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Self-Guided iPod Art Tours Debuted on ms Westerdam

SEATTLE -- Fine art goes high tech on the high seas when Holland America Line debuted self-guided art tours using handheld iPod devices on ms Westerdam on its July 30, 2006 sailing. Tours of the unique art and antique collections on each of the line's five-star ships, together valued at tens of millions of dollars, are to be available fleetwide by the end of 2006. 
The introduction of the tour on the Westerdam marks the first time a cruise line has offered museum-quality self-guided tours to its guests.

"These self-guided tours are just the latest addition to our constantly expanding on-board enrichment programs," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, senior vice president of sales and marketing. "The tours highlight the most interesting, historical and accessible pieces of art and antiques to provide greater depth and context, and give our guests a truly rewarding experience."

Guests desiring to take a tour simply sign out an iPod free of charge and take the tour at their leisure, returning the device when they finish. In addition, the tours will be available for download to a home computer or handheld device from the Holland America Web site at

Narrated by well-known radio hosts Paul Lasley and Elizabeth Harryman, the 40- to 50-minute tours include walking directions, interviews with artists, background music and photo images displayed on the iPod screen to help guests locate each piece. For convenience, tours are confined to the main public decks to facilitate casual, unhurried strolling from piece to piece. Each tour begins with a welcome message from Holland America Line President and CEO Stein Kruse and includes comments from ship architect/designer Frans Dingemans, as well as others associated with the line's art program. Two artists who have their work displayed on every Holland America ship--Susanna Holt, whose lifelike bronze animal sculptures grace the pool areas, and Stephen Card, whose classic maritime paintings of Holland America ships can be found in the main stairwells--provide insight into their artistic inspiration.

According to Lasley, the tours seek to contextualize the precious objects within the overall interior design of the ship. "Dingemans does something unique," Lasley explains during the tour. "Instead of just adding art works as decoration, he incorporates them as an integral part of the decor. From the beginning of the design process, he commissions new works from outstanding contemporary artists, and he searches the world for appropriate antiques."

Dingemans, whose firm, VFD Architects in Utrecht, The Netherlands, has worked with the cruise line for 32 years, offers commentary as well: "Holland America Line always decorated their ships with contemporary art, modern art and conventional art to bring together an art collection, total environment of the ship and the rooms you're sitting in. The way you do that is to follow your own heart."

The sheer scope of the shipboard art and antiques distinguishes these tours from most landside museum visits. On Westerdam alone, the pieces range from a huge Indian silver-overlaid wood palace doorway at the entrance to the dining room that measures 92 inches by 69 inches to a 5-inch-long bone tobacco pipe carved in the shape of a woman's head. The most valuable piece is a painting of the Port of Rotterdam, and the oldest is a collection of 5,000-year-old pre-Columbian carved limestone figures from Ecuador.

Although the tours only cover an estimated 20 percent of the art and antiques on each ship, at the end of each tour the narrators encourage guests to participate in a kind of scavenger hunt by suggesting they seek out a list of pieces not included on the tour. On the Westerdam tour those include tea caddies made into boxes, carved Meerchaum pipes and a cardboard chair by artist Frank Gehry.

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Join Jean-Michel Cousteau on a voyage with Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Today we barely know as much about our oceans as we do about the hidden side of the moon, and yet we do know that the health of the oceans is declining due to human impact. Now, Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers guests the rare opportunity to join Jean-Michel Cousteau on select cruises in 2006 and 2007. Jean-Michel, world-renowned oceanographer and environmentalist, and son of the legendary Jacques Cousteau, will offer a series of lectures with videos of his work. On select sailings, Regent also presents onboard lectures by experts from Cousteau's conservation organization, Ocean Futures Society. In-suite TV programming will also entertain guests with fascinating information about Earth's delicate marine environments and Cousteau's work to preserve them.

Jean-Michel Cousteau will join guests on voyages in Tahiti, the Amazon, Asia and Fiji and the South Pacific. He will share his enthusiasm for the regions visited in intimate talks, lectures and shore excursions.

  • On our 2006 Grand Asia Pacific Voyage, naturalists from the Ocean Futures Society will accompany us throughout the entire cruise, sharing their broad knowledge of this colorful, diverse continent through onboard enrichment programs and a range of captivating excursions ashore. On Segment 5 of your adventure (Singapore to Sydney), Jean-Michel Cousteau himself will join us for the voyage. 

  • On our 14-night Marquesas cruise on November 18, 2006, Jean-Michel will also accompany several dives. This will be Jean-Michel's seventh Marquesas Islands cruise aboard Paul Gauguin.

  • Jean-Michel will also join us during portions of Segments 1 and Segments 2 of the Circle Around South America in 2007 and naturalists from Ocean Futures Society will be on board throughout the entire voyage.

  • Or, join Jean-Michel as he boards the final leg of the 2007 World Cruise from Monte Carlo to Fort Lauderdale.

  • On our 2007 Grand Asia Pacific cruise, Ocean Futures Society will once again be on board with their fascinating lecture series and Jean-Michel will join segment 2 from Seward to Osaka.

  • The final cruise featuring Jean-Michel for the 2007 season will be our new Fiji to Papeete cruise on board Paul Gauguin departing November 18, 2007 and featuring the spectacular marine life of the South Pacific.

Reserve your space now for one or more of these special cruises. Contact your travel professional today or call Regent Seven Seas Cruises at 866-419-3492 for details.

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“Kids Sail Free” on MSC Cruises’ Caribbean Sailings

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, July 26, 2006 – MSC Cruises’ special “Kids Sail Free” holiday offer has proven so popular that the line is extending it to nearly all of its winter 2006-07 Caribbean season sailings. Youngsters ages 17 and under sharing a stateroom with two full-fare-paying adults sail free on MSC Lirica and MSC Opera on nearly all of the ships’ roundtrip sailings from Fort Lauderdale. Most cruise-only departures are priced at $1,150 per person (double occupancy) or less. Since a limited number of staterooms are available in conjunction with the “Kids Sail Free” offer, guests are encouraged to book early.

“The ‘Kids Sail Free’ program combined with special promotional rates makes this an incomparable family vacation value and a trip the whole family will never forget,” adds Jim Henwood, senior vice president of sales, marketing and passenger services for MSC Cruises (USA).

Families will enjoy MSC Cruises’ variety of itineraries, including Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, West Indies, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Panama, Colombia, Bahamas, St. Thomas, Grand Cayman and Mexico. In addition to beautiful beaches (including the cruise line’s private paradise off the coast of Samana in the Dominican Republic) and fascinating cultural experiences, shore excursions are available to such historic sights as the Panama Canal. Through it all, guests can enjoy the “Beautiful. Passionate. Italian.” experience as only MSC Cruises can present it.

The entire family can enjoy a vacation with a truly Italian flavor while visiting some of the Caribbean’s most memorable destinations. The adults can relax knowing that, while they are working out in the gym, being pampered in the spa or swimming on deck, the youngsters are enjoying themselves, too. Since accommodations, onboard meals (featuring authentic Italian dishes, international delights and a children’s menu featuring younger-set favorites such as hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza) and European-style entertainment on the ship is included, Mom and Dad will know the bulk of their vacation’s cost before setting sail.

For more information about MSC Cruises, visit or a local travel agent.

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A Letter to Passengers Regarding Crown Princess - 7/24/2006 

Dear Passenger,

We at Princess Cruises would like to take the opportunity to comment about the incident of last week, when Crown Princess experienced a strong list following her departure from Port Canaveral, Florida. We express our sincerest apologies for this regrettable event, and fully understand that this was a distressing experience for all who were on board. 

We especially extend our apologies to those passengers and crew who were injured. We are grateful that the injuries were not life-threatening, and also that those transferred to hospitals for evaluation and treatment have now been released with the exception of one passenger, for whom we wish a speedy and full recovery. 

Following the incident, we immediately cooperated with representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTS, and the Bermuda flag authorities. Following an extensive assessment, Crown Princess departed New York last Saturday July 22 on a seven-day voyage, having received clearance to sail by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Bermuda flag authorities.

We can appreciate there may be concern as to the cause of this incident, and questions about whether it could happen again. As you may be aware, there is an investigation into the incident being carried out by the U.S. authorities which has not yet been fully completed. It would therefore be inappropriate for us to comment in any detail before that investigation is complete and the results published.

However, we can confirm that the incident was due to human error and the appropriate personnel changes have been made. 

We want to unequivocally emphasize that we would never operate an unsafe ship, nor would the U.S. Coast Guard allow a ship to sail that had any safety issues.

We want to assure passengers who may be booked on an upcoming sailing, or those who may be thinking about traveling with Princess, that the highest priority for our company is the safety and well-being of our passengers and crew. 


Alan Buckelew 
Princess Cruises

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Invites Guests to Capture the Mediterranean Through Their Own Lens This Fall

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL, July 27, 2006 - Guests sailing the Mediterranean and Greek Isles aboard Regent's Seven Seas Voyager® this fall will have an opportunity to participate in photography expeditions led by noted travel photographer Jesse Kalisher, as part of the line's exclusive Circles of Interest[SM] series.

Kalisher will be a featured "Circle" host aboard the 700-guest, all-suite/all-balcony Voyager through October 21, 2006, teaching small groups of guests how to nurture their own "photographer's eye." Each sailing, beginning with the September 16, 2006 Nice to Civitavecchia (for Rome) voyage, will include two small group excursions with Kalisher; depending on individual cruise itineraries, guests may capture stunning landscape photography in Santorini, Greco-Roman ruins in Taormina or natural beauty and the naturally beautiful in the chic ports of call Portofino or St. Tropez.

In addition to the on-shore photography expeditions, guests participating in the Circle of Interest program will receive a personal photo critique and be invited to attend a private reception and dinner for participants hosted by Kalisher. The package also includes a group photo, priority dispatch on shore excursions and film processing or digital rendering to a CD of photos taken on adventures ashore. Kalisher's wife, accomplished graphic designer Helen Kalisher, will also be onboard the Voyager, leading workshops on Adobe® Photoshop® Elements and demonstrating to guests the art of at-home retouching and photography publishing.

"I'm excited to return to Regent Seven Seas to help guests see through the photographer's eye," said Kalisher. "Most of all, I look forward to having fun with the guests and with the camera amid some of the world's most stunning backdrops." 

Kalisher has also led popular photography workshops aboard Seven Seas Mariner® sailings in Alaska. "After hearing of a cruise that would not only visit interesting locations in Alaska but also offer insightful lectures on photography, I was eager to go," remarked Barry Kaplowitz, MD, of Aventura, FL, who participated in this program aboard the Mariner. "Jesse and Helen Kalisher used their team approach to describe methods of improving one's technique, perspective and computer graphic skills. Roger Paperno, Regent's own photographer, demonstrated that great pictures don't always have to come from expensive cameras."

Launched in October 2005, Circles of Interest are themed enrichment programs featuring customizable ship to shore options with onboard lectures and workshops, specially created excursions and events led by "Circle" guest experts. A variety of packages allows guests to adjust their experiences in various ports through their own personal worldview, all while building camaraderie and forging friendships with like-minded guests.

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Star Clippers' 2007-08 Itineraries are on Web and Open for Booking

MIAMI, JULY 25, 2006 -- Star Clippers has posted their 2007-08 itineraries on the Web at and the books are open for reservations. Guests looking to take a Star Clippers cruise can find a travel agent near them on the Star Clippers Web site or call their preferred agent to make a booking. The itineraries take the three authentic clipper ships in Star Clippers fleet across the globe to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Far East and South Pacific, and range in length from four to 37 days.

"By putting the cruise schedule up on our Web site and taking bookings so far in advance, we're ensuring that people who want to book early get their top choices," said Jack Chatham, vice president of sales and marketing for Star Clippers. "We have such a wide array of itineraries -- including the introduction of Tahiti next year -- and we're confident that demand is going to be strong and people will book early." 

Caribbean favorites and a Panama Canal transit
Royal Clipper and Star Clipper continue their Caribbean seasons with seven-night round-trip Barbados and round-trip St. Maarten sailings, respectively, through April 2007. The ships call at old favorites and less-visited islands, including St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Bequia, Grenada, Antigua and Jost van Dyke.

Royal Clipper, the 227-passenger flagship of the fleet, returns to the region in November 2007 and continues to sail two seven-night round-trip Barbados itineraries through April 2008. A special 11-night New Year's Eve sailing aboard Royal Clipper departs Barbados on Dec. 29, 2007, and takes the ship to Panama City, Panama, via a transit of the Panama Canal. Along the way guests will visit Tobago Cays, Grenada, Venezuela, Curaçao, Aruba and Colombia.

Star Flyer says farewell to the Far East and Star Clipper makes debut
From December 2006 to March 2007, Star Flyer sails its final Far East season before Star Clipper takes over the route. With the intimate size of the vessels and just 170 passengers, the two distinct seven-night round-trip Phuket, Thailand, itineraries enable the ships to visit tiny island jewels in Thailand and Malaysia.

The seven-night round-trip Phuket Southern Route sailing includes calls at Batong Group, Penang, Ko Lipe, Ko Khai Nok, Phang Nga/Ko Hong and Similan Islands. The seven-night round-trip Phuket Northern Route sailing calls at Surin Islands, Similan Islands, Ko Rok Nok, Phi Phi Islands, Phang Nga/Ko Khai Nok and Langawi.

Two special seven-night sailings in March 2007 take Star Flyer between Phuket and Singapore, and include calls at pristine islands such as the Similans, Phang Nga, Ko Hong, Ko Khai Nok, Ko Lipe, Ko Miang and Ko Adang, Thailand; and Penang or Langkawi and Malacca, Malaysia. Star Clipper repositions to the Far East in November 2007 and takes over the round-trip Phuket routes and sailings between Phuket and Singapore.

Med itineraries include idyllic ports and adventurous escapes
The Mediterranean continues to be a hot destination for travelers, and Star Clippers' 2007 summer Mediterranean offers guests an assortment of itineraries ranging from four to 14 nights. From April to October 2007, the three ships in the fleet will journey to 11 countries and offer a series of special cruises in addition to the regular itineraries.

Royal Clipper again sails its popular 10- and 11-night cruises between Venice and Civitavecchia, Italy, that include calls in Croatia and Montenegro, in addition to seven-night round-trip Civitavecchia sailings that showcase the best of Italy.

Round-trip Cannes, France, itineraries ranging in length from four to seven nights make up the majority of Star Clipper's Mediterranean season, with additional cruises departing from Lisbon, Portugal, and Barcelona, Spain, to enhance the cruise options. 

Sailing its final season in the Mediterranean before repositioning to French Polynesia, Star Flyer offers seven-night round-trip Athens cruises and 10- and 11-night itineraries between Athens and Venice. Marking the line's longest Mediterranean voyage of the season, the ship sails a 14-night Athens to Malaga, Spain, cruise departing in September 2007.

Star Flyer repositions to a South Pacific paradise
Come December 2007, Tahiti cruises make their debut in Star Clippers' voyage schedule when Star Flyer repositions to French Polynesia for year-round itineraries. The three distinct products -- seven-night round-trip Papeete, Tahiti, cruises, 10- and 11-night round-trip Papeete cruises and 10- and 11-night cruises between Papeete and Nuku Hiva, Marquesas -- are packed with several overnight calls and breathtaking scenery.

The 11 ports of call that compose the destination-intense itineraries take the ship to the Society, Marquesas and Tuamotus Islands. Along the way, sunset departures, cruising in crystalline lagoons and opportunities to dive and snorkel in some of the most spectacular sites in the world enhance every itinerary. And shore excursions are designed to introduce guests to the fascinating culture and history of the Polynesian people.

Ocean Crossings on authentic clipper ships offer once-in-a-lifetime journey
For guests looking to unwind and rejuvenate while also visiting exciting destinations, ocean crossings offer the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure. Traversing the ocean on a clipper ship feels more like an epic journey, and Star Clippers is offering five crossings ranging from 16 to 37 nights.

