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February 15, 2005

Bermuda Bound: CLIA Predicts A Buoyant 2005 Season

BERMUDA BOUND: CLIA CRUISE LINES PREDICT A BUOYANT 2005 SEASON

New York (February 11, 2005) - Sailing to quaint, picturesque Bermuda has never been easier – and with the Cruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) member lines, half the fun is getting there. This year, CLIA member lines will offer Bermuda sailings from six convenient East Coast cities aboard eight cruise ships, each of which boasts its own decidedly distinct ambiance and amenities. In short, there’s something for everyone: families, singles, newlyweds and seniors. There’s a reason why 40 percent of travelers return to Bermuda again and again. First, there’s the lure of the island’s sugary pink sand beaches set against turquoises seas. Pastel houses are appointed with vibrant bougainvillea hibiscus and oleander. And although Bermuda provides travelers with all 21st century amenities, it has not lost touch with its Colonial past. Horse-drawn carriages still meander down Hamilton’s Front Street, and proper British afternoon tea is still a time-honored tradition. Last but not least, the island boast more golf courses per square mile than any other destination on the planet.

This veritable paradise is in easy reach. Cruise ships depart from ports up and down the U.S. Eastern seaboard, including Baltimore, Boston, Cape Liberty (Bayonne, NJ), New York, Norfolk (VA) and Philadelphia. “Last year’s Bermuda cruises by CLIA-member lines were a resounding success, and all indications point to a stellar 2005,” said Terry L. Dale, CLIA’s president and chief executive officer. CLIA is composed of 19 member cruise lines representing 95 percent of the cruise capacity marketed in North America and 16,500 travel agencies – making it the largest travel agency association in terms of membership. To ensure space on these highly popular sailings – and to obtain the very best values – Dale advises travelers to consult a CLIA-member travel agent and book as early as possible. “The buzz words for booking 2005 cruises are ‘book early.’ Member lines report that bookings are coming in at an extremely healthy clip.” Following is a list of CLIA-member fleet vessels bound for Bermuda in 2005:

CELEBRITY CRUISES Horizon and Zenith will operate on Bermuda itineraries roundtrip from Cape Liberty, Norfolk, and Philadelphia. Horizon will sail on seven-night itineraries roundtrip from Norfolk and from Philadelphia. Zenith, meanwhile, will sail on seven-night itineraries roundtrip from Cape Liberty. Celebrity Cruises features cuisine prepared under the guidance of award-winning Master Chef Michel Roux.

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE Norwegian Cruise Line will position two ships in Bermuda this season. Norwegian Crown will operate on a series of six- and seven-day itineraries roundtrip from New York to Bermuda as well as a roster of six-day roundtrip cruises from Philadelphia. Norwegian Majesty will sail on seven-day itineraries roundtrip from Boston to Bermuda.

RADISSON SEVEN SEAS CRUISES Luxury cruise operator Radisson Seven Seas will offer 13 cruises to Bermuda from May through early September aboard the 490-passenger, all-suite Seven Seas Navigator. Customizing the shipboard experience for family groups, the Club Mariner children’s program will be available from June through August for kids six to 11 and 12 to 17.

ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL Grandeur of the Seas will sail roundtrip from Baltimore on alternate Sundays. Jewel of the Seas will operate on 10-night itineraries roundtrip from Boston to the Caribbean with an overnight at Bermuda’s King’s Wharf. Voyager of the Seas, meanwhile, will sail on five-night voyages roundtrip from Cape Liberty departing on alternate Sundays.

Press Release By CLIA

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Bermuda Bound: CLIA Predicts A Buoyant 2005 Season

BERMUDA BOUND: CLIA CRUISE LINES PREDICT A BUOYANT 2005 SEASON

New York (February 11, 2005) - Sailing to quaint, picturesque Bermuda has never been easier – and with the Cruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) member lines, half the fun is getting there. This year, CLIA member lines will offer Bermuda sailings from six convenient East Coast cities aboard eight cruise ships, each of which boasts its own decidedly distinct ambiance and amenities. In short, there’s something for everyone: families, singles, newlyweds and seniors. There’s a reason why 40 percent of travelers return to Bermuda again and again. First, there’s the lure of the island’s sugary pink sand beaches set against turquoises seas. Pastel houses are appointed with vibrant bougainvillea hibiscus and oleander. And although Bermuda provides travelers with all 21st century amenities, it has not lost touch with its Colonial past. Horse-drawn carriages still meander down Hamilton’s Front Street, and proper British afternoon tea is still a time-honored tradition. Last but not least, the island boast more golf courses per square mile than any other destination on the planet.

This veritable paradise is in easy reach. Cruise ships depart from ports up and down the U.S. Eastern seaboard, including Baltimore, Boston, Cape Liberty (Bayonne, NJ), New York, Norfolk (VA) and Philadelphia. “Last year’s Bermuda cruises by CLIA-member lines were a resounding success, and all indications point to a stellar 2005,” said Terry L. Dale, CLIA’s president and chief executive officer. CLIA is composed of 19 member cruise lines representing 95 percent of the cruise capacity marketed in North America and 16,500 travel agencies – making it the largest travel agency association in terms of membership. To ensure space on these highly popular sailings – and to obtain the very best values – Dale advises travelers to consult a CLIA-member travel agent and book as early as possible. “The buzz words for booking 2005 cruises are ‘book early.’ Member lines report that bookings are coming in at an extremely healthy clip.” Following is a list of CLIA-member fleet vessels bound for Bermuda in 2005:

CELEBRITY CRUISES Horizon and Zenith will operate on Bermuda itineraries roundtrip from Cape Liberty, Norfolk, and Philadelphia. Horizon will sail on seven-night itineraries roundtrip from Norfolk and from Philadelphia. Zenith, meanwhile, will sail on seven-night itineraries roundtrip from Cape Liberty. Celebrity Cruises features cuisine prepared under the guidance of award-winning Master Chef Michel Roux.

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE Norwegian Cruise Line will position two ships in Bermuda this season. Norwegian Crown will operate on a series of six- and seven-day itineraries roundtrip from New York to Bermuda as well as a roster of six-day roundtrip cruises from Philadelphia. Norwegian Majesty will sail on seven-day itineraries roundtrip from Boston to Bermuda.

RADISSON SEVEN SEAS CRUISES Luxury cruise operator Radisson Seven Seas will offer 13 cruises to Bermuda from May through early September aboard the 490-passenger, all-suite Seven Seas Navigator. Customizing the shipboard experience for family groups, the Club Mariner children’s program will be available from June through August for kids six to 11 and 12 to 17.

ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL Grandeur of the Seas will sail roundtrip from Baltimore on alternate Sundays. Jewel of the Seas will operate on 10-night itineraries roundtrip from Boston to the Caribbean with an overnight at Bermuda’s King’s Wharf. Voyager of the Seas, meanwhile, will sail on five-night voyages roundtrip from Cape Liberty departing on alternate Sundays.

Press Release By CLIA

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