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October 29, 2010

Norwegian Cruise Line Files Registration Statement For Proposed Initial Public Offering

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Miami - Oct 26, 2010 -
NCL Corporation Ltd. announced today that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") relating to a proposed initial public offering ("IPO") of its ordinary shares.

The registration statement relating to these securities has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective. The offering will be made only by means of a prospectus, when available. The registration statement on Form S-1 may be accessed through the SEC's website at edgar.sec.gov.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

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About Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line is a cruise travel company with a 44-year history. Today, Norwegian has 11 purpose-built Freestyle Cruising ships, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed cruise vacation. Norwegian's largest 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. Cirque Dreams & Dinner is also featured on board Norwegian Epic as the first show of its kind at sea under a big top.

For more information about an NCL cruise please contact a Freestyle Certified Specialist at Cruising2Europe.com #1-800-738-8837.

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October 28, 2010

Americans Work Hard At Relaxing - Vacationers More Likely To Get Up Early Than Sleep In

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New Survey Reveals Relaxation Habits

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (October 25, 2010) - Most relaxing Americans put a priority on having fun rather than sleeping while they are vacationing, according to a recent relaxation survey commissioned by Princess Cruises. With the busy holiday travel season upon us, many Americans may be looking for a little rest and relaxation in between, which, according to the survey findings, means different things to different people.

The Princess Cruises "Relaxation Report" uncovered some surprising insights as to how Americans pursue leisure. The "Report" showed that 55% of vacationers preferred to get up early rather than sleep in on vacation, while 44% chose to sleep late.

Besides putting a priority on leisure time versus sleep time, the "Relaxation Report" also reveals that 6 out of 10 Americans prefer a spontaneous, go-with-the-flow itinerary rather than a set-schedule of activities while on vacation (selected by 38%). And, two-thirds (67%) of Americans prefer to relax on the beach rather than at the pool (26%). To aid in relaxation, Americans choose reading (25%), having a drink (20%) and listening to music (19%).

Princess Cruises, one of the best-known names in cruising, fielded the survey to gain some insights into relaxation habits while on vacation. "Because Princess is committed to providing our passengers a relaxing and rejuvenating vacation experience, we thought it would be fun to get some feedback about just what helps people relax during their precious time off," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president.
Men vs. Women
The "Relaxation Report" also uncovered clear differences between how men and women relax. Men prefer to start their vacation day by getting up early (58%) rather than sleeping in (41%), while women are divided, with 51% preferring to rise early and 47% preferring to sleep in and catch some Z's. Men prefer to relax by having a drink (25%), reading (18%) and listening to music (17%). Women, on the other hand, prefer to relax by reading (32%), listening to music (21%) and by having a drink (15%). When drinking on vacation, men prefer beer over wine (41% vs. 27%, respectively), while women prefer a glass of wine over a beer (45% vs. 27%, respectively). Also, more men than women choose watching TV (15% vs. 11%, respectively) and exercising (15% vs. 9%, respectively) as ways to aid in their relaxation.

Despite their differences, men and women have their agreements too. Both men and women choose country music as their favorite vacation tunes (25% and 22%, respectively), both prefer viewing a sunset (65% and 67%) over a sunrise (30% among both genders) and would rather relax on the beach (68% vs. 60%) than at the pool (25% vs. 26%).

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Country is King
When it comes to tunes, country music was the clear winner with 24% of Americans preferring those songs over all else, followed in popularity by soft rock (21%), classical (17%), jazz (13%) and pop (12%).

Turn Off and Power Down
Contrary to popular belief, while mindlessly surfing the Internet or flipping through the television may sound like good ways to relax, in reality Americans couldn't disagree more. Most Americans (97%) do not choose the Internet or the television (87%) as primary ways to relax while on vacation.

East vs. West
When asked to choose between viewing a sunset or a sunrise while on vacation, the responses varied based on where Americans reside. While 4 in 10 adults from the Northeast (40%) would rather see a sunrise, less than 1 in 3 of those in the Midwest (29%), in the South (27%) or in the West (27%) would choose dawn over dusk. There are also some regional differences when it comes to vacation reading preferences. A larger proportion of adults from the Midwest would rather read a magazine (47%) than would adults from the West (37%), the South (36%) and the Northeast (35%). Conversely, those from the Northeast (59%), the West (56%) and the South (54%) are more likely to choose a book than those from the Midwest (45%).

Vacation Barometer
How do you know when it's time to take a vacation? Americans identified three key factors that lead to a getaway: being tired (30%), cranky (28%) and restless (22%).

About the Survey
The "Relaxation Report," commissioned by Princess Cruises, is based on findings from an Ipsos poll conducted Aug. 26, 2010 - Sept. 12, 2010 (due to the Labor Day holiday, no interviews were conducted between Sept. 1 and Sept. 8). For the survey, a nationally representative sample of 2,000 randomly-selected adults aged 18 and over residing in the U.S., was interviewed by telephone via Ipsos' U.S. Telephone Express omnibus. With a sample of this size, the results are considered accurate within 2.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, of what they would have been had the entire population of adults in the U.S. been polled.

About Princess Cruises
One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise and tour company operating a fleet of 17 modern ships renowned for their innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and amenities, all provided in an environment of exceptional customer service. A recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess carries 1.3 million passengers each year to destinations around the globe on cruises ranging in length from seven to 107 days. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE:CCL; NYSE:CUK).

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About Ipsos
Ipsos Public Affairs is a non-partisan, objective, survey-based research practice made up of seasoned professionals. Ipsos conducts strategic research initiatives for a diverse number of American and international organizations, based not only on public opinion research, but elite stakeholder, corporate, and media opinion research.

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

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October 27, 2010

Celebrity Cruises and Miami Dolphins Team Up to Win Fight Against Breast Cancer 25 survivors to be honored on field and on stylish new 'Celebrity Eclipse'

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Miami - (October 20, 2010 ) - Two leading Miami-based organizations - one which entertains and energizes consumers on land, the other which entertains and offers restorative premium vacations at sea - have united in the fight against breast cancer. Top-rated premium cruise line Celebrity Cruises has teamed with the Miami Dolphins to raise awareness of the importance of finding a cure for the devastating disease.

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The two organizations - each recognized for their ongoing efforts for and devotion to the cause - will identify through the UM Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center 25 breast cancer survivors in South Florida and honor them with some of the best experiences both Celebrity Cruises and the Dolphins have to offer.

