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Mystic Seaport seeks applicants to ‘stowaway’ aboard Charles W Morgan this summer

January 30, 2014
The Charles W Morgan is looking for an adventurer to be a stowaway on its first sea voyage in 80 years, but visitors will be invited to see the ship while it is in port.

The Charles W Morgan is looking for an adventurer to be a stowaway on its first sea voyage in 80 years, but visitors will be invited to see the ship while it is in port.

OMG! What an opportunity for an adventurer: to be a stowaway on 1841 whaling ship, the Charles W. Morgan making its first voyage in 80 years! There’s a contest – applications due Feb. 18 – and if you win, you live aboard the ship for 3 months and actually get paid! The rest of us get to visit the ship when it is in port.

To land this once-in-a-lifetime experience, you need to apply to Mystic Seaport, the maritime museum in Connecticut which is home to the Charles W. Morgan and three other landmark vessels, by February 18. To apply, you need to submit a resume, online application including essay, and 60-second YouTube video, by February 18.

The stowaway must be 21 years or older. Prior sailing experience is not required, but curiosity and enthusiasm are a must. It’s probably also a good idea to be should be somewhat well-bodied in being able to move about the ship. The stowaway will receive a stipend.

To apply and submit your video entry, visit www.mysticseaport.org/stowaway.

“This is for someone with a sense of adventure,” said Susan Funk, executive vice president of Mystic Seaport. “The word stowaway brings to mind a romantic image. To take a chance. To not know what you’re getting into until you’re already in it, and to go to places you’ve never been before, or go to places you’ve been, but seeing them in a whole different perspective.”

While on the 38th Voyage from May to August, the Charles W. Morgan will stop at historic ports of call throughout New England including visits to New London, Conn.; Newport, R.I.; and Vineyard Haven, New Bedford, and Boston, Mass., where she’ll dock next to the USS Constitution. She will also anchor off the coast of Provincetown, Mass. for day sails to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, where the Morgan will team up with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to observe whales in their natural environment.

The stowaway will watch, inquire, learn, participate, and use their creative energy to share the voyage experience with the general public through blogging, videos, social media, and activities in the port cities. The stowaway must be 21 years or older. Prior sailing experience is not required, but curiosity and enthusiasm are a must.

The stowaway will be immersed in all aspects of the Charles W. Morgan’s 38th Voyage while living on board the ship with the crew. The stowaway will learn and take on any jobs associated with living and working on a 19th-century vessel including handling the sails and lines, steering the ship, and scrubbing the decks. The stowaway will be a key player during events and exhibits at each port of call with an opportunity to explore and meet new and interesting people. The stowaway will receive compensation in the form of a stipend for their work.

“This is a unique opportunity, a moment in time that won’t come around again,” said Funk. “This person will go into record as the stowaway on board this voyage. This is going to be the Morgan’s most documented voyage ever.”

The Stowaway program has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Mystic Seaport

Mystic Seaport is one of the nation’s leading maritime museums. Founded in 1929, the Museum is home to four National Historic Landmark vessels, including the Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial ship and the last wooden whaleship in the world. The museum is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. Admission is $24 for adults and $15 for children ages 6-17. Museum members and children 5 and under are admitted free. For more information, visit www.mysticseaport.org.

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Mystic Seaport seeks ‘stowaway’ for historic Charles W Morgan voyage this summer and slideshow

See our stories on sailing with Capt. Kip on the Maine Windjammer, Victory Chimes and sailing in the Great Schooner Race:

A Maine Windjammer Cruise Aboard ‘Victory Chimes’ and slideshow

Onboard Maine Windjammer ‘Victory Chimes’ for the Great Schooner Race and slideshow

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Villas of Distinction Celebrates New Website with Chance to Win 7-Nite Stay at Villa Aquamare

January 28, 2014

Villas of Distinction®, a premier villa rental company that is part of World Travel Holdings, is celebrating the launch of its redesigned, mobile-friendly website with a 7-night stay giveaway at the beautiful Villa Aquamare, in Virgin Gorda.

