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July 27, 2005

Princess Connoisseur Voyages Feature In-Depth Exploration of Africa and India in 2006-07

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Princess Connoisseur Voyages Feature In-Depth Exploration of Africa and India in 2006-07
Pacific Princess Sails on 25-Day or Longer Adventures to World's Most Intriguing Destinations

SANTA CLARITA, CA (July 20, 2005) - Adventurous cruisers wanting to sail between continents and to visit some of the globe's most intriguing destinations, will delight in Princess' extended Connoisseur Voyages to Africa and India in 2006-07. The intimate, 670-passenger Pacific Princess will offer several unique journeys of 25 days or longer to ports on multiple continents, offering travelers the opportunity to go on safari in Kenya, meet the Xhosa people in South Africa, experience the unique cultures of West Africa, or enjoy the beauty of Indian Ocean islands such as Réunion and Mauritius.

"These special Connoisseur Cruises truly do offer our passengers adventures they'll remember for a lifetime," said Jan Swartz, senior vice president of customer service and sales for Princess. "India and Africa are on many people's travel wish lists, and we have years of experience taking passengers to these exotic destinations complete with the comfort of Princess' famed service, multiple dining options and private balconies."

The four upcoming Africa and India voyages on Pacific Princess include:

Africa/India/Southeast Asia -- A 27-day journey combining the intrigue of Asia with the adventure of Africa. Pacific Princess sails from Bangkok to Cape Town on September 16, 2006 for a cruise to Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Chennai (India), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Seychelles Islands, Mombasa, Zanzibar and Durban. In Kenya's Mombassa passengers can choose an optional overnight safari to the famed Tsavo National Park to view the local wildlife.

Indian Ocean & Australia -- Returning by popular demand, this 28-day voyage from Cape Town to Sydney takes passengers to East London (South Africa), Durban, Nosy Bé (Madagascar), Réunion Island, Mauritius, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Tasmania. The cruise departs on October 13, 2006.

West Africa & South America -- Combining the Caribbean, South America and West Africa in one 28-day journey, Pacific Princess sets sail from Ft. Lauderdale to Cape Town on March 9, 2007. Passengers will enjoy ports of call at St. Kitts, Dominica, Trinidad, Devil's Island, Fortaleza (Brazil), Dakar (Senegal), Tema (Ghana), Lomé (Togo), and Walvis Bay and Lüderitz in Namibia.

Africa/India/Southeast Asia -- Similar to the September sailing, this 25-day version from Cape Town to Singapore featuring calls at Durban, Zanibar, Mombassa, the Seychelles Islands, Colombo, Chennai and Kuala Lumpur. Passengers on this cruise may also opt to view the lions, zebras, giraffes, elephants and other wildlife in Kenya's Tsavo National Park with an overnight safari. The cruise departs on April 6, 2007.

Passengers will travel on the line's popular Pacific Princess, offering a the line's trademark "big ship choice" in a smaller, more intimate cruise environment providing many of the onboard options that have become Princess trademarks. Passengers will find a wide variety of dining experiences including alternative dining options that include Princess' renowned Sabatini's trattoria and the premium Sterling Steakhouse. And, with 92 percent outside staterooms -- with over two-thirds of these including a private balcony -- the vessel provides the perfect venues for enjoying the scenery of these exotic ports.

Early booking fares for Africa & India Connoisseur Cruises begin at $3,745 per person, based on double occupancy, for a 25-day sailing.

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July 24, 2005

Princess Launches Largest Ever Caribbean Fleet in 2006-07

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Princess Launches Largest Ever Caribbean Fleet in 2006-07
Eight Vessels to Ply Caribbean Waters; Line Introduces New Homeport of New Orleans

SANTA CLARITA, CA (July 11, 2005) - Eight Princess ships will be sailing through the sunny Caribbean during the 2006-07 season, giving passengers more choice than ever with a selection of 11 itineraries including Southern Caribbean cruises aboard the new Crown Princess and an inaugural season of sailings from the new homeport of New Orleans.

The cruises will range from seven to 14 days, aboard some of the youngest and most amenity-filled ships in the region. Crown Princes, which will sail on her first full program of Southern Caribbean cruises from San Juan, and Golden Princess, which will inaugurate Princess' first sailings from a new homeport in New Orleans, will be joined by Caribbean Princess in the Eastern Caribbean, Star Princess in the Western Caribbean and Grand Princess sailing the Western Caribbean from Galveston. Sun Princess and Sea Princess will offer longer voyages sailing the length and breadth of the Eastern and Southern Caribbean, with Sun Princess offering 10-day cruises and Sea Princess returning for a second season of 14-day journeys. And Coral Princess will join the Caribbean fleet for a special holiday sailing in the Eastern Caribbean.

"This deployment represents our largest Caribbean fleet to date," said Jan Swartz, senior vice president of customer service and sales for Princess. "With four different homeports, three choices in cruise length, and a plethora of itineraries that cover the region, we offer Caribbean cruising options to fit just about any preference. Plus, we offer the newest seven-day fleet in the industry (at just under four years old on average) with innovative ships built specifically for Caribbean cruising and loaded with our trademark balconies - the perfect way to enjoy the islands."

Princess' 2006-07 Caribbean season features:

Crown Princess - The newest addition to the Caribbean fleet, Crown Princess will be based in San Juan for alternating Saturday departures on seven-day cruises to the Southern Caribbean. The ship offers 13 sailings on a Classic Southern Caribbean itinerary featuring calls at Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Maarten and St. Thomas. The Southern Caribbean Explorer route meanwhile includes 13 departures with visits to St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Grenada, Bonaire and Aruba. In addition, following her previously announced summer season in "The Big Apple," Crown Princess will start her fall run with an eight-day repositioning cruise from New York to San Juan on October 27, 2006 including stops at St. Thomas, Antigua, Dominica and St. Kitts. The ship's Caribbean season runs through April 28, 2007.

