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July 1-15, 2002

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MIAMI (07/15/02) - Carnival Cruise Lines will for the first time offer five-day cruises from Miami featuring a day-long visit to Belize, one of Central America's most enticing and sought-after destinations. Beginning Sept. 2, 2002, the "Fun Ship" Imagination will begin operating the new itinerary, which also features a stop at Key West, once every two weeks as part of its regular year-round schedule of four and five-day cruises.

"Belize is one of the fastest growing cruise destinations in terms of popularity because there is such a diversity of things to do and see there," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. He added that never before has Belize been available as a port of call on year-round short duration voyages.

The Imagination, based year-round in Miami, currently offers a four-day weekend cruise and two five-day cruises over every two-week period. Four-day long-weekend cruises departing Thursdays visit Key West and Cozumel. Two different five-day itineraries are offered during the two-week rotation. In addition to the new Belize/Key West route starting this fall, which will depart on Mondays, the Imagination also operates five-day cruises departing Saturdays to Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios.  

Between now and September, the Imagination will continue to operate its existing five-day itinerary departing Mondays to Grand Cayman and Calica/Playa del Carmen, Mexico. However, that route will be discontinued in September when the new Belize and Key West itinerary is introduced. According to Dickinson, Carnival's decision to incorporate Belize into one of the line's short cruise itineraries is based on tremendous guest response to the port since the line began regularly calling there last year. 

"We began calling in Belize on a regular basis last fall and currently feature it on the itineraries of two ships: Carnival Spirit, which operates eight-day cruises from Miami during the winter, and Carnival Pride, which offers seven-day Caribbean cruises year-round from Port Canaveral," he said. Belize will also be featured on the Carnival Legend's new eight-day cruise program from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., beginning in November, Dickinson noted.

"Based on the tremendous popularity of Belize, we realized that combining it with a shorter itinerary appealing to many of today's time-crunched and budget-constrained consumers would be a fabulous vacation option," said Dickinson. Known worldwide for its eco-tourism opportunities, Belize is also famous for its extraordinary snorkeling and scuba diving sites, proximity to fascinating ancient Mayan ruins, lush rainforests and exciting tropical wildlife.

The 2,052-passenger Imagination features a wide array of facilities and amenities including three swimming pools, one with a 115-foot-long twisting water slide, six whirlpools, a huge expanse of open deck space, luxurious health spa and state-of-the-art fitness facility, comprehensive golf program, spacious casino, complimentary children's program, lavish Vegas-style shows, 10 bars and lounges, an Internet café, and a full schedule of daytime activities and nighttime entertainment. Dining venues on the Imagination include the Pride and Spirit restaurants, along with the Horizon Bar & Grill, a casual poolside eatery offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, elaborate salad and desert bars, and a 24-hour pizzeria. Complimentary 24-hour self-serve ice cream/frozen yogurt and stateroom service are available as well. All of these options comprise Carnival's Total Choice Dining(SM), cruising's most comprehensive dining program offering the widest variety of formal and casual options at sea. 

Reservations are currently being accepted for the Imagination's new five-day cruises to Belize and Key West. Prices begin at $449 per person based on double occupancy. If purchased via Carnival's "Fun Finance Plan (SM)," the cruises are available starting at $21 per month (based on a 24-month payment term at the lowest annual percentage rate available). Actual "Fun Finance Plan" monthly payments and terms may vary according to the applicant's credit qualifications. Valid for U.S. individual bookings only; certain other restrictions apply. Round-trip air transportation supplements from a variety of North American gateways and special rates for third and fourth guests sailing in the same stateroom are also available. For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL, or visit

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Increased Number of Cruisetour Packages Accompany Popular Trio of Vessels

MIAMI, July 12, 2002 - Celebrity Cruises in 2003 will offer a significantly expanded number of enticing Alaska cruisetour packages operated by Royal Celebrity Tours, while again presenting a full season of seven-night cruise itineraries from Vancouver and Seward on Summit, Infinity and Mercury.

Inspired by guest interest, Celebrity's Alaska Cruisetours' total number of packages next year jumps from this year's 13 to 20, with four packages offering two full nights in Denali National Park and the popular seven-hour Tundra Wildlife Search.

An entirely new package in 2003 includes three nights in Denali and an all-inclusive, full-day Kantishna Wilderness Trails Excursion, which transports guests through 95 miles of Denali's prime wildlife habitat to the Kantishna Roadhouse near Wonder Lake on the banks of Moose Creek. Optional activities on the excursion include a dogsled demonstration and gold panning, along with stops for viewing moose, bear, caribou, eagles and other wildlife. In addition, packages focusing on the raw, natural beauty of the Kenai Peninsula will offer stops in Homer, on the shores of the halibut-rich waters of Kachemak Bay, as well as Seward, at the entrance to the 650,000-acre Kenai Fjords National Park.

"We're thrilled to offer travelers in Alaska this expanded and incredible array of cruisetour packages, particularly since the new options were inspired by comments from our guests," said Royal Celebrity Tours President Craig Milan. "We continue to hear that the combination of Alaska's rugged, natural beauty with the taste of luxury found on every Celebrity ship makes a uniquely appealing package."

Summit's 2003 Alaska Vacation Options
Celebrity's newest Cruisetour packages in Denali National Park and the Kantishna Wilderness area are among the options for guests sailing on northbound and southbound seven-night Glacier cruises on the environmentally-sensitive gas-turbine ship, Summit.

Summit's Alaska season begins with a 14-night cruise along the Pacific Coast, departing San Diego, California, on May 9, and calling on Catalina Island and San Francisco; Seattle, Washington; Victoria, British Columbia; Juneau, Skagway, Sitka and Ketchikan, Alaska, and includes cruises beside Hubbard Glacier and through the Inside Passage, ending in Vancouver.  Summit's seven-night Northbound Glacier itineraries from Vancouver to Seward, Alaska, depart Vancouver on Fridays, May 23; June 6 and 20; July 4 and 18; and August 1, 15 and 29, 2003.  Ports of call include Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau and Valdez, including cruises through the Inside Passage, past the glaciers of College Fjord and beside the region's largest and most active glacier, Hubbard Glacier.

