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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 9, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Liner Oriana begins third Caribbean cruise season The P and 0 liner Oriana began its third Caribbean cruising season from Vancouver on January 7, 1971. For a long leisurely month, the 42,000 ton liner will sail cm the Carousel Cruise to San Francisco, Los Angeles. Puerto VallarU, Balboa, Cristobal, Curacao, Barbados, Martinique and St. Thomas before returning through the Panama Canal to the West Coast and Vancouver on February 3. The Carnival Cruise Is Ori- MORE ARE SEEKING THI SUN - Cathy Rankin (left) looks over brochures inviting travel to exotic placet with travel agency employee Lydla Talnariu. A cross-Canada Survey by The Canadian Press shows that in most provinces there is an increase this year In the number of people seeking to escape Canada's winter for a brief period of sun and sand More Canadians each year spend winter in sunny climes Canada Day February 14 Desert Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce announces Canada Day for 1971 to be on February 14 at the giant picnic to be held at Wardman Park, Eighth and Cactus, Desert Hot Springs. All visiting Canadians who are now in the area or expect to be at this date are urged to write in to the Chamber of Commerce for reservation cards so that proper arrangements can be made to accommodate the thousands of Canadians expected. These cards are available by writing the Chamber of Commerce, 66240 Pierson Blvd., Desert Hot Springs, California, 92240. ana's second Caribbean voyage of the new year, departing from Vancouver on February 5 and returning March 4. This time Oriana will skip Martinique, going instead to La Guaira and Caracas in Venezuela. Both month - long vacations are filled with music and dancing, top - Hne entertainment, gourmet meals, sundrenched days and moonlit nights. One long to be remembered experience for all cruise passengers is the double transit of the Panama Canal. Fares for the Caribbean holidays range from $853 to nearly $3,000 for deluxe accommodation. This includes all meals and entertainment on board. Air-conditioned trains for Ireland DUBLIN - Coras Iompair Eireann, the Irish Transport Authority, has signed a $6% million contract with a British firm for new passenger rolling stock for its inter-city express network and mainline services All of the new coaches will be air-conditioned and equipped with public address sys-terns. First-class coaches will also feature individual adjustable seats, and restaurant cars will be equipped with all-electric kitchens. Saturday, January % 1971 - THI IffTHlRIDOf HIRAID - If History and legend of Canary Isles Garden tif Hesperides There is so much history and so much legend in the story of the Canary Islands that it is difficult to s e p a r a t e the one from the other. Columbus stopped at the Canaries on hit way to the Americas - they were his final port of call before he made his historic crossing of the uncharted ocean. For hundreds of years ships of all kinds have called in at the islands on their way around the Cape to the Far East, and many still do today. The islands have been called the Elysian Fields, the Garden of Hesperides and, even to the present day, the Fortunate Isles. But call them what you will, fortunate are those who pay a visit to their shores, especially if in search of winter sunshine. The islands, seven in all, are a paradise that winter never visits. "But where are the Canary Islands?" you might ask. To which one might reply, vaguely: "Oh, they're in the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of Africa." Specifically, they lie four degrees north of the Tropic of Cancer and almost within sight of the Spanish Sahara. If you think that it's a rather remote place to journey as an escape from our winter snows, you will be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is comparatively easy to get there. From Madrid the Canaries are no more than two hours by jet almost due south. Incidentally, the Canaries are part of Spain since they were incorporated with the Kingdom of Castile just before the end of the 16th century. Of the seven islands that comprise the archipelago, Tenerife is thought to be the most interesting. It is younger, richer and spectacular crowned by the great volcanic head of El Teide. From the summit of this peak you get a simply breathtaking panorama, not only of the island of Tenerife, but on a dear day, the entire group of islands. To reach this great summit, you can drive through the magnificent Orotava Valley from Puerto de la Cruc. The valley is a veritable tropical garden of lush greenery, brilliant flowers end banana plantations. You