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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 57 Harbour Island was once (along with its inhabitants, Brilanders) one of the more prosperous

places in the Bahamas ~ this due to the renown of local boat builders. Now it is justly celebrated for the miles and miles of pink beaches (the pink color coming from the bright pink or red shells of microscopic invertebrates called Foraminifera) which surround this erstwhile capital of the Bahamas. Not far away, Spanish … Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 56 Originally, the Crossing Place on Middle Caicos was used by the early settlers at low tide to

cross over the sandbars to North Caicos. Nowadays, the Crossing Place Trail and Caves is an Eco-Tourism Project highlighted by Arawak and Lucayan Indian ruins, fabulous local scenery, hiking and biking trails, cave exploration and beautiful beaches with offshore snorkelling – all in an abundance of local plant and bird life. ~ Ship Card (visiting Islands … Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 55 Relax in St.Kitts with a stay at a Plantation Great House, restored and converted into a

luxury inn with beautifully landscaped grounds, grass court tennis, croquet and afternoon tea. Continue your relaxation with a sampling of local fare for dinner ~ roasted red and yellow pepper soup, poached parrotfish with grilled yams, then mango mousse with raspberry sauce. ~ Island Card (visiting Island K-76)  Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 54 Of course, the best way to enjoy the islands of the Abacos is to sail off on a day long

island-hopping tour: Start at Elbow Cay for a view of the pink and white striped lighthouse; then on to Man-O-War Cay, the boat building capital of the Abacos; next, the sleepy tropical delights of the beaches of Great Guana Cay; before carrying onwards to Shell Island for some beachcombing. Finish off the day at Misse’s … Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 53 During your Yoga Retreat Cruise to Isla Mujeres on board ss Mayan Sun, you learn that when

the ancient philosophers use the word “worship” it meant acknowledging that the forces of nature are giving things and we are receivers. The most basic form of worship is to refrain from harming or polluting the divine forces that nurture and sustain our lives. ~ Island Card (visiting Island X-146)  Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 52 When ssc Island Dancer arrives at Turneffe Island Atoll (coral isles and reefs arranged in a

circle surrounding a shallow lagoon) you enjoy exploring Belize’s spectacular barrier reef (second in size only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef) amid crystal-clear turquoise waters, some of which drop away thousands of feet to the ocean floor: You also visit Half Moon Caye Natural Monument with its red-footed booby sanctuary, and the fabulous, mysterious, over … Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 51 Today is a beach day while ss Magellan anchors off Tobago, so try and make the best choice

from one of the many reminders of the pirate past of this island ~ maybe Pirates Bay, Man-O-War Bay or Bloody Bay ~ but no, you pick the beautiful Englishman’s Bay, which turns out to be a bad decision as late in the afternoon you disturb a giant leatherback turtle while she is laying her … Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 50 On your island tour of Anguilla while sailing onboard the ss Magellan you visit Fountain Cave

where Arawak petroglyphs are carved into the stalagmites and stalactites: Later in the day, while visiting The Valley, you make a find of commemorative stamps with illustrations of these same carvings ~ “Jocahu”, “Cap Juluca”, “Solar Chieftain” and “Lizard” ~ all of which celebrate the spirituality and creativity of these original Amerindian settlers. At least … Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 49 After ssc Island Dancer docks on Vieques at sunset, you take one of the ship’s kayaks to

the mangrove-lined shores of Phosphorescent Bay where microscopic protozoa living in the water glow luminous green when they are moved. Your paddling sets off a chemical reaction causing you to make bright blue-green arcs of spray in the moonlight. ~ Island Card (visiting Island F-41)  Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 48 On board ss Caribbean Star during your stop-over on St.Eustatius, you hike The Quill ~ an

extinct volcano, and explore the dense tropical rainforest with it’s silk cotton, breadfruit and mahogany trees. Amidst the local flora and fauna you find over a dozen different types of orchid with their accompanying, brilliantly coloured hummingbirds; then from the Panorama Track view the islands of Saba and St.Barts in the distance. ~ Ship Card (visiting … Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 47 When ss Magellan docks in Cozumel you visit the temple ruins of Ix Chel, the moon goddess. Ix

Chel, the goddess of renewal, fertility and medicine, travels each day through the Maya underworld, struggling with it’s evil forces, to be reborn the next night as the moon in the heavens. ~ Island Card (visiting Island X-145 on the scorecard)  Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 46 The magic of Colombia is best realised in the writings of one of her favourite sons. Visiting

Cartagena on board ss Magellan you walk the cobblestone streets, inhale the atmosphere, marvel at the architecture, meet the people, visit churches and museums, sip local coffee and read about Love … and other Demons. ~ Ship Card (visiting Caribbean destination S-122)  Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 45 The Exumas are famed for their sailing and snorkeling; they are a group of islands and cays,

some of which are so small that they disappear with the tides. The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park is a Conservation Area and “NO TAKE ZONE” where you can view wild life in unspoiled and beautiful natural surroundings: So, when the ss Mayan Sun docks at Staniel Cay you spend the day snorkelling in the beautiful … Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 44 Luckily, ss Neptune does not sail until the early hours of the morning on her Friday visit to

St.Lucia (pronounced loosha). So go to the Friday night “Jump Up” in Gros Islet and make new friends with the locals, your fellow cruisers, visiting holiday makers and all the other travelers who gather at this weekly street party to listen to reggae, soca and other Caribbean rhythms … then, dance the night away. ~ Ship … Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 43 In memory of the previous evening’s fabulous Midnight Buffet on board ss Magellan, your

exercise today is a jog down the Bermuda Railway Trail from St.George Parish to Lover’s Lake Nature Reserve with its white Bermuda longtails (Tropicbirds), kiskadees (Flycatchers) or perhaps an Eastern Bluebird hiding among the mangroves. ~ Island Card (visiting Island Parish G-53)  Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 42 When ss Azure Sea visits Puerto Limon in Costa Rica, go to the Gandoca-Manzanillo National

