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HAL Revamps HollandAmerica.com

SEATTLE, Feb. 20, 2008 -- Holland America Line today relaunched their website, HollandAmerica.com, including both a visual redesign and some advanced cruise shopping tools.


Carnival's Onboard Poker Tournament Offers $250,000 in Prizes

MIAMI, Feb. 20, 2008 -- Carnival's 2008 PokerPro Challenge, a series of No Limit Texas Hold'em poker satellite tournaments, is going on now through June 30, 2008 with cash prizes totaling $250,000.


RCCL to Help Teens Exiting Foster Care

MIAMI, Feb. 18, 2007 -- Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL), working with several Florida non-profits, is working to provide foster care children ages 16+ with critical support services. These include education, life skills and employment training, affordable housing, transportation, physical and mental health care, and more.


Want to Get Married At Sea? Celebrity and Azamara Can Make it Happen

MIAMI, Feb. 13, 2008 -- Later this year, Celebrity and Azamara offer legal marriages at sea by ship's captains, in addition to the more common "vow renewal" and in-port wedding offerings.


Windstar Offers Small-Ship Cruises to New Adriatic Destinations

SEATTLE, Feb. 12, 2008 -- Starting this year, guests on Windstar Cruises can sail between Venice, Italy and Dubrovnik, Croatia experiencing the diversity of the famed Dalmatian coast from its medieval towns to the ultra-elite European yachting set.


Crystal Cruises Introduces Helicopter Flightseeing Over Italy

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11, 2008 -- Crystal is introducing new high-end excursions in Italy that enable guests to cover more ground -- by way of the sky. The helicopter excursions include adventures that fly over the Amalfi Coast, Mt. Etna, the Dolomites and myriad portions of the Italian countryside.


Cruise West Offers "Family Friendly" Fares on Glacier Bay Highlights Cruises

SEATTLE, Feb. 11, 2008 -- Cruise West is offering special pricing for kids ages 18 on all 2008 Glacier Bay Highlights departures, with savings of up to 75 percent off adult fare in a AAA cabin or 50 percent off the adult fare in a category A or AA cabin.


Carnival Ramps Up Fun Family Cruising With New Program For Early Teens

MIAMI, Feb. 11, 2008 -- Building upon its distinction as the family cruise leader, Carnival Cruise Lines has introduced a new on-board program called "Circle C" aimed specifically at the 12- to 14-year-old age group, with expansive new clubs, a full schedule of activities and trained staff.


NCL Offers to Buy Back Its Debt Early

MIAMI -- Feb 5, 2008 -- NCL is offering to immediately buy back bonds (i.e., pay back loans) due in 2014 at 1% over face value, plus accrued interest.


Pride of Hawaii Leaves for Europe

MIAMI -- Feb 4, 2008 -- Pride of Hawaii will end its weekly inter-island service in Hawaii Monday and will leave for new assignment in Europe, where she will be re-named Norwegian Jade.


Miami Air May Strike, Could Affect RCI Cruises

HOUSTON, Feb. 1, 2008 -- On Tuesday, January 29, 2008, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 747 Executive Board approved the petition submitted by Miami Air International crewmembers for strike authorization.

Miami Air pilots have been in negotiations with the Company since June 2006 and have not had a wage increase in 8 years. A Tentative Agreement was overwhelmingly rejected by the pilot group in April 2007, and the former Miami Air Pilots Association (MAPA) merged with Teamsters Local 747 in August 2007. Negotiations have been conducted under the auspice of the National Mediation Board since October 2007 with virtually no progress.


Lynn C. Torrent Appointed SVP - Sales and Guest Services at Carnival

MIAMI, Feb. 1, 2008 -- Cruise industry veteran Lynn C. Torrent has been named senior vice president of sales and guest services at Carnival Cruise Lines. She will take on her new role on March 3.

Torrent is stepping into the role vacated when Vicky Freed left Carnival to join Royal Caribbean as their SVP of Sales.


