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July 25, 2006

Princess Announces 2007-08 Caribbean Line-up


Wide Ranging Program Features Youngest Seven-Day Fleet in the Region

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (July 17, 2006) - The luxurious warm waters and sunny beaches of the Caribbean will once again welcome Princess passengers in the 2007-08 season, as seven of the line's amenity-filled ships present a tempting array of ways to experience the spice and color of this favorite cruise region.
Options abound as vacationers can choose from vessels ranging from 680 to 3,100 passengers - including the youngest seven-day Caribbean fleet in the industry (averaging approximately five years old) - sailing on itineraries that vary from week-long getaways to 16-day explorations of the Caribbean's less-known locales.

In total, Princess offers more than 110 departures on 10 different itineraries next season. The new Emerald Princess makes her debut in the Caribbean by taking over 10-day sailings to the less-visited ports of the Southern Caribbean. Crown Princess also explores exotic islands of the Southern Caribbean on two alternating itineraries sailing roundtrip from San Juan, while Caribbean Princess continues to sail on the classic seven-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary. Grand Princess takes over the popular seven-day Western Caribbean itinerary and Sea Princess returns with her unique 14-day sailings roundtrip from Barbados.

Two special holiday sailings, aboard Coral Princess and the intimate Royal Princess offer the opportunity for a year-end escape, with the latter offering a unique small-ship experience combined with a special 16-day exotic journey visiting a variety of new and more exclusive ports, such as St. Barthelemy and Tobago.

Princess ships will sail to all corners of the Caribbean, with itineraries covering 30 ports, including three new calls also featured on Royal Princess' holiday voyage -- Samaná in the Dominican Republic, a favorite location of nature lovers offering tropical forests and a protected bay; Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, which features unusual "baths" or scenic seaside grottoes; and Bequia, the second largest island in the Grenadines, offering lush hills and secluded beaches.

"Our spectacular Caribbean fleet features all the amenities you would expect on the youngest ships sailing on seven-day cruises," said Jan Swartz, senior vice president of customer service and sales for Princess. "Passengers love the special features that make cruising the Caribbean with Princess so special - such as our poolside movie screens, our array of dining options and our many balconies from which to enjoy this paradise."

Princess' 2007-08 Caribbean season features:

Emerald Princess - The new Emerald Princess makes her Caribbean debut with alternating 10-day sailings roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale - one to the Southern Caribbean and the other to the Eastern Caribbean. The Southern Caribbean Medley itinerary is offered on nine sailings and includes calls at Princess Cays, St. Thomas, Dominica, Grenada, Bonaire and Aruba. The Eastern Caribbean Voyager itinerary is featured on eight sailings and offers calls at Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Kitts, St. Thomas and Princess Cays. Emerald Princess' Caribbean season runs between October 27, 2007 and April 4, 2008.

Crown Princess - Crown Princess will once again be based in San Juan for alternating Saturday departures on seven-day cruises to the Southern Caribbean. The ship offers 14 sailings on a Classic Southern Caribbean itinerary featuring calls at Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, Tortola and St. Thomas. The Southern Caribbean Explorer route meanwhile includes 14 departures with visits to St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Grenada, Bonaire and Aruba. In addition, Crown Princess begins the season with an Exotic Eastern Caribbean journey from New York to San Juan on October 20, 2007 that features stops at St. Thomas, Antigua, and St. Kitts. Crown Princess' Caribbean season runs through May 3, 2008.

Caribbean Princess - This ship continues to offer Princess' Classic Eastern Caribbean seven-day roundtrip sailings from Ft. Lauderdale. The vessel offers Sunday departures for 27 sailings that travel to St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Princess Cays. Departures run between October 28, 2007 and April 27, 2008.

Grand Princess - Grand Princess repositions to Ft. Lauderdale to take over the seven-day Western Caribbean cruises previously offered on Star Princess. The vessel departs on Saturdays on an itinerary that calls in Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Princess Cays. The ship offers 26 sailings on this itinerary between November 3, 2007 and April 26, 2008.

Sea Princess - Sea Princess will offer a series of 14-day Caribbean adventures from Barbados, featuring two alternating itineraries. Six sailings of the Grand Caribbean Islander route feature calls at Dominica, Antigua, Tortola, St. Thomas, Grand Turk, Montego Bay, Curaçao, Bonaire, Isla Margarita, Grenada and Trinidad. The ship will also offer six sailings on a Grand Caribbean Adventurer itinerary that features stops at St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Grand Turk, Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Aruba, Bonaire, Caracas and Grenada. Sea Princess sails these routes between October 27, 2007 and March 29, 2008.

Coral Princess - Coral Princess will join the Caribbean fleet for a special holiday Eastern Caribbean sailing on December 20, 2007. This seven-day escape features visits to St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Princess' own Princess Cays.

