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Carnival Cruise Lines Kicks Off 2011 With One Simple Question: ‘Hey America, Didja Ever?’

MIAMI, Dec 27: “Didja Ever” zip line across a rain forest? Catch air on a wave runner? Jump into an impromptu performance of Thriller between courses at dinner? Well, mark your new calendar for more fun and firsts! Carnival Cruise Lines unveiled its “Hey America, Didja Ever” campaign that inspires people to try new things to add more fun – and ultimately, happiness and satisfaction – to their lives. Carnival will help consumers share, fulfill and celebrate first-time experiences throughout the year, driven by the “Didja Ever” campaign headquarters on Carnival’s Facebook page ( and promoted through exciting and interactive broadcast, online, social media and local marketing efforts.

Carnival is collecting the Top 100 Firsts from its more than 420,000 (and growing) Facebook fans and all of America. The company is encouraging people to check things off their lists, share experiences through photos and video, and create once-in-a-lifetime events and memories. Of course, the Fun Ship company will also help to fulfill many firsts for participants that will include everything from giving away monthly cruise vacations for four to offering once-in-a-lifetime opportunities like appearing on-stage as the opening act for a favorite band, and many other fun activities online and in major markets.

“As a company that is built upon fun and memorable vacation experiences, we thought that it was time to help Americans put fun on the front burner,” said Jim Berra, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Carnival Cruise Lines. “The ‘Didja Ever’ campaign reminds people it’s time to make their list and start living that list to the fullest. And we’ll provide a little help along the way to fulfill some of these wishes in surprising and unexpected ways throughout the year.”
According to a consumer survey commissioned by Carnival earlier this month, nine out of 10 adults have a list of things they wish to accomplish in their lifetime. Robert Mack, author of the bestselling book, “Happiness From the Inside Out: The Art and Science of Fulfillment,” and celebrity life coach explains, “If you want to live your best life, start by setting a goal that deeply inspires and excites you on a personal level so you’ll stick to it. If you can stay engaged and keep it fun, you’ll be more committed.” Mack added that another important element of success is sharing your goal with other people who will support you and cheer you on. Studies have shown people are up to 10 times more likely to accomplish a goal when they write it down. So sharing that wish or First with your friends on Carnival’s Facebook page is a great first step to achieving success.

On The Air Waves & Online
To promote the new “Didja Ever” campaign, Carnival today debuted the first of its newest television spots that continue the popular “Fun For All. All For Fun.” theme. The ads utilize stunning slow-motion to capture Carnival cruise fans enthralled in first-time moments. The first in the series features a mom who awes her young boys when she catches air on a wave runner. The spots feature the familiar voice of actor John Krasinski who notes “Now, there’s a first,” and the rock anthem “Bang the Drum” by Todd Rundgren.

The new TV spots will air on major networks and top-rated daytime and primetime shows including NBC’s Today Show, Parenthood and The Office, ABC’s Good Morning America, Grey’s Anatomy and Extreme Home Makeover, and CBS’s How I Met Your Mother, Mike and Molly, and Undercover Boss. In addition to new TV spots, Carnival is helping to ring in the New Year as the official confetti sponsorship of the Times Square New Year’s Eve 2011 celebration, and also promoting the “Didja Ever” campaign through online advertising and video which will appear on leading sites such as YouTube, Yahoo!, Hulu and

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Undercover Boss’ Norwegian Cruise Line Episode to Air on Jan 2, 2011

MIAMI – December 22: Norwegian Cruise Line President and CEO Kevin Sheehan has his cover blown while working on the frontlines during the company’s episode of the Emmy-nominated hit reality series "Undercover Boss" airing on Sunday, January 2, 2011 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

In the Jan. 2 Norwegian Cruise Line episode, Sheehan is recognized by Silvia, a waitress in the Manhattan Room restaurant on Norwegian Epic. During his undercover journey, Sheehan also hosts the line’s signature White Hot Party where he’s forced to step out of his comfort zone to lead a crowd of more than 1,000 guests in a line dance. Sheehan also spent time on Pride of America in Hawaii, where he worked alongside a deck repairman, John, a fellow New Yorker, who was quite critical of Sheehan’s performance.

"Going undercover gave me a much deeper appreciation for our crew and how hard they work everyday creating memorable cruise vacations for our guests,” said Sheehan. "I can now better relate to our crew members. I was humbled by the experience and have an even greater respect for our crew since I’ve walked in their shoes."

Each week, "Undercover Boss" follows a different executive as he or she leaves the comfort of the corner office for an undercover mission to examine the inner workings of their companies. While working alongside their employees, they see the effects that their decisions have on others, where the problems lie within their organizations and get an up-close look at both the good and the bad while discovering the unsung heroes who make their companies run.

For more information on Sheehan’s undercover experience and Norwegian Cruise Line, visit

About Kevin Sheehan
Since taking the helm of Norwegian Cruise Line in 2008, Kevin Sheehan has overseen major company initiatives including vastly improving on-board service and amenities across the fleet; expanding the line’s European presence; repositioning two of the line’s Hawai’i-based ships creating a profitable business model; revitalizing top management with a mixture of cruise industry and outside expertise; and using his extensive 30-year background in the business world to help Norwegian post a sharp turnaround in profitability in the midst of a tough economic climate.

Sheehan comes from a diverse professional background that includes helping to found Spanish-language television network Telemundo; taking several companies public including rental car giant Avis; aiding in the inception and launch of the Sega Channel, the first interactive game platform over cable; teaching full-time at Adelphi University in New York and consulting for a variety of private equity firms, including Apollo Management, a Norwegian shareholder. Sheehan’s tell-it-like-it-is persona and personal philosophy of leading by example has allowed him to reinvigorate the organization by opening lines of communication and creating a positive corporate culture.

Before joining Norwegian in 2007, Sheehan was Chairman and CEO of Cendant Corp Vehicle Services Division where he was responsible for Avis Rent A Car, Budget Rent A Car, Budget Trucks, PHH Vehicle Management, First Fleet and Wright Express. While there, he integrated the Avis and Budget rental car brands into one network and also successfully completed a 100 percent initial public offering of Wright Express. Prior to joining Cendant Corp, Sheehan served in leadership positions at STT Video Partners LLP and Telemundo Group, Inc. He also spent two and a half years consulting to private equity firms and lecturing full-time at Adelphi University in New York as a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Accounting, Finance, and Economics.

Sheehan, a native New Yorker and avid basketball fan, is married with two children.

About Undercover Boss
CBS's reality series UNDERCOVER BOSS is an Emmy-nominated series in its second season and has featured such companies such as Choice Hotels International, DIRECTV, Frontier Airlines, NASCAR, The Chicago Cubs, and SUBWAY® Restaurants.

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SeaDream Yacht Club Assists nearly 600 Charities via Live Auction

Miami, FL, Dec 21: When SeaDream was founded in September 2001, they searched for opportunities to get the small company’s name out in a big way. At a challenging time, with empty staterooms to fill and a modest advertising budget, SeaDream developed a program for non-profits to sell a SeaDream voyage at live (oral) auction fundraisers. Typically charity events, be it black-tie galas, golf tournaments or fashion shows, attract community “movers & shakers”. It’s a select audience who may pay entrance fees in the $200-$700+ range. These individuals attend the event prepared to purchase silent auction, live auction and raffle ticket items in support of the charity. Luxury travel items garner high bids and ultimately, big dollars for the charity.

Since SeaDream started their charity auction program, they have worked with close to 600 charities in several countries including the USA, Germany, Canada, Australia and Mexico. SeaDream’s President Bob Lepisto said “We found the philanthropy sector to be a very smart way to target market to our audience. We were able to assist worthy causes and at the same time gain exposure to choice audiences in select cities by way of fundraisers benefitting hospitals, theatres, private schools and the like.”

Times have changed since 2001 and SeaDream’s yachts now sail at close to 100% occupancy. However, SeaDream realizes the importance of this program and continues to work with charities world wide. Adrienne d’Annunzio, who handles the administration of this program for SeaDream said, “Charities are always looking for unique, “hot” items to make their auction enticing. The number of guests that sail with SeaDream first thru an auction purchase and then return to sail again is quite high. The auction winners become repeat guests. It’s a win-win.”

“I welcome travel professionals and non-profits to contact me and submit their request. Because of our limited availability, we may not participate in every event that approaches us and the charity should be aware the voyage is on consignment.” To learn more, contact SeaDream Yacht Club at 1 800 707-4911 or

The expression “Yachting” is not a sentiment about size; it is a statement about lifestyle aboard the small vessels. Chic and stylish, SeaDream’s 56-stateroom yachts are favored for their elegant informality, state-of-the-art facilities, personal service provided by a crew of 95, inclusive open bar and gratuities, ocean view accommodations, luxury spa and world class cuisine. Visit

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Extreme Adventure or Extremely Relaxing? Two Crystal Overland Options
in South America

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 20: Travelers aboard Crystal Symphony's Feb 7 South America voyage have two brand new options ashore for further exploration of Brazil. Adventurous types can enjoy a four-night jaunt to Pantanal - UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world's largest wetlands - for horse-back riding, canoeing, hiking and even piranha fishing is the perfect way to fully experience the destination. Travelers seeking pampered relaxation may opt for the one-night escape to the Pousada Vila D'este resort in the once quiet fishing village of Buzios, where lounging on breathtaking beaches along protected waters can be a full day's activity.

"Travel can be a very personal choice - one may prefer the adrenaline rush that comes with trekking through a rainforest, while others seek to truly unwind while on vacation. Regardless of one's personal style, a Crystal cruise truly provides experiences - on board and ashore - that will accommodate most any interest," says John Stoll, vice president, land and port operations.

The "Wetlands of Pantanal" departs from Buenos Aires to Rio and continues inland. Fares for the Crystal Overland Adventure are $3,298. Departing from Rio de Janeiro, the "Beautiful Buzios Relaxing Resort Escape" is $1,221.

The 16-day voyage begins with overnight stays in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro before calling at Devil's Island, Barbados, Turks & Caicos and disembarking in Miami. Promotional, Two-for-One cruise fares include complimentary air transportation and $1,000 per person 'All Inclusive - As You Wish' shipboard credits. Fares quoted for the cruise and overland programs are based on per person, double occupancy accommodations. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit

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Adventures by Disney Sets Sail with Disney Cruise Line To Offer Cruise Guests
Unique Travel Tours in 2011

BURBANK, CA, Dec. 20: Award-winning travel companies Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise Line have once again teamed up to offer immersive vacation opportunities for families aboard select Disney cruise vacations in 2011. The Adventures by Disney experience is available as an upgrade booked in advance of the cruise that features privately-guided tour packages in Mediterranean or Alaskan ports of call or a pre-cruise adventure at the port of embarkation.

"We have combined the best of both vacations to bring the ultimate adventure package to life," said Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line and New Vacation Operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. "Families can enjoy the benefits of a cruise with the ease and convenience of a shore experience series unique to the destination, all completely planned and scheduled in advance."

Disney's new sea and shore offers broaden guest travel options. Cruises can be combined with guided tours of the world's most fascinating and scenic destinations. They include interaction with Local Experts and provide active, hands-on experiences to create a unique vacation that families will never forget.

"Our itineraries are designed to connect families with the world - and each other," said Josh D'Amaro, Vice President, Adventures by Disney. "We kept this top of mind when selecting the best activities in ports of call and surrounding areas. When guests book this option, they can be certain that the quality and characteristics of Adventures by Disney are ingrained in each trip as they enjoy the magic, innovation and world-class service of Disney Cruise Line."

Escape to an Adventure on Land
Considered two vacations in one, the Escape packages are mini Adventures by Disney trips available on select Disney Cruise Line departures that begin prior to the cruise, allowing guests to further explore the local culture and history of the specific destination.

The Vancouver Escape is a 4-day/3-night vacation that takes place prior to the Disney Cruise Line itinerary to Alaska. Guests enjoy breakfast "Under the Sea" at Vancouver Aquarium as beluga whales swim nearby followed by a tour of the Marine Science Center. Starting from the Aquarium, guests receive a guided tour of Stanley Park, including a visit to the famed totem poles. Families hop a gondola to the top of Grouse Mountain to visit the resident bears and wolves of the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife and take a ride on the Mountain Zipline - all before boarding the Disney Wonder for a 7-night voyage to Alaska.

On the 4-day/3-night Barcelona Escape, guests will explore the Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Antoni Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece and the landscape architecture of Parque Guell. Junior Adventurers are treated to an exclusive archeological experience and mountain hike and even transition back in time as they visit Pueblo Espanol followed by a flamenco farewell. Guests then board the Disney Magic, where they will enjoy unrivaled onboard entertainment and hassle-free travel as they explore the Mediterranean.

"Sea" More with Onboard Upgrade
Travelers aboard the 7-night Alaskan Wonders cruise and the 7-, 10- and 11-night Mediterranean Magic cruises can opt for a combined Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise Line vacation that provides an immersive experience on land and at sea, including specially planned shore experiences led by Disney-trained Adventure Guides. Mediterranean Magic offers a privately-guided tour of Florence featuring top sites such as Michelangelo's David, followed by visits to cultural and historical locations throughout Rome, an authentic pizza-making lesson and even a private boat tour of Capri, stopping for a swim. At night, guests return to the splendor and services aboard the Disney Magic.

Between scenic views of North America's western shoreline aboard the 7-night Alaskan Wonders cruise, guests take a helicopter to a glacier, visit the Yukon Suspension Bridge in Canada and receive a private tour of the Jewell Gardens. Whether attending a glassblowing demonstration or dog sledding, details are perfected to ensure the itinerary includes local flair and unforgettable moments. Afterward, guests return to the amenities and comfort of the Disney Wonder.

Adventures by Disney's Signature Service
With every trip, guests discover the best of each location and participate in experiences nearly impossible to book on their own. Families will depart on vacation knowing every detail is taken care of as they travel from one destination to the next, receiving world-class service all the while. Adventures by Disney itineraries feature Adventure Guides, Local Experts and expedited entrance to some of the most popular sites, unique experiences for Junior Adventurers and special surprises for every traveler. Guests return home with a well-rounded tour of the location from land and by sea, and memories they can treasure for a lifetime.

