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November 1-10, 2001

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MIAMI, Nov 9, 2001 - Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. was honored today by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce with the presentation of its Julia Tuttle Award for Community Involvement and Corporate Citizenship. The award, presented at the annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon, goes to the company that best represents the community-building spirit of Julia Tuttle, the founding "Mother of Miami" in 1896. The Julia Tuttle Award was created in 1986 and has been given to top companies such as Cordis Corporation, SunTrust Bank, The Miami Herald, and Bank of America. It honors corporations whose philanthropic contributions include underwriting programs and special events, cash donations, in-kind gifts of goods and services, and time and services contributed by employees. 

"It is a great honor and privilege to receive this prestigious award," said Thomas Murrill, Royal Caribbean's chief human resources officer. "Our company and employees are deeply committed to the South Florida community. There are few things we find more gratifying than giving back to the community we call home."

Royal Caribbean participates in a wide range of South Florida civic organizations and events, and more than three dozen officers actively participate on community boards. For 12 years, the Royal Caribbean Classic golf tournament has raised almost $4 million for local charities and, since 1995, the company has nurtured United Way's Success By 6 program for early childhood development.

The company, which sponsors the Governor's Points of Light Award program, annually performs the largest community-service event by any Florida company. More than 1,000 employees participate in G.I.V.E. Day, which means "Get Involved Volunteer Everywhere." It is part of a global outreach effort that includes Alaska, the Caribbean, and Mexico. For four years, volunteers on their day off have donated their time and energy to 36 non-profit organizations which are served by G.I.V.E. Day. Projects focus on helping children and families in need, improving education, and preserving the environment. Although volunteers work in a variety of locations, the majority of projects are South Florida-based. 

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is a global cruise vacation company that operates Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Royal Celebrity Tours.  Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises have a combined total of 23 ships in service and six under construction or on firm order.  Royal Celebrity Tours operates land-tour vacations in Alaska utilizing the world's largest glass-domed railcars.  Additional information can be found on & Source: RCI

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First Horizon Sailing from Miami; First Zenith Sailing from Tampa

MIAMI, 11/9/01 -  Celebrity Cruises marks two firsts this weekend: the first sailings of sister ships Horizon and Zenith from the ports of Miami and Tampa, respectively.

Today, Celebrity's Horizon begins the industry's first 10 p.m. Friday departures to the Caribbean from the Port of Miami. Horizon will sail new seven-night western Caribbean cruises every Friday through April 12, 2002, calling on Key West, Florida; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico; and Celebrity's first call on Progreso, Mexico, a port on the northern Yucatan which offers access to the famous archaeological sites, Chichen Itza and Uxmal, as well as the city of Merida.

On Sunday, Celebrity's Zenith begins seven-night departures to the Western Caribbean from the Port of Tampa, every Sunday through March 31, 2002. The ship will visit Key West, Florida; Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico; and Georgetown, Grand Cayman. Zenith is the company's first ship to sail regularly from a Gulf of Mexico port.

Horizon and Zenith will celebrate their inaugural sailings in each city with short  ceremonies involving officers of the ships, port representatives, and other local officials.

"We are thrilled to present our guests and our travel agent partners with fabulous new departure ports like Miami and Tampa," said Celebrity Cruises President Rick Sasso. "Both ports and their surrounding communities have so much to offer in entertainment and culture. We look forward to productive partnerships with both port cities." 

According to Sasso, Horizon's Friday night sailings represent "the perfect way to celebrate the end of the work week and the beginning of a great cruise vacation. Horizon's unique 10 p.m. departures allow our guests time to visit Miami's South Beach for a lively start to their vacation. And when they return, they have an entire weekend to ease back into the work world," Sasso said.

Sasso also illustrated the appeal of Celebrity's new Zenith sailings from Tampa. "Tampa is one of the most beautiful cities on the Gulf of Mexico, and a very convenient departure port," Sasso said. "With multiple attractions within the city and surrounding area, our guests will have an enormous array of entertainment and dining options to complement what we hope will be a superior cruise experience on Zenith."

To book a cruise on either Horizon or Zenith, guests are encouraged to call their travel agent, or 1-800-437-3111.  Horizon sailings begin at $449 per person, double occupancy. Zenith sailings begin at $499 per person, double occupancy.

Celebrity Cruises is the highest-rated premium cruise line in the industry, with the youngest fleet of any major cruise line. Summit entered service in October, and Constellation will make its maiden voyage in 2002, bringing the Celebrity fleet to nine ships. For more information, visit the Celebrity web site at Source: Celebrity Cruises

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Miami, Nov 8, 1001 - Surviving spouses, relatives and friends of heroes from the Fire Department of New York and the New York Police Department will join Mayor Rudolph Giuliani on November 10 for the ceremonial naming of Royal Caribbean International's Adventure of the Seas. The new ship will be the first major cruise ship to enter New York Harbor since September 11.

Representing the firemen and police officers who saved so many lives and lost their own in the collapse of World Trade Center towers are Maggie McDonnell, widow of Police Officer Brian McDonnell; Tara Stackpole, widow of firefighter Captain Timothy Stackpole; fireman Kevin Hannafin, who lost his brother, firefighter Tom Hannafin; and Sgt. Richard Lucas of the NYPD Harbor Unit, which assisted rescuers. 

Approximately 2,000 police and firemen's family members will join the four godparents and Mayor Giuliani for the naming ceremony. The families will then sail on a special two-night tribute cruise. 

"We are humbled by the selflessness and the sacrifice of the men and women in New York's fire and police forces," said Royal Caribbean International President Jack Williams. "We are proud to put a ship into service that pays tribute to these extraordinary individuals."

The naming ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. at Pier 88 at the New York City Passenger Ship Terminal.

Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand with 15 ships in service and five under construction or on firm order.  For additional information about the cruise line, please visit the company's internet web site at Source: RCI 

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Porthole Cruise Magazine Ranks Celebrity First in Service, Cuisine and Spa Facilities

MIAMI, Nov 8, 2001 - On the heels of being ranked second among the world's top large-ship cruise lines in Conde Nast Traveler magazine's annual Readers' Choice poll, Celebrity Cruises has captured top honors once again. 

In this month's issue of Porthole Cruise Magazine, the publication's annual Readers' Choice Awards honor Celebrity Cruises for offering the industry's Best Overall Service, Best Cuisine, and Best Fitness Centers/Spas for the third consecutive year. 

"Celebrity consistently strives to deliver a superior quality cruise vacation," said Celebrity Cruises President Rick Sasso.  "It's extremely gratifying when our guests confirm that we're delivering what we promise."

