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F LO R I D AC AR I B B E AN CRUISE A S S O C I ATI O N
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Ships’ Registry: The Bahamas & Panama
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Sail with Princess Cruises around the world and let us handle the details so you can enjoy a carefree getaway. Our gracious crew ®
is dedicated to taking care of any request, no matter how small, making you feel at home every moment aboard your ship. While onboard, you’ll enjoy a wide variety of dining options and innovative experiences all designed to help you escape completely.
To learn more, see your travel agent, call 1-800-Princess, or visit princess.com.
©2011 Princess Cruises. Ships of Bermudan Registry.
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Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) 11200 Pines Blvd., Ste 201, Pembroke Pines, FL 33026 Phone: (954) 441-8881 • Fax: (954) 441-3171 Website: www.f-cca.com • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org © 2012 FCCA 40th Anniversary Publication. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part, in any form, electronic or otherwise, without written permission of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association is prohibited.
FCCA Member Lines AIDA Cruises • Azamara Club Cruises • Carnival Cruise Lines Celebrity Cruises • Costa Cruise Lines • Cunard Line Disney Cruise Line • Holland America Line MSC Cruises (USA) Inc. • Norwegian Cruise Line • P&O Cruises Princess Cruises • Royal Caribbean International • Seabourn
Bill Panoff President/Chief Executive Officer Irene Panoff Chief Operations Officer Jose I. Martin Chief Financial Officer Linda Douthat Senior Vice President, Publishing Mitch Pizik Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing William P. Jordan III Vice President, Brand Marketing Joke Soto Vice President, Port Revenue Operations Mark Stowe Vice President, Port Revenue Programs Tony Scarpa Financial Controller Patti Lankford Executive Assistant to the CEO Please address all correspondence to
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FCCA 40th Anniversary is published under contract to PPI Group. The contents of this magazine are protected by copyright. Reproduction, either in whole or in part, but not limited to transmission by any means, in any form — digital, electronic, mechanical, photocopying or otherwise — is forbidden without express, written permission from the publisher. The magazine assumes no responsibility for the safekeeping or return of unsolicited manuscripts, photography, artwork or other material. Electronic queries only will be acknowledged. Commentary and opinions expressed in FCCA 40th Anniversary are not necessarily those of the publisher, The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association or its Member Lines. PPI Group and The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association are not responsible for any claims or offers made in advertisements appearing in FCCA 40th Anniversary.
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Anniversary FLORIDA-CARIBBEAN CRUISE A SSOCIATION
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O cean views with a splash of magic.
On board Disney Dream, and the soon-to-sail Disney Fantasy, thrilling ocean views from AquaDuck are just the beginning. With relaxation for grown-ups, adventures just for kids, tweens and teens, and spectacular family fun, there’s magic on board for all ages. And with renowned Disney service, it’s truly the most magical cruise at sea. To learn more about our new ships and other exciting destinations, go to disneycruise.com/fun, call 1-888-582-8146 or visit your Travel Agent.
Ships’ Registry: The Bahamas. All ship images and renderings are early concept art.
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WELCOME MESSAGE WE ARE PLEASED TO PRESENT TO YOU A VERY SPECIAL 40TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE BOOK, designed to celebrate the long history of the FCCA and all that this organization has done for the cruising industry over the past four decades. It is truly incredible to follow the history of the FCCA and reflect on all the FCCA has done to foster lasting relationships between the cruise industry and destination partners. Over the past 40 years, the FCCA has truly made an incredible impact on not only the cruise industry, but the places and people the cruise lines interact with. Some of our proudest accomplishments include increasing itinerary calls, initiating cruise projects to enhance destination infrastructure, increasing and enhancing tour offerings and selling local products to guests on board. We are also extremely proud of the millions of dollars we have contributed towards various projects throughout the Caribbean and Latin America, primarily to children's causes. As an organization we stand committed to working with foundations, charities and other humanitarian programs to continue to improve our cruise community for years and years to come. I would also like to take this opportunity to personally thank PPI Group for putting together this very special commemorative book. The beautiful photos and insightful articles truly examine the development of the cruise industry and recount the journey that we have been on in order to make this industry what it is today. Please enjoy this special edition 40th Anniversary Commemorative Book. The following pages share the moments in our history that have led us to where we are today. We hope that in joining us in this celebration of our history, you share the pride we have for all of our accomplishments. We hope that you treasure this book as a collector’s item and join us into the future as we create new milestones together. Regards, Kevin Sheehan FCCA Chairman & Norwegian Cruise Line CEO THE FCCA IS EXCITED TO CELEBRATE OUR 40-YEAR HISTORY through this special publication, and we thank PPI Group for making this happen in an extraordinary way. Through this commemorative book, we will venture through the last four decades and take a look at the FCCA’s humble beginnings, abrupt turn forward and constant evolution. But perhaps more importantly, this publication will also examine and showcase a few of our destination partners throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. It is only because of the work done and relationships developed with the private and public sectors of these destinations that the FCCA has grown and progressed alongside these destinations; it has been a truly mutual growth. We could not be prouder to see these destinations evolve their products and knowledge over the years, and we hope that our own successes and development has scratched the surface that they have covered. Of course, we will not shy away from touching on some of those successes in our feature article, but you will probably learn that our relationships with these destinations, displayed by their presence in this publication, is one of our greatest feats. I hope you enjoy this article and find something interesting, informative, entertaining or all of the above about the FCCA’s — and some of its destination partners’ — past, present and future. Respectfully yours, Michele M. Paige President, FCCA 6
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Choose your Costa Cruise and start dreaming No one lives la dolce vita like the Italians. That’s why your clients choose Costa Cruises … to experience that same celebration of life, enhanced by our European ﬂair, international guest mix and enchanting destinations. They can savor authentic international delicacies. Indulge in bruschetta and tiramisu or, perhaps, tapas with a dry sherry. Craving camembert and crackers? Steamed mussels? Whatever they desire, it’s theirs for the asking. Indeed, the standard of Costa service is to anticipate your requests and to exceed your expectations in every possible way. Our Caribbean cruises bring together our captivating on-board atmosphere with the region’s most beautiful islands ... ah, paradiso! Your clients can explore splendid itineraries to the most beautiful beaches in the region. They can discover a dreamy desert island with a full range of Costa shore excursions or relax on a powdery beach and enjoy everything that these tropical havens have to offer. The rhythm of the islands make their way on board where your clients can surrender to the beat of dance favorites late into the night. The blend of the carefree Caribbean lifestyle and our cosmopolitan ambiance enlivens the spirit before your clients even set foot on island sands.
For reservations or more information on Costa’s other unique destinations, call 1-800-GO-COSTA (800-462-6782) or visit costaclick.com Ships’ Registry: Italy. 7001
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Doing as much (or as little) as you choose. Not your usual routine? Excellent. Because we believe every moment of your vacation should be measured by just how far it takes you from the ordinary. That’s modern luxury.◊ Modern Luxury is a trademark of Celebrity Cruises Inc. ©2012 Celebrity Cruises Inc. Ships’ registry: Malta and Ecuador.
celebritycruises.com / 1-800-CELEBRITY Contact your local travel agent
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THIS YEAR MARKS THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY of the FloridaCaribbean Cruise Association. While basic math reveals that this places the FCCA’s origination at 1972, few people, even some of the FCCA’s most long-standing Platinum Members, would have known or recognized the FCCA of yesteryear. That is because in 1972, the FCCA was somewhat similar to the CEO roundtable it now hosts at its annual conference and trade show, only taking place entirely in private, a place for the CEOs to exclusively get together and discuss the current trends and state of affairs. At this time, the FCCA also occasionally passed questions along to the cruise industry from the destinations. It had no other programs or functions. In fact, the president only served part-time.
FCCA Looks Back to Its History to Celebrate Its 40th Anniversary It existed in this form until 1990, when there was discontentment experienced by the destinations due to the lacking relationships between them and the cruise industry, along with a large misunderstanding about the cruise industry exhibited by the destinations’ private and public sectors. The cruise lines were under heavy criticism from the destinations because it was felt that the lines did not care about the destination and its people; that the lines were unreachable and out of touch; that they were “Devils on the Deep Blue Sea.” Suffice it to say that the destinations and the people were not happy with the cruise lines, so a change was needed. That change resulted in the lines putting their support behind the FCCA. One of the main problems was that neither side had any connections in place to deal with anything outside of daily business; the cruise lines only dealt with the port agent and a couple of tour operators, and the destinations only saw waves of passengers and crew coming in without realizing the economic benefits or much else about the cruise industry. This is what the FCCA was now responsible for correcting. It started by establishing face-to-face relationships, by bringing delegations of cruise executives to meet with the destinations and for both sides to listen to each others’ needs. According to Michele Paige, president of the FCCA, even these meetings represented a significant step in the relationships between the industry and the destinations. 10
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Once this advance was made, the FCCA and the industry were able to truly listen to the destinations. The Conference was born to bring together cruise line representatives and the destinations’ private and public sectors. Though it only had about 300 attendees, 95 percent of which were from the private sector, the destinations saw that the lines were not inaccessible and that they now had a ready response to any of their questions. One of the things that was noticed was that many entities throughout the destinations lacked a crucial bit of insight. Micky Arison, president & CEO of Carnival Corp., brought it to the surface during one of the first FCCA Executive Committee meetings, simply asking, “Don’t [the destinations] understand the economic impact the cruise industry brings?” It was realized that they did not; they lacked the knowledge of the immense benefits and opportunities offered to their destination through the cruise industry, and the industry now had a mechanism in place to relay and showcase the importance of the economic impact offered by the cruise industry — through cruise line spending, passenger and crew spending, return passengers and employment.
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This is why the first training program was entitled Cruise Passengers Equal Profits; it focused on one of FCCA’s ongoing mandates — to help a destination maximize its potential. This is important to understand because it is an ongoing cycle. If a destination realizes how to emplace the proper structures and satisfy a cruise passenger’s needs, a passenger will spend more and enjoy their visit more, leading to better reviews, which the lines use to determining itineraries, leading to increased calls and guests that return as land-based vacationers. And it improved little by little with every meeting, every year, every Conference. Because these relationships were forged and the FCCA supplied a constant conduit of information flowing to and from the lines and destinations, progress was made. As Paige says, “It was amazing how many things we were able to do together through purchasing, employment, marketing, opportunities, research, increase spending, improving the product and infrastructure, etc.” These are the untapped mutual benefits that were finally being sought out. It was because of the relationships and communication that St. Maarten reached out before expanding from a tender port. In order to go from 200,000 passengers a year to more than a million, it took an understanding of the needs of the industry and how to physically build a port of that magnitude — not just for the ships of today and yesterday, but for tomorrow — along with how to facilitate vessels calling and passengers moving; tours going off and passengers picked up; and passengers’ enjoyment and spending.
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It was also why Allen Chastanet, former St. Lucia minister of tourism, could set up a vocational school to train St. Lucian students how to work in the industry. And why the industry was able to sit down with St. Lucian hoteliers when they heard a rumor that the industry was not being held to the same standards for water usage. The issue was cleared because the forum was now available, and the real sign of change was seen just a few years ago when a hurricane left the St. Lucian hoteliers in need of water that was saved by cruise lines offloading all of their available drinking water. This leads to another area in which the FCCA and the cruise industry saw a necessity many years ago: community needs. So the FCCA Foundation was formed in 1994. This represented a chance to give back; to assist in times of need, after disaster strikes or to meet the daily needs of orphans and the underprivileged. It was also a way to show presence and participation, so the FCCA became heavily involved in the Caribbean Special Olympics. Currently, besides supporting the constant needs that arise, the FCCA Foundation brings happiness to thousands of underprivileged children through gifts and holiday celebrations during its annual Holiday Gift Project. As Paige says, “We don’t live in the community, but we can give back to their needs.”
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Another of these needs was the providing of important information about the industry to our partners. Cruising, a four-page newsletter originated to fulfill this, served as a vehicle to give cruise industry information to the FCCA’s destination partners. The FCCA’s destination partners needed a voice and better contact with the cruise industry, so the Associate Membership Program came to be. This not just made clear who those partners actually were, it gave them access to the FCCA’s tools,
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which led to the development of instruments for this purpose. Ultimately, a specialized Platinum Membership brought together the premiere industry partners with cruise executives in events hosted by the FCCA, admittance to FCCA meetings and ability to request meetings, and a wealth of other offerings. All of the mechanisms that developed were put in place to establish and to sustain relationships with destinations, and they have evolved as much as the needs themselves. The annual conference now has a trade show, sees over 1,000 attendees, has extended the presence of cruise executives in both numbers and range of responsibilities and has a healthy attendance of private sector representatives. 2005 Puerto Rico Signing
The four-page newsletter has developed into a full-fledged quarterly magazine — Cruising Magazine — that gives a voice to the industry, with a microphone for the destinations. It’s accompanied by multiple publications put forth by the FCCA to supply further information to destination partners — the Membership Directory; the annual Overview, which gives the state of the cruise industry and excerpts from CLIA’s Cruiser Market Profile Study’s cruise passenger profile, and specialized publications that give destinations an opportunity to spread their news to the FCCA’s vital resources. The Associate Membership Program has also shown the same type of advancement; there are now over 100 Platinum Members and 400 Associate Members from increasingly numerous destinations, some of which extend past the Caribbean and Latin America. Moreover, members are not just using the resources of the cruise executives; there are often opportunities that exist between members themselves, proving the true importance of the program.
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Prominent cruise line presidents and CEOs have also come, served, made their indelible impacts and changed guards, and the FCCA owes a tremendous sum for all they have done in assisting the development of the FCCA, its programs and relationships. Richard Sasso was the FCCA’s chairman from 1991-2000, while also president & CEO of Celebrity Cruises, currently acting as president & CEO of MSC Cruises (USA) Inc.; Micky Arison, chairman & CEO of Carnival Corp., took the reigns from 2000-2010 and Kevin Sheehan, president & CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, currently mans the helm. There has even been an expansion of sorts, with the FCCA stepping into Latin America. As Central America and Mexico became more prominent as cruise destinations, the work that the FCCA was doing — sitting down at meetings, working with the private sectors, planning developments — became more involved in those destinations. As increased numbers
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THE SEA KISSES EVERY SHORE. WE TAKE THE RELATIONSHIP EVEN FURTHER.
The sea is calling. It whispers your name, inviting you to a place more beautiful than anything you’ve seen. Where light dances on the waves, and the gentle sound puts you at ease. Where you can enjoy a piña colada, a massage, ice skating and a ride on the zip line all in one place. Only Royal Caribbean International® delivers the one vacation that’s a full sea of possibilities.
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from those destinations attended the Conference, it became clear that the region would benefit from the FCCA’s specialized attention, so it added a Central America Conference in 2011 that will take place every other year and has had numerous meetings in Mexico. This represents the continual progression that is inherent to the FCCA, its partners and the nature of the industry. Being relationship-based means that the FCCA will continue to act in accord with its partners and assist with needs that arise.
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Still, perhaps the greatest sign of the progression, according to Paige, is the fact that before anything happens that relates to tourism in an FCCA-partnered destination, representatives sit down and talk to a delegation brought by the FCCA. So much mutual respect now exists that one side always informs the other before something happens, for instance a change in policy or taxes. Of course, this does not mean that the other side always has a chance to persuade officals to reverse such policies, but this shows the change in perspective and the state of communication. It also shows that the lines are truly open and there is finally a mutual understanding, which, if the past has shown anything, will lead to further mutual growth.
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Yes, it has been quite a journey over the years, summarized well by the FCCA chairman and Norwegian Cruise Line president & CEO, Kevin Sheehan: “Over the course of its 40-year history, the FCCA has played a vital role in forging lasting relationships between the member cruise lines and the destinations in the Caribbean and beyond. As we celebrate the accomplishments of the past, we also look forward to the future as the FCCA will continue to serve a vital role in ensuring the success of all parties.” No one knows what direction the industry would have headed if the relationships never formed, if the destinations continued to have tension with the industry, but the route taken was one marked by progression, development, adaptation and relationship-building. The story has nowhere neared its completion, but the characters and relationships are certainly in place because of the headway made by the FCCA in partnership with the cruise lines and destinations. This significant growth can be seen in every FCCA meeting, event and publication, and all signs point to a happy ending.
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Because of this, 2012, the FCCA’s 40th-year anniversary is a festive one and will hopefully serve as another milestone in a long, fruitful existence.
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Moving Forward WELCOME TO THIS SPECIAL-EDITION 40TH ANNIVERSARY BOOK, our celebration of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association for all of its efforts in advancing the cruise industry and helping those communities we call home. The FCCA isn’t recognized enough for what it has done over its illustrious history, and what better time than the organization turning The Big 4-O for us to pay them our admiration and respect in the best fashion we know possible — with a custom publication that can be treasured always. The FCCA has long been a positive force in the cruising community, providing millions in funding to causes and charities throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. The FCCA’s charitable example has been, in a word, infectious; if you compare a list of the most successful entities in our industry with a list of the most philanthropic, you’ll see a telling and promising similarity … and we at PPI Group see ourselves right there with cruising’s best. For more than a decade, our annual Porthole Golf Classic garnered national and international support from many associates, colleagues and friends who wanted to assist in finding a cure for breast and lung cancer. In total, we raised more than $1.1 million. Some of the proceeds also went to the Porthole Children’s Fund. When money wasn’t enough, we’ve taken up food and clothing collections for local community shelters, participated in the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life, and — when they’ve allowed me a microphone — even offered our auctioneering services to numerous charity events, including those run by St. Jude’s Hospital, Miami/South Florida Camillus House and Jackson Memorial Foundation. We’ve always been inspired by those we’ve helped and, moving forward, hope to find inspiration in even more places. The idea of “moving forward” has been PPI Group’s motto this past year. As you’re reading this here at the 2012 FCCA Cruise Conference and Trade Show, we’re actually enjoying our first full week in our new Fort Lauderdale headquarters. Next time you’re in town, we’d love for you stop by so we can show off our new digs. Now in our 25th year, we’re even better suited to meet the individual and varied needs of the clients we value so dearly. Unique publications, engaging broadcasts, entertaining promotions, personalized customer service — our services are absolutely limitless. Which brings us to PPI Group’s new logo. It’s our new look for the brighter future we will always move toward. We hope that in 2027, when we look back at our first 40 years, we’ll have as much to be proud of as the FCCA does today in 2012. May this book serve as a treasured keepsake to remind us of the many momentous accomplishments past, and a beloved guide for the promising future ahead.
Bill Panoff PPI Group President and CEO firstname.lastname@example.org
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At PPI Group, we share your goals: to prosper and grow. Those goals keep you forever searching for a better way to reach your audience, and theyâ€™re what steers our every action as well. It keeps the collective fingers of our publishing division on the pulse of culture, trends, and styles, and what drives our marketing and promotional programs to the cutting edge of technology. It's what continues to revolutionize the big picture for our broadcast operations department, and what reinforces the bottom line for our customer service representatives. Our myriad products share a singular voice, and that message is clear:
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Your possibilities are limitless. With PPI Group, your audience is our audience. We strive to entertain and inform, be it through beautiful photography and engaging articles or through thoughtful videos of experiences to share. All the while, our captive audience becomes your motivated audience, inspired to get out there and savor life in ways only our clients can make possible.
