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Discount books, ferry come to Toronto

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Associated Press / March 17, 2004

Rochester, NY --Just in time for the high-speed ferry from Rochester, CityPass is bringing its trademark discount book to Toronto.

The ferry across Lake Ontario will link Rochester and Toronto beginning April 30, and the Toronto CityPass goes on sale April 1. The pass is good for nine days from date of first use and covers admission to the CN Tower, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum, the elegant 98-room Casa Loma, the Ontario Science Centre, and the Toronto Zoo.

The ferry crossing will take about 2 hours and 15 minutes, and two or three round-trip voyages are planned daily. Driving between the two cities usually takes three to four hours, and far longer during miles-long backups at the border near Niagara Falls.

The ship -- five stories high and as long as a football field -- can carry 750 people, 220 cars, and 10 trucks and buses. It will have a business class section with wireless Internet service as well as lounges, a restaurant and a bar, two movie theaters, and a children's play area.

One-way, walk-on fares are $25 a person, while fares for most cars and light sport utility vehicles are $40. To make a ferry reservation, call 877-825-3774 or visit www.thebreeze.com.

Toronto CityPass will cost $35.18 for adults and $21.80 for children ages 4 to 12. You can buy it at any participating attraction, order online at www.citypass.com, or call 888-330-5008 for details. You can also obtain CityPass books for New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Hollywood, and Southern California.

Cayman makes a splash for kids

GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman -- From June 1 to Sept. 6, children visiting the Cayman Islands can enjoy free meals, free water sports, and a free marine minicamp at the Cayman Islands Sea School as part of the "Cayman Summer Splash" promotion. The school will have sessions twice a week featuring activities, crafts, swimming, and lessons about the sea. Children of visitors and children of residents are both eligible to attend the camp. Diplomas will be handed out by a popular cartoon character come to life, SpongeBob SquarePants.

For more information on the promotions, call 877-422-9626 or visit www.caymanislands.ky.

Outside names best sports camps

NEW YORK -- Want to spend your vacation learning to rock-climb, snowboard, kayak, or surf? Or maybe you want to become a faster swimmer, a better runner, or a more advanced diver. The April issue of Outside magazine lists the best sports camps in America, from the American Alpine Institute for rock-climbing in Bellingham, Wash., to a rowing school at the Craftsbury Sculling Center in Vermont, to Coach Benson's Smoky Mountain Running Camps in Asheville, N.C.

Others that made the list include the Dharma Yoga Center in Miami Beach; the Nancy Emerson School of Surfing in Maui, Hawaii; Andre Puyans Fly Fishing seminars in Island Park, Idaho; the Perris Valley Skydiving camp in Perris, Calif.; the National Outdoor Leadership School in Lander, Wyo.; and the Annapolis Sailing School in Maryland.

Sound of music in Austria

VIENNA, Austria -- Music festivals abound in Austria. Vienna's Spring Festival through May 8 at the Musikverein concert hall features the works of Czech composers Antonin Dvorak and Leos Janacek. The city's Easter Festival, April 2 to 12, opens with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performing Swiss composer Frank Martin's "Golgatha."

Placido Domingo will perform during Vienna's "Summer of Music" festival, July 19 to Aug. 19. And the Vienna Festival 2004, from May 7 to June 20, will emphasize contemporary music.

In Salzburg, the Easter Festival (April 12 to 21) features Mozart's opera "Cosi fan tutte." The Whitsun Baroque Music Festival (May 28 to 31) will showcase French baroque music and a tribute to Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, the Salzburg Court conductor who died 300 years ago. And more than 70 concerts by the Vienna Philharmonic, complemented by other visiting orchestras, will be performed during the Salzburg Festival (July 24 to Aug. 31).

For information on travel to Austria or its music festivals, contact the Austrian Tourist Office Travel Information Center, 212-944-6880 or www.austria.info/us.

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