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American West Steamboat Company
Theme cruises are being added to American West's travels on the Columbia, Willamette, and Snake Rivers this season. Speakers, performers, authors, and activities will center around the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial. Some other subjects: the Big Band era of the '40s and '50s and Northwest Food and Wine. The 161-passenger Queen of the West plies the thousand-mile route round-trip from Portland.
Carnival Cruise Lines
More than 1000 choices of shore excursions are available on Carnival's new on-line excursion booking system. It will allow passengers an opportunity to buy land tours in 65 different ports via the Carnival web site... Carnival expects to carry a record 3.3 million passengers on 1300 cruises aboard 20 ships this year. They'll depart from 18 North American home ports... Carnival passengers have become accustomed to whimsical "towel animals" that greet them in their cabins each evening. Now the company has put together an instructional book offering step-by-step directions for passengers interested in recreating the creatures back home. The book is called "Carnival Towel Creations." The company's stewards create some seven million "towel animals" annually. www.carnivalcruisesaver.com
Citing steadily increasing demand for Europe cruises, Celebrity will deploy a fourth ship to the region this spring. The 1750-passenger Century will be moved from the Caribbean to sail a series of 12-day Baltic trips from Amsterdam, a Norwegian Fjords cruise, and 10- and 11-day Mediterranean circuits. It joins the previously-scheduled European ships Constellation, Galaxy, and Millennium... A new region looms for Celebrity next year. It will place the 1950-passenger Summit into the South Pacific and Far East. It will sail to Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam, and additional locations. Round-trip and open-jaw cruises of various lengths will be offered. This will be the first time Celebrity visits the Asia-Pacific region... Lecturers aboard every 2005 cruise and lots of celebrity speakers. That's what Celebrity is planning this year in an expansion of its "Celebrity Discoveries" enrichment program. www.celebritycruisesaver.com
3800 passengers! That's the size of the newest ship Costa has ordered from an Italian shipyard. The unnamed vessel will be delivered in spring, 2007. A similar-sized newbuild, the Costa Concordia, will be completed a year earlier. Each ship will be longer than three football fields, have a 20,000 square foot "wellness" area extending over two decks, and domes covering two of the four swimming pools... The 1022-passenger Costa Tropicale, which entered service almost a quarter-century ago, will be transferred to P & O Cruises Australia late this year... A new home-town parking program has been introduced for passengers heading for Costa Cruises. The Park 'N Fly company will make spaces available at more than 30 off-airport locations across the nation. Details of the plan are shown at the Park "N Fly link on Costa's website, www.costacruises.com... The 2114-passenger Costa Atlantica achieved a rare perfect score of 100 during its semi-annual sanitation inspection conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention... On the business side, Costa expects to achieve 6.6 million "passenger days" this year, vs 5.6 million in 2004.
Crystal has released its 2006 itineraries. Next year its three ships will visit a record 214 ports in 82 countries... some 20 percent more ports than they visited last year. A total of 97 cruises will be conducted, ranging from a new three-day sampler to new seven-day itineraries on each ship up to a 106-day world cruise... In addition to 10 San Francisco-to-San Francisco 12-day round trips to Alaska this summer, Crystal has added a new offering: a 12-day Vancouver round-trip. The 940-passenger Crystal Harmony will call at Whittier, Glacier Bay, Hubbard Glacier, Columbia Glacier, Juneau, Skagway, Seward, and Ketchikan... Golf will receive a new emphasis on Crystal. It has formed a partnership with a maker of clubs that will result in dedicated golf cruises, visits to world-famous courses, lectures by noted golf figures, instruction, clinics and more. The company says that on non-golf-themed cruises, up to 10 percent of passengers attend on-board golf classes... 38 new shore tours this year will bring to 125 the number of Alaska shore excursions that will be available this summer for passengers aboard the 940-passenger Crystal Harmony. They include a rock climbing and rappelling adventure, a rainforest hike, a birding expedition, and a wilderness kayaking excursion... Jewish points of interest will be showcased on seven new shore excursions during Crystal's 2005 European summer and fall season. They include visits to World War II sites in Poland from Gdansk and St. Petersburg, a visit to the Great Coral Synagogue from St. Petersburg, a tour of Dublin's Jewish landmarks, a walking tour of Venice's historic Jewish Ghetto, and a tour of the old Jewish quarter and newer museums and holocaust memorials in Berlin, from Warnemunde. Friday night services will be held each week
