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Seabourn Sojourn Officially Delivered to The Yachts of Seabourn

MIAMI, May 28: The Yachts of Seabourn took delivery of Seabourn Sojourn today at the T. Mariotti shipyard in Genoa, Italy. Sojourn represents the company’s fifth yacht and the second of three 450-guest vessels being added to Seabourn’s fleet of intimate yachts. The line has won numerous awards and consistent acclaim for highly personalized service; sumptuous, all-suite accommodations; superb cuisine and exceptional delivery of the most desirable destinations worldwide.

British supermodel and fashion icon Twiggy will be godmother to Sojourn and officially name the yacht during an onboard ceremony on the River Thames at London on June 4, 2010. In addition, on the following day the company has donated Sojourn to the non-profit Breast Cancer Haven as the venue for a gala fundraising event to celebrate the charity’s 10th anniversary on June 5.

“I am so proud to accept delivery of our newest yacht, Seabourn Sojourn,” said Pamela C. Conover, Seabourn’s President and CEO. “She is absolutely beautiful and luxurious. Sojourn is the second of three new yachts, with the first having already received rave reviews and praise from travel agents, the press and most of all, from our guests over the past year. I’m gratified that Seabourn’s yachting style of cruising is more popular than ever.”

Following the inaugural celebration, Sojourn will begin her maiden season on June 6 and operate 12- to 14-day voyages in the summer to the Baltic, Scandinavia, Russia, Norwegian Fjords, and Scotland, as well as several Mediterranean voyages in the fall. On Nov. 3, Sojourn will sail on a 12-day transatlantic cruise from Lisbon, Portugal, to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where it will operate a series of Caribbean voyages in the winter.

On Jan. 5, 2011, Sojourn will embark on a world cruise from Los Angeles to London via the South Pacific, New Zealand, around Western Australia, Indonesia and Southeast Asia, India, Arabia and the Mediterranean. Rates for the full 111-day world cruise begin at $49,995 per person, based on double occupancy, and include many exciting benefits and amenities, such as a pre-cruise Bon Voyage event with dinner and luxury overnight in Los Angeles, special shoreside events and exclusive complimentary shore excursions, Personal Valet luggage shipping service, and shipboard credits of $1,000 per guest ($2,500 per person if booked by June 30). Onboard gala celebrations and special gifts will also be available for guests during the voyage.

Like its sister-ship, Seabourn Odyssey, Sojourn will accommodate guests exclusively in spacious suites, 225 in total, 90 percent of which have private verandas. Top of the range suites include Wintergarden Suites with private solarium and veranda, and Signature Suites with sweeping verandas and unrivalled views facing forward. All suites will feature separate living areas and bedrooms, writing desks with personalized stationery, iPod and MP3 connections and spacious granite bathrooms with separate bath and shower and twin sinks.

The two-deck, state-of-the-art Spa at Seabourn will feature a Spa Villa that can be reserved for hours of pure indulgence and relaxation, as well as a Kneipp Walk, herbal bath facility and an aroma steam bath with salt inhalation. The new vessel will offer four dining venues, and six bars and lounges serving a full range of beverages, including fine wines and spirits with Seabourn’s compliments.

For a limited time, Seabourn is offering two-for-one cruise fares with included round-trip air, or cruise-only fares featuring savings up to 65 percent. The promotion is valid for Seabourn voyages in Europe departing between June and Nov 2010. Certain restrictions apply. For more information, contact a travel agent, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit

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Celebrity Mercury to Become Second Ship in TUI Cruises Fleet

MIAMI, May 27: Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Mercury will become the second ship in the fleet of TUI Cruises, a cruise brand established in 2008 through a joint venture between Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and TUI AG, tailored for the German market. The new ship, to be named Mein Schiff 2, will become sister ship to Mein Schiff (the former Celebrity Galaxy), which set sail in May 2009.

"Celebrity Mercury has been a cherished member of the Celebrity family since she entered service in 1997, and has offered countless guests outstanding vacation experiences," said Celebrity Cruises President & CEO Dan Hanrahan. "We are dedicated to offering the same impeccable service our brand is known for right up until the ship transitions to TUI Cruises, and we are confident that the ship's future with TUI Cruises is very bright." Hanrahan assured that the future for the crew on Celebrity Mercury is equally bright. "With the rapid growth and momentum of the Celebrity brand, and the fourth member of our five-ship Solstice Class fleet, Celebrity Silhouette, launching in July 2011, we have abundant opportunities for the fine crew on Celebrity Mercury to transfer to another Celebrity ship."

Celebrity Mercury joined the Celebrity Cruises fleet in November 1997, and was built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany -- builder of Celebrity's widely heralded, new Solstice Class fleet. The 77,713-ton ship carries 1,898 guests (double occupancy) and 909 crew. Celebrity Mercury will complete its scheduled sailings through the Feb 14, 2011, itinerary. Guests with individual bookings and named group bookings on Celebrity Mercury on or after Feb 26, 2011 have the option to either cancel their booking or move to any Celebrity Mercury sailing from Baltimore from Oct 18, 2010, through Feb 14, 2011, with the exception of the Dec 20, 2010 itinerary.

Guests who pursue this option will receive an onboard credit of $75 per stateroom for inside or ocean-view accommodations; $100 per stateroom for veranda or Concierge Class, and $200 per suite. Guests with reservations affected by the transition will be proactively contacted by Celebrity Cruises. Guests with questions specific to impacted bookings are welcome to call 1-888-281-9343.

Celebrity Mercury will enter service with TUI Cruises in May 2011, as Mein Schiff 2, following an extensive refurbishment resulting in additional verandas, an expanded spa and fitness area, inclusion of a teen bar, and a host of design elements and other attributes consistent with those found on Mein Schiff. Mein Schiff 2 will spend her first cruising season in the Baltic and Nordic regions. Full itinerary details will be published when bookings open June 1, 2010.

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Norwegian Epic June 24 Transatlantic Sold Out

MIAMI – May 27, 2010 – Norwegian Cruise Line today announced that its largest and most innovative ship Norwegian Epic is sold out on its June 24, 2010 seven-day transatlantic sailing from Southampton, England to New York City. The line has launched a wait list for those interested in sailing on the transatlantic should cancelations occur. The ship, the largest to berth in the Port of New York, will arrive at Manhattan Cruise Terminal’s Pier 88 on Thursday, July 1. Country music legend Reba McEntire will christen the ship on Friday, July 2 followed by a 2-day inaugural sailing. On Sunday, July 4, Norwegian Epic will serve as the host venue for the 34th Annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks event. The event includes a national, one-hour, live entertainment broadcast on NBC-TV beginning at 9 p.m. ET and takes place on board Norwegian Epic where invited guests will have a front row view of the fireworks display.

“We are on the edge of our seats in anticipation of the debut of Norwegian Epic to the world in only a few short weeks,” said Kevin Sheehan, chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “Guests on the transatlantic sailing will be among the first to experience all of Norwegian Epic’s innovative features including her more than 20 dining options and world-class entertainment.”

The company released a sneak peak video of Norwegian Epic on its YouTube channel on Wednesday, May 25 showcasing the finishing touches being made. The video is viewable at

Norwegian Epic will sail alternating 7-day Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings from Miami beginning July 10, 2010 through April 2011. Norwegian Epic’s Eastern Caribbean itinerary includes calls in Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and Nassau, Bahamas. The ship’s Western Caribbean itinerary includes calls in Costa Maya, Mexico; Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras; and Cozumel, Mexico. From May through Oct 2011, Norwegian Epic will sail a 7-day Western Mediterranean itinerary from Barcelona, Spain with ports of call including: Florence/Pisa (Livorno); Rome (Civitavecchia); Naples, Italy; and Palma, Majorca, Spain. For more information on Norwegian Epic and to book a cruise, call Norwegian at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), visit, or contact a travel professional.

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Silversea Cruises' Silver Whisper Completes Major Refurbishment

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, May 27: Silversea Cruises' Silver Whisper sailed from Rome this week on her first voyage following a successful 14-day dry-dock project in Genoa, where extensive renovations were made to most areas of the ultra-luxury ship.

"The enhancements aboard Silver Whisper represent our ongoing commitment to delivering a luxury travel experience that is unsurpassed," said Amerigo Perasso, Silversea's president and CEO. "We made a significant investment in this renovation to ensure our guests continue to enjoy the very finest comforts and amenities in a totally refreshed and updated shipboard environment."

Echoing the sophisticated contemporary design themes and warm color palettes of Silversea's newest ship, Silver Spirit, some of the highlights of the Silver Whisper makeover include:

New Look for Suites: All carpets, headboards and curtains were completely replaced. The sofas and chairs feature new upholstery. Each suite has a new mattress custom-made exclusively for Silversea. The mattress features an individual spring system with a soft and firm side that can be reversed to suit each guest's preference. There is also a new memory foam pillow top that covers the mattress when configured as a queen-sized bed. By mid-June, all suites will feature new alarm clocks with iPod docks, as will all ships in the Silversea fleet.

And in the larger suites (Owner's, Grand, Royal and Silver), the veranda furniture was replaced and a new state-of-the-art home audio system added. The Owner's, Grand and Royal Suites are outfitted with Bang & Olufsens' BeoSound 3200 radio and CD player, and the Silver Suites have BeoSound 1,which features a CD and radio integrated into a speaker.

Refreshed Public Areas: La Terrazza, the Panorama Lounge, Reception area, Spa, Card Room and Conference Room received new upholstery, carpeting, curtains and wall treatments. New carpet was laid in the Observation Lounge and new wood flooring in the Spa. The Restaurant's hardwood floor was completely reconditioned and polished and the chairs dressed in new upholstery. An upgraded sound system was added to the Show Lounge, Panorama Lounge and La Terrazza. New carpet was installed in all corridors, landings and staircases.

Upgraded Outdoor Spaces: The jogging track features all-new artificial turf, and the pool area has been outfitted with new deck furniture, plus a new sound and light system for evening entertainment and outdoor shows. The pool itself has been upgraded inside and out with new tiles. A large awning was installed over the outdoor dining section of La Terrazza. And the Pool Grill, sporting a new awning as well, will become The Grill for evening dining featuring the popular new Black Rock cooking concept that debuted aboard Silver Spirit.

In addition to enjoying a fresh reconditioning and polishing of teak decks and woodwork, the ship underwent thorough maintenance on mechanical and propulsion systems.

Silversea Cruises is recognized as an innovator in the luxury segment, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels. 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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Special Rates for AARP Members on MSC

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, May 27: MSC Cruises is making available to AARP members savings of more than 50 percent with rates from $859 per person on select itineraries in its Distinctive Collection featuring positioning sailings from various locations all over the world. Positioning itineraries depart from and arrive in different ports and offer an array of cities in many countries typically unavailable on cruises. Pre- and post-cruise stays and excursions are available at an additional cost. Kids 11 and younger cruise free when sharing a stateroom with two adults.

These special rates for AARP members are available on select sailings. Positioning cruise itinerary highlights include:

17-night cruise from Genoa to Cape Town or 16-night Barcelona to Cape Town on MSC Melody and calling in Barcelona, Cadiz, Tenerife, Mindelo, and Walvis Bay. December 1 or December 2; rates from $859 and $44.30 pp. in GFT’s;
18-night cruise from Kiel or 17-night from Copenhagen to New York on MSC Poesia and calling in Southampton, Le Havre, Vigo, Lisbon, Ponta Delgada, and King’s Wharf. September 4 or 5; rates from $1,149 plus $65 pp. government fees and taxes (GFT’s)];
16-night cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to Barcelona or 17-night to Genoa on MSC Poesia and calling in San Juan, St. John’s, Port Castries, Funchal, Malaga, and Alicante. March 6; rates from $949 plus $84.43 and $82.85 pp. in GFT’s;
18-night cruise from Venice to Rio de Janeiro or 19-night from Rio de Janeiro to Venice on MSC Musica and calling in Dubrovnik, Valletta, Malaga, Funchal, Tenerife, Fortaleze, Recife, and Salvador de Bahia. October 31 or March 29; rates from $919 plus $143.30 pp. in GFT’s;
17-night cruise from Genoa to Santos or 19-night from Santos to Kiel on MSC Orchestra and calling in Barcelona, Lisbon, Casablanca, Tenerife, Recife, Salvador de Bahia, and Rio de Janeiro (Funchal, Vigo, Southampton and Copenhagen on 19-night). November 11 or April 12; rates from $999 plus $187.20 pp. in GFT’s;
18-night cruise from Venice to Santos or 17-night from Santos to Southampton on MSC Opera and calling in Katakalon, La Valetta, Malaga, Casablanca, Agadir, Arrecife, Recife, Salvador de Bahia, and Rio de Janeiro. November 25 or April 20; rates from $919 plus $206 pp. in GFT’s;

Restrictions apply. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion including standard AARP member offers. For more information, visit, call 877-665-4655, or contact a local travel professional.

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SeaDream Yacht Club Launches Honeymoon Contest

SeaDream Yacht Club believes that romance and yachting go together like love and marriage and has launched a honeymoon contest for those couples planning to be married this summer. The winning couple will receive a $20,000 honeymoon sailing in the Greek Isles aboard the ultra-luxurious, mega-yacht cruiser SeaDream I. Applicants are invited to seek the support of friends and family in promoting them through various social media including Email, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and personal blogs. A jury selected by SeaDream will review all applications and comments of friends and family and then choose the winner.

The 7-day, luxury honeymoon voyage, Sept 11-18, includes such romantic ports-of-call as the Greek Islands of Sifnos, Itea, Mykonos and Santorini. Entries must be received from May 26 through July 30. The winning couple will be announced early August.

Some Conditions apply. Details and applications are available on SeaDream’s website or

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Holland America Line Announces Complete 2011 & Winter/Spring 2012
South America Cruise Season

SEATTLE, May 27: In 2011 and 2012, three Holland America Line ships--ms Veendam, ms Rotterdam, and ms Prinsendam--will explore South America's rugged natural beauty, indigenous cultures and contrasting cities during unforgettable cruising expeditions. The itineraries range from 12 to 37 days and include two extended, port-intensive Collectors' Voyages aboard Veendam. A 66- and 68-day Grand South America and Antarctica Voyage aboard the Prinsendam is also part of the line's 2011 and 2012 cruise schedule. The recently upgraded Veendam and Rotterdam will sail a combined eight South America itineraries, featuring 44 ports of call.

"South America is one of the most popular, 'must-see' destinations in the world," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. "Holland America Line offers an extraordinary cruise experience as well as in-depth explorations of this vast and diverse continent at an exceptional value."

From Nov. 2011 to March 2012, the 1,350-guest Veendam will sail a series of 12-, 16- and 17-day itineraries between Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that include multiple days cruising the fjords of Chile, port calls at exotic locations such as Ushuaia -- the southernmost town in the world--and a visit to the Magellan Strait, a gateway to Antarctica. A call at the Falkland Islands affords guests the opportunity to encounter penguins up close and personal.

In addition to Veendam's series of cruises, two varied itineraries also are available throughout the season: an 18- or 21-day Inca Discovery Cruise departing New York or Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Valparaiso Oct. 16, 2011; and a 19- or 22-day Inca Discovery Cruise departing Valparaiso to Fort Lauderdale or New York March 31, 2012. These itineraries include a full transit of the Panama Canal, in addition to extended port calls at Fuerte Amador (Panama City), Panama, and Callao (Lima), Peru.

Veendam's Collectors' Voyages, which offer the ultimate blend of combining two back-to-back sailings, depart Valparaiso Feb. 16, 2011, for a 30-day South America adventure and March 4, 2011, for a 42-day sailing. The line offers also offers two awe-inspiring Inca Discovery Voyages with options to sail between either New York or Fort Lauderdale and Valparaiso: a 34- to 37- day sailing departs Oct. 16, 2011, and a 31- to 34-day journey departs March 19, 2012.

Uncover the Incan Empire, Timeless Wonder of Machu Picchu: Aboard Rotterdam, guests will sail two unique Incan Empire Cruises, conveniently sailing roundtrip from the U.S. Guests will spend 30 days exploring 15 ports along the west coast of Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru during the ship's Incan Empires voyage. The round-trip San Diego, Calif., cruise departs Feb. 2, 2011, and features extended calls at Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, allowing guests extra time ashore to enjoy the history and local attractions. A two-night call at Callao (Lima) enables guests to take an excursion to the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu. This popular itinerary will be offered again, departing Feb. 3, 2012.

For the adventurists who wish a blend of the exotic, Rotterdam will also embark on a 60-day round-trip San Diego sailing in January 2011 and again in February 2012. Aptly called Polynesian Paradise & Incan Empires, the itinerary will cover the Hawaiian islands of Hawaii, Maui, Oahu and Kauai before crossing the International Date Line and sailing deep into the South Pacific, Central and South America, and Mexico.

On April 17, 2011, Rotterdam sets sail on a 30-day Secret Civilizations round-trip Fort Lauderdale cruise that visits ports in Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Peru. The itinerary features a double daylight transit of the Panama Canal on the way to and from Callao, where guests can observe the intricate passage through the lakes and locks of the man-made engineering marvel. Fifteen-day segments between Fort Lauderdale and Callao also are available.

Cruise the Mighty Amazon River, Cross the Equator Twice: Once again, in 2011 and 2012, Prinsendam sails its amazing Grand South America and Antarctica Voyage round-trip Fort Lauderdale with departures on Jan. 5, 2011, and Jan. 4, 2012. During the 66- or 68-day cruise, the ship will circumnavigate South America, cross the equator twice, visit the remote continent of Antarctica and spend eight days exploring the Amazon River. In addition to several Caribbean islands, guests will visit ports in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Antarctica, Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Panama. In all, guests will visit 13 countries, 29 ports and all three "Big A's": the Andes, the ice of Antarctica and Brazil's exotic Amazon rain forest.

The ship returns to South America on a 24-day Amazon Explorer voyage departing Fort Lauderdale Nov. 27, 2011. Guests will call at several ports in Brazil, many of which are only accessible by water. The itinerary also features an overnight stay at Manaus, the furthest navigable point on the river for ocean-going vessels.

For a 2011/2012 Exotic brochure that includes South America--or for more information on Holland America Line--consult a professional travel agent, call 1-800-522-3399 or visit

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NFL Legends Set to Inspire on Crystal Med Voyage

LOS ANGELES, May 27: Just in time for the 2010 preseason kickoff, legendary National Football League coaches Don Shula and Marty Schottenheimer, running back Larry Csonka and Dean of NFL Referees Jim Tunney are set to share their collective decades of Gridiron experiences, their respective formulas for success on and off the field, and even projected "picks" for the upcoming NFL season aboard luxury specialist Crystal Cruises' August 12 Mediterranean cruise. The National Football League Hall of Famers, veteran coaches and expert referees will present individually and host a group question and answer session. Coaches Shula and Schottenheimer will also give in-depth analysis of the upcoming season and share their picks for the projected division and Super Bowl champions on Crystal Serenity's 12-day itinerary from Barcelona to Venice.

Boasting a wealth of accolades and expertise in achieving greatness, whether in a stadium or a boardroom, are:

Coach Don Shula - Winningest coach in NFL history; the Hall of Famer led the 1972 Miami Dolphins to the only NFL perfect season ever and Super Bowl VII victory;
Coach Marty Schottenheimer - Head coach of Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers, and ESPN contributing analyst;
Larry Csonka - Hall of Fame running back for the Miami Dolphins; Super Bowl VII MVP following the team's 1972 perfect season, under the direction of Coach Shula; and
Jim Tunney - The Dean of NFL Referees and award-winning motivational speaker, who has worked with Fortune 500 companies teaching leadership and improving productivity.

"The legend of these guests extends beyond the football field, each demonstrating integrity and class during their illustrious careers and onward," says Bret Bullock, vice president, entertainment. "We are thrilled to present such an inspirational lineup of leaders."