This Sunday, these women will be honored by Celebrity Cruises and the Miami Dolphins in a special pre-game ceremony at the Dolphins' home game, walking the orange carpet at Sun Life Stadium and being individually introduced to the tens of thousands of "Finatics" in attendance. At game time, they will be hosted by Celebrity Cruises and Miami Dolphins executives at an exclusive reception in the stadium's Ford Sideline Club & Lounge to cheer on the Dolphins as they take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. Then, when Celebrity's newest Solstice Class ship - Celebrity Eclipse - debuts in Miami in November, the 25 honorees will be treated to a complimentary, celebratory cruise experience hosted by Celebrity's President & CEO Dan Hanrahan and the ship's Godmother, highly accomplished ocean-racing yachtswoman and author Emma Pontin, herself a survivor of the disease and outspoken advocate for the cause. "All of us at Celebrity Cruises are honored to have the opportunity to host these incredible women who have endured so much, and have emerged victorious. These 25 represent all of the women who are winning this difficult battle daily, and we salute their bravery," said Celebrity's President and CEO Dan Hanrahan. "We also are honored and thrilled to partner with the Miami Dolphins in extending both of our organizations' continuing commitment to raise awareness of the great importance of finding a cure for this disease."

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"We salute Celebrity Cruises for their generosity toward these valiant women who are an inspiration to all of us," said Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee. "We look forward to celebrating their triumph against this insidious disease by rolling out the orange carpet for them at our next home game."

Prior to game day, check out the 25 women's heroic personal stories and profiles in a web-based pictorial tribute at Miami Dolphins website and on social media channels.

On Celebrity Eclipse, the honorees will enjoy the host of attributes that have become synonymous with Celebrity's Solstice Class ships, including the hip "Celebrity iLounge" that made Celebrity Cruises the industry's first Authorized Apple Reseller; "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; 10 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, 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 custom aerial production shows and live music; 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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Celebrity Cruises is designed for discerning cruisers, with modern, sophisticated environments, impeccable service, enriching and inspiring onboard programs, and award-winning cuisine. The ultimate in premium cruising, Celebrity sails in Alaska, Australia/New Zealand, Bermuda, California, Canada/New England, Europe, Hawaii, 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, Australia/New Zealand, 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 10 ships. Its $3.7-billion investment in building five stylish Solstice Class ships between 2008-2012 represents the largest five-year investment in premium cruising. For more information, contact a Celebrity Five Star Agent at Cruising2Alaska.com #1-800-738-8837.

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October 26, 2010

Pop2Life sets the stage for "The Allure of Taylor Swift" Onboard Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas

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Creative Marketing & Promotion Company Presents Special Performance Onboard the World's Largest and Most Revolutionary Cruise Ship

October 21, 2010 (New York, NY) - While global audiences eagerly await Taylor Swift's third album Speak Now, launching on Monday, Oct. 25, 2010, dedicated fans also can look forward to seeing Taylor Swift perform live onboard the world's newest and largest ship. The four-time Grammy award-winner Taylor Swift will perform onboard Royal Caribbean International's highly anticipated Allure of the Seas in the ship's signature AquaTheater, an amphitheater-style space with an ocean view, on Friday, Jan. 21, 2011. To date, the first single released from Speak Now, entitled "Mine," has sold more than 1 million copies.

Big Machine Records, Clear Channel Radio, Pop2Life and Royal Caribbean International are banding together to give 100 lucky winners (and their invited guests) access to a rare performance by Taylor Swift and an unparalleled cruise vacation onboard Allure of the Seas, seven-night Western Caribbean cruise, Sunday Jan. 16 - Jan. 23. Debuting December 1, Allure of the Seas will share the title of the world's largest and most revolutionary cruise ship with sister-ship Oasis of the Seas, and boast Royal Caribbean's unique neighborhood concept - seven themed areas providing guests with the opportunity to seek out a variety of relevant experiences based on their personal styles, preferences or moods. The ship also will bring to life one-of-a-kind onboard entertainment, including a DreamWorks experience complete with parades, ice shows and a "Madagascar" themed AquaTheater show, in addition to the Broadway hit "Chicago: The Musical." Additional perks of this grand prize for Taylor enthusiasts and their guests include VIP seating in the AquaTheater for the concert, a special welcome reception onboard Allure of the Seas, roundtrip flights and transportation to the ship's homeport of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as well as the coveted confirmed accommodations for Allure's one-of-a-kind vacation.

To enter "The Allure of Taylor Swift" radio and online sweepstakes, listeners need to tune-in to participating Clear Channel radio stations across the country, weekdays, Monday, Oct 18 - Friday, Oct. 29; pay attention for the "The Allure of Taylor Swift" keyword; and submit the keyword via text message or online at the local station's Web site. National radio show "On Air with Ryan Seacrest" is also rallying audiences for this one-of-a-kind concert and inviting hopeful concert-goers to enter online at www.ryanseacrest.com, Monday, Oct. 18 - Sunday, Oct. 24. Lastly, consumers can enter online at www.TheAllureofTaylor.com. Fans wanting to book their Taylor Swift experience aboard Allure of the Seas' January 16th sailing, can visit www.royalcaribbean.com and click on "The Allure of Taylor Swift" banner, or call (877) 722-5266. Complete list of participating stations is available at www.theallureoftaylor.com/stations and www.royalcaribbean.com.

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Taylor Swift is a four-time GRAMMY winner, the top-selling digital artist in music history, has had singles top both the Country and Pop radio charts, and had the #1 best-selling album in any genre of music in 2009. This year, at the age of 20, she became the youngest artist in history to win the music industry's highest honor, the GRAMMY Award for Album of the Year. Also at the 2010 GRAMMYs, she took home the awards for Country Album of the Year, Best Country Song, and Best Country Female Vocal Performance. Her 6x-Platinum FEARLESS album is the most awarded album in Country music history.

In 2009, she was named Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards, and also became the youngest artist in the 43-year history of the Country Music Association to be awarded country music's top prize when she took home the CMA Award for Entertainer of the Year.

Taylor, whose career record sales now top 13 million albums and 25 million song downloads, just this month set a new Billboard record for the most Top 10 Hot 100 debuts in the chart's history. She also holds the Billboard all-genre records for most first-week downloads by a female artist, for the longest charting album of this century and for most Top 20 debuts in a calendar year, as well as the Billboard record for the largest overall airplay audience for a country-based act.

About Allure of the Seas Allure of the Seas shares the title of the world's largest and most revolutionary cruise ship with sistership Oasis of the Seas. With a cache of new distinct onboard activities and amenities, Allure of the Seas offers one-of-a-kind entertainment performances, culinary concepts, retail venues and technology innovations. An architectural marvel at sea, Allure's neighborhoods are divided into seven distinct themed areas, which include Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone. She spans 16 decks, encompasses 225,282 gross registered tons, carries 5,400 guests at double occupancy, and features 2,700 staterooms. Allure of the Seas alternates 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.

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About Pop2Life
With its core business in the entertainment industry, Pop2Life, based in New York City, specializes in creating exciting promotion and marketing initiatives that integrate music, television, radio, movies, sports and other pop culture brands to create unique consumer experiences that drive brand awareness and priceless word-of-mouth buzz. Clients include MTV Networks, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Clear Channel, Showtime Networks, FOX, Warner Brothers, Comedy Central, CBS Radio, and virtually all of the major record labels. www.pop2life.com.

About Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand with 21 ships currently in service and one under construction. The line also offers unique cruisetour land packages in Alaska, Dubai, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and South America. For additional information or to make reservations, contact a Royal Caribbean Cruise Specialist at Cruising2Paradise.com #1-800-738-8837.

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October 25, 2010

Norwegian To Build Two New Next Generation Freestyle Cruising Ships

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MEYER WERFT to deliver ships in spring 2013 and 2014

Miami - Oct 25, 2010 - Following the successful launch of Norwegian Epic, the Company's largest and most innovative ship to date, Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that it has reached an agreement with MEYER WERFT GMBH of Germany to build two new next generation Freestyle Cruising ships for delivery in spring 2013 and spring 2014, respectively. Each of the 143,500 gross ton vessels, the largest passenger/cruise ships to be built in Germany, will have approximately 4,000 passenger berths and a rich cabin mix. Additional details about each ship's new and exciting features will be released as construction progresses. The contract price for the two vessels is approximately 1.2 billion. The Company has committed financing in place from a syndicate of banks for export credit financing in connection with this project.

"We have always been focused on a disciplined approach to capacity growth. Our decision to add two new ships reflects the significant progress we have made in improving our operating performance and repositioning the Company over the last several years, as well as the strong market demand we are seeing for Norwegian Epic and our other ships," said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line's chief executive officer. "Building on the incredible success and popularity of Norwegian Epic, we are taking the best of what our newest ship has to offer, as well as drawing on our legacy of innovation in the cruise industry, in creating a new class of Freestyle Cruising vessel that is sure to provide our guests with the unparalleled freedom and flexibility they have come to expect on a Norwegian cruise."

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"We are excited to be returning to MEYER WERFT and are confident that their rich ship building history and expertise will bring our vision to fruition," added Sheehan. MEYER WERFT, based in Papenburg, Germany, most recently built Norwegian's four Jewel-class ships Norwegian Gem delivered in 2007, Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Jade delivered in 2006, and Norwegian Jewel delivered in 2005. These new vessels are the eighth and ninth that the Company will build with MEYER WERFT.

"Norwegian Cruise Line and MEYER WERFT have a long history of working together. We are thrilled to continue our partnership. Our teams work very well together and we are looking forward to building this new, exciting and innovative class of vessels," said Bernard Meyer, managing partner of MEYER WERFT. "In addition, the 21,000 employees of the yard and its supplier companies involved in the construction of the ships appreciate the new project from one of our longstanding customers."

Norwegian Cruise Line pioneered the concept of Freestyle Cruising and currently offers guests the freedom and flexibility to enjoy their cruise vacation on their own terms, including multiple dining venues, relaxed attire, a variety of accommodations and world-class entertainment. The Company took Freestyle Cruising to the next level with the introduction of Norwegian Epic in June 2010. The 4,100 passenger vessel has been called the "entertainment ship" with a variety of shows and venues that trump land-based resorts like those found in Las Vegas. Headliners include Blue Man Group, Cirque Dreams & Dinner, Legends in Concert, The Second City Comedy Troupe, Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos and Slam Allen Blues Band. In addition, the ship features Nickelodeon at Sea as part of its wide-range of family offerings. Further innovations include the largest spa at sea, the first true ice bar at sea and The Studios, which are staterooms designed and priced for solo travelers, along with The Villas, the largest suite complex at sea.

"We are bringing this spirit of innovation to these two new build ships, as Norwegian continues to offer our guests new and exciting ways to enjoy their Freestyle Cruising vacation," said Sheehan.

*Source: Economic Research Institute of Lower Saxony, Hanover 2010


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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.

For further information on Norwegian Cruise Line, contact a Fresstyle Certified Specialist at Cruising2Europe.com #1-800-738-8837.

About MEYER WERFT GmbH Founded in 1795, Papenburg-based MEYER WERFT has been owned by the sixth generation of the Meyer family. This well-established company has approximately 2,500 employees. MEYER WERFT's extensive production program covers a wide range of ship types, from cruise ships, gas tankers, livestock carriers to car and passenger ferries. In order to stay successful in worldwide competition, production technology has been continuously improved and extended. Today, MEYER WERFT has the most modern production premises in the shipbuilding industry. For more information, go to www.meyerwerft.com.

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October 22, 2010

Norwegian Cruise Line Launches Epic Moments Video Contest

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Winning video receives a cruise for two on Norwegian Epic

Miami - Oct 21, 2010 - Norwegian Cruise Line announces the launch of its "Epic Moments" video contest (www.ncl.com/myepicmoment), where cruisers create short YouTube videos of their vacation on board the line's newest and most innovative ship Norwegian Epic for a chance to win a Caribbean cruise for two in a balcony stateroom on board the ship.

Cruisers can enter by uploading their vacation videos to YouTube as a video response to the contest overview video by Julie Valeriote, Norwegian Epic's entertainment director. Every two weeks for the next nine weeks, Norwegian will choose which video is the Epic Moment Semi-Finalist for that period. In mid-February, the 10 semi-finalists will be featured on Norwegian's YouTube channel and www.ncl.com and the public will have a chance to vote for their favorite Epic Moment. The video with the most number of thumbs-up on YouTube will win a seven-day Caribbean cruise for two in a balcony stateroom on Norwegian Epic.

"Freestyle Cruising gives our guests incredible freedom and flexibility on board our ships to enjoy their cruise vacation on their own terms," said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line chief executive officer. "Our newest ship, Norwegian Epic, takes Freestyle Cruising to the next level giving countless opportunities for couples, families and solo travelers alike to indulge in vacation moments of a lifetime. We look forward to seeing them come to life through our Epic Moments video contest."

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The first of 10 semi-finalist videos will be chosen on or around November 8, 2010 and will follow with nine more semi-finalists being announced every two weeks. To submit an Epic Moment video, head to www.ncl.com/myepicmoment.

Norwegian Epic sails alternating seven-day cruises to the Eastern and Western Caribbean from Miami, Florida from July 2010 through April 2011. Eastern Caribbean ports of call include Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and Nassau, Bahamas. Western Caribbean ports of call include Costa Maya, Mexico; Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras; and Cozumel, Mexico.

To book a cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line contact a Freestyle Certified 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.

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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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October 21, 2010

Travel Agent and Cunard Set the Stage for First Marriage Proposal On Board Queen Elizabeth

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20 October 2010 - The Theatre Boxes in Queen Elizabeth's Royal Court Theatre were packed for the dazzling new production show, "A Slice of Saturday Night," on a recent evening during the ship's current Maiden Voyage. And as Entertainment Director Alastair Greener recounts in the latest edition of his blog, WeAreCunard.com, guests seated in box number six were about to enjoy an especially memorable night.