Transatlantic journeys take Royal Clipper from Barbados to Civitavecchia, and from Lisbon to Barbados; Star Flyer sails from Malaga to Barbados. Two 37-night Indian Ocean crossings transit the Suez Canal and take Star Flyer from Phuket to Athens and Star Clipper from Athens to Phuket, both calling at ports in Greece, Egypt, India and Sri Lanka.

2007 Preview brochure available for Med and Ocean Crossings 
In anticipation of the 2007-08 cruise atlas due out this August, Star Clippers has developed a 2007 preview brochure of the Mediterranean and Ocean Crossing voyages. For more information or to make a reservation, contact a travel professional, call Star Clippers at (800) 442-0551 or visit To request a brochure, call (800) 442-0556.

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Crystal Cruises’ 2007 World Cruise Debuts Brain-Boosting 
Enrichment Programs

LOS ANGELES, July 17, 2006 – Can taking a Crystal World Cruise boost brain power? Are there therapeutic aspects of the onboard experience that can lead to well-being long after the cruise concludes? Studies show that creative _expression through cultural arts and music improves mental agility, language processing and depression. While Crystal Cruises is not guaranteeing it can heal, the cruise line is promising exceptionally stimulating programming for its 2007 World Cruise.

Renowned for its stellar onboard enrichment, Crystal is raising the bar for its 12th annual World Cruise with a new Yamaha Master Class in keyboard instruction, interactive acting workshops, seminars on memoir writing and even a collegiate course in computers. During Crystal Serenity’s 109-day global odyssey, January 12 – May 1, 2007, guests will enjoy an unprecedented opportunity to explore their individual passions through a variety of engaging programs.

“A World Cruise is considered the grandest of voyages for many reasons – not only is it about exploring new lands, it’s also an opportunity to truly immerse oneself in a personal area of interest,” says Bret Bullock, Crystal’s vice president of entertainment. “Our new enrichment offerings provide guests with stimulating activities that allow their creative _expression to flourish. From playing the piano and understanding computers to getting up on stage to act out a lifelong dream, guests tell us our enrichment classes have a tremendous impact on their well-being and quality of life.”

Scientific studies underwritten by the American Music Conference, the UCLA Center on Aging, Stanford University and other organizations support the benefits of cultural arts activities, especially in a group learning environment. Research points to advancement in everything from cognitive development and hand-eye coordination in children, to improvements in loneliness, depression and the brain chemistry of Alzheimer’s patients among seniors.

Offered complimentary, the new programs are featured in addition to the dozens of special interest classes comprising Crystal’s innovative Creative Learning Institute (CLI), the most original program of experiential and interactive “edutainment” ever offered at sea. among the daily pursuits available are Yoga, Tai Chi and language classes. New classes set for the line’s 12th annual World Cruise include:

  • Collegiate Course in Computers – In an industry first, guests on the full World Cruise can earn three transferable college credits, while those participating in one or more of the seven World Cruise segments can earn continuing education units. Taught by a college professor, classes including “Components of the System Unit,” “Computer Storage Devices,” “Database Management,” and “Privacy and Ethics” are an expansion of the line’s revolutionary Computer University@ Sea which debuted in 1997. (While guests can take the courses free of charge, those who wish to receive the credits or units will be required to pay a fee.)

  • Memoir Writing with journalist Joe Kita – Acting as a personal coach, Kita will teach an enrichment writing course to fulfill the dream of many to capture in words their experiences, life lessons and advice. Guests will not only leave the World Cruise with memories, but will also have a lasting legacy. A journalist for 25 years, Kita also taught writing at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.

  • Yamaha Master Class – Guests with previous musical experience can explore Master classes on composition, arranging, improvisation, chord studies and playing by ear. An ongoing “independent study” class allows each student to progress at his or her own pace with personal assistance from the Yamaha “Passport to Music” instructor, and guests are invited to perform before fellow travelers during formal recitals.

  • Repertory Theatre at Sea Acting Workshops - Crystal’s Repertory Theatre at Sea actors will lead progressive, interactive workshops on the basics of acting and stage movement, line memorization and improvisation, culminating in a theatrical performance for fellow guests.

  • 2007 Odyssey Art Masterpiece Art Program – Art classes using the ports as inspiration for guests to create a different masterpiece each segment. New in 2007 will be mosaics workshops, mask-making classes (perfect for the ship’s call in Rio during Carnaval) and a jewelry-making segment using semi-precious stones and other materials indigenous to the ports. Classes in stone sculpting, painting and scrap-booking are also part of the art curriculum.

Traveling from Miami, Florida to Southampton, England, Crystal Serenity’s Treasures of Sun and Sea World Cruise will explore 45 ports of call in 27 countries on five continents. Offered in seven segments with departures from Valparaiso, Chile; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Cape Town, South Africa; Dubai, UAE; Istanbul, Turkey; and Civitavecchia (for Rome), Italy; the 2007 World Cruise also includes three intriguing maiden calls in Coquimbo, Chile; Maputo, Mozambique; and Gabes, Tunisia.

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Celebrity Cruises Orders Third Ship in New Solstice Class

MIAMI, July 18, 2006 – Celebrity Cruises today announced it has ordered a third 118,000 gross-registered-ton Solstice-class ship, significantly reinforcing the company’s commitment to the growth and innovative development of the Celebrity brand. German shipbuilder Meyer Werft will build the new tonnage, with delivery of Celebrity Solstice planned for Fall 2008, Celebrity Equinox in Summer 2009, and the third in June 2010. Each of the three ships will be 2,850-guest vessels measuring 1,033 feet in length and 121 feet in width, with larger standard staterooms, a higher percentage of balconies and an exceptional range of guest-inspired services and amenities.

“Celebrity’s Solstice class is more than a series of new ships; it’s a new class introducing a new program that will further differentiate and elevate the Celebrity brand,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO. “We’re confident our guests and travel partners will be thrilled with the experience we’ll deliver onboard. And we’re very pleased to expand our collaboration with Meyer Werft in the production of these extraordinary new ships.” Celebrity estimates the all-in cost of the ship to be approximately $245,000 per berth, based on current exchange rates.

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Carnival Cruise Lines Extends Contract With Mobile Homeport

MIAMI, July 24, 2006 – Carnival Cruise Lines, the world’s largest cruise operator, has extended its contract with the City of Mobile, Ala., for another year, thus allowing the line’s 1,452-passenger Holiday to continue operating its popular four- and five-day Mexico cruises from the Alabama Cruise Terminal. Carnival launched the first and only year-round cruise program from Mobile in October 2004. Since then, the voyages have been enormously successful, consistently operating in excess of 100 percent occupancy (based on two per cabin) and accounting for approximately 125,000 passengers annually from that port. 

“Consumer response to ‘Fun Ship’ cruising from Mobile aboard the Holiday has been exceptional. We are very pleased to extend our contract with the city – a valued business partner - and continue offering fun, affordable vacations from one of the cruise industry’s finest terminal facilities,” said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO. 

On its Mobile-based cruises, the 46,052-ton Holiday departs from the Alabama Cruise Terminal Thursdays on four-day cruises to Cozumel, and on Mondays and Saturdays on five-day cruises to Cozumel and Calica/Playa del Carmen or Costa Maya. Carnival is currently accepting reservations on all of the Holiday’s 2006-2007 departures from Mobile. For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit

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Crown Princess Departs for Abbreviated Cruise

July 22, 2006 -- Crown Princess departed from New York this afternoon on a seven-day cruise, having received clearance to sail from the U.S. Coast Guard. Passengers can be assured there is nothing wrong with the ship, and that it is entirely safe.

Crown Princess will be visiting Grand Turk and Bermuda before returning on July 29 to resume its regular schedule of 9-day sailings from New York to the Caribbean.

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Crown Princess Sailing For New York

7/20/06, 1 pm PST -- Crown Princess is expected to depart Port Canaveral today for New York at approximately 4:30 pm EST, having received clearance from the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the British flag authorities to sail. 

No passengers are traveling aboard Crown Princess as it sails to New York, as they have all now disembarked in Port Canaveral.We are confident there are no mechanical or ongoing operational issues that would compromise the safety of the ship, passengers or crew.

Crown Princess is expected to arrive at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal at 8:30 am on Saturday, July 22. At approximately mid-day, passengers will begin embarking for a revised seven-day sailing which will depart at 5 pm that afternoon. The cruise will call at the ports of Grand Turk and Bermuda before returning to New York on June 29 to resume its regular nine-day cruise schedule.

We wish to again express our sincerest apologies to our passengers and crew for this regrettable incident, and also extend our thanks for their understanding and cooperation during these difficult circumstances.

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Ultimate Antiquities: Cairo to the Greek Isles on SeaDream

To use an analogy from the elegant cookbook world of international gourmet cuisine, SeaDream Yacht Club is announcing a 2007 theme voyage--Ultimate Antiquities: Cairo to the Greek Isles--that includes the these exotic and exclusive ingredients as pre-sailing specials:

  • A private reception hosted by Egypt’s former First Lady Jehan Sadat;

  • An archeological dig escorted by Egyptologist Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities; 

  • A dinner at the Great Pyramids with Hawaiian Fusion, Super Chef, Roy Yamaguchi, founder of Roy’s Restaurants.

  • World-class wines at the Great Pyramid dinner, presented personally by Salvatore Ferragamo, from his family winery Il Borro in Tuscany; 

  • A private tour of the internationally-acclaimed Egyptian Museum in Cairo;

  • Four nights at the Four Seasons Hotel, Cairo at Nile Plaza;

  • And more, including seven-nights sailing from Alexandria to Athens aboard SeaDream I, award-winning, SeaDream, mega-yacht cruiser.

During the SeaDream voyage, guests will have the opportunity to join several unique, moderately-priced shore adventures including: 

  • The Acropolis of Lindos---A visit to the charming village of Lindos on the Island of Rhodes, to view the cliff-top Acropolis of Lindos ($78 per person);

  • Chamber Concert at Ephesus---From Kusadasi, enjoy a private, evening concert by the Aegean Chamber Orchestra in nearby Ephesus. $138 per person).

The luxurious travel program, available to only 50 couples, is scheduled for October 2-13, 2007--October 2-6 for the pre-sailing Egypt land program; October 6-13 for the SeaDream voyage. Itinerary for the SeaDream I Alexandria-Athens voyage, October 6-13, 2007, is: Paphos, Republic of Cyprus; Rhodes and Kos, Greece; Kusadasi, Turkey; Mykonos and Santorini, Greece. 

This travel program is available exclusively through Admiral Travel Gallery of Sarasota, Florida (a Virtuoso agency), in conjunction with the Neiman Marcus membership custom travel organization, CouTour Travel. Bookings must be made by August 20, 2006. While the fares include the four-day pre-cruise activities outlined above, they do not include international air fare, taxes, passport and visa fees or any items of a personal nature. There is also an optional and separate pre- or post-sailing extension of a four-day Nile River Cruise from Luxor to Cairo.

For information those interested are invited to contact: Admiral Travel Gallery, (888) 722-3401, . Rates, schedules, tours and events are subject to change without notice. Some other conditions may apply.

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For Crown Princess Passengers Scheduled to Depart July 20, 2006

7-19-06 -- Please note that the itinerary for the above mentioned voyage has changed. We regret to inform you that, due to Crown Princess' delayed arrival into New York, the July 20th voyage will now depart Saturday, July 22nd. The updated itinerary is as follows:

Date Port Arrive Depart
Saturday, July 22 New York 7:15am 5pm
Sunday, July 23 At sea
Monday, July 24 At sea
Tuesday, July 25 Grand Turk 7am 4pm
Wednesday, July 26 At sea
Thursday, July 27 Bermuda (West End) 8am 5pm
Friday, July 28 At sea
Saturday, July 29 New York 7:15am 5pm

Passengers sailing on this voyage will receive a 50% refund of their cruise fare. Refunds will be processed automatically in the same form by which we received payment. Out of pocket expenses incurred as a result of airline change fees may be submitted for reimbursement. Passengers requiring hotel accommodations should contact 1-800-PRINCESS.

Those passengers choosing to cancel this voyage may do so without cancellation fees. We sincerely apologize for this change in itinerary and appreciate your patience and understanding.

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Update: Crown Princess Docked in Port Canaveral 

7/19/06, 8:30am PST -- Crown Princess is currently docked at Port Canaveral, Florida, following a heavy list that occurred yesterday afternoon as the ship was sailing towards New York, and which caused a number of passenger injuries. We would again like to extend our sincerest apologies to our passengers and crew on board Crown Princess for this unsettling incident, and also for any injuries they experienced.

We can confirm that there were approximately 240 passengers treated onboard for various injuries such as abrasions, bruises and fractures, of which 94 were transferred to local hospitals ashore for evaluation and treatment. All of these passengers have currently been released, with the exception of three passengers and two crew members who remain in the hospital but are, thankfully, expected to make a full recovery.

Approximately 1600 passengers have already disembarked Crown Princess and departed home. There are still approximately 1850 passengers still onboard and we are currently assisting them with their homeward travel arrangements.

As a result of the heavy list, there was also considerable superficial damage to the interior of the ship, and this is expected to be quickly repaired. The cause of the sudden list is still being assessed.

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Seabourn Announces ‘Writers’ Circle’ Caribbean Cruises

MIAMI, July 19, 2006----The ultra luxury, all-suite Seabourn Pride will host two special “Writers’ Circle” Caribbean cruises sailing round-trip from Barbados in November and December, offering guests opportunities to share their voyages with accomplished authors and journalists who are both Contributing Editors at Travel + Leisure, the world’s leading travel magazine.

“Seabourn is all about sharing voyages with interesting shipmates and celebrating the good things in life,” notes Seabourn president Deborah L. Natansohn, “and that includes good writing.” According to Natansohn, “Our Writers’ Circle cruises will ensure that our guests are in good company as they explore the most beautiful destinations in the Caribbean.”

On the cruise departing November 25, guests will enjoy the company of prolific and provocative author and journalist Michael Gross, whose penetrating exposé "Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women" was a New York Times bestseller. Gross will be sharing insights from, and signing copies of his latest book: "740 Park," the inside story of New York’s richest, most prestigious and secretive cooperative apartment building and the people who live there, a book which Fortune described as “jaw-dropping apartment porn.”

Guests choosing the same itinerary departing on December 9 will enjoy the hilariously off-kilter perspectives of “investigative humorist” Henry Alford. Among other works, Alford is the author of "Big Kiss: One Actor’s Desperate Attempt to Claw His Way to the Middle." Expect subversive excerpts from famous cookbooks and obituaries, word games combining slang terms from rap music and English fox-hunting, and translations from foreign language phrase books that may not prove useful, but will tickle your funny bone.

Both cruises depart Bridgetown, Barbados with port calls at Gustavia, St. Barts; Marigot, St. Martin; Charlestown, Nevis; Fort-de-France, Martinique and Bequia, Grenadines. At Charlestown, all guests will enjoy a complimentary Exclusively Seabourn tropical garden party with afternoon tea and an island fashion show at the beautiful Botanical Gardens of Nevis.

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Princess Celebrates 40 Years of Panama Canal Cruising in 2007-08

SANTA CLARITA, CA, July 19, 2006 - When Princess transits the locks of the Panama Canal in 2007, it will mark the 40th year that the company has been cruising through this modern-day engineering wonder. The Panama Canal has been called one of the greatest achievements of the 20th Century, and in 2007-08 Princess will offer nine itinerary options for passengers to this 'must see' marvel, including a variety of shorter transits that pack a port-intensive itinerary into a more convenient time frame than a traditional longer sailing.

