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February 25, 2009

Princess Cruises Collaborates with Crafts Publisher Klutz to Offer Fun New Arts Program for Kids

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Making Own Storybooks, Fashioning Charm Bracelets and Creating Picture Tags Among Host of Hands On Activities

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (February 25, 2009) - Princess Cruises has teamed with Klutz®, an innovative publisher of award-winning activity books for children, to provide high-quality arts and crafts projects for young passengers and their families while onboard. Klutz and Princess Cruises collaborated to develop custom-built kits designed to engage young cruisers in fun and creative activities. Unique in the cruise industry, the new activities are available fleetwide.

Children sailing aboard Princess ships will have the opportunity to participate in up to seven Klutz activities during their cruise. Kids will be able to build their own storybooks; create lanyard bracelets; make "picture tags" for charm bracelets, luggage tags, or pet I.D.s; create fuzzy masterpieces with Velvet Art; craft paper flowers, weave friendship bracelets; or make Thumb Doodle thumbprint art.

The new Klutz activities are offered for young passengers of all ages, and are scheduled during the youth center's regular activities or during the ship's family fun fair in the atrium, where all family members can join in the creative fun.

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"Our onboard passenger experience is designed to offer many inventive programs to engage passengers of all ages," said Jan Swartz, Princess executive vice president. "And these fun craft projects from Klutz are a wonderful addition to our diverse activities available for kids and teens."

"We are honored and very excited to be working with Princess Cruises," said Mark Judge, vice president of international and special markets for Klutz. "By inviting Klutz onboard, Princess Cruises has demonstrated its commitment to providing kids with a rich and memorable cruise experience."

Princess Youth and Teen Programs provide state-of-the-art youth center facilities and an array of activities to keep kids and teens entertained. Young passengers enjoy a wide range of fun events for ages 3 to 17, supervised by a dedicated staff of youth activity professionals. The program offers three distinct, age-specific programs -- Princess Pelicans (ages 3-7), Shockwaves (ages 8-12) and Remix (ages 13-17). Each group features an age-appropriate schedule, often with separate facilities. The program includes a number of special features, including Science on the Seas activities from the award-winning California Science Center, Yoga for Kids, and a Jr. CHEF@Sea program.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent by calling #1-800-738-8837.

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February 24, 2009

Holland America Line's Culinary Arts Center Program to Host More Than 60 Experts in 2009

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Seattle, Feb 17, 2009 ? Imagine sailing with a well-known executive chef from a famous restaurant or an inspiring culinary television personality. Holland America Line?s Culinary Arts Center program makes these dreams a reality by inviting chefs from kitchens and restaurants all around the country and making them part of the guest enrichment program. While on board, the guest chefs and experts offer culinary demonstrations, tastings and hands-on cooking classes to guests, in addition to participating in question and answer sessions.

In partnership with ?Food and Wine? magazine, Holland America Line has scheduled approximately 60 celebrated chefs and wine experts to sail in 2009. On cruises that do not have a guest chef on board, classes and demonstrations in the show kitchen are scheduled with Holland America?s own expert chefs.

?The Culinary Arts Center is a guest favorite, and the variety of talent we get on board is always impressive,? said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. ?Our guests look forward to seeing how we?re going to ?wow? them with our enhanced enrichment program, and this culinary program is one of the many highlights of our premium cruise experience.?

The line partners with ?Food & Wine? magazine to provide guests on select cruises the opportunity to experience demonstrations and seminars conducted by a wide range of culinary experts.

This season Holland America Line will welcome well-known personalities such as Captain Keith Colburn from Discovery Channel?s ?Deadliest Catch? sailing on ms Westerdam June 7 - 14 in Alaska; George Duran of ?Ham on the Street? on the Food Network sailing aboard ms Amsterdam Aug. 29 - Sept. 5 in Alaska; ?Top Chef? contestant Richard Blaise sailing on ms Maasdam Oct. 23 - Nov. 6 in the Caribbean; and Christina Pirello of ?Christina Cooks? on PBS sailing aboard ms Zuiderdam Aug. 8 - 15 in Alaska. In addition to world-famous chefs, the Culinary Arts Program includes cookbook authors as well as chocolatiers and tablescape experts.

