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March 31, 2008

Carnival Offering All-Inclusive Cruise/Air Packages to Europe Starting at $2,399

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MIAMI (March 25, 2008) ? For those seeking a more affordable way to see Europe this summer, Carnival Cruise Lines is offering special cruise/air packages for its 12-day Grand Mediterranean and Mediterranean, Greece & Turkey cruises aboard the 2,974-passenger Carnival Freedom, with rates starting at $2,399 per person.

The special rates are available in conjunction with nearly 40 different North American gateway cities and eight different Grand Mediterranean and Mediterranean, Greece & Turkey voyages departing June through August. Both itineraries operate round-trip from Rome (Civitavecchia).

"With today?s high euro/dollar exchange rates, a ?Fun Ship? cruise is already one of the most affordable ways to experience and explore Europe?s fascinating history, culture and architecture, and these new cruise/air packages make the value greater than ever,? said Lynn C. Torrent, Carnival?s senior vice president of sales and guest services.

The special cruise/air packages are available in conjunction with Carnival Freedom?s 12-day Grand Mediterranean cruises departing June 3 and 27, July 9 and 21 and Aug. 2 and 26, 2008. These voyages visit seven ports: Naples, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Venice (two-day call), Italy; Messina, Sicily; Barcelona, Spain; Cannes, France; and Livorno, Italy.

On these cruises, guests can visit Capri, Taormina, Monte Carlo, Florence and Pisa, home to centuries-old landmarks and celebrated museums. The two-day Venice call offers myriad opportunities to view that city?s stunning architecture and visit magnificent museums and cathedrals.

Cruise/air packages are also available in conjunction with Carnival Freedom?s 12-day Mediterranean, Greece & Turkey voyages departing June 15 and Aug. 14. These voyages feature eight ports: Naples, Italy; Marmaris, Turkey; Izmir (Ephesus) and Istanbul, Turkey; scenic cruising of the Dardanelles; Athens (Piraeus) and Katakolon, Greece; and Livorno, Italy; and an overnight call in Rome (Civitavecchia).

Highlights include Greece?s legendary Acropolis and the ancient settlements of Olympia, Priere, Didyma, and Miletus. Guests can also visit Istanbul?s fabled Blue Mosque, and tour the Coliseum or Vatican City during the overnight call in Civitavecchia.

A ?floating resort? in every sense of the word, Carnival Freedom features 22 lounges and bars, four swimming pools, a 13,300-square-foot spa, 100 percent ?bow-to-stern? wireless Internet access, cell phone service, and ?Carnival?s Seaside Theatre,? a 270-square-foot LED screen displaying movies, concerts and other programming.

A wide variety of formal and casual dining options ? including twin two-level main dining rooms, a reservations-only supper club and a 1,400-seat casual eatery with 24-hour pizza and ice cream ? are also available. Organized activities for kids in three age groups, including ?Camp Carnival? for kids 2-11, ?Circle C? for 12- to 14-year olds, and ?Club O2? for older teens ? are among the ship?s numerous family-friendly amenities.

Also featured is a wide selection of spacious staterooms, including hundreds with private balconies ? ideal for scenic European cruising. All Carnival Freedom staterooms include the Carnival Comfort Bed sleep system with plush mattresses, luxurious duvets and high quality linens and pillows.
Carnival is currently accepting reservations on all of the Carnival Freedom?s various 2008 European departures. Rates are based on interior accommodations for select departure dates and subject to change without notice. Special rates for third and fourth guests sailing in the same stateroom, as well as pre- and post-cruise land stays in Rome are also available.

For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-738-8837

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March 30, 2008

Carnival Cruise Lines, Whodunit Productions Team Up for Series of Whodunit Mystery Cruises in 2008-09

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MIAMI (March 27, 2008) ? Carnival Cruise Lines, the world?s largest cruise operator, and Whodunit Productions, the leading organizer of mystery cruises at sea, have teamed up for a series of Whodunit Cruises aboard the 2,052-passenger ?Fun Ship? Carnival Paradise from Long Beach, Calif., in 2008 and 2009.

Eight different three-day Mystery Cruises will be offered, the first of which will depart, appropriately enough, on Halloween - Oct. 31, 2008. Other departure dates include Jan. 9, Feb. 13, March 13, May 1, July 17, Oct. 30, and Dec. 4, 2009.

The Whodunit Cruises on the Carnival Paradise will encompass a variety of exciting activities taking place throughout the various public rooms and areas aboard the massive 70,000-ton SuperLiner ? all with the objective of solving the mystery at the end of the voyage.

When participants arrive on board, they are given their own role to play and are encouraged to utilize the traits of their character to find out ?whodunit.? Mystery Cruise participants also can interact with professional actors hired specifically to set the tone for the mystery by creating an unforgettable atmosphere of suspense and intrigue.

A variety of top-secret clues, everything from notes slipped discreetly under stateroom doors to instructions for various clandestine missions, are provided throughout the cruise. As the clues unravel, participants have to solve the mystery ? before it?s too late!

In addition to the opportunity to put their crime-solving skills to the test, Mystery Cruise participants can enjoy a special Super Sleuth cocktail party at the end of the cruise to announce the Whodunit winner.

?Carnival is delighted to team up with ?Whodunit Productions? to create these exciting Mystery Cruises, which offer participants an opportunity to combine a highly intriguing and entertaining activity with all the fun and relaxation of a ?Fun Ship? cruise,? said Lynn C. Torrent, Carnival?s senior vice president of sales and guest services.

?Our Mystery Cruises are packed with fun, excitement and intrigue. Our motto is ?expect the unexpected!? We?re very happy to partner with Carnival Cruise Lines to host these unforgettable ?whodunit? cruises aboard the ?Fun Ship? Carnival Paradise,? said Shauna Hoffman, president of Whodunit Productions, Inc.

While on board the Carnival Paradise, ?Mystery Cruise? participants can enjoy the ship?s wide range of ?resort-style? facilities and features ? 12 lounges and bars with dramatic interiors that celebrate the great ships of yesteryear, three swimming pools ? one with a 115-foot-long water slide ? along with a 12,000-square-foot Spa Carnival facility, full casino gambling and on-board duty-free shopping.

Dining options include two formal restaurants with extensive menus and wine lists, a casual poolside eatery featuring breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets and a 24-hour pizzeria, a patisserie offering specialty coffees and sweets, and complimentary 24-hour stateroom service. Wi-Fi access and cellular phone service are also available.

Additionally, each of the Carnival Paradise?s 1,026 staterooms features the Carnival Comfort Bed sleep system with plush mattresses, luxurious duvets and high quality linens and pillows.

Reservations are currently being accepted for the Whodunit Cruises aboard the Carnival Paradise. Rates start at $348 per person, based on double occupancy (includes all ?Mystery Cruise? activities).

