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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 138

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Sunday, December 7, 1997
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61 THE PALM BEACH POST SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1 997 Opryland USA tlieme park to close for 8200 million makeover By Vkki Brown The Associated Press NASHVILLE Opryland USA theme park will close in January after more than 25 years of operation and reopen as an entertainment and retail complex. Gaylord Entertainment, which owns the park, announced Tuesday that about 40 of the 65 acres the park occupies will be renovated for new attractions in a $200 million complex called Opry Mills. The Grand Ole Opry country music show will continue, and the Opryland Hotel next door will remain in the new complex, expected to be completed in 2000. Plans also call for a bowling alley, ice rink, theater, in-line skating area as well as more than 200 retail stores. The new complex is projected to attract 17 million visitors a year. The theme park's attendance in recent years has dipped below 2 million during its 180 days of annual operation. The Mills Corp. of Arlington, Va., a partner in the project, owns five regional "entertainment-oriented" malls. The park's closing will mean the elimination of 275 full-time jobs, but Gaylord officials said the new complex eventually will employ 5,000 people in full-time and part-time jobs. . - X - - . you csrft Photo courtesy of Iranui Cruising on freighters like the Iranui (above), is 'for people who are content with creating their own amusements,' according to the guidebook Cargo Ship Cruising. iGuidebooks great gifts for travelers an extraordinary CrUlSe with ordinary destinations. . t It's not easy tearing yourself away from the pampered pleasures of a Premier cruise. But the destinations on our Southeastern Caribbean or Caribbean Antilles cruises make it worth your while. On Premier's IslandBreeze, you'll enjoy comfortable staterooms, contemporary cuisine, dazzling entertainment and a high energy casino. Plus the personal 4 attention that huge ships just can't provide. PREMIER CRUISES You 've got our attention. CHOOSE A SOUTHEASTERN OR CARIBBEAN ANTILLES CRUISE AND SAVE $500 ON CATEGORIES K-C. 7-Night Southeastern Caribbean from 7 -Night Caribbean Antilles Departs Sundays from Santo Domingo . $QQ Departs Sundays from Santo Domingo to to Barbados, St. Lucia, Guadeloupe, s30 Curacao, Caracas, Grenada, Martinique St. Maarten and St. Thomas. Includes port charges and and St. Croix. airfare to & from Santo Domingo. To find out more, call any travel agent or 1-800-DREAM-54. Visit our W'ehuK at: unu Raws are per person, double occupancy calegiirv K. on select sailings. For 1998 soilings. Offer mm be uwJuirainl unnouf notice Cerium cimjmons apply Ship of BaAuinian registry Fare code FA ib ij The Mature Traveler Gene & Adele Malott to adapt and accommodate . . . people who fully accept the premise that the ship and its crew exist to move goods around the world . . ." That said, the Kanes' slim volume is beefed up with descriptions about their many days spent at sea often with only one other couple on board and the techniques for exploring busy, metropolitan port areas on their own. Pair this with the how-to of preparing for such a voyage and you soon will be measuring your own psyche to see if it fits this travel style. Alaska's Inside- Passage Traveler, or See More, Spend Less (By Ferry), by Ellen Searby (Windham Bay Press, Box 1198 Occidental, Calif. 95465; $14.95 plus postage): If you've ever considered the Alaska Marine Highway as a way to see the Inside Passage, with its fascinating history and visual wonders, this book will make it easy for you. Searby explains exactly how the ferry system works and how to make it work better with tips like, "Many people fly to Juneau and use ferries for excursions through the Southeast. Suggestion: For a very enjoyable week, you could fly from Seattle to Ketchikan, and ride the ferry to Skagway and back to Ketchikan in just over two days going direct both ways, or in three days if you go to Sitka on one leg. This would allow several days for -.7-Day Cruises Great Rates for 1S98! Norwegian Sea Norwegian Dream Norwegian Sea Southern Caribbean From Ssn Juan Santo Domingo St. Lucia ! - With gift-giving holidays just .around the corner, a useful or provocative travel book can be one 'of the most welcome stocking !stuffers for the frequent mature traveler. ! Here are some we have uncovered this year that will make great ,'presents: ; Eyewitness Travel Guides '(DK Publishing Inc., 95 Madison jAve., New York, N.Y. 10016; Iprices vary): Of all the travel Jguidebooks that have crossed our ;desks recently, the Eyewitness Travel Guides series is one that provides a grand excursion for even the armchair traveler. ! These guides serve up visual 'information in every way possible ; maps, cutaways, color coding, :glyphs, timelines and, of course, photos. .These guides are not inexpensive, but for the serious traveler !who prefers few surprises on the Iroad, the price is right. ; Although these guides are ; thorough, any buyer should check the publication date of a travel guide to assure the most up-to-date data possible. Ask your local bookstore for