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Contents Welcome Letter ................................................ 3 Aruba


Puerto Rico

Aruba ............................................................. 5 Colombia ........................................................11 Dominican Republic ..........................................17 Guadeloupe Islands ..........................................23 Mexico ...........................................................29 Panama ..........................................................35 Puerto Rico ......................................................41 Sint Maarten ....................................................47

Dominican Republic

Guadeloupe Islands

Sint Maarten

U.S. Virgin Islands ............................................53

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Welcome Message

Welcome to Cruise Destinations, our new publication designed to showcase our partner the cruise destinations of the Caribbean and Latin America. This beautiful magazine represents another step in FCCA’s mission of furthering the symbiotic relationship between the cruise industry and our destination partners. It is a great way to display the growth, prominence, offerings and importance in the industry of these incredible destinations. Only by working closely together can both the cruise industry and the destinations thrive.

Dominican Republic has shown their status as a valued partner of the industry through their role as a the host of last year’s FCCA Conference & Trade Show and their constant improvements to tailor themselves as a cruise destination by catering to the industry and passengers. They are expected to see 150 calls and 332,225 passengers because of the relationship they have formed with the industry and the infrastructure they have developed.

I want to personally thank the nine destinations that have shown their commitment to working with the cruise industry and are featured in this inaugural edition. These nine destinations – Aruba, US Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Panama, Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guadalupe – represent the epitome of cruise ports of call. Because of their dedication to working with the cruise industry, they have experienced drastic growth that has made a positive impact on their local economies, all the while providing an extraordinary experience for the thousands of cruise passengers that visit their destinations. On behalf of the FCCA , I hope that this publication will enlighten and inform by providing an inside glimpse into these destinations and show more clearly what they have done to cultivate cruise tourism. We want to work with all of the destinations, building mutually beneficial relationships showing the beauty of this exquisite region to thousands of people from around the globe. Please enjoy this first edition of Cruise Destinations. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please let us know. Regards,

Kevin Sheehan FCCA Chairman; CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line The FCCA is pleased to present you with our new publication, Cruise Destinations. This important resource is a way to showcase some of our most prominent destination partners. Every country featured here has taken great strides to work symbiotically with the cruise industry and constantly endeavors to foster a mutually rewarding relationship. All of these nine destinations are valued Platinum Members of the FCCA. They are all true partners that can be called on and trusted in times of need. Furthermore, they are absolutely vital to the industry because of the steps they have taken to establish their roles and relationships. So we are glad that we can allow them this opportunity to display their importance to the industry, the infrastructure they have put in place, the tourism offerings they provide and other assets that make them not just important to the cruise tourism industry, but essential to the entire tourism industry, which arose because of their relationship with and dedication to the cruise industry. These relationships have truly helped these countries blossom and utilize the potential of the cruise industry. Aruba has made a commitment to having a relationship with the cruise industry by working closely with our industry and developing and collaborating on ways to increase cruise calls. Because of their partnerships and dedication, they are projected to have an estimated 187 calls and 403,352 passengers in 2011. Colombia’s consistent efforts have proven to the industry that they are dedicated to creating a safe environment for the ships and passengers. There was never a question of their tourism offerings, which are bountiful and incredible, but their stigma had prevented full actualization of the cruise industry’s benefit. Now that they have worked with the lines to overcome this obstacle, they have seen substantial growth both in passengers and calls. In particular, the Port of Cartagena has had a 57% increase in passenger calls in the past 10 years. 2

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Guadeloupe Islands has been far more active with the cruise industry. They are working hard in partnership with the cruise industry to learn how to increase their traffic. The future is in their hands, and it should be bright. They are expected to see a 12% increase in 2011 over their 2009 passenger statistics, seeing 96,070 passengers, opposed to the 85,712 received in 2009. Mexico has a very diverse offering because of their size and 19 ports. This variety and uniqueness has just begun to be tapped and still has potential for growth beyond the five million annual passengers they have seen for the past years, especially because of the strides they have taken to work with the industry. Their Secretary of Tourism has now partnered with the cruise industry to delve into their new and one of a kind opportunities under their tagline, “The Mexico you thought you knew.” Panama was always known for their Canal and looked to the cruise industry to enter the tourism sector. This has been a tremendous vehicle for Panama to promote their tourism product and benefit their economy. In 2011, they will see 191,976 passengers, a 7% increase over the 179,259 passengers they served in 2009. Puerto Rico’s success as a major homeport and port of call came with growing pains. Now, Puerto Rico has a clear vision and a firm hand on the steering wheel. Because of their partnership with the FCCA and the cruise industry, they have been able to learn what they needed to do to chart a route of greatness and are well underway as will be exhibited when they host this years FCCA Cruise Conference and Trade Show, October 3-7, 2011. They are projected to have an estimated 399 calls and 1,026,710 passengers in 2011. Sint Maarten has grown from 105,000 cruise passengers in 1980 to attracting more than one million. This is from their constant contact and efforts to emplace the proper infrastructure and amenities for the cruise lines and passengers. Currently, they successfully implemented their vision to bring all partners from the private sectors to the table. Sint Maarten will see a growth from 985,074 passengers in 2009 to 1,276,373 in 2011— a 30% increase. U.S. Virgin Islands has developed a security plan that has been shared and copied by many destinations that allows for effective communication with the cruise industry during any situation. This communication with the industry helps explain why they have grown from 1,353,163 passengers and 481 calls in 2009 to 1,701,945 passengers and 554 calls in 2011—26% and 15% increases, respectively. USVI also had the highest per passenger out of the 29 destinations reviewed in BREA’s Economic Impact Study, at $193.22. Yes, the cruise industry provides a vital economic impact for many destinations, and many more want to be able to optimize its opportunities. But to do this, it takes constant effort. Establishing the proper infrastructure and offerings is essential. To accomplish this, it is necessary to partner with the cruise industry to learn what they need and how to enact and emplace it. Once this partnership is engaged, it becomes easy to see how reciprocal the relationship can be. Respectfully yours,

Michele M. Paige President, FCCA FCCA Cruise Destinations



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This the Best of Times for Aruba’s Cruise Industry…


Aruba rang in 2010 with a record-setting 2009 cruise passenger arrivals, 606,970 visitors, and the news that Carnival Cruise Lines’ Miracle would be making 16 calls to Aruba from October 2010 up to and including March 2011.

This could mean an additional flow of 32 thousand cruise visitors to our shores and the perfect opportunity to showcase the Bo Aruba (Your Aruba, a mega “Urban and Neighborhood Renewal” project). The ambitious four-year, $350 million USD infrastructural investment project consists of the renovation of Oranjestad and its surrounding neighborhoods, the construction of a centralized plaza in the downtown area and the conversion of the current container port into a recreational area where beachgoers can enjoy and relax in a user-friendly environment. Along with all of these exciting new developments, Aruba now offers visitors the opportunity to find ample information about their cruise product on www.aruba.com, with the site offering a glimpse of a series of new projects to be fully implemented. Some of these exciting new products include destination

wedding opportunities for cruise visitors, resort day passes, special discounts for Crew Members and a Welcome Back Program developed with private sector partners. The Aruba Ports Authority is ready to begin the process of investing an estimated US $35 million to move the current container port in Oranjestad to their new Multi-Cargo Sea Terminal at Barcadera. With the reopening of the Barcadera Port for containerized cargo, the Government of Aruba expects the terminal to be used as a potential small hub for Free-Zone or Transshipment Cargo. The new multi-cargo sea terminal at the Barcadera site shall be implemented with a design, build, finance, operate, maintain and transfer Concession Agreement (DBFOMT). APA N.V. and the Government of Aruba have decided that the Barcadera project will be implemented as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) under the Landlord Model. While APA will be responsible for the investments in and maintenance of basic quay-infrastructure, dredging of the navigation channels, marine services, land leasing and port administration, the FCCA Cruise Destinations


concessionaire will be responsible for the investments in terminal infrastructure, labor and operational activities. The total combined investment by APA and the concessionaire is estimated at between USD $54 and USD $62 million. The project is estimated to be fully operational about one and a half years after the signing of the Concession Contract takes place. The relocation of the container port opens up new possibilities and opportunities to further develop the island’s cruise industry, as well, which will surely encompass the improvement of the quality of life in the city centre and the livelihood of the business and activities that operate in the capital of Oranjestad. Aruba will be better prepared to greet even more of the big ships with renovations and beautification plans scheduled by the Aruba Ports Authority and the Government. Among the latest Government initiatives are the Caribbean’s Longest Linear Park, which includes: pedestrian areas and bike paths, restaurant terraces 8

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and outdoor dining, walkways to connect museums / cultural attractions and outdoor areas to showcase local Aruban art. Located just 2 1/2 hours by air from Miami and 4 hours from New York City, Aruba is ideally positioned in the southernmost outer fringes of the Caribbean hurricane belt, boasts year-round cooling trade winds, perfect weather with average annual temperatures of 82˚F and less than 20 inches of rainfall per year. Aruba offers 28 luxurious hotels/resorts, championship golf courses, sumptuous day spas, vibrant casinos and nightlife, extraordinary international and local cuisine in a wide span of settings, renowned name-brand shops and boutiques, exciting land and water activities, art galleries and museums, world-famous music festivals and much more to be discovered. The backdrop of a cosmopolitan tropical destination of warm, hospitable people is the perfect destination for first-time guests and loyal return visitors who come back to Aruba at a 55% rate, the most in the Caribbean.