Through March 12, consumers who visit the newly enhanced Villas of Distinction website can enter for a chance to win a 7-night stay in the luxurious Villa Aquamare. One lucky winner can bring up to nine guests to stay in one of Aquamare’s 8,000 square foot, 5-bedroom beachfront villas with unobstructed sunset views over Sir Francis Drake Channel and experience Virgin Gorda, one of the most breathtaking islands in the Caribbean.

From a private stretch of Mahoe Bay Beach, a private heated pool and outdoor showers to complimentary kayaks and snorkeling equipment, signature spa treatments and daily maid service, this is an ultimate vacation in a stunning location that some only dream of.

Villas of Distinction’s new website that launched today, is mobile-friendly, has updated search capabilities, streamlined navigation and larger images making it easier for consumers to find and select the villa that best fits their vacation wishes.

To enter to win a 7-night stay at Villa Aquamare, a premier rental villa in Virgin Gorda and for terms and conditions, visit the Villa Aquamare contest page on VillasofDistinction.com.

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CruisesOnly® Million Bonus Points Giveaway Sweepstakes Deadline Dec 9

December 5, 2013

The deadline is fast approaching for consumers to enter the CruisesOnly® Million Bonus Points Giveaway for a chance to win the grand prize: one million Hilton HHonors points, a seven-day Norwegian cruise, a four-night hotel stay and $1,000 cash for spending money.

The Million Bonus Point Giveaway, which ends December 9, 2013, is a gracious offer extended by Hilton HHonors & CruisesOnly, also includes five runner-up prizes – each worth 50,000 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points.

For more information about this sweepstakes visit http://www.cruisesonlyhiltonhhonors.com/million.

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Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Offers ‘Check-In to Win’ Instant Win Sweepstakes This Summer

July 13, 2013

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham® hotel brand is offering a “Check-In to Win” instant win game and sweepstakes, giving travelers across the US and Canada a chance to win a share of $10,000 in prizes this summer.

Available exclusively at www.microtelsweeps.com, Check-In to Win challenges players to navigate a virtual game board and check-in to a Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham hotel for a chance to win one of three grand prizes: a $500, $1,500 or $3,000 Visa® gift card.

As the game progresses, players learn about Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham hotels—contemporary rooms, free breakfast and Wi-Fi, low daily rates—while also getting a chance to win one of over 300 instant win prizes. Instant win prizes range from 1,000 to 20,000 Wyndham Rewards® points each, with the value of all instant win prizes totaling one million points.

Check-In to Win is available through August 24, 2013 and can be played daily. Upon registration, players receive five initial game plays. Players interested in earning additional game plays may receive an extra 16 by completing  simple Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham related tasks such as signing up for promotional emails, liking the brand on Facebook, joining the brand’s Wyndham Rewards loyalty program, booking a stay at a Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham hotel, or sharing the game with a friend who registers. Official rules are available at www.microtelsweeps.com.

To learn more about Wyndham Rewards, the free-to-join guest loyalty program of Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham hotels, or to enroll, visit www.wyndhamrewards.com.

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Voting Opens on “Test Drive Your Dream Retirement Overseas – A Free Month in Nicaragua” Competition from InternationalLiving

May 8, 2013

InternationalLiving.com has stepped up its hunt to find the ideal candidate(s) willing to try out life as expat retirees in Granada, Nicaragua for a month – all expenses paid.

InternationalLiving.com has been inundated with entries since February when it asked Americans and Canadians willing to live for free in Nicaragua for a month to get in touch.

InternationalLiving.com received hundreds of videos from hopefuls who explained why they deserved to win the prize.

These were then trimmed down to the just-released list of 20 finalists, and voting on who should win the trip has now opened.

