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NCL and Shipyard Reach Agreement on F3

Miami & St. Nazaire - Dec 18, 2008 --- NCL and STX France Cruise SA, STX Europe's French shipyard, announced today that they have reached an agreement and are moving forward with the construction of the F3 cruise ship project.

Ambassadors CEO Foregoes Over $3M in Compensation

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Dec. 15, 2008 -- Ambassadors International, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMIE) announced today that Chairman and CEO Joseph J. Ueberroth, will voluntarily foregoe over $3M in compensation entitled to him under his employment agreement dated November 2, 2006.

RCCL to Open Two New China Offices - in Beijing and Guangzhou

SHANGHAI, China, Dec. 15, 2008 -- Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. today announced it is opening two new offices in China, in the cities of Beijing and Guangzhou. These offices are in addition to a Shanhai facility, which opened in July 2007.

RCCL Names Ricardo Amaral MD for Brazil Operations

MIAMI, Dec. 10, 2008 -- Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. today announced their selection of Brazilian cruise industry veteran Ricardo Amaral as managing director of its operations in Brazil. In the newly created position, Amaral will oversee all commercial and operational activities for three of the company's brands, Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Cruises.

HAL Creates "Vacation Stimulus Plan" to Rally Cruise Bookings

SEATTLE, Dec. 12, 2008 -- Looking at novel ways to encourage a commitment to cruising during the coming year, Holland America Line today unveiled what it calls a "Vacation Stimulus Plan."

Celebrity and Azamara Celebrate Stellar Series of Awards

MIAMI, Dec. 12, 2008 -- This holiday season, Celebrity and sister brand Azamara tout a collection of awards and honors the brands have received this year from travel partners, press, cruise guests and authorities in some of the industry.

Windstar Ends Fuel Surcharge

SEATTLE, Dec. 11, 2009 -- Windstar Cruises announced today that it will suspend its fuel surcharge on all sailings departing after January 1, 2009, due to declining fuel prices.

NCL Suspends Fuel Surcharges

Miami - Dec 4, 2008 --- In response to the continuing decline in fuel prices, NCL today announced suspension of the company's fuel supplement effective immediately for all voyages departing in 2009.

HAL Introduces Private Cabanas (for a price)

June 29, 2008 - Want to enjoy the sun deck from your own private plush lounger, tented to protect you from the sun and provide privacy? Holland America Line thinks some people do, and has introduced private cabanas on its latest ship, the m.s. Eurodam.

HAL Takes Delivery of Eurodam

MARGHERA, Italy, June 16, 2008 -- Today Holland America Line officially accepted delivery of its newest ship, ms Eurodam, in the formal handover ceremony near Venice, Italy.

Why Lug Your Luggage? Windstar Offers Valet Service Direct from Home

SEATTLE, June 13, 2008 -- Hate transporting your bags to and from the ship?

United Airlines: $15 to Check a Bag

Chicago -- June 12, 2008 -- United Airlines today announced plans to charge passengers $15 for one checked bag, in addition to a previously-announced charge of $25 for a second bag.

Crystal Promotes 2009 Sailings to Family Groups with "Crystal Memories" Program

LOS ANGELES, June 10, 2008 -- Crystal is targeting family and multigenerational groups with a new promotion, Crystal Memories, available on almost all 2009 sailings.

NCL Adds Nintendo's Wii Fit

MIAMI -- June 10, 2008 -- NCL today announced it is introducing the Nintendo Wii Fit fitness game system across all twelve ships in its fleet.

NCL Continues to Work on Travel Agent Relations, Now With More Efficient Co-Op Reimbursement

Miami -- June 9, 2008 -- NCL today announced the latest element of the company's Partnership 2.0 travel agent initiative: an electronic co-op marketing reimbursement plan, "e co-op."

MSC Cruises Awards First Free Cruise on MSC Orchestra

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 9, 2008 -- MSC Cruises today announced they have selected the winner of the first free cruise in the line's year-long celebration leading up to the arrival in North America of the new MSC Orchestra.

Carnival Freedom to Stay in the Caribbean Year-Round

MIAMI, June 6, 2008 -- Beginning in November, Carnival Freedom will offer six- and eight-night Caribbean cruises from Ft. Lauderdale all year round. Previously, the ship was scheduled to sail in Europe during the summer.

Celebrity Selects Agilysys IT for Dining Room Inventory and Signature Capture

BOCA RATON, Fla., June 6, 2008 -- Hospitality software company Agilysys today announced that Celebrity has selected Agilysys systems for dining room inventory and signature capture.

Carnival Pride to Offer Baltimore's First Year-Round Cruises

Carnival Pride to Sail Year-Round from Baltimore

MIAMI, June 5, 2008 -- Starting September 13, 2009, Carnival Pride will launch the first ever year-round cruise program from Baltimore, Maryland. The 2,124-passenger Spirit-class ship will offer two distinct seven-day itineraries.

NCL Increases Fuel Surcharge to $11/pcd

Miami - Jun 5, 2008 -- NCL today announced a further increase to its fuel supplement. The new fuel supplement will be $11 per person per day for the first and second guests in a stateroom and $5 per person per day for any additional guests in the same stateroom.

Norwegian Pearl Wins San Francisco's 2008 Environmental Award

Miami - Jun 3, 2008 -- NCL announced today that Norwegian Pearl recently received the Port of San Francisco's annual Cruise Ship Environmental Award.

Windstar Ranked #1 Small Ship Line by Readers of Celebrated Living

SEATTLE, June 3, 2008 -- For the second year in a row, Windstar Cruises has been voted the best small-ship cruise vacation by the readers of Celebrated Living, American Airlines' first-class magazine.

NCL Brings Botox and Restylane to Sea

Miami -- June 2, 2008 --- NCL and Steiner today announced they are bringing Botox, Restylane, and Pearlane cosmetic treatments to the sea. The treatments, which are part of the line's Mandara medi-spa program, are currently available on select NCL ships, including Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Gem and Norwegian Spirit, with plans to launch fleet-wide this fall.

FCCA Provides Customer Service Seminars for Caribbean Ports

PEMBROKE PINES, Florida, June 2, 2008 -- The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association promoting a better Caribbean cruise experience through its FCCA Outreach Program, which helps educate local Caribbean tourism providers.

Carnival Corp Announces Exchange Rate for Quarterly Dividend

MIAMI, June 2, 2008 -- On April 23, 2008, Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) announced a quarterly cash dividend of $0.40 (U.S.) per share.