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October 31, 2004

Crystal Cruises World's Best Cruise Award!


Crystal Cruises Receives Ninth Consecutive World's Best Award From Readers Of Condé Nast Traveler; Luxury Line Achieves Personal Best With Its Highest-Ever Score!

LOS ANGELES - For an unprecedented ninth year in a row, Crystal Cruises has been named "World's Best Large-Ship Cruise Line" in the coveted Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards marking nearly a decade of continued excellence from the innovative cruise line. Crystal's overall score of 94.6 is the company's highest-ever rating.

"We are honored to be at the forefront of our industry and remain steadfast in our commitment to provide a luxury vacation that continuously excites and rewards our sophisticated guests," says Crystal President Gregg L. Michel. "Each year we continue to innovate, to introduce new onboard programs, and to differentiate the Crystal experience. Nine consecutive years as the world's best large-ship cruise line speaks to the consistency and stature of a Crystal vacation."

Crystal's winning formula of delivering the best service, space, quality and choices has earned it an enviable reputation among savvy travelers and industry experts worldwide. The line invests a significant amount of time and resources to evolving the Crystal experience, with shipboard and shoreside employees embracing the company's Six-Star Crystal Basics, a multi-point credo for anticipating and fulfilling guests' needs.

"This recognition also credits our dedicated staff for their unfaltering talent and creativity," continues Michel. "It is gratifying that their efforts and choices have been recognized by the readership of Condé Nast Traveler magazine."

For the last 17 years, the Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards have been considered among the highest honors in the travel industry, celebrating the best-of-the-best hotels, airlines, resorts, cruise lines, cities, rental car companies and islands as voted by the well-traveled readers of Condé Nast Traveler. Tabulated from over 20,000 votes, the results are pulled from the largest independent poll of consumers preferences, second only to the US Census.

Large-ship cruise line (vessels carrying 500 or more passengers) scores are percentages based on the "excellent" and "very good" votes from the subscribers in the categories of itineraries, crew/service, food/dining, cabins/design, and events/activities.

Former Friend's TV star Paul Rudd presented Michel with Crystal's "World's Best" award at a celebrity-filled gala affair in New York City on October 7th. Among the other celebrity travelers unveiling the triumphant world's best winners were Christy Brinkley, Glenn Close, Angela Bassett and Bernadette Peters. A complete list of the 2004 Readers' Choice Awards appears in Condé Nast Traveler's November 2004 issue.

This year, the luxury line also became a nine-time consecutive recipient of Travel + Leisure magazine's World's Best Large Ship Award, and it continues to earn the highest accolades from noted travel magazines and guidebooks.

Crystal's three sister ships - the 940-guest, 50,000-ton Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony and the 1,080-guest, 68,000-ton Crystal Serenity - are among the most luxurious vessels cruising the world. Their unique size in the luxury market allows for exceptional service, space, choice and quality with generous amenities and elegant accommodations.

The Six-Star rated liners feature grand lounges, a lavish spa outfitted in accordance with the principles of Feng Shui, extensive exercise facilities, complimentary golf, yoga and Pilates instruction, Asian and Italian specialty restaurants, the only Caesars Palace at Sea Casino afloat, and the popular Computer University@Sea, offering 24-hour e-mail and internet access, as well as hands-on instruction, expansive decks, two pools, award-winning cuisine and entertainment, and exquisitely appointed staterooms, more than half of which offer private verandahs.

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October 29, 2004

Crystal Cruises New Onboard Wine


Crystal Cruises Debuts C Wines As New Proprietary Label For Crystal Cruises
Award-Winning Cruise Line is First in Luxury Market to Produce Exclusive Label


LOS ANGELES - Building on its reputation for excellence and innovation in the culinary arts, luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises has created its own proprietary label called C Wines. Debuting aboard the line's fleet of three award-winning, luxury ships this month, C Wines features six new appellations including three reserve and three premium selections of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot.

Under the direction and guidance of Crystal's executive food and beverage team and its expert sommeliers, C Wines are produced to exacting specifications in the vineyards of California's legendary Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, Arroyo Seco, and Santa Lucia Highlands. Carefully made in limited production to ensure quality, Crystal's first order of C Wines will deliver 54,500 bottles to Crystal Harmony, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity. C Wines will be offered by the glass or by the bottle, and will be showcased on the line's already impressive wine list.