To begin 2006, the 2620-passenger Queen Mary 2 will sail into the Pacific for the first time via a circumnavigation of South America. The ship will travel from New York to Los Angeles in January, conduct a three-day round trip out of Los Angeles, and then sail to the Hawaiian Islands. In March, it travels in the opposite direction. Among its many features are 10 dining venues, five swimming pools, the largest library at sea, the largest wine collection at sea, and British nannies
Disney Cruise Line
The 2600-passenger Disney Magic will be repositioned to Los Angeles for 12 seven-day cruises this summer. The move is timed to celebrate Disneyland's 50th anniversary, and the ship will return to its usual route after the observance. The ship will sail on Saturdays to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas, returning to Florida in September. While the Magic is in Los Angeles, the 2600-passenger Disney Wonder will conduct three- and four-day trips to the Bahamas and Disney's private island from Port Canaveral
Holland America Line
Holland America's $225 million "Signature of Excellence" enhancements of its ships is making progress. The latest two ships to receive makeovers are the Zaandam and the Prinsendam. The Zaandam now has a culinary arts center for cooking demonstrations, tastings, and classes; a New York Times-affiliated Explorations CafŽ; expanded spa facilities; and upgraded youth spaces. The Prinsendam also received flat-panel television sets. As part of the program, staterooms will be outfitted with premium mattresses, Egyptian cotton bed linens, and extra-fluffy towels. Cabins will get massage showerheads, lighted magnifying makeup mirrors, and new hair dryers. There will be new stainless steel ice buckets and serving trays. Passengers will also be welcomed with a fresh fruit basket. The whole fleet will be outfitted by fall, 2006... An expanded roster of 18 Boston -Montreal cruises will be offered on the 1266-passenger Maasdam this year. In addition to customary fall trips, there will also be spring and summer voyages this year.
Norwegian Cruise Line
NCL's big event this season will be the inauguration of its third Hawaii ship, the 2146-passenger Pride of America... Meanwhile, the company continues to add close-to-home ports and itineraries. This year its ships will depart from Seattle, Vancouver, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Charleston, Houston, Miami, New Orleans, San Juan, Hawaii, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.It is expanding its "Freestyle" dining theme in a continuing refurbishment of existing ships and in original construction in its new vessels.
San Francisco rejoins the ranks of 52-week-a-year cruise homeports this year, when Princess inaugurates Mexico service aboard the 1950-passenger Dawn Princess. From September through May, 2006, the Dawn Princess will sail through the Golden Gate every ten days for Catalina, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas, and San Diego. Princess will continue its summer schedule between San Francisco and Alaska... Also bound for Mexico during the winter will be the 2670-passenger Sapphire Princess, sailing every Saturday round trip from Los Angeles and calling at Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas. From San Diego, the 1590-passenger Regal Princess will head to Mexico on 10-day trips this fall. The 62 Mexico fall-winter-spring departures represent a Princess record in the California market, where some 20 million people live within an hour's drive of one of the three cruise terminals... Passengers who board Princess ships with their own laptop computers can now use them to check their email or surf the web. All 14 ships in the Princess fleet now have wireless "hotspots" to allow the functions. In addition, expanded Internet Cafes on many ships will be fitted with additional computers for passenger use. The largest installation will have 26 computers... ... Princess' 2005 Europe season will consist of 57 departures between now and November aboard five vessels. Different this year will be an extensive array of tour options, which will take passengers to destinations they can't see on a cruise-only vacation. Tours will be offered to Med, Baltic, and Western Europe passengers.
