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April 28, 2006

Disney Cruise Line Announces First-Ever Mediterranean Cruises with calls in Spain, Italy and France


Disney Cruise Line Announces First-Ever Mediterranean Cruises with calls in Spain, Italy and France

CELEBRATION, Fla.-- For the first time, Disney Cruise Line is adding European flair to its itinerary offerings, repositioning the Disney Magic for the summer of 2007 to the Port of Barcelona in Spain and offering alternating 10-night and 11-night Mediterranean cruise vacations to Europe.

"Our guests have told us they would love to take a European vacation, but all of the planning and logistics can be daunting. These special sailings will offer a hassle-free way to experience the beauty and culture of Europe combined with the fun of a Disney cruise," said Disney Cruise Line President Tom McAlpin.

With eight European ports of call, which provide gateways to familiar cities such as Florence, Rome, Pisa and Cannes, these new Mediterranean itineraries present the family vacation of a lifetime.

"The flexibility and mobility of Disney Cruise Line allow us to offer guests a new way to explore other parts of the world while enjoying a world-class cruise experience," said Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Jay Rasulo. "Disney Cruise Line is a model for the way we are expanding our family vacation business worldwide by offering new experiences the whole family can enjoy."

The four 11-night itineraries depart on Saturdays: May 26, June 16, July 7 and July 28; while the four 10-night itineraries depart on Wednesdays: June 6, June 27, July 18 and Aug. 8. Both itineraries will depart from Barcelona for the summer.

Special 2007 Mediterranean Cruises to Europe:

10-Night Itinerary
Barcelona, Spain (embarkation) - At Sea - Palermo, Sicily - Naples, Italy (Pompeii) - Olbia, Sardinia - Civitavecchia, Italy (Rome) - La Spezia, Italy (Florence & Pisa) - Marseille, France - Villefranche, France - At Sea - Barcelona, Spain (debarkation)

11-Night Itinerary
Barcelona, Spain (embarkation) - At Sea - Palermo, Sicily - Naples, Italy (Pompeii) - Olbia, Sardinia - Civitavecchia, Italy (Rome) - At Sea - La Spezia, Italy (Florence & Pisa) - Marseille, France - Villefranche, France - At Sea - Barcelona, Spain (debarkation)

In addition to the Mediterranean cruises, two 14-night trans-Atlantic sailings bookend the 10- and 11-night adventures with the eastbound itinerary departing from Port Canaveral, Fla., May 12, and the westbound starting from the Port of Barcelona, Aug. 18.

Starting rates for the Mediterranean 10- and 11-night itineraries range from $2,399 to $3,499 and are based on double occupancy.

Guests interested in booking a Mediterranean cruise to Europe with Disney Cruise Line should call (800)-738-8847.

Disney Cruise Line specifically designed its ships with areas and activities that appeal to the unique vacation needs of every member of the family. As a result, its vacations offer guests an unbelievable cruise experience not found anywhere else.

The ship features nearly an entire deck that is dedicated just to kids where they can enjoy fun, supervised activities designed for especially for different age groups. Additionally, an experienced staff cares for infants and toddlers at Flounder's Reef Nursery, allowing parents the opportunity to explore ports of call or adult areas on the ship, such as a special pool, the spa, a nighttime entertainment district and a romantic dining experience.

The Walt Disney Theatre provides a magnificent showplace of state-of-the-art sound, lighting, staging and set design. The curtain is lifted after the sun drops and original Disney musicals, family-friendly variety acts and first-run films entertain all ages.

While sailing on a Disney cruise, guests also get to enjoy three different themed restaurants through the voyage. Guests travel from the casual elegance of Lumiere's to the colorful, island-inspired Parrot Cay and Animator's Palate, where Disney animation springs to life throughout their meal. Along the way, they enjoy the familiarity of having the same wait staff with them at each restaurant they visit. Adults may also opt to dine at Palo, an exquisite restaurant featuring sweeping views and northern Italian cuisine.

The 877 family-friendly staterooms aboard each Disney ship were designed to offer maximum comfort. Most feature an industry first -- a bath-and-a-half with two separate areas; one offering a shower and sink, the other a sink and toilet.

