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May 31, 2006

Celebrity Cruises' Top-Rated Trio Returns To Alaska in 2007


Miami - (May 25, 2006 ) - The enchanting land of 5,000 glaciers, four mountain ranges and three million lakes will greet vacationers onboard Celebrity's Summit, Infinity and Mercury next year, when the trio of top-rated ships returns for another season of cruises and cruisetours in Alaska. Bookings opened today for Celebrity's 2007 Alaska season, running from May through September.

Following a 13-night West Coast and Alaska voyage departing San Francisco and concluding in Vancouver, Celebrity's Infinity will reprise its seven-night Hubbard Glacier cruises roundtrip from Vancouver, British Columbia, on Sundays, from May 20 through September 9, 2007. In addition to spending hours beside ice-blue Hubbard Glacier, Infinity will visit Ketchikan, Juneau and Icy Strait Point, Alaska, along with a cruise through the Inside Passage.

Infinity will conclude its 2007 Alaska season with a 13-night voyage departing Vancouver on September 16, ending in San Francisco, with ports of call in Sitka, Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Icy Strait Point, Alaska; a cruise beside Hubbard Glacier; and Nanaimo and Victoria, British Columbia.

Celebrity's Summit sets sail from Los Angeles on May 12, 2007, on a 13-night cruise ending in Vancouver, where the ship resumes its seven-night Northbound Alaska cruises on alternating Fridays from May 25 through August 31, 2007. The ships seven-night Southbound Alaska cruises will depart from Seward, Alaska, on alternating Fridays. Ports of call on both itineraries include Juneau, Skagway, Icy Strait Point and Ketchikan, Alaska, along with a cruise through the Inside Passage and beside Hubbard Glacier.

Summit will wrap up its 2007 Alaska season with a 14-night Ultimate Alaska voyage departing Vancouver September 14, ending in San Diego, California, with ports of call in Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau, and Sitka, Alaska; a cruise through the Inside Passage and beside Hubbard Glacier; Victoria, British Columbia; Seattle, Washington; and San Francisco and Catalina Island, California.

Mercury launches its 2007 Alaska season with a http://www.cruising2alaska.com/cruise_lines/celebrity_cruises/InsidePassageMercury.htm. Ports of call include Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan, Alaska, along with a cruise through the Inside Passage and beside Hubbard Glacier, ending in Seattle, where Mercury will depart roundtrip on seven-night Hubbard Glacier cruises from May 11 through September 14, 2007, visiting Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan, Alaska, in addition to sailing beside Hubbard Glacier.

Celebrity "toasts" its 2007 Alaska season with a second wine country cruise when Mercury departs Vancouver on November 2 for a 10-night cruise to San Diego, with ports of call in Victoria, Seattle, Astoria, and Catalina Island, in addition to an overnight stay in San Francisco.

To see more of Alaska and Canada, Celebrity presents another season of unforgettable cruisetour options, pairing exceptional land-based adventures with two of Celebrity's three ships in the region, Summit and Infinity.

An Alaskan cruise onboard Summit becomes an incredible journey when paired with a cruisetour, fully escorted by a knowledgeable tour director and featuring the state's abundant historic sites and natural wonders. Guests can choose from up to 20 pre- or post-cruise itineraries ranging from three to six nights, each offering a selection of activities in destinations including the historic gold rush town of Fairbanks, the coastal town of Seward, and Denali National Park, home of the famed Mt. McKinley. Seventeen of the cruisetour packages include segments on Celebrity's luxurious, glass-domed railcars, Wilderness Express, the most spacious in the industry.

Guests sailing on Infinity's Hubbard Glacier cruises have the option of four fully escorted cruisetour options in the majestic mountains of western Canada. The five-night Canadian Rockies packages visit cities including Vancouver, Calgary, Kamloops and Banff, with each including two days of rail travel and meals in Rocky Mountaineer's RedLeaf Service railcars. The three-night Whistler, B.C., cruisetours offer the best of both urban and rural Canada, with two nights in the resort town of Whistler, and one night in Vancouver.

Celebrity Cruises offers a comfortably sophisticated, upscale cruise experience with highly personalized service, authentic five-star dining, and extraordinary attention to detail. Its nine ships and the line's service, cuisine and spas consistently dominate top travelers' surveys. Celebrity sails in Alaska, Bermuda, California, the Caribbean, Europe, the Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, the Mexican Riviera, the Panama Canal and South America. For more information, call #1-800-738-8837 or visit www.cruising2alaska.com.

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Posted by Denise at 11:18 AM

May 30, 2006



Picturesquely located on Kaien Island at the mouth of the Skeena River on British Columbia’s north coast, the port city of Prince Rupert quickly impresses visitors with its extremely rich First Nations culture, unique north coast fishing history, surprisingly cosmopolitan attitude, spectacular coastal environment, and of course, classic Canadian hospitality.

Situated 920 km (550 miles) north of Vancouver and 65 km (40 miles) south of southeast Alaska in British Columbia (Canada’s western most province), the area is one of the oldest continuously occupied regions of the world, and was probably one of the most densely populated areas north of Mexico before contact. The city boasts a number of superb museums and attractions that provide visitors an insightful and provocative look into life on the north coast. You will be pleasantly surprised by the north coast’s thriving arts community, which has produced many internationally acclaimed artists. There is also an exuberant performing arts community, and for good reason.

For the past two years the Performing Arts Centre has been voted one the top three performance venues in Canada. But it is the allure of the natural environment that is the north coast’s greatest asset. Surrounding the city you will find some of the most breath-taking scenery anywhere, as water, rainforest, mountains and fresh air meet. There is a spirit that is the north coast. You feel it as you float through waterways veiled by mist and a thousand shades of gray. You hear it in the muffled cry of an eagle as it resonates through rainforest cloaked in moss. And you see it almost everywhere you look.

The 140 km (90 mile) drive between Prince Rupert and Terrace has been given a five star rating by the Michelin Green Guide. On the water you will find the north coast at its most impressive. The coastline is alive with wildlife, waterfalls, sandy white beaches, hot springs and the haunting remains of many a ghost town.

The north coast is so vast it is home to Canada’s only Grizzly Bear Sanctuary – the Khuzeymateen. The area is also privileged to some of the highest concentrations of Humpback Whales in North America and is one of the main gateways to Princess Royal Island – the best place in the world to view the rare white Kermode (Spirit) Bear. Long a sport fishing destination, wildlife viewing, kayaking and cruising the coastline are growing in popularity as people begin to discover the magical qualities of this region.

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Posted by Denise at 11:02 AM

May 29, 2006


A large part, perhaps the best part of cruising the Inside Passage or cruising along some of Southeast Alaska’s other pristine coastline like the Kenai Peninsula, or Prince William Sound, is the natural beauty of the area as soon from the ship. The unique vantage point in otherwise inaccessible.

Of course, the weather must cooperate in order for you to go outside on deck, but even if it does not, select a window seat from your cruise ship, and watch for the true Northwestern treasure that will appear only to those who are very patient.

Nature works in rather random order, but those who wait may be treated to a sight-ing of an American Bald Eagle, a Brown (Grizzly) Bear, a Black Bear, a magnificent Humpback Whale or perhaps a distinctive black and white orca. Humpbacks are pretty easy to spot. They attain a length of 40 or 50 feet and weigh about 40 or 50 tons. Rare sightings can sometimes be made of wolves, moose or some other thousands species that inhabit this area.

The wide cove to the south at mile 264 is Robson Bight, an ecological preserve where orcas come to rob themselves against smooth rocks along the shore in the summer, for reasons not fully understood.

