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April 21, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The "Biggest Loser" takes to the sea -- not for the NBC-TV show but for travelers who want health-minded workouts and workshops along with a Caribbean cruise. Celeb fitness trainer Bob Harper will give a keynote address, and former contestants in the weight-loss reality TV show will provide motivation during the seven-night Celebrity Eclipse cruise in November.  [ Corrected at 6:55 p.m. April 22: An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified the ship as the Celebrity Ecstasy.]
September 13, 1987 | SHIRLEY SLATER and HARRY BASCH, Slater and Basch are Los Angeles free-lance writers.
Even the late Noel Coward, the most urbane, unflappable cruise passenger one can imagine, spokesman for a whole generation of elegant and sophisticated travelers, might have been rendered speechless at what's afloat these days. On the decks he frequented there would have been no earphone-wearing joggers or aerobics classes, just stately promenaders (the kind who nod only after being properly introduced) or dozing readers wrapped in steamer blankets.
March 30, 2003
Hurray for Susan Spano ("A Shipshape Way to See Lake Michigan," Feb. 23) for finding American Canadian Caribbean Line, which we treasure. In 10 years, my husband and I have done eight ACCL cruises -- up and down the Intracoastal Waterway, the Panama Canel to Belize, to Chicago via the Erie Canal and Great Lakes. This year we plan two more. We keep in contact with many passengers we've met. It's great for the over-60 crowd. Jeanne B. Jones Palos Verdes Estates Send letters to Travel, L.A. Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; fax (213)
During the past five or six years, Cindy Kreide and David Odegard have taken nearly every boating class that Orange Coast College had to offer, but somehow never met. It wasn't until the OCC students journeyed north to Alaska that they finally ended up in the same boat--the Alaska Eagle. Kreide and Odegard met during the college's 1990 cruise from Ketchikan to Vancouver, B.C. And on March 21 in Newport Harbor, they'll board the Alaska Eagle once again--this time to be married.
April 26, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
If you want to be afraid, be very afraid, on your next vacation, check out the "Saw at Sea" summer cruise from New York City to Canada. The trip features actors who have appeared in the horror-film franchise, including  Costas Mandylor (Hoffman), Anne Greene (Dina) and Ned Bellamy (Jeff). Dan Yeager, who played Leatherface in “Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D,” also joins the "Saw" crew aboard ship. Even Jigsaw's creepy puppet Billy will be on board for photo ops. The film series started in 2004 and has seen the creation of six successfully scary movies, box-office wise.
February 24, 2002
Reflecting on the canal trip in Burgundy ("Do-It-Yourself Skippers in Burgundy," Feb. 3), I couldn't help but think that author Alan Solomon purposely set up the trip to be humorous and disastrous. No one would consider such a trip after reading it. Our fall 2000 trip down the Canal du Midi in the south of France was a little of that but not a failure, we thought. Some suggestions for a successful cruise: Have more than one couple (at least four people). Make sure you are compatible, and equally divide the duties.
April 10, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Virgin Vacations is cutting the price of two Danube River cruises by $1,000 per person for fall sailings. The October and November itineraries travel from Germany to Hungary while following the European river for a sampling of cities and towns.  The deal: Discounts apply to the 11-day Nov. 14 tour and cruise from Budapest , Hungary to Nuremberg, Germany. Participants spend two nights in Budapest before boarding the Sound of Music for seven nights. The ship has just 64 cabins, and the price includes meals, drinks and shore excursions.
April 22, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The 1939 sailing of the German ship the St. Louis -- popularized in the book and movie "Voyage of the Damned" -- was a painful precursor to the Holocaust. Now, 75 years later, a November cruise will recall some of that ill-fated trip. The hopes of the 937 Jewish refugees who boarded the St. Louis in Hamburg, Germany, to flee Hitler's Nazi regime were dashed when their plan to land in Cuba and await transport to the U.S. was denied. The U.S. also didn't allow them to enter, and the ship was sent back to Europe.
January 29, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
BAYONNE, N.J. - At first he thought it was the fish. Maurice Weizmann, a Montreal businessman on a Royal Caribbean cruise with his wife, started vomiting on the second night of the 10-day voyage after eating dinner and watching a show on the ship Explorer of the Seas. His wife did too. Soon they learned the reality: They were only two of hundreds of passengers sickened by an as-yet unidentified gastrointestinal illness that shortened their cruise by two days and created a floating sick bay on the high seas.
June 3, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Travel & Deal blogger
If you've ever wanted to try a Cunard Line cruise, autumn might be a good time to sail and save. For example, a 12-night cruise that includes Egypt and the Greek islands in November starts at less than $100 per night per person-- a great price for sampling this storied line. The deal: The "Egypt and Greek Isles" cruise departs from Athens, with stops in Turkey, Egypt, another Greek port and Croatia before arriving in Venice. The cheapest inside cabin starts at $891 per person, based on double occupancy.
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