Press Release by Disney Cruise Line

Posted by Denise at 09:27 AM

April 27, 2006

Senator Daniel K. Inouye to christen Pride of Hawaii


Senator Daniel K. Inouye to christen Pride of Hawaii

Ship is the largest, most luxurious U.S.-flagged passenger ship in the world

MIAMI – April 24, 2006 – Today, NCL Corporation announced the Honorable Daniel K. Inouye, senior United States Senator from Hawai`i, will give the keynote address and officially name NCL America’s newest U.S.-flag ship at her christening on May 20th in Los Angeles, California. Pride of Hawai`i is the third in a series of U.S.-flag cruise ships sailing under the NCL America brand and built for the Hawai`i market in furtherance of the “Hawai`i Cruise Ship Initiative,” legislation sponsored by Senator Inouye and passed by the United States Congress in February 2003.

“Senator Inouye is the father of this project and its most steadfast supporter,” said Colin Veitch, President and CEO of NCL and NCL America, “and the introduction of Pride of Hawai`i is its crowning event. So there can be no one more fitting than he to name our newest U.S. flag ship.”

Senator Inouye added, “I have always believed in the potential of Hawai`i as a major cruise destination and I am very pleased that, thanks to NCL, at last this has happened. This project has required a tremendous commitment from this fine company, from its partners in organized maritime labor, from the Coast Guard and the Maritime Administration, and many others. It will be my great pleasure to salute their efforts and to name this wonderful ship.”


At just over 93,500 gross registered tons, carrying more than 2,400 passengers, and costing over half a billion dollars, Pride of Hawai`i is by far the largest and most expensive U.S. flagged passenger ship ever built. It will employ a crew of over 1000, bringing the total seagoing workforce of NCL’s U.S. flagged fleet to approximately 4000, making NCL America the largest private employer of American seafarers in the world. The economic impact of the three ship fleet has been estimated by PriceWaterhouse Coopers to be nearly $830 million a year and an additional 20,000 jobs, including over a quarter of that impact occurring in other parts of the U.S. outside of Hawai`i.

NCL’s U.S. flag fleet, the first ship of which began service in July 2004, and its one international ship, will boost Hawai`i cruise passenger carryings to in excess of 650,000 a year by 2007. At these levels, Hawai`i as a cruise destination will be comparable in size and importance to Alaska and, together with Alaska, will be one of the top two domestic cruise destinations in North America.

Recent studies by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the North American cruise industry’s marketing and travel agent association, have revealed that travel agents believe Hawai`i will overtake Europe as the third most in-demand worldwide destination for American cruise passengers (after Caribbean and Alaska).

Daniel K. Inouye is the third most senior member of the U.S. Senate, and, with Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, co-chairs the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. The panel’s responsibilities include U.S. maritime commerce, which Senator Inouye continues to support. Senator Inouye was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1962, and is now serving his eighth consecutive term. When Hawaii joined the Union in 1959, he was elected the first Congressman from the new state, and was re-elected to a full term in 1960.

Press Release by Norwegian Cruise Line

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Posted by Denise at 08:43 AM

April 26, 2006

Holland America Line Introduces Signature Master Chef’s Dinner an Entertaining New Concept in Fine Dining at Sea


Holland America Line Introduces Signature Master Chef’s Dinner an Entertaining New Concept in Fine Dining at Sea

Seattle, WA, — Dancing waiters! A napkin ballet! Flying pepper grinders and a plate-spinning kick-line! “Dinner theater” takes on a whole new meaning on Holland America Line with the debut of the entertaining and innovative Signature Master Chef’s Dinner which combines the premium line’s award-winning cuisine, service and entertainment into an engaging new fine dining concept at sea.

“We are well-known for our outstanding service, excellent food and innovative entertainment,” said Richard D. Meadows, vice president of marketing and sales. “Our new Signature Master Chef’s Dinner builds on these strengths while creating an unforgettable dining experience.”

Guests are greeted by more than 75 smiling service staff including dining room stewards, cruise activities staff as well as the ship’s singers and dancers, all dressed as “chefs,” wearing dazzling white hats and jackets.

A crisp, pleated chef’s hat festooned with a clever collector’s menu in the shape of kitchen utensils describes the evening’s dining and wine selections. Stewards welcome guests to the special dinner event and invite them to join in the fun and don the honorary chef’s hat, which when lifted off the plate reveals a fresh-baked dinner roll also in the shape of a chef’s hat.

Musicians set the tone for the evening with custom-made “foodical” instruments such as drums shaped like cakes sitting on bread-stick stands, a banana saxophone, and a pear-shaped bass. The lights dim as the music begins.

