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July 16-31, 2002

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Crystal Harmony to Undergo Scheduled September Drydock For Multimillion Dollar Refurbishment
Highlights Include Reconstructed Spa & Fitness Center and New Connoisseur Club

LOS ANGELES, July 31 - A completely new Feng Shui-designed spa and fitness center and a new Connoisseur Club for after dinner cognacs and cigars are among the major construction projects slated for Crystal Harmony's 2002 fall drydock. Other areas to undergo refurbishment are the Galaxy Lounge, the ship's main show room for its Broadway-style production shows, and Crystal's signature Palm Court with its sweeping panoramic views. Fantasia, Crystal Harmony's Junior Activities Program venue, is being updated this summer.

"We continually enhance the Crystal experience, even as our ships earn the industry's highest awards and ratings," says Gregg. L. Michel, president, Crystal Cruises. "Our overall product delivery strategy includes a financial commitment to our ships designed to not only meet, but also exceed, discriminating travelers' expectations."

Crystal Spa & Salon and Fitness Center
The Crystal Spa & Salon will be entirely reconstructed in a new layout and the design will follow Feng Shui principles, the ancient practice of balance and harmony that Crystal successfully introduced in the redesign of its Spas in 2000.

A total of seven treatment rooms for services ranging from a frangipani hair and scalp conditioning treatment to an aromatherapy foot massage and a private relaxation area on the Spa's aft deck will increase the facility by 430 square feet. This luxurious space will allow guests to relax on the canopied sun deck before or after a treatment, and indulge in a steam shower or sauna. Other highlights include custom-designed manicure/pedicure areas with sunken foot bowls, well-suited to the "Sole Delight Foot Ritual" with warmed aromatherapy oils and massage prior to a full pedicure.

The new dry float bed suite will contain an innovative sensory bed to create a feeling of weightlessness, ideal for "Aroma Spa" and other treatments. The luxurious suite may be used by a single guest or a couple, as one client can relax on a large couch while the other receives a treatment.

The state-of-the-art sauna and shower areas will feature showers with multiple head and side body jets, fiber optic lighting, and a selection of special rain and mist functions.

The enlarged Fitness Center, used for the line's complimentary yoga and Pilates instruction, as well as other classes and personal training sessions, will boast a larger selection of fitness equipment including cardio machines such as LifeFitness(R) treadmills, cross trainers, recumbent and upright life cycles and stepper, all with heart rate sensors, the LifeFitness Pro Series(R) of strength equipment, and a range of free weights and mats.

The new facility was designed by The Syntax Group, renowned for spa projects including Thailand's Chiva-Som resort, the One Health Club & Spa in Edinburgh and Hampshire's Forest Mere. The Crystal Spa & Salon is operated by Steiner Leisure, renowned for its flagship Elemis day-spa in London and spas at The Aladdin in Las Vegas and the just opened Mohegun Sun in Connecticut.

Connoisseur Club
Due to the success of Crystal Symphony's Connoisseur Club, this intimate lounge with a private club atmosphere will also be created aboard Crystal Harmony beside the existing Avenue Saloon. Envisioned as the ideal space to relax quietly or join a small group of friends for a late night drink, highlights will include an island humidor with individual compartments for guest's cigar storage during a cruise, and an eclectic furniture and appointment mix reminiscent of the smoking lounge, or den, of an adventurous explorer.

SMC Design, the UK firm who designed Crystal Symphony's Connoisseur Club, is also overseeing the project aboard Crystal Harmony.

Galaxy Lounge
A dramatic new look is planned for the Galaxy Lounge. This 450-seat performance space will boast all new soft goods to enhance the elegant environment in which guests can relax and be entertained. In addition to new ceiling and wall finishes, window treatments, carpet, seating, and cocktail tables, the hydraulic stage will be refinished with a new stained wood floor and dramatic scarlet velvet curtains.

Overseeing the refurbishment is Brennan Beer Gorman Monk/Interiors (BBGM), a full-service interior design firm whose recent projects include The St. Regis in NY; The Plaza, NY; the Peninsula, Hong Kong; and the Westin Plaza, Singapore.

Palm Court
The Palm Court, an open lounge with 180 degree views, is perfect for quiet daytime relaxation or reading, and is also the venue for the Captain's welcome aboard and farewell parties, elaborately-themed afternoon teas, and classical music performances. The Deck 11 lounge will be outfitted with new carpeting, vintage club chairs, and cocktail tables, selected by SMC Design.

In keeping with Crystal Cruises' penchant for quality details, the line selected furniture and fabrics from renowned designers including A. Rudin Furniture, LA; Kingcome Sofas, UK who exclusively craft made-to-order furniture; Zimmer & Rhode, UK; Andrew Martin International, UK; Lee Jofa, NY; Baker Knapp & Tubbs, LA; Donghia, UK; Marvic Textiles, UK; and Porta Romana, UK.

The refurbishment will be completed at Victoria Drydock in Victoria, British Colombia, Canada. The 14-day drydock for the 50,000-ton, 940-guest Crystal Harmony will begin on Sept. 25, 2002. Immediately following, she will depart San Francisco on Oct. 8 for a rare eight-day Mexican Riviera cruise.

Crystal Harmony, and her sister ship Crystal Symphony, are two of the most spacious and luxurious vessels cruising the world. Their unique size (50,000 tons carrying only 940 guests) in the luxury market allows for smooth sailing and a wide range of innovative facilities, generous amenities and elegant accommodations. The floating resorts are operated by Crystal Cruises, winner of the travel industry's most distinguished hospitality awards and guidebook ratings. For the seventh consecutive year Crystal Cruises was named best large cruise line in the 2002 readers' survey conducted by Travel + Leisure magazine, and outscored all other cruise lines, large- and small-ship, for the sixth time.

Crystal Cruises worldwide sailings are booked exclusively through professional travel agents. For a complimentary 2003 Cruise Atlas, please call 800.820.6663. Visit the luxury line's website at

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Royal Caribbean Firmly Committed to P&O Merger

MIAMI, July 31 - Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd has noted the publication this morning of a letter from Carnival Corporation to P&O Princess Cruises (POPC) requesting a meeting, and of the reply from POPC declining that request.

Royal Caribbean remains firmly committed to the consummation of its agreed merger with POPC and is working hard to obtain a clearance for the merger from US anti-trust regulators. It is Royal Caribbean's conviction that the prospective consequences of the merger and of Carnival's hostile bid for the future of competition in the US market are fundamentally different and, that on this basis, the regulators will be justified in taking opposite views of the two transactions in their findings.

Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive of Royal Caribbean, stated, "Carnival continues to push for a self-serving definition of the market because it happens to be the only way they can get their deal approved. By Carnival's logic, there could be a single cruise line in the world without causing harm to the consumer. We respectfully decline to accept that 'logic'. Royal Caribbean sees no reason why it should endorse views which it considers to be inaccurate, particularly in light of the fact that no regulatory authority, including the European Commission, has adopted Carnival's position."

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MIAMI (07/31/02) - For the Imagination's new five-day cruises to Belize, the only year-round short cruise program featuring the breathtaking Central American destination, Carnival will offer more than a dozen shore excursions, from barrier reef scuba diving and snorkeling with sharks and  stingrays to Mayan ruins excursions and a unique cave tubing expedition/rain forest tour. The new five-day itinerary, which will begin Sept. 2, 2002, as part of the Imagination's year-round four- and five-day cruise program from Miami, will also include a day-long stop at eclectic Key West, which provides guests with two distinctly different shoreside experiences. In addition to the new  five-day Belize/Key West route starting this fall, the Imagination operates five-day cruises to Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios and four-day weekend cruises to Key West and Cozumel. 

"Belize is a truly spectacular port with lots to see and do and Imagination guests will be very pleased with the diversity and variety of shore excursion opportunities available at this unspoiled tropical paradise," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. He added that Belize is among the featured ports on eight-day "exotic" Caribbean cruises aboard Carnival Spirit and the new Carnival Legend expected to debut later this year.

Carnival's shore excursions available in Belize include: 

Cave Tubing & Rain Forest Exploration - Following a motor coach transfer through the lush Belizean countryside, guests will enjoy a relaxing 45-minute tubing excursion meandering down the Sibun River where they can observe craggy cave and rock formations, as well as the lush foliage and vegetation of the Belizean rain forest. Lunch is included. 