can hire a drive-yourself car or take an all-day excursion by motor-coach which includes lunch at the Parador of the mountaintop in Las Canadas National Park. Divers locate sunken area of once-great city of Amalfi AMALFI, Italy (AP) - Di-vers are beginning to find the missing one-third of Amalfi that tourists to this cliffside town on the Sorrento peninsula never see. The whole lower town with its citadel, arsenal, Hall of Admirals and Palace of the Doges, sank into the Mediterranean when a tempest smashed the seawalls Nov. 24,1343. Divers from the Sorrento Centre of Undersea Studies have found a part of the seawall and the arch of a bridge believed once to have spanned a river that flowed through the now sunken lower town. Search is continuing for ruins of the fortress and palace. The old Amalfi was one of the four great Italian maritime republics, vying with Venice, Genoa and Pisa. With Amalfitan ships plying the Mediterranean, the 70,000 people grew wealthy. RECORD FREEZE The deepest permafrost yet measured-2,850 feet-is in eastern Siberia. By VICTOR STANTON Canadian Press Staff Writer . For more and more Canadians each year the prospects of winter include a few weeks of warm sunshine in some frequently exotic foreign land. The seasonal migration from the snows of home will take thousands of Canadians this year to such far-away places as Spain, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and Guam, in addition to the traditional resorts of Florida, California, Mexico and the West Indies. A Cross-Canada Survey by The Canadian Press showed that in most provinces there is an increase this year over last year in the number of people succumbing to the combined appeal of sun and travel. Indeed, only in Manitoba were there indications of a sharp decline in the winter exodus to sunnier climes, although east of Ontario there were pockets of resistance to the hard-driving campaigns of tourist-hungry countries offering an escape from the Canadian winter. Most of the winter vacationers will do their travelling by air, an increasing number economizing on charter and package-tour flights, but sea cruises retain their popularity among those for whom getting to where they're going is still half the fun of going there. For the Florida- and California-bound, buses and cars are alternatives that appeal to a small percentage. This is the picture in Western Canada: MANITOBA Preben Salomonsen, president of the Associated Tourist Services and secretary-general of the Winnipeg Tourist Agents Association, painted a bleak picture of the travel situation in his province. "We're in a semi-recession and unemployment is high. This is the general trend. No matter what people say, these are the facts of life-the traffic is down. "People just don't have the funds. Travel is a luxury, the same as buying a tuxedo. You don't buy a tux if you don't have the money. You cut Song of Norway tours offered Scandinavian A i r lines offers nine versions of a Song of Norway Tour itinerary planned throughout the areas where the five million dollar motion picture musical extravaganza was filmed in Norway. The musical is based on the life of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg and features the Scandinavian scenery in Cinerama color. The Song of Norway Tours Yellowhead Highway Assn. meets Jan. 29 The Yellowhead Interprovin-dal Highway Association is holding its second annual general meeting on Jan. 29 in Edmonton, at the Chateau Lacombe, commencing at 9:00 a.m. Over 100 delegates are expected to be in attendance, and invitations have been extended to the ministers of highways and tourism in the four western provinces. The delegates will be reviewing the progress of the association to date, proposed new policies, and planning 1971's promotion and membership activities. Speedy Ski Lift LIBEREC - Northern Bohemia's cable car lift to the top of nearby Mount Jested is the fastest in Czechoslovakia, carrying skiers up the 4,000-foot cableway in four minutes, or at the rate of feet a second. The vertical lift is about 1,300 feet - from an altitude of 2,-000 feet to the top of the approximately 3,300 - foot - high mountain. are operative during the next peak season from early June until the end of August. Featured in the itinerary will be stops in Bergen and Oslo, Norway, as well as breath-taking scenic stops in the fjord country including the Sorfjord, Hardangerf jord-the site which inspired Grieg's composition to the Spring - the Nordfjord, the Naero-f jord and the Sogne* fjord, the longest and the deepest in the world. As the "Song of Norway" movie camera captured the spectacular beauty of Norway's waterways and mountains, the itinerary of the "Song of Norway Tours" will bring participants to the spectacular scenes