News Archive - March 2005

| Tuesday, 05 Mar. 2013

3-31-05 Crystal Harmony Goes Home to Parents Crystal Cruises announced yesterday that in December, 2005, after its drydock, the Crystal Harmony will be re-classified into the fleet of Crystal Cruises' parent company, NYK Cruise Division, an operator of cruises for the Asia market. To date, no replacement for the Harmony has been announced, and the Crystal Symphony January-May schedule has been revised to include an additional winter Panama Canal transit, new Amazon cruises, Cape Horn and East Coast South America cruises, an Atlantic crossing and an additional 10-day May Mediterranean cruise before resuming her previously announced pattern beginning on May 18.

When Crystal Harmony joins NYK, it will be renamed the Azuka II. Crystal Cruises says it is developing plans to replace Crystal Harmony with a new ship, having established a shipbuilding team that is already involved in developing new designs.

For more information on Crystal Cruises, including a preview of revised 2006 itineraries, visit the website at www.crystalcruises.com. A more complete day-by-day schedule of 2006 itineraries will be posted on April 4, 2005. Back to Top

3-25-05 Weekend Cruise News Bungee Trampoline Enchantment's Bungee Trampoline. Click image for full size *** Two ships will debut bungee trampolines at sea this July. The extreme sport is said to reward the adventurous with unparalleled views of the sea, ship and sky. RCI's Enchantment of the Seas will feature the new sport July 7, following its stretch and extensive rebuild. NCL America's Pride of America enters service July 23 in Honolulu with poolside bungee trampolines. To use the device, passengers are strapped into a harness connected to two bungee cords which help guide them as they soar skyward. The cords also keep them safely centered when they come in for a landing on the trampolines.

*** Norwegian Cruise Line has chosen winners in the categories of instrumental, vocal and dance for the company's second annual "Junior Star Seeker" guest talent competition. The winners are Andy Xue, an eight-year-old from Plymouth, Minnesota for his piano performance of Beethoven's "Fur Elise" aboard Norwegian Sun; Tessa Moore, a 12-year-old from Azle, Texas for her creative dance routine to "I'll Be There for You" aboard Norwegian Sea; and Krista Pioppi, a 13-year-old from Succasuna, New Jersey for her singing performance of "On My Own," from the musical Les Miserables, aboard Norwegian Dawn. The summer 2005 Junior Star Seeker program begins in June, runs through August and will be offered on every NCL ship. The program will feature talent in three separate categories: voice, dance and instrumental. One winner for each category will be selected for the grand prize of a family cruise, for up to four members, and a spot on the ship's variety show to perform their winning routine.

*** Families can enjoy new steamboat vacations together aboard Mississippi Queen and American Queen this summer and during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Delta Queen Steamboat Company's "Family Riverventures" will feature supervised kids activities onboard and family excursions ashore. Three to 11-night cruises are included in the program with special family discounts offered on bookings made before June 30, 2005. For more visit www.deltaqueen.com.

*** Silversea has released details of its new pre and post-cruise extensions in Italy. Created in partnership with FAI - Fondo per l'Ambiente Italiano (the Italian National Trust), the tours are designed to present an in-depth exploration of Italian art and culture. The optional land extensions to Milan, Lombardy and Lake Como are available on 28 Mediterranean Itineraries:

  • Italy's Romantic Landscape: three nights from Monte Carlo, Nice and Villafranche-sur-Mer. Features one night at Milan's Hotel Principe de Savoia; two nights at the 16th century Villa d'Este on Lake Como in Cernobbio; a guided tour of Villa Balbianello; a visit to Bellagio, and a visit to either Villa Panza in Varese (Biumo) or the Museum of Silk in Como. Three breakfasts and transfers, including private-boat transfer, are included. An optional tour of Milan's Teatro alla Scala Museum may also be offered on some programs. Prices start at $1,395 per person for air/sea passengers and $1,995 for cruise-only passengers.
  • Italian Treasures: four nights from Venice. Features two nights at Milan's renowned Hotel Principe de Savoia; a guided walking tour through Piazza del Duomo, Milan's cathedral, the Galleria shopping mall and La Scala Opera House; two nights at the grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio; a guided tour of Villa della Porta Bozzolo and Villa Panza in Varese; and a visit to either Villa Balbianello and Villa Carlotta on Lake Como or the famous Museum of Silk in Como. Four breakfasts, a lunch, and transfers, including private-boat transfer, are included. Prices start at $2,925 per person.