Special discount rates for third and fourth guests sailing in the same stateroom, along with round-trip air supplements from a variety of North American gateways, are also available.

For additional information and to reserve a spot for this unforgettable experience, and reservations, contact Carnival?s special Mystery Cruise reservations number toll-free at 1-800-738-8837. Fare code CPMM/FPMM must be requested for individual bookings or CPMG/FPMG for group bookings.

Participants must register for the various on-board activities through their travel agent.

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March 29, 2008

Liner Notes Premieres on Public Radio

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Valencia, CA - March 12, 2008 - Cunard Line is proud to bring Liner Notes to public radio, a new literary travel series that explores fascinating destinations and thought-provoking ways that travel can be experienced and enjoyed. Hosted by cultural wunderkind Paul Holdengraber and recorded with notable and knowledgeable guests over lunch at the Captain's table aboard Queen Mary 2, the series of themed, one-hour shows takes listeners on a journey of wit, wisdom and wanderlust, exploring destinations as they have been imagined and as they exist in literature, painting, film, music and myth.

Debuting March 17, the premier show will focus on Ireland for St. Patrick's Day and features Pulitzer-Prize-winning novelist Frank McCourt (Angela's Ashes), as well as acclaimed, award-winning authors Colum McCann, Jimmy Breslin, Pete Hamill, Nuala O'Faolain and NPR film critic Bob Mondello, among others.

"Like the quest for adventure, Cunard guests are compelled to seek a diverse range of intellectual pursuits," said Carol Marlow, president of Cunard Line. "Liner Notes further demonstrates an intuitive connection with our guests' interests and intellect and delivers entertainment parallel to our award-winning onboard enrichment programmes. We are delighted to support this exciting new series," added Marlow.

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In the tradition of the legendary Algonquin Roundtable gatherings, the conversations will raise themes related to travel, for example "falling in love with a place" "the benefits of wandering" "lost in translation" and "ex-patriot dreams." Interviews with travelers and locals will deepen the exploration of a place in fact and in fantasy.

Holdengraber, the series host, is the cultural all-star whose literary happenings have turned the New York Public Library into a popular hot spot, and whose public events at the Institute for Art and Cultures in Los Angeles are renowned.

Created by veteran public radio producers Jon Kalish and Marty Goldensohn, Liner Notes boasts a distinguished production team. With a multitude of locations and multitudinous perspectives, and a changing roster of brilliant and accomplished guests, Liner Notes promises to be a unique and welcome addition to the public radio tradition of travel shows, providing eight memorable monthly journeys of its own.

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March 27, 2008

OCEANIA CRUISES INTRODUCES THE 2009 EUROPEAN COLLECTION

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Free Airfare and 2 for 1 Cruise Fares Start at $1,499 per Guest

Miami, FL, March 3, 2008 - Oceania Cruises is pleased to announce the release of the new 2009 European Collection. With three ships positioned in Europe for the season, Oceania Cruises will offer new opportunities for discerning travelers to explore everything from the romantic waters of the Mediterranean and Greek Isles to the cosmopolitan capitals and stunning scenery of Northern Europe. With an unrivaled array of itineraries that call on Europe?s most enticing ports, Oceania Cruises will offer 56 European voyages that range in length from 10 to 30 days and call at more than 80 ports.

With a keen focus on providing a unique and enriching destination experience, every aspect of the line?s 2009 European Collection has been meticulously crafted with the discriminating traveler in mind. With more overnight stays in Europe?s star cities and a unique mixture of marquee and boutique ports, traveler are afforded the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich and abundant history, culture and cuisine of Europe?s most alluring cities.

"Whether guests are exploring the wonders of iconic destinations like St. Petersburg and Venice for the first time, or are veteran travelers seeking a new discovery such as Koper in Slovenia or Fowey in the United Kingdom, Oceania Cruises? 2009 Europe Collection offers an unparalleled wealth of choices,? stated Bob Binder, President of Oceania Cruises.

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Highlights of the 2009 European Collection
From the Black Sea to the Baltics, there are 56 extraordinary voyages to choose from including 10 distinct Western Mediterranean itineraries.
Magnificent Maiden Ports ? Hellesylt, Norway; Fowey, United Kingdom; Biarritz, France; Koper, Slovenia; and Split, Croatia.

Jacques Pépin sails aboard Insignia from Barcelona to Istanbul on August 9. With a mix of intriguing ports including Egypt and the Holy Land, this voyage will include special culinary demonstrations, wine lectures and exclusive shore side events.

5th Annual Oceania Club Reunion Cruise ? departing from Rome on October 5, 2009, this extraordinary 12-day voyage call on a dozen ports in five fascinating countries. With a stellar line-up of ports that includes Venice, Cinque Terre, Dubrovnik, Kotor, and Monte Carlo to name just a few, Oceania Club members will be feted with exclusive cocktail parties, members-only lunches and dinners, private shore excursions and additional surprises.

A New 16-day Venice-Rome voyage highlights the scenic splendor and intriguing history of the Dalmatian Coast. Insignia sails from Venice to Rome on May 15 and calls on Koper, Split, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Corfu, Sarande, Valletta, Taormina, Sorrento, Amalfi, Florence, St Tropez, and Cinque Terre.

Regatta returns to Scandinavia and Russia and sails to Norway and the British Isles for the very first time. A 12-day Norwegian Fjords and British Isles cruise sails roundtrip from Dover on July 13 and calls on Edinburgh, Invergordon, Alesund, Hellesylt, Belfast, Dublin, Waterford, and Fowey.

A new 14-day Egypt and Israel itinerary sails from Barcelona to Istanbul and includes Tunisia, Malta, Greece, Egypt, Israel, Cyprus and Turkey. This voyage departs aboard Nautica on June 27, Insignia on August 9 and Regatta on October 31.

4 new Grand Voyages that span all of Europe, with one that journeys all the way to South America. Guests may sail from Venice to Stockholm; Barcelona to Venice, showcasing virtually the entire Mediterranean; Istanbul to Miami; and Rome to Rio de Janeiro.

Free Airfare and 2 for 1 Cruise Fares Start at $1,499 per Guest
With Free Airfare from 20 North American gateways and 2 for 1 cruise fares, these extraordinary voyages are the pinnacle of value. 2 for 1 cruise fares start at just $1,499 per guest and guests are urged to make their reservations as early as possible to ensure that they take advantage of the free airfare and receive the accommodations of choice on their preferred voyage.

About Oceania Cruises
Oceania Cruises® is the world?s only upper-premium cruise line and offers a unique combination of the finest cuisine at sea, luxurious accommodations, exceptional personalized service and extraordinary value. As the leader in destination cruising, Oceania Cruises sails to more than 180 ports in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, South America, and the Caribbean. Featuring three intimate and elegant mid-sized ships, Regatta, Insignia and Nautica, the line will introduce two new mid-size Oceania Class ships to its award-winning fleet in 2010 and 2011. For additional information, to make a reservation, or to order a brochure, please contact your Travel Agent or Oceania Cruises at 1-800-738-8837.


