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Monday, May 28, 2012

Royal Caribbean's "vertical entertainment" on Splendor of the Seas

Vision-Class’ Signature Centrum Will Transform into an Exciting New Experience for Guests
MIAMI, November 18, 2011 – Royal Caribbean International continues to deliver the Royal Advantage with the transformation of the elegant and popular Centrum found aboard its Vision-Class ships.  Beginning with Splendour of the Seas, the Centrum with its sweeping views and central location on the ship will reemerge from an extensive revitalization as a new chic and sophisticated venue featuring enriching daytime activities, dazzling nightly entertainment and jaw-dropping aerial spectacles.  The Centrum’s Champagne Bar also will be reinvented, unveiled as a new venue – the R Bar – featuring a sophisticated 1960s vibe, complete with iconic furnishing and signature cocktails mixed by a savvy and personable mixologist.

Authors and experts on Silversea's World Cruise 2013

An opera impresario, a veteran BBC TV journalist, and a South African
ambassador are among an impressive line-up of enrichment lecturers

(Ft. Lauderdale, FL -- May 8, 2012) Bestselling novelists Mary Higgins Clark and Lynne Truss are set to join an eclectic array of prominent guest speakers sailing aboard Silver Whisper's World Cruise in 2013, an epic 115-day journey from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale, departing January 5.

Crossing the equator four times, the World Cruise itinerary will follow the tropical belt to 52 destinations in 28 countries with overnight stays in several key ports. The warm-weather journey will explore a realm of far-flung cultures and scenic wonders including New Zealand and Australia's remote west coast; the idyllic isles of French Polynesia; fascinating Asian cities of Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore; and Africa's rarely seen western coast.

Celebrity Millennium is "solsticized"

Celebrity Millennium rounds out
celebrity cruises’ ambitious, $140-MILLION ‘solsticizing’ initiative
MIAMI – May 14, 2012 – One of the most ambitious revitalization initiatives in the history of the cruise industry has just been completed. Celebrity CruisesCelebrity Millennium set sail Saturday from the Port of Miami, fresh from becoming the fourth and final Millennium Class ship to complete the line’s $140-million “Solsticizing” process, incorporating a host of the venues and experiences guests love most on the Solstice Class ships. The initiative was completed within less than two years, with each ship completing the massive transformation over the course of an only three-week drydock period.                                                      
“Solsticizing has been such an exciting initiative for us – and more importantly, for our guests, as indicated by their response to each of our Solsticized ships,” said Celebrity’s President & CEO Dan Hanrahan. “Our Millennium Class ships already had a large and loyal following, having repeatedly ranked at the top of many of the world’s most prestigious consumer polls, and their original style, design and ambience served as significant inspiration for the design of the Solstice Class. So now, we’re bringing it full circle, incorporating on the entire Millennium Class what our guests enjoy most on the Solstice Class. It ties our whole fleet together in a very powerful way.”

Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas to sail Asia next year


Based in Singapore and China, the ship will offer itineraries to Southeast Asia, Japan and Korea

BEIJING, May 25, 2012 – Royal Caribbean International, a global cruise brand owned and operated by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE/OSX: RCL), will deploy the recently revitalized Mariner of the Seas to Asia in 2013 and offer numerous itineraries from China and Singapore to Southeast Asia, Japan and Korea throughout the rest of the year.
Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (pictured center), Adam Goldstein, president and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean International (pictured right), made the announcement along with Dr. Zinan Liu, group managing director for China and Asia (pictured left) to an audience of travel trade, media and government groups.
The addition of a second 3,114-guest ship to China, to join Voyager of the Seas, illustrates the company’s commitment to the growing cruise industry in Asia.  Together, they represent the two largest capacity and most innovative cruise ships operating in the region.

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Princess Cruises Art Connoisseur Voyages Showcase Top Contemporary Artists

Passengers Can Meet Artists Such as Michael Godard,
Viktor Shvaiko and Bill Mack in Person

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (May 25, 2012) – Princess Cruises is showcasing some of today’s top contemporary artists and lecturers in a series of special Art Connoisseur Cruises designed for both avid collectors and art newcomers.

A wide range of internationally acclaimed artists will join the ship during these cruises, including names such as bas relief sculptor Bill Mack, Russian American contemporary artist Viktor Shvaiko, and colorful French American painter Duaiv. The voyages offer a variety of events with the artists, such as meet-and-greet sessions, demonstrations, art classes, special art unveilings and interviews where passengers can ask questions. Some artists, including pop fusion painter Eric Waugh even entertain crowds with live painting sessions set to music.

Other famous names onboard will include “rock star of the art world” Michael Godard, painter Alexandre Renoir, great grandson of the famed French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Christine Argillet, daughter of Salvador Dali’s publisher who will offer her personal stories and insight into of one of the 20th century’s most unique artists.

Art Connoisseur Cruises are part of Princess’ Fine Arts program, offering passengers the opportunity to see and learn about some of the most notable artwork produced throughout the past century. Each ship features works from collectable artists for sale that are the centerpieces of art auctions held during each cruise.

Cunard celebrates Queen's Diamond Jubilee

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Cunard Royal Rendezvous and other Special Events Celebrate Diamond Jubilee

On 5 June 2012, Cunard will bring Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations to a close with the first-ever Cunard Royal Rendezvous in the fleet’s home port of Southampton, England. Here, Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth will approach the port soon after first light, sailing up Southampton Water, with a flotilla of small boats expected to welcome them in.

As Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria tie up at their berths, Queen Mary 2 will follow on, passing each ship in turn, with crew lining the foredeck of all three vessels, and the ships’ whistles sounding in salute.

The celebrations will culminate in an evening spectacular where all three ships will be brought within close proximity of each other, and a fusillade of fireworks and special effects will light up the evening sky.

Queen Mary 2 will then lead Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria in single file down the Solent as all three ships set out on their celebratory Jubilee voyages.

On board, Cunard’s renowned Insights enrichment programme will feature lectures by former BBC Royal correspondent Jennie Bond (Queen Mary 2), Professor Herbert Kerrigan QC, one of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Counsel in Scotland (Queen Victoria); and ITN royal commentator Robert Jobson (Queen Elizabeth).