Scientology luxury cruise ship remains locked down; Cult put thousands at high cancer risk

More than five weeks after public health authorities on the Caribbean island of Curaçao (Netherlands Antilles) impounded the Scientology cult’s 440-foot luxury liner “Freewinds,” the ship remains locked down. Experts advise that decontaminating the ship would cost millions of dollars and may not even be possible. Meanwhile, the cult continues to solicit funds for cruises that will not happen.

After the ship was quarantined on April 26, the Curaçao Drydock Company was contracted to carry out refurbishment and repairs. The contamination was so extensive that the company decided that the risk to its workers was too great, and ceased operations. At that point Scientology sent a team of its “Sea Org” paramilitary force to clean the ship themselves. They are bringing the blue asbestos by the truckload to dump at the island’s landfill site at Malpais. The Sea Org is Scientology’s internal paramilitary force.

Incredibly, top leaders of the Scientology cult were informed of the pervasive contamination back in 1987, but chose to do nothing. Until the 1960s, when the Freewinds was built, blue asbestos was often used in shipbuilding (it was not known at the time to be so carcinogenic). Former Scientologist Lawrence Woodcraft, a licensed architect by profession, supervised interior remodeling work on the ship in 1987 when the cult first purchased it. According to a legal affidavit made after Woodcraft left the cult in 2001, Woodcraft had notified Scientology officials immediately about the widespread blue asbestos and the dangers it posed. The response he received was that he should carry on with the work, and leave the asbestos where it was. Since Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard had never mentioned that asbestos was dangerous, they were not going to worry about it. Scientologists believe that disease is caused not by microbes or toxic substances, but by the presence of “suppressive persons” (SPs), or people who disagree with Scientology and its goals. Moreover, Scientologists believe that high-level Sea Org members cannot get cancer or any other disease.

Meanwhile, Scientology continues to promote cruises on the Freewinds, receiving large cash advances from Scientologist prospective passengers, who have been informed only that the ship is going through an ordinary refurbishment. Already, the cult has missed several planned sailing dates, but it continues to seek funds for voyages in the near future. According to Radar Online, the cult has scheduled conventions starting in July and running through November.

On May 1, the cult’s spokesperson lied to Radar Online with the following “spin”:

“The next cruise is scheduled for Thursday, May 8. Inspections done on April 15, 2008 and April 28, 2008 again confirmed that the air quality is safe, in accordance with the standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the U.S. Clean Air Act.” None of this, of course, was true.

The cult’s promotional materials give further information about Scientology’s advance-booking scheme:

“The new conventions calendar aboard the brand new Freewinds is out and we are looking forward to seeing you aboard! Look over the different conventions and let me know which convention(s) you plan to attend.”

Yet all the extremely hazardous “cleaning” of the blue asbestos may be in vain. According to officials in the Netherlands’ Ministry of Environment, which dealt with an asbestos-laden ship in 2006 that was eventually demolished, the cost to make Freewinds safe for passengers, if it is even possible, may run into many millions of Euros/dollars, probably more than the ship itself is worth.

The ship is used by Scientology for advanced training in “Operating Thetan” levels, for members who have paid fees of between USD$100,000 and $400,000, as well as for tax-deductible Caribbean cruises for its members and their families. Curaçao has been the ship’s homeport since it was purchased by Scientology, as it is not permitted to dock in any US port.

Many Scientologist celebrities have spent time aboard the Freewinds, including Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Suri Cruise, John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Chick Corea, Lisa Marie Presley, Catherine Bell, Kate Ceberano, and Juliette Lewis. “Now” magazine reported that Tom Cruise has been urged to seek medical attention regarding potential asbestos exposure, however a representative for Cruise stated he has “absolutely no knowledge” of the recent asbestos controversy. Cruise, Holmes, Travolta and Preston have celebrated birthdays and other events on the Freewinds. Scientology has official “religion” status in the USA, which means that it is exempt from paying taxes, and that its members can declare any Scientology-related expense as tax-deductible.

Raw blue asbestos is the most hazardous form of asbestos, and has been banned in the United Kingdom since 1970. Blue asbestos fibers are very narrow and thus easily inhaled, and are a major cause of mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer which can develop in the lining of the lungs and chest cavity, the lining of the abdominal cavity, or the pericardium sac surrounding the heart. The cancer is incurable, and can manifest over 40 years after the initial exposure to asbestos.

