Tuesday, August 10, 2004

QUENCHING REPO THIRST: With itineraries often combining leisurely days at sea and lesser-known ports, a long -- make that very long -- list of fall repositionings provides escape from life's hum-drum. Two Carnival ships embark on 15-day Panama Canal crossings for opposite American coasts. Paradise leaves Miami's Port of Miami Sept. 5, repositioning to Long Beach, calling at Aruba, Puntarenas, Acapulco, Mazatlan and Los Cabos. Ecstasy departs Long Beach on Sept. 17 en route to Miami's Port of Miami, calling in Acapulco, Puntarenas, Aruba and Ocho Rios. Celebrity's quintet of repositionings range from 9 to 14 nights. Galaxy’s Sept. 3 transatlantic from Rome calls in Nice and Monte Carlo, Malaga, Gibraltar, Lisbon and Ponta Delgada, before docking in Baltimore. Another sails from Dover to New York, while three cruises out of Vancouver head for Honolulu, San Francisco, or San Diego. Costa sails two 17-night transatlantics from Genoa to Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades, with departure dates of Nov. 4 for CostaAtlantica and Dec. 7 for CostaMediterranea. Both ships feature a stop in St. Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, several days at sea and other ports. Crystal mixes R&R with readin’, writin’ and ‘rithmetic aboard Crystal Harmony, moving from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades on Oct. 8., calling in San Diego, Los Cabos, Puntarenas, Aruba and St. Thomas with seminars on mutual fund analysis, retirement planning, Tai Chi, yoga, heart health, alternative medicine and CPR. Holland America’s Zaandam, Oosterdam, Veendam and Volendam sail the Panama Canal from Vancouver, Seattle, California and Mexico, heading to various Florida ports. Rotterdam, Prinsendam and Westerdam sail transatlantics of 11 to 17 days. MSC's new MSC Opera, departs Genoa on Nov. 15 on a 17-night inaugural transatlantic, and calls in Barcelona, Casablanca, Funchal, Barbados, Antigua, Tortola, St. Maarten and Nassau before docking in Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades for a Caribbean season. NCL's 15-day Panama Canal transit on Norwegian Sun departs Oct. 1 from Los Angeles for Miami's Port of Miami with seven days at sea, calling at Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Zihuatanejo and Acapulco, Puntarenas and Oranjestad. Norwegian Dream's 15-day transatlantic to Miami's Port of Miami departs Sept. 22 from Dover, calling in France, Spain and Portugal. Oceania's two 10-day transatlantics from Lisbon reflect the “Golden Age of Cruising.” Insignia departs for Barbados on Nov. 13, with a day at sea followed by a call in Madeira, six full days at sea and a call in St. Lucia. Regatta departs for Miami's Port of Miami on Nov. 3, with nine days at sea. Princess sails four Panama Canal crossings, including a 15-day journey on Coral Princess departing Sept. 28 from San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades, while Dawn Princess's 15-day sailing departs Sept. 19 from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades. Grand Princess leaves Copenhagen for New York starting Aug. 27, and Star Princess departs Venice on Oct. 7 for a 17-day voyage to Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades. Radisson Seven SeasSeven Seas Voyager departs Barcelona for Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades on Nov. 1 with a Spotlight on Big Bands. Seven Seas Mariner, sailing from Tokyo to Los Angeles on Oct. 18, features Spotlight on Movies, with screenings, conversations with Hollywood insiders and menus inspired by classics like Babette’s Feast. Royal Caribbean’s 14 fall repositionings include an 11-night voyage aboard Radiance of the Seas, departing Vancouver Sept. 25 and calling in Hilo and Kailua Kona, Kauai, Maui and Honolulu. A 10-night transatlantic aboard Jewel of the Seas sails from England to Boston, calling at Le Havre, Plymouth, Cork and Portland, Maine. Silversea's Silver Cloud’s Echoes of Ancient Civilizations repositioning departs Port Said on Oct. 23, cruising the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea, with calls in Sharm El Sheikh and Safaga, Aqaba and Muscat. Silver Wind’s In the Wake of Columbus departs Barcelona Oct. 20 en route to Barbados, with calls in Cadiz, Casablanca and the Canary and Cape Verde islands. Seabourn touts a 13-day Great American Food & Wine Festival cruise from New York to Nassau, departing Oct. 17, with chef demos by Charlie Palmer of Aureole in New York and Las Vegas, and Robbin Haas of Miami’s Chispa.

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