Passengers will be able to travel between the two oceans aboard sister ships Coral Princess and Island Princess, offering full Canal transit voyages and convenient roundtrip partial transits. Purpose-built for the Canal, these ships will together offer nearly 40 departures, carrying more passengers to the Panama Canal than any other cruise line. Each ship also offers vacationers more opportunities to enjoy a balcony stateroom than any other vessel in the destination - the perfect vantage point for passengers to take a close-up look at the workings of the Canal's fascinating locks, which raise and lower the vessel a total of 170 feet.

Highlighting the program are Coral Princess' convenient 10-day roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale partial Canal sailings on a new itinerary, Island Princess' 10- and 11-day full transits between San Juan and Acapulco, plus two new itineraries between Ft. Lauderdale and Acapulco. Island Princess will also offer longer 15-day full transits as well as two sailings of a special 19-day Pacific Panama Canal cruise roundtrip from Los Angeles that has proven to be a passenger favorite.

Coral Princess returns to the Canal to once again offer a series of popular roundtrip voyages from Ft. Lauderdale. In addition, passengers will enjoy two full Canal transits.

  • Roundtrip Panama Canal - Coral Princess returns to again offer a series of roundtrip voyages from Ft. Lauderdale, with a revised itinerary that includes a return to historic Cartagena and the island of Aruba. The ship will offer 19 departures on this 10-night itinerary which includes Aruba, Cartagena, the Panama Canal partial transit, Cristobal, Limon (Costa Rica), and Ocho Rios. Coral Princess will depart between October 11, 2007 and April 15, 2008. 

  • Grand Panama Canal - Coral Princess also offers two full Grand Canal 15- and 17-day transits between Ft. Lauderdale and San Francisco or Vancouver with calls at Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco, Huatulco, Costa Rica (Puntarenas), Panama Canal, Cartagena and Aruba. Sailings depart on September 24, 2007 and April 25, 2008.

Island Princess joins her sister ship for a series of full canal transit options, including 10-, 11- and 15-day cruises, plus a unique 19-day west coast itinerary.

  • Panama Canal Explorer - Island Princess sails between Acapulco and San Juan on a 10- or 11-day transit that includes calls at Huatulco, Guatemala (Puerto Quetzal), Nicaragua (Puerto Corinto or San Juan del Sur), Costa Rica (Puntarenas), Panama Canal, Cartagena and Aruba. The 11-day option also includes a call in Curacao. The ship offers four sailings of each option between November 3, 2007 and January 15, 2008. 

  • Panama Canal Adventurer - Two sailings between Ft. Lauderdale and Acapulco offer a choice between a 10-day option on October 24, 2007 with calls at Ocho Rios, Panama Canal, Fuerte Amador, Costa Rica (Puntarenas), Nicaragua (San Juan del Sur), Guatemala (Puerto Quetzal), and Huatulco. An 11-day itinerary on January 26, 2008 stops at Huatulco, Guatemala (Puerto Quetzal), Nicaragua (Puerto Corinto), Costa Rica (Puntarenas), Panama Canal, Cartagena and Aruba. 

  • Exotic Panama Canal - A 15-day journey between Los Angeles and Ft. Lauderdale featuring calls at Huatulco, Guatemala (Puerto Quetzal), Nicaragua (Puerto Corinto or San Juan del Sur), Costa Rica (Puntarenas), Panama Canal, Cartagena, Aruba, Montego Bay or Ocho Rios. Island Princess offers six sailings on this route, on October 9, 2007 and between February 6 and April 6, 2008.

  • Pacific Panama Canal - Two roundtrip voyages from Los Angeles call at Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco, Huatulco, Costa Rica (Puntarenas), Panama Canal (overnight at Gatun Lake), Fuerte Amador, Nicaragua (Puerto Corinto), Guatemala (Puerto Quetzal), Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, and Puerto Vallarta. These special 19-day sailings feature an overnight in the Canal. Cruises depart on September 20, 2007 and April 21, 2008. 

Coastal Voyages - Several Princess ships also offer a variety of shorter West Coast voyages perfect as a way to sample Princess' acclaimed service and onboard amenities.

  • San Francisco/Vancouver - A two-day journey between the "City by the Bay" and British Columbia's largest city. Offered on Coral Princess on September 24, 2007 and May 10, 2008; as well as Golden Princess on May 2, 2007. 

  • Los Angeles/Vancouver - Several options are available for passengers traveling between Los Angeles and Vancouver. A three-day itinerary is offered aboard Island Princess on September 17, 2007 and May 16, 2008; Diamond Princess on May 7, 2008; and Sapphire Princess on May 14, 2008. A four-day version with a call at Victoria sails on Diamond Princess on September 15, 2007. An extended six-day sailing on Golden Princess features calls at Victoria, San Francisco, Catalina, San Diego, and is offered on September 23, 2007 and May 3, 2008. 

  • Seattle/Vancouver - These overnight sailings between Seattle and Vancouver give passengers a taste of life aboard Golden Princess, with departures on May 4, 2007, September 22, 2007 and May 9, 2008. 

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

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Crown Princess Lurches At Sea

July 18, 2006, 5:30 pm EST -- After departure from Port Canaveral at approximately 3:25 pm eastern time today, Crown Princess experienced an unexpected list to the starboard side as she began sailing north towards her final port of New York. Initial reports are that a number of passengers did sustain serious injuries. There are also numerous reports of injuries such as cuts, bruises and fractures. We are currently assessing the full extent of passenger injuries, and have returned the ship to Port Canaveral to transfer the more seriously affected passengers to a medical facility ashore. 

Princess Cruises deeply regrets this incident, and are doing everything possible to make our passengers as comfortable as possible under these difficult circumstances. The line is also investigating the cause of the ship's sudden list, which is unknown at this time. It can be confirmed that the watertight integrity of the ship has not been compromised, and it is safe for passengers to remain onboard while the ship is alongside in Port Canaveral.

The cruise will be terminated in Port Canaveral, and arrangements are being made to return the passengers home. A full refund will be given to passengers, together with a full reimbursement of any additional expenses. Details will be provides about the next cruise after the situation is fully evaluated. Crown Princess was currently on a 9-day Western Caribbean sailing, roundtrip out of New York, with calls at Grand Turk, Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman. Port Canaveral was the last port of call before returning to New York. 

For further information, contact 1-800-PRINCESS.

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Bacardi & Carnival Team Up to Create a 'Miami Vice' Sensation

MIAMI, July 18, 2006 - With a blend of South Beach style and fast-paced action, the new film “Miami Vice” is sure to be one of the summer's biggest hits. To celebrate the release of this summer blockbuster, Bacardi Rum and Carnival Cruise Lines have teamed up to create an exclusive “Miami Vice Mojito” promotion all summer long aboard the cruise line's “Fun Ships.”

Adults aged 21 and older who purchase a Bacardi Mojito aboard any Carnival cruise now through Aug. 31, 2006, will be entered into a sweepstakes awarding a trip to Miami Beach where “Miami Vice” was filmed. Additionally, adults who purchase a Bacardi Mojito when it is designated as Carnival's “Drink of the Day” will be entered into a drawing for shipboard credit during their voyage. Both of these promotions are open to all passengers aged 21 and over sailing with Carnival (no purchase necessary).

“With ample opportunities for sunning and relaxing, a 'Fun Ship' cruise offers the ideal environment to enjoy a refreshingly cool Mojito. Carnival is very pleased to partner with Bacardi to offer this one-of-a-kind promotion that highlights this popular tropical beverage and celebrates what is sure to be one of the summer's most anticipated movies,” said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO.

The BACARDI Mojito is one of the most popular cocktails in the country. “It's very fitting that the Mojito is so popular on the high seas as its origins reportedly date back to 1586 and Sir Francis Drake's adventures in the Caribbean,” says Abbey Glaser, Marketing Manager with Bacardi.

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New Pillows Enhance Mariner's Dream™ Stateroom Experience

SEATTLE, July 17 -- Creature comfort is the mantra of today's leisure traveler. Holland America Line is answering that call by enhancing their Mariner's Dream™ stateroom experience with a variety of pillows. The new pillows will come in three comfort levels and will be available in all suites aboard the fleet of 13 five-star ships by the end of July 2006. The premium line is a trend leader in hospitality innovations at sea, setting the standard in stateroom comfort.

"When traveling, a good night's rest can elevate the enjoyment of life's experiences," remarked Richard D. Meadows, CTC, Holland America Line's senior vice president, marketing and sales. "We want to provide our guests with every opportunity for choice and comfort and our new pillows are one more small yet effective way to cater to cruise enthusiasts."

Three types of pillows will be presented to suite guests offering distinctive levels of comfort:

  • Support: Firm fiber pillows -- firmly filled for extra support and relief;

  • Soothe: Medium cluster fiber pillows -- eases sleep with soothing, simple comfort;

  • Soft: 100 percent goose down pillows -- feather soft for ultimate relaxation.

Mariner's Dream™ pillow enhancements will be available to guests staying in the following stateroom categories: verandah suites, superior verandah suites, deluxe verandah suites and penthouse verandah suites. Each suite will have a minimum of two pillows from each of the three comfort levels for a total of six pillows, while eight pillows will adorn king beds in deluxe verandah suites and penthouse verandah suites. Upon embarkation, a pillow display card will introduce suite guests to the attributes of each pillow type and the layout configuration of the pillows. Guests may elect to exchange the pillows to perfectly match their preference.

The new pillows complement Holland America Line's stateroom accommodations that are outfitted with Mariner's Dream™ beds featuring a plush, custom-designed Sealy Posturpedic Euro-top mattress, 250-thread count cotton bed linens with comfortable duvets in deluxe verandah suites and penthouse verandah suites. Other suite amenities include flat panel TVs; DVD players and complimentary DVD selections; thick Egyptian cotton towels; deluxe waffle and terry cloth bathrobes; premium massage showerheads; magnifying make-up mirrors with halo lighting and salon-quality hair dryers; a stainless steel basket filled with fresh fruit; and, a stainless-steel ice bucket and serving tray for beverages. These popular stateroom amenities including the new pillows are available for purchase through the cruise operators' on-line store at

The sleep system upgrade is another element of Holland America Line's $225 million, fleetwide Signature of Excellence® enhancements featuring numerous new programs and amenities including the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine--a state-of-the-art onboard show kitchen where celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts will provide cooking demonstrations and classes--Explorations Cafe powered by The New York Times, the Greenhouse Spa and Salon, Club HAL youth program and teens-only activity areas, as well as all new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs, plush-top Mariner's Dream™ beds and now three new pillows selections. Signature of Excellence enhancements have been completed on 12 ships, with the final ship receiving enhancements by early fall of 2006.

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Princess Announces 2007-08 Caribbean Line-up

SANTA CLARITA, CA, July 17, 2006 - The luxurious warm waters and sunny beaches of the Caribbean will once again welcome Princess passengers in the 2007-08 season, as seven of the line's amenity-filled ships present a tempting array of ways to experience the spice and color of this favorite cruise region. Options abound as vacationers can choose from vessels ranging from 680 to 3,100 passengers, including the youngest seven-day Caribbean fleet in the industry (averaging approximately five years old), sailing on itineraries that vary from week-long getaways to 16-day explorations of the Caribbean's less-known locales.

Princess ships will sail to all corners of the Caribbean, with itineraries covering 30 ports, including three new calls also featured on Royal Princess' holiday voyage -- Samaná in the Dominican Republic, a favorite location of nature lovers offering tropical forests and a protected bay; Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, which features unusual "baths" or scenic seaside grottoes; and Bequia, the second largest island in the Grenadines, offering lush hills and secluded beaches.

In total, Princess offers more than 110 departures on 10 different itineraries next season. The new Emerald Princess makes her debut in the Caribbean by taking over 10-day sailings to the less-visited ports of the Southern Caribbean. Crown Princess also explores exotic islands of the Southern Caribbean on two alternating itineraries sailing roundtrip from San Juan, while Caribbean Princess continues to sail on the classic seven-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary. Grand Princess takes over the popular seven-day Western Caribbean itinerary and Sea Princess returns with her unique 14-day sailings roundtrip from Barbados.

Two special holiday sailings, aboard Coral Princess and the intimate Royal Princess offer the opportunity for a year-end escape, with the latter offering a unique small-ship experience combined with a special 16-day exotic journey visiting a variety of new and more exclusive ports, such as St. Barthelemy and Tobago.

"Our spectacular Caribbean fleet features all the amenities you would expect on the youngest ships sailing on seven-day cruises," said Jan Swartz, senior vice president of customer service and sales for Princess. "Passengers love the special features that make cruising the Caribbean with Princess so special - such as our poolside movie screens, our array of dining options and our many balconies from which to enjoy this paradise."

Princess' 2007-08 Caribbean season features:

  • Emerald Princess - The new Emerald Princess makes her Caribbean debut with alternating 10-day sailings roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale - one to the Southern Caribbean and the other to the Eastern Caribbean. The Southern Caribbean Medley itinerary is offered on nine sailings and includes calls at Princess Cays, St. Thomas, Dominica, Grenada, Bonaire and Aruba. The Eastern Caribbean Voyager itinerary is featured on eight sailings and offers calls at Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Kitts, St. Thomas and Princess Cays. Emerald Princess' Caribbean season runs between October 27, 2007 and April 4, 2008.

  • Crown Princess - Crown Princess will once again be based in San Juan for alternating Saturday departures on seven-day cruises to the Southern Caribbean. The ship offers 14 sailings on a Classic Southern Caribbean itinerary featuring calls at Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, Tortola and St. Thomas. The Southern Caribbean Explorer route meanwhile includes 14 departures with visits to St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Grenada, Bonaire and Aruba. In addition, Crown Princess begins the season with an Exotic Eastern Caribbean journey from New York to San Juan on October 20, 2007 that features stops at St. Thomas, Antigua, and St. Kitts. Crown Princess' Caribbean season runs through May 3, 2008.

  • Caribbean Princess - This ship continues to offer Princess' Classic Eastern Caribbean seven-day roundtrip sailings from Ft. Lauderdale. The vessel offers Sunday departures for 27 sailings that travel to St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Princess Cays. Departures run between October 28, 2007 and April 27, 2008.

  • Grand Princess - Grand Princess repositions to Ft. Lauderdale to take over the seven-day Western Caribbean cruises previously offered on Star Princess. The vessel departs on Saturdays on an itinerary that calls in Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Princess Cays. The ship offers 26 sailings on this itinerary between November 3, 2007 and April 26, 2008.

  • Sea Princess - Sea Princess will offer a series of 14-day Caribbean adventures from Barbados, featuring two alternating itineraries. Six sailings of the Grand Caribbean Islander route feature calls at Dominica, Antigua, Tortola, St. Thomas, Grand Turk, Montego Bay, Curaçao, Bonaire, Isla Margarita, Grenada and Trinidad. The ship will also offer six sailings on a Grand Caribbean Adventurer itinerary that features stops at St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Grand Turk, Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Aruba, Bonaire, Caracas and Grenada. Sea Princess sails these routes between October 27, 2007 and March 29, 2008.

  • Coral Princess - Coral Princess will join the Caribbean fleet for a special holiday Eastern Caribbean sailing on December 20, 2007. This seven-day escape features visits to St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Princess' own Princess Cays.

  • Royal Princess - The intimate Royal Princess also offers a unique holiday option with an unusual 16-day Southern Caribbean Sojourn that sails roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale and includes three new ports of call for Princess: Samaná, Virgin Gorda and Bequia. The full itinerary includes Samaná (Dominican Republic), Virgin Gorda, Dominica, Bequia (The Genadines), Tobago, Devil's Island (Île Royale), Barbados, St. Lucia and St. Barthélemy. Royal Princess sets sail on December 22, 2007.

