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November 04, 2005

62 Night "Grand Circle South America" 2006

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62 Night "Grand Circle South America" 2006

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL (November 2, 2005) - A kaleidoscope of thrilling images and adventures await guests of the Seven Seas Mariner's "Grand Circle South America"

Jean-Michel Cousteau and His Ocean Futures Society To Guest Lecture On Four Combinable Segments of 12 - 20 Nights " voyage departing Ft. Lauderdale January 10, 2006, on a roundtrip 62-night journey - which is also available in four 12- to 20-night combinable segments. Aboard and ashore, the all balcony-suite Seven Seas Mariner's six-star luxury experience will be enhanced by a series of enrichment programs with famed ocean explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau and his Ocean Futures Society experts, plus a selection of new "Concierge Choice" shore excursions.

From a captivating photo tour to heart-pumping "flight-seeing" over the Falklands to sultry samba and tango lessons, "Concierge Choice" excursions are tailored to a variety of popular interests, offering guests the opportunity to go beyond traditional land and city tours and explore South America in greater depth. Available to a limited number of participants, groups are kept intimate to ensure personalized experiences.

Sizzling South America

The 700-guest Seven Seas Mariner begins her tropical exploration of South America on January 10 with a 12-night voyage from Ft. Lauderdale to Manaus (onboard overnight), calling at St. Barts; Dominica; Barbados; Devil's Island (French Guiana); Macapa, Alter Do Chao and Parintins (Brazil). On this segment, the "Concierge Choice" "Capture Barbados Photo Tour" invites guests to see the Caribbean through the eyes of renowned Barbadian photographer Ronnie Carrington as he leads photo pros and novices alike across the island, through quaint villages and into "Scotland District" in search of the perfect picture.

From the depths of the rural Amazon River basin to three of South America's most cosmopolitan cities, the Seven Seas Mariner's 17-night January 22 voyage from Manaus (overnight) to Buenos Aires (overnight) features the best of both worlds. A bevy of shoreside choices are available throughout this sailing reaching Boca de Valeria, Santarem, Fortaleaza and Salvador de Bahia (Brazil); Punta Del Este and Montevideo (Uruguay).

In Rio de Janeiro, guests can explore "Lesser Known Rio and its Favelas," some 550 mysterious steep hillside communities; or learn the seductive samba at the city's most famous dance classroom during "Samba Lessons and Sights of Rio." "Concierge Choice" options also include a drive to UNESCO-protected "Colonia del Sacramento" in the Uruguayan countryside; and a journey back in time through the life of Argentina's first lady Eva "Evita" Peron with the ¿Evita!¿ tour. In Buenos Aires, enjoy a rare opportunity to ride at "El Retiro Polo Club and School" with a chance to assist in a formal polo match; or feel the rhythm of the night through expressive dance with "Tango! Tango! and Lesson."

Encounter the true "Deep South" aboard the Seven Seas Mariner's February 8, 20-night voyage from Buenos Aires (overnight) to Lima, calling at West Point Island, Port Stanley (Falkland Islands); Ushuaia (Argentina); Punta Arenas (overnight), Puerto Chacabuco, Puerto Montt, Valparaíso (Santiago) and Coquimbo (Chile); and Pisco (Peru). Enjoy nature in its purest form with the "Sea Lion Helicopter Experience;" or travel around Stanley like royalty with "The Governor's Taxi" tour, escorted in a restored burgundy London Cab used by dignitaries. And the "Tololo Observatory and Elqui Valley" excursion offers breathtaking views at the Southern Hemisphere's largest astronomical observatory (6,000 feet above sea level).

On February 28, the last "Grand Circle South America" segment departs Lima (overnight) for Ft. Lauderdale on a 13-night sailing calling at Salaverry (Peru); Manta (Ecuador); Fuerte Amador, Gatún Yacht Club (Panama); Puerto Limón (Costa Rica); Santo Tomás de Castilla (Guatemala); and Belize City (Belize). "Concierge Choice" options include a day flight to Quito to explore ancient Incan treasures during "Art Galleries Tour and Lunch;" plus the chance to visit the only wildlife refuge devoted to the enigmatic sloth during the "Sloth Sanctuary and Canoe Ride" excursion.

The four-segment South America sailing will also feature environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau, who is scheduled to sail the Amazon, the Falklands and the Chilean Fjords. Cousteau, along with associates from his Ocean Futures Society, will share his broad knowledge of this colorful, diverse continent through onboard enrichment programs and a range of captivating shore excursions.

Per person prices for the 12-night January 10 voyage start at $4,946; the January 2217-night segment starts at $7,796; the 20-night February 8 segment starts at $8,921; and the 13-night February 28 segment starts at $5,396. Complimentary wine with dinner, an in-suite bar set-up upon embarkation, and all shipboard gratuities are included.

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