For more information or to book these unique vacations, contact a Disney Cruise Line reservation agent at 888/272-0571. To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can contact their travel agent, visit, or call Disney Cruise Line at 888-DCL-2500.

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Buy One, Get One Winter Caribbean Cruises from MSC

FORT LAUDERDALE, Dec 16: It’s not too late to save this holiday season with MSC for buy one, get one offers on winter Caribbean cruises in a balcony stateroom. Get 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 cruise experience on bookings made by Dec. 31.

Sail onboard MSC Poesia and depart from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. to the following Eastern Caribbean cruise destinations: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Nassau Bahamas. Western Caribbean cruise destinations include: Key West, Florida; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico.

Cruises depart Jan. 9 & 23, 2011 for the Eastern Caribbean and Western Caribbean and Jan. 16 & 30, 2011 for the Western Caribbean and Eastern Caribbean. Rates for a balcony stateroom are from $899 plus government fees and taxes (GFTs) of $117.07.

Explore the Caribbean by land (train, bicycle, 4X4, ATV, bus or horseback) and by sea (snorkeling, diving, glass-bottomed boat, catamaran or kayak) while participating in a shore excursion. Plus, there is always plenty of fun in the sun.

Experience the following shore excursions on an Eastern Caribbean cruise:
Explore historic Philipsburg by bicycle or tour the island in a four-wheel-drive vehicle
Sail on an America’s Cup yacht
Shop for bargains or enjoy sun-drenched beaches

There are additional opportunities for adventure in the Western Caribbean with these activities:
Explore Key West’s Old Town by conch train
Interact with stingrays in Georgetown
“Kiss” a dolphin in Georgetown or Cozumel
Step into the past at the Mayan ruins
Experience XCaret Eco-Park
Cruise-only rates are per person based on double occupancy for U.S. and Canadian residents.
All cruises offer just a $100 deposit, and kids 17 and younger sail for just $179 as the third/fourth guest in a stateroom. For more information about MSC Cruises, visit, call 877-665-4655, or contact a local travel professional.

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Windstar Cruises Announces 2-For-1 Fares on 2011 Europe Sailings

SEATTLE, Dec. 16: Windstar Cruises, which operates a three-ship fleet of luxury yachts that explore hidden harbors and secluded coves of the world's most treasured destinations, offers exceptional values to some of the most romantic places in the world with 2-for-1 fares on select 2011 Europe voyages now through Dec 31, 2010.

Spanish Coast 7-Day Voyages
Discover enchanting ports, exotic lands and historical attractions as you explore the breathtaking coast of Spain.

-- April 17, 2011, Lisbon to Barcelona on Wind Surf.
-- April 23, 2011, Lisbon to Barcelona on Wind Spirit.
-- June 25, 2011, Barcelona to Lisbon on Wind Spirit.

Islands of the Western Mediterranean 7-Day Voyages
Experience some of Europe's most famous cities, vibrant islands and local culture as you sail the Mediterranean Sea.

-- April 24, 2011, Barcelona to Rome on Wind Surf.
-- April 30, 2011, Barcelona to Rome on Wind Spirit.
-- May 1, 2011, Rome to Barcelona on Wind Surf.
-- May 7, 2011, Barcelona to Rome on Wind Star.
-- June 25, 2011, Nice to Barcelona on Wind Surf.

Classic Mediterranean 7-Day Voyages
Explore timeless archaeological wonders, the stunning Amalfi coast and the captivating islands of Greece.

-- May 7, 2011, Rome to Athens on Wind Spirit.
-- June 11, 2011, Athens to Rome on Wind Spirit.
-- July 30, 2011, Athens to Rome on Wind Surf.
-- July 30, 2011, Venice to Athens on Wind Star.

Special 2-for-1 cruise fares are subject to availability, are not combinable with any other pricing offers, are capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time without prior notice. Offer is valid on new bookings made now through December 31, 2010. Offer valid for U.S. residents only. Government fees and taxes additional. For more information including brochures, rates and itineraries contact a professional travel agent or call Windstar at 1-800-258-7245. Visit Windstar Cruises online at

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Carnival Cruise Lines Brings Confetti Fun to Times Square for
New Year's Eve 2011 Festivities

MIAMI, Dec. 16: For the first time ever, Carnival Cruise Lines is infusing its fun spirit into the world's largest New Year's Eve celebration in New York's Times Square. Carnival today announced it is the official confetti sponsor of the Times Square New Year's Eve 2011 celebration, bringing its signature fun and popular brand to the annual gathering of more than a million revelers. The sponsorship includes multiple opportunities to associate the "Fun Ship" brand with the annual excitement and engage Times Square visitors and Carnival fans online with the option to have their wishes for 2011 added to the celebration's confetti.

Carnival's Senior Cruise Director will lead the official confetti air-worthiness test in Times Square in late December. He will then join the main event stage on Dec 31 to lead the New Year's Eve celebrants in a practice countdown, complete with 500 pounds of Carnival-colored red, white and blue confetti, the first confetti drop of the New Year's Eve 2011 party. At the stroke of midnight on Jan 1, 2011, a ton of colorful Carnival Confetti, hand-tossed by approximately 100 "confetti dispersal engineers," including a number of lucky Carnival employees, will fill the New York City skyline. Carnival will also engage the crowd through billboard advertisements and a text to win cruise giveaway on New Year's Eve.

"Carnival is thrilled to be part of New York City's New Year's Eve celebration and add our brand of participatory fun to the festivities," said Jim Berra, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Carnival Cruise Lines. "There is no place more iconic and energetic than Times Square on New Year's Eve, so the opportunity to be the official confetti sponsor of this celebration is a great way for us to reinforce the fun our guests experience and to kick off the New Year for our brand. We'll also be sending warm thoughts of Caribbean climes and tropical breezes to the revelers braving the cold by giving away a Carnival cruise vacation to one lucky person."

Carnival is giving people a chance to get in on the confetti fun with the Carnival Confetti New Year's Eve Wishing Wall at the Times Square Visitor's Center located at 1560 Broadway in New York City. Wishing Wall visitors are invited to share their hopes and dreams for the coming year on colorful slips of paper that will be added to the ton of confetti that will rain from the sky as the clock strikes midnight. Those unable to visit the Wishing Wall but who would still like to have their wish included in the Carnival Confetti, can visit to learn more and follow simple instructions to share what fun things they wish to do next year and have their wish included in the confetti that will be part of the Times Square New Year's Eve celebration.

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Holland America Line’s Rotterdam & Westerdam To Sail
Hawaii & Tahiti Explorations in 2011, 2012

Seattle, Dec 16: In fall of 2011 and winter of 2012 two Holland America Line ships, ms Westerdam and ms Rotterdam, will sail three 30-day “Circle Hawaii, Tahiti and Marquesas Islands” explorations, visiting beautiful and picturesque islands throughout French Polynesia and the Aloha state. Westerdam’s voyage sails round trip from San Diego, Calif., and departs Sept. 29, 2011. Rotterdam also sails round trip from San Diego and departs Jan. 4 and March 4, 2012.

“The South Pacific islands are known for their impressive landscape, crystalline waters, lush foliage and pristine beaches,” said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. “Holland America Line gives our guests a full range of experiences, offering some of the best diving and snorkeling opportunities in the world as well as unique land excursions including tours to pearl farms and vanilla plantations.”

Guests sailing on the Westerdam will have two opportunities to extend their voyage and embark early for the coastal portion of the cruise. The ship departs Seattle, Wash., Sept. 24, making it a 35-day voyage, or Sept. 25 from Vancouver, B.C., making it 34 days.

During the voyages the ships will call at Hilo, Lahaina, Honolulu and Hawaii; Fanning Island, Kiribati; Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, and Raiatea, Bora Bora, Papeete, Moorea, Rangiroa and Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia. Highlights of the journey include crossing the equator and international date line, two “musts” on every traveler’s list. Extended stays at Lahaina, Hilo and Honolulu allow for a more in-depth Hawaiian experience, while an overnight call at Papeete, Tahiti, affords guests time to explore the island’s French culture as well as learn more about painter Paul Gauguin.

When in port, guests can choose from a multitude of diverse shore excursions including Overland Adventures, off-the-beaten-track explorations, Signature Collection private-car touring and exclusive Medallion Collection excursions.

Rotterdam features the latest Signature of Excellence enhancements, including new Lanai cabins and new stateroom décor. Highlights also include Mix, a new bar concept with three specialty lounges serving their namesakes: Martinis, Champagne and Spirits & Ales; Showroom at Sea, a glamorous nightclub with a new slate of performances featuring seasoned Broadway entertainers; a new resort pool feature called The Retreat, a shallow area where guests may lounge in chairs and dip their fingers and toes in the water; and Canaletto, a complimentary Italian restaurant that is open in the evening.

For more information on Holland America Line’s Hawaii, Tahiti and Marquesas Islands Voyages, consult a professional travel agent, call 1-800-522-3399 or visit

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Carnival Cruise Lines Cancels Additional Voyages of Carnival Splendor as Repairs Continue

MIAMI, Dec. 15: Carnival Cruise Lines has cancelled additional departures of the Carnival Splendor including the Jan 16, 23, & 30 and Feb 6 & 13, 2011 voyages to allow for additional repair time following an engine room fire aboard the vessel in November. The ship is now scheduled to re-enter service Feb 20, 2011. As repairs have progressed and damaged components tested, additional issues have been discovered. Also, some of the needed parts are not readily available and are being manufactured in Europe. The ship is currently in San Diego, however, it will sail to San Francisco in mid-January where repairs will be completed at a dry dock facility.

"We sincerely apologize to our guests for having to cancel these additional cruises," said Gerry Cahill, Carnival's president and CEO. "We made our best effort back in November to estimate the necessary repair time with a strong goal of not having to modify it at a later point in time. Unfortunately, as the repairs have progressed and we have discovered additional issues, it is now clear that we need more time. We know this is extremely disappointing for our guests and particularly disheartening for those who already had their vacations cancelled once and are now being affected again."

Guests booked on the cancelled voyages will receive a refund or future cruise credit equal to the amount paid, along with reimbursement of air transportation-related change fees. Those who re-book may also receive a 25 percent future cruise discount and/or onboard credit depending on the ship and sailing date of the new booking. Additional details are available at

Carnival is contacting travel agents and guests affected by the new cancellations to provide assistance. Travel agent commissions on cancelled sailings are being protected. Carnival Splendor operates year-round seven-day Mexican Riviera voyages from Long Beach, California.

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Author Terry Breen to Lecture on Oceania Cruises’ Inaugural Summer Alaska Cruises

Miami, Dec. 15: Oceania Cruises has announced that Terry Breen will be a guest lecturer featured on its summer Alaska cruises aboard the line’s elegant 684-passenger Regatta. Breen will give enrichment lectures and share personal insights with guests as they explore the Inside Passage and lesser-known Alaskan ports. With 19 years of expedition experience, Breen has honed her love for cultural anthropology and exploration with an innate stage presence to become an acclaimed area specialist. Author of The Cruiser Friendly Onboard Guide series, the first and only guides that explore the world as seen from the decks of a cruise ship, Breen will share her invaluable insight and understanding of Alaska’s celebrated sights and uncultivated wilderness.

“We are delighted to have Terry join the Oceania Cruises family for our maiden foray into Alaska,” states Bob Binder, president of Oceania Cruises. “Her style and in-depth knowledge of the Great State will complement our distinctive voyages.”

Oceania Cruises’ 12-Day Alaskan Grandeur itinerary operates between San Francisco and Vancouver on May 26 and again Aug. 14. With the line’s Double Bonus Savings promotion offering two-for-one cruise fares, free airfare, a per stateroom savings of $1,000 off cruise fares plus a $1,000 shipboard credit, rates start at just $3,299 per person, based on double occupancy, if booked by Dec. 31, 2010. Ports include:

Astoria: Known as the “Little San Francisco of the Pacific Northwest” due to colorful Victorian homes clinging to its steep hills, Astoria was established in 1811 and is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies.
Wrangell: A former Tlingit Indian stronghold, then a Russian outpost, and finally an American settlement in 1867, on nearby Chief Shakes Island Wrangell guests can see a preserved tribal house and learn about the three gold rushes that transformed the Wrangell area.
Juneau: For a state capital, Juneau maintains a surprising small-town charm, in part because it can only be reached by sea or air due to surrounding wilderness. Visitors to the Alaska State Museum can see collections from the indigenous people. More adventurous shore excursions are also available, including a Musher’s Camp & Sled Dog Discovery.
Hoonah: Hoonah, which means “where the north wind doesn’t blow” in the language of the Tlingit Indians, serves as our gateway to Icy Strait Point. Here wildlife outnumbers people so guests will have ample opportunities to see bears and eagles in their natural habitats as well as humpback whales, which migrate to the area in the summer.
• Sitka: Called “Shee Atika” by the Tlingit Indians, then “New Archangel” by Russians who ousted them, Sitka boasts a multicultural heritage. Two dozen of its attractions are on the National Register of Historic Places, including Castle Hill and Building 29, built by Russian settlers in 1835. The Sheldon Jackson Museum exhibits one of Alaska’s oldest native culture collections.
• Ketchikan: Totem poles are one of Ketchikan’s main attractions and the best places to view them are the Saxman Village and Totem Bight State Park. Guests can also learn about the local cultures and ecosystems at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center.

Travelers will discover Alaska aboard Oceania Cruises’ 684-guest Regatta – an intimate ship known for its gourmet cuisine, luxurious public rooms and accommodations, and attentive service. As a special highlight, Pacific Northwest specialties will be featured during lunch in the casual Terrace Café and in the ship’s elegant Grand Dining Room. Regional specialties will also be showcased in all four of the ship’s open-seating restaurants; all of which are available with no surcharge.

When provisioning locally, the ship’s executive chef seeks the freshest catch and shellfish, making on-the-spot decisions. Consequently, not all selections will always be available and there may be surprise menu additions. Depending on the voyage and venue, appetizers might include Fresh Halibut Velouté – a creamy fish soup with saffron rice and julienne leeks – or Alaskan King Crab Legs, sure to be a guest favorite. For reservations or to order a brochure, contact a travel agent, visit or call toll-free at 800-531-5658.

