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November 26, 2004

Savour the Caribbean with Celebrity Cruises

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Savour the Caribbean with Celebrity Cruises and Bon Appetit!

Beginning February 6, 2005 you can indulge in a one-of-a-kind culinary experience at sea with our second annual Savor the Caribbean cruise series. Choose from eight, 7-night Caribbean cruises, all departing from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. and each giving you a mouthwatering taste of the islands.

Your sailing includes onboard demonstrations by acclaimed chefs, culinary lectures by noted experts, regional rum tastings sponsored by Bacardi, a Savor the Caribbean cookbook keepsake filled with the delectable recipes of our acclaimed chefs, and tours to gastronomic treasures at exotic ports of call, including Casa de Campo (Dominican Republic), San Juan, St. Thomas, and Nassau.

So come join us aboard Millennium, ranked among the top 10 ships in Cond√© Nast Traveler‚??s annual ‚??Best Cruise Ships in the World‚?Ě survey of 2004, and bring your appetite for the finer things in life.

We're serving up island fare aboard each of our 2005 Savor the Caribbean sailings and we've set a place just for you. Take part in cooking demonstrations and cuisine lectures while taking advantage of the aromatic ingredients the Caribbean offers. Your hosts include renowned aficionados on food, Caribbean culture and history. You‚??ll even have the opportunity to taste the cuisine that has made our chefs famous.

Make sure you sail with your favorite chef!

Allen Susser
Chef Allen‚??s
The James Beard Foundation has named him Best Chef: Southeast. And his namesake eatery, Chef Allen‚??s in South Florida, has recently been touted as the best restaurant south of New York City.

Carmen Gonzalez
Carmen the Restaurant
Carmen Gonzalez is a veteran chef and celebrated culinary artist who has been in the food arena of over 20 years. She is the chef and owner of Carmen the Restaurant, which was named "one of the best new restaurants in America" by Esquire magazine in 2003.

Robbin Haas
Chispa
Robbin Haas is a trendsetter in Miami‚??s fine dining scene. His use of locally procured products allows him to preserve the culinary heritage of the region while further establishing his position as one of the founding fathers of New World Cuisine.

Jessica B. Harris
Author
A culinary historian, Jessica B. Harris has written eight acclaimed cookbooks and lectured extensively on Caribbean and African-American culture and foods throughout the country. Her newest book, "On the Side," will be available September 2004.

The List of Dates include:

February 6 ‚?? February 13, 2005
Featured Chefs:
Carmen Gonzalez

February 13 ‚?? February 20, 2005
Featured Chefs:
Jessica B. Harris

February 20 ‚?? February 27, 2005
Featured Chefs:
Roberto Trevino
Edgar Leal

February 27 ‚?? March 6, 2005
Featured Chefs:
Robbin Haas
Brian Katz

March 6 ‚?? March 13, 2005
Featured Chefs:
Allen Susser
Oliver Saucy

March 13 ‚?? March 20, 2005
Featured Chefs:
Cindy Hutson
Frank Randazzo
Andrea Curto-Randazzo

March 20 ‚?? March 27, 2005
Featured Chefs:
Mark Militello
Wilo Benet

March 27 ‚?? April 3, 2005
Featured Chefs:
Tim Andriola

For further information and brochures visit one of our websites:
www.Cruising2Mexico.com
www.Cruising2Tahiti.com
www.Cruising2Alaska.com

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November 25, 2004

2005 Canada/New England Brochure with Princess Cruises

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Princess Releases 2005 Canada/New England Brochure
Fall Foliage Options Include New Sea Princess Sailings

SANTA CLARITA, CA (November 23, 2004) - The crisp autumn air and breathtaking fall foliage make Princess' Canada/New England cruises a favorite escape every year. Now, travelers can prepare for next year's sojourn to the eastern seaboard with a newly released 44-page Canada/New England brochure outlining Princess' 2005 season.

A highlight of the upcoming program includes the debut in the region of Sea Princess with a new New York/Quebec City itinerary featuring calls in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. In addition, Golden Princess returns to offer round-trip cruises from New York. The two ships will offer 11 voyages, including seven Golden Princess seven-day sailings roundtrip from New York, and three Sea Princess offerings of a 10-day route between New York and Quebec City. Sea Princess will also sail one Canada/Colonial America voyage along the full length of the Atlantic coast.

The September 3 to October 24, 2005 Canada/New England season will include:

* Golden Princess Round-trip from New York -- Golden Princess' seven-day itinerary features stunning scenery of brilliant fall colors combined with one of the line's amenity-filled vessels. A convenient round-trip cruise from New York City, this itinerary features visits to Halifax (Nova Scotia), Saint John (New Brunswick), Bar Harbor (Maine), Boston and Newport (Rhode Island). The ship offers seven voyages from September 3 to October 15.

* Sea Princess Debuts New Itinerary -- Sea Princess sails on a classic 10-day Canada/New England voyage between New York and Quebec City. The itinerary features a new port of call in Corner Brook (Newfoundland). In addition, passengers will visit Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor, Saint John and Halifax, plus enjoy cruising on Canada's scenic Saguenay River. Sea Princess offers three sailings, departing between September 24 and October 14, 2004.

* Special Eastern Seaboard Sailing -- In addition, Sea Princess will also offer a special 12-day Canada/Colonial America voyage between Quebec City and Ft. Lauderdale on October 24. This extended journey features calls at Sydney, Halifax, Bar Harbor, Boston, Newport, New York City, Norfolk (Virginia) and Charleston - visiting five of the U.S.'s 13 original colonies.

* Canada/Historic America Cruisetours -- For those who would like to extend their Canada/New England vacation, Princess offers escorted pre- or post-cruise land tours in conjunction with these sailings, in which passengers can travel back through historic America or spend further time in Canada. Golden Princess passengers can add a Historic America tour to their vacation, which will take them to Washington, D.C., Mt. Vernon, Jamestown, Williamsburg, Monticello, Charlottesville, Gettysburg, and the Amish country of Lancaster. Sea Princess passengers can opt for a Maple Explorer tour, featuring some of Canada's most popular landmarks, including two nights in Toronto with a day at Niagara Falls, one night in the capital city of Ottawa, and two nights in Montreal.

For further information and brochures visit one of our websites:
www.Cruising2Mexico.com
www.Cruising2Tahiti.com
www.Cruising2Alaska.com

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November 24, 2004

MSC Cruises Adds Hockey Legend, Scotty Bowman to January 13th, 2005 Panama Canal Sailing

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MSC CRUISES ADDS HOCKEY LEGEND, SCOTTY BOWMAN, TO JANUARY 13, 2005 PANAMA CANAL SAILING

TORONTO (NOVEMBER 23, 2004) - MSC Cruises, represented exclusively in Canada by Encore Cruises, has announced that famed NHL hockey coach, Scotty Bowman, will be on board MSC Lirica's 11-night Panama Canal sailing January 13, 2005. Guests will have an opportunity to attend a talk and autograph session with Bowman during the cruise.

As Coach and General Manager in the late 1960's he led expansion team, St. Louis Blues, to the Stanley Cup finals for three consecutive years. In 1971 he joined the mighty Montreal Canadiens leading his Hall of Fame team (including Guy Lafleur and Larry Robinson) to five Stanley Cups during the 1970's. He was 8 seasons with the Buffalo Sabres as Coach, GM and Director of Player-Personnel, and in 1990-91 was Director of Player Personnel for the Pittsburgh Penguins, helping propel them to their first Stanley Cup in 1991. In 1992, due to the illness of Head Coach Bob Johnson, he stepped behind the bench to lead Pittsburgh to an emotional second Stanley Cup championship. In 1993, Bowman joined the Detroit Red Wings and masterminded a rebuilding of the team, giving the city their first Stanley Cup in 42 years. They repeated as champions in 1998 and Bowman won his ninth and final Stanley Cup in 2002. With this record, he is arguably the greatest ice hockey coach in history, and certainl y the "winningest&qu ot; with 9 Stanley Cups and a record of 1244-583-314. Bowman was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991 and into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

MSC Lirica's January 13/05 Panama Canal sails from Ft. Lauderdale and includes 4 days at sea and stops at Costa Maya, Mexico; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; the Panama Canal; Panama's San Blas Islands; Cartagena, Colombia and Ocho Rios in Jamaica before returning to Ft. Lauderdale.

More Information & Specials on MSC Cruises!

