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    Celebrity Cruises has revealed that its latest cruise ships will feature a restaurant where passengers can prepare their own meals while looking out to sea.
    The cruise line, which is known as one of the more innovative brands in the cruise industry, revealed the new "Lawn Club Grill" restaurant concept in a December 9 sneak peak of some of the new features on its forthcoming cruise ships Silhouette and Reflection.
    In an industry first, the new restaurant will give patrons access to the grills, pizza-making tables, large ovens and other appliances so that they can grill their own choice of meats in the evening, alongside the restaurant's chefs.
    During the day, the Lawn Club Grill will offer lunch, interactive demonstrations and cookery classes covering subjects such as pizza-making, marinade-making and dough-tossing.
    Following the success of the brand's Celebrity iLounge computer stores and iPad art tours, the new ships will feature a high-tech place to escape called "The Hideaway," which is designed to reflect a treehouse and features cozy lounge "nests" that guests can curl up in.
    New spa-inspired suites have also been added to Celebrity Reflection, offering guests a private veranda, personal spa concierge and guaranteed proximity to the ships' spas.
    Cruise-lovers will have to wait until 2012 to enjoy the new services onboard Celebrity Reflection, although Celebrity Silhouette is set to launch in July next year.
    Her launch will follow the high-profile maiden voyages of the Disney Dream in January and the Carnival Magic in May.
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    The stars of Twilight are going cruisin'!
    Twilight heart-throbs Charlie Bewley (Demetri, the mysteriously charming vampire of the Volturi), Chaske Spencer (Sam Uley, the hunky leader of the Wolf Pack) and Michael Welch (Mike Newton, the handsome "boy next door" besotted with Bella) will be on board for the 2011 Mediterranean Twilight Cruise.
    Bewley, Spencer and Welch will be on board for photo shoots, autograph sessions and a Q and A. Back by popular demand The Immortals, a cast of tribute artists whose uncanny resemblance to the beloved Cullens thrilled passengers on the first Twi Cruise. This 10 day tribute to all things Twilight will include a Monte Carlo-themed Prom night, Costume Contest, Trivia Contests, Games including Twilight Wheel of Fortune, Karaoke, Talent Show and a Charity Auction with proceeds benefitting the Quileute Tribal Schools in La Push.
    The 2011 Mediterranean Twi Cruise sets sail round-trip from Rome (Civitavecchia) to Livorno for Florence and Pisa; Monte Carlo; Barcelona; Palma de Mallorca; Tunisia; Palermo; Sicily and Naples for Pompei and Capri. The date for this gathering of Twihards: June 20th – 30th, 2011 aboard Holland America's Noordam.
    Cruise fares start at $1539 per person based on double occupancy for an inside cabin. A cabin share program is available for solo travelers who wish to share a cabin with another Twi Cruiser.
    Following the cruise Twilight fans will be going on tour to Volterra the inspiration for Stephenie Meyer's ruling vampire monarchy, the Volturi. The tour will also visit Montepulciano where "New Moon" was filmed. Rates are $749 per person, double occupancy.
    This is a private event and must be booked through Cruises Cruises Cruises, Inc. to attend the Twi Cruise events. The Event Fee is $250.
    The 2011 Mediterranean Twi Cruise combines the best of three worlds: the ever-popular Twilight Saga that has touched the hearts of millions worldwide; exciting ports in the sunny Mediterranean; and a luxurious cruise ship with fine food and service and sparkling entertainment.
    Who'd have thought that a vampire, a wolf and a human would ever end up in the same boat?
    About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE: CCL and CUK)]
    Holland America Line's fleet of 15 ships offers more than 500 cruises to 354 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies. Two- to 110-day itineraries visit all seven continents and highlights include Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Bermuda, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal.
    Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a commitment totaling more than $525 million, that showcase the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine — a state-of-the-art onboard show kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide cooking demonstrations and classes — Explorations Cafe powered by The New York Times, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, teens-only activity areas and all new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top Mariner's Dream Beds.
    World's Leading Cruise Lines
    Holland America Line is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines. Our exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Cunard Line, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest and a commitment to quality and value, World's Leading Cruise Lines inspires people to discover their best vacation experience. Together, we offer a variety of exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations.
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    Delivery Ceremony celebrates final milestone; Disney Dream set to depart for Florida
    Disney Cruise Line took possession of its newest ship – Disney Dream – from the Meyer Werft shipyard in a traditional maritime ceremony aboard the ship in Bremerhaven, Germany. The Meyer Werft flag was lowered, while the Disney Cruise Line flag was raised, transferring ownership from the shipbuilder to Disney.
    The milestone closes the book on the ship’s construction journey, which began nearly two years ago in Papenburg, Germany, and signals its readiness to welcome guests on its maiden voyage, set for Jan. 26, 2011, from Port Canaveral, Florida.
    “The Disney Dream is an extraordinary ship, in part because of the collaboration of the superb shipbuilders at Meyer Werft and the innovative technology and storytelling that our Disney team has developed and implemented aboard,” said Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line. “I cannot wait for our guests to experience this newest addition to our fleet, a ship that will delight and surprise all ages.”
    From a water coaster at sea called AquaDuck, and inside staterooms with virtual views, to Enchanted Art that immerses guests in stories, and fine dining at Remy, the Disney Dream will deliver family cruise experiences like no other. The shipboard experience remains focused on the legacy and heritage of The Walt Disney Company’s most known assets – master storytelling, world-class entertainment and legendary guest service.
    “It gives me great pride to deliver the Disney Dream, which is the largest ship that Meyer Werft has ever built,” said Bernard Meyer, managing partner of Meyer Werft. “Over the last few years, I have seen this ‘dream’ transform from the design phase to a magnificent reality, which guests will soon be able to enjoy for years to come. To make this dream come true, it takes a special partnership. The collaboration among Disney Cruise Line, Meyer Werft and its suppliers has been excellent and very creative.”
    Meyer Werft and Disney first signed a contract to build two new ships in April of 2007. Shortly thereafter, planning for the design of the ships began and construction started with the first steel cutting in Papenburg, Germany, on March 2, 2009. Since the recent completion of the ship’s float out from the shipyard and conveyance along the River Ems, the test-and-adjust period has been in full swing, including sea trials and a brief dry dock in Hamburg, Germany. The ship will remain in Bremerhaven for another week while additional crew members board, and supplies and provisions are loaded. The Disney Dream is scheduled to depart on Dec. 19, for its transatlantic voyage to the U.S., with an expected arrival on Jan. 4, 2011.