Act 1, the “Waltz of the Napkins,” involves the precise delivery of napkins by staff in a choreographed waltz. The dancers orchestrate each movement culminating in the presentation of a domed silver platter containing the “Chef’s Amuse Surprise,” a small treat that is a welcoming gesture from the executive chef. The “Chef’s Amuse Surprise” selections are served on a rotating schedule and include delicacies such as Mushroom Mousse with Asparagus in Bouché, Smoked Salmon Mousseline with Chive and Dill, and Foie Gras Petit Four with Caramelized Anjou Pear.

Act 2, the “Show Salad Spectacular,” literally brightens the air with blurs of red, green and yellow as stewards juggle colorful vegetables into an over-sized salad bowl. Singer “Pepper Romaine,” costumed in a sequined, full-length green “salad” gown, accompanies the action. The atmosphere pulsates with servers cavorting around the salad bowl tossing baby greens, peppers, mushrooms, scallions and cherry tomatoes. The juggling is raised a notch as pepper grinders join the airborne entourage. Salads are then delivered direct from the galley as servers point out to guests the delectable choice of starters and entrées detailed on the menu’s rolling pin and butcher knife.

The menu offerings feature an array of starters, including Alaskan Salmon Tartare with Avocado, Golden Baked Brie in Phyllo Dough, Lobster Bisque or Oxtail En Croute. The evenings highlight comes in the form of a choice of entrées that are a food-lover’s delight. Whole Roasted Tenderloin of Beef; Grilled Lamb Chops with Oregano and Apple Chutney; Duck Breast à l’Orange; Sautéed Shrimps “Provençale”; Apricot Glazed Salmon with Soya Garlic and Ginger Splash; Tagliatelle with Roasted Chicken and Portobello Mushroom; or Wild Mushroom Strudel. The band provides background music during the starter and main courses.

The Signature Master Chef’s Dinner “Grand Finale!,” Act 3, features Master Chef Rudi Sodamin’s “Hats Off” dessert — an incredible creation that captures the dynamic, nuanced flavor of bittersweet chocolate in a luxurious mousse, surrounded by rubies of macerated berries and topped with a white chocolate chef’s hat with Chef Rudi’s signature in dark chocolate.

As guests receive and enjoy their signature “Hats Off” desert, the sweet sounds of The Archie’s hit song “Sugar, Sugar” resonates throughout both levels of the stylish dining room. Next, the spectacle turns to the ship’s real chefs who emerge from behind-the-scenes to line the dramatic balcony. The clever choreography continues as the servers dance through the audience with dinner plates spinning high in the air and then line up to form a kick-line. The rousing finish has guests singing and clapping along with the music as confetti flies through the air.

The Signature Master Chef’s Dinner will be featured in the elegant two-tiered main dining room once on every Holland America Line cruise by fall of 2006. The event has debuted on the ms Volendam and will be rolled out on the ms Amsterdam in May. By early July, the dinner theater show will be on the ms Rotterdam, ms Zaandam, ms Maasdam, ms Ryndam, ms Statendam and ms Veendam. The dinner show debuts on the ms Prinsendam in late July and will be on board the Vista-class ms Noordam, ms Oosterdam, ms Westerdam and ms Zuiderdam in the fall.

The event is the creation of Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, who serves as culinary consultant for Holland America Line’s fleet of five-star ships. Sodamin, a driving force behind the enhancement of Holland America Line’s already superb dining offerings has developed a fresh line of full-concept dining “experiences” for Holland America Line guests. One of the hospitality industry’s most accomplished chefs, Sodamin brings excitement, innovation, and unparalleled quality standards to menus at sea. Together with the Holland America Line Culinary Arts Team, Sodamin continues to whip up more cruise line and food industry firsts, such as the new Signature Master Chef’s Dinner.

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Posted by Denise at 08:53 AM

April 19, 2006

Pride of Hawaii Makes Her Debut In Germany



NCL Corporation takes delivery of its newest and largest U.S. Flagged ship

MIAMI – April 19, 2006 – Today, NCL Corporation (“NCL”) welcomed Pride of Hawaii as the newest member to the NCL America fleet, with a handover ceremony in Eemshaven, Holland. At today’s onboard ceremony, Star Cruises Chairman Tan Sri LIM Kok Thay was joined by Colin Veitch, NCL President and CEO; and Bernard Meyer, managing partner of Meyer Werft, the shipyard that constructed the vessel.

