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October 1-15, 2002

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Cruise Industry Generates $20 Billion Economic Benefit to US Economy in 2001
Cruise Industry Increases Economic Impact Despite a Challenging Year

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 11 -- The International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL), a trade association representing the major cruise lines, announced the North American cruise industry contributed $20 billion to the U.S. economy in 2001, the highest impact to date and a $2 billion increase over 2000.

Despite the tremendously challenging environment faced by the travel leisure industry during 2001 due to a recession and the tragic events of Sept. 11, the North American cruise industry maintained its strong growth and expanded its economic impact. The cruise industry increased its global passenger carryings by five percent to 8.4 million passengers and increased direct spending by the cruise lines and their passengers by six percent to $11 billion.

"The cruise industry proved its resiliency and determination to succeed in 2001," said Michael Crye, president of the ICCL. "The industry reacted quickly to the events of Sept. 11 by moving ships to new ports of call 'closer to home' and implementing the highest security measures. Our travel agent partners rolled up their sleeves and sold our product at a record pace. These steps allowed the cruise industry to recover much more quickly than other travel sector industries."

Overall benefits of the North American cruise industry to the U.S. Economy in 2001

  *  $20 billion -- Total economic impact of the cruise industry in the
      United States
  *  $11 billion -- Direct spending of the cruise lines and their passengers
      on U.S. goods and services
  *  267,762 -- Total U.S. jobs generated by these expenditures
  *  $9.7 billion -- Total wages generated for U.S. employees

Industries most benefited by cruise line spending
Business Services
Airline Transportation
Financial Services 
Transportation Services
$2.2 billion
$2.1 billion
$2.0 billion
$1.8 billion
$1.4 billion

The cruise industry impacted the economies of all 50 states. Expenditures range from food and beverage purchases, ship maintenance, travel agent commissions, airfares and port fees. Ten states accounted for 79 percent of the direct vendor purchases of the North American cruise industry. These states included: Florida, California, New York, Alaska, Washington, Illinois, Texas, Georgia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

"The cruise industry is continuing its commitment to growth by its capital investment in new and exciting ships, providing cruisers with more options than ever before," said Crye. ICCL member lines are expected to bring 35 new ships into the fleet at a cost of approximately $12 between 2001 and 2005.

To view the full economic analysis, please visit Business Research and Economic Advisors was engaged by the ICCL to conduct an analysis of the economic impact of the North American cruise industry on the United States economy during 2001. This analysis updates similar studies for 1997, 1999 and 2000.

ICCL represents the interests of 16 passenger cruise lines that call on major ports in the United States and abroad. ICCL member lines include: Carnival Cruise Lines; Celebrity Cruises; Costa Cruise Lines N.V.; Crystal Cruises; Cunard Line Ltd; Disney Cruise Line; Holland America Line; Norwegian Cruise Line; Orient Lines; Princess Cruises; Radisson Seven Seas Cruises; Regal Cruises; Royal Caribbean International; Royal Olympic Cruises; Seabourn Cruise Line; and Windstar Cruises. These vessels account for approximately 90% of the North American passenger cruise line industry.

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MIAMI (10/11/02) - From scratch golfers to "weekend warriors," golfers of any proficiency level will have the opportunity to play some of the most beautiful and challenging courses in Mexico, Jamaica and Grand Cayman, as part of the comprehensive on-board golf program aboard the new 110,000-ton Carnival Conquest. 

Set to launch year-round seven-day service from New Orleans Dec. 1, the new 2,974-passenger vessel - the largest in the "Fun Ship" fleet - will also feature an on-board golf professional who conducts golf clinics and private lessons in the ship's netted and covered "driving range" and accompanies golfers during organized golfing excursions. The program, managed by Sunrise, Fla.-based Elite Golf Cruises LLC, also features priority tee times, equipment rental, golf accessories and apparel, and comprehensive group and golf tournament services. 

"The quality and variety of courses available through the Carnival Conquest's on-board golf program, combined with the ship's innovative 'resort-style' features and facilities, add up to the ultimate cruise/golf getaway," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. 

Featured courses on the Carnival Conquest's week-long western Caribbean sailings from New Orleans include: 

The White Witch (Montego Bay) - Located at the world-renowned Ritz Carlton Resort, White Witch is one of the Caribbean's most popular courses and has played host to Shell's Wonderful World of Golf tournament. Golfers' experience is enhanced by their own caddy offering insight into the course's unique attributes (extra fee required). Non-golfers can join the excursion to enjoy the resort's tennis courts, pools and other facilities for a nominal charge. 

Sunrise Family Golf Center (Grand Cayman) - This par-3 course features many beautiful holes ranging from 60 to 160 yards in length - perfect for beginners or those wishing to practice their short game. Sunrise Family Golf Center boasts small, manicured greens and many "water holes" - unusual for a par-3 course. Simply an excellent value and wonderful opportunity for families and couples to experience the beauty of island golf. 

Cozumel Country Club (Cozumel) - Created by the renowned Nicklaus design team, the new Cozumel Country Club is the island's first and only championship-caliber course. Carefully sculpted out of the Mayan jungle, the 6,724-yard course maintains the natural habitat of the island with lush foliage, native trees, mangroves and wetlands, resulting in a truly spectacular golf venue. 

A "must play" for any vacationing golfer. White Witch, Sunrise Family Golf Center and Cozumel Country Club are just three of the more than 30 courses available through Carnival's fleetwide golf program, which offers golfers the opportunity to play top courses throughout The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico, Bermuda, New England and Canada. 

Like other Carnival "Fun Ships," Carnival Conquest will also house a lighted and netted "practice range," which protects golfers from the elements and allows for day and nighttime lessons. Lessons, which are available in 30- and 60-minute increments, are complemented by state-of-the-art "V1" teaching computers that provide split-screen, side-by-side comparisons to top tour professionals. A take-home video re-cap of the lesson, including voice-over analysis by the shipboard professional, are available for those guests who want to continue their instruction back home. The "V1" software can also be purchased on board for use in golfers' home computers. 

All-inclusive golf excursions include golf pro escort, priority tee times, round-trip transportation between ship and course, and cart and green fees. Golfers can also rent top-of-the-line Callaway clubs and Adidas golf shoes and purchase golf apparel and accessories - golf balls, gloves, hats, etc. - in Carnival Conquest's "pro shop." Prices for Carnival Conquest's all-inclusive golf packages, including golf pro escort, are as follows: $45 for Sunrise Family Golf Center in Grand Cayman (nine holes), and $140 and $160, respectively, for Cozumel Country Club and White Witch in Montego Bay (18 holes). Professional shipboard lessons range in price from a $25 "swing check" to $45 for a 30-minute lesson and $80 for a complete one-hour video analysis with a private instructor. Course information is available by visiting, calling 1-800-324-1106 or faxing a request to 954-382-5398. Guests can also stop by the shore excursions desk once on board. 

Prior to entering year-round seven-day western Caribbean service departing New Orleans every Sunday, Carnival Conquest will operate three special voyages. A four-day cruise departing Nov. 15 will feature Cozumel; a six-day cruise departing Nov. 21 will visit Grand Cayman; and Cozumel; and a four-day Thanksgiving weekend cruise departing Nov. 27 will call at Cozumel. Seven-day cruises, which begin Dec. 1, will visit Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. For additional information and reservations on the Carnival Conquest or any other Carnival "Fun Ship," call 1-800-327-9501 (individual) or 1-800-327-5782 (groups). Information and reservations are also available via the line's travel agent Internet portal,

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MIAMI - October 11, 2002 - Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. provided an update on the current outlook for bookings and yields. During 2002, as booking patterns improved, analysts have raised their earnings estimates, which currently average $0.85 for the third quarter. Since the company's last update, bookings have continued to strengthen and costs have fallen. As a result, the company now expects reported third quarter earnings to be in the range of $0.98 to $0.99 per share, including a charge of $20 million, or $0.10 per share recorded in connection with a previously disclosed potential litigation settlement. 

The better-than-expected earnings are the results of an improved revenue environment and higher-than-anticipated cost savings. Net yields (net revenue per available passenger cruise day) for the quarter were down about 1.7% from the third quarter of 2001. The third quarter's lower costs were the results of the company's continued focus on cost savings, as well as the timing of certain expenses that will now be incurred in the fourth quarter. 

Bookings for the fourth quarter continue to meet the company's expectations, but the pattern of customers booking their cruises late also continues. The fourth quarter is traditionally the weakest quarter and the most difficult to predict. The trend to later bookings exacerbates the difficulty of forecasting results. The company hopes to be able to absorb the impact of the previously mentioned shift in costs between quarters and still meet fourth quarter consensus. Management now anticipates that yields for the full year will be down about 1% to 2%. Full year earnings for 2002 are expected to be in the range of $1.55 to $1.60 per share, including the settlement charge referred to above. 

All figures mentioned do not include any amounts related to the proposed DLC combination with P&O Princess. The company intends to provide more information on the outlook after it finishes the quarter's financial close. The company's earnings release will be issued on October 23, 2002. A conference call with analysts has been scheduled for 10 a.m. that day, and can be heard by all interested parties at the company's investor relations web site, Visual aids relating to the call also will be available at the web site. A replay of the webcast will be available at the same site for a month following the call.

