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Readership Cruise to sunny Mexican Riviera

Presenting the First Annual Winnipeg Free Press Readership Cruise

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Join popular Winnipeg Free Press Entertainment Columnist Randall King and Television Columnist Brad Oswald this March on the first annual Winnipeg Free Press readership cruise to the sunny Mexican Riviera.

Departing from San Diego on the stunning MS Zandaam from Holland America, we’ll visit the exotic port of Puerto Vallarta and breathtaking Cabo San Lucas on a luxurious and fun-filled 7-night, 8-day cruise.


In a way, Randall King was born into the entertainment beat.

His dad was Winnipeg musician Jimmy King, a one-time columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press. One of his brothers is a playwright. Another is a singer-songwriter.

Randall has been content to cover the entertainment beat in one capacity or another since 1990.

His beat is film, and the job has placed him in the same room as diverse talents, from Martin Scorsese to Martin Short, from Julie Christie to Julia Styles. He has met three James Bonds (four if you count Woody Allen), and director Russ Meyer once told him: "I like your style." He really likes his job – and can’t wait to kick back and cruise the Mexican Riviera with you.


Way back when Brad Oswald was TV-inclined little kid, his exasperated mother used to say things like, "Would you PLEASE turn that thing off and go OUTSIDE and play? If you insist on watching that IDIOT box day after day after day, you will NEVER amount to ANYTHING in this world!"

Well, go figure.

Brad joined the Free Press in 1987 and has spent most of the last quarter century getting paid to watch the television as the paper’s resident TV critic. In addition to previewing and reviewing all the latest prime-time shows and covering the TV industry, he also usually spends a few weeks per year in L.A., interviewing TV stars and attending Big Phony Hollywood Parties.

During his 25 years at the Free Press, he has accumulated a wealth of knowledge about television and other pop-culture topics, and would certainly not be the worst person to pick for your trivia-contest team.

For some reason, he firmly believes his Mom really would be proud of all this.


Designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for maximum comfort, the MS Zaandam is a prize in the mid-size ship category. Offering spacious public areas and plush accommodations, many staterooms have private verandahs. There are a wide variety of boutiques and shops and entertainment hot spots aboard, including several bars and lounges.

The musically themed MS Zaandam offers a unique shipboard atmosphere. Inspired by the world’s great music, artifacts and memorabilia you’ll find instruments such as Bill Clinton’s saxophone and signed guitars from Queen, Iggy Pop, Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones. At the heart of the MS Zaandam in a soaring three-storey atrium: a Baroque-style Dutch pipe organ, inspired by the traditional barrel organs still found on the streets of The Netherlands.


Sat March 30, 2013 - San Diego, California
Sun March 31, 2013 - At Sea
Mon April 1, 2013 - Cruising Bahia Magdelana
Tues April 2, 2013 - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (overnight)
Wed April 3, 2013 - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Thurs April 4, 2013 - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Fri April 5, 2013 - At Sea
Sat April 6, 2013 - San Diego, California

Cruise highlights include:

  • Welcome party! A chance to meet fellow cruisers, rub elbows with Randall King and Brad Oswald, relax with some Mexican cocktails (tequila anyone?!) and learn about all of the exciting extras offered on the cruise. Party Theme: 1950’s Hollywood! Come dressed as your favourite Hollywood star. Fantastic prizes for the best costumes.
  • A series of exclusive seminars including:
    • Movies with Randall – a how-to-guide to critiquing movies. We’ll watch and critique/debate the merits of one together
    • Tales from Hollywood Television and the Stars, get the inside scoop on Hollywood TV from Brad
    • Fun debate Movies vs. TV / Trivia Contest with a nautical twist: An Affair to Remember to Titanic to McHale's Navy to The Love Boat with some classic TV theme songs to boot
    • Plus lots of laughs, music, pop-culture fun and more!

Plus a farewell party to end all parties, TV vs. Movies ping pong tourney and much more!

Prices (including all taxes)

Inside Stateroom: $1585

Oceanview Stateroom (pricing from): $1834

Balcony: $2432

$250 per person non-refundable deposit is Dec 12th, 2012.

Final payment due January 11th, 2013.

For more information, or to book your spot, contact:

Lisa Cliburn
Tour Consultant
Flight Centre

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