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August 31, 2005

Songwriter Paul Williams, Actor Milo O'Shea and Ocean Explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau on Radisson Seven Seas Cruises

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Songwriter Paul Williams, Actor Milo O'Shea and Ocean Explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau

Special Savings, Spotlight Themes, Le Cordon Bleu Cooking Workshops Featured

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL., August 2, 2005 - Guests of Radisson Seven Seas'® "Grand Circle Pacific" segments will be entertained and enlightened while exploring Southeast Asia, Australia and the South Pacific this fall. Stars of stage, screen and song - noted Irish actor Milo O'Shea and Hall of Fame songwriter Paul Williams will showcase their talents on the 700-guest, all balcony-suite Seven Seas Mariner's® October 10 and November 21 sailings, respectively.

Renowned ocean explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau will also join the November voyage and lecturers from Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society will be aboard all seven segments of the 93-night "Grand Circle Pacific" voyage. Hands-on Le Cordon Bleu cooking workshops will be featured on both the September 14 and October 24 sailings.

In addition, the September 14 and November 21 sailings feature two-for-one savings, and the October 10 and 24 sailings offer a choice of free economy air from 86 North American gateways or $1,400 off the cruise fare.

Broadway Onboard
On October 10, actor Milo O'Shea will sail the Seven Seas Mariner as she charts a 14-night path from Hong Kong to Singapore. O'Shea, renowned for his Tony award- nominated roles in Staircase (1968) and Mass Appeal (1981), as well as his unforgettable character Durand-Durand in Barbarella (1968), will screen some of his best-loved films and appear in Q&A sessions with cruise director Barry Hopkins.

The voyage, which calls in Hong Kong (onboard overnight), Hung Gai (Hanoi, two overnights), Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon, overnight), Laem Chabang (Bangkok, overnight) and Singapore (overnight), will also feature a complimentary hotel stay at the Bangkok Shangri-La as well as a Spotlight on Southeast Asian Cuisine, highlighting the foods of Thailand, Vietnam and China. Guest chefs from Southeast Asia will join Rob Lam of San Francisco's acclaimed Vietnamese-inspired restaurant Butterfly and top Shanghai chef Carlos Ropetto to provide guests opportunities to visit local markets, participate in cooking demonstrations and attend elegant dinners. In addition, James Beard Award-winning wine writer Lyn Farmer will reveal that Asian cuisines are among the most wine-friendly in the world.

"We've Only Just Begun"
Making a rare personal appearance, Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe-winning Hall of Fame songwriter Paul Williams will be on the Seven Seas Mariner when she departs Auckland for Los Angeles on November 21. Between calls at Bay of Islands, Rarotonga, Bora Bora, Moorea, Papeete, and Nuku Hiva, the 19-night cruise will feature the composer and his most memorable hits - including "Rainy Days and Mondays," "Evergreen," "We've Only Just Begun," and "The Rainbow Connection," in two concerts and two lectures.

Guests will also be treated to a Spotlight on Movies with Dave Fantle and Tom Johnson, film historians and authors of the book Reel to Real. The two will present classic films and new cinematic releases while providing intriguing looks behind the scenes in Hollywood with reminiscences of some of the dozens of stars they have interviewed over the years. Capping the Spotlight, the expert chefs of the Seven Seas Mariner will recreate some great lavish meals from movies, including Babette's Feast and Big Night.

In addition, environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau will be onboard to discuss the ocean's vital importance to survival of life on the planet, and a complimentary shore side event, "Tamure Welcome at a Sacred Marae" in the Marquesas will be featured.

Prices
Both the September 14, 12-night Whittier to Tokyo cruise and the November 21, 19-night Auckland to Los Angeles cruise offer two-for-one savings with per person prices starting at $3,898 and $4,998, respectively. The October 10, 14-night Hong Kong to Singapore cruise and the October 24, 14-night Singapore to Sydney cruise start at $6,956 and $6,521 per person, respectively, including free economy air unless guests opt to take $1400 off the cruise fare.

All fares include shipboard gratuities, wine with dinner and in-suite bar set-up.
Radisson Seven Seas Cruises was voted "Best Large Cruise Line" by readers of Departures magazine in 2004.

Press Release by Radisson Seven Seas Cruises

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Posted by Denise at 09:25 AM

August 29, 2005

Tropical Weather Update: August 28, 2005 - 11:00 a.m.

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Tropical Weather Update: August 28, 2005 - 11:00 a.m.

Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises are closely monitoring the path and progress of Hurricane Katrina 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 and Celebrity Cruises.

Given Katrina's current location and projected path, we are providing the following information regarding two Royal Caribbean International ships.

Royal Caribbean International

Ships sailing from Port Everglades

Empress of the Seas, now on four-night sailing, sailed from the Port of Tampa on a modified itinerary. The ship will spend the day at sea today and return to Port Everglades Monday, August 29.

Ships sailing from the Port of Miami

Majesty of the Seas, now on a shortened, two-night sailing will spend the day today in Nassau, Bahamas, and return to the Port of Miami on Monday, August 29.

CELEBRITY CRUISES

No Celebrity Cruises ships are being adversely affected by tropical weather.

We will continue to closely monitor weather conditions and update this information accordingly.

Press Release by Royal Caribbean International

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Posted by Denise at 11:19 AM

August 27, 2005

Crystal Harmony Godmother Mary Tyler Moore To Sail During Ship's Final Season

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Crystal Harmony Godmother Mary Tyler Moore To Sail During Ship's Final Season

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 3, 2005) - Among those paying tribute to Crystal Harmony during her final season this fall will be the luxury ship's Godmother, seven-time Emmy Award-winner Mary Tyler Moore. The star of television, stage and film will join the award-winning ship on October 22 for a ten-day Mexican Riviera cruise, one of Crystal Harmony's last voyages as part of the Crystal Cruises fleet.

Mary Tyler Moore is one of a distinguished group of legendary women who hold the honor of Godmother of a Crystal Cruises ship. Ms. Moore christened Crystal Harmony in 1990; Angela Lansbury launched Crystal Symphony in 1995 and Dame Julie Andrews became Godmother of Crystal Serenity in 2003.

Like Ms. Lansbury and Ms. Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore holds a special place in people's hearts as a symbol of female independence and strength, both in her work and personal life. On board, Ms. Moore will participate in a question and answer session whereby she will share meaningful moments from her illustrious career and her extensive charity work. In addition to memorable television roles on The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, as well as other television and film roles, Ms. Moore earned an Academy Award nomination for her performance in the celebrated film Ordinary People and was honored with a Tony Award for her portrayal of a quadriplegic in Whose Life Is It Anyway?

In November 2005, Crystal Harmony will leave the Crystal Cruises fleet and will be transferred to Crystal's parent company's Japanese cruise division. From September through October, the 940-guest, 50,000-ton Crystal Harmony will spend her final season sailing on seven-day and ten-day Mexican Riviera itineraries round-trip from Los Angeles. The ten-day October 22 cruise features calls in San Diego, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán, Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo.