Since its founding in 1989, Celebrity Cruises has consistently won top honors from the industry's most respected cruise reviewers and publications.  This year alone, Celebrity has received the highest possible rating of six stars from Stern's Guide to the Cruise Vacation (2002 edition); was recognized as Best Cruise Line, Best Dining at Sea and Best Cruise Value in Econoguide/Cruises 2001-2 edition; and was named one of the World's Best Large Cruise Lines in Travel & Leisure's annual World's Best Awards, in addition to the honors just published in Porthole Cruise Magazine. 

Celebrity Cruises is the highest-rated premium cruise line in the industry, with the youngest fleet of any major cruise line.  Summit entered service in October, and Constellation will make its maiden voyage in 2002, bringing the Celebrity fleet to nine ships.  For more information, visit the Celebrity web site at Source: Celebrity Cruises 

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LOS ANGELES, Nov 7, 2001 - Serenity (se*ren*i*ty; n). Webster's defines it as "the state or quality of being serene; peaceful." Crystal Cruises, the world's leader in luxury cruising, brings new meaning to the word and to the travel industry. Reflecting the serene onboard experience for which the luxury cruise line is known, Crystal Cruises has selected Crystal Serenity as the name for its third ship, on schedule for delivery in summer 2003.

Crystal Cruises was formed in 1988 with the mission to give its guests the best large-ship, luxury cruise experience in the world. Its two ships, Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony, have earned the industry's highest accolades, from discerning critics and guests alike, for exemplary attention to detail and warm and friendly personal service. This pampering combination, which Crystal conveys in the name of its third ship, creates an environment for the ultimate luxury vacation experience. With Crystal Serenity, Crystal Cruises not only meets the expectations of its valued guests but anticipates them, providing innovative additions to an award-winning formula of luxury choice, unparalleled quality and unwavering service. 

"The name and the ship speak to what people desire now more than ever -- a soothing, yet rejuvenating travel experience," says Gregg L. Michel, president, Crystal Cruises.  "Crystal Serenity will expand on the best of Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony with innovations that will complement the brand consistency valued by our guests and travel agents."

At 1,080 guests and 68,000 tons, Crystal Serenity will reflect the fusion of the talents of the world's largest shipping line and Crystal Cruises' parent company, NYK (Nippon Yusen Kaisha), with the world's finest luxury cruise line.  Leading the ship's design is esteemed naval architect Robert Tillberg of Tillberg Design, supported by a team of world-leading designers. 

Currently under construction at Chantiers de l'Atlantique in St. Nazaire, France, Crystal Serenity will be a floating sanctuary of pampering with state-of-the-art amenities. Crystal Serenity will boast an even greater space-per-guest ratio than her sister ships Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony, two of the most spacious ships afloat. With increased dining options, a greater number of staterooms with verandahs and exquisitely-appointed penthouses, as well as expanded venues for entertainment, fitness and intellectual pursuits, the long-anticipated Crystal Serenity will expand upon the best of the fleet and directly answer the current desires of guests.

New amenities and enhanced accommodations will raise the line's already award-winning standards. Accommodations aboard Crystal Serenity will reflect more size and choice with 85% of all outside staterooms and suites offering private verandahs. The ship's 100 Penthouse accommodations (56% more than sister ship Crystal Symphony) will include four, 1,345 square-foot Crystal Penthouses, at least 37% larger than those in the existing fleet. The new ship will also offer nearly double the number of Penthouse Suites, more Penthouses, an increased number of outside staterooms with verandas, and eight specially designed wheelchair accessible staterooms and penthouses in a range of accommodation levels.

Among Crystal Serenity's unique features: Crystal Serenity will have five evening dining choices, with the addition of a sushi bar and casual evening deck menu to already favorite Italian and Asian specialty restaurants and the Crystal Dining Room. Other new features on Crystal's third ship are two paddle tennis courts, a Creative Learning Center to facilitate a range of interactive educational classes, and a classic boardroom with wine cellar. An expanded Computer classroom, 50% larger than the facilities of Crystal's current fleet, will house a 24-hour Internet center and private area for computer use.

Additional daytime dining venues, which have been favorites on Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony, include The Bistro, a popular social coffee and wine bar, for morning and afternoon snacks; The Trident Grill, for casual poolside lunches throughout the afternoon; lavish themed luncheon buffets that will be staged on selected days by the ship's second pool; and an ice cream, sherbet and frozen yogurt bar. Complimentary room service will be available 24 hours. 

Entertainment venues include the Galaxy Lounge, which will be enhanced with more intimate seating arrangements and improved sight lines for the line's signature, award-winning Broadway-style production shows; Stardust Club for dancing and cabaret; Caesars Palace at Sea casino; disco for late night dancing and karaoke; Hollywood Theatre cinema and conference center; Bridge Lounge to accommodate the line's avid bridge players; Connoisseur Club, a refined cigar lounge for after-dinner drinks; Palm Court offering panoramic floor-to-ceiling views and a Sunset Bar; Fantasia children's playroom; Waves teen center; and the line's signature Avenue Saloon cocktail and piano bar. Crystal's full-service spa will be 40% larger on the new ship with more treatment rooms, an expanded gym and aerobics studio.  

In response to guest feedback, the ship will retain its outdoor lap pool and add two outdoor whirlpools; a second indoor/outdoor pool covered by a magrodome roof; a second paddle tennis court; a full promenade around the exterior of the ship; and a sports deck with a golf driving range, shuffleboard court and table tennis area. 

The ship will be powered by environmentally-friendly diesel engines and an azimuthal pod propulsion system to enable greater maneuverability. Crystal Cruises is the recipient of the industry's most prestigious awards -- repeatedly. Most recently, earlier this month Crystal Cruises garnered the coveted "Best Large-Ship Line" designation from the readers of Condé Nast Traveler for the sixth consecutive year.  In August 2001, the line also received the "World's Best" large-ship line award from the readers of Travel + Leisure for the sixth consecutive year, and outscored all other cruise lines, large or small. 

Crystal Cruises is booked exclusively through professional travel agents. The line's six-star rated ships Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony sail on worldwide itineraries.  Visit the luxury cruise line's web site at Source: Crystal Cruises

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MIAMI (11/07/01) - The new 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride, set to launch year-round seven-day cruises from Port Canaveral, Jan. 12, 2002, will offer a diversity of unforgettable dining experiences, each within a strikingly designed restaurant whose decor is as memorable as the cuisine itself. For example, the ship's main dining room, the Normandie, will be highlighted by dark wood accents and art deco touches reminiscent of the classic ocean liner, considered by many to be the most beautiful passenger vessel ever constructed. 

