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Cruising into spring and summer


© St. Petersburg Times, published March 11, 2001

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Warm weather brings an end to the winter schedule for many of the cruise ships that will reposition from the Caribbean and gulf to Alaska, the Mediterranean and other areas this spring and summer.

The following cruise lines offer departures from Florida ports and San Juan, Puerto Rico, through September. Check the accompanying chart for a quick reference to ports of call. For detailed information on cruises, contact the cruise lines and travel agents, as itineraries are subject to change and some cruises sell out quickly.

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AMERICAN CRUISE LINES, One Marine Park, Haddam, CT 06438, (800) 814-6880;

American Eagle (49 passengers) -- Ship's cabins feature outside verandas; cruise itineraries include seven-night Antebellum South cruises from Jacksonville to Charleston with stop in St. Simon's Island, Ga., through March and April; 14-night East Coast Inland Passage April 28 from Jacksonville to Baltimore with stops in Savannah and Charleston.

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AMERICAN CANADIAN CARIBBEAN LINE, 461 Water St., P.O. Box 368, Warren, RI 02885, toll-free 1-800-556-7450;

Grande Caribe (100 passengers)

Grand Mariner (100 passengers)

Ships sail East Coast Passage route from Florida to Rhode Island April 15 and 24, with stops in St. Augustine, Charleston, Baltimore and Norfolk.

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CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES, 3655 NW 87th Ave., Miami, FL 33178-2428; toll-free 1-800-CARNIVAL;

Carnival Destiny (2,642 passengers) -- Sails from San Juan to Aruba, St. Lucia in southern Caribbean cruises.

Ecstasy (2,052 passengers) -- Offers Bahamas and western Caribbean itineraries through April 30.

Fascination (2,052 passengers) -- Sails three-day and four-day western Caribbean cruises from Miami beginning May 4.

Fantasy (2,056 passengers) Sails three-day and four-day cruises to Bahamas year-round from Port Canaveral.

Holiday (1,452 passengers) -- New ship based in San Juan makes its debut with southern Caribbean cruises beginning June 2.

Imagination (2,052 passengers) -- Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios and Cancun among four-day and five-day Caribbean cruise stops.

Jubilee (1,486 passengers) -- Sails out of Tampa in western Caribbean itinerary that includes Key West.

Paradise (2,052 passengers) -- Smoke-free ship offers seven-day alternating eastern and western Caribbean cruises.

Sensation (2,052 passengers) -- Sails out of Tampa on western Caribbean cruise to Grand Cayman and Cozumel, continuing on to New Orleans.

Spirit (2,124 passengers) -- Newest ship makes repositioning cruise from Miami to Los Angeles April 29, with stops in Cartagena, Costa Rica and Cabo San Lucas.

Triumph (2,758 passengers) -- Sails eastern and western Caribbean from Miami. Caribbean ports include St. Thomas and St. Croix, and western ports of Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios throughout the year. Victory (2,758 passengers) -- Year-round seven-day Caribbean cruises from Miami.

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CELEBRITY CRUISES, 1050 Caribbean Way, Miami, FL 33132; toll-free 1-800-437-3111;

Century (1,750 passengers) -- Cruises the Caribbean year-round, with stops in Ocho Rios, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. Galaxy (1,870 passengers) -- Cruises Southern Caribbean through April, with trans-Atlantic crossing to Amsterdam May 5.

Horizon (1,354 passengers) -- San Juan to New York positioning, leaves April 19 with Bermuda among port stops.

Infinity (1,950 passengers) -- Celebrity's newest ship made its debut March 3, sails in southern Caribbean area in fall.

Mercury (1,870 passengers) -- Westbound positioning cruise to San Diego leaves April 16.

Millennium (1,950 passengers) -- New ship made its debut last year and sails western and eastern Caribbean through April 2001, then embarks on trans-Atlantic crossing to Barcelona on April 29.

