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September 30, 2010

ROYAL CARIBBEAN AND USA TODAY KICK OFF "REPORTERS AT SEA: FAMILY STYLE" CONTEST

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Contest Invites Families to Try Their Hand As 'Reporters At Sea' Aboard Cruise Line's Newest Ship, Allure of the Seas

MIAMI (September 22, 2010) - Calling all families! Royal Caribbean International and USA TODAY announced today a search for America's best and brightest family to cover the unveiling of Allure of the Seas, which will share the title of the world's largest and most revolutionary cruise ship along with sister ship, Oasis of the Seas. Today through October 29, 2010, families are invited to enter to win the coveted role of field correspondents alongside USA TODAY'S own cruise editor, Gene Sloan. Once onboard the ship, the lucky winning family of up to six will receive behind-the-scenes access to file reports that will appear at USA TODAY's Cruise Log about one of the most buzzed-about hospitality and entertainment stories of the year.

While embarking on a four-night preview sailing, the winning family will enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at The DreamWorks Experience featuring the "How To Train Your Dragon On Ice" show, an aqua show featuring "Madagascar", character breakfasts, activities for the kids in Adventure Ocean, character meet-and-greets, parades, sail-away parties, 3D films in the ship's 3D theater, as well as backstage access to Chicago: The Musical. In addition to the United States, the "Reporters at Sea: Family Style" contest is searching for family journalists in Canada, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain, South Korea, China and Venezuela.

Reporters-to-be can audition for the assignment of a lifetime by submitting a creative video of 45 seconds or less in length and no more than 100 MB in size at www.allureoftheseas.usatoday.com. The video should showcase the family's best reporting skills and tout why Royal Caribbean should select them to be USA TODAY's correspondents onboard Allure of the Seas. Videos will be judged on the entrants' ability to entertain, as well as effectively bring to life and clearly explain innovative and imaginative travel or cruising concepts.

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Once the entry period ends, judges will select three finalists per country, and Americans will vote for their favorite U.S. video between October 15 and October 29, 2010. Multiple generations are encouraged to enter. The individual who enters the contest on behalf of his or her family must be 18 years of age. Winning families of up to six members from each country will be simultaneously announced on November 15, 2010, and will be flown to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to cover two exclusive preview cruises onboard Allure of the Seas from November 19 to November 23, 2010.

Allure of the Seas shares the title of the world's largest and most revolutionary cruise ship with its sister ship, Oasis of the Seas. An architectural marvel at sea, she will span 16 decks, encompass 225,282 gross registered tons, carry 5,400 guests at double occupancy, and feature 2,700 staterooms. Allure of the Seas will tout Royal Caribbean's exclusive neighborhood concept of seven distinct themed areas, which will include Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone. The ship will alternate a Western Caribbean with an Eastern Caribbean seven-night itinerary from her home port of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Additional information is available at www.AllureoftheSeas.com.

The Reporters at Sea: Family Style contest builds on the success of last year's Reporter at Sea contest, in which winners from five countries reported individually about the launch of the groundbreaking Oasis of the Seas. For more information about the Reporters at Sea: Family Style contest, how to enter and vote, the official rules and details on the prize, please visit www.allureoftheseas.usatoday.com.

Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand with 20 ships currently in service and two under construction. The line also offers unique cruise tour land packages in Alaska, Canada, Dubai, Europe, and Australia and New Zealand. For additional information or to make reservations, call a Royal Caribbean WOW Specialist at Cruising2Paradise.com #1-800-738-8837.

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USA TODAY is a multi-platform news and information media company. Founded in 1982, USA TODAY's mission is to serve as a forum for better understanding and unity to help make the USA truly one nation. Today, through its newspaper, website and mobile platforms, USA TODAY connects readers and engages the national conversation. USA TODAY, the nation's number one newspaper in print circulation with an average of more than 1.8 million daily, and USATODAY.com, an award-winning newspaper website launched in 1995, reach a combined 5.9 million readers daily. USA TODAY is a leader in mobile applications with more than five million downloads on mobile devices. The USA TODAY brand also includes USA TODAY Education and USA TODAY Sports Weekly. USA TODAY is owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI).

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September 29, 2010

DOUBLE BONUS SAVINGS ON 2011 ALASKA SAILINGS | Boutique Ports, 2 Full Days of Glacier Cruising, Alaskan Cuisine Highlight Oceania Cruises' Inaugural Season

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MIAMI, Sept. 28, 2010 - To celebrate its inaugural Alaska season, Oceania Cruises has announced Double Bonus Savings on 10 exciting, new voyages for summer 2011. The limited-time promotion offers per stateroom savings of $1,000 off cruise fares plus a $1,000 shipboard credit on top of two-for-one prices and free airfare. In addition, third and fourth guests in a stateroom may travel for only $999 per person, cruise-only.

Depending on the cruise, scenic highlights encompass Hubbard Glacier, the Gulf of Alaska, Tracy Arm and College Fjord. With two-for-one cruise fares and Double Bonus Savings, a 10-day Alaska cruise starts at just $2,999 per person, based on double occupancy. This special offer expires Dec. 31, 2010.

"We are offering our best fares ever on our inaugural Alaska sailings as we kick-off the traditional Alaska selling season," stated Bob Binder, president of Oceania Cruises. "We have a long-standing tradition of offering the best fares and promotions up-front to reward our loyal guests and encourage them to book their preferred voyage and accommodations as early as possible."

Distinctly Different Alaska Cruises
Known for its award-winning itineraries to the world's most alluring ports, Oceania Cruises inaugural Alaska cruises explore the Inside Passage in depth. Itinerary highlights include at least one full day exploring the Inside Passage and one or two complete days of glacier viewing on every cruise, as well as a mix of marquee as well as off-the-beaten-path ports. In addition to Sitka, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, itineraries feature quaint, less-visited outposts, such as Kodiak, Homer and Hoonah.

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For example, Oceania Cruises' 12-day Glacial Wilderness voyages, between Anchorage and Vancouver, sail directly to Anchorage, affording spectacular scenery and convenience. The line?s 10-day Frontiers and Glaciers cruises, roundtrip from Vancouver, not only offer guests the best of the Inside Passage, but also a taste of the Gulf of Alaska with a visit to remote Kodiak. Majestic Alaska cruises, which operate round-trip from San Francisco, present a comprehensive Alaska experience in 14 days. Oceania Cruises' 12-day Alaskan Grandeur sailings between San Francisco and Vancouver combine the Inside Passage with the charm of coastal towns in the Pacific Northwest.

