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August 31, 2004

C.L.I.A. - Cruise News

CLIA SAYS FALL REPOSITIONING CRUISES SERVE UP ADVENTURE, UNIQUE PORT CALLS AND PLENTY OF TIME AT SEA TO RELAX

New York - Ever wonder what it would be like to retrace the steps of Christopher Columbus? To enjoy culinary masterpieces inspired by classic movies? To visit unique destinations and ports of call? Or simply to spend nine consecutive days sailing across the ocean doing nothing but relaxing, being pampered and spending time with your companion, friends or family?

Here‚??s your chance. With itineraries that seamlessly combine leisurely days at sea with bustling port calls in out-of-the-way places, this year‚??s fall repositioning cruise itineraries offer intrepid travelers ‚??the chance to do something that falls squarely outside the boundaries of the ordinary,‚?Ě said Terry L. Dale, president and CEO of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the nonprofit association representing the North American cruise industry and nearly 16,000 travel agencies.

‚??These cruises are what history and legends are made of, and they‚??ll make for great conversation back at the water cooler, on the golf course or at the next family gathering,‚?Ě Dale said.

CLIA-member cruise lines are offering these fall repositioning cruises in 2004:

Two Carnival Cruise Lines‚?? vessels will embark on 15-day Panama Canal crossings as they head for opposite American coasts. Paradise departs Miami Sept. 5 on a repositioning voyage to Long Beach, Calif., calling at Aruba, Puntarenas, Acapulco, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas along the way. The Ecstasy departs Long Beach on Sept. 17 en route to Miami. Featured ports on this voyage include Acapulco, Puntarenas, Aruba and Ocho Rios.

Celebrity Cruises offers five repositioning itineraries this fall, ranging in length from 9 to 14 nights. Galaxy‚??s Sept. 3 transatlantic crossing from Rome features calls in Nice and Monte Carlo, France; Malaga, Spain; Gibraltar, UK; Lisbon, Portugal; and Ponta Delgada, Azores, before docking in Baltimore. Another transatlantic cruise sails from Dover, England to New York; while three cruises out of Vancouver take passengers to Honolulu, San Francisco or San Diego.

Costa Cruises offers two 17-night transatlantic voyages from Genoa, Italy to Fort Lauderdale, with departure dates of Nov. 4 for Costa Atlantica and Dec. 7 for Costa Mediterranea. Both cruises feature a stop in St. Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, and several days at sea. Costa Atlantica also stops at Barcelona; Barbados; St. Lucia; Antigua; Tortola; and San Juan, while Costa Mediterranea visits Gibraltar, U.K.; Martinique, St. Maarten; Catalina Island/Casa de Camp; and Freeport in the Bahamas.

Crystal Cruises mixes educational opportunities with R & R aboard Crystal Harmony, which repositions from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale on Oct. 8. The cruise intermingles port calls in San Diego; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Aruba, Dutch West Indies; and St. Thomas/Charlotte Amalie, U.S.V.I., with seminars on mutual funds analysis, personal income tax, successful retirement planning, Tai Chi, yoga, heart health, healthy aging, alternative medicine and CPR.

Holland America Line‚??s Zaandam, Oosterdam, Veendam and Volendam offer Panama Canal crossings of 11 to 18 days from Vancouver, Seattle and California and Mexico getaways and sail to various ports in Florida. Additionally, Rotterdam, Prinsendam and Westerdam offer transatlantic cruises of 11 to 17 days. Westerdam, for example, sails Nov. 12 from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale, with port calls in Tarragona, Gibraltar, Spain, Morocco, Madeira, Canary Islands, St. Maarten and the Bahamas.

MSC Cruises‚?? new MSC Opera, departs Genoa, Italy Nov. 15 on its inaugural transatlantic voyage. In addition to five days on the Atlantic, the 17-night itinerary includes port calls at Barcelona, Casablanca, Funchal, Barbados, Antigua, Tortola, St. Maarten and Nassau before the ship arrives at its new winter home in Fort Lauderdale, where it begins its first season of Caribbean cruises.

