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10-28-10 Royal Caribbean International Takes Delivery of Allure of the Seas Royal Caribbean International takes delivery today of the newest addition to the cruise line's fleet, Allure of the Seas, from STX Europe in Turku, Finland. With Captain Hernan Zini at the helm, Allure of the Seas will be departing Turku on October 29, 2010, starting the 13-day countdown to her U.S. debut into her homeport of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Thursday, Nov. 11. Allure of the Seas joins sister-ship Oasis of the Seas as the world's largest and most revolutionary cruise ship. Fans and enthusiasts are invited to follow her trans-Atlantic crossing through daily onboard webisodes on www.AllureoftheSeas.com, and also by following @OasisandAllure on Twitter. Updates also will be posted on Chairman and CEO Richard Fain's "Chairman's Blog" on www.AllureoftheSeas.com and the "President's Blog" by President and CEO Adam Goldstein on www.RoyalCaribbean.com.

Royal Caribbean's strategic alliance with DreamWorks Animation, featuring new onboard parades, ice shows, aqua shows and experiences with the film studio's beloved characters, along with the at-sea debut of the Broadway production Chicago: The Musical, and Royal Caribbean Productions' new Blue Planet aerial production and Ice Games ice show, offer guests unparalleled entertainment options. Allure of the Seas also boasts 26 dining options, including the first ever Starbucks at sea; a new fine dining experience at 150 Central Park, created by The Culinary Institute of America alumna Molly Brandt; Samba Grill Brazilian steakhouse; Rita's Cantina, a casual Mexican restaurant offering the widest selection of margaritas at sea; and the Boardwalk Dog House, an outdoor hot-dog specialty counter.

Also making its maritime debut aboard Allure of the Seas is the GUESS Accessory store from one of the world's most recognizable fashion apparel and accessories brands, as well as the first BRITTO Gallery at sea by pop culture artist Romero Britto. In addition, new technological innovations include complimentary guest service kiosks in the Royal Promenade – which guests can use to instantly view, print and email their SeaPass folio, as well as check-in for flights and print airline boarding passes – and 3-D movie screens in the ship's Amber Theater located in the Entertainment Place neighborhood.

The official naming ceremony for Allure of the Seas will take place on November 28 during a one-night celebration to benefit the United Way chapters of Miami-Dade and Broward counties, among other charities. A special four-night sailing on December 1 will call at the cruise line's private beach destination of Labadee, along the north coast of Haiti, and Allure of the Seas' inaugural seven-night Western Caribbean itinerary will depart on December 5.

Allure of the Seas shares the title of the world's largest and most revolutionary cruise ship with sister-ship Oasis of the Seas. With a cache of distinct onboard activities and amenities, Allure of the Seas offers one-of-a-kind entertainment performances, culinary concepts, retail venues and technology innovations. An architectural marvel at sea, Allure's neighborhoods are divided into seven distinct themed areas, which include Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone. She spans 16 decks, encompasses 225,282 gross registered tons, carries 5,400 guests at double occupancy, and features 2,700 staterooms. Allure of the Seas alternates a Western Caribbean with an Eastern Caribbean seven-night itinerary from her home port of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Additional information is available at www.AllureoftheSeas.com.

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10-26-10 NCL Files for Proposed Public Stock Offering NCL Corporation Ltd. announced today that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") relating to a proposed initial public offering ("IPO") of its ordinary shares.

The registration statement relating to these securities has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective. The offering will be made only by means of a prospectus, when available. The registration statement on Form S-1 may be accessed through the SEC"s website at edgar.sec.gov.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

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10-25-10 NCL Orders Two New Ships

Rendering of the new NCL ships scheduled for 2013, 2014. Click for larger pic.

