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May 1-15, 2003

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Radisson Diamond in Caribbean, Seven Seas Navigator
in Bermuda and Canada/New England, Seven Seas Mariner in Alaska

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL, May 12, 2003 -- This summer will bring an unexpected windfall for travelers who dream of a pampered, sophisticated vacation - without having to venture far from home. With the Radisson Diamond repositioned to spend the summer months in the Caribbean, the Seven Seas Navigator sailing roundtrip from New York to Bermuda for the first time, and the Seven Seas Mariner exploring Alaska, Radisson Seven Seas Cruises is transforming summer into the season of choice. The line, alone among luxury operators in positioning three of its acclaimed ships so close to home and the most luxurious to sail this summer in Bermuda, the Caribbean and Alaska, is also making luxury more affordable with two-for-one savings, 50 percent off second-guest fares and complimentary hotel nights on select cruises.

The twin-hulled, 350-guest Radisson Diamond sails the Eastern and Western Caribbean from Ft. Lauderdale on seven-, 10- and 11- night voyages until July 26.  The all-suite Seven Seas Navigator (90 percent with private balconies) sails on seven-night roundtrip New York to Bermuda voyages through September 17, and on a pair of seven-night Canada/New England cruises between New York and Montreal in July.

The all-balcony suite Seven Seas Mariner offers a full season of summer cruises May 23 to September 10, with seven- to 11-night voyages between Los Angeles and San Francisco and Vancouver, Vancouver and Seward and roundtrip from Vancouver.

Per person prices for the Radisson Diamond's seven-, 10-, and 11-night luxury cruises in the Caribbean from $1,598, $2,198 and $2,398, respectively, include two-for-one savings, shipboard gratuities and open bar (all beverages). Low-cost air add-ons are available from 84 North American gateways from $199.

Wednesday departures from New York will make the Seven Seas Navigator the only regularly scheduled vessel in Hamilton, Bermuda, on Fridays and Saturdays and in St. George on Sundays. During the 490-guest vessel's weekly return to New York, a complimentary tour of Colonial Williamsburg is offered from Norfolk, Virginia.

Guests of the Seven Seas Navigator's Bermuda and Canada/New England cruises may enjoy two pre-cruise nights at New York's famed Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Included in the complimentary package is a choice of one Broadway show ticket for 42nd Street, Aida or Beauty and the Beast, and full breakfasts at the hotel. Guests who live within 50 miles of New York City's cruise terminal will enjoy complimentary roundtrip private car transfers from their home. (Guests not participating in the pre-cruise hotel/theatre package will receive a $300 per person non-use credit.) Per person prices from $2,695 include extended Early Booking Savings, all shipboard gratuities, wine with dinner and an in-suite bar set-up. Low-cost air add-ons from 84 North American gateways start at $299.

Luxury goes exploring other regions close to home as well. As the first all-balcony suite ship to sail in Alaska, the Seven Seas Mariner carries a maximum of only 700 guests, offers vistas of monumental landscapes including the Inside Passage and Gulf of Alaska's finger-like fjords and boasts a permanent Le Cordon Bleu restaurant, "Signatures." The series of 13 voyages - seven, eight and 11 nights in length - includes a "Club Mariner" program of age-graded events for children ages six to 11 and 12 to 17, focusing on Alaska's wildlife, typography, crafts and rich artistic heritage. Per person prices from $2,471 include shipboard gratuities, in-suite bar set-up and complimentary wine with dinners. Low-cost air add-ons are available from 82 gateways.

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Regatta to cruise from the most dynamic, vibrant city in Florida 

Miami, FL, May 14, 2003 – Having already chosen Miami as its corporate home, Oceania Cruises has gone one step further and chosen the Port of Miami as the winter homeport for its first ship, the intimate and luxurious 684 guest Regatta. Frank Del Rio, President and CEO of Oceania Cruises stated, “Miami is our home in so many ways, on so many levels, there is no other city we would prefer to sail from. This is where I was raised, and raised my children. And our corporate roots run very deep, the majority of our shareholders call Miami home as do the majority of our employees.”

Sailing a variety of 12- to 14- day voyages, Regatta embarks on her first sailing from Miami on November 25, 2003 “With its state of the art port facilities, tremendous air-lift and excellent access to major transportation networks, Miami is the port of choice. With its wide variety of cultural attractions, eclectic dining and vibrant nightlife, Miami offers a myriad of pre- and post-cruise choices you won’t find elsewhere,” added Del Rio.

Charles Towsley, Port Director for the Port of Miami stated “We’re delighted that Oceania Cruises has chosen to homeport Regatta in Miami. She has the distinction of being the first luxury vessel to homeport here and we’re sure that many others will follow in her success.”

Regatta’s 2003-2004 winter schedule from Miami includes the most alluring and sought after ports of call in the Caribbean and Central America.

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

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

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

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

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New Carnival Miracle to Operate Unique Seven-Day Key West/Bahamas Cruise Program From Baltimore in 2004

MIAMI, May 14 -- Carnival Cruise Lines will launch a one-of-a-kind seven-day round-trip Key West/Bahamas program from Baltimore in 2004 aboard the new 2,124-passenger Carnival Miracle. The program, which will operate April 25 - May 30 and Sept. 5 - Oct. 24, 2004, is the only program of its kind from Baltimore and will feature three tropical ports of call -- Key West, FL, and Nassau and Freeport, The Bahamas.

"We are very pleased to offer this innovative seven-day cruise program from Baltimore, which combines the convenience of 'close-to-home' cruising with three popular destinations and the many 'resort-style' features of our spectacular new 'Fun Ship,' Carnival Miracle," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. He added that the unique round-trip program from Baltimore is made possible by Carnival Miracle's faster sailing speed, which enables the vessel to reach popular tropical destinations and return in one week's time.

"Maryland is proud to welcome Carnival Cruise Lines to the Port of Baltimore, " said Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. "As one of the world's top cruise lines, Carnival clearly recognizes the benefits of coming to Baltimore. Our location in the heart of the nation's fourth-largest consumer market and the convenience the Port of Baltimore offers, combine to make Baltimore an excellent homeport for the Carnival Miracle and any sister ships that may follow."

Innovative Week-Long Cruise Program From Baltimore
On April 25, 2004, the new 88,500-ton Carnival Miracle will operate the first of 14 week-long round-trip Key West/Bahamas sailings from Baltimore -- the only program of its kind from that port. The program will encompass six cruises in spring 2004 (April 25 - May 30) and eight more in the fall (Sept. 5 - Oct. 24, 2004).

Voyages will depart Sundays and include a day-long call at Key West, famous for its laid-back atmosphere, legendary watering holes and eclectic mix of shops, boutiques and restaurants. Also featured is an extra-long, 14-hour visit to Nassau, home to magnificent beaches, golfing and watersports, as well as a variety of interesting sites and attractions. Freeport, the third stop on the itinerary, offers gorgeous white-sand beaches, including world-renowned Lucaya Beach, along with myriad shopping, dining and sightseeing opportunities.

Continued Expansion of Close-To-Home Cruising
Carnival Miracle's new sailings from Baltimore are just the latest example of Carnival's focus on providing more convenient, "close-to-home" cruise options. Including Carnival Miracle's sailings from Baltimore, Carnival will operate from a record 19 North American homeports in 2004 - the most in cruising.

"Resort-Style" Amenities and Facilities
A "floating resort" in every sense of the word, the new Carnival Miracle, currently under construction at Kvaerner Masa-Yards in Helsinki, will offer a variety of signature "Fun Ship" amenities, including a luxurious health and fitness facility, a "Camp Carnival" children's program, four swimming pools and a spiral waterslide.

The 960-foot-long ship will also feature three restaurants, including a two-level dining room, an expansive poolside eatery and an elegant reservations-only supper club. Sixteen lounges, ranging from an elaborate, multi-level theater showcasing lavish Vegas-style revues to an intimate piano bar and two-level disco, will be featured, as well. Other features will include an on-board duty-free shopping mall, a wedding chapel, a video game room, Internet cafe and a comprehensive golf program offering professional instruction both aboard ship and during golf excursions.

Special Two- and Three-Day Cruises from Baltimore
In addition to the 14 seven-day departures from Baltimore, Carnival Miracle will also operate a pair of two-day cruises departing Sunday, June 6 and Sunday, Oct. 31, as well as a three-day Labor Day weekend cruise departing Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004.

Pricing and Reservations

Carnival will begin accepting reservations for Carnival Miracle's new seven-day sailings from Baltimore on Friday, May 16, 2003. Prices for the seven-day cruises begin at $549 per person. Prices for the two- and three-day cruises begin at $179 per person (prices are based on double occupancy).

If purchased through Carnival's "Fun Finance Plan (SM)," which enables consumers to extend their cruise payments over 24 monthly installments, the seven-day cruises are available starting at $26 per month; two- and three-day cruises begin at $9 per month. "Fun Finance Plan" payments are 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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Enhanced spa to feature poolside cabana service & new Elemis body products

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, May 13, 2003 -- Silversea Cruises announced enhancements to its acclaimed Mandara Spa that will take the spa's comprehensive program of fitness, beauty and spa therapies to a new level. Recently voted the top "Spa at Sea" by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine, Silversea's Mandara Spa is expanding its hours and staff, adding poolside cabana treatments and rolling out a selection of new Spa Therapies by Elemis, the renowned lifestyle aromatherapy brand. The poolside massage cabanas and the new Elemis spa products will debut this month aboard Silver Wind, when the ultra-luxury ship re-enters service fresh from a multi-million dollar refurbishment, and will be featured aboard the line's other ships next month.

"We're very excited about adding the new Elemis products and poolside cabanas," said Helen McCabe-Young, Silversea's Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. "In keeping true to Mandara's Eastern philosophy, we're adding holistic products that feature the finest essential oils and seeking out natural venues that provide the serene surroundings that are so important to the therapeutic process." Added McCabe-Young, "Private in-suite massages are a choice that's becoming increasingly popular with our guests. In a few of our larger suites, guests can even enjoy the massage alfresco on their private verandas. The addition of the poolside cabanas gives our guests another option where they can fully immerse themselves in a natural and rejuvenating experience in refreshing open-air surroundings."

Guests may select from an expanded menu of spa services that meld traditional European spa therapies, ancient Balinese techniques, and exotic natural spices, fruits and minerals to create the perfect de-stressing spa journey. With the addition of Elemis aromatherapy products, many treatments will now feature essential oils and plant extracts of unsurpassed therapeutic value. Elemis insists on using only first-extraction essential oils and absolutes, which have an aroma 40 times that of an essential oil.

In the tranquil ambiance of a poolside cabana, a private suite, or the ship's indoor spa facilities, Silversea guests can indulge in such heavenly delights as the Elemis Absolute Spa Ritual, a complete journey of rejuvenation for the face and body. It blends the scientific skin therapy and pure plant essences of the Elemis Japanese Silk Booster Facial with Mandara's signature Massage Around the World, featuring some of the finest massage techniques from Asia and Europe.

Silversea recently renewed its contract with Mandara Spa. The new agreement enables Mandara to continue its successful relationship as Silversea's exclusive provider of unique spa and massage services, professional hair and nail care, beauty treatments, and fitness programs. Watch for additional enhancements to include refreshed Balinese décor for treatment rooms. Also, in the coming weeks, Silversea will begin offering a selection of spa treatments and Elemis product baskets as "bon voyage" gifts that travel agents and friends can send to Silversea guests to add the perfect touch to a voyage that promises to be the ultimate rejuvenating experience.

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. The launch of all-suite luxury sister ships Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper continues Silversea's award-winning service excellence and sophistication with new features and amenities aboard vessels catering to just 382 guests. For the seventh consecutive year, Silversea Cruises was named best small-ship line in the 2002 readers' survey conducted by Condé Nast Traveler magazine. For the fourth time, Silversea was selected "Number One" small-ship line in Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2002. For more information on Silversea Cruises, please contact a travel agent. For  a complimentary brochure, please call toll-free (877) 215-9986 or visit

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Cuisine Aboard Insignia Receives Rave Reviews 

International Cruise Services, Inc., an affiliate of Apollo Ship Chandlers, Inc. is receiving excellent reviews for quality of food, beverages, menus, and service onboard the MS Insignia, currently on charter to French Tour operator TMR. Menus, general quality of meals, breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the main restaurant, dinner in the grill restaurant, and dinner in the Italian restaurant all received passenger satisfaction ratings at or higher than average ratings for the whole voyage, as did cabin service, service in all three restaurants, and bar service at every bar onboard. Average rating for the entire ship was 8.6 out of a possible 10. 

According to Rafael A. Ordoez, President of Apollo, "the fact that the food and service met or exceeded the average rating on the first seven day voyage of the charter makes the achievement even more remarkable, as does the fact that the company’s culinary skills are being rated by French passengers, arguably the most knowledgeable in the world when it comes to food quality." 

TMR is an upscale French operator, and is operating the MS Insignia until September under the banner of Croisiéres Renaissance - La Vie de Chateau. International Cruise Services, Inc, is providing a full portfolio of food, beverage, and housekeeping services onboard.