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Silversea's 2012 Voyage Collection Opens For Sale

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Dec 15: Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises is pleased to announce all voyages for 2012 are now open for sale, with complete day-by-day itineraries available at

In 2012, Silversea's six celebrated ships will offer over 200 voyages, visiting nearly 450 destinations in more than 100 countries and seven continents. From the majestic Chilean fjords and the Great Barrier Reef of Australia to the gilded palaces of St. Petersburg and the glamour of the Riviera, Silversea will present a diverse collection of the world's most sought-after destinations. Among the highlights are Silver Whisper's 115-day World Cruise and eight new Silversea destinations: Santander, Spain; Porto Novo, Cape Verde; Larnaca, Cyprus; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Sihanoukville (also known as Kampong Som), Cambodia; Christiansted, St. Croix; and Ireland's Foynes and Killybegs.

"The world is an amazing place, and it's our goal to create opportunities for travelers to explore its marvels in exceptional style and comfort," said Steve Tucker, Silversea's vice president of field sales for North America. "Our 2012 schedule has been carefully designed to offer a broad range of travel choices, including multiple-day calls and overnight stays showcasing traditional must-see destinations, as well as journeys to remote regions that are inaccessible to mega-ships."

Silver Whisper will embark Jan 6, 2012 from Fort Lauderdale on a remarkable 115-day World Cruise that concludes in glamorous Monte Carlo. On this magnificent odyssey, her guests will visit 45 ports in 27 countries stretching from the Caribbean and South America to Africa, the Far East, Arabia and Europe. Along the way, they will enjoy 13 overnight visits and exclusive insider access to seldom seen global treasures.

SILVER CLOUD — 296 guests
2012 begins with Silver Cloud soaking up the eastern Caribbean sun with 7-, 9- and 10-day voyages. Then it's a full day in Bermuda en route to a season in Northern Europe that extends from May through August, including exotic adventures through the cool Arctic waters of the North Cape and Russia's remote Archangel region. Silver Cloud heads south to the warmer Mediterranean to offer a series of mostly 9-day voyages in autumn and come November, crosses the Atlantic to explore the Amazon and trace the eastern coast of South America, arriving at the end of the year at the "end of the world" in Chile.

SILVER WIND — 296 guests
Silver Wind greets the New Year with a voyage spanning from Mauritius to South Africa. After a series of 10-day roundtrip sailings from Cape Town, she'll venture north on an exotic exploration of the vast landscapes and colorful tribal cultures of Africa's west coast. Silver Wind's summer calendar is filled with mostly 7- and 9-day, in-depth itineraries that span the Mediterranean from Barcelona to the Black Sea. Egypt, the Holy Land and Arabia beckon in the fall. Then following a crossing to India, Silver Wind concludes the year bound for such jewels of the Indian Ocean as Madagascar and Reunion Island.

SILVER SHADOW — 382 guests
Silver Shadow's 2012 is a study in contrasts -- summer in Alaska, winter in Australia and New Zealand, and spring and fall in the Far East. Highlights include a special 19-day voyage from Auckland to Fremantle. In Asia you can sail to China, South Korea and Japan or explore Vietnam in depth. The beauty of Alaska is explored with mostly 7-day voyages between Seward and Vancouver. A special holiday sailing visits magical Bali and spends the year's 365th day in the crystal blue waters of the magnificent Great Barrier Reef.

SILVER WHISPER — 382 guests
Silver Whisper opens 2012 in grand style with a World Cruise. On this epic journey, she'll visit Brazil then explore South Africa and the fantastic Indian Ocean landscape -- then head east to the marvels of the South China Sea, and west to the storied Arabian Sea and Egypt. Summer reveals Northern Europe at its best--including a series of seven-night voyages highlighting St. Petersburg--before the ship arrives in Canada for autumn's vibrant fall foliage. Silver Whisper’s globetrotting pace slows with a Panama Canal crossing and soothing Caribbean sailings through year's end.

SILVER SPIRIT — 540 guests
Silver Spirit sails into 2012 with a 64-day grand circumnavigation of South America, featuring a Panama Canal crossing and three days in Rio de Janeiro at the height of Carnaval. Yachting havens in the deep Caribbean and a leisurely transatlantic crossing are followed by an overnight visit to Monte Carlo in May for the Grand Prix and a summer season of classic Mediterranean sojourns with a special focus on the sun-drenched isles of Greece. Silver Spirit returns to the Caribbean’s tranquil warmth for the holiday season.

PRINCE ALBERT II -- Expeditions in luxury
The 132-guest Prince Albert II expedition ship invites adventure-seeking travelers to embark on a voyage that is just as exhilarating as it is luxurious. After opening the year with a series of cruises to Antarctica, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, March and April find the Prince Albert II exploring the tropical beauty of Central America. Spring and summer are highlighted by adventures along the western coast of Africa, Britains' northern isles, Svalbard's frozen Arctic landscapes and Russia's remote Franz Joseph Land. Three West Africa voyages are scheduled before the ship heads back to Antarctica in mid-Nov.

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Norwegian Cruise Line Announces Largest European Deployment
in the Company’s History For 2012/2013

MIAMI, Dec 15: Norwegian Cruise Line today announced its largest European deployment ever for the 2012/2013 season with four Freestyle Cruising ships, including two year-round. Norwegian Spirit will join Norwegian Jade sailing year-round in Europe beginning in April 2012. This is also the first time Norwegian Spirit will sail in Europe offering 12-day Grand Mediterranean voyages in the summer and fall, along with nine-day Canary Islands in the winter and spring. The company’s largest and most innovative ship, Norwegian Epic, and Norwegian Sun will continue cruising seasonally from Barcelona and Copenhagen respectively. These cruises go on sale to Norwegian’s top travel partners and Latitudes members (past guests) today, Dec 15, 2010 and to the general public on Thursday, Dec 16.

“Europe is one of the world’s fastest growing cruise markets and one where Freestyle Cruising is very well received. Given this, we felt it was the right time to deploy four ships, including two year-round, in Europe, marking our largest European deployment in the company’s history,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian’s chief executive officer. “Guests now have the flexibility of embarking from four homeports in Europe sailing to some of the most exciting destinations in the world.”

The 2,018-passenger Norwegian Spirit will make her European debut with two memorable itineraries including a 12-day Grand Mediterranean cruise from Venice, Italy and Barcelona, Spain during the summer, and a nine-day Canary Islands cruise from Barcelona through the fall and winter. The 12-day Grand Mediterranean sailings run from April 28, 2012 to October 25, 2012 and begin in either Barcelona or Venice and call on Provence (Toulon), France; Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Rome (Civitavecchia) and Naples, Italy; Mykonos and Athens (Piraeus), Greece; and Istanbul and Ephesus (Izmir), Turkey. The nine-day Canary Islands cruises from Barcelona will sail from November 6, 2012 to April 8, 2013 and call on Funchal, Madeira; Santa Cruz de Tenerife; and Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands; and Granada (Málaga), Spain. Norwegian Spirit will also sail an 11-day Grand Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona to Venice on July 9, 2012 and a 13-day Grand Mediterranean from Venice to Barcelona on July 20, 2012.

Continuing her year-round sailings in Europe, the 2,402-passenger Norwegian Jade will sail seven unique itineraries with ports of call in Greece, Italy, Turkey, Croatia, Israel, and Egypt from her homeports of Rome (Civitavecchia) and Venice, Italy. Norwegian Jade will continue her popular alternating 7-day Greek Isles and Greece and Turkey cruises departing on Saturdays from Venice from April 28, 2012 to Oct 6, 2012. The Greek Isles cruises call on Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos and Olympia (Katakolon), Greece. The Greece and Turkey sailings call on Dubrovnik and Split, Croatia; Athens (Piraeus), Greece; and Ephesus (Izmir), Turkey. Since there is no port repetition between the two itineraries, they can be easily combined on most sailings to create a port-rich 14-day European tour. Also from Venice, Norwegian Jade will sail a 6-day Croatia and Greece cruise on July 14, 2012; and an 8-day Greek Isles and Turkey cruise on July 20, 2012, as well as a seven-day Adriatic and Italy cruise on October 13, 2012 with disembarkation in Rome (Civitavecchia).

From Rome, Norwegian Jade will sail alternating 11-day Mediterranean & the Holy Land cruises departing on Saturdays and 10-day Eastern Mediterranean cruises departing on Wednesdays from Oct 20, 2012 to April 17, 2013. The Mediterranean and the Holy Land cruises call on Alanya, Turkey; Limassol, Cyprus; Haifa and Ashdod, Israel; and Port Said and Alexandria, Egypt. The Eastern Mediterranean cruises call on Olympia (Katakolon) and Athens (Piraeus), Greece; Ephesus (Izmir), Turkey; and an overnight stay in Alexandria, Egypt.

Norwegian’s newest and most innovative ship, Norwegian Epic, will return to Barcelona sailing a series of 25 seven-day Western Mediterranean cruises from April 29 to Oct 14, 2012. The ship will call on Naples, Rome (Civitavecchia), and Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy; and Nice (Villefranche) and Provence (Marseille), France. In addition, Norwegian Epic will sail one 4-day Western Mediterranean cruise on April 25, 2012.

Norwegian Sun will continue sailing her 9-day Baltic Capital cruises from Copenhagen, Denmark from May 4 to Sept 7, 2012 calling on Berlin (Warnemünde), Germany; Tallinn, Estonia; an overnight stay in St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden. Norwegian Sun will also sail one 14-day Norway, Iceland & Faroe Islands cruise on September 16, 2012 calling on Bergen, and Alesund, Norway; Lerwick, Shetland Islands; Thorshavn, Faroe Islands; Reykjavik, Iceland; Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland and Dublin, Ireland.

In addition, there are five opportunities for guests to have an experience of a lifetime crossing the Atlantic with Norwegian’s Transatlantic cruises. Norwegian Epic offers two options: an 11-day Transatlantic from Miami to Barcelona on April 14, 2012 and a 13-day Transatlantic from Barcelona to Miami on Oct 21, 2012. Norwegian Spirit offers a 13-day Transatlantic from New Orleans to Barcelona on April 15, 2012. Norwegian Sun crosses the Atlantic on April 21, 2012 from Orlando (Port Canaveral) to Copenhagen and back to Miami from Copenhagen on Sept 30, 2012.

To book these new sailings, please visit; call 866-234-7350 or contact a travel professional.

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Cunard Line Encourages Fans to Vote for Its Inaugural Float in The 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade Viewers’ Choice Awards

Dec 15: Cunard Line encourages its global fan base to vote for its inaugural float entry, “A Grand Celebration at Sea,” which is eligible for a Viewers’ Choice Award at the 122nd Rose Parade presented by Honda. For the third year in a row, the Viewers’ Choice Award will allow Rose Parade fans to choose their favorite float by voting online and, for the first time ever, via text message.

Viewers will be able to vote for the Viewers’ Choice Award by texting the keyword FLOAT followed by the float I.D. (50 for Cunard) to 50649, or by voting online at Fans can vote up to five times for their favorite float. Voting will take place from 8:00 a.m. (PST) to 2:10pm (PST) on Jan 1, 2011 (message and data rates may apply*).

Just last month, Cunard announced its first-ever participation in the world-famous Rose Parade with an unveiling of its float, “A Grand Celebration at Sea,” created by Fiesta Parade Floats in collaboration with renowned artist and float designer Raul Rodriguez. The inaugural float will illustrate the Cunard fleet of Queens – flagship Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and the new Queen Elizabeth – and depict the ultimate sense of occasion, including ballroom dancing, a big band orchestra, champagne toasts, and multigenerational families celebrating their dreams, friendships and making memories, all on board a luxury cruise vacation with Cunard.

From bow to stern, Cunard’s float will be decorated in floral grandeur, reflecting the Line’s classic ocean travel experience. The float will also depict signature hallmarks found on a Cunard liner, including the Grand Lobby staircase and the Queens Room Ballroom. Additionally, an oversized floralgraph of Cunard’s three Queens takes center stage at the top of the float’s ascending staircases, a fitting reference to the modern fleet and also to the upcoming Cunard Royal Rendezvous taking place on Jan 13, 2011 in New York Harbor. This rare maritime event will be only the second time in Cunard’s 170-year history that three regal Cunard Queens have docked together in New York.

Featuring an eloquent fusion of floral and architectural detail in Cunard’s rich tradition of elegance and grandeur, the float stands at 24 feet high, 18 feet wide and 55 feet in length. It will include a big band orchestra and ballroom dancers to bring to life the Line’s famed Royal Nights Themed Balls, along with theatrical smoke rising from Cunard’s signature black and red funnel.

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that annually hosts the Rose Parade taking place Saturday, Jan 1, 2011, at 8 a.m. (PST) featuring majestic floral floats, high-stepping equestrian units and spirited marching bands. For more information and to book a voyage aboard a Cunard ocean liner, contact your travel agent, call toll free 1-800-7-CUNARD (1-800-728-6273) or go to

*There is no charge to vote, but message and data rates may apply. To cancel your participation, text the word STOP to 50649 at anytime. For help, text the word HELP to 50649. For more information contact . Terms and conditions can be viewed at

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Food Network Challenge Competitors Face Off After Cruise on the Carnival Dream

MIAMI, Dec 14: Carnival Cruise Lines hosted four of the country’s top pastry chefs on a 7-day cruise aboard the Carnival Dream during which they experienced a series of exhilarating and memorable shore excursions that provided inspiration for their extraordinary creations to be featured on the Dec 19 episode of Food Network Challenge: Sugar Destinations. Food Network Challenge is a highly popular, long-running show on Food Network, which pits professional-chef competitors against each other to create incomparable feats in their food specialty.

This episode’s competition has the chefs experiencing four of Carnival Dream’s signature shore excursions and then creating edible sugar masterpieces that bring them to life. The featured shore excursions include a Catamaran and Snorkel adventure in the crystal blue waters off Cozumel, Mexico; a Dolphin Encounter experience in lush Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras; an exotic Lost World Canopy Tour and Zipline adventure in Belize, and a fascinating visit to the Chacchoben Mayan Ruins deep in the tropical rain forest near Costa Maya, Mexico. Each excursion provided inspiration for one of the astonishing feats of confectionary and sugar created by the competing chefs.