Fares listed are cruise only in U.S. dollars, per person, based on double occupancy and include Non-Discountable Fares. Fares do not include government fees and charges, taxes, and handling and security charges, or a Fuel Surcharge of USD $7.00 per guest, per day. All fares and offers are subject to availability, may not be combinable with other offers, are capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time without prior notice. 2 for 1 fares are based on published Full Brochure Fares; all fares are cruise only, and do not include Prepaid Charges, Optional Facilities and Services Fees, and personal charges, as defined in the Terms and Conditions of the Guest Ticket Contract which may be viewed at www.OceaniaCruises.com. Full Brochure Fares may not have resulted in actual sales in all cabin categories and may not have been in effect during the last 90 days. Promotional fares may remain in effect after the expiration date. Air promotion applies to economy, round-trip flights only from select Oceania Cruises U.S. & Canadian gateways and does not include ground transfers, air taxes and air fuel surcharges. Air ticketing fee will apply. Free Airfare is available only from the following Oceania Cruises Primary Air Gateways: ATL, BOS, ORD, DFW, DEN, IAH, LAX, MIA, JFK, EWR, MCO, PHL, PHX, SAN, SFO, SEA, TPA, YYZ, YVR, IAD. Airfare is available from all other U.S. & Canadian gateways at an additional charge. Oceania Cruises reserves the right to correct errors or omissions. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Complete terms and conditions may be found in the Guest Ticket Contract. Ships' Registry: Marshall Islands.

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March 26, 2008

Holland America Line's Culinary Arts Centers to Feature Local Culinary Instructor and Author

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Seattle, Feb. 4, 2008 -- Paulette Mitchell, culinary instructor and author from St. Paul, Minn., is scheduled to sail as part of the guest-enrichment program on upcoming Holland America Line voyages. During her cruises, the epicurean expert will perform cooking demonstrations for guests in the ship's state-of-the-art show kitchen, conduct culinary seminars, tastings and participate in question and answer sessions.

Mitchell is scheduled to appear on the March 8 segment aboard ms Amsterdam's World Cruise and on ms Zuiderdam's Oct. 23 Transatlantic crossing.

Mitchell, the author of 12 cookbooks, is known internationally for her quick-to-prepare healthful recipes with a gourmet flair. In addition to being a culinary instructor, she also shares her recipes and cooking tips on television shows and media tours, and she regularly offers programs at health spas.

Her book "The Spirited Vegetarian" -- the first vegetarian cookbook incorporating wine or spirits in every recipe -- was awarded "Best Book in the World on Cooking with Wine" at the 2005 Gourmand World Media Awards. Her 15-minute gourmet cookbook series, including chicken, vegetarian and noodles, was honored as "Best Cookbook Series" at the 2000 World Cookbook Fair in Perigueux, France, in 2000, and her "Complete Soy Cookbook" was named best health cookbook at the same event in 1998.

Mitchell entertains and educates her students by sharing culinary tips and kitchen wisdom acquired over the years and through her international travels, which she says is her greatest source of inspiration.

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Holland America Line launched its innovative culinary guest-enrichment program in 2005 with the installation of Culinary Arts Centers aboard each of its 13 premium cruise ships. A first-class "show kitchen at sea," the Culinary Arts Centers presented by Food and Wine magazine resemble the elaborate show kitchens used by celebrity chefs on television cooking programs and offer culinary demonstrations, tastings and hands-on cooking classes aboard every Holland America sailing.

Each facility features a theater-style venue, with two large plasma video screens and a large cooking display counter where guests can learn from the masters. In partnership with Food and Wine magazine, Holland America Line has scheduled over 70 celebrated chefs and wine experts to sail in 2008. Classes and demonstrations in the show kitchen are scheduled on every cruise with Holland America's own expert chefs who entertain and educate guests in lieu of a guest chef.

In the summer of 2007, Holland America Line launched a youth Culinary Arts Center activity program to teach kids and teens how to cook. The program incorporates dishes from breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in complimentary 45-minute-long classes. Kids under eight years old will learn to make theme cookies, fruit roll-ups, ice cream sandwiches, salad people art and scones. Kids eight and over will make soft pretzels, granola bars, pita chips and hummus, and saltwater taffy. Teens also can attend adult culinary demonstrations.

Holland America Line ships are the perfect setting to showcase award-winning guest experts. In addition to the enrichment experience provided by the culinary stars on board, passengers can dine in a variety of venues, including everything from a quick bite poolside to a formal five-course affair. Every ship features an elegant main dining room; sophisticated Pinnacle Grill where guests can sample Sterling Silver beef and fresh seafood; the casual indoor-outdoor Lido Restaurant, and the Terrace Grill on deck for lunchtime fare.

For a full schedule of Holland America Line's Culinary Guest Program, or for more information call #1-800-738-8837.

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March 25, 2008

MSC POESIA IN ?TUNE? WITH THE ENVIRONMENT

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (MARCH 20, 2008) ? MSC Cruises, one of the world?s fastest growing cruise companies, implements a world?s first while continuing to demonstrate its commitment to the environment with the launch of its first ship for 2008, MSC Poesia (meaning poetry).

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The newest member of the fleet, to be launched next month, is the first in the world to use a new, unique patented foul release coatings system known as Intersleek® 900.

Just one of its many features, the ship will be equipped with state of the art technology which not only adheres to strict legislation but significantly reduces any negative impact on the environment while safeguarding guest comfort.

MSC Poesia will be joined later in the year by ?Ecoship? MSC Fantasia; another step closer to providing the most modern and environmentally friendly fleet by 2010.

Among the key features are:
? Intersleek® 900: MSC Cruises is the first company to apply this revolutionary biocide free, foul release coatings system onto a newly built cruise ship. Applied to the underwater hull, this system will not just benefit the environment through reduced carbon dioxide emissions, fuel efficiency, paint consumption and the leaching of biocides but also enhances performance.

? Oil and fuel: MSC Poesia is fitted with fuel tanks with the highest standard of equipment for the treatment/retention of oil and fuel wastage, based on MARPOL restrictions.

? Energy saving: The cruise card doubles as the on/off switch for electricity and air conditioning in the stateroom. The system disables certain lights, hairdryers and air conditioning when the cabin is unoccupied. This process conserves energy and reduces gas emissions that contribute to the greenhouse effect.

? Bunker: The ship?s fuel mixture is treated by depurators before being burned by the engines, thus generating energy, reaching a limit of pollution less than 1.5%. The emissions are purified to guarantee the minimum impact on the environment and health, complying with the BLUE FLAG agreement, signed by the authorities of Venice.

