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THE FCCA CRUISE CONFERENCE & TRAdE SHOw

TwENTY YEARS IN PARAdISE

in association with

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Progress and prosperity have come to many Caribbean ports as the world discovers their irresistible charms. Fortunately, the laidback vibe is in little danger of changing.

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The beach at Punta Faro, near Cartagena

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The walled city, Cartagena

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2013 Colombia 2012 Curaรงao 2011

Puerto Rico

2010 Dominican Republic 2009 St. Lucia 2008 Trinidad 2007 Cozumel 2006 Cayman Islands 2005 St. Kitts 2004 Barbados 2003 St. Maarten 2002 Cancun

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TwENTY YEARS IN PARAdISE

2001 Aruba 2000 Panama 1999 Puerto Rico 1998 Jamaica 1997 Bahamas 1996 St. Thomas 1995 Curaรงao 1994 Barbados

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Publisher’s Letter

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Welcome Messages

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Onboard.com: The Next Great Destination

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Onboard Media: For the Global Traveler

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Twenty Years of Hospitality

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A Sense of Place: The Host Ports

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Aruba

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Bahamas (Atlantis)

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Barbados

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Belize

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Cayman Islands

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Colombia

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Dominican Republic

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Guadeloupe Islands

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Guatemala

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Martinique

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Mexico (Costa Maya)

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Puerto Rico

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St. Maarten

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Trinidad & Tobago

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U.S.A.: Houston

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U.S. Virgin Islands

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Twenty Years of Cruising Innovation

B A R B A D OS : SH U T T e R STO Ck

CONTENTS

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A beautiful beach, Barbados

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letter from the publisher

Dear Friends and partners,

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the book celebrates the ports that have hosted this important event since it began in 1994, and looks forward to some significant future developments. It also reflects on two decades of the cruise industry working with destinations and businesses, and examines the remarkable evolution of cruising itself. these last 20 years have brought significant change to the industry, and I think you’ll be fascinated as you recall the differences between then and now. Onboard media is proud that our sister company, Onboard.com, was selected to present this book. we’ve enjoyed working with the Florida-caribbean cruise association on various projects in the last several years and have come to admire its contributions to the cruise industry. we’re excited at the chance to tell the conference story. may this custom publication serve as a treasured keepsake of the conference’s first 20 years—and here’s to the next 20! Sincerely,

Sarah Beth Reno president Onboard media

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welcome to a special publication: the commemorative book of the Florida-caribbean cruise association conference & trade Show.

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1691 Michigan Avenue, Suite 600, Miami Beach, Fl 33139 Tel: (305) 673-0400, Fax: (305) 674-9396 www.onboardmedia.com Sarah Beth Reno Robin Rosenbaum-Andras Carrie Julier Norma Vila Vikki Knudsen Annette Hogan

President Senior Vice President Vice President, Cruise Revenue & Sales Vice President, Finance Associate Vice President, Operations Managing Director, Onboard.com

Editorial & Design Kate McClare Executive Editor MaryAnna Estomba Managing Editor Brigid Cotter Communications Specialist Virginia C. Valls Elizabeth Carlisle Dayana Ramirez Christian Rosario Beth Wood Raquel Figueroa

Melissa Rodriguez James Perdomo Gail Abrams Violeta Manco-Rojas

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Jeffrey Meister Tyler Condon Tasha Riekstins Katherine Terc Cristina Viera

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Todd Hedge Dan Shaw Kevin Maschke Juan Carlos Peña Haley Struthers Kyle Ronellenfitch Jimmy Marks Victoria Rossi Anna Riekstins Leanne Ronellenfitch

Director, Design & Production Project Art Director Graphic Designer Graphic Designer Art Director Graphic Designer Production Production Manager Production Coordinator Ad Services Director Ad Services Manager Advertising Sales Sales Manager Sales Manager Director, International Sales & Marketing Sales Coordinator Sales Coordinator Video/Film Production Producer/Director Director, Operations Senior Editor Senior Videographer Production Coordinator Port Shopping Revenue Director, Cruise Revenue Regional Marketing Manager Regional Marketing Manager Promotions Manager Coordinator, Cruise Revenue

Port Shopping Operations Rachel Castro Director Marina Castillo Assistant Manager Rina Alvarado Coordinator, Operations Nadine Winter Manager, Customer Relations Arelys Zaldivar Assistant Manager, Customer Relations ©2013 ONBOARD MEDIA. NO CLAIM TO ORIGINAL WORKS OF THE FLORIDA-CARIBBEAN CRUISE ASSOCIATION OR ADVERTISERS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. THE ENTIRE CONTENTS OF THIS PUBLICATION ARE PROTECTED By COPyRIGHT. NO PART OF THIS PUBLICATION MAy BE REPRODUCED, STORED IN A RETRIEVAL SySTEM OR TRANSMITTED IN ANy FORM OR By ANy MEANS, ELECTRONIC, MECHANICAL, PHOTOCOPyING, RECORDING OR OTHERWISE, WITHOUT THE PRIOR PERMISSION OF THE COPyRIGHT OWNER. PRINTED IN COLOMBIA. ALL ARTICLES, DESCRIPTIONS AND SUGGESTIONS CONCERNING ACTIVITIES, TOURIST ATTRACTIONS AND OTHER VACATION OPPORTUNITIES DESCRIBED IN THIS PUBLICATION ARE MERELy ExPRESSIONS OF OPINIONS By CONTRIBUTING WRITERS, DO NOT CONSTITUTE THE OPINIONS OF ONBOARD MEDIA, INC., OR THE FLORIDACARIBBEAN CRUISE ASSOCIATION, AND UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES CONSTITUTE ASSURANCES OR GUARANTEES CONCERNING THE qUALITy OR SAFETy OF ANy SUCH ATTRACTION OR ACTIVITy. ONBOARD MEDIA, INC. AND FLORIDA-CARIBBEAN CRUISE ASSOCIATION SPECIFICALLy DISCLAIM ANy LIABILITy FOR DAMAGES INCURRED DUE TO THE ATTENDANCE OR PARTICIPATION By READERS OF THIS PUBLICATION IN ANy SUCH ACTIVITy OR ATTRACTION, AND THE ATTENDANCE OR PARTICIPATION IN ANy SUCH ACTIVITy OR ATTRACTION SHALL BE MADE SOLELy AT THE READER’S OWN RISK. WE AND OUR CONTENT PROVIDERS (“WE”) HAVE TRIED TO MAKE THE INFORMATION IN THIS PUBLICATION AS ACCURATE AS POSSIBLE, BUT IT IS PROVIDED “AS IS” AND WE ACCEPT NO RESPONSIBILITy FOR ANy LOSS, INJURy OR INCONVENIENCE SUSTAINED By ANyONE RESULTING FROM THIS INFORMATION.

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Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association 11200 Pines Boulevard, Suite 201 Pembroke Pines, FL 33026 Tel: (954) 441-8881 Fax: (954) 441-3171 E-mail: info@f-cca.com www.f-cca.com Kevin Sheehan Michele M. Paige Adam Ceserano Terri Cannici James Kazakoff Omari Breakenridge Justin Paige

Chairman President Sr. Vice President Vice President Operations Sr. Director Event Operations Director, Communications & Design Manager Marketing Research & Communications Jessica Lalama Executive Assistant Nathalia Gomez Membership Administrator

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welcome messages

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thIs year marks the 20th anniversary of the annual FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show. What began in the early 1990s with a handful of participants has grown into this must-attend industry event you see today with an estimated 1,000 attendees. The conference has taken us across the region where we’ve experienced the similarities that unite us, as well as the characteristics that make each destination unique. This year’s conference takes place in beautiful Cartagena, Colombia, a city known for its rich history, beautiful colonial architecture, warm people and attractive tourism locales. This will be the fourth annual Conference I have attended since becoming Chairman in 2010 and at every conference, it has been wonderful to see the opportunities for cruise lines and industry partners to come together to foster new relationships and exchange ideas. Attendees regularly comment that the time spent is invaluable to helping build mutually beneficial relationships. I am sure this year will provide even more opportunities. From the trade show to the CEO Roundtable and one-on-one meetings, this event delivers on many different levels. I would like to thank Onboard Media for compiling this commemorative book. It is great to look back on the last 20 years of these conferences and reflect on how much the cruise industry has evolved over the past two decades in the Caribbean and Latin America. On behalf of past Chairmen Micky Arison and Rick Sasso, we appreciate you joining us in Cartagena and look forward to continuing the tradition of our Annual Conference & Trade Show well into the future.

I cOULD nOt be prOUDer to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our Conference. It is almost a parent’s pride, as I have nurtured it and watched it grow over the years. I remember when the Conference was nothing but a twinkle in the eyes of the cruise executives as we brainstormed for ideas to form partnerships with the destinations, along with an understanding of all parties’ needs and concerns. The humble beginnings of 400 attendees still brings back nostalgia, and I have formed the same kind of attachment with many of them, as they have grown with us over the years and attended most—if not all—Conferences. And I experience the same kind of pride when I see these attendees interact with cruise executives comfortably and profitably, knowing that 20 years ago this prominent cruise industry partner may have actually resented the industry as a whole. While these developments are undoubtedly the most significant impact of the Conference, it is also fulfilling to look at how the Conference has grown. Of course, the current attendance that has averaged about 1,000 over the past few years is one of these progressions, but the true testament is that we continue to tailor-fit the Conference to their individual needs, despite the growing number. This is why many of the Conference & Trade Show’s features developed, such as the trade show itself, the honing of one-on-one meetings, workshop sessions, the Highlights Issue and more. This is also something that will continue in the years to come. The cruise industry is certainly one that understands the importance of movement, so we refuse to let the Conference & Trade Show remain stagnant. We will always aim to address the specific needs of every attendee. Fortunately, this is possible because we now have the partnerships and communication in place to voice these needs, and our cruise executives have shown their dedication to fulfilling them. They have also proven their devotion to the Conference & Trade Show, and I would like to personally thank them for their continued support. It is only through their participation that the Conference & Trade Show has grown and achieved such resounding, mutual success for both the destinations and the cruise lines. Here’s to the next 20 years!

Regards, Sincerely,

Kevin Sheehan Chairman, Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line

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Michele M. Paige President, Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association

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welcome messages

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It Is hard to belIeve that we are gathering for the 20th annual Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association conference in Cartagena, Colombia. It has been an exciting two decades of growth and cooperation both for the cruise lines and our destination partners throughout the region. As past FCCA Chairman, I have a deep appreciation for the important role the association performs for the cruise industry. As the primary liaison between the cruise companies and the Caribbean destinations, the association has laid the foundation for the solid relationships that both groups enjoy while further bolstering the Caribbean’s position as the world’s most popular cruising region. It has not always been easy during the past two decades, but together we have persevered a variety of challenges, from economic downturns to hurricanes and other natural disasters. Through it all, FCCA has endeavored to forge strong business and personal bonds between the cruise lines and the wide-ranging interests in the Caribbean. And for the past 20 years, we have gathered annually to renew those bonds and create new ones as we work together for our mutual benefit. We should also note the important philanthropic and charitable work the FCCA carries out in the Caribbean region. Through the FCCA Foundation and the direct activities of shipboard staff and crew in dozens of ports of call, the association provides direction and leadership that helps build stronger communities and enhance the lives of residents in the places our ships visit. The maturation of the Caribbean as a cruise destination has mirrored the growth and development of the cruise industry. As our ships have gotten bigger and our guests have grown more sophisticated, our Caribbean partners have invested in infrastructure and shoreside attractions and services to remain competitive and to satisfy consumers’ ever-rising vacation expectations. The FCCA has been an integral part of that process and is well positioned to continue to fulfill its essential role for decades to come. On a personal level, it was my distinct pleasure and honor to serve as chairman of the FCCA. The experience provided me with friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. As the 20th annual FCCA conference convenes, I hope you will take advantage of the many opportunities the event provides to network with new acquaintances and potential business partners, look back on our many accomplishments, and gain new insights into the essential relationships between the cruise lines and our valued destination partners. Here’s wishing you a productive and enjoyable conference.

It goes wIthout sayIng that my appreciation for the FCCA and what the FCCA means to me and our industry could not be described in a short story. It would take volumes for me to express what comes to mind when I reflect on the last 40-plus years, during which I’ve had the great honor and privilege to witness firsthand how the association has benefited so many. My memories with the FCCA go as far back as the late 1970s, when monthly meetings consisted of a gentlemen’s lunch at the Everglades Hotel in downtown Miami (with the old guard and two young fellows named Micky and Rick). Today, I’m proud to participate in events such as this year’s cruise conference in Cartagena. What more can be said about our progress and growth? Nothing short of spectacular. In the 1990s, we endured our share of challenges from the region. Destinations did not understand our industry nor the role of the FCCA. Through the hard work and vision of the cruise executives and the exceptional efforts of the FCCA team led by Michele Paige, we were slowly able to unite everyone toward the same vision. The results have been of tremendous benefit to all. By fostering successful partnerships and a better understanding of our industry, we have created a highly-effective formula to handle moments of adversity and seek opportunities with integrity and sincerity. A successful partnership ensures that every stakeholder has vested interests and shares in the rewards. This has been our motto and driving force during these past few decades. It is the core of our future successes. I was lucky enough to be elected Chairman for multiple terms (nine years). It has been my pleasure to serve in this capacity and to watch with great pride how our efforts have resulted in genuine cooperation between the private and public sectors. It is even more gratifying to see how responsible people have invested their time and energy for a common goal. We can all be proud of these important contributions. We have much more to accomplish, and I am sure the best is yet to come. A few years ago, I was asked, “What does FCCA stand for?” My answer was the same then as it is today: “Friendship, Cooperation, Commitment and Advancement.” Please join me in thanking all the past Chairmen, the members and the FCCA team. We could not have done it without you!