Regardless of which itinerary passengers choose, they will enjoy some of the most amenity-filled vessels in the Princess fleet, with such distinctive features as the line's signature Personal Choice Dining, Lotus Spa, extensive children and teen centers, wedding chapels, internet centers, and a diverse array of entertainment options and venues, all in an intimately designed, personalized environment. Emerald Princess, Crown Princess and Caribbean Princess also offer features perfect for island cruising, such as the poolside "Movies Under the Stars" movie screen, a Caribbean-themed alternative restaurant, and nearly 900 cabins with balconies, more than on any other cruise ships sailing year-round in the Caribbean.

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Oceania Cruises Releases the 2007 European Collection Brochure

Miami, FL, July 14, 2006 — Oceania Cruises is pleased to announce it has published its new 2007 European Collection brochure. Featuring dramatic cover-art that represents the mosaic of European cultures and the water that connects them, the new 96-page brochure showcases a fascinating kaleidoscope of voyages and is being mailed to consumers and travel agents this week. With 57 alluring voyages to choose from, traveling with Oceania Cruises will show you Europe as you always dreamed it would be. A voyage aboard Oceania Cruises is this year’s best vacation value with 2 for 1 Cruise Fares that include free airfare. This extraordinary offer expires August 31, 2006, and these voyages are selling quickly, so we urge you to begin planning your vacation now. 

2007 European Collection Highlights
A wondrous mix of marquee and boutique ports on every voyage. New ports include La Spezia, Mitilini, Portoferraio, Sarande, Mahon, and Cagliari. The Greek Isles are more popular than ever and in 2007, we offer 25 sail dates with nine distinctly different itineraries.

  • Insignia’s 12-day sailings between Rome and Venice on April 28 and May 10 feature 11 ports of call with three overnight port calls and no sea days. 
  • A new 14-day Istanbul to Barcelona voyage calls upon the great wonders of the archeological world – Mitilini, Kusadasi, Rhodes, Antalya, Limassol, Alexandria, Heraklion, Valletta, La Goulette, Cagliari, and Mahon. 
  • Our new 10-day “Roman Revelations” voyage showcases the rich cultural diversity and historical treasures of Libya, Tunisia, Greece, Italy and Spain. 

Grand Voyages are unequalled in their breadth and scope. Ranging from 22 to 28 days, they literally span the continent and afford you the opportunity to experience all of Europe, from the eastern Mediterranean to the outer reaches of Scandinavia.

New Pre- and Post-Cruise Land Tours
The perfect companion to the Oceania Cruises experience, these new 4- and 5-day land tours include fully escorted tours, some meals, deluxe hotel accommodations, and all transportation, including transfers to and from the ship and airport, as well as any flights between destinations. To allow you time to explore on your own, more than ample time has been built in for you to sightsee independently, savor local culinary experiences, or simply relax. 

  • Under The Tuscan Sun showcases the vibrant history and culture of this fabled region and includes Montecatini, Florence, Pisa and Siena. 
  • Mystical Cappadocia provides an in-depth look at this majestic region and reveals the rich history which dates back millions of years. 
  • Real Madrid and Toledo allows your clients to experience the essence of Spanish culture and heritage and enjoy all of the “must see” historical and architectural gems of these cities.
  • Cathedrals and Castles of Imperial Europe reveals the history, culture and architectural grandeur of one of Europe’s most storied regions through explorations of Prague, Vienna and the surrounding countryside. 
  • Krakow and Warsaw is a journey of discovery that reveals the rich culture and history of Poland and provides a dazzling look into the country’s vast influence on European affairs throughout the centuries. 

With free airfare from 20 North American gateways and 2 for 1 cruise fares, these extraordinary voyages are the pinnacle of value. Contact you’re your travel agent or Oceania Cruises today to reserve the sailing and accommodations of your choice. For additional information, reservations, or to order a copy of the 2007 European Collection brochure, please contact your Travel Agent or Oceania Cruises at 800-531-5658. Visit us at

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Crystal Cruises to Offer Passengers New Communication Solutions

Seattle, WA, July 12, 2006 – SeaMobile, Inc., a leading global provider of advanced wireless at sea voice and data communications services, announced it has signed an agreement with Crystal Cruises, one of the world’s leading luxury cruise lines, to provide communication solutions for its guests throughout the world. SeaMobile will begin installing wireless broadband communications equipment on board two luxury Crystal Cruises ships, Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony, later this year.

The SeaMobile communications service will allow guests and staff of Crystal Cruises to use their own cellular phones and wireless PDAs while at sea. Charges for calls and data services will then appear on the user’s wireless bill from their home carrier. The simple-to-use, high quality service is expected to complement a host of luxury services aboard the Crystal Cruises ships.

“Our guests continue to choose Crystal because they expect first class service, abundant space, exceptional quality and extensive choices,” said Thomas Mazloum, Crystal Cruises’ senior vice president, hotel operations. “With that consistent attention to detail in mind, we have chosen the best at-sea communications provider to add onboard wireless service.”

“We are thrilled to have been chosen by Crystal Cruises as their communications partner,” said Jack Donohue, President of SeaMobile. “Crystal Cruises guests expect a simple-to-use, superb communications service that complements all of the other luxuries they experience while on board. SeaMobile will more than meet their expectations.”

“Without reservation, we believe that the best is ahead for cruise travelers who will use our communications services to get away to exciting destinations while maintaining a window into the world they left behind,” said Bill Marks, Chief Executive Officer of SeaMobile Enterprises.

SeaMobile’s proprietary technology is a sophisticated IP/software based solution that works with any type of wireless phone (GSM, GPRS or CDMA) used by the customer when accessing the SeaMobile network. This allows virtually anyone aboard any vessel at sea to use voice and data services available through their wireless home carrier, just as they would on land. Worldwide roaming agreements established by SeaMobile provide transparent connectivity for wireless services and billing is provided by the home carrier.

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Holland America Line Announces New Luxury 'Explorer Coaches™' in 2007

SEATTLE, July 11--Guests will enjoy even greater comfort as Holland America Tours creates a new fleet of 39 coaches for the 2007 Alaska season. Having more legroom, spiffy leather seats, an enriched narration program including topical handouts, exclusive visuals designed to inspire and educate guests while en route to the next Great Land destination, guests will ride in style. Also, newly introduced are two new "Tombstone Explorer Coaches™" for popular Tombstone Park excursions.

"This fleet of 39 coaches in 2007 is an extension our Signature of Excellence enhancements, creating a more premium environment for our guests," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, senior vice president, marketing and sales. "We truly want to provide extraordinary comfort and an emotionally compelling on-board experience by integrating the special touches encountered on Holland America Line cruises into our Great Land products and services."

Three new MCI LX coaches will join the fleet in 2007 and 36 existing vehicles will be retrofitted, updated and improved to the standards set by the new coaches, creating a new fleet. Seating on motor coaches operating on the Great Land and Direct-to-Denali tours will be reduced from 54 to 45, providing 50 percent additional legroom -- equivalent to the legroom on a domestic first-class flight.

The coaches will be equipped with leather seats with a fabric insert containing the Holland America Line logo, aisle carpeting and a mini-gallery offering cold snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Each coach will have six new LCD monitors and every seat will be equipped with a headset and eight-channel audio. For those traveling with electronic equipment, the convenience of a battery charging station will be located in the galley. The exterior of each Explorer Coach will have a dramatic design depicting one of three Alaskan wildlife themes -- whales, bears or moose.

Enhanced CruiseTour Narration Programs in 2006
Holland America Line and Gray Line of Alaska have also made innovative enhancements to the motor coach experience on all CruiseTours and Gray Line of Alaska package tours for 2006. The redesigned narration program reinforces, visually and in print, the stories of the Great Land that driver/guides and tour directors tell guests. Having more than 27 props, as well as 29 topical handouts and 49 Highway Journals with full-color photos, a list of the day's events and feature stories relating to guest experiences are just the start. Tour directors also use "show and tell" boards for discussion about indigenous Alaskan wildlife, plants and local arts and crafts. For example, one board explains the Athabascan beadwork of Shirley David-Jimerson who designed a beaded Forget-Me-Not on moose hide, especially for Holland America Line and Gray Line of Alaska.

A number of exclusive visuals and DVDs including several segments from "Alaska Magazine Television," including "Arctic Black Gold," "The Slush Cup" and "Working Girls of the Yukon will be shown on specific tours aboard the motor coaches. Holland America Line was a major sponsor of this public television series. Slide shows, created from historic and current photos, will also be shown. Also exclusive to Holland America Line is a new documentary by Marten Berkman, "The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race." The film offers an incredible inside view of what it takes to race 1,000 miles in the depths of sub-arctic winter.

New Coaches in Tombstone Park Increase Comfort and Viewing Pleasure
CruiseTour guests have the unique opportunity to travel the famous Dempster Highway in two new 23-guest "Tombstone Explorer" coaches on Great Land Klondike CruiseTours 1 - 6 and Glacier Discovery CruiseTours 27 and 28. Deployed from Dawson City, the coaches allow for optimum viewing on the Tombstone Park excursion, "Exploring along the Dempster," starting July 2006. The coaches feature domed rooftop and huge side windows, air-conditioning, camera and viewing screen to improve wildlife viewing, low clearance and they are wheelchair friendly. The coaches are modern replicas of touring coaches used in Glacier and Yellowstone National parks.

The Leader in Alaska Cruises and Tours
Celebrating its 59th year as the leader in Alaska travel, Holland America Line will have eight ships offering 156 cruises in 2007 with more cruise and CruiseTour departures featuring Glacier Bay National Park than any other company. CruiseTours also highlight inland National Parks including Denali, Kluane, Tombstone and Gates of the Arctic. CruiseTours range from 10- to 20-days. For more information about booking an Alaska cruise or CruiseTour, contact a travel agent or call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit

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Princess Offers Two 'South of the Border' Choices in 2007-08

SANTA CLARITA, CA, July 11, 2006 - The cultural spice of the Mexican Riviera has long made "south of the border" cruising a Princess favorite. In 2007-08, the line once again draws on more than 40 years of expertise in Mexico travel to take passengers to the scenic waters of Puerto Vallarta, the seaside culture of Mazatlan and the majestic Los Arcos cliffs of Cabo San Lucas.

Two ships, Golden Princess and Dawn Princess, will serve as the traveler's own floating seaside resorts offering a wealth of amenities to complement the relaxing tropical atmosphere. Together the two ships will offer 62 Mexican journeys from which to choose - sailing roundtrip from both Los Angeles and San Diego. Golden Princess will take her 2,600 passengers on the company's classic Mexican Riviera itinerary, while the 1,950-passenger Dawn Princess departs from San Diego on a similar itinerary with differing port times.

"Our latest Mexican Riviera program offers passengers a choice of ship sizes and departure ports plus a wealth of onboard amenities," said Jan Swartz, senior vice president of customer service and sales for Princess. "This classic itinerary has offered the ultimate escape to the best of Mexico since Princess' beginnings."

Golden Princess takes over for Diamond Princess sailing for the sunny Mexican Riviera from her homeport of Los Angeles. This popular seven-day roundtrip itinerary takes in prime ports of call at Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. Golden Princess will offer 31 departures on Saturdays between September 29, 2007 and April 26, 2008.

Dawn Princess' itinerary sails roundtrip from San Diego on a seven-day vacation that features a later day in Cabo San Lucas, plus Mazatlan and an evening experience in Puerto Vallarta. These Sunday departures run from September 30, 2007 through April 27, 2008. Dawn Princess will also sail on two coastal voyages at the end of the season - a three-day direct journey from San Diego to Vancouver on May 4 and a four-day Alaska sampler on May 7 from Vancouver to Seattle with a call in Ketchikan.

All Mexican Rivera cruises feature Princess' distinctive amenities, including the line's signature Personal Choice Dining, Lotus Spa, youth centers, internet cafes, and an extensive array of entertainment options and venues, all in an intimately designed, personalized environment offering the line's renowned Princess service. Additional information is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company's website at

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Celebrity Cruises Introduces Australia Cruisetours 

MIAMI, July 11 -- Like Australia's native boomerang, Celebrity Cruises' guests can return for more of the land "down under" the minute they step off the ship, with enticing new cruisetours offered during Celebrity's first season in the region beginning in November 2007. Celebrity Cruisetours pair a Celebrity cruise through New Zealand and Australia with a land-based vacation experience either before or after the cruise. Guests can choose to enhance their vacation down under with one of two packages featuring some of the region's most extraordinary locations not visited on the cruise journey, including the marine wonderland of the Great Barrier Reef and the giant red monolith known as Ayers Rock.

Offered out of Sydney, the three-night cruisetour experience features one night in Sydney, followed by two nights in Cairns. While in Cairns, guests will be treated to a tour of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, renowned for its incredibly clear waters, abundant marine life and spectacular coral formations. Guests also will participate in an authentic Australian crocodile adventure in tropical North Queensland. 

The five-night land-based portion of the adventure combines one night in Sydney, two nights in Ayers Rock and two nights in the picturesque seaside village of Port Douglas. While in Port Douglas, guests will travel to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, as well as participate in the authentic, tropical crocodile adventure highlighted by a "crocodile attack" show. The experience at Ayers Rock includes a private sightseeing tour in the desert featuring the "Olgas," a series of massive, brightly colored domed rocks rising from the plains; an Aboriginal tour retracing the path of Liru ancestors through the bush, and the "Sounds of Silence" private dining experience in the desert, complete with champagne, a native barbeque dinner, and an astronomer's presentation of the southern night skies.

Both of Celebrity's new Australia and New Zealand Cruisetour packages are now open for bookings. All Celebrity Australia and New Zealand Cruisetours include in their land portions fully escorted tours, some meals, four-star hotel accommodations, and all transportation, including transfers to and from the ship and airport, as well as flights between destinations. Ample time also has been built in for guests to independently shop, dine, sightsee or relax.

The seagoing companion to Celebrity's new Cruisetours--Celebrity's Mercury--will present six 14-night open-jaw sailings between Auckland, New Zealand, and Sydney, Australia, from December 2007 through March 2008. Among the line's new destinations are Auckland, Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Dusky Sound, Doubtful Sound, and Milford Sound, New Zealand, along with Melbourne, Newcastle, and Sydney, Australia, and Hobart, Tasmania. For more information, call your travel agent, dial 1-800-437-3111, or visit the Celebrity web site at

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Princess Cruises "Crowns" First Engagement Under the Stars Couple

SANTA CLARITA, CA, July 11, 2006 - With a joyful "yes," Esther Urshon and Jonathan Rozenblit became the first happy couple to get engaged with Princess Cruises' "Engagement Under the Stars" program which debuted on the new Crown Princess. Jonathan worked with the ship's production team to tape a surprise proposal at the start of their June 23 cruise. A few days later, when they arrived at the Movies Under the Stars outdoor theater, under the guise of watching the feature film, Jonathan appeared on the 300-square-foot LED screen asking her to take his hand in marriage.

As part of the new "Engagement Under the Stars" program, the New Jersey couple enjoyed movie-star status and also received champagne, flowers, a couple's massage, an engagement portrait, and a romantic balcony breakfast among numerous other perks. When asked if she was surprised Esther said, "I thought it would happen on this cruise but I had no idea Jonathan had something as extravagant as this planned. It was just perfect...and we already know that the honeymoon will be aboard Crown Princess next summer."

"Engagement Under the Stars" will be rolled out to all Princess ships that feature Movies Under the Stars, including Caribbean Princess, Grand Princess and Sea Princess, as well as Emerald Princess debuting in April 2007. The package is available to potential brides or grooms by calling 1-866-444-8820.

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Holland America Line Offers More Itinerary Choices to Experience the Panama Canal in 2007

SEATTLE, July 10 -- With 28 cruises, 12 different itineraries and five ships, Holland America Line will lead premium lines with an extensive collection of Panama Canal cruises in 2007, featuring more New York departures, new February full transit crossings and a new port of call, Puerto Chiapas, on the Pacific coast of Mexico. Savvy travelers will appreciate the variety with cruises ranging from the popular 10-day Sunfarer and 14- to 22-day full transit crossings to a new 23-day Pan-America and Panama Canal cruise.