Your opportunities await. Smartphones and tablets open the door to opportunity not only at home, but anywhere in the world. Our publications, for instance, utilize scan tags to expand the reach of each feature and help tell each tale via promotional videos or applicable links. Our shopping apps offer a customized map for every port, providing an invaluable directory in the palm of every hand. And digital editions of our publications only further personalize the feeling of complete immersion.
Your future is calling. Our award-winning custom videos showcase products and ports, and then go even further by intricately tying each valued good or service to a specific destination through commercials, sales promotions, demos, shore excursion experiences, employee training, and product marketing â€” all tailored to inspire viewers. We present an opportunity to purchase exclusive goods and cherish lasting memories. And since our port shopping, marketing, and promotional programs rely upon client loyalty, our customer service makes every effort to exceed expectations and build that loyalty directly.
Our good name is your good name. Our customized services are as varied and unique as yours. Together, the possibilities are limitless.
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ARUBA, AN ISLAND SCULPTED BY THE WIND AND WARMED BY ITS PEOPLE, has plenty to offer to both first timers and those who return year after year. It is a true vacationer’s paradise ideally nestled in the southernmost outer fringes of the Caribbean hurricane belt, with average annual temperatures of 82°F, but constant cooling trade winds make even the hottest days comfortable. Aruba is 19.6 miles long and 6 miles across at its widest point. The Port of Aruba, managed by the Aruba Ports Authority N.V., is conveniently located in Oranjestad, a charming cosmopolitan town that is currently going through an exciting multi-million dollar renovation process, an urban and neighborhood renewal project called “Bo Aruba” (Your Aruba) to upgrade, beautify and revitalize the downtown area. Facilities such as a centralized plaza, restaurants, cafés and water fountains will play an integral role in attracting visitors, as well as locals, making Oranjestad a “one happy, fascinating city” day and night. As a cruise destination, Aruba offers a variety of unforgettable experiences:
Find Your Happy…Bon Bini to Aruba WALK THROUGH HISTORY Cruise passengers can walk through both ancient and modern history in downtown Oranjestad. Fort Zoutman, the oldest building, was completed in 1798, when Aruba was still frequented by pirates. As a means of defense, Governor Lauffer built a fort with a good view of the sea, named for a Dutch rear admiral. The tower was added in 1868 with the first public clock; it would also serve as a lighthouse because it had a spire with a petrol lamp bearing King Willem III’s name, which was first lit on his birthday in 1869. The fort ultimately lost its significance as a means of defense, but commerce converted Oranjestad into the capital city and residence of the local government. The Historical Museum in the fort houses a collection depicting the history and development of Aruba up to the 1920s, when the LAGO oil refinery came to Aruba. The museum is open from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and is frequently visited by schools, tourists and locals. The Bon Bini Festival, with dancing, arts and crafts stands and local food, is held here every Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. An engaging emcee introduces traditionally costumed folkloric dancers, local musical genres such as the mazurka and the waltz, and instruments such as the cuarta (four-stringed rhythmic guitar), wiri, raspu and caja di orgel, a wind-up barrel organ called the “ting-a-ling box.” The rhythmic music of the steel pan, originally developed in the English Caribbean from oil drums, also adds a touch of local color. The works of talented artists and artisans are on sale, as are authentic culinary specialties. Aruba’s autonomous status within the Kingdom of the Netherlands (status aparte) was realized through the vision of leaders honored with statues. The process began in 1923, with Jan Hendrik Albert (Henny) Eman, who sought to free Aruba from Curaçao and the Netherlands Antilles. His statue is in front of the Parliament building. One of his grandsons became Aruba’s first Prime Minister on January 1, 1986; another is Aruba’s current Prime Minister. Together with his father, Henny, Shon A. Eman voiced the desire of Aruba to stand on its own two feet. During a 1948 conference in the Hague, this esteemed statesman presented a petition with 2,147 signatures requesting independence from Curaçao, commemorated by the statue next to the Parliament building. Gilberto François (Betico) Croes, known as “liberator of Aruba,” was the dynamic politician who renewed the fight for status aparte in the 1960s, finally realized on January 1, 1986. The Main Street bears his name, as does the large plaza with his statue behind the Talk of the Town Resort. Facing the Governor’s house on L. G. Smith Boulevard is Queen Wilhelmina Park. She ruled the Netherlands for more than 50 years until 1962, longer than any other Dutch monarch. The statue of Boy Ecury is found on L. G. Smith Boulevard just past town. With the outbreak of World War II, this Aruban teenager joined the resistance in Holland. Captured by German Secret Police, this young hero was sentenced to death, as he refused to reveal the names of his comrades. The Archeological Museum is located two blocks east of the Oranjestad bus station. The historic Ecury family complex is now a modern archeological museum. Great care has been taken to preserve the beauty and historic character of the original buildings.
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The museum is devoted to Amerindian culture and archaeological finds from various digs around Aruba. The three periods of Amerindian habitation are documented: Pre-Ceramic period of 2500 B.C. – A.D. 1000, when semi-nomadic bands of Amerindians migrated from the South American mainland; Ceramic Period of the Caquetio Indians, the hunters-fishersgatherers who inhabited Aruba from A.D. 900 – A.D. 1515 until enslaved and taken to Hispaniola; and the Historic Period from 1515 – 1880. The Amerindians left behind ornaments, shells, ceramics, amulets and burial practices. There is a built-to-scale replica of a maloca hut of 1000 years ago; the second floor is dedicated to cultural and religious practices. The Office of Monuments is housed in a landmark building next to the new Archeological Museum. There are 24 restored landmark buildings in walking distance. The streets run in a circular pattern, as commerce began in the harbor, and the downtown area was built out around it. Among them is the green stadhuis now housing the City Hall, where legal marriages are performed. GET OUT OF TOWN! The Arikok National Park is a natural preserve that covers onefifth of Aruba and encompasses the three geological formations that have shaped the island and its history. Arikok is home to all of Aruba’s animals, including the santanero (harmless cat-eyed snake); eight species of lagadishi (lizards), including the dinosaur-like iguana; and the unassuming pega pega (gecko). You may view a passing shoco (burrowing owl) and some vividly hued birdlife, as well as buricos (wild donkeys), cabritos (free-ranging goats) and scurrying cottontail rabbits. Cacti in all shapes and sizes dot the desert landscape. The 620-foot-high Mount Jamanota towers over Arikok’s rugged red dirt roads and unforgiving terrain. The irregular north coast has gaps and inlets that have formed such intriguing retreats as Fuente, Daimari, Andicuri and Wairuri. Dos Playa has a wide beach, but very rough surf, as does Boca Prins, a secluded cove fringed by sugary white sand dunes. The natural pool is tranquil and protected by rocks amidst some of the most rugged terrain. Natural bridges have been carved out of rock along the north coast by millennia of pounding surf, as have caves, some of which bear internationally recognized Indian rock drawings. Fontein is the largest and most easily accessible; natural light penetrates the ceiling of the Quadirikiri cave, creating an eerie effect. Ruins of the Miralamar Gold Mill date back to Aruba’s gold rush in the early 20th century. Agricultural areas include Cunucu Arikok at the foot of Mount Arikok with a cas di torto (mud house); the former Prins coconut plantation; and Hofi Fontein with its natural FCCA 40th Anniversary
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spring. There is an extensive network of 20 miles of hiking trails within the park; tours are available through park rangers. Be sure to follow park rules; wear a cap; use sunscreen; bring adequate water; wear sturdy shoes; and don’t swim in rough waters. Other popular Aruba attractions for the whole family include the Aloe Factory, Donkey Sanctuary, Ostrich Farm, Butterfly Farm, Atlantis Submarine and De Palm Island. Tours are available by jeep or air-conditioned coach. SHOP TILL YOU DROP! Shopping in Aruba is an exhilarating experience. Luxury malls with prestigious international brands are accompanied by glittering new shopping/entertainment centers. There’s more gold downtown than any of Aruba’s old prospectors could have ever imagined; a dazzling maze of jewelry stores meanders through downtown Oranjestad, peppered by attractive malls and shops and a Main Street soon to be accessible by tram. Royal Plaza is the three-storied pink and white structure overlooking the harbor with shops specializing in apparel, gifts, linens, jewelry and more. Renaissance Mall is home to an exclusive international collection of luxury retailers of simply fabulous ready-to-wear clothes and accessories. Complementing one-of-a-kind shops, Renaissance Marketplace boasts restaurants and coffee houses, a movie theatre, a casino and live entertainment. In the high-rise hotel area, Paseo Herencia woos shoppers with liquid fireworks, synchronized swimmers, Carnaval shows, live music and movie theatres while they explore the eclectic roster of fifty retailers. Palm Beach Mall is home to shops of all kinds, as well as restaurants, a food court, kids’ activities, live entertainment and a neon bowling alley. In addition to shopping, The Village offers gourmet dining, entertainment and popular bars and fun spots. South Beach Centre includes gift, apparel, jewelry and souvenir stores, as well as bars, cafes and diverse international restaurants. Buy some “Made in Aruba” products that include local beer (Balashi) and spirits (coecoei, ponche crema, rum), hot sauce, aloe beauty products, cigars, music CDs, artwork, handicrafts and photography. Don’t leave without sampling a pastechi, the golden-fried turnover with savory fillings, which is the national snack. AAAHHH! THE BEACHES Aruba offers world-renowned sparkling white sandy beaches fringed by clear turquoise waters and swaying palms, cooled by constant trade winds. All beaches are open to the public. Some resorts offer special arrangements for cruise passengers to use their beach and facilities. Across from the downtown Talk of the Town Resort are the calm waters of Nikky Beach. Going north is Eagle Beach, a popular public beach just past the low-rise resort area voted No. 3 in TripAdvisor’s Top 25 beaches in the world. Palm Beach is dotted by water sports concessions, piers, restaurants, shops and world-class high-rise hotels. Hadicurari Beach (Fisherman’s Huts) out past the Marriott Resort is a kite surfer’s oasis. Malmok Beach is a narrow sandy stretch opposite sprawling homes; its shallow clear waters make it a popular snorkeling spot, as is Arashi Beach further north; an area called Boca Catalina is a small, secluded bay. On the way to San Nicolas are the beaches of Savaneta, Aruba’s first capital, now a fisherman’s haven. Mangel Halto is a small beach among the mangroves of Pos Chikito and its nearby canals and small bridges. Out past San Nicolas, in Seroe Colorado, Baby Beach, is a half-moon sandy expanse in a calm shallow lagoon; where the bay opens out to the sea, snorkelers will behold a colorful kaleidoscope of sea life. Because of strong undertow and crashing waves, swimming on the windward side is not recommended, but beaches there afford breathtaking panoramas and tranquillity. FA B U LO U S F O O D Aruba’s food is deliciously extraordinary, served at more than 200 restaurants. Take this opportunity to enjoy some traditional Aruban cooking with Amerindian, African, Latin and European influences; keshi yena is a gouda cheese with savory chicken filling; hearty goat stew is a feel-good, finger-licking entrée. Local catch such as wahoo and mahi-mahi are the freshest possible. Other local specialties include Johnny Cakes (fried, puffy biscuits), pan bati (Aruban cornbread), hearty soups and stews, and funchi (polenta). From jerk ribs and fajitas, brick-oven pizzas, curries, homemade pastas and racks of lamb to raw seafood bars, Black Angus steaks, churrasco and prime rib, Aruba’s menus are diverse and unique … and venues are no less eclectic. Choose a rustic steak or seafood house, casual eatery, trendy restaurant/lounge, elegant townhouse, trattoria, sidewalk café, chalet, sprawling manor house, golf clubhouse, cunucu house or al fresco beachfront, poolside or pier restaurant. FCCA 40th Anniversary
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An Experience Like Nowhere Else.
Thrill seekers, get ready for Aquaventure, the Caribbean’s largest and most spectacular waterpark. With acres of exciting water slides and river rides, you can take on the Power Tower, plunge from the Mayan Temple, or ﬂoat on a mile-long river journey before unwinding at one of pools. Delight in a Beach Day, along miles of white sandy beaches. Feeling lucky? Try your hand at the hundreds of slots and table games in the Caribbean’s largest casino. Retail enthusiasts can shop the Crystal Court for haute couture or stroll Marina Village, a quaint, cobblestone plaza, surrounding the world-class Atlantis Marina. million gallons of fun awaits you at Atlantis. Will you come out and play?
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ATLANTIS, PARADISE ISLAND IS A UNIQUE DESTINATION FEATURING THE WORLD’S LARGEST OPEN-AIR MARINE HABITAT, SECOND ONLY TO MOTHER NATURE. IT IS HOME TO MORE THAN 50,000 SEA ANIMALS LIVING IN 14 EXHIBIT LAGOONS. NO MATTER WHAT YOUR IDEA OF FUN IS, YOU WILL SURELY FIND IT AT ATLANTIS. ONLY AT ATLANTIS, PARADISE ISLAND IN THE BAHAMAS can you splash into Aquaventure, the Caribbean’s largest waterpark, with 20 million gallons of thrilling waterslides and river rides spread out over a 141-acre water park. First, if you dare, take the Leap of Faith, a 60-foot near-vertical drop into shark-infested waters. Challenge a friend to a high-speed splashdown! Race your friends down the twin high-speed Challenger Slides of the Mayan Temple, and then check your speeds on the time clocks at the bottom to see who won! Brave the 120-foot Power Tower for even more twists and turns on one of 3 tube rides or a body slide that drops you into darkness and ends in a cavern full of alligator gar. Or 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 and onto the thrilling slides of the Power Tower. Or simply relax in one of 11 refreshing pools. Whatever your mood, we’ve got the pool for you. From serene and peaceful to an international party vibe with live DJ, you will find the pool that suits your personality and idea of a day well spent. For the younger crowd, Atlantis offers three dedicated children’s pools. Designed with the youngest in mind, Splashers is an elaborate Mayan-themed children’s pool and water playground featuring three tube slides and a side-by-side slide, cargo nets and rope bridges for climbing and water cannons, fountains and water wheels for endless soaking. With a maximum depth of 3 feet, parents need not worry about keeping pool areas off-limits. Rental lockers and complimentary towels are available for cruise guests through the Hospitality Center.
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Of course, if pristine white sand beaches call you, reserve your Atlantis Beach Day. Relax and enjoy all-day access to the pristine white sand and crystal blue water of Atlantis’ exclusive beaches. A complimentary beach day bag is also included. Every beach has its own unique allure and charm. There are three inviting beaches available to guests of Atlantis, Paradise Island. Whether you settle down on Cove Beach, Paradise Lagoon or Atlantis Beach, you’ll find powdersoft sand and a spectacular vista of azure water waiting for you. Just follow a path to the water’s edge, kick off your shoes and give the sand a toe-wiggle test. If you like what you see and feel, stake a claim. This program includes access to the beaches and marine habitats of Atlantis; however, access to the pools, slides and rides are not included. The legend of Atlantis comes to life on the Discover Atlantis Tour. Journey through The Dig, an archeological excursion where mythical artifacts are “preserved” among stunning marine life. There’s only one place in the world where you can embark on an adventure through the streets and tunnels of the fabulous lost city of Atlantis while viewing stunning marine life exhibits. Reflecting the tunnels and thoroughfares of the lost continent, 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. Visitors should plan ahead and remember not to miss the interactive touch tank aquarium filled with conch, starfish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers and horseshoe crabs and designed to encourage vacationer interaction. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. WANT TO GET EVEN CLOSER? Then Snorkel the Ruins of Atlantis in the world’s largest open-air marine habitat. This thrilling 60-minute program includes an amazing 30-minute snorkeling adventure amid the sunken ruins and artifacts of the lost city of Atlantis. You’re bound to see sleek sharks, spotted rays and thousands of tropical fish as you snorkel your way through the Ruins lagoon. The Stingray Experience provides an amazing hands-on encounter with hundreds of sleek stingrays and colorful, tropical fish. Guests have the unique opportunity to feed rays in a shallow lagoon not accessible to the general public, followed by an engaging snorkel among these wonderful animals. This is a 45-minute program with a limited group size of up to 8 people and minimum age requirement of 5 years. No trip to Atlantis would be complete without a visit to Dolphin Cay, an extraordinary 14-acre habitat offering visitors an amazing, up-close experience with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and friendly Californian and South FCCA 40th Anniversary
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American sea lions. Our Shallow Water Interaction lets guests of all ages go nose-to-nose with these remarkable animals. Touch, splash and play away with your delightful new sea friend. This program is open to guests of all ages, but children 10 and under must have an adult participating in the interaction with them. For even more excitement, try a Deep Water Swim. Glide and snorkel alongside a dolphin with a hand-held water scooter. At the end of your visit, these powerful animals offer visitors a “foot push” across the lagoon on a boogie board. Guests must be at least 10 years or older and be able to swim in deep water without support vests or assistance. Alternatively, guests can purchase a Dolphin Cay Beach Pass, which includes unlimited access to the private beach with all-day beach service, complimentary non-alcoholic refreshments, beach towels, private restrooms and showers. Jump in for a splash in our Sea Lion Interaction. Hug, touch, or even kiss your new friend as you pose for a keepsake photo. Visitors will tour the state-of-the-art marine facility and rescue center before stopping to pose for 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. Wetsuits, personal lockers, beach towels and non-alcoholic refreshments are provided, along with all-day access to Dolphin Cay’s private beach. BUT IT ’S WHAT ’S INSIDE THAT COUNTS During your day at Atlantis, you will be sure to work up an appetite from all the waterslides, rides, pools and programs on offer. And rest assured, you won’t be at a loss for choice. From barbecue to local Bahamian cuisine and some familiar names like Johnny Rockets, Quizno’s and Starbucks, you are sure to find something to tempt your palette. There are more than 14 poolside options, including two full-service restaurants in the waterscape. For those with a sweet tooth, stroll over to Marina Village for some Ben & Jerry’s ice cream or an enormous selection of candy and sweets at Oh Sugar! For the shopper at heart, Atlantis has an amazing array of stores to choose from. The haute couture shops of Marina Village and the Crystal Court and Escape at The Cove provide a shopper’s paradise. You will find the high-end names you know and love from Versace, Gucci, Ferragamo and John Bull to unique and colorful boutiques from Calypso Carousel to the Plait Lady, offering handmade products from fine Bahamian craftsmen. Or if you’d like to take home a reminder of your day at Atlantis, there are several signature shops located around property offering everything from Atlantis-branded clothing to books and other 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 the amazing Atlantis programs listed here, see your cruise line shore excursion representative.
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JOY IS THE ONLY PROTOCOL IN THIS PORT O’ CALL.
As a leading partner of the FCCA and the cruise industry, the Cayman Islands is thrilled to welcome your clients to our friendly shores. Whether they’re interested in spending a day touring some of our more famous attractions, like the Cayman Turtle Farm, Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park or Pedro St. James Castle, visiting the scores of duty free shops, restaurants and cultural sites in downtown George Town, or simply whiling away the hours on legendary Seven Mile Beach, your clients will marvel at how much there is to see and do in our little corner of paradise.
