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January 12, 2005

ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE LINE - Profile

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CRUISE LINE & SHIP PROFILE:

Royal Caribbean International is a leading, innovative cruise vacation company. Our guests are active travelers who are looking for new experiences, a wide array of choices for the whole family, and a great vacation value. From activities onboard our ships like rock climbing and ice skating to shoreside adventures like glacier trekking and exploring Mayan ruins, we provide an experience that lets our guests see and do more than they ever imagined in places all over the globe. Our brand is distinguished by the Royal Advantage: Gold Anchor Service, energizing onboard and shoreside adventures, the most amazing and innovative ships, and remarkable destinations all over the world. Whether it's a 3-night getaway, a longer 14-night vacation, or something in between, Royal Caribbean provides an amazing vacation experience.

Ships In Fleet:

  • Adventure of the Seas
  • Brilliance of the Seas
  • Empress of the Seas
  • Enchantment of the Seas
  • Explorer of the Seas
  • Grandeur of the Seas
  • Jewel of the Seas
  • Legend of the Seas
  • Majesty of the Seas
  • Mariner of the Seas
  • Monarch of the Seas
  • Navigator of the Seas
  • Radiance of the Seas
  • Rhapsody of the Seas
  • Serenade of the Seas
  • Sovereign of the Seas
  • Splendour of the Seas
  • Vision of the Seas
  • Voyager of the Seas

Destinations Served:

  • Alaska
  • Bahamas
  • Bermuda
  • British Isles / Ireland
  • Canary Island / North Africa
  • Caribbean
  • Central America
  • East Coast
  • Western Europe
  • Hawaii
  • Western Mediterranean
  • Southeast Mediterranean
  • Mexico
  • New England / Canada
  • Panama Canal
  • Scandinavia / North Cape
  • Transatlantic
  • West Coast

Customer Sales Policies:
Early Booking Incentives: May receive reduced rates
-Air/Sea Packages Available
-Ground Transfer Arrangements
-Confirmed Dining Preferences
-Advance Shore Excursion Bookings
-Single Occupancy Rates: 100% - 200%
-Reduced Third and Fourth Berth Fare
-Travel Insurance is available

Accepted Credit Cards:
-MasterCard
-Visa
-American Express
-Diners Club
-Discover

Children/Families:

  • Reduced Cruise Rate (w/2 full-fare adults)
  • Air/Sea Program
  • Quad/Family Cabins
  • Babysitting
  • Baby Cribs
  • Arts & Crafts Classes
  • Sports Activities
  • Cartoons
  • Daily Newspapers
  • Games / Contests
  • Educational Programs / Classes
  • Children's Menus
  • Organized Parties
  • Children's Movies
  • Beach Parties
  • Children's Playroom
  • Organized Age Specific Daily Activities
  • Youth Counselors
  • Teen Counselors
  • Teen Centers or Disco
  • Children's Pool (just kids)
  • Kiddie's Pool (wading)

Special Programs/Facilities/Services:

  • Wedding/Honeymoons
  • SCUBA Certification
  • Disabled/Wheelchair
  • Special Diets
  • Lean & Light
  • Guest Lecturers/Educational Programs

Singles:
Single Supplement: 200%

Golf:

  • Putting Greens
  • Golf Packages
  • Golf Simulator

Individual Golf Excursions:

January 11, 2005

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE - Profile

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CRUISE LINE & SHIP PROFILE:

Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is an international cruise company and industry innovator operating 10 ships to 140 ports around the world. NCL is the leader in round-trip seven-day cruising from U.S. and Canadian ports. Offering its popular Homeland Cruising program seasonally from Boston, Charleston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Juan, Seattle and Vancouver, and year round from New York, Miami, Houston and Honolulu. NCL ushured in a new era of cruising when it introduced its innovatve Freestyle Cruising program. The program challenges the conventional model of cruising and is designed to meet the changing needs of today's cruise passengers. It offers NCL passengers a more relaxed, resort-style cruise product with complete flexibility and non-intrusive service of the highest standard. In addition, NCL in 2004 announced the launch of NCL America - the US flag brand under which all of it's US -flagged and US- crewed ships operate. NCL America ships, Pride of America and Pride of Aloha, offer an authentic Hawaii experience, with the great majority of the crew hailing from the islands and bringing their own very special Aloha Spirit onboard.

Ships In Fleet:

  • Norwegian Crown
  • Norwegian Dawn
  • Norwegian Dream
  • Norwegian Majesty
  • Norwegian Sea
  • Norwegian Star
  • Norwegian Sun
  • Norwegian Spirit
  • Norwegian Wind
  • Pride of Aloha
  • Pride of America

Destinations Served:

Customer Sales Policies:
Early Booking Incentives: Early Booking Fares
-Air/Sea Packages Available
-Ground Transfer Arrangements
-Advance Shore Excursion Bookings
-Single Occupancy Rates: 0-200%
-Minimum Age for Passengers: Minor must be accompanied by a passenger 21 yrs or older
-Minimum Age for Children: 6 months
-Reduced Third and Fourth Berth Fare
-Cancellation Penalty: 7 day cruises excluding Hawaii: 90-30 Deposit 29-8 50% 7 days or less 100%. 8-day cruise or more excluding Hawaii: 45-8 50% 7 days or less 100%. Garden Villa 45-30 50% 29 days or less 100%. Hawaii Cruises: 45-8 50% 7 days or less 100%
-Travel Insurance is available

Accepted Credit Cards:
-MasterCard
-Visa
-American Express
-Discover

Children/Families:

  • Reduced Cruise Rate (w/2 full-fare adults)
  • Air/Sea Program
  • Quad/Family Cabins
  • Babysitting
  • Baby Cribs
  • Arts & Crafts Classes
  • Sports Activities
  • Bridge Tours
  • Cartoons
  • Daily Newspapers
  • Escorted Shore Excursions
  • Games / Contests
  • Educational Programs / Classes
  • Children's Menus
  • Organized Parties
  • Children's Movies
  • Beach Parties
  • Children's Playroom
  • Organized Age Specific Daily Activities
  • Youth Counselors
  • Teen Counselors
  • Teen Centers or Disco
  • Children's Pool (just kids)
  • Kiddie's Pool (wading)

Special Programs/Facilities/Services:

  • Wedding/Honeymoons
  • Disabled/Wheelchair
  • Special Diets
  • Lean & Light
  • Seniors
  • Guest Lecturers/Educational Programs

Singles:
Single Supplement: Up to 200%

Golf:

  • Practice Driving Cage
  • Putting Greens
  • Golf Clinic/Lessons
  • Golf Packages

Individual Golf Excursions:
United States / Canada

Meetings & Conferences:

  • Audio Cassette Player
  • VCR
  • Television Monitor
  • Overhead Projector
  • Slide Projector
  • Projection Screen
  • Conference Room
  • Computer Equipment
  • Modem
  • E-mail
  • Conference Calling
  • Flip Charts / Easels
  • Fax Machine
  • Microphones
  • Podium
  • Printing Services
  • Photocopier
  • Meeting Coordinator