Royal Princess - The intimate Royal Princess also offers a unique holiday option with an unusual 16-day Southern Caribbean Sojourn that sails roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale and includes three new ports of call for Princess -- Samaná, Virgin Gorda and Bequia. The full itinerary includes Samaná (Dominican Republic), Virgin Gorda, Dominica, Bequia (The Genadines), Tobago, Devil's Island (Île Royale), Barbados, St. Lucia and St. Barthélemy. Royal Princess sets sail on December 22, 2007.

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

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Posted by Denise at 08:42 AM

July 21, 2006

Holland America Line Offers More Itinerary Choices to Experience the Panama Canal in 2007


Seattle, July 10, 2006 - With 28 cruises, 12 different itineraries and five ships, Holland America Line will lead premium lines with an extensive collection of Panama Canal cruises in 2007, featuring more New York departures, new February full transit crossings and a new port of call, Puerto Chiapas, on the Pacific coast of Mexico. Savvy travelers will appreciate the variety with cruises ranging from the popular 10-day Sunfarer and 14- to 22-day full transit crossings to a new 23-day Pan-America and Panama Canal cruise.

"Holland America Line was among the first to explore this spectacle of engineering, and we continue to lead the way today, offering several cruise lengths and many different port mixes in our itineraries," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, senior vice president, marketing and sales.

14- to 22-day Full-Transit Panama Canal - Winter, Spring & Fall

From January through April and September through December, the awe-inspiring eighth wonder of the modern world is explored aboard the ms Amsterdam, ms Ryndam, ms Volendam, ms Noordam and ms Zuiderdam. This one of a kind voyage offers a full transit of the Panama Canal and explores the Mexican Riviera, Central and South America and the Caribbean.

Guests may choose from 11 different itineraries ranging from 14 to 22 days departing from New York, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, Vancouver, Seattle, Los Angeles and San Diego. Holland America Line's newest ship, the Noordam, will make its first Panama Canal crossings in spring and fall. Flagship Amsterdam will also make a November full transit of the Panama Canal.

Ports of call may include: Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas, Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta, Santa Cruz Huatulco and Zihuatenjo, Mexico; San Blas Islands and Fuerte Amador (Panama City), Panama; Puerto Caldera and Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua; Cartagena and Santa Marta, Colombia; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands; Oranjestad, Aruba; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles, California; Astoria, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia; and Key West, Florida.

New 23-day Panamerica & Panama Canal

New in 2007, the Ryndam offers a rare opportunity to explore the Americas, sailing roundtrip from convenient San Diego on November 20, 2007. The 23-day cruise features six countries including Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Guatemala. Port visits include Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco, Santa Cruz Hualtulco, Zihuatanejo, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Puntarenas and the scenic Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica; Fuerte Amador (Panama City), Panama; Manta, Ecuador; San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua; and Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala.

10-day 'Sunfarer' Panama Canal

In January and March and again from October through December, the Volendam travels round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale on 15 ten-day 'Sunfarer' Southern Caribbean itineraries showcasing the marvels of the Canal. With visits to Half Moon Cay, Bahamas - the line's award-winning private island, Oranjestad, Aruba, and Willemstad, Curacao, the ship enters at Cristobal to explore the canal and cruise Gatun Lake with a stop in Colon, Panama, before sailing on to Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, and ultimately returning to Ft. Lauderdale. In addition to the 10-day Dec. 23 holiday sailing on the Volendam, the Amsterdam will sail a 14-day roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale on December 21 with additional calls in Bonaire, Honduras, Mexico and Grand Cayman.

Enrichment Aboard and Adventure Ashore

A Panama Canal historian travels on every sailing, providing insight and answering questions about one of the greatest engineering feats of the 20th century. Ashore, extensive exploration awaits with Holland America Line's exclusive Medallion Collection of shore excursions including gourmet cooking lessons with Jamaica's finest chefs, a visit to Guatemala's colonial La Antigua with lunch at the convent Casa Santo Domingo, or a champagne catamaran cruise to St. John.

Panama Canalcruise fares start from $1,199 to $3,299 per person, double occupancy, depending on the itinerary length.

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July 20, 2006

Princess Offers Two 'South of the Border' Choices in 2007-08


Golden Princess and Dawn Princess to Set Sail for the Sunny Mexican Riviera from Two Home Ports

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (July 11, 2006) - The cultural spice of the Mexican Riviera has long made "south of the border" cruising a Princess favorite. In 2007-08, the line once again draws on more than 40 years of expertise in Mexico travel to take passengers to the scenic waters of Puerto Vallarta, the seaside culture of Mazatlan and the majestic Los Arcos cliffs of Cabo San Lucas.
Two ships, Golden Princess and Dawn Princess, will serve as the traveler's own floating seaside resorts offering a wealth of amenities to complement the relaxing tropical atmosphere. Together the two ships will offer 62 Mexican journeys from which to choose - sailing roundtrip from both Los Angeles and San Diego. Golden Princess will take her 2,600 passengers on the company's classic Mexican Riviera itinerary, while the 1,950-passenger Dawn Princess departs from San Diego on a similar itinerary with differing port times.