Recognised as the #1 Travel Destination in the Caribbean & Mexico by TripAdvisor travellers.
GRAND CAYMAN CAYMAN BRAC LITTLE CAYMAN A WORLD AWAY. JUST ONE HOUR FROM MIAMI.
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RECOGNIZED AS THE TOP TRAVEL DESTINATION in the Caribbean by TripAdvisor’s informed travelers, the Cayman Islands promises a superlative Caribbean escape like no other. World-renowned for its beautiful beaches, stunning underwater scenery, amazing attractions and distinctive charm, the Cayman Islands provide some of the Caribbean’s finest infrastructure and amenities, offering all of the ingredients for the perfect island experience. With a total landmass of about 100 square miles, the Cayman Islands — made up of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman — is a magnet for visitors, attracting almost two million curious or loyal sun-seeking tourists annually. When it comes to shopping in the Cayman Islands, choice is a strong currency, and visitors need look no further than the vibrant port capital of George Town, where they can wander through the bustling streets and experience the islands’ rich culture. With a wide range of stores and outlets ranging from the small and quaint to the modern and expansive storefronts along the waterfront, shopping opportunities are abundant and seductive. The Cayman Craft Market is a particular favorite, where guests can browse through decorative shell or Caymanite jewelry, fun woven totes and hats and stock up on island delicacies, such as sea salt, pepper jelly and hot sauce. A casual stroll through George Town will also connect visitors with some of the best duty-free shopping and widest array of luxury goods to be found in a Caribbean port, including dazzling jewelry, authentic treasure coins, china, crystal and the very latest in fragrances. Several galleries and gift shops also offer local arts and crafts and quality gifts. Souvenirs and mementos are easy to find in a variety of locations. Visitors are encouraged to peruse the abundantly stocked shops — including fun t-shirts from One Tree Four Five and tastings of rum cakes at the Tortuga Rum Company — and enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the unique Seven Fathoms Rum distillery. Alternatively, stop by Guy Harvey’s Grand Cayman gallery to study his famous paintings and hear about his dedicated conservation efforts from the renowned artist himself.
The Charm of the Cayman Islands by Cruise
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In addition to the waterfront stores along Grand Cayman’s famed Seven Mile Beach, several plazas and mini shopping malls offer everything from designer clothing and sporting goods to beach and resort wear. The recently developed town of Camana Bay, which features a mix of international brands and local retailers, is home to Grand Cayman’s newest shopping experience and offers a complete range of luxury goods, everyday necessities and beyond the ordinary gifts. A BIT OF HISTORY A visit to George Town would not be complete without taking the opportunity to learn about Cayman’s natural and cultural history at the Cayman Islands National Museum. Conveniently located on the waterfront, overlooking the Caribbean Sea, this beautiful structure dating back to the 19th century formerly served as the town’s court house, jail, parliamentary center and primary school. Today, the museum's collection contains more than 8,000 items, ranging from tiny coins to a 14-foot catboat, natural history specimens and rare documents, and is a place of learning and enjoyment. The museum’s gift shop offers an array of quality memorabilia, and the picturesque courtyard of the Gaol House café specializes in delicious tropical drinks, local ice cream and snacks. For those looking to explore the underwater world, the Cayman Islands also offers an opportunity to introduce visitors to its pristine waters and marine life with Atlantis Submarines. These unique vessels explore the depth of Cayman’s waters, from the teeming shallow reefs and shipwrecks of George Town harbor to the magnificent coral canyons at 100 feet. The glass bottom boats offer another great way to explore the Cayman Islands’ extensive and colorful marine life without making a splash. To sample another side of the Cayman Islands, step aboard the Jolly Roger for an afternoon of swashbuckling fun. Risk possible pirate trials, sword fights, plank walks and even an attack on your cruise ship to make it back to shore! Just a short distance from George Town, visitors will discover endless island adventures. From swimming with stingrays at the world famous Stingray City to cruising with dolphins at Dolphin Cove and Dolphin Discovery to learning about turtles at the Cayman Turtle Farm, parents and children alike are sure to enjoy these once-in-a-lifetime encounters with the destination’s vibrant marine life. Stingray City, Cayman’s premier attraction, invites adventurers to join stingrays in their natural habitat and enjoy up-close interactions with these unique animals. FCCA 40th Anniversary
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At Dolphin Cove and Dolphin Discovery, guests will befriend Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins and can participate in exciting rides and affectionate kisses. Visitors will see the rare sea turtle in every stage of growth at the Cayman Turtle Farm before discovering nurse sharks and barracudas in the Predator Tank, admiring the colorful birds of the apiary, and splashing around in the Breaker’s Lagoon water park, featuring the Cayman Islands’ largest swimming pool! The nearby Cayman Motor Museum is also worth the trip. From a line of red Ferraris to the original Batmobile, the museum offers 80 classic vehicles, including the first automobile ever produced, an 1886 Benz, and the first car ever driven in the Cayman Islands, a 1905 Cadillac. History buffs can discover the birthplace of democracy in the Cayman Islands at the historic home of Pedro St. James, a museum and preserved estate. Visitors will learn about Cayman’s rich 200-year history through an engaging multimedia theater presentation on Pedro St. James before stepping into history in the plantation’s great house and meandering through the estate’s grounds, enjoying striking ocean views. The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park offers a place of magnificence with its breathtaking displays of native flora and fauna. Highlighted exhibits inside the park include the Floral Color Garden, the Woodland Trail and Orchids in the Park. A trip to the Blue Iguana Recovery program is also a fun way to learn about Cayman’s indigenous blue iguanas and the immensely successful efforts that have rescued these beautiful animals from the brink of extinction.
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT Among its many appealing qualities, the Cayman Islands has the added ingredient of some of the finest dining found in combination with sun, sea and tropical landscapes. With more than 150 restaurants and a variety of local and international culinary events every year, the Cayman Islands is justifiably considered as the culinary capital of the Caribbean. Food lovers will find everything to satisfy the appetite, ranging from internationally acclaimed signature restaurants to independent boutiques and small local diners that serve everything from international cuisine to traditional Caymanian dishes. From casual beachside lunches to sunset dinners or elaborate banquets, the Cayman Islands offers the right places and delicacies to suit every palate. Even without leaving George Town, visitors can enjoy an eclectic array of fine culinary options ranging from traditional Caymanian seafood and Caribbean fare to Thai, Italian and New World cuisine. Gourmets will love the farm-to-table fare at Brasserie by Chef Dean Max, while the more casually inclined will appreciate the laid-back atmosphere at island favorite The Lobster Pot, which boasts spectacular ocean views. For those looking to simply lounge on the beach, Seven Mile Beach promises sweeping white sand and turquoise water. Guests can lie in the sand, soaking up the sun and sipping on a perfectly chilled Cayman Mama cocktail while enjoying the vibrant atmosphere of the public beach and local bar, Calico Jack’s. The Cayman Islands is a truly diverse destination, and Caymanians are widely considered to be warm and friendly people who love to share their culture and spirit of “Caymankindness” with visitors. The islands are committed to being a responsible destination and to preserving their heritage through sustainable development. Travelers looking for greener holiday alternatives will be impressed to learn that much is being done throughout the Cayman Islands to induce greener travel options and protect the pristine environment for future generations. In addition to the sandy white beaches, swaying palm trees that beckon visitors to relax, and an average year-round temperature of 82°F, the Cayman Islands can offer a diversity of experiences that few other sun-kissed islands in the Caribbean can, all in one package. To learn more about this irresistible Caribbean cruise escape and book your Cayman Islands trip, visit www.caymankind.com.
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COLOMBIA IS A PLACE, AN EMOTION, that you approach somewhat cautiously, but once you experience it, you won’t want to leave. In recent years, Colombia has established an image of stability as a result of aligning economic growth and development with the environment and the population of each region. Because of increased security and growth in the tourism industry, cruise ships stopping in Colombia’s ports are becoming an integral part of a traveler’s itinerary. Colombia’s port cities provide a variety of experiences for cruise passengers, from the vibrant contemporary city of Cartagena de Indias to Santa Marta, the magical and oldest city on continental America and a site where Indian cultural heritage and an extraordinary diversity of landscapes and beaches are mixed together.
Colombia: The Only Risk Is Wanting to Stay CARTAGENA DE INDIAS Founded in 1533 with only 200 inhabitants on a wide, sheltered harbor on the Caribbean coast, Cartagena de Indias has grown tremendously and today boasts approximately 900,000 residents, making it Colombia’s fifth-largest city. The high, salt-bleached walls that circumscribe its Old City were built to thwart pirates and privateers during the height of the Spanish colonial era in the 1600s. The Old City preserves the rich history and culture Colombia provides, while the rest of the seaport pulsates like a salsa party with trendy hotels and restaurants, designer boutiques, emerald shops and sizzling nightlife. With all that is going on in this modern hub with historical significance, it’s now a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it truly is paradise. EXPERIENCE THE BEST IN CARTAGENA GARCIA MARQUEZ AUDIO TOUR Featured in Frommer’s as “One of 7 Ways to Experience the Best of Colombia,” this audio tour is a fantastic way to see Cartagena and learn about Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a Nobel Laureate. Undoubtedly, Cartagena embodies the literary history and life of Marquez. An audio-guided tour available in five different languages will fascinate and entertain throughout this captivating historical city. Since this tour can be experienced simultaneously by up to 1,200 people, it’s a fantastic way to get close to the monuments in Cartagena’s 40
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historical heritage. The tour’s street locations evoke the presence of Marquez himself. For this reason, Cartagena is a place where reality mingles with magic. (www.tierramagna.com $35) HELICOTOURS Operated by Robinson Helicopter Company, Cartagena Helicopter Tours are a fantastic way to catch a bird’s-eye view of the city. Gazing from spectacular heights, those partaking in one of the three different tour packages will not miss out on seeing the marvelous beaches, the wall-encased city and the panoramic view of the bay. ROSARIO ISLANDS Hemmed-in by ramparts, stone towers and the relentless surf of the sea, Cartagena is the gateway to the Rosario Islands, a cluster of 43 coral isles that extend into the Caribbean and are protected as a marine national park. There are few sandy beaches in the Parque Nacional Corrales del Rosario, and it is possible in nearby Baru — the largest island in the area — to hit the waves at Playa Blanca. This white stretch of powdery beach is ideal for sunbathing, and although it can get crowded with Cartagena day-trippers, its natural setting, the abundance of sun and cold beers more than justify the boat ride from the historic city. Pint-sized and picture-perfect, Islas del Rosario is a great destination for a day or weekend adventure. Drive along a sandsplashed coastal vista or simply relax at the beach. Snorkel with the fish while the turquoise-hued water sparkles around you. One of Colombia’s 46 natural parks, this island group was built in order to protect one of the most important coral reefs of the Caribbean coast and the marine species that inhabit it. If beautiful landscapes, sun and beach are not enough for you, there is also a great selection of water sports to partake in, as well as delectable cuisine options for dining.
SANTA MARTA Located in the most beautiful bay in the Americas, Santa Marta is the epicenter of tourism in a region that, in only a 150-mile radius, covers an exuberant ecosystem of varying climate and natural and geographical zones, from the highest coastal mountaintops in the world, La Sierra Nevada, to the depths of the sea. Santa Marta is best known today as an adventure destination and is graced by the world’s tallest seaside mountain that rises over three miles. Santa Marta, the Sierra Nevada, the bay and all the surroundings are full of indescribable magic. To begin with, Santa Marta is the oldest city in South America and holds an unrivalled architectural heritage that evokes the times of the banana bonanza. A perfect paradise for your next vacation. The area is home to more than 30,000 indigenous people from five of the most important native groups in South America: the Kogui, the Arhuacos, the Wiwa, the Arzarios and the Kankuamos. Even though each group has its own unique language, each considers itself to be born to the Mother of the Universe, the ancestral deity. Because of this unique mixture, this region is a reserve for the heritage of the biosphere and of humanity, as well as a stunning example of diversity, beauty, nature’s richness and cultures that coexist in a single space. EXPERIENCE THE BEST IN SANTA MARTA V I S I T TAY R O N A N AT I O N A L PA R K Tayrona National Park is an easy day trip from the colonial city of Santa Marta. A favorite destination for nature lovers and those in search of warm Caribbean waters, Tayrona is one of the most beautiful corners of Colombia, where cold mountain streams flowing from the summit meet a turquoise sea. Enjoy snorkeling near the sea-sculptured boulders that form tranquil bays and natural reefs. Horseback tours; raft trips down the Don Diego River, with its rapids and falls; and long hikes to places like La Piscina or El Cabo are especially worthwhile in this amazing park. VISIT THE HISTORICAL CENTER In a trip through the city’s downtown, with the sea breeze blowing in off the waters, you will also feel the magic of the historical center’s colonial and republican heritage with its colorful gardens of azaleas, bougainvillea, poinsettias, butterflies and hummingbirds. Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino is an 18th-century villa where the Liberator Simon Bolivar died in 1830. Today, the villa is divided into FCCA 40th Anniversary
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three main tourist attractions: the main house, the Bolivarian Museum of Contemporary Arts and the Tayrona Museum. The Cathedral is a historical site not to be missed; built in 176, it serves as national monument to this day. Lastly, the Customs House is the oldest house in America, built in 1530, and now hosts the Tayrona Museum. TAGANGA In a cove just 10 minutes from Santa Marta, visitors will discover an authentic Colombian fishing village called Taganga. This village is popular for scuba diving and snorkeling because of its clear and calm waters. Tanganga welcomes backpackers because of its diverse eateries and affordable hostels. Nestled around a half-moon bay, Taganga is an ideal place to watch the sunset and enjoy a meal incorporating the catch of the day in a laidback setting.
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SAN ANDRÉS, PROVIDENCIA AND SANTA CATALINA Discover a trio of enchanting islands in the Caribbean; slow, continuous and deep, like the perfect breathing for scuba diving, is the rhythm of this stimulating contemplative and coralline archipelago. San Andrés, the capital the archipelago and one of the country’s most enticing destinations, lies about 435 miles northwest of the continental coast of Colombia. Surrounded by “sea of seven colors,” the island offers white sand beaches, a natural swimming pool, snorkeling, scuba diving and a plethora of water sports ranging from jet skiing to kite surfing. Downtown San Andrés offers lively restaurants, bars, nightlife and is a haven for shopping lovers. A free port with no value-added tax, San Andrés has more than 500 shops offering well-known perfume, liquor, clothing, handicraft, jewelry and accessory brands. Furthermore, sunset outings on the Morgan Galleon accompanied by the beats of reggae and socca Caribbean music and dining on local seafood bathed in coconut milk are among visitors’ favorite activities. A close neighbor and sister of San Andrés, Providencia is considered one of the Caribbean’s loveliest islands. Surrounded by a coral reef, it is joined to the island of Santa Catalina by a pedestrian bridge called the Lovers’ Bridge.
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EXPERIENCE THE BEST IN SAN ANDRÉS, PROVIDENCIA AND SANTA CATALINA DIVING THE CAYS San Andrés is a diver’s paradise thanks to several small islands nearby that are surrounded by coral reefs. Diving or snorkeling from the water near the shore is enough to find uniquely colored fish, an expansive coral platform, exotic flora and fauna and a good number of sunken ships inhabited by seaweed and coral that turns them into treasures worth seeing. Johnny Cay, The Aquarium and Haynes Cay are a little more than a mile away from San Andrés, while the Bolívar and Albuquerque Cays lie 16 nautical miles to the southwest. The nearby cays are ideal for relaxing, while the distant ones are perfect for snorkeling and diving due to their extensive coral reefs. PRACTICE WATER SPORTS In San Andrés, the beaches and water epitomize a water activities paradise. Ranging for personal preferences, the most daring adventurers may wind surf while others take part in activities like kite surfing, sailing, water skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving, jet skiing and deep sea fishing, which all cater to many ages and abilities. Name the water sport, and it can be arranged on San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina. VISIT MORGAN’S CAVE No one knows exactly when the Dutch settlers arrived to set up their faros, but they were soon followed by the English and the Irish, and then came the fight with the Spaniards to keep possession of the island. But despite the comings and goings of the pirate Sir Henry Morgan between here and Jamaica, he was a resident in the archipelago, and it was from here that he planned various assaults on galleons laden with gold destined for Europe. It is said that his treasure was hidden in Morgan’s Cave, a small, deep lake within a cave of coral rock. FCCA 40th Anniversary
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CURAÇAO IS REDEFINING THE LUXURY CARIBBEAN VACATION with its intimate, private beaches, pristine dive sites and eclectic array of restaurants. The capital city of Willemstad, a UNESCO World Heritage site, lures visitors with its distinctive candy-colored Dutch Colonial architecture, museums and monuments. Just some 35 miles north of Venezuela, with more than 30 beaches, 129 nationalities, 60 dive sites and an increasing number of hot new hotels and restaurants, Curaçao’s time has come. SHORT HISTORY The inhabitants are a friendly mix of European, African and Indian bloodlines. Before the Spanish arrived, Curaçao was inhabited by the Caiquetios, a hunter-gatherer Arawak tribe that probably migrated from Venezuela about 2500 B.C. The Spanish established a small colony here in the early 1500s, but dubbed the island “useless” because it had no gold or silver. Local Indians were put to work panning salt, felling timber and tanning hides for shipment back to Spain. In 1634, the Spanish were routed by the Dutch, who realized that the goldmine in this “useless” island was really its large, deep harbor. For 400 years, it has been one of the Caribbean’s most important ports.
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Despite English and French attempts at conquest, Curaçao has been Dutch for almost 400 years. Today, the chief Spanish legacies are Catholicism, which is embraced by more than 80 percent of the population, and the many Spanish words woven into Papiamentu, the local Creole language. Almost from the beginning, Curaçao has been a major trade center. Its climate and poor soil could not support large plantations, so slaves were sent to Curaçao only to be processed for shipment to South America and other islands. After slavery was abolished in 1863, Curaçao slumbered as a quiet crossroads of trade until the discovery of oil in Venezuela launched another boom. During the 1960s and 70s, Curaçao developed into a popular destination for cruise ships. However, the steep rise in fuel prices made sailing from the United States to the south of the Caribbean expensive, and tourism on Curaçao became increasingly dependent on air traffic. In 1986, the first cruise terminal opened for cruise ships; while in 1999, a pier was constructed outside the harbor to suitably accommodate large vessels. Today, Curaçao is an autonomous country within the Dutch Kingdom.
