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* Do you enjoy nature and adventure? * Need a varied, intimate cruise experience? * Want to escape for an extended period of time? * Seek family fun for everyone? * Wish to be serviced and pampered from head to toe?
Well, have we got the cruise for you!
ecause people are diverse, today’s cruises cater to folks of every age group, interest and taste. If there’s a hobby and/or activity out there, there’s likely an itinerary, ship style and theme to match. Virtually everyone and anyone can find the right voyage to suit, whether it’s a solo, couples, immediate family or extended family journey, no matter how different your needs may be. Read on to explore some top cruise lines’ offerings…
For the Epic Adventurer
For an adventure of a lifetime choose Hurtigruten, offering modern luxury vessels to breathtaking destinations. More of a voyage than a traditional cruise, it is devoid of discos, cabaret evenings, deck games and aerobic classes. Rather, the main attraction is the unparalleled beauty of the coastal scenery, some of the most dramatic and stunning in the world, all of which can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Full of exploration, knowledge and education, expert guides host informal lectures to compliment shore visits.You can travel above the Arctic Circle in Norway, go to the last wilderness of Europe, witness the
world’s most active glaciers in Greenland, sail across the Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula, or venture to some of Europe’s most dramatic destinations. Theme cruises include Deep Sea Fishing, Killer Whale Safari, and “Hunting the Light” in Northern Scandinavia (which has more Northern light than anywhere in the world). Celebrity Xpedition also offers adventurous destinations on smaller-sized ships, such as the Galapagos Islands and Macchu Picchu. More of a traditional cruise, these vessels are filled with “big ship” touches, such as a spa, nightly entertainment, onboard activities, kids programs and more.
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intimate and special, turn to a longer premium cruise offering a distinctive combination of impeccable service, exceptional cuisine and offthe-beaten-path destinations with immersive excursions. A step above, cruises offered by Oceania Cruises and Azamara Cruises sail less than 700 guests to exotic destinations, and feature comprehensive spa services, enrichment programs, high tea, art auctions, fitness programs, boutiques, board games and casinos, lounges with nightly headliner entertainment, wine tastings, specialty bars and so much more. Transoceanic and grand voyages, ranging from 2 weeks to one month, are offered on these lines covering many countries and continents, so you can see and experience it all. For the Family Set
Rollin’ on a River Cruise
Want to see it all in a relaxed, intimate setting? A river cruise offers a historic and tranquil backdrop on elegant floating hotels complete with excellent service and gourmet cuisine. This wonderful mode of discovery offers easygoing comfort and convenience because you unpack just once. Uncover treasures such as charming squares, magnificent cathedrals, and bustling marketplaces just a stroll away from the vessel. There is no waiting in long lines to get on or off the ship, and there are always amazing things to see — scenic vineyards, historic castles, or countless UNESCOWorld Heritage Sites — even from the comfort of your ship/stateroom via panoramic views. Viking River Cruises, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises and Avalon Waterways offer river cruises to Europe, Russia and China and more (see Romantic Rendezvous section for a detailed description of a Uniworld Boutique River Cruises) via famous waterways. Gain insight on the places visited from expert tour
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guides who provide background, context and a regional perspective. Enjoy deep cultural enrichment with demonstrations, workshops and performances that supplement on-shore exploration. Themed river cruises and cruisetours heighten in-depth experiences even further. Time and Money to Spend
If you’re a seasoned traveler who appreciates what a large cruise vacation has to offer, but are looking for something a little different,
A big ship cruise vacation gives families a chance to spend time together and enjoy even more activities than those offered by your average land resort! Cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line and Princess Cruises provide endless fun right in the middle of the ocean, along with an array of itineraries and ports of call. Consider a no-fly cruise, eliminating much of the travel hassle when traveling with a large group. Once onboard, kids big and small can enjoy a range of activities, such as water slides, kiddie/teen pools/hot tubs, amusement park style rides and games, specialty arcades, arts and crafts, kids’ theater, movies, teen clubs, and even some family-friendly competition through fun onboard activities like rock climbing, ice skating, karaoke, talent shows and more. Parents can rest easy while their offspring are engaged in various kids and teenonly specialty programs and lounges, giving them ample opportunity to visit the spa, relax by the pool, work out, golf, go wine tasting, visit the casino, enjoy fine dining, dance in the nightclub, and so on…
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These cool, hip ships also offer flexible dining times and menus geared toward children. Plus, a huge variety of shore and land excursions to match any taste or activity level are also available. Suitable for the entire group, families can sightsee, snorkel, explore ancient ruins or investigate a city museum — there is an excursion for everyone! Opulence at its Finest
For the ultimate extravagance at sea, consider a luxury cruise. With guest numbers not exceeding 300, off-the-beaten-path destinations, highly personalized service, award-winning
wines and cuisine, elegant European décor, luxurious staterooms that are far beyond expectation, convenient embarkation and disembarkation, and pampering beyond compare, a luxury cruise will surpass your most lavish vacation dreams. Silversea Cruises offers such opulent journeys, with voyages ranging from to six to 92 days.While at sea, enjoy the pool, hot tub or massage at the spa, or perhaps attend a regionally specific lecture from a noted expert or guest chef. At night, casino gaming and stellar entertainment, ranging from energetic production shows to classical music concerts, further complement your cultural experience. Each evening, dance to a range of live musical styles for every taste. Since one of the most important parts of a cruise is the food, the cruise line’s 5-star cuisine and signature dishes are exclusively created for Silversea in partnership with Relais & Châteaux – Relais Gourmands, excellent in presentation and beyond taste expectation.
To find the right cruise for you, whether it’s a solo, couples, immediate or extended family journey, see the list below and then call your travel agent for more details.
Epic Adventurer Hurtigruten Celebrity Xpeditions
Intimate River Cruising Viking River Cruises Uniworld Boutique River Cruises Avalon Waterways
Longer Itineraries Oceania Cruises Azamara Cruises
Family Friendly Royal Caribbean International Princess Cruises Norwegian Cruise Line
Luxury Silversea Cruises
Set sail to some serious fun today. Which cruise will you choose?
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by Marissa Candela
he weather was cold,wet and gloomy in NewYork, but we were warmed with excitement. Anticipation bubbled on the 45-minute cab ride from Long Island to Manhattan, as we prepared to set sail aboard the NORWEGIAN GEM for a 7-day spring break cruise...