Crystal Cruises' President Gregg Michel, who was at the 1990 christening said, "Mary Tyler Moore launched Crystal Harmony with an elegance and warmth that to this day are hallmarks of our ship's luxury experience. We are honored that she is coming back to cruise aboard Crystal Harmony during her farewell season. As a tremendously accomplished actress, Ms. Moore should be very proud of the critical acclaim and guest satisfaction 'her ship' has enjoyed for so many years."

Crystal Cruises has consistently earned the travel industry's most distinguished hospitality awards and guidebook ratings. Most recently, the line was voted the "World's Best Large-Ship Line" by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine for the tenth consecutive year, the only cruise line to have won the coveted award every year since the surveys' inception.

Press Release by Crystal Cruises

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Posted by Denise at 10:34 AM

August 25, 2005

Tropical Weather Update: August 25, 2005 - 11:00 a.m.

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Tropical Weather Update: August 25, 2005 - 11:00 a.m.

Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises are closely monitoring the path and progress of Tropical Storm Katrina 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 and Celebrity Cruises.

Given Tropical Storm Katrina’s current location and projected path, we are providing the following information regarding three Royal Caribbean International ships.

Royal Caribbean International

Ships sailing from Port Everglades

UPDATE: Port Everglades has been closed by U.S. Coast Guard. Empress of the Seas, now on a five-night sailing, will therefore not return to Port Everglades on Thursday as originally scheduled. The ship will now conclude its current sailing at the Port of Tampa on Thursday. Guests on this sailing will be transported by bus from Tampa to Port Everglades and the Tampa airport for their return trips home. All guests booked on Thursday’s sailing will be transported by bus from Port Everglades to the Port of Tampa. It is critical that guests booked on Thursday’s sailing not drive their vehicles to Tampa, since the ship will be returning to Port Everglades on Monday as originally scheduled. Royal Caribbean is pleased that we will be able to offer a full four-night cruise experience, despite adverse weather conditions. However, due to weather conditions and this change in port of departure, Empress of the Seas will not be able to make her originally scheduled port of call at Key West, Florida, on Friday. Instead, she will spend the day at sea on Friday, arrive early into Cozumel, Mexico, at approximately 9 a.m. Saturday, depart Cozumel as scheduled at 10 p.m. Saturday evening, spend the day at sea Sunday and return to Port Everglades Monday morning.

Ships sailing from the Port of Miami

UPDATE: Port of Miami has been closed by U.S. Coast Guard. Majesty of the Seas, now on a four-night sailing originally scheduled to conclude on Friday will delay its return to the Port of Miami by one day. The ship will spend the day at sea on Friday and arrive in Miami on Saturday. Majesty of the Seas’ next sailing has been shortened to a two-night sailing that will begin on Saturday and include a port of call in Nassau, Bahamas, on Sunday, before returning to the Port of Miami on Monday.

UPDATE: Navigator of the Seas is still expected to arrive at the Port of Miami on Saturday and depart on its next sailing at 5 p.m. that day. However, guests booked on that sailing should continue to monitor this web site for any itinerary changes.

CELEBRITY CRUISES

No Celebrity Cruises ships are being adversely affected by tropical weather.

We will continue to closely monitor weather conditions and update this information accordingly.

Press Release by Royal Caribbean International

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Posted by Denise at 09:00 AM

August 24, 2005

Tropical Weather Update

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Tropical Weather Update: August 24, 2005 - 7:30 p.m.

Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises are closely monitoring the path and progress of Tropical Storm Katrina 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 and Celebrity Cruises.

Given Tropical Storm Katrina's current location and projected path, we are providing the following information regarding three Royal Caribbean International ships.

ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL

Ships sailing from Port Everglades:
UPDATE: Empress of the Seas now on a five-night sailing, will not return to Port Everglades on Thursday, August 25, as originally scheduled. Because Port Everglades will be closed to ship traffic at 8 p.m. Wednesday evening in preparation for the storm, the ship will now conclude its current sailing at the Port of Tampa on Thursday. Guests on this sailing will be transported by bus from Tampa to Port Everglades and the Tampa airport for their return trips home. All guests booked on Thursday’s sailing will be transported by bus from Port Everglades to the Port of Tampa. It is critical that guests booked on Thursday's sailing not drive their vehicles to Tampa, since the ship will be returning to Port Everglades on Monday, August 29, as originally scheduled. Royal Caribbean is pleased that we will be able to offer a full four-night cruise experience, despite adverse weather conditions. However, this change in port of departure also means that Empress of the Seas will not be able to make her originally scheduled port of call at Key West, Florida, on Friday. Instead, she will spend the day at sea on Friday, arrive early into Cozumel, Mexico, at approximately 9 a.m. Saturday, depart Cozumel as scheduled at 10 p.m. Saturday evening, spend the day at sea Sunday and return to Port Everglades Monday morning.

Ships sailing from the Port of Miami:
UPDATE: Majesty of the Seas now on a four-night sailing originally scheduled to conclude on Friday, August 26, will delay its return to the Port of Miami by one day to avoid the storm. The ship will spend the day at sea on Friday and arrive in Miami on Saturday, August 27. Majesty of the Seas’ upcoming three-night sailing, originally scheduled to depart on Friday, will now be shortened to a two-night sailing. Because this sailing will be shortened, guests will have the option to sail or cancel and receive a 50 percent refund. This shortened cruise will begin on Saturday and include a port of call in Nassau, Bahamas, on Sunday, before returning to the Port of Miami on Monday, August 29. Guests who opt to sail will receive an onboard credit of $100 per stateroom.

UPDATE: Navigator of the Seas is still expected to arrive at the Port of Miami on Saturday, August 27, and depart on its next sailing at 5 p.m. that day. However, guests booked on that sailing should continue to monitor this web site for any itinerary changes.
At this time, no other Royal Caribbean International ships are being adversely affected by tropical weather.

CELEBRITY CRUISES

At this time, no Celebrity Cruises ships are being adversely affected by tropical weather.

We will continue to closely monitor weather conditions and update this information accordingly.

Press Release by Royal Caribbean International

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Posted by Denise at 09:07 PM

August 23, 2005

Carnival Cruise Lines, Cola Cola Team Up To Create New 'Club 02' Teen Program Aboard Fun Ships

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CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES, COCA-COLA TEAM UP TO CREATE NEW ‘CLUB O2’ TEEN PROGRAM ABOARD ‘FUN SHIPS’

Spacious, High-Tech Teen Centers, Expanded Activities Schedule Highlight Exciting New Program

MIAMI (August 4, 2005) – Carnival Cruise Lines, the world’s largest cruise operator, and The Coca-Cola Company, the world’s largest soft drink manufacturer, have teamed up to create “Club O2,” a new teen program aboard the line’s 21 “Fun Ships.”