"The creation of C Wines has been a labor of love among our sommeliers and executive hotel staff for the last year. These vintages represent the ultimate culmination of our collective passion for and knowledge of wine that will surely appeal to the senses of sophisticated aficionados, as well as complement our cuisine," says Toni Neumeister, Crystal's vice president of food and beverage operations.

After extensive research, Crystal tapped the Monterey Wine Company, widely regarded for its consistency and reliability in producing quality wines, to manage the growing and production of C Wines. With state-of-the-art winemaking facilities throughout California's prime wine regions, the celebrated company's advanced technologies allow for continual testing and experimentation ensuring only the best grapes are bottled.

The Monterey Wine Company is led by a team of experienced winery professionals representing more than 85 years of growing, making and/or managing vineyards with distinguished labels such as Caymus, Domaine Chandon, Joseph Phelps and Kendall-Jackson, among others.

Recognizing the depth of commitment among Crystal's sommeliers to C Wines, Vineyard Manager Steve McIntyre comments, "The sommeliers wanted to know exactly which vineyard blocks produced the flavors they were looking for, and how to harvest those vines for richer flavors."

In directing the winemaking, the sommeliers endeavored to preserve the rich, complex flavors of the grapes, and selected the most superior lots to create the reserves such as the C Reserve Merlot, Napa Valley 2003, which is aged for 18 months in French oak barrels. The grapes for the C 2003 Chardonnay, California, were grown in premium vineyards esteemed for producing fruit with lively, rich flavors.

Eric Laumann, director of production for Monterey Wine Company, observes, "I was impressed with the care that the Crystal team exhibited, thinking about their customers, considering only the wines that would best accompany the cuisine served at the various restaurants on board."

The six propriety labels include three C-Reserve wines - 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley; 2002 Merlot, Napa Valley; and 2003 Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco/Santa Lucia Highlands; and three C-Premium vintages - 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon, California; 2003 Chardonnay, California; and 2003 Merlot, California.

C Winesis the latest evolution of Crystal Cruises' sophisticated culinary program which includes its highly regarded Crystal Wine & Food Festival, now in its eighth year, and its Wine & Champagne Makers Dinners, the first such concept to be offered at sea.

The line continues on its worldwide journey to advance the culinary arts, leading the cruise industry by forming innovative alliances with some of the world's most celebrated names in food, wine and hospitality including menus designed by Nobu Matsuhisa and signature dishes from Wolfgang Puck's Chinois on Main. Now in its third year, the luxury line also hosts the Best Young Chefs of Italy, a collaborative effort with long-time partner Piero Selvaggio, proprietor of the acclaimed Valentino restaurants.

Crystal Cruises has won the travel industry's most distinguished hospitality awards and guidebook ratings, including the best large-ship cruise line award in the most recent readers' surveys conducted by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines.

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October 25, 2004

Baja Mexico

Wet, Wild And Woolly
Unbelievable Encounters In Baja And Beyond!

You may not believe it, but it's true. There is a place only 22 miles from Los Angeles with almost as many buffalo as automobiles. There is a hidden cave on the Gold Coast that spouts water 80 feet into the air. And yes, there is a way to feel like a new you in less than a week. Hard to imagine? Take a 4-night Baja Mexico cruise vacation and we'll make you a believer.

Your transformation begins aboard Monarch of the Seas in Los Angeles. From there, you'll stop in San Diego, CA and then sail straight to beautiful Santa Catalina Island.

Not your ordinary island, three-quarters of Catalina is undeveloped. But the surrounding waters of this Mediterranean-esque island are generously populated. Snorkel, five, or hop in a semisubmersible. However you choose to do it, get in the water. There's a colourful case of characters to spot. Giant purple sea urchins, black-eyed gobies, bright yellow garibaldi, and the list goes on and on.

Prefer dry land? Take a Catalina Inland Motor Tour. The island's heartland is a 42,000-acre nature preserve, overflowing with wildlife and flora. And no, you haven't been sitting in the sun too long. Those are actual buffalo roaming the valleys. Brought to Catalina in 1924 for the filming of "The Vanishing American", a herd of about 200 happily inhabit the island today.

