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Articles from 2006 In July


Crystal sets apos;07 apos;Value Collectionapos;

Crystal sets apos;07 apos;Value Collectionapos;

The collection features six varied cruises of 10 to 17 days through the Panama Canal, Western Europe, Eastern Mediterranean and the Caribbean plus a trans-Pacific voyage from Los Angeles to Hong Kong.

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RCI rolls out gift certificates

RCI rolls out gift certificates

The certificates are available in denominations of $50, $100, $250 and $500 and can be sent via mail or e-mail.

Travel agents can apply the certificates to new or existing reservations while keeping their bookings fully commissionable. The certificates may be purchased at www.royalcaribbean.com. Agents redeem the certificates at Cruisingpower.com.

The new program gives consumers and corporations 'something different and exciting when exploring their gift-giving options,' said Lisa Bauer, svp sales for RCI.

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NCL appoints PR director

NCL appoints PR director

Mathews joined the line from PAN Communications, a Boston PR agency, where she was responsible for award-winning campaigns for clients including Nantucket Nectars, Boston Acoustics and toysmart.com.

Prior to PAN, she served in the public relations department at the LEGO Toy Co. in Enfield, Conn., and managed the launch and PR activities for the Florida town of Celebration, developed by the Walt Disney Co.

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Nature focus for Windstarapos;s Costa Rica

Nature focus for Windstarapos;s Costa Rica

A local naturalist accompanies each trip.

Sailing roundtrip from Puerto Caldera, Wind Star first heads north to its only stop outside Costa Rica--San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, where excursions visit the colonial city of Granada, Masaya Volcano and an Indian craft market. In Playas del Coco, passengers can dive, fish and sail in the bay, float down the Corobici River or soar through the treetops on a zip-line tour.

Quepos serves as the gateway to Manuel Antonio National Park, a rain forest that opens onto white sand beaches. Other excursions include horseback riding, deep-sea fishing and a cooking class at a ranch and private reserve.

Marenco on Drake Bay is near Corcovado National Park where tours include a hike through the park, beach horseback riding and a trip to Isla del Caño for snorkeling. When the ship anchors off the Curu Reserve on Nicoya Peninsula, passengers tender ashore to explore the home of 220 species of brids, three-toed sloths, coati and anteaters. In the afternoon, Wind Star visits Tortuga Island for a beach picnic and complimentary watersports.

The ship sails in Costa Rica from December through March. Fares start at $1,749.

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Tropical Storm Chris impacts some ports

Tropical Storm Chris impacts some ports

Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph/95 km/hr, with higher gusts, and the National Hurricane Center in Miami forecasts some strengthening during the next 12 to 24 hours.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for a range of cruise destinations, including Antigua, St. Maarten, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Carnival Cruise Lines altered the routes of four ships. Carnival Triumph will skip St. Maarten on Wednesday and add a visit to Grand Turk on Thursday. Carnival Valor will substitute Grand Turk and Ocho Rios for St. Thomas and St. Maarten. Elation will drop St. Thomas and San Juan, and add Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman. The New York-based Carnival Legend will skip San Juan.

Royal Caribbean International revised the itineraries of two ships. Navigator of the Seas will not call at St. Maarten on Wednesday. Instead, the ship will remain at sea and arrive in Nassau on Thursday. Explorer of the Seas will skip San Juan on Wednesday and Labadee on Thursday. The ship will spend Wednesday at sea and visit Nassau on Thursday.

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Silversea promotes Egypt sailings

Silversea promotes Egypt sailings

David Morris, evp sales and marketing for Silversea in North America, said the 'Glory of the Pharoahs' voyages capitalize on the interest in Egypt following the King Tut exhibitions in the U.S. The cruises offer two port overnights and lectures by experts in topics ranging from King Tutankhamun to the Suez Canal.

Silver Whisper departs Oct. 18 on a 15-day voyage with calls in Sharm-El-Sheikh and Safaga, Egypt; Aqaba, Jordan; Salalah and Muscat, Oman. Early Booking Incentive fares start at $7,330.

