Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Will Be Largest Carrier From Vancouver This Season

VANCOUVER, April 26 /CNW/ -- With three Royal Caribbean
International and three Celebrity Cruises ships sailing Alaska cruises out of
Vancouver this summer, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. will provide the most
guest berths of any cruise organization sailing from the port this season.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., the world's second-largest cruise vacation
company, is made up of Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises.
The company will operate 11,806 double-occupancy berths onboard its Royal
Caribbean ships, Radiance of the Seas, Legend of the Seas, and Vision of the
Seas, and its Celebrity ships, Infinity, Summit, and Mercury. The two brands
will make 111 sailings that either originate or conclude in Vancouver this
season.
"Our guests have always loved our Alaska sailings that depart from
Vancouver, and this year we're giving them more options than ever," said Dan
Hanrahan, senior vice president of Marketing and Sales for Royal Caribbean
International. "Vancouver's newly expanded Canada Place cruise terminal will
only improve our guest's experience and our company's operations. It's a win-
win situation.
"I appreciate the opportunity to see the port's new facilities and meet
with local media, cruise and tourism leaders," Hanrahan said. His comments
were made while Hanrahan visited the port today to tour the improved Canada
Place cruise terminal with port officials, just weeks before the company's
Vancouver cruise season begins.

Three Royal Caribbean International ships will make the following Alaska
sailings from the Port of Vancouver:
Legend of the Seas: May 17 - September 6, 2002, seven-night sailings
departing on alternating Fridays, northbound to Seward, Alaska, with ports of
call in the Inside Passage (cruising); Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau, and Sitka,
Alaska; and Hubbard Glacier (cruising).
On alternating Fridays, the ship will sail from Seward, Alaska, to
Vancouver, with ports of call in Hubbard Glacier (cruising); Juneau, Skagway,
Sitka, Ketchikan and Misty Fjords, Alaska; and the Inside Passage (cruising).
There will also be two special roundtrip Vancouver sailing, on May 17 and
24. Ports of call on the May 17 sailing include the Inside Passage
(cruising); Ketchikan, and Juneau, Alaska; Hubbard Glacier (cruising); Sitka,
Alaska; and the Inside Passage (cruising). Ports of call on the May 24
sailing include the Inside Passage (cruising); Juneau and Skagway, Alaska;
Hubbard Glacier (cruising); Ketchikan, Alaska; and the Inside Passage
(cruising).

Vision of the Seas: June 2 - September 8, 2002, seven-night roundtrip
Vancouver sailings departing on Sundays, with ports of call in the Inside
Passage (cruising); Hubbard Glacier (cruising); Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan,
and Misty Fjords, Alaska; and the Inside Passage (cruising).

Radiance of the Seas: June 8 - September 7, 2002, seven-night roundtrip
Vancouver sailings departing on Saturdays, with ports of call in the Inside
Passage (cruising); Juneau and Skagway, Alaska; Hubbard Glacier (cruising);
Ketchikan, Alaska; and the Inside Passage (cruising).

Three Celebrity Cruises ships will make the following Alaska sailings from
the Port of Vancouver:

Summit: May 24 - August 30, 2002, seven-night sailings departing Vancouver
on alternating Fridays, northbound to Seward, Alaska, with ports of call in
the Inside Passage (cruising); Ketchikan, Skagway and Juneau, Alaska; Hubbard
Glacier (cruising); Valdez, Alaska; and College Fjords.
On alternating Fridays the ship will sail from Seward, Alaska to
Vancouver, with ports of call in Hubbard Glacier (cruising); Juneau, Skagway,
Sitka, and Ketchikan, Alaska; and the Inside Passage (cruising).

Mercury: May 26 - September 15, 2002, seven-night roundtrip Vancouver
sailings departing on Sundays, with ports of call in the Inside Passage
(cruising); Ketchikan, Alaska; Hubbard Glacier (cruising); Juneau and Sitka,
Alaska; and the Inside Passage (cruising).

Infinity: May 31 - September 20, 2002, seven-night roundtrip Vancouver
sailings departing on Fridays, with ports of call in the Inside Passage
(cruising); Juneau and Skagway, Alaska; Hubbard Glacier (cruising); Ketchikan,
Alaska; and the Inside Passage (cruising).

Cruisetours: In addition to the various cruises being offered by Royal
Caribbean and Celebrity, Royal Celebrity Tours offer an extensive package of
cruisetour packages in Alaska and Canada. With a doubling in traincar
accommodations, more guests can experience being taken deep into the heart of
Alaska on the most-advanced domed traincars in the world. The cars offer 360-
degree viewing; roomier, more comfortable seats that recline in pairs and
rotate; onboard dining; outdoor viewing platforms; and wheelchair
accessibility to the dome level -- a first in the industry.

With 13 different cruisetour packages, guests can explore areas such as
Talkeetna, Fairbanks, Alyeska, Denali, Anchorage and more. Ranging from nine
to 13 nights, each Gulf of Alaska itinerary provides exciting opportunities to
tour great cities; marvel at Alaska wildlife; experience great outdoor
activities, such as a tram ride to the top of Mt. Alyeska, Arctic
flightseeing, or a stop at the rural Alaskan community of Nenana; and
overnight stays at wilderness lodges such as the Westin Aleyska's Prince
Resort, and the new Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, which offers spectacular views of
Mount McKinley and the Denali Bluffs. All tours include a dedicated host and
are designed to balance viewing time onboard the traincars and motorcoaches
with the time spent exploring the outdoors.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is a global cruise vacation company that
operates Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Royal Celebrity
Tours. Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises have a combined
total of 22 ships in service and six under construction or on firm order.
Royal Celebrity Tours operates land-tour vacations in Alaska and Canada
utilizing the world's largest glass-domed railcars. Additional information
can be found on www.royalcaribbean.com, www.celebritycruises.com or
www.rclinvestor.com.
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For further information: Michele Smith, +1-305-539-6577, or Michael
Sheehan, +1-305-539-6572, both of Royal Caribbean Cruises
/Web site: http://www.royalcaribbean.com