Radisson Seven Seas Cruises
Around the world in 109 days. That'll be the pace to be set by Radisson's 700-passenger Seven Seas Voyager as it rolls out on its 2006 world cruise. The all-suite, all-balcony ship will leave Los Angeles in January for 45 ports in 28 countries on five continents. It will end the journey in Fort Lauderdale late in April. Smithsonian Institution lecturers and celebrity guests will hold forth during the trip... Fleetwide enhancements are being completed this season. They include the installation of DVD players in all Mariner and Navigator suites, a print-on-demand service of same-day newspapers from around the world on all ships, installation of Bose Wave Music Systems in top suite categories, establishment of DVD movie libraries on additional ships, new shower stalls with rain showers and tile seating on 47 Mariner suites, new "Indochine" and Italian menus in specialty restaurants, and new production shows... Ushuaia, Argentina, will be the departure point for two round trips to Antarctica in January. The 394-passenger Explorer II will be limited to 198 passengers for the trips that will include Zodiac explorations, wildlife encounters, naturalists, and lectures on Antarctica fauna, flora, geography, and history
Royal Caribbean International
RCI is beefing up its Northeast lineup this summer. It will operate two ships on alternating five-day Bermuda and nine-day Western Caribbean itineraries from New York and Baltimore, respectively. From Boston, 10-day Bermuda/Caribbean sailings will call at Tortola, St. Maarten, Bermuda, and RCI's private island in Hispaniola... This spring, RCI has 16 ships in the Caribbean. Later in the year there will be three in Europe, three in Alaska, and one in the Gulf of Mexico... With the addition of a number of Caribbean shore excursions beginning this summer, Royal Caribbean will offer more than 600 excursion options in the islands... The line's private island of Labadee has been spruced up with a new pirate-themed water playground. It features a "sunken" pirate ship and lots of drips, drizzles, and drenches from geysers, water buckets, water archways, and water cannons... Royal Caribbean has signed a letter of intent with a Finnish shipyard to build a new 3600-passenger, 158,000-ton ship. It should be completed in early 2008. Its cost will be some $230,000 per berth
Seabourn Cruise Line
Seabourn has added more than 75 optional shore excursions designed to provide "trophy experiences" for passengers of its three all-suite ships, the 208-passenger Pride, Spirit, and Legend. Exclusive entry to sites of interest, meetings with notable personalities, and deep dips into special-interest pursuits mark the Trophy program. Example: a meal with Gihan Sadat, widow of the late Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, in her Nile-side home in Cairo. The program will be offered on 134 cruises in 76 countries this year and next.
Silversea Cruises is expanding its Guest Lecturer program with a new enrichment series it calls "The Spirit of Exploration." Internationally-known adventurers will serve as Resident Explorer on many cruises, hosting passengers to a series of presentations that reveal the explorer's knowledge, personal insights, and quest for discovery. The Resident Explorers will also accompany passengers on selected shore excursions and discuss their exciting moments in earth, sea, and space exploration... New on Silversea's schedule is its 2006 itinerary list. Its four ships will call at 318 ports in 100 countries. They'll offer some 145 itineraries... A first-ever trip this summer for Silversea is a 49-day Grand Mediterranean cruise to 37 cities in nine countries aboard the 296-passenger Silver Wind. Venice is the port of embarkation.
Windstar's 2006 deployment has been announced. Its three motor sailing yachts will sail 147 voyages in Europe, the Caribbbean, and the Americas. There will be 40 voyages in the Med from ports like Lisbon, Barcelona, Rome, Athens, Monte Carlo, Marseille, Nice, and Venice. There will be 38 sailings in the Greek Islands from Athens, Istanbul, and other ports. In the Caribbean, some 17 seven-day cruises will operate roundtrip from Bridgetown, Barbados... A new tropical itinerary is on tap this year for the 308-passenger Wind Surf. It will conduct seven-day, round-trip circuits from Cozumel to the Honduran Bay islands of Isla de Utila and Roatan; the Honduran mainland at Puerto Cortez and Omoa; Belize City, Belize; and Costa Maya, Mexico. Naturalists will be aboard each departure to interpret and help passengers discover the array of flora and fauna of the region... After a two-year hiatus, Windstar returns to Costa Rica this year. The 148-passenger motor sailing yacht Wind Star will make ten seven-day cruises round trip from Puerto Caldera Among the stops: the Nicaraguan fishing village of San Juan del Sur, Playa Flamingo Beach, the adventure-tour base camp of Quepos, the Osa Peninsula of Bahia Paraiso, and Tortuga Island.