The décor of the room will be matched only by the quality and variety of cuisine, with eight different soups, salads and appetizers, seven entrees and six desserts nightly, all served by skilled and efficient wait staff. A special children's menu, and vegetarian and health-conscious menu items will be available, as well.

Selections at the ship's casual restaurant, Mermaids' Grille, will be just as varied, with a diversity of self-service offerings, including full breakfast and lunch buffets, Asian and American specialty areas, pasta and meat-carving stations, extensive salad and dessert bars, and 24-hour pizzeria and ice cream/frozen yogurt. The two-level poolside eatery will also be home to Carnival's casual dinner-time service, "Seaview Bistro," with a variety of delectable menu items served in a relaxed, café-style atmosphere.

At Mermaids' Grille, guests will enjoy their meals amid a décor of mermaids, dolphins and other sea creatures with walls and ceilings bathed in striking hues of green and aqua. For those desiring more intimate surroundings, there's David's, an upscale "steakhouse-style" restaurant  located at the top of the Pride's soaring  nine-deck-high atrium and underneath a red glass dome forming the front portion of the ship's funnel.

Patterned after New York's widely popular steakhouses, David's will offer hand-cut dry-aged U.S.D.A. prime steaks, chops, and seafood, along with a Carnival exclusive, crab claws from Miami Beach's world famous Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant. David's will also feature one of the most extensive wine lists afloat and a specialty beverage menu with a variety of cognacs, ports, brandies and other after-dinner drinks.

Like the name implies, David's will be dominated by a 12-foot replica of Michelangelo's famed statue, along with ornate wood patterns and other Renaissance-inspired touches. Hearkening back to the great supper clubs of the past, David's will also feature a dance floor and nightly entertainment. The restaurant will carry a $20 per person reservations fee. 

Guests who prefer to dine in the comfort of their stateroom can enjoy complimentary 24-hour room service featuring a selection of freshly made sandwiches, desserts, fruits and other items. The Carnival Pride will also house the Piazza Café, a patisserie serving specialty coffees, sweets and confections.

All of these options, which comprise Carnival's Total Choice Dining (SM), cruising's most comprehensive dining program offering the widest variety of culinary choices at sea, will complement Carnival Pride's wide range of entertainment and activity options, all of which add up to a truly unique "Fun Ship" vacation experience.

The 88,500-ton Carnival Pride is scheduled to debut Dec. 30, 2001, on a six-day western Caribbean voyage from Miami, followed by a three-day Bahamas cruise from Port Canaveral, Fla., departing Jan. 9, 2002.  Beginning Jan. 12, 2002, Carnival Pride will launch year-round seven-day service from Port Canaveral, becoming the newest and largest vessel to operate from that port. Eastern Caribbean cruises will feature the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay or Salt Cay, St. Thomas/St. John, and St. Maarten, while the western route will feature stops at Key West, Belize City, Progreso/Merida, and Playa del Carmen/Cozumel.

For additional information and reservations, call 1-800-327-9501 (individual) or 1-800-327-5782 (groups).  Information and reservations can also be obtained on-line at Source: Carnival Cruise Line

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Celebrity's Alaska 2002 Itineraries

Celebrity's Mercury will present seven-night, round-trip Alaskan sailings from Vancouver, departing on Sundays from May 26 through September 15. Following a cruise through the Inside Passage, guests will visit Ketchikan, Alaska; sail beside Hubbard Glacier; visit Juneau and Sitka, Alaska, then return to Vancouver via the Inside Passage. Fares begin at $799 per person, double occupancy.

Celebrity's Infinity will sail round-trip from Vancouver on Fridays from May 31 through September 20, 2002, with ports of call in Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan, Alaska, and including cruises through the Inside Passage and beside Hubbard Glacier. Rates begin at $1,099, per person, double occupancy.

Celebrity's Summit will sail both northbound and southbound glacier open-jaw, seven-night cruises originating in Vancouver and Seward on alternating Fridays from May 24 through September 6, 2002. Rates begin at $999 per person, double occupancy.

Summit's northbound glacier cruises depart Vancouver May 24, June 7 and 21, July 5 and 19, and August 2, 16 and 30, with ports of call in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Valdez, Alaska, and including cruises through the Inside Passage and around Hubbard Glacier and College Fjord, concluding in Seward.

Summit's seven-night southbound glacier cruises depart Seward May 31, June 14 and 28, July 12 and 26, August 9 and 23, and September 6, with ports of call in Juneau, Skagway, Sitka and Ketchikan, including a cruise through the Inside Passage and around Hubbard Glacier, ending in Vancouver.

Alaska cruisetours offered in conjunction with Summit range from nine to 13 nights in length, many highlighting Alaska's interior with visits to some of the state's best known national and state parks, including the six-million-acre Denali National Park and Kenai Fjords National Park. Rates begin at $1649 per person, double occupancy.

Celebrity Cruises is the highest-rated premium cruise line in the industry, with the youngest fleet of any major cruise line. Summit entered service in October, and Constellation will make its maiden voyage in 2002, bringing the Celebrity fleet to nine ships. For more information, visit the Celebrity web site at

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*Ship, Seen As Symbol Of The Return Of Tourism To New York, Will Host Tribute To Families of Rescue Workers On Special Two Night Cruise*

NEW YORK, Nov 6, 2001 - Mayor Rudolph Guiliani will welcome Royal Caribbean International's newest and the world's largest cruise ship, Adventure of the Seas, when she calls on New York at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 10. Adventure of the Seas will be the first major passenger ship to return to the harbor since the tragic September 11 terrorist attacks. The 142,000-ton ship will be officially named by Mayor Guiliani and representatives from the Fire Department of New York, New York Police Department and Port Authority Police Department in a ceremony on the ship at Pier 88 at the New York Passenger Terminal at 5 p.m. on November 10. 

Royal Caribbean will host more than 600 families and special guests of those in uniform on a two-night cruise.  The company also will make a $50,000 contribution to the Twin Towers Relief Fund. 