*** MSC cruises Musica will sail from Ft. Lauderdale to the Caribbean for the 2006-2007 season. The 89,000-ton, 2,550-passenger ship is a new design for MSC. It is currently under construction in France and is scheduled to enter service in the spring of 2006. Musica will join the rest of the MSC fleet sailing in the Mediterranean next summer before heading for Ft. Lauderdale. The onboard design of Musica will be a blend of high tech/contemporary, Art Deco and Art Nouveau. 85% of the accommodations are oceanview and 65% have balconies.

*** The city and port authority of San Diego are studying proposals for the reconstruction of the waterfront area including a new cruise terminal. The new facility will to include a hotel, restaurant, parking garage and retail outlets next to the cruise terminal. Carnival Corporation has expressed interest in assisting with the new project and is also helping with short-term repairs to the existing cruise pier which includes seismic upgrading. Cruise calls at San Diego continue to increase with over 190 cruise ships throughout the year calling at the B Street cruise ship pier. Holland America Line, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival and Princess all homeport in San Diego seasonally while RCI, Radisson Seven Seas, and Crystal Cruises call at the port during the year. Back to Top

3-24-05 Windjammer Rejected By Nevis *** The Minister of Tourism of the island of Nevis issued a press release detailing his decision to deny access to Barefoot Cruises' Polynesia when it arrived in port. When customs and immigrations officials boarded Polynesia early in the morning, they found that the majority of passengers were naked. The decision was made to deny permission for Polynesia to disembark passengers in Charleston. "This decision was made because our authorities were not given reasonable assurance that these passengers, who are all members of a clothing-optional group known as Gay Naturists International, would respect our constitutional laws and standards of public decency here," the minister said, adding "we welcome visitors to the island as long as they wear clothes." Back to Top

3-23-05 Celebrity Cancels 3/27 Cruise *** Celebrity Cruises has announced it will cancel the March 27, 2005 Hawaii voyage of Infinity due to mechanical problems. The vessel will enter drydock to replace the starboard thrust bearing and will return to service April 6. Passengers booked on the cruise will receive a full refund and a free Celebrity cruise of ten nights or less. Back to Top

3-18-05 Weekend Cruise News Norwegian Jewel Norwegian Jewel's Hull Art. Click for more photos *** Norwegian Cruise Line is continuing its trend for hull art with the announcement that four more ships will sport colorful designs in the future. Norwegian Jewel's artwork debuts in August when she is delivered. It depicts the colors of precious stones. Norwegian Spirit's design shows a Sea Nymph chasing two dolphins through the surf. It will be shown in October 2005 after her dry dock. Norwegian Sun's artwork, a sunburst of red, orange and yellow with colorful streamers, will be complete in April 2006 following her dry dock. Pride of Hawai`i will sail from the shipyard in the summer of 2006 with her hull art depicting a hula dancer on one side and a conch shell blower on the other, joined by a Hibiscus lei. "Our hull artwork helps set our ships apart from the rest of the industry and is another opportunity for the company to differentiate itself," said Colin Veitch, NCL's president and CEO. The artwork is designed by Keith Allan of SMC & Tillberg Design Group, London, England. Allan also designed the hull artwork for Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Star and Pride of America.

