Travel Briefs

Norwegian Coastal Voyage has reduced the rates on its air-inclusive 19-day NCV Expedition Voyages to Antarctica and the Chilean fjords, including 15 days aboard the 464-berth MS Nordnorge, between Nov. 3, 2004, and Feb. 9, 2005.

The biggest reductions apply to large outside ship cabins and suites and coincide with holiday periods. In 2004, cabins are $4,445 to $5,630 and suites $6,385 to $7,135. In 2005 the rates increase to $4,775 to $5,875 for cabins and $6,940 to $7,445 for suites...

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In 2004, Go Barging’s newly renovated, 12-passenger hotel-barge L’Impression­niste, sister ship to La Belle Époque, will cruise on a unique itinerary in the Provence region of France, taking in six waterways, including rivers, canals and lakes.

The cruise begins in Avignon and heads down the Rhône to Arles (with exploration of the Roman Arena and more). Moving on to the Canal de Rhône à Sete, a stop is made at the medieval walled city of Aigues Mortes.

The barge then meanders...

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Norwegian Cruise Line announced that it will keep the SuperStar Leo in its fleet, rename it “Norwegian Spirit” and operate it in the Alaska and Caribbean areas. Its sister line, Star Cruises, will operate NCL’s 15-year-old Norwegian Sea. Star Cruises’ plan is to send NCL’s mid-size, middle-age ships to Star’s fleet in Asia.

When the “Pride of America” and two more ships are completed, NCL will have seven new ships. By 2010, NCL plans to divest itself of all the ships that it owned...

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The “Best of Barbados” program, available through June 30 and from Sept. 7 to Nov. 30, 2004, offers a true savings of approximately $600 per couple by providing the following:

• one night free when staying seven nights or longer at participating non-all-inclusive properties (average savings of $150 per couple) or one night free when staying five nights or longer at participating all-inclusive properties (average savings of $300);

• complimentary full breakfast served daily for...

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The 39th annual Carriacou Regatta will take place July 25-Aug. 2, 2004. The most southerly of the Grenadines, Carriacou is the largest of the chain of islands between Grenada and St. Vincent. The festival is a salute to its sister island of Grenada’s art of boatbuilding, handed down by Irish and Scottish ancestors.

Race events focus mainly on the locally built “workboats,” ranging from 14 to 35 feet in length. Onshore festivities include the Miss Aquaval Queen Show, a donkey race,...

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Seaborne Airlines, based in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Road Town Fast Ferry, based in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, now offer a high-speed, 2-hour connection between St. Croix and Tortola.

The “Road Town Connection” package includes a Seaborne flight from St. Croix to St. Thomas and a 50-minute ferry ride to Road Town, Tortola, for $150 round trip.

Departures from St. Croix are at 7:15 and 11:15 a.m. and 3 p.m.; return trips leave Tortola at 7 and 10 a.m. and...

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Cruise passengers arriving at St. Kitts’ Port Zante pier will see an 8-foot-tall column that has a welcome message on one side and, on the other, an invitation to return and use Freestay Coins. St. Kitts is one of eight islands participating in the Freestay Caribbean Coin program, geared to encourage visitors to return and stay over.

The coins — and each island has its own coin design — entitle the bearer to discounts at shops, hotels, restaurants and attractions. The St. Kitts coins...

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Hidden behind closed doors for over two centuries, the Royal Academy’s suite of Fine Rooms has been restored to its Neo-Palladian glory and in March opened to the public for the first time.

On the first floor of Burlington House in London’s Piccadilly, the suite displays art treasures built up by the foundation since 1768. It includes paintings by Reynolds, Gainsborough, Constable, Spencer and David Hockney as well as Michelangelo’s marble sculpture “Taddei Tondo.”

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