The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois on March 9, 2008 · Page 64
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The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois · Page 64

Arlington Heights, Illinois
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Queens: Continued from Ptige 8 classes and check out an audio player for a tour of the ship's $2 million art collection. Among the highlights are etchings made by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and an oversized mar- quetry piece in the triple-deck Grand Lobby. Queen Victoria's casino is smaller and quieter than mat on many cruise ships, and if you don't want to spend your money mere, the Royal Arcade of shops, including merchandise from Harrods, is just up a flight of stairs. Shopping, swimming and shuffleboard were popular- pastimes on the Queen Mary, just as they are on the Queen Victoria. Passengers who don't get their exercise in Queen Victoria's two pools can hit the equipment in the fitness center or join a Pilates or aerobics class—unheard of in Queen Mary's day. The spa and salon offer a full range of body and beauty treatments. And, of course, excursions are offered in every port. "Not every cruise line fits every person, but this is all-encompassing," says NanSea Pelletier. She's heard travelers say they don't want to take a cruise because they are afraid they will feel trapped on board with nothing to do. "If someone thinks they are going to be bored, mat just can't happen," she says. "If you don't have a good time on this cruise, you're not looking to have a good time." • Information for this article was gathered on a research trip sponsored by the Cunard Line and the Queen Mary. KATIIY KODF.GHIER/krocleghicr(tf A wood marquetry artwork is the focal point of the three-deck Grand Lobby on Queen Victoria. Tauck to launch small ship for European river cruises 9 NORWALK, Conn. —The Tauck World Discovery tour company is offering a series of European river cruises this year aboard a new small luxury ship, the Swiss Sapphire, which launches later this month in the Netherlands. The 361-foot ship will accommodate 118 guests. It features two hot tubs, a bar and lounge, restaurant and wellness center. Rooms include 14 luxury suites with marble tubs, and 45 outside- facing cabins and mini-suites. The Sapphire will sail six different itineraries, alternating with a sister ship, the Swiss Emerald, which launched in 2006. Itineraries include the Grand European Cruise, 24 days, from $8,090 per person plus air, which begins in Amsterdam and ends in Romania in the Black Sea, and Holland and Belgium in Spring, 10 days, from $3,290 per person, plus air. Details or call (800) 468-2825. How will economy affect vacations? NEW YORK—The uncertain economy might lead some Americans to cut back on vacations, according to a survey. Fifty-five percent of those polled said they would "cut back on discretionary expenses like eating out and vacations," according to the GfK Roper Reports' random telephone survey of 1,005 adults conducted in February. The survey also found that consumer confidence is extremely low right now, with only 10 percent saying it's a "good time to buy" the tilings they want and need, while 44 percent said it's a good time to wait. This is the lowest level of confidence recorded in this periodic survey since September 2001. An earlier survey from GfK Roper Reports on 2007 vacation trends found that longer vacations increased slightly in popularity last year. Daily Herald's Guide to Resorts. Inns, Bed & Breakfast's and Great Get-A-Ways ILLINOIS IL - GALENA, Greenbriar Country Inn & Suites Step back in time. Relax in historic lodgings. Fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, TV's, telephones, hearty Continental Breakfast, parking, walk to restaurants and shops. Midweek specials. (815)777-3153 IL - GALENA, Hawk Valley Retreat B&B and Cottages Affordable, luxurious, romantic Private baths, double whirlpools, fireplaces, kitchenettes, handicap accessible. Full Breakfast. Midweek specials. 888-777-6016 WISCONSIN WI-DOOR COUNTY, Ephraim-HIgh Point Inn Year round resort offering newly appointed 1, 2, & 3 bedroom suites complete with full kitchen, gas fireplace, and whirlpool. Indoor pool/hot tub, game room, exercise room and conference facilities. Close to beach, shops & restaurants. Call 800-595-6894 For details or visit Wl - LAKE GENEVA, Bella Vista Suites Treat Yourself - Escape to Lake Geneva this winter. Horse-drawn carriages, in-room Jacuzzis and fireplaces, therapeutic massages and complimentary breakfast are part of the "suite life" at Bella Vista. Visit our website or call for specials including warm and cozy romance packages, 800-773-5119

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