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Edward
April 11th, 2004, 12:12 PM
Minerva II of Swan Hellenic Cruises (http://www.wirednewyork.com/cruises/swan_hellenic/) berthed at Pier 90 in New York. 10 April 2004.

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A Passage from the NEW WORLD
USA, CANADA, PORTUGAL, SPAIN
10 - 24 Apr - DAYS 15

Sat 10 Apr - London - New York
Fly from London to New York to join Minerva II.

Sun 11 Apr - New York
A full day to experience this diverse and exciting city. Your city tour will show you many highlights and bring you to fascinating 'villages' including Chinatown and Greenwich.

Mon 12 Apr - Newport
Stroll around this fashionable resort on the tip of Rhode Island to see colonial buildings, opulent mansions and marvellous coastal scenery.

Tue 13 Apr - Boston
Join a river cruise to see the city's highlights and places connected with the birth of American freedom - the golddomed State House, Boston Common, Quincy Market and the Prudential Tower.

Wed 14 Apr - Portland - At Sea
Visit historic Fort William Park and see Port Headlight, the oldes commissioned lighthouse in the united States. Alternatively, wander along the Western Promenade, with its Victorian architecture and shops, or visit charming Kennebunkport, once home to wealthy captains and sea merchants.

Thu 15 Apr - At Sea - Halifax
Explore the capital of Nova Scotia and discover its rich cultural and historical tradition. Landmarks include the Nova Scotia Museum, the Halifax Public Gardens, Province House and the 18th century St Paul's Church.

Fri 16 Apr - At Sea
Unwind today, find a good book in the Library and hear about sights to come from our Guest Speakers.

Sat 17 Apr - St Johns - At Sea
Explore the oldest city in North America and England's first overseas colony with narrow winding streets, lined with pastel clapperboard houses.

Sun 18 - Mon 19 Apr - At Sea
Pamper yourself in the Spa and Beauty Salon, or visit the Fitness Centre, play bridge in the Card Room, and enjoy superb meals in your choice of restaurants, as Minerva II travels to the Azores.

Tue 20 Apr - Praia di Vitoria
Today arrive at Terceira Island in the remote Azores. The 16th century palaces, monuments and churches of Angra do Heroismo, have earned the city UNESCO World Heritage status.

Wed 21 Apr - Ponta Delgada
Discover this delightful port and capital of the Azores on Sao Miguel, with its narrow cobbled streets, churches and forts.

Thu 22 - Fri 23 Apr - At Sea
As you cruise towards Spain relax on deck, or browse in the Library and listen or dance to the band during the evening in the Lounge.

Sat 24 Apr - Cadiz - London
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to London.


Guest Speakers

Sir Anthony Kenny
A former Master of Balliol College Oxford and past President of the British Academy, he will cover such aspects such as transatlantic radio telegraphy, the voyages of the Cabots and the Battle of the Atlantic 1940-45.

Professor David Nichols
Explore the waters of the Atlantic - the most studied ocean in the world, the fish of the sea and the question 'Oceans and our Future' with the Vice-President of Marine Conservation Society.

Canon Robin Protheroe
Enjoy a lively approach to the rich historical and cultural background of the Northlands, religions old and new, monarchies and polar explorers with the Cannon, a member of the Chapter of Bristol Cathedral and former senior lecturer in Religious Studies.

Professor Chris Stillman
Join the Professor Emeritus in Geology at Trinity College Dublin to discover more about ocean islan volcanoes such as the Canaries, Cape Verdes and Madeira and environmental problems both natural and man made.

Deb Goodenough
Head Gardener of Osborne House on the Isle of Wight in charge of restoring and maintaining Queen Victoria's gardens. A Canadian who has worked, trained and travelled in horticulture in Canada, the US and England including RBG, Kew. Secretary of the Professional Gardeners' Guild, having extensively toured internationally studying floras and gardens.