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December 11, 2006

Crystal Cruises Introduces 2007 European Cruises

Crystal Cruises is offering destination-rich itineraries throughout Europe in 2007, from the ancient cities along the Aegean and Adriatic seas to the polar ice caps of the North Cape. The Crystal Serenity and Symphony cruise ships will explore a number of timeless European ports with rich, intriguing histories from April through November.

The Crystal Serenity's Mediterranean season includes cruises that begin or end in Toulon, France, as well as cruises departing from Venice, Lisbon, Athens, Monte Carlo, Rome, Istanbul and London. All itineraries offer at least one overnight port call or late night stay in the above cities, as well as Sorrento, Cannes, Odessa and Alexandria.

The Crystal Symphony's Northern Europe and Baltic season include itineraries that visit St. Petersburg for multiple days; overnight stops in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Bordeaux and Edinburgh. Other highlights include a two-week North Cape itinerary from Copenhagen to Stockholm that crosses the Arctic Circle en route to Spitsbergen. Other stops include the fascinating ports of Tallinn, Estonia, and Arhus, Denmark.

Crystal's European season also features three extended land programs, offered pre- or post-cruise on selected itineraries. Travelers can enjoy ancient castles, palaces and monuments in Prague and Budapest; appreciate Austria's musical history in Vienna and Salzburg; and experience the spectacular scenery of Europe aboard the Orient-Express.

MSC Offering Holiday Gift Rates and Bonus Upgrades

MSC Cruises has the perfect gift this holiday season - and the giver enjoys the gift of savings at the same time. Travelers can book an eleven-night 2007 Caribbean or Panama sailing on the MSC Lirica or Opera at special "Holiday Gift" prices by December 31,2006 for trips between January 9 and April 18, and save as much as 65 percent off of retail rates. They also can enjoy bonus upgrades of up to three categories. Holiday prices start at $695 per person, double occupancy, plus government fees and taxes. The Holiday Gift rates include upgrades of inside to outside staterooms, and are not valid for balcony or suite staterooms.

"Barenaked Ladies" Popular Rock Band Will Rock the Carnival Legend in January

The popular alternative rock bank Barenaked Ladies is taking a break from its traditional touring schedule this winter by entertaining crowds of all ages at sea, during special performances aboard the Carnival Legend, January 15-19, 2007. The five-day journey - which sets sail from, and returns to, Fort Lauderdale - will feature "intimate solo shows to jam sessions to a rollicking karaoke party with the Barenaked Ladies". Joining them on board the ship will be Guster, Brothers Creeggan (featuring Barenaked Ladies bassist Jim Creeggan), Thinbuckle (featuring BNL multi-instrumentalist Kevin Hearn) and others.

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