Zenith (1,375 passengers) -- Sails the Caribbean through April 2, with stops in Tortola, Curacao and Grenada, then sails to New York April 21 from San Juan.

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CLIPPER CRUISE LINE, 7711 Bonhomme Ave., St. Louis, MO 63105-1956; toll-free 1-800-325-0010,

Nantucket Clipper (100 passengers) -- Sails eastern seaboard from Jacksonville to Charleston, stops include Jekyll Island and Savannah March 31; April 14 Colonial America cruise sails to Baltimore, with stops in Chesapeake Bay, Washington D.C.

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COSTA CRUISE LINES, 80 SW Eighth St., Miami, FL 33130-3097; toll-free 1-800-33-COSTA (brochures);

CostaAtlantica (2,114 passengers) -- New ship boasts Caribbean destinations that include St. Thomas, Casa de Campo (Dominican Republic) and Nassau through April 15. April 27 trans-Atlantic crossing stops in Baltimore, New York, Casablanca and Barcelona. CostaVictoria (1,928 passengers) -- April 22 trans-Atlantic positioning to Genoa, Italy, features stops in Marseilles, Malaga and the Canary Islands.

CRYSTAL CRUISES, 2049 Century Park East, Suite 1400, Los Angeles, CA 90067; toll-free 1-800-820-6663;

Crystal Harmony (940 passengers) -- Fort Lauderdale to Acapulco voyage leaves April 10, then doesn't sail in area until San Juan to Costa Rica cruise Oct. 21.

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CUNARD LINE, 6100 Blue Lagoon Drive, Suite 400, Miami, FL 33126; toll-free 1-800-7-CUNARD,

Caronia (668 passengers) -- Amazon Sojourn March 29 sails to St. Thomas and Bridgetown, Barbados, on its way to Manaus, Brazil. April 26 Southern Crossing positioning cruise sails to Hamburg, Germany.

Queen Elizabeth II (1,715 passengers) -- Sails from Fort Lauderdale April 22 on trans-Atlantic from New York, to Southampton, with stops in Madeira, Portugal and France.

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DISCOVERY CRUISES, 1775 NW 70th Ave., Miami, FL 33126; Florida toll-free 1-800-93-SHIPS (937-4477); national toll-free 1-800-866-8687;

Discovery Sun (1,150 passengers) -- One-day cruises or resort packages from Port Everglades to Freeport, Grand Bahama, daily.

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DISNEY CRUISE LINE, P.O. Box 10210, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830; toll-free 1-888-325-2500;

Ships leave Port Canaveral on three-day and four-day sailings to Nassau and Castaway Key, Disney's private island; cruises available either with or without Disney resort stay prior to cruise.

Disney Magic (1,750 passengers) -- Seven-day land and sea package or eastern Caribbean cruise only package includes stops in St. Maarten and St. Thomas, with excursions to St. John.

Disney Wonder (1,750 passengers) -- Four-day sailing with stops in Freeport and Castaway Key.

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HOLLAND AMERICA LINE, 300 Elliott Ave. W, Seattle, WA 98119, toll-free 1-800-426-0327 or toll-free 1-800-626-9900;

Amsterdam (1,380 passengers) -- Departs March 19 for Panama Canal and Costa Rica, then sails on 16-day trans-Atlantic cruise April 8 to Civitavecchia/Rome, itinerary stops include Casablanca, Gibraltar, Naples.

Maasdam (1,266 passengers) -- Eastern and western Caribbean cruises year-round.

Noordam (1,214 passengers) -- Sails eastern Caribbean ports in spring from Tampa, then makes trans-Atlantic Tampa to Lisbon cruise departing April 15, stops in Key West and the Azores.

Rotterdam (1,316 passengers) -- April 25 trans-Atlantic cruise sails to Barcelona, with port stops in the Azores and Malaga, Spain. Ryndam (1,266 passengers) -- April 18 positioning travels from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego on its way to Vancouver and Seattle.

