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September 16-30, 2002

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Virtual Tour of Crystal Serenity Headlines New Website Launch

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 30 -- Luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises debuts an additional website this week dedicated to Crystal Serenity, the Six-Star rated fleet's third ship departing on its inaugural cruise July 7, 2003. The site, located at, premieres the first 3-D images and an animated virtual tour of the exteriors and interiors of Crystal Serenity, including a wide variety of public rooms and personal accommodations, as well as the first video clips of the construction progress. Also featured is a timeline of major development and building milestones. The new website can also be accessed via the luxury line's main homepage at

"We created the Crystal Serenity website not only to disseminate the most up-to-date information, but also to tell her development story, from the initial planning stages to the moment the champagne bottle breaks on the bow," says Adam Leavitt, Crystal Cruises' senior vice president, marketing.

Visitors to the website may also register to receive e-mail updates every time new content is added. Other highlights include deck plans, day-to-day itineraries for Crystal Serenity's inaugural season, route maps, and detailed port descriptions.

The debut of the Crystal Serenity website is the latest advancement in the luxury line's cyber presence. Earlier this month, was redesigned in accordance with the line's new brand image, as seen in the 2003 Cruise Atlas and all newly produced marketing and advertising materials. The website also features even easier to follow navigation. New flash technology will be added this fall.

The 68,000-ton, 1,080-guest Crystal Serenity will feature a higher space-per-guest ratio than her sister ships Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony. With increased dining options, a greater number of staterooms with verandahs and exquisitely-appointed penthouses, as well as expanded venues for entertainment, fitness and educational pursuits, the long-anticipated Crystal Serenity will build upon the best of the fleet.

As the leader in large-ship luxury cruising, Crystal Cruises has won an unprecedented number of industry awards, including the highest cruise ship guidebook ratings and the prestigious "Best Large Ship Cruise Line" awards from the readers of Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler magazines.

Crystal Cruises is booked exclusively through professional travel agents. For a complimentary brochure, call 800.820.6663.

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New Itineraries for Carnival's Smoke-Free Paradise to Feature Isla Roatan, Honduras, Belize, and Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic

MIAMI (9/30/02) - The world's only totally smoke-free cruise ship, Carnival Cruise Lines' Paradise, will operate a new year-round western and eastern Caribbean cruise program from Miami beginning February 2003 that will feature an exceptional array of ports including Isla Roatan, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; and Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic. The Paradise will sail every Sunday beginning Feb. 23, 2003, on seven-day cruises alternating between the western and eastern Caribbean.

"The attractive and unique blend of ports on these two itineraries and the Paradise's one-of-a-kind smoke-free environment makes for an excellent and enticing new vacation option for both those who are new to cruising or new to the Paradise, as well as those who are devotees of the world's only smoke-free cruise ship," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president.

The western itinerary will feature four ports of call, unusual for a weeklong Caribbean cruise departing from the continental U.S. Those ports include Belize, Isla Roatan, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. "This is an outstanding itinerary that combines two fascinating locations few people have visited - Belize and Isla Roatan - with two of the Caribbean's most popular, tried and true ports - Grand Cayman and Cozumel," said Dickinson.

Belize is an eco-tourism paradise that offers a huge diversity of activities including barrier reef scuba diving and snorkeling, Mayan ruins, cave tubing, horseback riding and golfing. Isla Roatan, a lush tropical island off the coast of Honduras, features vibrant Caribbean waters, beautiful beaches, exotic foliage and a plethora of activities and sightseeing options including diving, snorkeling, watersports, glass bottom boats, nature trails and shopping for local handicrafts.

Grand Cayman is a Caribbean jewel, featuring miles of pristine beaches and aquamarine waters, world-class scuba diving and snorkeling, and ever-popular activities such as swimming with stingrays, shopping, sightseeing and golfing. Cozumel, one of the Caribbean's most popular cruise ports, offers a huge array of options and attractions including snorkeling and scuba diving, watersports, beaches, bicycling, Mayan ruins, sightseeing and shopping.

The eastern itinerary will include visits to Nassau, Casa de Campo and St. Thomas. The stop in Nassau has been extended from what is offered on the ship's existing schedule to include a full day visit from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Casa de Campo, a stunning and diverse upscale resort area that is being featured on a Carnival itinerary for the very first time, along with St. Thomas, round out the program.

"The Paradise's eastern itinerary provides an excellent mix of ports including the ever-popular Nassau and St. Thomas, along with Casa de Campo -- an exceptionally exquisite resort area that we anticipate will attract many people to this itinerary," said Dickinson.

Nassau, a delightful and charming Bahamian town with features indicative of its British heritage, offers a wide diversity of sightseeing opportunities, along with excellent shopping, beaches, snorkeling and watersports activities. Casa de Campo, at La Romana in the Dominican Republic, is an elegant resort area featuring world-class golfing, beaches, horseback riding, tennis and Altos de Chavon, a quaint 16th century Mediterranean village replica that sits above the Chavon River. A shore excursion option to Santo Domingo will be offered as well. St. Thomas continues to be one of the Caribbean's most popular stops with world-famous beaches and shopping, along with myriad sightseeing and water-oriented activities. Optional shore excursions to St. John will also be offered.

Carnival is currently accepting reservations for the smoke-free Paradise's new eastern and western Caribbean itineraries. Prices begin at $549 per person. If purchased via Carnival's "Fun Finance Plan (SM)," which enables guests to purchase a "Fun Ship" cruise over 24 monthly installments, prices start at $26 per month (based on a 24-month payment term at the lowest annual percentage rate available). Actual "Fun Finance Plan" monthly payments and terms may vary according to the applicant's credit qualifications. Valid for U.S. individual bookings only. Certain other restrictions apply. Through its "Fly Aweigh" program, Carnival offers round-trip air transportation supplements from more than 170 North American gateways. Special rates for third and fourth guests sailing in the same stateroom are also available. For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL, or visit

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Cunard Line's New Queen Mary 2 Selected by Athens 2004 Olympic Games Organizers

MIAMI, Sept. 27 -- Cunard Line and Athens 2004, the organizing committee for the 2004 Olympic Games, today signed a memorandum of understanding to position Cunard's $800-million Queen Mary 2 in the Greek port of Piraeus to serve as a floating hotel during the Games. The 1,310-cabin luxury liner will arrive in Piraeus on August 12, 2004, and remain docked through August 30.

