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Got your winter vacation planned yet?

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For the sixth straight year, justice reporter/national broadcaster/true crime author Mike McIntyre and his wife, Chassity, are proud to be hosting a tropical winter vacation to paradise – and you’re invited to come along!

As you’ll read below, the upcoming 14-day adventure -which sets sail Jan. 29, 2011 out of Los Angeles – looks to be the couple’s best one yet and will be on board the beautiful Sapphire Princess ship.

But don’t wait too long to book – only a limited number of cabins are available, and many have already sold.


Here’s an overview of the trip, which comes after previous hosted journeys to the eastern, western and southern Caribbean and the Panama Canal.


FRIDAY JANUARY 28 – Fly to Los Angeles, California, stay overnight.

SATURDAY JANUARY 29 – Board the Sapphire Princess and set sail.

SUNDAY JANUARY 30 – Day at sea.

MONDAY JANUARY 31 – Day at sea.

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 1 – Day at sea.


THURSDAY FEBRUARY 13 – Port of call in Hilo, Hawaii

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 4 – Port of call in Honolulu, Hawaii

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 5 – Port of call in Kauai, Hawaii

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 6 – Port of call in Maui, Hawaii

MONDAY FEBRUARY 7 – Day at sea.

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 8 – Day at sea.


THURSDAY FEBRUARY 10 – Day at sea.

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 11 – Port of call in Ensenada, Mexico.

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 12 – Return to Los Angeles, California. Fly home same day.


Prices include: Roundtrip airfare, full 14-day cruise, all food and entertainment, Marriott hotel in Los Angeles night before cruise, all transfers. Alcohol not included.

INSIDE STATEROOM – $2,549.54 per person.

OCEAN-VIEW STATEROOM – $2,879.54 per person.

BALCONY – $3,440.54 per person.

Taxes and Port Fees not included, ONLY $164.93 per person.


The Sapphire Princess is a cruise ship owned by Princess Cruises which entered service in 2004. It has a capacity of approximately 2670 passengers and is the sixth Gem Class ship built by Princess Cruises. The ship was christened on June 10, 2004 in Seattle before departing on her maiden voyage.

Among her spectacular features:

•Nearly 750 staterooms with private balconies (78 percent of all outside staterooms)

•Five dining rooms

•Two specialty restaurants, including Sabatini’s Italian restaurant and Sterling Steakhouse

•Poolside pizzeria, hamburger and hot dog grill and ice cream bar

•24-hour dining and room service

•A wide variety of bars and lounges, including a cigar lounge

•Five swimming pools, including a swim-against-the-current lap pool and additional pools for children

•Lotus Spa, gym and fitness area

•Sports deck, including shuffleboard and jogging track

•Nine-hole golf putting course and digital golf simulators

•Princess Theater

•Skywalkers nightclub and observation lounge suspended 150 feet above the water


•Wedding chapel featuring wedding-at-sea program officiated by the ships captain

•World-class art collection, gallery and auctions

•Duty-free boutiques

•24-hour Internet Cafe (wireless access available)

•Library and writing room

•Kids and teens centers

•Video arcade

Only 30 cabins are blocked off this year for the group and interest is already very high – especially with many cruisers from the first five trips coming back on board.

The trip is also being promoted on Mike’s weekly national radio show and website. Journey’s Travel has also started weekly newspaper advertising.

As you likely know, signing on for a "group" cruise is simply a great way to get a better rate. Because the sponsor, Journey’s Travel, is buying in bulk, they can secure much better pricing then what an individual couple could get.

As well, it’s a great way to experience new things with like-minded folks who may end up becoming good friends.

However, don’t think going with a group means you won’t get to chart your own adventure. You will have all the time in the world to do absolutely everything you like. There are no commitments whatsoever.

If you’d like to simply treat it as if you were just going by yourselves – yet taking advantage of the discounted group rate – there’s nothing wrong with that.

If you’d like to hang out with some of the other Canadian cruisers in the group, well, you’re more than welcome as well. In the past five years, Mike and Chassity usually ate dinners as a group and took in a few nightly theatre shows together. But with the exception of our on-board cocktail party and the one included group excursion, everyone has tended to go their own way the remainder of the time. It’s been a perfect mix of private time and socializing.

So, if you are thinking this would be a great way to getaway for a bit next winter, don’t hesitate!

You can email Mike for more information ( or call Journeys Travel as soon possible.

PHONE: 204-982-0715 in Winnipeg or toll-free at 1-800-859-6354. ASK FOR PAULA

Thanks again for your interest.

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About Mike McIntyre

Journalist, national radio show host, author, pundit and cruise director ... Mike McIntyre loves to keep busy.

Mike is the justice reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press, where he has worked since 1997. He produces and hosts the weekly talk radio show Crime and Punishment, which runs on the Corus Radio Network in several Canadian cities.

Born and bred in Winnipeg, Mike graduated from River East Collegiate and completed his journalism studies in the Creative Communications program at Red River College.

He and his wife, Chassity, have two children.


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