For further information and brochures visit one of our websites:
www.Cruising2Mexico.com
www.Cruising2Tahiti.com
www.Cruising2Alaska.com

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November 23, 2004

Celebrity Cruises Expands 'Celebrity Discoveries'

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Celebrity Cruises Expands 'Celebrity Discoveries'
Popular Enrichment Program Presents Lecturers on Every Cruise

MIAMI, (November 22) - From world affairs to wines, from culture to caricatures, Celebrity Cruises' "Celebrity Discoveries" program will enrich guests' cruise experience with an expanded array of fascinating people and topics in 2005.

One of the most extensive enrichment programs at sea, Celebrity Discoveries presents up to four lecturers on every cruise. Caricature artists add an imaginative touch to Celebrity's seven-night Caribbean and Bermuda sailings, while resident naturalists on the line's cruises in Alaska, Hawaii and South America offer illustrated wildlife presentations, live commentaries from the bridge, and small group question-and-answer sessions about the region. For wine enthusiasts, Celebrity's wine appreciation program features prominent wine makers who share their expertise during onboard seminars and pre-dinner varietal tastings, allowing guests to interact directly with the wine maker to learn about the evening's selection.

Among the new components of the program in 2005 are lively port resentations by Celebrity's Cruise Directors, designed to inform guests about what there is to do and see in each port of call, to help them make the most of their time in each location.

But Celebrity Discoveries wouldn't be complete without celebrities -- and once again, in 2005, the line has secured a stellar lineup of personalities who will share slices of their life stories with Celebrity guests:

Orson Bean -- January 2 onboard Millennium: A star of stage and screen, Bean has been acting since 1945. Most recently, he starred in "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" and the film, "Being John Malkovich." Bean is founder of the arts-oriented 15th Street School of New York, author of the oddball 1971 volume, "Me and the Oregon," and one of the charter members of The Sons of the Desert, a Laurel and Hardy appreciation society.

Irving R. Levine -- January 3 onboard Infinity; May 7 and July 25 onboard Galaxy: Former NBC News Chief Economics Correspondent Irving R. Levine is one of the most renowned and respected figures in broadcast journalism. He was one of the first television network correspondents to cover the economy full-time, winning a number of awards for his groundbreaking reporting. Today, Levine is a frequent commentator on Nightly Business Report.

Dick Morris -- January 31 onboard Infinity; June 13 onboard Galaxy;
July 16 onboard Constellation: Once called "the most influential private citizen in America" by Time magazine, Morris is widely credited with driving Bill Clinton's stunning re-election victory in 1996, after the president lost Congress to the Republicans two years earlier. Morris now serves as a political analyst for the FOX News Channel.

Dr. Patch Adams -- February 15 onboard Infinity: Patch Adams, M.D.,
is founder and director of the Gesundheit Institute, which has served more than 15,000 people with free medical care. Dr. Adams complements his training as a physician with his experience as a street clown, believing that medical professionals should examine the relationship between humor and therapy by using a unique blend of knowledge, showmanship and hands-on teaching techniques.

Ernest Borgnine -- May 1 onboard Millennium: Oscar-winning actor
Ernest Borgnine has appeared in more than 100 films, including, "The Dirty Dozen" (1967) and "The Poseidon Adventure" (1972). In 1953, he starred as the brutal stockade sergeant, Fatso, in the classic film, "From Here to Eternity." Borgnine went on to become famous around the world for his Oscar-winning portrayal of the Bronx butcher "Marty" in 1955. From 1962 to 1966, Borgnine starred in the television series, "McHale's Navy."

Walt Cunningham -- May 23 onboard Galaxy: On October 11, 1968, Walt Cunningham occupied the lunar module pilot seat for the 11-day flight of Apollo VII, the first manned flight test of the third-generation U.S. spacecraft. Cunningham executed maneuvers enabling the crew to perform exercises in transposition and docking and lunar orbit rendezvous with the S- IVB stage of their Saturn IB launch vehicle.

Larry Hagman -- August 13 onboard Constellation: Best known for his work as J.R. on "Dallas" and as Captain Tony Nelson on "I Dream of Jeannie," Hagman has been a star of stage and screen for more than 50 years. He has appeared in such hit films as "Primary Colors," "Nixon" and "Superman."

Cathy Rigby -- August 14 onboard Millennium: A former Olympic gymnast, Cathy Rigby earned the highest U.S. gymnastic scores in the 1968 Summer Olympics and was the first American woman to medal at the World Championships. Rigby transitioned to acting in 1981, in the stage role of Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz." She has appeared in numerous television programs and starred in plays, including "Meet Me In St. Louis" and "South Pacific." Rigby won a Best Actress Tony Award for her performance in her most famous role, as Peter in "Peter Pan."

Jane Powell -- August 27 onboard Constellation: The star of more
than 20 major MGM musicals, including "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" and "Royal Wedding," Jane Powell has been an icon in Hollywood since her arrival in Tinseltown.

Ike Pappas -- September 10 onboard Constellation: As a CBS correspondent on the CBS Evening News with both Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather, Pappas reported on major world events, including the Vietnam War, the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, the Space Program and seven presidential campaigns. Pappas also witnessed the murder of accused Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald at the Texas Police Headquarters.

Rita Moreno -- July 30 onboard Constellation: Moreno is best known for winning hearts in "The King and I" and starring as Anita in "West Side Story," which brought her fame and an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Moreno was the first actress to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony.

For further information and brochures visit one of our websites:
www.Cruising2Mexico.com
www.Cruising2Tahiti.com
www.Cruising2Alaska.com

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November 21, 2004

108-Day Grand World Cruise on Holland America Line

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Total Solar Eclipse Highlights Holland America Line‚??s 2006 Grand World Voyage

Announcing 108-Day ‚??Circle of the Sun‚?Ě Cruise, Reserve Space Now
Seattle ‚?? Holland America Line‚??s 2006 Grand World Voyage covers 36 destinations, 22 countries, six continents and 30,000 nautical miles. The voyage crosses the equator four times and includes nine maiden ports of call. Mother Nature provides an added thrill when the 793-passenger ms Prinsendam arrives off the coast of Turkey on March 29, 2006 ‚?? an ideal place and time to view a total solar eclipse.

‚??A Grand World Voyage represents Holland America Line at its finest, it is the experience of a lifetime,‚?Ě said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, senior vice president, marketing and sales. ‚??This ‚??Circle of the Sun‚??itinerary is designed with ‚??destination collectors‚?? in mind. Classic cities and unspoiled, lesser-known places offer guests unsurpassed opportunities to explore their world.‚?Ě

The 2006 Grand World Voyage features South America, Antarctica, Africa, India, Egypt, Libya and the Mediterranean. Nine maiden calls explore new territories including two ports in re-emerging tourist hotspot, Libya; overnights in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Mombasa, and Mumbai also know as Bombay. Hundreds of optional shore excursions and a number of overland tours add interest to this epic voyage.

‚??Circle of the Sun‚?Ě Offers Unique Travel Opportunity

Wonders unfold as Prinsendam sets sail on January 5, 2006 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, for sun-swept Caribbean shores and breathtaking Brazil. Adventures abound along the jungle-clad Amazon River and the boulevards and beaches of Rio de Janeiro.

The electric cities of Montevideo, Uruguay, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, are a fitting prelude to the ethereal beauty of the white continent of Antarctica. The scenic glory of South Africa is spotlighted by visits to Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Richards Bay. The journey continues to the dazzling beaches of Madagascar and Comoros, and then visits Tanzania and Kenya. The breathtaking scenery in the Seychelles leads to exotic sights and sounds in Cochin and Mumbai, India.

Cruising to Egypt includes a daylight transit of the historic Suez Canal. While sailing between Antalya, Turkey, and Crete, Greece, guests will experience a total solar eclipse. Continuing onward, Benghazi and Tripoli, Libya, reveal myriad delights of this once-forbidden land; Catania, Naples and Civitavecchia show off the warmth and flavors of Italy; and Corsica offers a taste of France. Sailing into the Atlantic, Prinsendam drops anchor in Cadiz, Spain, and Madeira, Portugal, before arriving in Ft. Lauderdale on April 20, completing the Grand World Voyage in New York City on April 23, 2006.

The Leader in Global Voyages Offers Great Value

Since the company‚??s first Grand World Voyage in 1958, Holland America Line has earned a stellar reputation for offering world cruises on ships ideally suited for extended cruising. Holland America Line‚??s five-star ‚??Elegant Explorer,‚?Ě Prinsendam, pampers 793 privileged guests in spacious staterooms, many with private verandahs, treating them to a host of exclusive world voyage amenities plus ever-changing menus, social hosts, themed events, enrichment lectures, fitness programs, cooking and wine demonstrations, dance classes, golf, bridge and more.