“Club O2,” which is targeted at teens in the 15-17 age group, encompasses a variety of new and expanded programming fleetwide, as well as new teen directors aboard each ship and spacious teen clubs offering a memorable setting for activities or just hanging out. The teen centers are currently featured on 12 of 21 Carnival ships with the majority of the other ships scheduled to be retrofitted by the end of the year.

The 1,000- to 1,800-square-foot teen clubs include a dance floor with a DJ, a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system and large-screen plasma TVs displaying the latest movies and music videos.

There’s also a “Coke-tail” lounge where guests can enjoy Coca-Cola products and various non-alcoholic specialty drinks. The rooms are enhanced by a distinctive décor along with plush sofas and comfortable seating.
Select teen clubs also feature a library with popular teen-oriented books and magazines, video game units, 16-monitor “video walls,” and “listening stations” where teens can plug in and hear the latest tunes.

“We’ve conducted extensive market research on the unique vacation desires of today’s teens and have developed a carefully thought out program that combines modern, inviting facilities and interesting activities, all in an unstructured environment preferred by older kids,” said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO. “Teens comprise a significant portion of the 500,000 kids who are expected to sail aboard the ‘Fun Ships’ this year and Carnival is pleased to partner with industry leader Coca-Cola to create this exciting program for teens to call their own,” he added.

“What a fantastic way for both Carnival and Coca-Cola to reach this vital segment of their businesses. ‘Club O2’ is destined be a great success,” said John Byrne, senior national sales executive of The Coca-Cola Company.
The “Club O2” activities begin shortly after teens arrive on board as they attend a “Welcome Aboard” party where they receive a complete listing of the voyage’s activities, as well as a variety of promotional materials, including a mesh “Club O2” bag.

Then throughout the voyage, teens can enjoy a wide range of activities such as karaoke sessions, nightly themed parties, late-night movies, video game contests, basketball, ping-pong and other sporting events.

Following the latest “reality TV” craze, games based on “The Bachelor/Bachelorette,” “Fear Factor” and “Survivor” are played daily. Activities start in the early afternoon and run well into the evening.
Activities are coordinated by a “Club O2” teen director aboard each ship. “These energetic directors are really the catalyst for ‘Club O2’ and create an exciting atmosphere for getting teens involved,” Dickinson said.
The new fleetwide teen program continues Carnival’s efforts at catering to this burgeoning market.

Recent enhancements include the fleetwide Y-Spa program aimed exclusively at older kids and their parents who can enjoy a variety of soothing, luxurious body and facial treatments.

Teens-only shore excursions are also available, providing older kids an opportunity to experience Carnival’s exciting destinations together as a group. Outings are accompanied by a member of the teen staff and include such options as cave tubing in Belize, horseback riding in Cozumel, and swimming with stingrays in Grand Cayman.

Other fleetwide amenities popular with teens include 24-hour pizza and ice cream in the poolside restaurants and high-tech arcades featuring the latest video games. Teens can also enjoy a nine-hole miniature golf course on the Imagination, as well as a 270-square-foot outdoor television screen on the new Carnival Liberty which debuted last month.

Each Carnival ship offers at least three swimming pools as well as a twisting, turning water slide.

Carnival is the largest and most popular cruise line in the world, with 21 “Fun Ships” operating voyages of three to 16 days in length to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England and Europe.
The line will expand the “Fun Ship” fleet with the launch of the 110,000-ton Carnival Freedom which is scheduled to enter service in February 2007.

Press Release by Carnival Corporation

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Posted by Denise at 08:43 AM

August 22, 2005

Royal Caribbean International Announces Sixth Annual Environmentally Innovative Ship Of The Year Award

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Royal Caribbean International Announces Sixth Annual Environmentally Innovative Ship Of The Year Award

MIAMI, FL (August 5, 2005) - Royal Caribbean International today announced that its ship Adventure of the Seas has been selected for the company's sixth annual Environmentally Innovative Ship Of The Year Award.

The annual award is designed to encourage Royal Caribbean International's longstanding commitment to environmental innovation and improvement. Competition for the award assists the company in progressively advancing its environmental performance in ways that go above and beyond regulatory compliance. Judging for the 2004 awards was conducted by the independent external auditing firm CoVeris, which audits all Royal Caribbean ships for adherence to the company's Environmental Compliance Plan.

Adventure of the Seas' crew was cited for its achievements in resource conservation and environmental stewardship. The crew's innovations included the creation of an improved process to clean boiler exhaust systems. The new process uses high-pressure air and a vacuum to remove soot, resulting in less waste to be disposed.

The ship's crew also developed a system that allowed them to significantly reduce the amounts of two chemicals most commonly used onboard, a soapy cleaner and a rust remover. By diluting the two chemicals a significantly lower volume of them is used. Any unused diluted solution is collected at the end of each day for reuse the following day.

Additionally, the ship's crew was credited for its ongoing efforts to create and restore wetlands in St Maarten and for their participation in the creation of an education program related to the wetlands. These efforts not only preserve St. Maarten's vulnerable ecosystems, but educate people of the island's ecological diversity.

"I congratulate the Adventure of the Seas crew for its outstanding and creative environmental efforts; said Harri Kulovaara, executive vice president of Safety and Environment for Royal Caribbean International. "I also thank all our ships for their many innovations in the area of environmental performance. These advances contribute to our process of continual improvement and our stewardship of the world's oceans."

Each year, all Royal Caribbean ships are requested to submit information regarding shipboard environmental program initiatives. The following categories are considered in determining which ship has undertaken the best environmental innovation:

Reduction of environmental impacts (air emissions, water discharges, waste management, marine conservation, etc.), which may be onboard the ship or at ports of call.

Reduction of waste generated (waste minimization programs, recycling, etc.).
Reduction of resource use (fuel conservation, water conservation, reduction of paper use, purchasing products made from recycled materials, etc.).
Substitution of hazardous/toxic products for less hazardous/toxic products.
Improvement in environmental equipment operation (additional equipment installed, re-design of equipment to increase performance, etc.).
Communication of innovation within Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Press Release by Royal Caribbean International

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Posted by Denise at 09:16 AM

August 20, 2005

Announcing Holland America Line’s 2006 Alaska Cruisetour Lineup

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Announcing Holland America Line’s 2006 Alaska Cruisetour Lineup

Get into the Heart of the Great Land

Seattle, WA (August 10, 2005) - More of Alaska and the Yukon are offered with Holland America Line CruiseTours in 2006 than ever before. Offering 29 CruiseTours, Holland America Line offers the most geographically-diverse CruiseTours available, designed to showcase natural wonders by sea and land. With Holland America Line’s expanded narration and tour director program, Alaska comes to life historically and culturally through educational and scenic videos, daily handouts, props to accompany tour presentations and the addition of an onboard library provided by University of Alaska Press. New in 2006, “Homer and Kenai Peninsula Exploration” takes guests far off the beaten track featuring Kenai Fjords National Park, Homer and Cooper Landing on the Kenai River.

