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February 27, 2005

Orient Lines Adds Two New Cruisetour Vacations To Its 2005-2006 Lineup

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ORIENT LINES ADDS TWO NEW CRUISETOUR VACATIONS TO ITS 2005-2006 LINEUP

Marco Polo offers new port call in Tripoli, Libya and returns to Alexandria, Egypt for the first time since 2001!

Destination cruise specialist Orient Lines Thursday announced it will add two European CruiseTours to its 2005-2006 lineup of itineraries, including an Ancient Civilizations & Empire tour and Ancient Egypt and the Ottoman Empire voyage. Both voyages offer a new port of call, Tripoli, Libya and mark the return of Orient Lines to Alexandria, Egypt. The new itineraries are on sale now.

The 2005-2006 program offers 60 separate European Cruise Tours and 11 Exotic CruiseTours on the Marco Polo, which recently celebrated its 10th year as Orient Lines' flagship.

"The 2005-06 deployment features the most diverse array of ports and turnaround cities Orient Lines has ever offered," said Andy Stuart, executive vice president of marketing, sales and passenger services for Orient Lines. "With the addition of these two new tours, Orient Lines offers more than 15 new ports of call, three new turnaround cities and more time in port than ever before."

The European CruiseTour program features the industry's only international ship home porting a series of cruises in Warnemunde in the former Eastern Germany combined with a two-night stay in the historic city of Berlin and overnights in many historical cities throughout Europe including Paris, Lisbon, Amsterdam, Edinburgh and Copenhagen. Additionally, the ship will sail to several new ports this year, including Izmir, Turkey; Split, Croatia; Brussels (Zeebrugge), Belgium; Visby, Sweden; Gdansk, Poland, and Riga, Latvia.

As part of the exotics program, the 822-passenger Marco Polo will again return to Antarctica for an 11th year with a series of awe-inspiring CruiseTours to the White Continent. Additionally, the ship will sail around the southern tip of South America in a line-up of new Exotic cruises debuting Rio de Janeiro as an embarkation/debarkation port. Finally, Marco Polo will sail from Chile through the Panama Canal to the Caribbean with a new turnaround option in Montego Bay, Jamaica before returning to the Mediterranean for her summer season. New ports of call for the Exotic voyages include Florianapolis, Brazil; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Huatulco, Acapulco and Zihuantenejo/Ixtapa, Mexico; San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua; San Andres, Columbia and George Town, Grand Cayman.

Orient Lines' CruiseTour program offers guests in-depth experiences on land and sea. Passengers on all of the line's sailings enjoy first-class or deluxe hotel stays, sightseeing tours in embarkation/disembarkation cities, transfers, baggage handling and the services of an Orient Lines hospitality desk. In addition gentleman hosts make sure everyone joins in the dancing and shipboard activities.

2005/06 European CruiseTour Program:

Orient Lines' 2005/06 Europe program will be highlighted by two new itineraries, one new turnaround port and six new exciting ports of call:

  • Iberia and French Highlights, a completely new cruise for Orient Lines, features overnight stays in Lisbon and Paris as well as favored stops in Malaga and Cadiz, Spain with an optional tour to Seville;
  • Another new itinerary, Enchanting Cities, features three overnight stays in Amsterdam, Holland; Edinburgh (Leith), Scotland and Copenhagen, Denmark as well as new ports of call in Brussels (Zeebrugge), Belgium and Visby, Sweden;
  • The Baltic and Russia cruise features an overnight in St. Petersburg, Russia, the line's first-ever call to Riga, Latvia, and an overnight and turnaround in Warnemunde combined with a two night land stay in Berlin, Germany, a cruise industry first;
  • Also embarking from Warnemunde with a two-night stay in Berlin, Germany is the Medieval Cities CruiseTour with a new port of call in Gdansk, Poland;
  • Finally, the Venice and Aegean CruiseTour features two new ports of call for Orient Lines guests: Izmir, Turkey and Split, Croatia.

Previously called Voyage Around Italy, the Marco Polo's Adriatic & Amalfi Coast CruiseTour is not new but renamed in 2005 in honor of the ship's 10th Anniversary with Orient Lines and as a tribute to Marco Polo's birthplace of Korcula, Croatia and his long-time home of Venice, Italy.