Sincerely,

Micky Arison Chairman, Carnival Corporation & plc

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Rick Sasso Chairman, Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association, 1990-1999 Executive Committee Member, 1979 to Present Member since 1975

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The FCCA Conference Celebrates YeArs of Paving successful Partnerships

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The FCCA ConFerenCe had humble beginnings. In fact, this is apparent in its name, in which the “trade show” is missing. That is because at first it was only a conference, which came about because the cruise industry needed a vehicle to drive communications and relationships with the Caribbean destinations’ private and public sectors. The two sides—the cruise industry and the destinations— needed to understand each other’s perspectives, the goals and problems of both parties to work toward mutually beneficial success and solutions. It’s pretty obvious that these objectives have been met over the past two decades. The proof can be seen in the strong bilateral partnerships between the cruise lines and destinations; and in the communication modes now in place between the parties, which allow constant updates and a back-and-forth for any desire or concern that may arise, even the rise of attendance. In fact, many of the attendees here can attest to the Conference’s growth, as many have been here from the beginning and come to every event. They surely have noticed the increase from about 400 to 1,000. The expansion is due to the Conference & Trade Show’s focus on the attendees, who are immediately considered partners of the cruise industry. Keeping in mind the original intent, the event has continued to adapt and cater to these partners’ needs. To this end, workshops have been introduced with changing topics that are tailored to current trends and issues. The Chairman of each FCCA Operations Committee—shore excursions, operations, purchasing

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and marketing—works with their respective committee, composed of top cruise executives in the field. Together they ensure that all relevant issues are addressed and that panels are composed of cruise executives and other experts, such as representatives from AON Risk Services, Business Research & Economics Advisers (BREA), Aquila Center for Cruise Excellence, etc. Another sign of the progress and adaptation is through the one-on-one meetings’ evolution. They were originally an administrative disaster, but their benefit was apparent to all—the FCCA, executives and attendees. So with support and patience from all involved, the meetings have become one of the Conference’s highlights and one of the best ways for attendees to promote a product or seek individualized input from cruise executives of their choice. The publications distributed at the Conference— such as this one—also show a clear indication of the continued efforts and innovation that go into the event. It started with attendees wanting to know more about each other and the executives so they would know the right contacts to approach and be more comfortable with each other. Thus, the Highlights Issue was born to feature the cruise executives, and the FCCA Membership Directory came to fruition on the same thread. Perhaps one of the best features throughout the 20 years has not changed much at all: the cruise executives’ consistency and commitment to the Conference & Trade Show. Two of the six original Executive Committee members—Micky Arison,

One of the best features of the Conference has not changed much at all in 20 years: the cruise executives’ consistency and commitment to the Conference & Trade Show. Chairman of Carnival Corporation, and Rick Sasso, President and CEO of MSC Cruises (USA), Inc.—are still in place. In fact, Rick was the chairman for the first six conferences, and Micky followed him for the next 10. The FCCA is now fortunate enough to have Kevin Sheehan, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, in this position to provide his support and attendance for the event and other FCCA functions. The annual presence of numerous other cruise executives has also turned the Conference into what it is today: one of the best ways to target the cruise industry, with nearly one cruise executive per 10 attendees. Indeed, 20 years has allowed for plenty of growing room, and the FCCA has taken full advantage of it by continuing to cater to its partners’ needs and refusing to remain stagnant or complacent. Though the increased attendance, workshops, meetings, publications, etc., are all good signs of this growth, the true success of the Conference & Trade Show is seen when an attendee simply walks down a hallway, greets a cruise executive by his or her first name and launches into conversation.

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twenty years: 1994 - 2013

Attendance has more than doubled since the first FCCA Conference. Here’s a quick look at the destinations that have hosted the foremost leaders of the cruise industry since the first event in 1994.

Curaçao

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Panama

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Puerto Rico

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Barbados

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Aruba

Bon bini: Welcome to Aruba. The island boasts some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, and some of the friendliest people anywhere.

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The cruise port, currently enjoying a $62 million development strategy, is in the heart of Oranjestad—capital of the island and a shopping, dining, and cultural mecca. Upon exiting the port, visitors are encouraged to hop on the Oranjestad trolley, a replica Birney Trolley and the first streetcar line in the Caribbean, situated right at the port’s main gate. The trolley, which is free of charge, loops through downtown and Mainstreet, passing historical architecture, shops and boutiques and a bevy of dining options. Cruise passengers can hop on and off anytime they like!

skirting the coastline under the watchful eye of the historic California Lighthouse; The Links at Divi, a lushly landscaped, 9-hole course with play over water and lagoon features; and the Aruba Golf Club, the island’s oldest course and one of the very few sand courses in the world. (Don’t be surprised to see roaming herds of goats or donkeys crossing the fairways!) Museum appreciators will enjoy our Archaeological Museum, housed in recently restored, historic cunucu houses dating from 1867 and 1870, combined with modern architecture. Interesting information about Aruba’s Amerindian past is presented in an interactive and exciting state-of-the-art exhibition that includes a 4,000-year-old skull, shell jewelry and ceramic figurines and cookware.

One of the most picturesque landmarks on the island, Fort Zoutman, was completed in 1798 and once provided security to the residents of Oranjestad. This museum houses historical artifacts laid out within the traditional building, offering the visitor a unique walk through Aruba’s past. Nowadays, the Bon Bini Festival, with dancing, arts and crafts stands, and local food, is held here every Tuesday evening. New to the island’s art scene is L’America Gallery, featuring a varied selection of regional and Aruban artwork, sculptures, paintings, and art objects showcasing the abundant talent of artists in the Caribbean, as well as Central and South America. Also new to the island is the San Nicolas Community Museum, housing an eclectic collection of fascinating artifacts encompassing OR A NJ E STA D : SH U T T E R STO Ck ; OPP OSI T E : COU RT E S y OF A RU B A TOU R ISM AU T HOR I T y

It Is VIsUALLY eVIdent upon approaching Aruba by sea just how breathtaking its coastline is. Sugarwhite beaches, vivid turquoise seas and cooling trade winds are the first to greet you, followed by a warm “Bon bini” (“Welcome”) by the people you meet.

Those with physically-active pursuits in mind can take advantage of just about every water sport under the sun, including the fastest-growing water sport, SUP (stand-up paddle boarding), which features Hawaiianstyle outrigger canoes. For the thrill-seeker, the exhilarating Jetlev, lets you experience a jetpack that takes you soaring above the water like James Bond! Enjoy the wide-open spaces of Aruba’s dramatically beautiful cunucu (countryside) by horseback or jeep, or try the newest way to navigate the outback by jumping behind the wheel of a UTV during a professionally guided off-road safari along the Andicuri Trail. Those looking for a slower pace will enjoy a hike through our Arikok National Park, offering a unique journey through Aruba’s fascinating natural and cultural heritage. There are tours for beginners to experienced hikers throughout an extensive 20-mile network of hiking trails. The adventurous will enjoy exploring caves where Arawak Indian rock paintings can still be found. For golfers, Aruba has three courses: Tierra del Sol, an 18-hole, Robert Trent II-designed desert links course

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ARUBA highlights PARADisE DEFiNED Here’s what you can’t miss during your visit:

tO sEE The countryside. Hop in a Jeep and trek through Aruba’s varied backcountry, then head to the beach for swimming, snorkeling or just about any other water sport you can name.

tO ENJOY Aruba’s beaches. They’re among the world’s best, especially Eagle Beach— ranked third among the world’s top 25 by the travel site TripAdvisor.

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Pastechis. These pastries, filled with dried fruit, spices and meat or seafood, are popular at snack time or as full meals.

tO BUY Dinner pieces or figurines made from blue-and-white Delftware, one of the prettier Dutch influences in Aruba.

tO KNOW Get married here. We’re not trying to pressure you into anything, of course, but when you do decide to tie the knot, Aruba’s the place to do it. Already hitched? How about a vow-renewal ceremony?

tO COME BACK FOR Carnival. Aruba’s 2014 celebration begins in January and continues into March.

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a diversity of topics that demonstrate Aruban history and development. Ancient fossils stand next to tableaus of an authentically recreated colonial kitchen, bedroom, and 19th-century barbershop indicative of the roots of this former oil refinery town. Picturesque beaches abound, and all are open to the public. Near the cruise ship port, across from the Talk of the Town Resort in Oranjestad, are the calm waters of Nikky Beach. Going north is Eagle Beach, a popular public beach within the low-rise resort area and voted No. 3 on Trip Advisor’s listing of Top 25 beaches in the world. Fringing the high-rise hotel strip is Palm Beach, dotted by water-sports concessions, piers, restaurants, and world-class hotels (additional shopping and dining are within walking distance at South Beach Centre, Paseo Herencia Mall, and Palm Beach Plaza). Malmok Beach

is a narrow sandy stretch opposite sprawling homes; its shallow, clear waters make it a popular snorkeling spot. Boca Catalina is a small, secluded bay, and just north is Arashi Beach—both skirt a vibrant reef chain offering amazing snorkeling. Heading to the southern reaches of the island, just past San Nicolas, is world-famous Baby Beach—a great family beach with shallow waters and snorkeling opportunities.

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Is there a wedding in your future? Aruba is one of the Caribbean’s top wedding locales and was recently named the No. 1 tropical wedding destination by Reader’s Digest (Canada) magazine. Creative wedding planners (independent and resort-affiliated) can help plan nuptials—from an intimate seaside wedding to grand-scale events, all with Aruba’s breathtaking landscape as the backdrop.

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Only at Atlantis can you find 20 million gallons of nonstop excitement at Aquaventure, the world’s most amazing water park. Visit the Mayan Temple and take the Leap of Faith into shark-infested waters. Then embark on a mile-long river ride through rolling waves and rapids. At Dolphin Cay, come nose to our Shallow Water Interaction. Or glide alongside them on a unique hand-held scooter in our Deep Water Swim. Feeling lucky? Come place your bets at the Caribbean’s largest and most spectacular Casino. At Atlantis, there’s no such thing as too much amazing. To learn more about these exciting programs, please visit our cruise partners’ websites: Carnival Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Lines, MSC Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean International. Or to begin offering these Atlantis Excursions through your cruise line, please contact PID-discoveratlantisoperations@atlantisparadise.com

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Bahamas (Atlantis)

An ancient legend describes a glittering city of beauty and wonder, the home of an advanced civilization. Atlantis was lost long ago. Some believe it lives on in the Bahamas.

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Atlantis: An Experience Like Nowhere Else

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at three exclusive beaches. Whether you settle down on Cove Beach, Paradise Lagoon or Atlantis Beach, you’ll be surrounded by powder-soft sand and a spectacular azure vista. This program includes access to the beaches and marine habitats of Atlantis. (Access to the pools, slides and rides is not included.)

In the Behind the Myth Tour, unlock the mystery and lore of the Atlantis civilization and its fascinating sea inhabitants. Touch a live shark, study unique marine animals and decipher the language of the former Atlantean gods to learn the secrets of our ancient city. It’s an unforgettable experience for guests of all ages.

Here in Atlantis, you can splash into Aquaventure, one of the world’s largest and most amazing waterparks; its 141 fun-filled acres offer 20 million gallons of rushing waterslides and river rides. First, if you dare, take The Leap of Faith, a 60-foot near-vertical drop into shark-infested waters. Race your friends down the twin high-speed Challenger Slides of the Mayan Temple. Brave the Power Tower for even more twists and turns on three water tubes or a body slide that plummets you through darkness into an alligator-filled cavern. Next, embark on an amazing mile-long river ride through four-foot rolling waves, river rapids and mysterious caves. Two conveyors transport you up the river to the thrilling slides of the Power Tower. Later, relax at any of 11 refreshing pools. From serene and peaceful, to a liveDJ hosted international party scene, you’ll find the perfect pool for a day well spent. While lounging poolside, feel free to post updates about your trip or send a quick note home, as Wi-Fi is available for purchase on the property. You can even relax at a private rental cabana granting you exclusive poolside access, a refrigerator and your own personal guest services host.

The legend of Atlantis comes to life on the Discover Atlantis Tour. Journey through The Dig, an archaeological excursion where mythical artifacts are “preserved” among stunning marine life, tunnels and thoroughfares. The Dig features habitats for exotic marine life like piranhas, iridescent jellyfish, six-foot moray eels and six species of enormous groupers. And in separate, smaller “Jewel Habitats,” multitudes of brilliantly colored tropical fish dwell among iconic Atlantis artifacts. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience that immerses you in all the wonders of the “Lost City.”

Next, Snorkel the Ruins of Atlantis in the world’s largest open-air marine habitat. This thrilling 60-minute program includes an amazing snorkeling adventure amid the sunken ruins and artifacts of Atlantis, where you’ll see sleek sharks, spotted rays and thousands of tropical fish in our Ruins lagoon. The Stingray Experience provides an amazing hands-on encounter with hundreds of stingrays and colorful tropical fish. Guests will spend 45 minutes feeding rays in a shallow lagoon before an engaging snorkel among these wonderful animals. And for the youngest water lovers, Sea Squirts is a new marine

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Wonder, adventure and excitement await you at the only destination that’s a world all its own: Atlantis, Paradise Island. The thrills of Aquaventure waterpark, the glorious white-sand beaches and the world’s largest open-air marine habitat are just a few of the amazing adventures that will delight guests of all ages.

Atlantis also has three dedicated children’s pools. Splashers is an elaborate Mayan-themed kids’ pool and water playground featuring several slides, cargo nets and rope bridges for climbing, plus water cannons, fountains and water wheels for endless soaking. Rental lockers and complimentary towels are available for cruise guests through the Hospitality Center. With all Aquaventure has to offer, it’s no wonder Trip Advisor awarded Atlantis its 2013 Certificate of Excellence. Of course, if the pristine white beaches call you, be sure to reserve your Atlantis Beach Day. Relax and enjoy allday access to beautiful white sand crystal-blue waters

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atlantis highlights PaRaDisE DEFinED Here’s what you can’t miss on your visit:

tO DO Splash it up at one of the world’s largest and most amazing waterparks, learn about local marine life or dip into the Caribbean from a pristine white beach.

tO Eat

tO BUY Designer fashions, local crafts and most everything in between.

tO EnJOY The Behind the Myth Tour presents the famed legend of Atlantis, the glittering lost city of the ancients, with insights into the lives of the sea creatures that do inhabit the area.

No trip to Atlantis would be complete without a visit to Dolphin Cay. This extraordinary 14-acre habitat offers visitors an amazing, up-close experience with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and friendly California sea lions. Our Shallow Water Interaction lets you go nose-to-nose with these remarkable animals. Guests of all ages can touch, splash and play away with a delightful new sea friend. (Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.) For even more excitement, book one of two Deep Water Swim programs. Glide and snorkel alongside a dolphin with a hand-held water scooter before getting a “foot push” across the lagoon on a boogie board. Or try a “freestyle swim” where you’ll swim freely alongside these friendly marine animals in one of our lagoons. Guests must be at least 10 years old and be able to swim in deep water without support vests or assistance. Jump in for some splashing fun during our Sea Lion Interaction. Hug, touch, or even kiss your new friend before posing for a keepsake photo. Visitors will tour the state-of-the-art marine facility and rescue center before stopping to snap pictures with their new Sea Lion friends. Limited to just 12 guests, this intimate interaction begins with an orientation and includes 30 minutes in the water. There is plenty to do outside Atlantis’ waters, too. Kids can create loveable stuffed animals at Atlantis Pals or customize a remote-controlled racecar and challenge friends to a thrilling lap around the Atlantis Speedway.

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In The Earth & Fire Pottery Studio, you can paint and then fire up keepsake pottery to take home. Or get the adrenaline and the muscles pumping with a climb up our Climber’s Rush climbing wall. There’s never a shortage of fun ways for kids to spend the day. During your day at Atlantis, you’re sure to work up an appetite. And rest assured, you’ll find lots of delicious dining options. From barbecue and local Bahamian cuisine, to familiar names like Johnny Rockets, Quizno’s and Starbucks, there’s something to tempt every palate. Fine-dining enthusiasts can sample the legendary flavors of acclaimed chefs Bobby Flay, Nobu Matsuhisa, Jean Georges Vongerichten and Todd English. Or try any of 14 poolside options, including two full-service restaurants in the waterscape. Those with a sweet tooth can stroll over to Marina Village for some Ben & Jerry’s ice cream or a tempting selection of candy and sweets at Oh Sugar!

