CRUISE WEST ANNOUNCES SIX CAPTIVATING VOYAGES

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CRUISE WEST ANNOUNCES SIX CAPTIVATING VOYAGES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA THAT FOLLOW THE ADVENTURES OF ODYSSEUS

Smithsonian Journeys Guest Speakers, Extraordinary Included Excursions, Air Credit or Free Venice Land Tour and up to 21 Percent Early Booking Savings

Six distinct Mediterranean voyages, from Alexandria, Egypt to Honfleur, France, mark the second chapter of small-ship exploration line Cruise West’s epic world adventure, Voyages of the Great Explorers. Delving deep into the heart of the Mediterranean — rich in myth and mystery — guests will journey to many fabled destinations in Greece and Turkey, and savor the cultural richness and sensory pleasures of Tunisia, Algeria, Italy, Sicily, Malta, Spain, Portugal and France. Guests can enjoy savings up to 21 percent savings if voyage is booked and paid in full by October 15, 2009.

There is incredible value with every voyage. In addition to an included excursion at every port, each of the six voyages will be enhanced by an extraordinary ‘Ultimate Explorers Experiences’ (UEE) excursion, designed to bring guests into direct personal contact with fascinating peoples, cultures and natural wonders. Engaging presentations by Smithsonian Journeys experts and local acclaimed authorities on the region’s culture, history and current events will bring each region to life.

Smithsonian Journeys experts illustrate Mediterranean history
Smithsonian Journeys guest speaker and author Jodi Magnes, Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology injects color into the classics throughout Voyage 5: Alexandria to Istanbul. Magnes will provide rich insights to the region as guests explore Paphos, birthplace of Aphrodite; Hadrian’s Gate, constructed by the second century Roman emperor Hadrian; and ancient Troy. A stop at the island of Lesvos offers a tantalizing glimpse of traditional Greek life before the voyage concludes at the gate of the Western world, historic and exotic Istanbul. Voyage highlights include an exclusive evening concert and reception amongst the ancient Roman ruins on Ephesus (UEE).

The 14-night voyage departs May 4, 2010; prices start at $10,395 per person before savings. Add-on: post-cruise 3-night Land Tour of Cappadocia.

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Voyage 6: Istanbul to Venice features Smithsonian Journeys guest speaker Diane Cline who holds impressive credentials including a B.A. in classics form Stanford University and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton in art and archaeology. Cline will unfold the mysteries and architectural treasures of the city known over the centuries as Byzantium, Constantinople and eventually Istanbul. The cruise journeys on to the ancient sites of Gallipoli (site of a famous WW1 battle), Delphi; the beautiful classic Greek islands of Syros, Sifnos, Santorini, Naxos; Katakolon, the site of the first Olympiad; ancient UNESCO site Butrint and Durres, the oldest city in Albania. The voyage continues to Dubrovnik, with its 13th-century ramparts; Mljet National Park, and the magnificent old town of Zadar before arriving in Venice. Highlight of note includes a tour of the legendary site of Delphi (UEE) on the slopes of Mt. Parnassus and a four-mile transit through the Corinth Canal.

The 14-night voyage departs May 17, 2010; prices start at $11,595 per person before savings. Add-on: post cruise 3-night Gondolas and Glassware Land Tour of Venice.

Smithsonian Journey guest lecturer Glenn Bugh, professor of ancient, Byzantine and Venetian history at Virginia Tech, joins Voyage 7: Venice to Valetta. This exciting voyage showcases off-the-beaten track ports, villages and towns in Croatia, Montenegro, Italy, Sicily and Malta. Highlights include an overland tour of Croatia from the historical Roman town of Porec (UEE) to Pula to study first hand the influence of Rome and Byzantium; Split, known for its 17 centuries of building, renovating and remodeling; the UNESCO site Kotor; and Bari with the famous monument Basilica of Saint Nicholas.

Cruise West includes a choice of an international air credit (up to $1300) or a FREE pre-cruise 3-night Venice Land extension on the 12-night voyage, which departs on May 30, 2010 (a value of $2,200 per person). Prices start at $9,995 per person before savings.