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and one not be missed. The Walled City is also home of The Bovedas Quarter; this military Quarter was used as a lodging site for the troops, military provisions and stores in the past and is now a market, featuring handcrafts from all over the country. The Church of Santo Domingo is the oldest church in Cartagena, built in the late 17th century. Make sure to visit the Gold Museum, a cultural hotspot where visitors can see an important collection of valuable pre-Columbian gold artifacts and ceramic pieces, along with numerous artifacts made by the Zenu Indians. Cartagena de Indias, Colombia


An Insider’s Guide to Colombia’s Most Historical Ports

Nestled on the northern coast of South America near the equator, Colombia is blessed with a tropical climate that is equally pleasant year round—nearly 365 days of sunshine paired with mild nights. With shorelines on both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, Colombia boasts beautiful natural landscapes with topography that ranges from stunning white-sand beaches to the tallest seaside snow-capped peak in the world. In Colombia’s vibrant musical scene, gastronomical delights and tourist attractions, as well as in its autochthonous cultural and artistic activities, there is a sense of well–being that the international press identifies as the best kept tourist secret in the world, calling it one of the top ten must-see destinations.

In recent years, the country has established an image of stability as a result of aligning economic growth and development with the environment and the population of each region. Colombia’s cruise destinations 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.

Leisure magazine and “a fairytale city of romance, legends and sheer beauty” by Lonely Planet, Cartagena de Indias is a port not to be missed.

• Different types of services including, but not limited to, drinking water, waste disposal, provisioning and bunkers.

Founded in 1533 on a wide, sheltered harbor on the Caribbean coast, Cartagena de Indias was once one of the wealthiest ports in the New World. The high, saltbleached walls that circumscribe its Old City were built to thwart pirates and privateers during the height of the Spanish colonial era in the 1600s. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Old City preserves the rich history and culture of days gone by, while the rest of the seaport pulsates like a salsa party with trendy hotels and restaurants, designer boutiques, emerald shops and sizzling nightlife.

• The Cruise Ship Terminal is located less than two miles from the old city, five miles from the Rafael Nunez international Airport.

Port of Cartagena The Port of Cartagena de Indias is managed by the Sociedad Porturia Regional de Cartagena de Indias. With over 12 years of experience and strategically located within the urban area of the city, the port provides the cruise lines with the latest technology and excellent services for the inland logistics: • The Cruise Ship Terminal is located in a large, wellprotected bay with a depth of 45 feet. • The access channel is 492 feet wide, well managed and lighted.

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• 8 docking positions with no size restrictions, capable of receiving all current cruise vessels.

• A Duty Free Store and shopping area, Juan Valdez Coffee store, restaurants, information booth, independent city tours, telephones and Internet access are all available at the port. • The Port provides services 24 hours a day, all year round. Five Things to do in Cartagena 1. Visit the Walled City Here, you can see the Clock Tower built in the 18th century; the tower rises above the main gate to enter the walled city and is considered the symbol of Cartagena. One can visit the Customs Plaza, which is guarded by the statue of Christopher Columbus; it is the biggest plaza in the city and home to the Casa de las Aduanas (Customs Office). Cartagena de Indias was the third and final site of the New World Spanish Inquisition. Inside the walled city, one can visit the Palace of the Inquisition, where hundreds of witches and other heretics were tortured and executed. Heredia Theater, a center for the arts and cultural events built in 1911, is a true gem

2. Visit the Rosario Islands Just 45 minutes away by boat is one of Colombia’s most prominent underwater natural reserves: a 23-island archipelago by the name of Rosario Islands that has turquoise-colored waters and one of the most important coral reefs on the Caribbean coast. Alternatives include the Peninsula of Barú, with its glistening white-sand beaches and the Island of Múcura in the Gulf of Morrosquillo, accessible by sea from Cartagena (2 hours by speed boat). 3. Enjoy the Sun on the Beach At Marbella and Bocagrande Beaches, one can practice and enjoy several water sports and then cool off with a refreshing drink at one of the beachside kiosks. Make sure to try a fruit salad prepared by one of the famous “palenqueras” (fruit vendors). 4. Shopping Shopping in Cartagena is a real pleasure. Handicrafts, Emeralds and Antiques are the three items that tourists can buy exclusively in Cartagena, as they are not found anywhere else in the world in this quantity and quality. Tourists can also find a great selection of regional handicrafts on display at the vaults and in stores in the historic downtown, as well as in most tourist centers. Although emeralds originate in other parts of the country, more jewelry stores specialize in this precious gem in Cartagena. In addition, antique lovers will be in heaven exploring the 40 antique shops in the historic walled center of the city along Santa Teresa, Baloco, Santo Domingo, La Mantilla and La Inquisition streets. 5. Experience the Vibrant Cuisine and Nightlife Nights in Cartagena are famous for their romanticism, charm and “rumba” (party atmosphere). Enjoy the Caribbean and international cuisine in the city’s restaurants, atop fortress walls, in a museum or on a plaza facing

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a monumental 17th-century church. Take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage or in a “chiva” (a traditional opensided bus) along the narrow streets of this small world that lies at the heart of the city. Enjoy sun, salsa, vallenato and countless other rhythms played by folk music groups in a variety of atmospheres ranging from discos to open-air venues. sanTa MarTa Located on the northeastern Caribbean coast of Colombia and at the foot of the highest coastal mountain range in the world, “La Sierra Nevada,” Santa Marta has a dry climate with an average temperature of 82°F and a population of 410,309 people. Founded in 1525 by Spanish conqueror Rodrigo de Bastidas, Santa Marta was the first city to be founded in Colombia and second in South America, after Cumaná (1521) in Venezuela. Set against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the city is one of great contrast, providing visitors a mix of history, Native American cultural heritage, charming people and an extraordinary diversity of landscapes and beaches. The oldest city in South America and possessor of an unrivalled architectural heritage, Santa Marta is best known today as an adventure destination. Graced by the world’s tallest seaside mountain that rises nearly 19,000 feet, this is the land of the Arhuaco and the Kogui aboriginal tribes that resisted colonization. Santa Marta is famous for sites of extreme natural beauty: Admire the natural pools of Quebrada Valencia and Cinto, considered to be one of the most beautiful bays in the Ameri-

cas; visit the archaeological remains at Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City); and experience the spectacular Tayrona National Natural Park. Another site in Santa Marta is the land of Aracataca, the birthplace of Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and of a time in history that came to an end with the death of Liberator Simón Bolívar, whose remains are preserved at his estate on the outskirts of the city. This beautiful country estate, “Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino,” has served as a venue for many fantasy-filled business events. Port of Santa Marta The Santa Marta Maritime Terminal is managed by the Sociedad Portuaria de Santa Marta S.A. The port provides the cruise lines the latest technology and excellent services for inland logistics, including: • Proximity to the urban area of the city, walking distance from the old city and places of interest. • Safe, deep waters with a depth of 60 feet. • Seven docking sites in prime conditions. With no size restrictions, the docking sites are able to receive any cruise vessel. • Services of drinking water, waste disposal, provisioning and bunkers. • A Duty Free Store, restaurants, city tours, telephones and Internet access available at the port 24 hours a day, all year round. FCCA Cruise Destinations