Norwegian Cruise Line features a 15-day Panama Canal sailing on the Norwegian Sun. The vessel departs Oct. 1 from Los Angeles to Miami and calls at Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Zihuatanejo and Acapulco, Mexico; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; and Oranjestad, Aruba. The itinerary also includes a transit of the Panama Canal and seven sea days. The Norwegian Dream offers a 15-day transatlantic sailing departing Sept. 22 from London (Dover), England to Miami featuring stops at Paris, France; La Coruna, Spain; and Lisbon and Funchal, Portugal.

Oceania Cruises offers two 10-day transatlantic voyages from Lisbon that are reminiscent of the ‚??Golden Age of Cruising.‚?Ě Insignia departs for Bridgetown, Barbados on Nov. 13, with a day at sea followed by a call in Madeira, Portugal, before continuing on for six full days at sea and a port call in Castries, St. Lucia. Regatta departs for Miami on Nov. 3, and spends nine days crossing the Atlantic.

Princess Cruises features four Panama Canal crossings, including a 15-day cruise on the Coral Princess departing Sept. 28 from San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale and a 15-day sailing departing Sept. 19 from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale on the Dawn Princess. Also offered are two transatlantic sailings, Grand Princess from Copenhagen to New York departing Aug. 27, and Star Princess departing Venice on Oct. 7 for a 17-day voyage to Fort Lauderdale.

Radisson Seven Seas Cruises offers ‚??Spotlight on Big Bands‚?Ě aboard Seven Seas Voyager and ‚??Spotlight on the Movies‚?Ě aboard Seven Seas Mariner. Leaving Barcelona Nov. 21, the Big Bands voyage to Fort Lauderdale recreates nostalgic cruises of the past, complete with dancing under the stars to live music from the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Aboard Seven Seas Mariner, sailing from Tokyo to Los Angeles on Oct. 18, guests are treated to movie screenings, conversations with Hollywood insiders, and menus inspired by classics like ‚??Babette‚??s Feast.‚?Ě

Royal Caribbean International offers 14 fall repositioning cruises, including an 11-night voyage aboard Radiance of the Seas, departing Vancouver Sept. 25 and spending several days at sea before making port calls in Hilo and Kailua Kona in Hawaii; Nawiliwili, Kauai; Lahaina, Maui; and Honolulu. A 10-night transatlantic cruise aboard Jewel of the Seas takes passengers from Harwich, England to Boston, Mass., with port calls in Paris (Le Havre), France; Plymouth, England; Cork, Ireland; and Portland, Maine.

Silversea Cruises‚?? Silver Cloud features an ‚??Echoes of Ancient Civilizations‚?Ě repositioning cruise which departs Port Said, Egypt Oct. 23 and cruises the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea, with calls in Sharm El Sheikh and Safaga, Egypt; Aqaba, Jordan; and Muscat, Oman. Silver Wind‚??s ‚??In the Wake of Columbus‚?Ě sailing departs Barcelona Oct. 20 en route to Barbados, with calls in Cadiz, Spain; Casablanca, Morocco; the Canary Islands; and the Cape Verde Islands.

The Yachts of Seabourn offers a 13-day Great American Food & Wine Festival cruise from New York to Nassau, departing Oct. 17. Highlights include cooking demonstrations by noted chefs Charlie Palmer of Aureole in New York and Las Vegas, and Robbin Haas of Miami‚??s Latin-flavored Chispa, plus port calls to cities with culinary traditions and vibrant cooking scenes, among them Newport, RI; Philadelphia; Baltimore; Washington, D.C.; Williamsburg, Va.; Charleston, S.C.; and Amelia Island and Port Canaveral, Fla

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August 25, 2004

Norwegian Cruise Line - Press Release July 27th, 2004

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE ANNOUNCES ITINERARY FOR HAWAII CRUISES ON THE PRIDE OF AMERICA

NCL outlines the full 2005 Hawaii deployment including new Maui embarkations!

NCL Corporation (NCL) today unveiled the itinerary for Pride of America, the second of three U.S. Flagged ships that will sail Hawaii under the NCL America brand. With a delivery date of June 6, 2005 and after several inaugural cruises, Pride of America will begin sailing seven-day roundtrip cruises from Honolulu on July 23, 2005 as well as offering three-day and four-day inter-island cruises between Honolulu and Maui.