PICTURESQUE WILLEMSTAD The capital Willemstad was built around the main harbor. The St. Annabaai Canal connects the Caribbean Sea with the Schottegat Bay, but separates the city into two areas: Otrabanda and Punda. A simple motorized ride can take you between the two areas via the high-rise Queen Juliana Bridge that exposes you to a superb view. For quick and free access, however, it’s best simply to walk across the Queen Emma Floating Bridge. When the pontoon bridge opens to let the sea traffic pass, free ferries immediately take over and continue shuttling the harbor until the bridge is closed again. Punda’s trademark view is the Handelskade, the “little Amsterdam” of tall buildings facing the bay. Its counterpart on the Otrobanda side is De Rouvilleweg. Both sides are a favorite with strollers and shoppers. The best tourist shopping is in the narrow streets and alleys of Punda, in an area bounded by the Floating Market, Plaza, Columbusstraat and Breedestraat. As it goes east, Breedestraat becomes Pietermaaiweg, where the Tourist Information Bureau is found at number 19. By the early 1700s, the walled city of Willemstad was filled with more than 200 houses, so the town began spreading beyond the walls to Pietermaai, Otrobanda (literally, “other side”) and Scharloo, which was filled with Italianate mansions built by the city’s large community of Sephardic Jews. Having been abandoned for many years, this area is now being restored to its former grandeur. Take a walking tour of old neighborhoods filled with the living museum of Dutch Colonial architecture. Start your walk at the foot of the pontoon bridge, a.k.a. Queen Emma Bridge at the Otrabanda-side. You’ll notice the Riffort that guards the harbor entrance, the Otrobanda Hotel, and the landing areas for cruise passengers, which are busy with shops and restaurants. Cross the bridge and stroll the famous Handelskade with its shops and cafes. Note the tall yellow Penha Building with its curlicues and wrap-around galleries. To seaward is the Fort Amsterdam, which dates to the early 1600s. RURAL LANDSCAPE The waist of the island, from the airport to Willemstad, is covered with neat suburbs and modern shopping centers. A good divided highway called the Ring Road surrounds the city. The eastern end of the island is privately owned, and visitors can stray only so far. The best sightseeing is in a loop to Westpunt (West Point) and back to the city. On the southwest side, you can find the most beautiful secluded beaches. FCCA 40th Anniversary
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TROPICAL CLIMATE Temperatures rise into the 90s by day and are in the 70s at night. Winds are brisk and dry, providing a greater comfort factor at high temperatures than is found in the more humid islands. Hurricanes rarely affect this part of the Caribbean, as the island lies below the hurricane belt. SIGHTS AND SOUNDS The Kurá Hulanda Museum is one of the largest museums in the Caribbean. Once a yard where slaves were auctioned, it holds a full-size reconstruction of the hold of a slave ship, artifacts depicting the history of the slave trade dating as far back as 500 years ago and through the Atlantic slave trading years that began in 1441, and hundreds of prints from France and Germany that tell the story of prejudice against Africans. The Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue chronicles the history of a congregation that goes back to 1651. Although the community has reduced in size over the years, the Jewish influenced the island in many ways. There was even a time where the Jewry of Curaçao could collect money for the construction of the first synagogue in New Amsterdam. The Maritime Museum occupies one of the oldest houses in Scharloo. Its exterior has been artfully restored, while the interior has been completely redesigned in a maritime style to bring Curaçao’s rich seafaring history to life. Curaçao Sea Aquarium is a sophisticated nature show in a controlled environment lagoon where visitors can get close to sea lions, sharks, turtles, stingrays and toothy moray eels. A stationary semi-submarine provides an underwater platform for photographers. Plan to spend all day here. It’s hard to tear yourself away from the nonstop nature show of sea creatures swimming in 46 tanks and in outdoor enclosures. Curaçao has no shortage of activities for the sophisticated traveler. For a once-in-a-lifetime splurge, Substation Curaçao offers the Curasub, a mini-submarine that takes guests beneath the sea, down to 1,000 feet. All of the activity is sure to work up an appetite. The Hato Caves are gaping caverns, cool and mysterious with their natural formations of stalactites and stalagmites. They’re the only caves in the region with petroglyphs dating back at least 1,500 years; the caverns themselves were formed millions of years ago below sea level. As Curaçao rose from the sea millennia ago, the caves emerged. Along the way you’ll see the “little dinosaur” lizards living in the rocks and trees and, inside the caves, a colony of rare long-nose bats. 48
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Christoffel National Park covers much of the area between Westpunt and Barber, a 4,500-acre reserve topped by Mount Christoffel. Compared to the lush drama of other islands’ rainforests and soaring mountains, this one seems dry and colorless until you take a closer look at its skittering wildlife, sculpted divi-divi trees, a rare sabal palm and two species of wild orchids. With luck, you may see a Curaçao deer. Allow a day for a driving tour around the north end of the island, stopping at Shete Boka, where the Boka Tabla cave is a spectacular explosion of ocean against eroding rock. A path takes you deep into a tumbled scattering of enormous boulders, where you can see the wide mouth of the cave entrance at the end of a long, black tunnel. THE PLANTATION HOUSES OF CURAÇAO Known as Landhuizen, the plantation houses of Curaçao are an architectural scrapbook of the 18th and 19th centuries. Many are open to the public as restaurants or inns; others are shown by appointment; some are privately owned and can be seen only from the road. This is just a partial listing; others are shown on maps, but may not be open to the public. Landhuis Chobolobo is the site of the Curaçao Liqueur Distillery, and it is open for tasting and tours.
SECLUDED BEACHES Curaçao’s beaches range from cozy coves to long strands of white sand, all of them washed by waves of clear, turquoise water. Topless bathing is officially illegal, so be discreet. Actually, you’ll see it almost everywhere. Stay away from the north coast, where undertows and surges are powerful, in favor of the more placid, sheltered southwest coast. ULTIMATE DIVING Curaçao lists almost 70 dive sites from walls to wrecks, reefs to rocks. Among the unique dives are The Valley, Lost Anchor, one called Alice in Wonderland and the depths surrounding an offshore desert island, Klein Curaçao, with its pristine reefs and coral Mushroom Forest. All dives are in protected parks, where anchoring is not allowed. Waters are usually calm and always warmly pleasant. SHOPPING When cruise ships are in, the streets of Punda and Otrobanda come alive with colorful vendors and festive flea markets. However, any day is a good day for snapping up some of the Caribbean’s most meaningful finds: local art work, pottery, Dutch Delftware, wooden shoes, Curaçao liqueur, brilliantly painted hanging planters made from old tires and worlds of trade goods from South America, which lies only 44 miles to the south. The famous Floating Market sells mostly produce and fish for local consumption, but for tourists, it’s a good place to find spices and inexpensive terracotta planters. CURAÇAO CUISINE Local food is called Kriyoyo and boasts a blend of flavors and techniques best compared to Caribbean and Latin American cuisine. Popular dishes include: Stobá, a stew made with various ingredients such as papaya, beef or goat; Guiambo, soup made from okra and seafood; Kadushi, cactus soup; Sopi Mondongo, intestine soup; Funchi, cornmeal paste; and a lot of fish and other seafood. The ubiquitous breakfast dish is pastechi: fried pastry with fillings of cheese, tuna, ham or ground meat. Around the holiday season, special dishes are consumed, such as the hallaca and pekelé, made out of salt cod. At weddings and other special occasions, a variety of kos dushi are served: kokada (coconut sweets), ko’i lechi (condensed milk and sugar sweet) and tentalaria (peanut sweets). The Curaçao liqueur was developed here when a local experimented with the rinds of the local citrus fruit known as laraha. Fact is that you can read all you want about Curaçao, but you have to experience Curaçao to talk about Curaçao! FCCA 40th Anniversary
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Stress? Stress? There’s There’s a cruise cruise for for that. that. Call Call in in at at Santo Santo Domingo, Domingo, Samaná Samaná or or La La Romana. Romana. DOMINICAN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. REPUBLIC. CLOSER CLOSER THAN THAN YOU YOU THINK. THINK.
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CALL IN SANTO DOMINGO, LA ROMANA AND SAMANÁ DOMINICAN REPUBLIC IS A LAND OF BRILLIANT CONTRASTS, modern cities, rich history and intriguing culture — a place where travelers by sea can experience authentic Dominican culture, visit the ancient Colonial City and dance to the pulsepounding beats of merengue, the country’s national music and dance, while mingling with friendly Dominican locals in shops, restaurants and plazas. Dominican Republic is where you can be a traveler, not just a cruise tourist. Ideally situated in the heart of the Caribbean, Dominican Republic is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the north coast and the azure Caribbean Sea to the south. Christopher Columbus discovered the island in 1492 during his first voyage to the New World, and its natural beauty and rich history continue to amaze all who visit today. Travelers arriving on cruise ships have countless opportunities to explore Dominican culture throughout its many port cities and towns overflowing with arts, museums, shopping, theatre, delicious gastronomy and Dominican products like rum, chocolate, cigars, fresh fruits, coconut and seafood. Two major ports on the country’s southeast coast in Santo Domingo and La Romana welcome cruise ship passengers yearround at modern, state-of-the-art terminals like Sans Souci and Don Diego in the capital city and La Romana International Pier in La Romana. Adding to the rich offerings, a new cruise terminal was just announced on the north coast in in Dominican Republic’s Puerto Plata region. Additionally, a popular docking facility in Samaná Bay located along the romantic Samaná Peninsula on the northeast coast makes Dominican Republic a flexible cruise destination with fascinating excursions and modern road and airport infrastructure.
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SANTO DOMINGO (SANS SOUCI AND DON DIEGO CRUISE TERMINALS) Modern and cosmopolitan Santo Domingo is the country’s capital city and one of the most significant destinations in the Americas. The sophisticated city is located on the Caribbean Sea at the mouth of the Ozama River and features the Colonial City, the oldest inhabited European settlement in the Americas. World-class arts, museums, parks, restaurants and shopping are found near the Don Diego and Sans Souci cruise terminals and provide educational excursions to discover the true Dominican lifestyle, history and cultural traditions. SANTO DOMINGO ATTRACTIONS Horse-Drawn Carriages – Locally designed and decorated horse-drawn carts ride along Santo Domingo’s maritime boulevard and the Colonial Zone. The carriages contain artwork of well-renowned names in the Dominican visual arts, including Elsa Nunez, Jose Cestero, Candido Bido, Mirna Guerrero and more. Colonial City – The Colonial City was the first city established in the New World, erected by Columbus’ brother, Bartholomew, and Bartholomew’s son, Diego. The Colonial City was recognized by UNESCO and declared a World Heritage site in 1990. Visitors will find hundreds of preserved buildings dating back to the early 1500s, many of which are now museums. Among them are Alcazar de Colon, Ozama fortress and the palace of the Spanish court. Chu Chu Colonial – The Chu Chu Colonial train offers enriching educational and cultural panoramic views of Santo Domingo and the Colonial City’s breathtaking architecture and rich history. The tour guides provide expert narrative on the most outstanding monuments of the historic city, some dating back more than 500 years. Santo Domingo Botanical Gardens – The Santo Domingo Botanical Gardens, the largest in the Caribbean, are commonly experienced while riding a small train. The park is a haven for the island’s natural flora and is decorated with areas of palm trees, orchids and exotic plants, as well as what was once the largest floral clock in the world. Shopping – Santo Domingo will charm even the most discriminating shoppers with a variety of shopping experiences. The Blue Mall offers upscale stores, like Louis Vuitton, Armani and Cartier, drawing many new shoppers. The Acropolis Mall with its many European stores and a variety of restaurants is also a favorite. The ultra-modern Novo-Centro is transforming the capital city’s skyline and features beautiful modern architecture with many popular shops and small movie theaters. Other shopping venues include Plaza Central, Bella Vista Mall, Americana Departamentos, Ikea and Cuesta. In addition, there are many gifts shops located in the Colonial City, including the famous El Conde Street pedestrian mall. LA ROMANA (LA ROMANA INTERNATIONAL PIER) La Romana International Pier is another favorite stop for cruise ships. The brilliant waters, white sand beaches and activities attract visitors to the lush La Romana, located two hours east of Santo Domingo. The southeastern coast is decorated with vast sugarcane fields that surround some of the Caribbean’s most beautiful resorts and beaches of La Romana and Bayahibe. This natural scenery provides an experience like no other in the country. La Romana is also home to a leading hotel of the world and one of the most complete resorts in the Caribbean, Casa de Campo. Here, golf enthusiasts at any skill level can play golf on three magnificent courses: Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore and the Links. Additionally, the resort boasts a marina with internationally renowned boutiques and restaurants, as well as Altos de Chavón, a replica of a 16th century artists’ village overlooking the Chavón River. Cruise ships also delight passengers at Catalina Island with facilities that can accommodate up to 2,000 guests. The small island is surrounded by a marine coral reef nature preserve attractive to diving and snorkeling enthusiasts and is the perfect day excursion to explore the underwater world of Dominican Republic. LA ROMANA ATTRACTIONS Cueva de las Maravillas – Nestled between San Pedro de Macoris and La Romana is the fascinating cave system, “Cave of Wonders.” The caves showcase hundreds of well-preserved pictographs, petroglyphs and engravings from the Taino Indians FCCA 40th Anniversary
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who once inhabited it thousands of years before. It is home to the most important sample of rock art and features amazing rock formations, such as stalactites, stalagmites and columns. Golf — La Romana lays claim to some of the world’s best golf courses. Four courses are located at Casa de Campo Resort, while the newest course in the area, La Estancia, includes gorgeous fairways and surprising challenges. The azure Caribbean Sea, the Chavón River Valley and palm-tree covered national parks provide scenic backgrounds for the area’s four courses. Living Underwater Museum — Lining the coast of the Bayahibe hotel zone are the Underwater Archeological Reserves. Shipwrecked galleons dating back to the early 18th century have been recreated here to portray how they looked when originally discovered by marine biologists. Snorkelers and scuba divers frequent the museums. Parque Nacional del Este — Home to more than 500 flora species, 300 types of birds and long stretches of beaches and underwater wonders, the National Park of the East is one of the most visited and protected areas in the country. While here, visitors can hike, discover ancient Taino ruins, take part in bird watching excursions, and dive coral reefs populated with manatees, bottle-nose dolphins and other sea creatures. Altos de Chavón — La Romana’s hidden gem is Altos de Chavón, a 16th century European artists’ village that features cobblestone streets and coral block and terra cotta buildings. Offering magnificent scenic views of the Chavón River, Altos de Chavón was constructed by the imagination of Roberto Copa, a former Paramount Studios set designer, and Charles Bluhdorn, an American industrialist. PUERTO PLATA (PORT OF MAIMÓN) Puerto Plata’s magical ecotourism and sizzling beach towns are ready to greet cruise passengers when Carnival Corporation’s new cruise terminal in the Port of Maimón is completed. The new cruise port is expected to be the most modern in the Caribbean and will be located just north of Puerto Plata. Puerto Plata was the first city in Dominican Republic to have cruise calls and is a great geographical location for cruises. The construction, expected to be completed in 2014, will open up the north coast’s delightful beaches, unspoiled eco-tourism adventures and authentic, bustling towns to many new cruise travelers. 54
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THE SAMANÁ PENINSULA (CAYO LEVANTADO AND SAMANÁ PIER) Famous for its pristine, secluded beaches, radiant turquoise ocean waters and lush green mountains covered in coconut palm trees, the Samaná Peninsula is a favorite and less-traveled getaway. Cruise ships dock in the bay, and passengers can spend the day at Cayo Levantado and its white sand beaches; disembark at the Samaná Pier to shop the stores along the Bay; or join day tours to visit the nearby national park, waterfalls and unique restaurants and towns. This off-the-beaten-path destination beckons adventure, nature and romance seekers alike. Travelers visiting between January and March can enjoy the thousands of humpback whales that return to the protected waters around the Samaná Peninsula, where they frolic, mate and give birth in the safety of the Marine Mammal Sanctuary of the Dominican Republic. Excursions around this ecological corridor are easily accessible and allow for a spiritual journey through some of the Peninsula’s serene waterfalls and seascapes – an experience not to be forgotten. SAMANÁ PENINSULA ATTRACTIONS Los Haitises National Park – Travelers can explore ancient history in mangroves, estuaries, caves and bays at Los Haitises National Park. Easily reached by a short boat ride across Samana Bay, the park’s guests will find themselves surrounded by more than 100 species of birds, 90 plus plant species, a wide variety of mammals and a magnificent series of limestone caves bearing pre-Columbian Taino art. Cayo Levantado – Cruise passengers flock to this palm-lined island to walk along the pristine beach and tan or venture out to the thriving reefs for snorkeling and scuba diving. Restaurants surround the beach and serve local Dominican food, as well as fresh coconut and pineapple drinks. Vendors line the sidewalk with locally made crafts and artwork for passengers to buy as keepsakes. Land Whale Observatory – Dominican Republic’s first land whale observation point celebrates the annual whale-watching season at Punta Balandra on the southeast coast. Visitors can view the thousands of humpback whales that migrate to the protected area of the Marine Mammal Sanctuary in Samaná Bay by land rather than by boat. El Limón – Considered the most spectacular of Dominican Republic’s many waterfalls, El Limón captivates as it 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 among adventure tourists and also provides a beautiful view of the surrounding jungle and natural pool below. Zipline Canopy Tours – Visitors can experience a new dimension of entertainment with Canopy Tours Samana. Adventure seekers begin the tour walking through floral paths to the first of 14 platforms and nine lines between 85 and 300 meters. long. The zipline adventure begins at Juana Vincente, located just a few minutes from the Samaná Pier, and takes guests flying safely over coconut palms and lush green valleys with spectacular views of mountains, Samana Bay and Cayo Levantado.