Veendam (1,266 passengers) Volendam (1,440 passengers) April 16 spring cruise sails through Panama Canal on its way to Portland.

Westerdam (1,494 passengers) -- Spring Panama Canal positioning cruise leaves April 21 from Fort Lauderdale, to Los Angeles, and Vancouver, stops in Bahamas, Cartagena and Costa Rica.

Zaandam (1,440 passengers) -- Cruises April 13 from Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco positioning; includes Bahamas, Aruba and Costa Rica ports of call.

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IMPERIAL MAJESTY CRUISE LINE, 2900 Gateway Drive, Pompano Beach, FL 33069; toll-free 1-800-511-5737;

OceanBreeze (984 passengers) -- Two-night cruises to Nassau and Paradise Island in the Bahamas year-round from Port Everglades. Cruises depart every other day.

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MEDITERRANEAN SHIPPING CRUISES, 420 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10018; toll-free 1-800-666-9333;

Melody (1,076 passengers) -- Sails out of Fort Lauderdale to Caribbean destinations until its trans-Atlantic positioning to Genoa April 11, with stops in Guadeloupe, St. Croix and Barcelona.

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NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE, 7665 Corporate Center Drive, Miami, FL 33126; toll-free 1-800-327-7030;

Norwegian Dream (1,748 passengers) -- Makes April 2 trans-Atlantic/Mediterranean voyage from Miami to Civitavecchia, Rome, with stops in the Azores, Gibraltar and Cannes.

Norway (2,032 passengers) -- Sails on seven-day eastern and western Caribbean cruises through August. Trans-Atlantic voyage sails Sept. 2 to New York and on to Europe.

Norwegian Majesty (1,462 passengers) -- San Juan to Aruba, Tortola and Curacao from San Juan, departs March 25, April 8, 22. San Juan to Bermuda and on to Boston sailing April 29 includes Caribbean ports.

Norwegian Wind (1,748 passengers) -- Sails western Caribbean cruises through March, then on April 7 cruises Panama Canal to Ocho Rios and Cartagena on its way to San Francisco.

Norwegian Sky (2,002 passengers) -- April 8, Miami to San Diego Panama Canal positioning cruise stops in Grand Cayman, Cartagena and Puerto Vallarta.

Norwegian Sea (1,518 passengers) -- Sails three-day and four-day cruises to the Bahamas until April 30.

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PRINCESS CRUISES, 24305 Town Center Drive, Santa Clarita, CA 91355; toll-free 1-800-PRINCESS (774-6237);

Crown Princess (1,590 passengers) -- Fort Lauderdale to Rome trans-Atlantic voyage sails April 29, visiting Monte Carlo and Cannes.

Dawn Princess (1,950 passengers) -- Sails through Panama Canal to San Francisco and Vancouver on April 21 repositioning cruise.

Grand Princess (2,600 passengers) -- Sails the Caribbean from spring to fall.

Ocean Princess (1,950 passengers) -- April 29 repositioning sails to Acapulco, Cartagena on its way to Los Angeles and Vancouver.

Royal Princess (1,200 passengers)

Sea Princess (1,950 passengers) -- Repositioning cruise April 14 to San Diego stops in Costa Rica, Cartagena and Cabo San Lucas.

Sun Princess (1,950 passengers) -- Ship sails April 25 on last area cruise until fall, departing from San Juan for St. Thomas, then on to San Francisco and Vancouver.

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RADISSON SEVEN SEAS CRUISES, 600 Corporate Drive, Suite 410, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334; toll-free 1-800-285-1835;

Radisson Diamond (350 passengers) -- Sails the Caribbean until its April 11 trans-Atlantic voyage to Funchal.

Seven Seas Navigator (490 passengers) -- Trans-Atlantic 10-day crossing to Funchal from Fort Lauderdale on April 1 stops in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Seven Seas Mariner (700 passengers) -- Newest ship features all-balcony suites; makes its debut with April 9 and 18 cruise, ports include Bermuda and Charleston; May 1 cruise to Cozumel and Key West. Sails to Los Angeles May 6 on 17-day Panama Canal cruise.