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Numerous culinary stops are available, from casual eateries to full-service restaurants, with several led by chefs of international renown.

program created especially for kids aged 3 to 6. In this memorable hour-long program, they’ll enjoy handfeeding baby stingrays, sharks and other fish under the helpful guidance of an Atlantis Aquarist.

Atlantis has an amazing array of stores for the shopper at heart. The haute couture shops of Marina Village, The Crystal Court and Escape at The Cove provide a shopping paradise filled with exclusive designers like Versace, Gucci and Ferragamo. Unique and colorful boutiques such as Calypso Carousel and the Plait Lady sell handmade products from fine Bahamian artisans. There are also several Signature Shops filled with Atlantis clothing, books, toys and other treasured keepsakes. And best of all, shopping at Atlantis is duty free! It’s all waiting at Atlantis. A lifetime of memories, all in a single-day excursion. To book one of these amazing Atlantis programs, see your cruise line shore excursion representative.

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Barbados

Beautiful beaches and a cosmopolitan style have helped make this alluring island an even more popular cruise destination.

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Barbados Resets Its Compass On Cruise Tourism This is the reputation that the Hon. Richard Sealy, Minister of Tourism and International Transport, wants to precede the island, identifying Barbados as a prime cruise destination within the global cruise arena.

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The genesis of the now-expanding cruise industry occurred 52 years ago, when the Bridgetown Port officially opened. Back then the island saw 26,943 cruise passengers disembark on the shores of Barbados. Since then, the local cruise industry has seen substantial growth with cruise arrivals actually surpassing airlift and remaining consistently high to date. More recently, arrival figures reached well over 700,000 visitors. This historic data, coupled with a stimulating performance of a 6 percent increase in arrivals so far this season, has positioned the island at the forefront of its regional counterparts to become the cruise hub of the southern Caribbean, a concept that Minister Sealy and several key cruise industry players are presently championing. Buzzwords like “homeporting,” “sail and stay” and “fly-cruise,” which now resonate clearly throughout the local cruise fraternity, and early efforts to attract more lines to homeport at the island’s port are already bearing fruit. Well aware of the global tourism industry’s recessionary environment, Minister Sealy has been placing greater emphasis on strategically promoting the option of increasing homeporting vessels to Barbados. Minister Sealy recently spoke about the strategic focus for cruise tourism and pointed out that the government’s aim is to change how cruise tourism is perceived in Barbados by those seeking tangible opportunities where cruise and land-based tourism can coexist unlike any time in the island’s tourism history. This

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would include the engineering of a new marketing and promotional push, to be composed of an e-commerce platform; the establishment of the Southern Caribbean Alliance; and the promotion of legislation allowing cruise ships to open their casinos while berthed at the Bridgetown Port. Energies will also focus on ways in which Barbados can generate a greater economic benefit from cruise tourism.

In addition, he reiterated the importance of mutual gain for all parties involved, highlighting the untapped opportunities for cruise lines berthing at the Bridgetown Port, stating that “the altering of legislation so that cruise ships can open their casinos and shops when they berth in the port is also key in the whole makeup of the island’s attractiveness as a port of call.” Provisioning also ranks high on the island’s cruise agenda. The major campaigners of this cause are eager to let cruise line executives and buyers know that Barbados is a sustainable source for their fresh produce needs and abides by the mantra that as a

supplier, one must have the produce at the time, quality and price thatcustomers want. However, as far as cruising is concerned, the feather in the island’s tourism-hat remains the planned redevelopment of the island’s cruise infrastructure. The proposed Sugar Point Development will usher in a new operational center for cruises, expanding from the inner port to 15 acres of reclaimed land to the south.

Delivering guests to Barbados—this single idea encapsulates the spirit of the Sugar Point Development, remarked Glyne Bannister, head of the investment group that has been selected from among competing proposals. Bordered between the Bridgetown Port and the Fishing Harbour, Sugar Point will be the new home for the island’s growing cruise business. Sugar Point will provide both port-of-call and homeport facilities, coupled with an engaging series of onshore amenities and transportation linkages, new and green technologies, Barbadian cuisine and brandrecognized franchises.

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BarBados is not just perfect beachfront vistas, captivating sights and an opulent culture. The island has more than a half-century’s worth of cruise business experience and a repertoire of commendable performances as proof.

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to sEE Below ground, the fascinating stalagmites and stalactites in Harrison’s Cave; above, the lovely flowers on display at Andromeda Botanic Gardens.

to do Surf, dive with hawksbill turtles or sail a catamaran at sunset.

The national dish is cou-cou, which starts with flying fish and adds polenta mixed with okra and peppers. Wash it down with a cocktail made with good Barbados rum.

to bUY Duty-free shopping is excellent at the cruise terminal; in Bridgetown, Broad Street is the place to be.

to ENJoY The sport of cricket is popular in Barbados, reflecting the island’s British heritage.

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The proposed development includes: • Three cruise piers supporting up to six vessel positions. Piers will be able to accommodate the largest vessels in operation. • A new homeport terminal and multi-functional space. • Separation of cruise and cargo operations. • Shopping, food and beverage, entertainment and other ground-floor uses arranged in a compact commercial district. Retail and related tenants will be selected to have a range of appeal to island residents and visitors. • Ground floor and upper-level commercial office uses. • Upper-level residential uses. • Two dynamic cultural marketplaces—the Rum and Sugar Experience and “All Things Bajan” complex—showcasing small businesses, crafts, cuisine, local products and Bajan traditions. Each of these marketplaces will serve as incubators for small local businesses. • A limited-service hotel of 150-180 rooms. The hotel will serve a variety of consumers, from homeporting cruise guests to business travelers. • An academic-use building currently slated as a culinary training academy and visitor venue.

• A series of parks and plazas and a waterfront promenade open to the general public. • A waterfront performance venue / amphitheater designed to host local and international performers. • Ground transportation areas, parking and other roadway features. • Improved stormwater facilities and other site infrastructure. The project will be developed over a series of phases. Phase one will include all land-reclamation activities, construction of two cruise piers, development of the new cruise homeport facility and creation of the first phase of commercial and public amenity areas. Construction of the project is set to commence in late 2013.

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Sugar Point, however, is more than just a cruise hub; it’s an extension of the fabric and vibe of Barbados expressed throughout its public gathering spaces, shops, restaurants, entertainment venues and cultural attractions. It’s a place designed to encourage use and enjoyment by residents and island visitors.

“This project sets a new bar for cruise destinations,” predicts David Harding, Chairman of Barbados Port, Inc. “It will allow a broader range of stakeholders to benefit from cruise tourism, and the Port’s catalytic role in the social and economic development of Barbados will be reinforced.” So, in the near future, when cruisers disembark at Bridgetown, a pioneering facility will greet them, serving as a massive added value to the old island charm that continues to woo cruisers to Barbados.

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Discover a place where tourists become travelers. And schedules are optional. Here, destinations can be located by map, but only found with the soul. The true Belize is discovered when you leave expectations behind, and simply be.

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Belize

Its bounty of historical and cultural artifacts includes ruins of the ancient Maya civilization. Offshore sits the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere.

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North Islands

Known as a cultural melting pot, southern Belize is home to Mayan, east Indian, Chinese and Garafuna people who still carry on their native traditions. Punta Gorda serves

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The North Islands are all about relaxing. Here, you can take in the day lounging on the beach with a good book or pleasant conversation. Of course, if you’re not into relaxing all the time, there’s plenty to do under the sea. Check out the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley for snorkeling and scuba diving—some of the best in the world, and something you’ll surely talk about when you get back to the beach.

Lamanai, in northern Belize, is home to one of Belize’s largest Maya sites. Take a boat ride to the ruins for an up-close look at wildlife and a glimpse of the area’s Mennonite farms. We’ve heard they look like Nebraska in Belize. But to Belizeanss, it’s just Belize.

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as the gateway to activities like offshore fishing, river trips, caving, bird-watching and Mayan ruins.

Reef

Belize’s barrier reef is the second-largest in the world and home to hundreds of different species of aquatic life. Also home to the Great Blue Hole, made one of the top 10 diving areas in the world by Jacques Cousteau, the reef region is a scuba diver’s underwater paradise. We like to think it’s a paradise for anyone who visits. See for yourself.

Central Coast

The central coast has many historical landmarks from Belize’s past as a British colony. Belize City is the largest port and the hub of industry and finance. But don’t feel like you have to do any work while visiting. You’re on vacation, after all.

Western

Western Belize is home to many archaeological sites, like Cahal Peck. After you’ve learned about the past, visit the Butterfly Farm and Medicinal Trails. Then make way to Jaguar Paw for cave tubing and ziplining. Here, there’s a lot to do. Just make sure you make time to relax.

Southeast Coast

The southeast coast is a haven for kayaking, snorkeling, diving, saltwater fly-fishing, whale shark watching and just about any other “ing” that takes place in or around the ocean. Need some time out of the water? Placencia has 16 miles of sandy beach, as well as great restaurants and fantastic locals.

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Discover a place where schedules are optional and tourists become travelers. Here, destinations can be located by map, but only found with the soul. The true Belize is discovered when you leave expectations behind and begin to simply be. There are many places to explore within the seven distinct regions of Belize. Check out a few highlights from each region below.

Divers explore the Great Blue Hole.

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tO see Significant archaeological ruins that trace the heritage of the Maya.

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tO bUY UY Maya-themed souvenirs and hand-carved wooden craft pieces.

tO KNOW The Garifuna people of Belize are direct descendants of the original residents, the Caribs and Arawaks.

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Cave tubing, diving the enormous barrier reef and ziplining through the rainforest.

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PROMISE THEM PARADISE AT THIS PORT-OF-CALL. THAT’S CAYMANKIND.

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Cayman Islands

Once the sanctuary of plundering pirates and shipwrecked sailors, the Caymans are now a refuge for nature lovers, scuba divers and other pleasure seekers from around the world.

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An Incomparable Getaway

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Culture-rich Grand Cayman provides for an effortless immersion into the Caymanian lifestyle. The vibrant capital of George Town, with its bustling cruise port shops, galleries and attractions, also offers visitors an opportunity to learn about the islands’ natural and cultural history.

Craft Market is a particular favorite for browsing handmade jewelry and woven goods or securing tasty island delicacies, such as Cayman sea salt or locally produced pepper jelly. Visitors can also sample freshly made rum cakes at the Tortuga Rum Company and enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the unique Seven Fathoms Rum distillery.

dive in and enjoy the crystal-clear Caribbean waters. For snorkelers, vibrant marine life can be encountered conveniently close to shore, offering a glimpse into the islands’ celebrated underwater world.

Visitors can also step aboard the Jolly Roger, an authentic replica of a 17th-century Spanish galleon, for a twohour pirate cruise in the afternoon. Guests play the part of “pirate” as they fire cannons at enemy vessels, make “victims” walk the plank and watch real swordplay.

A visit to Grand Cayman would not be complete without a trip to Stingray City to swim among docile southern stingrays that will feed from the palm of your hand. Alternatively, the Cayman Turtle Farm offers a wonderful opportunity to interact with sea turtles in the one-of-akind turtle lagoon, or you can choose to cool off and relax in the largest swimming pool on the island, complete with two fun waterfalls and a waterslide.

The Cayman Islands also offer an opportunity for visitors to explore the depths of the underwater world with Atlantis submarines. Visitors can enjoy the teeming shallow reefs and shipwrecks of George Town harbor, as well as magnificent coral canyons at 100 feet. The glass-bottom boats are another great way to explore the Cayman Islands’ extensive and colorful marine life.

Visitors can also enjoy a plethora of water sports on famous Seven Mile Beach, where paddleboarding, kayaking and jetpacking are available. The Caymans’ beautiful breezy weather makes for the ultimate kiteboarding, parasailing or windsurfing adventure. Explorers are likely to spot sunbathing iguanas, sleepy starfish and mini sea anemones along the landscape.

Recognized as the birthplace of recreational scuba diving, the Cayman Islands’ turquoise sea and spectacularly maintained marine environment invites guests to

For those looking to simply soak up the sun, Seven Mile Beach is an oasis of powder-soft white sand and warm turquoise water. Guests can sip on a perfectly chilled

The Cayman Islands National Museum, conveniently located on the Harbourfront, houses over 8,000 artifacts in its historic building, providing insight into island life and living dating back hundreds of years. For the fine-art-oriented traveler, several galleries abound, offering local arts and crafts, including Guy Harvey’s Grand Cayman gallery, where visitors can view a wide selection of paintings from this world-renowned artist and conservationist. Additionally, just a short drive from downtown, the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands features a rotating collection of national and international exhibitions, focused on illuminating and preserving the cultural heritage of the islands. Visitors looking to take a Cayman keepsake home can explore abundant shopping opportunities ranging from small, quaint boutiques with local wares to some of the best duty-free shopping and widest array of luxury goods to be found in a Caribbean port. The Cayman

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With White-sand beaches lining aquamarine waters, the Cayman Islands are an idyllic Caribbean escape that promises visitors an unmatched tropical getaway experience. While pristine beaches, stunning underwater scenery, an impressive culinary scene and amazing activities attract sun-seeking visitors, the warm and friendly nature of Caymanians, known as “Caymankind,”adds to the experience, providing for a distinctive atmosphere unparalleled throughout the Caribbean. Whether delving into the rich history and culture, exploring meticulously preserved natural wonders or savoring extensive culinary offerings, the pervasive “Caymankind” spirit leaves a lasting impression on all who visit this tropical island paradise. With a total landmass of approximately 100 square miles, the Cayman Islands—Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman—are a magnet for visitors, attracting almost two million curious or loyal sun-seeking tourists annually.

The National Gallery

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tO sEE In Grand Cayman, the vibrant capital, George Town, with its bustling shops, galleries and attractions; botanical gardens outside the city also are memorable stops.

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tO Eat at Grand Cayman is one of the Caribbean’s cu culinary stars, featuring a sumptuous selection of international meals. Traditional cooking often features conch or turtle.

tO BUy Diving memorabilia, Sir Turtle souvenirs and at least one Cayman rum cake.

tO EnJOy Few leave Cayman without having sampled world-famous Seven Mile Beach.

History buffs can diverge from George Town to visit the historic Pedro St. James Living Heritage Museum, situated on a preserved estate and dedicated to providing a window into Cayman life in the 18th century. Visitors are encouraged to meander through the estate’s grounds, enjoying striking ocean views and a multisensory 3D theatre. Visitors can also get a taste of international motoring at the Cayman Motor Museum, which displays 80 vehicles. Among the cars showcased in this incredible collection are the first automobile ever produced—a Mercedez-Benz dating back to 1886—and Batman’s original Batmobile, which is sure to be a favorite if you’re cruising with kids. The nature-minded can explore Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, which is renowned for its magnificent displays of native flora and fauna. The Floral Color Garden, the Woodland Trail and Orchids in the park are must-see exhibits, as is the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme, where visitors can see rare blue iguanas, which are indigenous to Cayman and cannot be seen anywhere else in the world. Foodies will be at home in Grand Cayman, as culinary curiosity is essential to the Cayman experience. Frequently heralded as the “culinary capital of the

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Caribbean,” the Cayman Islands boast over 200 restaurants and offers cuisine to suit any craving—from traditional Caymanian to American and international, all offered in a variety of settings. Gourmands will love the farm-to-table spread at the Brasserie by Chef Dean Max, while the more casually inclined will appreciate the laid-back atmosphere at the newly restored island favorite, the Lobster Pot, which boasts spectacular ocean views. Grand Cayman also plays host to a variety of local and international culinary events each year, including the celebrated Cayman Cookout, hosted by worldrenowned Chef Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin in New York City and Blue by Eric Ripert at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. Featuring an incomparable roster of elite chefs, sommeliers and spirits blenders from across the globe, the Caribbean’s premier epicurean event celebrates food, wine and the natural beauty of the Cayman Islands. Guests enjoy four days of mouth-watering tastings, demonstrations, tours and dinners that celebrate the barefoot elegance that only the Cayman Islands can deliver.