Biking in Belize - This six-hour tour includes a bike ride through one of Belize's most popular rain forest trails offering ample opportunities to view colorful birds, iguanas and other creatures, as well as natural ponds and dense foliage. The excursion also includes a stop at Altun Ha, a centuries-old Mayan ceremonial site. Recommended for only the most physically fit. 

Jungle Horseback Adventure - Following a river ferry transfer, guests arrive at a ranch in the historic city of San Ignacio where they will enjoy a leisurely horseback ride through the country's rain forest trails, which features a variety of native wildlife, including troops of howler and spider monkeys. Age and weight restrictions apply. 

Shark/Ray Alley Snorkel Excursion - Following an exhilarating speedboat ride across mangrove flats, this excursion takes guests to the breathtaking Hol Chan marine reserve, named one of the top dive spots in the Caribbean by Skin Diver magazine and home to dozens of nurse sharks and stingrays.

Altun Ha Mayan Site/River Wallace - This seven-hour excursion includes an open riverboat trip along the Rio Wallace followed by a visit to Altun Ha, a vital trade center during the classic Mayan period (250 - 900 A.D.). Here, the famous jade head of the sun god Kinich was discovered by David Pendergrast of the Royal Ontario Museum. Lunch at a local restaurant is included. 

Caye Chapel Golf Resort - Included as part of Carnival's comprehensive on-board golf program, this challenging 6,800-yard course offers ocean views at virtually every turn, as well as a creative lay-out and beautifully manicured greens and fairways. Adding to the day's fun is an exhilarating seaplane transfer, which is included in the price. 

The 2,052-passenger Imagination, which entered service in 1995, features 12 passenger decks housing a dozen "themed" bars, nightspots and lounges, along with an Internet café, a children's play area and a 12,000-square-foot-health club, full casino gambling and an on-board golf program. Three swimming pools, one with a 115-foot-long water slide, are featured, as well. Dining options include two full-service restaurants featuring expansive menus and wine lists, as well as a casual poolside eatery offering breakfast, lunch and dinner alternatives, a 24-hour pizzeria and elaborate salad and dessert bars. 

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

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Holland America Line Captures Prestigious NACOA Award for Customer Service

Seattle, July 30, 2002 - Holland America Line has been honored by the National Association of Cruise Oriented Agencies (NACOA), which presented the company with an award recognizing its service to customers. Association members voted Holland America as the winner in the category of "Cruise Line Most Accommodating to Passengers Before, During and After the Cruise." The 2002 NACOA awards were presented during a conference earlier this month. 

"We could not be more delighted and appreciative of receiving this award, especially from the industry's most experienced and respected cruise-oriented agencies," said David A. Giersdorf, senior vice president, marketing and sales. "Being recognized for our services to passengers is most gratifying because, after all, our business is all about providing extraordinary amenities and exceptional value to our guests. We are proud of this award and of our valuable association with NACOA and its members. He continued: "This award is a credit to our terrific staff, who continually go the extra mile to ensure that our guests receive the best possible service at all times." 

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AARP Members Enjoy Special Savings on Carnival "Fun Ship" Cruises
Savings Include New Web-Based Specials, Exclusive AARP Member Discounts

WASHINGTON, DC (07/30/02) - AARP members can now take advantage of special savings on a variety of "Fun Ship" departures from Carnival Cruise Lines. New Web-based specials, which will be featured within the AARP's monthly on-line travel newsletter, include savings of up to $200 per stateroom on a wide range of "Fun Ship" departures between now and February 2003. AARP members can access the specials simply by visiting the organization's Web site at

Through Carnival's participation in AARP Privileges, AARP's discount and value program, AARP's 35 million members also enjoy savings of $100 per stateroom on most seven-day or longer "Fun Ship" cruises and $50 per stateroom on all of the line's three-, four- and five-day voyages. The exclusive AARP member discounts extend to a variety of ocean view stateroom categories and cannot be combined with the new Web-based specials. Both the Web-based specials and the exclusive AARP member discounts are combinable with Carnival's advance purchase Super Saver program.

People over the age of 50 comprise more than a third of Carnival's passengers, which translates to roughly 800,000 guests annually. And, the trend of multi-generational travel promises future growth. Multi-generational travel, grandparents traveling with children and grandchildren to family reunions and gatherings, is a growing trend within the travel industry. Carnival's "Fun Ships" offer a wide range of family activities, from "Camp Carnival," the industry's top-rated children's program to multi-generational activities such as family water games, "make-your-own-sundae" sessions and name-that-tune contests. AARP members sailing aboard the "Fun Ships" will also find a diverse blend of activities from dazzling Las Vegas-style production shows to state-of-the-art health spas, along with myriad dining options, full casino gambling and some of the largest staterooms in contemporary cruising.

"As more of our members search for multi-generational travel experiences, we're pleased to make available these special savings from Carnival Cruise Lines through our AARP Privileges Program," said Hal Norvell, Manager, Personal Enrichment, AARP Services, Inc. Commented Carnival President Bob Dickinson, "Carnival carries more guests over age 50 than any other cruise line and we're delighted to provide AARP members with these special 'Fun Ship' discounts, which when combined with our already attractive fares, make the best value in cruising even better."

To take advantage of the new Web-based specials, AARP members must request fare code CPRP and present proof of membership. The exclusive AARP discounts apply to the purchase of category 6 staterooms and higher, are available by contacting any travel agent or calling Carnival at 1-800-227-6482.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people 50 and over. It provides information and resources; advocates on legislative, consumer and legal issues; assists members to serve their communities; and offers a wide range of unique benefits, special products and services for its members. These benefits include AARP Webplace at, Modern Maturity and My Generation magazines, the monthly AARP Bulletin, and Segunda Juventud, a quarterly bilingual newspaper. Active in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP celebrates the attitude that age is just a number and life is what you make it.

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Holland America Line Top-Rated Major Cruise Line for 3rd Year In Travel & Leisure 'World's Best' Awards

SEATTLE, July 29 - For the third year in a row, Holland America Line has taken top honors as the highest-rated premium cruise line in the 2002 "World's Best" Awards, as voted by the readers of Travel & Leisure magazine. Holland America received an overall score of 86.4 in the annual survey, more than two and a half points higher than its nearest major competitor. The results of the survey are featured in the August issue of the magazine.

To determine the "World's Best," thousands of Travel & Leisure subscribers judged cruise lines in the categories of cabins, food, service, itineraries/destinations, entertainment/ activities and value to determine an overall winner. Holland America's highest marks were received in both value and service.

"We are greatly honored to be regarded as the 'World's Best' among major cruise lines. The fact that we have been voted this award by some of the most knowledgeable travelers in the world -- the discerning readers of Travel & Leisure -- makes it even more meaningful," said David A. Giersdorf, senior vice president, marketing and sales, Holland America Line.

"Holland America takes the utmost care in providing our guests with the best possible vacation, both in terms of the on-board and the shoreside experience. This award belongs to all of the employees of Holland America, who work hard to achieve the ultimate in guest satisfaction. Their efforts are what sets Holland America 'oceans apart' from our competition and what makes our cruises award winners.

"Holland America sails to all seven continents, including Antarctica. We are the world leader in longer cruises, including our annual 100-plus-day Grand World Voyage, and long cruises to South America, Asia/Pacific, Europe and the Panama Canal. And we are the premium leader in seven- to 16-day cruises closer to home, including the Caribbean, Alaska, Canada/New England, Hawaii and Mexico. Our broad range of premium cruises provides choices to suit every desire. In addition, our comprehensive land tour program adds an extra dimension to the Alaska vacation experience, with an in-depth look at the Great Land."

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.

In 2002, Holland America Line offers 11 luxury ships sailing to more than 280 ports of call and scenic cruising destinations. 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.

The Zuiderdam and her four sister ships will boast the highest passenger space ratio of its fleet at 46, keeping the company firmly placed as the leader in premium cruising. The ships offer a wide range of spacious accommodation categories, with 85 percent of the staterooms featuring an ocean view, and 80 percent of those with private verandahs.