“We are proud to take delivery of this beautiful new ship not only because she is our newest and largest U.S. Flagged vessel but because she features the innovative design and the tremendous consumer appeal of Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Star and Norwegian Spirit,” Tan Sri said. “Pride of Hawaii is the ninth in a series of 11 such Freestyle Cruising ships delivered as part of a U.S. $5 billion cruise ship building program undertaken by Star Cruises and NCL since 1998.”

Pride of Hawaii is also the third in a series of U.S. flag cruise ships, built for the Hawai`i market. At just over 93,500 gross registered tons, carrying over 2,400 passengers, and costing over half a billion dollars, Pride of Hawai`i is by far the largest and most expensive U.S. flagged passenger ship ever built. Pride of Hawaii will employ a crew of over 1000, bringing the total seagoing workforce of NCL’s U.S. flagged fleet to some 4000, including those on leave.

“We are thrilled to complete our ambitious plan of bringing three U.S.-flagged ships to Hawai'i by 2006,” Colin Veitch said. “Pride of Hawaii, along with Pride of America and Pride of Aloha, and our one international ship, will bring around half a million passengers a year to the Hawai`i Islands and not only offer an unparalleled Hawai`i cruise experience but will also help create more than 20,000 U.S. jobs and generate more than $800 million of expenditures in the U.S. economy by the end of 2007 including over a quarter of that impact occurring in other parts of the U.S. outside of Hawai’i.”

The ship will arrive in Baltimore at the end of the month and after a series of inaugural events in San Francisco and Los Angeles, Pride of Hawaii begins sailing in Hawai`i on June 5. She departs every Monday from Honolulu and offers the line's extremely popular itinerary with a full day in Hilo, Hawai`i; two days in Kahului, Maui; a day in Kona, Hawai`i and two days in Nawiliwili, Kaua`i.

Purpose built for NCL's signature Freestyle Cruising, Pride of Hawaii features a vast array of accommodations including two luxurious Garden Villas with their own private gardens and sun decks, 10 Courtyard Villas sharing a private courtyard, pool and sundeck on deck 14, and a spectacular top-of-the-ship Owner's Suite. The ship also features multiple lively public rooms, 10 restaurants and impressive onboard amenities.

NCL Corporation ("NCL") is an innovative cruise company headquartered in Miami, Florida, with a fleet of 15 ships in service and under construction. The corporation oversees the operations of Norwegian Cruise Line, NCL America, and Orient Lines. The company is currently building two ships, Norwegian Pearl for delivery in November 2006 and Norwegian Gem for delivery in 2007.

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Posted by Denise at 07:15 PM

April 15, 2006

Regent Completes Paul Gauguin $6 Million Renovation


Regent Completes Paul Gauguin $6 Million Renovation

Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Paul Gauguin has completed a $6 million renovation, including a new casino, piano bar and five additional staterooms with aft-facing private balconies.

The ship, which has been managed since 1997 by Regent Seven Seas Cruises, has resumed sailing in Tahiti and the South Pacific under a contract that will be in effect through the end of 2008.

The new staterooms bring the total number of staterooms with balconies to more than 50%. New soft goods, seating and carpeting were added throughout public areas and the officers’ quarters were redecorated.

The Paul Gauguin sails weekly roundtrip cruises from Papeete, Tahiti, on Saturdays, calling in Raiatea, Tahaa (for a visit to RSSC’s private island, Motu Mahana), Bora Bora and Moorea (with two full days in each of the latter two ports).

Longer Itineraries
The ship will also offer several longer itineraries this year, including two, 14-night Marquesas cruises; one 14-night Cook and Society Islands, Australs and Tuamotus sailing; three 11-night Society Islands, Tuamotus and Marquesas cruises; three 10-night Society Islands and Tuamotus sailings; and two 9-night Society Islands holiday cruises which include calls at Huahine.

Select departures of the Paul Gauguin’s 7-, 10-, and 14-night sailings will feature an optional 7-night post-cruise land program, including three nights in Auckland, New Zealand and four nights in Sydney, Australia, priced from $1,795 per person, double occupancy.

New shore excursions include the Capture Moorea Photo Adventure, Botanical and Agricultural Walk and Sunset Sail Aboard the Margouillat from Moorea; Clear Kayak Safari to Motu Ofetaro from Raiatea and the overnight Romantic Escapade at Bora Bora Pearl Beach.

The Gauguin’s “Ambassadors of the Environment” program for young cruisers ages nine to 15, presented in conjunction with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society, will be offered on the June 10 to Aug. 23 sailings.