"When we heard the inspired words of Mayor Guiliani calling upon Americans to visit the city, we wanted to send the world's largest and newest ship to New York not only as a symbol of strength and unity but to honor the heroic men and women who saved countless lives and lost so many of their own in the process," said Jack Williams, president, Royal Caribbean International 

After the New York tribute and preview cruises, Adventure of the Seas will join her sister-ships Voyager of the Seas and Explorer of the Seas on 7-night Caribbean itineraries. Adventure will sail out of San Juan, Puerto Rico. For additional information about the cruise line, please visit the company's Internet web site at Source: RCI

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BOSTON, Nov 6, 2001 - Royal Caribbean International's Adventure of the Seas, the world's largest cruise ship, arrived today at Boston harbor after crossing the Atlantic Ocean from Turku, Finland. Sister-ship to Voyager of the Seas and Explorer of the Seas, Adventure boasts some of the most innovative shipboard amenities in the industry. She will sail year-round cruise vacations roundtrip from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to the Southern Caribbean beginning November 18, 2001, visiting Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and St. Thomas, USVI. 

The Voyager-class ships are the only vessels to offer vacationers an ice-skating rink, a rock climbing wall 200 feet above sea level, an inline skating track, a full basketball court, and interior staterooms with views of the Royal Promenade, a New Orleans-style shopping, dining and entertainment boulevard. Other exciting features onboard Adventure include a Johnny Rockets restaurant; The Lyric, a four-deck-high, 1362-seat theater inspired by the Art Nouveau period; a golf course and golf simulator; more than 15,000 square feet dedicated to health and fitness, and one of the largest casinos afloat. 

Adventure of the Seas will sail a two-night preview cruise in Boston, before heading to New York City. She will be the first cruise ship to enter the New York harbor, since the September 11 terrorists attacks, when she arrives on Saturday, November 10, for her official naming ceremony.  For additional information about the cruise line, please visit the company's Internet web site at Source: RCI

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From Ayurveda to Thai Massage, Face and Body Treatments Release Your Chi & Balance The Elements

LOS ANGELES, Nov 6, 2001 - In its latest effort to create the most soothing and enriching experience at sea, Crystal Cruises is introducing complimentary yoga and Pilates instruction on all worldwide sailings aboard Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony. Also new in the luxury line's Feng Shui-designed spas, are a range of therapies from ten Eastern cultures that are designed to melt away stress and tension, letting the "chi" of Crystal's guests flow freely.  

Both Pathway to Yoga and mat-based Pilates are part of the Chi-Balancing fitness therapies aboard Crystal Cruises. In Eastern philosophies, "chi" is recognized as the essential life force that starts as the inhalation of air which is then distributed throughout the body. Other Chi-Balancing classes include Inner Harmony (strength program focusing on the abdominals and back while relaxing the mind) and Sunrise Chi Walk. Chi-Energizing offerings are more aerobic and include Step Harmony, Aerobic Symphony, Body Sculpt (strengthening abdominals, hips and thighs), Aqua Moves (low-impact water workout), and Cardio Ki-Bo Circuit Training (boxercize, kickboxing and aerobic conditioning). 

From Aroma Stone Therapy to an exotic Frangipani Body Nourish Wrap or Japanese Silk Booster Facial with Eye Zone Therapy utilizing reflexology, Crystal Cruises' new range of innovative face and body treatments focus on the balance of the five primordial elements within the body: water, earth, fire, wood and metal. Ultimate pampering from head to toe, complementing one's most predominant element, is the goal of the line's soothing sanctuary. "Ceremony" treatments, ranging from three and one-half to six and one-half hours, are the most extensive combination of the many face and body offerings:

* Ceremony of Earth: Body Nourish Ritual, Absolute Spa Ritual, Frangipani Hair and Scalp Conditioning with style and blow-dry, Hand Ritual with paraffin wax, Sole Delight Treatment with paraffin wax

* Ceremony of Water: Aroma Stone Therapy, Japanese Silk Booster Facial, Japanese Eye Zone Therapy, and Well Being Massage

* Ceremony of Fire: Lime and Ginger Salt Glow, Absolute Spa Ceremony with Japanese Silk Booster Facial, Japanese Eye Zone Therapy and Well Being Massage

* Ceremony of Wood: Coconut Rub and Milk Ritual, Absolute Spa Ritual

* Ceremony of Precious Metal: Lime and Ginger Salt Glow, Aroma Spa Ocean Wrap, Well Being Massage

Guests may choose to focus on the face, hands or feet or receive a full-body sensory experience. Individual Treatments, from facials, eye, hair and scalp treatments to a broad selection of body treatments featuring essential oils, minerals, aromatherapies, salts, and herbs deliver a completely natural healing experience. Crystal Spa practitioners utilize the latest health and beauty innovations such as silk protein, seaweed masks, detoxifying oils and minerals and aromatherapy for maximum benefits. 

"The new Spa programs are an ideal melding of the pampering experience which Crystal is known for and the mind/body connection to peace and harmony," says Dietmar R. Wertanzl, senior vice president, hotel operations. "Incorporating ancient cultural, holistic and healing rituals to enhance the mind, body and soul, the spa programs are particularly timely, as now, more than ever, travelers appreciate a wide range of choices and a soothing vacation environment." 

In addition to yoga and Pilates, disciplines of stretching and strengthening that engage both the mind and body, an array of traditional gym and fitness classes are also available on every Crystal sailing under the direction of a full-time Fitness Director and Sports Director. The line offers complimentary gym orientation, instruction and equipment, toning and body sculpting, step and aerobics, as well as nutrition seminars, swimming (including aqua aerobics), paddle tennis and golf driving range instruction. The newest yoga classes offer immediate relaxation by achieving inner peace through specific postures, stretching and breathing techniques. Pilates, developed in the 1920's by legendary physical trainer Joseph Pilates, focuses on controlled resistance movement. Personal fitness therapies, including the Pilates one-on-one body reformer, individualized weight training and body composition analysis and consultation, are available at a nominal charge. Crystal Cruises' wellness and fitness programs are also complemented by healthy onboard dining selections. Menu options include fat-free and vegetarian fare as well as items prepared in accordance with American Heart Association guidelines. 

The aromatherapy products and Spa services aboard Crystal Cruises are from Steiner Leisure, the company behind London's acclaimed Elemis Day Spa and the Elemis Spa at the Aladdin Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, scheduled to open later this month. 

The 50,000-ton, 940-guest Crystal Harmony and her sister ship Crystal Symphony are two of the most spacious and luxurious sailing vessels in the world. Their unique size in the luxury market allows for smooth sailing and a wide range of innovative facilities, generous amenities and elegant accommodations.  In addition to a state-of-the-art fitness center and lavish spa, the Six-star rated liners feature grand lounges, 24-hour Internet and e-mail access with Computer , Caesars Palace at Sea casino, expansive decks, two pools, award-winning cuisine and entertainment and exquisitely appointed staterooms, more than half of which offer private verandahs.