    Captain Tom Forberg will officially take the helm of the Disney Dream for Disney Cruise Line. As part of the Disney Cruise Line ship construction team, Captain Forberg has been with the company for 15 years and was responsible for launching Disney’s first two ships, the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder.
    The Disney Dream is scheduled to sail three-, four- and five-night cruises to the Bahamas, from Port Canaveral. Sister ship Disney Fantasy is currently in production at the Meyer Werft shipyard and is scheduled to set sail on its maiden voyage on April 7, 2012. It will sail seven-night alternating eastern and western Caribbean itineraries, also from Port Canaveral.
    Based in Celebration, Fla., the Disney Cruise Line experience is focused on providing a setting where families can reconnect, adults can recharge and kids can immerse themselves in worlds of fantasy only Disney can create. Most recently, the company was recognized as the top cruise experience by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine. Disney Cruise Line was voted the No. 1 cruise experience in the magazine’s 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards in the mega-ship category.
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    'Green' awards recognize line's fleetwide efforts
    In recognition of its environmental leadership, Holland America Line was recently honored with a gold 2010 Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Environmental Protection Award from the U.S. Coast Guard, was named World's Leading Green Cruise Line at the World Travel Awards in London and received a Blue Circle Award from the Port of Vancouver.
    The U.S. Coast Guard Benkert Award was bestowed by a panel of experts based on a thorough review of the line's comprehensive approach to environmental stewardship. Nominations for the World Travel Awards featured 5,000 companies from 162 countries across 1,000 categories. The winners were selected by thousands of industry professionals and consumers worldwide who voted online. Under Port Metro Vancouver's EcoAction Program for Shipping, the Blue Circle Award is a recognition reserved for only the highest emissions-reduction achievements.
    "We work diligently every day to reduce Holland America Line's ecological footprint, and these awards validate our fleetwide efforts," said Stein Kruse, president and CEO of Holland America Line. "We are grateful that the U.S. Coast Guard and our travel industry and seaport partners appreciate our commitment to the environment and have recognized our dedication to environmental stewardship with these awards."
    Holland America Line is a leader in environmental initiatives in the cruise industry with its comprehensive approach to managing impacts and reducing its overall carbon footprint. The line's Environmental Management System was certified in 2006 and recertified in 2009. The company works diligently to conserve fuel and water, employs the latest technologies for wastewater and oily bilge water treatment, and uses innovative strategies to reduce and manage its solid waste stream. Holland America Line also is an industry leader in exploring new environmental initiatives such as a whale conservation and protection program and using shore power in a growing number of ports.
    The William M. Benkert Award is the premier marine environmental protection award presented by the Coast Guard to members of the marine industry. This biennial award recognizes organizations for outstanding achievements in all aspects of marine environmental protection. The award was created to recognize outstanding achievements in marine environmental protection that go beyond mere compliance with industrial and regulatory standards.
    The World Travel Awards were developed in 1993 to celebrate excellence and achievement in the travel and tourism industry, and winners comprise a "who's who" of the travel community. The "Wall Street Journal" has called the awards the "Oscars of the travel and tourism industry."
    The Blue Circle Awards honor a company's efforts to reduce air emissions, depending on the quality of fuel used and overall emission reductions.
    About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE: CCL and CUK)]
    Holland America Line's fleet of 15 ships offers more than 500 cruises to 354 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies. Two- to 110-day itineraries visit all seven continents and highlights include Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Bermuda, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal.
    Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a commitment totaling more than $525 million, that showcase the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine — a state-of-the-art onboard show kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide cooking demonstrations and classes — Explorations Cafe powered by The New York Times, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, teens-only activity areas and all new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top Mariner's Dream Beds.
    World's Leading Cruise Lines
    Holland America Line is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines. Our exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Cunard Line, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest and a commitment to quality and value, World's Leading Cruise Lines inspires people to discover their best vacation experience. Together, we offer a variety of exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations.
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    Alaska, Bermuda, Hawaii and Bahamas 2012/2013 itineraries open for sale
    Norwegian Cruise Line announced its 2012/2013 deployment and itineraries for Alaska, Bermuda, Hawai'i and short cruises to the Bahamas. For the first time, the 2,376-passenger Norwegian Jewel will sail Alaska's Inside Passage joining Norwegian Pearl which is sailing to Glacier Bay from Seattle. In Bermuda, the 2,348-passenger Norwegian Star will sail to Bermuda for the first time from her new homeport in New York City.
    These cruises go on sale to Norwegian's top travel partners and Latitudes members (past guests) today, December 8, 2010 and to the general public on Thursday, December 9.
    "The 2012/2013 season is filled with new and exciting Freestyle Cruising choices. Whether it's our ships cruising different destinations, disembarking from new homeports or sailing new itineraries, we offer the most freedom and flexibility when it comes to cruise travel," said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian's chief executive officer. "We are pleased to bring Norwegian Jewel to Alaska and Norwegian Star to Bermuda, along with continuing our popular Hawai'i inter-island cruises and short cruises to the Bahamas through early 2013."
    In Alaska, Norwegian Jewel will replace Norwegian Star and cruise from Seattle for the first time on a seven-day Sawyer Glacier itinerary. Norwegian Jewel's weekly Sawyer Glacier cruises will depart on Saturdays from May 26, 2012 to September 8, 2012 sailing through Alaska's Inside Passage with ports of call including: Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway, Alaska; and Victoria, British Columbia. Norwegian Jewel will also sail a seven-day Sawyer Glacier cruise from Vancouver to Seattle on May 19, 2012 and a seven-day Sawyer Glacier from Seattle to Vancouver on September 15, 2012. Families will have the slime of their lives on board with Norwegian Jewel's Nickelodeon at Sea year-round programming which includes live Nickelodeon-themed interactive shows, including: SlimeTime LIVE! with Nick's signature slime; Nick Live! Poolside entertainment; character breakfasts and meet and greets; Nick-themed dance parties; and more. Nickelodeon-themed elements are also incorporated into Norwegian's Kids' Crew program.
