Ride the wave -- on deck

New cruise ship will add surfing to its onboard attractions

The Smart Traveler

February 26, 2006|By ORLANDO SENTINEL

Royal Caribbean International could call itself the "DreamSports" cruise line.

This is the line, after all, that introduced rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks and inline-skating tracks to high-seas vacationers several years ago.


Lonely Planet / $40 hardcover

Every year Lonely Planet trots out its annual photo book and gives National Geographic a run for its money. This installment, One People, Many Journeys, carries a sense of spontaneity because its images are of people, most of whom are caught in the act of everyday life. It's hard to say anything new about Lonely Planet's photo books, so I'll simply repeat myself: It's hard to leave this book alone for long.



New port to open

Carnival Corp., the world's largest cruise conglomerate, is opening a terminal in the Turks and Caicos Islands in the West Indies. The first ship will call this weekend, and by summer, six cruise lines will have visited.

The terminal is on the southern end of seven-mile-long Grand Turk, a sleepy island with coral reefs and clear waters that draw divers and snorkelers.

Besides berths for two vessels, the $45 million project includes a 14,000-square-foot swimming pool, dozens of shops and a restaurant with several hundred seats.


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