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June 1-15, 2003

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Celebrity Cruises Adds Star Power To Lecture Series

MIAMI, June 13 -- From a man who walked on the moon to one of America's favorite "Honeymooners," Celebrity Cruises is welcoming a host of celebrities to share their stories and unique experiences with their guests. The stellar lineup of lecturers includes:

Walter Cronkite -- June 20 and 27 departures onboard the Summit
Called "the most trusted figure" in American public life, former CBS Evening News anchorman Walter Cronkite's commentary defined issues and events in America for almost two decades.

Wally "Famous" Amos -- July 5 onboard the Horizon
Known for building a fortune with his tantalizing chocolate chip cookies, Amos also has acted in a number of network sitcoms, written two books and currently hosts PBS lifestyle programs.

Dick Morris -- July 25 onboard the Infinity
A prominent political consultant to Bill Clinton, Morris handled winning campaigns for more than 30 senators and governors. Currently a commentator for the FOX News Channel, Morris offers objective commentary about the U.S. political scene.

Ernest Borgnine -- July 25 onboard the Infinity
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in "Marty" (1955), and star of the former television series, "McHale's Navy" and "Airwolf," Borgnine is recognized as a great comedic actor and is actively involved in charitable organizations serving U.S. veterans.

Dick Van Patten -- September 12 onboard the Galaxy
Lifelong actor Dick Van Patten is best known for his leading role in the television comedy "Eight is Enough," but also is internationally recognized for his experience on the stage, including working closely with Mel Brooks.

Rita Moreno -- September 22 onboard the Galaxy
Moreno is best known for winning hearts in "The King and I" and starring as Anita in "West Side Story," which brought her fame and an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Moreno was the first actress to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony.

Richard Dreyfuss -- September 22 onboard the Galaxy
Starring in such classic films as "Jaws," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "Mr. Holland's Opus," Dreyfuss has been entertaining moviegoers since the early '70's. At age 29, he was the youngest actor ever to win the coveted Best Actor Oscar.

Dick Gordon Jr. -- September 22 onboard the Constellation
NASA alumnus Dick Gordon Jr. walked in space as part of the Gemini XI in 1966, and was Command Module Pilot of the Apollo XII Lunar Landing Mission. Gordon today is a well-known motivational speaker.

Sander Vanocur -- October 2 onboard the Millennium
A newsman with more than 40 years' experience in print, radio and television, Vanocur today has been host on The History Channel and operates a communications consulting firm. He previously spent 14 years as political correspondent on NBC's "Today Show" and held a variety of positions, including chief diplomatic correspondent, at ABC News.

Bill Harbach -- October 2 onboard the Millennium
Creator and producer of the original "Tonight Show," Harbach also produced "The Steve Allen Show," "Hollywood Palace," and Emmy-winning specials featuring entertainers Herb Alpert, Milton Berle, Carol Burnett, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Shirley MacLaine, and John Wayne.

Jane Kean -- November 8 onboard the Century
Kean is best known for playing the lead role of Trixie on the classic American television series, "The Honeymooners."

Celebrity's expanded enrichment lecture series is only one slice of Celebrity's new series of brand enhancements, including such amenities as frosty towels, sorbet and fashion shows poolside; a new Sushi Cafe, pasta and pizza bar; sunset yoga and Pilates classes, and an entirely new category of plush accommodations, "ConciergeClass." The industry's highest-rated premium cruise line with a taste of luxury, Celebrity Cruises' nine-ship fleet is the youngest of any major line. Celebrity sails in Alaska, Bermuda, California, the Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, the Mexican Riviera, the Panama Canal and South America. For more information, call your travel agent, dial 1-800-437-3111, or visit the Celebrity web site at

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Cruise Includes Edinburgh's Famed Military Tattoo & A Musical Theatre Theme From West End to Broadway

LOS ANGELES, June 12, 2003 - Crystal Cruises is offering up to 25 per cent off brochure rates plus the choice of a low Business-Class air add-on upgrade from just $299 or an additional $750 cash savings during a 16-day Musical Theatre-themed cruise from London to New York aboard Crystal Symphony. The voyage must be booked by July 1, 2003. 

Departing August 19 from the port of Dover, the sailing features an overnight in Edinburgh to observe the city's famed Military Tattoo and will also include stops in Torshavn, Faeroe Islands; Reykjavik, Iceland; St. John's, Newfoundland; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Bar Harbor, Maine.

En route, guests will be able to explore the history of musical theatre at both ends of the Atlantic Ocean - from West End to Broadway - in a series of lectures featuring Jim Brochu, Bill Miller, Ken Fallin and Steven Rivellino. Additionally, round-table discussions, workshops, movies and live performances including Broadway vocalists Michel Bell (Show Boat, Riverdance) and Dale Kristien (The Phantom of the Opera) will be held. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet famed dancer and Emmy Award winner Marge Champion. 

"This is the first time that Crystal has offered a London to New York sailing with this many ports of call,'' says Adam Leavitt, Crystal's senior vice president, marketing. "Whether our guests choose the air upgrade or the "Best of Everything'' cruise savings, they'll experience the luxury, ease and comfort of a Crystal vacation - complete with Edinburgh's Military Tattoo and our compelling Musical Theatre- themed cruise - at an exceptional value.''

Guest Lecturer/Entertainer Line-Up

  • Jim Brochu - as a director-producer, has worked with many of the great actors of stage and screen over a career spanning more than 30 years. His comedies include The Lucky O'Learys, Fat Chance and The Lady of the House.

  • Bill Miller - An expert in the fields of marketing, public relations, and advertising in the Broadway theatre industry. Some of the shows he has been associated with are Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, and The Phantom of the Opera.

  • Ken Fallin - Illustrator and caricaturist. Mr. Fallin has drawn world leaders, sports stars and some of the greatest entertainers. He is most well known for his caricatures for the highly successful Off-Broadway show Forbidden Broadway, and for his celebrity caricatures in The Wall Street Journal.

  • Steven Rivellino - With credits that span the worlds of Broadway, the West End, television, concert, corporate and other events, Mr. Rivellino is the former Vice President and General Manager of Radio City Music Hall in New York, where he has produced The Grammy Awards, The MTV Music Video Awards, and the world-famous Christmas Spectacular. He is currently preparing Scituate to open on Broadway in 2003.

  • Marge Champion - An American dancer and actress, Marge Champion was one half of the "Gower and Marge Champion" dance team. As a teen, she served as the model for the heroine of Disney's feature-length cartoon Snow White and for the Blue Fairy in Pinocchio, and appeared in westerns under the name "Marjorie Bell." She teamed up with actor/choreographer Gower Champion in 1945; they were married in 1947. They went on to appear together in a string of highly popular musical films in the '50s. Later, she created dances for films, the stage and TV. Champion's work as the choreographer for the TV special Queen of the Stardust Ballroom earned her an Emmy in 1975.

  • Michel Bell - On the Broadway stage Bell received a Tony Award nomination for his portrayal of Joe in Hal Prince's production of Show Boat. He has received the Jefferson Award (Chicago) and the Ovation Award (Los Angeles). In 1998 he made his West End debut in London, in Show Boat, at the Prince Edward Theatre. He recently starred in the Frank Wildhorn musical, Civil War, at the St. James Theater on Broadway for which he received an Outer Critics Circle Award. He is especially known for his emotional portrayal of Porgy in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, which he has performed throughout the world. He was a member of the Fifth Dimension vocal group and has performed with many entertainment greats including Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Sammy Davis Jr., Bill Cosby and Julie Andrews . . . Crystal Serenity's Godmother. Bell will be accompanied by his wife, Catherine Matejka, an internationally acclaimed piano soloist, chamber musician and conductor.

  • Dale Kristien - She has played the role of Christine Daae' in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phanton of the Opera for a record 1,700-plus performances. She started performing the role on Broadway opposite the original Phantom, Michael Crawford. She has starred on Broadway with Donald O'Connor in the Houston Grand Opera production of Show Boat and has appeared in Camelot, first with Richard Burton and then with Richard Harris. Her television credits include a two-year stint on Days of Our Lives and a number of guest appearances on series and specials, including Knot's Landing and Motown's 30th Anniversary. 