As many have been predicting, NCL just announced this morning that it has ordered two new cruise ships to be delivered in April 2013 and April 2014. The new ships will be similar in size to Norwegian Epic, 143,500-gross tons and 4000 passenger berths, but the line says "We did modify the look and feel of the ship to a more traditional ship." The exterior appearance of Norwegian Epic has been criticized for being boxy and just plain ugly by many readers of this site.

President Kevin Sheehan said, "we are taking the best of what our newest ship has to offer, as well as drawing on our legacy of innovation in the cruise industry, in creating a new class of Freestyle Cruising vessel that is sure to provide our guests with the unparalleled freedom and flexibility they have come to expect on a Norwegian cruise."

The new ships will cost $1.7-billion together, and NCL has selected a new shipbuilding company to do the job after it had a highly pulicized dispute with the French STX shipyard located in St. Nazaire, France during the building of Norwegian Epic. The new ships will be built at the Meyer Werft GmbH shipyard in Germany.

The Epic order was originally for two ships, but the second ship was canceled soon after work had started on it. At that point attempts were made to halt the entire project but the shipyard was unable to find a buyer for the first ship already under construction. I t was said that the hull was too drastically different from what most cruise want these days.

It is notable that Norwegian Epic has internal engines and screw propellars rather than the pod systems installed on the latest ships from most of NCL's rival cruise lines; Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Holland America, Cunard, Carnival, etc.

For the interior, NCL says it is staying with the current "Freestyle" design of having several dining and entertainment venues aboard the ship. Norwegian Epic has been criticized for the limited size of its entertainment venues which require cruisers to get reservations for shows long before the cruise and then requires them to stand in line to get good seats for the open seating shows.

Discuss the new ships here: NCL Orders Two New Ships

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10-20-10 Taylor Swift to Perform on Allure of the Seas Royal Caribbean is planning to give 100 lucky winners (and their invited guests) access to a rare performance by Taylor Swift and an unparalleled cruise vacationseven-night Western Caribbean cruise onboard Allure of the Seas, Sunday Jan. 16 - Jan. 23. The cruise line is working with Big Machine Records, Clear Channel Radio and Pop2Life.

Debuting December 1, Allure of the Seas will share the title of the world's largest cruise ship with sister-ship Oasis of the Seas. The ship also will bring to life one-of-a-kind onboard entertainment, including a DreamWorks experience complete with parades, ice shows and an AquaTheater show starring beloved "celebrity" characters in addition to the Broadway hit "Chicago: The Musical."

Grand prize winners also receive VIP seating in the AquaTheater for the Taylor Swift concert, a special welcome reception onboard Allure of the Seas, roundtrip flights and transfers to the ship's homeport in Fort Lauderdale and the confirmed accommodations aboard Allure of the Seas.

To enter "The Allure of Taylor Swift" radio and online sweepstakes, listeners need to tune-in to participating Clear Channel radio stations across the country, weekdays, Mon. Oct 18 - Fri. Oct. 29; pay attention for the "The Allure of Taylor Swift" keyword; and submit the keyword via text message or online at the local station's Web site.

National radio show "On Air with Ryan Seacrest" is also rallying audiences for this one-of-a-kind concert and inviting hopeful concert-goers to enter online at www.ryanseacrest.com, Mon. Oct. 18 - Sun. Oct. 24. Lastly, consumers can enter online at www.TheAllureofTaylor.com. Fans wanting to secure their spot onboard Allure of the Seas' January 16 sailing for the chance to see Taylor Swift perform, can visit www.royalcaribbean.com and click on "The Allure of Taylor Swift" banner, or call (800) 745-6198.

Complete list of participating stations is available at www.theallureoftaylor.com/stations and www.royalcaribbean.com.

