Expedia.ca offers Canadians access to 'floating resort hotel' when the world comes to Vancouver in 2010

      - Expedia.ca announces partnership with Newwest Special Projects LP,
     allowing customers to stay aboard a luxury cruise ship in Vancouver in
                          February and March 2010 -

    TORONTO, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - Expedia.ca(TM) today announced an innovative
partnership with Newwest Special Projects LP allowing Canadians to reserve
rooms aboard Norwegian Star, a freestyle cruising ship, which will be docked
in Vancouver in February and March 2010, when the city is placed on the world
stage. Expedia.ca is the only full service online travel provider in Canada to
offer their customers this rare opportunity - giving international sports
enthusiasts exclusive access to the 'floating resort'.
    "We are thrilled to partner with Newwest to offer Canadians exclusive
access to a one-of-a-kind lodging experience," said Sean Shannon, Managing
Director of Expedia.ca. "This deluxe cruise ship stationed in Vancouver
Harbour gives Expedia.ca customers another option for accommodations as people
from all over the world visit Vancouver during February and March 2010."
    Norwegian Cruise Lines' Norwegian Star will be docked on Vancouver's
North Shore, across from renowned Stanley Park, just minutes from Lonsdale
Quay. With a high demand for hotel rooms in Vancouver in early 2010, guests
now have the option to reserve rooms on the Norwegian Star for as few as three
nights, or as many as 20 nights depending on the arrival and departure dates.
A combination of arrival and departure dates can help customers create the
stay that bests suits their needs:
    -  Arrivals are permitted on the following dates: February 10, 13, 16,
       20, 24, and 27, 2010
    -  Departures are permitted on the following dates: February 13, 16, 20,
       24, 27 and March 2, 2010

    Rooms are available for Expedia.ca customers to book now, with rates
starting at $769 CDN per room per night, including all meals (from 5 main
restaurants and from room service), based on double occupancy. Applicable
taxes and ship fees will also be charged at time of booking.
    "We could not ask for a better fit than Expedia.ca as our online travel
partner for visitors to book deluxe accommodations with us," says Dennis
Laliberte, president of Newwest. "Newwest has a history of offering
all-inclusive accommodation packages that bring Canadians to great
destinations, and we are pleased to be able to offer a totally unique
experience in Vancouver through Expedia.ca."
    By offering rooms aboard Norwegian Star, Expedia.ca and Newwest are
providing an innovative lodging solution for Canadians travelling to Vancouver
in February and March 2010. Customers who reserve rooms on the ship can visit
Vancouver in style, enjoying all of the meals, amenities, activities and
entertainment the ship offers, including 13 dining options with five main and
eight specialty restaurants; 12 bars and lounges; two pools and six hot tubs;
a full service spa; a 24-hour fitness center; return transfers from the
airport and shuttle services to the SeaBus - all while docked on the North
Shore. As an added bonus, reservations made on Expedia.ca by September 30 can
earn between $200-$2,200 USD onboard credit to spend per cabin, depending on
length of stay!
    For more information, please visit www.expedia.ca/vancouvership.
    Please note that prices are current as of today, August 20th, 2009.

    About Expedia.ca

    Expedia, Inc. operates Canada's most visited full-service online travel
service, Expedia.ca(TM). To help Canadians plan and purchase travel,
Expedia.ca provides the best combination of scheduled and charter flights, car
and hotel reservations, vacation packages, destination activities, cruises,
trip insurance and traveller-authored content. Expedia.ca customers are
supported by customer support agents available 24 hours a day, seven days a
week via a toll-free number and email response.
    Expedia.ca and the Airplane logo are either registered trademarks or
trademarks of Expedia, Inc. in Canada and/or other countries. Other logos or
product and company names mentioned herein may be the property of their
respective owners.
    (C) 2009 Expedia, Inc. All rights reserved.

    About Newwest Special Projects LP

    Newwest Special Projects LP provides discerning travellers with unique
travel experiences. Most recently, Newwest Special Projects LP has partnered
with Norwegian Cruise Line to offer the "ultimate port of call." Travelers can
experience the thrill of international sports competition in Vancouver while
staying aboard the luxurious Norwegian Star, which will be stationed in the
city's unforgettable harbour during February and March of 2010.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: For Expedia.ca: Stephanie
Marton/Melissa Legaspi, (416) 979-1120 x 314/272,
stephanie.marton@edelman.com/melissa.legaspi@edelman.com; For Newwest Special
Projects LP: Tara Knight, (604) 692-4229, tara.knight@hillandknowlton.ca

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