Travel Briefs

An approaching comet designated Q4 (NEAT) is expected to be more than 2½ times brighter than Halley’s Comet. It will be brightest May 5-15, 2004, and the Seabourn Legend is making a 7-day Mediterranean cruise in May to provide ideal viewing conditions. On board to give expert commentary will be astro-journalist Dan Benedict, founder of the Eye On The Sky news service.

The all-suite, ultraluxury, 208-guest ship will sail from Rome on May 9, calling at Sardinia, Tunis, Sicily, Sorrento...


On Jan. 20, two boats with explorers and film crews set off from Kampala, Uganda, on a journey that will cover 6,690 kilometers from the source of the Nile to the river’s mouth in Alexandria, Egypt. The river connects East Africa with the Mediterranean Sea.

Their progress can be followed at the websites and

Being celebrated in England as “Drama & Debate,” 2004 marks the 400th anniversary of two auspicious events in King James I’s court of 1604: Shakespeare’s debut performance before the King in the Great Hall, and the Hampton Court Conference which led to the commissioning of the first King James Bible. With that in mind, every weekend from April 9 to May 31, 2004, the Great Kitchens of Hampton Court Palace will demonstrate Jacobean Cookery.

Costumed food historians will prepare...