The 13-night Voyage 8: Valletta to Rome combines Ottoman and Western history with beautiful rugged scenery, visits to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and stops at picturesque ports in Tunisia, Algeria, Sardinia and Rome. Explore exotic Sousee and La Goulette (Tunis), Tunisia; and Annaba and El Kala, Algeria – all rich in history and intrigue. Discover the prehistoric architecture of Su Nuraxi di Barumini near Cagliari, and the important regional center of Arbatax, Sardinia; continuing to Italy’s magnificent Amalfi Coast, the ancient ruins of Pompeii (UEE); the Royal Palace of Caserta near Gaeta; and a sleepy fishing village on the Ponziane Islands before disembarking in Rome. Smithsonian Journeys guest speaker and architectural historian Gail Cornell will discuss historic preservation and architecture of the region.

Departing June 10, 2010, prices for the 13-night cruise start at $9,595 per person before savings. In Rome, guests can add-on the 2-night Classics and Religion Land Tour.

The Renaissance art and medieval architecture of Italy, France and Spain are the highlights of Voyage 9: Rome to Barcelona aptly enhanced by Smithsonian Journeys guest speaker Robert Davis, author and professor of Italian Renaissance and pre-modern Mediterranean history at Ohio State University. Port stops include Bonifacio, Corsica; Elba, where Napoleon spent years in Exile; Pisa and magnificent Florence, known for its Duomo, Uffizi Gallery & Museum (UEE) and more, continuing onto Portovenere and lovely Portofino, Italy; and the Spanish island of Menorca. Viva la France as the ship sails into Villefranche-sur-Mer located in the French Riviera, Port St. Louis-du-Rhone and Port Vendres where guests explore the serene Fontfroide Abbey and the walled city of Carcassonne.

Departing June 22, 2010, prices for the 13-nights cruise start at $10,995 per person before savings. Add-on: 3-night Montserrat, Picasso, Gaudí & Las Ramblas Land Tour.

Voyage 10: Barcelona to Honfleur — the final voyage of chapter two — offers guests the opportunity to sail with Cruise West Chairman Dick West and wife Leslie into Spain, Portugal and France, where evidence of Roman rule and Moorish invasion await guests discovery, along with incredible natural beauty. View Islamic influences in Granada’s famed Alhambra Palace and Seville’s 14th-century Real Alcázar, and sample some of the world’s best port in Oporto, called Portus Calle by the Romans. Sail up the Bordeaux River, perfect for connoisseurs of vistas and vintages, where guests will be treated to an exclusive dinner and tour of Château Kirwan (UEE). After a day at historic Normandy Beach, the journey will end in Honfleur. Joining the voyage is Smithsonian Journeys guest speaker Dianne Konz who will discuss the integration of the cultural arts in the context of their time including art, architecture, literature, music and gastronomy.

Departing July 4, 2010, prices for the 16-night cruise start at $14,195 per person before savings. Add-on: post-cruise 3-nights Paris.

Book by Voyage or Multiple Segments

The Voyages of the Great Explorers — an industry first — is a collection of 24 individual voyages (which can all be booked separately) combine to form a 335-day circumnavigation of the world along the major routes inspired by history’s great ocean explorers. Beginning March 5, 2010, on board Cruise West’s flagship, the 120-guest, all-suite Spirit of Oceanus, the world voyage will sail ever westward, returning to Singapore on February 3, 2011.

Prices per voyage include a pre-cruise hotel night, all transfers and a tour of the embarkation city. For maximum savings of 21 percent, book and pay in full by October 15, 2009. Guests who book more than one voyage will save an additional five percent. Rates for all six voyages of Chapter 2 start at $63,695. For further details on Cruise West’s itineraries, visit www.CruiseWest.com, call 800-296-8307 or a travel professional.