Contestants Chris Hanmer, owner of The School of Pastry Design, Las Vegas, NV; Matt James, from the Everglades Country Club, Palm Beach, Fla.; Orlando Santos, from The Duquesne Club, Pittsburg, Penn., and Tracy Dewitt from Le Cordon Bleu College, Scottsdale, AZ are judged by Carnival Cruise Lines’ Director of Advertising Jennifer Vandekreeke, as well as two highly-esteemed sugar-crafting experts. To be successful, each chef must capture the extraordinary beauty and tropical ambiance of the Caribbean while evoking the magic of their own personal experience during their Carnival Dream shore excursion. The first prize winner receives $10,000.

“Judging the competition was fascinating,” says Vandekreeke. “I never knew you could do such amazing things with a raw ingredient like sugar. It was exciting to hear how much they enjoyed their Carnival cruise and all the new experiences they had during their week. The hardest part was choosing a winner.”

See how the competing chefs’ sugar depictions of the Carnival Dream’s shore excursions fare at the judging table by tuning in to Food Network Challenge: Sugar Destinations on Dec 19 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

The 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream operates 7-day eastern and western Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, FL. Currently the newest ship in Carnival’s fleet, it offers a wide range of innovative on-board amenities and facilities, including Carnival Cruise Lines’ first comedy club, elaborate outdoor recreation areas including a water park, several exhilarating water slides, an adults-only Serenity Deck, a delectable array of complimentary dining options, and a 23,750-square-foot spa and health club. For additional information, visit

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Celebrity Cruises Gives St. Kitts A Vote Of Confidence

Basseterre, St. Kitts, Dec 14: “A very positive meeting” is the comment made by Minister of Tourism & International Transport, Senator Ricky Skerritt, to describe the visit by himself and Tourism Authority CEO, Rosecita Jeffers, to the Port of Miami offices of Royal Caribbean International & Celebrity Cruises last Friday.

Senator Skerritt said the face-to-face meeting with top Celebrity officials enabled him to apologize in person on behalf of the Government and citizens of St Kitts & Nevis for the unprecedented Nov 14 robbery of a tour bus carrying passengers from the Celebrity Mercury. The Tourism Minister also took the opportunity to discuss measures being taken locally to strengthen cruise passenger safety and security, and to minimise the risk of a similar incident recurring.

Celebrity’s Head of Security, Gary Bald, also confirmed that, since the incident, security officials from the cruise line were in ongoing contact with the St. Kitts & Nevis Police High Command on matters related to the police investigation. During the meeting, the good news was also revealed by Federico Gonzalez-Denton, RCI/Celebrity’s Director for Government Relations, that the Celebrity Solstice will make two unscheduled calls to St Kitts on Feb 2 and March 3 next year. According to Skerritt, the addition of these two calls is a clear vote of confidence in the viability of St. Kitts as a port-of-call for Celebrity Cruises. Five other Celebrity ships are already making 47 scheduled calls to St Kitts, but this season’s schedule did not previously include calls from the ‘Solstice’.

Located in the northern Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, St. Kitts offers a diverse tourism product developed from the destination’s natural beauty, cultural heritage and rich history. The island’s stunning variety of tourism attractions include hiking through the tropical rainforest, riding the scenic railway that connects the island’s sugar plantations, visiting the Caribelle Batik factory, touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, the only man-made UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Eastern Caribbean, and the more traditional vacation pastimes such as watersports, golf, shopping, tennis, gourmet dining, gaming at one of St. Kitts’ two casinos or simply relaxing on one of the island’s sandy beaches. Guests can select from accommodations ranging from intimate plantation inns to larger hotels or resorts. For more information about St. Kitts, please contact the St. Kitts Tourism Authority toll free from the US at 1-800-582-6208 or from Canada 1-888-395-4887, e-mail , visit

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Norwegian Declares ‘Free Upgrades For All’ During Wave Promotion

MIAMI, FL, Dec 13: To celebrate Wave Season, Norwegian Cruise Line is launching its “Free Upgrades For All” Sales Event ( All new reservations booked from today through March 27, 2011 on select sailings on any of the line’s 11 Freestyle Cruising ships will receive an up to a four-category upgrade, along with e-coupons in on-board savings of up to $400. In addition, bi-weekly promotions beginning Jan 3, 2011 will feature special offers on select ships and destinations.

“Our special Wave season offers make this the perfect time to book a cruise for 2011 and beyond,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “A cruise vacation already represents a great value and now when combined with our Wave offers and signature Freestyle Cruising, there’s no better time to plan a cruise vacation.”

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. The Company has reached an agreement for two 143,000-gross ton vessels for delivery in 2013 and 2014.

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, 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.

To book a cruise, call Norwegian at 866-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), visit, or contact a travel professional.

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Archaeological Institute of America Tours and Voyages to Antiquity Expand Relationship for 2011

WALPOLE, N.H., Dec. 10: In 2011 the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) travel program will send AIA lecturers on 14 voyages aboard the 350 guest, Aegean Odyssey. Operated by destination specialists, Voyages to Antiquity, each "Cruise- Tour" includes pre and/or post-cruise hotel stays and shore excursions to extraordinary ancient and medieval sites of the Mediterranean, Aegean, Adriatic, Black and Red Seas.

"After sponsoring five departures in 2010, we have expanded our relationship because feedback from AIA travelers and lecturers aboard Aegean Odyssey has been very positive," said Todd Nielsen, AIA Tours Director. "Our travelers enjoy the combination of extraordinary value, visiting world-renowned sites with AIA experts, and the generous comfort of the 350 guest Aegean Odyssey. AIA lecturers are both approachable and knowledgeable, helping introduce inquisitive travelers to the archaeology, architecture and art of the many marvelous ancient sites we explore."

Mitchell J. Schlesinger, Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Voyages to Antiquity said, "We are very excited to expand our relationship with AIA Tours, one of the most prestigious organizations in the educational travel arena. The addition of AIA lecturers on 14 voyages in 2011 significantly enhances our onboard lecture program, which, in conjunction with the extensive shore excursion program, combines to offer the cruise industry's most indepth enrichment product."

AIA is North America's oldest and largest organization devoted to the world of archaeology. Founded in 1879, AIA has nearly 250,000 Members belonging to more than 100 Local Societies in the United States, Canada, and overseas. Members include professional archaeologists, students, and adults from all walks of life united by their shared passion for archaeology and its role in furthering human knowledge. Nielsen adds, "These value-priced cruise programs significantly broaden our outreach. All accommodations aboard Aegean Odyssey, particularly deluxe ocean view and balcony staterooms, represent a fantastic value. As one recent AIA traveler wrote: 'I felt that I received a valuable trip at a reasonable price.'"

Programs include all shipboard accommodations, pre-and/or post-cruise hotel stays, all meals aboard ship (including wine at dinner, afternoon tea and pastries, and late night snacks), gratuities to ship's staff, an extensive program of shore excursions, and a fascinating lecture program aboard ship. Rates start at under $3,500 per person for a 14-16 day program, including airfare from over 60 North American gateways, if booked by February 28, 2011. "Since special offers are subject to availability and can be withdrawn by the cruise line at any time, AIA Tours encourages travelers to reserve their space as soon as possible," said Nielsen. For more information about these value-priced AIA Tours go to the AIA web site at, email or call toll free 800-748-6262 Monday-Friday, 9-5 ET. Download AIA Tours Value-Priced Voyage catalog (PDF). Contact Todd Nielsen or Lauren Cummings at AIA Tours with questions.

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Holland America Line Lauded for its Comprehensive Environmental Initiatives

SEATTLE, Dec. 9: In recognition of its environmental leadership, Holland America Line was recently honored with a gold 2010 Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Environmental Protection Award from the U.S. Coast Guard, was named World's Leading Green Cruise Line at the World Travel Awards in London, and received a Blue Circle Award from the Port of Vancouver.

The U.S. Coast Guard Benkert Award was bestowed by a panel of experts based on a thorough review of the line's comprehensive approach to environmental stewardship. Nominations for the World Travel Awards featured 5,000 companies from 162 countries across 1,000 categories. The winners were selected by thousands of industry professionals and consumers worldwide who voted online. Under Port Metro Vancouver's EcoAction Program for Shipping, the Blue Circle Award is a recognition reserved for only the highest emissions-reduction achievements.

"We work diligently every day to reduce Holland America Line's ecological footprint, and these awards validate our fleetwide efforts," said Stein Kruse, president and CEO of Holland America Line. "We are grateful that the U.S. Coast Guard and our travel industry and seaport partners appreciate our commitment to the environment and have recognized our dedication to environmental stewardship with these awards."

Holland America Line is a leader in environmental initiatives in the cruise industry with its comprehensive approach to managing impacts and reducing its overall carbon footprint. The line's Environmental Management System was certified in 2006 and recertified in 2009. The company works diligently to conserve fuel and water, employs the latest technologies for wastewater and oily bilge water treatment, and uses innovative strategies to reduce and manage its solid waste stream. Holland America Line also is an industry leader in exploring new environmental initiatives such as a whale conservation and protection program and using shore power in a growing number of ports.

The William M. Benkert Award is the premier marine environmental protection award presented by the Coast Guard to members of the marine industry. This biennial award recognizes organizations for outstanding achievements in all aspects of marine environmental protection. The award was created to recognize outstanding achievements in marine environmental protection that go beyond mere compliance with industrial and regulatory standards.

The World Travel Awards were developed in 1993 to celebrate excellence and achievement in the travel and tourism industry, and winners comprise a "who's who" of the travel community. The "Wall Street Journal" has called the awards the "Oscars of the travel and tourism industry."

The Blue Circle Awards honor a company's efforts to reduce air emissions, depending on the quality of fuel used and overall emission reductions.

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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History is Made As Cunard Appoints the Line’s First Female Captain

Dec 9: When Inger Klein Olsen assumed command of Cunard Line's Queen Victoria on Wednesday, 1 December 2010, she made history by becoming the venerable shipping line's first female captain. Captain Olsen’s first task at the helm of Queen Victoria was to take the ship, without passengers, to drydock in Hamburg for its planned refit. Next Wednesday, Dec 15, she will be on the bridge as the ship sets sail with a full complement of guests.

Forty-three-year-old Captain Olsen was born and raised in the Faroe Islands, which accounts for her maritime abilities, and she joined Cunard in 1997 as First Officer on board Caronia. In 2001 she transferred to the Seabourn fleet, which at that time was part of Cunard. She sailed on Seabourn Sun and Seabourn Spirit before being promoted to the rank of Staff Captain on Seabourn Pride in 2003. Following some years with other companies within the Carnival Corporation group, Captain Olsen returned to Cunard in August this year as Deputy Captain of Queen Victoria.

“While we are far from being the first shipping company to have a female captain, it is nonetheless noteworthy when such a long-established British institution as Cunard makes a break with its captaincy tradition,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard. “But as Mark Twain drily observed, 'the folks at Cunard wouldn't appoint Noah himself as captain until he had worked his way up through the ranks.’ Inger has certainly done that,” Shanks continued, “and we are delighted to welcome her as our first woman driver.”

Olsen will helm Queen Victoria during the ship's debut Americas season, commencing from New York to Los Angeles on Jan 13. During the first 17-day voyage, the ship will call on Ft. Lauderdale and Bonaire, transit the Panama Canal, and visit three ports in Mexico - Huatulco, Acapulco and Manzanillo - before arriving into Los Angeles on 30 January. Captain Olsen will take her leave on Feb 13. Captain Olsen lives in Denmark.

Queen Victoria's Americas season continues until March 18, and features several transits through the Panama Canal, four calls to Los Angeles, two roundtrip voyages from Los Angeles to Hawaii, and one Getaway voyage to Mexico. For more information about Queen Victoria and to book a voyage, consult your travel professional, call toll-free 1-800-7-CUNARD (1-800-728-6273) or go to

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Iconic Cunard Line Queens to Meet for Historic Royal Rendezvous in New York Harbor
 on January 13, 2011

SOUTHAMPTON, England, Dec. 8: On Thursday, Jan 13, 2011, Cunard Line's three luxury cruise ships - flagship Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and the new Queen Elizabeth - will meet together in New York Harbour for a true grand celebration, a Cunard Royal Rendezvous. The youngest fleet at sea is scheduled to depart at approximately 6:00 p.m. local time; Queen Mary 2 will depart from her home port, Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, while Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth will depart from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal - Pier 90 and Pier 88, respectively. All three Queens will rendezvous at the Statue of Liberty for a spectacular Grucci fireworks celebration at approximately 6:45 p.m.

"This is another historic occasion for Cunard and New York, marking the second time in our 171-year history that our entire fleet of Queens will meet there in such celebratory fashion, and marking Queen Elizabeth's maiden call to our North America homeport," said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line. "We look forward to bringing this next meeting of our Queens to the great city of New York and continuing the pageantry and grand celebration that is Cunard."

Cunard's first Royal Rendezvous in New York was in 2008 when its fleet - Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Victoria - met for the first and only time in New York as QE2 retired in November of that year, marking a historic moment in maritime history.

Thousands of travel and maritime enthusiasts will be joined by admirers to gather at ideal viewing locations to wish the magnificent fleet of Queens "Bon Voyage" and see the spectacular fireworks celebration. Viewing locations include:

--Battery Park: On the southern shoreline of Manhattan,, Map link:
--Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park: Overlooking the Hudson River with great views of the Statue of Liberty, Getting there: Just south of the Museum of Jewish Heritage. By subway: 4 or 5 to Bowling Green, or N or R to Whitehall.
--The Esplanade: Running the entire length of Battery Park City, along the Hudson River from Stuyvesant High School on the north end all the way south to Battery Park
--Hudson River Park: 550 acre park extends for five miles along the Manhattan shoreline from Battery Place to West 59th Street

Additionally, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park will be offering front row suites to the event, complete with telescopes for prime viewing. With the Cunard Royal Rendezvous package, guests will enjoy fireworks and breathtaking vistas over New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty and the three ships passing through the night from a Statue of Liberty View Guestroom or Suite. They will also enjoy a seafood tasting tier for two delivered to their guest room or suite and full American breakfast in the hotel's 2 West Restaurant. In addition, the first 50 guests to book the package will receive, compliments of Cunard, Queen Mary 2: Ocean Liner Cuisine--a coffee table-style cookbook penned by Cunard's Executive Chef and Global Culinary Ambassador Jean-Marie Zimmermann, only available for sale on the fleet's ships. The Cunard Royal Rendezvous package at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park starts at $595 per couple. The package is subject to availability, requires a non-refundable three-day advance payment, and does not include taxes and gratuities. Visit for more information or call (212) 344-0800 or toll free at 1-800-542-8680.