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Princess Cancels Sailings of Fire-Damaged Diamond Princess
Alaska and Mexico Programs Affected

SANTA CLARITA, CA, Oct. 10, 2002 -- Princess Cruises announced today that, due to a fire last week at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries shipyard in Japan where the vessel is under construction, it must cancel the Alaska and Mexico cruise programs for Diamond Princess up to the scheduled February 28, 2004 sailing.

"Obviously, this fire was an unfortunate and unforeseen setback in this vessel's construction," said Dean Brown, Princess' executive vice president of customer service and sales. "We certainly regret any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause some of our passengers and travel agent partners."

Alaska 2003 Sailings
Passengers booked on Diamond Princess' seven-day roundtrip Alaska voyages, originally scheduled to begin June 15, 2003, are being automatically moved to the same category of accommodations aboard her sister ship Star Princess. The newest ship in Princess' fleet, Star Princess offers identical Inside Passage ports of call from Seattle, departing on Saturdays versus Diamond Princess' Sunday sailings. These passengers will have full price protection of their fares, and will receive a $25 per person credit to their shipboard account. Passengers who choose to cancel their reservations instead will receive a full refund of all money under deposit.

"The good news for affected Alaska passengers is that because it is still early in the booking cycle, we will be able to accommodate them on a comparable sailing aboard Star Princess," noted Brown. "Star Princess' facilities are virtually identical to those of Diamond Princess, and it offers all of our many Personal Choice Cruising options, including a variety of dining and entertainment venues, a spectacular Lotus Spa and expanded youth centers."

Star Princess will call at Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Victoria, plus cruise through the dramatic glaciers, rock walls and waterfalls of Tracy Arm and the twin Sawyer Glaciers. The 2,600-passenger ship offers 18 voyages on this itinerary between May 17 and September 13, 2003.

Mexico 2003/2004 Sailings
Passengers scheduled to sail on the ship's canceled Mexico cruises from September 27, 2003 to February 28, 2004 will receive a full refund of all money paid and will also get a $25 onboard credit if they choose to rebook on another Princess cruise.

More information about bookings on Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent. Brochures are available by calling 1-800-PRINCESS.

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Complimentary Beijing Land Package Adds Destination & Exceptional Value To Crystal Cruises' 2003 Asia Cruises
Numerous Options Provide Seamless Journey to Exotic Lands

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 10 -- From the emperors and dynasties to the silks and spices, luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises returns to Asia in 2003 with four diverse itineraries, each featuring a complimentary three-night land program in Beijing.

This March through May 2003, the award-winning Crystal Harmony will journey to 14 ports of call -- including a maiden call in Nagoya, Japan -- in four countries including China, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea. Highlights include overnight stays in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Kobe.

All four of Crystal Harmony's 2003 Asia itineraries feature a three-night land program in Beijing showcasing the Forbidden City, Tian An Men Square, the Great Wall, the Summer Palace, Sacred Alley, and a private dinner at the Great Hall of the People. The all-inclusive "Adventures in Beijing" is offered as a pre- or post-cruise component of the cruise, depending on itinerary selected, and features all meals, accommodations, sightseeing and transportation, porterage, gratuities and tour escort.

"Crystal Cruises strives to offer the most seamless and memorable of vacations. Through their travel agent, travelers can conveniently reserve their air flights, pre- and/or post-cruise land programs and luxury cruise to the most exotic of destinations with the comfort of knowing they'll be taken care of by an experienced Crystal Cruises' team each step of the way. Today, service is the ultimate luxury," says Adam Leavitt, senior vice president, marketing.

Crystal Harmony's 2003 Asia series includes:
Cathay Odyssey: March 23-April 6; 14 days; Yokohama, Japan to Beijing, China. Visiting Kobe (overnight), Hiroshima, and Kagoshima, Japan; and Shanghai, China.

Kingdoms of Jade & Pearls: March 31-April 15; 15 days; Beijing to Hong Kong, China. Visiting Qingdao and Shanghai (overnight), China; Nagasaki, Japan; Taipei, Taiwan; and concluding with an overnight in Hong Kong.

Treasures of the Orient: April 15-30; 15 days; Hong Kong to Beijing, China. Featuring an overnight in Hong Kong; port calls in Taipei, Taiwan; Okinawa, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; and a two-night stay in Shanghai, China.

Kingdoms of Asia: April 24-May 9; 15 days; Beijing, China to Yokohama, Japan. Featuring a maiden call in Nagoya, Japan; with visits to Qingdao and Shanghai (overnight), China; and Nagasaki and Osaka, Japan.

Enrichment Ashore
While onboard enrichment lecturers will reveal the cultural, historical and political nuances of the region, Crystal's team of land program experts is assembling an extensive collection of optional day tours designed to provide a first-hand appreciation for this ancient continent. Some excursions currently in development include:

-- Hangzhou, experience old-world China's monasteries, pagodas and cultural relics on an overnight excursion to this city at the end of the Grand Canal
-- Hiroshima's poignant exhibits
-- Hong Kong's most powerful Feng Shui sites, showcasing the universal lessons of this art form designed to harness positive energy for the benefit of serenity and good luck
-- Kagoshima's towering Mount Sakurajima
-- Imperial Kyoto, in many ways the cradle of Japanese culturerepresenting 11 centuries of Japanese heritage (full-day excursion from Kobe and Osaka)
-- Nagasaki's Glover Mansion, the legendary setting of Puccini's "Madam Butterfly"

-- Nagoya's Atsuta Shrine and Treasure House, visited by eight million
people annually to view the Kusanagi Sword, one of the three Sacred Treasures
-- Qingdao, the "Green Island," known as the Switzerland of the East for
its verdant beauty and German-style architecture

-- Shanghai's landmark Theater Center is the backdrop for skillful and dramatic acrobatic performances
-- Shanghai's Museum on People's Square, one of city's foremost treasures featuring a collection of 110,000 historical objects and 430,000 reference pieces, many from the Shang and Zhou dynasties
-- Taipei's National Palace Museum, acclaimed as one of the world's four best museums, it is home to more than 600,000 Chinese art treasures

Guests wishing to extend their Orient experience may choose from a collection of pre- and post-cruise land programs and hotel stays offered in addition to the Beijing package. The five-night "Yangtze Splendor" journey commences in Beijing and includes the riverfront city of Chongqing and a Yangtze River cruise through the dramatic Three Gorges. "Faces of Modern China" is a comprehensive five-night program to Xi'an and Guilin from Hong Kong featuring the Terra Cotta Warriors and the enduring magic of the Li River. Optional pre- and post-cruise hotel stays are available at Tokyo's Imperial Hotel (member Leading Hotels of the World) and Hotel Inter-Continental Hong Kong.

Exceptional Value
With Perfect Harmony pricing of up to 42% off previously published fares, the 14- and 15-day itineraries, including the Beijing land program, start at $3,895 and $4,245 per person, double occupancy, respectively. Crystal's 2003 "Best of Everything" savings certificates offer an additional $500 savings per person.

At 50,000-tons and carrying only 940 guests, the award-winning Crystal Harmony is one of the most spacious and luxurious vessels cruising the world. Its unique size in the luxury market allows for smooth sailing and a wide range of innovative facilities, generous amenities and elegant accommodations. The Six-Star rated floating resort features grand lounges, a lavish spa outfitted in accordance with the principles of Feng Shui, extensive exercise facilities, complimentary golf, yoga and Pilates instruction, the only Caesars Palace at Sea Casino afloat, the innovative Computer University@Sea, offering 24-hour e-mail and internet access as well as hands-on instruction, expansive decks, two pools, gourmet dining including Japanese and Italian specialty restaurants, and exquisitely appointed staterooms, more than half of which offer private verandahs.

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

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MIAMI (10/10/02) - Carnival Cruise Lines will operate a series of 2- to 6-day voyages from Charleston, S.C., and Norfolk, Va., aboard the 2,758-passenger Carnival Victory in 2003. According to Carnival President Bob Dickinson, the voyages continue the line's strategy of deploying tonnage near large U.S. population bases to provide residents in those markets with affordable, close-to-home "Fun Ship" cruise vacation options.

Five-Day Bahamas Cruises from Charleston 
Carnival Victory will operate two 5-day Bahamas voyages from Charleston; one departing June 2 and another Oct. 20, 2003. These cruises will feature a day-long call at Freeport and a full day and evening in Nassau, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy the ports' spectacular white-sand beaches and myriad watersports opportunities, along with various nightclubs, restaurants and historical sites. Prices begin at $599 per person based on double occupancy. 

Two- and Six-Day Voyages from Norfolk 
From Norfolk, Carnival Victory will operate five "Fun Ship" voyages - a pair of 2-day cruises and three 6-day Bahamas cruises - in summer and fall 2003. The 2-day cruises from Norfolk provide the ideal weekend getaway with one voyage departing Saturday, June 14 and returning Monday, June 16, and the other departing Friday, Oct. 17 and returning Sunday, Oct. 19, 2003. The 6-day cruises, which depart June 8, Oct. 5 and Oct. 11, 2003, will feature visits to the popular Bahamian ports of Nassau and Freeport. Prices for the 2-day cruises start at $299 per person while 6-day voyages begin at $699 per person.