    Norwegian Pearl, another great ship for families, will return to Seattle sailing her weekly seven-day Glacier Bay cruises departing on Sundays from May 13, 2012 to September 9, 2012 and will sail through Alaska's Inside Passage with ports of call including: Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan, Alaska; and Victoria, British Columbia. Norwegian Pearl will also sail a seven-day Glacier Bay cruise from Vancouver to Seattle on May 6, 2012 and a Seattle to Vancouver cruise on September 16, 2012.
    Norwegian will continue its commitment to Bermuda, sailing two ships from the Northeast to Bermuda weekly from April through October calling on King's Wharf. Norwegian Star will sail from New York on Sundays to Bermuda, staying for three full days. The 2,224-passenger Norwegian Dawn will sail her Bermuda itinerary departing on Fridays from Boston with three days in Bermuda.
    Pride of America will continue as the only US-flagged vessel sailing among all four of Hawai'i's main islands. Pride of America's seven-day Hawai'i inter-island cruises departing from Honolulu are now available through April 7, 2013. Ports of call include: an overnight in Kahului, Maui; Hilo, Hawaii; an evening sail by the Kilauea Volcano (weather permitting); Kona, Hawai'i; an overnight in Nãwiliwili, Kaua'i; and an afternoon cruise of the breathtaking Nãpali Coast.
    For a shorter cruise option, Norwegian Sky will continue sailing three- and four-day cruises to the Bahamas year-round from Miami through April 15, 2013. The three-day Bahamas cruise departs on Fridays and includes stops in Nassau, Bahamas and Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian's private island in the Bahamas. On Mondays, the ship departs Miami on a four-day Bahamas cruise with stops in Grand Bahama Island, Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian's private island; and Nassau, Bahamas.
    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. The Company has reached an agreement for two 143,000-gross ton vessels for delivery in 2013 and 2014.
    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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    Entries now being accepted through March 15, 2011
    Holland America Line is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its evolution from a traditional trans-Atlantic crossing company to one dedicated to premium vacation cruising with a "Memorable Crossings" story writing contest. The line is looking for moving and memorable tales that center around a Holland America Line trans-Atlantic crossing.
    Entrants are encouraged to submit first-hand accounts or stories told to them by family members or friends who have sailed an unforgettable Holland America trans-Atlantic voyage. Whether adventurous, heart-warming or humorous, the entrant whose story earns the most accolades for its emotional impact, originality and creativity will win a cruise for two on the 2011 nine-day "Classic Crossings" aboard ms Rotterdam.
    "Holland America Line has a deep history that goes back generations, and we receive many poignant letters about making this epic journey — whether it was to immigrate to the United States or taken simply for pleasure," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. "This isn't a writing contest, but more a compelling story-telling contest. We want to hear the incredible and moving stories about a route that defined our line for decades, and there's no better way to celebrate such a pivotal transition period in our company's rich history."
    One entrant from North America will win a stateroom on the July 12 trans-Atlantic departure that sails to Rotterdam from New York with a call at Cobh (Cork), Ireland, a time-honored stop on crossings of the past. This sailing follows a nine-day voyage that departs Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on July 3, 2011 and calls at the traditional crossing departure port of Southampton, England, before heading across the Atlantic to New York.
    The contest runs through March 15, 2011. A panel of judges appointed by Holland America Line, including President and CEO Stein Kruse, will select the winner, who will be announced by April 11, 2011.
    During the crossings, Holland America Line will offer numerous opportunities and activities to celebrate the line's 138-year heritage including a bon voyage sail away party, captain's gala party, guest lecturers and chefs and a special commemorative gift. For novices and enthusiasts, Bridge and dance instructors as well as hosts will be onboard. In addition, guests can discover more about the company's history by visiting the Crow's Nest, which will be set up as a "Museum at Sea" during both crossings, and attending a lecture by renowned maritime historians.
    Special guests on these sailings include Bill Miller, considered an international authority on the subject of ocean liners and cruise ships; Maritime artist Captain Stephen J. Card, the official chronicler of the Holland America fleet; and Royal Designer of Industry Stephen Payne, OBE, vice president chief naval architect for Carnival Corporate Shipbuilding, who will share his nautical knowledge on the July 12 voyage. The celebrated Pasadena Roof Orchestra is scheduled to provide the authentic, big-band dancing sounds of yesteryear for both itineraries. Popular Dutch singing sensation "Frank in Person" plans to dazzle guests with his Frank Sinatra looks, singing style and repertoire from Rotterdam to New York.
    Guests looking to sharpen their skills in the line's Culinary Arts Center will have the opportunity to learn from master chefs on both cruises. Dutch Chef Cas Spijkers is scheduled to sail on the July 3 crossing. The author of 10 cookbooks and culinary educator has prepared lavish dinners for the Dutch Royal Family, starred in his own television series, "Cooking with the Stars," and was named as the Netherlands' "Masterchef of the Century" in 1991. Daniel Orr, chef and owner of FARMbloomington, is scheduled to sail on the July 12 departure. Orr draws from a lifelong curiosity about individual ingredients combined with extensive training in the art of finding food's true essence and flavor.
    To enter the contest and access the complete official rules and details, visit Holland America website. No purchase is necessary. The contest is open only to legal residents of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are age 18 or older as of the date of entry. The contest is void where prohibited.
    About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE:CCL - News)]
    Holland America Line's fleet of 15 ships offers more than 500 cruises to 354 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies. Two- to 110-day itineraries visit all seven continents and highlights include Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Bermuda, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal.
    Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a commitment totaling more than $525 million, that showcase the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine — a state-of-the-art onboard show kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide cooking demonstrations and classes — Explorations Cafe powered by The New York Times, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, teens-only activity areas and all new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top Mariner's Dream Beds.
    World's Leading Cruise Lines
    Holland America Line is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines. Our exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Cunard Line, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest and a commitment to quality and value, World's Leading Cruise Lines inspires people to discover their best vacation experience. Together, we offer a variety of exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations.
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    Pictured here at the press conference is (from left to right): Carnival's U.S. Managing Director of Sales Mike Julius; Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau's Gary Edwards whose daughter is currently in remission after going through cancer treatment at MUSC; and MUSC President Dr. Ray Greenberg.
    Carnival Cruise Lines and the Medical University of South Carolina Children's Hospital are proud to announce a partnership for 2011.