“This is the most dangerous type of asbestos because the fibres are smaller than the white asbestos and can penetrate the lung more easily,” said toxicologist Dr. Chris Coggins in a statement published in “OK! Magazine.” Dr. Coggins went on to note that “Once diagnosed with mesothelioma, the victim has six months to a year to live. It gradually reduces lung function until the victim is no longer able to breathe and dies.”

The Scientology cult was founded in 1950 by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. Its primary goal is to “clear the planet” by “obliterating psychiatry.” Scientology’s many front groups include the Citizens’ Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), Criminon, Narconon, and Applied Scholastics. Scientology claims to be the “world’s fastest growing religion,” with some 8 million members, but mainstream demographic surveys have shown that the number of members is closer to 55,000 worldwide, and declining. Scientology is currently under investigation in several countries for a variety of human rights abuses, including child abuse, violation of child labor laws, kidnapping and running secret internal prison camps, as well as for a number of financial crimes.

Source www.indybay.org
by Dr. Lilly von Marcab

Holland America Line Increases Popular 7-Day Southern Caribbean Sailings in 2008

November 15, 2007 by admin · Leave a Comment
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SEATTLE, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ — In 2008, Holland America Line doubles departures of its seven-day deep southern Caribbean itinerary, created for those seeking a week-long cruise to lesser visited Caribbean ports. In January the company will deploy ms Westerdam on seven cruises and ms Eurodam on a special New Year’s Eve cruise. The latter departure visits Oranjestad, Aruba, Willemstad, Curacao and the company’s award winning private island Half Moon Cay.

“We are the only major cruise line to offer a seven-day itinerary that sails so far south from Florida,” said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. “It is a popular cruise among our guests for the unique ports of call and the extra day at sea.”

The first port call is at Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s award-winning private Bahamian island, where guests can unwind on white sandy beaches and enjoy the aqua blue waters. For the more adventurous, the island offers guided Aqua Trax(R) tours, deep-sea fishing, kayak tours, horseback riding, parasailing and snorkeling.

Another highlight of the cruise includes a late night departure from Oranjestad, Aruba, where guests can enjoy the vibrant nightlife of the island. During the day guests can try scuba diving without the gear on a submarine adventure. The Atlantis submarine dives to depths of up to 150 feet viewing exotic marine life and shipwrecks that surround the island.

At the final port call, Willemstad, Curacao, visitors can tour the Distillery at Chobolobo Mansion, where famous Blue Curacao liqueur is still made by hand. Other sightseeing on the island includes 17-century Fort Amsterdam, Mikve Emmanuel Israel, the oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, Pietermaai Cathedral, the Franklin D. Roosevelt House and the many distinctive examples of Dutch colonial architecture.

Cruise fares begin from $849 per person for an inside stateroom. Taxes and fuel supplement are additional. For more information, consult a travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit www.hollandamerica.com.

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About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc ] Holland America Line’s fleet of 13 ships offers nearly 500 cruises to 314 ports of call in 97 countries, territories or dependencies. Two- to 108-day itineraries visit all seven continents, including Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal.

In the 2006 Portrait of Affluent Travelers survey by Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown and Russell, Holland America Line topped the list of cruise lines sought after by affluent leisure travelers. Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, totaling more than $225 million, that showcase the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine — a state-of-the-art onboard show kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide cooking demonstrations and classes — Explorations Cafe powered by The New York Times, teens-only activity areas and all new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top Mariner’s Dream Beds.

World’s Leading Cruise Lines

The highest-rated premium cruise line in the world, Holland America Line is a member of the exclusive World’s Leading Cruise Lines alliance, which also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Seabourn Cruise Line and Costa Cruises. Sharing a passion to please each guest and a commitment to quality and value, these lines appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets. The World’s Leading Cruise Lines offer exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world’s most desirable destinations.

CONTACT: Rose Abello
PHONE: 800-637-5029
FAX: 206-262-5934
EMAIL: pr@hollandamerica.com

Gourmet cruise around the Caribbean

May 18, 2007 by admin · Leave a Comment
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Book your winter cruise around the Caribbean now and you could also meet and cook with legendary chef, Billy Reid, from London’s renowned restaurant, the Belvedere.

