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    New India itinerary and an overnight stay in Muscat attract guests worldwide.
    Royal Caribbean International’s ship Brilliance of the Seas, one of the world’s most elegant cruise ships started her second consecutive season from her homeport Dubai last week.
    From January through April 2011, Brilliance of the Seas will be offering seven-night cruises in the region, which will start in Dubai, sail to Fujairah and dock in Muscat - where guests can enjoy an overnight stay in Oman’s popular capital city. She will then continue, spending the day at sea and sail, via Abu Dhabi, back to Dubai. Royal Caribbean International is also introducing two new 12-night itineraries which, for the first time, will include ports in India. Sailing from Dubai to Muscat, Brilliance of the Seas will then call into Cochin, Goa and Mumbai – where there will be an overnight stay – and sail back to Dubai.
    “It is a real pleasure for Brilliance of the Seas to return to her winter home in Dubai and the Gulf region and we're very much looking forward to building on the success of our 2010 inaugural season. We're particularly excited that, in addition to our overnight stay in Dubai, we're also including one night in Muscat, which will give our guests a wonderful opportunity to explore this ancient and historical country and experience true Arabian hospitality,” said Helen Beck, Royal Caribbean International’s Regional Sales Director, International Representatives, EMEA.
    “The Brilliance of the Seas’ crew of 860 is ready to perform the duties and render the services that will once again provide a unique sailing experience for the vessel’s 2,100 adventure-seeking passengers. It is very important for us to support luxury cruise ships not only as sources of income but also as ambassadors to the beauty of Dubai, the UAE and the entire Gulf. Through constant improvements to our cruise liner facilities and services we intend to continue providing world-class support to luxury vessels such as the Brilliance of the Seas and reinforce our emerging status as a global cruise tourism hub within the next few years,” said Saleh Mohammed Al Geziry, Director of Overseas Promotions & Inward Missions.
    The largest global cruise line reports that this year’s itineraries are proving to be very popular; nearly all sailings are fully booked at the season’s outset. “We're in the happy position that the majority of our seven-night sailings are close to being sold out, with some limited availability on the late March and April sailings. We’re equally pleased with the performance of our new 12-night itineraries to India and they are on track to sail at full capacity also,” continued Beck.
    Due to the high demand, Royal Caribbean International will extend the third consecutive season which will comprise 18 roundtrip 7-night sailings and two Dubai and India 12-nights sailings from November 2011 through April 2012.
    The number of ships dramatically increased in 2008 to reach 82, carrying 182,023 passengers and to 87 ships carrying 262,740 passengers in 2009. The number of ships in 2010 broke the 100 barrier and touched 103, bringing in 390,255 passengers.
    It is expected that the number of cruise ships in 2011 will increase to 120, with 425,000 passengers. In the coming years DTCM expects the following in terms of cruise ship and passenger arrivals: 135 ships carrying 475,000 passengers in 2012; 150 ships carrying 525,000 passengers in 2013; 165 ships with 575,000 passengers in 2014; and 180 ships carrying 625,000 passengers in 2015.
    It may be recalled that in February last year, the department opened its new cruise terminal in Dubai, which is regarded as the most advanced in the Middle East.
    “We are happy to have Brilliance of the Seas back in Dubai and look forward to an extended third season starting in November 2011. The interest of regional guests increases from season to season as well as the awareness of cruising as a holiday option. There is still huge potential in the region,” explained Lakshmi Durai, Executive Director Royal Caribbean International in the Middle East.
    As with previous cruises, Brilliance of the Seas welcomes guests from all over the world including the UK, the US, Germany, Russia and Asia, providing them with an introduction to the Gulf’s beautiful and fascinating destinations.
    Royal Caribbean International offers numerous shore excursions to explore the sights of Dubai; the Dubai city tour takes guests to the World Trade Centre, which was once one of the tallest buildings in the region, the journey will then continue to the Burj Khalifa, which is now the tallest building in the world, the tour ends at the Bastakiya area, the city's oldest quarter built by wealthy merchants. Other highlights are the high tea at the Burj Al Arab, Madinat Jumeirah Souq, a boat trip around the Jumeirah Palm Island, a Dhow cruise with dinner or a round of Golf at the Els club.
    Brilliance of the Seas, characterised by her innovative super-yacht design, features indoor and outdoor pools, Fitness Centre and Day Spa, an indoor and outdoor sports deck with golf simulator, sports courts, a rock-climbing wall and a jogging track. It also boasts a wide range of dining options, shopping arcades and a movie theatre. “Brilliance of the Seas” guests also will enjoy the cruise line’s award-winning Broadway-style musical revues from Royal Caribbean Productions in the Pacifica Theater, complimentary Adventure Ocean kids and teen programming, and Royal Caribbean International’s Gold Anchor Service of friendly and engaging service from every staff and crew.
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    Celebrity Silhouette, the newest addition to Celebrity Cruises Solstice class family, will make history this summer when it is officially named in Hamburg, Germany. When it comes to automobiles and cruise ships, "made in Germany" is often the mark of high quality, innovative design and precision. Celebrity Cruises' award-winning Solstice Class ships are no exception, and their German heritage is coming full circle with the German locale of Celebrity Silhouette's official naming festivities, with all their pomp and circumstance.
    Built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, the 2,886-guest Celebrity Silhouette will be introduced to the world on July 21, 2011, with formal naming ceremonies that will kick off a two-night preview cruise for invited travel agents, press and other dignitaries. Celebrity Silhouette is the fourth Solstice Class ship in a series of five built at the sixth-generation, family-owned German yard renowned for its commitment to excellence, and the first in its class to be officially named in Germany.
    "We are so honored that Germany will be the first country outside of the United States or the United Kingdom to host the naming of a Solstice Class ship," said Tom Fecke, General Manager, RCL Cruises Ltd., Germany. "This is a clear commitment not only to the German cruise market, but also to the growing interest in the Celebrity Cruises brand, which continues to evolve and attract affluent vacationers. Hamburg, with its strong cruising tradition and appeal, provides an ideal setting, and we are very much looking forward to the celebration of the launch of this stunningly beautiful new ship."
    Vacationers eager to experience Celebrity Silhouette can book its inaugural cruise of July 23, a seven-night cruise to Rome. Following a Rome-focused two-night preview cruise for invited members of the travel industry and the media, the ship will introduce a series of 12- and 13-night Holy Land sailings roundtrip from Rome. Beginning this November, Celebrity Silhouette will be the first Solstice Class ship to present cruises from Cape Liberty (Bayonne), New Jersey, bringing the Solstice Class's award-winning style and design to the greater New York City area.
