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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 bamboo, vines and orchids. Living in this forest are the endangered jacquot (parrot), also the Antillian crested and the purple-throated … Continue reading

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Whether you are scuba diving Cozumel’s Palancar Reef, the shipwrecks at Cayos Lobos

or the cave of the sleeping sharks off Isla Mujeres, remember to protect and conserve your environment: Also, please … leave only bubbles  ooo ººº °°° ˚˚˚  ̊ ̊ ̊  ~  Island Card (visiting Islands X-145, X-146 & X-149) Continue reading

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Friendship Hill offers great views for hikers on Canouan (pronounced can-ah-wan), with

Salt Whistle Bay on the island of Mayreau off to the south. At the north end of the island, Maho Bay is one of many beautiful white sand beaches amid a calm turquoise sea.  ~  Island Card (visiting Islands M-90 & M-91) Continue reading

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When visiting Salt Cay on board ss Caribbean Star relax at one of the superb, small,

quiet guest houses: Then choose from water sports, horseback riding, bicycling, beachcombing or sunbathing, before finishing off the trip with catch of the day (lobster, grouper or cracked conch), peas’n’rice and callaloo. ~  Island Card (visiting Island E-33) Continue reading

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When ssc Island Dancer visits the town of Hamilton in Pembroke Parish, Bermuda, you

visit City Hall and the Bermuda National Gallery with its superb portrait paintings by Gainsborough, Reynolds and Murillo, alongside contemporary works by local artists which reflect upon the island’s history and heritage. The time spanned by these pieces of art is from the 16th century to the present day.  ~  Island Card (visiting Island Parish … Continue reading

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On board the ssc Island Dancer your mooring off Saba near the Marine Park allows you

and your diving buddies to explore Twilight Zone and Outer Limits, discovering steep walls, towering sea-mounts, purple pipe organ and barrel sponges, black coral and an abundance of large fish – grouper, turtles, eagle rays and sharks. ~  Island Card (visiting Island R-117) Continue reading

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When visiting Ambergris Caye on board ss Mayan Sun take a day trip to the ancient

Maya site of Altun-Ha on the mainland of Belize. Here in the lush tropical jungle, amid the ruins of temples and tombs alongside residential and ceremonial structures, you will find the Green Tomb – in which are the remains of a Very Important Person, along with pearls, shell beads and a large piece of solid … Continue reading

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While Indigo Sails moors off the town of Livingston in Guatemala you travel up the Rio

Dulce to Lake Izabel and view the ruins of Fort San Felipe, built in the mid-17th century to guard against pirates and privateers plundering lakeside warehouses where gold, silver, pearls, gems and spices were stored and made ready for shipment on board treasure fleets bound for Spain. ~  Island Card (visiting Caribbean destination W-143) Continue reading

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The ss Colombia docks in St.Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and your choice of beach and

water activities include parasailing, windsurfing, kiteboarding, jet skiing, day party cruises, sunset cruises, island hopping (maybe to St.John or Hans Lollik island), yacht chartering, spinnaker-flying, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, deep sea fishing …  ~  Island Card (visiting Islands J-65, J-66 & J-69) Continue reading

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While on board sv Tradewinds make sure when you visit Roatan that you travel on to

Barbareta Island, a Marine National Park with hiking trails, a Parrot Preserve, coconut palm gardens, the Morat Wall scuba dive and a Payan (the first inhabitants here) archaeological site where you may find shell, pottery or even jade artifacts. ~  Island Card (visiting Islands V-134 & V-136) Continue reading

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After the mv Riviera docks at Port Willemstad, Curaçao, your first stop is the floating

market on the Punda side of Santa Anna Bay. It is awash with homegrown and imported vegetables, brightly coloured fruits and freshly caught fish: Many of these will find their way to your onboard dinner table tonight.  ~  Island Card (visiting Island R-115) Continue reading