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In addition, the company announced that it would offer a Maui embarkation/disembarkation option on the Honolulu-based Pride of Aloha, resulting in a seven-day round-trip cruise from Maui as well as the current seven-day round-trip cruise from Honolulu on Pride of Aloha. NCL‚??s third Hawaii-based ship, Norwegian Wind, will continue her popular 10- and 11-day Hawaii and Fanning Island itineraries from Honolulu. Norwegian Wind sails under the Norwegian Cruise Line brand.

With today‚??s announcements, NCL will offer from Honolulu ‚?? two seven-day inter-island cruises, one on Pride of Aloha (Sundays) and one on Pride of America (Saturdays); a 10/11 day itinerary on Norwegian Wind (departing alternate Wednesdays and Saturdays) and a three-night inter-island cruise to Maui via the Big Island of Hawaii on Pride of America. From Maui, NCL will offer a seven-night inter-island cruise on Pride of Aloha and a four-night inter-island cruise from Maui to Honolulu via the Big Island of Hawaii and Kauai on Pride of America.

‚??With two NCL America ships sailing inter-island cruises and a Norwegian Cruise Line ship sailing a Hawaii/Fanning Island itinerary this will be the largest cruise deployment ever for Hawaii,‚?Ě said Colin Veitch, president and CEO of NCL America.

Pride of America‚??s roundtrip seven-day cruises from Honolulu feature a day in Hilo, Hawaii; two days in Kahului, Maui; a day in Kona, Hawaii; and two days in Nawiliwili, Kauai. The three-day cruise will embark in Honolulu every Saturday and include: one day in Hilo, Hawaii; and two days in Kahului, Maui disembarking there every Tuesday. The four-day cruise will embark in Kahului, Maui every Tuesday and include: one day in Kona, Hawaii; two days in Nawiliwili, Kauai; and disembarking every Saturday in Honolulu, Oahu.

Pride of Aloha‚??s new seven-day roundtrip Maui cruise begins on June 4, 2005 embarking in Kahului every Saturday and features one day in Honolulu, Oahu; two days in Nawiliwili, Kauai; one day in Hilo, Hawaii; one day in Kona, Hawaii; and one day and an overnight in Kahului, Maui before disembarking on Saturday. This Maui-Maui cruise will run in parallel with the ship‚??s Honolulu-Honolulu cruise. Maui-Maui guests will embark and disembark on Saturdays. Honolulu-Honolulu guests will embark and disembark on Sundays.

Pride of Aloha, NCL America‚??s first U.S.-flag cruise ship is currently sailing seven-day, round-trip Hawai‚??i itineraries, visiting all four main islands and giving passengers up to 96 hours in port. Ports of call include: Honolulu, Oahu; an overnight in Nawiliwili, Kauai; Hilo, Hawaii; Kona, Hawaii; and an overnight in Kahului, Maui.

Norwegian Wind‚??s itinerary features roundtrip cruises from Honolulu with the 10-day itinerary featuring Honolulu, Oahu; Hilo, Hawaii; Fanning Island, Republic of Kiribati; Nawiliwili Kauai; Lahaina, Maui; and Kona, Hawaii; and her 11-day itinerary featuring Honolulu, Oahu; Hilo, Hawaii; Kahului, Maui; Lahaina, Maui; Nawiliwili, Kauai; Fanning Island, Republic of Kiribati; and Kona, Hawaii.

Cruises go on sale on August 9.

Pride of America will be the first new-built U.S. flagged cruise ship in 50 years and will employ 1,000 U.S. seafarers and will generate hundreds of millions of dollars in economic benefits to Hawaii and the U.S. The ship, which celebrates a ‚??Best of America‚?? theme, will feature the innovative attributes of NCL‚??s newest Freestyle Cruising fleet. She features eight restaurants offering traditional dining experiences in two main restaurants plus multiple alternative dining venues, from formal to casual including a 24-hour dining location.

