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Princess Cruises Details 2011-2012 Hawaii, Tahiti & the South Pacific Cruise Season

SANTA CLARITA, CA, July 29: Sun, sand, swaying palm trees, the scent of topical flowers in the air and breathtaking island scenery set the stage for a South Pacific cruise vacation. Princess Cruises will take passengers on a variety of island voyages in 2011-2012 with a full schedule of cruises to Hawaii, Tahiti and the South Pacific. The company will offer 43 sailings of 10 itineraries to 33 ports throughout these idyllic islands. Cruise passengers will find that each of these island destinations has its own charms. In Hawaii they’ll enjoy the spirit of Aloha throughout the island chain, while Tahiti and the other islands of French Polynesia showcase a unique mix of South Seas appeal and French culture. Samoa, Fiji, New Caledonia and Vanuatu each offer their own style and island allure, and all feature the stunning vistas found throughout the South Pacific.

Travelers interested in the convenience of a roundtrip voyage from Los Angeles can choose to sail aboard Golden Princess or Sapphire Princess to the Hawaiian Islands or on a new 28-day Hawaii, Tahiti & South Pacific cruise aboard Sapphire Princess. Cruisers to Tahiti will enjoy the small ship ambiance of Ocean Princess on several itineraries, and Princess’ Aussie-style sailings from Down Under feature Sun Princess, Dawn Princess, and Sea Princess sailing roundtrip from Sydney or Brisbane.

“Everyone dreams of running away to an idyllic Pacific island,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. “Our cruises can bring these wonderful islands to life, with more choices than ever to find the perfect vacation.”

The Hawaiian Islands each have their own personality. On Oahu, the state capital of Honolulu offers a wealth of historic, cultural and scenic attractions, including famous Waikiki Beach, America’s only royal residence the Iolani Palace, and Pearl Harbor. The Big Island, the youngest and largest of the Hawaiian Islands, has the most varied in landscape – with striking black sand beaches, tropical rain forests, and the famed Volcanoes National Park, home to three volcanoes, including the actively erupting Kilauea. Known as the "Garden Isle," Kauai offers lush green valleys, cascading waterfalls and geological wonders, such as the dramatic Nã Pali Coastline, and spectacular Waimea Canyon. The second largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Maui boasts some of the world's most superb beaches and dramatic mountain landscapes. Visitors can also explore the port town of Lahaina which was once King Kamehameha’s capital.

Made up of more than 130 islands, French Polynesia includes some of the most dreamed about South Seas islands, such as Tahiti and Bora Bora. This is the South Pacific of Melville, Gauguin and Michener. Particularly immortalized by Gauguin's paintings, Tahiti evokes exotic island images and the South Seas state of mind. Nearby Moorea boast precipitous mountains that reach for the sky, creating picture postcard views. No name captures the imagination of paradise as well as Bora Bora. Perhaps the most stunning island in the South Pacific, its majestic landscape was sculpted by ancient volcanoes, showcasing a shimmering lagoon and barrier reef. Passengers on Ocean Princess’ 10-day Tahiti & Polynesia itinerary will enjoy a full Two-Day Experience in Bora Bora with extra time to enjoy the island’s charms. The two islands of Huahine are surrounded by a deep lagoon encircled by a coral necklace. Connected by a bridge, both islands boast white-sand beaches, vanilla and banana plantations, and some of Polynesia's most significant cultural sites. The largest atoll in French Polynesia, divers from all over the world flock to Rangiroa, to explore the undersea world of its 42-mile aquamarine lagoon filled with unique marine life and magnificent underwater scenery.

Samoa and American Samoa lie at the heart of the South Pacific. Pago Pago is the capital of American Samoa, the southernmost territory of the United States. Here abundant rain creates a lush green landscape marked by ancient volcanoes and thriving coral atolls. Apia, the main township of Samoa, personifies the fa'a Samoa (the Samoan Way), and conjures up images of the perfect South Seas island town.

Hawaii, Tahiti and South Pacific cruises: Princess Cruises ships sail to the Hawaiian Islands, between Hawaii and Tahiti and throughout the island paradises of the South Pacific.

--Hawaiian Islands Cruises: Golden Princess and Sapphire Princess will sail from Los Angeles on a 14-day roundtrip voyage to the Land of Aloha with calls at Hilo on the Big Island, Honolulu, Kauai, and Lahaina on Maui, plus Ensenada, Mexico. The ships will sail between Sept 28, 2011 and April 25, 2012.

--Tahiti & Polynesia: This classic Princess itinerary sails roundtrip from Papeete, Tahiti for 10 days among the islands of Polynesia, with two overnight visits. Ocean Princess starts with an overnight in the Tahitian capital and then calls on Huahine, Rangiroa, Raiatea, Bora Bora (Two-day Experience includes two full days and an overnight), and Moorea. Sailings depart on Dec 17, 2011; Jan 18 and 28, 2012.

--Hawaii & Tahiti: Travelers can enjoy the intimacy of a small cruise ship on a voyage that features both the Polynesian paradises of Hawaii and French Polynesia. These 11-day sailings between Papeete and Honolulu on Ocean Princess include calls at Moorea, Bora Bora, Hilo, Maui, and Kauai. Sailings depart Dec 27, 2011; Jan 7, Feb 7 and 18, 2012.

--Hawaii, Tahiti & Samoa: This new 28-day itinerary aboard Sapphire Princess offers an unusual roundtrip voyage from Los Angeles, to three island groups in one convenient roundtrip sailing. The ship calls at Hilo, Honolulu, Kauai, Maui, Pago Pago, Apia, Bora Bora, Moorea and Papeete. The sailing departs on Oct 22, 2011.

--South Pacific & New Zealand Cruises – Sailing between Sydney and Papeete, Ocean Princess offers a 16-day voyage including Tauranga, Auckland, Suva (Fiji), Apia, Pago Pago, Bora Bora, and Moorea. The ship departs on Dec 2, 2011 and Feb 29, 2012.

--Hawaii, Tahiti & South Pacific: Sea Princess sails across the Pacific between San Francisco and Sydney on a 29-day voyage to Honolulu, Maui, Moorea, Papeete, Bora Bora, Pago Pago, Suva, Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin and Fiordland National Park scenic cruising. The sailings depart on Sept 17, 2011 and April 15, 2012.

Aussie Experience Voyages: Sailings aboard Sun Princess, Dawn Princess and Sea Princess head to the islands from Sydney or Brisbane and feature onboard amenities to appeal to Australian tastes.

--Hawaii, Tahiti & South Pacific: Dawn Princess will sail on a 35-day roundtrip voyage from Sydney, with calls at Nuku’Alofa (Tonga), Apia, Hilo, Kilauea Volcano scenic cruising, Maui, Honolulu, Kauai, Kona, Papeete, Moorea, Raiatea, Bora Bora, Pago Pago, Suva and Nouméa (New Caledonia). The ship sets sail on April 13, 2012.

--New Caledonia & Vanuatu: Dawn Princess takes a 12-day jaunt roundtrip from Sydney to call at Nouméa, Isle of Pines and Lifou in New Caledonia; and Vila, Wala and Champagne Bay in Vanuatu. The ship sails on May 13, 2011.

--Fijian Jewels: Sun Princess sails roundtrip from Brisbane on an 11-day journey to Nouméa and Isle of Pines in New Caledonia; three Fiji ports, Suva, Port Denarau, and Dravuni Island; and Vila (Vanuatu). The ship sails on January 11 and February 5, 2012.

--Fiji & South Pacific: A popular roundtrip sailing from Sydney featuring 14 days with calls at Lifou, five ports in Fiji: Vila, Port Denarau, Suva, Savu Savu, and Dravuni Island; plus Nouméa. Available on Dawn Princess, Sea Princess and Sun Princess, sailings depart Oct 5, Nov 1 and 28, 2011; Feb 6 and March 16, 2012.

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

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Priority Check-In & Planning Center Now Available to Crystal Guests

LOS ANGELES, July 29: The newest development from Crystal Cruises is now available to ease travel planning. Crystal's Priority Check-in & Planning Center launched today, allowing guests or their travel agents to complete tasks prior to sailing, from submitting guest immigration information and airport/ship transfer requests to booking spa treatments and shore excursions. A new day-by-day Cruise Calendar feature conveniently organizes guests' travel plans once reservations and requests are submitted.

"The Priority Check-in & Planning Center is an invaluable tool in streamlining the luxury travel experience," says Thomas Mazloum, senior vice president, operations. "Guests have the luxury of pre-planning their vacations from home, making the first day of their cruise even more enjoyable."

The new service comprises three user-friendly parts:

Priority Check-in Checklist - Once guests make an initial deposit, they have access to check-in center, available at, where, they or their travel agents may submit required information:

-- Immigration forms
-- Credit card information for onboard charges
-- Onboard preferences, such as bed configurations
-- Air itineraries for transfer arrangements

Planning Center - Once guests have completed the check-in process and paid in full, they have access to the Planning Center, which allows them to plan their Crystal vacation far ahead of time, at their convenience, by confirming reservations for:

-- Crystal Spa & Salon appointments,
-- Crystal Dining Room reservations (through Open Dining by Reservation®, beginning in 2011),
-- Specialty restaurants, and
-- Crystal Adventures ashore

Guests can also request reservations (to be confirmed on board) for:

-- NEW Tuxedo rental service,
-- The Vintage Room winemakers' dinners, and
-- Creative Learning Institute and Computer University@Sea classes

Cruise Calendar - Once made, all reservations for spa and salon appointments, specialty restaurants, Crystal Adventures and tuxedo rentals are displayed on guests' personal Cruise Calendars in a convenient day-by-day layout. The Cruise Calendar also advises dress codes, docking times and port locations for each day of the voyage, and will alert guests to any conflicts between their planned flight itineraries and embarkation/disembarkation schedules. Travelers simply print their completed itineraries and present them at embarkation for priority boarding. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit

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Celebrity Cruises' New Australia/New Zealand Voyages &
Cruisetours Now Open for Bookings

MIAMI, July 29: Travelers eager to experience Australia and New Zealand in Celebrity style can make their plans now, as bookings opened today for Celebrity Cruises' new lineup of exotic voyages in the land Down Under, complete with special offers available for a limited time. Celebrity also has introduced a new slate of Cruisetours in Australia, packaging the cruise experience with a land tour, allowing vacationers to even more fully immerse themselves in the region's natural beauty and rich culture.

Marking the line's first return to the region in two years, Celebrity's new Australia and New Zealand season on Celebrity Century in 2011 - bookended by a series of vacation options in Hawaii - features a total of 36 ports in six countries: Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, French Polynesia, the U.S. and Mexico. The lineup includes 10 distinct itineraries with six varied departure ports, including Sydney and Perth (Fremantle), Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; Honolulu, Hawaii; San Diego, California, and Ensenada, Mexico. Among the ports Celebrity will visit for the first time are Geraldton, Broome, Darwin, Cairns, Brisbane, Adelaide, Albany, Bunbury and Perth, Australia, in addition to Burnie, Tasmania, and Bali.

Celebrity is offering limited-time special savings for guests booking back-to-back sailings, and an onboard credit on new reservations made between July 29 to Dec 31, 2010. Cruisers are invited to call their travel agent, visit the Celebrity web site at, or call 1-800-437-3111 to learn more.

New 4- & 5-night Cruisetours
Celebrity's new Australia Cruisetours pair Celebrity Century's sailings with a land-based vacation experience either before or after the voyage. Guests can select from among four packages ranging from four to five nights in length, 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.

Celebrity's new 5-night, pre- or post-cruise land tours in Australia include two full days and nights to explore some of Sydney's most captivating, natural attractions, and a rare overnight stay at Ayers Rock. There, they'll experience a private sightseeing tour in the desert, featuring the "Olgas," a series of massive, brightly colored domed rocks rising from the plains, and the mystical "Sounds of Silence" private dining experience, with champagne, a native barbecue dinner, and an astronomer's presentation of the southern night skies. The land tour also includes a visit to the picturesque seaside village of Port Douglas, with a full day at the famed Great Barrier Reef, renowned for its clear waters, abundant marine life and spectacular coral formations.

In addition, Celebrity offers a 4-night post-cruise and 5-night pre-cruise land tour in conjunction with the line's new sailings circumnavigating Australia to and from Perth. Both tours feature Ayers Rock, while the post-cruise packages also feature an overnight in Perth and the pre-cruise package includes Port Douglas.

Every Celebrity Cruisetour is fully escorted by highly knowledgeable tour directors, and includes upscale, conveniently located hotel accommodations; all transportation, including transfers to and from the ship and airport; flights between destinations, featured activities and some meals. Ample time has been incorporated to also allow guests to independently shop, dine, sightsee or relax. For more information, call your travel agent, dial 1-800-437-3111 or visit

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Learn Gardening Secrets From Award-Winning Garden Designer Anthea Guthrie on Windstar Aboard Wind Surf's January 9, 2011 Barbados to Barbados Voyage

SEATTLE, July 29: Windstar Cruises, which operates a three-ship fleet of luxury yachts that explore hidden harbors and secluded coves of the world's most treasured destinations, offers guests the opportunity to learn gardening secrets from award-winning British garden designer Anthea Guthrie on Wind Surf's Jan 9, 2011, Barbados to Barbados voyage.

Windstar's Signature Collection Host Series adds a fascinating dimension to Windstar Cruises and features distinguished guests throughout the 2011 season including Guthrie. Since 2003, Guthrie has been awarded 13 Royal Horticultural Society medals, including four gold medals, and one for best creative garden and best small garden. Her love of history combined with a passion for gardening, led to the creation of a garden based on the story of Ann Boleyn, a theatre garden at the world famous Chelsea at Flower Show for the wife of Charles I, and a Shakespearean garden based on the play "As You Like It" at Hampton Court Palace. Guthrie has also been a guest on the BBC series "A Passion for Plants," and on various radio shows, hosted Gardener's Question Time at Hampton Court Palace and is a well-known speaker at various garden clubs. Her specialty is restoring old gardens to their former glory and she enjoys helping people with their gardens so that they can relax and enjoy them more.

During a lecture, Guthrie will share her extensive gardening experiences, her foray into creating gardens for famous garden shows, along with chronicling the plants transported on the Mayflower from Plymouth, England to America including which plants were considered essential to take and how the plants battled to survive. During a special tips and techniques session, Guthrie will provide practical solutions and secrets to garden issues and she encourages guests to bring photos of their garden so she can offer advice.

Wind Surf's Jan 9, 2011, Barbados to Barbados sailing visits the ports of Bequia, The Grenadines; St. George's, Grenada; Mayreau, The Grenadines; Portsmouth, Dominica; and Pigeon Island, St. Lucia. Cruise rates start from $1,859 per person, double occupancy. To complement this sailing, Guthrie will host an exclusive Windstar shore excursion to the Soufriere Estate Botanical Gardens on the west coast of St. Lucia. The beautiful gardens are planted amongst plantation trees and feature tropical flowers and shrubs and locally grown fruits and vegetables. After a scenic drive from Pigeon Island to the estate in Soufriere, guests tour the gardens and enjoy a refreshment, returning back to the ship after the visit. The 5-hour excursion is $49 per person and can be purchased online at

Wind Surf accommodates 312 guests, offering deluxe, oceanview staterooms that include beds with luxury linens and mattresses, flat-screen TV and DVD player, Bose SoundDock speakers for Apple iPods, waffle-weave robes with slippers and sumptuous L'Occitane products. Suites also include an extra bath, TV and sitting area. Wind Surf recently introduced new spa suites which include all the amenities of a suite along with luxurious microfiber linens, spa robes, an orchid flower arrangement, specialty pillow menu, daily fresh fruit platter, O SPA London products, WindSpa spa experiences and events as well as unlimited Pilates and Yoga classes. Bridge Suites offer everything in a suite along with the additional luxury of a spacious private living room and relaxing whirlpool spa. Guests enjoy culinary wonders in Wind Surf's The Restaurant, Degrees, Le Marche and Candles. Wind Surf also features a lounge, Yacht Club, WindSpa, casino, three bars, two pools, two hot tubs, a shop, photo gallery and watersports platform. For more information including rates and itineraries contact a professional travel agent or call Windstar at 1-800-258-7245. Visit Windstar Cruises online at

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Crystal Announces 2012 World Cruise

LOS ANGELES, July 28: Crystal Cruises announces its 2012 World Cruise, a 94-day epic journey exploring the diverse cultures of the Pacific Rim. On a rare course round-trip from Los Angeles departing Jan 18, 2012, Crystal's 17th annual World Cruise will visit 35 ports in five segments, with multiple overnight stays on Crystal Serenity's route through Hawaii, the South Pacific, eastern and western Australia, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Russia, Alaska, British Columbia, and San Francisco. For the first time, the ultra-luxury line is including a 3-day inclusive overland adventure in Beijing; a maiden call in Newcastle, Australia; and a return to South Korea for the first time since 1994.

Three days in Beijing: The 3-day inclusive Crystal Overland Adventure to Beijing visits the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven.

Overnight stays: Two-night stays in Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong and Beijing, and overnight stays in Honolulu, Sydney, Perth, Singapore, Bangkok, Shanghai, Osaka and Yokohama.

"Travel connoisseurs consider a Crystal World Cruise to be the ultimate luxury vacation, comprised of exotic destinations, one-of-a-kind adventures and special events coupled with Crystal's renowned six-star service, enriching days at sea and attention to detail," says Bill Smith, senior vice president, sales and marketing. "The shorter overall length of the 2012 voyage makes this grand voyage even more attractive to those trying their first World Cruise experience with Crystal."

A pre-cruise exclusive Bon Voyage Gala with luxury accommodations in Los Angeles launches the voyage for all full World Cruise guests. A detailed day-by-day is accessible at Crystal is accepting deposits for priority waitlist. Fares and more details on the wealth of World Cruise amenities and enhancements are expected in the fall 2010.

Special Value - Limited Time Offer: Guests booking any 2011 World Cruise segment by Sept 30, 2010 can save 20% on any other 2011 or 2012 voyage, including 2012 World Cruise segments (not applicable to full World Cruise).

