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Royal Caribbean International Takes Delivery of Allure of the Seas

MIAMI, Oct. 28: Royal Caribbean Intl took delivery today of the newest addition to the cruise line's fleet, Allure of the Seas, from STX Europe in Turku, Finland. With Captain Hernan Zini at the helm, Allure of the Seas will be departing Turku on Oct 29, 2010, starting the 13-day countdown to her U.S. debut into her homeport of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Thursday, Nov. 11. Allure of the Seas joins sister-ship Oasis of the Seas as the world's largest and most revolutionary cruise ship. Fans and enthusiasts are invited to follow her trans-Atlantic crossing through daily onboard webisodes on Updates also will be posted on Chairman and CEO Richard Fain's "Chairman's Blog" on and the "President's Blog" by President and CEO Adam Goldstein on

Royal Caribbean's strategic alliance with DreamWorks Animation, featuring new onboard parades, ice shows, aqua shows and experiences with the film studio's beloved characters, along with the at-sea debut of the Broadway production Chicago: The Musical, and Royal Caribbean Productions' new Blue Planet aerial production and Ice Games ice show, offer guests unparalleled entertainment options. Allure of the Seas also boasts 26 dining options, including the first ever Starbucks at sea; a new fine dining experience at 150 Central Park, created by The Culinary Institute of America alumna Molly Brandt; Samba Grill Brazilian steakhouse; Rita's Cantina, a casual Mexican restaurant offering the widest selection of margaritas at sea; and the Boardwalk Dog House, an outdoor hot-dog specialty counter. Also making its maritime debut aboard Allure of the Seas is the GUESS Accessory store from one of the world's most recognizable fashion apparel and accessories brands, as well as the first BRITTO Gallery at sea by pop culture artist Romero Britto. In addition, new technological innovations include complimentary guest service kiosks in the Royal Promenade, which guests can use to instantly view, print and email their SeaPass folio, as well as check-in for flights and print airline boarding passes, and 3-D movie screens in the ship's Amber Theater located in the Entertainment Place neighborhood.

The official naming ceremony for Allure of the Seas will take place on Nov 28 during a one-night celebration to benefit the United Way chapters of Miami-Dade and Broward counties, among other charities. A special 4-night sailing on Dec 1 will call at the cruise line's private beach destination of Labadee, along the north coast of Haiti, and Allure of the Seas' inaugural 7-night Western Caribbean itinerary will depart on Dec 5.

Allure of the Seas shares the title of the world's largest and most revolutionary cruise ship with sister-ship Oasis of the Seas. With a cache of distinct onboard activities and amenities, Allure of the Seas offers one-of-a-kind entertainment performances, culinary concepts, retail venues and technology innovations. An architectural marvel at sea, Allure's neighborhoods are divided into seven distinct themed areas, which include Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone. She spans 16 decks, encompasses 225,282 gross registered tons, carries 5,400 guests at double occupancy, and features 2,700 staterooms. Allure of the Seas alternates a Western Caribbean with an Eastern Caribbean 7-night itinerary from her home port of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Additional information is available at

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Queen Elizabeth Delights Guests With Maiden Voyage Surprises

Oct 28: Queen Elizabeth completed her 13-night Maiden Voyage in Southampton, England on Tuesday. As well as enjoying the thrill of being the first to sail on Cunard Line’s new Queen, guests were also treated to several surprises during the voyage.

British singing icon Lulu stormed the Royal Court Theatre with a rousing performance of hits and a tribute to the 1980s and was joined by surprise guest Kiki Dee.

Headlining the Cunard Insights line-up was broadcasting legend Sir David Frost, who spoke to a packed theatre on “Interviews I Shall Never Forget.” Frost, who led the TV satire boom in the 1960s, has interviewed the seven most recent US Presidents, as well as Vladmir Putin and Nelson Mandela (the latter on QE2 in March 1998), and was the subject of the hit 2008 motion picture “Frost/Nixon.”

In addition, the first marriage proposal took place on board, with guest James McCracken proposing to girlfriend Lisa Lehman – the answer was “yes!”

Most importantly, Queen Elizabeth received a warm welcome from the hundreds of Cunard guests on board who have been full of praise for both the ship and her crew. In fact, 98% of those on board reported that they would recommend Queen Elizabeth to a friend, which bodes extremely well for her Maiden Season. One of the many highlights of the voyage was the ship’s new restaurant, The Verandah, which was full every night with guests enjoying fine French cuisine in a setting reminiscent of the original Queen Elizabeth.

“Queen Elizabeth is a spectacular addition to our majestic fleet,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line. “Expectations were bound to be high for her Maiden Voyage, which sold out in 29 minutes 14 seconds, and I am elated to hear the high praise from our guests. This is a true testament to the ship’s officers and crew who have done a magnificent job. We can’t wait to welcome future guests on board,” he added.

Queen Elizabeth received warm welcomes and bon voyages from all the ports visited during her Maiden Voyage: Vigo, Lisbon, Cadiz, Las Palmas, Tenerife, La Palma and Funchal. For more information and to book a voyage aboard Queen Elizabeth, contact your travel agent, call toll free 1-800-7-CUNARD (1-800-728-6273) or go to

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Your “Happy Birthday” Gift from MSC is a Free, 7-night Caribbean Cruise

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, Oct 27: MSC Cruises presents guests with a free, 7-night Caribbean cruise for those celebrating birthdays onboard between Nov. 14–Dec. 19; companions pay from only $529 per person plus government fees and taxes (GFTs). Guests celebrating a birthday onboard MSC Poesia for a Caribbean cruise can choose from select dates and itineraries on bookings made by Dec. 12, based upon availability. Additional guests, up to two staterooms, travel for the same family and friends rate of $529 plus GFTs.

This special birthday gift is valid for new bookings, while space is available, on the following 7-night, Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises departing from Fort Lauderdale:

· Eastern Caribbean cruise, calls in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Philipsburg, St.
Maarten; and Nassau Bahamas; departs Nov. 14, 28, and Dec. 12, 2010; rates from $264.50 for traveling companion plus GFTs, for all guests, of $69.62 each;

· Western Caribbean cruise, calls in Key West, Florida; Ocho Rios, Jamaica;
Georgetown, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico; departs Nov. 21 and Dec. 5, 2010; rates from $264.50 traveling companion plus GFTs, for all guests, of $81.35.

At least one person per stateroom must be celebrating his/her birthday during the chosen cruise as it will be requested at the time of booking. Rates are based on double occupancy for U.S. and Canadian residents. Government fees and taxes for all guests are additional; restrictions apply. Suites are excluded from this offer. MSC Cruises reserves the right to pass on any fuel surcharge without notice to all guests. Kids ages 17 and younger cruise for just $99 (GFTs are additional) when sharing a stateroom with two adults offering affordable family vacations. All cruises offer just a $100 deposit. For more information about MSC Cruises, visit, call 877-665-4655, or contact a local travel professional.

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Starbucks & Royal Caribbean To Offer First-Ever Starbucks At Sea On Allure of the Seas

SEATTLE and MIAMI, Oct. 27: Something unique is brewing onboard Royal Caribbean Intl’s new Allure of the Seas, the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ship – the first Starbucks at sea. Through the licensing agreement between Starbucks and Royal Caribbean International, the global cruise brand owned and operated by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, guests seeking signature made-to-order espresso beverages and Frappuccino® blended beverages will have to look no further than their neighborhood Starbucks on the bustling Royal Promenade.

“We are always looking for unique ways and places to connect with our customers and deliver the Starbucks Experience,” said Chris Carr, senior vice president and general manager of Starbucks Licensed Stores. “Starbucks presence aboard Allure of the Seas is another place where our customers want and expect us to be.”

Trained baristas will offer signature and seasonal beverages and food, as well as the complete line of Starbucks VIA® Ready Brew products, between 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, based on a la carte pricing. In addition to the Starbucks store, Seattle’s Best Coffee®, a featured brand in the Starbucks portfolio and a Foodservice provider to Royal Caribbean for the past 10 years, will be served throughout the cruise ship, including in the Adagio main dining room, conference rooms and the ship’s signature specialty restaurants.

“We are passionate about delivering the WOW,” said Lisa Bauer, senior vice president of Hotel Operations, Royal Caribbean International. “Opening the first ever Starbucks at sea is another example of how Royal Caribbean is delivering distinctive beverage and dining options to our guests and exceeding their expectations. We are offering something that no other cruise brand can.”

Allure of the Seas shares the title of the world’s largest and most revolutionary cruise ship with sister-ship Oasis of the Seas. With a cache of new distinct onboard activities and amenities, Allure of the Seas offers one-of-a-kind entertainment performances, culinary concepts, retail venues and technology innovations. An architectural marvel at sea, Allure’s neighborhoods are divided into seven distinct themed areas, which include Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone. She spans 16 decks, encompasses 225,282 gross registered tons, carries 5,400 guests at double occupancy, and features 2,700 staterooms. Allure of the Seas alternates a Western Caribbean with an Eastern Caribbean seven-night itinerary from her home port of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Additional information is available at

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Disney Dream’s Spectacles Designed to Take Cruise Ship
Family Entertainment to New Heights

CELEBRATION, FL, Oct. 26: Talk about elevating cruise ship entertainment to new heights: A little mermaid soars over the stage in a stunning aerial ballet … Pirates rappel from atop the ship’s funnel during a swashbuckling adventure … The evening sky lights up with a dazzling spectacle of sound and color. When the Disney Dream sets sail in January 2011, Disney Cruise Line is more than just raising the bar with entertainment designed to charm and bedazzle the entire family. Guests will delight to some of the most elaborate original musicals presented at sea, over-the-top deck parties and, bursting above it all, the largest fireworks spectacular aboard a cruise ship.

It’s Show Time!
Every night is show time at Walt Disney Theatre, an elegant, 1,340-seat entertainment palace that is at once classic and ultra-modern. Spanning three decks with orchestra and balcony seating, the theater is resplendent with art deco styling recalling luxurious show places of a bygone time. At the same time, it is equipped with theatrical technology that makes it one of the most advanced venues on land or sea, allowing producers to bring original productions and Disney stories to life in a whole new way. The lineup of musicals presented at Walt Disney Theatre includes:

“Disney’s Believe”
Headlining the musical repertoire is “Disney’s Believe,” an original stage spectacular premiering aboard the Disney Dream. Combining a heartfelt story with a captivating musical score, the lavish production tells the story of a workaholic father who, through the power of Disney magic, reconnects with his daughter and learns a valuable lesson about what is important in life. More than 20 of Disney’s most beloved characters take the stage during “Disney’s Believe,” including Cinderella, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins and Belle from “Beauty and The Beast.”

‘The Golden Mickeys’: A Timeless Tribute
“The Golden Mickeys,” an award-style show celebrating the musical heritage of Disney animated films, is a Disney Cruise Line guest favorite. On the Disney Dream, the show gets an extra sprinkle of glitz and glamour with new production numbers including an aerial ballet featuring Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” and a romantic duet performed by Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, lead characters of Disney’s newest animated feature, “Tangled.”

‘Villains Tonight!’
The malevolent world of the Disney villains takes a comical spin in “Villains Tonight!,” the first full-scale musical production dedicated to the Disney villains. The show is a fun-filled musical comedy starring Hades (“Hercules”), who embarks on a quest filled with wacky antics and amusing musical numbers to bring evil back into the Underworld. “Villains Tonight!” features a “Who’s Who” of Disney “baddies,” including Ursula (“The Little Mermaid”), the Evil Queen (“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”), Captain Hook (“Peter Pan”) and Scar (“The Lion King”).

Party on Deck
The Disney Dream transforms into a pirate ship with two new events brimming with buccaneer fun and a new fireworks spectacular. The evening kicks off with “Mickey’s Pirates IN the Caribbean,” a family-friendly interactive show featuring the famous Disney characters. Then, a special appearance by Captain Jack Sparrow, from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, kicks off “Club Pirate,” a high-tech, open-air dance party on the upper decks of the ship. Guests unleash their inner pirate and dance their boots off during this family-friendly and electrifying bash featuring stunning visuals and special effects.

Fireworks at Sea
The only cruise line to feature fireworks at sea, Disney Cruise Line ups the entertainment ante and lights up the sky with the largest fireworks extravaganza presented aboard a cruise ship. The skies above the Disney Dream explode with brilliant colors during “Buccaneer Blast!” With more “bang” than ever before, the pyrotechnic spectacular is choreographed to a dramatic score featuring songs from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, Peter Pan and the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at the Disney theme parks.

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American Safari Cruises Introduces Exclusive & Inclusive Hawaiian Island Adventures for 2011

SEATTLE, Oct. 26: American Safari Cruises (, best known for offering compelling yachting adventures in Alaska and Mexico's Baja, introduces "authentic Hawaii," fall 2011. Choose from the 7-night Hawaiian Seascapes and the 10-night Hawaii's Traditional Shores, both boasting active adventures and cultural exchanges designed to thoroughly engage guests' senses and take full advantage of the islands attributes as no other cruise can do.

Hawaii is a natural extension to the 13-year-old company's existing product line-up given the rich marine mammal environment and opportunities to kayak, hike, snorkel, sail, bike, stand-up paddle board and more. American Safari Cruises is the first operator to offer unstructured inter-island yacht cruising in Hawaii, where the next port may not be a port at all, but a magical passage rich with wildlife, a secluded and inviting beach or a quiet cove that beckons to be explored. After a day of action, adventurers can ease tired muscles in the sauna or soak in the on-deck hot tub aboard the elegant 36-guest Safari Explorer.

Paradise shows its true colors via genuine and rewarding experiences that would be virtually impossible to do on one's own. Both the 7- and 10-night itineraries cruise from Lahaina, Maui to Kona, Hawaii or reverse and feature whale viewing; exploring cliff-lined bays and beaches around the private island of Lana'i; visiting ancient Hawaiian homelands of Moloka'i to enjoy a private Hawaiian Pa'ina (feast); hiking on the Laparuse Trail to view ancient ruins and seizing the rare opportunity to night snorkel in the marine rich environment of Molokini; and strolling on Black Sand Beach near the southernmost tip of the United States, Ka Lae, Hawaii. In addition, optional activities such as scuba diving, helicopter tours, mule ride and golfing are available at select locales.

The 10-night Hawaii's Traditional Shores also includes three days of island exploration on Hawaii, allowing for ample time to explore this volcanic landmass by foot and small water craft, finesse kayaking skills, seek out Green Sea Turtles and other sea life or lounge on a quiet secluded beach to soak up the fine Hawaiian sunshine.

The 36-guest Safari Explorer ( offers an on-deck hot tub, sauna, exercise equipment, two-person kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, sail boats, snorkeling equipment and motorized shore boats for close-up exploration, a wine library, and a large-screen TV in the main salon. Exceptional cuisine is prepared with fresh, local ingredients, and the complimentary bar offers premium spirits, fine wines and microbrews. All staterooms offer Tempur-pedic mattresses, flat screen TV/DVD players and iPod docks. The guest-crew ratio is 2 to 1, with an all-American crew that includes two professional naturalists, masseuse and Captain - some who hail from the Hawaiian islands.

The inaugural Hawaiian cruise departs October 26, 2011 with weekly departures through mid-May 2012. Inclusive prices start at $4,995 for 7-night cruises and $6,495 for 10-nights. To book a Hawaiian yachting adventure or to request additional information, contact American Safari Cruises at 888-862-8881 or email .

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Buy One, Get One Free 14-Night Caribbean Cruises With MSC

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, Oct 26: MSC is offering the second week free with the purchase of a 7-night Caribbean cruise for a 14-night, back-to-back, Eastern Caribbean and Western Caribbean cruises experience on bookings made by Nov. 14, based upon availability. During this buy one, get one free offer on Caribbean cruises, rates begin at $529 per person (as low as $40 per day) on select 14-night, back-to-back Eastern Caribbean cruises and Western Caribbean cruises onboard MSC Poesia. The special rates are for new bookings, while space is available, on the following 14-night, Caribbean cruises departing from Fort Lauderdale:

· Eastern & Western Caribbean back-to-back cruises call in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Nassau Bahamas; Key West, Florida; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico, and depart Nov. 14, 28, and Dec. 12, 2010;

· Western & Eastern Caribbean back-to-back cruises call in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Nassau Bahamas; Key West, Florida; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico, and  depart Nov. 21 and Dec. 5, 2010.

Cruise-only rates are per person based on double occupancy for U.S. and Canadian residents. Government fees and taxes for all guests are additional; restrictions apply. MSC Cruises reserves the right to pass on any fuel surcharge without notice to all guests. Offer expires on Nov. 14. Kids ages 11 and younger cruise for just $99 (GFTs are additional) when sharing a stateroom with two full-fare-paying adults offering affordable family vacations. All cruises offer just a $100 deposit.

For more information about MSC Cruises, visit, call 877-665-4655, or contact a local travel professional.

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Abu Dhabi Anchors Homeport Status With MSC Cruises

Oct 2010: Abu Dhabi’s ambition to become an international cruise hub has received a significant boost, following the signing, between Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) and MSC Cruises of a landmark cooperation agreement that will see one of the world’s fastest growing cruise operator deploy one of its top vessels to the UAE capital on a homeport basis from Oct 2011. Abu Dhabi’s anticipated elevation from port-of-call to homeport status strengthens the UAE capital’s nascent cruise tourism credentials and serves as a core enabler in ADTA’s strategy to attract 2.3 million hotel guests to the emirate by the end of 2012.

Under the terms of the agreement, Abu Dhabi’s Mina Zayed Port will serve as the primary embarkation and disembarkation point for the Italian operator’s maiden regional itinerary – scheduled for the 2011-2012 season - using its luxury MSC Lirica liner. With its ultra-modern fleet, MSC Cruises’ entry into the Arabian Gulf will see MSC Lirica - a 59,000-tons vessel with a capacity of 2,199 guests in 784 cabins - provide 19 eight-day/seven-night cruises covering five destinations between Nov 2011 and March 2012.

