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July 29, 2010

Princess Cruises Details 2011-2012 Hawaii, Tahiti and the South Pacific Cruise Season

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Passengers Can Explore the Islands of Aloha, French Polynesia, Samoa and
Other Idyllic Pacific Islands

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (July 29, 2010) - Sun, sand, swaying palm trees, the scent of topical flowers in the air and breathtaking island scenery set the stage for a South Pacific cruise vacation. Princess Cruises will take passengers on a variety of island voyages in 2011-2012 with a full schedule of cruises to Hawaii, Tahiti and the South Pacific. The company will offer 43 sailings of 10 itineraries to 33 ports throughout these idyllic islands.

Cruise passengers will find that each of these island destinations has its own charms. In Hawaii they'll enjoy the spirit of Aloha throughout the island chain, while Tahiti and the other islands of French Polynesia showcase a unique mix of South Seas appeal and French culture. Samoa, Fiji, New Caledonia and Vanuatu each offer their own style and island allure, and all feature the stunning vistas found throughout the South Pacific.

Travelers interested in the convenience of a roundtrip voyage from Los Angeles can choose to sail aboard Golden Princess or Sapphire Princess to the Hawaiian Islands or on a new 28-day Hawaii, Tahiti & South Pacific cruise aboard Sapphire Princess. Cruisers to Tahiti will enjoy the small ship ambiance of Ocean Princess on several itineraries, and Princess? Aussie-style sailings from Down Under feature Sun Princess, Dawn Princess and Sea Princess sailing roundtrip from Sydney or Brisbane.

"Everyone dreams of running away to an idyllic Pacific island," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. "Our cruises can bring these wonderful islands to life, with more choices than ever to find the perfect vacation."

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The Hawaiian Islands each have their own personality. On Oahu, the state capital of Honolulu offers a wealth of historic, cultural and scenic attractions, including famous Waikiki Beach, America's only royal residence the Iolani Palace, and Pearl Harbor. The Big Island, the youngest and largest of the Hawaiian Islands, has the most varied in landscape - with striking black sand beaches, tropical rain forests, and the famed Volcanoes National Park, home to three volcanoes, including the actively erupting Kilauea.

Known as the "Garden Isle," Kauai offers lush green valleys, cascading waterfalls and geological wonders, such as the dramatic Na Pali Coastline, and spectacular Waimea Canyon. The second largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Maui boasts some of the world's most superb beaches and dramatic mountain landscapes. Visitors can also explore the port town of Lahaina which was once King Kamehameha's capital.

Made up of more than 130 islands, French Polynesia includes some of the most dreamed about South Seas islands, such as Tahiti and Bora Bora. This is the South Pacific of Melville, Gauguin and Michener. Particularly immortalized by Gauguin's paintings, Tahiti evokes exotic island images and the South Seas state of mind. Nearby Moorea boast precipitous mountains that reach for the sky, creating picture postcard views. No name captures the imagination of paradise as well as Bora Bora. Perhaps the most stunning island in the South Pacific, its majestic landscape was sculpted by ancient volcanoes, showcasing a shimmering lagoon and barrier reef. Passengers on Ocean Princess' 10-day Tahiti & Polynesia itinerary will enjoy a full Two-Day Experience in Bora Bora with extra time to enjoy the island's charms.

The two islands of Huahine are surrounded by a deep lagoon encircled by a coral necklace. Connected by a bridge, both islands boast white-sand beaches, vanilla and banana plantations, and some of Polynesia's most significant cultural sites. The largest atoll in French Polynesia, divers from all over the world flock to Rangiroa, to explore the undersea world of its 42-mile aquamarine lagoon filled with unique marine life and magnificent underwater scenery.

Samoa and American Samoa lie at the heart of the South Pacific. Pago Pago is the capital of American Samoa, the southernmost territory of the United States. Here abundant rain creates a lush green landscape marked by ancient volcanoes and thriving coral atolls. Apia, the main township of Samoa, personifies the fa'a Samoa (the Samoan Way), and conjures up images of the perfect South Seas island town.

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Hawaii, Tahiti and South Pacific cruises:
Princess Cruises ships sail to the Hawaiian Islands, between Hawaii and Tahiti and throughout the island paradises of the South Pacific.

Hawaiian Islands Cruises - Golden Princess and Sapphire Princess will sail from Los Angeles on a 14-day roundtrip voyage to the Land of Aloha with calls at Hilo on the Big Island, Honolulu, Kauai, and Lahaina on Maui, plus Ensenada, Mexico. The ships will sail between September 28, 2011 and April 25, 2012.

Tahiti & Polynesia - This classic Princess itinerary sails roundtrip from Papeete, Tahiti for 10 days among the islands of Polynesia, with two overnight visits. Ocean Princess starts with an overnight in the Tahitian capital and then calls on Huahine, Rangiroa, Raiatea, Bora Bora (Two-day Experience includes two full days and an overnight), and Moorea. Sailings depart on December 17, 2011; January 18 and 28, 2012.

Hawaii & Tahiti - Travelers can enjoy the intimacy of a small cruise ship on a voyage that features both the Polynesian paradises of Hawaii and French Polynesia. These 11-day sailings between Papeete and Honolulu on Ocean Princess include calls at Moorea, Bora Bora, Hilo, Maui, and Kauai. Sailings depart December 27, 2011; January 7, February 7 and 18, 2012.