Departing London on 8 November, the Holland America Line cruise heads for Miami and joins the Maasdam cruise ship on a roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, taking in Half Moon Cay, the Bahamas, St Thomas, the Virgin Isles, Roseau, Dominica, Willemstad, Curacao and Oranjestad, and Aruba; then arriving back to London 12 days later.

Cruise guests will be offered the chance to take part in free cooking demos and cuisine classes, in the Culinary Arts Theatre. Chef Reid will be at hand to offer his top tips of flambéing a steak and knocking up the perfect soufflé as you glide past the stunning islands.

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Panama hat-trick

November 26, 2005 by admin · Leave a Comment
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Splash out £1,599 per person (virtually half the brochure price) on a once-in-a-lifetime South American adventure this Christmas on Orient Lines’ Marco Polo.

Sail through the Caribbean, down the Panama Canal to the Lost City of the Incas in Peru, the Atacama Desert, the artisan markets of Lima and the architectural beauty of Coquimbo in Chile.

Departing December 6, the cruise calls at: Bridgetown (Barbados), Willemstad (Curacao), Oranjestad (Aruba), Puerto Limon (Costa Rica), daylight transit of Panama Canal, Manta (Ecuador), Salaverry (Peru), Callao (Peru), Arica (Chile), Iquique (Chile), Coquimbo (Chile) and Valparaiso (Santiago).

The price includes 18 nights on board, including meals and entertainment and free scheduled flights and regional connections (subject to availability and schedules).

www.orientlines.co.uk

Princess Cruises launches Caribbean fleet

August 4, 2005 by admin · Leave a Comment
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Princess Cruises launches biggest-ever Caribbean fleet in 2006-07

Eight Princess ships will cruise the Caribbean during the 2006-07 season, sailing 11 different itineraries.

There will also be an inaugural season of sailings from the new homeport of New Orleans.

The cruises range from seven to 14 days aboard some of the newest and biggest ships in the region giving Caribbean cruisers more choice than ever.

Crown Princess sails her first full programme of southern Caribbean cruises from San Juan while Golden Princess inaugurates Princess’ first sailings from the new homeport of New Orleans. These two ships are joined by Caribbean Princess in the eastern Caribbean, Star Princess in the western Caribbean and Grand Princess sailing the western Caribbean from Galveston, Texas.

Sun Princess and Sea Princess will present longer voyages sailing the length and breadth of the eastern and southern Caribbean, with Sun Princess providing 10-day cruises and Sea Princess returning for a second season of 14-day journeys. Coral Princess will join the Caribbean fleet for a special holiday sailing in the eastern Caribbean.

“This deployment represents our biggest Caribbean fleet to date,” says Jan Swartz, senior vice president of customer service and sales for Princess Cruises in the United States.

“With four different homeports, three choices in cruise length and a plethora of itineraries covering the region, we are providing Caribbean cruising options to suit all preferences. Plus, we have the newest seven-day fleet in the industry – at just under four years old on average – with innovative ships built specifically for Caribbean cruising. The ships feature Princess Cruises’ trademark balcony cabins – the perfect way to enjoy the islands,” Ms Swartz says.

Seven-night Caribbean cruises in 2006 are available from NZ$967 per person. Call 0800 95 12 00, see a travel agent or visit www.pocruises.co.nz .

Princess’ 2006-07 Caribbean season features:

Crown Princess – The newest addition to the Caribbean fleet, Crown Princess will be based in San Juan for alternating Saturday departures on seven-day cruises to the Southern Caribbean. The ship offers 13 sailings on a Classic Southern Caribbean itinerary featuring calls at Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Maarten and St. Thomas. Meanwhile the Southern Caribbean Explorer route includes 13 departures with visits to St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Grenada, Bonaire and Aruba. Following her previously announced summer season in “The Big Apple,” Crown Princess begins her autumn run with an eight-day repositioning cruise from New York to San Juan on October 27, 2006 including stops at St. Thomas, Antigua, Dominica and St. Kitts. The ship’s Caribbean season runs through April 28, 2007.

Caribbean Princess – This ship begins her third season sailing Princess’ classic eastern Caribbean itinerary roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. The vessel shifts to Sunday departures for 27 sailings of an itinerary that travels to St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Princess Cays. Sailings run between October 29, 2006 and April 29, 2007. Caribbean Princess also offers a complete summer season in 2006 with alternating eastern and western Caribbean cruises. The May 6 to October 21, 2006 season features 12 eastern Caribbean sailings and 13 western Caribbean sailings to Princess Cays, Ocho Rios (or Montego Bay), Grand Cayman and Cozumel.