The ships incorporate all the popular "HALmarks" of the Holland America brand, such as multi-million-dollar art collections and wraparound promenade decks, while introducing exciting new features including innovative "exterior elevators" with panoramic sea views, numerous dining options from elegant full-service meals to casual Lido Restaurant service plus a new casual cafe with extended hours, a new "cabaret-style" show lounge complementing a new three-deck main show lounge, the largest spa facilities in the fleet, Internet/e-mail data ports in all staterooms, and an extensive Club HAL children's facility with inside and outside play areas.

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.

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With Value Pricing Offering Up To 2-For-1 Savings

LOS ANGELES, July 29, 2002 - Crystal Cruises' fall lineup in Europe, the Panama Canal/Caribbean and Mexican Riviera boasts six themes on 13 voyages this September through November. While sailing from close-to-home ports such as Ft. Lauderdale or visiting more exotic locales such as Valletta, guests aboard the Six-Star rated luxury liners Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony can participate in a variety of themes. Among those slated are the Crystal Wine & Food Festival; music cruises, including classical, ´70s popular music and jazz & blues; film festival; and a yoga, health & fitness sailing.

As part of the specialty programming, renowned chefs and sommeliers, musicians, film critics, television actors, fitness and health authorities, and medical experts will be aboard to perform, lecture and lead interactive workshops during the varied sailings through the Mediterranean, Canary Islands, Atlantic and the Panama Canal/Caribbean and Mexican Riviera.

"We strive to bring a fresh approach to entertainment aboard every Crystal Cruises sailing and program our events and activities to appeal to a wide variety of interests," says Adam Leavitt, senior vice president, marketing. "Depending on a guest's desired level of activity, he or she can relax and unwind aboard Crystal's floating resorts, or opt to participate in any of our enrichment programs, all while visiting fascinating places. "

Musical Themes
The Philharmonia Virtuosi, the resident Classical Music Orchestra of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, lead by musical director and conductor Richard Kapp, will headline the Sept. 2 Classical Music theme cruise, a round-trip Alaska voyage from San Francisco.

The Mexican Riviera will be even livelier this fall when ABBA Mania performs for the ´70s Popular Music voyage. For the ultimate live tribute to the Swedish sensation, the group will entertain guests with renditions of "Dancing Queen," "Money, Money, Money" and "Take a Chance on Me," among ABBA's other hits. The cruise departs Oct. 8 from San Francisco and will salute the disco era with a DJ spinning the ´70s top dance hits. Film critic and entertainment reporter Jan Wahl will also be on board to dish the decade's movies.

Crystal Harmony's Panama Canal cruise departs New Orleans on Oct. 16 with Tom Hook and the Terrier Brothers to perform concerts and dance sets for the Jazz & Blues theme cruise. Vocalist and pianist Yve Evans will also perform her stylized one-woman shows. Paul Tanner, author of the definitive book on Glenn Miller and a trombonist from the original Glenn Miller Orchestra, will share his behind-the-scenes look at jazz, the Big Band Era and the Glenn Miller Orchestra's experiences during World War II.

Crystal Wine & Food Festival
Eight of the fall voyages will feature Crystal Cruises' popular Wine & Food Festival, which brings aboard guest chefs to give cooking demonstrations, share recipes and prepare multi-course gala dinners. Wine experts conducting tastings and create pairings with vintages from the ship's extensive cellars. The fall epicurean roster includes Mirko Rocco, chef of Capri, Italy's Grand Hotel Quisisana; John Sundstrom, executive chef of Earth and Ocean Restaurant in Seattle; executive chef Dale Reitzer from Richmond, Virginia's Acacia restaurant, named one of Food & Wine magazine's Best New Chefs; executive chef Luciano Parolari of Italy's La Veranta at Villa d'Este; husband and wife pastry chefs Dominique and Cindy Duby from their eponymous school in British Colombia; Tim Keating, executive chef at Houston's Four Seasons Hotel; Sherry Yard, winner of the 2002 James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef, from Beverly Hills' Spago and Angelo Auriano, chef of Valentino in Santa Monica. Wine experts include four Master Sommeliers -- Paul Roberts of Houston's Café Annie, Steven Geddes, the founding consultant of Las Vegas' famed Aureole restaurant; Bob Bath, consultant for prestigious California vineyards; and Evan Goldstein, 2001 James Beard Award winner of Seagram/Chateau & Estates.

Departures are available in the Mediterranean on Sept. 6, Oct. 1 and 13, and in the Canary Islands on Oct. 25. The Festival is also featured in Alaska on Sept. 14 and in the Panama Canal/Caribbean on Oct. 27, and Nov. 7 and 18.

Film Festival
As part of Crystal Cruises' Film Festival on the Nov. 6 Trans-Atlantic cruise, Screen Actors Guild award-winning actor Richard Herd, best known for portraying George's boss on "Seinfeld," with an upcoming voice part in Dreamworks' animated feature, "Joseph," will perform his one man show, "Cecil B. DeMille presents..." D
aily screenings, movie appreciation workshops, and career retrospectives of famed Hollywood directors will round out the enrichment programming.

Yoga, Health & Fitness
Leading health and fitness experts will sail with Crystal Cruises on the Nov. 29 Panama Canal voyage. Los Angeles Certified Yoga instructor, Marnie Neve, will conduct two classes each day and will also offer private yoga consultations. Dr. John McMichan, Emeritus Staff, Mayo Clinic, will shares his insights into staying healthy, with discussion on herbal medications, arthritis, skin care and healthy travel. In addition, award-winning writer Ruth Jacobowitz, author of The Estrogen Answer Book, and 150 Most-Asked Questions About Menopause, will also conduct discussions and seminars.

With Value Collection pricing of up to 50% savings, fall cruise fares start at $2,085 per person, double occupancy, for a 10-day cruise, or as low as $200 per person, per day.

For the seventh consecutive year Crystal Cruises was named best large cruise line in the 2002 readers' survey conducted by Travel + Leisure magazine, and outscored all other cruise lines, large- and small-ship, for the sixth time. Additionally, in the category of entertainment/activities, including theme programming, Crystal outscored the average for all other cruise lines by more than 14 points.

Crystal Cruises is booked exclusively through professional travel agents. For a complimentary brochure, call 800.820.6663. For more information on detailed itineraries and onboard programming, visit the line's website at

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MIAMI (07/29/02) - Carnival Cruise Lines is offering special early booking discounts on its fleetwide 2002 holiday cruises, with rates starting as low as $100 per person per day. Starting prices range from $479 per person for a four-day Baja Mexico cruise aboard the Ecstasy departing Los Angeles Dec. 23, 2002, to $799 for an eight-day "exotic" southern Caribbean cruise aboard the Carnival Spirit from Miami Dec. 18, 2002. Carnival's holiday cruises feature spectacular decorations and activities fleetwide, which set a festive mood and provide an ideal vacation option for families and friends seeking to spend time together during the holiday season.

"The holidays have become a stressful time for many people and our special holiday cruises are a wonderful opportunity for people to enjoy this festive season with loved ones in a relaxing and fun atmosphere," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president.

During the holidays, Carnival ships are decorated with Christmas trees, wreaths and mistletoe, as well as signage proclaiming traditional Yuletide greetings. Music is also reflective of the season, piped into guests' cabins and incorporated into the live entertainment presented by the cruise director and his staff. A special holiday show, which includes a performance by the "Camp Carnival" children, is featured during the voyages, as well.

Other highlights include a special dinner menu on Christmas Day featuring traditional Roast Tom Turkey and pecan pie, as well as eggnog on Lido deck throughout the day. Complimentary champagne is also served during embarkation. Additionally, Santa Claus always makes an appearance during the cruise toting a bag of gifts, which are distributed to youngsters. Caroling prevails among adults and kids alike, frequently on deck. Midnight mass is also celebrated and is quite popular, usually taking place in the ship's main lounge because of the high attendance.