Intriguing 14- to 108-day cruise segments fit any schedule or budget. Substantial benefits, including complimentary first class air, prepaid gratuities and shipboard credits are available for full voyage clients who book higher categories by February 20, 2005. Mariner Society members and guests who have sailed previously on any world cruise save US$1,500-$2,000 per person; past Holland America Line Grand World Voyage guests save an additional US$500-$1,000 per person. All segment guests who book by May 9, 2005, earn shipboard credits based on the category and length of the segment purchased. Clients who pay in full by May 31, 2005 can save up to an additional US$4,500 per person.

For further information and brochures visit one of our websites:
www.Cruising2Mexico.com
www.Cruising2Tahiti.com
www.Cruising2Alaska.com

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November 19, 2004

Royal Caribbean Itinerary in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Royal Caribbean International Sets Sail Down Broadway in the Macy‚??s Thanksgiving Day Parade

MIAMI, ‚?? Now adventurers can go around the world in the time it takes to
get from 77th Street to Herald Square. On Thursday, Nov. 25, Royal Caribbean International joins with Macy‚??s to make its maiden voyage in the Macy‚??s Thanksgiving Day Parade‚?? with The Voyage to Adventure Game float.

What better place for a giant board game featuring Mayan ruins, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Alaskan glaciers, and Caribbean climates to come to life than
New York City ‚?? the crossroads of the world? Transporting spectators to exotic locales all along Broadway, The Voyage to Adventure Game measures
33 ft. long and 21 ft. wide. Spectators will spot larger-than-life dice and a massive directional spinner, sending children dressed as ship-shaped playing
pieces every which way across the game board.

Nine Royal Caribbean International singers and dancers also will appear on the float, performing an original composition for the parade, titled ‚??Voyage to Adventure.‚?Ě They will be dressed as tourists enjoying the exciting destinations depicted.

‚??Now everyone can get away for the Thanksgiving Holiday,‚?Ě said Robin Hall, Executive Producer of the Macy‚??s Thanksgiving Day Parade. ‚??With The Voyage to Adventure Game families can take a whirlwind vacation all in a day‚??s journey.‚?Ě

‚??As the cruise line known for offering unexpected and exciting experiences to guests of all ages, we are proud to partner with the Macy‚??s Thanksgiving Day Parade to bring a taste of those adventures to the millions of families watching this time-honored event,‚?Ě said Dan Hanrahan, senior vice president, Marketing and Sales, for Royal Caribbean International. ‚??We also are proud to showcase the talented singers and dancers who provide such outstanding entertainment to our guests."

About Macy‚??s Thanksgiving Day Parade
With more than 50 million viewers across the country and more than 2.5 million spectators that line up along the streets of New York City each year, the Macy‚??s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a national icon that has grown into a world-famous holiday event. For 77 years, the Thanksgiving Day Parade has marked the official start of the holiday season. Growing in size and scale, the Parade proudly marches down a 2.5-mile route in New York City with over 10,000 participants including Macy‚??s employees, their families, celebrities, athletes,
clowns and dance groups in tow, spreading holiday cheer. Featuring giant helium character balloons and America‚??s best marching bands, a highlight of the Parade continues to be the fabulous floats.

About Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise vacation company with 19 ships in service and two more under construction. Royal Caribbean is known for innovative ships offering unexpected features such as rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks and in-line skating tracks. The company offers itineraries ranging from three to 14 nights in length and takes guests on outstanding adventures to more than 150 destinations throughout the Caribbean, Europe, Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, Bermuda and the Panama Canal. The company also offers unique cruisetour vacations in Alaska, Canada and Europe.

For further information:
Royal Caribbean International Alaska Cruise Information
Royal Caribbean International Alaska Cruisetour Packages
Royal Caribbean International Mexico Cruise Information

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November 18, 2004

NCL Gives Away 125 Surprise "Second Honeymoons"!

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NCL GIVES AWAY 125 SURPRISE "SECOND HONEYMOONS"!

MIAMI, Today (November 18th) Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) helped 125 couples relive one of the happiest moments of their lives on ABC television network's "Good Morning America." At a group reaffirmation ceremony with BRIDE'S magazine held at the Hammerstine Ballroom in New York City, 125 couples -- including 23 participants from the U.S. Armed Forces -- renewed their wedding vows live on national television. To culminate the event, NCL surprised all of them with a 10-day "second honeymoon" cruise to the Southern Caribbean aboard Norwegian Dawn, which is homeported in New York City year round.

After a nationwide search, 125 couples were selected to say "I do" again at a romantic vow renewal ceremony led by a trio of officiants. After the ceremony, Michael Bolton serenaded the couples with When a Man Loves a Woman.

Before arriving to the event, all of the couples were told to come with packed suitcases in hand as a few lucky couples would randomly be chosen to win a second honeymoon cruise. "Good Morning America" host Diane Sawyer and NCL President and CEO Colin Veitch surprised the crowd by awarding all 125 of the participating couples a Norwegian Dawn cruise to the Exotic Southern Caribbean. All of the couples were then escorted to the New York Cruise Terminal by Sawyer and Veitch and boarded the ship for a celebration luncheon. The couples' second honeymoon voyage includes calls to: St. Thomas, USVI; St. John's, Antigua; Bridgetown, Barbados; St. George's, Grenada; Roseau, Dominica; and Tortola, BVI.

"We know there's no better vacation and romantic experience than a cruise with the one you love," Veitch said. "For decades, NCL has offered wedding, honeymoon and anniversary packages on board all of our ships, filled with special touches like breakfast in bed, a massage for two, and a cozy dinner with views of paradise.

"NCL, best known for its signature Freestyle Cruising, allows passengers to dine whenever and wherever they like, choose what they want to wear, and enjoy a relaxed, resort-like environment which means couples -- including these 'second honeymooners' -- can personalize every aspect of their romantic cruise experience to make it exactly what they want it to be."

"At BRIDE'S magazine, we know that the key to a happy marriage is to celebrate it everyday. What better way than to renew your vows and take a second honeymoon," said BRIDE'S editor-in-chief Millie Martini Bratten.

Norwegian Dawn, purpose-built for NCL's signature Freestyle Cruising, sails roundtrip from New York City to the Caribbean year round. With 10 restaurants, a world-class spa and a variety of entertainment options, Norwegian Dawn offers travelers freedom, choice, flexibility and a carefree and romantic Caribbean cruise experience.

Sample NCL wedding, honeymoon and romance packages currently available include*:

The Intimate Wedding Package - $ 1,449
Package will accommodate a maximum of 15 guests -- including Bride and Groom. Includes:

  • officiant
  • a variety of romantic recorded musical selections
  • personalized Keepsake Marriage Certificate
  • ten personalized wedding announcements
  • priority check-in
  • deluxe photograph album
  • one hour of open bar with cold canapes, champagne toast, snacks and
    refreshments
  • a beautiful two-tiered wedding cake and a bottle of NCL's
    Private Selection Champagne for a reception.

    Deluxe Honeymoon Package - $229 per stateroom Includes:

  • sparkling wine and strawberries in the stateroom upon embarkation,
  • canapes delivered to the stateroom one evening
  • complimentary champagne cake party
  • a keepsake photograph
  • romantic dinner for two in the Le Bistro with a complimentary bottle of wine
  • breakfast in bed on one day and two 25-minute Mandara Spa half-body Seven Seas Massages.

    Romance Package - $249 per stateroom Includes:

  • sparkling wine and strawberries in the stateroom upon embarkation
  • a traditional Mandara Spa pedicure and manicure for one
  • two 25-minute Mandara Spa half-body Seven Seas Massages
  • afternoon tea service in the stateroom.

    For further information and brochures visit one of our websites:
    www.Cruising2Mexico.com
    www.Cruising2Tahiti.com
    www.Cruising2Alaska.com

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  • NCL PURCHASES HAWAII TOUR BUS COMPANY

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    NCL PURCHASES HAWAII TOUR BUS COMPANY

    Honolulu - Today (November 16th), NCL Corporation announced that it has acquired one of the two major tour bus companies in Hawai`i, Polynesian Adventure Tours. Polynesian Adventure Tours operates over 100 motor coaches and buses and is licensed to operate as a tour bus company on all four of the main Hawai`i islands. It has operated in Hawai`i for more than 25 years. The purchase price, including transaction costs, was approximately $5 million.

    Polynesian Adventure Tours' statewide presence and its reputation for exceptional customer service make it an ideal fit with NCL's growth strategy in Hawai`i. NCL will retain all 200 employees, and Polynesian Adventure Tours will continue to service all of its existing loyal clientele. NCL's plans for the business will ensure continuation of the existing business as well as an upgrading and expansion of the operation in line with the growth of the NCL America brand cruise product in Hawai`i. NCL currently has two ships operating year-round in Hawai`i, with plans to grow this to four by 2006. This cruise fleet will bring approximately half a million vacationers a year to Hawai`i, and the acquisition of Polynesian Adventure Tours will ensure that NCL can develop the ground operations necessary to serve the core of its tour and transfer requirements for these cruisers.