Golden Princess – A new homeport for Princess, New Orleans, is the base for Golden Princess’ western Caribbean itinerary. The ship makes three sailings on an itinerary that travels to Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. Golden Princess sails on December 16, 23 and 30, 2006.

Grand Princess – Grand Princess returns to her Galveston homeport to sail on a series of seven-day western Caribbean cruises. The 2,600-passenger vessel departs on Saturdays on a new itinerary that calls in Costa Maya, Roatan (Honduras), Belize and Cozumel. Grand Princess makes 24 sailings on this itinerary between November 18, 2006 and April 28, 2007.

Star Princess – Star Princess will again offer a series of seven-day western Caribbean itineraries, departing from Ft. Lauderdale on Saturdays. The ship will make 25 sailings between November 11, 2006 and April 28, 2007, featuring calls at Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Princess Cays.

Sun Princess – Sun Princess will provide alternating 10-day sailings roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale – one to the southern Caribbean and the other to the eastern Caribbean. The southern Caribbean Medley itinerary provides 10 sailings and includes calls at Curaçao, Isla Margarita, Barbados, Dominica, St. Thomas and Princess Cays. The eastern Caribbean Voyager itinerary features on nine sailings with calls at Antigua, St. Lucia, Grenada, Martinique, St. Thomas and Princess Cays. Sun Princess’ Caribbean season runs between October 11, 2006 and April 9, 2007.

Sea Princess РSea Princess again has an intriguing a series of 14-day Caribbean adventures, featuring two alternating itineraries sailing roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. The ship provides six sailings on the Grand Caribbean Adventurer with calls at Princess Cays, Tortola, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Vincent, Trinidad, Bonaire and Aruba. Six sailings of the Grand Caribbean Islander itinerary feature calls at Princess Cays, Tortola, Antigua, Dominica, Martinique, Barbados, Grenada, Isla Margarita, Cura̤ao and Montego Bay. Sea Princess sails between November 11, 2006 and April 14, 2007.

Coral Princess – Coral Princess joins the Caribbean fleet for a special holiday eastern Caribbean sailing on December 22, 2006. This seven-day escape features visits to St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Princess’ own Princess Keys.

Regardless of the itinerary,, passengers enjoy some of the most amenity-filled vessels in the Princess fleet with such distinctive features as the line’s signature Personal Choice Dining, Lotus Spa, extensive children and teen centres, wedding chapels, internet centres, and an array of entertainment options and venues, all in an intimately-designed and personalised environment.

Crown Princess and her sister ship, Caribbean Princess, both sailing year-round in the Caribbean, feature a poolside “Movies Under the Star” movie screen, a Caribbean-themed alternative restaurant, and nearly 900 cabins with balconies — more than any other cruise ships sailing year-round in the Caribbean.

About Princess Cruises: One of the best -known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise and tour company operating a fleet of 14 modern ships renowned for their innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and amenities, all provided in an environment of exceptional customer service.

A recognised leader in worldwide cruising, Princess offers its passengers the opportunity to escape to the top destinations around the globe, with sailings to all seven continents, ranging in length from seven to 30 days. The company, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2005, is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE:CCL; NYSE:CUK).

Princess launches largest ever Caribbean fleet in 2006-07

July 28, 2005 by admin · Leave a Comment
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Eight Princess ships will be sailing through the sunny Caribbean during the 2006-07 season, giving passengers more choice than ever with a selection of 11 itineraries including southern Caribbean cruises aboard the new Crown Princess and an inaugural season of sailings from the new homeport of New Orleans.

The cruises will range from seven to 14 days, aboard some of the youngest and biggest ships in the region. Crown Princes , which will sail on her first full program of southern Caribbean cruises from San Juan, and Golden Princess, which will inaugurate Princess’ first sailings from a new homeport in New Orleans, will be joined by Caribbean Princess in the eastern Caribbean, Star Princess in the western Caribbean and Grand Princess sailing the western Caribbean from Galveston. Sun Princess and Sea Princess will offer longer voyages sailing the length and breadth of the eastern and southern Caribbean, with Sun Princess offering 10-day cruises and Sea Princess returning for a second season of 14-day journeys. And Coral Princess will join the Caribbean fleet for a special holiday sailing in the eastern Caribbean.