Pride of America has over 660 balcony staterooms, a wide range of family-friendly interconnecting cabins, state-of-the-art entertainment venues, three pools, extensive children‚??s facilities, an abundance of spacious public rooms and the largest dedicated meeting facilities at sea. All inspired by the diverse regions of America. The ship will also include several firsts for NCL including a Conservatory, a new category of Family Suites, Tennis Court and an Art Gallery.

Maui embarkations supported by new United flight

Today‚??s announcement coincides with the introduction of United Airlines‚?? new non-stop Chicago-Maui-Kona service, which complements its recently introduced daily non-stop flight from Chicago to Honolulu.

‚??United‚??s new direct route from Chicago to Maui-Kona supports our Hawaii deployment, especially as we introduce new Maui embarkations for Pride of Aloha and Pride of America,‚?Ě Veitch added.

United currently provides 25 daily nonstop flights to Hawaii from its U.S. hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver and Chicago, and flies daily to Honolulu nonstop from both Osaka and Tokyo.

NCL Corporation is an innovative cruise company headquartered in Miami, Florida. With a fleet of 14 ships in service and under construction, the corporation oversees the operations of NCL, NCL America and Orient Lines. On July 4, 2004, NCL made U.S. maritime history when it introduced the reflagged Pride of Aloha, the first modern U.S.-flagged cruise ship in nearly 50 years. The 2,002 passenger ship is 100% U.S.-crewed, with most seafarers hailing from Hawaii. The company is currently building three ships ‚?? Pride of America (delivery on June 6, 2005), Norwegian Jewel (delivery in August 2005) and Pride of Hawai`i (delivery in April 2006).

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August 21, 2004

Princess Cruises - Press Release August 19th, 2004

"MOVIES UNDER THE STARS" INVITES PRINCESS CRUISES PASSENGERS TO FOLLOW THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD

"Sing-a-Long Wizard of Oz" Becomes Unique Hit Aboard Caribbean Princess!

SANTA CLARITA, Calif (August 19, 2004) - Once each week, the Calypso Pool area of Caribbean Princess is filled with the joyous sound of voices singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "We're Off the See the Wizard." And not all of the singers are up on the ship's "Movies Under the Stars" screen. Passengers - young and old alike - have made Princess' showings of the "Sing-a-Long Wizard of Oz" one of the groundbreaking movie screen's most popular features.

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A unique entertainment event for the cruise industry, the "Sing-a-Long Wizard of Oz" is a fully interactive film experience that lets audiences not only view a fully restored big-screen version of the classic film, but also join in as they celebrate the story of Dorothy and her fantastical journey through the land of Oz.

Cruise staff members, cleverly disguised as Dorothy, the Scarecrow and other denizens of Oz, host the event, leading the crowd through a full audience participation routine -- including singing along with Dorothy and hissing at the Wicked Witch. Song lyrics are included on the screen so everyone can join in the fun. Plus all audience members get a "Perform-A-Long Fun Pack" with props to use at the appropriate part of the film - such as blowing bubbles to help Glinda the good witch on her way, or a noisemaker to simulate the creaking of the Tin Woodsman.

"Passengers really seem to love this sing-along," said Martin Hall, Princess' vice president of entertainment. "The event seems to have captured the imagination - and voices -- of our passengers, and it's quite something to walk out to the pool area to see everyone singing along, blowing bubbles and waving their magic wands."

Hall added that Dorothy's journey to Oz has been so successful that the line is offering the sing-along on the indoor screens of several other vessels as well, prompted by the initial response aboard Caribbean Princess.

The "Sing-A-Long Wizard of Oz" is one of many features shown daily on Caribbean Princess' giant Times Square-style LED screen. One of the new ship's most notable features, this unique, 300-square-foot screen has garnered rave reviews, screening up to seven movies or events daily, including family films and first run hits - such as "Shrek 2," which debuts this month - as well as concert footage and other special programming. In the evenings, lounge chairs are covered with special cushions and blankets and Princess' hallmark poolside service is available to enhance the viewing experience with free popcorn plus a variety of drink specials and movie nibbles.

"Movies Under the Stars" screens are scheduled to be added to additional Princess vessels sailing the Caribbean. First up will be Grand Princess when the ship makes her debut Galveston sailing in November.