Spa Services/Faciliies:

  • Aromatherapy Treatments
  • Body Wraps
  • Mud Therapy
  • Ionithermie Treatments
  • Reflexology
  • Thalassotherapy
  • Massage
  • Facials
  • Manicures / Pedicures
  • Sauna
  • Steambaths / Steamroom
  • Whirlpool

Information Taken From CLIA

Norwegian Cruise Line Alaska Cruise Information
Norwegian Cruise Line Europe Cruise Information
Norwegian Cruise Line Mexican Riviera Cruise Information

Read A Review On The Norwegian Dawn

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January 10, 2005

HOLLAND AMERICA LINE - Profile

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CRUISE LINE & SHIP PROFILE:

Holland America Line delivers a cruise experience in the classic tradition of ocean voyaging. For more than 130 years, Holland America Line has defined premium cruising with spacious, elegant ships and accommodations, sophisticated five-star dining, gracious and unobtrusive service, extensive enrichment programs and activities and far-reaching itineraries that touch all seven continents. Holland America Line features 13 five-star ships with a fourth and final Vista-class ship to be delivered in January, 2006. These mid-size ships sail to all major cruising destinations around the world on itineraries ranging from 7 to 118 days in length. Holland America Line is the leader among major cruise lines in extended cruises of 10 days or longer and brings to 7-day cruises the style and quality expected by the most discriminating guests. Holland America Line has been honored as the "Best Overall Cruise Value" for 12 consecutive years by the World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society and has been the highest-rated premium cruise line year after year in Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Survey and Travel & Leisure magazine's "World's Best" awards.

Ships In Fleet:

Destinations Served:

  • Southern Africa
  • Alaska
  • Antarctica
  • Australia / New Zealand
  • Bahamas
  • Baltic / Russia
  • British Isles / Ireland
  • Canary Island / North Africa
  • Caribbean
  • Central America
  • East Coast
  • Western Europe
  • Far East / Orient
  • Hawaii
  • Eastern Mediterranean / Aegean
  • Western Mediterranean
  • Mexico
  • New England / Canada
  • Panama Canal
  • Red Sea / Suez Canal
  • Amazon River
  • Scandinavia / North Cape
  • South America
  • South Pacific / Tahiti
  • Southeast Asia
  • Transatlantic
  • Transpacific
  • West Coast
  • World

Customer Sales Policies:
-Air/Sea Packages Available
-Ground Transfer Arrangements
-Advance Shore Excursion Bookings
-Single Occupancy Rates: 150% to 200%
-Minimum Age for Children: 3 months
-Reduced Third and Fourth Berth Fare
-Cancellation Penalty: Passengers who cancel after the sailing date for any reason¬ł including medical or family reasons¬ł are subject to the following per-person cancellation fees:; 75-46 days before commencing travel: an amount equal to deposit requirement; 45-16 days before commencing travel: 50% of gross fare; 15 days or less before commencing travel: 100% of gross fare.
-Travel Insurance is available

Accepted Credit Cards:
-MasterCard
-Visa
-American Express
-Discover

Children/Families:

  • Reduced Cruise Rate (w/2 full-fare adults)
  • Air/Sea Program
  • Quad/Family Cabins
  • Babysitting
  • Baby Cribs
  • Arts & Crafts Classes
  • Sports Activities
  • Cartoons
  • Daily Newspapers
  • Escorted Shore Excursions
  • Games / Contests
  • Educational Programs / Classes
  • Children's Menus
  • Organized Parties
  • Children's Movies
  • Beach Parties
  • Children's Playroom
  • Organized Age Specific Daily Activities
  • Youth Counselors
  • Teen Counselors
  • Teen Centers or Disco
  • Kiddie's Pool (wading)

Special Programs/Facilities/Services:

  • Wedding/Honeymoons
  • SCUBA Certification
  • Disabled/Wheelchair
  • Special Diets
  • Lean & Light
  • Seniors
  • Guest Lecturers/Educational Programs

Golf:

  • Practice Driving Cage
  • Putting Greens
  • Golf Simulator

Individual Golf Excursions:

  • England / Scotland / Ireland
  • Western Europe
  • Mediterranean
  • Caribbean / Panama Canal

Meetings & Conferences:

  • Audio Cassette Player
  • VCR
  • Overhead Projector
  • Slide Projector
  • Projection Screen
  • Conference Room
  • E-mail
  • Flip Charts / Easels
  • Fax Machine
  • Microphones
  • Podium
  • Printing Services

Spa Services/Facilities:

  • Aromatherapy Treatments
  • Body Wraps
  • Mud Therapy
  • Ionithermie Treatments
  • Reflexology
  • Thalassotherapy
  • Massage
  • Facials
  • Manicures / Pedicures
  • Sauna
  • Steambaths / Steamroom
  • Whirlpool

Information Taken From CLIA

Holland America Alaska Cruises
Holland America Alaska Cruisetours
Holland America Mexican Riviera Cruises

Read A Review On The Zaandam

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January 09, 2005

Princess Cruises 2005 Alaska Brochure

Princess Cruises released its new brochure to help passengers escape into the Alaskan wilderness in 2005. The 120-page book details all of Princess‚?? cruise and cruisetour itinerary options for next summer, including the debut of the line‚??s new Direct to the Wilderness rail service between Whittier and Denali, an industry first.

Princess Cruises will offer 125 departures in 2005, aboard seven ships, and featuring three popular Alaska routes ‚?? seven-day Gulf of Alaska sailings between Vancouver and Whittier; seven-day Inside Passage from Seattle and 10-day Inside Passage from San Francisco. On land, 35 cruisetours options round out the offerings and the brochure provides helpful hints and a cruisetour finder to assist passengers in planning their land/sea vacation.

Highlights and itineraries for 2005 include:

Direct to the Wilderness
Passengers will be able to get to the wilderness faster than ever with the debut of the line‚??s ‚??Direct to the Wilderness‚?Ě rail program that will have trains ready and waiting right at the Whittier dock. This exclusive rail service is an industry first and will whisk passengers directly to Princess‚?? two Denali park-area lodges -- Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge or Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge -- via private direct-rail links. This innovative program will significantly reduce travel time and decrease the number of transfers needed on the way to the park. Guests will arrive in the Denali area in the afternoon of the same day they disembark their ship. As a result, Princess‚?? cruisetours not only offer the fastest way to the Denali area, but now every tour offers at least two nights in the park area.

Cruisetours
Passengers can create a full land/sea wilderness adventure with by adding one of Princess‚?? 35 land itinerary options, each offering at least two nights at Alaska‚??s number one land attraction, Denali National Park. Princess‚?? five wilderness lodges -- Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge, Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge and Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge ‚?? each offer dramatic riverfront locations in some of Alaska‚??s most stunning destinations.