My 6-year-old daughter and I were joining my brother, his wife, my 5and 9-year-old nieces and our parents for what promised to be a week of fun-filled family activity in Florida and the Bahamas—especially since Norwegian Cruises Lines are pioneers in “freestyle cruising,” which basically means you’re “free to do whatever you want, whenever you want.” Seven days worth of luggage was whisked away at the pier entrance with the promise it would be waiting in front of our mini-suites within a few hours. After a thorough security clearance, we were soon checked on and our vacation began…
flat screen, while others were making a week’s worth of dinner reservations at the 12 restaurants (some with cover charges). Others were reserving fun excursions for the ports of call in the coming week, though we decided to have lunch. We were quickly seated at the cover-free Grand Pacific Restaurant—a beautiful, classic dining room, and enjoyed the first of many excellent meals. I was pleased to see a varied kids menu with many healthy choices. Table-wide consensus was to partake in dessert, which we did for practically every meal thereafter. After a quick safety drill with life vests in tow, we set sail.We were excited to explore our mini-suites, which were surprisingly sleek and spacious. I particularly loved the sliding SATURDAY, EMBARKATION S a t u glass doors that led out to a balcony, which proved to be quite As we boarded the enormous floating hotel, we were rday, Em barkatio n safe (a concern of mine with the little one). greeted with champagne, music and age-appropriate After unpacking, we went up to the outside top deck Youth Program brochures for the girls. Room cards were doled to explore and check out the view as we sailed away from New out, which also conveniently served to track all on-board expenses.The York. Soon we hit Bali Hali bar, one of 11, for our first libation. Everyone main lounge was bustling with people exploring the ship while their playfully yelled in unison as we passed under theVerrazano Bridge. rooms were prepared.Youngsters playedWii on the lounge’s enormous 16
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SUNDAY, DAY 2 Easter Sunday was spent at sea, so some of us settled by the pool that day after a huge buffet breakfast.With the weather warming as we made our way towards Florida, the girls were anxious to try the pool and water slide. I went off to the gym and enjoyed a blissful workout.There were plenty of activities and entertainment on board, including an Easter egg hunt.That evening, dressed to the nines we wined, dined and celebrated the holiday together as a family.
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themed decor provided the perfect backdrop for their delicious steaks, grilled fish, chicken, and veal. After dinner, we ventured to the top deck and enjoyed a reggae-inspired band poolside at a Caribbeanthemed party. And although an “everything chocolate” buffet looked decadent and delicious, we had already enjoyed our fill of dessert at the restaurant. THURSDAY, DAY 6 The next day offered a quick stop in Freeport for some souvenir shopping right outside the ship. Part of our group disembarked, but lounging by the pool amongst music, fun and cocktails was my idea of how to spend the day. That evening, our family opted for Chinese food at the Orchid Garden, which offered an array of Asian delights, including Japanese. I opted for the sushi and sake!
MONDAY, DAY 3 The next day, we arrived in Orlando, Florida via Port Canaveral to a sunny and perfect 82 degrees!We decided to head to SeaWorld as the girls were excited to see Shamu.At the stadium show we opted to sit in the “splash zone” and were soaked by the enormous whale. Squishing through the park, we saw other awesome shows and attractions, including a dolphin nursery. And by day’s end, we were comletely exhausted and anxious to get back to the comforts of our ship. FRIDAY, DAY 7 That evening, we enjoyed yet another great meal at Magenta, the On our last day at breakfast en route to NewYork, we managed to see a smaller of the two traditional dining rooms. Its modern decor and seating large school of dolphins alongside our ship. Everyone was looking forward were a fantastic alternative to the Grand Pacific.We to the poolside barbeque, which promised day-long then headed over to enjoy some Sinatra-esque live entertainment, games, and lots of food, of course! If you choose to visit music at the piano bar.Afterwards, my brother and I For our last official dinner on board, we reserved moved to Bliss Lounge, a Manhattan-style dance club, a table at the beautiful Le Bistro.We enjoyed a few Great Stirrup Cay, where we danced before ending the evening at the cocktails at the adjacent Wine Bar, then headed you can: casino and a late-night buffet. over to admire some of the restaurant’s wonderful Enjoy the private island artwork, including a piece by Henri Matisse. Le Bistro with neon-colored fish TUESDAY, DAY 4 offered French classics such as escargots and mussels, and white sand beaches. We arrived at Norwegian Cruise Lines’ private island and main courses with delicious sauces. Despite the • called Great Stirrup Cay, but opted to stay onboard restaurant’s cover, it was one of the most memorable Relax at a beachside the ship and enjoy the pool. Hey, it’s freestyle cruising, meals of our trip—complete with chocolate fondue barbeque, dance the limbo remember?You’re free to do whatever… for dessert! if you like or wander That evening, we enjoyed some hibachi at the the island. Teppanyaki Room.The girls delighted in watching the SATURDAY, DISEMBARKATION • talented chefs perform culinary tricks while preparing The next morning, we were all out on our balconies Snorkel, kayak, sail or their 5-course meal. Later on, the adults caught a show as we pulled alongside the Intrepid in NewYork.This take a snooze in one of by amazing jazz vocalist, Jane L. Powell. time, the weather was clear and we could see the many hammocks. skyline with theVerazzano Bridge in the distance. WEDNESDAY, DAY 5 Leaving the ship was an absolute breeze, as we The next day we arrived in Nassau and headed over to Atlantis.Although were instructed to put our packed suitcases with designated colored the Acquaventure water park excursion was sold out, we did enjoy the tags outside of our stateroom the night before. All on-ship expenses hotel’s aquarium and had a fantastic, full-filled day at the beach. were settled and after breakfast our tag color was called down to the lobby Later that evening, the grandparents took the girls to dinner where we disembarked, cleared security, and picked up our luggage. and a magic show, while the parents enjoyed dinner at Cagney’s steak The process was amazingly smooth and organized, considering the house, one of the ships premium restaurants. Cagney’s elegant art deco 4,000-plus vacation-happy passengers. JOURNEY S | FA L L 2009
...consider discovering the world first-hand through travel...it’s the best way to learn about a particular locale and deepens our appreciation for different cultures and life itself.