"MSC Cruises’ commitment to Abu Dhabi as a homeport will deliver both tactical and strategic outcomes for the emirate,” said Mubarak Al Muhairi, Director General, ADTA. He added, "Beyond the substantial, broad-based benefits to our domestic tourism sector through incremental gains in hotel guests, longer length of stay and greater spending, this partnership provides Abu Dhabi a firm footing on the international cruise tourism map and reinforces the strategic case for a world-class, purpose-built cruise terminal in the emirate.”

“MSC Cruises is proud to become the first cruise company to choose Abu Dhabi as a homeport.” said Pierfrancesco Vago, worldwide chief-executive-officer, MSC Cruises. “With our state-of-the-art vessel MSC Lirica operating 95 calls and 19 rotations in the region, our presence will have a significant impact on the tourism industry of Abu Dhabi. We see Abu Dhabi as an exciting cruise destination which has already proved immensely popular with international tourists. MSC Cruises will be an important catalyst in driving growth in cruise tourism in the region. After having discovered the UAE and their exciting attractions from our luxury ship, visitors will come back again, as they always do, further boosting the development and promotion of local economy.”

To foster continued growth in the cruise sector, Al Muhairi revealed that ADTA will, by the end of the year, commission a technical and operational feasibility study in co-operation with relevant domestic and international stakeholders towards the development of a dedicated cruise terminal capable of handling mega and boutique cruises alike. ADTA had earlier completed a cruise tourism study in February, with a key output being that full-fledged homeport status for Abu Dhabi has the potential to deliver upwards of 50,000 new visitors annually. MSC Lirica’s 19 voyages next season translates to a potential of 39,000 cruise arrivals alone.

The ADTA-MSC Cruises co-operation is a major coup of the authority’s Horizons Abu Dhabi program, an incentive-based trade engagement initiative designed to attract innovative promotional concepts to stimulate consumer demand across the emirate’s rapidly-expanding tourism offerings. The pact will see the partners collaborate in a series of cross-marketing activities, leveraging their shared presence at international travel, tourism and cruise-specific shows. Taking in 14 different trade shows in 10 European and Asian countries, ADTA and MSC Cruises will share exhibition space for promotional purposes. ADTA and MSC Cruises will also jointly mount a year-long promotional and publicity campaign in more than ten target markets to promote the MSC Lirica’s maiden season in the Gulf. Closer to home, ADTA and Abu Dhabi Ports Company, which operate Zayed, have pledged to oversee MSC Lirica’s berthing duties next season, as well as ensure all aspects of passenger handling meet international standards. ADTA is planning to boost its existing cruise terminal visitor centre adding facilities, such as a currency exchange facility and special stakeholder booths, to its current offering of heritage demonstrations.

The luxurious MSC Lirica which will mark the official entry of MSC Cruises in the Emirates with 19 rotations in 2011-2012, features a sophisticated and elegant decor, superb attention to details in all areas, the finest Italian and international cuisine and a dazzling array of entertainment and activities. Surrounding MSC Lirica’s 19 regional forays will be repositioning cruises from-and-to Genoa, Italy, on Oct 14, 2011 and March 9, 2012.

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Holland America Line Partners With Legendary Le Cirque Restaurant

SEATTLE, Oct. 25: Holland America Line is adding another famous partnership to its innovative culinary program as it enters into an exclusive agreement with the illustrious Le Cirque restaurant to offer "An Evening at Le Cirque" in the Pinnacle Grill aboard its fleet of 15 ships. Holland America Line's Master Chef Rudi Sodamin is working with Le Cirque's Executive Chef Craig Hopson to re-create the legendary eatery's whimsical ambiance and award-winning dining experience on board—from serving the cuisine on fanciful orange Le Cirque china to featuring the restaurant's famous creme brulee.

"Le Cirque epitomizes the best of the best, further expanding our culinary program with innovative partnerships and world-renowned names," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. "To be able to extend one of the most exceptional dining experiences in the world to our guests is another exclusive element that we're excited to be able to offer, and even the most discerning foodie will be impressed."

On virtually every voyage, the Pinnacle Grill will be transformed for at least one night into a Le Cirque–like atmosphere. On those special evenings, menu offerings, wine selections, table decorations and the restaurant setting will be tailored to create an authentic Le Cirque dining experience that is sure to impress both the eyes and palates of Holland America Line guests. Reservations can be made for "An Evening at Le Cirque in the Pinnacle Grill" for a charge.

Not only will guests have the opportunity to dine on unique Le Cirque dishes including Lobster Salad "Le Cirque," Sweet Corn Soup and Cote de Boeuf, they also will be able to learn how to cook a dish or two during special Le Cirque demonstrations in the on-board Culinary Arts Center. Additional enhancements to the program include screenings of the HBO documentary "Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven" on in-stateroom television, as well as the opportunity to purchase a Le Cirque creme brulee dish and Le Cirque founder Sirio Maccioni's book, "Sirio: The Story of My Life and Le Cirque."

A recipient of the coveted James Beard Award for restaurant of the year, Le Cirque has been ranked among the best in the world for decades by food experts, celebrities and high society. Le Cirque restaurants are located in New York, Las Vegas and the Dominican Republic and its founder, Sirio Maccioni, is a legend and one of the industry's most-respected restaurateurs. While the restaurant attracts many celebrity customers, Le Cirque and Maccioni also have helped launch the careers of many illustrious chefs, including Daniel Boulud, Christophe Bellanca, Alain Sailhac, Rick Moonen and Holland America Line Culinary Council Member Jacques Torres.

For more information on Holland America Line cruises and fares, contact a professional travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit

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New Destinations, Innovations & Personal Value Highlighted in Crystal's
2011 Worldwide Atlas

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 25: Crystal Cruises' 2011 Worldwide Atlas is now available to luxury travelers and travel professionals. At 212 pages, the Atlas is Crystal's most extensive promotional publication to date, and features detailed sections dedicated to the line's most recent developments. Boasting 59 global itineraries–including new locales in West Africa and the line's long anticipated return to summer Alaska cruising–plus programming, value and ship information, the brochure is a comprehensive resource for planning the luxury vacation experience heralded as the "World's Best" year after year.

Prominently highlighted in the 2011 Atlas are Crystal's new Perfect Choice Dining™ with flexible Open Dining by Reservation™; Two-for-One cruise fares and complimentary air transportation and transfers (on air/sea dates) on all sailings; step-by-step instructions for the new online Priority Check-in & Planning Center; enriching Ocean Views™ presentations and 'You Care, We Care' excursions; and a section dedicated to Crystal Symphony's multi-million dollar redesign.

"Opening with the words 'Your wish, our command,' the 2011 Atlas focuses on Crystal's commitment to unparalleled service and personalized value as well as classic Crystal hallmarks – space, quality and choices," says Nitsa Lewis, vice president of marketing. "The messaging is stylish and engaging, designed to draw travelers in to the Crystal Experience."

In 2011, the award-winning, 922-guest, 50,000-ton Crystal Symphony, and 1,070-guest, 68,870-ton Crystal Serenity will offer maiden visits to Argostoli, Kefalonia; Fethiye, Turkey; Komodo Island, Indonesia; Koper, Slovenia; and Marigot Bay, St. Martin, along with added North Cape sailings to the Polar Ice Cap and overnight stays in Ashdod, Cannes, Istanbul and others. All but one Crystal Symphony voyage beginning and/or ending in a U.S. port – most of these round-trip – afford guests the luxury of convenient air travel. Also featured is a preview to Crystal's recently announced 2012 deployment. To request a 2011 Atlas or more information, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit

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 Norwegian Cruise Line To Build Two New Next Generation Freestyle Cruising Ships

MIAMI. Oct 25: Following the successful launch of Norwegian Epic, the Company’s largest and most innovative ship to date, Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that it has reached an agreement with MEYER WERFT GMBH of Germany to build two new next generation Freestyle Cruising ships for delivery in spring 2013 and spring 2014, respectively. Each of the 143,500 gross ton vessels, the largest passenger/cruise ships to be built in Germany, will have approximately 4,000 passenger berths and a rich cabin mix. Additional details about each ship’s new and exciting features will be released as construction progresses. The contract price for the two vessels is approximately €1.2 billion. The Company has committed financing in place from a syndicate of banks for export credit financing in connection with this project.

“We have always been focused on a disciplined approach to capacity growth. Our decision to add two new ships reflects the significant progress we have made in improving our operating performance and repositioning the Company over the last several years, as well as the strong market demand we are seeing for Norwegian Epic and our other ships,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “Building on the incredible success and popularity of Norwegian Epic, we are taking the best of what our newest ship has to offer, as well as drawing on our legacy of innovation in the cruise industry, in creating a new class of Freestyle Cruising vessel that is sure to provide our guests with the unparalleled freedom and flexibility they have come to expect on a Norwegian cruise.”

“We are excited to be returning to MEYER WERFT and are confident that their rich ship building history and expertise will bring our vision to fruition,” added Sheehan. MEYER WERFT, based in Papenburg, Germany, most recently built Norwegian’s four Jewel-class ships – Norwegian Gem delivered in 2007, Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Jade delivered in 2006, and Norwegian Jewel delivered in 2005. These new vessels are the eighth and ninth that the Company will build with MEYER WERFT.

“Norwegian Cruise Line and MEYER WERFT have a long history of working together. We are thrilled to continue our partnership. Our teams work very well together and we are looking forward to building this new, exciting and innovative class of vessels,” said Bernard Meyer, managing partner of MEYER WERFT. “In addition, the 21,000 employees of the yard and its supplier companies* involved in the construction of the ships appreciate the new project from one of our longstanding customers.”

Norwegian Cruise Line pioneered the concept of Freestyle Cruising and currently offers guests the freedom and flexibility to enjoy their cruise vacation on their own terms, including multiple dining venues, relaxed attire, a variety of accommodations and world-class entertainment. The Company took Freestyle Cruising to the next level with the introduction of Norwegian Epic in June 2010. The 4,100 passenger vessel has been called the “entertainment ship” with a variety of shows and venues that trump land-based resorts like those found in Las Vegas. Headliners include Blue Man Group, Cirque Dreams™ & Dinner, Legends in Concert, The Second City® Comedy Troupe, Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos and Slam Allen Blues Band. In addition, the ship features Nickelodeon™ at Sea as part of its wide-range of family offerings. Further innovations include the largest spa at sea, the first true ice bar at sea and The Studios, which are staterooms designed and priced for solo travelers, along with The Villas, the largest suite complex at sea.

“We are bringing this spirit of innovation to these two new build ships, as Norwegian continues to offer our guests new and exciting ways to enjoy their Freestyle Cruising vacation,” said Sheehan.

About Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 44-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising, most notably with the introduction of Freestyle Cruising which has revolutionized the industry by allowing guests more freedom and flexibility. Today, Norwegian has 11 purpose-built Freestyle Cruising ships, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed cruise vacation on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea.

Norwegian’s largest and most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship, Norwegian Epic, debuted in June 2010. Norwegian Cruise Line is the official cruise line of Blue Man Group, debuting for the first time at sea on Norwegian Epic, as well as the official cruise line of Legends in Concert, The Second City® Comedy Troupe, Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos, Gibson Guitar and Nickelodeon™, the number-one entertainment brand for kids. Cirque Dreams™ & Dinner is also featured on board Norwegian Epic as the first show of its kind at sea under a big top. For further information on Norwegian Cruise Line, visit

*Source: Economic Research Institute of Lower Saxony, Hanover 2010

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Americans Work Hard At Relaxing–Vacationers More Likely To Get Up Early Than Sleep In

SANTA CLARITA, CA, Oct 25: Most relaxing Americans put a priority on having fun rather than sleeping while they are vacationing, according to a recent relaxation survey commissioned by Princess Cruises. With the busy holiday travel season upon us, many Americans may be looking for a little rest and relaxation in between, which, according to the survey findings, means different things to different people. The Princess Cruises "Relaxation Report" uncovered some surprising insights as to how Americans pursue leisure. The "Report" showed that 55% of vacationers preferred to get up early rather than sleep in on vacation, while 44% chose to sleep late.

Besides putting a priority on leisure time versus sleep time, the "Relaxation Report" also reveals that 6 out of 10 Americans prefer a spontaneous, go-with-the-flow itinerary rather than a set-schedule of activities while on vacation (selected by 38%). And, two-thirds (67%) of Americans prefer to relax on the beach rather than at the pool (26%). To aid in relaxation, Americans choose reading (25%), having a drink (20%) and listening to music (19%).

Princess Cruises, one of the best-known names in cruising, fielded the survey to gain some insights into relaxation habits while on vacation. "Because Princess is committed to providing our passengers a relaxing and rejuvenating vacation experience, we thought it would be fun to get some feedback about just what helps people relax during their precious time off," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president.

Men vs. Women
The “Relaxation Report” also uncovered clear differences between how men and women relax. Men prefer to start their vacation day by getting up early (58%) rather than sleeping in (41%), while women are divided, with 51% preferring to rise early and 47% preferring to sleep in and catch some Z’s. Men prefer to relax by having a drink (25%), reading (18%) and listening to music (17%). Women, on the other hand, prefer to relax by reading (32%), listening to music (21%) and by having a drink (15%). When drinking on vacation, men prefer beer over wine (41% vs. 27%, respectively), while women prefer a glass of wine over a beer (45% vs. 27%, respectively). Also, more men than women choose watching TV (15% vs. 11%, respectively) and exercising (15% vs. 9%, respectively) as ways to aid in their relaxation.

Despite their differences, men and women have their agreements too. Both men and women choose country music as their favorite vacation tunes (25% and 22%, respectively), both prefer viewing a sunset (65% and 67%) over a sunrise (30% among both genders) and would rather relax on the beach (68% vs. 60%) than at the pool (25% vs. 26%).

Country is King
When it comes to tunes, country music was the clear winner with 24% of Americans preferring those songs over all else, followed in popularity by soft rock (21%), classical (17%), jazz (13%) and pop (12%).

Turn Off & Power Down
Contrary to popular belief, while mindlessly surfing the Internet or flipping through the television may sound like good ways to relax, in reality Americans couldn’t disagree more. Most Americans (97%) do not choose the Internet or the television (87%) as primary ways to relax while on vacation.

East vs. West
When asked to choose between viewing a sunset or a sunrise while on vacation, the responses varied based on where Americans reside. While 4 in 10 adults from the Northeast (40%) would rather see a sunrise, less than 1 in 3 of those in the Midwest (29%), in the South (27%) or in the West (27%) would choose dawn over dusk. There are also some regional differences when it comes to vacation reading preferences. A larger proportion of adults from the Midwest would rather read a magazine (47%) than would adults from the West (37%), the South (36%) and the Northeast (35%). Conversely, those from the Northeast (59%), the West (56%) and the South (54%) are more likely to choose a book than those from the Midwest (45%).

Vacation Barometer
How do you know when it’s time to take a vacation? Americans identified three key factors that lead to a getaway: being tired (30%), cranky (28%) and restless (22%).

About the Survey
The “Relaxation Report,” commissioned by Princess Cruises, is based on findings from an Ipsos poll conducted Aug. 26, 2010-Sept. 12, 2010 (due to the Labor Day holiday, no interviews were conducted between Sept. 1 and Sept. 8). For the survey, a nationally representative sample of 2,000 randomly-selected adults aged 18 and over residing in the U.S., was interviewed by telephone via Ipsos’ U.S. Telephone Express omnibus. With a sample of this size, the results are considered accurate within ±2.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, of what they would have been had the entire population of adults in the U.S. been polled. Ipsos Public Affairs is a non-partisan, objective, survey-based research practice made up of seasoned professionals.

About Princess Cruises
One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise and tour company operating a fleet of 17 modern ships renowned for their innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and amenities, all provided in an environment of exceptional customer service. A recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess carries 1.3 million passengers each year to destinations around the globe on cruises ranging in length from seven to 107 days. The company is part of Carnival Corporation.

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InnerSea Discoveries Purchases Various Assets Of Cruise West

SEATTLE, WA, Oct 22: InnerSea Discoveries ( has purchased the website and database files of recently defunct Cruise West. The intent of the acquisition of these assets is to provide an entree to additional devoted small ship enthusiasts and travel partners. The company owns and operates two distinct brands, new InnerSeas Discoveries and sister brand, American Safari Cruises. Note that neither the business entity Cruise West nor the brand name have been purchased, only the specific assets as indicated above.

New brand InnerSeas Discoveries offers high adventure, moderately priced 7 or 14-night Alaska cruises (starting from $1,795. per person) beginning May 2011 aboard the 49-guest Wilderness Discoverer and Wilderness Adventurer. American Safari Cruises ( offers upscale adventure yachting in Alaska’s Inside Passage, Mexico's Sea of Cortes, Columbia/Snake Rivers (including wine and culinary-focused itineraries) and NEW in fall 2011, the Hawaiian Islands. The three yachts, the 12-guest Safari Spirit, 22-guest Safari Quest and 36-guest Safari Explorer offer an exclusive, yet casual experience.

For more information or to book an adventure cruise, call 888-862-8881 or email .

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Norwegian Cruise Line Launches Epic Moments Video Contest

MIAMI, Oct 21: Norwegian Cruise Line announces the launch of its “Epic Moments” video contest (, where cruisers create short YouTube videos of their vacation on board the line’s newest and most innovative ship Norwegian Epic for a chance to win a Caribbean cruise for two in a balcony stateroom on board the ship. Cruisers can enter by uploading their vacation videos to YouTube as a video response to the contest overview video by Julie Valeriote, Norwegian Epic’s entertainment director. Every two weeks for the next nine weeks, Norwegian will choose which video is the Epic Moment Semi-Finalist for that period. In mid-February, the 10 semi-finalists will be featured on Norwegian’s YouTube channel and and the public will have a chance to vote for their favorite Epic Moment. The video with the most number of thumbs-up on YouTube will win a 7-day Caribbean cruise for two in a balcony stateroom on Norwegian Epic.