"Our latest Mexican Riviera program offers passengers a choice of ship sizes and departure ports plus a wealth of onboard amenities," said Jan Swartz, senior vice president of customer service and sales for Princess. "This classic itinerary has offered the ultimate escape to the best of Mexico since Princess' beginnings."

Golden Princess takes over for Diamond Princess sailing for the sunny Mexican Riviera from her homeport of Los Angeles. This popular seven-day roundtrip itinerary takes in prime ports of call at Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. Golden Princess will offer 31 departures on Saturdays between September 29, 2007 and April 26, 2008.

Dawn Princess' itinerary sails roundtrip from San Diego on a seven-day vacation that features a later day in Cabo San Lucas, plus Mazatlan and an evening experience in Puerto Vallarta. These Sunday departures run from September 30, 2007 through April 27, 2008. Dawn Princess will also sail on two coastal voyages at the end of the season - a three-day direct journey from San Diego to Vancouver on May 4 and a four-day Alaska sampler on May 7 from Vancouver to Seattle with a call in Ketchikan.

All Mexican Rivera cruises feature Princess' distinctive amenities, including the line's signature Personal Choice Dining, Lotus Spa, youth centers, internet cafes, and an extensive array of entertainment options and venues, all in an intimately designed, personalized environment offering the line's renowned Princess service.

Early booking fares for Princess' Mexican Riviera sailings begin at $549 per person, based on double occupancy, for seven-day sailings. Mexico voyages open for booking on July 24, 2006.

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Posted by Denise at 09:16 AM

July 19, 2006

Holland America Line Announces New Luxury "Explorer Coaches" in 2007


Enhancements to Coaches, Onboard Programs and Service

Seattle, WA, July 11th, 2006 - Guests will enjoy even greater comfort as Holland America Tours creates a new fleet of 39 coaches for the 2007 Alaska season. Having more legroom, spiffy leather seats, an enriched narration program including topical handouts, exclusive visuals designed to inspire and educate guests while en route to the next Great Land destination, guests will ride in style. Also, newly introduced are two new "Tombstone Explorer Coaches™" for popular Tombstone Park excursions.

"This fleet of 39 coaches in 2007 is an extension our Signature of Excellence enhancements, creating a more premium environment for our guests," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, senior vice president, marketing and sales. "We truly want to provide extraordinary comfort and an emotionally compelling on-board experience by integrating the special touches encountered on Holland America Line cruises into our Great Land products and services."

Three new MCI LX coaches will join the fleet in 2007 and 36 existing vehicles will be retrofitted, updated and improved to the standards set by the new coaches, creating a new fleet. Seating on motor coaches operating on the Great Land and Direct-to-Denali tours will be reduced from 54 to 45, providing 50 percent additional legroom - equivalent to the legroom on a domestic first-class flight.

The coaches will be equipped with leather seats with a fabric insert containing the Holland America Line logo, aisle carpeting and a mini-galley offering cold snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Each coach will have six new LCD monitors and every seat will be equipped with a headset and eight-channel audio. For those traveling with electronic equipment, the convenience of a battery charging station will be located in the galley. The exterior of each Explorer Coach will have a dramatic design depicting one of three Alaskan wildlife themes -whales, bears or moose.

Enhanced CruiseTour Narration Programs in 2006

Holland America Line and Gray Line of Alaska have also made innovative enhancements to the motor coach experience on all CruiseTours and Gray Line of Alaska package tours for 2006. The redesigned narration program reinforces, visually and in print, the stories of the Great Land that driver/guides and tour directors tell guests. Having more than 27 props, as well as 29 topical handouts and 49 Highway Journals with full-color photos, a list of the day's events and feature stories relating to guest experiences are just the start. Tour directors also use "show and tell" boards for discussion about indigenous Alaskan wildlife, plants and local arts and crafts. For example, one board explains the Athabascan beadwork of Shirley David-Jimerson who designed a beaded Forget-Me-Not on moose hide, especially for Holland America Line and Gray Line of Alaska.

A number of exclusive visuals and DVDs including several segments from "Alaska Magazine Television," including "Arctic Black Gold," "The Slush Cup" and "Working Girls of the Yukon" will be shown on specific tours aboard the motor coaches. Holland America Line was a major sponsor of this public television series. Slide shows, created from historic and current photos, will also be shown.

Also exclusive to Holland America Line is a new documentary by Marten Berkman, "The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race." The film offers an incredible inside view of what it takes to race 1,000 miles in the depths of sub-arctic winter.

New Coaches in Tombstone Park Increase Comfort and Viewing Pleasure

CruiseTour guests have the unique opportunity to travel the famous Dempster Highway in two new 23-guest "Tombstone Explorer" coaches on Great Land Klondike CruiseTours 1 - 6 and Glacier Discovery CruiseTours 27 and 28. Deployed from Dawson City, the coaches allow for optimum viewing on the Tombstone Park excursion, "Exploring along the Dempster," starting July 2006. The coaches feature domed rooftop and huge side windows, air-conditioning, camera and viewing screen to improve wildlife viewing, low clearance and they are wheelchair friendly. The coaches are modern replicas of touring coaches used in Glacier and Yellowstone National parks.