Five Things to do in santa Marta 1. Visit Tayrona National Natural Park More than 37,000 acres of palm trees, bays, beaches and seas with strong currents—perfect for surfing—mangrove swamps and coral reefs share this fascinating place with hundreds of species of mammals, bird species and reptiles. Add to that several archaeological remains of the Tayrona people—a pre-Colombian population—and this becomes a one-of-a-kind destination on the Caribbean coast. 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. Lodging is easy and memorable at campsites, traditional tourist inns or at Ecohabs (romantic modern replicas of traditional Tayrona dwellings). 2. Visit the Historical Center Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino is an 18th-century villa where the Liberator Simon Bolivar died in 1830. Today, the villa is divided into 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 1760, it serves as a national monument to this day. Lastly, the Customs House is the oldest house in America built in 1530 and now hosts the Tayrona Museum. 3. Visit the Lost City A 14th-century city built high in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. At 18,942 feet, it is one of the largest preColumbian towns discovered in the Americas. 4. Visit the Village of Taganga This village of fishermen and seagulls, just 15 minutes from Santa Marta, is a haven for diving and snorkeling enthusiasts because of its clear, calm waters. In Taganga, you can find an authentic fishing village with its typical homes. 5. Visit Mamancana Natural Reserve Park Mamancana boasts nearly 1,400 acres of tropical forest and experiences in hang gliding, canopying, paragliding, motor gliding, rock and tree climbing, mountain biking, rappelling, down hilling, horseback riding, diving, bird watching and all-terrain vehicle tours. san andres, PrOVIdenCIa and sanTa CaTaLIna A Trio of Enchanting Islands in the Caribbean San Andrés, the capital of an archipelago that lies about


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435 miles northwest of the continental coast of Colombia, is one of the country’s most enticing destinations. English and Dutch corsairs, buccaneers and adventurers—their ships laden with slaves—arrived on these Caribbean island centuries ago and discovered a colorful paradise. Surrounded by “the seven-colored sea,” the island offers white-sand beaches, a natural swimming pool called Poxe Hole that is carved out of coral rock, snorkeling and diving and a plethora of nautical 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 brands of perfume, liquor, clothing, handicrafts, jewelry and accessories. Sunset outings on the Morgan Galleon, accompanied by the beats of reggae and soca 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 the Lovers Bridge.

Johnny Cay, San Andres, Colombia

4. Visit la Loma Neighborhood This traditional neighborhood of San Andres deserves special mention on account of the unique architecture of the houses, with spacious gardens and bright colors that match the blue of the sky perfectly. This inheritance comes from the Anglo- West Indies tradition and is present in numerous houses, which are characterized by tall structures that allow the breezes to blow under the house.

Five things to do in san andres 1. Diving the Cays San Andrés is a diver’s paradise thanks to several small islands nearby that are surrounded by coral reefs. 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. 2. Practice Water Sports Water activities including windsurfing, kite surfing, sailing, water skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving, jet skiing and deep sea fishing are all offered. Name the water sport, and it can be arranged on San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina. 3. Visit Morgan’s Cave The famous pirate Henry Morgan resided on 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.

5. Visit the Aquarium This cay has excellent beaches. At the aquarium, the small fish swim amid the people. You can arrive to Haynes Cay by practically walking over water; the two islands are united by a coral bar that teems with life.

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new in santo domingo: Chu Chu Colonial Train Opening in March 2011, the new Chu Chu Colonial tourist train offers an educational and cultural bird’s eye view of Santo Domingo and the Colonial City’s most important monuments: architecture and history. Tours will run seven days a week from 9:00am until 5:00pm and supply passengers with audio guides available in five languages. Dominican Fiesta The new Dominican Fiesta tour is an experience that immerses cruise guests in dynamic Dominican culture. The tour includes a taste of Dominican carnival, merengue, cigars, rum and a sampling of delicious Dominican gastronomy. The famous Chateau de la Fuente, with the Tabacalera Fuente, producer of the most desired Dominican cigars, is featured on this tour, where you will learn how to become a cigar connoisseur, recognize different types of tobacco and pair cigars with Dominican Grand Reserve rums.


Dominican Republic Has It All

The Dominican Republic (DR) is a land of brilliant contrasts, like stunning white-sand beaches near modern cities and quaint towns; mountains with rivers and breathtaking waterfalls; beautiful, arid deserts; saltwater lakes; lagoons and mysterious caves. Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492, the DR boasts fascinating history, including Spanish royalty, pirates of the Caribbean, thrilling music and rich arts and culture. And with three major cruise ship ports, the DR has it all for cruise ship passengers.

The DR rests in the heart of the Caribbean on the eastern two-thirds of Hispaniola, the second largest island in the Caribbean. This location makes the country extremely well suited for flexible cruise itinerary planning, as well as easy transfers around the country, due to excellent road and airport infrastructure. The Port of Don Diego and Sans Souci in Santo Domingo, the La Romana International Tourist Pier in La Romana and the Samaná Bay and Cayo Levantado Piers boast nearby sophisticated cities, charming towns, secluded beaches, intriguing museums, 18

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lively music and arts, unique shopping and eco-adventure tours.

sophisticated santo domingo Urban, sophisticated and historic, Santo Domingo is one of the most important and impressive cities in all of the Americas. With a metropolitan population estimated at three million residents, the city is located on the Caribbean Sea at the mouth of the Ozama River and is the oldest, continuously inhabited European settlement in the Americas. Amid its world-class arts, hotels, restaurants and shopping, you will find the Colonial City, named a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1990. The new Don Diego and Sans Souci Terminals are an important part of the Port of Santo Domingo and welcome the world’s most venerable cruise ships to America’s first city. Sans Souci Terminal is a destination in itself, with a new activity every month to greet cruise passengers, including folkloric ballet, carnival celebrations, Dominican welcome drinks and souvenirs. From Sans Souci, cruise guests can ride horsedrawn colonial carriages to the historic Colonial city.

Chocolate, Clay and Sugar Tour the old sugar plains of north Santo Domingo; watch artisans make pottery; and see how delicious Dominican chocolate is prepared. A cluster of independent local farmers produce some of the country’s highest quality cocoa beans. Here, you will appreciate all stages of cocoa growing; handpick cocoa pods; and participate in all of the steps of the harvesting process. A visit to the local plant where independent growers come together to process beans according to the highest standards of Fair Trade and Organic Certification is a highlight. Churches of the Colonial City This enriching tour begins in the Colonial City, which was built around its magnificent and historic churches. The rich art and history of this settlement will be narrated as you visit the only late gothic constructions in the New World, including the Santa Barbara church, the Convento de los Dominicos, the Chapel of La Altagracia and the Chapel of Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro, with their gothic-style chapels. The Art Route Designed for the traveler who wants to see and appreciate Dominican art, you will view important artwork from renowned Dominican artists, such as Ramon

Oviedo, Guillo Perez, Alberto Ulloa and Amaya Salazar. During the tour, you will also enjoy a private viewing of several of the area’s most important art galleries.

santo domingo attractions: Colonial City The Colonial City is the perfect starting point for visitors to discover Santo Domingo. The first street in the Americas is Calle Las Damas, the site of numerous historic buildings, including the Ozama Fortress, the oldest fortress in the Americas. There is also the house of Nicolás de Ovando, governor of Santo Domingo in the early 1500’s and a ruthless warrior against the Taino Indians. National Parks & Gardens Los Tres Ojos is a 50-foot-deep cave with three lagoons surrounded by stalagmites and lush vegetation and located just five minutes from the Columbus Lighthouse. At about 7.7 square miles, the Santo Domingo Botanical Gardens is the largest in the Caribbean and is comprised of exhibits of the natural flora of the island, palm trees, orchids and exotic plants. It is perfect for nature enthusiasts. World-Class Shopping Santo Domingo will charm even the most discriminating shoppers, with some of the favorite malls including the newly developed Blue Mall, which features Louis Vuitton, Armani, Cartier and more; the Acropolis Mall, with its European stores and restaurants; and the ultra modern Novo-Centro that is trans-

forming the capital city’s skyline. Another great store is Megacentro, Santo Domingo’s largest shopping mall.

Unforgettable La romana Two hours east of Santo Domingo, the La Romana International Tourist Pier is located in the picturesque town of La Romana, another favorite stop for cruise ships. La Romana is home to the luxurious Casa de Campo Resort and is one of the newest members of the Leading Hotels of the World. The resort features championship golf on its magnificent Teeth-of-theDog, Dye Fore and Links golf courses. Along with golf enthusiasts throughout the world, Casa de Campo attracts international celebrities and dignitaries for its sumptuous seclusion, polo fields, villas, marina and pampering spa. Nearby Catalina Island is also fully ready to receive anchored cruise ships with the facilities that can accommodate up to 2,000 guests.

new in La romana: KANDELA, the Show Recently updated with a new approach, the spectacular KANDELA show is a Dominican extravaganza. KANDELA features the music, rhythms and dance of the region in a breathtaking 5,000-seat Grecian style amphitheater at Altos de Chavon, inaugurated by the late Frank Sinatra.

