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November 27, 2011

SPLENDOUR OF THE SEAS BECOMES THE FIRST CRUISE SHIP TO FEATURE IPADS IN ALL STATEROOMS

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Five-Week Bow-to-Stern Revitalization on Royal Caribbean Ship Also Brings 124 New Balcony Staterooms

MIAMI, Nov. 22, 2011 - Royal Caribbean International will mark another industry first with the introduction of iPad mobile digital devices in every stateroom onboard the newly revitalized Splendour of the Seas. The hottest tablet on the market empowers guests with an additional medium by which to receive, retrieve and use information on their cruise vacation. With a touch of the screen, guests will be able to access the daily Cruise Compass of events and activities; personal daily itineraries, including shore excursions; monitor their onboard account; order room service; view restaurant menus; access the internet; and watch movies. The iPads will be available beginning mid-February 2012 on Splendour of the Seas before being extended to all Vision-class ships when each undergoes revitalization in the following two years.

"Based on consumer research, we added the iPads to greatly enhance guest communication, interactivity and to continue to offer industry leading technology that helps enhance the guest experience," said Lisa Bauer, senior vice president, Hotel Operations, Royal Caribbean International. "This is just one of the many exciting ways that Royal Caribbean continues to provide our guests with the ultimate cruise experience."

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The iPads, which will feature English and Portuguese when they debut on Splendour of the Seas, will offer guests the opportunity to access all of their information not only from the comfort of their staterooms, but through the pervasive WIFI also being installed throughout the ship, which will enable guests to enjoy the iPads wherever they go onboard.

In addition to the iPads, Splendour of the Seas, which emerges from dry dock on Nov. 25, 2011, also will have an array of new stateroom amenities such as flat screen televisions, new bathrooms, and completely remodeled interiors, including luxurious new linens and furniture, as well as an additional 124 balconies. The ship also will be outfitted with the award-winning digital wayfinding technology that can be found on the line's acclaimed Oasis-class ships.

The newly revitalized Splendour also will debut new dining options including the Asian Izumi restaurant; the line's signature steakhouse, Chops Grille; the Boardwalk Dog House hotdog counter; the Park Cafe deli-style restaurant; and the exclusive Chef's Table dining experience. Royal Caribbean also will introduce a new a la carte menu in the Viking Crown Lounge that will offer guests the opportunity to enjoy bite sized portions of their favorite classics. Additional Royal Caribbean signature innovations debuting on the ship will be the Royal Babies and Tots Nursery, a Diamond lounge, a Concierge Lounge, a Britto Gallery featuring works from Brazilian pop-artist Romero Britto, the new R-Bar as well as a reinvented Centrum experience.

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Upon completion of the refurbishments, Splendour of the Seas will sail a trans-Atlantic voyage on November 25 from Lisbon, Portugal to her seasonal homeport of Sao Paulo (Santos), Brazil. From there, she will offer a variety of South American itineraries that take advantage of the summer season in Brazil.

Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand with 22 innovative ships, calling on more than 270 destinations in 72 countries across six continents. The line also offers unique cruise tour land packages in Alaska, Canada, Dubai, Europe, and Australia and New Zealand.

Royal Caribbean provides a world-class vacation experience with a wide range of signature onboard amenities, entertainment, and award-winning family programming. The cruise line has a 40-year history of giving guests the Royal Advantage - the most innovative cruise ships, exciting itineraries to popular destinations, and world-renowned friendly and engaging Gold Anchor Service. Royal Caribbean has been voted "Best Cruise Line Overall" for eight consecutive years in the Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards. For additional information or to make reservations, contact a Royal Caribbean Cruise Specialist at Cruising2Europe.com at #1-800-738-8837.

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November 25, 2011

OCEANIA CRUISES' 'MARINA' EARNS 5-STAR RATING FROM BERLITZ

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MIAMI, November 16, 2011 - Oceania Cruises' Marina has been named one of the top 10 mid-size ships in the world in the 2012 Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. With a total score of more than 1,700 points, which translates to a 5-star rating, Marina has joined an elite group of vessels that belong to the Berlitz "Five-Star Club," representing the highest rated ships in the world.

"We are honored that Marina has been recognized in the 2012 Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships," said Kunal S. Kamlani, the line's president. "We continue to raise the bar and redefine the upper-premium cruise category and Berlitz' rigorous rating system demonstrates that we are succeeding."

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Marina set cruise industry standards with elegantly appointed lounges and restaurants and verandah staterooms that are the largest at sea. Designed for epicureans, the ship features a total of 10 dining venues, six of which are open-seating gourmet restaurants; all at no additional charge. Riviera, a sister ship, will debut in April 2012.