Carnival is currently accepting reservations for its 2002 holiday cruises. Prices reflect category 1A accommodations, are based on double occupancy and subject to change without notice. Special rates for third and fourth guests sailing in the same stateroom are also available. For additional Carnival information, call 1-800-327-9501 (individual) or 1-800-327-5782 (groups). Information is also available via the line's travel agent Internet portal at

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Carnival Corporation Orders Fourth 'Conquest-class' Vessel for Carnival Cruise Lines Unit
First in New Series to Debut in New Orleans in November

MIAMI, July 29 - Carnival Corporation announced that it has reached an agreement with the Italian shipyard Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A. for the construction of a new 110,000-ton "Conquest-class" vessel for its Carnival Cruise Lines unit.

The as-yet-unnamed 2,974-passenger vessel, to be built at an approximate all-in cost of $450-460 million (U.S.), is scheduled for delivery in late fall 2005, approximately 14 months after the delivery of the third "Conquest-class" vessel, Carnival Valor.

The agreement with Fincantieri for a fourth "Conquest-class" vessel comes just days after Carnival Corporation Chairman and CEO Micky Arison toured the Carnival Conquest, currently in the final stages of construction at the Italian shipyard and slated to debut from New Orleans in November 2002. The attractive price offered by Fincantieri played a key role in the decision to add a fourth vessel to the series.

"The Carnival Conquest is simply stunning. Joe Farcus has done an outstanding job designing the ship's elegant Impressionist-inspired interiors and there is no question in my mind that we have successfully taken the very best of Carnival's 'Spirit-' and 'Destiny-class' to create a new class of vessel that will set a new standard in cruise vacations," Arison said. "We're so confident in the success of these ships that we have committed a $2 billion investment in 'Conquest-class' alone," he added.

Commented Fincantieri Executive Chairman Corrado Antonini, "We are very proud that Carnival has chosen Fincantieri to construct its magnificent new 'Conquest-class.' Fincantieri has built 13 cruise ships for Carnival Corporation and we are building 12 more which will usher in an exciting new era for our industry."

Added Fincantieri Chief Executive Officer Giuseppe Bono, "This order is particularly significant for Fincantieri, not only because it further strengthens our relationship with Carnival but it is also a clear signal that the market has recovered from the impact of the tragic events of Sept. 11. Thanks to Fincantieri's 'cutting edge' expertise in shipbuilding technology, today the company has reaffirmed its position as a world leader in the cruise sector."

Representing a brand new series, Carnival's "Conquest-class" ships will be the largest in the "Fun Ship" fleet. Each will feature Farcus' inventive, award-winning interior design and offer a number of expanded amenities and facilities, including the widest variety of entertainment and dining choices in keeping with "Today's Carnival" theme.

Stretching more than three football fields in length (U.S.), the 952-foot- long vessels will house an unprecedented 22 lounges, nightspots and bars, everything from pulsating dance clubs and three-deck-high, 1,500-seat theaters showcasing lavish Las Vegas-style revues to piano bars, jazz clubs, sports bars, wine and caviar bars, cigar bars and a host of live music venues.

Additionally, 917 of the vessels' 1,487 spacious staterooms will offer an ocean view with 556 of those featuring private balconies. Outside cabins will measure a generous 220 square feet with 42 suites boasting 340 square feet of living space while 10 penthouse suites will offer 430 square feet of luxury.

Other amenities featured within the "Conquest-class" include four swimming pools -- one with a 214-foot-long cascading water slide and another with a retractable dome in the event of inclement weather -- an elaborate 15,000- square-foot health and fitness facility with the latest exercise equipment, workout facilities and private massage/treatment rooms, jogging track, Internet cafe and expansive meeting/conference facilities. A comprehensive on- board golf program featuring professional instruction aboard ship and during golf excursions, along with netted "driving ranges" and state-of-the-art teaching computers, will be available, as well.

The vessels will also house a 3,300-square-foot children's play area -- part of the line's top-rated "Camp Carnival" program -- along with a teen coffee bar/dance club and an outdoor recreation area featuring basketball and volleyball courts.

As part of Carnival's Total Choice Dining(SM), cruising's most comprehensive dining program offering the widest variety of culinary choices at sea, dining options on the "Conquest-class" will be unparalleled in the industry. A pair of two-level full-service restaurants with extensive menus and wine lists will provide traditional cruise ship dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

As an alternative, an expansive two-deck-high poolside eatery with full breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets, elaborate salad and dessert bars, pasta and meat-carving stations, and specialty venues, including "Taste of the Nation" with traditional cuisine from a different country each day, a New York-style deli, a rotisserie serving broiled chicken and steak, and stations featuring traditional English-style fish and chips and Asian and American favorites, will offer extended hours to accommodate anytime dining. A 24- hour pizzeria will offer seven kinds of pies, calzone, Caesar salad and garlic bread.

A patisserie featuring specialty coffees and sweets, a sushi bar, and a reservations-only "steakhouse-style" supper club serving hand-cut U.S.D.A. prime aged beef, along with crab claws from Miami Beach's world famous Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant, round out "Conquest-class" wide-ranging dining options.

"The Carnival product is constantly evolving and with the new 'Conquest- class' we've taken everything we've learned during our 30-plus years in business to create what we believe is the ultimate in 'Fun Ship' cruising," said Carnival President Bob Dickinson.

In addition to the Carnival Conquest and the fourth "Conquest-class" ship announced today, Carnival has two other 110,000-ton ships currently under construction, including Carnival Glory, scheduled to launch year-round seven- day service from Port Canaveral, Fla., July 19, 2003, and Carnival Valor, set to debut in 2004 (itinerary yet to be announced).

"The introduction of the four new 'Conquest-class' vessels, combined with the wide range of cruise options and itinerary choices within the 'Fun Ship' fleet, will assure that Carnival continues to lead the industry in the development of innovative cruise ships and programs for our guests," Dickinson said.

Carnival Corporation is a global vacation and leisure travel provider that operates Carnival Cruise Lines, the world's largest cruise line based on passengers carried, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, Holland America Line, Seabourn Cruise Line, Windstar Cruises and Holland America Tours.

Carnival Corporation's six cruise brands operate 43 ships in the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe, Mexican Riviera, South America and other worldwide destinations, and have 16 new ships scheduled for delivery during the next four years.

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MIAMI (07/25/02) - A new state-of-the-art golf simulator that enables golfers to "play" some of the world's top courses is now available aboard Carnival Cruise Lines' 2,052-passenger "Fun Ship" Inspiration. The new high-tech system, which is managed by Carnival's on-board golf concessionaire, Sunrise, Fla.-based Elite Golf Cruises LLC, is the latest addition to the line's comprehensive fleetwide golf program, which offers professional instruction both aboard ship and during shoreside golf excursions. 

Available on the Inspiration's seven-day western Caribbean cruises from New Orleans, the new computerized golf simulator includes a high-impact 10-foot by 12-foot screen for crystal-clear graphics, and a fully recessed hitting mat with simulated fairway featuring light and heavy rough and even sand surfaces, adding a realistic element to create the ultimate "virtual golf" experience. Dual-tracking infrared sensors provide instant and accurate ball-flight information. 

"We're delighted to add this innovative element to our popular golf program, which, in addition to featuring some of the world's most beautiful and challenging courses, now includes this fun and exciting indoor golf alternative," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. He added that golf simulators will be incorporated into other Carnival vessels if met with positive guest response. 

The new golf simulator is located in the Inspiration's former card room, which has been reconfigured to resemble a "pro shop" with the latest golf equipment, apparel and accessories. Featured courses include Scotland's legendary St. Andrews; England's Belfry Country Club, home of the 2001 Ryder Cup; Ohio's Firestone Country Club, home of the World Golf Championships; North Carolina's Pinehurst Country Club, site of the 1999 U.S. Open; and Florida's Bay Hill Club and Lodge, home of the Bay Hill Invitational. 

In addition to exciting "virtual" golf aboard the Inspiration, Carnival's fleetwide golf program offers golfers the opportunity to play spectacular courses in the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, Bermuda and Europe. Professional instruction is available during shoreside golf excursions, which also include golf pro escort, priority tee times, round-trip transportation between ship and course, and all cart and green fees. Carnival's "Fun Ships" also include netted and lighted "driving ranges," which, in addition to serving as the venue for shipboard lessons, are the location for various golf clinics and putting contests. Shipboard lessons also incorporate the latest "V1" teaching technology featuring split-screen, side-by-side comparisons with top tour players to help golfers of any proficiency level improve their game.