“Freestyle Cruising gives our guests incredible freedom and flexibility on board our ships to enjoy their cruise vacation on their own terms,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line chief executive officer. “Our newest ship, Norwegian Epic, takes Freestyle Cruising to the next level giving countless opportunities for couples, families and solo travelers alike to indulge in vacation moments of a lifetime. We look forward to seeing them come to life through our Epic Moments video contest.”

The first of 10 semi-finalist videos will be chosen on or around Nov 8, 2010 and will follow with nine more semi-finalists being announced every two weeks. To submit an Epic Moment video, head to

Norwegian Epic sails alternating 7-day cruises to the Eastern and Western Caribbean from Miami, Florida from July 2010 through April 2011. Eastern Caribbean ports of call include Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and Nassau, Bahamas. Western Caribbean ports of call include Costa Maya, Mexico; Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras; and Cozumel, Mexico. For further information on Norwegian Cruise Line, visit

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Allergy Technologies Signs Exclusive Distribution Deal With CKI to Put ActiveGuard™ Mattress Liners on Cruise Ships to Kill Bed Bugs

AMBLER, Pa., Oct. 21: Cadence Keen Innovations (CKI) has recently announced that it will be the exclusive distributor of Allergy Technologies' ActiveGuard™ Mattress Liners, which kill bed bugs within 72 hours, to the cruise industry and other CKI-supported hospitality facilities. CKI is the leading provider of sleep solutions to the hospitality industry and a preeminent leader of bedding products to cruise line market. ActiveGuard mattress liners are a new revolutionary alternative to encasements that are thin, comfortable liners and are odorless and they work fast against bed bugs.

The new distribution deal makes Cadence Keen the exclusive distributor of ActiveGuard mattress liners for the cruise segment of the hospitality industry, according to Gus Carey, founder of Allergy Technologies. "We are truly excited to be partnering with Cadence Keen Innovations," said Carey. "Cadence Keen's leadership in the field of bedding distribution to the cruise line and other sectors of the hospitality industry instantly introduces ActiveGuard mattress liners to a global range of customers. Our liners represent an easy and effective approach to killing bed bugs that is unrivaled in pest control."

So as the war rages on against the bed bug infestation on land, so too will the fight continue at sea, led by Allergy Technologies ( ActiveGuard mattress liners are a vital tool as part of any Pest Management Professional's (PMP's) bed bug treatment and control strategy program.

Essentially, ActiveGuard is an active mattress and box spring liner that provides a proactive step in any comprehensive bed bug control program for managing bed bugs. The impregnated liner is ideal for all residential applications and allows PMPs to deliver confidence and security backed by years of testing. Unlike encasements, ActiveGuard is the ONLY unrivaled preventative standalone tool that continues to kill newly introduced bed bugs beyond the life-cycle of this pest. ActiveGuard mattress liners have been lab and field tested on a variety of bed bug strains by research entomologists. The liners do not involve any airborne sprays or powders and no maintenance is required. It is one of the few bed bug products with both published lab and field data.

"ActiveGuard mattress liners are a revolutionary product that can be used in comprehensive bed bug control strategies and as a standalone preventative tool," said Joseph Latino, Allergy Technologies' Director of Sales and Marketing. "As a preventative tool, ActiveGuard is uniquely situated as the only pro-active treatment approach for both mattresses and box springs that continues to kill bed bugs beyond their lengthy life cycle."

ActiveGuard mattress liners are easy-to-install and they deliver a slow-release formulation that kills bed bugs but also kills dust mites in mattresses and box springs for up to two years. The liners come in four sizes that accommodate most mattresses and box springs, and ActiveGuard mattress liners have been lab and field tested on a variety of bed bug strains by research entomologists. The liners need no airborne sprays or powders and no maintenance is required. It is one of the few bed bug products with both published lab and field data. For more information, visit

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Hurtigruten’s “World’s Most Beautiful Voyage” Showcases New Hi-Tech Winter Lightshow

New York, NY, Oct: Hurtigruten’s classic voyage along Norway’s fjord-filled west coast has always been defined by its stunning landscape; and with the addition of the newly designed lightshow at the Finnkirka, or “Finnish Church” cliffs – aptly named for their Cathedral-like appearance – guests will be even further impressed. The modern-day tourist attraction, originally a place of worship for the local Sami people, is located at the entrance to the Kjollefjord in Finnmark and is regarded as one of the most beautiful sea cliffs in the world. The light display, designed by light artist Kurt Hermansen, premiered on Oct. 18 and can be experienced daily aboard Hurtigruten vessels until the end of the winter season in March.

Prior to this year, the Finnkirka had played host to concerts and masses during the summer but remained empty during the colder months. The creation of the new attraction was a joint effort between Hurtigruten and the local population, both of which wanted to continue to show off the holy splendor of the Finnkirka during the winter season. Vebjorn Jacobsen, who headed the Finnkirka project at Hurtigruten, believes the final product is an immense success. “Words cannot do the spectacle justice,” says Jacobsen. “You just need to experience it.”

Finnkirka is just one of the many natural wonders that guests aboard Hurtigruten’s Norwegian Coastal Voyage are privy to: the elusive Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, are often cited as another highlight of the impressive 34 port winter journeys. Guests booking 2011 itineraries by Dec. 31, 2010, can get these experiences – and more – for up to 15% off with the early booking discount.

Hurtigruten is a world leader in expedition cruising, sailing to the most remote of destinations including Antarctica, Greenland and the Arctic’s Spitsbergen as well as year round along Norway's coast and Europe in the spring. Additional information on all of these adventures, as well as brochures and reservations, can be obtained from travel agents or Hurtigruten's visitor-friendly web site,; or by phone: (800) 323-7436; fax (888)-524-2145; for brochures (800) 582-0835, 24 hours a day.

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Pop2Life Sets The Stage For “The Allure of Taylor Swift” Onboard
Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas

NEW YORK, Oct. 21: While global audiences eagerly await Taylor Swift's third album Speak Now, launching on Monday, Oct. 25, 2010, dedicated fans also can look forward to seeing Taylor Swift perform live onboard the world's newest and largest ship. The four-time Grammy® award-winner Taylor Swift will perform onboard Royal Caribbean International's highly anticipated Allure of the Seas in the ship's signature AquaTheater, an amphitheater-style space with an ocean view, on Friday, Jan. 21, 2011. To date, the first single released from Speak Now, entitled "Mine," has sold more than 1 million copies.

Big Machine Records, Clear Channel Radio, Pop2Life and Royal Caribbean International are banding together to give 100 lucky winners (and their invited guests) access to a rare performance by Taylor Swift and an unparalleled cruise vacation onboard Allure of the Seas, seven-night Western Caribbean cruise, Jan. 16-23. Debuting Dec 1, Allure of the Seas will share the title of the world's largest and most revolutionary cruise ship with sister-ship Oasis of the Seas, and boastRoyal Caribbean's unique neighborhood concept - seven themed areas providing guests with the opportunity to seek out a variety of relevant experiences based on their personal styles, preferences or moods. The ship also will bring to life one-of-a-kind onboard entertainment, including a DreamWorks experience complete with parades, ice shows and a "Madagascar" themed AquaTheater show, in addition to the Broadway hit "Chicago: The Musical." Additional perks of this grand prize for Taylor enthusiasts and their guests include VIP seating in the AquaTheater for the concert, a special welcome reception onboard Allure of the Seas, roundtrip flights and transportation to the ship's homeport of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as well as the coveted confirmed accommodations for Allure's one-of-a-kind vacation.

To enter "The Allure of Taylor Swift" radio and online sweepstakes, listeners need to tune-in to participating Clear Channel radio stations across the country, weekdays, Monday, Oct. 18 - Friday, Oct. 29; pay attention for the "The Allure of Taylor Swift" keyword; and submit the keyword via text message or online at the local station's Web site. National radio show "On Air with Ryan Seacrest" is also rallying audiences for this one-of-a-kind concert and inviting hopeful concert-goers to enter online at, Oct. 18-24. Lastly, consumers can enter online at Fans wanting to book their Taylor Swift experience aboard Allure of the Seas' Jan 16th sailing, can visit and click on "The Allure of Taylor Swift" banner, or call (877) 722-5266. Complete list of participating stations is available at and

Taylor Swift is a four-time GRAMMY winner, the top-selling digital artist in music history, has had singles top both the Country and Pop radio charts, and had the #1 best-selling album in any genre of music in 2009. This year, at the age of 20, she became the youngest artist in history to win the music industry's highest honor, the GRAMMY Award for Album of the Year. Also at the 2010 GRAMMYs, she took home the awards for Country Album of the Year, Best Country Song, and Best Country Female Vocal Performance. Her 6x-Platinum FEARLESS album is the most awarded album in Country music history. In 2009, she was named Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards, and also became the youngest artist in the 43-year history of the Country Music Association to be awarded country music's top prize when she took home the CMA Award for Entertainer of the Year.

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Royal Caribbean Announces Opening of Its New School in Haiti

MIAMI, Oct 21: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., one of Haiti’s largest foreign investors for almost 30 years, today announced the completion of the L’Ecole Nouvelle Royal Caribbean – one of the first schools to be built in Haiti after the earthquake. The strategically located 6,500 square foot school complex is in northern Haiti near nine towns and villages: Labadie, Cormier, Ducroix, Fort Bourgeois, Marchegalles, Cimetiere-Juif, Champ de Mars, Port Francais and Cap Haitien. The campus consists of six buildings, with 12 classrooms, administrative offices, a computer lab and bathrooms. The school will provide children from the area an education, including classes in English and environmental stewardship. In the evenings adults will attend vocational training. This first school will be a primary school for grades kindergarten through 5. There will be three kindergarten classes with 36 students, and each grade 1 through 5 will have 25 students, for a minimum of 230 children educated this school year. Royal Caribbean’s next Haitian school building project is entering into the planning stages now.

“What better way to help Haiti than by educating the children?” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. ”Haiti's needs are enormous, and although we can only be a small part of the solution, we believe our model school is a good start. We hope that these children will develop into leaders who will guide Haiti’s recovery in the future.”

In delivering the school to the Haitian people as promised, Royal Caribbean worked with South Florida based InnoVida and the St. Coleman’s School, as well as Haiti based ProDev, L’Ecole Nouvelle Zoranje and the Solano Foundation. The school is on land Royal Caribbean leases from the Haitian government. Royal Caribbean worked with InnoVida and used the company’s Fiber Composite Panels to build the entire school complex in only four weeks, using 50 local Haitian workers, in time for the 2010-2011 school year. All construction materials were transported from Miami onboard Royal Caribbean cruise ships. InnoVida’s structures can sustain hurricane winds, resist earthquakes due to their high deflection capacity, are waterproof and are a highly energy efficient system.

Continuing its tradition of promoting innovation and creativity, Royal Caribbean partnered with the YMCA of Greater Miami and provided children an opportunity to name the school in Haiti. Out of the more than 3,000 submissions received, a seventh grader from the YMCA afterschool program in Miami Lakes proposed the winning name L’Ecole Nouvelle Royal Caribbean. Beginning just three days after the earthquake, Royal Caribbean transported more than 3,000 pallets of much needed supplies on Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises ships that called on Labadee. Also, to date, Royal Caribbean’s monetary contribution to the Haiti relief effort is at least $2.5 million, which includes money raised from the donated Labadee calls, the onboard guest donations, and matching funds. The company’s operations at Labadee impact over 500 local Haitians who are either employees or vendors at Labadee commuting from nearby villages. Royal Caribbean also employs over 200 Haitian crew members onboard ships.

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Celebrity Cruises & Miami Dolphins Team Up to Win Fight Against Breast Cancer

MIAMI, Oct. 21: Two leading Miami-based organizations - one which entertains and energizes consumers on land, the other which entertains and offers restorative premium vacations at sea - have united in the fight against breast cancer. Top-rated premium cruise line Celebrity Cruises has teamed with the Miami Dolphins to raise awareness of the importance of finding a cure for the devastating disease. The two organizations - each recognized for their ongoing efforts for and devotion to the cause - will identify through the UM Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center 25 breast cancer survivors in South Florida and honor them with some of the best experiences both Celebrity Cruises and the Dolphins have to offer.

This Sunday, these women will be honored by Celebrity Cruises and the Miami Dolphins in a special pre-game ceremony at the Dolphins' home game, walking the orange carpet at Sun Life Stadium and being individually introduced to the tens of thousands of "Finatics" in attendance. At game time, they will be hosted by Celebrity Cruises and Miami Dolphins executives at an exclusive reception in the stadium's Ford Sideline Club & Lounge to cheer on the Dolphins as they take on the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Then, when Celebrity's newest Solstice Class ship - Celebrity Eclipse - debuts in Miami in November, the 25 honorees will be treated to a complimentary, celebratory cruise experience hosted by Celebrity's President & CEO Dan Hanrahan and the ship's Godmother, highly accomplished ocean-racing yachtswoman and author Emma Pontin, herself a survivor of the disease and outspoken advocate for the cause.

"All of us at Celebrity Cruises are honored to have the opportunity to host these incredible women who have endured so much, and have emerged victorious. These 25 represent all of the women who are winning this difficult battle daily, and we salute their bravery," said Celebrity's President and CEO Dan Hanrahan. "We also are honored and thrilled to partner with the Miami Dolphins in extending both of our organizations' continuing commitment to raise awareness of the great importance of finding a cure for this disease."

Prior to game day, check out the 25 women's heroic personal stories and profiles in a web-based pictorial tribute at and on social media channels.

On Celebrity Eclipse, the honorees will enjoy the host of attributes that have become synonymous with Celebrity's Solstice Class ships, including the hip "Celebrity iLounge" that made Celebrity Cruises the industry's first Authorized Apple Reseller; "Qsine," the first seagoing restaurant to feature a menu and wine list on an iPad®, and an engaging food-as-theater dining experience; Celebrity's iconic half-acre Lawn Club, with real, growing grass; 10 unrivaled dining venues, including Qsine; modern, stylish interiors designed by some of the world's best architects and designers; hip, cool nightclubs and lounges, including CellarMasters, with the industry's first installation of the innovative Enomatic, by-the-glass wine serving system; one of the broadest and best wine offerings in the industry, served by one of the world's largest staffs of certified sommeliers; one of the world's largest permanent collections of original contemporary art, and the industry's first self-guided art tours to be presented on an iPad®; widely varied entertainment, including custom aerial production shows and live music; the extensive array of entertaining and enriching onboard programming offered through "Celebrity Life," including instruction on the latest iPods®, MacBooks® and iLife® classes; language learning through Rosetta Stone®; comparative wine tastings with Riedel Crystal, and enrichment presentations with Smithsonian Journeys. For more information, visit

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Windstar Cruises Launches Online Store Windstar Apparel

SEATTLE, Oct. 21: Windstar Cruises, which operates a three-ship fleet of luxury yachts that explore the hidden harbors and secluded coves of the world's most treasured destinations, launches its online store, Windstar Apparel, featuring a unique collection of stylish apparel and gear for guests to wear onboard or ashore. Hand selected by Windstar's online store partner, New Headings, Windstar Apparel is sourced from the best brands in the industry including Patagonia, Columbia Sportswear, Tilley Endurables, Smith Optics and TEVA. Items include outerwear, shirts, shorts, pants, hats, watersports gear and travel accessories which are comfortable, sun-protective, easy to pack, wind and water resistant.

Apparel items can be embroidered complimentarily with a choice of a Windstar logo, icon or ship name. Perfect for guests who are looking for travel apparel or to commemorate their Windstar experience. To access Windstar's new online store, Windstar Apparel, please visit

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Redefines The All-Inclusive Concept

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, Oct 21: Regent Seven Seas Cruises has raised the “all-inclusive” bar by offering their guests complimentary overnight accommodations at deluxe hotels before every cruise. Regent Seven Seas is presently recognized by Condé Nast Traveler readers as the “most inclusive ultra-luxury cruise line” because airfare, all-suite accommodations, gourmet cuisine, open bars, sightseeing excursions, gratuities and taxes are included in the fare. Beginning with its 2011 Europe season, every cruise will also include a free, pre-cruise luxury hotel package that features airport-hotel and hotel-ship ground transfers and breakfast prior to check-out.

“To be the best of the best, we believe that exclusivity means inclusivity,” affirms Mark Conroy, the line’s president. “As travel to a destination can often be tiring, we decided to up the luxury ante by including a deluxe hotel stay so our guests can relax and explore a world-class city before beginning their Regent Seven Seas cruise.”

The award-winning Regent Seven Seas fleet is comprised of three all-suite ships that carry from 490 to 700 guests in luxury to ports in Australia, Europe, Asia, Alaska and the Caribbean. Public areas are resplendent with rich fabrics, textures and furnishings. Suites, among the most spacious at sea, measure from 300 to 1,200 square feet and offer tastefully appointed living and sleeping areas, marble bathroom, walk-in closet, flat-screen TV, fully stocked bar and private balcony. Facilities include several elegant bars, a show lounge, casino, library, Internet center, card room, outdoor pool, hot tubs and Canyon Ranch SpaClub®. Depending on the ship, guests can choose from up to four, open-seating gourmet restaurants, including Prime 7, a superb, new steakhouse. To make a reservation, see a travel professional. For more information or to receive a brochure, visit or call toll-free 800-285-1835.

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Special Guest Lecturers To Spread Joy & Cheer On Seabourn’s Holiday Voyages In 2010

MIAMI, October 21: The Yachts of Seabourn will offer its guests extra holiday cheer with a variety of special guest lecturers and personalities scheduled to appear during the 2010 holiday voyages aboard its fleet of ultra-luxury yachts. The luminaries include award-winning producer, director, writer and cinematographer Rick McKay; explorer and documentary filmmaker Dr. Lawrence Blair; Emmy award-winning television and film director Terry Hughes; history and archaeology professor Paul du Quenoy; British linguist, filmmaker and travel writer Charlotte Shalgosky; television producer Gary Smith; and Latin American and Caribbean specialist Brian Latell.

