Around the world in 105 stylish days

TRAVEL SMARTS

September 23, 2001

If all that cash in your wallet is weighing you down, Radisson Seven Seas Cruises has just the thing: an around-the-world cruise aboard the Navigator, an all-suite ship with three decks of lounges, clubs, restaurants and shops. Ticket prices start at $42,800.

The 105-day journey begins with a first-class flight to Los Angeles, from which the ship sails. You'll head first for Sydney, Australia, one of the 49 ports in 31 countries on the itinerary. Other stops include Hong Kong, Muscat, Rome, Venice and Fort Lauderdale. Optional land excursions, tailor-made for luxury travelers, are available for a fee, and offer experiences such as dinner in the Australian Outback and rail trips on the Orient Express.

Guests lecturers (Gore Vidal, Kitty Kelley and Hugh Downs among them) will make appearances throughout the cruise, which sails January-May 2002. For more information, look at www.rssc.com / world_cruise or call 800-285-1835.

-- Tricia Bishop

A JOURNAL FOR ALL THE FOND MEMORIES

Wish you could remember more details about those family trips you took as a kid? Taking a journal along might have helped. My Chaotic Life, maker of journals, gift books and stationery for the tween-to-20 set, offers a user-friendly journal with great fill-in-the-blank questions.

With A Kid's Travel Journal: Planner and Memory Book, in the years to come your children will be able to recall all the good stuff from your vacations together.

The journal's colorful pages offer spots for entries on the best and worst parts of the trip: the funniest things that happened, the scariest things, even the weirdest things. And travel games (dubbed "boredom busters") help chase away the doldrums, should they set in.

And at the end of the book, kids get to grade their vacation, from A ("awesome, the best vacation ever") to F ("lame! I'm staying home next time").

Order the book ($18.95) online at www.mychaoticlife.com or by calling 800-426-0099.

-- T.B.

Pools with a view

Now that swimming season is over in Maryland, it's a good time to check out the pools elsewhere, and Hideaways Guide magazine suggests some great places to start. Its fall / winter issue lists the Top 10 pools with a view. Here they are, in no particular order:

* Hotel Carl Gustaf (St. Barthelemy) -- View of Caribbean harbor, red roofs and yachts.

* Palais Maeterlinck (Nice, France) -- View of Cote d'Azur

* Amankila (Manggis, Bali, Indonesia) -- View of Lombok island

* The Peninsula Hotel (Hong Kong) -- View of the busy harbor

* Amanjiwo (central Java, Indonesia) -- View of a volcanic valley and the Buddhist monument called Borobudur

* Molokai Ranch (Molokai, Hawaii) -- View of Oahu island and the Molokai Channel

* Lapa Rios (Osa peninsula, Costa Rica) -- View of the jungle and the Gulf of Dulce

* Hotel Twin Dolphin (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico) -- View of the Sea of Cortez

* Canadian Mountain Holiday's Bobbie Burns Lodge (British Columbia) -- View of the Canadian Rockies

* Perivolas (Santorini, Greece) -- View of the San-torini calderas, large volcanic depressions -- T.B.

Poe to spin tales again

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) will be making something of a comeback in Virginia when actor David Keltz spins out such works as "The Black Cat," "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Raven." Keltz will appear as Poe at the Williamsburg Lodge Oct. 27. There will be a tea with Poe at 2 p.m. for $30 per person, a dinner at 6:30 p.m. for $55 and a midnight show (with dessert buffet) at 11 p.m. for $25. For more information, call 757-229-1000. -- From wire reports

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