The so-called killer les (actually, all they’re doing is feeding, like the rest of us) are frequently seen in this area. Before 1964, when the first killer whale was captured near Saturna Island by accident, they had been trying to kill one to use as a sculptor’s model, killer whales were thought to be aggressive and dangerous. In captivity, however, the whale they named Moby Doll showed himself to be tame and docile. Since then many orcas have been captured and mammals changed our perception of their manner and intelligence. As a result, Puget Sound has become a sanctuary for orcas, and in British Columbia capturing them has been severely restricted.

Carved by glaciers and blanketed with majestic hemlock and spruce trees, Alaska’s Inside Passage is a region of pristine water, snow capped mountains, deep fjords and forested islands. With its mild, maritime climate, this area is prime habitat for bald eagles, sea lions, porpoise and whales. Much of the southern panhandle is part of the Tongass National Forest, a 16.8 million acre rainforest.

Glacier Bay National Park has 16 active tidewater glaciers and Misty Fjords National Monument near Ketchikan has 3,000 foot cliffs rising directly from pristine ocean channels. The picturesque coastal communities are rich in history. Russian influence is well preserved in churches and other historical structures. The Gold Rush era comes to life throughout the Inside Passage and offers fascinating opportunities to learn and explore the past.

The Native cultures of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian Indians dominate this area. Ancient totem poles are abundant in many communities and the art of totem carving is preserved along with traditional dance and music.

Before scheduled steamer service came to the coast, many of these settlers routinely rowed for days if they needed to get to town. In December of 1895, for instance, rancher Ernest Halliday rowed his pregnant wife from their Kingcome Inlet homestead to Comox, south of Seymour Narrows, almost 120 miles away. He couldn’t leave their two small children behind, so they piled in too, along with family dog. The trip took 14 days, part of it being spent in Indian villages, waiting out storms. The baby was fine but Mrs. Halliday had them at home after that.

The Inside Passage is a collection of channels and passages that allow even very small craft to travel from Puget Sound, Washington to Alaska in safety, if not comfort. TO a mariner, “inside” means protected, and when the Pleistocene glaciers scoured out of the fjords and canyons of the northwest coast a million years ago, they created protected waters and a boat’s paradise.

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Posted by Denise at 02:48 PM

May 28, 2006

NCL Corporation Announces Expanded 2007 Hawaii & Fanning Island Deployment


Norwegian Sun to replace Norwegian Wind sailing 10- and 11-day itineraries

MIAMI, May 19, 2006 – NCL Corporation (“NCL”) today announced that it has extended its relationship with the Republic of Kiribati enabling it to continue to offer Fanning Island on its long Hawaii cruises through to 2011 and to commit one of its purpose-built new Freestyle Cruising ships to this increasingly popular itinerary. Norwegian Sun, will replace Norwegian Wind sailing 10- and 11-day itineraries from Honolulu with a stop at Fanning Island beginning in September 2007. This newer, larger ship, launched in 2001, will take over and grow NCL’s 10-and 11-day Hawai`i trade when Norwegian Wind is transferred to the Star Cruises fleet in late April 2007. The addition of Norwegian Sun to Hawai`i, following the addition of Pride of Hawai`i in June, completes the Norwegian Cruise Line brand and NCL America’ brand Hawai`i fleets and will bring the total NCL Hawai`i fleet to over 8,500 lower berths.

In 2007, NCL America’s U.S. Flagged fleet -- Pride of Hawai`i, Pride of America and Pride of Aloha -- will continue their popular seven-day inter-island cruises calling on all four main islands featuring 100 hours in port with overnights in Kauai and Maui. Passengers wanting to sail an extended itinerary with lots of port time in Hawai`i plus sea days and a call into Fanning Island in Kiribati, NCL’s Pacific Island hideaway just north of the Equator, can now sail on NCL’s first purpose-built Freestyle Cruising ship, Norwegian Sun. The increase in capacity on these itineraries represents a significant increase in the company’s
commitment to the Republic of Kiribati. And by deploying a newer ship into the longer itinerary with more than 2,000 guests, NCL has further increased its capacity in Hawai`i and expects to bring some 450,000 passengers to Hawai`i in 2007. “The completion of NCL’s fleet in Hawai`i is a major milestone, with our guests having three modern U.S. Flagged ships sailing inter-island in Hawai`i, alongside a big modern international-flagged ship offering longer Hawai`i itineraries,” said Colin Veitch, NCL Corporation’s president and CEO. “In addition, this move enables NCL to continue its plan of renewing its fleet and Star Cruises to expand its Asian fleet with relatively modern mediumcapacity
vessels, in order to meet growing demand in the region.”

A look at Norwegian Cruise Line’s and NCL America’s 2007 Hawaiian deployment

  • Pride of Hawai`i – The newest addition to NCL America’s fleet, Pride of Hawai`i, begins her seven-day inter-island cruises from Honolulu on June 5, 2006. She will offer Monday departures calling on Hilo, Hawai`i; an overnight in Kahului; Maui; Kona; Hawai`i; and an overnight in N_wiliwili, Kaua`i.

  • Pride of America – Pride of America features Saturday departures from
    Honolulu and will call on Hilo, Hawai`i; an overnight in Kahului; Maui; Kona,
    Hawai`i; and an overnight in N_wiliwili, Kaua`i.

  • Pride of Aloha – Pride of Aloha will alternate seven-day itineraries from
    Honolulu, departing on Sundays, and from Kahului, Maui departing on Fridays.
    When departing from Honolulu, she will overnight in N_wiliwili, Kaua`i; Hilo,
    Hawai`i; Kona, Hawai`i; and an overnight in Kahului, Maui. The Maui itinerary
    features an overnight in Maui; Honolulu, Oahu; an overnight in N_wiliwili, Kaua`i; Hilo and Kona, Hawai`i.

  • Norwegian Sun – After a summer sailing Alaskan itineraries, Norwegian Sun will be based in Honolulu beginning in September 2007, offering alternating 10- and 11-day itineraries. Norwegian Sun’s 10-day itinerary includes Hilo, Hawai`i;
    Fanning Island, Republic of Kiribati; N_wiliwili, Kaua`i; Lahaina, Maui; and Kona,
    Hawai`i. The 11-day itinerary will call on Kahului, Maui; Hilo, Hawai`i; Lahaina,
    Maui; N_wiliwili, Kaua`i; Fanning Island, Republic of Kiribati; and Kona, Hawai`i.
    • Norwegian Wind – Based in Honolulu, Norwegian Wind will continue sailing
    alternate 10- and 11-day itineraries through April 14, 2007. Ports of call include
    on the 10-day itinerary include Hilo, Hawai`i; Fanning Island, Republic of Kiribati; N_wiliwili, Kaua`i; Lahaina, Maui; and Kona, Hawai`i. The 11-day itinerary will call on Hilo, Hawai`i; and an overnight Lahaina, Maui; N_wiliwili, Kaua`i; Fanning Island, Republic of Kiribati; and Kona, Hawai`i.
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    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 christens its newest ship, Pride of Hawai`i on Saturday, May 20, 2006, the largest and most expensive U.S. flagged passenger ship ever built. It is currently building two ships, Norwegian Pearl
    scheduled for delivery in November 2006 and Norwegian Gem scheduled for delivery in 2007.

