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On board the ss Colombia, you arrive at Fort-de-France, Martinique, late in the morning. Five

minutes after arriving ashore you are drenched by a torrential tropical downpour, which leads to singing and dancing in the rainy streets, followed by a buying spree for a new dry wardrobe in the fabulously chic local boutiques. ~ Island Card (visiting Island L-77) Continue reading

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When ssc Island Dancer sails to St.Lucia, a visit to Pigeon Island is in order. This island

(now connected to the mainland by a causeway) was used by pirates, notably a Frenchman known to seafaring Spaniards as Pie de Palo (peg leg), as a lookout point for likely victims: The island’s harbour was used by the British fleet in the years that St.Lucia, (“the Fair Helen of the West Indies”), was fought … Continue reading

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If your wish is to disappear from civilization for a few days, try Long Island in the Bahamas for your

disappearing act. Explore the over forty different colonial settlements scattered around this island, the largest being Deadman’s Cay and Clarence Town. Most of the population in these communities are involved in agriculture, growing mainly pineapples, papayas, bananas and corn ~ to be shipped to the capital city of Nassau, New Providence. Many of Clarence Town’s … Continue reading

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As you approach the island of Guadeloupe on board ss Magellan and then sail

around the two wings of this island butterfly, you begin to understand why the Arawak Indians named this island Karukera (the Land of Beautiful Waters) ~ it could be a brief rain-shower that clears the air; a view of the Atlantic waters walled in by dramatic cliffs; a serene lake in the mountains; one of … Continue reading

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After ssc Island Dancer docks in Kingston Harbour in Jamaica, you

visit Port Royal which was called the “wickedest city on earth” when it was a buccaneer headquarters in the late 1600s. In the year 1720, two female pirates, Anne Bonney and Mary Read, were tried here and sentenced to hang; right now, returning to Kingston town, night has fallen, and you should not be here … Continue reading

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Pastel colors paint Georgetown, Great Exuma, pink, yellow and

blue. Your sailing ketch Indigo Sails is moored in the deep blue waters between Georgetown and Stocking Island; Stocking, with its fabulous white sand beaches and pristine beauty protects Elizabeth Harbour from the wilder waters of the Atlantic Ocean, creating a secluded blue lagoon ideal for sailing and scuba, contemplation and reflection. ~ Ship Card … Continue reading

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mv Riviera anchors off Pillory Beach on Grand Turk, so a day of sun, sea,

sand and scuba diving is called for. You meet up with a dive boat going to the Tunnels, with its coral arches leading divers from sandy flats directly out over the 6,000 feet Drop Off: Keep your eyes peeled for stingrays and manta rays. ~ Island Card (visiting Island E-37) Continue reading

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When visiting Dominica on board ss Mayan Sun, visit the National Museum

in Roseau and see wonderful prints portraying 18th Century life on this island, with views of the lives of the free Creoles, plantations at work, local dancers, the linen market and women washing clothes in streams. More recent art can be found at local galleries showing Dominica’s leading artists working in a variety of media; … Continue reading

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During your visit to Puerto Rico on board ss Azure Sea you surf the waves of this

island’s Atlantic Coast from Borinquen Point to Rincon. Later in the evening, drive to La Parguera Bay where, at night, microscopic organisms are seen in the ocean glowing pink, green and blue as the waves and currents disturb them, highlighting a moonlit walk on the beach. ~ Island Card (visiting Island F-40) Continue reading

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After admiring the paintings, sculptures and literature which grace the walls

and the library on board ss Caribbean Star you explore the town of Dangriga for more examples of Belize’s unique blend of cultures ~ British, Spanish, Maya, Garifuna, East Indian, African, Chinese and German Mennonite. ~ Ship Card (visiting Caribbean destination W-142) Continue reading

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On board sv Tradewinds you visit Eleuthera and spend the day diving: Firstly

Rock Sound’s natural grotto ~ a deep green ocean hole inside of an inland lake connected underwater to the nearby ocean. Deep means when the father of scuba descends in a submersible and claims not to have touched bottom. Finish the day at Current Cut where a channel only 100 foot wide funnels tidal currents … Continue reading

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When you arrive at East Harbour on the Island of Utila aboard your sailboat Indigo

Sails a day of exploring is called for. This island has a quaint charm with colourful wooden cottages highlighted by their scalloped trim and the bright colours of the surrounding tropical flowers. Hire a small boat and explore the waterways which wind their way through the mangrove swamp; then visit the Marine Reserve and outlying cays … Continue reading

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When ss Magellan docks in Puerto Rico be sure to sight-see the fabulous local flora

and fauna. The 28,000 acre El Yunque rainforest is home to 200 different species of trees, also ferns, vines, palms and dwarf forests. Lizards, tree snails, orchids and tiny tree frogs (coqui) live in the forest, with hummingbirds, lizard cuckoos, screech owls and hawks flying overhead amid the rain showers. ~ Ship Card (visiting Island F-40) Continue reading