Celebrity's Southbound Glacier cruises on Summit depart Seward on Fridays, May 30; June 13 and 27; July 11 and 25; August 8 and 22; and September 5, 2003, with ports of call in Juneau, Skagway, Sitka and Ketchikan, Alaska, featuring cruises through the Inside Passage and beside Hubbard Glacier.  Summit caps its 2003 season in Alaska with a 14-night Pacific Coastal cruise departing Vancouver on September 12, with calls on Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau, and Valdez, Alaska; cruises through the Inside Passage and beside Hubbard Glacier; visits to Victoria, British Columbia; Seattle, Washington, and San Francisco and Catalina Island, California, concluding in San Diego.

Summit cruise fares begin at $900 per person, double occupancy, with cruisetours starting at $1,700 per person, double occupancy, for a nine-night package.

Infinity's 2003 Alaska Vacation Options
Summit's sister ship, Infinity, will sail 17 Inside Passage cruises round-trip from Vancouver, British Columbia, every Friday from May 30 through September 19, 2003, with ports of call in Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan, Alaska, including cruises through the Inside Passage and past Hubbard Glacier, with fares beginning at $1,150 per person, double occupancy.

Infinity's captivating Canadian Rockies cruisetour packages will transport guests to a variety of adventurous and scenic territories via motorcoach and the Rocky Mountaineer Railway, with highlights including the Columbian Icefields, Banff National Park and Yoho National Park; sightseeing visits to Lake Louise, Jasper, Calgary and Vancouver; and the Two River Junction Dinner and Musical Revue in Kamloops.

Fares for Infinity's Canadian Rockies cruisetour packages begin at $3,190 per person, double occupancy, for a 13-night package.

Mercury's 2003 Alaska Vacation Options
Celebrity's Mercury, whose unique magrodome pool enclosure was built with the Alaska market in mind, will sail 19 Inside Passage cruises in Alaska round-trip from Vancouver, and also will present Canadian Rockies Cruisetour packages, either before or after the cruise.

Mercury precedes the 2003 Alaska season with a nine-night itinerary departing San Diego, California, on May 2, with ports of call in San Francisco, as well as Ketchikan, Juneau, and Sitka, Alaska, and a cruise through the Inside Passage, concluding in Vancouver.

Mercury's round-trip, seven-night Inside Passage itineraries will depart Vancouver on Sundays from May 11 through September 14, 2003, with visits to Juneau and Sitka, Alaska, as well as cruises through the Inside Passage and beside Hubbard Glacier.

Mercury's Canadian Rockies Cruisetour packages will also travel via motorcoach and the Rocky Mountaineer Railway, with highlights including Jasper and Banff National Parks; sightseeing visits to the Columbian Icefields, Jasper, Calgary and Vancouver; and the Two River Junction Dinner and Musical Revue in Kamloops.

Pricing for Mercury's seven-night cruises begin at $800 per person, double occupancy, with cruisetour packages starting at $2,430 per person, double occupancy, for a 12-night package.

Every Celebrity cruise through Alaska offers guests unique insight into the rich history, wildlife and culture of the state, with onboard enrichment lectures by Native Alaskans and a variety of materials and presentations produced in partnership with The Nature Conservancy.

When not exploring Alaska, guests can be rejuvenated in Celebrity's award-winning AquaSpa facilities; enjoy a fine liqueur and cigar in Michael's Club; visit the Martini Bar, to select from among 26 varieties of the trendy beverage; play a variety of games in Fortunes Casino; connect with family and friends in the Internet café, or connect with fellow guests in Cova Café Milano, Celebrity's seagoing version of the stylish coffeehouse in the famed fashion district of Milan, Italy.

The highest-rated premium cruise line in the industry, Celebrity Cruises' nine-ship fleet is the youngest of any major cruise line. Celebrity Cruises sails in Alaska, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii and the Panama Canal. For more information, visit the Celebrity web site at

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Luxury Line Offers Extensive Choices For Families During Summer and Holiday Sailings

LOS ANGELES, July 11, 2002 - While well-known for its sophisticated entertainment and enrichment roster, luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises surprises many with how it caters to children. The latest enhancement to the line's Junior Activities Program-offered on summer and holiday sailings aboard Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony-is the refurbishment of Crystal Harmony's main venue for children's activities, Fantasia.

"The goal of Crystal's onboard programming is to entertain and stimulate all our guests. Furthermore, the age-specific offerings in our Junior Activities Program are well-supervised, as this ensures that they, their families and independent travelers enjoy their cruise with us to the fullest," says Bret Bullock, vice president, entertainment.

During this summer's Alaska season, Fantasia will be outfitted with new "kid-size" table and chairs in assorted antiqued colors, including red, green, blue and yellow, and a complementary carpet in primary colors. Custom designed built-in kiosks for Sony Playstation® video games, complete with entertainment and educational software, will also be installed.

Aboard each Alaska cruise, qualified Junior Activities directors are joined by a guest naturalist for a full slate of activities geared toward the Last Frontier. Families may plan their days and nights according to "Surf Runner," the children's newsletter which details scheduled activities and is delivered to each child's stateroom the preceding evening.

Crystal's Junior Activities Program extends beyond Fantasia with activities such as galley tours and "stretchercize" in the gym, to paddle tennis and water polo. Crystal Cruises' fleet features an array of amenities for all family members. Among them are a library with more than 1,500 titles, including a selection of children's books and videos for in-stateroom viewing, the Hollywood Theatre for recent-release films, two pools and a Jacuzzi®, and seven dining options for day and night, from the outdoor Trident grill serving hotdogs, hamburgers and ice cream to Prego's costolette d'agnello su zucchini e pomodori arrostiti con formaggio caprino e polenta di mascarpone (grilled lamb chops on roasted zucchini and tomato slices, with goat cheese served with mascarpone polenta), to 24-hour complimentary room service. Family-friendly accommodations range from connecting staterooms to penthouse suites with verandahs.

Crystal Harmony's remaining summer Alaska departures are July 16 and 28; August 9 and 21; and September 2 and 14, 2002. Depending on the itinerary, the luxury ship will visit the Alaskan ports of Skagway, Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan; Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; and cruise the Gulf of Alaska, Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay and the Inside Passage.

Fantasia's refurbishment has been ongoing from the start of the summer season. The new computer kiosks and furniture have been added and the final upgrade of new carpeting will be installed on August 9. Crystal Harmony will undergo an extensive refurbishment on additional public areas during her scheduled late September drydock.

Crystal Cruises' Alaska cruise fares start as low as $2,085 per person, double occupancy, for the Sept. 14 Value Collection sailing. Perfect Harmony® pricing of up to 40% savings is offered on all other departures. Children under 12 pay 50% of minimum fare when accompanied by two full-fare paying guests, and a child 12 or older in a third berth pays the minimum fare.

