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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 lines.

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:
  • $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.
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).

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:
  • $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
These benefits can be applied toward reservations booked no later than May 1, 2007.

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:
  • 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.
For more details on scheduled appearances and sailing dates, contact your CruiseCompete.com travel agent.

 
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