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Diving the stunning reefs. The Caymans are among the best dive spots in the Caribbean, which is saying something.

Cayman Mama cocktail while enjoying the vibrant atmosphere offered by a variety of local beachside bars, such as Calico Jack’s, Tiki Beach and Surfside.

In addition to the sandy white beaches, tempting blue waters, and an average year-round temperature of 82°F, no other sun-kissed island in the Caribbean can offer the diversity of experiences in one package the way the Cayman Islands do. To learn more about this irresistible Caribbean cruise escape or to book your Cayman Islands vacation, visit www.caymankind.com.

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Colombia

Cartagena welcomes cruise guests with its rich history, friendly people and colorful style of architecture.

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How Colombia Became One of the Most Desired Caribbean Cruise Destinations Proof of this was the inclusion of Bahia Solano, on the Pacific coast, in the cruise lines’ travel itineraries. In this regard, the joint effort was—and remains—vital as a channel to better understand the needs of the cruise lines and visitors.

After over a decade without cruise arrivals, primarily driven by mistrust and uncertainty about the nation’s situation, the U.S. cruise liner arrived in the country.

Another key element has been to design activities for the crews—for example, onboard and on-the-field trainings about the different tourism products available (adventure, well-being, culture, nature, sun and beach) and unique experiences visitors can enjoy at Colombian ports. The opinion from the cruise lines

It has not been an easy task to overcome stereotypes and perceptions, but changing the negative image in the minds of tourists and foreign entrepreneurs was the largest obstacle. It required constant work, perseverance and dedication by many individuals and organizations.

is vital, given the contact and influence they have with the passengers. Likewise, a great marketing effort has been done by Proexport Colombia’s network offices in Latin America to promote departures from Cartagena, and the constant design and implementation of campaigns and activities alongside tour operators and travel agencies. As a result of all these efforts, which began in 2004, the arrival of cruises to Colombia has grown significantly.

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NorwegiaN Cruise LiNe’s berthiNg in the port of Cartagena on May 7, 2005, marked the first event in a string of great achievements paving the road for Colombia to become one of the most attractive Caribbean destinations of the cruise industry today.

One of Proexport Colombia’s first tasks was to create a partnership between the public and private sectors. To achieve this, Colombia’s central mission was to join the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), where the country has enjoyed Platinum Membership since 2004. In addition to participating in events such as trade shows and meetings in several locations around world, Colombia has hosted conferences, such as the one in Cartagena in 2006, with 120 members attending. Another key step was to start a promotional push for Cartagena, Santa Marta and San Andres as cruise destinations. Many executives and industry professionals visited several times to ascertain what the Caribbean coast has to offer. Once these opinion leaders started coming to Colombia, they not only discovered how profitable Cartagena would be for their businesses, as it has been for Pullmantur and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines since 2008, but they also fell in love with the natural, cultural and human elements that are present in every corner of the country.

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to sEE The walled-in district known as the Old City, a charming enclave where Cartagena’s history lives on.

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Arepas,, which are something like cornmeal turnovers and can be stuffed with meat, cheese or vegetables, are popular as snacks and side dishes.

to b bUY UY Two words: Colombian emeralds.

to KNoW One of Colombia’s favorite sons is Nobel Prize-winning writer Gabriel García Márquez, who often used Cartagena as the setting for his works of magical realism.

While travelers in 2005 totaled 48,115, in 2012 they increased to 254,403. Cruise arrivals in that period have also increased from 45 to 166, according to information from the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism and port authorities.

from the FCCA has been instrumental in achieving Colombia’s current privileged position that places it on the cruise industry’s map and allows more visitors to see what so many tourists in the world already know— that “Colombia is Magic Realism.”

Supplementing these positive figures, which translate into prosperity for port cities’ inhabitants, Colombia has also received recognition and awards from the press and from specialized agents. Without a doubt, the most important accolade is having Cartagena, a tourism gem, chosen as the meeting point for the 20th annual FCCA Conference & Trade Show.

Many years have passed since that day on May 7, 2005, that marked the beginning of an intense journey in which Colombia has made significant strides and is expected to continue to do so alongside the FCCA.

This, in addition to providing testimony of a job well done, fills Colombia with joy. The support received

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* Proexport Colombia is the entity under the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism dedicated to promoting the country as an international destination, energy nonmining exports and foreign direct investment.

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By land or by sea.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC HAS IT ALL

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Dominican Republic

Home of the first city in the Americas and some of the world’s most luxurious resorts, this lovely island seamlessly blends ancient tradition with modern delight.

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Discover Dominican Republic by Sea Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the north and the Caribbean Sea on the south, Dominican Republic is located in the heart of the Caribbean. A destination that flaunts amazing eco-diversity and postcard-worthy scenery, Dominican Republic ranks among the world’s top beach destinations and is consistently recognized for its astounding coastal and inland beauty and diverse array of offerings.

loCal GaStronomy Delectable and exotic flavors invigorate food lovers with the Capital City’s diverse restaurant scene, providing the ultimate cultural experience. Made with authentic flavors, including coconut, cacao, fresh fish, and more, the culinary scene offers a balance of traditional and contemporary cuisine. World-ClaSS ShoppinG Santo Domingo’s shops will appeal to shoppers of every taste and budget. The city is home to many shopping experiences, including

Blue Mall, Acropolis Mall, Novo-Centro, Bella Vista Mall, Plaza Central and more. The main shopping strip in the beach town of Boca Chica offers Dominican essentials such as rum, cigars, artwork, crafts and more.

La Romana Has It (La Romana International Pier)

La Romana International Pier is another favorite cruise stop. The once sugar-producing region relishes in stunning white-sand beaches that surround the luxurious Casa de Campo. The surrounding area also provides cruise passengers with European Blue Flag certified beaches and desirable activities, including golf, island excursions, water sports and more.

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Major seaports in Santo Domingo and La Romana welcome cruise ship passengers, while docking facilities at Samaná Bay and Cayo Levantado make Dominican Republic a flexible cruise destination with fascinating excursions. Soon, cruise ship passengers can also embrace adventure and sports tourism in Puerto Plata, as construction is under way for Carnival Corporation’s Port of Maimon.

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As a cosmopolitan melting pot, the country overflows with ethnic diversity and cultural offerings that excite travelers looking for an authentic Dominican experience. The destination delights cruise passengers with countless opportunities to experience Dominican Republic at its finest, as throughout its regions it boasts white-sand beaches, unique attractions, historic cities, breathtaking scenery and a charming culture.

Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site in 1990. Visitors will find hundreds of preserved buildings that date to the early 1500s; many are now museums.

Santo Domingo Has It (Sans Souci and Don Diego Cruise Terminals)

The capital city of Santo Domingo is the Americas’ oldest inhabited settlement and offers a unique balance of historic and modern attractions. Here, passengers will find a fantastic combination of historic sites, museums, world-class shopping, arts and architecture, and delicious gastronomy. The city is also home to the Port of Santo Domingo’s Don Diego and Sans Souci cruise terminals, providing easy access to the vibrant city. Colonial City The Colonial City was established as the first city in the New World by the brother and nephew of Christopher Columbus. It was recognized as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural

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dominican republic highlights paradise deFined Here’s what you can’t miss on your visit:

to see The culture and heritage of the nation through historic attractions and archaeological sites.

do Play golf at world-class courses, dive on stunning coral reefs, pamper yourself at a luxurious resort.

The national dish: La Bandera, or “The Flag,” in which red beans, rice and meat suggest the red, white and blue of the Dominican Republic flag.

to buY Rum, cigars, cocoa.

to KnoW Dominican Republic has starred in several major Hollywood movies. Santo Domingo stood in for Havana, Cuba, in Godfather II, Robert Redford’s Havana and the Andy Garcia film The Lost City. Scenes from Apocalypse Now and Rambo II were shot on the Chavón River.

altOs de cHavón La Romana’s hidden gem is Altos de Chavón, a 16th-century European artists’ village with cobblestone streets and coral block and terra-cotta buildings. The village is a cultural center, home to artist studios, boutique shops, restaurants and more. Padre nuestrO The archaeology trail showcases the area’s stunning natural beauty. Located in the National Park of the East, the trail leads to unique flora and fauna, and even includes areas once populated by the Taino Indians.

Puerto Plata Has It (Port of Maimon)

Cruise passengers will be captivated by the charms and lively environment that abound in Puerto Plata following the 2014 completion of Carnival Corporation’s Port of Maimon. Located just north of Puerto Plata, the new cruise port will be the Caribbean’s most modern and offer easy access to Puerto Plata’s cultural and adventure attractions. mOunt isabel de tOrres A thrilling 10-minute cable car ride takes riders 2,656 feet up to the mountain top, where they are rewarded with lush exotic flowers inhabiting the botanical gardens. At the peak, riders can get a close-up look at a statue of Christ the Redeemer—a smaller replica of the Rio de Janeiro landmark—or walk along the various scenic paths. 27 falls Of damajaGua Experience nature’s waterpark; hike and scale a series of spectacular waterfalls with a forest canopy resting above and crystal clear waters glistening below. Those seeking adventure can jump, slide and swim down natural water chutes.

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Ocean WOrld adventure Park The entertainment complex provides an up-close and personal experience with dolphins, sea lions, stingrays, tropical birds, sharks and more. The four-story building also offers five-star dining, live music, a casino, a cocktail lounge, some spectacular ocean views and the famous Bravissimo Show.

The Samaná Peninsula Has It (Cayo Levantado and Samaná Pier)

Docking facilities at Samaná and Cayo Levantado allow access to the Samaná Peninsula. Here, sparkling turquoise waters and lush green mountains set the backdrop to the pristine and secluded beaches. The offthe-beaten-path destination is a playground for nature-, luxury- and romance-seekers alike. lOs Haitises natiOnal Park Travelers can explore ancient history in mangroves, estuaries, caves and bays at Los Haitises National Park. The park’s magnificent series of limestone caves are covered in Taino art and showcase over 100 species of birds, 90plus plant species and a wide variety of mammals.

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GOlf La Romana claims some of the world’s best golf courses. Among them are four award-winning courses at Casa de Campo Resort. The Caribbean Sea, the Chavón River Valley and palm-tree-covered national parks provide the courses with scenic backdrops.

cayO levantadO Cruise passengers flock to this palm-lined island to walk along the pristine beach or venture out to the thriving reefs for snorkeling and scuba diving. The beach’s surrounding restaurants serve local Dominican food, while vendors line the sidewalk selling locally made crafts and artwork. el limón Considered the most spectacular of Dominican Republic’s many waterfalls, El Limón cascades 170 feet into a pool where visitors may take a dip. To reach the top of the falls, horseback riding is a popular option, as it provides a beautiful view of the surrounding jungle and natural pool. To learn more about Dominican Republic, visit www.GoDominicanRepublic.com. Follow us on Twitter @GoDomRep. Like us on Facebook GoDominicanRepublic.

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Guadeloupe

The islands of Guadeloupe touch the Atlantic Ocean as well as the Caribbean Sea, but they are such a classic Caribbean destination, you may think you’ve walked into a postcard.

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Guadeloupe: The Five Sides of Paradise

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Basse-Terre

Caressed by the trade winds, tempered by the everpresent sun all year ’round, lashed by the Atlantic Ocean and lapped by the Caribbean Sea, the Guadeloupian archipelago is definitely blessed by the gods. It offers a treat for the eyes as they encounter the incredible shades of blue of the Caribbean Sea, then a treat for the other senses with a range of water sports so expansive that you won’t even be able to get through them all during your vacation. Stretching out on the sand with your toes dipped in the water; riding the sea on a jet ski; diving in search of coral and sponges; seeing the wind swell your sails under an unblemished sky; discovering the nature reserve of Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin; taking a catamaran trip in search of white-sand banks. You can do anything in the water, and it feels so good! Relaxation, stimulation, freedom, feeling good…

Basse-Terre is a mountainous massif, covered by a magnificent tropical forest of almost 66 square miles (17,000 ha), which has been a designated national park since 1989. It has lots of well-marked hiking trails of varying degrees of difficulty. Its lush vegetation (over 3,000 species of trees) provides shelter for an exotic wildlife, free from poisonous animals. With its waterfalls, cascades, basins, parks and plantations, it reveals all of its natural charm. Beaches of pebble and sand in shades of ocher, brown, black and pink line its coast, and it has the underwater Jacques Cousteau Reserve, with a submerged bust of the world-renowned diver.

Dominated by the imposing silhouette of “the old lady” (La Soufrière volcano), Basse-Terre is one of the wings forming the “Butterfly” of Guadeloupe.

Basse-Terre provides ample evidence of the cultural diversity of the island: Catholic Church and Hindu temple, archaeological remains of the first inhabitants and the 17th-century military fort. The town of the same name, the administrative center of the department is a real history book.

Grande-Terre

Grande-Terre, which is also known as the Little Brittany of the Antilles, forms one wing of the “butterfly” of the Guadeloupian archipelago. Unlike its twin, Basse-Terre, it is flat and formed from limestone. Grande-Terre is a limestone plateau perfectly suited to growing sugarcane, which covers most of the island. You will realize the importance of this agricultural activity if you visit the Gardel sugar factory or the

A land of different influences—African, European, Indian and American—Guadeloupe is the guardian of a multiple identity, the bearer of a society that is constantly being transformed by new influences. So there are several Guadeloupes to discover, depending on which little window you peek through.

A Land of Flavors

On the Guadeloupe islands, the magic of the cultural melting pot and huge variety of spices has let a culinary genie out of the lamp, casting spells over the great Creole restaurants, like the “roulottes de bokits.” Proof, if it’s needed, of the incredible fusion of cultures—Caribbean, European, Indian and African, enriched by the influences of the Middle East—is found in this gastronomy. Gourmets and gourmands alike will be overwhelmed by Guadeloupe’s fertile land and gastronomic expertise: relishing the delicious smell of a curry, tasting the sweet flesh of Julie mangoes, drinking a freshly-squeezed juice made from péyi cherries, or savoring the aromas of a vintage rum.

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The Islands of Guadeloupe—Basse-Terre, Grande-Terre, La Desirade, Les Saintes (Terre-de-Haut and Terre-de-Bas) and Marie-Galante—welcome you to the Caribbean!