Seven-night Caribbean cruises in 2006 are available from AUD$879 per person.

“This deployment represents our largest Caribbean fleet to date,” said Jan Swartz, senior vice president of customer service and sales for Princess in the US. “With four different homeports, three choices in cruise length, and a plethora of itineraries that cover the region, we offer Caribbean cruising options to fit just about any preference. Plus, we offer the newest seven-day fleet in the industry (at just under four years old on average) with innovative ships built specifically for Caribbean cruising and loaded with our trademark balconies – the perfect way to enjoy the islands.”

Princess’ 2006-07 Caribbean season features:

Crown Princess – The newest addition to the Caribbean fleet, Crown Princess will be based in San Juan for alternating Saturday departures on seven-day cruises to the Southern Caribbean. The ship offers 13 sailings on a Classic Southern Caribbean itinerary featuring calls at Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Maarten and St. Thomas. The Southern Caribbean Explorer route meanwhile includes 13 departures with visits to St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Grenada, Bonaire and Aruba. In addition, following her previously announced summer season in “The Big Apple,” Crown Princess will start her fall run with an eight-day repositioning cruise from New York to San Juan on October 27, 2006 including stops at St. Thomas, Antigua, Dominica and St. Kitts. The ship’s Caribbean season runs through April 28, 2007.

Caribbean Princess – The ship offers her third season sailing Princess’ classic eastern Caribbean itinerary roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. The vessel shifts to Sunday departures for 27 sailings of an itinerary that travels to St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Princess Cays. Sailings run between October 29, 2006 and April 29, 2007. Caribbean Princess will also offer a complete summer season in 2006 with alternating eastern and western Caribbean cruises. The May 6 to October 21, 2006 season features both 12 eastern Caribbean sailings and 13 western Caribbean sailings to Princess Cays, Ocho Rios (or Montego Bay), Grand Cayman and Cozumel.

Golden Princess – A new homeport for Princess, New Orleans, will be the base for Golden Princess’ western Caribbean itinerary. The ship will offer three sailings on an itinerary that travels to Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. Golden Princess sails on December 16, 23 and 30, 2006.

Grand Princess – Grand Princess returns to her Galveston homeport to sail on a series of seven-day western Caribbean cruises. The 2,600-passenger vessel departs on Saturdays on a new itinerary that calls in Costa Maya, Roatan (Honduras), Belize and Cozumel. The ship offers 24 sailings on this itinerary between November 18, 2006 and April 28, 2007.

Star Princess – Star Princess will again offer a series of seven-day western Caribbean itineraries, departing from Ft. Lauderdale on Saturdays. The ship will offer 25 sailings between November 11, 2006 and April 28, 2007, featuring calls at Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Princess Cays.

Sun Princess – Sun Princess will offer alternating 10-day sailings roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale – one to the southern Caribbean and the other to the eastern Caribbean. The southern Caribbean Medley itinerary is offered on 10 sailings and includes calls at Curaçao, Isla Margarita, Barbados, Dominica, St. Thomas and Princess Cays. The eastern Caribbean Voyager itinerary is featured on nine sailings and offers calls at Antigua, St. Lucia, Grenada, Martinique, St. Thomas and Princess Cays. Sun Princess’ Caribbean season runs between October 11, 2006 and April 9, 2007.

Sea Princess РSea Princess again offers an intriguing a series of 14-day Caribbean adventures, featuring two alternating itineraries sailing roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. The ship will offer six sailings on the Grand Caribbean Adventurer with calls at Princess Cays, Tortola, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Vincent, Trinidad, Bonaire and Aruba. Six sailings of the Grand Caribbean Islander itinerary feature calls at Princess Cays, Tortola, Antigua, Dominica, Martinique, Barbados, Grenada, Isla Margarita, Cura̤ao and Montego Bay. Sea Princess sails between November 11, 2006 and April 14, 2007.

Coral Princess – Coral Princess will join the Caribbean fleet for a special holiday eastern Caribbean sailing on December 22, 2006. This seven-day escape features visits to St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Princess’ own Princess Keys.