The guest speakers will bring a wealth of knowledge on topics from history and world affairs to film and television, and share interesting stories and experiences from their travels and careers. They are part of Seabourn’s Dress Circle enrichment program, which provides unique opportunities for guests on Seabourn’s intimate yachts to socialize with and learn from interesting personalities throughout each voyage.

“Not only will our guests be spending their holidays exploring fascinating destinations around the world, but they will also be doing so in the company of stimulating guest speakers and other interesting travelers during their cruise,” said Pamela C. Conover, Seabourn’s President and CEO. “We always want to make the holiday voyages extra special for our guests, and celebrating the holidays with these distinguished experts will certainly provide our guests with a most memorable Seabourn holiday cruise experience,” she added.

Guests sailing on Seabourn’s holiday voyages will celebrate Christmas in a variety of exciting destinations, offering guests opportunities to see how the holiday is celebrated elsewhere. On December 25, Seabourn Pride will be docked in Bangkok, while Seabourn Spirit will spend the day in Bali. Seabourn Sojourn guests will enjoy a truly unique Christmas day as the yacht transits the Panama Canal. Both Seabourn Odyssey and Seabourn Legend will spend the holiday at sea in the Caribbean.

The company will host the following guest speakers during its holiday cruises:

Seabourn Sojourn, 16-day voyage, Dec 20, 2010–Jan 5, 2011
Terry Hughes – multiple Emmy-winning director who produced hit television comedies including The Golden Girls, 3rd Rock from the Sun and Friends.

Seabourn Spirit, 16-day voyage, Dec 20, 2010–Jan 5, 2011
Lawrence Blair – documentary filmmaker who co-produced the acclaimed BBC/PBS series Ring of Fire, highlighting his 10-year exploration of Indonesia.
Paul du Quenoy – Historian specializing in Southeast Asian and European history. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and lectures worldwide on cultural, historical and travel and tourism topics.

Seabourn Pride, 16-day voyage, Dec 21, 2010–Jan 6, 2011
Charlotte Shalgosky – British-born linguist, documentary filmmaker, and travel writer, specializing in Asian culture and languages.
Gary Smith – of the award-winning television production company Smith-Hemion, creating many distinguished American television specials and events.

Seabourn Odyssey, 16-day voyage, Dec 19, 2010–Jan 4, 2011
Rick McKay – multiple award-winning producer, director, writer and cinematographer of the hit film Broadway: The Golden Age.

Seabourn Legend, 14-day voyage, Dec 23, 2010 – Jan 6, 2011
Dr. Brian Latell – an expert on U.S./Cuban relations who has served as an advisor to previous U.S. presidents. He recently authored After Fidel: The Inside Story of Castro’s Regime and Cuba’s Next Leader.

Limited space is still available on Seabourn’s holiday voyages. For more information or to make a reservation, contact a travel agent, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit

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New ‘Cancel For Any Reason’ Coverage Added to Carnival’s Cruise Vacation Protection Plan

MIAMI, Oct 20: Carnival Cruise Lines is introducing a “cancel for any reason” enhancement to its travel protection program, the Cruise Vacation Protection Plan. The new feature will be included in all plan purchases for voyages departing on or after Jan 1, 2011. With the new enhancement, those who purchase Carnival’s Cruise Vacation Protection Plan will be able to cancel their cruise, regardless of the reason, and receive a future cruise credit equal to 75 percent of cancellation charges, provided they notify Carnival prior to the ship’s departure. Those who cancel for a covered reason will receive 100 percent cash reimbursement.

The “cancel for any reason” feature further bolsters the line’s current vacation protection plan, which offers a package of benefits, ranging from trip cancellation/interruption, trip delay, emergency medical evacuation, medical, baggage loss and baggage delay. The program also provides a 24-hour emergency assistance hotline. Last year, the plan was expanded to include severe weather watch/warning protection, as well as job loss protection.

“With the new ‘cancel for any reason’ enhancement, as well as the severe weather and job loss protection, our Cruise Vacation Protection Plan provides consumers with much-needed peace of mind knowing their vacation investment is protected regardless of the circumstances involved,” said Lynn Torrent, Carnival’s executive vice president of sales and guest services.

All plans purchased for voyages departing next year will be eligible for the "cancel for any reason" benefit, including those plans that were already purchased for an upcoming 2011 voyage. The price of the plan remains unchanged. The plan is administered by BerkelyCare, a recognized leader in travel insurance. Prices begin at $49 per person and vary by cruise cost. Guests must purchase the plan no later than the final payment date for the cruise to be eligible for the “cancel for any reason” benefit.

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Hurtigruten Unveils Seven Distinct 2011-2012 Antarctica Itineraries

New York, NY, Oct 19: Stunning glaciers, mammoth icebergs, breathtaking tundra and up-close experiences with penguin colonies are par for the course on Hurtigruten’s seven Antarctica itineraries; and for guests booking by March 31, 2011, prices for these cruises are discounted up to 20%. Fares for the 12- to 20-day itineraries include a night in Buenos Aires before and after the cruise, all meals onboard, the services of expert guides, lectures, and PolarCirkel boat landings. These once-in-a-lifetime voyages explore the vast and mysterious wilderness of the White Continent, the coldest, driest and windiest destination on earth, replete with gleaming icebergs, blue whales and orcas feeding mere feet from the ships, and penguin populations whose individual rookeries number in the tens of thousands.

Although all of the itineraries give passengers a rare glimpse of this breathtaking continent, each cruise adventure provides a unique experience. The 20-day “Shackleton’s Antarctica” follows the same path as Shackleton’s original Endurance Expedition of 1914, navigating the western-most outposts of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia Island before heading to Antarctica. The 19-day “Shackleton’s Christmas” follows much the same route, but with traditional carols, festive meals, Santa Claus visits and a New Year's gala added in celebration of the holidays. A 15-day "Chilean Fjords & Antarctica" spends nearly six days in the White Continent and four days along the stunningly scenic Tierra del Fuego and Chilean Fjords, while the 12-day “Antarctic Discovery” focuses solely on the White Continent, sailing through the Drake Passage and down into the southern ocean during Antarctica’s gorgeous summer. Two 15-day options also center on Antarctica: the “Weddell Sea Adventure,” following the path forged by the Swedish Antarctica Expedition of 1901-04, and “Polar Circle Quest,” which heads to the rarely visited Marguerite Bay – home to a colony of rarely-seen emperor penguins.

Hurtigruten’s deluxe expedition ship, MS Fram, accommodates 318 guests in suites and staterooms and features a restaurant, two bars, panoramic lounges library, and Internet café and conference rooms. The early-booking savings can be combined with discounts available in the 1893 Ambassador Program, which includes 5% off Explorer Voyages to Antarctica in addition to exclusive discounts and recognition benefits for members. Hurtigruten is a world leader in expedition cruising, sailing to the most remote of destinations including Antarctica, Greenland and the Arctic’s Spitsbergen as well as year round along Norway's coast and Europe in the spring. Additional information on all of these adventures, as well as brochures and reservations, can be obtained from travel agents or Hurtigruten's visitor-friendly web site,; or by phone: (800) 323-7436; fax (888)-524-2145; for brochures (800) 582-0835, 24 hours a day.

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Countdown to the Caribbean Cruise Season for MSC:
MSC Poesia Returns for Kick-off Nov 1

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, Oct 18: As MSC Poesia completes her inaugural Canada/New England cruises from New York and Quebec City, MSC is counting down to another exciting Caribbean cruise season featuring memorable destinations, special theme sailings, and an unparalleled onboard experience.

When MSC Poesia sets sail from Quebec City on Oct 23, she begins a 9-night repositioning cruise taking her through Sydney, Boston, Newport and New York before heading to Fort Lauderdale. Upon her return to Fort Lauderdale on Nov 1, MSC Poesia begins a variety of 3-, 7- and 10-night roundtrip Caribbean cruises for MSC:

First, a 10-night “Remarkable Rainforest & the Panama Canal” departing Nov 1 and calling at Cozumel, Mexico; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Cristobal, Panama; Cartagena, Colombia; and Montego Bay, Jamaica; then a 3-night “Tropical Getaway” departing Nov 11, calling at Coco Cay, Bahamas; and Nassau, Bahamas; and finally, alternating 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises through Feb 27, 2011: “Western Caribbean Wonders,” cruises call at Key West, Florida; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico; “Eastern Caribbean Enchantment,” cruises call at Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas/Virgin Islands; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Nassau, Bahamas.

“Baseball greats” cruises are featured on several MSC sailings this season and offer free guest/player activities including a player-hosted trivia game, question-and-answer session, guest pitching contest, and a lively story-telling session. Players also will host skills clinics and participate in a free autograph session. “Baseball Greats” will be featured on the Nov 14, Jan 9 and 23, and Feb 6, 7-night Eastern Caribbean cruises and the Dec 5, 7-night Western Caribbean cruise.

MSC Poesia’s Caribbean cruise season ends with a 17-night Eastbound transatlantic cruise, “Bluewater Adventure,” on March 6, 2011 calling at San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. John’s, Antigua; Port Castries, St. Lucia; Funchal, Portugal; Malaga, Spain; Alicante, Spain; Barcelona, Spain; and Genoa, Italy.

For more information about MSC Cruises, visit us online at, call 877-665-4655, or contact a local travel professional.

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Disney Fantasy Sets Sail in April 2012; Disney Cruise Line 2012 Itineraries Open for Booking

CELEBRATION, FL, Oct. 18: The Disney Fantasy will sail her maiden voyage on April 7, 2012, bringing even more innovation, unique guest experiences and personalized service for which Disney Cruise Line is renowned. A sister ship to the Disney Dream, the Disney Fantasy will feature an AquaDuck water coaster, magical children's areas, world-class entertainment, delightful dining, retreats for adults and immersive experiences for guests of all ages with beloved Disney stories and characters. Guests will be able to book Disney Cruise Line sailings, including the Disney Fantasy, for the initial part of the 2012 season beginning Oct. 20, 2010.

The Disney Fantasy will sail out of Port Canaveral, Fla., on the popular 7-night Caribbean itineraries - alternating eastern and western - including a stop at Disney's private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.

The Disney Dream will continue to sail 3-, 4- and 5-night cruises to the Bahamas and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay, while the Disney Wonder will remain on the west coast, sailing Mexican Riviera itineraries from the Port of Los Angeles. To start the 2012 season, the Disney Magic will sail alternating eastern and western Caribbean itineraries.

"The Disney Fantasy continues our tradition of sailing beautifully designed vessels that offer innovations, world-class guest service and memorable family vacation experiences like only Disney can do," said Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz. "We are delighted to expand our offerings to provide guests with more options and more flexibility to enjoy a Disney family cruise."

Additional Disney Fantasy details and 2012 itinerary information will be released at a later date.

Disney Fantasy 2012 Schedule (April - August)
The Disney Fantasy will depart on her maiden voyage April 7, 2012, and will sail out of Port Canaveral on 7-night Caribbean itineraries - alternating eastern (St. Maarten and St. Thomas) and western (Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel). Both itineraries include a stop at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay. Rates for the 7-night Caribbean cruise itineraries on the Disney Fantasy start at $959 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Disney Dream 2012 Schedule (January - August)
The Disney Dream will sail alternating 3-, 4- and 5-night cruises from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay. Five-night itineraries will include two stops at Castaway Cay. Rates for Disney Dream Bahamas cruises start at $333 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Disney Wonder 2012 Schedule (January - April)
The Disney Wonder will sail 7-night Mexican Riviera cruises from the Port of Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. Rates for the seven-night Mexican Riviera itinerary start at $658 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Disney Magic 2012 Schedule (January - April)
Prior to the Disney Fantasy entering service on April 7, the Disney Magic will sail out of Port Canaveral on 7-night Caribbean itineraries - alternating eastern (St. Maarten and St. Thomas) and western (Key West, Grand Cayman and Cozumel). Both itineraries include a stop at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay. Rates for the 7-night Caribbean itineraries on the Disney Magic start at $707 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

All pricing reflects a category 11C standard inside stateroom, government taxes and fees not included. To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit, call Disney Cruise Line at 888/DCL-2500, or contact their travel agent.

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Princess Cruises Will Add Alaska Ship in 2012

SANTA CLARITA, CA, Oct 15: After two years operating just three ships on its Voyage of the Glaciers route, Princess Cruises has announced that it will be returning a fourth ship to its signature itinerary for the 2012 summer season. The decision by Princess to increase its Alaska capacity was prompted, in part, by recent changes to the head tax structure in the state and the more balanced approach to doing business in Alaska, according to the line.

“We are particularly appreciative of the efforts of Governor Sean Parnell and the Alaska state legislature that have resulted in meaningful progress toward resolving the challenges facing Alaska’s recovery as a cruise destination,” said Alan Buckelew, president and CEO of Princess Cruises. “We still have work to do, but the recent changes definitely played a part in this decision.” Buckelew pointed out that bringing a fourth ship back to the Gulf of Alaska route has wide economic impacts from Southeast Alaska to Prudhoe Bay. “Because the one-way route lends itself to longer visitor stays, with visits to both the interior and Southeast Alaska, we calculate it has twice the potential economic impact of roundtrip cruises,” he said.

“We are especially pleased to be able to announce this additional capacity to our business partners and supporters throughout Alaska who have worked tirelessly to advocate for a more positive business climate,” Buckelew added. “They have improved the investment environment for all cruise lines and for all cruise dependent businesses throughout the state.”

Princesses’ Voyage of the Glacier itinerary is the line’s most popular Alaska itinerary, taking passengers between Vancouver and Whittier across the Gulf of Alaska with a visit to Glacier Bay and ports of call in the state’s southeast. Because many passengers on this one-way route usually spend extra time in Alaska’s interior utilizing Princess’ lodges, rail and motorcoaches, this itinerary provides significant tourism benefits to the state.

Full details of Princess’ 2012 Alaska deployment will be announced in spring 2011, including which ship will be added to the lineup. Additional information about Princess Cruises is available by visiting the company's website at

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Norwegian Cruise Line Parties In Pink To Promote Breast Cancer Awareness

MIAMI, Oct 14: Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that their popular fleet-wide White Hot Party, the line’s signature dance party, on board its Freestyle Cruising ships turns pink for the month of October to help commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The White Hot Party is a heavenly theme party held on board Norwegian’s ships where guests come dressed in head-to-toe white. The party’s Angel Dancers keep the crowd moving late into the night in spectacular venues including the aft outdoor beach club Spice H2O on Norwegian Epic; Norwegian Sky’s vast pool deck, as well as the Bliss Ultra Lounge. The party takes place once per cruise and features specialty cocktails such as the Angeltini and the Heavenly Coladatini.

The usual White Hot Party t-shirts sold in the on-board gift shops will be available in the well-known pink color to help spread the word on fighting breast cancer. The limited edition Pink Hot Party t-shirts will be available on board throughout the month of October for $18 each with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure Miami/Ft. Lauderdale. The Susan G. Komen Foundation is dedicated to the education and research about causes, treatment and the search for a cure. They have invested over $1.5 billion in finding a cure for breast cancer.

“Breast cancer affects more than 1.3 million women a year, so it is a cause that continues to need attention and one that everyone can support,” said Kevin Sheehan, chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “It’s a great way for our ships, crew and guests to all be a part of spreading awareness.”

Nine of the line’s 11 Freestyle Cruising ships are participating, including: Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Sky, Norwegian Spirit, Norwegian Star, Norwegian Sun and Pride of America. For further information on Norwegian Cruise Line, visit or contact them in the U.S. and Canada at 888- NCL-CRUISE (625-2784).

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Carnival Magic Floated Out at Fincantieri Shipyard

Oct 14: With less than seven months until its maiden voyage, the new Carnival Magic reached another construction milestone when it was “floated out” earlier this week from her outfitting quay at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. The initial stages of a cruise ship’s construction take place in a dry dock facility. Once exterior outfitting is completed, the dry dock is flooded with water and the ship is “floated out” and moved to a wet dock facility where construction continues.

Exclusive images and video of the Carnival Magic’s float out can be viewed at under the “How It’s Made” section.

The next major milestone of the Carnival Magic, sea trials in the Adriatic Sea, are slated for early next year in anticipation of the ship’s May 1, 2011, European debut.

The most innovative “Fun Ship” to date, Carnival Magic will offer a host of new facilities and features, including the RedFrog Pub, a Caribbean-inspired watering hole with its own private label beer, Cucina del Capitano, an Italian family-style restaurant that brings the heritage of Carnival’s captains to the table, and SportsSquare, expansive sports complex featuring the first-ever ropes course and outdoor fitness area at sea. Other innovations include Carnival WaterWorks aqua park, a Serenity adults-only retreat, The Lanai, a wrap-around promenade with whirlpools that extend out over the ship’s sides and a stunning indoor/outdoor café and live entertainment venue called Ocean Plaza.

Carnival Magic is slated to debut with a 9-day cruise from Venice to Barcelona May 1-10, 2011, followed by a series of 7- to 12-day Mediterranean voyages from Barcelona, the line’s first departures from that port. Following a 16-day trans-Atlantic crossing, Carnival Magic will launch 7-day Caribbean service from Galveston Nov. 14, 2011, becoming the largest cruise ship ever based in Texas year-round. For additional information and reservations on the Carnival Magic or any other “Fun Ship” in the Carnival fleet, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit

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Silversea Rolls Out Dramatically Reduced 'Solo Traveler' Fares on Select 2011 Voyages

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Oct 14: Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises has reduced the single supplement on more than 20 sailings in 2011 to just 10% - 25% (above the per-person, double-occupancy fare) for Vista, Veranda, and Midship Veranda suites. Initially launched last summer on select 2010 voyages, the line's specially reduced Solo Traveler fares proved such a popular incentive with independent travelers that the company is extending the offer to select 2011 itineraries.

