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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Royal Caribbean announces Ocean Voyage cruise packages

Ocean Voyages Packages combine Hotel Stays, Memorable Experiences and Complimentary Onboard Premium Beverage Package
MIAMI – There’s no better way to take full advantage of a cruise that crosses the Atlantic than on a Royal Caribbean International Ocean Voyage cruise package.
The cruise line has announced four new cruise packages that extend a Royal Caribbean Ocean Voyage with a two- or three-night, pre- or post-cruise land stay.
Guests of an Ocean Voyage cruise package stay at four-star hotel accommodations, most with breakfast included; have inclusive airfare options; and enjoy inclusive transfers and tours to explore the must-see landmarks and attractions of London, U.K., Reykjavik, Iceland, Barcelona, Spain, or New Orleans, Louisiana.  Guests also will have ample time for shopping, dining and exploring at their leisure.

Carnival's Howard Frank to become special advisor to the CEO and to the Chairman

            Miami (November 4, 2013) -- Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) today announced that effective December 1, 2013, Howard Frank will be stepping down from his current roles as vice chairman and chief operating officer to take on the role of special advisor to the CEO and to the chairman, while continuing to represent the industry in his leadership role as chairman of CLIA.

            "We are greatly appreciative of Howard’s commitment to provide ongoing counsel, advice and industry leadership, as he enters this next stage," said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc.

Alan Buckelew to becme Chief Operations Officer of Carnival Corporation PLC

            MIAMI (November 4, 2013) -- Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) today announced Alan Buckelew, currently the president and CEO of Princess Cruises, is being appointed to the newly created role of chief operations officer of Carnival Corporation & plc effective December 1, 2013, reporting to President and CEO Arnold Donald.
            “With his successful track record in both running a brand and as a functional lead, Alan is ideally suited to take on the tasks of this new role,” said Donald.

Jan Swartz to become president of Princess Cruises

            LOS ANGELES (November 4, 2013) -- Princess Cruises today announced that Jan Swartz has been promoted to president of Princess Cruises, effective December 1, 2013.

            Reporting to Holland America Group CEO Stein Kruse, Swartz will oversee the Princess line’s worldwide operations which includes 17 ships, 22,000 employees serving more than 1.4 million passengers annually. Princess Cruises has sales, marketing and operational efforts in over 60 countries around the world.

Disney Cruise Line unveils itineraries and ports for 2015

Florida Homeports Give Guests More Opportunities to Visit Disney’s Private Island Castaway Cay

CELEBRATION, Fla. (Nov. 12, 2013) – With all four Disney Cruise Line ships sailing from Florida ports in the early part of 2015, Disney’s private island Castaway Cay takes center stage.

Every cruise departing from January to April includes a stop at Castaway Cay, a lush tropical island reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests.

Carnival Corporation & PLC and the Miami Heat pledge to donate at least $1 million for Philippines' typhoon relief efforts

(News Release)
MIAMI (November 12, 2013) – Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) and the Miami HEAT today announced that Carnival Corporation & plc, its 10 cruise brands and the Carnival Foundation will team up with the two-time defending NBA Champion Miami HEAT in making a pledge to donate at least $1 million to support relief efforts in communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.  Miami HEAT owner Micky Arison is also the chairman of Carnival Corporation & plc.

“All of us at Carnival and the Miami HEAT extend our deepest sympathy to the Philippines and its people,” Arison said. “The typhoon in the Philippines has caused massive destruction, and is having a tragic impact on people and families, including those members of our extended Carnival family who reside in the region. We are in the process of evaluating a variety of worthy organizations that are doing fantastic work in the Philippines. In addition to providing financial support for relief efforts, our collective thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have been impacted.” 

Silversea expands menu of complimentary media options for guest mobile devices

(Ft. Lauderdale, FL -- November 14, 2013) In another cruise industry first, ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises has added newspapers and lifestyle magazines to its complimentary onboard digital service that provides streaming movies and live television news broadcasts to guests' mobile devices aboard Silver Cloud and the recently launched Silver Galapagos.

The additional media options can be accessed on any smartphone or tablet, giving guests access to hundreds of daily newspapers and lifestyle magazines from 100 countries and in 56 languages. Publications are refreshed every night so that guests receive the most up-to-date issues while traveling at sea.

Celebrity Cruises to kick-off 10th anniversary of Galapagos vacations with new book by guests

MIAMI, FL – November 14, 2013 –
The sentiment expressed by nearly every guest who experiences
Celebrity Cruises’ Galapagos Islands vacations comes down to a few simple adjectives: unforgettable, transformative, magnificent.

Celebrity Cruises announced today that it is curating a guest-driven commemorative book that will debut next year to celebrate the modern luxury cruise line’s 10 years in the Galapagos Islands. Past Celebrity Xpedition guests are being invited to be part of this storytelling collective, by way of Celebrity’s Facebook page, to share photos and stories of their Celebrity Xpedition memories.