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    Posted by Denise at 03:23 PM
  • May 27, 2006

    Celebrity Cruises To Take Guests To The Wonder Down Under


    Exotic Product Offering Expands Significantly with Australia, New Zealand

    MIAMI (May 11, 2006) – Sightings of koala bears, kangaroos and kiwi birds await vacationers sailing with Celebrity Cruises next year. At a special event in New York today, the line’s President Dan Hanrahan announced that Celebrity will sail for the first time in Australia and New Zealand beginning in 2007.

    “This marks a significant expansion of our product portfolio, and is particularly exciting because it’s a market our guests and agency partners have told us they want to experience with Celebrity,” said Hanrahan. “Based on that valuable feedback and our extensive research, we’re looking forward to a very successful inaugural season there next year.”

    Celebrity's Mercury will present six 14-night open-jaw sailings between Auckland, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia from December 2007 through March 2008. Among Celebrity’s destinations “down under” are Auckland, Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Dusky Sound, Doubtful Sound, and Milford Sound, New Zealand, along with Melbourne, Newcastle, and Sydney, Australia, and Hobart, Tasmania.

    The line's first calls on Papeete, Tahiti; and Moorea and Bora Bora, French Polynesia, will precede Mercury’s six Australia/New Zealand sailings on a 16-night voyage departing Honolulu on November 23, 2007, concluding in Auckland.

    “Imagine pairing such exotic destinations as these with the extraordinary service and experience we offer onboard every Celebrity ship,” said Hanrahan. “It’s an unbeatable combination.”

    Celebrity also has created a new series of Cruisetour packages in the region, complementing the cruise with options including a two-night stay in Sydney, an escorted three-night experience in Sydney and Cairns, or a five-night adventure featuring the best of Sydney, Ayers Rock and Cairns, including visits to the famed Great Barrier Reef.

    A total of nearly 40 new ports of call have been added to Celebrity’s deployment lineup for 2007, including those in Australia and New Zealand.

    Celebrity's 2007-8 Deployment Overview:

    12-night Baltic from Amsterdam
    4-/5-night Caribbean from Miami with new Arctic Circle and Fjords;
    10-/11-night Mediterranean from Barcelona with first calls on Morocco


  • 14-night Baltic from Dover, first calls on Cherbourg, France; Lauderdale Cornwall, England, and Visby, Sweden
  • featuring 10-/11-night Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale
  • Canada/New England cruises from Cape Liberty, NJ, featuring first calls on Prince Edward Island and Newport, RI.

  • 7, 10, 11 & 12-night Med from Rome, featuring calls on Alexandria, Egypt; Casablanca and Agadir, Morocco; And the Bosporous Strait
  • 10 & 11-night Caribbean from San Juan

  • 7-night Alaska from Vancouver
  • 14-night South America from varied ports, featuring new port of Coquimbo, Chile;
  • 14-night Panama Canal


  • 7-night Alaska and 3-/4-night Pacific Northwest from Seattle
  • New 16-night Pacific and 14-night Australia/New Zealand sailings from Auckland and Sydney


  • 12-night Mediterranean from Barcelona and Venice, including Casablanca and Tangier on Transatlantic
  • 7-night Eastern Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale

  • 7-night Alaska from Vancouver and Seward
  • Hawaii and Panama Canal from varied ports
  • 7-night Caribbean from San Juan with first calls on Kralendijk, Bonaire


  • 7-night Bermuda from Cape Liberty, NJ
  • 4-/10- and 11-night Caribbean from Tampa

    Celebrity Cruises offers a comfortably sophisticated, upscale cruise experience with highly personalized service, authentic five-star dining, and extraordinary attention to detail. Its nine ships and the line's service, cuisine and spas consistently dominate top travelers' surveys. Celebrity sails in Alaska, Bermuda, California, the Caribbean, Europe, the Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, the Mexican Riviera, the Panama Canal and South America.

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    Posted by Denise at 03:03 PM
  • May 26, 2006

    Parents Planning This Summer's Family Vacation Should Heed Kid's Cry For Cruising

    Cruises offer a range of family-friendly activities and a sea of destination choices throughout Europe and the Caribbean

    NEW YORK (April 10, 2006) - Choosing the right family vacation to keep both parents and kids happy can be a challenge. For those parents seeking an alternative to the traditional summer road trip or week by the seashore, a cruise might be just the solution. In fact, a cruise was the top vacation choice for the “perfect summer trip” in a 2005 National Geographic Kids survey that polled 401 children ages eight to 14.

    “Cruises are this summer's best family vacation value,” according to Terry L. Dale, president and CEO of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the cruise industry's chief marketing organization. “In addition to a sea of destinations to choose from, today's cruise ships offer a mind-boggling variety of amenities and activities for passengers of all ages.”

    For summer 2006, destinations include popular ports in the Caribbean and Mediterranean as well as lesser-known destinations in Scandinavia, Russia and Iceland. Cruises appeal to children because CLIA-member line ships combine facilities and amenities for toddlers, young children and teenagers with a comprehensive program of supervised, age-appropriate activities, plus the excitement of traveling from port to port on the high seas.

    Moreover, cruises uniquely provide both family “together-time” and “alone-time.” In addition to organized activities, kids can enjoy Internet access, water parks and video jukeboxes in dedicated private clubs. Meanwhile, parents can stretch out on adults-only sundecks and in relaxing hot tubs, or take in a couples' massage or enrichment class. On summer nights, babysitting services let grown-ups “paint the town,” including dining, dancing and moonlit walks on deck.

    According to the National Geographic Kids survey, 35 percent of children said cruises were their most popular choice. Beaches ranked second (17%), followed by amusement parks (17%), big cities (5%), lakes (3%), and summer camp (2%).

    Following is a sampling of sailings offered by CLIA-member cruise lines that are perfect for summer family vacations:

    Beginning March 23, Carnival Cruise Lines will debut new four- and five-day cruises from Port Canaveral aboard Sensation . Four-day cruises call at Nassau and Freeport or Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas. Five-day cruises sail to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Nassau. Elation assumes the itinerary in October.

    In late summer, Celebrity Cruises' Century embarks on a new series of 10-night Balearic Islands cruises roundtrip from Barcelona, Spain. Ports of call include Marseille and Villefranche (for Nice) in France; Livorno (for Florence and Pisa) and Civitavecchia (for Rome) in Italy; and Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza and Valencia, Spain.

    On August 19 Crystal Cruises' Crystal Symphony departs Civitavecchia, Italy, for a 12-day Western European golf-themed cruise that showcases play at Golf Club Dell'Ugolino (Florence), Monte Carlo Golf Club (Monte Carlo), Ste. Maxime Golf Club (St. Tropez), and Réal Club de Golf el Prat (Barcelona).

    Beginning April 15, 2006, Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2 will make 20 transatlantic crossings between Southampton, England, and her new home port of Brooklyn, NY. The 2006 transatlantic season includes four new crossings between Brooklyn and Hamburg, Germany, and concludes with a November 18 voyage from Southampton to Fort Lauderdale.

    As a first, beginning May 27 and running through December 9, 2006, Disney Cruise Line's Disney Magic embarks on alternate Western Caribbean itineraries every fourth week. The itinerary features a new port of call, Costa Maya, Cozumel, two sea days and two visits to Castaway Cay, Disney's popular private island .

    Holland America Line has debuted a new 20-day Eastern and Western Mediterranean sailing aboard its brand new 1,918-passenger Noordam . The comprehensive itinerary offers the perfect mix of chic resorts like Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca and Monte Carlo; magical Greek isles and lesser-known ports like Valletta, Malta, and Kusadasi, Turkey.

    Families can discover the Eastern Mediterranean together this summer on seven-night roundtrip sailings from Venice on MSC Cruises' new MSC Musica . While exploring the cradle of civilization, families can enjoy miniature golf, a virtual reality arcade/game room, Children's Club, tennis, swimming and fine Italian hospitality, cuisine and ambiance onboard the line's newest ship.