For more ongoing information about the Royal Rendezvous, visit For more information about Cunard's three Queens or to book a voyage, consult your travel professional, call toll-free 1-800-7-CUNARD or go to

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Celebrity Cruises To Present More Avant-garde Industry Firsts On Celebrity Silhouette & Celebrity Reflection

Miami, Dec 08: How do you make the best even better? Celebrity Cruises believes you break the rules, stay ahead of the curve, and provide what vacationers want most - often before they even say they want it. That belief is vividly reflected in the distinctive, luxurious, vacation-enhancing venues Celebrity will introduce on the fourth and fifth ships in its award-winning Solstice Class fleet, Celebrity Silhouette and Celebrity Reflection.

"We recognize that consumers' vacation time is precious, and that's what drives us to continually create new and unique experiences that enhance their rare time away," said Celebrity Cruises President & CEO Dan Hanrahan. "The host of honors our Solstice Class and Millennium Class have won have been incredible validation of that commitment, and on Celebrity Silhouette and Celebrity Reflection, we're capitalizing on the opportunity to further elevate our onboard offerings, particularly in our Solstice Class' iconic Lawn Club, and with our wildly popular AquaClass category of accommodations and its exclusive specialty restaurant, Blu. Initially, we planned to introduce these exciting new enhancements only on Celebrity Reflection, but to our delight, our outstanding partners at Meyer Werft were able to also deliver every new feature with the exception of AquaClass Suites on Celebrity Silhouette."

New AquaClass Sky suites highlight expanded accommodations
Driven by high demand for Celebrity's industry-first AquaClass category of spa-inspired accommodations, and by way of an additional deck being added to Celebrity Reflection, Celebrity will introduce on that ship the line's first AquaClass Suites, each offering 251 square feet of luxurious interior space and spacious 57-square-foot verandas, and all the amenities associated with Celebrity's AquaClass accommodations, including exclusive and complimentary access to the highly-rated specialty restaurant, "Blu," noted for inviting, modern design and flavorful, healthy, clean cuisine. The new suites also will offer the luxurious 24/7 butler service that is a hallmark of every suite across the Celebrity fleet. In addition to the 34 new AquaClass Suites, Celebrity Reflection also will present an additional eight luxurious new Sky Suites, 19 additional plush ConciergeClass staterooms, and 11 additional inside staterooms, bringing the stateroom/suite total to 1,515.

Maintaining Celebrity's best-in-class, premium space ratio and lauded traffic flow, Celebrity Reflection will offer an additional 245 loungers on the expanded pool deck to suit the increased overall guest capacity, as well as 45 additional seats in the Celebrity Theater, 118 in Oceanview Café, 24 additional seats each in Blu and in Tuscan Grille, four more in Qsine, and 40 additional seats in the main dining room, where Celebrity also offers Celebrity Select DiningSM, the industry's first flexible dining option allowing guests to choose when they wish to dine on a flexible, day-by-day basis.

The Lawn Club
Inspired by the popularity of its iconic, industry-first Lawn Club, Celebrity will leverage its brand pillars of outstanding dining experiences, enriching activities, relaxation and pampering, and modern design to offer vacationers on Celebrity Silhouette and Celebrity Reflection significantly expanded opportunities to eat and drink, relax and lounge, and participate and socialize within the inviting space.

The Lawn Club Grill
Both Celebrity Silhouette and Celebrity Reflection will present "The Lawn Club Grill," the industry's first outdoor, interactive grill venue. A new, exceptionally social specialty dining option overlooking the lush lawn and soothing sea, The Lawn Club Grill will boast a design likely to be the envy of novice and experienced chefs alike, with gleaming stainless steel grills and other appliances, custom pizza-making tables and large ovens.

By day, in addition to a casual lunch menu highlighted by a variety of high-end burgers, the venue will present interactive demonstrations and classes focused on pizza-making - including the art of dough-tossing - grilling secrets, mouth-watering marinades and more, led by Celebrity's own chefs, as well as guest chefs participating in Celebrity's "Savor Your Destination" program.

By night, in a particularly unique twist, guests will have their choice from an array of top-quality meats to either grill themselves, side-by-side with Celebrity's chefs, or have grilled to order. A nominal surcharge will apply. Complementing the dinner experience will be libations ranging from wines, beer and sangria, all consistent with the casual nature of the 56-seat restaurant.

The Porch
With its chic, Hamptons-style design, modern furnishings, and creative use of natural light, all complemented by the enticing aroma of fresh-baked breads and pastries, The Porch will be the idyllic spot for quick, simple, casual and complimentary breakfasts and lunches. The intimate, 48-seat venue will be the perfect place to enjoy complimentary fresh pastries, salads, paninis and other sandwiches, in addition to specialty coffees, beer and wine, all enhanced by views of the lawn and sea.

The Art Studio
With one of the world's largest corporate collections of contemporary art exhibited across its fleet, and given the enthusiasm guests expressed when the line introduced the industry's first art tours to be offered on an iPad®, Celebrity will further appeal to its guests' love of art in "The Art Studio" within the area of The Lawn Club. There, experienced and novice artists alike can participate in intimate, hands-on instruction from experts in drawing, painting and beading, as well as the art of food, with plating, tastings, mixology and other culinary-themed classes. The Art Studio also will present exclusive, intimate pairing dinners hosted by guest chefs participating in Celebrity's Savor Your Destination program.

The Alcoves
For a private retreat overlooking the lawn, ocean and coastlines, Celebrity also will present within The Lawn Club "The Alcoves," eight exclusive, cabana-style settings, each designed for two to four guests. Each of The Alcoves on Celebrity Silhouette and Celebrity Reflection will offer WiFi for guests who want to stay connected while relaxing, themed picnic baskets and an a la carte beverage menu. The Alcoves will be available as partial or all-day rentals. Adjacent to The Alcoves, guests will find eight inviting hammocks and two whimsical, oversized Adirondack chairs, each offering complimentary, additional opportunities to relax amidst the atmosphere of the lawn and sea.

Michael's Club
Celebrity's history and future will converge in Michael's Club - a venue found on every Celebrity ship - where the line will present on Celebrity Silhouette and Celebrity Reflection a restyled, casually elegant bar where vacationers can sit back and enjoy the comfortably sophisticated atmosphere while watching the World Cup games and sipping a Chimay Blue.

Across the Celebrity fleet, Michael's Club offers an impressive selection of rare malts, whiskies and scotches. Building on that tradition, the "new" Michael's Club on Celebrity Silhouette and Celebrity Reflection will add an equally impressive selection of more than 50 beers, including flavorful craft beers, and will allow guests to participate in engaging experiences such as ideal food and beer pairings, how to pour the perfect draft, or how to select the proper beer glass, all while snacking on homemade, gourmet potato chips and bread sticks, and fresh, lightly-spiced caramel popcorn, amidst a vibe of live music and cool playlists, or major international sporting events airing on the venue's large, 46" TV screens.

The Hideway
Guests seeking a particularly quiet spot to get away from it all can do so in a new venue inspired precisely by that interest. "The Hideaway" on Celebrity Silhouette and Celebrity Reflection will provide a high-tech escape for vacationers relaxing with their iPads or perhaps trying out a new Apple product from the Celebrity iLounge, or a low-tech retreat for reading a good book. Inspired by the live trees suspended within the Grand Foyer of every Solstice Class ship, the design of The Hideaway reflects that of an upscale, avant-garde tree house, with cozy, intimate lounging "nests," or niches.

The Solstice Class Difference
"We are constantly dedicated to building every aspect of the Celebrity vacation experience around what vacationers want most during their precious time away, and the greatest validation of that commitment has been the response to our stunning Solstice Class," said Hanrahan. "We're eager to have our guests continue to experience all the distinctive attributes of those stunning ships, as well as the new offerings they have inspired on Celebrity Silhouette and Celebrity Reflection. We are confident all of this will further solidify our leadership role in the industry and keep vacationers coming back."

In addition to the innovative new venues and experiences, Celebrity Silhouette and Celebrity Reflection will join sister ships Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Equinox and Celebrity Eclipse in offering:

•The hip "Celebrity iLounge" that made Celebrity Cruises the industry's first Authorized Apple Reseller
•Uniquely unordinary "Qsine," the first seagoing restaurant to feature a menu and wine list on an iPad®, and an engaging food-as-theater dining experience
•Ten unrivaled restaurants - in addition to "The Lawn Club Grill" and "The Porch"
•Modern, stylish interiors designed by some of the world's best architects and designers, including Adam Tihany
•Cool nightclubs and lounges, including CellarMasters, complete with the industry's first installation of the innovative Enomatic 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®
•Top-tier entertainment, including custom aerial production shows and live music
•The extensive array of fun, entertaining and enriching onboard programming offered through "Celebrity Life," including games, 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

Celebrity Cruises is designed for discerning vacationers, with modern, sophisticated environments, impeccable service, enriching and inspiring onboard programs, and award-winning cuisine. The ultimate in premium cruising, Celebrity sails in Alaska, Australia/New Zealand, Bermuda, California, Canada/New England, Europe, Hawaii, the Pacific Coast, Panama Canal, South America, and year-round in the Caribbean and the Galapagos Islands. Celebrity also offers immersive cruisetour experiences in Alaska, Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Europe and South America.Celebrity's fleet currently consists of 10 ships. Its $3.7-billion investment in building five stylish Solstice Class ships between 2008-2012 represents the largest five-year investment in premium cruising. For more information, call your travel agent, dial 1-800-437-3111.

Seabourn Extends “Seabourn Value Fares” Through Winter 2012

MIAMI, Dec 8: Seabourn has extended its special “Seabourn Value Fares,” previously offered on all 2011 cruises, into the first quarter of 2012, creating exceptional values with savings up to 65 percent aboard the award-winning line’s intimate, all-suite ships. Seabourn Value Fares start from $2,399 per guest for a 7-day cruise. The fares vary by itinerary and apply to all worldwide voyages for fall 2011 and winter 2012.

“Seabourn will have six ships sailing all across the globe in the fall of 2011 and winter of 2012,” said Pamela C. Conover, Seabourn’s President and CEO. "They will be visiting dozens of exciting and far-flung destinations, and these added Seabourn Value Fares mean there is no better time to book one of those amazing Seabourn cruises than now,” she added.

To take advantage of these fares, guests must book by March 31, 2011, after which the prices are subject to rise. As previously announced, due to increasing demand, the company has implemented a new pricing strategy for 2011 to increase fares to restore the advantage to those who book early. The limited-time-only fares apply to 56 cruises departing between Nov 2011 and May 2012 in Asia, the South Pacific, Central and South America, and the Caribbean, with itineraries ranging from seven to 26 days. Some examples of regions and per-person Seabourn Value Fares are:

Seabourn Pride 14-day voyages exploring Vietnam and Thailand, from $4,999.
Seabourn Legend 10- to 18-day cruises in Indonesia and Arabia from $3,999.
Seabourn Odyssey 14- to 26-day South Pacific voyages, from $6,299.
Seabourn Sojourn 14- to 17-day voyages in South America from $5,499.
Seabourn Spirit 14-day Panama Canal voyages from $4,299.
Seven- to 14-day Caribbean cruises on Seabourn Spirit, Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest from $2,399.
Seabourn Spirit, Seabourn Odyssey or Seabourn Sojourn transatlantic voyages from $2,599.

Seabourn Value Fares are also available for the entire 109-day Seabourn Quest World Cruise or shorter segments. Rates begin from $43,080 per person for the full world cruise or from $7,600 per person for a shorter segment.

The promotion includes optional air add-on, with round-trip economy air starting from $600 and business class air from $1,300 from 39 North American gateways. Book early to take advantage of the Seabourn Value Fares, which are available for only a limited time. Rates are subject to increase and space available, and are based on double occupancy. Certain other restrictions apply. For more information, contact a travel agent, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit

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Norwegian Cruise Line Positions Two New Ships In Alaska & Bermuda For
 2012/2013 Season

MIAMI – December 8, 2010 – Norwegian Cruise Line today announced its 2012/2013 deployment and itineraries for Alaska, Bermuda, Hawai`i and short cruises to the Bahamas. For the first time, the 2,376-passenger Norwegian Jewel will sail Alaska’s Inside Passage joining Norwegian Pearl which is sailing to Glacier Bay from Seattle. In Bermuda, the 2,348-passenger Norwegian Star will sail to Bermuda for the first time from her new homeport in New York City.These cruises go on sale to Norwegian’s top travel partners and Latitudes members (past guests) Dec 8, 2010 and to the general public on Thursday, Dec 9.

“The 2012/2013 season is filled with new and exciting Freestyle Cruising choices. Whether it’s our ships cruising different destinations, disembarking from new homeports or sailing new itineraries, we offer the most freedom and flexibility when it comes to cruise travel,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian’s chief executive officer. “We are pleased to bring Norwegian Jewel to Alaska and Norwegian Star to Bermuda, along with continuing our popular Hawai`i inter-island cruises and short cruises to the Bahamas through early 2013.”

In Alaska, Norwegian Jewel will replace Norwegian Star and cruise from Seattle for the first time on a 7-day Sawyer Glacier itinerary. Norwegian Jewel’s weekly Sawyer Glacier cruises will depart on Saturdays from May 26, 2012 to Sept 8, 2012 sailing through Alaska’s Inside Passage with ports of call including: Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway, Alaska; and Victoria, British Columbia. Norwegian Jewel will also sail a 7-day Sawyer Glacier cruise from Vancouver to Seattle on May 19, 2012 and a 7-day Sawyer Glacier from Seattle to Vancouver on Sept 15, 2012. Families will have the slime of their lives on board with Norwegian Jewel’s Nickelodeon at Sea year-round programming which includes live Nickelodeon-themed interactive shows, including: SlimeTime LIVE! with Nick’s signature slime; Nick Live! Poolside entertainment; character breakfasts and meet and greets; Nick-themed dance parties; and more. Nickelodeon-themed elements are also incorporated into Norwegian’s Kids’ Crew program.