"Cunard Line is delighted to be a part of this historic event in Greece, the birthplace of the Olympic Games," said Deborah Natansohn, the line's senior vice president, sales and marketing. "Being selected by the Athens organizing committee is a great honor and the first step in a very exciting process."

According to Spyros Capralos, executive director, Athens Organizing Committee (ATHOC), "Queen Mary 2 will be the centerpiece in an 11-ship flotilla that will host up to 13,280 visitors. We're delighted that the newest and grandest luxury liner in the world will be the flagship for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens."

Scheduled to debut in January 2004, the 150,000-ton Queen Mary 2 will feature sweeping staircases, expansive promenades, luxurious staterooms and among the most lavish suites at sea; nearly three-quarters of her accommodations will have private balconies. Facilities include 10 dining venues; several elegant bars and show lounges; a theatre; a health spa operated by the world famous Canyon Ranch; the world's first planetarium at sea; a children's facility, complete with British nannies; indoor and outdoor swimming pools; hot tubs and boutiques.

Cunard Line has operated the most famous ocean liners in the world since 1840. The Cunard fleet has a classic British heritage and includes Queen Elizabeth 2 and Caronia. In December 2003 the line welcomes Queen Mary 2, destined to recapture the glamour of the original Queen Mary, currently a hotel and attraction in Long Beach, CA. An as yet-unnamed newbuild joins the fleet in 2005.

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ASTA & Carnival Partner Again in National Ad Campaign Touting Travel Agents

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 25 -- The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), in partnership with Carnival Cruise Lines, announced that they are launching their second major national advertising campaign and cruise sweepstakes encouraging consumers to use ASTA travel agents.

The campaign, which begins Sept. 27, features print ads in the Destinations & Diversions section of USA Today and in the Travel section of Two flights of six ads each will run this fall and winter. The "image ads" will promote the value of using a travel agent and feature the ASTA logo and slogan, "Without a travel agent, you're on your own."®

Due to its popularity, the campaign will reprise "ASTA's Great Cruise Giveaway," an Internet-based sweepstakes featuring two Carnival cruise giveaways. When factoring in the media buy, the cruise giveaways' value and additional merchandising support provided by USA Today, the value of the full campaign totals nearly $1 million.

"Last year, ASTA conducted its largest national consumer awareness campaign ever, which reached 27.5 million readers with ads in USA Today and on," said Richard M. Copland, CTC, ASTA president and CEO. "Following that success, I was thrilled Carnival agreed to embark on a similar campaign this year and am gratified to see our friends demonstrate their belief in the agency distribution system."

"The vast majority of Carnival's business comes through travel agents," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. "Our support of this far-reaching ASTA campaign centering on getting the word out about the benefits and importance of using travel agents is money well spent in our view."

Carnival is the largest cruise line in the world, with 17 "Fun Ships" operating voyages from three to 17 days in length to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, the Panama Canal, New England, Canada and Bermuda from a variety of North American homeports.

The mission of the American Society of Travel Agents and its affiliate organizations is to enhance the professionalism and profitability of members worldwide through effective representation in industry and government affairs, education and training, and by identifying and meeting the needs of the traveling public. The Society is the world's largest and most influential travel trade association with over 24,000 members in more than 140 countries.

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Holland America Expands Caribbean Cruising 
With 170 Premium Cruises in 2003
New MS Zuiderdam to be Year-Round Caribbean Ship 

Seattle, September 24, 2002 - Offering its most diverse selection of Caribbean cruises ever, Holland America will sail 170 departures in 2003, highlighted by the introduction of seven-day itineraries aboard the new 1,848-passenger ms Zuiderdam. 

Zuiderdam debuts Dec. 14, 2002 as the first of five Vista class vessels and becomes the line's year-round, seven-day Caribbean ship. The premium line will offer more than 120 seven-day cruises - up from 77 in 2002 - and 170 Caribbean cruises total - up from 130. Zuiderdam will be joined by its Vista sister ship, ms Oosterdam, in Dec. 2003. 

Nine ships will cruise the Caribbean for Holland America in 2003. "From perennially popular week-long Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises to southern Caribbean journeys of 10 days or more, our selection of Caribbean vacations has grown more diverse as we add new ships, more sailings and new departure ports," said David A. Giersdorf, senior vice president, marketing and sales. "We're substantially increasing the number of seven-day cruises because they have always been the most popular and our new ships provide the perfect opportunity to expand in this direction. We are also featuring a wider range of longer cruises and itineraries to the exotic Southern Caribbean, some of which include the Panama Canal and Venezuela's fascinating Orinoco River." 

Giersdorf also noted that Holland America will offer three Florida homeports in 2003. Most cruises will sail from Ft. Lauderdale; however Holland America sails two ships from Tampa and just this year, the line introduced Port Canaveral as its third Florida cruise gateway. 

2003 Eastern & Western Caribbean Cruises 
Eastern & Western Caribbean cruises provide both Saturday and Sunday departures from Ft. Lauderdale and Saturday departures from Port Canaveral and Tampa. Sailings are aboard the new Zuiderdam and Oosterdam, ms Maasdam, and ms Volendam from Fort Lauderdale; ms Zaandam from Port Canaveral; and ms Veendam from Tampa. 

Four Eastern Caribbean itineraries are offered, which include a variety of the following ports: Nassau, Bahamas; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (St. John tour option); Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten. All itineraries include Holland America's Half Moon Cay, rated by Porthole Magazine as "the finest private island experience in the industry." 

Western Caribbean cruises feature a choice of five itineraries with ports of call that include Belize City, Belize, Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala (Copan, Tikal, Rio Dulce tour options); Georgetown, Grand Cayman; Montego Bay or Ocho Rios, Jamaica (Dunn River Falls tour option); Cozumel, Mexico; Key West, Florida; and Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. 