Taylor Swift's 2008 album Fearless achieved tremendous popularity and helped make her the best-selling musician for the year. The album has been certified as 6-time Platinum by the RIAA. The album earned Swift two Grammy awards in 2010, for Album of the Year and Best Country Album. Only 20-years-old, Taylor Swift is the youngest artist to win for Album of the Year. Fearless included many popular singles, including "Love Story," "White Horse," "You Belong with Me," "Fifteen" and "Fearless." According to Nielsen SoundScan, Taylor Swift is the top-selling digital artist in history with 24.3 million tracks sold as of January 2010. She is also the female artist with the most Top 40 singles this decade. Taylor Swift has collaborated with many other artists, including a track titled "Half of my Heart" with John Mayer that debuted at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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10-20-10 Cancel For Any Reason Added to Carnival's Cruise Vacation Protection Plan Carnival Cruise Lines is introducing a "cancel for any reason" enhancement to its travel protection program, the Cruise Vacation Protection Plan. The new feature will be included in all plan purchases for voyages departing on or after January 1, 2011.

With the new enhancement, those who purchase Carnival's Cruise Vacation Protection Plan will be able to cancel their cruise -- regardless of the reason -- and receive a future cruise credit equal to 75 percent of cancellation charges, provided they notify Carnival prior to the ship's departure. Those who cancel for a covered reason will receive 100 percent cash reimbursement.

The "cancel for any reason" feature further bolsters the line's current vacation protection plan, which offers a package of benefits, ranging from trip cancellation/interruption, trip delay, emergency medical evacuation, medical, baggage loss and baggage delay. The program also provides a 24-hour emergency assistance hotline. Last year, the plan was expanded to include severe weather watch/warning protection, as well as job loss protection.

"With the new ‘cancel for any reason' enhancement, as well as the severe weather and job loss protection, our Cruise Vacation Protection Plan provides consumers with much-needed peace of mind knowing their vacation investment is protected regardless of the circumstances involved," said Lynn Torrent, Carnival's executive vice president of sales and guest services.

All plans purchased for voyages departing next year will be eligible for the "cancel for any reason" benefit, including those plans that were already purchased for an upcoming 2011 voyage. The price of the plan remains unchanged.

The plan is administered by BerkelyCare, a recognized leader in travel insurance. Prices begin at $49 per person and vary by cruise cost. Guests must purchase the plan no later than the final payment date for the cruise to be eligible for the "cancel for any reason" benefit.

Travel agents earn an administrative fee equal to 10 percent of the plan purchase amount when their clients purchase Carnival's Cruise Vacation Protection Plan.

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10-18-10 Disney Fantasy to Sail April 2012 - Open for Booking The Disney Fantasy will sail her maiden voyage on April 7, 2012, bringing even more innovation, unique guest experiences and personalized service for which Disney Cruise Line is renowned. A sister ship to the Disney Dream, the Disney Fantasy will feature an AquaDuck water coaster, magical children's areas, world-class entertainment, delightful dining, retreats for adults and immersive experiences for guests of all ages with beloved Disney stories and characters.

Guests will be able to book Disney Cruise Line sailings, including the Disney Fantasy, for the initial part of the 2012 season beginning Oct. 20, 2010.

The Disney Fantasy will sail out of Port Canaveral, Fla. on the popular seven-night Caribbean itineraries - alternating eastern and western - including a stop at Disney's private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.

The Disney Dream will continue to sail three-, four- and five-night cruises to the Bahamas and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay, while the Disney Wonder will remain on the west coast, sailing Mexican Riviera itineraries from the Port of Los Angeles. To start the 2012 season, the Disney Magic will sail alternating eastern and western Caribbean itineraries.

"The Disney Fantasy continues our tradition of sailing beautifully-designed vessels that offer innovations, world-class guest service and memorable family vacation experiences like only Disney can do," said Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz. "We are delighted to expand our offerings to provide guests with more options and more flexibility to enjoy a Disney family cruise."

Additional Disney Fantasy details and 2012 itinerary information will be released at a later date.

Disney Fantasy 2012 Schedule (April - Aug.)