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

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Cruise Guests Can Play at Over 100 Courses in 90 Ports Worldwide

MIAMI, May 13, 2003 -- Ultra luxury Seabourn Cruise Line is rolling out another series of enhancements to its onboard lifestyle. Starting with European cruises this summer, the small ship specialist will offer its cruising guests opportunities to play an expanded menu of the world's most beautiful and challenging golf courses in 2003 and 2004. Travelers planning cruise vacations aboard the line's three intimate, all-suite Yachts of Seabourn can arrange tee times using an internet link on the company's website at\Golf or a special toll-free telephone reservation center for Elite Golf Cruises, LLC, the shoreside operator of the golf program.

According to Richard Meadows, Seabourn's senior vice president of sales and marketing, "Many of Seabourn's ports of call coincide with some of the world's most revered classic courses, as well as some of the most spectacular newer golf venues around the world. Starting in 2003, we are pleased to be able to offer golf enthusiasts the chance to combine abundant, world-class golfing with ultra luxury cruising in Seabourn style."

Whether golfers prefer to pick one course during their cruise vacation, or wish to play nearly every day, they will find an ample range of choices.  Over 100 courses are available, located in every region of the world where Seabourn Pride, Spirit and Legend sail.  From Reykjavik and St. John's, Newfoundland in the north to Auckland and Christchurch, New Zealand  "Down Under;" and from Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City in Asia to Buenos Aires, Boston, Barcelona and Bordeaux, golfers can play magnificent and memorable links in virtually every corner of the globe.

Once they are on board, golfers will be assisted in arranging transportation to and from the course by Seabourn's professional travel manager. On arrival in the port, they will be met and escorted to the course, where a local pro will provide them with assistance and a course familiarization. Golfers who are playing a number of courses and wish to bring their own clubs can arrange for separate club storage on board. 

A tee time reservation form, as well as complete details of the courses and approximate price ranges can be found from a link on Seabourn's website, or by navigating directly to Alternatively, golfers can speak with an Elite Golf Cruises golf reservation agent by calling 1-800-324-1106 from 9am to 5pm EST Monday through Friday and 9am to 2pm Saturday.

The Yachts of Seabourn provide the ultimate in small-ship, ultra-luxury cruise vacations to the most desirable destinations on earth. The Seabourn fleet includes Seabourn Pride, Spirit and Legend.

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'CEO' Added to Dickinson's Title of Carnival Cruise Lines President

MIAMI, May 13 -- In conjunction with his 10th year at the helm of Carnival Cruise Lines, the world's largest cruise operator, Bob Dickinson has added "Chief Executive Officer" to his title of president. The title change more accurately reflects Dickinson's role as the highest- ranking executive at the world's most popular cruise line. Under Dickinson's direction, Carnival has grown dramatically, expanding from nine ships carrying 900,000 passengers 10 years ago to 18 state-of-the-art SuperLiners carrying three million passengers -- the most in the cruise industry -- today. In July, Dickinson will oversee the introduction of Carnival's 19th "Fun Ship," the 110,000-ton Carnival Glory, which will operate year-round seven-day Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, Fla.

"Bob has done an incredible job at expanding the profile of both Carnival Cruise Lines and the cruise industry as a whole and the additional title of CEO reflects his many innovations and achievements during his presidency," said Micky Arison, chairman and CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines' parent company, Carnival Corporation & plc.

Some of Dickinson's most notable contributions are in the areas of marketing and product positioning. He was responsible for adopting the "Fun Ship" slogan and turning it into a marketing concept, one that is still a mainstay of the company's marketing today. Along with that came the notion of promoting the ships themselves as the primary destination. He also played a critical role in making cruising more mainstream by recognizing early on that the primary competition was resort destinations, not other cruise lines, and that thinking has since been adopted by other cruise operators.

Other achievements include cruising's only Vacation Guarantee; the world's first smoke-free cruise ship, the Paradise; and unprecedented expansion in the short cruise market and close-to-home departure points. Dickinson also was instrumental in creating Carnival's in-house training program, Carnival College, and heads up Carnival's Quality Assurance Team, which visits each ship within the fleet at least once a year to experience the product first-hand and interact with shipboard personnel.

A staunch supporter of travel agents, Dickinson is a frequent speaker at travel industry events and also regularly conducts travel agent training sessions. Carnival recently issued a one-hour travel agent sales training video, "Power Selling" in which Dickinson shares successful sales tactics and techniques. Dickinson is also the co-author of "Selling the Sea: An Inside Look at the Cruise Industry," providing a comprehensive overview of the cruise industry.

Arison noted that Dickinson's unique approach in dealing with travel agents -- to invite open and honest discussion about their role in the sales process -- has benefited the entire travel industry. "Unlike some travel industry executives, Bob does not pander to travel agents but rather offers frank dialogue to help them succeed in today's business environment -- an approach that is sometimes misunderstood and criticized. Bob always has travel agents' interests at heart and, at the end of the day, no one in the modern-day travel industry has done more to advance the cause of travel agents and drive business through their doors than Bob," Arison said.

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Royal Caribbean Declares Dividend

MIAMI, May 13, 2003 - The Board of Directors of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has declared a quarterly dividend of 13 cents per share for shareholders of record at the close of business on June 4, 2003, payable on June 27, 2003. This is the 39th 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 and Celebrity Cruises, with a combined total of 25 ships in service and three under construction.  The company also offers unique land-tour vacations in Alaska, Canada and Europe through its cruise-tour division.  Additional information can be found on, or

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Captain Ronald Warwick has been appointed master of Cunard's new luxury liner Queen Mary 2, scheduled to enter service in January 2004. The 2,620-passenger liner, being built in France at a cost of approximately $800 million, is the first ocean liner to be built in over three decades. Plans call for her to assume the regular transatlantic run between New York and Southampton, England, currently operated by her famous sister ship, Queen Elizabeth 2.

"I am honored to have been chosen to command Queen Mary 2," said Capt. Warwick. "She will be a piece of history, a work of art and the greatest liner of the new century." His father, the late Commodore W.E. Warwick, was a prominent figure in Cunard Line history. Commodore Warwick was the only captain to serve as master of both Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth in the mid-1960s and he also was the first master of QE2.

Capt. Warwick, who joined Cunard in April 1970, is currently the master of QE2. He first took the helm of Cunard's flagship in 1990. This was another 'first' in the 162-year history of Cunard - it was the first time a father and son had commanded the same ship. Capt. Warwick was also master of Cunard Countess, Cunard Princess and Cunard Crown Dynasty. Before assuming the rank of master, he served for a short time as marine superintendent, based at Cunard's Southampton office. During his tenure at Cunard, Capt. Warwick has been master on seven QE2 World Cruises on and was navigator aboard that ship's first world voyage in 1975. The first time this master mariner ever cruised the world was in 1958 on a cargo ship. Capt. Warwick has also been involved in military campaigns while at Cunard. He served as chief officer aboard QE2 when England commissioned her in the Falklands conflict and was the master of Cunard Princess when she was chartered by the U.S. government during the Gulf War.

According to Pamela Conover, the line's president and chief operating officer, "It is only fitting that we entrust command of the world's grandest passenger vessel to Capt. Warwick, a highly skilled 31-year veteran of Cunard Line." QM2 signals a proud new chapter in Cunard history. For the last six decades, there has always been a Cunard "Queen" on the sea. Conover proclaims: "QM2 will be the heir to the grace and elegance of bygone Cunarders and at the same time showcase the art of 21st century shipbuilding in its most masterful form."

Being constructed by the renowned shipyard of Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Saint Nazaire, France, birthplace of such famous liners as Normandie, France and Ile de France, QM2 will become the benchmark by which all other passenger ships will be judged. QM2 will measure 1,132 feet in length and 237 feet in height from keel to funnel top, making her the longest passenger ship in the world. She will also be the fastest passenger ship built since QE2 entered service in1969. With a passenger capacity of 2,620 lower berths, QM2 will have a space ratio per passenger of 57.25, making her among the roomiest of the world's larger passenger ships. Moreover, nearly three quarters of her suites and staterooms will have a private balcony.

Technologically, QM2 will feature the latest innovations. Her power plant will include two gas turbines and four diesel engines. More than two-thirds of this energy will be used to power a state-of-the-art Mermaid™ Pod Propulsion System, comprised of two fixed and two azimuthing pod units. The first four-pod installation to date, the powerful new system will provide a speed of nearly 30 knots with low noise and vibration levels and maximum maneuverability.

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The World's 2004 Itinerary Offers Premium Destinations, 
Travel by Design

Travel by Design with The World of ResidenSea's new 2004 program, replete with visits to the world's best destinations and the most flexible holiday itineraries at sea.

"Our Travel by Design scheme gives voyagers the opportunity to create a personal vacation as unique as their own signature," said Robert Riley, president and chief executive officer of ResidenSea, Ltd. "Guests and residents may join The World at the ports of their choosing and make their homes with us for as long as they'd like."

Multiple-night port stays in highly desirable destinations, extraordinary amenities and luxurious accommodations are distinctive to the experience aboard The World of ResidenSea.

Antarctica, The Mediterranean and More in 2004
The World kicks off an exciting year in 2004 with a visit to Antarctica, as she circumnavigates South America, with subsequent visits to Central America, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Western and Northern Europe, the Indian Ocean and Africa. The 2004 itinerary for The World of ResidenSea features 150 ports of call in 60 countries around the globe.

Some highlights of the itinerary include:

  • Five days of incredible Antarctic exploration in the South Shetland Islands as guests and residents bring in the new year (Jan. 2-6)

  • A three-day call in Valparaiso during the heart of Chile's splendid summer (Jan. 21-23)

  • Three days in Barcelona, Spain (May 3-5) that commence a summertime voyage throughout the Mediterranean

  • Citavecchia, Italy, where guests and residents have three days to explore Rome and its many treasures (May 9-11)

  • A three-day visit to Venice, Italy (May 16-18)

  • Three days in St. Petersburg, Russia (July 6-8) during a mid-summer voyage through the Baltic region

  • Three weeks of spectacular sailing through the Greek Isles (Aug. 29 - Sep. 17)

  • And four days in Cape Town, South Africa, in the midst of an incredible voyage along the eastern and southern coasts of Africa (Nov. 17-20)

One-of-a-kind land programs coordinated by ResidenSea's travel partner
Abercrombie and Kent enhance sojourns aboard The World.

Studio Residences
Guests can choose from five categories of luxuriously appointed studio residences with all-inclusive pricing. Nightly fares for 2004 range from $450 to $1,550, per studio residence, double occupancy. Based on a three-night minimum stay, fares include accommodations, meals and beverages, onboard gratuities and port charges.

The elegant studio residences aboard The World have been designed to accommodate extended stays. Ranging in size from 235 to 846 square feet, nearly 85 percent feature private balconies and most include spacious walk-in closets. Each studio residence has two single beds or one queen-size bed; a sitting area; entertainment center with remote-controlled television and satellite reception; videocassette player; direct-dial telephone; refrigerator; cocktail cabinet; dining table; writing desk; personal safe; dressing table with hair dryer; marble bathroom with separate shower and tub; Frette linens and feather-down pillows; luxurious bath amenities, and complimentary in-suite beverages.

Apartment Residences
Many of The World's two- to six-bedroom homes are available for vacation stays. Nightly fares for 2004 range from $1,800 to $3,100 per apartment residence These rates include accommodations, meals, beverages, daily maid service, port charges and gratuities for two guests. Apartment residences accommodate up to four guests in a two-bedroom residence and six guests in a three-bedroom residence. Additional guests (three or more) will be charged a $150 per person, per night fare. Residences range in size from 1,106 to 3,242 square feet and are available in design styles of four renowned international designers. All are fully furnished and feature all the comforts of home, including complete kitchen; washing machine and dryer; private veranda; and the finest accessories, such as Wedgwood china, Christofle flatware and Frette linens.

About The World:
The World of ResidenSea, the only resort community circumnavigating the globe, offers the choice of owning a home or enjoying a unique vacation experience at sea. This strikingly beautiful ship - elegant and intimate - promises gracious and personal service in a warm, inviting ambiance much like that of a private yacht, seaside villa or exclusive country club. Residents and guests are offered the flexibility of embarking and disembarking in ports of their choice. For vacationing guests, stays are booked at daily fares.

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MV C Columbus Plans to Return to the Great Lakes in 2004

Hapag Lloyd the German cruise company which owns the 472 feet long MV C Columbus has announced plans to return to the Great Lakes for 2004.