Voyage of the Glaciers
Princess again offers seven-day sailings on its signature ‚??Voyage of the Glaciers‚?Ě itinerary between Vancouver and Whittier. The 2005 Alaska cruise season features new sister ships Coral Princess and Island Princess on alternating Saturday departures. They will be joined by Sun Princess and Dawn Princess, which set sail each Monday on either a northbound or southbound cruise. Sailing between May 7 and September 12, the ships offers passengers the opportunity to explore the ports of Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, plus cruising through the spectacular scenery of College Fjord, the Inside Passage and Alaska‚??s number one attraction, Glacier Bay National Park.

Diamond Princess and Sapphire Princess Sail From Seattle
The largest cruise ships to ply Alaskan waters, Diamond Princess and Sapphire Princess return to Seattle to offer seven-day roundtrip voyages calling at Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Victoria, plus cruising through the dramatic glaciers, rock walls and waterfalls of Tracy Arm and the twin Sawyer Glaciers. Diamond Princess will offer 20 voyages on this itinerary departing on Saturdays between May 7 and September 17, 2005, while Sapphire Princess will offer 19 voyages departing on Sundays, beginning May 15 and continuing through September 18.

Regal Princess from San Francisco
Regal Princess will offer 14 departures between May 8 and September 15 on a 10-day Inside Passage itinerary roundtrip from ‚??The City by the Bay,‚?Ě San Francisco. Passengers have a choice of itineraries that feature calls at Victoria, Juneau and two other scenic Alaska ports that rotate between Ketchikan, Sitka, Skagway or Haines. All voyages also offer premiere glacier viewing in Tracy Arm.

Press Release By Princess Cruises

Alaska Cruise Specialists - Cruising2Alaska.com

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January 08, 2005

Virus Hits Caribbean Cruise Ship

Virus Hits Florida-based Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fl (January 8, 2005). - Nearly 120 passengers and crew members became sick with a stomach virus aboard a ship that returned to port today after a five-day Caribbean cruise, Royal Caribbean International officials said.

The outbreak of a Norwalk-type virus aboard the Enchantment of the Seas sickened 108 passengers and eight crew members, said company spokesman Michael Sheehan. It was traced to a man who had symptoms two days before boarding the ship Monday, he said.

A special cleaning of the 1,950-passenger ship was expected to delay a scheduled departure today for a few hours, officials said.

Symptoms of Norwalk-like viruses include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea and last up to 48 hours. No special medical treatment is required.

Such viruses affect 23 million Americans a year and were blamed for a rash of cruise ship illnesses more than a year ago that prompted the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate several lines. In September, 84 passengers aboard a cruise ship from Alaska fell ill with a Norwalk-like virus.

Information Taken From Associated Press

Alaska Cruise Information
Mexico Cruise Information
Tahiti Cruise Information

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January 07, 2005

CELEBRITY CRUISES - Profile

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CRUISE LINE & SHIP PROFILE:

Celebrity Cruises is the world's top-rated premium cruise line with a taste of luxury, appealing to savvy travelers, ages 35-55, with a household income of $75,000+. Celebrity tends to attract experienced cruisers who appreciate quality and desire a vacation experience that offers multiple opportunities for rejuvenation, enrichment and connections with friends, family and fellow guests.

Ships In Fleet:

Destinations Served:

Customer Sales Policies:
Early Booking Incentives: May receive a larger discount
-Special Air Travel Requirements
-Air/Sea Packages Available
-Ground Transfer Arrangements
-Confirmed Dining Preferences
-Advance Shore Excursion Bookings
-Advanced Spa Package Bookings
-Single Occupancy Rates: 200%
-Minimum Age for Passengers: There must be someone 25 years or older in cabin
-Reduced Third and Fourth Berth Fare
-Cancellation Penalty: 60 days prior penalties begin
-Travel Insurance is available

Accepted Credit Cards:
-MasterCard
-Visa
-American Express
-Diners Club
-Discover

Children/Families:

  • Reduced Cruise Rate (w/2 full-fare adults)
  • Air/Sea Program
  • Quad/Family Cabins
  • Babysitting
  • Baby Cribs
  • Arts & Crafts Classes
  • Sports Activities
  • Cartoons
  • Games / Contests
  • Educational Programs / Classes
  • Children's Menus
  • Organized Parties
  • Children's Movies
  • Children's Playroom
  • Youth Counselors
  • Teen Centers or Disco
  • Children's Pool (just kids)

Special Programs/Facilities/Services:

  • Wedding/Honeymoons
  • Disabled/Wheelchair
  • Special Diets
  • Lean & Light
  • Seniors
  • Guest Lecturers/Educational Programs

Singles:
Single Supplement: 200%

Golf:

  • Golf Clinic/Lessons
  • Golf Packages
  • Golf Simulator
  • Professional Escort

Individual Golf Excursions:
Caribbean / Panama Canal
United States / Canada

Meetings & Conferences:

  • VCR
  • Television Monitor
  • Overhead Projector
  • Slide Projector
  • Projection Screen
  • Conference Room
  • Computer Equipment
  • Modem
  • E-mail
  • Conference Dining
  • Conference Calling
  • Flip Charts / Easels
  • Fax Machine
  • Microphones
  • Podium
  • Printing Services
  • Meeting Coordinator

Spa Services/Facilities:

  • Aromatherapy Treatments
  • Body Wraps
  • Mud Therapy
  • Ionithermie Treatments
  • Reflexology
  • Thalassotherapy
  • Massage
  • Facials
  • Manicures / Pedicures
  • Sauna
  • Steambaths / Steamroom

Information Taken From CLIA

Alaska Cruises on Celebrity Cruises
Alaska Cruisetour Packages on Celebrity Cruises
Mexican Riviera Cruises on Celebrity Cruises
Europe Cruises on Celebrity Cruises
Europe Cruisetour Packages on Celebrity Cruises

Read A Review On The Galaxy
Read A Review On The Millennium

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January 06, 2005

New Online Shore Excursion Booking System with Carnival

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Carnival Rolls Out New On-Line Shore Excursion Booking System

More Than 1,000 Different Choices Available On Comprehensive Carnival.com Web Site

MIAMI, Jan. 3 - Carnival Cruise Lines, the world's largest cruise operator, has introduced a new on-line shore excursion booking system that provides guests the opportunity to purchase shore excursions prior to their cruise utilizing the line's user-friendly Web site, carnival.com.

With the new system, guests are able to book shore excursions in conjunction with all Carnival "Fun Ships" sailing to 65 different ports throughout the Caribbean, Bahamas, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, the Panama Canal, Canada, New England and Europe.

More than 1,000 different shore excursion choices are available. Snorkeling and scuba expeditions, horseback riding, helicopter flightseeing, shopping and city tours are among the excursions that can be booked via this new dynamic shore excursion booking engine. In-depth information such as excursion description, activity level, duration, and pricing are included in each listing.