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Princess Cruises NEW Wirless Internet Access

WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS SERVICE ON PRINCESS CRUISES

We have recently launched Wireless Internet Access Service on Caribbean Princess, Golden Princess, Pacific Princess, Royal Princess & Sapphire Princess & Star Princess; this is in addition to Island Princess & Diamond Princess. Wireless Internet Access Service allows passengers to access the Internet using their own personal laptops.

Wireless Internet Service - Caribbean Princess, Diamond Princess, Golden Princess, Island Princess, Pacific Princess, Royal Princess, Sapphire Princess & Star Princess Only

Wireless Internet Access Service is available on Caribbean Princess, Diamond Princess, Golden Princess, Island Princess, Pacific Princess, Royal Princess, Sapphire princess & Star Princess. Passengers may access the Internet using their own personal laptops from the comfort of the atrium area (all levels ) only.

To use our wireless internet service, passengers will need either:

1. A laptop with wireless networking installed and working, able to communicate using the 802.11b wireless standard (note that most 802.11 "a" and "g" cards will support the "b" service).
2. A laptop using ‚??Windows XP‚?? plus a wireless network card purchased onboard (available from the passenger services desk). These network cards are available onboard for sale for $54.95. We do not rent network cards.

Passengers may purchase time on the Wireless Network for $10.50 for 30 minutes at the front desk.

Passenger instructions for creating his/her personal wireless internet account:

1. Purchase a wireless internet access code and (if needed) a wireless network card from the passenger services desk
2. If you purchased a wireless network card onboard insert the card into the laptop
3. Open your web browser (Internet Explorer or Netscape)
4. Type in any valid web address i.e. www.yahoo.com
5. You will be asked "have you previously created a user account" if this is your first time using our system you should answer "NO"
6. Fill out the form with your details including a user name, password and details of the internet access code you purchased from the passenger services desk
7. Click 'I agree' after reviewing the service agreement and your internet session will begin

Once your internet session has started you will see a popup window that indicates time remaining. To see an updated balance of remaining minutes click the 'refresh' button on the popup window. To end your session click the 'logoff' button on the popup window.

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August 18, 2004

Norwegian Cruise Line - Press Release August 17th, 2004

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE FIRST TO OFFER ONBOARD CELL PHONE SERVICE FOR NORTH AMERICAN CRUISES

NCL Corporation today announced that it will be the first cruise line to bring passengers on North American cruises the ability to use their cell phones even when communications towers are oceans away. The company is providing the innovative new offering through Wireless Maritime Services, a joint venture of AT&T Wireless and Maritime Telecommunications Network (MTN).

Leading the way in shipboard technology, NCL pioneered the industry‚??s first Internet access on the high seas with its Internet caf√© in 1999. In 2002, NCL became the first cruise line to provide remote wireless Internet (also known as Wi-Fi) to its guests. Both services are now standard throughout NCL‚??s entire fleet.

‚??Cutting-edge onboard technology is important to our guests,‚?Ě said Colin Veitch, NCL‚??s president and CEO. ‚??While we recognize that some guests traveling with us choose to disconnect, others need to stay connected to loved ones or business associates in order to get away - it‚??s just another choice offered to our guests as part of the Freestyle Cruising experience.‚?Ě

The new technology is expected to be introduced on the Norwegian Sun as soon as next month and could be available fleet-wide within a year. The offering combines satellite and wireless services, enabling passengers to make and receive calls on their own cell phones with their own phone numbers while in international waters.

The service will be available to most passengers with GSM phones that operate at 900 MHz and 1900 MHz, which are common in the U.S. These passengers will be able to make and receive both voice calls and text messages. In addition, the planned offering will enable passengers with data-capable GSM/GPRS devices to access data services, such as email and picture messaging. Passengers will be billed by the carrier to whom they subscribe at roaming rates set by that carrier, just as if they were roaming on land instead of at sea.

Earlier this year, AT&T Wireless and MTN announced the formation of Wireless Maritime Services, which combines MTN‚??s expertise in providing satellite services to the cruise industry with the expertise of AT&T Wireless in delivering wireless services to consumer and business travelers. Wireless Maritime Service was formed to develop and launch this convenient and affordable communications offering for cruise ships.

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