Carnival Cruise Lines
The largest Carnival ship ever constructed, the 2974-passenger, 110,000-ton Conquest enters service this season. It will conduct seven-day, year-'round cruises from New Orleans. The ship has an 11-deck atrium, two main dining rooms, a patisserie, a two-deck-high poolside restaurant, 24-hour pizzeria, New York-style deli, and Asian and American specialty restaurants. The main restaurant will seat 1200 passengers at a time... New itineraries have been announced for the smoke-free 2052-passenger Carnival Paradise. It will conduct year-'round seven-day cruises on Sundays from Miami. Alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean trips will stop at such new ports as Isla Roatan, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; and Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic. Old standbys Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Nassau, and St. Thomas will also be visited. ... For the first time, Carnival will operate a series of week-long Bermuda cruises round-trip from New York. Seven trips will be offered from New York this summer, two from Baltimore, and two from Philadelphia. The 2124-passenger ships Carnival Pride and Carnival Legend will make the trips... Carnival's new 2124-passenger Legend scored perfect 100s from both the Canadian Health Service and the U. S. Department of Public Health in the two agencies' respective Cruise Ship Sanitation inspection programs. The unannounced inspections cover 42 items... Also new: eight-day trips to three different Caribbean destinations from New York City, operating from May to October aboard the Carnival Legend. >>see our cruise partner site at www.carnivalcruisesaver.com for details
Celebrity Cruises www.celebritycruisesaver.com
The Caribbean will have two Celebrity ships sailing it this summer, one of them redeployed from 17 previously planned European cruises. The 1750-passenger Century will be transferred to Fort Lauderdale... Further expanding in the U. S., Celebrity will open the Golden Gate a bit wider this year and next. It will place its 1870-passenger Mercury into an imaginative new series of cruises on itineraries that have never been offered before. Monterey, Santa Barbara, Catalina, Cabo San Lucas, and occasionally deeper Mexico ports will be visited round-trip from San Francisco on seven-, eight-, nine-, 10-, and 11-day trips. They'll be offered in September, October, and November of this year and March, April, and May of 2004. www.celebritycruisesaver.com
Crystal Cruises www.crystalcruisesaver.com
A new website devoted entirely to the upcoming Crystal Serenity, Crystal's third ship, has opened at www.Crystalcruises.com. The 1080-passenger ship will set sail in July. The site features 3-D images and an animated virtual tour of the exteriors and interiors of the ship. Following its launch, it will spend the summer in Europe. It will be christened by entertainer Dame Julie Andrews. The ceremony is set for July in Southampton ... San Francisco will be the port of embarkation for eight 12-day summer cruises to Alaska aboard the 940-passenger Crystal Harmony. June 2 is the start date. Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Sitka, Vancouver, and Victoria will be visited; Glacier Bay, Hubbard Glacier, or Tracey Arm will be cruised... The 940-passenger Crystal Harmony has emerged from a multi-million dollar overhaul. Expansive new spa facilities, a Connoisseur Club cigar and cognac lounge, and remodeled public areas throughout the ship are major elements of the project.
To mark the farewell season of transatlantic voyages aboard the 1791-passenger Queen Elizabeth 2, Cunard has announced that all 17 crossings will feature a unique entertainment or cultural theme. See the "Theme Cruises" page for a listing of many of them... Cunard has teamed up with DHL Worldwide Express to solve the luggage-schlepping problem. Its optional new White Star Luggage Service means that luggage can be picked up at the passenger's home and flown to the ship, where it will await the traveler's arrival in the passenger's cabin. Luggage can also be shipped back home after trips. Costs are determined by weight and distance shipped... If you're making plans for 2004, don't expect to take the new 2620-passenger Queen Mary during the Athens Olympics.in late August. It has been chartered to serve as a floating hotel during the event.
Disney Cruise Line
Seven-day Western Caribbean cruises have been added to the Disney schedule. They leave on alternate Saturdays from Port Canaveral for Key West, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, and Disney's private Bahamian island of Castaway Cay. The 1740-passenger Disney Magic is the venue... More than 40 counselors now staff Disney's 15,000 square feet of children's programming areas.
