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Released: 10/4/2007 

World’s Top Cruise Lines, Crystal And Seabourn, Make Port Calls To Philadelphia This October

To wrap up the successful 2007 cruise season, two of the world’s most prestigious cruise lines, Crystal Cruises and Seabourn Yachts, will make port calls in Philadelphia this October. While both lines have visited the port previously, it has been ten years since Crystal Cruises’ last visit and several years since Seabourn has called in Philadelphia. “We are thrilled to have two of the world’s top cruise lines visit the port this season,” said Kate McNamara, director of the Port of Philadelphia and Camden. “As we grow and expand our cruise program, we hope that stops like these will encourage the cruise lines to make Philadelphia a more permanent place to visit or event to homeport.” The 10,000-ton, 208-passenger Seabourn Pride will visit Philadelphia on October 22, as part of a 12-day sailing from Boston to the Bahamas. The award-winning, 50,000-ton, 940-passenger Crystal Symphony will stop in Philadelphia on October 31 as part of a new, 12-day itinerary of classic East Coast ports. Both lines will offer diverse and exciting shore excursions while in Philadelphia, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Rodin Museum, The Barnes Foundation, Valley Forge, Longwood Gardens and Independence Mall. “Having these distinguished cruise lines visit the port offers us another opportunity to showcase to the community and prospective cruisers the depth of our offerings, said John J. Matheussen, CEO of the Delaware River Port Authority, the parent agency of the Port of Philadelphia and Camden For information on cruising from Philadelphia or special pre- and post-cruise packages, visit www.cruisephilly.com or call (856) 968-2052. For more information about travel to Philadelphia, call the new Independence Visitor Center, located in Independence National Historical Park, at (800) 537-7676, or visit www.gophila.com. The Philadelphia Cruise Terminal is operated by the Port of Philadelphia and Camden, a department of the Delaware River Port Authority. DRPA also owns and operates the Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross bridges, PATCO, and the RiverLink Ferry.

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