    Celebrity Silhouette will offer significantly expanded onboard opportunities for vacationers to enjoy their precious vacation time. New venues that will debut on Celebrity Silhouette will highlight some of the premium brand's most compelling characteristics, offering unique experiences focused on the culinary arts, ways to relax and enjoy stylish surroundings at sea, and engaging, enriching onboard activities. These venues include:

    The Lawn Club Grill, the industry's first outdoor, interactive grill restaurant The Porch, offering quick, simple, casual and complimentary breakfasts and lunches against a backdrop of views of the lawn and sea The Art Studio, a space within The Lawn Club where guests can participate in intimate, hands-on instruction from experts in drawing, painting and beading, as well as the art of food, with plating, tastings, mixology and other culinary-themed classes The Alcoves, a private retreat overlooking the lawn, ocean and coastlines, featuring eight exclusive, cabana-style settings, each designed for two to four guests The Hideaway, a high-tech, avant-garde treehouse-like spot for vacationers relaxing with their Apple iPads or perhaps reading a good book within cozy, intimate lounging "nests"
    In addition to the innovative new venues and experiences, Celebrity Silhouette will offer iconic Solstice Class attributes, including:

    The hip "Celebrity iLounge" that made Celebrity Cruises the industry's first Authorized Apple Reseller Uniquely unordinary "Qsine," the first seagoing restaurant to feature a menu and wine list on an iPad®, and an engaging food-as-theater dining experience Ten unrivaled restaurants - in addition to "The Lawn Club Grill" and "The Porch" Modern, stylish interiors designed by some of the world's best architects and designers, including Adam Tihany Cool nightclubs and lounges, including CellarMasters, complete with the industry's first installation of the innovative Enomatic 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® Top-tier entertainment, including custom aerial production shows and live music
    Celebrity Cruises' iconic "X" is the mark of the world's top-rated premium cruise line, with spacious, stylish interiors; dining experiences elevated to an art form; personalized service, with a guest-to-staff ratio of nearly 2:1; unexpected, trendsetting onboard activities, all designed to provide an unmatchable experience for vacationers' precious time. Celebrity sails to Alaska, Australia/New Zealand, Bermuda, California, Canada/New England, the Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, the Pacific Coast, Panama Canal, South America, and year-round in the Galapagos Islands. Celebrity also offers immersive cruisetour experiences in Alaska, Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Europe and South America. One of the fastest-growing major cruise lines, Celebrity's fleet currently consists of 10 ships, with two additional Solstice Class ships scheduled to join the fleet: Celebrity Silhouette in July 2011, and Celebrity Reflection in Fall 2012.
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    Carnival Cruise Lines is excited to announce the FIRST ever Cooper River Bridge Run wedding in Marion Square- a FIRST for Charleston, a FIRST for the Run, and a FIRST for Carnival! Carnival Cruise Lines is inviting interested couples to submit an application for a chance to be the first to tie the knot or renew vows at Carnival’s “beach” in Marion Square, after racing to the altar in the 2011 Cooper River Bridge Run. Carnival Cruise Lines’ Race to the Altar fundraiser will benefit MUSC Children’s Hospital as part of a year-long partnership.
    Couples interested in winning a unique wedding experience and a honeymoon aboard Carnival Cruise Lines’ Fantasy can enter to win by February 18. To enter:

    Complete submission form available at www.bridgerun.com or email lmiller@rawlemurdy.com to request the form.
    Send in optional brief video description explaining:

    o Who you are as a couple
    o How you met
    o Why you would be perfect to win
    Submissions can be sent to:

    Rawle Murdy, Associates
    Attn: Carnival Race to the Altar
    Post Office Box 1117
    Charleston, SC 29402
    Email: lmiller@rawlemurdy.com
    Full rules available at www.bridgerun.com.
    On February 25, the winner will be announced as the FIRST couple to ever be married on the beach in Marion Square after running the Cooper River Bridge Run. In addition, the winning couple will receive:

    First dance on festival main stage in front of family, friends and 40,000 fellow runners Honeymoon in an ocean view stateroom on a five-day Bahamas cruise aboard Carnival Cruise Lines’ Fantasy
    Carnival Cruise Lines’ sponsorship of the Cooper River Bridge Run and the race to the altar fundraiser are part of Carnival’s year-long partnership with MUSC Children’s Hospital. Funds raised during the Bridge Run through participation of the Charleston public will be donated by Carnival to MUSC Children’s Hospital. The partnership includes several in-kind and monetary donations and fundraisers, as well as bringing smiles and fun to the patients of the MUSC Children’s Hospital with quarterly visits by Carnival Fantasy crew members.
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    Norwegian Sun re-entered service after undergoing a multi-million dollar 12-day dry dock during which the 1,936-passenger ship received extensive renovations focused on enhancing the guest experience. The Freestyle Cruising ship received enhancements to its public areas, suites and restaurants. Following on the popularity of the Brazilian steakhouse that debuted on Norwegian Epic, the Moderno Churrascaria has been added as a new on-board restaurant. Guests can sample a variety of skewered meats presented by tableside passadors, as well as a salad bar. Additional updates and enhancements were made to some of the back-of-house areas of the ship to increase efficiencies.
    “We have a company-wide commitment to ensuring our ships are in excellent condition. Therefore, Norwegian Sun is the first of three ships this year that will enter dry dock for enhancements, along with several that will take place in 2012,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “We will continue to enhance and refresh Freestyle Cruising for our guests and are pleased to now offer a new restaurant choice on Norwegian Sun.”
    Additional ships undergoing dry dock improvements this year are: Norwegian Dawn in May and Norwegian Spirit in September.
    Norwegian Sun’s refurbishment to guest areas includes:

    Updated décor in all 33 of the ship’s suites; Improvements to the Kids Crew area which offers complimentary children’s programs; The addition of Moderno Churrascaria, the line’s new and popular Brazilian steakhouse (in the space previously occupied by Pacific Heights); Overall replacement of carpets and wall coverings in public areas.
    In addition, back-of-house enhancements include:

    An energy conservation project focused on the ship’s HVAC system to save an estimated six million kilowatts per year (when complete in May 2011); Replacement of all potable water piping (continuing over the next 12-18 months); Propeller and rudder modifications to decrease power consumption by six percent; Removal and replacement of all lifeboat davit hooks with new state-of-the-art hooks to further ensure guest safety.
    Norwegian Sun sails alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from Port Canaveral, departing every Saturday through April 7, 2011. The ship’s seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruise stops in Nassau, Bahamas; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten. On the seven-day Western Caribbean cruise, the ship will call in Cozumel, Mexico; Santo Tomás 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 8 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 (Warnemünde), Germany; Tallinn, Estonia; an overnight in St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm (Nynashamn), Sweden.
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    With a dash of Disney magic and a surprising twist, a helicopter hoisted a 16-foot “champagne bottle” across the bow of the Disney Dream during a christening ceremony officially welcoming the newest ship to the Disney Cruise Line family.
    Serving the traditional role of godmother for the Disney Dream christening was Jennifer Hudson, the Academy Award and Grammy Award winner whose own dreams of stardom began when she was a performer on the Disney Wonder ship in 2003.
    Hudson was joined onstage by Disney CEO Bob Iger and Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs, as the enormous “champagne bottle” filled with dreams of adventure, romance and fun was lifted into the air and broken across the bow of the 130,000-ton ship.
    Some 3,000 people were gathered at the Disney Dream for the christening ceremony including celebrities, media and members of the public.