Back by popular demand is Orient Lines' North Cape & Fjords from Copenhagen, Denmark with stops in Flam, Gudvangen, Hellsylt, Tromso, Norway; a cruise through the Geiranger Fjord before continuing her calls in Honningsvag, Trondheim, Bergen and Oslo,

2005/06 Exotic CruiseTour Program:

Orient Lines' Exotic CruiseTour program will feature an additional sailing to Antarctica, two completely new itineraries with new turnaround ports and eight new ports of call:

  • In 2006, Orient Lines will feature a fourth Antarctic Peninsula voyage, one more than previously offered;
  • A new CruiseTour, Rio Carnival & Chilean Fjords will feature Rio de Janeiro as a turnaround city for the first time as well as a new port of call in Florianopolis, Brazil;
  • Exotic Americas & Panama Canal, another brand new voyage for Orient Lines, features new ports of call in Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Huatulco, Acapulco and Zihuantenejo/Ixtapa, Mexico; San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua; San Andres, Columbia and George Town, Grand Cayman with Montego Bay, Jamaica debuting as a turnaround city.

The Orient Lines Difference:

Distinguished guest lecturers enrich the passenger experience by providing insight about the destination, including its history, culture and people. Guests who aren't able to attend the lecture can watch it in-cabin at their convenience.

Special cultural traditions - like Afternoon Tea in England -- and local folkloric performances further enhance guests' experience. Orient Lines believes that little considerations make a big difference. Guests receive a complimentary bottle of water upon leaving for shore excursions and are greeted by a friendly face ready to offer them a cool towel and cold lemonade or iced tea upon their return.

A Pampered Experience - From Beginning to End

Orient Lines offers a pampering experience from the moment CruiseTour passengers set foot in their overseas embarkation city. Guests are met at the airport by an Orient Lines representative and transferred by motor coach to a first-class or deluxe hotel property that has been carefully selected for comfort and proximity to key landmarks.

These hotel stays offer passengers a chance to relax after long flights and give them time to explore some of the world's great travel destinations. Other lines regard hotel stays as optional add-ons.

At the end of the pre-cruise stay, passengers are transferred by motor coach to the Marco Polo for boarding. Because ship check-in was processed at the hotel's hospitality desk, there's no waiting at the pier. And, because luggage was collected at the hotel, passengers simply walk aboard with their carry-on bags; porters bring the luggage directly to each passenger's stateroom shortly after embarkation.

After the cruise, passengers are transferred by motor coach to their post-cruise hotel. In addition to providing concierge services, Orient Lines representatives at the hospitality desk also schedule passengers' final transfer to the airport. It's a seamless transition, pampering passengers from beginning to end.

Press Release By Orient Lines

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Posted by Denise at February 27, 2005 12:56 PM

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February 27, 2005

Orient Lines Adds Two New Cruisetour Vacations To Its 2005-2006 Lineup

diamondprincess.jpg

ORIENT LINES ADDS TWO NEW CRUISETOUR VACATIONS TO ITS 2005-2006 LINEUP

Marco Polo offers new port call in Tripoli, Libya and returns to Alexandria, Egypt for the first time since 2001!

Destination cruise specialist Orient Lines Thursday announced it will add two European CruiseTours to its 2005-2006 lineup of itineraries, including an Ancient Civilizations & Empire tour and Ancient Egypt and the Ottoman Empire voyage. Both voyages offer a new port of call, Tripoli, Libya and mark the return of Orient Lines to Alexandria, Egypt. The new itineraries are on sale now.

The 2005-2006 program offers 60 separate European Cruise Tours and 11 Exotic CruiseTours on the Marco Polo, which recently celebrated its 10th year as Orient Lines' flagship.

"The 2005-06 deployment features the most diverse array of ports and turnaround cities Orient Lines has ever offered," said Andy Stuart, executive vice president of marketing, sales and passenger services for Orient Lines. "With the addition of these two new tours, Orient Lines offers more than 15 new ports of call, three new turnaround cities and more time in port than ever before."

The European CruiseTour program features the industry's only international ship home porting a series of cruises in Warnemunde in the former Eastern Germany combined with a two-night stay in the historic city of Berlin and overnights in many historical cities throughout Europe including Paris, Lisbon, Amsterdam, Edinburgh and Copenhagen. Additionally, the ship will sail to several new ports this year, including Izmir, Turkey; Split, Croatia; Brussels (Zeebrugge), Belgium; Visby, Sweden; Gdansk, Poland, and Riga, Latvia.

As part of the exotics program, the 822-passenger Marco Polo will again return to Antarctica for an 11th year with a series of awe-inspiring CruiseTours to the White Continent. Additionally, the ship will sail around the southern tip of South America in a line-up of new Exotic cruises debuting Rio de Janeiro as an embarkation/debarkation port. Finally, Marco Polo will sail from Chile through the Panama Canal to the Caribbean with a new turnaround option in Montego Bay, Jamaica before returning to the Mediterranean for her summer season. New ports of call for the Exotic voyages include Florianapolis, Brazil; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Huatulco, Acapulco and Zihuantenejo/Ixtapa, Mexico; San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua; San Andres, Columbia and George Town, Grand Cayman.