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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! You’ll have an unforgettable stay, enjoying the wide range of activities offered on the two large islands forming the “butterfly” and on the smaller dependencies. The four main themes of our Activities Program — blue, green, cultural and flavors — will tempt you to try our water sports. The Guadeloupe islands are certainly some of the most beautiful places for water sports. Caressed by the trade winds, tempered by the ever-present sun all year round, lashed by the Atlantic Ocean and lapped by the Caribbean Sea, the Guadeloupian archipelago is definitely blessed by the gods. A treat for the eyes as they encounter the incredible shades of blue of the Caribbean Sea. Then a treat for the 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; finding out all about the nature reserve of Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin; taking a catamaran trip in search of white sand bank. You can do anything in the water, and it feels so good! Relaxation, stimulation, freedom, feeling good… Everyone will think your photos have been touched up and that your vacation stories are a bit exaggerated. The wonders of nature — to be consumed without moderation!!! Getting away from it all to the “land of verdant hills.” Funny how this expression seems perfect for Guadeloupe. For on BasseTerre, if there is one color that stands out, it’s certainly green! Or, rather, greens, for the ever-changing light seems caught up in a play of colors with thousands of plant species. Trees, ferns, epiphytic leaves, cannas and wild orchid do their utmost to surprise the freshly landed visitors! Learning to paint on Guadeloupe certainly changes your appreciation of color, as the desire
The Five Sides of Paradise to represent nature leads straight to the purest shades. The bitter, fresh smell of volcanic earth is just as compulsive as the bright splashes of color. This exotic picture is completed majestically by the roar of waterfalls in the forest and the crystal-clear lapping of a gently cascading river; it all seems more dreamlike than real. As Guadeloupe is the favorite land for sports and nature-based leisure activities, walks, exploring canyons, mountain biking, hikes and treks all give you the opportunity to soak in this rejuvenating bath of greenery. Guadeloupian culture, shaped by its turbulent history and diverse ethnic mix, cannot be reduced merely to the term “Creolified.” 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. Back in vogue are Indian rites, the African memory or even the quadrille of the 17th-century colonists. Of course, that’s what entices lovers of the archipelago to come back again and again, and often stay for good. For that unique soul — warm, sophisticated and proud — is the “cargo of humanity” evoked by Guy Tyrolien in Iles (“Bales d’Or”). Yet it’s in the streets that you find real Guadeloupian culture, rather than the museums. Its literature, music, painting and crafts open your eyes wide to a whole complex and passionate reality. So listen carefully, sharpen your senses, open your heart and you will grasp just some of the essence of this enchanting world. 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.” Being island-based brings a natural
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affinity with fish products, and Guadeloupe is indeed the second biggest consumer of fish in the world (per head of population). Fish bouillon, clam chowder, grilled lobster and queen conch fricassee are some of the succulent dishes you’ll love tasting. With more than a third of the land dedicated to farming, this agricultural and rural economy means there is a wide range of young vegetables. Guadeloupians were “green” before their time with their Creole gardens of fruit orchards and vegetable patches. The culinary classics are still hearty dishes, eaten by all the family or at great festive meals. 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 the fertile land of the Guadeloupe islands and its 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. B A S S E-T E R R E Dominated by the imposing silhouette of its old Lady (La Soufrière volcano), Basse-Terre is one of the wings forming the “butterfly” of Guadeloupe. Basse-Terre is a mountainous massif, covered by a magnificent tropical forest of almost 66 square miles 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 (more than 3,000 species of trees) provides shelter for an exotic wildlife, free from poisonous animals. With its waterfalls, cascades, basins, parks and different plantation, it reveals all of its natural charm! Beaches of pebble and sand in shades of ochre, brown, black and pink line its coast, and it has a fantastic underwater reserve of world-renowned Jacques Cousteau Reserve (with a submerged bust of him). 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. G R A N D E-T E R R E Grande-Terre, 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. FCCA 40th Anniversary
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Grande-Terre is a limestone plateau perfectly suited to growing sugar cane, which covers most of the island. You will realize the importance of this agricultural activity if you visit the Gardel sugar factory or the 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 (casinos, discos, revues, etc.). With its natural beauty spots (Pointe des Châteaux, the cliffs of la Grande Vigie, the Grands Fonds, etc.), Pointe-à-Pitre — the economic capital with its historical monuments, museums and spice and flower markets with intoxicating smells — and the sugar cane landscapes of Port-Louis, Grande-Terre offer a wide range of choices to suit every visitor. LA DESIRADE “ INFINITE NATURE” 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 and just over a mile
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wide, 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. There is one single, straight road linking 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, has 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. L E S S A I N T E S “ T H E PA R A D I S E I S L A N D S ” 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; 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 its surprising exotic garden. The island’s restaurants are stocked with fresh produce on a daily basis and offer tasty tropical cuisine. Terre-de-Bas with its beautiful beach at Grande-Anse, the remains of the former pottery, leisurely strolls or even 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. “MARIE-GALANTE, SO TRUE!” Located 27 miles from Pointe-à-Pitre, Marie-Galante (Aïchi en Caraïbes) covers an area of 61 square miles. Nicknamed “the big pancake,” this round island, 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 sugar cane 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 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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RICH IN HISTORY AND CULTURE, Guatemala is a gem full of wonders, mystery and diverse tourist destinations, all in a relatively small territory. Nature, biodiversity, volcanoes, eco-tourism, fishing, black sand beaches, golf, adventure, colonial and Mayan cities, and the warmth of its people are the country’s biggest competitive advantages. 2012 is a year of change. This year, Guatemala started welcoming a new government, as well as new tourism authorities. One of the new government’s top priorities is tourism; as a result, many positive changes and actions are being enforced in order to achieve greater results and continue positioning Guatemala as a first-class destination. Thanks to its privileged and strategic geographic location with access to the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, Guatemala has evolved into a competitive platform for global business, thanks to trade agreements signed with various countries around the globe and to a favorable macro-economic environment driven through the complementary work performed by the Guatemalan government and the private sector. With access to both oceans, Guatemala’s national port system is integrated by three multi-purpose commercial ports. Two of those ports have specialized terminals, facilities, certifications and the necessary services to offer safe and efficient port services and are prepared for cruise tourist reception. Security coordination and monitoring is provided for tourists at the terminals, tourist destinations and main roads through INGUAT’s security and the tourist assistance program, PROATUR. PROATUR’s office and free direct line -1500- at the main tourist destinations is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to provide assistance, security and to attend to any emergencies.
2012 IS … GUATEMALA!! Guatemala is located in the heart of Central America, with an area of 108,800 square kilometers divided in 22 departments, and has a population of 13.6 million. The unique culture of its population is a combination of 22 Mayan ethnicities, Ladinos and Garifunas. The official language is Spanish, but there are 23 other languages recognized, including 21 Mayan, one Garifuna and one Xinca. The year 2012 comprises a range of beliefs according to which transformative events will occur on December 21, 2012. This date marks the end of a 5,125-year-long cycle in the Mayan Long Count Calendar, and its significance is fundamental for the culture’s vision of the cosmos. The Long Count Calendar has the purpose of measuring the number of days elapsed since the creation of the world, expressed in large cycles called B’aktuns. Some people suggest that 2012 marks the end of the world or a similar catastrophe. The Maya Guatemalan culture believes that this date marks a time where Earth and its inhabitants may undergo a positive spiritual or physical transformation, and more than the celebration of the end of a 13-B’aktun period or cycle, the year 2012 represents the BEGINNING of a new era. From the basics of the Mayan philosophy and their thoughts, cyclic time changes should not be interpreted as final, but instead, as an opportunity for a positive renovation. The ancient Mayas of Guatemala taught us a lesson that must be shared and transmitted to the rest of the world. We need changes in human nature and society. Guatemala is the perfect place to understand this time concept, and it allows us to live the beginning of a new era like nowhere else. Its millenary ceremonial squares, imposing archeological sites and stone-carved complex texts witness the relevance that they represent and their place in history. However, not everything is in the past. Guatemala’s Mayan population has kept this world vision alive. Proof of that are the diverse ceremonial religious practices that take place daily in several regions and areas within the country. Guatemala has been recognized as one of the main cultural destinations in the world. Experience our mixture of pre-Hispanic, colonial and modern cultural expressions.
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COME VISIT GUATEMALA IN 2012! A MYSTICAL EXPERIENCE AWAITS YOU! AMAZING DESTINATIONS: ADVENTURE IN THE MAYA WORLD Petén, one of Guatemala’s 22 departments, holds a unique historic value for its archeological richness, its fauna and its biosphere reserve. Its numerous archeological sites make this region one of the most important of the Maya world.Besides Tikal and El Mirador, there are many other amazing archaeological sites to explore, like Yaxhá, Ceibal, Aguacateca and Uaxactún. TIKAL Right in the heart of the Mayan world is one of the largest archaeological urban centers of the pre-Columbian Mayan civilization, Tikal, standing out with magnificent temples that hold the secrets of a mystic culture that flourished in the area. In 1979, Tikal National Park was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Tikal covers 222 square miles in the midst of the tropical jungle of Petén, and more than 4,000 structures can be found at the site, even though it’s believed that most of it is still left to be unearthed. Tikal is also refuge for thousands of exotic wildlife. Once you’re there, the more you see and learn about this outstanding place and the mysterious ancient Mayan civilization, the more incredible it becomes, and the longer you wish you could stay. For cruise tourism, transportation to attractions in Petén is by air, and depending on the port where you are departing from, the flight takes between 25 to 40 minutes, and it’s a full-day tour. EL MIRADOR In 2003, Dr. Richard D. Hansen, a senior scientist from Idaho State University, initiated major investigation, stabilization and conservation programs at El Mirador, including staff and technical personnel from 52 universities and research institutions from all over the world. By August 2008, the team had published 168 scientific papers and produced 474 technical reports and scientific presentations, as well as documentary films aired on the History Channel, National Geographic, the Learning Channel, BBC, ABC’s 20/20, Good Morning America, 60 Minutes (Australia) and the Discovery Channel. There are around 35 triadic structures, and some of the most notable are: “El Tigre,” with a height of 55 meters (180 feet) and "La Danta" temple, which measures approximately 70 meters (230 feet); considering its total volume (2,800,000 cubic meters), it’s one of the largest pyramids in the world. FCCA 40th Anniversary
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QUIRIGUA Take a full-day tour or a half-day tour to the archaeological site Quiriguá, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1981, located a short distance from the Santo Thomas de Castilla port in Izabal. This Mayan site is a relatively small one, though one of the most important because of the artistry in its 22 stelae and zoomorphs, or glyphs, which are among the finest examples of Classic Mayan stone carvings. In Quiriguá you can find “Stela E” — weighing an astonishing 65 tons and stretching 10.67 meters, the largest quarried stone found so far in the Mayan World — depicting the Lightning Warrior K’AK’ Tiliw. ANTIGUA GUATEMALA, COLONIAL PA R A D I S E Antigua Guatemala, in the department of Sacatepéquez, is one of Guatemala’s most popular destinations. Built in 1543 during a time of extraordinary colonial wealth, Antigua sits quietly on a highland valley, surrounded by three outstanding volcanoes: the magnificent Agua Volcano, the smoking Fuego Volcano and Acatenango. Antigua was declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO and it is considered the most outstanding and well-preserved colonial city in all Spanish America. Antigua is known for its natural beauty and historical monuments, making it a city of charm visited year-round by thousands of tourists from all over the world. You can find first-class hotels, art galleries, markets, handmade crafts, amazing gastronomy and internet cafes, some of the world’s best Spanish schools, as well as travel agencies, tours, banks, stores, a fun nightlife and friendly inhabitants. 66
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LAKE ATITLAN, MYSTICAL AND NATURAL Many have called it “the most beautiful lake in the world.” Atitlan is a Mayan word that translates to “the place where the rainbow gets its colors.” The lake is surrounded by three magnificent volcanoes, as well as many Mayan villages, where the culture and its traditional characteristics still prevail. Panajachel is the biggest tourist spot on the shore of the lake, where you can find a large variety of shops, bars, restaurants and hotels. RIO DULCE & LIVINGSTON, A GREEN CARIBBEAN Delight yourself with a combined tour where you’ll enjoy the tropical green flora and beautiful fauna of the river’s canyon, which connects the Caribbean Sea with Lake Izabal, Guatemala’s largest lake. Then make ways to the colorful town of Livingston, where you can enjoy architecture, handicrafts, dances, culinary and cultural traditions where the Garifuna, Q’eqchi and Ladina cultures merge. EXOTIC AND DIVERSE BIRDWATCHING Birdwatching has increased, just like the preoccupation and awareness about the conservation of natural resources and biodiversity. In Guatemala, there are 83 bird families, integrated by more than 700 species, of which 150 are endemic to the region. Birdwatching takes the visitor from their place of origin to a specific destination where you will find specialized services and knowledgeable guides in a unique natural environment, for an experience sure to enthrall. GOLF & FISHING Amongst diverse outdoor activities, golf and deep-sea fishing have become major tourism activities in Guatemala. Guatemala’s Pacific coast has been noted for several years now as 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. A short distance away from Puerto Quetzal, cruise tourists are now able to enjoy a day of golf at La Reunion Antigua Golf Resort, awarded Best Resort of Mexico and Central America by Conde Nast Johansen. Located in a remarkable coffee plantation with 360-degree views that allow you to enjoy the wonders of Guatemala, the dazzling view of the Pacific coastline and the wonders of four outstanding volcanoes, this unique resort boasts an 18-hole world-class golf course, built by master designers Pete and Perry Dye. COFFEE PLANTATIONS Guatemala’s coffee has been revered as one of the most flavorful and nuanced cups in the world. In 2008, Guatemala’s coffee earned the highest price in history at international auction. Since the early 1990s, Guatemala has led a pioneering effort to define the country’s coffee-producing regions based on soil, rainfall, humidity, altitude, temperature, coffee characteristics and even cup profiles. DUCHEZ STANDS UP TO TOURISM CHALLENGES Pedro Pablo Duchez, the new Director of the Guatemala Tourism Board – INGUAT – and recently appointed Secretary of Tourism, understands the importance of the growing development of the Cruise Industry in Guatemala. “I am very confident that Guatemala is a first-class destination with amazing amenities to offer,” he says, “and we will continue to work hard in order to serve the cruise industry by providing excellent services and competitive products.” REMEMBER DECEMBER 21ST, 2012. IT’S NOT ONLY A DATE; IT’S A PLACE … IT’S GUATEMALA! FCCA 40th Anniversary
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V I V E L A R E N A I S S A N C E O F F O R T- D E- F R A N C E Long noted as one of the crown jewels of the Caribbean cities, Fort-de-France, Martinique is now better than ever thanks to a recently completed capital improvement program encompassing two of the city’s prime attractions: La Savane Park and Le Malecon. Fort-de-France’s waterfront promenade, Le Malecon, has been enhanced to better appeal to leisure and active travelers. New basketball, volleyball and pétanque courts provide tourists and locals alike the opportunity to mix and mingle over healthy competition. For the kids, Le Malecon offers new swings, trampolines and other playground equipment. There’s even a pristine white sand beach in the Malecon, as well as a wide half-mile boardwalk, ideal for an afternoon stroll. Adjacent to Le Malecon lies the famed 12-acre La Savane Park. The veritable heart of downtown Fort-de-France, La Savane was originally known as Le Jardin du Roi (garden of the king). Its initial purpose was to harbor scientific experiments on plant species that were new to the island, many of which are still present in the park today. An inviting oasis of nature and serenity amidst the hustle and bustle of Fort-de-France, the newly redeveloped La Savane is a prime spot for walks, picnics and meeting with friends. Wooden stands located throughout the park provide various tourist information services, shopping, food and refreshments. Freshly squeezed icy juices, cocktails, sandwiches, pizzas, Panini, pasta, cassavas cakes, deliciously flavored homemade ice-creams, Creole, Indonesian, sushi and vegetarian food, Creole soup, crepes and local candies are all available here.
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Recent enhancements throughout Fort-de-France also extend to Hotel L’Impératrice, one of the city’s legendary properties. Named in honor of Martinique native Empress Josephine, Napoleon’s wife, Hotel L’Impératrice originally opened in the 1950s, quickly becoming the place to be seen for jet setting travelers visiting Martinique. Now, thanks to a modern-day revival that blends authentic old world charm and contemporary flair, the hotel is making a new name for itself among a burgeoning generation of culture- and styleseeking travelers. M A R T I N I Q U E P R O M OT I O N B U R E A U / C M T U S A W I N S S I LV E R MAGELLAN AWARD LA ROUTE DES RHUMS EARNS ACCOLADES F O R T I E S TO LO C A L C U LT U R E
The Martinique Promotion Bureau/CMT USA was recently named among the winners of Travel Weekly’s Magellan Awards. Among the travel industry’s top honors, Magellan Awards recognizes the very best in marketing and design services. Martinique received a Silver Magellan Award for its communications campaign in support of La Route des Rhums, a self-guided, rum-themed tour of the island modeled after France’s famed Route des Vins. La Route des Rhums features 11 distilleries located throughout Martinique, each welcoming travelers with insightful tours and free tastings. Visitors are treated to an in-depth introduction to the island’s proud and celebrated distilling tradition at the sources where each legendary blend was born, while also experiencing the full range of Martinique’s charms, from the natural wonder of the mountainous northern region to the metropolitan midsection of the island and the flatter, arid southern shores. Martinique rums are distinguished by a unique rhum agricole production technique employed by the island’s distillers for centuries to yield a collection of truly incomparable blends. Whereas rums produced elsewhere are primarily made from the molasses byproduct of sugar production, the rhum agricole method used in Martinique begins with freshly squeezed sugar cane juice taken directly from cane stalks. This unique process yields rums that are more comparable with fine cognacs, offering greater complexity and a more varied array of natural flavors. Owing in large part to the rhum agricole production technique, Martinique rums are the only rums in the world that have been granted the prestigious Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) designation. Awarded by the French FCCA 40th Anniversary
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government agency Institut National des Appellations d’Origine (INAO) in recognition of the finest agricultural products (wines, cheeses, butters, etc.), the AOC designation is an incomparable stamp of excellence in the culinary and spirits world. All rums produced in Martinique bear the AOC marker, making them a favorite of the world’s most discerning rum connoisseurs. M A R T I N I Q U E ’ S I C O N I C F O R T- D E- F R A N C E B AY I N D U C T E D A M O N G T H E L AT E S T MEMBERS OF THE CLUB OF THE MOST B E A U T I F U L B AY S I N T H E W O R L D The Club of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World, an international association founded in 1997 to promote the preservation and sustainable management of coastal areas, has inducted Martinique’s Fort-de-France among its latest members. The announcement was made in November 2011 at World Travel Market (WTM), the leading global event for the travel industry held annually in London. Other bays also admitted to The Club of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World at WTM 2011 include Horta Bay (Portugal), Roses Bay (Spain) and La Baule Bay (France). The Club of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World is currently comprised of some 35 bays spread across more than 30 different countries and territories across the globe. Created in 1997, with its headquarters in France, The Club pursues objectives of preservation, enhancement and promotion of the natural, cultural and economic importance of bays. For more information on The Club of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World, visit www.world-bays.com.
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Martinique is the birthplace of Zouk, a rhythmic musical form developed in the 1980s through a mix of many different styles, including compas, balakadri, cadence and bal granmoun, mazurka and biguine, French and American pop, and kadans, gwo ka and other indigenous styles.La Fête de la Musique is a celebration of Martinique’s rich musical tradition with free concerts performed in the streets throughout the island. J U LY – TO U R D E S Y O L E S R O N D E S Carnival and sea are brought together for a celebration unlike any other during Martinique’s famed Yawl Boat Race (Tour des Yoles Rondes). Held each summer over a one-week period, the Yawl Race attracts local and international yachtsmen skilled in sailing traditional yawl boats for a race around the island. The race is contested in stages with throngs of locals and visitors crowding the shores to cheer on the racers. Carnivalstyle celebrations punctuate each day’s victory earned along the way, while on the high seas hundreds of yachts, catamarans, speedboats, and other private vessels trail the racers, partying along the way.
UPCOMING EVENTS FEBRUARY – CARNIVAL From Rio to Trinidad to New Orleans, Carnival is the world’s most celebrated pre-Lenten fete, but all pale in comparison to Martinique’s Carnival in one key area: length. Each year as revelers in other Carnival hot spots wind down with the close of Shrove Tuesday, the party in Martinique keeps going, reaching a decadent climax on one of the most solemn days on the Christian calendar, Ash Wednesday. The fitting theme for Martinique’s “bonus” days of revelry: “Rejoice Today, Repent Tomorrow.” MAY – MAY INSAINT PIERRE Formerly known as the “Paris of the Caribbean,” the northern coastal town of Saint Pierre was instantly transformed into the “Pompeii of the Caribbean” when on May 8, 1902, Mount Pelee erupted. Out of the centuries-old destruction, Saint Pierre has emerged a quaint yet vibrant town, offering visitors a unique view of the island’s storied past. The May in Saint Pierre event commemorates the anniversary of the eruption with a series of lectures, presentations and guided tours offering greater insight into this historic event. MAY – SAINTE MARIE CULINARY WEEK Martinique shares, with distinctive panache, mainland France’s love for gastronomy. One of the best expressions of this passion occurs each year during Sainte-Marie Culinary Week, a weeklong festival celebrating Martinique’s unique gastronomic heritage and traditions. At the center of the festivities is a cooking competition. Each year, several local food products are chosen for competing chefs to use as the centerpiece of their culinary creations. The competition extends throughout the week, with special dinners, cooking demonstrations, a street fair and more providing an in-depth introduction to Martinique’s culinary scene. JUNE – FÊTE DE LA MUSIQUE Some of the world’s greatest musical forms hail from the Caribbean, with reggae (Jamaica) and calypso (Trinidad) as the most widely known, but true music lovers know that Martinique also ranks among the music capitals of the region.