For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625 or visit

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Holland America Line Rolls out Early Advantage Savings on 2011 Cruises

SEATTLE, July 27: Holland America Line is offering exceptional Early Advantage savings of up to 50 percent off on a wide selection of 2011 cruises and CruiseTours when booked by September 15, 2010. The premium cruise line is also reducing deposits by half for all Caribbean cruises in fall of 2010, meaning as little as $175 per person guarantees a cruise vacation booking. Many of these sailings are featuring Early Advantage savings of up to 50% off.

"Holland America Line's Early Advantage promotion encourages cruisers to plan ahead by offering substantial rewards for those who book early," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. "Guests benefit from significant savings and have more stateroom and departure choices."

On select sailings, free and reduced cruise fares are available for third or fourth guests who share the same stateroom and no additional deposits are required. Reduced add-on airfares also are offered from select domestic gateway cities in conjunction with designated cruises. Taxes and fees are additional.

With savings of up to 50 percent off per person, the Early Advantage promotion encompasses an extensive selection of fall 2010 Caribbean and 2011 cruises sailing to more than 350 ports of call in destinations around the world: Alaska, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Bermuda, Canada/New England, Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, Mexico, Panama Canal, and South America/Antarctica.

In 2011 Holland America Line's newest Signature-class ship, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, will sail its first full year of itineraries, including popular Mediterranean sailings. With Early Advantage savings, guests can book a 12-day cruise with fares starting as low as $1,699 per person, double occupancy, for an inside stateroom and $2,499 for a verandah -- and third or fourth guests start from only $99.

In other regions with the special fares, a 12-day South America cruise starts at $1,299 for an inside stateroom. A 14-day Australia/New Zealand cruise starts at $1,499 for an inside stateroom and $1,599 for an outside stateroom.

A 7-day 2011 Caribbean cruise starts at $599 for inside staterooms and $899 for verandahs. For vacationers looking to travel sooner, the timing has never been better with all fall 2010 Caribbean cruises also providing Early Advantage benefits and special pricing starting at $499 for 7-day itineraries.

A 14-day 2011 Circle Hawaii cruise starts at $1,599 with an optional upgrade to an outside stateroom for only $200 more. And a 14-day full transit of the Panama Canal begins at $1,399 for an inside stateroom or $1,599 for an outside stateroom.

Popular 7-day Alaska Inside Passage cruises from Seattle or Vancouver start at $699 for inside staterooms or $1,299 for verandahs. Another option is one of Holland America Line's Alaska CruiseTours, varying in length from 10 to 20 days and starting at $999 for inside staterooms and $1,199 for outside staterooms.

For information about sailing dates and cruise destinations, contact a travel agent or call Holland America Line at 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit

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Savings on Luxury: Crystal Cruises Roundup for 2010 and Beyond

LOS ANGELES, July 27: While a Crystal Cruises vacation is inherently loaded with inclusive value, the ultra-luxury line is offering travelers generous savings opportunities and perks for the remainder of 2010. From getting there to being there, Crystal's promotions range from complimentary air travel to family incentives, shipboard spending credits, extended vacation options and huge savings off current and future cruises, including:

-- Summer Sale on Penthouses in Europe - Save $2,000 per person off Crystal Serenity's luxuriously appointed, butler-serviced Penthouse accommodations on European cruises departing Sept 29, Oct 8, 19, 31 and Nov 11 & 22 - for bookings by Aug 31, 2010.

-- BONUS Share the Experience Program - For almost every Crystal cruise between Septr 2010 and April 2011, all booked guests can enjoy $400 in additional shipboard spending credits (or $250 for Mexico cruises) for each new-to-Crystal guest they refer to sail with them in a separate stateroom. With the new program, booked guests can earn up to $1,600 per person in shipboard credits for his/her friend's new booking made after July 7. New guests will receive a $100 shipboard credit, up to $200 per stateroom.

-- Low Business Class Upgrades in Europe - Book deluxe verandah staterooms on Crystal Serenity's Septr 29, Oct 8 or Oct 31 cruises and upgrade to Business Class air transportation for as little
as $899, each way, from more than a dozen North American gateways. Valid for bookings made by Aug 31, 2010.

-- Mexican Riviera Savings - Save an additional $500 off of Penthouses and deluxe staterooms with verandah on any of Crystal Symphony's Nov-Dec 2010 Mexican Riviera series - for bookings by
Sept 30, 2010.

-- Caribbean Holiday - Save an additional $1,000 on Penthouses and deluxe staterooms with verandah on Crystal Serenity's Dec 21 voyage round-trip from Miami - for bookings by Sept 30, 2010. children age 17 and under can sail free with two full-fare adults.

-- Save Now, Save Later promotion for 2011 World Cruise, including all segments. Two-for-one fares now and 20% off most additional 2011 or 2012 cruises - for bookings by Sept 30, 2010.

-- Two-for-One Fares - All 2010 and 2011 cruises - reservations for 2011 must be made by Sept 30, 2010.

-- Free Air Program - Guests will enjoy complimentary economy air transportation, with transfers, from more than 20 North American gateways, plus complimentary Business Class air in Europe for
Penthouse guests. World Cruise guests also receive complimentary air transportation. Applies to most 2010 voyages and all 2011 itineraries.

-- All Inclusive - As You Wish - Up to $1,000 per person spending credit on every cruise to customize one's vacation with experiences that are personally meaningful - from fine wines to spa to Crystal Adventures ashore.

-- Crystal Family Memories Program - Two Savings Options:

1. For six full-fare berths: $500 credit toward a Crystal Private Adventure, kids under 17 sail free in third berth, plus prepaid gratuities, shipboard credits and family portraits.

2. For 10 full-fare berths: All of the above, plus one complimentary berth.

-- Onboard Booking Discount - Guests who book their next cruise aboard their current cruise receive an additional 2.5-4.5% savings.

-- Combo Cruise Savings - Guests booking two or more cruises back-to-back, with the exception of World Cruise segments, can save up to 10% on the fare for each voyage.

-- Pay 180 Days in Advance - All guests save an additional 2.5% when they pay in full six months in advance.

-- Bonus Savings with Crystal Society Benefits - Not only do returning Crystal cruisers automatically save between 2.5% and 4.5% on their next cruise, but they can enjoy additional savings that include shipboard credits, gifts and parties. Crystal enjoys an average repeat guest rate of 55%.

Always an Exceptional Value
Crystal Cruises continues to offer the highest level of luxury on every itinerary, adhering to the winning formula of service, space, quality and choices. Thoughtful amenities include:

-- Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages
-- Complimentary specialty restaurants, including the celebrated cuisine of Nobu Matsuhisa
-- Complimentary transportation to the town centers from most ports
-- Complimentary Ambassador Host program offering dance partners
-- Complimentary lavish Broadway-style evening productions in the Galaxy Theatre
-- Complimentary daily feature films in the Hollywood Theatre
-- Complimentary elegant afternoon tea service in Palm Court
-- Complimentary enrichment classes, including computer learning, yoga and mat-based Pilates, wine tasting, language, wellness, music, art, and bridge

Restrictions apply for air arrangements. The Business Class air promotions are capacity controlled and subject to space availability. Onboard booking and Crystal Society savings apply to cruise only fare. For more information and Crystal reservations, please contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit

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Hamburgers, Kids & Cruises Combine for 'Rockin' Summer Sweepstakes'

LAKE FOREST, CA, July 26: Johnny Rockets, known as the restaurant where "the good times roll," launches its 'Rockin' Summer Sweepstakes,' a consumer campaign that will award more than 800,000 prizes throughout the summer. Participating Johnny Rockets' restaurants will distribute redeemable game pieces to customers, beginning July 26. Customers are eligible to win five grand prizes of seven-night cruises provided by Royal Caribbean International on their new Allure of the Seas, which will share the title of the world's largest and most innovative cruise ship when launched in November 2010. Other prizes include child admission tickets to LEGOLAND® California Resort and classic Johnny Rockets' menu favorites, including hamburgers, shakes, floats, sundaes and chili cheese fries.

"The 'Rockin' Summer Sweepstakes' makes it even more fun to visit Johnny Rockets as it rewards our guests with something free for every visit to one of our participating stores throughout the United States," said John Fuller, CEO of Johnny Rockets. "Free Johnny Rockets food, destination resort prizes and a cruise on Royal Caribbean's newest ship, Allure of the Seas, should deliver one of the best summers yet for Johnny Rockets fans."

Johnny Rockets and RCI first joined forces when the Home of the Original Hamburger boarded the Voyager of the Seas, in 2000. Johnny Rockets restaurants are now found on ten Royal Caribbean cruise ships and will open the eleventh, when the Allure of the Seas sets sail, in November.

"With the popularity of Johnny Rockets on our cruise ships, it's natural to bring the experience full-circle by inviting five lucky Johnny Rockets' winners to sea," said Betsy O'Rourke, senior vice president of marketing, Royal Caribbean International. "We're pleased to grow our existing relationship with Johnny Rockets and give their land-based customers the chance to win a dream vacation on the most innovative ship to ever sail the seas."

For more information about Johnny Rockets and the 'Rockin' Summer Sweepstakes,' visit

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Brownsville Navigation District Starts Cruise Line Study

BROWNSVILLE, Texas, July 26: The Brownsville Navigation District (Port of Brownsville) announced that it has contracted for a preliminary feasibility study to determine its potential as a turnaround port or port of call for cruise ships, according to Donna Eymard, Deputy Port Director. The Passenger & Shipping Institute and Maritime Directions Management Corp have been selected as consultants. Passenger & Shipping is headed by Jay Lewis, a recognized expert in the cruise industry. He will provide the marketing feasibility. Maritime Directions is led by Chuck Towsley, former Director of the Port of Miami. He will provide the hands on operational expertise.

Eymard said that this is a project that has been under consideration for some time and that the growth of the cruise industry makes the timing perfect. She noted that over the last ten years 118 new cruise ships have been added to the world fleet according to CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association).

"We believe that the District is well positioned geographically to attract cruise ship operations and we are prepared to make it happen." She continued to say that "As the study progresses, we will keep the industry updated."

The Brownsville Navigation District is in the southwest corner of Texas near the resort area of South Padre Island and includes the Port of Brownsville.

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SeaDream Yacht Club Sets Speakers Program For October &
November Transatlantic Voyages

SeaDream Yacht Club, operator of the twin, ultra-luxury, mega yacht cruisers SeaDream I and II, will offer guests on its October and November, transatlantic westbound voyages a high-profile speakers’ program as a bonus to the joys of blue water sailing.

The transatlantic sailings from Europe to the Caribbean are:

SeaDream I, Voyage #11041, Malaga-San Juan, 12 days, Oct 14-26, 2010. Speakers for this voyage are:

-- Colonel Walter Cunningham: Colonel Cunningham has enjoyed distinguished careers in the U.S. Marine Corps, as an astronaut with NASA and in private industry, including 12 years as a venture capitalist. He is best known as the pilot of Apollo VII, the first manned flight of that program to land a man on the moon. Following that mission in 1968 he became chief of the Skylab Astronauts where he was responsible for the design, development sand integration of systems for the largest spacecraft, manned or unmanned, ever placed in orbit up to that time.
-- Brian Beck: Maritime historian Brian Beck is a chartered engineer with more than 30 years experience. After an early career as a marine engineer in the British Merchant Navy, he gained extensive management experience with a major European manufacturing, electrical engineering corporation as CEO of its UK companies. An expert in maritime history, Brian Beck has been a top lecturer on the subject for many years.

SeaDream II, Voyage #21042, Lisbon-San Juan, 11 days, Nov 10-21, 2010.  Speakers for this voyage are:

-- Dr. Fred Chernow: A retired professor of psychology from St. John’s University in New York; Dr. Chernow has long been a seminar leader in the fascinating field of memory improvement. He has presented memory enhancement programs to major Fortune 500 companies He techniques are easy learned and can be put to use immediately. When not lecturing at sea, he appears on countless radio and TV talk shows demonstrating his user-friendly memory tips and strategies.
-- Jon Bowermaster: A six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council and award-winning writer and filmmaker, Jon Bowermaster has made sea kayak expeditions in the past ten years from the Aleutian Islands to Vietnam, French Polynesia to Chile/Argentina/Bolivia, Gabon to Croatia and Tasmania to Antarctica. Seeing the world from the seat of a kayak has given Jon Bowermaster a one-of-a-kind look at both the health of the planet’s oceans and the lives of the nearly three billion people around the globe who depend on them.

Also, popular on these transatlantic voyages is the SeaDream Spa, with eight massage therapists, kept busy by guests who not only have mental stimulation on their minds but also have well-being and leisure. Lazy sea days become lazy spa days.

SeaDream does not regularly offer a lecture program on its yacht-like sailings. Its guests have ample opportunity to entertain themselves with the company’s noted water sports program, unique shore excursions at ports of call and other activities designed for well-traveled, active guests. It is offering its transatlantic travelers these compelling speakers as a diversion from those lazy days at sea that attract travelers to these “blue-water” sailings.

“We believe the combination of mental tranquility afforded by days at sea and the stimulation of interaction with speakers on topical subjects will provide our guests on this transatlantic sailing with the best of all possible worlds,” said Bob Lepisto, SeaDream’s President.

SeaDream fares include all meals, wine with lunch and dinner, open bar, use of the water toys, and gratuities. Air transportation and ground transportation to and from the SeaDream yacht is not included. Those interested in these or other sailings are invited by SeaDream to contact their travel agent. Further information is available from SeaDream by calling 800-707-4911.

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MSC Cruises Confirms Construction of MSC Fantastica by STX France

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, July 23: MSC Cruises announced the conclusion of the legal process that finalizes the order and confirms construction of a new ‘Fantasia’ class cruise ship, MSC Fantastica, U32, by STX France making it the 12th ship in its fleet. MSC Fantastica will build upon the success of the ‘Fantasia’ prototype, offering a unique experience for guests in its class thanks to innovative features such as the MSC Yacht Club, exclusive ship-within-a-ship area onboard, for unprecedented levels of privacy and personalized service.

An important factor in the success of the project was the financial backing provided by French financial institutions, and especially by Coface, the French Export Credit Agency, making it possible for the vessel to be delivered as required by MSC Cruises by the end of spring 2012.

Pierfrancesco Vago, worldwide chief-executive-officer for MSC Cruises, said, “We are delighted at the confirmation of this important investment--a sign of the success of our ambitious growth strategy. Together with STX France, we are focused on further enhancing MSC Cruises' leading positioning within the world’s cruise industry.

For more information on MSC Cruises, visit or call 877-665-4655.

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‘Sun-Splashed Holiday’ Caribbean Cruise Planned By Oceania

Miami, July 21: Holidays on the high seas are festive occasions when gourmet cuisine and intriguing ports of call are added to the mix. Oceania Cruises’ intimate Regatta will celebrate the season with age-old and revered traditions on a Christmas and New Year’s voyage to the Caribbean.

“Christmas is the best time to cruise the Caribbean. The warm weather is complemented by the holiday spirit felt throughout the islands,” stated Bob Binder, Oceania Cruises’ president. “Moreover, decorations and gala onboard events will make the holidays memorable.”

The line’s popular “Sun-Splashed Holiday” onboard Regatta is a 12-day cruise, roundtrip from Miami, departing Dec 21, that visits the Turks & Caicos, Dominican Republic, Tortola, Antigua, Barbados, Martinique, St. Barts and St. Croix. A limited number of suites and staterooms are still available.

The holiday spirit is in the air from the moment guests embark on Oceania Cruises’ Regatta, which will be dressed from bow to stern in its festive finery. Strewn garland, wreaths, holly, Christmas trees, and even mistletoe provide a backdrop for carolers singing yuletide favorites, themed entertainment and special guest performers. The significance of the holiday is observed at a Midnight Mass Dec. 24 and an ecumenical worship service on Christmas Day. Special Hanukkah activities are planned by a guest rabbi and menorahs will complement the ship’s seasonal decorations.

Oceania Cruises’ holiday sailings have a special culinary emphasis. Menus will include such Christmas favorites as roast turkey, goose or ham, plus traditional trimmings, sweets and eggnog. Guests can also enjoy potato latkes, matzo ball soup, and Challah bread. A gala New Year's Eve deck party – weather permitting – features live music, noisemakers, party hats and Champagne.

To reserve a stateroom on “Sun-Splashed Holiday,” contact a travel agent. For information or to request a brochure, visit or call toll-free at 800-531-5658.

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Princess Details 2011-12 South America Cruise and Cruisetour Season

SANTA CLARITA, CA, July 21: With a rhythmic samba beat and colorful cultures, South America appeals to all the senses. Detailing its fall 2011-spring 2012 cruise season, Princess Cruises will offer travelers an alluring selection of South American cruises and cruisetours, taking passengers down the Amazon River, around Cape Horn, on a Brazilian Adventure, or up to the fabled Machu Picchu. Whether they want to tango in Buenos Aires or watch for wildlife at the end of the Earth, passengers can choose from 10 Latin-flavored departures aboard Star Princess and Pacific Princess, encompassing 31 destinations. Passengers can also extend their South American cruise vacation with a cruisetour itinerary to two of the continent’s most famed attractions, Peru’s Machu Picchu or Brazil’s Iguazú Falls.

“South America offers some of the most magnificent travel experiences in the world, and many of its attractions are best navigated by ship,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. “We make it easy and convenient to travel between countries, and offer the perfect venue for viewing the scenery around Cape Horn, the dramatic fjords of Chile, and the amazing Amazon River.”

Rio de Janeiro figures prominently on several cruise and tour itineraries. Pulsing with life, Rio offers an experience like no other. A dazzling amalgam of Latin and African cultures, the city offers an array of attractions, including the dramatic peak of Sugarloaf Mountain, the landmark Christ the Redeemer statue who embraces the city below, dazzling white sand beaches and famous beachfronts of Copacabana and Ipanema.

Cruises rounding Cape Horn take in one of sailing’s most legendary passages that has drawn explorers throughout the ages. Today Princess passengers enjoy sailing in comfort around this once-difficult but fabled point where the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans meet. On this route travelers can explore Tierra del Fuego at the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia. Scenic cruising through the Strait of Magellan and the Beagle Channel leads to the towering Chilean Fjords where Southern Patagonia's ice fields rival those of Alaska's Inside Passage. Passengers have a front-row view of the spectacular glaciers and can watch out for the area’s myriad marine birds.