"We offer the most in-depth experience possible on each and every cruise," added Binder. "Our mid-size ships and extended voyages are the perfect way to explore Alaska."

Choose From Four Intriguing Itineraries

Majestic Alaska - 14 days roundtrip from San Francisco, a maiden port for Oceania Cruises, visiting Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia; Sitka, Hoonah, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska; and Astoria, Ore. Departures: May 12, Aug. 26.

Alaskan Grandeur - 12 days between San Francisco and Vancouver. Ports include Astoria and Victoria, as well as Wrangell, Juneau, Hoonah, Sitka and Ketchikan. Departures: May 26, Aug. 14.

Frontiers and Glaciers - 10 days roundtrip from Vancouver, calling at Sitka, Hoonah, Kodiak, Wrangell and Ketchikan. Departures: June 7, Aug. 4.

Glacial Wilderness - 12 days between Vancouver and Anchorage, with visits to Ketchikan, Wrangell, Juneau, Hoonah, Skagway, Sitka, Seward and Homer. Departures: June 17 and 29, July 11 and 23.

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Enjoy Gourmet Pacific Northwest Specialties
Travelers will discover Alaska aboard Oceania Cruises' 684-guest Regatta - an intimate ship known for its gourmet cuisine, luxurious public rooms and accommodations, and attentive service. As a special highlight, Pacific Northwest specialties will be featured during lunch in the casual Terrace Cafe and in the ship's elegant Grand Dining Room. Regional specialties will also be showcased in all four of the ship's open-seating restaurants; all of which are available with no surcharge.

When provisioning locally, the ship's executive chef seeks the freshest catch and shellfish, making on-the-spot decisions. Consequently, not all selections will always be available and there may be surprise menu additions. Depending on the voyage and venue, appetizers might include Fresh Halibut Veloute - a creamy fish soup with saffron rice and julienne leeks - or Alaskan King Crab Legs, sure to be a guest favorite.

For reservations or to order a brochure, contact an Alaska Specialist at Cruising2Alaska.com #1-800-738-8837.

About Oceania Cruises
Oceania Cruises is the world's only upper-premium cruise line and offers an unrivaled combination of the finest cuisine at sea, elegant accommodations, exceptional personalized service and extraordinary value. Award-winning itineraries visit more than 300 ports in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and the Americas aboard the luxurious Regatta, Insignia, Nautica and brand new Marina. Riviera, a sister ship to Marina, is scheduled to join the fleet in April 2012.

About Prestige Cruise Holdings
Prestige Cruise Holdings (PCH) is the parent company of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Formed in 2007 to manage select assets in Apollo Management's cruise investment portfolio, PCH is led by Chairman and CEO Frank Del Rio, the founder of Oceania Cruises. PCH is the market leader in the upper-premium and luxury segments of the cruise industry with nearly 4,000 berths between the Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands, a number the company expects will grow to approximately 6,500 berths by 2012.

View Oceania Cruise Specials to Alaska . . .

10 Days Roundtrip Vancouver June 7 or August 4, 2011 From $2999 US!

15 Days Roundtrip San Francisco May 12, 2011 From $3499 US!

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OCEANIA CRUISES' NEW MARINA COMPLETES SUCCESSFUL SEA TRIALS

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Miami, September 27, 2010 - Oceania Cruises' 1,250-guest Marina, scheduled to launch in January 2011, successfully completed sea trials on Sept. 26, which included three days of sailing the Mediterranean for the first time.

During the sea trials, technicians and engineers from the Fincantieri shipyard along with Oceania Cruises' marine and technical teams evaluated the vessel's speed, maneuverability, hydrodynamics and propulsion, among many other aspects of the ship's performance.

"She is a beautiful ship. Marina was extremely maneuverable with virtually no vibration to be felt, even at high speeds," stated Captain Dimitrios Flokos, the ship's master. "Marina exceeded all expectations. In fact, shipyard representatives commented this was the most successful sea trial in recent history for technical performance."

A second and final round of trials will be run just prior to the ship's delivery. The 65,000-ton ship ? being built at Fincantieri in Sestre Ponente, Italy ? is scheduled for delivery Jan. 17, 2011. Photos from the sea trials and new construction photos can be seen at www.oceaniacruisesblog.com.

"Her first foray at sea was a resounding success. Marina exhibited exceptional sea-keeping abilities, is amazingly agile and cruised at more than 22 knots with plenty of power in reserve," said Robin Lindsay, the line's executive vice president of vessel operations, who was on board during the sea trials. "Now that sea trials were successfully concluded, we will focus on finishing her magnificent interiors."

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The ship's inaugural schedule includes a 13-day Maiden Voyage Jan. 22 from Barcelona to Miami, where inaugural activities are planned. On Feb. 8, Marina departs on the first of two 18-day Panama Canal transits that visit San Francisco or San Diego, both new ports for Oceania Cruises. Marina operates a 12-day Caribbean cruise, round-trip from Miami, departing March 16, before sailing along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard and on to Europe to begin her inaugural Mediterranean season.

To learn more about Marina, contact a Cruise Specialist at Cruising2Europe.com #1-800-738-8837.

About Oceania Cruises
Oceania Cruises offers an unrivaled combination of fine cuisine, luxurious accommodations, exceptional personalized service and extraordinary value. Award-winning itineraries visit more than 330 ports in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and the Americas aboard the 684-guest Regatta, Insignia and Nautica. The line's 1,250-guest Marina joins the fleet in January 2011, followed by Riviera - a sister ship - in April 2012.

About Prestige Cruise Holdings
Prestige Cruise Holdings (PCH) is the parent company of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Formed in 2007 to manage select assets in Apollo Management's cruise investment portfolio, PCH is led by Chairman and CEO Frank Del Rio, the founder of Oceania Cruises. PCH is the market leader in the upper-premium and luxury segments of the cruise industry with nearly 4,000 berths between the Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands, a number the company expects will grow to approximately 6,500 berths by 2012.

