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Discovery caribbean

caribbean — 2013/2014 cruises

A tempting culinary selection A delightful array of shops on board Experience the best of the Caribbean

Please return magazine to stateroom at voyage end

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PRESENTS

STARRING

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Table

of contents

Discovery 2013/2014 Cruises

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Welcome Aboard

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Service Excellence

Nighttime Activities

Delicious Dilemma

When the sun goes down, the curtain rises on a constellation of thrilling nighttime enticements.

Freshly prepared cuisine Dining options to match your tastes and mood — that’s dining on board your Princess ship.

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The Night Belongs to You

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Casino

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Shows & Entertainment

Do It All or Nothing At All

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Princess Cruises Captain’s CircleSM

Daytime Activities

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Future Cruise Sales

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Ports of Call

You’ll discover an incredible variety of activities, enrichment programs and other entertaining options each day on board.

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Lotus Spa ® & The Sanctuary

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Boutiques Onboard

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Princess Photography

part, including but not limited to transmission by any means, in any form — digital, electronic,

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Enrichment Programs

from the publisher. The magazine assumes no responsibility for the safekeeping or return of

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Fine Art Auctions

unsolicited manuscripts, photography, artwork, or other material. Electronic queries only will

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Princess Cays

in Discovery are not necessarily those of the cruise line. Princess Cruises is not responsible for

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Movies Under the Stars ®

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Youth & Teen Programs

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COVER PHOTO: Ocho Rios, Jamaica

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See your Princess Captain’s Circle Host or Future Cruise Consultant and apply today! 1. Annual Fee: $0. For purchases and balance transfers, the variable APR is 13.99%, 16.99% or 20.99% depending upon our review of your application and your credit history at account opening. The variable APR for cash advances is 25.24%. Subject to applicable law, the APRs on your account will be increased to a variable Penalty APR which is up to 30.24% if we do not receive timely payments, if you exceed your credit line or if we receive a payment that is not honored by your bank. The APRs on your account will vary with the market based on the Prime Rate. The minimum monthly finance charge will be $2.00. Balance Transfer Fee: 4% min. $10. Cash Advance Fee: 5% (min. $10). Foreign Transaction Fee: 3%. The fee for the purchase of cash equivalent transactions (purchase of money orders, traveler’s checks, foreign currency, lottery tickets, gambling chips or wire transfer): 5% (min. $10). This information is accurate as of 05/01/2013 and is subject to change after this date. Contact 1-866-504-8224 for updated information and for more information about the terms of this offer. 2. 5,000 Bonus Points will be awarded at the close of the first billing statement in which you make your first purchase or balance transfer and then will be credited to your Carnival World MasterCard account. There is a fee for Balance Transfers. Bonus Points will be posted at the close of your first billing statement after an initial qualifying purchase or Balance Transfer is made. Qualifying Purchases do not include fees, finance charges, credit insurance premiums, or transactions posting as non-qualifying Balance Transfers or Cash Advances, whether received from financial institutions, automated teller machines, by use of Barclays convenience checks, or by any other means. See the Terms and Conditions for complete details about this offer. 3. Princess Rewards Visa cardmembers will earn two (2) points for every one dollar ($1) of net purchases of Princess purchases with the credit card account, and (1) point for every one dollar ($1) of net purchases made everywhere else the account is used. Restrictions apply. 4. The Princess Rewards Program offers cardmembers the opportunity to earn rewards towards discounted, reduced, and even free cruise redemptions. Taxes and fees may apply. Cardmembers will be responsible for all charges incurred in connection with their cruise (including travel to port of departure). Additional charges may include but are not limited to gratuities, onboard purchases, and other charges. Cruise redemptions start at 150,000 points. Other cruise related redemption options are available such as onboard spa experience and merchandise offers. Please visit the Captain’s Circle Host, Future Cruise Consultant or Visa Consultant for a copy of the terms and conditions of this offer and visit princessvisa.com to review full program Terms and Conditions. The Princess Cruises Rewards Visa Card is issued by Barclays Bank Delaware (“Barclaycard”). Offer subject to credit approval. Benefits will vary depending upon the card for which you are approved. Not everyone will qualify for the Princess Visa Signature Card and its benefits. If at the time of your application you do not meet the credit criteria previously established for this offer, or the income you report is insufficient based on your obligations, we may not be able to open an account for you or you may receive a Platinum card which has fewer benefits. Please review the materials provided with the Cardmember Agreement you will receive after account opening for more information about the benefits that will apply if you are not approved for the Visa Signature credit card. This offer is available to new cardmembers only. For information about rates, fees, other costs, and the reward program rules (including points accrual rate, bonus points awards, etc.) and benefits associated with the use of this credit card program please see the Terms and Condition

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Adventure awaits Turquoise waters caressing soft, sandy beaches; verdant mountains rising from lush forests; delightful shopping choices from merchants who stock wares to fulfill your heart’s desire. These are just some of the pleasures that await you on your cruise. We are happy to act as your guide with Discovery, which is both a directory of Princess® services and activities and an introduction to the ports of call you’ll be visiting. Whether you prefer to stay busy with sports and other active pursuits, or your idea of keeping a hectic schedule is squeezing in an extra massage at the Lotus Spa®, you’ll find this journey to be a perfect fit. Read on for helpful listings and other information on the onboard experiences you’ll enjoy as a passenger with Princess, from delicious dining to exclusive shopping. You’ll also find a calendar of the year’s cruises. Finally, our Ports of Call guide offers a wealth of helpful and intriguing information on Princess destinations. You'll find fascinating insights into the culture and traditions of ports you will visit, while also learning where to find the best deals when shopping. You’ve begun a journey that we know you’ll never forget. Here’s to smooth seas, a fair wind and your most rewarding journey ever. Bon voyage! The staff of Discovery

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Show your cruise ship I.D. and RECEIVE a gift and discount offer. OLD SAN JUAN 65 Fortaleza Street In front of Guess, next to Botello Gallery 787-724-8097 SAN JUAN Plaza Las Americas 525 Avenue F.D. Roosevelt Next to Totto and Payless Shoes 787-759-6599

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CANOVANAS Outlet Mall At Canovanas 18400 State Road #3-Barrio Pueblo In front of Nike and next to Levi's 787-256-4545 KEY WEST 617 Duval Street Key West, FL, located on block 600 between Angela Street & Southard Street 305-294-3296

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Finally, you’re here.

Now is the time to relax and let us take care of everything else. Get out

on deck and experience the fresh sea air, explore your ship and all its amenities, or grab a bite to eat. Every aspect of this vacation was designed for you to relax, refresh and rejuvenate. On the following pages, you can learn a bit more about what you can expect in the coming days in this book of discovery. We call it that for a reason — not only because of the wonderful ports you’ll be visiting, but also because of all the distinct pleasures you will find, one by one, on your Princess ® ship. What will be your favorite venue, activity, restaurant? Only the moments ahead will tell…

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Welcome

aboard

Let your

journey begin

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At your

service Princess Cruises — The Consummate Host

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The Consummate Host

service

On your Princess ship, gracious and attentive crew members are there to serve you and make your entire vacation memorable.