Passengers choosing to travel up the mighty Amazon will enjoy an adventure into the Brazilian jungle, where they can visit colorful villages and learn about the unique cultures along the river’s route. Cruisetour passengers can visit the mysterious land of the Incas, Machu Picchu. This unforgettable journey high into the Peruvian Andes defies description as visitors travel from Lima to the ruins of this terraced “City in the Clouds.” One of the continent’s most dramatic natural wonders, Iguazú Falls is both taller and wider than Niagara Falls and spreads along nearly a two-mile stretch of the Iguazú River. Cruisetour passengers can spend several days viewing the magnificent scene from multiple vantage points. Throughout their South America voyages passengers can visit a variety of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including not only Iguazú National Park, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon River basin, but also Olinda Historic Center (near Recife), Salvador Historic Center, and the Historic Quarter of Valparaiso, Chile.

South America Cruises
Princess offers travelers an array of South American ports and activities on a variety of itinerary options. Ships large and small travel around the continent, giving passengers the opportunity to encounter many colorful South American cultures.

-- Amazon River Cruise: The intimate Pacific Princess sails up the mysterious Amazon River on a 14-day cruise that includes calls to St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Tobago, and Devil’s Island in addition to traveling along the world’s second longest river. Stops along the Amazon include Santarém, Boca da Valéria and Parintins with an overnight stay in Manaus. The ship sets sail on Dec 16 and 30, 2011.

-- Cape Horn Route to Rio: Star Princess takes passengers on an unforgettable 14-day day cruise vacation around the fabled Cape Horn as they travel between Rio de Janeiro and Santiago. Passengers will visit many South American highlights with calls to Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Falkland Islands, Ushuaia and Punta Arenas. The voyage includes a variety of spectacular scenic cruising opportunities around Cape Horn, including Beagle Channel, the Strait of Magellan and the dramatic Chilean Fjords. Sailings depart on Dec 24, 2011, Jan 7 and 21, Feb 4 and 18, and March 2, 2012.

-- Brazilian Adventure Cruise: Passengers can experience a combination of Brazilian flavor and Caribbean fun on this 15-day sailing from Rio de Janeiro to Ft. Lauderdale. Star Princess starts with an overnight in Rio, then calls at the Brazilian ports of Salvador and Recife, plus visits the islands of Barbados, Antigua and St. Maarten. The sailing departs March 17, 2012.

-- Passage to Rio: Travelers can visit three continents on this 16-day journey across the Atlantic with this voyage from Venice to Rio de Janeiro, which includes an overnight stay in Venice and calls at Dubrovnik, Corfu, Malta (Valletta), Tunis/Carthage (La Goulette), Gibraltar, and Recife (Brazil). Star Princess sets sail on Dec 8, 2011.

To go beyond South America’s ports and visit some of the continent’s inland wonders, Princess offers land and sea cruisetours featuring the famed Machu Picchu or stunning Iguazú Falls. These seamless vacation options combine easily with Princess’ cruise offerings.

The 5-day Machu Picchu Explorer tour offers the opportunity to explore Peru’s magnificent ruins. From Lima, travelers will not only enjoy a guided tour of the fabled site of Machu Picchu, but also the historic city of Cusco and the nearby Sacred Valley and Sacsayhuaman Fortress, as well as enjoy rail travel up into the mountains. The package combines with Princess’ Cape Horn Route to Rio cruise.

The 4-night Iguazú Falls Experience cruisetour features extra time to explore lively Rio de Janeiro, plus two days to take in one of the continent’s most spectacular natural wonders, Iguazú Falls. Travelers will not only experience the drama of the falls from several vantage points, but also enjoy excursions on an Ecological Jungle Train and a boat ride to see the falls from the river. Travelers will spend two nights in Iguazú Falls and two nights in Rio on a package that combines with Princess’ Cape Horn Route to Rio or Brazilian Adventure cruises.

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

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Royal Caribbean Invites Guests To Set Sail On An Adventure Of Gastronomic Proportions

MIAMI, July 21, 2010 – Royal Caribbean International is offering guests the opportunity to transform their next cruise vacation into a gourmet getaway, thanks to 12 specialty voyages onboard Freedom of the Seas that are part of the cruise line’s “Epicurean Discovery” series. Designed to provide culinary enthusiasts with an experience of a lifetime, this mouth watering package features a variety of special events throughout the week devoted to cuisine and fine dining, with each sailing hosted by a different renowned celebrity chef, such as “Iron Chef” contender Johnny Vinczencz; 2010 James Beard winner for “Best Chef in the South” Michael Schwartz; and “Top Chef” Chicago contender Spike Mandelsohn. A complete list of chefs and respective sail dates is available at

Available exclusively to guests booking suite accommodations or higher, the 7-night “Epicurean Discovery” package offers foodies a unique educational endeavor led by gastronomic mavericks, including private dinners, a wine tasting, experiential lecture and private tour, as well as a tapas sampling reception, signed photo and cookbook.

Guests participating in the new onboard experience will still have ample time to enjoy Freedom of the Seas’ signature amenities, from the FlowRider surf-simulator, H20 Zone interactive water park, signature rock climbing Wall and only full-size boxing rink at sea to Broadway-caliber production shows, one-of-a-kind ice shows, and fully equipped Freedom DaySpa and Fitness Center, as well as enjoy the various ports of call. Sailing from Port Canaveral, Fla., Freedom of the Seas sails seven-night cruises to the Eastern Caribbean, calling on Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Philipsburg, St. Maarten and Royal Caribbean’s private island CocoCay, Bahamas; and to the Western Caribbean, calling on Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Mexico; and Royal Caribbean’s private destination Labadee, Haiti.

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

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Holland America Line Continues Weekly Bermuda Cruises in 2011

SEATTLE, July 21: Holland America Line will offer twenty-four 7-day cruises to Bermuda aboard ms Veendam in 2011, continuing the schedule established this year with weekly cruises to the popular vacation destination. Holland America Line returned to regular Bermuda service departing from New York in 2010 after more than 25 years. The 2011 voyages begin May 1 and will sail roundtrip from New York through Oct. 9, calling at St. George's and Hamilton.

"Bermuda offers our guests an outstanding warm-weather vacation experience, with pristine beaches, cultural charm and world-class shopping and golf," said Richard D. Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. "Our roundtrip departures from New York also provide exciting pre- and post-cruise stay and sightseeing opportunities, making this a unique and very attractive itinerary."

The 1,350-guest Veendam will spend one day at St. George's and two nights at Hamilton, providing guests with multiple opportunities to experience the island's British charm, world-renowned pink-sand beaches and abundant cultural heritage sites by day and to sample its lively evening restaurant and nightclub scene.

Bermuda offers vacation activities for the entire family, from the historic Globe Hotel in St. George's--a center for Confederate blockade runners during the American Civil War and today a museum--to water sports including kayaking, deep sea fishing, and snorkeling. Guests can choose from more than 40 shore excursions, including Atlantic Reef fishing, scuba diving and dolphin encounters in Hamilton and horse and carriage tours and a glass-bottomed kayak eco-tour in St. George's.

The weekly itineraries will call first at St. George's, Bermuda's original capital. Founded in 1609, the town of St. George's in the northeast area of Bermuda is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the oldest continuously inhabited English settlement in the Americas. Narrow, twisting streets and pastel-painted houses create a European feel. Its diverse historic and cultural sites include St. Peter's Church, the oldest continually used Anglican Church in North America, and Fort St. Catherine, with displays of weapons, artifacts and a replica of the British Crown Jewels. More than a dozen forts dating to the 17th century command the surrounding hills.

Following St. George's, guests will have the opportunity to explore the island's capital, Hamilton, which is the commercial hub and seat of government located at Bermuda's geographic center. From Veendam, docked at the center of town, guests can take a short walk to Front Street and explore its array of colorful shops and restaurants. Hamilton also is home to a massive 19th-century, neo-Gothic cathedral and the Georgian-style Sessions House, built in 1815.For more information, consult a travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit

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400 Reasons to Refer a Crystal Friend: $$$$

LOS ANGELES, July 21: With its most significant referral benefit program, Crystal Cruises is dramatically increasing the incentive for guests to share the renowned Crystal Experience with new-to-Crystal travelers. For almost every Crystal cruise between Sept 2010 and April 2011, a brand new Bonus Share the Experience program offers all booked guests $400 in shipboard spending credit (or $250 for Mexico cruises) for each new-to-Crystal guest they refer to sail with them in a separate stateroom. With the new program, booked guests can earn up to $1,600 per person in shipboard credits for his/her friend's new booking made after July 7. New guests will receive a $100 shipboard credit, up to $200 per stateroom.

What's different about this Bonus program and Crystal's existing Share the Experience program is that the credits are much larger and the program is not only open to past guests. Anyone traveling during this period can participate. Even Crystal Society guests (repeat guests) who have reached their previous four per person limit with the original STEX program can bring additional friends with the Bonus program.

"Travelers won't find a richer referral program in the industry. The Bonus Share the Experience program affords the biggest incentive - as much as four times the standard shipboard credit amount for referrals - on more sailings than ever," says Bill Smith, senior vice president, sales and marketing. "Our guests are our most valuable ambassadors, and we're thrilled to reward them for sharing the award-winning Crystal Experience with their friends and family. Whether it's a helicopter adventure, a signature spa series or a coveted piece of jewelry, guests can indulge themselves with memories of a lifetime."

Bonus Share the Experience program details:

-- Applies to new-to-Crystal guests referred and booking on or after July 7.
-- $400 referral bonus shipboard spending credit for most sailings between Sept 2010, and April 2011, including the Mediterranean, Caribbean, New England/Canada, South America, Trans-Atlantic, - and even the December holiday cruises and the 2011 World Cruise.
-- $250 referral bonus credit is for referring guests aboard Crystal Symphony's November and December Mexican Riviera cruises.
-- Not available with two February and March Panama Canal cruises.
-- Maximum of four bonus referrals per guest; up to $3,200 per stateroom!
-- Combinable with all other promotions, including Crystal's generous 'All Inclusive - As You Wish' spending credits of up to $1,000 per person, any other Crystal Society spending credits, Two-for-One promotional pricing, verandah sales, 'Save Now, Save Later,' and the Crystal Family Memories program.
-- Crystal Society members (Crystal repeat guests) who have already referred guests for these cruises can add new guests and earn more credits.
-- No cancels and rebooks will be permitted.

For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit

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Azamara Club Cruises Opens 2011-12 Cruisetour Program To Worldwide Exotic Destinations

MIAMI, July 20, 2010: From tango halls to souks, cathedrals to palaces, and pyramids to the Great Wall, Azamara Club Cruises today announced 13 land-tour itineraries, combinable with an Azamara cruise for cruisetour packages that offer more authentic cultural experiences for the up-market traveler. Ranging from two- to six-night escorted land adventures, guests can enjoy even more immersive experiences in eight of the world’s most exciting destinations, including Rome, Athens, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Istanbul, Jordan and Israel, India, and China. All cruisetour packages embody Azamara’s philosophy of visiting unique destinations; immersing in the destinations; delivering extraordinary service by every member of the staff and crew; savoring the regions’ cuisines and fine wines; and focusing on wellness and vigor, onboard and on land. All land-tour itineraries are escorted by a Tour Director or a local host, and feature accommodations in five-star hotels located in metropolitan centers. In addition to included immersive experiences, guests will enjoy plenty of time for personal exploration and shopping, with full breakfast in the hotels, additional select meals, all transportation and ground transfers included in the land-tour itinerary.

“The introduction of these new offerings will enable up-market travelers to enjoy an even more immersive adventure with Azamara,” said Larry Pimentel, president and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises. “Guests have more opportunities to experience the cultures of exotic destinations by extending their Azamara voyage with a land-tour itinerary for an enthralling vacation. Throughout, every staff and crew will deliver Azamara Club Cruises’ extraordinary signature service to our guests.”

Travelers can select from among 13 individual pre- and post-voyage land-tour itineraries to extend their Azamara vacation in some of the world’s most exotic destinations. Azamara Club Cruises cruisetour itineraries are available for purchase ala carte, and travelers have the flexibility to opt for the land-tour extension at any point after they make their cruise booking for an enriching cruisetour vacation.

In summer 2011, guests of Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest can choose a 2-night Athens or 3-night Rome cruisetour package. In addition to the must-see sites in Athens, guests on this cruisetour will learn the traditional Greek dance of Syartaki and learn to make their own set of Greek Komboloi beads, believed for centuries to possess stress-relieving properties. The Rome cruisetour includes a visit to the Pope’s summer residence and Oastia Antica at the mouth of the Tiber River to see some of the most well-preserved Roman ruins and mosaics, as well as enjoy authentic Italian food and wine tastings and escorted tours of Vatican City’s museums and historic buildings.

In the 2011-12 Austral summer, Azamara Journey guests can choose a 3-night Buenos Aires & Iguazu Falls land-tour vacation extension to experience all the culture, flavors, and colors of this vibrant South American city. The cruisetour also takes guests for an overnight to the breathtaking Iguazu Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil.

Guests of Azamara Quest also have a range of cruisetour packages choices for a more in-depth experience in the Near East. A two-night Istanbul cruisetour visits all the iconic sites of this ancient city, including a fortune-reading of guests’ Turkish coffee drippings, while they enjoy a panoramic view of the bustling city from atop Pierre Loti. A four-night Jordan and Israel itinerary delves into the cradle of Western civilization, and a three-night Cairo itinerary features a visit to the wondrous pyramids of Giza on camelback and the labyrinthine Khan El Khalili Bazaar.

In the Far East, guests can rediscover the inland metropolises of India, including Delhi, Agra for the Taj Mahal, and Jaipur on an amazing five-night itinerary. Additionally, a five- or six-night cruisetour itinerary unveils the cultural heritage of China in Beijing, Xian and Hong Kong.

Azamara Club Cruises is a destination-immersive cruise line for upmarket travelers who want to not only see the places and cultures they visit, but to live them. Azamara’s two intimate, 694-guest ships, Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, with a combination of 347 suites and staterooms, offer a boutique European hotel ambience with extraordinary service, fine cuisine and wines from around the world, and wellness and vigor programs, all while sailing to a host of destinations larger ships can’t reach. Azamara Club Cruises sails in Northern and Western Europe, Mediterranean, Asia, South America and the Panama Canal, Transatlantic, and the less-traveled islands of the Caribbean, with more overnight and late-night stays in every region. For more information, call your travel professsional, dial 1-877-999-9553, or visit the Azamara Club Cruises web site at

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Crystal's New & Expanded 2011 Experiences of Discovery Series
Brings Special Interests Into Focus

LOS ANGELES, July 20: A Distinguished Speaker Series through New England/Canada and a new focus on sophisticated floral design in Europe are among the more than two dozen 2011 Experiences of Discovery vacations on Crystal Cruises. Other enriching 2011 worldwide special interest cruises include the ultra-luxury line's popular Wine & Food Festival; Mind, Body & Spirit; Emerging Artists (set for seven consecutive Alaska voyages); Science & Technology; Jazz; Golf; Film & Theater Festival; and Big Band & Ballroom Dance. Additionally, Crystal's annual President's Cruise and Holiday sailings offer special events and festivities.

"While every Crystal cruise offers an array of stimulating activities, the Experiences of Discovery offer guests more in-depth exploration through added professional speakers, workshops, entertainment and, where possible, shore-side adventures," said Bill Smith, senior vice president, sales and marketing.

2011 Experiences of Discovery include:
-- *NEW* Floral Design - Renowned guest floral designer shares techniques of the art.
-- Distinguished Speaker Series - Educational and informative presentations from some of the world's most noteworthy personalities.
-- Science & Technology - Experts share insight and practical information on the latest research developments and newest gadgets.
-- Comprehensive Creative Learning Institute - World Cruise voyages feature an expanded language, art, music and wellness curriculum, plus a brand new 'Ocean Views' series.
-- Mind, Body & Spirit - Guest instructors and speakers focus on yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi and general fitness on board and ashore.
-- Golf - PGA pros offer onboard and shoreside tips, plus play at some of the world's most exclusive courses.
-- Wine & Food Festival - World-renowned chefs, wine experts and mixologists share their specialties, plus hands-on instruction with Crystal's talented culinary team.
-- Emerging Artists - Crystal's exclusive partnership with the Music Center - Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County showcases some of the brightest talent from the Music Center Spotlight Awards.
-- Film & Theater - Award-winning experts salute film, stage and television with live performances, interactive discussions and celebrated cinema.
-- Big Band & Ballroom Dance - Live daily performances, dance lessons and competitions plus additional Ambassador Hosts.
-- Jazz - Live performances and presentations about musical legends.

For further information or Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625 or visit Crystal's website

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Norwegian Epic ‘New Wave’ Sets New Record

MIAMI, July 20: Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest and largest Freestyle Cruising ship ever, has set its third consecutive record-breaking booking week for the week ending July 17, 2010. Booking volume was up more than 50 percent from the previous two record-breaking weeks for the weeks ending July 3 and July 10 with Epic’s innovative New Wave balcony staterooms some of the most popular. Norwegian’s signature New Wave design offers a completely fresh take on stateroom design with contemporary curved architecture including curved walls and ceilings that maximize the living space.

To celebrate Norwegian Epic’s christening and inaugural season, the line launched several promotions including “Hello Balcony,” offering guests a complementary balcony upgrade when booking an oceanview stateroom. The promotion is valid for new reservations, runs through August 1, 2010 and includes select sailings fleet-wide. In addition, guests also receive half-off standard cruise deposits and up to $150 in on-board credit per stateroom, based on cruise length and category, for new Norwegian Epic reservations.

The 153,000 gross tons, 4,100-passenger Norwegian Epic, billed as the world's largest floating entertainment venue with world-class entertainment unlike anything before seen at sea, was christened by country music superstar Reba McEntire on July 2 in a Christening Ceremony hosted by Curb Your Enthusiasm star and comedian Jeff Garlin. The ship served as the venue for the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® Spectacular broadcast live on NBC television. The hour-long broadcast was the #1 program across all networks for the evening, hitting a three year high in ratings. The Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular show also won the coveted 18-49 demo and had a significant +82% gain in women, ages 25-54, versus last year.