Looking At These Great Pictures Of The Ship!

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September 27, 2010

Three New "Legends in Concert" to Debut on Norwegian Epic: Britney Spears, Rod Stewart and Michael Jackson

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Miami - Sep 24, 2010 - Norwegian Cruise Line announced that three new "legends" will perform as part of the Legends in Concert show on Norwegian Epic beginning Saturday, September 25, 2010. The three are some of the world's most recognized entertainers: Britney Spears, Rod Stewart and Michael Jackson. A staple on the Las Vegas' center strip for over 25 years, Legends in Concert is known as the pioneer of live tribute shows and has assembled the greatest collection of live tribute artists and celebrity look-alikes in show business.

"The Legends in Concert shows in both the Manhattan Room and in the Epic Theater are extremely well received by our guests," said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line's chief executive officer. "With the arrival of these three new legendary entertainers, we are offering Norwegian Epic guests fresh and exciting performances from some very talented and well known performers."

Portraying a pop princess is no easy feat, but Katy Draper, originally from Utah, dreamed about it from a young age and was also told that she bore a striking resemblance to Britney Spears. She joined the world famous Legends in Concert show in 2006 at the young age of 22, and has gone on to perform as a "Legend" on the Ellen Degeneres show and has toured with Legends in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and Branson, Missouri.

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John Anthony is an accomplished performer, musician and popular entertainer who continues to captivate audiences around the world with his tribute to Rod Stewart. While covering a few Rod Stewart songs with his Boston-based band, Anthony discovered the ability to emulate Stewart's voice and mannerisms. Anthony has been performing as Stewart with Legends in Concert for the past 14 years. He has toured America, Canada and Japan and is well known as one of the best and unmatched celebrity tribute artists in the world.

William Hall always knew he would be an entertainer. This San Antonio, Texas native has been performing since he was three years old. Hall attributes his love for music and dancing, along with the influence of his family and friends, as contributing to his decision to perform his tribute to Michael Jackson. Noteworthy career highlights include performing with Diana Ross and for much of the Jackson family in 2004 at father Joe Jackson's birthday party. He is looking forward to performing on Norwegian Epic and sharing his love and respect for Jackson with his many adoring fans.

Legends in Concert is a live musical celebration featuring the world's greatest celebrity tribute artists. Legends in Concert on Norwegian Epic features three celebrity tribute performers taking the stage in the Epic Theater for six 45-minute shows over three days during a seven-day cruise. In addition, a Legends "Unplugged" show is performed on three additional nights in the Manhattan Room, the ship's New York-inspired supper club, providing an unprecedented dining and entertainment experience. The celebrity performers change every four months, keeping the show fresh and exciting. The initial performers were Madonna, Tina Turner and Elvis Presley.

Legends in Concert
Internationally acclaimed Legends in Concert is known as the pioneer of live celebrity impersonator shows and possesses the greatest collection of celebrity impersonators ever assembled. Featuring live concert shows of famous musicians and celebrities of yesterday and today with concert venues in Myrtle Beach, Branson, Las Vegas, Seattle, Atlantic City, Foxwoods Resort Casino and Coushatta Casino. The live impersonator show with music legends such as Elvis Presley, The Blues Brothers, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Cher, Madonna, Michael Jackson and many more celebrities that appeal to music fans of all ages, makes Legends in Concert a must see live concert show. With an always-evolving cast of legendary superstars with original choreography and extravagant costumes, Legends in Concert is the original and largest live celebrity tribute show in the world. For more information, visit legendsinconcert.com.

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For more information on Norwegian Epic and to book a cruise, please call 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 11 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, debuted 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, Second City Comedy Troupe, Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos, Gibson Guitar, and Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids. Cirque Dreams & Dinner is also featured on board Norwegian Epic as the first show of its kind at sea under a big top.

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September 24, 2010

Complete ME Cancun

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Starting November 1, 2010 - those who stay at ME Cancun enjoy unlimited access to it all. Dine, drink, play, work out, and luxuriate to your heart's content. It's all included in the Complete ME experience at ME Cancun.

ME Cancun is a contemporary adult-oriented luxury resort concept. It is a South Beach experience in the Mexican Caribbean. We don't like to call it all-inclusive, but we do like to call it "A Complete Experience Beyond Mere Accommodation."
Accommodations can only be booked as a "Complete Experience" package (AI). However the resort remains a social hub for the local jet -set with its bars, restaurants, and beach club accessible to non-resort guests on a "pay to play" basis.

  • Breathtaking contemporary design and original works of art throughout the resort
  • 419 guest rooms including 29 loft suites, 4 Level Suites and 4 passion suites including the nearly 10,000sq.ft. bi-level SUITE ME, home of MTV's The real world Cancun
  • 5 exceptional dining selections (4 of which serve dinner a la carte)
  • 7 bars
  • 2 adults-only pools (1 infinity pool)
  • 1 pool with water ritual
  • The Chill-out deck
  • The beach club
  • 11,000sq.ft. of world-class YHI Spa facilities
  • Beauty salon

    All-Inclusive Rate From $125 US Per Night, Per Person!

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  • September 23, 2010

    Celebrity Cruises Celebrates Autumnal Equinox by Naming Fifth Ship in Widely Heralded Solstice Class Fleet

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    In light of the images of sun and shadow conveyed in the names of Celebrity Cruises' stylish Solstice Class ships, the world's top-rated premium brand is marking autumnal equinox by announcing the name of the fifth in its 'Xceptional' series: Celebrity Reflection.

    "Selecting the name of the fifth ship in the class led us to reflect back on the significant impact the Solstice Class has had on the cruise industry," said Celebrity's President and CEO Dan Hanrahan. "Our Solstice Class ships offer the finest in premium cruising, with service provided by the best men and women in the hospitality business, as evidenced by the tremendous response from our guests, travel partners and the press, and a continuously expanding series of prestigious awards. There is no question that Celebrity Reflection will deliver an equally outstanding vacation experience for our guests."

    Following delivery in November 2012, Celebrity Reflection will join Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Eclipse and Celebrity Silhouette, rounding out the $3.7-billion class.