"More consumers than ever are using the Internet for travel research and purchases and our new on-line shore excursion booking system provides Carnival guests with an easy and convenient means for purchasing the wide variety of fun and interesting shore excursions available aboard the 'Fun Ships,'" said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO.

To access the new on-line shore excursion booking engine, guests must be registered on carnival.com and have a fully deposited cruise booking. After accessing their cruise booking through the "View Cruise Details" link, guests are prompted with the "Add Shore Excursions" option, which lists all shore excursion choices associated with the ports of call featured on their particular cruise.

To purchase a shore excursion, guests simply click on the shore excursion of their choice and enter credit card payment information via a secure encrypted reservations portal. Guests are provided with a printable shore excursion confirmation and shore excursion tickets are delivered to guests' staterooms on embarkation day.

On-line shore excursion orders can be made from 180 days up to five days prior to departure date. Guests are also welcome to visit the shore excursion desk once on board to book shore excursions and obtain additional information.

The new on-line shore excursion system is just the latest enhancement to Carnival's popular carnival.com Internet site, which encompasses more than 2,000 Web pages and offers a host of new and expanded features, including enhanced site navigation, streaming video, personalized content tailored to each visitor, and more 360-degree "virtual tours" of the "Fun Ship" fleet.

Press Release By Carnival

Carnival Cruises to Alaska
Carnival Cruises to Mexico

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January 05, 2005

Crystal Cruises 2006 Itineraries Announced

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Crystal Cruises Announces 2006 Itineraries With a Record Number of Worldwide Destinations

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 3 - Renowned for its service excellence and stimulating onboard programs, Crystal Cruises is placing even more emphasis on destinations in 2006. Crystal's award-winning luxury fleet -- Crystal Harmony, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity -- will visit a record 214 ports in 82 countries, representing more than 20% more ports and almost 50% more countries than the line visited in 2004. More overnight stays in port have been scheduled than for any previous year. In all, a choice of 97 cruises are available ranging from a new three-day sampler to new seven-day itineraries on each of the ships to rich 10-, 11- and 12-day cruises, as well as the ultimate voyage: a 106-day World Cruise.

Also new for 2006 are new itineraries in almost every destination that Crystal regularly visits, including Alaska, Canada/New England, South America and the Baltic; Crystal Serenity will make her first-ever Baltic cruises, including a new cruise to the Arctic Circle; and an exotic Christmas/New Year cruise for Crystal Harmony in Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand. Seventeen maiden calls are scheduled throughout the year, including Ayr, Scotland; Pisco, Peru; Tripoli,
Libya; and Gijon, Spain.

"Our 2006 schedule offers a variety of port-intensive itineraries to appeal to those who want to immerse themselves in a destination, as well as cruises with more days at sea for multi-repeaters who relish Crystal's distinctive onboard experience," says Bill Smith, senior vice president, sales & marketing. "Like the Crystal Cruises' product, our 2006 cruise collection is about choices."

Crystal Harmony: Crystal Harmony will kick off the year with a couple of Panama Canal cruises followed by a winter dedicated to South America's summer, including a new cruise to the Amazon. In the spring, the 940-guest, 50,000-ton luxury ship will offer a single Caribbean, Panama Canal and two Mexican Riviera cruises and then will head north on a three-day sampler cruise from Los Angeles to Vancouver to reposition for her
summer Alaska series. In addition to the line's successful 12-day cruises round-trip from San Francisco, Crystal Harmony's Alaska season
will feature seven-day and new 10-day cruises round-trip from Vancouver, with new calls in Whittier and stunning glacier cruising in College Fjord, Columbia Glacier and Prince William Sound. In the fall, Crystal Harmony innovates a series of South Pacific and Australia/New Zealand cruises and concludes the year with a new 14-day holiday itinerary Down Under.

Crystal Symphony:
Crystal Symphony begins the year with a series of Panama Canal cruises followed by exotic cruises to the South Pacific, China and Japan, Southeast Asia, India and Egypt. She returns to the Mediterranean in the spring and, instead of her previous patterns of heading north to the Baltic, Crystal Symphony will remain in the Mediterranean through the summer with seven- and 12-day itineraries, all of which feature one to three overnight stays -- more than ever previously offered.

Fall foliage cruises in New England and Eastern Canada include more departures round-trip from New York and new overnight stays in Montreal. Crystal Symphony's Christmas/New Year cruise will be 14 days round-trip from Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera.

Crystal Serenity:
Following a couple of seven-day Mexican Rivera cruises in January, Crystal Serenity will make her third World Cruise on a an innovative itinerary featuring overnight calls in Gauyaquil, Ecuador; Callao (for Lima), Peru; Sydney, Australia; Cape Town, South Africa; Victoria, Seychelles; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Safaga (for Luxor), Egypt and Bordeaux, France, as well as several maiden calls. Crystal Serenity will spend the spring through summer cruising the Baltic, North Cape, Western and Northern Europe before heading south for fall Mediterranean cruising. A Canary Islands cruise and Trans-Atlantic reposition Crystal Serenity to the Caribbean in late November, where she makes warm weather cruises through December. Crystal Serenity spends Christmas and New Year on a new tropical 14-day pattern through the Caribbean.

For 2006, Crystal is offering a combination of exotic and close-to-home cruises of varying lengths. Of the 97 cruises, 50% sail either round-trip from a domestic port or embark or disembark from a domestic port:

29 sail round-trip from domestic ports, 20 cruises begin or end in a domestic port.

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 spacious and luxurious vessels cruising the world.

Crystal Cruises is the recipient of an unprecedented nine consecutive best large-ship cruise line awards from the readers of Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines.

Press Release By Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises to Alaska
Crystal Cruises to Mexico

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January 04, 2005

New Ship For Costa Cruises

Carnival Corporation & plc Orders New 112,000-Ton Ship for Costa Cruises Unit

Existing Costa Vessel Costa Tropicale to Be Transferred to P&O Cruises
Australia Brand

MIAMI, Jan. 4 - Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE: CCL; LSE)(NYSE: CUK) today announced an agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for the construction of a new 112,000-ton vessel for its Costa Cruises unit. Delivery is
scheduled for Spring 2007.

To be built at an all-in cost of 475 million euro, the as-yet-unnamed ship will feature a basis two-guest capacity of 3,000 and total capacity, including upper berths, of 3,800. It will be a sister ship to the Costa Concordia, which begins a new class for Costa when it debuts in late Spring 2006.

The new "Concordia-class" vessels will offer innovative facilities and features, including a wide range of formal and casual dining venues, four swimming pools -- two of which will include retractable domes -- and state-of- the-art telecommunications capabilities. Of the ships' 1,500 staterooms, more than 60 percent will offer either an ocean view or balcony.