Now InternationalLiving.com is calling on the public to help them decide who should win a competition for an all-expenses-paid, month-long “retirement test-drive” in Granada, Nicaragua.

“By sending a lucky winner to Granada for a month, we’ll prove you can enjoy adventure, fun, and the joys of a comfortable retirement on less than it would typically cost you to stay home,” explained InternationalLiving.com’s executive editor, Jennifer Stevens.

Nicaragua’s lower cost of living does not mean you have to sacrifice the quality of life you have been accustomed to in the U.S. or Canada.

The winning entrant will receive round-trip airfare for two to Nicaragua from his or her “home city” in the United States or Canada, a four-week stay in a furnished apartment or house in the beautiful colonial city of Granada…plus $1,500 spending money.

According to research from InternationalLiving.com, a couple can live well in Granada on a budget of $895 per month, after rent.

Although no writing experience is necessary, the winner will be asked to share impressions and experiences with readers of InternationalLiving.com’s magazine, website and free e-letters.

Winners will be announced on the InternationalLiving.com website on May 30, 2013.

The public can vote on who out of the 20 finalists they would like to see win the prize, here: Top 20 Finalists.

A slideshow of images from Granada can be viewed here: Granada Photos.

Source: InternationalLiving.com

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Contest Encourages Visitors to Follow in the Footsteps of Hudson River School Painters in the Catskill Mountains

May 1, 2013

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site and the Olana State Historic Site has launched the Hudson River School Art Trail contest featuring an artistic hiking trail that follows in the footsteps of America’s premier landscape painters, and ends with the chance to win a weekend getaway to the Catskill Mountains.

The Hudson River School Art Trail features over 20 locations spanning the Hudson River Valley Region and New England. At each of the first eight sites along the Hudson Valley section of the Art Trail, a special metal plaque with a rubbing medallion has been installed, allowing visitors to do a pencil rubbing as a keepsake.

The contest encourages visitors to complete all eight rubbings in either their own notebook or in the official Art Trail Passport, which is available for purchase at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Olana State Historic Site.  Upon completion, participants simply present the completed series of rubbings to representatives at the Visitor Center for either the Thomas Cole or Olana Historic Sites by November 3, 2013 to receive an official certificate of completion. The first 20 people to complete all eight rubbings and present them at one of the two visitor centers will receive a free copy of the newly released second edition of the Hudson River School Guidebook. Participants who complete the eight rubbings will also be entered in a special grand prize drawing for a chance to win a weekend getaway to the Catskills.

Each metal plaque features a QR code that can be scanned by smartphones for more information and a rubbing medallion with a drawing of the view in raised relief so that participants can easily capture the scene by placing a piece of paper over the design and rubbing it with pencil, crayon or charcoal. For more information about the Art Trail locations, directions, itinerary suggestions and more, visit www.hudsonriverschool.org. See offers.hudsonriverschool.org for complete contest information.

The Hudson River School Art Trail Contest is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Hudson River Art Trail:

The Hudson River Art Trail project maps the sites where America’s premier landscape painters stopped to capture the wild, untamed landscape of the young country’s vast wilderness. The views from these sites appear in famous landscape paintings, and the mobile website at www.hudsonriverschool.org enables people to compare the painted and actual views.

There are 18 sites in the Hudson Valley, two in New Hampshire and one in Massachusetts with sites planned as far away as Wyoming.

The Art Trail begins at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in the village of Catskill, which is fitting because Cole is credited as the father of the Hudson River School. Cole’s former home is now the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, located just two miles from Olana State Historic Site, the former home of Cole’s friend and fellow painter Frederic Church.

Olana is the second stop on the trail, and one of the partners in administering the 2013 art trail contest along with the Greene County Tourism Department and the Columbia County Tourism Department. For more information about the Hudson River Art School Trail, visit www.hudsonriverschool.org.

