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During your cruise to the Bay Islands of Honduras on board ss Magellan, you dive

the reefs off the island of Roatan (part of one of the largest Barrier Reefs in the world) and begin to understand why these reefs have such a well deserved, world-class reputation. Organizations such as the Bay Islands Conservation Association (BICA) work hard to protect these incredible natural resources. ~ Island Card (visiting Island V-134) Continue reading

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When ss Azure Seas arrives in Cancun, Mexico, you take a two-day Shore

Excursion to visit the city of Merida, which the Maya people called “The Place of the Fifth Point”, indicating that it was the centre of the universe. You also travel the “Mayan Route” to Campeche with its fabulous ruins and history.  ~  Ship Card (visiting Island X-144) Continue reading

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Visiting Isla Holbox (pronounced ohl-bosh) off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsular while

on board ss Caribbean Star, the highlight of your morning is a walk along a beachcomber’s fantasy ~ a wide expanse of beach, miles long and littered with millions of sea shells of every conceivable Caribbean variety. ~  Island Card (visiting Island X-147) Continue reading

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ss Magellan has a Caribbean Art Auction on board during your cruise to St.

Barthélemy and you learn from the visiting onboard lecturers about the artists, painters and sculptors of the different Caribbean islands. Later in the cruise you use your new-found knowledge to begin your own Caribbean Art collection with a piece of “Found” art from the beaches of Barbuda.  ~  Island Card (visiting Islands K-71 & L-80) Continue reading

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After arriving in Dangriga, Belize, on board mv Riviera you visit the Cockscomb Basin

Jaguar Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary, where you find jaguars, ocelots, margays and scarlet macaws living in the surrounding jungle. As it is mid-November Dangriga is a carnival of colour and sound on Garifuna Settlement Day, the highlight of the cultural calendar for these descendants of the Red Caribs of the islands and West African slaves. … Continue reading

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Travel “La Trace” route to Mount Pelée which erupted in 1902, wiping out

Martinique’s capital of St.Pierre. Your trip takes you through the Pitons Carbet mountains where a hike to the top of Piton Carbet will afford you a wonderful vista of all Martinique and even her neighbour, St.Lucia. An alternative for the hardier hiker are the Gorges de la Falaise with forested canyons leading to a spectacular … Continue reading

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Shortly before arriving at your dive site in the Turks and Caicos Islands, your

day is highlighted by the sight of migrating humpback whales off the bow of ssc Island Dancer. A few miles south of Salt Cay you hove-to above H.M.S. Endymion, an 18th. century wooden British warship sunk in 30 feet of water; all that remains of her are cannons, ballast, anchors and bronze pins, which makes for a picturesque … Continue reading

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Before meeting the ss Colombia in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for your Eastern Caribbean

cruise you plan to attend the annual Casals Festival with the Symphony Orchestra of Puerto Rico. This concert series is the centerpiece of the local cultural calendar with world-class performers – but there has been a mixup with your tickets. Lose Puerto Rico …  ~  Island Card <lose Island F-40> Continue reading

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During your Shore Excursion from on board ss Magellan, you visit the Botanical

Gardens of St.Vincent, finding a breadfruit tree grown from the original plant brought from Tahiti by Captain William Bligh in 1793; also in the grounds are endangered St.Vincent parrots and a museum with artifacts from earlier inhabitants of the island – the Arawak, Carib and Black Carib Indians. ~  Ship Card (visiting Island N-103) Continue reading

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When visiting Havana, Cuba, on board ss Colombia, you find that the island has

wonderful white sand beaches and beautiful blue waters. On the north coast Varadero Beach is 12 miles of silky sands; off the south coast, Isla de la Juventud was a pirate haunt for hundreds of years – but is now renowned for great beaches and diving. Here you relax with a picnic provided by the … Continue reading

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On board sv Tradewinds your visit to Green Turtle Key in the Abacos is a flashback

to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, (plus palm trees). The town of New Plymouth is full of gaily painted little clapboard cottages with gingerbread trim, which are bordered by white picket fences surrounding gardens full of yellow and red hibiscus, pink oleander and purple bougainvillea.  ~  Ship Card (visiting Island C-20) Continue reading

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When ss Neptune docks at Ochos Rios, Jamaica, you have a choice of two Shore

Excursions ~ the first, a 600 feet climb and clamber up a stepped series of waterfalls formed amid natural limestone terraces and basins; or, go horse back riding, firstly on a mountain trail, learning about the different species of flora and fauna of this island, then down to the beach where you can take your … Continue reading

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When mv Riviera docks at Punto Juarez on the north-eastern coast of the Yucatan

