Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Oceania Scratches Libya ...

On Second Thought: Oceania Cruises has revamped its April 17, 2007 itinerary for Regatta, scheduled to stop in Libya. But no more. Because of that nation's unpredictable visa requirements for U.S. passport holders, the line decided not to risk disappointing passengers, instead re-theming the 10-day adventure as "Greco-Roman Revelations." The 684-passenger country club casual Regatta sails from Barcelona on April 17, calling in Italy, Spain and Greece, ending in Piraeus. Ports include Mahon in Spain's Balearic Islands, Sardinia's Porto Cervo, La Spezia (for Cinque Terre), Civitavecchia, Amalfi/Positano, Sicily's Taormina, Katakolon (for Olympia), Monemvasia (for the UNESCO World Heritage site of Epidaurus) and Crete's Aghios Nikolaos. Jacques P├ępin, executive culinary director, will design signature dinner menus for Regatta's four dining rooms. He'll also join pastry chef Jean-Claude Szurdak for culinary demos and epicurean excursions. With free air and cruise two-for-ones, fares start at equivalent of $2,299 per passenger. For details, call (800) 310-4983.

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