the list of cities and countries included in this series. ' Road Work, The Ultimate RVing Adventure, by Arline Chandler (Flying Horse Press, Wor-kamper Bookstore, 800-446-5627; $15.95): Those who use recreational vehicles for living and traveling will be intrigued with the many options this book offers for making the full-time RV lifestyle pay for itself. For example, segments of the book tell how to sharpen skills to Use in the job market and how to match hobbies to possible jobs. ' Britain On Your Own: A Guide for Single Mature Travelers, by Dorothy Maroncelli (West Wind Books, P.O. Box 246, Dun-das, Minn. 55019; $12.95 plus $3 shipping): .Dorothy Maroncelli loves England, and she knows how to control her journeys rather than letting them control her. Her three suggestions for raising the comfort level of a trip and increasing your chances of having a good time are: 1) design your own trip, 2) travel off-season and 3) travel light. Maroncelli provides sources and offers step-by-step ideas for trip planning that help ease a traveler's fears. Her preference for off-season traveling balances a lack of concern about the weather against fewer crowds and more reasonable prices. She uses special interests (literature, art and gardens, for example) and educational offerings as bridges to meet people and savor her surroundings. Cargo Ship Cruising, by Robert B. Kane with Barbara W. Kane (Voyaging Press, 4122 Verdant Lane, West Lafayette Ind. 47906; $12.95): "Freighters are for people who are content with creating their own amusements," the Kanes write. "People who are comfortable not being sure of their exact itineraries, departure or arrival times . . . People who love the sea, who enjoy reading and conversation, people who are easygoing and amiable, who get along with others and are willing Grand Cayman' Canciin Cozumel Great Stirrup Cay NCI's Private Island $960 nu TLfL stopovers in your choice of towns." Fares, ship layouts and are all part of this helpful book's Santo Domingo Barbados Dominica St. Kins St. Thomas $899 Norwegian Wind Western Caribbean From Miami Grand Cayman Canciin Cozumel Great Stirrup Cay NCliftnatt Island $1,010 17th edition. Traveling Solo: Advice and St. Maarten St. Thomas $899 The Norway Eastern Caribbeac From Miami St. Maarten St. John . St. Thomas Great Stirrup Cay --.. , NCI's Private Island $860 'Prices include port charges Ideas for More than 250 Great NCL Exclusives Kid's Crew' Program Dive In" Snorkeling Adventures Sports Bar & Grill Broadway Entertainment Dining Choices Chocoholic Buffet Basketball & Volleyball Court Sports Afloat' Spa Services-Fitness Center Vacations, by Eleanor Berman (The Globe Pequot Press, P.O. Box 833, Old Saybrook, Conn. 06475; 800-243-0495; $16.95 plus postage): "Traveling Solo" provides helpful information for the single who yearns to get on the road. Particularly helpful is the section on "Learn a Sport," which offers details about sports clinics and includes the age range of students, the malefemale ratio and comments of participants. B The Mature Traveler's Book .... tv he Norwegian Way is a more gracious way. With more service per guest and more adventure per of Deals, by Gene & Adele Malott (Publications Services Inc., 8803 cruise. And with acres of sun-washed decks so that you can take long walks in the salt sea air or soak in a tropical sunset. 5 sm- Tara Lane, Austin, Texas 78737; 800-460-6676; $9.90, postage paid): This 144-page book is crammed with hundreds of travel discounts worth thousands of dollars exclusively for those 49 and older. It's handy size says, "Take me along as a reference whenever you travel." Readers are invited to submit questions and comments to Gene and Adele Malott, co The New York Times Syndicate, 122 East 42nd St., 14th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10168. I The Norwegian Way ( Our ships are classically designed to give you a more personal cruise experience. They're mid-sized not mega. Elegant and romantic. Glamour not glitz. And our fares are equally unpretentious. Because The More value per cruise More service per guest More adventure per cruise i. f pi Norwegian Way also means more value per cruise. Discover a better way to the Caribbean. I The Norwegian Way. itomwiiC)OAiNi What's best about Israel? Israel will be celebrating its 50th anniversary next year, and a flood of tourists is expected. In honor of the occasion, and to help other travelers, we are asking readers who have been to Israel to send us a brief description of their favorite cities, hotels and sights. Please include the addresses and phone numbers of hotels when possible. And feel free to send a couple of photos of the places you recommend. (Photos will not be returned.) Some of the letters will appear in our special section about Israel Jan. 25. Send letters to Israel Trips, Travel Section, The Palm Beach Post, P.O. Box 24700, West Palm Beach, Fla., 33416-4700; or send faxes to 561-820-4445; or e-mail blackerby( 'I v-'-. ;)jiy Ki '.ewe! 19 idiliiig-, ReslnutKjns wily F-aifis die lo' inside stalrourns per person Suutile occupsnr.y dnd incrurln port charges A''!arf- anrj iepait;ire 'a an; nui lncl.'efl Ask nhuul NCL s drr ijdij iins and p3swqer and Mgage proiernon program Srrps ftegsi'y fcanarMs arij Panama Norwegian Lme

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