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July 18, 2006

Crown Princess Statement July 18, 2006


After departure from Port Canaveral at approximately 3:40 pm eastern time, Crown Princess experienced an unexpected list to the port side as she began sailing north towards her final port of New York.

The ship is safe, and seaworthy, and we are currently investigating the cause of the list. We understand that some passengers were injured as the ship sharply turned, and we are in the process of determining the number of injuries and their extent.

Crown Princess is now returning to Port Canaveral, where the ship will be met by medical personnel to assist passengers who may require medical attention.

Further details will be released as they become available.

Crown Princess is currently on a 9-day Western Caribbean sailing, roundtrip out of New York, with calls at Grand Turk, Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman. Port Canaveral was the last port of call before returning to New York.

Updated 5:30 pm EST, July 18, 2006

After departure from Port Canaveral at approximately 3:25 pm eastern time today, Crown Princess experienced an unexpected list to the starboard side as she began sailing north towards her final port of New York.

Initial reports are that a number of passengers did sustain serious injuries. There are also numerous reports of injuries such as cuts, bruises and fractures. We are currently assessing the full extent of passenger injuries, and have returned the ship to Port Canaveral to transfer the more seriously affected passengers to a medical facility ashore.

We deeply regret this incident, and are doing everything we can to make our passengers as comfortable as possible under these difficult circumstances.

We are also investigating the cause of the ship's sudden list, which is unknown at this time. We can confirm that the watertight integrity of the ship has not been compromised, and it is safe for passengers to remain onboard while the ship is alongside in Port Canaveral.

The cruise will be terminated in Port Canaveral, and arrangements are being made to return the passengers home. A full refund will be given to passengers, together with a full reimbursement of any additional expenses.

We will provide details about the next cruise after we are able to fully evaluate the situation.

Crown Princess is currently on a 9-day Western Caribbean sailing, roundtrip out of New York, with calls at Grand Turk, Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman. Port Canaveral was the last port of call before returning to New York.

Updated 8:30 am PST, July 19, 2006

Crown Princess is currently docked at Port Canaveral, Florida, following a heavy list that occurred yesterday afternoon as the ship was sailing towards New York, and which caused a number of passenger injuries.

We would again like to extend our sincerest apologies to our passengers and crew on board Crown Princess for this unsettling incident, and also for any injuries they experienced.

We can confirm that there were approximately 240 passengers treated onboard for various injuries such as abrasions, bruises and fractures, of which 94 were transferred to local hospitals ashore for evaluation and treatment. All of these passengers have currently been released, with the exception of three passengers and two crew members who remain in the hospital but are, thankfully, expected to make a full recovery.

Approximately 1600 passengers have already disembarked Crown Princess and departed home. There are still approximately 1850 passengers still onboard and we are currently assisting them with their homeward travel arrangements.

As a result of the heavy list, there was also considerable superficial damage to the interior of the ship, and this is expected to be quickly repaired.

The cause of the sudden list is still being assessed.

Updated 7 pm PST July 19, 2006

Crown Princess remains docked at Port Canaveral, Florida, where the ship returned yesterday following a heavy list that occurred as the ship was sailing towards New York. As a result there were a number of passenger injuries, and the cruise was ended early in Port Canaveral.

We would again like to extend our sincerest apologies to our passengers and crew on board Crown Princess for this regrettable incident, and also for any injuries they experienced.

We can confirm that there were approximately 240 passengers treated onboard for various injuries such as abrasions, bruises and fractures, of which 94 were transferred to local hospitals ashore for evaluation and treatment. All of these passengers have now been released, with the exception of two passengers who remain in the hospital but, thankfully, are expected to make a full recovery.

All but approximately 400 passengers have now disembarked Crown Princess, where they will remain overnight before leaving the ship tomorrow. It is anticipated the ship will depart tomorrow for New York, where a revised seven-day itinerary will replace the originally-scheduled nine-day cruise. Passengers sailing on this shortened voyage will receive a 50 percent refund of their cruise fare, and if they choose to cancel they may do so without incurring any cancellation fees.

The cause of the sudden list is still being investigated.

Updated 2 pm PST

Crown Princess departed Port Canaveral today for New York at approximately 5:00 pm EST, having received clearance from the U.S. Coast Guard and the British flag authorities to sail.

We are confident there are no mechanical or ongoing operational issues that would compromise the safety of the ship, passengers or crew.

Crown Princess is expected to arrive at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal at 8:30 am on Saturday, July 22. At approximately mid-day, passengers will begin embarking for a revised seven-day sailing which will depart at 5 pm that afternoon. The cruise will call at the ports of Grand Turk and Bermuda before returning to New York on July 29 to resume its regular nine-day cruise schedule.

