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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 26 One of the most exciting sailing trips ever made in the Caribbean was the 1997 voyage made by

a handful of Kalinago (Carib Indians of Dominica), who, according to their art of canoe building, chopped down a huge gommier tree, hollowed it out and “opened” (stretched and warped) it; they then fitted a sail on which a Gli Gli (small fierce hawk revered by ancient Carib warriors) motif was daubed. These proud warriors … Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 25 On visiting Bluefields and the nearby Deer Island you learn that thousands of Americans

wishing to join the 1849 California Gold Rush left the U.S. East Coast and sailed here; then they were shipped up the San Juan River to Lake Nicaragua, where they were ferried across the lake; this was followed by a short ride down to the Pacific Coast, from where they then sailed up to San … Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 24 While visiting The Saints, dock Indigo Sails in the superb harbour at Le Bourg on Terre-de-

Haut. The islanders here catch most of the fish eaten on the nearby island of Guadeloupe; while a short boat ride away, the isle of Terre-de-Bas is a hiker’s dream of scenic trails and spectacular views. If you stay overnight on either of these charming islands, walk the cliff paths at twilight, and maybe over … Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 23 While on board ss Neptune cruising through the Abacos, you see in the distance Hope Town’s

120 feet high pink and white lighthouse on Elbow Cay. This lighthouse was built in the 1830s to discourage the islanders from luring shipping on to the reefs and then scavenging the wrecks. ~ Island Card (visiting Island C-16)  Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 22 When you visit Harbour Island on board ss Caribbean Star you can still see the influence of

the original British settlers – Victorian horse and carriage can be seen on the streets and the tea room continues to serve the infusion made famous by the English. Also, Windermere Island, some miles to the south, has been a frequent haunt of British royalty.  ~  Ship Card (visiting Islands C-13 & C-15 on the … Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 21 Although the so-called “discovery” of Haitian art is dated to around 1940, the roots of

Haitian primitive paintings go back to the mid-1800s from when we can see a painting of the San Souci Palace which exhibits intuitive organization of space, visionary quality and stunning colors, predating by a hundred years the twentieth century Haitian “primitives”. ~ Island Card (F-46)  Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 20 When you visit the Barra del Colorado National Wildlife Centre in Costa Rica on board

ss Caribbean Star, you meet fellow travellers who left La Selva Biological Station and took a boat tour down the Puerto Viejo River into the Sarapiqui River then on to the San Juan River, arriving here after white water rafting, volcano tours, natural history walks and the sights of a multitude of endangered species in … Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 19 The sights of Guyana’s rainforests were first written about by Sir Walter Raleigh, the

English explorer, in 1596. Today, jaguars, hoatzin (the national bird) and naked-throated bellbirds still inhabit the rainforest along with greenheart trees, heliconia, orchids, epiphytes and Victoria Regia lilies which have leaves up to six feet wide.  ~  Island Card (visiting Caribbean destination P-108)  Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 18 Your timing is excellent as the ss Neptune docks at Guadeloupe during the three-day Street

Party that is Carnival. Starting on Lundi Gras, followed by Mardi Gras and then Mercredi des Cendres (Ash Wednesday, when the islanders burn the spirit of Vaval), there are parades, colourful costumes, partying, and everyone dancing to the heavy beat of the Tambour alongside the rhythm of techno and tradition that is called Zouk. ~ Ship … Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 17 During your cruise aboard the ss Colombia, your dive sites in the Bonaire Marine Park are

highlighted by yellow tail snappers, peacock flounders, angelfish, seahorses and a parrotfish munching on the coral reef. The Park is full of different varieties of coral ~ from redlip blenny and yellow pencil corals to forests of elkhorn and staghorn, also gorgonians and giant brain coral. ~ Island Card (visiting Island R-120)  Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 16 On board ss Magellan sailing past Dominica to Terre-de-Haut des Saintes in the Caribbean Sea,

you are surprised by a number of whales and dolphin in the waters off the port side of the ship. You see and hear a very vocal 45 foot long sperm whale breach the water; then spot a school of humpback whales and a single beaked whale along with spinner and spotted dolphins frolicking in … Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 15 While sailing past Norman Island aboard Indigo Sails, you recall reading that this was the

original site of Robert Louis Stevenson’s book “Treasure Island”, with its famed verse beginning “15 men on the dead man’s chest … “. RL Stevenson also summed up traveling ~ “for my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move”. ~ Island Card … Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 14 Some of the finest art in the Caribbean has come from Jamaica ~ “Bird Man”, a fabulous, over

five-hundred-year-old, Taino Indian woodcarving of a part bird, part human creature: Sketches of the Jamaican Jonkonnu masquerade from the 1830s, parodying European culture: Political sculptures such as “Negro Aroused” by Edna Manley. A modern example is Eddie Chambers “Untitled” in which the colors of the British Union Jack flag have been replaced with the Rastafarian … Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 13 ss Azure Sea docks in Key West and your Shore Excursion is a visit to the Key West Museum of