A selection of participating chefs and experts in the continuing 2009 season include:

  • Oliver Reschreiter, executive chef at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort in Palm Desert, Calif., sailing on ms Ryndam June 19 - 26, Alaska.

  • Lee Hilson, executive chef at the Royal Palms Resort in Phoenix, Ariz., sailing on ms Oosterdam June 24 - July 6, Mediterranean.

  • Randy Lewis, executive chef of La Provence in Lacombe, La., sailing on
    ms Noordam June 28 - July 8, Mediterranean.

  • Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough, authors of the ?Ultimate? cookbook series sailing on ms Prinsendam July 3 - 17, British Isles.

  • Stewart Woodman, executive chef at Heidi?s in Minneapolis, Minn., sailing on ms Maasdam July 18 - 25, Canada/New England.

  • Scott Tycer, executive chef at Gravitas in Houston, Texas, sailing on ms Rotterdam Aug. 11 - 23, Baltic.

  • Olga Krasnoff, designer of tabletop landscapes, sailing on ms Eurodam Aug. 27 - Sept. 6, Canada/New England.

  • David McMillan, corporate executive chef of Consilient Restaurants sailing on ms Prinsendam Sept. 6 - 20, Western Europe.

  • Ryan Hardy, executive chef of Little Nell in Aspen, Colo., sailing on ms Rotterdam Oct. 3 - 17, Mediterranean.

  • Jacques Torres, master pastry chef and chocolatier, sailing on ms Oosterdam Oct. 17 - Nov. 2, Transatlantic.

  • Maria Hines, executive chef of Tilth in Seattle, Wash., sailing on ms Zuiderdam Oct. 24 - Nov. 3, Panama Canal.

    The program began in 2005 when the line installed state-of-the-art Culinary Arts Centers aboard each of its premium ships. A first-class ?show kitchen at sea,? the Culinary Arts Centers resemble the elaborate show kitchens used by celebrity chefs on television cooking programs. 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.

    Holland America Line also offers 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 learn to make theme cookies, fruit roll-ups, ice cream sandwiches, salad people art and scones. Kids eight and over make soft pretzels, granola bars, pita chips and hummus, and saltwater taffy. Teens also can attend adult culinary demonstrations.

    In addition to partnering with ?Food & Wine? to secure top experts, Holland America Line showcases its own culinary stars on more than 500 annual cruises with demonstrations, tastings and hands-on cooking classes given by the ships? executive chefs and culinary staff. The line?s cookbook, ?A Taste of Excellence? written by Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, offers guests preparation techniques for some of Holland America?s most delectable dishes and lavish libations as part of the Culinary Arts Center experience. Sodamin?s second Holland America Line cookbook, ?A Taste of Elegance,? is due out in March 2009.

    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, a 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 more information, consult a travel agent at #1-800-738-8837.

    Food & Wine
    Food & Wine is the modern, stylish, talent-seeking, trend-spotting epicurean magazine. Published by American Express Publishing, the leader in luxury lifestyle magazines, Food & Wine has a circulation of nearly 1 million. For more information on the magazine and other special events please visit www.foodandwine.com.

    About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE: CCL and CUK)]
    Holland America Line's fleet of 14 ships offers nearly 500 cruises to 320 ports in more than 100 countries, territories or dependencies. Two- to 108-day itineraries visit all seven continents, and highlights include Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal. A 15th ship, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, is scheduled to join the fleet in 2010.

    Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a commitment totaling more than $525 million, that showcase the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine - a state-of-the-art onboard show kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide cooking demonstrations and classes - Explorations Café powered by The New York Times, teens-only activity areas and all new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top Mariner's Dream Beds.

