Voyages: Ports of Recall

Theme cruises combine travel with lifelong learning

Charlene Chase-Brandmeier, 64, and her husband Fredrick Brandmeier, 57, are cruisegoers with a difference. They enjoy the high seas and the exotic locales. But they also like to feel that they are learning something new and growing as people--and they don't mean around their waistlines.

So when the Brandmeiers decided to visit Alaska last summer, they booked a 10-day cruise out of Vancouver, Canada, that was advertised as a fitness-oriented adventure featuring daily yoga classes, aerobics and motivational lectures on exercise, nutrition and maintaining good health. "We came away feeling as though we'd really gained something more than just a good...

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