Signature 'Fun Ship' Amenities 
Among the largest passenger vessels at sea, the 102,000-ton Carnival Victory encompasses 13 passenger decks housing four swimming pools - one with a 214-foot-long water slide - along with 18 "themed" bars and lounges, an Internet café, an on-board golf program, an expansive casino, indoor and outdoor children's play areas, and a 15,000-square-foot health club. Sixty percent of Carnival Victory's 1,379 staterooms offer either an ocean view or balcony. 

As part of Carnival's Total Choice Dining (SM) program, Carnival Victory offers a variety of traditional and casual options, including a pair of two-level main dining rooms, a patisserie, complimentary 24-hour room service, and a two-deck-high Lido restaurant featuring breakfast, lunch and dinner alternatives, Asian and American specialty areas, a New York-style deli and 24-hour pizza and ice cream. 

Pricing and Reservations Reservations are currently being accepted for all of Carnival Victory's 2003 departures from Charleston and Norfolk. 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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Great Rates on 11 Exotic Journeys from Ports Near and Far

Seattle, WA, Oct. 10, 2002 — Windstar issues inviting cruise rates to dreamy destinations for the holiday season. Recently named "Most Exotic Cruise Line" by Recommend Magazine the luxury line is offering savings on exotic journeys that are almost too good to be true. 

Sail to the Bahamas aboard the 308-passenger yacht Wind Surf with convenient departures from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on four exclusive seven-day cruise adventures. On December 8 or 15, 2002 rates start at just $1,295, and on December 22 or 29, 2002, rates start at a low $1,595.

At Port Lucaya, Grand Bahama Island, swimming with the dolphins on an eco-friendly water excursion is just one of the many incredible experiences awaiting cruisers. The next port of call, Salt Cay, Bahamas offers beautiful beaches and picture perfect sunsets along with world-class shopping for last minute holiday gifts in nearby Nassau.

Guests will feel like royalty as their ship comes in to Holland America’s acclaimed private island, Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. Outdoor activities abound from deep-sea fishing to snorkeling, sunbathing to bird watching. This island boasts more than a mile of white sand beach, a pristine bay, and a nature reserve.

A day at sea follows as the largest modern sailing ship in the world unfurls 26,000 square feet of sail in true 21st century style at a computer’s command from the hi-tech bridge. The bridge is always open and the Captain and officers gladly explain how the ship operates on both wind and motor power, sharing their navigational skills and high sea tales with passengers.

After a full day of sailing the warm Caribbean waters Wind Surf arrives at the quaint island of Bimini, Bahamas for a day of beach-combing and body-surfing.

Historical Key West, Florida is the southern-most point on the U.S. map and the final port of call. Here patriotic pursuits abound with tours to Harry Truman’s "Little White House," Hemingway’s home and watering holes, sea kayaking, and a real sailing regatta, just to name a few.

The Wind Surf offers the intimate comforts of a small ship with big ship amenities. Features include the tempting treatments of the indulgent WindSpa, an Internet center, four bars, two lounges, a casino, and three restaurants with award winning cuisine designed by celebrity chef Joachim Splichal.

Guests also enjoy two pools and hot tubs, a large gift shop, photo gallery, and duty-free boutique. Multiple levels of expansive teak decks offer cushioned loungers to relax on while watching the endless horizon. Or find a good book from the library which also has a great selection of complimentary CD’s and videos to be enjoyed in the all ocean-view staterooms and suites.

Windstar is also offering cruises to the exotic South Pacific aboard the 148-passenger Wind Song sailing from Tahiti to the Society Islands. Free airfare is offered on November 15, 22, 29, December 6, and 13, 2002 with rates starting at $2,695 including roundtrip airfare from 35 cities, a seven-day cruise, all transfers, and day room at the Sheraton Tahiti. Airfare rates start at $495 roundtrip on December 20, and 27, 2002 with cruise rates starting at $2,922.

The tantalizing itinerary spends a day visiting the "Sacred Isle" of Raiatea; Huahine, home of the rare tiare flower and ubiquitous vanilla bean; Bora Bora and it’s world-famous lagoon; Moorea, the artisans isle; and Tahiti, the cosmopolitan cultural center of French Polynesia. Averaging 21 hours at each of five idyllic islands, vacationers will easily adopt the mentality of island living in shangri-la.

Windstar’s sleek and understated sailing ship, carrying just 74 couples, melts into the gorgeous scenery of blue lagoons, emerald atolls and lush vegetation. It is the perfectly unassuming way to visit Tahiti, her islands, and her welcoming people.

All rates are quoted per person, double occupancy including port charges and taxes. Windstar offers optional trip cancellation protection that provides cash back when you cancel for any reason prior to 24-hours before departure. To receive brochures or for more information contact 1-877-827-7245. For reservations contact a travel agent or call Windstar at 1-800-258-7245. Sail over to Windstar Cruises online at

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P&O Princess Cruises Diamond Princess Update

10 October 2002 - As previously reported, the Diamond Princess, which is currently under construction in Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' Nagasaki shipyard, suffered a major fire earlier this month.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and P&O Princess Cruises have now had discussions following a preliminary assessment of the damage. Both parties confirm that they wish to continue with the construction of the Diamond Princess although there will be a significant delay to the scheduled delivery date. Princess Cruises will today be announcing the cancellation of the cruise program of the Diamond Princess for the period to February 28 2004. It will take the yard several weeks to complete the examination of the ship and to determine the full extent of the damage and agree a final delivery date.

P&O Princess reconfirms that the company has in place contractual arrangements with the yard and insurance policies that it believes will be sufficient to ensure that there will be no significant economic impact on the Group nor any adverse impact on its 2003 earnings.

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Van Gogh, Matisse, Monet and Renoir Masterpieces Displayed on the cruise line's newest Freestyle Cruising ship

MIAMI (October 2002) - Most new ships boast a multi million dollar art collection. On Norwegian Cruise Line's (NCL) new Norwegian Dawn a single restaurant will feature four original works valued at more than the entire collection of most other ships. In a new development for the cruise industry, NCL is installing a collection of original oil paintings by 20th Century masters Renoir, Matisse, Van Gogh and Monet in its signature Le Bistro restaurant. Elsewhere on the ship guests will enjoy a collection of original Pop Art featuring original signed works by the likes of Andy Warhol.

The artworks are on loan from Star Cruises Chairman Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay's personal collection and will be displayed on the 2,240-passenger Norwegian Dawn, the sister ship to the acclaimed Norwegian Star, scheduled to debut in December. NCL is giving passengers on Norwegian Dawn the unprecedented opportunity to enjoy the stunning creativity and genius of these masters on each of its sailings in 2003 and 2004. The centerpiece paintings have been exhibited world wide including the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the National Gallery in Washington DC.

"Students of both art history and cruising will see the connection immediately between Impressionism and Freestyle Cruising," said Colin Veitch, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. "They know that the Impressionists, in a short extraordinarily innovative period, broke the classical/traditional mold that had characterized all western art for the entire 19th Century. Art was never the same again and virtually everything since then traces its roots to masters such as Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet, and Matisse. How fitting then that we have fine examples of their works on the ship whose ordering in April2000 marked the announcement of Freestyle Cruising. Freestyle Cruising has broken the mold of traditional cruising that has characterized all cruising since the 1960's. It's hard to deny that cruising will never be the same again!"

"Themes utilizing reproductions and derivations of impressionist art have often been used for bars and lounges aboard cruise ships. This is the first time original pieces of this quality from artists of such world renown have formed the permanent collection aboard a cruise ship. New Yorkers will love it!" Veitch added.

The four master works on exhibit each represent outstanding works from different periods in the artists' lives. A summary of each work follows:

"Un Parc Au Printemps (A Park in Spring)" - Vincent Van Gogh (1853 - 1890)
Painted in May 1887 during the two years the artist spent in Paris - among the most pivotal of his career -- the earliest known owner of this piece was Mme E.H. du Quesne-Van Gogh. It has previously been exhibited in Amsterdam at the Van Gogh Museum on loan from 1993 - 1999, and in Washington, D.C. at the National Gallery of Art from 1998 - 1999.

"Nu Au Turban (Nude with Turban)" - Henri Matisse (1869 - 1954)
Often regarded as the most important French artist of the 20th century, Matisse painted this work in Nice in 1921. Acquired from the artist in April 1921 by Josse & Gaston Bernhelm-Jeune it was exhibited publicly by the National Museum in Stockholm in 1963.

"Vethueil de Soleil (Vethueil in Sun)" - Claude Monet (1840 - 1926)
Painted in Giverny in 1880 by the man credited with the birth of Impressionism, this work was originally acquired from the artist in April 1880 by Luquet and Ernest Hoschede. It has a long history of exhibitions starting in Le Havre by the Society for Friends of the Arts of Le Havre in 1880. It was later exhibited at the Hotel de la Curiosité et des Beaux-Arts in 1925.

"La Baigneuse (The Bather)" - Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841 - 1919)
A leader among the Impressionists, Renoir painted this work in Cagnes in 1909. Maurice Gangnat of Paris, a friend and patron of the artist acquired it in June 1925. It was first exhibited in Pairs at the Musee de l'Orangerie in 1933 and then at the Palaise des Beaux-Arts of Brussels in 1935.