Five cruise itineraries with durations of 9- and 10-days each are planned:

  • Cruise # COL 0418 Depart Toronto Sept 01, arrive Chicago Sept 11 2004

  • Cruise # COL 0419 Depart Chicago Sept 11, arrive Sarnia Sept 20 2004

  • Cruise # COL 0420 Depart Sarnia Sept 20, arrive Milwaukee Sept 29 2004

  • Cruise # COL 0421 Depart Milwaukee Sept 29, arrive Milwaukee Oct 08 2004

  • Cruise # COL 0422 Depart Milwaukee Oct 08, arrive Toronto Oct 18 2004

The MV C Columbus accommodates 420 passengers in a variety of cabins and suites on five separate decks. C Columbus was built in 1997 in the MTW Wismar shipyards in Germany and has a gross tonnage of 14.903

Technical details:
Length: 472 feet
Beam: 70.5 feet
Speed: 18.5 Knots
Stabilizers: By Blohm & Voss
Passenger decks: 6
Accommodation decks: 5
Crew: Approximately 190 (European and International)

The Great Lakes Cruising Coalition is a bi-national non profit organization with a mandate to return passenger cruising to the Great Lakes of North America. Membership is comprised of public owned facilities and entities on both the Canadian and U.S. side of the Great Lakes. Technical advice for St Lawrence Seaway transit information is available to ship owners and operators through GLCC members.
For additional information, contact The Great Lakes Cruise Company, Ann Arbor Michigan, telephone 888 891 0203 or visit their web site at

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Pacific Princess Presents a Summer of 'Round-the-World Cruise Options
Selection of Longer Connoisseur Adventure Voyages Debuts; More Asia
Cruises Offered

Princess' 2004-05 Exotics season will be the longest ever offered -- as the line debuts its first summer season of cruising to unique destinations such as the fascinating ports of Asia or the islands of the South Pacific. The new program also features a new line-up of longer sailings, dubbed "Connoisseur Adventure Voyages," and will for the first time offer a choice of three ships sailing in Asia. In total, five ships ranging from 680 to 2,670 passengers, (Pacific Princess, Tahitian Princess, Royal Princess, Regal Princess and Sapphire Princess) will offer 80 sailings on nearly 30 unique itineraries, including seven new Princess itineraries (Orinoco River/Southern Caribbean, Southeast Asia/Far East, and five new Connoisseur Adventure Voyages). Ranging from 10 to 30 days, Princess' unique Exotics voyages travel to nearly 160 worldwide ports, including three new destinations for Princess (Puerto Ordaz in Venezuela, Reunion, and Pitcairn Island).

"Next year will be a particularly exciting season for us as a destination-oriented cruise line," said Dean Brown, Princess' executive vice president of customer service and sales. "With year-round Exotics cruising for the first time, we can really offer some great options to our globe trotting passengers, and we'll be featuring a unique mix of voyages to every continent, as well as offer a diverse array of ships so passengers can choose their perfect onboard experience as well."

Pacific Princess Sails Princess' First Summer Exotic Season
Pacific Princess will make news next summer by traveling on itineraries that will take her literally around the globe, with routes through the South Pacific Islands, Australia, Asia, Hawaii/Tahiti, West Africa, South America and the Indian Ocean. Offering 11 sailings between April 21 and October 20, 2004, summer vacation options on Pacific Princess are distinguished by their wide diversity, as virtually every itinerary takes a different route. Ranging from 12 to 28 days in length, Princess' first ever summer Exotics season features a selection of the line's favorite voyages, plus four new itineraries. The lineup also includes five of Princess' new Connoisseur Adventure Voyages series, featuring longer sailings.

Highlights include a South Pacific Islands voyage, several of Princess' best Asia cruises, and two sailings each of a Hawaii/Tahiti itinerary and Princess' Islands of the Pacific Theater route, featuring calls at many of WWII's important battle sites. The latter cruise has become extremely popular for Princess, attracting a strong following among veterans and their families. New choices include a 16-day Southeast Asia/Far East itinerary, a 24-day South Pacific Explorer, a 28-day West Africa/South America and a 28-day Indian Ocean/Australia.

Sapphire Princess Brings More Balconies and Amenities to Australia/Asia
Sapphire Princess will take over from Star Princess as the largest and most amenity-filled vessel to ever sail "Down Under" and in Asia. Her itineraries include six Australia/New Zealand voyages, as well as a selection of Asia routes. Sapphire Princess will add to the Connoisseur Adventure Voyages lineup with a 30-day Hawaii/Tahiti/South Pacific cruise.

Royal Princess Sails to Six Continents
Royal Princess will spend the winter once again in South America, offering the favorite opportunity to round Cape Horn with a Santiago/Buenos Aires itinerary. The ship also debuts a new route for Princess, a 16-day Orinoco River/Southern Caribbean voyage round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale in which passengers can explore Venezuela's famed Orinoco River and a new port of call for Princess, Puerto Ordaz.

Royal Princess will precede her South America season with several Asia voyages plus a number of longer Connoisseur Adventure Voyages, including Princess' second ever Antarctica cruise, all of which will feature multiple continents.

Regal Princess Goes Hawaiian
Regal Princess will offer second season of 15-day round-trip Hawaii cruises from Los Angeles. The series features 10 departures December 9, 2004 and April 23, 2005 -- including a special holiday voyage on December 24, during which passengers can celebrate both Christmas and the New Year. The itinerary will take passengers to all of Hawaii's major islands with visits to Hilo, Kona, Honolulu, Nawiliwili (Kauai) and Lahaina (Maui). In addition, passengers can take advantage of the ship's many options and services during a series of relaxing days at sea between the islands and Los Angeles. A highlight of the ship's visit to the Big Island is an evening cruise-by of one of the world's most active volcanoes, Kilauea; providing the perfect vantage point to watch as glowing lava flows down to the sea.

Year-Round French Polynesia on Tahitian Princess
Tahitian Princess' second season sailing the beautiful waters of French Polynesia will offer two unique 10-day itineraries -- Polynesia & the Cook Islands and Polynesia & the Marquesas Islands. Both routes feature scenic cruising along the picturesque island of Tahaa, plus calls in Moorea, Reiatea and Bora Bora; and passengers can choose whether to visit Rarotonga in the Cook Islands or the more remote Marquesas with scenic cruising through the atolls of the Tuamoto Archipelago. Tahitian Princess' season will run from May 7, 2004 through April 12, 2005, culminating with a 12-day Papeete to Hawaii cruise.

World explorers can add to their Exotic voyages with Princess' extensive lineup of cruisetours and Cruise Plus hotel stays before or after their ocean voyage. The company offers a variety of complete land/sea vacations in China, Australia and South America, perfect for extended exploration of some of the planet's most desirable locations.

Early booking fares for Princess Exotics voyages begin at $1,195 per person, based on double occupancy.

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IN 2004
Unique Itineraries Offer Longer Sailings and Opportunities to Explore all Seven Continents

Passengers who've dreamed of becoming world explorers have an exciting new way of visiting some of those once-in-lifetime destinations. Princess' "Connoisseur Adventure Voyages," debuting with the 2004 Exotics season, offer special 21- to 30-day itineraries designed to inspire the imagination and captivate the interest of every traveler, whether they wish to view wildlife on safari in Africa, follow in the footsteps of WWII soldiers in the South Pacific or explore the remote reaches of the earth in Antarctica.

These special sailings each travel between two or more different parts of the world, and together the lineup covers all seven continents and more than 85 destinations between May 2004 and April 2005. Five new itineraries and two new ports of call for Princess are featured in a lineup that also offers a wide ranging choice of ships -- from the amenity-filled 2,670-passenger Sapphire Princes, to the all-outside cabin 1,200-passenger Royal Princess, to the boutique 680-passenger Pacific Princess, all connoisseurs are sure to find their perfect vessel.

"We've taken some of our most popular longer routes and mixed them with exciting new itineraries to create a program that will really appeal to passengers who want to sail to some of the farthest reaches of the globe," said Dean Brown, Princess' executive vice president of customer service and sales. "Experienced cruisers in particular, I think, will find these sailings offer imaginative new options to explore those areas they've always dreamed of visiting."

The 10 sailings designated as Connoisseur Adventure Voyages are:

Islands of the Pacific Theater (two sailings -- 24 days each) -- In a dramatic and moving voyage, Pacific Princess will sail between Honolulu and Osaka, visiting tropical islands that were the setting for Pacific Rim battles during WWII -- including Midway, Guadalcanal, Saipan, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and Hiroshima. The cruise has become a notable Princess itinerary, and has attracted a great deal of interest from veterans and their families. Memorial ceremonies and other special event are scheduled throughout the journey, and war history is presented in ports of call. (May 17 and July 25, 2004)

South Atlantic/Antarctica/South America (24 days) -- Princess' second voyage to the bottom of the world, this Royal Princess sailing takes passengers through three continents as it travels from Cape Town to Santiago. This adventure across the southern Atlantic includes stops at some of the most remote and mysterious lands on Earth and features four days of scenic cruising through Antarctic islands and channels. The voyage also includes the opportunity to visit the southernmost points of both Africa and South America -- with visits to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn -- and calls at the Falkland Islands, Tristan da Cunha and the fjords of the Chilean seacoast. (December 17, 2004)

South Pacific Explorer (24 days) -- Connoisseurs will see a different side of the South Pacific on this new Pacific Princess itinerary between Papeete and Ft. Lauderdale. Passengers will visit the lush islands of French Polynesia, exciting South American ports and will travel through Panama Canal. In addition, the itinerary includes two of the South Pacific's most remote islands -- Easter Island and Pitcairn Island. The latter, a new destination for Princess, is a remote, rocky island in the South Pacific which became home to mutineers from the HMS Bounty of "Mutiny on the Bounty" fame, and where their descendants still live today. Pacific Princess will offer scenic cruising by the island, and arrangements will be made for passengers to send their letters and postcards ashore to be mailed from the island. (August 29, 2004)

West Africa/South America (28 days) -- Combining the Caribbean, South America and West Africa, this new Pacific Princess itinerary is sure to appeal to adventurous passengers. The route, from Ft. Lauderdale to Cape Town, visits a variety of unique ports along the way, including a number of Caribbean islands, French Guiana's Devil's Island, Fortaleza (Brazil), and the West African countries of Senegal, Ghana, Togo and Namibia. (September 22, 2004)

Indian Ocean/Australia (28 days) -- In a new itinerary, Pacific Princess sails from Cape Town to Sydney, taking in several calls in South Africa, the islands of Madagascar, Reunion and Mauritius, and four ports in Australia. A new Princess port, Reunion features French flair combined with unspoiled tropical beauty, while neighboring Mauritius offers more Indian influence. Passengers will also go "down under" with visits to Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Tasmania on the way to Sydney. (October 20, 2004)

Asia/India/Mediterranean (30 days) -- Royal Princess sails from Rome to Bangkok through some of the ancient world's most astounding sites. Passengers can marvel at the magnificent Taj Mahal or the Pyramids in Egypt, imagine what life was like through the ruins of Pompeii or Ephesus, or take in the modern wonders of the Suez Canal or the twin Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. (September 16, 2004)

Asia/India/East Africa (30 days) -- From Bangkok to Cape Town, this new itinerary gives Royal Princess passengers the opportunity to explore widely diverse parts of the world. From the regal palaces of Asia to the bustle of India and the wildlife of Africa, this route features both intrigue and adventure. The journey highlight is sure to be the overnight stay in Mombasa where passengers can embark on an optional wildlife safari in Tsavo National Park. (November 17, 2004)

Hawaii/Tahiti/South Pacific (30 days) -- The new Sapphire Princess sails from Los Angeles to Sydney on an exciting new itinerary for Princess. This tropical adventure takes passengers to a variety of Pacific paradises, including the islands of Hawaii and French Polynesia, plus American and Western Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand and Australia. Connoisseurs will also enjoy the wide variety of dining options and other amenities aboard one of the largest vessels in the Princess fleet as she makes her first voyage "Down Under." (November 22, 2004)

Amazon River/Mediterranean (21 days) -- A diverse Royal Princess voyage from Manaus to Rome offering connoisseurs an opportunity to cruise along the mighty Amazon River, cross the Atlantic, and sail through the straights of Gibraltar to the Mediterranean. This journey touches three continents and features an overnight stay in Manaus, a visit to the tiny Amazonian village of Boca da Valeria, and a call in the self-proclaimed "Venice of Brazil," Recife, before heading across the Atlantic Ocean for Senegal, Morocco, and some of the most scenic ports in the Mediterranean. (April 21, 2005)

Early booking fares for Princess' Connoisseur Adventure Voyages begin at $2,795, per person, based on double occupancy. Special third- and fourth-berth fares are also available.

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Space Industry Pioneer Dr. Sally Ride To Serve As Godmother To New 110,000-Ton Carnival Glory
Dockside Naming Ceremony to Take Place in Port Canaveral, Fla., July 14, 2003

MIAMI, May 9 -- Dr. Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, will serve as godmother to the new 110,000-ton Carnival Glory, the largest Carnival Cruise Lines cruise ship ever based year-round at Port Canaveral, FL. Dr. Ride will break the ceremonial bottle of champagne across the hull of the massive 2,974-passenger SuperLiner during a dockside ceremony Monday, July 14, 2003, prior to the ship's special five-day pre-inaugural voyage.

"We are proud and delighted to have Dr. Sally Ride serve as godmother to this spectacular new 'Fun Ship,'" said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. "With the aerospace industry having such a defining impact on the Space Coast and Carnival having the distinction as Port Canaveral's largest cruise operator, it's only appropriate that one of the world's most famous astronauts name our new cruise ship."