No passengers are traveling aboard Crown Princess as it sails to New York, as they have all now disembarked in Port Canaveral.

We wish to again express our sincerest apologies to our passengers and crew for this regrettable incident, and also extend our thanks for their understanding and cooperation during these difficult circumstances.

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NCL Corporation Completes Fleetwide Cell Phone Installation On It's NCL and Orient Lines Ships


NCL is the first cruise line to fully implement cell phone service fleetwide

MIAMI – July 7, 2006 - NCL Corporation today announced that it is the first cruise line to offer cell phone service fleetwide. The service is available for all passengers on all of its ships worldwide even when communications towers are oceans away. The company is providing the service through Wireless Maritime Services, a joint venture of AT&T Wireless and Maritime Telecommunications Network (MTN).

Leading the way in shipboard technology, NCL was the first cruise line to offer cell phone service when it introduced the new technology on Norwegian Sun more than two years ago. NCL pioneered the industry’s first Internet access on the high seas with its Internet café in 1999. In 2002, NCL became the first cruise line to provide remote wireless Internet (also known as Wi-Fi) to its guests. All services are now standard throughout NCL’s entire fleet.

“Cutting-edge onboard technology is important to our guests,” said Colin Veitch, NCL Corporation’s president and CEO. “While we recognize that some guests traveling with us choose to disconnect, others need to stay connected to loved ones or business associates in order to get away. Cell phone, Internet capabilities and WiFi services ensure that our passengers can stay connected if they so choose.”

The offering combines satellite and wireless services, enabling passengers to make and receive calls on their own cell phones with their own phone numbers while in international waters.

The service is available to most passengers with GSM and CDMA phones that operate at 1900 MHz, which is standard in the U.S. Passengers can make and receive both voice calls and text messages. In addition, passengers with data-capable GSM/GPRS devices can access data services, such as email, internet and picture messaging. Passengers are billed by the carrier to whom they subscribe at roaming rates set by that carrier, just as if they were roaming on land instead of at sea.

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July 09, 2006

Bermuda Cruises Offer Hassle-Free, Close-To-Home Getaways


New York (February 02, 2006) - What could be better than vacationing in Bermuda, a destination so popular that 50 percent of visitors return a second time? Cruising to Bermuda. This year, 13 ships from the member companies of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) will offer convenient cruises to Bermuda from eight North American homeports, eliminating the hassles and costs associated with air travel.

In 2006, travelers can sail to Bermuda from Baltimore; Boston; Cape Liberty (Bayonne, N.J.); Charleston; Gloucester, Mass.; Fort Lauderdale; New York and Philadelphia. Three cruise companies will offer regular Bermuda routes from April through October. Other ships will visit the destination on seasonal U.S. East Coast, transatlantic and Caribbean itineraries departing from Northeast cities.


Bermuda exudes a British charm and flavor, and boasts strong African and Caribbean cultural roots. Bermuda's characteristic pastel-colored buildings and pink-hued beaches are among its treasures. Driving is on the left, and although rental cars are not available, horse-drawn carriages are plentiful and motor scooters are for hire.

The island is also a veritable paradise for sports buffs. In addition to being one of the world's premier golf destinations – it is said that Bermuda has more acreage-per-square mile dedicated to golf than any other country in world – tennis players, snorkelers and divers will find plenty of active options here.

Cruise ships call at three Bermuda ports. Hamilton, the island's capital city, features excellent shopping options, entertainment and restaurants on the waterfront. St. George's is the center of Bermuda's maritime and cultural history, and King's Wharf at the Royal Naval Dockyard offers many shopping and restaurant choices, as well as several museums.

“Bermuda cruises offer tremendous convenience,” said Terry L. Dale, president and CEO of CLIA “ The many services, facilities and amenities of CLIA member lines' passenger-pleasing ships combined with Bermuda's wonderful sights and sounds make this destination perfect for an idyllic vacation.”

Following is a list of Bermuda cruises offered in 2006 by CLIA-member cruise lines:

Carnival Cruise Lines calls at Bermuda on a six-day itinerary aboard Carnival Legend that departs April 20 from New York. The itinerary spends a full day in Bermuda, docking at King's Wharf. The itinerary will also offer a visit to Newport, R.I.

Celebrity Cruises' Zenith sails roundtrip from Cape Liberty on seasonal seven-night sailings that offer two nights aboard ship in Hamilton and one overnight in St. George's. Constellation operates a nine-night Caribbean roundtrip Cape Liberty itinerary on April 19 that calls at King's Wharf.

For the very first time, Costa Cruises will feature Bermuda in its roster of itineraries. Costa Magica sails on two seven-night sailings to Bermuda, April 21 and April 28. Both itineraries depart from Fort Lauderdale and include overnight calls at Hamilton and Nassau.