Holland America Line
San Francisco's Golden Gate opens wider this summer, as Holland America repositions its 793-passenger Prinsendam (formerly the Royal Viking Sun) to the city by the bay from previously-planned Mediterranean dutires. It will offer the only 14-day round trips from San Francisco to Alaska in a series of eight trips spanning almost four months. It will arrive in San Francisco via a 23-day cruise from Hong Kong in April and leave its summer stint via a 22-day Panama Canal cruise to Boston in September. Because the Alaska trips will be 14 days, they will cover a lot of territory: Hubbard Glacier, Yakutat Bay, Tracy Arm, Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Wrangell, Victoria, and Astoria in Oregon... A fresh new look appears in Holland America Line's seven new 2003 brochures. Itinerary indexes, descriptions of all ports of call, depictions of many public rooms and staterooms, and a complete sailing schedule are now included. See Cruise-news.com's "New Brochures" section for details... Holland America's tote board for 2003: 448 cruises to all seven continents. There will be 14 U. S. and Canada home ports this year. Seven ships will sail in Alaska on a record 134 departures. 170 cruises will sail to the Caribbean. Three ships will be in Europe this summer, including the new 1848-passenger Oosterdam, which will be completed this year. There will be 43 departures covering the Med, Baltic, Northern Europe, and Transatlantic... Starting this season, the new 1848-passenger Zuiderdam joins the Holland America fleet. It will sail year-'round on seven-day Caribbean itineraries from Fort Lauderdale... Passengers planning cruises on Holland America can now book shore excursions and receive confirmation in advance of sailing via a new booking system on the company's web site. It's at www.hollandamerica.com.
Norwegian Cruise Line www.norwegiancruisesaver.com
Aiming to be the most widespread "Homeland Cruising" operator, NCL has expanded the number of U. S. and Canadian home ports to a dozen. This year it will sail round trips seasonally from Baltimore, Boston, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Port Canaveral, San Juan, Seattle, and Vancouver, and year-'round from Miami, Houston, and Honolulu. "Homeland Cruising is now very much the focus of our expansion plan for NCL," said president Colin Veitch. San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego — the company's three largest unserved markets — appear to be the next logical candidates... A new form of on-board participatory entertainment is being added to the new 2224-passenger Norwegian Dawn. "IFuacata" parties — which mix Latin rhythms, special food and drinks, and all-night revelry — will begin late every Thursday night and last until dawn on the ship's Bahamas and Florida cruises from New York, beginning in May. The parties are modeled after Miami South Beach events. A nine-piece band, disk jockeys, maracas, tambourines, neon glow sticks, Cuban-style guitars, and temporary tattoos are part of the program... The new Norwegian Dawn began service from Miami at year-end. It's distinguished from the outside by giant artwork on both sides of the hull. The starboard side shows dolphins playing in colorful waves, while the port side features New York's Statue of Liberty... Read all about it! Passengers on NCL ships will be able to subscribe to their choice of 150 of the world's leading newspapers — and receive their copies on the day of publication. Through an agreement with a news delivery service and a satellite provider, full editions of major newspapers will be delivered to cabins in an 11-inch by 17-inch format. A broad selection of North American and international publications will be offered... The partially-completed hull of the first ship in the former Project America ship-building program has been towed from Mississippi to Germany. NCL, the new owner, hopes to complete the ship by early 2004. >>see our cruise partner site at www.norwegiancruisesaver.com for details
San Francisco will be the first U. S. home port for Princess' new 688-passenger Pacific Princess, formerly a Renaissance Cruises ship. Built in 1999 it will sail on 10 consecutive 11-day Alaska departures between May and September. Together with Vancouver and Alaska sailings, Princess will have six ships in Alaska this summer... A huge fire that struck the almost-complete 2670-passenger Diamond Princess at its Mitsubishi Heavy Industries shipyard in Japan has delayed its introduction from this June until mid-2004. Its 2003 and early 2004 Alaska and Mexico cruise programs have been canceled... To get back into its planned schedule as quickly as possible, Princess will switch the names of its two under-construction twin ships so that the former Diamond Princess will be renamed Sapphire Princess and the former Sapphire Princess will be renamed Diamond Princess. The new Sapphire Princess will be delivered in May, 2004, and placed into Alaska service from Seattle. The new Diamond Princess will be delivered in February, 2004, and placed into Mexico service from Los Angeles prior to moving to Seattle for Alaska service in the summer... An elaborate new enrichment program is to be inaugurated aboard the brand-new 1950-passenger Coral Princess, which debuted in December. Dubbed ScholarShip@Sea, the series will offer guest lecturers and shipboard experts on some 20 subjects per voyage. There will be about six courses per sea day. Culinary Arts, Visual/Creative Arts, Photography and Computer Technology will be featured. The venue will contain cruising's first full kitchen set, pottery kilns, three revolving stages with integrated lifts, and the flexibility to broadcast demonstrations to hundreds. The ship will also have a New Orleans-style restaurant, the Bayou Cafe. It will feature spicy mixtures of Creole, French, Spanish, and African food influences like shrimp, alligator ribs, gumbos, jambalaya, and — for dessert — pecan fudge cake... Year-'round French Polynesia cruises have been inaugurated. The newest addition to Princess' fleet, the Tahitian Princess, will conduct 50 trips this year, ranging from seven to 20 days in length. Papeete will be the port of departure. The Tahitian Princess is a former Renaissance Cruises vessel.