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REGAL CRUISES, 300 Regal Cruises Way, Palmetto 34221, or P.O Box 1329, Palmetto 34220; toll-free 1-800-270-7245, or (941) 721-7300;

Regal Empress (1,068 passengers) -- Among cruises sailing out of Port Manatee, sails on Mayan "blues-themed" cruise April 7; Mexico cruise April 12 and 26; Panama Canal cruise April 16, plus offers "Sunspree" cruises to nowhere.

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ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL, 1050 Caribbean Way, Miami, FL 33132; toll-free 1-800-327-6700;

Enchantment of the Seas (1,950 passengers) -- Sails the western Caribbean, including Cozumel and Grand Cayman.

Explorer of the Seas (3,100 passengers) -- Cruises the eastern Caribbean.

Grandeur of the Seas (1,950 passengers) -- Makes trans-Atlantic voyage to Barcelona with stops in St. Thomas and the Canary Islands April 28.

Majesty of the Seas (2,350 passengers) -- Sails the Bahamas and Key West from Miami.

Monarch of the Seas (2,350 passengers) -- Seven-night eastern Caribbean cruises through September offer stops in St. Thomas, Barbados and St. Maarten.

Nordic Empress (1,600 passengers) -- Repositioning cruise to New York April 27 from San Juan stops in St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Bermuda.

Radiance of the Seas (2,100 passengers) -- New ship debuts with 14-night Panama Canal cruise to Los Angeles on April 7.

Sovereign of the Seas (2,250 passengers) -- Offers three-night and four-night Bahamas cruises.

Vision of the Seas (2,000 passengers) -- Miami to San Diego 15-night Panama Canal cruise visits Aruba, Costa Rica and Cabo San Lucas April 13, returning to area in October.

Voyager of the Seas (3,114 passengers) -- Year-long seven-night Caribbean cruises include ports of Ocho Rios and Cozumel.

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ROYAL OLYMPIC CRUISES, 805 Third Ave., New York, NY 10022; toll-free 1-800-872-6400;

Olympic Voyager (836 passengers) -- Inaugural season was June 2000. Offers April 16 trans-Atlantic voyage to Barcelona with guest chef Andre Soltner, master chef of the French Culinary Institute and formerly of Lutece, both in New York. Prior cruises include March 24 Orinoco cruise to South America, April 5 Mayan cruise.

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SEABOURN CRUISE LINE (a division of Cunard Line Ltd.), 6100 Blue Lagoon Drive, Suite 400, Miami FL 33126; toll-free 1-800-929-9391;

Seabourn Legend (208 passengers) -- Eastern Caribbean cruises depart San Juan March 20 and 27th, April 24; trans-Atlantic crossing to Lisbon on May 8 is direct sailing.

Seabourn Pride (208 passengers) -- March 24 Amazon Discovery cruise leaves from Fort Lauderdale; ship sails to Portugal on April 23 with stops in Bermuda, the Azores and Lisbon.

Seabourn Sun (758 passengers) -- April 19 positioning sails from Fort Lauderdale to Quebec City with stops in Charleston, Bermuda, Halifax and cruising along the St. Lawrence River.

Cruises to nowhere

A number of half-day and day-long "cruises to nowhere" also are offered from Florida ports. These vessels typically sail far enough from shore to allow them to open their small casinos. Among these ships: Palm Beach Princess from Palm Beach, call toll-free 1-800-841-7447 or (561) 845-2101; or SeaEscape sails from Port Everglades, call toll-free 1-800-327-2005. Star Dancer Casino Cruises: toll-free 1-800-688-PLAY (7529). Sun Cruz Casino offers 5-hour cruises departing from Port Canaveral, Key Largo, Hollywood, Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, toll-free 1-800-474-3423 or John's Pass and Clearwater, (727) 895-3325.

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- Compiled by PEGGY ANDERS of the Times

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