From Catalina you'll sail on to Ensenada, Mexico. With its rugged mountains and beautiful soft-sand beaches, you'll have an array of activities to choose from. But if you're feeling extra curious, tour the countryside and uncover the buzz about bajacaliforniano wine. It just so happens that this region produces a number of world-class wintages. So, pay homage to a few vineyards and taste 'til your heart's content. And while you're there, stop by the famous La Bufadora, the world's second-highest marine geyser. With its spouting sprays and tremendous sounds, it's certainly something to experience.

The wonders of a Baja cruise vacation are so amazing you'll want more than a second glance. You'll want a second trip.

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Taken From The Magazine of the Crown & Anchor Society

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October 23, 2004

MSC Cruises




Line??s Rapid Rise to Prominence Featured in Seatrade Supplement
FORT LAUDERDALE , FL (Oct. 19, 2004)

The rapid rise to prominence of MSC Cruises has made big news across the globe and will be the subject of a special supplement to the December issue of the cruise industry??s most prominent international publication, ??Seatrade Cruise Review.? The Seatrade Organization has also established a separate news page on its Cruise Insider Web site for the growing list of news stories about MSC Cruises.

The publication of the ??Seatrade Cruise Review? supplement will coincide with the arrival of the line??s flagship MSC Opera in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where it will be greeted by Sophia Loren. The legendary actress, who epitomizes Italian beauty and style, is godmother of the MSC Opera and its sister ship, the MSC Lirica, and christened both ships.

In the past year, the Naples, Italy, based company has launched a $3 billion expansion program to establish its position as the leading cruise company offering vacationers ??Premium Class with a True Italian Signature.? The line has added four ships to its fleet, including two newbuilds; has established a new North American office in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with a top-notch management team headed by Richard E. Sasso; launched aggressive sales and marketing campaigns; and has ordered two new 90,000 registered ton cruise ships for delivery in 2006 and 2007.

??These are exciting times for all of us at MSC Cruises,? noted Sasso. ??Having Sophia Loren here in Fort Lauderdale for the arrival of the MSC Opera will cap an incredible year. Since opening our Florida offices, MSC Cruises has staked out a strong position as an innovative leader in the North American premium cruise market with the development of our ??True Partnerships?? program for travel agents, a groundbreaking loyalty program for our guests and their travel agents that will be launched next month, exciting new itineraries and onboard programs and, of course, beautiful new ships.?

MSC Cruises has grown from a fleet of three ships in 2002 to four in 2003, and seven in 2004. The fleet now includes joins MSC Opera, which was inaugurated June 26 in Genoa; MSC Sinfonia, purchased in July 2004; MSC Armonia, purchased in April 2004; MSC Lirica, launched in 2003; as well as MSC Melody, MSC Monterey, and MSC Rhapsody.

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October 22, 2004

San Diego

Stunning San Diego!
Home Port To Holland America Line's Newest, Most Spacious Ship In Mexico!

Much is made of the destinations featured on a cruise, but at Holland America line, we believe that the way it begins is equally important. That's why we've choosen San Diego as the home port for our new ms Oosterdam cruises to Mexico, as well as for other cruises throughout the Pacific. Here you'll find picnic weather and activities galore, from a world-class zoo to historic Old Town. And by skipping the hazy skies and traffic of ports to the north in favor of our pier, located just five minutes from the airport, you'll begin your journey relaxed and carefree, ready to enjoy your spacious ship and stateroom.

Cruise Mexican waters on the luxurious NEW ms Oosterdam
The dazzling new Oosterdam is the first Vista-class ship to serve our Mexican Riviera itinerary, sailing 7-day cruises roundtrip out of San Diego. From the Waterford sculpture that graces her atrium to her elegantly appointed Odyssey Restaurant and luxurious Greenhouse Spa & Salon, this ship is a "must" dor discerning travelers.

The very definition of spacious elegance, the Oosterdam offers you more suites and larger staterooms, a full two-thirds of which have private verandahs - your perfect setting for a sunset toast, brunch alfresco or rejuvenating afternoon nap. And fewer guests mean you spend less time waiting in line and have more room at the rail to enjoy the sights you came to Mexico to see.