Crystal Cruises is booked exclusively through professional travel agents. For a complimentary brochure on Alaska 2002 or any other worldwide destination, call 800.820.6663. Visit the luxury cruise line's website at

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1.7 Million Cruisers Sail in First Quarter; Industry on Pace to Carry 7.4 Million Passengers in 2002

NEW YORK, July 10 - Nearly 1.7 million North American passengers cruised during the first quarter of 2002, a 1.6 percent increase over the same period in 2001, according to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), a nonprofit organization representing 23 cruise lines.

"North Americans are actively cruising once again," says Mark Conroy, CLIA chairman and president of Radisson Seven Seas Cruises. "Factors such as repositioning of ships to convenient North American ports, new programs and enhancements, and current pricing levels coupled with already exceptional value have contributed to the renewed consumer confidence in cruising."

"We were well on track to top 7 million last year until the events of Sept. 11. Despite the tragedy, the industry ended the year with 6.9 million North Americans cruising, a marginal increase over 2000," says Conroy. "And of the final figure, more than 2.75 million were first-time cruisers."

"Based on the capacity of new ships anticipated to enter the market through the end of the year, traditional travel patterns and booking volume reported by CLIA-member lines, we expect to reach 7.4 million by the end of the year," says Bob Sharak, CLIA's executive director and vice president of marketing and business development.

Since 1981, growth in cruise capacity has averaged 7.6 percent annually, keeping pace with North American demand and the 8.4 percent annual passenger growth rate the industry has experienced since 1980. Based on current known information, capacity under contract or planned is expected to increase at an average rate of 7.9 percent over the next five years.

CLIA-member lines make up nearly 98 percent of the capacity marketed from North America. For more information about cruise vacations, visit CLIA's website at

SOURCE: Cruise Lines International Association

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MIAMI, July 9, 2002 - The following quote is provided by Lynn Martenstein, vice president of Corporate Communication for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.:

"We are pleased that the AAI recognized that 'the Royal Caribbean/Princess combination would create a firm equal in size to Carnival... while the Carnival/Princess combination would create a dominant firm with half the market.' For this reason, we still believe that our merger is pro-competitive and pro-consumer, while Carnival's takeover would result in a dominant position that will harm cruisers, travel agents, and others. Obviously, we are disappointed that the AAI was not more supportive of Royal Caribbean's proposed merger, and that it ignored data we believe demonstrates that the Royal Caribbean/P&O Princess merger would not result in undue concentration. We have cleared all regulatory hurdles in Europe and we will continue to seek similar recognition from the FTC."

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is a global cruise vacation company that operates Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Royal Celebrity Tours.  Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises have a combined total of 24 ships in service and four under construction or on firm order.  Royal Celebrity Tours operates land-tour vacations in Alaska and Canada utilizing the world's largest glass-domed railcars. Additional information can be found on, or

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MIAMI (07/09/02) - Dame Judi Dench, one of England's most renowned stage and screen actresses, is to serve as godmother of Carnival Cruise Lines' newest ship, Carnival Legend. She will break the traditional bottle of champagne against the ship's hull in an official naming ceremony to be held August 21 in Harwich, England. The 88,500-ton, 2,124-passenger Legend is the first Carnival Cruise Lines vessel to sail a European itinerary.

A long-time member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Dench has been a star of the British stage since the late 1950s, appearing in dozens of Shakespearean and contemporary productions. She is equally well-known for her work in television and film, and currently is starring in the film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's play, "The Importance of Being Earnest." In recent James Bond movies starring Pierce Brosnan, she has played the role of M, Bond's boss.

"It is an exciting privilege to have the legendary actress Dame Judi Dench serving as godmother to the Carnival Legend," said Carnival President Bob Dickinson. "We are truly fortunate to have a Briton of her stature to help us introduce Carnival Cruise Lines to the European cruise market." 

Awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1970, Dench was named a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1988. Born and educated in York, she trained for the stage at the Central School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art. She was married to the late actor Michael Williams, and has one daughter, Finty, also an actress. Dench received the British Academy of Film and Television Arts award for Best Actress for her role in the television comedy series "A Fine Romance," in which she appeared with her husband Williams, and a BAFTA Best Actress nomination for her performance in the BBC series, "As Time Goes By." She was nominated by BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress in "A Handful of Dust" and "A Room with a View." The actress received a Cable ACE Award for her performance in the A&E television production of "Mr. and Mrs. Edgehill," and she received a BAFTA Award and was nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of Queen Victoria in the 1997 film, "Mrs. Brown," and took home an Oscar for her role as Queen Elizabeth I in the 1998 Tom Stoppard hit "Shakespeare In Love." 

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

For additional information and reservations, call 1-800-327-9501 (individual) or 1-800-327-5782 (groups).  Information and reservations are also available via the line's travel agent Internet portal,

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Great Stirrup Cay, NCL's private Bahamian Paradise

MIAMI, June 28, 2002 - Norwegian Cruise Line announced it has added a Parasail Adventure to its Dive-In program offered on the company's private Bahamian Island, Great Stirrup Cay. Passengers can now sail above the pristine waters of the Bahamas either solo or in tandem while being towed by a brand new parasail boat on the beach of Great Stirrup Cay.

"Parasailing is a option many of our passengers have asked for in the past and we're glad to be able to provide it to them now on our private island," said Andy Stuart, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Norwegian Cruise Line. "We're working with Big Adventure Ltd, a company that has a great reputation and a long history of offering sailing adventures in the Bahamas, to provide our passengers the highest level of service possible."

Guests can sign up for this new shore excursion option at the Dive-In desk onboard the ship. Currently, the ships that visit Great Stirrup Cay include the S/S Norway and Norwegian Sea. Beginning in January, NCL's newest ship Norwegian Dawn will sail to Great Stirrup Cay on its eastern-bound sailings, and in May 2003, the ship calls at the Island when she begins a groundbreaking series of seven-day sailings to the Bahamas and Florida departing roundtrip from New York. Ports of call on this innovative itinerary include Nassau, Great Stirrup Cay, Miami and Port Canaveral, Florida, and guests have the additional option of embarking either in New York or Port Canaveral.

In addition to offering the Parasail Adventure at Great Stirrup Cay, NCL's Dive-In program will also now rent snorkel equipment to guests that do not wish to participate on a structured snorkeling trip. The snorkel gear is offered on all of NCL's ships at all ports of call where an organized snorkel trip is scheduled.