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guadeloupe highlights paRadise deFiNed Here’s what you can’t miss on your visit:

to do Explore the rainforest in Basse-Terre. In Grande-Terre, laze on white-sand beaches and then have a delicious meal at one of the many local restaurants.

Seafood prepared with a Creole influence is a mainstay of this island nation.

to Bu BuY Crafts created by local artisans.

to eNJoY The rustic charms of Guadeloupe’s villages.

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Les Saintes, “The Paradise Islands”

La Désirade, “Infinite Nature”

Terre-de-Bas offers a beautiful beach at Grande-Anse, and the tiny village of Petite-Anse is worth getting to know better! Less busy than its sister island, it offers its temporary guests peace and quiet, a relaxed pace of life and the hospitality of its inhabitants.

The island of La Désirade has been desired by so many in its history! From a distance, its shape looks like the keel of an upturned boat. Life on La Désirade is timeless. Peace and simplicity characterize this tabular rock that is quite different from all of the others in the archipelago. In fact, nothing can disturb the tranquil atmosphere that reigns on the island, nor affect the authentic character and kind welcome of its inhabitants, mainly descendants of people from Brittany, Normandy and Poitou. Seven miles long (11 km) and just over a mile wide (2 km), it has magnificent beaches of white sand and is sheltered by long coral reefs, a delight for swimmers and divers. Only the south coast is inhabited. A single, straight road links Grande-Anse—the main market town—to the different communities: Les Galets, Le Souffleur and Baie-Mahault. La Désirade. Just like the wild islands that are linked to Petite-Terre, there is an astonishing variety of plant life. You will also find some beautiful and fascinating colonies of animals on the verge of extinction: iguanas, agoutis, tropicbirds, etc. Gradually, the island is beginning to modernize and is gearing up for an appropriate scale of tourist development: beaches and organized hiking trails, gîte accommodations and pleasant restaurants.

Life rolls along quietly here. Memories of the turbulent past of the archipelago and the bloody naval battle with the English and French fleets facing each other off the coastline remain consigned to the history books. Terre-de-Haut is renowned for its gorgeous bay with clear, turquoise waters; its spectacular sugarloaf mountain; and its charming village with quiet roads lined with cute cottages. The inhabitants of Breton and Norman descent have a long tradition of fishing, which they do in small, open boats called saintoises. You can visit the Napoleon Fort, with its museum and surprising exotic garden. The island’s restaurants are stocked with fresh produce on a daily basis and offer tasty tropical cuisine.

“Marie-Galante, So True!”

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Bellevue distillery, located in the town of Le Moule, the former colonial capital. The magnificent shaded beaches of white sand along its coastline provide brilliant sunbathing places if you want to laze about. Calm lagoons of turquoise sea, as well as wave sports, are a joy for surfers and windsurfers. Lots of restaurants and hotels will guarantee you a taste of the best Creole cuisine, balmy Guadeloupian nights and the range of nighttime activities, like casinos, discos and revues. Grande-Terre offers a wide range of choices to suit every visitor with its natural beauty spots, such as Pointe des Châteaux; the cliffs of la Grande Vigie; the Grands Fonds; the sugarcane landscapes of Port-Louis; and Pointe-à-Pitre, the economic capital, with its historical monuments, museums and spice and flower markets with intoxicating smells.

Located 27 miles (43 km) from Pointe-à-Pitre, the island of Marie-Galante (Aïchi en Caraïbes) covers an area of 61 square miles (158 km²). This round island, hence the nickname “the big pancake,” with its quiet roads and varied plant life, is the sugar cane island par excellence. Known as the island of a hundred mills, it had already gained a reputation for its rum by the 18th century. Vast sugarcane fields still cover most of the land today. On the roads, you will meet authentic ox-drawn carts, the means of transport used by farmers. They say it’s home to the best rums in the world, and Marie-Galante jealously guards the secrets of its culinary specialties on the menus of its colorful restaurants. Its beaches of white sand are some of the most beautiful to be found in the Caribbean. With its hospitality and the legendary warmth of its inhabitants, Marie-Galante is authenticity itself in the Guadeloupean archipelago.

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Guatemala The Land of the Eternal Spring extends a warm welcome to all visitors. After a little time in this verdant corner of the Caribbean, it’s not hard to see why most visitors return.

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Guatemala and the FCCA: A History of Growth and Success

Guatemala has attended many FCCA cruise events in different countries. With the FCCA’s advice and efforts, along with participation in its conferences and trade shows, workshops and one-on-one meetings with executives, it now has a closer relationship with different cruise lines and a greater number of calls to our ports.

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As an FCCA Platinum Member, Guatemala has benefited by hosting different events, such as the PAMAC Conference in Antigua, Guatemala in 2007 and the Central America Cruise Summit in May 2013.

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Participation in events organized by FCCA, such as its annual conference and trade shows, has been of great assistance to the growth and development of the cruise industry in this country. Guatemala has had the opportunity to promote itself as an attractive and interesting destination for cruise visitors searching for places with exuberant nature, Mayan living culture and archaeology.

Tikal

Tikal, considered one of the largest archaeological centers of the Pre-Columbian Maya civilization, stands out with its magnificent temples. This national park is in the middle of the tropical jungle of Petén. UNESCO declared this Mayan city a World Heritage Site in 1979. The Archaeological Park of Tikal covers approximately 222 square miles, and over 4,000 structures can be found at the site. The area that covers this park is also a refuge for hundreds of exotic wildlife species. The more you learn about the Mayan civilization, the longer you will wish you could stay. Cruise tourism transportation to Tikal is by air, and the flight takes approximately 40 minutes. It is a full-day tour.

Quiriguá

This archaeological site is located a short distance from the Port of Santo Tomas de Castilla in Izabal,

and UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 1981. Because of the intricate detail of its 22 stelae and zoomorphs, it is one of the most important Mayan sites in Guatemala. In Quiriguá you can admire “Stela C,” with its glyphs that state the date the Mayan civilization was created (August 13, 3114 B.C.), or Stela E,” which is the largest quarried stone found in the Mayan world. It weighs 65 tons and stretches 10.67 meters, depicting the governor K’ak Tiliw, known as the “Lightning Warrior.” You can take a full-day or half-day tour to the archaeological site of Quiriguá.

Antigua

Built in 1543, Antigua is located in a highland valley surrounded by three amazing volcanoes: the Agua, Fuego and Acatenango. This colonial city was declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO, and it is considered the most outstanding and well-preserved

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Guatemala tourism Board (iNGuat) became an FCCA Platinum Member in 1999 in order to improve the quality of its services and the quantity of cruise ship calls to Guatemala.

The Cruise Team of the Guatemala Tourism Board (INGUAT) offered sincere congratulations to the FCCA, Michele Paige and the entire team. INGUAT’s team is grateful for the many years in which the FCCA has trusted and supported the development of cruise tourism in Guatemala.

Why Guatemala?

• It receives visitors with arms wide open. • 70 percent of visitors return to the country. • 98 percent of visitors recommend this amazing destination. • It is the heart of the Mayan world. • The ancient Mayan culture is alive. • The Land of Eternal Spring. • A truly “green experience.” • Amazing destination experiences that will exceed your expectations.

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tO see Mayan archaeological sites, which are numerous in Guatemala. The nation was one of the heartlands of the ancient culture, and descendants still remain. 65 Go after marlin and sailfish on a deep-sea outing; this is rated the best catch-and-release spot in the world. Back on land, world-class golf awaits.

tO OB Bu BuY Art and antiques from both galleries and street vendors—and coffee, of course.

tO eNJOY The historical monuments of Antigua and the picturesque streets of Livingston.

colonial city in all Latin America. Antigua is known for its colonial architecture and historical monuments. Antigua is one of Guatemala’s most popular destinations. Visit colonial monuments, churches, monasteries. Experience a tour of working coffee and macadamia nut plantations. Stroll through art galleries, antique shops and markets. Antigua’s art galleries, hand-made crafts, Spanish learning centers and excellent gastronomy are some of the best in the region.

Lake Atitlan

Many visitors have called it “the most beautiful lake in the world.” The lake is surrounded by three magnificent volcanoes—Atitlan, San Pedro and Toliman—and 12 Mayan villages, where the Mayan culture and ancient traditions live on. The town of Panajachel is the biggest tourist attraction on the shore of the lake; here you can enjoy friendly hiking paths, horseback-riding trails, a butterfly sanctuary, kayaking, boat tours and more.

Rio Dulce and Livingston

Delight yourself with a combined boat and land tour on which you’ll enjoy the tropical rainforest and the exotic fauna of the river’s canyon. The canyon connects the Caribbean Sea with Lake Izabal, Guatemala’s largest lake. Walk through the colorful town of Livingston and

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enjoy its tropical architecture, handicrafts, music and dances. You can sample a variety of Caribbean culinary dishes in a town where the Garifuna, Q’eqchi and Ladino cultures merge. At Rio Dulce you can visit “Castillo de San Felipe,” a fortress built in the 16th century to protect goods taken to Guatemala from Europe against the pillaging pirates roaming the Caribbean Sea.

Golf and Fishing

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Deep-sea fishing and golf have become major activities in Guatemala. For the last few years, the Pacific coastline has been named the best spot in the world for the catch and release of marlin and sailfish. Guatemala holds the world record of most sailfish caught and released in a day. You can take an exciting full-day tour to experience it for yourself! La Reunion Resort and Golf Club was awarded “Best Resort of Central America” by Condé Nast Johansens, and it is located a short distance from Puerto Quetzal at the Pacific Ocean. The famous designers Pete and Perry Dye built this world-class golf course, and you can enjoy a day of golf and other leisure activities at this amazing resort.

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Martinique Natural wonders abound in Martinique, which benefits from the added charm of its French heritage: two paradises in one.

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Pointe Cruise Terminal Upgraded to Receive Oasis of the Seas-Size Ships

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In order to anticipate the cruise lines’ trend towards bigger ships and therefore meet their needs for more docking space, a €9 million expansion of downtown Pointe Simon Pier was completed in mid-January 2013. Through this expansion, Pointe Simon Pier was retrofitted to accommodate Oasis of the Seas-size ships. The plans for ground transportation have thus been reviewed to welcome higher traffic resulting from the size and capacity of these megaships.

Two berthing dolphins have been installed downstream and upstream from the existing berthing area. Each one can absorb energy of 285 m.t. and hold a 100,000-ton ship under extreme berthing conditions. Furthermore, the spacing of the berthing dolphins is now 150 meters, so the dock is able to accommodate ships up to 450 meters in length. An additional berthing dolphin has also been built on the auxiliary dockside to accommodate ships measuring 221 meters, of the Costa Romantica type.

Moor Improvement

In addition to the mooring posts present on the new berthing dolphins, the terminal also has two additional berthing dolphins. One is located 30 meters forward of the existing one, on the city side, and the other is

80 meters from the existing one, being essentially intended for mooring the largest cruise ships. These dolphins are equipped with rapid hook release (2 x 50 tons of rated traction) and electrical capstans.

Upgrade and Revamp of Tourelles Cruise Terminal

Tourelles Cruise Terminal underwent a €1 million global upgrade and revamp in 2012 to accommodate MSC Cruises and Costa Cruises embarking and disembarking passengers in optimal conditions. Ground facilities feature: • 300 parking places • Optimized traffic • Dedicated drop-off areas for passengers • Waiting area for disembarking guests

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Boasting its magical blend of French flair and its extraordinary biodiversity despite its small size (425 square miles), Martinique is enhancing its beauty with a growing number of new tourist attractions and with the recent upgrade of its port infrastructures carried out by the Port Authority to meet the cruise lines’ needs. No wonder this beautiful island continues to arouse interest among the cruise lines, while also winning their loyalty.

The expansion work covered three technical aspects: • Increase of the platform’s surface area • Berth improvement • Moor improvement

Increase of the Platform’s Surface Area

In order to receive a larger numbers of tourists under good conditions, the surface area of the platform was doubled, extended by 52 meters towards the open water. The width of the platform was however maintained at 15 meters.

Berth Improvement

The berthing space has been extended to ensure the stability and position of the ship and absorb its berthing energy.

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tO OB BuY Bu uY As a territory of France, this is the place to snap up clothing, perfume and wine from the motherland. Locally produced spices are also worth sampling.

tO enJOY Beautiful beaches and gracious people.

• Passenger and baggage check-in area • Replacement of the gates to the restricted areas by anti-return turnstiles • Provision of luggage carts • Provision of cages for baggage handling quayside • Quayside, replacement of all fenders

MSC Cruises Recruits and Strengthens Its Presence in Martinique

As a reward for the high-quality services provided by all Martinique stakeholders during the 2012/2013 season at each of MSC Lirica’s 11 calls in Fort-de-France, as well as for the tremendous commercial success MSC Cruises had with Martinican consumers, MSC announced its decision to increase its capacity for the 2013/2014 season. They have programmed 16 homeport calls of MSC Musica every Tuesday from December 3, 2013, to March 18, 2014. The Geneva-based cruise line also launched a vast recruitment program in Martinique in May and June. About 100 Martinican nationals have been hired for next season on Mediterranean and Caribbean cruises: • Shop sales staff • Guest services hostess/host • Excursion hostess/host • Bar and restaurant waiters • Cooks • Cleaners

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RCI Selects Martinique for Quantum of the Seas’ Future Caribbean Itineraries

Once aware of the completion of Pointe Simon Cruise Terminal expansion works, Royal Caribbean International announced four calls of Quantum of the Seas in Martinique during the 2014-2015 season. Quantum of the Seas, which is slated for October 2014 delivery by Meyer Werft shipyard, will sail from New Jersey (Bayonne) to Puerto Rico (San Juan) and the Bahamas (Nassau) and has proposed itineraries for multi-destination cruises in the Caribbean that include the port of Martinique.

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Martinique has a strong restaurant industry, and it’s not hard to find fine French cuisine alongside delicious island favorites.

The first of the new Quantum-class will sail in October 2014, followed by her sister ship, Anthem of the Seas, in spring 2015. These ships will include 16 bridges. Their size will be around 167,800 gross tons, with a doubleoccupancy capacity of 4,180 passengers, corresponding to their 2,090 staterooms and making them the secondlargest cruise ships in the world.

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Mexico (Costa Maya)

It’s the gateway to the remains of the ancient Mayan civilization, but Costa Maya has been planned with exquisite detail to welcome the modern traveler.

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Where Past and Future Meet

ARE YOU LOOking fOR thE pERfEct blend of beach, water and jungle adventures infused with unique cultural experiences?

Set against the deep, turquoise sea, Costa Maya is quickly developing into the Mexican Caribbean’s newest travel destination. Costa Maya, which is located on the Yucatan Peninsula and sheltered by the secondlargest coral reef in the world, began operations as a cruise port in 2001.

Diving

For a diver who longs to see intact corals on one the biggest and most well-preserved reefs in the world, one of the largest atolls on earth and shipwrecks that date back to Colonial times, all on a personalized diving trip with an unbeatable dive master-to-diver ratio, the up-and-coming place to be is Costa Maya. With miles of unspoiled beaches, pristine waters that average 100 feet of visibility and home to over 60 species of coral and more than 500 species of fish, it is a wonder that this region has remained one of the best-kept secrets in the diving world.