The program includes interactive experiences with and education about marine and island ecosystems, emphasizing the importance of coral reefs, sustainable lifestyles and traditional Polynesian culture.

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Posted by Denise at 05:21 PM

April 11, 2006

Exciting New Adventures Await Royal Caribbean International Cruisers In 2007 and 2008



Second Freedom Class Ship Named and an Unparalleled Mix of Ships, Destinations and Homeports Encourage International Exploration for the New Season

MIAMI, April 10, 2006 - Royal Caribbean International announced today the name of the cruise line's second Freedom-class ship: Liberty of the Seas. The name reflects the same freedom of choice and experiences as does her similarly-titled sister ship, Freedom of the Seas, which enters service in June 2006. With Liberty of the Seas debut in May 2007, as well as exciting new itineraries, new departure cities and exotic ports of call on the horizon Royal Caribbean International is setting a bold precedent for the 2007-2008 season.

Currently under construction at Aker Finnyards in Turku, Liberty of the Seas will closely mirror her prototype with signature class amenities such as the FlowRider, a surfing simulator, and cantilevered whirlpools suspended over 200 feet above the ocean. It will continue the cruise line's legacy of providing the unexpected with her own unique features. Liberty of the Seas with a 3,600 guest capacity, will sail alternating 7-Night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries year-round from Miami, Florida . The Eastern Caribbean sailing will visit San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten and Labadee, Haiti.
The Western Caribbean sailing will visit Labadee, Haiti; Montego Bay, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, Mexico. Liberty of the SeasSM will depart from Miami, Florida on Saturdays while Freedom of the Seas also sailing alternating 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries will depart from Miami, Florida on Sundays.

For those guests who think they’ve seen and sailed it all, Royal Caribbean promises to offer diversity in 2007-2008 with several exotic new ports of call. Casablanca, Morocco; Fort De France, Martinique; Split, Croatia; La Coruna, Spain; Pointe-á-Pitre, Guadeloupe; Samana, Dominican Republic and Kingstown, St. Vincent are just some of the exciting destinations guests can explore.

Explorer of the Seas returns to Cape Liberty in Bayonne, N.J., on May 6, 2007, where she will sail alternating 5-night Bermuda and 9-night Caribbean sailings. In time for the fall foliage, this popular Voyager-class ship will head north for four 9-night Canada/New England sailings. And for the first time ever, Explorer of the Seas® will remain in the Northeast for the remainder of the year, offering
various 2007-2008 winter escapes from Cape Liberty. Including 9-night Eastern Caribbean sailings calling on Labadee, Haiti; Casa De Campo, Dominican Republic; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas and San Juan, Puerto Rico; as well as an exotic 12-night Southern Caribbean itinerary calling on Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. John's, Antigua; Roseau, Dominica; Bridgetown, Barbados;
Basseterre, St. Kitts; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Empress of the Seas will venture into new waters, when she splits her time between Philadelphia and her new drive-to homeport of Norfolk, Virginia. Empress of the Seas is Bermuda-bound from both of these historic cities starting in April 2007. On May 13, 2007, Baltimore, Maryland favorite Grandeur of the Seas will embark on a series of summer sailings, bringing more options to the mid-Atlantic market than ever before. Spanning the summer and fall seasons, Grandeur of the Seas will alternate new 9-night Canada/New England sailings – calling on Portland and Bar Harbor, Maine; Saint Johns, New Brunswick; Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Boston, Massachusetts. Her itineraries will also include sunny 5-night Bermuda itineraries and 9-night Eastern Caribbean itineraries.

Meetings, incentive groups and all Royal Caribbean guests will have more convenient short-cruising options when Navigator of the Seas returns to the U.S. after a summer spent overseas, offering a combination of 4- and 5-night Western Caribbean sailings out of Miami including ports of call in Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; Key West, Florida; Cozumel, Mexico;
and Belize City, Belize. The newly-lengthened Enchantment of the Seas will sail similar Western Caribbean itineraries from Ft. Lauderdale and then from Tampa in the winter months of 2007.