In 2005, Holland America Line will ofer more than 40 sailings to the Mexican Riviera and Sea or Cortez including 7-day itineraries on the Oosterdam. All sailings call at Cabo San Lucas on the Baja Peninsula, as well as Puerto Vallarta. Holland America Line is the only premium line to sail the Seas of Cortez, so you get the best of both worlds - exquisite comfort and exceptional opportunities to see the marine life that makes this unique destinations famous.

The comfort of the Oosterdam. The fabulous beaches, colourful villages and prolific wildlife of Mexico. The concenience of sunny San Diego. You have one unforgettable vacation in store!

Sail the ms Ryndam: the first ship with all Signature of Excellence enhancements.
This fall, the 1,258 passenger Ryndam will offer another great way to see the Mexican Riviera or Sea of Cortez in extraordinary comfort. She will be the first ship fully outfitted with all of our Signature Of Excellence enhancements. These include new services such as four dining seatings, verandah concierge service and early embarkation. Luxurious new bedding, towels and massage showerheads in all staterooms. And new onboard enrichment programs.

New facilities will also make their debut on the Ryndam. For instance, the Greenhouse Spa & Salon will be expanded, offering state-of-the-art treatment rooms, a thermal suite and hydro-pool. A new Explorations Cafe offers an exciting venue for learning about the places you visit with its extensive collection of maps, books and DVDs. There will also be upgraded Kids' Center and Youth Program, with more space and activities designed to provide kids with supervised age-appropriate entertainment choices. Teens will now have their own area in which to socialize and have fun. Last but not least is a new Culinary Arts Theater, which gives food and wine lovers the chance to participate in guest chef presentations, demonstration events and small cooking classes.

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October 20, 2004

Celebrity Cruises Named Top Premium Cruise Line



MIAMI ?? At the October 7th presentation of the coveted annual Condé Nast Traveler Readers?? Choice Awards, Celebrity Cruises again took top honors in the premium cruise category.

According to results to be published in the November edition of Condé Nast Traveler, Celebrity ranked third ?? behind only luxury lines Crystal Cruises and Radisson Seven Seas ?? in the ??Top 25 Cruise Lines: Large Ship Lines? poll.

Subscribers?? responses resulted in Celebrity??s rating of 85.8 out of 100, up from last year??s score of 82.9. Celebrity??s total score has increased every year since 2001.

The annual poll asks the magazine??s subscribers to evaluate cruise lines on a combination of itineraries, crew/service, cabins/design, food/dining, activities/excursions and entertainment/events.

Celebrity attributes its steady rise over the last four years to its extensive series of brand enhancements; a new category of accommodations introduced in 2003, ??ConciergeClass,? and an accelerating momentum building on this year??s launches of ??Celebrity Xpeditions? and the line??s exclusive partnership with Cirque du Soleil.

??We are absolutely thrilled with this award, which validates the enhancements we??ve made to-date, and encourages us to continue to present our guests with new and innovative cruise experiences,? said Celebrity??s President and COO Jack Williams. ??We are honored to have the endorsement of the sophisticated readers of Condé Nast Traveler.?

Celebrity is the industry??s highest-rated premium cruise brand with a taste of luxury. The cruise line has nine ships in its fleet, which is the youngest of any major line. Celebrity sails in Alaska, Bermuda, California, the Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, the Mexican Riviera, the Panama Canal and South America.

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October 19, 2004

Celebrity Cruises Wine Cruises



Cellarmaster SelectionTM enhances dining experience onboard and at home!

MIAMI ?? Celebrity Cruises has introduced a line of proprietary wines to complement its award-winning cuisine: the Celebrity Cruises Cellarmaster SelectionTM.

??With our Cellarmaster Selection, we have not simply placed our name on an existing wine; we have created proprietary wines that meet the same exacting standards as our food,? said Celebrity??s Vice President of Food and Beverage Operations Othmar Hehli. ??Celebrity has been an industry trendsetter since its inception, and this new product continues that tradition.?

Celebrity also is pioneering the use of the Internet to make it possible for adult consumers to order the wine for home consumption, where permitted by state and local laws. A full-service Web site, www.celebrityvineyards.com, enables consumers to preview, purchase and pay for the wine, and track their orders from any Internet-connected PC. Past guests and travel agents will be offered special pricing in appreciation for their loyalty.