CruiseTours and optional excursions feature visits to 11 National Parks – more than any other tour company. In addition to well known Denali, both Kluane National Park, with Mt. Logan, the second highest peak in North America, and Tombstone Park in the Yukon are stunning wilderness areas with exclusive programs to provide our guests unique and remote experiences,” said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, senior vice president, marketing and sales.” “We can take guests above the Arctic Circle, to Gates of the Arctic National Park and the Arctic Ocean, or to see the exciting marine wildlife of Kenai Fjords National Park.”

Take Your Time in the Great Land

Most CruiseTours include world renowned Denali National Park and travel aboard the McKinley Explorer luxury dome railcars. There are exceptional optional excursions at every stop, ranging from easy to strenuous activities, panoramic tours, history and cultural tours. All excursions are designed to give in-depth perspective, and take advantage of the outstanding wilderness and wildlife that Alaska is known for. Shore excursions include hiking in sub arctic Tombstone Park or dramatic Kluane, a jeep tour through the Klondike Gold Fields, flightseeing to Fort Yukon above the Arctic Circle, a visit with Iditarod musher Mary Shields, fly-fishing on a remote wilderness stream, sea–kayaking in the Tatoosh Islands and more.

History buffs enjoy the Great Land Klondike CruiseTours that feature the Yukon as well as Alaska, ranging from 11- to 15-days or the 10-to 13-day Great Land Wilderness CruiseTours that follow the famous AL-CAN Highway scenic route. All Great Land Klondike and Great Land Wilderness CruiseTours include a three or four night Inside Passage cruise, visit to Fairbanks and Alaska’s premier gold mining attraction Gold Dredge No. 8 and Denali National Park by McKinley Explorer domed railcar. Depending on the CruiseTour, additional destinations may include Whitehorse and the boisterous Frantic Follies Show, UNESCO World Heritage Wilderness Kluane National Park, historic Dawson City and unique sub arctic Tombstone Park in the Yukon, and a mv Yukon Queen cruise on the legendary Yukon River.

Cruise lovers enjoy Glacier Discovery CruiseTours, ranging from 11- to 20-days, commencing or ending with a seven-day cruise between Vancouver and Seward. Land options to choose on CruiseTours range from heading north of the Arctic Circle to Prudhoe Bay and the Arctic Ocean, or to Anaktuvuk Pass, remote Coldfoot, located in the Brooks Range near Gates of the Arctic National Park. Other options include the new 13-day “off the beaten path” Homer & Kenai Peninsula Exploration that also visits charming Cooper Landing, and more comprehensive CruiseTours that include both Alaska and the Yukon.

Great values are another highlight of Holland America Line’s 2006 season. Early savings pricing starts at $1,449 double occupancy fare, for 11- to 20-day CruiseTours; and seven-day cruises start at just $849.

The Leader in Alaska Cruises and Tours
Celebrating its 58th year as the leader in Alaska travel, Holland America Line will have eight ships offering 159 cruises in 2006 with more cruise and CruiseTour departures featuring Glacier Bay National Park than any other company. CruiseTours also highlight more time in Denali National Park.

Press Release by Holland America Line

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Posted by Denise at 10:28 AM

August 18, 2005

Royal Caribbean International Announces New Adventures In 2006

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Royal Caribbean International Announces New Adventures In 2006
New Itineraries, New Departure Cities and Exotic Ports of Call Entice Guests to Explore

MIAMI, FL (July 25, 2005) - From a Voyager-class ship in Europe to new options in Alaska to new departures from Philadelphia, Royal Caribbean International is offering an unparalleled mix of ships and destinations in 2006.

Voyager of the Seas to Make European Debut
In May 2006, the ship that revolutionized cruising will depart Miami for Barcelona, Spain, marking the 3,114-guest Voyager of the Seas' European debut. From May 27 to July 8, 2006, and again Sept. 9 through Nov. 11, 2006, Voyager of the Seas will offer seven-night Mediterranean sailings roundtrip from Barcelona, calling on Marseille and Villefranche (Nice), France, and Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Civitavecchia (Rome) and Naples, Italy.

Voyager of the Seas also will sail seven-night Mediterranean-Malta sailings July 15 through Sept. 2, 2006, making stops in Villefranche (Nice); Civitavecchia (Rome); Palermo (Sicily), Italy; Valletta, Malta; and Palma De Mallorca, Spain. In addition, guests on either itinerary have the option of extending their vacation with one of two cruisetour packages - a three-night tour to Madrid and Barcelona or a five-night tour to Seville, Madrid and Barcelona.

Voyager of the Seas remains one of the most innovative ships at sea. Introduced in 1999, Voyager was the first cruise ship to feature a rock-climbing wall, an ice-skating rink, an in-line skating track and the Royal Promenade, a horizontal atrium featuring shopping, dining and entertainment venues. Voyager of the Seas offers guests six restaurants and more than a dozen lounges and bars from which to choose, as well as a state-of-the-art theater, the Las Vegas-style Casino Royale, and the outstanding Adventure Ocean youth program.

Explorer of the Seas Adds Options from Cape Liberty Cruise Port
When Voyager of the Seas heads to Europe, Explorer of the Seas will take her place from May to November at Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, N.J., to offer new, nine-night Eastern Caribbean itineraries, as well as the five-night Bermuda sailings first introduced by Voyager in 2005. Explorer of the Seas' Eastern Caribbean cruises will take guests to explore Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Royal Caribbean's private destination of Labadee, Hispaniola.

Empress of the Seas is Bermuda-Bound from Philadelphia
Starting April 29, 2006, Empress of the Seas will begin a series of seven-night Bermuda sailings from Philadelphia, marking the first time Royal Caribbean will sail a full season from the historic Pennsylvania city. Empress of the Seas' new cruises will call on St. George's and Hamilton, Bermuda, until Oct. 28, 2006, when Empress repositions to San Juan for the winter.

Vision of the Seas Embarks on Alaskan Adventures
Vision of the Seas moves to Seattle in May 2006 to offer a series of seven-night roundtrip Alaska Fjord sailings until Sept. 1, 2006. Vision's Alaska cruises call in Juneau, Skagway and Icy Strait Point, Alaska, and Victoria, British Columbia, in addition to cruising through the breathtaking Tracy Arm Fjord and the Inside Passage.

Radiance of the Seas to "Cruisetour" Alaska
On May 27, 2006, Radiance of the Seas will begin sailing alternating, seven-night, one-way northbound and southbound sailings between Seward, Alaska, and Vancouver, British Columbia. The northbound itinerary includes calls in Juneau, Skagway, Sitka and Icy Strait Point, Alaska, in addition to cruising the Inside Passage and Hubbard Glacier. Southbound sailings replace time in Sitka with a call in Ketchikan, Alaska.

Radiance guests looking for additional adventures can book one of Royal Caribbean's 20 Alaska cruisetour packages - exploring Alaska's natural wonders by deluxe motorcoach and the Wilderness Express luxurious, glass-domed railcars. Add-on land excursions include unforgettable experiences such as white-water rafting, glacier flight-seeing and heli-hiking.