Norwegian Pearl, another great ship for families, will return to Seattle sailing her weekly 7-day Glacier Bay cruises departing on Sundays from May 13, 2012 to Sept 9, 2012 and will sail through Alaska’s Inside Passage with ports of call including: Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan, Alaska; and Victoria, British Columbia. Norwegian Pearl will also sail a 7-day Glacier Bay cruise from Vancouver to Seattle on May 6, 2012 and a Seattle to Vancouver cruise on Sept 16, 2012.

Norwegian will continue its commitment to Bermuda, sailing two ships from the Northeast to Bermuda weekly from April through October calling on King’s Wharf. Norwegian Star will sail from New York on Sundays to Bermuda, staying for three full days. The 2,224-passenger Norwegian Dawn will sail her Bermuda itinerary departing on Fridays from Boston with three days in Bermuda.

Pride of America will continue as the only US-flagged vessel sailing among all four of Hawai`i’s main islands. Pride of America’s seven-day Hawai`i inter-island cruises departing from Honolulu are now available through April 7, 2013. Ports of call include: an overnight in Kahului, Maui; Hilo, Hawaii; an evening sail by the Kilauea Volcano (weather permitting); Kona, Hawai`i; an overnight in Nãwiliwili, Kaua`i; and an afternoon cruise of the breathtaking Nãpali Coast.

For a shorter cruise option, Norwegian Sky will continue sailing 3- and f4-day cruises to the Bahamas year-round from Miami through April 15, 2013. The 3-day Bahamas cruise departs on Fridays and includes stops in Nassau, Bahamas and Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s private island in the Bahamas. On Mondays, the ship departs Miami on a 4-day Bahamas cruise with stops in Grand Bahama Island, Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s private island; and Nassau, Bahamas.

To book these new sailings, please visit; call 866-234-7350 or contact a travel professional.

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Crystal's 2012 World Cruise Fares & Voyage Details Now Online

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 7: Crystal Cruises' "Epic Islands & Empires" 2012 World Cruise around the Pacific Rim is now online and available for booking. Travelers can view the complete day-by-day voyage at, along with valuable offers that include:

-- 2-for-1 World Cruise Fares, plus added bonus savings up to $10,000 for bookings by Feb 28, 2011
-- Free Air on all segments;
-- Up to $8,000 per couple 'All-Inclusive. As You Wish' spending credits;
-- Up to $14,900 savings per couple for Crystal Society members;
-- Up to $13,000 savings per couple for new-to-Crystal guests; and
-- Additional 2.5% savings for guests paying in full 180 days out.

Departing Jan 18, 2012, Crystal Serenity will embark on a rare 94-day course round-trip from Los Angeles, exploring 35 ports in five segments, including multiple overnight stays on Crystal Serenity's route through Hawaii, the South Pacific, eastern and western Australia, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Russia, Alaska, British Columbia and San Francisco, plus a maiden call in Newcastle, Australia; and a return to South Korea for the first time since 1994.

For the first time, the ultra-luxury line is including a 3-day inclusive overland adventure in Beijing, as well as several additional perks for luxury travelers, including:

-- First Class Air Transportation for guests originating in any of Crystal's specified air/sea gateways;
-- Bon voyage World Cruise Gala and overnight luxury hotel accommodations in Los Angeles;
-- Complimentary chauffeured pre- and post cruise transfers between the guest's home, airport, pre-cruise hotel and Crystal Serenity within 100 miles of gateway city;
-- An exclusive shoreside gala event; and
-- Specially selected gifts and special onboard events exclusive to Full World Cruise guests.

For reservations made by February 28, 2011, full World Cruise fares start at $48,405 per person, double occupancy. Enriching World Cruise segments of 16 to 22 days are also available. Crystal's award-winning ships, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity continue to be the highest rated ships in the world, according to discerning travelers, and sail on worldwide itineraries from seven to 100+ days. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit

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Holland America Line Launches 'Memorable Crossings' Story Contest With 2011 Trans-Atlantic Voyage Prize

SEATTLE, Dec. 7: Holland America Line is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its evolution from a traditional trans-Atlantic crossing company to one dedicated to premium vacation cruising with a "Memorable Crossings" story writing contest. The line is looking for moving and memorable tales that center around a Holland America Line trans-Atlantic crossing. Entrants are encouraged to submit first-hand accounts or stories told to them by family members or friends who have sailed an unforgettable Holland America trans-Atlantic voyage. Whether adventurous, heart-warming or humorous, the entrant whose story earns the most accolades for its emotional impact, originality and creativity will win a cruise for two on the 2011 nine-day "Classic Crossings" aboard ms Rotterdam.

"Holland America Line has a deep history that goes back generations, and we receive many poignant letters about making this epic journey -- whether it was to immigrate to the United States or taken simply for pleasure," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. "This isn't a writing contest, but more a compelling story-telling contest. We want to hear the incredible and moving stories about a route that defined our line for decades, and there's no better way to celebrate such a pivotal transition period in our company's rich history."

One entrant from North America will win a stateroom on the July 12 trans-Atlantic departure that sails to Rotterdam from New York with a call at Cobh (Cork), Ireland, a time-honored stop on crossings of the past. This sailing follows a nine-day voyage that departs Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on July 3, 2011 and calls at the traditional crossing departure port of Southampton, England, before heading across the Atlantic to New York. The contest runs through March 15, 2011. A panel of judges appointed by Holland America Line, including President and CEO Stein Kruse, will select the winner, who will be announced by April 11, 2011.

During the crossings, Holland America Line will offer numerous opportunities and activities to celebrate the line's 138-year heritage including a bon voyage sail away party, captain's gala party, guest lecturers and chefs and a special commemorative gift. For novices and enthusiasts, Bridge and dance instructors as well as hosts will be onboard. In addition, guests can discover more about the company's history by visiting the Crow's Nest, which will be set up as a "Museum at Sea" during both crossings, and attending a lecture by renowned maritime historians.

Special guests on these sailings include Bill Miller, considered an international authority on the subject of ocean liners and cruise ships; Maritime artist Captain Stephen J. Card, the official chronicler of the Holland America fleet; and Royal Designer of Industry Stephen Payne, OBE, vice president chief naval architect for Carnival Corporate Shipbuilding, who will share his nautical knowledge on the July 12 voyage. The celebrated Pasadena Roof Orchestra is scheduled to provide the authentic, big-band dancing sounds of yesteryear for both itineraries. Popular Dutch singing sensation "Frank in Person" plans to dazzle guests with his Frank Sinatra looks, singing style and repertoire from Rotterdam to New York.

Guests looking to sharpen their skills in the line's Culinary Arts Center will have the opportunity to learn from master chefs on both cruises. Dutch Chef Cas Spijkers is scheduled to sail on the July 3 crossing. The author of 10 cookbooks and culinary educator has prepared lavish dinners for the Dutch Royal Family, starred in his own television series, "Cooking with the Stars," and was named as the Netherlands' "Masterchef of the Century" in 1991. Daniel Orr, chef and owner of FARMbloomington, is scheduled to sail on the July 12 departure. Orr draws from a lifelong curiosity about individual ingredients combined with extensive training in the art of finding food's true essence and flavor.

To enter the contest and access the complete official rules and details, visit No purchase is necessary. The contest is open only to legal residents of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are age 18 or older as of the date of entry. The contest is void where prohibited. 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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U.S. Coast Guard Honors Norwegian Cruise Line With Gold Marine
Environmental Protection Award

MIAMI, Dec 7: The United States Coast Guard awarded Norwegian Cruise Line the Gold 2010 William M. Benkert Marine Environmental Protection Award in the foreign vessel category. This biennial award was created to recognize outstanding achievements in marine environmental protection that go beyond mere compliance with industrial and regulatory standards. This is the first time a major cruise line has been awarded the Gold Benkert award. Rear Admiral William Benkert is considered by many to be the father of the U.S. Coast Guard’s marine safety and environmental protection mission. Captain Minas Myrtidis, Norwegian’s vice president of fleet regulatory compliance, accepted the award yesterday at a reception in San Diego, California.

“We are honored to have the United States Coast Guard bestow on us such a high honor in environmental practices and standards,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian’s chief executive officer. “Norwegian takes extreme pride in the measures we go to in order to protect the waters on which we sail and the environments of the ports where our ships call.”

For more than four decades, Norwegian has committed to the protection of the oceans and most significantly through sustainable environmental practices, investments in technology and a commitment to exceed regulatory requirements. Just in the past two years, Norwegian has:

Reduced solid waste volume by 25 percent;
Treated black and gray waste water to near drinking water standards, earning local government approval in states with some of the most rigorous discharge laws;
Taught 150,000 children and youth passengers (2-17) to become better stewards of the environment through the “Officer Snook” education program, offered exclusively on board Norwegian’s ships;
Delivered 150,000 gallons of cooking oil onshore that has been converted to bio-fuel for use in motor vehicles, reducing petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
I nvested more than $25 million to upgrade its 250-acre private island, Great Stirrup Cay, with the newest wastewater treatment facilities, and disposal and recycling activities.

In addition to these recent initiatives, Norwegian has invested more than $50 million on new environmental protection technology, as well as on a shore-side department devoted to environmental protection. Each ship sails with a trained Environmental Officer (EO), a three-stripe, non-watch standing officer whose function aboard the ship is the implementation, training, oversight, and verification of shipboard environmental compliance. The EO also provides assistance to Norwegian’s Fleet Regulatory Compliance (FRC) Department shore-side in the development of environmental policies and procedures. All on board crew receive training on environmental procedures prior to assuming shipboard duties, as well as specialized environmental training appropriate to their individual job and responsibility.

Environmental Accolades
I n May 2007, Norwegian Sun received the Port of San Francisco’s 2006 Cruise Ship Environmental Award which recognizes cruise ships whose on-board environmental systems help decrease air and water pollution. In 2008, Norwegian Pearl received the same award.
The Port of Seattle issued a certificate and flag to both Norwegian Star and Norwegian Pearl in 2009 in recognition of their voluntary use of low-sulfur MGO fuel in the inaugural year of the Port’s At-Berth Clean Fuels program.
Norwegian participated in the Port of Los Angeles’ voluntary speed reduction program in 2008 and 2009. In 2009, the company achieved 100 percent compliance for 64 arrivals and departures. The Port also recognized the company for voluntarily using low-sulfur MGO fuel during port calls in 2008. Both programs are designed to reduce air emissions.
The line also received the Venice Blue Flag award from the Venice Port Authority in 2008 and 2009 in recognition of using lower sulfur fuels in the Port.

For more information on Norwegian Cruise Line’s environmental commitment visit

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Mary Hart Named Godmother for Oceania Cruises' New Marina

MIAMI, Dec. 6: ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT host Mary Hart is confirmed as the godmother of Oceania Cruises' new cruise ship Marina. Hart will name the ship in Miami at a lavish, invitation-only christening ceremony February 5, which will culminate with a 15-liter Nebuchadnezzar of champagne, custom-made by Armand de Brignac, commemoratively crashing against the hull.

A beloved television personality, this year marks Hart's final season as host of ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT - the number one syndicated entertainment newsmagazine show in the world, which enters its 30th season this year. Hart joined the popular show as a correspondent in June 1982, and within weeks was named co-anchor.

In her personal life, Hart has been involved with philanthropic causes devoted to children. A member of the board of trustees for Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, she currently serves as Leadership Chair of the New Hospital Campaign. Hart is also an ambassador for Childhelp USA, which combats child abuse. For many years she served on the board of directors for the National Childhood Cancer Foundation and continues her affiliation with the Children's Miracle Network, for which she was telethon co-host for 15 years. Hart is the recipient of the Samaritan Award from the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation for her work on behalf of several children's charities. In 2001, she was honored with the first-ever Children's Miracle Achievement Award for her "long-standing commitment to children and contributing in many ways to bettering the lives of children everywhere."

"It's very exciting, and a bit humbling," said Hart, "I'm truly honored to serve as the Godmother for Marina - she will be a very special ship. And, I look forward to smashing a great bottle of champagne as we let the celebration begin!"

"Mary Hart personifies elegance and style, just like our magnificent Marina," stated Frank Del Rio, chairman and CEO of Prestige Cruise Holdings, the line's parent company. "We especially salute her philanthropic work devoted to children's causes and we are proud to welcome her to the Oceania Cruises family."

After christening festivities in Miami, Marina sets sail Feb. 8 on the first of two 18-day Panama Canal transits that visit San Francisco or San Diego, both new ports for Oceania Cruises. Marina then operates a 12-day Caribbean cruise, round-trip from Miami, departing March 16, before sailing along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard and on to Europe to begin her inaugural Mediterranean season.

At 66,000 tons and carrying 1,250 guests, Marina features an array of stylish bars and lounges and 10 dining venues - six of which are open-seating, gourmet restaurants - including Jacques, the first restaurant at sea for Chef Jacques Pepin. Other highlights include a full-service Canyon Ranch SpaClub, Bon Appetit Culinary Center, Owner's Suites furnished exclusively in Ralph Lauren Home, and a grand stairway custom-crafted by renowned French glass master, Lalique. To learn more about Marina, contact a travel professional, visit or call toll-free at 800-531-5658.

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SeaDream Goes Yachting in the Pristine Grenadine Islands

Miami, FL, December 6: SeaDream Yacht Club is named as one of “Top 10 Cruises for the New Year” in ISLANDS Magazine, December 2010 issue. The timing couldn’t be better, as SeaDream announces new voyages featuring the exquisitely beautiful Grenadine Islands, one of the most pristine yachting playgrounds in the Eastern Caribbean. SeaDream’s President, Bob Lepisto said, “The Grenadines are considered among sailors as one of the best tropical destinations in the world. The protective reefs make for smooth sailing and the beauty of the islands is breathtaking.” Lepisto added, “We modified our Nov and Dec 2011 itineraries so that we could offer five uniquely spectacular Caribbean voyages sailing from Barbados and Antigua. Its planned so guests booking two consecutive voyages not only obtain a discount on the second voyage, but will enjoy many ports not visited during their first voyage.”