The voyage sails from Barcelona, visiting Monte Carlo, Monaco; Florence, Porto Venere, Rome, Sorrento (overnight) and Trieste, Italy; Trogir, Croatia; ending with an overnight stay in Venice. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit

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Seabourn Offers “A Royal Experience” On New Overnight
Excursions to Prague & Berlin

MIAMI, May 26: During the maiden season of its new, all-suite Seabourn Sojourn this summer, The Yachts of Seabourn is introducing new overnight shore excursions to two of Europe’s most popular cities – Berlin, Germany, and Prague in the Czech Republic. Each excursion offers a unique opportunity to discover one of Europe’s most vibrant capitals over two days, visiting many historic, royal and imperial palaces. The fully-escorted excursions include round trip transportation from Seabourn Sojourn, deluxe overnight hotel accommodations, guided sightseeing and all meals. Both excursions depart from the port of Szczecin, Poland, and guests return to the yacht at the next port of call in Warnemuende, Germany. Participation is limited, and guests must purchase either excursion prior to the cruise departure.

“Berlin and Prague are two of the most interesting and attractive cities in Europe, and our new overnight tours allow Seabourn Sojourn’s guests the time to further explore either of these two fascinating capitals,” said Pamela C. Conover, Seabourn’s President and CEO. “We are committed to providing our guests with the very best vacation experience both by sea and land, and these tours will give them amazing, special memories that they will always cherish.”

Highlights of Seabourn’s overnight shore excursions in Berlin and Prague include:

Berlin– Germany’s thriving capital is a bustling, trendy metropolis offering a blend of history, arts and culture, nightlife and entertainment. An orientation on the first day visits many popular sites in the German capital, including the Berlin Wall, Tiergarten Park with the Victory Column, Checkpoint Charlie, and Museum Island. Guests enjoy a private organ concert inside the Berlin Cathedral, seated in the Emperor’s Box. That evening’s dinner is an exclusive affair atop the magnificent Reichstag building, which houses the German parliament and provides stunning views of Berlin.

Next day, the tour heads to nearby Potsdam to visit the beautiful Sanssouci, the summer palace built for Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. The ornate rococo palace, along with its numerous temples, follies and gardens, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990. At their leisure, guests can explore Potsdam’s historic Dutch Quarter, a collection of mid-18th-century red brick houses built by imported craftsmen in the Dutch style. They can also stroll through the quarter to discover its shops, cozy coffee houses and restaurants. The tour returns to Seabourn Sojourn in Warnemuende. The excursion includes one-night accommodations at The Ritz Carlton, Berlin, a five-star luxury hotel located in the heart of Berlin and steps from Potsdamer Platz, one of the busiest and liveliest squares in Europe.

Prague – The capital and largest city of the Czech Republic, Prague is on everyone’s list of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and its extensive collection of historic churches, bridges, and mansions has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of Europe’s most charming cities, Prague is filled with excellent restaurants, opera and classical concerts, and nightlife.

Guests board a private chartered aircraft for a one-hour flight from Szczecin to Prague. The tour begins with a visit to the Estates Theatre, where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart conducted the world premiere of his opera, Don Giovanni, in 1787. Then, guests stroll through the popular and busy Old Town Square, surrounded by splendid examples of many different architectural styles including Romanesque, Baroque and Gothic, and witness the chiming of the 15th-century Prague Astronomical Clock. The excursion also takes guests to the world-famous Charles Bridge, the oldest stone bridge in Europe with pedestrian walkways flanked by a unique array of 30 baroque statues. That evening, they enjoy a dinner of esteemed local cuisine at Zvonice. Located on the seventh floor of the Jindrisska Tower, the restaurant provides a breathtaking panoramic view of Prague.

On the second day, the tour visits the Prague Castle, the largest castle complex in the world and one of the most important cultural institutions in the Czech Republic. Constructed in the 9th century, the castle has been the official residence for past kings and emperors, and the seat of Czech presidents and rulers. After two enchanting days exploring Prague, guests board a flight to Warnemuende where Seabourn Sojourn awaits. Guests overnight at the Prague Marriott Hotel, an upscale hotel evoking classic European charm with elegant accommodations and located steps from Old Town Square.

These and numerous other once-in-a-lifetime adventures are available during Seabourn Sojourn’s maiden season in Northern Europe. For a limited time, Seabourn is offering two-for-one cruise fares with included round-trip air, or cruise-only fares featuring savings up to 65 percent. The promotion is valid for voyages in Europe departing between June and Nov 2010. Inclusive air is available from 40 North American gateways. Certain restrictions apply. For more information, contact a travel agent, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit

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Olympic & Music Legends Join Top Global Experts for Crystal's 2011 World Cruise

LOS ANGELES, May 25: Olympians Dara Torres and Dorothy Hamill, "Mr. Las Vegas" Wayne Newton, award-winning actresses Rita Moreno and Doris Roberts, Rock and Roll pioneer Roger McGuinn, and numerous authors, historians, and experts in world affairs, military policy, health and fitness, forensic and environmental science, and global cultures will enrich and entertain guests on Crystal Cruises' "Grand Exotic Expedition" World Cruise beginning Jan 17, 2011. The announcement comes on the heels of the ultra-luxury line's successful 2010 World Cruise, which received some of the highest ever guest ratings for its enrichment and entertainment, according to guest ratings tallied this month.

Crystal Serenity's 110-day, 2011 World Cruise from Los Angeles to London can be enjoyed in segments of 12 to 21 days. In keeping with the line's grandest annual voyage, each segment is enhanced with dozens of stimulating classes, noteworthy speakers and celebrity guests to share their talents and expertise in a vast array of interests.

"Whether a noted broadcast journalist, a veteran global policy expert or a legendary singing sensation, our programming is designed to engage, entertain and stimulate our guests' passion for enriching experiences," says Bret Bullock, Crystal's vice president, entertainment. "Given this standard for excellence, for 2011, we're setting a lineup of groundbreaking entertainers and distinguished speakers who have reached new heights in their respective fields."

World Cruise Segments

-- January 17 - Los Angeles to Papeete
-- January 30 - Papeete to Auckland
-- February 12 - Auckland to Sydney
-- February 28 - Sydney to Singapore
-- March 15 - Singapore to Mumbai
-- March 29 - Mumbai to Cape Town
-- April 17 - Cape Town to London

Save Now, Save Later: Guests booking any World Cruise segment by Sept 30 can enjoy two-for-one fares plus 20% savings on virtually any 2011 or 2012 cruise. With the Two-for-One promotion, per person, double occupancy segment fares range from $6,500 to $70,900, with up to $1,000 per person 'All Inclusive - As You Wish' shipboard credits ($10,000 per couple for the full World Cruise) and complimentary air transportation from many North American gateways, or generous air credits. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit

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AMAWATERWAYS Introduces New MS Amabella

Chatsworth, CA: Award-winning river cruise line AMAWATERWAYS continues to lead the industry with the debut of its spectacular newbuild, MS Amabella. The innovative new river cruiser is garnering rave reviews on its inaugural “Magnificent Europe” cruise on the Danube from Amsterdam to Budapest. AMAWATERWAYS executives and key industry partners were on hand for a pre-inaugural blessing ceremony of the Amabella in Volendam on May 7.

The 162-passenger Amabella offers a combination of unique design features never before seen on the great waterways of Europe. Those features include twin balconies in staterooms, the largest suites on the rivers, a swimming pool, fireside Library and an intimate chef’s table restaurant seating only 24 people complete with private chef. The average size of the staterooms aboard the vessel is a spacious 214 square feet, with suites boasting an impressive 350 square feet.

“We are particularly proud to introduce this distinctive and imaginative ship to the market. The Amabella’s new design features will take the river cruise experience to a new level, and continue the long list of innovations that have made AMAWATERWAYS the great success that it is today,” said AMAWATERWAYS President, Rudi Schreiner.

Indeed, advance anticipation for the new ship’s revolutionary features have already resulted in full charters for the 2010 and 2011 sailing seasons.

Amabella is the seventh custom-designed amenity-filled “AMA” ship to join the AMAWATERWAYS fleet cruising the Danube, Rhine, Main and Mosel rivers in Europe. Amabella joins the Amadagio (launched 2006), Amalegro (2007), Amacello (2008), Amadante (2008), Amalyra (2009) and Amadolce (2009). The MS Amaverde will debut in 2011. For more information about AMAWATERWAYS, log on to or call 800-626-0126.

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Adonia: One Year To Go

In May 2011 Adonia will be joining the P&O Cruises fleet. Adonia, the smallest ship in the P&O Cruises fleet, has been designed to offer an intimate cruise experience with small ship charm. The child-free, 700-passenger ship will be able to visit some of the ports that larger ships are unable to visit.

Adonia will offer ex- Southampton cruises between May and October , from seven to 26 nights in duration to the Mediterranean and Northern Europe featuring some smaller and off the beaten track ports of call as well as the must see destinations. These itineraries will also feature overnight calls in Athens and St. Petersburg, as well as a round Britain cruise. In October, Adonia will reposition to the Mediterranean and offer six open-jaw Central and Eastern Mediterranean fly-cruises, departing from Savona, Athens, Trieste and Naples. Itinerary highlights include a Christmas and New Year cruise to the Holy Land, prices start from £1,775* for the 14 night cruise departing from Southampton. For more information or to request a copy of the brochure call P&O Cruises on 0845 3 555 333, visit or see your travel agent.

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Amazon River Cruise Travelers Enjoy Exclusive Opportunity to Hear Pink River Dolphins

BIRMINGHAM, AL, May 25: International Expeditions, the world leader in nature travel, is offering travelers on its Amazon River cruises an exclusive opportunity to listen to the river's famed pink river dolphins using hydrophones. Travelers on the 10-day Amazon riverboat cruise use hydrophones to listen to the high-pitched calls of the pink river dolphins, while knowledgeable naturalists explain how the dolphins use these sounds to stun fish as they hunt.

"Guests love listening to the pink dolphins while they try to capture these unique creatures on film," said Jorge Salas, International Expeditions' Amazon Expedition Leader. "What they may not realize is that while they're listening to the dolphins, we are recording those sounds to share with local universities and interested groups. Science still has so much to learn about these freshwater dolphins."

Daily outings on this small-ship adventure into the Peruvian Amazon take travelers deep into the pristine Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve for explorations on small excursion boats to spot diverse wildlife, hikes deep into the rainforest, and even piranha fishing. Guests also spend time with riberenos in their remote river villages, handing out school supplies to children and meeting with a local shaman.

During their Amazon cruise, guests travel in comfort aboard the 28-passenger La Amatista riverboat. When not in their spacious air-conditioned cabins, guests can relax in the dining parlor which boasts floor to ceiling windows, stargaze on the open-air top deck, or sip cocktails while enjoying the evening entertainment, courtesy of the ship's local crew.

Prices for the 10-day Amazon River tours include accommodations, daily excursions, complimentary laundry aboard La Amatista, most meals, local transportation, guides, transfers and tips to porters and waiters for included meals. International and in-country flights are not included, though arrangements can be made through IE.

Celebrating 30 years of engaging nature travel, International Expeditions specializes in small-group journeys to Earth's most exhilarating destinations. A pioneer of environmentally responsible travel, IE is committed to preserving natural habitats and improving the welfare of the people and communities it visits. For more information or a brochure on the Amazon River Cruise, call International Expeditions at 1-800-633-4734, e-mail, or visit

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Celebrate Elvis' 75th on The Elvis Cruise 2010

ATLANTA, GA: Throughout 2010, Elvis fans around the globe are celebrating Elvis' 75th birthday. One of the most-anticipated events of the year just got even better with the addition of many new musical artists, friends of Elvis and fun segments on his life and career. Hosted by Elvis' friend Jerry Schilling, The Elvis Cruise will be sailing November 4 through November 8, 2010, on the Carnival Fascination from Jacksonville, Florida, to Nassau, Bahamas.

In addition to the musical artists already announced, which include Terry Mike Jeffrey, Andy Childs, and The Memphis Boys with Bobo Moreno, guests on the 2010 cruise will also be entertained by James Burton and Glen D. Hardin, original members of Elvis' TCB Band; DJ Fontana, Elvis' drummer for 14 years; and Jamie Aaron Kelley, who is an Elvis fan favorite and has performed the king's music all over the world. Leading them all will be Elvis' friend and the conductor of many of his live concerts, Joe Guercio.

The Elvis tribute artists performing on the ship are the best in business and include the winners of last three Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contests: Shawn Klush, Brandon Bennett and Bill Cherry. Other Elvis tribute artists who will keep the ship rockin' 'n' rollin' include David Allen, Mark Anthony, Kevin Mills, Gino Monopoli, Ted Torres, Victor Trevino, Jr., and Jay Zanier. Backing up these amazing performers one again in 2010 will be The EAS Band.

In addition to the musical guests, Elvis' stylist and close personal friend Larry Geller will share many personal stories and memories. Fans on the cruise will also learn what it was like to star in a movie with Elvis from Diane McBain and Warren Berlinger, who costarred with Elvis in one of his classic films, Spinout. Roy Turner and Jim Palmer, Elvis historians and documentarians, will share a screening of their recent documentary "Homecoming: Tupelo Welcomes Elvis Home" and will show clips that have never before been seen by the public.

Also, just added to the incredible line-up is a fun segment that takes guests behind the scenes of Viva ELVIS by Cirque du Soleil when members of the creative team show video clips and photos, play music and share their stories on creating the new show that is getting Vegas "all shook up."

Tickets on sale now for this unparalleled Elvis experience. View the full list of entertainment at

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Royal Caribbean Announces Additional Summer 2011 Europe Cruises & Cruisetours

MIAMI, May 25: Royal Caribbean Intl announces 47 additional Europe cruises in 2011-12 aboard Splendour of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas, totaling 27 unique itineraries with calls at 30 unique ports in 12 countries. Sailing roundtrip from Venice, Splendour of the Seas will offer a new series of 10- and 11-night Greek Isles and Turkey itineraries. Mariner of the Seas willhomeport in Rome (Civitavecchia) and offer a variety of Western Mediterranean, Egypt and Holy Land itineraries ranging from six to 13 nights. Additionally, vacationers can choose a Royal Caribbean Europe cruisetour land package, which combines a voyage aboard either ship with an escorted land tour to explore inland cities and attractions. Bookings for these 2011 Europe cruises and cruisetours are now open.

“Royal Caribbean's eleven in '11 offers vacationers 11 ships sailing from 11 popular and historic European port cities in 2011,” said Betsy O’Rourke, senior vice president of Marketing, Royal Caribbean International. “If you've been waiting for the right time to cruise in Europe, it's arrived. With so many great itineraries and ships, Royal Caribbean cruises and cruisetour land packages offer the best value for family vacationers to experience vibrant cultures and compelling destinations throughout Europe. Get onboard, unpack once and enjoy the Royal treatment.”

Royal Caribbean cruisetour land packages offer even more depth and breadth to a memorable Europe vacation. Vacationers can opt for an Italian Lakes and Venice cruisetour, which combines a sailing aboard Splendour of the Seas with a three-night itinerary that explores Italy’s Stresa, situated along the west shore of the spectacular Lake Maggiore in Northern Italy. The cruisetour includes an excursion to chic Lake Como for a private boat tour, a walking tour of Piazza San Marco and the grand, gothic Doge’s Palace, and an overnight in Venice. Vacationers also can choose the Venice, Florence and Rome cruisetour, which combine a sailing aboard Mariner of the Seas with a five-night land tour including the three cities. All Royal Caribbean cruisetours are escorted by a Tour Director, and ground transfers, hotel reservations, city tours and some meals are included.

Guests also have an expansive array of shore excursion options to enhance their Europe vacation, for an additional charge. On Mariner of the Seas’ Holy Land cruises, guests can choose “Grand Overland” and visit some of the most sacred sites in Israel, including Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Wailing Wall, and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, on this most comprehensive overview of this fascinating region that features an overnight stay in Jerusalem. “Grand Egypt Tour” includes Cairo, where the Pyramids and Sphinx are located, and Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, while the “Best of Ephesus” highlights this fascinating Turkish city, featuring the largest collection of Roman ruins in the Eastern Mediterranean, including the iconic Library of Celsius. Splendour of the Seas’ guests can sample local wines while taking in amazing vistas from the quaint village of Oia on "Village of Oia and Santorini Island,” or spend the day at the beautiful beach resort of Dassia Chandris Hotel in Corfu, Greece on "Dassia Beach Hotel Package."

In Venice, Splendour of the Seas will join Voyager of the Seas – the first Voyager-class ship ever to sail from the port – from April through November 2011. Vacationers can choose from alternating 10-night Greek Isles and 11-night Greek Isles and Turkey itineraries, the latter featuring an overnight in Venice at the start of the cruise. Splendour of the Seas will kick off the season with an eight-night Western Europe itinerary from Lisbon to Venice, departing on April 14. A seven-night Mediterranean cruise from Venice to Barcelona, departing November 18, will conclude Splendour of the Seas’ Europe season, followed by a 15-night trans-Atlantic voyage to Sao Paulo (Santos), Brazil.

From Rome (Civitavecchia), Mariner of the Seas will alternate 11- to 13-night Mediterranean Egypt and Mediterranean Holy Land itineraries, calling at several Greek and Italian ports. The Egypt cruises feature two full-day calls at Alexandria and the Holy Land cruises offers a full-day call each at both Ashdod and Haifa, Israel. Mariner of the Seas also will offer six consecutive sailings of a seven-night Western Mediterranean itinerary, beginning July 22, followed by a one-time six-night Western Mediterranean cruise, departing September 2.

In addition to Voyager of the Seas, Splendour of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas will be joined by Liberty of the Seas and Grandeur of the Seas, which will sail their maiden Europe seasons from Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, Spain,, respectively. Independence of the Seas will continue its year-round service from Southampton, U.K. and, with Liberty of the Seas, make two Freedom-class ships to sail European waters as the region’s largest and most innovative cruise ships. Navigator of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas and Brilliance of the Seas will sail a variety of Mediterranean itineraries, while Jewel of the Seas and Vision of the Seas will ply the Baltic and North seas.

For additional information or to make reservations, call your travel agent, visit, or call (800) ROYAL-CARIBBEAN.

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Princess Cruises Honored by Port of San Francisco for Environmental Efforts

SANTA CLARITA, CA, May 24: Three Princess Cruises ships -- Sapphire Princess, Sea Princess, and Star Princess -- have just been named as gold-level winners of the Port of San Francisco 2009 Cruise Ship Environmental Award. The awards honor the ships’ “outstanding record in safeguarding the environment and protecting the air and water quality of San Francisco Bay during their port calls.” This is the fifth year Princess ships have earned this prestigious distinction. The annual award recognizes the vessel for demonstrating “the strong environmental commitment of Princess Cruises in the areas of air emission reduction, waste water treatment, and recycling and disposal programs for solid waste.” The honors are determined by San Francisco’s Cruise Terminal Environmental Advisory Committee (CTEAC), which operates a program to recognize cruise lines that are committed to environmentally responsible operations, include the deployment of ships using reduced emission system technology or cleaner-burning fuel.

The San Francisco awards follow on the heels of other environmental honors earned from ports where Princess ships call, including the Venice Blue Flag, recognizing the line’s commitment to reducing polluting emissions by burning cleaner fuels, plus the Port of Los Angeles Vessel Speed Reduction Recognition Flag for actions to reduce air emissions.