Norwegian Epic sails alternating 7-day Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises itineraries every Saturday from Miami through April 2011. Eastern Caribbean sailings make stops in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands: Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Nassau, Bahamas. On her Western Caribbean sailings, Norwegian Epic visits Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico and Roatan, Honduras. For more information on Norwegian Epic as well as to book a cruise on the ship, please call Norwegian at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), visit, or contact a travel professional.

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Carnival Cruise Lines Punches Up The Fun With Fleetwide Comedy Clubs

MIAMI, July 19: Carnival Cruise Lines is adding more laughs and upping the fun quotient at sea with the introduction of Carnival Punchliner Comedy Clubs—dedicated comedy lounges rolling out fleetwide on all 22 “Fun Ships” by the end of the year. Building on the tremendous success of its first comedy club, which debuted on the new Carnival Dream last fall, Punchliner Comedy Clubs will feature a wide variety of side-splitting comics.

Located in the ship’s aft lounge, each Punchliner Comedy Club will offer guests loads of laughs with five 35-minute shows on multiple nights during each voyage, with at least two comedians performing each night. The two early-evening shows offer fun for the whole family while the later performances will feature adult-oriented comedy. Carnival Punchliner Comedy Clubs will feature hilarious, laugh-out-loud performances from established comedians as well as rising stars, with approximately 10 shows per voyage offered on short cruise itineraries and approximately 20 shows per cruise on longer length departures.

“Laughter is the most public, most infectious expression of fun, so we’re excited to provide our guests with an expanded offering in comedy with our new Punchliner Comedy Clubs,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival president and CEO. “Given that laughter has been shown to have a positive effect on mood, stress reduction and overall happiness, our new clubs and performance line-up will only further enhance the spirited fun of a Carnival vacation.”

While comedy shows have always been part of Carnival’s diverse entertainment lineup, the concept was taken to another level aboard the Carnival Dream, which offered the line’s first dedicated comedy club last fall. Comedy clubs are currently also featured on Carnival Glory, Carnival Pride and Carnival Sensation — with the concept being incorporated into the remainder of the fleet over the next several months. When Carnival Magic enters service in May 2011, a Punchliner Comedy Club will also be featured on the line’s newest “Fun Ship.”

All of Carnival’s aft show lounges will be converted to comedy clubs with a special stage and branded glassware, menus, employee uniforms and other items featuring the Punchliner Comedy Club logo. Guests can learn about the performer lineups and schedules in the ship’s Fun Times newsletter.

Carnival is the most popular cruise line in the world with 22 “Fun Ships” operating voyages from three to 16 days in length to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Europe and Bermuda. The line currently has two new 130,000-ton ships on order – Carnival Magic, set to debut in Europe May 1, 2011, and Carnival Breeze, scheduled to enter service in spring 2012.

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

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Celebrity Cruises Presents Exotic New Voyages in Australia, New Zealand.
 Indonesia & French Polynesia

MIAMI, July 19: Like the iconic boomerang, believed to have originated in Australia, Celebrity Cruises today announced plans to return to the region in 2011-12, with an enticing new series of vacations on Celebrity Century. The 1,814-guest Celebrity Century is ideal for offering guests spectacular views of the scenic region, having been refitted in 2006 to add 314 new verandas, along with the elegant Murano restaurant and the truly "cool" Martini ice bar.

"This marks a significant expansion of Celebrity's diverse array of global vacation options," said Celebrity Cruises President and CEO Dan Hanrahan. "We're thrilled to return to Australia and New Zealand. It's a region our guests and trade partners around the world have said they wanted to experience again with Celebrity, pairing our award-winning dining, exceptional service and high style with the beauty, charm and diversity of the area. This move further exemplifies our 'Designed for you' platform, and how we fulfill what cruisers desire."

Marking the line's first return to the land Down Under in two years, Celebrity's exotic new Australia and New Zealand season - bookended by a series of vacation options in Hawaii - features a total of 36 ports in six countries: Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, French Polynesia, the U.S. and Mexico. The lineup includes 10 distinct itineraries, with six varied departure ports, including Sydney and Perth (Fremantle), Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; Honolulu, Hawaii; San Diego, California, and Ensenada, Mexico.

Celebrity's new series begins Oct 2, 2011, with two consecutive 15-night Hawaii sailings from San Diego, followed by a 10-night Hawaii cruise from Ensenada to Honolulu. An 18-night "Pacific Jewels" voyage departs Honolulu November 11, followed by five 12- and 13-night New Zealand cruises between Sydney and Auckland, including a festive holiday sailing departing Sydney December 24. These offer a more destination-rich experience for cruisers, with only three days at sea, versus five on most competing lines' itineraries.

Cruisers also have the opportunity to experience a rare, 36-night circumnavigational voyage, a first for Celebrity, through two combinable 18-night sailings: One will sail around the southern portion of Australia, featuring an overnight stay in Sydney and transits through three soundsMilford, Doubtful, and Duskyin New Zealand's World Heritage-designated Fiordland National Park. The second of the combinable 18-night sailings takes cruisers around Australia's northern coast, and features a visit to the idyllic island of Bali, Indonesiamarking yet another first for Celebrity. The new series also includes two tantalizing, 18-night Trans-Pacific voyages visiting the French Polynesian islands and Hawaii. Among the ports Celebrity will visit for the first time are Geraldton, Broome, Darwin, Cairns, Brisbane, Adelaide, Albany, Bunbury, and Perth, Australia, in addition to Burnie, Tasmania, and Bali.

To complement the cruises and allow guests to delve deeper into the land Down Under, Celebrity has created a series of cruisetour packages, with details to be announced when bookings open for the entire slate of vacation options on Thursday, July 29. Celebrity also will announce details of an early booking incentive on that date.

Celebrity's new itineraries replace the previously announced series of 12-night Caribbean cruises from Baltimore on Celebrity Century. Guests with individual and group bookings that are named and deposited on Celebrity Century departing between Nov 1, 2011 and March 21, 2012, have the option to cancel their booking, or move to the same category of accommodations on a comparable Transcanal voyage on Celebrity Infinity, either Oct 28, 2011, or March 27, 2012; Celebrity Century's Hawaii sailings Oct 2 or 17, 2011, or April 2 or 20, 2012; 10- or 11-night Caribbean cruises on Celebrity Equinox in 2011, or entirely new 12-night Caribbean sailings from Cape Liberty, NJ, on Celebrity Silhouette, the line's fourth Solstice Class ship, entering service in 2011. Holiday sailings are open only to guests currently booked on Celebrity Century's double-holiday voyage of Dec 23, 2011. Guests with applicable bookings who opt to shift to one of the eligible sailings will receive a $200 per stateroom or $400 per suite onboard credit. Guests with reservations on the previously announced sailings on Celebrity Century from Baltimore in 2011-12 will be proactively contacted by Celebrity Cruises. Guests with questions specific to those bookings are welcome to call 1-888-281-9343.

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The Reintroduction of Paul Gauguin Cruises

BELLEVUE, WA, July 16: Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin, is pleased to announce the “reintroduction” of the celebrated brand, aimed to better reflect the renewed focus on the illustrious ship that offers the utmost in luxury cruising. The Gauguin is very much an extension of French Polynesia and its people. Following a series of visioning sessions and branding exercises, Paul Gauguin Cruises is implementing new measures to communicate and educate industry leaders as well as consumers on the unique place the company holds for French Polynesia tourism.

While some ships “sail upon the sea,” The Gauguin is a creature of the sea–-she has been built to sail the waters of the South Pacific and is an ambassador for everything authentic and original about French Polynesia. In this light, Paul Gauguin Cruises reintroduces her identity to coincide with a vision of personal luxury that is the focus of every sailing.

Paul Gauguin Cruises now utilizes the voice of French Polynesia, continuously positioning the company as an integral component of the destination itself while also evoking the feeling visitors experience when in French Polynesia. The new messaging portrays a sense of the uniqueness of Polynesian life and heritage along with the use of photography to showcase the scale and drama of the seascapes surrounding the islands and the generosity of the Polynesian people.

The reintroduction will continue to foster a meaningful connection with the true luxury of the South Seas and an intimate understanding of the authentic culture of Polynesia--the place and its people. The rebranding campaign comes at the heels of the ship’s new ownership under Pacific Beachcomber. Pacific Beachcomber has more than 25 years of experience in the French Polynesian tourism market, making the acquisition of The Gauguin a natural fit for the destination specialist. The group is the country’s largest luxury hotel and cruise operator, operating six award-winning hotels in addition to Paul Gauguin Cruises: InterContinental Tahiti Resort, InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort, InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, InterContinental Moorea Resort and Spa, Maitai Bora Bora, and Maitai Rangiroa.

Paul Gauguin Cruises provides a luxury cruise experience tailored to the unparalleled wonders of Tahiti, French Polynesia and the South Pacific. The m/s Paul Gauguin was built at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint Nazaire, France. The ship is 513 feet long, 71 feet wide and has a draft of 16.9 feet. The ship can accommodate 332 guests with a staff of 215 and is one of the top Exclusive Charter and Incentive Group venues in the industry. The m/s Paul Gauguin has undergone more than $25 million in enhancements since its inaugural sail in 1998. Since 1998, the m/s Paul Gauguin has completed more than 500 South Pacific cruises and served more than 140,000 guests, including more than 12,000 honeymooners.

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Princess Cruises Announces Details of 2011-2012 Asia Cruise and Cruisetour Season

SANTA CLARITA, CA, July 15: The diverse lands of Asia evoke images of exotic cultures, ancient mysteries and modern bustling cities. Whether visitors long to see the ornate gilded pavilions, ancient temples, towering skyscrapers or distinctive natural beauty, an Asia cruise offers a truly unique cruise vacation. For the Fall 2011--Spring 2012 Asia season, Princess Cruises will offer 14 itineraries that include more than 60 vibrant ports throughout Asia and beyond, plus land and sea cruisetours to visit more of mainland China. The world's largest and most populous continent, Asia encompasses a rich collection of nations, peoples, sights and sounds. From the grandeur of China's Great Wall to the jeweled palaces of Bangkok, the continent's attractions dazzle on a variety of Princess itineraries, including Southeast Asia and China routes, roundtrip voyages from Australia, and multi-continent adventures that include travel to and from Alaska, Australia, or Africa. Passengers can choose to sail on Diamond Princess, the intimate Ocean Princess, or even aboard one of the Princess ships based "Down Under."

"The unique sights, sounds, and even tastes of Asia make it one of our most sought after exotic vacation options," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. "We've been taking passengers to these ancient lands for decades and passengers continue to be fascinated by the range of cultures and astounding sites they can experience in the Far East."

In China, cruisers can see the ultramodern and the ancient juxtaposed at the port of Shanghai, as the city's gleaming skyscrapers clash against its colorful temples. In bustling Hong Kong, passengers can explore the former British colony from its harbor or narrow streets. This duty-free capital of the world offers endless shopping and unique dining experiences on floating restaurants. On some itineraries, passengers can enjoy extra time in Hong Kong including an overnight stay with Princess' signature Two-Day Experience. Travelers who opt for a China cruisetour spend extra time in Beijing, where they can explore a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the massive Forbidden City where they can wander through its 250 acres of palaces, pavilions and courtyards. Once designed to keep invaders out, The Great Wall presents an unforgettable sight, stretching more than 4,000 miles. In Xian, travelers discover one of the 20th Century's greatest archaeological finds, more than 8,000 Terra Cotta Warriors and horses. On the Yangtze River cruise, passengers sail through the region's renowned gorges, and visit the Three Gorges Dam site.

The cities of Japan and South Korea offer another look at Asia, including the juxtaposition of war and peace in Nagasaki. Once a symbol of the horrors of war, this beautiful setting today draws visitors to its Peace Park and atomic bomb museum. Busan, South Korea's second largest city, is the gateway to a fascinating land that is the second-oldest country in Asia.

Among the distinct countries of Southeast Asia, passengers can experience the rich culture of Thailand with a visit to Bangkok, home to gilded temples, monks in saffron-colored robes and a maze of canals. In Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon, bustles with activity and offers fascinating sites such as the National History Museum, the Mekong Delta and Cu Chi Tunnels. Singapore, the commercial center of Southeast Asia, is a gleaming mix of cultures and a shopper's paradise. As a new itinerary feature this season, many Princess routes are now scheduled to sail in or out of Singapore, giving passengers an opportunity to spend additional time exploring this diverse cosmopolitan society.

Princess offers passengers a variety of Asia itineraries, to explore China, Southeast Asia, or even multi-continent voyages. Travelers can also choose "Aussie style" voyages sailing to Asia from the Australian ports of Sydney, Brisbane or Perth.

Southeast Asia & China Sailings: Passengers can enjoy the best of Asia as they travel between Beijing and Singapore. This 16-day voyage takes travelers to Busan, Nagasaki, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, and Bangkok, with the option to add an overland excursion to Cambodia's Angkor Wat. Sailings depart throughout the Fall 2011-Spring 2012 season aboard Diamond Princess from Oct 2011 until April 2012.

Australia & Asia sailings: Travelers can explore two continents aboard Diamond Princess with sailings between Sydney and Singapore or Beijing. The Australia & Asia itinerary takes passengers on a 19-day journey from Singapore to the Asian ports of Ko Samui, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, and Bali; plus Australian calls at Darwin, Port Douglas and Airlie Beach for the Great Barrier Reef. The 23-day Australia & China route also sails around northern Australia and adds ports such as Taipei, Nagasaki, Busan, Shanghai and Dalian. Sailings depart Nov 27, 2011 and Feb 4, 2012.

Australia & Asia Small Ship Experience: Ocean Princess offers journeys between Australia and the wonders of Asia, featuring the intimate, classic cruising atmosphere of a small ship. The 20-day Australia & Asia voyages sail to northern Australia, including the Whitsunday Islands, Great Barrier Reef and Darwin; plus call in Bali, Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), and Bangkok and Ko Samui in Thailand. Ocean Princess sets sail on Nov 12, 2011 and March 17, 2012.

Alaska & Far East Sailings: Princess passengers can also explore the northern reaches of the Pacific with voyages between Alaska and the heart of Asia. Diamond Princess sails on 15- or 19-day itineraries between Beijing and either Anchorage or Vancouver. The ship takes passengers across the international dateline and calls at Sapporo (Muroran), Vladivostok, Busan, and Qingdao and Dailan in China. Sailings depart on Sept 24, 2011 and May 1, 2012.

Mediterranean, India & Asia: For a far-flung adventure, passengers can sail on a 28-day voyage from Rome to Singapore aboard Ocean Princess. The small ship will take cruisers to Sorrento, Athens, and Kusadasi before transiting the Suez Canal and continuing on to Sharm El Sheik, Aqaba, Safaga, Dubai, Muscat, Mumbai, Cochin, and Kuala Lumpur. Ocean Princess departs on Oct 15, 2011.

Africa, India & Southeast Asia: The intimate Ocean Princess also offers a 30-day journey from Singapore to Cape Town. Passengers can enjoy the small ship experience on an itinerary to Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Maldives, Mumbai, Muscat, Dubai, Mauritius, Reunion, Durban, and East London, plus an overnight call in Cape Town. Travelers have the option to visit the Taj Mahal in India or take a safari to Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa. The sailing departs on April 6, 2012.

Roundtrip Asia Sailings from Australia: Australia-based Sea Princess and Sun Princess offer a variety of sailings to Asia roundtrip from Australia. These "Aussie Experience" cruises offer activities and cuisine that reflect local tastes and use Australian dollars as the onboard currency.

•Sun Princess sets off from Perth on a roundtrip Southeast Asia Explorer itinerary that ventures to a variety of ports in a 21-day adventure. With calls at Bali, Ho Chi Minh City, Sihanoukville (Cambodia), Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, travelers will experience the rich diversity of Southeast Asia. The ship departs on Aug 11, 2011.

•The Treasures of Asia Grand Adventure encompasses voyages to and from Singapore from Perth, combined into an unforgettable 25-day roundtrip grand voyage. Sun Princess will call at Phuket, Langkawi, Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Sihanoukville, Bangkok, Ko Samui and Bali. The adventure begins on June 18, 2011.

•The 42-day China & Japan journey sails roundtrip from either Sydney or Brisbane. Passengers on these voyages will calls at ports such as Airlie Beach, Darwin, Kota Kinabalu, before spending two days in Hong Kong on Princess' signature Two-day Experience. Other stops include Shanghai, Busan, Nagasaki, Osaka, Tokyo, Iwo Jima scenic cruising, Guam and Rabaul (Papua New Guinea). Sailings on Sea Princess and Sun Princess depart on Sept 21, 2011 and Mar 4, 2012 respectively.

•Covering several continents, the South Africa & Indian Ocean Odyssey sails roundtrip from Perth on a 46-day adventure. Sun Princess will call at Asian ports such as Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Phuket, then move on to India with visits to Mumbai, Goa, and the Maldives. After crossing the Equator, the ship visits the Seychelles, and the South African ports of Richard's Bay, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, and Durban. The ship calls at Reunion Island and Mauritius before returning to Perth. Sun Princess departs on May 3, 2011.

Princess creates a full land and sea vacation for travelers to see more of the treasures of China. Passengers can choose from two land packages to that combine seamlessly with Diamond Princess Asia sailings. These five- or eight-day tours both highlight China's most dramatic attractions, including many UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The 5-night Best of China cruisetour starts in the bustling city of Beijing, and offers three nights in the Chinese capital and two nights in Xian. In Beijing, passengers will experience the ancient wonder of the Great Wall plus the Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven (all UNESCO World Heritage Sites), the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. The mysterious Terra Cotta Warriors (also a UNESCO World Heritage Site) highlight the Xian portion of the tour, along with the Wild Goose Pagoda and a dinner show at the Tang Palace Theatre.

