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February 22, 2010
Inaugural Raidercruise to set sail; with Charo?

Sometimes, these things just write themselves.

The Raiders announced Monday the creation of a seven-day "Raidercruise" along the Mexican Riviera. Actually, it sounds like a cool idea, even if the Raiders' fortunes since Super Bowl XXXVII have more closely mirrored those of the Titanic than Capt. Stubing's Love Boat.

Or, as a reader named Doug pondered, "How many security guards will be aboard? Will the Mexican government be on alert for each port call? Will Al Davis have a new sweat suit? Will real pirates make an appearance?"

Still, what Raiders diehard wouldn't want to take a week-long vacation and rub elbows with assorted "Raiders legends" on the Lido deck? And does Sebastian Janikowski jump behind the bar, serve up drinks and give you the double-barrel fingers, ala Isaac, your bartender? Will Shane Lechler serve as "Gopher, your Yeoman Purser?" And who plays "Doc?"

Most pressing, will Charo the Cuchi Cuchi Girl be onboard the inaugural Raidercruise?

But I digress. Still sounds cool, methinks. Following is the official release:

The Oakland Raiders are pleased to announce the first ever RAIDERCRUISE, a
seven-day cruise for Raider fans aboard Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas
vessel. The RAIDERCRUISE will embark from Los Angeles on May 2 and make
three stops along the Mexican Riviera before returning on May 9.

Raider Legends will highlight the travel party, hosting events on board throughout
the cruise.

The Mariner of the Seas has a total length of 1,020 feet and a capacity for 3,114
passengers. Part of the Voyager class of cruise ships, the Mariner of the Seas
features state-of-the-art recreational facilities including a rock-climbing wall, ice
skating rink and basketball court.

Travel packages for the RAIDERCRUISE will include a meet and greet with
Raider Legends, photo sessions with the Raiderettes, concerts, shore excursions
and other exclusive events.

For more information on RAIDERCRUISE travel packages, please visit www.
Raidercruise.com
.

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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