    The year-long partnership will include several in-kind and monetary donations and fundraisers, as well as bringing smiles and fun to the patients of the MUSC Children's Hospital. Under the partnership, Carnival's involvement includes:

    Four Fun Centers, mobile entertainment units that include a Nintendo Wii console, flat panel television and DVD player. Each Fun Center can be rolled up to the side of patients' beds or throughout the hospital. Two laptops will also be donated, both items helping to improve the quality of the child's life in the hospital setting.
    Quarterly shows for the children in the MUSC Children's Hospital Atrium, by a Carnival cruise director, Fun Ship Freddy and other talent.
    A total of 1,000 Towel Pals delivered throughout the year to provide companionship and comfort to the children.
    A donation to the Children's Hospital through fundraising efforts at the Cooper River Bridge Run.
    A spring fund-raising effort, currently in the planning stages.

    "We are excited to expand our partnership with MUSC Children's Hospital after a fun tie-in at last year's Cooper River Bridge Run," said Mike Julius, managing director U.S. sales for Carnival. "This hospital makes a positive impact on these children's lives. It is extremely important to Carnival Cruise Lines, and part of our ongoing corporate philosophy, to give back to the Charleston area community in a meaningful way while bringing smiles to children's faces."
    "We are looking forward to the positive impact of this partnership," said Dr. Ray Greenberg, MUSC president. "Since becoming a greater part of our business and tourism community this year, Carnival Cruise Lines is continuing to demonstrate its commitment to the Charleston area."
    In May 2010, Carnival Cruise Lines officially launched the first, year-round cruise service from Charleston on the Carnival Fantasy, with destinations to The Bahamas and Key West, Fla. In 2011, Carnival will also offer a series of Bermuda cruises for the first time from Charleston.
    "We are thankful for the positive reception Carnival has received since the launch of our year-round cruise service," added Mike Julius. "The Port, the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, area travel agents and many other business and community leaders and residents have provided support and partnership, enabling Carnival to truly feel a part of this great community."
    The partnership will begin December 2010 with the first of the quarterly entertainment shows occurring on December 17. The goal for the partnership is to provide $50,000 through a combination of monetary and in-kind donations and fundraising efforts. The Fun Centers are expected in the first quarter of 2011. Information for the upcoming entertainment events, fundraisers and Cooper River Bridge Run involvement will be announced at a later date.
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    A ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy marked a significant milestone in the ships construction when the first building block for the 3,690-passenger Carnival Breeze was put in place.
    With about a year-and-half until the debut of the third ship in the line's Dream class, the new 130,000-ton Carnival Breeze will offer a number of exciting innovations and features.
    Carnival Breeze will offer many of the popular innovations featured on Carnival Dream as well as some exciting and unique new elements created just for this vessel that will be detailed at a later date, along with homeport and itinerary information.
    Signature Dream-class elements featured on Carnival Breeze will include expansive facilities for children and teens, a 23,750-square-foot Cloud 9 Spa and The Lanai, an outdoor promenade featuring cantilevered whirlpools that extend over the ship's sides.
    Other features will include a WaterWorks aqua park with a 300-foot-long corkscrew water slide, a stunning indoor/outdoor café and live entertainment venue called Ocean Plaza and a wide range of staterooms including deluxe ocean views with two bathrooms, some of which feature five berths and hold particular appeal for families.
    Set to debut in spring 2012, Carnival Breeze will be the 24th vessel in Carnival Cruise Lines' fleet, which operates three- to 15-day voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Panama Canal, Canada, New England, Bermuda and Europe.
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    Up to 50 percent off ocean-view and verandah staterooms
    Holland America Line has just launched one of its most popular sales offered each year. The View & Verandah sale runs through Feb. 28, 2011 and features special savings on ocean-view and verandah staterooms.
    Cruisers can save up to 50 percent on select cruises and also take advantage of reduced deposits plus free or reduced rates for third and fourth guests.
    "Our View & Verandah sale falls at a great time of year, when people are planning and booking their vacation for the coming year," said Richard Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. "By taking advantage of these exceptional savings, guests can enjoy an ocean-view stateroom or verandah suite that they might not be able to book otherwise."
    As an added incentive, every sale enters travel sellers in a contest for Holland America cruises and other prizes that can be found on the “View & Verandah” website at www.hollandamerica.com/vandv. Every deposited booking made during the official contest period is automatically entered to win with no registration required.
    Grand prizes include one seven-day Alaska cruise for two sailing roundtrip from Seattle, one 10- to 12-day Northern Europe cruise for two and one seven-day Bermuda cruise for two. Prizes will be awarded in a random drawing to be held in March. The sale will be supported with consumer marketing communications including direct mail and email, as well as online travel seller promotional and sales tools. These include customizable “Build Your Own” emails, as well as downloadable videos and web banner ads.
    Cruise destinations featured in the “View & Verandah” sale include Alaska cruises and cruise-tours, Europe, Caribbean, Bermuda, Mexico, Canada/New England, Panama Canal, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Hawaii/Tahiti and South America.
    About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE:CCL - News)]
    Holland America Line's fleet of 15 ships offers more than 500 cruises to 350 ports in more than 100 countries, territories or dependencies. Two- to 110-day itineraries visit all seven continents and highlights include Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Bermuda, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal.
    Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a commitment totaling more than $525 million, that showcase the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine — a state-of-the-art onboard show kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide cooking demonstrations and classes — Explorations Cafe powered by The New York Times, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, teens-only activity areas and all new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top Mariner's Dream Beds.
    World's Leading Cruise Lines
    Holland America Line is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines. Our exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Cunard 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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    Rock legend and reality TV star Bret Michaels is teaming up with Shoreline Charters to host the "Rock Your World Super Cruise," a four-day rock 'n roll adventure on the high seas taking place aboard the Carnival Destiny in fall 2011.
    Fans will have an all-access pass as they enjoy musical exclusive performances and meet and greet opportunities – along with a few surprises — during the action-packed cruise, which will operate round-trip from Miami Nov. 10-14. Ports of call include Key West, Fla., and Cozumel, Mexico.
    Highlighting this once-in-a-lifetime experience will be an unforgettable performance by Bret Michaels and his band in the Carnival Destiny's 1,500-seat show lounge. Michaels will also be "out and about" to mix and mingle with fans, answer questions and sign autographs.
