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August 31, 2004

C.L.I.A. - Cruise News


New York - Ever wonder what it would be like to retrace the steps of Christopher Columbus? To enjoy culinary masterpieces inspired by classic movies? To visit unique destinations and ports of call? Or simply to spend nine consecutive days sailing across the ocean doing nothing but relaxing, being pampered and spending time with your companion, friends or family?

Here‚??s your chance. With itineraries that seamlessly combine leisurely days at sea with bustling port calls in out-of-the-way places, this year‚??s fall repositioning cruise itineraries offer intrepid travelers ‚??the chance to do something that falls squarely outside the boundaries of the ordinary,‚?Ě said Terry L. Dale, president and CEO of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the nonprofit association representing the North American cruise industry and nearly 16,000 travel agencies.

‚??These cruises are what history and legends are made of, and they‚??ll make for great conversation back at the water cooler, on the golf course or at the next family gathering,‚?Ě Dale said.

CLIA-member cruise lines are offering these fall repositioning cruises in 2004:

Two Carnival Cruise Lines‚?? vessels will embark on 15-day Panama Canal crossings as they head for opposite American coasts. Paradise departs Miami Sept. 5 on a repositioning voyage to Long Beach, Calif., calling at Aruba, Puntarenas, Acapulco, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas along the way. The Ecstasy departs Long Beach on Sept. 17 en route to Miami. Featured ports on this voyage include Acapulco, Puntarenas, Aruba and Ocho Rios.

Celebrity Cruises offers five repositioning itineraries this fall, ranging in length from 9 to 14 nights. Galaxy‚??s Sept. 3 transatlantic crossing from Rome features calls in Nice and Monte Carlo, France; Malaga, Spain; Gibraltar, UK; Lisbon, Portugal; and Ponta Delgada, Azores, before docking in Baltimore. Another transatlantic cruise sails from Dover, England to New York; while three cruises out of Vancouver take passengers to Honolulu, San Francisco or San Diego.

Costa Cruises offers two 17-night transatlantic voyages from Genoa, Italy to Fort Lauderdale, with departure dates of Nov. 4 for Costa Atlantica and Dec. 7 for Costa Mediterranea. Both cruises feature a stop in St. Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, and several days at sea. Costa Atlantica also stops at Barcelona; Barbados; St. Lucia; Antigua; Tortola; and San Juan, while Costa Mediterranea visits Gibraltar, U.K.; Martinique, St. Maarten; Catalina Island/Casa de Camp; and Freeport in the Bahamas.

Crystal Cruises mixes educational opportunities with R & R aboard Crystal Harmony, which repositions from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale on Oct. 8. The cruise intermingles port calls in San Diego; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Aruba, Dutch West Indies; and St. Thomas/Charlotte Amalie, U.S.V.I., with seminars on mutual funds analysis, personal income tax, successful retirement planning, Tai Chi, yoga, heart health, healthy aging, alternative medicine and CPR.

Holland America Line‚??s Zaandam, Oosterdam, Veendam and Volendam offer Panama Canal crossings of 11 to 18 days from Vancouver, Seattle and California and Mexico getaways and sail to various ports in Florida. Additionally, Rotterdam, Prinsendam and Westerdam offer transatlantic cruises of 11 to 17 days. Westerdam, for example, sails Nov. 12 from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale, with port calls in Tarragona, Gibraltar, Spain, Morocco, Madeira, Canary Islands, St. Maarten and the Bahamas.

MSC Cruises‚?? new MSC Opera, departs Genoa, Italy Nov. 15 on its inaugural transatlantic voyage. In addition to five days on the Atlantic, the 17-night itinerary includes port calls at Barcelona, Casablanca, Funchal, Barbados, Antigua, Tortola, St. Maarten and Nassau before the ship arrives at its new winter home in Fort Lauderdale, where it begins its first season of Caribbean cruises.

Norwegian Cruise Line features a 15-day Panama Canal sailing on the Norwegian Sun. The vessel departs Oct. 1 from Los Angeles to Miami and calls at Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Zihuatanejo and Acapulco, Mexico; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; and Oranjestad, Aruba. The itinerary also includes a transit of the Panama Canal and seven sea days. The Norwegian Dream offers a 15-day transatlantic sailing departing Sept. 22 from London (Dover), England to Miami featuring stops at Paris, France; La Coruna, Spain; and Lisbon and Funchal, Portugal.

Oceania Cruises offers two 10-day transatlantic voyages from Lisbon that are reminiscent of the ‚??Golden Age of Cruising.‚?Ě Insignia departs for Bridgetown, Barbados on Nov. 13, with a day at sea followed by a call in Madeira, Portugal, before continuing on for six full days at sea and a port call in Castries, St. Lucia. Regatta departs for Miami on Nov. 3, and spends nine days crossing the Atlantic.

Princess Cruises features four Panama Canal crossings, including a 15-day cruise on the Coral Princess departing Sept. 28 from San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale and a 15-day sailing departing Sept. 19 from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale on the Dawn Princess. Also offered are two transatlantic sailings, Grand Princess from Copenhagen to New York departing Aug. 27, and Star Princess departing Venice on Oct. 7 for a 17-day voyage to Fort Lauderdale.

Radisson Seven Seas Cruises offers ‚??Spotlight on Big Bands‚?Ě aboard Seven Seas Voyager and ‚??Spotlight on the Movies‚?Ě aboard Seven Seas Mariner. Leaving Barcelona Nov. 21, the Big Bands voyage to Fort Lauderdale recreates nostalgic cruises of the past, complete with dancing under the stars to live music from the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Aboard Seven Seas Mariner, sailing from Tokyo to Los Angeles on Oct. 18, guests are treated to movie screenings, conversations with Hollywood insiders, and menus inspired by classics like ‚??Babette‚??s Feast.‚?Ě

Royal Caribbean International offers 14 fall repositioning cruises, including an 11-night voyage aboard Radiance of the Seas, departing Vancouver Sept. 25 and spending several days at sea before making port calls in Hilo and Kailua Kona in Hawaii; Nawiliwili, Kauai; Lahaina, Maui; and Honolulu. A 10-night transatlantic cruise aboard Jewel of the Seas takes passengers from Harwich, England to Boston, Mass., with port calls in Paris (Le Havre), France; Plymouth, England; Cork, Ireland; and Portland, Maine.

Silversea Cruises‚?? Silver Cloud features an ‚??Echoes of Ancient Civilizations‚?Ě repositioning cruise which departs Port Said, Egypt Oct. 23 and cruises the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea, with calls in Sharm El Sheikh and Safaga, Egypt; Aqaba, Jordan; and Muscat, Oman. Silver Wind‚??s ‚??In the Wake of Columbus‚?Ě sailing departs Barcelona Oct. 20 en route to Barbados, with calls in Cadiz, Spain; Casablanca, Morocco; the Canary Islands; and the Cape Verde Islands.

The Yachts of Seabourn offers a 13-day Great American Food & Wine Festival cruise from New York to Nassau, departing Oct. 17. Highlights include cooking demonstrations by noted chefs Charlie Palmer of Aureole in New York and Las Vegas, and Robbin Haas of Miami‚??s Latin-flavored Chispa, plus port calls to cities with culinary traditions and vibrant cooking scenes, among them Newport, RI; Philadelphia; Baltimore; Washington, D.C.; Williamsburg, Va.; Charleston, S.C.; and Amelia Island and Port Canaveral, Fla

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