-- The Venice Blue Flag is awarded for the line’s efforts to safeguard the city of Venice, Italy, by burning low sulfur fuel in port to reduce air emissions. The flag recognizes ship companies who make a commitment to preserve this unique city and its historic monuments. This was the second year Princess has been honored with this flag. Four Princess ships - Royal Princess, Ruby Princess, Crown Princess, and Grand Princess called in Venice in 2009.
-- The Vessel Speed Reduction Flag recognizes Princess ships based at the Port of Los Angeles for following reduced speeds while entering and leaving the port as part of an effort to reduce air emissions. Princess was the only cruise line to earn this award, with all three home-ported vessels – Sapphire Princess, Golden Princess, and Coral Princess – commended for 100 percent compliance in following the reduced speeds.

“We are gratified that our environmental efforts are being recognized in many different ways in places around the world,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. “We make our living taking people to beautiful destinations. We’re committed to doing our part to make sure they stay that way.”

Princess Cruises is committed to environmental practices which set a high standard for excellence and responsibility, and which help preserve the marine environment in which its ships operate. The company’s environmental goals and policies go beyond what is required by law and include a zero solid waste discharge policy, state-of-the-art environmental technology and waste management equipment, programs to minimize waste generated, and recycling where possible. The company also pioneered the use of shore power programs in the cruise industry to reduce air emissions. Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company's website at

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Paul Gauguin Cruises Offers Extraordinary 2-Week Sailings to New Zealand

BELLEVUE, WA, May 21: Operator of the highest rated and longest continually-sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, Paul Gauguin Cruises is offering guests a 2-week itinerary to experience the vibrant Maori culture, unfailing friendliness, and passion for the sea for which New Zealand is famous. The m/s Paul Gauguin offers two sailings in 2010 to exotic New Zealand – the ships first-ever sailing to New Zealand – departing Nov 6th and Nov 21st. President & CEO Richard Bailey will accompany guests onboard to experience his home – the islands of French Polynesia – followed by extraordinary New Zealand. Both sailings allow guests to immerse themselves in the lively harbor of Auckland, the French sophistication of Tahiti, and the rugged terrain of Rarotonga on this 2-week cruise that beautifully showcases the paradise of the South Pacific.

“We are pleased to offer two departures of this itinerary, which represent the m/s Paul Gauguin’s first-ever sailing to New Zealand – long a favorite destination for travelers who love spectacular scenery, a touch of the exotic, and the warm hospitality of an English-speaking people” says Richard Bailey.

The m/s Paul Gauguin embarks from Papeete, Tahiti, sailing through azure waters of the South Seas, quickly reaching the lush vegetation, exotic fruits and flowers, and breathtaking mountain peaks of Moorea. Guests will have the opportunity to experience Motu Mahana, Paul Gauguin Cruises’ private island in Taha’a comprised of idyllic white sand beaches which play host to a barbeque lunch exclusive to guests aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin. Next is Bora Bora, famous for its colorful villages and unsurpassed beauty.

Guests will then sail to the Cook Islands, home to large and beautiful lagoons perfect for snorkeling, then pass through the quiet beauty of Tonga, the only island nation in the South Pacific never to have been colonized. When the ship arrives in New Zealand, guests will immediately experience the ‘Bay of Islands,’ an area on the northeast tip of New Zealand steeped in culture and history. After exploring the city of Tauranga, a fascinating geothermal region protected by Matakana Island, guests will finish their journey of the South Pacific in beautiful Auckland, the largest city in the country which is home to lush forests, a diverse and sophisticated culture, golden-sand beaches, and majestically blue skies.

In honor of the first-ever New Zealand sailing, Paul Gauguin Cruises has organized a number of special events for the voyages. Guests onboard will enjoy:

· President’s cocktail reception
· “Town Hall”-style meeting to share the company’s philosophy, their commitment to conservation, and news about eco-friendly developments.
· Series of special lectures by renowned archaeologist Mark Eddowes
· Commemorative gift

Guests can save up to 45% off standard cruise fares and enjoy free airfare from Los Angeles if booked by June 30, 2010. For more information about Paul Gauguin Cruises, please visit

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Cunard Line Unveils David Linley Artwork for the New Queen Elizabeth

May 20: Yesterday, in Chelsea near London, Cunard Line unveiled the stunning centerpiece for the Grand Lobby of the Line’s newest ship, Queen Elizabeth, debuting this fall. The artwork was specially commissioned to David Linley, son of the late Princess Margaret and the internationally famous photographer Lord Snowdon – and Her Majesty The Queen's only nephew – whose company specializes in the design and creation of fine furniture and marquetry. Work is already underway, and the completed 18 and a half foot panel will be shipped this summer to the Fincantieri shipyard at Monfalcone, Italy, where it will be installed over a four-day period to take pride of place at the heart of the ship just before she enters service in October. Designers for the new Queen Elizabeth’s interiors considered the best way to treat the Grand Lobby’s soaring central arched space on the sweeping staircase leading up from the main deck, as it is the first area to greet embarking guests.

Linley’s magnificent work shows the port bow of the original Queen Elizabeth seen dramatically from sea level, and is intricately executed using the technique of marquetry inlay with nine individual panels made of various types of wood veneers seamlessly jointed to lightweight board. Featured woods are Madrona, Indian ebony, American walnut, grey ripple sycamore, burr ash, bird’s eye maple, satin walnut, ash, burr walnut and Macassar ebony – all utilized to depict the evocative image of one of Cunard’s most elegant Queens.

“We needed to fill that space with a decorative screen which would not just be dramatic – a ‘wow’ factor in an area already full of ‘wow’ – but which would also reflect our emphasis on traditional and sumptuous materials,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line. “After much thought and exploratory work, it was decided to commission a marquetry panel depicting the original Queen Elizabeth, an Art Deco icon, using a variety of natural woods from around the world. Once we had decided on the theme and the medium, it didn’t take us long to conclude that no one was better qualified for this detailed but monumental work than the company of the exceptional craftsman David Linley, whose creative ability and mastery of wood is renowned.”

“Though we have made fittings for luxury yachts in the past,” said Linley, who founded his company in 1985, “this is the first sea-going work we have done on this scale – it is certainly the largest screen we have ever made – but it was a commission I was delighted to accept. I recall my father saying the interior design on Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth 2 made one proud to be British, so I am hoping our achievement on the new Queen Elizabeth will make him – and others – equally proud.”

Queen Elizabeth will be the second largest Cunarder ever built and will join her sisters, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria, as part of the youngest fleet in the world. The first Queen Elizabeth was one of Cunard’s greatest ships, and the new Queen Elizabeth will reflect her predecessor in interior grandeur, décor and style, but with a modern twist. Queen Elizabeth will depart on her Maiden Voyage on Tuesday, Oct 12, 2010. This 13-night celebration will leave from the company’s home port, Southampton, and will call at Vigo, Lisbon, Cadiz, Las Palmas, Santa Cruz de Tenerife (overnight call) and Funchal. She will then embark on five celebratory maiden voyages to the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Caribbean. For more information and to book a voyage aboard Queen Elizabeth, consult your Travel Agent, call toll-free 1-800-7-CUNARD (1-800-728-6273) or go to

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Port Canaveral Gets Another Year of Sun

Port Canaveral recently announced that Norwegian Cruise Line has extended its commitment to homeport Norwegian Sun seasonally in Central Florida through April 2012. Norwegian Sun will sail from Port Canaveral on Saturdays from October 2010 to April 2011 on 7-day cruises that alternate between the Eastern Caribbean (Nassau, Bahamas; St. Thomas and Philipsburg St. Maarten) and Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Mexico; Santo Tomás de Castilla, Guatemala; Belize City, Belize and Key West, Florida). The alternating itineraries make it easy to create a special 14-day cruise getaway package.

Passengers can enjoy "Freestyle Cruising" at its best from the Florida seaport that's free of big-city congestion but easy to reach -- surrounded by three international airports and only 15 non-stop drive minutes east of I-95. Port Canaveral gets a relaxed vacation off to a great start with 24/7 secured and lighted parking close to its ships, a smooth pre-boarding experience and an abundance of close-by destinations -- such as Kennedy Space Center, airboat rides, nature preserves, beaches and the Orlando attractions.

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Chefs from First Italian Cooking Assn Hosting Culinary Demonstrations
on MSC Magnifica in the Mediterranean

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, May 20: Three chefs from the Turin Chefs Association, the first Italian cooking association founded in 1722, are hosting culinary demonstrations and preparing special menus during MSC Magnifica’s 7-night, Mediterranean cruise on June 19. Chefs Claudio Forti, Daniele Spada, and Andrea Pellegrini, with the Turin Chefs Association, have a variety of specialties planned for dinner while onboard including: Buckwheat Tagliatelle with bacon, zucchini, and zucchini flowers prepared by Chef Claudio Forti on June 20; Chef Daniele Spada prepares Piedmont Pudding with cocoa and amaretti on June 22; and a Chicken Breast Roll with an antique-style sauce by Chef Andrea Pellegrini on June 23.

MSC Magnifica’s Mediterranean cruise departs from Venice, Italy and calls in Bari, Italy; Katakolon (Olympia), Greece; Izmir, Turkey; Istanbul, Turkey; and Dubrovnik, Croatia. For more information about MSC Cruises and its theme cruises in the Caribbean, visit, call 877-665-4655, or contact a local travel professional.

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Royal Caribbean Enhances Land-Based Excursions in Europe

MIAMI, May 20: Royal Caribbean Intl is providing guests with more options than ever before to explore European destinations across 55 ports in 22 countries. Just in time for summer travels, the global cruise line is touting new shore excursion opportunities that feature the ability to make private tour arrangements as well as exclusive family-friendly tour options. Royal Caribbean also will be expanding its existing shore excursion services by nearly doubling the number of “Easy” tours for accessible sight-seeing throughout the 57 unique itineraries currently available – soon to be 109 unique itineraries when a record setting 11 Royal Caribbean ships will be deployed in Europe in 2011. Dedicated to providing unique travel experiences, Royal Caribbean’s enhanced offerings will empower guests to create European cruise vacations that meet their individual styles, needs and preferences.

For those guests that enjoy more flexible vacation schedules Royal Caribbean is introducing new customizable half- or full-day private shore excursions. Each of the excursions offers guests the opportunity to travel in private vehicles on their own or with an English-speaking guide to provide tour commentary and local insight. Featuring the same convenience and peace of mind that comes with booking Royal Caribbean’s group shore excursions, guests can enjoy the private tours in 13 ports-of-call throughout Egypt, Finland, Greece, Israel, Italy, Sweden and Turkey, in addition to previously introduced private tours offered in Russia. For those travelers who do not want to be limited by a schedule, Royal Caribbean excursion specialists will create custom arrangements to fit individual styles and interests, or simply provide a private vehicle for an existing tour. Both private and custom arrangements accommodate up to 10 people and can be initiated online.

As the leader in family travel, Royal Caribbean continues to cater to guests of all ages by introducing new hands-on activities that are fun for children, parents and grandparents alike. To accommodate multigenerational travels, the global cruise line is debuting new half-day excursions designed specifically with families in mind. Examples include gastronomic experiences such as “Pizza Making for Families” in Sorrento, Italy, featuring a city tour followed by a pizza making class and lunch to enjoy the family’s culinary creations, as well as “Sea Kayaking” in Dubrovnik, Croatia, where guests can explore the outdoors and admire the historical city walls from a unique perspective, a kayak at sea level.

Royal Caribbean continues to pioneer accessible cruise travel by introducing 14 new additional “easy” tours for a total of 33. Featuring vehicles adapted with access ramps or lifts when available, new and existing “easy” shore excursions cater to individuals who have difficulty walking or standing for extended periods, or who use wheel chairs full time. European sightseeing is extended to new bounds for these guests with engaging activities, such as exploring the quaint town of Trogir from Split, Croatia, wine tastings in Sardinia, and coach tours highlighting historical landmarks and local artistry, such as Florence’s famed Michelangelo Square and leather factories.

In addition to enhancing new experiences for guests, the global cruise line is adding to its contribution to its destination partners. Royal Caribbean is pre-purchasing Chorus Pass tickets from the Venetian Chorus Association, a non-profit entity tasked with safeguarding, conserving and restoring the architectural and artistic heritage of churches in the city of Venice, to invest in maintaining the cultural heritage represented in more than 1,000 pieces of art. Guests onboard Brilliance of the Seas will receive a complimentary Chorus Pass ticket ($13 value), providing access to 16 of most important churches in Venice, with the purchase of each Shuttle Bus Pass.

Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand with 21 ships currently in service and one under construction. The line also offers unique cruisetour land packagesin Alaska, Dubai, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and South America. For additional information or to make reservations, call your travel agent, visit or call (800) ROYAL-CARIBBEAN.

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O Spa Products Introduced On Board the P&O Cruises Fleet

London, May 20: This month P&O Cruises will be introducing O Spa London products and treatments to the Oasis Spa on board six ships in the fleet (Arcadia, Artemis, Aurora, Oceana, Oriana and Ventura). O Spa London is an organic British spa product brand developed specifically for the luxury spa market using some of the world’s finest, ethically soured and sustainable ingredients.

P&O Cruises managing director, Carol Marlow, said: “O Spa products will add another dimension to the first class experience our passengers already received when they visit the Oasis Spa on board. O Spa has travelled the world to experience local cultures and holistic experiences and they have created a treatment menu fit for a ‘world travelling’ spa. O Spa treatments have been on board for a few months now and our passengers have already picked their favourites including the warm bamboo massage and Catalonian mud foot soak. We are now offering passengers a full range of products to complement these unique treatments.”

The key O Spa ranges include the facial range Glow; Cuerpo, for the body; Homme, the mens range; the ayurvedic range, Aromaveda; Holisitics, a traditionally-inspired Chinese medicine range; Detox, the internal and external range; and Salon, the hair care range.

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Royal Caribbean Announces Voyager-class Brazil Cruises
Aboard Mariner of the Seas in Spring 2011

MIAMI, May 20: Royal Caribbean Intl has announced Mariner of the Seas’ short Brazil season beginning Feb 15, 2011. Mariner of the Seas will offer four roundtrip sailings from Sao Paulo (Santos) on a 6-night itinerary – the March 5, 2011 voyage coinciding with Brazil’s Carnaval celebrations – featuring a call at Rio De Janeiro and an overnight at Salvador De Bahia. Vacationers also can choose a 2-night roundtrip getaway, departing on March 11, which also calls at Rio De Janeiro. Mariner of the Seas will then depart for Rome on March 13 for a 14-night trans-Atlantic itinerary via the Canary Islands to be counted among 11 record-setting Royal Caribbean ships to ply European waters in 2011.

Royal Caribbean Intl is the one true global cruise brand and deploys some of the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ships to exciting destinations around the globe. Aboard select ships sailing in certain regions, such as Mariner of the Seas’ short Brazil season, Royal Caribbean offers culturally enriching cruises, where the primary language onboard may not be English and guests are immersed in the region’s customs, food and entertainment onboard. English, however, is still offered and supported throughout the ship and guests will continue to receive the Royal treatment, delivered by every member of Royal Caribbean’s friendly and engaging staff and crew.

Royal Caribbean Intl has 21 ships currently in service and one under construction. The line also offers unique cruisetour land packages in Alaska, Dubai, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and South America. For additional information or to make reservations, call your travel agent, visit or call (800) ROYAL-CARIBBEAN.

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Norwegian Epic Debuts Advance, Online Ticketing For World-Class Entertainment

MIAMI, FL: Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that its largest, most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship to date, Norwegian Epic, will feature a pre-cruise online reservation system for select on-board entertainment. Norwegian Epic is changing the face of cruise line entertainment with unprecedented and world-class on-board entertainment including Blue Man Group, Cirque Dreams™ & Dinner, The Second City® Comedy Troupe, Legends in Concert, Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos Show and Nickelodeon™ at Sea.

To book tickets for many of these stellar performances, Norwegian Epic guests can pre-book reservations prior to their cruise. Booked guests can go to the Norwegian website,, log in to the “My NCL” section and visit a special entertainment page where they can select and reserve their desired performance. Pre-booking will be available for performances of Blue Man Group, Cirque Dreams & Dinner, Legends in Concert, The Second City Comedy Troupe, Nickelodeon™ Slime Time Live!, Breakfast with Nickelodeon™ and the Murder Mystery “Presumed Murdered.” Guests may make a reservation for each show once per sailing.

Online bookings open 45 days prior to sailing date. Reservations for entertainment events with no cover charge are valid until 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. At that time, all unclaimed reservations with be released to guests on a first come first serve basis. Cancellations of reservations for entertainment events which have a cover charge must be made no later than 24 hours prior to the scheduled start time to receive a full refund. If cancellation occurs with less than 24 hours notice, the full price of the ticket will be charged. Once on board, guests may still make reservations for available shows through the ship's iTV system or by contacting the Box Office.

"Norwegian Epic will redefine cruise ship entertainment with its wide variety of world-class entertainment," said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line's chief executive officer. "We believe there will be a huge demand for the on-board entertainment and to ensure that guests can see the performances of their choice, we created a special pre-booking mechanism. We feel that this will further the Freestyle Cruising experience, offering guests unsurpassed flexibility and convenience."

Guests will have many entertainment options and venues to choose from on board Norwegian Epic. Blue Man Group will perform eight shows per sailing; Legends in Concert, six performances; Legends Unplugged, three shows; Nickelodeon SlimeTime Live, three shows; Cirque Dreams & Dinner will be performed 12 shows per cruise; Second City, 14; Howl at the Moon, four shows; and there will be Breakfast with Nickelodeon on three mornings per sailing. Amongst the 13 entertainment venues is the first big top at sea, the Spiegel Tent, which will be home to Cirque Dreams & Dinner, created and directed by Neil Goldberg. A special Murder Mystery, called “Presumed Murdered,” presented by The Second City will also be featured in the Spiegel Tent one time per cruise.

Online reservations for entertainment are currently being accepted for Norwegian Epic’s June 24 transatlantic sailing. The ship begins alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean seven-day sailings from Miami on July 10. To book a cruise on Norwegian Epic, visit; call 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784); or contact a travel professional.

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Latin Culinary Stars to Spice Up Crystal Symphony's
New Mexican Riviera Wine & Food Cruise

LOS ANGELES, May 18: This December, on a new 10-day itinerary, the U.S. Ambassador of Tequila and Latin American master sommeliers and chefs will showcase the essence of Latin flavor aboard Crystal Cruises' Wine and Food Experiences of Discovery voyage. Aboard Crystal Symphony's Mexican Riviera voyage, the top culinary talent from Mexico will lead cooking demos and special menus, wine pairing and tasting sessions, and specialty cocktail classes. The cruise sails round-trip from Los Angeles Dec 12.

"One of the hallmarks of a Crystal Wine and Food theme program is bringing destinations to life through regional flavors," says Toni Neumeister, vice president, food and beverage. "The Mexican Riviera offers so many distinct culinary traditions, and it will be a treat for guests to enjoy both on and off the ship."

Together with Crystal's own talented culinary team, the guest experts leading classes and creating menus include:

Yerika Munoz: Considered one of the brightest Master Chefs in Mexico; executive chef at Mexico City's Astrid y Gaston;
Jeremiah Tower: James Beard Award-winning chef and restaurateur, currently residing in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, credited as co-creator of California cuisine;
Sandra Fernandez: A self-proclaimed Wine Designer, Culinary Institute of America Sommelier and the only Latin American woman certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers;
Madeleine de Jean: First female sommelier in the U.S. and former Wine Businesswoman of the Year; and
Julio Bermejo: U.S. Ambassador of Tequila and proprietor of San Francisco's famous Tommy's Mexican Eatery.

Ashore, Crystal Adventures offer tastes of Mexico with experiences including a traditional fiesta and clambake in Loreto and Mazatlan shrimp feast.