Crystal Cruises is booked exclusively through professional travel agents. For a complimentary brochure, please call 800.820.6663. Visit the luxury cruise line's web site at Source: Crystal Cruises

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Relax & Recharge with Crystal's 2002 Yoga, Health & Fitness Cruises

LOS ANGELES, Nov 5, 2001 - Revitalizing classes, invigorating instructors, best-selling authors and motivating lectures will inspire Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony guests during Crystal Cruises' 2002 Yoga, Health & Fitness Theme Cruises. Crystal is inviting travelers to perfect their Garudasana, the Eagle Pose, while cruising Alaska's glaciers, practice Trikonasana, the Triangle Pose, while sailing into St. Barts, or learn about the aging process en route to Aruba.   

In addition to offering yoga and Pilates classes on all Crystal cruises, the luxury line is expanding its wellness program on a 10-day Alaska/Canada cruise departing Vancouver on June 24, and an 11-day Panama Canal voyage from Ft. Lauderdale on November 29, 2002.

"Our Yoga, Health & Fitness theme cruises are an extension of the Crystal luxury cruise experience, which strives to offer the most stimulating and enriching vacation at sea," says Adam Leavitt, senior vice president, marketing, Crystal Cruises. "For many of our guests, fitness isn't just about walking on the treadmill every day. We've seen an increased interest in more holistic approaches to health and well-being." 

Among the guest lectures scheduled for the 2002 fitness cruises are: Dr. John C. McMichan, former Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist, critical care expert, and teacher; certified yoga instructor Marnie Neve, who also holds degrees in both theatre and counseling psychology; and award-wining medical writer, columnist and teaching hospital administrator, Ruth Jacobowitz, whose books include The Estrogen Answer Book and 150 Most-Asked Questions About Midlife Sex, Love and Intimacy.

In addition to the newly launched yoga and Pilates classes on every sailing, a wide range of complimentary gym and fitness classes are available including general gym orientation, instruction and equipment, toning and body sculpting, step and aerobics, as well as nutrition seminars, swimming (including aqua aerobics), paddle tennis and golf driving range instruction under the direction of a full-time Fitness Director and Sports Director. Crystal Cruises' wellness and fitness programs are also complemented by healthy onboard dining selections. Menu options include fat-free and vegetarian fare as well as items prepared in accordance with American Heart Association guidelines. 

In addition to the Yoga, Health & Fitness sailings, Crystal's 2002 Theme Cruise roster, inspired by its varied ports of call and the interests of its discerning guests, also includes Asian Art & Literature in conjunction with a new Japan and China itinerary; an interactive Murder Mystery, the acclaimed Crystal Wine & Food Festival, Film Festival, Classical Music, Popular Music, Jazz & Blues, and Big Band. Crystal's 2002 Theme Cruises, 31 in all, range from 8 to 34 days in the Pacific, South America, Australia, Asia, Mexico, the Panama Canal/Caribbean, Hawaii, Alaska, and Canada. 

The first Yoga, Health & Fitness Cruise is a 10-day Alaska/Canada journey aboard Crystal Harmony from Vancouver to San Francisco on June 24, with calls in Victoria, British Columbia; Sitka, Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan, Alaska; and a day in Glacier Bay. The second fitness theme cruise is slated for Crystal Symphony's 11-day Panama Canal transit from Ft. Lauderdale on November 29, which visits Tortola, St. Maarten, St. Barts and Aruba and concludes in Caldera, Costa Rica. With Perfect Harmony fares offering up to 40% savings, the 10-day Alaska cruise starts at $2,575 per person, double occupancy. 

Each at 50,000 tons and carrying only 940 guests, Crystal Cruises' luxury ships feature expansive decks, a wide variety of spacious lounges for acclaimed, Broadway-style shows, gourmet dining in the Crystal Dining Room and in Asian and Italian specialty restaurants, including "Valentino at Prego" selections from the award-winning restaurant (Santa Monica & Las Vegas), full-service fitness facilities, golf driving range featuring Callaway equipment, a lavish spa, pool, outdoor whirlpools, the only Caesars Palace at Sea casino and exquisitely appointed staterooms, more than half of which offer private verandahs. For an unprecedented sixth consecutive year, Crystal Cruises was named best large-ship cruise line in the 2001 readers' surveys conducted by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines. Crystal Cruises is booked exclusively through professional travel agents. For a complimentary brochure, please call 800.820.6663. Visit the web site at

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MIAMI (11/02/01) - Carnival Cruise Lines will launch a brand new seven-day southern Caribbean itinerary from San Juan in spring 2002 featuring four of the region's most charming and popular islands: St. Thomas/St. John, Martinique, Barbados and Aruba. The new program, the only one of its kind from San Juan, will debut April 21, 2002, aboard the 2,642-passenger Carnival Destiny, the largest Carnival vessel ever to operate from that port. 

"This is the marquis itinerary from San Juan, offering an unmatched combination of beautiful tropical islands each featuring top-notch beaches, shopping and attractions, which, combined with Carnival Destiny's signature 'Fun Ship' amenities and low, all-inclusive pricing, add up to a Caribbean vacation that can't be beat," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. Dickinson noted that the Carnival Destiny's new route differs from other lines' offerings as it features day-long visits to such longtime favorites as St. Thomas/St. John and Martinique, as well as extra-long, 15-hour calls at breathtaking Barbados and Aruba. "Carnival is the leader in Caribbean cruising and we've assembled what we believe is the ultimate Caribbean itinerary from San Juan," Dickinson said. 

Carnival Destiny currently operates alternating week-long southern Caribbean cruises from San Juan and will continue that program through April 14 before switching to the new itinerary April 21, 2002. Featured ports on the new itinerary include:

St. Thomas is one of the Caribbean's most popular destinations, known for its outstanding duty-free bargains and magnificent beaches, considered among the world's best. 

Martinique is a cosmopolitan French outpost featuring a variety of quaint cafes and boutiques, along with exceptional beaches and a lush landscape dotted with banana, sugar cane and pineapple plantations. 

Famous for its rum distilleries, Barbados is a friendly British isle whose beautiful crystal clear waters and white-sand beaches attract sun worshippers and watersport enthusiasts the world over.  

Located off the coast of Venezuela, Aruba is a charming 77-square-mile island distinguished by its distinctive Dutch culture and heritage, gorgeous beaches and particularly beautiful sunsets.  

