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On board ss Mayan Sun your port-of-call today is the island of San Andrés, which

is called the island of seven colours for the seven shades of blue sea which surround it. The surrounding archipelago forms part of a protected UNESCO Biosphere Reserve off the coast of Colombia. Explore the lush green hills and coconut groves, snorkel above the coral reef, relax on white sand beaches, then search the caves for … Continue reading

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When ssc Island Dancer anchors off Les Saintes archipelago in the French

Antilles, you take a sea kayak to visit some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean ~ Plage de Pont Pierre, Anse Crawen and Pain de Sucre, before rendezvous-ing with the ship at Grande Anse beach on the isle of Terre-de-Bas.  ~  Island Card (visiting Islands L-78 & L-79) Continue reading

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Haitian protesters decry Dominican treatment of countrymen

Originally posted on Repeating Islands:
About 10,000 people have marched in Haiti’s capital in a protest over what they is mistreatment of their countrymen in the neighboring Dominican Republic, the Associated Press reports. Wednesday’s demonstration was mostly peaceful, with young and old protesters waving Haitian flags in Port-au-Prince. One man managed to climb up on…

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After a hectic day of duty-free shopping in St.Thomas, the ss Neptune sails overnight

for St.Croix, where, after disembarking early in the morning you vanish to Pelican Cove and relax at the water’s edge, laying in your hammock under sea grape and palm trees amid a multitude of red and yellow hibiscus blossoms.  ~  Island Card (visiting Islands J-66 & J-67) Continue reading

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If you could not find the lost city of Atlantis off South Bimini, then look no further

than Paradise Island where another fabled development has surfaced. Visit the various lagoons filled with marine life, luxuriate in your fabulous suite, enjoy the cabaret show and then trip the light fantastic in the night clubs. But, you lose your cash in the casino, so … Lose Paradise Island   ~  Ship Card (visiting Island … Continue reading

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Tortola in the British Virgin Isles is the start of your sailing vacation on board the

55 foot ketch, Indigo Sails. Underwater conditions are excellent, with visibility up to 100 feet, and this makes for a great dive to the wreck of RMS Rhone which lies between Tortola and Salt Island. Also, make sure you dive Painted Walls, Alice in Wonderland and Rainbow Canyon, all of whose names are evocative of their splendid individual … Continue reading

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When Indigo Sails docks in Paramaribo, Suriname, you visit the tropical rain

forests to the south, and find members of Conservation International gathering indigenous plants and meeting with the Shamans (wise men) of the Trio tribe who advise on the uses and medicinal properties of each plant.  ~  Ship Card (visiting Caribbean destination P-109) Continue reading

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During your Yoga Retreat Cruise aboard ssc Island Dancer you visit the lower

Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Here, amidst the abundant flora and fauna of the surrounding rainforest you begin to understand why Hindu philosophers recognized the sacred in the supposedly mundane, and how they developed sensitivity and the mental power to communicate with all of the forces of Nature in order for them to fully worship … Continue reading

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After ss Mayan Sun drops anchor off Vieques, (the name is derived from the Taino

Indian word for “Little Island”), you go ashore and take a trip around the island on horseback. During your ride you see the sugar cane crop in the fields ready for harvesting, along with other staples grown here, sweet potatoes, coconuts, bananas, avocados and papayas. Finish the day on Navia Beach watching the sand crabs … Continue reading

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One of the best beaches around St.Croix is on Buck Island, just over a mile away. So,

disembark ss Magellan and take the day excursion to Buck Island Reef National Monument. The whole island is a National Park and the park rangers have laid down an underwater trail marked with floats and sea floor signs to identify coral formations, plants and the huge variety of fish living within this protected ecosystem. Ideal for for … Continue reading

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On board ss Neptune your stay in Curaçao is a whirlwind tour amidst some of

the best shopping in the Caribbean. Here, you find good bargains on Japanese and German cameras, Swiss watches and Dutch tableware. After visiting the central shopping districts and exclusive shopping malls don’t miss the waterfront boutiques with exotic imports from Paris, Indonesia, Africa and South America. ~  Ship Card (visiting Island R-115) Continue reading

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The Bermuda Festival is in full swing when ss Mayan Sun docks in Hamilton,

Pembroke Parish. So, choose between a visit to the theatre, a classical recital or Jazz concert; afterwards, head for City Hall, topped by a weather vane shaped like the Sea Venture, for a great night out in Bermuda’s capital city.  ~  Island Card (visiting Island Parish G-51) Continue reading