A few months ago, Greener was contacted by Susan Mirabito, travel operations manager for Travel Network in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, to enlist the ship's assistance with a special request. Jim McCracken, mayor of neighboring Freedom Township, wanted to propose to his girlfriend, Lisa Lehman from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, during the voyage.

The ship happily complied and reserved a table in The Verandah, to be followed with a reserved Theatre Box later that evening. Jim shared that he had met Lisa at a business conference and that they were partnered in a group leadership class. As part of an exercise, they were directed to look into each other's eyes for fifteen seconds. Jim said it was definitely love at first sight, and so he wished to recreate the moment as part of his proposal.

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As the performance in the theatre came to an end, Jim asked Lisa to look into his eyes for fifteen seconds - at which point he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. Of course, she said yes.

"I cannot say enough about the Cunard staff and how responsive they were to my requests for Jim. Great lengths were taken to insure that Lisa was truly surprised," said Mirabito. "The evening was beyond the expectations of Jim and me, and I am most appreciative of the attention Cunard provided to facilitate this memorable occasion. This is a story that I am certain will be passed down from generation to generation," she added.

Jim and Lisa have their first job as an engaged couple this Friday, as they have been asked to witness the Renewal of Vows Ceremony of another couple at their dinner table!

Cunard wishes the couple every happiness, and is proud that the Line's Queen Elizabeth could be a part of this wonderful new beginning in their life together.

For more information and to book a voyage aboard Queen Elizabeth, contact a Cunard Specialist at Cruising2Europe.com #1-800-738-8837.

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October 20, 2010

Top Producing Travel Agents Celebrate the Royal Naming of Cunard's Queen Elizabeth

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19 October 2010 - Thirty-seven top producing U.S. travel agents travelled to Southampton, England to attend the Royal Naming Ceremony and related festivities of Cunard Line's new Queen Elizabeth on 11 October. The group gathered in the ship's Grand Lobby shortly after Her Majesty The Queen christened the liner in front of more than 1,500 invited guests.

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Joining some of the top Cunard agents are Cunard executives Jan Swartz, executive vice president of sales, marketing and customer service; as well as Elena Rodriguez, director of charter and incentive sales/national accounts, and Anthony Viciana, regional sales director.

The group posed under the Grand Lobby's signature art installation depicting the original Queen Elizabeth. The 18 and a half foot panel was crafted by renowned marquetry artist David Linley, son of the late Princess Margaret and famed photographer, Lord Snowden, and also the only nephew of
Her Majesty The Queen.

Also pictured are Valerie Wilson of Valerie Wilson Travel, Inc. with the commissioned portrait of Her Majesty The Queen, and Mark Kammerer of Virtuoso with the Linley marquetry panel.

For more information and to book a voyage aboard Queen Elizabeth, contact a Cunard Specialist at Cruising2Europe.com #1-800-738-8837.

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October 19, 2010

Norwegian Parties in Pink to Promote Breast Cancer Awareness

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Norwegian's fleet-wide White Hot Party turns pink for the month of October

Miami - Oct 14, 2010 - Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that their popular fleet-wide White Hot Party, the line's signature dance party, on board its Freestyle Cruising ships turns pink for the month of October to help commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The White Hot Party is a heavenly theme party held on board Norwegian's ships where guests come dressed in head-to-toe white. The party's Angel Dancers keep the crowd moving late into the night in spectacular venues including the aft outdoor beach club Spice H2O on Norwegian Epic; Norwegian Sky's vast pool deck, as well as the Bliss Ultra Lounge. The party takes place once per cruise and features specialty cocktails such as the Angeltini and the Heavenly Coladatini.

The usual White Hot Party t-shirts sold in the on-board gift shops will be available in the well-known pink color to help spread the word on fighting breast cancer. The limited edition Pink Hot Party t-shirts will be available on board throughout the month of October for $18 each with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure Miami/Ft. Lauderdale.

"Breast cancer affects more than 1.3 million women a year, so it is a cause that continues to need attention and one that everyone can support," said Kevin Sheehan, chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. "It's a great way for our ships, crew and guests to all be a part of spreading awareness."

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Nine of the line's 11 Freestyle Cruising ships are participating, including: Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Sky, Norwegian Spirit, Norwegian Star, Norwegian Sun and Pride of America.

The Susan G. Komen Foundation is dedicated to the education and research about causes, treatment and the search for a cure. They have invested over $1.5 billion in finding a cure for breast cancer.

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.

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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.

For more information or to book a Norwegian Cruise Line cruise vacation, contact a Freestyle Certified Specialist at Cruising2Alaska.com #1-800-738-8837.

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October 18, 2010

Azamara Quest Observes 500-year old tradition in Kotor Bay

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Miami - (October 14, 2010 ) - MIAMI, September 23, 2010 - As Azamara Quest departed Kotor, Montenegro, on Sept. 17, the ship's crew revived a 500-year old tradition - the placing of a stone on the island of the Lady of the Rock. Cheered on by guests, Azamara Quest's landing party, led by Staff Captain Panos Panagopoulos and Hotel Director Ryszard Gussman, exchanged gifts with Monsignor Srecko Majic, who presides over the church, and placed within the church a stone, painted Azamara Blue depicting the ship and inscribed with its name and the date.

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"This tradition observed by our crew reflects Azamara's core mission of destination immersion," said Larry Pimentel, president and CEO Azamara Club Cruises. "We offer guests the opportunity to 'live' unique destinations and we deliver those destinations uniquely."

The endeavor began when the Azamara Club Cruises' crew learned the origins of the island, where local fisherman from Perast found an icon of the Virgin and Christ on what was then a small rock in 1452. Since then, sailors venturing to sea made an offering for a safe voyage by adding a stone or small rock, leading to the formation of the only artificial island in the Adriatic and the base of the current Church of the Lady of the Rock.

Azamara Club Cruises is a destination-immersive cruise line for up-market travelers who want to not only see the places and cultures they visit, but to live them. Azamara's two intimate, 694-guest ships, Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, with a combination of 347 suites and staterooms, offer a European-boutique hotel ambience with extraordinary service, fine cuisine and wines from around the world, and wellness and vitality programs, all while sailing to a host of destinations larger ships cannot reach.

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October 17, 2010

Regent Seven Seas Cruises Best Cruise Line Says Condé Nast Traveler Readers

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Fort Lauderdale, FL - October 13, 2010 - Regent Seven Seas Cruises has been voted the world's best cruise line in the "large-ship" category in the 2010 Conde Nast Traveler readers' poll. The ultra-luxury line's overall score of 92.3, tied with Crystal Cruises.

Regent Seven Seas is the world's only cruise line to include airfare, all-suite accommodations, acclaimed cuisine, open bars, sightseeing excursions, gratuities and taxes for the ultimate, ultra-luxury vacation.