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TRAVEL: Bringing the Classroom to Life by Marissa Candela
Rather than being bound to the pages of a book, constricted by the walls of a classroom or limited to the scope of a DVD, consider discovering the world first-hand through travel. After all, it’s the best way to learn about a particular locale and deepens our appreciation for different cultures and life itself. If you’re looking to learn more about a specific area and its unique offerings, read on. We’ve gathered a wide array of learning vacations across the globe, covering a spectrum of regions, topics and enriching educational experiences. So immerse your senses through travel – taste the food, see the sights, meet the people, hear the language and directly encounter the history and
culture of a fresh destination. Get out there and experience the world!
STEP BACK IN TIME IN GREECE AND EGYPT There is so much to learn about the ancient country of Greece. It offers a variety of world-famous historic sites, beautiful countryside, islands and endless enriching experiences. Take one of Collette Vacations’ “Learning Vacations,” a tour package entitled “Greece: Footsteps Through Time.” The program is offered through Smithsonian Journeys, which specializes in exciting, educational travel experiences. Participants stay in a centrally located hotel in the lively, cosmopolitan city of Athens. Led by expert tour guides over a nine-day period, you will delve into Athens’ core areas, theTemple of Poseidon and nearby Delphi.
Explore the Temple of Zeus… climb to the top of the Acropolis… cruise the sparkling Aegean…taste wine at a local vineyard…photograph the Temple of Poseidon… and marvel at the ruins of the temple to Athena. Other learning highlights on this journey include the magnificent collection at the National Archaeological Museum, with an insightful presentation on “the representation of the human figure in Greek Antiquity;” as well as an exclusive lecture on the history and culture of Contemporary Greece by a Professor of Social Sciences and Humanities at New York College in Athens. After this “learning vacation,” you will indeed be knowledgeable of all facets of Greece, both past and present. If the ancient land of Egypt intrigues you, Collette Vacations continued on page 9...
If the ancient land of Egypt intrigues you, Collette Vacations has a “Splendors of the Nile” tour, also from Smithsonian Journeys Travel Adventures.
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COME JOIN THEM. The ultimate Holland America Line onboard experience can be yours at exceptional fares.
Collette Vacations has partnered with Smithsonian Journeys to bring you even more custom-crafted tours created for adventurous travelers who seek the thrill of discovery and learning:
Whether it’s a massage in our Greenhouse Spa & Salon or a hands-on class in our Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine magazine, your journey will be one to remember.
15 Day Circle Hawaii ms Zaandam 10/8 & 11/7/08 Roundtrip San Diego
10 Day Mexican Riviera and Sea of Cortez ms Ryndam 10/2, 11/1 & 12/1/08 Roundtrip San Diego
7 Day Mexican Riviera ms Oosterdam 10/4, 11/1 & 12/6/08 Roundtrip San Diego
To book your Holland America Line cruise today, please contact your TRAVELSAVERS travel professional.
Spacious, Elegant Ships ◆ Gracious, Award-Winning Service ◆ Worldwide Itineraries Extensive Activities and ◆ Enrichment Programs ◆ Sophisticated Five-Star Dining
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offers a “Splendors of the Nile” tour, also along with Smithsonian Journeys Travel Adventures. Explore thousands of years of legend and lore as you view the timeless wonders of this region. Discover the world of the ancient Egyptians by standing before the incomparable sites of the pharaohs – Memphis and Sakkara, the Pyramids of Giza, Luxor and Karnak temples, and the tombs on the West Bank of ancient Thebes. Visit the Valley of the Kings and hear about their site selection, tomb construction, rituals, and symbolism. Cruise along the legendary Nile River and stop at the temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo, situated at the crossroads of ancient caravan routes. Gain insight on the roles of the pharaoh, religion, and art and architecture in ancient Egypt, including the rule of Cleopatra, pharaoh Ramses II and his wife
Nefertari.You’ll learn all facets of ancient Egyptian history, as well as exciting recent archaeological finds from your Egyptologist/national guide who is on hand throughout your journey. Overall, it’s an incredible learning experience!
• The Wonders of Iceland • Costa Rica – Nature’s Museum • Great Trains,Wineries and Cultures of Australia & New Zealand • Spirit of Washington, D.C. • China’s Ancient Silk Road • Japan’s Hidden Treasures • Patagonia – Highlighting the Natural Wonders of Argentina & Chile • Treasures of Angkor Wat & Vietnam • Natural Newfoundland & Legendary Labrador • Ecuador featuring the Galapagos Islands • Train Journeys of the Alps • Italian Masterpieces • Crossing the Pyrenees • Mexico’s Treasure: TheYucatan Peninsula
Fuel supplement of $5.00 per guest, per day applies to all sailings on or after February 1, 2008. The maximum charge is $70.00 per guest.
Sample fares are per person, cruise only, based on double occupancy in the minimum categories. Fares are in US dollars and include non-discountable amounts. Taxes and fuel charge are additional. Fares based on Zaandam 10/8/08, 11/7/08, Ryndam 12/1/08, Oosterdam 12/6/08 sailings, TRAVELSAVERS group rates. Additional sailings and rates available. Offers are subject to availability and may be altered or withdrawn at any time without prior notice. Ships’ Registry: The Netherlands
TRAVEL A PATH TO SPIRITUAL ENLIGHTENMENT Learn more about the roots of your spiritual heritage with religious travel, either independently or with your church. Globus offers faithbased travel packages that cover many religious denominations. You can grow and deepen your faith by visiting holy sites that suit your religion and/or historical interests. Explore the Vatican and the various churches of Europe. Visit where John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the Jordan River near Bethany. Retrace the missionary journey of the Apostle Paul in Greece or travel the lands of the Bible. It’s all up to you. Globus Religious Vacations feature some of the most beloved and holy places on earth. The itineraries encourage you to visit and learn more about the “faith of our fathers,” as well as enrich your life personally. Why not gain a better understanding of the world in which we live while experiencing the local culture and cuisine through religious travel? Whatever your destination may be, journeys such as these offer true spiritual enrichment and are an enlightening step above a run-of-the-mill vacation.