*** Freedom of the Seas' maiden voyage will be June 4, 2006. The vessel will be delivered in April and named in May, following a series of pre-inaugural previews for industry insiders and media. Sales opened to the public this week for Freedom's Western Caribbean sailings, year-round from Miami, which will call at Cozumel; Grand Cayman; Montego Bay, Jamaica, and Labadee, the line's private resort in Haiti. Prices start at $1,299 per person double occupancy for an inside stateroom during peak summer season and $699 in the fall. The 158,000-ton 3,600-passenger ship will become the largest cruise ship in the world when she enters service. Like RCI's Voyager-class ships, Freedom of the Seas will have an ice skating rink; the Royal Promenade interior shopping, dining and entertainment street; and the largest version to date of Royal Caribbean's signature rock-climbing wall. There will be wireless technology throughout the ship for Internet and cell phone access, as well as flat-panel televisions in all staterooms and public areas. Details of new features aboard Freedom will be released in May.

*** Costa Cruises has achieved a record, booking more than half a million passengers in March 2005, earlier than 2004 (April) and in 2003 (August). The line's new flagship, the Costa Magica, added 3,470 berths to the line when she entered service at the end of October 2004. The Costa Concordia, along with her sister ship, each with a capacity of 3,800 passengers, will enter service at the end of spring 2006 and spring 2007 respectively. Meanwhile, Costa's 11 ships have earned the Green Star environmental compliance rating from RINA, the first line to achieve this recognition fleetwide. The Green Star is awarded to ships implementing technical and management requirements to ensure enviro-friendly operations.

*** NCL America's Pride of America, debuting in Hawaii this June, will have the new Freestyle iTV system in every stateroom. Using a customized remote control, passengers can view short video clips of shore excursions, onboard shows and activities, port and shopping information, and onboard bars and restaurants. They can watch on-demand movies and music, book shore excursions, view dining menus, order room service, and request wake-up calls on their cabin TV. E-mail can be sent or received in the cabin through NCL's onboard service, CruisE-mail.

*** Windjammer Barefoot Cruises will offer cruises designed for families in Costa Rica, Panama and the Pearl Islands from June 4 to October 15, 2005. The adventure sailings aboard the Amazing Grace features rainforest and nature trail hikes, white river rafting, diving, snorkeling, jeep safaris, kayaking, visits to National Parks, forest canopy tours, black sand beaches, whale watching, bird watching and horseback riding. A kids program operates onboard during the season. Sailing Sundays for six nights, between Balboa, Panama and Playa Herradura, Costa Rica, Amazing Grace calls at Isla Coiba, Isla Secas, Golfito, Drake's Bay, Manuel Antonio, Quepos and Las Perlas. Book by May 1 for fares from $599 per person and the "kids sail free" promotion.

*** Windstar Cruises will sail in the Mediterranean, Greek Islands, Caribbean, Costa Rica, Panama Canal and transatlantic in 2006. Most destinations feature a mix of seven-night itineraries which can be combined to create 14-night voyages with no repeating ports of call. Windstar has adjusted its itineraries for 2006 to feature later departures and more overnights in ports to give passengers more time for shopping, taking shore excursions and enjoying the nightlife in Monte Carlo, Monaco; Ibiza, Spain; Santorini, Greece; Sorrento, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; and Bridgetown, Barbados. For the winter and spring, Wind Surf will sail seven-day cruises round-trip from Bridgetown, Barbados. From April through November Wind Surf sails the Western Mediterranean including a 14-day Nice-to-Nice itinerary to coincide with the Grand Prix race in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Wind Star will sail seven-night cruises in Costa Rica round-trip from Puerto Caldera between January and March returning again in December. Two 14-day voyages transit the Panama Canal. Wind Star will spend the summer in the Adriatic and Greek Islands sailing between Athens and Venice or Athens and Istanbul. Wind Spirit sails seven-night cruises round-trip from St. Thomas for the winter and spring. Summer will be spent in the Greek Islands sailing between Athens and Istanbul. Five sailings feature a new itinerary that includes Canakkale and Izmir Turkey; Patmos, Agios, Kos and Naxos, Greece; and Nikolaos, Crete. Wind Spirit and Wind Star will sail seven-day Western Mediterranean cruises in late April-May, and again in late October. In April and November, all three ships will sail 13 and 14-day transatlantic crossings.