"Holland America Line was among the first to explore this spectacle of engineering, and we continue to lead the way today, offering several cruise lengths and many different port mixes in our itineraries," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, senior vice president, marketing and sales.

14- to 22-day Full-Transit Panama Canal -- Winter, Spring & Fall
From January through April and September through December, the awe-inspiring eighth wonder of the modern world is explored aboard the ms Amsterdam, ms Ryndam, ms Volendam, ms Noordam and ms Zuiderdam. This one of a kind voyage offers a full transit of the Panama Canal and explores the Mexican Riviera, Central and South America and the Caribbean.

Guests may choose from 11 different itineraries ranging from 14 to 22 days departing from New York, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, Vancouver, Seattle, Los Angeles and San Diego. Holland America Line's newest ship, the Noordam, will make its first Panama Canal crossings in spring and fall. Flagship Amsterdam will also make a November full transit of the Panama Canal.

Ports of call may include: Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas, Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta, Santa Cruz Huatulco and Zihuatenejo, Mexico; San Blas Islands and Fuerte Amador (Panama City), Panama; Puerto Caldera and Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua; Cartagena and Santa Marta, Colombia; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands; Oranjestad, Aruba; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles, California; Astoria, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia; and Key West, Florida.

New 23-day Panamerica & Panama Canal
New in 2007, the Ryndam offers a rare opportunity to explore the Americas, sailing roundtrip from convenient San Diego on November 20, 2007. The 23-day cruise features six countries including Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Guatemala. Port visits include Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco, Santa Cruz Hualtulco, Zihuatanejo, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Puntarenas and the scenic Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica; Fuerte Amador (Panama City), Panama; Manta, Ecuador; San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua; and Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala.

10-day 'Sunfarer' Panama Canal
In January and March and again from October through December, the Volendam travels round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale on 15 ten-day 'Sunfarer' Southern Caribbean itineraries showcasing the marvels of the Canal. With visits to Half Moon Cay, Bahamas -- the line's award-winning private island, Oranjestad, Aruba, and Willemstad, Curacao, the ship enters at Cristobal to explore the canal and cruise Gatun Lake with a stop in Colon, Panama, before sailing on to Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, and ultimately returning to Ft. Lauderdale. In addition to the 10-day Dec. 23 holiday sailing on the Volendam, the Amsterdam will sail a 14-day roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale on December 21 with additional calls in Bonaire, Honduras, Mexico and Grand Cayman.

Enrichment Aboard and Adventure Ashore
A Panama Canal historian travels on every sailing, providing insight and answering questions about one of the greatest engineering feats of the 20th century. Ashore, extensive exploration awaits with Holland America Line's exclusive Medallion Collection of shore excursions including gourmet cooking lessons with Jamaica's finest chefs, a visit to Guatemala's colonial La Antigua with lunch at the convent Casa Santo Domingo, or a champagne catamaran cruise to St. John.

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

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Explore the Mediterranean This Fall With Wind Surf’s 14-Day Itineraries

Seattle, WA, July 10, 2006 — Windstar Cruises announces special 14-day cruise rates for select fall dates aboard the 308-guest Wind Surf. Guests may combine two seven-day cruises and extend their vacation in the Mediterranean to enjoy fall color, early holiday shopping and scenic cruising. Colorful coastal scenery and lively European culture draw tourists to popular locations such as Rome, Nice and Barcelona. And in the fall, Mediterranean ports come alive with locals bustling about plazas and markets enjoying the pleasant, moderate climate. This fall, a selection of fourteen-day cruises aboard the 308-guest Wind Surf are available for fares which represent approximately a 25% savings.

Dates to combine into a two-week cruise include: 

  • October 15, Rome to Nice, visiting Corsica, Elba, Livorno, Portofino, Monte Carlo. 

  • October 22, Nice to Rome, visiting St. Tropez, Corsica, Ponza, Amalfi, Sorrento, Capri 

  • October 29, Rome to Barcelona, visiting Portoferraio, Portofino, Monte Carlo, St. Tropez, Marseille, Séte 

  • November 5, Barcelona to Lisbon, visiting Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca, Marbella, Tangier 

“We’ve coordinated the itineraries on the Wind Surf to facilitate back-to-back cruises without repeating ports,” said Diane Moore, Windstar’s vice president of marketing and sales. “Sailing for two-weeks on the elegant Wind Surf is a perfect way to explore the Mediterranean in style, especially with the new luxury appointments on board.”

In all staterooms, guests enjoy luxury linens, plush Sealy Euro-Top mattresses, bathroom amenities by L’Occitane, flatscreen televisions and DVD/CD players. In The Restaurant, new Signature Cuisine menus by acclaimed Chef Joachim Splichal are served on Rosenthal china and an updated wine list offers more boutique labels. Riedel stemware graces the tabletop. The dining experience now includes an amuse-bouche (small bite) compliments of the chef, a cheese course serving fresh, artisan cheeses, and petit-fours to finish the meal.

Other enhancements include hammocks built for two on deck, sorbet served in a chilled orange half and lemon-scented iced towels offered on deck on hot days, and dinner available course by course via room service. For more information, including brochures, rates and itineraries contact a professional travel agent, call Windstar at 1-800-258-7245, or visit Windstar Cruises web site online at

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Star Clippers Offers Free Air from San Francisco & Los Angeles on 
Select Far East Sailings

MIAMI, July 10, 2006 -- Star Clippers is offering passengers on two December sailings between Phuket, Thailand and Singapore aboard Star Flyer free airfare from either San Francisco or Los Angeles. The nine-night adventures departing Dec. 2 or Dec. 9, 2006, also include a two-night pre- or post-cruise land tour extension in Singapore. Guests flying from 53 additional select cities receive $700 off of round-trip air on those sailings.

The seven-night cruises between Phuket and Singapore include calls at pristine islands such as the Similans, Phang Nga, Ko Hong, Ko Khai Nok, Ko Lipe, Ko Miang and Ko Adang, Thailand; and Penang or Langkawi and Malacca, Malaysia. 

During the two-night pre- or post-cruise Lion City land tour, Star Flyer's 170 privileged guests discover the history, culture and lifestyle of bustling Singapore. Guests stay at the Orchard Hotel Singapore, located in Singapore's premier shopping and business districts. The tour also includes a half-day city tour, breakfast daily and transfers. These exclusive offers are available to North America and Latin America residents.

Star Clippers combines the pampered luxury of mega-yacht cruising with the exhilarating thrill of sailing aboard an authentic clipper ship. Guests rediscover what sailing was like during the glorious age of the tall ships while visiting intimate ports of call untouched by larger cruise ships. The four- and five-masted clipper ships feature a relaxed yet elegant atmosphere. Passengers dress in resort-casual attire and dine in one unhurried, open seating. Whether unwinding in the bowsprit net while gazing at the sea below or climbing the mast for a panoramic view of the horizon, a unique sailing adventure awaits.

For more information about this excellent value air, sea and land tour, or to make a reservation, contact a travel professional, call Star Clippers at (800) 442-0551 or visit To request a brochure, call (800) 442-0556.

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Carnival Freedom's 14-Day Transatlantic Crossing in October 2007 Offers Outstanding Value

MIAMI, July 10, 2006 – For consumers seeking a fun, affordable vacation aboard one of the cruise industry’s most modern “floating resorts,” Carnival Cruise Lines’ new 110,000-ton Carnival Freedom will offer a 14-day transatlantic crossing in fall 2007. The Carnival Freedom’s transatlantic crossing will depart Rome (Civitavecchia) Oct. 28, and arrive in Miami Nov. 11, 2007.

The voyage begins with an overnight call in Civitavecchia on the first day of the cruise, providing guests an opportunity to explore the many sights of Rome and the surrounding area, followed by extended visits to some of Europe’s most charming and historic cities, including Livorno, Italy; Malaga, Spain; and Funchal (Madeira), Portugal. Dozens of shore excursions, including visits to Florence and Pisa and opportunities to explore the Andalusian countryside and the island of Madeira, are available in conjunction with this voyage.

“With its vast array of on-board facilities and features, Carnival Freedom epitomizes ‘Today’s Carnival’ and this value-packed transatlantic voyage is an excellent way for consumers to experience what is sure to be a spectacular addition to the ‘Fun Ship’ fleet,” said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO. “Crossing the Atlantic via cruise ship is truly unforgettable and this 14-day voyage offers a terrific combination of magnificent ports, as well as relaxing sea days providing guests an opportunity to explore all that Carnival Freedom has to offer,” he added.

Encompassing 13 passenger decks, the new Carnival Freedom will feature four dining rooms, including two two-level main dining rooms, an expansive poolside eatery featuring a 24-hour pizzeria and ice cream/frozen yogurt and a reservations-only supper club serving aged prime beef and other gourmet cuisine. All Carnival Freedom dining venues will feature “George Blanc Signature Selections” created by the world-renowned French master chef who has maintained the coveted three stars from the Michelin Guide for the past 25 years. 

The ship will also house 22 lounges and bars with interiors inspired by prominent design themes and styles of the past decades and centuries. Also featured will be a 14,500-square-foot health and fitness center, an Internet café, ship-wide Wi-Fi access, a jogging track, a 214-foot-long serpentine water slide and the “Camp Carnival” and “Club 02” programs offering supervised activities and expansive facilities for children and teens, respectively. 

Carnival Freedom will also feature a variety of spacious accommodations, including spectacular penthouse suites and a wide selection of cabins offering dramatic ocean views from private balconies – ideal for scenic cruising. All of the ship’s 1,487 staterooms will include the new “Carnival Comfort Bed” sleep system with plush mattresses, luxurious duvets and high quality linens and pillows. 

Prior to the transatlantic voyage, Carnival Freedom will debut with a series of 12-day Mediterranean cruises from Civitavecchia that include the line’s first-ever visits to the Greek Isles and Turkey. The program will run March 14 – October 16, 2007. For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL, or visit

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Fleetwide Cell Phone Installation Now Complete on All 
NCL & Orient Lines Ships

MIAMI, July 7, 2006 -- NCL Corporation announced that it is the first cruise line to offer cell phone service fleetwide. The service is available for all passengers on all of its ships worldwide even when communications towers are oceans away. The company is providing the service through Wireless Maritime Services, a joint venture of AT&T Wireless and Maritime Telecommunications Network (MTN). Leading the way in shipboard technology, NCL was the first cruise line to offer cell phone service when it introduced the new technology on Norwegian Sun more than two years ago. NCL pioneered the industry’s first Internet access on the high seas with its Internet café in 1999. In 2002, NCL became the first cruise line to provide remote wireless Internet (also known as Wi-Fi) to its guests. All services are now standard throughout NCL’s entire fleet.

“Cutting-edge onboard technology is important to our guests,” said Colin Veitch, NCL Corporation’s president and CEO. “While we recognize that some guests traveling with us choose to disconnect, others need to stay connected to loved ones or business associates in order to get away. Cell phone, Internet capabilities and WiFi services ensure that our passengers can stay connected if they so choose.” 

The offering combines satellite and wireless services, enabling passengers to make and receive calls on their own cell phones with their own phone numbers while in international waters. The service is available to most passengers with GSM and CDMA phones that operate at 1900 MHz, which is standard in the U.S. Passengers can make and receive both voice calls and text messages. In addition, passengers with data-capable GSM/GPRS devices can access data services, such as email, internet and picture messaging. Passengers are billed by the carrier to whom they subscribe at roaming rates set by that carrier, just as if they were roaming on land instead of at sea.

NCL America ships are deployed close to shore in U.S. waters so passengers can access local cell phone towers.

For further information, please contact NCL in the U.S. and Canada at (800) 327-7030 or visit NCL’s website at

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Pirate Ghost Ship Sighted at Disney's Castaway Cay: Disney Cruise Line Guests Get Up Close with Hollywood's Newest Star

CELEBRATION, FL, July 5 -- A mysterious pirate ship has landed at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay, providing Disney Cruise Line guests with a swashbuckling photo opportunity and a sneak peek into movie-making magic. Starting in early July guests sailing on a Disney Cruise Line vacation will discover a 175-foot ghost ship anchored at Castaway Cay. The ship is the Flying Dutchman, which makes its silver screen debut on July 7 in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. The Flying Dutchman's commander is the legendary Davy Jones, who serves as nemesis to the infamous pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow, in the upcoming film.

"The Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise is extremely popular, and having the Flying Dutchman ship at Castaway Cay is something truly unique that only Disney Cruise Line could offer guests," said Disney Cruise Line President Tom McAlpin.

The intricate film prop is unlike any other pirate ship, with ragged sails and a barnacle-encrusted bow, the ship looks like it was raised off the ocean floor to haunt the open seas for eternity. The Flying Dutchman will provide a scenic photo backdrop, and guests renting boats on the island will be able to get an up-close look at the ghost ship. While visiting Castaway Cay, guests should also be on the lookout for the infamous Captain Jack Sparrow. With the Flying Dutchman lurking just off the shore, the eccentric captain may be spotted around the island. Guests are encouraged to approach the hero and hear his tales about adventure on the high seas. The charming pirate graciously accepts requests for portraits and autographs, if guests can manage to track him down.

Disney Cruise Line will also hold a PremEAR at Sea of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest in the Walt Disney Theatre of both the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder. On Friday, July 7, guests aboard Disney Cruise Line will receive commemorative buttons and pirate-themed temporary tattoos and will be invited to view the premiere of the film at 12:01 am. 

The addition of the Flying Dutchman to Castaway Cay will enhance what already is a highlight of a Disney Cruise Line vacation. This summer, Disney Cruise Line is offering special rates for Florida residents, making it even easier for them to experience the excitement of a Disney cruise. On select sailings throughout the summer, Florida residents can take a 3-night cruise starting at $499 per person and a 4-night sailing starting at $649 per person. To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can contact their travel agent, visit or call Disney Cruise Line at (888) DCL-2500.

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2007 Booms Ahead for SeaDream Yacht Club

While only at mid-year in 2006, SeaDream Yacht Club, operator of the twin, ultra-luxury mega yachts SeaDream I and II, is already experiencing amazing growth for 2007. As this announcement is written (late June) revenue growth for the same period in 2005 is up 23.4 percent and utilization of staterooms is expected to be at 99 percent by year’s end. “And, dramatically, bookings for 2007 are already 50 percent ahead to date,” says SeaDream’s President and CEO Larry Pimentel.

The year 2007 will see SeaDream I and II, sailing primarily seven- to ten-day voyages in Europe in the summer and South America and the Caribbean in the winter. The 2007 schedule calls for more beaches, more overnights and more late evenings in various ports. The 2007 schedule and itineraries are posted on the SeaDream website at

Among new 2007 ports for Europe are: 

  • Molyvos on the Isle of lesvos, with picturesque streets bordered by stone houses and exciting shops, restaurants and cafes. Two of the island’s “natural” treasures are Olive Oil and Ouzo. 

  • Phytagorion on the lively Greek island of Samos, Pythagoreion is an ideal Greek Isles yachting port with an n appealing ambience. 

  • Naousa, once a small fishing village on the Greek island of Paros, the village is now one of the new chic destinations. 

  • The verdant Greek island of Paxoi, tranquil and upmarket, with magnificent clear water beaches, small coves and sea caves.

  • SeaDream will also visit Kotor, the important medieval town on the Adriatic coast of Montenegro. The town is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The approach to Kotor is stunning as SeaDream sails along the longest and deepest fjord in Southern Europe.

  • In 2007 and in 2008 SeaDream will add more deployments to Croatia from Venice. And in 2008 it will add its first voyages to Libya.

“These are ideal destinations for SeaDream; Larger vessels simply can’t call on small ports like these,” said Pimentel.