    The spectacle befit a ship brimming with innovative “wows” – including gallery art that comes alive, the first water coaster aboard a cruise ship, Magical Portholes that provide inside staterooms with a real-time ocean view, a full-blown shipboard fireworks show, personal interaction with animated characters, play floors like gigantic video games, and original Broadway-style stage spectaculars.
    “For over a decade, Disney Cruise Line has been making vacation dreams come true for millions of families and we continue that tradition today with the launch of the Disney Dream,” Iger said. “The mix of imagination and innovation found on the Disney Dream is unparalleled and elevates the family cruise experience to new heights.”
    The 4,000-passenger Disney Dream sails its maiden voyage out of Port Canaveral, Fla., on Jan. 26. It joins the 2,700-passenger Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, with the Disney Fantasy scheduled to join the fleet in 2012.
    “The addition of the Disney Dream provides an opportunity to extend our horizons and open up Disney cruising to more families,” Staggs said. “From the majestic beauty of Alaska, to the culture and history of Europe, to the fun and sun of the Caribbean, families looking to take a Disney cruise have more options than ever before.”
    In 2011, the Disney Dream will sail three-, four- and five-night itineraries to the Bahamas and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. The Disney Magic will sail seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries and seven-, 10- and 11-night European cruises out of Barcelona during the summer months. The Disney Wonder will sail seven-night Mexican Riviera cruises from the Port of Los Angeles beginning Jan. 23 and seven-night Alaska itineraries from Vancouver, B.C., during the summer months.
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    The 2011 Mediterranean cruise season in Naples is underway with Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas, the third and final ship in the Freedom-class (160,000 tons) and Royal Caribbean International's flagship for the Mediterranean. The ship arrived yesterday in the port of Naples.
    Following Independence of the Seas, other Royal Caribbean ships will call on the capital of Campania including Mariner of the Seas on April 4, Celebrity Solstice May 18, Celebrity Equinox May 26, Liberty of the Seas June 2, Silhouette Celebrity, Celebrity Cruises' new flagship recently opened, August 8, Voyager of the Seas October 25, Splendour of the Seas November 21.
    Campania is, however, the primary destination for the Royal Caribbean group with other strategic ports depending on itinerary.
    Royal Caribbean is sending 11 vessels to Italian ports for the 2011 season, for a total of 104 calls and a handle over 335,000 passengers. Independence of the Seas will call 6 times a year in Naples, for a total of approximately 26,220 passenger movements.
    Royal Caribbean's Director General for cruises in Italy is happy about Royal Caribbean's role in Italy, "For years, Naples has a strategic role in the planning of Royal Caribbean, and increasingly consolidated his lead role. Choosing the Campanian capital as the primary port is aligned perfectly with the European development project and especially the Italian company. As further proof of our happy synergy with the port of Naples also boast a partnership established in the management of Terminal Napoli, a sign of a common desire to work constructively with local institutions and key stakeholders. It 'just been to Naples to start this great policy terminals management and we are honored to have first shared this philosophy that we think of great success. "
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    Norwegian Cruise Line is promoting its warm-weather cruises over Valentine’s Day. Making the celebration sweeter is the promotion offering up to a four-category upgrade, along with e-coupons in onboard savings of up to $400, to guests who book a cruise by March 27.
    NCL offers two romance packages. The Romance Package includes sparkling wine and strawberries in stateroom upon embarkation, a traditional spa pedicure and manicure for one, two 25-minute half-body Seven Seas Massages and tea service in stateroom. The price is $249 per stateroom.
    The Deluxe Romance Package includes sparkling wine and strawberries in stateroom upon embarkation, choice of Exotic Frangipani Body Nourishing Wrap or Exotic Coconut and Milk Ritual Wrap for one, two 25-minute half-body massages, tea service in stateroom, breakfast in bed, a keepsake portrait, and a romantic dinner for two with a complimentary bottle of wine in Le Bistro. The cost is $329 per stateroom.
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    New campaign challenges the expected; playfully engages consumers
    Life and work have too many rules. A vacation - one of the most important decisions time-starved consumers make each year - should not. That philosophy has inspired top-rated premium brand Celebrity Cruises' new integrated, multi-channel campaign: "X the rules."
    "Our new campaign is grounded in deep consumer insights and the knowledge that vacation time is precious - and limited. We get that," said Celebrity's President & CEO Dan Hanrahan. "At Celebrity, we constantly break away from the status quo and set new standards to deliver a vacation experience that is unequivocally unique and better."
    "We're leveraging our longtime icon - the high-visibility Celebrity 'X' - to creatively communicate that the 'X' is the mark of an unmatchable vacation experience - better than any other on land or at sea," said Celebrity's Vice President of Marketing Lisa Kauffman.
    Many cruise lines claim to offer beautiful accommodations, great dining experiences, and excellent service, but those attributes consistently earn Celebrity Cruises recognition as one of the top cruise lines in the world in coveted annual readers' surveys in the elite Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Celebrated Living, Frommer's Guide, x, Porthole, Recommend, TravelAge West and Travel Weekly, including the Travel Weekly "Globe Awards" (UK), which just last night honored Celebrity as "Best Premium Cruise Line." Those and ongoing press reviews year-over-year continuously recognize Celebrity for its hip style and design; widely varied, high quality culinary experiences; and personalized service with a guest-to-crew ratio of nearly 2:1 and 24/7 butler service in every luxurious suite.
    Celebrity's claim of offering a better, different and special vacation experience is further validated in its trendsetting onboard experience. While most vacation providers offer Internet cafes, only Celebrity offers the "Celebrity iLounge," complete with the opportunity to experiment with the latest Apple technologies and become immersed in new applications through "iLearn" courses. Many cruise lines offer enrichment programs, but only Celebrity offers vacationers the chance to learn a new language through Rosetta Stone, become immersed in the culture of the destinations with experts from Smithsonian Journeys, or taste the difference a glass makes in comparative wine tastings with Riedel Crystal. It's all part of Celebrity's commitment to maximizing vacationers' precious vacation time by offering an experience that is undeniably better, different and truly special.
    Kauffman says Celebrity also chose to "X the rules" in the creation and development of the new concept, opting to partner with boutique creative network Underhead versus a traditional agency. The new campaign will appear in a variety of online executions, consumer and trade magazines, outdoor, and in newspapers across the U.S. and Canada.
    Celebrity also is creatively engaging its rapidly growing fan base with the new campaign on its Facebook page. There, a number of the brand's new online banner ads will be revealed in a carousel, complete with Celebrity's "X the rules" philosophy. And, on January 25, Celebrity will launch on Facebook a captivating photo contest, where the brand's followers will be invited to share in postcard format how they "X the rules" in their own lives, in categories which have long been synonymous with Celebrity Cruises - luxury, exhilaration, and relaxation - or to select their own category in which they "X the rules."
