin at $599 per person based on double occupancy. Round-trip air transportation supplements from a variety of North American gateways and 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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MIAMI, May 2, 2002 - Celebrity Cruises' next ship delivery, Constellation, is returning to the builders' French shipyard, following sea trials, to correct a leak in its starboard propulsion pod. This delay in the ship's delivery will cause the cancellation of one chartered cruise, sailing May 5, 2002.

The ship's builder, Chantiers de l'Atlantique, of St. Nazaire, France, will make immediate repairs to correct the leak, which is allowing seawater to enter the pod.

"We apologize to our guests for this unexpected situation," said Jack  Williams, president and chief operating officer of Celebrity Cruises. "We need to ensure that all aspects of a new ship are operating properly before we take delivery. We look forward to a speedy correction of this situation and smooth sailing moving forward." 

The May 5 sailing was a seven-night charter to depart from Barcelona, Spain. If the ship's May 12 cruise needs to be cancelled in order to complete the repairs, a full refund and additional compensation will be provided to impacted guests. The exact timing and full extent of the repairs will be known by Monday, May 6.

Celebrity has established a special help desk to assist guests and travel agents with questions. That toll free number is 1-888-305-4549. 

The negative financial impact of the missed sailing will be largely offset by delayed delivery compensation from the shipyard. As a result, the delayed delivery is not expected to have a material impact on the earnings of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

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Local Experts Offer a Native's Perspective on South Pacific Island Life

Seattle, WA, April 29, 2002 - Experience the rich culture of Tahiti and her islands aboard the 148-passenger sailing yacht Wind Song. Windstar's innovative program features two well-known regional experts and one of a kind cultural and musical performances.

"We offer an incredible Polynesian experience. Our cruises offer not only pristine beaches and crystal clear waters, but our guests get to meet and learn from Tahitian people who are gracious cultural ambassadors," said Tom Russell, vice president of marketing and sales for Windstar Cruises.

Music and dance are two vital elements of Tahiti's cultural traditions. On the sacred island of Raiatea each Saturday, an evening performance by the "Children of Raiatea" entrances cruise passengers. Adorned in colorful native garments, the children demonstrate Polynesian dancing accompanied by a Tahitian drumming troupe. The children take guests by the hand teaching the fluid Polynesian dance movements. After the performance, the "Mamas of Raiatea" offer mementos of the experience with traditional dance adornments such as the palm leaf crown.

Following dinner, Raiatea's resident expert Bill Kolans, a noted anthropologist, gives an informative talk on the "Origins of the Pacific" describing the major religions of Tiki, Maraes and Mythology. Kolans also shares an expert perspective on the history of the Polynesia Triangle, which follows three bloodlines from China to the island of Raiatea.

"The DNA analysis of the Polynesian blood lines is very exciting and amplifies the importance of this area within the world structure. I am looking forward to sharing my passion and experiences with our Wind Song visitors," remarked Kolans.

The natural wonders of Huahine and Bora Bora, provide a first hand experience in the vibrantly colored lands and waters that have shaped the Polynesian culture. Dive amongst coral gardens teeming with underwater life in Huahine or succumb to the romance found in the shadows of majestic Mt. Otemanu on tropical paradise, Bora Bora.

The cultural enlightenment continues on the island of Moorea, with an in-depth look at the exotic native marine mammals of Tahiti.  Director of the highly acclaimed Marine Mammal Research Program, Dr. Michael Poole, educates guests on native aquatic life, with a 45-minute presentation of his personal encounters with marine mammals, featuring slides, video footage, and sound recordings, followed by a question and answer session.

Also in Moorea, the renowned "Flower Ladies" will set up their hand-made crowns and leis for guests to purchase and wear to the local "Hirinaki" show and to a savory traditional Tahitian barbecue that follows on deck.