? Refuse: On board all waste is treated, including aluminum cans which will be recycled into sheet aluminum at port. In fact, more than 15 tons of aluminum cans were recycled by MSC Cruises in the second half of 2007 alone! On board the ship there are also environmentally friendly incinerator units for both wood and paper.

? Cleaning products: All the detergents and soaps on board MSC Poesia are naturally produced and supplied by companies with an environmentally friendly certificate. The waste water containing soap is purified and fully cleaned before being discharged.

MSC Cruises? commitment to the environment is reflected by the numerous certificates it has been awarded:

? ISO 14001 Environmental Protection certificate from the Bureau Veritas.

? CLEAN-SEA2 and CLEAN-AIR certificates assigned to ships that care for the environment and follow strict emission measures.

? ?Venice Blue Flag? award, which sets the standard for carbon emissions.

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Emilio La Scala, general manager for MSC Cruises? Technical Department, said, ?This is a very exciting time for us and we are as committed as ever to extending our responsible environmental practices with our new ship, MSC Poesia. Our key aim is to have the most modern and environmentally friendly fleet by 2010, and this new ship ensures we are definitely on track. As a European company, we are dedicated to driving improvements within the fleet and our comprehensive green program ensures compliance with all environmental guidelines without compromising passenger comfort.?

MSC Poesia will be launched April 5, 2008. At 89,600 tons and accommodating 2,550 guests (double occupancy), with more external balconies than ever before, MSC Poesia will be a sister ship to the popular MSC Orchestra and MSC Musica (launched in 2007 and 2006 respectively). She will become the ninth ship in the MSC Cruises fleet, which has experienced one of the industry?s largest fleet expansions in the last three years.

MSC Cruises currently has a fleet of eight ships: MSC Orchestra, MSC Musica, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Opera, MSC Armonia, MSC Lirica, MSC Melody and MSC Rhapsody, cruising in the Mediterranean year round and seasonally in Northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean and South America. The fleet will increase to 12 ships by 2010. In the spring of 2008 MSC Poesia, the third ship in the ?Musica? class, will join the fleet, followed in the autumn of 2008 and spring 2009 by MSC Fantasia and MSC Splendida. These will be two of the largest ships built by a European ship owner. Then in 2010 MSC Magnifica, the fourth ship in the ?Musica? class, will enter service.

MSC Cruises is a partner of the city of Venice and a member of the Club - ?Friends of Venice? as well as one of the supporters for the project ?Venice Blue Flag? which sets the standards for the carbon emissions.

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March 24, 2008

Regent Seven Seas Cruises Voyages Highlight Outstanding Cuisine from Celebrity Chefs

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Fort Lauderdale - March 13, 2008 - Regent Seven Seas Cruises, voted the "#1 Small-Ship Cruise Line" in Condé Nast Traveler's 2007 Readers' Choice Awards poll, has scheduled a pair of summer 2008 voyages featuring "Spotlight on Food and Wine" enrichment programs focusing on food and wine, and highlighted by two top culinary stars: Cathal Armstrong, owner of Restaurant Eve in Alexandria, VA and profiled in Food and Wine magazine as one of America's top 10 young chefs, and Michel Richard, owner of Washington, D.C. hot spots Citronelle and Central Michel Richard, this year named one of 10 American "restaurants that count" by The New York Times.

Regent Seven Seas is offering these 2008 Spotlight on Food and Wine programs aboard the 700-guest, all-suite, all-balcony ships Seven Seas Voyager® and Seven Seas Mariner®. Cathal Armstong will host a 10-night European cruise from Monte Carlo to Dover departing June 9 on Seven Seas Voyager, while Michel Richard will be the featured chef on a seven-night Alaska journey from Seward to Vancouver, B.C. departing July 16 aboard Seven Seas Mariner.

The Spotlight on Food and Wine cruises provide guests with rare opportunities to explore the finest cuisine from a broad variety of international regions. World-class chefs share their insights into food selection and preparation, conduct cooking demonstrations and wine tastings, and also lead shore-side trips to local markets. Regent's 2008 Spotlight on Food and Wine cruises featuring Cathal Armstrong and Michel Richard are as follows:

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  • Seven Seas Voyager, Monte Carlo to Dover, June 9-19, 2008 - This extended journey will highlight the "Cuisine of the Sun," traveling from the Mediterranean to the North Atlantic and featuring port calls in Malaga, Bilbao and Cadiz, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal; Le Verdon and Honfleur, France; and St. Peter Port, Guernsey. The culinary stars and celebrity winemakers will be highlighted by Cathal Armstrong, recently featured on the cover of Food and Wine as one America's top 10 young chefs. French-born Stephane Vivier, a leading Napa Valley winemaker, will explore differences between the wines of Bordeaux and California. Also, cheese expert Max McCalman will lead a salute to the great cuisines of France, Portugal and Spain. Guests will also have opportunities to sip sherry as they travel to Cadiz, where it is made, and even celebrate port wine in Portugal. Per-person fares start at $5,995.
  • Seven Seas Mariner, Seward to Vancouver, B.C., July 16-23, 2008 - This cruise through the awe-inspiring Alaskan landscape will be particularly rewarding for gastronomic guests as Michel Richard, the culinary genius behind Michel Richard Central, one of 10 American "restaurants that count" according to The New York Times, brings his innovative combination of classic French technique and New World ingredients to this outstanding Spotlight on Food and Wine program. The voyage will feature port calls in Sitka, Juneau and Skagway, Alaska, plus Campbell River, Canada and also include scenic cruising of past Hubbard Glacier and through Tracy Arm before ending in Vancouver. From Alaska's freshest fish to several Continental surprises, Chef Richard will share his love of cooking in demonstrations and a special tasting menu. Per-person fares for this sailing start at $4,195.

About Regent Seven Seas Cruises - Regent Seven Seas operates a fleet of medium-sized luxury cruise ships that visit over 300 ports on all seven continents, including Antarctica. RSSC is consistently rated among the world's top three cruise lines by readers of luxury travel magazines. Travel professionals worldwide voted RSSC the "World's Best Luxury Cruise Line" for the fourth consecutive year as part of the 2007 Travel Weekly Awards and readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine voted RSSC "World's Best Small-Ship Cruise Line" in 2007.

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March 23, 2008

Crystal Expands The Depth And Breadth Of St. Petersburg Adventures

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More than 30 Programs Range from Uber-Adventurous to Culturally Captivating

LOS ANGELES, March 18, 2008 - Three brand new Crystal Adventures in St. Petersburg, Russia enable Crystal Cruises guests to bicycle through Krestovsky Island; juxtapose St. Petersburg's grand palaces with the more modest memorial apartment of author Fyodor Dostoevsky; and journey to Moscow for two nights. In all, the luxury line is offering more than 30 decidedly distinct ways in which to experience Russia during the lengthy St. Petersburg calls during its summer Baltic season.