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Hawaii, Tahiti & Samoa - This new 28-day itinerary aboard Sapphire Princess offers an unusual roundtrip voyage from Los Angeles, to three island groups in one convenient roundtrip sailing. The ship calls at Hilo, Honolulu, Kauai, Maui, Pago Pago, Apia, Bora Bora, Moorea and Papeete. The sailing departs on October 22, 2011.

South Pacific & New Zealand Cruises - Sailing between Sydney and Papeete, Ocean Princess offers a 16-day voyage including Tauranga, Auckland, Suva (Fiji), Apia, Pago Pago, Bora Bora, and Moorea. The ship departs on December 2, 2011 and February 29, 2012.

Hawaii, Tahiti & South Pacific - Sea Princess sails across the Pacific between San Francisco and Sydney on a 29-day voyage to Honolulu, Maui, Moorea, Papeete, Bora Bora, Pago Pago, Suva, Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin and Fiordland National Park scenic cruising. The sailings depart on September 17, 2011 and April 15, 2012.

Aussie Experience Voyages
Sailings aboard Sun Princess, Dawn Princess and Sea Princess head to the islands from Sydney or Brisbane and feature onboard amenities to appeal to Australian tastes.

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Hawaii, Tahiti & South Pacific - Dawn Princess will sail on a 35-day roundtrip voyage from Sydney, with calls at Nuku'Alofa (Tonga), Apia, Hilo, Kilauea Volcano scenic cruising, Maui, Honolulu, Kauai, Kona, Papeete, Moorea, Raiatea, Bora Bora, Pago Pago, Suva and Nouméa (New Caledonia). The ship sets sail on April 13, 2012.

New Caledonia & Vanuatu - Dawn Princess takes a 12-day jaunt roundtrip from Sydney to call at Nouméa, Isle of Pines and Lifou in New Caledonia; and Vila, Wala and Champagne Bay in Vanuatu. The ship sails on May 13, 2011.

Fijian Jewels - Sun Princess sails roundtrip from Brisbane on an 11-day journey to Nouméa and Isle of Pines in New Caledonia; three Fiji ports, Suva, Port Denarau, and Dravuni Island; and Vila (Vanuatu). The ship sails on January 11 and February 5, 2012.

Fiji & South Pacific - A popular roundtrip sailing from Sydney featuring 14 days with calls at Lifou, five ports in Fiji: Vila, Port Denarau, Suva, Savu Savu, and Dravuni Island; plus Nouméa. Available on Dawn Princess, Sea Princess and Sun Princess, sailings depart October 5, November 1 and 28, 2011; February 6 and March 16, 2012.

Additional information about Princess Cruises contact a Princess Expert at Cruising2Tahiti.com #1-800-738-8837.

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July 27, 2010

Carnival Cruise Lines Punches Up the Fun with Fleetwide Comedy Clubs

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New Carnival Punchliner Comedy Clubs to Offer Diverse Array of Comedians, Five Shows on Multiple Nights Each Voyage

Carnival Cruise Lines is adding more laughs and upping the fun quotient at sea with the introduction of Carnival Punchliner Comedy Clubs ? dedicated comedy lounges rolling out fleetwide on all 22 "Fun Ships" by the end of the year. Building on the tremendous success of its first comedy club, which debuted on the new Carnival Dream last fall, Punchliner Comedy Clubs will feature a wide variety of side-splitting comics.
Located in the ship's aft lounge, each Punchliner Comedy Club will offer guests loads of laughs with five 35-minute shows on multiple nights during each voyage, with at least two comedians performing each night. The two early-evening shows offer fun for the whole family while the later performances will feature adult-oriented comedy.

Carnival Punchliner Comedy Clubs will feature hilarious, laugh-out-loud performances from established comedians as well as rising stars, with approximately 10 shows per voyage offered on short cruise itineraries and approximately 20 shows per cruise on longer length departures.

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"Laughter is the most public, most infectious expression of fun, so we're excited to provide our guests with an expanded offering in comedy with our new Punchliner Comedy Clubs," said Gerry Cahill, Carnival president and CEO. "Given that laughter has been shown to have a positive effect on mood, stress reduction and overall happiness, our new clubs and performance line-up will only further enhance the spirited fun of a Carnival vacation."

While comedy shows have always been part of Carnival's diverse entertainment lineup, the concept was taken to another level aboard the Carnival Dream, which offered the line's first dedicated comedy club last fall. Comedy clubs are currently also featured on Carnival Glory, Carnival Pride and Carnival Sensation - with the concept being incorporated into the remainder of the fleet over the next several months. When Carnival Magic enters service in May 2011, a Punchliner Comedy Club will also be featured on the line's newest "Fun Ship."

All of Carnival's aft show lounges will be converted to comedy clubs with a special stage and branded glassware, menus, employee uniforms and other items featuring the Punchliner Comedy Club logo. Guests can learn about the performer lineups and schedules in the ship's Fun Times newsletter.