The Disney Fantasy will depart on her maiden voyage April 7, 2012, and will sail out of Port Canaveral on seven-night Caribbean itineraries - alternating eastern (St. Maarten and St. Thomas) and western (Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel). Both itineraries include a stop at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.

Rates for the seven-night Caribbean cruise itineraries on the Disney Fantasy start at $959 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Disney Dream 2012 Schedule (Jan. - Aug.)

The Disney Dream will sail alternating three-, four- and five-night cruises from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay. Five-night itineraries will include two stops at Castaway Cay.

Rates for Disney Dream Bahamas cruises start at $333 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Disney Wonder 2012 Schedule (Jan. - April)

The Disney Wonder will sail seven-night Mexican Riviera cruises from the Port of Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán and Cabo San Lucas.

Rates for the seven-night Mexican Riviera itinerary start at $658 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Disney Magic 2012 Schedule (Jan. - April)

Prior to the Disney Fantasy entering service on April 7, the Disney Magic will sail out of Port Canaveral on seven-night Caribbean itineraries - alternating eastern (St. Maarten and St. Thomas) and western (Key West, Grand Cayman and Cozumel). Both itineraries include a stop at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.

Rates for the seven-night Caribbean itineraries on the Disney Magic start at $707 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

All pricing reflects a category 11C standard inside stateroom, government taxes and fees not included.

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10-15-10 Silversea Offers Lower Single Fares on Select Voyages

Plus $250 Shipboard Credit available to single travelers on select sailings

Silversea Cruises has reduced the single supplement on more than 20 sailings in 2011 to just 10% - 25% (above the per-person, double-occupancy fare) for Vista, Veranda and Midship Veranda suites.

Initially launched last summer on select 2010 voyages, the line's specially reduced Solo Traveler fares proved such a popular incentive with independent travelers that the company is extending the offer to select 2011 itineraries.

"With special fares like these -- which can be combined with Silver Savings, Free Air and $250 Shipboard Credit offers -- there's no excuse for single travelers to stay at home," said Steve Tucker, Silversea's vice president of field sales for North America. "If you travel on your own, now is the ideal time to finalize your vacation plans for next year and treat yourself to the luxuries of a Silversea voyage."

Silversea's crew-to-guest ratio of nearly one to one ensures single guests will enjoy highly personalized service, warm hospitality, and an ambiance that makes them feel right at home. Also, on several voyages, Gentlemen Hosts will be on board, which is a real plus for single female guests looking for a dining companion or a dance partner.

All-inclusive fares include a spacious, ocean-view suite (most suites feature a private veranda), attentive butler service, complimentary wines and spirits, fine dining, sophisticated enrichment and entertainment programs, and all onboard gratuities.

Following is a sampling of 2011 voyages offering a 10% single supplement: Arabian Peninsula 2101: Silver Wind, January 3 - 10, Dubai to Dubai. Solo Traveler fares start at $5,058 (reflecting a 60% Silver Savings discount).

Gentlemen Hosts will be on board. Plus, *Free Air is available from select gateway cities.

Caribbean Voyage 1103: Silver Cloud, January 22 - 29, San Juan to Barbados. Solo Traveler fares start at $3,078 (reflecting a 60% Silver Savings discount). Plus, *Free Air is available from select gateway cities. Voyage also offers single travelers a $250 Shipboard Credit.

Caribbean Voyage 1109: Silver Cloud, March 14 - 24, Fort Lauderdale to Fort Lauderdale. Solo Traveler fares start at $4,442 (reflecting a 60% Silver Savings discount). Plus, *Free Air is available from select gateway cities. Voyage also offers single travelers a $250 Shipboard Credit.

Caribbean Voyage 4113: Silver Whisper, April 27 - May 7, Fort Lauderdale to Barbados. Solo Traveler fares start at $4,442 (reflecting a 60% Silver Savings discount). Plus, *Free Air is available from select gateway cities. Voyage also offers single travelers a $250 Shipboard Credit.