The 8-night Yangtze Experience also incorporates the highlights of Beijing (three nights) and Xian (one night), plus includes a three-night cruise of the Yangtze River and a night in Wuhan. Passengers will also visit a zoo in Chongqing to view pandas before embarking on their Yangtze River cruise vessel. Along the river they will enjoy several excursions and cruise the Three Gorges Dam locks.

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

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Exciting Speakers For 2011 Seabourn Sojourn World Cruise

MIAMI, July 15: The Yachts of Seabourn has announced an exciting line-up of prominent personalities as guest speakers for its Enrichment Program aboard the new Seabourn Sojourn’s 111-day maiden world cruise, departing Jan 5, 2011, from Los Angeles and ending in London on April 27, 2011. Among the array of impressive luminaries is successful film producer and studio executive Sherry Lansing, the first woman to head a major Hollywood film studio; British journalist, author and media personality Carol Thatcher, the daughter of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; and thelegendary restaurant critic and author Gael Greene, who helped shaped the way many Americans think about food, and is a co-founder and board chair of the restaurateurs’ charitable organization Citymeals-on-Wheels. They join a remarkable group of speakers and lecturers, from award-winning journalists and diplomats to artists, authors and filmmakers, who will share their insights and expertise about world affairs, arts and culture, film and media, cooking and history with Sojourn guests during the world cruise.

“We want to ensure that our world cruise guests have an onboard experience as amazing as the places they’ll see during their voyage,” said Pamela C. Conover, Seabourn’s President and CEO. “This illustrious group of speakers and personalities, with their diverse range of expertise and insights, will undoubtedly be a memorable part of their journey around the globe.”
Seabourn will host the following distinguished speakers during the world cruise:

Onboard during segment voyage from Los Angeles to Sydney, Jan 5 – Feb 6:
George Losey, Jr. – historian, marine biologist and expert in South Pacific history, culture and marine life.
Mimi Shapiro – artist and instructor, who will teach guests how to create a unique travel journal, mixing narrative with art, photography and objects.
David Frazier and Joe Garry – Theater veterans who have collaborated for the past 35 years. Frazier has performed more than 150 leading roles, while Garry has directed hundreds of plays and musicals.
Thomson Smillie –author and opera historian who has worked most of his life for opera companies, including the Scottish Opera, Wexford Festival in Ireland, the Opera Company of Boston, and the Kentucky Opera in Louisville.
Dr. Roy Willis – world historian and avid global traveler, Dr. Willis is a former history professor at the University of California, Davis, who has received numerous prestigious awards and fellowships for his scholarly works.

Onboard during segment voyage from Sydney to Hong Kong, Feb 6 - 26:
Alan Patching – one of Australia’s internationally recognized leaders, Patching has been described as the Australian project and business leadership guru. He is best known as Chief Executive Officer of the entity that owned Sydney's Olympic Stadium, and he is also an expert on Australia’s history.
John Stainton – Australian film producer and director of documentaries and The Crocodile Hunter television series for his close friend, the late Australian naturalist Steve Irwin.
Rick McKay – multiple award-winning producer, director, writer and cinematographer of the hit film Broadway: The Golden Age.
Lawrence Blair – documentary filmmaker who co-produced the internationally-acclaimed and Emmy Award-nominated BBC/PBS television series Ring of Fire, highlighting his 10-year exploration of Indonesia.

Onboard during segment voyage from Hong Kong to Singapore, Feb 26–March 12
Sherry Lansing – first woman to head a Hollywood film studio, 20th Century Fox; responsible for blockbuster hits such as Forrest Gump, Braveheart, Titanic, and founder of the Sherry Lansing Foundation, which supports cancer research and other philanthropic projects. Lansing was awarded an Oscar for her humanitarian work.
Pang Eng Fong -- former Singapore Ambassador to U.K., Ireland, Belgium and the European Union, South Korea, and Mongolia. Dr. Pang is an author and professor at Singapore Management University, and former professor at the National University of Singapore, Columbia University and University of Michigan.

Onboard during segment voyage from Singapore to Dubai, March 12 - 26
Daniel Silke – an independent political analyst with a special interest in political parties and elections, and a renowned Futurist lecturing widely on globalization and the future of the world.
Hugh Thomson – a writer and filmmaker, who has produced numerous documentaries exploring different regions around the world, including Machu Picchu, the Himalayas, India and many more.
Bruce Riedel - a Senior Fellow in foreign policy at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy of the Brookings Institution; a former CIA analyst, counter-terrorism expert, and author.

Onboard during segment voyage from Dubai to Rome, March 26 – April 15:
Ambassador Adrian Sindall – Former British diplomat and Ambassador to Syria and British High Commissioner to Brunei.
Rick Senat – film historian, and founder and director of the London Film Museum.

Onboard during segment voyage from Rome to London, April 15 – April 27:
Caroline Boyle-Turner – founder of the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art, historian and author on European art of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Carol Thatcher – British journalist, author, media personality, and daughter of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Gael Greene – legendary American restaurant critic and co-founder and board chair of the culinary charity Citymeals-on-Wheels.

The intimate, all-suite Seabourn Sojourn entered service June 6, 2010, bringing the number of ultra-luxury yachts in the Seabourn fleet to five. It offers travelers highly personalized service in a relaxed, sociable and luxurious atmosphere. The yacht carries 450 guests in 225 spacious suites, 90 percent of which have private verandas. All suites feature separate living areas and bedrooms, writing desks with personalized stationery, iPod and MP3 connections, and spacious granite bathrooms with separate bath and shower and twin sinks.

The two-deck, state-of-the-art Spa at Seabourn features a Spa Villa for hours of pure indulgence and relaxation, as well as a Kneipp Walk, herbal bath facility and an aroma steam bath with salt inhalation. Guests aboard the new vessel enjoy dining at four venues, all without any additional charge, as well as six bars and lounges serving a full range of beverages including fine wines and spirits, with Seabourn’s compliments.

On Jan. 5, 2011, Sojourn will embark on a world cruise from Los Angeles to London, visiting 46 ports via the South Pacific, New Zealand, around Western Australia, Indonesia and Southeast Asia, India, Arabia and the Mediterranean. Fares for the full 111-day world cruise include many valuable bonus benefits and amenities, such as a pre-cruise Bon Voyage event with dinner and luxury overnight in Los Angeles, numerous special shoreside events and exclusive complimentary shore excursions, Personal Valet luggage shipping service, and shipboard credits of $2,500 per guest. Gala onboard celebrations and special gifts will also be offered to guests during the voyage. For travelers who cannot sail on the entire world cruise, shorter segments are available, several of which also offer value-added benefits.

Seabourn’s Enrichment Program speakers and lecturers and dates aboard Sojourn’s world cruise are subject to change without notice. For more information, contact a travel agent, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit

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A Once In A Lifetime Experience, Every Time: New World Cruise
Shore Adventures With P&O Cruises

Imagine walking over a tree lined canopy in the Amazon rain forest, sailing on a junk in Vietnam, seeing the wildlife on safari, and an Ostrich Ranch near Cape Town, visiting the Great Wall of China, taking a thrilling ride through the Dubai desert safari in a 4x4 or climbing the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge all on one holiday. All of these once in a lifetime experiences can become a reality during the ultimate holiday - a world cruise.

World cruise expert P&O Cruises is offering five world cruises, 18 line voyages and 72 shorter cruise holidays, departing in spring 2011 and early 2012. The 2011/12 world cruise brochure will be available on line at or via travel agents and is available to book from.

· Arcadia, 72-night Grand Alaska Adventure departs Tuesday April 12 2011
· Adonia, 87-night South America Grand Adventure departs Friday Jan 13 2012
· Arcadia, 109-night Grand Odyssey departs Monday Jan 9 2012
· Aurora, 98-night westabout full world circumnavigation departs Wednesday Jan 4 2012
· Oriana, 97-night eastabout full world circumnavigation departs Thursday Jan 5 2012

P&O Cruises managing director, Carol Marlow said: “A world cruise is often considered a once in a lifetime experience but each exotic itinerary offers an extraordinary choice of shore adventures, each a once in a lifetime opportunity in its own right.

“The 2011/12 World Cruise program encompasses 177 ports in 55 countries so we have been searching for the best sights and experiences that these ports have to offer to ensure that passengers have a memorable and exciting range of scenic, cultural, active and city tour shore excursions to choose from. These will include landmark sights such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Panama Canal; overnight stays in ports such as Manaus, Cape Town, Istanbul and New Orleans; cultural experiences and, of course, city tours, often with exclusive entry into museums and art galleries.

“So whether it’s a trail up The Peak in Hong Kong, the Bullet train in Japan, hiking to a spectacular waterfall in Hawaii, seeing Petra from Aqaba, a wine tour of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, sipping cocktails overlooking Sydney’s Opera House, afternoon tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town or a Singapore Sling at Raffles, there are shore excursions to suit all ages and tastes.”

For more information on the 2011/12 World Cruise program or to request a copy of the brochure call P&O Cruises on 0845 3 555 333, visit or see your local travel agent.

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Windstar Introduces Gourmet Sandwich Bar in the Yacht Club on Wind Surf

SEATTLE, July 15: Windstar Cruises, which operates a three-ship fleet of luxury yachts that explore hidden harbors and secluded coves of the world's most treasured destinations, introduces a gourmet sandwich bar in the Yacht Club on Wind Surf. Guests can dine on an assortment of delicious specialty sandwiches, fresh fruit, and cookies onboard or they can take them ashore in a Windstar insulated, cooler bag for enjoying in port. Perfect for a romantic picnic in Europe or lunch on a secluded beach in the Caribbean.

Eight Signature Sandwiches are available, featuring flavors and ingredients of Windstar's Mediterranean itineraries. Guests may enjoy offerings such as:

-- The Italian Sandwich made with salami, mortadella, provolone cheese and pesto;
-- The Greek Sandwich composed of feta cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, red onions and olives;
-- The French Baguette with brie cheese, sweet onion confit, walnuts, tomatoes and lettuce.

All sandwiches are made with a choice of freshly-baked breads including French baguette, whole wheat, sundried tomato, and honey rolls. Guests can also custom-design their own sandwiches. Vegetarian options are available as well. The Yacht Club Sandwich Bar also features a full espresso bar, fruit juices, soft drinks, bottled water, domestic and imported beers, and wines by the glass that are available for purchase. It is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The Yacht Club Sandwich Bar is part of Windstar's latest phase of its Degrees of Difference initiative, featuring added amenities and enhancements to the fleet in the areas of dining, accommodations, entertainment, spa, fitness and shore excursions that are scheduled to be completed summer of 2010. In addition to the Yacht Club Sandwich Bar, Wind Surf's other dining venues include The Restaurant, Degrees, Le Marche, Candles and The Veranda. For more information including brochures, rates and itineraries contact a professional travel agent or call Windstar at 1-800-258-7245. Visit Windstar Cruises online at

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Silversea Lines Up Ted Koppel & Mary Higgins Clark As Celebrity Guest Lecturers

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, July 14: Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises has landed two renowned celebrities from the worlds of journalism and literature to guest lecture aboard two Silver Whisper voyages. ABC News veteran Ted Koppel will host the 10-day, Stockholm-to-Southampton voyage (#4025) departing Aug 23, 2010, and bestselling suspense novelist Mary Higgins Clark will be the featured speaker on the 16-day, Buenos Aires-to-Santiago cruise (#4102) departing Jan 20, 2011.

Ted Koppel is the managing editor for the Discovery Channel, the largest cable network in the United States. In this role, he anchors Koppel on Discovery, a series of programs examining major global topics and events. The Emmy Award-winning journalist spent 42 years at ABC News. From 1980 until 2005, he was the anchor and managing editor of ABC News Nightline, one of the most honored broadcasts in television history.

Mary Higgins Clark is known as America's Queen of Suspense. The worldwide bestselling author -- whose books have sold over one hundred million copies in the U.S. alone -- has penned dozens of suspense thrillers, including one set on the high seas, Santa Cruise, co-authored with her daughter Carol Higgins Clark. Her latest novel, The Shadow of Your Smile, published in April, is already a New York Times bestseller.

"It's a special honor for us to welcome Mr. Koppel and Ms. Clark on these two voyages," said Steve Tucker, Silversea's vice president of field sales for North America. "We know our guests will be intrigued by their stories and insights." On their respective Silver Whisper voyages, Koppel and Clark will host lectures and a Q&A session.

Silversea Cruises is recognized as an innovator in the luxury segment, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper and Silver Spirit, all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the regal expedition ship Prince Albert II, the company's itineraries encompass all seven continents. For more information on Silversea Cruises, please contact a travel agent and
for a complimentary brochure, call toll-free (877) 215-9986 or visit

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Barenaked Ladies' Ships And Dip 4 Now On Sale

ATLANTA, GA: Sixthman and Barenaked Ladies recently announced their fourth Ships and Dip cruise, sailing from Miami to Costa Maya, Mexico, and Belize City, Belize. The cruise, which takes place from Feb 6-11, 2011, on Norwegian Dawn, is now on sale to the public.

"We are very excited about Ships and Dip 4. We're going to be sailing the high seas with our good friends Guster and many more. Go forthwith, get tickets! You will not regret it," says the band. Other performers joining the lineup include Vancouver pop legends The Odds, Brothers Creeggan (both brothers have been members of Barenaked Ladies), charming Sixthman cruise regulars Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers, BNL member Kevin Hearn's side project Thin Buckle, and English standup comedian/musician Boothby Graffoe.

The first three Ships and Dip cruises featured BNL's favorite artists and comedians, and guests took an infamous "bare naked" shot on the Lido Deck. This year there will be non-stop music on board, as well as activities, contests, and more. Barenaked Ladies hope to see "quadruple dippers" and "quadruple strippers" (folks who have participated in all the Lido Deck photos) on board. Starting price for double-occupancy, interior stateroom is $799 per person. Oceanview staterooms, balcony staterooms, suites and penthouses are also available.

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Cunard Announces the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Company

July 13: When Cunard Line’s new Queen Elizabeth debuts in October 2010, the Line will introduce an original concept in theatrical entertainment at sea with the newly formed Queen Elizabeth Theatre Company. Guests will enjoy a brand new repertoire of shows premiered by the Theatre Company’s 29 singers, dancers, actors and musicians. Video blogs about the new entertainment program have been posted on the WeAreCunard channel, featuring Queen Elizabeth's on-board Entertainment Director Alistair Greener chatting with Cunard President Peter Shanks (Part One) and Martin Lilly, director of entertainment (Part Two).

New shows will include the hit “Slice of Saturday Night,” a popular nostalgic pastiche of 1960s music which has been staged in London and toured extensively throughout the UK and US. Adapted especially for the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Company by its original writers, the Heather Brothers, “Slice of Saturday Night” features all of the Theatre Company members - the largest production show that Cunard has ever staged.

Performing in the new ship’s majestic Royal Court Theatre, the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Company will present a compelling variety of musical productions and abridged versions of popular plays such as a Neil Simon triple bill and Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” The Simon show will feature three scenes, one each from some of the playwright’s best-loved shows - “Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” “Plaza Suite” and “The Odd Couple” - each linked by their setting: an apartment or hotel suite. At the conclusion of each show, the audience may take part in an informal Q&A session with the actors.

“The Piccadilly Line,” showcasing the talents of the entire Queen Elizabeth Theatre Company, explores the spoken word, song and prose as characters get on and off a train journey on the world’s oldest underground rail system. The action is set in the shell of a London tube train carriage.

“Hotel Royale” is a musical production featuring 16 singers and dancers who whimsically bring to life the story of a hotel which is past its prime – once the playground of the rich and famous, it is now home to some quirky staff and unusual guests.

“Sing,” a lively production based on the popularity of “Singers in Concert” performed on Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria, features 21 live musicians and four singers on stage, and creates a dynamic, audience-pleasing atmosphere in the Royal Court Theatre from the very first note. The show’s influences are drawn from contemporary musical theatre, pop and classic songs which will be very familiar to the audience.

“La Danza” is a cutting edge dance production showcasing the virtuoso talents of the dance ensemble. Following in the footsteps of “Apassionata” and “Dance Passion,” two hugely successful shows currently running on Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria, “La Danza” will delight guests who enjoy a wide range of choreography performed by truly talented performers.

Queen Elizabeth’s guests will also be able to take part in a specially written panel quiz show which will offer an afternoon of friendly banter. The Theatre Company will have its own take on topical news and entertainment stories.

“The entertainment on Queen Elizabeth is the most extensive ever seen on a Cunard liner, mixing tradition with satire,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line. “The Royal Court Theatre is comparable to London West End or Broadway Theatre – and we have created our own Theatre Company to really bring it to life. From the best of Broadway to Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ – we offer something for everybody.”

Queen Elizabeth continues the tradition of presenting Cunard’s Royal Nights with the debut of “The Cunard Ball,” “London Swings,” “The Starlight Ball” and the “Elizabethan Ball.” “London Swings” will be featured on the same evening as “Slice of Saturday Night,” with its inspirations taken from flower power and popular British '60s icons such as Twiggy, Mary Quant and Carnaby Street.

In addition, Queen Elizabeth will offer Cunard’s award-winning Insights enrichment program which introduces guests to stimulating experts and accomplished academics. Through a series of lectures, Q&As, social gatherings and workshops, guests connect with personalities who have achieved notable distinction in areas including history, world affairs, science, arts and literature. The Insights programme underscores Cunard’s view that on board entertainment should afford guests a provocative and rewarding experience. New for Queen Elizabeth will be the introduction of Professional Insights, a series of expert workshops on diverse subjects including antiques and auctions, sculpture, movie reviews, performance poetry, and even weather forecasting. For more information about Cunard and to book a voyage aboard Queen Elizabeth, consult your Travel Professional, call toll-free 1-800-7-CUNARD (728-6273) or go to

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Hurtigruten Offers Head Start on Next Year With Early Booking Savings

New York, July 2010 -- Planning ahead was never more rewarding than with Hurtigruten's 2011/2012 schedule of Explorer cruises. Travelers can save up to 20% on next year's sailings in Greenland, Spitsbergen and Europe by booking before Dec. 31, 1010 and in Antarctica by March 31, 2011. Guests who have sailed within the last three years are able to combine the savings with the Repeater Discount of 5%. A new 78-page full-color Explorer Voyages brochure details Hurtigruten's portfolio of 20 adventure expeditions to both ends of the world. The 5- to 20-day itineraries offer guests unique opportunities to explore pristine environments, get up close to fascinating wildlife and gain valuable insight from experts in numerous disciplines including geology, marine life, climate, environment, history and culture.