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While ss Caribbean Star sails over the reefs to the eastern side of Isla del Maiz, you

dive close to the ocean Drop-Off and find a lobster hole ~ a small cave full of lobsters. After catching a dozen of these delicacies you give them to the Executive Chef on board to cook for everyone at your dinner table this evening. ~  Island Card (visiting Island U-131) Continue reading

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While you are ashore from Indigo Sails on the island of St.Vincent, wander through

Kingstown and choose some souvenirs to take home: Try the boutiques which stock locally made, hand painted dresses in brightly colored flowing fabrics; or the, again hand painted, cotton t-shirts. Arts and crafts are highly valued here with ancient techniques being revived by local artists.  ~  Island Card (visiting Island N-103) Continue reading

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When Indigo Sails docks close by Cancun and the Riviera Maya, the first order of the

day is an authentic Mexican culinary feast: You are invited into Maria’s kitchen and admire terra-cotta Coahuila pavers on the floor and hand painted ceramic tile on the walls, alongside locally produced copper pans and glazed clay pots; all of which, together with other traditional cooking utensils and locally sourced fruit, vegetables and produce, are … Continue reading

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Kingstown, St.Vincent, has its skyline broken by church towers: Firstly, St.George’s

Anglican Cathedral with clock tower and stained glass windows; then St.Mary’s Roman Catholic Cathedral School and Presbytery, a mix of Roman, Baroque, Gothic and Moorish architectural styles; also, the large Methodist Church and steeple.  ~  Island Card (visiting Island N-103) Continue reading

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When ssc Island Dancer moors at Spot Bay off Cayman Brac (Gaelic for bluff), climb the

140 feet high limestone plateau and treasure hunt for pirates loot in the caves. While exploring, enjoy the more than 150 species of birds who call these cliffs home, including white barn owls, frigatebirds and the fearsome peregrine falcon.  ~  Island Card (visiting Island Y-153) Continue reading

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Your visit to the Miccosukee Indian Reservation in the Florida Everglades shows the

flag of that Nation with its four bands of colour ~ yellow, red, black and white. This flag signifies the circle of life and the universe spinning around us: Yellow indicates the East with sunrise and life’s beginning: Red points to North and middle age: Black denotes the West and death; White conveys South, the … Continue reading

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mv Riviera arrives at Guanaja, one of the Bay Islands of Honduras, and you dive the

North Reef System at Black Rock with its series of walled canyons that lace together forming a maze of swim-throughs. In the afternoon visit the South Coast and the wreck of the Jado Trader, with its varied marine population of turtles, eagle rays, small bait fish, groupers and moray eels. ~  Island Card (visiting Island … Continue reading

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The water is clear and the fish are tame off the island of Mayreau, so you are in a great

position to test your new underwater camera and win some great prizes in the “Underwater Shootout” competition on board mv Riviera: On the first day, shooting pictures of tiny corals with a macro set-up; the next day trying to record the most fish of all the competitors; and on the last day trying to find the more … Continue reading

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When sv Tradewinds sails from Devil’s Island you travel north along the Guianas

coastline which stretches from the mouth of the River Amazon up to the Orinoco River Basin. You sail to Surinam and Guyana on your voyage and visit with the Indian tribes who inhabit the endangered rain forests alongside the exotic animals, birds, plants and trees. ~  Island Card (visiting Caribbean destinations P-108, P-109 & P-110) Continue reading

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Sailing northwards through the Florida Keys on board sv Tradewinds you spend the

day at Bahia Honda State Park’s famous beach; then cycle up to see what the fishermen have caught on Seven Mile Bridge; all before you contemplate upon a stunning sunset viewed from the old “Ghost Bridge” amid the ruins of the overseas railroad. ~  Island Card (visiting Island Z-156) Continue reading

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While aboard ss Mayan Sun your Shore Excursion on the island of Petit Nevis takes

you to explore the old whale rendering facilities; when you are back on board, use a new rod and lure to catch your own version of a whale ~ an eight pound snapper, which the executive chef on board teaches you how to gut and clean, and which is served at your dinner table this … Continue reading