Carnival Sunshine sails on inaugural voyage from New Orleans

            MIAMI (November 18, 2013) – The totally transformed 3,006-passenger Carnival Sunshine – the largest Carnival Cruise Lines ship ever to be homeported in New Orleans -- will sail this afternoon on its inaugural voyage from the Big Easy, embarking on a six-day cruise to Cozumel and Grand Cayman. 

            Earlier this year, Carnival Sunshine underwent a $155 million, 75-day makeover that added a variety of innovations that are part of Carnival’s groundbreaking Fun Ship 2.0 enhancement initiative, along with several features unique to this vessel and 182 new staterooms. 

            Today’s voyage kicks off a winter schedule of Caribbean departures from New Orleans that will further bolster the line’s position as the port’s number one cruise operator, carrying 330,000 guests annually on two year-round ships. 

Adventure savings offered on Un-Cruise Adventures’ New Heritage Adventure cruises in Southeast Alaska and Columbia and Snake rivers

Book by December 20 for savings on 2014 voyages

Seattle, WA, November 18, 2013Un-Cruise Adventures presents a window of opportunity for savings on Heritage Adventure cruises on a new itinerary in Alaska and on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Travelers booked aboard the 88-guest S.S. Legacy by December 20, 2013 receive an adventure savings up to $700 per couple on 2014 voyages.

Launched in August 2013, the replica coastal steamer S.S. Legacy sails back through history bringing alive the stories and characters from Alaska’s Gold Rush of ’98 and the Lewis and Clark Expedition and pioneer life westward through Oregon and Washington.  New in 2014, seven-night Alaska’s Golden History cruises travel between Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska (and reverse).

Experience Hawaii with cruise savings aboard Norwegian's Pride of America

            New Hawai’i cruise bookings receive up to $200 to spend on board 

Norwegian Cruise Line is launching a limited time bonus days offer on all Hawai’i cruises from Wednesday, November 20 through Friday, November 22, 2013.

Guests who book a new cruise reservation on board the newly-enhanced Pride of America, the only large US-flagged cruise ship, will receive up to $200 in on-board credit per stateroom, based on stateroom category.

Guests can use the on-board credit toward an array of incredible shore excursions; pampering treatments in the ship’s award-winning Mandara Spa; delicious dinners in one of Pride of America’s specialty restaurants and much more. Air credits of up to $400, Military, Latitudes and AARP Discounts are also available on select sailings.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Norwegians get more perks

Get reduced deposits and up to $270 in special on-board amenities 
Norwegian Cruise Line is launching its popular “Cruise Event Week” offer on Sunday, November 11, 2013, giving guests the opportunity to earn a variety of on board amenities valued at up to $270, when they book a new five-day or longer cruise vacation to one of Norwegian’s popular destinations, the Caribbean, Hawaii*, Bahamas & Florida and more. 

Guests who take advantage of this limited time offer before Saturday, November 16, 2013, will receive a variety of exciting perks, based on the stateroom category booked, plus reduced deposits and up to $1,000 in air credits. In addition, kids* sail free on a range of sailings. Military, Latitudes and AARP discounts may also apply to select sailings.

Stein Kruse to become CEO of the Holland America Group

            MIAMI (November 4, 2013) -- Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) today announced that effective December 1, 2013, Stein Kruse, currently president and CEO of Holland America Line, is being appointed CEO of the Holland America Group, adding Princess Cruises and Holland America Princess Alaska land operations to his current responsibilities of Holland America Line and Seabourn.
            Kruse will report to Carnival Corporation & plc President and CEO Arnold Donald.
            "This is an exciting expanded opportunity for Stein and the experience and track record of effective leadership he brings to it bodes well for our future," said Donald.

Silversea lines up notable experts to enrich fall voyages

Ft. Lauderdale, FL -- A former astronaut, a renowned investigative journalist and an accomplished film and television actor are set to enlighten Silversea guests on upcoming voyages this fall.

They will be joining an expansive array of esteemed authors, historians, diplomats, political analysts and other cultural experts participating in the luxury line's popular Silver Perspectives enrichment program. 

Featured on all sailings, the program offers Silversea guests the chance to attend fascinating lectures on a range of topics, usually followed by lively question and answer sessions.

Up-market travelers who book a 2014 Mediterranean voyage can enhance voyage with Land Discoveries

MIAMI, Nov. 1, 2013 – Azamara Club Cruises is creating even more destination-immersive opportunities for guests looking to experience the azure waters and picturesque coastal ports of the Mediterranean.

From today through December 15, travelers who book select 2014 Mediterranean voyages can enjoy a complimentary Land Discoveries shore excursion at each port of call to further delve into a destination’s cultures and ambiance.

This Land Discoveries opportunity allows guests to choose from amongst three excursions per port and also complements Azamara’s AzAmazing Evenings events, which are held on each voyage and brings destination to life exclusively for the cruise line’s guests. To learn more about the Land Discoveries promotion or for a full list of voyages, please visit www.AzamaraClubCruises.com.