"We are proud to be recognized as the best of the best by discerning Conde Nast Traveler readers," stated Mark Conroy, president, Regent Seven Seas Cruises. "As the world's most inclusive ultra-luxury cruise line, we take great pride in exceeding our guests' expectations every day. I'm biased, for sure, but our shipboard and shore-side staff is without question the finest at sea."

Considered among the travel industry's most coveted honors, the Readers' Choice Awards from Conde Nast Traveler celebrate the best-of-the-best cruise lines, hotels, airlines, cities, rental car companies and islands. Travelers evaluated cruise lines on their Itineraries and Shore Excursions, Accommodations, Food/Dining, Crew/Service, Design/Layout and Activities/Facilities to determine the overall score.

Travel + Leisure magazine readers also ranked Regent Seven Seas among the "Top 10 Large-Ship Cruise Lines" in the world. The results of the magazine's 15th annual World's Best" survey were published in the August issue.

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Regent Seven Seas' fleet is comprised of three all-suite ships that carry from 490 to 700 guests in luxury to ports in Australia, Europe, Asia, Alaska and the Caribbean. Public areas are resplendent with rich fabrics, textures and elegant furnishings. Suites, among the most spacious at sea, measure from 300 to 1,200 square feet and offer elegantly appointed living and sleeping areas, marble bathroom, walk-in closet, flat-screen TV, fully stocked bar and private balcony. Facilities include several bars, a show lounge, intimate casino, library, Internet center, card room, outdoor pool, hot tubs and Canyon Ranch SpaClub. Depending on the ship, guests can choose from up to four, open-seating gourmet restaurants, including Prime 7, a superb, new steakhouse.

To make a reservation, contact a Regent Cruise Specialist at Cruising2Europe.com #1-800-738-8837.

About Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Regent Seven Seas Cruises is the world's only cruise line that includes award-winning service, acclaimed cuisine, premium spirits and fine wine, gratuities and sightseeing excursions in every port for the ultimate ultra-luxury vacation. A fleet of perennially praised and elegantly appointed, all-suite ships operate seven- to 119-night voyages to more than 300 destinations worldwide.

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About Prestige Cruise Holdings
Prestige Cruise Holdings 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 more than 6,500 berths by 2011.

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October 15, 2010

Princess Cruises Will Add Alaska Ship in 2012

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New Optimism about State's Business Climate and Reduced Head Tax Prompts Line to Return Fourth Vessel to Gulf of Alaska Route

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (October 14, 2010) - After two years operating just three ships on its Voyage of the Glaciers route, today Princess Cruises announced that it will be returning a fourth ship to its signature itinerary for the 2012 summer season.

The decision by Princess to increase its Alaska capacity was prompted, in part, by recent changes to the head tax structure in the state and the more balanced approach to doing business in Alaska, according to the line.

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"We are particularly appreciative of the efforts of Governor Sean Parnell and the Alaska state legislature that have resulted in meaningful progress toward resolving the challenges facing Alaska's recovery as a cruise destination," said Alan Buckelew, president and CEO of Princess Cruises. "We still have work to do, but the recent changes definitely played a part in this decision."

Buckelew pointed out that bringing a fourth ship back to the Gulf of Alaska route has wide economic impacts from Southeast Alaska to Prudhoe Bay. "Because the one-way route lends itself to longer visitor stays, with visits to both the interior and Southeast Alaska, we calculate it has twice the potential economic impact of roundtrip cruises," he said.

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"We are especially pleased to be able to announce this additional capacity to our business partners and supporters throughout Alaska who have worked tirelessly to advocate for a more positive business climate," Buckelew added. "They have improved the investment environment for all cruise lines and for all cruise dependent businesses throughout the state."

Princess' Voyage of the Glacier itinerary is the line's most popular Alaska itinerary, taking passengers between Vancouver and Whittier across the Gulf of Alaska with a visit to Glacier Bay and ports of call in the state's southeast. Because many passengers on this one-way route usually spend extra time in Alaska's interior utilizing Princess' lodges, rail and motorcoaches, this itinerary provides significant tourism benefits to the state.

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Full details of Princess' 2012 Alaska deployment will be announced in spring 2011, including which ship will be added to the lineup.

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

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October 14, 2010

Norwegian Sun to Homeport in Port Canaveral

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The ship will offer seven-day cruises to the Caribbean through 2012

Miami - Oct 13, 2010 - Norwegian Cruise Line's 1,936-guest Norwegian Sun will call Port Canaveral (Orlando) home when the ship arrives on Saturday, October 16, 2010. The ship, purpose-built for Freestyle Cruising, will sail alternating seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises departing every Saturday from October 16, 2010 through April 7, 2011. The ship then heads to Copenhagen, Denmark to sail nine-day Baltic Capitals cruises from May through September 2011 after which Norwegian Sun sails her cruises from Port Canaveral through April 2012.

Guests can extend their vacation in Florida with easy access to pre- and post-cruise shore excursions. Those looking for an outdoor adventure can enjoy a scenic airboat tour within the heart of the Central Florida Everglades, kayak through the eco-trails of the Indian River, or spot native wildlife from a pontoon boat. Fast-paced excitement can be found at any number of amusement parks from Universal Studios to Walt Disney World Resort, or by spending a day learning how to surf at Cocoa Beach.

"We are always looking for new home ports where it's easy for our guests to be on vacation in a matter of moments. By adding Port Canaveral as one of our home ports, we're able to offer our Freestyle Cruising experience to the millions of residents who live in Central Florida and surrounding areas," said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line's chief executive officer. "In addition, Port Canaveral's close proximity to the myriad of theme parks and beaches makes it perfect for a pre- or post-cruise experience."

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"Norwegian Sun represents the next step in a successful, well-established relationship between Norwegian Cruise Line and Port Canaveral that already provides passengers from the Northeast a day to explore the many attractions of Central Florida," said Stan Payne, Port Canaveral CEO. "We are excited about having Norwegian Sun as a homeported vessel so we can proudly show Norwegian passengers the ease of sailing from Port Canaveral."

Norwegian Sun features 14 Freestyle Dining options including Norwegian's signature French restaurant, Le Bistro; 10 bars and lounges; a swimming pool with a kid's pool and five hot tubs; a complimentary kid's club and teen lounge; a casino; a full-service spa and salon; and a fitness center offering state-of-the-art exercise equipment.

Norwegian Sun's extensive choice of accommodations is suitable for families on vacation to couples on a romantic getaway. Families of all sizes can choose from a large number of staterooms (including suites and mini-suites) that can interconnect to create multiple bedroom configurations, with a separate bathroom and shower. Couples may unwind in the luxurious Romance Suite with floor-to-ceiling doors that open to a private balcony, bedroom with queen-sized bed, and full bath with tub and shower.