Guests will visit these scenic destinations aboard the 101,353-ton Carnival Destiny, whose dramatic interiors and myriad dining, activity and entertainment options provide a truly unique seagoing vacation experience.  Housed within its 13 passenger decks are 16 bars and lounges, a 15,000-square-foot health spa, an Internet café, a duty-free shopping mall, a children's play area, and four swimming pools - one covered by a retractable dome and another featuring a 214-foot-long twisting, turning water slide. Additionally, 60 percent of the vessel's 1,321 staterooms offer an ocean view with 60 percent of those featuring private balconies. 

As part of Carnival's Total Choice Dining(SM), cruising's most comprehensive dining program offering the widest variety of culinary experiences at sea, Carnival Destiny features the full-service Universe and Galaxy restaurants, as well as the Sun & Sea, a casual eatery offering alternatives for breakfast, lunch and dinner, a 24-hour pizzeria and ice cream/frozen yogurt, and Asian and American specialty areas. A patisserie and complimentary 24-hour room service are also available. 

Carnival is currently accepting reservations for all of the Carnival Destiny's San Juan departures. Prices for the Carnival Destiny's new program begin at $549 per person based on double occupancy. If purchased via Carnival's new "Fun Finance Plan(SM)," the cruises are available starting at $30 per month (based on a 24-month payment term at the lowest annual percentage rate available). Actual monthly payment and terms may vary according to the applicant's credit qualifications.  Valid for U.S. individual bookings only.  Certain other restrictions apply. Special rates for third and fourth guests in the same stateroom, along with attractive Fly Aweigh air supplements from more than 175 U.S. and Canadian gateways are also available. For additional information and reservations, call 1-800-327-9501 (individual) or 1-800-327-5782 (groups). Information and reservations can also be obtained on-line at

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MIAMI, Nov 1, 2001 - Celebrity Cruises' newest ship, Summit, has become the fourth Celebrity ship to be awarded a perfect score on the intensive Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and U.S. Public Health (USPH) vessel sanitation ship inspection program.

"Achieving perfection in anything in life is tough, but a perfect 100 in the stringent USPH sanitation inspection is exceptional," said Rick Sasso, Celebrity's president. "We congratulate the dedicated employees aboard Summit who are responsible for achieving this honor.

A branch of the CDC, USPH makes unannounced inspections of cruise ships sailing in U.S. territory twice annually. The inspection covers all areas of the ship, including food preparation and handling, methods of food storage, general cleanliness, water purity, toxic substance control, pool and spa quality, plumbing, ventilation and more. A passing score is 86. Celebrity ships have consistently scored in the mid-90s in 99 percent of its vessels' inspections. In addition to Summit, Celebrity's three previous perfect scores were awarded to  Mercury, Century and Galaxy.

"Celebrity's four perfect scores, in addition to consistently high marks on all other inspections fleetwide, clearly illustrate our commitment to the highest levels of shipboard sanitation, and continue to build Celebrity's reputation as an industry leader," said Sasso.

Celebrity Cruises is the highest-rated premium cruise line in the industry, with the youngest fleet of any major cruise line.  Summit entered service in October, and Constellation will make its maiden voyage in 2002, bringing the Celebrity fleet to nine ships.  For more information, visit the Celebrity web site at

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Holland America Changes Europe Itineraries to Major Ports in West &

SEATTLE, Oct 31 - Holland America Line (HAL) has announced a series of redeployments of its fleet for the summer 2002 European season to feature major ports in the western Mediterranean, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, ports of the Baltic Sea and northern Europe.

While Europe remains a popular destination for Holland America's premium cruises, for the comfort, safety and security of its guests, the line has altered its previously announced itineraries for the upcoming European season and moved one ship, ms Amsterdam, to Alaska. 

"We have re-deployed our ships to feature more attractive cruise itineraries with major, popular ports of call in both Western and Northern Europe,'' said David Giersdorf, senior vice president, marketing and sales. "The safety, comfort and well-being of our guests is of tantamount importance to us at Holland America Line.'' 

Western Med, Western Europe to Be Featured
Following a 12-day transatlantic cruise from Tampa to Lisbon sailing April 14, the ms Noordam sails three 10-day Lisbon-to-Rome, Rome-to-Barcelona cruises. Ports include Barcelona, Marseille, Monte Carlo and other cities along the Spanish and French Rivieras.

The Noordam then departs on a 14-day "European Capitals'' sailing from Rome to Barcelona May 26, followed by nine round-trip Copenhagen-to-Copenhagen cruises visiting Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm and Kalmar, Sweden; Warnemunde, Germany; and Arhus, Denmark. 

The ship then sails from Copenhagen to Rome on a 14-day "European Capitals'' cruise, and embarks on two 10-day cruises from Rome to Barcelona and back and two 10-day cruises from Rome to Lisbon and back. Noordam finishes the Europe season with a 10-day sailing from Rome to Rome, before setting off Nov. 10 on Rome-to-Ft. Lauderdale transatlantic charter voyage.

Prices for the Noordam's revised schedule of 17 cruises start at US$1,689 per person, double occupancy, including port charges. Prinsendam Features Best of Northern Europe The Europe program of Holland America's newest ship, ms Prinsendam, is virtually unchanged from previously announcements. The Prinsendam is slated to sail with a gala 10-day maiden cruise June 3, 2002, across the Atlantic from New York to Southampton (London), with calls at Halifax, Nova Scotia; Cobh (Cork), Ireland; and Plymouth, England. 

Following its maiden cruise, the Prinsendam will embark through August on a series of 13- and 14-day cruises from London, Copenhagen or Amsterdam. Depending on itinerary, highlights include the British Isles, the coast of Spain, Norwegian fjords, seaports of the Baltic, the treasures of St. Petersburg (Moscow tour option) and the coast of France. Also depending on itinerary, these cruises feature first-time visits for Holland America at La Rochelle, France; Bilbao, Spain; Klaipeda, Lithuania; the Kiel Canal; Esbjerg, Denmark; Karlskrona, Sweden; Rouen, France and Torquay, England.

A final Europe cruise sails Aug. 21 from Copenhagen to Lisbon with stops at Oslo, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Dover, Rouen, France and Dunmore East (near Waterford), Ireland. Fares begin at US$2,869 per person, double occupancy, including port charges.