• Travel the Lands of the Bible – Jordan & Egypt in the Bible – Turkey & the Book of Revelation – Footsteps of Apostle Paul • Travel the Lands of Protestant/Evangelical Christianity – Christian England & theWorld of C.S. Lewis – The European Reformation • Travel the Lands of Catholicism – Irish Faith & History – Legacy of Pope John Paul II – Lourdes & Shrines of France – Marian Shrines of Europe – Classic Shrines of Italy – Grand Catholic Italy • Oberammergau in 2010 – Home of the world-famous Passion Play,a reenactment of the crucifixion of Christ performed every decade
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Some future guest chefs at Holland America Line’s Culinary Arts Center program will be:
Are you a food and wine aficionado? Then rejoice! Holland America Line is offering a groundbreaking program at their “The Culinary Arts Center” on select cruises. Presented by Food &Wine magazine, it integrates the love of fine fare and vino with a unique and entertaining experience.
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For an additional fee, small classes of 12 guests can view cooking demonstrations and partake in hands-on culinary classes in state-of-the-art kitchens by award-winning top chefs and leading cookbook authors.And foodies won’t miss a sauté or a flambé, because class is held in an innovative theatre-style venue with plasma screens for an up-close view.
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You will also enjoy wine tastings (specific to the ports of call you visit) and food-pairing seminars hosted by wine and cheese experts. Book signings, Q&A sessions, specially designed dinner menus and
Learn more about the roots of your spiritual heritage with religious travel...Globus offers faith-based travel packages that cover many religious denominations.
market tours in selected ports of call may also be offered. Learning literature such as Food &Wine recipe cards, wine-tasting notes and copies of the magazine are provided for further enrichment.The epicurious will learn about all things food and wine from the experts through this special cruise program – it’s a true gastronomical delight.
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Globus offers many diverse religious vacation options. Choose the one that’s right for you:
For more food and wine learning fun, take an 11-day Flavours of Italy tour fromTrafalgar, with fine Italian cuisine serving as the touring centerpiece. For example, after seeing the Colosseum and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, visit an olive oil and wine outlet for a taste of some excellent Chiantis and extra virgin olive oils. Then enjoy a lecture on the basic principals of Italian cuisine and learn a few words in the native tongue – you’ll need to in order to prepare for the shopping you’ll be doing at the fruit and vegetable market. After, learn how
to prepare an authentic Italian meal in a real restaurant kitchen, and mangia bene! If you prefer distinctive French cuisine, Trafalgar also offers an 11-day Taste of France tour. Enjoy guided sightseeing to the Notre Dame Cathedral, Place de la Concorde, Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and many other notable sites. Visit some of France’s most prestigious wine cellars in Champagne and Burgundy and taste the various vintages. You’ll also enjoy mouth-watering local specialties paired with appropriate wines. Shop for high-quality produce at the Provencal open-air market for the food you’ll need to prepare lunch in a real village restaurant kitchen. There, you’ll receive a lesson in French culinary terms to prep for your meeting with a French chef, who will then teach you how to cook a delicious meal. Magnifique!
• Andrew Shotts – Chocolatier, Garrison Confections, Providence, RI ms Zaandam, 15-day Circle Hawaii April 3, 2008 • Dean Max – Executive Chef, 3030 Ocean, Marriott’s Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale ms Westerdam, 7-day S. Caribbean April 6, 2008 • Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarbrough, Authors, Ultimate Cookbook Series ms Westerdam, 15-day Trans Panama Canal April 22, 2008 • H. Alexander Talbot & Aki Kamozawa, Culinary Instructors ms Statendam, 17-day Japan, Eastern Russia & Alaska April 23, 2008 • Pichet Ong, Chef, P*ONG, NewYork City ms Rotterdam, 15-day European Capitals May 26, 2008 • Mark Oldman,Author, Oldman’s Guide to OutsmartingWine ms Osterdam, 7-day Alaskan Explorer via Hubbard Glacier May 31, 2008 • David Pasternack, Esca, NewYork City, NY msWesterdam, 7-day Alaskan Explorer via Glacier Bay July 13, 2008
HIGHER LEARNING ON THE HIGH SEAS University students can enjoy a unique and sophisticated learning experience through Royal Caribbean International cruise line’s “Scholar Ship,” enabling students to travel the globe with 600 other university students and top-notch staff from around the world. Undergraduates spend a 16-week academic semester aboard a transformed passenger ship with an itinerary that covers five continents and eight ports. They’ll experience distinctive academic programs and cultural and social experiences that simply cannot be duplicated in a traditional classroom.
The Scholar Ship’s Port Program provides students with experiential learning opportunities in host countries that bring the onboard academic programs to life. This program presents opportunities for students to explore the diverse cultures found in these countries through academic field programs, community service, shore excursions and independent travel. As with any type of higher learning institution, students must take core classes and can choose from a variety of other course offerings.There is also adequate time for personal exploration and leisure, recreation and pursuit of new friendships.These one-of-a-kind adventures will surely
enrich young minds and provide them with a lifetime of incredible experiences and knowledge.
The Scholar Ship program is built on the integration of four key elements:
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The Scholar Ship’s 2008 Itinerary: • Kobe, Japan • Shanghai, China • Singapore • Cochin, India • PortVictoria, Seychelles • Cape Town, South Africa • Buenos Aires,Argentina • Casablanca, Morocco • Barcelona, Spain • Piraeus, Greece
The Scholar Ship’s Port Program provides students with experiential learning opportunities in host countries that bring the onboard academic programs to life.
• An onboard classroom learning environment • A multi-cultural residential and social community • An experiential-oriented port program • A strategic research initiative
Semesters at Sea & Cruisetours
The Scholar Ship embarks on a journey around the world twice a year, commencing each January and September. Itineraries vary from voyage to voyage, but all are planned to provide engaging learning experiences through a port program that complements the curriculum onboard.
SAIL TOWARD KNOWLEDGE WITH CRUISETOURS For those who enjoy cruises but want to learn more about the various sights, get to the heart of your destination with cruisetours. Offered by most major cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruise Lines, this mode of travel combines a cruise and a land tour. It’s the best of both worlds, with the land portion generally taken before or after the cruise. Cruisetours allow travelers to fully explore regions not accessible by ship. Venture deep into such places as the Canadian Rockies, the Mediterranean, Alaska, Europe, Australia, Asia and South America to fully experience the regions’ scenery, local flavor, cultures and historic landmarks. Travel by deluxe motor coach or train with a knowledgeable tour director to guide and instruct you. Plus, overnight stays in deluxe
hotels enable you to get a real feel for the destination. With cruisetours, travelers can learn a lot more by intermingling a fun cruise vacation with the enriching experience of a full-fledged tour.