*** Jack Williams will step down as president and COO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. to fulfill "a very strong and passionate desire to be more fully involved in the charitable world". Williams will continue to work to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Andre Agassi Foundation and a number of other charitable causes. He will remain executive director of the company's "Shine On" fundraisers, a program he founded two years ago. Williams has been president of RCCL since 1997. Back to Top

3-11-05 Weekend Cruise News Freedom of the Seas Drawing of Freedom of the Seas. Click for full size ***Aker Finnyards has released this scale drawing of the 158,000-ton Freedom of the Seas being built at the company's shipyard in Turku, Finland for delivery in spring, 2006. Two sister ships are scheduled for delivery in 2007 and 2008. The Freedom-class vessels will take over from the Queen Mary 2 as the largest passenger ships afloat. They will carry 3,600 passengers at double occupancy and a maximum of 4,200 passengers when all triple and quad berths are booked. Pre-sales to Royal Caribbean's past passengers have been brisk for Freedom of the Seas. The vessel will sail year-round from Miami calling at Cozumel; Grand Cayman; Montego Bay, Jamaica, and Labadee, the line's private resort in Haiti.

*** Ecstasy is expected to arrive on Saturday in Galveston and sail on schedule following this week's cruise to nowhere. Propulsion system problems slowed the ship while bad weather prevented a call at Progreso, Mexico resulting in the cruise to nowhere. Technicians are onboard working to fix the problem. Passengers will receive a 50% refund of the cruise fare plus a 25% discount on a future three to eight-night Carnival cruise. A $40 per person credit was added to shipboard accounts for passengers' meal expenses on Monday as the ship was delayed arriving in Galveston from its last cruise.

*** Princess Cruises will return to Bermuda in 2006 when the Crown Princess sails a new itinerary to Bermuda and the Caribbean from New York. The old Pacific Princess, a regular caller at Bermuda, last visited the islands in 2002. The 3,100-passenger Crown Princess will call for a day at the West End, Bermuda which has improved its cruise ship facilities and can handle the large Princess ships. The new itineraries run from June 14 through October 18, 2006, sailing round-trip from New York. The Eastern route calls at Bermuda, San Juan, St. Thomas and a new port of call for Princess, Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Five Western Caribbean sailings call at another new port for Princess, Port Canaveral, as well as Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios, and Grand Turk. The 116,000-ton Crown Princess will introduce a number of new design innovations to the Princess fleet, including a dramatic new piazza-style atrium, new casual dining venues and expansion of some favorite shipboard areas. The new street cafe environment of the atrium, will include an International Cafe and bakery and a wine and seafood bar. The Trattoria Sabatini will have a new piano lounge area. A new Steak and Seafood restaurant expands on the Sterling Steakhouse concept with an open, theater-style kitchen where chefs will custom-prepare steamed shellfish and cooked-to-order steaks and chops. Nearly 900 cabins will have balconies. Crown Princess sailings will be open for booking on April 1, 2005.

*** Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity will sail 28 cruises in Europe this year visiting the Baltic, Mediterranean, British Isles, North Cape and Black Sea ports. Crystal Cruises has expanded its collection of shore excursions in Europe. Called Crystal Adventures, they offer everything from tours of renowned wineries, museums and cathedrals to active adventures including hiking, diving and kayaking. New extreme excursions added this year include flying twice the speed of sound in a MiG fighter jet over Moscow; a journey to the Arctic Circle for a Lapland adventure from Helsinki; exploring ancient civilizations in Cappadocia and Ephesus on an overland excursion from Istanbul; soaring above the Dolomite Mountains from Venice; high-speed sailing adventure in a V.O.60 Volvo professional ocean racer (from Warnemünde); and helicopter or hot-air balloon flightseeing adventures over Dublin and Tallinn. Per person pricing for the extreme adventures range from $500 to explore the underwater ancient Roman ruins of Baia to a maximum of $13,500 for the flight aboard a Russian MiG. Participation in the extreme Crystal Adventures is extremely limited and most must be pre-reserved. Visit the Crystal web site for details on all Crystal Adventures at www.crystalcruises.com.

