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ss Azure Sea has a late sailing time, so you spend an evening with the Queen of Saba, eating some

of the best West Indian cuisine on the island. Try the goat curry, stuffed onion fish or the fish cakes, all with rice and local greens. Finish with banana or pumpkin fritters followed by a moonlight stroll through the charming streets of The Bottom with it’s friendly locals. ~ Ship Card (visiting Island R-117) Continue reading

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As ss Azure Sea sails toward Key Biscayne, you pass the Photographer’s Gallery, but today, instead

of the usual photos, the walls are covered with wonderfully colored drawings and paintings, by various children and grown ups on board, of the highlights of your cruise to Bermuda’s Sandys Parish and St.George’s Parish. ~ Ship Card (visiting Islands A-4, G-53 & G-54) Continue reading

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When sv Tradewinds visits the island of Chimana Grande in Venezuela’s Mochima National Park

the ship’s captain anchors in a large cove ringed by rocky cliffs. You take the ship’s dinghy to explore the small mangrove lagoon with its colourful marine life, then continue along the coastline to Playa El Saco with it’s palm-frond sun-shelters and open air restaurants. ~ Island Card (visiting Island Q-114) Continue reading

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ss Caribbean Star anchors off Ambergris Caye and you decompress on the beach, relaxing in

your hammock with the muffled sounds of waves breaking on the reef offshore and the occasional screech of a seabird. Too bad you didn’t check to see where you slung your hammock ~ Beware of Falling Coconuts! ~ Lose Ambergris Caye … Ship Card <Lose Island W-139> Continue reading

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Visiting Livingstone, Guatemala, on board Indigo Sails, you learn that every Maya child has a Nahual ~

an animal protective spirit ~ which helps the child communicate with Nature throughout his life. You also learn that the Guatemalan Maya have been vigorously protecting their culture from persecution since the days of Columbus up to the present day. ~ Island Card (visiting Caribbean destination W-143) Continue reading

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When mv Riviera is docked in Miami you are shown the Everglades by your Miccosukee

Indian guide: When the airboat goes past Tear Island he reminds you that his tribe believe that they exist to protect the land and keep it healthy. The people of the tribe are brought up to live in harmony with Nature and to respect all living things, including the wildcats, raccoons, rattlesnakes, wild papaya trees, … Continue reading

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Your Shore Excursion to St.Lucia, when you visit on board mv Riviera, is a performance of

Derek Walcott’s masterpiece of poetic drama “Dream on Monkey Island”, at his open-air theatre on Pigeon Island, which is on the other side of the man-made causeway linking the two islands. ~ Island Card (visiting Islands N-100 & N101) Continue reading

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There are plenty of sites to see in Barbados for history buffs. While visiting the island onboard

ss Caribbean Star find your way to National Heroes Square, (formerly known as Trafalgar Square), with its statue of Admiral Lord Nelson: Nearby St.Michael’s Cathedral has a Greek palindrome engraved on a font, translating to “Wash the Sin, Not Just the Skin”: Close by there is also the second oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere; originally … Continue reading

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Harbour Island was once (along with it’s inhabitants, Brilanders) one of the more prosperous

places in the Bahamas ~ this due to the renown of local boat builders. Now it is justly celebrated for the miles and miles of pink beaches (the pink color coming from the bright pink or red shells of microscopic invertebrates called Foraminifera) which surround this erstwhile capital of the Bahamas. Not far away, Spanish … Continue reading

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Originally the Crossing Place on Middle Caicos was used by the early settlers at low tide to

cross over the sandbars to North Caicos. Nowadays, the Crossing Place Trail and Caves is an eco-tourism project highlighted by Arawak and Lucayan Indian ruins, fabulous local scenery, hiking and biking trails, beautiful beaches with snorkeling and cave exploration, all in a surrounding of abundant plant and bird life. ~ Ship Card (visiting Islands E-38 & … Continue reading

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Relax on St.Kitts with a stay at a Plantation Great House, restored and converted into a

luxury inn with beautifully landscaped grounds, grass court tennis, croquet and afternoon tea. Continue your relaxation with a sampling of local fare for dinner ~ roasted red and yellow pepper soup, poached parrotfish with grilled yams, then mango mousse with raspberry sauce. ~ Island Card (visiting Island K-76) Continue reading

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The sights of the rainforest of Guyana were first written about by Sir Walter

Raleigh, the English explorer, in 1596. Today, jaguars, hoatzin (the national bird) and naked-throated bellbirds still inhabit the rainforest along with greenheart trees, heliconia, orchids, epiphytes and the Victoria Regia lily, which has leaves up to six feet wide. ~ Island Card (visiting Caribbean destination P-108) Continue reading

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Of course the best way to enjoy the islands of the Abacos is to take a day long island-hopping

tour. Start at Elbow Cay for a view of the pink and white striped lighthouse; then on to Man-O-War Cay, the boat building capital of the Abacos; next, the sleepy tropical delights of the beaches of Great Guana Cay; before carrying onwards to Shell Island for some beachcombing. Finish off the day at Misse’s on … Continue reading

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During your yoga retreat cruise to Isla Mujeres on board ss Mayan Sun, you learn that when the ancient

philosophers use the word “worship” it means acknowledging that the forces of nature are giving things and we are receivers. The most basic form of worship is to refrain from harming or polluting the divine forces that nurture and sustain our lives. ~ Island Card (visiting Island X-146) Continue reading

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When ssc Island Dancer arrives at Turneffe Island atoll (coral isles arranged in a circle surrounding

a shallow lagoon) you enjoy exploring Belize’s spectacular barrier reef (second in size only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef) amid crystal-clear turquoise waters, some of which drop away thousands of feet to the ocean floor: You also visit Half Moon Caye Natural Monument with its red-footed booby sanctuary, and the fabulous, mysterious, over 400 feet … Continue reading

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Today is a beach day while ss Magellan anchors off Tobago, so try to make the best

choice from one of many reminders of the pirate past of this island ~ maybe Pirates Bay, Man-O-War Bay or Bloody Bay ~ but no, you pick the beautiful Englishman’s Bay, which turns out to be a bad decision as late in the afternoon you disturb a giant leatherback turtle while she is laying her … Continue reading

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On your island tour of Anguilla while sailing onboard the ss Magellan, you visit Fountain

Cave where Arawak petroglyphs are carved into the stalagmites and stalactites. Later in the day, while visiting The Valley, you make a find of commemorative stamps with illustrations of these carvings ~ “Jocahu”, “Cap Juluca”, “Solar Chieftain” and “Lizard” ~ all of which celebrate the spirituality and creativity of these original Amerindian settlers. At least … Continue reading

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After ssc Island Dancer docks on Vieques at sunset, you take one of the ship’s kayaks to Phosphorescent

Bay where microscopic protozoa living in the water glow luminous green when they are moved: Your paddling sets off bright green arcs of spray in the twilight. ~ Island Card (visiting Island F-41) Continue reading