Carnival is the most popular cruise line in the world with 22 "Fun Ships" operating voyages from three to 16 days in length to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Europe and Bermuda. The line currently has two new 130,000-ton ships on order - Carnival Magic, set to debut in Europe May 1, 2011, and Carnival Breeze, scheduled to enter service in spring 2012.

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For additional information and reservations, contact a cruise specialist at Cruising2Alaska.com #1-800-738-8837.

Carnival Cruise Lines, a unit of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines. Our exclusive alliance also includes Cunard Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest and a commitment to quality and value, World's Leading Cruise Lines inspires people to discover their best vacation experience. Together, we offer a variety of exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations.

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July 23, 2010

MSC Offers Caribbean Cruise ?Balcony Blowout? from $599

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (July 8, 2010) - MSC is offering balcony staterooms on select 7-night, Caribbean cruises for bookings made by August 31, 2010, providing savings of more than 25 percent on an affordable Caribbean cruise vacation where kids 11 and younger cruise free.

Rates begin at $599 per person for balcony staterooms on select 7-night cruises to the Eastern Caribbean and Western Caribbean on MSC Poesia when she returns to the U.S. for her inaugural Fall foliage cruises to Canada/New England in September.

The special rates are for new bookings for balcony stateroom, while space is available, on the following 7-night, Caribbean cruises departing from Fort Lauderdale:

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-Eastern Caribbean cruise, calls in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Philipsburg, St.
Maarten; and Nassau Bahamas; departs November 28 and December 12, 2010; rates from $629 and $599, respectively, (originally started from $879) for a $250 savings or more than 25 percent plus government fees and taxes (GFTs) of $69.62;
-Western Caribbean cruise, calls in Key West, Florida; Ocho Rios, Jamaica;
Gerogetown, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico; departs December 5, 2010; rates from $599 (originally started from $879) for a $250 savings or more than 25 percent plus GFTs of $81.35;

Cruise-only rates are per person based on double occupancy for U.S. and Canadian residents. Government fees and taxes for all guests are additional; restrictions apply.

Kids ages 11 and younger cruise free (GFTs are additional) when sharing a stateroom with two full-fare-paying adults. All cruises offer just a $100 deposit.

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For more information about MSC Cruises, contact an MSC Cruise Specialist at Cruising2Paradise.com #1-800-738-8837.

About MSC Cruises:
MSC Cruises is the fastest-growing cruise line in the world with the youngest fleet of 11 ships: MSC Magnifica, MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia, MSC Poesia, MSC Orchestra, MSC Musica, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Armonia, MSC Opera, MSC Lirica and MSC Melody. The fleet cruises year round in the Mediterraneanand seasonally in Northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean,US and Canada, (Fall 2010), South America, the Indian Ocean, and South and West Africa.

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July 22, 2010

Princess Details 2011-12 South America Cruise and Cruisetour Season

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Latin-Flavored Cruises Explore Pulsating Rio de Janeiro, the Mighty Amazon, Mysterious Machu Picchu, and Legendary Cape Horn

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (July 21, 2010) -- With a rhythmic samba beat and colorful cultures, South America appeals to all the senses. Detailing its fall 2011-spring 2012 cruise season, Princess Cruises will offer travelers an alluring selection of South American cruises and cruisetours, taking passengers down the Amazon River, around Cape Horn, on a Brazilian Adventure, or up to the fabled Machu Picchu.

Whether they want to tango in Buenos Aires or watch for wildlife at the end of the Earth, passengers can choose from 10 Latin-flavored departures aboard Star Princess and Pacific Princess, encompassing 31 destinations. Passengers can also extend their South American cruise vacation with a cruisetour itinerary to two of the continent's most famed attractions, Peru's Machu Picchu or Brazil's Iguazu Falls.

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"South America offers some of the most magnificent travel experiences in the world, and many of its attractions are best navigated by ship," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. "We make it easy and convenient to travel between countries, and offer the perfect venue for viewing the scenery around Cape Horn, the dramatic fjords of Chile, and the amazing Amazon River."

Rio de Janeiro figures prominently on several cruise and tour itineraries. Pulsing with life, Rio offers an experience like no other. A dazzling amalgam of Latin and African cultures, the city offers an array of attractions, including the dramatic peak of Sugarloaf Mountain, the landmark Christ the Redeemer statue who embraces the city below, dazzling white sand beaches and famous beachfronts of Copacabana and Ipanema.

Cruises rounding Cape Horn take in one of sailing's most legendary passages that has drawn explorers throughout the ages. Today Princess passengers enjoy sailing in comfort around this once-difficult but fabled point where the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans meet. On this route travelers can explore Tierra del Fuego at the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia.

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Scenic cruising through the Strait of Magellan and the Beagle Channel leads to the towering Chilean Fjords where Southern Patagonia's ice fields rival those of Alaska's Inside Passage. Passengers have a front-row view of the spectacular glaciers and can watch out for the area's myriad marine birds.

Passengers choosing to travel up the mighty Amazon will enjoy an adventure into the Brazilian jungle, where they can visit colorful villages and learn about the unique cultures along the river's route.

Cruisetour passengers can visit the mysterious land of the Incas, Machu Picchu. This unforgettable journey high into the Peruvian Andes defies description as visitors travel from Lima to the ruins of this terraced "City in the Clouds."