    For those who expect Celebrity Cruises' executives to vote for the winner, Celebrity says, "X the rules." Instead, the line will invite Facebook followers to vote for several entrants who will receive prizes, with the grand prize winner to be determined in a competition among finalists for a European cruise for two with Celebrity Cruises. Naturally, the cruise experience will include a host of onboard experiences that will immerse the winner in how Celebrity delivers on its promise to "X the rules." Full details of the contest will be revealed on the brand's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/celebritycruises) January 25.
    Celebrity Cruises' iconic "X" is the mark of the world's top-rated premium cruise line, with spacious, stylish interiors; dining experiences elevated to an art form; personalized service, with a guest-to-staff ratio of nearly 2:1; unexpected, trendsetting onboard activities, all designed to provide an unmatchable experience for vacationers' precious time. Celebrity sails to Alaska, Australia/New Zealand, Bermuda, California, Canada/New England, the Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, the Pacific Coast, Panama Canal, South America, and year-round in the Galapagos Islands. Celebrity also offers immersive cruisetour experiences in Alaska, Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Europe and South America. One of the fastest-growing major cruise lines, Celebrity's fleet currently consists of 10 ships, with two additional Solstice Class ships scheduled to join the fleet: Celebrity Silhouette in July 2011, and Celebrity Reflection in Fall 2012.
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    Most Inspiring Video or Essay Submissions Determined by Popular Vote
    Princess Cruises is launching a Facebook contest inviting its fans to share their most essential travel experience for a chance to check another place off their travel bucket list. The contest winner, to be determined by popular vote, will receive their choice of eight remarkable cruise destinations -- Europe, Asia, Tahiti, Australia/New Zealand, the Holy Land, Panama Canal, Alaska or South America.
    The cruise vacation choices range from 10 to 16 days in length in a balcony stateroom, and include roundtrip airfare for two people.
    Travelers can submit their compelling tales through the special contest tab on the line's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/PrincessCruises) either as a written story or video. The public will then have the opportunity to vote on the experience that inspires them the most, and the eligible entrant with the highest number of votes will win their dream cruise vacation.
    "We're encouraging our Facebook fans to share an inspiring travel experience they think everyone should do at least once in their lifetime," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. "And the unprecedented aspect of this contest is that the winner gets to choose from among eight incredible cruise destinations, and cross yet another experience off their travel bucket list."
    There are two ways to enter the Princess Cruises Travel Bucket List Contest -- with a written story up to 300 words and up to five photos, or with a video up to two minutes in length. Entries can be submitted any time until February 7, 2011. Fans can vote for the story that inspires them most between February 11-25, 2011 and the winner will be announced on or around March 11, 2011.
    The contest is inspired by Princess' popular blog, 50 Essential Experiences, which chronicles bucket list travel experiences from the company's most-traveled employees. The blog, which has attracted over half a million page views since it launched in October, has motivated many travelers to think about their own travel bucket lists and plan essential travel experiences.
    "We know our passengers are passionate about travel, so we're looking forward to reading some wonderful stories," said Swartz.
    The eligible top vote-getter will receive his or her choice of one of the following eight cruise itineraries:
    13-day New Zealand
    Sydney, Bay of Islands, Auckland, Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Christchurch (Lyttelton), Dunedin (Port Chalmers), Fiordland National Park Scenic Cruising, Sydney
    12-day Holy Land
    Rome (Civitavecchia), Sorrento (for Capri & Pompeii), Patmos, Kusadasi (for Ephesus), Galilee/Nazareth (Haifa), Jerusalem (Ashdod), Port Said (for Giza/Cairo), Alexandria, Santorini, Athens (Piraeus)
    16-day Southeast Asia & China
    Beijing (Tianjin), Busan, Nagasaki, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Singapore
    12-day Grand Mediterranean
    Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Rome (Civitavecchia), Naples (for Capri & Pompeii), Mykonos, Istanbul, Kusadasi (for Ephesus), Athens (Piraeus), Venice (Overnight)
    14-day Panama Canal
    Ft. Lauderdale, Aruba, Cartagena, Full transit of the Panama Canal, Fuerte Amador, Costa Rica (Puntarenas), Los Angeles
    12-night Alaska Connoisseur Deluxe Escorted Cruisetour
    Vancouver, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay National Park, College Fjord, Whittier/Denali, Denali, Denali/Mt. McKinley, Mt. McKinley, Anchorage/Mt. McKinley, Anchorage
    10-day Tahiti & Polynesia
    Tahiti (Papeete), Huahine, Rangiroa, Raiatea, Bora Bora (Overnight), Moorea, Tahiti (Papeete)
    14-day Cape Horn Route to Rio
    Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Falkland Islands (Stanley), Cape Horn scenic cruising, Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego), Punta Arenas (Strait of Magellan), Chilean Fjords scenic cruising, Santiago (Valparaiso)
    The Princess Travel Bucket List contest is open to all residents of the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada (excluding Quebec), the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, aged 21 years or older.
    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 ranging in length from seven to 107 days. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK).
    Princess Cruises is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines. Our exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America, Cunard Line, Costa Cruises and 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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    The sky's the limit when it comes to outdoor fun and fitness at the innovative SportSquare to be featured on Carnival Cruise Lines' newest vessel, Carnival Magic, when it sets sail May 1. The line's most expansive outdoor recreation area by far, SportSquare on Carnival Magic (www.carnivalmagic.com) is an active cruiser's on-board paradise, featuring SkyCourse, the first ropes course at sea, and cruising's first-ever outdoor fitness area. Guests can also get in the swing of things with the line's first-ever two-level nine-hole miniature golf course, which the company is encouraging fans to help name at www.carnivalmagic.com/contest.
    Sure to be a talked about feature will be SkyCourse, the first-of-its-kind ropes course located on Spa & Sports Deck 12. The spectacular new attraction will offer fun and adventure for all, along with magnificent views of the sea nearly 150 feet below. On SkyCourse, thrill-seeking guests can strap into a safety harness and choose from a beginner or intermediate course, traversing across rope bridges, swinging steps and beams suspended above the top deck. Approximately 20 guests at a time can zig and zag along the two 230-foot courses, while friends and family can join in the fun by cheering participants on from the deck. Each of the 20 different elements on the ropes course is named after a notable bridge in the U.S.
    "We're literally taking fun and fitness to a new level with SportSquare. Whether you're climbing our amazing new ropes course at sea, doing some fresh-air cardio or just taking it all in, there's something fun for everyone to enjoy, day or night," said Gerry Cahill, Carnival's president and CEO.
    Guests can get pumped up at Sky Fitness featuring a wide array of exercise equipment, stationary bicycles, elliptical and rowing machines, punching bags and more. For a run in the sun and fresh sea air, Sports Track offers an 800-foot-long jogging path that surrounds the entire area. When guests are ready to get their game on, they'll find lighted multi-purpose space for basketball, volleyball and soccer, along with a six-station Vita exercise course and ping pong and foosball tables at Sports Court. And for those who just want to relax and check out the sports action in the area or on TV, SportSquare also features a full bar with a large flat-screen display.
