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 Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises sailing since 1945 staple New York culture offers many ways view Statue Liberty – from

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, sailing since 1945 and a staple of New York culture, offers many ways to view the Statue of Liberty – from five different leisurely tours including a three-hour Full Island Cruise, a two-hour Semi-Circle Cruise, 75-minute Liberty Cruise, two hour twilight Harbor Lights Cruise, or, starting in May and running through to September, the 30-minute thriller boat ride aboard The Beast.

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Updated: February 21, 2013 6:17AM



NEW YORK STATE OF MIND

Since 1945, New York’s Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises has been offering one of the best views of the Statute of Liberty — from aboard its 75-minute Liberty Cruise. Passengers learn about the facts of the Lady Liberty from seasoned tour guides and are treated to unobstructed, close-up views with plenty of photo opps — without standing in long lines for a walking tour. The cruise sails down the Hudson River to the Statue of Liberty and back, featuring along-the-way sights such as Ellis Island, the historic immigration center and the World Financial Center. Fares: $28, adults; $20, children and $25, senior citizens. For reservations, call (212) 563-3200 or visit www.circleline42.com.

GREAT SMOKEYS GOING BATTY

Officials in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park caution that there have been numerous reports of bats acting erratically and are warning visitors to avoid contact with them. Park biologists say bats should be hibernating now, but some have been seen flying in erratic ways during the day and diving toward people. Bats can carry diseases, including rabies; any skin-to-skin contact is dangerous. Health officials say people who have touched bats should seek immediate medical advice. Unusual bat activity inside the park should be reported to rangers, and erratic behavior elsewhere should be reported to state wildlife officials.

THE ROMANTIC TRIP OF A LIFETIME

For the ultimate Valentine’s getaway, check out Hamilton Island’s (www.hamiltonisland.com.au) “Bespoke Trip” valued at more than $100,000. You’ll stay at the Qualia Resort on the island nestled in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. (The resort boasts 60 one-bedroom pavilions and the massive Beach House.) The trip (which can be booked for travel at a later date) includes (among other amenities): private round-trip jet from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to Hamilton Island; a seven-night stay at Qualia’s Beach House including a la carte breakfast daily and dinner on property; a private dinner one evening prepared personally by Qualia’s executive chef; a private helicopter and gourmet lunch on Whitehaven Beach; a reef Comber Tour including seaplane flight to Hardy Lagoon, glass bottom boat and snorkeling experience; 18-holes of golf at the Hamilton Island Golf Club; a private luxury yacht charter for a day; Spa Qualia couples treatment; and a shipment of Robert Oatley wine to any address in the United States for six months after visit (six cases). For more information or to make reservations, visit www.qualia.com.au or email luxuryspecialist@hamiltonisland.com.au. New York state of mind

Since 1945, New York’s Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises has been offering one of the best views of the Statute of Liberty — from aboard its 75-minute Liberty Cruise. Passengers learn about the facts of the Lady Liberty from seasoned tour guides and are treated to unobstructed, close-up views with plenty of photo opps — without standing in long lines for a walking tour. The cruise sails down the Hudson River to the Statue of Liberty and back, featuring along-the-way sights such as Ellis Island, the historic immigration center and the World Financial Center. Fares: $28, adults; $20, children and $25, senior citizens. For reservations, call (212) 563-3200 or visit www.circleline42.com.

The romantic trip of a lifetime

For the ultimate Valentine’s getaway, check out Hamilton Island’s (www.hamiltonisland.com.au) “Bespoke Trip” valued at more than $100,000. You’ll stay at the Qualia Resort on the island nestled in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. (The resort boasts 60 one-bedroom pavilions and the massive Beach House.) The trip (which can be booked for travel at a later date) includes (among other amenities): private round-trip jet from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to Hamilton Island; a seven-night stay at Qualia’s Beach House including a la carte breakfast daily and dinner on property; a private dinner one evening prepared personally by Qualia’s executive chef; a private helicopter and gourmet lunch on Whitehaven Beach; a reef Comber Tour including seaplane flight to Hardy Lagoon, glass bottom boat and snorkeling experience; 18-holes of golf at the Hamilton Island Golf Club; a private luxury yacht charter for a day; Spa Qualia couples treatment; and a shipment of Robert Oatley wine to any address in the United States for six months after visit (six cases). For more information or to make reservations, visit www.qualia.com.au or email luxuryspecialist@hamiltonisland.com.au.



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