One of the continent's most dramatic natural wonders, Iguazu Falls is both taller and wider than Niagara Falls and spreads along nearly a two-mile stretch of the Iguazu River. Cruisetour passengers can spend several days viewing the magnificent scene from multiple vantage points.

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Throughout their South America voyages passengers can visit a variety of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including not only Iguazu National Park, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon River basin, but also Olinda Historic Center (near Recife), Salvador Historic Center, and the Historic Quarter of Valparaiso, Chile.

South America Cruises
Princess offers travelers an array of South American ports and activities on a variety of itinerary options. Ships large and small travel around the continent, giving passengers the opportunity to encounter many colorful South American cultures.

Amazon River Cruise -- The intimate Pacific Princess sails up the mysterious Amazon River on a 14-day cruise that includes calls to St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Tobago, and Devil's Island in addition to traveling along the world's second longest river. Stops along the Amazon include Santarem, Boca da Valeria and Parintins with an overnight stay in Manaus. The ship sets sail on December 16 and 30, 2011.

Cape Horn Route to Rio -- Star Princess takes passengers on an unforgettable 14-day day cruise vacation around the fabled Cape Horn as they travel between Rio de Janeiro and Santiago. Passengers will visit many South American highlights with calls to Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Falkland Islands, Ushuaia and Punta Arenas. The voyage includes a variety of spectacular scenic cruising opportunities around Cape Horn, including Beagle Channel, the Strait of Magellan and the dramatic Chilean Fjords. Sailings depart on December 24, 2011, January 7 and 21, February 4 and 18, and March 2, 2012.

Brazilian Adventure Cruise -- Passengers can experience a combination of Brazilian flavor and Caribbean fun on this 15-day sailing from Rio de Janeiro to Ft. Lauderdale. Star Princess starts with an overnight in Rio, then calls at the Brazilian ports of Salvador and Recife, plus visits the islands of Barbados, Antigua and St. Maarten. The sailing departs March 17, 2012.

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Passage to Rio -- Travelers can visit three continents on this 16-day journey across the Atlantic with this voyage from Venice to Rio de Janeiro, which includes an overnight stay in Venice and calls at Dubrovnik, Corfu, Malta (Valletta), Tunis/Carthage (La Goulette), Gibraltar, and Recife (Brazil). Star Princess sets sail on December 8, 2011.

Cruisetours
To go beyond South America's ports and visit some of the continent's inland wonders, Princess offers land and sea cruisetours featuring the famed Machu Picchu or stunning Iguazú Falls. These seamless vacation options combine easily with Princess' cruise offerings.

The five-day Machu Picchu Explorer tour offers the opportunity to explore Peru's magnificent ruins. From Lima, travelers will not only enjoy a guided tour of the fabled site of Machu Picchu, but also the historic city of Cusco and the nearby Sacred Valley and Sacsayhuaman Fortress, as well as enjoy rail travel up into the mountains. The package combines with Princess' Cape Horn Route to Rio cruise.

The four-night Iguazu Falls Experience cruisetour features extra time to explore lively Rio de Janeiro, plus two days to take in one of the continent's most spectacular natural wonders, Iguazu Falls. Travelers will not only experience the drama of the falls from several vantage points, but also enjoy excursions on an Ecological Jungle Train and a boat ride to see the falls from the river. Travelers will spend two nights in Iguazu Falls and two nights in Rio on a package that combines with Princess' Cape Horn Route to Rio or Brazilian Adventure cruises.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a Princess Expert at Cruising2Paradise.com #1-800-738-8837.

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July 21, 2010

Norwegian Epic Sets Booking Records

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Norwegian Cruise Line's newest and most innovative ship launches with record breaking booking levels for the past two weeks

Miami - Jul 12, 2010 - Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Cruise Line's newest and largest Freestyle Cruising ship ever, has set record-breaking booking levels for the past two weeks on the heels of its successful inaugural activities in Europe, New York and Miami. The booking volume for the week ended July 10, 2010 is the highest this year, second only to the previous week ended July 3, 2010. Media exposure during the inaugural activities and positive reviews from both travel partners and the press are helping to fuel the demand.

"Now that we have shown Norwegian Epic to the world and she has been so well received by all, we are more than pleased with the record-breaking booking volumes for this incredible new ship," said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line's chief executive officer. "Given the trends so far this week, we expect the booking volumes to continue and we may even break another record this week."

The 153,000 gross tons, 4,100-passenger Norwegian Epic, billed as the world's largest floating entertainment venue with world-class entertainment unlike anything before seen at sea, was christened by country music superstar Reba McEntire on July 2 in a Christening Ceremony hosted by Curb Your Enthusiasm star and comedian Jeff Garlin. The ship served as the venue for the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular broadcast live on NBC television. The hour-long broadcast was the #1 program across all networks for the evening, hitting a three year high in ratings. The Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular show also won the coveted 18-49 demo and had a significant +82% gain in women, ages 25-54, versus last year.

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Norwegian Epic is currently sailing her first Eastern Caribbean cruise which departed Miami on July 10, 2010. The ship is sail alternating 7-day Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries every Saturday from Miami through April 2011. This week, Norwegian Epic will make stops in St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Nassau, Bahamas. On her Western Caribbean sailings, Norwegian Epic will visit Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico and Roatan, Honduras.