    According to Robert Kritzman, NCL's executive vice president and managing director of Hawai`i Operations: "This acquisition complements our long term strategic plan in Hawai`i. NCL is poised to invest the necessary resources in Polynesian Adventure Tours to meet the needs of our cruise business as well as service the company's existing customer base. With our financial strength behind it, this is also a great opportunity for Polynesian Adventure Tours to build its overall business and increase its service to other customers in addition to NCL."

    The new acquisition will be headed up by its existing president and 22-year veteran of the Hawai`i ground transportation industry, Jon Savitz. Jon will report to Robert Kritzman and will work closely with Colin Murphy, NCL's vice president of land and air services.

    "After a yearlong evaluation of Hawai`i's passenger transportation industry we are delighted to be concluding this acquisition of Polynesian Adventure Tours," Murphy said. "The company has an impressive list of long-standing clientele that includes most of the major tour wholesalers, local activity sellers and destination management companies. We see this core customer base as a perfect complement to our shore excursion needs and we intend to deploy substantial resources in personnel, motor coaches and technology to make certain that our transportation needs complement theirs."

    Polynesian Adventure Tours has extensive fleets in operation on each of O`ahu, Kaua`I, Maui and the Big Island of Hawai`i. The company offers tours of the most popular sites in Hawai`i, including the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial, Haleakala, Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park and Waimea Canyon.

    NCL Corporation ("NCL") 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 Norwegian Cruise Line, 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, and sails year-round in Hawaii under the NCL America brand alongside Norwegian Wind from sister brand, Norwegian Cruise Line. The company is currently building three ships, including two more for the NCL America brand in Hawai`i - Pride of America (delivery in June, 2005) and Pride of Hawai`i (delivery in April 2006). Norwegian Jewel will join the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet in August 2005.

    For further information and brochures visit one of our websites:
    www.Cruising2Mexico.com
    www.Cruising2Tahiti.com
    www.Cruising2Alaska.com

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    November 17, 2004

    NEW Norwegian Jewel Cruising Europe in 2005

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    Norwegian Jewel Sails to the Mediterranean, Baltic Capitals before Homeporting in Miami

    Miami ‚?? Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) today announced Norwegian Jewel will be delivered on August 5, 2005 from the Meyer Werft Shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany and will offer two European sailings before heading to the U.S. to begin her Homeland Cruising program. After inaugural festivities in New York and a series of 11-day Canada and New England cruises, Norwegian Jewel will homeport in Miami and feature an Eastern and Western Caribbean itinerary throughout the winter season.

    On August 10, 2005 Norwegian Jewel will feature a Mediterranean Treasures itinerary from London (Dover), calling on Lisbon, Portugal; Gibraltar, UK; Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy; Cannes, Frances and Barcelona and Almeria, Spain. Then on August 23, the ship will sail to the Baltic Capitals from London (Dover) sailing to Oslo, Norway; Helsinki, Finland; spending the night in St. Petersburg, Russia before sailing to Stockholm, Sweden; Berlin (Warnemunde) Germany and Copenhagen, Denmark before repositioning from London to New York. The transatlantic cruise, called Path of the Vikings, departs Dover on September 4, 2005 and stops in Cobh, Ireland; Reykjavik, Iceland; St. John's, Newfoundland and Newport, Rhode Island before arriving in New York on September 14, 2005.

    Prices start from $2599 for an inside cabin and $2899 for an outside cabin on the August 10th sail date and $2499 (inside) and $2799 (outside) for the August 23rd sail date. Transatlantic crossing prices start from $899 (inside) and $1099 (outside).

    Beginning September 18, 2005, the ship will sail a series of 11-day Canada/New England Cruises roundtrip from New York. The itinerary features calls in Boston, Massachusetts; Bar Harbor, Maine; Halifax, Nova Scotia; cruise Cabot Strait and the Gulf of St. Lawrence; Quebec City, Quebec; cruise the Saguenay River, Sydney, Nova Scotia; cruise Bay of Fundy and St. John, New Brunswick. Prices start from $1349 for an inside and $1549 for an outside cabin.

    After transitioning from New York to Miami, where the ship will be spending her winter season, Norwegian Jewel will begin her regularly scheduled, seven-day itineraries to the Eastern and Western Caribbean. Eastern Caribbean sailings call in San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. John's, Antigua; St. Thomas, USVI and NCL's Private Island, Great Stirrup Cay. Western Caribbean itineraries will call at Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Georgetown, Grand Cayman and Roatan, Bay Islands. Norwegian Jewel will feature these itineraries each Sunday from November 4, 2005 through April 23, 2006. Prices for the Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries start from $599 (inside) and $799 (outside). Vacationers can call their travel agent or NCL at 800-327-7030 to make reservations.

    The 92,000-ton Norwegian Jewel will be the company's fourth purpose-built ship for Freestyle Cruising and will feature 10 restaurants, dynamic public rooms, the most innovative and luxurious range of suites at sea, including two Garden Villas and a brand new style of accommodations - the addition of 10 courtyard villas with a private courtyard and sundeck on deck 14. Owner's suite guests and both courtyard and garden villa guests will have a concierge lounge available to them. Dedicated butlers will offer continental breakfast, refreshments all day and canapés and drinks before dinner.

    A Sparkling Lineup of Dining Options

    Like her sisters, Norwegian Jewel will feature 10 restaurants including guest favorite alternatives such as Cagney's Steak House, Blue Lagoon and NCL's signature restaurant, Le Bistro. In addition, Norwegian Jewel will also feature two main restaurants (Tsar's Palace and Azura), a casual Italian eatery called Mamma's Italian Kitchen; Tango's a Latin restaurant featuring tapas and Chin Chin, an Asian complex featuring Thai, Japanese and Chinese food as well as a sushi bar and a Teppanyaki room offering guests an interactive Japanese dining experience where food is prepared in front of guests. Like Norwegian Star and Norwegian Dawn seven of the 10 restaurants aboard Norwegian Jewel are included in the fare with the three alternative restaurants charging a small cover charge.

    The ship will also include a new concept for NCL - a "Bar Central" -- featuring Shakers Martini and Cocktail Bar; Magnum's Champagne and Wine Bar and Maltings Beer and Whiskey Pub.

    In addition to Bar Central, Norwegian Jewel will feature the Sky High Bar, an outdoor beer garden and "Fyzz" Cabaret Lounge, featuring three private Karaoke rooms.

    Gold-Standard Accommodations

    Norwegian Jewel will offer an extensive choice of cabins. In fact, while Norwegian Jewel is modeled after Norwegian Star and Norwegian Dawn, NCL has increased the number of cabins from 1112 on Norwegian Dawn to 1188 on Norwegian Jewel, including the addition of 10 courtyard villas sharing a private courtyard, complete with swimming pool, Jacuzzi and a small gym. These suites also share a private sundeck with large two-person sun beds and hammocks. Positioned high atop the vessel, these suites tout sweeping views of the ocean and an impressive assortment of amenities usually found only at five-star land-based resorts.

    Continuing the focus on outstanding accommodations for families, the ship also offers a large number of cabins (including balcony staterooms, suites and junior-suites) that can interconnect to create a two, three, four or five bedroom area suitable for families of all sizes.

    Amenities That Sparkle

    Norwegian Jewel will feature the latest in relaxation and fitness at the contemporary South Pacific-themed Bora Bora Health Spa and Beauty Salon operated by Mandara Spa.

    Norwegian Jewel will offer a new, advanced Internet Café and Photo Gallery with kiosks to print photos from digital cameras as well as the latest laptops, which guests can rent to use around the ship. The ship will also feature NCL's signature WiFi and cell phone service.

    The Sports Deck will contain a basketball, volleyball and tennis court, while the Body Waves Fitness Center will boast state-of-the-art cardiovascular workout equipment - each with its own TV -- aerobic and yoga area with a sprung wooden floor, steam and sauna rooms, a jet-current exercise pool, an indoor lap pool, whirlpool and hydrotherapy pool. Body waves will be open 24 hours a day.

    The ship will be particularly family-friendly and feature the Splashdown Kid's Club and Sapphire Kid's Pool, a brightly colored facility for children designed with a cute and friendly tropical sea creature theme as well as the Underground Teen's Club.