The cruise will also feature a series of on-board production shows, including: Fascinatin' Rhythm, Million Dollar Musicals, Excalibur, Rock Around the Clock and COLE! Crystal Cruises is booked exclusively through professional travel agents. For a complimentary brochure, please call 800.820.6663. Visit the luxury cruise line's website at

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Unique Wedding Packages Available for Couples to Marry On Board New Carnival Glory

MIAMI (06/12/03) - Carnival Cruise Lines' new Carnival Glory will offer a variety of all-inclusive romantic wedding packages, which are ideal for couples seeking a "destination wedding," where a wedding and honeymoon are held at the same location. Carnival Glory's wedding packages will feature a shipboard ceremony during embarkation day or at various on-island locations in the eastern and western Caribbean. The packages are part of Carnival's popular fleetwide wedding program, which is expected to host 2,200 couples in 2003. 

"Carnival Glory's weddings packages, combined with a romantic honeymoon cruise, provide couples with an unforgettable experience as they begin their lives together," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO. "'Destination weddings' have become very popular and our packages offer an attractive and affordable alternative to traditional land-based ceremonies." 

Shipboard wedding packages include the popular "Just for the Bride & Groom" package, which costs $750 and includes an official civil ceremony, a champagne toast with keepsake flutes, flowers for both bride and groom, a wedding cake with cake topper, pre-recorded wedding music, a decorated bridal aisle and photographic services. The more elaborate "Welcome Aboard" package costs $1,350 and offers all the amenities of "Just for the Bride & Groom" as well as a reception with one-hour open bar and hot-and-cold hors d'oeuvres, a traditional two-tiered wedding cake and coffee service. Couples may also select the "Deluxe Romance" package for $1,450, which includes a one-and-a-half hour reception and an ice carving, as well as all the features of the other programs. 

Shoreside ceremonies combining a variety of all-inclusive amenities with a romantic tropical setting are also available in St. Thomas and St. Maarten on eastern Caribbean cruises and Cozumel and Key West on the western route. A wide variety of options such as videography services, live music and tuxedo rental are also available at additional cost. 

Beginning July 19, 2003, Carnival Glory will operate year-round seven-day sailings from Port Canaveral encompassing alternating eastern and western Caribbean voyages departing every Saturday. Eastern Caribbean cruises call at Nassau, St. Thomas/St. John, and St. Maarten, while western Caribbean voyages include Key West, Fla.; Belize City, Belize; and Cozumel and Progreso/Merida, Mexico. Prior to the start-up seven-day service, Carnival Glory will operate a special five-day Mexico cruise to Costa Maya and Cozumel July 14-19. For additional information on Carnival's wedding packages, call the line's Bon Voyage Department at 1-800-933-4968. Information and reservations on Carnival's "Fun Ship" cruises can be obtained by calling 1-800-327-9501 (individual) or 1-800-327-5782 (groups) or visiting the line's travel agent Internet portal at

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MIAMI, June 12, 2003 - Cunard Line and the world famous Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin have agreed to create an elegant Champagne Bar aboard Cunard's brand new $780 million flagship Queen Mary 2, which is scheduled to debut in January 2004. The new 64-seat venue will be Veuve Clicquot's first and only venture on a cruise line. Located in the fashionable Mayfair Shops area of the ship, the Veuve Clicquot Bar will feature a variety of Champagne, as well as a menu including caviar and foie gras.

According to Cécile Bonnefond, president of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, "We're delighted that the house of Veuve Clicquot will be featured aboard Cunard's sensational Queen Mary 2. We have every confidence that the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar will be a superb addition to this great new liner."

"Veuve Clicquot has a rich history and tradition of offering the very finest quality to its patrons," said Deborah Natansohn, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Cunard Line. "We're thrilled that Queen Mary 2 will add to her list of 'firsts,' a shipboard Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar." 

A worldwide renown Champagne
Clicquot, one of Champagne's oldest and most prestigious houses, sold in more than 120 countries, was founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot. His son, François, married Nicole Barbe-Ponsardin in 1798. In 1805 Madame Clicquot was widowed and assumed control of the business. The motto: "Only one quality... the finest" is still the foundation upon which Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin has built its international reputation. 

The world's best luxury liner
When she enters service in January 2004, Cunard's $800-million Queen Mary 2 (QM2) will be the largest, longest, tallest and most expensive passenger ship ever built. She will feature sweeping staircases, grand promenades and luxurious accommodations for 2,620 guests; nearly three-quarters of which will have private balconies. Renowned French chef Daniel Boulud is the ship's culinary consultant. 

In addition to the elegant Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar, QM2 will have the first and only spa at sea operated by the world-famous Canyon Ranch health resorts; the world's first and only planetarium at sea; the largest ballroom at sea; the largest library at sea; the largest wine cellar at sea, and 10 different dining venues, including the first and only shipboard restaurant by popular American chef Todd English. There will be several other lounges and showrooms, a two-story theatre, a casino, 5 indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hot tubs, boutiques, a pet kennel, and a children's facility, complete with British nannies. 

Cruise the world with Queen Mary 2
In her inaugural year, QM2 will sail 17 transatlantic crossings as she takes over the role currently operated by her sister ship, Queen Elizabeth 2, as Cunard's transatlantic liner. Her maiden westbound crossing from Southampton, England, to New York will depart on April 16. Her maiden eastbound crossing will be historic for Cunard as both QE2 and QM2 will depart New York on April 25 together. The day in New York will be the first time two Cunard Queens have been berthed in the port together since March 1940. The vessel will also introduce a series of Caribbean cruises from New York and Fort Lauderdale; a voyage to Rio de Janeiro and back, timed for Carnival; five European itineraries and two fall foliage cruises to ports in Canada and New England.

For more information on QM2, consult a travel agent, call 1-800-7-CUNARD or visit the website at

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Crystal Cruises Sets 2004 Value Collection
Luxury Line Offers Up to 51% Off 18 Sailings

LOS ANGELES, June 10 -- Luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises has announced its 2004 Value Collection sailings allowing savvy travelers the opportunity to plan ahead and realize extraordinary savings of up to 51% off regular cruise fares aboard Crystal Harmony, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, the line's newest ship which debuts next month. Crystal's Value Collection features 18 itineraries from seven to 19 days, to all corners of the globe including the Panama Canal/Caribbean, South Pacific, Alaska, Western Europe, Baltic Sea and Russia and Trans-Atlantic and Trans-Pacific crossings.

"The Value Collection provides a strong incentive to those who have never sampled Crystal Cruises, and even Crystal's veteran cruisers tend to add Value Collection sailings to their vacation plans because these values are so hard to pass up," says Adam Leavitt, Crystal's senior vice president, marketing.

Typically offered during shoulder seasons or on repositioning cruises, Value Collection sailings provide both seasoned and first-time cruisers a chance to experience the award-winning hospitality and luxury of Crystal with up to two-for-one savings. With fares starting as low as $1,995 for a seven- day Caribbean voyage, the Value Collection includes itineraries such as a nine-day Ft. Lauderdale to Lisbon Trans-Atlantic crossing, a 15-day Trans-Pacific crossing from Tokyo to San Francisco, a 17-day Fort Lauderdale to Buenos Aires South America sailing through Thanksgiving, and a 19-day New Orleans to Honolulu voyage.

