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October 15, 2007

Princess offering array of new, unique Caribbean shore excursions

As if they didn't have enough choices already, Princess cruisers now have 126 new shore excursions to choose from when visiting the Caribbean. There is something for everyone, whether one wants to meet the islands' friendliest crocodile, take a mud bath in a volcano, explore underwater worlds via an unmanned ROV, visit one of the world's most beautiful beaches or even dog sled (yeah, that's right). The cruise line is working with some of the best tour operators in the region to assure travelers have unforgettable experiences in each port they visit during their cruise vacations.

Highlights of some of the new Caribbean excursions include:

Dog sledding in Jamaica (Ocho Rios) Just say "mush mon" when meeting the Jamaica Dog Sled Team, made up of former street and shelter dogs who now race a wheeled sled through the streets of this Jamaican port. Climb aboard or watch, and then feed the dogs treats, which they greatly appreciate.

Pocho the crocodile (Limon) - Meet Chito, Costa Rica's "crocodile whisperer", and his adopted 16-foot American croc named Pocho. Shot by poachers and nursed back to health by Chito, reptile and man are now inseparable. Pocho swims with his friend, lets him tickle him, hand feed him and other tricks to the amazement of guests.

Mud volcano (Cartagena) Visit the Caribbean village's famous mud volcano, a 50-foot cone formed by bubbling mud that comes complete with a volcano-like crater on top. The mud offers reputed healing properties for all that bath in it. Mud baths can then be followed with a dip in a nearby freshwater lake.

Underwater Remote Vehicle Eco Tour (Tortola) View the nearby underwater world in comfort as a state-of-the-art remote-operated vehicle provides a unique, close-up look at the mysteries of the sea on a large plasma screen. This experience the sensation of diving among reefs and ship wrecks without getting wet.

Anguilla catamaran sail and swim (St. Maarten) Tour the island of Anguilla, the new playground for the rich and famous, via a luxury catamaran. Then enjoy an extended visit to Shoal Bay Beach, rated as one of the Top Ten beaches in the world and one of the finest in the Caribbean region.

Veragua Rain Forest (Limon) Explore Costa Rica's rich rain forest and learn about many of the forest species through a series of special exhibits at one of the most visually stunning parks in the world. Guests can enjoy a modern gondola ride through the forest canopy, a dramatic 65-foot waterfall and island research station.

Glass-bottom boat cruise (Princess Cays) Climb aboard the glass-bottom SeaView Princess, stationed at the cruise line's private island, Princess Cays. Peer below for a special tour of the area's pristine coral reefs and multitude of sea life that live there. There also is a new scuba dive excursion on the private island.

Holland America offers 2008 grand Africa cruise to adventurers

Holland America Line's upcoming 73-day Grand Africa Voyage aboard the elegant 793-passenger ms Prinsendam will introduce travelers to breathtaking scenery, exotic wildlife, vibrant peoples and legendary safaris typically reserved for only the hardiest of adventurers. Leaving Fort Lauderdale on March 11, 2008, the ship will cross the Atlantic and then hug the Ivory Coast and Gulf of Guinea before rounding the Cape of Good Hope and sailing the Indian Ocean. The ship then passes through the legendary Suez Canal to North Africa, sails the Mediterranean and disembarks guests in Lisbon, Portugal on May 23. Cruising in style, the itinerary includes 28 extraordinary ports in 18 countries, covering more than 20,500 nautical miles.

Modern Africa will be on display, providing Holland America guests with the opportunity to experience the flavor of the continent's native customs and cultures, combined with the influence of colonial times. Shore excursions include visits to richly appointed palaces to bustling outdoor markets, to stilt villages and visits to the continent's newly celebrated wine regions. Of course, guests also have the chance to experience Africa's legendary safari tours.

The cruise also is offered in two segments: 33 days on the outbound route from Fort Lauderdale to Cape Town, disembarking April 13; or 40 days from Cape Town (embarking the same day) to Lisbon.

You can request quotes for these sailings at:
73-day Grand Africa Voyage
33 days on the outbound route
40 days from Cape Town

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