"North American audiences will now have the opportunity to view these priceless works together for the first time," Veitch said. "At the same time, we wanted to provide a range of modern art onboard a ship that will be based in two vibrant modern cities, New York and Miami, so we have included a series of original works by New York icon Andy Warhol and modern Miami sensation Romero Britto to reflect the fun and bright colors of the new NCL." NCL will display 20 signed and numbered Warhol silkscreen prints in two of its expansive stairwells on Norwegian Dawn. Britto, the popular Miami-based Brazilian artist, is creating an original painting incorporating Norwegian Dawn, and the ship will feature a Britto gallery displaying the artist's original artwork and high-end collectible items.

Masterworks for A Masterful Ship
Norwegian Dawn, the third ship purpose-built for Freestyle Cruising, is now under construction at the Meyer Werft Shipyard in Germany. It will sail from Southampton, England on December 7th arriving in New York City on December 14, 2002. From there, NCL will roll out the red carpet for its inaugural festivities in New York and Miami before the ship begins her regularly scheduled sailings alternating between the Eastern and Western Caribbean from the port of Miami on December 21, 2002.

The ship begins her innovative summer season from New York on May 18, 2003 to begin a series of seven-day, round-trip sailings to the Bahamas and Florida. Ports of call on this innovative itinerary include Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas, and Miami and Port Canaveral/Orlando in Florida. Guests have the additional option of embarking in Port Canaveral as well.

Like Norwegian Star, Norwegian Dawn will be one of NCL's largest ships, accommodating 2,240 passengers and 1,100 crew. It will also feature NCL's new standards in cabins, with rich cherry wood finishing, refrigerators, tea and coffee makers in every room, and a much larger bathroom unit than other ships, containing separate WC, shower, and washstand compartments separated by sliding doors. Seventy percent of cabins are outside staterooms and over 70 percent of these have balconies.

Thirty-six suites, 372 standard staterooms with balconies, and an entire deck of 107 mini-suites with balconies are among the spacious and well-appointed accommodations located on the 15-deck ship. There also will be 20 cabins of various types designed for passengers with disabilities. In addition, Norwegian Dawn offers the ultimate opportunity to cruise in style with the spectacular Garden Villa suites. At a cost of $26,000 per week, each of the two Garden Villa suites offers an unprecedented 5,350 square feet of living space at sea.

Also like Norwegian Star, this ship offers more dining options than any other ship in the world, with the flexibility of 10 different restaurants and 11 different menus every night. Guests can choose from three main dining rooms and an array of seven ethnic, gourmet and casual restaurants.

Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line is an international cruise company and industry innovator that currently operates a fleet of eight ships sailing to more than 140 ports around the world.

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Louisiana Legend Lindy Boggs Named Carnival Conquest Godmother

MIAMI, Oct. 9 -- Corrine "Lindy" Clairborne Boggs, former U.S. representative from Louisiana, is to serve as godmother of Carnival Cruise Lines' newest ship, Carnival Conquest, at the official naming ceremony slated for Nov. 19, 2002, in New Orleans. The Carnival Conquest will be the line's first vessel inaugurated at the Port of New Orleans, where the ship will be based year-round. Boggs will name the ship by breaking the traditional bottle of champagne against the hull in a special ceremony at the port. The 110,000 gross-registered-ton, 2,974-passenger Carnival Conquest will be the largest "Fun Ship" in Carnival's 18-vessel fleet.

"Lindy Boggs is an individual who has served her state and country with distinction and made countless contributions as a lawmaker, a diplomat, a champion of women's rights and an educator, among her many roles and achievements," said Carnival President Bob Dickinson. "She is one of New Orleans' most revered citizens and it is our privilege to have her serve as godmother of the Carnival Conquest."

Most recently, Boggs served as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See (Vatican) from 1997 to 2001. She was the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana, and served 17 years -- the longest tenure in Congress of any woman from the South. In 1976, she became the first woman to chair a national political convention, presiding over the nomination of President Jimmy Carter.

At age 24, the Louisiana native moved to Washington, DC, with her newly elected husband, Rep. Hale Boggs. She quickly emerged as an influential force in American politics, running her husband's congressional campaigns, managing his Capitol Hill office and chairing numerous organizations such as John F. Kennedy's and Lyndon Johnson's inaugural ball committees.

Following her husband's death in 1972, Lindy Boggs succeeded him, serving in Congress from 1973 to 1990. She spearheaded legislation on issues ranging from civil rights to credit access and government service pay equity for women. At the same time, she raised three children who rose to prominence in their own right, including her youngest child, national Public Radio and ABC-TV commentator Cokie Roberts.

Boggs has the distinction of being the first woman to serve as a regent of the Smithsonian Institution, to receive Tulane University's Distinguished and Outstanding Alumni Award, and the Congressional Award of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, among many other honors and numerous honorary degrees from colleges and universities throughout the United States.

About the Carnival Conquest:
Prior to entering year-round seven-day western Caribbean service departing New Orleans every Sunday, the Carnival Conquest is scheduled to operate a series of three special voyages. A four-day cruise departing Nov. 15 will feature a visit to Cozumel, Mexico; a six-day cruise departing Nov. 21 will visit Georgetown, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel; and a four-day Thanksgiving weekend cruise departing Nov. 27 will call at Cozumel. Beginning Dec. 1, Conquest will sail seven-day western Caribbean cruises calling at Montego Bay, Jamaica; Grand Cayman and Cozumel.

For additional information, contact a travel agent or call 1-800-CARNIVAL. Reservations and information are also available via the company's web site at

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American Airlines Launches the AAdvantage Cruise® Program, Offering AAdvantage Members Up to 10,000 Miles for Cruising on the World's Leading Cruise Lines

FORT WORTH, Texas, Oct. 8 -- The American Airlines AAdvantage Travel Awards Program has entered into an exclusive marketing and sales agreement with the World's Leading Cruise Lines(SM), which includes Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Cunard Line, The Yachts of Seabourn, Windstar Cruises, and Costa Cruises. AAdvantage members can now cruise on any of the six World's Leading Cruise Lines and earn AAdvantage miles through the AAdvantage Cruise program.

AAdvantage miles will be earned based on the length of cruise purchased, ranging from 1,500 miles for 1-5 night cruises to 10,000 miles for 13-plus night cruises per cabin. From time to time, bonus mileage awards will also be given. In fact, now through Dec. 31, 2002, AAdvantage members who book through the AAdvantage Cruise program will receive the standard mileage award, plus an additional 5,000 bonus miles.

"We are pleased to partner with the World's Leading Cruise Lines in offering AAdvantage members the opportunity to earn miles while enjoying a fabulous cruise vacation on one of six outstanding cruise lines," said Ed French, President of AAdvantage Marketing Programs.

Each member of the World's Leading Cruise Lines excels in a particular style of cruise vacationing: the contemporary sparkle of Carnival "Fun-Ships," the five-star sophistication of Holland America Line, the classic British tradition of Cunard Line, indulgent intimacy and luxury with The Yachts of Seabourn, the casual elegance of Windstar Cruises, the Italian charm of Costa Cruises -- individual styles, individual ships, sailing with a shared passion to please each guest. The six leading cruise lines offer all of the best: 458 destinations, 87 countries and seven continents.

"We are so excited about bringing the exceptional value and premium variety of the World's Leading Cruise Lines to AAdvantage members," said Lynn Torrent, Vice President-World's Leading Cruise Lines. "Not only will we be able to offer AAdvantage members the best cruise offerings in the industry, we are also able to provide the added value of earning AAdvantage Miles to cruise customers."

AAdvantage members can access the AAdvantage Cruise program's sailings by visiting the Web site, , where they can research, plan and book their next cruise vacation. Members can also participate in this program by calling 1-800-647-6433.

About the American Airlines AAdvantage Travel Awards Program
The American Airlines AAdvantage travel awards program -- the first and largest of its kind -- began in 1981 with 283,000 members and has grown to more than 45 million members worldwide. The AAdvantage program has more U.S. fliers than any other frequent traveler program, and it provides more opportunities to redeem miles than any other program. Members can earn miles for everything from breakfast cereal to flowers or financial services, credit card purchases, and of course travel. And now, they can earn miles by cruising on the World's Leading Cruise Lines. Additional information may be found at 

About The World's Leading Cruise Lines
The World's Leading Cruise Lines are comprised of Carnival Cruise Line, the world's largest cruise line based on passengers carried, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, Holland America Line, The Yachts of Seabourn, Windstar Cruises and Holland America Tours. These six brands comprise 44 ships in the Caribbean, Europe, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, South America and other worldwide destinations, and have 15 new ships scheduled for delivery during the next four years.

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MIAMI, October 2002 -- Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. welcomes the decision by the Federal Trade Commission not to object on anti-trust grounds to its plans to merge with P&O Princess Cruises, while noting with regret that the Commission had reached the same decision in respect of the hostile bid for P&O Princess by Carnival Corporation. Royal Caribbean also noted the statement by P&O Princess's Board in the wake of the FTC's announcement, including the Board's re-affirmation that it continues to recommend to its shareholders that they should approve the proposed DLC merger with Royal Caribbean.

Richard Fain, chairman and chief executive of Royal Caribbean, said: "We have no doubt that our agreed merger represents a compelling opportunity to create significant value for both P&O Princess shareholders and Royal Caribbean shareholders. Our merger plan offers both our shareholders the best deal for the future."

