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Keno Brothers, Mary Ann Esposito, Suzanne Clark Among Others Onboard; Cruise Features Free Economy Air, Business Class Upgrade or $1,000 Off Fare
Ft. Lauderdale, FL., June 21, 2004 - Radisson Seven Seas Cruises announces a one-of-a-kind cruise featuring the popular on-air hosts of public television's MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, Ciao Italia, Great Performances, antiques Roadshow, Find! and Frontline.
The culturally rich cruise also offers exceptional value: guests of the seven SEas Voyager's nine-night November 12 athens to Barcelona voyage will enjoy their choice of EITHER free economy class air from 86 North American gateways, OR a free upgrade to business class air (when they pay economy air add-ons), OR savings of $1,000 per person off the cruise fare.
The program offers the public television community that rare opportunity to mingle with some of their favorite TV personalities in one of the most picturesque and historic regions of the Mediterranean. During the luxury cruise, topics as wide-ranging as history and travel, art and antiques, literature, music, food and wine, personal finance, politics and current events will be explored insightfully in a lively series of keynote talks, panel discussions, open forums, wine tastings and cooking classes.
Aboard the acclaimed 700-guest all-balcony suite Seven Seas Voyager, the dynamic news team of Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer will reunite, demonstrating how the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour became the gold standard of TV news (changing to NewsHour with Jim Lehrer in 1995 when MacNeil left to pursue other interests). The co-anchors will aim to inspire and enlighten guests with their commentary on politics and the upcoming election as well as readings from their latest books. Leigh and Leslie Keno, hosts of Find! and appraisers on the popular series Antiques Roadshow will lead guests on treasure hunts in key Mediterranean ports, appraising guests' find when back aboard. David Fanning, Emmy-award winning executive producer of Frontline, will explore the role of storytelling in today's cluttered TV news environment, while demystifying the making of an investigative documentary. Mary Ann Esposito, star of Ciao Italia, will lead tours of local markets in Sicily and Rome and host three cooking classes onboard. Jac Venza, executive producer of Great Performances, will share behind-the-scenes stories and rare clips of great entertainers from theater, opera, concert and dance stages. He'll also preview several public TV performances not yet aired and arrange onboard performances by top musical artist. Suzanne Clark, the chief operating officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a longtime friend of publick television, will take guests inside Washington D.C. to explore the impact of policy on U.S. business.
Further enriching the shipboard experience will hands-on Le Cordon Bleu cooking workshops ($395 per person), Mediterranean wine tastings with regional experts, port excursions lead by the TV personalities, a public TV book club hosted by Jim and Kate Lehrer and Robert MacNeil, nightly cocktail parties, and late night lounge and piano bar events.
The November 12 nine-night voyage from Piraeus (Athens) to Barcelona calls at Kusadasi, Rhodes, Naxos (Taormina), Sorrento, Civitavecchia (Rome), and Monte Carlo (for an onboard overnight).
Per person prices from $4,496 include a choice of either free economy class air from 86 North American gateways, OR af ree upgrade to business class air (when economy air add-ons are purchased), OR savings of $1,000 per person off the cruise fare (resulting in a starting fare of $3,496 per person), plus the special public television events, all shipboard gratuities, wine with dinner, and an in-suite bar set-up.
Radisson Seven Seas Cruises was voted "Best Small-ship Cruise Line" in Conde Nast Traveler's 2003 "Best in the World" Readers' Choice Awards.