Freedom of the Seas Sets Sail
Bookings opened in March for Royal Caribbean's newest ship, the 3,600-passenger Freedom of the Seas. Set to debut in the United States in May 2006 and enter service on June 4, 2006, Freedom of the Seas will be the most innovative and forward-looking ship the line has introduced to date. Featuring an interactive water park called H2O Zone, a dedicated sports pool, and cantilevered whirlpools extending 12 feet over the sides of the ship in the adults-only Solarium, Freedom of the Seas will offer a wide range of unique activities for guests of all ages. Freedom of the Seas will sail seven-night Western Caribbean cruises from Miami.

Press Release by Royal Caribbean International

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Posted by Denise at 08:26 AM

August 14, 2005

Songwriter Paul Williams, Actor Milo O'Shea and Ocean Explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau

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Songwriter Paul Williams, Actor Milo O'Shea and Ocean Explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau

Special Savings, Spotlight Themes, Le Cordon Bleu Cooking Workshops Featured

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL. (August 2, 2005) - Guests of Radisson Seven Seas'® "Grand Circle Pacific" segments will be entertained and enlightened while exploring Southeast Asia, Australia and the South Pacific this fall. Stars of stage, screen and song - noted Irish actor Milo O'Shea and Hall of Fame songwriter Paul Williams will showcase their talents on the 700-guest, all balcony-suite Seven Seas Mariner's® October 10 and November 21 sailings, respectively.

Renowned ocean explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau will also join the November voyage and lecturers from Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society will be aboard all seven segments of the 93-night "Grand Circle Pacific" voyage. Hands-on Le Cordon Bleu cooking workshops will be featured on both the September 14 and October 24 sailings.

In addition, the September 14 and November 21 sailings feature two-for-one savings, and the October 10 and 24 sailings offer a choice of free economy air from 86 North American gateways or $1,400 off the cruise fare.

Broadway Onboard
On October 10, actor Milo O'Shea will sail the Seven Seas Mariner as she charts a 14-night path from Hong Kong to Singapore. O'Shea, renowned for his Tony award- nominated roles in Staircase (1968) and Mass Appeal (1981), as well as his unforgettable character Durand-Durand in Barbarella (1968), will screen some of his best-loved films and appear in Q&A sessions with cruise director Barry Hopkins.

The voyage, which calls in Hong Kong (onboard overnight), Hung Gai (Hanoi, two overnights), Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon, overnight), Laem Chabang (Bangkok, overnight) and Singapore (overnight), will also feature a complimentary hotel stay at the Bangkok Shangri-La as well as a Spotlight on Southeast Asian Cuisine, highlighting the foods of Thailand, Vietnam and China. Guest chefs from Southeast Asia will join Rob Lam of San Francisco's acclaimed Vietnamese-inspired restaurant Butterfly and top Shanghai chef Carlos Ropetto to provide guests opportunities to visit local markets, participate in cooking demonstrations and attend elegant dinners. In addition, James Beard Award-winning wine writer Lyn Farmer will reveal that Asian cuisines are among the most wine-friendly in the world.

"We've Only Just Begun"
Making a rare personal appearance, Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe-winning Hall of Fame songwriter Paul Williams will be on the Seven Seas Mariner when she departs Auckland for Los Angeles on November 21. Between calls at Bay of Islands, Rarotonga, Bora Bora, Moorea, Papeete, and Nuku Hiva, the 19-night cruise will feature the composer and his most memorable hits - including "Rainy Days and Mondays," "Evergreen," "We've Only Just Begun," and "The Rainbow Connection," in two concerts and two lectures.

Guests will also be treated to a Spotlight on Movies with Dave Fantle and Tom Johnson, film historians and authors of the book Reel to Real. The two will present classic films and new cinematic releases while providing intriguing looks behind the scenes in Hollywood with reminiscences of some of the dozens of stars they have interviewed over the years. Capping the Spotlight, the expert chefs of the Seven Seas Mariner will recreate some great lavish meals from movies, including Babette's Feast and Big Night.

In addition, environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau will be onboard to discuss the ocean's vital importance to survival of life on the planet, and a complimentary shore side event, "Tamure Welcome at a Sacred Marae" in the Marquesas will be featured.

Prices
Both the September 14, 12-night Whittier to Tokyo cruise and the November 21, 19-night Auckland to Los Angeles cruise offer two-for-one savings with per person prices starting at $3,898 and $4,998, respectively. The October 10, 14-night Hong Kong to Singapore cruise and the October 24, 14-night Singapore to Sydney cruise start at $6,956 and $6,521 per person, respectively, including free economy air unless guests opt to take $1400 off the cruise fare.

All fares include shipboard gratuities, wine with dinner and in-suite bar set-up.
Radisson Seven Seas Cruises was voted "Best Large Cruise Line" by readers of Departures magazine in 2004.

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August 12, 2005

Regal Princess to Offer Unique Panama Canal and South America Itineraries in 2006/2007

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Regal Princess to Offer Unique Panama Canal and South America Itineraries in 2006/2007

Canal Program will Include 10- to 19-Day Voyages, Including San Juan to Acapulco Route

SANTA CLARITA, CA (August 4, 2005) - Regal Princess' deployment has been announced for the fall 2006/winter 2007 season, and it features a new program of Panama Canal cruising with a range of unique itineraries from 10 to 19 days. Additionally, the 1,590-passenger ship will do four South America cruises in the winter - two down the Amazon River and two exploring the Andes and Peru.
"We're delighted to add Regal Princess to our Transcanal fleet," said Jan Swartz, Princess' senior vice president of customer service and sales. "With the majority of the ship's deployment in the Panama Canal trade during this season, it cements Princess' leadership position in this destination. These new itineraries complement those of Coral Princess to provide our passengers with an even wider variety of cruise options there."

Regal Princess' 10-day Panama Canal Explorer cruises sail between San Juan and Acapulco and include calls at Aruba, Fuerte Amador, Panama; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; and Hualtulco, Mexico. Several other Panama Canal itineraries will also be offered such as a port-rich roundtrip sailing from Los Angeles.

The two 12-day Amazon River cruises will depart January 19 and 31, sailing between San Juan and Manaus, Brazil. Two 12-day Andes/Peru voyages traveling between Lima, Peru and San Juan will sail March 4 and 16.

Early booking fares for these new voyages begin at $1,099 per person, double occupancy. The new voyages will be available for sale on August 20, 2005.

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August 11, 2005

Norwegian Cruise Line Takes Delivery Of Norwegian Jewel

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NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE TAKES DELIVERY OF NORWEGIAN JEWEL

MIAMI (August 4, 2005) – NCL Corporation (NCL) is proud to announce the completion of its newest gem, Norwegian Jewel. Today, at a ceremony in Emsehaven, Holland, Bernard Meyer, Managing Partner of Meyer Werft handed over the 93,502-ton vessel to NCL President and CEO Colin Veitch. The ship is a sister to the company’s popular Norwegian Star and Norwegian Dawn and is the fifth new ship that NCL Corporation has launched in four years.

