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March 30, 2003

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'Big Fat Greek' cruise to sail this summer

Michael Constantine, a star of the hit movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," will accompany a seven-night cruise from Venice to Greece aboard First European Cruises' 1,500-passenger European Vision.

The actor will play host to two parties during the voyage June 8-15. Rates range from $810 to $1,300. Contact: 1-888-285-3525. Information: 1-888-983-8767; www.first-european.com.

Choose your bed linens at Italian hideaway

Guests at the Palazzo Sasso on Italy's Amalfi Coast were given a choice in their bed linens when the hotel hideaway reopened this month.

On the day of their arrival, guests will find a "Sleeping Menu" on their pillow. There, they can register their preference for one of three linens from the exclusive Italian house Frette. Or they may decide to change to a different linen every day.

Located in the medieval village of Ravello, the hotel overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. The restored palace was built in the 12th century. Information: 1-800-225-4255; www.palazzosasso.com.

Belize festivals honor cashews, lobsters

The 11th annual Cashew Festival will take place May 3-4 at Crooked Tree Village northwest of Belize City. The Caribbean country's plentiful crop will be honored with dancing, storytelling, demonstrations of cabana thatching, folklore performances, the crowning of the Cashew Queen and food galore.

Lobsterfest is celebrated June 27-29 in the southern coastal town of Placencia. Of course, lobster prepared in a variety of ways will be the highlight. There will also be children's activities, arts and handicrafts, the traditional Blessing of the Boats, and a boat parade. Information: www.travelbelize.org.

Florida book outlines self-guided driving tours

A free new book contains 17 self-guided driving tours in Florida. Covered are theme tours, road tours and city tours. To order: 1-877-735-2872; www.flausa.com.

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