Norwegian Sun's seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruise will stop in Nassau, Bahamas; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten. The ship's seven-day Western Caribbean cruise will call in Cozumel, Mexico; Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala; Belize City, Belize and Key West, Florida. The two itineraries can be easily combined to create a port-rich 14-day Caribbean tour for guests looking for a longer cruise escape. Beginning May 2011, Norwegian Sun will spend her summer in Europe sailing from Copenhagen, Denmark, for the first time in the company's history, embarking on 15 nine-day Baltic Capitals cruises. Ports of call include: Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany; Tallinn, Estonia; an overnight in St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm (Nynashamn), Sweden.

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To book a cruise on Norwegian Sun contact a Freestyle Certified 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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October 13, 2010

Princess Cruises Introduces 16 New Shore Excursions for 2010/2011 Caribbean and Panama Canal Cruise Seasons

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Passengers Can Explore Caves, Watch for Monkeys or Visit a Cocoa Plantation

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (October 11, 2010) - As Princess Cruises ships begin to return to the Caribbean this month for the fall cruise season, they will also introduce 16 new shore excursion options for passengers, including a series of "Connoisseur" tours with smaller groups for a more personal experience. Options range from hiking mountains to exploring caves, and watching monkeys to discovering a cocoa plantation.

The new tours are part of the approximately 550 shore excursion options available in 38 Caribbean ports during the season. Among the new offerings are a selection of Connoisseur excursions, special tours with smaller groups and unique experiences, including visits to exclusive resorts, tours of private estates and even the experience of sailing in a yacht race. Family groups will also find new tours designed especially with kids in mind, including a pirate ship adventure and boogie boarding lessons.

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"The local tour operators we work with continue to develop such wonderful ways for passengers to make the most of their time in the islands, and we're happy to be able to offer these new options," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president.

Some of the new excursion options include:

Tobago Cocoa Discovery (Tobago)
At its peak, Trinidad and Tobago produced 75 million pounds of cocoa annually, 20 percent of the world's supply. This new agro-tourism heritage excursion takes passengers on a walking tour through the Tobago Cocoa Estate overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Participants can learn about the history of the cocoa industry plus visit a mud oven and a cocoa house where the cocoa is dried.

Harrison's Cave & Scenic Drive (Barbados)
Considered one of the Caribbean's top natural attractions, Harrison's Cave was recently redeveloped for easier access. The magnificent crystallized limestone cavern surrounds visitors with stunning stalactites and stalagmites. Passengers will see the 50-foot "Great Hall" chamber and the cave's thunderous 40-foot waterfall that cascades into a blue-green lake.

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Bonaire Exploration (Bonaire)
They look like mountains of snow ... but they are actually mounds of salt. The Bonaire salt flats are one of the dramatic attractions on this new island tour. Passengers take an eye-opening trip along the south coast where they can enjoy the view. After a tour of the salt flats, the adventure continues as passengers explore the area of Washikemba with its giant cactus, wild donkeys, iguanas and birds.

Hiking Christoffel Mountain (Curacao)
Curacao's largest national park and conservation area, Christoffel Park consists of three former plantations and is filled with flora and fauna ... and numerous hiking trails. The park's most challenging hike is a three-hour trek to the island's highest point (1,239 feet) where hikers can enjoy dramatic views across the island.

Monkey Watch & Canal Nature Cruise (Fuerte Amador, Panama)
From the Panama Canal's Gatun Lake passengers travel into a labyrinth of islands in search of monkeys and other native animals. In this protected area visitors will likely encounter capuchin monkeys, three-toed sloths, howler monkeys, various kinds of toucans, as well as caimans, crocodiles, turtles, and a wealth of butterflies. Trained naturalist guides ensure that participants see and understand all that they spot.

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Fort San Lorenzo & Gatun Locks (Panama Canal)
Fort San Lorenzo is one of the most complete and largest of the forts built in Panama, full of pirate history and amazing views. The 16th-century fortress sits high on the cliff that overlooks both the Atlantic and the entrance to the Chagres River. Passengers will learn the history of the buccaneers and Captain
Morgan's attack. Passengers will also get to visit the Gatun Locks observation area where they have a close-up look at the operation of the Canal's largest set of locks.

Playa El Coco Beach Break (San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua)
Secluded, unspoiled Coco Beach is one of Nicaragua's best beaches. Passengers will enjoy a day of fun in the sun, plus get to taste the national drink - Macua, made with white rum and fruit juices. Active passengers can rent boogie boards, surf boards and bicycles.

Jost Van Dyke Beach Adventure (Tortola, BVI)
Just four miles long, with fewer than 200 inhabitants, Jost Van Dyke is truly the "barefoot" island known for its laid-back lifestyle and white-sand beaches. Passengers will land on the glorious beach of White Bay just as the early settlers did - directly onto the sand. The beach is lined with bars but the most notable is the Soggy Dollar Bar, named for the condition of the money from sailors who swam ashore.

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New Family Tours - Perfect for family groups, these tours include special activities just for young cruisers.

Family Fun, Beach & Nature Walk (St. Maarten)
This family-friendly outing visits unspoiled Guana Bay Beach, located on the Atlantic coast of St. Maarten. Wave action here is ideal for body surfing and boogie-boarding, and one of the guides will take charge of the young ones boogie board lessons. Adults can participate as well or watch the action. The whole family then sets off on a sightseeing nature walk along an old plantation trail offering panoramic views.

Pirate Schooner to Turtle Cove (St. Thomas, USVI)
Do pirates really say "Arrgghhhh?" Family members can find out when they step aboard the classic schooner "Bones" for some high seas fun. All swabbies are invited to take a nice long walk down the short plank for a "wee" dip in Turtle Cove. The friendly, motley crew provides snorkel equipment. On the fun sail back to St. Thomas kids can become an honorary captain and take a turn at the wheel. "Pirates" will come home with a tattoo, eye-patch and a souvenir photo.

New Connoisseur Tours - These special excursions offer intimate, exclusive experiences to groups no larger than 20 passengers. Each includes unique experiences not offered on other tours, with some also including an upscale dining experience.

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"America's Cup 12-Metre" Yacht Race (Cozumel)
Passengers can "compete" in an actual simulated race around a shortened "America's Cup" course, and under the watchful eyes of the experienced crew, are invited to participate in the thrill of sailing these fabulous "greyhounds of the sea." Each guest is offered a small task and is given instruction by the crewmembers.

A Hacienda Experience (Limon, Costa Rica)
This memorable cultural experience features a visit to a unique family-owned, century-old hacienda, nestled in the mountains near San Jose, Costa Rica. The hacienda serves as a home and boutique guest house capturing expansive views of the Central Valley and magnificent Reventazon River. Participants will learn about the colonial days and the processing of sugarcane, coffee, and macadamia nuts.

Carara National Park & Villa Caletas (Puntarenas, Costa Rica)
This tour combines a nature walk through a national park and lunch at a superb mountain retreat. Carara National Park, one of the most famous in Costa Rica, has one of the world's largest populations of wild scarlet macaws. Naturalists lead passengers on a two-hour walk filled with a variety of bird life. Next is lunch at Villa Caletas, a one-of-a-kind mountain boutique resort nestled 1,150 feet above the Pacific.