When the 1,848-passenger Zuiderdam joins the fleet as a Fort Lauderdale-based ship it will boast the highest passenger space ratio of Holland America's ships at 46, keeping the company firmly placed as the leader in premium cruising. The Vista-class ships feature a wide range of spacious accommodation categories. Eight-five percent of the staterooms feature an ocean view, with approximately 80 percent of those offering affordable private verandahs and spectacular suites. Cruise-only fares start at just US$499 [CAN $719] per person, double occupancy, including port charges. 

Southern Caribbean Cruises 
Holland America is continuing its popular Southern Caribbean cruises with the 10-day "Wayfarer" and "Seafarer" itineraries on the ms Amsterdam and Volendam, sailing roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale in the spring and fall. Ports of call include the following: Willemstad, Curacao; La Guaira, Venezuela (Angel Falls, Caracas tour options); El Guamache, Isla de Margaritas, Venezuela; Castries and Soufriere, St. Lucia; Roseau and Cabrits, Dominica; Port of Spain, Trinidad; Fort-de-France, Martinique; Kralendijk, Bonaire; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (St. John tour option); and Half Moon Cay. Fares for the above itineraries start at US$1,049 [CAN $1,529] per person. 

Aboard the ms Noordam and ms Rotterdam, Holland America also offers 14-, 16- and 18-day cruises from Tampa and Fort Lauderdale that add intriguing ports such as Bridgetown, Barbados and Oranjestad, Aruba to the above. One sailing - the adventurous "Southern Caribbean, Panama Canal & Orinoco River Cruise" - adds the extraordinary experiences of entering the Panama Canal at Cristobal and cruising to Lake Gatun with sailing the mighty Orinoco River deep into Venezuela's jungle heartland. Offered Apr. 23 on the Rotterdam, this 16-day roundtrip cruise from Ft. Lauderdale combines includes an exotic mix of Southern Caribbean ports ranging from Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (Rain Forest Aerial Tram, San Jose, eco-tour options) and Cartagena, Colombia to Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela (Angel Falls, Ciudad Bolivar tour options) and St. Georges, Grenada. Cruise-only fares start at US$2,149 [CAN $3,119] per person, double occupancy. 

Holiday Cruises 
Leading in to its 2003 Caribbean season, Holland America is featuring 12 seven-day holiday cruises - plus two 14- and 14/16-day sailings - aboard each of its Caribbean-based ships in late December 2002. Combining two different seven-day cruises creates a unique 14-day Caribbean holiday vacation. For example, guests can book the Zuiderdam's Christmas cruise and New Year's Eve cruise back-to-back. The first sails roundtrip Dec. 21 from Fort Lauderdale for the Eastern Caribbean; the second departs Dec. 28 roundtrip for the Western Caribbean. Cruise-only fares for each seven-day sailing start at US$1,199 [CAN $1,739] per person, double occupancy, including port charges. 

Guests can also opt for a 14-day "Caribbean & Panama Canal" cruise departing Dec. 28 on the Rotterdam or the 14/16-day "Caribbean Holiday" sailing Dec. 22 on the Noordam. The latter sails roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale and offers a two-day continuation to Mobile, Alabama. Award-Winning Half Moon Cay & Shore Excursions Most Caribbean cruises feature a visit to Half Moon Cay, the company's award-winning private island paradise. Guests may sail, swim and snorkel in the turquoise waters, bask on white sand beaches, have a beachside massage, and then enjoy an array of traditional barbecue fare. The island also offers a fun time for kids with a variety of age-appropriate activities through the company's Club HAL children and teen's program. 

All of Holland America's Caribbean cruises offer a stimulating array of shore excursions ranging from active adventures to historical, cultural and ecological tours of the areas visited. For example, active guests can enjoy sportfishing, snorkeling, diving, kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, biking and jeep and helicopter rides. 

About Holland America Line 
In 2003, Holland America will offer 448 premium cruises to all seven continents and will sail from 14 North American home ports. The line offers the only trip cancellation program in the industry that offers cash back for canceling for any reason prior to 24 hours before departure. Beginning with the ms Zuiderdam this fall, by 2006 the company will be increasing its capacity by 73 percent -- and its fleet to a total of 15 ships -- with the introduction of five new 85,000-ton, 1,848-passenger Vista Class ships, the largest ever built for Holland America Line.

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Holland America Offers Longer Cruises, More Ports on 2003 South America Explorer Cruises Plus Antarctica Explorer Cruises to the Seventh Continent

Seattle, September 24, 2002 - In 2003, Holland America Line features more ports of call on its South America cruise itineraries than any other cruise line and will offer more time in the popular ports of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

The premium line is also repeating its highly successful "Antarctica Explorer" cruise, introduced in 2002, and extraordinary "South American Odyssey" cruises which sail between San Diego and Rio de Janeiro around Cape Horn. The 1,266-passenger ms Ryndam and 1,380-passenger ms Amsterdam will sail a total of 10 South America Explorer Cruises with departures from Jan. 6 to Apr. 6 and Oct. 27 to Dec. 18, 2003. 

"Our South America cruises range from 17 to 39 days - compared to the 12-to-14-day itineraries predominantly offered by other lines - and so enable our guests to explore a minimum of seven ports and as many as 16. Plus, we can offer extended scenic cruising of the Chilean Fjords and Patagonia," said David A. Giersdorf, senior vice president, marketing and sales. "These sailings are ideal for seasoned travelers seeking an out-of-the-ordinary, exotic experience which fully captures the flavor of South America's ancient and modern cultures, diverse history and breathtaking landscapes. And only Holland America offers a premium cruise that includes Antarctica and the rare opportunity to see its pristine beauty and wildlife." Giersdorf noted that all cruises calling on Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires feature a lengthy stay of two full days and one night in port, giving guests plenty of time to explore each city and take advantage of numerous unique shore excursions and the legendary nightlife.

Time Travel Cruises 
Holland America begins its 2003 South America season with unique destination oriented "Time Travel" cruises. The first 18-day "Time Travel" cruise departs San Diego Jan. 6 for Valparaiso, Chile. The cruise calls at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Puntarenas, Costa Rica (San Jose and eco-tour options); Esmeraldas, Ecuador (Amazon and Quito tour options); Guayquil, Ecuador (Cuenca tour option); Callao, Peru (Lima and Cuzco/Machu Picchu tour options); General San Martin, Peru (Ballestas Islands, Nazca Lines and Paracas National Reserve tour options); Arica, Chile (Lauca National Park tour option); and Coquimbo/La Serena, Chile. The same itinerary, or its reverse, are featured Apr. 6 and Oct. 27. Cruise fares start at just US$2,579 [CAN $3,739] per person, double occupancy, including port charges. Special reduced air fares starting from as low as US$799 are being offered for select sailing dates. 