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~Up-Close, Casual and Personal Explorations~

Cruise West believes that small is beautiful. Small-ship explorations allow up-close and personal experiences unmatched by the traditional larger cruise lines. For more than 63 years Cruise West has provided authentic travel experiences where the destination is the focus. The fleet of small ships with guest capacities ranging from 78-148 explores remote and distinctive destinations throughout the globe. A robust onboard enrichment program further enhances the guest experience through topical guest lecturers, additional exploration by Zodiac and included excursions at every port.

New Two-Year Trial Memberships in the Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club

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An Affordable and Maintenance-Free Alternative to a Second Home

Experience the extraordinary as a member of the Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club with a limited-time offer of unprecedented access and flexibility. Each spacious residence – typically 4,000 square feet with four bedrooms and at least four bathrooms – is a comfortable home away from home for family and friends, and the perfect place for life’s most cherished memories.

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“This two-year trial offer is designed for those considering a second home or who simply want an extended opportunity to experience club life before making a long-term commitment,” says Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club President Scott Wiseman. “Families can enjoy the privacy of a spacious home in their choice of popular resort destinations for much less than the cost of comparable hotel suites. Club membership is an affordable, maintenance-free alternative for those thinking about buying a second home.”

This limited time offer will enable qualified individuals to experience the benefits of Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club

membership for up to two years with no up-front capital contribution required. Two-year trial members will pay normal Club dues with a 10% premium — a premium that will be credited to their capital contribution should they later join the Club as a permanent equity member. Trial members can choose from a 15-night, 30-night or 45-night annual plan, and they can immediately reserve and enjoy residences owned by the Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club, complete with A&K’s world-renowned service from start to finish.

Trial Members may choose from the club’s portfolio of multi-million-dollar residences in the finest beach, mountain and golf destinations, including the Turks & Caicos, Deer Valley and Kiawah Island. A Global Experience Manager arranges all the details…from a behind-the-scenes private tour of the Turtle Hospital at the South Carolina Aquarium to the chance to ski with an Olympic legend in Sun Valley or meet an artist at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts.

Nights can also be exchanged for credit towards Abercrombie & Kent travel like a family cruise in the Galapagos Islands, an African safari or a trip to Antarctica.

This Two-Year Trial Membership includes the full range of Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club services:

· A dedicated Global Experience Manager to orchestrate every aspect of your stay and provide expert travel recommendations

· Pre-arrival grocery shopping

· Daily housekeeping

· The superior local knowledge and activity-planning assistance of a Destination Host

For a limited time, Two-Year Trial Memberships in the Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club are available beginning at $18,700 per year for 15 nights, an affordable and maintenance-free alternative to a second home. For more information: www.akresidenceclub.com/twoyeartrial.

Terms & Conditions

1. Trial Membership Offer subject to availability. All Club travel must conclude by December 31, 2011.

2. First-year annual dues due at signing; second-year annual dues must be paid in full by December 15, 2010.

3. One-time security deposit of $5,000 required and will be refunded within 45 days of the conclusion of Trial Membership.

4. Trial Membership dues represent a 10% premium over the annual dues paid by equity members. No upfront capital contribution required for the Trial Membership.

For media inquiries, including image requests, please contact Lisa Caruso at (212) 696-0660 or via e-mail at lisa@ldpr.com.

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About Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club

Membership in the largest equity-based destination club in the industry offers a wide range of vacation travel options around the globe. The club’s property portfolio, from private residences to European villas and urban apartments is unparalleled. Members can also exchange nights towards Abercrombie & Kent travel, choosing from adventures that include African safaris, learning vacations in Egypt or the Galapagos Islands, even award-winning expedition cruises to Antarctica. www.akresidenceclub.com

About Abercrombie & Kent

Born as a safari outfitter in 1962, Abercrombie & Kent’s unparalleled travel services now extend around the globe to more than one hundred countries on all seven continents. The company built its award-winning reputation by being the first to bring unexpected comforts and amenities to remote destinations. Small group or tailor made private travel with Abercrombie & Kent combines the convenience, service and security of a U.S.-based company with support 24/7 from a network of 62 on-site offices that ensure “by invitation only” access to inspiring experiences in a personalized, low profile and intelligent style. www.abercrombiekent.com

