How Do You Spell Fun? C-R-U-I-S-E

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Spelling bees have never been this cool. First came the documentary Spellbound, then the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee musical, and this spring's Starbucks-marketed Akeelah and the Bee. Last week, New Jersey native Katharine Close, 13, won the first televised Scripps National Spelling Bee for "ursprache," which means a parent tongue. What next? The new ship Crown Princess is kicking off "Bee at Sea" competitions on June 14 for all its Caribbean voyages. Passengers can compete in three age groups--8 to 12 years, 13 to 17 years, and adults--and one winner from each will take home a dictionary signed by the Captain, an official certificate, and a photo. The finals will be taped and aired live at the ship's Movies Under the Stars poolside theater, with the cruise director doubling as emcee. The nine-day cruises depart from New York City, and an interior cabin starts at $999 per person, princess.com/ships/kp/

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