A pioneer in space travel, Dr. Ride became the first American woman in space when she was part of the crew that piloted the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1983. She also was part of the crew of the shuttle's 1984 spaceflight. During these flights, she deployed communications satellites, operated the robot arm, which she helped design and test, and conducted experiments in pharmaceuticals and Earth remote-sensing.

Dr. Ride is the co-founder and CEO of Imaginary Lines, designed to encourage middle-school-aged girls to pursue math and science, and serves as the Ingrid and Joseph Hibben Professor of Space Science at the University of California-San Diego. She has been inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame and awarded the Jefferson Award for Public Service, the Von Braun Award and the Lindbergh Eagle. Dr. Ride is also a two-time recipient of the National Spaceflight Medal. A longtime advocate for improved science education, Dr. Ride has authored four children's books and directs an Internet-based NASA project that allows middle-school students to take digital photos of the Earth from a camera aboard the Space Shuttle.

Following the naming ceremony, Carnival Glory will serve as the venue for a VIP champagne reception then sail on a special five-day pre-inaugural Mexico cruise from Port Canaveral to Costa Maya and Cozumel July 14-19, 2003. The ship will then launch year-round seven-day Caribbean service from Port Canaveral July 19, departing every Saturday on alternating eastern and western Caribbean itineraries.

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Seattle, May 9, 2003 – Golfers, don’t forget to pack clubs and a sleeve or two of your favorite golf balls when embarking on a Holland America Caribbean cruise this year. Holland America offers golf excursions on ten islands to scenic championship courses designed by the likes of renowned golf-course architects Robert Trent Jones Sr. and George and Tom Fazio. In keeping with Holland America’s commitment to service and value, the golf tours include everything a golfer needs to enjoy a great round of golf at exceptional prices.

“Playing golf on a beautiful course in an exotic Caribbean port of call is an unforgettable experience for any golfer,” said David A. Giersdorf, senior vice president, marketing and sales. “Some of the finest courses in the world are available to our passengers who love to combine the luxury of a cruise with their favorite game. Holland America takes care of all the details, from booking tee times to arranging transportation to and from the courses.”

The courses that Holland America has chosen for its golfing guests are among the top tracks in the Caribbean, and combine stunning vistas and island scenery with highly competitive layouts. Many of the courses were designed by top architects whose names are familiar to any avid golfer.

Topping the list is Robert Trent Jones, Sr., who designed many challenging American courses during his long, distinguished career and is responsible for several in the Caribbean. Holland America’s guests can play his tough Carambola Golf Course on St. Croix, the winner of Golf Magazine’s “Gold Medal” award and Golf Digest’s “Four Star Award”; the stunning Dorado del Mar track on Puerto Rico, which has been the site of several PGA tournaments; the Sandals course on St. Lucia, which Jones originally built as a nine-hole layout in 1973, but has been expanded recently to a full 18 holes; and the elegant Martinique Country Club, a timeless Trent Jones layout over rolling hills, with endless views of the sea.

Golfers can also play the exquisite Mahogany Run course on St. Thomas, a 6,600-yard, par-70 test that was designed by noted architects George and Tom Fazio. Situated on cliffs overlooking the Atlantic, it is one of the most photographed courses in the Caribbean, and provides an excellent challenge to golfers of all skill levels.

Other courses available to Holland America guests include the Royal St. Kitts Golf Course, located just ten minutes from the ship at the Frigate Bay Resort. Golfers should keep an eye out for green Vervet Monkeys who venture onto the course, as well as a rich variety of bird life. On Grand Cayman, players head to The Links at Safe Haven, the island’s only 18-hole championship course, which has beautifully manicured greens and a Scottish links feel. A round of golf at the Upton Golf Course outside of Ocho Rios might well be the most memorable part of a visit to Jamaica: The course lies in verdant hills with striking views of the sea below, with some long holes that are well suited to big hitters. On Barbados, Sandy Lane is a big, brawny 6,905-yard test of golf that was recently redesigned, with lakes that come into play and a series of coral bunkers. 

Golfers will find that a full golf package on Holland America’s Caribbean itineraries is frequently less expensive than a round of golf at home. Golf excursions begin at just $59/golfer (not including clubs) for the St. Andrews Golf Club in Trinidad and top out at $174 for the Sandy Lane course on Barbados, with other courses falling in the $86-$135 range for 18 holes of play. Packages include the use of power carts, preferred tee times, round-trip transportation from the ship and, in the case of some courses, personal caddies; nine-hole packages are available on some courses. Golf clubs are also available for rental at every course, and balls and accessories are available for purchase at the pro shops of each course. 

The golf excursions are available on all 2003 and 2004 Caribbean voyages of the ms Volendam, Zaandam, Veendam, Maasdam, and Noordam, as well as Holland America’s brand-new Vista-class ship, the ms Zuiderdam. Sailings include 7-day Southern, Western or Eastern Caribbean voyages, or 10- and 14-day swings through the Southern Caribbean.

Want to get in some good swings without ever leaving the ship? Holland America’s ms Prinsendam and new ms Zuiderdam have a unique, on-board golf simulator attraction for passengers to enjoy. The simulator displays world-renowned golf courses on a giant projection screen and tracks players’ shots by means of a sophisticated computer system that actually allows them to virtually play the course hole-by-hole and shot-by-shot. The results of each shot are displayed on the screen; watch out for the water hazards and sand bunkers! Play alone or with friends on one of 22 different courses including Pebble Beach, Pinehurst No. 2, Harbor Town, Torrey Pines and The Belfry. 

Fees start from $30 per person for an hour of golf in a group of three or four. In addition, private lessons to work on that sub-par swing are available through the on-board golf pro, with packages starting at $45 for a 30-minute session. All clubs and balls are included; one person can complete 18 holes in about an hour. 

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Carnival To Operate Year-Round Sailings From Jacksonville in 2004
New Carnival Miracle Also to Operate Series of Three- to Six-Day ‘Fun Ship’ Voyages from Jacksonville in Spring 2004

MIAMI (05/08/03) – Carnival Cruise Lines, the world’s largest cruise operator, will inaugurate “Fun Ship” cruising from Jacksonville, Fla., when the new 2,124-passenger Carnival Miracle debuts with a series of three-, five- and six-day cruises from the Florida port in March 2004. Following the Carnival Miracle sailings, Carnival will launch Jacksonville’s first year-round cruise program with four- and five-day voyages aboard the 1,452-passenger Holiday in Oct. 2004. The Holiday, which currently sails from New Orleans, will be replaced by a larger vessel at that port.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to offer ‘Fun Ship’ cruising from Jacksonville . With more consumers seeking hassle-free, quality vacation experiences and Jacksonville offering a convenient embarkation point for a large segment of the population, we expect these cruises to be extremely successful,” said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. “The fact that we are debuting a brand new ship and launching a new year-round program from Jacksonville is a clear indication of our confidence in growing this highly desirable market,” he added.

Commented Rick Ferrin, executive director of the Jacksonville Port Authority, "We are very pleased to welcome Carnival and their ships to our market. Carnival has an outstanding reputation for providing top-notch cruise vacations, and we believe that vacationers will be excited to take advantage of this new service."

The sailings from Jacksonville continue Carnival’s strategy of deploying ships near large regional U.S. population bases. Including Jacksonville, next year Carnival is expected to sail from a record 19 North American homeports, providing consumers with a wide variety of departure points from which to embark on a cruise. “Carnival pioneered ‘close-to-home’ cruising and these new departures from Jacksonville are just one more example of our desire to make cruising more accessible, convenient and affordable for today’s time-crunched consumers,” Dickinson said.

New Carnival Miracle to Debut from Jacksonville in March 2004
The new 88,500-ton Carnival Miracle will inaugurate “Fun Ship” cruising from Jacksonville with a series of three-day Bahamas, and five- and six-day Caribbean sailings operating March 1 - April 17, 2004. All told, Carnival Miracle will operate 11 departures from Jacksonville. Three-day cruises to Freeport, The Bahamas, will depart on Fridays, March 12 and 26, and April 9, 2004, providing the ultimate weekend getaway. Five-day Caribbean cruises will depart Mondays, March 1, 15 and 29 and April 12, 2004, and visit Key West, Fla., and Nassau, The Bahamas. Six-day Caribbean cruises will depart Saturdays, March 6 and 20, and April 3 and 17, and visit Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico, and Freeport (the March 6 departure will call at Playa del Carmen, Mexico, instead of Costa Maya).

Prices for the three-day cruises begin at $379 per person, five-day voyages at $479 per person, and six-day departures start at $549 per person. If purchased through Carnival’s “Fun Finance Plan (SM)” which enables consumers to extend their “Fun Ship” cruise payments over 24 monthly installments, prices for the three-, five- and six-day voyages begin at $18, $23 and $26 per month, respectively.

Year-Round Four- and Five-Day Cruises Aboard Holiday 
Carnival’s 46,052-ton Holiday will become the first cruise ship based year-round in Jacksonville when it sails on an inaugural six-day western Caribbean cruise to Cozumel, Calica and Freeport on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2004. Following this special one-time sailing, the Holiday will launch a year-round program of four-day Bahamas and five-day western Caribbean cruises beginning with a five-day voyage departing Oct. 23, 2004. Four-day weekend cruises depart Thursdays, calling at Freeport and Nassau, while five-day cruises departing Mondays and Saturdays call at Key West and Nassau.

Prices for the Holiday’s four- and five-day cruises begin at $299 per person. If purchased through the “Fun Finance Plan,” four- and five-day voyages begin at $14 per month. Additional Information and Reservations -- “Fun Finance Plan” payments are 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. Carnival will begin accepting reservations for departures from Jacksonville aboard the Carnival Miracle and Holiday on Friday, May 16. For additional information and reservations contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL, or visit

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Crystal Cruises' Jade Garden to be Transformed Into Wolfgang Puck's Famous Chinois on Main Restaurant
On-Going Alliance Leads to Creation of New Menu for Baltic Cruise & Beyond

LOS ANGELES, May 8 -- For the second time in as many years, luxury travel specialist Crystal Cruises will transform Jade Garden into Wolfgang Puck's most acclaimed restaurant, Santa Monica's Chinois on Main, during an 11-day Amsterdam to London voyage departing June 6, 2003. Best known for its creative and unique fusion of flavors with a Chinese and French heritage, Chinois on Main has garnered virtually every culinary award since its inception in 1983. Jade Garden, the intimate Asian specialty restaurant aboard the award-winning 940-guest Crystal Symphony has been serving, among other taste-tempting plates, Chinois signature dishes since March, 2002.

Leaders in their respective fields, Puck and Crystal Cruises have enjoyed a relationship since 1991 when the celebrity chef served as guest chef on the luxury line and, in 1999, shared the recipe for his famous Grilled Mongolian Lamb Chops in The Crystal Cruises' Cookbook. For 2002, Jade Garden was transformed into Chinois at Sea during a nine-day portion of Crystal's World Cruise where Puck's signature dishes later remained a staple of the Asian-influenced Jade menu.

"Wolfgang has been one of the great innovators of world cuisine over the past two decades," says Toni Neumeister, Crystal's vice president, food and beverage operations. "He is a star in the culinary world and he has been an inspiration to us since his early involvement with Crystal Cruises. We are enormously proud to feature the Chinois menu on Crystal Symphony for a second consecutive year. It opens yet another exciting new chapter in our relationship with Wolfgang and his restaurants."

For 11 days in the North and Baltic seas en route to Stockholm, Talinn, St. Petersburg (overnight), Helsinki and London (port of Dover), Jade Garden will be completely transformed, both gastronomically and decoratively, into Chinois at Sea, under the direction of Bella Lantsman, Chinois on Main's general manager, and its noted executive chef, Renee Mata, who has created a tempting new menu for the occasion:

  • Tempura Ahi Tuna Sashimi
  • Sizzling Calamari Salad served in a Won Ton Cup with Chinese Chili Paste Vinaigrette
  • Szechuan Pancakes Filled with Stir-Fried Cantonese Duck
  • Barbecued Baby Ribs with Honey and Chili Sauce
  • Chinois Soup with Chinese Mushroom Dumplings in Chicken Broth with a Sprinkling of Fresh Asian Herbs
  • Loup de Mere Wrapped in a Won Ton Skin served with sauteed vegetables in a Riesling Wine Sauce
  • Shanghai Lobster with Spicy Ginger Curry Sauce served with Crispy Spinach
  • Grilled Kobe Beef with Soba Noodles served with Spicy Warm Ponzu Sauce
  • Chinois "Dim Sum" Delights -- Caramelized lemon "Kumo" with Oregon Huckleberry Sauce, Granny Smith apple Springroll with Pomegranate Caramel Sauce and Toasted Macadamia Nut, Pineapple Tart with Banana Sorbet, and a Tasting of Creme Brulee
  • Chinois chicken salad
  • White Miso-Marinated Baked Sea Bass Fillet Chinois style
  • Grilled Mongolian Lamb Chops with Cilantro Mint Vinaigrette Sauce

Chef Mata will host cooking demonstrations and guests will enjoy a special cocktail party to sample Chinois on Main at Jade hors d'oeuvres. Following the 11-day sailing, Neumeister says Crystal chefs will prepare the new Chinois at Sea menu as well as other popular Asian offerings for Jade Garden guests on all future Crystal Symphony voyages.