Silver Cloud's Nov. 10 cruise, 14 days, also visits Sharm-El-Sheikh, Safaga, Aqaba and Muscat, and makes a maiden Silversea call at the resort town of Khasab, Oman. Early Booking Incentive fares start at $6,925.

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Missing womanapos;s body believed found

Missing womanapos;s body believed found

The body was recovered between the islands of Ponza and Palmarola, according to the Associated Press. Italian investigators said Monday they believe the body is that of Elizabeth Galena, 22, who was last seen early the morning of July 25 as Voyager of the Seas was en route from Civitavecchia to Naples. However, no official identification has been made.

The Galena family issued a statement saying it does not believe the young woman's death was theresult of foul play. The family also thanked Royal Caribbean management and the officers and crew of Voyager of the Seas for 'theprofessionalism and compassion they displayed during this ordeal,' adding: 'Theycould not have done more than they did to help us deal with our anxiety and loss.'

Royal Caribbean said it continues to support the investigation by U.S. and Italian authorities. The company referred questions about the body to the investigating agencies.

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Orient Queen completes Beirut mission

Orient Queen completes Beirut mission

citizens from Lebanon and returned to Cyprus on its last voyage from Beirut.

The charter to the U.S. government stretched 11 days, according to shipbroker John Hanbidge, president of Cruise Ventures in New York. The ship carried 5,154 evacuees, about one-third of the U.S. demand, with the most heavily loaded voyage transporting 1,056 evacuees. There were 386 people on the last sailing, which ended over the weekend. The ship transited the Israeli blockade of the port of Beirut 14 times.

A U.S. general boarded the vessel to thank the crew on completion of the charter. Orient Queen's master called the operation 'a great challenge' but added that 'cooperation with all parties ashore and on board was great.'

Orient Queen is owned by Abou Mehri Cruises of Lebanon. The ship is currently in Limassol. The owner has not announced future plans for the vessel.

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A&K Nile cruiser gets $1m makeover

A&K Nile cruiser gets $1m makeover

As of September, 'Sun Boat IV will be the first boat on the Nile to be styled in a contemporary chic style, with an art deco influence,' says A&K.

Jorie Butler Kent, vc of A&K, has come up with the re-design concept in collaboration with Egyptian designer, Mohammed Noaman. The vessel's makeover is being overseen in Egypt by Amr Badr, md of Abercrombie & Kent Egypt.

The renovations include the addition of floor to ceiling windows - French balconies - in all 42 cabins (permanently closed as a safety precaution) except for those on the Nile deck, which are below sea level. New teak flooring combined with Egyptian marble will be added to the sun deck plus a new heated swimming pool. New furniture will be added throughout the boat and a new fire system installed.

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Commodore Warwick bids farewell

Commodore Warwick bids farewell

The Commodore and his wife Kim were cheered and applauded during a standing ovation from 250 guests at the farewell lunch held yesterday on board Queen Mary 2. A lone piper led the couple from the ship's Britannia Restaurant as they made their way to the gang way - their route lined by officers and crew of the Cunard flagship. As they arrived on the quayside a helicopter specially chartered by Cunard landed next to the port's Queen Elizabeth II Terminal ready to fly Mr and Mrs Warwick to their home in Somerset.

Around 70 of their friends and neighbours from their home village had travelled to Southampton by coach to attend the event.

The Warwicks' helicopter took off and circled Queen Mary 2 as officers, crew, guests and passengers lined open decks waving their farewells. The ship's whistle sounded repeatedly during the fly-over.

Earlier during brief speeches, Cunard Line president and md Carol Marlow thanked the Commodore for his enormous contribution to Cunard during 36 years of distinguished service. The Commodore told guests he had many treasured memories, culminating in his last transatlantic crossing last week during which he and his wife had hosted a number of retirement events on board.

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