Caribbean Princess - The ship offers her third season sailing Princess' Classic Eastern Caribbean itinerary roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. The vessel shifts to Sunday departures for 27 sailings of an itinerary that travels to St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Princess Cays. Sailings run between October 29, 2006 and April 29, 2007. Caribbean Princess will also offer a complete summer season in 2006 with alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises. The May 6 to October 21, 2006 season features both 12 Eastern Caribbean sailings and 13 Western Caribbean sailings to Princess Cays, Ocho Rios (or Montego Bay), Grand Cayman and Cozumel.

Golden Princess - A new homeport for Princess, New Orleans, will be the base for Golden Princess' Western Caribbean itinerary. The ship will offer three sailings on an itinerary that travels to Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. Golden Princess sails on December 16, 23 and 30, 2006.

Grand Princess - Grand Princess returns to her Galveston homeport to sail on a series of seven-day Western Caribbean cruises. The 2,600-passenger vessel departs on Saturdays on a new itinerary that calls in Costa Maya, Roatan (Honduras), Belize and Cozumel. The ship offers 24 sailings on this itinerary between November 18, 2006 and April 28, 2007.

Star Princess - Star Princess will again offer a series of seven-day Western Caribbean itineraries, departing from Ft. Lauderdale on Saturdays. The ship will offer 25 sailings between November 11, 2006 and April 28, 2007, featuring calls at Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Princess Cays.

Sun Princess - Sun Princess will offer alternating 10-day sailings roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale - one to the Southern Caribbean and the other to the Eastern Caribbean. The Southern Caribbean Medley itinerary is offered on 10 sailings and includes calls at Curaçao, Isla Margarita, Barbados, Dominica, St. Thomas and Princess Cays. The Eastern Caribbean Voyager itinerary is featured on nine sailings and offers calls at Antigua, St. Lucia, Grenada, Martinique, St. Thomas and Princess Cays. Sun Princess' Caribbean season runs between October 11, 2006 and April 9, 2007.

Sea Princess - Sea Princess again offers an intriguing a series of 14-day Caribbean adventures, featuring two alternating itineraries sailing roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. The ship will offer six sailings on the Grand Caribbean Adventurer with calls at Princess Cays, Tortola, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Vincent, Trinidad, Bonaire and Aruba. Six sailings of the Grand Caribbean Islander itinerary feature calls at Princess Cays, Tortola, Antigua, Dominica, Martinique, Barbados, Grenada, Isla Margarita, Curaçao and Montego Bay. Sea Princess sails between November 11, 2006 and April 14, 2007.

Coral Princess - Coral Princess will join the Caribbean fleet for a special holiday Eastern Caribbean sailing on December 22, 2006. This seven-day escape features visits to St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Princess' own Princess Keys.

Regardless of which itinerary passengers choose, they will enjoy some of the most amenity-filled vessels in the Princess fleet, with such distinctive features as the line's signature Personal Choice Dining, Lotus Spa, extensive children and teen centers, wedding chapels, internet centers, and an extensive array of entertainment options and venues, all in an intimately designed, personalized environment. Crown Princess and her sister ship, Caribbean Princess, both sailing year-round in the Caribbean, sport such features as a poolside "Movies Under the Star" movie screen, a Caribbean-themed alternative restaurant, and nearly 900 cabins with balconies -- more than on any other cruise ships sailing year-round in the Caribbean.

Early booking fares for Caribbean cruises begin at $599 per person, based on double occupancy, for a 7-day sailing. Ten-day sailings begin at $899 and 14 day sailings are priced from $1,349.

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Posted by Denise at 10:15 AM

July 21, 2005

Tropical Weather Update July 21, 2005 Noon

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Tropical Weather Update July 21, 2005 Noon

Miami - Royal Caribbean International is closely monitoring the aftermath of Hurricane Emily to ensure our guests enjoy safe and comfortable cruises, as well as to ensure our ships steer clear of the storm.

The safety and comfort of our guests are always the foremost concerns of Royal Caribbean International.

Given Hurricane Emily's impact, we are altering the itinerary of one Royal Caribbean International ship.

Ships sailing from the Port of Miami:

Explorer of the Seas, which departed the Port of Miami on Sunday, July 17, is sailing a modified itinerary, making a port of call in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, on Thursday; and Nassau, Bahamas, on Saturday. The ship will return to the Port of Miami on Sunday, as scheduled.

At this time, no other Royal Caribbean International ships are being influenced by the aftermath of Hurricane Emily. We will continue to closely monitor weather conditions and update this information accordingly.

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Posted by Denise at 04:53 PM

July 19, 2005

Travel Agents and American Public Can View Historic Event Via Live Webcast

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NCL AMERICA TO INAUGURATE LARGEST EVER AND FIRST NEWLY BUILT
U.S.-FLAG SHIP IN NEARLY 50 YEARS – PRIDE OF AMERICA

Travel Agents and American Public Can View Historic Event Via Live Webcast

MIAMI (June 15, 2005) – On June 17, 2005, NCL America will inaugurate the largest U.S.-flagged ship ever built and the first newly constructed cruise ship to join the U.S. register in nearly 50 years, Pride of America. Travel agents and the American public will have the opportunity to have a front row seat at this historic nautical event during a live webcast as the Honorable Elaine L. Chao, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, christens the all-American vessel at an official onboard ceremony.

Pride of America is a spectacular salute to the diversity of the United States and is designed to represent the best of America. As a U.S.-flagged ship, Pride of America also has the freedom to sail between U.S. ports of call without the need to include foreign ports, and will provide guests with the unique experience of a U.S.-based crew. In July, Pride of America will join Pride of Aloha in sailing the islands of Hawai`i

To view the celebratory events, visit NCL’s Web site, www.ncl.com, and click on the http://www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?id=29212 link at 3:30 p.m. EDT to see the stars and stripes of Pride of America and witness her glorious debut. Additional festivities at the ceremony will include traditional Hawai`i island entertainment featuring hula dancers, singers and presentations from the United States Coast Guard, the Seafarers International Union and the Maritime Trades Department of the AFL-CIO.