You first noticed it on the lapel of the officer who welcomed you aboard as you crossed the gangway: a blue and gold pin that read "CruisE." Then you saw it again worn by the concierge, and your stateroom steward, and ... What are these pins, and what does CruisE stand for? CRUISE began as a program to help keep the passenger experience top-of-mind for all Princess staff and crew, and that is still one of its important goals. But CRUISE is also how we recognize and reward employees for great performance. CRUISE is how we educate our employees for career and personal growth. CRUISE is how we support our employees' health and welfare so they can perform their jobs with excellence every day. CRUISE is the vehicle through which Princess delivers our core values — we serve, we respect our team, we innovate,

we are consistent, we are accountable, and we do it right — to our staff, and motivates them to live out those values and be The Consummate Host. What does CRUISE mean to you? It means you can expect consistently warm, welcoming service — from courteous greetings in the dining room at dinner to friendly smiles by the stewards — on every ship in our fleet. It means everyone on board is working together to make your vacation a relaxed, rejuvenating retreat at sea. It means all of us know your vacation memories are infinitely precious — and we want you to remember not only our spectacular ships sailing to fantastic destinations, but also how valued you felt while you were on board.

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Your ship is a floating destination of culinary delights, with options to match every taste and mood.

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Dining

freshly prepared

Delicious

ilemma

One of the most enticing things about your spectacular Princess ship is the wide variety of tempting onboard options to delight your palate. From specialty restaurants and gracious dining rooms, a warm, freshly cooked meal is never far away. You can have a burger grilled-to-order out on deck, or grab a slice of handmade pizza to eat by the pool. Maybe all you need is some soft-serve ice cream to fend off the heat. Or keep your eyes open for cookies & milk on deck in the afternoon. From breakfast to dinner to late-night snacks, Princess raises the bar on dining at sea

A chef in one of the galleys takes a tray of Princess breads from the oven. Each day, an assortment of baked goods are prepared for your enjoyment.

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Restaurants & dining venues on board Restaurants

Style

Traditional & Anytime

Main Dining rooms

Specialty Dining

(see Princess Patter)

Breakfast Hours

specialty

(sea Days) – 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM (Port Days) – 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM

SM

Lunch Hours

Lunch is available on turnaround days, sea 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM days and in select ports.

Style

Sabatini’s

Caribbean, Coral, Crown, Diamond, Emerald, Golden, Grand, island, Ocean, Pacific, royal, ruby, sapphire, star Princess

Breakfast Hours

Lunch Hours

Traditional Dining Hours

Anytime Dining

Charges

5:15 PM, 6 PM and 8:15 PM

5:30 PM - 10 PM

None

Dinner Hours

Charges

$25 per person

(adults & children over 12 years of age)

N/A

6:30 PM - 11 PM

$12.50 per person (children 3-12 years old)

No charge

(children 0 to 2 years old)

$25* per person

(adults & children over 12 years of age)

Crown Grill

Caribbean, Crown, Emerald, Golden, Grand, royal, ruby, star Princess

specialty

N/A

N/A

6:30 PM - 11 PM

$12.50 per person (children 3-12 years old)

No charge (children 0 to 2 years old)

$20 per person

(adults & children over 12 years of age)

$10 per person (children 3-12 years old)

No charge

(children 0 to 2 years old)

Sterling Steakhouse

SM

Dawn, Diamond, Ocean, Pacific, sapphire, sea, sun Princess

specialty

N/A

N/A

6:30 PM - 11 PM

For Japan season only: $25* per person

(adults & children over 12 years of age)

$12.50 per person (children 3-12 years old)

No charge (children 0 to 2 years old) *Surcharges apply for select food items regardless of the age of the passenger.

$20 per person

(adults & children over 12 years of age)

Bayou Café & Steakhouse Coral, island Princess

$10 per person specialty

N/A

N/A

6:30 PM - 11 PM

(children 3-12 years old)

No charge

(children 0 to 2 years old) *Surcharges apply for select food items regardless of the age of the passenger.

Ultimate Balcony Dining All Princess ships*

specialty

7 AM - 11 AM

N/A

5:30 PM - 10 PM

specialty

N/A

N/A

Onboard reservations accepted only

$95 per person with wine and $80 per person without

specialty

N/A

N/A

Onboard reservations accepted only

$115 per person with wine and $100 per person without

Chef’s Table

Caribbean, Coral, Crown, Diamond, Emerald, Golden, Grand, island, Ocean, Pacific, ruby, sapphire, sea,** star Princess

Chef’s Table royal Princess

Breakfast usD$32 per couple or A$35 per couple. Dinner usD$100 per couple or A$125 per couple

Note: Dining options, locations and venues vary by ship and actual meal times and charges are subject to change based on itinerary and season. While room service is complimentary, charges will apply to certain food and beverage items. Once on board and based on availability, you may switch to Anytime Dining from Traditional Dining with 24 hours notice to the Maître d’Hôtel. Anytime Dining is not available on Dawn, Ocean, Pacific, sea and sun Princess**. Corkage fee of $15 applies. The Chef’s Table program is limited to approximately 10-12 passengers per table and is offered on all vessels except on Dawn, sea and sun Princess. at: $95 per person with wine and $80 per person, except on royal Princess: $115 per person with wine and $100 per person without wine. * ultimate Balcony Dining available in select staterooms. ** Anytime Dining and Chef's Table do not apply to sea Princess while operating in Australia. ^Wine bar only. ©2013 Princess Cruises. ships of Bermudan registry

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Restaurants & dining venues on board (continued) Casual Dining

Style

Breakfast Hours

Lunch Hours

Dinner Hours

Charges

Casual

N/A

11 AM - 5:30 PM

5:30 PM - Midnight

None

Pizzeria/trattoria

Casual

N/A

11 AM - 2:30 PM

7 PM onward

None

Burger & hot dog grill

Casual

N/A

11 AM - 6 PM

(Except on Ocean and Pacific Princess)

6 PM - onward

None

Casual

6 AM - 10 AM

11:30 AM - 3:30 PM

5:30 PM - Midnight

None

Casual

6 AM - 11 AM

11 AM - 5:30 PM

(closed for dinner Caribbean, Crown, Emerald & ruby Princess)

None

Horizon Court Bistro

Casual

6 AM - 11 AM

11 AM - 5:30 PM

5:30 PM - Midnight

None

Crab Shack and Fondues

Casual

N/A

N/A

6 PM - 9PM

$20 per person

The Pastry Shop

Casual

6 AM - 11 AM

11 AM - 6 PM

6 PM - Midnight

None

Panorama Buffet

Casual

6 AM - 11 AM

11 AM - 6 PM

6 PM onward

None

Room service

N/A

24 hours

24 hours

24 hours

$3.00/order charge applies for pizza delivery.