Costa Maya was recently only reachable by cruise ship, but is now an emerging destination boasting sheltering by the Meso American reef, the second-largest coral reef system in the world and the largest in the northern hemisphere. Running from north to south, the reef is composed of finger formations that create canyons— and the perfect spot for the diving enthusiast. For thrill-seekers and expert divers, Costa Maya lends itself as a world-class dive site. A diving package includes a two-hour boat trip, weather permitting, to Chinchorro Banks, home to the largest coral atoll on the Great Maya Reef. Over 25 miles long, Chinchorro has been described as a “must do before you die” in the diving world. This tour is so exclusive that only about

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Beyond the pavilions and their many offerings, Costa Maya provides access to a world of adventure and exploration, offering a window into new and undeveloped areas of the coast. With acres of unspoiled coastal land and remarkable historic and cultural influences, Costa Maya offers visitors a true insight into the essence of Mayan culture and the colonial heritage of the Mexican Caribbean.

Mayan Culture

Costa Maya offers visitors a closer look into the ancient Mayan history that surrounds the port with the Mayan Reality Tour. Passengers are whisked away from the port’s modern complex into the heart of a true Mayan town, where they can visit an actual Mayan family and their home, experience daily life and learn about traditional herbal medicines. Guests are also taken to a stunning field and invited to taste local Mayan dishes, including those using traditional buried-earth cooking; hand-made tortillas and local exotic fruits and vegetables are common. Visitors are also able to discover a little of the Sacred Mayan

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Planned with unparalleled attention to detail, the port of Costa Maya resembles a Mayan city and stands as a gateway to the ancient culture that once flourished in the region. Within the port’s main area, three grand pavilions host cultural and gourmet events. Here, local artisans create unique works of art, and guests can learn to make their own souvenirs.

tree and its role in the Cosmos, along with the legends, lore and prophesies of the Mayan calendar.

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to sEE Traditional culture re-created by local families who are descended from the original Maya.

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to Eat at Handmade tortillas filled with meats and vegetables, often prepared in the traditional Mayan way of cooking dishes buried in the earth.

to BUy Crafts and other works by artisans in the cruise terminal, which also stages a number of cultural events for visitors.

300 divers per year get to visit this dive site. Because this region of Mexico is vastly unexplored and not commercialized, it has been able to preserve its exclusivity, and the dive sites remain pure, unpolluted and full of flora and fauna. Visitors can stay at the Costa Maya inn or one of the few family-owned hotels in the area. For those who visit Costa Maya by cruise ship, the Discover Scuba Program is available for snorkelers who want to learn to dive. For the experienced divers, a two-tank dive program is offered. in either excursion, visitors are taken on a 20-minute boat ride—limited to 12 passengers—to the reef, which is a WWF priority conservation zone and home to the more than 60 species of coral and more than 500 species of fish. Since Costa Maya diving boasts a 1-to-6 divemaster-to-diver ratio, far better than most other dive tour operators, the excursions are personalized, and instructors can educate the divers about the area’s unique qualities, why the reef is in such good condition and how they plan to keep it that way, even as the dive site’s popularity continues to grow. However, most first-timers will agree that a one-day visit to Costa Maya is not enough.

Developing the Land

Before Costa Maya was developed in 2001, this land of breathtaking beaches and lush jungles was a sleepy fishing village with about 100 inhabitants. While the port has experienced incredible growth, port executives and tourism officials vow that Costa Maya is not headed for the overblown, commercialized boom that

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neighboring cities experienced, but will be promoted and built with a careful eye on eco-friendly projects, maintaining its pristine environment and preserving the rich cultural influences of its Mayan roots. The plan calls for sensitive development of the area and careful integration of the region’s resources, as well as careful integration of the members of the Mayan community that have populated the region for centuries. Costa Maya counts with Mexico’s largest concentration of Mayan archaeological sites, many of which date to the Mayan Classical period; it also has the nation’s largest existing Mayan population. Mayan dialects, gum-making and craft-making traditions are also still present in the area.

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explore xplore archaeological sites on land or discover one of the world’s best dive sites, where the visibility seems endless and the reefs teem with colorful fish.

Costa Maya will also be breaking away from the allinclusive tradition of nearby destinations. instead, the plan calls for a maximum of 10,000 rooms, all of which will be developed as eco-friendly and will stand three stories high or less. This will ensure a more controlled development of the area, as well as the seamless integration of the architecture to the region. ultimately, the Costa Maya region will be composed mostly of smaller boutique hotels catering to adventure seeking, cultured travelers and visitors looking for unspoiled land, sea and beaches. For more information on Costa Maya, please visit www.costamaya-mexico.com.

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Puerto Rico

The fascinating island of Puerto Rico holds cultural, historical and culinary treasures on land and thrilling adventure under the sea.

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Puerto Rico has a key geographical location that makes it the gateway to the southern and eastern Caribbean. Air access is one of its greatest advantages as a homeport. By being the gateway to the southern and eastern Caribbean, Puerto Rico makes it far easier for cruise lines to reach the other islands because of the shorter traveling distances and subsequent savings in fuel. As a transit destination, Puerto Rico also has a distinct advantage in that its overall destination offering is among the best in the Caribbean, given the diversified land product and superior infrastructure. And the proximity to other islands makes Puerto Rico an easy stop. Puerto Rico receives over 1.2 million cruise passengers on a yearly basis. The island’s cruise industry significantly contributes to the economy, generating close to 5,000 jobs in San Juan alone and having an impact of more than $240 million annually on the economy. Puerto Rico is also one of the main homeport facilities in the Caribbean, receiving a half-million homeport passengers per year, and is the best-prepared destination in the region for provisioning cruise ships. Furthermore, cruise ship visitors are found to be a captive market for promoting land stays, as 62 percent of cruisers who explore a vacation destination return as stay-over guests. Homeport passengers have an average pre- and post-stay of almost two nights in San Juan. And cruise ship passenger expenditures in San Juan have an economic impact of over $180 million per year. It is clear that it is of strategic importance for

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Puerto Rico to focus on this economic sector. Puerto Rico’s strategy seeks to facilitate everyone’s growth by reinforcing major initiatives that ultimately benefit the entire cruise sector. Among these are: improving air access for homeport passengers, offering attractive incentives to cruise lines, improving product quality and increasing attractions and tour offerings. Air access to the island has been improved, which has resulted in additional frequencies and new routes from cruise feeder markets. Puerto Rico’s main international airport in San Juan now services airlines such as Air

Canada, Air Sunshine, Air Tran, American Airlines, American Eagle, British Airways, Cape Air, Continental, Copa, Delta, Iberia, Insel, jetBlue, LIAT, Spirit Airlines, Sunwing, United, US Airways and Virgin Atlantic. In order to financially attract cruise business to Puerto Rico, what has become the standard incentives model for the cruise ship industry in the Caribbean has been developed. The incentives law establishes a fund to promote the island’s cruise ship industry providing cruise lines with incentives for: provisioning locally, increasing the volume of passengers visiting the

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Few places on earth can boast about having the combination of natural beauty and urban attractions that Puerto Rico has. While the entire island offers a rich bounty of nature’s beauties, San Juan offers attractions as diverse as its 500-year-old city: museums, galleries, shopping centers and excellent restaurants. Puerto Rico is a quality destination; its dedication to quality is comprehensive and encompasses its people, products, services, ecosystem and lifestyle.

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to see The historic old San Juan area, with its colorful buildings and lively atmosphere. The enchanting neighborhood is filled with shopping, dining and nightlife opportunities.

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Zipline through El yunque rainforest and then relax on one of the city’s beautiful beaches.

to eAt At one ne of Puerto Rico’s typical dishes is mofongo—mashed green plantains combined mofongo with garlic and olive oil—topped with fresh grilled shrimp.

to BUY Cigars, rum and coffee.

island, a destination incentive, a frequent visit or homeport incentive and a transit incentive, among others. These incentives are from a joint fund that operates with $5 million from the Puerto Rico Tourism Company and another $4 million from the central government’s General Fund. The quality of the product is of particular importance. A project to organize the tourism transportation logistics at the San Juan port area to assure visitors a better arrival experience was undertaken. This project also included a signage initiative that directs visitors the correct way to the historical sites of old San Juan. As for product enhancement, the available excursions for passengers has broadened, thanks to the introduction of new attractions. For example, the Toro Verde ecological adventure, where visitors glide through a rainforest canopy on a lengthy cable system providing them with a real bird’s-eye view of the treetops

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and their ecology. For children, there is a new natural History museum and the Punto Verde eco-park, where they can learn about nature and how best to preserve and protect the natural environment. These new attractions add to the experience of visiting El yunque Rainforest, which is the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. Forest Service system.

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Puerto Rico also embarked on a multi-year redevelopment program for the San Juan Waterfront, which will provide a number of new attractions, hotels, parks, pedestrian and bicycle trails, and will interconnect the waterfront with the old city, the Convention Center District and the Condado area. This program enhances historic old San Juan, described by Condé nast as a “treasure in a teacup” and recognized by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of the preferred tourism cities among travelers. Come see how Puerto Rico does it better!

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St. Maarten

Life is bright and colorful in St. Maarten, a Dutchinfluenced port that shares its island with French-owned St. Martin.

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A World-Leading Cruise Destination The developmenT of the Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise and Cargo Facilities is overseen by the St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies (SMHG), a governmentowned consortium of 13 companies responsible for part of the maritime operations of the country.

The operations of the harbour group can be neatly summarized by what it calls the “four pillars”: cruise, cargo, yachting and real estate. SMHG operates and has responsibility for the Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facility at Point Blanche, the Harbour Pointe Village, the Captain Hodge Pier in Philipsburg, the fuel station at Great Bay and the Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority, which is responsible for the Simpson Bay Bridge.

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SMHG employs 65 people in 11 departments: accounting, human resources, executive, clearance, maintenance, information technology, safety & security, maritime, terminal & cargo, commercial and operations.

SMHG has maintained St. Maarten’s competitive edge in the northeast Caribbean through constant research and strategic planning, as well as through partnerships and collaborations with leading industry players. These associations have led to dynamic growth in all sectors. Over the past decade, SMHG has invested more than $100 million into infrastructure and equipment, and the focus for the future is on investing in personnel and processes to continue to improve efficiency. In the same time frame, the group has been transformed into a much more commercially oriented operation, including

a refinancing package of $150 million by the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten. At the same time, SMHG has a strong corporate social responsibility program. This includes investing in the destination by rejuvenating parts of Philipsburg and giving priority to environmental concerns. A milestone was reached in 2012 when 1.7 million cruise passengers were received— and even higher numbers are forecast for the years ahead. This success is not so much an accident of location (although that helps), but more the result of a systematic approach and good customer focus by the St. Maarten Harbour Group, which is keen to provide the best facilities in the industry. This is one of the benefits of holding longterm agreements with the major cruise lines. In 2007, with one berth capable of accommodating four cruise ships simultaneously already in operation, the harbour group took the port to the next level and built a second cruise pier. St. Maarten is now one of the few

St. Maarten First to Handle New Genesis-Class Vessels

St. Maarten was one of the first ports in the region to be able to handle the new Genesis Class cruise ships, the largest in the world. It is also attracting a growing number of shipping lines looking for a transshipment sub-hub they can rely on. St. Maarten’s duty-free status has always been a marketing advantage for visitors and shippers alike, but SMHG wants to take things to the next level. Never content to rest on its laurels, it is always seeking new opportunities to deliver a wider range of quality services to its partners. In order to achieve this, the harbour group keeps in close contact with cruise lines, shipping lines and other industry players to keep informed about what they need and when they will need it. By staying ahead of the game, SMHG is always in a good position to accommodate new vessels and customers.

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SMHG has diversified its activities into real estate ownership and port consultancy, as well as owning and operating the port’s two mobile harbour cranes.

In addition, environmental responsibility and green issues are a priority for the harbour group, with a number of innovative initiatives, including wind and solar power systems within the port. SMHG also plays a leading role in the wider community, both in terms of beautification of the island, which ultimately attracts more cruise ships, and in various social development programs. Putting something back is a key part of SMHG’s business.

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St. Maarten highlightS ParaDiSe DeFineD Here’s what you can’t miss on your visit:

tO See Philipsburg’s Dutch heritage is on charming display on Front Street and Back Street, which also offer modern restaurants and boutiques.

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tO O BUY Handmade lace and the island’s signature spirit, guavaberry liqueur.

tO COMe BaCK FOr St. Maarten has been chosen to host the 2014 FCCA Conference & Trade Show.

Pier 1 is 545 meters in length and can accommodate up to four vessels simultaneously. Pier 2, with a length of 445 meters, was opened in 2009 and can accommodate two Genesis Class vessels. It also has two booths for screening passengers, as this cannot be carried out onboard due to the large number of passengers. The port can now accommodate six cruise ships, with the terminal handling anything from 6,000 to over 20,000 passengers in a single day. Immediately upon coming ashore, cruise passengers are welcomed into Harbour Point Village by steel pan players. The village was built in an architectural style reminiscent of old Philipsburg, and contains duty-free outlets, souvenir shops and market stalls, as well as bars and a restaurant. Harbour Point Village is also the pick-up/drop-off point for most of the tours and excursions. Visitors will find tour bus stands and a taxi rank here. There is also a regular water taxi service to Philipsburg. Friendly harbour staff is on-hand to assist visitors, and there is an information center in the main building to provide advice to visitors.

Dutch Village

Visitors can look forward to a totally new experience as the result of SMHG’s innovative move to bring a bit of Dutch flavor back to St. Maarten. One of the common observations from visitors was the lack of a Dutch atmosphere. To right that, the harbour group plans to develop

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a so-called Dutch Village, a new attraction to be built next to the cruise ship piers on land reclaimed during construction of the second pier. While final decisions on the actual facilities await, the intention is to create an area of traditional Dutch buildings, such as a windmill and church—perhaps alongside a French area—to represent the dual-nation character of the island, as well as restaurants and high-end retail outlets. In addition, there will be a pool area with water features and bars. Located on a 14,000-square-meter site, the proposed village would represent an investment of $40 million.

Homeporting

With some of the best cruise ship facilities in the region, St. Maarten offers operators excellent homeporting opportunities. The island not only has a first-rate transport infrastructure, but is ideally located within the region.

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St. Maarten enjoys a global cuisine, but the mainstays are thoroughly Caribbean. Johnny cakes, callaloo soup and seafood make regular appearances on local tables.

ports in the Caribbean capable of receiving the world’s largest cruise ships. These are Genesis Class vessels over 220,000 gross tons each, with capacity for over 6,000 passengers and crew.

The Port of St. Maarten and the destination have come a long way in their development during the past 35 years. As a sign of this, St. Maarten will become the host destination for the 2014 Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Conference & Trade Show. This is also thanks to continued infrastructure improvements, a commitment to cruise passenger satisfaction and a long-standing relationship with the cruise industry. This is the second time St. Maarten will host this prestigious gathering of cruise industry movers and shakers. “See you in St. Maarten for the 2014 FCCA Conference & Trade Show!”