Web users will need to have access to the latest version of RealPlayer or Windows Media on their computer in order to link to the ceremony. RealPlayer may be downloaded free in advance through RealNetworks at www.real.com/player and Windows Media can be downloaded for free www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia.

“NCL has long been deemed an industry leader, breaking the conventional model for cruising. This week, NCL America is proud to introduce a whole new cruise experience -- one that represents all that America and Hawai`i have to offer,” said Colin Veitch, president and CEO of NCL America. “The presentation of this new U.S.-flagged, U.S.-crewed ship is truly a milestone for NCL and the cruise industry.”

Representing some of the United States’ proudest assets, Pride of America is a tapestry of Americana, including vibrant stars and stripes hull artwork, a New Orleans-style Mardi Gras Cabaret Lounge, Alaskan Gold Rush Saloon, Napa Wine Bar, Capitol Atrium, Santa Fe Spa and Fitness Center, Newbury Street Shopping area, Washington Library and the ship's Hollywood Theatre.

In addition to offering NCL’s signature Freestyle Cruising and superior customer service, the vessel also features several firsts for NCL including an onboard tennis court, a new category of Family Suites, the Soho Art Gallery and a Conservatory touting a tropical landscaped garden.

After a series of coastal sailings, Pride of America will arrive in her homeport of Honolulu on July 23, 2005 where she will begin offering a unique itinerary no other cruise line can deliver. As the first new ocean-going passenger ship in nearly half a century to sail under the U.S. flag, Pride of America will visit all four main islands in one week-long itinerary and offer passengers up to 100 hours in port, more than any other cruise line sailing the islands. The seven-day cruises from Honolulu will feature a day in Hilo, Hawai’i; two days in Kahului, Maui; a day in Kona, Hawai’i; and two days in Nawiliwili, Kaua’i.

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July 16, 2005

Tropical Weather Update July 15, 2005 11:00 a.m.

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Tropical Weather Update July 15, 2005 11:00 a.m.

Miami - Royal Caribbean International is closely monitoring the path and progress of Hurricane Emily to ensure our guests enjoy safe and comfortable cruises, as well as to ensure our ships steer clear of the storm.

The safety and comfort of our guests are always the foremost concerns of Royal Caribbean International.

Given Emily's current location and projected path, we are altering the itineraries of two Royal Caribbean International ships.

Ships sailing from Port Everglades:

UPDATE: Empress of the Seas, which departed Port Everglades on Thursday, July 14, is sailing a modified itinerary, making a port of call in Nassau, Bahamas, on Saturday, spending the day at sea on Sunday and returning to Port Everglades on Monday, as scheduled.

Ships sailing from the Port of Miami:

Explorer of the Seas, which departed the Port of Miami on Sunday, July 10, is sailing a modified itinerary, making a port of call at Nassau, Bahamas, today and Saturday. She will return to the Port of Miami on Sunday, as scheduled

Ships sailing from Port Canaveral:

Mariner of the Seas which departed Port Canaveral on Sunday, July 10, is sailing a modified itinerary, making a port of call at Cozumel, Mexico, today; spending the day at sea Saturday; and returning to Port Canaveral Sunday, as scheduled.

At this time, no other Royal Caribbean International ships are being affected by tropical weather. We will continue to closely monitor weather conditions and update this information accordingly.

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Posted by Denise at 10:38 AM

July 15, 2005

Royal Caribbean International's Newly Lengthened Enchantment of the Seas Re-Enters Service

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ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL’S NEWLY LENGTHENED
ENCHANTMENT OF THE SEAS RE-ENTERS SERVICE

Extensively Renovated Ship Debuts at Cape Liberty Cruise Port with Line Firsts and Favorites

MIAMI (July 6, 2005) – Royal Caribbean International’s Enchantment of the Seas re-enters service on July 7 following an extreme makeover that included the addition of a new 73-foot midsection and bow-to-stern renovations. The undertaking introduced 151 additional staterooms, several of the line’s most popular venues from its newest ships, and first-of-their-kind features unique to Enchantment of the Seas, including suspension bridges, a Splash Deck for kids and bungee trampolines.
“We’ve committed ourselves to providing innovative, exciting and unexpected experiences for our guests, and we are willing to stretch ourselves and our ships – literally – to fulfill that promise,” said Royal Caribbean International President Adam Goldstein.

Architectural Innovations
The most visible additions to Enchantment of the Seas are two 75-foot-long suspension bridges, supported by dramatic arches, that run along both sides of the top deck of the ship. The bridges cross over two new areas of the Pool Deck that extend out over the water. On the port side, the overhanging platform features a new island bar, while the starboard side has plenty of room for relaxing and enjoying the pool band. Both overhanging areas include peek-a-boo windows in the floor for glimpses down to the sea.

Extraordinary Activities
The “new” Enchantment of the Seas offers guests numerous ways to enjoy their time onboard – at a variety of activity and adventure levels. At the upper end of the adventurous scale, Enchantment offers a new adrenaline rush. In addition to the line’s signature rock-climbing wall, the ship has four bungee trampolines on Deck 10 forward. Guests push off from inflatable trampolines, while harnesses connected to bungee cords send them soaring skyward.
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Guests who prefer to stay grounded can work up a sweat on the new vitality course, also on Deck 10. Runners and walkers follow the quarter-mile jogging path to four fitness zones that focus on stretching, cardio, agility and toning.
One level below, Enchantment of the Seas features two pools and four whirlpools in its main pool area, which was expanded by nearly 50 percent. The highlight, however, is the new interactive fountain for kids. With 64 water jets on the floor, perimeter and a central dome, the Splash Deck allows kids to spray one another or create their own fountain effects with a touchpad system. At night, the circular area closes down and transforms into a fiber-optic light and water show.