CRUISE WEST ANNOUNCES SIX CAPTIVATING VOYAGES

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CRUISE WEST ANNOUNCES SIX CAPTIVATING VOYAGES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA THAT FOLLOW THE ADVENTURES OF ODYSSEUS

Smithsonian Journeys Guest Speakers, Extraordinary Included Excursions, Air Credit or Free Venice Land Tour and up to 21 Percent Early Booking Savings

Six distinct Mediterranean voyages, from Alexandria, Egypt to Honfleur, France, mark the second chapter of small-ship exploration line Cruise West’s epic world adventure, Voyages of the Great Explorers. Delving deep into the heart of the Mediterranean — rich in myth and mystery — guests will journey to many fabled destinations in Greece and Turkey, and savor the cultural richness and sensory pleasures of Tunisia, Algeria, Italy, Sicily, Malta, Spain, Portugal and France. Guests can enjoy savings up to 21 percent savings if voyage is booked and paid in full by October 15, 2009.

There is incredible value with every voyage. In addition to an included excursion at every port, each of the six voyages will be enhanced by an extraordinary ‘Ultimate Explorers Experiences’ (UEE) excursion, designed to bring guests into direct personal contact with fascinating peoples, cultures and natural wonders. Engaging presentations by Smithsonian Journeys experts and local acclaimed authorities on the region’s culture, history and current events will bring each region to life.

Smithsonian Journeys experts illustrate Mediterranean history
Smithsonian Journeys guest speaker and author Jodi Magnes, Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology injects color into the classics throughout Voyage 5: Alexandria to Istanbul. Magnes will provide rich insights to the region as guests explore Paphos, birthplace of Aphrodite; Hadrian’s Gate, constructed by the second century Roman emperor Hadrian; and ancient Troy. A stop at the island of Lesvos offers a tantalizing glimpse of traditional Greek life before the voyage concludes at the gate of the Western world, historic and exotic Istanbul. Voyage highlights include an exclusive evening concert and reception amongst the ancient Roman ruins on Ephesus (UEE).

The 14-night voyage departs May 4, 2010; prices start at $10,395 per person before savings. Add-on: post-cruise 3-night Land Tour of Cappadocia.

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New Two-Year Trial Memberships in the Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club

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An Affordable and Maintenance-Free Alternative to a Second Home

Experience the extraordinary as a member of the Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club with a limited-time offer of unprecedented access and flexibility. Each spacious residence – typically 4,000 square feet with four bedrooms and at least four bathrooms – is a comfortable home away from home for family and friends, and the perfect place for life’s most cherished memories.

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“This two-year trial offer is designed for those considering a second home or who simply want an extended opportunity to experience club life before making a long-term commitment,” says Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club President Scott Wiseman. “Families can enjoy the privacy of a spacious home in their choice of popular resort destinations for much less than the cost of comparable hotel suites. Club membership is an affordable, maintenance-free alternative for those thinking about buying a second home.”

This limited time offer will enable qualified individuals to experience the benefits of Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club

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ST. KITTS WELCOMES THE PARK HYATT HOTEL BRAND

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Development to Feature the First Park Hyatt Branded Hotel in the Caribbean

St. Kitts is pleased to welcome the Cockleshell Bay Resort development, which will be set on 150 acres in the island’s picturesque southeast peninsula and will feature a Park Hyatt hotel and residences as well as a 160-berth Camper & Nicholson’s managed yacht marina, a casino and a selection of world-class restaurants.

In a small but impressive ceremony in Basseterre on Thursday, September 17th, 2009 an agreement was signed between project developer Chris Kanhai of St. Michael’s Foundation Ltd. of Canada, and Rakesh Sarna, Chief Operating Officer–International, of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts to manage the Park Hyatt St. Kitts at Cockleshell Bay. It will be the first Park Hyatt hotel in the Caribbean and will feature 125 guestrooms plus a state-of-the-art luxury spa with eight treatment rooms. 100 Park Hyatt-branded residential townhouses and condominiums and 86 estate villas will also be included in the Cockleshell Bay development, which is scheduled for completion in 2013.