themselves, including the Tokagjelet gorge, the mountain passes and waterfalls of Stal-heim, the Briksdal glacier, which inspired Grieg to write John Heggerstrom as well as part of The Midsummer Eve, the wild Hornindal valley and hour after hour of other sights, all awesome with natural beauty. Naturally the major feature of the tour will be a visit to Grieg's home at Troldhaugen just outside of Bergen. The house is currently a National Museum and the trappings are the original furnishings and mementos of the great composer. In a recess carved into a cliff on the edge of the Grieg home property and leading down to a picturesque lake is the final resting place of the composer and hu wife. Oslo, the Norwegian capital, is shown at its sparkling best in the Song of Norway Tour Itinerary. Visitors can expect to see its famous Viking ships and Kon-T i k i Museums, Vige-land Park, the Munch Museum, the famous HolmenkoUen'Ski Jump and a host of other famous Oslo highlights. down on the things you don't need." Mr. Salomonsen said that two years ago people were holidaying in Portugal and Spain, but that travel from Manitoba to these places this year has been ''a complete failure." SASKATCHEWAN In Regina, Peter Whitney, of P. Lawson Travel Ltd. said the volume of bookings this season is about the same as last year. "We're having a good average year. "People phone-up and say, 'Get me somewhere warm.' They don't care where, but they're willing to spend $500 each and want to have a guaranteed 75 degrees above and a sandy beach." Mr. Whitney said Hawaii and Mexico are the most popular vacation spots at this time of year to most people, but many farmers are interested in Australia and New Zealand and some people operate farms both in Saskatchewan and "Down Under." H. U. Kent, manager of Burritt Travel Ltd. in Regina, said Hawaii is still his agency's biggest seller. He said many people from Saskatchewan also go to California or Arizona, while the Canary Islands, Spain and Morocco were becoming more popular with those who venture farther afield. Certainly "there hasn't been any recession as far as travel goes," Mr. Kent said. ALBERTA This Is another province where the travel bug baa bitten hard and often this season. Bob Neville, vice-president of the Edmonton and District Travel Agents' Association, said travel to sunnier climes has taken a big upswing this winter. "I think everybody's believing the Indiana. They said this was going to be a tough winter." Mr. Neville said ha booked 146 people to Hawaii through his agency this year up to the time that last year he had only booked 96. "There's also about a SO-per-cent increase in traffic to the South Pacific. . . . Australia's also showing a big increase this year. "People are taking off left and right and it has encouraged us to open the first package-tour agency in Edmonton." Even as remote places as Saipan and Guam are popular this year, said Mr. Neville. However, be found his sea cruise business "not as good as it was last year." BRITISH COLUMBIA Vancouver travel agencies found Mexico and Hawaii the most sought-after places of winter travellers this year. With charter flights and reduced package rate deals making the trip to Hawaii almost the same price as one to California, many people were opting for the more exotic va-cationland. The agencies reported that Mexico, however, is outshining Hawaii this winter in attracting visitors from Canada. They also reported a trend developing to go to South Attica for guided safari tours. Winter is something else inBeautiful British Columbia *f---If "V  .ffe-J. jiiiM pitllii*: g 111 iff I 4|.- i Si, 4fb lilBlliilil^^ �m>4> junm'ffiH ' i if iiii i----^wJl *>'fig in place of frozen drifts of snow, how about wooded green mountains in a land where golf, fishing and other outdoor activities are still in full swing ? A land you can reach simply by heading west toward the Pacific Of course, winter does come to British Columbia... but it passes lightly over the regions around Vancouver and Victoria. And both these cities are alive with holiday appeal, including sparkling night life, fine dining spots, excellent accommodations. Plus scenic attractions like Victoria's Parliament Buildings and Vancouver's famed Stanley Park. Whatever your taste in holiday fun, you'M be delighted by the range of activities in British Columbia now. And the weather is something else. For a colorful Visitor's Kit, including a guide to winter fun in British Columbia, mail the coupon today. To: Government of British Columbia, Department of Travel Industry, { 1019 Wharf Street, I Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. ^ Cfty/Tows. BRITISH COLUMBIA, THE 4-SEASON VACATION LAND Please rush mo your British Columbia Visitor's Kit "1 I ;