Expanded Entertainment and Dining
Several entertainment and dining concepts from Royal Caribbean’s newest ships were added to Enchantment of the Seas during the renovation, including the line’s latest hot spot, Boleros Latin lounge. Located in the new midsection on Deck 5, Boleros is the perfect spot to be social while enjoying live Latin jazz and Central and South American drink favorites, such as mojitos, caipirinhas and specialty tequilas. Enchantment’s Boleros also features a special surprise – a spectacular glass ceiling reminiscent of a Mayan sunburst.
On Deck 6, a former pass-through lounge has been transformed into the elegant, 108-seat Chops Grille specialty restaurant. This traditional steakhouse offers everything from succulent filet mignon to delicious salmon. Side dishes like hearty mashed potatoes are served family-style for guests to share, while a selection of decadent desserts like Mississippi Chocolate Mud Pie are offered to complete the meal. Reservations are required and a $20 charge applies.
Enchantment’s other dining options also were updated. The My Fair Lady Dining Room was renovated and expanded to accommodate additional guests, while the former Windjammer Café is now the Windjammer Marketplace. The self-serve Windjammer Marketplace offers multiple islands, each featuring dishes from a different region of the world, as well as a carving station, deli, extensive salad bar and a cook-to-order pasta station. For quick snacks and sweet treats between meals, Enchantment’s new Latte’tudes coffee and ice cream shop serves up espresso drinks from Seattle’s Best Coffee® and the creative flavors of Ben & Jerry’s®.
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Upgrades and Additions Throughout the Ship
Further renovations and additions to Enchantment of the Seas include two family staterooms that sleep six, a new lounge for guests to book future cruises, more space and additional slot machines for the Casino Royale, and a refurbished, 100-seat conference center. The enhanced shopping area includes a Fossil® watch store, a fine jewelry store and a photo electronics retail shop, while the nearby, extended photo gallery offers digital photo kiosks from which guests can select their souvenir cruise photos.
The Enchantment Day Spa was expanded, now offering five additional treatment rooms, for a total of 13, including two couples’ massage rooms. In addition, new accessibility features have been added throughout the ship, including improved thresholds and ramps, pool lifts and access to the Splash Deck.
Enchantment of the Seas will complete two preview cruises for area travel agents before officially re-entering service on July 7, 2005, with a four-night cruise to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Enchantment of the Seas then will sail a series of Canada/New England cruises from Cape Liberty (July 7-11), Philadephia (July 19-Aug. 21) and Boston (Sept. 4-25). She returns to Fort Lauderdale in October to resume four- and five-night Caribbean itineraries.

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July 14, 2005

Tropical Weather Update July 14, 2005 11:00 a.m.

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Tropical Weather Update July 14, 2005 11:00 a.m.

Miami - Royal Caribbean International is closely monitoring the path and progress of Hurricane Emily to ensure our guests enjoy safe and comfortable cruises, as well as to ensure our ships steer clear of the storm.

The safety and comfort of our guests are always the foremost concerns of Royal Caribbean International.

Given Emily's current location and projected path, we are altering the itineraries of two Royal Caribbean International ships.

Ships sailing from the Port of Miami:

UPDATE: Explorer of the Seas which departed the Port of Miami on Sunday, July 10, will not visit St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, today as originally scheduled. Instead, she will make a port of call at Nassau, Bahamas, on Friday and Saturday. She will return to the Port of Miami on Sunday, as scheduled.

Ships sailing from Port Canaveral:

Mariner of the Seas which departed Port Canaveral on Sunday, July 10, is sailing a modified itinerary, remaining at sea today; making a port of call at Cozumel, Mexico, Friday; spending the day at sea Saturday; and returning to Port Canaveral Sunday, as scheduled.

At this time, no other Royal Caribbean International ships are being affected by tropical weather. We will continue to closely monitor weather conditions and update this information accordingly.

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July 13, 2005

Celebrity Cruises Orderd New Cruise Ship, Launches Innovative New Class

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CELEBRITY CRUISES ORDERS NEW CRUISE SHIP, LAUNCHES INNOVATIVE NEW CLASS

MIAMI (July 12, 2005) – Celebrity Cruises will build a new cruise ship and launch a new class of landmark ships, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and German shipbuilder Meyer Werft announced today after signing a letter of intent. Celebrity also has an option for a second ship. The agreement is subject to customary conditions being satisfactorily met.

Celebrity incorporates many features typically associated with luxury cruising in its new ship. More than 90 percent of the ship’s staterooms are outside cabins, and more than 90 percent of those rooms have balconies.

The standard stateroom on this ship is much larger than the standard stateroom in the cruise industry. The average standard stateroom on Celebrity’s new ship is 215 square feet.

Other distinctive features are planned for the new design and will be announced in coming months. Their inclusion on the ship, like the added balconies and larger staterooms, is the result of Celebrity’s close dialogue with its guests and trade partners.

The new ship, Celebrity’s first wide-body construction, has a volume of 117,000 gross registered tons, and length and width of 1,033 feet by 121 feet, making it a post-Panamax vessel. The 1,425-stateroom ship accommodates 2,850 guests (double occupancy) and 1,250 crew.

“Today’s announcement clearly demonstrates the company’s continuing commitment to the growth and innovative development of the Celebrity brand, “said Dan Hanrahan, president of Celebrity Cruises. “It also strengthens our hand in delivering the incredible service and amenities and the phenomenal cruise experience Celebrity is known for.”

“We are excited to be collaborating with Celebrity on this new, breakthrough design and its market-leading innovations,” said Meyer Werft Managing Partner Bernard Meyer. “It has taken us many months to develop a strong, working prototype and this next-generation of ships is truly extraordinary.”