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While visiting Haiti on board ss Colombia you search the art galleries and find

a variety of artworks exploring island culture  –  some paintings have allusions to Vaudou rites and rituals; others have local politics as their theme, with it’s dictators and private militias; many artists explore the economics of poverty here in the poorest country of the Caribbean.  ~  Ship Card Lose <Island F-46> from your scorecard. Continue reading

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Blame corporate greed, not the obese | Zoe Williams | Surely when someone is (fat),

not working, not contributing, not interacting with and giving back to the Community, then it is the Community’s fault, not the fault of the individual(s)? The society has failed it’s member, not the member failing society. The Society has not educated the individual, has not engaged deeply enough with it’s member, has not got to … Continue reading

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Relaxing in Trinidad while cruising aboard ss Caribbean Star, you take afternoon

tea at the Asa Wright Nature Centre which is hidden high above sea level in the mountainous tropical rainforest of the Arima Valley. While sitting on the large veranda surrounded by a multitude of different species of flora and fauna you read some of this island’s literary greats ~ names such as Williams, Lovelace, James, … Continue reading

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Before starting your Eastern Caribbean cruise from Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, you

make sure to visit the Museum of Art in Ponce which exhibits international as well as local artists. Try to find examples of the Early Puerto Rican School with works by Lorenzo Homar and Rafael Tufino showing radical populist themes expressed in graphics. Flag and map imagery is also to be found in Puerto Rican … Continue reading

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Your visit to Saint Anthony’s Parish on the charming “Emerald Isle” of the

Caribbean, Montserrat, has been held ransom  –  like the island itself  –  by the volcanic vent known as Soufrière Hills Volcano which has freshly erupted and is spewing out superheated mud, gases and rubble which slides downhill on a cushion of air.  ~  Island Card <Lose Island K-74> Continue reading

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After you finish diving the reefs and wrecks of the Chinchorro Reef, ssc Island

Dancer sails from Cayo Lobos and docks off Chetumal where you visit the impressive Museum of Maya Culture, learning all about Maya beliefs and customs in preparation for your tour of the Rio Beck Ruin Route, in the ruin rich, little explored southern part of Quintana Roo, Mexico.  ~  Ship Card (visiting Island X-149) Continue reading

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Visiting Jamaica on board ss Azure Sea you find that “Out of Many, One People”

means what it says. Spanish, English, Scottish, African, Portuguese, Chinese, Indian, French and Syrian have all contributed to the island’s identity, as have a variety of religions still practiced here – Anglican, Baptist, Jewish, Methodist, Muslim, Roman Catholic and Rastafarian.  ~  Ship Card (visiting Island F-48) Continue reading

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When ss Mayan Sun anchors off Gran Roque (Los Roques Archipelago) 70 miles

off the coast of Venezuela, you take a dinghy, fishing rod and friends and look for a “mud” in which to cast your line. A mud is where a school of bonefish are feeding and stirring up the sandy sea bottom.   ~  Ship Card (visiting Island Q-113) Continue reading

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Dominica is hiker heaven, so while visiting on board ss Colombia put on your

boots and sunscreen then take the whole day to hike the Northern and Central forests. There you will see a variety of birds on the Lower Syndicate Trail ~ an endangered imperial parrot, flycatchers and hummingbirds, bananaquits and bullfinches. You also hear the mountain whistler, with its call reminiscent of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony; then find … Continue reading

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During your visit to the Spice Island of Grenada whilst aboard ss Neptune,

you delight in the lush landscapes and natural beauties of the island, also the aroma of fresh spices in the air. All around you is evidence of the spice trade; on the inland road nutmegs are being sorted and cacao pods dry in the sun; bay rum leaves, lemon grass, cinnamon and cloves are used … Continue reading

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Some of the best hiking in the Grenadines is on Union Island, with the tallest

peak on these volcanic lands being the almost 1,000 feet high Mount Taboi. Outside the main town of Clifton there is Fort Hill with its fabulous panoramic view, and a trek to the north finds Richmond Bay and Belmont Bay with their inviting white sand beaches. If you have any strength left in your legs, … Continue reading

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Indigo Sails leaves Loggerhead Key in the Dry Tortugas en route for Key

West, but runs into trouble in the Quicksands and old bombing target area – both marked as Area To Be Avoided in the Florida Keys Particularly Sensitive Sea Area Zone … Lose Key West from your scorecard …  ~  Island Card (visiting Island Z-155)  <Lose Island Z-154> Continue reading

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While cruising the waters around Eleuthera on board Indigo Sails you visit Tarpum

Bay, an artists’ colony, where you admire sculptures and works in various other media: Many of the oil and watercolour paintings portray island life and local scenery, illustrating the spectacular light and wonderful colors of the Bahamian “Out Islands” to their best effect.  ~  Ship Card (visiting Island C-12) Continue reading