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    Celebrity Reflection will present vacationers with some new features, yet to be announced, along with many of the hallmarks found on some or all of her sister ships, including:

  • The hip "Celebrity iLounge" that made Celebrity Cruises the industry's first Authorized Apple Reseller

  • Uniquely unordinary "Qsine," the first seagoing restaurant to feature a menu and wine list on an iPad, and an engaging food-as-theater dining experience

  • Celebrity's iconic half-acre Lawn Club, with real, growing grass

  • Ten unrivaled dining venues, including Qsine

  • Modern, stylish interiors designed by some of the world's best architects and designers

  • Hip, cool nightclubs and lounges, including CellarMasters, complete with the industry's first installation of the innovative Enomatic by-the-glass wine serving system

  • One of the broadest and best wine offerings in the industry, served by one of the world's largest staffs of certified sommeliers

  • One of the world's largest permanent collections of original contemporary art, and the industry's first self-guided art tours to be presented on an iPad

  • Widely varied entertainment, including breathtaking aerial acts

  • The extensive array of entertaining and enriching onboard programming offered through "Celebrity Life," including instruction on the latest iPods, MacBooks and iLife classes; language learning through Rosetta Stone; comparative wine tastings with Riedel Crystal, and enrichment presentations with Smithsonian Journeys

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  • September 17, 2010

    YouTube Launches New Travel Channel Powered by Norwegian Cruise Line

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    Robust channel provides travel ideas and inspiration from experts along with ability to create personalized Freestyle Cruising videos

    Miami - Sep 8, 2010 - Norwegian Cruise Line today announced it is working with YouTube to power the first-ever YouTube Vacationer, a travel-specific channel within the world's largest online video site providing vacation inspiration with ideas and advice from well-traveled experts, such as Lonely Planet, National Geographic and Travel Channel. The YouTube Vacationer, www.youtube.com/vacationer, is also interactive, offering visitors a first of its kind opportunity to create their own "Vacation You" video experience and share it with others.

    Norwegian Cruise Line's signature Freestyle Cruising approach is at the heart of this site, providing users the freedom, flexibility and choice to interact with more than two million combinations of video content enabling them to create and share their own unique Freestyle vacation experience.

    When interacting within Norwegian's "Vacation You" section of the YouTube Vacationer channel, visitors will select from a series of short video clips that tap into their vacation mindset to produce a customized 60-90 second montage of their ideal Freestyle Cruising vacations. Visitors can then share their personalized "Vacation You" video with friends and family through Facebook, Twitter or email.

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    "By working with YouTube on their first-ever travel-specific channel, we are giving visitors the opportunity to experience our brand and all the options that Freestyle Cruising offers," said Maria Miller, Norwegian Cruise Line's senior vice president of marketing. "From a marketing perspective, this opportunity is compelling because it provides a truly organic user experience and represents another great way for brands to work with YouTube."

    "We are pleased to be working with Norwegian Cruise Line, the innovators in cruise travel, on our first branded travel channel," said Mark Day, Sales Development at YouTube. "The YouTube Vacationer channel brings the best of our partners' travel videos into a single destination to help users explore, plan and dream about their next vacations, and it gives users a way to see themselves in a customized vacation video with Norwegian's 'Vacation You' application."

    To experience the YouTube Vacationer channel, visit www.youtube.com/vacationer.

    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 11 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, debuted 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, Second City Comedy Troupe, Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos, Gibson Guitar, and Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids. Cirque Dreams & Dinner is also featured on board Norwegian Epic as the first show of its kind at sea under a big top.

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    September 14, 2010

    Cunard's Queen Victoria Bids "Aloha" to Hawaiian Voyages in 2011

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    American Entertainment News Pioneer Rona Barrett Joins 17 February Voyage to Raise Awareness for the Needs of Seniors

    13 September 2010 - In late January 2011, as part of Queen Victoria's debut Americas Season, Cunard Line will offer guests the opportunity to experience The New Golden Age of Ocean Travel with luxury cruise vacations to the tranquil islands of Hawaii. Additionally, guests sailing on the 17 February voyage will enjoy a very special Cunard Insights programme presented by Rona Barrett, recognized as the "first lady of entertainment news."

    The Hawaiian Adventure cruises depart round-trip from Los Angeles for two relaxing weeks sailing the Hawaiian Islands; starting 30 January and again on 17 February, guests aboard Queen Victoria will visit Hilo (Hawaii), Honolulu (Oahu), Nawiliwili (Kauai) and Lahaina (Maui), as well as a quick visit to Ensenada (Mexico).

    "Enjoying the tropical paradise of the Hawaii Islands is one of the many ways guests can create memorable experiences aboard Queen Victoria," said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line. "We look forward to welcoming Rona Barrett as part of our Cunard Insights enrichment programme and know our guests are eager to hear her up close and personal stories about some of Hollywood's most intriguing celebrities."

    Barrett is one of the pioneers and innovators in entertainment news reporting and publishing in the United States. She developed the first in-depth personal TV specials about the celebrities of film, television, music, sports and politics, and published a series of magazines on the entertainment industry for consumers and for industry insiders, including Rona Barrett's Hollywood. She was also one of the original reporters for "Good Morning America" on ABC. Barrett recently returned to the spotlight, now appearing in a one-woman show, "Rona Barrett: Nothing But the Truth," which premiered at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills in June. Elements of this stage show will be performed for guests on board Queen Victoria as part of her enrichment programme. Barrett created the show to tour and raise funds in support of The Rona Barrett Foundation on behalf of senior citizens in need.

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    Proceeds from Barrett's show appearances will support her foundation's project of building The Golden Inn and Cottages, a pilot facility that can be constructed in communities throughout the U.S. to provide affordable housing and care, among many other elderly needs.

    Delving deeply into a variety of compelling and relevant topics, Cunard Insights introduces guests to stimulating experts and accomplished visionaries who reflect the Line's heritage of adventure and prestige. Through a series of lectures, Q&A's, social gatherings and workshops, guests connect with personalities who have achieved notable distinction in areas including history, world affairs, science, arts and literature. The award-winning Insights programme underscores Cunard's longstanding view that on board entertainment should afford guests a provocative and rewarding cerebral experience.

    Barrett joins Cunard's illustrious legacy of welcoming world-famous guests, experts and intriguing presenters including Winston Churchill, President Nelson Mandela, Jean Chatzky, Tina Brown & Sir Harold Evans, Lady Margaret Thatcher, Elizabeth Taylor, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Rod Stewart, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Buzz Aldrin.