    "I have wanted to do something like this for so long and let me tell you this cruise will be absolutely epic, one for the record books. I really couldn't ask for anything better than having the chance to kick back, rock out, and spend some quality time with all of my fans. The past year has been such a crazy one for me — one that I never could have gotten through without the support of my family, friends and fans. I'm thrilled to have the chance to unwind and have a good time with all of them. And one piece of advice: come with your cameras ready because this is a once-in-a-lifetime event you won't want to forget," said Michaels.
    In addition to spending four fun-filled days with one of rock's biggest stars, Rock Your World Super Cruise participants can enjoy all that the Carnival Destiny has to offer: mouth-watering cuisine, including complimentary 24-hour pizza and stateroom service, along with full-casino gambling, a 15,000-square-foot health and fitness center, 16 lounges and bars, and four swimming pools – one with a 214-foot-long water slide.
    Rates start at $829 per person based on double occupancy.
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    To commemorate Holland America Line's 40th anniversary of its evolution from traditional trans-Atlantic voyages to becoming entirely dedicated to vacation cruising, the premium line's ms Rotterdam is sailing two classic crossings in July 2011.
    Rotterdam's nine-day trans-Atlantic sailing departs Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on July 3, 2011, and calls at the traditional crossing departure port of Southampton, England, before heading to New York. The July 12 trans-Atlantic departure returns to Rotterdam from New York over nine leisurely days with a call at Cobh (Cork), Ireland, another time-honored stop on crossings of the past.
    "Trans-Atlantic cruises were the foundation of Holland America Line for several decades, and there's still a strong desire from today's travelers who want to step back in time and relive the celebrated days of an elegant crossing or follow in the footsteps of their ancestors," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. "We're proud to honor our heritage with these two special itineraries, replete with nostalgia-themed menus, entertainment and a host of surprises and keepsakes."
    The trans-Atlantic journeys will offer enriching activities, guest lecturers and chefs, complimentary mementos and opportunities to celebrate the line's 138-year heritage. In addition, a bon voyage sail away party, captain's gala party, special entertainers and events ensure that both itineraries will create recollections to last a lifetime. For novices and enthusiasts, Bridge and dance instructors as well as hosts will be onboard.
    The celebrated Pasadena Roof Orchestra is scheduled to provide the authentic, big-band dancing sounds of yesteryear for both itineraries. Popular Dutch singing sensation "Frank in Person" plans to dazzle guests with his Frank Sinatra looks, singing style and repertoire from Rotterdam to New York.
    Guests seeking to discover more about the company's history can visit the Crow's Nest, which will be set up as a "Museum at Sea" during both crossings, or attend a lecture by a renowned maritime historian.
    Bill Miller, considered an international authority on the subject of ocean liners and cruise ships, will be on board both sailings as a guest lecturer. Called "Mr. Ocean Liner," he has written more than 65 books on the subject — from early steamers and immigrant ships to liners at war.
    Maritime artist Captain Stephen J. Card also will be on both crossings to discuss his work and his knowledge of Holland America Line vessels. Card is the official chronicler of the Holland America fleet and his paintings, which are showcased on every ship in the fleet — have achieved wide acclaim for their technical accuracy as well as their artistic expression.
    Royal Designer of Industry Stephen Payne, OBE, vice president chief naval architect for Carnival Corporate Shipbuilding, will share his nautical knowledge on the July 12 voyage. The immediate past president of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, Payne was lead designer of Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2. He has been involved with Carnival Corporation ships since January 1985, and in July 2010 he was awarded the title of "Amazing Person 2010" by Solent Education Business Partnership for his work in promoting engineering careers to young people.
    Guests looking to sharpen their skills in the line's Culinary Arts Center will have the opportunity to learn from master chefs on both cruises. Dutch Chef Cas Spijkers is scheduled to sail on the July 3 crossing. The author of 10 cookbooks and culinary educator has prepared lavish dinners for the Dutch Royal Family, starred in his own television series, "Cooking with the Stars," and was named as the Netherlands' "Masterchef of the Century" in 1991.
    Daniel Orr, chef and owner of FARMbloomington, is scheduled to sail on the July 12 departure. Orr draws from a lifelong curiosity about individual ingredients combined with extensive training in the art of finding food's true essence and flavor. He calls his cuisine "real food for real people."
    About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE: CCL and CUK)]
    Holland America Line's fleet of 15 ships offers more than 500 cruises 354 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies. Two- to 110-day itineraries visit all seven continents and highlights include Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Bermuda, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal.
    Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a commitment totaling more than $525 million, that showcase the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine — a state-of-the-art onboard show kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide cooking demonstrations and classes — Explorations Cafe powered by The New York Times, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, teens-only activity areas and all new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top Mariner's Dream Beds.
    World's Leading Cruise Lines
    Holland America Line is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines. Our exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Cunard 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
    CruiseNews
    Now formally described as the ship of entertainment by Royal Caribbean International, the new 220,000-ton, 5,400-passenger Allure of the Seas was living up to its reputation during a preview cruise this past weekend whereby guests were able to watch Chicago: The Musical; a new ice show, How to Train Your Dragon, with the appropriate DreamWorks characters; samples of aqua shows; and Megamind, a new 3D animated DreamWorks movie; in addition to a myriad of other offerings ranging from a comedy club to dance music and sing-alongs.
    If that is not enough, scenes for a new motion picture, Jack and Jill, featuring Adam Sandler, Katie Holmes and Al Pacino, were being shot onboard.
    Sister ship to the Oasis of the Seas, the Allure is equally impressive. And in a press conference onboard, Richard Fain, chairman and CEO, said that going forward Oasis attributes will be introduced on other ships in the fleet. Lisa Bauer, senior vice president of hotel operations, described the efforts as "polishing the gold" – making the ships even better. The DreamWorks features will also be expanded to the Oasis, the Freedom and the Liberty of the Seas as early as January 2011.
    For now, the Oasis and the Allure are sailing seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises from Port Everglades, but both ships are scheduled for their five-year drydock intervals in Europe, so don't be surprised to see the ships spending summers in Europe in 2014 and 2015.
