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January 22, 2007
EDUCATIONAL ENRICHMENT TOPS LIST OF THINGS TO DO ON MANY CRUISES
For many cruise lines, onboard learning enrichment programs are all the
rage, designed to satisfy the mind, body and spirit. From Shakespearian
acting classes to foreign languages to undersea exploration, and famous
authors, diplomats and politicians, there are compelling learning
opportunities for everyone at sea.
The third annual Mind/Body cruise aboard the Carnival Glory in December
features comprehensive nutrition, fitness and wellness workshops by
leading health experts from around the country.
Guest lecturers are invited on board sailings to participate in
Celebrity's Discovery Enrichment Series program. Topics range from
finance and astronomy to wine, education and politics, to history and
From destination experts, scientists, authors, politicians and actors,
Crystal offers a broad range of lecturers for its well-educated and
discerning clientele. In addition, the cruise line's Creative Learning
Institute offers wellness seminars conducted by The Cleveland Clinic and
Berlitz language immersion programs.
In conjunction with London's prestigious University of Oxford, Cunard
cruises feature guest lecturers on entomology, creative writing, political
science and art. Passengers can also learn Shakespearian acting at
workshops taught by alumni of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Holland America Line
A variety of enrichment opportunities are offered to cruise guests on a
regular basis. Among the most popular are gourmet cooking demonstrations
and classes presented by noted chefs in cooperation with Food and Wine
magazine. Featured destination lecturers include archeologists and
astronomers, as well as award-winning journalists and authors.
Norwegian Cruise Line
Vessels on intra-Hawaii itineraries feature Hawaiian arts and crafts
classes, including lei making. Guest speakers from the Pacific Whale
Foundation, one of Maui's most significant conservation organizations,
provide illustrated lectures on marine conservation.
Through the Scholarship at Sea program, Princess Guests enjoy a portfolio of
"edu-tainment" courses on culinary arts, visual arts, computer skills,
digital photography, finance, Web page design and pottery.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Through an exclusive partnership with the Ocean Futures Society, Regent
provides guests with the opportunity to learn from renowned oceanographer
Jean-Michel Cousteau and his colleagues. Other Circles of Interest
activities include onboard lectures, workshops and special shore
excursions on art, history, design, archaeology and literature.
Royal Caribbean International
Educational opportunities run the gamut on Royal Caribbean cruises, from
home improvement and gardening to the performing arts and entertainment.
The cruise line's New Discoveries program includes astronomy, space
exploration and genealogy. Its Write Stuff series features presentations
with authors and publishers.
Seabourn Cruise Line
The Yachts of Seabourn offer programs in an eclectic array of areas,
including history, geography, politics, television, journalism, music,
theater, film, literature and food and wine.