Royal Caribbean International offers Cruisetours to the following destinations: • • • • •
Alaska Asia Australia/New Zealand Europe South America
Celebrity Cruises offers Cruisetours to the following destinations: • • • • • •
Experience what has been described as the “World’s Most Beautiful Sea Voyage” with Hurtigruten (formerly Norwegian Coastal Voyage). They offer a wide range of year-round options for travelers who are looking for the unusual and unique – soft adventures, enriching destinations and excursions, and local interaction – within the comfort of an upscale cruise environment. Besides continuing a century-long tradition of year-round sailings along Norway’s stunning fjord-filled west coast, they also have two luxury exploration ships operating in Antarctica and South America, and have recently built a new ship dedicated to Greenland cruising. If you wish to learn more about nature in its splendid natural habitat, consider a unique arctic cruise to the rarely visited Norwegian Island (aka the Arctic’s last wilderness) of Spitsbergen. Hurtigruten is one of the few
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And if you have questions, five naturalists, as well as other qualified lecturers are onboard to share their knowledge about the wildlife, hunting and fishing, the regionâ€™s rich history and the significance of its scientific research. There are also guided city tours, such as a visit to the Svalbard Museum with exhibits of arctic natural history.
If youâ€™re going to take an artic cruise expedition, expect to dress for adventure. For shore excursions, be sure to pack a pair of hiking boots, waterproof and windproof jacket and pants, a warm hat, a pair of windproof wool gloves, inner-gloves, two sets of long underwear, a warm woolen sweater and warm socks. Also recommended are two or three changes of indoor clothing, a pair of regular shoes to wear onboard ship, a warm down jacket, and a pair of solid rubber boots.
If youâ€™re a true explorer, take an outstanding Expedition Voyage to Spitsbergen, rich in unspoiled nature and wildlife. Mix with local citizens and make lifelong friendships with fellow travelers of similar exploration mindsets.Then return home with in-depth knowledge
Whichever destination you choose, one thing is for sure â€“ any one of these adventures will leave a lifelong impression. So travel to enrich your life, expand your knowledge and gain a better understanding of the world and your place in it.
Choosing the amount and type of volunteer work is as individual as the causes themselves. You might consider working for a cause that has personal meaning, factoring in your physical and mental capabilities. Budding philanthropists assist in such tasks as building housing and schools, educating youngsters, helping the environment by saving an endangered species, feeding the hungry,participating in an archeological dig, assisting in healthcare services, or other types of community outreach. If thereâ€™s a cause, thereâ€™s work to be done. Just as the price ranges for these trips very widely, so do the itineraries. Some packages offer softer adventures with accommodations at five-star resorts. The beauty of these vacations is that there are so many choices, from the intense to moderate to light. Voluntourism upholds the traditional elements of travel.Vacationers can still partake in arts, culture, geography, history and recreation while practicing social responsibility. In addition to improving the well-being of others, voluntourism offers direct interaction with another culture, wealth distribution through hands-on experience, (rather than a checkbook) and most importantly, a sense of purpose and satisfaction when the journey is complete.
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Make it Mexico for a Weekend Getaway…Olé! by Marissa Candela
CRUISE THE MEXICAN RIVIERA WITH NCL
The twin resort destinations of San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas are known collectively as Los Cabos. The first, San Jose del Cabo, is a beautiful city full of lush tropical palm groves and quaint, meandering streets showcasing a fabulous Municipal Palace, charming restaurants with private courtyards, boutiques, shops and a wonderful tropical estuary. The atmostphere here is easy and laid-back. The second, Cabo San Lucas, features wonderful restaurants, some of the finest shopping in the world, a beautiful 300-slip marina with full services and very active nightlife with a wonderful array of clubs and bars. For outdoor types, the waters around Cabo San Lucas teem with marine life and offer outstanding opportunities for deep sea fishing and diving. Mexico is one of the world’s most incredibly diverse travel destinations, offering the best natural and cultural settings for all kinds of leisure activities. From adventure seekers…to sun worshippers…to history buffs…to those who prefer to indulge in fabulous shopping, authentic food and spirited nightlife, Mexico can accommodate.
In many ways, the resorts at Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo have a more American feel than other Mexican resorts. Despite that influence, however, these two regions have retained their distinctively Mexican flair. In fact, the blend of American and Mexican cultures provides a charming backdrop for visitors. Cabo San Lucas is one of the country’s best choices for your Mexican vacation. CANCUN Cancun is many things to many people. To college students on spring break, it is a week-long, 24-hour party hot spot. To honeymooners, it is the perfect romantic getaway to start a life together. To outdoor sports enthusiasts, it is the perfect place to catch some great waves, go parasailing or dive into the clear blue ocean.
Of the many diverse Mexican destinations, we’ve chosen to highlight one on each coast: Cabo San Lucas in the east and Cancun in the west. Even if you only have a weekend to spare, you’ll be able to fully enjoy either one of these fabulous locales. Read on to learn about these simply spectacular Mexican getaways.
The region can be divided into three distinct, but interrelated, sections. Where you choose to stay depends on what type of vacation experience you seek:
CABO SAN LUCAS Cabo San Lucas is attracting a wider range of visitors
• The popular resort zone attracts visitors from around
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the world with sugar-white sand and the inviting emerald-andturquoise waters of the Caribbean.
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• The actual city of Cancun is a booming area that is a popular destination for dining and shopping, and features less expensive accommodations than the resort area. • The ecological reserve delivers beautiful lagoons and mangroves. One could literally spend years exploring its unspoiled beauty.
As befits its resort reputation, Cancun offers extensive visitor facilities to pamper any traveler, combining ancient culture and a wonderful and exotic tropical island setting along with modern conveniences. Visitors are free to indulge their shopping needs at more than a dozen American-style shopping malls. Dining in Cancun also offers something for everyone. In addition to every imaginable fast-food chain, you will find gourmet seafood, Caribbean dishes, Asian cuisine and, of course, Mexican specialties.
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For history buffs, the entire region is a treasure trove of Mayan influence. Stone temples uncovered during the construction of the areas resorts tell a tale dating back to the 12th century. In all, there are more than 200 archeological sites. Some are wonderfully restored, while others are still surrounded and obscured by the tangled jungle of the region. From ancient ruins to beautiful beaches, Cancun is a must-see vacation spot. Indeed, it would be challenging to design a destination with greater natural beauty, archeological riches and man-made attractions. Whichever Mexican destination you choose, there are a great variety of budget hotel offerings, as well as a great many upscale resorts where your every need can be indulged. And, there are plenty of expert tours available to guide you to just the right places. Pleasant Holidays and Travel Impressions are prime choices. Choose Mexicana Airlines to fly you there in style. All you need to do is so clear your weekend schedule to swing some serious siesta time and escape today – olé!