    Strong Demand
    Captain Hernan Zini; Harri Kulovaara, executive vice president of marine; Richard Fain, CEO and chairman; Lisa Bauer, senior vice president of hotel operations; and Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation.A second ship in a series usually attracts less attention and commands a lower price than the first, Fain commented, but in this case, both ships are essentially getting the same price, with Allure a little bit ahead. He described the price as "an adequate one."
    Fain also repeated his earlier comments from the company's third quarter earnings call that he expects 2011 to be a record year and noted that by the end of this year, he expects half of next year's capacity to be booked.
    "All six of our brands are showing improvement and are helping us move forward financially. The business is doing well and responding (to doing well) by doing (even) better."
    Fain also noted that while the "economy was still lousy" it may in fact benefit the cruise lines by encouraging people to look for value. Although, he said in good form, "frankly, I would like it be a little less of a good value."
    Still, Royal Caribbean is filling its berths at rising prices.
    Crew of 2,175
    With a normal crew contingent of 2,175, representing 74 different nationalities, Bauer noted that 90 percent of the crew came from existing ships and not more than 10 percent from any one ship.
    "It is important that all crew is motivated," said Captain Hernan Zini. "They all want to be here. They were not sent here," he added. "They are passionate and have knowledge and experience to do their jobs."
    In a unique twist, the crew was allowed to experience the ship during the training and crossing so they are extra motivated and have "spring" in their step, Captain Zini explained.
    Commenting on the building process, Harri Kulovaara, executive vice president of maritime, said he has never seen a building move along so well, adding that the ship was completely ready when she arrived in Port Everglades.
    Richard Pruitt, director of environmental programs, and Andersen England, the Allure's environmental officer.He also said that the Oasis and Allure, in addition to the Solstice class, are basically built according to the safe-return-to-port requirements, meaning they can "lose" one engine room or one watertight compartment, but still offer passengers a safe area with basic services and make her way back to port.
    Jamie Sweeting, vice president of environmental stewardship and Richard Pruitt, director of environmental programs, also noted that the new ships are 22 to 28 percent more energy efficient than the previous class of ships. Six main engines produce 97 MW or 135,000 horsepower.
    Among the many areas onboard with environmental protection equipment and procedures are also the laundry and the photo lab.
    Captain William Wright, senior vice president of marine operations, pointed out the advanced wastewater treatment plant (AWP), which he said that Royal Caribbean has been instrumental in developing. By 2013, all the ships in the fleet will have AWPs.
    26 Dining Options
    (From left) Frank Weber, (corporate) vice president of food and beverage; Travis Kamiyama, chef at Izumi, the ship's Asian cuisine restaurant; Molly Brandt, chef at 150 Central Park, the Allure's trendy, upscale restaurant; Josef Jungworth, (corporate) director of food and beverage; Marko Marama, senior executive chef onboard; and Ken Taylor, (corporate) manager of restaurants.The Allure also offers no less than 26 dining options and has 28 galleys, including those for room service and crew, staffed by 1,070 food and beverage crew.
    New features include the Dog House, instead of the Seafood Shack on the Oasis, offering eight different sausages and hot dogs with unique breads baked for each.
    Also new is the Brazilian churrascaria Samba Grill in the Solarium, Mexican cuisine in Rita's Cantina on the Boardwalk; and Starbucks on the main Promenade.
    The three-level dining room has three separate galleys, which Weber explained, ensures better quality as each prepares 900 to 1,000 meals instead of 3,000.
    Altogether, however, the different restaurants serves an average of 24,000 meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, in addition to the offerings in all the other venues – whether hot dogs, pizza, ice cream or cupcakes.
    The Allure also produces and bottles its own water under the brand name of Natura still water.
    Entertainment
    Once the Allure starts regular service, more entertainment options will be offered, Blue Planet, more Royal Caribbean-produced entertainment in the main theater, and Let You Entertain Me and Oceanaria in the Aqua Theater.
    DreamWorks characters are featured in one of the ice shows, How to Train Your Dragon, and water show Let You Entertain Me, as well as parades on the Promenade and photo opportunities for and with guests. Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, who was onboard, commented that he was very pleased with the cruise line's interpretation of his film studio's characters in their portrayal and costumes. He noted that the two brands (Dreamworks and Royal Caribbean) have a lot in common, appealing to family audiences, but also to adult audiences. "This is a city," he said (about the ship), "it has every kind of citizen, from the littlest to grandparents."
    CruiseNews
    Celebrity Cruises to significantly expand "Solsticizing" on Celebrity Infinity Solstice.
    Class-inspired venues to be joined by new AquaClass® staterooms, Blu, Celebrity iLounge® and Celebrity Suite verandas
    Celebrity Cruises coined the word "Solsticized" earlier this year, and brought its meaning to life for guests who set sail on Celebrity Constellation following an ambitious 15-day revitalization in April. During that time, Celebrity complemented the ship's already award-winning style and design with some of the most popular venues on the line's widely-heralded Solstice Class ships, including:

    the tantalizing Tuscan Grille steakhouse the vibrant creperie, Bistro on Five a "cool" new ice-topped Martini Bar the inviting Café al Bacio and Gelateria Cellarmasters wine bar, complete with the "Enomatic" state-of-the-art wine serving system allowing guests to select wines by the glass, at the touch of a button more sumptuous suites, with all new furniture, flat-screen TVs, upholstery, bedding and carpeting restyled staterooms, with entirely new carpeting, flat-screen TVs, upholstery and bedding new color schemes, carpeting and upholstery reflective of the Solstice Class' stylish, modern design in every public venue
    Today, Celebrity announced plans to add all these features on Celebrity Infinity, in addition to its industry-first, spa-inspired "AquaClass" accommodations and the Mediterranean-themed "Blu" specialty restaurant, when the ship becomes the second in the Millennium Class fleet to be "Solsticized."