Orient Lines' CruiseTour program offers guests in-depth experiences on land and sea. Passengers on all of the line's sailings enjoy first-class or deluxe hotel stays, sightseeing tours in embarkation/disembarkation cities, transfers, baggage handling and the services of an Orient Lines hospitality desk. In addition gentleman hosts make sure everyone joins in the dancing and shipboard activities.

2005/06 European CruiseTour Program:

Orient Lines' 2005/06 Europe program will be highlighted by two new itineraries, one new turnaround port and six new exciting ports of call:

  • Iberia and French Highlights, a completely new cruise for Orient Lines, features overnight stays in Lisbon and Paris as well as favored stops in Malaga and Cadiz, Spain with an optional tour to Seville;
  • Another new itinerary, Enchanting Cities, features three overnight stays in Amsterdam, Holland; Edinburgh (Leith), Scotland and Copenhagen, Denmark as well as new ports of call in Brussels (Zeebrugge), Belgium and Visby, Sweden;
  • The Baltic and Russia cruise features an overnight in St. Petersburg, Russia, the line's first-ever call to Riga, Latvia, and an overnight and turnaround in Warnemunde combined with a two night land stay in Berlin, Germany, a cruise industry first;
  • Also embarking from Warnemunde with a two-night stay in Berlin, Germany is the Medieval Cities CruiseTour with a new port of call in Gdansk, Poland;
  • Finally, the Venice and Aegean CruiseTour features two new ports of call for Orient Lines guests: Izmir, Turkey and Split, Croatia.

Previously called Voyage Around Italy, the Marco Polo's Adriatic & Amalfi Coast CruiseTour is not new but renamed in 2005 in honor of the ship's 10th Anniversary with Orient Lines and as a tribute to Marco Polo's birthplace of Korcula, Croatia and his long-time home of Venice, Italy.

Back by popular demand is Orient Lines' North Cape & Fjords from Copenhagen, Denmark with stops in Flam, Gudvangen, Hellsylt, Tromso, Norway; a cruise through the Geiranger Fjord before continuing her calls in Honningsvag, Trondheim, Bergen and Oslo,

2005/06 Exotic CruiseTour Program:

Orient Lines' Exotic CruiseTour program will feature an additional sailing to Antarctica, two completely new itineraries with new turnaround ports and eight new ports of call:

  • In 2006, Orient Lines will feature a fourth Antarctic Peninsula voyage, one more than previously offered;
  • A new CruiseTour, Rio Carnival & Chilean Fjords will feature Rio de Janeiro as a turnaround city for the first time as well as a new port of call in Florianopolis, Brazil;
  • Exotic Americas & Panama Canal, another brand new voyage for Orient Lines, features new ports of call in Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Huatulco, Acapulco and Zihuantenejo/Ixtapa, Mexico; San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua; San Andres, Columbia and George Town, Grand Cayman with Montego Bay, Jamaica debuting as a turnaround city.

The Orient Lines Difference:

Distinguished guest lecturers enrich the passenger experience by providing insight about the destination, including its history, culture and people. Guests who aren't able to attend the lecture can watch it in-cabin at their convenience.

Special cultural traditions - like Afternoon Tea in England -- and local folkloric performances further enhance guests' experience. Orient Lines believes that little considerations make a big difference. Guests receive a complimentary bottle of water upon leaving for shore excursions and are greeted by a friendly face ready to offer them a cool towel and cold lemonade or iced tea upon their return.

A Pampered Experience - From Beginning to End

Orient Lines offers a pampering experience from the moment CruiseTour passengers set foot in their overseas embarkation city. Guests are met at the airport by an Orient Lines representative and transferred by motor coach to a first-class or deluxe hotel property that has been carefully selected for comfort and proximity to key landmarks.

These hotel stays offer passengers a chance to relax after long flights and give them time to explore some of the world's great travel destinations. Other lines regard hotel stays as optional add-ons.

At the end of the pre-cruise stay, passengers are transferred by motor coach to the Marco Polo for boarding. Because ship check-in was processed at the hotel's hospitality desk, there's no waiting at the pier. And, because luggage was collected at the hotel, passengers simply walk aboard with their carry-on bags; porters bring the luggage directly to each passenger's stateroom shortly after embarkation.

After the cruise, passengers are transferred by motor coach to their post-cruise hotel. In addition to providing concierge services, Orient Lines representatives at the hospitality desk also schedule passengers' final transfer to the airport. It's a seamless transition, pampering passengers from beginning to end.

Press Release By Orient Lines

For More Information About Cruise Vacations Visit These Websites:
Alaska Cruises
Europe Cruises
Mexico Cruises
Tahiti Cruises

Posted by Denise at February 27, 2005 12:56 PM

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