Extraordinary Antarctica Cruise 
The 21-day "Antarctica Explorer" cruise departs Valparaiso Jan. 24 for Rio de Janeiro aboard the Ryndam. This "trip of a lifetime" calls at Puerto Montt, then sails the Darwin Channel past the incomparable Chilean Fjords and through the famed Strait of Magellan to Punta Arenas (Torres del Paine National Park and Antarctica flightseeing tour options). After cruising the Beagle and Cockburn Channels, the ship calls at the world's southernmost town of Ushuaia in Argentina's Tierra del Fuego before sailing past Cape Horn to Antarctica. There the Ryndam cruises past wildlife-rich Anvers Island into stunning Paradise Bay and through Neumayer and LeMaire Channels, the latter dubbed "Kodak Gap" for its photogenic scenery. The ship continues to Petermann Island, where French explorers wintered over in 1909; Deception Island, formed by a volcanic crater; Hope Bay and Argentina's Esperanza Station; Paulet Island, breeding ground for several million Adelie penguins; and Elephant Island, where Sir Ernest Shackelton's marooned crew spent 105 days awaiting rescue in 1916. (The itinerary in Antarctica will depend on ice and weather conditions; there will be no landings.) Heading back to South America, the Ryndam calls at the quaint town of Stanley in the Falkland Islands, Buenos Aires, (Iguazu Falls tour option) and Montevideo, Uruguay (Colonia del Sacramento tour option) before arriving in Rio de Janeiro. Cruise fares start at US$3,869 [CAN $5,599] per person, double occupancy.

Rio de Janeiro-Valparaiso Cruises 
The Ryndam sails three 17-day "Wild Majesty" cruises between Rio de Janeiro and Valparaiso in the spring, while the Amsterdam will sail the three departures in the fall, including a gala Holiday Cruise Dec. 18. On Feb. 14, Mar. 20 and Dec. 1, the cruise departs from Rio de Janeiro for Montevideo, Uruguay (Colonia del Sacramento tour option); Buenos Aires, Argentina (Iguazu Falls tour option); Stanley, Falkland Islands; Cape Horn; Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina; scenic Cockburn and Beagle Channels; Punta Arenas, Chile; sailing the Strait of Magellan, Darwin Channel and Chilean Fjords; and Puerto Montt, Chile. The reverse itinerary departs from Valparaiso on Mar. 3, Nov. 14 and Dec. 18. The latter holiday cruise features a slightly different itinerary, calling at Puerto Madryn, Argentina (Punta Tombo and Punta Valdes tour options) instead of the Falkland Islands. Depending on the cruise date, fares start at US$2,499 to US$2,999 [CAN $3,619 to $4,096] per person, double occupancy, including port charges. Special reduced air fares starting from as low as US$799 are being offered for select sailing dates. 

35- & 39-Day Combination Cruises 
Holland America schedules its South American cruises so certain sailings can be readily combined into a 35- or 39-day "South American Odyssey." For example, guests can depart San Diego Jan. 6 for Valparaiso, then continue around Cape Horn to Rio de Janeiro for an epic, 39-day exploration of South America's coast. They also can depart Rio de Janeiro Mar. 20 or San Diego Oct. 27 to cruise a similar 35-day itinerary. "Odyssey" cruise fares start at special combination pricing of US$4,829 to US$5,859 [CAN $6,699 to $8,499] per person, double occupancy, including port charges. Special reduced air fares starting from as low as US$799 are being offered for select sailing dates.

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10 Reasons Cited for Cruise Industry Recovery; How the Cruise Industry Bounced Back Over the Course of One Year

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 18 -- Despite economic anxiety following the tragic events of last September, the $20 billion cruise industry has rebounded dramatically.

The International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL), which represents 16 North American cruise lines, reports why the cruise industry is on track to attract a record 7.4 million North Americans to cruising in 2002. "Over the course of this year, the cruise industry pulled itself together by being responsive to consumers' needs," stated Michael Crye, president of the ICCL. "We dropped prices, moved cruise ships closer to home and made an already safe industry even safer. In short, consumer confidence is returning and the industry is rebounding beyond anyone's expectations of last September."

The ten reasons cited by the ICCL for the cruise industry's quick economic recovery.

1. Upon hearing news of the attacks, we established an immediate and continuous dialogue with the cruise industry and government agencies such as the U.S. Coast Guard, INS and DOT.
2. Since cruise ships had approved security plans in place, we were able to immediately implement the highest level of security.
3. Adjusted cruise ships' 2001 fall itineraries to other ports, primarily Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia and Portland, Maine.
4. Incorporated stricter security procedures for passengers and crew including 100% screening of all luggage and carry-ons prior to boarding and 100% positive photo identification check.
5. Participated in travel industry public service campaign featuring President George W. Bush encouraging travel in the U.S.
6. Empowered our key distribution network, the travel agents, by enhancing their cruise sales' commissions.
7. ICCL participation at the IMO to finalize the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code -- a unified security policy updating current U.S. Coast Guard and IMO Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulations. If agreed upon by the IMO at the diplomatic conference in December 2002, it will become international law by mid-2003.
8. Competitive pricing implemented by all major cruise lines.
9. Continued efforts in place to grow the industry. Renewed commitment to investing billions of dollars in building state-of-the-art ships and consistently upgrading existing fleets. More than 20 ships are slated to enter the fleet between fall 2002 and the end of 2003.
10. Established formal agreements to share security information with the DOD, DOJ, DOS, FBI, INS and U.S. Customs.

"Now, more than ever, people should book a cruise vacation," stated Richard Fain, chairman of the ICCL. "Prices are extremely affordable and passengers will have peace of mind knowing that cruising is as safe as it has ever been."