In fall 2007, the ship that revolutionized the cruise industry, Voyager of the Seas, will replace Rhapsody of the Seas in Galveston, Texas, marking the first time that a Voyager-class ship will sail from the Lone Star State. Next winter, Voyager of the Seas, will offer alternating 7-night Western Caribbean itineraries, calling one week on Montego Bay, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, Mexico; and the next on Cozumel, Mexico; Roatan, Honduras; Costa Maya, Mexico, and Progreso, Mexico. Rhapsody of the Seas will resume these same itineraries from Galveston in the summer months. However, the winter months will welcome Rhapsody of the Seas to New Orleans, where she will offer 7-night Western Caribbean sailings. In a similar move, Grandeur of the Seas will reposition to Tampa during the winter season offering 7-night Western Caribbean itineraries to George Town, Grand Cayman; Costa Maya, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; and Cozumel, Mexico.

From December 2007 through March 2008, Splendour of the Seas will sail from a brand new homeport in the Dominican Republic. Offering a wide range of options, Splendour of the Seas will embark on two 7-night Southern Caribbean itineraries, calling on Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Roseau, Dominica; St. George’s, Grenada; Margarita Island, Venezuela and Oranjestad, Aruba or in Basseterre, St. Kitts; Pointe- á -Pitre, Guadeloupe; Fort De France, Martinique; Bridgetown, Barbados and Castries, St. Lucia.

Vision of the Seas will return to Seattle in May 2007 to offer a series of 7-night roundtrip Alaska sailings until September 2007. Vision of the Seas will be adding a brand new port of call to her roster – Prince Rupert in British Columbia – as well as sailing through the breathtaking Tracy Arm Fjord.

The first Voyager-class ship to serve Southampton, Navigator of the Seas will make her European debut on April 26, 2007. This family favorite will circle the continent, embarking on a number of exciting new itineraries throughout the Mediterranean, Canary Islands, Scandinavia/ Baltics and the United Kingdom, available until November 2007. One of the most innovative ships at sea, Navigator of the Seas is sure to make waves with families, featuring a rock-climbing wall, ice-skating rink, in-line skating track, Royal Promenade and over 22,000 square feet of Adventure Ocean Youth programming space.

Following her first European season in 2006, Voyager of the Seas will sail two 3-night itineraries in May 2007 from Barcelona to the bustling French Riviera. Due to increased demand, the legendary ship also will make more stops in Malta and the Mediterranean. On November 17, 2007, Voyager of the Seas will introduce two exotic itineraries featuring the Canary Islands and a new port of call, Casablanca, Morocco. Jewel of the Seas will be offering guests new options when she sails a series of short 3- and 4-night sailings from the historic ports
of Amsterdam, Netherlands; Hamburg, Germany and Oslo, Norway. On May 25, 2007, she will set sail for Scandinavia and Russia on her regularly scheduled 12-night itineraries from Harwich, England. Splendour of the Seas, will also undergo minor itinerary modifications, adding calls in Dubrovnik, Croatia and a new port of call, Split, Croatia to her glamorous 7-night Greek Isles & Turkey sailings.

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Posted by Denise at 09:03 AM

April 09, 2006

NCL to give away 10 cruises and a grand prize trip to New York and a cruise aboard Norwegian Dawn or Norwegian Spirit in nationwide contest



NCL to give away 10 cruises and a grand prize trip to New York and a cruise aboard Norwegian Dawn or Norwegian Spirit in nationwide contest

MIAMI – March 23, 2006 – Today, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) announced details of its episode of “The Apprentice,” which airs Monday, March 27 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT). The candidates for NBC’s “The Apprentice” are tasked with creating a 30-second commercial for Freestyle Cruising using the backdrop of the company’s newest ship, Norwegian Jewel. The commercials will be judged by NCL’s President and CEO Colin Veitch and GSD&M’s President and Founder Roy Spence. GSD&M is NCL’s branding and advertising firm.

“With Freestyle Cruising, NCL offers guests the freedom from the stress and demands of everyday life and gives them the freedom to do whatever they want on their own schedule,” Veitch said. “We look forward to seeing what these talented candidates come up with to tell the Freestyle Cruising story.”

"NCL is a terrific brand, and Freestyle Cruising is a great product,” said Roy Spence. “GSD&M is thrilled to see NCL showcased on this episode of The Apprentice."

As part of the promotion around the airing of NCL’s episode, the company is launching a nationwide contest for viewers on Monday, March 27 when they can log on to ncl.com for a chance to win a grand prize trip for two to New York with first-class air, three nights at the Trump Hotel and a cruise out of New York aboard either Norwegian Dawn or Norwegian Spirit. Entrants can also qualify to win one of 10 seven-day cruises.

