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SENIORS FIND CRUISE SHIP AMENITIES AND LEISURELY PACE ABOARD LUXURY PASSENGER FREIGHTER, THE AMERICANA

 SENIORS FIND CRUISE SHIP AMENITIES AND LEISURELY PACE
 ABOARD LUXURY PASSENGER FREIGHTER, THE AMERICANA
 NEW YORK, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- For experienced travelers looking for a new way to see South America, Ivaran Lines' Americana offers the amenities of an upscale cruise ship with the romance of a working freighter.
 Passengers can travel in style and comfort aboard the Americana as she cruises round-trip from Port Elizabeth, N.J., down the U.S. East Coast to South America. Since the round-trip voyage lasts 44/45 days, the Americana attracts predominantly seniors who enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.
 "The Americana offers facilities and amenities comparable to an upscale cruise ship," said Jan Pedersen, vice president of cruise operations for Ivaran Lines. "These include well-appointed public rooms such as the Neptune Lounge, complete with a grand piano and pianist nightly, along with the Buena Vista dining room, with its panoramic windows," he continued. Other public facilities include a beauty salon, well-equipped hospital, and sauna.
 Staterooms, which are equally as spacious and luxurious, are almost twice as large as those on cruise ships. Each stateroom features a private bath, television and VCR, mini-bar and refrigerator, personal safe, and telephone.
 Since there are only 88 passengers aboard the Americana, they tend to form close bonds with each other as well as the warm, South American staff, Pedersen said. Days at sea can be spent being pampered by the staff, or in the well-stocked library/game room or workout room. Since there is no pressure to get involved in activities aboard or ashore, passengers can simply relax on the teak deck or enjoy the outdoor pool and whirlpool.
 "We also get many passengers who enjoy visiting the bridge and learning about the workings of a cargo ship," Pedersen added.
 Although the Americana calls at major ports including Buenos Aires and Montevideo, she also features unusual ports such as Fortaleza and Itajai.
 Rates range from $7,875 to $14,310, depending on season and category; segments are available. Ivaran does not impose the 150 percent surcharge on single travelers as most cruise ships do.
 For further information, contact Eva Hansen, assistant vice president, Ivaran Lines, 111 Pavonia Ave., Jersey City, N.J. 07310-1755, 800-451-1639 or 201-798-5656.
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 /CONTACT: Luisa Frey-Gaynor of Nissen-Lie Communications, 212-986-1025, for Ivaran Lines/ CO: Ivaran Lines ST: New York, New Jersey IN: SU:


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