For further information on NCL, contact a travel agent or NCL in the U.S. and Canada at (800) 327-7030; in Miami-Dade County, Fla., (305) 436-0866; visit NCL's web site at

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MIAMI (07/08/02) - Following tremendous consumer response to the first "Stop Smoking Caribbean Cruises" aboard the 2,052-passenger Paradise, the world's only smoke-free cruise ship, Carnival Cruise Lines, the American Lung Association of Connecticut (ALAC) and Manchester Community College will offer six more of the popular smoking cessation cruises in 2003. The seven-day Caribbean voyages, which follow the initial series of "Stop Smoking Caribbean Cruises" taking place this fall, will sail round-trip from Miami once per month from January through June 2003. Included as part of the ALAC's seven-session Freedom From Smoking program, the "Stop Smoking Caribbean Cruises" feature helpful clinics and workshops by leading smoking cessation experts who utilize proven behavior modification strategies to help smokers develop a "quitting plan," adjust to recovery symptoms, manage stress through effective relaxation techniques and fight the urge to resume smoking. 

Participants must first enroll in the ALAC's Freedom from Smoking program and attend sessions one and two in their hometowns before taking the cruise. Sessions three and four, the sessions in which smokers actually quit, will be held during the seven-day Paradise Caribbean cruise with the remaining sessions taking place in participants' hometowns following the voyage. 

"We believed that offering on-board clinics by the world's foremost smoking cessation organization aboard the world's only smoke-free cruise ship would provide an attractive, innovative and effective environment for quitting smoking. Based on the strong demand for these 'Stop Smoking Caribbean Cruises,' it's obvious consumers feel the same way," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. Added John Zinn, president and CEO of the American Lung Association of Connecticut, "The American Lung Association of Connecticut is delighted to again partner with Carnival Cruise Lines and Manchester Community College to offer these 'Stop Smoking Caribbean Cruises,' which provide a unique venue for smokers to quit while enabling our organization to broaden its reach in helping smokers begin their journey to healthier lifestyles."

In addition to providing a positive atmosphere for quitting smoking, "Quit Smoking Caribbean Cruise" participants can enjoy the Paradise's array of on-board amenities and facilities, which include three restaurants (two formal dining rooms and a casual poolside eatery featuring a  24-hour pizzeria), along with a 12,000-square-foot health club, three swimming pools, a 114-foot-long water slide, a duty-free shopping mall, an Internet café and a 2,400-square-foot children's play area. The ship also features 12 "themed" bars and lounges, which pay homage to the great ocean liners of yesteryear. Ports of call on the Jan. 19, Feb 2, March 2, and April 27, 2003, eastern Caribbean cruises include Nassau, San Juan and St. Thomas/St. John, while the May 4 and June 1, 2003, western Caribbean voyages feature Playa del Carmen/Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios. 

"Quit Smoking Caribbean Cruise" participants must abide by the Paradise's strict no-smoking policy, which prohibits smoking in all areas of the vessel, including the open decks. Those who violate the Paradise's no-smoking policy must disembark, forfeit their cruise fare and return home at their own expense. Smokers can also be assessed $250 for "liquidated damages," an agreed upon estimate for damages that Carnival will incur as a result of the violation of the Paradise's no smoking policy.

Prices for the "Quit Smoking Caribbean Cruises" begin at $579 per person based on double occupancy and include all meals, accommodations, on-board entertainment and activities and smoking cessation clinics and workshops (cruise fare varies according to sailing date and does not include the ALAC's Freedom from Smoking program materials, which must be purchased separately. The cost is $40). Round-trip air supplements from a variety of North American gateways, along with special rates for third and fourth guests sailing in the same stateroom are available, as well. Additional information and reservations for the "Quit Smoking Caribbean Cruises" can be obtained by contacting Dr. William Levy of Manchester Community College at 1-866-512-2777. Information on Carnival Cruise Lines and the smoke-free Paradise is available on-line at

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Ultra Luxury Line Teams with DHL Worldwide Express to Deliver Bags to Suites

MIAMI, July 8, 2002 - Small-ship specialist Seabourn Cruise Line has teamed with DHL Worldwide Express to provide an optional service that allows cruise guests to ship their personal luggage from their homes directly to their luxurious suites on the intimate Yachts of Seabourn anywhere in the world. Dubbed "Personal Valet," the service includes preparation of all shipping and customs paperwork; conveniently scheduled DHL pickup of luggage at the guest's home; 24-hour online tracking; Shipment Value Protection and delivery directly to the guest's suite on board. Rates are available for both one-way and roundtrip shipping. Personal Valet service will be available to guests sailing on all cruises of the 208-guest Yachts of Seabourn starting August 15th, 2002.

"Schlepping luggage through airports was never fun," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, Seabourn's senior vice president of sales and marketing. "But since last year, with increased security, random searches and so forth, it's become more of a hassle than ever. We were looking for a way to make travel to and from our ships as trouble-free and pleasant as possible, and DHL helped us create our Personal Valet solution. With Personal Valet, guests can relax and travel light, knowing that their luggage will be delivered right to their suite on board." he added.

The cost of Personal Valet service depends on the weight of luggage and the destination. For example, a suitcase weighing up to 30 pounds shipped from the U.S. to London to join a Seabourn Pride cruise of Scandinavia and Russia will cost $200. For a bag weighing 60 pounds, the maximum allowable, the fee will be $350. Bags shipped from the UK back to the US will cost approximately $50 more.

Two key elements of the program are ease of use and reliability. Seabourn is renowned for the detailed, personalized service on board its all-suite ships, and Seabourn's staff will ensure that the Personal Valet service will match this standard. The department has created a special toll-free number, 1-888-491-0771, for guests to order the Personal Valet service, or it can be ordered through the travel agent at the time of booking. Standard service can be ordered up to 14 days prior to departure. Within two weeks of departure, expedited service may be requested at an extra charge, based on availability. Once the order is received, Seabourn's Personal Valet service desk will prepare all paperwork and forward the airwaybill, customs forms and complete instructions to the guests via overnight delivery. The guest can then call a toll-free number to schedule a convenient luggage pickup time directly from DHL Worldwide Express. DHL, in turn, will utilize their superior, reliable worldwide shipping network to deliver the luggage to Seabourn's local ship's agent at the port of embarkation. The port agent will deliver the luggage to the shipboard staff on arrival, for distribution to the guest suites. Guests and agents will be able to track the shipment on DHL's online tracking system 24 hours a day using the airwaybill number, or Seabourn's Personal Valet staff will track it on request.