The Magnificent Pitons at Ladera Resort (St. Lucia)
Views of the awe-inspiring Pitons are combined with an unforgettable lunch at the Caribbean's #1 resort hotel in this excursion option. Passengers will travel through the rolling countryside of St. Lucia's lush western coast, including a UNESCO World Heritage Site management area. Participants visit the famous Ladera Resort, where they'll have lunch enjoying the commanding view of the twin Pitons mountains.

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Six Princess ships will visit more than 25 ports throughout the idyllic Caribbean in 2010-11, with 14 itinerary choices. In addition three ships sail on Panama Canal routes, with a variety of itinerary options, including the two-day Canal Experience for more time to explore Panama.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available by contacting a Cruise Specialist at Cruising2Paradise.com #1-800-738-8837.

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October 11, 2010

More Exotic Routes Set for Crystal's 2012 Itineraries

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Celebrating an unprecedented 16 years of awards as the #1 cruise line in the world, luxury specialist Crystal Cruises announces its 2012 deployment with an increased presence abroad.

Among 68 global itineraries for the award-winning Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity are such new offerings as:

94-day "Epic Islands and Empires" Pacific Rim World Cruise through Hawaii, the South Pacific, eastern and western Australia, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Russia, Alaska, British Columbia and San Francisco, including a three-day inclusive overland adventure in Beijing; a maiden call in Newcastle, Australia; and a return to South Korea for the first time since 1994;

Christmas/New Year cruises in Australia/New Zealand and the Mediterranean;

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Expanded collection Mediterranean itineraries including late fall options;

Expanded collection of Baltic and Northern European cruises;

More seven-day cruises in the Mediterranean and New England/Canada, as well as a seven-day Thanksgiving voyage through the Mexican Riviera;

Transatlantic cruises from New York to London and from Miami to Lisbon, which can be combined with European cruises;

Late fall cruises in the South Pacific and New Zealand;

More overnight stays in destinations including Ashdod, Reykjavik, Odessa, Honfleur and Hamburg, Edinburgh, Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Istanbul, Venice, Sorrento, Bordeaux, as well as destinations throughout Asia, Australia and South America.

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"Each year we meticulously craft future itineraries for our huge base of repeat guests, as well as the most discerning luxury travelers who are new to Crystal and new to luxury cruising," says Crystal President Gregg Michel. "Whether one is planning a single vacation getaway, a family reunion, or several weeks or months of Crystal experiences, our 2012 cruise collection offers a wealth of intriguing - and even unexpected - choices for today's global cruise market."

Complete day-by-day itineraries for 2012 will be available after October 30, 2010.

Distinguished by unparalleled service, abundant space, extensive choices, superior quality, and exceptional value, Crystal Cruises has been voted "World's Best" by the readers of Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler more than any other cruise line, hotel or resort in history.

For more information and reservations for 2010, 2011 and/or pre-reservations for 2012, please contact a Crystal Specialist at Cruising2Paradise.com #1-800-738-8837.

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October 08, 2010

MSC Poesia Earns a Perfect Score during her Maiden-Call in Quebec

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (October 4, 2010) - Health Canada made a surprise inspection of MSC Poesia during her recent maiden-call in Quebec where she received a perfect score of 100 after the rigorous examination during her inaugural sanitation inspection.

The inspection team from the Workplace Health and Public Safety Program (WHPSP), the Canadian equivalent to the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), said the 100-point score was awarded because of the outstanding state of sanitation, safe food handling, and the general high level of understanding and compliance in the areas of food, water, air and general hygiene onboard MSC Poesia.

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Health Canada officers conducted intense inspections of the food provisioning, storage and preparation areas, the ship's laundry, bars, self-serve buffets, restaurants, warewashing machinery, room service operations, medical and children's centers, as well as its Integrated Pest Management Program, waste management, housekeeping and public area cleanliness, recreational and potable water protection and supply system, air purity controls, and the ship's general procedures to prevent or control illnesses.

Over the years, MSC Cruises' ships sailing in Caribbean waters have consistently earned "Superior" scores on USPH inspections. The last 100-point score for a ship in the Caribbean was earned on the MSC Poesia in May. She earned several during the past Caribbean season.

MSC Cruises practices this policy of going above and beyond daily. One example of MSC's detailed approach to cleanliness involves crew members who empty, disassemble, clean and sanitize every ice machine, 60 per ship, on all of our 11 ships weekly.

Richard E. Sasso, president and CEO of MSC Cruises (USA), said, "Why do we perform so well on these inspections? It's our corporate philosophy to be the most responsible we can be in both safety and environment."

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

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October 07, 2010

Cunard's Grand Celebration of Queen Elizabeth Available to Cruise Fans Worldwide

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Cruise Critic to feature a special highlights video exclusively from Cunard

4 October 2010 - As the world awaits Queen Elizabeth, Cunard Line announces today that Cunarders and cruise enthusiasts will be able to experience the grand celebration of its newest liner, all at the click of a mouse. Cunard and Cruise Critic - one of the most visited online cruise resources - developed a dedicated Queen Elizabeth web page that will feature multimedia content from the Royal Naming Ceremony, including a special highlights video exclusively from Cunard. Visitors to the dedicated page will also have the opportunity for a chance to win a luxury cruise vacation aboard the new liner.

Queen Elizabeth is the second largest Cunarder ever built and joins her sister ship Queen Victoria and flagship Queen Mary 2 as the youngest fleet at sea. Her Majesty The Queen will name the newest Cunard ship in a ceremony that will take place on 11 October 2010 in Southampton, England. Visitors to the dedicated web page will be able to view the grand celebration and intimately experience the newest Queen as videos on her progress and extraordinary features will be available on the web page, along with special highlights footage from the naming ceremony, which will be available following the launch.

"The naming of Queen Elizabeth is a most momentous occasion, and we wanted
to provide Cunard fans worldwide with special access to this historic Cunard and cruise industry milestone," said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line.

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Beyond exploring all the grandeur Queen Elizabeth has to offer, U.S. visitors to the dedicated web page can enter for a chance to win a luxury cruise vacation aboard the elegant new liner through Cunard's Queen Elizabeth Grand Celebration Sweepstakes. The Grand Prize is a five-day roundtrip Southampton England Getaway voyage for two on board Queen Elizabeth. The sweepstakes runs until 18 October and is available on www.cunard.com/QEGrandSweepstakes. One grand prize will be awarded by random drawing by the end of October.

Queen Elizabeth will feature many unique Cunard traditions linking her with her sisters and their predecessors, together with all the modern-day luxuries Cunard's guests have come to expect. There also will be features that will give the vessel her own style and personality.