Radisson Seven Seas Cruises www.radissoncruisesaver.com
Radisson begins 2003 with six voyages between San Juan, Puerto Limon, and the Netherlands Antilles on the 350-passenger, twin-hulled Radisson Diamond. The Panama and Costa Rica itineraries are planned to retrace conquistador Vasco Nunez de Balboa's explorations... For the first time, Radisson's all-suite, 490-passenger Navigator will offer five months of East Coast - Bermuda trips. 16 cruises are scheduled, 11 round trip from New York, with additional one-way or round trips from Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach. >>see our cruise partner site at www.radissoncruisesaver.com for details
Royal Caribbean International www.royalcaribbeancruisesaver.com
The magic of Harry Potter will be hovering near Royal Caribbean Britain cruises this summer. Pre- and post-cruise tour packages will visit the locations used to bring the popular books to life on the screen. Locations: Alnwick Castle in Northumberland where broomstick flying scenes were shot, Goathland Station used for the Hogsmeade Station scenes, a steam train ride through North York Moors National Park, and the London Zoo reptile house where Harry discovered he could talk to snakes... A more colorful cruise experience for youngsters is on tap. Royal Caribbean and Crayola have joined to produce a kids' art program that will allow children to learn about the art, culture, history, and science of the regions they visit on vacation. "Adventure Art" will be an age-specific program dealing with various creative media... Royal Caribbean Cruises has deferred its options to purchase a fifth and sixth Radiance-class ship for delivery in 2005 and 2006. Four of the ships will be in service by 2004, however... New summer options from Fort Lauderdale and Los Angeles have been added to Royal Caribbean's schedule. The 1950-passenger Enchantment of the Seas will begin four- and five-night cruises to the Western Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale in May, while the 2350-passenger Monarch of the Seas will start three- and four-day trips from Los Angeles to Baja, Mexico , in June... Look for a new multi-million dollar ad campaign promoting Royal Caribbean's 2003 European offerings. It will run in major media beginning this season. The carrier will have three ships there this year conducting a series of Med, British Isles, and Scandinavia/Russia cruises... The new 3114-passsenger Mariner of the Seas, which will be delivered to Royal Caribbean in October, will sail regularly from Port Canaveral. It will be the second of the company's ships to sail regularly from there. The 142,000-ton vessel features a rock climbing wall 200 feet above sea level, skating tracks, an ice-skating rink, a miniature golf course, a large casinog, full-size basketball courts, and interior staterooms that overlook a shopping/entertainment mall. It will sail alternating seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean routes... Royal Caribbean has won the Web Marketing Association's award for "Best Travel Web Site." It's at
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Seabourn Cruise Line www.seabourncruisesaver.com
Explorers and experts will enliven Seabourn's South America cruises early this year. Authorities in history, biology, anthropology, archeology, medicine, geographic exploration, and the scientific search for extraterrestrial intelligence will headline the line's "Dress Circle" enrichment program ... Complimentary shore events have been added to long Seabourn trips. For example, passengers who sail for 42 days next summer on Seabourn Pride will be able to view a flamenco performance and tour the Palacio in Seville, savor a tea at Sausmarez Manor on Guernsey, and embark on a canal circuit and historic museum tour in Amsterdam
Silversea Cruises www.silverseacruisesaver.com
A revised 2003 schedule for Silversea's 296-passenger Silver Wind takes it out of Australia/New Zealand and into the Med and Caribbean. There will be 14 Mediterranean voyages, four Monte Carlo-London itineraries, and seven Caribbean sailings.
Windstar will schedule 131 cruises this year calling on 108 ports in 44 countries. The 148-passenger Wind Star has been redeployed to Tahiti to replace the Wind Song, which was damaged by an engine room fire in December. During the 2003 European cruise season, the 148-passenger Wind Spirit will operate a blend of Med and Greek Isle trips. The 308-passenger Wind Surf will be in the Baltics and Northern Europe. Year-'round Tahiti cruises resume this season.