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P&O Princess Cruises plc Trading Update

LONDON, Oct. 8 -- As indicated in our press release of 4 October, and in accordance with the provisions of the Takeover Code, now that the FTC has announced that it would not oppose both the Royal Caribbean DLC combination or the Carnival takeover proposal, we are required to update our 2002 profit forecast.

We are also taking this opportunity to provide a trading update. We expect to announce our results for the third quarter of 2002 in the week commencing 21 October.

2002 forecast

* Since the announcement of our second quarter results in July 2002 analysts' estimates for the Group's earnings have increased, with the majority of analysts now forecasting earnings for 2002 in the range of 42-44 cents per share, before merger related costs. We expect the actual result for the full year to be at the top end of or above this range, with all four quarters of 2002 likely to show year over year increases in earnings per share 

* 2002 sailings are now almost fully booked

* For the third quarter, we expect yields for the Group as a whole to be above our previous forecast, showing a decline on a like for like basis of 5%, with favourable exchange rates reducing the fall to 2% on an absolute basis

* We expect Group yields for the fourth quarter to show a year over year increase, on a like for like basis, of 2% to 3%. If exchange rates remain broadly unchanged from today's levels, the absolute yield performance will be better than these like for like figures

* For the year as a whole we now expect the reduction in Group yields, on a like for like basis, to be in the range of 4% to 5%. Our previous guidance, given at the time of our second quarter results, was for a reduction of 5%

* We expect, for the Group as a whole, a reduction in underlying unit costs of 8% for the year compared to the target of 7% indicated at the time of the Q2 results. Higher fuel costs and exchange rate movements are expected to offset partially the underlying reduction in unit costs 


* The Group expects to increase its capacity by 24% in 2003, before taking account of any delay to the delivery of Diamond Princess 

* In North America, the Princess brand is expected to grow by 12%; in the UK the P&O Cruises brand is expected to grow by 22%; and in Germany the AIDA brand is expected to grow by 65%

* In 2003 we will also commence the operation of the new contemporary brand, Ocean Village in the United Kingdom and it will be the first full year of operations of the new A'ROSA brand in Germany and of the new Pacific Princess premium product in Australia

* On September 10, Princess bookings for 2003 sailings as a percentage of available capacity were in line with the position for 2002 sailings at the same time a year earlier. This was despite the inclusion for 2003 of the capacity on Tahitian and Pacific Princess for which the programs had only just been launched

* With last year's bookings distorted by the events of September 11, Princess bookings for 2003 are now well ahead of the equivalent position in 2002. More relevantly cumulative bookings and the booking pace are in line with what one would expect at this time in a normal year. Pricing on current bookings is slightly below that which prevailed in 2001 prior to the impact of September 11 but well above the position post September 11

* In the UK we are on track to accommodate the 22% growth in the P&O Cruises brand for 2003 with little yield dilution. At this early stage it is not possible to discern any trends for the new brand, Ocean Village

* Given the much later booking cycle in Germany, it is difficult at this stage to assess any trends for 2003. AIDA had a good 2002 and appears well placed to continue its growth in 2003, although with some weakness in the winter months. The one ship A'ROSA brand is having a difficult introduction and remains behind our expectations

* The Pacific Princess premium product has been well received in the Australian market and the Pacific Sky continues to do well

* We expect to continue to achieve reductions in underlying unit costs in 2003, with these likely to be more in line with the original business plan of 2% per annum, rather than the 5% achieved in 2001 or the 8% forecast for 2002

P&O Princess Chief Executive Officer, Peter Ratcliffe commented: 

"We today released a new profit forecast for 2002 which we are pleased to report is an improvement on our previous guidance. This improvement is a result of both improved revenues and greater unit cost reductions.

"We expect to report increased earnings in each of the five quarters following the events of September 11 2001; a performance which we believe is matched by few other major companies in the vacation industry.

"Notwithstanding the current economic and political uncertainties we remain positive about our prospects for 2003 and are pleased that our booking pace and pricing appears to have recovered from the impact of September 11.

"We expect that our new ships with their industry leading number of balconies, and our strong brand positions in the three largest vacation markets in the world will have a positive impact on our 2003 performance."

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MIAMI (10/07/02) - As the largest "Fun Ship" ever constructed, the 110,000-ton Carnival Conquest will offer an unprecedented array of formal and casual dining options, everything from a reservations-only supper club to a pair of two-level main dining rooms, a patisserie and an expansive two-deck-high poolside restaurant with a 24-hour pizzeria, a New York-style deli and Asian and American specialty venues.

The 2,974-passenger vessel - the first in a new series of "Fun Ships" - is slated to begin year-round seven-day western Caribbean service from New Orleans Dec. 1. The launch of Carnival Conquest also marks the continuation of Carnival's relationship with Miami Beach's Joe's Stone Crab restaurant, whose world famous crab claws will be among the featured menu items in The Point, a "steakhouse-style" supper club offering U.S.D.A. prime beef, seafood and other upscale cuisine. Carnival Conquest becomes the fourth "Fun Ship" to offer the sought-after seafood delicacy. Located at the top of the Conquest's soaring 11-deck-high atrium, The Point will offer a stunning décor featuring the works of Impressionist Georges-Pierre Seurat, with colorful images inspired by his famous painting "Le Cirque (The Circus)," created in the artist's distinctive "pointillism" style, comprised of thousands of tiny dots, or points. The Point will carry a nightly $25 per person reservations fee.

This Impressionist theme is also carried out in the Conquest's two-level Renoir and Monet formal restaurants, which take their cue from the works of the famous French artists and feature likenesses of the Eiffel Tower in the walls and ceilings. The forward Renoir Restaurant is inspired by "Lunch at the Restaurant Fournaise," with tranquil scenes of boaters relaxing at a café overlooking the Seine, while the aft Monet Restaurant features a colorful motif of muted hues inspired by the classic painting "Water Lilies." Both restaurants will offer an extensive menu of eight different soups, salads and appetizers, seven main courses, including the ever-popular broiled Caribbean lobster tail once each cruise, and six desserts nightly, all served by friendly and efficient staff. "Spa Carnival Fare," delicious guilt-free items lower in fat, calories, sodium and cholesterol, and vegetarian and children's selections, will be available nightly, as well.

The selections at the casual Restaurant Cezanne, located poolside on Lido Deck 9, will be just as varied, with full breakfast and lunch buffets featuring dozens of hot and cold items; a New York-style deli with sandwiches and traditional side dishes; Asian and American specialty areas; "Taste of the Nation" featuring different cuisine from around the world each day; a rotisserie offering broiled meats and chicken; and a 24-hour pizzeria, serving seven different kinds of pies and calzone, along with Caesar salad and garlic bread, 'round the clock. Also housed within the sprawling 1,200-seat restaurant will be pasta and meat-carving stations, extensive salad and dessert bars and 24-hour self-serve ice cream and frozen yogurt stations. The restaurant also will serve as the venue for Carnival's popular "Seaview Bistro" alternative dinner-time service. Much like the name implies, the décor of Restaurant Cezanne will incorporate design elements from the artist's post-Impressionist's paintings. Evoking the atmosphere of a 19th-century French café, the two-level restaurant will be distinguished by hand-painted ceramic wainscoting and authentic reproductions of the artist's works including "Chateau Noir," and "House of Pere Lacroix in Auvers."

Guests in Carnival Conquest's 1,487 cabins will also enjoy complimentary 24-hour stateroom service with newly revamped menus featuring such items as Focaccia Sandwich with Grilled Zucchini, Fresh Mozzarella and Portobello Mushrooms, and Whole Wheat Wrap with Cheddar Cheese, Refried Beans and Lettuce, along with a variety of sandwiches, chips, fruit, desserts, etc. Carnival Conquest will also include a patisserie, Café Fans, on Promenade Deck 5 serving flavored coffees, espressos, cappuccinos, liqueurs and lattes, as well as decadent confections such as chocolate covered strawberries, banana splits, carrot cake and apple strudel.

All of these options comprise Carnival's Total Choice Dining (SM), cruising's the most comprehensive dining program with the most culinary choices at sea. Prior to entering year-round seven-day western Caribbean service departing New Orleans every Sunday, Carnival Conquest will operate three special voyages. A four-day cruise departing Nov. 15 will feature Cozumel; a six-day cruise departing Nov. 21 will visit Grand Cayman; and Cozumel; and a four-day Thanksgiving weekend cruise departing Nov. 27 will call at Cozumel. Seven-day cruises, which begin Dec. 1, will visit Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL, or visit

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Carnival Corporation Response to P&O Princess Board Statement P&O Princess Board Concludes Carnival has a 
Financially Superior Proposal

LONDON, Oct. 7 -- Micky Arison, Chairman and Chief Executive of Carnival, commented: "We are very pleased that P&O Princess has now acknowledged that Carnival's proposal is financially superior and deliverable. We look forward to meeting P&O Princess to discuss a recommended transaction. Following FTC clearance, our offer no longer has any pre-conditions and we are committed to posting our offer document to P&O Princess shareholders."