"With special fares like these, which can be combined with Silver Savings, Free Air and $250 Shipboard Credit offers, there's no excuse for single travelers to stay at home," said Steve Tucker, Silversea's vice president of field sales for North America. "If you travel on your own, now is the ideal time to finalize your vacation plans for next year and treat yourself to the luxuries of a Silversea voyage."

Silversea's crew-to-guest ratio of nearly one to one ensures single guests will enjoy highly personalized service, warm hospitality, and an ambiance that makes them feel right at home. Also, on several voyages, Gentlemen Hosts will be on board, which is a real plus for single female guests looking for a dining companion or a dance partner. All-inclusive fares include a spacious, ocean-view suite (most suites feature a private veranda), attentive butler service, complimentary wines and spirits, fine dining, sophisticated enrichment and entertainment programs, and all onboard gratuities.

Solo Traveler, Silver Savings, and $250 Shipboard Credit are capacity-controlled programs and subject to availability. The Shipboard Credit is offered per suite, not per voyage, and only once to guests sailing on consecutive voyages. Shipboard Credit is valued in U.S. dollars, regardless of booking currency. It may not be redeemed for cash, and any unused portion will be forfeited. Additional restrictions may apply.

FREE AIR: A free roundtrip economy air package, that includes transfers between airport and pier on the day of embarkation and disembarkation, is available from 22 gateway cities in the U.S. and Canada. It is a capacity-controlled program offered for a limited time. Additionally, there are specially priced air programs available from another 50 cities.

For a complete list of 2011 sailings offering single supplements from 10% to 25%, visit and click on Special Offers.

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Pop Art Icon Peter Max to Celebrate Birthday on Celebrity Solstice

MIAMI, Oct. 13: As holder of one of the world's largest corporate collections of contemporary art - including commissioned works holding large, live trees suspended within its sweeping, signature Grand Foyers -- and the first in the industry to offer self-guided art tours on an iPad®, Celebrity Cruises is thrilled to serve as the platform for the birthday celebration of one of the world's best known creators of pop art, Peter Max. Celebrity's art auction partner British American Auctions is hosting a "Top of the Art Collection VIP cruise" on the Oct 17th sailing of the stylish Celebrity Solstice, with Max onboard as a special guest of honor.

One of the most popular artists of the era, Max has been an icon in the world of contemporary art for more than 40 years, with his diverse body of work appealing to a broad spectrum of collectors and appearing not only in galleries around the world, but also on a 600-foot Woodstock concert stage, a giant World's Fair mural, and even a super jet. Cited as "America's painter laureate," Max also helped initiate The Statue of Liberty Renovation Project in 1984. With Max's work generally thematic of the 1960s, Celebrity will present in his honor on Celebrity Solstice's October 17th sailing a special adaptation of its nightclub party, "Groove," a 1960s-themed interactive event open to all guests.

In addition to celebrating his birthday in style on Celebrity Solstice, Max will participate in a question-and-answer session and signing event with guests onboard. An extensive collection of the acclaimed artist's masterpieces will be on exhibit to mark the occasion. On that same sailing, British American Auctions also will donate various artists' works for auction, with proceeds benefiting Celebrity's "Crew Welfare Fund," which assists members of the crew in times of need.

At the same time, Celebrity is rolling out across the fleet (with the exception of its megayacht, Celebrity Xpedition, in the Galapagos Islands) a unique offering created with British American Auctions: the opportunity for guests to purchase customized works of art created by Max, complete with the color scheme they request, and to have their personal photographs and portraits transformed with a colorful brush into original works of art by Max.

For more information, call your travel agent, dial 1-800-437-3111 or visit

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Norwegian Sun to Homeport in Port Canaveral

MIAMI, Oct 13: Norwegian Cruise Line’s 1,936-guest Norwegian Sun will call Port Canaveral (Orlando) home when the ship arrives on Saturday, October 16, 2010. The ship, purpose-built for Freestyle Cruising, will sail alternating seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises departing every Saturday from Oct 16, 2010 through April 7, 2012. Guests can extend their vacation in Florida with easy access to pre- and post-cruise shore excursions. Those looking for an outdoor adventure can enjoy a scenic airboat tour within the heart of the Central Florida Everglades, kayak through the eco-trails of the Indian River, or spot native wildlife from a pontoon boat. Fast-paced excitement can found at any number of amusement parks from Universal Studios to Walt Disney World Resort, or by spending a day learning how to surf at Cocoa Beach.

“We are always looking for new home ports where it’s easy for our guests to be on vacation in a matter of moments. By adding Port Canaveral as one of our home ports, we’re able to offer our Freestyle Cruising experience to the millions of residents who live in Central Florida and surrounding areas,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “In addition, Port Canaveral’s close proximity to the myriad of theme parks and beaches makes it perfect for a pre- or post-cruise experience.”

Norwegian Sun features 14 Freestyle Dining options including Norwegian’s signature French restaurant, Le Bistro; 10 bars and lounges; a swimming pool with a kid’s pool and five hot tubs; a complimentary kid’s club and teen lounge; a casino; a full-service spa and salon; and a fitness center offering state-of-the-art exercise equipment.

Norwegian Sun’s extensive choice of accommodations is suitable for families on vacation to couples on a romantic getaway. Families of all sizes can choose from a large number of staterooms (including suites and mini-suites) that can interconnect to create multiple bedroom configurations, with a separate bathroom and shower. Couples may unwind in the luxurious Romance Suite with floor-to-ceiling doors that open to a private balcony, bedroom with queen-sized bed, and full bath with tub and shower.

Norwegian Sun’s 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise will stop in Nassau, Bahamas; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten. The ship’s seven-day Western Caribbean cruise will call in Cozumel, Mexico; Santo Tomás de Castilla, Guatemala; Belize City, Belize and Key West, Florida. The two itineraries can be easily combined to create a port-rich 14-day Caribbean tour for guests looking for a longer cruise escape. Beginning May 2011, Norwegian Sun will spend her summer in Europe sailing from Copenhagen, Denmark, for the first time in the company’s history, embarking on 15 nine-day Baltic Capitals cruises. Ports of call include: Berlin (Warnemünde), Germany; Tallinn, Estonia; an overnight in St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm (Nynashamn), Sweden. To book a cruise on Norwegian Sun call Norwegian at 866-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), visit, or contact a travel professional.

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New Small Ship Line InnerSea Discoveries Offers the 'Un-Cruise' in Alaska for 2011

SEATTLE, Oct. 13: Small-ship line InnerSea Discoveries, sister company to American Safari Cruises, offers exhilarating cruises in Alaska in 2011 that go beyond the norm. Each of the four itineraries ranging from 7- to 14-nights is designed to take advantage of the wonder and wildlife that are hallmarks of the Alaskan wilderness. Rather than just being an observer, guests are invited to participate in daily included activities such as kayaking, hiking, stand-up paddle boarding, fishing, exploration by small water craft and more.

"We designed the itineraries to take advantage of Alaska's geographical attributes, authentic towns and to provide guests a multitude of meaningful ways to discover and get involved," commented Capt. Dan Blanchard, InnerSea Discoveries principal and CEO. "The ships serve as comfortable staging platforms that are a welcome sight after a day of unique adventures. Our goal is to provide guests the opportunity to reengage their senses and revel in new outdoor experiences."

The numerous activities offered cater to all levels of abilities. Guests choose the pace that appeals to them such as a tranquil paddle along the shoreline, a robust guided six hour paddle and hike at Deep Cove or quietly exploring pristine waters such as Yes Bay by stand-up paddle board. There are options galore including relaxing onboard to watch for sea and wildlife with a favorite beverage in hand from the on-deck hot tub. All itineraries feature a port call at the authentic town/communities of Wrangell or Klawock to mingle with the locals who look forward to sharing stories about their rugged history and native heritage.

Choose from four adventure itineraries: the 7-night Southeast Alaska's Inner Reaches Western Coves, Ketchikan to Juneau; 7-night Alaska's Inner Reaches Eastern Coves, Juneau to Ketchikan; 14-night Alaska's Inside Passage Ultimate Adventure (combined Western and Eastern Coves itineraries), Juneau round trip; and the 14-night Wilderness Passages of Discovery, Seattle to Juneau or reverse. The itineraries are purposely flexible as nature sets the schedule and the floorshow. If a pod of Humpback whales are frolicking in Frederick Sound, the ship makes time to stop and linger.

Traveling with a maximum of 49 like-minded guests aboard the expedition ships Wilderness Adventurer and Wilderness Discoverer, guests can expect exemplary service, delicious cuisine with an emphasis on local foods served family style or buffet depending on the day's activities, a 1:3 crew to guest ratio and access to top notch gear (such as Diamond Trail compact hiking poles, Necky tandem kayaks and Surftech softop stand-up paddle boards). The on and off ship experiences are accentuated by experienced naturalists who present topical information and serve as guides on excursions.

Both vessels are undergoing full refurbishment with many enhancements being added such as underwater cameras mounted on the bows to view the world below the surface including dolphins playing in the bow wake, newly-developed kayak launching floats, flat screen TVs/DVDs/iPod docks in all cabins to view videos taken by guests each day, 24-hour streaming video from the underwater camera or DVDs, memory-foam mattresses in all cabins and main salons designed with the blended feel of a 1940's National Park Service Lodge and a neighborhood pub.

For guests seeking additional adventure, a sampling of noteworthy optional excursions include roughing it with a combination of kayaking, hiking and overnight camping with an expert guide; safely searching for bears at the Anan Creek Bear Observatory by river boat; and a half-day of sport fishing at Little Port Walter.

Family Discoveries Programs Offer Favorable Pricing
InnerSeas Discoveries offers three departure dates that are geared toward entertaining and educating kids of all age groups on June 25, July 23, and Aug 13, 2011. Activities include kayaking, hiking, meeting local families such as oyster farmers or commercial fishermen and presentations designed to appeal to kids as well as adults. Kids 12 years and under receive a 30 percent savings in all cabin categories. A savings of 25 percent is available on all other departure dates. Visit for more information.

Prices for the 7-night cruises start at $1,795 per person, double occupancy, and include transfers and all activities except the optional excursions available at a few select wilderness stops. Port charges of $167 per person per week, massages and spirits are extra. To book the 'un-cruise' or to request additional information, contact InnerSea Discoveries at 877.901.1009 or email .

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Holland America Line Creates Innovative Culinary Council With Top-Name Chefs

SEATTLE, Oct. 12: In a bold move that will enhance all aspects of Holland America Line's shipboard culinary operations, the line has created the Holland America Line Culinary Council, which is composed of celebrated chefs from around the world. As Council members, the chefs will enrich Holland America Line's culinary initiatives and present signature recipes to be featured in all dining venues on all 15 ships. The Culinary Council members include Council Chairman and Holland America Line's Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, along with renowned international chefs Jonnie Boer, David Burke, Marcus Samuelsson, Jacques Torres and Charlie Trotter.

"Bringing these icons and their diverse backgrounds to our guests places Holland America Line at the forefront of culinary initiatives within the industry," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. "The Council's expertise and innovative guidance will touch every aspect of our shipboard food service, from the Lido Restaurant breakfast buffet to the dinner menu of the Pinnacle Grill and everything in between."

Besides sharing their insights on menus and culinary offerings, the Council will consult on the line's Culinary Arts Center enrichment program to help create new and even more innovative learning experiences for guests.

Holland America Line Culinary Council members:
Council Chairman Rudi Sodamin is the creative culinary artist and master chef for Holland America Line. Internationally recognized as a food authority and one of the cruise industry's most innovative chefs, Sodamin is a member of the Academy Culinaire de France, Maitres Cuisiniers de France and Honorary Member Club des Chefs des Chefs. Sodamin has published several cookbooks, including the best-selling "A Taste of Excellence," "A Taste of Elegance" and "A Taste of Celebration."

Jonnie Boer is head chef at De Librije in Zwolle, recognized as one of the 50 best restaurants in the world, and only the second restaurant in the Netherlands to be awarded three Michelin stars. His catering company, Food on Tour, sells its own products, and in 2008 Boer and his wife Therese opened a new hotel with restaurant, as well as a cooking and wine school. The restaurant, Librije's Zusje, was awarded its first Michelin star within six months of opening. Boer was named a Knight in the Order of Orange Nassau in 2005, one of the Netherland's highest honors.

Blurring the lines between chef, artist, entrepreneur and inventor, David Burke stands as a leading pioneer in American cooking today. His fascination with ingredients and the art of the meal has fueled a career marked by creativity, critical acclaim and the introduction of revolutionary products and cooking techniques. In addition to his flagship restaurant, David Burke Townhouse, Burke's other properties include Fishtail (New York, N.Y.), David Burke at Bloomingdale's (New York), Burke in the Box at McCarran Airport (Las Vegas, Nevada), David Burke's Primehouse (Chicago, Ill.), David Burke Fromagerie (Rumson, N.J.) and David Burke Prime (Foxwoods Casino, Conn.).

Blending culture and artistic excellence, Marcus Samuelsson has won numerous awards, and was chosen as one of the Great Chefs of America by the Culinary Institute of America. Born in Ethiopia and raised by adoptive parents in Sweden, Samuelsson's award-winning cookbooks connect contrasting geographies and palates. His best-selling "New American Table" cookbook celebrates local farms and kitchens. He is the winner of Bravo's "Top Chef Masters Season Two" and was guest chef at the White House for the Obama administration's first state dinner for Prime Minister Singh of India. His latest restaurant, Red Rooster, opens in Harlem in November 2010.

Jacques Torres is a former pastry chef at Le Cirque and Le Cirque 2000 in Manhattan. Born and raised in southern France, he has authored two cookbooks: "Dessert Circus: Extraordinary Desserts You Can Make at Home," which earned a 1999 James Beard nomination, and "Dessert Circus at Home." In 2000 he created Jacques Torres Chocolate, which specializes in fresh, hand-crafted chocolates, and he was featured in "Chocolate with Jacques Torres" on the Television Food Network.

One of the finest restaurants in the world, Charlie Trotter's in Chicago has helped establish new standards for fine dining. It has been recognized by national and international institutions and has won 10 James Beard Foundation awards, including Outstanding Restaurant and Outstanding Chef. Author of 14 cookbooks, Trotter hosts the award-winning cooking series, "The Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter." He also operates Trotter's To Go, a gourmet shop, and produces a line of private-label organic products. Recognized as Humanitarian of the Year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Trotter's foundation raises money to support people seeking careers in the culinary arts.

The Council will meet regularly with Holland America Line executives, with the first meeting scheduled for later this year. Holland America Line is known for its innovative and leading programming and partnerships, providing guests with a premium and enriching cruise experience. For more information and cruise fares, contact a professional travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit

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Pilates Reformers & Targeted Yoga Programming for Crystal's 2011 World Cruise

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 12: In an industry first, Crystal Cruises announces complimentary Pilates group reformer classes. New men's-only yoga and couples/partner yoga also join the roster of complimentary wellness programming for the ultra-luxury line's 2011 World Cruise beginning January 17. On each individual World Cruise segment, a full-time Pilates instructor will lead group sessions on the brand new Reformer machines. More than 25 different Pilates reformer and mat classes will include Pilates for golf, tennis, and ballroom dance. Complimentary yoga classes will be taught by veteran yoga instructors, Joe and Maria Kita, and include traditional practices, plus:

Partner Yoga - Designed to strengthen both the body and students' relationships, highlights poses that are best practiced in tandem.

Men's-Only Yoga - Straightforward instruction focused on traditionally challenging areas for men, such as hip and hamstring mobility.

"Travel expands and enriches the mind and spirit, and a Crystal World Cruise is the ideal opportunity for guests to immerse themselves in fulfilling activities and new experiences," says Chris Corrigall, manager, entertainment. "The comprehensive wellness programming set for the 2011 voyage will suit guests seeking a physical challenge, as well as those who want to explore the restorative aspects of these disciplines."

Private instruction with guest teachers and Crystal's personal trainers is also available for a fee. Suited for both experienced practitioners and new students, classes will be available on days at sea, in along with various others with Crystal's fitness directors. Ashore, guests can explore the spiritual roots of wellness at Sri Lanka's Kelaniya Temple, Myanmar's Chanmyay Yeiktha Monastery, famous for its study of Buddhist meditation, and the Shri Mahasala Hindu temple in Marmagao.

Crystal has long been a trendsetter in sophisticated wellness programming. Healthy offerings include a 360-degree promenade, ideal for jogging or the line's exclusive Walk on Water® program utilizing weighted Walkvests, plus indoor cycling classes and state-of-the-art Kinesis strength training equipment.

On seven segments aboard the award-winning Crystal Serenity, the "Grand Exotic Expedition" explores the South Pacific, Australia, Southeast Asia, India, and East and West Africa. Also new in 2011 is Perfect Choice Dining with flexible Open Dining by Reservation, plus two classic seating options. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit

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Hurtigruten Revamps Norwegian Coastal Voyage for 2011 With Theme Cruises, Exciting Shore Excursions & Savings on Classic Voyages

New York: Exclusive opera performances, New Year’s on the North Cape, rich history and culture, the midnight sun, the Northern Lights, stunning fjords and exotic wildlife at every turn: these are just some of the extensive cruise and land opportunities outlined in Hurtigruten’s new full-color, 100-page 2011 Norway Brochure. A name synonymous with exploration cruising, Hurtigruten has once again found new ways to make their classic voyage even more exciting for guests with the addition of new theme cruises and more shore excursions. Savings offers are detailed as well: travelers booking by Dec. 31, 2010, enjoy a 5% to 15% discount; an additional combinable discount of up to 10% is available for members of the “1893 Ambassador Program,” a free program which rewards repeat passengers; all topped off by 5% savings on shore excursions when pre-booked. Single supplements are waived on a number of sailings through April 15.