In the Caribbean SeaDream will add: 

  • Anegada, small, sea-level, coral island in the British Virgin Islands, surrounded by an incredible reef and offering some of the best unspoiled beaches in the Caribbean. Notable and succulent lobsters await the visitors. 

  • Barbuda, a flat coral island with wonderful beaches and an amazing frigate bird colony, it is a neighbor of Antigua and located in the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles. 

  • Vieques, one of Puerto Rico’s Virgin Islands, Vieques has spectacular beaches and for nature lovers there’s hiking biking and horseback riding. A must-see experience is a visit to one of the world’s best bio-luminescent bays. 

  • Culebrita is part of the Culebra Archipelago of Puerto Rico and part of a wildlife refuge. This small uninhabited island is teeming with sea life and an important sea turtle nesting ground. 

  • There will also be more calls on Montserrat, that wonderful, leeward island of the Lesser Antilles to take a look at the breathtaking volcanic scenery, and picturesque St. Barts in the French West Indies. These chic ports have high interest for SeaDream guests. 

SeaDream will also be back for its second winter season in South America. These schedules will see a variety of itineraries from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires or vice versa. Again, there will be voyages beginning and ending in Buenos Aires and will include ports in Uruguay and visits to famed Iguaçu Falls. All will include chic yachting resorts. “2006 is an exemplary year for us. It looks as though 2007 will be the same,” said Pimentel.

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Princess Ships Now the Perfect Place to Say "I Do" in Romantic Locations Around the World

SANTA CLARITA, CA, (July 5, 2006 - Imagine saying "I do" as your cruise ship sails off the coasts of an idyllic Tahitian island, or on the way to a cruise up the Amazon, as the captain joins you as man and wife. The dream becomes a reality as Princess Cruises' unique "Tie the Knot At Sea" wedding program expands to virtually all parts of the world as the line has added its entire fleet of 15 ships to the program. Originally offered only on the line's larger vessels with formal wedding chapels, this romantic option is now also available aboard Sun Princess, Dawn Princess, Sea Princess, Regal Princess, Pacific Princess and Tahitian Princess, opening up a new world of wedding choices. The ships have all been reflagged to a Bermuda registry, the authority under which each marriage is legally certified.

"Our wedding program not only gives couples the opportunity to be married by the captain, but also customize the wedding of their dreams," said Jan Swartz, Princess' senior vice president of customer service and sales. "We joined about 1,000 couples in matrimony last year with only part of our fleet involved in the program. Now, every ship in our fleet can offer weddings - including those that sail some very exotic worldwide destinations."

Princess' At Sea wedding program began in 1998 with the launch of Grand Princess and has grown each year. This special feature offers couples the rare opportunity to celebrate with a romantic wedding ceremony on the ocean waves, with the ship's captain officiating. Princess is the only major North American cruise line that makes this dream a reality, offering a variety of customizable ceremony options, including, on larger vessels, an onboard wedding chapel decorated in flowers and candlelight for the special day. Other romantic shipboard locations are available as well and ceremonies include a number of special touches that bring together the talents of the ship's chefs, musicians and photographers.

Every At Sea wedding includes live music; champagne; bridal bouquet and groom's matching boutonniere; a photo package with canvas portrait; a wedding cake; a souvenir wedding certificate and the services of Princess' onboard wedding coordinators to make sure the day runs smoothly. The happy couple can also customize their event with a variety of food and beverage, floral, photography and video choices. They can also choose to add pampering pre-ceremony spa treatments for the bride or take advantage of the ship's tuxedo rental program for the groom, among a host of other options. Reception options further allow the couple to create their perfect day.

Of course, once the ceremony and reception are finished, the honeymoon cruise is just beginning. The wide variety of Princess itineraries offers couples the opportunity to start their married life with the perfect vacation, whether it's lounging in a tropical paradise, visiting a cosmopolitan city or just spending time together on their own private balcony, watching the world go by.

And to start the marriage process, Princess also offers a new "Engagement Under the Stars" package where couples can enjoy movie-star status when they agree to tie the knot. Guys (or girls) can pop the question with a personal video proposal shown on the ship's giant outdoor Movies Under the Stars movie screen, plus enjoy a special romantic dinner, amenities, and keepsake items to remember the occasion long after they return home. The "Engagement Under the Stars" package will be available on ships that feature Movies Under the Stars, including the new Crown Princess, Caribbean Princess, Grand Princess, and Sea Princess.

Prices for At Sea weddings begin at $1,800 for the ceremony plus $450 for registration and license fees. The program is available fleet wide with marriages performed by the captain under the legal authority of the ship's Bermuda registry. Princess' wedding program assists with all required paperwork associated with Bermuda regulations. "Tie the Knot" wedding packages can be arranged by calling 1-866-444-8820 or 305-421-1050.

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New 'Taste of Excellence' Cookbook Showcases Holland America Line Fine Dining Now Available on Ships, in Stores and Online

SEATTLE, July 5 -- Holland America Line guests can now enjoy A Taste of Excellence long after their cruise has ended. Holland America Line's Master Chef Rudi Sodamin has written a new cookbook featuring nearly a hundred favorite recipes, complete with full-color photographs that instantly bring back memories of the wonderful on-board dining experience.

"A Taste of Excellence is a wonderful complement to the exquisite culinary experience on our ships," said Stein Kruse, Holland America Line president and chief executive officer. "The stunning photography replicates our innovative presentation of the dishes. With this book, our guests will be able to re- create their favorite ship-board dishes and share them with families and friends as they relive the marvelous dining experiences on their cruise."

Recipes, which have been modified for home preparation, cover everything from breakfast to late-night snacks. The 14 chapters include: Morning Meals, Breads & Quick Breads; Appetizers; Soup; Salads & Dressings; Pasta & Risotto; Fish & Shellfish; Poultry; Beef, Lamb, Veal, & Venison; Vegetarian Fare; Side Dishes; Desserts & Other Sweet Treats; Pantry Staples; and Sandwiches and Late-Night Snacks. To name but a few of the superb recipes included in this 208-page, hardcover keepsake cookbook:

* Dutch Apple Pancakes with Maple-Flavored Honey
* Apricot Glazed Salmon with Soy, Garlic and Ginger and Baby Vegetables
* Dungeness Crab Cakes with Lime Ginger Sauce
* Rack of Veal with Roasted Vegetables and Thyme Glaze
* Parmesan-Crusted Turkey Tenderloin with Honey Mustard Sauce
* Wild Mushroom, Spinach, and Feta Cheese Strudel with Thai Red Curry Sauce
* Chef Rudi's Famous White Chocolate Toque, Filled with Silky Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse.

Expert Tips
In addition to the superb recipes in A Taste of Excellence, the book features culinary tips from Holland America Line's own executive chefs -- everything from how to garnish an appetizer, to how to tell when fish is cooked, to how to easily skin and seed tomatoes. Executive Chef Thomas Krieger, for example, explains: "Fish is cooked when the flesh has turned from translucent to opaque and springs back lightly when touched. The flesh should still be juicy. If you wait until the 'fish flakes easily with a fork,' as some recipes mistakenly suggest, your fish will be overcooked."

Galley Brigade
The cookbook also provides a look behind the scenes at the galleys on Holland America Line vessels. "Most of our guests suspect that there must be an army of chefs behind the bounty of extraordinary cuisine we offer during a cruise," Sodamin says in a section of the book called A View from the Galley. "In fact, there is a veritable army chopping, stewing, and firing up the sauté pans; on a ship the military term 'brigade' is used to describe the working culinary team."

"At Holland America Line," Sodamin continued, "being a member of the culinary team is especially rewarding because as a company with such a long history, our foundation is in classical cooking technique; however, we have a profound respect for inventiveness. We continually encourage members of our culinary team to experiment, expand their training and horizons, and create an effective interchange of old and new culinary ideas to bring our guests unforgettable dishes that they could experience nowhere else but aboard our ships."

Culinary Innovations
This book is just the latest culinary innovation created by Holland America Line. Guests are filling the Culinary Arts Center to learn new cooking skills; every cruise offers guests the opportunity for small-group cooking lessons and a variety of food and wine demonstrations. The alternative dining venue, the Pinnacle Grill, provides a gracious and memorable culinary experience. Holland America Line also has introduced a clever and entertaining Signature Master Chef's Dinner, a new concept in dinner theater, featuring singing, dancing, juggling and more.

The list of culinary delights goes on. New wine lists, with an international selection of wines, have been introduced throughout the fleet. Gold Rush Baked Alaska is the star of the desert menu on Alaska cruises this season, with the traditional desert served with different toppings each of the seven nights of a cruise. And, "Going Wild for Salmon," introduced on Alaska cruises in 2005 and featuring salmon fixed 50 different ways, has been expanded this year to include Baltic cruises.

"A key element in our success in bringing our guests the finest cuisine the maritime world has to offer is our partnership with Rudi Sodamin -- the most highly decorated and celebrated master chef on the seven seas," Kruse said. "He is widely known for revolutionizing cuisine on cruise lines; his innovation and creativity have set the standard for our entire industry."

Sodamin notes that with the new cookbook and the demonstrations and classes offered in the Culinary Arts Center "guests leave our cruises not only with a memory of great meals, but equipped with the knowledge of how to re- create them at home." The cookbook also will introduce cruisers-to-be to the delights of fine dining at sea.

A Taste of Excellence Cookbook is available for $29.95 (US) or $39.95 (Canadian) on all Holland America Line ships. It also may be purchased at major bookstores such as Barnes & Noble and Borders, and on line through

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Cunard's Commodore Warwick to Host Final Voyage After 36 Years of Service

VALENCIA, CA, July 3 -- Commodore Ronald Warwick OBE, LLD, FNI will retire on July 31, 2006 with 36 years of company service after hosting his final transatlantic crossing on the Cunard flagship, Queen Mary 2, from New York on July 24. The Commodore and his wife, Kim, will host a variety of functions during the six-day voyage. Special lunches will be held in the Commodore's honour in both New York and Southampton and all passengers will take part in a 'Commodore's Dinner' during the voyage complete with commemorative menu.

Captaining Cunard Queens is something of a Warwick family tradition. Commodore Warwick holds the unique distinction in Cunard Line's long history of notable Captains by following in the footsteps of his late father, Commodore William Warwick CBE, who sailed as Master of the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth, was the first Master appointed to Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1968, and was also promoted to Commodore of the fleet, in 1970.

Commodore Ronald Warwick joined Cunard Line as a Third Officer in 1970. He first sailed as Captain in 1986 on board Cunard Princess, and also sailed in command of the Cunard Countess and Cunard Crown Dynasty before his appointment as Master of Queen Elizabeth 2 in July 1990. From April 1996 he sailed permanently as Senior Master on board Queen Elizabeth 2 until his appointment as Master-designate of Queen Mary 2 in 2002. In December 2003 he was promoted to the rank of Commodore of the Cunard Line fleet. 

In June 2005 Commodore Ronald Warwick's service to the Merchant Navy was recognized by his being awarded the OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for that year. Commodore Warwick also holds the rank of Captain in the Royal Naval Reserve, and is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute.

Cunard Line has operated the most famous ocean liners in the world since 1840. Cunard vessels have a classic British heritage and include the legendary Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Mary 2. Queen Victoria joins the fleet in 2007.

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Costa Allegra Debuts in China

MIAMI, FL -– The inauguration of the Costa Allegra in Shanghai on July 2 marks a historical milestone for Costa Cruise Lines as it officially becomes the first international cruise company to operate locally in the Chinese market. Beginning July 3, the Costa Allegra will feature cruises departing from Shanghai exclusively for the Asian market. The Costa Allegra, which weighs 28,500 tons with a capacity of 1,000 guests, will offer five-day itineraries with stops in Nagasaki (Japan) and Cheju (Korea).The ship will move south to Hong Kong for its 2006-2007 winter program this November, offering five-day cruises with stops in Sanya (China) and Vietnam (Halong Bay). Costa’s goal is to reach 55,000 Chinese guests per year.

An inaugural celebration in the port of Shanghai scheduled for July 2 will include representatives from the Italian and Chinese Consulates; Pier Luigi Foschi, President and CEO of Costa Crociere; and Micky Arison, Chairman and CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc, which is the parent company of Costa Crociere. Mr. Arison, who is also the Managing General Partner of the Miami Heat, will bring the team’s new NBA championship trophy to showcase on the ship during the inaugural ceremony.

This past spring, the Costa Allegra underwent a 12 million Euro renovation in order to create a tailor-made cruise experience for the Chinese market. Renovations included an extensive expansion of the ship’s Wellness Center, the addition of karaoke machines in various onboard outlets and a restaurant offering Asian fusion cuisine, among others.

The introduction of the Costa Allegra also marks a spectacular week of inaugurals for Costa Crociere. On July 7, inaugural festivities for the Costa Concordia—the largest and newest ship in the Costa fleet—are scheduled in Rome with supermodel Eva Herzigova as the ship’s godmother. The Costa Concordia boasts revolutionary features including the Samsara Spa, the largest spa at sea, and a Grand Prix driving simulator. The ship will sail the Mediterranean in her first season departing from Civitavecchia (Rome) on July 9 for her inaugural sailing.

For more information, contact a travel agent, call (800) GO-COSTA or visit

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Favorable Verdict for Celebrity Cruises

MIAMI -- Celebrity Cruises announced today that a federal court jury in New York has awarded Celebrity $193 million in a lawsuit against Essef Corp. Celebrity has remaining claims for interest and certain legal fees. Celebrity filed suit against Essef Corp. for damages stemming from a 1994 outbreak of Legionnaires' disease on Celebrity's vessel Horizon. Celebrity claimed for out-of-pocket losses, lost profits, and loss of business enterprise value related to this incident.

Dan Hanrahan, President of Celebrity Cruises, stated: "This was a long awaited result for Celebrity Cruises. We feel vindicated by this verdict. In the cruise industry, the safety of our guests and employees is paramount."

The verdict is subject to appeal and, due to the ongoing nature of the proceedings, the ultimate financial impact to Celebrity Cruises is undetermined at this time. Any gain from this verdict will only be recognized when the outcome is known with certainty. Celebrity Cruises is a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruises.

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Princess Announces Worldwide Routes for 2007-08 Season

SANTA CLARITA, CA - From the mysteries of the Amazon to the splendor of Bangkok, Princess will once again offer passengers intriguing itineraries to some of the planet's most dreamed-about destinations for the fall 2007 to spring 2008 season. The leader in global cruise travel, Princess will continue to take passengers to the exotic shores of Asia, Australia/New Zealand, the South Pacific, Hawaii, South America and even Antarctica, sailing on nearly every size of ship in the Princess fleet - from 670 to 2,670 passengers.

In total, seven ships will take passengers to ports around the world. Several ships make their debut in new regions -- Royal Princess sails up the mighty Amazon River, Star Princess travels around Cape Horn and to Antarctica, and Diamond Princess sets sail for Hawaii. In addition, Sapphire Princess returns to Asia and Australia/New Zealand, Pacific Princess sails between Hawaii and Tahiti, and Sun Princess and Regal Princess cross the Pacific. Princess will also offer a full 102-day world cruise, and passengers will have the opportunity to join Sun Princess during her first season sailing "Down Under" as an Australian-based ship. The program offers travel to all seven continents, featuring 135 ports of call and destinations in 57 countries, including two new ports - the island of Tobago and the town of Parintins, Brazil, both featured on Royal Princess' Amazon itineraries.

"Our deployment of ships around the globe has long been a Princess hallmark and we've committed to offering our passengers the very best of exotic cruise travel," said Jan Swartz, Princess' senior vice president of customer service and sales. "Passengers expect exciting destinations and itineraries from us, and this new program offers them a variety of unique choices, from a fascinating new Amazon itinerary to luxurious Pacific crossings."

Asia and Australia/New Zealand - Sapphire Princess returns to Asia and Australia/New Zealand cruising with a full season of favorite routes.