    Have a Ball and Name Magic's Miniature Golf Course
    As part of its Make The Magic Yours campaign, Carnival is continuing to give fans the opportunity to add their personal touches to its newest and most innovative "Fun Ship." Winning fans have already created witty coaster sayings for the line's first Caribbean-themed pub at sea, named a delicious dish for its family-style Italian restaurant, and the giant water dump bucket that will provide a splashing good time for kids and adults alike.
    Today, the company is challenging fun-atics to name SportSquare's two-level, mini golf course. Through, January 24, 2011, fans ages 13 and older can submit their suggested name at www.carnivalmagic.com/contest for a chance to have their winning entry forever "linked" to the nine-hole course, along with a prize package which includes a digital camera and Carnival-branded golf paraphernalia.
    Entries must be no more than 50 characters and Carnival ship-worthy, as they'll be judged by the company based on relevance, creativity and originality then culled down to five finalists. In late January, Carnival will invite fun seekers to vote for their favorite name to choose one lucky winner who will be announced in mid-February. Additional information and contest rules are available at www.carnivalmagic.com/contest.
    In addition to serving as a clever way to name Carnival Magic's mini-golf course, the contest will raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, with Carnival donating $1 for each entry and vote, as well as for each Facebook fan who "likes" the contest.
    SportSquare, along with Carnival Magic's many other unique innovations, are highlighted in an interactive micro site, www.carnivalmagic.com, which features a full-screen virtual tour, exclusive images and videos, construction footage and more.
    The 3,690-passenger Carnival Magic is slated to debut in Europe with a series of seven- to 12-day Mediterranean cruises operating May 1 – Oct. 16, 2011. Following a 16-day trans-Atlantic crossing, Carnival Magic will launch seven-day Caribbean service from Galveston, Texas, Nov. 14, 2011, becoming the port's largest year-round cruise ship.
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    Norwegian Cruise Line announced that the popular Slam Allen Band will return to Norwegian Epic as the official Fat Cats house blues band, starting January 15, 2011. Slam Allen first appeared on Norwegian Epic during the ship's inaugural launch in June, 2010 and performed on the ship through September. With Slam at the helm, the band quickly developed an incredible rapport with guests and other entertainers on board.
    "Slam became an instant hit during the launch of Norwegian Epic as his soulful music combined with his playful and inviting personality really resonated with our guests," said Richard Kilman, director of entertainment programming and development for Norwegian Cruise Line. "It's a coup for us to have him return to the ship and serve as the official house band of Fat Cats."
    For more than 20 years, Slam Allen, originally from New Jersey, has been entertaining audiences around the world with his unique blend of soul and blues. For the past eight years, he has played an important role, as the lead singer and guitarist, in the legendary James Cotton Band. Music is in Allen's blood -- he got his start from his father and uncles who were known as the Allen Brothers Band. On Norwegian Epic, Allen plays a wide range of songs from B.B. King and Otis Redding to his own original music in the intimate 170-seat Fat Cats lounge six nights a week.
    "When I play, people who may have never heard of me leave the show feeling like we're old friends," Allen said. "Playing on Norwegian Epic is a great way to develop relationships with people since they are there for an entire week and many come back every night."
    Slam Allen will be playing in Fat Cats for the next six months. When he leaves for his month vacation in July, Allen will personally select his stand-in. Watch him in action in "An Epic Moment in Entertainment: Fat Cats Jazz & Blues Club" on Norwegian's YouTube channel.
    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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    Future-forward restaurant is new addition in ship's expanded revitalization
    The rules say you shouldn't play with your food. But it's quite the contrary in "Qsine," the novel restaurant introduced on Celebrity Cruises' stylish Celebrity Eclipse last year. The award-winning venue – the first at sea to present its menu and wine list on an iPad™ – has met with such phenomenal response that Celebrity plans to add it to Celebrity Infinity during the ship's revitalization, designed to complement the already award-winning Millennium Class ships' style and design with some of the most popular venues on the line's widely heralded Solstice Class ships.
    "Qsine is designed to bring out our guests' 'inner foodie' through a uniquely unordinary approach, elevating the dining experience to a performance art," said Celebrity's Vice President of Culinary Operations Jacques Van Staden. "We've been absolutely thrilled with the response to Qsine from our guests on Celebrity Eclipse, and look forward to offering the same engaging experience when Celebrity Infinity presents the venue later this year."
    Van Staden says the only serious thing in Qsine is the food, such as a vertical selection of savory tapas and mezze served individually in custom-made frames, a trio of chilled soups delivered shot-style, and spring rolls served in springs, all of which are described in detail on the iPad-housed menu and wine list, which offers a full scan of wine labels, an interactive cocktail menu, and the ability for guests to enter tasting notes and e-mail their favorite wine selections.
    The first in the Millennium Class series to be revitalized was Celebrity Constellation in April 2010. Rave reviews from guests sailing on the "new" vessel led the brand to expand the process further on Celebrity Infinity, which will emerge from drydock December 3, 2011, with Qsine housed in the space where Tuscan Grille delights guests on Celebrity Constellation.
    Joining Qsine in the expanded revitalization of Celebrity Infinity will be:

    AquaClass accommodations – marking a Millennium-Class 'first' – allowing guests on Celebrity Infinity to experience the brand's popular spa-inspired accommodations and amenities the chic, Mediterranean-themed specialty restaurant, "Blu," offered exclusively for AquaClass guests the hip Celebrity iLounge, which debuted on Celebrity Eclipse and made Celebrity Cruises the industry's first Authorized Apple Reseller, and where guests can participate in Celebrity's "iLearn" enrichment series more private luxury havens with entirely new verandas added to the ship's spacious, sumptuous Celebrity Suites additional new oceanview and inside staterooms an expanded collection of original, contemporary art
    As on Celebrity Constellation, the following venues also will be incorporated on Celebrity Infinity during the ship's scheduled drydock period:

    a "cool" new ice-topped Martini Bar and Crush the vibrant creperie, Bistro on Five the inviting Cafe al Bacio and Gelateria Cellarmasters wine bar, complete with the "Enomatic" state-of-the-art wine serving system – an industry-first when it debuted on Celebrity Solstice – 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
    "Everything we've introduced on our award-winning Solstice Class fleet, and everything we're adding to our popular Millennium Class ships, has been created to enhance that all-important feeling of getting away," said Celebrity's President & CEO Dan Hanrahan. "All of our new venues and onboard experiences – paired with the spectacular service of our dedicated crew – are designed to ensure our guests can make the most of their precious vacation time."
    Celebrity currently plans to similarly refurbish Celebrity Summit in January 2012, followed by Celebrity Millennium in April 2012. The already-revitalized Celebrity Constellation will be further refitted with the additional offerings in April 2013.
    Celebrity Cruises is designed for discerning vacationers, 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, the Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, the Pacific Coast, Panama Canal, South America, and year-round in 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.
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    Royal Caribbean International is launching a series of experiential beverage programs through a partnership with renowned French winemaker Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite). The program debuted in December aboard the new Allure of the Seas and will be deployed fleet-wide by the end of the first quarter 2011. The hour-long Lafite Wine Experience features a tasting of four wines from the winemaker's Reserve Speciale series and is available for $29 per person.