Norwegian Epic
World-class entertainment is Norwegian Epic's hallmark. For the first time at sea, Blue Man Group performs their exhilarating fusion of comedy, theatrics and paint, exclusively on Norwegian Epic. In the only "big top" at sea, Cirque Dreams and Dinner presents a one-of-a-kind interactive theatrical dining experience with music, mayhem and acrobatic imagination. Legends in Concert, the original and world's greatest live tribute show, is featured for the first time at sea in more than a decade on Norwegian Epic, along with The Second City improvisational comedy and Howl at the Moon, the world's greatest rock 'n roll dueling piano show that encourages audience participation.

In addition to world-class entertainment, the 4,100-passenger Norwegian Epic incorporates many innovations including several new types of accommodations the curved New Wave staterooms; the largest Villas suite complex at sea, comprising 60 suites and villas on two private decks at the top of the ship; and spa and family-friendly accommodations. Kids will have a blast with Nickelodeon at Sea" offering Nickelodeon-themed family entertainment and programming including: character meet and greets; interactive game shows; and more.

The ship also boasts unique nightlife options with the first SVEDKA Ice Bar at sea and Spice H20 with non-stop entertainment day and night; an expansive Aqua Park with the only tube slide and largest bowl slide at sea -- The Epic Plunge; seven decks of Freestyle Family Fun with highlights including a 33-foot high, 64-foot wide extreme rock climbing wall and the first ever rappelling wall at sea; the most bowling lanes at sea with six; a mixed-use sports deck with the ability for guests to engage in eight different athletic activities; as well as three separate kids' and teen activity areas. In addition, Norwegian Epic offers the next generation of Freestyle Dining with more than 20 dining choices and 20 bars and lounges.

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For more information on Norwegian Epic, as well as to book a cruise on the ship, please contact a Freestyle Specialist at Cruising2Europe.com #1-800-738-8837.

About Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 44-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, Norwegian has 10 purpose-built Freestyle Cruising ships, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed cruise vacation on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea.

Norwegian's largest and most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship, Norwegian Epic, debuts in June 2010. Norwegian Cruise Line is the official cruise line of Blue Man Group, debuting for the first time at sea on Norwegian Epic, as well as the official cruise line of Legends in Concert and Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids.

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High resolution, downloadable images are available at www.ncl.com/pressroom. For further information on Norwegian Cruise Line, visit www.ncl.com, follow us on Facebook and Twitter or contact us in the U.S. and Canada at 888- NCL-CRUISE (625-2784).

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July 09, 2010

MSC Offers Canada/New England Cruise Special: Less than $70 per day

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MSC is offering a roundtrip, 13-night, fall foliage cruise from New York, NY for less than $70 per day or $899 per person (plus government fees and taxes, GFTs) through August 31.Guests interested in shorter fall foliage cruises can sail from $499. Plus, it's an affordable family vacation because kids 17 and younger cruise free (only pay GFTs starting from $79.25 per child) on all Canada/New England cruises when sharing a stateroom with two paying adults. This 13-night, roundtrip cruise from New York, NY on October 16 calls in the Coastal Atlantic ports of Halifax, Nova Scotia; Sydney, Nova Scotia; and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island known for their seafood and national parks and featuring a special overnight stay in Quebec City, Quebec.

The voyage continues through historical Boston, Massachusetts to explore such sites as the Freedom Trail. Then, onto Newport, Rhode Island where the Vanderbilt and other well-known family mansions are located, prior to MSC Poesia's return to New York, NY.

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Other 6, 7, and 9-night Canada/New England cruises include:

7-night "Captivating Colors of Canada," cruise from New York City and calling in Halifax, Nova Scotia; Sydney, Nova Scotia; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; and Quebec City, Quebec. October 16; rates begin at $499 (plus $79.25 pp. GFTs);

6-night "Maple Leaves & Mansions," cruise from Quebec City and calling in Sydney, Nova Scotia; Boston, Massachusetts; Newport, Rhode Island; and New York, New York. October 23; rates begin at $899 (plus $81.40 pp. GFTs).

9-night "Autumn Leaves to Palm Trees," cruise from Quebec City and calling in Sydney, Nova Scotia; Boston, Massachusetts; Newport, Rhode Island; New York, New York; and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. October 23; rates begin at $1,199 (plus $102.40 pp. GFTs);

Rates are available for residents of the US and Canada; offer is per person, based upon double occupancy, cruise only, and subject to availability.

For more information, contact a MSC Cruise Specialist at Cruising2Paradise.com #1-800-738-8837.

About MSC Cruises:
MSC Cruises has the most modern fleet in the world with 11 ships: MSC Magnifica, MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia, MSC Poesia,MSC Orchestra, MSC Musica, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Armonia, MSC Opera, MSC Lirica and MSC Melody. The fleet cruises year round in the Mediterraneanand seasonally in Northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean,US and Canada, (Fall 2010), South America, the Indian Ocean, and South and West Africa.