    Midway between Norway and the North Pole lies Spitsbergen, land of the Midnight Sun. In summer, Norwegian Coastal Voyage's Nordstjernen and Polar Star cruise amid cliff-lined fjords and massive glaciers. Zodiac expedition boats are used for shore landings to view the abundant wildlife, including reindeer, Arctic foxes, seals and walruses.

    Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Jewel sails a seven-day Western Mediterranean itinerary from May through August that offers passengers the opportunity to experience the Mediterranean staples of Spain, France and Italy and their Rivieras. Sailing roundtrip from Barcelona, the itinerary calls at Italy's Messina, Naples, Rome and Florence and France's Villefranche.

    Scandinavian Splendors aboard Oceania Cruises' Regatta and Insignia is a 14-day voyage between Stockholm and London. Ports include Stockholm (overnight), Tallinn, St. Petersburg (three days), Helsinki, Gdansk, Copenhagen, Berlin, Amsterdam, Bruges and London. Special 2-for-1 cruise rates and free airfare are offered on the August 1, 13 and 15 departures.

    For summer 2006, Orient Line's flagship Marco Polo will offer its first-ever circumnavigation of Iceland on a new itinerary from Copenhagen to Stockholm, departing July 22. The 22-day cruise-tour will visit five ports in Iceland – Husavik, Isafjördhur, Reykjavik, Akureyri and Seydhisfjördhur – in addition to calls in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

    Princess Cruises' new Crown Princess , which launches in June, will offer 10 departures of an Eastern Caribbean itinerary that calls at Bermuda (West End), San Juan, St. Thomas and a new port of call for Princess, Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos Islands, from June 14 through October 18.

    Radisson Seven Seas Cruises' all-suite Seven Seas Voyager will depart July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; and August 5, 12 and 19 on seven-night voyages between Stockholm and Copenhagen. The cruise visits Tallinn, St. Petersburg (two overnights), Helsinki and Visby. Guests can choose from free Economy Class air, $499 Business Class upgrade or $1,000 in savings.

    For summer 2006 Royal Caribbean International will deploy its largest-ever ship in Europe. From mid-July to mid-August, the 142,000-ton Voyager of the Seas sails on seven-night itineraries roundtrip from Barcelona. Ports of call include Marseille, France; Civitavecchia (for Rome), Italy; Naples, Italy; Valletta, Malta; and Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

    Florence & Italian Yacht Havens on Seabourn Cruise Line's all-suite Seabourn Legend is a seven-day luxury cruise from Monte Carlo to Calvi, Corsica; Portovenere (for Cinque Terre); Portoferraio, Elba; Livorno (for Florence, Pisa, Lucca or Siena); Portofino; and Civitavecchia (for Rome). Five Saturday departures are offered between June and September.

    On July 9, 2006, Silversea Cruises' seven-night Baltic Discoveries cruise aboard the all-suite Silver Cloud sails from Stockholm to Copenhagen, calling at Tallinn, Estonia; Helsinki, Finland; and St. Petersburg, Russia (three days) – an exclusive Hermitage excursion features a tour of the Winter Palace, a champagne reception and classical music performance.

    Swan Hellenic Cruises' Minerva II showcases the glacial and volcanic beauty of Iceland for the first time, departing Dover, England, July 29. The 14-night cruise calls at Lake Myvatn and Reykjavik, as well as ancient towns in Norway and the Faroe Islands. Onboard guest speakers bring the destinations to life.

    Windstar Cruises offers seven-day cruises in the Western Mediterranean this summer aboard the 308-guest motor sailing yacht Wind Surf . An intimate sailing experience for families, Windstar offers open-seating dining and a casually elegant atmosphere with no ties or cocktail dresses required. Older children enjoy the line's complimentary water sports activities.

    To learn more about these summer cruises, seek the professional counsel of a CLIA travel agent:

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    Posted by Denise at 09:27 AM

    May 25, 2006

    Carnival Freedom Interior Design Celebrates Decades Through The Centuries From Ancient China To Art Nouveau


    New 2,974-Passenger SuperLiner Debuts with Mediterranean, Greek Isles Cruises in March 2007

    MIAMI (May 4, 2006) — When the 110,000-ton Carnival Freedom debuts in Europe in March 2007 it will feature an interior design theme that takes guests on a journey through the centuries by decade. From ancient Babylonia to the heyday of disco, from the 19th-century Victorian era to the contemporary style of the 1990s, the public rooms of Carnival Freedom celebrate many periods in time.

    Currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, the 2,974-passenger Carnival Freedom is scheduled to enter service with a series of 12-day Mediterranean cruises —including the line’s first-ever visit to the Greek Isles and Turkey — beginning March 14, 2007.

    “I thought it would be interesting to go back in time to find inspiration for the various public rooms,” said Joe Farcus, Carnival’s ship architect. “As always, I tried to use the function of the room to suggest how the room will reflect the central design idea.”

    When guests step into Freedom’s Millennium atrium, they will be transported into the near-future decade of the 2010s represented by cylindrical forms painted in iridescent lacquers that take on red or gold tones — depending on the angle — and cutouts of wood veneer that have been dyed to look like tiger skin, lined with polished copper. Curved railings are done in blue glass, and the theme is carried on to the elevator lobbies where stainless steel elevator doors are decorated with applied copper designs.

    Glass and copper chandeliers hang from the ceiling amid columns and beams accented with special iridescent glass tiles. Smaller versions of the chandeliers are used as wall lights with color-changing internal lighting.

    The Victoriana show lounge is named after Britain’s Queen Victoria, whose name also is associated with the fashion style that peaked in the 1880s. The room’s design evokes theaters in London’s West End with ornate moldings, fancy marble and gold leaf. The walls adjacent to the stage feature scattered giant curlicues with twinkling lights, and arches between the windows contain pre-Raphaelite paintings from the era. The eye-catching centerpiece of the theater is a mural-decorated dome with a crystal chandelier.

    The 1990s were all about style, and that is reflected in the forward and aft restaurants — the Chic and Posh Dining Rooms, respectively. The walls feature a combination of striking polished marbles and a special wood veneer laminated in a fashionable python skin pattern. Marble and antique gold grillwork with fruit, vines and leaves is mounted between the banquettes. The mood of the restaurants can be changed dramatically through innovative lighting strips containing small color-changing light bulbs that meander around the rooms and create a sparkling effect.

    Named after Louis XIV, the Sun King Supper Club represents the glory days of the 18th century. A statue of Louis as the Sun King — a nickname given to him from a role he played on stage — greets diners as they enter the restaurant and an impressive period chandelier hangs in the skylight dome with smaller versions suspended throughout the room. Other design features of the era include elaborate tapestries, antique mirrors on the walls and a large mural depicting the court of the King in trompe l’oeil.

    The Player’s Sport Bar shines with chrome, sports medallions and memorabilia highlighting the 1950s, often referred to as the “golden era of sports.” The bar features a canopy done in lacquer and adorned with photographs of famous sports teams from the mid-20th century. Giant plasma screen televisions throughout the bar ensure that no one misses a big play.

    Club 02, the ship’s teen club, pays tribute to the new millennium with a distinctly contemporary design. Plasma screens throughout the room serve as kinetic art, with continuously changing posters, paintings and landscapes. In the adjacent game room, LED digital clocks are positioned along the walls and ceiling with the year constantly changing to highlight the first decade of the 21st century.