Travel Window: Now through January 3rd 2009 HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDES: Roundtrip airport transfers, bottle of champagne, breakfast for two daily, one romantic dinner on the beach, two couples 30 minute massages. *Rates in US Dollars based on double occupancy. All applicable taxes and service fees included. Based on availability. Does not apply to group reservations. Valid for new bookings only. Restrictions apply.
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than ever before, even some notable glitterati. Everyone from honeymooners to families with children in tow will find something to love about the region — scenic beauty, wonderful beaches, crystal blue waters, world-renowned sport-fishing, surfing and windsurfing, plus every imaginable amenity for the discriminating traveler.
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National Treasures: U.S. Parks Offer Family Fun for All Sailing the Caribbean December 2008
by Marissa Candela
natural beauty. We’ve hand-picked the must-see national parks in America, so read on to get some great ideas for your next family vacation…
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GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK (ARIZONA) Whether you see the immense Grand Canyon via vehicle, shuttle, bicycle, or on foot, you’ll marvel at its unique geologic colors and forms. Visit the oft-frequented South Rim or the more secluded North Rim. Either way, the Grand Canyon is filled with things to see and do during a family jaunt. Kids aged 4-14 can even become Junior Rangers! The adventurous can raft down the Colorado River or go on a mule trip. Lodge right in picturesque Grand Canyon Village or camp on designated grounds. GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK (WYOMING) This extraordinary national park preserves a spectacular landscape that attracts nearly four million visitors per year. Many special events and activities happen here, so plan ahead. A full range of outdoor activities are offered, with cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing during winter. A centrally located full-service resort hotel called Jackson Lake Lodge is available, or camp on designated grounds. Also, Grand Teton is very close to Yellowstone National Park.
Marvel at majestic snowcapped mountains…relax by pristine rivers and lakes… watch rare and extraordinary wildlife…awe over natural arches…wonder over wide canyons. For a fun-filled, action-packed family getaway, consider visiting one of the many national parks throughout the United States. Each is unique and offers a plethora of things to see and do for a perfect family getaway.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (WYOMING, MONTANA & IDAHO) Yellowstone is home to a large variety of wildlife, including America’s only wild bison population. Also preserved within are the popular Old Faithful and a collection of the world’s most extraordinary geysers and hot springs, as well as the “Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.” Whether you go llama-packing or get caught in a bison traffic jam, the park spans over 3,400 miles, so be sure to plan your trip to a specific area. Yellowstone also has an official Junior Ranger Program open to children aged 5-12.
Together, you can enjoy outdoor activities such as: camping, biking, bird-watching, scenic drives, hiking, boating, fishing, wildlife-viewing, backpacking, horseback riding, and learning from ranger programs and/or guided tours. Most of these national parks also have informative museums and visitor centers to enhance your stay. Some even offer onsite lodging, making it easy to comfortably surround yourself with
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CANYON COUNTRY ADVENTURE 8 days, Departing through October 2008 HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: Hiking and overnight lodging on the rim at Grand Canyon, Four-wheel-drive guided excursion in Monument Valley, Glen Canyon float trip, and Bryce Canyon Horseback riding. Priced from from $1,709 land only* *Price is land only, per person, and based on double occupancy. Call your TRAVELSAVERS agency for air rates.
ROCKIES, SIERRAS & NAPA 7 days from $4,570 Departure Dates Westbound: 10/8, 10/22, 11/5 Departure Dates Eastbound: 10/1, 10/15 and 10/29 Highlights include: daylight rail through Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Napa Valley, San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Salt Lake City & Park City and Denver. *Prices are per person, double occupancy, except Single Sleepers.
ZION NATIONAL PARK (UTAH) View massive scales, towering cliffs and test your courage in small, narrow valleys and canyons at Zion National Park. Hike paths that will take you to a 1,700-foot summit where you can view breathtaking natural beauty with various shades and hues of sandstone cliffs ranging in color from cream to pink to red. Visitor centers and a museum will also enhance your experience. Free ranger-led activities include hikes, talks and shuttle tours. Be sure to check the weather during the season you will be traveling, so your enjoyment won’t be hampered by extreme temperatures. And if you don’t wish to be left to your own devices, there are plenty of expert tours available to guide you to just the right places. Popular and trusted travel suppliers — like Globus, Trafalgar, Collette Vacations and Mayflower Tours — are prime choices. They will help you get the most value and fun out of your vacation dollars. Visit soon, and your family will gain a new appreciation for the diverse, natural beauty of our country’s magnificent national parks!
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ARCHES NATIONAL PARK (UTAH) Arches preserves over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, like the worldfamous Delicate Arch. Whether you choose to hike or drive, you’ll witness a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. Marvel at the “Balancing Rock,” explore the Petrified Sand Dunes, and hike between the tall sandstone fins in Devils Garden to see Landscape Arch. Rangers lead low-cost walks into the Fiery Furnace, a labyrinth of narrow passageways and abrupt deadends, twice each day.