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From the deck of mv Riviera you see Kuna Indians from El Porvenir island paddle their

canoes toward their own autonomous region within mainland Panama. Here in the jungles the women of the tribe find and study its inhabitants ~ parrots, owls, blue Morpho butterflies, poisonous golden frogs, jaguars, small spotted tigers, hawks, eagles and the quetzal ~ and slowly craft colorful Mola, the textile art of these islands. ~ Island Card … Continue reading

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Including America’s Intervention in 1983, Grenada has lived a turbulent history. Firstly, with French

forces fighting the Carib Indians for possession, ending, in 1652, with some of the last of the Kalinago (Carib Indian) men throwing their women and children off a northern precipice (Morne des Sauteurs) and then following them to their death on the rocks below. This was followed by battles between the British and the French … Continue reading

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During your stopover in the Dominican Republic on board ss Magellan, either take your

tennis racquets to Casa del Campo and spend the day playing the “Wimbledon of the Caribbean”; or, grab your sticks and play the famous “Teeth Of the Dog”, a Pat Dye designed championship golf course, with its “spectacular seven” surf-side holes; or … go sailing on the beautiful blue waters off Minitas Beach. ~ Island Card … Continue reading

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Dictionaries and phrase books in various languages (Spanish, Dutch, English and French) are available

from the cruise staff on board ss Magellan when she sails from Cartagena to Aruba, then on to Grenada and finally the quiet, peaceful isle of La Désirade, where you find a deserted sandy beach … and a touch of your inner peace. ~ Ship Card (visiting Islands L-83, N-102, R-116 & S-122) Continue reading

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First called Malliouhana by the fierce Carib Indians, this island was christened

Anguilla (an-gwee-ya) by Columbus in the 1490s. Both words translate to eel in their respective languages. Anguilla, with it’s white powdered sands edged by brilliant blue waters is a beach lover’s dream come true. ~ Island Card (visiting Island K-72) Continue reading

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Before sailing on down to Shell Island and Man-O-War Cay in the Abacos on board your crewed

sailboat Indigo Sails, you stop at Walker’s Cay and scuba dive Shark Rodeo, (afterwards finding out that far too many of these beautiful beasts are massacred every year): In the afternoon, you dive Pirate’s Cathedral, with its surreal maze of tunnels and caves which end in a cavernous grotto with sunlight streaming in from an opening in … Continue reading

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During your yoga cruise through the Caribbean from Windermere Island towards Stocking

Island in the Exumas you learn from the yoga master on board that through sacrificing personal interests, you can worship ~ that is work towards healing the injured parts of nature ~ by helping to detoxify and revitalize our earth’s atmosphere and ecosystems. ~ Island Card (visiting Islands C-15 & D-25) Continue reading

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When visiting Bequia (the largest island in the Grenadines) on board ss Caribbean Star, be sure

to bring back an example of the marine art of scrimshaw (engravings in bone on a variety of collectibles), or a vividly colored original naïve painting. The other choice you have among the golden beaches and banana trees are the romantic shell-laden Sailors’ Valentines which were given by sailors as keepsakes to loved ones left … Continue reading

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Your visit to Trinidad on board mv Riviera shows you an international mix of races, cultures and

religions living together ~ English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Middle Eastern and East Indian; with Hindu temples and Muslim mosques standing next to Protestant and Catholic churches. ~ Island Card (visiting Island P-105) Continue reading

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The worst place to be in Miami when the twelve-stories high ss Neptune sails out of Government

Cut at the start of it’s cruise to Grand Bahama, Man-O-War Cay and Staniel Cay, is driving down Alton Road when this massive floating hotel sails past the end of the street en route for fun and sun in the Caribbean – without you … Lose Miami ~ Ship Card (visiting Islands B-11, C-17 & D-27) <Lose destination … Continue reading

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During your cruise through the British Virgin Islands onboard ss Magellan you rent a

kayak on Beef Island and paddle through the Sir Francis Drake Channel (named after the English naval entrepreneur who first sailed this channel in the year 1595). Keep paddling eastward through azure seas until you reach Necker Island, (privately owned by a more modern-day English entrepreneur). ~ Ship Card (visiting Islands H-61 & H-62 on … Continue reading

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The waters off the east coast of the island chain called the Exumas are where you have a great chance

of a pelagic encounter with the likes of giant marlin, wahoo or sailfish. You will also find a variety of sharks, including tigers and hammerheads; this is evidenced by the Shark Lady who lives just over the bridge from Great to Little Exuma and tells tales from a lifetime of shark fishing. Souvenir shark’s teeth … Continue reading

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Visiting Haiti on board ss Colombia, you learn that the Haitian Revolution on the island of

Hispaniola in 1791 led to the only successful slave revolt in Caribbean and American history. The name of the western part of the island was changed to Haiti, its old Taino name, and Haiti became the second nation in the Americas to gain Independence, after the U.S.A. ~ Island Card (visiting Islands F-46 & F-47) Continue reading