Information on the Personal Valet service will be included in cruise documentation sent to travel agents and guests beginning this month, with service available for cruises departing after August 15th, 2002. Along with the shipping documents, guests will receive a list of items that cannot be shipped, and instructions about the sorts of items that should be kept with the guest's hand-carry baggage.

Personal Valet luggage shipping is another in a continuing series of refinements being introduced aboard the award-winning Yachts of Seabourn. Elements already introduced include complimentary fine wines and spirits throughout every cruise; free Massage Moments on deck; complimentary Exclusively Seabourn shoreside experiences on every cruise; Movies Under the Stars on deck; exciting new dinner menus created by renowned chef Charlie Palmer, enhanced services at The Spa at Seabourn and Seabourn's Pure Pampering featuring fine wellbeing products and a selection of therapeutic bathing experiences by Molton Brown, London.

The Yachts of Seabourn provide the ultimate in small-ship, ultra-luxury cruise vacations to the most desirable destinations on earth. The Seabourn fleet includes Seabourn Pride, Spirit and Legend. Seabourn Cruise Line is a member of the exclusive World's Leading Cruise Lines alliance, which also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Cunard Line, Holland America Line, Costa Cruises and Windstar Cruises. Together, these member lines share a commitment to quality and value, offering cruise vacations that appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets and sail to some of the world's most exciting destinations.

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New Half World Voyage Segments Created 

Seattle, July 5, 2002 - Holland America Line announces fare reductions for its 108-day 2003 Grand World Voyage aboard the ms Amsterdam, as well as the introduction of two new segments so guests can revel in the world voyage experience without making the full 108-day commitment. The 38 ports of call remain as scheduled and the premium line is now offering guests the option of joining for half a Grand World Voyage by sailing from Fort Lauderdale to idyllic Papeete in 53 days or from Papeete to Los Angeles in 55. Typically comprising about 35-50 percent of the ship's guests, segments are popular among global travelers with less time and an appreciation for the Grand World Voyage camaraderie and experience. 

New Lower Prices Provide Great Savings 
New reduced pricing allows guests to save up to US$7,720 with the new full grand world voyage fares starting at US$27,771 per person for outside cabins. Full World Voyage guests also receive first class air and limousine transfers between airport and ship and may ship 100 pounds of personal effects free of charge from their homes in the United States or Canada to Ft. Lauderdale, the embarkation port for the Grand World Voyage, and back from Los Angeles, the port of disembarkation. New pricing is available for all outside cabins except suites. New half world cruise segment passage is specially priced from US$12,306 per person, double occupancy. 

"The 2003 Grand World Voyage features many highlights requested by our past world cruise guests," said David A. Giersdorf, senior vice president, marketing and sales. "We carefully crafted the 2003 Grand World Voyage to feature the most attractive destinations, such as Antarctica, which was a huge hit on our maiden visit during the 2000 world cruise, plus extended stays of up to 2 ½ days in 19 ports. This itinerary, combined with a broad range of stateroom categories now at even greater savings, makes for an unbeatable travel experience."

Holland America will provide currently booked guests with incentives to upgrade or protect their passage at the new reduced fare. With more than four decades of experience delivering luxury world cruises, Holland America Line created the ms Amsterdam's 2003 Grand World Voyage to represent the ultimate in global travel: a 108-day odyssey to five continents, capturing the mythical wonders of South America and the majesty of Antarctica, the mystery of isolated islands and the idyllic romance of the South Seas, the wonders of the "Land Down Under," the exotic delights of the Far East and the sunny charms of the Hawaiian Islands. 

The 1,380-passenger Amsterdam departs on the company's 38th grand world cruise from Ft. Lauderdale on Jan. 4, 2003. The cruise will visit 38 ports, repeating just eight ports from the 2002 world cruise, including "collector" ports like Guam and Saipan (both maiden calls for HAL), plus many "marquis" ports such as Sydney, Australia, and Osaka, Japan. Sailing southward, the Amsterdam first visits the Southern Caribbean, conducts a daylight cruise on the fabled Orinoco River, and then traces the coastline of South America, with a visit to Antarctica at the height of its summer. 

Next, the ship sets its course westward to some of the most remote regions of the world, fascinating Easter and Pitcairn islands, before exploring French Polynesia, New Zealand and Australia. Turning north, the odyssey takes the Amsterdam to sample the Far Eastern delights of China, South Korea and Japan. A leisurely voyage back across the Pacific features idyllic visits to the Hawaiian Islands before the adventure ends in Los Angeles on April 22.

Since its first world cruise in 1958, Holland America has earned a stellar reputation for providing the utmost in personal service and amenities to its discriminating world cruise guests. Crews for these very special voyages are individually selected from the entire fleet to create a staff of unmatched excellence and experience. An array of special world cruise events, services, surprise gifts, culinary delights and entertainment add extra luster to Holland America's premium cruise experience. 

Complementing the new ports of call, several shore excursions and overland tours have also been added to the list of activities. Newly added highlights along the journey include an overland tour from Arica, Chile, to Macchu Picchu, fabled city of the Incas, or a tour to Beijing to view cultural treasures such as the Great Wall of China, the Ming Tombs and the Temple of Heaven. 

On Board, Passengers Receive Flagship Service Since cuisine is an important aspect on a world cruises, Holland America Line makes a commitment to world cruise guests that it will not repeat a meal during the course of the 100-day cruise. Expansion of the menu provide opportunities to introduce dishes that reflect cuisine and ingredients from the regions of the world the ship visits. Further, all full-cruise guests have the opportunity to dine at the captain's table during the voyage.

On-board entertainment is another important aspect of a Grand World Cruise with performances of the best Broadway-style shows from across the fleet, including "Barry Manilow's Copacabana," and singer/celebrities such as John Davidson, Susan Anton and Marvin Hamlisch who join the Amsterdam at various points along the itinerary to delight guests. Local performers also are brought on board in different ports for folkloric performances. 

Aboard ship, guests can broaden their horizons and deepen their knowledge of destinations through a series of on-board cultural and lifestyle lectures by world-renowned experts in art, history, literature, politics and wildlife of the various countries visited on the cruise. Lectures on such lifestyle topics as health, fitness, nutrition and well-being also are offered. While addressing the intellectual curiosities of its guests, Holland America also sees to their spiritual needs by having clerical staff on board throughout the cruise ministering to Catholic, Protestant and Jewish guests. In addition, gentleman hosts are available to provide companionship and dance partners to female guests traveling alone. 