The stylish, award-winning Crystal Symphony will make six Baltic cruises from June through August. Ranging in length from seven to 11 days, each of the cruises features at least two days in St. Petersburg. Five of the six cruises boast three-day stays, providing guests with the opportunity to dig deeper into the destination.

"St. Petersburg is undeniably one of the most fascinating and culturally rich cities in the world," said John Stoll, director, land programs. "Today, Crystal's guests are more diverse and more active. From global families traveling together to repeat guests who are on their third visit to the region, our guests are looking for shore-side experiences that satisfy a variety of personal interests. Each year, we try to expand the choices."

The new tour options join a host of other St. Petersburg Crystal Adventures, ranging from culturally enlightening outings to thrilling MiG jet flights:

*NEW* Krestovsky Island by Bicycle - This invigorating excursion gives you the chance to experience Krestovsky Island. Surely, there could be no better way to explore this scenic area of the historic city than by bicycle.

*NEW* An Overnight in Moscow - Explore the imposing Kremlin and its Armory Chamber with its royal crowns, jewelry and priceless Fabergé eggs; and the Cathedral of the Assumption and Grand Kremlin Palace - which is typically off-limits to visitors. The world-famous State Tretyakov Gallery and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts are among the other wonders of the Russian capital you will visit.

Pushing the Envelope: Flight on a MiG Fighter - Literally zoom over Russia's landscape at over twice the speed of sound.

Concert and reception at Yusupov Palace - Feel like royalty when entering the palace's private theater for an exclusive classical music performance, followed by an extravagant dinner catered by Potel & Chabot, one of France's most respected culinary establishments.

St. Petersburg Sights & Hermitage Visit - Soak in the astounding collection of the Hermitage Museum, browsing among the works of Rembrandt, Gauguin, Da Vinci and Van Gogh on this full-day excursion.

Evening Performance at the Mariinsky Theatre - Home to Russian opera and ballet, the theater was immortalized by dancers Pavlova and Baryshnikov, as well as by the symphonies of Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky.

Crystal Adventures range from less than $50 to as much as $38,695 for the ultra-exclusive MiG flight.

Crystal Cruises' 2008 Baltic cruises depart from London, Stockholm and Copenhagen. Cruise fares begin at $3,395 per person, double occupancy.

The Crystal Difference

Aboard the ultra-luxurious Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, refined elegance meets casual simplicity. With an emphasis on innovative product differentiation, the renowned Crystal experience is distinguished by classic service, abundant space, extensive choices and superior quality, providing worldwide vacations of seven to 100+ days that bridge the best of land and sea. Grounded in more than a decade of accolades, Crystal has been voted "World's Best" by the readers of Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler more than any other cruise line, hotel or resort in history.

For additional information and Crystal reservations, please contact #1-800-738-8837.

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March 20, 2008

Norwegian Cruise Line Announces 2009 Alaska, Bermuda, and Europe Deployment

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Miami - Mar 12, 2008
Today at the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention in Miami, NCL Corporation (NCL) unveiled its 2009 Alaska, Bermuda and Europe deployment and itineraries. Nine Freestyle Cruising ships will give guests the opportunity to explore exotic destinations, from the wilderness of Skagway, to the pink sand of St. George's, to the pyramids of Giza. These cruises go on sale March 20, 2008.

"With the introduction of Freestyle 2.0, which will be firmly in place by the summer of 2008, we made a promise to enhance our guests' total experience," said Colin Veitch, NCL's president and CEO. "NCL's 2009 Alaska, Bermuda and Europe itineraries further that commitment by offering a diverse set of itineraries to some of the most popular cruising destinations in the world."

The Last Frontier
NCL will offer the following Alaska itineraries in 2009:

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Seven-day Glacier Bay, roundtrip from Seattle
Ports of call include Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan, Alaska and Victoria, British Columbia
Norwegian Pearl sails May 10, 17, 24 and 31; June 7, 14, 21 and 28; July 5, 12, 19 and 26; August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; and September 6 and 13

Norwegian Star
Seven-day Sawyer Glacier itinerary, roundtrip from Seattle
Ports of call include Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway, Alaska and Prince Rupert, British Columbia
Norwegian Star sails May 9, 16, 23 and 30; June 6, 13, 20 and 27; July 4, 11, 18 and 25; August 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; and September 5 and 12

Norwegian Sun
Seven-day Sawyer Glacier itinerary, roundtrip from Vancouver
Ports of call include Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway, Alaska
Norwegian Sun sails May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31; June 7, 14, 21 and 28; July 5, 12, 19 and 26; August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; and September 6
See You In Bermuda

In 2007, NCL and the Bermuda Government reached a comprehensive, long-term agreement that calls for two of NCL's newest and largest ships to be deployed to Bermuda for the next 10 years, commencing 2009 and running through 2018. The agreement also calls for NCL to continue its tradition of being the exclusive line to sail from Boston to Bermuda.

NCL will offer the following Bermuda itineraries in 2009:

Norwegian Dawn
Seven-day itinerary, roundtrip from New York
Three days in King's Wharf, Bermuda
Norwegian Dawn sails May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31; June 7, 14, 21 and 28; July 5, 12, 19 and 26; August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; and October 4, 11, 18 and 25

Norwegian Majesty
Five- and seven-day itineraries, roundtrip from Baltimore
Calls in St. George's, Bermuda
Norwegian Majesty sails a five-day itinerary August 23 and a seven-day itinerary May 24 and 31; June 7, 14, 21 and 28; July 5, 12, 19 and 26; and August 2, 9 and 16
Six- and seven-day itineraries, roundtrip from Charleston
Calls in St. George's, Bermuda
Norwegian Majesty sails a six-day itinerary May 16 and a seven-day itinerary May 2 and 9
Seven-day itinerary, roundtrip from Philadelphia
Calls in St. George's, Bermuda
Norwegian Majesty sails September 26 and October 3, 10, 17 and 24

Norwegian Spirit
Seven-day itinerary, roundtrip from Boston
Three days in King's Wharf, Bermuda
Norwegian Spirit sails May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; June 5, 12, 19 and 26; July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31; August 7, 14, 21 and 28; and September 4, 11 and 18
All Oceans Lead To Europe

Beginning March 30, 2008, NCL will deploy a ship year-round in Europe, a first in the company's 41-year history. The 2,400-passenger Norwegian Jade will remain in Europe through spring of 2010.