    Worlds Leading Cruise Lines
    The highest-rated premium cruise line in the world, Holland America Line is a member of the exclusive World's Leading Cruise Lines alliance, which also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Seabourn Cruise Line and Costa Cruises. Sharing a passion to please each guest and a commitment to quality and value, these lines appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets. The World's Leading Cruise Lines offer exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations.

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  • February 19, 2009

    Holland America Line Offers Sommelier Wine Package and Sommelier Dinner

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    Seattle, WA, February 17, 2009 ? Two sommelier wine options enhance Signature Services onboard Holland America Line. Hosted fleetwide in the Pinnacle Grill on sailings of 10 days or longer, the Sommelier Dinner event combines at least four glasses of wine with a six-course menu for expertly paired wine and cuisine. For extensive wine sampling throughout all cruises, the Sommelier Wine Package features multiple wine tastings, events and selections.

    Sommelier Dinner
    Offered once per sailing, a culinary team of six, including the executive chef and cellar master, collaborate to produce the Sommelier Dinner. The cellar master, or ?sommelier,? introduces combinations at course intervals, revealing the background and basis for each blend.

    Prior to the premium dinner event, guests meet for champagne or Kir Royal in the Explorer?s Lounge or Pinnacle Grill Wine Bar. Menu items feature an amuse-bouche or hors d?oeuvre, cold appetizer, soup, warm appetizer or sorbet, main course, dessert and coffee with ?petit fours? or cakes. Sample menu pairings include smoked salmon with a glass of Napa Valley Caymus Conundrum or assorted cheeses paired with Inniskillen Icewine from the Niagara Peninsula. The Sommelier Dinner is $75 per person.

    Sommelier Wine Package
    A wine tasting experience is available throughout the length of a cruise with the Sommelier Package. Two wine tasting events, a Pinnacle Grill dinner, five vintage bottles, a Holland America Line commemorative bottle and wine gift are included for onboard enjoyment.

    Revealing a variety of international samples, a wine tasting is conducted by the cellar master or sommelier. Among the most knowledgeable in the cruise industry, Holland America Line sommeliers undergo extensive training for certification. Guided by sommelier expertise, a second premium wine sampling event is also hosted along with an evening of fine dining in the Pinnacle Grill.

    From a varied special selection of wine, five bottles are presented based on the wine navigators? preference. A Holland America Line Commemorative Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay is delivered to each guest stateroom along with a wine-related gift. The Sommelier Package is available from $251 per person or $308 per couple.

    About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE: CCL and CUK)]
    Holland America Line's fleet of 14 ships offers nearly 500 cruises to 320 ports in more than 100 countries, territories or dependencies. Two- to 108-day itineraries visit all seven continents, and highlights include Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal. A 15th ship, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, is scheduled to join the fleet in 2010.

    Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a commitment totaling more than $525 million, that showcase the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine - a state-of-the-art onboard show kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide cooking demonstrations and classes - Explorations Café powered by The New York Times, teens-only activity areas and all new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top Mariner's Dream Beds.

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    Worlds Leading Cruise Lines
    The highest-rated premium cruise line in the world, Holland America Line is a member of the exclusive World's Leading Cruise Lines alliance, which also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Seabourn Cruise Line and Costa Cruises. Sharing a passion to please each guest and a commitment to quality and value, these lines appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets. The World's Leading Cruise Lines offer exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations.

    Posted by Denise at 01:02 PM | Comments (0)

    February 18, 2009

    The Mediterranean: A European Anniversary Celebration

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    A maze of narrow streets. That gorgeous piazza with its elegant facades. And dozens of water taxis coming and going. These are some of my most vivid memories of Venice. Since we always said we'd go back, I decided to surprise my husband on our next wedding anniversary with a Mediterranean cruise to Venice onboard Brilliance of the Seas. Twelve magical days onboard between beautiful cities in the cradle of civilization while being pampered along the way - I can't think of a better way to celebrate.