*** Peter Deilmann Cruises is conducting three gardening theme cruises aboard the 513-passenger Deutschland this year. A noted landscape architect will be onboard each sailing to lead garden seminars, round-table discussions, demonstrations of floral arrangements and escort shore excursions to gardens in each port of call. Some gardening seminars will take place with afternoon tea and wine-tasting while garden picnics will be held in some ports. Gardening cruises visit Holland, Ireland, England and France, August 3 to 14, 2005; Germany, England, Spain, Portugal and France, September 10 to 22, 2005; and Portugal, Morocco, Spain, France and Italy, September 22 to October 7, 2005. The riverboat Princesse de Provence will also hold gardening theme cruises this year including "Provence Gardens", a cruise tour from June 18 to 25, round-trip from Lyon visiting a variety of gardens along the way including medieval gardens in Burgundy, a walking tour of Arles Jardin d'Ele, Van Gogh's garden of the Maison de Sante Cloiser; the lavender fields and herb garden near Avignon along with a private reception at the formal garden of the Chateau de Brantes. The "Gardens of Normandy" cruise tour, July 2 to 9 features daily garden visits that include the Royal Gardens at Versailles and Monet's garden in Giverny. The Cezanne is participants' hotel in Paris for two nights before sailing on to Vernon, Les Andelys, Caudebec en Caux, Le Havre and Rouen. Gardening enthusiasts can view the day-by-day itineraries of each gardening program at www.deilmann-cruises.com.

*** Radisson Seven Seas will return to Antarctica in 2006 with two sailings aboard the luxury expedition ship Explorer II. The 11-night expedition cruises sail round-trip from Ushuaia, Argentina on January 16 and 27, 2006 and visit the Antarctic Peninsula, the Falklands and South Shetland Islands. The Explorer II can carry up to 394 passengers however the Antarctic sailings are limited to 198 passengers. The vessel features all ocean view accommodation and an ice-strengthened hull designed for Antarctic cruising. Dining is open seating with an alternative venue open for buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Explorer II has an open-bridge policy, 24 hours a day. During the expeditions, Zodiac landings will take passengers to visit rookeries of penguins, fur and elephant seals, and albatross. Shipboard experts including an expedition leader, naturalists and Antarctic specialists will be onboard to give lectures on the fauna, flora, geography and history of Antarctic exploration. They will also escort each shore excursion and host casual get-togethers. Fares start from $7,995. per person. Radisson is currently offering free round-trip economy air from 86 North American gateways and up to $1,000 per person bonus savings for bookings made by August 31, 2005. Voyages also include a complimentary pre-cruise hotel night in Santiago or Buenos Aires (depending on sailing), charter flights to/from Ushuaia and all Zodiac explorations from the ship.

*** Cruise West will sail to Japan and the South Pacific for the first time next year. The destination-focused line is sending its oceangoing, all-suite vessel, Spirit of Oceanus to sail between Kobe/Osaka and Niigata, Japan for 13 nights on March 8, 18, 28, October 2, 12, 22, 2006. A study of Japanese culture and excursions to gardens and temples are featured at the ports of call: Kanazawa, Taisha, Hagi, Pusan (Korea), Nagasaki, Beppu, Hiroshima, Takamatsu, Kuranshki, Okayama with bullet train between Tokyo and the ship in Niigata. A three-night extension to Kyoto and Nara is available.