    Guests will feel at home in platform shoes at the Studio 70 dance club which will focus on the 1970s when disco was in its prime. An updated version of the famed Studio 54 disco in New York, Studio 70 will have giant “70s” on the walls done in a colored stainless steel with interior color-changing, pulsating lights, while sofas are done in giant seven and zero shapes with upholstered seats and glass backs. The room’s black interior comes to life with spinning mirror balls hanging from the ceiling, completing the distinct retro atmosphere.

    Guests choosing to enjoy a glass of wine on the promenade will step back in time to the 1890s at Bar Nouveau. Designed in art nouveau style with a stained-glass backlit dome and inlaid marble walls and floor, the wine bar features small tiles curved out into coves along the ceiling made of sandblasted mirror for an unusual effect.

    Representing the earliest epoch featured in the ship’s design — 1000 B.C. — the Babylon Casino recalls the Babylonian palace of its most famous king, Hammurabi, and takes its theme from the famed Hanging Gardens of ancient Babylon. A reproduction of the legendary Ishtar Gate is done in blue-glaze brick with applied mythological animals and decorations of flowers and geometric designs, while brick columns with Babylonian winged figures are found throughout the casino. The fabled Hanging Gardens are depicted on polished stainless steel with painted flowers.

    Merging the ship’s name with the theme of the interior décor, the poolside Freedom Restaurant incorporates the modern design style of the 1980s. Various replications of the Statue of Liberty are incorporated into the restaurant décor, and copper sunbursts echoing Lady Liberty’s headpiece can be found in the tabletops and on the walls.

    Among other decades represented in Carnival Freedom’s public rooms are the 1940s in the Habana Cigar Bar, with barstools and tabletops resembling cigars; the 1770s in the Monticello Library evocative of the American colonial style; the 1910s in Scott’s piano bar, named after ragtime piano master Scott Joplin; the 1930s in Swingtime jazz club, hearkening back to jazz’s early days; and the 900s in the Dynasty Room, an homage to ancient China.

    Carnival Freedom is scheduled to debut in March 2007, operating 12-day Grand Mediterranean and 12-day Mediterranean & Greek Isles cruises from Rome (Civitavecchia), through October.

    The 12-day Mediterranean & Greek Isles cruises depart March 14 and 26, April 7 and 19, June 18, Aug. 5, and Sept. 22, and feature Naples, Italy; Rhodes, Greece; Izmir (Ephesus) and Istanbul, Turkey; Athens (Piraeus) and Katakolon, Greece; and Livorno, Italy, as well as an overnight call in Rome (Civitavecchia).

    The 12-day “Grand Mediterranean” cruises depart May 1, 13 and 25, June 6 and 30, July 12 and 24, Aug. 17 and 28, Sept. 10, Oct. 4 and 16 and visit Naples, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Venice, Italy (two-day call); Messina, Sicily; Barcelona, Spain; Cannes, France; and Livorno, Italy.

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    May 14, 2006

    Cruise Vacationers Increasingly Seek Physically Active Sightseeing Options

    NEW YORK (April 10, 2006) - Travelers who think cruise-line sightseeing tours are passive propositions are in for a surprise – nothing could be further from the truth! Today, cruise lines offer a wide variety of heart-pounding shore excursions including whitewater rafting, race-car driving, rappelling, diving and zip-lining atop rain-forest canopies.

    The increased availability of high-activity sightseeing tours is evidence of the changing tastes of today's seagoing vacationers, according to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the marketing and training organization for the world's 19 leading cruise lines and nearly 17,000 North American travel agencies.

    “Active or adventurous optional tours add excitement and enrichment to a cruise vacation,” said Terry L. Dale, president and CEO of CLIA. “A significant number of today's cruise vacationers are seekers and explorers. They're not the passive bus-tour type. They may kayak one day and join a mountain-bike trek the next, and they'll find these and other activities aboard today's ships.”

    Those in search of more “traditional” tours need not worry, as cruise lines continue to feature popular visits to landmarks, historical sites, museums, botanical gardens and other mainstream sightseeing options.

    Following is a sampling of active sightseeing options offered by CLIA-member cruise lines:

    Carnival Cruise Lines offers its guests a sightseeing adventure that uniquely combines cave tubing and rain forest exploration in Belize. On this tour, travelers have the opportunity to tube down the Sibun River amidst craggy cave and rock formations, as well as view the lush foliage and vegetation of the Belizean jungle during a 45-minute hike.

    A Celebrity Cruises' excursion lets guests soar between the tops of St. Martin's 200-year-old mango and mahogany trees to experience the largest bird habitat in the northeastern Caribbean. The course comprises a sequence of zip-lines, rope swings and bridges suspended from platforms mounted from forest trees.

    In the Mediterranean, Crystal Cruises' guests have the chance to drive a Formula 1 race car with instruction both on and off the course in Monte Carlo. This Crystal Adventures extreme excursion is aimed at “ driving technique purists as well as gear lever and heel-and-toe enthusiasts.”

    Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2 South America cruises offer whitewater rafting excursions in the majestic Chilean fjords from Puerto Mont. Guides take passengers on a 12-mile-long descent of the azure waters of the Petrohue River, which features spectacular waterfalls, verdant forests, mountains and volcanoes.

    A guided, 40-minute nature walk to the tranquil side of Disney Cruise Line's private island, Castaway Cay, introduces vacationers to the history and geology of the Bahamas. Once there, they embark on a one-hour kayak excursion through the ecologically sensitive mangrove environment and tidal zones.

    As part of Holland America Line's new adventuresome series of Off the Beaten Path tours, passengers journey on a photo safari via small boat from the Croatian village of Opuzen to where the Neretva River delta forms a huge marsh with numerous birds, fishes and other species.

    When MSC Cruises visits Roatan Island, off the northern coast of Honduras, certified divers can explore a coral reef that was the cause of many naval disasters and is now Honduras' only location for a shark encounter that may include Black Tip, Bulk and Silver sharks.

    Passengers on Norwegian Coastal Voyage's expeditions to Antarctica & the Chilean Fjords have the chance to observe several hundred Magellanic penguins in their natural habitat at a colony on Seno Otway (Otway Sound), located 40 miles north of Punta Arenas, Chile – the southernmost city on earth.

    Norwegian Cruise Line's NCL America brand offers heli-hike adventures on Maui. Guests fly over Hana and its majestic rainforest to Haleakala, the world's largest dormant volcano, where they touch down at a remote site, before ascending the slopes to the crater's summit for a hike.

    Among Princess Cruises' most popular excursions, Canopy Tours let guests “fly through the treetops” on a series of zip-lines. Some also offer rappelling, rope bridges, obstacle courses and other elements. These Canopy Tours are available in Puerto Vallarta, Kauai, Maui, Ketchikan, Jamaica, Belize and Costa Rica.

    REGENT SEVEN SEAS CRUISES (formerly Radisson)
    In Corsica, Regent Seven Seas Cruises lets amateurs feel like professional rock climbers. With an expert guide, participants in safety harnesses scale the sides of steep ridges and up rock faces clipped to a system of cables called the Via Ferrata, the Italian phrase for “Iron Way.”

    From Skagway, Alaska, Royal Caribbean International offers a Klondike rock climbing and rappelling tour featuring the smooth granite walls of the White Pass. Travelers hike a short distance to the base of rock cliffs smoothed by retreating glaciers. There are climbing options for all abilities.

    From the fishing village of Sanary-Sur-Mer on the French Riviera, Seabourn Cruise Line guests can travel to quaint Bandol in the Cotes de Provence for a mountain biking adventure among fields of flowers and vineyards and through groves of pine and mimosas dotted with villas.