Grand World Voyage guests receive an abundance of memorable gifts throughout the voyage. Surprise gift souvenirs, including mugs, books, tiles, handicrafts and luggage, appear each evening when the cabin steward turns down each bed. The line also provides personalized stationery for each guest as well as travel guides for each port of call. About Holland America Line Holland America's premium cruises feature spacious staterooms, superb dining, renowned service, casino, first-rate entertainment, duty-free on-board shops, internet centers, the Club HAL children's program, complete fitness centers and popular "tipping not required" and "cashless" ship policies. 

Early Savings Fares on cruises extend discounts of up to 65% off brochure cruise fares for making reservations well in advance. To ensure confidence when making vacation plans, Holland America's Early Saving Price Protection Policy allows guests to enjoy any future fare savings for their cabin booked. Within the final payment period, savings must exceed 10 percent of the original fare. Holland America also offers the only trip cancellation program in the industry that offers cash back for canceling for any reason prior to 24 hours before departure. 

In 2002, Holland America Line offers 11 luxury ships sailing to more than 280 ports of call and scenic cruising destinations on all seven continents, including Antarctica. Beginning with the ms Zuiderdam this fall, by 2006 the company will be increasing its capacity by 73 percent, and its fleet to a total of 15 ships, with the introduction of five new 85,000-ton, 1,848-passenger Vista Class ships, the largest ever built for Holland America Line. In 2003, Holland America Line will offer 447 premium cruises, visiting all seven continents. And, Holland America Line will sail from 14 North American home ports.

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

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Marilyn Ofer Named Godmother of Radiance-Class Vessel 

MIAMI, July 5, 2002 - Royal Caribbean International today added to its fleet Brilliance of the Seas, the cruise line's second Radiance-class ship, in a ceremony in Eemshaven, Netherlands. The ship has been financed through a long-term lease. The 2,100-guest ship was built at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, and successfully completed sea trials in the North Sea.

Marilyn Ofer has been named godmother for Brilliance of the Seas and will bless the ship at the naming ceremony Saturday, July 13, in Harwich, England. The traditional event will take place at 6 p.m. in the ship's Pacifica Theater. The ship will embark from Harwich July 15 on a seven-night maiden voyage to the Norwegian fjords. That will be followed by a series of four 12-night cruises from Harwich to the British Isles, Norwegian fjords, and Scandinavia and Russia. 

Mrs. Ofer, who lives with her family in her native London, currently serves on the executive committee of the British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel as well as the Holocaust Educational Trust. She was a founding member of the New York chapter of WIZO, Women's International Zionist Organization, which supports health and education initiatives in Israel. She is the wife of Eyal Ofer, chairman and CEO of Carlyle M.G. Limited and a member of Royal Caribbean's Board of Directors. The godmother has wide-ranging interests in Impressionist and modern art, ballet, and history. She studied at Tel Aviv University of the Parsons School of Design in New York.

Brilliance of the Seas and her 90,090-ton sister ship Radiance of the Seas are as large as any cruise ships ever constructed at Meyer Werft. The Radiance-class vessels have a sleek mega-yacht profile and an abundance of glass. Nearly three acres of exterior glass with panoramic elevators facing the sea and almost 600 balcony staterooms. The ship features vibration-free, General Electric gas turbine engines, which represent the cruise industry's newest technology for protecting the environment. Among the unique features are a pair of ultra-high-tech, self-leveling pool tables in the Bombay Billiards Club. For Royal Caribbean's typically active guests, the recreational amenities include a rock-climbing wall, jogging track, basketball and volleyball court, golf simulator and nine-hole miniature golf course, and a large gym with treadmills facing the sea. 

Five dining venues allow guests to enjoy Chops Grill steakhouse, Portofino Italian restaurant, Minstrels main dining room, or the casual Windjammer Café and Seaview Café. Fresh pizza, cappuccino or pastries can be found in Books Books & Coffee. 

Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand currently with 15 ships in service and four more under construction or on firm order. For additional information about the cruise line, please visit the company's Internet web site at

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Concentrates on Exclusive, New Yachting Ports In Caribbean, 
Mediterranean & Greek Isles

But SeaDream is Extraordinary Value As Quality Continues at Highest Level
Early Booking Savings from 39 TO 50 Percent in the Caribbean & 33 to 50 Percent in the Mediterranean

COCONUT GROVE, FL - SeaDream Yacht Club has announced its 2003 schedules, itineraries, new pricing structure and a “Book Today and Save Program” for its ultra luxury mega yachts SeaDream I and II. New schedules, itineraries and pricing are scheduled to be on SeaDream’s website at by July8.

· New Schedules - SeaDream’s twin yachts will sail in the Caribbean in the winter and the western and eastern Mediterranean and Greek Islands in the summer with seven-day sailings from Palm Beach, St. Thomas, Nice, Rome and Piraeus. Also adds two Weekend Samplers out of Palm Beach and the eastern Mediterranean at $999 per person.

· New Itineraries - Sea Dream I and II will call on classic cities but will concentrate on exclusive and lesser-known yacht ports in the French West Indies and the British Virgin Islands; the French and Italian Riviera; Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, Greek ports in the Aegean Sea and Turkey.

· New Caribbean New Pricing - 2003 pricing for seven-day sailings is from $4,900 per person. This compares to low 2002 inaugural season pricing at $2,200 per person with tactical price savings from $1,995.

· Mediterranean New Pricing - 2003 pricing for seven-day sailings is from $6,900 per person. This compares to low 2002 inaugural season pricing at $3,500 with tactical price savings from $2,100 per person.

· Book Today & Save Program - SeaDream invites early bookings for maximum savings. The new Book Today and Save Program feature rates in the Caribbean from $2,360. In the Mediterranean they are from $3,450. These early booking rates reflect a savings up to 50 percent off through 2003. As bookings increase this savings will decrease or can even be eliminated. It should be noted that the Book Today and Save Program is capacity controlled, subject to availability and may change without notice.

For 2003 SeaDream has further simplified its pricing structure. There will be only three tariff levels based on seasonality and itinerary. In its first season there were five. These per person, rates for seven-day sailings are $6,900, $5,900 and $4,900. Pricing for 2003 as indicated above is based on double occupancy of SeaDream’s Yacht Club Staterooms. Commodore Club Staterooms are at 200 percent of the Yacht Club Stateroom price. The Owner’s Suite is 250 percent of the Yacht Club Stateroom price.

