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September 4, 2006

SHORTER CRUISES GAINING IN POPULARITY FOR TIME-STRAPPED TRAVELERS

It's easy to lose track of time on a relaxing cruise, even if vacationers are strapped for it, thanks to the cruise industry's shorter 1-5 night itineraries. These compact cruises are ideal for people looking for a quick getaway and great way for novice cruisers to experience a vacation at sea without committing to a full-week or longer sailing. The most popular short cruises embark from North American home ports and visit destinations in the Caribbean and the Bahamas, Florida, the Pacific Northwest and Mexico and California Ports.

Carnival Cruise Lines
Half of Carnival's fleet is deployed on short-cruise itineraries, including three- and four-day cruises from Miami, Port Canaveral, Fla. And Long Beach, Calif. Carnival also offers four- and five-day sailings from Miami, Tampa, New Orleans, Galveston, Texas; Mobile, Ala.; Port Canaveral and Jacksonville, Fla.

Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity offers nine short-cruise itineraries of four- and five-nights in November and December, from Miami to the Western Caribbean. In addition, three- and four-night Pacific Northwest itineraries leave from Seattle in September and October that visit ports in British Columbia.

Cunard Line
The QM2's four-day "Labor Day Weekend" voyage leaves New York on September 2 and also visits Halifax.

Disney Cruise Line
Disney sails on three- and four-night cruises out of Port Canaveral, Fla., that visit Nassau and Castaway Cay, Disney's private island that features separate beach areas for families, adults and teens, plus plenty of other fun.

Holland America Line
In April, May, September and October, Holland America offers one- to four-day sailings to ports in California and British Columbia. These shorter cruises depart from Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver.

Princess Cruises
Princess sails one- to three-day cruises in September. These include trips between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia; San Francisco and Vancouver and Los Angeles and Vancouver.

Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian offers one-night dinner cruises out of Miami and New York, and between Seattle and Vancouver. Next year, the line is planning five-day Western Caribbean sailings seven months of the year, from Miami.

Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean ships sail on three- to five-night Caribbean and Bahamas sailing from Galveston, Texas; Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Port Canaveral, Fla. And San Juan. The line also offers three- and four-night itineraries to Baja Mexico, with shorter sailings in December and January.

 
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