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Decorated in a vibrant palette of gold and orange, the AmaCello debuted in 2008. Most staterooms feature French balconies and range in size from 170-255 sq. ft. Enjoy all the amenities of a fine hotel: plush down bedding, marble appointed bathrooms, large closets, complimentary high-speed Internet access and first-run Hollywood movies. Enjoy additional complimentary amenities such as Wi-Fi, a specialty coffee station and a fleet of bicycles. The AmaCello also features a fitness area, sauna, Sun Deck with a walking track and whirlpool, Chef’s Table restaurant and a stylish Main Lounge.

Carnival Cruise Line partners with Dr. Seuss Enterprises

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Carnival Cruise Line partners with Dr. Seuss Enterprises to introduce new “Be Kind/Dare to Care” Shipboard activities inspired by beloved children’s book Horton Hears a Who!

MIAMI (Oct. 9, 2017) – Carnival Cruise Line and Dr. Seuss Enterprises have teamed up to offer a series of fun,
educational shipboard activities designed to promote kindness, compassion and generosity among its younger
cruisers and inspired by Dr. Seuss’ beloved children’s book Horton Hears a Who!

Part of an annual national campaign by Dr. Seuss, the new “Be Kind/Dare to Care” activities are rolling out this
month across the Carnival fleet and complement existing programming within Seuss at Sea, the line’s exclusive
partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises.

Published in 1940, Horton Hears a Who! is one of Dr. Seuss’ most famous and cherished books. It tells
the story of Horton the Elephant, a loyal and faithful creature who discovers a tiny planet that is home to a
community called Whoville. Despite objections from his disbelieving friends, Horton vows to protect
Whoville, proclaiming throughout the book that “a person’s a person, no matter how small.”

Patterned after the book’s universal message of love and acceptance, the new shipboard programming
will include a “pledge to be kind” activity where kids and their families are encouraged to write down their
kindness pledges that will be posted on a special banner on board with prizes awarded for the most creative and
heartfelt submissions. Kids can also create friendship bracelets and other keepsakes as part of the Horton Hears
a Who!-themed arts and crafts with screenings of the iconic movie shown on board throughout the month of

Horton Hears a Who! also takes center stage as part of the line’s ongoing Seuss-a-Palooza Parade and
Story Time during which kids and their families participate in a swirly parade down the ships’ promenade
followed by an interactive reading of the book in the main show lounge where the young and the young at heart
portray different characters in the book.

“Horton Hears a Who! is one of Dr. Seuss’ most heartfelt and thought-provoking books and we’re
delighted to partner with Dr. Seuss Enterprises on this exciting new venture that teaches children the value of
kindness and compassion in a fun, positive way,” said Caroline Lombardi, director of youth experience for
Carnival Cruise Line.

“We are very excited that Carnival has created these wonderful, onboard activities that promote
kindness and highlight the themes of friendship, respect and tolerance that are found in the book Horton Hears a
Who!” said Susan Brandt, president of Dr. Seuss Enterprises.

In addition to the new “Be Kind/Dare to Care” shipboard activities, other offerings within Seuss at Sea
include The Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with The Cat in the Hat and Friends, Dr. Seuss Bookville, a family
reading venue on select ships, including the new Carnival Horizon set to debut next year, as well as character
interactions, Dr. Seuss toys and games, and popular movies shown on board.

For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit Carnival also can be found on: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Journalists also can
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About Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Cruise Line, part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), is “The World’s
Most Popular Cruise Line®” with 25 ships operating three- to 16-day voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean,
Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Bermuda, Europe, Cuba, Australia, New Zealand and
the Pacific Islands. Two 133,500-ton Vista class ships are currently scheduled for delivery – Carnival Horizon in
2018 and an as-yet-unnamed vessel in 2019. Additionally, two new 180,000-ton ships are scheduled to enter
service in 2020 and 2022.