Commenting on the new schedules, itineraries and pricing, Larry Pimentel, CTC, Chairman and CEO for SeaDream stated, “We are concentrating on small, exclusive yacht ports and in 2003 we are introducing more than 30 new ones in the western and eastern Mediterranean and in the Greek Islands. Many of these ports are quite close together, no more than about 50 miles from one to another. Hence, we are able to remain in some ports quite late or even overnight so our guests can take advantage of the local nightlife.. This, in combination with the flexibility we give to our Captain’s concerning scheduling, enhances the yachting ambience.

“Our experience in our first year of operation to date shows that our guests love the smaller, exclusive yacht ports. Many of them have made suggestions to us from their own yachting experience. Advice from our guests and our own research has dictated our 2003 itineraries.

“It is also important to remember that out of 50 weeks programmed for 2003, for 40 weeks our twin yachts will sail in tandem. Only out of Palm Beach, Florida and in the eastern Mediterranean, where we will be sailing in the Greek islands for five weeks in an introductory program, will they be on their own separate tracks. The tandem sailing schedules allow us the flexibility to accept full-yacht, corporate or private family charters---an important part of our business. It is a simple matter to change individual passenger bookings from one yacht to the other when chartering because our yachts are identical.

“In the Caribbean we are also adding some fine yachting ports to our seven-day itineraries. But, we believe a highlight will be two Weekend Samplers in November 2003, priced at $999---one out of St, Thomas in the US Virgin Islands and the other out of Palm Beach, Florida. These will allow travelers with tight time constraints, or those who are completely unfamiliar with seagoing holidays, to sample our yachting product,” he added.

Pimentel also discussed the new SeaDream pricing, “In our first season of operation we have offered introductory, bargain pricing. We needed to put our tiny yachting operation on the map, so to speak. Now we believe we have established our own yachting niche. We are gaining momentum and brand recognition in spite of the fact that we are less than one year old.

“We believe that 2003 is the year to solidify our pricing at a level that not only makes us viable as a company, but also provides top value to its guests. Hence, our 2003 pricing will be somewhat higher than that of our first sailing season. However, we have instituted a new program---our Book Today and Save Program---that provides sizable savings for those who wish to book early. This gives us the ability to provide a savings to our clientele and at the same to realize an effective net yield since we retain the right to decrease these savings as the market dictates. I firmly believe that the ultra luxury, yachting experience we offer makes us one of the truly great buys afloat or ashore,” Pimentel concluded.

SeaDream sailings include all meals, wines with lunch and dinner, open bar, use of water sports “toys”--such as wave runners, kayaks, Sunfish sailing craft and snorkeling gear--and gratuities.

Among new SeaDream port calls set for 2003 are:

Caribbean: Anguilla, Tortola, Nevis, Guadaloupe, St. Kitts;

French Mediterranean: St, Jean Cap Ferrat;

Italian Mediterranean: Naples, Giannutri, Porto Azurra, Elba; Ponza Island, Positano, Lipari Island, Gaeta, Ischia Island, Stromboli;

Greece: Katakolon, Galixidhi, Monemvasia, Santorini, Cephalonia, Volos, Samos, Rhodes, Itea, Skiathos;

Turkey: Bodrum, Kusadasi, Istanbul.

SeaDream Yacht Club is the yachting venture by Norwegian entrepreneur Atle Brynestad who founded Seabourn Cruise Line and Larry Pimentel, who was president of Seabourn under Brynestad and later president and CEO of the merged Cunard and Seabourn. Pimentel is Chairman and CEO of the Coconut Grove, Florida-headquartered SeaDream Yacht Club and a co-owner. The company operates SeaDream I and SeaDream II, twin, ultra luxury, mega yachts that operate on seven-day sailings in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. The yachts are not only ideal for discerning travelers seeking an unstructured and casual holiday experience but also for small meetings and incentive groups or individual private family gatherings. They are available for full charter. The SeaDream Yacht Club reservations number is 1 800 707-4911. The website is

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MIAMI (07/02/02) - As part of Carnival Cruise Lines' "30th Anniversary Sale-A-Bration" promotion, complimentary "double upgrades" are now available on a wide range of 2002 "Fun Ship" departures. Bookings made between now and July 15, 2002, qualify for the promotion. The new complimentary "double upgrades," which are valued at up to $160 per stateroom depending on sailing length and departure date, apply to virtually all two- to 17-day "Fun Ship" cruises through the end of the year, including voyages to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, Panama Canal, New England, Canada, Bermuda and Europe.  

"'Fun Ship' cruising is already  the best value in travel and this new 'double upgrade' promotion makes a great deal even better," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. 

The promotion, which is combinable with Carnival's advance purchase Super Saver discount, is capacity controlled and applies to new individual bookings for cabin categories 4A and higher. Upgrades are available within specific stateroom types (i.e. interior to interior, ocean view to ocean view, balcony to balcony, etc.). Certain other restrictions apply. Travel agents must book fare code CPU5 when making the reservation. For additional information and reservations, contact Carnival's individual reservations department 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 800-327-9501.  Information and reservations are also available via Carnival's travel agent Internet portal,

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Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Responds To Carnival Travel Agent Letter And Press Release

MIAMI, July 1 - Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. issued the following statement:

It is no secret that Royal Caribbean has been aggressively opposing Carnival's hostile takeover bid of P&O Princess. We have stated repeatedly that Carnival's takeover is harmful to consumers, travel agents and other suppliers. We are simply educating travel agents to the fact that a combined Carnival/P&O Princess would control 50 percent of the cruise market measured in U.S. passenger days. Even if the measurement is U.S. passenger berths, as Carnival states in its press release, Carnival would control 49.4 percent. Travel agents understand the harmful effects these numbers would have on their freedom of choice if Carnival were to achieve such a dominant position.

In contrast, Royal Caribbean's merger with P&O Princess will result in continuing vigorous competition, with two virtually equal competitors in the cruise market. That is why travel agents support the Royal Caribbean merger with P & O Princess over Carnival's hostile takeover by more than a two-to-one margin, according to a Travel Weekly survey. We also are informing travel agencies that they could let their voices be heard by communicating any concerns regarding the Carnival hostile takeover directly to the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. We will continue to make this information available to the agency community.