J U LY – L E TO U R D E M A R T I N I Q U E Le Tour de Martinique is a smaller version of the famed Le Tour de France bicycle race. Just like its larger cousin, Le Tour de Martinique is held each summer and features an international field of riders competing in stages. The race reaches virtually every corner of the island, with fans and spectators lining the day’s route to offer cheers and support. NOVEMBER – LA BELLE MARTINIQUE Less competitive than Le Tour de Martinique, this amateur cycling race is ideal for recreational riders seeking an alternate way to tour the Isle of Flowers. Locals as well as visiting riders participate annually, with crowds lining the course each day. DECEMBER – MARTINIQUE JAZZ FESTIVAL The Caribbean’s longest running jazz festival, the Martinique Jazz Festival, has long provided a showcase for local and international artists to share their talents with a lively and appreciative crowd of music lovers from all corners of the globe. Jazz luminaries who have performed at the Martinique Jazz Festival in years past include the Marsalis brothers, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Paquito d’Rivera, Chucho Valdes, and many more. For more information on travel to Martinique, visit www.martinique.org. Martinique Promotion Bureau /CMT USA, 825 3rd Avenue, 29th Floor, New York, NY 10022 Tel: 212 838 6887 – Fax: 212 838 7855 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org FCCA 40th Anniversary
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2012 MARKS THE END OF AN ANCIENT MAYAN CALENDAR CYCLE, and that means excitement on the Yucatan Peninsula. Located just hours from Cancun, the purpose-built cruise port Puerto Costa Maya is a gateway to thrilling adventures, educational experiences and one-of-a-kind culture. 2012 will be a mystical year, and passengers certainly will not want to miss it. Architects had the past in mind when they designed this modern port complex. Puerto Costa Maya looks like an ancient Mayan City, but it’s a thoroughly contemporary cruise port that can accommodate three ships simultaneously, including the largest and biggest ships of the industry, the Oasis class. Passengers aboard those ships will find food, shopping and a gateway to adventure around Puerto Costa Maya’s three main pavilions. HEAD OF THE CLASS In short, Puerto Costa Maya has everything you could expect of a first-class cruise port. Voted Seatrade Insider’s “Port of the Year,” Costa Maya has some big-name representation. In addition to some fine little restaurants and bars, now operated by Anderson’s Group (Señor Frogs and Carlos & Charlie’s), a Hard Rock Café is less than a thousand feet from
Costa Maya, the Land of Adventure the port’s main complex, and a Señor Frogs is not far from that. There’s even a beach club at the port with a saltwater pool. Costa Maya’s Dolphin Discovery is the first dolphinarium facility to be located within a cruise terminal. It offers both “dolphin encounter” and “dolphin swim” tour options to visitors. Featuring up to 10 dolphins, expert trainers take guests through a complete explanation about dolphin anatomy, psychology, nature and how they communicate underwater. The dolphins also perform flips and jumps with visitors in the water. For any interested in learning a little more about the Mayan culture, a Temazcal Ceremony is just the thing. All of the Mayan myth and legend about the 2012 end cycle will be brought to life in this spiritual encounter with nature. This Mesoamerican purifying ceremony happens at the Pawantun Jungle Oasis, where a shaman will align each guest with the four elements — earth, wind, fire and water — inside the symbolic “Womb of Mother Earth.” It’s a little hard to explain, but this spiritual rebirth is a fantastic
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introduction to the mysticism of ancient Mayan culture and a great way to learn and understand the mystic Mayan calendar and the importance of the date December 21, 2012. For people who prefer a little adrenaline and outdoor adventure with their culture and education, Puerto Costa Maya offers plenty of excursion opportunities. At the Biomaya Canopy Experience tour, guests navigate the tropical canopy with zip-lines off towers higher than 2,500 feet that soar through the jungle and offer glimpses of monkeys and macaws. They can also enjoy the thrill of a dune buggy along the coastline or navigate the tranquil turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea on a catamaran sail. In Costa Maya, we say, “Don’t miss the mysticism in 2012.” While this year holds a lot of significance, and it will be a great time to visit Costa Maya, there are some attractions that are truly timeless. One of these, The Meso-American Coral Reef, is the second largest in the world, sheltering all of Costa Maya. Equally timeless are the ancient Mayan ruins on the outskirts of Costa Maya. From the years 200 B.C. to A.D. 900, the Mayan tribe was active in the western lowland area, now known as the Mexican state Quintana Roo, home to Puerto Costa Maya. Vestiges of ancient buildings are scattered all around the region, but there are few particularly popular ones where the mystic history of the area is palpable. The impressive buildings at Dzibanché, Chacchoben and newly unearthed Ichkabal stand today as some of the area’s premier cultural attractions. Please note that each of these, and all other attractions, can be reached on air-conditioned shuttle buses. Dzibanché is a great settlement that dates back to A.D. 200 and means literally “writing on wood.” The site’s temple number 6 — an imposing, impressive pyramid — houses the ancient glyphs that lend the site its name. Dzibanché is a favorite among the area’s archeological and historical buffs. Chacchoben’s three excavated and restored pyramids are magnificent, and the excavation is ongoing. What may be even more amazing are the surrounding trees and the beauty they lend to the structures. Sapodilla, fig trees, pepper trees, mahogany and chaca are just a few of the specimens that travelers will find. Ichkabal’s newly discovered Mayan ruins are in the vicinity of Costa Maya and are scheduled to open to visitors in late 2012. It has a 45-meter-high pyramid.
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W E ’ V E G OT C O M PA N Y Several of the cruise industry’s newest and largest ships visit on a regular basis, including the world’s largest sister ships, Royal Caribbean International’s 225,000-ton Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Epic, Carnival Cruise Lines’ Dream and Magic, Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Eclipse and Princess Cruises’ Crown Princess. Costa Maya is currently the only port in Mexico that can handle two Oasis-class, Epic-class or Dream-class ships simultaneously. Also, Costa Maya will soon receive the Disney Fantasy, Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship. The main complex has a 70,000-square-foot shopping center and bazaar, a beach club, saltwater pool and restaurants and bars. The 70-some shops include artisan boutiques with Mexican souvenirs including silver, leather, vanilla, liquor and pottery, as well as T-shirt stores and familiar retailers, such as Diamonds International. It also has a drug store, bathrooms and a first aid station. In conclusion, Costa Maya has the modern comforts any cruise passenger would expect of a modern port. It also has a history, culture and feel all its own. Don’t miss the mysticism and the magic. Suggest Costa Maya itineraries to your friends today. You’ll be granting them a spiritual experience they’ll never forget and an adventure they won’t stop thanking you for. Don’t miss the mysticism; come to Costa Maya, the Land of Adventure!
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NICARAGUA, CENTRAL AMERICA’S HOTTEST NEW TOURIST DESTINATION, offers an unforgettable experience for visitors. It is a country full of activities and attractions suitable for all interests, offering a beautiful landscape of well-preserved nature that includes 70 different ecosystems, semi-virgin beaches, volcanoes and lush rainforests. We are a well-rounded country, complete with an interesting history, cultural traditions, art, music and dance. Our culture, paired with our extraordinary landscape, makes visiting Nicaragua an exciting journey for the senses and the imagination. We are proud to be the safest country in Central America. A key focus of ours is the wellness of our visitors while introducing them to an environment in harmony with nature.
The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes CULTURAL HERITAGE GRANADA: THE ROMANTIC TOWN OF THE INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL The city of Granada is popular among tourists due to its history and Spanish colonial architecture, which dates back to the early 16th century, paying homage to the country’s Spanish roots. Granada’s cultural and romantic profile has become the backdrop to the International Poetry Festival since 2005. This annual event is a celebration of poetry and culture with poets from all over the world participating, and it is currently the largest poetry event in Central America. LEÓN León is one of the oldest and most interesting cities in Nicaragua; in fact, it is really two cities. Visitors can explore the ruins of one of the first Spanish colonial cities built on the continent, which was destroyed in an earthquake. The 17th-century ruins are preserved thanks to the lava and ashes that buried the city. The elegant “new” city of León preserves its attractive historical center and colonial buildings. León’s old cathedral was awarded World Heritage Site status by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The site's nomination is Nicaragua's third cultural landmark, following the ruins of León Viejo and El Güegüense. 82
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EL GÜEGÜENSE “El Güegüense” is a satirical drama that combines Spanish and indigenous theater, dance and music. It is considered one of the most important works of the colonial era in Latin America. GARIFUNA CULTURE In 2001 UNESCO proclaimed the language, dance and music of the Garifuna as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in Nicaragua, Honduras and Belize.” In 2005, the First Garifuna Summit was held on Corn Island, Nicaragua, with the participation of other Central American countries. FOLKLORE The best examples of Nicaraguan folklore can be found in the music and dance performances that take place during patron saint festivities in a variety of Nicaraguan towns. These folkloric celebrations of patron saints combine the Spanish colonial influence with indigenous celebratory elements. PRE-COLUMBIAN HISTORY Z A PAT E R A I S L A N D Zapatera is an archaeological site located on Isla Zapatera, a volcanic island in Lake Nicaragua, Granada Department, Nicaragua. The large quantity of statues, petroglyphs and pottery found at the site, and on other islands in the Zapatera archipelago, suggest the area was an important ceremonial center of pre-Columbian Chorotega people between 800 and 1350. NATURE With 25 volcanoes and countless lakes, rivers and lagoons, Nicaragua is known as the “Land of Lakes and Volcanoes.” Only in Nicaragua can you navigate through rivers and lakes from the Caribbean nearly to the Pacific, due to the Río San Juan intersecting Lake Nicaragua. With a wide assortment of landscapes and habitats that allow for many different types of vegetation and animal species to flourish, Nicaragua is proud of its tremendous ecological diversity, offering more than 70 unique ecosystems. In Nicaragua you will discover 7 percent of the world’s bio-diversity and learn why Nicaragua is considered “the second lung of the Americas.” Today, although it is shrinking, there is still a rainforest that has been left relatively untouched. The eastern region of the country is home to some of the bigger forests, with two reserves that offer a wide variety of vegetation and animals: the Indio Maíz Biological Reserve, located in the southeast near the San Juan River, and the Bosawas Biosphere Reserve, located in the northeast. FCCA 40th Anniversary
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OMETEPE ISLAND Located in Lake Nicaragua, the island of Ometepe houses two volcanoes and is the world’s largest volcanic island inside a freshwater lake. One of nature’s most fascinating and beautiful spots, the island attracts more and more people every year. In 2010, Ometepe was named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve because it demonstrates a balanced relationship between man and nature and is being developed in an eco-friendly manner. BEACHES Because it borders two oceans, Nicaragua is a sun-and-sand destination. The Pacific side offers hilled beaches and bays, with unforgettable swimming, surfing and sunsets. The Caribbean coast is picture-perfect with the classic turquoise sea, white sand beaches and perfectly placed palm trees —
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the ideal getaway. Colorado Beach, on Nicaragua’s southwest Pacific coast, was the site for the International Surfing Association’s World Masters Surfing Championships in July 2012. ADVENTURE SURFING The beaches of Nicaragua, especially those on the country’s southwest Pacific coast, are known for impressive surf and unexploited beauty. The most popular destination for surfers from around the world is a 37-mile stretch of beaches north and south of San Juan del Sur. This region was a stop on Quicksilver’s The Crossing in 2003, a worldwide quest in search of “the perfect wave.” Nicaragua was also host to the 2012 ISA World Masters Surfing Championships. Maderas, a secluded beach beloved by locals and visitors alike, is one of the surfing community’s best-kept secrets. SPORT FISHING Sport fishing is truly one of Nicaragua’s greatest draws. With two oceans, gigantic lakes, multiple rivers and inviting lagoons, Nicaragua has something different to reel in every fishing enthusiast.
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CANOPY Canopy adventures can be experienced around the country in a variety of environments and settings, whether taking an exhilarating ride through rainforests, coasting over lakes, rivers, lagoons or flying high above coffee plantations. With all tours, whether wildlife watching or adrenaline-pumping adventure, safety is always a priority. HIKING The Mombacho Volcano Natural Reserve has multiple trails with specialized guides to help point out native vegetation, including hundreds of species of orchids. For the more adventurous traveler, Nicaragua also has many active volcanoes that can be hiked, climbed and even skied. For a more rigorous, yet breathtaking, outing, climb the two large volcanoes of Ometepe Island: Concepcion and Maderas, which features petroglyphs, waterfalls and a beautiful lagoon in the volcano’s crater. Momotombo, one of the most challenging climbs in the country, provides spectacular panoramic views of its surroundings. E X T R E M E A D V E N T U R E: S A N D B O A R D I N G DOWN THE CERRO NEGRO A recent trend in extreme adventure is skiing or “boarding” down the rocky volcanic slope of the Cerro Negro Volcano, an active volcano just east of León. (Cerro Negro is also one of the youngest volcanoes on the planet.) Nicaragua offers a host of excellent options for the casual observer and the active participant. FCCA 40th Anniversary
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YOU MAY HAVE COME ACROSS RECENT PUBLICATIONS RECOMMENDING PANAMA as one of the top destinations for travel, most notably in the New York Times, Travel & Leisure, Forbes, National Geographic and the Financial Times, among others. Many others still boast about Panama’s attractiveness for real estate values and retirement and medical benefits. This is undoubtedly great publicity for the country of Panama, and we can assure you that the hype is well-deserved. Since the turnover of the Panama Canal from U.S. control to Panama on the 31st of December in 1999, the tropical isthmus has emerged as one of the top financial and banking centers of Latin America, with more than 70 general and internationally licensed banks and service as the regional headquarters for 60 multinational corporations. One of the largest development projects in the world is also being developed in the country’s former Howard Air Force Base, now called Panama Pacifico, a $10 billion mixed real estate project, which has been established by the Panamanian government as a special economic zone that provides special tax, labor and legal incentives. Panama’s stable political environment and U.S. Dollar economy, along with new tax reforms and reformed investment policies and laws that include special incentives like the Panama Pacifico special economic zone, have driven up investment ratings. Rating agencies such as Fitch Ratings, Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s have moved Panama’s sovereign rating to investment grade in 2010, and Fitch and Standard & Poor’s upgraded their ratings once again in 2011 from “stable” to “positive.” Furthermore, Panama’s unemployment level of 4.5 percent is one of the lowest in all of Latin America and the Caribbean, and the national economy grew an impressive 10.4 percent last year, which is a strong indicator of the country’s continued growth and sustainability.
Panama — Worth the Success With the recently approved free trade agreement with the United States, not only are investments growing in Panama, but international conferences and incentive tourism interest have suddenly shot up in popularity due to Panama’s exotic and cost-effective appeal. There are now a multitude of internationally recognized hotels and resorts available throughout the country, including the recently opened Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower and the soon-to-be-opened Waldorf Astoria Panamera. Panama also has the largest convention center in the region, which is unique in that it grants tax deductions to any U.S.-based company for business expenses incurred while in the country. A LW AY S G R O W I N G The Panama Canal expansion project is also making international headlines, and it is one of the country’s most recent engineering projects aimed at providing valuable infrastructure and development. This $5.25-billion investment will enable increased ship traffic flow through the canal and double the cargo capacity, which is already close to reaching its top capacity with the average annual vessel traffic of 13,000. Observing this historic expansion and the Canal in its current state is a must for visitors before the project’s completion in 2014. And despite the economic crisis in Europe and the decrease in demand from the United States, substantial growth has also been reported in the country’s ports, which have been undoubtedly aided by the record increase of containers and tonnage recorded transiting the Canal in 2011. The Canal had an unprecedented increase in its 97 years of operation with 322.1 million tons, which was a 7.1 percent increase over the previous year’s record. The Atlantic and Pacific international cruise terminals on either side of the Canal have seen a boost in cruise activity, particularly after the Colon 2000 home port terminal was constructed to accommodate the increase in demand from cruise lines such as Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Pullmantur and Celebrity Cruises, among others. Panama’s duty-free zone in the province of Colon, the 2nd largest in the world to Hong Kong, has also seen positive growth related to the country’s economic boom. The country’s other major development project is the building of a new Metro public transportation system, which initiated construction of its first city line in 2011 and is expected to be completed in 2014. The Metro is part of a larger effort on behalf of the national government to modernize the country’s public transportation system, which includes an improved bus system and enhancements to the roads, highways and major port terminals. The Metro project’s entire network of lines is expected to be fully completed to serve the capital city of Panama and its neighboring suburbs and cities in 2035. Once completed, this new metro system will place Panama first in the Central American countries as having one of the most modern transportation systems within the region.