“We are thrilled to introduce our newest masterpiece and welcome Norwegian Jewel into our fleet of state-of-the-art ships,” Veitch said. “Modeled after her sisters Norwegian Star and Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Jewel features the most luxurious suite complex at sea plus extensive family facilities, a new bar concept and itineraries to some of the world’s most exciting destinations including the Eastern and Western Caribbean and the Mediterranean.”

On August 10, Norwegian Jewel will sail a series of European voyages before heading to New York for inaugural festivities. She will begin her Homeland Cruising program of Canada and New England Fall cruises on September 18th and then reposition to Miami for another series of inaugural events and cruises to the Caribbean during the winter.

Shining from bow to stern, Norwegian Jewel boasts a brand new style of accommodations - 10 Courtyard Villas - which along with the ship’s two Garden Villas -- make up the biggest, most luxurious, most innovative suite complex at sea. The suite complex features a private courtyard and sundeck on deck 14 and both courtyard and garden villa guests have a concierge lounge available to them. Dedicated butlers offer continental breakfast, refreshments all day and canapés and drinks before dinner.

Norwegian Jewel also features the most versatile, family-friendly accommodations afloat as well as an array of amenities including 10 restaurants, three swimming pools, a contemporary spa and more. Additionally, Norwegian Jewel features a new concept for NCL – a “Bar Central” – featuring a martini bar, a champagne and wine bar, and a beer and whisky pub all connected but with three distinct personalities, plus 10 other bars and lounges for passengers to enjoy. On August 10, 2005 Norwegian Jewel will sail from London (Dover), calling on Lisbon, Portugal; Gibraltar, UK; Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy; Cannes, Frances and Barcelona and Almeria, Spain. Then on August 23, the ship will sail to the Baltic Capitals from London (Dover) sailing to Oslo, Norway; Helsinki, Finland; spending the night in St. Petersburg, Russia before sailing to Stockholm, Sweden; Berlin (Warnemunde) Germany and Copenhagen, Denmark before repositioning from London to New York. The transatlantic cruise, called Path of the Vikings, departs Dover on September 4, 2005 and stops in Cobh, Ireland; Reykjavik, Iceland; St. John’s, Newfoundland and Newport, Rhode Island before arriving in New York on September 14, 2005.

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

After transitioning from New York to Miami, where the ship will spend her winter season, Norwegian Jewel will begin her regularly scheduled, seven-day itineraries to the Eastern and Western Caribbean. Eastern Caribbean sailings call in San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. John’s, Antigua; St. Thomas, USVI and NCL’s Private Island, Great Stirrup Cay. Western Caribbean itineraries will call at Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Georgetown, Grand Cayman and Roatan, Bay Islands.

Norwegian Jewel will feature these itineraries each Sunday from November 4, 2005 through April 23, 2006. NCL will then deploy Norwegian Jewel in Europe to sail Mediterranean and Egypt and Greek Isles itineraries for the summer 2006 season.

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August 10, 2005

Royal Caribbean & Celebrity Cruises Introduce Online Check-In

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ROYAL CARIBBEAN AND CELEBRITY CRUISES INTRODUCE ONLINE CHECK-IN
Two brands establish industry first to dramatically accelerate guest check-in

Miami (July 20, 2005 ) - Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises have established another industry first: Both lines are simultaneously launching online check-in for their guests, reducing the check-in process at the pier from minutes to seconds.

Titled "SetSail" for Royal Caribbean International and "Xpress Pass" for Celebrity Cruises, online check-in is now available for guests booked on Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas and for those on Celebrity's Zenith. The company expects online check-in to be available for both brands' entire fleets by September.

The new online check-in process allows guests to fill out all pertinent cruise documents before arriving at the pier. Boarding documents, immigration forms, onboard accounts and ticket contracts can be completed with just a click of the mouse.

"This is a truly innovative development, basically making the web our 'virtual check-in agent,'" said Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Associate Vice President Guest Port Services Juan Trescastro. "By averting the need to complete paperwork at the pier or while in line, we're reducing the time involved at the pier from an average of three to four minutes to an average of 30 seconds per guest."

To check in online, guests are asked to visit the pertinent line's web site (www.celebrity.com or www.royalcaribbean.com), then click "Before you Cruise" on Celebrity's site, and "Before You Board" on Royal Caribbean's site, followed by "Online Documentation." There, guests will be asked to provide their booking number, ship and sail date, and to follow four easy steps to complete the process. Guests then will receive an e-mail confirmation stating that their documents have been processed. They can print the confirmation and provide it, along with identification, to agents at a special express counter at the pier.

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August 09, 2005

Silversea Enhances 2006 Schedule With New Series Of Elegant Explorations Cruises

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SILVERSEA ENHANCES 2006 SCHEDULE WITH NEW
SERIES OF “ELEGANT EXPLORATIONS” CRUISES

Generous Savings Incentives, Onboard Spending Credits and
Complimentary Business Class Air Upgrades Highlight Program

Ft. Lauderdale, FL (May 9, 2005) - Silversea Cruises today unveiled a distinctive collection of specially tailored Elegant Explorations cruises for 2006. Created exclusively for the sophisticated traveler who has the time and passion to indulge in broad and in-depth cultural explorations, the new program offers nine extended voyages ranging in length from 34 to 123 days. The innovative series combines the luxury of sailing aboard the line’s elite, award-winning ships with expanded journeys to diverse regions of the world, and visits to must-see traditional ports as well as exotic destinations that are off the beaten path – all on one cruise.

Highlighting the program are generous savings incentives and onboard spending credits of $500 (per person) for guests sailing 40 to 70 days and $750 for guests sailing 71 to 100 days. Complimentary Business Class air upgrades are also available with the purchase of optional air and hotel program on voyages of 50 or more consecutive days.

“Our new series of Elegant Explorations offers guests the chance to journey in pampering, all-inclusive luxury through Western Europe, the Mediterranean, South America, the Far East and South Pacific, while discovering along the way fascinating new ports like Ilheus, Brazil, Kangaroo Island, Australia, and Kura Kura, Indonesia, to name a few,” said David Morris, Silversea’s senior vice president, North America sales. “With each Elegant Exploration, guests will experience our personalized service, warm Italian hospitality, intimate ships and intriguing destinations at a leisurely pace, plus they will enjoy more overnight stays in port, allowing for a deeper journey into a region’s history, culture and cuisine."

Listed below are the nine Elegant Explorations voyages and the current best-available starting fares, which are cruise-only rates including Early Booking Incentive savings of up to 30% off the published fare; an additional 5% Advance Payment Bonus savings when payment is made six months prior to sailing; Combination Cruise savings of 5%; and Venetian Society savings of 5%.