Crystal Cruises' Crystal Serenity includes a call at Hamilton as part of the ship's 10-day transatlantic itinerary departing Lisbon on Nov. 15. The itinerary, which calls at Ponta Delgada in the Azores, will feature an overnight in Hamilton before guests disembark in Miami.

Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Crown and Norwegian Majesty offer Bermuda departures from Philadelphia, New York, Boston and the new port of Charleston on itineraries of five to seven days. Norwegian Spirit is offering 10 eight-day Bermuda and Eastern Caribbean itineraries out of New York calling at St. Thomas, Tortola and King's Warf.

Crown Princess , the newest member in the Princess Cruises' fleet, features a stop at Bermuda's West End on its 10 nine-day Eastern Caribbean itineraries that begin in June roundtrip from New York. Additional port calls are San Juan, St. Thomas and Grand Turk.

Radisson Seven Seas Cruises' all-suite Seven Seas Navigator sails on an 11-night journey, departing April 7, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, which spends two nights in Hamilton. The itinerary also includes port calls at Cape Canaveral, Savannah, Charleston (for an overnight) and Nassau. In addition to offering all-suite accommodations, 90% of the suites aboard Navigator also include private balconies.

Royal Caribbean International's Empress of the Seas operates on seven-night itineraries from Philadelphia with overnights at St. George's and Hamilton. Explorer of the Seas and Grandeur of the Seas sail on five-night itineraries from Cape Liberty and Baltimore, respectively, overnighting at King's Wharf.

Seabourn Cruise Line's Seabourn Pride calls at Bermuda during a “Food & Wine Festival” theme cruise departing Gloucester, Mass., on October 29. The 12-day voyage includes an overnight stay in Hamilton, enabling guests a day and a half to enjoy Bermuda's many attractions.

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July 08, 2006

First-Time Cruises To And From Tampa On Crystal Cruises


Top Crystal's Fall 2006 Value Collection
Two-for-One Sailings Available on Panama Canal Voyages

LOS ANGELES, July 5, 2006 - For the first time Crystal Cruises is adding Tampa to its lineup of Panama Canal 2006 Value Collection Sailings, including a 12-day voyage from Costa Rica to Tampa and a 15-day voyage from Tampa to Los Angeles. As an added bonus, Crystal is offering 2-for-1 savings on these fall 2006 sailings aboard the award-winning Crystal Symphony. While Crystal Cruises features cruises from south Florida several times a year, 2006 marks the first year the luxury line has scheduled itineraries beginning or ending in central Florida.

The 12-day, November 24 through December 6 itinerary from Costa Rica to Tampa features a daytime cruising through the Panama Canal, as well as visits to charming beachside towns of the Netherlands Antilles and the British West Indies, and Mexico's beautiful beaches and Mayan ruins. With fares starting at $2,380 per person, double occupancy, the itinerary offers travelers the opportunity to explore the Caribbean's tranquil and tropical locales, one of the world's most renowned engineering marvels, and archaeological mysteries, as well as experience a diverse collection of shipboard programs and activities aboard this Smithsonian Associates-themed itinerary.

"We are very pleased to add Tampa to our port selection and to offer travelers in central Florida this exceptionally convenient opportunity to experience Crystal's unrivaled reputation for classic service, abundant space, extensive choices and quality," says Bill Smith, Crystal's senior vice president, sales and marketing. "Savvy travelers will appreciate these value rich, 2-for-1 voyages featuring a wide array of stimulating onboard enrichment, complemented by visits to welcoming destinations."

In addition, a 15-day Wine & Food Festival-themed voyage departs from Tampa on December 6 to Los Angeles and boasts visits to the colorful British and Dutch West Indies, the Panama Canal transit, and calls in Costa Rica and Mexico. Fares start at $2,930 per person, double occupancy.

Crystal Cruises' Fall 2006 Panama Canal Value Collection to/from Tampa, includes:

Tropical Impression: November 24 - December 6; 12 days; Caldera, Costa Rica to Tampa, Florida. Visiting the Panama Canal; Bonaire/Kralendijk and Curaçao/Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles; Grand Cayman/George Town, British West Indies; Cozumel and Progreso, Mexico.

Golden Passage: December 6 - 21; 15 days; Tampa, Florida to Los Angeles, California. Visiting Grand Cayman/George Town, British West Indies; Aruba/Oranjestad, Dutch West Indies; the Panama Canal; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Huatulco, Acapulco and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

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July 05, 2006

Princess Cruises Announces Worldwide Routes for 2007-08 Season


New Vessels Featured on Global Itineraries; Exotic Sailings Visit All Seven Continents

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (June 29, 2006) -- From the mysteries of the Amazon to the splendor of Bangkok, Princess will once again offer passengers intriguing itineraries to some of the planet's most dreamed-about destinations for the fall 2007 to spring 2008 season. The leader in global cruise travel, Princess will continue to take passengers to the exotic shores of Asia, Australia/New Zealand, the South Pacific, Hawaii, South America and even Antarctica, sailing on nearly every size of ship in the Princess fleet -- from 670 to 2,670 passengers.