Virtually all of the cruises are centered on 6-, 6- and 12-day sailings along the spectacular fjord-filled west coast of Norway year-round. The scenery changes from moment to moment as the company's fleet of modern ships, journeying 1,250 miles between Bergen and Kirkenes, make 34 port calls – from small fishing villages in the rugged Lofoten Islands and the ancient Viking capital of Trondheim to Tromso, Norway's "Paris of the North.”

Theme Voyages – in response to greater demand by more travelers seeking unusual and educational experiences to bring home with them, Hurtigruten has created an expanded roster of unique and fascinating possibilities for 2011.

· "Celebrations in the Arctic" -- ringing in the New Year as no one else can - with the countdown held on the North Cape, Europe's most northern point, departing Dec. 26, 2011.

· "Opera Voyage" is an opera-lover's dream trip - daily concerts on board and a Norwegian New Year's Concert at Oslo's Concert Hall with a tour of the Opera House the next day - Jan. 6, 2011.

· "Birds of the Nordic Coast" takes place as millions of migrating birds return to the Arctic for nesting and shows guests why Norway can justifiably be called “Nature’s Wonderland - a true ornithological event with lectures and stellar bird-watching opportunities - May 20, 2011.

· “Norway’s Big Day Out” celebrates Norway’s Constitution Day and gives guests a deeper understanding of the Norwegian culture that Hurtigruten has been a part of for over 100 years – departs daily May 6-16, 2011.

· “Hall of the Mountain King” is a classic voyage that immerses passengers in the music and background of Edvard Grieg, Norway’s best-known classical composer, with a program of captivating on board lectures and piano recitals – Oct. 14, 2011.

· “The Ice-Breakers” delves deep into the history of the polar explorers, their voyages and the culture and inhabitants of the Polar Regions; lectures and optional excursions ranging from a Viking feast to the Polaria Centre enrich the experience – Oct. 11, 2011.

Excursions – The dozens of exciting and unique excursion opportunities, lasting from a few hours to three days, are an important feature of Hurtigruten’s cruises. Port excursions range from charming city walks in Trondheim, Alesund and Bergen to the remarkable "Lofotr Viking Feast" – a traditional Viking feast with homebrewed mead, held in the largest Viking building ever found – to the simply fun "Dog Sledding in Tromso" and "Scootertrip in Lapland." The “Polar History Walk” Tromso” highlights this medieval town’s links with polar explorations; amid flickering lights, the elegant church in Tromso is the setting for the “Midnight Concert in the Arctic”; a short drive through Kirkenes brings guests to the Gabba Reindeer Park and a visit to the snow hotel on the “Kirkenes Snow Hotel” trip; and the “UNESCO Islands” explores The Vega archipelago, consisting of 6,000 islands and islets where guests visit the E-house and touch down on Vega. take the train from Bergen to Voss, a boat to Flam and a train to Myrdal on "Norway in a Nutshell"; and visit the mining town of Roros, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Most optional excursions can be booked before departure, saving 5% off the price; information on hotels for pre/post cruise and pre/post cruise extension programs is included in the brochure.

Sailing aboard Hurtigruten ships means large, comfortable lounges with panoramic windows and wonderful views from large outdoor decks; no need to dress up for dinner (unless you want to) and open seating; fresh seasonal ingredients, plenty of incredible seafood and a comprehensive wine list; multilingual tour directors; comfortable cabins - from the smaller inside accommodations to the large outside suites with private balconies, picture windows and even Jacuzzis on some; and a friendly and well-informed crew, ready to offer assistance and their suggestions when asked.

Hurtigruten is a world leader in expedition cruising, sailing to the world's most remote destinations including Antarctica, Greenland and the Arctic’s Spitsbergen as well as year round along Norway's coast. Consumers can book directly or through a travel agent (Hurtigruten can recommend top-producing travel agents). Additional information on all of these adventures, as well as brochures and reservations, can be obtained from Hurtigruten's site,, a full-fledged source of information and assistance; or by phone: (800) 323-7436; fax (888) 524-2145; 24-hour number for brochures, (800) 582-0835.

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Paul Gauguin Cruises to Host Digital Photo Workshop

New York, NY, Oct 12: Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin, has been chosen to host the 10th Annual Digital Photography Workshop Cruise, during which 20 photographers will spend two weeks capturing travel, nature and documentary images in the Marquesas, Tuamotus and Society Islands to be published in a fine arts book. The workshop, which embarks from Tahiti on April 16, 2011, will be conducted by Arthur Bleich, professional photographer and educator, along with Adrian Coakley, Illustrations Editor at National Geographic, and Tim McKenna, renowned outdoors photographer who has shot editorial and advertising images in French Polynesia for more than 15 years.

“We at Paul Gauguin Cruises are incredibly honored to welcome this fine group of photographers aboard The Gauguin. We look forward to sharing the majestic wonders of our South Pacific, and we are certain French Polynesia’s unrivaled beauty and culture will provide an endless source of artistic inspiration for this talented team,” comments Richard H. Bailey, President and CEO, Paul Gauguin Cruises.

Bleich has always been interested in a workshop book project in the South Pacific, but the logistics seemed daunting. “Our attendees are adventurous and talented, but roughing it isn’t their style. This is the perfect solution. After a challenging day of shooting, they can return to the m/s Paul Gauguin and unwind in luxurious surroundings. Suffering is not a prerequisite for creating great images.”

The workshop’s professional instructors have impressive backgrounds. Bleich has photographed for major magazines, was the official photographer for an Antarctic expedition and is a contributing editor at Rangefinder, the leading U.S. professional photography magazine. Coakley’s books at National Geographic have won international acclaim, and he is known for his impeccable taste in images. McKenna has done surfing and extreme-sports assignments in more than 30 countries in addition to documenting the beauty and culture of French Polynesia.

Photographers enrolled in the workshop will shoot onshore during the day and view their images during evening sessions. “In the past, this has been the most enjoyable and valuable part of the workshop,” says Bleich. “You’d be surprised at how quickly you can improve as a photographer when professionals give you instant feedback.” During the four days the ship is at sea, there will be lectures and demonstrations on technical and esthetic subjects. Toward the end of the cruise, all passengers aboard will be invited to a presentation at which the best images that have been shot will be shown. Attendees enrolled in previous workshop cruises have had their images published in magazines, on web sites and exhibited in shows. “Over the years we’ve developed some unique techniques to teach photographers to quickly grasp the key elements of ‘seeing’ which results in great pictures,” explains Bleich. The professionally designed coffee table book will showcase each photographer’s work and each attendee will receive a copy. Photographers who want to enroll in the workshop should visit: or call 800-652-2267.

Additional themed sailings featured in 2011 include:

Gala President’s Cruises - Nov 6 & 21, 2010, and Jan 15, 2011
Join President and CEO Richard Bailey for voyages to New Zealand, Tonga, Cook & Society Islands in November 2010 or to the Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands in January 2011. Aboard each of these cruises, guests will enjoy several special events.

Jean-Michel Cousteau Oceanography Sailings - Jan 5, May 25 and June 29, 2011
World-famous oceanographer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau will join three of our sailings to the Tuamotus islands, one of the world’s premier diving locations. In addition to lectures with videos of his work, he will accompany several dives from the ship.

Parisian Celebrity Chef Jean-Pierre Vigato Culinary Sailing July 30, 2011
The owner and Chef Propriétaire of the two-star Michelin-rated Restaurant Apicius in Paris, Chef Vigato will personally prepare gourmet dishes and also offer demonstrations of his culinary techniques.

Jesse Kalisher & Roger Paperno Photography Workshop Sailings Aug 20 & 27, 2011
Roger Paperno and Jesse Kalisher, each an accomplished professional artist, will share their expertise during onboard lectures and hands-on photo-expeditions.

For rates and reservations for Paul Gauguin Cruises, contact a professional travel agent, call 800-848-6172, or visit

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Silversea Extends Shipboard Credit Offer To 26 New Voyages In 2011

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Oct 12: Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises has added 26 new voyages in 2011 offering a $500 per suite ($250 per person) Shipboard Credit. This enticing offer is available on new bookings made from Oct 6, 2010 through March 31, 2011. The $500 Shipboard Credit may be used towards Silver Shore excursions, Land Adventures, spa treatments, premium selections from the Connoisseur's List of wines and spirits, specialty restaurant dining fees, and/or purchases in the Internet Café and onboard boutiques.

"Our $500 Shipboard Credit offer has been extended to dozens of sailings across the globe in 2011, including the Caribbean, South America, Far East and South Pacific," said Steve Tucker, Silversea's vice president of field sales for North America. "And depending on availability, the Shipboard Credit can be combined with a host of other incentives, such as Silver Savings and Free Air programs -- making this the perfect time to firm up your travel plans for next year and enjoy substantial savings."

Following are the new 2011 voyages offering a $500 Shipboard Credit:


Voyage 1101: Barbados to San Juan, 10 Days, Jan 4 - 14
Voyage 1103: San Juan to Barbados, 7 Days, Jan 22 - 29
Voyage 1106: Fort Lauderdale to Barbados, 9 Days, Feb 17 - 26
Voyage 1107: Barbados to Barbados, 7 Days, Feb 26 - March 5
Voyage 1108: Barbados to Fort Lauderdale, 9 Days, March 5 - 14
Voyage 1109: Ft. Lauderdale to Fort Lauderdale, 10 Days, March 14 - 24
Voyage 1110: Ft. Lauderdale to San Diego, 16 Days, March 24 - April 9
Voyage 1111: San Diego to Fort Lauderdale, 16 Days, April 9 - 25
Voyage 1112: Fort Lauderdale to Barbados, 9 Days, April 25 - May 4


Voyage 3101: Auckland to Sydney, 15 Days, Jan 4 - 19
Voyage 3102: Sydney to Sydney, 30 Days, Jan 19 - February 18
Voyage 3102L: Sydney to Fremantle (Perth), 17 Days, Jan 19 - Feb 5
Voyage 3104: Singapore to Hong Kong, 9 Days, March 19 - 28
Voyage 3105: Hong Kong to Singapore, 9 Days, March 28 - April 6
Voyage 3106: Singapore to Hong Kong, 9 Days, April 6 - 15
Voyage 3107: Hong Kong to Tokyo, 12 Days, April 15 - 27
Voyage 3108: Tokyo to Shanghai, 10 Days, April 27 - May 7
Voyage 3109: Shanghai to Tokyo, 10 Days, May 7 - 17
Voyage 3110: Tokyo to Anchorage, 14 Days, May 17 - 30


Voyage 4101: Santiago to Buenos Aires, 16 Days, Jan 4 - 20
Voyage 4104: Fort Lauderdale to Barbados, 9 Days, Feb 23 - March 4
Voyage 4105: Barbados to San Juan, 7 Days, March 4 - 11
Voyage 4109: San Juan to Barbados, 9 Days, March 29 - April 7
Voyage 4112: Barbados to Fort Lauderdale, 10 Days, April 17 - 27
Voyage 4113: Fort Lauderdale to Barbados, 10 Days, April 27 - May 7
Voyage 4114: Barbados to New York, 10 Days, May 7 - 17

The $500 Shipboard Credit offer is a capacity-controlled program and subject to availability. The Shipboard Credit is offered per suite, not per voyage, and only once to guests sailing on consecutive voyages. Maximum value of Shipboard Credit is $500 per suite. Single occupancy suites will receive 50% of the Shipboard Credit. Shipboard Credit is valued in U.S. dollars, regardless of booking currency. It may not be redeemed for cash, and any unused portion will be forfeited. Additional restrictions may apply.

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Her Majesty The Queen Names Cunard’s Newest Liner, Queen Elizabeth

Southampton, England, Oct 11: Continuing a grand royal tradition, Her Majesty The Queen officially named Cunard Line's newest ocean liner, Queen Elizabeth, today during a regal ceremony amongst a VIP audience of more than 1,500 guests, celebrities, and dignitaries.

“Today marks a milestone in British maritime history and the continuation of a longstanding tradition of Royal Namings of our Cunard Queens,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line. “Our grand celebration today reinforces Cunard’s renaissance as one of the oldest names in passenger shipping now operating the youngest fleet in the world.”

With a capacity of 2,068 guests and an estimated total cost $634 million, Queen Elizabeth features many unique Cunard traditions linking her with her sister ships and their predecessors, together with all the modern day luxuries Cunard’s guests have come to expect. From the outside, her distinctive black and red livery will hint at an experience that differentiates a Cunard liner from a modern-day cruise ship. This is most evident in the ship’s adherence to liner design traditions, with elegant double and triple height public rooms on a grand scale, luxuriously endowed with rich wood panelling, intricate mosaics, hand-woven carpets, gleaming chandeliers and cool marbles. Art Deco features pay homage to the original Queen Elizabeth, reflecting The New Golden Age of Ocean Travel. She will depart on her sold-out Maiden Voyage on 12 Oct 2010. For more information and to book a voyage aboard Queen Elizabeth, consult your Travel Agent, call toll-free 1-800-7-CUNARD (1-800-728-6273) or go to

Celebrity Cruises Adds New Flavor to Evening Casual Dining

MIAMI, Oct 11: As part of an ongoing commitment to offer premium vacation experiences based on guests’ tastes and preferences, Celebrity Cruises is revamping its evening offerings in its “lido,” or primary casual dining, venues. Transitioning away from a sit-down experience and moving toward an “international marketplace” approach featuring a flavorful lineup of food stations, the offerings will blend classic and contemporary cuisine inspired by the popularity of global culinary influences and an ever-increasing number of guests from around the world.

“Since the launch of our Solstice Class in 2008, our guests have shared a great deal of positive feedback about the flavors and variety offered in our marketplace-style Oceanview Café venues, so we are taking that concept to the rest of the fleet,” said Jacques Van Staden, Vice President, Culinary Operations. “We have created a menu that speaks to the tastes of our guests, who are intrigued by the culinary arts and a truly global range of flavors and cooking styles.”

The new evening casual dining service will present a flavorful array of authentic cuisine, including:

A made-to-order curry station featuring Indian staples such as raitha, papadums and paratha;
A full made-to-order pasta station enhanced with assorted breads and a salad bar;
Two fresh, made-to-order sushi stations; two made-to-order stir-fry stations featuring Asian-inspired ingredients and preparation;
A Mediterranean-inspired lineup of antipasti, olives, cheeses and assorted cold meats;
A carving station, grilled meats such as pork chops, New York strip steak, and chicken breast, and grilled fish;
Multiple fresh vegetables, a “loaded” baked potato station, and a variety of sauces such as béarnaise and gravies;
A  made-to-order pizza station open until 12:30 am, that features fresh garlic bread and antipasti items; and
vTwo dessert stations.

This change is another testament to the popularity of Celebrity’s Solstice Class ships. Earlier this year, Celebrity announced that it would “Solsticize,” or retrofit, its Millennium Class ships with some of the most compelling features found on the Solstice Class ships.

Celebrity’s evening lido dining service will begin at 6 pm each evening. Celebrity Century, Celebrity Constellation, Celebrity Infinity, Celebrity Millennium and Celebrity Summit will transition to the new service by the end of October. Celebrity will no longer offer tableside service in a traditional “sit-down” style during its evening casual dining service. The changes will not affect Celebrity Xpedition, the 92-guest megayacht sailing year-round in the Galapagos Islands.

More information about all of Celebrity’s casual dining offerings, including poolside grills and more, is available at For more information, call your travel agent, dial 1-800-437-3111 or visit

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Royal Caribbean to Debut Saturday Night Fever: The Musical Aboard Liberty of the Seas

MIAMI, Oct 8: Royal Caribbean Intl is slipping-on its boogie shoes this spring and debuting Saturday Night Fever: The Musical, the third licensed main-stage musical production at sea for the cruise line. Created by Royal Caribbean Productions in association with Robert Stigwood Organisation Ltd., the acclaimed-West End show will debut aboard Liberty of the Seas in April 2011, as part of the ship's revitalization and shipboard enhancements beginning in late Jan 2011 aboard the popular Freedom-class cruise ship. Based on the hugely popular, 1970s feature film, Saturday Night Fever, the theatrical experience features a repertoire of hit songs from The Bee Gees song album sure to inspire guests to dance the night away.

"The debut of Saturday Night Fever: The Musical, created by Royal Caribbean Productions' in-house entertainment team, continues to raise the bar for cruise vacations aboard one of our most innovative ships," said Lisa Bauer, senior vice president, Hotel Operations, Royal Caribbean International. "Our award-winning musical productions have been so incredibly well-received by guests, first with Hairspray aboard Oasis of the Seas and then with the announcement of Chicago: the Musical aboard Allure of the Seas. It's only fitting we broaden the selection to include a West End hit as Liberty of the Seas embarks on its maiden season in Europe for summer 2011."

Saturday Night Fever: The Musical premiered in the West End at the London Palladium in 1998 and has been seen by over 10 million people worldwide, thrilling theater and music buffs alike throughout the years. On Liberty of the Seas, the story of Tony, the ambitious Brooklyn youth who spends his Saturday nights disco dancing, will be brought to life on stage in the ship's state-of-the-art, 1,320-seat Platinum Theatre. The storyline and music that created the worldwide disco phenomenon will take guests away to a different era with such cult-classics songs as "Stayin' Alive," "Tragedy," "If I Can't Have You" and "Boogie Shoes."

