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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.]
December 27, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Spend 14 days visiting historic cities in Germany and the Netherlands on a tour that combines a Rhine River cruise with a motor-coach tour, starting at $2,099 a person. Whether on water or land, there are lots of stops on this trip -- and lots of history too.  The excursion begins with a tour of Berlin then heads to Potsdam, Netherlands, to see the 18th century Sanssouci Castle and other sites. Travelers then are to continue on to Dresden, Weimar and Frankfurt in Germany before boarding the MS Allegra . Guests are scheduled to spend eight days on the small ship during an out-and-back cruise on the Rhine, stopping at Bonn, Cologne and Dusseldorf in Germany and Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Nijmegen in the Netherlands before heading back to Frankfurt.
January 29, 2012
Get insider knowledge on all things cruising before you set sail. Name: What it does: Master cruise counselor and cruise travel agent Chris Owen and team share their behind-the-scenes knowledge of cruise vacations. A great blend of industry news and what-to-expect consumer trip info. What's hot: I think the SeaLog is fantastic for getting a detailed look at a cruise. You can subscribe (free) to get the news as soon as it's published, and you can read collections of blog posts about previous trips.
July 17, 2012 | By Todd Martens
Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, Girl Talk and Sleigh Bells are among the acts slated to play the first-ever Coachella-branded cruise. Officially dubbed the S.S. Coachella, the self-proclaimed music festival at sea will feature 20-plus acts over two December trips, one to the Bahamas and one to Jamaica. Each leg will depart from  Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The cruise represents the first time promoter Goldenvoice has used the Coachella name for a concert event outside its yearly festival in the desert city of Indio.
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