    Led by a Royal Caribbean cellar master, the Lafite Wine Experience aims to expand guests' understanding of several of the growing regions in Bordeaux and how its soil cultivates the grapes and elevates the wines' bouquet. Along the way, guests will learn about food pairings and have an option to purchase a two-bottle gift set to take home in addition to the information kit they will receive during the program.
    Although the Chateau Lafite first growth wine is not part of the tasting during this 'wine tour' of Bordeaux, participants will sample Reserve Speciale Bordeaux Blanc and Rouge, progressing to Reserve Speciale Medoc and culminating in Reserve Speciale Pauillac.
    The program can be booked onboard or in advance through www.royalcaribbean.com/precruiseplanner.
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    With Carnival Magic's inaugural European season right around the corner Carnival is holding a Europe Sale, offering best available upgrades and on-board credits up to $300 per stateroom, for bookings made between Jan. 10- 30th , 2011. Carnival Magic's European schedule encompasses seven-, nine- and 12-day Mediterranean voyages May 1 through October 16, 2011.
    The best available upgrade offer applies to new individual bookings for stateroom categories 4A and higher. Upgrades are available within specific stateroom accommodation types (interior to interior, ocean view to ocean view, balcony to balcony). The promotion also includes a $200 onboard credit per stateroom for seven-day Europe sailings, $250 onboard credit per stateroom for nine-day sailings, and $300 onboard credit per stateroom for 12-day sailings.
    The upgrade and onboard credit promotion is available in conjunction with the line's Fun Select rates, which allow guests to select the stateroom of their choice based on deck, location and accommodation category.
    The 3,690-passenger Carnival Magic is set to debut in Europe on May 1, 2011. The ship will offer a variety of unique features — including the Caribbean-inspired RedFrog Pub offering its own private label beer, the Cucina del Capitano Italian specialty restaurant, serving up family-style Italian fare, and the SportSquare outdoor recreation complex, featuring cruising's first outdoor ropes course — all designed for an unforgettable "Fun Ship" experience.
    Following its inaugural European season, the ship will then sail on a 16-day trans-Atlantic crossing followed by the launch of seven-day Caribbean service from Galveston, Texas, November 14, 2011, becoming the port's largest year-round cruise ship.
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    Norwegian Cruise Line announced that the next installment of Legends in Concert tribute artists will make their debut on Norwegian Epic on Saturday, January 22, 2011. The three Legends represent some of the world's most famous entertainers Janet Jackson, Neil Diamond and Aretha Franklin. A staple on the Las Vegas' center strip for over 25 years, Legends in Concert is known as the pioneer of live tribute shows and has assembled the greatest collection of live tribute artists and celebrity look-alikes in show business.
    "The Legends in Concert shows in the Epic Theater and Legends Unplugged in the Manhattan Room are a favorite of our guests," said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line's chief executive officer. "With the third round of legendary entertainers, we are continuing to keep the entertainment fresh and exciting. Neil Diamond also happens to be one of my personal favorites and I am looking forward to seeing Aretha and Janet perform."
    Karin Lawson, a native of Denver, Colorado, portrays Janet Jackson. While performing as an ensemble member of "Legends in Concert," Karin began perfecting her tribute to Janet Jackson, a performer Lawson has long respected and admired. Her perseverance paid off when, at the end of 2001, Karin was given an opportunity to debut her character for Legends in Concert at Universal Studios in Japan. Lawson has since spent the last nine years performing as Jackson around the world.
    As a singer, songwriter and entertainer, William Paul has always been drawn to Neil Diamond and his legacy of worldwide hits. Impersonating the seventies and eighties era of Diamond, Paul performs classic hits like "Sweet Caroline" and "Love on the Rocks," reenacting Diamond's charming personality, singing tone and dance moves perfectly. Originally from Australia, Paul also plays in his own band performing at various venues in Australia. He is also known for writing an internationally acclaimed song for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
    DeNita Asberry has impersonated one of her favorite divas, Aretha Franklin, from an early age. Asberry is an internationally recognized entertainer who has performed with The Righteous Brothers, Wayne Newton, George Hamilton, and David Cassidy, among many others. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Asberry has been performing with Legends in Concert for nine years.
    Legends in Concert is a live musical celebration featuring the world's greatest celebrity tribute artists. Legends in Concert on Norwegian Epic features three celebrity tribute performers taking the stage in the Epic Theater for six 45-minute shows over three days during a seven-day cruise. In addition, a Legends "Unplugged" show is performed on three additional nights in the Manhattan Room, the ship's New York-inspired supper club, providing an unprecedented dining and entertainment experience. The celebrity performers change every four months, keeping the show fresh and exciting. The last round of performers included Britney Spears, Rod Stewart and Michael Jackson.
    Legends in Concert
    Internationally acclaimed Legends in Concert is known as the pioneer of live celebrity impersonator shows and possesses the greatest collection of celebrity impersonators ever assembled. Featuring live concert shows of famous musicians and celebrities of yesterday and today with concert venues in Myrtle Beach, Branson, Las Vegas, Seattle, Atlantic City, Foxwoods Resort Casino and Coushatta Casino. The live impersonator show with music legends such as Elvis Presley, The Blues Brothers, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Cher, Madonna, Michael Jackson and many more celebrities that appeal to music fans of all ages, makes Legends in Concert a must see live concert show. With an always-evolving cast of legendary superstars with original choreography and extravagant costumes, Legends in Concert is the original and largest live celebrity tribute show in the world.
    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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    Celebrity Cruises celebrates new year by offering new ways to save Destination-focused booking promotion aims to help consumers enjoy precious vacation time
    Premium vacation brand Celebrity Cruises has kicked off a "New Year, New Cruise" booking promotion aimed at helping vacationers to make the most of their time off. Each week this month, Celebrity is offering up to $150 in stateroom credit, for select cruises in particular destinations.
    The savings will be issued in the form of a shipboard credit. Offered to help vacationers make the most of their time onboard, the credit can be used for spa treatments, specialty dining, shopping, shore excursions and more. The promotion is intended to offer guests an added opportunity to enjoy Celebrity's line-up of onboard experiences as well as to get to know the destinations on the itinerary through shore excursions.
    Exotic experiences in Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii
    This week (through January 9), guests booking 2011 Australia/New Zealand, Panama Canal and Hawaii sailings are eligible to take advantage of the promotion. Not only do Celebrity's cruises in these regions introduce numerous new ports of call, but sailings in Australia and New Zealand also will feature a line-up of onboard activities such as local speakers/entertainers and destination-focused food and beverage menus, all geared toward immersing guests in the region. While in port, Celebrity offers shore excursions that give guests the opportunity to observe local wildlife such as kangaroos, koalas, Tasmanian devils and kiwis, learn more about the Aboriginal and Maori cultures, climb the Sydney Bridge, explore the New Zealand countryside by train, and more.