Regardless of which itinerary passengers choose, they will enjoy some of the most amenity-filled vessels in the Princess fleet, with such distinctive features as the line’s signature Personal Choice Dining, Lotus Spa, extensive children and teen centers, wedding chapels, internet centers, and an extensive array of entertainment options and venues, all in an intimately designed, personalised environment. Crown Princess and her sister ship, Caribbean Princess , both sailing year-round in the Caribbean, sport such features as a poolside “Movies Under the Star” movie screen, a Caribbean-themed alternative restaurant, and nearly 900 cabins with balconies — more than on any other cruise ships sailing year-round in the Caribbean.

Source: Princess Cruises

Set sail with the Bombers

June 20, 2005 by admin · Leave a Comment
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WINNIPEG, MB – Winnipeg Blue Bombers fans will soon have an opportunity to combine their love of football with their love for the high seas.

The 16th Annual Winnipeg Blue Bombers cruise will take place Jan. 21 to Feb. 3, 2005. It will begin in Miami, Fla. and will feature stops in Hispaniola, Aruba, Curacao, Panama and Costa Rica. Bomber fans will have an opportunity to mix and mingle with current Bomber players Joe Fleming and Troy Westwood.

Travel packages include: a bon voyage get-together in Winnipeg; a welcome aboard cocktail party and dinner; gourmet on-board dining; complimentary 24-hour room service; on-board activities with Blue Bomber players and Continental Travel hosts; football talk sessions with Bomber players and a Bomber souvenir.

Prices for the cruise are $2,490.50 (interior cabin), $2,719.50 (ocean-view) and $3,079.50 (balcony). Prices are based on double occupancy and are in Canadian dollars. All prices include airfare from Winnipeg, a two-night hotel stay in Miami, an 11-night cruise, transfers and port charges. A $750 deposit is required to confirm a booking.

Windstar Cruises Announces 2006 Deployment

May 30, 2005 by admin · Leave a Comment
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Windstar’s fleet of three motor sailing yachts give cruise passengers opportunities for longer voyages in 2006 plus new itineraries featuring intriguing destinations around the world: Mediterranean, Greek Islands, Caribbean, Costa Rica, Panama Canal and Transatlantic.

All three ships – the 308-guest Wind Surf and 148-guest Wind Star and Wind Spirit – will sail a total of 40 voyages in the Mediterranean in 2006. In addition, more departure dates and itineraries will be offered in the Caribbean during the winter and spring of 2006. The Wind Star will also transit the Panama Canal on two, 14-day voyages.

Windstar Cruises Announces 2006 Deployment: From Costa Rica To The Caribbean, Europe To The Panama Canal, Motor Sailing Yachts Offer Array Of Itineraries In ’06

147 sailings offered throughout Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas for a small-ship cruising experience ’180° from Ordinary’.

The Wind Star will sail 12 seven-night cruises in Costa Rica roundtrip from Puerto Caldera between January and March returning again in December. Ports of call include San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua, Playas del Coco, Quepos, Bahía Paraíso, Curu and Tortuga Island. To fully appreciate the exotic nuances of Costa Rica, Windstar has crafted a collection of custom-designed tours showcasing the very best of nature at play. With excursions ranging from easy, informative walks to downright adventurous explorations, guests will witness the true beauty of Costa Rica such as swinging tree to tree in a custom-fitted harness on a jungle canopy tour or hiking Manuel Antonio National Park as a naturalist guide points out the unique flora and fauna.

Two 14-day voyages aboard the Wind Star will take guests through the famous Panama Canal. In April, the ship will sail from Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica to Bridgetown, Barbados with calls in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Netherland Antilles, Curacao, Venezuela, Grenada and the Grenadines. In November, the ship will sail from Bridgetown to Puerto Caldera with calls in Bequia, Tobago, Venzuela, Netherland Antilles and San Blas Islands.

About Windstar Cruises
Seattle-based Windstar Cruises operates three sailing yachts known for their pampering without pretense and their ability to visit the hidden harbors and secluded coves of the world’s most treasured destinations. Carrying just 148 to 308 guests, the luxurious ships of Windstar cruise to nearly 50 nations, calling at more than 100 ports throughout Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas.

Windstar offers optional trip cancellation protection that provides cash back when you cancel for any reason prior to 24-hours before departure. For more information including brochures, rates and itineraries contact a professional travel agent or call Windstar at 1-800-258-7245. Visit Windstar Cruises online at www.windstarcruises.com.