The company expects delivery of the new ship in Fall 2008. It estimates the all-in cost of the ship to be approximately $225,000 per berth. The exercise date for the second ship is March 15, 2006, subject to certain conditions. With today’s new ship and current ship orders, the company predicts fleet capacity to increase by 2.8 percent in 2006, 7.4 percent in 2007, and 7.2 percent in 2008.

Celebrity Cruises is owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., a global cruise vacation company, which also operates Royal Caribbean International. The company has a combined total of 29 ships in service, two under construction and one on firm order. The company also offers unique land-tour vacations in Alaska, Canada and Europe through its cruise-tour division.

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Posted by Denise at 09:04 AM

July 12, 2005

Tropical Weather Update July 12, 2005 5:00p.m.

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Tropical Weather Update July 12, 2005 5:00p.m.

Miami - Royal Caribbean International is closely monitoring the path and progress of Tropical Storm Emily to ensure our guests enjoy safe and comfortable cruises, as well as to ensure our ships steer clear of the storm.

The safety and comfort of our guests are always the foremost concerns of Royal Caribbean International.

Given Emily's current location and projected path, we are altering the itineraries of three Royal Caribbean International ships.

Ships sailing from Port Everglades:

Empress of the Seas, which departed Port Everglades on Saturday, July 9, is sailing a modified itinerary, remaining at sea today; making a port of call at Nassau, Bahamas, on Wednesday; and returning to Port Everglades Thursday, as scheduled.

Ships sailing from Port Canaveral:

Mariner of the Seas which departed Port Canaveral on Sunday, July 10, is sailing a modified itinerary, remaining at sea today; making a port of call at Labadee, Hispaniola, Wednesday; remaining at sea on Thursday; making a port of call at Cozumel, Mexico, Friday; spending the day at sea Saturday; and returning to Port Canaveral Sunday, as scheduled.

Ships sailing from the Port of Baltimore:

Grandeur of the Seas, which departed the Port of Baltimore on Friday, July 8, will not make her scheduled port of call in Key West, Florida, today as scheduled, since the port remains closed due to the impact of Hurricane Dennis. The remainder of Grandeur's itinerary remains unchanged.

At this time, no other Royal Caribbean International ships are being affected by tropical weather. We will continue to closely monitor weather conditions and update this information accordingly.

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Posted by Denise at 02:43 PM

July 09, 2005

Tropical Weather Update July 9, 2005 2:30 p.m.

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Tropical Weather Update July 9, 2005 2:30 p.m.

Miami - Royal Caribbean International is closely monitoring the path and progress of Hurricane Dennis to ensure our guests enjoy safe and comfortable cruises, as well as to ensure our ships steer clear of the storm.

The safety and comfort of our guests are always the foremost concerns of Royal Caribbean International.

Given Hurricane Dennis' current location and projected path, we have altered the itineraries of several Royal Caribbean International ships.

ALTERED ITINERARIES:

Ships sailing from the Port of Miami:

Explorer of the Seas is sailing a modified itinerary, making a port call in Nassau, Bahamas, today and returning to Miami Sunday, as scheduled.

Ships sailing from Port Canaveral:

Mariner of the Seas is sailing a modified itinerary, making a port call in Nassau, Bahamas, today; and returning to Port Canaveral Sunday, as scheduled.

Ships sailing from the Port of Galveston:

Rhapsody of the Seas is sailing a modified itinerary, remaining at sea today; and returning to the Port of Galveston Sunday, as scheduled.

UPDATE: WEEKEND SAILING OUTLOOK

Navigator of the Seas, originally scheduled to leave the Port of Miami at 5 p.m. today for her next sailing, will now leave at 8 p.m. to accommodate guests unable to make it to the port earlier due to airline flight delays. The ship is expected to have no changes to her itinerary for her July 9-16 cruise.

Empress of the Seas , originally scheduled to leave Port Everglades at 5 p.m. today for her next sailing, will now depart at 9 p.m. to accommodate guests unable to make it to the port earlier due to airline flight delays. The ship also will sail a modified itinerary, spending the day at sea on Sunday and making a port call to Cozumel, Mexico, on Monday. Additional modifications to this itinerary after Monday's port of call in Cozumel may be made, depending on post-hurricane conditions in Key West, Florida.

At this time, no other Royal Caribbean International ships are being affected by tropical weather. We will continue to closely monitor weather conditions and update this information accordingly.

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Posted by Denise at 12:47 PM

July 08, 2005

Tropical Weather Update July 8, 2005 11:00a.m.

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Tropical Weather Update July 8, 2005 11:00a.m.

Miami - Royal Caribbean International is closely monitoring the path and progress of Hurricane Dennis to ensure our guests enjoy safe and comfortable cruises, as well as to ensure our ships steer clear of the storm.

The safety and comfort of our guests are always the foremost concerns of Royal Caribbean International.

Given Hurricane Dennis' current location and projected path, we have altered the itineraries of four Royal Caribbean International ships. We will update this information at about 12:30 p.m. today.

ALTERED ITINERARIES

Ships sailing from the Port of Miami:

Explorer of the Seas is sailing a modified itinerary, making a port call in Nassau, Bahamas, today and Saturday; and returning to Miami Sunday, as scheduled.

Ships sailing from Port Everglades:

Empress of the Seas is sailing a modified itinerary, making a port call in Nassau, Bahamas, today; and returning to Port Everglades Saturday, as scheduled.

Ships sailing from Port Canaveral:

Mariner of the Seas is sailing a modified itinerary, remaining at sea today; making a port call in Nassau, Bahamas, Saturday; and returning to Port Canaveral Sunday, as scheduled.

Ships sailing from the Port of Galveston:

Rhapsody of the Seas is sailing a modified itinerary, making a port call in Progresso, Mexico, today; remaining at sea Saturday; and returning to the Port of Galveston Sunday, as scheduled.