Afternoon tea

Casual

N/A

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

N/A

None

Royal Afternoon Tea

Casual

N/A

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

N/A

$20 per person with champagne and $10 per person without

Casual

7 AM onward

N/A

N/A

None

Casual

N/A

11 AM - 5:30 PM

5:30 PM onward

None

Casual

24 hours

24 hours

24 hours

None

Casual

N/A

(4:30 PM port days)

11 AM onward

5 PM - 11 PM

Complimentary food with beverage purchase.

Pizzeria (poolside)

Caribbean, Coral, Crown, Diamond, Emerald, Golden, Grand, island, royal, ruby, sapphire, star Princess

Dawn, Ocean, Pacific, sea, sun Princess

All Princess ships

Café Caribe

Caribbean, Crown, Emerald, ruby Princess

(sea days only)

Horizon Court

Caribbean, Coral, Crown, Dawn, Diamond, Emerald, Golden, Grand, island, ruby, sapphire, sea, star, sun Princess

royal Princess

royal Princess royal Princess

Ocean, Pacific Princess

All Princess ships

All Princess ships

royal Princess

Pâtisserie

Coral, Dawn, Diamond, island, Ocean, Pacific, sea, sun Princess

Ice cream bar

Caribbean, Coral, Crown, Dawn, Diamond, Emerald, Golden, Grand, island, royal, ruby, sapphire, sea, star, sun Princess

International Café

Caribbean, Coral, Crown, Emerald, Golden, Grand, royal, ruby, sapphire, star Princess

Vines Wine Bar

Caribbean, Crown, Emerald, Golden, Grand ^ royal, ruby, sapphire,^ star Princess

5:30 PM - Midnight

(on select ships)

Alfredo's Pizzeria

Casual

N/A

11 AM - 5:30 PM

5:30 PM onward

Gelato

Casual

N/A

11 AM - 5:30 PM

5:30 PM onward

Ocean Terrace Seafood Bar

Casual

N/A

N/A

4 PM onward

Grand, royal, sapphire Princess

royal Princess

royal Princess

None Nominal a la carte pricing applies. Nominal a la carte pricing applies.

Note: Dining options, locations and venues vary by ship and actual meal times and charges are subject to change based on itinerary and season. While room service is complimentary, charges will apply to certain food and beverage items. Once on board and based on availability, you may switch to Anytime Dining from Traditional Dining with 24 hours notice to the Maître d’Hôtel. Anytime Dining is not available on Dawn, Ocean, Pacific, sea and sun Princess**. Corkage fee of $15 applies. The Chef’s Table program is limited to approximately 10-12 passengers per table and is offered on all vessels except on Dawn, sea and sun Princess at: $95 per person with wine and $80 per person, except on royal Princess: $115 per person with wine and $100 per person without wine. * ultimate Balcony Dining available in select staterooms. ** Anytime Dining and Chef's Table do not apply to sea Princess while operating in Australia. ^Wine bar only. ©2013 Princess Cruises. ships of Bermudan registry

Attire Smart Casual Evenings: skirts/dresses, slacks and sweaters for ladies. Pants and open-neck shirts for men. Formal Evenings: Evening gowns, cocktail dresses, or elegant pant suits for women. Tuxedo, dark suit or dinner jacket and slacks for men. Note: Dress code is subject to change with the ship’s itinerary. The above is a general guide.

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Length of Cruise

# of Formal Evenings

3-6 days

1

# of Smart Casual Events 1-5

7-13 days

2

5-11

14-20 days

3

11-17

21-28 days

4

17-24

29+ days

5

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Activities

daytime

Unlimited opportunities to expand your horizons through culinary courses, wine tasting, classes in art history, navigation, art & crafts and more.

Do it all

or nothing at all Free time —

something each of us has

precious little of these days. Of course, that’s why you take a vacation. And on your Princess ship, you’ll find you have plenty of time to enjoy the fabulous options offered on board.

What’s your type?

Are you a fitness

fanatic? Do you like arts & crafts? Do you wish you simply had more hours in the day after work and family commitments to just sit down and read a book? On a Princess voyage, we offer opportunities for every interest to be engaged, which is one of the reasons people often unexpectedly find that it is their time on the ship they remember most fondly. so now that you’re here, we encourage you to follow your mood

Each day, opportunities

to whatever activities and entertainment most interest you. You’ll find a full schedule of what’s offered each

unfold, from more active

day in your Princess Patter. And the ship’s pools,

options to the relaxed

and available whenever you feel like dropping in.

library, fitness centers and other venues are open

and cultural. *Available on select voyages.

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renew yourself

Body & Soul

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Health & Wellness

rejuvenate

rejuvenate with luxurious treatments in the Lotus spa or on deck in ®

The sanctuary.

sitting out on deck, you’ll be lulled into a

The sanctuary – truly special.

blissful state by the sound of waves, the fresh sea air,

rejuvenate in the open air at the outdoor oasis

and the knowledge that while you are out here with

reserved exclusively for adults, The sanctuary,

Princess, you don’t have a single care in the world.

available on select ships.*

And if you think that’s a good feeling, just imagine how you’ll feel after a massage or spa treatment!

Pampering

never felt as good as it does on

a Princess ship. The onboard Lotus spa ® rivals most you’ll find on land — offering a sensational selection of services and treatments, from facials, scrubs and massages to hot stone therapy, body therapy and body wraps, as well as a full-service salon should you choose to beautify after you unwind. The Lotus spa Fitness Center offers fitness programs designed to help you maximize your wellness with

in this popular haven you can get a massage under a cabana, to the sound of the sea lapping far beneath you. Or you can find yourself an empty chaise lounge in which to enjoy healthy smoothies, energy drinks, and flavored waters. A spa menu exclusive to The sanctuary highlights a variety of light snacks, such as lettuce-wrapped spring rolls, fruit skewers, and spicy tuna pâté with baked pita wedges, all served by special serenity stewards. MP3 players are also available with themed playlists, so you can escape completely to the soothing sounds of music.

Tour De Cycle, Personal Training and classes such as Pilates, Yoga, Body sculpt Boot Camp and TrX suspension Training. The Lotus spa Fitness Center also features world-class exercise equipment so you can tone on your own.

The Sanctuary is a relaxing oasis on deck that’s perfect for an al fresco massage or a fruit smoothie and some relaxing music.

*The sanctuary is available on most ships. Covered cabanas not available in The sanctuary on all ships.

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Enrichment

experiences

the Princess Photo & video team captures

Your Memories at Sea A picture is worth

a thousand words — especially of your cruise with Princess. And we offer many ways for you to relive your vacation with both photos and video including:

• Formal & casual portraits with multiple backgrounds • Candid photos from gangways and ports to onboard events • Wall portraits turning your memories into works of art • souvenir and decorative frames, albums & scrapbooks

• reflections DvD featuring video highlights from your cruise • Digital cameras, binoculars & accessories • Prints from your digital camera

PlatinumStudio by Joe Craig

Your life. Our art. Your legacy. Created by internationally recognized photographer Joe Craig, the Platinum studio experience puts the focus on your inner spirit. using creative lighting techniques, our specially trained Platinum Artist creates a unique style of art with sessions taking place in a private studio, with no session fee and no obligation to purchase.

call or visit the Photo & video gallery to book your appointment today!