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July 08, 2010

Princess Cruises Details "Down Under" Cruises and Cruisetours for 2011-2012

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Australia and New Zealand's Delights Range from Stunning Sydney to the Colorful Great Barrier Reef; The Beauty of Fiordland National Park to Fascinating Maori Culture

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (July 7, 2010) - Among the world's most unique destinations, Australia and New Zealand hold a special allure for travelers who hope to journey "down under" at least once in their lives. Drawn by some of the world's most beautiful landscapes, exciting cities, unique native cultures and a population of iconic animals found nowhere else in the world, passengers have found that these "must see" countries are perfect for an action-packed cruise vacation. For these travelers, Princess Cruises has unveiled its 2011-2012 Australia and New Zealand season, offering a range of cruise and cruisetour options for exploring these dynamic destinations.

As the largest cruise operator in the region, Princess will provide myriad ways to explore the sixth largest country in the world (Australia) and the youngest country on earth (New Zealand). Princess itineraries range from classic Australia & New Zealand sailings to Australia & Asia adventures, aboard ships both large and small. Travelers can also opt to add a land tour to one of these voyages for a full land/sea adventure. Passengers can also choose to cruise "Aussie style" aboard Princess' three locally-based ships.

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"Australia and New Zealand have been long-time favorite destinations for us, that our passengers rave about every year," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. "Because we have such an extensive local operation in the region, we have a unique understanding of these remarkable countries, and strive to present a rich 'down under' onboard program as well."

The delights of Australia range from distinctive Sydney Harbour and its iconic Opera House - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - to the expanse of the outback and the world?s largest reef, the Great Barrier Reef. This unique land, famous for the unmistakable sound of the didgeridoo, also features the lowest population density in the world - only two people per square kilometer - plus more than 10,000 beaches, the most of any country.

Cruise passengers can explore the country's wineries, history and wildlife with calls in Melbourne and Hobart, Tasmania. Here travelers may catch a glimpse of Australia's many unique creatures, including kangaroos, koalas and the Tasmanian devil; ride horseback through the region's finest vineyards; or even visit the country's last penal settlement, the infamous Port Arthur.

If travelers choose to extend their time with an Australian cruisetour, they can experience much more of this surprising land. Highlights include the outback landmark Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, Australia's sacred Aboriginal site and the world's largest monolith. The Great Barrier Reef is famous throughout the world for its outstanding diving and snorkeling, brilliant tropical fish and scores of sea life. Northern Australia?s Kakadu National Park surprises guest with everything from aboriginal rock art formations to an amazing habitat of birds and other wildlife.

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When cruising through New Zealand, the one attraction guaranteed to get everyone up on deck is the scenic sailing through Fiordland National Park. This must-see attraction is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the striking Fiordland crested penguin, as well as 14 towering fjords and five icy-blue lakes.

In "The Land of the Long White Cloud" passengers will also learn about the fascinating Maori culture and may take in an entertaining "haka" performance, a native dance. Near Tauranga, Rotorua's geothermal wonders also get attention with fascinating steaming craters, exploding geysers and boiling mud. In a country where there are nine sheep to every person, a trip to a farm for a sheep shearing or dog herding demonstration is also a popular option; and daredevils will fit right in with bungee jumping, which originated here. And New Zealand's spectacular scenery will make travelers feel as though they are in one of the many movies filmed here, such as "Lord of the Rings."

Passengers are sure to see a kiwi, whether it be the national bird; a delicious fruit (which were originally known as Chinese gooseberries, but renamed by enterprising New Zealand farmers once they started cultivating them for export), or simply the local people, who have become known as Kiwis themselves.

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Cruises
Princess offers several cruise options for exploring these dramatic countries, including voyages between Australia and New Zealand or Asia. Travelers can choose either a large amenity-filled vessel or small intimate ship, or they can opt to sail aboard one of Princess' three ships based in Australia year-round.

Australia & New Zealand sailings - Princess offers exploring "down under" with a season of Australia & New Zealand sailings aboard Diamond Princess. These 12- or 13-day voyages travel between Sydney and Auckland, calling at Melbourne, Hobart (Tasmania), Fiordland National Park scenic cruising, Dunedin, Christchurch, and Tauranga along the way, with a call in Wellington, New Zealand also on the 13-day voyages. Sailings run from December 2011 to January 2012.

Australia & Asia sailings - Travelers can visit the best of two continents aboard Diamond Princess with sailings between Sydney and Singapore or Beijing. The Australia & Asia itinerary takes passengers on a 19-day journey from Singapore to the Asia ports of Ko Samui, Bangkok, Ho Chi Mihn City, and Bali; plus Australian calls at Darwin, Port Douglas and Airlie Beach for the Great Barrier Reef. The 23-day Australia & China route also sails via northern Australia and adds ports such as Taipei, Nagasaki, Busan (South Korea), Shanghai and Dalian. Sailings depart November 27, 2011 and February 4, 2012.

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Small Ship Experience - Ocean Princess offers several journeys between Australia and the wonders of Asia or the beautiful islands of the South Pacific, featuring the intimate, classic cruising atmosphere of a small ship. The 20-day Australia & Asia voyages sail to northern Australia, including the Whitsunday Islands, Great Barrier Reef and Darwin; plus call in Bali, Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), and Bangkok and Ko Samui in Thailand. Ocean Princess sets sail on November 12, 2011 and March 17, 2012. The ship's 16-day South Pacific & New Zealand voyages travel between Sydney and Papeete, Tahiti, with calls in Tauranga, Auckland, and the island paradises of Suva (Fiji), Apia (Samoa), Pago Pago, Bora Bora, and Moorea. Sailings depart on December 2, 2011 and February 29, 2012.

