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Orient Lines revises Crown Odyssey’s winter itinerary

Destination cruise specialist Orient Lines has revised 1,022-passenger Crown Odyssey’s winter 2002-2003 CruiseTour schedule…

Destination cruise specialist Orient Lines has revised 1,022-passenger Crown Odyssey’s winter 2002-2003 CruiseTour schedule following recent events in Indonesia. Orient Lines has replaced Crown Odyssey’s port calls at Bali and Semarang, Indonesia with extended journeys to ports in Australia, China, India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.



Orient Lines has revised six of Crown Odyssey’s CruiseTours between December 2, 2002 and February 19, 2003. While we regret that Crown Odyssey will not visit Indonesia this season, the safety of our guests is paramount, said Colin Veitch, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line and president of Orient Lines. As a result, we have crafted exciting new alternatives that offer our guests the most sought-after ports in Australia, China, India and Southeast Asia.



The six revised CruiseTours are as follows:



Grand Journey to The East – A 52-day Grand Voyage from Los Angeles to Singapore departing Dec. 2, 2002 that combines Crown Odyssey’s Hawaii & Tahiti, The South Pacific and Australia Great Barrier Reef & Singapore CruiseTours. This itinerary features a new port calls at Thursday Island and Broome, Australia plus Port Kelang, Malaysia for excursions to Kuala Lumpur. The itinerary also visits ports in Hawaii, French Polynesia, Tahiti, American Samoa, Western Samoa and New Caledonia. The CruiseTour concludes with a two-day, hotel stay and sightseeing in Singapore.



Australia, Great Barrier Reef & Singapore – A 25-day CruiseTour from Sydney, Australia to Singapore departing the U.S. on Dec. 29, 2002. The itinerary is highlighted by new port calls at Thursday Island and Broome, Australia plus Port Kelang for excursions to Kuala Lumpur. Following a three-day, hotel stay and sightseeing in Sydney, guests embark Crown Odyssey for a voyage featuring calls at six Australian ports.



Highlights of the Orient – This 20-day CruiseTour departs the U.S. on Jan. 15, 2003 and begins with hotel stays and sightseeing in Bangkok and Singapore. The Cruise Tour features new port calls Port Kelang (for excursions to Kuala Lumpur) and Kuching, Malaysia followed by Brunei and Kota Kinabalu in Borneo and Huangpu (Canton), China prior to a three-day hotel stay and sightseeing in Hong Kong.



Grand Orient – A 29-day CruiseTour from Singapore to Bangkok departing the U.S. on Jan. 18, 2003. This itinerary combines Crown Odyssey’s Asian Capitals & Vietnam and Highlights of the Orient CruiseTours. New port calls in Port Kelang (for excursions to Kuala Lumpur) and Kuching are followed by Brunei and visits to Ho Chi Minh City, Halong Bay and Da Nang, Vietnam. The CruiseTour concludes with a two-day hotel stay and sightseeing in Bangkok.



Borneo, Bangkok & Vietnam – This 18-day CruiseTour departs the U.S. on Feb. 19, 2003 and features new port calls at Bangkok (a two-day stay) and Ko Samui, Thailand plus a two-day stay in Ho Chi Minh City, and a call at Da Nang, both in Vietnam. The CruiseTour begins with a two-day, hotel stay and sightseeing in Singapore.



Grand Cities of Asia – A 34-day CruiseTour from Singapore to Mumbai, India departing the U.S. on Feb. 19, 2003. The itinerary combines Crown Odyssey’s Borneo Bangkok & Vietnam and India & The East CruiseTours. Guests enjoy a two-day, pre-cruise hotel stay and sightseeing in Singapore, then board Crown Odyssey for an exotic cruise to ports in Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei and India. The CruiseTour ends with a five-day hotel stay and sightseeing in Agra and Delhi, India with sightseeing at the Taj Mahal.



A Cradling Experience – From Beginning to End



Orient Line CruiseTours offer a cradling experience beginning once passengers set foot in their overseas embarkation city.



They are met by an Orient Lines representative at the airport and transferred by motorcoach to a first-class or deluxe hotel property that has been carefully selected for comfort and proximity to key landmarks.



These hotel stays offer passengers a chance to relax after long flights and give them time to explore some of the world’s great travel destinations. Other lines regard hotel stays as optional add-ons.



At the end of their pre-cruise stay, passengers are transferred by motorcoach to the Marco Polo or Crown Odyssey for boarding. Because ship check-in is processed at the hotel’s hospitality desk, there’s no waiting at the pier. And, because their luggage was collected at the hotel, passengers simply walk aboard with their carry-on bags; porters bring the luggage directly to each passenger’s stateroom shortly after embarkation.



After the cruise, passengers are transferred by motorcoach to their post-cruise hotel. In addition to providing concierge services, Orient Lines representatives at the hospitality desk also schedule passengers’ final transfer to the airport. It’s a seamless transition, cradling passengers from beginning to end.

Theodore Koumelis
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