La romana attractions: Altos de Chavón A must-see in the area is Altos de Chavón, a replica of a 16th-century Mediterranean-style village located on the upper part of the Chavón River. Coral block

and terra cotta brick buildings house artists’ studios, craft workshops, galleries, stores and restaurants. This cultural center features the Chavón amphitheater, an Archeological Regional Museum; the Amber/Larimar Museum, where you can learn how Mother Nature created these natural gemstones; art galleries; St. Stanislaus Church; chic shops, such as the Casa Montecristo Cigar Boutique; and wonderful dining. Cueva de Las Maravillas (Cave of Wonders) The Cueva de las Maravillas is located on the San Pedro Highway toward La Romana. It is home to the most important sample of rock art left by the Taino people in the Caribbean and features amazing rock formations, such as stalactites, stalagmites and columns. The mysterious and wondrous cave art created by the Taino people includes 276 pictographies. Living Underwater Museums Fascinating Underwater Archaeological Reserves are located in front of the coast of the Bayahibe hotel zone. Shipwrecked galleons dating to the early 18th century have been recreated here to portray how they looked when originally discovered by marine biologists. Both snorkelers and scuba divers can visit the museums. Tabacalera de García The García Tobacco operation is a unique cultural experience. You will discover how the brands of highest prestige cigars are made: Montecristo, Romeo & Juliet, H. Upmann, Don Diego, Santa Damiana, VegFCCA Cruise Destinations


Canopy Tour, which is available starting April 2011 and is managed by one of the pioneers of zipline tours. The zipline adventure begins at Juana Vicente, located just a few minutes from the Samaná Pier, and takes you flying safely over coconut palms and lush green valleys with spectacular mountain views of Samaná Bay and Cayo Levantado.

GET A CLOSER VIEW Even before you set foot ashore, you realize how truly extraordinary Dominican Republic is. The arrival of the cruise

samaná Peninsula attractions:

ship to any of the three world-class harbors: Santo Domingo,

Beaches, Towns and Islands A short ten-minute tender ride from the cruise anchor in Samaná Bay takes passengers to the pier and beach in Samaná City and to the island of Cayo Levantado, where perfect day-trips include swimming, snorkeling and diving. Visitors can also reach the area’s great beaches, including Playa Bonita and Cozon, with robust waves, and the more tranquil beaches in Las Terrenas and El Portillo, all on the northern side of the Peninsula. The more remote Playa Rincón on the extreme east features a spectacular one-mile bay.

aFina, Onyx and many others. Today, the DR is the world’s largest exporter of handmade cigars. The Padre Nuestro Archeological Trail The Padre Nuestro Archeological Trail, located in the National Park of the East, leads you to unique flora and fauna, making it easy to appreciate the tropical vegetation along the 1.25 mile route and includes areas populated by the ancient Taino Indians.

The samaná Peninsula

the DR’s Whale Sanctuary. No wonder Samaná Bay is popular with cruise ships that anchor inside its protected waters.

new in samaná Samaná Visitor Center The DR Ministry of Tourism recently opened a new visitor information center in Samaná that features trained tourism experts, wireless internet access and valuable destination insights.

The Samaná Peninsula is famous for quiet, unspoiled beaches, radiant turquoise ocean waters, lush green mountains with abundant coconut trees and peaceful solitude amid lively little villages like Las Galeras, Las Terrenas and Playa Rincon. The Peninsula is a romantic destination with majestic waterfalls, the secluded Cayo Levantado, tropical forests and untouched mangrove reserves found in nearby Los Haitises National Park.

Land Whale Observatory In January 2011, the DR Ministry of Environment established the first land-whale observation point on the Samaná Peninsula, just in time for the DR’s annual whale-watching season. The observatory is located in Punta Balandra, an ideal vista that allows visitors to capture sightings of the hundreds of majestic humpback whales that return to the protected waters of the Sanctuary for Marine Mammals of the DR.

Each winter, thousands of humpback whales return to the protected waters around the Samaná Peninsula, where they frolic, mate and give birth in the safety of

Zipline Canopy Tour The most thrilling way to experience the rare beauty and majesty of Samaná is to enjoy the area’s new


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La Romana or Samaná, is nothing short of spectacular, with views of the impressive mountain landscape, wonderful marine life and other splendid sights as you travel through. Sail to the Dominican Republic. The adventure of your dreams is closer than you think.

El Limon Waterfall This is truly a great adventure that you will never forget. This trip takes you to the interior of the peninsula, where the mountains reach a height of 2,100 feet. You will go on horseback for 30 minutes along very steep paths with incredible tropical vegetation, wildlife, coffee and cocoa plants and a great variety of tropical fruits. Humpback Whale-Watching More than 50,000 people visit Samaná each year to watch the humpback whales during their mating season between Jan. 15 and March 15. The DR protects these gentle mammals from being hunted so that they may enjoy the warm waters surrounding the Peninsula as they mate, give birth and care for their young. Los Haitises National Park Easily reached by a short boat ride across the Bay is Los Haitises National Park. This area is known as having one of the most important forests and mangrove reserves in the entire Caribbean, complete with keys and caves. You can only enter the park with a certified guide.

Souvenir Shopping You will find a wide variety of shops for souvenirs in Samaná City and Las Terrenas. It is important to note that Samaná is one tourist area in the DR where credit cards are not as readily accepted. It is best to bring cash, traveler’s checks or use your ATM card at one of the banks in town.


Guadeloupe Islands

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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.


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The Guadeloupe islands are certainly some of the most beautiful places for water sports.

loupian 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-deSac 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…

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 Guade-

Everyone will think your photos have been touched up and that your vacation stories are a bit exaggerated.

The Islands of Guadeloupe—Basse-Terre, GrandeTerre, 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.


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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 Basse-Terre, 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 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;

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 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.

Basse-Terre Dominated by the imposing silhouette of its old Lady (La Soufrière volcano, 4813 ft/ 1467 m), 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 (17000 ha), which has been a designated National Park since 1989. It has lots of well marked hiking trails of varying degrees of difficulty. Its lush vegetation (over 3000 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. Grande-Terr Grande-Terre, also known as the Little Brittany of the Antilles, forms one wing of the Butterfly of the Guadeloupian archipelago. Unlike its twin, BasseTerre, it is flat and formed from limestone. FCCA Cruise Destinations


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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 26

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Les Saintes “The Paradise Islands” 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 (43 km) from Pointe-à-Pitre, MarieGalante (Aïchi en Caraïbes) covers an area of 61 sq. miles (158 km²). This round island, hence the nickname “the big pancake,” with its quiet roads and varied plant life is the sugar cane island par excellence. Known as the island of a hundred mills, it had already gained a reputation for its rum by the 18th century. Vast 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 MarieGalante 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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inhabitants, mainly descendants of people from Brittany, Normandy and Poitou. Seven miles long (11 km) and just over a mile wide (2 km), it has magnificent beaches of white sand and is sheltered by long coral reefs, a delight for swimmers and divers. Only the south coast is inhabited. 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 of Petite-Terre that are linked to it, 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.

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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, spice and flower markets with intoxicating smells, and the sugar cane landscapes of Port-Louis, Grande-Terre offers a wide range of choice to suit every visitor.

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ger vessels and tender ships. This maritime terminal is located in the heart of downtown Cozumel. Cozumel has the capability of receiving the largest cruise ships in the world. To this day, Cozumel has hosted ships of up to 8.5 of draft and LOA of 340 mt.


The Sea Routes of Mexico

Mexico has become one of the leading destinations worldwide for cruise ship travel. In 2010, Mexico has received 34 percent more cruise ship visitors than in previous years. While onboard passengers can enjoy casinos, stores, gyms, live shows, dance clubs and a wide selection of food the ports along the coasts of Ocean, the Mexican Caribbean and Sea of Cortes offer unique attractions for passengers to visit while docked.