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In signing the development agreement at the ceremony, Prime Minister Dr. Denzil L. Douglas said, “We are extremely pleased to welcome the prestigious Park Hyatt brand to this development, which will further advance our Government’s economic transformation of St. Kitts following the closure of the sugar industry in 2005. Both the developer and Hyatt share our Government’s commitment to the creation of a mix of sustainable tourism enterprises that reflect St. Kitts’ unique heritage and culture, and I am confident that this high-end project will be an excellent addition to the island’s overall product mix.”

The Cockleshell Bay Resort development is the latest major luxury project being created on the island’s southeast peninsula, complementing the Christophe Harbour development, which is currently under construction.  Other major mixed-use developments in various stages of planning and development on St. Kitts include Kittitian Hill (to be managed by Sedona Resorts), Ocean’s Edge Resort and the Silver Reef Resort. 

About Park Hyatt:

Intimate and residential in style, Park Hyatt promises elegant and gracious service on a personal scale, and is further distinguished by prime locations and exceptional interior design. Hyatt Hotels Corporation and its subsidiari

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es operate 25 Park Hyatt hotels. Current locations include; Baku, Beaver Creek, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Canberra, Chicago, Dubai, Goa, Hamburg, Istanbul, Jeddah, Melbourne, Mendoza, Milan, Moscow, Paris, Philadelphia, Saigon, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Washington DC, and Zurich.

About Hyatt Hotels Corporation:

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome. Thousands of members of the Hyatt family in 45 countries strive to make a difference in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by providing authentic hospitality. The company’s subsidiaries manage, franchise, own and develop hotels and resorts under the Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz™, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place® and Hyatt Summerfield Suites™ brand names and have locations under development on five continents. Hyatt Vacation Ownership, Inc., a Hyatt Hotels Corporation subsidiary, develops and operates vacation ownership properties under the Hyatt Vacation Club® brand. As of June 30, 2009, the company’s worldwide portfolio consisted of 413 properties. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.

About St. Kitts:

Located in the northern Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, St. Kitts offers a diverse tourism product developed from the destination’s natural beauty, cultural heritage and rich history.  The island’s stunning variety of tourism attractions include hiking through the tropical rainforest, riding the scenic railway that connects the island’s sugar plantations, touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, the only man-made UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Eastern Caribbean, and the more traditional vacation pastimes such as watersports, golf, shopping, tennis, gourmet dining, gaming at one of St. Kitts’ two casinos or simply relaxing on one of the island’s sandy beaches.  Guests can select from accommodations ranging from intimate plantation inns to larger hotels or resorts.

For more information about St. Kitts, please contact the St. Kitts Tourism Authority toll free from the US at 1-800-582-6208 or from Canada 1-888-395-4887, e-mail info@stkittstourism.kn or visit the website at www.stkittstourism.kn. Follow St. Kitts on Facebook and Twitter.

ST. KITTS WELCOMES THE PARK HYATT HOTEL BRAND

stkits 

Development to Feature the First Park Hyatt Branded Hotel in the Caribbean

St. Kitts is pleased to welcome the Cockleshell Bay Resort development, which will be set on 150 acres in the island’s picturesque southeast peninsula and will feature a Park Hyatt hotel and residences as well as a 160-berth Camper & Nicholson’s managed yacht marina, a casino and a selection of world-class restaurants.

In a small but impressive ceremony in Basseterre on Thursday, September 17th, 2009 an agreement was signed between project developer Chris Kanhai of St. Michael’s Foundation Ltd. of Canada, and Rakesh Sarna, Chief Operating Officer–International, of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts to manage the Park Hyatt St. Kitts at Cockleshell Bay. It will be the first Park Hyatt hotel in the Caribbean and will feature 125 guestrooms plus a state-of-the-art luxury spa with eight treatment rooms. 100 Park Hyatt-branded residential townhouses and condominiums and 86 estate villas will also be included in the Cockleshell Bay development, which is scheduled for completion in 2013.

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