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Trinidad & Tobago

This two-island nation has it all. Trinidad is lively and energetic, while Tobago is laid-back and relaxed. No matter what your mood, you’ll fit right in here.

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Trinidad & Tobago: Twice the Fun, Twice the Experience Though bound together as one nation, the islands of Trinidad and Tobago could hardly be more different, and they offer twice the opportunities for the cruise visitor.

Trinidad: Terrific

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Trinidad is a melting pot of ethnic groups and diverse cultures, and while each brings its separate identity to the table, there is also a sense in which they are joyfully mixed together to create an inimitable character—the Trinidadian. The more famous local creations, like steel pan and calypso, are only the tip of the iceberg. The prominent Indian and African influences have merged with the European, Chinese and Syrian cultures to fuel a vibrant society unlike any other in the world. Around Port of Spain alone, the architecture includes a gothic castle, a Renaissance palace, an Edwardian school and gingerbread houses straight out of a storybook. From cricket to horse racing, from the Hindu festival of lights—Divali—to the exuberance of Hosay, the explosion of culture continues all year round.

is a particular delight; you will not find a more dramatic combination of coast and mountain scenery. The trip takes about 45 minutes from gang plank to beach.

Tobago: Tranquil

Tobago, by contrast, exemplifies quiet Caribbean perfection. With its slower pace and endless beauty, Tobago is a secret paradise. Pristine beaches shaded by coconut palms? Of course, but Tobago offers so much more: historic forts, the Main Ridge Forest Reserve (protected since 1776), breathtaking views, bird sanctuaries, even a championship golf course. Scuba divers get the rare chance to mingle with manta rays around Tobago’s exquisite coral reefs. Few other places on the planet (and no others in the Caribbean) can offer this. These reefs are

home to what is claimed to be the largest brain coral in the world.

Eat, Drink, Be Merry

Like Trinidad & Tobago’s rich heritage, the islands’ food palette is diverse and multicultural, offering you distinct indigenous dishes alongside savory fusion food. Words like sancoche, kuchela, souse, baigan, paratha and callaloo will become part of your culinary vocabulary. While in Trinidad & Tobago, visitors should sample the local food. From Creole cuisine, try pelau, similar to rice pilaf; or bake and shark (pieces of deep-fried shark between two slices of fried dough) topped with condiments and relishes. To savor the Indian influence, try roti or doubles. In Tobago, try curried crab and dumpling! Exotic drinks also abound—from coconut water to mauby and sorrel. Strange names, wonderful tastes!

It is most dramatically observed during the Carnival season (December to Ash Wednesday), which climaxes when this multi-racial, multi-talented population parades through the streets by the tens of thousands, in costume, on the last two days before Lent. A country capable of throwing the world’s largest street party can certainly keep the visitor fascinated for a day or two. Trinidad isn’t just Port of Spain. Its rainforests teem with wildlife found nowhere else in the Caribbean, including ocelots, golden tree frogs and oilbirds. A highlight of any visit is the world-famous Asa Wright Nature Centre, where Trinidad’s many birds, butterflies and flowering plants (including 700 different orchids) can be viewed. For those wanting to experience nature at its wildest without straying too far from the beaten path, the drive to Maracas Bay along North Coast Road

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The Twin island republic of Trinidad & Tobago is located just seven miles off the coast of Venezuela. The southernmost Caribbean islands, it is living proof that nature also saves the best for last.

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TRINIDAD & TOBAGO HIGHLIGHTS PARADISE DEFINED Here’s what you can’t miss on your visit:

TO SEE Sumptuous scenery both in the wild and in the cultural attractions of the islands’ villages.

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TO EAT Creole cuisine has exerted the greatest culinary influence. A national favorite is shark and bake, which is a sandwich of deep-fried shark between two slices of fried dough.

TO ENJOY The sultry, mellow sounds of calypso, steel pan and other unique Caribbean music, which Trinidad claims to have invented.

by the Tourist Information Office, duty-free stores, clothing boutiques and souvenir shops.

Prefer to eat on the go? Sample these tasty street food staples: • Corn soup • Doubles: deep-fried flour patties stuffed with curry chickpeas • Souse: boiled and pickled pig trotters or chicken feet, served cold in brine and seasoned with lime, cucumber, hot pepper and onion slices • Aloo pie: Indian-flavored fried potato pie

At the Tourist Information Office, visitors can instantly get recommendations on attractions, hotels and taxis from a friendly and professional staff. The office also adjusts its hours to accommodate arrivals and, in keeping with modern life, is a Wi-Fi hotspot. Immediately outside the terminal is a craft market, and the country’s main shopping district is just a short walk away. The spectacularly revamped waterfront area also boasts a Hyatt Regency Hotel.

you’ll also find a selection of dishes like pelau, roti, sancoche (a lentil soup with meat and vegetables), stews, saltfish and dumplings, local ground provisions (yams, taro), and more throughout small eateries and open-air restaurants.

Where you can find the Tourist Information Office: The office is usually situated within the vicinity of the Brian Lara Promenade, the largest recreational space in downtown Port of Spain. This is the first access point to the city when exiting the Cruise Ship Complex.

For Cruise Ships

From the Brian Lara Promenade, the visitor guide can recommend and direct you to a number of fascinating sites and attractions in and around the city. The visitor guide uniform is a red shirt and black trousers or skirt. All visitor guides wear photo identification badges.

For cruise ships, Trinidad & Tobago is a dream. The islands are situated comfortably below the hurricane belt, and Port of Spain—the country’s capital—boasts one of the largest deep-water harbors in the Caribbean, well able to accommodate mega-ships. Cruise vessels dock at the Cruise Ship Complex, where disembarking passengers are greeted by dancers in dazzling Carnival costumes, calypso singers or musicians playing the indigenous steel pan. Inside the terminal building, this spectacular greeting is enhanced

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Explore the rainforest of Trinidad and the reefs off Tobago.

Exotic drinks also abound—from coconut water to mauby and sorrel. Strange names, wonderful tastes!

About the Tourism Development Company Limited The Tourism Development Company Limited (TDC)— implementation arm of Trinidad & Tobago’s Ministry of Tourism—has a long-term vision for the islands as a cruise destination and is working to develop the sector alongside the Port Authority of Trinidad & Tobago.

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The Space City maintains an impressive balance of art and science, past and future, and delivers it all with style.

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Princess and Norwegian Cruising into Port of Houston Authority; Will Deliver $300 Million to Region The PorT of housTon AuThoriTy partnered with two separate cruise lines, Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line, to offer new service from the Bayport Cruise Terminal in Pasadena, Texas. Princess Cruises will begin making passenger cruise calls during the 2013-2014 cruise season and has reached an agreement with the port authority to make passenger calls for two additional cruise seasons. Norwegian Cruise Line will begin service in 2014.

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The Princess agreement includes options for more sailings and calls for a total of 77 sailings over three cruise seasons. There is also a two-year extension that includes two oneyear options, meaning the agreement could cover Princess sailings into 2018. Emerald Princess will transport approximately 225,000 passengers to the western Caribbean on its planned cruises.

Significant Economic Impact

The deal marks a return to Houston for the cruise line, which last sailed from Houston in 2007. Norwegian’s cruises from Houston will go on sale in mid-December 2013. To book a cruise, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian Cruise Line at 800-327-7030 or visit www.ncl.com.

Activity from a single cruise line is predicted to generate an annual economic impact of $50 million, according to the firm Martin Associates, including local purchases of $3.6 million. The combined impact of the agreements with the two cruise lines over the next four years will be approximately $300 million.

The agreements with the lines are expected to have a considerable positive impact on the economies of both Harris County and the greater Houston area, including the cities of Houston and Pasadena. Smaller cities near the cruise terminal are also expected to benefit.

Princess Cruises’ new service is scheduled to begin in November 2013, with a total of 26 departures planned for the season. Princess Cruises’ inaugural cruise is an unprecedented sailing aboard the 3,080-passenger Caribbean Princess. The historic cruise, which will sail November 5, is expected to raise $1 million for two U.S. veterans groups: the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) and Operation Homefront. Princess Cruises’ voyages are on sale now at www.princess.com or by calling 800-PRINCESS. The port authority and Norwegian Cruise Line also reached an agreement covering three years of sailings from the cruise terminal beginning in 2014, with a total of 75 calls. The agreement includes an option to extend for up to two years. Norwegian Cruise Line will bring the 2,374-passenger Norwegian Jewel to Houston for seven-day Western Caribbean cruises. The 93,500-GRT Norwegian Jewel offers an array of incredible accommodations, including the Haven, the line’s exclusive and luxurious suite accommodations that feature the

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largest suites at sea: the 5,000-square-foot, threebedroom Garden Villas. The Haven also includes 10 Courtyard Villas that share a private courtyard, complete with swimming pool, whirlpool and a small gym. These villas also have access to a private sundeck with large two-person sun beds and hammocks.

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TO EAT you ou can have your fill of any modern culinary style at one of Houston’s top restaurants, but nothing says Texas like a bowl of chili (no beans, of course) or a plate of barbecue.

TO ENJOY Houston’s vibrant Museum District offers a full day of exploring art, history and science.

The Bayport Cruise Terminal offers a one-of-a-kind experience from an exciting homeport city for cruise travelers looking for efficient and world-class services before and/or after their cruise. The 96,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility is designed with customer service in mind, with minimal confusion and waiting, and no lines. It combines visual appeal, passenger convenience, accessibility and innovative security systems. The terminal is only 15 minutes from key attractions, like NASA Space Center and the San Jacinto Monument, and 37 minutes from downtown Houston. The Houston Hobby Airport, one of Southwest Airline’s largest hubs, is located only 25 minutes away from Bayport. The George Bush Intercontinental Airport, a major hub for United Airlines, is located 45 minutes away. Once inside the terminal, the passengers’ first-class experience continues in the expansive great area. Materials specially selected to allow natural light to brighten the facility’s open and airy features are part of the stylish décor. The terminal will be layered with aesthetically-pleasing enhancements, including ponds, landscaping and fountains, as well as a retail co-development area. The terminal is designed to direct passengers without confusion, while wide areas inside the terminal minimize congestion. Passenger access from the 1,000-plusspace parking lot and drop-off areas is immediately adjacent to the front of the terminal. Covered walkways connect the building to bus and private passenger

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drop-offs and taxi stands. There is counter space for 55 check-in locations that will minimize delays by accommodating passengers quickly and easily. Ample security stations will also reduce wait times for passengers, while overhead plasma screens and signage display information. Once the check-in process is complete, passengers will move to the passenger gangway system on the terminal’s second floor. The Bayport Cruise Terminal and its gangway system are designed to accommodate most ships. The wide, unrestricted wharf allows for the loading of provisions quickly and efficiently, as well as for simultaneous embarkation and disembarkation. Bayport Cruise Terminal’s modern infrastructure and proximity to local attractions and regional airports make it an ideal point of disembarkation.

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Blast back to the future with a visit to the NASA Space Center, go even farther into the past with historical attractions, and bring it all back to the present with world-class dining, attractions and nightlife.

Bayport’s One-of-a-Kind Experience

Visit Houston

Alive with energy and rich in diversity, America’s fourth-largest city is a cosmopolitan destination, filled with world-class dining, arts, hotels, shopping and nightlife. Spend the day exploring the city’s Museum District; head down to Space Center Houston; grab a bite in one of dozens of award-winning restaurants; or enjoy the outstanding performing and visual arts venues. There’s always something to do in this Southernhospitality-meets-urban-chic city. Come explore! For more information on Houston and Bayport local attractions, stop by online at visithoustontexas.com or visitbayareahouston.com.

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U.S. Virgin Islands

These lovely islands are a matchless combination of near-perfect weather, spectacular beaches and lush mountainsides, with world-class shopping, interesting attractions and delectable cuisine.

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U.S. Virgin Islands: Three Islands, Four Ports, One Paradise Interested in incorporating a few one-of-a-kind experiences on your itinerary? In St. Croix, book a tour with “bush lady” Veronica Gordon—a seventh-generation, native, traditional “bush doctor,” or herbalist—through the Crucian Heritage and Nature Tourism (CHANT) organization. Veronica is a conservationist, artist, tour guide, horticulturist and environmentalist who now carries on her family’s legacy by teaching people how to utilize natural herbs.

Visit Point Udall, St. Croix, which marks the easternmost point of all U.S. territory. The landmark was named after Stewart Udall, U.S. Secretary of Interior under both John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. The Millennium Monument, a sundial, was built above the point in 2000

and is a popular photo location among travelers who want to capture their “bucket list” moment.

In St. John, the underwater snorkel trail at Trunk Bay— nestled within the confines of the Virgin Islands National Park—is certainly a fun experience for the whole family. But the Crab Mon hermit crab races hosted by Ted “the Crab Mon” Scheer on Fridays at the Beach Bar in Cruz Bay and Sundays at Miss Lucy’s in Coral Bay offer an entertaining experience that you won’t soon forget. Check out St. Thomas Jetriders, where you’ll strap on a water-propelled jetpack and soar through the air over the crystal waters of St. Thomas. Formerly a toy only afforded by the rich and famous, the jetrider is now affordable for

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Three sites serve as gateways to paradisical beach experiences for families, couples, solo travelers and groups: the West Indian Company dock in Havensight; the Austin “Babe” Monsanto Marine Facility in Crown Bay, St. Thomas; and the Ann E. Abramson Marine Facility and Gallows Bay Dock in St. Croix. But there’s so much more—from culturally enriching historic tours to adrenaline-pumping water sports and land adventures—to experience in St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas. In fact, there’s a multitude of unexpected experiences unique to the U.S. Virgin Islands that you’ll want to incorporate into your cruise call.

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the U.S. Virgin iSlandS welcome more than two million cruise passengers each year at their world-class ports, making the islands one of the most visited cruise destinations in the Caribbean. Readers of the world’s leading websites and travel news outlets consistently give the U.S. Virgin Islands favorable recognition. The award-winning beaches are undoubtedly one of their most talked about attributes. Most recently, St. John ranked among the top 10 islands in the world in TripAdvisor’s 2013 Travelers’ Choice Islands survey. In addition, CNN.com placed St. John’s Trunk Bay ahead of the pack in its roundup feature “17 Beaches We’d Like to Be Lounging On,” and Turtle Beach on Buck Island, St. Croix, received honors as best for seclusion. Magens Bay, St. Thomas (best for families), and Trunk Bay, St. John (best for wildlife viewing), are featured prominently in Travel + Leisure magazine’s inaugural “Best Beaches” list.

One-of-a-Kind U.S.V.I.

If you’re looking for beaches where you can get some respite from life’s hustle and bustle, you’re in luck. Throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands are many lesserknown, stunning beaches with crystal waters and pristine sand. To name a few: Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve, Butler Bay and Jack’s Bay in St. Croix; Gibney Beach, Lameshur Bay and Salt Pond Bay in St. John; and Hull Bay, Brewers Bay and Smith Bay Park in St. Thomas.

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U.S. Virgin iSlandS highlightS ParadiSE dEFinEd Here’s what you can’t miss on your visit:

tO SEE Historic sites in St. Thomas and St. Croix; nature in St. John.