    "Everything we've introduced on our award-winning Solstice Class fleet, and everything we're adding to our popular Millennium Class ships, is inspired by extensive research into what is most important to guests on vacation," said Celebrity's President & CEO Dan Hanrahan. "All of our new venues and attributes - paired with the spectacular service of our highly dedicated crew - are designed to enhance that all-important feeling of getting away and fully enjoying every aspect of Celebrity's upscale onboard experience." After emerging from scheduled drydock December 3, 2011, in addition to all the new venues and features introduced this year on Celebrity Constellation, Celebrity Infinity also will present:

    AquaClass accommodations - marking a Millennium-Class 'first' - allowing guests on Celebrity Infinity to experience the brand's popular spa-inspired accommodations and amenities the intimate, Mediterranean-themed specialty restaurant, "Blu," offered exclusively for AquaClass guests more private luxury havens with entirely new verandas added to the ship's spacious, sumptuous Celebrity Suites the hip Celebrity iLounge, which debuted on Celebrity Eclipse and made Celebrity Cruises the industry's first Authorized Apple Reseller additional new oceanview and inside staterooms
    Celebrity currently plans to similarly refurbish Celebrity Summit in January 2012, followed by Celebrity Millennium in April 2012. Bookings for the newly refurbished Celebrity Infinity open Monday, November 22, 2010.
    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 Condé 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.
    Jason
    P&O Cruises is creating a new spa onboard its latest superliner Pacific Pearl, providing the perfect retreat for passengers looking for a little luxury indulgence at sea.
    Already a favourite of passengers onboard Pacific Pearl’s sister ships, the Aqua HealthSpaFitness retreat reflects growing interest in health and wellness options amongst P&O Cruises’ passengers.
    Featuring dark wood accents with splashes of aqua throughout, the spa is being installed on Pacific Pearl during a three-week refurbishment program, prior to the ship’s official naming and launch in Auckland on December 21.
    Offering 10 treatment rooms - including a couples’ room with fully equipped whirlpool and steam-sauna - the Aqua spa will also be home to a relaxation area, a wet area with steam and sauna facilities as well as muscle-soothing heated lounges. A hair salon and pedicure/manicure area will also ensure passengers are looked after from top to toe.
    Travellers will be able to enjoy all their favourite spa treatments from Pacific Jewel and Pacific Dawn, with Pacific Pearl’s spa featuring indulgent treatments using award-winning beauty brand Elemis as well as La Therapie anti-ageing products.
    Meanwhile more adventurous passengers can opt for bamboo massages, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine treatments.
    For those looking for a harder workout, Aqua will offer a fully equipped gymnasium with fitness experts on hand to provide tips and advice.
    Passengers will be able to take advantage of personal training services, yoga, pilates and cycling, as well as Body Sculpt Boot Camp - a program of four specifically designed workouts to challenge the mind, body and resolve of everyone who takes part.
    The fourth ship in P&O Cruises’ fleet, the 63,500-tonne Pacific Pearl will carry 1800 passengers and will feature a giant poolside entertainment screen, a Salt Grill by Luke Mangan restaurant, multiple bars and lounges including a swim-up bar and an aerial acrobatics rig spanning the width of its pool deck.
    Pacific Pearl will be launched in a Pacific Island family Christmas themed public celebration in Auckland on December 21.
    A ten-night New Zealand cruise onboard Pacific Pearl departing Sydney March 30, featuring Fjordland National Park, Dunedin, Christchurch, Picton and Wellington is priced from $1149 per person quad share.
    Jason
    Royal Caribbean International’s Grandeur of the Seas called at Cartagena, Colombia, for the first time on Nov. 22 with nearly 2,000 passengers. The ship’s new itinerary now includes Colombia’s Cartagena and Santa Marta for the 2010-11 season.
    Grandeur of the Seas is the 22nd cruise ship to arrive in Colombia, a growing cruise destination this season. The cruise season, which kicked off in October and ends in May, is expected to bring 208 ships to Colombia. According to ProExport, the cruise ships will bring an estimated 500,000 passengers with them, whose presence will contribute $40 million to the country’s economy.
    “Every year the Colombian Caribbean destination has established itself as inevitable in the international cruise world, and we are constantly prepared to receive them. We are quickly becoming a must-go destination for international cruisers,” said María Claudia Lacouture, president of ProExport Colombia.
    In 2007, 99 ships arrived at Colombian ports carrying 126,890 cruise passengers. In 2008, 161 ships arrived with 228,221 passengers. By the end of 2009, 218 cruise ships arrived in Colombia, carrying 346,693 passengers. It is estimated that each visitor from a cruise ship spends on average $120 for taxis, restaurants, services and souvenirs.
    Grandeur of the Seas was welcomed by a colorful folkloric show, organized by ProExport, with support of the local authorities.
    Jason
    Miami - Nov 23, 2010 ---
    Norwegian Cruise Line and CBS jointly announced today that Norwegian's CEO Kevin Sheehan will appear on an upcoming episode of the Emmy-nominated hit reality series "Undercover Boss" on the CBS Television Network.
    "With 11 Freestyle Cruising ships in our fleet and more than 16,000 employees both shipboard and shoreside, it's challenging to keep in tune with our crew who are the face of the company and interacting with guests on a daily basis," said Sheehan. "When I joined the company, one of my goals was to ensure consistency across our fleet and make sure that we are delivering exceptional cruise vacations for our guests. Participating in Undercover Boss' helped me to see that we have phenomenal crew members who are working extremely hard to deliver on that promise, but it also shed some light on areas that could be improved."
    Each week, "Undercover Boss" follows a different executive as he or she leaves the comfort of the corner office for an undercover mission to examine the inner workings of their companies. While working alongside their employees, they see the effects that their decisions have on others, where the problems lie within their organizations and get an up-close look at both the good and the bad while discovering the unsung heroes who make their companies run.
    During the episode, Sheehan went undercover on two of the company's Freestyle Cruising ships: Norwegian Epic, the company's newest, largest and most innovative vessel; and Pride of America, the only US-flagged passenger cruise ship sailing inter-island cruises in Hawaii. While on board, Sheehan worked alongside crew members in various departments.
    "It definitely was an eye-opening experience," added Sheehan. "I've always had the utmost admiration for our crew, but after this experience, I can proudly say we have truly remarkable crew members throughout our fleet."
    For more information on Sheehan's undercover cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line, visit www.ncl.com/undercoverboss.
    About Kevin Sheehan
    Since taking the helm of Norwegian Cruise Line in 2008, Kevin Sheehan has overseen major company initiatives including vastly improving on-board service and amenities across the fleet; expanding the line's European presence; repositioning two of the line's Hawai'i-based ships creating a profitable business model; revitalizing top management with a mixture of cruise industry and outside expertise; and using his extensive 30-year background in the business world to help Norwegian post a sharp turnaround in profitability in the midst of a tough economic climate.