  • Australia & New Zealand - Sapphire Princess sails on the classic 12-day Australia & New Zealand cruises between Sydney and Auckland. The ship offers eight sailings between January 9 and April 2, 2008 that call at Melbourne, Hobart (Tasmania), Dunedin, Christchurch, Tauranga and scenic cruising through Fiordland National Park.

  • Southeast Asia & China - Sapphire Princess features extra sailings on this popular 16-day route between Beijing and Bangkok that includes calls at Nagasaki, Shanghai, Okinawa, Taipei, Hong Kong, Nha Trang (Vietnam), Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore. The ship offers five departures between October 1 and December 4, 2007.

  • Australia & Asia - This 20-day Bangkok to Sydney route features Ko Samui (Thailand), Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Kota Kinabalu (Borneo, Malaysia), Darwin, Cairns, Airlie Beach (for the Great Barrier Reef), and Brisbane. Sapphire Princess heads "Down Under" on this special holiday voyage departing December 20, 2007.

Alaska & Far East - A 15-day voyage between worlds, sailing from Anchorage (Whittier) to Beijing as Sapphire Princess takes passengers to Kodiak Island, Sapporo (Japan), Vladivostok, Pusan (Korea), Kagoshima and Dalian (China). The ship sails from Whittier on September 15, 2007 - the sailing can also be combined with Sapphire Princess' final Gulf of Alaska cruise of the season for a 22-day journey that departs on September 8. Passengers can also choose to instead combine the cruise with the following Southeast Asia and China cruise for a 31-day sailing.

South America and Antarctica - Star Princess makes her South American debut offering a series of sailings, including two sailings on the line's Antarctica voyage and a series of Cape Horn cruises. The new 670-passenger Royal Princess offers a more intimate experience for cruises up the Amazon River.

  • Cape Horn & Strait of Magellan - A popular 12-day journey between Buenos Aires, Argentina and Santiago, Chile, this classic adventure features the route of the ancient mariners around the continent's southernmost tip, plus visits to Montevideo (Uruguay), the Falkland Islands, Ushuaia (Argentina), Punta Arenas and Puerto Montt (Chile). Star Princess will offer four sailings on this itinerary between January 26 and March 18, 2008.

  • Brazilian Adventure - A 21-day journey from Ft. Lauderdale to Buenos Aires. This extended itinerary includes calls at Dominica; Barbados; Grenada; Trinidad; Devil's Island; the Brazilian ports of Fortaleza, Recife, Salvador and Rio de Janeiro; and Montevideo. Star Princess offers this voyage over the holidays, departing on December 20, 2007.

  • Antarctica & South America - For the first time Princess will offer two sailings on this dramatic journey to the southernmost continent. The 16-day roundtrip voyages from Buenos Aires mark the fifth year Princess has sailed to Antarctica. The ship will visit the Falkland Islands before crossing Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula, where passengers will enjoy several days of cruising with striking views of the islands, straits and channels of Antarctica. Star Princess will also sail around Cape Horn and to the ports of Ushuaia, Punta Arenas and Montevideo. The cruises depart on January 10 and February 18, 2008.

  • Amazon River - The new intimate Royal Princess sails up the Amazon River for the first time on an expanded 14-day sailing of the world's largest river. The itinerary takes passengers between Ft. Lauderdale and Manaus, Brazil, calling at St. Barthelemy, St. Lucia, the new port of Tobago, Devil's Island, and the Amazon River ports of Santarem, new port Parintins, Boca da Valeria and Manaus, where passengers will enjoy an overnight stay. Royal Princess offers eight sailings on this itinerary between January 7 and April 14, 2008.

Three Continents Transatlantic - Star Princess ends her South American season with a 24-day Atlantic Ocean crossing from Buenos Aires to Venice, blending highlights in South America, Africa and Europe. Passengers will enjoy the opportunity to explore ports of call including Rio de Janeiro, Recife (Brazil), Dakar (Senegal), Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands), Casablanca (for Marrakech), Gibraltar, Barcelona, Cannes (for Monte Carlo), Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Rome (Civitavecchia) and Dubrovnik. Star Princess departs on March 30, 2008.

Hawaii and Tahiti - Passengers have several tropical choices in 2007-08 with the debut of Diamond Princess on Princess' popular Hawaiian island sailings, plus a series of Hawaii and Tahiti cruises aboard the intimate Pacific Princess.

  • Hawaiian Islands - Diamond Princess makes her debut on Princess' popular round-trip Hawaii cruises from Los Angeles. The 2,670-passenger ship brings more berths to the region, representing a 35 percent increase in capacity on this route. The popular 15-day voyage takes in Hilo, Kilauea Volcano Scenic Cruising, Kona, Honolulu, Kauai (Nawiliwili), and Maui. The ship offers 15 sailings between September 19, 2007 and April 16, 2008.

  • Hawaii & Tahiti - Meanwhile, the intimate Pacific Princess will also cruise the tropics with a series of Hawaii/Tahiti sailings. The 670-passenger vessel will offer six of these 11-day sailings between Honolulu and Papeete, calling at Kauai, Maui, Hilo, Christmas Island, Bora Bora, and Moorea, departing between September 21 and December 4, 2007. One 12-day itinerary adds an additional call in Raiatea on November 15. To start the season, the ship sails from Vancouver to Honolulu with a nine-day Hawaiian Islands cruise departing September 12 and taking in Hilo, Kauai and Maui.

Pacific Crossings - Several ships offer the perfect way to cross the Pacific between Sydney and several ports in the U.S. Travelers will visit idyllic Pacific islands and fascinating ports on these extended crossings.

  • Sapphire Princess travels from Sydney to Los Angeles on a 31-day ocean crossing that takes in Melbourne, Tasmania, Fiordland National Park, Dunedin, Auckland, Fiji, Pago Pago, Rarotonga, Bora Bora, Tahiti, Honolulu, and Hilo. The ship departs on April 14, 2008.

  • Sun Princess offers two Pacific crossings to and from her new role sailing for P&O Australia. The first 30-day route takes passengers from Seattle to Sydney on September 23, 2007 (San Francisco, Maui, Honolulu, Bora Bora, Tahiti, Rarotonga, Pago Pago, Fiji, Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Fiordland National Park) and the 31-day return from Sydney to San Francisco on April 7, 2008 (Fiordland National Park, Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland, Fiji, Pago Pago, Rarotonga, Moorea, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Christmas Island, Honolulu, and Maui).

  • Regal Princess - (revised itinerary from previously published) - A 31-day Los Angeles to Sydney crossing, featuring stops in many of the Pacific's most enchanting destinations, including Maui (Lahaina), Honolulu, Christmas Island, Bora Bora, Tahiti, Rarotonga, Pago Pago, Moorea, Fiji, Auckland, Wellington, Tauranga, Christchurch, Dunedin, and Fiordland National Park Scenic Cruising. Regal Princess departs on her final Princess cruise from Los Angeles on August 31.

  • Pacific Princess - A South Pacific and Andes Explorer route will take Pacific Princess across the Pacific and onwards through the Panama Canal. This 26-day journey from Papeete to Ft. Lauderdale features calls in Bora Bora, Moorea, Pitcairn Island (scenic cruising), Easter Island, Pisco (San Martin, Peru), Lima (Callao, overnight for Machu Picchu), Quito (Manta), Panama Canal, Cristobal (Panama), San Blas (Panama) and Limon (Costa Rica).

Sun Princess Australian Adventures - For passengers who want to enjoy a true Australian experience, Princess is offering North American passengers the opportunity to join Sun Princess on her first season sailing "Down Under." Cruises range from eight to 28 days on a variety of itineraries that include destinations such as Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Tasmania, New Zealand and two complete circumnavigation cruises of the Australian continent. The November 2007 to March 2008 cruise season will offer a genuine "Aussie" experience with Australian dollars as the onboard currency and dining and entertainment options geared to Australian tastes.

Pacific Princess World Cruise - In addition, Princess will offer a full 102-day world cruise adventure aboard the intimate Pacific Princess. Traveling across six continents, visiting 31 countries, this journey of a lifetime offers passengers the opportunity to experience such iconic destinations as Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat and the Pyramids of Egypt. Departing January 10, 2008, the ship sails from Ft. Lauderdale to Southampton, visiting 42 destinations along the way.

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

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Cruise West Announces 2007 Americas Itineraries Featuring New Sailings & Ports of Call

SEATTLE, WA – Cruise West, the largest American-owned cruise line, has announced 2007 sailings in the Americas featuring a new itinerary to the islands of New England and ports of call throughout the Atlantic, as well as savings on early bookings. From the Caribbean to British Columbia, this small-ship cruise line takes guests on intimate explorations through lakes and waterways often impassable by the larger cruise lines. 

Guests will save $300 per person on an Americas itinerary that departs through April 2007 if they book and pay in full by July 28, 2006, and $175 if they book and pay in full by October 27, 2006. Guests will save $300 per person on an Americas itinerary that departs from June 2007 through December 2007 if they book and pay in full by September 1, 2006, and $175 if they book and pay in full by December 15, 2006.

The Atlantic Coast & Great Lakes Itineraries
Visit the sites and discover the stories that created America’s history. The following itineraries, nine in all, will be sailed by Cruise West’s Spirit of Nantucket, a 102-guest ship with a shallow draft for exploration. Guests will experience the rugged beauty of coastal Maine, the serenity of the Hudson Valley, the history and elegance of the South Atlantic Coast, the sparkling waters of the Caribbean, and the pristine and scenic beauty of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway, all while traversing these waterways and coasts in Cruise West’s up-close, casual and personal style.

Cape Cod & the Islands of New England – New Itinerary for 2007
The Spirit of Nantucket will sail for seven nights between New York and Boston and bring guests on a journey through New England’s coastal gems. Along the way, guests will explore the lighthouses and Victorian homes of Greenport, Long Island; Newport, R.I., known for its nautical history, hospitality and stunning mansions; and the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. This itinerary will be available four times in June and September 2007.

Cradle of Colonial America – New Port of Call
This nine-night sailing between Charleston and Alexandria features stops in: Morehead City, N.C., a new port of call for 2007 where guests can follow in the wake of notorious pirates such as Blackbeard and Anne Bonny; Yorktown, Va., with optional excursions to Williamsburg and Jamestown; St. Mary’s City, Md., to explore authentically recreated plantation, inns, and public buildings; and Annapolis, Md., the first peacetime capital of the United States. This itinerary will be available four times in May and November 2007.

Historic Chesapeake Bay – New Port of Call
This seven-night itinerary between Alexandria and New York City will feature a new stop for the Spirit of Nantucket in Wilmington, Del., where guests will visit the stunning gardens and mansions of Brandywine Valley. Guests will also sail through the Potomac River into the Chesapeake’s rich waters and one of the most complete estuarine systems in the world, and experience the colonial history of St. Michaels, Md. and the Victorian architecture of Cape May, N.J. This itinerary will sail on June 2 and October 27, 2007.

Coastal Maine – New Port of Call
This seven-night sailing will take guests on an intimate voyage through the natural beauty of coastal Maine, with stops in Portland, Boothbay Harbor, Penobscot Bay and Bar Harbor. Spirit of Nantucket will visit a new port of call, Campobello Island in New Brunswick, Canada. The Coastal Maine itinerary will sail on June 30 and September 15 2007, and is priced starting at $2,899 per person, double occupancy.

Fall Foliage on the Hudson River – New Ports of Call
During this seven-night round trip voyage from New York City, guests will experience the breathtaking landscape and enchanting autumn colors that line the Hudson. The Spirit of Nantucket will stop in two new ports of call: Catskill, N.Y., an architectural and artistic gem; and Tarrytown, NY with excursions to Kykuit, the hilltop home to the Rockefeller family, and Sunnyside, the riverside home of Washington Irving. This itinerary will sail four times on September 29 and throughout October 2007.

Yachtsman’s Caribbean
On this seven-night journey, guests will experience the diverse terrain of the U.S. and British Virgin islands including mountain vistas, lush rainforest and colorful coral reefs ideal for snorkeling. Stops include Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Christmas Cove, Norman Island and St. John. This itinerary will sail ten times in 2007 throughout January, February and December.

Antebellum South along the Intracoastal Waterway
This seven-night itinerary takes guests on an intimate sailing through the historic and romantic cities of the Old South. The Spirit of Nantucket will journey between Jacksonville and Charleston sailing on the Intracoastal Waterway, home to a spectacular array of wildlife, past sea islands, small harbors and coves. This itinerary will sail five times in April 2007.

St. Lawrence Seaway & Thousand Islands
On this seven-night journey between Buffalo and Québec City, the Spirit of Nantucket cruises the canals, dams and locks of the Seaway, with visits to Canada’s most cosmopolitan cities – Québec City, Montréal and Toronto. Additional highlights include an exploration of Niagara Falls and cruising through Ontario’s Thousand Islands region, which includes 1,865 glacier-sculpted islands. This itinerary will be available four times throughout July, August and September 2007.

French Canada & the Great Lakes
The Spirit of Nantucket takes guests on a journey through four of the Great Lakes on a 14-night sailing between Québec City and Chicago. While cruising in Lakes Ontario, Erie, Huron, and Michigan, guests will have the opportunity to visit the beautiful gardens of Windsor, Ontario, the World War II naval production facilities in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and the Welland Canal to Niagara Falls. This itinerary will sale on July 28 and August 11, 2007.

Costa Rica & Panama
While sailing on the 100-guest Pacific Explorer, guests will explore the unspoiled land where villagers carry the same cultures and lifestyle as their ancestors. Guests will be taken on an intimate voyage through the Panama Canal and along the Pacific Coast to meet with the Kuna Indians of Panama’s San Blas Islands and observe wildlife up-close in a Costa Rican jungle. 

Between the Two Seas is a nine-night voyage available during the months of January, February, March and April 2007, with holiday cruises in December 2007. Coast to Canal is a seven-night journey that will sail four times in November and December 2007. Both itineraries travel between San José and Panama City and can be extended with a land tour in Costa Rica.

Mexico’s Sea of Cortés
More than 140 million years ago, the Baja Peninsula began to move slowly away from the mainland, forming the Sea of Cortés. This wildlife habitat is home to more than 900 species of fish, one-third of the world’s species of whales and dolphins, and thousands of species of marine animals. On the seven-night Whales & Wildlife itinerary sailing round trip from Cabo San Lucas, guests will snorkel with the sea lions in Los Islotes, whale watch in the Sea of Cortés, and enjoy an exclusive fiesta in the capital city of La Paz. This itinerary aboard the Spirit of Yorktown is available throughout January, February and March 2007, with holiday cruises in December 2007. A land tour can be added following the cruise in Copper Canyon.

California Wine Country
The 138-guest Spirit of Yorktown travels the finest of the wine country, providing an epicurean delight for wine connoisseurs and novices. On the four-night Vintner’s Choice guests will explore the vineyards of Napa and Sonoma, the artists’ town of Sausolito, and choose from optional excursions such as a Cabernet Lovers Limo Tour or hot-air balloon ride over Napa Valley. This itinerary will sail five times in September and October 2007. Culture of the Vine, a three-night journey, brings guests on wine tours in Napa and Sonoma Valleys, with four sailings in September and October 2007. Both itineraries travel round trip from San Francisco.

Columbia & Snake Rivers
The 96-guest Spirit of ’98, 78-guest Spirit of Alaska and 84-guest Spirit of Discovery follow the paths of ancient geologic forces, Native American legends, and intrepid explorers on this seven-night journey through the Columbia & Snake Rivers. As the first and longest running cruise line through the rivers, Cruise West has the most extensive and informative itinerary tracing the history of this part of the United States. The River Voyage of Discovery travels round trip from Portland during spring and fall 2007 sailings.