Northern Europe Voyage 5111: Silver Spirit, May 19 - 26, Southampton to Barcelona. Solo Traveler fares start at $4,926 (reflecting a 60% Silver Savings discount). Gentlemen Hosts will be on board. Plus, *Free Air is available from select gateway cities.

Following is a sampling of 2011 voyages offering a 25% single supplement:

South America Voyage 4103: Silver Whisper, February 5 - 23, Santiago to Fort Lauderdale. Solo Traveler fares start at $8,798 (reflecting a 60% Silver Savings discount). Plus, *Free Air is available from select gateway cities.

Far East Voyage 3106: Silver Shadow, April 6 - 15, Singapore to Hong Kong.

Solo Traveler fares start at $6,648 (reflecting a 60% Silver Savings discount). Gentlemen Hosts will be on board. Plus, *Free Air is available from select gateway cities. Voyage also offers single travelers a $250 Shipboard Credit.

Far East Voyage 3109: Silver Shadow, May 7 - 17, Shanghai to Tokyo. Solo Traveler fares start at $7,398 (reflecting a 60% Silver Savings discount). Gentlemen Hosts will be on board. Plus, *Free Air is available from select gateway cities. Voyage also offers single travelers a $250 Shipboard Credit.

All fares listed above are per person based on single occupancy for a Vista Suite and do not include port charges and handling fees that can range from $100 to $575 per person on these sailings, depending on the itinerary. Solo Traveler, Silver Savings and $250 Shipboard Credit are capacity-controlled programs and subject to availability. The Shipboard Credit is offered per suite, not per voyage, and only once to guests sailing on consecutive voyages. Shipboard Credit is valued in U.S. dollars, regardless of booking currency. It may not be redeemed for cash, and any unused portion will be forfeited. Additional restrictions may apply.

*FREE AIR: A free roundtrip economy air package, that includes transfers between airport and pier on the day of embarkation and disembarkation, is available from 22 gateway cities in the U.S. and Canada. It is a capacity-controlled program offered for a limited time. Additionally, there are specially priced air programs available from another 50 cities.

For complete list of 2011 sailings offering single supplements from 10% to 25%, or visit Silversea.com and click on Special Offers.

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10-15-10 Carnival Magic Floated Out at Fincantieri Shipyard With less than seven months until its maiden voyage, the new Carnival Magic reached another construction milestone when it was "floated out" earlier this week from her outfitting quay at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.

The initial stages of a cruise ship's construction take place in a dry dock facility. Once exterior outfitting is completed, the dry dock is flooded with water and the ship is "floated out" and moved to a wet dock facility where construction continues.

Exclusive images and video of the Carnival Magic's float out can be viewed at www.carnivalmagic.com, under the "How It's Made" section.

The next major milestone of the Carnival Magic - sea trials in the Adriatic Sea - are slated for early next year in anticipation of the ship's May 1, 2011, European debut.

The most innovative "Fun Ship" to date, Carnival Magic will offer a host of new facilities and features, including the RedFrog Pub, a Caribbean-inspired watering hole with its own private label beer, Cucina del Capitano, an Italian family-style restaurant that brings the heritage of Carnival's captains to the table, and SportsSquare, expansive sports complex featuring the first-ever ropes course and outdoor fitness area at sea.

Other innovations include Carnival WaterWorks aqua park, a Serenity adults-only retreat, The Lanai, a wrap-around promenade with whirlpools that extend out over the ship's sides and a stunning indoor/outdoor café and live entertainment venue called Ocean Plaza.

Carnival Magic is slated to debut with a nine-day cruise from Venice to Barcelona May 1-10, 2011, followed by a series of seven- to 12-day Mediterranean voyages from Barcelona - the line's first departures from that port. Following a 16-day trans-Atlantic crossing, Carnival Magic will launch seven-day Caribbean service from Galveston Nov. 14, 2011, becoming the largest cruise ship ever based in Texas year-round.