"Continuing to invest in the Costa brand and introduce new vessels to its fleet is key to maintaining Costa's preeminent position as Europe's number one cruise line and to ensure Costa's fleet is the most modern in the European market," said Carnival Corporation & plc Chairman and CEO Micky Arison.

Carnival Corporation & plc also announced plans to transfer the Costa vessel Costa Tropicale to its P&O Cruises Australia unit in October 2005. She will be renamed Pacific Star and will join the Pacific Sun and Pacific Sky in serving the expanding Australian and New Zealand market. The 1,022-passenger ship, which originally entered service under the Carnival Cruise Lines brand in 1982, was operated by that line until its transfer to Costa in 2001. Prior to joining the Costa fleet, the vessel underwent an extensive $30 million refurbishment.
Further details of her Australasian itineraries will be announced later this month.

On the transfer of Costa Tropicale to P&O Cruises Australia, Arison stated, "We are constantly evaluating our ship assets and looking at which brands can best utilize certain types of vessels based on the characteristics of each brand and the markets in which each one operates. Costa Tropicale is a ship extremely well suited to the P&O Cruises Australia brand, and its transfer to that fleet is a perfect example of the synergies we can capitalize on through our multi-brand,
global strategy."

The new Costa Concordia-class ship announced today will be constructed at Fincantieri's Sestri Ponente yard. To accommodate that vessel's construction schedule, minor adjustments were made to the delivery dates for two other Carnival Corporation ships under contract with Fincantieri. Delivery of Carnival Cruise Lines' new Carnival Freedom, a 110,000-ton Conquest-class ship, originally scheduled for Spring 2007, will be moved up three months to February 2007. The delivery date for the previously announced new Cunard vessel Queen Victoria has been modified from July 2007 to December 2007.

Based on the new ship contract and delivery schedule adjustments announced today, Carnival Corporation's capacity growth will be 7.6 percent in 2007 and 6.6 percent in 2008 versus previously anticipated capacity increases of 6.6 percent in 2007 and 5.7 percent in 2008.

Including the new Costa ship, Carnival Corporation has 13 new ships under contract and scheduled for delivery between 2005 and 2009.

Press Release By Carnival Corp.

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PRINCESS CRUISES - Profile

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CRUISE LINE & SHIP PROFILES:

Princess Cruises, one of the best-known names in North American cruising, is a global cruise and tour company. It operates a fleet of 14 ships on nearly 150 different itineraries calling at nearly 260 ports around the globe. Princess is known for its Personal Choice Cruising program, a fleet-wide dedication to providing passengers with a wide variety of options with which to customize their vacations. The line's ships are designed to offer an array of choices in dining, entertainment and amenities, to enable passengers to create their own personalized escape. Princess itineraries span the globe, with cruises ranging from seven to 72 days in length. Destinations include the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe, Panama Canal, Mexico, South Pacific, South America, Hawaii/Tahiti, Asia, India, Africa, Canada/New England, and Antarctica. Princess is one of the leaders in Alaska Cruise Tour vacations, and owns five riverside wilderness lodges, plus a fleet of UltraDome railcars and luxury motorcoaches which take passengers through the heart of the 49th state. Princess additionally operates cruise tours in China, Australia, Africa, India, Europe, the Canadian Rockies and the eastern United States.

Ships In Fleet:

Destinations Served:

Customer Sales Policies:
Early Booking Incentives: Discounted fares (amount depends on itinerary)
-Special Air Travel Requirements
-Air/Sea Packages Available
-Ground Transfer Arrangements
-Confirmed Dining Preferences
-Advance Shore Excursion Bookings
-Advanced Spa Package Bookings
-Single Occupancy Rates: 150% to 200%
-Minimum Age for Passengers: 6 months
-Minimum Age for Children: 3 years for children's programs
-Reduced Third and Fourth Berth Fare
-Cancellation Penalty: Varies by cruise length.
-Travel Insurance is available

Accepted Credit Cards:
-MasterCard
-Visa
-American Express
-Diners Club
-Discover

Children/Families:

  • Reduced Cruise Rate (w/2 full-fare adults)
  • Air/Sea Program
  • Quad/Family Cabins
  • Babysitting
  • Baby Cribs
  • Arts & Crafts Classes
  • Sports Activities
  • Cartoons
  • Daily Newspapers
  • Games / Contests
  • Educational Programs / Classes
  • Children's Menus
  • Organized Parties
  • Children's Movies
  • Beach Parties
  • Children's Playroom
  • Organized Age Specific Daily Activities
  • Youth Counselors
  • Teen Counselors
  • Teen Centers or Disco
  • Children's Pool (just kids)
  • Kiddie's Pool (wading)

Special Programs/Facilities/Services:

  • Wedding/Honeymoons
  • SCUBA Certification
  • Disabled/Wheelchair
  • Special Diets
  • Lean & Light
  • Guest Lecturers/Educational Programs

Themed Cruises:
Islands of the Pacific Theater - WW2 cruise.

Singles:
Single Supplement: 150% to 200%

Golf:

  • Practice Driving Cage
  • Putting Greens
  • Golf Simulator

Individual Golf Excursions:

  • Bermuda
  • Caribbean / Panama Canal
  • Australia / New Zealand
  • United States / Canada

Meetings & Conferences:

  • VCR
  • Television Monitor
  • Overhead Projector
  • Slide Projector
  • Projection Screen
  • Conference Room
  • Computer Equipment
  • Flip Charts / Easels
  • Fax Machine
  • Microphones
  • Podium
  • Photocopier

Spa Services/Facilities:

  • Aromatherapy Treatments
  • Body Wraps
  • Mud Therapy
  • Ionithermie Treatments
  • Reflexology
  • Thalassotherapy
  • Massage
  • Facials
  • Manicures / Pedicures
  • Sauna
  • Steambaths / Steamroom
  • Whirlpool

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Princess Cruises Europe Cruise Information
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Princess Cruises Mexican Riviera Cruise Information
Princess Cruises Tahiti Cruise Information

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January 03, 2005

Alaska

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Worldwide Destinations: Alaska

Breathtaking scenery, gleaming glaciers, abundant wildlife, and Native American culture are only a few of the spectacular attractions that draw cruise vacationers to Alaska. With so much to see and do in Alaska, it's no wonder the state's official flower is the alpine forget-me-not!

Ships that visit Alaska on a seven-day itinerary typically sail along the Inside Passage and visit Glacier Bay National Park or Hubbard Glacier, stopping at four ports along the way. Most cruise lines also offer a variety of extended cruise-tour package options which take passengers deeper into Alaska via train and include land stays at lodges and sightseeing in Denali National Park - making their trip to Alaska even more comprehensive.

For climate and sunlight purposes, cruises to Alaska sail strictly during the summer months, from early May to September. June, July and August can be classified as peak season when average daily high temperatures can reach 75 degrees Fahrenheit, so those looking for the best value should check sailing dates in May and September when temperatures hover around 50 degrees.

