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Michael Bennett is the former Senior Producer of the Travel Channels west coast operations and is currently a travel writer for Savoy and Black Enterprise Magazine. Michael is the host of Globetrotting on BET's BET on Jazz Network. For travel question write to

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 to do.

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 agent.