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October 02, 1994|By Kim Wesley

Vegetarians at sea

Attention veggie-lovers: Now you can take a catered dream vacation and stick to your diet, too. Celebrity Cruises is offering an extensive vegetarian menu for both lunch and dinner on its Horizon, Meridian and Zenith cruises. The menus were created by Michel Roux, the celebrated French chef. Each menu will include a selection of appetizers, soups, salads, hot and chilled entrees and desserts. The World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society has given the line top honors for its food. For details, call (800) 437-3111.

Drinking in the islands

If, while cruising, you anticipate a stop in the Caribbean for luscious libations, check out Caribbean Travel and Life magazine, which rated the area's 10 best bars: Anguilla: Johnno's; Aruba: Charlie's Bar; Bahamas: The Compleat Angler; Barbados: John Moore Bar; British Virgin Islands: Foxy's Tamarind Bar and Bomba's Shack; Jamaica: Rick's Cafe; St. Barts: Le Select; St. Maarten: Cheri's Cafe; St. Vincent and the NTC Grenadines: Basil's Bar and Raft.

Designs on Italy

Fine clothing connoisseurs can shop till they drop in Italy during a weeklong shopping spree. The trip, leaving Nov. 6, focuses on designer fashions at factory outlets and discounters. Cost of airfare, accommodations at Milan's Hotel Michelangelo, breakfast and excursions is $1,600. For more information, call

Serious Shoppers at (510) 215-1534.

A Mystic experience

While the film "Mystic Pizza" put the small Connecticut town of Mystic on the map, Mystic Seaport, a museum of tall ships and historic buildings, is hoping a chowder festival -- with a variety of chowders and other local favorites to sample -- will also draw an appreciative audience Oct. 8-10. Admission to the museum is $15 for adults, $7.50 for children ages 6-15. Call (203) 572-5315.

Retreat to the Ozarks

Get back to nature in the Arkansas Ozarks. Small groups can find wilderness and comfort in a remote, 450-acre valley, and cozy accommodations in a former working barn. Kings River Valley Retreats was designed by Jerry Carr, Skylab 4 astronaut, and Pat Musick, sculptor, to insure privacy. Rates for two are $70 per night (one to four extra guests are $10 each). Call (501) 559-2966.

Sailing with the stars

Have you ever dreamed about meeting Loretta Swit, a k a "Hot Lips" Houlihan, out in the jungle somewhere? Well, the Korean jungle is out since "M*A*S*H" ended years ago. But Ms. Swit will be making an appearance this winter, along with other celebrities, in the Amazon rain forest of Brazil. Patricia Neal, Anne Jackson, Eli Wallach and others will be cruising below the equator on the ship Stella Solaris Jan. 29 through Feb. 12. The cast will be entertaining passengers with an array of classic plays and selections from Broadway's musical hits in the Theatre Guild's 23rd Theatre-at-Sea production.

Cruise and film buffs can sail with the stars around the Caribbean and down the Amazon for 14 days. The Sun Line Cruise ship leaves Fort Lauderdale and makes stops at such ports of call as St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Tobago and Grenada in the West Indies, and Boca da Valeria, Brazil. The final destination is Manaus, Brazil. The actors will perform at the historical Manaus Opera House, where Enrico Caruso and Sarah Bernhardt appeared in the early days of this century.

Prices for the two-week cruise range from $2,805 to $5,483 per person, including return airfare from Brazil to Miami. Passengers who care to linger on board can stay for the return voyage to either Fort Lauderdale or Galveston, Texas, for about $500 more per person. For details, call the Theatre at Sea Amazon Theatre Expedition at (800) 752-9732 or Sun Line Cruises at (800) 872-6400.

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