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Busch Gardens offers Prize of Free Landscaping in Facebook Sweepstakes

March 2, 2013

Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s’ team of expert horticulturalists will take their shovels, mulch, flowers and their creativity on the road this spring for  the Busch Gardens’ Landscaping Giveaway. For the first time ever, Facebook fans will choose one lucky winner to have their yard landscaped by the same team responsible for Busch Gardens’ award-winning beauty. For the past 22 years Busch Gardens has won the “Most Beautiful Park” award from the National Amusement Park Historical Association. The giveaway starts today, March 1. To enter and to vote, visit the Busch Gardens’ Facebook page at facebook.com/buschgardens. The winner will be notified on March 18. The giveaway is open to legal residents of Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Washington DC and Delaware.

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Luxury Link and kate spade new york Offer the Chance to Win Dream Vacation to Bora Bora

May 29, 2012

Luxury Link (www.luxurylink.com), a leading online luxury travel destination, has partnered with luxury brand kate spade new york to offer a chance to win a dream vacation to one of the most beautiful islands in the world, Bora Bora.

In celebration of kate spade new york’s newest collection, Luxury Link and kate spade new york will send a lucky winner and friend to the Tahitian island of Bora Bora for the trip of a lifetime. Known for its world-famous lagoon, stunning blue-green water and powdered white sand beaches, Bora Bora is the ultimate South Pacific Polynesian escape.

kate spade new york and Luxury Link will be sending the grand prize winner and a guest off for a five-night stay at the luxurious Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, where they will enjoy their own suite with a private pool, garden and terrace. The winner will also receive a $500 American Express gift card and other sweet treats from kate spade new york for a spectacular island escape.

To participate, go to http://katespade.promo.eprize.com/tahiti/ between May 15 – June 11, 2012.

For a travel guide to the Tahitian islands, check out the Fathom for kate spade new york city guides at http://www.katespade.com/city-guides/city-guides,default,sc.html. The guide features the best places to stay, shop, eat and drink in Tahiti, as well as a handy cheat sheet and island itinerary.

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Voting Begins to Decide Who Will Win Free Month-Long ‘Retirement Test Drive’ in Ecuador

April 3, 2012

Overseas living experts InternationalLiving.com are calling on the public to help decide who should win a competition for an all-expenses-paid, month-long “retirement test-drive” in the colonial Ecuadorian city of Cuenca.

InternationalLiving.com was inundated with entries after first asking Americans and Canadians willing to live for free in Ecuador for a month to send their video “applications” back in February.

Internationalliving.com received nearly 600 video entries from hopefuls explaining why they deserve to win the prize.

International Living staff narrowed the field to the just-released list of 20 finalists, and public voting on the frontrunners has now opened.

“By sending a lucky winner to Cuenca for a month, we’ll prove you can enjoy adventure, fun, and the joys of a comfortable retirement on less than it would typically cost you to stay home,” explained InternationalLiving.com’s executive editor, Jennifer Stevens.

InternationalLiving.com chose Ecuador after the South American nation was announced as the world’s best overseas retirement destination in Internationalliving.com’s 2012 Global Retirement Index.

Stevens continued, “We’ve been telling the world that Ecuador is the number one place for an overseas retirement for years – now we’re going to prove it by sending retirees out there to see for themselves.”

The winning entrant will receive round-trip airfare for two to Ecuador from his or her “home city” in the United States or Canada, a four-week stay in a furnished apartment in historic Cuenca…plus $1,500 spending money.

According to research from InternationalLiving.com, a couple can live well in Cuenca on a budget of $915 per month, after rent.

Although no writing experience is necessary, the winner will be asked to share impressions and experiences with readers of InternationalLiving.com’s magazine, website and free e-letters.

Winners will be announced on the InternationalLiving.com website on May 30, 2012.

The public can vote on who out of the 20 finalists they would like to see win the prize, here: “Cuenca Competition Finalists

Details of the 2012 Global Retirement Index can be viewed here: “The World’s Top Retirement Havens in 2012

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