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10-15-10 Princess Cruises Will Add Alaska Ship in 2012 After two years operating just three ships on its Voyage of the Glaciers route, today Princess Cruises announced that it will be returning a fourth ship to its signature itinerary for the 2012 summer season.

The decision by Princess to increase its Alaska capacity was prompted, in part, by recent changes to the head tax structure in the state and the more balanced approach to doing business in Alaska, according to the line.

"We are particularly appreciative of the efforts of Governor Sean Parnell and the Alaska state legislature that have resulted in meaningful progress toward resolving the challenges facing Alaska's recovery as a cruise destination," said Alan Buckelew, president and CEO of Princess Cruises. "We still have work to do, but the recent changes definitely played a part in this decision."

Buckelew pointed out that bringing a fourth ship back to the Gulf of Alaska route has wide economic impacts from Southeast Alaska to Prudhoe Bay. "Because the one-way route lends itself to longer visitor stays, with visits to both the interior and Southeast Alaska, we calculate it has twice the potential economic impact of roundtrip cruises," he said.

"We are especially pleased to be able to announce this additional capacity to our business partners and supporters throughout Alaska who have worked tirelessly to advocate for a more positive business climate," Buckelew added. "They have improved the investment environment for all cruise lines and for all cruise dependent businesses throughout the state."

Princesses' Voyage of the Glacier itinerary is the line's most popular Alaska itinerary, taking passengers between Vancouver and Whittier across the Gulf of Alaska with a visit to Glacier Bay and ports of call in the state's southeast. Because many passengers on this one-way route usually spend extra time in Alaska's interior utilizing Princess' lodges, rail and motorcoaches, this itinerary provides significant tourism benefits to the state.

Full details of Princess' 2012 Alaska deployment will be announced in spring 2011, including which ship will be added to the lineup.

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10-7-10 Royal Caribbean Previews New Show: Blue Planet (Video) This show will play at the AquaTheater on Allure of the Seas. This shows rehearsals in process and talks about the show.

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10-07-10 Princess to Use Shore Power in San Francisco Today Island Princess helped inaugurate the Port of San Francisco's new shore power facility by "plugging in" to electric power from shore.

The new shore power technology at the Port of San Francisco cruise ship terminal enables Princess Cruises' ships, and other equipped vessels, to use power from the city's grid instead of the engines to power the ship's onboard services--reducing emissions when docked in San Francisco.

The port becomes the fourth in the world where Princess Cruises' ships can take advantage of this innovative technology. The new shore power installation in San Francisco is a cooperative effort by the Port of San Francisco, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the Environmental Protection Agency, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises.

"We know that local air quality is an important issue in the Bay Area, so we're pleased to join with the port to debut this important environmental initiative," said Dean Brown, Princess Cruises' executive vice president. "Our commitment to shore power technology began nearly 10 years ago, and we're very pleased we can now ‘plug in' our ships in San Francisco."

Princess' shore power program made history when it debuted in Juneau, Alaska in 2001. It expanded to Seattle in 2005, and then to Vancouver in 2009. Shore power connections are planned to roll out in other ports that have made commitments to the technology, including Los Angeles and San Diego. Currently nine of the line's ships are outfitted with the capability to "plug in" to a shoreside power source, representing an investment for Princess of nearly $7 million in equipment alone.

To create this unique power system, also known as "cold ironing," Princess has outfitted its ships with custom-built connection cabinets that join the ship's electrical network to the local electric system ashore. The electric power is transmitted from a landside transformer to the vessel via four 3½-inch diameter flexible cables. The actual cable connection on a vessel is a traditional, though quite large, plug and socket. The length of time needed to connect a ship to shore power and shut down the vessel's diesel generators is approximately 40 minutes. Once connected, the ship's engines are powered down and, simultaneously, the necessary amount of power is delivered to run the ship's services while in port.