"Aussie Experience" sailings - Locally based ships Sun Princess, Dawn Princess and Sea Princess offer "Aussie-style" cruising to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific from Sydney, Melbourne and now Brisbane. Featuring Australian dollars as the onboard currency plus dining and entertainment options geared to Australian tastes, these sailings offer a true local experience to passengers from all over. Itineraries include voyages to Tasmania, New Zealand, Northern Australia and Round Australia sailings that circumnavigate the continent. These ships also feature sailings from Australia to the South Pacific, Asia and World Cruise options roundtrip from Sydney. Sailings depart throughout the May 2011 to May 2012 season.

Cruisetours
Three guided land tours of Australia can be added to a cruise to create a full land and sea vacation, covering some of the continent's undisputed wonders. All cruisetours include a 12- or 13-day Australia and New Zealand cruise, plus time in cosmopolitan Sydney, including its world-famous Opera House and Bondi Beach.

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Those who want to explore the extensive Great Barrier Reef will enjoy a high-speed catamaran tour of this living marvel with the Tropical Highlights tour, featuring four nights on land, including two nights in Sydney and two in Carins. Travelers will spend a day Great Barrier Reef, plus visit with some crocodiles, explore Kuranda Rainforest Village, and learn about the locals at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park.

The six-night Australian Outback Adventure visits the Great Barrier Reef and ventures into the vast Australian Outback with two nights in Sydney, one night at Ayers Rock, one night in Alice Springs and two nights in Cairns. In the outback, travelers will visit the famed Uluru (Ayers Rock), touring the Olgas and 36 mysterious domes plus viewing Ayers Rock at sunset. They'll also enjoy an Aboriginal cultural experience. In the town of Alice Springs travelers have the option to ride a camel and visit Desert Park to experience local wildlife.

The seven-night Ultimate Australia tour features the Great Barrier Reef and Ayers Rock plus visits to Darwin and the majestic Kakadu National Park. This land itinerary offers two nights in Sydney, one night at Ayers Rock, one night at Kakadu, one night in Darwin and two nights at Port Douglas for the Great Barrier Reef. Travelers will experience Kakadu's extensive wetlands, diverse wildlife and the largest number of accessible Aboriginal sites in Australia. In Darwin, visitors will explore the city, including the Darwin Museum and Windows of the Wetlands visitor center.

For additional information about Princess Australia & New Zealand itineraries, contact a Princess Expert at Cruising2Paradise.com #1-800-738-8837.

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July 06, 2010

Celebrity Cruises gets personal with enhanced concierge service. Program designed to offer even more personalized service

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Miami - (June 30, 2010 ) - Celebrity Cruises has introduced a new "Personal Concierge" program aimed at further enhancing the brand's "Designed for you" reputation, by emphasizing the extraordinary customized onboard service that has long set Celebrity Cruises apart from its competitors. By individually communicating with guests to learn their personal preferences, tastes and needs, Celebrity's new Personal Concierges deliver individualized attention - much like that of a personal assistant - for any guests who wish to heighten special occasions and create new ones.

"Our guests cruise for many reasons, whether they're seeking an unforgettable vacation or celebrating life's most precious milestones," said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Senior Vice President, Hotel Operations. "We have designed the new Personal Concierge position in order to help guests make their vacation with us a truly personalized experience, in a way that minimizes their effort but maximizes their enjoyment."

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The Personal Concierge on each ship is an expert in matching Celebrity's onboard offerings to guests' individual desires for a particular event or experience. Guests don't have to be celebrating any special occasion to enjoy the Personal Concierge service. Personal Concierges also help guests to arrange private shore excursions, book spa and specialty dining experiences and more, for no other reason than to make the most of their vacation. Personal Concierges also handle the fine details of arranging onboard celebrations of personal milestones such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, retirement and graduation. The consultative services of the Personal Concierge are free of charge; guests only have to pay for the services and events arranged.

"Recently, a guest sailing on Celebrity Summit asked the Personal Concierge to assist in planning a special evening during which he intended to propose to his girlfriend," Lutoff-Perlo said. "The Personal Concierge spent time discussing the guest's ideal evening, and then created an unforgettable romantic experience. The Personal Concierge arranged for a table in the ship's specialty restaurant's exclusive wine cellar for dinner that evening, ordered a dozen red roses to be delivered to the table, reserved a table in the ship's nightclub and arranged for a bottle of chilled champagne to be ready for the guests upon their arrival there after dinner, and, while they were enjoying the evening, sent Celebrity's "Classic Romance" package of strewn rose petals, champagne, and chocolate-covered strawberries to their stateroom in order to continue the romantic theme throughout the evening. Throughout the evening, the Personal Concierge ensured that everything went smoothly, and the next day, the guest - whose proposal was accepted - expressed his sincere thanks."

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This example illustrates the range of experiences designed for discerning cruisers who vacation on Celebrity Cruises' award-winning ships, which are known for outstanding cuisine and engaging, life-enhancing activities set against a backdrop of stunning spaces and compelling destinations.