About Dr. Seuss
Theodor “Seuss” Geisel is quite simply the most beloved children’s book author of all time. Winner of the
Pulitzer Prize in 1984, three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and three Caldecott
Honors, Geisel wrote and illustrated 45 books for children. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way
into homes and hearts around the world. While Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on,
inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading.
Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.

The primary focus of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. is to protect the integrity of the Dr. Seuss books while
expanding beyond books into ancillary areas. This effort is a strategic part of the overall mission to nurture and
safeguard the relationship people have with Dr. Seuss characters. Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) said he
never wanted to license his characters to anyone who would “round out the edges.” That is one of the guiding
philosophies of Dr. Seuss Enterprises.

AmaWaterways announces 2018 Wine Cruises hosted by award-winning North American wine experts

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Calabasas, CA – (Oct. 3, 2017) – Continuing its long-standing tradition of robust, engaging curated epicurean experiences, AmaWaterways announced its 2018 Wine Cruise line-up with 50-plus itineraries hosted by North American winemakers, winery owners and expert oenologists. Designed to provide an immersive wine experience, AmaWaterways’ Wine Cruises blend the best of both New and Old World viticulture by offering guests unparalleled access to some of North America’s top winemakers, and the opportunity to experience the iconic wine regions along Europe’s stunning waterways.

“Wine has always been a passion of mine, so to see our guests enjoy these educational and immersive experiences with such esteemed Wine Hosts is really rewarding,” commented Rudi Schreiner, president and co-owner of AmaWaterways. “Since introducing the concept of wine cruises more than seven years ago, we continue to see an increased interest from our guests, and plan to expand even further our partnerships with the North American wineries and wine experts hosting these incredible adventures.”

The variety of North American wine regions represented by the Wine Hosts, as well as the expertise and guidance shared during the trips, have contributed to making these Wine Cruises so popular. The 2018 line-up showcases enterprising husband and wife co-owners, families who share the passion and pride of wine making, as well as at least nine remarkable women who are making their mark in the wine business. AmaWaterways 2018 Wine Hosts include:

Martin and Megan Clubb, co-owners of L’Ecole N° 41 in Walla Walla Valley, WA, are third-generation winery owners who bring over 30 years of experience in the industry and have won numerous awards including being named Wine & Spirits magazine’s “Winery of the Year” for 14 consecutive years.
Anthony Bell, winemaker and owner at Bell Wine Cellars, is known for making the famed Georges de Latour, and has been deeply involved in many aspects that contribute to modern winemaking in Napa Valley, including drawing the map defining the Carneros appellation.
Paul and Merrill Bonarrigo, founders of Messina Hof Winery in Bryan, TX, re-introduced the concept of winemaking in Texas. The Bonarrigos planted their first vineyard in 1977 and soon became pioneers of the Texas wine industry having established Messina Hof as the fourth winery in the state.
Sally and Fred Schweiger designed and developed the Schweiger Estate with the help of family, and welcomed their first official harvest in 1984. Today the Schweigers are proud to be the longest property owners in the esteemed Spring Mountain AVA in the legendary Napa Valley with ownership spanning four generations of living and working on the family estate.


Amelia Ceja, president of Ceja Vineyards in Napa, CA, became the first Mexican-American woman ever to be elected president of a winery, and in 2005 was recognized by the California legislature as “Woman of the Year” for breaking the glass ceiling in a very competitive business. She received the coveted 2013 Academy of Marketing Science Distinguished Marketer Award for turning wine consumers into wine aficionados with her subtle blend of viticulture, down-home cuisine and a Web-based marketing campaign.
Additional 2018 Wine Cruises include Wine Hosts from Le Vigne Winery in Paso Robles, California; Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaphack, New York; Kriselle Cellars in White City, Oregon; Alpha Omega Winery in St. Helena, California; and King Family Vineyards in Crozet, Virginia, among many others. For a full list of AmaWaterways Wine Cruises and profiles on the respected Wine Hosts, visit


In addition to the educational, onboard lectures and wine tastings hosted by these award-winning winemakers from North America, AmaWaterways offers a diverse selection of shore excursions that immerse guests in the local terroir and culinary culture of the region they are visiting. Visits to private cellars, strolls through stunning vineyards and authentic encounters with world-class vintners and artisans are featured on AmaWaterways’ shore excursions and enable guests to make real connections with the rich culture and history of France’s Bordeaux, Burgundy and Alsace regions; Germany’s Moselle and Rhine valleys; Austria’s Wachau and Portugal’s Douro River area.


