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September 29, 2008

CEO's Message: CruiseCompete Celebrates 5th Anniversary.

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Nickelodeon to slime Royal Caribbean families again next summer

This summer's sold-out Nickelodeon Family Cruise with Royal Caribbean was a huge success, so the two companies are teaming up again to offer plenty of fun during the summer of 2009. Loaded with plenty of Nickelodeon fun, the Mariner of the Seas will set sail for the Western Mexican Rivera in late July, while the Freedom of the Seas will sail the Eastern Caribbean in early August. The cruises will feature interactive game shows; character meet-and-greets and performances; exclusive show screenings and plenty of the network's signature slime. Kids will surely see SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Diego and Aang from Avatar: The Last Airbender and other Nickelodeon celebrities.

Crystal cruises announces 2010 world cruise itinerary

Luxury cruise line specialist Crystal Cruises is taking guests on an unprecedented exploration of the Arabian Gulf, the Red Sea and the Black Sea regions as part of its 2010 world cruise itinerary. The 108-day trip will depart from Miami and feature maiden voyages to Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and many other destinations in South America, Africa and India and several European ports in the Mediterranean Sea en route to London.

Highlights of the Crystal world cruise, available in seven individual segments or back-to-back segment combinations, include:

Maiden calls to Port Elizabeth, South Africa; Bandar Abbas, Iran; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Manama, Bahrain; Khasab, Oman; Alfujairah, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Overnight stays in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Abu Dhabi, UAE; Safaga, Egypt (for Luxor/Karnak); Athens, Greece; Odessa, Ukraine; Istanbul, Turkey; and Barcelona, Spain.

Two-night shipboard stays in Cape Town, South Africa and Dubai, UAE.

Late-night calls to Ashdod, Israel; Cochin and Mumbai, India; Bandar Abbas, Iran; Manama, Bahrain; Aqaba, Jordan; Alexandria, Egypt; Kusadasi, Turkey and Livorno, Italy.

Royal Caribbean introduced two more "neighborhoods" on Oasis of the Seas

When Royal Caribbean launches its highly anticipated Oasis of the Seas next November, innovative, first of their kind amenities will be standard fare aboard the world's largest cruise ship. This includes the ship's Pool and Sport Zone and the Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center "neighborhoods". Stretching the length of the ship, the Pool and Sport Zone is a playground for guests of all ages. It will feature private cabanas, four unique pools, the industries first zip-line at sea and two Flowrider surf simulators. An intimate adults-only Solarium and sports deck will impress even the most seasoned cruiser. Guests will be able to sooth themselves even more in the spa and fitness center, which is built on the cruise line's popular Vitality wellness program.

The industry's first beach pool will have a sloped entry where guests will be able to wade into the water. The ship's main pool will be ideal for rest and relaxation, while families looking for fun will enjoy Royal Caribbean's signature H2O Zone, anchored by a giant, octopus with water-spraying tentacles and slides and separate wading and current pools. Competitive guests will enjoy the sports pool, with afternoon water team sports. Adults searching for solace will find it in the open-air solarium, featuring a tranquil swimming pool and whirlpools suspended 136 feet above the ocean.

The new Vitality at Sea spa will include a thermal suite, featuring heated tile loungers and saunas and steam rooms; three couples massage suites and individual treatment rooms. Kids and teen guests also will have their own dedicated spa with special services catered to them. The ship's fitness center will offer a varied selection of the latest cardio and resistance equipment for working out alone or joining one of several classes, including spinning, kickboxing, Pilates and yoga.

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