    Queen Victoria will spend more time on the west coast in winter 2011 as she comes off Cunard's historic Royal Rendezvous in New York - where all three Queens will be docked on 13 January. Continuing to sail her Americas voyages, she will make three visits to the Panama Canal - including two transits, multiple visits to the port of Los Angeles, and her first short Getaway voyage to Mexico.

    For more information about Queen Victoria or to book a voyage, consult a Cunard Specialist at Cruising2Mexico.com #1-800-738-8837.

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    September 13, 2010

    Natural Beauty of the South Pacific Shines on Crystal Voyage

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    From soaring high over Bora Bora by helicopter to swimming with - or simply viewing - the diverse sea life that inhabit the clear waters of the Blue Lagoon, Crystal Cruises is offering nearly three dozen Crystal Adventures revealing the South Pacific's breathtaking natural beauty. Crystal Serenity's 12-day, January 30 voyage sails from Papeete to Auckland, featuring different perspectives on the region's famous tropical culture.

    Visiting the Society and Cook Islands, Fiji, Tonga and Auckland, shoreside adventures highlight the untouched landscapes and lush vegetation, indigenous wildlife and even 3,000-year-old local villages, including:


    Hike into Rarotonga's Takitumi Rainforest, where conservation efforts continue to preserve the island's native plants and animals like the rare ground orchid and the long-tailed cuckoo;

    Climb to Bora Bora's Pahonu Hill for panoramic views of the island's reefs and lagoons, or snorkel on the barrier reef past Toopua Point;

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    Experience Auckland's west coast, with forests teeming with native wildlife, one of the world's most awe-inspiring black-sand beaches and cascading waterfalls pouring into a rainforest; and

    Meet local families and join a traditional kava ceremony at the Viseisei Fijian Village, where the first settlers of Fiji landed 3,000 years ago.

    "This itinerary offers so many opportunities for nature lovers," says John Stoll, vice president, land and port operations. "Choices are a key component of the Crystal Experience, and we strive to offer numerous choices ashore to suit most any interest, from spectator activities to the most adventurous."

    Guests can also expand their awareness with onboard presentations from acclaimed earth and environmental scientist David J. Drewry.

    Promotional Two-for-One segment fares start at $6,910, per person, double occupancy, including complimentary air transportation from many North American gateways and up to $1,000 per person "All Inclusive - As You Wish' shipboard credits. Crystal's Save Now, Save Later promotion offers guests who book any World Cruise segments by September 30 two-for-one fares, plus 20% savings on virtually any 2011 or 2012 cruise. Guests can also earn $400 in shipboard credits for each new-to-Crystal guest they refer who sails on the same voyage with Crystal's new Bonus Share the Experience program.

    For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a Crystal Specialist at Cruising2Tahiti.com #1-800-738-8837.

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    September 12, 2010

    CARNIVAL INSPIRATION TO REPOSITION TO LONG BEACH, CARNIVAL PARADISE TO TAMPA IN FALL 2011

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    Both Ships to Offer 14-Day Panama Canal Cruises Featuring Five Magnificent Destinations in the Americas and Caribbean

    MIAMI (September 2, 2010) - Carnival Cruise Lines has announced two exciting year-round homeport deployments for fall 2011, with the 2,052-passenger Carnival Inspiration repositioning to Long Beach, Calif., for three- and four-day Baja departures and the 2,052-passenger Carnival Paradise to Tampa, Fla, on four- and five-day Caribbean voyages. Carnival Inspiration is currently based in Tampa while Carnival Paradise operates from Long Beach.

    To reposition to their new homeports, each ship will offer a 14-day Panama Canal voyage that will provide consumers with a highly attractive longer length "Fun Ship" cruise option, as well as the unforgettable experience of transiting the Panama Canal.

    Carnival Paradise Panama Canal cruise will sail from Long Beach to Tampa departing Nov. 28, 2011, while Carnival Inspiration Panama Canal voyage will depart Dec. 3, 2011, and operate from Tampa to Long Beach.

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    These voyages will be highlighted by the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of transiting the Panama Canal, one of the great technological achievements of the 20th century, where ships are raised 85 feet in the air via a series of three locks and then gently lowered back again. The transit also includes the crossing of 163-square-mile Gatun Lake, the world's largest man-made lake, which is surrounded by a variety of native tropical foliage and interesting sites.
    Each voyage will also feature visits to five magnificent ports of call: Cabo San Lucas and Acapulco, Mexico; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Cartagena, Colombia; and George Town, Grand Cayman.

    Cabo San Lucas is a world-class resort destination distinguished by rugged rock formations, lush landscape and gorgeous beaches. Known for its death-defying cliff divers, Acapulco boasts excellent beaches, and a variety of fine restaurants and shops. Located on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast, Puntarenas is a tropical paradise with beautiful beaches and an abundance of wildlife and eco-tourism opportunities. Cartagena features centuries-old architecture and historical sites, including a colonial walled city and fortress designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The capital of the Cayman Islands, George Town offers outstanding duty-free bargains as well as world-renowned Seven Mile Beach.

    Early Saver rates for these voyages start at $949 per person based on double occupancy.

    Carnival Inspiration to Long Beach
    Carnival Inspiration will bring an exciting new dimension to West Coast cruising when it launches year-round three- and four-day Baja cruises from Long Beach Dec. 19, 2011. On this route, three-day cruises depart Fridays and visit Ensenada while four-day voyages depart Mondays and call at both Ensenada and Catalina Island. The ship will operate a special one-time two-day cruise to Ensenada Dec. 17-19, 2011.

    Carnival Inspiration was the first ship to undergo the line's extensive "Evolutions of Fun" refurbishment and includes a WaterWorks aqua park with a 300-foot-long Twister water slide, a tropical resort-style main pool area, and an exclusive adults-only retreat.

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    Carnival Paradise to Tampa
    In turn, Carnival Paradise will assume Carnival Inspiration's popular year-round four- and five-day western Caribbean cruise schedule from Tampa beginning Dec. 12, 2011. On this route, Carnival Paradise will depart Thursdays on four-day cruises to Cozumel and on Mondays and Saturdays on five-day voyages to Cozumel and Grand Cayman.