A variety of cruise ships sail to Alaska, including luxury vessels and midsize ships - most of which offer expanded kids programs for family vacationers. While the majority of ships sail from Vancouver, BC. Seattle is increasingly becoming a popular summer homeport for many lines. Both embarkation/disembarkation points allow ships to visit the most popular ports on an Alaska cruise, including Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway.

Ports of Call

Anchorage - Anchorage is a big city in a secluded state; it remains true to its heritage while forging ahead with revolutionary new sites and museums. Some of the facilities are top-notch establishments technologically, while others continue to provide an authentic look at the area's ancient past, and have remained unchanged for decades. Alaskans have a strong sense of culture, and they want to stay faithful to the traditions of their ancestors. And yet, this is a tourist area, and with tourism comes growth and expansion. The restaurants in Anchorage are extraordinary, and you can find all kinds of dining options that are sure to please even the most well-tuned plate. The wide array of public parks in Anchorage proves to be one of the best features of this diverse and gorgeous area. You don't have to go looking for breathtaking scenery in Anchorage; it is everywhere, and will surprise you at every turn ¬Į the horizon is glorious, and the mountains and ocean create magnificent backdrops. Many of the regions in Alaska are quite populated. In fact, 40% of the inhabitants of Alaska live in Anchorage, making it by far the most populous city in Alaska. Many citizens living in other parts of the state accuse Anchorage of selling out to big business and consumerism, creating a feud of sorts between Anchorage and the rest of the state. Their disagreement need not concern tourists, as there is never a threat of political upheaval or instability, just in case you were worried. In general, everywhere you go you will feel comfortable with the friendly and helpful local residents.

While Anchorage may be rather built up, and sections of it are somewhat commercial, you do not have to go far to find yourself deep in the Alaskan wilderness. In fact, a tour on a floatplane will take you into regions that are remarkably remote, where the only life you will see is a bear hunting the Alaskan waters for a fresh salmon dinner.

Haines - If you are looking for an enjoyable and milder trip to Alaska, then Haines is the ideal spot for you. Haines is perhaps the most beautiful spot in the entire state, and the picturesque scenery of the snow-covered mountains will satisfy all of your visual desires. When you get close to docking in Haines you are certain to be mesmerized by the landscape, and its aesthetic brilliance is complemented by much better weather than the other regions of Southeast Alaska, with less than half of the annual rainfall of Juneau. The blue waters that encompass Haines are spectacular, and because of the comparatively pleasant weather, the area has become known as the sunny spot of the Southeast. This city is full of culture and tradition, and its citizens make every effort to remain true to their heritage. Many of the Tlingit people reside in Haines, natives whose ancestors lived here hundreds of years ago. Tourists to Alaska often remark that the Tlingits and the other locals in Haines are some of the most likeable people in all of Alaska, comfortable with themselves and with helping one another and visitors to their city. One of the most pleasant nighttime activities in Haines is to venture into one of the local bars and have a drink with someone who has lived in town their entire life. The stories, both contemporary and ancient tribal legends, are absolutely fascinating.

Haines may be a small town, but it's got a lot of energy and life. Its campgrounds are perfect for an afternoon hike, and if photography interests you, you're always in luck. No matter what time of year you visit Haines, you can be sure that you will be snapping some splendid shots. Some fine museums and great restaurants complete a wonderful selection of memorable experiences in Haines.

Juneau - Juneau is the third most populated city in Alaska, and it is the capital of this great state. Located in the Southeast region of Alaska, Juneau is a wonderful vacation spot full of fun activities, fascinating sites, extraordinary museums, and tasty eateries. The shopping in Juneau is fantastic, and the layout of the city is one of interesting complexity. Juneau combines ancient Alaskan traditions with Western commercialism and bustling city life. This is a very popular area, especially during peak ski and fishing seasons. The hiking in Juneau is terrific, as is the shopping. The wide array of stores offer unique-to-Juneau artwork and handicrafts of particularly high quality. In the summer this city is definitely the most popular destination in Alaska for cruise passengers from the United States mainland. There are a number of spectacular art galleries and specialty stores very much like those in many big cities. But, if it is remote and isolated wilderness you are in search of, Juneau will be more than happy to comply. There are great hiking areas, plenty of ocean for sea kayaking expeditions, and wonderful trails for mountain biking and other outdoor activities.

The population here is 300,000, but during the off-peak season, Juneau seems like a quaint little town with limited growth potential because of the area's geography, comprised of impenetrable natural barriers. Mount Roberts and Mount Juneau surround the small city, and avalanche threats have prevented any true expansion. The Juneau Ice field is a site that demands a visit; it too has hindered the growth of Juneau. Efforts to brave the mountains or forge the Ice field in hopes of expanding the city are just not feasible. Perhaps this is nature's way of telling the local government to leave this exquisite town just as it is.

Ketchikan - Ketchikan is an ancient city that is both fascinating and enjoyable. Even though there are some American restaurants and stores, (and it is part of the States, of course), it is certainly not your typical American town. If Anchorage is at one end of the Alaskan spectrum, you will definitely find Ketchikan at the other end. This small city contains more totem poles than anywhere in the world, and is set at the base of Deer Mountain. Back in the 1930?s, Ketchikan was fondly known as the salmon-canning capital of the world. While this may no longer be true, the salmon fishing remains outstanding. Just before the beginning of the 20th century, a series of gold discoveries brought vast numbers of immigrants to the area. This created two important industries that strengthened the economy in Ketchikan: commercial fishing and lumber. The region prospered for a while, but suffered an economic depression after the gold dried up, and the immigrants were left with no more than when they came. Many of them left and went to other parts of Alaska where they could find work.

The city is quite compact and you can see most of it on foot. There are numerous stores that offer unique arts and crafts, jewelry, and other specialty items that are made by hand in Ketchikan. There are great trails for hiking and exploring, and a wide array of outdoor sports and activities is offered as well. A few restaurants will fill you up with hearty, quality food, but your options are definitely limited. While the nightlife and eating facilities are not bustling, it doesn't really matter, because Ketchikan is charming enough that its visitors don't need to be wined and dined. Ketchikan's charm is complemented by Mother Nature, who relies on the intrinsic beauty of the region to captivate tourists.

Seward - Seward is a fascinating place to visit, and even if you are only here for a day or so, the region demands a look around. Many tourists traveling through Alaska will be familiar with Seward due to its popularity as a central port from which travelers take off to many Alaskan destinations. It is located conveniently in the Prince William Sound and acts as a gateway to the Kenai Peninsula and the rest of Alaska. Therefore, if only for a couple of hours or a couple of days, many people who have visited Alaska have seen Seward at one time or another. Only the lucky ones have visited Seward for days at a time, a region with some outstanding fishing sites, great sea kayaking opportunities, and wonderful hiking trails. The Kenai Fjords National Park is one of the top destinations in all of Alaska, and it is as diverse as it is majestic. You can see a multitude of landscapes, an abundance of wildlife, and breathtaking scenery that you thought only possible in your dreams. Recently, tourism in Seward has exploded, which has come as a bit of a shock to the citizens of this once small town. It's a bit of a mystery why travelers all over the world are showing such universal interest in this remote location, but perhaps Seward business proprietors and visitors like myself have plugged the city so much that our advertising has paid off.