Norwegian Jewel, which was christened on November 3, 2005 by the ship’s Godmother Melania Trump, boasts a brand new style of accommodations --10 Courtyard Villas, along with the ship’s two Garden Villas -- make up the most luxurious, most innovative suite complex at sea. 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 state-of-the-art spa and more.

NCL Corporation ("NCL") is an innovative cruise company headquartered in Miami, Florida, with a fleet of 15 ships in service and under construction. The corporation oversees the operations of Norwegian Cruise Line, NCL America, and Orient Lines. The company is currently building three ships, including one more for the NCL America brand in Hawai`i - Pride of Hawai`i (delivery in April 2006), Norwegian Pearl (delivery in November 2006) and Norwegian Gem (delivery in 2007).

For further information, please contact NCL in the U.S. and Canada at (800) 327-7030; visit NCL’s website at www.ncl.com or on AOL at keyword: NCL; or to download high-resolution photography, visit www.ncl.com/hires.

Started as an advertising agency in 1971 by six entrepreneurial college graduates, GSD&M has become a destination for companies seeking visionary ideas that solve their significant marketing problems. Believing that collaboration leads to innovation, GSD&M partners with creative thinkers across a wide and diverse range of disciplines. Their unique style has helped build some of the country’s most respected brands, including BMW, Wal-Mart, the new AT&T, MasterCard, Chili’s, Dreamworks SKG, NCL and the U.S. Air Force.

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Posted by Denise at 05:34 PM

April 07, 2006

Princess Offers the Ultimate in Alaska Adventures with 21 New Tour Options in 2006


Princess Offers the Ultimate in Alaska Adventures with 21 New Tour Options in 2006

Uniquely Alaska Experiences Range from Thrilling Adventures to Local Taste Treats

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (April 6, 2006) - From ultimate thrill seekers to enthusiasts who want to become immersed in the "Great Land" culture, travelers visiting Alaska with Princess will have 2l new excursions to choose from this season. Between an off-road 4x4 adventure, snorkeling in a dry suit, searching for wildlife or tasting local treats at a crab feast, Princess offers something uniquely Alaska for everyone.

In 2006, passengers who are planning their days during an Alaska cruisetour have 15 new Adventures Ashore while in port and six new Optional Land Excursions from Princess' wilderness lodges. These new options add to Princess' already comprehensive program for a grand total of 238 tour choices - including many unique excursions exclusive to Princess.

"Passengers coming to Alaska arrive with the anticipation of seeing local wildlife, experiencing the richness of the local culture, taking in the beauty of the wilderness and enjoying unusual adventures that can only be done in this amazing state." said Charlie Ball, president of Princess Tours. "We continue to offer new ways to satisfy these desires, whether by zip lining among the treetops in a rain forest reserve, dog sledding on a glacier or exploring beautiful gardens. A number of these new offerings provide a special small group atmosphere, and all of our excursions are led by top-notch guides, many of them award winners dedicated to providing visitors with a spectacular Alaska experience."

The 2006 season's new Adventures Ashore include:

Juneau Steamboat Cruise (Princess Exclusive) - An opportunity to embark on a cruise through Juneau Harbor aboard Alaska's only wood-fired passenger steamboat. Travelers will learn about the workings and history of steam engine travel, plus many colorful stories from Juneau's past, as they cruise amidst Juneau's scenic beauty.

Alaska's Whales & Rain Forest Trails - An intimate eco-tour in which passengers can experience Alaska's abundant wildlife by both land and sea without the crowds. Visitors travel in a intimate 20-passenger boat for truly up-close whale watching (sightings are guaranteed). Afterward, participants can stretch their legs along a tranquil, secluded trail accompanied by a certified interpretive guide.

Dog Sledding on the Mendenhall Glacier - One of Alaska's most popular visitor activities, this tour features one of the originators of helicopter glacier flightseeing for a dog sledding adventure on Juneau's most famous ice, the Mendenhall Glacier. Iditarod mushers share tales from the trails as the dogs pull passengers across the glacier.

Canopy Adventure & Wildlife Expedition - The ultimate nature experience features the opportunity to glide through the rain forest on zip lines, aerial bridges and nature trails. Seven zip lines and dramatic suspension bridges offer unique angles from which to view the forest reserve's abundant wildlife.

Exclusive Flightseeing & Crab Feast - A VIP tour offering the intimacy of travel with a small group, this tour combines two unique Alaska experiences - flightseeing over the Tongass National Forest and fine dining featuring Alaskan Dungeness crab. Passengers fly to the remote George Inlet Lodge for a gourmet lunch in a private dining room.