Per person, promotional Two-for-one cruise fares include $500 per person 'All Inclusive - As You Wish' shipboard credit. Guests booking a deluxe stateroom with verandah by July 31 will save an additional $500 per person. Crystal's Family Memories program offers groups and families a host of perks, including a complimentary berth for every 10 full-fare guests. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit

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Carnival Cruise Lines' Year-Round Cruise Program Officially
Kicks Off the Fun in Charleston

CHARLESTON, SC, May 18: On Tuesday, May 18, Carnival Cruise Lines officially launched its new, year-round cruise schedule from the historic city of Charleston. Carnival Fantasy will operate 5-, 6- and 7-day voyages to The Bahamas and Key West, FL. from the Passenger Terminal in historic downtown Charleston. The Carnival Fantasy sailed into the city’s port early on Tuesday morning, accompanied by a fleet of local maritime industry vessels. The Spirit of South Carolina, Charleston Water Taxis, Moran Tug Company, SpiritLine Cruises and the Charleston Harbor Pilots all joined in welcoming Carnival Cruise Lines to the port and celebrating the city’s unique maritime history. In the spirit of Carnival’s “Fun For All. All For Fun” mantra, several Charleston area leaders and Carnival team members participated in competitive races down the 82-foot-long dual racing water slides.

“Charleston is a beautiful, historic city within easy reach of millions of U.S. residents who will now have convenient access to Carnival’s fantastic and affordable cruise vacation options year-round,” said Jim Berra, Carnival Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “The events today were a celebration of the fun and excitement that both Carnival and the City of Charleston will provide to our guests.”

“Carnival Fantasy’s year-round service is a welcome addition to the Port of Charleston and fits well within the context of the internationally acclaimed Charleston tourism market,” said Jim Newsome, South Carolina State Ports Authority President and CEO. “Cruise business benefits Charleston because it provides a positive economic impact in the form of jobs, investment and visitor spending. We look forward to continuing our successful, long-standing relationship with Carnival.”

"Carnival's year-round service provides an important opportunity not only to enhance our local economy but also to introduce new visitors to our historic city," said Charlston Mayor Joseph Riley.

The 2,056-passenger Carnival Fantasy features a host of on-board amenities and facilities including a 12,000-square-foot health spa, extensive children’s facilities for kids in three age groups, a variety of formal and casual dining options and 12 lounges and bars. Also featured is Carnival WaterWorks, an expansive, all-ages aqua park featuring a 300-foot-long water slide, 82-foot-long dual racing slides and a splash zone. Carnival Fantasy also offers Serenity, an exclusive adults-only retreat, and a resort-style main pool area. Carnival Fantasy will sail this afternoon on a 5-day voyage from Charleston to Freeport and Nassau, The Bahamas. In 2011, Carnival will also offer a series of Bermuda cruises from Charleston on the Carnival Fantasy.

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The Spa on Seabourn Sojourn: The Ultimate Sanctuary of Relaxation, Health & Fitness

MIAMI, May 18: With an increasing number of travelers seeking to maintain a healthy lifestyle while on vacation, The Yachts of Seabourn is meeting this growing trend with the ultimate sanctuary of relaxation and wellness aboard the new Seabourn Sojourn, which is scheduled to debut June 6, 2010, in London. The Spa at Seabourn on Sojourn will offer several new and exciting healthy spa experiences, as well as some of the most luxurious pampering services at sea.

One of the newest and most innovative spa amenities on Sojourn is a Kneipp Walk, providing holistic, water therapy treatment and healing remedies designed to enhance circulation. Guests will feel the benefits of the Kneipp Therapy as they walk slowly through a circular basin separated into areas of cold and warm water, stimulating capillary circulation and metabolism, and soothing pain. Additional new amenities in the 11,400-square-foot spa include cushy cocooning recliners, an herbal bath facility and an aroma steam bath with salt inhalation. The two-deck spa will also feature an outdoor, cabana-style relaxation area, furnished with lounge chairs and sofas in warm and soothing tones, where guests can enjoy the peaceful environment and fresh breezes from the open sea. Décor will include new colorful coral-themed artwork.

“Wellness and fitness are so important to consumers today and we are seeing more and more guests seeking to keep up their healthy lifestyle even when they are traveling,” said Pamela C. Conover, Seabourn’s President and CEO. “The Spa at Seabourn on Sojourn will cater to those needs and enable guests to combine the satisfaction of amazing travel experiences with the best and healthiest luxury spa at sea.”

The spa will house six treatment rooms and a Spa Villa, available for guests to book along with their treatments. The Spa Villa will feature a treatment area large enough for duet treatments, complete with shower; a bathtub big enough for two; a private balcony for sunbathing; a full living room area; a double daybed for relaxing and even a dining area where healthy snacks can be enjoyed.
Guests can indulge in a selection of relaxing and healing treatments, and expert therapists can custom design treatments to fulfill guests’ desires. In addition to high-end Elemis products, the Spa at Seabourn is the only seagoing spa employing specialists trained and authorized to administer the award-winning SkinCeuticals skin care line of scientifically-backed products, serums and treatments for every skin concern. The spa will also feature a full-service salon and a thermal suite with eight heated loungers, cocooning recliners, an aroma steam bath with salt inhalation, and a unisex herbal bath. The women’s changing area will feature a Bio sauna, while the men’s area will include a traditional Finnish sauna.

The fitness center will feature state-of-the-art fitness, cardio and strength equipment; a motion studio with the latest version of the Kinesis System; fitness classes; and an area featuring a Thai mat for Thai massages, available only on Seabourn. Personal trainers will be available to develop customized workout plans.

Seabourn Sojourn will enter service June 6, 2010, and operate a series of 12- to 14-day voyages in Northern Europe during its maiden summer season. Following a transatlantic cruise from Lisbon, Portugal, to Fort Lauderdale, FL, the vessel will offer a series of Caribbean voyages in the fall and winter. On Jan. 5, 2011, Sojourn will embark on a 111-day World Cruise from Los Angeles to London via the South Pacific, New Zealand, around Western Australia, Indonesia and Southeast Asia, India, Arabia and the Mediterranean. For a limited time, Seabourn is offering two-for-one cruise fares with included round-trip air, or cruise-only fares featuring savings up to 65 percent. The promotion is valid for Seabourn voyages in Europe departing between June and November 2010. Nine-to-12-day voyages on the new Seabourn Sojourn in Northern Europe start from $4,999 cruise-only or $6,400 with inclusive air. Inclusive air is available from 40 North American gateways. Certain other restrictions apply. For more information, contact a travel agent, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit

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MSC Announces Baseball, Big Band Theme Cruises for 2010-11 Caribbean Season

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, May 17: MSC Poesia returns to the Caribbean for her second season with a lineup of five baseball and Big Band theme cruises during the 2010-11 Caribbean season. Cruise-only rates begin at $529 per person, double occupancy (government fees and taxes additional) and participation in the theme cruises is complimentary. MSC Poesia’s 2010-11 Caribbean cruises sail roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and feature the ever-popular Baseball Greats and Big Band theme cruises. Here is a review of what these theme cruises feature:

Baseball Greats
During the sailing, guests gain insight into the world of Major League Baseball as seen through the eyes of some of the greats of the game. The Baseball Greats theme cruise includes free interactive guest/player activities, including a player-hosted trivia game in which guests can test their baseball knowledge, question-and-answer sessions with the players, a guest pitching contest and a story-telling session where players share candid revelations about their baseball experiences. Players will also host pitching, hitting, fielding, and base running clinics. There’s an extremely popular free autograph session at the end of the cruise.

The following itineraries will be Baseball Greats theme cruises:

Nov 14, 2010: 7-night Eastern Caribbean calling at St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Nassau, Bahamas. Featured former players include: Bob Feller, Tommy Davis, Glenn Beckert, Clarence Jones, and Stan Bahnsen.
Dec 5, 2010: 7-night Western Caribbean, calling at Key West, Florida; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico. Featured former players include: Graig Nettles, Amos Otis, Dave Campbell, Stan Bahnsen and one more still to be announced.
Jan 9, 2011: 7-night Eastern Caribbean. Featured former players include: Stan Bahnsen and four more still to be announced.
Jan 23, 2011: 7-night Eastern Caribbean. Featured former players include: Rick Burleson, Jim Fregosi, Rick Wise, Stan Bahnsen one more to come.
Feb 6, 2011: 7-night Eastern Caribbean. Featured former players include: Stan Bahnsen and four more still to be announced.

Big Band
The 15-piece Les DeMerle Big Band features vocalist Bonnie Eisele. Dynamic drummer Les DeMerle has toured and recorded with the Harry James Big Band and Wayne Newton; the band has also accompanied many top singers, including Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., The Manhattan Transfer, Mel Torme and Al Jarreau. The Les DeMerle Big Band is sure to have toes tapping, bodies swaying and guests singing along to the sounds of Ellington, Basie, James and Miller, plus the biggest Broadway hits, rock 'n' roll classics, hot Latin grooves and show-stoppers from the ‘40s through today. In addition to their performances, the band will present a Big Band Jazz Concert and conduct a lecture on the Big Band Era.

The following itinerary features the Big Band theme:

Oct 23, 2010: nine-night Canada/New England cruise departing from Quebec City, Quebec calling at Sydney, Nova Scotia; Boston, Massachusetts; Newport, Rhode Island; and New York, New York, and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

For more information about MSC Cruises and its theme cruises in the Caribbean, visit, call 877-665-4655, or contact a local travel professional.

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Hundreds of Crystal Adventures Ashore Set for Crystal World Cruise

LOS ANGELES, May 17: Adventurous, culinary, cultural, aerial, natural, active and even musical, more than 300 shoreside endeavors - with more than 75 brand new - are now available for booking online with Crystal Cruises' 2011 World Cruise. Departing Los Angeles for London Jan 17, Crystal's full "Grand Exotic Expedition" is 110 days. Travelers can also experience the world-class enrichment, sophistication and luxury of Crystal Serenity's grandest voyage on 12- to 21-day segments traveling through South and West Africa, the South Pacific, Australia/New Zealand, Southeast Asia and India.

Along with wildlife encounters and opera evenings in Australia, cooking lessons in Mauritius and Myanmar, zip-lining in Singapore and New Zealand, safaris and spa retreats in South Africa, and an array of excursions in India, diverse experiences include:

-- Darwin, Australia - Cage dive with the massive crocs in Crocosaurus Cove (February 12 voyage, Sydney to Singapore);
-- Colombo, Sri Lanka - A four-night adventure including sunrise at the Taj Mahal, Jaipur City Palace, and more (March 15 voyage, Singapore to Mumbai);
-- Cape Town, South Africa - Private dinner hosted by an internationally
acclaimed South African chef (March 29 voyage, Mumbai to Cape Town); and
-- Dakar, Senegal - An intimate Goree Island visit, World Heritage Site and heart of the African slave trade (April 17 voyage, Cape Town to London).

"Each World Cruise segment presents distinctly diverse Crystal Adventures," says John Stoll, vice president, land and port operations. "The breadth of options allows guests with most any interest to develop a personal connection with each destination and enrich one's cultural experience."

World Cruise segments also depart on:
-- Jan 17, Los Angeles to Papeete
-- Jan 30, Papeete to Auckland
-- Feb 28, Sydney to Singapore

Save Now, Save Later
Guests booking any World Cruise segment by Sept 30 can enjoy two-for-one fares plus 20% savings on virtually any 2011 or 2012 cruise. With the Two-for-One promotion, per person, double occupancy segment fares range from $6,500 to $70,900, with up to $1,000 per person 'All Inclusive - As You Wish' shipboard credits ($10,000 per couple for the full World Cruise) and complimentary air transportation from many North American gateways, or generous air credits. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit

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Another First: Seabourn Pride Makes Maiden Call at Yeosu, South Korea

MIAMI, May 17: In another first for the company, The Yachts of Seabourn’s intimate, all-suite Seabourn Pride recently made its maiden call at Yeosu, South Korea. Local officials welcomed Seabourn Pride to their city with a colorful celebration featuring a traditional Korean music performance at the pier. Guests also received a wreath of bright beautiful flowers as they disembarked the vessel.

Yeosu is one of many new ports Seabourn Pride is scheduled to visit this year in Asia. The vessel is currently operating a series of voyages to China, Japan, Korea, Thailand and Vietnam, and, in addition to Yeosu, will feature stops at many new destinations, including Busan, South Korea; Qingdao and Dalian, China; and Nagasaki and Kagoshima, Japan. For a limited time, Seabourn is offering two-for-one cruise fares with included round-trip air, or cruise-only fares featuring savings up to 65 percent. The promotion is valid for Seabourn voyages in Asia departing between June and Nov 2010.  Inclusive air is available from 40 North American gateways. Certain restrictions apply. For more information, contact a travel agent, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit

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Carnival Elation Enters Service from Mobile, Alabama

MIAMI, May 14: Mobile’s newest cruise ship, Carnival Cruise Lines’ 2,052-passenger Carnival Elation, will arrive at the Alabama Cruise Terminal tomorrow, May 15, to launch year-round 4-, 5- and 7-day western Caribbean cruises. Tomorrow’s voyage – a 7-day western Caribbean cruise to Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel – is the first of the Carnival Elation’s 74 annual departures from Mobile.

Carnival is the only cruise line to sail year-round from Mobile and Carnival Elation will carry an estimated 170,000 passengers annually from the port. Carnival Elation replaces the Carnival Fantasy, a sister ship of the same size which is repositioning to Charleston, S.C., to launch that port’s first year-round cruise program May 18. In addition to upcoming 7-day voyages taking place in July and October, Carnival Elation will operate 4-day cruises to Cozumel departing Thursdays and 5-day voyages to Cozumel and Calica or Progreso, Mexico, departing Mondays and Saturdays.

“Carnival pioneered year-round cruising from Mobile in 2004 and has since carried hundreds of thousands of satisfied guests, primarily residents of the southeastern U.S., who greatly value the ease and convenience of cruising from this charming southern port city,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival’s president and CEO. “The modern Alabama Cruise Terminal combined with exceptional partnership from the local community, including area travel agents who have strongly supported our Mobile cruise program, have led to our ongoing growth and success in Mobile,” he added.

Carnival Elation entered service in 1998 and offers a wide range of on-board facilities and features: 12 lounges and bars, including a 1,300-seat theater showcasing lavish revues, a 12,000-square-foot health spa, a conference center, a jogging track, and organized programs for children in three age groups – Camp Carnival (2-11), Circle “C” (12-14) and Club O2 (15-17).

Also featured is Serenity, a secluded adults-only retreat with teak-style decking, colorful umbrellas and comfortable chaise lounges and chairs. Dining options include two formal restaurants, a 700-seat casual poolside eatery featuring a 24-hour pizzeria, a patisserie and complimentary 24-hour stateroom service. Cell phone service and ship-wide Internet access are also available. All of the Carnival Elation’s 1,026 staterooms feature the Carnival Comfort Bed sleep system with plush mattresses, luxurious duvets and high quality linens and pillows. For additional information and reservations, call 1-800-327-9501.

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The Yachts of Seabourn Announces Twiggy As Godmother To Seabourn Sojourn

MIAMI, May 13: The Yachts of Seabourn has announced that Twiggy will be the Godmother of its newest yacht, Seabourn Sojourn, at a glamorous naming ceremony hosted on board on the River Thames Friday, June 4th, 2010. On Saturday, June 5th, The Yachts of Seabourn has donated Seabourn Sojourn to the non-profit Breast Cancer Haven as the venue for an exclusive fundraising gala event to celebrate the charity’s 10th anniversary. Following an early morning transit of the River Thames, Sojourn will position mid-river at Greenwich for two days of inaugural celebrations, and will sail from there on its maiden voyage on Sunday, June 6th.

Twiggy exploded onto the international modeling scene as a London teenager in 1966. She went on to define the term ‘supermodel’ and to become the icon of 1960s style worldwide. In the early 1970s she became an actress and singer, winning two coveted Golden Globe Awards for her first film “The Boyfriend’. In the 1980s she took Broadway by storm in the Tony Award-winning Gershwin musical ‘My One & Only.” More recently, she has been a judge on America’s Next Top Model and fronted the phenomenally successful campaign for the British retail giant Marks & Spencer. Along with this she designs her own clothing and bed linen lines in the UK and has just launched her ‘Twiggy London’ collection in the United States on the Home Shopping Channel. She is an ardent campaigner for animal welfare and breast cancer support. Twiggy’s renowned elegance and style perfectly complement the values of Seabourn, reflected in the gracious lines and sophistication of Seabourn Sojourn, which she is delighted to be naming in her home town of London.

“I am incredibly excited that Seabourn has asked me to be Godmother to Seabourn Sojourn.” said Twiggy. “Her stylish interiors and sleek silhouette make her one of the most elegant yachts at sea. I am thrilled that Seabourn is combining their inaugural celebrations with Breast Cancer Haven’s 10 year anniversary – it really is a wonderful organization.’’

Pamela Conover, president and CEO of The Yachts of Seabourn commented, “Seabourn enjoys a truly international clientele and welcomes a significant number of new and repeat British guests on nearly every sailing. As such, it is entirely appropriate that we should choose London to introduce our beautiful new vessel to the world. We are all very much looking forward to welcoming Twiggy on board Seabourn Sojourn on June 4th. She is the perfect choice to name our beautiful new yacht in London. ‘’

Seabourn Sojourn is the second of the three new, ultra-luxurious vessels to be launched by the Yachts of Seabourn in a three-year period. The first, Seabourn Odyssey, launched in 2009, has already been hailed as a “game-changer” in the luxury cruise segment. Seabourn Sojourn departs on its Maiden Voyage from Greenwich on June 6th, 2010. Destinations on the 14-night ‘Northern Star Sojourn’ cruise include Scotland, Denmark, Iceland, the Norwegian Sea, Norway and the Netherlands. The voyage ends on June 20th in Dover, England.

Seabourn Sojourn will sail a series of 12- to 14-day voyages of Scandinavia, Russia and the Baltic throughout the summer season of 2010. All fares are remarkably inclusive, including all tips and gratuities, fine dining, open bar and a fully stocked mini-bar. For details, contact a travel agent, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit

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Allure of the Seas Set to Entice Vacationers With Distinct Features and Experiences

MIAMI, May 13: When she debuts this Dec 2010, Royal Caribbean Intl's Allure of the Seas will bring a refreshing new array of features and amenities to the high seas as the world's next largest and most innovative cruise ship. Following the announcement of Chicago: The Musical as the ship's signature Broadway production, Royal Caribbean is sharing the next of several new onboard amenities that will surprise and delight Allure of the Seas' guests.

"Allure of the Seas will offer guests a new set of onboard amenities and entertainment and dining options that will help make a most memorable vacation," said Lisa Bauer, senior vice president, Hotel Operations, Royal Caribbean International. "Though Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas are sister ships, each ship's distinctive onboard experience will offer guests a wide selection of choices that appeals to every age and lifestyle. Throughout, guests will also enjoy the Royal treatment, delivered by every member of our world-renowned friendly and engaging staff and crew."

Among the features being introduced aboard Allure of the Seas will include a 3-D Movie Screen. The phenomenon of 3-D movies adds a new dimension to Entertainment Place, thanks to specially equipped 3-D screens in the ship's Amber Theater. Following suit, Royal Caribbean's popular Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas, as well as sister-ship Oasis of the Seas, also will be equipped with 3-D technology as soon as January 2011.

Combining the best of classic Mexican beach bars and Southern California's famed taquerias, Rita's Cantina will be a vibrant new restaurant in the Boardwalk neighborhood. Adults and kids alike will enjoy some of their favorite Mexican fare, such as shrimp ceviche tostadas, warm tortilla chips with salsa and fiesta guacamole, as well as entrées, such as fajitas, fish tacos, and Chipotle-style flautas. The more casual setting will be a favorite lunch, snack or dinner spot for guests seeking a flavorful fiesta aboard Allure of the Seas. Rita's Cantina also will boast some of the best and widest selection of margaritas at sea, offering both authentic and signature concoctions mixed with a choice from the extensive list of quality tequilas, served on the rocks or frozen in a variety of fruit-flavor combinations. In addition, Rita Cantina will introduce new nightlife to Boardwalk with live guitar music, drinks and dancing. Rita's Cantina's design will include large open breeze ways and an outdoor seating area complete with high top tables and stools, and will be located in place of Seafood Shack aboard Oasis of the Seas.

