The News Cruise
News professionals know all too well the pressure and stress
that comes with meeting continuous deadlines. In the never-ending
battle to be the first, or the best, journalists live by a
set of rules unparalleled in any other business. The constant
barge of noise from pagers, cells phones, producers screaming
in your ear piece, the whine of sirens, high speed chases,
last second court decisions and the like, itís a wonder how
you get such a well-polished product on the air.
Vacations, when you can get them are not only well deserved,
they are MANDATORY. Iím not talking about stay at home vacations.
Staying at home is an invitation to more chaos. When youíre
on vacation GET OUT OF TOWN, preferably to a quiet or secluded
spot away from that constant barge of noise pollution and
deadline pressure that inundates our daily lives.
One option you might want to consider is a cruise. Not just
any cruise. Try something known in the travel industry as
a "repositioning cruise." Cruise ships follow the sun. At
least twice a year cruise ships must be repositioned to take
advantage of warmer weather in different parts of the world.
Usually the best time to find these "repositioning cruises"
are in the spring or fall. "Repositioning Cruises" offer several
advantages. First, you spend more days at sea, rather than
a different port every day as many Caribbean cruises are known
Second, the rates are among the most inexpensive in the industry.
Third, these cruises are usually longer than the standard
7-day cruises with some lasting as long as 20 days.
Here are just a few examples of repositioning cruises slated
for later this year. Celebrity and Carnival need to move several
ships out of San Diego, their destinations?
Try Miami, San Juan, Puerto Rico and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
With these cruises comes a trip through the Panama Canal.
Costa has a cruise sailing from Genoa, Italy to Ft. Lauderdale;
Crystal Cruises has one from Acapulco to New York. Holland
American has a Barcelona to Ft. Lauderdale trip and Renaissance
has an Athens, Greece to Singapore itinerary.
There are approximately 70 "repositioning cruises" left this
year. And if you miss out this year, it starts all over again
next year as ships return to Alaska, the Mediterranean, Europe
and other great ports.
The best way to book one of these cruises is through a travel