The facts show that Carnival's takeover is anti-competitive and Royal Caribbean's merger is pro-competitive. Royal Caribbean will continue to inform regulators, consumers and travel agents of those facts.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is a global cruise vacation company that operates Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Royal Celebrity Tours. Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises have a combined total of 23 ships in service and five under construction or on firm order. Royal Celebrity Tours operates land-tour vacations in Alaska and Canada utilizing the world's largest glass-domed railcars. Additional information can be found on, or

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Issues letter to travel agents in response to Royal Caribbean's lobbying efforts

MIAMI (07/01/02) - Carnival Corporation released a letter to travel agents in response to a fax from a lobbying firm hired by Royal Caribbean which has urged travel agents to write to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) opposing Carnival's bid for P&O Princess. 

The fax to travel agents is from FM Strategic Communications on behalf of its client, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., actively soliciting travel agents to write to the FTC and suggesting specific language for inclusion in those letters. 

Carnival Corporation's letter to travel agents follows:

July 1, 2002

Dear Travel Partner:

We have recently been made aware that Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., in its effort to spoil Carnival Corporation's bid for P&O Princess, has retained a lobbying firm, FM Strategic Communications, to request that travel agents write letters to the Federal Trade Commission opposing our merger. Many of you may have already received a phone call followed by a fax from this firm which contains misleading information about our proposed merger.

Royal Caribbean and its lobbyist are asking travel agents to write a letter saying among other things, that they are opposed to Carnival buying P&O Princess; that Carnival will have too much power over prices and their clients will have no other real choices, and that Carnival could lower or cut out commissions to travel agents altogether.


RCCL also has said that Carnival would control more than half of the U.S. market. The fact of the matter is, regardless of whether Carnival or Royal Caribbean were to be successful in a proposed merger with P&O Princess, the newly merged entity would control less than 50 percent of the U.S. cruise berths. However, as you know, Carnival, like all other cruise lines, competes in the overall vacation market, of which cruising represents less than three percent.

Sadly, this is another in a series of unethical and desperate attacks by RCCL on Carnival Corporation designed to undermine our efforts with regulators in both Europe and the United States. Royal Caribbean has deliberately and selectively spread misinformation and falsehoods in its campaign of lies against our company and violated a confidentiality agreement with the European Commission--all in an effort to spoil our proposed merger. Carnival Corporation is the best managed cruise company in the business and has a demonstrated track record of achieving synergies and efficiencies in previous merger transactions. As you know, these mergers have resulted in the strengthening of these cruise brands and have clearly benefited travel agents and consumers alike.

You also know that Carnival's cruise brands operate independently which allows each company to set its own individual pricing and commission policies. Unlike RCCL, we do not force you to sell all of our brands in order to achieve maximum commission levels from one. We do not intend to change our long established, proven operating policy in the event our merger with P&O Princess is successful. The addition of P&O Princess and its brands to the Carnival group would create even more choice for your clients and more opportunity for you to earn greater commissions. 

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of our cruise executives listed below.


[Signature included in faxed letter]
Micky Arison, Carnival Corporation
Howard Frank, Carnival Corporation
Bob Dickinson, Carnival Cruise Lines
Kirk Lanterman, Holland America Line & Windstar Cruises
Pier Luigi Foschi, Costa Cruises
Pamela Conover, Cunard Line & Seabourn Cruise Line

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Seattle, June 28, 2002 - Holland America Line-Westours will visit the historic and colorful port of Haines, Alaska, on 17 selected northbound Glacier Discovery Cruises in 2003.  The 1,266-passenger ms Ryndam makes nine calls, while its sister ships ms Veendam and ms Statendam make four calls each.

"We will have seven of our premium cruise ships sailing in Alaska next year," noted David A. Giersdorf, senior vice president, marketing and sales. "This gives us the opportunity to add diversity and expand our itineraries to include more ports of call. We are excited to return to Haines. In the past we have called there occasionally and our guests have given the experience high marks. We are delighted to provide this experience to even more guests in the future."

Shore excursions in Haines will include a variety of offerings from kayaking to historic tours. Most excursions will include a sumptuous salmon lunch or dinner. Guests may choose a float adventure through an eagle preserve, a wildlife adventure by jet boat, or a wilderness kayaking experience, as well as an historic Haines tour. High speed catamaran ferries will also allow guests to visit historic Skagway, taking advantage of the excursion programs in that highly-rated port as well. Celebrating its 55th year as the leader in Alaska travel in 2003, Holland America will have seven ships offering a record 136 cruises to Alaska. Glacier Discovery Cruises visiting Haines sail from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Seward, Alaska. Other port calls feature Ketchikan, Sitka, Juneau, and scenic cruising at Hubbard Glacier. 

About Holland America Line
Holland America's premium cruises feature spacious staterooms, superb dining, renowned service, casino, first-rate entertainment, duty-free on-board shops, internet centers, the Club HAL children's program, complete fitness centers and popular "tipping not required" and "cashless" ship policies.

Early Savings Fares on cruises extend discounts of up to 65% off brochure cruise fares for making reservations well in advance. To ensure confidence when making vacation plans, Holland America's Early Saving Price Protection Policy allows guests to enjoy any future fare savings for their cabin booked. Within the final payment period, savings must exceed 10 percent of the original fare. Holland America also offers the only trip cancellation program in the industry that offers cash back for canceling for any reason prior to 24 hours before departure.

In 2002, Holland America Line offers 11 luxury ships sailing to more than 280 ports of call and scenic cruising destinations on all seven continents, including Antarctica. Beginning with the ms Zuiderdam this fall, by 2006 the company will be increasing its capacity by 73 percent, and its fleet to a total of 15 ships, with the introduction of five new 85,000-ton, 1,848-passenger Vista Class ships, the largest ever built for Holland America Line.

In 2003, Holland America Line will offer 447 premium cruises, visiting all seven continents. And, Holland America Line will sail from 14 North American home ports. For more information, consult a professional travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit

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Up Periscope - A Sneak Peek at Brilliance of the Seas

Here's your chance to scope out Brilliance of the Seas before it launches on its 12-night Northern Europe cruise. From the India-inspired Solarium to the 112,000 square feet of glass, Radiance of the Seas' sister ship will leave you breathless. So just in case you can't be on board its inaugural cruise, read more and check out some behind-the-scenes photos of the ship under construction.

Go Paperless With Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean's new paperless embarkation lets you register online before you board your next cruise, simplifying your check-in process and making it that much easier for you to get out there. Now you can make sure your boarding information is correct and that your Crown & Anchor Membership Number is included to receive all the onboard member benefits you deserve.

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