Carnival is willing to meet P&O Princess despite its failure to recommend Carnival's Increased Offer
The P&O Princess Board has now recognized that it is in the interests of its shareholders to enter into talks with Carnival. Carnival is pleased to have the opportunity to meet with P&O Princess and will participate in these discussions in a constructive manner. However, Carnival remains concerned that P&O Princess continues to recommend the Royal Caribbean Proposal, is taking steps to reconvene the EGM to approve that transaction in early November and is examining ways to reduce the required P&O Princess Shareholder approval threshold to 50 percent from 75 percent.

Carnival remains hopeful that the P&O Princess Board will change its recommendation after meeting with Carnival. Carnival notes that the P&O Princess Board has focused on the possibility of a DLC between Carnival and P&O Princess (initially proposed by Carnival as a possible alternative to its offer as early as 10 months ago). However, Carnival believes that a significant number of P&O Princess Shareholders would prefer to receive Carnival Shares, or a mixture of Carnival Shares and cash, as Carnival's Increased Offer and the Partial Cash Alternative enables them to do. Accordingly, Carnival will seek to find a structure which is attractive to all P&O Princess Shareholders.

All antitrust clearances received: P&O Princess Board acknowledges the deliverability of Carnival's Increased Offer
The Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") announced the clearance of the proposed combination of Carnival and P&O Princess on 4 October 2002. Carnival has always believed that its premium Increased Offer was as deliverable as the Royal Caribbean Proposal. The decision by the FTC follows clearance of the proposed combination of Carnival and P&O Princess by the European Commission and validates Carnival's consistent statements to this effect. The P&O Princess Board has now confirmed that it no longer has concerns regarding the deliverability of a combination with Carnival.

Carnival's Increased Offer is clearly superior
Carnival's Increased Offer of 0.3004 Carnival Shares per P&O Princess Share values each P&O Princess Share at 454 pence and values the entire existing share capital of P&O Princess at approximately 3.1 billion pounds sterling. Upon making the formal Increased Offer, Carnival intends to make available a Partial Cash Alternative of 250 pence for each P&O Princess Share, pre-conditional on financing being arranged on terms satisfactory to Carnival by no later than the date of posting of the formal Offer Document.

The P&O Princess Board recognized on 8 February 2002, when the Carnival Increased Offer represented a premium of approximately 54 percent to the look-through value of the Royal Caribbean Proposal, that " ... the price being offered by Carnival is at a realistic level for those shareholders who want to cash out of both the company and the industry". Carnival's Increased Offer currently represents a premium of approximately 55 percent to the look-through value of the Royal Caribbean Proposal and a premium of approximately 43 percent to the price per P&O Princess Share immediately prior to the announcement of the Royal Caribbean Proposal. The "value" of the Royal Caribbean Proposal, as demonstrated by the look-through value of 293 pence of a P&O Princess Share under the Royal Caribbean DLC is clearly financially inferior given the significant discount to Carnival's Increased Offer of 454 pence per P&O Princess Share.

Accordingly, Carnival believes that its Increased Offer is demonstrably the most attractive option available to P&O Princess Shareholders.

Carnival is committed to make its Increased Offer to P&O Princess Shareholders
As a result of receiving FTC clearance, the Pre-condition to Carnival's Increased Offer for P&O Princess has been satisfied. Carnival is now required under the UK Takeover Code to post its formal Offer Document to P&O Princess Shareholders and wishes to do so as soon as possible. However, in order to avoid the change of control provisions of the Joint Venture poison pill between P&O Princess and Royal Caribbean, Carnival has agreed with the Panel, that posting will occur on a timetable set by reference to its expected termination. Carnival therefore currently expects that its formal Offer Document will be posted in December 2002/January 2003. In any event, Carnival will be writing to P&O Princess Shareholders prior to any reconvened P&O Princess EGM.

The P&O Princess Board stated publicly on 10 January 2002 that it may "...unilaterally terminate the joint venture in January 2003, at no cost, as long as no change of control of P&O Princess has been completed before the termination date". P&O Princess has also stated "In the event of such a termination, the joint venture company would be wound up and P&O Princess would have no future obligations to lend to or guarantee debt of the joint venture company". Carnival understands that there has been no commercial activity to progress the Joint Venture and therefore, and in accordance with the statements made by P&O Princess, Carnival expects the Joint Venture to terminate in January 2003, pursuant to its terms.

Terms used in this announcement have the same meaning as in the announcement dated 7 February 2002.

The directors of Carnival accept responsibility for the information contained in this announcement. To the best of the knowledge and belief of the directors of Carnival (who have taken all reasonable care to ensure such is the case), the information contained herein for which they accept responsibility is in accordance with the facts and does not omit anything likely to affect the import of such information except that the only responsibility accepted by them for the information in this announcement relating to P&O Princess and Royal Caribbean which has been compiled from published sources is to ensure that the information has been correctly and fairly reproduced and presented.

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P&O Princess receives Federal Trade Commission clearance - Intends to have talks with Carnival

4 October 2002 -The United States Federal Trade Commission announced today that it would not oppose either the DLC combination with Royal Caribbean or Carnival's takeover proposal.

The Board continues to believe that the agreed DLC combination with Royal Caribbean will accelerate the creation of value for P&O Princess shareholders, and the Board continues to recommend that transaction.

Now that one of its key original concerns, deliverability on the regulatory front, has been removed, the Board has re-examined the Carnival offers and focused on Carnival's proposal to enter into a DLC combination as an alternative to its share exchange offer. The Board considers the Carnival DLC alternative to be more attractive than Carnival's share exchange offer because many P&O Princess UK institutional shareholders would be unwilling or unable to hold Carnival's US shares. For these shareholders, the Carnival share exchange offer would be, in effect, a forced cash sale at a time when the price they would receive might not adequately reflect the full value of the company's future prospects.

After consulting with its advisers, the Board has concluded that a DLC combination with Carnival is both feasible and financially more attractive than the agreed DLC combination with Royal Caribbean. Accordingly, as permitted by its agreement with Royal Caribbean, the Board has decided to enter into talks with Carnival to discuss Carnival's DLC proposal.

In the meantime, P&O Princess is taking the necessary steps to reconvene the adjourned EGM before November 16, the termination date of the Royal Caribbean agreement.

Together with Royal Caribbean, P&O Princess is examining ways of changing their agreement so that their combination can be approved by a simple majority vote, putting the Royal Caribbean merger and the Carnival share exchange offer on a more equal footing so far as shareholder approval is concerned.

Peter Ratcliffe, Chief Executive of P&O Princess said today: 

"We are pleased that the regulatory position is now clear. One of our principal concerns about the Carnival proposal - namely deliverability on the regulatory front - has now been removed. We have decided that we can and should begin talking to them about their DLC proposal. We are focusing on the Carnival DLC alternative as many of our shareholders are unable to hold the Carnival US shares which they would receive in a share exchange offer and might not get full value when they are forced to sell those shares."

"Although we will be talking to Carnival, we continue to believe that the agreed combination with Royal Caribbean will accelerate the creation of value for our shareholders. We have kept Royal Caribbean informed as to the Board's deliberations and are working with them to reconvene the EGM, ideally with a shareholder approval threshold on an equal footing with the Carnival proposal. We are determined to do everything we can to ensure the best possible future for P&O Princess and its employees and to create the best value for our shareholders."

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Adventure Art by Crayola® Adds an Extra Splash of Fun & Learning to Royal Caribbean International's Adventure Ocean Youth Program

MIAMI, Oct. 3, 2002 - Kids cruising with Royal Caribbean can now see first-hand how closely Crayola crayon colors like Caribbean green and sunset orange compare to their natural namesakes. A new program from Royal Caribbean and Crayola provides children the opportunity to exercise their creativity with crafts such as cultural masks and pottery, while learning about the art, history and culture of the regions they visit on vacation.

"Recent studies suggest that parents perceive travel not only as a means to bring the family closer together, but also as a way for kids to broaden their cultural and educational horizons," said Charly McDonald, Adventure Ocean Specialist, Royal Caribbean International. "Adventure Art by Crayola seamlessly blends art, culture, history and science so that young cruisers leave with a greater understanding of the places they've visited - and realize that learning can be fun."

Adventure Art by Crayola projects are offered through Royal Caribbean's Adventure Ocean Youth Program and vary according to cruise destination, sharing information on the history, traditions, aquatic habitats and animals indigenous to the Caribbean, South America, Alaska, Europe or Australia. Kids traveling to the Caribbean create a Mexican Huichol Mask, while those traveling to Europe make a Greek Theater Mask. Alaska cruisers create an Eskimo oil lamp, while South Pacific explorers design Great Barrier Reef aquatic dioramas. Each project is age-specific and supported by a selection of historical and illustrative books to help kids learn while they play. Adventure Art projects are created with Crayola art materials such as Model Magic, a soft, spongy modeling material; glitter glue; markers; paint; and crayons. Upon completion of each activity, children write letters to their parents about what they learned and the books they read - encouraging further exploration and inspiring self-discovery even after the cruise ends.

"The fun and color of the Crayola brand is reaching beyond traditional boundaries, as families discover new ways to spend quality time together," says Debi Ottinger, Binney & Smith's Manager of Partnership Marketing. "Adventure Art by Crayola encourages kids to create colorful keepsakes as they explore new destinations, making the family adventure even more memorable." Adventure Art by Crayola® joins the existing Adventure Ocean Youth Program, long recognized as one of the industry's best shipboard youth programs. Adventure Ocean allows kids to participate in a range of onboard activities from scavenger hunts for the younger Aquanauts to sports tournaments and teen nightclubs for the young adults. Shore-side beach parties also are held on Royal Caribbean International's private islands of CocoCay and Labadee.

Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand currently with 15 ships in service and four more under construction or on firm order. For additional information about the cruise line, please visit the company's Internet web site at Visit for creative solutions, colorful ideas and fun, interactive activities for kids, parents and educators.

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Inferno consumes the Diamond Princess

Diamond Princess Fire10/2/02 -- A devastating fire that raged through the Diamond Princess in Nagasaki, Japan was extinguished at around 1 p.m. Wednesday. While the extent of damage to the 113,000-ton ship is unknown, it is estimated that about 80 percent of its interior has been completely destroyed. 

"We are all devastated. We don't know at the moment whether we can repair the damage and continue working on the vessel or start again from scratch," said Naoki Yasaka, spokesman for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the builder. He added that the damage is covered by insurance.

According to police officials, the fire broke out on deck five of the Diamond Princess, which Mitsubishi was commissioned to build by British firm P&O Princess Cruise. Approximately 1,000 construction workers inside the Diamond Princess at the time escaped unharmed.

Diamond Princess Fire Several fireboats and 42 fire engines were dispatched to the scene but firemen were unable to enter the ship's interior. "Compared to normal buildings on dry land, the ship's structure was terribly complicated. Moreover, it was filled with dangerous fumes," stated a fire department official. Mitsubishi officials said the sprinklers had not yet been fitted. Slowly spreading to the upper decks, the fire consumed some 51,000-square meters of floor space on 10 decks by the time firefighters brought it under control.

Launched on May 25th this year at Mitsubishi's Nagasaki Shipyard & Machine Works, the ship was anchored for fitting out at the time of the blaze. Nagasaki Shipyard & Machine Works is one of Japan's oldest shipyards. 

Diamond Princess FireYasumi Matsuo, the shipyard's general affairs manager, said: "We had hoped to be able to build a perfect ship and be able to pass it over to the client smoothly. This event is bound to damage that reputation and personally I think it is very unfortunate."

It is not clear whether the ship can be salvaged and delivered at a later date. Matsuo said the damage appeared to extend through the passenger rooms and public spaces from the ship's 5th to 13th decks. He added that the full extent of the damage and the fire's cause were still uncertain.

Diamond Princess Suffers Major Shipyard Fire

Diamond Princess FireLONDON, 10/1/02 -- P&O Princess Cruises said the Diamond Princess has suffered a major fire in the shipyard. The Diamond Princess is currently under construction at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries shipyard in Nagasaki, Japan and is scheduled for delivery on May 31, 2003. The ship is due to commence service on June 19, 2003 and be deployed in Alaska for the 2003 summer season.

The company said it understands there are no casualties and everyone at the yard is accounted for. The extent of the damage is not as yet known, but appears to be significant. P&O Princess Cruises said it will take sometime to assess the extent of the damage and any consequent delay to the scheduled delivery.

However, P&O noted that the company has contractual arrangements in place with the yard and insurance policies that it believes will be sufficient to ensure that there will be no significant economic impact on the Group nor any adverse impact on its 2003 earnings, irrespective of the extent of the damage and any consequent delay.

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Crystal Cruises' 2003 Wine & Food Festival Features an All-Star Menu of Who's Who on the International Culinary Scene
Seventh Annual Festival Debuts Culinary Themed Shore Excursions

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 2 -- Perfecting a successful recipe, Crystal Cruises announces its seventh annual series of Wine & Food Festival cruises with an A-List of the hot young talent and legendary masters headlining today's international culinary arts scene. On 16 luxury cruises in 2003, some of the best names in food: French Laundry's Thomas Keller, Spago's Lee Hefter, Lucques' Suzanne Goin, Le Francais' Don Yamauchi, Valentino's Angelo Auriana, and culinary icons Andre Soltner and Jacques Pepin, among others will pair with the finest names in wine, including Piero Selvaggio, David Gordon, Bernard Sun, Kevin Zraly and Master Sommelier Jay James.

Culinary themed shore excursions add flavor to the 2003 series, which features guest chefs and wine experts for demonstrations, special dinners, and wine tastings. The worldwide program offers itineraries in the Panama Canal/Caribbean, Asia, Alaska and Canada, Australia, South America, Europe and the Mediterranean. Along each route, the onboard experience will be enhanced with local culinary adventures, such as:

-- Aboard Crystal Serenity's Treasures of the Mediterranean from Oct. 13-25, 2003, guests will be treated to the culinary genius of Enzo Beck, executive chef at Rome's La Pergola, one of Italy's best restaurants; and the expertise of Leslie Sbrocco, wine editor for and host of Uncorked!. Ashore, a tour of the Italian and French coasts features a day at Taormina's Villa Trinita, where guests prepare and enjoy a traditional Sicilian menu; a visit to a local Sorrento farmhouse that features an authentic wine cantina and produces mozzarella cheese 'a mano,' fresh vegetables, olives and lemons; lunch at a Tuscan countryside estate flanked by olive trees; and a private cooking lesson at L'Amandier in Mougins under the virtuoso chef/owner Roger Verge for an introduction and training on the "Cuisine de Soleil."

-- Crystal Harmony's Alaskan Grandeur from June 14-26, 2003, allows guests to revel in the award-winning cuisine of Lee Hefter, Spago executive chef and Wolfgang Puck protege, and educate themselves on the subtle nuances of wine with the renowned Eugenio Jardim, wine director at San Francisco's Jardiniere. Ashore, guests can savor an outdoor alderwood salmon bake at Taku Glacier Lodge, accessible only by floatplane, and sportfishing opportunities to catch salmon and other local fish to freeze, package and ship home, or to have specially prepared on board Crystal Harmony.

"I jumped at the chance to do another cruise with Crystal... the staff is amazing, the passengers are interested and excited about the food and wine program and then, there's the cruise itself -- how could I resist the invitation!" says Suzanne Goin of Lucques, a Food & Wine Magazine 1999 Best New Chef, who returns in 2003 for the second time.

Celebrity chefs, master sommeliers and wine experts from New York City, Los Angeles, Napa Valley, San Francisco, Rome, and Vienna will inspire guests with their knowledge and passion for food and wine. During most Festival cruises, the guest chef will prepare a four-course dinner featuring his/her signature dishes utilizing the sailing region's freshest ingredients, matched with wine pairings by the guest wine expert. The menu, showcasing an appetizer; soup, salad or pasta; seafood/fish and meat entrees; and dessert, is offered to all guests in the Crystal Dining Room. By day, the visiting chef will also demonstrate cooking techniques, share recipes and tips, and participate in question and answer sessions.

Guest wine experts will lead guests through wine tastings to enjoy and compare appellations, vintages and varietals; learn the history of wine in the regions sailed; receive valuable hints on choosing and pairing wines, and become more familiar with Crystal's cellar of more than 200 selections, one of the most extensive at sea. These tastings feature the renowned Riedel Tasting Glass, which allows guests to evaluate different wines in a short period of time, while improving several aspects of judging wine.

"The caliber of our program and the top name chefs and wine experts it continues to draw is a reflection of Crystal's culinary philosophy and commitment," says Toni Neumeister, Crystal's vice president, food and beverage operations. "It is a testament to our culinary team that these world-class masters of perfection are assured of our ability to deliver their award-winning creations to 940 guests with the same quality, attention to detail and individuality they are accustomed to in their land-based restaurants."

Crystal's devotion to the culinary arts is further evidenced by its alliances with some of the world's most celebrated names in food, wine and hospitality -- Nobu Matsuhisa brings his legendary cuisine to "The Sushi Bar" aboard Crystal Serenity, set to debut in July 2003; Wolfgang Puck's acclaimed Santa Monica-based restaurant, Chinois on Main, is showcased at "Jade Garden," the intimate Asian specialty restaurant aboard Crystal Symphony; and famed restaurateur Piero Selvaggio of Valentino in Santa Monica and Las Vegas showcases the cuisine of his award-winning restaurant at "Valentino at Prego" aboard both Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony.

The 50,000-ton, 940-guest sister ships, Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony, are two of the most spacious and luxurious vessels cruising the world. Their unique size in the luxury market allows for smooth sailing and a wide range of innovative facilities, generous amenities and elegant accommodations. The Six-Star rated liners feature grand lounges, a lavish spa outfitted in accordance with the principles of Feng Shui, extensive exercise facilities, complimentary golf, yoga and Pilates instruction, the only Caesars Palace at Sea Casino afloat, and the innovative Computer University@Sea, offering 24-hour e-mail and internet access, as well as hands-on instruction, expansive decks, two pools, award-winning cuisine and entertainment, and exquisitely-appointed staterooms, more than half of which offer private verandahs.

The 68,000-ton, 1,080-guest Crystal Serenity will feature an even greater space-per-guest ratio than her sister ships. Plans include expanded areas for spa services and other athletic, cultural and intellectual pursuits. Within a range of luxury accommodations, the line will increase its number of penthouses and enlarge its deluxe staterooms with verandahs. Approximately 85% of its all outside staterooms and suites will offer private verandahs.

