Some Travel Ideas

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A few days ago I ran across a cruise that is priced so low it reminds one of the 1970s. MSC cruises will be repositioning their beautiful ship Lirica from Florida back to Europe, departing Fort Lauderdale, March 29, 2008. It will make calls at San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. John's, Antigua; Fort-de-France, Martinique; Funchal, Portugal; Vigo, Spain; Le Havre, France; and end at Dover, England. Seventeen nights of luxury, relaxation, interesting ports are priced from $1,399 per person for an ocean-view cabin. Government taxes are $58.50 p/p. An ocean-view single cabin is available at $2,099. The Lirica was built in 2004, is 59,000 tons, 824 ft. long and carries 1560 guests. If this looks interesting, don't wait to book, the ship will sell out quickly at these rates. Call Freighter World Cruises at 800-531-7774 and speak with Joycene. This ship is not a freighter; it is truly a lovely ship. MSC cruises is a division of an Italian container ship company with more than 19,000 employees. Presently they have eight cruise ships employed mostly in Europe, Africa and the Caribbean.

A new cruise line about to come on the scene is Azamara Cruises, which is a division of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Celebrity Cruises. Azamara has purchased two 30,000-ton, 700-passenger ships to be named Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest. These will be upscale ships with mostly ocean-view cabins, many with balconies. Dining will be open seating with a choice of three dining areas. Although true luxury will be provided, onboard attire will be country-club casual. Itineraries will feature Caribbean, Europe, Asia, South America, Panama Canal, and Antarctica. Later, a world cruise is planned.

Contact Cruise Port Travel at (928) 472-7878.

Travel ideas for around Arizona:

In Tombstone is the Western Music Festival Nov. 2-4, featuring performers on a covered wagon stage. See www.tombstonemusicfestival.com for more information.

Nov. 10-11 will be the 38th Annual Gem Show at Lake Havasu City. This show features exhibits and dealers of jewelry and gifts. Phone (928) 854-2503 for more information.

The 21st Annual London Bridge Seaplane Classic happens Nov 9-11 at Lake Havasu City. This classic is our area's premiere R/C float fly event. There will also be open air flying for radio-controlled model seaplanes and floatplanes. It will be held at the Windsor Beach State Park. There will be model planes, raffles, vendors and an awards dinner. Call (928) 855-1197 for information.

Nov. 8-11 is Wild West Days at Cave Creek. Golf tournament, arts and crafts, live music, a kids zone, a wild west show and a parade. Call (480) 437-1110 for information.

Nov. 10-11 is the Parker Rodeo State finals at the Western Park on Riverside. Call (928) 669-2174 for details.

There is a lot to do around our state, as well as activities in our town. I'll have more ideas next time.

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