In addition to Saturday Night Fever, Liberty of the Seas, along with Freedom of the Seas, will introduce some top-rated onboard features that debuted aboard Oasis of the Seas when the ships are revitalized during scheduled drydocks in January and March 2011, respectively. Many of the onboard enhancements will deliver some of the most exciting entertainment options at sea, such as the DreamWorks Experience, 3D movie technology in the main theater; an oversized outdoor video screens on the main pool deck to entertain guests and offer movies under the stars. Guests also will enjoy new onboard amenities such as iPod docks in every stateroom; the Wayfinder system, with its interactive touch-screen to direct guests, offer venue and restaurant descriptions, and the day's schedule of programs; guest services kiosks on the Royal Promenade where guests can instantly view, print or e-mail their SeaPass folio or their personal calendar, or check-in and print airline boarding passes; and the popular Royal Babies and Tots Nursery, which provides nursery care for babies and tots through 36 months. Guests also will delight in the enchanting Cupcake Cupboard and the trendy décor of Vintages with its Enomatic wine serving system.

At 154,407 gross registered tons with a capacity of 3,634 guests, double-occupancy, Liberty of the Seas features cruise-industry innovations, such as the FlowRider surf simulator, cantilevered whirlpools suspended 112 feet above the ocean, the H2O Zone kids water park, and the Royal Promenade entertainment boulevard. With a wide selection of onboard accommodations such as the Presidential Family Suite, which sleeps up to 14 guests, more than 20 restaurants and lounges, and a wide range of onboard entertainment and programs, Liberty of the Seas caters to multi-generational families and couples on a remarkable cruise vacation in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

Auditions for the Royal Caribbean's production of Saturday Night Fever, will be held Oct. 20-22 in New York. More details and a full schedule can be found at For additional information or to make reservations, call your travel agent, visit or call (800) ROYAL-CARIBBEAN.

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Norwegian Cruise Line to Feature Stars of Nickelodeon’s iCarly On Board

MIAMI, Oct8: Norwegian Cruise Line and Nickelodeon has announced that Jennette McCurdy and Nathan Kress, stars of the hit live-action series iCarly, will appear on board its two 2011 “Nickelodeon All Access Cruises.” Jennette McCurdy (Sam Puckett), will appear on board Norwegian Jewel’s Feb 20, 2011 cruise, and both McCurdy and Nathan Kress (Freddie Benson) will sail on board Norwegian Epic’s July 24, 2011 Nickelodeon All Access Cruise. These special Nickelodeon-themed cruises will give guests exclusive access to a fun-filled, 7-day itinerary of Nickelodeon-themed entertainment all day, every day with the opportunity to meet the stars of iCarly and other Nickelodeon stars yet to be announced.

“Norwegian is proud to team up with Nickelodeon to give families an experience of a lifetime by putting them face-to-face with iCarly stars Jennette and Nathan on board our Nickelodeon All Access Cruises in 2011,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian’s chief executive officer. “This is the perfect family vacation with Nickelodeon activities and events that everyone can enjoy together including meet and greets with Jennette and Nathan, as well as Nickelodeon’s most popular characters and the chance for every family to get slimed.”

Norwegian and Nickelodeon have partnered to provide families with an once-in-a-lifetime cruise vacation that is all Nickelodeon, all over the ship, all week long. Exclusive Nickelodeon family programming featured on the two “Nickelodeon All Access” Cruises includes:

· Ultimate sliming experience offers a chance for the whole family to get slimed together.
· Meet & greets with the stars of Nickelodeon’s hottest live-action shows including Jennette McCurdy on the Norwegian Jewel sailing; Nathan Kress and Jennette McCurdy on the Norwegian Epic sailing, and more stars yet to be announced.
· Special viewings and premieres of never-before-seen episodes of Nickelodeon’s hit series, including iCarly, Victorious and SpongeBob SquarePants.
· Meet & greets with some of your favorite Nickelodeon characters including SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Aang and many more!
· Nickelodeon’s signature messy game shows like Slime Time LIVE! and poolside events.
· Breakfast with Nickelodeon characters every day of the cruise.
· And much more!
· Plus, families can enjoy the freedom and flexibility of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Freestyle Cruising®.

The inaugural “Nickelodeon All Access Cruise” on board Norwegian Jewel sets sail on Feb 20, 2011 (President’s Day week), with a round-trip 7-day itinerary from New York sailing to Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; and Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s private island. Norwegian Epic’s “Nickelodeon All Access Cruise” departs on July 24, 2011, from Barcelona on a 7-day Western Mediterranean cruise to Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Rome (Civitavecchia), and Naples, Italy; and Palma, Majorca, Spain. To book one of the only two “Nickelodeon All Access Cruises” in 2011, call Norwegian at 866-770-NICK (6425), visit, or contact a travel professional.

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Holland America Line's ms Maasdam Sails New 45-Day
Atlantic Adventurer Itinerary in Winter 2011

SEATTLE, Oct. 8: In winter 2011, Holland America Line's ms Maasdam will sail a new, 45-day "Atlantic Adventurer" voyage that touches from the sun-kissed beaches of the Caribbean to historical and cultural locales throughout Europe and northern Africa. Cruising roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Maasdam departs Oct. 28, 2011, and heads to the Mediterranean at a less crowded and pleasant time of the year.

"This cruise showcases the best of Holland America Line, from our relaxing days at sea to calling at some of the most beautiful, enriching and popular ports in the world," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs for Holland America Line. "By going to these areas at a less-crowded time of the year, our guests will get to see a wonderful side of Europe and have more freedom to explore the sights the region has to offer."

The Atlantic Adventurer voyage begins with calls in the Caribbean at Tortola and St. Maarten before setting off across the Atlantic. After several leisurely days at sea, the ship stops at the Canary Islands where guests can explore Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the largest island of the Spanish archipelago. Maasdam also will call at Santa Cruz on the island of La Palma and Arrecife on Lanzarote, which is home to Mount Teide, the third-largest volcano in the world. Maasdam then makes its way to North Africa to call at exotic Casablanca, Morocco, and then on to historical Gibraltar before arriving at Almeria, Spain, where guests can visit nearby Granada, home to the astonishing Alhambra. The Spanish segment continues with an overnight call at Barcelona and a stop at Palma de Mallorca, before arriving in Italy.

After a stop at popular Civitavecchia (Rome), the ship visits Sorrento and Naples -- where guests overnight and can tour historic Pompeii or the trendy Isle of Capri. Maasdam continues on to Palermo, Sicily, and Cagliari, Italy. The ship then returns to Morocco and Spain, calling at Tangier and Cadiz (Seville), respectively, before exploring Portugal with calls at Portimao and Lisbon, where guests can enjoy an overnight stay. Following a stop at Funchal, with an overnight on the fragrant and floral island of Madeira, the ship embarks on its return home, crossing the Atlantic Ocean and visiting award-winning Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line's private Bahamian island, before arriving back in South Florida.

For guests with less time on their hands, the Atlantic Adventurer itinerary can be broken into two shorter segments: a 23-day itinerary that starts at Fort Lauderdale and disembarks at Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, Nov. 20; and a 22-day voyage from Civitavecchia back to Fort Lauderdale, concluding Dec. 12.

Carrying 1,258 guests, Maasdam offers an intimate and elegant experience and is ideal for longer, in-depth explorations. On board a wide array of activities are available on the relaxing days at sea. Guests can attend a cooking demonstration in the Culinary Arts Center, learn how to share their vacation photos in the Digital Workshop powered by Windows®, listen to music or surf the Internet in the Explorations Cafe powered by "The New York Times," indulge in a rejuvenating treatment at the Greenhouse Spa and Salon, or attend one of the many on-board lectures, classes and events throughout the day. Guests on this voyage will enjoy recent Signature of Excellence enhancements, including the specialty bar concept, Mix and the glamorous Showroom at Sea. For more information, consult a professional travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit

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Princess Cruises Ships Begin Plugging into Shore Power in San Francisco

SANTA CLARITA, CA, Oct 7: Island Princess helped inaugurate the Port of San Francisco’s new shore power facility by “plugging in” to electric power from shore yesterday. The new shore power technology at the Port of San Francisco cruise ship terminal enables Princess Cruises’ ships, and other equipped vessels, to use power from the city’s grid instead of the engines to power the ship’s onboard services--reducing emissions when docked in San Francisco. The port becomes the fourth in the world where Princess Cruises’ ships can take advantage of this innovative technology. The new shore power installation in San Francisco is a cooperative effort by the Port of San Francisco, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the Environmental Protection Agency, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises.

“We know that local air quality is an important issue in the Bay Area, so we’re pleased to join with the port to debut this important environmental initiative,” said Dean Brown, Princess Cruises’ executive vice president. “Our commitment to shore power technology began nearly 10 years ago, and we’re very pleased we can now ‘plug in’ our ships in San Francisco.”

Princess’ shore power program made history when it debuted in Juneau, Alaska in 2001. It expanded to Seattle in 2005, and then to Vancouver in 2009. Shore power connections are planned to roll out in other ports that have made commitments to the technology, including Los Angeles and San Diego. Currently nine of the line’s ships are outfitted with the capability to “plug in” to a shoreside power source, representing an investment for Princess of nearly $7 million in equipment alone.

To create this unique power system, also known as “cold ironing,” Princess has outfitted its ships with custom-built connection cabinets that join the ship’s electrical network to the local electric system ashore. The electric power is transmitted from a landside transformer to the vessel via four 3½-inch diameter flexible cables. The actual cable connection on a vessel is a traditional, though quite large, plug and socket. The length of time needed to connect a ship to shore power and shut down the vessel’s diesel generators is approximately 40 minutes. Once connected, the ship’s engines are powered down and, simultaneously, the necessary amount of power is delivered to run the ship’s services while in port.

The Princess ships currently equipped with shore power technology include:

-- Coral Princess
-- Dawn Princess
-- Diamond Princess
-- Golden Princess
-- Island Princess
-- Sapphire Princess
-- Sea Princess
-- Star Princess
-- Sun Princess

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available by visiting the company's website at

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The Yachts of Seabourn Publishes Sustainability Report

MIAMI, Oct 6: Luxury cruise operator The Yachts of Seabourn has published a report on the company’s sustainability performance in fiscal 2009.

“Our company is in the midst of a substantial expansion in our operations,” said Pamela C. Conover, Seabourn’s President and CEO. “During this period, when we are measuring the progress of our business in a number of ways, we also wanted to ensure that we are growing in a way that is sustainable,” she continued.

Seabourn’s sustainability report comprises the measured results of Seabourn’s activities between Dec 1, 2008, and Nov 30, 2009, relating to 23 different performance indicators defined by the Global Reporting Index (GRI). Seabourn reported on the areas of Environment, Labor, Human Rights, Society, Product Responsibility, and Economic Impact. The 58-page report is published as an online document in pdf-format, and is available for viewing or download on the company’s website at

Seabourn’s development includes launching three new, ultra luxury vessels by June 2011. The sister yachts are being built by T. Mariotti S.p.A. of Genoa, Italy. Seabourn Odyssey debuted in June 2009 and Seabourn Sojourn launched in June 2010. The third, Seabourn Quest, will debut in June 2011. Virtually identical from stem to stern, Seabourn’s new-builds are designed to meet or exceed the standards of the RINA “Green Ship” certification. Enhanced systems such as fan-cooled air conditioning systems, Advanced Wastewater Treatment equipment and water-lubricated Thorsen bearings are employed to assist in reducing the impact of its fleet. Seabourn is currently the only cruise line utilizing bio-filters to eliminate oil from bilgewater. The very size of its ships creates less impact, and enables delivery of the highly personalized experience that is a hallmark of the brand. Each 32,000-GRT vessel will accommodate 450 guests in 225 luxury suites, 90 percent of which will be outfitted with verandas. Combined, the three additions will increase Seabourn’s fleet capacity by more than 200 percent from 624 in 2008 to 1,974 berths in 2011.

The company has for years contributed its environmental data as a part of the corporate compliance initiative of its parent, Carnival Corporation & plc. However this is the first report that outlines these indicators for the Seabourn operating brand alone. Carnival Corporation & plc is widely recognized as a leader in the field of environmental and sustainable development, being listed on the esteemed FTSE4Good index of the FTSE Group, the Maplecroft Climate Innovation Leaders Index, as well as the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index. Seabourn itself has developed an internal environmental management system that has been independently certified as fully compliant with the International Standards ISO 140001. For more information about The Yachts of Seabourn, visit the company’s website at

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Princess Cruises Launches Blog Featuring the Ultimate Travel Bucket List

SANTA CLARITA, CA, Oct. 5: Princess Cruises today launched a new blog that will reveal the top travel bucket list experiences recommended by the line’s own well-traveled destination experts. “50 Essential Experiences: The Travel Bucket List” ( will be gradually unveiled over the next year in a series of weekly posts, each authored by one of Princess’ longest-serving shipboard and shoreside employees.

The 50 selected experts – each who have been with the company for more than 15 years and traveled thousands of sea and air miles visiting hundreds of countries, cities and sites – will share one of their inspiring experiences chronicling their unique perspective of must-see travel spots around the globe. Each blog entry will be a personal story, and readers will also meet the expert through a “revealing” questionnaire.

“Few people have seen more of the world than Princess' own destination experts,” said Jan Swartz, executive vice president for Princess Cruises. “And because they’ve been to so many destinations, they’re often asked to recommend those ‘don’t miss’ experiences that people should be sure to put on their travel bucket list.” Swartz emphasized that the blog is not just a list of places, but instead a list of experiences Princess hopes inspires others.

The experts featured in the blog will represent an array of departments and positions within Princess, including those in shoreside positions such as itinerary planning, ship operations and marketing, along with those who sail aboard its ships such as captains, hotel managers and cruise directors. Their posts will gradually be revealed through September 2011.

Crystal Morgan, director of market planning for Princess Cruises, authored the first blog post. She started her cruise career as an onboard shore excursion manager sailing to worldwide destinations and, after moving shoreside, now oversees itinerary planning for the line’s fleet of ships. Morgan shares one of her most memorable travel experiences, when she traced her grandmother’s footsteps to visit the famous Christ the Redeemer statue, the most celebrated monument in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a place that held a special meaning for her grandmother who had visited the site some 70 years earlier. In her post she writes, “I didn’t hear about my grandmother’s visit to this famous statue until I told her that I was being deployed to South America aboard Pacific Princess. It dawned on me that I would have the opportunity to trace her footsteps to this world-renowned landmark so many decades after her visit. Our circumstances could hardly be more different. She was barely a teenager on her journey up the mountain, traveling with her family, including several younger siblings for whom she cared. I would have charges of my own, but not children.”

Blog visitors will be encouraged to share their own essential experiences, and a different reader experience will be selected and showcased each week. All of the destinations described in the blog will be ones that passengers can travel to aboard a Princess ship, and links will help readers discover how they, too, can embark on similar adventures. Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company's website at

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More Exotic Routes Set for Crystal 2012 Itineraries

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 5: Celebrating an unprecedented 16 years of awards as the #1 cruise line in the world, luxury specialist Crystal Cruises announces its 2012 deployment with an increased presence abroad. Among 68 global itineraries for the award-winning Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity are such new offerings as:

-- 94-day "Epic Islands and Empires" Pacific Rim World Cruise through Hawaii, the South Pacific, eastern and western Australia, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Russia, Alaska, British Columbia and San Francisco, including a 3-day inclusive overland adventure in Beijing; a maiden call in Newcastle, Australia; and a return to South Korea for the first time since 1994;
-- Christmas/New Year cruises in Australia/New Zealand and the Mediterranean;
-- Expanded collection Mediterranean itineraries including late fall options;
-- Expanded collection of Baltic and Northern European cruises;
-- More 7-day cruises in the Mediterranean and New England/Canada, as well a 7-day Thanksgiving voyage through the Mexican Riviera;
-- Transatlantic cruises from New York to London and from Miami to Lisbon, which can be combined with European cruises;
-- Late fall cruises in the South Pacific and New Zealand;
-- More overnight stays in destinations including Ashdod, Reykjavik, Odessa, Honfleur and Hamburg, Edinburgh, Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Istanbul, Venice, Sorrento, Bordeaux, as well as destinations throughout Asia, Australia and South America.

"Each year we meticulously craft future itineraries for our huge base of repeat guests, as well as the most discerning luxury travelers who are new to Crystal and new to luxury cruising," says Crystal President Gregg Michel. "Whether one is planning a single vacation getaway, a family reunion, or several weeks or months of Crystal experiences, our 2012 cruise collection offers a wealth of intriguing - and even unexpected - choices for today's global cruise market."

Complete day-by-day itineraries for 2012 will be available at after Oct 30, 2010. For more information and reservations for 2010, 2011 and/or pre-reservations for 2012, please contact a travel agent or call 888-799-4625.

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Celebrity Cruises Serves Up ‘Delicious’ Series of Holiday Sailings

MIAMI, Oct 5: Travelers who select top-rated premium line Celebrity Cruises for their precious holiday vacation are destined for a series of “delicious” experiences and, for a limited time, can also enjoy an attractive onboard credit. Vacationers who book a Celebrity holiday cruise between Oct 5-7, 2010, have the opportunity to receive an onboard credit of up to $300 per stateroom on applicable sailings of seven nights or longer, or up to $200 per stateroom on eligible 5-night cruises.

The brand long recognized for award-winning cuisine and a hip, modern style, Celebrity will serve up a tantalizing Christmas dinner for guests across the fleet, with a blend of classic and contemporary dishes, including brioche-crusted salmon Wellington, traditional roasted turkey with classic trimmings, English Christmas pudding, and a French chocolate Yule log with orange confit.

To offer guests an unforgettable New Year’s celebration at sea, Celebrity will present a festive dinner beginning with champagne oysters and selections such as sparkling wine-infused strawberry soup, Chateaubriand with pink and green peppercorn crust, Mediterranean filet of sole Meuniére; and delectable desserts, including dark tropical and white chocolate mousse and five-spiced caramel with diced apples sautéed in cider. A festive poolside “countdown” party also will be presented on New Year’s Eve, with stations offering sliders, crepes, hot and cold canapés, fresh fruits, and pastries, complete with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

Celebrity guests can kick off the new year with an elaborate brunch, featuring roasted turkey breast, miso-glazed halibut, lobster pot pie, roast duck, cornbread stuffing, assorted cheeses and fresh fruits, carved round of beef, smoked fish, made-to-order omeletes, salads, fresh pastries, and a dark and white chocolate fountain with a series of condiments.