    A kayak adventure in Vietnam? Silversea Cruises offers this optional excursion from the port of Ha Long Bay. Participants, who travel in two-person canoes, explore a fishing village and host of grottoes and caves, including famous Luon Cave, featured in the French film Indochine in 1991.

    In Costa Rica, Windstar Cruises features a full-day river float excursion down the Corobici River, depending on the water level. While paddling down river, participants will view a variety of birds that nest near Palo Verde National Park and chattering monkeys hanging by their tails.

    The best way to learn more about these exciting optional sightseeing tours and excursions is to seek the professional counsel of a CLIA travel agent.

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    May 08, 2006

    "Living The Luxury" On The Ocean Bleu: Regent Seven Seas Extends Le Cordon Bleu Partnership With Tempting Culinary Shore Programs And Tours



    Tasteful Explorations of Paris, Monte Carlo, Tokyo and Sydney, In Addition to Le Cordon Bleu Workshops on Select Voyages

    FT. LAUDERDALE, FL.,— Since the year 2001, guests of Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ acclaimed 700-guest all-balcony suite sister ships, Seven Seas Voyager® and Seven Seas Mariner®, have been free to immerse themselves in the world-class cuisine of the legendary Le Cordon Bleu® – enjoying exclusive dinners at “Signatures,” the only permanent Le Cordon Bleu restaurants-at-sea, and in intimate, hands-on Le Cordon Bleu “Classe Culinaire des Croísières” workshops.

    Now, on select 2006 sailings, even the most passionate of food lovers can further enrich their culinary experiences and savoir faire by choosing to participate in pre- and post-cruise “Master Class” shore trips celebrating the captivating regional gastronomy of Paris, Monte Carlo, Tokyo and Sydney.

    Paris/Monte Carlo: Birthplace of Le Cordon Bleu

    In a fitting start – or conclusion – to “living the luxury” on a Le Cordon Bleu cruise aboard the Seven Seas Voyager, guests are invited to join chefs and executives from the famed Parisian cooking school for an evening and day in the “city of light,” featuring a visit to the Le Cordon Bleu school for an exclusive demonstration of the French “arts of cooking.” In addition to enjoying tantalizing gourmet treats and a champagne cooking demonstration at the magnificent Chateau de Briottieris Angers (a magnificent family-owned stately home in the heart of peaceful Anjou), guests will shop for fresh seasonal ingredients as a Le Cordon Bleu Chef guides them through one of Paris’s 80 markets to purchase ingredients for the day’s lunch and dinner.

    The three-night program includes one night in a junior suite at the Grand Hotel Intercontinental Paris, two nights at the Château de Briottieris Angers, round-trip transfers by air conditioned mini van from Paris, all airport transfers, one-way economy flight Nice/Paris, full breakfast daily, two lunches, two dinners to include wine, plus a Champagne toast and cooking demonstrations at the Le Cordon Bleu school. The June 6 pre-cruise program is $3,975 per person, double occupancy, $6,175 for single accommodations. The June 19 post-cruise program is $3,895 per person, double occupancy, $6,375 for single accommodations.

    Tokyo: French Meets Asian

    The Le Cordon Bleu school in Tokyo is a hidden gem, combining classic French with Japanese cooking styles. Guests on these Seven Seas Mariner cruises also visit Tokyo’s famed fish market as they learn how to adapt classic European cooking to the exotic flavors of the East. In Tokyo, culinary enthusiasts will enjoy a cooking demonstration and Sake tasting at the school, sit down to dinner with their Le Cordon Bleu chef at an exclusive local restaurant, and dine at the Asian/French fusion restaurant La Foret.

    Per person prices of $1,995, double occupancy, and $3,395 for single accommodations for the October 2 pre- and post-cruise program include two nights at the Four Seasons Hotel Chinzan-so (in a setting of historic Japanese gardens), airport transfers, full breakfast daily, one lunch, two dinners to include wine, and Sake tasting and cooking demonstrations at the Le Cordon Bleu school.

    Sydney: Le Cordon Bleu Down Under

    This delectable pre-cruise program of the Seven Seas Mariner blends the Le Cordon Bleu school experience with a highlight tour of Australian cuisine and wine. While taking in the sweeping views of the Sydney Opera House, guests will enjoy attentive Asian hospitality and the guidance of a Le Cordon Bleu chef. The program includes dinner at The Wharf Restaurant in Walsh Bay, in the waterfront district; a visit to the bustling fish market; a cooking demonstration and wine tasting at the Sydney Fish School; and a Sydney harbor cruise stopping at Watson’s Bay for an authentic Australian barbecue dinner and Australian wine pairing.

    The two-night pre-cruise tour on October 15 is $1,495 per person, double occupancy, $1,945 for single accommodation, including two nights at the Shangrila (Harbor View Rooms), airport transfers, full breakfast daily, two dinners to include wine, and a food tasting and cooking demonstrations at the Le Cordon Bleu school.

    Le Cordon Bleu Cooking Workshops on Select Voyages

    Culinary novices and veterans alike can participate in six-hours of optional hands-on Le Cordon Bleu “Classe Culinaire des Croísières,” taught by master chefs in intimate classes of 16 on five Regent Seven Seas voyages in 2006. The cooking classes are featured aboard the June 9 and November 12 sailings of the Seven Seas Voyager, and on the September 20, November 1 and November 30 voyages aboard the Seven Seas Mariner. Cost is $395 per person.

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    May 07, 2006

    The Holland America Line Great Land Golf Classic Returns


    Golf Tournament Runs in Conjunction with CruiseTours #5 and #6 in Alaska

    Seattle, WA (May 1, 2006) — Back for 2006 is the second annual Great Land Golf Classic tournament offered for purchase in conjunction with 50 departures of Great Land Klondike CruiseTours #5 and #6 from May 27 to August 26, 2006. Awards include a complimentary Caribbean cruise for two to the overall low gross scorer (without handicap) and the low net scorer (with handicap).

    The 27-hole Great Land Golf Classic includes three unique golf courses on one adventurous CruiseTour. Guests enjoy a three or four night Inside Passage cruise plus Denali, Dawson City, Whitehorse, a 102-mile Yukon River cruise between Eagle and Dawson City and a scenic train ride to Denali on the McKinley Explorer. Golf courses played are Top of the World in Dawson City - the northernmost golf course in North America; picturesque Mountain Lakes Golf Course in Whitehorse; and Black Diamond in spectacular Denali. Guests will also enjoy extra time in Whitehorse, Dawson City or Denali giving ample opportunity for additional exploration including optional excursions to Kluane National Park, Tombstone Territorial Park and action packed excursions in Denali.

    Two seven-day Caribbean cruises (each for two guests sharing a stateroom) are the Grand Prizes to the overall low gross scorer (without handicap) and the low net scorer (with handicap), and ten second prizes of $100 cruise credit certificate toward a future Holland America Line cruise will be awarded. Great prizes, great fun and great adventure.

    Alaska CruiseTour guests can now book a mountain of optional excursions online. Exclusive national park experiences and action-packed wilderness adventures add the finishing touch to Holland America Line Great Land vacations. Booked guests who already have a seven-digit booking number may go online to hollandamerica.com to view excursions specific to their Cruise or CruiseTour itinerary. By following easy step-by-step instructions they can confirm their excursion requests prior to leaving home.