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SUSTAINABLE TOURISM In addition to economic growth and development in financial and infrastructure sectors, there has been a strong and consistent rise in tourism to the country due to its unique and diverse cultural and historic attractions. The original city of Panama, Panama Viejo, was the first European settlement to be founded on the Pacific coast of the Americas. The country has a rich history of colonial trade, which was primarily concentrated on the transportation and safekeeping of precious gold, silver and other artifacts for the Spanish crown. This history can be relived and remembered amidst the many colonial ruins, preserved quarters and fortresses. These sites of major battles against infamous pirates of the 16th century are now UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the archeological sites of Panama Viejo and the colonial quarters of Casco Viejo. In fact, Panama holds five UNESCO World Heritage sites, both natural and cultural. Nature is certainly one of Panama’s top treasures. Etymologically, the word Panama generally means “abundance of fish, trees and butterflies,” and with three of the country’s many national parks and reserves having been declared UNESCO World Heritage sites, there is no questioning the country’s ecological appeal. The country boasts more than 1,500 islands, beautiful and secluded beaches on both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea and extinct volcanoes; over 30 percent of its territory is protected within national parks and reserves. Panama has been recognized internationally not only for its natural beauty and ecological biodiversity, but also for its adventure-tourism attractions. Panama has gained a positive reputation as a top destination for tourists seeking jungle adventures or beach getaways and is internationally recognized for providing some of the best opportunities for sport fishing, diving, snorkeling and surfing. Coupled with the country’s unique free travel insurance covering medical emergencies for all its tourists, it’s no wonder Panama has surged in recent years under the popular radar of international travelers. Sustainable tourism is one of Panama’s goals for development beyond the city limits and offers visitors unique opportunities to engage with existing indigenous cultures. Tourists in Panama can meet the seven autonomous indigenous communities that have kept their languages and traditions alive since before Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas. Most famous are the Guna Indians, formerly known as “Kuna,” who inhabit their autonomous Guna Yala Province of San Blas. The 365 San Blas islands have been lauded as possessing some of the most pristine and beautiful beaches of the world with stunning coral reefs rivaling many of those within the Caribbean Sea. FCCA 40th Anniversary
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Folklore is another strong element of the sustainable tourism goals of the country, and it vibrantly resonates throughout Panama and is manifested in various colorful festivals that take place year-round. Carnival, reigning as one of the most popular traditional festivities, is held annually in February before the Christian practice of Lent. Various history and art museums are also available throughout the country. The most notable of late is the future inauguration of the Museum of Biodiversity in 2013, designed by the internationally renowned architect Frank Gehry, designer of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Culture and art seekers will be delighted to discover that Panama boasts not only an important colonial history, a thriving indigenous culture and rich folkloric traditions and customs, but also a contemporary new wave of emerging artists and cultural offerings. Music, art, theatre and film events are proliferating as a result of the economic growth and rise in cultural imports from increased immigration to the country. The International Jazz Festival, now in its ninth year and celebrated in the month of January, successfully brings internationally celebrated musicians every year to perform for local audiences and to participate in an educational exchange of music. A highly anticipated cultural offering which made its grand entrance into the Panamanian artistic scene was the first edition of the International Film Festival of Panama, which took place in April and May this year. It attracted international celebrities and film industry professionals from around the world to celebrate the art in Panama City. As a result of the cosmopolitan exchange of cultures and rise in immigration to Panama, the country is experiencing great social changes. In addition to the aforementioned cultural and artistic scenes, the country is also seeing a revival in its gastronomy. Many new restaurants provide a variety of international cuisines, as well as incorporating typical Panamanian food through fusions, which has also become popular. Nightlife in Panama is lively and also diversifying to the desires of its multicultural citizens. Panama is also affordable and easy to get to with its increased airline connectivity, one of the highest in the world, offering direct flights to more than 28 countries. The countryâ€™s national airline carrier, COPA Airlines, even offers a free stopover plan. Alternatively, if passengers experience long wait times while making their air connections in Panama, they can take advantage of the free bus service to many of the new cosmopolitan shopping malls in the city to occupy their time. In summary, Panama has something for everyone. The relative ease of travel, along with Panamaâ€™s other great attractions and benefits, should provide the incentive and opportunity for everyone to consider visiting the country, particularly those already making their connections through Panama, and see for themselves that Panama really has become an outstanding, irresistible tourist destination.
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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 wonders, San Juan offers attractions as diverse as its 500-year old history: museums, galleries, shopping centers and excellent restaurants. Puerto Rico is a quality destination, with a dedication to excellence that encompasses our people, our products, our services, our ecosystem and our lifestyle. This year, Puerto Rico has been recognized by a variety of travel media as a great destination. For example, Puerto Rico obtained the top spot in Fodor’s top 10 destinations in the Caribbean; CNN Travel gave Puerto Rico third position among the world’s top 10 destinations at which to spend Christmas; and the island municipality of Vieques was given the eighth position by Conde Nast Traveller among the top 10 islands in the Atlantic. Moreover, Puerto Rico has a key geographical location that makes it 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. Air access is one of the greatest advantages we have as a homeport. As a transit destination, we also have a distinct advantage in that Puerto Rico’s overall destination offering is the best in the Caribbean, given our diversified terrain and superior infrastructure. And our proximity to other islands makes Puerto Rico an easy stop. Puerto Rico receives over 1.2 million cruise passengers on a yearly basis. Our cruise industry significantly contributes to our economy, generating close to 5,000 jobs and having an impact of more than $240 million, annually, on the island’s economy. San Juan is currently served by 14 cruise lines and is homeport to seven of them. While Puerto Rico’s cruise ship business has matured over time, there is still much room for growth. The island has seen a 34 percent increase in homeport passengers.
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The forecast for 2011 is that total visitors will grow by 8 percent, the first overall industry increase in five years. We are the main homeport facility in the Caribbean, receiving half a million homeport passengers per year, for a total of 1.2 million passengers per year. Additionally, we are the best-prepared destination in the region for provisioning cruise ships. We have found that the cruise ship visitors are 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-/poststay 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 Puerto Rico to grow this economic sector. GETTING EVEN BETTER 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 our homeport passengers, offering attractive incentives to cruise lines, improving the quality of our product and increasing attractions and tour offerings. We have improved air access to the island, which has resulted in more frequent visits and new routes from cruise feeder markets. For example, Air Tran and JetBlue will commence flying from Tampa with two daily flights each. Also, AirTran has added two daily flights from Baltimore, and JetBlue announced new daily service from Jacksonville. Finally, British Airways has announced that they will begin servicing San Juan from Gatwick twice a week. Puerto Rico’s main international airport in San Juan now counts a year-round average of 421 weekly flights to 21 US destinations, 27 weekly flights to 6 international destinations and 643 weekly flights to 24 destinations in the Caribbean. A well-diversified base of airlines serves these routes, including Air Canada, Air Sunshine, AirTran, 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, we have developed what has become the standard incentives model for the cruise ship industry in the Caribbean. The incentives law establishes a fund to promote the island’s cruise ship industry, providing cruise lines with incentives for provisioning locally, for increasing FCCA 40th Anniversary
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the volume of passengers visiting the 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 our product is of particular importance. We have begun a project to organize the tourism transportation logistics at the San Juan port area in order to ensure our visitors a better arrival experience. This project will also include a signage initiative that will correctly direct visitors toward the historical sites of Old San Juan. As for product enhancement, we have broadened the available excursions for passengers, thanks to the introduction of new attractions, such as 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 and their ecology. For children, we also have a new Natural History Museum and the Punto Verde eco-park, where they can learn about nature and how we can best preserve and protect our natural environment. These new attractions only add to the experience of visiting El Yunque Rainforest, the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. Forest Service system. Puerto Rico has 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 it will interconnect the waterfront with the old city, the Convention Center District and the Condado area. This program will enhance historical Old San Juan, described by Conde 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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THERE IS GOOD REASON WHY SAINT LUCIA TOPS THE “MUST VISIT” LISTS OF THE TRAVEL SAVVY. The island exudes a charm and character expected of quaint Caribbean destinations, yet has a rich and captivating culture that envelops one and all. A mere 238-square-mile island, Saint Lucia’s natural and intellectual contributions to the world are a source of wonder. Here you will find sulphur springs, tropical rainforests, many natural waterfalls, the world’s only drive-in volcano, preserved ruins from century-old military holdings, and a host of sites of artistic, architectural, historic and archaeological interest. Both whiteand black-sand beaches abound, and for those inclined toward the panoramic kaleidoscope of the marine world, there is no end to adventure through snorkelling, scuba diving and other water sports. It is the setting for modern fairytales and heroic tales from Superman to Pirates of the Caribbean, and it is ready to host your story. Evidence of Saint Lucia’s standing as a supreme destination is accentuated by a number of awards and accolades bestowed on the destination, its resorts and events, including the annual Jazz Festival. Saint Lucia’s international recognition as the ultimate romantic playground for lovers has been highlighted with the award for “World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination” for eight years. The island’s romance factor is a combination of its lush beauty; charming, friendly people; romantic activities; and exquisite luxury resorts.
The Ultimate Destination Saint Lucia is the perfect haven for those looking to unwind and escape the everyday stresses with its quiet enchantment, world-class resorts and spas, and stunning locales. The island has perfected the balance between maintaining its pristine, untouched and rustic nature while remaining a modern and vibrant destination. The island is not solely for those in the throes of love or someone looking to unwind on a secluded beach, but its exciting culture, music and cuisine make Saint Lucia perfect for anyone seeking an engaging and stimulating getaway. ADVENTURES AWAIT Saint Lucia presents a variety of adventure opportunities, regardless of your fitness or activity level. You can start off by enjoying the incredibly mysterious pools of the Sulphur Springs (mud baths) and the mineral baths at the Diamond Waterfall, which replenish the skin, relieve ailments and soak away tension. Experience the habitats Saint Lucia provides for many interesting species. Endangered birds find sanctuary in national forests, and the endemic Saint Lucia whiptail flashes its brilliant, blue tail only on the Maria Islands. Diamond Botanical gardens celebrate tropical foliage along meandering paths; the diverse gardens flow one to the next, each with individual charm and distinctive themes. Discover a “living museum” within a natural setting. Pigeon Island National Landmark, a 40-acre park that retraces the many historical legends of Saint Lucia, showcases the local wildlife and is surrounded by fantastic seascapes. Visitors to the park can amble at their own pace among the remnants of Admiral Rodney’s naval base, take a refreshing dip in one of the cozy coves; or hike to the heights of the fort to gape at the spectacular 360-degree view. You can make your sightseeing more of an exhilarating journey by enjoying enchanting hikes through the rainforest. Choose from our many trails, including Des Cartiers and Barre de L’Isle trails. You can also take a hike up the majestic twin peaks of the Pitons that soar from the sea’s surface to heights of more than 2,400 and 2,600 feet. Bird-watching tours along the various trails can also be arranged; catch sight of some of Saint Lucia’s delightful endemic species. A rush through nature best describes the fascinating ziplining adventures. Zip along a cable extended from one tree platform to the next and view the massive rainforest trees. This is the perfect way to add a touch of adventure while exploring the beauty of Saint Lucian rainforests. You can also enjoy every bit of Saint Lucia on horseback, ATV, mountain bike or jeep explorations.
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On the east side of the island, windsurfing and kitesurfing enthusiasts take advantage of the constant breeze along the Atlantic coastline for one exhilarating ride. Alternatively, the scenic west coast is perfect for delightful day-cruises and romantic sunset-sailing, and it is one of the leading sites in the Caribbean to encounter playful dolphins and migrating whales. The calm bays and natural coves along the west coast are ideal for kayaking, waterskiing, jet skiing, parasailing and sailing. Discover untold mysteries beneath the sea at Saint Lucia’s myriad dive locations. The shallow fringing reef is teeming with coral and fish life providing colorful dive sites for beginners and snorkelers, with certified dive masters and instructors onhand. More advanced scuba divers can enjoy exploring shipwrecks or getting carried away in exciting drift dives, as the shelf falls off into steep walls and coral encrusted rifts. The island also offers quality sports facilities, including an attractively landscaped championship golf course and tennis courts. Take time to relax with a round of golf on a picturesque course. CULTURE AND ROMANCE Bask in the culture, which is a potent mix of African and European influences, well evident in the Creole language, cuisine, folkways, religion and vibrant traditions. Animated, rhythmic and colorful, these cultural side dishes can be enjoyed as appetizers at your hotel or as a main course at such village and national festivals as the La Rose and La Marguerite Flower Festivals, Carnival, the weekly Gros Islet Friday Night Street Party, Anse-La-Raye Fish Fry, Dennery Fish Fry, and the annual Creole Day Festival. Saint Lucia’s calendar of activities bustles with a number of opportunities to mingle with the locals and experience firsthand the thrills of island living. The island heats up during the highly anticipated Jazz Festival held every May. The Saint Lucia Jazz Festival features a profusion of legendary musical artists each year, with multiple venues and shows of outstanding musical performances. The excitement continues into July with Carnival, a colorful pulsating islandwide festivity that culminates in an electrifying two-day street party. Saint Lucians celebrate their cultural heritage with the annual Jounen Kweyol (Creole Day) festival in October, with all Creole food, music and activities — a sure fire way to experience authentic Saint Lucian culture. Romance comes naturally in Saint Lucia, whether that’s sharing the lush, colorful landscape; the inky, black night sky awash with stars; the intensely colored sunsets; the earthy FCCA 40th Anniversary 101
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tropical music; or an intimate table for two where knees touch. This land of mystery and enchantment is the perfect setting for your coming together. From an intimate beach ceremony to the most lavish island affair, Saint Lucia offers you the freedom and expertise to have your wedding day just the way you want it. Choose to launch your new life together with a honeymoon in Saint Lucia, or celebrate your wedding anniversary by renewing your vows — or even renewing your honeymoon — on the most romantic island in the Caribbean. Nature’s own fairytale, Saint Lucia is the winner of countless awards as a wedding and honeymoon destination. There is no waiting period for persons wanting to get married in Saint Lucia. Simply show up. Your desire is your passport. Saint Lucia is real life setting for the modern fantasy. There is something for everyone. Dive prehistoric, underwater volcanoes. Drop anchor anywhere you wish with invasion only from the gentle trade winds. Ride on horseback or ATVs. Bike the Caribbean’s own Tour de France all-year round. There is something for everyone — for kids, for adults searching for their inner child and everything in between. Unforgettable adventure waits for you in Saint Lucia.
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THE ST. MAARTEN HARBOUR GROUP OF COMPANIES is a dynamic and multifaceted government-owned company. It owns and operates the Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise and Cargo Facilities, ranked one of the top three ports in the Caribbean for cruise and cargo handling. The St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies’ cruise business pillar has maintained a competitive edge in the region through constant research and strategic planning in close collaboration with its cruise stakeholders. Those partnerships, the country’s ideal geographic position in the Caribbean Sea and its unique Dutch/ French character have allowed for rapid, streamlined growth. Another contributing factor to the port’s success is the direct marketing to cruise line executives and itinerary planners by the Honorable Minister for Port Affairs, Mr. Romeo Pantophlet, and the Chief Executive Officer of the Harbour Group of Companies, Mr. Mark Mingo. On partnerships, the Harbour Group has teamed up with two of the largest cruise lines in the world to become one of the few ports in the Caribbean to host the mega-class cruise ships (220,000-plus tonnes). The two cruise ship piers can accommodate six ships simultaneously on any given day. The cruise facility seamlessly handles the flow of some 6,000-20,000 passengers daily.
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The Port of St. Maarten cruise facilities are comprised of the Dr. A.C. Wathey Pier, the John Craane Cruise Terminal, the Tender Jetty, Capt. Hodge Wharf, Sea Palace Wharf and Harbour Point Village. These integrated facilities cater to the demands and needs of the cruise sector, thereby creating the ultimate cruise experience for the cruiser. Service is the top priority. Customer service and first-class facilities have been the driving forces behind the success of the Port of St. Maarten. The island as a cruise destination has grown from 105,000 cruise passengers in 1980 to attracting more than one million cruise passengers annually since the turn of the century, 2000. This year, St. Maarten is expecting more than 1.6 million passengers, and the forecast for 2013 is tagged at 1.7 million. With direct airlift to the U.S. and Europe, one of the goals of the port is to facilitate smaller ships in the 200-500 passenger range, which can turn around in St. Maarten or do inter-porting. The Harbour Group maintains a high social character driven by the philosophy that a destination is only as good as its people. This principle led to significant investments in the rejuvenation of the capital, Philipsburg, and piloting surveillance monitoring throughout the cruise facility with plans underway to expand to Philipsburg. GREEN HARBOUR Environmental stewardship is also very high on the Harbour Group’s agenda, as it strives to become the first green harbor in the Caribbean. Since spring, wind turbines and solar panels generated enough power for the port to cut its annual $1 million energy costs by approximately 35 percent. Another green option is the purchasing of iPads for management to reduce paper use. “We are also studying the fuel situation for the cruise industry and working to find creative solutions for how we can help and how we best fit into itineraries” Mingo says. CAUSEWAY Investments are not limited to the harbor. Construction of a 760-meter causeway to connect Airport Boulevard to Cole Bay in the vicinity of Port de Plaisance is underway for completion in 2013. The idea of the causeway was first considered in 2001 and the landmark project is finally being realized. The principal aim is to ease congestion in the area, as the causeway will provide an alternative route to the Simpson Bay Bridge. The causeway will include two traffic lanes, walkways on both sides and protective barriers. FCCA 40th Anniversary 107
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Located almost along the Dutch-French border, the causeway will include a state-of-the-art turning center section, which will allow yachts to pass in both directions when open. When closed, the causeway will have an overhead clearance of 6 meters (19.7 feet). C O N S U LTA N C Y C O M PA N Y In 2011, the St. Maarten Harbour Consultancy Company was established as a revenue generator for the group to disseminate its knowledge and expertise. The initial ‘product’ offered by the consultancy company is the Global Logistics System software platform. Other areas of the Harbour Group’s business will also be offered by the consultancy company, including its fueling operations and terminal management. C A R G O FA C I L I T I E S The Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise and Cargo Facilities also include a cargo section, the Captain David Cargo Quay and Cargo South Quay. St. Maarten proudly serves as a transshipment hub for the northeastern Caribbean, due to the island’s strategic location, ultra-modern cargo facilities and the provision of efficient, reliable services to stakeholders and customers. This has made the cargo port one of the busiest transshipment ports in this part of the Caribbean.
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Some of the major cargo lines servicing the island are Europe West Indies Lines, Bernuth, CAGEMA, CMA-CGM, Seaboard Marine Lines and Tropical Shipping. The Capt. David Cargo Quay has a length of 540 meters (1,780 feet), a docking capacity for two general lift-on-liftoff (LOLO) and three roll-on-roll-off (RORO) cargo vessels. The water depth is 10.5 meters (35 feet). The facility includes a container storage area of over 2000 TEUs. Cargo vessels can also be provided with fuel and water services.
PORT DETAILS AUTHORITY St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies A.C. Wathey Cruise and Cargo Facilities J. Yrausquin Boulevard PO Box 5185 Harbour Village Suite #13A, Point Blanche St. Maarten APPROACH Deepwater approach to all terminals. The only hazard on approach is the Proselyte Reef. ACCOMMODATION Captain David Cargo Quay: 500 meters long, with 10.5-meter draught alongside. Plans are underway to increase the draught to 11.5 meters to accommodate the FLV vessels. Cruise Pier 1: 545 meters long, 691 meters including dolphin, 12.0-meter depth alongside. Cruise Pier 2: 445 meters long, 12-meter depth alongside. AIRPORT Princess Juliana International Airport is approximately 20 minutes from the seaport area with connections to the U.S. and Europe as well as regional services. HOSPITAL The St. Maarten Medical Center is 10 minutes from the port. Medical facilities are also available in Philipsburg. ANCHORAGE Good anchorage can be found in 12.29 meters of water in Great Bay.
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THE TWIN ISLAND REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO is located just seven miles off the coast of Venezuela. The southernmost of Caribbean islands, they are living proof that nature, too, saves the best for last. Though bound together as one nation, the islands of Trinidad and Tobago could hardly be more different, and therefore offer a unique double opportunity for the cruise visitor. TRINIDAD – TERRIFIC 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 long. It is most dramatically observed during the Carnival season (December to Ash Wednesday), which climaxes when this multi-racial, multi-talented population parades 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 are teeming with wildlife found nowhere else in the Caribbean, including ocelots, golden tree frogs and oilbirds. A highlight to any visit is the world-famous Asa Wright Nature Centre, where Trinidad’s myriad 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, of particular delight is the drive to Maracas Bay along the North Coast Road — a more dramatic combination of coast and mountain scenery you will not find anywhere else. The trip takes about 45 minutes from gangplank to beach.
