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May 01, 2006

Celebrity Cruises Announces Significant Expansion In Europe

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CELEBRITY CRUISES ANNOUNCES SIGNIFICANT EXPANSION IN EUROPE

New Itineraries for 2007-2008 Feature Extended Season and Exotic New Destinations

MIAMI – April 19, 2006 – From Casablanca to Cornwall, from the Bosporus Strait to the best of ancient Greece, Celebrity Cruises’ European itineraries in 2007 and 2008 will take guests to the broadest array of romantic, historic and exotic locations since the line began sailing there in 1999.

Bookings opened today for Celebrity’s new and expanded European season on Century, Constellation, Galaxy and Millennium, and for Cruisetours in the region.

Celebrity’s European Itinerary Highlights 2007-2008

    Constellation on April 23, 2007, will cross from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on a 12-night transatlantic voyage featuring the line’s first call on Cornwall, England, ending in Dover, the major channel port famed for its coastal white cliffs.
    The ship then will present a series of 14-night Scandinavia and Russia cruises roundtrip from Dover, England, featuring Celebrity’s first visits to Visby, Sweden, a walled town with ancient ruins, cobblestone streets, and quaint pubs and restaurants.

Constellation concludes its season in Northern Europe on September 20, 2007, with a seven-night cruise from Southampton to Cape Liberty, New Jersey.

Constellation returns to Europe on April 11, 2008, on a 13-night transatlantic voyage from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., featuring Celebrity’s first calls on Brest, in the Bretagne region of France, and Cherbourg, the gateway to Normandy, France.

    Galaxy crosses the Atlantic on April 27, 2007, departing San Juan, Puerto Rico, on a 14-night voyage to Civitavecchia (for Rome), Italy, featuring Celebrity’s first calls on the city Humphrey Bogart helped make famous, Casablanca, Morocco, and Agadir, a favorite Moroccan destination thanks to its laid-back boulevards and inviting beaches.

Galaxy then presents an extraordinary series of 10- and 11-night Eastern Mediterranean cruises – each visiting Greece, Turkey and Italy – roundtrip from Civitavecchia until October 13, 2007.

Two exotic, 14-night Mediterranean and Black Sea cruises follow, featuring calls on Constanta, Romania and Odessa, Ukraine – two ports Celebrity introduced in 2006 – along with Celebrity’s first cruise through the Bosporus Strait, which forms the boundary between the European and Asian portions of Turkey, and connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara.

Ancient empires await guests booked on Galaxy’s 14-night cruise departing Civitavecchia on November 10, 2007, and featuring Celebrity’s first visits to Limassol, Cyprus, the third largest island in the Mediterranean, and Alexandria, Egypt, named for Alexander the Great, and in ancient times, known for the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This Galaxy cruise concludes in Athens, Greece, where the ship sets sail November 24 on a 14-night cruise ending in Barcelona, Spain.

Galaxy concludes its 2007 European season with a 14-night westbound transatlantic cruise from Barcelona on December 8, ending in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and featuring calls on Casablanca and Agadir, Morocco, along with Tenerife and the new port of Santa Cruz in the Spanish archipelago, the Canary Islands.

Galaxy will return to Europe in 2008 on a 15-night transatlantic voyage departing San Juan on April 18.

    Millennium sets sail for Europe on March 18, 2007, departing Fort Lauderdale on a 14-night cruise to a destination rich with maritime history, Southampton, England, and featuring the new port of Santa Cruz, Canary Islands.

On April 21, 2007, Millennium departs Southampton on a 12-night cruise featuring the line’s first calls on La Rochelle, France, home to Europe’s largest marina for pleasure boats, and Bilbao, the largest city in the Basque region of Spain, along with Casablanca, ending in Barcelona. There, a 10-night cruise departing May 3 includes a visit to Provence (Marseilles), France, known for sunsoaked mountains, vineyards and fields of aromatic lavender.

Millennium presents a series of 12-night sailings from Barcelona and Venice from May 13 through November 18, capping its 2007 season in Europe with a 14-night transatlantic voyage from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale on December 2, ending in Fort Lauderdale, and featuring Casablanca, as well as Celebrity’s first visit to the Moroccan city of Tangier, at the western entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic Ocean.

    Century, fresh from its $55-million revitalization set for completion in May 2006, will launch its 2007 Northern Europe season with eight-night Norwegian Fjords cruises roundtrip from Amsterdam (Rotterdam), Netherlands, May 9 and 26, and August 26.

Celebrity’s first Scotland and Ireland cruise sets sail roundtrip from Amsterdam on May 17, with a nine-night itinerary featuring the line’s first visits to the land rich with rolling hills and dramatic castles, Edinburgh, Inverness/Loch Ness and Kirkwall, Scotland.

A series of 12-night roundtrip Scandinavia and Russia itineraries follow, roundtrip from Amsterdam on June 3, 15 and 27; July 21; and August 2 and 14. On July 9, Century presents Celebrity’s first Arctic Circle and North Cape cruise roundtrip from Amsterdam, with the line’s first calls on the Norwegian towns of Molde – famed for its panoramic views of snow-clad peaks along the fjords – and Tromso, considered “the gateway to the Arctic.”

Century caps its Northern Europe season with a 10-night British Isles cruise roundtrip from Amsterdam on September 3, featuring the line’s first call on Holyhead, Wales, home to one of Europe’s only three-walled Roman forts.

The Mediterranean season for Century in 2007 begins September 13, with an eight-night cruise from Amsterdam to Barcelona.

Century then presents 10- and 11-night sailings in the Western Mediterranean and Morocco, roundtrip from Barcelona, through November 12. Century concludes its European season in 2007 with a 17-night transatlantic voyage from Barcelona, highlighted by visits to the exotic Moroccan ports of Casablanca, Tangier and Agadir, along with Lanzarote, Tenerife, and Santa Cruz, Canary Islands, ending in Miami, Fla.

To allow travelers to delve deeper into the heart of many of the destinations Celebrity visits in Europe, the line presents another season of enchanting Cruisetours, pairing fully guided land tours with either a Mediterranean or Northern Europe cruise. All Celebrity Cruisetours include stays at four- and five-star hotels, select meals, guided tours of top cultural attractions, and plenty of free time to pursue individual interests.

Celebrity’s Northern Europe Cruisetours
In Northern Europe, Celebrity’s newest Cruisetour allows guest to pair their 12-night Century cruise with either a three-night tour of Brussels and Amsterdam, or a five-night tour featuring Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam. The five-night tour includes the fabled sites in Paris – including the Champs Elysees, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower – while both land options feature guided walking tours through Bruges, and a private cruise through Amsterdam’s historic center.

As in 2006, guests in 2007 can pair a Scandinavia/Russia cruise onboard Constellation with a four-night Paris and London tour, featuring visits to the Eiffel Tower, Place de la Concorde and Notre Dame, and Eurostar travel through the Chunnel capped with two nights in London.

Celebrity’s Mediterranean Cruisetours
In the Mediterranean, Celebrity guests can discover the beauty of Barcelona and Madrid on four-night tours; explore the magic of Venice and the Italian Lakes on a three-night tour; relish three nights in Rome and Florence, or savor five nights in Venice, Florence and Rome. The land tours can be paired with 12-night Mediterranean cruises onboard Millennium; 10- and 11-night Balearic Islands and Tyrrhenian Sea cruises onboard Century; or 10- and 11-night Eastern Mediterranean cruises onboard Galaxy.

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