??Our Cellarmaster Selection is tailored to perfectly complement Celebrity??s extraordinary cuisine, while also providing our guests the opportunity to enjoy a taste of the Celebrity experience at home,? said Hehli.

The first two varietals, a 2002 Russian River Valley Chardonnay and a 2001 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon, will be available onboard every ship in the fleet this month, with additional products scheduled to follow shortly.

The company??s intensive product development process paired leading wine makers with Celebrity??s shipboard chefs, sommeliers and shoreside Food and Beverage colleagues, who secured grapes from some of the most highly regarded appellations in the world. Dozens of wines were sampled, with several blends refined numerous times. Third-party tasters were engaged to provide an independent perspective.

??Only when we were satisfied that the wine would meet our precise standards and the discriminating palates of our guests did we approve the final blends,? said Hehli.

Celebrity Cruises is the industry's highest rated premium cruise brand with a taste of luxury. The cruise line has 10 ships in its fleet, which is the youngest of any major line.

Celebrity sails in Alaska, Bermuda, California, the Caribbean, Europe, the Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, the Mexican Riviera, the Panama Canal and South America.

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October 12, 2004

Brillance of the Seas on the Travel Channel



Travel Channel Host Samantha Brown Takes Her First Cruise Onboard
Royal Caribbean International??s Brilliance of the Seas® Travel Channel viewers accustomed to touring the world??s great hotels with popular host Samantha Brown can join her on October 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT as the travel pro takes a prime-time exploration of new waters aboard her first cruise vacation. Filmed onboard a Mediterranean sailing of Royal Caribbean International??s Brilliance of the Seas, SAMANTHA BROWN??S FIRST CRUISE packs 12 nights worth of onboard adventure, shore excursions, sightseeing, fine dining, and pampering all into a one-hour special.

Viewers will vacation alongside Brown as she visits unforgettable ports of call, including Barcelona, Spain; Nice, France; Florence, Naples, Rome and Venice, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; and Corfu, Greece. While in port, Brown participates in a number of Royal Caribbean??s shore excursions, including a gondola ride and walking tour in Venice, a minibus excursion visiting Rome??s treasures, a visit to traditional country homes throughout Croatia??s Konavle Valley, and
a four-wheel drive tour with off-road exploration and local dining in Corfu.
Not one to sit back with a book while onboard, Brown soaks in the amenities and adventures on Brilliance of the Seas, including scaling the ship??s rock-climbing wall, unwinding with a seaweed wrap and facial in the Brilliance of the Seas Day Spa, and attending a colorful masquerade ball.

??Through my travels on GREAT HOTELS I've been lucky to experience some of the most beautiful hotels and resorts across the world,? said Brown. ??While I was a little nervous embarking on my first cruise experience, I quickly discovered that like any great resort, cruise vacations offer a little something for everyone. This tour of the Mediterranean was an enriching experience, and I think that fans of GREAT HOTELS will see that cruising offers a variety of ways
to indulge the mind, body and spirit. It was a great experience that I look forward to sharing with our viewers.?

??We were excited to host Samantha Brown on her first cruise,? said Dan Hanrahan, senior vice president, Marketing and Sales, for Royal Caribbean International. ??The special allowed us to showcase one of our many European itineraries and demonstrate to viewers what guests on our international sailings have known all along ?? that exploring Europe aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise allows travelers to enjoy several countries and cultures, all from an elegant
and exciting home base that travels with them.?

In 2005, four Royal Caribbean ships will sail European itineraries, including Brilliance of the Seas, Legend of the Seas®, Splendour of the Seas®, and Jewel of the SeasSM ?? the cruise line??s newest ship. Itinerary lengths range from three- to 14-night sailings and ports of call include cities in France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Croatia, Scandinavia and the United Kingdom.

For guests looking to extend their time on land, Royal Caribbean also offers exclusive cruisetours, which pair European cruises with one of four land vacation packages ?? two in Spain, one to London and Paris, and one to London and York. All land packages are escorted by knowledgeable tour directors and include visits to top cultural attractions and five-star accommodations.
Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand with 19 ships now in service and two more under construction. The company also offers unique cruisetour vacations in Alaska, Canada and Europe.

