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March 5, 2007
CARNIVAL HOSTING 20 SLOT AND BLACKJACK TOURNAMENTS THIS YEAR
Carnival Cruise Lines and its Ocean Players Club are teaming up to host 20
slot and blackjack tournaments throughout 2007, with more than $100,000 in
cash prizes. The tournaments are being held on 19 different 3-8 day
cruises through October, culminating in a "Grand Final Event" aboard the
new Carnival Freedom in November. Each of the 19 preliminary tournaments
offers $5,000 in cash prizes, with a first prize of $2,500 and
complimentary cruise for two on the Carnival Freedom in November for the
finals. The "Grand Final Event" will offer $20,000 in cash prizes for the
slot tournament, with $10,000 in cash prizes for the blackjack
participants. The tournament fee is $50 per person for the preliminary
rounds; $100 per person for the final event. For specific tournament
cruise dates and itineraries, contact your CruiseCompete.com travel agent.
Cruise Line Shareholders Receive Special Amenities
Cruise travelers who own at least 100 shares of stock in Carnival
Corporation or Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. at the time of booking can
enjoy special onboard credits, courtesy of the world's two largest cruise
Carnival Corporation, which owns Carnival Cruise Lines, Costa Cruises,
Cunard Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America/Windstar and Seabourn,
provides shareholders with an onboard credit per stateroom based on the
length of the cruise:
These benefits are applicable on sailings booked by February 28, 2007 and
completed by July 31, 2007 (though they tend to be renewed every year).
- $250 for cruises lasting 14 days or longer
- $100 credit for sailings of 7-13 days
- $50 credit for cruises lasting six days or less.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. offers a similar program to its shareholders.
In addition to Royal Caribbean International cruises, shareholders also
receive benefits on Celebrity Cruises (excluding sailings on the Celebrity
Xpedition and any sailings offered under the Celebrity Xpeditions
program.) as follows:
These benefits can be applied toward reservations booked no later than May 1, 2007.
- $250 onboard credit per stateroom on cruises of 14 or more nights
- $200 credit for sailings between 9-13 nights
- $100 credit for cruises of 6-8 nights
- $50 credit for sailings of five nights or less
To receive these benefits, Carnival and Royal Caribbean shareholders must
provide a photocopy of their shareholder proxy cards or a current
brokerage statement. For more details please see the
Shareholder Benefits document.
FOOD AND WINE EXPERTS SHARE INSIGHTS WITH HOLLAND AMERICA GUESTS
During the next several months, Holland America's Culinary Arts Center
program, presented by Food & Wine magazine, is featuring Seattle-area
epicurean experts from the worlds of fine cuisine, wine and chocolate.
While on board, they will host a variety of events for guests, including
cooking demonstrations, culinary seminars, wine tastings and special Q&A
sessions. The connoisseurs scheduled to sail include:
For more details on scheduled appearances and sailing dates, contact your
CruiseCompete.com travel agent.
- Seisuke Kamimura, executive chef of the Seattle restaurant BOKA.
- Holly Turner, winemaker from the Three Rivers Winery in Walla Walla, Wash.
- Thierry Rautureau, owner and executive chef of Seattle restaurant Rover's.
- Ryan Thomas Magarian, master mixologist, senior beverage associate of Seattle-based
Kathy Casey Food Studios/Liquid Kitchen.
- Philip Mihalski, executive chef and owner of Seattle restaurant Neil's.
- Fran Bigelow, founder of Fran's Chocolates in Seattle.