The 2004 Value Collection includes cruises aboard each of the luxury line's fleet of three ships -- seven aboard Crystal Harmony, seven aboard Crystal Symphony and four aboard the ultra-luxurious, 1,080-guest Crystal Serenity. The collection includes itineraries listed below (note that all fares are per person, double occupancy):

Panama Canal & Caribbean:
-- Jan. 5; New Orleans to Oahu/Honolulu; 19 days starting at $3,995 (Crystal Harmony)
-- Jan. 5; Ft. Lauderdale to Costa Rica; 12 days starting at $2,995 (Crystal Symphony)
-- Oct. 8; Los Angeles to Ft. Lauderdale; 16 days starting at $3,690 (Crystal Harmony)
-- Dec. 7; Ft. Lauderdale to Los Angeles; 15 days starting at $4,495 (Crystal Serenity)
-- March 26; New Orleans to Ft. Lauderdale; 10 days starting at $2,795 (Crystal Symphony)
-- Dec. 9; Ft. Lauderdale to New Orleans; 12 days starting at $2,570 (Crystal Harmony)
-- Dec. 15; Round-trip Ft. Lauderdale; 7 days starting at $1,995 (Crystal Symphony)

South Pacific:
-- Feb. 23; Oahu/Honolulu to Auckland; 18 days starting at $4,595 (Crystal Harmony)

-- May 30; Round-trip San Francisco; 12 days starting from $2,870 (Crystal Harmony)
-- Sept. 15; Round-trip San Francisco; 12 days starting from $2,870 (Crystal Harmony)

Western Europe:
-- May 13; London (Southampton) to Athens (Piraeus); 12 days starting from $4,995 (Crystal Serenity)

Baltic Sea and Russia:
-- May 23; London (Dover) to Stockholm; 11 days starting at $3,695 (Crystal Symphony)

South America:
-- Nov. 10; Ft. Lauderdale to Buenos Aires; 17 days starting at $4,995 (Crystal Symphony)
-- Nov. 28; Buenos Aires to Ft. Lauderdale; 17 days starting at $4,995 (Crystal Symphony)

-- April 12; Ft. Lauderdale to Lisbon; 9 days starting at $2,425 (Crystal Symphony)
-- May 5: New York to London (Southampton); 8 days starting at $2,495 (Crystal Serenity)
-- Nov. 9; Lisbon to Ft. Lauderdale; 11 days starting at $2,995 (Crystal Serenity)

-- May 16; Tokyo to San Francisco; 15 days starting at $3,250 (Crystal Harmony)

An Award-Winning Fleet
The 50,000-ton, 940-guest sister ships, Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony are two of the most spacious and luxurious vessels cruising the world. Their unique size in the luxury market allows for smooth sailing and a wide range of innovative facilities, generous amenities and elegant accommodations. The 68,000-ton, 1,080-guest Crystal Serenity will feature an even greater space-per-guest ratio than her sister ships. Plans include expanded areas for spa services and other athletic, cultural and intellectual pursuits. Crystal Cruises is booked exclusively through professional travel agents. For a complimentary brochure, please call 800.820.6663. Visit the luxury cruise line's website at

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Carnival Cruise Lines Offering Free Upgrades and Exceptional Discounts on Fall Cruises Through Limited Time Offer

MIAMI, June 10 -- Carnival Cruise Lines is kicking off a new free upgrade promotion combined with extraordinarily low pricing for the fall cruise period on a wide variety of three to eight-day cruises. For a limited time only, guests who book an inside stateroom on a voyage departing between September and mid-December 2003 receive a complimentary upgrade to ocean view accommodations. Those who book an ocean view stateroom receive a free upgrade to an ocean view balcony room.

Under the program, prices for an inside stateroom with free upgrade to ocean view start at $279 per person for three and four-day cruises, $329 per person for five-day voyages, and $549 per person for seven-day cruises. Prices for ocean view accommodations with free upgrade to ocean view with balcony start at $749 per person for seven-day cruises and $849 per person for eight- day voyages. (Lead pricing may be slightly higher for some ships and itineraries. Certain facets of the upgrade promotion may not be available on some ships depending on stateroom configurations.)

The promotion is available on cruises departing from most of Carnival's fall homeports including Miami, Port Canaveral, Tampa, New Orleans, Galveston, Fort Lauderdale, San Juan and Long Beach/Los Angeles. Cruising areas include the Bahamas, Caribbean and Mexico.

"This upgrade promotion is a terrific incentive for consumers to plan their fall vacations now," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO. "Not only are we giving away complimentary upgrades, but our 2003 prices are, in many instances, more than 25 percent less than they were in the early 1980s. That is extraordinary, considering the difference between today's ships and those of 20 years ago. The cruise ships back then didn't even come close to those of today in terms of size, amenities, facilities, dining, entertainment and activities. You can pick virtually any category and we are light years from where we were two decades ago, yet cruises are selling for substantially less," he added. "Consumers have never had a better opportunity to enjoy a quality vacation experience at such a great value."

To receive the complimentary upgrade, cruises must be booked by June 30, 2003, under fare code CPBG. The promotion is applicable to new, individual reservations only and certain other restrictions may apply. Air transportation add-ons, available from a variety of North American gateways, can be booked in conjunction with the upgrade promotion under fare code FPBG. For additional information contact a travel agent or call 1-800-CARNIVAL. Information and reservations are also available online at

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More Than 2.2 Million People Cruise in First Quarter 2003; Industry on Pace for Another Record Year

NEW YORK -- More than 2.2 million worldwide passengers cruised on the member lines of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) during the first quarter of 2003, including more than 1.9 million North Americans. This places the industry on pace to carry more than 8.5 million passengers worldwide in 2003, CLIA reports.

"The first quarter results represent a significant 23 percent increase over the number of passengers carried during the same period last year," says Mark Conroy, CLIA chairman and president of Radisson Seven Seas Cruises. "We view this as an encouraging vote of confidence in cruising as consumers respond to new ships, itineraries, ports, programs and enhancements, and the consistent value of a cruise vacation."

The number of North Americans cruising the first quarter increased nearly 20 percent over first quarter 2002.

"Despite all the challenges the travel industry has faced, we are very pleased to report that the cruise ships are sailing at full capacity. The first quarter industry occupancy was 101.3 percent," says Bob Sharak, CLIA's executive director. "This has been accomplished thanks to the efforts of the industry and the support of its professional travel agent partners."

CLIA-member lines make up approximately 97.5 percent of the capacity marketed from North America. From 1980 through 2001, growth in cruise capacity has averaged 7.6 percent annually, keeping pace with demand and the 8.4 percent annual passenger growth the industry has experienced since 1980. For more information about cruise vacations, visit CLIA's website at

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S/S Norway Cancels Sailings Through September 28, 2003

June 9, 2003 - As a result of the May 25th accident onboard the S/S Norway, NCL is canceling the ship's sailings through the September 28, 2003 cruise. NCL is fully cooperating with the National Transportation Safety Board and United States Coast Guard to understand the cause of the boiler room accident.

Access to the boiler room has been difficult and limited, and NCL has only in the past few days been able to develop a fuller picture of the repairs that are likely to be needed. The latest assessment of damage remains consistent with the earlier view that it is extensive but manageable. It will require the boiler involved in the accident (one of four boilers on Norway) to be completely rebuilt, as well as rebuilding other technical spaces, automation systems, and equipment destroyed or damaged in the blast.

Although a detailed work specification has yet to be finalized, it is becoming clearer, with each additional day of inspections, that the repair work is likely to take months rather than weeks. Accordingly, NCL will cancel three months of cruises in addition to the already announced June cancellations. NCL intends to reintroduce the ship on October 5, 2003.

The company is currently contacting travel agents and passengers to notify them of the cancellations. Passengers booked on the cancelled voyages will receive a full refund. In addition, if these passengers rebook on another NCL cruise they will receive a $50 discount per person, valid for up to one year, with a maximum of $100 per cabin. Travel agent commissions are being protected at 10 percent on bookings that are fully paid by June 8th and within NCL's cancellation period. Passengers needing more information about the cancellations should call 1-800-327-7030 or speak with their travel agents.

NCL is pleased to report that two more crewmembers have been released from the hospital - Ronnie Melicio, 26, and Odeniel Manaman, 34, both of the Philippines and members of the ship's engine department. The company has provided the crewmembers with rooms at local hotels near the hospital so they can receive further treatment as needed. Four crewmembers remain hospitalized, three in stable condition and one in critical condition.