As a leader in expedition cruising, Hurtigruten takes its commitment to safeguarding these remote destinations seriously and belongs to both AECO and IAATO - organizations that demand its members maintain responsible travel safeguards for future generations. They also are promoting the clean-up of Svalbard as well as making its deluxe expedition ship, MS Fram, available to marine biologists and other scientists as a platform for scientific research.

Antarctica -- one of the most popular of Hurtigruten's destinations, there are few Hurtigruten guests who are not immediately taken in by the tuxedo suited greeters (penguins), always out and ready to welcome new friends to their year-round home. And the penguins are just a small part of the experience as Antarctica offers dramatic scenery, countless species of bird and marine life, and haunting landscapes. Six itineraries of 12 to 20 days run from November through February. All of the itineraries begin and end in Buenos Aires, Argentina's capital and the land of the tango. Early-booking savings, good through March 31, 2011, means fares range from $5,858 to $13,684 per person, double and include roundtrip air between Buenos Aires and the boarding port in Ushuaia.

Highlights common to all sailings include a variety of landings on the White Continent -- "Half Moon Island" with its large colony of chinstrap penguins and seals; Port Lockroy, once home to a British base and now a museum; and Neko Harbor, one of only a few stops allowed on the actual Antarctica mainland versus the Peninsula, are just some of the examples. The longer sailings add time in the seldom visited Tierra del Fuego region including Diego Ramirez, Cape Horn, Puerto Williams and Magdalena Island; the Falkland Islands; South Georgia; and South Orkney Islands. The 15-day "Polar Circle Quest" takes the guests across the 66º33' latitude - where the air is crisp and they are able to take in rarely seen landscapes. Optional voyage extensions are offered to Machu Picchu and Iguazu Falls.

Spitsbergen -- the land where polar bears reign supreme offers towering glaciers, spectacular fjords, Arctic deserts, the Midnight Sun and a wealth of both marine and land animals and migratory birds. Located midway between Norway and the North Pole, Spitsbergen is the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago and offer no roads to link communities - making Hurtigruten's sailings the best way to take in the never-ending vistas. And Hurtigruten has expanded its offerings for 2011, with six itineraries that range from five to 13 days, and booking by Dec. 31 lower fares to $2,907 to $9,073 per person, double. The June-September season has 27 departures aboard the MV Polar Star or MS Fram, two highly-regarded expedition ships.

Expedition leaders point out, and in many cases, take guests ashore to see extreme Arctic sights such as ice-filled Hinlopen Strait; Nordauslandet Island; historical, near-polar settlements of Barentsburg and Ny-Alesund; the stunning Hornsund Fjord; Bear Island; Lilliehook Glacier; and Andreeneset, where the remains of the ill-fated 1897 Andree Balloon Expedition were found in 1930. A special eight-day "Climate Voyage" celebrates the 150th birthday of Fridtjof Nansen, the great Norwegian explorer and recipient of the 1922 Nobel Peace Prize, and makes an inaugural visit to one of the most isolated islands in the world - Jan Mayen.

Greenland -- a focal point for climatic research and a polar destination like no other, Greenland attracts an array of scientists and travelers wanting to better understand how the world's climate impacts the environment, and get to see how its citizens have survived on the ice-capped island for more than 5,000 years. Two itineraries -- nine and 12 days -- explore the western coast of this massive island, visiting small villages as well as rarely visited regions. Highlights include walking tours of Inuit towns with tongue-twisting names -- Qeqertarsuaq, Ukkusissat, Ilulissat and Uummannaq; abundant wildlife that includes numerous species of whales, seals (numbering about 2 million), walruses, polar bears, musk oxen, Arctic foxes and hundreds of bird species; and, on the 12-day adventure, Iceland's Reykjavik, and Grundarfjordur with its lava formations and volcanoes. On-board Expedition Leaders and experts teach guests about the biology, climate, history and geology and interaction with local people ensures lasting memories. A 3-day Iceland extension is new for 2011 and numerous optional excursions round out these unique cruises. Sailings depart in June and July.

Europe -- guests can choose from an array of countries and experiences as the MS Fram travels along the coast of Europe during its Spring and Fall repositioning sailings. The Spring schedule offers a trio of sailings: from Lisbon, Portugal to the UK port of Dover, visiting Spain and France on the way; or an exploration of Norway's west coast and many of its most stunning fjords, ending in Oslo; or an exploration of the "Pearls of the Baltic" -- Copenhagen, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Estonia and Bornholm.

In the Fall, travelers venture further south: the 11-day 'Highlights of the British Isles" makes several stops in England, Scotland and Ireland before ending in Hamburg, Germany; the 15-day "Western Europe & North Africa" has that southern flair - venturing to France's Rouen and Nantes, Spain's La Coruña, Portugal's Leixos, Lisbon and Portmão, Morocco's Casablanca and Agadir, and then onto to Spain's Arrecife, and Canary Islands.

Hurtigruten is a world leader in expedition cruising, sailing to the most remote of destinations including Antarctica, Greenland and the Arctic’s Spitsbergen as well as year round along Norway's coast. Additional information on all of these adventures, as well as brochures and reservations, can be obtained from travel agents or Hurtigruten's visitor-friendly web site,; or by phone: (800) 323-7436; fax (888)-524-2145; for brochures (800) 582-0835.

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Carnival Cruise Lines' '1-2-3 Go! Sale' Offers Unprecedented Value on 'Fun Ship' Cruises

MIAMI, July 12: Carnival Cruise Lines is hosting its first-ever "1-2-3 Go! Sale" which combines three of the line's most popular sales incentives - Cash Back of up to $160 per stateroom, best available upgrades, and attractive "Fun Select" rates - to provide unprecedented value to consumers.

The promotion is available on a wide variety of 3- to 8-day "Fun Ship" cruises departing from Aug 2010 through Feb 2011, including voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska, and Hawaii. Bookings must be made between July 12-30, 2010, to qualify.

The "1-2-3 Go! Sale's" cash back option is provided in the form of a shipboard credit that can be redeemed once on board. Guests will receive a shipboard credit of up to $80 per stateroom on 3- to 5-day cruises and up to $160 per stateroom on voyages of six days or longer. The shipboard credit is automatically applied to guests' on-board accounts when they board their cruise and can be redeemed toward a wide range of shipboard purchases. Any unused funds at the end of the cruise will be returned to guests on debarkation day in the form of a check.

The best available upgrade feature applies to new individual bookings for categories 4A and higher. Upgrades are available within specific stateroom accommodation types (i.e., interior to interior, ocean view to ocean view, balcony to balcony). Guests are encouraged to book now to secure the best possible choice of staterooms.

The cash back and best available upgrade features must be combined with the line's "Fun Select" rates to be eligible for this promotion. With "Fun Select" rates, guests can select the stateroom of their choice based on deck, location, and accommodation category.

Carnival is the most popular cruise line in the world with 22 "Fun Ships" operating voyages from three to 16 days in length to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England and Europe. The line currently has two new 130,000-ton ships on order - Carnival Magic, set to debut in Europe May 1, 2011, and Carnival Breeze, scheduled to enter service in spring 2012. For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit

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Celebrity Cruises Aims To Intrigue With New Istanbul Itineraries

MIAMI, July 8: Celebrity Cruises has designed three new 12-night, port-intensive itineraries sailing roundtrip out of Istanbul in the early fall of 2011, aimed at connecting discerning cruisers with the Byzantine city of Istanbul and three new ports of call. The cruises opened for booking today. Celebrity’s introduction of these new cruises marks the first time the cruise line has offered roundtrip cruises from the city on the famed Bosphorus Strait that connects Asia and Europe, a unique placement that has long intrigued travelers due to its multiple cultures.

Presented on the newly revitalized, 2,034-guest Celebrity Constellation, the “Greek Isles and Turkey” cruises, sailing on Sept 19 and Oct 1 and 13, 2011, will each begin with an overnight in port in Istanbul, before spending a day at sea. Then, guests will enjoy stops in Ephesus (Kusadasi), Bodrum and Marmaris, Turkey; Rhodes, Santorini, Athens (Piraeus), Mykonos and Chania (Souda), Crete, Greece, before spending one more day at sea and returning to Istanbul. Bodrum, Marmaris and Chania are new ports for Celebrity Cruises and examples of ways the cruise line is designing unique experiences in exotic destinations to appeal to discerning cruisers.

The Istanbul itineraries will be bookended by Mediterranean sailings taking place on Sept 7 and Oct 25, 2011. On Sept 7, Celebrity Constellation will sail a 12-night itinerary from Amsterdam to Istanbul, featuring visits to Brugges, Belgium; Cherbourg, France; Vigo, Spain; Gibraltar, United Kingdom; Sicily, Italy and Athens. The 11-night October 25 cruise from Istanbul to Barcelona features an overnight stay in port in Istanbul, then visits to Athens; Naples, Rome, and Florence, Italy; Provence, France; and Palma de Mallorca. On Nov 5, Celebrity Constellation will reposition from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale, Florida during a 14-night transatlantic voyage, featuring visits to Cartagena, Spain; Gibraltar; Madeira, Portugal; and Tenerife and La Palma, Canary Islands. Guests who wish to extend their Istanbul experience can combine the Oct 13 roundtrip Istanbul cruise, the Oct 25 Istanbul-to-Barcelona cruise and the Nov 5 transatlantic cruise, without repeating any ports except Athens, for a 37-night extravaganza.

Celebrity Constellation was recently the first Celebrity Cruises vessel to be “Solsticized,” or revitalized to include some of the most popular venues found on the line’s widely-heralded Solstice Class ships, including the tantalizing Tuscan Grille steakhouse; the vibrant creperie, Bistro on Five; a “cool” new ice-topped Martini Bar; the inviting Café al Bacio and Gelateria; Cellarmasters wine bar, complete with the state-of-the-art wine serving systems known as “Enomatics,” allowing guests to select and serve wines by the glass, at the touch of a button; more sumptuous suites, with all new furniture, flat-screen TVs, upholstery, bedding and carpeting; restyled staterooms, with entirely new carpeting, flat-screen TVs, upholstery and bedding; and new color schemes, carpeting and upholstery reflective of the Solstice Class’ stylish, modern design in every public venue. The revitalization is only part of Celebrity’s Designed for you platform, which – when combined with the brand’s Celebrity Life onboard experiences, more robust Captain’s Club loyalty program, and other brand enhancements – represents a nearly $200-million investment. Interested cruisers are encouraged to visit

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Circle Australia Adventure: 30 Amazing Days Aboard Silver Shadow

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, July 8: Outback, Great Barrier Reef, koalas, emus, wombats and wallabies--the places and words that conjure up images of adventure, romance and the exotic are all on the menu for guests sailing aboard Silversea's first-ever voyage to completely circumnavigate Australia. Next year, Silver Shadow will sail on a 30-day, Sydney-to-Sydney Voyage 3102. From Jan 19 to Feb 18, the 382-guest, ultra-luxury ship will follow a counterclockwise course around the vast island continent with calls in Brisbane, Whitsunday Islands, Port Douglas, Cooktown, Darwin, Broome, Exmouth, Perth, Albany, Port Lincoln, Adelaide, Geelong, Melbourne and Hobart (Tasmania).

"It's not often you have the chance to explore an entire continent on one voyage," said Steve Tucker, Silversea's vice president of field sales for North America. "This itinerary will hold great appeal for those who seek unique travel experiences off the beaten path."

Throughout this special voyage, guests will enjoy an exciting enrichment program, headlined by distinguished speakers from the worlds of film, art, nature, academia, winemaking and cuisine:

· Prof. Geoffrey Blainey, one of Australia's best-known historians and commentators, will share his interesting perspectives on the Sydney-to-Darwin segment, Jan 19 to 29;
· Mathew Macartney, executive chef of the Yarra Valley's famed Chateau Yering (a Relais & Châteaux member property), will join the ship Jan 25 to 29, Port Douglas to Darwin, to host culinary presentations;
· Prof. Craig Franklin, professor of zoology at the University of Queensland, will discuss Australian marine wildlife, Jan 29 to Feb 11, Darwin to Adelaide;
· Noel Miller, artist renowned for his landscapes of the Australian outback, will discuss Aboriginal art, Jan 29 to Feb 11, Darwin to Adelaide;
· Lyn Farmer, wine consultant for Silversea and James Beard Foundation Award-winning wine and food writer, will share his expertise, Darwin to Port Lincoln, Jan 29 to Feb 10;
· Jamie Sach, chief spokesperson for the iconic Penfolds Wines, will share his extensive knowledge of the wine industry, Feb 6 to 10, Perth to Port Lincoln;
· Simon Johnson, epicurean expert, will provide insight into Australia's rich abundance of artisan produce, Feb 11 to 14, Adelaide to Melbourne;
· George Francisco, executive chef of Jonah's, one of Australia's oldest and most respected hospitality establishments and a Relais & Châteaux member property, will present cooking demonstrations, Feb 13 to 18, Geelong to Sydney;
· John Stainton, the director and producer who directed all of naturalist Steve Irwin's documentaries, will lecture on Australian film, Feb 14 to 18, Melbourne to Sydney;
· Dr. Mark Elovitz, government advisor, historian and director of the Center for Strategic Geopolitics, will share his insights into world affairs throughout the 30-day voyage;
· Ian Denton, a native Australian and world explorer, will also be on board the entire voyage to host lectures as Silversea's destination consultant.

And to further showcase the region's intriguing cultures, dramatic natural beauty and exotic wildlife, the line is offering two new optional mid-voyage excursions:
** "Kangaroo Island Luxury Eco Expedition" -- Widely regarded as Australia's Galapagos, Kangaroo Island is brimming with diverse wildlife and natural beauty. Enjoy luxurious accommodation at the South Ocean Lodge and a staff of naturalist guides to lead your exploration of the island's unique attractions. Memorable sightings might include kangaroos, rare Cape Barron Geese, koalas and sea lions. This three-day adventure is offered from Adelaide. Rejoin ship in Melbourne.
** "Australian Frontiers & Train Journey" -- Discover the heart of the Australian outback by rail aboard the glamorous Indian Pacific train as you watch unique landscapes unfold. Visit the opal-mining town of Coober Pedy, then travel to Adelaide to enjoy a culinary and wine adventure that takes in the famous Barossa Valley. This six-day adventure is offered from Fremantle (Perth). Rejoin ship in Adelaide.

The optional mid-voyage land programs feature deluxe accommodations (if overnight stays are required), all transportation, transfers, guided sightseeing and some meals.

Aboard the elegant Silver Shadow, guests will enjoy a crew-to-guest ratio of nearly one to one, an all-inclusive policy that includes a premium assortment of wines and spirits, impeccable service from a courteous and efficient staff, and luxurious onboard amenities. The ship's all-suite accommodations include ocean views, butler service, 24-hour room service; and fine dining features signature dishes by Relais & Châteaux.

Silversea Cruises is recognized as an innovator in the luxury segment, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper and Silver Spirit -- all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the regal expedition ship Prince Albert II, the company's itineraries encompass all seven continents. For more information or a complimentary brochure, please call toll-free (877) 215-9986 or visit

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Royal Caribbean & The Culinary Institute of America Announce Finalists for
Allure of the Seas Culinary Challenge

MIAMI, July 8: Royal Caribbean Intl has put a new twist on a job search to find the Chef de Cuisine of 150 Central Park, the signature restaurant onboard Allure of the Seas, the cruise line's newest ship which will make her debut in December 2010 and share the title of world's largest and most innovative cruise ship with sister-ship Oasis of the Seas. Now it is America's turn to help Royal Caribbean choose the perfect candidate. Thanks to a partnership with The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), the world's premier culinary college, the cruise line recently launched the Allure of the Seas Culinary Challenge, a contest open exclusively to graduates of the CIA with either a bachelor's or associate degree. Alumni were invited to enter for a shot at the job of a lifetime - a one-year paid contract to be the Chef de Cuisine of 150 Central Park onboard Allure of the Seas. Entrants were required to create an original, signature recipe that could potentially be featured on the menu of 150 Central Park, as well as submit a video entry to demonstrating the preparation of the dish.

The submission period has ended and six chefs have been selected as finalists for their culinary prowess and creativity. They will each participate in a final challenge at the college's Hyde Park campus in New York on Thursday, August 5 and Friday, August 6, where they will be required to conduct an interview with, as well as prepare a three-course meal for, an esteemed panel of judges from Royal Caribbean and The Culinary Institute of America, who will ultimately select the Chef de Cuisine. The culinary challenge will be documented in a series of webisodes on The finalists are:

-- Maureen Brandt, Stillwater, Minn.
-- Anthony Burd, Belvidere, N.J.
-- Daniel Fein, Rochester Hills, Mich.
-- Wright Harrison, Richmond, Va.
-- Martin Horsey, Houston, Texas
-- Beth LittleJohn, Durham, N.C.

The tables are turned and now it's up to the public to help give their favorite chef a boost. Consumers are encouraged to cast their votes once a day now through Sunday, July 18th for the chef they think should win. The chef with the highest number of votes will be named the "Fan Favorite" and awarded additional points to his/her overall score at the final challenge, where one will be named the winner! Not only will the votes help set a course of the high seas for one talented chef's career, but with each vote cast, consumers will automatically be entered for their chance to win a trip for two to a preview sailing onboard Allure of the Seas, where they will be one of the first guests on the new ship, enjoy a cooking demonstration with the winning chef, as well as a memorable dinner at 150 Central Park!

Located in the lush and tropical grounds of the ship's Central Park neighborhood, 150 Central Park will feature decor that will embrace the mellow earth tones, unique textiles and fixtures inspired by nature's four seasons. Inspired by the simple elegance concept of trend-setting restaurants in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, each detail of 150 Central Park will be dedicated to enhancing the dining ambiance, from the tabletops to the service team uniforms. The restaurant menu and certain design aspects will be developed and determined by the winning chef of the Allure of the Seas Culinary Challenge.