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The Butler Will Do It - In More Rooms Aboard Crystal Serenity

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 19 -- Travelers seeking the ultimate in service will find even more accommodations with personal butler service aboard Crystal Serenity, Crystal Cruises' newest ship launching in July 2003. From unpacking luggage upon request to coordinating an intimate dinner for two on one's own private verandah, European-trained white-gloved butlers will pamper guests in the luxury ship's new category of accommodations, the "Penthouse Stateroom with Verandah."

Renowned for its Penthouse accommodations and attentive butler service, Crystal Cruises is increasing both aboard Crystal Serenity. In all, the new floating resort will feature the three Penthouse categories found on Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony -- Penthouse, Penthouse Suite and Crystal Penthouse -- as well as the new category of Penthouse Stateroom with Verandah, also referred to as "AA." Crystal Serenity will boast 56% more of the traditional Penthouse accommodations, and with the new category, the ship will offer nearly 300% more butler service. (Crystal Cruises' Penthouse accommodations with butler service are often the first to sell out.)

"Crystal Cruises was founded with the intent to offer luxury travelers more choices. Crystal Serenity will take this to a new level through its range of personal accommodations, dining venues, fitness opportunities, educational enrichment and entertainment options," says Adam Leavitt, Crystal Cruises' senior vice president, marketing.

In addition to Penthouse quality furnishings of custom-made fabrics, furniture and woodwork, as well as granite accents in the bathrooms, the Penthouse Staterooms with Verandah will also offer binoculars, slippers, Riedel glassware, personalized stationery and luggage tags for priority delivery. Guests will receive complimentary welcome champagne, a fully stocked in-room bar upon embarkation, and complimentary in-room soft drinks and bottled water throughout the cruise. European-trained, white-gloved butlers will oversee Crystal Serenity's two Penthouse decks.

Crystal Cruises' accommodations, ranging from an outside stateroom with large picture window to the Crystal Penthouses, are elegantly appointed with a range of amenities including fresh flowers and English mohair blankets. All accommodations aboard Crystal Serenity will be larger than those found on her sister ships Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony and will boast a seating area, queen-size or twin beds, remote color television and DVD, data port for laptop computer hook-up, refrigerator, security safe, and full bathtub and shower.

Currently under construction in France, the 1,080-guest, 68,000-ton Crystal Serenity will officially enter service in Europe on July 7, 2003 with a 14-day Northern Europe "Grand Inaugural Voyage," round-trip from London's port of Southampton. She will continue her inaugural season with summer cruises in Europe, the Mediterranean, and Black Sea, followed by a trans-Atlantic crossing, two Caribbean/Panama Canal voyages, and a combined Christmas/New Year's Mexican Riviera sailing, round-trip from Los Angeles.

Cruise fares for Crystal Serenity's inaugural season start at $3,610 per person, double occupancy for a 10-day Caribbean sailing.

Crystal Cruises is the recipient of the industry's most prestigious awards. For the seventh consecutive year, the line has won the "World's Best" large-ship cruise honor from the readers of Travel + Leisure and outscored all other cruise lines, with small or large ships. The line's Six-Star rated ships will sail to all seven continents in 2003.

Crystal Cruises is booked exclusively through professional travel agents. For a complimentary Crystal Serenity brochure and 2003 Cruise Atlas, call 800.820.6663. Visit the luxury cruise line's website at

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Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Receives Extension on Options for Fifth and Sixth Radiance-Class Ships

MIAMI, Sept. 19 -- Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced it has deferred its options to purchase a fifth and sixth ship within its new Radiance class with deliveries in 2005 and 2006.

Royal Caribbean and Meyer Werft shipyard of Papenburg, Germany, builder of the Radiance-class ships, agreed to extend the options to January 10, 2003. Both options were to have expired on September 20, 2002.

The Radiance-class ships are operated by the Royal Caribbean International brand. Radiance of the Seas entered service in March of 2001. The second Radiance-class ship, Brilliance of the Seas, entered service in July of 2002. The third and fourth Radiance-class ships are scheduled for delivery in 2003 and 2004, respectively.

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

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30-Day Sale Offers $1,000 Off Windstar Cruises in January
A Trio of Treasures on Fifteen Dates

SEATTLE, Sept. 20 -- Windstar is offering $1,000 off of each stateroom on 15 different January 2003 cruises in the Caribbean, Costa Rica or Tahiti.

The "January 30-Day Sale" offer is valid on all bookings made between September 15 and October 15, 2002 on the 15 selected January 2003 sailings. The early booking discount of $1,000 per stateroom is in addition to Advanced Savings Advantage Program (ASAP) savings currently offered on all Windstar cruises for 2003.

Caribbean -- The luxury line offers four innovative itineraries to choose from in the Caribbean.

On January 5, 2003, the 308-passenger Wind Surf sets sail from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida repositioning to the southern Caribbean. Calling at Port Lucaya, Grand Bahama Island and Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; day at sea; Grand Turk Island, Turks and Caicos; day at sea; Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands; and disembarking in St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands. Including the $1,000 stateroom discount, "January 30-Day Sale" prices start at $1,468 for this 7-day cruise.

A yachting adventure through the Virgin Islands awaits cruisers onboard the 148-passenger Wind Spirit on January 11, 18, and 25, 2003. The ship sails roundtrip from America's paradise, St. Thomas to St. John, U.S.V.I.; St. Martin and St. Barthelemy, French Antilles; Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda, and Tortola, B.V.I. Discounted prices for the 7-day Virgin Islands cruise during the "January 30-Day Sale" start at $2,052.

On January 12 and 26, 2003, the Wind Surf departs on a 7-day sailing from St. Thomas to Barbados. Enroute guests visit Isla Culebra, Puerto Rico, one of two nesting sites in the U.S. for giant sea turtles. Next port is the shoppers paradise of St. Martin, French Antilles followed by a day at sea under sail. Quaint Iles des Saintes, French Antilles offers excellent diving, hiking, and beautiful vistas, followed by Pigeon Island, St. Lucia, home to the towering twin Pitons and beautiful beaches of Dr. Doolittle fame. Finally, a visit to Grenada, the "Spice Island," lets guests visit the famous, bustling market boasting many exotic spices.