Since its inception, Los Angeles-based Crystal Cruises has formed exclusive alliances with the world's leading chefs and restaurants, from Puck to Valentino and now, with the launch of the 1,080-guest ultra-luxurious Crystal Serenity in July, Nobu Matsuhisa, who designed menus for the new ship's Sushi Bar and Silk Road Restaurant.

At 50,000-tons, 940-guest sister ships, Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony are two of the most spacious and luxurious vessels cruising the world. Their unique size in the luxury market allows for smooth sailing and a wide range of innovative facilities, generous amenities and elegant accommodations. In addition to award-winning cuisine, the Six-Star rated liners feature grand lounges, a full-service fitness facility, Computer University@Sea, the only Caesars Palace at Sea casino afloat, a lavish spa adhering to the principles of Feng Shui, expansive decks, two pools, Broadway style entertainment, and exquisitely-appointed staterooms, more than half of which offer private verandahs.

Crystal Cruises is booked exclusively through professional travel agents. For a complimentary brochure, please call 800.820.6663. Visit the web site at

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Seattle, May 8, 2003 – After debuting the new Pinnacle Grill alternative restaurant concept on sister ships ms Statendam and ms Ryndam last October to excellent reviews and full capacity, Holland America Line has expanded the restaurant concept to nine of the line’s vessels. The Pinnacle Grill restaurant features fine Pacific Northwest specialties and wines in a romantic, upscale atmosphere.

“Based on the overwhelming feedback from our guests about the Pinnacle Grill, it made sense to add this restaurant to more of our ships,” said David A. Giersdorf, senior vice president, marketing and sales. “This alternative dining venue features the best of Pacific Northwest cuisine and style, high-quality ingredients, fine wines and elegant presentation, offering our guests even more options in Holland America’s premium cruise experience.”

The 1,800-square-foot restaurant’s 2003 rollout schedule began with the Volendam in February and continues on the Rotterdam, Zaandam and the Amsterdam in April; the Prinsendam in May and the Maasdam in October. The Pinnacle Grill has already been enthusiastically embraced by passengers aboard the Zuiderdam and will be added to the Oosterdam during the ship’s final phase of construction in summer 2003. The Pinnacle Grill concept will be added to the Veendam in the spring of 2004.

The décor of the Pinnacle Grills features warm fabrics complemented by fine wood accents evocative of the Pacific Northwest. The restaurant will offer carefully selected wines from renowned Pacific Northwest vineyards including Chateau Ste. Michelle, Canoe Ridge, Willamette Valley Vineyards and Tualatin Estates.

A typical evening's menu provides a wide selection of dining choices including Dungeness Crab Cakes with Spiral Shaved Cucumber & Sweet Chili Sauce, Seared Duck Breast and Beefsteak Tomato Salad. Entrees may include Pan-Seared Rosemary Chicken with Cranberry Chutney, Grande Wilde Mushroom Ravioli with Pesto Cream Sauce, or Lamb Rack Chops with Drizzled Mint Sauce. Also available are premium “Sterling Silver” hand-selected cuts of beef unsurpassed in tenderness and taste, including bone-in Delmonico rib-eye steak, center-cut Porterhouse steak and two sizes of filet mignon. Side dishes will feature such choices as Washington Spuds au Gratin, Grilled Asparagus avec Béarnaise, Sautéed Button Mushrooms or a Honey Maple Three-Bean Ragout. Delectable desserts, featuring Pacific Northwest ingredients include Warm Grand Marnier Chocolate Volcano Cake, a Lemon Berry Angel Shortcake, and Not-so-Classic Baked Alaska.

Guests who wish to dine in the Pinnacle Grill for dinner may do so with an advance reservation; there is a modest charge of $20 per person. For more information, consult a professional travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit

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Seattle, WA -- Holland America Line, the leader in premium cruising worldwide, is altering its new build schedule to include a change in the delivery date of Vista 4 from October 2005 to January 2006 and a change in the number of 1,848-passenger Vista ships from five to four. "Four 1,848-passenger Vista Class ships dedicated to the popular seven to 12 day Caribbean, Alaska and European cruise markets provides the necessary growth to meet our needs in this category of our premium cruise product," said A. Kirk Lanterman, chairman and CEO, Holland America Line Inc.

Holland America's Vista class ships extend the brand's premium positioning and will sail in the Caribbean, Alaska and Europe on the line's distinctive itineraries. The additional vessels will also allow Holland America to extend beyond its current 11 North American homeports.

"We are now going to begin to focus our efforts on conceptualizing of the next series of vessels beyond the Vista class, which will be designed specifically for longer, worldwide cruise itineraries," Lanterman continued. "Holland America is the industry leader in worldwide cruises. We currently sail to all seven continents and more than 280 ports of call."

Holland America's current new build program includes delivery of Vista 2, the 1,848-passenger ms Oosterdam in July 2003 and of Vista 3, ms Westerdam, in May 2004. Vista 4, currently unnamed, will join the fleet in January 2006. Together with ms Zuiderdam, the first of the Vista series which debuted in December 2002, Holland America's capacity will grow 59 percent by early 2006.

With one of the highest passenger space ratio's afloat at 46, the Vista Class ships feature innovative "exterior elevators," located on both sides of the vessel and vertically traversing 10 decks, providing guests with panoramic sea views. The ships also offer a wide range of spacious accommodation categories, with 85 percent of the staterooms featuring an ocean view and 80 percent of those offering private verandahs. The 951-foot-long vessels exhibit the hallmarks of the Holland America brand - extensive multi-million-dollar art collections and including numerous dining options, from elegant full-service meals to casual Lido Restaurant service. The new class of ship also continues such trademark features of Holland America ships as the Explorers Lounge, Ocean Bar, exterior covered promenade deck encircling the entire ship, large Lido pool with a retractable dome and Holland America's signature "Crow's  Nest" observation lounge.

The ships also offer a new "cabaret-style" show lounge and an industry-leading main show lounge. Other new features include a disco, casual "round-the-clock" café, Internet cafe, the largest spa facilities in the fleet, Internet/e-mail data ports in all staterooms, an extensive Club HAL children's facility with inside and outside play areas, concierge lounge for the exclusive use of Penthouse and Deluxe Verandah Suite guests, and two interior promenade decks.

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Seattle, WA -- As a result of its long-standing commitment to employing and training Filipino mariners, Holland America Line was honored with two major awards at the First International Employers Awards (FIEA) in Manila by the Republic of the Philippines government. Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo presented the awards to Jeff Beattie, Holland Americ  director of seagoing human resources, in a ceremony in Manila. The top-rated premium cruise line won the Presidential Award of Distinction and the International Employers Award, given by the Department of Labor and Employment.

Both awards recognize Holland America for "being one of the top providers of employment to Filipinos with exemplary conditions for workers and for contributing to the well-being of Filipino seafarers." The Presidential Award of Distinction also specifically recognizes the contributions of a foreign employer that has employed Filipino seafarers aboard ships for the longest period.

"Holland America has a great tradition of hiring the best seafarers and hotel personnel in the world," said A. Kirk Lanterman, Chairman and CEO, Holland America Line. "We've been very fortunate to work with the people of the Philippines, which has a stellar reputation in the maritime industry, to hire qualified craftsmen and service staff. I'm proud to accept these two awards on behalf of Holland America Line."

Holland America employs more than 9,000 shipboard staff, with nearly 3,000 coming from the Philippines. The premium cruise leader has hired seafarers from the Philippines since 1971 and currently operates training programs in the country to recruit and retain qualified staff as the line grows with the addition of four new ships by 2006.

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Seattle, WA -- Holland America Line's private Caribbean island paradise, Half Moon Cay, has won the 2003 Editor-in-Chief Award for "Best Private Island" in the cruise industry from Porthole Cruise Magazine, for the second year in a row.  Since developing Half Moon Cay in 1997, Holland America and Windstar ships have brought more than 600,000 guests to enjoy its stunning scenery and luxurious amenities. Half Moon Cay is located on 45 acres of the 2,400-acre Little San Salvador Island, which lies less than 100 miles southeast of Nassau between southern Eleuthera and Cat Island.

"We are delighted to receive the 'Best Private Island' award once again," said David A. Giersdorf, senior vice president, marketing and sales. "Holland America has created the ultimate Caribbean experience on an unspoiled retreat where guests can both experience its natural wonders and enjoy the extensive activities and facilities offered in the resort portion of the island."

Most Holland America Caribbean cruises include a visit to Half Moon Cay, a crescent-shaped, white sand beach more than a mile long that fronts a protected bay. The site has been cited as a model visitor destination by the Bahamian government for its balance of environmental and cultural concerns. Guests may sail, swim and snorkel in the turquoise waters, bask on white sand beaches, have a beachside massage and then enjoy an array of traditional barbecue fare. The company's Club HAL children's program offers a variety of age-appropriate activities for younger visitors to Half Moon Cay.

Half Moon Cay features an aqua-sports center with beach gear and water-sport equipment, a fully-equipped Club HAL children's playground, beach chairs, volleyball, shuffleboard and horseshoes, a trail with exercise stations and a network of nature trail bridges across dunes for beach access, and a designated wild bird reserve. All facilities are accessible to persons using wheelchairs, featuring hard-surfaced pathways to connect venues. Beach and jitney trams also operate at the island.

Half Moon Cay also has a West Indies Village with shops, including an art gallery and a straw market, a post office selling a Bahamian stamp bearing a Half Moon Cay design, a Spanish-style chapel, and an ice cream shop, soda bar and frozen drink bar. The food pavilion includes 15 tropical, open-air dining shelters, a large bar and three convenient satellite bar stations, two fresh fruit and condiment shelters, and a bandstand.

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New “You May Now Dot Com” Option Makes Ceremony Available to Friends and Family on World Wide Web

Seattle, May 7, 2003 – Whether couples choose to tie the knot aboard ship, on an exotic Caribbean island or atop an icy Alaskan glacier, Holland America can help launch a lifetime of memories with exciting wedding locales and flexible wedding packages. From small ceremonies and private receptions to larger celebration cruises with family and friends, Holland America can accommodate a wide range of requests to make every couple’s wedding a uniquely romantic event. The line also offers packages for anniversaries, honeymoons and renewing of vows.

A new option in Holland America’s wedding packages now helps friends and family around the world share in the joy of a couple’s special day, with the “You May Now Dot Com” option ($375). A wedding video complete with photos and music is placed on a private Web page that remains accessible for the next 90 days, and the happy couple receives a copy of the Web page on CD-ROM.

“Our wedding and vow renewal programs have a wide array of choices that will add an extra touch of magic to one of the most important occasions in a couple's life together,” said David A. Giersdorf, senior vice president, marketing and sales. “Couples can choose to have a private ceremony or invite their friends and families to enjoy a lavish on-board reception with the fine food and service that one can expect on a Holland America cruise.”

Holland America provides several land-based wedding and vow renewal options in the Caribbean and Hawaii, with all packages including transportation, applicable licenses and fees, flowers and amenities such as cakes, sparkling wine and photography. Package prices are in addition to cruise fares.

At Montego Bay in Jamaica, the newest destination in Holland America’s wedding program, couples can be married on the private beach at the Rose Hall Beach Club ($1,845) or at the lovely Rose Hall Great House ($1,995). Paradise Cove, the premier beach site in Ocho Rios, is the setting for a Paradise Cove Beach Wedding package ($1,595), or couples can be married beside a spectacular waterfall at Shaw Park Botanical Gardens ($1,795), with sweeping views of the mountains and Caribbean Sea.

On St. Thomas, couples choose from a beach wedding at gorgeous Magen’s Bay, a tropical garden terrace overlooking the British Virgin Islands or in the lovely formal gardens at the Marriott Hotels Frenchman’s Reef resort ($1,595). The historic Grand Old House provides the setting for wedding packages ($2,195) on Grand Cayman. The mansion, built in 1908 on the beach, allows couples to choose between a ceremony on the beach or at the gazebo. On Barbados, a Tides Beach Wedding ($1,695) takes place alongside the waves on a lovely beach. At Kona, Hawaii, ceremonies take place at the romantic and historic Kings Knoll ($1,995), a scenic overlook set in lush, tropical gardens that contain a sacred pond used by King Kamehameha.

For a truly spectacular and unusual wedding experience, a pilot whisks the happy couple away to the Herbert Glacier for a decidedly white wedding in the snow and ice. The $2,395 package includes limousine transportation from the ship to the heliport. A photographer is on hand to take pictures, and cake and champagne are waiting back at the ship. Weddings are available at the Rainforest Glacier Garden in Juneau ($1,295), a beautiful, natural Alaskan setting in a lush rainforest.