Transatlantic Cruises Offer Musical Themes, New Ports
The Rotterdam's 16-day Aug. "Journey to the Northern Isles'' from Boston to London includes calls at Qaqortoq, Greenland; Reykjavik and Akureyri, Iceland; and Torshavn, Faroe Islands. The 17-day "Voyage of Discovery'' has the Rotterdam sailing Aug. 26 from London to New York with calls in France, Channel Islands, Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Hebrides, Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland. Fares start at US$2,879 per person, double occupancy, including port charges.

Flagship Forum Lectures Enhance the Experience
Holland America's Europe cruises of 12 or more days include the "Flagship Forum Lecture Series,'' a fascinating way for guests to learn from respected authorities about such topics as European culture, history, art and architecture, and Scandinavian literature and music.

Europe cruises of 14 days or longer, plus all transatlantic cruises and 2002 Prinsendam cruises, feature gentlemen hosts on board to enhance single ladies' enjoyment of daytime and evening activities by providing company for dinner, dancing, and excursions ashore.

Holland America offers more than 360 shore excursions and pre- and post-cruise tours ranging from four to six nights so guests can savor Europe and its grand cities in depth. New pre- and post-packages are available in Barcelona and Lisbon.

A Home City Air program offers low-cost air fares from several United States and Canadian gateways for passengers seeking value in a fly-cruise package. Holland America also offers the only trip cancellation program in the industry that gives cash back for cancelling for any reason prior to 24 hours before departure.

About Holland America Line
Holland America Line has 11 luxury ships sailing to more than 280 ports of call and scenic cruising destinations on all seven continents, including Antarctica. In 2002, Holland America Line will offer 360 sailings within a half-day's drive of 40 percent of North American households and departing from 15 North American home ports.

Affordable air arrangements are available through the Home City Air program and Holland America offers the only trip cancellation program in the industry that offers cash back for canceling for any reason prior to 24 hours before departure.

Holland America Line is the highest-rated premium cruise line in the world in the 2001 "Travel & Leisure'' magazine "World's Best'' Awards and the 2000 "Conde Nast Traveler'' Readers' Choice Awards. The company also has won its ninth consecutive "Best Overall Cruise Value'' award from the World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society (WOCLS).

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MIAMI, FL, Oct 26, 2001 - Norwegian Star, Norwegian Cruise Line's (NCL) second ship purpose built for Freestyle Cruising, recently completed successful sea trials in the North Sea near Papenburg, Germany at the Meyer Werft shipyard, where she was built. 

Norwegian Star, custom designed for the Hawaii market, is NCL's fastest ship and measured a trial speed of well above 25 knots. According to the independent company conducting the measurement, the vibration levels at this top speed were the lowest they have ever measured on a ship of this type and size. 

Technicians and engineers from Meyer Werft and various contractors tested the maneuverability, sailing ability and safety aspects of the latest, most modern ship to enter the cruise industry. During the trials, Norwegian Star completed a crash stop at full speed, a full turn at full speed and many other operational and navigational procedures.

"These sea trials are a vital aspect of testing Norwegian Star's state-of-the-art navigational and propulsion systems," said Colin Veitch, president and Chief Executive Officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. "We are excited about her maximum speed and look forward to a bright future with her."

Beginning Dec. 16, 2001, the 91,000-ton, 2,220-passenger Norwegian Star will offer weekly seven-day, year-round itineraries round-trip from Honolulu, Oahu and Lahaina, Maui and is the only modern ship to be deployed there year round.

Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line is an international cruise company
and industry innovator that currently operates a fleet of eight ships
sailing to more than 200 ports around the world.

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Silversea Sweeps All Other Cruise Lines, Both Large and Small

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, Oct 30 - For the luxurious all-suite vessels of Silversea Cruises, six times is a charm. The discerning readers of Conde Nast Traveler have again spoken in the magazine's Annual Reader's Choice Awards and named Silversea Cruises the undisputed "World's Best'' cruise line for a sixth consecutive year, labeling Silversea a veritable "dynasty'' in its consistent number one presence.

With the highest score of 89.0, Silversea earned the title "World's Best'' Small Ship Line, outscoring the nearest runner-up in the Small Ship category (vessels carrying fewer than 500 passengers) by ten points. The high score of 89 also enabled Silversea to outscore all cruise lines in the Large Ship category (ships carrying more than 500 passengers).

According to Conde Nast Traveler, "Silversea's all-suite, private veranda ships establish a standard'' setting the high benchmark for luxury cruising. Conde Nast Traveler readers also lauded the culinary excellence of Silversea's gourmet cuisine with "a 90-plus rating for Food''.

The leader in elite luxury travel, Silversea's six-year run as "World's Best'' Small Ship cruise line has twice been highlighted by the line's achieving the coveted number one spot in Conde Nast Traveler's "Top 100'' list of the world's best travel experiences. Silversea's high ratings twice surpassed all other travel entities and destinations including hotels, resorts, cruise lines, spas, cities, countries and islands.

These most recent Conde Nast Traveler Reader's Poll results come on the heels of the September announcement that Silversea was again named the "World's Best'' Small Ship Cruise Line from Conde Nast Traveller in the United Kingdom for the third year in a row, establishing Silversea internationally as "World's Best'' on both sides of the Atlantic. 

The unprecedented popularity of Silversea's worldwide cruise vacations begins with the line's intimate all-suite, private-veranda ships, purpose built to provide the personalized service and clubby, convivial feel of an exclusive boutique hotel. Onboard, Silversea guests are treated with gracious hospitality in an at-your-service atmosphere where guest's desires are met, often before they are even anticipated. The line's all-inclusive philosophy is readily apparent onboard where all beverages and gratuities are conveniently included for the pleasure and enjoyment of the line's discerning guests. From free-flowing Moet & Chandon - Silversea's house champagne, to an extensive selection of wines and spirits, all beverages are included throughout the ship so guests need never worry about signing for drinks or remembering who bought the last round, adding to the ships' casual, easy-going ambiance.

At a time when mass-market cruise lines are building ships upwards of 3,000 passengers and even reputed luxury lines are building new vessels which carry as many as 700 and even 900 passengers, Silversea has stayed true to its commitment to intimacy, luxury and personalized service with its newest vessels Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper. Silver Shadow (launched September 2000) and Silver Whisper (launched July 2001) feature the highest space per passenger at sea, as well as new public areas and amenities including a wine and champagne bar by Moet & Chandon, a cigar lounge by Davidoff, a world-class Mandara Spa, and more. 