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More Than 120 Shore Excursions Available In Conjunction with 2003 New York Departures on Carnival "Fun Ships"
Exciting Landside Offerings Available on Sailings to Caribbean, Bermuda, New England and Canada 

MIAMI (06/09/03) - With a record 50 "Fun Ship" departures from New York this year, including voyages to the Caribbean, Bermuda, New England and Canada, Carnival Cruise Lines has expanded its shore excursion offerings to include more than 120 different choices, everything from deep-sea fishing and kayaking to "helmet diving" and bicycling. Carnival's 2003 New York season includes a unique eight-day Caribbean program on the 2,124-passenger Carnival Legend, seven-day Bermuda voyages on the 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride - the line's first sailings to the island from the Big Apple -- along with four- and five-day Canada and seven-day "fall foliage" cruises aboard the 2,758-passenger Carnival Victory. 

"Carnival has dramatically increased its presence in New York and to keep pace with this expansion, we're providing even more opportunities for guests to experience the stunning natural beauty, unique cultures and interesting landmarks and attractions that these fantastic destinations have to offer,'" said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO. 

Among Carnival's 2003 shore excursions from New York are:

  • Eureka Half-Day Deep Sea or Reef Fishing (Carnival Pride - Bermuda) - After boarding the Eureka, a customized 65-foot fishing vessel with the latest on-board amenities, guests cast their lines and try to "reel in" grouper, snapper and other fish. All fishing equipment and bait are included in the price; only luck and skill can supply the fish!

  • Helmut Diving Adventure (Carnival Pride - Bermuda) - One of Bermuda's most unique underwater adventures, "helmet diving" allows guests to stroll along the sandy bottom in 15 feet of water, exploring coral reefs and feeding exotic tropical fish by hand while wearing a protective helmet that continuously supplies air. No experience necessary, however, guests must undergo a brief training session.

  • L.L. Bean Sea Kayak Adventure (Carnival Victory - Portland, Maine) - Following a scenic motorcoach ride to Freeport, Maine, guests board two-person kayaks and paddle along the region's rugged coastline, meandering through hidden coves and protected waterways, including Casco Bay where seals, osprey and other animals are spotted regularly.

  • Ride the Rapids (Carnival Victory - Saint John) - This excursion takes place at Saint John's legendary Reversing Falls where powerful tides force the river to reverse direction and flow upstream. An exhilarating boat ride provides an excellent vantage point to view swirling whirlpools and 10-foot-high waves. The excursion also includes visits to various local attractions, including Old City Market, Fort Howe and Heritage Preservation Area.

  • Bicycle Touring of Covered Bridges (Carnival Victory - Saint John) - New Brunswick is ideally suited to bicycle touring, with beautiful scenery and an unhurried pace, all enhanced by the largest collection of covered bridges anywhere in the world. During their two-and-a-half-hour ride, guests have an opportunity to stop and view the breathtaking country vistas along the way and dine at the charming Broadway Café, which is included in the price.

  • Snorkel and Beach Adventure (Carnival Legend - St. Thomas) - This tour combines two world-renowned St. Thomas activities - snorkeling in crystal-clear waters and relaxing on the beach. After snorkeling in warm Caribbean waters and viewing and even hand-feeding colorful tropical fish, guests "soak up some rays" on one of St. Thomas pristine white-sand beaches.

  • Bioluminescence Bay Kayak Tour (Carnival Legend - San Juan) - On this nighttime tour, guests view luminescent fish and other organisms as they kayak through Bioluminescence Bay - one of only four "glowing bays" in the world. The "enlightening" excursion includes a guided tour through the mangrove channels of "Las Cabezas de San Juan Natural Reserve" and Fajardo Lighthouse.

The shore tours are available in conjunction with the following "Fun Ship" departures from New York:

  • Eight-Day Caribbean Voyages - Carnival Legend is operating unique round-trip eight-day Caribbean cruises now through Oct. 12, 2003. The program features three different tropical destinations - San Juan, St. Thomas/St. John and Tortola/Virgin Gorda.

  • Seven-Day Bermuda Cruises - Carnival Pride will operate a series of seven week-long Bermuda sailings July 16 to Aug. 27, 2003. Voyages will include four days docked at historic King's Wharf, a centuries-old port city.

  • Four- and Five-Day Canada Cruises - Carnival Victory will operate the line's popular four- and five-day round-trip Canada cruises June 23 - Sept. 1, 2003. Four-day cruises call at Halifax, Nova Scotia, while five-day cruises visit Halifax and Saint John, New Brunswick.

  • Seven-day Fall Foliage Cruises - Carnival Victory will operate four seven-day "fall foliage" cruises departing each Saturday Sept. 6 - 27, 2003, featuring Boston; Portland, Maine; and Sydney and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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

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More SS Norway Crewmembers Released from Hospital

June 5, 2003 - Norwegian Cruise Line is pleased to report that three crewmembers who were being treated for injuries in relation to the accident onboard the S/S Norway on May 25th were discharged from the hospital yesterday. The company has provided the crewmembers with rooms at local hotels near the hospital so they can receive further treatment as needed.

The Norway crewmembers who have been discharged are Raymond Lovino, 32, and Ronaldo Marcelino, 29, both of the Philippines and members of the ship's hotel department; and Ruben Garcia, 37, a native of Nicaragua and a member of the Norway's Housekeeping staff. Six crewmembers remain hospitalized, five in stable condition and one in critical condition.

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With 126 Programs in 50 Ports (Spread Out Over 11 Different Countries),
Passengers Get An In-Depth Experience of a Fascinating Region

 Seattle, WA, June 5, 2003 — Between May and November, 2003, two of the three magnificent sailing yachts of the Windstar Cruises luxury fleet—the 308-passenger Wind Surf and the 148-passenger Wind Spirit—will be cruising the Mediterranean, taking in eleven countries from Italy to Morocco. Along the way, a wide-ranging program of shore excursions gives passengers many rare opportunities to immerse themselves in this historically rich, artistically diverse, and scenically stunning region. In addition to Italy and Morocco, countries featured on Windstar’s Mediterranean itineraries include Portugal, Spain, Monaco, France, Tunisia, Malta, Greece, Turkey and Croatia.

“With 126 possible shore excursions from 50 different ports, you can truly say there are activities to suit everybody on board. Our tours are a prime example of why Windstar is 180 degrees from ordinary,” explained Tom Russell, vice president of marketing and sales for Windstar Cruises. “With smaller crowds, this summer may be the best time yet to experience the magic of the Mediterranean, an endlessly fascinating place.  We’ve made sure that our shore programs reflect the very best that this region has to offer,” Russell added.

For example of how Windstar offers passengers an extraordinary experience on land as well as at sea, consider one of four romance tours.  Bound to waken the Romeo or Juliet in any soul, book the Romantic Riviera or Romance in the Cinque Terre excursions.  Explore the magnificent coves of the Bodrum peninsula on an all-day Turkish Romance private sailing excursion; or say, “I do” to the Romance in Provence tour, then sit back and relax while your private car and driver whisks through the winding coastal and county roads of Provence.

Among the other highlights of the Mediterranean shore excursion program are:

  • An extensive tour of charming Barcelona, one of Spain’s most glorious cities, with its masterpieces of Gaudi architecture and its remarkable 13th-century Gothic Quarter.

  • A private motorboat ride from Italy’s Isle of Capri to the famous Grotto Azzurra, or Blue Grotto, and from there to the unspoiled hilltop village of Anacapri.

  • A day in gorgeous Olympia, first site of Greece’s Olympic Games in 776 B.C., including a visit to the ruins of the arena that originally hosted the contests and a museum filled with artifacts rescued from the site.

  • A stroll through the famed Adriatic port of Dubrovnik, Croatia, a United Nations World Heritage site recently rebuilt to the full measure of its former glory, with buildings in the walled city dating back as far as the 12th century.

  • An excursion, with private car and driver, to that delightful part of France known as Provence, with a visit to the immortal painter Paul Cézanne’s home and workshop in charming Aix-en-Provence.

  • A taste of exotic Tangier, Morocco’s ancient port city set high on the slopes above the Strait of Gibraltar, where the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea meet.

  • A motorboat tour of Venice’s canals, crisscrossing age-old neighborhoods and passing by many of this Italian city’s most famous sights, including the Palazzo Rezzonico, Murano glass district, the Piazza San Marco, and the Rialto Bridge.