The Route of the Mexican Caribbean: Located less than 600 nautical miles from important ports like Galveston, New Orleans or Tampa, the Mexican Caribbean adds convenience to its wide variety of attractions for guests to enjoy a pleasant visit in Mexico. Our guests will find a fascinating blend of ancient Mayan and Spanish folk influences in its infinite range of gastronomical choices. Areas full of mystical surroundings, beautiful beaches with crystal clear waters and colonial cities are waiting for the visitors who seek perfect harmony with the environment. Port of Progreso Progreso is one of the largest offshore ports in the world. Its pier has a length of more than 7 km, and it has 10 berthing positions for cargo and passenger ships. Progreso’s Cruise and Ferry Terminal is owned and operated by SSA Mexico. It has one cruise pier with 2 berths with total lengths of 330 meters. The commercial building has several stores, parking lots for buses, taxis and rental cars, customs and immigration facilities, rest-


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rooms and private security. The terminal and pier are separated from cargo piers. Services to the ships include mooring, unmooring, water and food supply. Port of Mahahual Costa Maya, the Western Caribbean’s first port designed exclusively for the cruise ship industry, is strategically located just hours from Cancun on Mexico’s southern Yucatan Peninsula. Resembling an ancient Mayan city, Costa Maya is able to accommodate three ships at once, with the capability to dock Oasis- and Epic-size ships, and entertain visitors of a destination that showcases the ancient and colonial heritage of the Mexican Caribbean with all of today’s conveniences. Set against the deep turquoise sea, Costa Maya is comprised of three grand pavilions, artisan and luxury shopping areas, a beach club, saltwater pools, fine restaurants and bars, and all the resources necessary to explore the surrounding jungle and coral reefs. It is the region’s most complete and diverse port, providing cultural, natural and archeological excursions. The Port of Cozumel: The port of Cozumel is positioned as the most important cruise ship destination in Mexico and one of the main ports of call worldwide. Its modern port infrastructure is integrated by three cruise ship terminals: the Banco Playa Marina, the ferry terminal and the San Miguel Maritime Terminal, which provides services to passen-

The Route of Baja and the Sea of Cortes The natural resources of the Sea of Cortés astound in its variety, both in the ecosystems’ found along the coast and the variety of birds and marine life. The temperate waters along the coast are home to several species of whales, including the Pacific Gray, the Humpback and occasionally the Orca. Many species of dolphin call the Sea of Cortés home, as well as seven species of marine turtles. In addition, there are giant Manta rays, an amazing variety of colorful tropical fish in the natural reefs and a many varieties of shrimp in the estuaries of the rivers and bays. Fishing is considered the main activity in many parts of the Sea of Cortés, home to marlin, sailfish, tuna, swordfish and mahi mahi. Port of Los Cabos: Los Cabos is one of the best sport fishing locations in the world, with abundant kinds of fish, which include sailfish, blue marlin, dorado, wahoo, yellowtail, barracuda, medregal, merely, mackerel, nicely, gilding, horse mackerel and diverse varieties of fish guards. Cabo San Lucas is the backstage for some of the most famous marlin fishing tournaments in the world. Being part of the “Mexican Riviera” cruise-ship route, it has developed a wide range of infrastructure in behalf of the safety and commodity for its cruise passenger visitors. And as for handling cruise passengers, the remodeling of Tender Docks 1 and 2 of the Wharf Pier, as well as the enlargement of Tender Dock 5, has been established in order to be capable of receiving ships of 1,020 feet length.

Cruise Center incorporating a Santa Fe style and magnificent facilities that include 16 commercial shops. Only two minutes from downtown and the main highlights of the place, convenience plays a large factor. Discover the paradise where the desert meets the sea. Guaymas has experienced a colorful past as a port along the Pacific coast of Mexico. It has become the most important port of the State of Sonora and one of the oldest ports of Mexico. Infrastructure: Berth positions: 1 / turning basin: 450 m / depth: 10.5 m Port of Mazatlán Called the “Pearl of the Pacific” for generations, Mazatlán remains untarnished after all these years. Modern resort hotels and a busy infrastructure in the bustling downtown core are connected by a major avenue lined by the Malecón, the longest in the country, following the curve of the bay. As the shrimp capital of the hemisphere, seafood was de rigueur for visitors, and it still ranks among the highest on a list of must-tries for visitors. Infrastructure: Berth positions: 4 / turning basin: 500 m / depth: 12 m Port of Puerto Vallarta: Puerto Vallarta is proud of being the second gourmet destination following Mexico City. Restaurants offer the best in fine dining, where the experience goes beyond just what’s on your plate. Cuisine ranges from typical Mexican to the Mexican chic haute cuisine to the latest culinary offerings of the world, with the freshest produce and seafood available. If you plan your time right, you’ll visit during the annual Gourmet Festival every November, a series of events you’ll never forget. Chefs come from around the world to enjoy our shores. Why don’t you?!

Infrastructure: • Four positions for simultaneous anchorage • Walkway around the bay • More than 150 m of band for landing stage • Berthing for six tenders • Dockage facilities • Three private marinas • Mooring facilities • Fuel supply • Provisioning

Port of La Paz The haven of La Paz has long been one of the secrets of Baja California Sur, known only to the avid fishermen. This capital city, the largest in southern Baja, has grown rapidly in recent years and now boasts an infrastructure to match smaller resort towns.

Port of Guaymas As the “New Destination of the Sea of Cortes,” Port of Guaymas is ready to welcome tourists from all around the world with a new-state-of-the-art International

Since it actually faces northwest, sunsets are enjoyed from the Malecón in the evening. The architecture of this small town, founded in the 16th century, harks back to another time in Mexico.

Infrastructure: Berth positions: 3 / turning basin: 400 m / depth: 12 m to 14m

When it comes to fishing, there are many who swear by La Paz. The best way to see and experience some of the outer islands on the curved coast is to live aboard a fishing vessel. One of the picturesque towns to visit in the region, about an hour away, is Todos Santos, known as an artist’s haven, as well as a typical sleepy colonial town. Infrastructure: Berth positions: 1 / turning basin: 500 m / depth: 13.40 m Port of Ensenada Ensenada meets the needs of cruise ship travelers by providing plenty of downtown enticements, dynamic shore excursions and custom group tour packages. Each year, approximately one half million cruise ship passengers experience this thriving seaport’s incomparable hospital-

ity that is seeped in tradition and flavored with a cosmopolitan twist. Enhancing Ensenada’s warm and friendly ambience are its exceptional shopping, outstanding dining, diverse recreational activities and rich array of natural, historical and cultural attractions. Located 60 nautical miles south of San Diego, Ensenada has been one of Mexico’s top three most visited ports-of-call for major international cruise lines for more than 25 years. The port of Ensenada has a specialized cruise facility, Ensenada Cruiseport Village, which features: • 2 berths: 185 m & 163 m length with 10.0 m. draft, for up to 3,500 pax vessels. • A total area of 160,000 sq. meters with 48,000 sq. meters for shops & entertainment. • 200-slip marina. • Customs & immigration checkpoints and passenger & baggage screening in full compliance with ISPS Code.

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The Route of the Mexican Riviera One of the most outstanding coasts in the Americas is the exciting Pacific Coast of Mexico. A top favorite for fishermen, sailors and travelers of all kinds, the entire coastline of 7,828 kilometers or nearly 5,000 miles offers incredible variety. Even the coastline of Baja California measures in at over 2,200 miles. You can see the sunset and sunrise over the water from specific locations along the coast. Consider the ports of Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo, Acapulco, Huatulco and the recently inaugurated Puerto Chiapas, each one of them unique in its own way and offering a flavor that is at once truly Mexican, as well as international and unique. Port of Manzanillo: Manzanillo’s enjoyable warm temperate climate, delicious food and land, water, air or fire activities, along with smiles every place you look around will certainly make you want to come back. On a small geographic extension, Manzanillo and its surroundings are a destination of contrasting beauty. Touristic cruise terminal: Berth: 390 meters long capable of receiving 2 cruise ships simultaneously / capacity: 4500 passenger / depth: 12 m Port of Acapulco For cruise operations, Acapulco has two berths and three anchoring positions. A floating pier for tenders is located at the east end of the passenger pier, and a second tender launch is located in front of the car terminal. As mooring aids, the port has a mooring dolphin located 100 m. from the east end of the pier and four mooring buoys. A turnaround or homeport cruise operations facility with 2,166 m2 is in operation with 25 counters for check in, two X-ray machines, a metal detector arch, and a digital CCTV surveillance system. In addition, an air conditioned terminal building for transit calls with 900 m2 operates of restrooms, bars, restaurants, retail shops, authorized ground transportation or taxi cabs, money exchange service, information & hospitality desk and an internet & long distance call communication center. The passenger terminal is located in the Historic District, which offers cruise passengers a safe and easy place for touring just two blocks from downtown area. Many tours are available to visitors: City Tour, Turtle Release Tour, Nature Walk, Kayaking or snorkeling at la Roqueta Island, Acapulco Bay Sail, Walking Tours, Hiking, White Water Rafting, Horse Back Riding, Deep Sea