Wildlife Refuge and explore the tropical coastline: See the reef while on a glass bottom boat; learn about the medicinal plants of this area; perhaps catch sight of a Blue Morpho butterfly fluttering and floating ahead of you. Afterwards, spend the night in a hammock on a suspended platform high in the forest tree-tops with … Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 41 The British Virgin Islands have had an interesting life; originally formed by volcanic

activity many years ago, they then splintered into the collection of tiny islands and cays that exist today. Settled firstly by the Ciboney Indians, then the Arawak and Caribs, the islands were then fought over by the Spanish, English, French and Dutch. Mix in an unhealthy sampling of pirates and privateers, rumours of buried treasure, … Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 40 After departing Miami on board ss Neptune sailing for Key West, you stand on deck in the

safety of your mega-sized cruise ship and are reminded of American painter Winslow Homer’s watercolor “The Gulf Stream” which portrays humanity’s powerlessness against the unpredictability and violence of nature. ~ Ship Card (visiting Islands A-1 & Z-154)  Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 39 The trade winds that blow all-year-round make art out of nature in the form of the wind-bent

divi-divi trees that are scattered all over Aruba; they also helped form the natural coral rock bridge at Andicouri. These breezes also make Aruba the natural place to hold the annual HiWinds (Pro)-Am Windsurfing competition. ~ Island Card (visiting Island R-116)  Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 38 Relaxing in the crystal waters off Isla Tigre you find a fallen coconut and reflect upon the

number of ways to use the tree and its fruit: 1. Drink the coconut water. 2. Make a fire of the husks to smoke fish. 3. Break off a piece of the shell for cooking/eating implement. 4. Use trunk as a flotation device. 5. Use trunks for house stilts. 6. Eat the coconut meat. Welcome to the … Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 37 While cruising on board mv Riviera you moor off Small Hope Bay on the island of Andros; after

going ashore, make sure that you do not upset the “chickcharnies” ~ strange little gremlins with three toes and red eyes, which are said to hang upside down in the trees casting good or bad luck spells on people passing by. If you are the recipient of a bad spell no amount of skills or … Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 36 The Bay Islands have had a variety of inhabitants over the years: From a branch of the Mayan

Indians who originally settled the islands; to the Spanish; the Garifuna (descendants of Carib Indians and African slaves) and also Cayman islanders. There were also pirate contingents from England, France and the Netherlands who used the islands of Roatan and Utila amongst others as bases to harry and plunder Spanish treasure ships. ~ Ship Card (visiting … Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 35 During your cruise aboard sv Tradewinds from Isla de Baru to Cayos Hollandes, Corn Island and

Cayos Lobos you marvel at the different colours of Lake Bacalar while on your Shore Excursion in Mexico. This Lake of Seven Colours reminds you that water is a universal agent for transformation, balance and healing … and that the sometime soft, smooth music of water can lead you into a relaxing dreamland. ~ Island Card … Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 34 A visit to the paradise that is the Tobago Cays (pronounced keys) is the quintessential

Caribbean. These small uninhabited islands are protected from the sea by Horseshoe Reef, and have white sand beaches surrounded by crystal-clear waters – all the better for exploring the underwater wonderland of neon fish swimming among brilliantly colored sponges in a fabulous coral garden. ~ Ship Card (visiting Island M-98)  Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 32 During your Shore Excursion in St.Croix while onboard ss Colombia, you visit the Estate Whim

Plantation Museum. This 18th. century Great House is made from coral and rock bonded together with a mortar of sea shells and sugar molasses: Here you can see the different ways that power drove the mills that were used on this sugar plantation many years ago ~ wind, donkey and steam; and alongside the mills … Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 31 When ss Magellan docks on Grand Bahama make sure that you visit one of the island’s Nature

Centres, where explosions of colourful bougainvillea, hibiscus, periwinkles and orchids live with multi-coloured butterflies, blue lizards, curly-tailed lizards and tree frogs, while hairy woodpeckers, Bahama yellow throats, indigo buntings, redstarts, peewees and red tailed hawks fly overhead. ~ Ship Card (visiting Island B-11)  Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 30 The multi-ethnic cuisine of Grenada is a reflection of all the changes that have taken place

on this island over the centuries. So, when you and your fellow passengers get together in a local restaurant and feast on callaloo soup, lambi (meat of the conch) souse, stuffed crabs, fried flying fish in breadcrumbs, lamb roti and fish creole, (all washed down with rum punches topped with grated nutmeg), you will have … Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 29 The drift dive called Mayreau Gardens in the Grenadines is the highlight of your diving

cruise aboard mv Riviera. Massive schools of brown and blue chromis, red snapper and jacks swim among the hard and soft corals, sponges and great sea fans. As the dive continues you will see brightly colored angelfish and parrotfish, as well as boxfish and trumpetfish, swimming amid boulder, pillar and plate corals. ~ Island Card (visiting Island M-90)  Continue reading

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WorldWide Cruise Line Caribbean Cruise Day 28 When ss Mayan Sun docks off the ever-so-relaxed Isla Mujeres, go with the flow and spend a

couple of days on holistic retreat; being pampered with stress-busting massages, contemplation and meditation on the white sand strands, melting into the calm turquoise waters, then freshly caught fish (grouper, lobster, snapper or tuna) cooked with local spices and vegetables for dinner. ~ Ship Card (visiting Island X-146)  Continue reading