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UNVEIL THE MYSTERIES OF EGYPT IN CAPTIVATING CAIRO
Despite the current political and economic climate, visitors from all over the globe are flocking to Memphis. Not the one in Tennessee, rather the ancient city that was once the capital of the Old Kingdom of Egypt, just a short drive south of Cairo on the west bank of the famed Nile River. For literally thousands of years, captivated audiences have marveled at the mysterious remains of an extensive necropolis on the Giza plateau. BY MARISSA CANDELA
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WH T IS ITS LLURE, EX CTLY? PICTURE EXPANSIVE DESERT THAT INCLUDES: ORNATE MASTABAS (FLAT-ROOFED, RECTANGULAR ROCK TOMBS); MAGNIFICENT PYRAMIDS THAT HELD PRICELESS TREASURES AND THE ENIGMATIC MUMMIFIED REMAINS OF EGYPT’S ANCIENT RULERS; THE GREAT SPHINX; AND MORE. Awarded universal recognition for “the Pyramids, their antiquity and the exceptional civilization they represent,” this site was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1979, and includes regions in Saqqara, Dahshur, Abu Ruwaysh and Abusir, also worth visiting. Interestingly enough, Giza is generally thought of by outsiders as lying in a remote, desert location. Rather, it is located in a suburb of the most populated city in Africa with urban development reaching right up to the perimeter of the archeological site, so finding a plethora of things to do and places to stay in the area is not an issue. However, the main draw is of course, the pyramids… AWE-INSPIRING GIZA PYRAMIDS There are a total of about 80 pyramids in Egypt, and most were royal tombs that contained an inner sepulchral chamber that housed a deceased ruler and beloved artifacts. It is the massive, widely-known Great Pyramid of Khufu (also known as the “Great Pyramid”) and the iconic MIRACULOUSLY, THE GREAT Sphinx at Giza that are synonymous with Egypt PYRAMID IS THE ONLY ONE OF THE in most people’s minds. “SEVEN WONDERS OF THE ANCIENT Although frequently filled WORLD” STILL IN EXISTENCE. with throngs of visitors, Egypt’s edifices cannot be surpassed in beauty and historical value. Miraculously, the Great Pyramid is the only one of the “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World” still in Photo Credits (clockwise, from top-left): existence. Built during a 30-year period concluding 1) ©GARDEL Bertrand/hemis.fr; 2) ©GARDEL Bertrand/hemis.fr; 3) ©GARDEL Bertrand/hemis.fr; around 2560 BC during the Fourth Dynasty of Egypt’s 4) ©GARDEL Bertrand/hemis.fr; 5) ©GARDEL Old Kingdom, it was once considered the tallest manBertrand/hemis.fr; 6) ©RIEGER Bertrand/hemis.fr
made building in the world. Believed to have been built as a tomb for Fourth-Dynasty Egyptian King Khufu, it is the main part of a complex setting of buildings in honor of the ancient ruler, along with the slightly smaller-scaled Pyramid of Khafre, somewhat modestsized Pyramid of Menkaure, Khufu’s boat pits, three “Queen’s Pyramids” for his wives and several mastaba tombs for the royal posse. Although there have been varying scientific and alternative theories regarding the Great Pyramid’s construction techniques, most are based on the idea that it was built by moving huge stones from a quarry and dragging and lifting them into place. This was no easy feat however, as there are an estimated 2.3 million blocks used to build the Great Pyramid, with an average weight of about 2.5 tons per block with the largest block weighing as much as 15 tons. This alone evokes jawdropping amazement. The stones are laid so precisely that not even a razor can be slipped between the joints. CONTINUED ON PAGE 216
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WARNING: UPON ENTERING KHUFU: THE 1908 EDITION OF BAEDEKER’S EGYPT WARNS “TRAVELERS WHO ARE IN THE SLIGHTEST DEGREE PREDISPOSED TO APOPLECTIC OR FAINTING FITS, AND LADIES TRAVELLING ALONE, SHOULD NOT ATTEMPT TO PENETRATE INTO THESE STIFLING RECESSES.” SOURCE: WWW.PBS.ORG
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VISIT-WORTHY DAHSHUR: YET ANOTHER ROYAL NECROPOLIS LOCATED IN THE DESERT ON THE WEST BANK OF THE NILE SOUTH OF CAIRO IS DAHSHUR, A REGION KNOWN CHIEFLY FOR SEVERAL PYRAMIDS, TWO OF WHICH ARE AMONG THE OLDEST, LARGEST AND BEST-PRESERVED IN EGYPT. CALLED “THE BENT PYRAMID” AND “THE RED PYRAMID,” THEY WERE CONSTRUCTED DURING THE REIGN OF PHARAOH SNOFRU, FATHER OF KHUFU OF THE OLD KINGDOM. THE UNUSUAL SHAPE OF THE BENT PYRAMID IS UNIQUE, AND REPRESENTS A TRANSITIONAL PYRAMID FORM BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN THE RESULT OF AN ENGINEERING CRISIS ENCOUNTERED DURING CONSTRUCTION. THE RED PYRAMID IS THE WORLD’S FIRST TRUE SMOOTH-SIDED PYRAMID.
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In the past, the work was thought to have been carried out by slaves, but evidence of burial grounds of laborers has since been discovered. INSIDE THE GREAT PYRAMID Whether you are interested in history or not, the pyramids are very impressive, especially when wandering at their bases and standing beneath them. Signing up for the late afternoon/evening tour is recommended. Although more costly than midday expeditions, the pyramids at sunset are infinitely more spectacular. Those who are not claustrophobic can go inside, since the interior is interesting to see even though grave robbers have long since depleted its interiors, but you can check out the nearby Egyptian Museum in Cairo, which has a large number of artifacts from the surrounding archaeological digs. Some visitors understandably dislike the idea of crouching and crawling through long tunnels to the King’s and Queen’s Chambers, THE AIR INSIDE IS ALSO VERY especially when they think of the tons of rock piled on top DENSE AND THICK, BUT FOR THE of where they stand. The air STRONG OF HEART THIS CAN BE inside is also very dense and AN ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME. thick, but for the strong of heart this can be the adventure of a lifetime. Visitors were once allowed to climb the Great Pyramid, but at 449 feet high, it since has been deemed too dangerous, so climb a camel and take a ride instead.
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THE GREAT SPHINX The majestic, enigmatic Sphinx faces east and seems to function as sentinel over the entire configuration.
With the body of a lion and what is believed to be the head of Khafre, the Sphinx is carved from the natural limestone of Giza. Parts of it have disintegrated over the years with entire pieces dropping into the desert. It is not known to have inside chambers like those found in the pyramids, but just gazing at the exterior of this regal monument is a wonder to behold. SEE THE NILE IN STYLE As the longest river on Earth, the Nile runs through the African continent with palm trees and lush greenery and is a stark contrast from the nearby desert. Rich with history, ancient Egypt’s civilization first developed along its banks about 5,000 years ago. The river was also used to transport supplies and building materials to the pyramids, so there is a strong connection. To fully experience the river, stay nearby at the stylish Sofitel el Gezirah Hotel, which provides a privileged location on a Nile island in the heart of Cairo, or enjoy timeless vistas of river life unfold along a journey down the Nile. Options include an intimate five-star Sonesta Sun Goddess ship, purpose-built for cruising on the Nile with just 62 well-appointed outside staterooms featuring a panoramic picture window, private bath and other fine amenities. The intimate ship also includes fine dining, a spacious lounge, Sun Deck and refreshing pool. Visit Cairo and experience the only remaining “Ancient Wonder of the World” in Memphis on the Giza plateau, as well as other notable necropolis nearby. Nicknamed “The City of a Thousand Minarets,” Cairo has a mix of historical and modern cultural sights, where one can travel back in time through pyramid portals or stay firmly planted in present through shopping, fine dining, upscale accommodations and so much more.
