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May 12, 2002
The first column I look for in the Los Angeles Times every other week is the Slater and Basch cruise reviews. They are well written and informative. I also realize they are guests of the cruise lines. However, their review of the Star Princess was way off base ("Princess' Star Ship Enterprise Makes Massive Just Seem--Big," May 5). I also was on the March 16 sailing. I have taken 29 cruises, and I can honestly say I never heard so many complaints from fellow passengers. The Times has an obligation to have their reporters and writers present a fair, unbiased picture.
February 26, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A highly contagious virus sickened more than 100 passengers on a Holland America cruise ship that returned to San Diego on Monday from a 10-day trip to Mexico. A spokesman for the cruise line said passengers first showed signs of the virus six days into the trip. The virus causes nausea, vomiting and diarrhea and lasts 24 to 48 hours. The virus sickened 104 passengers and six crew members. The Ryndam ship was carrying 1,226 passengers and 556 crew members. It visited several ports in Mexico's Sea of Cortez.
March 30, 1997
I've saved my money, the little I have, to take my sister and me on a week cruise in June. But I have given it up as I have called so many travel agents and gotten so many lines from them, plus prices are high in June. I can only get the bottom of the ship, inside cabin; there are high port charges; and some agents never called back. Yet I look in your paper and see all these cheap deals. I can't get any of them, and I've called them all. I guess I'll take my sister camping for free.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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