Starting with Nov 13, 2011, three departures from Antigua and two departures from Barbados are now scheduled for SeaDream I. Both Antigua and Barbados have modern international airports serviced by several carriers. Yachting St. Vincent & The Grenadines is magical. SeaDream drops anchor in secluded lagoons with turquoise seas and powder white sand beaches. Itineraries include the island of Bequia, a tiny green island just seven miles square where islanders still make their living from fishing, lobster diving and boat building. SeaDream’s Club and Activities Director will introduce guests to a local “hot spot” where lobster pizza is the order of the day. Explore the island of Carriacou, its name derived from Indian settlers meaning “land surrounded by reefs”. Carriacou has majestic mountainous ridges and stunning beaches. No Caribbean voyage is complete without SeaDream’s Champagne and Caviar Splash™ and the island of Mayreau will be the setting. Mayreau is wonderfully quiet, only a handful of roads, no airport and a small smattering of locals. Tobago, the Tobago Cays and Grenada offer guests premier snorkeling and diving options and the chance to make use of SeaDream’s water sports Marina and complimentary water toys. Select voyages include Rodney Bay, St. Lucia; its 250 slip Marina is one of the Caribbean's premier yachting centers.

The expression “Yachting” is not a sentiment about size; it is a statement about lifestyle aboard the twin vessels, SeaDream I & II. Chic and stylish, SeaDream’s 56-stateroom yachts are favored for their elegant informality, state-of-the art facilities, personal service provided by a crew of 95, inclusive open bar and gratuities, ocean view accommodations, luxury spa and world class cuisine. Contact your travel professional or SeaDream Yacht Club at 1 800 707-4911 or visit

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Carnival Cruise Lines Announces Year-Long Partnership with MUSC Children’s Hospital

Charleston, SC, Dec 6: Carnival Cruise Lines and the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital are proud to announce a partnership for 2011. The year-long partnership will include several in-kind and monetary donations and fundraisers, as well as bringing smiles and fun to the patients of the MUSC Children’s Hospital. Under the partnership, Carnival’s involvement includes:

• Four Fun Centers, mobile entertainment units that include a Nintendo Wii console, flat panel television and DVD player. Each Fun Center can be rolled up to the side of patients’ beds or throughout the hospital. Two laptops will also be donated, both items helping to improve the quality of the child’s life in the hospital setting.
• Quarterly shows for the children in the MUSC Children’s Hospital Atrium, by a Carnival cruise director, Fun Ship Freddy and other talent.
• A total of 1,000 Towel Pals delivered throughout the year to provide companionship and comfort to the children.
• A donation to the Children’s Hospital through fundraising efforts at the Cooper River Bridge Run.
• A spring fund-raising effort, currently in the planning stages.

“We are excited to expand our partnership with MUSC Children’s Hospital after a fun tie-in at last year’s Cooper River Bridge Run,” said Mike Julius, managing director U.S. sales for Carnival. “This hospital makes a positive impact on these children’s lives. It is extremely important to Carnival Cruise Lines, and part of our ongoing corporate philosophy, to give back to the Charleston area community in a meaningful way while bringing smiles to children’s faces.”

In May 2010, Carnival Cruise Lines officially launched the first, year-round cruise service from Charleston on the Carnival Fantasy, with destinations to The Bahamas and Key West, Fla. In 2011, Carnival will also offer a series of Bermuda cruises for the first time from Charleston.

“We are thankful for the positive reception Carnival has received since the launch of our year-round cruise service,” added Mike Julius. “The Port, the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, area travel agents and many other business and community leaders and residents have provided support and partnership, enabling Carnival to truly feel a part of this great community.”

The partnership will begin December 2010 with the first of the quarterly entertainment shows occurring on Dec 17. The goal for the partnership is to provide $50,000 through a combination of monetary and in-kind donations and fundraising efforts. The Fun Centers are expected in the first quarter of 2011. Information for the upcoming entertainment events, fundraisers and Cooper River Bridge Run involvement will be announced at a later date.

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Response By Princess Cruises to Concerns about Omission of Israel on
Egypt Port Guide Map

SANTA CLARITA, CA, Dec 3: A false rumor is spreading that Princess Cruises has intentionally omitted Israel on our port guide maps which are used to provide information to our passengers going ashore on tours. We want to clarify this issue and set the record straight. It has been drawn to our attention that our port guide map for Alexandria, Egypt, while labeling other neighboring countries in the region, had neglected to label the country of Israel. After looking into the matter, our conclusion is this was a mistake on the part of the company that provides our port guide maps. It was certainly not our intention to omit Israel from the map.

In all other maps included in our marketing materials such as our brochures and our web site, Israel is clearly labeled. When our ships call at the Israeli ports of Ashdod and Haifa, we have passenger guides for these ports, which are also labeled with the regional highlights we hope our passengers will experience. Copies of the brochure map and port guides can be viewed at: We're sorry if our unintentional omission caused any misunderstanding. We've been bringing passengers to the Holy Land for over two decades, and next year we have 27 calls in Israel scheduled.

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Special Caribbean Cruise Rates for Single Travelers on MSC

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, Dec 2: Single travelers can experience the beauty and tranquility of a Caribbean cruise with MSC at special rates for 7-night sailings on MSC Poesia from $574.80 plus government fees and taxes (GFTs). Single guests can book an interior, ocean view, balcony, and balcony superior stateroom for one on a Caribbean cruise through February 12, 2011 at a savings of more than 30 percent. This special single promotion offer is applicable for all categories, excluding suites, on the following MSC Poesia Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale:

7-night “Western Caribbean Wonders” cruise on Dec 5, Jan 16 & 30, and Feb 13 to Key West, Florida; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico; single rate begins at $574.80 per person plus government fees and taxes (GFTs) of $81.35;
7-night: “Eastern Caribbean Enchantment” cruise on Dec 12, Jan 9 & 23, and Feb 6 to St. Thomas, British Virgin Islands; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Nassau, Bahamas; single rate begins at $574.80 per person plus GFTs of $69.62. Rates are cruise only and subject to availability for U.S. and Canadian residents. Certain restrictions apply. For more information, visit or a local travel professional.

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Holland America Line Launches Annual View & Verandah Sale With
Exceptional Savings

SEATTLE, Dec. 2: Holland America Line has just launched one of its most popular sales offered each year. The View & Verandah sale runs through Feb. 28, 2011 and features special savings on ocean-view and verandah staterooms. Cruisers can save up to 50 percent on select cruises and also take advantage of reduced deposits plus free or reduced rates for third and fourth guests.

"Our View & Verandah sale falls at a great time of year, when people are planning and booking their vacation for the coming year," said Richard Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. "By taking advantage of these exceptional savings, guests can enjoy an ocean-view stateroom or verandah suite that they might not be able to book otherwise."

Cruise destinations featured in the View & Verandah sale include Alaska cruises and cruisetours, Europe, Caribbean, Bermuda, Mexico, Canada/New England, Panama Canal, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Hawaii/Tahiti and South America.

For more information on Holland America Line's View & Verandah offer, consult a professional travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL HAL (877-724-5425) or visit

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Set Sail With A Rock Legend! Bret Michaels Hosts 'Rock Your World Super Cruise' Aboard Carnival Destiny in November 2011

Dec 2: Rock legend and reality TV star Bret Michaels is teaming up with Shoreline Charters to host the “Rock Your World Super Cruise,” a four-day rock ’n roll adventure on the high seas taking place aboard the Carnival Destiny in fall 2011. Fans will have an all-access pass as they enjoy musical exclusive performances and meet and greet opportunities – along with a few surprises -- during the action-packed cruise, which will operate round-trip from Miami Nov. 10-14. Ports of call include Key West, Fla., and Cozumel, Mexico.

Highlighting this once-in-a-lifetime experience will be an unforgettable performance by Bret Michaels and his band in the Carnival Destiny’s 1,500-seat show lounge. Michaels will also be “out and about” to mix and mingle with fans, answer questions and sign autographs.

“I have wanted to do something like this for so long and let me tell you this cruise will be absolutely epic, one for the record books. I really couldn’t ask for anything better than having the chance to kick back, rock out, and spend some quality time with all of my fans. The past year has been such a crazy one for me -- one that I never could have gotten through without the support of my family, friends and fans. I’m thrilled to have the chance to unwind and have a good time with all of them. And one piece of advice: come with your cameras ready because this is a once-in-a-lifetime event you won’t want to forget,” said Michaels.

In addition to spending four fun-filled days with one of rock’s biggest stars, Rock Your World Super Cruise participants can enjoy all that the Carnival Destiny has to offer: mouth-watering cuisine, including complimentary 24-hour pizza and stateroom service, along with full-casino gambling, a 15,000-square-foot health and fitness center, 16 lounges and bars, and four swimming pools – one with a 214-foot-long water slide.

Rates start at $829 per person based on double occupancy. To book your rock and roll cruise of a lifetime, visit or e-mail Shoreline Charters at .

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Princess Cruises Creates New Alaska Cruisetour Just for Fishing Fans in 2011

SANTA CLARITA, CA, Dec 1: Princess Cruises has introduced a new Alaska cruisetour option just for fishermen (and women) as part of the 2011 season. This new 14-day land/sea vacation includes special excursions just for anglers, with opportunities to cast their lines in some of the state's premiere fishing spots. Participants on the new tour can try their hand at salmon fishing in the Inside Passage from Ketchikan, bottom fishing for halibut near Juneau, and river fishing on two Alaskan rivers--the Kenai and Talkeetna--on excursions from Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge and Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge.

"Fishing is such an iconic part of the Alaska experience, that it made sense to offer a special tour especially for those who want to focus their time on the sport," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. "We include a variety of fishing experiences so our passengers can get a taste of the array of fishing opportunities found throughout the state."

The new fishing cruisetour includes a 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise through the Gulf of Alaska featuring scenic cruising in Glacier Bay National Park, plus two nights at the Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge, two nights at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, two nights at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge and one night in Anchorage. Participants will not only enjoy fishing tours throughout their vacation but also scenic travel via Princess Rail and a Natural History Tour in Denali National Park. Fishing excursions include:

Alaska Sportfishing Expedition (Ketchikan) Participants can experience the thrill of fishing in the "Salmon Capital of the World" in the calm, protected waters of the Inside Passage. Passengers will travel in a large, heated cabin cruiser and can test their salmon sportfishing skills on a five-hour expedition to troll for king salmon, pink salmon, chum salmon, and silver salmon, depending on the season.

Halibut/Bottom Sportfishing Adventure (Juneau) This excursion takes a small group on a journey to experience bottom fishing for halibut, Pacific cod, arrow-tooth flounder and nearly a dozen species of rockfish, depending on the season. The five-hour experience includes fishing in 180 to 350 feet of water with bait or plastic lures near the ocean's bottom. Bottom fishing appeals to anglers of all experience levels, as fish are easy to hook and usually very abundant. During the trip to the fishing grounds, participants may also spot some of the region's other wildlife, including whales and sea lions.

Kenai Upper River Sportfishing (Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge) Famed for its trophy-sized fish, the beautiful upper Kenai River is one of the finest recreational areas in Alaska. Tour participants can experience world-class fishing surrounded by dazzling mountain scenery aboard a non-motorized drift boat or raft. Anglers will be catching either sockeye salmon, Dolly Varden or rainbow trout, according to the season.

Alaska Sportfishing (Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge) Both experienced and novice fishing fans will enjoy testing their luck on the Talkeetna River. Anglers will travel by boat to a secluded fishing spot in the shadow of Mt. McKinley, where they will cast for king, silver or red salmon, rainbow trout, grayling and Dolly Varden, depending on the season. An experienced guide will steer the group to the area's optimum fishing holes.

All tours follow fishing seasons and regulations as determined by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G). Fishing licenses are not included in the package price; participants can purchase appropriate licenses at each location or directly from the ADF&G. Passengers must be at least 12 years old to participate in the cruisetour.

Fares for the new fishing cruisetours begin at $3,248 per person, based on double occupancy. 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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Silversea Offers $1,000 In Complimentary Shore Excursions
On 13 Select Voyages In 2011

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Dec 1: Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises is offering $1,000 per suite ($500 per person) in complimentary shore excursions on 13 voyages exploring the Caribbean and Far East in 2011. This extraordinary limited-time offer is available on new bookings made by December 31, 2010. The Complimentary Shore Excursion Credit may be used towards the purchase of any Silver Shore excursion--none is excluded. All are designed to provide enriching experiences that highlight the cultural, natural and historic treasures that lie ashore. Float down the Perfume River in Hue and relive Vietnam's royal grandeur or go zip-lining through St. Kitts' tropical rainforest--the choice is all yours.

"What's really great about this offer is that the Complimentary Shore Excursion Credit does not have restrictions on the types of shore excursions that qualify," said Steve Tucker, Silversea's vice president of field sales for North America. "You can apply your credit to any of the excursions we offer, including our exclusive Silver Shore Collection tours and private arrangements our Silver Shore Concierge can arrange for you on board."

Following are the 13 2011 voyages offering a $1,000 Complimentary Shore Excursion Credit:

Voyage 1106: Fort Lauderdale to Barbados, 9 Days, Feb 17 - 26
Voyage 1108: Barbados to Fort Lauderdale, 9 Days, March 5 - 14
Voyage 1112: Fort Lauderdale to Barbados, 9 Days, April 25 - May 4

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 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 Complimentary Shore Excursion offer is provided in the form of a $1,000 Onboard Spending Credit which can also be used for other onboard expenses, such as spa treatments, premium wines/spirits, specialty restaurant dining fees, and/or purchases in the Internet Café and onboard boutiques. It is a capacity-controlled program and subject to availability. The Onboard Spending Credit is offered per suite, not per voyage, and only once to guests sailing on consecutive voyages. Maximum value of Onboard Spending Credit is $1,000 per suite. Single occupancy suites will receive 50% of the Onboard Spending Credit. It 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.

For more information on Silversea Cruises, please contact a travel agent or visit

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Signature Spa Experiences Announced For Marina’s Canyon Ranch SpaClub®

Miami: Oceania Cruises and Canyon Ranch have finalized the spa offerings aboard the 1,250-guest Marina, which is scheduled to debut in January 2011. Highlights of the 10,000-sq.-ft. Canyon Ranch SpaClub® include a variety of different environments and treatment facilities which create a harmonious, tranquil setting which is perfectly suited to the acclaimed health resort’s innovative treatments.