Prices for these excursions range from $29 (for an unguided visit to the charming Corsican village of Bonafacio) to $575 (for the Turkish Romance tour). The majority of excursions are priced under $70.  Some excursions must be pre-booked, while all others are booked on board the ship. For more information on the 126 different excursions offered from Windstar’s Mediterranean ports of call, visit the “Shore Excursions” section at

New longer Mediterranean cruise offerings this year feature a total of four 10- and 11-day itineraries highlighted by an overnight visit to Venice, Italy aboard Wind Spirit. Departures on July 26 and August 27 cruise between Rome and Venice, Italy transporting guests around Italy’s “boot”, to the Adriatic Sea and Dalmatian Coast, visiting Sorrento and Porto Empedocle, Italy; Corfu, Greece; Grand Harbour, Malta; Dubrovnik and Korcula, Croatia before returning to Italy. On August 5 and 16 the ship travels the Adriatic, Ionian and Aegean Seas between Venice and Athens, Greece calling at Dubrovnik and either Hvar or Korcula, Croatia; Katakolon, Kythira, Santorini, Mykonos, and Patmos, Greece; and Kusadasi, Turkey.

In addition, throughout the summer Windstar will offer a total of 35 cruises 7-days in length from Lisbon, Portugal; Barcelona, Spain; Nice, France; Rome and Venice, Italy; Malta; Athens, Greece and Istanbul, Turkey.  Many of these cruises can be combined to create longer “back-to-back” 14- and 21-day itineraries offering a price break.  For more information about specific itineraries and dates, visit

“Sail & Save” promotional rates on Mediterranean sailings start at $1,595 for 7-day cruises, $2,895 for 10-days, and $2,995 for 11-day sailings, available now through November 9, 2003.  All rates are per-person, based on double occupancy.

Windstar offers optional trip cancellation protection that provides cash back when passengers cancel for any reason prior to 24 hours before departure. To receive a Europe brochure, make reservations, or receive more information, contact a professional travel agent or call Windstar at 1-800-258-7245.  Sail over to Windstar Cruises online at

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Royal Caribbean Seeks The Next Great Explorers
Online Sweepstakes Offers Chance To Win One Of Four Seven-Night Cruises For Two

MIAMI, June 5 -- Royal Caribbean International is helping vacationers discover the explorer within. Through August 16, 2003, adventurous travelers can go to to see if they would have been a stellar addition to Columbus' crew, James Cook's Arctic explorers, John Smith's scouts, or Hernan Cortes' conquistadors -- and then enter the Royal Caribbean "Explorer Sweepstakes" for a chance to win one of four seven- night cruise adventures for two.

"We've created a 'choose-your-own-sweepstakes' designed to reward winners with a trip tailored to their inner adventurer," said Barbara Shrut, vice president, Loyalty and eMarketing, for Royal Caribbean International. "Royal Caribbean offers such a wide range of exciting cruise vacation options throughout the Caribbean, Europe, Alaska and Mexico, that it is easy for guests to find an experience to match their personal tastes."

To enter, site visitors answer five light-hearted, multiple-choice questions such as "your bags aren't packed until ... a) you can't close your suitcase, b) you've emptied your closet, c) you've stuffed a pillow inside, or d) bags are for novices." The responses will reveal their "Explorer" style and determine which prize package most suits them. Entrants then have the choice to select the cruise that matches their profile, or choose one of the other three options.

The four, seven-night cruise Grand Prize packages include: an exotic Caribbean itinerary to tropical ports of call; a chance to sail Alaska's Inside Passage; an opportunity to explore the rich history of Europe; and a trip to the Mexican Riviera with stops in Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan. For full sweepstakes details and rules, visit

Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand currently with 16 ships in service and three more under construction. For additional information about the cruise line, please visit the company's web site at or call 800-327-6700.

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Seattle, June 4, 2003 — For the first time ever, nine-time Tony award- winning director, choreographer, dancer, and singer Tommy Tune has created an original production spectacular specifically for a cruise ship. Holland America is proud to present “Tommy Tune’s ‘Paparazzi’”, a musical extravaganza debuting onboard the newly introduced ms Oosterdam in August 2003 and the ms Westerdam in April 2004.

“We are thrilled to have a creative talent like Tommy Tune creating a show exclusively for Holland America,” said David A. Giersdorf, senior vice president, marketing and sales. “’Tommy Tune’s ‘Paparazzi’ is another example of Holland America’s commitment to providing the best cruise value, in every aspect, for our guests.” 

“Tommy Tune’s ‘Paparazzi’” is a multi-million dollar production that pays homage to our fascination with celebrities and the photographers who chase them. Tune, who appears on film in the show, leads a cast of 14, performing two shows per sailing. The show features one of the most elaborate video systems installed on a cruise ship.  In this timeless show, Tune has included a variety of music styles from every decade; from ragtime to rock and roll and movie music, big band and even 80s pop.

Tommy Tune, dancer, singer, choreographer and director, is the winner of nine Tony Awards, and the only person in theatrical history to win in four different categories and to win the same two Tony awards two years in a row. His performances have also garnered eight Drama Desk Awards, two Obie Awards, Dance Magazine’s Award for Lifetime Achievement and many others. He has performed for three U.S. presidents, the Queen of England and the Royal Family of Monaco.

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MIAMI, June 5, 2003  --  Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises have modified their CruiseCare travel insurance with a new and simpler pricing structure. Previously, CruiseCare pricing was based on the duration and destination of a cruise. The modified CruiseCare pricing structure is based on the per-person cost of the cruise vacation package, including airfare and rail tours. The new pricing structure is as follows:

Cruise vacation package cost      CruiseCare

$0       -   $500                                   $29
$501   -  $1,000                                  $59
$1,001 - $1,500                                  $79
$1,501 - $2,000                                 $109
$2,001 - $2,500                                 $139
$2,501 - $3,000                                 $179
$3,001 - $3,500                                 $219
$3,501 - $4,000                                 $259
$4,001 - $4,500                                 $299
$4,501 - $5,000                                 $329

For cruise vacation packages costing more than $5,000 per person, CruiseCare prices begin at $369 per person.

The modified CruiseCare travel insurance continues to include its many coverage features that travelers find so desirable. Travelers can cancel for a reason covered by the insurance portion of the program and receive a cash refund of their cancellation penalty. They can cancel for any other reason and reschedule their vacation through the use of a future cruise certificate valued at 75 percent of their cancellation penalty. CruiseCare's other benefits include emergency assistance, medical coverage, emergency evacuation, lost or delayed baggage coverage, and trip delay benefits. CruiseCare also protects travel agent commissions in the event travelers have to cancel their cruise.

Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises are operated by global cruise company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.  The company has a combined total of 25 ships in service and three under construction.  It also offers unique land-tour vacations in Alaska, Canada and Europe through its cruise-tour division.  Additional information can be found on and

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MIAMI - In a move that will increase capacity in Europe by 19,701 berths for 2004, Cunard has announced that it will deploy its world-famous Queen Elizabeth 2 on a series of cruises that sail round-trip from Southampton, England, to Northern Europe, the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands. Beginning March 25, 2004, the line will operate 37 cruises, ranging from seven to 19 days, with prices from just $999 per person, based on double occupancy. The details are featured in a new, four-colour brochure available now from travel agents and Cunard Line.

"QE2 is a treasured British icon so it makes perfect sense to position her on European itineraries," said Deborah Natansohn, the line's senior vice president of sales and marketing. "Although she'll be based in Southampton to service primarily the U.K. market, we expect these exciting cruises to be in high demand among North American travelers as well."

Aboard QE2 or Cunard's classic, 668-passenger Caronia guests can glide through the fjordlands of Norway or across the Baltic Sea to the royal capitals of Northern Europe, or wind around alluring Mediterranean shores. Cultured entertainment, outstanding cuisine and the line's highly acclaimed White Star ServiceSM are the perfect complement to these grand destinations. Eight sailings - from 12 to 14 days - combine historic ports in Portugal and Spain with the sunny Canary Islands. Caronia dates include April 4, October 20, December 1, December 13 (Christmas) and December 27 (New Year's). QE2 departures are July 17, September 4 and November 2.