    I want to visit more of Livorno and Dubrovnik this time around. Since we've been to Cannes many times, we'll explore on our own. We'll go for a walk along La Croisette's promenade and the quaint shops near the east end before heading to lunch. There are so many great outdoor cafes and restaurants in Cannes. I can already taste the steaming cauldron of bouillabaisse with Mediterranean crayfish, seasoned with fennel and saffron. It's simply delicious! I signed us up for an excursion to Florence from Livorno, which will take us to see Michelangelo's David at the Academy Gallery. I'm excited about our first visit to Florence. On the way back, I want to stop off in the Venetian Quarter for a Bellini cocktail and pasta with fresh mussels, my favorite.

    Dubrovnik sounds like a fascinating place with an exceptional architectural heritage. I really want to visit the old Walled City. I've seen pictures of the area with its gleaming marble streets lined with baroque buildings and Renaissance facades. It looks so regal. I cannot wait for Rome's city tour that will take us to Vatican City and St. Peter's Basilica. We'll have free time to explore Rome at our leisure and shop the boutiques and markets for hand-blown glass ornaments and chocolate cherry almond biscotti.

    Of course, Venice is my favorite place of all. Not only is it beautiful, it holds special memories for us. We'll have plenty of time to get a taste of the local flavor - from the lively atmosphere of St. Mark's Square to the bustle of the Grand Canal. I have something special planned - a chance to discover our own private Venice on a romantic gondola in the moonlight. I think this cruise vacation will be even better than out first trip to the Mediterranean.

    Taken From Crown & Anchor Magazine

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    February 15, 2009

    Princess Cruises Celebrates Valentine's Day by Naming Ruby Princess Godparents Trista and Ryan Sutter to Department of Romance

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    "Love Boat Line" Also Launches New Facebook Group as Online Community for All Princess Cruises Romantics

    SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (February 12, 2009) - Love is "exciting and new" at Princess Cruises in celebration of Valentine's Day, as the line announced that the christeners of Ruby Princess, Trista and Ryan Sutter, will join its Department of Romance as its newest experts, and that a new online community for all Princess Cruises romantics has debuted on Facebook.

    Trista and Ryan are known as one of the most romantic duos in recent broadcast history following their courtship and marriage on the popular TV series The Bachelorette, and this past November they marked their fifth wedding anniversary by christening Princess' latest cruise ship, Ruby Princess. As part of their new role, the Sutters will offer their advice on love for Princess' exclusive online home for all things romantic.

    "We're thrilled to join Princess' Department of Romance and share our unique perspective on dating, falling in love, getting married and having a family," said Trista Sutter. "After having the honor of christening Ruby Princess, we've seen firsthand the romantic ambiance of a Princess cruise and we look forward to offering our tips for helping couples reconnect and make romance a priority."

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    Further celebrating romantic connections with its past passengers, the cruise line is also launching an "I'm a Princess Cruises Romantic" group on Facebook. This special group will let passengers share their memorable love stories and moments from their Princess cruise vacation. Group members are encouraged to post their personal stories, photos, videos and engage in discussions about romance-related topics.

    Princess' Department of Romance, a tribute to the company's decades-long legacy as the setting for the iconic TV show The Love Boat, is made up of noted experts on a variety of romantic topics and includes actor Gavin MacLeod, The Love Boat's "Captain Stubing;" Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the always-provocative couples therapist; and Lisa Light, destination wedding expert and author. Throughout 2009 the Department will feature a changing array of expert topics, advice and points of view on everything from reinvigorating romance to tips on planning a destination wedding.

    "It was such an exciting moment when Trista and Ryan christened Ruby Princess this past fall," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. "So they seemed a natural choice to become a more permanent part of our company's romance story, especially on Valentine's Day."

