Novel Cruise: 26 Authors Board the Authors at Sea Cruise (April 2 – 9, 2006)

CHICAGO, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ — Get up close and personal with 26 bestselling authors aboard the Authors at Sea cruise April 2 – 9. Authors at Sea encourages passengers to leave their reading material at home as authors bring their books to life over a week-long cruise through the Mexican Riviera aboard the Carnival Pride(SM) stopping at Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas.

Passengers will talk travel tips with Arthur Frommer, drink mai tais with Debbie Macomber, lounge in the pool with Luanne Rice and cook up something spicy with Jennifer Bushman. For more information log on to

Not only is this a cruise for book lovers, it is a deal for book lovers. Specially marked paperback books are on sale offering consumers a coupon for $250 off the cruise. To find a complete listing of these books and more detailed information on the cruise, log on to or call Advantage International, LLC toll-free (877-238-6843).

“Throughout the week passengers will be treated to intimate book chats, cocktail parties, activities and land excursions all hosted by some of today’s most celebrated authors,” says Emily Hixon, Authors at Sea cruise director, “these authors are truly looking forward to meeting all of their readers and gaining new insight for future books.”

Returning author, Debbie Macomber recalls the 2004 cruise passengers, “the cruisers were the most wonderful group of readers that I’ve ever met” and she is eagerly looking forward to this year’s events.

Aspiring writers will have the opportunity work with a top New York editor on their manuscript and get insider tips on the publishing industry.

The cruise will kick off in style with literary powerhouses Jackie Collins and Dean Koontz at the Bon Voyage party in Long Beach, CA, April 1, 2006 at the Westin Hotel Long Beach. Passengers will join the cruise authors for drinks, dancing and live entertainment.

Authors currently scheduled to be aboard this year’s cruise include Cherry Adair, Victoria Alexander, Beverly Barton, Jennifer Bushman, travel guru Arthur Frommer, Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear, Cindy Gerard, Eileen Goudge, Heather Graham, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Paul Levine, Marjorie M. Liu, Debbie Macomber, Kat Martin, Connie Mason, Teresa Medeiros, Carla Neggers, JoAnn Ross, Luanne Rice, Sharon Sala, Marci Shimoff, Christina Skye, Jyl Steinback and F. Paul Wilson.

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