From March through October, Cunard offers 15 departures, from seven to 19 days, to many of the best-known ports in the Eastern and Western Mediterranean, including Barcelona, Cannes, and Civitavecchia, the port for Rome. The British Isles, Norway's fjordlands and the Hanseatic capitals of Scandinavia and the Baltic comprise Cunard's 11 Northern Europe cruises from May through September. Voyages range from seven to 15 days, depending on the ship and itinerary.

Enjoy every five-star cruising comfort
Cunard's QE2 and Caronia cater to sophisticated travellers who enjoy classic ocean liners without sacrificing modern amenities. Both vessels offer luxurious accommodations, including suites with private balconies; a formal main dining room and casual alternative dining venue; several elegant lounges; a modern Internet centre; well-stocked library; casino; European-style spas; and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Professional production shows take passengers on a theatrical musical journey to the best of Broadway and London's West End. Gentlemen social hosts assure that women travelling alone will not miss out on a dance or social festivities.

2004 Marks Farewell Season for Caronia
It has been announced that Cunard Line's beloved Caronia - formerly Vistafjord - will be leaving the fleet in November 2004. To celebrate her farewell season Cunard is making every voyage a gala occasion and anticipates strong demand, especially from past passengers. In 2005, and for the first time in Cunard history, the fleet will consist of three Queens: Queen Elizabeth 2, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria.

Cunard Line has operated the most famous ocean liners in the world since 1840. The Cunard fleet has a classic British heritage and includes QE2 and Caronia. In 2004 the line welcomes the grandest luxury liner ever, Queen Mary 2, and in 2005, another newbuild, Queen Victoria. To receive a copy of "Cunard's Europe 2004" brochure, contact a professional travel agent, call 1-800-7-CUNARD or visit the website at

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Line Debuts Cruising's First Web Site That Welcomes Visitor Through Three Unique Portals Based on Cruise Experience
Innovative Site Offers Easy Links to Rich Content and Personalization

Princess is known for offering choice and customization to passengers aboard its ships, and now this commitment has just gotten stronger with the debut of its newly designed web site, which was enhanced to help guide first-time cruisers in particular, through the cruise vacation decision and buying process. Featuring links to a comprehensive array of information, the site ( offers a personalized cruise vacation planning process that begins on the new home page. The new informational resources--such as a "cruise dictionary" that provides an explanation of cruising terms for those unfamiliar with cruise vacations--debut under a new section which asks visitors if they are "New to Cruising?"

"New to Cruising" guests will discover a wealth of information explaining what a cruise vacation is all about, and what they can expect when they sail with Princess. The section features such topics as "What's Included in Your Cruise," "Choose Your Cruise," "What to Do," and "How to Book," as well as the handy cruise dictionary for those who don't know "port" from "starboard." Rounding out the site's emphasis on tailoring the information to an individual's cruise experience are two additional gateways for those who are an "Experienced Cruiser" or "Already Booked."

"We recognize there is a large, untapped number of people who have never tried cruising before, and we want to give them an experiential preview of the fantastic Princess vacation that awaits them," said Dean Brown, Princess' executive vice president of customer service and sales. "We want to show them how a Princess vacation can be personalized to become the vacation they've always dreamed of having." Brown noted that this approach will be particularly valuable as the line develops the Caribbean as one of Princess' core destinations over the next few years.

"The goal of our site's new structure is to create a more educated customer by offering a rich collection of cruise and destinational information, and to do it in such a way that the web visitor will be inspired to vacation with Princess," said Brown. "An industry first, Princes is offering a customized web experience that speaks to various groups of travelers, and then logically leads them through the informational and booking process based on their personal interests and experience."

For those who have sailed before but may not be familiar with Princess, the "Experienced Cruiser" can head straight to such details as "Shore Excursions," "Your Destination" and "Know Before You Go." For the passenger who is "Already Booked," a host of new online tools can help simplify and expedite vacation planning. Pre-cruise documents can also be filled out online.

Brown also pointed out that the re-designed site shows the company's further commitment to providing excellent service. "We have developed an easy way for consumers to interact with Princess," Brown said. "Princess has created a level of personalized customer service both on and off the ships which differentiates us from our competitors. Whether it's an in-depth look at a destination, an expedient way to fill out the necessary paperwork, or the ability to pre-book shore excursions up to four months in advance, visitors will effortlessly find what they need, whenever they want it."

A first in the industry, Princess is making shore excursion reservations available online up to four months in advance, and guests can also order special services, inform Princess about a special celebration, or simply provide personal travel preferences so that details such as extra fruit or bathrobes can be provided seamlessly by shipboard staff upon the passenger's arrival. Additional features accessible from any section of the site include a web-only "special deals" page, downloadable versions of many of the company's current brochures, a registration opportunity for the Princess Captain's Circle past passenger program, detailed destinational information that includes virtual visits through stunning 360-degree photography, and the company's famous "Bridge Cams," which broadcast live images from each ship as they sail to ports around the globe.

"Already we've received enthusiastic feedback on the wide array of information in our Destination:Alaska section, and we're planning to roll out similar extensive destination sections featuring our other travel regions," said Brown.

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

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Stockholm, SWEDEN -- On May 2nd Norwegian Cruise Line's 1,748-passenger Norwegian Dream kicked off what is expected to be Stockholm's busiest cruise season to date. Celebrity Cruises joins Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International and other major cruise lines in scheduling Stockholm as a port of call or a turnaround port on their Baltic itineraries.

Sweden's cruising capital anticipates welcoming an estimated 210,000 passengers from 220 cruise ships between May 14 and Sept 18, an increase of nearly 26 percent over 2002. 

"The rising popularity of Baltic cruises is just one of the many reasons Stockholm's cruising numbers have hit a record high," said Claes-Olow Edström, marketing director for the Ports of Stockholm. "We also have a variety of port facilities to accommodate almost any ship. But the biggest draw is the city's natural beauty, its rich culture and history, and its endless array of activities for visitors." 

With 21 turnaround calls this season, more cruise passengers will have time to explore Stockholm before or after their cruise. Whether the activity of choice is a lunchtime ferry through the archipelago of 24,000 islands, a stroll through Gamla Stan, or Old Town, a visit to one of Stockholm's many museums or shopping for fine crystal or Scandinavian design products, there is plenty to do and see.

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Passion for Travel Is A Common Language In Crystal Cruises & Berlitz Partnership
Progressive Language Instruction Is Latest Development In Crystal's
New 'Creative Learning Institute'

LOS ANGELES, June 3 -- Buen Viaje! Buon Viaggio! Viagem Boa and Bon Voyage! From Spain, Italy, Argentina and France to all points beyond, guests traveling aboard the new Crystal Serenity may add an enriching dimension to their world travels by learning a new language during the course of their cruise. Luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises has partnered with Berlitz, the world's premier language services firm, to offer a progressive curriculum of complimentary foreign language instruction as part of the line's innovative new Creative Learning Institute (CLI).

Instruction will be offered in The Studio, the dedicated, state-of-the-art "edutainment" facility that serves as homebase for all CLI programs. Spanish will be offered on most cruises, with many itineraries featuring instruction in a second language pertaining to the region visited -- Italian lessons while cruising the Amalfi Coast, Portuguese instruction during a South American journey, or French classes along the Riviera.

"Berlitz is the most recognized name in foreign language instruction, and this fun and educational program truly bridges shipboard enrichment with shoreside discovery," says Bret Bullock, Crystal's vice president, entertainment. "The power of knowing even the most fundamental phrases and key words of a second language brings with it a broader sense of understanding, familiarity and comfort when exploring a new destination."

Courses will be lead by instructors who are native-fluent in the languages they teach and specially trained in the Berlitz Method®, enabling guests to learn the current idioms and expressions used by native speakers. Offered on days at sea, each curriculum will include an average of five, 45-minute sessions that will focus on: Greetings & Introductions; Self & Family Information; At the Restaurant; Getting Around -- Asking Directions/Places of Interest; Telling Time -- Dealing with Money; and Let's Go Shopping. With professional instruction tailored to follow the group dynamic and progress, the focus of each session may evolve to include two topics. The instructor also has the flexibility to devote more than one session to a particular area of interest.