The Princess ships currently equipped with shore power technology include:

  • Coral Princess
  • Dawn Princess
  • Diamond Princess
  • Golden Princess
  • Island Princess
  • Sapphire Princess
  • Sea Princess
  • Star Princess
  • Sun Princess

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10-07-10 Saturday Night Fever Coming to Freedom of the Seas Royal Caribbean International is slipping-on its boogie shoes this spring and debuting Saturday Night Fever: The Musical, the third licensed main-stage musical production at sea for the cruise line. Created by Royal Caribbean Productions in association with Robert Stigwood Organisation Ltd., the acclaimed-West End show will debut aboard Liberty of the Seas in April 2011, as part of the ship's revitalization and shipboard enhancements beginning in late January 2011 aboard the popular Freedom-class cruise ship. Based on the hugely popular, 1970s feature film, Saturday Night Fever, the theatrical experience features a repertoire of hit songs from The Bee Gees song album sure to inspire guests to dance the night away.

"The debut of Saturday Night Fever: The Musical, created by Royal Caribbean Productions' in-house entertainment team, continues to raise the bar for cruise vacations aboard one of our most innovative ships," said Lisa Bauer, senior vice president, Hotel Operations, Royal Caribbean International. "Our award-winning musical productions have been so incredibly well-received by guests, first with Hairspray aboard Oasis of the Seas and then with the announcement of Chicago: the Musical aboard Allure of the Seas. It's only fitting we broaden the selection to include a West End hit as Liberty of the Seas embarks on its maiden season in Europe for summer 2011."

Saturday Night Fever: The Musical premiered in the West End at the London Palladium in 1998 and has been seen by over 10 million people worldwide, thrilling theater and music buffs alike throughout the years. On Liberty of the Seas, the story of Tony, the ambitious Brooklyn youth who spends his Saturday nights disco dancing, will be brought to life on stage in the ship's state-of-the-art, 1,320-seat Platinum Theatre. The storyline and music that created the worldwide disco phenomenon will take guests away to a different era with such cult-classics songs as "Stayin' Alive," "Tragedy," "If I Can't Have You" and "Boogie Shoes."

"We are glad to work with Royal Caribbean International to take Saturday Night Fever to fans and vacationers at sea," said Robert Stigwood. "Royal Caribbean Productions' commitment to innovative and quality entertainment will have guests out of their seats and groovin' in the aisles."

Auditions for the Royal Caribbean's production of Saturday Night Fever, will be held Oct. 20-22 in New York. More details and a full schedule can be found at www.RoyalCaribbeanProductions.com.

In addition to Saturday Night Fever, Liberty of the Seas, along with Freedom of the Seas, will introduce some top-rated onboard features that debuted aboard Oasis of the Seas when the ships are revitalized during scheduled drydocks in January and March 2011, respectively. Many of the onboard enhancements will deliver some of the most exciting entertainment options at sea, such as the DreamWorks Experience, 3D movie technology in the main theater; an oversized outdoor video screens on the main pool deck to entertain guests and offer movies under the stars. Guests also will enjoy new onboard amenities such as iPod docks in every stateroom; the Wayfinder system, with its interactive touch-screen to direct guests, offer venue and restaurant descriptions, and the day's schedule of programs; guest services kiosks on the Royal Promenade where guests can instantly view, print or e-mail their SeaPass folio or their personal calendar, or check-in and print airline boarding passes; and the popular Royal Babies and Tots Nursery, which provides nursery care for babies and tots through 36 months. Guests also will delight in the enchanting Cupcake Cupboard and the trendy décor of Vintages with its Enomatic wine serving system.