    Seven ships in the Caribbean
    From January 10 through January 16, 2011, guests who book Caribbean cruises sailing from March through December 2011 are eligible. Seven Celebrity Cruises ships will present Caribbean cruises in 2011, including Celebrity Constellation, which was "Solsticized" last year, and four Solstice Class ships. Among these is the forthcoming Celebrity Silhouette, which will debut this summer in Europe before transitioning to Cape Liberty (Bayonne), New Jersey for a fall and winter Caribbean season offering Northeast travelers an easy way to escape the cold weather in style. With multiple specialty restaurants, hip, stylish bars and coffee lounges, a variety of fun activities in its Celebrity Life program and more, Celebrity's Solstice Class is a popular choice for upscale travelers seeking a Caribbean getaway. While ashore, travelers can opt to zipline through the trees in St. Maarten, enjoy a sailing trip by catamaran in St. Thomas, visit a rainforest in Puerto Rico, explore Mayan ruins in Mexico, or snorkel with stingrays in Grand Cayman.
    Cultural exploration in Europe
    Europe and transatlantic cruises departing from April through November of 2011 are the focus of the offer for those guests booking cruises from January 17 through January 23, 2011. The five ships that Celebrity will sail throughout Europe in the summer of 2011 will offer travelers the Solstice Class experience; one of these is Celebrity Constellation. Visiting a total of 63 ports in 23 countries, Celebrity's Europe lineup in 2011 will feature seven new ports: Leknes (Lofoten) and Longyearbyen, Norway; La Spezia, Italy; Bodrum and Marmaris, Turkey; Chania (Souda Bay), Greece; and Kotor, Montenegro. Shore excursion options in Europe include Celebrity's private car/van arrangements available in over 20 ports, a visit to the Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, a trip to explore the ruins of Pompeii in Naples, a rare opportunity to visit the Giza Pyramids in Egypt, and more.
    Scenic views in Alaska
    From January 24 through January 30, guests who book Alaska sailings taking place from May through September of 2011, will be eligible for the onboard credit offer. Highly appealing to families and first-time cruisers, Celebrity's Alaska itineraries include seven-night Tracy Arm Fjord and 10-night "Ultimate Alaska" voyages, among others. Guests seeking the opportunity to view Alaska's Inside Passage and other points of interest from the privacy of their stateroom veranda will have more opportunities to do so in 2011, with the introduction of Celebrity Century to the region; the ship was refurbished in 2006 to include 314 new veranda staterooms. Guests who book during the January promotion and earn onboard credit can opt to use it toward popular shore excursions such as whale watching, The Great Alaska Lumberjack show, a trip on the White Pass Scenic Railway, salmon bakes and more.
    The shipboard credit earned during the promotion is valid only during the cruise booked during the promotion. The offer is valid only for new, individual bookings, and bookings within a group that are named and deposited within the booking window, paid partially or in full. Incentive contracted groups and charters are not eligible. The amount of onboard credit offered is based on stateroom category and sailing length; for example, select sailings of seven nights, such as those on Celebrity's award-winning Solstice Class ships, will offer vacationers onboard credit in the amount of $50 per stateroom for inside and oceanview staterooms; $100 per stateroom for standard verandas; and $150 per stateroom for Concierge Class, AquaClass and suites.
    Celebrity Cruises is designed for discerning vacationers, 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, the Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, the Pacific Coast, Panama Canal, South America, and year-round in 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.
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    World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society (WOCLS) members named Holland America Line the Best Overall Cruise Value for the 18th consecutive year for its premium cruise experience.
    "To again be lauded by the members of the World Ocean and Cruise Liner Society is an honor and we're grateful that our commitment to continuously invest in our product is recognized by such an esteemed group of travelers," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. "Unique programs such as Signature of Excellence and exclusive partnerships with renowned names like Le Cirque, Microsoft and Food & Wine Magazine enable us continually to add value to our product and brand, and our guests appreciate that."
    WOCLS is composed of thousands of experienced cruisers who take, on average, two cruises a year. The society reviews all cruise lines annually, and in its monthly publication, Ocean and Cruise News, noted that "One of the main reasons why Holland America Line continues to capture our yearly honor for the best overall value in cruises is that it puts forth an extra effort to offer a number of features that other cruise lines believe are not necessary or are too costly."
    Thomas Cassidy, editor of Ocean and Cruise News, wrote, "Some of the elements that combine to make Holland America Line the best overall cruise value include its ongoing fleetwide investment, called 'Signature of Excellence' enhancements, the impeccable appearance of its ships with their friendly Indonesian and Filipino crews, the extra effort to properly train and supervise staff, the more extensive choice of dinner menus in its restaurants, a variety of alternate restaurants and Lido and then all the little extras, such as canvas tote bags, hot hors d'oeuvres at cocktail time, chilled beer glasses, a no-charge ice cream bar and later lunch hours when in port. As a result, its passengers receive extraordinary value for the money they spend."
    Holland America Line also received top marks from the World Ocean and Cruise Liner Society in the High-Deluxe, 5-Star, Large Ships Category during the annual Best Cruise Value Awards.
    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 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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    Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Jewel and Norwegian Sun to sail from Miami, offering more variety and new ports of call
    Norwegian Cruise Line announced its Caribbean deployment for the 2012/2013 season with itineraries from Miami, Tampa and New Orleans along with Repositioning, Panama Canal and Quick Getaway cruises.
    These cruises go on sale to Norwegian's top travel partners and Latitudes members (past guests) today, January 4, 2011 and to the general public on Wednesday, January 5.
    "Our 2012/2013 Caribbean cruise deployment offers an abundance of choice in departure ports, ships and itineraries for those looking to relax in the sun," said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian's chief executive officer. "We are excited to bring our newest and most innovative ship, Norwegian Epic, back to Miami along with offering the freedom and flexibility of Freestyle Cruising to the Caribbean from our homeports in Tampa and New Orleans."
    In Miami, the 4,100 passenger Norwegian Epic will continue her alternating seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises departing on Saturdays from November 3, 2012 to April 13, 2013. The Eastern Caribbean cruises call on Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands with an optional tour to St. John; and Nassau, Bahamas. The Western Caribbean cruises stop in Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico; and Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras.
    Norwegian Jewel, featuring Nickelodeon at Sea family programming along with Norwegian Epic, will also sail alternating seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises departing from Miami on Sundays from October 14, 2012 to April 14, 2013. The Eastern Caribbean cruises call on Samaná, Dominican Republic; St. Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands with an optional tour to St. John; Tortola, British Virgin Islands with an optional tour to Virgin Gorda; and Nassau, Bahamas. The Western Caribbean cruises visit Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian's private island in the Bahamas; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico.
    In addition, Norwegian Sun will sail 10- and 11-day Southern Caribbean cruises from Miami from October 14, 2012 to April 10, 2013. The 10-day cruise calls on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands with an optional tour to St. John; Roseau, Dominica; Bridgetown, Barbados; Castries, St. Lucia; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten. The 11-day cruise calls on Cartagena, Colombia; Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curaçao; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands with an optional tour to St. John. Norwegian Sun will also sail one seven-day Western Caribbean cruise from Orlando and the Beaches (Port Canaveral) on April 14, 2012 with stops in Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; and Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian's private island in the Bahamas.
