Waterway trips tempt


December 20, 1992|By New York Times News Service

Q: I am interested in traveling the Intracoastal Waterway to Florida. Does anyone offer this itinerary?

A: The Intracoastal Waterway is a channel, partly natural and partly man-made, that provides sheltered sailing along the Atlantic coast between New Jersey and Florida and continues along the Gulf Coast to Texas.

One ship that makes trips on it is the 100-passenger Nantucket Clipper. On "America's Colonial Heritage on the Intracoastal Waterway," 12 days, the ship sails between Washington and Jacksonville, Fla. It leaves Washington Oct. 19, calling at Norfolk, Va.; Beaufort and Wilmington, N.C.; Charleston, S.C.; Savannah and St. Simons Island, Ga., and, finally, Jacksonville, Fla. Rates are $2,700 to $4,000.

The sailing starting May 22, 15 days, goes from Jacksonville to Washington. The price is $3,400 to $5,200 a person, in double occupancy.

On an eight-day cruise on the Nantucket Clipper, "The Antebellum South and Intracoastal Waterway," passengers embark at Charleston, S.C., and call at Beaufort and Hilton Head, S.C.; Savannah and St. Simons Island, Ga.; and then cruise the Intracoastal Waterway until disembarking in Jacksonville.

Departures in this direction are April 17, May 1 and 15, and Nov. 6 and 20.

The itinerary in the reverse direction begins April 24, May 8, Oct. 30 and Nov. 13. On April 10, the ship sails from West Palm Beach, Fla., stopping at Cocoa and St. Augustine, Fla.; St. Simons Island and Savannah; and, finally, at Charleston.

The price is $1,700 to $2,600 a person, based on two in a cabin. Both cruises include lecturers who speak about the history and sociology of the regions visited. Information: Clipper Cruise Line, 7711 Bonhomme Ave., St. Louis, Mo., 63105; (314) 727-2929.

American Canadian Caribbean Line offers an opportunity to sail on the waterway as it repositions three of its ships between their Florida base, for Caribbean cruises, and Rhode Island, for cruises to Montreal. The move to Florida takes place in the autumn and to Rhode Island in the spring.

The New Shoreham II departs West Palm Beach, Fla., May 7, arriving in Warren, R.I., May 21, and the cruise back to West Palm Beach is Nov. 14 to 28; the price is $1,499 to $2,672 based on two in a cabin (as are all the prices here).

Because the Intracoastal Waterway trip has proved so popular, the line has added a cruise on the New Shoreham II from West Palm Beach to Baltimore April 5 to April 17 and a return sailing April 19 to May 1; $1,289 to $2,449.

The Caribbean Prince leaves Florida May 2, arriving in Warren May 16, and leaves again for Florida Oct. 31, arriving Nov. 14; $1,622 to $2,260. The Mayan Prince leaves West Palm Beach April 30, arriving May 14 in Warren, and returns to Florida again Nov. 7, arriving Nov. 21; $1,485 to $2,599.

The line also offers Gulf Intracoastal cruises between West Palm Beach and New Orleans. Information: American Canadian Caribbean Line, P.O. Box 368, Warren, R.I., 02885; (800) 556-7450.

Q: I am interested in attending the Bach Festival in Bethlehem, Pa. When will it next be held? How can I get more information?

A: The Bach Festival has been held in Bethlehem, Pa., since 1900, and the Bach Choir of Bethlehem and the Bach Festival Orchestra will perform in the next one May 13 to 15 and May 21 and 22.

On May 14 and 21, there will be programs at 4:30 p.m. and 8 at Packer Memorial Church on the campus of Lehigh University, with a total of four cantatas and three motets. On May 15 and 22 at 2:15 p.m., the Mass in B Minor is performed at Packer Memorial Church.

Tickets to the Friday programs and the Mass are $35, $50 and $60.

On May 15 and 22 at 10:30 a.m. a program of instrumental music, including the Third Suite, will be presented at the First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, 2344 Center St., $10. And on May 13 at 8 p.m., a program of highlights of the 1993 festival, $10, takes place at Packer Memorial Church. The conductor for all programs is Greg Funfgeld, the festival's music director.

For tickets and information: Bach Choir of Bethlehem, 423 Heckewelder Place, Bethlehem, Pa., 18018; (215) 866-4382.

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