    Carnival Paradise offers a distinctive decor with dramatic public spaces that pay homage to great ocean liners of the past, with memorable venues such as the Queen Mary Lounge, Normandie Theater, and Rotterdam Bar. The ship also offers Serenity, an exclusive adults-only retreat.

    Reservations
    Reservations are currently being accepted for the new schedules of the Carnival Inspiration and Carnival Paradise as well as the 14-day Panama Canal cruises.

    For additional information and reservations, contact a Fun Expert at Cruising2Mexico.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. Visit us at www.worldsleadingcruiselines.com

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    September 10, 2010

    Princess Family Cruisetours to Alaska Return for Second Season

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    Specially Designed Tours Add a Variety of Included Extras Especially for Families

    SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (September 9, 2010) - After a popular debut last year, Princess Cruises is once again offering special Alaska cruisetours designed just for families. These unique tours incorporate a variety of features not usually included in a cruisetour package, such as the opportunity to learn about dog mushing at the Iditarod Headquarters, pan for gold, take an interactive tour of Denali National Park, and enjoy a fun campfire experience.

    The 12-night family cruisetours include a seven-night Voyage of the Glaciers cruise plus a five-night land tour. The land segment also features such family-friendly extras as daily breakfasts, a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and a dinner theater performance. At sea, families can also take advantage of Princess' many onboard programs especially for children, including a special Junior Ranger program in Glacier Bay National Park.

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    "Alaska is the perfect place for a family vacation," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. "There are amazing wildlife viewing opportunities, awesome scenery and lots of active adventures. With this in mind, we wanted to make it easier for family groups to plan the perfect Alaska experience with activities that will appeal to many ages and interests."

    Passengers can choose to sail aboard Diamond Princess or Coral Princess, and the cruisetour land itinerary includes stays at three of Princess?'own wilderness lodges ? one night at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, two nights at Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge and two nights at Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge. The tours are offered on 34 departures with both northbound (#FUN) and southbound (#WOW) itinerary options.

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    The following special extras are included in the 2011 season tours:

    Daily Breakfast - Everyone in the family can start their morning off with the most important meal of the day.

    Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center - Wildlife appeals to all ages, and families will be able to see a variety of animals such as bears, elk, bison, moose, caribou, musk ox, coyotes and eagles with a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. This non-profit organization takes in injured and orphaned animals and gives a permanent home to those that can?t be returned to the wild.

    Iditarod Headquarters with Dog Sled Ride - En route to Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, family members will enjoy a stop at the Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla. Here travelers can learn about mushing and its importance in Alaskan culture. The center offers the opportunity to meet sled dogs and see them at work with wheeled cart rides.

    Evening Campfire Experience (Mt. McKinley) - An evening campfire near the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge is the perfect way for families to end the day, complete with treats such as s?mores and hot chocolate, plus unique Alaska stories and songs.

    Music of Denali Dinner Theater (Denali) - This rollicking musical comedy tells the legend of the first expedition to the summit of Mt. McKinley, accompanied by a hearty, family-style meal featuring smokehouse ribs and Alaska salmon.

    Experience Denali with Alaska Geographic Tour (Denali) - A more intimate tour of Denali National Park, this special excursion includes a variety of interactive experiences, including an enhanced view of the Denali ecosystem and current research taking place. The narrated bus tour takes guests 15 miles into the park to a beautiful river valley where they embark on a short walk to the historic Savage River Camp, where they can participate in a number of hands-on activities.

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    Sourdough Expedition Breakfast (Denali) - While fueling up for the day with an Alaskan roadhouse-style breakfast, guests experience an unforgettable journey up Denali through breathtaking images in Laurent Dick's Climb Denali. Participants have the opportunity to meet this real mountain climber and ask questions about mountain climbing.

    Riverboat Cruise and El Dorado Goldmine Tour (Fairbanks) - Families can enjoy traveling on an authentic sternwheeler for a fully-narrated cruise along the Chena River and try their hands at gold panning at the El Dorado Gold Mine, where they will learn about Alaska's gold mining history.

    Fares for the Alaska Family Cruisetours start at $1,648 per person for the first and second berths, and $1,246 per person for the third and fourth berth passengers.

    Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a Princess Expert at Cruising2Alaska.com #1-800-738-8837.

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    September 09, 2010

    Cruise West Continues Restructuring Efforts

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    SEATTLE, WA (September 8, 2010) Cruise West, a global leader in small-ship explorations, today announced that they continue to work towards a restructuring of the company and its operations. The first move in this restructuring is the termination of the Spirit of Oceanus Voyage of the Great Explorers. Additional assets may be sold and other steps are being pursued towards a restructure. As part of this process, Cruise West has suspended accepting any new bookings.

    The Spirit of Oceanus voyage ended at its scheduled port of disembarkation so as to minimize any negative impact to our guests. Cruise West plans to continue to operate its US flag ships and itineraries through October, 2010; Spirit of Endeavour will sail from Seattle on the British Columbia Cruise and the Spirit of 98 from Portland, OR along the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Cruise West will also complete cruises or land tours already underway in Alaska.

    For those booked Spirit of Oceanus guests who may be affected by this news and who have not yet travelled, we recommend that you take the following steps:

    1. If third-party travel insurance was obtained, a claim should be placed immediately with the insurer.

    2. If payment was made by credit card, a claim should be placed immediately with the card issuer.

    3. If the payment was made by cash or check, and you have no travel insurance, please send an email to info@cruisewest.com.

    Cruise West executives will not respond to media inquiries or accept interviews at this time.

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    About Cruise West
    Cruise West believes that small is beautiful. Small-ship explorations allow up-close and personal experiences unmatched by the traditional larger cruise lines. For nearly 64 years, Cruise West has provided authentic travel experiences.

    UPDATE September 16, 2010: Cruise West has reportedly sold the Spirit of Oceanus to a Danish company. The ship is planned to be renamed Sea Spirit and will be make available for long-term charter.

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    September 08, 2010

    Canada & New England Cruising

    Take a look at these pictures, from Holland America Line, of the Maasdam while cruising in Canada & New England!

    This is the ship, Maasdam, in Quebec City.

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    This is the train station in Quebec City.