    For further information and brochures visit one of our websites:
    www.Cruising2Mexico.com
    www.Cruising2Tahiti.com
    www.Cruising2Alaska.com

    Posted by Denise at 10:41 AM | Comments (0)

    November 15, 2004

    MSC Cruises - No Tipping Required

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    MSC CRUISES

    MSC CRUISES ADOPTS "NO TIPPING REQUIRED" POLICY

    TORONTO - MSC Cruises has announced that they have instituted a 'no tipping required' policy throughout their fleet. "Unlike most cruise lines who require the payment of gratuities to on-board staff and in many cases add a mandatory gratuity to guest accounts, tipping on MSC Cruises is not required, and of equal importance, not expected", says Rick Sasso, president and CEO of the cruise line. "Outstanding service is a signature of MSC Cruises. Our on board staff are on full salary to ensure a professional, genuinely sincere level of service."

    MSC Cruises, a division of Mediterranean Shipping Company, the second largest container carrier company in the world, draws its inspiration from Italian lifestyle and service at its finest, catering to guests who seek the gracious pleasures of classic cruising complemented by the influences of Italian chic and 'la dolce vita'.

    Vanessa Lee, managing director of Encore Cruises, which represents MSC Cruises exclusively in Canada, adds, "Sales for MSC Cruises are booming and here is yet another selling feature to set them apart. Their new 'no tipping required' policy is a remarkably welcome financial advantage for our guests."

    For further information and brochures visit one of our websites:
    www.Cruising2Mexico.com
    www.Cruising2Tahiti.com
    www.Cruising2Alaska.com

    Posted by Denise at 12:04 PM | Comments (0)

    November 12, 2004

    NEW Norwegian Jewel Cruising Europe in 2005

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    Norwegian Jewel Sails to the Mediterranean, Baltic Capitals before Homeporting in Miami

    Miami ‚?? Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) announced Norwegian Jewel will be delivered on August 5, 2005 from the Meyer Werft Shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany and will offer two European sailings before heading to the U.S. to begin her Homeland Cruising program. After inaugural festivities in New York and a series of 11-day Canada and New England cruises, Norwegian Jewel will homeport in Miami and feature an Eastern and Western Caribbean itinerary throughout the winter season.

    On August 10, 2005 Norwegian Jewel will feature a Mediterranean Treasures itinerary from London (Dover), calling on Lisbon, Portugal; Gibraltar, UK; Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy; Cannes, Frances and Barcelona and Almeria, Spain. Then on August 23, the ship will sail to the Baltic Capitals from London (Dover) sailing to Oslo, Norway; Helsinki, Finland; spending the night in St. Petersburg, Russia before sailing to Stockholm, Sweden; Berlin (Warnemunde) Germany and Copenhagen, Denmark before repositioning from London to New York. The transatlantic cruise, called Path of the Vikings, departs Dover on September 4, 2005 and stops in Cobh, Ireland; Reykjavik, Iceland; St. John's, Newfoundland and Newport, Rhode Island before arriving in New York on September 14, 2005.

    Prices start from $2599 for an inside cabin and $2899 for an outside cabin on the August 10th sail date and $2499 (inside) and $2799 (outside) for the August 23rd sail date. Transatlantic crossing prices start from $899 (inside) and $1099 (outside).

    Beginning September 18, 2005, the ship will sail a series of 11-day Canada/New England Cruises roundtrip from New York. The itinerary features calls in Boston, Massachusetts; Bar Harbor, Maine; Halifax, Nova Scotia; cruise Cabot Strait and the Gulf of St. Lawrence; Quebec City, Quebec; cruise the Saguenay River, Sydney, Nova Scotia; cruise Bay of Fundy and St. John, New Brunswick. Prices start from $1349 for an inside and $1549 for an outside cabin.

    After transitioning from New York to Miami, where the ship will be spending her winter season, Norwegian Jewel will begin her regularly scheduled, seven-day itineraries to the Eastern and Western Caribbean. Eastern Caribbean sailings call in San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. John's, Antigua; St. Thomas, USVI and NCL's Private Island, Great Stirrup Cay. Western Caribbean itineraries will call at Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Georgetown, Grand Cayman and Roatan, Bay Islands. Norwegian Jewel will feature these itineraries each Sunday from November 4, 2005 through April 23, 2006. Prices for the Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries start from $599 (inside) and $799 (outside). Vacationers can call their travel agent or NCL at 800-327-7030 to make reservations.

    The 92,000-ton Norwegian Jewel will be the company's fourth purpose-built ship for Freestyle Cruising and will feature 10 restaurants, dynamic public rooms, the most innovative and luxurious range of suites at sea, including two Garden Villas and a brand new style of accommodations - the addition of 10 courtyard villas with a private courtyard and sundeck on deck 14. Owner's suite guests and both courtyard and garden villa guests will have a concierge lounge available to them. Dedicated butlers will offer continental breakfast, refreshments all day and canapés and drinks before dinner.

    A Sparkling Lineup of Dining Options:
    Like her sisters, Norwegian Jewel will feature 10 restaurants including guest favorite alternatives such as Cagney's Steak House, Blue Lagoon and NCL's signature restaurant, Le Bistro. In addition, Norwegian Jewel will also feature two main restaurants (Tsar's Palace and Azura), a casual Italian eatery called Mamma's Italian Kitchen; Tango's a Latin restaurant featuring tapas and Chin Chin, an Asian complex featuring Thai, Japanese and Chinese food as well as a sushi bar and a Teppanyaki room offering guests an interactive Japanese dining experience where food is prepared in front of guests. Like Norwegian Star and Norwegian Dawn seven of the 10 restaurants aboard Norwegian Jewel are included in the fare with the three alternative restaurants charging a small cover charge.

    The ship will also include a new concept for NCL - a "Bar Central" -- featuring Shakers Martini and Cocktail Bar; Magnum's Champagne and Wine Bar and Maltings Beer and Whiskey Pub.

    In addition to Bar Central, Norwegian Jewel will feature the Sky High Bar, an outdoor beer garden and "Fyzz" Cabaret Lounge, featuring three private Karaoke rooms.

    Gold-Standard Accommodations:
    Norwegian Jewel will offer an extensive choice of cabins. In fact, while Norwegian Jewel is modeled after Norwegian Star and Norwegian Dawn, NCL has increased the number of cabins from 1112 on Norwegian Dawn to 1188 on Norwegian Jewel, including the addition of 10 courtyard villas sharing a private courtyard, complete with swimming pool, Jacuzzi and a small gym. These suites also share a private sundeck with large two-person sun beds and hammocks. Positioned high atop the vessel, these suites tout sweeping views of the ocean and an impressive assortment of amenities usually found only at five-star land-based resorts.

    Continuing the focus on outstanding accommodations for families, the ship also offers a large number of cabins (including balcony staterooms, suites and junior-suites) that can interconnect to create a two, three, four or five bedroom area suitable for families of all sizes.

    Amenities That Sparkle:
    Norwegian Jewel will feature the latest in relaxation and fitness at the contemporary South Pacific-themed Bora Bora Health Spa and Beauty Salon operated by Mandara Spa.

    Norwegian Jewel will offer a new, advanced Internet Café and Photo Gallery with kiosks to print photos from digital cameras as well as the latest laptops, which guests can rent to use around the ship. The ship will also feature NCL's signature WiFi and cell phone service.

    The Sports Deck will contain a basketball, volleyball and tennis court, while the Body Waves Fitness Center will boast state-of-the-art cardiovascular workout equipment - each with its own TV -- aerobic and yoga area with a sprung wooden floor, steam and sauna rooms, a jet-current exercise pool, an indoor lap pool, whirlpool and hydrotherapy pool. Body waves will be open 24 hours a day.

    The ship will be particularly family-friendly and feature the Splashdown Kid's Club and Sapphire Kid's Pool, a brightly colored facility for children designed with a cute and friendly tropical sea creature theme as well as the Underground Teen's Club.

    For More Information About A Cruise Vacation Visit These Websites:
    Cruising2Mexico.com
    Cruising2Tahiti.com
    Cruising2Panama.com
    Cruising2Alaska.com

    Posted by Denise at 10:35 AM | Comments (0)

    November 10, 2004

    Lobster Balcony Breakfast & Dinner Featured On Select Princess Cruises

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    A SPECIAL DINING EXPERIENCE ON YOUR OWN BALCONY WITH PRINCESS CRUISES

    Imagine enjoying a delicious breakfast of fresh fruits, warm pastries, quiche and champagne from the comforts of your private balcony. Many Princess guests have already experienced such luxury (with the Champagne Balcony Breakfast) while cruising Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska and the locks of the Panama Canal. And the rumor is they guests loved it!