Travel Channel is the only television network devoted exclusively to travel entertainment. Capturing the fascination, freedom and fun of travel, Travel Channel delivers insightful stories from the world's most popular destinations and inspiring diversions. It is available in 77 million homes and is a service of Discovery Networks, U.S., a unit of Discovery Communications, Inc.

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October 11, 2004

Carnival's New Wedding Renewal Program

Wedding Vow Renewal Packages

MIAMI - Whether it's to mark a special anniversary or simply celebrate the joy of marriage, Carnival Cruise Lines is offering two new packages for guests wishing to renew their wedding vows on a "Fun Ship" cruise.

The renewal ceremonies, performed by the ship captains, are available fleetwide and held in a public lounge or the wedding chapel (Spirit-class ships).

"Our wedding vows renewal packages, along with the romantic atmosphere aboard our ships, provide a unique experience for couples to express their love for each other all over again," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO.

The standard package starts at $385 and includes a shipboard ceremony performed by the captain, a "renewal of marriage vows" certificate, a champagne toast with two keepsake etched flutes, flowers for both bride and groom, a traditional two-tier wedding cake, pre-recorded wedding music and photographic services. The deluxe package starts at $785 and offers all the amenities of the standard package, as well as a reception with one-hour open bar and hot-and-cold canapés. Ceremonies include aisle runner and decorative floral arrangements.

A variety of options such as videography services, live music and tuxedo rental are also available at additional cost.

The wedding vow renewal packages are part of Carnival's fleetwide wedding program, which is expected to host 2,200 couples this year and offers a variety of shipboard and shoreside wedding packages featuring romantic ceremonies aboard ship or in ports of call.

Carnival's wedding and renewal packages are available on each of the line's 19 "Fun Ships," which operate voyages from three to 16 days in length to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, the Panama Canal, Canada, New England and Europe.

For additional information on Carnival's wedding packages, call CruiseShipCenters at #1-800-738-8837.

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Carnival Cruises Now Offering Pre & Post San Diego Packages


MIAMI - Carnival Cruise Lines is offering one and two-night pre- and post-cruise hotel packages at the elegant San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina in conjunction with new "Fun Ship" cruise departures from San Diego, Calif., beginning this fall.

The hotel packages can be combined with the new eight-day Mexican Riviera cruise program on the 2,124-passenger Carnival Spirit from Oct. 16 - April 2, 2005.

This marks the first time Carnival has offered a series of cruises from this Southern California port. These voyages will feature stops at three enticing Mexican ports of call -- Acapulco, Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa and Manzanillo.

Located on the edge of the San Diego Bay, the luxurious waterfront San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina features 1,362 rooms, six restaurants and lounges, a swimming pool, fitness center, tennis courts, salon and gift shop. The hotel is just minutes away from several popular San Diego attractions and landmarks, including the Seaport Village, Julian Historic Town and beautiful beaches, as well as the San Diego International Airport.

Prices for the one- to two-night land stays range from $113 to $220 per person, based on double occupancy and depending on length of stay.

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October 08, 2004

Celebrity Cruises Offering More Concierge Class Staterooms!


Celebrity Cruises Concierge Class

The perfect touch. The smallest detail. These are the extras
that make a true departure truly extraordinary. These are the
hallmarks of Celebrity??s Concierge Class. An enhanced
stateroom of impeccable décor, with refined service and
amenities to match, the Concierge Class offers a new taste of
luxury for those who are thirsting for more.

Amenities include:

? Priority embarkation/debarkation
? Luxury bedding
? Fresh flowers
? Welcome champagne
? Fresh fruit delivered daily
? Plush FretteTM bathrobes
? Oversized bath towels
? HansgroheTM massaging shower head
? Priority shore excursions
? Extended room service menu
? VIP invitations to ship events
? Express luggage delivery
? Evening hors d??oeuvres

Beginning in 2005, guests will have even more
opportunities to experience these exquisite staterooms.
Celebrity is expanding the Concierge Class on the
Millennium-class ships throughout category 1A and 1B,
offering guests over 225 staterooms to choose from. The

Concierge Class expansion will rollout as follows:

Constellation® January 2, 2005

MillenniumSM January 16, 2005

Summit® March 21, 2005

Infinity® April 17, 2005

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October 07, 2004

Norwegian Cruise Line Update

NCL America has been allowing passengers to cancel cruises on the Pride of Aloha and receive a full refund. "If we can't allay their apprehension about cruising on the Pride of Aloha, we'll allow them to cancel their cruise without penalty," an NCL spokeswoman said. "We haven't had that many people taking us up on the offer." The offer is good through the Pride of Aloha's Oct. 17 cruise.