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Enrichment Programs Set sail with Princess, and you’re in for an adventure that’s more than just sightseeing. You will discover an array of engaging onboard offerings to expand your cultural horizons. Among the wonderful offerings of our enrichment programs are an array of classes, from singing to culinary skills and art history. You can brush up on your cooking knowledge, expand your navigational awareness, or join the Zumba ® Fitness dance party**. Get creative and have fun learning new craft activities and much more. Enrichment programs also present intriguing lectures on select cruises, including those focusing on the history, culture and geography of the region you are visiting.

An adventure in the

Cultural

Engaging enrichment opportunities and

exciting art auctions bring refinement to your cruise.

Art auctions at sea*

are fun, fast-paced and offer a wonderful opportunity to bring home a great work of art at savings of up to 50% from estimated retail price. You’ll find some of the art world’s greatest stars — names like Picasso, Chagall, Rockwell and Miro — all represented, as well as a variety of works by contemporary art’s popular figures. There’s no registration necessary, and complimentary champagne and a festive atmosphere make these auctions an exciting highlight of your voyage. Artwork is charged to your shipboard account, then insured, packaged and shipped to your home or office from a U.S. fulfillment center. * Not available on Ocean Princess or Pacific Princess **Zumba available on select voyages. 35

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Princess Cays

®

There is a cabana with your name on it — that is, should you choose to stay on shore versus plunging into the cool blue. Of course, on your own Bahaman island, you can do it all. game of beach volleyball or basketball. You can paddle about the surf on an aqua bike, or relax on a towel to soak up the sun with your toes in the breakers. Local vendors offer handmade souvenirs at a straw market, while bartenders mix rum drinks at the Banana Beach Bar. And pastel bungalows may be reserved in which to relax and watch the hours go by.

Ahoy kids! The infinite blues of Caribbean sea and sky just seem all that much more inviting when you’re enjoying them from a secluded beach in the Bahamas. So Princess ® has reserved just such a sparkling seaside retreat for our passengers. Welcome to Princess Cays.®

Pelicans' Perch offers a fantastic play area where children can build sandcastles or swashbuckle on a replica pirate galleon. It’s all you could imagine of your own Bahamian playground!

What will a day at this private paradise look like? That all depends on your mood. The dress code is extremely casual — so put on your bathing suit, grab your flip flops and come ashore. Once here, you’ll be able to select from an inviting menu of activities. You can look for fish as you snorkel in the gentle waves, or join a pick-up

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Princess

Cays®

There’s always plenty for families to enjoy together on Princess Cays® — including fabulous snorkeling. You can reserve one of our pastel-colored bungalows to enjoy food and drinks with your own private perspective of the island.

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Movies

under the stars

Princess pioneered the concept — passengers enjoying a feature film ®

poolside on a giant screen: Movies under the stars.

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The sky’s the limit Order a drink

, grab a bag of complimentary popcorn, get yourself a lounge chair by the pool — or even better, a coveted spot in the hot tub — for the greatest show on the sea. Movies under the stars ® is a real crowd-pleaser, with up to five movies shown poolside during the day, and two feature films at night. What a great way to take advantage of warm nights in the region! A high-tech 300-squarefoot LED screen and 69,000-watt stereo system assure clarity and quality of sound from wherever on the deck you might be sitting.

Even kids get in

on the fun. some of the most popular offerings on the Movies under the stars big screen are our special Playstation® or Nintendo ® Wii TM tournaments. And teens will enjoy late-night screenings just for them, while younger cruisers can take in a colorful matinee with newfound friends!

To keep the entertainment fresh, there are other showings besides movies. Major sporting events such as the super Bowl,® NBA Finals, World series, NCAA Basketball ® tournament and NCAA Bowl Championship series™ are shown on the big screen, weather permitting.* And you’ll often find yourself grooving to a concert video of one of the world’s popular performers.

Viewed from high above, the Movies Under the Stars screen entertains passengers poolside.

Note: Movies under the stars is featured on most Princess ships.

*satellite coverage permitting.

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Youth

and teen

Kid-sized fun that’s simply

“SeaSational” Moms and dads,

Our youngest guests

be forewarned — aside from mealtimes, you may not see your kids much on this cruise. That’s because Princess ® has one of the best programs for children and teens from 3–17 of any cruise line. On days at sea and in port, the fun begins in the morning and continues throughout the day and into the evening in our supervised Youth Centers & Teen Lounges.

ages 3–7 will love our Princess Pelicans program. They can participate in a variety of programs, including art projects, sports and games, educational activities, and even pizza and ice cream parties. Plus, kids can take part in fun events such as talent shows, dance parties, pajama parties and special get-together dinners. They’ll even paint their own T-shirts and create other custom souvenirs of their cruise.

’Tweens will revel in shockwaves — a special venue with activities just for them. They can enjoy parties, join sports tournaments and scavenger hunts, watch movies, hone their culinary skills with our Jr. CHEF@sea program, or participate in talent shows, enjoy educational programs and other fun options. Whatever their age, kids on a cruise with Princess will find fun-filled activities suited just for them.

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Parties • games • Dance Parties PLaYstatiOn® • nintenDO® WIITM sPOrts cOmPetitiOns • anD mOre

remix What’s a teen to do

on a Princess ship? Plenty — because

our remix teen program is the hottest thing on the ocean. Come make new friends and hang in your own dedicated Teen Lounge with music, games, dance parties, yoga and video games. There are hip hop classes, karaoke, mocktail parties, late night poolside movies, talent shows, and sports competitions.

if you haven’t checked it out, come to remix. it’s the place to be at sea!

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Whether for a few hours in the lounge or an evening of dancing, don’t miss this chance to cut loose and be enchanted by the night.

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Activities

nighttime

belongs to you step out for an evening of adventure and excitement on a ship of dreams

When was the last time you could go out without a single worry — and have so much to choose from? it’s a rare luxury to be able to walk out of your stateroom any evening, and within a short stroll be able to take in a high impact show, roll the dice in a lively casino, settle into a piano bar for some cocktails and live music, or dance the night away in a state-of-the-art nightclub. From comedy and magic acts to movies by the pool to champagne in an intimate lounge, there’s always more to do than you could fit in an evening. Fortunately, you’ve got many nights ahead to enjoy all the evenings Princess holds in store for you.

Before retiring, you may want to drop by the Atrium for the fabulous Champagne Waterfall, or get out on deck for a stroll beneath the stars in the balmy tropical air.

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Casino

gaming

The onboard casinos offer a chance to play, watch the wheel spin, press the slot buttons and bring home the winnings.

Are you feeling lucky? An evening of gaming and good fortune is beckoning you to the casino, where you can try your luck at any of your favorite games of chance. Our fabulous contemporary casinos blend a bit of the excitement of vegas with an elegant ambience to create a gaming experience unique to Princess. in these lively rooms, you can join other passengers for blackjack, roulette, and of course an array of slot machines. There may even be a poker tournament getting under way with a seat just for you. Whether you’re an avid gamer or just an occasional enthusiast, you’ll love the

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Princess casinos. Those on our grand ships are some of the largest at sea!

