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December 22, 2013 | By Catherine Watson
The trans-Atlantic eclipse voyage was organized by Betchart Expeditions ([800] 252-4910, http://www.betchartexpeditions.com ), a California-based company specializing in science-oriented travel. It offers about two dozen science-themed trips a year to destinations around the globe. I'd traveled with Betchart once before, on a trip to Antarctica 20 years earlier, and I trusted the company, the intellectually oriented clientele its trips attract and the experts it chooses for daily lectures.
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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.
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November 20, 1992 | MAIA DAVIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A middle-aged Russian journalist set out last year with the dream of sailing the world under the same conditions and hardships as explorers 200 years ago. He got his wish. Michael Poboronchuk, 43, is leading an expedition of three small wooden boats that set sail from Vladivostok, Russia, last June and docked in Ventura Harbor this week.
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April 10, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - The Kaufmans are again defending their decision to attempt a round-the-world sailing venture with their two young children - a voyage that ended with the family being rescued hundreds of miles at sea when 1-year-old Lyra became sick. In Twitter messages Thursday, Charlotte Kaufman and her husband, Eric, said they "have been happy with the maritime life we have been able to share with our daughters.  ... Children have been sailing on boats for a long time and the modern cruising family dates back several decades.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 1985 | SYLVIE DRAKE, Times Theater Writer
Ron Sossi is not a timid man. Where others undertake cautionary theater, he is willing to pursue an idea. Nine years ago it was "The Adolf Hitler Show," an imperfect but intriguing stitching of imaginary politics. Six years ago it was "The Chicago Conspiracy Trial," blustery theater of compressed fact. Three years ago he offered "Mary Barnes," a graphic excursion into psychological disorder.
SPORTS
December 14, 2009 | By Pete Thomas
Abby Sunderland is bundled in foul-weather gear at the tiller of the 40-foot racing yacht Wild Eyes as it grudgingly navigates chaotic swells on a northward trudge against a bone-chilling head wind along the Baja California coast. But as long hours pass into even worse conditions, there are no complaints from the 16-year-old from Thousand Oaks, who knows this is paradise compared with what she'll soon face much farther from home and in far more turbulent seas. If this has a familiar tone, it's understandable.
SPORTS
May 4, 1989
French yachtsman Olivier de Kersauzon sailed into Brest, France, 125 days and 19 hours after his departure, claiming a record for the fastest solo sailing voyage around the world.
SPORTS
April 21, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
French yachtsman Bruno Peyron and a four-man crew crossed the finish line after sailing the world in a record-smashing 79-day voyage aboard the 86-foot catamaran, Commodore Explorer. The previous record was 109 days.
SPORTS
March 22, 1986
Gene Wojciechowski describes Dieter Brock's year with the Rams as "so-so." One can only compare it with the so-so maiden voyage of the Titanic. RICHARD W. POWELL Malibu
NEWS
October 23, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
The replica ship Godspeed, plagued by ill winds and mishaps, ended a six-month voyage from England today--recreating the trip of the New World's first permanent settlers who made the trip a month faster. A crowd of more than 200 people cheered and clapped when the 68-foot wooden square-rigger was towed to the dock at Jamestown Festival Park, completing its reenactment of the 1607 voyage that brought the first permanent English settlers to the New World.
TRAVEL
April 6, 2014 | By Jen Leo
Here's the latest trip-planning website that can help you craft your own guidebook. Name: http://www.BonVoyaging.com What it does: It's a Web bookmarking tool that lets you collect and store your travel itineraries, complete with maps and the ability to download and share. Cost: Free What's hot: This website has two things that will keep me coming back: its beautiful, design-friendly layout, and the ability to print out a PDF of my itinerary. I love being able to access my travel plans from my smartphone or tablet, as well as sharing with my friends on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, but I'm still a paper girl at heart.
OPINION
February 18, 2014 | By Edward C. Stone
The Voyager 1 spacecraft is the first human-made object to venture into interstellar space. Even if defined only by distance, the NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory twin Voyagers are America's greatest space adventure. They've been flying successfully for more than 36 years and are billions of miles from home. What isn't widely known is that they almost never made it out there. The first proposed mission in the late 1960s was for four spacecraft to take advantage of a rare alignment of the four outer planets of the solar system; Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune would all be on the same side of the sun. However, in December 1971, NASA decided it couldn't afford the $1-billion price tag for a 12-year "grand tour" mission with four spacecraft.