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    'Canada & England is a cruise destination on the verge of going big. Each year more and more cruise ships choose to cruise this beautiful area of the world. Below I've included information CLIA has put together on the destination for you to learn more!

    Whether it's a stop at historic Saint John's, Canada's oldest incorporated city; a visit to famed Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts; a call at Baltimore's bustling harbor; or a day baking in the hospitality of beautiful Charleston, South Carolina - a rich variety of wonderful experiences await "close-to-home" vacationers on a cruise along the eastern coast of the U.S. and Canada.

    Cruises ranging from two-night getaways to 12-night voyages sail the coastal waters of North America and into Canada along the St. Lawrence Seaway. Choices in embarkation ports that include Montreal, New York, Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, Norfolk (Virginia), Charleston (South Carolina) and other cities have helped to make these itineraries a popular choice for drive-and-sail cruises and as part of a land and sea vacation.

    The ships sailing east coast cruises rival the ports of call for diversity. Cruise vacationers can choose to take their Canada / New England / U.S. Coastal cruise on ships ranging from intimate vessels carrying fewer than 50 passengers to spectacular resorts at sea.

    Typically the Canada / New England cruise season runs from May through October, with fall foliage highlighting the later sailings, and more southern coastal sailings run through the winter. Value hunters will find the best deals on early spring departures.'

    For more information about a Canada & New England cruise contact Cruising2Paradise.com #1-800-738-8837. For New England & Canada Cruise Specials click here!

    Written by Denise Blackmore

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    September 07, 2010

    Carnival's Cruise Ship?Themed Exhibit Sets Sail at Miami Children?s Museum with a Host of New Hands-On Activities

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    In a nod to maritime tradition, Miami Children's Museum and Carnival Cruise Lines today uncorked a confetti-filled bottle to launch a redesigned cruise ship-shaped exhibit where kids can sail on a sea of discovery and learn the secrets behind one of South Florida's leading industries.

    The two-level 1,850-square-foot exhibit - the country's only cruise-themed children's museum attraction - has been completely renovated and now offers a host of new hands-on, interactive activities that promise oceans of fun while educating kids about seagoing travel and maritime careers.
    New features on the exhibit's first level include Puppet Ship Theater, where kids can learn about different maritime careers while putting on a puppet show with a cast of miniature captains, engineers, chefs and other shipboard personnel. Young visitors also have their moment in the spotlight dressing up and performing as Carnival entertainers with dazzling, sequin-festooned costumes-

    A new "What You Can Do On A Cruise" activity includes spinning and matching games that teach kids about the variety of fun on-board happenings as well as sights they might see along the way. Positioned in the "bow" of the ship-shaped exhibit is a cozy seating area where kids and parents can read a book or enjoy a quiet activity. Also located throughout the first level are hands-on tabletop activities and games, interactive wall bubbles and "fun facts" about the Carnival vacation experience and what shipboard life is like.

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    The exhibit's second level, which replicates the equipment and technology found on a cruise ship bridge, is just as engaging. Here, children can plot a course in the Caribbean with authentic maps and charts, and listen to actual recordings of officers, harbor pilots and quartermasters as they bring a vessel into port.

    Kids can also see "how low can they go" with a fun limbo exercise, create their own Calypso music with bongos and steel drums that are typically associated with a "fun in the sun" Caribbean cruise or learn about shipbuilding through fun, interactive puzzles. Appropriately, the second level bridge overlooks an adjacent exhibit which replicates the Port of Miami.

    Carnival partnered with Atlanta-based Purpose Studios to completely renovate, redesign and re-engineer the exhibit to offer a more nautical feel with teak-like flooring, ship railings, portholes and other design elements. The renovation also includes dramatic lighting effects and a colorful mural that re-creates the vantage point of a cruise ship on the ocean, depicting a sea of aqua-blue waters and a Carnival ship on the horizon.

    Carnival's exhibit debuted in conjunction with the Miami Children's Museum's Watson Island grand opening in 2003 and over the past seven years thousands of kids have learned about cruising and maritime careers interacting with the ship-shaped attraction.

    "This exhibit embodies the museum's mission of making learning fun by allowing kids to immerse themselves in the world of cruising and discover the important role the maritime industry plays here in South Florida," said Jim Berra, Carnival's chief marketing officer. "And on a personal note, the Miami Children's Museum is one of my family?s favorite places to beat the heat during the summer."

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    "From the beginning, Carnival has been a valuable partner with the Museum, providing a quality exhibit where children and families can play, learn, imagine and create," said Deborah Spiegelman, the museum?s executive director. "These fantastic new enhancements to the exhibit continue to provide a first class experience for everyone. I don?t know of any other museum that can boast about having its own cruise ship inside."

    The updated Carnival exhibit is one of 14 fun-filled galleries at the Miami Children's Museum, located at 980 MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island in Miami. Entrance to the exhibit is included with each regular admission to the museum. Admission is $15 for adults and children, $12 for Florida residents, free for children under 1 year old and admission for museum members is complimentary. For more information contact the Museum at 305/373-KIDS (5437) or visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org.

    About Miami Children's Museum
    Founded in 1983, Miami Children's Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to reach their highest potential. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to play together, learn, imagine and create. The 56,500-square-foot facility includes 14 galleries, classrooms and a 200-seat auditorium. The museum offers hundreds of bilingual, interactive exhibits; programs and classes, including special needs classes; Subway restaurant; KidSmart educational gift shop and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication. To learn more about the museum, please visit the website: www.miamichildrensmuseum.org. Miami Children's Museum receives both private and public funding. MCM is sponsored in part by the City of Miami, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners.

    About Carnival Cruise Lines
    Carnival is the most popular cruise line in the world, with 22 "Fun Ships" operating voyages ranging 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 from Europe May 1, 2011, and Carnival Breeze, scheduled to enter service in spring 2012. For additional information and reservations on the "Fun Ship" vacation experience, contact Cruising2Mexico.com at #1-800-738-8837.