"What better way to fully absorb the sights, sounds and cultures of the world than by learning and understanding a new language," says Berlitz spokesman Michael Palm, director of worldwide marketing. "At the heart of all Berlitz programs is our conversational Berlitz Method®, which is very well suited to learning in a group environment as fellow students are always eager to participate. Our instruction is fast, effective, and most of all, enjoyable. This is a perfect opportunity to enrich a vacation and return home with a new language as a lasting souvenir."

With a European-trained staff that hails from all corners of the globe, language instruction will move out of The Studio and throughout Crystal Serenity with supplemental shipboard activities such as luncheons with menus printed in the language studied, and served by the native-speaking dining room staff. Upon completion of the cruise, guests will receive a Crystal Creative Learning Institute certificate in Arts & Entertainment. With Berlitz, guests may begin their language instruction aboard Crystal Serenity, and continue them at home in more than 450 locations around the world.

About Creative Learning Institute
Innovative in concept and progressive in nature, the Creative Learning Institute is an extensive new series of interactive classes providing comprehensive instruction focusing on improving wellness and enhancing quality of life. In keeping with Crystal's penchant for quality alliances, the newly- minted CLI is partnering with well-known organizations and schools -- such as Yamaha, The Cleveland Clinic, Society of Wine Educators, Pepperdine University, Parsons School of Design, Tai Chi Cultural Center, BOOK magazine and Barnes& among others -- to bring experts in their respective fields aboard to share their knowledge in a classroom setting. Offered as a series of classes -- vs. single lectures -- the CLI curriculums feature progressive levels of instruction on a single subject or several one-class sessions of related topics. The "five pillars" comprising the CLI include:

  • Arts & Entertainment - from Asian woodblock printing, interior design and keyboard lessons to advertising, jewelry design and acting workshops.
  • Business & Technology - from Computer , estate planning and fundraising to philanthropy, real estate appraisal and patent applications.
  • Lifestyle -- from book clubs, bridge, candle making and home organization to floral and interior design, make-up artistry, menu planning, sewing and pattern making and successful grand parenting.
  • Wellness - from advances in medicine, alternative medicine, dance and fitness classes, yoga, tai chi and ki bo, to skin care, sports health, nutrition memory fitness, and men's and women's health.
  • Wine & Food - from beginning sushi, sake, bread making, cheeses, caviar, the art of serving, soups, sauces, salads, pastry making, dim sum and chocolate deserts to the wines of Champagne, Italy, Chile, California and Bordeaux.

The Creative Learning Institute is the latest development in Crystal's highly-regarded Crystal Visions Enrichment Program of renowned speakers, special interest lecturers and celebrities, and is slated to roll out aboard Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony in 2004.

About Crystal
The newest member of Crystal Cruises' Six-Star-rated fleet, at 68,000 tons, Crystal Serenity will feature a higher space-per-guest ratio than her sister ships, Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony, expanded areas for spa services and other athletic, cultural and intellectual pursuits, an increased number of penthouses, and enlarged staterooms. 

Crystal Cruises currently operates the 50,000-ton, 940-guest sister ships, Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony, two of the most spacious and luxurious vessels cruising the world. Their unique size in the luxury market allows for smooth sailing and a wide range of innovative facilities, generous amenities and elegant accommodations.

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

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Royal Caribbean's Monarch Of The Seas Arrives In Los Angeles
Newly Renovated Ship to Offer Three- and Four-Night Baja Mexico Cruises

MIAMI, June 3 -- Royal Caribbean International's Monarch of the Seas arrived today in Los Angeles after undergoing extensive renovations, including the addition of amenities and activities tailored to West Coast cruisers' tastes, such as expanded spa and fitness facilities and new, California-inspired dining options. Starting June 6, Monarch of the Seas will sail from Los Angeles on Fridays and Mondays year-round, offering three- and four-night Baja Mexico cruises.

"The new Monarch of the Seas packages all of the outstanding experiences of a seven-night Royal Caribbean cruise into a long weekend or quick weekday getaway," said Dan Hanrahan, senior vice president, Marketing and Sales for Royal Caribbean International. "We're confident that Monarch will give guests an unparalleled cruise experience, including outstanding onboard programs, entertainment and activities, exciting on-shore adventures in San Diego, Ensenada and Catalina Island, and our hallmark Gold Anchor Service."

Renovations to the 2,386-passenger Monarch of the Seas extend to every area of the ship, from the expanded spa and fitness facilities to refurbished guest staterooms, public areas and lounges. Monarch's exciting new additions include the cruise line's signature rock-climbing wall, a first for the West Coast market; trendy nightspots like the Latin-themed Boleros bar and The Circuit nightclub; and three, teen-only hangouts -- The Living Room coffee bar, Fuel disco, and a private outdoor area called The Back Deck.

Monarch of the Seas now also offers several outstanding dining options in addition to its two main dining rooms and the casual Windjammer Cafe buffet restaurant. The new venues include Jade, an Asian-fusion restaurant offering the tastes of Southeast Asia; the line's first sushi bar; a gourmet pizza station; and a sit-down, coffee and ice cream parlor featuring Seattle's Best Coffee specialty drinks and Ben & Jerry's ice cream.

The outstanding options also extend to on-shore adventures. Royal Caribbean's Explorations! shore excursion program offers spectacular opportunities to take in the must-see sights of the ports of call along the way. Three-night cruises stop in Ensenada, where vacationers can spend time sampling wines at some of Mexico's top wineries or take the Fox Studios Foxploration tour, which gives them a chance to go behind the scenes at a working movie studio. On four-night sailings, Monarch guests also have the opportunity to explore San Diego and Catalina Island. In San Diego, guests can bicycle along the city's scenic waterfront or pay a visit to the pandas at the world-famous San Diego Zoo. In Catalina, cruisers can experience the wildlife, history and stunning landscapes of the island from a kayak, or catch a glimpse of bald eagles and sea lions on an ocean eco-rafting tour. All shore excursions can be booked in advance at

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Royal Caribbean's Vision Of The Seas To Sail From L.A.
Seven-Night Mexican Riviera Cruises From the West Coast Start in September

MIAMI, June 3 -- Royal Caribbean International's Vision of the Seas will arrive in Los Angeles on Sept. 28, 2003, to offer seven-night Mexican Riviera itineraries. Vision will be the cruise line's second ship in the market, joining Monarch of the Seas, which offers year- round, three- and four-night Baja Mexico cruises. 

"We are very excited to offer two great cruise vacation options -- week- long vacations on Vision of the Seas and shorter getaways aboard Monarch of the Seas -- from a port that is so convenient for many travelers from the western United States," said Dan Hanrahan, senior vice president, Marketing and Sales, for Royal Caribbean International. "Both options give cruisers a chance to explore Mexico, while also enjoying the full slate of activities and outstanding entertainment and service onboard these beautiful ships."

At 78,491 tons, Vision of the Seas is 915 feet long and holds 2,000 guests double occupancy. In addition to a variety of dining and entertainment options, Vision offers a full-service spa and fitness center, the Adventure Ocean Youth Center, a video game room, six whirlpools, and two pools, including an indoor/outdoor pool with sliding glass roof. In addition, Vision of the Seas will be retrofitted with one of the cruise line's signature rock- climbing walls in October, challenging guests to reach new heights and offering outstanding birds-eye views of the ship, sea and sky.

Guests on Vision also can take advantage of Royal Caribbean's Explorations! shore excursions program, which offers unique experiences at each port of call. Excursions can be booked in advance at and include:

  • Sea Kayaking Eco Adventure (Cabo San Lucas): Guests enjoy an
    unforgettable kayaking excursion around the famed Los Arcos rock formation jutting out to sea.

  • Deep Sea Fishing Tournament (Mazatlan): Marlin and sailfish are prize game at this one of the world's best sport fishing destinations.