UPDATE: WEEKEND SAILING OUTLOOK

Based on current storms projections, Royal Caribbean International expects all ships scheduled to return to South Florida ports to arrive and depart on Saturday and Sunday as originally scheduled. Therefore, guests scheduled to depart on Navigator of the Seas leaving the Port of Miami and Empress of the Seas leaving Port Everglades on Saturday, as well as guests booked on Mariner of the Seas leaving Port Canaveral on Sunday, should proceed to their respective ports for boarding as planned. At this time, no other Royal Caribbean International ships are being affected by tropical weather. We will continue to closely monitor weather conditions and update this information accordingly.

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Royal Caribbean International's Newly Lengthened Enchantment of the Seas Re-Enters Service

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ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL’S NEWLY LENGTHENED
ENCHANTMENT OF THE SEAS RE-ENTERS SERVICE

Extensively Renovated Ship Debuts at Cape Liberty Cruise Port with Line Firsts and Favorites

MIAMI (July 6, 2005) – Royal Caribbean International’s Enchantment of the Seas re-enters service on July 7 following an extreme makeover that included the addition of a new 73-foot midsection and bow-to-stern renovations. The undertaking introduced 151 additional staterooms, several of the line’s most popular venues from its newest ships, and first-of-their-kind features unique to Enchantment of the Seas, including suspension bridges, a Splash Deck for kids and bungee trampolines.

“We’ve committed ourselves to providing innovative, exciting and unexpected experiences for our guests, and we are willing to stretch ourselves and our ships – literally – to fulfill that promise,” said Royal Caribbean International President Adam Goldstein.

Architectural Innovations
The most visible additions to Enchantment of the Seas are two 75-foot-long suspension bridges, supported by dramatic arches, that run along both sides of the top deck of the ship. The bridges cross over two new areas of the Pool Deck that extend out over the water. On the port side, the overhanging platform features a new island bar, while the starboard side has plenty of room for relaxing and enjoying the pool band. Both overhanging areas include peek-a-boo windows in the floor for glimpses down to the sea.

Extraordinary Activities
The “new” Enchantment of the Seas offers guests numerous ways to enjoy their time onboard – at a variety of activity and adventure levels. At the upper end of the adventurous scale, Enchantment offers a new adrenaline rush. In addition to the line’s signature rock-climbing wall, the ship has four bungee trampolines on Deck 10 forward. Guests push off from inflatable trampolines, while harnesses connected to bungee cords send them soaring skyward.

Guests who prefer to stay grounded can work up a sweat on the new vitality course, also on Deck 10. Runners and walkers follow the quarter-mile jogging path to four fitness zones that focus on stretching, cardio, agility and toning.
One level below, Enchantment of the Seas features two pools and four whirlpools in its main pool area, which was expanded by nearly 50 percent. The highlight, however, is the new interactive fountain for kids. With 64 water jets on the floor, perimeter and a central dome, the Splash Deck allows kids to spray one another or create their own fountain effects with a touchpad system. At night, the circular area closes down and transforms into a fiber-optic light and water show.

Expanded Entertainment and Dining
Several entertainment and dining concepts from Royal Caribbean’s newest ships were added to Enchantment of the Seas during the renovation, including the line’s latest hot spot, Boleros Latin lounge. Located in the new midsection on Deck 5, Boleros is the perfect spot to be social while enjoying live Latin jazz and Central and South American drink favorites, such as mojitos, caipirinhas and specialty tequilas. Enchantment’s Boleros also features a special surprise – a spectacular glass ceiling reminiscent of a Mayan sunburst.

On Deck 6, a former pass-through lounge has been transformed into the elegant, 108-seat Chops Grille specialty restaurant. This traditional steakhouse offers everything from succulent filet mignon to delicious salmon. Side dishes like hearty mashed potatoes are served family-style for guests to share, while a selection of decadent desserts like Mississippi Chocolate Mud Pie are offered to complete the meal. Reservations are required and a $20 charge applies.
Enchantment’s other dining options also were updated. The My Fair Lady Dining Room was renovated and expanded to accommodate additional guests, while the former Windjammer Café is now the Windjammer Marketplace. The self-serve Windjammer Marketplace offers multiple islands, each featuring dishes from a different region of the world, as well as a carving station, deli, extensive salad bar and a cook-to-order pasta station. For quick snacks and sweet treats between meals, Enchantment’s new Latte’tudes coffee and ice cream shop serves up espresso drinks from Seattle’s Best Coffee® and the creative flavors of Ben & Jerry’s®.

Upgrades and Additions Throughout the Ship
Further renovations and additions to Enchantment of the Seas include two family staterooms that sleep six, a new lounge for guests to book future cruises, more space and additional slot machines for the Casino Royale, and a refurbished, 100-seat conference center. The enhanced shopping area includes a Fossil® watch store, a fine jewelry store and a photo electronics retail shop, while the nearby, extended photo gallery offers digital photo kiosks from which guests can select their souvenir cruise photos.

The Enchantment Day Spa was expanded, now offering five additional treatment rooms, for a total of 13, including two couples’ massage rooms. In addition, new accessibility features have been added throughout the ship, including improved thresholds and ramps, pool lifts and access to the Splash Deck.

Enchantment of the Seas will complete two preview cruises for area travel agents before officially re-entering service on July 7, 2005, with a four-night cruise to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Enchantment of the Seas then will sail a series of Canada/New England cruises from Cape Liberty (July 7-11), Philadephia (July 19-Aug. 21) and Boston (Sept. 4-25). She returns to Fort Lauderdale in October to resume four- and five-night Caribbean itineraries.

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July 07, 2005

Tropical Weather Update - July 7, 2005 11:00a.m.

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Tropical Weather Update - July 7, 2005 11:00a.m.

Miami, Royal Caribbean International is closely monitoring the path and progress of Hurricane Dennis to ensure our guests enjoy safe and comfortable cruises, as well as to ensure our ships steer clear of the storm.

The safety and comfort of our guests are always the foremost concerns of Royal Caribbean International.