At 154,407 gross registered tons with a capacity of 3,634 guests, double-occupancy, Liberty of the Seas features cruise-industry innovations, such as the FlowRider surf simulator, cantilevered whirlpools suspended 112 feet above the ocean, the H2O Zone kids water park, and the Royal Promenade entertainment boulevard. With a wide selection of onboard accommodations such as the Presidential Family Suite, which sleeps up to 14 guests, more than 20 restaurants and lounges, and a wide range of onboard entertainment and programs, Liberty of the Seas caters to multi-generational families and couples on a remarkable cruise vacation in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

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10-04-10 MSC Poesia Aces Surprise Quebecois Health Inspection Health Canada made a surprise inspection of MSC Poesia during her recent maiden-call in Quebec, and the ship received a perfect score of 100 after the rigorous examination during her inaugural sanitation inspection.

The inspection team from the Workplace Health and Public Safety Program (WHPSP), the Canadian equivalent to the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), said the 100-point score was awarded because of the outstanding state of sanitation, safe food handling, and the general high level of understanding and compliance in the areas of food, water, air and general hygiene onboard MSC Poesia.

Health Canada officers conducted intense inspections of the food provisioning, storage and preparation areas, the ship's laundry, bars, self-serve buffets, restaurants, warewashing machinery, room service operations, medical and children's centers, as well as its Integrated Pest Management Program, waste management, housekeeping and public area cleanliness, recreational and potable water protection and supply system, air purity controls, and the ship's general procedures to prevent or control illnesses.

Over the years, MSC Cruises' ships sailing in Caribbean waters have consistently earned "Superior" scores on USPH inspections. The last 100-point score for a ship in the Caribbean was earned on the MSC Poesia in May. She earned several during the past Caribbean season.

MSC Cruises practices this policy of going above and beyond daily. One example of MSC's detailed approach to cleanliness involves crew members who empty, disassemble, clean and sanitize every ice machine, 60 per ship, on all of our 11 ships weekly.

Richard E. Sasso, president and CEO of MSC Cruises (USA), said, "Why do we perform so well on these inspections? It's our corporate philosophy to be the most responsible we can be in both safety and environment."

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10-01-10 Leonard Maltin to Present Aboard Coral Princess Renowned Film Critic Leonard Maltin will be sailing aboard Coral Princess' December 15 holiday sailing, and will be presenting his favorite films of 2010 throughout the cruise especially for Princess Cruises passengers.

During this 15-day Panama Canal cruise, movie buffs will be able to view the four films Maltin has dubbed "Leonard's Unsung Favorites of 2010," which he will personally introduce to the audience. Maltin will also lead a discussion of some of the films, will challenge passengers to a film trivia contest and will offer a talk focusing on Hollywood of yesteryear.

Passengers will be able to view the films on Coral Princess' giant poolside Movies Under the Stars screen or in the Princess Theater.

"Leonard Maltin's wealth of knowledge about the world of film has made him one of the most recognizable movie experts today," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. "Passengers on this Coral Princess voyage are in for a special treat as he shares these hand-picked films with them."

Maltin's appearance is an extension of Princess' exclusive Leonard Maltin Movie Club. This fleetwide club invites passengers to view a specially selected film onboard. Each month, a new movie is featured, with a special video introduction from Mr. Maltin. Later, cruise staff members host a gathering for passengers featuring a group discussion of the film, guided by questions and trivia from Mr. Maltin. The one-hour club meeting is open to all passengers.

For passengers who want to further enjoy films in their stateroom, the Leonard Maltin Movie Channel on the ship's television system will feature a selection of contemporary, classic and animated movies specially selected by Mr. Maltin.

Leonard Maltin is one of the country's most recognized and respected film critics and historians. He may be best known as the resident film buff on the popular syndicated program "Entertainment Tonight," where he has appeared since 1982. However, long before he became a familiar face on television, his annual paperback "Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide" established his reputation; he was 18 when the first edition was published. He has also published numerous other books and articles, and teaches at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. In addition, Mr. Maltin has created television specials and DVDs on film topics, currently hosts the weekly program "Secret's Out" on ReelzChannel, and introduces movies on DirecTV.

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