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tO Eat at Like many other Caribbean islanders, the people of the Virgin Islands thrive on seafood, especially conch. A local specialty is callaloo soup, which combines the leafy green vegetable callaloo with okra and ham or crabmeat.

tO BUY St. Thomas is considered the shopping capital of the Caribbean, with duty-free deals on diamonds, watches, perfumes and other treats.

When your jetpack adventure is complete, stop by Juliana’s Bake Shop in Frenchtown to sample a real Virgin Islands Vienna cake from the daughters of the celebrated “cake lady.” Essentially a vanilla cake with layers of various fruit fillings, the Vienna cake can be found at special occasions throughout the islands.

known as “Agrifest,” held every February, includes food demonstrations and competitions, with dancing, music and entertainment. The St. Croix Food & Wine Experience hosts celebrity chefs each April for a week of dinners, seminars, receptions and contests. In St. Thomas in September, the Texas Society’s Chili Cook-off brings visitors and locals together for an annual chili-tasting contest that is so popular it has spawned a similar festival in St. Croix. St. Thomas’ Agriculture Fair in November features fresh produce, homegrown herbs and local dishes.

Hop over to Water Island, the smallest inhabited island in the U.S.V.I., to tour the 491.5-acre island by golf cart. Don’t let its size mislead you; there’s much to do on “the Fourth Virgin,” and it’s easily accessible via a 10-minute boat ride out of St. Thomas’s capital city, Charlotte Amalie. Cruise passengers can spend a relaxing day on world-renowned Honeymoon Beach or get active by kayaking, biking or hiking the remains of military fortifications.

Sports enthusiasts also find fulfillment in the U.S. Virgin Islands during annual events, such as the Rolex Regatta, now entering its 41st year, which takes place in St. Thomas in March; the St. John Beach to Beach Swim, a fun, multi-category swimming race held over Memorial Day Weekend each year (May); and the St. Croix Ironman 70.3 race, a prequalifier to the Ironman World Championship race in Kona, Hawaii.

An Event for Every Traveler

Get Social

Carnival in the U.S. Virgin Islands is truly a celebration for all the senses, and three islands means three times the fun! The excitement begins at the largest of the three Carnivals, the annual Virgin Islands Carnival held in St. Thomas during April, and is chock-full of irresistible cuisine, spirited pageants and rousing parades. St. John celebrates with a month of cultural events and festivities throughout June. Events include steel pan concerts, calypso competitions, beauty pageants and parades. The month-long celebrations come to a close on July 4 with the Adults’ Carnival Parade and fireworks in Cruz Bay. The territory’s grand Carnival finale takes place on St. Croix during the Crucian Christmas Festival, which runs from around early December through Christmas and into the new year, culminating in early January. During the festival, the streets come alive with music jamborees, cultural fairs and vendors selling local treats. Several other V.I. festivals and fairs showcase the islands’ cuisine. The annual St. Croix Agriculture Fair, also

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The U.S.V.I. Department of Tourism’s free “My Virgin Islands” smart phone app is a great way for cruise passengers to explore the islands. With an active network connection, app users can seamlessly peruse photo and video galleries; view webcam footage throughout the islands; and access recipes and site reviews. Even without an active connection, you’ll have one-touch access to business listings, bookmarks, travel tips and taxi rates, trivia games, and event listings. Check with your mobile provider for network coverage and terms and conditions for using your device while in the U.S. Virgin Islands. To download or learn more about the app, visit www.myvirginislands.com.

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Snorkel or dive the stunning reefs of the islands; diving is especially good in Trunk Bay, located in Virgin Islands National Park off St. John.

many more. Certified St. Thomas Jetrider flight instructors can teach the basics of flight within 15 minutes and at an affordable cost.

Like the USVI on Facebook at facebook.com/visitusvi, or follow the USVI at @USVITourism. To learn more about the U.S. Virgin Islands and the unforgettable experiences that await you, please go to www.VisitUSVI.com.

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our clients. We continue to maintain our reputation as the leading provider of exciting, dependable and above all, safe excursions to and through every corner of our tropical island, rich with history and culture. Join us while we explore, play, dine and relax like true Saint Lucians. We are proud of our rich history, and offer our clients a Wealth of knoWledge and experience.

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TWENTY YEARS OF CRUISE INNOVATION FROm ONbOARd SpACES TO ShORE-SIdE plACES, IT’S A WhOlE NEW VACATION Cruising, c. 1993: Small exercise rooms; swimming pools with playground-size slides; midnight buffets that emphasized quantity over quality. A spacious stateroom for ordinary folk? Maybe if you were booked on TV’s The Love Boat. That was then. This is now: Multi-level fitness centers with leading-edge spa treatments; water parks with slides rivaling anything on land; culinary programs including full sommelier services; comfortable accommodations with plenty of room. The overarching difference is that cruising is now about the journey as much as the destination. Once, cruise lines simply tried to make the voyage a little less tedious: a shuffleboard court here, a game room there, endless dining to fill the time. Onboard leisure became an end in itself in the 1970s, with Miami entrepreneur Ted Arison’s founding of Carnival Cruise Lines. By the 1990s, the industry had begun to mature into the sophisticated adult we know today.

Notes the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) in its 2013 Cruise Industry Overview: “Today’s ships offer a new generation of onboard features and a world of innovation, including surf pools, planetariums, on-deck LED movie screens, golf simulators, water parks, demonstration kitchens, self-leveling billiard tables, multi-room villas with private pools and in-suite [hot tubs], ice-skating rinks, rock-climbing walls, bungee-trampolines and much more. [They] also offer facilities to accommodate family members of all generations traveling together, a market that is ideally suited for Caribbean cruising, along with the varying global markets. “From a product standpoint,” the FCCA continues, “cruise ships offer an array of feature-rich innovative facilities, amenities and services that exceed the expectations of a growing population of travelers. Today’s travelers would be hard-pressed to find a cruise line, ship, stateroom or itinerary that did not offer something for everyone.”

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Congratulating FCCA on 20 years of successful partnership and collaboration! Modern cruising was invented at Por tMiami. Today, we are the global headquar ters for the world’s largest cruise lines and proud to be the home por t of the world’s most exciting and modern cruise ships. For itineraries to the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Mexico, and beyond, Por tMiami will always be the Cruise Capital of the World! w w w. m i a m i d a d e . g o v / p o r t m i a m i

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Since 1993, the FCCA’s member lines have continued to innovate and amaze travelers with groundbreaking technology, generous amenities and thrilling activities. From the size of their vessels to the ambition of their imagination, the Caribbean lines have transformed the vacation at sea. No wonder cruising is now the fastestgrowing segment of the leisure travel sector. it’s an industry that has never stood still and surely never will.

Bigger and Better

The 1990s ushered in the era of the megaship, defined as a vessel weighing more than 100,000 gross registered tons (GrT) and carrying more than 2,000 passengers. Carnival Destiny was the first of these, with room for 2,642 people. (The ship was retrofitted and renamed Carnival Sunshine in 2013.) She was soon overtaken by royal Caribbean international’s Freedom Class, three ships weighing 160,000 GrT with room for 3,634 passengers. royal Caribbean then eclipsed its own Freedom Class with the two ships of the Oasis Class, each exceeding 250,000 GrT and carrying 5,400 passengers.

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At the same time, some ships were getting smaller. The luxury line Seabourn and the premium Azamara Club Cruises offer intimate experiences in less-traveled destinations. in the last decade, cruise ships have also gotten better, especially when it comes to environmental responsibility. From energy-efficient fuel systems to solar panels on the top decks, today’s cruise lines use technology that shows they are much more conscious of the need to act as caretakers of the seas that provide them with their livelihood. Many lines have won awards from top environmental groups for their conscientious practices.

More on Land and at Sea

how do you keep that many people coming back? Bring out an ever-more-astounding selection of onboard amenities. With royal Caribbean international, passengers can soar down an onboard zipline or catch a wave on a surf simulator, while Carnival Cruise Lines gives you an

CRUISING BY THE NUMBERS Since 1990, more than 200 million people have taken a cruise. More than 70 percent of them cruised in the past 10 years, nearly 40 percent in the past five years. The industry forecasts 20.97 million people to cruise globally in 2013. The Caribbean and Bahamas is the No. 1 cruise destination, representing 37.3 percent of all cruises in 2013. Growth is expected to continue strongly. Through 2016, the industry will see 26 new state-of-the-art ships built or contracted for the North American fleet, at a total cost of $9.5 billion. —2013 Cruise Industry Overview, Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association

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A CRUISE LINE FOR EVERYONE Each FCCA cruise line creates its own unique vacation experience for the traveler: AIDA Cruises: Originator of the “club cruise” concept, a casual, active approach to cruising, with an emphasis on wellness. Azamara Club Cruises: Delivers a deluxe experience that focuses on small, out-of-the-way destinations, with luxuries such as butler service for every stateroom. Carnival Cruise Lines: The first line to offer quality cruise vacations at an affordable price, inspiring the motto “Fun for all.” Celebrity Cruises: A premium line with an emphasis on enrichment, especially in art and dining. Costa Cruise Lines: Festive, elegant service and ambience, devoted to “Cruising Italian Style.”

Cunard Line: Continues a tradition of luxury cruising that began in 1840, furthering the standard of British elegance and superb White Star Service.

P&O Cruises: Combining classical British elegance with modern attitude, a luxurious cruise experience with a sense of adventure.

Disney Cruise Line: Magical voyages for all ages but especially for families, adding the Disney touch to entertainment, dining and other onboard experiences.

Princess Cruises: Indulgent service and elegant surroundings create an atmosphere that encourages passengers to “Escape completely.”

Holland America Line: Holland America Line, renowned for its gracious service, spacious cabins and quality dining, marks its 140th year in business in 2013.

Royal Caribbean International: Creator of some of the industry’s most memorable onboard innovations, such as surf simulators and onboard ziplines.

MSC Cruises (USA): A unique blend of maritime traditions and Mediterranean cuisine, delivered with classic Italian service.

Seabourn: Small-ship cruising that takes guests to less-accessible ports and gives them intimate experiences onboard and ashore.

Norwegian Cruise Line: The creator of Freestyle Cruising, the first to offer travelers a more relaxed way of vacationing at sea.

TUI Cruises: The “feel-good ships” create a laid-back, all-inclusive atmosphere for their predominantly German passengers.

School and family reunions, weddings and even corporate meetings and trainings are taking place at sea, but cruise lines are beginning to make room for the single traveler, a growing segment of the market. Norwegian Cruise Line made big news for single travel in 2010, when the new one-person studio cabin debuted with the launch of Norwegian Epic.

Several lines have gone so far as to expand existing facilities or build brand-new ones, spending billions of dollars to bring in visitors to boost local economies. “The establishment of over 30 North American embarkation ports provides consumers with unprecedented convenience, cost savings and value by placing cruise ships within driving distance of 75 percent of North American vacationers,” states the FCCA. “By providing significant cost savings through the convenience of avoiding air travel, the new homeports have introduced leisure cruising to a wider customer base.”

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entire water park on the top deck. Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice Class sports The Lawn Club, with real grass you can sink your toes into. Cruisers can relax in pampered abandon in onboard sanctuaries complete with their own wait staffs. Entertainment often comes direct from Broadway and Las Vegas. Dining has come far from the days of the midnight buffet; some of the world’s greatest chefs have dazzled diners at sea. One of the most far-reaching changes in cruise dining is the increased freedom of choice; Princess Cruises was one of the first lines to offer flexible programs in which passengers eat when and with whom they choose, rather than be restricted to set dining times. Specific segments of cruise travel have been welcomed aboard in a big way in the last decade. In the 1990s, Disney Cruise Line led the way for family cruising with its kid-friendly spaces, although the line has also proven to be a popular choice for adults. Most cruise lines now offer extensive youth programming for young guests right into the early teen years, and suites and staterooms are designed to make families feel at home (or even better).

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Many lines have responded to their new customers by relaxing the onboard ambience; dress codes and attitudes are more casual. Others, such as Cunard Line and MSC Cruises, have retained the elegant customs on which they were built. But whether standing on tradition or moving toward a new realm, it’s always about one thing: giving customers what they’ve come aboard for.

Places to Go

The cruise industry’s innovation has extended far beyond itself. Each year, cruise lines upgrade and enhance the shore excursions they offer to passengers, working with local governments and tour vendors to provide authentic experiences to visitors. Far more than a fast taxi ride around the city or a day at the beach, today’s excursions offer real enrichment and education along with fun and diversion.

It’s all part of a continuing evolution on the part of the cruise industry. “The cruise product is diversified,” states the FCCA. “Throughout its history, the industry has responded to vacation desires of its guests and embraced innovation to develop new destinations, new ship designs, new and diverse onboard amenities, facilities and services, plus wide-ranging shore-side activities. Cruise lines have also offered their guests new cruise themes and voyage lengths to meet the changing vacation patterns of today’s travelers.”

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…who says you can’t have it ALL? The adventure starts the moment you see the majestic Pitons across the horizon, and you enter the deep blue waters of the most exotic island in the Caribbean… Saint Lucia. With two major cruise ports, disembarkation is effortless and a tropical escape is just moments away. Whether you are avid tourists or explorers at heart, cruise guests are guaranteed to embark on the experience of a lifetime. Saint Lucia offers a wide range of exciting tours, such as ziplining through our lush rain forests, snorkeling off our pristine beaches, Sulphur Springs - the world’s only drive-through volcano, great duty free shopping nearby and our warm hospitality; the perfect holiday escape is waiting for everyone!

Voted “World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination” 8 times by the World Travel Awards

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visit us at stlucianow.com To speak to a Saint Lucia agent, call 1.800.456.3984

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Authentic Grenada waiting to be explored!

E-mail: gbt@spiceisle.com Telephone (473) 440 2001 www.GrenadaGrenadines.com

grenport@spiceisle.com 1 473 440 7678

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paradise revive paradise blissful days ahead under the caribbean sun blissful days ahead

Our great fares make this the ideal time to head to the Caribbean and leave your cares behind. Holland America Line’s unique itineraries feature soft white sand beaches plus award-winning shore excursions that offer something for everyone.

Call your Travel Professional or 1-877 SAIL HAL, or visit www.hollandamerica.com

Spacious, Elegant Ships Gracious, Award-Winning Service Worldwide Itineraries Spacious, Elegant Ships Extensive Activities and Enrichment Programs Gracious, Award-Winning Service Sophisticated Five-Star Dining

Worldwide Itineraries Extensive Activities and Enrichment Programs Ships’ Registry: The Netherlands. Sophisticated Five-Star Dining Ships’ Registry: The Netherlands.

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NORWEGIANS OWN THE ISLANDS. Beautiful beaches. Colorful reefs. The laid-back vibe of the Caribbean. And discover Great Stirrup Cay – our premier private island and eco-fun paradise. Set sail on the only FreestyleTM cruise line, and Cruise Like a Norwegian.

Call 1.888.NCL.CRUISE, visit NCL.COM or contact your travel professional.

©2013 NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE, LTD. SHIPS’ REGISTRY: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND BAHAMAS. 19410 2/13

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