    With guests praises in mind Princess is excited to introduce yet another enhancement to the Princess dining experience - a succulent Lobster Balcony Dinner. Guests are invited to celebrate a romantic evening and enjoy an exclusive, private dining experience under the stars. For a small fee, they've prepared a very special evening for you.

    Here are a few highlights included with the Lobster Balcony Dinner:

    • Hosted cocktail party with other diners and the ship's Senior Officers
    • In-suite flower arrangement
    • Delicious four-course meal, featuring cooked-to-order lobster tail
    • French champagne
    • 8" x 10" professional portrait taken from your balcony with the world as your backdrop

    The Lobster Balcony Dinner complements the Champagne Balcony Breakfast as yet another unique Princess dining experience. Indulge next time you're onboard with a morning or evening catered to your enjoyment!

    For More Information About A Panama Canal Cruise with Princess Click Here
    For More Information About An Alaska Cruise with Princess Click Here

    Posted by Denise at 02:37 PM | Comments (0)

    November 09, 2004

    PUERTO VALLARTA

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    Exploring A World of Contrast In Puerto Vallarta!

    In Puerto Vallarta, the sun shines an average of 340 days per year. Which comes as no surprise since this picturesque town is, by all accounts, paradise. After all Puerto Vallarta rests peacefully on the white, sandy shores of the Bay of Banderas, one of the world's largest bays, and boasts the breathtaking Sierra Madre mountains as its backdrop. Dolphins are found in the bay year-round, and humpback whales may even be spotted between November and March.

    While the setting alone is enough to make Puerto Vallarta a favourite destination among guests, the town - settled by a group of farmers and fisherman in 1850 - also has quite a historic charm. Here, narrow cobblestone streets wind past colonial buildings. Local artists showcase textiles and native crafts. White adobe houses with red-tiled roofs display bright flowers in fuchsia and gold.

    What's interesting, however, is that despite its many charms, Puerto Vallarta might have remained a sleepy fishing village for years to come - were it not for one extraordinary occurrence: In 1963, director John Hutson chose it as the location for The Night of the Iguana, a film starring Richard Burton.

    The off-screen romance that blossomed between the lead actor and Elizabeth Taylor made international headlines, putting Puerto Vallarta on the map and earning it an instant reputation for tropical romance and exquisite beauty.

    The town, of course, far exceeded the expectations of the visitors who soon arrived. Many celebrities even decided to call it home, building spectacular mansions on the cliffs overlooking the bay. Soon, fine art galleries, gourmet restaurants, five-star hotels, and world-class golf courses followed, bringing a wonderful touch of the new to a city rich in history.

    In just a few short years, Puerto Vallarta had become something truly unique: a beautiful collage of all things past and present. Even today, this gorgeous seaside city continues to delight guests with this intermingling of old and new.

    Here, simplicity meets luxury. History meets modernity. And even the most discerning of travelers find a vacation experience that delights all the senses - an experience that is altogether sublime.

    For More Information About A Mexico Cruise Vacation Click here

    Posted by Denise at 09:09 PM | Comments (0)

    November 08, 2004

    RYNDAM

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    An exclusive glimpse behind the scenes of the ms Ryndam.

    The ms Ryndam has set sail with all Signature of Excellence enhancements complete. The changes range from stateroom amenities ‚?? such as deluxe towels and bath robes, DVD players, flat-screen TVs, and massage showerheads in our spacious staterooms ‚?? to brand-new public areas and programs that will raise the bar on premium cruising.

    Signature of Excellence enhancements are scheduled on every Holland America Line ship, with many already in place across the fleet. Here are just a few of the exciting elements of this $225 million dollar transformation now featured on the ms Ryndam:

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    Explorations Caf√©: Envision an atmosphere with the liveliness of a European caf√© ‚?? a welcoming respite where guests can sip a latte, pick up a new book, connect with home via the Internet, or enjoy a favorite tune at a music listening station. It's all part of the new Explorations Caf√©, powered by The New York Times. This elegant, cutting-edge environment, now available on the ms Ryndam, offers much more than a comfortable place to peruse a wealth of media. Guests can also get an in-depth look at the history, culture, and traditions of the many worldwide destinations offered by Holland America Line. The Explorations guest-speaker series features experts from all over the world who will help bring every new adventure to life.

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    Culinary Arts Center: Holland America Line's new Culinary Arts Center ‚?? now available on the beautiful ms Ryndam ‚?? provides a first-hand glimpse of the secrets of professional chefs. Guests who love fine dining will be thrilled at the enriching spectacle of these gourmet demonstrations, tasting events, and intimate cooking classes. Building on our tradition of innovative culinary concepts, we collaborated with renowned Master Chef Rudi Sodamin to develop the Culinary Arts Center, which features overhead mirrors and cameras to project close-ups of the action onto large plasma screens. Bon appetit!

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    Club HAL: Holland America Line has reinvented its popular Club HAL¬ģ with new supervised play areas and age-specific activities for kids ages 3 to 12. Children will be amazed at the streaming array of colorful swirls embellishing the ceiling, the paintbrush pillars, and enormous pencils adorning the walls. Creativity and fun are everywhere with art tables, a slide shaped like an enormous tape dispenser, and much more. For the first time, we offer complete child care for ages three and up. Club HAL After Hours gives parents a chance to relax for a while in the spa, have an uninterrupted dinner, or explore the shore with more freedom. All these wonderful enhancements are already available to guests who join us aboard the ms Ryndam.

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    The Oasis and The Loft: For those teens who want to escape from parents and younger siblings, we created the Oasis, an exclusive outdoor hideaway with plenty of space to relax and socialize with new friends. The Oasis is a perfect space for teens to soak up rays in comfy hammocks, hang out under the nine-foot-high waterfall, or dance to a state-of-the-art sound system and laser light show. The secluded Oasis is accessed by a special passageway from The Loft, an indoor teens-only space, where kids can connect to the Internet, play video games, watch a big-screen TV, and have Karaoke parties ‚?? all available aboard the ms Ryndam.

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    The Greenhouse Spa: Holland America Line has enhanced the exclusive Greenhouse Spa, recently named as one of the top full-service luxury resort spas in the world, to offer unprecedented pampering. Our relaxing treatment rooms offer breathtaking views where guests can enjoy exotic skin, body, and hair treatments ranging from hot stone massage and pedicures to hair styling and facials. The Greenhouse Spa fitness facility includes the latest exercise equipment, treadmills, bikes, stair steps, yoga, Pilates, and fitness classes, and experienced exercise professionals are on hand to provide personal training.

    For More Information About A Mexico Cruise On The Ryndam Click Here

    Posted by Denise at 01:07 PM | Comments (0)

    November 07, 2004

    KID FRIENDLY CRUISES

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    CRUISE VACATION OFFERS SOMETHING FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY

    New York - Recognizing the importance of ‚??family time‚?Ě and the need for consumers to make the most of their travel dollars, the member lines of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) are now offering a variety of shipboard amenities and activities to make cruising the ideal family-friendly vacation.

    With the wide variety of cruises available today, it‚??s no wonder that nearly 1 million children sailed aboard CLIA ships last year. In fact, multi-generational families are one of the fastest-growing segments of the entire cruise market.

    ‚??A cruise vacation has something for all ages. Cruises make learning fun, treat both kids and adults like VIPs and offer the most value of any family vacation available today,‚?Ě says Terry L. Dale, CLIA‚??s president and CEO. ‚??Cruising makes planning your family‚??s summer vacation much simpler.‚?Ě

    Cruises are very ‚??family-friendly‚??, with accommodations designed with families in mind and meals featuring such kid-favorites as hot dogs, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pizza, ice cream and chicken nuggets.

    ‚??Cruising‚??s all-inclusive nature ‚?? coupled with special children‚??s pricing that may be available ‚?? make a cruise a great vacation value, particularly as rising gas prices increase the cost of family road trips,‚?Ě says Dale.

    Among the unique elements of a family-focused cruise vacation is that there is something for everyone, which also makes cruising a wonderful option for family reunions and multi-generational vacations. The CLIA cruise lines have developed programs combining ‚??alone time‚?Ě (after all, both adults and kids need time to themselves) with family ‚??together‚?Ě time. While the youngsters are enjoying themselves in supervised age-appropriate activities, for example, the adults can take in the sun on deck, enjoy pampering in the spa or take an enrichment class. Then everyone can get together for dinner and share their experiences.

    To ensure that Mom and Dad can enjoy their vacation and some time together without worrying about the youngsters, the lines have developed extensive children‚??s programs with specific activities tailored to the interests and needs of each age group. Activities, including treasure hunts, water games, crafts, movies and special parties, are offered under the direction of a caring staff of highly trained counselors that ensure the children are in a safe and secure environment.

