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When visiting Haiti be sure that you get to travel on board one of the brightly decorated

buses that are the people-movers of the island ~ Tap Taps. Many of these transports have graceful curves and sweeps which are embellished with bright colours and a kreyol phrase. This is vibrant Haitian street art – in Haiti or on 5th street, Miami Beach. ~  Ship Card (visiting Islands A-2 & F-46) Continue reading

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When visiting Grand Bahama on board ss Colombia, your Shore Excursion is another

cruise; this one will take you over the local reefs to see brightly-colored corals and sponges with a huge variety of other marine life ~ sharks, stingrays, barracuda, parrotfish, turtles, angelfish, puffers and maybe a moray eel ~ all from the large, angled, undersea windows of your glass bottom boat.  ~  Island Card (visiting Island … Continue reading

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You arrive on Providenciales through the Leeward Cut on board ssc Island Dancer:

The ship’s Captain anchors in the crystal-clear turquoise waters of Grace Bay from where you take the dive boat and visit Little Water Cay with its Nature Reserve protecting the rock iguanas. In the afternoon you zip up to Dellis Cay for the best beachcombing and shelling in the Turks and Caicos Islands.  ~  Ship … Continue reading

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During ss Colombia’s voyage to Bermuda you visit the shipboard casino for a

lecture given by a world-class poker player, in order to learn how to best play the games of chance; but, you still lose your dollars that evening when you play for real. Lose Pembroke Parish, Bermuda.  ~  Island Card <Lose Island Parish G-51> Continue reading

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Take a few days off from your cruise aboard ssc Island Dancer and stay “Somewhere

Different” in Abaco. Enjoy rest and relaxation plus home cooking and expertly guided bonefishing. All of this in a small rustic retreat amid naturally landscaped gardens surrounded by land and marine life as well as over 50 species of wild birds and parrots. ~  Ship Card (visiting Island C-22) Continue reading

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Of all the wonderful protected environments in Costa Rica perhaps the most

inspiring is the “Children’s Rain Forest”, which has grown from 15 acres to over 46,000 acres of trees, vegetation and wildlife through the donations and sacrifices of children from over 40 countries who wish for people and children around the world to learn more about natural history and the long-term protection of our planet’s rainforest. … Continue reading

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On board ss Azure Sea play hooky and jump ship while visiting Antigua: It’s Sailing

Week – seven days of ocean racing and shoreside parties ending on Dockyard Day with its tugs-of-war between crews, greased pole races and spinnaker flying. The climax of the week is Lord Nelson’s Ball and the award ceremonies.  ~  Island Card (visiting Island K-70) Continue reading

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If you wish to be scared while on Grand Bahama, dive with a steel-mesh-clad

master diver, watch him feed a variety of free-roaming sharks, then perhaps reach out and touch the sandpaper roughness of a shark’s skin when your dive master coaxes over a 12 foot long hammerhead for you to examine. ~  Ship Card (visiting Island B-11) Continue reading

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When ss Azure Sea anchors off Puerto Barrios you go ashore and discover the

wonderful language of design and color that is Guatemalan weaving. Most women still weave on the same backstrap loom used by the early Maya, using cotton and woolen threads dyed with colors from local plants and insects. In Guatemala it is said that “Weaving has preserved the design of the Maya universe.”  ~  Ship Card … Continue reading

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When visiting Carriacou on board mv Riviera your timing is impeccable. You arrive

during the annual Regatta when the sound of conga drums fills the air and the people of Carriacou celebrate the harvest of land and sea with sensational dances handed down over the generations from the African tribes of Congo, Moko, Mandinka, Kromanti and Ibo.  ~  Island Card (visiting Island M-86) Continue reading

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While visiting Bermuda’s Warwick Parish on board ss Magellan your Shore

Excursion is an early morning horseback ride along the Railway Trail. You choose not to climb the 185 steps to the lens house of Gibbs Hill lighthouse, but go through South Shore Park to Warwick Long Bay with its unique coral outcrop 200 feet offshore.  ~  Island Card (visiting Island Parish G-52) Continue reading

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As Indigo Sails heads for St.George’s Parish Harbour in Bermuda, you are over-

taken by two yachts sailing in the Newport – Bermuda Ocean Race. This brings to mind the words of the old grey poet of Norfolk, who wrote: “Fannies wet all day and night, Brilliant sailing like a kite. Get that dammed club topsail set, Just to make us curse and sweat. Set the guinny on the sprit, … Continue reading

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On board ss Mayan Sun your stop-over today is Nevis, one of the Leeward Islands.

During your Shore Excursion to Charlestown you visit the Nevis Philatelic Bureau and collect a fabulous set of Commemorative Issue stamps highlighting the island’s multi-colored and varied flora and fauna.  ~  Island Card (visiting Island K-73) Continue reading

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Cat Island is another Out Island where old-time Bahamian life continues, another

Out Island where Bahamians pursue their everyday lives in small, sparsely settled communities. The traditions of living off the land and from the sea continue. Here you will see signs of Obeah, the West Indian Magic; also ruined plantation houses; as well as a chapel and religious retreat atop Mount Alvernia, another contribution from Father … Continue reading

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While visiting Surinam on board ss Colombia you find that the African Diaspora to

this country was subjected to the worse treatment of slaves ever recorded. John Stedman’s accounts of life in Surinam during the 18th.century influenced William Blake in his poem “The Tiger”: Also, in Voltaire’s book Candide, a slave describes how “dogs, monkeys and parrots are a thousand times less miserable than we are”… Lose Surinam  ~  Island … Continue reading

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On board sv Tradewinds you dock at beautiful Barbuda and visit Codrington

Lagoon, where frigate birds with their eight foot wingspan nest in the miles of mangrove bushes. This Bird Sanctuary is home to over 150 species, including pelicans, snipes, ibis, herons, kingfishers, warblers, tropical mockingbirds, oyster-catchers, cormorants and egrets. ~  Ship Card (visiting Island K-71) Continue reading

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When visiting Venezuela’s Margarita Island on board ss Colombia you journey to El

Castillo de San Carlos Borromeo, a castle which Simon Bolivar, the Great Liberator, made his headquarters. Bolivar’s wars for South and Central American Independence are legendary, but his dream of a self-governing republic of nations has not been realised … Lose Isla Margarita.  ~  Island Card <lose Island Q-111> Continue reading

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On board ss Neptune you visit Puerto Rico and run away to one of the Paradors

(country inns, usually in out of the way places): Try the old coffee plantation house near Jayuya in the shadow of Cerro de Punta, the highest peak on the island; hike in the rugged and beautiful terrain of the surrounding mountains, eat a traditional Puerto Rican dinner and watch baseball stars of the future shine … Continue reading

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Hope that the Captain of ss Colombia does not add his (and your) ship to the reef

off the island of Anegada, BVI. There are already over 300 wrecks in these waters, many easily seen whilst diving. While visiting this sunken island you explore the wreck of the Rochus with its spectacular and varied fish population.  ~  Island Card (visiting Island  H-55) Continue reading

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The buccaneering spirit is still alive and well in the Bahamas on the island of

Spanish Wells, originally named for the Spanish explorers who put ashore for fresh water and provisions. Now the islanders put to sea in refrigerated boats and search all over Bahamian waters for the treasure of the elusive crawfish (spiny lobster).  ~  Ship Card (visiting Island C-14) Continue reading