    Trista and Ryan, the first and only couple from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette franchises to have actually gotten married, met in 2002 when Trista was America's first Bachelorette. The two shows were the first and still are the most popular reality dating shows in which one man or woman searches for their soul mate out of 25 potential suitors. Over the course of the show, the bachelorette bestows roses on those bachelors she wishes to continue dating. Trista presented Ryan with her final rose and he proposed on the show's finale in November 2002. The couple wed on December 6, 2003 in an elaborate television ceremony watched by 26 million viewers, making it one of the most widely watched episodes in the history of reality TV and one of ABC's top rated shows of the year. After their highly visible courtship, Trista and Ryan moved to Vail, Colo., where they currently reside with their son, Max, and are awaiting the birth of their second child, a daughter, this spring. In addition to frequent TV interviews and promotional appearances, he is a firefighter and she is a stay-at-home mom and designer for her eco-friendly diaper bag line, Trista Baby (www.tristababy.com). Ryan can be found on the web at http://ryansutter.com/blog/.

    Princess has been offering romantic cruise vacations around the world for more than 40 years. Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent at #1-800-738-8837.

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    February 12, 2009

    Best Ships in the World Are Crystal Ships, Vote Conde Nast Traveler Readers

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    LOS ANGELES, February 2, 2009 - The ships of Crystal Cruises have once again earned top honors from the readers of Conde Nast Traveler, who named the ultra-luxury vessels the best medium-sized ships in the world. Of nearly 100 ships, Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony were ranked #1 and #2, respectively, in the magazine's ninth annual "Best Cruise Ships in the World" issue.

    Although the medium-sized category includes ships carrying between 500-1,500 passengers, Crystal Serenity's overall score of 93.3 ranked higher than any other ship in all groups. Crystal Symphony ranked second in the medium-sized group, with an overall score of 92.9.

    Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony, respectively, earned some of their highest ever scores for Crew/Service (96.6 and 95.7), Activities/Facilities (93.9 and 93.1), Cabins (89.1 and 89.7) and Design/Layout (96.2 and 94.4). Crystal Serenity's scores for its Activities/Facilities and Design/Layout also topped those of every other ship rated for this poll. Having recently undergone a multi-million dollar drydock, she now boasts additional plush Penthouses and a newly renovated Crystal Cove bar and Plaza lobby, and a completely rebuilt casino.

    Travelers also appreciated Crystal's dining and increasing focus on intimate, once-in-a-lifetime experiences ashore. Crystal's Food/Dining scores (95.0 for both ships), and its shore excursions (87.7 and 86.9) rated higher than most ships in the survey. Not one to rest on its laurels, the luxury line has rolled out more than 750 Crystal Adventures for its 2009 Northern Europe and Mediterranean seasons, roughly 150 of which are brand new.

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    "The most discerning, value-conscious luxury consumers purchase luxury products based on real quality, and the consistency of the experience," says Crystal Cruises' President Gregg L. Michel. "This is a tremendous validation of unique and unparalleled experience travelers find onboard Crystal ships."

    Conde Nast Traveler asked its subscribers to rate 418 ships on a 100-point scale. A total of 90 eligible ships are reviewed in the February 2009 issue.

    Crystal ships have long been celebrated for outstanding performance in all of these areas. A steadfast commitment to the Six-Star Crystal Basics - the line's credo for ensuring that all guests' needs are fulfilled - has made Crystal the category winner in Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice poll more than any other resort, hotel or cruise line in history.

    Attesting to the consistent quality of its onboard experience, the luxury line was voted "World's Best" in Travel + Leisure's most recent readers' survey. Crystal Cruises is the only cruise line, resort or hotel to have won the prestigious award each year since the awards' inception.

    From seven-, 11- and 12- day vacations in Europe to epic 100+-day World Cruises, space, quality, service and choices are the cornerstone of the Crystal experience.

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    February 08, 2009

    Celebrity Cruises? Millennium-Class Foursome "Takes 10"

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    Miami - (January 29, 2009 ) - While relishing ongoing rave reviews of its new Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Cruises also is celebrating high honors bestowed on its Millennium-class fleet in the prestigious Conde' Nast Traveler magazine?s annual "Top Cruise Ships in the World" poll.