NCL will offer the following Europe itineraries in 2009 and 2010:

Norwegian Gem
Seven-day Western Mediterranean itinerary, roundtrip from Barcelona
Ports of call include Valletta, Malta; Naples, Rome ( Civitavecchia) and Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy; and Cannes or Nice (Villefranche), France*
In 2009, Norwegian Gem sails May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31; June 7, 14, 21 and 28; July 5, 12, 19 and 26; August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; September 6, 13, 20 and 27; October 4, 11, 18 and 25; and November 1, 8, 15 and 22
* May 10 and August 30 sailings call in Nice (Villefranche), France.

Norwegian Jewel
12-day Baltic Capitals, roundtrip from London ( Dover)
Ports of call include Copenhagen, Denmark; Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; and Stockholm, Sweden
In 2009, Norwegian Jewel sails April 28; May 10 and 22; June 3, 15 and 27; July 9 and 21; August 2, 14 and 26; and September 7

Norwegian Jade
Nine-day Canary Islands and Morocco, roundtrip from Barcelona
Ports of call include Casablanca and Agadir, Morocco; Las Palmas, Canary Islands; Funchal, Madeira; and Granada ( Malaga), Spain
In 2009, Norwegian Jade sails January 16; February 6 and 27; and March 20
In 2010, Norwegian Jade sails January 15; February 5 and 26; and March 19
12-day Eastern Mediterranean roundtrip from Barcelona
Ports of call include Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Athens (Piraeus), Greece; Ephesus (Izmir), Turkey; Alexandria, Egypt; and Valletta, Malta
In 2009, Norwegian Jade sails January 4 and 25; February 15; March 8 and 29; and April 10
In 2010, Norwegian Jade sails January 3 and 24; February 14; and March 7 and 28
21-day Eastern Mediterranean, Canaries and Morocco, roundtrip from Barcelona
Ports of call include Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Athens, Greece; Ephesus (Izmir), Turkey; Alexandria, Egypt; Valletta, Malta; Barcelona and Granada (Malaga) Spain; Casablanca and Agadir, Morocco; Las Palmas, Canary Islands; and Funchal, Madeira
In 2009, Norwegian Jade sails January 4, 16 and 25; February 6, 15 and 27; and March 8 and 20
In 2010, Norwegian Jade sails January 3, 15 and 24; February 5, 14 and 26; and March 7 and 19
NCL Corporation Ltd. is the holding company for various subsidiary companies involved in owning and operating the ships of Norwegian Cruise Line.

NCL is building two new Third Generation Freestyle Cruising ("F3") ships for delivery in 2010. NCL today has the youngest fleet in the industry, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy the flexibility of Freestyle Cruising on the newest, most contemporary ships in the market, and has recently added its latest new ship, the 2,400-passenger Norwegian Gem.

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March 18, 2008

Celebrity Cruises Unveils "Top 10" On Celebrity Solstice

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MIAMI - February 6, 2008 - Ten of 2008's hottest new restaurants will open this fall, but diners won't need special connections to book a table. In fact, they won't even need directions, since the GPS coordinates will change daily. That's because the 10 restaurants are all on one of the world's most eagerly awaited new cruise ships: Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Solstice.

"The dining experience has always been central to our guests' cruise experience, and on Celebrity Solstice, we'll present the extraordinary service the brand is known for, in venues designed to perfectly complement the spectacular cuisine," said Celebrity's President and CEO Dan Hanrahan. "The larger size of Celebrity Solstice allows us to offer more options for our guests, with menus created by some of the best talent in the business."

"Celebrity has long been recognized as a leader in the culinary arena, and we're clearly taking it to the next level with Celebrity Solstice," said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of Celebrity's parent company, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. "In addition to outstanding cuisine, we believe the brand also will be recognized for some of the most impressive design work in the industry when Celebrity Solstice sets sail."

Celebrity partnered with some of the world's best designers in the hospitality business to create the restaurants onboard Celebrity Solstice; among them, preeminent restaurant and hotel designer Adam Tihany, who created such lauded restaurants as Per Se, Jean Georges, Le Cirque, The Sea Grill and Osteria del Circo in New York; Aureole, Bouchon and Seablue in Las Vegas; and Monte's and the chic Mandarin Bar at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London.

In his first foray into design onboard a cruise ship, Tihany created Celebrity Solstice's dramatic, two-level Grand Epernay dining room; the classic steakhouse, "Tuscan Grille," and the stylishly casual "Oceanview Café and Grill" on the ship's lido deck. His sophisticated, often groundbreaking design is evident on Celebrity Solstice in the Grand Epernay's two-story wine tower, to the Napa-meets-Old-World-Italy ambience in the ship's inviting Tuscan Grille. Driving the creation of the tantalizing menus for each venue are Celebrity's Vice President of Food & Beverage Jacques Van Staden, in conjunction with Celebrity's culinary consultant Blau & Associates. Van Staden was previously one of the top chefs and restaurateurs in Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas. Blau & Associates is credited with shaping the dining experience at high profile destinations such as the Bellagio and Wynn Resort and Casino, and developing the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino's Simon kitchen + bar, named one of the best new restaurants in America in 2003 by Esquire magazine.

Together with Celebrity's highly experienced Food and Beverage team at its Miami headquarters and across the fleet, Van Staden and the Blau & Associates team have carefully created menus for each restaurant onboard Celebrity Solstice based on a pairing of thorough studies of guests' culinary preferences and the latest dining trends from around the world. The team will take their creations into test kitchens later this month to ensure each selection meets Celebrity's discerning guests' tastes.

A "Taste" of Celebrity Solstice's Dining Venues:

The Grand Epernay
Old Hollywood glamour meets stunning contemporary design in this refined, sweeping main dining room created by Adam Tihany, highlighted by a distinctive, dramatic, two-story glass wine tower. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, evening entrée options include peppered bison filet with red onion preserve; smoked filet with lentil stew, sultana caper and beef jus; and taro-crusted salmon filet with glazed Brussels sprouts, turnip hash and apple cider sauce. A champagne collection from the region inspiring the venue's name includes Perrier Jouet Grand Brut, Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon, Heidsieck and Monopole, Champagne Pol Roger, and Louis Roederer Cristal.

Tuscan Grille
The Old World charm of Italy is the inspiration behind this Tihany-designed specialty venue, where guests enter through an archway reminiscent of a fine Napa Valley wine cellar. There, diners can enjoy Caesar salads prepared tableside, antipasti bar, Kobe beef, and a variety of steaks, all paired with a robust list of fine Italian wines. Silk Harvest
Exotic Asia is the theme of this contemporary, casual specialty restaurant designed by RTKL. The menu serves up a fusion of hot and cold, spicy and mild Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese and Indian selections, while the specially-selected libations include a variety of sakes, Asian-influenced martinis and beers, and cocktails created with ginger root and acai berries.