Richard G. West, Cruise West's Chairman and CEO, along with his family, will join passengers on the line's maiden voyage to the South Pacific aboard the Spirit of Oceanus: a 13-night sailing from Honolulu to Papeete, December 20, 2005 calling at Hilo, Palmyra Atoll, Starbuck, Vostok and Flint Islands, Kiribati. Christmas Day will be spent at sea and on Christmas Island while New Year's will be in Bora Bora, and Huahine, French Polynesia. Spirit of Oceanus will then sail round-trip from Papeete for 11 nights, January 1, 11, 21, 2006 calling at Bora Bora and islands in the Tuamotu and Marquesas chains. The vessel continues from Papeete to Viti Levu, Fiji for 13 nights on February 4, 2006, calling at Huahine, the Cook Islands, American Samoa and Apia Samoa then from Fiji to Guam for 18 nights on February 16 calling at ports in Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Pohnpei Island, Pulap Atoll, Chuuk and Yapa. Highlights will be a study of island cultures and remnants of World War II sites in the Pacific. Back to Top

3-7-05 RCI To Build 3rd Freedom-Class Ship *** Royal Caribbean Cruises has announced it will build a third ship in its series of 158,000-ton Freedom class of vessels. The first, Freedom of the Seas, debuts in April, 2006 and will carry 3,600 passengers in double-occupancy configuration. The Freedom series builds on Royal Caribbean's five Voyager-class ships—the vessels that introduced rock-climbing, ice-skating and Royal Promenade into cruising's vernacular. The ships in this newest class will be 15 percent larger than those in the Voyager-class, and will have new features, not yet revealed, also destined to become industry icons. Back to Top

3-4-05 Weekend Cruise News *** Oceania Cruises' Concierge Level staterooms will launch aboard Insignia on April 1 and Regatta on April 25, 2005, in time for the European season, and aboard Nautica when she sails to Asia in November, 2005. Concierge Level staterooms have a private teak veranda and are located on Decks 7 and 8 of the three sister ships. They include a welcome bottle of champagne, a refrigerated mini-bar, 20" color television and DVD player, personalized stationery, Oceania's Tranquility Bed with 350 thread count Egyptian cotton linens, cashmere lap blanket, plush cotton robes and slippers, a complimentary tote bag, a hand-held hairdryer, Hansgrohe hand-held massaging shower heads and Concierge Grade toiletries. In addition to the stateroom amenities, Oceania Cruises' Concierge Level staterooms also offer guests special service enhancements: priority embarkation with a dedicated check-in desk and priority luggage delivery, priority restaurant reservations for Toscana and Polo Grill, and complimentary shoeshine service.

*** Cunard Line has increased the number of Queen Mary 2's transatlantic crossings from 13 in 2004 to 26 in 2005. New additions to the enrichment program onboard transatlantic crossings are editors from House & Garden Magazine on the May 4 (Stephen Orr) and September 2 (Charlotte Frieze) crossings and authors featured in the New Yorker on the May 22 (fiction writer Jonathan Lowy), September 8 (Novelist and playwright Joshilyn Jackson) and October 14 (Carol Higgins Clark, daughter of Mary Higgins Clark) crossings. They join guest speakers from Architectural Digest sailing on the May 28 (author William Stubbs), September 20 (designer Roderick Shade) and November 1 (designer Anthony Brown) crossings. The Chef's at Sea series in partnership with Gourmet Magazine continues on April 16 (Ed Brown of Manhattan's Sea Brill); April 22 (Govind Armstrong of Table 8 in Los Angeles); April 28 (Carey Savona of Lucca at Florida's Boca Raton Resort & Spa); October 8 (Jim Botsacos of Molyvos in New York); October 20 (Suzanne Goin of A.O.C. and Lucques in Los Angeles); October 26 (Geoffrey Zakarian of New York's Town Restaurant). Prices for transatlantic crossings on May 4, September 8, 20 and October 14 range from $1,649 for a standard inside room to $24,549 on September 8 & 20 for the 2,249 sq. ft. Grand Duplex apartment. Staterooms on May 22 and 28 range from $1,749 to $24,549; July 17 & September 2 from $1,899 to $24,699 and November 1 from $1,599 to $24,399. Fares for the October "Chefs at Sea" transatlantic sailings range from $1,249 to $24,449.