Elegant Explorations 2006 Schedule

- Silver Shadow departs January 27, 2006 on a 45-day “Far East Mosaic” voyage from Sydney to Bangkok with calls in Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, China and Thailand. Best-available fares start at $20,831 per person.

- Silver Wind departs February 14, 2006 on “The Spice Route”, a 44-day voyage from Dubai to Las Palmas with calls in United Arab Emirates, Oman, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Greece, Turkey, Libya, Malta, Spain, Portugal and Morocco. Best-available fares start at $18,731 per person.

- Silver Wind departs March 30, 2006 on a 42-day “Vintage Mediterranean” voyage from Las Palmas to Monte Carlo with calls in Spain, Morocco, Portugal, France, Monaco, Italy, Greece and Croatia. Best-available fares start at $18,686 per person.

- Silver Cloud departs May 11, 2006 on a 34-day “European Tapestry” voyage from Genoa to Stockholm with calls in Italy, Monaco, France, Spain, Portugal, England, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Russia, Estonia, and Sweden. Best-available fares start at $18,546 per person.

- Silver Whisper departs June 19, 2006 on a 51-day “Classic Europe” voyage from Athens to Copenhagen with calls in Turkey, Greece, Montenegro, Croatia, Italy, France, Spain, Monaco, Portugal, England, Belgium, Netherlands, Estonia, Russia, and Finland. Best-available fares start at $28,602 per person.

- Silver Cloud departs September 6, 2006 on a 123-day “Ultimate Explorations” voyage from Copenhagen to Sydney, calling in over 35 countries including Russia, Poland, Norway, England, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Oman, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Best-available fares start at $60,276 per person.

- Silver Whisper departs September 6, 2006 on an 83-day “Route of the Empires” voyage from Copenhagen to Hong Kong, calling in over 25 countries including Finland, Russia, Germany, Netherlands, France, Spain, Portugal, Tunisia, Italy, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam. Best-available fares start at $39,333 per person.

- Silver Cloud departs September 13, 2006 on a 100-day “East of Suez” voyage from Stockholm to Singapore, calling in over 30 countries including Poland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, England, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Oman, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Malaysia. Best-available fares start at $47,561 per person.

- Silver Wind departs October 1, 2006 on a 63-day “In the Wake of the Sun” voyage from Istanbul to Buenos Aires, calling in over 15 countries including Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Greece, Libya, Italy, France, Monaco, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Senegal, Brazil and Uruguay. Best-available fares start at $25,467 per person.

Detailed information on Elegant Exploration voyages, including complete itineraries, is available at www.silversea.com. The program’s colorful self-mailer will be available to travel agents in early June and can be ordered online at Silversea’s Web site.

Silversea Cruises is recognized as an innovator in the luxury segment, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard four intimate vessels, Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, and Silver Whisper, all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. For the eighth year, Silversea was named “Number One” small-ship line in the 2004 “Readers’ Choice” survey conducted by Condé Nast Traveler magazine. For the sixth time, Silversea was selected “World’s Best” small-ship line in the 2004 Travel + Leisure readers’ poll.

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August 07, 2005

Holland America Line Dishes up Sun, Adventure and Culinary Arts Center on Cruises to Mexico in 2006

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Holland America Line Dishes up Sun, Adventure and Culinary Arts Center on Cruises to Mexico in 2006

ms Oosterdam & ms Zaandam offer 32 Departures Roundtrip from San Diego

Seattle (July 26, 2005) — From whale watching near Cabo San Lucas to discovering the famous Copper Canyon from Topolobampo, Holland America Line explores the natural wonders of the Mexican Riviera on 32 cruises in 2006. Offering more departures than any other premium line in the region, the Oosterdam and ms Zaandam feature seven- and ten-day cruises traveling roundtrip from the San Diego cruise port, which is just minutes from the city’s airport.

The line’s impressive Mexico collection is anchored by the 1,848-passenger Oosterdam’s 29 seven-day itineraries. The 1,440-passenger Zaandam offers three 10-day journeys allowing for more in-depth exploration. Two seven-day holiday voyages provide an ideal escape for families and friends wishing to spend the holidays at sea. In addition, acclaimed chef Marcus Samuelsson, of Aquavit and Riingo in New York City, will sail on the October 22, 2006, cruise to conduct recipe demonstrations in the innovative Culinary Arts Center.

Holland America Line’s Mexico cruises combine our experience in the region, our sporting and eco-adventures ashore, and the refined elegance found aboard each of our ships,” said Rick Meadows, CTC, the line’s senior vice president, marketing and sales. “Guests are rewarded with an enriching vacation at a tremendous value and sailing from a convenient homeport.”

Mexican Riviera: 7-day Cruises

Departing San Diego every Saturday from January 7 to April 22, 2006; and again from October 7 to December 16, 2006; the Oosterdam’s 29 week-long itineraries feature full days in Cabo San Lucas with snorkeling, sea kayaking and diving; Mazatlán, renowned for its sporting adventures and golden beaches; and, Puerto Vallarta, regarded for its superb shopping and old-world charm. Cruise fares start at US$699 per person, double occupancy.

Sea of Cortez & Mexican Riviera: 10-day Adventures

Showcasing the soft adventure of the Sea of Cortez or the flair of the Riviera, 10-day journeys aboard the Zaandam allow for greater exploration of Mexico on three longer departures.

The vast marine wonders of the Sea of Cortez are revealed on two 10-day adventures aboard the Zaandam on October 22 and December 11. The rich itinerary calls at Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, and Toplolobampo – where guests can embark on a day tour of Mexico’s spectacular Copper Canyon. The journey continues to Loreto, site of the first Jesuit mission in 1697, past the scenic Sierra de la Giganta, and on to Pichilingue and Cabo San Lucas.

Travelers may also choose to explore the Mexican Riviera on November 16 on a cruise to the ports of Manzanillo, Acapulco, Zihuatanejo, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán and Cabo San Lucas. Cruise fares for 10-day cruises start at US$999 per person, double occupancy.

Acclaimed Chef Sails on October Cruise

The Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine will host star chef Marcus Samuelsson on the October 22, 2006, Zaandam cruise. Chef Samuelsson is the executive chef at the New York City’s famed Aquavit restaurant. Named the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef New York City, 2003, Samuelsson recently opened trendy Riingo, which offers inventive versions of American and Japanese classics.

Mexican Holiday Cruises

Mexico’s sunny and spirited personality provides the ideal backdrop for a holiday voyage with family and friends, and the line’s Friends and Family Program offers generous amenities and special group pricing. The Oosterdam offers two 7-day holiday cruises on December 23 and 30.

Each holiday voyage features clergy to conduct Catholic, Protestant and Jewish services. Holland America Line’s on-board festivities for the entire family include special movie showings and entertainment, traditional dinner and decorations, a visit for the kids from Santa, and Club HAL kids program activities. The line also holds a New Year’s Eve Gala and arranges to broadcast some college bowl games on board the ship.