Seward is one of the oldest cities in Alaska, and the area was first recognized in 1793, when the governor of Russia, Alexander Baranof, stopped here and named Resurrection Bay. He then built a ship which unfortunately sank, and not too much was heard about Seward until 1903. At this time the town evolved into a big Alaskan port city because companies were interested in building a railroad here that would run north and south for miles. This venture failed, but all of the talk brought gold prospectors, settlers, and workers whose families and kin would stay here for good.

Sitka - Sitka is a small yet lively town in Southeast Alaska that is full of surprises. Just when you think that you have seen all there is to see in this remote city, you stumble upon something that will instantly catch your attention. This is the case for the best restaurants and a few of the premier shopping outlets. They simply spring up out of nowhere, making for an interesting and exciting stay. There are a couple of great museums, and the scuba diving and sea kayaking in Sitka is marvelous. The calm, protected waters make these two sports very popular among both tourists and locals. Much of the land in Sitka is protected, further adding to the glorious experience of touring the city. The Sitka National Historical Park is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon or even longer, and the scenery is wonderfully picturesque. The hiking trails are great. In Sitka, your eyes will be opened to one of the top wonders of the world.

From an historical point of view, Sitka is perhaps the richest city in all of Alaska. The struggles and battles between the native Alaskans and the invading Russians proved to be an incredible story that will never be forgotten by either side. In the 18th century, Russian soldiers enslaved the Aleut people, but it was the Tlingits who came to their aid and battled the Russians. Eventually, many of the Aleuts went free, and the citizens of Sitka were able to maintain their freedom and way of life. Soon after, cultures blended and created a more subtle conflict in the region. In 1867, the United States purchased Alaska and the Russians left the state, but many of their customs remained. Today Sitka is a warm and friendly place, full of aesthetic beauty and fun-filled sites. The inhabitants are typically a happy bunch, and are accustomed to treating tourists with the utmost respect and kindness. The old churches and cathedrals provide a glimpse into the past, and the rich heritage and fascinating sites add to the lure of this culturally diverse town.

Skagway - Skagway is a Southeast Alaskan paradise, full of culture and brimming with life. Parts of the city seem stuck in 1897, never progressing beyond the height of the Alaskan gold rush era. This is speaking in architectural terms though, as some of the restaurants and shopping facilities offer distinctly 21st century fare. This unique blend of old and new really enhances the atmosphere of Skagway. There is so much to see and so much fascinating history to soak up. The saloons and bars, some of which date back to 1898, are splendid, full of artifacts and local heritage. Because of Skagway's geographic set up, you will want to make sure that your cruise company has made all your traveling arrangements for you. Though Skagway is a small enough town that you can pleasantly travel around it on foot, side trips from Skagway to any of the neighboring cities can prove to be a difficult proposition. For example, the city of Haines is 14 miles away by ferry, but if you try and rent a car and drive to Haines, it is an unbelievable 359-mile trip to get there because of the poor or nonexistent access to roads around Skagway. In any event, lucky for you, downtown Skagway is quite compact and all of the best sights are reachable by foot.

In 1897, people from all over the world flocked to Skagway in search of a quick fortune. The gold rush gave thousands of men and women false hopes and dreams, and when the riches didn't pan out, the city really declined. By mid-1898, Skagway was not a pleasant place to be, as poverty and shantytowns had pretty much taken over. This bustling town of 200,000 shrank to a mere 700 when the gold rush ended. It took a while, but slowly people began to realize that there was much more to Skagway than an old gold rush town. In the last two decades, tourism has really kept the city afloat, and with the historic cemeteries, interesting museums, fantastic parks, and lively saloons, Skagway has entered the new millennium with a great deal of confidence.

Valdez - Gorgeous Valdez is set in the picturesque Prince William Sound in Southeast Alaska. It is a region bursting with life and filled with magnificent historical sights and museums. In 1989, an Exxon oil tanker, the Exxon Valdez, ran aground on the Bligh Reef and lost 11 million gallons of oil in the Prince William Sound. Unfortunately, the Exxon Valdez oil spill still taints the image of Valdez. The entire area was affected; cities, animals, and shoreline suffered. In the years following the spill, tourists began to shy away from Valdez a bit, perhaps from fear of being exposed to harmful fumes or because of other residual effects of the spill. But the $2 billion dollar cleanup operation proved quite effective. The total cleanup took more than three years, and during this time, though tourism declined, the population of the city tripled, because of the thousands of workers hired for the reconstructive work along the shores of the Prince William Sound. On completion of the cleanup project, many of the workers who had temporarily moved to Valdez stayed after falling in love with this beautiful town. Since the early 1990?s, tourism has really come back strong in Valdez. Its resurgence is partly due to the great fishing, exceptional hiking trials, and the fact that more snow falls in Valdez than anywhere in Alaska, making for great skiing. The average annual snowfall is an unbelievable 330 inches. The campsites are simple but wonderful, and the scenery is spectacular.

Downtown Valdez is lively in a uniquely Alaskan way. The absence of clubs and casinos is offset by the area's relaxing atmosphere, wonderful weather, and breathtaking scenery. Valdez is a wholesome, old-fashioned town with happy-go-lucky residents and an exquisite landscape that combine to offer visitors a memorable time.

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January 02, 2005

REGENT SEVEN SEAS CRUISES - Profile

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CRUISE LINE & SHIP PROFILE:

Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers an incomparable program of exploration and discovery to over 300 ports on six continents, including Antarctica. Our luxury vessels are designed for guests numbering in the hundreds rather than the thousands. The ambiance on board is personal, individual, accommodating-upscale but not uptight. All ships share certain distinctions in accommodations, service, dining and amenities that elevate them to the lofty vantage point of our enviable six stars. By offering guests a higher percentage of balconies than any other cruise line (including the only two all-suite, all-balcony ships in the world), we offer our guests the ultimate luxury in cruising: personal space. Open-seating dining with superb cuisine is offered in a choice of venues. Regent Seven Seas Cruises provides tremendous value to luxury cruisers with all gratuities, wine with dinner, soft drinks and juices always included in the fare.