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Fishing, Cultural & Historical Tours, Shot over Jet, Sailing tours, Aztec Dinner and the Multimedia Show at the Fort of San Diego, among others. Bays of Huatulco Oaxaca´s nine bays were chosen by their unique characteristics, such as exceptional beauty and proximity to important cultural and colonial attractions combined with a perfect balance between cultural and natural resources. This makes them ideal for attracting international tourism. Huatulco is now the tenth cruise receiving port in Mexico, thanks to the construction of the dock, Muelle de Cruceros de Santa Cruz, with capacity to attend 2 cruise ships with an average of 3,350 passengers and 1,100 people in staff, each. Located at 1,730 nautical miles from San Diego and 1,950 from San Francisco, Huatulco offers a convenient location on the Pacific Ocean. Its geographical position favors the Transcanal route: south of Acapulco and north of Puerto Caldera in Costa Rica, which is the last arrival port from Central America to Mexico. The complex covers a large area of spectacular landscape that allows people to commune with nature, particularly in the virtually unspoiled beaches of Chachacual, Cacaluta, El Organo and Conejos. Infrastructure • Pier with capacity for two 4th and 5th generation cruise ships (919 ft long by 117 ft wide and weighing 101,535 tons) • Four berths for boarding and disembarking onto two floating docks • Provisioning • Fresh water supply • Sewage service • Garbage service Port of Chiapas Puerto Chiapas is located in Southern Mexico on the Pacific Ocean in the State of Chiapas. It has an impressive infrastructure made of wood and palm, designed and developed according to needs of the tourists and requirements of the cruise lines. This Cruise Terminal offers high quality services, like tourist information, tour operators, guided tours, car rental, taxi, internet, public phones, bars, restaurants, medical assistance, sales to amber, jewelry, handicrafts, souvenirs, ice cream, chiapanecos liqueurs and exotic flowers, all of

these in an environment of excellent folklore dance and marimba music. Infrastructure • 625 m dock • Official depth 32 pies (9.35 M) (NBMI) • Depth 36 pies (11 m) • Basin 450 m • Maritime signals • Capacity for 5th generation cruise ships, loa 300 meters and 115,000 GRT. • Capacity to receive more than 3,000 passengers. The Gulf Route It has been called “the route that has it all.” And it does. It is gifted with a strategic geographical location that offers unique tourism opportunities in hand with a developed service potential and port infrastructure. It consists of the ports of: Veracruz, Dos Bocas, Tabasco and Progreso, Yucatán. Port of Veracruz Localed in the Gulf of Mexico and surrounded by history, culture, mysticism, architecture, archeological sites, gastronomic delights, and all kinds of music is the port of Veracruz. Its modern infrastructure, security and reliability make it a comfortable destination for tourists. Nowadays, the port has 19 docking positions with a 12 to 14 meters draft and a turning basin of 500 meters diameters depth. Among the piers is the so-called “Tourist Berth.” Located south from the cargo areas, this berth offers cruise lines the ideal docking position for its passengers due to its nearness to downtown Veracruz (5minute-walk). Currently, the “T” berth is 100 meters long, which, combined with “Dolphins,” reaches a length of 167 meters. Arrangements in this berth are on their way to enlarge to 170 meters long, which, combined with “Dolphins,” will have a total length of 200 meters. There will also be two accesses: one for services to the vessel and another for passengers. The Port of Dos Bocas The Port of Bocas is located in the state of Tabasco at the southeast of Mexico. It offers the passengers the opportunity to explore Olmec and Mayan cultural archeological sites, rivers, lakes and taste the thousands of flavors that the gastronomy of the region has to offer. The port offers tourist services, shore excursions, and a pier of 984 feet long, a turning basin of 1246 feet wide, channel width of 328 feet and 32 ft of draft.







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Panama: Cruise Hub of Latin America

Panama has always been a place of transit; since the Isthmus emerged from the ocean and created the natural bridge between North and South America, Panama has been the central focus of trade all over the world. Today, the country is consolidating itself as the hub of Latin America, not only logistically (having the largest free zone in the world), but also as the most important regional air hub, due mainly to the hub of the Americas established by Panama’s national airline—Copa Airlines in Tocumen International Airport in Panama City. As of today, the hub of the Americas serves more than 50 destinations in over 27 countries in the Americas.

Panama is now positioning itself as the new cruise hub of Latin America, having two cruise ships departing Colon 2000 Terminal for the Caribbean: Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas and Pullmantur’s Ocean Dream. It has emerged as one of the region’s new and exotic destinations, due mostly to its great infrastructure, connectivity and a great deal of government and private projects, some of which are highlighted below: Panama Canal Expansion Panama New Metro System Panama Maritime Expansion Panama Office Park Biodiversity Museum 36

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$5.5 Billion dollar project $1.0 Billion dollar project $450 million project (including a new cruise terminal in the Pacific) $200 million project $70 Million project

The country’s strong economic growth makes Panama the first Central American country that has been rated by the 3 economic investment debt rate institutions: • Standard And Poor’s • Fitch Ratings • Moody’s The year 2010 was one of Panama’s best years in tourism, with some great figures in number of passengers and expenditures: Over 10 % growth in number of tourists, compared to 2009 14% increase in tourists’ expenditures Over 10,000 new hotel rooms will be constructed in the next 2 years (A estimated investment of 3 billion dollars). Foreign direct investment in over 2.8 billion dollars Occupancy rate in the city was at a 70% average Since the days of the conquerors, Panama was considered the most important route where goods passed to be shipped to Europe. The first transcontinental road was built here, which was named el “Camino de cruces.” Though this path was moved, a lot of the gold coming from North and South America was later shipped to Spain. Then the first transcontinental railroad was also built in Panama, and years later, our famous canal was developed. Today, Panama continues to grow as a young, stable, secure and vibrant country waiting for you to come and experience why Panama has become the hub of the Americas.


Important Construction Activities Tackled Under Canal Expansion Program

From the time of its inception, the program to expand the Panama Canal further placed the Isthmus on the spotlight of international markets, attracting key engineering and construction companies interested in participating in this major undertaking. And as the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) observes its fourth year into the execution of one the largest, most comprehensive engineering projects around the world, the landscape at the work sites continues to change drastically day in and day out. Canal Expansion Overview for 2011 With 2011 already underway, the Expansion Program is currently preparing to tackle important phases of its execution. The arrival of one of the world’s most powerful dredges (the D’Artagnan); the construction of the first Canal dam built in the last 75 years; and the first concrete-pouring activities for the construction of the third set of locks are just some of the milestones that the project will achieve throughout these twelve months.

Dredging In the arena of dredging work to improve Canal navigational channels, eye-catching equipment, such as the D’Artagnan, which Belgian contractor Dredging International Panama, S.A. is incorporating to the

project, is already in local waters to complete the work. Its work will center on dredging the remaining volume under the project to widen and deepen the Pacific entrance to the Canal, a task that involves removing about 3.3 million cubic meters of material. A contract awarded on August 16, 2010 to Belgian dredging mogul Jan de Nul n.v., the last dredging contract to be awarded under the program, will remove nearly 4 million cubic meters of material, digging out the Pacific access channel north approach, which will link the new locks on the Pacific to Culebra Cut. On the Atlantic side, the project to widen and deepen the Canal entrance has also achieved significant progress. In 2010 alone, Jan De Nul n.v., also in charge of this contract, conducted an aggressive work plan that enabled it to complete the removal of all the material scheduled for 2011, with the help of a magnificent array of major dredging equipment never before seen in Panama. Dredging activities in Gatun Lake and Culebra Cut, which are being conducted by ACP in-house forces, concluded an important phase of its land-based dredg-

ing task: the excavation of Juan Grande reach. All dredging activities were also recently completed in Paraiso reach in Culebra Cut, as well as in Tabernilla and San Pablo reaches in Gatun Lake. By midyear, the Canal’s Dredging Division expects to receive the new, powerful cutter-suction dredge Quibian I, which will come to complement its resources for the execution of the project. On the other hand, 60% of the volume to be dredged from the northern section of the lake (a total of 4.2 million cubic meters of material) was also awarded to Belgian contractor Dredging International Panama, S.A. and should be completed by September of this year. Additional work is also being conducted by the ACP in Gatun Lake, intended to increase the lake’s maximum operating level to improve water supply and guarantee water supply for human consumption in the areas surrounding the waterway on the Atlantic and Pacific sides and the operation of the expanded Canal. Among other activities, the Gatun spillway recently received two new caissons (or floating spillway gates) with the new required dimensions. These floating gates work as temporary replacements for the regular FCCA Cruise Destinations


gates that are sent to the dry dock for repair, extension or replacement. ACP personnel are also working in the fabrication of two new spillway gates and in the extension and replacement of up to five additional spillway gates as part of the activities under the project to keep the dam up to date with Expansion Program modifications. Construction of Borinquen Dam 1E During the third quarter of 2011, ICA-FCC-MECO, the contractor in charge of the fourth phase of the excavation of the Pacific Access Channel (PAC-4) is expected to begin construction of the Borinquen dam 1E, the first dam to be built in the Canal area in 75 years. From the end of last year, engineers from the USbased URS Holdings, Inc. arrived in Panama to serve as engineering consultants for the ACP team for the inspection, technical evaluation and revision during the construction of the dam. Before the beginning of this phase, the contractor had to complete the process of installing the 1.8 km-long cellular cofferdam system that will separate Miraflores Lake from the excavation. The contractor is currently preparing to begin construction of the dam by compiling the material that will be used in the dam, which includes a clay core and rock fill. The geological characteristics of the expansion site have enabled finding the clay for the dam’s impermeable core and the basalt for the rock to fill in the 26 million cubic meters of material that will be removed during the execution of the fourth dry-excavation phase of the creation of the Pacific Access Channel and from previously characterized borrow sites near the area of execution of the work.