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August 05, 2005

MSC Cruises A Major Contributor To The Port Of Malta

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MSC CRUISES A MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR TO THE PORT OF MALTA
MSC Cruises transports 38,000 travellers to the shores
of the island of Malta for 2005

MSC Cruises are recognised as major contributors to the annual visitors that travel to the island by Malta on a cruise. During 2005 two MSC ships : MSC Melody and MSC Opera will have called into Malta 29 times bringing 38,000 visitors to the island.

MSC Melody cruises up to 24 October a series of 7-night cruises from Genoa, calling into Naples on Tuesdays, arriving in Malta on Wednesdays, going onto Tunis, then Ibiza, for an overnight stay to make the most of the lively nightlife on this Balearic Island, onto St. Tropez before returning 8 days later to the port of Genoa. Two more 9-night cruise itineraries include Malta as a port of call, departing from Genoa 6 and 15 November also calling into Civitavecchia, Katakolon, Piraeus, Tripoli, Malta, and Naples.

MSC Opera will embark on 9 November for an 11-night cruise also from Genoa sailing to Split, Piraeus, Alexandria, Tripoli, Malta and Naples before crossing the Atlantic Ocean and heading to the Caribbean.

For years, Malta has been a strategic port of call for MSC Cruises, not only for the summer programme but for the autumn and winter cruise series of the Italian MSC fleet. There is an appreciation of MSC Cruises by the passengers. This is a direct result of the true Italian flavour to be found on board the MSC ships, plus the co-operation of the local operators as well as the numbers of visitors arriving on an MSC cruise. The contribution that is made by all these factors is recognised and appreciated by the local Maltese authorities, as a cultural trail and in terms of the international exchange that it provides for all concerned.

For summer 2006, MSC Cruises has confirmed the importance of the MSC Cruise ships visits to the port of Malta.

MSC Opera, from 1 May through to 23 October 2006, will make 26 visits to the island of Malta as it operates its seasonal 7-night cruises from Genoa, calling into Monte Carlo, Valencia, Malta, Tunis and Civitavecchia.

MSC Armonia will dock into Malta’s main harbour 18 November, on an 11-night cruise to Croatia, Greece, Egypt and Libya.

MSC Melody will also call into Malta three times, during a series of 11-night cruises from Sicily, Greece, Egypt and Libya. All three ships will bring a grand total of 63,000 passengers to the island.

The synergies between MSC Cruises and the island of Malta will be highlighted during the press conference that will be held 18 November this year on board MSC Opera. An event where the local authorities of the Maltese government and opposition parties will be present, plus those involved in trade and the Maltese tourist authorities, as well as the media - all acknowledging the importance of Italian style cruises to the island’s economy and tourism product.

MSC Cruises owns currently a fleet of seven ships: MSC Sinfonia, MSC Opera, MSC Armonia, MSC Lirica, MSC Melody, MSC Rhapsody, MSC Monterey - charting the seas in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, South America and South Africa. This fleet will increase to nine vessels by the year 2007. The newest additions to the fleet will be MSC Musica currently under construction and due to be launched in the Mediterranean, in June 2006, and MSC Orchestra due to be launched in 2007.

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August 04, 2005

New Port For Outdoor Adventure Added To 2006 Canada/New England Cruises By Holland America Line

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New Port For Outdoor Adventure Added To 2006 Canada/New England Cruises By Holland America Line

Saguenay, Quebec, Features Kayaking, Tree-Top Adventures, Whale Watching and More

Seattle (July 28, 2005) – In 2006 Holland America Line will debut a fresh itinerary that calls at the new port of Saguenay, Quebec; offer more Eastern Canada/New England cruises; and add a second ship to the fall foliage cruise season. The ms Amsterdam joins the ms Maasdam to feature four 10-day cruises that highlight this new port in the spectacular Saguenay Fjord. Together, the two ships will sail a total of 22 cruises from April 28 to October 7, 2006.

The Maasdam will again sail mainly cruises between Boston and Montreal, plus offer a spring Ft. Lauderdale-Montreal sailing and a fall Montreal-Norfolk cruise. Flagship Amsterdam will sail between New York and Montreal.

“The Canada/New England cruising region is really an up and comer for our industry, especially among families seeking summer cruises,” said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, senior vice president, marketing and sales. “The region is perennially famous for its fall color, but the cruise guest base has grown because of the area’s historic seaports, international cities, stunning scenery and sea life make spring and summer attractive for family vacations.

“We’re especially excited to add the new port of Saguenay in 2006. Saguenay is surrounded by three national parks, including a marine preserve, so the opportunities for wildlife and marine viewing, kayaking, fishing and flightseeing are exceptional. We’re currently developing shore excursions around these activities, plus cultural, culinary and tree-top canopy tours.”

Meadows also noted that Canada/New England cruises are port-intensive and include a full day in Quebec City, consistently rated the most popular port on the itinerary. Holland America Line’s Medallion Shore Excursions let guests enjoy a wide range of experiences from elegant tea at Quebec City’s famed Chateau Frontenac to biking in Acadia National Park.

Holland America Line begins its 2006 Canada/New England season with the Maasdam’s 15-day cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to Montreal departing Apr. 28. The ship calls at Charleston, South Carolina; Norfolk, Virginia; New York City; New London, Conn.; Newport, Rhode Island; Bar Harbor, Maine; Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia; and Quebec City, the “heart of French Canada.” Cruise fares start at US$1,799 [CAN $2,219] per person, double occupancy.

The Maasdam then sails a series of seven-day cruises between Montreal and Boston from May 13 to Sept. 30. The ship cruises the Saguenay Fjord and calls at Quebec City; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (Anne of Green Gables tour option); Halifax and Sydney (Cabot Trail and 18th century French fortress of Louisbourg tour options); and Bar Harbor (Acadia National Park tour option). Cruise fares start at US$999 [CAN $1,239] per person, double occupancy.

Seven-day cruises are ideal for multi-generational family travel, and Holland America Line now offers a Friends and Family Program that provides extra amenities to families who cruise together. The program rewards families booking five or more staterooms with special group pricing, cabin upgrades, beverage and dinner packages, and a family photo per stateroom.

In 2006, the Amsterdam offers four 10-day cruises between New York and Montreal departing Sept. 7 to Oct. 7 for prime fall color viewing. These leisurely sailings call at Newport, Rhode Island; Gloucester, Mass.; Bar Harbor, Maine; Halifax, Sydney, Charlottetown, Saguenay and Quebec City. They also include scenic cruising of the St. Lawrence River and Saguenay Fjord. Cruise fares start at US$1,699 [CAN $2,099] per person, double occupancy.

The Maasdam also sails a Canada/New England cruise on Oct. 7, concluding the season with a relaxing 10-day sailing from Montreal. It calls at all the same ports as the seven-day cruises and continues on to Norfolk. Cruise fares start at US$1,699 [CAN $2,099] per person.

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