Given Hurricane Dennis' current location and projected path, we are altering the itineraries of several Royal Caribbean International ships.

We will update this information at 11 a.m. daily.

Ships sailing from the Port of Miami:

Explorer of the Seas, which is currently underway, will sail a modified itinerary, remaining at sea Thursday and Friday; making a port call in Nassau, Bahamas, Saturday; and returning to Miami Sunday, as scheduled.

Ships sailing from Port Everglades:

Empress of the Seas, which is currently underway, will sail a modified itinerary, remaining at sea Thursday; making a port call in Nassau, Bahamas Friday; and returning to Port Everglades Saturday, as scheduled.

Ships sailing from Port Canaveral:

Mariner of the Seas, which is currently underway, will sail a modified itinerary, remaining at sea Thursday and Friday; making a port call in Nassau, Bahamas, Saturday; and returning to Port Canaveral Sunday, as scheduled.

Ships sailing from the Port of Galveston:

Rhapsody of the Seas, which is currently underway, will sail a modified itinerary, making port calls in Cozumel, Mexico, Thursday; Progresso, Mexico, Friday; remaining at sea Saturday; and returning to the Port of Galveston Sunday, as scheduled.

At this time, no other Royal Caribbean International ships are being affected by tropical weather. We will continue to closely monitor weather conditions and update this information at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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July 06, 2005

Save 15% On Crystal Harmony's Second-to-Last Voyage to Alaska

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Save 15% On Crystal Harmony's Second-to-Last Voyage to Alaska

LOS ANGELES (July 5, 2005) - Crystal Cruises is offering 15% off all stateroom categories on new bookings made by August 15 for the luxurious Crystal Harmony's 12-day September 3 Alaska cruise. Guests can save from $363 to more than $2,500 per person, depending on the purchased stateroom category. Fares start at just $2,232 per person, or $186 per person, per day, representing the lowest fares available for Crystal Cruises' remaining 2005 Alaska season.

The cruise also marks Crystal Harmony's second-to-last voyage to Alaska before joining its Japanese parent company's cruise division in November of 2005.

Sailing round-trip from San Francisco, the cruise will visit Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; and Juneau, Skagway, Sitka and Ketchikan, Alaska, as well as cruising the Inside Passage and Glacier Bay.

As part of Crystal Cruises' ninth annual Crystal Wine & Food Festival, an award-winning guest chef and wine expert will be on board to present lectures, cooking demonstrations, and a special four-course dinner utilizing the region's freshest ingredients.

Fares quoted are based on per person, double occupancy accommodations and include port charges. A fuel surcharge of $4.00 per person, per day will be added to the cruise fare for bookings not paid in full by July 15. Savings are not combinable with other offers.

At 50,000-tons, the luxurious Crystal Harmony carries only 940 guests, and is a perfect floating resort from which to view the breathtaking glaciers and unspoiled Alaskan and British Columbia scenery. The award-winning ship features expansive decks, richly appointed staterooms, more than half of which boast private verandahs, a wide variety of lounges for critically acclaimed entertainment, gourmet dining, a Caesars Palace at Sea® casino and a state-of-the-art, Feng Shui-designed spa and fitness facility.

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

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July 04, 2005

More Choices Offered for Princess' 2006-07 Australia, Hawaii and South Pacific Program

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More Choices Offered for Princess' 2006-07 Australia, Hawaii and South Pacific Program

Line Debuts New "Islands of the Pacific Theater" Route; New Ports of Call in New Zealand, Micronesia

SANTA CLARITA, CA (June 28, 2005) - The soft sands and lapping waves of a tropical island beach, the poignant history of a WWII battle site, and the bustle of cosmopolitan Sydney are just some of the experiences that Pacific region cruising will offer to Princess passengers in 2006-07.

Five ships - Sapphire Princess, Island Princess, Tahitian Princess, Pacific Princess and Dawn Princess - together offer a comprehensive program that includes 11 Princess itineraries to 49 destinations, including two new ports for Princess - the fascinating art deco city of Napier, New Zealand and a WWII battle site, Chuuk (Truk) in Micronesia, added to the new Sydney to Osaka sailing of the line's popular "Islands of the Pacific Theater" cruise. In addition to Princess' program featuring Australia & New Zealand, Hawaii, Tahiti and extended Pacific crossings, the company also offers the opportunity for North American passengers to enjoy a true "Aussie" experience aboard Dawn Princess on her first season sailing for the Australian market.

"With such a wide array of destinations and ships, this program gives our customers an incredibly diverse choice in cruise vacations through the Pacific region," said Jan Swartz, senior vice president of customer service and sales for Princess. "Passengers can enjoy the many amenities and options available on some of our newest and largest vessels as they cruise 'Down Under,' or choose the intimate atmosphere of our smallest ships as they explore the unique islands and ports of call of our longer Connoisseur Cruises."

Among the Pacific area cruise choices available in 2006-07 are:

Australia & New Zealand on Sapphire Princess - Sapphire Princess returns "Down Under," with the classic 12-day Australia & New Zealand cruises between Sydney and Auckland. The ship offers eight sailings between January 11 and April 5, 2007 that call at Melbourne, Hobart (Tasmania), Dunedin, Christchurch, Tauranga and scenic cruising through Fiordland National Park.

Island Princess to the Hawaiian Islands - The popular Island Princess returns for another season of 15-day round-trip cruises to the tropical paradise of Hawaii from Los Angeles. The series features 15 departures between September 21, 2006 and April 26, 2007. The itinerary will take passengers to all of Hawaii's major islands with visits to both Hilo and Kona on the Big Island, Honolulu on Oahu, Maui and Kauai.