*** Seabourn is offering a second week free aboard Seabourn Legend's July 10, August 7, September 4 and October 2 Mediterranean sailings. The 14-night itinerary round-trip from Monte Carlo, calls at ports in France and Spain - Cannes, Marseille, St. Tropez, Port Vendres, Le Lavandou and the island of Porquerolles, France; Barcelona, Valencia, Palamos, Spain and the Balearic Islands of Mallorca and Menorca. Fares for the 14- night voyages are equal to full fare for seven-night cruises between Monte Carlo and Barcelona and start from $5,996 per person, based on double occupancy of a 277-square foot ocean-view suite. Two complimentary Exclusively Seabourn shoreside experiences during the two weeks: At Valencia, a private concert and cocktail reception will take place in the courtyard of the Monastery of Santa Maria de El Puig. In Port Vendres, passengers will tour the Royal Castle of Collioure, followed by cocktails in this one-time summer residence of the Kings of Mallorca.

*** Crystal Cruises' transatlantic crossings in 2005 will feature the Tommy Dorsey Band. Led by Buddy Morrow of "Night Train" fame, the orchestra will play the popular music of the Big Band era that made Tommy Dorsey famous during each crossing. The orchestra will be onboard Crystal Symphony for the April 25 crossing from Ft. Lauderdale to Lisbon and on Crystal Serenity for the November 16 crossing from Lisbon back to Ft. Lauderdale, a 10-night sailing with calls at The Azores and Bermuda. Special guest lecturer Dan Morgenstern, author of the recently published "Living with Jazz" and Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University, will be guest lecturer on the April crossing while a special celebration is planned to commemorate the November 19 birthday of Tommy Dorsey, "Gentleman of Swing", on the fall crossing. Cruise fares begin at $1,795 and $2,795, respectively for double occupancy accommodations.

*** Silversea Cruises' first-ever Grand Mediterranean Cruise sets sail on June 19 when Silver Wind departs Venice on a 49-night journey visiting 37 ports in nine countries before arriving in Istanbul on August 7. The sailing is a collection of five individual voyages. Passengers on the full 49-night voyage will receive a $1,000 onboard spending credit. Complimentary Business Class air upgrades are also available with the purchase of Silversea's optional air and hotel program.

*** Oceania Cruises announced that its new 2005-2006 Collection brochure is now available. Next winter Insignia will sail eight voyages in South America. The 10- to 14-night cruises call at Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil and Venezuela including the Chilean fjords and the Amazon and Orinoco Rivers. Regatta begins the season with "The Ultimate Tropics", a 24-night voyage that touches on 15 ports in the Caribbean and Brazil's Amazon River. Regatta then sails the Caribbean and Panama Canal before crossing the Atlantic for summer sailings in Europe. Nautica joins the fleet in November when she leaves Europe and heads for a season in Asia. The 15 to 35-night voyages include visits to India, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, China and Japan. For a limited time, Oceania Cruises is offering free round-trip airfare from U.S. and Canadian gateway cities and 2-for-1 cruise fares on the winter 2005-2006 voyages. 10-day voyages start at $1,299 per passenger.

*** Carnival Corporation is sharing the secrets of its business success in a series of enrichment lectures. The new "Carnival Corporate University" is available for companies and groups to purchase for any Carnival cruise on which they are sailing. It encompasses a full schedule of custom-designed management training sessions onboard ship, created by Carnival's award-winning corporate training department. Business can purchase as many or as few sessions as they want to offer its members during the cruise. Back to Top

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