From the outside, her distinctive black and red livery will hint at an experience that differentiates a Cunard liner from a modern-day cruise ship. This will be most evident in the ship's adherence to liner traditions, with elegant double- and triple-height public rooms on a grand scale, luxuriously endowed with rich wood paneling, intricate mosaics, hand-woven carpets, gleaming chandeliers and cool marbles. Art Deco features will pay homage to the original Queen Elizabeth, reflecting The New Golden Age of Ocean Travel.

Fans and cruise enthusiasts are invited to bookmark the Cruise Critic Queen Elizabeth web page now in order to return on 11 October to view the special highlights video.

For more information and to book a voyage aboard Queen Elizabeth, contact a Cunard Specialist at Cruising2Europe.com #1-800-738-8837.

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October 06, 2010

Princess Cruises to Welcome Renowned Film Critic Leonard Maltin Aboard Coral Princess

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Celebrated Movie Expert to Present Favorite Movies of the Year During December 15 Sailing

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (October 1, 2010) - Renowned Film Critic Leonard Maltin will be sailing aboard Coral Princess' December 15 holiday sailing, and will be presenting his favorite films of 2010 throughout the cruise especially for Princess Cruises passengers.

During this 15-day Panama Canal cruise, movie buffs will be able to view the four films Maltin has dubbed "Leonard's Unsung Favorites of 2010," which he will personally introduce to the audience. Maltin will also lead a discussion of some of the films, will challenge passengers to a film trivia contest and will offer a talk focusing on Hollywood of yesteryear.

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Passengers will be able to view the films on Coral Princess' giant poolside Movies Under the Stars screen or in the Princess Theater.

"Leonard Maltin's wealth of knowledge about the world of film has made him one of the most recognizable movie experts today," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. "Passengers on this Coral Princess voyage are in for a special treat as he shares these hand-picked films with them."

Maltin's appearance is an extension of Princess' exclusive Leonard Maltin Movie Club. This fleetwide club invites passengers to view a specially selected film onboard. Each month, a new movie is featured, with a special video introduction from Mr. Maltin. Later, cruise staff members host a gathering for passengers featuring a group discussion of the film, guided by questions and trivia from Mr. Maltin. The one-hour club meeting is open to all passengers.

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For passengers who want to further enjoy films in their stateroom, the Leonard Maltin Movie Channel on the ship's television system will feature a selection of contemporary, classic and animated movies specially selected by Mr. Maltin.

Leonard Maltin is one of the country's most recognized and respected film critics and historians. He may be best known as the resident film buff on the popular syndicated program "Entertainment Tonight," where he has appeared since 1982. However, long before he became a familiar face on television, his annual paperback "Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide" established his reputation; he was 18 when the first edition was published. He has also published numerous other books and articles, and teaches at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. In addition, Mr. Maltin has created television specials and DVDs on film topics, currently hosts the weekly program "Secret's Out" on ReelzChannel, and introduces movies on DirecTV.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available by contacting a Princess Expert at Cruising2Europe.com #1-800-738-8837.

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October 05, 2010

Princess Cruises Announces Winners of 2010 Alaska Shore Excursion Awards

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11th Annual C.R.U.I.S.E. Service Awards Recognize Top Local Tour Operators as Rated by Passengers

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (September 30, 2010) - Princess Cruises is marking the end of the Alaska season with shipboard awards ceremonies celebrating the year's top-rated local tour operators. The line's 11th annual C.R.U.I.S.E. service awards used passenger feedback throughout the season to determine the best shore excursion experiences and guides in each port on Alaska itineraries.

Award winners were chosen from Princess' extensive line-up of more than 200 Alaska shore excursion options, and recognize the most popular tours, individual guides and dock representatives in the communities where Princess ships call. The awards underscore the important role that local tour operators in each community play in a passenger's cruise experience, and winners are determined primarily by tour scores and comments made on passenger surveys throughout the season.

"A passenger's adventures in port significantly contribute to the cruise experience, especially in such a vast and amazing place as Alaska," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. "So the local tour operators who provide these unforgettable excursions definitely deserve our recognition and thanks for making our passengers' visits so memorable."

The C.R.U.I.S.E. program is the longest running customer service program in the cruise industry. The Alaska awards were begun in 2000 and cap off a season-long effort to recognize the role that Alaskan-owned tour partners play in passengers' cruise experiences. Tour Guide of the Season and Dock Representative of the Season award winners receive $100, a letter of commendation, a plaque, a ship tour and lunch onboard with their family. Operators of the Shore Excursion of the Season receive a plaque and a letter of commendation, a tour of the ship, and lunch onboard for company officials.

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The 2010 winners are:

Icy Strait Point:
Shore Excursion: Whale & Wildlife Cruise, Icy Strait Point Tour
Guide: Annette McLaughlin, Icy Strait Point

Juneau:
Co-Shore Excursions:
Helicopter Glacier Trek, Northstar Trekking
Rainforest Canopy & Zipline Expedition, Alaska Canopy Adventures
Taku Glacier Lodge Flight & Feast, Wings Airways and Taku Lodge
Co-Tour Guides:
Collin Pilcher, Gastineau Guiding Company
Joel Kersting, Gold Rush Tours
Dock Representative:
Dawn Dulebohn, Dolphin Jet Boat Tours

Ketchikan:
Co-Shore Excursions:
Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour, Commercial Fishing Adventures
Moutain Point Snorkeling Adventure, Snorkel Alaska
Rainforest Canopy & Zipline Expedition, Alaska Canopy Adventures
Co-Tour Guides:
Joe Williams, Where the Eagle Walks
Rob Holston, Lighthouse Excursions
Dock Representative:
Jill Gates, The Great Alasakan Lumberjack Show

Kodiak:
Shore Excursion:
Best of Kodiak, First Group
Tour Guide:
Dee Ann Valdivia, Kodiak Tours

Seward:
Shore Excursion:
Alaska SeaLife Center & Puffin Experience, Alaska SeaLife Center
Tour Guide:
Danny Seavey, IdidaRide Sled Dog Tours

Skagway:
Co-Shore Excursions:
Glacier Discovery by Helicopter, TEMSCO Helicopters
Glacier Point Wilderness Safari, Chilkat Guides
White Pass Bennett Lake Adventure, White Pass & Yukon Route
Co-Tour Guides:
Steve Merrow, Chilkat Guides
Tyler Geist, Alaska Mountain Guides
Dock Representative:
Jeff Neis, Skagway Street Car Co.

Vancouver:
Shore Excursion: Capilano Canyon's Natural Beauty, Rockwood Adventures
Tour Guide:
Bill Reaugh, TMS Gateway Tours

Victoria:
Shore Excursion:
Butchart & Butterfly Gardens, Gray Line West
Tour Guide:
Norman Archer, D'Costa Ports of Call

Whittier:
Shore Excursion:
Wilderness Explorer Glacier Cruise, Prince William Sound Cruise & Tours
Tour Guides:
Richard DiJulia, Alaska Sea Kayakers

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

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