Celebrity's Personal Concierges also can assist guests with the fulfillment of pre-cruise purchases of onboard experiences made through the line's online store, www.celebritycruises.com/shopcelebrity.

Celebrity's Personal Concierge program will be fleetwide by September 1 of this year (with the exception of Celebrity Xpedition, the 92-guest megayacht sailing year-round in the Galapagos Islands).

Celebrity Cruises is designed for discerning cruisers, with modern, sophisticated environments, impeccable service, enriching and inspiring onboard programs, and world-class cuisine. The ultimate in premium cruising, Celebrity sails in Alaska, Bermuda, California, Canada/New England, Europe, the Pacific Coast, Panama Canal, South America, and year-round in the Caribbean and the Galapagos Islands. Celebrity also offers immersive cruisetour experiences in Alaska, Canada, Europe and South America. Celebrity's mega-series of honors include being named the top mega-ship line in Conde Nast Traveler's annual Readers' Choice Awards (November 2009). Celebrity's fleet currently consists of nine ships. Its $3.7-billion investment in building five stylish Solstice Class ships between 2008-2012 represents the largest newbuild commitment for a single brand in industry history. For more information, contact a Celebrity Cruises Specialist at Cruising2Europe.com #1-800-738-8837.

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July 05, 2010

Special Rates for AARP Members on MSC Caribbean Cruises for 2010/11 Season Plus Two-Category Stat

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MSC Cruises is making available to AARP members savings of up to $50 per person, per stateroom, and up to a two-category upgrade with rates starting from $179, for a two-night cruise, onboard MSC Poesia, through February 28, 2011.

Kids cruise free, as the third/fourth guests, which is ideal for an extended-family vacation with grandparents and their grandchildren.

These special rates for AARP members are available on select Caribbean cruises. Cruise prices are per person, based upon double occupancy.

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All cruises depart from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and vary in length from 2-10 nights. Government fees and taxes for all guests are additional. Cruise itineraries include:

  • 2-night Caribbean cruise calling in Nassau, Bahamas. January 2, 2011; rates from $179 plus $81.35 pp.;

  • 3-night Caribbean cruise calling in Key West, Fla. and Nassau, Bahamas. November 11, 2010; rates from $209 plus $67.63 pp;

  • 7-night Eastern Caribbean cruise calling in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas. In 2010, November 14 and 28, December 12 and 26. In 2011, January 9 and 23, and February 6 and 20; rates from $479 plus $69.62 pp;

  • 7-night Western Caribbean cruise calling in Key West, Fla.; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico. In 2010, November 21 (Thanksgiving cruise), December 5 and on December 19 (Christmas cruise). In 2011, on January 16 and 30 and February 13 and 27; rates from $479 plus $81.35 pp;

  • 10-night Panama Canal and Southern Caribbean cruise calling in Cozumel, Mexico; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Cristobal, Panama; Cartagena, Columbia; and Montego Bay, Jamaica. November 1; rates from $699 plus $73.68 pp.
  • Restrictions apply. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion including standard AARP member offers.

    For more information, call an MSC Cruise Specialist at Cruising2Europe.com #1-800-738-8837.

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    July 01, 2010

    Biggest Penthouse & Verandah Sale for Crystal's Christmas/New Year and Fall Mexican Riviera Cruises

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    LOS ANGELES, June 29, 2010 - Luxury specialist Crystal Cruises announces its best ever fall/winter sale for Penthouses and verandah staterooms offering savings of $1,000 or $500 per person for a Christmas / New Year cruise, Thanksgiving cruise and fall Mexican Riviera cruises on the highest rated cruise ships in the world.

    For Penthouse and verandah bookings made by September 30, 2010, guests can enjoy the following new savings:

    $1,000 per person off - Crystal Serenity, Caribbean Holiday: Calls at St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Maarten, Curacao, and Turks & Caicos.

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    December 21 - 14 days round-trip Miami, over Christmas and New Year's

    $500 per person off - Crystal Symphony, Mexican Riviera: Call at Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta, plus, La Paz, Loreto and a maiden visit to Topolobampo on the December 12 itinerary.

    November 21 - seven days round-trip Los Angeles
    November 28 - seven days round-trip Los Angeles
    December 5 - seven days round-trip Los Angeles
    December 12 - 10 days round-trip Los Angeles

    The new savings are in addition to the line's Two-for-One promotional fares and $500 per person 'All Inclusive - As You Wish' shipboard credits.

    "Savings this significant on high-category accommodations and for such popular itineraries, are rare," says Bill Smith, senior vice president, sales and marketing. "The added value together with our attractive 2010 pricing just makes the Crystal vacation experience all the more enticing."

    The three latter Crystal Symphony Mexican Riviera voyage feature stimulating Experiences of Discovery programming, while the November 21 cruise and the Crystal Serenity cruise offer lavish holiday feasts and celebrations.

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    Crystal Cruises is consistently voted "World's Best" by sophisticated travelers worldwide. In February, Conde Nast Traveler readers again named Crystal Serenity the best medium-sized ship in the world.

    For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a a Crystal Specialist at Cruising2Mexico.com #1-800-738-8837.

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