Blu
"Clean cuisine" is served in this soothing specialty venue designed by Celebrity's own Newbuilding and Design team. A venue exclusively for guests booked in Celebrity Solstice's new AquaClass category of accommodations, Blu is open for other guests on a space-available basis. The menu features savory appetizers such as roasted beet salad with goat cheese; Mediterranean chopped salad with pita chips and pomegranate vinaigrette; and entrees including blackened ahi tuna, pan-seared filet mignon, and herb-crusted rack of lamb.

Murano
A twist on the restaurant of the same name on Celebrity Century, and reflective of the specialty restaurants on the cruise line's Millennium-class fleet, Murano presents a blend of classic and modern Continental cuisine. The warm, elegant restaurant designed by BG Studios of New York features dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows, with romantic ocean views that pair beautifully with the fine Riedel stemware, exquisite bone china and gleaming silverware. The wine cellar offers options from around the world, with a focus on boutique-style and limited-production vintages. Appetizers include warm goat cheese pancakes with sweet bell pepper nage; salads include a combination of Maine lobster, white asparagus and black truffle lobster aioli; and entrees run the gamut from spice-roasted duck with raisin-apple compote to pan-seared turbot with Alaskan King crab ragout.

Bistro on Five
A variety of specialty crepes highlight the menu in this casually-chic location, where guests are welcome to take out selections, but the ocean views are likely to entice them to stay. Designed by Wilson Butler Associates, the venue's creperie is complemented with sandwiches, soups, salads, desserts and entrees including quiche, fish and chips, baked ziti and chicken pot pie nearly around-the-clock.

Cafe al Bacio & Gelateria
This upscale coffeehouse radiates all the energy of a popular European café, highlighted by a sophisticated gelateria serving authentic gelatos and Italian ices, as well as signature and specialty coffees, teas, fresh-baked pastries, chocolate truffles and petit fours.

AquaSpa Cafe
The AquaSpa Cafe is the perfect option for guests seeking quick, lighter fare. A signature venue introduced on Celebrity's Millennium-class fleet, and designed by RTKL, the soothing, airy setting invites guests to dine at comfortable tables while soaking up the tranquility of the Solarium, or enjoy their cuisine while nestled in the comfort of the lounge chairs.

Mast Grill & Bar
Comfort food is the focus of this ultra-casual, poolside venue, where the simple, fast and tasty options include burgers grilled to order, tacos, nachos, hot dogs, bratwurst, chicken wings, lamb gyros, Reuben sandwiches, and onion rings.

Oceanview Café and Grill
Embodying the casually chic atmosphere of a European marketplace, this Tihany-designed restaurant offers extensive menus with international flavors that change to reflect the regions in which the ship is sailing. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the venue offers plenty of outdoor seating for dining al fresco and soaking up the sun and sea air. Inside, during evening hours, a special section of the venue features tables draped with linen tablecloths for yet another casual dining option.

Celebrity Cruises offers comfortably sophisticated, upscale cruise experiences with highly personalized service, exceptional dining, and extraordinary attention to detail. Celebrity sails in Alaska, Australia/New Zealand, California, Canada/New England, the Caribbean, Europe, Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, the Pacific Coast, Panama Canal and South America. The line also offers unique land-tour vacations in Alaska, Canada, Europe and Australia through its cruisetour affiliate. Noted for "The Top Cruise Ships in the World," as voted by the readers of Conde' Nast Traveler (February 2008 readers' poll), Celebrity's current fleet will be joined by Celebrity Solstice in 2008, Celebrity Equinox in 2009, Celebrity Eclipse in 2010, and a fourth Solstice-class ship in 2011. For more information, call your travel agent, dial 1-800-738-8837 or visit www.cruisecelebritysolstice.com.

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March 12, 2008

The Love Boat Series On DVD

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Come Aboard For Non-Stop Fun, Laughs And Romance As The Classic Television Series Embarks For The First Time On DVD

The Love Boat Season One, Volume One

Fall in Love All Over Again on March 4, 2008, When the Three-Disc Set Debuts

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (March 4, 2008) - Love, exciting and new. Come aboard, we're expecting you...as THE LOVE BOAT Season One, Volume One sets sail on DVD for the first time ever today from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment. The classic anthology series from the mind of Aaron Spelling took viewers on a high seas adventure each week as a host of celebrity passengers came aboard looking for fun and love. Guest stars on the show's first season included Florence Henderson, Suzanne Somers, Jimmie Walker, Jaclyn Smith, Robert Reed, Scott Baio, Milton Berle, Steve Allen and Leslie Nielsen.

On board the Pacific Princess cruise ship, passengers were greeted by Captain Merrill Stubing (Gavin MacLeod), Yeoman-Purser Burl "Gopher" Smith (Fred Grandy), Cruise Director Julie McCoy (Lauren Tewes), Doctor Adam Bricker (Bernie Kopell) and Bartender Isaac Washington (Ted Lange) who helped them make the most of their exotic trip and find love in the process.

For the first time on DVD, THE LOVE BOAT Season One, Volume One includes the first 12 episodes from the inaugural season on three discs for the suggested retail price of $39.99. To celebrate the release of THE LOVE BOAT on DVD, Princess Cruises has teamed with CBS Home Entertainment to give away a 7-day Mexican Riviera cruise for two. Consumers will be able to enter at www.loveboatdvd.com beginning March 4.

THE LOVE BOAT Season One, Volume One is a three-disc set presented in full screen with English Mono and LAS Mono. The DVD is not rated in the U.S. and rated G in Canada. The total running time is 10 hours. The DVD disc breakdown is as follows:

Disc One:
- Captain & The Lady/One If By Land/Centerfold
- Oh, Dale!/The Main Event/A Tasteful Affair
- Ex Plus Y/Graham and Kelly/Golden Agers
- Message For Maureen/Acapulco Connection/Gotcha!

Disc Two:
- Help! Murder!/Isaac The Groupie/Mr. Popularity
- The Joker Is Mild/First Time Out/Take My Granddaughter, Please
- The Identical Problem/Julie's Old Flame/The Jinx
- The Understudy/Married Singles/Lost & Found

Disc Three:
- Romance Roulette/The Captain's Captain/Hounded
- Dear Beverly/The Strike/Special Delivery
- Lonely At The Top/Divorce Me, Please!/Silent Night
- The Old Man & The Runaway/A Fine Romance/The Painters

CBS Home Entertainment manages the worldwide DVD business for the CBS Corporation across all lines of content including current hits and classic series from the vast CBS library, as well as new releases from Showtime Video. CBS Home Entertainment products are released on the CBS DVD label.

Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation, a unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA, VIA.B), a global entertainment company that produces and distributes filmed entertainment through the Paramount Motion Picture Group. PHE is responsible for the worldwide sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment products on behalf of various parties including: Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks SKG, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, CBS, PBS and Hasbro and for providing home entertainment fulfillment services for DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment.

THE LOVE BOAT Season One, Volume One
Street Date: March 4, 2008
Pricing: $39.99 U.S.