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    September 06, 2010

    Princess Cruises Reveals 2011-12 Panama Canal Season

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    Line's Unique Two-Day Canal Experience Offers Extra Time in Panama

    SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (September 2, 2010) - Since its debut nearly a century ago, the Panama Canal has been considered one of the world's most important engineering marvels. This 51-mile passageway between oceans can save a ship more than 7,000 transit miles around South America, and never ceases to amaze cruise passengers. Princess Cruises' ships have long offered a front-row view of the Panama Canal, and in 2011-12 the line will offer 38 cruises to this signature destination, with five different itinerary options.

    The Panama Canal's history adds to its status as a "must see" destination. The single most expensive construction project in United States history at the time, "big ditch" took more than 30 years to build at a cost of about $375 million. The Canal's lengthy history included construction efforts by two different nations and the creation of an independent Panama. In total, Canal construction involved as many as 80,000 workers and the excavation of around 268,000,000 cubic yards of earth.

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    Today the Canal offers passage to approximately 14,000 ships a year. Princess passengers sailing the Canal will enjoy the amenities of two vessels specifically built for Panama Canal cruising - Coral Princess and Island Princess. The sides of these ships just clear the massive locks that use an average of 52 million gallons of water in each chamber as they eventually lift and lower vessels a total of 170 feet as they pass from the Caribbean to the Pacific during the nine-hour transit.

    "Our ships have been transiting the Panama Canal for more than 40 years and, in fact, we even christened Coral Princess as it moved through the Canal," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. "There really is no better way to watch the fascinating process as the ship transits each lock than from the decks of our ships - it's an exceptional way to experience this wonder of engineering."

    Princess' unique Two-day Canal Experience, available on many longer sailings, combines a full transit of the Canal, including the Miraflores, Pedro Miguel and Gatun Locks, with a second day in Panama at Fuerte Amador. This extra day gives travelers time to explore Panama further with excursions such as riding the Panama Canal Railway, exploring a rainforest, visiting an authentic Embera Indian village or touring bustling Panama City.

    Beyond the Panama Canal, these itineraries offer calls in Caribbean Islands, Mexican Riviera resort towns, and a number of intriguing ports in Central America. In Costa Rica, passengers will discover a land of tropical rain forests, lush coffee plantations and white sand coastlines set against a backdrop of majestic mountains. In San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, this scenic fishing village offers beautiful white-sand beaches and ecological richness, while the nearby city of Granada is the oldest city in Central America.

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    Panama Canal itineraries include:

    Panama Canal Two-Day Experience Cruises - Coral Princess and Island Princess will feature three itineraries offering Princess? Two-Day Canal Experience - a full Panama Canal transit combined with a full day at Fuerte Amador on the Pacific side of Panama. The 14-day itinerary sails between Ft. Lauderdale and Los Angeles with calls at Aruba, Cartagena, and Puntarenas (Costa Rica) in addition to the Two-Day Canal Experience. A 15-day option offers an additional call in Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala). And another 15-day option sails from San Francisco to Ft. Lauderdale with calls at Cabo San Lucas, Puntarenas (Costa Rica), Cartagena, and Aruba. Sailings on these itineraries depart between September 25, 2011 and April 27, 2012. Coral Princess and Island Princess also offer longer Grand Adventures of 17, 18 and 19 days, sailing to and from Vancouver.

    Full Panama Canal Transit Sailings - A new 14-day itinerary between Los Angeles and Ft Lauderdale, offering a full Panama Canal transit plus visits to Cabo San Lucas, San Juan del Sur (Nicaragua), Puntarenas (Costa Rica), Cartagena and Aruba. Coral Princess offers four sailings on this route, with departures on October 25, November 8, 2011, February 28, and March 13, 2012.

    Roundtrip Panama Canal Cruises - Island Princess will sail on this classic 10-day roundtrip itinerary from Ft. Lauderdale, which offers a partial Panama Canal transit to Gatun Lake followed by a call in Colon, plus calls in the Caribbean ports of Aruba, Cartagena, Limon (Costa Rica), and Grand Cayman or Ocho Rios. The ship offers 20 departures between October 10, 2011 and April 17, 2012.

    Additional information about Princess Cruises is available by calling a Princess Expert at Cruising2Mexico.com #1-800-738-8837.

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    September 03, 2010

    CELEBRITY CRUISES HELPS DRIVE BUSINESS TO TRAVEL PARTNERS WITH NEW AD CAMPAIGN

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    Multiple new print ads and billboards encourage consumers to ask a travel agent

    Celebrity Cruises is constantly seeking new ways to support its travel partners, and the latest outgrowth of that commitment is bound to raise questions, by design. The line has launched a new campaign designed to drive consumers to travel agents through ads featuring the headline: "Go ahead. Ask your travel agent."

    "Since our brand was founded 20 years ago, we've publicly acknowledged that travel agents are invaluable to the Celebrity brand," said Celebrity's Senior VP of Sales Dondra Ritzenthaler. "We could never achieve the levels of success we continue to achieve without them, and we're putting our money where our mouth is, making a significant investment in a robust ad campaign devoted to them. By creatively encouraging consumers to ask an agent specific questions, we'll help consumers learn more about our brand, and help drive business for agents."

    Among the questions, each of which reflect premium attributes unique to Celebrity Cruises:

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  • "Ask who provides the best premium Caribbean cruise vacation," supported by Celebrity's host of accolades, including "Best Mega-Ship Line" in the most recent annual Conde Nast Traveler readers' poll, and 15 consecutive years in the top 10 in Travel + Leisure magazine's annual poll ranking the best cruise lines in the world.

  • "Ask about the largest staff of sommeliers in the Caribbean - or in the world, as a matter of fact."

  • "Ask about a place where your stateroom attendant calls you by name. And your waiter, too."

  • "Ask about activities that push the envelope and redesign traditional onboard programming by partnering with well-known experts such as Apple, Smithsonian Journeys, Bacardi, Rosetta Stone and Riedel Crystal."

  • "Ask where you can be pampered from head-to-toe in one of the most celebrated spas at sea": Celebrity's AquaSpa by Elemis.

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  • "Ask where your stateroom is full of so many thoughtful details, even the stationery has your name on it."

  • "Ask about a place at sea where world-renowned architects designed stunning spaces that create uncontrollable smiles of approval."

  • "Ask where you can feel like a million dollars, while being spoiled with a 24-karat gold facial, among other rejuvenating indulgences."

    Celebrity's new campaign is running in select national magazines, major daily newspapers and on billboards.

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