    Optional excursions spotlight National Parks

    Something for everyone is a hallmark of Holland America Line's award-winning Medallion and Signature Collection Excursions Program - and land tours and activities sold in conjunction with Alaska Cruises and CruiseTours are no exception. An extra day in Denali National Park on most CruiseTours allows guests to explore the park’s wonders via helicopter, river raft, horseback, covered wagon, jet boat, jeep and hiking trails.

    Guests have the unique opportunity to travel the famous Dempster Highway through the 200-million-year-old Tintina Trench to the sub-arctic tundra valleys of Tombstone Territorial Park on Great Land Klondike CruiseTours 1 - 6 and Glacier Discovery CruiseTours 27 and 28. Options for further exploration include a Grizzly Lake Trail Hike, Heart River Road Hike, and North Klondike River Hike. NEW CruiseTour 29 takes guests to pristine and scenic Homer & the Kenai Peninsula.

    Visitors to remote Kluane National Park on Great Land Klondike CruiseTours #5 and #6, and Great Land Wilderness CruiseTours #9 and #10 can experience rugged mountain scenery, raging rivers, pristine lakes and abundant wildlife with optional hikes led by trained guides. Numerous optional excursions are also available in Coldfoot, Dawson, Fairbanks, Whitehorse and many other historic and scenic places throughout Alaska and Yukon Territory.

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    May 06, 2006

    Carnival Destiny To Off New Five-Port Seven-Day Itinerary From San Juan Beginning In January 2007


    Week-Long Cruises Feature Extended Calls to St. Lucia, Antigua, Dominica, Barbados, and St. Thomas/St. John

    MIAMI (May 3, 2006) – Carnival Cruise Lines’ 2,642-passenger “Fun Ship” Carnival Destiny will launch a new seven-day southern Caribbean schedule from San Juan featuring port calls to five different tropical destinations beginning in Jan. 7, 2007.

    The island-intensive itinerary features extended day-long visits to a variety of magnificent southern Caribbean ports, including St. Lucia, Antigua, Dominica, Barbados, and St. Thomas/St. John, along with a fun-filled day at sea.

    “The southern Caribbean is one of the world’s most desirable cruising regions offering a variety of beautiful and breathtaking island destinations. The Carnival Destiny’s new five-port, seven-day itinerary provides consumers with an opportunity to experience a diversity of cultures and historical landmarks, along with some of the world’s most magnificent beaches,” said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO.

    Included on the Destiny’s new itinerary is St. Lucia, often referred to as the “crown jewel” of the Windward Islands and distinguished by the Pitons, twin volcanic mountains that overlook a landscape of flowers, fruit trees, cane fields, rain forests and white and black sand beaches.
    Antigua is known for a multitude of beaches -- some 365 of them, in fact, or “one for every day of the year.” The island also features myriad historical sites including Nelson's Dockyard, the Caribbean's version of Colonial Williamsburg.

    The largest of the Windward Islands, Dominica is a 289-square-mile island offering a landscape of rugged mountains, hot springs and volcanoes, as well as gorgeous white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters teeming with tropical fish.

    Barbados is a friendly British isle boasting particularly beautiful aqua-blue waters and white sand beaches, along with a diversity of shopping, dining and watersports opportunities.

    St. Thomas is one of the Caribbean’s most popular islands boasting excellent duty-free shopping bargains and world-famous beaches. The stop includes an optional shore excursion to St. John, a 20-square-mile island paradise whose Trunk Bay Beach consistently ranks among the world’s best.

    The 101,353-ton Carnival Destiny encompasses 12 passenger decks featuring 18 lounges and bars, including a wine bar, sports bar, piano bar, a jazz club, and a 1,500-seat theatre showcasing lavish Vegas-style productions.

    Also featured are four swimming pools – one with a 214-foot-long water slide –a 14,500-square-foot health club, jogging track, an Internet café, a duty-free shopping mall, and a full gambling casino. A comprehensive golf program offering professional instruction both aboard ship and during Caribbean golf excursions is included, as well.

    Dining options include twin two-level formal restaurants with extensive menus and wine lists and a casual poolside eatery featuring a 24-hour pizzeria and Asian and American specialty areas. Beginning next month, all Carnival Destiny dining venues will feature “Georges Blanc Signature Selections” created by the world’s renowned French master chef.

    Sixty percent of Carnival Destiny’s 1,321 staterooms offer either a balcony or ocean view – perfect for scenic Caribbean cruising. The new “Carnival Comfort Bed” sleep system, with plush mattresses, luxurious duvets and duvet covers, and high quality pillows and linens, is featured in all Carnival Destiny accommodations.

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    May 05, 2006

    Celebrity's Bermuda. Paradise with a British accent.

    Celebrity's Bermuda. Paradise with a British accent.


    Think of it as 20 square miles of everything your heart desires in a single vacation destination. This British crown colony may not be big - you're never more than a mile from the sea - but it offers a multitute of pleasures for all kinds of travellers.

    Bermuda s world-famous for golf courses that are sure to challenge your putting and driving skills. Many of the island's manicures greens and fairways also offer panoramic views of lush gardens and the Atlantic. You can spend the day golfing in gorgeous surroundings and then enjoy a fabulous evening on board Zenith.

    Celebrity Cruises golf is ideal for golf enthusiasts of all skill levels. Leave your clubs at home, rent gear on board, and let our certified golf professionals help fine-tune yor game. Then prepare to tee off on some of the most spectacular courses anywhere.

    Zenith is known for a confortable, intimate ambience. The elegance and amenities you've come to expect on board a Celebrity Cruises ship will be yours to enjoy on Zenith - as will the impeccable service that comes from one staff member to every two guests.

    Celebrity Cruises 7 night sailing from Cape Liberty in New York Harbour make it even more convenient for East Coast residents to cruise to Hamilton and St. George. Plus, Celebrity Cruises has in-town docking privileges in both of Bermuda's port cities. So the delights of the Cova Cafe, the relaxing atmosphere of the Martini Bar, and the award-winning gourmet cuisine of the Caravelle Restaurant are just steps away from either town center.

    Take in a cricket match in St. George. Order a pint in a pub near Hamilton. Enjoy afternoon tea, leave footprints on the pink-sand beaches, sway to calypso music, shop for the perfect Union Jack T-Shirt. Whatever your favourite vacation pastime, Celebrity Cruises Bermuda is sure to speak to you - with the perfect British accent.

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    May 02, 2006

    Linger Longer in the Mediterranean

    Make The Most Of Your Vacation With Celebrity Cruises 10 & 14 Night Cruises!


    Fall can be the most delightful season of all. Especially when you're enjoying the warm Mediterranean sun aboard your choice of three of the world's most appealing cruise ships: Century, Galaxy or Millennium.

    Autumn in the Mediterranean is glorious. The pace is relaxed; the climate tends to be warm and comfortable. Fewer visitors means the museums and shops are yours to peruse at your leisure. Take your time on an onshore excursion to Vatican City in Rome. Linger in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter. enjoy an unhurried look at the works of Bellini and Titian in Venice. Back onboard your cruise ship, attend on of our Art Auctions, where you can add to your collection with works from Picasso to Peter Max.

    Finish your relaxing days with the renowned cuisine of award-winning Master Chef Michel Roux. Recognized as one of the world's foremost French chefs, Roux has created many signature dishes for Celebrity Cruises, including rack of lamb en croute and our highly acclaimed goat cheese souffle.

    Autumn is the ideal time to extend your Mediterranean vacation with a Celebrity Cruisetour. These fully escorted land tours allow you to take your time getting to know Europe's most enchanting cities, including Milan in Italy and Madrid and Seville in Spain.

