Miami Herald Travel Show Features Cruise Critic's Editor on Cruise Panel

April 5, 2006

Got a question for Cruise Critic's Editor Carolyn Spencer Brown -- and want an answer in person? Then head over to the "Miami Herald Travel Experience" this weekend --Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9. The show, to be held at the Miami Beach Convention Center, features a whole raft of hands-on activities, cultural demonstrations and informative exchanges with travel experts.

"How To Choose A Cruise," which will include brief intros of panelists and then plenty of opportunities for audience members to ask questions, will take place at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday.

There's much, much more to the two-day event than just cruising, however. There will be Segway demonstrations, book signings, and wacky (but useful) events such as the roll-aboard packing contest, blindfold best hotel bed challenge, on-hand gambling instruction from Vegas experts, and even spa treatments from some of travel's most luxurious operators, from The Four Seasons to the Spa at Cheeca Lodge (these do cost -- $10 per mini-spa services  and all proceeds are donated to New Orleans spa relief).

Headliners making appearances throughout the weekend include Budget Travel's Pauline Frommer (along with dad and travel guru Arthur Frommer) and Peter Greenberg, travel editor for NBC-TVs "Today". Other special guests include Paul Prudhomme, the famed New Orleans chef, Doug Duda, A&E's "well-seasoned traveler", and Leonard Pitts, the Miami Herald writer famed for his travels to Africa that detailed his search for his personal heritage.

As well, there will be booths offering information on destinations as well as styles of travel, from family to golf and luxury to religious. Tickets are $10 apiece. For more information, go to