Equipment rental, including top-of-the-line Callaway metal woods and irons, and Adidas golf shoes, along with take-home video recaps of shipboard lessons, are also available. Course information is available by visiting, calling 1-800-324-1106 or faxing a request to 1-954-382-5398. Guests can also stop by vessels' shore excursion desks once on board. Cost for the Inspiration's new golf simulator is $25 per person for a half-hour session; $45 for a one-hour session. Golf packages, which include professional golf escort, begin at $60 per person for 18 holes. Professional on-board lessons range in price from $25 for a "swing check" to $80 for a complete one-hour video analysis with a private instructor. 

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

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Revolutionary Concept Allows Guests to Design Their Own Cruise Vacations
Silver Cloud Set to Debut Custom Cruise Program on 2003 Voyages

Fort Lauderdale, FL, 7/24/02 - Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises announced a revolutionary new way to cruise. The company has introduced Personalized Voyages, a unique purchasing option that allows guests to custom design their own cruise vacation experience. With Silversea's Personalized Voyages, guests enjoy the flexibility and convenience of deciding when they want to embark and debark to create their own personal version of the ultimate luxury cruise vacation. Set to debut on Silver Cloud in 2003, guests will be able to determine the length of their voyage based on their own travel desires; embarking and disembarking by choice from a selection of over two hundred enticing ports.

Personalized Voyages are available in addition to the more traditional end to end air/sea and cruise-only fares, and offer a unique alternative to staying in a traditional luxury resort hotel. Similar to a luxury resort stay, guests sailing aboard Silver Cloud decide when they want to check in and check out. But, unlike a typical land resort, Silversea offers comprehensive value by including exquisite dining, a wide selection of fine wines and spirits, taxes, gratuities, and entertainment in the daily rate, plus the convenience of exploring multiple destinations without having to transit airports or change accommodations.

"Personalized Voyages is truly an innovative concept, that recognizes the need for more flexibility within the cruise experience," said Albert Peter, Silversea's Chief Executive Officer. "Luxury, convenience and flexibility are all closely linked. At Silversea, we are defining a new level of luxury by recognizing that different people have different travel styles at different times. In some instances, guests can only travel at certain intervals for a set number of days, particularly as many travelers are combining leisure trips with their business travel plans. If a particular voyage's embark or debark dates don't match their specific travel needs, they may be forced to choose another vacation option."

Added Peter, "Personalized Voyages addresses the needs of today's luxury traveler by giving them total vacation flexibility. We're enabling guests to customize their vacation experiences to fit their needs, not the other way around. With today's affluent traveler, the most precious luxury is time. By offering guests a way to control time and make the most of it, we are helping to define the new ultimate luxury vacation experience. Silversea has always held to the belief that no guest should be 'herded' through a pre-determined experience, onboard or on shore. As such, Silversea has attracted the most discriminating travelers seeking personally tailored vacation experiences. Looking forward, we are uniquely positioned to enhance the cruise industry with our Personalized Voyages concept by providing greater appeal to travelers who are increasily looking for added flexibility and control from their vacation."

Customizing a Silversea Personalized Voyage aboard Silver Cloud is easy. The company's 2003 Cruise Atlas, due out next week, contains a listing of over two hundred approved embarkation and debarkation ports, daily rates, plus complete terms and conditions on the program. Information can also be found at Guests can cruise for as long as they desire, with a minimum of five nights in a row. To determine the cost of a Personalized Voyage, guests simply select a desired suite category, then add up the daily rate of the days they plan to be onboard. Guests will need to arrange their own air transportation, but Silversea will be happy to assist with hotel and/or transfer arrangements in select ports. Guests opting not to book under the Personalized Voyages program can still confirm a Silver Cloud cruise vacation by booking either a comprehensive value air/sea fare or simple cruise-only fare.

Silversea Cruises is recognized as an innovator in the luxury segment, offering guests large ship amenities aboard intimate vessels designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. Convenient all-inclusive pricing, an attentive "at your service" staff, and an unmatched onboard product created in partnership with the world's most respected luxury brands - Bvlgari, Moët & Chandon, Davidoff and Relais & Châteaux, has made Silversea the favorite among modern affluent travelers. The recent launch of all-suite luxury sister ships Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper continues Silversea's award-winning service excellence and sophistication with new features and amenities aboard vessels catering to just 382 guests. For the sixth consecutive year, Silversea Cruises was named best small-ship line in the 2001 readers' survey conducted by Condé Nast Traveler magazine. For the fourth time, Silversea was selected "Number One" small-ship line in Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards 2002.

For more information on Silversea Cruises, please contact a travel agent. For a complimentary brochure, please call toll-free (877) 215-9986 or visit

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Royal Caribbean Expresses Disappointment Over Merger Decision By EU Commission

7/24/2002 - Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. expressed disappointment over the clearance by the EU Commission of Carnival Corporation's hostile bid for P & O Princess Cruises. Chairman and chief executive Richard Fain said he was also surprised at the outcome, which accorded neither with Royal Caribbean's own analysis of the cruise industry in Europe nor with earlier reports of the EU inquiry's own findings.

With almost four weeks remaining in the legally scheduled timetable for the enquiry, it is Royal Caribbean's belief that further consultations with third parties would have been appropriate, especially in view of a sudden change in the apparent findings of the Competition Commission as reported in recent days.

Royal Caribbean has been allowed no opportunity to comment on this change of direction, signaled at the start of last week. The abrupt change effectively reversed an earlier conviction among Commission officials and many others involved in the process, based on many months of analysis, that Carnival's bid should be prohibited or cleared only subject to major disposals.

At a meeting on July 15th between senior representatives of the company and the Competition Commission, no mention whatever was made of the Commission's altered views on the key issues under investigation. Nonetheless, the intention to issue a clearance decision was apparently communicated to the media even while the meeting was still in progress.

Richard Fain said: "The Commission has opted for a peremptory merger clearance. Earlier analyses and widely-mooted decisions were abruptly reversed behind closed doors. The concerns of Royal Caribbean and many other third parties over the Carnival bid have been set aside. No explanations have been given, nor reactions sought, in ways that might have allowed a timely consideration of these parties' views--not least via an Oral Hearing. Such procedural short-cuts have sadly diminished the openness and transparency that all parties rely upon in circumstances such as these."

Meanwhile Royal Caribbean remains committed to its agreed merger with P&O Princess Cruises, which has been approved by the competition authorities in Germany and the UK. Both the agreed merger and Carnival's hostile bid are still conditional upon regulatory approval by the Federal Trade Commission in the US. "We are doing everything we can to assist the FTC and to help it distinguish clearly between the likely contrasting consequences of the two rival transactions," said Mr Fain.

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MIAMI (07/24/02) - For the first time, Carnival Cruise Lines will accept advance reservations for shore excursions in conjunction with European cruises on its new Carnival Legend, entering service in August.

The program is available on the 12-day Northern Europe cruise sailing roundtrip from Harwich, England, Aug. 24, and the 15-day transatlantic voyage departing Sept. 5 from Harwich and arriving in New York Sept. 20. Guests will receive a pre-request order form and a shore excursions brochure with their cruise documents. To reserve their excursions, they simply complete the form and fax or mail it to Carnival's tour operations department. All shore excursions request forms will be processed on a first come, first served basis, and guests will receive confirmation of their selections once on board. Payment will be automatically charged to guests' shipboard Sail & Sign accounts once the tours are confirmed.

"Many of our guests have stated a preference for reserving shore excursions in advance and we're pleased to be testing this new convenient option on the Carnival Legend's two European cruises," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. "We consider these voyages a good opportunity to try out this new program given the huge diversity of sightseeing choices that will be available on these itineraries."

Dickinson added that, based on results of this test run, the company will look at adding an online advance reservations option for shore excursions fleetwide. Among the shore tours highlights on these voyages is a vintage steam train ride in Denmark, a ballet performance at the Alexandrinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia, a canal cruise highlighting the charms of Amsterdam, a motorcoach tour encompassing the many famous and stunning sights of Paris, and a day-long tour to explore the beauty and character of the South of Ireland. A full-day excursion to Moscow via a chartered airplane from St. Petersburg will also be offered and will include visits to some of the city's most popular landmarks. Carnival Legend's European shore excursions will also include a variety of challenging golf courses, such as the Espoo Ringside Golf Club in Helsinki, Finland, and the Greenock Golf Club in Greenock, Scotland.