    We hope you'll join a Celebrity Europe Cruise for a 10 or 14 night vacation through the ancient architecture and inspired beauty of the Mediterranean, one of the world's most romantic destinations.

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    May 01, 2006

    Celebrity Cruises Announces Significant Expansion In Europe



    New Itineraries for 2007-2008 Feature Extended Season and Exotic New Destinations

    MIAMI – April 19, 2006 – From Casablanca to Cornwall, from the Bosporus Strait to the best of ancient Greece, Celebrity Cruises’ European itineraries in 2007 and 2008 will take guests to the broadest array of romantic, historic and exotic locations since the line began sailing there in 1999.

    Bookings opened today for Celebrity’s new and expanded European season on Century, Constellation, Galaxy and Millennium, and for Cruisetours in the region.

    Celebrity’s European Itinerary Highlights 2007-2008

      Constellation on April 23, 2007, will cross from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on a 12-night transatlantic voyage featuring the line’s first call on Cornwall, England, ending in Dover, the major channel port famed for its coastal white cliffs.
      The ship then will present a series of 14-night Scandinavia and Russia cruises roundtrip from Dover, England, featuring Celebrity’s first visits to Visby, Sweden, a walled town with ancient ruins, cobblestone streets, and quaint pubs and restaurants.

    Constellation concludes its season in Northern Europe on September 20, 2007, with a seven-night cruise from Southampton to Cape Liberty, New Jersey.

    Constellation returns to Europe on April 11, 2008, on a 13-night transatlantic voyage from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., featuring Celebrity’s first calls on Brest, in the Bretagne region of France, and Cherbourg, the gateway to Normandy, France.

      Galaxy crosses the Atlantic on April 27, 2007, departing San Juan, Puerto Rico, on a 14-night voyage to Civitavecchia (for Rome), Italy, featuring Celebrity’s first calls on the city Humphrey Bogart helped make famous, Casablanca, Morocco, and Agadir, a favorite Moroccan destination thanks to its laid-back boulevards and inviting beaches.

    Galaxy then presents an extraordinary series of 10- and 11-night Eastern Mediterranean cruises – each visiting Greece, Turkey and Italy – roundtrip from Civitavecchia until October 13, 2007.

    Two exotic, 14-night Mediterranean and Black Sea cruises follow, featuring calls on Constanta, Romania and Odessa, Ukraine – two ports Celebrity introduced in 2006 – along with Celebrity’s first cruise through the Bosporus Strait, which forms the boundary between the European and Asian portions of Turkey, and connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara.

    Ancient empires await guests booked on Galaxy’s 14-night cruise departing Civitavecchia on November 10, 2007, and featuring Celebrity’s first visits to Limassol, Cyprus, the third largest island in the Mediterranean, and Alexandria, Egypt, named for Alexander the Great, and in ancient times, known for the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This Galaxy cruise concludes in Athens, Greece, where the ship sets sail November 24 on a 14-night cruise ending in Barcelona, Spain.

    Galaxy concludes its 2007 European season with a 14-night westbound transatlantic cruise from Barcelona on December 8, ending in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and featuring calls on Casablanca and Agadir, Morocco, along with Tenerife and the new port of Santa Cruz in the Spanish archipelago, the Canary Islands.

    Galaxy will return to Europe in 2008 on a 15-night transatlantic voyage departing San Juan on April 18.

      Millennium sets sail for Europe on March 18, 2007, departing Fort Lauderdale on a 14-night cruise to a destination rich with maritime history, Southampton, England, and featuring the new port of Santa Cruz, Canary Islands.

    On April 21, 2007, Millennium departs Southampton on a 12-night cruise featuring the line’s first calls on La Rochelle, France, home to Europe’s largest marina for pleasure boats, and Bilbao, the largest city in the Basque region of Spain, along with Casablanca, ending in Barcelona. There, a 10-night cruise departing May 3 includes a visit to Provence (Marseilles), France, known for sunsoaked mountains, vineyards and fields of aromatic lavender.

    Millennium presents a series of 12-night sailings from Barcelona and Venice from May 13 through November 18, capping its 2007 season in Europe with a 14-night transatlantic voyage from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale on December 2, ending in Fort Lauderdale, and featuring Casablanca, as well as Celebrity’s first visit to the Moroccan city of Tangier, at the western entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic Ocean.

      Century, fresh from its $55-million revitalization set for completion in May 2006, will launch its 2007 Northern Europe season with eight-night Norwegian Fjords cruises roundtrip from Amsterdam (Rotterdam), Netherlands, May 9 and 26, and August 26.

    Celebrity’s first Scotland and Ireland cruise sets sail roundtrip from Amsterdam on May 17, with a nine-night itinerary featuring the line’s first visits to the land rich with rolling hills and dramatic castles, Edinburgh, Inverness/Loch Ness and Kirkwall, Scotland.

    A series of 12-night roundtrip Scandinavia and Russia itineraries follow, roundtrip from Amsterdam on June 3, 15 and 27; July 21; and August 2 and 14. On July 9, Century presents Celebrity’s first Arctic Circle and North Cape cruise roundtrip from Amsterdam, with the line’s first calls on the Norwegian towns of Molde – famed for its panoramic views of snow-clad peaks along the fjords – and Tromso, considered “the gateway to the Arctic.”

    Century caps its Northern Europe season with a 10-night British Isles cruise roundtrip from Amsterdam on September 3, featuring the line’s first call on Holyhead, Wales, home to one of Europe’s only three-walled Roman forts.

    The Mediterranean season for Century in 2007 begins September 13, with an eight-night cruise from Amsterdam to Barcelona.

    Century then presents 10- and 11-night sailings in the Western Mediterranean and Morocco, roundtrip from Barcelona, through November 12. Century concludes its European season in 2007 with a 17-night transatlantic voyage from Barcelona, highlighted by visits to the exotic Moroccan ports of Casablanca, Tangier and Agadir, along with Lanzarote, Tenerife, and Santa Cruz, Canary Islands, ending in Miami, Fla.

    To allow travelers to delve deeper into the heart of many of the destinations Celebrity visits in Europe, the line presents another season of enchanting Cruisetours, pairing fully guided land tours with either a Mediterranean or Northern Europe cruise. All Celebrity Cruisetours include stays at four- and five-star hotels, select meals, guided tours of top cultural attractions, and plenty of free time to pursue individual interests.

    Celebrity’s Northern Europe Cruisetours
    In Northern Europe, Celebrity’s newest Cruisetour allows guest to pair their 12-night Century cruise with either a three-night tour of Brussels and Amsterdam, or a five-night tour featuring Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam. The five-night tour includes the fabled sites in Paris – including the Champs Elysees, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower – while both land options feature guided walking tours through Bruges, and a private cruise through Amsterdam’s historic center.

    As in 2006, guests in 2007 can pair a Scandinavia/Russia cruise onboard Constellation with a four-night Paris and London tour, featuring visits to the Eiffel Tower, Place de la Concorde and Notre Dame, and Eurostar travel through the Chunnel capped with two nights in London.

    Celebrity’s Mediterranean Cruisetours
    In the Mediterranean, Celebrity guests can discover the beauty of Barcelona and Madrid on four-night tours; explore the magic of Venice and the Italian Lakes on a three-night tour; relish three nights in Rome and Florence, or savor five nights in Venice, Florence and Rome. The land tours can be paired with 12-night Mediterranean cruises onboard Millennium; 10- and 11-night Balearic Islands and Tyrrhenian Sea cruises onboard Century; or 10- and 11-night Eastern Mediterranean cruises onboard Galaxy.

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