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March 11, 2008

From Historic Mediterranean to Top of the World, Princess Offers More of Europe in 2009

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Ruby Princess and Tahitian Princess to Make European Debuts; Nine New Itineraries Offer Extra Opportunities to Explore

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (February 27, 2008) -- Princess will offer its most extensive European season to date in 2009, featuring more sailings and new opportunities for cruisers to explore everything from the romantic waters of the Mediterranean and Greek Isles to cosmopolitan capitals and the stunning scenery of the continent's northern reaches.

Ruby Princess and Tahitian Princess make their European debuts on a season that features nine new itineraries and 11 new ports of call. Travelers not only can choose to explore the historic highlights of the Mediterranean and Greek Isles aboard Ruby Princess, but can choose from a variety of new sailing options aboard the intimate Tahitian Princess, including a series of 18-day mid-summer "Top of the World" itineraries between New York and London that feature Iceland and Greenland. The season also features 50 percent more departures to the historic Holy Land.

In total, Princess' 2009 Europe program features a six-ship fleet sailing on 90 voyages of 36 different itineraries to 132 ports and destinations. Sailing choices range from seven to 31 days, during a season that runs from April 10 to November 30. Cruises open for sale on March 14, 2008.

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"Whether passengers are exploring the wonders of iconic places like Rome and Venice for the first time, or a veteran traveler looking for a new discovery, Princess' Europe program has always offered a wealth of cruise choices, and our 2009 schedule is no exception," said Jan Swartz, Princess senior vice president. "Our next season offers so many exciting options, from time-tested favorites such as the brilliant Greek Isles to intriguing new destinations in far-flung reaches such as Iceland."

Princess' six-ship fleet not only offers a diverse choice of ships -- ranging from 670- to 3,070-passenger options -- but also a variety of destinations. In addition to the Ruby Princess and Tahitian Princess European debuts, Emerald Princess will take over the popular Scandinavia & Russia itineraries, Crown Princess will sail to Northern Europe, the British Isles and the Mediterranean. Grand Princess will cruise to the Mediterranean from London as well as the Greek Isles and Egypt, and Royal Princess will embark on journeys to the Holy Land, Mediterranean and Black Sea.

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Eleven new ports debut, offering some intriguing new options for world explorers. They include Sochi, a Russian resort city on the eastern shores of the Black Sea which will be home to the 2014 Olympics; Murmansk (Russia), the largest city north of the Arctic Circle; Lule (Sweden), the gateway to Lapland, located in the Gulf of Bothnia; Mariehamn (Finland), a charming destination on land Island, between Sweden and Finland; Klaipeda (Lithuania), Lithuania's primary seaport; Barrow, for visits to England's picturesque Lake District; Seydisfjordur (Iceland), noted for its picturesque community of well-preserved wooden buildings; Grundarfjordur (Iceland), known for dramatic natural beauty, particularly the impressive Snfellsjokull Glacier; Kristiansand, a historic Norwegian seaport; Ceuta, an autonomous Spanish city in Morocco; and St. Pierre et Miquelon, a bit of France off the coast of Newfoundland in Canada.

Princess' 2009 Europe season will feature:

Mediterranean and Greek Isles -- Ruby Princess makes her European debut with a season of passenger-favorite sailings through the Mediterranean. These 12-day itinerary options include Princess' classic Grand Mediterranean sailings and two Greek Isles choices that take passengers between the wonders of cities such as Rome and Venice as well as to idyllic Greeks islands such as Santorini, Mykonos and Corfu. The ship offers 13 departures for passengers wishing to explore some of the world's most historic and romantic destinations.

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The ship is joined by Grand Princess, which will offer 14-day Mediterranean sailings out of London before heading to the Greek Isles and Egypt to take over the popular 12-day itineraries for the fall season. Crown Princess will also sail the Greek Isles and Mediterranean itineraries, plus a new Grand Mosaic cruise from Lisbon to Rome. Royal Princess' Mediterranean Collection itinerary will offer the opportunity to explore some of the region's smaller boutique ports, such as Portofino, Ravenna and Kotor in Montenegro.

Holy Land and Black Sea -- The intimate Royal Princess will offer 12 Holy Land cruises, the most Princess has offered to this revered destination. In addition, the ship will sail on two Crimean & Aegean Coast sailings, exploring a number of Black Sea destinations, including the new port of Sochi in Russia.

Scandinavia & Russia -- Emerald Princess sails for the first time on this classic 10-day route, offering two itinerary variations, both featuring two full days to explore the majesty of St. Petersburg. Passengers can choose an itinerary that visits Oslo or an alternate option visiting Berlin plus a new stop in Helsingborg, Sweden. Emerald Princess will sail on a total of 13 of these voyages, taking in the best of Scandinavia's capitals as well as visits to Estonia and Poland. In addition, Grand Princess will offer two shorter week-long Scandinavia sailings from Southampton.

Northern Europe and British Isles -- Crown Princess will sail for the first time in this region with 12-day voyages to the charming British Isles, or above the Arctic Circle with cruises to the North Cape, the Norwegian Fjords and Iceland.

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Tahitian Princess in Northern Europe -- Tahitian Princess introduces a lineup of brand new adventures in Northern Europe and the Baltic Sea, with visits to places such as Iceland, Greenland, Scandinavia, the British Isles, Russia, Latvia and Lithuania. Choices include a new 12-day Emerald Isles & Russian Splendors itinerary between Stockholm and Dublin; an 18-day Land of the Midnight Sun journey above the Arctic Circle that includes calls in Murmansk, Russia and Spitsbergen, Norway; and a Connoisseur's Scandinavia & Russia itinerary traveling to new ports on the Gulf of Bothnia and in Lithuania. In addition, the ship will debut two new 18-day Explorer itineraries between London (Dover) and New York offering an opportunity to experience the intriguing destinations of Iceland and Greenland during the peak summer months. These sailings can be combined into a 36-day roundtrip adventure from New York. The ship also debuts a new 31-day sailing from London to West Africa.

Transatlantic Sailings -- Princess offers a variety of nine- to 21-day spring and fall choices for Atlantic crossings that not only visit the highlights of the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and Western Europe, but also Africa, the Amazon and South America. Passengers can enhance their European travels with a choice of cruisetour options offered in conjunction with many of these sailings. These fully escorted tours are designed to mesh seamlessly with Princess' cruise itineraries for a complete land/sea vacation.

Escape Fares for 10-day Europe sailings start at $1,640 per person, based on double occupancy. Princess' Europe cruises will be the first to offer Captain's Circle Launch Savings, a new discount for past passengers. This $100 per person discount is available to Captain's Circle members who make their Europe bookings by September 30, 2008, and will remain combinable with subsequent promotions.

A full list of itineraries will be available at Cruising2Europe.com

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