Celebrity will deck the halls across the fleet with festive decorations, particularly in the sweeping Grand Foyers, with staircases framed by poinsettias and sparkling garlands, among other unique touches. Guests of all faiths can participate in religious services officiated by priests, rabbis and reverends. Vocalists will wander the halls singing holiday carols, Christmas classics will be performed in the Celebrity Theater, and Santa Claus will make a special visit to offer gifts to children.

Celebrity offers vacationers a vast array of exceptional holiday options, with 22 sailings from six departure ports across nine of its 10 sleek ships eligible for the limited-time onboard credit offer. These include holiday cruises on its newest Solstice Class ship, Celebrity Eclipse, which makes her U.S. debut in Miami in November, joining Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Eclipse, Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Millennium, Celebrity Mercury, and Celebrity Summit in offering the best premium vacation experiences in the Caribbean. Rounding out its holiday sailings are a South America voyage on Celebrity Infinity, a Panama Canal vacation on the newly-‘Solsticized’ Celebrity Constellation, and a 9-night Bahamas cruise on Celebrity Mercury. Guests eager to review Celebrity’s eligible sailings and levels of onboard credit are encouraged to call their travel agent, dial 1-800-437-3111, or visit the Celebrity web site at

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100 is Perfect in Any Language

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, Oct 5: Health Canada made a surprise inspection of MSC Poesia during her recent maiden-call in Quebec where she received a perfect score of 100 after the rigorous examination during her inaugural sanitation inspection. The inspection team from the Workplace Health and Public Safety Program (WHPSP), the Canadian equivalent to the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), said the 100-point score was awarded because of the outstanding state of sanitation, safe food handling, and the general high level of understanding and compliance in the areas of food, water, air and general hygiene onboard MSC Poesia.

Health Canada officers conducted intense inspections of the food provisioning, storage and preparation areas, the ship’s laundry, bars, self-serve buffets, restaurants, warewashing machinery, room service operations, medical and children’s centers, as well as its Integrated Pest Management Program, waste management, housekeeping and public area cleanliness, recreational and potable water protection and supply system, air purity controls, and the ship’s general procedures to prevent or control illnesses.

Over the years, MSC Cruises’ ships sailing in Caribbean waters have consistently earned “Superior” scores on USPH inspections. The last 100-point score for a ship in the Caribbean was earned on the MSC Poesia in May. She earned several during the past Caribbean season.

MSC Cruises practices this policy of going above and beyond daily. One example of MSC’s detailed approach to cleanliness involves crew members who empty, disassemble, clean, and sanitize every ice machine, 60 per ship, on all of our 11 ships weekly.

Richard E. Sasso, president and CEO of MSC Cruises (USA), said, “Why do we perform so well on these inspections? It’s our corporate philosophy to be the most responsible we can be in both safety and environment.”

For more information about MSC Cruises, visit, call 800-666-9333, or contact a local travel professional.

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Seabourn to Host Award-Winning Journalist Ted Koppel During 2011 World Cruise

MIAMI, Oct. 4: The Yachts of Seabourn has announced that multiple award-winning broadcast journalist Ted Koppel will join the exciting line-up of prominent guest speakers for its Dress Circle enrichment program on the 111-day maiden world cruise aboard the new Seabourn Sojourn. He will speak to guests on board the ultra-luxury yacht April 10 – 21, 2011, during two World Cruise segment voyages, sharing his insights about past and current world affairs and his experiences during a remarkable broadcast career. The addition of Koppel to Seabourn’s Dress Circle embodies the line’s commitment to providing well-respected, entertaining and informative guest speakers at sea. The intimate size of Seabourn’s yachts provides its guests with exceptional opportunities to meet and learn from these distinguished luminaries while sharing the voyage with them.

“We are so very pleased to welcome Mr. Koppel aboard Seabourn Sojourn and to have him share his extensive knowledge and insights with our guests,” said Pamela C. Conover, Seabourn’s president and CEO. “Even the best journey will be improved by sharing it with interesting companions. We always strive to assure that our guests are traveling in good company, and we feel Mr. Koppel will certainly add to the interesting guest mix that always makes a Seabourn cruise so fascinating,” she added.

Koppel will be speaking onboard during two World Cruise segments: Dubai to Rome, March 26-April 15; and Rome to Southampton, April 15-27, 2011. Other guest speakers who will also be sailing during these segments include Carol Thatcher, British journalist and daughter of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; Gael Greene, legendary American restaurant critic and co-founder and board chair of the culinary charity Citymeals-on-Wheels; Caroline Boyle-Turner, art historian and author; Adrian Sindall, former U.K. Ambassador to the Middle East; Rick Senat, president of the London Film Museum; and British Egyptologist Karen Exell.

Ted Koppel has won every major broadcasting award, including 42 Emmy Awards, eight George Foster Peabody Awards, 11 duPont-Columbia Awards, 11 Overseas Press Club Awards, two George Polk Awards and two Sigma Delta Chi Awards, the highest honor bestowed for public service by the Society of Professional Journalists. He is best known as the anchor for Nightline from its inception in 1980 until his retirement in late 2005. After leaving Nightline, Koppel produced several documentaries for the Discovery Channel including a 2008 miniseries on China. The four-part People’s Republic of Capitalism, is an extensive look at the role of Chinese consumers in the growing, but still communist economy. Koppel has received honorary degrees from numerous U.S. universities. In 1994, he was named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Republic of France. He is currently a senior news analyst for National Public Radio and the BBC.

On Jan. 5, 2011, Seabourn Sojourn will embark on a world cruise from Los Angeles to London, visiting 46 ports via the South Pacific, New Zealand, around Western Australia, Indonesia and Southeast Asia, India, Arabia and the Mediterranean. Fares for the full 111-day world cruise  include many valuable bonus benefits and amenities, such as round trip first class airfare, a pre-cruise Bon Voyage event with dinner and luxury overnight in Los Angeles, numerous special shoreside events and exclusive complimentary shore experiences, Personal Valet luggage shipping service, and shipboard credits of $2,500 per guest. Gala onboard celebrations and special gifts will also be offered to guests during the voyage. For travelers who cannot sail on the entire world cruise, shorter segments from 16 to 69 days are available, several of which also offer value-added benefits.

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

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Princess Cruises to Welcome Renowned Film Critic Leonard Maltin Aboard Coral Princess

SANTA CLARITA, CA, Oct 1: Renowned Film Critic Leonard Maltin will be sailing aboard Coral Princess’ Dec 15 holiday sailing, and will be presenting his favorite films of 2010 throughout the cruise especially for Princess Cruises passengers. During this 15-day Panama Canal cruise, movie buffs will be able to view the four films Maltin has dubbed “Leonard’s Unsung Favorites of 2010,” which he will personally introduce to the audience. Maltin will also lead a discussion of some of the films, will challenge passengers to a film trivia contest and will offer a talk focusing on Hollywood of yesteryear. Passengers will be able to view the films on Coral Princess’ giant poolside Movies Under the Stars screen or in the Princess Theater.

“Leonard Maltin’s wealth of knowledge about the world of film has made him one of the most recognizable movie experts today,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. “Passengers on this Coral Princess voyage are in for a special treat as he shares these hand-picked films with them.”

Maltin’s appearance is an extension of Princess’ exclusive Leonard Maltin Movie Club. This fleetwide club invites passengers to view a specially selected film onboard. Each month, a new movie is featured, with a special video introduction from Mr. Maltin. Later, cruise staff members host a gathering for passengers featuring a group discussion of the film, guided by questions and trivia from Mr. Maltin. The one-hour club meeting is open to all passengers. For passengers who want to further enjoy films in their stateroom, the Leonard Maltin Movie Channel on the ship’s television system will feature a selection of contemporary, classic and animated movies specially selected by Mr. Maltin.

Leonard Maltin is one of the country's most recognized and respected film critics and historians. He may be best known as the resident film buff on the popular syndicated program “Entertainment Tonight,” where he has appeared since 1982. However, long before he became a familiar face on television, his annual paperback “Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide” established his reputation; he was 18 when the first edition was published. He has also published numerous other books and articles, and teaches at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. In addition, Mr. Maltin has created television specials and DVDs on film topics, currently hosts the weekly program “Secret’s Out” on ReelzChannel, and introduces movies on DirecTV.

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

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Cunard Line Takes Delivery of Queen Elizabeth

Cunard Line has taken delivery of Queen Elizabeth – the second largest Cunarder ever built and the third new liner for the luxury cruise vacation company in six years. The Handover Ceremony took place yesterday on board the new 92,400-ton vessel at the Fincantieri Monfalcone shipyard. The event included a speech by Cunard President Peter Shanks. The Italian flag was ceremonially lowered and the Blue Ensign was raised, marking the entry of another magnificent Cunard liner into the Register of British Shipping.

“This ceremony to mark the completion of the Queen Elizabeth and our acceptance of delivery, is just the first of a number of significant events over the next few weeks – including the ship’s official naming by Her Majesty The Queen in Southampton on Monday 11 October,” said Shanks. “I’m certain the British will take this truly magnificent ship to their hearts, as they have all the Cunard Queens.”

Queen Elizabeth is due to leave the shipyard on Sept 30 and sail to Southampton, where she will berth at the Ocean Cruise Terminal on Friday, Oct 8. Queen Elizabeth will depart on her Maiden Voyage at 5:00pm on Tuesday, Oct 12.

For more information and to book a Cunard voyage aboard Queen Elizabeth, consult your Travel Agent, call toll-free 1-800-7-CUNARD (1-800-728-6273) or go to

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Norwegian Cruise Line Celebrates National Cruise Vacation Month With Upgrades & Savings

Norwegian Cruise Line is celebrating National Cruise Vacation Month and a decade of Freestyle Cruising innovations by offering special savings on more than 300 popular cruises around the world from Saturday, Oct 2 through Oct 31, 2010. The offer provides same category upgrades, half off standard cruise deposits and up to $250 in on-board credit per stateroom, based on cruise length and category.

Guests can reap the benefits and save on their next cruise vacation to experience Freestyle Cruising on any of the line’s 11 ships, including its newest and most innovative, Norwegian Epic. Those who book sailings of up to six days and longer will receive $250 in on-board credit when sailing in a Garden Villa; $150 for suites; $100 for mini-suites and deluxe balcony staterooms; $75 for balcony staterooms; $50 for oceanview; $25 for inside and $12.50 for Norwegian Epic’s exclusive Studio staterooms. For sailings of up to five days, guests will receive $100 per stateroom in a Garden Villa; $75 for suites; $50 for mini-suites; $40 for balcony staterooms; $20 for oceanview; $15 for inside and $7.50 for Studio staterooms. The on-board credit can be used to purchase anything from shore excursions and spa treatments; to specialty fitness classes like yoga and spinning; gifts in the duty free shop and dinners in any of Norwegian’s specialty Freestyle Dining restaurants. To book a cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line during October’s National Cruise Vacation month call Norwegian at 866-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), visit, or contact a travel professional.

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Royal Caribbean Announces First-Ever Royal 5K in St. Maarten
for Allure of the Seas’ Guests

MIAMI, Oct 1: From the cruise line that first introduced the active cruise vacation concept, Royal Caribbean International today announced the first-ever Royal 5K to be held in St. Maarten, on Thursday, Dec 16, 2010. Open to guests sailing aboard Allure of the Seas’ Dec 12, 2010 voyage, fellow running enthusiasts can enjoy a 7-night Eastern Caribbean cruise aboard Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship; and opt for an entire week of exclusive, vitality-themed activities, including port explorations through group fun runs, onboard seminars and lectures with high-profile athletes; and jog, sprint or walk a magnificent five-kilometer course, taking participants through one of the Caribbean’s island jewels. There is a $50 registration fee for adults, and $35 for children, for booked guests who sign up onboard and in advance at Participating guests also will receive a commemorative race t-shirt, as well as exclusive access to a post-race reception on board.

“Royal Caribbean is delighted to offer this very special Royal 5K run in St. Maarten to Allure of the Seas’ guests,” said Lisa Bauer, senior vice president, Hotel Operations, Royal Caribbean International. “As part of our commitment to provide guests healthier vacation options, we look for opportunities like these to enhance our Vitality programming onboard and drive awareness of a health-conscious lifestyle. Coupled with an unprecedented line-up of new entertainment aboard Allure of the Seas, guests on this sailing will have a wide spectrum of exciting and heart-pumping options for an amazing cruise vacation.”

While the Royal 5K will be offered exclusively as a shore excursion on Allure of the Seas, all guests aboard the sailing have the chance to set the first Royal Caribbean jogging track record. Guests are invited to sign up in advance for a time slot on Tuesday, Dec 14, to test their running speed. Certified with RFID timing technology, they can attempt to set the cruise line’s record for the fastest run at sea on Allure of the Seas’ 0.46-mile long jogging track, the longest at sea.

Royal 5K participants also will be able to attend onboard seminars and receptions featuring running talents including Bart Yasso, the chief running officer of Runner’s World magazine; Frank Shorter, an Olympic Marathon Gold and Silver Medalist; Sonja Friend-Uhl, a member of seven U.S. world teams, 2000 Olympic trials competitor in the 1500m, and currently ranked in the top 24 women in the U.S. for distances from the 5k to the Half-Marathon; and Sean Jefferson, an NCAA All American, 1600m National Champion and professional runner and tri-athlete.

Allure of the Seas shares the title of the world’s largest and most revolutionary cruise ship with sister-ship Oasis of the Seas. An architectural marvel at sea, she will span 16 decks, encompass 225,282 gross registered tons, carry 5,400 guests at double occupancy, and feature 2,700 staterooms. Allure of the Seas will tout Royal Caribbean’s exclusive neighborhood concept of seven distinct themed areas, which will include Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone. The ship will alternate a Western Caribbean with an Eastern Caribbean seven-night itinerary from her home port of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Additional information is available at For additional information or to make reservations, call your travel agent, visit or call (800) ROYAL-CARIBBEAN. Travel professionals should visit or call (800) 327-2056.

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Princess Cruises Announces Winners of 2010 Alaska Shore Excursion Awards

SANTA CLARITA, CA, Oct 1: Princess Cruises is marking the end of the Alaska season with shipboard awards ceremonies celebrating the year’s top-rated local tour operators. The line’s 11th annual C.R.U.I.S.E. service awards used passenger feedback throughout the season to determine the best shore excursion experiences and guides in each port on Alaska itineraries. Award winners were chosen from Princess’ extensive line-up of more than 200 Alaska shore excursion options, and recognize the most popular tours, individual guides and dock representatives in the communities where Princess ships call. The awards underscore the important role that local tour operators in each community play in a passenger’s cruise experience, and winners are determined primarily by tour scores and comments made on passenger surveys throughout the season.

“A passenger’s adventures in port significantly contribute to the cruise experience, especially in such a vast and amazing place as Alaska,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. “So the local tour operators who provide these unforgettable excursions definitely deserve our recognition and thanks for making our passengers’ visits so memorable.”

The C.R.U.I.S.E. program is the longest running customer service program in the cruise industry. The Alaska awards were begun in 2000 and cap off a season-long effort to recognize the role that Alaskan-owned tour partners play in passengers' cruise experiences. Tour Guide of the Season and Dock Representative of the Season award winners receive $100, a letter of commendation, a plaque, a ship tour and lunch onboard with their family. Operators of the Shore Excursion of the Season receive a plaque and a letter of commendation, a tour of the ship, and lunch onboard for company officials.

The 2010 winners are:

Icy Strait Point
Shore Excursion: Whale & Wildlife Cruise, Icy Strait Point
Tour Guide: Annette McLaughlin, Icy Strait Point

Co-Shore Excursions: Helicopter Glacier Trek, Northstar Trekking; Rainforest Canopy & Zipline Expedition, Alaska Canopy Adventures; Taku Glacier Lodge Flight & Feast, Wings Airways and Taku Lodge
Co-Tour Guides: Collin Pilcher, Gastineau Guiding Company; Joel Kersting, Gold Rush Tours
Dock Representative: Dawn Dulebohn, Dolphin Jet Boat Tours

Co-Shore Excursions: Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour, Commercial Fishing Adventures; Mountain Point Snorkeling Adventure, Snorkel Alaska; Rainforest Canopy & Zipline Expedition, Alaska Canopy Adventures
Co-Tour Guides: Joe Williams, Where the Eagle Walks; Rob Holston, Lighthouse Excursions
Dock Representative: Jill Gates, The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show

Shore Excursion:
Best of Kodiak, First Group
Tour Guide: Dee Ann Valdivia, Kodiak Tours

Shore Excursion: Alaska SeaLife Center & Puffin Experience, Alaska SeaLife Center
Tour Guide: Danny Seavey, IdidaRide Sled Dog Tours

Co-Shore Excursions: Glacier Discovery by Helicopter, TEMSCO Helicopters; Glacier Point Wilderness Safari, Chilkat Guides; White Pass Bennett Lake Adventure, White Pass & Yukon Route
Co-Tour Guides: Steve Merrow, Chilkat Guides; Tyler Geist, Alaska Mountain Guides
Dock Representative: Jeff Neis, Skagway Street Car Co.

Shore Excursion: Capilano Canyon’s Natural Beauty, Rockwood Adventures
Tour Guide: Bill Reaugh, TMS Gateway Tours

Shore Excursion: Butchart & Butterfly Gardens, Gray Line West
Tour Guide: Norman Archer, D’Costa Ports of Call

Shore Excursion: Wilderness Explorer Glacier Cruise, Prince William Sound Cruise & Tours
Tour Guides: Richard DiJulia, Alaska Sea Kayakers

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

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