The most popular package for shipboard weddings and renewal of vows is “Anchors Away” ($1,295), which begins at the pier on the day of embarkation. The bridal couple and their sailing guests receive priority check in, and are escorted to their stateroom by the wedding coordinator. The package includes Personal Wedding Coordinator; music; a bridal bouquet of roses and orchids and matching groom’s boutonniere; wedding cake; flowers and white linens; a bottle of champagne; professional photography and 8x10 wedding photograph; Holland America commemorative wedding album; ceremony performed by the Wedding Officiate and keepsake wedding certificate.

Anchors Away wedding packages are available in Fort Lauderdale. Tampa and Port Canaveral, Fla; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Juneau, Alaska; Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco, Calif.; New York City (packages in New York are $1,595), Seattle, Wash., and Vancouver, B.C. Additional amenities such as beauty salon treatments for the bride, tuxedo rentals for the groom, videography and a reception for 10-200 guests are available on a surcharge basis.

On Barbados, Costa Rica, Grand Cayman, Kona, Hawaii and St. Thomas, Anchors Away packages ($1,495) include escorted transportation for the bride and groom to the local Licensing Agent, as well as witnesses where required by law.

Guests can opt for a Celebration Package ($79 per couple) that includes fresh flowers and champagne in their stateroom upon embarkation, a special dessert in the dining room during the cruise, a photograph in a handsome, engraved frame and special recognition on board ship. Renewal-of-Vows packages ($99) include invitations, flowers for the bride, photos, a hostess and master of ceremonies, and a lovely reception with live music, wines, champagne and hors d’oeuvres, with a surcharge of $12.50 per guest.

The on-board Celebration, Renewal of Vows and Romantic Voyage Packages are booked through Holland America Line’s Ship Services Department, (800) 541-1576. Wedding packages start at $1,295 per couple and are coordinated by Royal Ocean Events. Passengers should book the packages separately after confirming their cruise bookings. Royal Ocean Events can be reached toll-free at (888) 475-5511 or (604) 940-1181.

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Star Princess to Spend This Fall Doing Popular Route from Los Angeles; Itinerary Change Follows Consumer Demand

Princess has announced a new series of roundtrip sailings from Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera on the Star Princess this fall. The ship was originally to have sailed Far East/Asia itineraries during this period.

The new Mexico season, which follows the ship's Alaska program this summer, features five seven-day roundtrip sailings calling at the Mexican Riviera's most popular ports -- Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas.

The Star Princess will then sail a new 24-day Hawaii/Tahiti/South Pacific cruise from Los Angeles to Sydney. There the ship will continue its scheduled series of six South Pacific cruises sailing between Sydney, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand.

"In recent weeks we've seen a downturn in interest for the Far East/Asian itineraries due to the recent publicity surrounding SARS," said Dean Brown, Princess' executive vice president of customer service and sales. "We're thrilled to be able to offer this series of roundtrip Los Angeles sailings in place of these voyages, as Star Princess has previously proven to be extremely successful in this popular destination."

Passengers currently booked on Star Princess' Asia cruises, originally scheduled to depart September 20th through November 7th, have already been accommodated on the new 24-day voyage at reduced fares. "We hope the booked passengers will still sail with us, but of course those who choose not to will receive full refunds," said Brown.

The new cruises begin September 20, 2003, with a four-day Alaska sampler cruise from Seattle to Vancouver, including a call in Ketchikan. A three-day coastal cruise from Vancouver to Los Angeles follows, and the new seven-day Mexican Riviera sailings begin September 27. The five Saturday departures continue until November 1, when Star Princess embarks on a special 24-day cruise calling in Hawaii, French Polynesia, American Samoa, Fiji, and New Zealand, ending in Australia. Ports on this exotic sailing include Maui, Honolulu, Bora Bora, Papeete, Pago Pago, Fiji, Tauranga and Auckland.

"We continue to have great confidence in the future of Far East/Asia cruise products," said Brown. "When we first announced Star Princess' Asia season, we had great response to the program. Despite the current concern over SARS in this region, we're very hopeful that in a year's time this destination will be back." Brown added that soon Princess will announce its 2004 Exotics lineup which includes a return to Asia.

Fares for the new Mexico sailings begin at $1,149 per person, and $4,895 per person for the 24-day Hawaii/Tahiti/South Pacific cruise.

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

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Carnival's Record-Breaking 'Fun Ship' Cruise Season From New York Kicks Off Tuesday, May 13
Eight-Day Caribbean Sailing Aboard Carnival Legend One of 50 'Fun Ship' Departures from Big Apple

MIAMI, May 7 -- Carnival Cruise Lines will kick off its largest-ever New York cruise season when the 88,500-ton Carnival Legend departs Tuesday, May 13, 2003, on the inaugural sailing of a unique eight-day Caribbean schedule -- the only Caribbean cruise program from the Big Apple this cruise season.

Tuesday's sailing is the first of a record 50 "Fun Ship" departures from New York, making Carnival one of the largest users of the Port of New York this season. Also included in the line's 2003 New York cruises are seven-day Bermuda sailings, four- and five-day Canada cruises, seven-day "fall foliage" cruises, and two-day cruises.

"With its strong tourist appeal and convenient, centralized location, New York is a very popular homeport for our guests and Carnival's 2003 'Fun Ship' cruise schedule from New York is bigger and better than ever, providing a wide spectrum of destinations and itinerary lengths to match any budget or vacation preference," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president.

Unique Round-Trip Eight-Day Caribbean Voyages from New York
Carnival Legend will operate an innovative eight-day round-trip Caribbean program from New York May 13 - Oct. 12, 2003. The five-month-long program features three different tropical destinations -- San Juan, St. Thomas/St. John and Tortola/Virgin Gorda, each of which offer magnificent beaches, outstanding shopping and interesting attractions and historical landmarks.

The unusual eight-day rotation creates a wide range of days of the week on which voyages will depart and return, providing maximum choice and flexibility for guests.

First-Ever Seven-Day Bermuda Voyages Aboard Carnival Pride
Carnival Pride will operate a series of seven week-long Bermuda sailings from New York July 16 - Aug. 27, 2003.

Voyages offer four days in Bermuda docked at King's Wharf, a centuries-old port city that is home to exceptional shopping and dining opportunities, as well as a number of historical sites and landmarks. Guests can also visit the island's legendary pink-sand beaches and partake in a wide variety of watersports, including snorkeling, kayaking and scuba diving.

Four-, Five- and Seven-Day Voyages Aboard Carnival Victory
Carnival will also continue to operate its popular summer-long four- and five-day round-trip Canada cruises and seven-day "fall foliage" cruises from New York aboard the 102,000-ton Carnival Victory. The program will run June 23 - Sept. 1, 2003.

Four-day cruises, which sail Thursday through Monday and call at Halifax, Nova Scotia, provide an ideal weekend getaway. Five-day cruises, which depart on Mondays and Saturdays, visit Halifax and Saint John, New Brunswick. Both ports offer a variety of fine restaurants, exquisite boutiques and myriad sightseeing destinations.

Seven-day fall foliage cruises depart New York each Saturday Sept. 6 - 27, 2003, and visit historic Boston; Portland, Maine; and Sydney and Halifax, Nova Scotia, each of which offers a personality and charm all its own. Unlike most fall foliage cruises from New York, which operate north or southbound starting and ending in two different locations, Carnival Victory sails round-trip, providing added convenience for guests.

Two-Day Cruises Aboard Carnival Pride, Carnival Victory
As part of its summer schedule from New York, Carnival Victory will operate three two-day cruises this summer -- June 17, 19 and 21 -- operating round-trip from the Big Apple. Prior to the start-up of its Bermuda schedule, Carnival Pride will also sail on a two-day cruise from New York July 14-16, 2003.

For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL, or visit

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NCL Launches U.S. Flag Brand And A Four-Ship Hawaii 
Deployment For 2004

Miami, May 6, 2003 - Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) today announced its new US Flag brand - NCL America sm - under which all of its US flagged, US crewed ships will operate. In addition, the company has developed its largest Hawaii deployment ever, with two NCL America ships sailing inter-island cruises and two NCL ships sailing Hawaii/Fanning Island itineraries. Though the itineraries and the crews will be very different, the common theme across all four ships is NCL's trademark Freestyle Cruising, still the only completely flexible resort-style cruise experience among the major lines. The new deployment will take NCL's projected passenger carry in Hawaii to almost 200,000 in 2004, a 40 percent increase over 2003.

NCL's first Project America ship, yet to be named and known internally as PA1, will be the first new ocean-going passenger ship in nearly 50 years to sail under the American flag. She will begin service in Hawaii in July 2004, offering seven-night inter-island cruises round trip from Honolulu. The second Project America ship, known internally as PA2, will be a reflagged existing NCL ship. The ship is currently Norwegian Sky, a modern 2,000-passenger ship that was the first NCL ship to offer Freestyle Cruising when it was introduced in 2000. Re-flagged into the US register, she will be 100 percent US crewed and will begin her Hawaii service in October 2004, offering three- and four-night inter-island cruises round trip from Honolulu.

Starting prices on the NCL America ships will be at the same level as the attractive pricing used in successfully launching Norwegian Star in Hawaii in 2001. Seven night cruises begin at $899 per person; three-night cruises begin at $499 per person. PA1, Norwegian Wind and Norwegian Star are on sale now for 2004 and spring 2005 bookings and group space. PA2 will go on sale on Friday, May 9th.

"Our ships will offer a unique Hawaii experience with the great majority of the crew hailing from the islands. The Hawaii people are known for their gracious hospitality and service and for their sunny outlook on life. This is known locally as the Aloha Spirit and we hope to capture it on our ships," said Colin Veitch, president and CEO of NCL. "In addition, in the next few months, we will announce partnerships with key Hawaii organizations who will partner with us on board and add to an authentic experience of Hawaii that will only be available on NCL and NCL America ships."

The combined NCL and NCL America 2004 Hawaii deployment offers a wide range of cruises encompassing three-, four-, seven-, 10-, and 11-day cruises that feature something for everyone. "Guests on our seven day inter-island cruise will spend over 90 hours in port including overnight stays in Maui and Kauai," Veitch said. "And we will launch the only three- and four-day cruise program in Hawaii, offering both cruise-only and a variety of cruise-and-stay hotel packages. Both ships will be targeted at the general cruise population in North America but we also expect to attract conference and incentive business with the top quality facilities that have been designed into the ships," he added. According to Veitch, NCL will also continue its popular calls at Fanning Island, Kiribati on longer Hawaii cruises. "Norwegian Wind will return to Hawaii in May of 2004 and resume its successful 10- and 11-day itineraries," Veitch said. "From then on, the deployment will be year-round rather than seasonal as in the past."

The 10- and 11-day cruises are designed to offer a relaxed, longer cruising experience with lots of port time in the Hawaii Islands plus sea days and a trip to Fanning Island, NCL's Pacific Island hideaway just north of the Equator. Norwegian Star will continue offering its seven-day Fanning Island cruises through April 2004 when it will then make way for the new seven-day inter-island cruises offered by PA1. As announced last week, Norwegian Star will move to NCL's mainland based Homeland Cruising fleet offering Alaska cruises in the summer of 2004.

The combined NCL and NCL America Hawaii deployment schedule is as follows:

  • PA1 will sail seven-day cruises calling on Hawaii's four main islands and a day of scenic cruising beginning July 4th, 2004 after an extended series of inaugural events in the U.K. and the US Her itinerary departs from Honolulu with ports of call at Nawiliwili, Kauai (overnight); Hilo, Hawaii; Kona, Hawaii and Kahului, Maui (overnight). The ship is in port every day and offers scenic cruising on Tuesday afternoon and evening.
  • PA2 will offer an alternating schedule of three- and four-day itineraries beginning October 1, 2004. Three-day sailings will leave from Honolulu every Friday and call at Nawiliwili, Kauai and Kahului, Maui, spending full days in each port before returning to Honolulu. Four-day sailings depart from Honolulu every Monday and visit Hilo, Hawaii; Lahaina or Kahului, Maui, and Nawiliwili, Kauai, also offering full days in each port.
  • Norwegian Wind goes year round with 10- and 11-day cruises featuring Fanning Island beginning May 19, 2004 from Honolulu. The 10-day sailings from Honolulu, Oahu will call on Hilo, Hawaii; Nawiliwili, Kauai; Lahaina, Maui and Kona, Hawaii as well as Fanning Island in the Republic of Kiribati. The 11-day cruises will have the same schedule with the additional attraction of an extra day in Maui.
  • Norwegian Star will continue her very popular seven-day cruises visiting Hawaii's four main islands and Fanning Island, a Micronesian hideaway, through April 2004. The ship will be redeployed to the West Coast for Homeland Cruises out of Seattle for the summer Alaska season.
  • All four ships will offer Freestyle Cruising, with no fixed dinner seatings, multiple specialty and ethnic restaurants, resort casual dress code throughout the cruise, no cash tipping, a broad range of lifestyle programs, and relaxed final morning disembarkation.