Since the launch of the 296-guest, all-suite Silver Cloud in 1994 and sister ship Silver Wind in 1995, Silversea has been recognized as an innovator in the luxury segment, offering guests large ship amenities aboard intimate vessels designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. Convenient all-inclusive pricing, an attentive "at your service" staff, and an unmatched onboard product created in partnership with the world's most respected luxury brands - Bvlgari, Moet & Chandon, Davidoff and Relais & Chateaux, has made Silversea the favorite among modern affluent travelers. The recent launch of all-suite luxury sister ships Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper continues Silversea's award-winning service excellence and sophistication with new features and amenities aboard vessels catering to just 382 guests.

For more information, please contact your travel professional. For a complimentary brochure please call (800) 774-9996. View our worldwide itineraries, take a virtual tour of the ship, and plan a cruise online at

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Miami, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) announced it has altered its 19-day Singapore to Sydney itinerary of Norwegian Wind, scheduled Dec. 15, 2001-Jan. 3, 2002. 

Norwegian Wind will now call on Kuala Lumpur and Penang, Malaysia instead of the originally scheduled stops at Semarang and Bali, Indonesia. 

"We are closely monitoring travel advisories from the State Department and although we do not expect to have to make further adjustments, we will do so if necessary and in accordance with any new State Department advisories," said Colin Veitch, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. "NCL's highest priority is to ensure the safety and security of all of our guests and crew. "

Passengers wishing to cancel their sailing will be subject to normal cancellation policies. The revised Norwegian Wind itinerary follows: 

Day Port Arrive Depart 
12/15 Singapore Noon - - 
12/16 Singapore - - 6 p.m. 
12/17 Kuala Lumpur (Port Kelang), Malaysia 8a.m. 5 p.m. 
12/18 Penang, Malaysia 7a.m. 3 p.m. 
12/19 Cruise Java Sea - - - - 
12/20 Cruise Java Sea - - - - 
12/21 Cruise Java Sea - - - - 
12/22 Cruise Banda Sea - - - - 
12/23 Cruise Timor Sea - - - - 
12/24 Darwin, Australia 8a.m. 5p.m. 
12/25 Cruise Arafura Sea - - - - 
12/26 Cruise Torres Strait - - - - 
12/27 Cruise Coral Sea - - - - 
12/28 Cairns, Australia 8a.m. 8p.m. 
12/29 Cruise Great Barrier Reef - - - - 
Townsville, Australia Noon 6p.m. 
12/30 Cruise Great Barrier Reef - - - - 
12/31 Cruise Great Barrier Reef - - - - 
1/1 Brisbane, Australia 8a.m. 5p.m. 
1/2 At Sea - - - - 
1/3 Sydney, Australia 7a.m.* - - 
* Disembarkation usually begins two hours after docking.

Travel agents and passengers affected by this change can call NCL at (800) 327-7030 with questions.

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A Guide to the Line's New U.S.-Based Redeployment Schedule

11/1/01 - As part of Princess' commitment to offering greater opportunities for U.S.-based cruise vacations, the company has recently added 66 new voyages to Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada/New England and the Panama Canal.

"Vacationers have become increasingly interested in finding unique travel experiences closer to home," said Dean Brown, Princess' executive vice president of customer service and sales. "We have answered this call by adding numerous opportunities for passengers to enjoy the excitement of a cruise and the convenience of round-trip departures from North American ports."

Following is a summary of the line's new cruise schedules.

Mexican Riviera:
Princess has expanded its Mexican Riviera departures with new seven-day and 10-day sailings round-trip from Los Angeles. The seven-day voyages take in the warmth and excitement of Mexico's favorite ports, including Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas, while the 10-day journeys also include Acapulco and Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa. Sea Princess adds seven-day cruises from December 29, 2001 through March 2, 2002 and switches to the 10-day itinerary from March 9 through April 28, 2002.

In the fall, Sun Princess takes over the 10-day sailings, departing from September 27, 2002 through January 15, 2003, and again from March 26 through April 25, 2003.

Both ships will be joining the line's new Star Princess, the largest and most amenity-filled vessel ever to sail on the West Coast, when she debuts with her seven-day itinerary on March 16, 2002.

Sun Princess puts the islands within easy reach, offering two 15-day round-trip voyages from Los Angeles to Hawaii on January 25 and March 11, 2003. The ship's fun-filled Hawaiian itinerary features visits to all of this tropical destination's major islands, including Hilo, Lahaina, Honolulu, Nawiliwili and Kona, as well as Ensenada in Mexico.

Princess has added a sixth ship to its Alaska schedule for 2002 with a series of 10-day round-trip voyages from San Francisco aboard Regal Princess. The 11 new voyages begin May 29 and sail through September 6, 2002. The itinerary takes passengers through the beautiful Golden Gate and heads north for calls at Juneau, Skagway (or Sitka), followed by a visit to the glaciers of Tracy Arm, and stops at Ketchikan and Victoria, British Columbia.

Canada/New England:
One of Princess passengers' favorite ships, Royal Princess offers four special Eastern Seaboard voyages in fall 2002. Three voyages on a 10-day itinerary between New York and Montreal set sail on September 17, September 27 and October 7, featuring visits to Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor, St. John, Halifax, the Saguenay River, and Quebec City. On October 17 the ship departs on a 14-day Canada/Colonial America voyage between Montreal and Ft. Lauderdale, with stops in Quebec, Halifax, Bar Harbor, Boston, Newport (Rhode Island), New York, Newport News (Virginia), Baltimore and Charleston. The ship begins these itineraries following a 14-day Southampton to New York trans-Atlantic crossing on September 3.

Panama Canal: Royal Princess returns to the Panama Canal in 2002, offering 10 departures on a 10-night itinerary round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale between February 11 and May 12. This scenic cruise calls at Cartagena, Limon (Costa Rica), Grand Cayman and Cozumel, while offering a bird's-eye view of the transit through the Panama Canal's Gatun Locks.

Following her final spring Panama Canal cruise, Royal Princess will travel to her summer Europe home with an eight-day trans-Atlantic sailing from Ft. Lauderdale to Southampton on May 22, 2002.

In fall 2002, Royal Princess sails on four 14-day Panama Canal voyages between Ft. Lauderdale and Los Angeles. Scheduled for October 31, November 14, November 28, and December 12, these voyages offer visits to Aruba, Cartagena, Puntarenas (Costa Rica), Acapulco and Cabo San Lucas.

Sun Princess also adds two 15-day Panama Canal voyages between Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale on February 9 and February 24, 2003. Passengers will enjoy stops at Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco, Puntarenas (Costa Rica), Cartagena, Aruba and Ocho Rios, as well as the spectacular passage through the canal.

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