British Columbia
Little has changed in this region of the Pacific Northwest since Captain George Vancouver, the first European mariner to record his visit, traveled what is now British Columbia and Washington state in 1791. On the seven-night Pacific Northwest Coastal Escape itinerary aboard the 102-guest Spirit of Endeavour, guests will explore the great cities of Seattle, Wash., Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, and travel the remote waterways of the Gulf and San Juan Islands. This itinerary is available in April, September and October 2007.

Up-Close, Casual and Personal Cruising
Cruise West – a second-generation, family-owned business – offers the opportunity to explore remote, worldwide locales by providing distinctive, one-of-a-kind, personalized itineraries not offered by the traditional larger cruise lines. Cruise West’s smaller ships – 10 in all – hold between 70-138 guests each, and the casual style onboard encourages relaxation and congenial interaction between guests and crew alike. The experience is personally enriching through onboard narrative and lectures, special local guests from a wide variety of backgrounds, and the library provided on each vessel. All have forward lounges and ample outdoor deck space for viewing and photographing wildlife and scenery. All vessels are also equipped with inflatable landing boats for up-close exploration of remote areas and shore landings.

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Carnival Cruise Lines Expanding WiFi Internet Access Fleetwide

MIAMI – Carnival Cruise Lines, the world’s largest cruise operator, is expanding wireless Internet access to all public rooms and suites aboard its 21 “Fun Ships” by the end of 2006. With the installation of strategically located Wi-Fi “hot spots,” guests sailing on Carnival can now access Web sites and send e-mails via any wireless-equipped laptop computer from virtually anywhere aboard ship, including all lounges, bars, pool areas, open decks, dining venues and suite accommodations. The project is roughly 75 percent complete with the balance of the fleet expected to be completed by year’s end. 

Wi-Fi technology expands Carnival’s existing shipboard wireless Internet capabilities as guests can use wireless-equipped laptop computers in select areas in and around the Internet cafes fleetwide. Carnival Valor and Carnival Liberty also feature “100 percent bow to stern” wireless access.

“Guests view our ships as ‘floating hotels,’ expecting the same modern technology and conveniences found on land. The Internet has become an indispensable tool for staying abreast of the latest news and keeping in touch with the office and loved ones and we are very pleased to offer convenient and cost-effective wireless technology to our guests on a fleetwide basis,” said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO.

The wireless technology can be added, if needed, into any laptop simply by installing a non-intrusive “radio card” in the computer’s PC card slot. Guests are welcome to bring their own computer or rent a laptop through the ships’ Internet cafes for a nominal fee. Guests can either use their own Web-based e-mail address or obtain a temporary account while aboard ship. 

In addition to the wireless Internet technology, all Carnival ships offer Internet cafes featuring flat-panel workstations available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Both the wireless Internet and Internet cafés cost 75 cents per minute to surf the Web and review e-mails. There is also a one-time activation fee of $3.95. Minutes can also be purchased in bulk at a discount.

This marks the latest high-tech initiative aboard the “Fun Ships” designed to enhance guests’ cruise experience. Just last week, Carnival and Wireless Maritime Services, a joint venture of Cingular Wireless and Maritime Telecommunications Network, announced that it would offer fleetwide cell phone service to guests sailing aboard the “Fun Ships” in any cruising region. “‘Today’s Carnival’ is all about choice and we will continue to explore new technologies in our never-ending pursuit of exceeding the expectations of our guests,” Dickinson said.

The line currently has three new ships on order – the 110,000-ton Carnival Freedom, scheduled for delivery in February 2007, the 112,000-ton Carnival Splendor, slated to enter service in fall 2008, and an as-yet-unnamed 130,000-ton SuperLiner – to be the largest "Fun Ship" ever constructed – set to debut in fall 2009. For additional information on Carnival’s “Fun Ship” vacations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit

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Princess Cruises Offers Lucky Passengers Million Dollar Memories on Crown Princess Sailings

SANTA CLARITA, CA - When Crown Princess set sail for the first time on June 14, she was dripping in more than one million dollars in diamonds specially commissioned to commemorate her inaugural. An exclusive collection of diamond jewelry is showcased on board, the highlight of which is a showpiece, 100-carat matching set of four pieces, appropriately dubbed the "Crown Jewels." The pieces in this sparkling collection will be available for purchase aboard Crown Princess only for her first eight sailings, and during that time, four lucky women on each sailing will have the opportunity to "borrow" the Crown Jewels for a special portrait sitting on formal night. The entire million dollar collection will be on display for passengers to view (and purchase) in the ship's Facets jewelry salon.

The Crown Jewels made their debut among some very royal company. America's favorite pop princess Katharine McPhee, home and lifestyle expert Martha Stewart, and Scripps National Spelling Bee champion Kerry Close were all on hand for the ship's naming ceremony and helped unveil the jewels amidst a flutter of paparazzi flashes. The elaborate ensemble features flawless diamonds and platinum, in settings reminiscent of the Victorian era, and the Crown Jewels pieces include a necklace, earrings, bracelet, and ring. Valued at $585,000 for the four-piece set, the Crown Jewels come with a diamond grading report from an independent gemological institute, authenticating the carat weight, color, cut, and value of the stones in each piece.

On each of the first eight sailings, Princess will offer a drawing to give four passengers the opportunity to wear the Crown Jewels pieces while sitting for a special keepsake portrait on formal night. "Diamonds are indeed a girl's best friend, and we are pleased to offer passengers the opportunity to truly feel like 'red carpet royalty'...right down to the borrowed jewels," says Jan Swartz, Princess' senior vice president of customer service and sales. "It seems appropriate to offer our own Crown Jewels aboard this spectacular new ship."

The Crown Jewels' home, 113,000-ton Crown Princess, introduces a number of new design innovations to the Princess fleet, including a dramatic new piazza-style atrium and new casual dining venues. Within the new street café environment of the atrium, passengers will find an International Café serving up fresh pastries and baked goods in the morning and assorted other offerings throughout the day, as well as a wine and seafood bar. Several signature Princess venues have been further enhanced, including an expanded Sabatini's Italian trattoria with a new piano lounge, and the Crown Grill, a new steak and seafood restaurant with an open, theater-style kitchen where chefs custom-prepare steamed shellfish and cooked-to-order steaks and chops.

The ship also showcases the many hallmark features that define the Princess experience, including the dramatic Movies Under the Stars poolside movie screen, multiple dining and entertainment options, a Lotus Spa fitness center, an extensive children and teen's center, a wedding chapel and nearly 900 staterooms with private balconies. The inaugural 2006 summer season for Crown Princess features nine-day roundtrip voyages to both the Eastern and Western Caribbean, and marks the return of Princess visits to Bermuda, as well as the line's first-ever regular calls to Grand Turk. In the fall the ship will reposition to San Juan for winter Caribbean sailings.

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

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Sophia Loren Christens MSC Musica

When MSC Cruises welcomed MSC Musica to its growing fleet in Venice, Italy, on June 29, the ship was christened by Italian beauty and film icon Sophia Loren, who has been named godmother to her third MSC Cruises’ ship. Ms. Loren is also godmother to MSC Lirica and MSC Opera, which entered service in 2003 and 2004, respectively.

“It is very appropriate that Ms. Loren, the consummate Italian ambassador for beauty and elegance, once again serve as godmother to a ship that continues to exemplify the elegance and refined design that have become the hallmark of MSC Cruises,” says Richard E. Sasso, president and CEO of MSC Cruises (USA).

At 90,000 tons and with the capability to carry 2,550 guests (80 percent outside staterooms), MSC Musica will be the largest ship in the MSC Cruises’ fleet to date. She will be joined in 2007 by sister ship MSC Orchestra and in 2008 by a third Panamax ship, MSC Poesia. The cruise line has an option with French shipbuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique for a fourth ship of the same class. MSC Cruises has also contracted with Chantiers de l’Atlantique to build two post-Panamax ships, MSC Fantasia and MSC Serenata. At 133,500 tons, each will be able to accommodate up to 3,900 passengers and 1,313 crew members.

“MSC Cruises has gone from three ships in 2002 to eight (with the arrival of MSC Musica) in 2006 and at least 11 by 2009, thereby confirming its role as a major player in the global cruise industry,” says Sasso.

MSC Musica’s Inaugural European Season
Following christening festivities, MSC Musica will depart Venice July 1 on a seven-night inaugural roundtrip cruise, calling at Bari, Italy; Katakolon, Greece; Izmir and Istanbul, Turkey; and Dubrovnik, Croatia. She will sail this itinerary weekly through Oct. 21.

Onboard, guests will find 22,500 square feet of public space, a 13,000-square-foot spa/beauty facility, three pools, four Jacuzzis, well-equipped fitness center, 7,000-square-foot casino, Cigar Bar, Wine Tasting Bar, Art Gallery, expanded shopping opportunities, a 1,200-seat theater, Music Hall, Conference Hall, Panoramic Disco and four restaurants (including a Sushi Bar) offering international and traditional Italian cuisine. In the grand central foyer, which features a waterfall and three bridges, guests can enjoy piano music while seated on transparent flooring suspended over the water.

Exciting European Itinerary Options
In addition to the MSC Musica’s itinerary, MSC Cruises offers a wide range of itinerary options – from classic Mediterranean itineraries to popular ports of call and fascinating Atlantic and Northern Europe cruises. This year MSC Opera will visit three new ports of call on its Western Mediterranean itineraries – Monte Carlo; Valencia, Spain; and Izmir, Turkey. The ship sails 7-night roundtrip cruises from Rome/Civitavecchia, with calls in Genoa, Monte Carlo, Valencia, Malta and Tunis, April 9-Oct. 22. MSC Opera departs Genoa Oct. 30 and Nov. 21 on 11-night Eastern European cruises that call at Naples, Alexandria, Limassol, Rhodes, Izmir, Messina and Capri.

Based on the past success of the line’s Northern Europe program, MSC Cruises will position two ships in Northern Europe in 2006. MSC Lirica will sail alternating 7-night Norwegian Fjords and Baltic Capitals cruises from Copenhagen beginning June 3. MSC Rhapsody will sail 7-night cruises from Amsterdam, alternating between a Norwegian Fjords itinerary and an itinerary that calls at Tilbury (for London), Edinburgh (for Leith) and the Shetland Isles. On June 3 and June 13, the ship will sail itineraries that take guests to the North Cape to enjoy the Midnight Sun.

The following are highlights of some of the other European itineraries MSC Cruises is offering in 2006:

  • MSC Armonia: 7-night Eastern Mediterranean, calling at Bari, Santorini, Mykonos, Piraeus/Athens, Corfu and Dubrovnik; sailing weekly from Venice.

  • MSC Sinfonia: weekly 7-night Western Mediterranean itineraries, visiting Genoa, Naples, Palermo, Tunis, Palma, Barcelona and Marseilles; sailing roundtrip from either Genoa or Barcelona; through Oct. 22.

  • MSC Melody: 11-night Eastern European roundtrip from Genoa, with calls at Naples, Catania, Istanbul, Yalta, Piraeus/Athens, Argostoli and Livorno; May 5, Sept. 9, Oct. 1; 7-night Western Mediterranean roundtrip from Genoa, calling at Naples, Messina, Tunis, Ibiza and Monte Carlo.

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Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Brings its Flagship EUROPA to the U.S. Market with a Greatly-expanded “Guaranteed Bilingual” Cruise Schedule

Hamburg, GERMANY, June 2006 – In 2007, Americans will have new opportunities to indulge in the unsurpassed and unmatched luxury aboard MS Europa, the world’s only 5-star-plus rated cruise ship (Berlitz Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships 2006). The flagship of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, Europa has earned its sterling reputation for service and accommodations with its long tradition of luxury cruising. “Sophisticated guests worldwide have long recognized Europa as offering the ultimate in luxury cruising in the most sophisticated European tradition,” comments Sebastian Ahrens, Managing Director, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. “As cruising becomes a more popular pastime in the U.S., the same discerning Americans who are accustomed to the levels of excellence that they experience in the great European resorts are looking for a similar ultra-high-level cruise experience. Europa, uniquely, delivers it in the cruise format.”

“Most passengers on Europa not only come back for one repeat voyage, but they come back many repeated times," says Ahrens. “This is because in Europe, Europa is a well known tradition, enjoyed by generations of families who demand ‘the best.’ It’s a place where the crew not only knows your name, but they know you. And they cater to your particular tastes every moment of your cruise. As more Americans sail Europa, so they will repeat the experience; thus, we think it is now the appropriate time provide a more significant choice of bilingual cruise opportunities for them,” he says.

Europa is the first “all-suites” cruise ship, with staterooms that are never less than 290 square feet, 80% of them having their own veranda, assuring privacy and relaxation. Every stateroom has a modern infotainment system with TV, video on-demand, music center, internet access and private complimentary email connections with personal email address. The Europa experience includes a masterful blend of world-class cuisine, with two specialty restaurants of fine Italian and Eurasian dishes, and frequent visiting world-class guest chefs. The chef recently instituted cuisine légère, a culinary innovation offering light lunch and evening fare for those who are fitness conscious. A gymnasium and spa are available to complete the fitness experience.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises consistently caters to the individual on Europa. Its new 2007 program enables shore excursions to be more personal than ever; guests can choose from excursions for late risers or groups of like-minded people with special interests. Bicycle tours are also offered with the ship’s own bicycles. The ship also has a saltwater pool that can be partially covered by the hydraulic Magrodome – so swimming is possible in all weather. A PGA professional golf coach is always onboard and is available even on “non-golf” cruises to work and play on the ship’s 21 course golf simulator. 

The bilingual itineraries on Europa that are available in 2007 include: 

  • DOWN UNDER - Great Moments on the fifth continent – Music cruise From Melbourne to Jakarta: March 4, 2007 – March 22, 2007, including Adelaide, Australia; Kingscote, Kangaroo Island; Albany, Fremantle, Geraldton, Monkey Mia, Bromme, Australia; Padang Bay, Bali; Semarang, Indonesia

  • 1001 NIGHTS – Around the Arabian Peninsula – Active Cruise from Muscat to Beirut: April 10, 2007 – April 23, 2007, including Salalah, Oman; Aden and Hodeidah, Yemen; Aqaba, Jordan; Sharm-el-Sheikh, Hurghada, Suez and Port Said, Egypt

  • ANCIENT WORLD OF EUROPE – Cultural Cruise from Beirut to Genoa: April 23, 2007 – May 7, 2007, including Paphos, Cyprus; Antalya, Turkey; Volos, Delos, Mykonos and Crete, Greece; Catania, Sicily; Capri and Olbia, Sardinia

  • WESTERN EUROPE – Gourmet Cruise along the Mediterranean and Atlantic Coast – from Lisbon to Monte Carlo: September 20 – September 30, 2007, including Portimao, Portugal; Tanger, Morocco; Barcelona, Valencia and Palma de Mallorca, Spain and Porto Vecchio; Corsica

  • FALL FEELINGS – Enjoy Southern Europe – Music Cruise from Monte Carlo to Istanbul: October 4 – October 18, 2007, including Catania, Sicily; Gallipoli and Venice, Italy; Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik, Croatia; Kerkyra, Pylos and Santorini, Greece

  • HERITAGE OF THE CZARS – Explore the cultural sites of the BLACK SEA – Cultural Cruise from and to Istanbul: October 18 – October 28, 2007, including Trabzon, Turkey; Sotchi, Russia; Jalta, Sevastopol and Odessa, Ukraine; Varna and Nesebur, Bulgaria

  • ADVENTURE AMAZON – Cultural cruise along the Brazilian Coast – From Rio de Janeiro to Manaus: December 4 – December 19, 2007, including Salvador, Maceio, Recife, Fortaleza, Belem, Rio do Cajari, Santarem and Boca da Valeria

For more information on MS Europa and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, visit For booking information, contact Ingrid Schacht, Euro Lloyd Travel Group; Tel: 800-782-3924: Website:; E-mail: .

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