  • Sierra Madre Expedition (Puerta Vallarta): In all-terrain vehicles, guests traverse mountain streams that over centuries have cut towering canyons into the rugged Sierras.

Vision of the Seas will depart Los Angeles every Sunday through May 16, 2004, on seven-night cruises along the coast of Mexico, with ports of call in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta.

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Celebrity Cruises Waives Captain's Club Fee; New Members Enroll Without Fee; Current Members Receive $50 Credit For Loyalty

MIAMI, June 2 -- One year to the date that Celebrity Cruises introduced an enhanced Captain's Club program with new pre- cruise privileges and onboard perks for repeat guests, the line has introduced another enhancement: the transition to a no-fee membership. As of June 1, 2003, Celebrity's former $35 Captain's Club enrollment fee has been eliminated.

"About 11 percent of Celebrity's past guests are Captain's Club members, who are extremely loyal to our brand," said Celebrity's Senior Vice President of Marketing Steve Hancock. "But with 97 percent of all past guests--members and non-members alike--saying they plan to cruise with us again, we want them all to become Captain's Club members, so they all can enjoy the many benefits of the program."

To enroll into the Captain's Club program, guests must complete only one Celebrity cruise. All members will continue to receive the same exclusive benefits they have enjoyed to-date. To thank members who previously paid the $35 enrollment fee, Celebrity is providing each member household with a $50 onboard credit certificate valid for any sailing up to December 31, 2004.

Current Captain's Club members interested in more information about the fee waiver are invited to call the Captain's Club line at 1-800-760-0654, or e-mail , or visit Non- members also are invited to review details via visiting the Celebrity web site, or by talking with their travel agent. Travel agents are advised to refer to or

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

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Royal Caribbean International's Voyager of the Seas to Sail From New York City in 2004
World's Largest and Most Innovative Cruise Ship to Offer 
Caribbean and Canada Itineraries

MIAMI, June 2 -- Royal Caribbean International today announced that Voyager of the Seas, the ship that redefined America's perception of cruise vacations, will offer alternating nine-night Caribbean and five-night Canada cruises from New York City, from May through October 2004. The sailings mark the first time a Voyager-class ship, the world's largest and most innovative cruise ships, has been home-based outside Florida or San Juan.

Launched in late 1999, Voyager of the Seas propelled the industry into the 21st century with an unprecedented design and onboard activities that changed the face of cruising. In addition to its sheer size -- 142,000 GRT, 1,020 feet long, 157.5 feet wide, 3,114 passengers double occupancy -- Voyager of the Seas introduced a number of revolutionary features, including the Royal Promenade, a "horizontal atrium," four decks high and longer than a football field, running through the center of the ship and lined with shopping, dining and entertainment venues; the first interior staterooms with views; and the first rock-climbing wall and ice skating rink at sea.

"Voyager of the Seas is the embodiment of the 'Get out there' spirit that has become Royal Caribbean's trademark," said Dan Hanrahan, senior vice president, Marketing and Sales, for Royal Caribbean International. "Voyager introduced exciting onboard experiences and adventures that remain unparalleled in the cruise industry today and have made many people realize there is more to cruising than they may have previously believed."

With 15 passenger decks, Voyager of the Seas includes activities and amenities designed to appeal to a variety of travelers, including active adults, families with kids of all ages, singles and couples. In addition to the rock-climbing wall and ice skating rink, Voyager has a mini golf course, in-line skating track, golf simulator, jogging track, full basketball court, three pools, six whirlpools, an adults-only Solarium, and 15,000-square-foot ShipShape Fitness Center and Spa.

For kids, the extensive Adventure Ocean youth program facilities feature dedicated areas for five age groups, a teen disco and the Adventure Beach pool and play area for younger children.

Dining options include a magnificent, three-story, traditional dining room; the Windjammer Cafe and Island Grille casual buffets; the Cafe Promenade sidewalk cafe; a Johnny Rockets diner; and the Portofino Italian specialty restaurant.

On the entertainment front, Voyager of the Seas guests enjoy full production shows as well as headline musical and comedy acts in the 1,350-seat La Scala theater; a casino with nearly 300 slot machines as well as craps, poker and roulette tables; a two-story disco/nightclub called the Vault; and a variety of additional bars and secondary lounges such as the Weekend Warrior sports bar, the Champagne Bar, the Aquarium Bar and Royal Caribbean's signature Viking Crown Lounge, which is perched at the top of the ship and offers panoramic views of sea and sky.

Voyager of the Seas' New York season runs from May 16 to Oct. 22, 2004. She will sail alternating Caribbean and Canada itineraries. The nine-night Caribbean cruises stop in four ports of call: Royal Caribbean's private destination of Labadee, Hispaniola; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. Prices start at $899 per person, double occupancy.

Voyager of the Seas' five-night Canada itineraries include stops in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Saint John, New Brunswick. Prices start at $579 per person, double occupancy.

Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand currently with 16 ships in service and three more under construction. For additional information about the cruise line, please visit the company's web site at or call 800-327-6700.

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Carnival Glory to Feature Two Fast-Paced Vegas-Style Revues

MIAMI (06/02/03) - "Rock Down Broadway" and "Livin' in America" - two fast-paced Vegas-style revues that seamlessly blend precision choreography with elaborate sets and costumes and some of the most dazzling special effects at sea - will be featured on the new 110,000-ton Carnival Glory, set to debut in July. 

Like the name implies, "Rock Down Broadway" will feature songs from popular rock-oriented Broadway productions. The show will kick off with title songs from two of the earliest "rock musicals," Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar, followed by hits from Saturday Night Fever, Footloose, Rent, Little Shop of Horrors, and other Broadway favorites, all backed by awe-inspiring laser and pyrotechnic effects. There's also an appearance from the "Pinball Wizard" of Tommy fame, complete with a flying pinball machine. 

The second show, "Livin' in a America," uses different genres of music - jazz, blues, rock, swing and just about everything in between - to salute famous music, movie and sports personalities. After a fast-paced tribute to the various birthplaces of American music, including Chicago and Nashville, the hour-long revue showcases the elegance and glamour of Hollywood's Golden Age, then pays homage to great sports legends with popular swing tunes from the 1930s and 1940s. "Livin' in America" closes in spectacular fashion with a visit to Radio City Music Hall and its high-kicking Rockettes. 

Both "Rock Down Broadway" and "Livin' in America" take center stage in the beautiful Amber Palace, a three-deck-high show lounge which, like other rooms aboard Carnival Glory, will offer a dramatic interpretation of color. The spacious 1,500-seat theater, patterned after Russia's legendary Amber Room, will feature a striking décor with mosaics of amber, fancy rococo moldings, gold leaf columns with female figures, candelabra, cornices and an eagle image of Russian lore, and paintings of famous Russian czars and czarinas. A massive crystal chandelier, 12 feet in diameter, adds to the ambiance. 

"Rock Down Broadway" and "Livin' in America" will make maximum use of the Amber Palace's technological advances that include a revolving stage, rising orchestra pit, "fly-in" scenery capabilities, and multi-million-dollar sound and lighting system, to set a new standard for shipboard entertainment, according to Roger Blum, Carnival's vice president of cruise programming and the shows' producer. "Carnival is well known for its lavish Vegas-style shows and 'Rock Down Broadway' and 'Livin' in America' build upon that tradition, combining talented singers, dancers and musicians with the most sophisticated shipboard technology available to create evenings of unforgettable entertainment," Blum said. 

Carnival Glory launches year-round seven-day sailings from Port Canaveral, Fla., July 19, 2003, with alternating eastern and western Caribbean voyages departing every Saturday. Eastern Caribbean cruises will call at Nassau, St. Thomas/St. John, and St. Maarten, while western Caribbean voyages will include Key West, Fla.; Belize City, Belize; and Cozumel and Progreso/Merida, Mexico. Prior to the start-up of year-round service, Carnival Glory will offer a special five-day pre-inaugural cruise to Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico, July 14-19, 2003. For additional information and reservations, call 1-800-327-9501 (individual) or 1-800-327-5782 (groups) or visit the line's travel agent Internet portal at

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