Special Rates on Empress of the North to Alaska

SEATTLE, Feb. 1, 2008 -- Majestic America Line is offering superior savings for 2008 Alaska Cruises aboard the 223-guest Empress of the North.


Wine Your Way from San Diego to Vancouver April 26-30

BELLEVUE, Wash., Jan. 31, 2008 -- AAA Washington and Holland America Line again offer the Wines of Washington (WOW) cruise on board the ms Oosterdam.


RCL Reports Record Q4 07 Earnings, But Expenses Higher than Expected

MIAMI, Jan. 30, 2008 -- Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL; Oslo) today announced strong Q4 2007 net income growth relative to Q4 2006.


Discover the Historic Mississippi River and Its Tributaries on Majestic America

SEATTLE, Jan. 29, 2008 -- Majestic America Line is offering cruise through the heart of America to experience history up-close while enjoying elegant accommodations.


Cruise West Announces New Pacific Northwest and California Wine Country Cruises

SEATTLE, Jan. 29, 2008 -- Small-ship line Cruise West announced its inaugural Taste of the Pacific Northwest itinerary, which will highlight for the first time in the company's history the rich culinary traditions and distinctive wines of Oregon and Washington. The Taste of the Pacific Northwest, the third epicurean-inspired voyage for Cruise West, will join the popular Culture of the Vine and Vintner's Choice cruises in 2008, both featuring the California wine region.


Oceania Offers Deep-Discount Caribbean

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28, 2008 -- Travel agent Cruise Holidays is organizing a group rate on Oceania's 10-day exotic Caribbean voyage.


Holland America Line Announces 250 Alaska Shore Excursions for 2008

SEATTLE, Jan. 28, 2008 -- Holland America Line, a leader in Alaska cruises and cruise tours, has added a raft of new shore excursions in Alaska to appeal to a broad range of interests.


Carnival Fantasy to Gain Aqua Park, Serenty Area and More This Fall

MIAMI, Jan. 28, 2008 -- Carnival Fantasy will receive an "extreme makeover" this fall, during a 35-day, multi-million-dollar dry dock as part of the "Evolutions of Fun" upgrades.


Nickelodeon Cruise on Freedom of the Seas August 2008

NEW YORK, Jan. 28, 2008 -- Nickelodeon is introducing the "Nickelodeon Family Cruise with Royal Caribbean." The first-ever Nickelodeon cruise will set sail on August 10-17, 2008, departing out of Miami, Fla., on an exclusive, seven-day Nickelodeon family summer vacation.


Explore the Columbia and Snake Rivers Aboard Majestic America Line

SEATTLE, Jan. 24, 2008 -- Majestic America Line, one of the world's premier river cruise lines and the largest river and coastal cruising company in America, is offering early advantage savings for guests who book by Feb. 22, 2008, on 2008 Columbia and Snake river cruises aboard Empress of the North, Queen of the West and Columbia Queen.


Celebrity Celebrates Third Year at #1 in Conde Nast Traveler's Reader Poll

MIAMI, Jan. 23, 2008 -- On the heels of announcing its industry- first Lawn Club on its new ship, Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Cruises today celebrates its first-place ranking in the prestigious Conde' Nast Traveler magazine's annual "Top Cruise Ships in the World" readers' poll.


Empress of the North Alaska Cruise to Feature Peter Ueberroth

SEATTLE, Jan. 22, 2008 -- Majestic America Line, one of the world's premier river cruise lines and the largest river and coastal cruising company in America, announced a special Alaska cruise aboard the 223-guest Empress of the North departing Juneau, May 24, 2008, hosted by distinguished sports leader and business entrepreneur Peter Ueberroth. Ueberroth currently serves on the board of directors for Ambassadors International, Inc., the parent company of Majestic America Line.


RCL to Hold Conference Call on Q4 Earnings

MIAMI, Jan. 22, 2008 -- Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL; Oslo) has scheduled a conference call with analysts for 10 a.m.