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Stunning sets, elaborate costumes and memorable music make our original Princess productions a highlight of your voyage.

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Shows

entertainment

Jazz

Music, dance & all that

Ladies and gentlemen,

please take your

seats. The lights are dimming, the curtain’s opening, and the show is about to begin.

Our original musical productions

are unforgettable — combining lavish stage sets and compelling scores with the song and dance of a troupe of professional singers and dancers. On every cruise with Princess, you’ll have the opportunity to attend several different musical productions, each custom created just for our passengers. Check your Princess Patter each day to find out about that evening’s offering. And we’ll see you at the show!

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Princess

Captain’s Circle

®

Welcome to

The Circle

Whether it’s your first cruise with Princess, or you’ve sailed with us many times before, you’re sure to enjoy the benefits and rewards of the best loyalty program at sea.

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Gold Members After your 1st completed cruise • special launch savings • reduced Deposit • Preferential pricing offers • circle centersM Online - standBy Program - referral rewards - Circle savings AccountsM • Princess cruises captain’s circle Magazine • Princess cruises captain's circle enewsletter • free cruise Photo contest • access to a circle host on board • Members-only on board events • Princess Passport • gold Member Pin

ruby Members From your 4th-5th cruise, or 31-50 cruise days

By voyage’s end, it’s likely

To the right you’ll find

you will have made a new circle of friends at dinner, or perhaps in the fitness center, boutiques, bars and lounges of your Princess ship. Like you, they’re all members of a very special group — those who’ve sailed with Princess, and those we hope will sail again.

a chart listing the benefits of various levels of membership. To learn more about the program, we encourage you to visit with the Circle Host on board, who can answer any questions you may have.

Welcome

to the best loyalty program at sea. The Princess Cruises Captain’s Circle ® was created to thank those passengers who cruise with us frequently — and to offer an incentive to our new passengers who may be joining us for the very first time. A range of rewards awaits you, from exclusive onboard parties and events to access to a Circle Host on board every cruise who can answer any questions you might have about benefits. At higher levels, you’ll receive other perks like Preferred Check-in, complimentary wine tasting, complimentary internet credit, priority disembarkation and more!

You’ll receive a special Member Number as a Circle Member. Be sure to have it handy whenever booking, so you can be certain to take advantage of all your benefits.

But wait, there’s more... Complete 20 cruises and you’ll earn Loyalty Commends onboard credits from $25 to $100. Other benefits include a private luncheon for the top 20 Most Traveled Passengers or a commemorative gift and bottle of champagne for the top 3 Most Traveled Passengers on each cruise.

NOTE: Captain's Circle Benefits are subject to the terms and conditions of the Captain's Circle Program. Please visit princess.com/loyalty or your Captain's Circle Host on board, to review the full terms of the program and to obtain further details on Member benefits.

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• exclusive shoreside access to the Captain's Circle Help Desk phone line • upgrade to Princess Platinum vacation Protection - Double benefits for Accident & sickness Medical Expense and Baggage/Personal effects coverage - increases special Cancellation Credit Feature to 100% • 10% discount off the purchase of our reflections DvD on board • ruby Member Pin

Platinum Members From your 6th-15th cruise, or 51-150 cruise days • credit toward internet café packages Voyage

Minutes

7 days or less

150

8-20 days

250

21+ days

500

• Preferred check-in at embarkation • Platinum Disembarkation lounge • complimentary cruise atlas • Platinum Member Pin

Elite Members From your 16th cruise on, or 151+ cruise days • complimentary shoe polishing, laundry and professional cleaning services • Priority ship-to-shore tender embarkation • Priority disembarkation • 10% boutique discount • complimentary grapevine wine tasting • complimentary mini-bar setup • Deluxe canapés on formal nights (upon request) • upgraded stateroom amenities • traditional afternoon tea in stateroom (upon request) • elite Member Pin PRINCESS CRUISES DISCOVERY

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Plan

a future journey

Book your next cruise

on board

Let a Future Cruise sales Consultant help you plan a future getaway, and you’ll get a reduced deposit and up to $300 in shipboard credits, even if you don’t yet know where you want to sail.

Book a cruise or place a deposit while you’re on board and receive a special offer — up to $300 shipboard credit per stateroom. With just a reduced $100 refundable deposit per person, you’ll get a shipboard credit good on your next cruise with Princess. if you’re unsure of your future travel plans, simply make a deposit and take up to 2 years to decide. This exclusive offer is available only to our onboard passengers. see your Future Cruise Consultant for details.

Shipboard Credit*

Cruise Length

Stateroom Type

3-6 days

interior/Oceanview Balcony/Mini/suites

$15 $25

7-10 days

interior/Oceanview Balcony/Mini/suites

$25 $50

11-16 days

interior/Oceanview Balcony/Mini/suites

$75 $100

17+ days

interior/Oceanview Balcony/Mini/suites

$125 $150

(USD)

Check the Princess Patter daily for office hours and location. * shipboard credit is per person, for 1st and 2nd passenger only. On sun, Dawn & sea Princess shipboard credit converts to AuD while in Australia. Note: Future Cruise Deposits are also available to international passengers. see Future Cruise Consultant for details.

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Royal Princess速 is the newest addition to the Princess Fleet, with an evolutionary design and exciting new innovations to go along with enhancements to our signature features. A spectacular expanded Atrium, a Water Light show on the top deck, The Enclave experience in the Lotus Spa, and the new SeaWalk速 with views of the ocean like no other. With sailings in Europe and the Caribbean Royal Princess is now in service and ready to help you escape completely.速

The Enclave

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How to Have

A Perfect Day in Port Here’s how to bring home the deals as you explore the ports of call during your vacation

1Meet

Meet your Princess Shopping Host. Visit one of our highly trained professionals during desk hours to get firsthand shopping information.

VIP

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Get your Savvy Traveler. With your purchase, you’ll receive loads of free gifts and exclusive money-saving gift certificates.

2 Ask

Ask your Princess Shopping Host for a VIP Card. This is your ticket to the best deals of all. When you’re looking for something specific in port, the VIP Card will tell you which store to visit for the best selection and price — and often includes a special discount!

4 Bring

Bring your Shopping Spotlight newsletter into port. Tuck it into your purse or pocket — so you’ll always be headed to great values.

5Shop

Shop at the stores listed in the Shopping Spotlight and discover your heart’s desire. See it? Like it? Buy it!

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Jewelry to rock your world: Diamonds top the must-have list, but they’re not the only way to attract a crowd. The looks that matter? Whatever matters to you.

Gift Collection Diamond hoop earrings

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Reversible tanzanite diamond earrings

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Tune In To

On Your Stateroom Television

Learn the hottest jewelry and watch trends of the season with your host, Anna Riekstins. A veteran cruise traveler, Anna has several years of professional shopping experience.