As an added incentive, guests who book an AmaWaterways Wine Cruise by November 30, 2017 will receive an exclusive Early Booking Reward of up to $1,500 off per stateroom available on select dates, excluding Portugal.

CHRISTMAS IN EUROPE-Avalon Waterways Delivers with 16 Christmas Cruises for 2018

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See Europe in a Whole New Way

Avalon Waterways Delivers with 16 Christmas Cruises for 2018

LITTLETON, Colorado – May 10, 2017– For those looking for a totally unique way to see and experience Europe, Avalon Waterways is unveiling 16 festive cruises that invite travelers to delight in the sights, smells and tastes of Central Europe’s Christmas markets while sailing Europe’s beautiful waterways.

“Travelers looking to see the world differently will enjoy every moment of our Christmas cruises,” said Terri Burke, managing director of Avalon Waterways. “To cater to the growing popularity of festive cruises, we have increased and expanded our Christmas cruise departures, including offering travelers more diverse itineraries on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers from which to choose an extraordinary Christmas getaway.”

For travelers interested in enjoying a very merry Christmas season aboard one of Avalon’s Suite Ships, 2017 offers them a plethora of itineraries – from five (5) to 15 days:

Festive Season on the Romantic Rhine – Northbound (8 days from Zurich to Amsterdam)
Festive Season on the Romantic Rhine – Southbound (8 days from Amsterdam to Basel)
Festive Time on the Blue Danube Discovery (13 days from Budapest to Prague)
Festive Time on the Legendary Danube (11 days from Prague to Budapest)
Christmastime in Alsace & Germany – Southbound (5 days from Frankfurt to Basel)
Christmastime in Alsace & Germany – Northbound (5 days from Zurich to Wiesbaden)
Christmas in the Heart of Germany – Westbound (8 days from Prague to Weisbaden)
Christmas in the Heart of Germany – Eastbound (8 days from Frankfurt to Prague)
Christmastime on the Danube – Westbound (9 days from Vienna to Prague)
Christmastime on the Danube – Eastbound (9 days from Prague to Vienna)
Christmastime Zurich to Prague (12 days from Zurich to Prague)
Christmastime from Prague to Basel (12 days from Prague to Basel)
Christmastime from Frankfurt to Vienna (12 days from Frankfurt to Vienna)
Christmastime from Vienna to Wiesbaden (12 days from Vienna to Wiesbaden)
Grand Christmastime Cruise from Zurich to Vienna (16 days from Zurich to Vienna)
Grand Christmastime Cruise from Vienna to Basel (16 days from Veinna to Basel)

SEE THE WORLD SALES EVENT: Those booking a 2018 river cruise with Avalon Waterways can take advantage of $299 Airfare* or Save Up To $1,500** per couple when booking early.

SeaDream Yacht Club Announces 2018 Wine Voyages

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-Total of Nine Wine-centric Voyages offered in Caribbean and Mediterranean in 2018-

MIAMI, February 21, 2017 – Continuing its commitment to and enhancing the superbly established level of award-winning culinary experiences, SeaDream Yacht Club announces nine Wine Voyages for the 2018 season. Showcasing the most picturesque yachting ports of the Mediterranean, and Caribbean for 2018, on five-to-ten day sailings, each itinerary pairs the ultimate wine experience with the regions’ most scenic backdrops. Whether a seasoned wine connoisseur or new to learning about and liking wine, these voyages are a perfect occasion for developing a passion and knowledge of wine and cuisine.