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along with the luxurious vegetation and gardens and proximity to the sea, all contribute to Olinda’s particular charm. The Jesuit Guaraní Missions The Jesuit Guaraní Missions hold the remains of 30 towns that prospered under the Jesuits in the 17th and 18th centuries. Although originally built in the heart of a tropical forest near the Paraná and Uruguay Rivers, they now reside in Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. Still relatively close to one another, they are connected by what is known as the “Royal Roads.”
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Sipán (which can also be explored just a few kilometers to the west). During recent restoration eﬀorts, a suite of pre-Hispanic burials were discovered inside of the altar and beneath the ﬂoor of the chapel, quite atypical of a Catholic church.
South America holds some of the world’s most precious monuments and architectural sites. However, pollution, neglect, vandalism and looting contribute to the diminishment of their value and the integrity of the visitor’s overall experience. It is more important than ever to preserve these sites and work together in defending our world’s shared architectural heritage…before it is too late. Although eﬀorts are being made to do just that, the old adage stands true… nothing lasts forever. So we need to prevent these priceless sites from fading into the earth and learn all we can while they still stand. Whether it’s an ancient temple, sacrosanct church, ethereal chapel, historic convent or diverse missions spread across three countries, these hallowed grounds hold many priceless secrets and mysteries of societies past, waiting to be untapped. We, as humanity, need to do our best to preserve them for as long as possible.
Huaca de la Luna One of the most important archaeological sites in all of Peru is located 8 km south of Trujillo, the bustling Peruvian city, where two massive, crumbling adobe mounds seemingly rise from the desert. Built during the Moche Empire, Huaca de
la Luna was a revered religious complex that has produced some of the most spectacular and best-preserved murals in Peru. Nestled inside the huaca are untold mysteries and unearthed treasure. At its base is a single, compact platform, built around 100AD, in which the bodies of deceased rulers lie. Over a period of 700 years, this L-shaped temple evolved into a 100-yard stepped pyramid with as many as eight levels. But because of gold and priceless artifacts beneath, it has been the target of relentless plundering for hundreds of years. Recent discoveries indicate even more tombs are nearby, hidden in hundreds of feet of adobe bricks. Nearby are the ruins of the Chimu mud city of Chan Chan, the world’s largest city built out of adobe Chan-chan.
San Pedro de Mórrope The Chapel of San Pedro de Mórrope is located in the town of Mórrope in Lambayeque, a city in northern Peru that is rich in historical past and exceptional museums that feature local artifacts. Built on a pre-Hispanic ceremonial site, the chapel was constructed at the beginning of the Colonial period in an effort to bring Christianity to the indigenous Moche. Once inside San Pedro de Mórrope, observe columns and rafters that resemble the bones of a whale. This ethereal effect was brought about by the construction techniques of the Moche, who utilized preHispanic materials such as plaster-coated carob tree trunks and mud. Another curious eﬀect is the chapel’s main altar, in the form of a stepped pyramid and reminiscent of the 1,700-year-old Moche burial mound in
The lovely port and beach resort of Pimentel and the traditional town of Saña, with its Colonial houses and churches in ruins, round out nearby attractions.
Admire the unique style of the Jesuit Guaraní Missions, prime examples of the fusion of Spanish baroque architecture and indigenous Guaraní sculptural work (what art historians deem “Guaraní Baroque”). And while some locations are in better condition than others, all 30 towns were part of an interconnected system where each provided a specialty such as beef production, a printing press, precious metal production, carpentry and more. Visitors who frequent the Argentina location can enjoy a recently opened, stateof-the-art visitor’s center.
e Convent of San Francisco e Convent of San Francisco is located in the city of Olinda, which features a number of major must-sees, such as a historic downtown area, and the wildly popular Carnival of Olinda. Along with the convent dozens of Baroque churches, convents, small chapels, monuments, and houses make up the city’s architectural and urban landscape. The Convent of San Francisco is the ﬁrst Franciscan monastery built in Brazil and one of the most important monuments in all of historic Olinda. In use since 1585, the current complex was constructed in 1631 following the destruction of the first convent by Dutch invaders. Rendered in a Portuguese-Baroque style, the convent is widely known for its fantastic Portuguese tile work, vibrant polychrome murals, stately 17th-century fountain and rare book collection. The convent is still used by the Franciscan order, and several friars still occupy a portion of it.
Located within the vicinity is the breathtaking natural site of Iguazu Falls, aka “the Great Waters,” which offers exceptional natural beauty with its high, crashing waterfalls and rare, endangered species. e Convent of San Francisco
Marissa Candela has written extensively within the realms of travel, cuisine, wine, health and fitness, and home restoration. A former English teacher, she is also very interested in natural health and music, and sings in a band in her spare time. Marissa holds a BA from New York University and an MA from Stony Brook University. She currently lives on Long Island, New York, with her 5-year-old daughter and Cairn terrier.
Although time and the elements have taken their toll, these sites are now protected from ravage by the World Monuments Fund (WMF). ankfully, this organization’s tireless eﬀorts have revitalized these cherished sites. The WMF is the foremost private, nonproﬁt organization dedicated to the preservation of endangered architectural and cultural sites around the world. Since 1965, WMF has worked tirelessly to stem the loss of historic structures at more than 500 sites in 91 countries. World Monument Fund’s work spans a wide range of sites and works with local partners and communities to identify and save important heritage through innovative programs of project planning, ﬁeldwork, advocacy, grant-making, education and on-site training. Every two years, WMF issues its World Monuments Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites, a global call to action on behalf of historic sites in need of immediate intervention. For more information on some of the world’s most treasured and endangered sites, visit the World Monuments Fund at www.wmf.org or call our development staﬀ at 646.424.9594.
The site is tucked within the city’s sloping topography and historic buildings. This, Photo courtesy of World Monuments Fund
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Published on Nov 3, 2013