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During your cruise on board ssc Island Dancer you collect a variety of beautiful multi-

coloured stamps from the islands of St.Thomas, (U.S. Virgin Islands); Nevis, Saint-Barthélemy, (the Leeward Islands); and St.Vincent, (the Grenadines): These stamps celebrate the precious natural resources of these gems of the Caribbean, as well as the local flora and fauna.  ~  Island Card (visiting Islands J-66, K-73, L-80 & N-103) Continue reading

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After mooring in Cruz Bay, St.John, aboard ss Mayan Sun, you learn that the best way

to hike here is with a guide – who can then show you the wild tamarind, french weed (used to treat fevers), the night-blooming witch’s vein (helped treat cardiac arrest), a zombie’s cucumber or the pitch apple tree, whose leaves were used as parchment for letter writing. ~  Ship Card (visiting Island J-65) Continue reading

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After tendering ashore from ss Caribbean Star you climb the ramparts of Fort St.Louis

and see the town of Marigot spread out beneath you. As it is Saturday morning the market on St.Martin is busy with locals and vacationers buying a colorful assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, spices and freshly caught fish. ~  Island Card (visiting Island L-84) Continue reading

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Your Shore Excursion today while aboard mv Riviera includes Tucker House, just on

the corner of Barber’s Alley in St.George’s Parish, Bermuda; you also find out about the famed Gunpowder Plot of the American War of Independence, and learn from the St.George’s Foundation why Barber’s Alley is so named. ~  Ship Card (visiting Island Parish G-53) Continue reading

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When ssc Island Dancer visits the Dry Tortugas, (dry as in bring your own water), you

camp on Garden Key with Fort Jefferson standing guard. In the morning swim over to Bush Key and marvel at the number and variety of migrating birds that stop-over on these islands ~ orioles, masked boobies, noddy and sooty terns and the black whiskered vireo to name but a handful. ~  Ship Card (visiting Islands … Continue reading

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When ssc Island Dancer docks on Bequia make sure that you arrange a guided tour

of the Moonhole ~ private homes that have been built into naturally occurring caves in the cliffs. These homes have huge arches, fabulous views and lovely patios; they often have no electricity, rarely have windows and are kept cool by the constant trade winds … Amazing. ~  Island Card (visiting Island M-87) Continue reading

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When ss Mayan Sun docks off Little Cayman you go to Pirate’s Point and take the

one mile long Nature Walk along the “Pirates Trail”. Listen to your guide telling tales from this island’s history while walking through the tropical woodland amid colorful parrots, orchids and iguanas. ~  Ship Card (visiting Island Y-151) Continue reading

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While docked on board ss Neptune in the Dominican Republic (discovered by

Christopher Columbus during his first voyage in 1492), you can visit the Caribbean’s oldest city, cathedral and university. After a morning of culture and history in Santo Domingo, run away to the pearl-white sands and coco-palm-fringed beaches of Punta Cana. These are just twenty beautiful miles of the Dominican Republic’s one thousand miles of beaches. … Continue reading

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An afternoon of pampering is called for to help mend the attrition caused by sea, sand

and salt; so visit your onboard spa, where you combine a seaweed body wrap, massage and sauna with a super deluxe beauty treatment. Now you are ready for a night out when mv Riviera docks in Nassau town, New Providence, the Bahamas.  ~  Island Card (visiting Island B-8) Continue reading

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If you time your cruise aboard ss Caribbean Star correctly, you can be in Colombia for

its Caribbean Music Festival – four days of music by African-influenced bands from Colombia, elsewhere in the Caribbean, and all over the world … playing Hip Hop and Salsa alongside local rhythms like Cumbia and Vallenato. ~  Island Card (visiting Caribbean destination S-122) Continue reading

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When ss Caribbean Star visits Sandys Parish in Bermuda your Shore Excursion is a

bicycle ride along the westernmost section of the Bermuda Railway Trail. Here you will see bougainvillea, hibiscus, oleander and poinsettia bursting through an abundance of greenery: Then on to Fort Scaur with its views of the bright blue seas of Great Sound on one side, and Ely’s Harbour (once a smugglers haven) on the other. … Continue reading

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Sailing on board mv Riviera off the coasts of Guyana and Surinam on a yoga retreat

cruise you learn that the ancient philosophers decreed that humans must repay three innate debts. Firstly, a debt to our family for their support and succour; secondly, a debt to those teachers who have given us knowledge; and most importantly we must repay the divine forces that nurture and sustain our lives – the wind, … Continue reading