Guests onboard these vino-centric sailings will explore the flavors and history from some of the world’s most renowned wineries, as well as several less familiar, but equally notable vineyards. Exclusive wine tastings are followed by the popular Winemaker’s hosted Dinner, where SeaDream’s Executive Chef’s degustation menu is complemented with top cuvees from the visiting Winemaker. A different selection of wines will be offered for the Winemaker’s Dinner, an evening unique to the Wine Voyages; an unforgettable culinary experience that is incomparable to other wine cruises.

“We are eager to announce the 2018 Wine Voyages, offering our guests enhanced culinary experiences they have come to expect from SeaDream,” shares SeaDream Yacht Club President Bob Lepisto. “With newly unveiled additions, we hope to welcome new travelers as well as familiar faces onboard.”

Two new wine sailings in the Caribbean, which will bookend the 2018 wine voyage season, have been added as well as a unique land adventure in the Mediterranean of truffle hunting in the Italian forests of Castello Delle Regine followed by a delicious meal with the “catch of the day” paired with exquisite wines from the vineyard. Guests onboard the Mediterranean wine voyages will also have the pleasure of meeting Clovis Taittinger, whose family is recognized worldwide for producing some of the finest champagnes available and is notably one of the last remaining family-owned and operated champagne houses. Andrea Mullineux, South African winemaker and Swartland revolutionary who was recently named “Winemaker of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast, will also be onboard for wine tastings and the Winemaker’s Dinner. In 2018, SeaDream will be honored with the presence of Angelo Gaja of Gaja Winery, an Italian wine producer from the Piemonte region whose history and legacy started over 150 years ago.

Below is a full listing of SeaDream’s 2018 Wine Voyage itineraries:
· Bridgetown, Barbados to Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, departing January 13 – January 20, 2018. Seven days including boutique ports of Mayreau, Port Elizabeth, Le Marin, Deshaies, Saba, and Gustavia.

· Nice, France to Civitavecchia (Rome), departing May 12 – May 19, 2018. Seven days calling on Villefranche-sur-Mer, Saint-Tropez, Cannes, Portofino, Portoferraio (Elba) and Porto Ercole.

· Monte Carlo round trip, departing May 28 – June 2, 2018. Five days including ports of San Remo, Saint-Tropez, Cannes, Calvi and Corsica.

· Civatavecchia (Rome) to Venice, departing June 16 – June 26, 2018. Ten days including boutique ports of Capri, Amalfi overnight, Taormina (Sicily), Kotor (Montenegro), Dubrovnik, Korcula and Hvar.

· Athens (Piraeus) to Civitavecchia (Rome), departing August 4 – August 11, 2018. Seven days calling on Hydra, Monemvasia, Elafonisos Island, Taormina (Sicily) and Capri.

· Civitavecchia (Rome) to Athens (Piraeus), departing September 1 – September 8, 2018. Seven days including ports of Capri, Positano, Amalfi, Taormina (Sicily), Itea (Delphi), Corinth Canal (Transit) and Hydra.

· Civitavecchia (Rome) to Nice, France, departing October 6 – October 13, 2018. Seven days including boutique ports of Porto Ercole, Portoferraio (Elba), Livorno (for Florence), Portovenere, Portofino, and Monte Carlo.

· Barcelona to Malaga, departing October 20 – October 27, 2018. Seven days including ports of Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, Cartagena, Puerto Banus and Gibraltar.

· Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas roundtrip, departing November 17 – November 24, 2018. Seven days calling on Cruz Bay (St. John), Sandy Ground (Anguilla), Gustavia, Spanish Town and North Sound (Virgin Gorda), Soper’s Hole (Tortola), Norman Island and White Bay (Jost van Dyke).

On all SeaDream voyages, bar drinks and selected wine are complimentary. Wine packages by-the-glass during Winemaker’s dinner and Wine Land Adventures are offered for an additional cost. During the Wine Voyages, a representative from the visiting winery will be present, to host the scheduled wine tastings and the Winemaker’s Dinner.
SeaDream Yacht Club 2018 voyages begin at $5,900 per person based on double occupancy. The inclusive fare includes ocean view accommodations, gourmet meals, gratuities, wine with lunch and dinner and so much more.