Also new to Boardwalk's dynamic and engaging scene will be The Boardwalk Dog House, an outdoor hot-dog specialty counter located where the donut shop is on Oasis of the Seas. Guests can choose from traditional hot dogs, wieners, brats, sausages and other delicious linked meats and a variety of toppings to split a long bun. The Donut Shop will remain on Boardwalk in a new location next to the Ice Cream Shoppe.

One of the world's most recognizable fashion apparel companies, GUESS, also will debut its first flagship store at sea this December in Allure of the Seas' Royal Promenade neighborhood. Guests will enjoy the latest stylish handbags, wallets, watches, shoes, jewelry, eyewear and perfumes in one of the largest GUESS accessory stores. The GUESS Accessory boutique will be located in place of Focus Photo Shop on deck six.

Guests also will enjoy new complimentary onboard conveniences, such as guest services kiosks in the Royal Promenade where guests can instantly view, print or e-mail their SeaPass folio or their personal calendar, or check-in and print airline boarding passes. Each stateroom aboard Allure of the Seas also will be equipped with an Apple iPod dock for guests to set their own personal ambience.

Allure of the Seas will share the title of the world's largest and most revolutionary cruise ship with sister-ship Oasis of the Seas. An architectural marvel at sea, she will span 16 decks, encompass 225,282 gross registered tons, carry 5,400 guests at double occupancy, and feature 2,700 staterooms. Allure of the Seas will tout Royal Caribbean's exclusive neighborhood concept of seven distinct themed areas, which will include Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone. The ship will alternate a Western Caribbean with an Eastern Caribbean seven-night itinerary from her home port of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Additional information is available at

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Royal Caribbean to Bring Signature Oasis-class Experiences to Life
on Freedom-class Ships

MIAMI, May 13: After revolutionizing the cruise industry with the debut of Oasis of the Seas last fall, Royal Caribbean Intl continues to set the standard in guest experiences and satisfaction by introducing select Oasis-class amenities and features on the popular Freedom-class ships, Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas. Rolling out in early 2011, guests of Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas will soon have some of the top-rated features from Oasis of the Seas, including new dining, entertainment, children's programming, and other enhancements.

"Royal Caribbean is always exploring new ways to enhance our guests' vacation," said Lisa Bauer, senior vice president of Hotel Operations, Royal Caribbean International. "We have received such overwhelmingly positive guest responses to amenities, entertainment and programs that we debuted on Oasis of the Seas that we are introducing some of them aboard Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas. No matter which Royal Caribbean ship vacationers choose, they are going to love all the enhancements that we are planning."

Additionally, Royal Caribbean is proud to offer three exclusive Cozumel shore excursions, available exclusively to guests of Oasis of the Seas immediately, one of which kicks off a new series of 'voluntourism' activities, enabling guests to give back while on vacation.

Entertainment that WOWs All Ages
Following the acclaimed debut of Tony Award-winning Hairspray on Oasis of the Seas, and the immense response to the cruise line's recent announcement of Chicago: The Musical to run on Allure of the Seas, Royal Caribbean also will introduce a Broadway production on Liberty of the Seas. Announcement of the show's title will be made at a later date. A family musical geared for children, such as the one playing in the Adventure Ocean Theater aboard Oasis of the Seas, also will debut in the main theaters of both Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas.

A huge hit aboard Oasis of the Seas, Royal Babies and Tots Nursery also will be available for Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas' guests. The nursery care program for babies and tots six through 36 months old offers parents a safe, fun and interactive vacation environment for their toddler too. Royal Caribbean's trained professionals carefully maintain an optimum staff to child ratio, offering various playgroups and activities developed exclusively for Royal Caribbean with partners Fisher Price and Crayola.

Oversized outdoor video screens similar to those wowing guests at Oasis of the Seas' Aquatheater will make their debut aboard Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas. The large 18.5-foot video screen aboard each ship will be center of and overlooking the main family pool area and will feature movies and entertainment programs throughout the cruise for families, friends and couples to enjoy an evening under the stars.

Navigating Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas also will be even easier, thanks to the groundbreaking wayfinding system launched on Oasis of the Seas. Onboard activities, real time updates, customized directions and routing, as well as ship factoids will be at guests' fingertips with new plasma and LCD touch screen signs that will be prominently placed throughout each of the ships.

Delightful New Tastes
A runaway hit for sweet treats in Oasis of the Seas' Royal Promenade, the enchanting Cupcake Cupboard will soon charm guests of Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas as well. The specialty bakery boutique will feature a wide array of fresh gourmet cupcakes a la carte, and will also offer hands-on decorating classes, as well as a separate space for guests looking to celebrate special events - birthdays, anniversaries, reunions, and more.

For the wine aficionados, the Vintages lounge aboard Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas also will feature a new trendier decor and offer guests a wide range of fine wines. Guests also can enjoy a self-pour with new Enomatic serving systems, which will be stocked with an assortment of notable wine selections.

New Exclusive Oasis of the Seas Shore Excursions
Guests aboard Oasis of the Seas can exclusively enjoy a choice of three memorable shore excursion options immediately at Cozumel, Mexico, one of which inaugurates a new series of 'voluntourism' opportunities. For an additional charge, the whole family can enjoy a memorable day snorkeling near nurse sharks under the watchful eye of a highly skilled trainer and learn about shark physiology, reproduction and eating habits at Xcaret Eco Park on "Xcaret Shark Encounter" or wine aficionados can choose an unforgettable Mexican food and wine pairing, sample more than 180 delicious Mexican wines on display at Xcaret's newly constructed wine cellar on "Mexican Wine Tasting at Xcaret Park."

As part of a new series of "voluntourism" activities, "Voluntourism: The Mexican Red Cross Landscaping Project" offers guests the opportunity to contribute to the local community of Cozumel, thanks to a partnership with the Mexican Chapter of the Red Cross. As part of a beautification project, guests will be outfitted with materials and tools for this four-hour excursion that will allow them to assist with the planting of trees and shrubs at the local chapter's new facility. Remaining proceeds will be donated to the Cozumel chapter of the Mexican Red Cross.

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Legendary Entertainer Reba McEntire to Christen Norwegian Epic

MIAMI, May 11: Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that one of music's most iconic performers, Reba McEntire, will christen the company’s newest and most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship to date, Norwegian Epic, the hottest new ship of the year. The christening ceremony will take place in New York on July 2, 2010 on board Norwegian Epic. Ms. McEntire, who recently hosted the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, has achieved legendary status in the music world having sold over 55 million albums worldwide; earned 34 #1 singles and won 15 American Music Awards, 12 Academy of Country Music Awards, nine People’s Choice Awards, seven Country Music Association Awards and two GRAMMY Awards. She is also an avid cruiser and has taken several family cruise vacations, most recently on Norwegian Gem in the Mediterranean.

Norwegian Epic is an innovator in cruise ship entertainment, featuring world-class entertainment on board such as Blue Man Group, Cirque Dreams™ & Dinner, Legends in Concert, The Second City®, Howl at the Moon and Nickelodeon™ at Sea. In keeping with its focus on exceptional entertainment, it is only fitting that an entertainer – particularly one as celebrated as Reba McEntire – christens the ship.

“I met Reba and her family on Norwegian Gem and saw how much they were enjoying the freedom and flexibility that Freestyle Cruising offers. Later, I discovered that they are frequent customers on our ships which is why I believe that Reba is the perfect choice to christen our largest and most innovative ship, Norwegian Epic,” said Kevin Sheehan, chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “We are more than thrilled that such a celebrated performer as Reba, who also has experienced our product firsthand, will serve as Norwegian Epic’s Godmother.”

"I am truly honored that Norwegian Cruise Line asked me to christen Norwegian Epic, a ship that is so focused on entertainment," said Reba McEntire. "As a fan of Norwegian and Freestyle Cruising, this is a very special honor; I'm so excited to serve as Norwegian Epic's godmother."

In addition, Ms. McEntire’s career has included hosting her own talk show; turns on Broadway, movies and television; authoring books; and creating lines of clothing, footwear, home products and luggage. Considered one of the most successful female recording artists in history across all genres of music, Reba has seen every studio album since 1984’s, My Kind of Country, certified GOLD or higher, with 13 of her last studio albums all achieving Platinum + status.

Inaugural festivities for Norwegian Epic will take place in New York at 2:00 p.m. ET on July 2. In addition, Norwegian Epic will serve as the host venue for the 34th Annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks event taking place on Sunday, July 4, 2010. The event includes a national, one-hour, live entertainment broadcast on NBC-TV beginning at 9 p.m. ET and takes place on board Norwegian Epic where invited guests will have a front row view of the fireworks display.
For more information on Norwegian Epic and to book a cruise, call Norwegian at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), visit, or contact a travel professional.

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Carnival Cruise Lines, Port of Seattle Inaugurate New Seattle-Based
Alaska Cruise Program

MIAMI, May 11: Carnival Cruise Lines launched its first-ever cruises from Seattle today when the 2,124-passenger Carnival Spirit departed on a 7-day voyage to Alaska – the first of 17 cruises that will bring some 40,000 passengers to the city this season. Carnival’s new Seattle-based Alaska program will run through Aug. 31, 2010, with week-long Glacier Bay cruises departing every Tuesday from the port’s newest cruise terminal, Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91. Ports of call include popular Alaskan destinations of Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, as well as Victoria and cruising Tracy Arm Fjord.

To commemorate the start-up of Carnival’s new service from Seattle, a special reception and luncheon was held on board the Carnival Spirit, attracting more than 400 community leaders and local officials. The event was part of the annual Maritime Festival Luncheon sponsored by Seattle’s chapter of the Propeller Club.

“We have received a warm welcome from our friends in Seattle, which is a wonderful addition to our industry-leading North American homeport choices. In addition to outstanding support from the local community, including our travel agent partners, Seattle provides a convenient and affordable air transportation option and its location offers those in the western U.S. an opportunity to drive to their cruise,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival’s president and CEO.

“Carnival’s passengers will pump nearly $2 million per ship visit into our economy,” said Port Commission President Bill Bryant. “17 Carnival calls here expected this year mean jobs and local tax revenue. We are pleased to welcome Carnival to their new home at the Port of Seattle.”

Seattle serves as an excellent gateway to Alaska, a region filled with awe-inspiring natural wonders, including calving glaciers, magnificent fjords and native sea and animal life, as well as interesting cultures and attractions. A wide range of shore excursions – from helicopter flightseeing and rainforest canopy tours to hiking, canoeing, kayaking expeditions and even alpine snorkeling – are available, providing guests myriad opportunities to experience and explore The Last Frontier.

And the Carnival Spirit is the ideal ship for Alaska, with 80 percent of staterooms featuring an ocean view or balcony – perfect for viewing the passing scenery--along with indoor and outdoor promenades, and a 14,500-square-foot health and wellness center. Guests also enjoy specially prepared “Just For Alaska” menu items featuring local fish, game and other ingredients, as well as full-service multi-course meals in the main dining room as well as casual options such as a 24-hour pizzeria. Carnival Spirit also features a classic American-style steakhouse with prime U.S.D.A. dry-aged steaks and other gourmet cuisine.

Carnival Spirit also offers a two-deck-high promenade lined with lounges, bars and nightspots, including a 1,200-seat theater showcasing lavish production shows, as well as full casino gambling, a wedding chapel, conference center and bow-to-stern wireless access. Four swimming pools – one of them heated – as well as Carnival’s signature Twister Waterslide, are featured, as well. Kids sailing on Carnival Spirit can enjoy three different children’s programs – Camp Carnival for ages 2-11, Circle “C” for ages 12 to 14, and Club O2 for 15- to 17-year-olds – with facilities and counselors dedicated to each group. Many activities in these programs feature fun, educational activities with an Alaska theme.

Reservations are currently being accepted for Carnival’s 2010 Alaska cruises from Seattle. For additional information and reservations, call 1-800-327-9501.

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Morocco Adds Exotic Twist to Traditional Thanksgiving on Crystal Wine & Food Cruise

LOS ANGELES, May 10: Foodies seeking a traditional Thanksgiving feast in an exotic holiday setting will savor Crystal Cruises' Nov 22 Wine & Food Experiences of Discovery cruise to Morocco, the Canary Islands, Spain and Portugal. The head chef from Portugal's two Michelin Star restaurant, a James Beard award-winning author/wine expert and an innovative New York mixologist join Crystal's talented culinary team for a nine-day cruise itinerary round-trip from Lisbon aboard the ultra-luxurious Crystal Serenity. From the spices of Casablanca's Central Market to a cooking class at La Toque Blanche School of Gastronomy, food enthusiasts can enjoy optional adventures ashore, complimentary classes and tastings on board, and a lavish Thanksgiving feast of seasonal selections like butternut squash soup drizzled with pumpkin seed oil, roasted turkey with apple sage dressing, sweet potato praline, cider giblet gravy and traditional pumpkin and pecan pies.

Guest chef Dieter Koschina, head chef at Portugal's two Michelin Star Vila Joya, will inspire guests with cooking demonstrations and a multi-course chef's dinner showcasing his creative cuisine, characterized by the riches of the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean vegetables, as well as French classics. Wine expert and James Beard Award-winning author Dewey Markham will also be aboard to lead wine tastings, while modern mixologist Audrey Saunders will share her specialties and lead cocktail making classes.

"The cruise offers a fantastic blend of impressive culinary talent, imaginative menus and memorable sights, sounds and smells of fascinating destinations," says Toni Neumeister, vice president of food and beverage.

Sailing round-trip from Lisbon, the cruise visits Cadiz, Spain; Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands; Casablanca and Agadir, Morocco; and Madeira, Portugal. Per person, promotional Two-for-One cruise fares for the Nov 22 voyage include $1,000 per person 'All Inclusive - As You Wish' shipboard credits and complimentary air transportation from more than 20 North American gateways - Business Class Air for penthouse guests. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit

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Newly 'Solsticized' Celebrity Constellation Sets Sail With Style

MIAMI, May 10: Celebrity Cruises coined the word "Solsticized" in January, and yesterday, the meaning behind it became reality for guests embarking on Celebrity Constellation in Amsterdam.
Following an ambitious 15-day drydock and revitalization period, Celebrity Constellation now boasts some of the most popular venues found on the line's widely-heralded Solstice Class ships, including the tantalizing Tuscan Grille steakhouse; the vibrant creperie, Bistro on Five; a "cool" new ice-topped Martini Bar; the inviting Cafe al Bacio and Gelateria; Cellarmasters wine bar, complete with the state-of-the-art wine serving systems known as "Enomatics," allowing guests to select and serve wines by the glass, at the touch of a button; more sumptuous suites, with all new furniture, flat-screen TVs, upholstery, bedding and carpeting; restyled staterooms, with entirely new carpeting, flat-screen TVs, upholstery and bedding; and new color schemes, carpeting and upholstery reflective of the Solstice Class' stylish, modern design in every public venue.

"Our newly Solsticized Celebrity Constellation is a significant outgrowth of our 'Designed for you' brand platform, built around our longtime commitment to identifying and designing what our guests want," said Celebrity's President & CEO Dan Hanrahan. "By adding Solstice Class features that we know our guests love to our already award-winning Millennium Class ships - with the impeccable service our spectacular crew delivers across the entire fleet - we're confident we have a winning combination, expressly designed for discerning cruisers."

Celebrity Constellation is the first of the line's four Millennium-class ships to be "Solsticized." Celebrity Infinity and Celebrity Summit will be similarly refurbished in 2011, followed by Celebrity Millennium in 2012. The revitalization is only part of Celebrity's Designed for you platform, which - when combined with the brand's Celebrity Life onboard experiences, more robust Captain's Club loyalty program, and other brand enhancements - represents a nearly $200-million investment.

Following her current 7-night cruise through the breathtaking Norwegian Fjords, Celebrity Constellation will present a series of 12-night Scandinavia and Russia cruises, followed by an 8-night Northern Europe and Mediterranean cruise from Amsterdam to Barcelona, where the ship will present a series of roundtrip, 7-night Mediterranean sailings, before a 14-night transatlantic voyage departing Barcelona Nov 6, ending in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. There, Celebrity Constellation will present two consecutive 14-night Exotic Caribbean cruises, prior to embarking on a 15-night Panama Canal voyage from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego on Dec 18.

 For more information, call your travel agent, dial 1-800-437-3111 or visit

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Empowered Media Announces Jillian Michaels Ultimate Wellness Cruise 2010

Los Angeles, May 10: Wellness expert Jillian Michaels has teamed up with affinity travel company Sixthman and Norwegian Cruise Line to present the JILLIAN MICHAELS ULTIMATE WELLNESS CRUISE 2010. Setting sail from Miami, Florida on Oct 21, 2010, the cruise will take guests to Great Stirrup Cay & Nassau, Bahamas aboard the beautiful Norwegian Star, returning to port on Oct 25, 2010.

A New York Times best-selling author, and star of the NBC hit The Biggest Loser and the upcoming series Losing It with Jillian, Michaels and her super team of experts will be on board to motivate and inspire guests on the ultimate wellness vacation! Guests will experience four days of healthy cuisine, heart-pounding exercise, live wellness speaking engagements led by Michaels, activities for kids, and live entertainment, all while learning invaluable wellness lessons and acquiring the tools to help reboot one's life.

"Being physically fit and healthy transcends into every facet of our lives," says Michaels. "I'm excited to bring the ultimate in both wellness and fun to Norwegian Star - and to provide our guests with the tools to eat healthier, exercise better and improve all aspects of their lives."

Sixthman founder Andy Levine says, "We are proud to partner with Jillian Michaels in bringing her vision for a healthy and active vacation to life. She is a hero to her legions of fans in pursuit of a healthy lifestyle, and they will be in for a great four days at sea."

With beach workouts, team sports, high-energy dancing, great comedians, fitness fun for kids and more, the JILLIAN MICHAELS ULTIMATE WELLNESS CRUISE 2010 will be a family friendly, exciting way to get on the road to a healthier, balanced life. Reservations and more information are available now at

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Carnival Cruise Lines' New 130,000-Ton Ship to be Named Carnival Breeze

MIAMI, May 10: Carnival Breeze has been selected as the name for the line’s new 130,000-ton cruise ship scheduled to enter service in spring 2012. To be constructed by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, the 3,690-passenger Carnival Breeze will be the third in the line’s Dream class. The series’ namesake vessel, Carnival Dream, entered service in 2009 and a sister ship, Carnival Magic, is currently under construction at Fincantieri and is scheduled to debut in Europe in May 2011. Carnival Breeze will offer many of the popular innovations featured on Carnival Dream as well as some exciting and unique new elements created just for this vessel that will be detailed at a later date, along with homeport and itinerary information.

“Carnival Breeze promises to be a spectacular addition to our fleet and its name reflects the continued evolution of our brand while conveying the fun and carefree spirit associated with a Carnival cruise,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival president and CEO.

Signature Dream-class elements featured on Carnival Breeze will include expansive facilities for children and teens, a 23,750-square-foot Cloud 9 Spa and The Lanai, an outdoor promenade featuring cantilevered whirlpools that extend over the ship’s sides. Other features will include a WaterWorks aqua park with a 300-foot-long corkscrew water slide, a stunning indoor/outdoor café and live entertainment venue called Ocean Plaza and a wide range of staterooms including deluxe ocean views with two bathrooms, some of which feature five berths and hold particular appeal for families.