    Even often hard-to-please teens will find plenty to enjoy in ‚??clubs‚?Ě designed just for their age group.

    There are cruises to suit any family‚??s schedule ‚?? from an extended weekend getaway to a week or even longer. Plus, with more ships departing from ports within easy driving distance of many North Americans, families can eliminate the costs and logistics associated with flying.

    Following is a sampling of the family-friendly programs and amenities available on CLIA member-line ships:

    Carnival Cruise Lines features expansive play areas with spin and sand art machines, video walls displaying movies and cartoons and candy-making machines. Each ship has at least three pools and a water slide. Kid-friendly dining options include children‚??s menus in the main dining rooms, as well as 24-hour pizza and ice cream. Other features include turn-down service with freshly baked chocolate chip cookies at bedtime, and a new program where children can dine with the youth counselors. Babysitting services are available.

    Celebrity Cruises‚?? Family Cruising Program, which includes four age groups, is available during summer and seasonal sailing periods. Celebrity Science Journeys is a hands-on age-appropriate program that encourages children to learn about science and nature. Topics include pirates, sunken treasure and excavation; biomes, pollination and the solar system; natural phenomena and ‚??man-made disasters‚?Ě; encounters with insects and arachnids; listening to sea life (including dolphins and whales) communicating underwater; and weather patterns.

    Costa Cruises‚?? Costa Kids Club features scavenger hunts, Italian language lessons, games, ‚??coketail‚?Ě parties, pizza parties and kids‚?? karaoke while the Costa Teens Club offers activities specially geared toward 15 to 17 year olds. Also offered on Caribbean cruises is ‚??Parents Night(s) Out,‚?Ě enabling parents to spend the evening alone while their children are supervised in their own activities.

    On Alaska cruises onboard Crystal Cruises‚?? Crystal Harmony, children under the age of 12 sail free on all 10 of the 12-day cruises when sharing the same stateroom with two adults. They can also learn social skills through the line‚??s Cotillion program. The line‚??s ships have a fully supervised Junior Activities program for youngsters ages 17 and under on holiday and summer cruises that include a children‚??s playroom, teen video arcade, movies, and a variety of games and activities.

    Cunard Line‚??s Queen Mary 2 offers extensive children‚??s facilities broken into three age groups: Nursery, 1-2, run by nannies, with cribs and beds in the facility; Play Zone, 3-5 and 6-8; and The Zone, 9-11. Children‚??s Tea is served in the Kings Court, which is decorated with balloons, artwork place mats and crayons at each setting. The ship also has a Minnows Splash Pool for children only, Children‚??s Disco, ball pool and Xboxes in the Zone and Play Zone.

    On Disney Cruise Line, adults can enjoy an adults-only pool, a nighttime entertainment district, a full-service spa and salon, a secluded beach with massage cabanas overlooking the sea and a specialty Italian restaurant. Children enjoy supervised programming in five different age groups, a kids-only pool, a teen club and swimming, snorkeling, boating and biking on Castaway Cay, Disney‚??s private island. Families can enjoy three different themed restaurants, first-run Disney movies and animated classics and original Disney musicals on stage.

    Holland America Line is expanding Club HAL. Facilities on the entire fleet will expand to match those on Vista ships; the project is set to be completed by 2006. Half Moon Cay, the line‚??s private island, has new features including a waterpark area for kids and adults.

    MSC Cruises caters to kids with its Mini-Club recreation facility and video arcade on its newest ships, MSC Lirica and MSC Opera. Babysitting service is also available for parents who want to enjoy some time apart from their children.

    Norwegian Cruise Line‚??s enhanced ‚??Kid‚??s Crew‚?Ě program features expanded hours of operation and a year-round program for children ages 2-5. Kids 2-17 enjoy a four-tiered lineup of supervised activities designed for each age group, including games, parties, scavenger hunts, visits to the Captain‚??s bridge, wacky cooking classes, T-shirt painting and video games. There are also coordinated on-shore activities such as a treasure hunt and sandcastle building competition on the line‚??s private island, Great Stirrup Cay.

    Princess Cruises offers kids new interactive placemats/menus in the dining rooms ‚?? a different mat each night ‚?? featuring the children‚??s menu choices as well as interactive games and interesting facts about the ship or destination. California Science Center and National Wildlife Federation programming are also part of the kids‚?? program.

    Radisson Seven Seas Cruises‚?? Club Mariner program for ages 6-17 is offered on more voyages than ever this year, including summer itineraries on Seven Seas Voyager in the Baltic, Seven Seas Mariner in Alaska and Seven Seas Navigator in Bermuda. Caribbean holiday sailings (Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years) on the three ships and Radisson Diamond will also offer Club Mariner programs.

    On Royal Caribbean International‚??s Mariner of the Seas, younger children have options for fun-filled days, from the Challenger‚??s Arcade and scavenger hunts to sport tournaments and art and science workshops. The ship features three ultra-hip, teen-only areas: Fuel nightclub, complete with ‚??mocktails,‚?Ě teen-favorite foods and dance music; The Living Room hangout, furnished with TVs, a coffee bar and games; and The Back Deck, a private outdoor deck where teens can sunbathe during the day and dance under the stars at night.

    ‚??The best place to start planning a family vacation is by visiting a travel agency affiliated with CLIA, the non-profit association representing the North American cruise industry,‚?Ě says Dale. ‚??The staff there is specially trained to answer your questions, help you find the right cruise for you and make planning a summer cruise vacation a breeze.‚?Ě

    The more than 16,000 CLIA-affiliated travel agencies in the U.S. and Canada are the best resources when it comes to helping select the summer cruise vacation that best suits your needs. They are familiar with more information than ever before, including the 19 CLIA-member cruise lines, the CLIA fleet of nearly 150 ships, the more than 1,800 worldwide destinations visited by cruise ships and the ever-expanding list of amenities available to travelers.

    Click Here For More Information About Kids Programs On Cruise Ships

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    Posted by Denise at 06:24 PM | Comments (0)

    November 06, 2004

    Princess Cruises

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    "Movies Under the Stars" to Premiere Aboard Grand Princess"

    Ship's new giant outdoor movie screen will bring popular feature to Galveston cruising!

    SANTA CLARITA, CA -- Passengers gave an enthusiastic "two thumbs up" to Princess' new "Movies Under the Stars" outdoor movie screen when it debuted earlier this year aboard Caribbean Princess. When Grand Princess begins its inaugural Galveston cruise season in two weeks, it will also feature this innovative entertainment concept that has been receiving rave reviews from cruisers.

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    Princess' maiden cruise from Galveston on November 8 will introduce the largest ship to sail out of the Texas port. The 109,000-ton Grand Princess will offer seven-day roundtrip Western Caribbean cruises featuring calls at Cozumel, Costa Maya, Grand Cayman and a new port of call in Belize -- the only four-port week-long cruise itinerary in the region. Princess will offer 22 departures from Galveston through April 2005.

    One of the trademark features of the Grand Princess will be its new Times Square-style LED (Light Emitting Diode) screen located above the ship's Neptune's Pool area. More than 300 square feet in size and featuring an impressive 69,000-watt sound system, the million-dollar screen has sufficient lighting power to be seen clearly at even during daytime hours and offers passengers a movie experience comparable to a shoreside movie theater. Grand Princess becomes the first Princess ship retrofitted to offer this now-trademark feature as the company expands the state-of-the-art screens to other ships in its fleet.

    "Movies Under the Stars made quite a splash with customers when we introduced it earlier this year," said Jan Swartz, Princess' senior vice president of sales and customer service. "Everyone loves to go to the movies, but few have the opportunity to watch a film on a giant screen while floating in the pool mid-day or while enjoying a cocktail 'under the stars' in the evening." Swartz added that the giant screens will be added to a number of other vessels in Princess' Caribbean fleet.

    Grand Princess' "Movies Under the Stars" program will show a variety of entertainment throughout the day, featuring up to seven movies or events daily, including family films and first run hits -- such as "Spider Man 2," "Shrek 2" and the unique "Sing-A-Long Wizard of Oz" -- as well as concert footage and other special programming such as NFL Monday Night Football. 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.

    The 2,600-passenger ship features a variety of dining and entertainment venues, with Princess the only cruise line to offer Anytime Dining, the unique opportunity to choose when, where and with whom to dine. The vessel brought a number of firsts to the cruise industry including the first wedding chapel at sea. Among the ship's many amenities are a highly praised, authentic Italian trattoria, a premium steakhouse, an extensive children's center, golf simulator and nine-hole putting course, Lotus Spa, fitness center including a swim-against the current pool, and the ship's dramatic Skywalker's Lounge, suspended 150 feet above the sea.