Allure of the Seas shares the title of the world's largest and most revolutionary cruise ship with sister-ship Oasis of the Seas. An architectural marvel at sea, she will span 16 decks, encompass 225,282 gross registered tons, carry 5,400 guests at double occupancy, and feature 2,700 staterooms. Allure of the Seas will tout Royal Caribbean's exclusive neighborhood concept of seven distinct themed areas, which will include Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone. The ship will alternate a Western Caribbean with an Eastern Caribbean seven-night itinerary from her home port of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  For additional information or to make reservations, call your travel agent, visit or call (800) ROYAL-CARIBBEAN.

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Protecting Our Oceans: Crystal's Sustainable Seafood Commitment

LOS ANGELES, July 8: In its dedication to protecting marine environments and preserving their habitats, Crystal Cruises has committed to serving only sustainable seafood aboard its award-winning vessels. Renowned for the sophisticated fare served in the Crystal Dining Room and specialty restaurants Silk Road and The Sushi Bar and Prego, Crystal is the first cruise line to publicly commit to such a policy.

Since 1990, Crystal has served fresh fish and live lobster in the Crystal Dining Room and specialty restaurants, and with this new commitment, will offer guests a wide variety of sea fare raised in a sustainable manner, protecting the species for future generations. With guidance from both governmental and non-governmental conservation organizations and fisheries, the line favors suppliers that share the same ideals and boast documented reputations for methods that minimize the impact on local wildlife and ecosystems.

"We recognize that by sourcing seafood responsibly, we can help protect the environment and marine populations for generations to come," says Toni Neumeister, vice president, food & beverage. "It's simply the right thing to do, and allows us to continue offering our guests the highest quality cuisine while being good stewards of the oceans on which we sail."

Effective immediately, the initiative is the latest in Crystal's history of responsible seafood purchasing and sourcing. The line was the first cruise line to discontinue the use of endangered caviar from the Caspian Sea and introduced farmed caviar from the U.S., France and Uruguay, which has now become the standard in the luxury hospitality industry. Additionally, Crystal discontinued offering endangered species of fish more than a decade ago. For more information and Crystal reservation, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit

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Holland America Line's On Deck for the Cure Program Surpasses $2 Million Mark Raised for Breast Cancer Research & Awareness

SEATTLE, July 8: Holland America Line has topped the $2 million mark in contributions raised for Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, a global leader in the fight against breast cancer, underscoring the line's place on Komen's prestigious Million Dollar Council Elite. On July 6, Holland America Line's President and CEO Stein Kruse celebrated the fundraising milestone aboard the line's newest ship, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, with Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. While on board, Kruse and Brinker led the 5K walk around the gleaming new teak decks with more than 500 shipboard guests and crew, raising nearly $40,000. Following was a special pink lemonade and champagne reception. Special celebrations were also held this week across the line's fleet of ships.

"We're overwhelmed with the spirit and generosity of our guests," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales, and guest programs for Holland America Line. "On every cruise, they take time from their vacations and raise money to help fight this disease. Holland America Line is proud to be a vehicle for this most worthy cause and we expect to be walking the deck on behalf of Susan G. Komen for the Cure for many years to come."

Since its inception in April 2006, Holland America Line's On Deck for the Cure fundraising initiative has raised more than $2 million to support and fund breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment. On all of the line's 15 ships, guests are invited to make a minimum $15 donation to participate in a five-kilometer walk around the ship's promenade deck. Depending on the ship, guests walk up to 12 laps to reach 5k. Each participant receives an On Deck for the Cure T-shirt and pink wristband, as well as an invitation to a pink lemonade party following the walk.

"We are very appreciative of the partnership with Holland America Line," said Nancy Brinker, Founder and CEO, Susan G. Komen for the Cure. "Through leveraging the support of staff and guests alike, the company has reached the $2 million mark in less than four years. This is quite unique and an accomplishment achieved by only a few companies on our Million Dollar Council Elite."

On Deck for the Cure, administered through the Holland America Line Foundation, builds upon the line's existing corporate giving programs which contribute millions of dollars each year in cash sponsorships, in-kind shipboard events, free and reduced-fare cruise donations for nonprofit fundraising events, United Way participation and other philanthropic activities. To date, nearly 145,000 guests have participated in more than 1,800 On Deck for the Cure walks aboard HAL cruises worldwide. For information about sailing dates and cruise destinations, contact a travel agent or call Holland America Line at 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit For more information about Holland America Line's giving program, email .

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Princess Cruises Details “Down Under” Cruises & Cruisetours for 2011-2012

SANTA CLARITA, CA, July 8: Among the world’s most unique destinations, Australia and New Zealand hold a special allure for travelers who hope to journey “down under” at least once in their lives. Drawn by some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, exciting cities, unique native cultures and a population of iconic animals found nowhere else in the world, passengers have found that these “must see” countries are perfect for an action-packed cruise vacation. For these travelers, Princess Cruises has unveiled its 2011-2012 Australia and New Zealand season, offering a range of cruise and cruisetour options for exploring these dynamic destinations.

As the largest cruise operator in the region, Princess will provide myriad ways to explore the sixth largest country in the world (Australia) and the youngest country on earth (New Zealand). Princess itineraries range from classic Australia & New Zealand sailings to Australia & Asia adventures, aboard ships both large and small. Travelers can also opt to add a land tour to one of these voyages for a full land/sea adventure. Passengers can also choose to cruise “Aussie style” aboard Princess’ three locally-based ships.

“Australia and New Zealand have been long-time favorite destinations for us, that our passengers rave about every year,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. “Because we have such an extensive local operation in the region, we have a unique understanding of these remarkable countries, and strive to present a rich ‘down under’ onboard program as well.”

The delights of Australia range from distinctive Sydney Harbour and its iconic Opera House – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – to the expanse of the outback and the world’s largest reef, the Great Barrier Reef. This unique land, famous for the unmistakable sound of the didgeridoo, also features the lowest population density in the world – only two people per square kilometer – plus more than 10,000 beaches, the most of any country.

Cruise passengers can explore the country’s wineries, history and wildlife with calls in Melbourne and Hobart, Tasmania. Here travelers may catch a glimpse of Australia’s many unique creatures, including kangaroos, koalas and the Tasmanian devil; ride horseback through the region’s finest vineyards; or even visit the country’s last penal settlement, the infamous Port Arthur.

If travelers choose to extend their time with an Australian cruisetour, they can experience much more of this surprising land. Highlights include the outback landmark Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, Australia’s sacred Aboriginal site and the world's largest monolith. The Great Barrier Reef is famous throughout the world for its outstanding diving and snorkeling, brilliant tropical fish and scores of sea life. Northern Australia’s Kakadu National Park surprises guest with everything from aboriginal rock art formations to an amazing habitat of birds and other wildlife.

When cruising through New Zealand, the one attraction guaranteed to get everyone up on deck is the scenic sailing through Fiordland National Park. This must-see attraction is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the striking Fiordland crested penguin, as well as 14 towering fjords and five icy-blue lakes.

In “The Land of the Long White Cloud” passengers will also learn about the fascinating Maori culture and may take in an entertaining “haka” performance, a native dance. Near Tauranga, Rotorua’s geothermal wonders also get attention with fascinating steaming craters, exploding geysers and boiling mud. In a country where there are nine sheep to every person, a trip to a farm for a sheep shearing or dog herding demonstration is also a popular option; and daredevils will fit right in with bungee jumping, which originated here. And New Zealand’s spectacular scenery will make travelers feel as though they are in one of the many movies filmed here, such as “Lord of the Rings.”

Passengers are sure to see a kiwi, whether it be the national bird; a delicious fruit (which were originally known as Chinese gooseberries, but renamed by enterprising New Zealand farmers once they started cultivating them for export), or simply the local people, who have become known as Kiwis themselves.

Princess offers several cruise options for exploring these dramatic countries, including voyages between Australia and New Zealand or Asia. Travelers can choose either a large amenity-filled vessel or small intimate ship, or they can opt to sail aboard one of Princess’ three ships based in Australia year-round.

Australia & New Zealand sailings – Princess offers exploring “down under” with a season of Australia & New Zealand sailings aboard Diamond Princess. These 12- or 13-day voyages travel between Sydney and Auckland, calling at Melbourne, Hobart (Tasmania), Fiordland National Park scenic cruising, Dunedin, Christchurch, and Tauranga along the way, with a call in Wellington, New Zealand also on the 13-day voyages. Sailings run from December 2011 to January 2012.

Australia & Asia sailings – Travelers can visit the best of two continents aboard Diamond Princess with sailings between Sydney and Singapore or Beijing. The Australia & Asia itinerary takes passengers on a 19-day journey from Singapore to the Asia ports of Ko Samui, Bangkok, Ho Chi Mihn City, and Bali; plus Australian calls at Darwin, Port Douglas and Airlie Beach for the Great Barrier Reef. The 23-day Australia & China route also sails via northern Australia and adds ports such as Taipei, Nagasaki, Busan (South Korea), Shanghai and Dalian. Sailings depart November 27, 2011 and February 4, 2012.

Small Ship Experience – Ocean Princess offers several journeys between Australia and the wonders of Asia or the beautiful islands of the South Pacific, featuring the intimate, classic cruising atmosphere of a small ship. The 20-day Australia & Asia voyages sail to northern Australia, including the Whitsunday Islands, Great Barrier Reef and Darwin; plus call in Bali, Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), and Bangkok and Ko Samui in Thailand. Ocean Princess sets sail on Nov 12, 2011 and March 17, 2012. The ship’s 16-day South Pacific & New Zealand voyages travel between Sydney and Papeete, Tahiti, with calls in Tauranga, Auckland, and the island paradises of Suva (Fiji), Apia (Samoa), Pago Pago, Bora Bora, and Moorea. Sailings depart on Dec 2, 2011 and Feb 29, 2012.

“Aussie Experience” sailings – Locally based ships Sun Princess, Dawn Princess and Sea Princess offer “Aussie-style” cruising to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific from Sydney, Melbourne and now Brisbane. Featuring Australian dollars as the onboard currency plus dining and entertainment options geared to Australian tastes, these sailings offer a true local experience to passengers from all over. Itineraries include voyages to Tasmania, New Zealand, Northern Australia, and Round Australia sailings that circumnavigate the continent. These ships also feature sailings from Australia to the South Pacific, Asia and World Cruise options roundtrip from Sydney. Sailings depart throughout the May 2011 to May 2012 season.

Three guided land tours of Australia can be added to a cruise to create a full land and sea vacation, covering some of the continent’s undisputed wonders. All cruisetours include a 12- or 13-day Australia and New Zealand cruise, plus time in cosmopolitan Sydney, including its world-famous Opera House and Bondi Beach.

Those who want to explore the extensive Great Barrier Reef will enjoy a high-speed catamaran tour of this living marvel with the Tropical Highlights tour, featuring four nights on land, including two nights in Sydney and two in Carins. Travelers will spend a day Great Barrier Reef, plus visit with some crocodiles, explore Kuranda Rainforest Village, and learn about the locals at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park.

The 6-night Australian Outback Adventure visits the Great Barrier Reef and ventures into the vast Australian Outback with two nights in Sydney, one night at Ayers Rock, one night in Alice Springs and two nights in Cairns. In the outback, travelers will visit the famed Uluru (Ayers Rock), touring the Olgas and 36 mysterious domes plus viewing Ayers Rock at sunset. They’ll also enjoy an Aboriginal cultural experience. In the town of Alice Springs travelers have the option to ride a camel and visit Desert Park to experience local wildlife.

The 7-night Ultimate Australia tour features the Great Barrier Reef and Ayers Rock plus visits to Darwin and the majestic Kakadu National Park. This land itinerary offers two nights in Sydney, one night at Ayers Rock, one night at Kakadu, one night in Darwin and two nights at Port Douglas for the Great Barrier Reef. Travelers will experience Kakadu’s extensive wetlands, diverse wildlife and the largest number of accessible Aboriginal sites in Australia. In Darwin, visitors will explore the city, including the Darwin Museum and Windows of the Wetlands visitor center.

For additional information about Princess Australia & New Zealand itineraries, see a professional travel agent, contact Princess at 1-800-PRINCESS or visit the company's website,

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Princess Cruises Launches “Caribbean Super Sale”

SANTA CLARITA, CA, July 7: Princess Cruises has launched a new “Caribbean Super Sale” offering customers significant savings on select 2010 and 2011 voyages through the sparkling waters of the Caribbean. Travelers can choose to sail among the sun-swept islands for 7 to 14 days.

“Our relaxed cruising style in the Caribbean makes for the perfect getaway from hectic everyday life,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. “With a welcoming atmosphere, spectacular ships and engaging diversions Princess is certainly the ultimate way to escape completely to this tropical paradise.”

Tropical itinerary options and pricing (per person, based on double occupancy) available in the Caribbean Super Sale include:

· 7-day Classic Southern Caribbean on Caribbean Princess, starting at $399
· 7-day Western Caribbean on Crown Princess, starting at $449
· 7-day Eastern Caribbean on Ruby Princess, starting at $449
· 7-day Southern Caribbean Explorer on Caribbean Princess, starting at $449
· 8-day Bermuda & Eastern Caribbean on Caribbean Princess, starting at $549
· 10-day Eastern Caribbean Voyager or Southern Caribbean Medley on Emerald Princess or Star Princess, starting at $749
· 14-day Caribbean Collection on Grand Princess, starting at $999

These exceptional fares have limited availability. The Caribbean Super Sale promotion is open to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. Additional information about the promotion is available at Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company's website at

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Tomorrow's Stars Shine Today on Crystal Serenity Mediterranean Voyage

LOS ANGELES, July 6: Through its distinguished alliance with the Music Center - Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County, Crystal Cruises will showcase the Center's young talent aboard its Oct 8 Mediterranean cruise. The 'Emerging Artists' set to perform on the Experiences of Discovery voyage are Grand Prize Finalists of the Center's coveted Spotlight Awards, and already boast impressive resumes.

-- Lisa Algozzini, 23 - Lisa is a soprano who has been recognized by some of the top names in opera, and was accepted to esteemed programs at Juilliard and the Renata Scotta Opera Academy;
-- Vijay Venkatesh, 19 - A classic pianist and composer and already internationally recognized, Vijay has performed in Argentina, France, England and India, and was the 2008 Spotlight Award Grand Prize Winner;
-- Erika Peterson, 19 - Erika is a non-classical vocalist awarded such top honors as the Spotlight Awards 2009 Grand Prize finalist and Vocalist of the Year for Southern California's MACY Awards.

Joining the performers is Music Center Master Class instructor, Julia Gregory.

"Like Crystal, the Music Center has long been a leader in its field. We're thrilled to collaborate with them to present these phenomenally talented young stars," says Christopher Escamilla, senior production coordinator, entertainment.

The Music Center has fostered the development of arts education and mentored young talent for more than two decades. The Music Center Spotlight Awards grants over $100,000 in scholarships annually, and sees more than 2,000 high school students audition in ballet, non-classical dance, classical voice, non-classical voice, classical instrumental, and jazz instrumental before professional judges. Many alumni have joined or performed with professional companies, including the Metropolitan Opera, American Ballet Theatre, New York Philharmonic and even national network television. (The program counts American Idol finalist Adam Lambert and current So You Think You Can Dance finalist Melinda Edwards as alumni.)

The 12-day cruise visits Monte Carlo, Portofino, Florence, Rome, Sorrento, Sicily, Kusadasi, Mykonos and Athens. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Announces Bonus Offer, Free Safari or Golden Triangle Land Tour Offered on Arabia, India & Africa Cruise

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, July 6: Dubai, Bombay, the Seychelles, Mauritius, and Africa’s Cape of Good Hope – each place name conjures up exotic images. Regent Seven Seas Cruises visits all of them and more on a 25-night luxury cruise, departing Nov. 8, 2010. As an added bonus, guests receive a free African safari or Taj Mahal land tour or $2,000 if they book by Sept 30. The “Indian Ocean Odyssey” from Dubai to Cape Town visits Fujairah, UAE; Mumbai (best known as Bombay), Goa, New Mangalore and Cochin in India; Mahé and Praslin, Seychelles; Port Louis, Mauritius; Pointe des Galets, Réunion; and Richards Bay and Durban in South Africa.

For a limited time, guests who reserve their cruise by Sept 30 can enjoy a complimentary 3-night, mid-cruise land tour to India’s Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra, home to the Taj Mahal, which they will visit on exclusive tours at sunrise and sunset. Alternatively, cruisers can extend their vacation with a 3-night photo safari to South Africa’s game reserves. Both escorted land tours include luxury hotel accommodations, all transfers, meals, wines and spirits. In lieu of the land tours, travelers can save an additional $2,000 per person.

Regent Seven Seas offers the world’s most inclusive luxury cruise vacations. Rates include all meals in a choice of gourmet restaurants (no surcharges), open bars throughout the ship, unlimited sightseeing tours and excursions in every port, distinguished guest lecturers, nightly entertainment, all staff gratuities, port taxes and any government fees.

Guests cruise the Indian Ocean onboard the all-suite, 700-guest ship Seven Seas Mariner, acclaimed as one of the most luxurious cruise vessels afloat. Suites measure from 300 to 1,200 square feet and are equipped with elegantly appointed living and sleeping areas, marble bathroom, walk-in closet, flat-screen TV, fully stocked bar and private balcony.

“Arabia, South Africa, India and the atolls of the Indian Ocean are still relatively unknown to many North Americans,” stated Mark Conroy, president of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “The mystery of these intriguing and remote destinations makes visiting them by sea the ideal option for travelers who desire to explore the world in luxury.”

As an added highlight, Conroy, will escort the voyage and host special events during the voyage, including “Bombay Bazaar” – a theatrical performance that attempts to recreate the frenetic and colorful bazaars of East Asia through music and dance. To make a reservation, see a travel professional. For more information or to receive a brochure, visit or call toll-free 800-285-1835.