    The eagerly-anticipated poll once again places every Millennium-class ship in Celebrity's fleet in the top 10 in the large-ship category - double the number of ships in the top 10 among any other major line - retaining Celebrity's domination of that category.

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    In the large-ship category, Celebrity Constellation earned the number-two slot ? and received top marks among all large ships in itineraries/schedule and food/dining ? while sister ship Celebrity Summit ranked number three overall, Celebrity Millennium came in sixth, and Celebrity Infinity netted ninth. Celebrity Solstice entered service several months after the votes were tabulated, but will be eligible for next year's poll.

    "We're grateful to the well-informed readers of Conde' Nast Traveler who have repeatedly ranked all of Celebrity's Millennium-class ships in the top 10 in this prestigious poll," said Celebrity's President and CEO Dan Hanrahan. "We're equally grateful to our extraordinary staff, who so successfully deliver Celebrity's Star TreatmentSM across the fleet to our valued guests." Conde' Nast Traveler subscribers rated a total of 418 ships on a 100-point scale in seven categories: itineraries, shore excursions, crew/service, cabins, food/dining, activities/facilities, and design/layout. Only ships that received a required minimum number of responses were eligible to be included in the rankings.

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    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 cruisetour vacations in Alaska, Australia, Canada, Europe and South America. Noted for four of the top 10 "Top Cruise Ships in the World" in the large-ship category, as voted by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler (February 2009 readers' poll), Celebrity's fleet - including the new Celebrity Solstice - will be joined by Celebrity Equinox this year, Celebrity Eclipse in 2010, a fourth Solstice-class ship in 2011, and a fifth in 2012. For more information call #1-800-738-8837.

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    February 05, 2009

    NCL Invites Families To Cruise Into Savings With Kids Sailing From $99

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    Book a NCL cruise between now and March 15, receive up to $250 to spend onboard

    Miami - Feb 3, 2009 - Now is the time to book a summer Freestyle Cruising vacation on board any of Norwegian Cruise Line's (NCL) 11 ships with its extended Freestyle Resolution promotion. Families who book a cruise from now through March 15, 2009 on many of NCL's sailings* can take their kids for as low as $99 each, and also receive up to $250 in on-board credit** to be used on everything from shore excursions and specialty dinners to spa treatments, the casino and more.

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    "This summer, NCL offers families a vacation of a lifetime to fantastic destinations like Alaska, Bermuda, Hawai'i, and Europe all at an affordable price," said Kevin Sheehan, NCL's president and CEO. "Family cruises on NCL have great activities for kids of all ages, from our expanded Kid's Crew program allowing parents to take the night off for a romantic dinner, to the two-story Nintendo Wii, four-lane bowling, rock climbing wall, teen disco, and arcade, not to mention all the exciting shore excursions in each port of call - there's no doubt kids will have as much fun as adults."

    Popular summer sailings include, a seven-day Sawyer Glacier cruise round-trip from Vancouver, British Columbia on Norwegian Sun with ports of call including Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway, Alaska, from $599 per person. Norwegian Spirit features a seven-day Bermuda cruise round-trip from Boston, from $599 per person; and Norwegian Gem features a seven-day Western Mediterranean sailing round-trip from Barcelona, Spain to Valletta, Malta; Naples, Rome and Florence, Italy; and Cannes, France; from $599 per person. Pride of America offers a seven-day inter-island Hawai`i cruise departing from Honolulu and visiting Hilo and Kona, Hawai`i; along with overnights in Kahului, Maui and Nawiliwili, Kaui from $999 per person.

    Families sailing with NCL can also save while onboard with half price dinners for children three to 12 years old in its numerous specialty restaurants. In addition, families can purchase an unlimited soda package for kids 12 and under for $39.50 which includes a Kid's Crew backpack, t-shirt and baseball cap. For teens, the Teen Passport Program is just $34.50 and includes a booklet with 20 tickets for non-alcoholic drinks and non-alcoholic smoothies; and admission to an afternoon dance party with DJ, pizza and unlimited soft drinks.

