Voyage scheduled 15 departures this spring and summer of
air-inclusive NCV Escorted Vacations.
Cruise-tours in 13- to 18-day lengths offer sailing along the
coast of Norway on one of the line's three Millennium ships: the
Finnmarken, the Trollfjord or the Midnatsol.
The cruise-tours provide SAS flights from New York, plus a
one-way or a roundtrip coastal voyage between Bergen and Kirkenes;
extensive sightseeing in Lapland and/or the fjord region, Oslo and
Bergen; first-class hotels; most meals; tour director and local
guides; all transportation in Norway; and air taxes and port
NCV said an AARP year-round member discount of $100 to $150 per
cabin can be combined with a senior savings of $95 to $170 per
person for passengers ages 67 and older for cruises in May, August
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Carnival Cruise Lines highlighted two upcoming
theme cruises. Tai chi, yoga, nutrition techniques and "spiritual
fitness" are just a couple of the offerings planned for the Oct. 9
weeklong Mind/Body Cruise on the Carnival Triumph.
Meanwhile, the line said it will continue its Rusty Wallace
Cruise series, which includes opportunities to meet the Nascar
driver, with a Dec. 5 cruise onboard the Carnival Conquest.
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Holland America Line extended its "View and
Verandah" promotion through April 30 and added sailing dates as
late as January to the promotion.
"View and Verandah" provides up to 10-category upgrades -- which
would move passengers from an inside cabin to an outside cabin --
on cruise or cruise-tour bookings made through the end of April.
The line said upgrades are available on ships in all
Travel agents making a booking in an outside category or higher
stateroom by the end of April, meanwhile, will receive a Holland
America Line scratch card good for a chance to win one of 2,000
prizes, ranging from bonus commissions to a free cruise. The grand
prize is a 12-day Europe cruise on the Westerdam, which will launch
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Oceania Cruises added new names to its onboard
lecture program, which is part of the line's Oceania Cruises
Enrichment Series. Among the lecturers Oceania will host are
comedian Bud Friedman, March 29 on the Regatta; Bill Press, former
co-host of CNN's Crossfire and MSNBC's Buchanan and Press, on the
Regatta May 8; CBS sportscaster Verne Lundquist, on the Insignia
May 17; military historian Brig. Gen. Stanley Ulanoff, May 31 on
the Insignia; David McCullough, author and historian, on the
Insignia July 22; and celebrity chef (and the line's culinary
director) Jacques Pepin, on the Regatta Aug. 24.
On his hosted cruise, Pepin will lead the line's first Culinary
Arts Festival at Sea cruise, for which Pepin and his guest,
Jean-Claude Szurdak, will create signature menus in the dining
rooms and offer culinary demonstrations during the day.
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Seabourn rolled out a list of onboard
"celebrity guests" who will sail on the line's three ships this
summer. Among this year's celebrities are: Michael Tucker and Jill
Eikenberry (Legend, April 18), a husband-and-wife acting team;
artist Giancarlo Impiglia (Pride, May 7); Michelle Phillips
(Legend, June 27 and July 4), part of the '60s band the Mamas &
the Papas; Alex Trebek (Pride, July 18), host of "Jeopardy"; Star
Jones (Legend, Aug. 22), a lawyer and part of ABC's "The View"; and
Arnold Palmer (Pride, Nov. 14), professional golfer and golf course
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