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Hi Everyone,

I received this press release from Ocean Village and thought it would
be of interest. If you have missed any of my news' postings, they are
available on my web site.

Best regards,
Ray
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OCEAN VILLAGE MAKES A SPLASH WITH OCEAN VILLAGE TWO IN THE WESTERN MED
AND NEW ITINERARIES IN THE EASTERN MED FOR SUMMER 2007

Today, casual cruising company, Ocean Village, unveils the name of its
second ship, Ocean Village Two, and reveals itineraries and prices for
the ship's inaugural Mediterranean season beginning April 2007. In
addition, two brand new Eastern Mediterranean itineraries are
announced for the original Ocean Village ship in the summer of 2007.

The second ship demonstrates the huge success of Ocean Village's
upbeat style of casual cruising, which has proved a particular hit
with cruise virgins. Nearly 60% of passengers to date have never
cruised before, which means over 100,000 people have enjoyed their
first ever cruise with Ocean Village - proving the brand proposition
that this is the cruise for people who don't do cruises. The new ship
more than doubles Ocean Village's capacity, embodying the same
informal style and high standards as the original Ocean Village, but
has the benefit of 198 cabins with private balconies (more than any
other ship of its class) and an outstanding 14,000 square foot spa and
gym complex.

On board, guests will be able to enjoy a fantastic new spa experience
in the luxurious sauna, steam and treatment rooms. Tooth-whitening,
Oxyjet facials and other leading treatments and therapies will be on
offer as well as state of the art gym equipment with floor-to-ceiling
ocean views and a separate mirror-walled room for aerobics, bike
spinning, Pilates and yoga sessions. The new ship also features two
Jacuzzis, two pools, a theatre, casino, children's centre and more
bars than there are days of the week.

Sailing out of Palma (Majorca) between May and October 2007, Ocean
Village Two will offer cruise-goers two exciting Western Mediterranean
itineraries taking in some of the region's best known destinations.
'Marinas and Medinas' sails from Palma to Tunis, Naples, Florence and
Pisa, Monte Carlo (from Villefranche) and Ajaccio (Corsica) whilst
'Villas and Vineyards' heads from Palma to Tunis, Rome, Genoa, St
Raphael and Barcelona. Prices for a seven night 'Marinas and Medinas'
cruise start at 599 including flights. Seven night 'Villas and
Vineyards' holidays cost from 629 including flights.



Between May and October 2007, the original Ocean Village ship will
trail blaze two brand new island-hopping itineraries in the Eastern
Mediterranean, based on the island of Crete. The 'Temples and
Tavernas' itinerary takes in a mixture of classical sun baked cities
and the stunning Dalmatian coast, starting in Heraklion and sailing to
Dubrovnik, Corfu, Cephalonia, Katakolon (for Olympia, birthplace of
the Olypmics) and Athens. The 'Olives and Ouzo' option sails from
Heraklion for Limassol (Cyprus), Rhodes, Ephesus (Turkey), Mykonos and
Santorini. Prices for a seven night 'Temples and Tavernas' cruise
start at 659 including flights to/from Heraklion. A seven night
'Olives and Ouzo' holiday starts at 629 including flights.
Itineraries can be combined to create a fourteen night cruise in
either the Eastern or Western Med.

In addition, each cruise can be combined with a week's hotel stay
ahead of a week spent on board. Popular with first time cruisers, the
14 night Stay and Cruise option gives people a choice of six hotels in
Crete (before joining the original Ocean Village ship) or Majorca
(before joining Ocean Village Two). Prices start from 779 per person
for two weeks.

Also new for 2006 are four additional UK departure airports offering
increased choice for Ocean Village passengers: Cardiff and Luton for
Eastern Mediterranean sailings from Crete (plus Gatwick, Manchester,
Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow), and East Midlands and Bournemouth
for Western Mediterranean sailings from Palma (plus Gatwick, Stansted,
Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow).

'With the launch of Ocean Village Two, we remain the brand with the
newest, largest and best equipped ships in this class. We're also more
than measuring up to spa resorts ashore by really putting the 'aaah'
into our Spa facilities' said Peter Shanks, Managing Director of Ocean
Village. 'In addition we're doubling our capacity and opening up the
Eastern Med to people who connect with Ocean Village's informal,
upbeat take on holidays afloat. With a new ship and new itineraries,
Ocean Village is set to open up the sights of the Eastern and Western
Mediterranean and bring even more choice to the casual cruising
market. Plus, with our increased range of departure airports we plan
to welcome even more new customers to the cruise for people who don't
do cruises.'

Additional Facts

* Ocean Village operated its first cruise in May 2003
* The original Ocean Village ship has 1578 berths in 789 cabins
including 64 with private balcony
* Ocean Village Two will operate its first cruise in April 2007
* The new ship will have 1708 berths in 854 cabins including 198
with private balcony
* Each 7 night cruise calls at six destinations each week
* Nearly 60% of Ocean Village bookers are cruise virgins who have
never cruised before
* The average age of an Ocean Village passenger in the summer is
43, more than ten years below the average for the cruise industry
* Ocean Village is a division of Carnival UK which includes P&O
Cruises, Princess Cruises, Cunard and Swan Hellenic
* Ocean Village was voted Best Mainstream Cruise Line at the 2005
British Travel Awards. It also won Best Specialist Cruise Line in the
Travel Globe Awards 2006 and Best Mediterranean Cruise Operator and
Best Budget Cruise Operator in the Selling Cruises Awards 2005

Destinations

Ocean Village will visit eleven new destinations in 2006, highlights
include:

Dubrovnik

Famous for its red-tiled roofs and medieval stone walls, Dubrovnik is
one of Croatia's best loved destinations. The city boasts a beautiful
medieval old town and stunning monuments such as The Franciscan
Monastery, numerous fortresses and cathedrals. Dubrovnik is also an
ideal base for exploring nearby Croatian villages or nosing around the
stunning Dalmatian islands by boat.

Cephalonia

Cephalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands and visitors will find
a haven of picturesque small villages and towns, steep cliffs, quiet
winding beaches and bright blue waters, perfect for whiling the day
away on shore. Visitors may also recognise the scenery as it's most
famous as being the stunning backdrop in the film Captain Corelli's
mandolin.

Katakolon

Katakolon is the stopping off point for Olympia, the birthplace and
spiritual home of the Olympics. Still sporting marble starting
blocks, visitors can also see the remains of temples, changing rooms
the stadium where the competitions were held. The Olympic flame is
still lit at the site before the modern games using sunlight and a
lens.

For more information about Ocean Village please contact your travel
agent.
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