    In Tampa, the 2,224-passenger Norwegian Dawn will replace Norwegian Star sailing 23 seven-day Western Caribbean cruises departing on Sundays from November 11, 2012 to April 14, 2013. The ship will call on Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico.
    Norwegian Star will homeport in New Orleans during the winter and spring offering seven-day Western Caribbean cruises every Sunday with ports of call including Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; and Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras.
    Norwegian will also offer 11 repositioning cruises ranging from a four-day Pacific Coastal to a 17-day Panama Canal from April 15 to October 26, 2012 departing from Miami, Tampa, New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Quebec. For the first time, the cruise line will offer a 16-day Colonial America cruise on Norwegian Dawn sailing from Quebec City, Quebec to Tampa, Florida on October 26, 2012 calling on Portland, Maine; Boston, Massachusetts; New York, New York; Baltimore, Maryland; Norfolk, Virginia; Charleston, South Carolina; Miami and Key West, Florida.
    In addition, two-day Quick Getaways will be offered from Miami on board Norwegian Jewel on October 12, 2012 and from New York on board Norwegian Gem on September 28, 2012
    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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    Carnival Cruise Lines has completed the fleetwide rollout of its exquisite and exclusive fine dining experience, The Chef's Table, which is now available on all 22 of the line's ships.
    Launched as a pilot program last year, this one-of-a-kind culinary experience includes a sumptuous multi-course dinner hosted by one of the line's master chefs along with a private cocktail reception and a personalized tour of the galley.
    With The Chef's Table, a select group of 12 guests enjoy cocktails and hors d'ouevres hosted by the ship's chef de cuisine. The chef then takes the group on a tour to see the galley in operation, providing participants with a unique perspective on Carnival's extensive food and beverage operations.
    The evening concludes with a sumptuous full-service dinner with delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts created by the line's master chefs. Depending on the vessel, the meal takes place in non-traditional dining venues throughout the ship – the galley, library, conference center, etc.
    The program can be booked on board through the ships' guest information desk. The cost is $75 per person.
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    Carnival Cruise Lines awarded a free "Fun Ship" cruise to a Mobile, Ala., school teacher whose class collected the most canned food over the holidays.
    Cindy Griffin, a teacher at the Belsaw/Mt. Vernon School in Mt. Vernon, Ala., was presented with a free four- or five-day cruise from Mobile on the Carnival Elation as her fourth-grade class collected 549 pounds for the Bay Area Food Bank. All told, Mobile area schools collected more than 14,000 pounds of food which will be used to feed those less fortunate in the Mobile community.
    Griffin's fourth grade students also received a replica of a Carnival "Fun Ship" to display in their classroom which was presented during a special ceremony attended by officials from Carnival and the Bay Area Food Bank.
    The food drive continues Carnival's community service efforts in Mobile, home to the 2,052-passenger Carnival Elation which carries 170,000 passengers annually from that port.
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    Disney's brand new cruise ship will sail into Central Florida for the first time this week.
    The Disney Dream is set to arrive along the Space Coast early Tuesday morning after making a trip across the Atlantic Ocean following construction.
    The ship is one of two new ships being built by Disney, but these are much larger than the original ships.
    The dream can hold about 4,000 passengers.
    It also features a few firsts at sea including a water coaster and 'virtual portholes' inside cabins that show live video from outside.
    The arrival also means one Disney ship that's called Port Canaveral home for more than a decade, will be leaving.
    The Disney Wonder will head to California at the end of the week and will run cruises from Los Angeles later this month through at least 2012.
    The Disney Dream™ is the majestic third ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet. Boasting 14 towering decks, a ship length of 1,115 feet and a maximum width of 125 feet, the 130,000-ton vessel includes 1,250 staterooms and has the capacity to comfortably accommodate 4,000 passengers—along with the over 1,458 Crew Members who tend to the needs of every cruise Guest each and every day.
    Building on the classic style of the previous 2 ships, the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder, the Disney Dream is a valiant vessel distinguished for its classic early 20th-century design—which harkens back to the golden age of cruising—and state-of-the-art technology. As can be expected from Disney, the cruise liner was specially designed with families in mind, combining sleek style and convenient facilities with splashes of magic and cruise-industry firsts—like the splashtacular AquaDuck, the very first water coaster at sea.
    Aboard the Disney Dream
    Discover what awaits you and your family onboard the ship:
    Staterooms
    Staterooms on board the Disney Dream feature contemporary amenities, ample space and elegant yacht-style decor. Most boast split bathrooms—a feature perfect for families and a cruise line industry first.
    Youth Clubs
    Youth Clubs fulfill the recreational needs of younger Guests. Kids clubs, activity centers for tweens and teens, and a plethora of unique interactive programs and wondrously themed immersive spaces can be found throughout the ship.
    Dining
    Dining options aboard the Disney Dream include elegant adults-only dining, gourmet Main Dining delights and mouthwatering made-to-order casual fare—in magically themed restaurants.
    Entertainment
    Entertainment aboard the Disney Dream, including musical live shows, first-run films, Digital 3-D movies and fun-filled family deck parties, is available at lavish onboard venues each cruise day—and is unlike anything else offered on the high seas.
    Pools
    Pools aboard the Disney Dream are terrific places to cool down and relax on sun-kissed afternoons. On Deck 11, you'll find 3 sparkling pools—one for kids, one for families, and one just for adults.
    Nightclubs & Lounges
    Nightclubs & Lounges on the Disney Dream fill the nights at sea with live music, dancing and socializing. Explore The District—the ship's adults-only entertainment area, home to 5 distinct lounges and nightclubs.
    Construction of the Disney Dream
    Disney Cruise Line began construction on the Disney Dream in March 2009 with a steel-cutting ceremony at the world-renowned Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Constructed as a thematic extension of the Disney Cruise Line fleet, the Disney Dream was designed to reflect the glamour of the golden age of cruising during the 1930's. Scheduled for completion in early 2011, the new ocean liner will feature the same attention to detail Disney is known for, while introducing new and immersive, one-of-a-kind venues and experiences for everyone in the family—be they young or simply young-at-heart.
    Interior Design of the Disney Dream
    To step aboard the Disney Dream is to be instantly transported to an age of adventure and wonder, where elegance and sophistication mingle with Disney storytelling and whimsy. Inside is an attention to detail one would only expect from Disney. Lavish decorative murals mingle with sparkling fixtures and furnishings. Original paintings, statues and woodwork envelop Guests in a radiant Art Deco ambiance that is both rich and distinctive. And wondrously themed venues—including charming youth activity clubs, resplendent restaurants, intimate lounges and stunning theatre spaces—transport Guests of all ages to faraway places where memory and magic come together.
    Stroll through the radiant lobby atrium and behold a bronze statue of Admiral Donald—an installment designed by Walt Disney Imagineers to evoke the feeling of fun, adventure and sophistication that can be found throughout the ship.
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