    With NCL's new Groups 2.0 program, families looking to host reunions onboard can save. When booking eight or more staterooms via a travel partner, amenities offered range from the ability to make advance Freestyle Dining reservations in any restaurant prior to sailing, to a group cocktail party, on-board credits which can be used throughout the ship, and Freestyle Bowling in the Bliss Ultra Lounge, amongst others.

    To book a sailing, guests should contact a travel professional or NCL at 866-234-0292. Further information can be found online at www.ncl.com.

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    *One and two-day sailings are excluded from NCL's Freestyle Resolution promotion. ** The amount of the on-board credit varies depending on the length of cruise* and category of stateroom booked. For example, on sailings of six days or longer, the on-board credit ranges from $25 for an inside stateroom; up to $75 for a balcony, $150 for a suite or villa and $250 for a garden villa. For three to five day sailings, the on-board credit ranges from $15 for an inside stateroom up to $75 for a suite/villa.

    About NCL

    Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is the innovator in cruise travel with a 42-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising, most notably with the introduction of Freestyle Cruising which has revolutionized the industry by allowing guests more freedom and flexibility.

    Today, NCL has the youngest fleet in the industry with 11 purpose-built Freestyle Cruising ships, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed cruise vacation on the newest, most contemporary ships at sea.

    NCL is presently building Norwegian Epic, a new third generation Freestyle Cruising ship, for delivery in 2010.

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    February 02, 2009

    Caribbean Princess Emerges From Drydock with Line's Signature Features

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    Caribbean Princess Emerges From Drydock with Line's Signature Features
    Piazza-Style Atrium, Adults Only Sanctuary and Crown Grill Restaurant Added During Three-Week Transformation

    SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (February 2, 2009) - Caribbean Princess has just emerged from an extensive three-week drydock to add many of Princess Cruises' signature features that have proven so popular on its newest ships. The vessel now offers passengers the engaging street-café atmosphere of the piazza-style atrium with its International Café and Vines, the wine, seafood and cheese bar; the adults-only Sanctuary, seven new suites, and a more centrally located casino. Work is also nearly complete on a new Crown Grill steak and seafood restaurant.

    These amenities became passenger favorites when they debuted aboard Crown Princess, Emerald Princess and Ruby Princess over the last three years, and are being added to a number of ships, including Golden Princess in May. The company has already introduced many of these features on Star Princess and Grand Princess.

    "We want to give passengers who sail aboard any of our large ships the opportunity to enjoy the innovative amenities that have become hallmarks of the Princess cruise experience," said Jan Swartz, executive vice president of Princess Cruises.

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    Caribbean Princess' new atrium now features the specialty coffees, fresh baked cookies and pastries, paninis and tapas of the International Café. Also new is the Vines wine bar offering a selection of more than 30 wines by the glass, plus a selection of seafood, artisan meats and cheeses, and a wine shop where passengers can purchase their favorite bottle.

    Adult passengers looking to get away from it all will be able to relax in the tranquility of The Sanctuary, Princess' signature retreat featuring plush padded lounge chairs and the services of dedicated Serenity Stewards. Visitors to this exclusive space can enjoy refreshing beverages and light snacks, or receive a massage in one of two private cabanas.

    Caribbean Princess will soon debut a brand new Crown Grill restaurant featuring an open kitchen where passengers can enjoy watching as chefs prepare chops, steaks and seafood, including live lobsters.

    As part of the renovation, the 3,080-passenger ship -- which debuted in 2004 -- also received seven new suites with ocean-view picture windows, and a relocated casino on deck 7, bringing it into the ship's central entertainment area. Other changes include a new location for the sports court, a new Limelight boutique, new shore excursions and Captain's Circle desks, new Internet café and library, and the addition of flat-screen televisions in all staterooms.

    The dramatic makeover took place at the Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport, Bahamas, where more than 1,500 workers and contractors worked around the clock to complete the impressive project.

    Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent at #1-800-738-8837.

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