TRAVEL
December 22, 2013 | By Catherine Watson
The trans-Atlantic eclipse voyage was organized by Betchart Expeditions ([800] 252-4910, http://www.betchartexpeditions.com ), a California-based company specializing in science-oriented travel. It offers about two dozen science-themed trips a year to destinations around the globe. I'd traveled with Betchart once before, on a trip to Antarctica 20 years earlier, and I trusted the company, the intellectually oriented clientele its trips attract and the experts it chooses for daily lectures.
NEWS
November 21, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Travel through time to Alaska's Gold Rush era on a coastal steamer where  crew members, dressed in period costumes, describe events of 1898. A diverse cast of characters, from cannery workers to shipping magnates, talks about the 19th century free-for-all on the steamship cruise between Juneau and Ketchikan. Seattle-based Un-Cruise Adventures hosts Alaska's Golden History cruises, which blend the state's dramatic landscape of glaciers and mountains with living history skits and presentations.
OPINION
October 13, 2013 | By Joyce Appleby
The day in 1492 when Columbus ran into a cluster of islands blocking his way to India is celebrated throughout Latin America and in Spain. It is now fixed in the United States as the second Monday in October, and Americans too have long commemorated the event, both embracing and vilifying the explorer. Irish and Italian immigrants proudly pointed to Columbus' Roman Catholic religion to fight the prejudice they experienced in their adopted country, and in 1882, they founded the Knights of Columbus, now the world's largest Catholic service organization.
OPINION
September 14, 2013
Re "NASA confirms Voyager milestone," Sept. 13 Iread of Voyager 1 leaving our solar system with more excitement, pride and soaring emotion than I had expected. I'm a retired teacher, and I remember the excitement that Voyager 1 stirred when it was launched in 1977. It was proof of American ingenuity, a measure of our national resolve to be first in everything we tried to accomplish. My students' imaginations were fired up by America's achievements in space. In fact, two of them went on to earn seats on space shuttle missions.
TRAVEL
January 24, 2011
Fares for Queen Elizabeth cruises range from $1,195 for an inside stateroom on a five-night voyage to $199,995 for the top Queens Grill suite on the 107-night world voyage that will depart Jan. 10, 2012, from Southampton, England. These fares are per person, based on double occupancy, and do not include taxes and fuel supplements. The ship, which left Jan. 5 from Southampton on its maiden world voyage, will call at San Pedro on Saturday, embarking on a 24-night voyage to Sydney, Australia, with ports of call including Hawaii, and on to Southeast Asia, India, Egypt and southern Europe, returning to Southampton on April 19. The Queen Elizabeth will sail in Europe, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean during the year and will make a maiden voyage to the Holy Land, from Southampton on Oct. 28, calling at Jerusalem and Galilee/Nazareth as well as Gibraltar, Egypt, Cyprus and Greece.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2009
I could have been reading my own thoughts when I saw your appeal to Disney to rethink the decision to drop "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" ["Disney, Take That Narnia 'Voyage,' " by Mary McNamara, Jan. 1]. "Dawn Treader" was hands-down my favorite book of the series -- the one that I read and reread. Disney, if you're paying attention to your fans -- the ones who saw "Prince Caspian" three times and are eagerly awaiting the next installment -- please help get this film made! Elaine Johnson Lancaster
SCIENCE
September 13, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
You can't spot Voyager 1 as it leaves the solar system's heliosphere, but the National Radio Astronomy Observatory can, and did it just for kicks. Well maybe not for kicks, but scientists were interested in how well their array of 10 radio telescopes, stretching from Hawaii to St. Croix, Virgin Islands, could plot the spacecraft, which is more than 11 billion miles from Earth. Usually, those instruments home in on the faint radio signals from quasars, black holes and the like. They also routinely track NASA's Cassini spacecraft, out around Saturn.
SCIENCE
September 12, 2013 | By Monte Morin, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
NASA confirmed Thursday that after 36 years of space travel and months of heated debate among scientists, Voyager 1 has indeed left our solar system and had entered interstellar space more than a year ago. "Voyager has boldly gone where no probe has gone before, marking one of the most significant technological achievements in the annals of the history of science," said John Grunsfeld, NASA's associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate....
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