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About the Crossword University Cruise

You're invited to join me next January for our 11th Annual Crossword-theme event: a relaxing 10-day cruise on Holland America Line's beautiful Maasdam.


Sailing out of Fort Lauderdale, your ports of call include Nassau, San Juan, St. Barts, Dominica, Antigua and St. Thomas.  In between ports while the ship is at sea, we’ll get together in small groups for morning and afternoon sessions on various puzzling topics, including:

  • "Puzzles 101": Learning from every crossword you do
  "Tackling the Toughies": Your personalized course to crack the toughest crosswords
  Word games you can play at home to boost your brain power
  Applying your crossword skills to solve "real-life puzzles"
  Creating an original crossword, to be published in Newsday

There’ll also be ample time to discuss any aspect of puzzles you might like to know more about, so be sure to bring your specific questions.  We also dine together as a group every evening, where puzzles are usually just a small part of the lively discussion.

My Promise to You: As an alumnus of Crossword University, you’ll return home with sharpened skills and fresh insights that will enhance your entire puzzling hobby.  You might even decide to emulate Crossword University graduate Donna Levin, who, after learning how crosswords were made, decided to become a professional puzzlemaker.  Donna’s crosswords have appeared in the New York Times, Newsday, among many other venues.

Wondering what a Crossword Cruise is like?  Click here for a photo scrapbook from our last 10-day sailing out of Fort Lauderdale.  And click here to read what alumni have to say.

Any questions? Click here for answers to frequently asked questions.  For any additional info on the puzzle program, please contact me directly.

For more details on the ship accommodations and the cruise itself, visit this page from Special Event Cruises, the travel professionals who have handled the reservations for all my previous cruises.  Their people are friendly and accommodating, and I'm sure you'll find it a pleasure dealing with them. You can reach Special Event Cruises by phone at 1-800-326-0373.