Disney Cruise Line Expands Marvel Day at Sea to Select Disney Magic Sailings from Miami in 2018

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New experiences unveiled in lineup of immersive entertainment

CELEBRATION, Fla. (Jan. 23, 2017) – In 2018, Disney Cruise Line guests will celebrate Marvel Day at Sea on the Disney Magic during eight special voyages from Miami departing January through April. The new Marvel Day at Sea voyages from Miami follow the premiere of the epic event on seven special sailings from New York City in the fall of 2017. New character interactions and an immersive show with Doctor Strange take center stage in the lineup of entertainment throughout the day-long celebration on all Marvel Day at Sea cruises.

Marvel Day at Sea combines the thrills of renowned Marvel comics, films and animated series, the excitement of a Disney Cruise to summon everyone’s inner Super Hero for the adventures that lie ahead during this unforgettable day at sea.

The event features exclusive character interactions, including the debut of Black Panther and Loki as part of a Disney vacation experience. Marvel Day at Sea also marks the first official appearance of Iron Man on a Disney Cruise Line ship.

In the Walt Disney Theatre, a spell-binding new show featuring Doctor Strange will keep families on the edge of their seats. Doctor Strange will showcase his journey from doubter to practitioner as he demonstrates the power of the mystic arts. The show concludes with an epic battle where guests must help Doctor Strange against the Dark Dimension.

Occurring on one action-packed day during each of the special Disney Magic sailings, Marvel Day at Sea transports guests to a new realm of possibilities when the Marvel Universe assembles on the ship. The event features all-day entertainment including interactions with some of the mightiest Marvel Super Heroes and the menacing foes who oppose them, an extraordinary deck party, Marvel-themed youth activities, special merchandise and unique food and beverage offerings.

Also featured are exclusive at-sea screenings of fan-favorite films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe including the newest theatrical releases, as well as viewings of the Disney XD shows: Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Marvel Day at Sea hosts an awesome mix of immersive entertainment that is sure to empower guests to unlock their hidden superhuman abilities as they assemble their own Super Hero community onboard the Disney Magic on this very special day. Highlights include:

Unleash Your Inner Super Hero during the Ultimate Day at Sea

  • Spider-Man, Captain America, Thor, Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Black Panther, Loki and other Marvel Universe Super Heroes and Villains are onboard for scheduled interactions and photos.
  • During an immersive show in the Walt Disney Theatre, Doctor Strange demonstrates the power of the mystic arts and enlists guests in an epic battle against the Dark Dimension.
  • A brand-new spectacular party fills the upper deck with music, dancing and games.
  • The deck party culminates in a stunning display of themed pyrotechnics, lighting, sound effects and the largest collection of Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains ever assembled on a cruise ship.
  • Kids and families summon their Marvel knowledge and enjoy friendly competition during trivia games, covering courageous heroes and fun facts from the Marvel Universe.
  • For young heroes-in-training, Marvel-themed games, activities and arts and crafts will be offered throughout the day in the Marvel’s Avengers Academy in the Oceaneer Club.

The new 2018 Marvel Day at Sea sailings depart from Miami on Jan. 7, 21; Feb. 4, 18; March 18; April 1, 15 and 29. The five-night cruises include a stop at Disney’s private island Castaway Cay and either Cozumel, Mexico, or Grand Cayman.

Marvel Day at Sea from New York will be on seven- and eight-night Disney Magic Bahamian cruises departing on Oct. 6, 14, 28; Nov. 4, 11 and 18, 2017. All will include a stop at Disney’s private island Castaway Cay and Port Canaveral, Fla., with a day at the Walt Disney World Resort. Marvel Day at Sea will be on one seven-night Canadian Coast cruise departing from New York on Oct. 21, 2017, with stops at Charlottetown, Sydney and Halifax.