Ships In Fleet:

Destinations Served:

  • Southern Africa
  • Alaska
  • Antarctica
  • Australia / New Zealand
  • Bahamas
  • Baltic / Russia
  • Bermuda
  • British Isles / Ireland
  • Canary Island / North Africa
  • Caribbean
  • East Coast
  • Western Europe
  • Far East / Orient
  • Hawaii
  • Eastern Mediterranean / Aegean
  • Western Mediterranean
  • Southeast Mediterranean
  • Mexico
  • New England / Canada
  • Panama Canal
  • Amazon River
  • South America
  • South Pacific / Tahiti
  • Southeast Asia
  • Transatlantic
  • West Coast
  • World

Customer Sales Policies:
-Air/Sea Packages Available
-Ground Transfer Arrangements
-Advance Shore Excursion Bookings
-Single Occupancy Rates: Singles pay 1st person fares
-Minimum Age for Children: 2 years
-Cancellation Penalty: Varies depending on cruise length and location.
-Travel Insurance is available

Accepted Credit Cards:
-MasterCard
-Visa
-American Express
-Diners Club
-Discover

Children/Families:

  • Reduced Cruise Rate (w/2 full-fare adults)
  • Air/Sea Program
  • Quad/Family Cabins
  • Baby Cribs
  • Arts & Crafts Classes
  • Sports Activities
  • Bridge Tours
  • Escorted Shore Excursions
  • Games / Contests
  • Educational Programs / Classes
  • Organized Parties
  • Children's Movies
  • Beach Parties
  • Organized Age Specific Daily Activities
  • Youth Counselors
  • Teen Counselors

Special Programs/Facilities/Services:

  • Wedding/Honeymoons
  • Disabled/Wheelchair
  • Special Diets
  • Guest Lecturers/Educational Programs

Themed Cruises:
Big Bands, Arts, Jazz, Fashion

Golf:

  • Practice Driving Cage
  • Putting Greens
  • Golf Clinic/Lessons
  • Golf Packages

Individual Golf Excursions:

  • Western Europe
  • Mediterranean
  • Bermuda
  • Caribbean / Panama Canal
  • United States / Canada

Meetings & Conferences:

  • Audio Cassette Player
  • VCR
  • Television Monitor
  • Overhead Projector
  • Slide Projector
  • Conference Room
  • Computer Equipment
  • E-mail
  • Flip Charts / Easels
  • Fax Machine
  • Microphones
  • Podium
  • Photocopier

Spa Services/Facilities:

  • Aromatherapy Treatments
  • Body Wraps
  • Reflexology
  • Thalassotherapy
  • Massage
  • Facials
  • Manicures / Pedicures
  • Sauna
  • Steambaths / Steamroom

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January 01, 2005

CRYSTAL CRUISES - Profile

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CRUISE LINE & SHIP PROFILE:

Crystal Cruises is the recipient of many of the travel industry's highest awards, including "World's Best Cruise Line" ('96, '97, '98, '99, '00, '01, '02, '03, and '04) and "Best Large Ship Line" ('96, '97, '98, '99, '00, '01, '02, and '03) in Travel and Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler surveys, respectively. Six-star Crystal Symphony, and Crystal Serenity feature elegantly appointed staterooms (most with private verandahs), an unprecedented array of dining options (Italian and Asian alternative restaurants as well as casual dining in the Trident Bar on designated nights), award-winning entertainment, a lavish Crystal Spa and Salon adhering to Feng Shui principles, extensive exercise and sports facilities and instruction, and the only Caesars Palace at Sea casino.

Ships In The Fleet:

Destinations Served:

Customer Sales Policies:
Early Booking Incentives: When the booking is paid in full six months or more in advance, guests can pre-reserve spa and salon appointments, specialty restaurant dinner reservations, shore excursions, and the complimentary creative learning institute classes 180 days in advance of sailing.

-Ground Transfer Arrangements
-Confirmed Dining Preferences
-Advance Shore Excursion Bookings
-Advanced Spa Package Bookings
-Single Occupancy Rates: 125%-150%
-Minimum Age for Passengers: 6 months
-Minimum Age for Children: 6 months
-Reduced Third and Fourth Berth Fare
-Cancellation Penalty: Cancellation requests must be made by telephone or in writing to Crystal Cruises. Regular Cruises: 75 days or more from departure date: full refund. 74-45 days from departure date: 10% of fare per guest charged. 44-15 days from departure date: 50% of fare per guest charged. 14 and thereafter: 100% of fare per guest charged. 2005 World Cruise multiple voyages (48 days or more): 76-120 days before departure: 20% of fare per guest charged. 45-75 days before departure: 50% of fare per guest charged. Within 44 days: 100% of fare per guest charged.
-Travel Insurance is available

Accepted Credit Cards:
-MasterCard
-Visa
-American Express
-Diners Club
-Discover

Children/Families:

  • Reduced Cruise Rate (w/2 full-fare adults)
  • Air/Sea Program
  • Quad/Family Cabins
  • Babysitting
  • Baby Cribs
  • Arts & Crafts Classes
  • Sports Activities
  • Bridge Tours
  • Cartoons
  • Daily Newspapers
  • Escorted Shore Excursions
  • Games / Contests
  • Educational Programs / Classes
  • Children's Menus
  • Organized Parties
  • Children's Movies
  • Beach Parties
  • Children's Playroom
  • Organized Age Specific Daily Activities
  • Youth Counselors
  • Teen Counselors
  • Teen Centers or Disco

Special Programs/Facilities/Services:

  • Wedding/Honeymoons
  • Disabled/Wheelchair
  • Special Diets
  • Lean & Light
  • Seniors
  • Guest Lecturers/Educational Programs

Themed Cruises:
Wine & Food Festival; Big Band; Jazz; Health & Fitness; Film Festival; Sotheby's; The Smithsonian Associates; Art and Architecture; Crystal Comedy Club at Sea; Comprehensive Creative Learning Institute; Crystal Distinguished Speaker Series; Fashion and Style; Garden Design; Golf; Nature and Wildlife; Photography; Crystal Reunion Cruise

Singles:
Single Supplement: 125% categories C-G; 135% categories A-B; 150% categories PH

Golf:

  • Practice Driving Cage
  • Putting Greens
  • Golf Clinic/Lessons
  • Professional Escort

Individual Golf Excursions:

  • England / Scotland / Ireland
  • Western Europe
  • Mediterranean
  • Bermuda
  • Asia
  • Caribbean / Panama Canal
  • South America
  • Australia / New Zealand
  • United States / Canada

Meetings & Conferences:

  • Audio Cassette Player
  • VCR
  • Television Monitor
  • Overhead Projector
  • Slide Projector
  • Projection Screen
  • Conference Room
  • Computer Equipment
  • Modem
  • E-mail
  • Conference Dining
  • Conference Calling
  • Flip Charts / Easels
  • Fax Machine
  • Microphones
  • Podium
  • Printing Services
  • Photocopier
  • Meeting Coordinator
  • Secretarial Services

Spa Services & Facilities:

  • Aromatherapy Treatments
  • Body Wraps
  • Mud Therapy
  • Ionithermie Treatments
  • Reflexology
  • Thalassotherapy
  • Massage
  • Facials
  • Manicures / Pedicures
  • Sauna
  • Steambaths / Steamroom
  • Whirlpool

Information Taken From CLIA

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