On January 19, the Wind Surf makes the return trip from Barbados to St. Thomas offering a 7-day cruise visiting beautiful Bequia and Mayreau, Grenadines; day at sea; nature-laden Dominica; the fancy French island of St. Barthelemy, French Antilles; and Virgin Gorda, B.V.I. home to the famous "Baths" rock formations.

"January 30-Day Sale" discount prices for the three cruises above start at $1,663 for the 7-day cruise onboard Wind Surf and can be combined to create a distinctive 14-day itinerary with discount rates starting at $2,826.

Central America -- The rugged Pacific coastline of Central America is explored in luxury and style aboard the 148-passenger Wind Star on three Costa Rica cruises on January 4, 11, and 25 of 2003.

Guests fly into the capital city of San Jose, Costa Rica and take an educational tour through the scenic countryside joining the ship in the fishing village of Puerto Caldera. The cruise begins with a full day at sea under sail then visits San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua where guests can take an excursion to the colonial city of Granada, founded in 1524. Next, a day on the pristine shores of Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica is spent viewing the nesting habits of leatherback turtles or swinging from tree to tree on the Rain Forest Canopy Tour.

The abundance of wildlife amazes and enchants cruise guests each day. Observe howler monkeys and sloths while visiting Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park. San Josecito features the fascinating wildlife sanctuary of Corcovado, while Curu Reserve and Tortuga Island are home to caimans, ocelots, capuchin and spider monkeys, more than 150 species of birds, as well as a vast array of colorful underwater creatures.

Discounted prices for the 7-day Costa Rica cruise during the "January 30-Day Sale" start at $1,663.

Tahiti -- Now offering year-round cruises to Tahiti and her islands, the 148-passenger Wind Song's 2003 sailing itinerary is filled with the exotic fragrances and gentle trade winds of the South Pacific.

Windstar's Polynesian journey begins with tiare-lei greetings and the pulse of traditional drums in the capital city of Papeete, Tahiti. Sailing every Friday, the ship sets a course for the "Sacred Isle" of Raiatea, home of Mount Temehani and the delightful song and dance of the "Children of Raiatea." Next, the lush island of Huahine introduces guests to fragrant vanilla farms and an extensive collection of maraes -- ancient Polynesian stone temples.

The crisp white sails of Wind Song will be fully engaged during a dramatic cruise-by of the island of Taha'a as the ship approaches the world famous Bora Bora lagoon, teaming with techni-color clown fish. Guests have a day and a half to explore the rugged mountains and tropical valleys of Bora Bora on numerous shore excursions. Popular activities include a 4-wheel drive jeep tour, a sumptuous beach barbecue on Motu Tapu, and swimming with reef sharks and stingrays in the crystalline waters of the protected lagoon.

The final South Seas call to the island of Moorea offers dramatic views of the atoll from Belvedere Point. Hiking, biking, para-sailing, water-skiing, wind-surfing, snorkeling, scuba-diving, kayaking, whale watching, and swimming with the dolphins are some of the favorite past-times found on and around Moorea. The Wind Song crew puts the finishing touches on a memorable week with a lavish tropical deck barbecue under the stars.

Five cruise departures on January 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2003 offer free airfare in addition to the "January 30-Day Sale" with discounted rates starting at $2,725. The value-added air-inclusive rate offers free round-trip airfare from 78 North American gateways on all sailings in January, February, and March of 2003.

All cruises listed above are priced per person based on double-occupancy and include all meals, accommodations and on-board activities.

All discount rates listed above are valid through Tuesday, October 15, 2002. To receive brochures or for more information contact 877-827-7245. For reservations contact a travel agent or call Windstar at 800-258-7245. Sail over to Windstar Cruises online at

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Carnival Corporation Reports Third Quarter Earnings

MIAMI, Sept. 20 -- Carnival Corporation reported net income of $500.8 million ($0.85 Diluted EPS) on revenues of $1.44 billion for its third quarter ended August 31, 2002, compared to net income of $495.0 million ($0.84 Diluted EPS) on revenues of $1.49 billion for the same quarter in 2001.

Net income for the nine months ended August 31, 2002 was $824.6 million ($1.40 Diluted EPS) on revenues of $3.33 billion, compared to net income of $809.9 million ($1.38 Diluted EPS) on revenues of $3.58 billion for the same period in 2001.

Earnings for the third quarter of 2002 included a $34 million income tax benefit from the company's Costa Cruise operation resulting from a new Italian investment tax law. This was partially offset by a provision of $20 million related to a vessel write-down. In addition, there was a $13 million reduction in earnings in the third quarter of 2002 resulting from canceled cruises during the quarter.

Cruise revenues for the third quarter of 2002 were 1.4 percent lower than last year primarily because of a significant decline in the number of guests purchasing air transportation from the company and lower cruise ticket prices. This was partially offset by an increase in cruise capacity of 2.2 percent. Net revenue yield (net revenue per available berth day after deducting the cost of air transportation and travel agent commissions) was down less than 1 percent compared to the previous year's third quarter. This was considerably better than the company's earlier forecast of down 3 to 5 percent primarily due to the strengthening of the euro relative to the U.S. dollar and stronger than expected pricing on close-to-sailing bookings during the quarter.

Also impacting earnings for the third quarter was a 2.7 percent increase in the company's cost per available berth day (excluding the cost of air transportation and travel agent commissions). This increase in cost per berth day was primarily due to the strengthening of the euro relative to the U.S. dollar, higher fuel costs, higher advertising expenditures, and the effect of the canceled cruises.

Commenting on the third quarter results, Carnival Corporation Chairman and CEO Micky Arison said he was pleased that the company was continuing to improve its performance since the events of September 11. "In spite of the continuing economic uncertainties, political unrest and lingering effects of September 11, we have experienced sequential yield improvement and expect that trend to continue with net revenue yield comparisons turning positive in the fourth quarter," Arison said. He noted that the net revenue yield decline during the third quarter of less than 1 percent was a significant improvement from the 5.3 percent decline reported for the second quarter of this year.

