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As you stand on deck aboard ss Colombia and gaze upon the 54 feet thick

walls of the Old City and Fortress of Cartagena it is easy to imagine Spanish galleons loaded with gold, emeralds, pearls, coffee and tobacco protected by these “Murallas” from the English, Dutch and French pirates laying in wait along the Spanish Main.  ~  Island Card (visiting Caribbean destination S-122) Continue reading

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After ss Mayan Sun anchors off Dangriga, Belize, your Shore Excursion is a

trip to Tikal, (and the National Park which surrounds it), in Guatemala. Tikal is one of the most fascinating archaeological sites in the Americas, with large pyramids jutting out of the surrounding dense jungle which also features monkeys, parrots, peacocks and the sacred jaguar in residence.  ~ Ship Card (visiting Caribbean destinations W-142 & W-143) Continue reading

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Onboard sv Tradewinds off South Bimini, (which means two islands in the almost

forgotten Lucayan Indian language), see if you can find what old-time explorers searched for in vain amid these azure waters. Firstly, the lost island of Atlantis; and secondly, the fountain of youth.  ~  Island Card (visiting Island B-10) Continue reading

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When ss Neptune docks in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, visit the

Colonial Zone and go back in time to the 16th. and 17th. centuries, when the city was a colony (of various nations) and a home base for privateers and explorers, among whom Columbus is the most famous. Divers can enjoy the wrecks of the Conde de Tolosa and Nuestra Senora de Guadeloupe, both Spanish galleons sunk back in … Continue reading

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Relax at the end of the day in your ship’s Lookout Lounge high above the deck,

with it’s 360 degree view of vibrant blue Caribbean waters far below you. You see Man-O-War Cay, Great Guana Cay and Green Turtle Cay in the distance as ss Azure Sea sails towards Freeport, Grand Bahama.  ~  Island Card (visiting Islands B-11, C-17, C-18 & C-20) Continue reading

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When WorldWide Cruise Line’s steamship Colombia docks in Antigua you visit a local

cricket match between an Antiguan eleven and a team from Anguilla. While nibbling on your cucumber sandwiches and sipping your tea, one of the visiting batsmen hits the ball over the boundary ropes for “six”. Unfortunately, it lands amid your tea cups, saucers, plates, sandwiches and scones, ruining your Tea Time: Lose Antigua …  ~ Island … Continue reading

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During your stop-over on Trinidad while aboard ss Colombia, you visit the museum in

Port of Spain and see the wonderful watercolor landscapes and island scenes of Michael-Jean Cazabon, a French-Creole Trinidadian who studied art in Paris. His view of an Immortelle tree on Belmont Hill which he painted in 1850 is an excellent example of his genre. ~ Ship Card (visiting Island P-105) Continue reading

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On board the ss Caribbean Star you visit the island of Eleuthera (from the

Greek word for Freedom), which was first settled in 1648 by a band of English Puritans and Independents escaping religious persecution in Bermuda and England. Go to see the Bluff and Current, two early settlements, and also the nearby Preacher’s Cave, where these “Eleutheran Adventurers” are said to have worshipped. ~ Island Card (visiting Islands C-12 … Continue reading

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Isla Margarita, just off the Venezuelan coast, is home to some of the best

beaches in the Caribbean. When visiting the island during your “Three Americas Cruise” on board ss Colombia you have a decision to make; between El Yaque for it’s fabulous windsurfing and kitesurfing, or Playa El Agua with it’s beautiful sands fringed by palm trees, or Playa Manzanillo and it’s peaceful fishing village. ~ Ship Card (visiting Island Q-111) Continue reading

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When ss Neptune docks in Nassau, New Providence, you find that the best

way to relive your visit to the Bahamas is to purchase one of the stunning paintings created by local artists. The festival of Junkanoo is a strong theme in some paintings, as is religion, spirituality and the celebration of local womanhood; all of these artworks are imbued with the wonderful tropical colours and light which … Continue reading

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When ss Mayan Sun anchors off Grand Cayman you go back in time along

the Mastic Trail, exploring the interior woodland of the island. Here you see Mastic and Mahogany trees, bitter plum and Royal palms, with Cayman and Cuban parrots, West Indian woodpeckers, Caribbean doves, Ruby-throated hummingbirds and Mangrove Buckeye butterflies flying amid the branches, flowering vines and orchids. ~ Ship Card (visiting Island Y-150) Continue reading

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When sv Tradewinds sets sail towards the Bermudas, your onboard compass

malfunctions and strange lights appear off the starboard bow; these same strange phenomena were logged by Christopher Columbus centuries ago: Remember that you are now in the Bermuda Triangle … Lose Pembroke and Warwick Parishes in Bermuda … ~  Island Card <Lose Island Parishes G-51 & G-52> Continue reading

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mv Riviera anchors off the town of St.George in the Parish of the same name on the island

of Bermuda. You take a walking tour of the town and venture past King’s Square to Duke of York Street, through Shinbone Alley, past Slippery Hill, down Queen Street, Printer’s Alley, Nea’s Alley and Old Maid’s Lane; past Petticoat Lane, down Barber’s Alley and Water Street, then back to King’s Square for afternoon tea. ~ Island … Continue reading

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The Carib Indians called her “Madinina” ~ the Isle of Flowers; Christopher Columbus

discovered “the best, richest, sweetest, most charming country in the world”. During your visit to Martinique on board mv Riviera you see for yourself the mountain roads splashed with anthurium, bougainvillea, hibiscus, fragipani and wild orchids. Now you understand why Paul Gaugin, painter extra-ordinaire, was so charmed by this island that he called it paradise. ~ Ship Card … Continue reading

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ssc Island Dancer sails to Jost Van Dyke island, (named after the Dutch pirate), and

you relax at one of the many fabulous beach bars in the British Virgin Islands. It’s December 25th, so eat, drink and be merry … dancing to the beat of Calypso, Reggae and Soca (a combination of Soul and Calypso). ~ Ship Card (visiting Island H-56) Continue reading

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If your wish is to get away from it all, but still have a yacht at your disposal; if you want

the most beautiful beaches to relax on; if you wish for great diving, snorkeling and other beach activities; if your desire is to stay in the lush grounds of a private island … then make your choice either Young Island or Palm Island in the spectacular Grenadines for your island escape. ~ Island Card (visiting Islands … Continue reading

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When you visit the rainforests of Surinam whilst on board ss Magellan you see a yaguarundi,

also known as a haka tiger, in the undergrowth; you may reflect upon William Blake being inspired by a description of the eyes of these fierce cats, beginning his famous poem, “The Tyger”, published in 1794: Tyger! Tyger! burning bright In the forests of the night What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful … Continue reading

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When mv Riviera docks in Dominica you visit the Carib Territory of 3,700 acres with

it’s 3,000 inhabitants who are some of the last indigenous Caribbean people in the world. The Caribs cultivate the land, fish, and work with different woods ~ bamboo, calabash, larouma reed and fwije (forest tree fern) ~ which they sculpt, carve and weave into unique and valuable pieces, including copies of the large waterproof chests … Continue reading