NCL America Offers Tremendous Opportunities for the Corporate/Meeting Market
NCL America's two US flagged Hawaii ships will provide the best meetings and conference facilities at sea. Additionally, the deployment in Hawaii is a unique opportunity for meeting planners with three, four and seven day cruises available every week of the year. Planners can book a full week's cruise or alternatively book a three or four day cruise with the option to combine the cruise with a hotel stay to accommodate a variety of meeting lengths. And as the only US flagged ships sailing the Hawaii islands and visiting only US ports, conferences and meetings on board NCL America ships qualify for both corporate and individual tax deductibility for meetings expenses.

Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line is an international cruise company and industry innovator. NCL is the leader in roundtrip seven-day cruising from US and Canadian ports, offering its popular Homeland Cruising program departing seasonally from Baltimore, Boston, Charleston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Orlando (Port Canaveral), San Juan, Seattle and Vancouver, and year round from New York, Miami, Houston and Honolulu.

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Guests can conveniently view on-demand movies, send and receive e-mail, and book shore excursions from their suite 

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, May 6, 2003 -- Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises today announced it is introducing a new interactive television system aboard its ships that will enable guests to view on-demand movies, send and receive e-mail, and book shore excursions in the comfort and privacy of their suite. The new system, called ISIS (In-Suite Information System), will debut aboard Silver Whisper at the end of this month, and will soon be operational aboard the line's other ships.

"We want our guests to feel completely at home when they sail with us. Most of our guests are used to having access to on-demand movies in their homes, so this is a logical enhancement of the Silversea in-suite experience," said Rick Kneale, Silversea's Vice President & Chief Information Officer. "With ISIS, we're offering more entertainment options and giving our guests the ability to further personalize their cruise experience by selecting from a wide variety of on-demand programming." Added Kneale, "What is truly exceptional about ISIS is its cutting-edge technology that allows guests to stop and start movies at will. This gives our guests maximum flexibility and the freedom to choose when they want to watch a movie, which is important when you consider all the other entertainment, special events and diversions that are going on throughout the cruise."

The new viewing choices offered by ISIS will include, for a nominal fee, popular movies, classics from film and television, as well as personal enrichment programs. Silversea's current in-suite television line-up of movies, cable news, feature programs and documentaries will continue to be shown on a complimentary basis.

With the new interactive television system, guests can easily send and receive e-mails from their suite and peruse shore excursion information 24 hours a day. Complete descriptions of ports and tours are provided for guests to review, at their leisure, before making their selections. Instead of visiting the tour desk, all a guest needs to do is press a few buttons on the remote control to create a personalized program of exciting and enriching adventures ashore. In the coming months, direct Internet access will be added to ISIS and live telecasts of major entertainment and sporting events are also in the plans to further enhance the in-suite experience.

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. The launch of all-suite luxury sister ships Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper continues Silversea's award-winning service excellence and sophistication with new features and amenities aboard vessels catering to just 382 guests. For the seventh consecutive year, Silversea Cruises was named best small-ship line in the 2002 readers' survey conducted by Condé Nast Traveler magazine. For the fourth time, Silversea was selected "Number One" small-ship line in Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2002. For more information on Silversea Cruises, please contact a travel agent. For a complimentary brochure, please call toll-free (877) 215-9986 or visit

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Princess Gives Passengers "What They Want'' with 2004 Gulf of Alaska Cruise and Tour Program -- More of Denali National Park
Company's Two Denali Area Wilderness Lodges Expand to Offer
 "Maximum McKinley"

SANTA CLARITA, CA May 6, 2003 -- Denali Tour Capacity Increases 75 Percent in 2004

Princess' just-released 2004 Gulf of Alaska cruisetour program will feature more of what visitors to Alaska really want, according to the line--more time at Denali National Park. With an expansion of both the company's area wilderness lodges, Princess will increase the opportunity for passengers to visit Denali by 75 percent, satisfying the growing demand for the interior's top attraction.  Both the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge and Mt. McKinley Wilderness Lodge will undergo significant expansion and renovation to offer guests a greater option, through multiple night stays, to spend time in the land of "The Great One," Mt. McKinley, the largest mountain in North America.

Princess' 2004 cruisetour program features four ships sailing across the Gulf of Alaska, and these cruises can be combined with one of 42 land tour options that bring visitors to some of the state's most spectacular natural settings, including the company's five exclusive wilderness lodges. Not only will Princess offer the greatest number of land tours to Mt. McKinley, but it is the only company that offers Alaska's two most popular attractions, Mt. McKinley and Glacier Bay, on every cruisetour.

"Never before has any cruise line offered so many ways to experience Mt. McKinley, which we know is what visitors really come to the interior of Alaska to see," said Dean Brown, Princess' executive vice president of customer service and sales and CEO/chairman of Princess Tours. "Princess is giving our passengers what they really want, and with our new availability in tour capacity, made possible by our lodge expansion, we'll have the ability to accommodate this demand." Brown added that the lodge expansion is a further example of Princess' ongoing commitment to invest in the Alaska experience for its passengers. "No other cruise company in Alaska has put the resources we have behind designing an Alaska experience that showcases the very best of the destination. Our magnificent wilderness lodges, and our commitment to include both Glacier Bay and Mt. McKinley on every single cruisetour, clearly demonstrates this."

Lodge Expansion
To facilitate the increasing popularity of its "Maximum McKinley" tours, both of Princess' luxury Denali-area wilderness lodges will be expanded. The Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, located near the park entrance, will offer 80 additional guest rooms in 2004, plus will feature a newly built main lodge building with reception, tour desk, gift shop, espresso bar and deli and a vaulted ceiling great room. A new restaurant, "Base Camp" will add to the property's dining choices. Enhancement to the natural landscaping will give the lodge grounds a complete wilderness feel, and a main street walking village with additional retail outlets in cabins throughout the property will also add to the atmosphere.

At Princess' other prime Denali property, the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, an expansion will allow more guests to enjoy the lodge's spectacular views of the mountain and will also offer a new dining option. The renovation will add 96 guest rooms, plus a revamped main lodge building and a new dining venue set in a spectacular McKinley-view setting.

Maximum McKinley
The expansion of the two lodges will increase the amount of "Maximum McKinley" product, which is designed to give passengers extra time in this prime Alaska location. These exclusive tours offer two- or three-night stays in the Denali area, to give vacationers additional time in Alaska's most popular inland attraction, Denali National Park. "It's our most popular tour," said Brown, "and now we can give passengers even more of what they truly want in an vacation to the 'last great frontier'."

In 2004, Princess will offer 28 Maximum McKinley tours that not only feature the Heart of Alaska, but also options to enjoy other parts of the 49th state, such as the Kenai Peninsula or Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the nation's largest.

Voyage of the Glaciers
Princess' 2004 Alaska cruise season will feature four ships offering 72 Gulf sailings from May 8 to September 13, on the seven-night "Voyage of the Glaciers" itinerary between Vancouver and Whittier. All sailings can be conveniently combined with one of Princess' 42 cruisetour options.

The 2004 Gulf of Alaska cruise season will once again feature new sister ships Coral Princess and Island Princess, returning for their second Alaska season, on alternating Saturday departures. They will be joined by the Sun Princess and Dawn Princess, which set sail each Monday on either a northbound or southbound cruise. Together the four ships form the most modern fleet sailing the Gulf of Alaska. The ships will sail on a favorite Princess itinerary that offers passengers the opportunity to explore the ports of Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, plus cruising through the spectacular scenery of College Fjord, the Inside Passage and Alaska's number one attraction, Glacier Bay National Park.

Gulf of Alaska cruises and cruisetours for 2004 are now available for reservations, with special early-booking fares beginning at $799 for a seven-day voyage, and $1,499 for cruisetours. Princess' full 2004 Inside Passage cruise schedule will be released shortly. To learn more about visiting Alaska with Princess, log on to the line's comprehensive resource, Destination Alaska, at:

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Discovery Cruise Line Catches the Spirit Connection

MIAMI, May 6 -- Discovery Cruise Line, the largest tour operator from Ft. Lauderdale to Grand Bahama Island, has developed Florida/Bahamas Vacation Packages from the New York/LaGuardia gateway of Spirit Airlines. Visitors traveling from New York to Ft. Lauderdale on Spirit Airlines will enjoy seven day/six night vacations on Grand Bahama Island for as little as $449 per person. The package includes two nights in Ft. Lauderdale or South Beach and four nights on Grand Bahama Island at the Port Lucaya Resort and Yacht Club. The price includes roundtrip airfare on Spirit Airlines from New York and the roundtrip cruise to Grand Bahama Island from Ft. Lauderdale, including three lavish buffet meals onboard.

Discovery sails daily from Ft. Lauderdale to Grand Bahama Island, departing at 7:45 am and arriving back at the pier at 10 pm. The cruise includes all U.S. port taxes and the three lavish buffet meals on board. Discovery also offers casino action, live entertainment, outdoor games and activities, contests, spacious sun decks, a swimming pool, duty free shopping, and more. For other information or reservations call1-800-93-SHIPS, or visit our web site at

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New Aqua Park Adds to Attractions on Cruise Lines' Private Island

MIAMI, May 5, 2003 - Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and The Coca-Cola Company are offering vacationers a fun new way to spend the day on the cruise lines' private island of CocoCay. Caylana's Castle Cove, a new 20,000-square-foot aqua adventure park, gives both adults and kids a chance to play and test their skills on a series of challenges from floating rock-climbing walls to aquatic trampolines.

"Our first aqua park opened in August 2001 at our private destination of Labadee to rave reviews," said Maria Sastre, vice president, Fleet Guest Services, for Royal Caribbean International. "Now, thanks to the support of The Coca-Cola Company, we're offering guests on CocoCay their own aquatic playground."

Situated just offshore in the crystal-blue waters around CocoCay, the park features fun, floating activities to appeal to visitors of all ages. These include two 14-foot castles with one side for climbing and the other for sliding; two 25-foot floating trampolines; several "slidewalks" and aqua logs; and two water teeter totters. The separate children's section consists of similar equipment on a smaller scale. Adults pay $15 and children under 12 pay $10 for 50 minutes in the aqua park. Lifeguards monitor both areas.

Located in the Bahamas' Berry Islands chain, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises' 140-acre private island of CocoCay is an exclusive getaway for the cruise lines' guests. Along with the new Aqua Park, a trip to CocoCay now offers even more activities and amenities to enjoy thanks to a recent multi-million dollar investment in renovations and additions. Visitors to CocoCay can enjoy nature trails, traditional Bahamian straw market shopping, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, parasailing, and WaveRunner excursions.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is a global cruise vacation company that operates Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises, with a combined total of 25 ships in service and three more under construction. The company also offers unique land-tour vacations in Alaska, Canada and Europe through its cruise-tour division. Additional information can be found on and

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Crystal Cruises Reduces Fares, Adds 2-for-1 Savings on a Host of Panama Canal And South America Sailings
Overnight Stays Include New Orleans, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires & Valparaiso

LOS ANGELES, May 2 -- Luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises has reduced fares on fall voyages to the Panama Canal and South America, including 2-for-1 savings, sailings from just $1,995, and voyages under $200 per person, per day. Among the six, 10-12 day Panama Canal sailings aboard the 940-guest Crystal Harmony beginning October 5, guests can enjoy up to 2-for-1 "Value Collection" savings and cruise for as little as $199 per person, per day. 

On the four South American voyages aboard the 940-guest Crystal Symphony, guests can choose up to 2-for-1 "Value Collection" savings and, if booked before July 31 2003, receive $1,000 per couple "Best of Everything" savings. Crystal has also waived its single supplement for the October 19, 17-day Fort Lauderdale to Buenos Aires sailing. Additionally, all guests aboard South American cruises will receive 50 percent savings on a 2004 Crystal cruise of their choice, anywhere in the world, as part of the luxury line's Crystal Dividends Program.

"Even the most affluent travelers are seeking deals and value," says Crystal's senior vice president of marketing, Adam Leavitt. "Some consumers may have the misconception that the highest-rated cruise line is priced out of their reach when in fact, thanks to our "Value Collection" and "Best of Everything" pricing, we are able to offer great deals and value through the Panama Canal and South America."

Reduced fares for Panama Canal and South American sailings are per person, based on double occupancy, and include the following itineraries:

Panama Canal (aboard Crystal Harmony)

  • October 5-16 (11 days) -- Fort Lauderdale to Costa Rica (Caldera), Tortola, St. Barts, St. Lucia, Aruba, from $2,195.
  • October 16-26 (10 days) -- Costa Rica (Caldera) to Fort Lauderdale, Aruba, St. Maarten, St. John, St. Thomas, from $1,995.
  • October 26-November 6 (11 days) -- Fort Lauderdale to Costa Rica (Caldera), St. John, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Curacao, from $2,195.
  • November 6-18 (12 days) -- Costa Rica (Caldera) to New Orleans, Curacao, St. Lucia, Tortola, New Orleans (overnight), from $2,395.
  • November 18-29 (11 days) -- New Orleans to Costa Rica (Caldera), Key West, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Aruba, from $2,195.
  • November 29-December 10 (11 days) -- Costa Rica (Caldera) to New Orleans, Aruba, Antigua, St. John, St. Thomas, from $2,195.