In Discover Style, the TV companion to the fashion magazine in your stateroom, Anna gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Discover Style magazine and tells you how you can make today’s looks yours. Join her backstage at high-end photo shoots, and share the excitement as she mingles with designers at special events and talks to style makers and trendsetters.

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See all the latest collections from the top designers, and get Anna’s expert tips on buying watches and jewelry — from the affordable to the extraordinary.

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Become a Savvy Traveler. For only $25, this value package includes over $2,000 in deals from our guaranteed shops ashore. Whether you’re looking for luxury items or souvenirs for family and friends, the Savvy Traveler is your must-have for shopping in our ports of call.

See your Princess Shopping Host to purchase your very own Savvy Traveler.

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Antigua Aruba Barbados Belize Bonaire Cozumel Curaรงao Dominica Ensenada Fort Lauderdale Galveston Grand Cayman Grand Turk Grenada Los Angeles Nassau Princess Cays Roatรกn San Diego San Francisco San Juan Santa Barbara St. Kitts St. Lucia St. Maarten St. Thomas

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Antigua Part of the two-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, this locale is even more focused on the waters surrounding it than you might expect. The scalloped shores, once beloved by colonial navies and smugglers, are now favored by the most zealous beachgoers and sailors.

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Famed for: Beaches, sailing and rich maritime history. It’s a Fact: Rock legend Eric Clapton owns a home on the island, and you can see it from the bluffs of Shirley Heights. Signature Souvenirs: Rum, hot pepper sauce and toy steel drums. How to Get to Town: The lively center of St. John’s is an easy walk from the pier. It takes only a minute or two, and you may not even lose sight of your ship.

Antigua boasts 365 beaches.

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Things We Love About Antigua Called "the Gateway to the Caribbean,” Antigua has been tops with sailors since Britain’s Adm. Lord Horatio Nelson sailed into port in 1784. Today, Nelson’s Dockyard National Park is the world’s only remaining Georgian naval yard, a favorite with yachties and the site of one of the world’s top five regattas. Historic stone buildings house boutiques, restaurants and museums. Antigua's beaches offer everything from family fun to romantic relaxation to challenging watersports. And shoppers can dive into two special areas on the island. Duty-free shopping reigns at Heritage Quay, where shops sell fine jewelry,

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perfumes, clothing and more. At the waterfront Redcliffe Quay, shops in colorful colonial buildings sell handicrafts and Caribbean artwork. When it’s time for a break, restaurants tempt with the national dish of Antigua: cornmeal-based funghi and the thick stew known as pepperpot. Dessert is an extra-sweet Antigua black pineapple. Don’t be surprised to see familiar faces in Antigua’s restaurants. Through the years, Eric Clapton, Oprah Winfrey, Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman have owned homes on this island, named the Caribbean’s best for celebrity spotting. — John Bigley and Paris Permenter

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LEFT: The dockyard where ships and sails were overhauled and repaired. BELOW: Adm. Lord Horatio Nelson, commander of the dockyard for the Royal Navy’s West Indies Fleet during the late-18th century.

Harbor History By 1704, the harbor was sheltering a large part of the British fleet, which set out from here on raids and forays over the next 100 years — a period of constant power struggles between British, Spanish, French and Dutch explorers, settlers and pirates. The only remaining Georgian naval dockyard in the world achieved its greatest fame when Adm. Lord Horatio Nelson, the man who was to become Britain’s most celebrated naval hero, was headquartered there. During Nelson’s days in Antigua, the Antillean islands ranked higher in importance than the North American

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colonies, thanks to sugar. The crop was so lucrative that the British government spent a fortune on the dockyard to maintain the might of the Royal Navy and to discourage invaders who sought this precious natural resource. The yard was officially abandoned by the navy in 1889 and soon fell into disrepair. It was restored and reopened in 1961 by a group of Anti guans and expatriates who formed an organization known as the Friends of English Harbour. Now a national park, this area is a lively center for sailors, history buffs and anyone who enjoys a nautical atmosphere. — Deborah Williams

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It was 1671 when Sir Charles Wheeler, governor of the Leeward Islands, first urged the British Crown to consider the deep, expansive bay called English Harbour, Antigua, as a seaport for the British Navy.

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The Excellence power catamaran, which operates the See Antigua By Sea tour, will take you on a 100 percent circumnavigation of Antigua’s exotic coastline with a visit to the idyllic Green Island.

The Mystic sailing catamaran offers the Lobster Lunch & Champagne Cruise. Relax with a refreshing drink as we sail to many beaches on the west coast. Enjoy a grilled-lobster lunch onboard the catamaran.

Looking for an adventure? Join the Island Safari Land Rovers, and let our fun drivers take you through the island’s uncharted territories. Make your way through Antigua’s off-road forest reserves and quaint traditional villages. Stop at a white-sand beach for a swim.

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Whether you feel like shopping or taking in some local history and culture, you’ll find a delightful experience in St. John’s, the capital of Antigua for more than 300 years.

St. John’s

Colonial buildings with corrugated-iron roofs and louvered West Indian-style verandas line the downtown streets, making for a lovely stroll on a sunny afternoon. Originally a busy trading area for merchants and shopkeepers centered around the harbor, St. John’s has retained much of the charm and scale of the past while offering excellent dutyfree shopping at several international retailers. Popular Antigua attractions such as Nelson’s Dockyard and Shirley Heights are only a few minutes’ car ride away from the ship’s dock at St. John’s.

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Antigua’s Architecture The island capital, St. John’s, is a neatly laid-out port city crisscrossed by cobblestone sidewalks. Colonial buildings with corrugated-iron roofs and louvered West Indian-style verandas line the downtown streets.

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Twin baroque towers top the lovely Cathedral of St. John the Divine, originally built in 1682 and replaced by a stone building in 1789. The latter structure was twice hit hard by earthquakes, once in 1843 and again in 1973, but the restored towers and southern section are interesting sights. Atop the hills of Shirley Heights lie the remains of Palladian arches that once were part of the barracks for Gen. Thomas Shirley, governor of the Leeward Islands in 1781. The Block House, erected at Shirley Heights in the 18th century as a stronghold, still stands. — Marty Leshner

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When skies turn gray up north, snowbirds aren’t the only sunseekers heading south to Antigua. Some 150 species of birds wing their way to the island annually, about two-thirds migratory and one-third native. Among the local feathered friends, one of the most frequently observed is the forktailed frigate bird. Unlike most seabirds, which plunge into the Caribbean for a meal, frigate birds do their fishing by skimming along the surface. Their feathers lack the water-resistant oils necessary for diving. If surface fishing fails, frigate birds have an alternate means of securing their catch of the day. Known also as man-of-war birds, they pester other seabirds into dropping their prey. The frigate birds then swoop in and snatch the fish before they fall into the water. Awkward on the ground, frigate birds are graceful in flight and delightful to watch. Their light weight and wingspans, which are up to six feet, allow them to soar for hours without touching down. — Ginger Dingus.