Crystal Cruises is booked exclusively through professional travel agents. For a complimentary brochure, please call 800.820.6663. Visit the web site at

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Itinerary to feature calls at Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel and Belize 

MIAMI (10/02/02) - A new year-round four-port "Exotic Western Caribbean" itinerary from Tampa, featuring Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel and Belize, will be introduced in May 2003 on the "Fun Ship" Inspiration. The week-long voyages will depart every Sunday, replacing the Inspiration's current seven-day schedule from Tampa, which will continue through the departure of April 27. 

"The Inspiration's new itinerary features an intriguing combination of ports that provide an exciting spectrum of sights and experiences, coupled with the ease and convenience of departing from Tampa," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. The wide-ranging sightseeing and activity choices presented on this itinerary, from exploring ancient Mayan ruins, or diving and snorkeling at world-renowned locations, to biking or horseback riding through tropical rainforests, and lounging on some of the Caribbean's most pristine beaches, will be highly attractive to consumers, Dickinson added. 

Grand Cayman, with its renowned Seven Mile Beach, turtle farm, and Tortuga Rum Factory, along with activities such as snorkeling, diving, and swimming with Stingrays, is one of the Caribbean's marquis islands. Costa Maya, located on Mexico's stunning Yucatan Peninsula, offers fascinating sightseeing at Mayan ruins, along with snorkeling, biking, kayaking and beaches. Cozumel, home to some of the most spectacular reefs in the world, provides numerous opportunities for underwater exploration, ranging from snorkeling and diving to submarine and "snuba" trips. Jeep and horseback adventures, or exploring the island's beaches and town make this a widely anticipated stop. Opportunities abound to explore the exotic tropical atmosphere of Belize. Highlights of this Caribbean jewel include ancient Mayan ruins, rain forests, snorkeling, horseback riding, golfing or even a baboon sanctuary. 

Carnival is currently accepting reservations for the Inspiration's new "Exotic Western Caribbean" itinerary. Prices begin at $499 per person based on double occupancy. 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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Celebrity Cruises Presents New California, Mexican Riviera Cruises

MIAMI, Oct. 1 -- Celebrity Cruises makes "California dreamin'" a reality in 2003, introducing the line's first series of 7- to 11-night cruises along the California coast and the Mexican Riviera on the 1,870-guest Mercury.

"Our rapid fleet expansion over the past two years, bringing the Celebrity fleet to nine ships, was expressly designed to allow us to offer an expanded array of vacation options to our guests," said Celebrity's Senior Vice President of Marketing, Steven Hancock. "Our Captain's Club members and travel agent partners alike expressed interest in California and Mexican Riviera cruises, and we're thrilled to respond to that interest with this fabulous new series of itineraries."

Celebrity's first cruise along the California coast departs round-trip from San Francisco on September 28, 2003, with ports of call in Monterey, Santa Barbara and San Diego, California; Ensenada, Mexico; and Catalina Island, California.

On October 5, 12, and 19, 2003, and March 21 and 28, and April 4 and 11, 2004, Mercury will sail a series of seven-night California and Mexican Riviera cruises round-trip from San Francisco, with ports of call in Monterey and Catalina Island, California, and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Fares begin at $750 per person, double occupancy.

A 10-night California and Mexican Riviera cruise sets sail round-trip from San Francisco on October 26, 2003, and April 25, 2004, calling on Monterey and Catalina Island, California; and Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Pricing begins at $1000 per person, double occupancy.

On November 5, 2003, Mercury departs round-trip from San Francisco on an 11-night Mexican Riviera cruise, with visits to Monterey and Catalina Island, California; and Mazatlan, Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Fares begin at $1,050 per person, double occupancy.

Mercury presents another 11-night Mexican Riviera cruise round-trip from San Diego on November 17, 2003, with ports of call in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa, and Manzanillo, Mexico. Fares begin at $1,050 per person, double occupancy.

A series of 10-night Mexican Riviera sailings are offered round-trip from San Diego on November 28 and December 19, 2003, and January 9 and 30, and February 20, 2004, with ports of call in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, and Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa, Mexico. Pricing begins at $1,000 per person, double occupancy.

Rounding out Celebrity's first series of Mexican Riviera sailings are several 11-night cruises round-trip from San Diego on December 8 and 29, 2003, and January 19, February 9 and March 1, 2004, featuring calls on Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa, and Manzanillo, Mexico. Fares begin at $1050 per person, double occupancy.

The highest-rated premium cruise line in the industry, Celebrity Cruises' nine-ship fleet is the youngest of any major cruise line. Celebrity Cruises sails in Alaska, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, the Panama Canal and South America, in addition to California and the Mexican Riviera in 2003. For more information, visit the Celebrity web site at

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Featuring New 7- & 14-Day Itineraries and Significant Savings

Seattle, WA, Sept. 30, 2002 — Windstar launches its 2003 Caribbean season with new itineraries and significant savings, inviting cruisers to experience new twists and old favorites.

Three of Windstar’s four-ship fleet of luxury sailing yachts will ply Caribbean waters this winter on 45 cruises, featuring the 308-passenger Wind Surf and the 148-passenger Wind Star and Wind Spirit.

New itineraries include two combinable seven-day itineraries between St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. and Bridgetown, Barbados aboard Wind Surf. The luxury line also offers classic seven-day voyages among the idyllic U.S. Virgin Islands and the remote beauty of Belize and Honduras.

Windstar’s acclaimed itineraries are coupled with excellent pricing, featuring savings on all 2003 Caribbean sailings. Discounts range from 35-63% off brochure fares with cruise-only rates starting at $1,663 per person, based on double occupancy, including port charges and taxes.

"Windstar’s Winter 2003 offers the best of the Caribbean, with the rich culture and exotic beauty of Belize, and the picturesque ports of the Leeward and Windward Islands. Exclusive ports of call, exemplary service, and outstanding savings offer consumers an extraordinary vacation," remarked Tom Russell, vice president of marketing and sales for Windstar Cruises.

Always striving to offer a new selection of itineraries, Windstar introduces a set of 16 seven-day voyages between the ports of Bridgetown, Barbados and St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.

When combined, the seven-day itineraries offer an exciting twist by creating a new 14-day Caribbean itinerary with no repeating ports. Cruisers can choose to sail roundtrip from either St. Thomas or Barbados and will enjoy additional savings by booking "back-to-back" cruises.

New on the roster, Windstar calls at Isla Culebra, Puerto Rico eight times in 2003. The first cruise line to routinely visit this remote tropical isle known as "Isla Chiquita" (small island), cruise guests will be treated to a deluxe beach barbecue on Flamingo Beach, recognized as one of the most beautiful beaches in the Western Hemisphere.

On seven-day sailings from Barbados to St. Thomas guests visit the ports of Bequia, Mayreau, Dominica, St. Barthelemy, and Virgin Gorda. Those sailing from St. Thomas to Barbados will call upon the shores of Isla Culebra, Puerto Rico; St. Martin, Iles des Saintes, St. Lucia, and Grenada.

Pricing for the seven-day Wind Surf voyages between Barbados and St. Thomas start at $1,857. Book a 14-day sailing and receive additional savings with rates starting at $3,214.

Two rare departures from mainland U.S.A sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to St. Thomas, U.S.V.I on January 5 and November 30, 2003. Port calls include Port Lucaya, Grand Bahama Island; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk Island, Turks and Caicos; Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke, B.V.I.

Cruise rates for seven-day sailings between Fort Lauderdale and St. Thomas start at $1,663.

In winter 2003, Windstar’s intimate 148-passenger yachts, Wind Spirit and Wind Star resume their acclaimed seven-day itineraries in the Virgin Islands and along the coasts of Belize, Honduras, and Mexico, known as the "Mayan Riviera."

The Wind Spirit sails roundtrip from St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. on 15 voyages in 2003. The Virgin Islands is a long favored destination for Windstar and must see for cruisers looking to discover the treasures of the Caribbean. Sail the yachters course visiting the islands of St. John, U.S.V.I.; St. Martin and St. Barthelemy, French Antilles; and Jost Van Dyke, Tortola, and Virgin Gorda, B.V.I. Discounted rates for the seven-day Wind Spirit Virgin Islands voyages start at $1,713.

Visit the ancient Mayan lands and underwater world of Belize, Honduras, and Mexico on one of Wind Star’s 10 seven-day voyages roundtrip out of Cancun, Mexico. Port calls include Guanaja Island, Roatan, and Omoa, Honduras; Belize City and Goff’s Caye, Belize; and Cozumel, Mexico. Tours to Copan, Honduras; Tikal, Guatemala; and Tulum, Mexico will thrill archaeology and anthropology enthusiasts. Discounted rates for Wind Star Belize sailings start at $2,107.

Wind Star also offers two exclusive 14-day Caribbean sampler itineraries between Cancun, Mexico and Bridgetown, Barbados, calling upon Playa Del Carmen and Cozumel, Mexico; Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; La Romana, Dominican Republic; Virgin Gorda; B.V.I.; Nevis; Dominica; and Bequia. The 14-day Wind Star sailings start at $3,507.

All rates are quoted per person, double occupancy including port charges and taxes. Windstar offers optional trip cancellation protection that provides cash back when you cancel for any reason prior to 24-hours before departure. To receive brochures or for more information contact 1-877-827-7245. For reservations contact a travel agent or call Windstar at 1-800-258-7245. Sail over to Windstar Cruises online at

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