South America (aboard Crystal Symphony)

  • October 19-November 5 (17 days) -- Fort Lauderdale to Buenos Aires, St. John, St. Thomas, Fortaleza, Rio de Janeiro (overnight), Buenos Aires (overnight), from $3,950.
  • November 6-19 (13 days) -- Buenos Aires to Valparaiso, Montevideo, Puerto Madryn, Punta Arenas, Puerto Montt, Valparaiso (overnight), from $4,530.
  • November 20-December 4 (14 days) -- Valparaiso to Buenos Aires, Puerto Montt, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, Port Stanley, Montevideo, Buenos Aires (overnight), from $4,920
  • December 5-22 (17 days) -- Buenos Aires to Fort Lauderdale, Rio de Janeiro (overnight), Recife, Fortaleza, Barbados, St. Kitts, from $3,950.

Crystal Cruises is booked exclusively through professional travel agents. For a complimentary brochure on any of Crystal's worldwide destinations call 800.820.6663. Visit the luxury liner's web site at

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Carnival Corporation & plc Declares Dividend
DLC's First Dividend for Both U.S. and UK Shareholders

MIAMI, May 2 -- Carnival Corporation & plc announced that its Board of Directors declared its first regular quarterly cash dividend of 10.5 U.S. cents per share for the first quarter 2003. The dividend is payable on June 13, 2003, to shareholders of record on May 23, 2003.

Holders of Carnival Corporation common stock or Carnival plc ADSs will receive the dividend payable in U.S. dollars. The dividend for Carnival plc ordinary shares will be payable in U.S. dollars or sterling. In the absence of instructions or elections to the contrary, holders of Carnival plc ordinary shares will automatically receive the dividend in sterling. Dividends payable in sterling will be converted from U.S. dollars at the exchange rate quoted by the Bank of England in London at 11 a.m. on June 4, 2003. Holders of Carnival plc ordinary shares wishing to receive their dividend in U.S. dollars must elect to do so by May 30, 2003.

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

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

Additional information can be obtained via Carnival Corporation & plc's Web site at

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With 23 Ports and 80 Different Options, Day and Half-Day Excursions Suit Every Taste

Seattle, WA, May 1, 2003 — When Windstar Cruises’ 308-passenger msy Wind Surf debuts in the Baltic and Northern Europe this summer, visiting 23 new ports of call in 13 countries, passengers will be able to choose from a remarkably large and varied selection of day and half-day excursions. What’s on offer? Everything from Roman ruins to Viking history, from cognac tasting to Scottish castles—and that’s just for starters.

“As enthusiastic as we are about the upcoming maiden season in these waters, we’re just as excited about the programs we’re able to offer,” noted Tom Russell, vice president of marketing and sales for Windstar Cruises. “We’ve put a great deal of thought and effort into making these excursions truly ‘180 degrees from ordinary,’ in keeping with the Windstar philosophy. And we think we’ve succeeded in offering a selection that not only brings these terrific destinations to life, but also offers something to appeal to each one of our passengers.”

The Wind Surf will offer to cruisers no fewer than 80 different shore excursions options, including 14 in Russia alone, visiting ports in Belgium, Denmark, England, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Latvia, The Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Scotland, and Spain. Among the many highlights:

  • A canal-boat tour of Amsterdam’s 17th- and 18th-century gabled townhouses and tree-lined canals, including stops at a 15th-century marketplace as well as a tour of the world-famous Heineken brewery.
  • A full day’s exploration of St. Petersburg, with visits to the incomparable Hermitage Museum, the Alexander Column, and Catherine’s Palace, former summer home of the Russian royal family.
  • A visit to Helsinki and the lush Finnish countryside that surrounds it, capped off by a stop at the Sibelius Academy, named for world-famous composer Jean Sibelius, to hear music performed by its talented students.
  • A look at Scotland’s Loch Ness (keep an eye out for Nessie!) and a stop at Urquhart Castle, a prominent site in the 14th-century Scottish struggle for independence from England.
  • An excursion to Skara Brae, a 5,000-year-old Neolithic village—complete with stone rooms and furniture—near the Orkney Islands’ capital of Kirkwall.
  • A tour of the historically rich northern Spanish city of La Coruña with its Tower of Hercules, built by the Romans, it is the oldest still-working lighthouse in the world.
  • A visit to the world-famous French vineyards of Cognac, including a tasting at the renowned Hennessy cognac cellar and a visit to a 1st-century Roman amphitheater.
  • A full-day excursion to Berlin and Potsdam, two of Germany’s most important and historic cities, with stops at the Berlin Wall, the Brandenburg Gate, and Potsdam’s magnificently Baroque city center.
  • A Viking history lesson on a day-boat ride to the Norwegian site at Karmøy, the former Viking homeland (where you’ll meet the current chieftain).

Prices for these excursions range from $28 per person (for a two-hour walking tour of Århus, Denmark’s charming second city) to $1,640 per couple for the extravagant “Romance In the Baltics” excursion, a daylong voyage along the ravishing Helsinki Archipelago to a secluded island. A majority of the excursions cost less than $100 per person. Some excursions must be pre-booked, all others are booked onboard the ship. For more information about the 80 different excursions offered during Windstar’s Baltic and Northern European ports of call, visit the “Shore Excursions” section at

On June 29 and September 11, 2003, two 10-day cruises between Lisbon, Portugal and London (Dover), England will also visits ports of call in Leixos (Oporto), Portugal; Villagarcia de Arosa and La Coruña, Spain; and St. Jean de Luz, La Pallice (La Rochelle), Belle Isle (Le Palais), and Le Havre, all in France.

In addition, two 12-day sailings of the Wind Surf between London (Dover), England and Copenhagen, Denmark depart July 9 and August 30, 2003 visiting Zeebrugge, Belgium; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Leith (Edinburgh), Invergordon (Inverness), and Kirkwall (Orkney Islands), all in Scotland; Stavanger and Oslo, Norway; and Århus, Denmark.

Finally, there will be four 10-day departures on July 21 and 31, and August 10 and 20, 2003, beginning and ending in Copenhagen, and calling at Rostock, Germany; Ventspils, Latvia; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; and Bornholm (Rønne), Denmark.

“Sail & Save” promotional cruise rates start at $1,995 on the London-Lisbon sailings, $3,095 on the Copenhagen round-trip cruises, and $3,595 on the journeys between London and Copenhagen. All rates are per-person, based on double occupancy.

Windstar offers optional trip cancellation protection that provides cash back when canceling for any reason prior to 24 hours before departure.

To receive a Europe brochure, make reservations, or receive more information, contact a professional travel agent or call Windstar at 1-800-258-7245. Sail over to Windstar Cruises online at

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Wine & Champagne Makers Dinners Offer Ultimate Gourmet Experience in Crystal Serenity's New Vintage Room

LOS ANGELES, May 1 -- From the venerable, a 1982 Louis Roederer Brut Champagne, to the nouveau, a 2002 Shaw & Smith Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc, Crystal Cruises will celebrate treasured vintages when it debuts its Wine & Champagne Makers Dinners in the Vintage Room aboard the new Crystal Serenity debuting in July. Historically hosted in fine restaurants throughout the world, Crystal Serenity's intimate Vintage Room joins an elite collection of venues--from Miami's Norman's to South Africa's Stellenbosh--to offer the ultimate gourmet experience on every cruise for just four to 14 guests. As the newest ship in Crystal's award-winning fleet embarks on a worldwide sojourn in search of rare vintages from famed wine-making regions such as Bordeaux, Napa Valley, Australia, and Italy, the Wine & Champagne Makers Dinners will be savored by connoisseurs eager to discover appellations not easily accessible in stores and restaurants, from a first-growth Bordeaux to a classic Spanish vega sicila.

"These dinners draw upon the rich tradition of wine makers to gather and showcase their most treasured vintages -- where the wine is in the spotlight and the cuisine is the complement -- in an intimate venue exclusive to friends and esteemed customers," says Toni Neumeister, Crystal's vice president, food and beverage operations. "We are creating the same privileged environment for our guests with a truly enriching event that reveals the historical, cultural and culinary nuances of wines."

Crystal Cruises becomes the first cruise line to offer the exclusive Wine & Champagne Makers Dinners at sea, going beyond mere lectures and tastings to create a total experience designed to enrich, educate and even surprise the most sophisticated aficionado. With participation from some of the world's most renowned winemakers including Frederic Heidsieck of the revered Louis Roederer Champagne House, guests will be intrigued by historical anecdotes... how Roederer's Cristal became the Champagne of the Tsars, and then enjoy the vintage later that evening with some Russian Beluga caviar.

Crystal's award-winning culinary team is working in tandem with the line's expert sommeliers to create tasting menus designed to showcase the unique attributes of each vintage. Menus will reflect the ship's cruising region and will feature between four to eight different wines or champagnes.

Crystal's Wine & Champagne Makers Dinners feature the added allure of the romance of sea travel and allow for creativity in constructing a menu. For example, an exotic five-course dinner exploring the Southern Hemisphere offers selections from South Africa to South America:

  • Sauvignon Blanc "La Escultura Estate" Errazuriz Estate, Casablanca Valley Chile 2002. Supple and crisp, light citrus and mineral flavors and refreshing acidity with lovely finish.
  • Paired with Peruvian Scallop Ceviche, with White Truffle Oil and Roasted Pepper Vinaigrette.
  • Sauvignon Blanc "Buitenverwatchung" Constantia, South Africa 2002. Medium-bodied, detailed, rich and intense, it displays a flavor profile bursting with citrus fruits and minerals.
  • Served with Tortilla & Corn Bisque, Cream Fraiche & Lobster Salad.
  • Catena Alta Chardonnay, Adrianna Vineyard "Bodegas Catena - Zapata" Mendoza, Argentina 2000. Boasting impressive aromatic depth, this spicy pear-scented, medium to full-bodied vintage is oily-textured, broad and expansive. Its luscious mouthful, while rich and supple, retains admirable freshness and purity.
  • Served with candied white fruits, anise, and hints of butterscotch, with Tamarindo Glazed Broiled Red Snapper, on Little Seafood Paella with Tomato-Calamato Olive Coulis.
  • Cabernet Sauvignon "Almaviva" Concha y Toro & Baron Rothschild Puente Alto Maipo Chile 1999. Dense, with roasted cocoa bean, bittersweet chocolate, black currant and blackberry flavors, and a long powerful finish held together by pounding tannins.
  • Served with Cross Grilled Baby Lamb Chops, with Mint Chimichurri, Sweet Potato Gnocchi, and Roasted Beets.
  • Semillon Late Harvest Santa Rita Winery, Maipo Valley 2000. Super concentrated, with aromas of honey, flowers, sweet fruit and a long spicy finish.
  • Paired with Mille Feuille of Banana and Cuban Chocolate Creme Brulee.

The Wine & Champagne Makers Dinners will be offered nightly and are by reservation only. Guests will be able to confirm their participation in advance of their cruise, or once onboard. The cost per person will vary depending on the menu of wines and may range from $50 to a few hundred dollars.

Neumeister adds, "Given the rarity of some of the selections, combined with the discovery of new vintages, the dinners represent tremendous value. More than any other drink across the world, wine fascinates, entices and seduces. It fosters new friendships with others who share the same passion. Combined with the destination, the cuisine, and the luxurious Crystal Serenity, these dinners will be treasured experiences for our guests."

The Wine & Champagne Makers Dinners are the latest addition to Crystal's progressive and sophisticated culinary program which includes its highly regarded "Wine & Food Festival." Now in its seventh year, the 2003 program features Lee Hefter (Spago, Beverly Hills), Serge Dansereau (Bathers' Pavillion Restaurant, Sydney), Suzanne Goin (Lucques, Los Angeles), Don Yamauchi (Food & Wine magazine's Best Chef of the Year), Angelo Auriana (Valentino's, Santa Monica), culinary icon Andre Soltner (formerly Lutece, New York) and some of the finest names in wine including Piero Selvaggio (Valentino's), Kevin Zraly (author and educator), Dan Berger (national syndicated wine columnist), Leslie Brocco (wine educator, The New York Times on-line) and Master Sommelier Jay James (wine director, Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas).

The line's devotion to the culinary arts is further evidenced by its unprecedented alliances with some of the world's most celebrated names in food, wine and hospitality -- Nobu Matsuhisa brings his legendary cuisine to the aptly-named "Sushi Bar" and "Silk Road Restaurant" aboard Crystal Serenity; Wolfgang Puck's acclaimed Santa Monica-based restaurant, Chinois on Main, is showcased at "Jade Garden," the intimate Asian specialty restaurant aboard Crystal Symphony; and famed restaurateur Selvaggio of Valentino in Santa Monica and Las Vegas showcases the cuisine of his revered restaurant at "Valentino at Prego" aboard both Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony.

The newest member of Crystal Cruises' Six-Star-rated fleet, at 68,000 tons, Crystal Serenity will feature a higher space-per-guest ratio than her sister ships, Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony, expanded areas for spa services and other athletic, cultural and intellectual pursuits, an increased number of penthouses, and enlarged staterooms. Crystal Cruises is booked exclusively through professional travel agents. For a complimentary brochure, call 800.820.6663. Visit the web site at

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