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After mv Riviera docks in Dangriga, Belize, you admire colourful paintings depicting

Garifuna life and culture at a local art and sculpture studio. You also find hand-crafted mahogany and cedar drums in traditional Garifuna style; and later, when you spend the night at the farming and fishing community of Hopkins Village, these drums are used to make sacred music to accompany a healing ceremony by the local … Continue reading

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After docking in Sint Maarten on board ss Caribbean Star you have the sail of a

lifetime on board an “America’s Cup” Contender Class 12 meter yacht. You race against another 75 feet long masted racer over an America’s Cup Course and feel the awesome exhilaration of wind, surf and speed as you and your other crew members battle to be first over the finish line. ~  Ship Card (visiting Island … Continue reading

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While visiting Miami on board ss Magellan you camp on Boca Chita Key in Biscayne

National Park. In the morning, paddle your sea kayak down to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park (the USA’s first Underwater Preserve) on Key Largo and explore the reefs, mangroves and tidal creeks, with their coral, fish and bird inhabitants. ~  Ship Card (visiting Islands A-1, A-5 & A-6) Continue reading

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ss Caribbean Star anchors off Bloody Bay on Little Cayman. Bloody Bay Wall starts

at 18 feet below sea level then drops off to depths of a few thousand feet; initially, the excellent visibility makes it easy for divers to see a variety of corals and sponges, tiny seahorses, coral shrimps, starfish, damselfish, grouper, eagle rays and stingrays …   ~  Island Card (visiting Island Y-151) Continue reading

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Arriving at St.John in the U.S. Virgin Islands you learn that man and Nature can make

life difficult, even for a National Park. Hurricanes batter the island; a severe drought causes problems; construction projects hurt vegetation, and silt run-off from these projects damages corals and water quality. Also, the millions of visitors erode the holistic habitat of the reefs. Lose St.John …  ~  Ship Card <Lose Island J-65> Continue reading

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When visiting St.Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands) in late April on board ss Neptune, you run

into the Carnival celebrations with Mocko Jumbies (stilt-walking spirits), steel bands, Quadrille dancing (for everyone), calypso music, outrageous costumes and dancing in the streets for the whole two weeks of this non-stop Street Party. ~  Ship Card (visiting Island J-66) Continue reading

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When ss Colombia visits Île du Diable (Devil’s Island) off French Guiana you see a

harpy eagle flying overhead: He will soon be flying over the mainland jungle and the Wayama Indians who live there among the jacaranda and tabebuia trees, vines and orchids, purple macaws and woodpeckers, the howler, spider and capuchin monkeys. ~  Island Card (visiting Island N-110) Continue reading

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When ss Colombia docks in Hamilton, Pembroke Parish, Bermuda, your Shore

Excursion is a visit to the Underwater Exploration Institute with its simulated capsule dive from this volcanic island to the ocean floor 12,000 feet below; there are also scale model wrecks, huge murals and an aural introduction to the sounds of sea animals communicating. ~  Ship Card (visiting Island Parish G-51) Continue reading

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When ss Mayan Sun visits Georgetown, Guyana, hope that your visit coincides with

one of the many different festivals: Muslims celebrate the birthday of Prophet Muhammad; Hindus commemorate Deepavali ~ the Festival of Lights; Christians observe Christmas and Easter; Chinese New Year is a New Moon Party after January 26th. ~  Island Card (visiting Caribbean destination P-108) Continue reading

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The islands of Los Roques are now a Venezuelan National Park and fishing is limited

to traditional methods; even so, when ss Caribbean Star anchors off Gran Roque your day of bonefishing is an exciting introduction to salt water flyfishing. Usually not weighing more than 10-12 pounds here, these fish are fierce fighters and make for a fabulous day of sport.  ~  Ship Card (visiting Island Q-113) Continue reading

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While visiting the island of Bequia (beck-way) in the fabulous Grenadines on board

mv Riviera you visit the small whaling museum which shows how islanders made their living chasing whales in small boats with a master harpooner always ready to cock his arm and let fly his harpoon.  ~  Island Card (visiting Island M-87) Continue reading

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A great day of sunbathing and snorkeling around the Bay Islands off the coast of

Honduras – beginning in the shallows with green and purple parrotfish, trigger fish, jacks, rock beauties and sergeant majors – then, further out, the awesome sight of the ocean floor disappearing beneath you at the “Drop Off”. Afterwards, back to Roatan to discover sun-burned backs and shoulders – not enough sun protection, and not a … Continue reading