During the third quarter of 2002, Carnival Cruise Lines announced that it had reached an agreement with the Fincantieri shipyard for the construction of a new 110,000-ton, 2,974-passenger "Conquest-class" vessel, which is to be built at an approximate cost of $450-460 million for delivery in late fall 2005. Arison noted that this was the second cruise ship order by Carnival since September 11, which demonstrates the company's continued belief in the long-term fundamentals of its business. In addition, he pointed out that the company's "strong cash flows and balance sheet enable it to continue to expand its cruise fleet, even during these uncertain times."

In August 2002, Carnival Cruise Lines launched the new 2,124-passenger Carnival Legend from Harwich, England, which has just completed a high-profile European introduction. Next week, the Carnival Legend begins a series of two-, three- and 11-day cruises from New York. After a pair of six-day Bermuda cruises from Philadelphia and Baltimore, the ship will launch eight-day Caribbean sailings from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Nov. 10. Following these voyages, Carnival Legend will return to New York for a unique eight-day Caribbean cruise program from May 13 to Oct. 12, 2003.

Looking to the fourth quarter of 2002, Arison noted that the tone of bookings continues to provide confidence that fourth quarter net revenue yields will increase over last year. "The booking curve continues to be unusually close to the sailing date as it has throughout 2002, making it more difficult to forecast net revenue yields. However, as expected, fourth quarter bookings during the last two months have run considerably higher than last year's levels although pricing for the fourth quarter is slightly below the prior year. Because of the expected higher occupancy levels for the fourth quarter, we now forecast net revenue yields to be up between 1 to 3 percent," Arison explained.

Also during the fourth quarter of 2002, both Carnival Cruise Lines and Holland America will introduce new classes of vessels to their fleets. Carnival's largest passenger ship ever constructed, the 2,974-passenger Carnival Conquest, is scheduled to enter service from New Orleans in mid-November 2002. In addition, Holland America will also launch the 85,000- ton Zuiderdam, the first ship in its new Vista-class series, in December 2002 from Fort Lauderdale. This 1,848-passenger vessel represents a 28 percent increase in passenger capacity over the 1,440-passenger Volendam, the largest ship currently in Holland America's fleet, and offers more than 85 percent of its cabins with ocean views, of which 80 percent have balconies.

Separately, Carnival is continuing to cooperate with the Federal Trade Commission in its ongoing investigation, now nearing completion, with regard to Carnival's pending pre-conditional offer for P&O Cruises.

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Silver Wind Set to Ply the Waters of Mediterranean & Caribbean

Fort Lauderdale, FL, Sept 19, 2002 - Continuing its tradition of visiting the most desirable ports of call that have the greatest customer appeal, Silversea has announced a new 2003 schedule for the freshly refurbished Silver Wind.

Silversea's Silver Wind, a 296-passenger, ultra-luxury vessel, will emerge from a complete refurbishment in Spring 2003 to sail on a new Mediterranean and Caribbean program. Silver Wind was originally scheduled to travel to the Far East and Australia/New Zealand in 2003. Due to the increased popularity of Mediterranean and Caribbean cruising and lower-than-expected demand for Asia, the company has decided to redeploy Silver Wind. Silversea recently experienced one of its most successful Mediterranean seasons ever and is recording very strong bookings for the 2002/2003 Caribbean season. The company believes the great success of this year's Mediterranean and Caribbean programs will carry through to next season. All guests affected by the itinerary changes will be contacted and offered attractive alternative arrangements.

"We consistently monitor the feedback that we receive from past and future guests. As a result, we have decided to change itineraries on Silver Wind to voyages that more closely reflect current passenger demands and desires," said Silversea's Chief Executive Officer, Albert Peter. "To many travelers, Europeans as well as Americans, Mediterranean and Caribbean voyages hold tremendous appeal."

In total, Silver Wind will operate fourteen new Mediterranean voyages, four Monte Carlo to London itineraries, and seven Caribbean voyages for 2003. Exact itineraries, ports of call, and pricing details for these new sailings will be announced shortly.

Silversea Cruises is recognized as an innovator in the luxury segment, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard intimate vessels designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. The recent launch of all-suite luxury sister ships Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper continues Silversea's award-winning service excellence and sophistication with new features and amenities aboard vessels catering to just 382 guests. For the sixth consecutive year, Silversea Cruises was named best small-ship line in the 2001 readers' survey conducted by Condé Nast Traveler magazine. For the fourth time, Silversea was selected "Number One" small-ship line in Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2002. 

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

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Celebrity Cruises To Add Second Ship Year-Round In Caribbean
 In 2003

MIAMI, Sept. 18 -- Celebrity Cruises will devote a second ship to the Caribbean for the 2003 summer season to accommodate a continued demand for its Caribbean product.

Century, currently sailing seven-night eastern and western Caribbean itineraries from Port Everglades, was originally scheduled to redeploy to Europe next summer, then resume her Caribbean sailings next Fall. Century now will sail the Caribbean year-round, joining sister-ship Galaxy.

Celebrity will continue to operate two ships, Millennium and Constellation, next year in Europe. In addition, sister brand, Royal Caribbean International, will sail three ships, Splendour of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas, and Grandeur of the Seas, from European ports.

By keeping Century in the Caribbean, Celebrity will cancel 17 of the ship's originally scheduled European sailings, a mix of seven, 10- and 11-night Mediterranean cruises from Rome or Barcelona and two transatlantic crossings.

Guests on the cancelled cruises are encouraged to rebook on either of Royal Caribbean's or Celebrity's remaining European itineraries. Rebooked guests will receive a $100-per cabin-credit as compensation, and their travel agent will receive a $50 rebooking fee.

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

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Disney Cruise Line Offers Florida Residents Special Rates To Experience Newest Seven-Night Caribbean Itineraries

Disney Cruise LineLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Sept. 19 -- Disney Cruise Line is offering special savings for Floridians this fall, when seven-night cruise vacations start at more than $200 off brochure rates.

Between Oct. 5 and Dec. 14, Florida residents can sail Disney's seven- night eastern or western Caribbean cruise vacations for as little as $599. Rates for guests ages 3-12, traveling as a third or fourth passenger in a stateroom, start at $399.

Conveniently located for residents of most major Florida cities, Port Canaveral-based Disney Cruise Line marked its entry into the cruise industry by offering unique land and sea vacations, combining the magic of the Walt Disney World Resort with a three- or four-night cruise to the Bahamas. Four years later, the line now offers two popular seven-night Caribbean itineraries, as well.