"It is really good to see a new entry into the Berlitz 'Five-Star Club' due to Oceania Cruises' major investment and focus on the finely detailed furnishings aboard this new mid-sized ship, combined with the highest regard for and attention to the dining and culinary aspects of the cruise experience," said Douglas Ward, author of the prestigious guidebook.

For more information, contact a Cruise Specialist at Cruising2Europe.com #1-800-738-8837.

About Oceania Cruises
Oceania Cruises® offers unrivaled 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 1,250-guest Marina joined the fleet in January 2011 and will be 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 5,200 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.

Berlitz 2012 Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships
When it comes to life on the ocean waves, Douglas Ward is the world's top authority on cruising and cruise ships, with more than 45 years of experience. He continues to spend up to 200 days a year aboard cruise ships, inspecting and evaluating their facilities. The cruise industry consists of more than 70 ocean-going cruise ship operators carrying over 21 million passengers a year. Although the choice can be almost over-whelming, the Berlitz 2012 Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships will help readers identify the X-factor ? that special quality that makes a ship stand out for them. Fully updated and revised and now in its 27th year, the Guide (688 pages, $24.99) is available from all good bookstores. The Berlitz Cruise Ships 2012 App will also be available during October.

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November 10, 2011

AmaWaterways To Offer Africa Trips!

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AmaWaterways is a European river cruise specialist that has announced it's plan to launch trips to Southern Africa. AmaWaterways is a fast-growing line that plans to offer Africa Safaris and Wildlife Cruise packages in June 2012. It will pair a four night cruise on the Chobe River, between Botswana and Namibia, with a land package safari featuring Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa.

AmaWaterways will offer the four night cruises onboard the Zambezi Queen, a 28 passenger upscale vessel that was built in 2009. AmaWaterways co-founder Kristin Karst states "Nobody has ever combined the river cruise with the land arrangements, and that's where we feel we can come in".

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There are three African programs offered in 2012 by AmaWaterways. They include:

Stars of Africa
16 Days in length you'll enjoy 3 nights in Cape Town, 3 nights in Kruger National Park and 1 night in Johannesburg before embarking on a 4 night safari cruise, which ends with 2 nights in Victoria Falls

African Sunsets
16 Days in length you'll enjoy 3 nights in Cape Town, 2 nights in Okavango Delta and 2 nights in Savute before a 4 night safari cruise, which ends with 2 nights in Victoria Falls

Golden Travls of Africa
19 Days in length you'll enjoy 1 night in Nairobi, 8 nights at game reserves in Amboseli, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro and Serengeti, 1 night in Johannesburg then a 4 night safari cruise, which ends with 2 nights in Victoria Falls.

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This is an exciting announcement for people interested in visiting Africa. For more information contact a Cruise Specialist at Cruising2Paradise.com #1-800-738-8837.

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November 09, 2011

MARTINA MCBRIDE ONBOARD VOYAGER OF THE SEAS!

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In November 2011, Royal Caribbean International will have a party onboard the Voyager of the Seas featuring country singer Martina McBride. Royal Caribbean is celebrating it's return to New Orleans.

The eight-time "Best Cruise Line Overall" award winner has teamed with Republic Nashville to treat invited guests to a special, live performance by one of country music's most beloved artists, Martina McBride.

Martina debuted her new ablum, Eleven, on October 11th. The concert will be onboard Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas Saturday, November 19th. Voyager of the Seas is the largest and most innovative cruise ships ever to homeport in New Orleans. The concert by Martina is for invited guests in the ship's Lyric Theatre before the ship set sails on it's 7 night Western Caribbean Thanksgiving cruise.

About Marina McBride

  • GrammyR-winning recording artist with more than 18 million in album sales
  • Twenty-four Top 10 singles, including six that hit No. 1
  • Four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year
  • Three-time ACM Female Vocalist of the Year
  • Hits include: Independence Day, This One's for the Girls and Ride
  • First album on Republic Nashville, ELEVEN, includes her first new music since 2009 - Teenage Daughters and I'm Gonna Love You Through It

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    About Voyager of the Seas

  • Ranks among one of the world's 10 largest, most innovative cruise ships
  • Features a rock-climbing wall, ice-skating rink, nine-hole mini-golf course, in-line skating track, full-size basketball court, Casino Royale , Royal Promenade, boutiques, restaurants, bars and lounges
  • Offers world-renowned Gold Anchor Service, which comprises the Royal Advantage - our drive to provide the most innovative ships, destinations and personalized service
  • Sails to: Caribbean, Europe, Australia, Asia

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  • Virgin Atlantic Launches New Flights Between Vancouver and London

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    Virgin Atlantic (Airlines) has just announced it will offer direct flights between Vancouver, BC and London, England! This is big news for Vancouver and it's Alaska cruise market, as the airline will operate four flights a week starting in the summer of 2012.

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