The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 5, 1986 · Page 39
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The Salina Journal Entertainment Sunday, January 5,1986 Page? 20 islands offer snorkeling on Great Barrier Reef By The New York Times Question: Are there any facilities close to the Great Barrier Reef off Australia that would enable a visitor to go snorkeling along the reef on a daily basis? Answer: Visitors who wish to go snorkeling can stay on one of about islands Travel Q&A 20 with facilities for tourists that are on the sheltered side of the reef. The islands are reached by plane, launch and seaplane from several ports on the mainland, including Cairns, a major gateway. Day trips are also available. Some of the islands are national parks. Snorkeling, scuba diving and riding in glass-bottom boats to view the fish and coral are popular. The reef, consisting of detached coral reefs, shoals and islets, extends for 1,250 miles off the east coast of Queensland. From the islands, vacationers can take launch trips of up to four hours to the Outer Reef where at low tide, wearing rubber-soled sneakers, they can walk on the reef itself. Among islands favored by vacationers, including snorkelers, are Hamilton, a large and busy resort with many recreational facilities, including tennis, golf and sailing. Hamilton has accommodations for about 1,000 guests. It is accessible by ah* from both Brisbane and Sydney. Other islands include Lizard, Dunk, Fitzroy and Green, which are smaller and quieter but with accommodations and facilities. Of the four, Dunk has the most accommodations, with rooms for 320 visitors. The four islands are reached by air or sea from Cairns. A table of the islands is included in a section on the reef in "Destination Australia," a 122-page guidebook that is available free from the Australian Tourist Commission (489 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10017; 212-687-6300 or 800-445-4500). Question: I have heard about an Agatha Christie-type cruise on which passengers try to guess who committed the murder. Please provide details. Answer: Amateur sleuths have several murder mystery cruises to choose from this year. Paquet French Cruises (Post Office Box 014741, Miami, Fla. 33101; 800-327-5620) will be running its first "Mystery at Sea" cruises aboard the Rhapsody on Jan. 26, March 23 and April 20. All are seven-day trips from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., calling at Nassau, San Juan, St. John and St. Thomas. An official of Paquet said passengers would attempt to solve a murder mystery presented during the voyage by professional actors, and those who solve it will win prizes. Anybody on the cruise can participate. The fares for the three trips, from $1,085 to $1,875 a person in double occupancy, depending on cabin, will include round-trip ah* fare from most major cities hi the United States. The Cunard Line, which had its first "Murder to Go" cruise aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2 on a trip to Bermuda in September, will offer another on the ship next September and two similar events on the Cunard Princess in April. The Princess will be the scene of a murder hunt on its seven-day voyages from Galveston, Texas, on April 19 and 26. A mystery writer will be on board to give lectures. Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Cancun will be the ports of call. Fares: from $1,099 to $2,990 a person, double. Whatever the grade of cabin, a second person pays $599. Air fare is additional. The next shipboard murder mystery on the QE2 is scheduled for the vessel's five-day cruise to Bermuda from New York on Sept. 15. A mystery writer will join the trip. The range of fares is $715 to $2,760 a person, double. (Cunard Lane, 555 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10017; 212-880-7500; 8004428160 in New York State; 800-2230094 in the Northeast.) Mystery fans can also use then- powers of deduction while cruising along the Mississippi on the Delta Queen. The'steamboat's first mystery trips, from New Orleans, are on Feb. 17 and 24, both of four nights, and on Feb. 21, three nights. A Mardi Gras theme is promised for the crime on the Feb. 17 cruise. Fares for the two four-night trips: from $520 to $980 a person, double; the three-night, $390 to $735. (Delta Queen Steamboat Co., 30 Robin Street Wharf, New Orleans, La. 70130; 504-586-0631.) Question: What is the name of the group that offers study vacations on college campuses for people over 60? Answer: Elderhostel (80 Boylston Street, Suite 400, Boston, Mass. 02116; 617-426-7788) issues a free catalogue about the one-week courses, with accommodations and meals, it runs the year round at colleges and universities hi the United States. The organization also arranges similar programs of two and three weeks overseas. I HEART OF EUROPE TOUR A 15-day tour of Holland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France and Belgium. I Apr 3 departure Price applies to Fully-escorted, including airfare, motorcoach, hotels and 29 meals For the free 38-page brochure, write to Emhage Tours 5011-28th Street, S.E., Grand Rapjds, Michigan 49508 Or, call (616) 957-1000 We've been around a long time! In Europe since 1939, in the USA since 1960. As direct wholesalers to Europe, we bring you savings, without sacrificing quality. The Proof Im In our Price*. If you can find a comparable tour for less, we will give you $100 off. Fairy tales can help youngsters LOS ANGELES (AP) - Shari Lewis believes that children should be taught about violence at an early age so that they can be prepared to meet the real world. Lewis, a ventriloquist and author, believes that fairy tales are one means. Her latest book is called "One-Minute Favorite Fairy Tales" and contains 20 of the most famous stories condensed so that it can be read to a child hi exactly one minute. "In fairy tales there is violence everywhere," she said. "ButJ don't feel that violence hi fairy tales is an awful thing with which to confront children. Quite the opposite." She said parents and grandparents most often hold children in their laps when reading fairy tales to them. "The kids are in a loving, caring environment at the time they experience the violence hi fairy tales," she said, "and share then- momentary fears with people who love them. VEGAS 234 Non-stop from Salina Jan. 31-Feb. 3, Feb. 14-17, and March 10-14,1986 Package rates starting from 284 & up depending on hotel Hotels Available: assa* SB:, as**- Four Queens Flamingo Hilton Frontier Call or write for free brochure. TR AYLOR TRAVEL N«t to Planters Bank Salin.,Ks. 67401 Hundreds of readers check the classified ads every day. Phone 8234363 and an ad-taker will help with your ad. Call us for all your travel needs. Foreign & Domestic •Agent for all major Carriers & Amtrak •Credit Cards Accepted •Cruise Lines Agent I "Our Services tri Youn. Frw of Chun" AWHHERE TRAVEL IntheSeuiCoter OM1M The Bright Side of Winter 3 days, 2 nights, $142 Your Alameda Plaza vantage point may give you a whole new perspective on winter. The world-class hotel with the world-class location offers you a panoramic view of the Country Club Plaza. And the kind of service and amenities that are hard to find. Even on a warm day. For just $142, you can spend three days and two nights in a luxurious room. Complete with color TV, a personal refrigerator, two telephones, private vanity and dressing area. You'll receive a welcome gift, complimentary admittance to our Health Club, continental breakfast for two and a $10 gift certificate redeemable most anywhere on the Plaza. And with our award-winning Rooftop Restaurant, entertaining Rooftop Lounge, and casual Pam Pam Restaurant, you may not want to drift too far away. But should you decide to venture out, you'll be in the middle of everything on the Country Club Plaza. And there will be a warm spot just waiting your return. Look on the bright side of winter. Ask about our $142 weekend package today. Based on double occupancy, plus tax and gratuities. Seven day advance reservations and prepayment required. Subject to availability. THE HOTEL OF KANSAS CITY Wornall Road at Ward Parkway Reservations: 1-800-821-5502 • In Missouri: 1-800-892-5990 Free Covered Parking

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