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Holland America Line Named ms Nieuw Amsterdam in Venice on Sunday, July 4th

Seattle, Wash., July 6: In a gala ceremony rich with Dutch heritage, Holland America Line named ms Nieuw Amsterdam in Venice, Italy, on July 4. Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima of the Netherlands officially named the premium line’s 15th ship in front of invited dignitaries, cruise guests and media during the special celebration before the ship embarked on its maiden cruise.

“We are exceptionally honored to have Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima as the godmother of this beautiful ship and to continue a long and proud tradition of having members of the Dutch Royal Family name our ships,” said Stein Kruse, president and chief executive officer, Holland America Line. “The second Signature-class ship in our fleet is elegant and the largest passenger ship to sail under the Dutch flag.”

Fifteen fleet captains representing Holland America Line’s ships participated in the festivities, welcoming Her Royal Highness as she arrived to the pier. Following the ship’s blessing and traditional breaking of a champagne bottle across the ship’s bow as the finale, company executives and senior staff officers.

Built at Fincantieri’s Marghera yard near Venice, the 2,106-guest Nieuw Amsterdam is the fourth to carry that name for the line and departed on its maiden voyage roundtrip from Venice to nearby Mediterranean ports following the naming. After a series of 12-day Mediterranean sailings, the ship embarks on a fall trans-Atlantic crossing to the Caribbean to sail seven-day eastern and western itineraries from November 2010 through March 2011. For more information and cruise fares, contact a professional travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit

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2011 Cruise Guide: 167 Destinations & Inspired Crystal Innovations

LOS ANGELES, July 2: Crystal Cruises has published its 2011 Cruise Guide, featuring the 59 worldwide cruises, 167 ports and savings and innovations for Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity in 2011. A full page details Crystal's extensive value propositions, including Two-for-One promotional pricing, 'All Inclusive - As You Wish' shipboard spending credits, 'Save Now, Save Later,' and its Crystal Family Memories program. Special attention is given to newly introduced programs Perfect Choice Dining™ featuring Open Dining by Reservation, and the Priority Check-in and Planning Center.

A layout of the six-star elements comprising Crystal's winning formula of service, space, quality and choices, boasts a "What's New" top banner detailing these and other new enrichment and shoreside programs. Crystal's acclaimed Experiences of Discovery theme cruises are also featured. A preview to the 150+-page Crystal Cruises Worldwide Atlas available later this summer, the 30-page, full color brochure is conveniently color-coded by destination, and includes deck plans for the award-winning vessels with comprehensive listings of the luxurious appointments and new features in the staterooms and penthouses.

"Practical itinerary and ship information, plus the tremendous promotional offers and new services, make the Cruise Guide an ideal tool for advance travel planning for guests and travel agents," says Nitsa Lewis, vice president, marketing. "At the same time, there is appealing lifestyle information to convey Crystal's award-winning casually elegant style."

In addition to Crystal's epic 110-day "Grand Exotic Expedition" World Cruise, new for 2011 is a return to cruising Alaska for the first time since 2005 aboard Crystal Symphony, with eight visits to Glacier Bay, and to West Africa for the first time since 2001; all Baltic and Mediterranean cruises aboard Crystal Serenity, with added North Cape and Black Sea voyages; a final voyage to Antarctica; overnight calls in Ashdod, Melbourne, Barcelona, Cannes, Istanbul, New York and others; two-night stays in Dubai, Cape Town and St. Petersburg; maiden visits to Argostoli, Kefalonia; Fethiye, Turkey; Komodo Island, Indonesia; Koper, Slovenia; and Marigot Bay, St. Martin; and a Christmas holiday cruise to Mexico round-trip from Los Angeles. To order a 2011 Cruise Guide, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or download it at beginning July 10.

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Carnival To Base Third Ship in Los Angeles Area Beginning in Fall 2011

MIAMI, July 1: Carnival Cruise Lines, the West Coast’s number one cruise operator, will return to the Port of Los Angeles when the 2,124-passenger Carnival Spirit launches a series of 5- and 9-day Mexican Riviera voyages in fall 2011. This marks the first time the line has offered a regular program from the San Pedro cruise terminal in eight years. Carnival Spirit will also offer two 15-day Hawaii sailings round-trip from Los Angeles and San Diego in 2011 and 2012, marking the first time the line has offered round-trip voyages to the Aloha State. Carnival Spirit’s new Los Angeles-based schedule will encompass 12 departures between Sept 2011 and Jan 2012.

Carnival also operates two ships year-round from nearby Long Beach, Calif, the 2,052-passenger Carnival Paradise, operating 3- and 4-day Baja cruises, and the 3,006-passenger Carnival Splendor, sailing week-long Mexican Riviera cruises. Carnival will be the only cruise operator to homeport three ships in the Los Angeles area, providing consumers with a wide variety of affordable cruise options in Southern California and the surrounding region.

Carnival Spirit’s 5-day voyages will spend two days at the popular resort town of Cabo San Lucas, distinguished by its distinctive rock formations, lush landscape and gorgeous white-sand beaches, while 9-day departures will also feature a 2-day call in Cabo San Lucas, as well as visits to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and La Paz. Puerto Vallarta is a popular resort destination offering magnificent beaches and a host of shopping and dining experiences. Known as the Pearl of the Pacific, Mazatlan is famous for white-sand beaches, and myriad fishing and diving opportunities. La Paz offers an awe-inspiring waterfront with excellent beaches and an abundance of snorkeling and diving experiences.

For the first time, Carnival will offer 15-day Hawaii voyages round-trip from either Los Angeles or San Diego, providing consumers with a more convenient and cost-effective means for visiting the breathtaking island chain. Both departures include day-long stops at five spectacular ports: Hilo, Maui (Kahului), Honolulu, Kauai (Nawiliwili), and Kona. Hawaii is home to a diverse array of landside experiences, offering guests an opportunity to visit interesting historical sites, explore volcanoes and other natural landmarks, and soak up the sun on some of the world’s best beaches. Voyages operate round-trip from Los Angeles Dec. 2, 2011 and from San Diego April 13, 2012.

The namesake vessel in the line’s Spirit-class, Carnival Spirit offers a host of guest-pleasing facilities and features, including a two-level promenade lined with themed bars, lounges, and nightspots, along with a 13,500-square-foot spa, indoor and outdoor promenades, and supervised programs for children in three age groups. Eighty percent of the ship’s staterooms offer either an ocean view or private balcony – perfect for viewing the passing scenery.

Carnival Spirit will continue to offer seasonal Alaska cruises as well as five- and 9-day Mexico cruises from San Diego this fall/winter and in 2012. Reservations are currently being accepted for the Carnival Spirit’s new five- and nine-day voyages from Los Angeles as well as the 15-day Hawaii voyages. For additional information and reservations, call 1-800-327-9501

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Norwegian Epic, Largest Ship Ever to Dock in New York, Sales Into Manhattan

NEW YORK, July 1: Norwegian Epic, the largest ship ever to dock in the Manhattan Cruise Terminal, arrived today for her official inaugural festivities following her maiden transatlantic 7-day voyage from Southampton, UK. Norwegian Epic with a height of 200 feet cleared the Verrazano Bridge by approximately 24 inches at 7:40 a.m.

The 153,000 gross tons, 4,100 passenger Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Cruise Line's largest and most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship ever, enjoyed a smooth and successful first sailing before arriving in New York this morning. The ship, billed as the world's largest floating entertainment venue with world-class entertainment unlike anything before seen at sea, will be officially christened by country music superstar Reba McEntire at 2 p.m. ET on Friday, July 2. Comedian and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star Jeff Garlin will serve as host of the ceremony. The ship, which is docked at Pier 88 at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal, will then sail on a two-day preview sailing, before returning to the pier the morning of July 4th to host the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® Spectacular. To register for the live webcast of the Christening Ceremony, click here.

World-class entertainment is Norwegian Epic’s hallmark. For the first time at sea, Blue Man Group performs their exhilarating fusion of comedy, theatrics and paint, exclusively on Norwegian Epic. In the only “big top” at sea, Cirque Dreams and Dinner presents a one-of-a-kind interactive theatrical dining experience with music, mayhem and acrobatic imagination. Legends in Concert, the original and world’s greatest live tribute show, is featured for the first time at sea in more than a decade on Norwegian Epic, along with The Second City improvisational comedy and Howl at the Moon, the world’s greatest rock ‘n roll dueling piano show that encourages audience participation.

In addition to world-class entertainment, the 4,100-passenger Norwegian Epic incorporates many innovations including several new types of accommodations – the curved New Wave staterooms; the largest Villas suite complex at sea, comprising 60 suites and villas on two private decks at the top of the ship; and spa and family-friendly accommodations. Kids will have a blast with Nickelodeon at Sea™ offering Nickelodeon-themed family entertainment and programming including: character meet and greets; interactive game shows; and more.

The ship also boasts unique nightlife options with the first SVEDKA Ice Bar at sea and Spice H20 with non-stop entertainment day and night; an expansive Aqua Park with the only tube slide and largest bowl slide at sea -- The Epic Plunge; seven decks of Freestyle Family Fun with highlights including a 33-foot high, 64-foot wide extreme rock climbing wall and the first ever rappelling wall at sea; the most bowling lanes at sea with six; a mixed-use sports deck with the ability for guests to engage in eight different athletic activities; as well as three separate kids’ and teen activity areas. In addition, Norwegian Epic offers the next generation of Freestyle Dining with more than 20 dining choices and 20 bars and lounges.

For more information on Norwegian Epic as well as to book a cruise on the ship, please call Norwegian at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), visit, or contact a travel professional.

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Celebrity Cruises Gets Personal With Enhanced Concierge Service

MIAMI, July 1: Celebrity Cruises has introduced a new “Personal Concierge” program aimed at further enhancing the brand’s “Designed for you” reputation, by emphasizing the extraordinary customized onboard service that has long set Celebrity Cruises apart from its competitors. By individually communicating with guests to learn their personal preferences, tastes and needs, Celebrity’s new Personal Concierges deliver individualized attention – much like that of a personal assistant – for any guests who wish to heighten special occasions and create new ones.

“Our guests cruise for many reasons, whether they’re seeking an unforgettable vacation or celebrating life’s most precious milestones,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Senior Vice President, Hotel Operations. “We have designed the new Personal Concierge position in order to help guests make their vacation with us a truly personalized experience, in a way that minimizes their effort but maximizes their enjoyment.”

The Personal Concierge on each ship is an expert in matching Celebrity’s onboard offerings to guests’ individual desires for a particular event or experience. Guests don’t have to be celebrating any special occasion to enjoy the Personal Concierge service. Personal Concierges also help guests to arrange private shore excursions, book spa and specialty dining experiences and more, for no other reason than to make the most of their vacation. Personal Concierges also handle the fine details of arranging onboard celebrations of personal milestones such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, retirement and graduation. The consultative services of the Personal Concierge are free of charge; guests only have to pay for the services and events arranged.

“Recently, a guest sailing on Celebrity Summit asked the Personal Concierge to assist in planning a special evening during which he intended to propose to his girlfriend,” Lutoff-Perlo said. “The Personal Concierge spent time discussing the guest’s ideal evening, and then created an unforgettable romantic experience. The Personal Concierge arranged for a table in the ship’s specialty restaurant’s exclusive wine cellar for dinner that evening, ordered a dozen red roses to be delivered to the table, reserved a table in the ship’s nightclub and arranged for a bottle of chilled champagne to be ready for the guests upon their arrival there after dinner, and, while they were enjoying the evening, sent Celebrity’s “Classic Romance” package of strewn rose petals, champagne, and chocolate-covered strawberries to their stateroom in order to continue the romantic theme throughout the evening. Throughout the evening, the Personal Concierge ensured that everything went smoothly, and the next day, the guest – whose proposal was accepted – expressed his sincere thanks.”

This example illustrates the range of experiences designed for discerning cruisers who vacation on Celebrity Cruises’ award-winning ships, which are known for outstanding cuisine and engaging, life-enhancing activities set against a backdrop of stunning spaces and compelling destinations.

Celebrity’s Personal Concierges also can assist guests with the fulfillment of pre-cruise purchases of onboard experiences made through the line’s online store,

Celebrity’s Personal Concierge program will be fleetwide by Sept 1 this year (with the exception of Celebrity Xpedition, the 92-guest megayacht sailing year-round in the Galapagos Islands).

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Windstar's Wind Surf Sails the Greek Isles for First Time in Six Years

SEATTLE, July 1: Windstar Cruises, which operates a three-ship fleet of luxury yachts that explore hidden harbors and secluded coves of the world's most treasured destinations, offers guests exceptional opportunities to experience the mythical beauty of the Greek Isles aboard 7-day voyages on Wind Surf in 2011.

"The Greek Isles sailings on our 148-guest Wind Star and Wind Spirit have been popular with our guests and due to demand we are pleased to offer special voyages on our 312-guest Wind Surf," said Hans Birkholz, CEO of Windstar Cruises. "There is no better way to experience the romance of the Greek Isles than from sailing on Windstar from one magical port to the next."

Guests will enjoy the rich history and culture of the region, limestone cliffs, whitewashed villages, sandy beaches and azure waters while sailing through the Greek Isles aboard the luxurious Wind Surf. Wind Surf's 7-day Athens, Greece to Istanbul, Turkey sailings depart July 16; Sept 24; and Oct 8, 2011, visiting Mykonos, Greece; Santorini, Greece; Rhodes, Greece; Bodrum, Turkey; and Kusadasi, Turkey with rates from $3,499 per person, double occupancy. Wind Surf's 7-day Istanbul, Turkey to Athens, Greece sailings depart July 23; Oct 1; & Oct 15, 2011, visiting Kusadasi, Turkey; Rhodes, Greece; Bodrum, Turkey; Santorini, Greece; and Mykonos, Greece.

Wind Surf also offers 2011 itineraries that combine the Greek Isles and Italy or Croatia:

-- Wind Surf's 7-day Athens, Greece to Rome, Italy sailings depart July 30 & Oct 22, 2011, and visit Milos, Greece; Monemvassia, Greece; Messina, Italy; Amalfi, Italy; and Ischia, Italy.
-- Wind Surf's 7-day Venice, Italy to Athens, Greece sailing departs Sept 17, 2011, and visits Pula, Croatia; Trogir, Croatia; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Pylos, Greece; and Monemvassia, Greece.

Wind Surf's deluxe, oceanview staterooms include beds with luxury linens and mattresses, flat-screen TV and DVD player, Bose SoundDock speakers for Apple iPods, waffle-weave robes with slippers and sumptuous L'Occitane products. Suites also include an extra bath, TV and sitting area. Wind Surf recently introduced new spa suites which include all the amenities of a suite along with luxurious microfiber linens, spa robes, an orchid flower arrangement, specialty pillow menu, daily fresh fruit platter, O SPA London products, WindSpa spa experiences and events as well as unlimited Pilates and Yoga classes. Bridge Suites offer everything in a suite along with the additional luxury of a spacious private living room and relaxing whirlpool spa. Guests enjoy culinary wonders in Wind Surf's The Restaurant, Degrees, Le Marche and Candles. Wind Surf also features a lounge, Yacht Club, WindSpa, casino, three bars, two pools, two hot tubs, a shop, photo gallery and watersports platform.

For more information including brochures, rates and itineraries contact a professional travel agent or call Windstar at 1-800-258-7245. Visit Windstar Cruises online at

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AMATERWAYS Announces Special “Vineyards of the Rhine & Mosel” Wine Cruise

Chatsworth, CA:  Europe’s Rhine and Mosel rivers are famous for their bucolic scenery, historic destinations and hillside vineyards. This fall, AMAWATERWAYS showcases this spectacular region with a unique wine-themed cruise on the luxurious MS Amalegro. Departing Nov 12, 2010, the “Vineyards of the Rhine and Mosel” cruise will sail a special itinerary that includes visits to world-famous wineries, off-site dinners hosted by renowned winemakers, onboard lectures and more. Hosted by AMAWATERWAYS President, Rudi Schreiner, the 7-night cruise will travel from Amsterdam to Trier, Germany, followed by 3 nights in magnificent Paris.

Accompanying the cruise will be winemaker Jim Clendenen, owner of the internationally-acclaimed Au Bon Climat winery in Santa Maria, California and Archie McLaren, founder and chairman of the Central Coast Wine Classic. A portion of the cruise proceeds will be donated to charities supported by the Central Coast Wine Classic, one of the country’s preeminent wine auctions.

Highlights of the “Vineyards of the Rhine and Mosel” itinerary include the scenic Rhine Gorge town of Rudesheim, famous for its quaint wine taverns and the setting for an exclusive wine tasting dinner sponsored by renowned local vintner Georg Breuer. In Koblenz, guests will discover a 2,000-year old wine town at the confluence of the Mosel and Rhine Rivers. Continuing through the Mosel river valley, the world’s steepest vineyards, picturesque villages and charming wine towns appear at every turn. Guests will enjoy a wine tasting at the small riverside wine town of Winningen, followed by a visit to Cochem, known for its perfectly preserved timber-framed homes, medieval squares and the spectacular Reichsburg Castle perched above the Mosel. A welcoming wine fest awaits in the Mosel town of Zell, famous for its "Zeller Schwarze Katz" (Black Cat) wine. An evening wine tasting in a local underground wine cellar showcases the area’s famous varietals. Guests will also enjoy a wine tasting at the Wine Museum in Bernkastel hosted by the famous Dr. Loosen winery. Strategically located in the heart of the Mosel wine-producing region, Bernkastel boasts over 500 years of documented wine history, and is known as “the international town of vine and wine."

Of course, throughout the cruise, guests will enjoy gourmet dining accompanied by complimentary local wines (plus beer and soft drinks) at dinner. Additional AMAWATERWAYS amenities include French Balconies, complimentary 3G high-speed Internet and Wi-Fi; complimentary first-run Hollywood films; complimentary specialty coffees and bottled water, a fleet of bicycles on board plus much more. After the 7-night cruise, guests will head to Luxembourg for a city tour of the Grand Duchy, followed by a high-speed TGV transfer to Paris. The 3-night stay in the City of Lights includes a guided city tour, plus an exclusive excursion to the Champagne region.

For more information about the world’s most luxurious river cruises, visit or call 800-626-0126.

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