Experience the Yukon & Suspension Bridge - The opportunity to experience the Klondike's newest attraction - the Yukon Suspension Bridge. The tour includes travel up the White Pass summit and a barbecue lunch before traveling to the new bridge over the Tutshi River for a dramatic walk to savor the fresh mountain air and watch the spectacular scenery as the river rages below.

Klondike Scenic Highlights - A tour combining three of Skagway's most scenic highlights - the famed White Pass & Yukon Route railroad, the new Yukon Suspension Bridge and the lovely Jewell Gardens, where passengers will enjoy a gourmet lunch featuring local ingredients fresh from the garden itself.

Takshanuk Mountain Trail by 4x4 - Passengers of all ages and abilities can wind their way through breathtaking wilderness via a four-wheel-drive Kawasaki "mule." Designed to be easily accessible, these rugged vehicles are perfect for exploring forest and mountain spaces filled with beautiful waterfalls and crystal clear lakes.

Sitka Photography Tour (Princess Exclusive) - Participants can connect with their inner Ansel Adams as they join an experienced local photographer on a tour customized for shutterbugs who want to capture images of Sitka seldom seen by visitors, whether historic sites, wildlife, flora, harbors, or even spawning salmon.

4x4 Wilderness Adventure - An opportunity to experience the beauty of Alaska on an exciting off-road adventure on Sitka's Kruzof Island. Participants will navigate Yamaha Rhino 4x4 vehicles through the island's lush temperate rain forest.

Dry Suit Snorkel Adventure - A unique way to get up close and personal with Alaska's underwater life. The buoyant dry suit slips conveniently over passengers' street clothes making it easy to enjoy the colorful life in the waters of Sitka Sound.

Sea Otter Quest & Alaska Raptor Center - A convenient combination of two of Sitka's most popular attractions - the Sea Otter & Wildlife Quest and a guided tour through the Alaska Raptor Center. Passengers are guaranteed to spot at least one otter, whale or bear.

Double-Decker Tour - A chance to experience Victoria's old-world charm with a guided tour aboard an authentic open-air English double-decker bus. Highlights include Chinatown, Old Town, Beacon Hill Park, Marine Drive, Antique Row, Fisherman's Wharf, Legislative Buildings and other scenic areas.

Multi-Media Self-Guided Walking Tour - Touring goes hi-tech with this novel way to explore Victoria's highlights at an individual pace. Participants are equipped with a handheld personal computer that guides visitors on a walk directly from the cruise ship pier. An audio/visual presentation provides insightful information about each designated stop.

Craigdarroch Castle & Butchart Gardens Gourmet Picnic - An opportunity to enjoy a visit to a stunning historic mansion followed by a gourmet picnic set among the lovely floral displays of Butchart Gardens. Visitors are supplied with picnic baskets and a scenic dining location to enjoy this VIP visit to the gardens.

Along with these new Adventures Ashore, six new land excursions also debut this season, offering some intriguing new opportunities to passengers staying in Princess' own wilderness lodges. New options include an Alaska Adventure Walking Tour in Denali; the opportunity to visit the seldom-seen Devil's Gorge or tour the kennels of a World Champion musher from Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge; or two new fishing expeditions and a river walk from the Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge.

Adventure Ashore Available for Pre-Reservation
All Alaska Adventures Ashore are currently available for pre-reservation. Passengers who are already booked on an Alaska cruise can reserve their tours by logging on the Cruise Personalizer on princess.com, to ensure they get the excursions of their choice. As many Princess tours fill up quickly, passengers are encouraged to make selections as early as possible. Princess pioneered online shore excursion booking, and this season marks the sixth year in which Alaska passengers have been able to use this convenient reservation system.

These new tour options are offered as part of Princess' 2006 Alaska season. In total, Princess will offer 122 departures on seven ships, offering a variety of experiences on vessels that range from 1,590 passengers to 2,670 passengers. Travelers can choose from a Gulf of Alaska cruise or cruisetour or round-trip Inside Passage sailings from Seattle and San Francisco. More than 20 cruisetour options are available, many featuring the line's exclusive new Direct to the Wilderness rail service that debuted to rave reviews last year. This industry first features trains ready and waiting right at the Whittier dock to whisk passengers directly to Princess' two Denali park-area lodges. And Princess remains the only company to offer Alaska's two most popular attractions - Denali National Park and Glacier Bay - on every cruisetour.

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