final designs of the lockheads in the upper level both on the Pacific and Atlantic sides already complete. The designs of the electromechanical components, cofferdams and access channels, dams and the geotechnical studies continue to develop according to schedule.

Locks Designs The designs of the different components of the Third Set of Locks progress is on time, strictly following the performance specifications of the locks. The design of the first sets of gates is also in its last leg, with construction scheduled to begin this year.

Civil Construction The most demanding part of the project to build, the Post-Panamax locks, began this year both on the Pacific and Atlantic sides. In 2011, the project will begin to take shape, with the final phases of dry excavation nearing completion; however, the defined shapes of the areas where the lockheads will be poured, the trifurcations and the areas to be occupied by the watersaving basins are already easily distinguishable.

The designs of the walls are progressing, with the

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final concrete mix that will be prepared at the industrial parks at both ends of the Canal, and which, once approved, will give way to concrete pouring for the nation’s biggest and most significant civil Works ever. On the Pacific side, the project will center its activities on the upper chamber and lockheads, as well as on the construction of the cofferdams and the entrance to the Pacific access channel. On the Atlantic side, the project will also proceed with concrete work for lockheads Nos. 2 and 3 and the upper chamber. After this, the works will transfer north toward lockhead No. 4. Parallel to the civil works conducted at the locks, work is being conducted for the relocation of utilities, such as electrical towers and fiber optics, on both sides of the Isthmus.





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Puerto Rico: Gateway to the Eastern Caribbean

Few places on Earth can boast of having the combination of natural beauty and urban attractions that Puerto Rico has. While the entire island offers a rich bounty of Nature’s beauties, San Juan offers attractions as diverse as its five-hundred-year-old-city: museums, galleries, shopping centers and excellent restaurants. Puerto Rico is a quality destination, and its quality proposition is a comprehensive one, encompassing our people, our products, our services,


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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 top 10 destinations to spend Christmas in the World; and the island municipality of Vieques was given the eighth position by Conde Nast Traveller among the top 10 islands in the At-

lantic. Moreover, Puerto Rico has a key geographical location that makes it the gateway to the Southern and Eastern Caribbean. Air access is one of the greatest advantages we have as a homeport. By being the gateway to the Southern and Eastern Caribbean, Puerto Rico makes it far easier for cruise lines to reach the other islands because of the shorter traveling distances and subsequent savings in fuel. As a transit destination, we also have distinct advantages, in that

home port 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% increase in home port passengers. The forecast for 2011 is that total visitors will grow by 8%, 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. Puerto Rico’s overall destination offering is the best in the Caribbean, given our diversified land product 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 five thousand jobs and having an impact of more than $240 million, yearly, on the island’s economy. San Juan is currently served by 14 cruise lines and is

Furthermore, we have found that the cruise ship visitors are a captive market for promoting land stays, as 62% of cruisers who explore a vacation destination return as stay-over guests. Homeport passengers have an average pre/post stay of almost two nights in San Juan. And cruise ship passenger expenditures in San Juan have an economic impact of over $180 million per year. It is clear that it is of strategic importance for Puerto Rico to grow this economic sector. Puerto Rico’s strategy seeks to facilitate everyone’s

growth by reinforcing major initiatives that ultimately benefit the entire cruise sector. Among these are: improving air access for 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 additional frequencies and new routes from cruise feeder markets. For example, Air Tran and Jet Blue will commence flying from Tampa with two daily flights each. Also, Air Tran has added two daily frequencies from Baltimore, and Jet Blue announced new daily service from Jacksonville. Finally, British Airways has announced that they will begin servicing San Juan from Gatwick with two weekly services. Puerto Rico’s main international airport in San Juan now counts with 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, Air Tran, American FCCA Cruise Destinations


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 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. 44

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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 assure our visitors a better arrival experience. This project will also include a signage initiative that will direct visitors the correct way towards the historical sites of Old San Juan. In 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 the historical Old San Juan, described by Conde Nast as a “treasure in a teacup” and recognized by Travel and Leisure Magazine as one of the preferred tourism cities among travelers. This year, Puerto Rico will be the host of the FCCA Cruise Conference and Trade Show from the 3rd to the 7th of October. We will take this opportunity to show all participants how Puerto Rico Does It Better!

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The ultra-modern cruise facilities at the Port of Sint Maarten puts the island in ninth place among the top twenty world cruise ports and destinations, according to G.P. Wild International, a management, marketing and economic consultancy practice based in the United Kingdom. The Port of Sint Maarten also ranks number nine of leading ports and destinations in the Caribbean Region. 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. The Port of Sint Maarten offers simultaneous accommodations for six cruise vessels alongside the 2,100 feet cruise pier South and the 1,341 feet cruise pier North. Our facilities include seaside and boulevard promenades, along with the John Craane Cruise Terminal, which offers bus, taxi and water taxi operations, car rentals, banking, tours, telecommunication services and much, much more. It’s a cruise facility that offers everything you would expect to find at such a world-renowned destination.

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The Sint Maarten Harbour Group of Companies (SHGC) is in “good shape.” That is according to the Chief Financier Royal Bank of Canada (formerly RBTT). The Bank is satisfied with the security of the investments made related to the construction of the second cruise pier in November 2008 and the expansion of the cargo section of the Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facilities.

According to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SHGC Mark Mingo, the meeting with bank officials was to give them an update with respect to port operations, especially in light of the global financial and economic crisis. 48

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Water taxis leave the cruise facility and head straight into the duty-free shopping Mecca of the northeastern Caribbean, Philipsburg. Cruise passengers can also disembark at the Capt. Hodge Wharf from water taxis and tender boat shuttles. Port of sint Maarten Cruise Facilities and amenities Hon. Theo Heyliger, Vice Prime Minister and Minster responsible for Port Affairs

Mark Mingo, Chief Executive Officer, Sint Maarten Harbour Group of Companies

The meeting focused on commercial development, status of financial picture, future outlook and strategic planning. Harbour CEO Mingo got the opportunity to be introduced to Bank Group Risk Official Kay Kantharupan and Head Corporate Finance Don Talbot.

Honorable Vice Prime Minister Theo Heyliger said the harbor continues to be a vibrant company because the management team and board are keen on ensuring that viable and beneficial decisions to the community and destination Sint Maarten are made.

Financially, the harbor group is secure, with only small losses suffered in the cargo section of the business. Mingo pointed out that the harbor group has been prudent with its investments over the years, and the return has been beneficial for the SHGC, the people of the island and the government.

Hon. Minister Heyliger was quoted as saying, “We continue to be a force in the Caribbean, and in the years to come, we will maintain and better our position, as long as our investments are what’s needed to keep moving Sint Maarten up the ranks as a great place to live and visit.”

The Port of Sint Maarten Cruise Facilities is 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. The port caters to the world’s most recognized cruise lines. Where itinerary planning is concerned, cruise lines always include the port when they debut their newest, largest and most spectacular cruise ships. Service is the top priority. Customer service and first class facilities have been the driving force behind the success of the Port of Sint Maarten.

Harbor Point Village was opened in May 2003 and complements the shopping center of Philipsburg (Front Street). The village features a shopping arcade consisting of 12 shops and 12 market-stalls. s The Tender Jetty facilities cater to home porting, water taxis and water-based tours. The new tender jetty has been described as the largest in the northeastern Caribbean. The Tender Jetty is four meters (14 ft) wide by 120 meters (390 ft) long, featuring a nine-meter (25.2 ft) bridge section, four finger piers and a 24 meter (67.2 ft) covered section. A depth of six meters has been dredged to allow vessels with a draft of five meters to safely approach the berthing facility. The finger piers can accommodate up to six vessels simultaneously.

