Fairy-tale tripHome to the Little Mermaid, Denmark has...

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April 17, 1994|By Kara Kenna

Fairy-tale trip

Home to the Little Mermaid, Denmark has always been a family-oriented country, and this summer is no different. For the first time, the birthplace of fairy-tale writer Hans Christian Andersen will be highlighted in a cruise for Americans traveling with children.

EuroCruises presents "Danish Fairy Tale & Fourth of July Cruise" -- a unique voyage aboard the Kristina Regina. Starting in Copenhagen June 30, passengers will sail to Aalborg, Aarhus, Kolding and Svendborg. Accompanied by a guest storyteller, the cruise offers trips to amusement parks and fantasy castles and features outdoor parties and shipboard story-telling sessions.

Rates for the six-day cruise start at $1,555 per person, double occupancy, and include all meals, shore excursions and round-trip air fare from New York. Add-ons from other cities are available. EuroCruises is offering free cruise passages (airfare not included) to children when two adults share the cabin with the children.

For brochures, reservations and more information, contact: EuroCruises Inc., 303 West 13th St., New York, N.Y. 10014-1207; phone: (800) 688-3876; fax: (212) 366-4747. Summertime means family time at the Cloister, an award-winning resort on Sea Island, Ga. During the Cloister's Family Festival from June 12 to Sept. 5 , children under 19 receive free accommodations and meals if they share a room with their parents. Organized playtime is also provided without charge to children between age 3 and 11.

Owned and operated by the Sea Island Co., the Cloister is a five-star resort on a narrow strip of land with a private beach. With 264 rooms, the resort's architecture ranges from Spanish Mediterranean, with tiled roofs and stucco walls, to a more recent Caribbean style. Some buildings face the ocean, others are a few hundred yards back.

Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities including golf, tennis, swimming, horseback riding, sailing, biking and fishing. Beach club facilities include two pools, full service spa and dining.

For more information, write The Cloister, Sea Island, Ga., 31561, or call (800) 732-4752 or (912) 638-3611.

Seeing 'Middlemarch'

If you like what you saw on PBS's Masterpiece Theater production of "Middlemarch," a tale of provincial life in the 1830s based on the George Eliot novel, then plan a trip to Stamford, England. Since the late 1800s, time has stood still in this medieval town of Georgian buildings and narrow cobblestone streets, which is less than two hours by road north of London. Left untouched by the Industrial Revolution and subsequent 20th-century urban growth, Stamford is in a remarkable state of preservation and makes a wonderful set for PBS.

Visitors to Stamford will find five medieval churches, a 12th-century priory, and a 15th-century hospital. St. George's Square and the adjacent St. Mary's Street, together with Barn Hill and All Saints Place, are the Georgian areas seen most frequently in "Middlemarch."

To help those planning a trip to Stamford, a brochure entitled "Middle England," which contains information on touring and accommodations, is available free from the British Tourist Authority, 551 Fifth Ave., Suite 701, New York, N.Y. 10176-0799; phone: (800) 462-2748, Mondays through Fridays between 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Rating golf courses

Golf Digest's '94-'95 Places to Play guide (more than 1,700 courses in the U.S., Canada and Caribbean), with candid ratings by subscribers, is free with the April issue of the magazine.

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