Tahitian Princess in French Polynesia -- Tahitian Princes continues to sail throughout the year in the beautiful waters of French Polynesia with two 10-day itineraries - Polynesia & the Cook Islands and Polynesia & the Marquesas Islands. Both routes feature scenic cruising along the picturesque island of Tahaa, plus calls in Moorea, Raiatea and Bora Bora; and passengers can choose whether to visit Rarotonga in the Cook Islands or the more remote Marquesas with scenic cruising through the atolls of the Tuamotu Archipelago. In addition, Tahitian Princess will offer six voyages between Tahiti and the Hawaiian Islands, with 12-day cruises between Papeete and Honolulu featuring calls at Raiatea, Bora Bora, Moorea, Christmas Island, Kauai, Maui and Hilo. Tahitian Princess' season runs between April 29, 2006 and April 16, 2007.

South Pacific Connoisseur Voyages - Princess' series of longer adventure voyages continues with six intriguing ways to cross the Pacific. Sapphire Princess and Dawn Princess offer several journeys between the U.S. and Australia that call at many of the South Pacific's romantic isles plus visits to New Zealand. Dawn Princess makes her transpacific debut with a San Francisco to Sydney sailing on September 26, 2006 and then returns on a Sydney to Los Angeles cruise on March 12, 2007. Sapphire Princess sets sail from Sydney to San Francisco on April 17, 2007.

Pacific Princess meanwhile offers three unique sailings, including new routes and introducing several new ports for Princess. The line's popular Islands of the Pacific Theater cruise departs April 26, 2006 with a new 21-day Sydney to Osaka route to many of WWII's Pacific battle sites, including Guadalcanal, Guam, Saipan, Iwo Jima and Hiroshima, as well as a new port for Princess, Chuuk (formerly Truk) in Micronesia - site of a 1944 battle and today home to a lagoon with sunken war vessels. A 20-day South Pacific Islands cruise departs November 10, 2006, sailing from Sydney to Papeete and features a new port of call, Napier, New Zealand, renowned for its world-class art deco architecture. The ship also offers a 22-day South Pacific and Andes cruise on November 29, 2006 with a route between Papeete and Aruba that features scenic cruising of Pitcairn Island, a call at Easter Island and a full Panama Canal transit.

Dawn Princess Australian Adventures - For passengers who want to enjoy a true Australian experience, Princess is offering North American passengers the opportunity to join Dawn Princess on her first season sailing "Down Under." Cruises range from eight to 28 days on a variety of itineraries that include destinations such as Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Tasmania, New Zealand and a complete circumnavigation of the Australian continent. The November 2006 to February 2007 cruise season will offer a genuine "Aussie" experience with Australian dollars as the onboard currency and dining and entertainment options geared to Australian tastes.

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July 01, 2005

Holland America Line Wraps Up The Holidays With 20 Winter Escapes To Exotic and Popular Destinations

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Holland America Line Wraps Up The Holidays With 20 Winter Escapes To Exotic and Popular Destinations

Special Gift: Family Reunion Program Offers Tremendous Value & Fun

Seattle (June 21, 2005) – From the exotic — celebrating Christmas with penguins in Antarctica or toasting Hanukkah beneath the fiery Kilauea volcano in Hawaii — to a popular Caribbean or Mexico cruise, Holland America Line invites savvy travelers to celebrate the season this December on one of 20 winter escapes.


“The gift of travel is an ideal present made all the more special when shared with loved ones and extended family,” says Richard D. Meadows, CTC, senior vice president of marketing and sales. “From enriching activities ashore to special onboard festivities celebrating the season, our holiday cruises provide tremendous value and extensive options for travelers of all ages.”

Families will enjoy the spirit of the holiday with the premium cruise line’s Family Reunion Program rewarding those who book five staterooms or more with special pricing and extra amenities enhancing the already inherent value and ease of a cruise vacation. The special program features extras such as unlimited soft drinks, family photos, and dinner in the line’s specialty Pinnacle Grill Restaurant. Caribbean-bound families might enjoy free rentals of snorkel gear and swim mats or banana boat rides on Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s award-winning private island.

From December 17 through 30, 2005, Holland America Line offers several cruise departures ranging from 7- to 20-days and accommodating the varied schedules of busy professionals, school kids and grandparents. Destinations, both close-to-home and far-flung, include:

The white-sand beaches and azure waters of the Caribbean — the perfect warm winter retreat with 13 holiday cruises, ranging from 7 to 15 days, traveling round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale and Tampa, Florida, and Norfolk, Virginia. Most itineraries feature a visit to Half Moon Cay, the line’s award-winning private Bahamian island. Here, in addition to relaxing on the beach or enjoying a host of water sports activities, guests will appreciate the island’s Family Aqua Park with slides, AquaTrax guided personal water craft park, sting ray adventure program and a horseback riding and swimming tour. One cruise also visits the Orinoco River in South America.
The mystery and beauty of the Mexican Riviera — explored with four journeys 8 or 10 days traveling round-trip from San Diego. In a country known for its festive celebrations, guests may experience the excitement of Las Posadas, the nine days before Christmas.
Wondrous journeys to more exotic locales — 15-day Circle Hawaii itinerary round-trip from San Diego featuring the talents of Ying Chang Compenstine, an internationally recognized Asian healthy cuisine author traveling as part of the line’s Culinary Arts Program; a 16-day New Zealand/Australia adventure from Auckland to Sydney; and a 20-day exploration of South America & Antarctica traveling from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Valparaíso, Chile.
Each holiday voyage features clergy to conduct Catholic, Protestant and Jewish services. Holland America Line’s on-board festivities for the entire family include holiday decorations, special movie showings, traditional dinner selections, religious services, a visit for the kids from Santa — sometimes arriving by parasail — activities and crafts for the Club HAL kids program, and a Christmas show by the crew on Christmas Eve. The line also holds a New Year’s Eve Gala and arranges to broadcast some college bowl games on board the ship.

With per person fares beginning at US$999 for a 7-day Caribbean cruise, the uncommon level of service, elegant accommodations, and enchanting style of a Holland America Line vacation represents tremendous value – perhaps the best gift of all.

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