Cargo Facilities The Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facilities also includes a cargo section, namely the Captain David Cargo Quay and Cargo South Quay. Sint Maarten proudly serves as a trans shipment hub for the northeastern Caribbean, and this is 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 trans shipment ports in this part of the Caribbean. 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 270 meters (890 ft), a docking capacity for two general lift-on-lift-off (LOLO) and three roll-on-roll-off (RORO) cargo vessels. The water depth is 10.5 meters (35 ft). The cargo quay has been extended by an additional 260 meters. The facility also includes a container storage area of over 2000 TEUs. Cargo vessels can also be provided with fuel and water services. second Tender Jetty enhances accessibility to Philipsburg shopping Center The Port of Sint Maarten’s second tender jetty is playing an integral role for the 2010/2011 tourist season where the orderly distribution of cruise passengers and crew are concerned. The new jetty, named “Walter Williams Jetty,” is located in front of Sea Palace and is 75-feet long. The Williams Jetty is one of three water taxi distribution points (pick-up/drop-off) in Philipsburg along the Great Bay Beach. It easily facilitates the cruise passengers and crew into what has been described as the dutyfree shopping Mecca of the Caribbean, Philipsburg. The jetty is seen as a significant development for the “Down Street” area. The other two jetties are Bobby’s Marina and Capt. Hodge Wharf. FCCA Cruise Destinations


World’s Largest giga Yacht Calls at Port of sint Maarten

yachts, as it has the required amenities that a mega yacht captain is looking for with respect to fueling, water, etc. The proximity of the port to the island’s capital, Philipsburg, where duty-free stores, restaurants, casinos and beaches are located further enhances the vacationer’s experience.

and cruise ship itinerary planning. Heyliger said that the agreements brokered with cruise partners over the years ensured that cruise ships kept coming, and the economy continued to grow even in the toughest of times. recognizing our elders

Other amenities available at the cruise terminal facility include seaside and boulevard promenades, along with the John Craane Cruise Terminal, which offers bus, taxi and water shuttle taxi operations, car rentals, banking, tours, telecommunication services and much, much more. The port has amenities that can service even the ritziest consumers and vessels, as seen by its capability of catering to the meg-yacht market. Referred to as the world’s biggest giga-yacht, the M/Y Eclipse, owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, berthed at the Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo facility recently. It was the vessel’s first visit to the Caribbean. The M/Y Eclipse is 536 feet long and features two helipads, a luxury spa, disco, a large swimming pool and a submarine. The vessel can accommodate 62 guests and 50-crew members, who share 6,000 square feet of living space onboard. M/Y Eclipse was launched on June 12, 2009, and initial costs have been estimated at US$485 million. The Port of Sint Maarten is an ideal location for mega 50

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Besides the aforementioned, Harbor Point Village was opened in May 2003 and complements the destinations main shopping center of Philipsburg (Front Street). The port village features a shopping arcade consisting of 12 shops and 12 market-stalls and is a beehive of activity. The country’s cruise facility offers everything you would expect to find at such a prominent destination.

Vice Prime Minister and Minster responsible for Port Affairs, Hon. Theo Heyliger, is a proponent of recognizing local persons who have contributed in one way or the other to the development of the island.

Port of sint Maarten surpasses 1.5 Million Cruise Passengers

Walter “Plantz” William (94) is one such local who has had a special relationship with the sea as an avid fisherman.

In 2010, over 1.5 million cruise passengers (1,512,618) visited the island. Five years before, the island as a cruise destination came close to this milestone with 1.488 million. Vice Prime Minister Theo Heyliger said this was a milestone reached based on a change in approach towards marketing

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Port of Sint Maarten said, “We have been and continue to honor pioneers in our community. The harbor is not only about developments now and for the future. We are also about respecting our past and the contributions made to our society. Without a balance, any ship would sink.”


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Many Great Ports, One Amazing Destination

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 The Department of Tourism’s ongoing commitment to its visitors and cruise lines means it’s constantly working to enhance the cruise visitor experience; 54

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2011 marks the beginning 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. The start of the year saw the reopening of Mountain Top on St. Thomas. In January 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.

The Butterfly Farm 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 and the St. Thomas Skyride tramway – both large draws for cruise passengers throughout the year. Coral World Ocean Park gives guests a glimpse into underwater marine wildlife and hands-on experience with a “touch” pool and sea-lion encounters. Meanwhile, St. Thomas Skyride tramway is the perfect way to savor the island’s breathtaking harbor views from 700 feet.

The Yacht Haven Grande mega-yacht marina, known as one of the premier marine facilities in the Caribbean, is operating at its optimum with over 80,000 square feet of occupied retail space, exciting dining and entertainment options, recreational amenities and seaside residences. From Bulgari to Burberry, cruise passengers with a taste for luxury can live out their shopping fantasies here. Soon, St. Thomas will welcome Senor Frogs—a popular international restaurant, entertainment and retail venue—to open at Paradise Gate, St. Thomas. The renowned establishment will serve up its signature dishes, exciting nightlife and a variety of fun clothing and souvenirs. ParadIse reneWed The destination’s four gateways to paradise beckon to cruise lines and passengers with their breathtaking scenery, unforgettable activities and warm Caribbean culture. Revitalization projects currently underway at these ports mean cruise passengers have an opportunity to experience the destination in a way they never have before. Charlotte Amalie Revitalization Project St. Thomas combines the natural beauty of the islands

with an energetic atmosphere. Both the Crown Bay and West Indian Company ports offer seamless access to the downtown Charlotte Amalie area, one of the most beautiful harbors in the world. A revitalization project currently underway will result in an aesthetic lift and overall improved visitor experience in the downtown area. The pedestrian-friendly décor and natural aesthetics of Market Square is being upgraded with the addition of trees and the renovation of nearby buildings and roads. Main Street is receiving similar attention, as the entire downtown area is receiving parking improvements to better serve locals and visitors alike, helping to eliminate congestion and ensuring the area is navigable. Other high-traffic areas being addressed include the Marine Route, Long Bay Road and Frenchman Bay Road. Finally, cruise passenger must-sees, including Vendors Plaza, the Waterfront and Fort Christian, are undergoing extensive restorative work to offer an even more pleasing experience at the St. Thomas port. Aside from the exciting refurbishments and developments being seen on island, St. Thomas will always have constant draws for visitors. Its beautiful beaches are the perfect spot for relaxation, or to jump into the turquoise waters with active excursions like snorkeling, scuba diving, SNUBA, parasailing, windsurfing or kayaking. If perusing shops instead of ocean waters is more your style, St.

Thomas is the ideal stop. Hailed as the “shopping Mecca” of the Caribbean, Charlotte Amalie offers world-class duty-free shopping. Its treasure trove of retailers selling arts and crafts, precious gems, fine watches, crystals, perfumes and more ensures that every guest leaves port with a special souvenir. The USVI has a $1,600 duty-free shopping allowance, the highest in the Caribbean. New World Cuisine Meets Local Flavors in St. John While St. Thomas boasts two impressive ports, it also serves as the entryway to the lush island of St. John. Island hopping to this charming island is simple with a 15-minute ferry ride from St. Thomas, making it the perfect day-trip. The smallest of the islands, with twothirds a designated national park, St. John offers guests tranquil, unspoiled beauty. Guests can explore the island’s eco-tourist appeal via one of the many nature-based activities. From a guided snorkel tour of Trunk Bay to bird watching on a hike through one of its 22 trails, the island is home to variety of land and sea activities to suit any travelers’ preference. The island’s eco-offerings are unmatched, yet it is also home to two enchanting towns: Cruz Bay and Coral Bay. Dotted with cozy boutiques, restaurants and winding streets, these two towns provide the perfect setting for visitors to explore and discover local artwork, handmade jewelry and unique souvenirs. FCCA Cruise Destinations


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One of the new restaurants to open in Cruz Bay this year is popular New York City Malaysian-inspired restaurant Fatty Crab. The Fatty Crab crew will bring 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 will be similar to its other locations, but will incorporate 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 is sure to delight visitors and locals alike with its unique take on dining in the gorgeous Cruz Bay location.

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 in 2012. 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.

The “Spirits” of St. Croix 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.

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 tranquillity 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.

Already known as the home of Cruzan Rum, Diageo

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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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