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Aruba

It has some of the best beaches in the Caribbean and interesting inland landscapes. Aruba also draws visitors to its capital city, Oranjestad, where the island's Dutch heritage is evident in colorful architecture and the wares in its shops.

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Dock on Palm Beach on a sunny spring afternoon

Quick Guide Famed for: Palm Beach, windsurfing and jeep rides into the countryside.

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It’s a Fact: The unusual, sculptured-looking watapana (aka divi-divi), the national tree of Aruba, always points to the southwest — like nature’s compass. Signature Souvenirs: Wheels of Gouda and Edam cheese, aloe products and Delftware porcelain. How to Get to Town: To reach the colorful shops and attractions of Oranjestad, just walk through the cruise terminal and turn left onto L.G. Smith Boulevard.

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Things We Love About Aruba Everything Dutch comes alive in Oranjestad — from gabled architecture to delicious cheeses and exquisite blue Delft china. But not all of its attractions are imported. Oranjestad’s picturesque harbor boasts many tempting boutiques at the Renaissance Mall and Marketplace. Treasures such as Mopa Mopa art await in the shops along Caya G. F. Betico Croes, a delightful setting with its classic Dutch gabled, pastel-hued store facades. The legacy at the Numismatic Museum is a rich one, literally: some 40,000 historic coins and paper money from more than 400 countries. More heritage is on display at the Aruba Historical Museum; it

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can be reached with a walk down bustling L.G. Smith Boulevard, to Fort Zoutman and the King Willem III Tower. At lunchtime, try a bowl of tasty keshi yena, an island specialty made with minced tenderloin and chicken stewed with golden raisins, prunes and nuts, all topped with Dutch Gouda cheese. Adventurous types explore the rugged, arid north side and famous natural bridges, or head to De Palm Island for snorkeling and swimming. It might be wise to first visit the Aruba Aloe Museum and Factory, where Aruba’s signature moisturizing miracle and sunburn remedy is extracted from the island’s bountiful aloe plants. — Richard Varr

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Sand Dunes and Lighthouses

Pastechis These pastries, served at any meal and filled with dried fruit, spices and meat or seafood, are one of the island’s best-loved specialties.

Natural Bridges Aruba has several bridges formed naturally from coral limestone, but one was known above all: the Natural Bridge. Spanning 100 feet and rising 23 feet above sea level, it was a national treasure. Unfortunately, it collapsed in 2005. The nearby Baby Natural is only 25 feet long and 3 feet high, but it has taken the original's place as a favorite attraction for visitors and locals alike.

Rock Formations Hikers can experience a bit of Stonehenge in the Caribbean thanks to Aruba’s as-yet-unexplained rock and boulder formations. Some of the formations are full of quartz-diorite, while others, like the ones at Ayo, are decorated with petroglyphs. A few even seem to have been stacked atop each other, though apparently not by human hands. If you scale one, you’ll be rewarded with wonderful views of the island.

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Exploring the island’s desert topography on foot will net you tumbleweed, aloe, cacti — and sand dunes. At Hudishibana, on the northwesternmost part of Aruba, are the sweeping California Sand Dunes on which sits the California Lighthouse, which is not named for the U.S. state but for a ship that sank here in 1910. The area around the structure is a popular spot for picnics and beach strolling, and the waters off the beach offer excellent swimming and snorkeling.

FROM TOP: A lighthouse stands guard on a sand dune; pastechis, a favorite island snack; Baby Natural Bridge; rock formations afford great views.

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Population by Gerald Zarr

Aruba is home to a mixture of people from South America, Europe, the Far East and other islands of the Caribbean, though most are descended from Arawak, Dutch and Spanish ancestors. No fullblooded Indians remain. Aruba’s people are keen linguists, using Dutch, English, Spanish and Papiamento with ease, often all in the same conversation.

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the Dutch come to stay With their lukewarm attitude toward Aruba, the Spanish didn’t resist too fiercely when the Dutch came calling in 1636 to seize Aruba and the sister islands of Bonaire and Curaçao. Once again, Aruba was saved from the slave trade and a plantation economy because of its poor soil and aridity. Instead, the Dutch left the Arawaks to graze livestock on the parched landscape, using the island to produce meat for other Dutch possessions in the area. With the exception of a short period during the Napoleonic Wars, when the island fell to the British, Aruba has remained Dutch.

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Beginnings Two thousand years ago, the Arawak people settled Aruba and were still there, in 1499, when the Spanish conquistador Alonso de Ojeda came to claim the island for Queen Isabella of Spain. The Spanish didn’t think highly of Aruba, finding it too arid for cultivation — a bad judgment call, because they missed the gold that was right under their noses and didn’t foresee the economic boom in oil and high-rise hotels that the island would experience. This was a lucky break for the Arawaks, though, who were left alone by the Spanish for more than a century. Thus the Arawak heritage is stronger in Aruba than on most Caribbean islands, thanks to that laissezfaire approach.

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19th-century gold rush In 1824, Aruba experienced its first economic boom when gold was discovered on its northern coast. A flood of gold-hungry immigrants arrived from Europe and Venezuela, and the gold rush was on. A smeltery at Bushiribana processed over three million tons of raw material until 1916, when the mines were shut down. After gold petered out, Aruba became the world’s top producer of aloe, just as the sunbathing craze was taking off in the United States. One can still visit the Aruba Aloe Balm Factory and see the production process from aloe leaf to finished lotions and creams.

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Modern politics and tourism In the 1940s, Aruba began to resent playing second fiddle to Curaçao in the federation known as the Netherlands Antilles (then composed of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao and Suriname). By 1986, Aruba had enough and became an autonomous state within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, with its own constitution and a high degree of self-government. For a while, Aruba toyed with the idea of proceeding to full independence but then decided to stay Dutch. In the capital of Oranjestad, or “orange city,” honoring Holland’s reigning House of Orange, a 21-member legislative assembly elected by popular vote meets regularly, and a prime minister heads an eight-member council of ministers. The Netherlands is still responsible for defense and foreign affairs. Despite its separate status, Aruba still retains strong economic, cultural and political ties with the mother country and her sister islands. Before the first luxury hotel was opened in 1959, cruise ships provided the main source of visitors to the island. Since then, both ship- and land-based tourism have grown phenomenally. Aruba now boasts more than 6,000 hotel rooms and over a million visitors each year. Having supplanted oil as a revenue earner, tourism is now the mainstay of the island economy.

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20th-century black-gold rush Oil gave Aruba its next economic boom. In 1929, the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey (now Exxon) built what was then the world’s largest oil refinery in San Nicolas, on the southeastern coast. This refinery employed more than 8,000 people — 16 percent of Aruba’s population — making San Nicolas the island’s second-largest city. Exxon closed the refinery in 1985 during a global oversupply, but the Coastal Oil Company of Houston, Texas, reopened it in 1991.