Peninsular, Mexico, you take your bicycle ashore and mingle with the locals in downtown Cancun, then pedal down the excellent bike path with its views of the turquoise waters, white sandy beaches and fabulous hotels.  ~  Ship Card (visiting Island X-144) Continue reading

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After ss Neptune docks in Havana, Cuba, you visit tobacco plantations and a cigar

factory where you view the cigar makers rolling individual cigars while listening to a lector, who reads to them from newspapers and books. At the end of your cruise you try to bring a box of these cigars back to Miami. Bad move. Lose Miami and Cuba …  Island Card <Lose Islands A-1 & F-49> Continue reading

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When ss Magellan docks in Grenada, you wander through the picturesque town of

St.George with its colourful waterfront district of the Careenage, which was built around the crater of an extinct volcano. The other half of St.George is the Esplanade and Market Square where the produce, fish, and straw markets sell their wares. This lush island has an abundance of fresh fruit ~ mangos, bananas, grapefruit, passion fruit, … Continue reading

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After leaving Isla de Guanaja, one of the Bay Islands of Honduras, ss Azure Sea

anchors off La Ceiba, (named after the ancient Maya sacred tree which was said to connect the Underworld, our terrestrial Earth and the skies above us). Your shore excursion is a trip to Copan with its stunning Maya ruins; on this two-day trip you learn about Smoke Jaguar, 18 Rabbit, Smoke Monkey and Smoke Shell, … Continue reading

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The ss Caribbean Star moors at the Royal Naval Dockyard in Sandys Parish,

Bermuda: You take the morning to play a great round of golf at the nearby Port Royal golf course, including a birdie at the famous 16th hole which looks out over the pink sands and clear blue waters of Whale Bay.  ~  Island Card (visiting Island G-54)  Continue reading

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When visiting the Grenadines, the best way to enjoy the sights of the private island

called Mustique is to rent horses and go explore the grassy hills, sandy beaches and holiday homes of the super-rich. After hauling anchor and departing for Canouan on board Indigo Sails, make sure that you avoid Montezuma Schoals on the way out of Britannia Bay as the reefs have ground pieces off the hull of many … Continue reading

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When visiting Christiansted, St.Croix (pronounced croy), on board ss Azure Sea, your

shore excursion is a historical walking tour to Fort Christiansvaern, Apothecary Hall and Steeple Museum. You finish the morning on Strand and King streets, discovering distinctive Danish architecture, fine art studios and galleries.  ~  Island Card (visiting Island J-67) Continue reading

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As you sail past the southern shore of Bonaire on board sv Tradewinds you see dazzling

white salt mountains against the background of blue sky and azure seas. You may also recognise chattel houses where the slaves, who originally did the backbreaking labour in the salt pans onwards from the 17th. century, lived a miserable existence … Lose Bonaire.  ~  Ship Card  <Lose Island R-120> Continue reading

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When ss Neptune visits St.John in the US Virgin Islands, you spend the morning

exploring Cinnamon Bay archaeological dig, afterwards volunteering your time to help discover and preserve Taino Indian artifacts which are being unearthed onsite. One of the most important finds here was the ceremonial house of worship (Caney) of this peaceful and spiritual people, where excavations tell of ceremonial harvest offerings to their deities from 1,000 years … Continue reading

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There is nothing that I dread so much as a division of the Republic into two

great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.  ~  John Adams (Founding Father) bwo Drew Crawford at Sealed Abstract Continue reading

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ssc Island Dancer anchors offshore from the Barra del Colorado National Wildlife

Refuge in northern Costa Rica and you kayak in the network of rivers, channels and lakes, finding crocodiles and caimans, white-faced and howler monkeys, three-toed sloths, green macaws, toucans and Amazon parrots. Later, return to your lodge complex built on stilts by the banks of the Colorado River.  ~  Ship Card (visiting Caribbean destination U-133) Continue reading

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After ss Neptune docks in Sint Maarten you have all morning for duty-free

shopping in Philipsburg on the Dutch influenced side of the island. Follow this with a visit to to one of the island’s casinos in the afternoon; then head out over the border, (no stopping, how civilized), to Marigot on the French-flavored other side of the island, Saint Martin, for a dinner of freshly-caught fish followed … Continue reading

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After overnighting in one of Bermuda’s older cottage colonies, (an idyllic 

retreat in Sandys Parish), you take the ferry back to ss Azure Sea and during the ride view a procession of racing yachts with brightly coloured spinnakers finishing the (Celestial Navigation optional) Marion-Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race.  ~  Island Card (visiting Island Parish G-54) Continue reading