Carnival Breeze will be the 24th vessel in Carnival Cruise Lines’ fleet, which operates 3- to 15-day voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Panama Canal, Canada, New England, Bermuda, and Europe. For additional information and reservations, call 1-800-327-9501 or visit

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Princess Cruises Adds a Kiwi Flavor to New Zealand Voyages

SANTA CLARITA, CA, May 10: Princess Cruises will introduce a distinct Kiwi flavor on its upcoming season of cruises to New Zealand, with passengers experiencing a taste of the local cuisine, entertainment, and culture as they explore the North and South islands. Passengers on Sun Princess and Dawn Princess’ New Zealand cruises will be able to feel the spirit of Aotearoa the “Land of the Long White Cloud” throughout their voyage, enjoying features such as Maori dance performances, local cuisine and seminars on the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Fiordland National Park. The new programs and menus will be featured on 18 New Zealand sailings, beginning on Sun Princess Oct 13 and starting on Dawn Princess Dec 8.

“Our goal is for passengers to feel the essence of New Zealand throughout their time onboard,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. “We hope our passengers will gain a deeper understanding of what makes New Zealand so special.”

Highlights of Princess’ New Zealand cultural program include:

New Zealand Cuisine: New Zealand’s cuisine will be a focus on each sailing, with Kiwi dishes marked on the menu with the country’s iconic silver fern. Dinner will include items such as Braised New Zealand Lamb Shanks on Lentil Ragout, while lunch menus will feature the country’s Colonial influence with Fish & Chips and Shepherd’s Pie. Passengers can even start their day with a new breakfast selection – famous NZ Bacon & Egg Pie.
Wine and Beers: Bars will feature local Steinlager and Rheineck beers, while the wine lists will include a selection of New Zealand’s acclaimed wines.
New Zealand Island Night: This festive evening will feature a New Zealand theme, with local food (Lolly Log Cake, for instance) and drink selections (Kiwi Caipirinha among them).
Chef and Bartender Challenge: A new activity debuting on New Zealand sailings, this TV-style challenge features the ship’s chef and bartender facing off in a competition to make two dishes or five drinks with a secret New Zealand ingredient in just 30 minutes.
Enrichment and Education: Destination experts will travel with each ship to give passengers information about ports of call, while a park ranger will provide narration as the ship sails through Fiordland National Park. Princess is also working with Tourism New Zealand to present an onboard exhibit where passengers can learn more about local history and culture.
In Port Cultural Programs: In select New Zealand ports, Maori cultural performers will offer afternoon presentations demonstrating aspects of their culture and heritage. Maori masters will offer workshops in Kapa Haka dance traditions, tiki warrior rituals, Waiata chants, and lessons in Maori language.
Entertainment: While the ships are in port in Tauranga and Auckland, passengers can enjoy performances from local entertainers. Maori bands and other local performers are also being added to the lineup. The ships’ movie and TV screens will be showing films with a local twist, such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Piano as well as NZ documentaries and sporting events.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company's website at

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Royal Caribbean Announces Winter 2011-12 Caribbean Cruises
From Galveston & New Orleans

MIAMI, May 7: Royal Caribbean has announced the cruise line’s exciting winter 2011-12 Caribbean cruise season aboard Voyager of the Seas from New Orleans, La., and Mariner of the Seas from Galveston, Texas. Voyager of the Seas will debut in New Orleans as the largest and most innovative cruise ship to homeport in the city, and offer a third convenient Gulf Coast city to embark on a Royal Caribbean cruise. Vacationers can choose from 45 sailings aboard Voyager of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas from Nov 2011 through April 2012, which comprise seven distinct itineraries that call at eight unique Caribbean ports. The two ships augment the already-announced short Western Caribbean cruises aboard Jewel of the Seas from Tampa. Royal Caribbean’s winter 2011-12 Gulf Caribbean cruises are now open for booking.

“With our return to New Orleans in winter 2011, Royal Caribbean will offer three vibrant and convenient Gulf Coast cities to embark on a memorable family vacation or winter getaway,” said Betsy O’Rourke, senior vice president of Marketing, Royal Caribbean International. “Our ships offer guests the widest array of exclusive onboard amenities and offer something for everyone and every age. Throughout, all guests will enjoy the Royal treatment, delivered by every member of our renowned friendly and engaging staff and crew.”

Guests of Voyager of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas also have a wide range of exciting shore excursions to enhance their cruise vacation for an additional charge. Guests can enjoy a fun-filled day at the beach sunbathing and swimming on the "Playa Mia Deluxe Beach Break" in Cozumel, Mexico, or swim with the graceful Southern Atlantic stingrays at the world-famous Stingray City on "Stingray City Sandbar Swim & Snorkel" in Grand Cayman. For the more adventurous, guests can soar through trees from platform to platform on the “Chukka Canopy Experience” at the new cruise port of Falmouth, Jamaica.

Voyager of the Seas begins the new season from New Orleans on Nov 12, 2011, offering vacationers 7-night Western Caribbean cruises sailing every Saturday from the city’s newly renovated Julia Street Cruise Terminal. Mariner of the Seas will take over for Voyager of the Seas at Galveston and offer two alternating 7-night Western Caribbean itineraries. A special 9-night Western Caribbean itinerary, departing Nov 11, 2011, will kick off Mariner of the Seas’ inaugural season at Galveston and an 8-night holiday cruise will depart on Dec 18. A 6-night cruise, departing on Jan 2, 2012, will offer vacationers a relaxing and rejuvenating post-holiday getaway.

Voyager-class Mariner of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas are two of the world’s 10 largest and most innovative cruise ships at sea. Both ships feature the cruise line’s iconic rock-climbing wall, the Studio B ice-skating rink, nine-hole mini-golf course, an in-line skating track, a full-size basketball court, and the Royal Promenade, a boulevard of boutiques, restaurants and lounges and bars. Voyager of the Seas features the cruise line’s signature Portofino Italian restaurant, while Mariner of the Seas offers a second specialty restaurant option, Chops Grille steakhouse. For additional information or to make reservations, call your travel agent, visit or call (800) ROYAL-CARIBBEAN.

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Celebrity Cruises Celebrates Strong Caribbean Presence By Designing New Sweepstakes

MIAMI – May 7: The color blue has long symbolized serenity, sky, ocean and tranquility, and this winter, Celebrity Cruises is offering cruisers a wide variety of ways to escape the demands of everyday life and immerse themselves in blue – the deep blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, that is. With eight ships representing over 80 percent of its fleetwide capacity–including its three newest ships–sailing the Caribbean this winter, Celebrity has created the “Cruise the Caribbean Sweepstakes” to give guests yet another potential opportunity to experience the ever-popular destination on its award-winning Solstice-class ships. Celebrity’s Cruise the Caribbean Sweepstakes will highlight the brand’s award-winning Solstice-class ships’ presence in one of the world’s most popular cruise destinations.

The sweepstakes will offer one grand prize of Royal Suite accommodations featuring Celebrity’s renowned European butler service for two people, five first prizes of an AquaClass stateroom for two, and 10 second prizes of a ConciergeClass stateroom for two, all on a seven-night Caribbean voyage roundtrip out of Fort Lauderdale on the award-winning Celebrity Solstice, or from Miami on Celebrity Eclipse, which took her maiden voyage in Southampton, England on April 26. Additionally, 20 Apple iPod Touch devices will be awarded as third prizes.

Celebrity’s Cruise the Caribbean sweepstakes began at 12:00 am Eastern Time on Friday, May 7, and will conclude at 11:59 pm on the Summer Solstice, June 21, 2010. The sweepstakes is open to residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada, who are 21 years of age or older. Winners will be selected beginning on June 24. Those interested in entering can do so via the cruise line’s website, at

"Year after year, the Caribbean continues to be one of the most desirable destinations for discerning cruisers," said Lisa Z. Kauffman, Vice President, Marketing. "Guests and travel agents have long applauded our suite butler service, the amenities of our ConciergeClass veranda staterooms, and now the AquaClass accommodations offered on our Solstice-class ships. Our ‘Designed for you’ brand platform is really exemplified in the Caribbean, with a wide variety of itineraries where guests can enjoy world-class dining, extraordinary service and stunning onboard spaces on all of our ship classes. Our Cruise the Caribbean Sweepstakes not only showcases our Caribbean product, but it also will provide some lucky cruisers with the opportunity to experience our award-winning Solstice Class."

When the first Solstice-class ship, Celebrity Solstice, set sail in 2008, she introduced a new level of style and design previously unseen in the cruise industry. From more spacious staterooms and five specialty dining venues to the first “Lawn Club” and “Hot Glass Show” at sea, Celebrity Solstice was designed with discerning cruisers’ interests in mind, as was sister ship Celebrity Equinox, which launched in 2009 and will offer 10- and 11-night Caribbean sailings this winter.

Celebrity Eclipse offers the same compelling features as Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Equinox, and is the industry’s first ship to offer the “Celebrity iLounge,” complete with a retail area offering the latest products through Celebrity’s Authorized Apple Reseller status, and the first to present “Qsine,” a “uniquely unordinary,” interactive dining venue complete with food and wine menus on iPads. Later this month, Celebrity Solstice will introduce a Celebrity iLounge, which will complement its line-up of highly stylized guest venues.

Celebrity’s Solstice Class has expanded Celebrity’s overall Caribbean line-up to include even more opportunities for guests to experience stylish accommodations, outstanding cuisine and exceptional service. Overall, Celebrity’s overall Caribbean lineup for 2010-11 offers many options for cruisers seeking a stylish escape:

Celebrity Century will present 4- and 5-night cruises roundtrip from Miami;
Celebrity Constellation will present 14-night Exotic Southern Caribbean cruises roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale;
Celebrity Eclipse will present alternating 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises roundtrip from Miami;
Celebrity Equinox will present 10- and 11-night Ultimate Caribbean cruises roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale;
Celebrity Mercury will present a second season of 9-night Bahamas and 12-night Eastern Caribbean sailings from Baltimore from Oct 2010 through Feb 2011, followed by 10- and 11-night Western and Eastern Caribbean cruises departing from Charleston from March through April 2011;
Celebrity Millennium will reprise her series of 10- and 11-night Southern Caribbean cruises departing from San Juan, Puerto Rico;
Celebrity Solstice will round out her 2010 year-round Caribbean presence by continuing to offer 7-night cruises roundtrip out of Fort Lauderdale;
Celebrity Summit will continue to offer 7-night Southern Caribbean cruises departing roundtrip from San Juan.

Earlier this month, Celebrity launched a Caribbean booking promotion that features promotional rates and upgrade opportunities on select sailings. Between now and the end of May, cruisers can take advantage of extraordinary values, including free Solstice-class veranda upgrades, inside staterooms starting from $599 per person, and third- and fourth-berth rates from $349 per person, on select cruises sailing between May 2010 and April 2011. Additional information on the booking promotion is available at

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Chicago Chef Randy Zweiban to Sail on Holland America Line's ms Amsterdam July 12

SEATTLE, May 7: Randy Zweiban, executive chef and owner of Chicago's acclaimed restaurant, Province, is scheduled to sail as part of the guest enrichment program on the July 12, 2010, Alaskan Adventurer Via Hubbard Glacier cruise aboard Holland America Line's ms Amsterdam. The 14-day cruise sails round-trip from Seattle and will call at Ketchikan, Skagway, Sitka, Anchorage, Homer and Juneau, Alaska, before visiting Victoria, British Columbia. The ship also explores Hubbard Glacier, Tracy Arm and Sawyer Glaciers and Alaska's Inside Passage, one of the most scenic sea-lanes in the world. While cruising, Zweiban, who will be on board from July 12-19, will share his expertise on Nuevo Latino cuisine and conduct cooking demonstrations for guests in the ship's state-of-the-art show kitchen.

A native of Queens, N.Y., Zweiban decided to pursue a career in the culinary field in the mid-1980s and enrolled in Peter Kump's New York Cooking School (now called The Institute of Culinary Education). After graduating, Zweiban opened a boutique catering service in Manhattan creating food for upscale gallery openings, private parties and other prominent events in the New York area. In 1989, Zweiban located to Miami, Fla., where he worked under acclaimed Chef Norman Van Aken, "the founding father of New World Cuisine" and immersed himself in the culture and cooking of Miami's Latino community. In 1998, Zweiban left the sandy beaches of Miami and headed to Chicago where he opened the celebrated restaurant, Nacional 27. In 2008, the innovative chef championed Nuevo Latino cuisine and opened Province in Chicago's trendy West Loop neighborhood. Instantly, the Nuevo Latino concept captured the hearts and tastes of the Windy City's food critics and foodies alike. Featuring cuisine inspired by Central and South America and Spain, Province was given a three-out-of-four-star review by the Chicago Tribune. Additionally, Zweiban's work has been featured in several national publications including USA Today, Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Newsweek, Food Arts, Metropolitan Home and Esquire magazine.

Holland America Line's Culinary Arts Center
Holland America Line's Culinary Arts Center is featured on each of the line's 14 ships. A first-class "show kitchen at sea," the Culinary Arts Centers presented by Food & Wine magazine resemble the elaborate show kitchens used by celebrity chefs on television cooking programs. The facilities offer demonstrations, tastings and hands-on cooking classes aboard every Holland America Line sailing.
Each facility features a theater-style venue, with two large plasma video screens and a large cooking display counter where guests can learn from and interact with the masters. On cruises that do not have a celebrity chef on board, hands-on classes and demonstrations in the show kitchen are scheduled with Holland America Line's own expert chefs.

Holland America Line also offers a youth Culinary Arts Center activity program to teach kids and teens how to cook. The program incorporates dishes from breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in complimentary 45-minute-long classes. Kids under eight years old learn to make theme cookies, fruit roll-ups, ice cream sandwiches, salad people art and scones. Kids eight and over make soft pretzels, granola bars, pita chips and hummus, and saltwater taffy. Teens also can attend adult culinary demonstrations.

For a full schedule of Holland America Line's culinary guest program, visit and click on the Culinary Arts Center tab. For cruise brochures or for more information, consult a professional travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit

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Windstar Cruises Issues Its 2011/2012 Voyage Planner

SEATTLE, May 7: Windstar Cruises, which operates a three-ship fleet of luxury yachts that explore hidden harbors and secluded coves of the world's most treasured destinations, issues its elegant 2011/2012 Voyage Planner with cover art by renowned artist Michael Crampton, featuring a calendar of voyages in the Baltic, Holy Land, Europe, Costa Rica, and Caribbean as well as Windstar's notable Signature Collection Host Series line-up.

"We are excited to offer an extraordinary selection of cruises in 2011 and 2012," said Diane Moore, President of Windstar Cruises. "And, our new Voyage Planner is a great tool for planning the perfect Windstar vacation."

Wind Surf Itineraries: The 312-guest Wind Surf begins its 2011 season with a series of 7-day roundtrip, northbound and southbound Barbados voyages from Jan through March. From April through Nov, Wind Surf operates 7-day Mediterranean cruises from Lisbon, Portugal; Barcelona, Spain; Rome, Italy; Nice, France; Venice, Italy and Athens, Greece. During Dec 2011 through March 2012, Wind Surf sails 7-day northbound and southbound Barbados voyages along with new itineraries between Barbados and St. Martin.

Wind Spirit Itineraries: The 148-guest Wind Spirit offers 7-day roundtrip St. Martin itineraries from Jan through March 2011 and again in Dec 2011 through March 2012. From April through June, and mid-August through mid-Nov 2011, Wind Spirit sails Europe and Greek Isles itineraries from Lisbon, Portugal; Barcelona, Spain; Rome, Italy; Athens, Greece; and Istanbul, Turkey. In July and August, Wind Spirit premieres new European 7-day voyages from Lisbon, Portugal; Le Havre, France; Oslo, Norway; and Stockholm, Sweden.

Wind Star Itineraries: The 148-guest Wind Star starts its 2011 season with 7-day Costa Rica cruises roundtrip from Puerto Caldera. From April through mid-Oct and in Nov, Wind Star operates Europe and Greek Isles itineraries from Lisbon, Portugal; Barcelona, Spain; Athens; Greece; Istanbul, Turkey; Rome, Italy; and Venice, Italy. In mid-October, Wind Star premieres two Holy Land voyages--a 10-day Athens, Greece to Ashdod, Israel itinerary and an 11-day Ashdod, Israel to Athens, Greece itinerary. In Dec, Wind Star sails a 14-day Panama Canal cruise followed by a 7-day Costa Rica cruise roundtrip from Puerto Caldera. From Jan through March 2012, Wind Star will operate four new 7-day Costa Rica itineraries that feature a Panama Canal transit along with 7-day roundtrip Puerto Caldera cruises.

Windstar's Connoisseur Collection: Windstar's Connoisseur Collection offers back-to-back itineraries allowing guests one luxurious two-week sailing that rarely repeats a port. Eleven 14-day itineraries are available in Europe and the Caribbean with one 18-day itinerary showcasing the Holy Land and Greek Isles.

Signature Collection Host Series: Windstar's Signature Collection Host Series offers guests a unique opportunity to travel with luminaries in the world of winemaking, culinary arts, photography, gardening and wealth management. Windstar guests can taste and learn about wines from top winemakers Daniel Baron of Silver Oak Cellars; Chris Figgins of Leonetti Cellar; Tor and Susan Kenward of Tor Kenward Family Wines; Bob Iantosca of Gloria Ferrer and Julia Iantosca of Lasseter Family Winery; as well as David Gianulias and Todd Rustman of Levendi Winery. Chef Fabio Viviani of Firenze Osteria and fan favorite of "Top Chef" season five will delight food connoisseurs with his culinary arts. Guests will discover the art of photography with celebrity and travel photographer John Russo. Garden designer Anthea Guthrie will share her passion for gardening and design tips. And, Todd Rustman will discuss the principles of wealth management.

To order Windstar Cruises' 2011 / 2012 Voyage Planner or for more information, please contact a travel professional or Windstar Cruises at 1-800-258-7245 or

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Carnival Cruise Lines Dramatically Expands Bermuda Presence
with 16 Departures from Four East Coast Homeports in 2011

MIAMI, May 6: Carnival Cruise Lines, the world’s largest cruise operator, will dramatically expand its Bermuda cruise schedule in 2011, offering 16 departures to the island from four popular eastern U.S. homeports -- Baltimore, Norfolk, Va, New York and, for the first time, Charleston, S.C. Carnival will be the only cruise line offering Bermuda cruises from Charleston. The 16 Bermuda voyages, the most the line has ever offered, will encompass a variety of 6-, 7- and 8-day cruises from April through Nov 2011.

“Bermuda is one of the world’s most desirable cruise destinations, and offering three different cruise lengths from four East Coast homeports provides our guests an unprecedented variety of choices for visiting this beautiful island paradise,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival president and CEO.

Carnival’s 2011 Bermuda departures include:

• Baltimore (7-day cruises on Carnival Pride): April 10 & 17, Sept. 18, Oct. 2, and Nov. 6
• New York (7- & 8-day departures on Carnival Miracle): April 14 & 21 and Sept. 11 & 27
• Norfolk (6-day sailing on Carnival Glory): Oct. 16
• Charleston, SC (6-day voyages on Carnival Fantasy): April 23, May 19, June 16, Aug. 25, Sept. 15, and Oct. 6

All 16 voyages will dock at King’s Wharf, and while in Bermuda guests can sample the island’s many fine restaurants, shops and boutiques, and visit a number of interesting sites and landmarks. Six-day voyages will offer 2-day calls at King’s Wharf while 7- and 8-day cruises will feature 3-day visits. During their visit to Bermuda, guests can relax on the island’s legendary pink sand beaches and partake in a wide variety of watersports, including snorkeling, kayaking and scuba diving. Shore excursions visiting historic sites such as the Royal Naval Dockyard and Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse, the oldest cast iron lighthouse in the Western Hemisphere, also are available. Through Carnival’s golf program, guests also can hit the links and play the island’s most challenging and beautiful courses.