The Disney Magic departs on its seven-night itineraries each Saturday. The itineraries are as follows:

Western Caribbean Itinerary              Eastern Caribbean Itinerary
  Saturday        Depart from              Saturday       Depart from
                       Port Canaveral                              Port Canaveral
  Sunday          KEY WEST                 Sunday         At Sea
  Monday          At Sea                      Monday         At Sea
  Tuesday         GRAND CAYMAN        Tuesday        ST MAARTEN
  Wednesday       COZUMEL               Wednesday    ST. THOMAS
                                                                           with excursions
                                                                           to St. John
  Thursday       At Sea                       Thursday       At Sea
  Friday          CASTAWAY CAY           Friday           CASTAWAY CAY
  Saturday        Return to                  Saturday        Return to
                       Port Canaveral                              Port Canaveral

In addition to discovering the Caribbean's most popular ports, guests enjoy the same magical entertainment, age-specific programming, unique dining experiences, attention-to-detail and excellent guest service featured aboard each of Disney's popular cruise vacations.

Rates are per person, based on double occupancy and subject to availability. At least one adult guest per stateroom must be a Florida resident. Proof of residency is required. Government taxes and fees are not included.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a Disney Cruise Line vacation, guests can contact their travel agent, visit or call Disney Cruise Line at (888) DCL-2500.

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Seattle, Sept. 6 -- Holland America Line has completely redesigned its brochures with fresh graphics and concise, persuasive copy. The Caribbean 2003, Panama Canal 2003, Alaska Cruises 2003, Alaska CruiseTours 2003, Europe 2003, Canada/New England 2003 and Holland America's Cruise Planner 2003, now being distributed to travel agents, are the first to feature the new look. 

"Our goal is to present today's Holland America to today's premium cruiser," said David A. Giersdorf, senior vice president, marketing and sales. "We wanted to distinguish our cruise experience from others by clearly defining what we do better. "Our new brochures are written with agent's clients in mind, highlighting the special, pampered feeling customers can expect on board our five-star luxury cruise ships. Several up-front two-page spreads are devoted to this: 'Better Because' establishes Holland America's premium position, 'What's Ahead' presents sample activities for a day aboard ship, 'Be Happy' captures the ambiance of complete relaxation onboard, and 'Endless Options' conveys the wide variety of on-board entertainment and activities, as well as the variety of dining venues and styles of food service that can be enjoyed by our guests." 

"We're confident this approach will help motivate clients by giving them distinct reasons to choose Holland America," said Giersdorf. The new design features an easy-to-use itinerary index, large easy-to-read maps, sample shore excursions displayed with all itineraries, descriptions of all ports of call, sample public rooms and staterooms for all ships and a complete sailing schedule.

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Sharks, Extraterrestrial Life, Myths and More: Explorers and Experts Will Enliven Seabourn's South America Cruises

MIAMI, Sept. 16 -- Guests aboard Seabourn Pride's cruises circumnavigating South America early next year will share their journey with renowned experts in fields as varied as history, biology, cultural anthropology, archeology, geographic exploration and the scientific search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

Seabourn has assembled a fascinating lineup of lecturers for its celebrated Dress Circle enrichment program during the 72 days the intimate, ultra luxury ship will spend exploring South America. The epic voyage, which can also be purchased in separate cruises of seven to 56 days, will provide a tremendous variety of sights, sounds and experiences for guests, and the insights and expertise offered by the team of Dress Circle lecturers will help them make the most of their adventures.

During the ship's Treasures of the Inca Coast cruise, January 4 to 22, 2003, guests will learn about the myths, legends and artwork of Panama's Cuna Indians and the ancient history and tribal lore of the Mayan and Inca civilizations in Ecuador, Peru and Chile from Patrick Goodness, an expert in comparative mythologies worldwide.

John McMichan, recently retired from the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, will lend advice on healthy traveling, based on his years as a ship's surgeon in Asia.

Dr. John Billingham, who will be on board until February 9, will explore another fascinating topic. After a scientific career with NASA and America's space program, Dr. Billingham continues to look skyward as a Board Member for the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute, now privately funded.

Sailing from January 22 to February 9 will be Professor Roy Willis, who took his Ph.D. in History from Stanford University. He has received grants from the Ford, Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations, and taught at Stanford, the University of Washington and the University of California, Davis. Professor Willis' textbook writing gradually led him from European history to an overview of World Civilizations exploring the role of cities in civilizations worldwide.

Dr. Stanley Spielman, sailing from January 22 until March 1, is a Fellow of The Explorer's Club and the Royal Geographical Society of England. His numerous expeditions combine contacting and documenting endangered tribal peoples with delivery of medical treatment and rendering their unspoiled likenesses in superb oil paintings. He is also an expert on sharks, having surveyed populations in scuba gear and ultralight aircraft, and performed operations on full-grown sharks in the water.

Lyman Johnson, on board from January 22 to February 9 is a professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has taught in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Cardiff, Wales as a Senior Fulbright-Wales Fellow. Johnson's text on Colonial Latin America, 4th edition, is the best-selling college text in his field.

British explorer John Harrison, sailing from February 16 until March 1, is the author of "Up the Creek: An Amazon Adventure." Despite its breezy title, the endeavor the book describes was characterized by John Hemming, Director of the Royal Geographical Society as " ... months of physical hardship, disease, privation, technical skill and mental determination that make the average mountain climb seem like a weekend ramble." In 1991, the National Geographic Society made a film, entitled "John Harrison: Explorer," about Harrison's exploits. Harrison will regale Seabourn guests with lavishly illustrated tales of his adventures in uncharted territory.

With Early Booking Savings up to 35 percent, fares start from $3,996 per person for a seven day cruise, based on double occupancy of a 277-square-foot Seabourn Suite. Fares for the January 4, 2003 18-day Treasures of the Inca Coast start from $6,997 per person, and include free roundtrip coach class airfare from 28 North America gateways. Combinations of cruises totaling 25 to 72 days earn Grand Voyage Savings up to 40 percent.

For more information, or to book a Seabourn Pride South America cruise, contact a professional travel agent, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or click on

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