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December 10, 2007

Disney cruisers will enjoy double the fun on Castaway Cay in summer 2008

Due to popular demand, Disney Cruise Line has redesigned its four-night Bahamian cruise itinerary for next summer to include two stops at Castaway Cay, its private island getaway. This change to 16 sailings provides Disney guests with two full days in the tropical paradise, featuring turquoise waters, white sand beaches, beautiful landscapes and plenty of fun for guests seeking adventure, relaxation and quality time with the family. The private island stops will bookend a day in Nassau.

Disney also is enhancing its eastern Caribbean itineraries for 2009 to include special stops in St. Croix or Tortola. St. Croix, the largest U.S. Virgin Island, features colonial-style architecture, natural wonders, shopping and unbelievable marine habitats. Tortola, part of the British Virgin Islands, features ancient ruins, botanical gardens, sensational bays and beaches. The new eastern Caribbean voyages also will stop at St. Thomas and Castaway Cay, Disney's private island.

Celebrity turns up the heat with glass-blowing show in 2008

Celebrity Cruises is collaborating with the world-renowned Corning Museum of Glass to bring the captivating art of glassblowing to sea on the Celebrity Solstice, starting in December 2008. The "Hot Glass Show" will provide live, narrated demonstrations to guests. They promise to engage, educate and inspire cruisers about the art, history and science of glass. In recent years, the Museum has taken this show to other major museums, art fairs and public festivals around the world, including the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics and America's 400th Anniversary Celebration at Jamestown.

Plan ahead for Holland America's expanded itineraries to South America, Antartica

Cruisers ready for a journey toward the ends of the Earth and some of the most exotic destinations anywhere will be pleased with Holland America's new South America and Antarctica itineraries for 2009. A total of 18 cruises are scheduled, aboard the ms Statendam, ms Prisendam and the line's flagship ms Amsterdam. The diverse voyages, which range in length from 13 to 68 days, include spectacular scenic trips through the fjords and glaciers of Chile; visits to some of the world's most remote locales like Deception Island in Antarctica and its unique horseshoe-shaped volcano and the spectacular Iguazu Falls in Argentina. Holland America guests also have the chance to visit two of the New Seven Wonders of the World Machu Picchu in Peru, considered one of the most mysterious archeological sites on the planet, and Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Cruises also take guests on a scenic journey up the Amazon River, including a visit to the farthest navigable point for an ocean-going vessel in the heart of the Amazon jungle.

Cunard's Queen Victoria sets sail on maiden voyage this week

Cunard's 90,000-ton Queen Victoria sets sail on its maiden voyage through Europe's northern waters this week. She offers the very best of the heritage and traditions of the Cunard Line, along with various modern day luxuries and innovations. These include the industry's first upper level West End-style private boxes in the ship's Royal Court Theatre; the first Cunardia museum at sea, featuring Cunard artifacts and memorabilia; and the first two-story library at sea featuring 6,000 books and two full-time librarians. Other highlights include the Royal Spa & Fitness Centre, set to redefine the modern spa experience with a stunning hydrotherapy pool and thermal suite; a grand conservatory with central fountain and greenery, retractable glass roof, moveable glass wall to an open swimming pool; and the 270-degree Hemispheres lounge, designated for classes, lectures and relaxing by day and transformed into a stunning nightclub at night. In addition, Cunard's celebrated Queens Grill and Princess Grill dining is enhanced with an exclusive deck terrace and an al fresco dining option.

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