Following its Europe program, Carnival Legend will operate two- and three-day cruises-to-nowhere and 11-day Canada/New England voyages from New York 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 beginning Nov. 10. Following these sailings, the ship will launch a one-of-a-kind eight-day Caribbean cruise program from New York May 13, 2003. For additional information, call 1-800-327-9501 (individual) or 1-800-327-5782 (groups). Information is also available on-line via the line's travel agent Internet portal,

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Ultra-Luxury Silversea Cruises Takes Top Honors for Fourth Time

Fort Lauderdale, FL, July 22, 2002 - Ultra-luxury line Silversea Cruises has been recognized as the "World's Best Small-Ship Cruise Line" by the readers of Travel + Leisure in the publication's just announced World's Best Awards 2002. After being questioned on their opinions about food, accommodations, service, activities, destinations, and value, the readers of Travel + Leisure have awarded Silversea the highest score among all small-ship cruise lines included in the survey. This is the fourth time Silversea has been awarded with the travel magazine's prestigious honor. The "World's Best" rankings are determined by thousands of Travel + Leisure subscribers who rate cruise lines. The questionnaire, developed for the magazine by the research firm of NFO Plog Research, also asks readers to judge resorts, hotels, spa, airlines, cities, islands, rental-car companies, and tour organizers worldwide.

"This year's Travel + Leisure rankings confirm that Silversea's outstanding cruise product is recognized by discerning travelers as the best in the world," said Albert Peter, Silversea's Chief Executive Officer. "Silversea guests are discriminating travelers who enjoy unique vacation experiences and look for impeccable service and amenities. To know that they consider our cruise line to be the best in the industry is a tremendous honor. We will continue to dedicate ourselves to providing our guests with the attention to detail that has earned Silversea the distinction as the number one cruise line."

Added Peter, "As we move forward, we will pursue excellence in all aspects of our operation and will strive to always take the lead in defining ultra-luxury travel with an innovative approach to addressing the evolving expectations of our valued customers."

Travel + Leisure magazine is published monthly and has a circulation of over 1,000,000 subscribers. Its readers are sophisticated, active travelers who look to Travel + Leisure for planning both pleasure and business trips.

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

For more information on Silversea Cruises, please contact a travel agent. For a complimentary brochure, please call toll-free (877) 215-9986 or visit

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Crystal Cruises Wins Travel + Leisure's 2002 'World's Best' Award for Seventh Year in a Row With Highest Score Ever
Crystal Outscores All Other Large and Small Ship Cruise Lines

LOS ANGELES, July 18 - For the seventh consecutive year, luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises has been named the "World's Best Large-Ship Cruise Line" in Travel + Leisure's annual readers' survey. Based on travelers' evaluations of the 940-guest Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony, the luxury line not only tops the "World's Best Large-Ship Cruise Line" category, but with an overall score of 91.84, Crystal Cruises once again outscores all other cruise lines, both large and small ship. The complete list of awards will be published in the magazine's August 2002 issue.

For the "World's Best" awards, tens of thousands of Travel + Leisure subscribers judged cruise lines on their staterooms, food, service, itineraries/destinations, entertainment/activities and value to determine a winner. According to Nancy Novogrod, editor in chief, Travel + Leisure, "This year marks the seventh year in a row that Crystal Cruises places first among large-ship cruise lines -- proof that the level of luxury and service passengers experience on the line is at the highest level in the industry."

"We know these awards don't come easy. By virtue of our unprecedented number of awards and reputation, our guests come aboard expecting the best. To win the 2002 'World's Best' award is particularly gratifying," says Gregg L. Michel, president, Crystal Cruises. "We are very pleased to once again be recognized for our product excellence, especially as we actively prepare for next summer's launch of our third ship, Crystal Serenity."

For the seventh annual readers' survey, tens of thousands of subscribers responded to a questionnaire developed by Travel + Leisure in association with NFO Plog Research. Respondents reported where they had traveled worldwide and how, and rated only the attributes that were relevant to their recent travel experiences. In addition to cruise lines, the 2002 survey includes worldwide hotels, islands, spas, airlines, cities, rental-car companies, and tour organizers.

Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony provide the ideal environment from which to explore the world in contemporary comfort and style. The elegant 50,000-ton floating resorts feature private verandahs on more than half of their exquisitely-appointed staterooms. They also boast expansive decks, a wide variety of lounges for award-winning entertainment and innovative onboard enrichment programs -- including Computer University@Sea with 24-hour e-mail and internet access, full-service fitness facility and salon, the only Caesars Palace at Sea casino, and numerous dining options including intimate Italian and Asian restaurants.

Crystal Cruises is booked exclusively through professional travel agents. For a complimentary 2003 Cruise Atlas, call 800.820.6663. More information is available on Crystal Cruises' website at

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Celebrity Cruises To Sail From Two Ports To Bermuda In 2003

MIAMI, July 22 - Celebrity Cruises will continue to sail two ships to the coveted island destination of Bermuda during the 2003 cruising season, with departures from both New York and Philadelphia.

"Celebrity Cruises has been sailing to the popular cruise destination of Bermuda since our company's founding, and we're thrilled to continue to offer this fabulous vacation option to our guests," said Celebrity Cruises President Jack Williams. "With two ports of departure and two vessels to choose from, we're able to provide multiple opportunities to experience the  best of this island paradise."

Horizon's 2003 Bermuda Itineraries

Celebrity's 1,354-guest Horizon will launch the 2003 Bermuda season with a special six-night cruise departing San Juan on Sunday, April 20, concluding in New York, where the ship will depart round-trip every Saturday through September 13.

On September 21, Horizon sets sail on the first of four seven-night Bermuda cruises round-trip from Philadelphia.

All Bermuda itineraries on Horizon offer guests two full days and an overnight stay in port in St. George's, and two days and two nights in Hamilton.

Horizon will cap the Bermuda season with a special seven-night sailing departing Philadelphia on October 19, concluding in San Juan.

Zenith's 2003 Bermuda Itineraries

Horizon's sister ship, Zenith, will enter the Bermuda cruising season on the heels of four months of exotic and varied voyages in South America. On April 9, Zenith departs Valparaiso, Chile, on a 17-night itinerary concluding in New York on April 26.

Zenith will depart round-trip from New York to Bermuda every Saturday from April 26 through October 18.

Like the itineraries on Horizon, those onboard Zenith will present guests with two full days and an overnight stay in port in St. George's, and two days and two consecutive nights in Hamilton.

Bookings are open for all of Celebrity's Bermuda sailings, with fares beginning at $800 per person, double occupancy.

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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MIAMI (07/19/02) - Carnival Cruise Lines was again the big winner at the National Association of Cruise Oriented Agencies (NACOA) "Notable Awards," taking top honors in six different categories, including "Cruise Line of the Year" for the sixth consecutive year. The awards were based on a survey of more than 800 of the organization's members who rated cruise lines in a variety of sales- and service-related categories.

In addition to "Cruise Line of the Year," Carnival received NACOA "Notable Awards" in the following five categories: 

* Best Reservations Department 
* Best Group Department 
* Most Supportive to Agents 
* Best District Sales Managers 
* Best Sales Service Department (tie)

Since the NACOA "Notable Awards" were established in 1997, Carnival has earned a total of 35 awards, the most of any cruise line during this period.

"Carnival prides itself in not only providing guests with relaxing, satisfying vacations but also our travel agent partners with the service and support they need to succeed in today's competitive marketplace," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. "Receiving this recognition from NACOA year after year is a gratifying endorsement of these efforts," he added.

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From Snorkeling to River Rafting, Seabourn's Panama, Belize & Costa Rica Cruises Are Action-Packed and Ultra Luxurious

MIAMI, July 18 - Outdoor enthusiasts with a taste for the finer things will love Seabourn Legend's cruises of Panama, Belize & Costa Rica. The itinerary offers opportunities to climb trees, snorkel, scale pyramids and raft down rivers, all from the posh platform of an ultra luxury ship. Sailing 14 days between Fort Lauderdale and Caldera, Costa Rica, the all-suite ship explores prime natural Central American habitats, says Richard Meadows, Seabourn's senior vice president of sales and marketing.