In total, seven ships will take passengers to ports around the world. Several ships make their debut in new regions -- Royal Princess sails up the mighty Amazon River, Star Princess travels around Cape Horn and to Antarctica, and Diamond Princess sets sail for Hawaii. In addition, Sapphire Princess returns to Asia and Australia/New Zealand, Pacific Princess sails between Hawaii and Tahiti, and Sun Princess and Regal Princess cross the Pacific. Princess will also offer a full 102-day world cruise, and passengers will have the opportunity to join Sun Princess during her first season sailing "Down Under" as an Australian-based ship.

The program offers travel to all seven continents, featuring 135 ports of call and destinations in 57 countries, including two new ports -- the island of Tobago and the town of Parintins, Brazil, both featured on Royal Princess' Amazon itineraries.

"Our deployment of ships around the globe has long been a Princess hallmark and we've committed to offering our passengers the very best of exotic cruise travel," said Jan Swartz, Princess' senior vice president of customer service and sales. "Passengers expect exciting destinations and itineraries from us, and this new program offers them a variety of unique choices, from a fascinating new Amazon itinerary to luxurious Pacific crossings."

Asia and Australia/New Zealand -- Sapphire Princess returns to Asia and Australia/New Zealand cruising with a full season of favorite routes.

  • Australia & New Zealand -- Sapphire Princess sails on the classic 12-day Australia & New Zealand cruises between Sydney and Auckland. The ship offers eight sailings between January 9 and April 2, 2008 that call at Melbourne, Hobart (Tasmania), Dunedin, Christchurch, Tauranga and scenic cruising through Fiordland National Park.

  • Southeast Asia & China -- Sapphire Princess features extra sailings on this popular 16-day route between Beijing and Bangkok that includes calls at Nagasaki, Shanghai, Okinawa, Taipei, Hong Kong, Nha Trang (Vietnam), Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore. The ship offers five departures between October 1 and December 4, 2007.

  • Australia & Asia -- This 20-day Bangkok to Sydney route features Ko Samui (Thailand), Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Kota Kinabalu (Borneo, Malaysia), Darwin, Cairns, Airlie Beach (for the Great Barrier Reef), and Brisbane. Sapphire Princess heads "Down Under" on this special holiday voyage departing December 20, 2007.

  • Alaska & Far East -- A 15-day voyage between worlds, sailing from Anchorage (Whittier) to Beijing as Sapphire Princess takes passengers to Kodiak Island, Sapporo (Japan), Vladivostok, Pusan (Korea), Kagoshima and Dalian (China). The ship sails from Whittier on September 15, 2007 -- the sailing can also be combined with Sapphire Princess' final Gulf of Alaska cruise of the season for a 22-day journey that departs on September 8. Passengers can also choose to instead combine the cruise with the following Southeast Asia and China cruise for a 31-day sailing.

    South America and Antarctica -- Star Princess makes her South American debut offering a series of sailings, including two sailings on the line's Antarctica voyage and a series of Cape Horn cruises. The new 670-passenger Royal Princess offers a more intimate experience for cruises up the Amazon River.

  • Cape Horn & Strait of Magellan -- A popular 12-day journey between Buenos Aires, Argentina and Santiago, Chile, this classic adventure features the route of the ancient mariners around the continent's southernmost tip, plus visits to Montevideo (Uruguay), the Falkland Islands, Ushuaia (Argentina), Punta Arenas and Puerto Montt (Chile). Star Princess will offer four sailings on this itinerary between January 26 and March 18, 2008.

  • Brazilian Adventure -- A 21-day journey from Ft. Lauderdale to Buenos Aires. This extended itinerary includes calls at Dominica; Barbados; Grenada; Trinidad; Devil's Island; the Brazilian ports of Fortaleza, Recife, Salvador and Rio de Janeiro; and Montevideo. Star Princess offers this voyage over the holidays, departing on December 20, 2007.

  • Antarctica & South America -- For the first time Princess will offer two sailings on this dramatic journey to the southernmost continent. The 16-day roundtrip voyages from Buenos Aires mark the fifth year Princess has sailed to Antarctica. The ship will visit the Falkland Islands before crossing Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula, where passengers will enjoy several days of cruising with striking views of the islands, straits and channels of Antarctica. Star Princess will also sail around Cape Horn and to the ports of Ushuaia, Punta Arenas and Montevideo. The cruises depart on January 10 and February 18, 2008.

  • Amazon River -- The new intimate Royal Princess sails up the Amazon River for the first time on an expanded 14-day sailing of the world's largest river. The itinerary takes passengers between Ft. Lauderdale and Manaus, Brazil, calling at St. Barthelemy, St. Lucia, the new port of Tobago, Devil's Island, and the Amazon River ports of Santarem, new port Parintins, Boca da Valeria and Manaus, where passengers will enjoy an overnight stay. Royal Princess offers eight sailings on this itinerary between January 7 and April 14, 2008.