Reservations are currently open for the six Charleston departures with the line’s other Bermuda cruises expected to be open over the next few weeks. For additional information and reservations on Carnival’s Bermuda cruises, call 1-800-327-9501.

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Royal Caribbean’s Newest Ship, Allure of the Seas, Steals The Spotlight With
Chicago As Headline Show

MIAMI, May 6: This December, Royal Caribbean Intl will once again make waves on the cruise vacation scene with the debut of the world’s next largest and most innovative cruise ship, Allure of the Seas. As did sister-ship Oasis of the Seas, the arrival of Allure of the Seas will bring an unprecedented array of brand new features and onboard amenities, including one of Broadway’s longest-running and most recognizable theatric productions, Chicago: The Musical, which will headline in the ship’s main theater. Reprising the lauded at-sea debut of Hairspray aboard Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas’ Amber Theater will join an illustrious list of venues, such as the Ambassador Theater in New York City and the Cambridge Theatre in London’s West End, that have raised the curtain on the award-winning musical. A new webisode about Chicago: The Musical aboard Allure of the Seas is now playing at

“Allure of the Seas will feature an unbelievable lineup of new entertainment options that will dazzle and delight guests of all ages,” said Lisa Bauer, senior vice president, Hotel Operations, Royal Caribbean International. “Chicago: The Musical will become the second Tony Award-winning musical that Royal Caribbean debuts at sea and tops the list of award-winning caliber entertainment created by our own Royal Caribbean Productions team.”

Chicago fans will find that Allure of the Seas’ version of the popular production includes the same infamous cast of characters and one show-stopping-song after another, weaving together a universal tale of fame, fortune, and ‘all that jazz.’ Slightly condensed to fit an approximate run time of 90 minutes, the musical will be brought to life on Allure of the Seas’ Broadway-style proscenium stage in the ship’s state-of-the-art, 1,380-seat Amber Theater.

While Chicago: The Musical is the first production announced for Allure of the Seas, many more world-class entertainment options will be available for guests to enjoy at the wide variety of venues found shipwide, including a spectacle of music, dance and aerial acrobatics called Blue Planet that also will run in the Amber Theater; OceanAria, a signature aquatic production in the ship’s open-air AquaTheater, fusing high dive thrills with dramatic aerial choreography; an ice show extravaganza planned for the ship’s ice-skating rink, Studio B; spectacular and colorful parades in the Royal Promenade; and everything else in between, from jazz performances to comedy.

Allure of the Seas shares the title of the world’s largest and most revolutionary cruise ship with sister-ship Oasis of the Seas. An architectural marvel at sea, she will span 16 decks, encompass 225,282 gross registered tons, carry 5,400 guests at double occupancy, and feature 2,700 staterooms. Allure of the Seas will tout Royal Caribbean’s exclusive neighborhood concept of seven distinct themed areas, which will include Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone. The ship will alternate a Western Caribbean with an Eastern Caribbean seven-night itinerary from her home port of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Additional information is available at

Auditions for the Royal Caribbean’s production of Chicago, as well as the other shows on Allure of the Seas will begin June 3. Open casting calls will be held June 3-5 in Chicago, June 8-11 in London, and June 14-17 in New York. More details and a full schedule can be found at Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand with 21 ships currently in service and one under construction. The line also offers unique cruise tour land packagesin Alaska, Canada, Dubai, Europe, and Australia and New Zealand. For additional information or to make reservations, call your travel agent, visit or call (800) ROYAL-CARIBBEAN.

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Silversea Cruises Spices Up The Summer With Excursions Designed For The Gourmet

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, May 6: From a tapas workshop at a cooking school in Barcelona, to a lesson in the art of making pesto at one of Genoa's finest restaurants, to a French pastry class in Cannes, Silversea is rolling out a tantalizing collection of Mediterranean shore tours tailored to the traveler who is an epicure at heart. Four ultra-luxury Silversea ships, including the new Silver Spirit, will sail throughout the Mediterranean, Adriatic and Black seas from now through October. With over 50 diverse itineraries of seven to twelve days, visiting more than 60 ports, Silversea's destination experts have designed dozens of optional shore excursions to showcase the culinary traditions of this fascinating region.

"Recognizing that travel, food and wine are central to the lifestyle of our guests, we're pleased to offer a selection of gourmet-themed tours among the more than 300 shore options available in the Mediterranean this year," said Darius Mehta, Silversea's associate vice president of air and land programs. "These tours are part of our exclusive Silver Shore Collection, which provides unique, in-depth cultural experiences tailored for small, intimate groups."

Highlights of the Mediterranean culinary tours include:

Pesto Making at Zeffirino's (Portofino): This upscale restaurant opened in Genoa in 1939 and became a favorite among celebrities from Sinatra to Pavarotti. During your visit, Zeffirino's chef will share the secrets to making authentic pesto sauce, then enjoy a lunch of pesto, fresh fish and a delicate dessert.
Tapas Workshop & Wine Tasting (Barcelona): Indulge your senses with the culture, traditions and flavors of Barcelona at a cooking school where the chef teaches you how to make tapas, the popular Spanish appetizers. After the lesson, enjoy your tapas served with wine and cava.
French Pastry Class at L'Oasis (Cannes): At the Riviera's renowned L'Oasis restaurant, a member of Relais & Châteaux, chef Francois Raimbault demonstrates French pastry making. Following the two-hour class, enjoy tea served with a selection of the pastries you prepared.
• NEW - Cooking with the Countess (Venice): Learn the secrets to preparing authentic Venetian cuisine as Countess Lelia Passi hosts a cooking lesson and lunch at magnificent Palazzo Tiepolo on the Grand Canal.
NEW - Gourmet Experience in the Chianti Area (Livorno): Enjoy a scenic drive through Italy's Chianti region to the vineyards of the Antinori family where a gourmet lunch will be served with several fine wines.
NEW - Truffle Lunch Experience in Istria Countryside (Pula): Visit the Stefanic family farm, restaurant and winery where fruit, olives, figs and truffles are grown, then savor a lunch created with these ingredients as local musicians perform Istrian songs for your entertainment.
NEW - Porto Azzurro & Wine Tasting (Portoferraio, Elba Island): At La Chiusa Winery, set amid breathtaking ocean scenery, learn about winemaking and olive oil production processes, then participate in a wine and olive oil tasting.
NEW - Korcula's Sweets Cooking Class (Korcula): Embrace the traditions and flavors of Korcula with a walking tour through the city. At a local home, learn the history of the island and how to prepare prikle, a delicious fried doughnut covered with raisins and almonds.
NEW - Greek Cooking Lesson (Corfu): At the Spyros & Vassilis restaurant in Tebloni, the chef-owner greets you with a glass of ouzo before demonstrating how to prepare an array of Greek dishes, including the famous moussaka -- all to be enjoyed as your lunch.
Sicilian Market & Cooking Class - Cucina del Sole (Taormina): On the slopes of Mt. Etna, visit the 18th-century home of gastronomic journalist Eleonora Consoli for a lesson in Sicilian cooking, then enjoy a lunch of the prepared dishes in Ms. Consoli's garden.
Cooking Cascais Style (Lisbon): Learn how to prepare some of Portugal's most delectable dishes at the Albatroz Palace, a boutique hotel overlooking the sea in Cascais. Executive Chef Miguel Gomcalves weaves herbs and produce from local markets into five different dishes that participants enjoy with a glass of wine.
Exclusive Cooking Class at La Provençale (Marseille): Enjoy splendid vistas on a drive to the region of Aix-en-Provence and its 17th-century Chateau d'Arnajon, a beautiful country house where you'll enjoy a cooking lesson and lunch using fresh produce from local markets.

As a complement to Silversea's roster of excursions, the company also offers guests assistance in making independent tour arrangements. Through the Silver Shore Concierge, guests can request tours tailored to their personal interests, or get help in designing their own one-of-a-kind shore experience. This special service is available to guests who have a deposited or fully-paid booking. Payment for confirmed arrangements is made in advance of sailing and includes a service fee. For assistance in making personalized, private onshore arrangements, call the dedicated toll-free phone line, 1-800-968-9518, or email . The Silver Shore Concierge desk can be reached from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (East Coast time, U.S.), Monday through Friday. The Silver Shore Concierge is also offered aboard ship, where the shore concierge manager and team, together with the destination specialist, are available to assist guests with suggestions, planning and coordination of all their independent touring needs.

Silversea Cruises is recognized as an innovator in the luxury segment, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper and Silver Spirit, all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the regal expedition ship Prince Albert II, the company's itineraries encompass all seven continents. 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 Cruises’ Medical Departments Earn Unique Distinction with
Prestigious Quality Certification & Accreditation

SANTA CLARITA, CA, May 6: The Princess Cruises Medical Departments have once again been credited with meeting the quality health standards of an internationally recognized healthcare organization. Following a comprehensive survey of both its shipboard and shoreside medical departments, Princess Cruises has achieved an industry first by being awarded accreditation and ISO 9001:2008 certification for quality in health care. These awards recognize the excellent standards of medical care provided on board Princess’ vessels.

CHKS accreditation was first awarded to Princess in 2006 and, following comprehensive annual external surveys of its medical facilities, staff and procedures, in 2009 was re-accredited for a further three years. CHKS also certified that the Princess medical program meets the International Organization for Standardization’s quality standards (ISO 9001:2008) and has a management system in place that consistently meets customer and regulatory requirements. Princess is shortlisted to receive the CHKS Quality Improvement Award.

“I think many people would be surprised and reassured to know that our medical centers achieve similar quality standards to medical facilities ashore,” said Dr. Grant Tarling, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer for Princess Cruises. “We’ve worked extremely hard to attain these outstanding achievements which demonstrate our dedication to providing the highest standards of medical care for our patients on board our ships.”

CHKS is a major UK based organization which works with public and private health care providers worldwide. They develop best practice standards and are accredited by the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua), the leading international healthcare quality policy and research organization, as well as by the UK Accreditation Services (UKAS) to award certification to the standards of ISO 9001:2008.

Princess Cruises’ medical department offers one of the industry's most advanced sea-going medical programs, featuring a staff of qualified, full-time maritime professionals who work within well equipped facilities suited to the practice of medicine in a maritime environment. In addition to the CHKS accreditation and ISO 9001:2008 certification, Princess' medical program meets or exceeds the cruise ship medical guidelines issued by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

Princess ships are registered in Bermuda, a British Overseas Territory. Princess’ certification also applies to the medical programs of its sister lines Cunard Line, P&O Cruises UK, Ocean Village and P&O Cruises Australia, which are also operated by the Princess shoreside medical department. Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company's website at

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Holland America Line Announces 31 Alaska/Yukon CruiseTours for 2011

SEATTLE, May 5: From Glacier Bay and Denali National Park to the Kenai Peninsula and Yukon, Holland America Line's 2011 Alaska CruiseTours feature 31 exciting itineraries. All CruiseTours - ranging from 10 to 20 days in length - combine an Inside Passage sailing with in-depth land tours, designed to show guests the best of Alaska's wilderness, wildlife, native culture and history. Many tours also feature Canada's Yukon Territory with its Klondike Gold Rush heritage and pristine national parks such as Kluane National Park and Tombstone Park.

"Holland America draws on more than 60 years of experience in Alaska and the Yukon to provide guests with in-depth wilderness experiences," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales, and guest programs. "These tours are an incredible value for guests who want to experience the beauty of Alaska by both land and sea."

Holland America's comprehensive CruiseTours combine many modes of transportation to explore Alaska and the Yukon. Guests travel by five-star cruise ships, luxury, domed McKinley Explorer® railcars, vessels such as the mv Yukon Queen II and comfortable, custom-built Explorer CoachesTM, which feature more legroom.

In 2011 Holland America Line is featuring 10 Yukon & Denali CruiseTours. The 10- to 15-day itineraries combine a three- or four-day Inside Passage cruise between Vancouver and Skagway with adventures to Denali National Park and destinations such as Fairbanks, Dawson City and Whitehorse. Some CruiseTours also include Kluane National Park and the White Pass & Yukon Railroad with Lake Bennett excursion.

Denali CruiseTours feature a seven-day Inside Passage cruise on 18 itineraries ranging from 11 to 20 days. Guests enjoy more glacier viewing, including either the immense Hubbard Glacier in Yakutat Bay or Glacier Bay National Park. Most itineraries offer two-night Double Denali stays and the Denali Tundra Wilderness Tour. Some include an excursion to the Arctic, Kenai Fjords National Monument or luxurious Alyeska Resort.

Three Expedition CruiseTours, ranging from 12 to 14 days, provide authentic wilderness experiences and include the new Bears & Wilderness CruiseTour. It features a seven-day Glacier Discovery Cruise and retreats at rustic Redoubt Bay Lodge near Lake Clark National Park (sport fishing and bear viewing opportunities) and Winterlake Lodge along Alaska's historic Iditarod Trail (helicopter glacier trekking, hiking, fishing). The other two Expedition CruiseTours highlight the Kenai Peninsula or Denali backcountry.

Holland America Line will continue to offer the Seattle Connector Package to enable guests beginning or ending their CruiseTour in Anchorage or Fairbanks to enjoy a roundtrip Seattle itinerary. The package includes airfare between Seattle and Alaska, overnight at Seattle airport area hotel, transfers between Seattle and Vancouver and transfers between Anchorage or Fairbanks hotel and airport. CruiseTours start at $999 per person, double occupancy. To book an Alaska cruise or CruiseTour, contact a travel professional or call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit

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Celebrity Chefs Set To Host Silversea Culinary Arts Voyages

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, May 5: Some of the world's most celebrated chefs and rising stars are set to host Silversea Culinary Arts voyages in the coming months. These unique culinary theme cruises showcase the artistry of award-winning chefs of top dining establishments from around the world, including the internationally acclaimed chefs of Relais & Châteaux, the distinguished international association of charming properties and finest restaurants. And several of these famed chefs will soon team up to host one extraordinary sailing: Silver Whisper's "World of Relais & Châteaux," Voyage 4014, sailing May 31 to June 12, 2010, Nice to Southampton. Over twelve days, these five Relais & Châteaux chefs will take part in a culinary festival at sea celebrating New World cuisine:

Jonathan Cartwright, White Barn Inn (Kennebunkport, Maine, U.S.A.)
Anne Desjardins, L'Eau à La Bouche (Ste-Adèle, Québec, Canada)
Jacques Thorel, Auberge Bretonne (La Roche-Bernard, Britanny, France)
Mathew Macartney, Chateau Yering (Melbourne, Australia)
Jimmy McIntyr, Otahuna Lodge (Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand)

A second "World of Relais & Châteaux" cruise, highlighting Old World cuisine, is scheduled for Silver Spirit's Voyage 5032, sailing Sept 25 to Oct 2, 2010, Lisbon to Nice. Its roster of master chefs is still being finalized.

"Our Culinary Arts voyages are enriching lifestyle experiences offering a great way to travel and learn," said Rudi Scholdis, Silversea's director of culinary development. "Because we're able to bring together so many stellar chefs through our exclusive partnership with Relais & Châteaux, these theme cruises continue to grow in popularity with our guests."

On the Culinary Arts enrichment voyages, celebrity chefs will display their exceptional talents during dynamic and informative cooking demonstrations where guests can taste and learn firsthand the secrets of enticing signature dishes. These voyages also feature escorted provisioning trips to international markets (when the itinerary permits), food and wine pairings, creative regional dishes, and a five-course grand gourmet dinner. Throughout these special sailings, the featured guest chef and Silversea’s executive chef are on hand to share their culinary expertise and answer any questions.

Following is a list of chefs tapped to host Culinary Arts voyages:

Anton Mosimann: Considered by many to be the world's first super-chef, his eponymous restaurant in London has catered to world leaders and royalty. Mosimann, a Swiss national who received the "Order of the British Empire" for his contribution to England's culinary industry, will host Silver Cloud's Caribbean Voyage 1101, Jan 4-14, 2011, Barbados to San Juan.
Eyvind Hellstrøm: This Norwegian superstar chef, who earned two Michelin stars for Oslo's legendary Bagatelle restaurant, will host Silver Whisper's transatlantic Voyage 4026, Sept 2-14, 2010, Southampton to New York.
George Francisco: Awarded the coveted Sydney Morning Herald chef's hat in 2009 and 2010, Francisco is the executive chef of Jonah's, one of Australia's oldest and most respected hospitality establishments. A Relais & Châteaux member property, it overlooks fabulous Whale Beach in New South Wales. Francisco will host Silver Shadow's Alaska Voyage 3017, June 26-July 6, 2010, Vancouver - San Francisco.
Luke Matthews & Cameron Rutherford: At Chewton Glen, a Relais & Châteaux hotel and restaurant in Hampshire, England, Matthews started his career cooking alongside Michelin-star head chef Pierre Chevillard. Now the property's executive head chef, Matthews will team up with development chef Cameron Rutherord to host Silver Whisper's Voyage 4029, Oct 4-14, 2010, New York to New York, exploring New England and Canada.

In addition to the Sept 25 "World of Relais & Châteaux" cruise, eight more Culinary Arts voyages, with hosting chefs yet to be named, are scheduled this year, as follows:

J uly 13-21: Silver Whisper, Northern Europe Voyage 4019, roundtrip from Copenhagen.
Aug 1-11: Silver Wind, Mediterranean Voyage 2025, Lisbon to Monte Carlo.
Sept 1-11: Silver Cloud, Northern Europe Voyage 1026, Reykjavik to London.
Sept 12-29: Silver Shadow, Transoceanic Voyage 3026, Vancouver to Tokyo.
Sept 30-Oct 10: Silver Wind, Mediterranean Voyage 2032, Barcelona to Rome.
Oct 14-24: Silver Whisper, Caribbean Voyage 4030, New York to Barbados.
Nov 2-17: Silver Cloud, Transoceanic Voyage 1032, Barcelona to Barbados.
Dec 21-Jan 4: Silver Shadow, Australia & New Zealand Voyage 3035, Sydney to Auckland .

And for wine enthusiasts, a Wine Series voyage will be hosted by Maggie Harrison, co-owner of Antica Terra Winery, Oregon, U.S.A., aboard Silver Spirit's Caribbean Voyage 5040, Dec 2-11, 2010, Fort Lauderdale to Barbados.

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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Royal Caribbean Cruises Help Create Memories On Summer Family Vacations

MIAMI, May 04: With spring break memories still fresh in mind, families are looking toward the soon-to-follow, beloved summer months, ripe for travel. This year, Royal Caribbean International makes summer vacation for the whole family easy-to-plan—often as simple as a phone call to their travel agent or just a few mouse-clicks away — and easy-to-get-to from 12 North American ports close to home, meaning that there are no reasons why families should forgo a much deserved getaway this summer.

To inspire families to the world of opportunities possible on a summer cruise vacation, Royal Caribbean is airing new Postcards from the Nation of Why Not commercials, including the debut of an all-Spanish spot in select markets, depicting families enjoying memorable cruises and creating their own Why Not moments aboard some of the world’s most innovative ships. The Spanish commercial is airing in the New York and Miami-Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area, and can be viewed at

Savvy vacation hunters can register for Royal Caribbean’s latest HOT deals via Royal Caribbean’s web site,, or follow @royalhotdeals on Twitter. Vacationers also can take advantage of family pricing, special rates as low as $56 per person, per cruise night for four guests occupying one stateroom. New York area vacationers can choose among family pricing for Explorer of the Seas’ 9-night Bermuda and Bahamas cruises or 9-night Bermuda and Caribbean cruises on select sailings. Family pricing for these Explorer of the Seas’ sailings are subject to availability and does not include applicable government taxes, fees and possible fuel supplements.