"People sometimes associate Seabourn with art museums and classical concerts," Meadows continued. "This is Seabourn's more active side, a chance to get out in nature. But on board you're as pampered as if you were cruising the Riviera."

The ports lend themselves to active pursuits. The cays of Belize and Honduras dot the world's second-longest barrier reef, teeming with vivid fish and corals. Inland lie the ruins of Tikal, one of the greatest Mayan cities.

On Costa Rica's Caribbean coast, an aerial tramway soars through the jungle canopy. Between adventures, guests enjoy fine cuisine designed by renowned chef Charlie Palmer and unwind with free Massage Moments on deck. A free 'Exclusively Seabourn' visit to Panama's luxurious Gamboa Rain Forest Resort offers nature walks; exhibits; folkloric shows; a butterfly farm; serpentarium; orchid garden; a two-level swimming pool and another aerial tram.

Seabourn Legend will transit one set of Panama Canal locks in daylight and one at night, providing two different experiences, and two perfect opportunities to enjoy complimentary caviar and Heidsieck French champagne.

Explore the unspoiled national parks of Costa Rica by outrigger canoe, river raft, kayak, off-road vehicle, riverboat, on nature walks and even by rappelling on ropes in the jungle canopy. Then a soothing Molton Brown Pure Pampering bath paves the way to a Movie Under the Stars on deck.

Seabourn's cruises of Panama, Belize and Costa Rica depart January 4 and 18, February 1 and 15, 2003. With Early Booking Savings of 40 percent, fares start from $4,797 per person, based on double occupancy. For information, contact a travel agent, Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit

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Discovery's Kids Free Summer Program's Success Prompts Cruise Line To Offer Year Round Special Rate

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 18 - Discovery Cruise Line, the largest tour operator to Grand Bahama Island with its Cruise 'N Stay Vacation program, has seen excellent response to its Kids Sail and Stay Free program through advance bookings for Summer 2002. As a result, Discovery announced today that it will offer a year-round non-promotional rate to children under 12 who sail with a full fare paying adult. The rate, effective September 19, 2002, is $49 compared to the adult rate of $136 for same day return, or $166 for the roundtrip cruise sailing on different dates. There is a Junior rate for young adults between the ages of twelve and sixteen of $79 and children under two sail free. Children of all ages must be accompanied by a full fare paying adult to qualify for these special rates. Cruise 'N Stay Vacation package rates vary depending on the hotel and length of stay. Passengers under 18 years of age require dual written consent for travel.

Discovery's roundtrip fare is lower than most airlines and includes all the traditional amenities of a longer cruise during its cruise over and back. There are spacious sun decks, a swimming pool, games and entertainment, shows, a video arcade, movies, a Las Vegas Style Casino and more. One of the most popular selling points of Discovery's day cruise is the excellent food service that has made the ship a popular destination for dining. Included in the fare, passengers will enjoy a lavish buffet breakfast and lunch prior to arrival in Grand Bahama and dinner on the return cruise to South Florida. Discovery also features seven course fine dining on the return cruise in the ship's Grand Bahama Grill for an additional $21 per person. (Special kids' menu $9.95.) Quoted prices do not include a Bahamian departure fee and security surcharge.

In addition to Discovery's Cruise 'N Stay Vacations to Grand Bahama Island, the tour operator also features convenient Florida and Grand Bahama Island vacations where you can enjoy South Florida's hospitality before or after your trip to Grand Bahama. "The combination of these two exciting destinations provides visitors with a great variety of warm weather fun. The best part of these packages is that the airline connections to Discovery's home past of Port Everglades makes it extremely convenient to find affordable air connections to and from most destinations in the United States and internationally," states General Manager Hanns J. Hahn.

For more information, visit Discovery's website at, call your travel agent or call Discovery at 1 800-93 SHIPS.

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Carnival Corporation Declares Third Quarter Dividend

MIAMI, July 18 - Carnival Corporation announced today that its Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly dividend of 10.5 cents per share for the third quarter ending August 31, 2002. The dividend is payable on September 13, 2002, to shareholders of record on August 30, 2002.

Carnival Corporation is comprised of Carnival Cruise Lines, the world's largest cruise line based on passengers carried, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, Holland America Line, Seabourn Cruise Line and Windstar Cruises. Carnival Corporation's six brands operate 43 ships in the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe, Mexico, South America and other worldwide destinations.

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

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Seattle, July 16, 2002 - Holland America Line's 2003 Panama Canal cruise itineraries offer guests 47 choices to see firsthand the force of vision, engineering and will that is the Panama Canal. Included in the Panama Canal program are 16 ten-day round-trip cruises from the convenient homeport of Ft. Lauderdale, a 21-day roundtrip from San Diego, and 30 fall and spring transcanal cruises that vary in length up to 24 days. 

The luxurious flagship, ms Rotterdam, will sail on a series of 16 10-day roundtrip cruises from Ft. Lauderdale during the spring and fall months, and its sister flagship, the 1,380-passenger ms Amsterdam, will embark from San Diego on a 21-day roundtrip Panamerican and Panama Canal cruise in October. In addition, four other Holland America ships will transit the canal during spring and fall transcanal cruises. 

"Holland America provides an optimum Panama Canal experience as our ships spend more time going through the Canal than any major cruise line," said David A. Giersdorf, senior vice president, sales and marketing. "Our popular 10-day cruises embark and disembark in convenient Ft. Lauderdale, and our transcanal cruises offer our guests the choice of embarking and disembarking from a host of North American ports. Cruise itineraries can be tailored in length to fit anyone's schedule." 

From January through April, and again from October through December, the 1,316-passenger Rotterdam will sail on 16 10-day Southern Caribbean and Panama Canal Sunfarer cruises. The Sunfarer cruises feature a full day at Half Moon Cay, Holland America's private island paradise in the Bahamas. Other ports of call include Willemstad, Curacao and Oranjestad, Aruba, both colorful islands steeped in Dutch traditions; historic Cartagena, Colombia, with its massive 17th century castles and fortresses; and Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, world-renowned for its abundant wildlife and colorful flora. The Rotterdam spends a full day in the Panama Canal and Gatun Lake, and three fun-filled days at sea on the Sunfarer cruises. Prices start at US$1,199 [CAN$1,739] per person, double occupancy. 

On October 6, the Amsterdam leaves San Diego on a special Panamerica cruise along the west coast of Mexico to Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco and Santa Cruz Huatulco, and then to Costa Rica before arriving at Amador (Panama City) and entering the Panama Canal. After a day and night of cruising in the Canal, the Amsterdam starts back up the west coast, stopping in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, and Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala, and then in Zihuatenejo/Ixtapa and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Prices on this 21-day journey start at US$2,849 [CAN$4,129] per person, double occupancy. Spring and fall transcanal cruises vary in length from 11 to 24 days and start at prices as low as US$1,629 [CAN$2,369] per person. 

The 1,440-passenger ms Volendam sails on a 21-day cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to Vancouver, B.C. on April 28, with possible segments of 13 days (to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico), 18 days (to San Francisco) or 20 days (to Seattle). On her return trip in the fall, the Volendam departs from San Francisco on September 29 for a 16-day cruise to Ft. Lauderdale. Alternately, guests may opt for an 11-day cruise from Acapulco, departing on October 4. The ms Zaandam, offers four additional possible segments on her 24-day spring transcanal cruise from Port Canaveral to Vancouver. Departing April 16, Port Canaveral to Acapulco is 14 days; to Los Angeles, 19 days; to Astoria, Ore., 22 days; or to Victoria, B.C., 23 days. The Zaandam's 21-day fall transcanal cruise from Vancouver to Port Canaveral, sailing on September 20, offers segments of 19 days (from San Francisco on September 22); 17 days (from San Diego on September 24); or 13 days (from Acapulco on September 28). 

The 1,266-passenger Veendam sails in the spring from Tampa to Vancouver on April 19. A full transit is 22 days, with possible segments of 12 days (to Puerto Vallarta); 17 days (to San Diego); 20 days (to Seattle); or 21 days (to Victoria). On her return trip in the fall, options include 20 days from Vancouver to Tampa departing September 28, 17 days from Los Angeles departing October 1, or 13 days from Acapulco departing October 5.