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When sv Tradewinds anchors off the “Village” on Little Cayman you take the dinghy

and a picnic over to Owen Island and its beautiful strands. In the late afternoon find your way over to Cayman Brac where the bright orange Royal Poinciana tree blossoms bedeck the trails. ~  Island Card (visiting Islands Y-151, Y-152 & Y153) Continue reading

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Late October brings Pirates Week to Grand Cayman, so when ss Neptune docks here

you walk in the footsteps of Sir Henry Morgan, Edward Teach (Blackbeard) and Sir Francis Drake, all the while enjoying the costume parades, treasure hunts and the ever popular “Kidnapping of the Governor”. ~  Island Card (visiting Island Y-150) Continue reading

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While visiting Isla Margarita, Venezuela, on board sv Tradewinds, you take a small

boat through the beautiful bayous of La Restinga National Park with its rich plant and wild life living amid the clicking sounds of oyster shells clinging to the roots of the mangrove trees. Then, listen to a local conservationist tell about environmental threats to the lagoon, endangered turtle species and local parrots.  ~  Island Card … Continue reading

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Possibly the best time to be in Barbados is mid-July until early August, which is the

time of the annual Crop Over celebrations. This two-week-long-party marks the reaping of the sugar cane harvest and dates back to the 1870s. Join in the open-air concerts and parades with their steel pan bands and Bajan (Barbadian) Tuk bands with fifes and drums. The air is full of Soca and Reggae music, with both … Continue reading

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When ss Caribbean Star visits Cancun, you attend a performance of the Ballet Folklorico

and witness a glorious pageant which relates a variety of different stories from this land steeped in legend and tradition: The “Mexican Hat Dance” of Jalisco State and the “Dance of the Stag” from the North Canyon Country are just a couple of the many examples of this rich tradition. ~  Island Card (visiting Island … Continue reading

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On board ss Colombia your Shore Excursion to St.Maarten includes a hike to the top

of Paradise Peak, from where you can see the whole island ~ Sint.Maarten and St.Martin. Before going back to town you will need to choose your dinner fare; either French bouillabaisse and burgundy; split pea soup and Dutch beer; or, Caribbean lobster and Planter’s Punch. ~  Island Card (visiting Islands L-84 & R-119) Continue reading

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Visiting St.Eustatius while sailing aboard Indigo Sails in the Leeward Islands, you go

beach-combing on Zeelandia Beach; this morning, after a storm, the pickings are good ~ interesting pieces of driftwood and broken glass, an ancient coin and a 300 year-old blue Dutch slave bead. ~  Island Card (visiting Island R-118) Continue reading

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When visiting Chimana Grande off the Venezuelan coast on board Indigo Sails you hike

the cliffs to the lookout, all the while checking out the brilliant blue waters and the coral reef below. You should also spot an iguana or two hiding amid the rocks and cacti while on your journey.  ~  Island Card (visiting Island Q-114) Continue reading

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Before joining ss Mayan Sun in South Florida you visit the Everglades, which the Miccosukee

Indians call Pa-Hay-Okee (Grassy Water), on board an air boat: You marvel at the fifteen-feet-high, three sided, sharp sawgrass and the alligators, egrets, blue herons, water moccasins and water lilies that live here. ~  Island Card (visiting Caribbean destination Z-159) Continue reading

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A beach trip is the order of the day when ss Azure Sea docks in Cozumel, Mexico. You

can choose to relax under a palapa and curl up your toes in the sand, or you can snorkle the reefs just off-shore at Palancar, Chankanaab, San Francisco, Yucab or Santa Rosa, with their brightly-colored sea life of fish, corals and sponges.  ~  Island Card (visiting Island X-145) Continue reading

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During your stopover on St.Barts make sure to take your windsurfing gear to Baie

St.Jean and catch some waves over to Anse (cove or bay) du Grande Colombier where you will find peace and quiet on the coco-palm-fringed beach ~ all the better for your relaxation, reflections and meditation. Oh, and don’t forget to stay for the superb sunset.  ~  Island Card (visiting Island L-80) Continue reading

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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 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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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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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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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