With hundreds of itinerary options available to Canada and New England, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, and Alaska, family vacationers across the country are sure to find a Royal Caribbean cruise to suit their interests—often with no flights required. Families in the Northeast also can choose a 5-night Bermuda getaway on Explorer of the Seas, which serves the New York metropolitan area year-round from Cape Liberty in Bayonne, N.J.; southerners are just a short drive to Norfolk, Va. and Port Canaveral, Fla., where dozens of itineraries exist, including 7-night sailings to the Caribbean on Freedom of the Seas; and those on the west coast can choose a 7-night Mexican Riviera cruises on Mariner of the Seas, sailing from Los Angeles. From South Florida, vacationers have year-round choices of Royal Caribbean’s newest and most innovative ships, such as the world-renowned Liberty of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas, or the highly anticipated Allure of the Seas, which sets sail from December 1.

No matter which Royal Caribbean cruise ship or itinerary, guests of all ages will enjoy a memorable family vacation aboard some of the world’s most innovative ships, offering the widest array of exclusive onboard amenities. Young guests up to the age of 11 can enjoy the cruise line’s complimentary Adventure Ocean kids program, with continuous, scheduled sessions led by college-graduate counselors from 9 to 2 a.m. Teens can make new friends and hang out in the teen-only lounge or dance club, accommodations that Royal Caribbean exclusively offers fleetwide. Additionally, some of Royal Caribbean’s cruise ships are fitted with the industry’s most innovative onboard amenities, such as the cruise line’s iconic rock-climbing walls, FlowRider surf simulators, Studio B ice-skating rinks, full-size basketball courts and carousels and zip-lines.

Adults can take in Royal Caribbean Productions’ Broadway-caliber entertainment; try their luck in the Casino Royale; and savor delicious choices in the onboard restaurants and recount the excitement of the day over a cocktail in one of the onboard themed lounges. Throughout, all guests will enjoy the Royal treatment, served up by Royal Caribbean’s friendly and engaging staff and crew. For additional information or to make reservations, call your travel agent, visit or call (800) ROYAL-CARIBBEAN.

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High Caliber Golf Courses & Billy Casper Set for Crystal New England/Canada Golf Cruise

LOS ANGELES, May 4: Crystal Cruises announces premier golf courses for its October 22 Experiences of Discovery Golf cruise exploring New England & Canada. With tee times at six courses, golf enthusiasts can play in nearly all of the picturesque cities on the 11-day itinerary from Montreal to New York. On board, veteran PGA champion Billy Casper and PGA member coach John Clark will host golf clinics on board the award-winning Crystal Symphony, with tips for recreational players and avid golfers. Participating golfers can also win a free cruise with Crystal's "Hole in One" contest.

Among the courses are:

-- Granite Links at Quarry Hills, Boston - Among Golf Digest's 'America's 100 Greatest Public Courses';
-- Pine Hills, Boston - Named "The number one course in Massachusetts" by Zagat in 2009.
-- Club de Golf Islemere, Montreal - The 27-hole course has hosted both the Men's and Women's Canadian Open;
-- La Tempete, Quebec City - The first international caliber 18-hole course in Quebec's metropolitan area; and
-- Sable Oaks, Portland - A challenging course in a Crystal maiden call.

"Besides offering championship level play, these courses provide some of the most beautiful scenery in the region," says John Stoll, vice president, land and port operations.

Crystal's golf program includes a VIP Golfers welcome cocktail reception; welcome kits with course info and gifts; roundtrip transportation to each course accompanied by a Crystal escort or pro; 45-minute warm-up and pre-/post-round refreshments and cocktails; and complimentary storage and cleaning of clubs and shoes. Crystal recommends that guests bring their own clubs on golf outings. Guests can ship equipment to and from the ship with Luggage Concierge.

Beginning with an overnight in Montreal, the cruise visits Quebec City, Halifax, Saint John, Boston (overnight), Newport, New York, plus a maiden call in Portland. Per person, promotional Two-for-One cruise fares include complimentary air transportation from numerous North American gateways, and a $500 per person 'All Inclusive - As You Wish' shipboard credit, which can be used toward golf excursions and other Crystal Adventures or virtually any onboard purchases. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit

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MSC Cruises’ Broadcasts 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Onboard

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL, May 4: MSC Cruises has acquired the rights to broadcast the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ games aboard all its cruise ships for one month beginning June 11. In an agreement recently signed with IMG Media Limited, MSC Cruises is broadcasting all of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ soccer games onboard the 11 vessels in its fleet. IMG Media Limited represents FIFA for the exploitation of the in-ship rights worldwide.

The soccer games will be broadcast in the public areas including the bars and sports bars onboard. Dedicated areas will be decorated with pennants, balloons and the teams’ colors. Guests will be able to participate in activities such as sports-related trivia challenges as well. Special drinks representing each country will be served at the bars such as Pimm’s and Ginger Ale served in England and the Italian cocktail with Campari, Martini Rosso and club soda. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and beer will be available at the restaurants. Also, the onboard shops galleries will stock a wide variety of themed items including the Havaianas® flip-flops, bearing the colors of the different participating countries.

MSC Cruises has the most modern fleet in the world with eleven ships: MSC Magnifica, MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia, MSC Poesia, MSC Orchestra, MSC Musica, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Armonia, MSC Opera, MSC Lirica and MSC Melody. The fleet cruises year round in the Mediterranean and seasonally in Northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, US and Canada, (Fall 2010), South America, the Indian Ocean, and South and West Africa. For more information, visit

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Summer Surprise: Seabourn Pride Back To Scandinavia In 2011

MIAMI, May 4: The Yachts of Seabourn has announced a change of deployment for its popular, 208-guest Seabourn Pride in the summer of 2011. The intimate, all-suite vessel will reposition from its winter Southeast Asia season in the spring and sail a series of 12-day Baltic & Russia cruises between Stockholm and Copenhagen, along with a pair of 15-day cruises round trip from Copenhagen to Norway’s Fjords and the North Cape. The revised schedule will be available for review at on May 19, and will also open for sale on that day. Seabourn Pride’s schedule will complement that of its larger sister-yacht, the 450-guest Seabourn Sojourn, which will be sailing shorter, 7- and 9-day voyages of the Baltic and Norway. The company had previously announced that Seabourn Pride would remain in Asia for the full year in 2011, sailing in China, Korea and Japan during the summer months. The decision to move the vessel back to Europe is a response to the popularity of the destination.

“The Baltic and Scandinavia region has been a perennial favorite for summer cruising among Seabourn guests, and Seabourn Pride has been extremely successful there” said Seabourn President and CEO Pamela Conover. “With the tremendous influx of new, first-time Seabourn guests in the past year, we want to offer the alternative of slightly longer Baltic itineraries, visiting some smaller, Seabourn Pride-style ports that have proven popular in the past.”

Baltic cruises on both Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Pride feature three full days in St. Petersburg, Russia, and both vessels are able to sail up the Neva River much closer to the city’s attractions than larger ships. Pride’s itineraries combine marquee Baltic ports such as Helsinki, Finland and Warnemuende, Germany (for Berlin) with picturesque towns such as Riga, Latvia; Klaipeda, Lithuania; Gdansk, Poland and island ports including Ronne, Denmark on Bornholm and Mariehamn in the autonomous Finnish islands of Aaland.

The change also adds two 14-day Rivers of Western Europe voyages between Lisbon and Dover and four Mediterranean cruises to the 2011 schedule, including a two-week autumn voyage of the Greek isles, Turkey and the Holy Land. In November 2011, Seabourn Pride will reposition back to Southeast Asia to operate its seasonal cruises in Vietnam and Thailand. Seabourn Pride’s 10- and 12-day cruises of China, Korea and Japan departing through October, 2010 are being offered at special Seabourn Value Fares with roundtrip airfare included, or at a reduced fare for cruise-only. For more information, contact a travel agent, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit

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Carnival Corp Finalizes Contracts for Two New Cruise Ships for its Princess Cruises Brand; Vessels to Enter Service in 2013 and 2014

MIAMI, May 4: Princess Cruises, a unit of Carnival Corporation & plc, announced today that contracts to build two 3,600-passenger ships have been finalized with Italy's Fincantieri shipyard. The new ships - which each will have an all-in cost of approximately euro 155,000 per lower berth - are scheduled to enter service in spring 2013 and spring 2014. At an estimated 141,000 tons, the as-yet-unnamed ships will be the largest in the Princess Cruises fleet. The ships' design will be evolutionary, in keeping with the themes of the line's newest vessels, but with some new features and innovations. For example, all outside cabins will feature balconies, bringing the percentage of balconies on the ships to 80 percent of all staterooms. The company's signature Piazza - the ship's central atrium featuring dining, entertainment and retail - will be expanded, as will the popular Sanctuary, spa, and restaurants. Specific amenities and design elements for the new ships will be revealed over the coming months.

"We're pleased that in this challenging economic environment, the order for these new ships is a testament to the confidence in the growth potential of the Princess brand," said Alan Buckelew, president and CEO of Princess Cruises. "These new ships will include the features from our newest ships that have been so well received, and take them to the next level," he added.

One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise and tour company operating a fleet of 17 modern ships renowned for their innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and amenities, all provided in an environment of exceptional customer service. A recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess offers its passengers the opportunity to escape completely to the top destinations around the globe, with sailings to all seven continents.

Carnival Corporation & plc is the largest cruise vacation group in the world, with a portfolio of cruise brands in North America, Europe and Australia, comprised of Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, The Yachts of Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, Ibero Cruises, Ocean Village, P&O Cruises and P&O Cruises Australia.

Together, these brands operate 95 ships totaling more than 186,000 lower berths with 12 new ships scheduled to be delivered between May 2010 and spring 2014. Carnival Corporation & plc also operates Holland America Princess Alaska Tours, the leading tour company in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon.

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Celebrity Cruises Designs Another Way to Quench Guests' Thirst for
Ease, Convenience & Value

MIAMI, May 4: Discerning cruisers have long applauded Celebrity Cruises for its award-winning ships' ability to deliver outstanding service, world-class cuisine and enriching activities in a stylish atmosphere. Now, inspired by its "Designed for you" brand platform and guests' positive response to being able to pre-book aspects of their cruise vacation such as shore excursions and specialty dining reservations, Celebrity has created a way for guests to purchase a variety of beverage packages before their cruise.

"We took our guests' favorite beverages and bundled them into packages that are simple to order from home," said Jacques Van Staden, Vice President, Culinary Operations. "By the time guests board the ship, they can relax knowing that their favorite drinks are arranged for; they can then focus on enjoying themselves in the spa, exploring destinations through shore excursions, or simply lounging by the pool. Based on our guests' feedback about what an ideal beverage package offering would comprise and cost, we designed the premium packages to offer even greater value than the classic packages," added Van Staden. "Essentially, the larger the package, the greater the savings to the guest."

As a result of extensive research and past guests' feedback, Celebrity has created four brand-new beverage packages. These include two classic options and two premium options. The "Classic Non-Alcoholic Package" features fountain and can soda, bottled and fresh-squeezed juices, premium coffee and bottled water, and is available at $14.95 per person, per day. The "Premium Non-Alcoholic Package" includes everything in the classic non-alcoholic package plus specialty non-alcoholic coffee drinks, additional name-brand bottled water choices, canned energy drinks and flavored bottled water offerings, smoothies and frozen non-alcoholic drinks, and is available at $18.40 per person, per day. Celebrity's new "Classic Package" features everything in the classic non-alcoholic package plus beers with a retail value of up to five dollars per serving and spirits, cocktails, and wines by the glass with a retail value of up to eight dollars per serving, and costs guests $44.85 per person, per day. The "Premium Package" features all the premium beverages in the premium non-alcoholic package plus all beers, and spirits, cocktails, and wines by the glass with a retail value of up to 12 dollars per serving, and is available for $56.35 per person, per day. All prices include a standard 15 percent service charge.

Celebrity also is offering its wine packages for pre-booking. These include the "Sommelier's Package," the choice of a 3-, 5-, or 7-bottle lineup of premium international wines; a wider variety of wines available in a "Captain's Package" or a "Build Your Own" wine package designed for guests who want to maximize their personal taste in wine while enjoying a discount. The "Build Your Own" package allows wine connoisseurs to select three upper-range bottles of wine that each cost at least $75, and enjoy a 15% discount. Bottles of wine enjoyed through any of Celebrity's wine packages can be uncorked in one onboard venue, then recorked and stored until the guest is ready to reopen them.

Included in Celebrity's new pre-booking functionality are the cruise line's longtime fountain soda program, a premium bottled water package offering unlimited bottles of brand-name natural spring water and sparkling water, the Riedel Wine Glass Comparative Workshop offered as part of the Celebrity Life "Savor" series, and several in-stateroom bar setup packages. Celebrity's beverage packages, which are sold on a per-person basis, can be purchased up to four days before sailing, via the line's website, Guests also can access the ordering system via a link in Celebrity's electronic pre-cruise documents, which also provide links that facilitate the pre-cruise booking of other offerings such as shore excursions, specialty dining reservations and complimentary "Celebrity Select Dining" main dining room preferences. Guests also can purchase Celebrity's beverage packages onboard after their cruise vacation begins.

When a guest pre-purchases a beverage package, it will flag the check-in system to add corresponding graphic icons per package to the guest's SeaPass card. A guest will simply need to present his or her SeaPass card in bars, restaurants or by the pool, to enjoy the pre-purchased package.

The packages became available for sale yesterday, and will become available onboard between May 14 and May 21, as ships have different launch dates for the new packages. Celebrity Xpedition, the 92-guest mega-yacht sailing year-round in the Galapagos Islands, offers guests complimentary onboard alcoholic beverages and soft drinks as part of the all-inclusive cruise fare, and does not offer beverage packages for purchase. Celebrity's wine packages are not available on Celebrity's Solstice-class ships.

Celebrity "soft-launched" some of the packages earlier this year by having several iterations available for pre-purchase on select sailings. If guests had pre-purchased prior versions of beverage packages for cruises that have not yet taken place, their purchase has been cancelled and will be fully refunded; Celebrity is contacting these guests.

Celebrity's ServSafe program teaches all of its bartenders and waiters how to serve alcohol responsibly and watch for over-consumption. If a guest purchases a beverage package and is suspected of over-consumption, bartenders and waiters will take appropriate action and may deny service, or serve water or non-alcoholic drinks instead.

The program is available to all guests, worldwide. Prices listed herein are in US currency; if a booking is made in foreign currency, all product prices will be displayed and paid for in that same currency. Celebrity's fleet currently consists of 10 ships. Its $3.7-billion investment in building five stylish Solstice Class ships between 2008-2012 represents the largest newbuild commitment for a single brand in industry history. For more information, call your travel agent, dial 1-800-437-3111 or visit

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New Crystal Mexican Riviera Series: Thanksgiving, Technology, Tequila & Tai Chi

LOS ANGELES, May 3: With its November-December Mexican Riviera series, Crystal Cruises becomes the only luxury cruise line to sail round-trip from Los Angeles to western Mexico's tropical resort towns in 2010. Beginning with a 7-day Thanksgiving Holiday cruise, the four voyages aboard the recently redesigned Crystal Symphony will visit Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta; a 10-day itinerary also calls in La Paz, Loreto, and a maiden call to Topolobampo. Conveniently, the seven-day options begin and end on Sunday.

Travelers have a choice of Experiences of Discovery theme cruises:

Nov 21, seven days : Thanksgiving voyage celebrates the holiday with a feast of seasonal selections like butternut squash soup drizzled with pumpkin seed oil, roasted turkey with apple sage dressing, sweet potato praline, cider giblet gravy and traditional pumpkin and pecan pies, as well as creative vegetarian entrees.
Nov28, seven days: New Science & Technology theme brings aboard guest NASA astronauts and other speakers to share the latest developments in technology.
Dec 5, seven days: Mind, Body & Spirit focuses on wellness through guided classes in tai chi, yoga, and Pilates, and healthful presentations from guest experts.
Dec 12, 10 days: Wine & Food showcase with guest chefs, wine and tequila experts for classes and tastes of the destination.

"The Mexican Riviera cruise series offers guests several convenient choices to vacation with the cruise experience that has been voted 'World's Best' more than any other resort, hotel or cruise line in history," says Bill Smith, senior vice president, sales and marketing. "From our service, to our space, to our choices, to our quality, there is no better getaway. Besides ease of the Los Angeles departures, the value is extraordinary this year."

Per person, promotional Two-for-one cruise fares include $500 per person 'All Inclusive - As You Wish' shipboard credit. Guests booking a deluxe stateroom with verandah by July 31 will save an additional $500 per person. Crystal's Family Memories program offers groups and families a host of perks, including a complimentary berth for every 10 full-fare guests.For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit

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Norwegian Offers Family Friendly Savings During Summer Blockbuster Event

Norwegian Cruise Line continues its six-week long Summer Blockbuster Event which features kids from $99 when booked as third through eight guests on select 2010 sailings for new reservations made now through May 31, 2010. In addition to reduced cruise fare, each child will receive a complimentary soda package, offering unlimited sodas, on new reservations made from May 3 through May 16, 2010. Kids will work up a thirst having fun on board Norwegian’s Freestyle Cruising ships sailing to popular destinations such as: Alaska; Canada & New England; Bahamas & Florida; Bermuda; the Caribbean; Hawai’i and Europe.

Families can experience the ultimate summer vacation on Norwegian Jewel’s 7-day Bahamas & Florida sailing from New York, which offers exclusive Nickelodeon at Sea activities and shows on board each and every cruise year-round, in addition to all the current on-board programming already offered. Hints of Nickelodeon will be discovered ship-wide with programs that include signature Nickelodeon activities, popular characters and interactive game shows, such as Slime Time Live!, which the entire family can enjoy together. This programming will also be available on Norwegian Epic when the ship launches this summer. There is no shortage of family fun on board Norwegian Epic with its expansive Aqua Park featuring the three-story Epic Plunge; two-deck sports complex; and interactive children’s area, Recess. For more information on Norwegian or to book a cruise, call 866-234-7350, visit or phone a travel professional.

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Celebrations of Life & Love Aboard The m/s Paul Gauguin

BELLEVUE, WA, May 3: Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the highest rated and longest continually-sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin, offers romantic respites set within the magical backdrop of exotic islands and inspirational scenery. The idyllic sailing experience is perfect for betrothed hopefuls, vow renewals, newlyweds, and couples celebrating milestone anniversaries or, simply, each other.

The m/s Paul Gauguin’s “Romantic Escapades” experience offers guests the opportunity to disembark for a night to spend an evening in an overwater bungalow at one of Bora Bora’s award-winning luxury resorts, the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa. Couples can enjoy treatments at the resort’s Deep Ocean Spa’s glass-bottom, overwater couples' bungalow; candlelight dinners for two on a private motu; or lounge beachside enjoying stunning views of the lagoon and Mount Otemanau.

The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa is also home to the only overwater wedding chapel in French Polynesia – the Blue Lagoon Chapel. A variety of commitment and wedding packages are available for both beachside and chapel ceremonies. The resort’s most popular ceremony package includes traditional gowns, a “Tifaifai” quilt (a traditional Tahitian wedding quilt symbolizing a couple’s union), a local priest, a group of dancers and musicians, tropical flower arrangements, leis and crowns, as well as a wedding certificate made of traditional "tapa."

Back onboard the m/s Paul Gauguin, a number of customized romantic options await couples, including: relaxing spa treatments at the new Deep Nature Spa, sunset dinners enjoyed on the couple’s stateroom private balcony, private dives and island excursions, in-stateroom bottle of Champagne, celebratory confections, and a Polynesian blessing ceremony performed by Les Gauguines – the ship’s own troupe of Polynesian entertainers.

For rates and reservations for Paul Gauguin Cruises, contact your Professional Travel Agent, call 1-800-848-6172 or visit For rates and additional information on the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa visit

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