DOUBLE THE EXPERIENCE TOBAGO – TRANQUIL Tobago, by contrast, is an exemplar of quiet Caribbean perfection. A slower pace, endless beauty, 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 will find a rare experience – the chance to swim and mingle with manta rays around Tobago’s exquisite coral reefs. There are few places on the planet (and no others in the Caribbean) that can offer this. These reefs are home to what is claimed to be the world’s largest brain coral. E A T, D R I N K , B E M E R R Y Like our rich heritage, our food palate is diverse and multicultural, offering you distinct, indigenous dishes alongside savoury fusion food. Words like sancoche, kuchela, souse, baigan, paratha and callaloo will become part of your culinary vocabulary. While in T&T, visitors should sample the local food. From Creole cuisine, try our world-famous bake and shark (deep-fried pieces of shark between two slices of fried dough), topped with your choice of condiments and relishes. To savor the Indian influence, try roti or doubles. In Tobago, try curried crab and dumpling! Exotic drinks abound too, from coconut water to mauby and sorrel. Strange names, wonderful tastes!
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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 a brine and seasoned with lime, cucumber, hot pepper and onion slices • Aloo pie - Indian-flavored fried potato pie. You’ll also find a selection of dishes like pelau (similar to Spanish pilaf), 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. IN A NUTSHELL Christopher Columus encountered both Trinidad and Tobago in 1498. Trinidad was a Spanish colony until 1797, but was mainly settled by the French. Tobago changed hands several times. It wasn’t until 1889 that the islands were united as a single British crown colony. Trinidad and Tobago became independent in 1962 and a republic in 1976. TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO Currency: Trinidad and Tobago dollar Time Zone: GMT -4, EST +1 Climate: Averages 30oC (89oF) TRINIDAD Area: 1,864 square miles Population: 1.3 million Capital City: Port of Spain TOBAGO Area: 116 square miles Population: 52,000 Capital City: Scarborough FOR CRUISE LINERS For cruise liners, Trinidad and 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. Cruise vessels dock at the Cruise Ship Complex, where disembarking passengers are greeted by dancers in dazzling Carnival costumes along with calypso singers or musicians playing the indigenous steel pan. Inside the terminal building, this spectacular greeting is enhanced by the Tourist Information Office, duty-free stores, clothing boutiques and souvenir shops. At the Tourist Information Office, visitors can instantly get recommendations on attractions, hotels and taxis from a friendly and professional staff. The Information 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. All in all, Trinidad and Tobago’s strategic location as well as passenger-friendly facilities and terminals make it ideal for homeporting, particularly for lines exploring the southern Caribbean and South American coast. P O R T FA C I L I T I E S The Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago operates the ports of Port of Spain (Trinidad) and Scarborough (Tobago) on a 24-hour basis.
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HARBOR SPECIFICATIONS P O R T O F S PA I N Total Length of Quay – 2,000 meters (6,562 feet) Depth – 9.75 meters (32 feet) SCARBOROUGH Finger Pier – 300 meters (984 feet) Depth – 9.0 meters (29 feet) DOCUMENTS REQUIRED • Clearance from last port • De – Rat Certificate • International Declaration of Health • Crew List – (8) copies • Passenger Lists – (8) copies • Store Lists – (2) copies • Unmanifested Cargo Lists – (2) copies • Customs Crew Declaration – (2) copies • Immigration Arrival Form P & 1 10 – (4) copies CONSULAR CLEARANCES Kindly contact local shipping agent in advance to obtain information on any clearances that may be required. PILOTAGE Pilotage is compulsory for berthing and unberthing of vessels. Pilotage fees are charged on the gross tonnage of the vessel. FRESH WATER Water is available alongside the quay front. BUNKERING In Port of Spain bunkering is done by barges of 8,000-ton capacity. The barge fee is waived for cruise ships. Hydrant bunkering dockside is available at Scarborough. Cruise ships enjoy incentive bunker rates. TUG SERVICES Towage is compulsory and available at both ports. GARBAGE DISPOSAL Arrangements for garbage and other waste disposal can be made through local shipping agent. SECURITY The Port Authority operates its own security force.
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VISITOR GUIDES The Visitor Guides are strategically positioned in downtown Port of Spain, the capital city of Trinidad and Tobago, for the purpose of extending hospitality and goodwill to all local, regional and international visitors to the capital city. PURPOSE The Visitor Guides are trained to provide you with accurate information and contribute, in any way, to making the visitor experience of Trinidad and Tobago and the capital city an enjoyable one. HOW YOU CAN IDENTIFY VISITOR GUIDES All Visitor Guides are outfitted in red shirts that bears two logos — the city of Port of Spain crest and Trinidad and Tobago’s destination logo. Photo-identification badges accompany the logos. WAYS IN WHICH WE CAN HELP Visitor Guides can: • Direct cruise visitors to the prime, safe shopping areas in the city and provide directional maps of the city. • Provide updates on events and happenings in the country, such as sporting events, musical events and festivals. For detailed events listing, go to www.gotrinidadandtobago.com. • Keep an eye out for those with particular needs, such as the aged, the differently-able and adults with young children. WHERE YOU CAN FIND VISITOR GUIDES Visitor Guides are 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. From the Brian Lara Promenade, Visitor Guides can recommend and direct visitors to a number of fascinating sites and attractions in and around the city. The Visitor Guide uniform consists of a red shirt and black trousers or skirts. All Visitor Guides also wear photo-identification badges.
ABOUT THE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED The Tourism Development Company Limited (TDC) — the implementation arm of Trinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of Tourism — has a long-term vision for the islands as a cruise destination and is working hard to develop the sector alongside the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago. TOURISM DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO LEVEL 1, MARITIME CENTRE, BARATARIA REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD & TOBAGO. TEL (868) 675-7034 OR (868) 669- 5196 FAX: (868) 675-7722 EMAIL: INFO@TDC.CO.TT WWW.TDC.CO.TT WWW.GOTRINIDADANDTOBAGO.COM
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Lost: The Beaten Path Found:
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Captivate your clients with cruises that include the breathtaking U.S. Virgin Islands.
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THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS HAS SERVED AS A FAVORITE STOP FOR CRUISE LINES and passengers for years by offering a mix of exciting shore excursions, opportunities to explore local cuisine, history and culture and a variety of retail options for duty-free shopping. With its enchanting towns, magnificent coastlines, historic sites and incomparable water adventures, a world of unforgettable moments are waiting to be discovered in St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas. WHAT ’S NEW AND NOTABLE The Department of Tourism’s ongoing commitment to its visitors and cruise lines means it’s constantly working to enhance the cruise visitor experience; 2012 marks the continuation of a chain of new developments and refurbishments at the territory’s ports of call. From recent attraction and restaurant openings to long-term improvement projects, the U.S. Virgin Islands is evolving, and the Department of Tourism is excited to welcome cruise passengers to experience it. Visitors continue to enjoy the reopening of Mountain Top on St. Thomas. In 2011, following extensive reconstructive work, cruise passengers were once again able to access the best views of the island from its highest point of elevation. Travelers can relax on the viewing deck and indulge in a world famous banana daiquiri — a 60-year-old recipe! — once again.
U.S. Virgin Islands Now Has Even More to Offer Located at Havensight Dock, The Butterfly Garden reopened on St. Thomas under the management of Coral World Ocean Park. The unique attraction immerses guests in the world of the delicate butterfly, allowing interaction and observation of some of the most beautiful species in the world. The farm is a family favorite and, as a result of its new ownership, is offering joint promotions with Coral World Ocean Park, which gives guests a glimpse into underwater marine wildlife and hands-on experience with a “touch” pool and sea lion encounters. Also in St. Thomas, the St.Thomas Skyride tramway continues to draw cruise passengers throughout the year. St. Thomas Skyride tramway is the perfect way to savor the island’s breathtaking harbor views from 700 feet. One of the new restaurants to open in Cruz Bay is the popular New York City Malaysian-inspired restaurant Fatty Crab. The Fatty Crab crew brings its signature funky flavors and rock ‘n’ roll atmosphere that the two Fatty Crabs in New York City have come to be known for. The menu is similar to its other locations, but incorporates produce found locally, giving the culinary team a chance to play around with new ingredients, like the Virgin Islands’ conch, spiny lobster and fruits and vegetables indigenous to the island. This addition delights visitors and locals alike with its unique take on dining in the gorgeous Cruz Bay location. T H E “ S P I R I T S ” O F S T. C R O I X St. Croix remains an under-the-radar Caribbean gem rich with cultural experiences. The refurbished Ann E. Abramson Marine Facility at the Frederiksted pier area gives cruise passengers a new place to explore, and similar to its sister island, this port is seeing new developments that are sure to become essential stops on any St. Croix itinerary. Already known as the home of Cruzan Rum, Diageo USVI, the Virgin Islands’ newest distillery, will be opening a Captain Morgan Visitor Center on St. Croix in anticipation of the Captain Morgan distillery set to produce its first batch of rum. The visitor center allows guests to experience the rum’s unique history, production process and a little more about the Captain himself. It will also house “The Captain’s Collection,” a stunning gathering of old and new Caribbean rums. In addition to showcasing the history and culture of rum production, the visitor center educates travelers on LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification and Diageo’s commitment to sustainability and responsible drinking. Once cruise passengers disembark in Frederiksted, they can stroll along its waterfront and enjoy the shopping and breathtaking beaches, a perfect escape for those seeking tranquility and relaxation. History buffs will enjoy a visit to nearby Estate Whim Plantation, a restored 18th-century sugar mill situated among 12 acres of majestic plantation buildings and tropical flora.
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Foodies can indulge in authentic West Indian dishes laden with spices or international cuisine infused with local flavors in one of the town’s many restaurants. Meanwhile, Gallows Bay Dock, located only a mile from the charming town of Christiansted, enables guests to explore the area by foot. In Christiansted, visitors enjoy taking pictures in the historical churches, meandering through pastel buildings and unique art galleries, and perusing the charming boutiques, cafés and pavilions. Best known for the array of water activities available to guests, St. Croix’s crystal waters provide the perfect backdrop for everything from a leisurely swim to a thrilling kayak excursion. St. Croix is also heralded as one of the world’s top diving destinations, offering enthusiasts dives that will inspire even the most seasoned experts. The island is also home to Buck Island National Reef Monument, an underwater wonder that stretches across 19,000 acres of protected land and pristine waters, beckoning visitors to explore. To learn more about the U.S. Virgin Islands, please visit www.visitusvi.com or call (800) 372-USVI.
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THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE IN HOUSTON, making it ideal for a cruise line. Conveniently located between Houston’s two major airports, the Bayport Cruise Terminal gives visitors an opportunity to take in the many sights and experiences of the Houston area. Less than two hours cruising time from international waters, this new single-story, 96,000-square-foot facility is custom-designed and built for the cruise industry with efficiency and convenience in mind. The embarkation lounge has 55 checkin stations, and valet parking is available in an adjacent parking lot that has 800 spaces and is expandable to 1,000. The facility has a second-story boarding corridor and features a climate-controlled FMT Gangway System. Houston is an excellent choice. This world-class city, boasting the nation’s largest port in terms of foreign tonnage, offers visitors every possible experience imaginable.
Houston – Where Your Journey Begins Whatever your taste, whatever your pleasure, Houston has it to offer: recreation, shopping, sports, the arts, nature, cuisine and culture. RECREATION With mild temperatures even through the coldest months of the year, every form of recreation (short of snow skiing) can be enjoyed year-round. An average annual temperature of 70 degrees and 250 sunny days per year makes Houston a recreational paradise. Houston may be the nation’s fourth largest city, but it is also one of the greenest. You can walk, run, bike or roller skate along more than 100 miles of scenic trail systems. You’ll forget you’re in a city as you admire the trees, wildflowers and wildlife along the way. Paddlers can find canoe and kayak launches along the bayou to take a cruise all the way to downtown on the water. Ever notice how many professional golfers come from Texas? Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite and Lee Elder, to name a few. Fred Couples was the star of the University of Houston golf team. The LPGA is headquartered here. It’s no surprise, considering how many superb golf courses can be found throughout the Houston area, including public courses at Memorial and Hermann Parks. As much business 124 FCCA 40th Anniversary
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is conducted here out on the links as in boardrooms. Many of the area’s finest subdivisions also include beautiful golf courses, which makes living here even better than just visiting. Schedule your visit to watch the pros at a premier PGA event, such as the annual Shell Houston Open. The same is true for tennis. Public courts, tennis clubs and community courts all provide a wide variety of choices. The annual River Oaks US Men’s Clay Court Championship is played here every spring. The United States Professional Tennis Association calls Houston home, so there is no shortage of expert instructors for perfecting your game. Despite being an enormous city, nature is never very far away in Houston. With a year-round growing season, something is always blooming here. Migratory birds winter here or stop before continuing on to Central and South America. Year-round, egrets, ibis, herons and brown and white pelicans can be found wherever there’s water in the Houston area. Not far from the city limits, a wide variety of state and national wildlife refuges host more than 200 varieties of birds, as well as coyotes and alligators. More exotic inhabitants can be found at the 55-acre Houston Zoo in Hermann Park. Visitors to this lushly landscaped zoo can feed the giraffes or watch the chimpanzees’ antics in the new African forest exhibit. The elephant herd has a newly expanded exhibit where these gentle giants can play and roam freely. For those who prefer to watch sports, Houston offers year-round enjoyment. The Rockets, the Texans, the Dynamo, the Astros and the Aeros can satisfy whatever sport you prefer. We are also home to the four-time national WNBA champion Houston Comets and three-time national champion Houston Energy, one of 17 teams nationwide in the Women’s Professional Football League.
ATTRACTIONS Who hasn’t fantasized about being an astronaut and visiting other worlds? Space Center Houston, the official visitors’ center for NASA’s Johnson Space Center, is the only place on earth to take an out-of-this-world journey through human adventures in space. Try your hand at landing the shuttle or retrieving a satellite through interactive computer simulators. Find out how astronauts shower, sleep and prepare meals in space. Close to the Port of Houston’s cruise terminal is the Kemah Boardwalk, which is like a year-round carnival. Rides, themed restaurants, shopping and an aquarium are all a part of the fun here on the shores of Galveston Bay. The Houston Ship Channel is home to the world’s tallest war memorial, the San Jacinto Monument. It marks the site of the battle for Texas independence in 1836. A museum at the base of the monument is filled with artifacts and a theater for viewing Texas Forever!! The Battle of San Jacinto. This 35-minute video puts you in the middle of the decisive battle. Markers throughout the surrounding battlefield show you where the two sides fought and the Texans won. A park on the ship channel across Independence Highway from the monument is an excellent place to watch ships and barges at the Port of Houston. One of the most beloved experiences in Houston is the Water Wall. Designed by Philip Johnson, this dramatic 64-foot U-shaped fountain is Houston’s most photographed site. Step through the entry and be surrounded by thousands of gallons of water rushing down inside and outside the walls. It is an experience you’ll never forget. Relax and have a picnic in the surrounding three-acre green space shaded by more than 180 live oak trees. The Children’s Museum of Houston is known as “a playground for your mind.” Rated as the No. 1 children’s museum by Parents magazine, it is bursting with fun innovative interactive bilingual learning experiences for children up to age 12. The museum is housed in a whimsical building designed by Robert Venturi. The Houston Museum of Natural Science is one of the most heavily attended museums in the country. Located in Hermann Park, it features the Wortham IMAX Theatre, Burke Baker Planetarium and Cockrell Butterfly Center, along with permanent exhibit halls and traveling exhibitions. From fossils and dinosaurs to gems and geology, the exhibits bring all aspects of the natural world alive. Chemistry and energy exploration are featured due to their importance to Houston’s economy. FCCA 40th Anniversary 125
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CULTURE From fine arts to cowboy skills, Houston is the place to be. The Museum District near Hermann Park includes many of Houston’s fine arts destinations. The Museum of Fine Arts Houston includes works from antiquity to the present. Housed in two buildings, the collection includes 56,000 pieces, and a third building is planned. The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is a non-collecting institution dedicated to presenting the best and most exciting international, national and regional art of the last 40 years. The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is one of the few venues in the country dedicated exclusively to craft at the highest level, highlighting art made of glass, fiber, clay, metal or wood. The Menil Collection houses the private collection of John and Dominique de Menil in two Renzo Piano buildings. The museum’s holdings cover the entire range of art with special emphasis on Surrealism and the work of Cy Twombly. The nearby Rothko Chapel by Howard Barnstone features 14 works by Mark Rothko.
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Houston has always been a city that embraces new ideas and different ways of looking at things. It’s no surprise that outsider artists have found acceptance here. The Orange Show Monument is a Houston postman’s ode to his favorite fruit. Built single-handedly over more than 20 years, this outdoor monument is constructed of found objects, such as gears, tiles, wagon wheels and statues. The Beer Can House is another folk art monument made by a retired upholsterer who never threw anything away, including all the beer cans he emptied over 18 years. Some 50,000 beer cans were transformed into the house’s aluminum siding and decorative elements. Art cars have rolled down Houston’s streets for many years. From unique paint designs to cars transforming into fire-breathing dragons, cars have proven to be interesting canvasses for vehicular artists. A museum celebrates their design, and an annual parade now draws more than 250 vehicles from 23 states, Canada and Mexico. Downtown Houston’s Theater District is home to nine performing arts organizations. Houston is one of only five cities with permanent professional resident companies in all of the major performing arts disciplines: opera, ballet, music and theater. The performing arts venues are all first-class. Free performances from Houston’s varied performing arts scene are held at the Miller Outdoor Theater in Hermann Park. Agriculture has always played an enormous role in the economy of Texas. For three weeks every spring, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo hosts more than 2 million guests who come for the livestock competitions, food, carnival rides, live concerts and the world’s largest indoor rodeo.
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CUISINE As a city that has long done business throughout the world, Houston satisfies visitors who are accustomed to finding outstanding international cuisine. With more than 8,000 restaurants to choose from and menus reflecting every region of the United States and 33 other countries, any palette can find satisfaction here. Houstonians eat out more than residents of any other city, so don’t be afraid to ask for a recommendation. Houston’s low cost of living includes the restaurant scene.From trendy bistros to cantinas to Chinatown, take your pick. Local specialties include Gulf seafood, Texas barbecue and steaks. Tex-Mex to Brazilian, Korean to Indian, French to Russian and Middle Eastern to Ethiopian — every gastronomic desire awaits. After dinner, take advantage of Houston’s nightlife. There is a lively live music scene with plenty of jazz, blues, country western, rock and acoustic music. SHOPPING Shopping could be considered a sport in Houston. Whether hunting for a one-of-a-kind at a boutique or stocking up at the nation’s finest department stores, you can fill your shopping bags easily here. More than a dozen shopping districts are in town with outlet malls in the suburbs. The Galleria has more than 375 stores, including the first Neiman Marcus outside of Dallas. People travel to Houston from other countries just to shop there. At the opposite end of the shopping spectrum is Harwin, where all the designer lookalikes can be found. Hunt for antiques in the Historic Heights and Montrose, or explore Houston’s first shopping center, the River Oaks Shopping Center, originally built in 1927. Houston is unlike anywhere you have ever been. New ideas, new people, new styles, new cuisines are always welcome here. Spend a day; spend a week. You’ll always find plenty to do and see in Houston. FCCA 40th Anniversary 127
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