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March 16, 2009

Attracting More Families with Kids: Royal Caribbean International to expand its children's services/activities:

Royal Caribbean International announced it will become more family-friendly by enhancing its Adventure Ocean Youth Program, expanding kids' dining options and creating areas where parents can exercise with their children.

"My Family Time Dining", to be introduced in July, will expedite service for kids during the first seating in the main dining room, allowing parents to enjoy a longer meal. Caretakers will meet the kids after a 45-minute meal and escort them to the Adventure Ocean spaces for evening activities.

Available immediately, Royal Caribbean has also launched a "Lunch and Play" option for days at sea. The program provides children ages 3 to 11 a meal with other kids in the middle of the day, for a service charge of $7.95 per child.

On March 23, Royal Caribbean will start a "Babies 2 Go" program that will enable parents to have organic baby food, diapers, wipes and creams delivered to their cabins upon their arrival.

The cruise line also will offer "Stroll & Roll" time for active parents who want to push a stroller on the jogging track.

In the evenings, the entire family can listen to Royal Bedtime Stories in the Adventure Family Library. Kids are encouraged to dress in pajamas and enjoy a cookie or two with milk while an Adventure Ocean counselor reads a storybook.

Celebrity Summit (2,038-passenger) to be used for 2010 cruises to Bermuda, Canada and New England:

The seven-night cruises, which went on sale March 5, will depart on Sundays from Cape Liberty in Bayonne, N.J.

From April to mid-June, the Celebrity Summit will sail seven-night Bermuda and Bermuda/New England voyages.

The Bermuda sailings feature three days and two nights in King's Wharf. Bermuda/New England sailings include two days and one night in King's Wharf, as well as visits to Boston and Newport, R.I.

The Canada/New England sailings will take place throughout July and August. Ports of call include Saint John, New Brunswick; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Portland and Bar Harbor, Maine.

Holland America to put cruise documents online

Planning a Holland America Cruise? You will be able to access your cruise documents online, beginning May 9. Holland America calls its Express Docs system "quick, convenient and green." If you prefer paper documents simply advise your agent of your preference.

"Express Docs provide all the same information our guests expect and will also help them finalize vacation plans much quicker, and they provide greater flexibility in providing copies for family and friends," stated Richard Meadows, Holland America's executive vice president of marketing, sales and guest programs.

Express Docs will have cruise and flight information, the itinerary, special-request information, info on reserved shore excursions, transfer vouchers, important notices and a boarding pass to be printed and brought to the ship for check-in.

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