Transcanal cruises on the 1,266-passenger ship ms Maasdam vary from 11 to 18 days in the spring; and from 12 to 21 days in the fall. In the spring on April 27, the Maasdam departs from Ft. Lauderdale for Acapulco (11 days); Los Angeles (15 days); and Vancouver (18 days). The fall trip departs on September 25 from Vancouver (21 days); on September 26 from Astoria (20 days); on September 29 from Los Angeles (17 days); or October 4 from Mazatlan (12 days) for Ft. Lauderdale. 

The Amsterdam offers a 12- to 18-day fall repositioning cruise to Ft. Lauderdale with embarkation from Seattle on September 29 for 18 days, San Diego on October 2 for 15 days or Puerto Vallarta on October 5 for 12 days. Holland America Line offers the experience of its exclusive private island, Half Moon Cay, on many Panama Canal cruises, and is the only major cruise line visiting Amador, Panama; Puerto Quetzel, Guatemala; or San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua on any Panama Canal itinerary. 

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

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MIAMI - (July 16, 2002) - Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has scheduled a conference call with analysts for 10 a.m. Eastern time, Thursday, July 25, 2002, to discuss the company's second quarter financial results. The call can be listened to by all interested parties at the company's investor relations web site, Visual aids relating to the call will also be available at the web site. A replay of the webcast will be available at the same site for a month following the call. 

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.

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MIAMI (07/16/02) - Two brand new original Las Vegas-style revues, "Jazz Hot" and "Take II," along with a tribute to Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. by Carnival's own Christopher Alan Graves, will be featured aboard the new 88,500-ton Carnival Legend, Carnival Cruise Lines' newest "Fun Ship" scheduled to enter service August 24. The three productions take center stage in Follies, a spectacular, three-deck-high show lounge that recalls the great movie palaces of yesteryear. 

In addition to engaging interiors, comfortable seating and optimum sight lines, the expansive 1,500-seat theater will feature the latest entertainment technology, including a multi-million-dollar computerized sound and lighting system, two high-watt laser banks, a revolving stage and retractable orchestra pit. 

"Carnival's entertainment has become more sophisticated over the years and for Carnival Legend we've spared no expense in creating three captivating, highly elaborate shows that 'raise the bar' for shipboard entertainment," said Roger Blum, Carnival's vice president of cruise programming and the shows' producer. 

The first show, "Jazz Hot," like the name implies, takes its cue from the famous singers and musicians who have contributed to the popular musical genre, often referred to as the only true original American art form. A harmonizing quartet puts their unmistakable stamp on a variety of jazz classics, which range from such sultry, torch songs as "Birth of the Blues" to upbeat, toe-tapping tunes, including "Ain't Necessarily So" and "It Don't Mean a Thing." Big band-era numbers and interpretations of songs by Miles Davis and other contemporary jazz artists are also showcased. The diverse musical numbers are enhanced by a creative set featuring oversized musical instruments - saxophones, trumpets, trombones, pianos and the like - all adding up to a "larger-than-life" musical extravaganza. 

The second show, "Take II," is a stylish tribute to Hollywood with adaptations of some of Tinseltown's most famous movie scenes. Making maximum use of the Carnival Legend's talented singers and dancers, "Take II" features a realistic "movie studio set" that serves as the backdrop for various film genres, from 1950s-style "beach" movies to action flicks and romantic comedies. Visits to Austin Powers' "bachelor pad," and Emerald City from "The Wiz" fame, along with an homage to one of the world's most popular cartoon characters, the "Pink Panther," in which dancers playfully interact with the animation legend, are also showcased. 

"Singin' with the Band" is Christopher Alan Graves' salute to two of the world's most beloved entertainers - Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. Accompanied by a cast of talented back-up singers, dancers and musicians, along with a set resembling the legendary Cotton Club, Graves performs tunes from the singers' vast library of classics, including "Fly Me to the Moon," "My Way" and "The Candyman." At one point, during "Mr. Bojangles," Graves even appears to "dance" with Shirley Temple and "Mr. Bojangles" himself, Bill Robinson, with the help of state-of-the-art video projection technology. 

Carnival Legend is set to debut Aug. 24 with a 12-day Northern European voyage round-trip from Harwich (near London), followed by a 15-day transatlantic crossing departing Harwich Sept. 5 and arriving New York Sept. 20. From New York, the ship will operate two- and three-day cruises-to-nowhere and 11-day Canada/New England sailings then sail on six-day Bermuda cruises from Baltimore and Philadelphia in October. Carnival Legend will then reposition to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to sail on a two-day cruise-to-nowhere then operate "exotic" eight-day Caribbean voyages from that port Nov. 10 - April 19, 2003. Following these sailings, 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 on-line via the line's travel agent Internet portal,

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Lifting Travel Ban to Cuba Would Generate $1.18 Billion to $1.61 Billion for U.S. Economy
Almost $0.5 Billion Would Go to U.S. Airline Industry Annually

WASHINGTON, July 15 - Airline industry revenues would climb by as much as $415 million annually, and U.S. economic output would increase by between $1.18 billion and $1.61 billion a year, if current restrictions on travel to Cuba were lifted, according to a study released by the Center for International Policy (CIP).

"The economic embargo against Cuba is not only a failed policy, but it has also cost the American economy profits and jobs," said Thomas Cooper, President, Gulfstream International Airlines, and a Board Member of CIP. "Congress should legalize travel to Cuba, recapture the dignity of our foreign policy, and provide a real boost to the American economy, and especially the airline and tourism industries."

Legislation will be considered in the U.S. House of Representatives this week to prohibit enforcement of the Cuba travel ban by the Treasury Department during the upcoming fiscal year.

CIP retained The Brattle Group, an independent economic research and consulting firm, to analyze the impact on the U.S. economy of lifting current restrictions on travel to Cuba. Brattle's study addressed four questions:

  • How many Americans would travel to Cuba absent travel restrictions?
  • What would be the resulting net increase in demand for travel on U.S. airlines (excluding travel diverted from other destinations)?
  • How much additional output and employment in the overall economy would this increase in air travel generate?
  • How many people would visit Cuba on U.S.-based cruise ships, and how much additional economic activity would the increase in cruise travel generate?

The Brattle Group looked at the incidence of travel to Cuba by Canadian tourists, to predict future travel to Cuba by American tourists, and examined how often Dominican Americans visit family in the Dominican Republic, as a basis for estimating increases in travel to Cuba by Cuban Americans.

"The travel rates of comparable groups are the best predictor of how many Americans would travel to Cuba if there were no restrictions, and those rates are very high," said Dorothy Robyn of The Brattle Group. "Even under conservative assumptions, U.S. airlines would earn as much as an additional $415 million a year; a significant amount at a time when the airline industry is hemorrhaging red ink, laying off workers and asking for federal loan guarantees."

The ripple effect of increased air and cruise travel would be felt across the entire travel and tourism sector and the broader economy, as airlines and cruise lines buy additional inputs ranging from travel agent services to manufactured equipment.

For a copy of the complete study, please visit Founded in 1975, CIP is a non-profit educational and research organization promoting a U.S. foreign policy based on international cooperation, demilitarization and respect for basic human rights across the globe.

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Royal Olympic has announced their distinctive and exotic fall/winter 2002-03 itineraries aboard the brand new Olympia Explorer and Olympia Voyager-the fastest cruise ships in the world, and the intimate Olympia Countess.

They offer an amazing array of itineraries ranging from 7 to 55 days, calling at more than 115 extraordinary ports on the continents of North America, Central & South America, Europe and Africa. Also announced are their inaugural sailings from Port Canaveral and Los Angeles. In December 2002, the Olympia Countess features a rare Solar Eclipse Cruise off the African coast.

Aboard, the cruise experience is complemented by extensive enrichment programs ranging from lectures, to classical music concerts, to wine tastings and cooking demonstrations by renowned guests. The renowned Royal Olympic hospitality will make the most of your time aboard, as well as ashore.

Save up to 45% with early booking and enjoy free domestic air and single supplement of 20% on the 55-day South America Circumnavigation.

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