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October 16, 2006

REGENT SEVEN SEAS INTRODUCES ALL-INCLUSIVE LIQUOR SERVICE

As if you needed another reason to choose Regent for your holiday celebrations, New Year's voyages will introduce our 2007 Liquor Policy. Regent will now offer complimentary select wines and spirits throughout the ship. So, toast the New Year with Regent Seven Seas Cruises this December.

PASSPORT WRINKLE

As we noted in our last newsletter, U.S. cruise passengers will not will not need passports until June 1, 2009 on ships sailing from the U.S. The same legislation also delays the need for passports for land border crossings to Mexico and Canada until the same date. However, Alaska passengers should be aware that while they can board a ship in Seattle for a cruise that ends in Vancouver, they will need an passport to fly back to the U.S. from Vancounver. As you will need to go to a passport office in person during working hours and wait six to eight weeks, we recommend that you get a passport now rather than having to scramble when you need one. Passports cost about $100 and are good for ten years.

AIRLINES GIVING CRUISE TRAVELERS A LUGGAGE BREAK

New airport restrictions on carry-on items, banning items such as liquids and gels over three ounces, have actually made life a little easier for cruise travelers. People flying to homeport cities have long complained about the airlines' restrictive policies limiting checked baggage to two pieces. Those with more paid a penalty. As a result of the new carry-on rules, however, many airlines are allowing passengers to check in three pieces of luggage without penalties. Cruise travelers should check with their air carrier before leaving home to confirm their specific baggage policies.

To check what you can and cannot take in your carry on baggage today when flying to your cruise, use www.tsa.gov

HOLLAND AMERICA LINE will outfit all its ships with cell phone capability by March 2007, the line announced. The service is currently available on the Volendam. The technology allows passengers to make and receive calls and send text messages on their own cell phones or personal digital assistants while onboard and be charged international roaming fees. The line partnered with SeaMobile, which provides the same service on ships for Silversea Cruises, Oceania Cruises and Crystal Cruises.

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