Art and History. Here you find the paintings of Mario Sanchez, a self-taught artist who used egg yolk, coffee grounds and limestone dust to create local scenes on the boards of wooden crates. See if you can find Gato’s Village, Old Island Days or Boza’s Conga, which all portray island life and living. ~ Island Card … Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 12 When you return to Miami on board ss Azure Sea after cruising to the islands of Cancun and

Cozumel, you take a boat tour of Biscayne National Park which includes Boca Chita Key, a view of various underwater wrecks and marine life, and also an examination of the various flotsam and jetsam from around the world that has washed up on the park shores. ~ Ship Card (visiting Islands A-1, A-5, X-144, X-145)  Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 11 Your stopover today on board sv Tradewinds is the island of Tobago, where you hike through

the rain-forests with their trees and plants of such varied and vivid shades of green. Also, on Little Tobago you visit the Reserve with its multitude of different bird species, where you may see among the many others, an Audubon’s Shearwater, Collared Trogon, Red-billed tropicbird, Frigate Bird or even a White-tailed Sabrewing Hummingbird. These birds … Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 10 Standing on the deck of mv Riviera as she sails from Devil’s Island off French Guiana, you

watch an Ariane rocket blasting off into space from Kourou Centre Spatial with a communications satellite on board. You recall the hospital, church and cemetery of the penal colony here, from where thousands of French prisoners never returned home. You also remember your visit to a Wayama Indian Tukusipan (ceremonial hut) with its hand painted … Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 9 The Carib Indians, the French, English and Swedish have all fought over St.Bartélemy,

(St.Barts); at the present time, this is a French outpost with an ultra-chic South of France atmosphere. Stories have it that Monbars the Exterminator, a dreaded French buccaneer who preferred to count bodies than to count the spoils after raids, had his headquarters here; but one would hardly believe this as you wander through the … Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 8 One of the most anticipated annual celebrations in the Bahamas is the week-long Out Island

Regatta on Great Exuma. When you dock your ketch Indigo Sails at Georgetown in March this normally sleepy town has been transformed. Traditional Bahamian sailing sloops race against each other during the day, and for a week the party mix of yachties, boat people, visitors, locals, island lovers and seafarers hardly get any sleep. ~ Ship Card (visiting … Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 7 During your visit aboard sv Tradewinds, go south to the beautiful beaches of Martinique: While

you are at the beach make sure to find the brightly painted “Gommiers”, (fishing boats crafted from a single tree trunk), which will catch the bounties of the sea that adorn your dinner table. Try the shrimp or cod fritters, octopus stew, a gratinée of minced conch (pronounced konk) or Christophine squash. Fish Colombo (curry) … Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 6 Sweet Bimini – only fifty miles from the Port of Miami – is a world apart. A famous Reverend

and Preacher visited the island to find some inspiration for his acceptance speech of the Nobel Peace Prize and the words to his guide after a ride through the bonefish flats perhaps sums up all of the Bahamas and the Caribbean: “You make me feel so close to heaven I feel I can almost touch … Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 5 When visiting the Free Port of Porlamar, Margarita Island, on board ss Neptune, you treat

yourself to a duty-free shopping spree including a string of pearls (the name Margarita comes from the Greek word for pearl); you also take home samples of the local craft work – a Chinchorro (colourful hammock), ceramics and a mapire – (handwoven basket made from African palm trees). ~ Island Card (visiting Island Q-111)  Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 4 When ss Caribbean Star docks in Vieques (pronounced bye-kess) a day at the beach is

recommended: After stopping at the Punta Mula lighthouse for the spectacular view of Puerto Rico and Culebra, choose between Hidden Beach or any of a choice of colours ~ Red Beach, Blue Beach or Green Beach ~ for a quiet, secluded, palm tree lined stretch of sand. ~ Ship Card (Islands F-40, F-41, F-42 on the … Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 3 On board ss Mayan Sun, sailing from St.Vincent, you visit St.Lucia and see one of the most

magnificent views in all of the Caribbean ~ Two half-mile high spikes (Petit Piton and Gros Piton) stand guard over Jalousie Bay and the St.Lucia Rainforest Reserve with its banana trees, giant ferns, towering bamboos, vines and orchids. Living in this forest are the endangered jacquot (parrot), also the Antillian crested and the purple-throated hummingbird. These … Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 2 Visiting Haiti on board ss Magellan you find that “creole” describes more than just a spicy

cuisine. Creole originally meant “locally born” but now describes a Caribbean identity in which the different races and nationalities of the Caribbean mix together in a melting pot ~ like the famous pepperpot stew of the islands. Simmer together, adding new ingredients, with some tastes and flavours getting stronger while others are a subtle background … Continue reading