    For further information call 1-800-738-8837 or visit one of our websites:
    www.Cruising2Mexico.com
    www.Cruising2Tahiti.com
    www.Cruising2Panama.com
    www.Cruising2Alaska.com

    Posted by Denise at 11:52 AM | Comments (0)

    November 05, 2004

    MSC Cruises

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    MSC CRUISES

    Baseball Cruisin' With The Greats Of The Game On MSC Cruises' MSC Opera!

    FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -- MSC Cruises is hitting a home run with fans who dread "baseball withdrawal" after the last out of the World Series the cruise line has added a winter Baseball Theme Cruise featuring a lineup of baseball greats to its roster of cruises sailing out of Fort Lauderdale.

    The Dec. 11 sailing of the new MSC Opera will feature some of the sport's all-time greats, including Hall-of-Famers Bob Feller and Earl Weaver. Also on the roster of baseball heroes sailing with MSC Cruises are Vida Blue, Tommy Davis, Bert Campaneris, Graig Nettles, Darrell Evans, Stan Bahnsen and Dave Campbell.

    The baseball greats will share memories of their playing days as the ship sails a seven-night Western Caribbean itinerary that calls at Key West, Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Roatan Island. While on board, guests can test their baseball knowledge in a player-hosted trivia game, participate in question-and-answer sessions and obtain player autographs. Players will also host pitching, hitting and defensive strategy clinics.

    Guests can take a "seventh-inning stretch" from talking baseball to explore Cozumel's Mayan ruins, snorkel in the Grand Cayman's turquoise waters of coral and tropical fish and swim with dolphins off Roatan Island in Honduras.

    There will also be time to enjoy the elegance, Italian cuisine, ambiance, and exceptional service of the new MSC Opera in its inaugural Caribbean season of presenting "Premium Class With a True Italian Signature."

    The Dec. 11, 2004 Baseball Greats cruise-only prices begin at $495 per person based on double occupancy. Best-available ocean view staterooms begin at only $995 per person and suites at $1,850 per person.

    Along with the Baseball Greats Cruise, MSC Opera will offer several other theme cruises during its inaugural season:
    · Dec. 4, 2004 7-night Eastern Caribbean: Comedy Cruise
    · Dec. 18, 2004 10-night Panama Canal Cruise: Holiday Cruise
    · Dec. 28, 2004 11-night Deep Caribbean Cruise: Classic Rock & Comedy New Year Blast
    · March 19, 2005 7-night Western Caribbean: Classical Music Cruise

    MSC Lirica will also be hosting a series of theme cruises on its 11-night Deep Caribbean and 11-nigh Panama Canal sailings:
    · Jan. 13 and 24, March 31 and April 11, 2005: Big Band
    · Feb. 4 and 15, 2005: Good Time Oldies '50s & '60s Festival
    · Feb. 26, 2005: Classic Country Branson Country Festival
    · March 9 and 20, 2005: Jazz Festival

    Backed by one of the world's largest container shipping companies, MSC Cruises USA has emerged as a fast-rising star in the European-style premium cruise market. The company launched a $3 billion expansion program in 2003 with the introduction of the new MSC Lirica in 2003.

    MSC Cruises added the MSC Armonia (built in 2001) to its fleet in spring of 2004 and the new MSC Opera debuted in June 2004. The line purchased the MSC Sinfonia (built in 2002) in July 2004 (the ship begins cruising in March 2005) and has two Panamax ships on order for delivery in 2006 and 2007.

    For further information and brochures call 1-800-738-8837 or visit one of our websites:
    www.Cruising2Mexico.com
    www.Cruising2Tahiti.com
    www.Cruising2Alaska.com

    Posted by Denise at 05:55 PM | Comments (0)

    November 02, 2004

    French Polynesia

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    Paradise‚?¶ closer than you think!

    When I picture paradise in my dreams I think of crystal-clear blue waters, long sandy beaches, and a warm tropical breeze drifting over me as I let my cares float away. After arriving in Tahiti and exploring the other islands of French Polynesia, I realized these islands have all that and much, much more!

    Land Rover based 4x4 safaris through the jungle, snorkeling, diving, sailing, hiking, biking, para-sailing, and a stay in an overwater bungalow are but a few of the many activities you can experience in French Polynesia. French Polynesia consists of five island groups with 118 fabulous islands, each with its own special character.

    There are a myriad of ways to explore the islands. You can rent your own private yacht, take a slow working-barge, sail aboard a luxury cruise ship, or stay in an ultra-private overwater bungalow. One of the best ways to visit these idyllic islands is by cruise ship. These all-inclusive trips offer some of the best sites in Tahiti at a tremendous value. Island-hopping travel, gourmet dining, entertainment and your accommodations are all included at prices far lower than you could make similar arrangements on land. Great value for paradise!

    Tahiti and her islands are a place for relaxation, adventure and of course romance. I can personally attest to this as I became engaged on Bora Bora in 2003! The islands of Tahiti are only 7-¬Ĺ hours from Los Angeles ‚?¶ making paradise closer than you think!

    Written By Denise Blackmore
    For More Information About A Tahitian Cruise Visit My Website

    Posted by Denise at 10:10 PM | Comments (0)

    November 01, 2004

    Le Soleil Hotel in Vancouver

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    Hotel Le Soleil in Vancouver, B.C.

    When I walked into the lobby I was immediately impressed by the decor, which follows into the rooms. Rich red, gold and black fabrics with a fire burning in the fireplace in the lobby and a friendly face waiting at the front desk to check us in.

    We had paid slightly more for a Corner One Bedroom and appreciated the bonuses of that. We were in Room #808 on the 8th Floor Southwest corner. There were floor-to-ceiling windows on the west and south walls of the living room, a full sofa, large arm chair, entertainment center with a TV, fax, phone books, a desk with a chair, and two end tables with lamps on each.

    On the desk was a large black binder that provided stationery and information about the hotel. There were also 6 books and magazines provided. Below is the list of books and magazines.

    WHERE - A small pocket-guide that includes information about shopping, dining, entertainment of Vancouver and maps.

    THE ESSTENTIAL VANCOUVER - A hotel magazine with articles about major attractions and lots of advertising about places to shop in Vancouver.

    99 NORTH - A recreation guide.

    GUEST LIFE VANCOUVER - A hotel magazine with articles about Vancouver and many ads for shopping in the city.

    THE CONNOISSEUR'S GUIDE TO THE WORLD'S BEST RESORTS & GREAT HOTELS - It's the 2001 collection and Hotel Le Soliel is on the cover. Inside it has information about the hotel and other hotels in the world.

    NUVO - This is a magazine about style, celebrity and culture.

    Plus, on the desk there are two sheets of paper from the Concierge of the Hotel Le Soliel. These sheets of paper are "Concierge Calendar of Events" for the week during which your are staying at the hotel and a "Movie Schedule" for the cinemas in downtown Vancouver.

    The bathroom is inbetween the living room and bedroom, across from the mini-bar and closet area. Here there is a coffee maker, kettle, lots of glasses and inside the closet you'll find 2 terry-cloth bathrobes, an iron, ironing board, 2 extra pillows and a few hangers. The space for clothes is ample, however there were only 5 hangers provided, so I suggest bringing your own! Also provided is a folding luggage holder.

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    The bathroom features a large window that opens with a curtain for privacy, a granite countertop around the sink, marble floor and tiles, and large bathtub/shower combination. Aveda products are supplied and replenished daily. Which includes shampoo, conditioner, facial soap and body lotion. There is one drawer which holds a hair-dryer, extra toilet paper and extra kleenex.

    The bedroom features a king-size bed, two tables, an end table and bedside entertainment centre with TV, two drawers (for clothes), alarm clock, and telephone. There is a separate thermostat in the bedroom and the living room for temperature control. There are beatuiful curtains are in all the rooms and striped wallpaper. I think the room is well layed out and would highly recommend this hotel!

    Written By Denise Lovrich, MCC

    Complimentary In-Suite Amenities...

    • Complimentary Morning Newspaper
    • Daily Maid Service
    • Nightly Turndown Service
    • Complimentary In-room Coffee and Tea
    • Feather pillows and Silk Brocade Duvets
    • Aveda Body Care Products
    • Waffle Terry Lined Bathrobes
    • Personal Safe
    • Ironing Board and Iron
    • High Speed Internet (fee)
    • Concierge Service

      For More Information About This Hotel Or To Book A Room Contact Denise at #1-800-738-8837 ext 22 or email her at denise@cruising2alaska.com

      Posted by Denise at 10:35 AM | Comments (0)