Special early booking rates are available on all 2002 Tahiti voyages. Rates start at US$2,695 [CAD$3,906] for the 7-day sailings. All sailings in May and June of 2002 include free to $299 roundtrip airfare from 37 North American cities as well as a post-cruise hotel dayroom, and all necessary transfers. Rates are based on per person, double occupancy and include port taxes and charges.

Windstar also offers a trip cancellation protection program that provides cash back for cancellation for any reason prior to 24-hours before departure.

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

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Holland America Offers Special $799 Fare for Premium Cruises From New York

SEATTLE, April 30 - Holland America will offer a special cruise fare of 67% off, starting at $799 per person, for a Canada/New England 7-day premium cruise from New York on May 17, sailing aboard the 1,380-passenger ms Rotterdam. The special fare represents a savings of $1,661 per person if booked in the minimum category.

In addition to offering scenic cruising along the New England and Canadian coastlines, the ship calls at Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard; Portland, Maine (Kennebunkport tour option); Halifax, Nova Scotia, where guests have the opportunity to see quaint Lunenberg fishing village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Boston, Mass.; and Newport, Rhode Island, where guests may visit the lavish 19th century summer homes of the Vanderbilts, Astors and Morgans. The same itinerary will be offered on an October 22 cruise aboard the Rotterdam.

The Rotterdam continues its spring cruise program with a new nine-day cruise on May 24 from New York to Montreal. The ship calls at Newport; Bar Harbor, Maine (Acadia National Park tour option); Halifax; Sydney, Nova Scotia, offering optional tours of the ruggedly scenic Cabot Trail and 18th century French fortress of Louisbourg; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (Anne of Green Gables tour option); and charming Quebec City. Prices for this sailing start at $1,199 per person, including port charges.

Colorful Fall Foliage Displays Highlight Fall 10-Day Cruises
From Sept. 12-Oct. 12, the Rotterdam will return to New York to offer a series of four 10-day cruises between the Big Apple and Montreal, featuring such delightful sights as New England villages, Nova Scotia seaports and blazing fall foliage.

Cruises departing from New York on Sept. 12 and Oct. 2 will visit Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor, Halifax, Sydney, Charlottetown and Quebec City. Cruises departing from Montreal on Sept. 22 and Oct. 12 feature the same itinerary in reverse.

Double-occupancy cruise fares start at just US$2,299, including port charges.

For more information, consult a professional travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit

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Seattle, April 29, 2002 - Holland America Line today announced that the company will bestow the honor of serving as godparents of the new ms Prinsendam on all of its more than 10,000 employees worldwide. To assist in re-naming the ship, Holland America will invite its past Employees of the Year to New York to participate in the ceremony on June 3. 

Three executives, Rose Abello, vice president, public relations; Eva Andresen, vice president, information technologies; and Linda Ehlenberger, vice president, sales, will officially name the ship. 

"Traditionally the godmothers who are chosen to name our ships have qualities that tie them to our company, our passengers and our values. It is an important role and a significant honor that becomes integral to our company's heritage. For the ms Prinsendam, I want to honor all of the employees of Holland America Line, by asking them to serve as her godparents. I cannot imagine a more appropriate symbol at this time," said Chairman and CEO A. Kirk Lanterman.

"The past several months have been uniquely challenging for Holland America Line-Westours and the travel industry in general. Since the fall I have repeatedly communicated that our strengths and our opportunities lie in the people we employ, both land and sea-based. And, much has been accomplished thanks to their dedication, team work and ingenuity," said Lanterman. 

The former Seabourn Sun was delivered to Holland America on April 23 and is undergoing a 35-day refitting in Charleston, S.C. Following five days of introductory activities for travel agents and consumers on the East Coast, the ship will receive one of the most cherished names in company history at a festive ceremony on June 3, just prior to departing on its maiden cruise as the Prinsendam.

During its first year under the HAL flag, the 38,000-ton, 794-passenger Prinsendam will sail on 23 cruises ranging in length from 10 to 22 days. Guests may choose to combine itineraries to create longer voyages of 23 to 44 days or more. 

For more information, consult a professional travel agent, call
1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit

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