The Norwegian Dream will head to New Orleans earlier than scheduled after its planned drydock in the Bahamas was canceled because of hurricane damage to the shipyard. Two sailings were added to the Dream's lineup, a pair of western Caribbean cruises departing Oct. 10 and Oct. 17. Agents will receive a $100 bonus per cabin on these two sailings.

As Seen In Travel Weekly.

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October 06, 2004

Caribbean Islands Affected By Tropical Storms

A List Of Caribbean Islands And Their Affects Of The Hurricanes
A Must Read For Caribbean Cruiser Passengers!

Anguilla: Not Affected

Antigua and Barbuda: Not Affected

Aruba: Some beach erosion but hotels are operating normally.

Bahamas: Minimal damage in Nassau and Paradise Island. Nassau??s Sandals Royal Bahamian and Superclubs Breezes are to reopen in the next two weeks after repairs. Damage on Grand Bahama Island is sever, and majors resorts are closed for repairs.

Barbados: Four hotels report some property damage.

Belize: Not Affected

Bermuda: Not Affected

Bonaire: Hotels up and running after minimal damage by Ivan.

British Virgin Islands: Heavy rains and debris cleanup in the wake of Jeanne.

Cancun: High wind and rain; missed a hit by Ivan.

Cayman Islands: Grand Caymen Island lodgings report exensive water damage and ruined landscaping. Power outages remain.

Cozumel: Winds, rain, port closing after being missed by Ivan.

Cuba: Ivan left wind and water damage on the west coast.

Curcao: Hotels up and running after minimal damage by Ivan.

Dominica: Not Affected

Dominican Republic: Ivan-related flooding in Santo Domingo.

Grenada: Took a sever hit from Ivan. Extensive damage to 90% of homes and many hotels.

Guadeloupe: Not Affected

Haiti: Flooding and many lives taken.

Jamaica: Most resorts on the popular North Coast (Montego Bay and Ocho Rios) suffered mainly cosmetic damage.

Martinique: Not Affected

Nevis & St. Kitts: Rain post-Jeanne.

Puerto Rico: Flooding, flight cancellations, and power outages as a result of Jeanne.

St. Barts: Not Affected

St. Lucia: Hotels and tourist facilities not affected.

St. Maarten/St. Martin: Not Affected.

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: No major damage to hotels and tourist facilities, save for Union Island.

Trinidad and Tobago: No major damage to resorts.

Turks & Caicos: Water and wind from Hurricane Frances did mainly cosmetic damage.

U.S. Virgin Islands: Heavy rain, airport closures and power outages as a result of Jeanne.

As seen in the U.S.A. Today

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October 01, 2004

Royal Caribbean Cruise Itinerary Update

Tropical Weather Update October 1, 2004


Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises are pleased to report that our ships in the Caribbean are again sailing on calm seas in and warm, sunny weather. Should tropical weather conditions change and begin to affect our ships, we will immediately resume updates to our web site.

Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises are currently unable to bring ships to Coco Cay, Bahamas, our private island. Storm-related repairs are ongoing and should be complete in the coming weeks. In addition, storm recovery efforts in Freeport, Bahamas, and Georgetown, Cayman Islands, prevent us from visiting those ports as well. We look forward to returning to these locations in the very near future. Ships scheduled to make port calls at these locations in the coming weeks will make alternative port calls or spend the day at sea.

We??d like to thank our guests for using our web site to learn about itinerary modifications resulting from recent tropical weather. By doing so, you allowed our staff more time to help others requiring special assistance.

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Royal Caribbean International Alaska Cruise Information
Royal Caribbean International Alaska Cruisetour Packages
Royal Caribbean International Mexico Cruise Information

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