  • Three Continents Transatlantic -- Star Princess ends her South American season with a 24-day Atlantic Ocean crossing from Buenos Aires to Venice, blending highlights in South America, Africa and Europe. Passengers will enjoy the opportunity to explore ports of call including Rio de Janeiro, Recife (Brazil), Dakar (Senegal), Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands), Casablanca (for Marrakech), Gibraltar, Barcelona, Cannes (for Monte Carlo), Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Rome (Civitavecchia) and Dubrovnik. Star Princess departs on March 30, 2008.

    Hawaii and Tahiti -- Passengers have several tropical choices in 2007-08 with the debut of Diamond Princess on Princess' popular Hawaiian island sailings, plus a series of Hawaii and Tahiti cruises aboard the intimate Pacific Princess.

  • Hawaiian Islands -- Diamond Princess makes her debut on Princess' popular round-trip Hawaii cruises from Los Angeles. The 2,670-passenger ship brings more berths to the region, representing a 35 percent increase in capacity on this route. The popular 15-day voyage takes in Hilo, Kilauea Volcano Scenic Cruising, Kona, Honolulu, Kauai (Nawiliwili), and Maui. The ship offers 15 sailings between September 19, 2007 and April 16, 2008.

  • Hawaii & Tahiti -- Meanwhile, the intimate Pacific Princess will also cruise the tropics with a series of Hawaii/Tahiti sailings. The 670-passenger vessel will offer six of these 11-day sailings between Honolulu and Papeete, calling at Kauai, Maui, Hilo, Christmas Island, Bora Bora, and Moorea, departing between September 21 and December 4, 2007. One 12-day itinerary adds an additional call in Raiatea on November 15. To start the season, the ship sails from Vancouver to Honolulu with a nine-day Hawaiian Islands cruise departing September 12 and taking in Hilo, Kauai and Maui.

    Pacific Crossings -- Several ships offer the perfect way to cross the Pacific between Sydney and several ports in the U.S. Travelers will visit idyllic Pacific islands and fascinating ports on these extended crossings.

  • Sapphire Princess travels from Sydney to Los Angeles on a 31-day ocean crossing that takes in Melbourne, Tasmania, Fiordland National Park, Dunedin, Auckland, Fiji, Pago Pago, Rarotonga, Bora Bora, Tahiti, Honolulu, and Hilo. The ship departs on April 14, 2008.

  • Sun Princess offers two Pacific crossings to and from her new role sailing for P&O Australia. The first 30-day route takes passengers from Seattle to Sydney on September 23, 2007 (San Francisco, Maui, Honolulu, Bora Bora, Tahiti, Rarotonga, Pago Pago, Fiji, Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Fiordland National Park) and the 31-day return from Sydney to San Francisco on April 7, 2008 (Fiordland National Park, Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland, Fiji, Pago Pago, Rarotonga, Moorea, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Christmas Island, Honolulu, and Maui).

  • Regal Princess -- (revised itinerary from previously published) -- A 31-day Los Angeles to Sydney crossing, featuring stops in many of the Pacific's most enchanting destinations, including Maui (Lahaina), Honolulu, Christmas Island, Bora Bora, Tahiti, Rarotonga, Pago Pago, Moorea, Fiji, Auckland, Wellington, Tauranga, Christchurch, Dunedin, and Fiordland National Park Scenic Cruising. Regal Princess departs on her final Princess cruise from Los Angeles on August 31.

  • Pacific Princess -- A South Pacific and Andes Explorer route will take Pacific Princess across the Pacific and onwards through the Panama Canal. This 26-day journey from Papeete to Ft. Lauderdale features calls in Bora Bora, Moorea, Pitcairn Island (scenic cruising), Easter Island, Pisco (San Martin, Peru), Lima (Callao, overnight for Machu Picchu), Quito (Manta), Panama Canal, Cristobal (Panama), San Blas (Panama) and Limon (Costa Rica).

    Sun Princess Australian Adventures -- For passengers who want to enjoy a true Australian experience, Princess is offering North American passengers the opportunity to join Sun Princess on her first season sailing "Down Under." Cruises range from eight to 28 days on a variety of itineraries that include destinations such as Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Tasmania, New Zealand and two complete circumnavigation cruises of the Australian continent. The November 2007 to March 2008 cruise season will offer a genuine "Aussie" experience with Australian dollars as the onboard currency and dining and entertainment options geared to Australian tastes.

    Pacific Princess World Cruise -- In addition, Princess will offer a full 102-day world cruise adventure aboard the intimate Pacific Princess. Traveling across six continents, visiting 31 countries, this journey of a lifetime offers passengers the opportunity to experience such iconic destinations as Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat and the Pyramids of Egypt. Departing January 10, 2008, the ship sails from Ft. Lauderdale to Southampton, visiting 42 destinations along the way.

    Early booking fares for Princess Exotic program cruises begin at $1,295 per person for a nine-day sailing, based on double occupancy.

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