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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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Most of the population of Guanaja live just offshore on Hog Cay in Bonacca, a crowded

town with narrow twisting streets and houses built on stilts that line the waterways which bisect this “Venice of Honduras”. Rent a boat and relax while fishing during the afternoon. Later, after catching a medium sized snapper you visit a local restaurant where the chef prepares and cooks it for your dinner. ~  Ship Card … 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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After arriving at St.John on board ss Caribbean Star you find that the best place to

learn about the fringing reefs and barrier reefs, (as well as all the creatures who live amongst them), is the Visitors Center at the National Park headquarters in Cruz Bay with its excellent displays and identification cards. Then … Take a field trip.  ~  Ship Card (visiting Island J-65) 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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When ss Azure Sea docks in Antigua you go strolling in St.John’s and find first edition

books about the Caribbean alongside ancient maps of the islands. You complete your shopping with visits to different art galleries that feature both local and regional artists, then strike an excellent bargain for an addition to your watercolour collection. ~  Ship Card (visiting Island K-70) 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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When ss Azure Sea visits St.Thomas (USVI) your Shore Excursion is a visit to the Underwater

Observatory at Coki Point, where you descend below sea level and have a 360° view of coral reef life: See denizens of the deep in the predator tank; the marine gardens collection shows unusual reef species; and the touch tank allows you to handle smaller living creatures. On land follow the tropical nature trail to … 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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A drift dive to The Boulders, close by Admiralty Bay on Bequia is to be recommended: the

60 feet descent down a coral slope takes you to schools of blue chromis and sennets, barracudas on patrol, crabs, lobster and shrimp. Going deeper, rock formations with tunnels, holes and caves provide hiding places for nurse sharks, moral eels, grouper and angelfish. See if you can spot a frogfish or seahorse as you slowly … Continue reading

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When mv Riviera docks in St.Martin a visit to the Marina Port La Royale is always in

order: With a variety of restaurants to provide refreshments, you may stroll around the galleries with their fine examples of Caribbean oils and watercolours alongside wood carvings and sculptures in a variety of media. Don’t miss the small museum which traces St.Martin’s history back in time.  ~  Ship Card (visiting Island L-84) 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 the ss Mayan Sun visits Jost Van Dyke (rhymes with toast), you confirm your

experiences of the other British Virgin Islands: The landscapes are breathtakingly beautiful; the beaches are some of the finest (check out White Bay); and the inhabitants of the islands are extremely gracious and unfailingly hospitable.  ~  Ship Card (visiting Island H-56) 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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The ss Neptune anchors off Georgetown, Grand Cayman, and even if you don’t scuba

dive check out the ship’s underwater photography gallery where you are sure to find a fabulous multi-coloured photo showing the inhabitants of the local reef in all their glory. This picture will decorate one of your walls back in the real world.  ~  Ship Card (visiting Island Y-150) 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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On board ssc Island Dancer your visit to Antigua is highlighted by a Shore Excursion

to Nelson’s Dockyard National Park in English Harbour. This was once home base for Admiral Nelson and the British fleet, circa 1785; the area now includes restored colonial naval buildings, beaches, archeological sites and nature trails. Later in the day head for Shirley Heights for steel pan bands, barbecue and wonderful sunset views. ~  Ship … Continue reading

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If you moor Indigo Sails in Baleine Bay when arriving at St.Vincent you may be able to

finish a long day of hiking up to the Crater Lake and lave dome of La Soufrière volcano with a visit to the Falls of Baleine – a 60 feet high waterfall with a rock enclosed fresh water pool underneath. ~  Ship Card (visiting Island N-103) Continue reading

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While Indigo Sails is moored in view of Petit Nevis, you play a leisurely three sets of

tennis then relax in the “swing seats” on the gorgeous white sands of Friendship Bay, Bequia. In the evening enjoy a lobster barbecue with dasheen, plantains and peas’n’rice, all part of the Tuesday night “Jump-Up” celebrations.  ~  Ship Card (visiting Islands M-87 & M-94) 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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A stopover on Antigua while aboard ss Caribbean Star allows you to spend the day at

the beach … one of the 365 or so on this island. Try either the powder pink sands of Half Moon Bay, the coconut-palm-shaded Long Bay or perhaps Dickenson Bay’s long, long stretch of white sand. On the way back to the ship, stop and catch the last overs of a local cricket match along … Continue reading

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Visiting St.Croix on board ss Neptune, the best way to become acquainted with the

reefs and those who dwell there is by a Shore Excursion to the St.Croix Aquarium and Marine Education Center with its series of changing aquaria and the super staff who explain all about the creation of the reefs from polyps and the importance of mangrove swamps to the marine environment. ~  Ship Card (visiting Island … Continue reading

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Get away for the day on Anegada. Moor Indigo Sails off-shore and do what comes best

in the Caribbean, and especially the Virgin Islands: Walk along a deserted beach, become a very relaxed beachcomber, snorkel in the crystal-clear waters, fall in and out of the water, sit on the sand and contemplate life, make peace with your world. Enjoy. ~  Ship Card (visiting Island H-55) 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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You spend the morning trolling for fish (your lunch) over the side of sv Tradewinds

before dropping anchor off Isla Contoy; then take the ship’s tender and explore the nature trails of this wild island, trying to see as many of the over 70 resident species of birds as possible: You find orioles, pelican, brown boobies, frigate birds, blue heron, ibis, kingfishers, egrets, flamingo, terns, cormorants and black vultures. ~ … 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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ssc Island Dancer visits St.Barts in time for the annual Caribbean Film Festival, where

you make a vow to return to this fantasy playground of white sand beaches and aquamarine waters early next year to re-visit the two-week-long Music Festival which features classical and chamber music, also opera and jazz: Or, try to find the time to indulge in St.Barts Festival Gastronomique which celebrates the joys of French cuisine … 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