“We are so pleased to bring the world-renowned Canyon Ranch wellness experience to our guests,” stated Bob Binder, Oceania Cruises’ president. “The signature treatments offered on Marina perfectly complement the Oceania Cruises brand.”

A Twist on Traditional Treatments
Marina’s Canyon Ranch SpaClub will feature nearly 50 treatments and therapies, each customized to guests’ needs. A sampling of signature services includes:

· Canyon Stone Massage, an 80-minute massage employing smooth, rounded basalt stones that are gently heated. The weight and radiant heat of the stones, combined with a calming essential oil, penetrates muscle tissue and induces deep relaxation without overheating, persuading even the tightest muscles to let go completely.
· Ageless Oxygen Boost, a 50-minute facial applying a pressurized oxygen system that infuses a skin-specific cocktail of rejuvenating hydrators, essential vitamins, botanicals, antioxidants and amino peptides.
· Ocean Scrub, a 50-minute exfoliating body treatment that cools the skin on contact. Antibacterial essence of laurel opens the lungs while spirulina intensely hydrates. Dry brushing with organic Dead Sea salts stimulates the lymphatic system, while an application of biodynamic honey and Red Flower Ocean essential oil leaves skin supple and calm.
· Organic Seaweed Body Wraps, choice of a 50- or 80-minute treatment utilizing hand-harvested seaweed from the wild northwest coast of Ireland. Ideal for detoxifying, firming and softening the skin.

Asian therapies focused on restoring balance to the body and spirit will also be showcased, including Thai Massage, Shiatsu, Reflexology and Acupuncture. Ayurveda, an ancient Indian tradition, will also be featured in the SpaClub’s Abhyanga Massage.

Integrated Fitness and Wellness Approach
The fitness center onboard Marina will feature a full circuit of Technogym strength-training machines and a Kinesis Wall, an innovative system offering a free range of natural movement to improve balance, flexibility and strength. Technogym equipment equipped with heart-rate monitoring and individual LCD-TV screens will also be featured in the cardiovascular area.

When guests are not training on their own, they can utilize Canyon Ranch fitness experts who will lead daily group and private fitness sessions and provide assessment for basic fitness and nutrition counseling. Specialized wellness services include Yamuna® Foot Fitness class offering simple techniques that improve the alignment and flexibility of hard-working feet. The SpaClub’s Performance Orthotics Assessment is a computerized assessment of the way a person walks following by a fitting of custom-designed orthotics.

For centuries, moving water and temperature variations have provided rejuvenating and healing effects. A Thermal Suite and adjacent thalassotherapy pool are designed to bring balance and restoration to the mind and body. Ideal following a workout or prior to a massage, the Thermal Suite is comprised of an aromatic steam room, Finnish sauna and Experiential Rain experience, which features invigorating, multi-sensory cooling showers with three variations of water pressures and temperatures.

Incorporating elements such as airbed recliner lounges, neck fountains, deluge waterfall, air tub and body massage jet benches, the thalassotherapy pool combines the therapeutic benefits of salt water and massage allowing guests to unwind and feel the power of flowing water unknotting tired muscles. The thalassotherapy pool is located on a private sundeck.

Canyon Ranch chefs also worked with Oceania Cruises’ award-winning culinary team to create Spa Cuisine selections for the Grand Dining Room and Terrace Café that are both nutritious and created with the highest gourmet standards. At 66,000 tons and carrying 1,250 guests, Marina features an array of stylish bars and lounges and 10 dining venues – six of which are open-seating, gourmet restaurants – including Jacques, the first restaurant at sea for Chef Jacques Pépin. Other highlights include a Bon Appétit Culinary Center, Owner’s Suites furnished exclusively in Ralph Lauren Home, and a grand stairway custom-crafted by renowned French glass master, Lalique. To learn more about Marina, contact a travel professional, visit or call toll-free at 800-531-5658.

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Stars To Shine On Regent Seven Seas 2011 World Cruise

Fort Lauderdale, FL: Regent Seven Seas Cruises has announced its line-up of luminaries to be featured on the line’s 2011 World Cruise aboard the 700-guest Seven Seas Voyager – an award-winning, all-suite, all-balcony, ultra-luxury vessel. The 162-night World Cruise departs Fort Lauderdale on Dec 27, 2010, and will complete its global adventure on June 7, 2011, in London. The featured luminaries will present lectures, classes and workshops to offer guests fresh perspective and insights.

“We are honored to have intriguing and talented professionals from many different fields to enlighten and entertain our guests,” said Mark Conroy, president of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “I am confident that our 2011 World Cruise roster will be one of our best yet.”

Among the world-renowned experts and award-winning luminaries are:

Jack Hanna, May 14-24: Recognized around the country as America’s favorite zookeeper and author of 10 books. He will be available to share his “hands on” approach to wildlife conservation and his lifetime of travel experiences.
Rita Moreno, February 23-March 12: One of only 10 performers who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony Award; she will entertain with a special musical performance and speak about her amazing life and career.
Morton Dean, March 29-April 13: Emmy Award-winning correspondent; one of the best known, most highly regarded and widely traveled newsmen in his profession. During his 14 years with ABC News and 20 years with CBS News, he covered many historic, headline-making stories around the world including presidential campaigns, Papal visits and the civil rights struggle.
Jim Nantz, Feb 23 - 29: Emmy award-winning sports personality and five-time National Sportscaster of the Year. He will be available to discuss some of his favorite play-by-plays throughout his career of over 25 years in sportscasting.
Alan Thicke, April 28-May 4: Known best as psychiatrist and father, Jason Seaver, from ABC’s “Growing Pains.” Thicke has earned a “Best Actor” Golden Globe nomination and seven Emmy Award nominations (five for writing and two for acting). On stage, he received rave reviews acting in the Neil Simon/Burt Bacharach musical “Promises, Promises,” as well as for his Broadway debut as Billy Flynn in “Chicago.”
Charles Cook, May 4-24: Widely regarded as one of the United States’ leading authorities on U.S. elections and political trends, Charlie has appeared on the ABC, CBS and NBC evening news programs, as well as on "Good Morning America," the "Today Show," "Nightline," "Meet the Press with Tim Russert," and "This Week…." He has also appeared many times on CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, C-SPAN and National Public Radio.
Jeff Greenberg, May 4-24: Emmy-Award winning casting director for the hit comedy Modern Family after having guided the casting chores for such other iconic shows such as Frasier and Cheers. Other television credits include Ugly Betty, Wings, My So-Called Life, NewsRadio and dozens of others. His feature credits include A Night at the Roxbury, Father of the Bride 2, Look Who's Talking and Die Mommie Die!
Dr. Michael Leeden, May 4-24: the Freedom Scholar at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Leeden is also a contributing editor at National Review Online. Previously, he served as a consultant to the National Security Council, the State Department, and the Defense Department and has taught at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Rome.
Jacki Lyden, May 4-24: Acclaimed journalist, author and radio host, Jacki Lyden can currently be heard on the weekend broadcasts of National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Formerly NPR’s London correspondent, Lyden has covered the Gulf War from Baghdad, Iraq and has reported from Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Iran, and other countries.
Ari Shapiro, May 4-24: NPR’s award-winning White House correspondent, Shapiro reports for all of NPR’ s newsmagazines, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Based in Washington, D.C. He has received the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize and a “laurel” for excellent reporting from the Columbia Journalism Review.
A highlight takes place when Seven Seas Voyager visits San Francisco on January 13, 2011. Full World Cruise guests will be entertained by legendary performers:
Norm Crosby, Crosby has been making audiences laugh and a crowd favorite since his days from “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
Joel Grey, Best known for his role as the Master of Ceremonies in the Broadway musical “Cabaret,” in which he earned an Academy Award for the film version. Grey is the father of Jennifer Grey, who costarred in the hit movie “Dirty Dancing” with the late Patrick Swayze.

In addition to the above headliners, the World Cruise will feature a variety of enrichment lecturers, arts & crafts workshops, ACBL-certified Bridge Masters, gentlemen social hosts and dance instructors.

Dinner and a Show: During the course of the voyage, guests will receive several opportunities to enjoy a special evening of fine dining followed by entertainment from some of the world's most renowned performers such as David Campbell, Rhonda Burchmore, Gloria Loring and even the acclaimed Frank and Dean Show. Following a cocktail party, guests will dine on a specially created, music-inspired menu in Signatures restaurant before being entertained by legends of the entertainment world during an intimate, cabaret-style performance in the Horizon Lounge.

Seven Seas Voyager is a perfect ship for longer cruises and world class entertainment. The all-inclusive amenities and award-winning itineraries could not disappoint even the most seasoned traveler. Also, the award-winning suite accommodations offer all guests spacious and luxurious living quarters with private balcony, walk-in closet and marble bathrooms with separate bathtub and shower stall. This, combined with the stellar service and cuisine of a six-star luxury line, provides the ideal environment for extended voyages. To receive more information or to make reservations, see a travel professional, visit or call toll-free 800-285-1835.

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Celebrity Cruises Enhances Online Portal For Its Most Loyal Guests

MIAMI: Following the well-received introduction of a series of member-driven enhancements to its “Captain’s Club” loyalty program last year, Celebrity Cruises has upgraded the program’s online portal. New, interactive features make it easier for Captain’s Club members to view and manage important details related to their membership account, including their sailing history and upcoming reservations.

“Our Captain’s Club members are our most loyal guests, and they are at the center of our attention not just while they’re onboard, but before they cruise and after they return home,” said Lisa Kauffman, Vice President, Marketing. “We have revamped their online experience in the members-only section of, in order to make it easier and more enjoyable for them to use.”

The new features include a membership summary, which provides Captain’s Club members with easy access to view their membership number, tier and credits earned. Additionally, the site now displays each member’s sailing history and upcoming reservations. Members also can take advantage of a new feature throughout the site that offers them the ability to look up their Captain’s Club member number, and special limited-time offers and promotions for Captain’s Club members are now visible in a single place. The Captain’s Club e-newsletter page also has been enhanced to showcase not only the current newsletter, but also the three previous editions, giving members an opportunity to browse hot topics on demand.

In 2009, Celebrity refreshed its three-tiered Captain’s Club program by adding new benefits such as the Captain’s Club Celebration, a one-of-a-kind social and entertainment event available to all members; richer Internet and laundry benefits for Select and Elite tier members; and a new onboard lounge exclusively for Elite members. The brand even introduced an official theme for the club, which doubles as its ongoing commitment to members: “The center of our attention.”

The new functionality that allows members to view their sailing history is currently available only to members who reside in the United States. Celebrity Cruises plans to make those features available to members in other markets, in the future. Celebrity’s fleet currently consists of 10 ships. Its $3.7-billion investment in building five stylish Solstice Class ships between 2008-2012 represents the largest five-year investment in premium cruising. For more information, call your travel agent, dial 1-800-437-3111. or visit

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Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Sails Into Uncharted Waters On CBS’s
Hit Show “Undercover Boss”

MIAMI: Norwegian Cruise Line and CBS jointly announced today that Norwegian’s CEO Kevin Sheehan will appear on an upcoming episode of the Emmy-nominated hit reality series "Undercover Boss" on the CBS Television Network.

"With 11 Freestyle Cruising ships in our fleet and more than 16,000 employees both shipboard and shoreside, it’s challenging to keep in tune with our crew who are the face of the company and interacting with guests on a daily basis,” said Sheehan. "When I joined the company, one of my goals was to ensure consistency across our fleet and make sure that we are delivering exceptional cruise vacations for our guests. Participating in ‘Undercover Boss’ helped me to see that we have phenomenal crew members who are working extremely hard to deliver on that promise, but it also shed some light on areas that could be improved."

Each week, "Undercover Boss" follows a different executive as he or she leaves the comfort of the corner office for an undercover mission to examine the inner workings of their companies. While working alongside their employees, they see the effects that their decisions have on others, where the problems lie within their organizations and get an up-close look at both the good and the bad while discovering the unsung heroes who make their companies run.

During the episode, Sheehan went undercover on two of the company’s Freestyle Cruising ships: Norwegian Epic, the company’s newest, largest and most innovative vessel; and Pride of America, the only US-flagged passenger cruise ship sailing inter-island cruises in Hawaii. While on board, Sheehan worked alongside crew members in various departments.

“It definitely was an eye-opening experience,” added Sheehan. “I’ve always had the utmost admiration for our crew, but after this experience, I can proudly say we have truly remarkable crew members throughout our fleet.”

For more information on Sheehan’s undercover cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line, visit

About Kevin Sheehan: A native New Yorker and avid basketball fan, Sheehan is married with two children. Since taking the helm of Norwegian Cruise Line in 2008, he has overseen major company initiatives including vastly improving on-board service and amenities across the fleet; expanding the line’s European presence; repositioning two of the line’s Hawai’i-based ships creating a profitable business model; revitalizing top management with a mixture of cruise industry and outside expertise; and using his extensive 30-year background in the business world to help Norwegian post a sharp turnaround in profitability in the midst of a tough economic climate.

Sheehan comes from a diverse professional background that includes helping to found Spanish-language television network Telemundo; taking several companies public including rental car giant Avis; aiding in the inception and launch of the Sega Channel, the first interactive game platform over cable; teaching full-time at Adelphi University in New York and consulting for a variety of private equity firms, including Apollo Management, a Norwegian shareholder. Sheehan’s tell-it-like-it-is persona and personal philosophy of leading by example has allowed him to reinvigorate the organization by opening lines of communication and creating a positive corporate culture.

Before joining Norwegian in 2007, Sheehan was Chairman and CEO of Cendant Corp Vehicle Services Division where he was responsible for Avis Rent A Car, Budget Rent A Car, Budget Trucks, PHH Vehicle Management, First Fleet and Wright Express. While there, he integrated the Avis and Budget rental car brands into one network and also successfully completed a 100 percent initial public offering of Wright Express. Prior to joining Cendant Corp, Sheehan served in leadership positions at STT Video Partners LLP and Telemundo Group, Inc. He also spent two and a half years consulting to private equity firms and lecturing full-time at Adelphi University in New York as a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Accounting, Finance, and Economics.

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