    Sheehan comes from a diverse professional background that includes helping to found Spanish-language television network Telemundo; taking several companies public including rental car giant Avis; aiding in the inception and launch of the Sega Channel, the first interactive game platform over cable; teaching full-time at Adelphi University in New York and consulting for a variety of private equity firms, including Apollo Management, a Norwegian shareholder. Sheehan's tell-it-like-it-is persona and personal philosophy of leading by example has allowed him to reinvigorate the organization by opening lines of communication and creating a positive corporate culture.
    Before joining Norwegian in 2007, Sheehan was Chairman and CEO of Cendant Corp Vehicle Services Division where he was responsible for Avis Rent A Car, Budget Rent A Car, Budget Trucks, PHH Vehicle Management, First Fleet and Wright Express. While there, he integrated the Avis and Budget rental car brands into one network and also successfully completed a 100 percent initial public offering of Wright Express.
    Prior to joining Cendant Corp, Sheehan served in leadership positions at STT Video Partners LLP and Telemundo Group, Inc. He also spent two and a half years consulting to private equity firms and lecturing full-time at Adelphi University in New York as a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Accounting, Finance, and Economics.
    Sheehan, a native New Yorker and avid basketball fan, is married with two children.
    Jason
    Guests on board Cunard’s three ships – Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth – on 29 April 2011, the day of the Royal Wedding, need have no fear of missing one second of the historic union of the future King and Kate Middleton.
    Each of the three ships feature Royal Court Theatres – West End in style and West End in size – where the wedding ceremony will be broadcast live.
    Queen Mary 2’s Royal Court Theatre seats over 1,000 guests, who will be able to watch events unfold in plush cinema comfort as the ship sails between New York and Southampton, on a seven-night Transatlantic Crossing (26 April – 2 May).
    “If demand for seats exceeds supply we are able to use our Planetarium and lecture room, Illuminations, which seats a further 450 passengers,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard.
    The Royal Court Theatres on the smaller Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria seat over 800 passengers, and they too will be used to screen the Royal nuptials live.
    “Cunard is a company with an enviable heritage and unparalleled links to the Royal family – our ships were named either by Her Majesty The Queen or by her apparent successor, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall,” Shanks continued. “It follows then that our passengers are likely to have an above average interest in the pageantry of a Royal wedding. We intend to cater for that and ensure they do not miss one minute.
    “Royal weddings don’t happen that often and with our impeccable Royal connections we intend to ensure that our red ensign ships lead the British merchant marine in marking this momentous day.”
    At the time Queen Elizabeth will be at sea heading for Southampton, and Queen Victoria will be at sea in the Mediterranean.
    The day will also be one of celebration on all ships, with that evening’s dinner featuring a commemorative menu and a champagne toast.
    Jason
    Lady Luck was on Wilbur Merritt’s side as the Holyoke, Mass., resident sailed on the Carnival Victory and came home $304,090 richer after he hit the jackpot in the ship’s South China Sea casino.
    Merritt’s big payoff came after playing MegaCash, a bank of slot machines that are connected to all 22 Carnival Cruise Lines ships, as well as vessels from sister companies Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, and Cunard Line.
    Following his huge win, Merritt was the talk of the casino as dozens of people gathered around once they heard the commotion. Merritt was also presented with an oversized check representing his winnings.
    Pictured here during the festivities are (from left): Casino Slot Manager Boris Fazlijoski; Casino Host Airguard Pamiloza; Casino Host Zoran Chekalov; Irene and Wilbur Merritt; Hotel Director Jan Rusin; Cruise Director Karl Bird; Casino Manager Gareth Millar; and Assistant Casino Manager Aiden Jones.
    Carnival Victory operates year-round seven-day southern Caribbean cruises from San Juan, calling at St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and St. Maarten.
    Jason
    Crystal Cruises' Crystal Symphony has encountered a propulsion problem that is slowing the ship's speed, forcing the line to amend the itinerary and cancel a call in Puerto Vallarta.
    "While it may not be discernible to our guests, we wanted to make you aware that Crystal Symphony recently experienced some technical challenges with our cyclo-converter system, which provides power to our propulsion motors," Crystal said in a note to travel agents with passengers on the cruise. "This has resulted in decreased speed only, but does prohibit the vessel from being able to achieve the planned speed required in order to maintain our published itinerary."
    The amended itinerary cancels the Nov. 25 call at Puerto Vallarta. The Symphony will visit Cabo San Lucas for a full day Nov. 25 instead of a half-day previously scheduled for Nov. 23. The ship will spend Nov. 23 at sea. The call in Mazatlan on Nov. 24 will proceed as planned. The company is flying an expert to Cabo to repair the malfunction.
    The line said its shore excursion team is working to organize more tour options for Cabo San Lucas. As a gesture of goodwill and to refund port charges, Crystal is giving guests a $150 credit, redeemable for cash.
    Guest
    Carnival Cruise Lines took home six Porthole Magazine Annual Readers Choice Awards, earning top honors in the Best Value for the Money and Best Entertainment for the 12th consecutive year.
    Since the awards were established in 1999, Carnival Cruise Lines has earned 115 individual honors – the most of any cruise line.
    The annual awards are based on on-line and mail-in surveys of Porthole readers who are asked to rate their favorite cruise line in a variety of product- and service-related categories.
    Carnival’s 2010 Porthole Readers Choice Awards include:

    Best Value for the Money
    Best Entertainment
    Best Mexican Riviera Itineraries
    Best Casinos
    Best Web Site
    Best Theme Cruises

    “Carnival Cruise Lines continues to innovate and evolve the ‘Fun Ship’ vacation experience and to consistently win so many awards in so many different categories year after year is a wonderful testament to these efforts,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival president and CEO. “Further, to be recognized for providing superior value and entertainment – two core elements of a Carnival cruise – for 12 consecutive years is very gratifying,” he added.
    “With six wins this year alone, Carnival Cruise Lines continues to be a reader favorite,” said Bill Panoff, publisher and editor-in-chief of Porthole Cruise Magazine, the leading consumer cruise magazine. “Year after year, Carnival proves that it has a product that cruisers appreciate — from value to entertainment to itineraries. I congratulate them on all of their much-deserved wins.”
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