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The language, like the people, has evolved from a wonderful mix of cultures and reflects the friendly and open nature of the country and the people. Of course, most also speak English and Dutch, but Arubans have a natural aptitude and flair for language and it is not uncommon to hear four or five languages used in a single conversation. Papiamento is basically a Creole language that was derived from African and Iberian Romance languages with influences from Native American languages, English and Dutch. The language has two main dialects. Papiamento, which is spoken primarily in Aruba, and Papiamentu, heard in Bonaire and Curaçao. The name of the language is derived from “papear,” which means “to jabber” in Portuguese or “to speak incoherently” in Spanish. The name also has the same meaning as the word “parliament,” which is derived from the French word “parler” (to speak). Through the middle of the 19th century, Papiamento was the main language for written materials on the island, including hymnals and schoolbooks printed by the Catholic Church. The language thrived until Dutch was named as the language of instruction in schools. Official or not, the locals continued to prefer their own locally grown language, with its lilting, rhythmic tones, for personal communication. Finally, in 2003, after being spoken since the 1500s, Papiamento joined Dutch as the official language of Aruba. — Jim Thompson

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Here are some words and phrases to help you communicate like a native while in Aruba. Welcome Have a nice day! How are you? I am fine My name is... What is your name? Thank you very much You are welcome See you later Very good Congratulations Good-bye Good morning Good afternoon Good evening Good night

Bon bini Pasa bon dia! Con ta bai? Mi ta bon Mi nomber ta... Con jamabo? Masha danki Di nada Te aworo Hopi bon Masha pabien Ayo Bon dia Bon tardi Bon nochi Bon nochi

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If someone in Aruba says “Bon bini” to you, don’t think they are being forward. They are only saying “Welcome” in their native language of Papiamento.

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Flying High The four-pointed star, or sun (located in the upper corner, or the canton position, so it can be seen even in a slight breeze) symbolizes both the importance of the sun to Aruba’s way of life and the four points of the compass, representing the rich diversity and backgrounds of its citizens. It also represents the island’s four major languages: Papiamento, Dutch, English and Spanish. The red color of the star (Union Jack red) is a symbol of love of the country and the island’s clay soil, while the white outline represents purity, a respect for justice and freedom, and the white sandy beaches of Aruba. The blue background (United Nations blue) signifies

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the Aruban sky and the surrounding Caribbean Sea. The yellow stripes running along the bottom represent Aruba’s position of freedom and independence with respect to The Netherlands and other islands (it is an autonomous part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands) and its closeness to these same places. In addition to the sun, gold and abundance, the bunting yellow color is said also to represent the native wanglo flower. One stripe represents the flow of tourists; the other stands for the industries of gold, aloe and oil. Aruba celebrates National Flag Day and National Anthem Day on March 18. — Jim Thompson

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Aruba’s Gold Rush They came in search of gold. In the 1400s and 1500s, the Caribbean was teeming with Spanish speculators and other adventurers (and pirates!) hunting for the precious metal, lured to the region by the promise of riches, and the island of “Oro Ruba” or “red gold” — now known as Aruba. But gold wasn’t discovered in Aruba until 1824 when 12-yearold Willem Rasmijn stumbled upon lumps of the pure stone while tending his father’s sheep near Rooi Fluit on the island’s north coast. Word soon got out, and a prospecting frenzy erupted on the island. But the fever was quelled several years later when the Dutch government stepped in and declared the gold off-limits while establishing a mining industry of its own. For mining and processing the new bounty, the Aruba Island Gold Mining Company built the Bushiribana gold smelter, which included a stamp mill, furnaces, zinc tanks and trams. Aruba’s first pier and port, at Forti Abou, was built six miles away to ship the gold. The mine was eventually sold to the London-based Aruba Gold Concessions Ltd., which moved operations to the then-state-of-the-art Balashi gold mill smelter, built in 1899 in the southwest of the island. The new facility included several furnaces, tanks for cyanide refining, an ore crusher, an electrical plant and a system of three railway lines. Operations continued until 1916 when the onset of World War I made it difficult to acquire materials for processing. In all, the mines in Aruba produced more than three million pounds of gold over nearly 100 years of production. The mines have long been out of use, and today Bushiribana’s ruins offer visitors a glimpse into the island’s past. Soaring exterior walls of granite — quarried from nearby boulders — are set along Aruba’s rugged and pristine eastern coastline, with the blue waters of the Caribbean Sea 100 feet away. The Balashi ruins are in a lush setting overlooking Spanish Lagoon and the rocky canyon of Frenchman’s Pass. The ruins can be reached via the most common transportation of the period: horseback, with several horse ranches on the island that offer riding tours. For more modern modes, Jeep tours are also available with stops at the ruins. — John Anderson

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Aruba has a surprising affinity for the American sport of baseball, all the more remarkable considering its connection to the soccer-crazed Netherlands. On average, more people watch baseball on TV in Aruba, and neighboring Curaçao, than anywhere else in the world. Baseball in Aruba dates back decades. Its amateur baseball federation was established in 1950 and today has a number of teams from each of its four largest cities: Oranjestad, Noord, Santa Cruz and San Nicolas. Even before 1950, baseball was played on the sandlots and dirt fields of the island. One theory says the sport was introduced by American oilmen based here in the 1920s and 1930s as they formed an informal league of several teams and passed the finer points of the game to curious locals. However baseball got its start here, the results include an active Little League system that regularly competes internationally. Aruba represented the Caribbean region in the 2011 Little League Baseball World Series, and in 2010, a team from San Nicolas won the Senior League Baseball World Series for 13- to 16-year-olds. Some of these Little Leaguers have gone on to represent the Aruba national

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baseball team, which is now combined with Curaçao’s team. They also play for the Kingdom of the Netherlands during the annual World Baseball Classic, a tournament they nearly won in 2013. A number of Arubans have signed with professional teams in the minor league system in the United States. Xander Bogaerts, a rangy shortstop from San Nicolas, starred for the national team as a youngster and went on to become a top prospect for the Boston Red Sox in 2013, while his twin brother, Jair Bogaerts, was a minor leaguer with the Chicago Cubs in the same year. The list of past Aruban stars includes Sidney Ponson, a pitcher with a blazing fastball for the Baltimore Orioles and other teams until 2009. Calvin Maduro pitched for Baltimore until 2002, while Gene Kingsale was an outfielder for several big league teams until 2002. — John Anderson

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in Design But they soon discovered the heat and humidity of the islands were too powerful for the wooden furniture to endure. So local craftsmen were given the task of duplicating imported furnishings using sturdier woods indigenous to the islands. The reproductions proved to be less identical and more interpretive as the years went by. Thus were born the distinctive island design styles. Michael Connors, a distinguished scholar of West Indian decorative arts and furniture, explores this evolution in Caribbean Elegance (New York City: Henry N. Abrams, Inc., 2002). Connors, founder of the art and antiques company Michael Connors International, is the author of several similar books on island design and has designed two lines of colonial-style furniture; he is often credited with establishing colonial West Indian furniture as an independent collecting field.

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Bowing In The Wind If you’re curious to know which way the wind is blowing on this breezy island, just take a look at the watapana, or divi-divi, trees. These fragile trees have such a weak bark that they bend easily. As the divi-divi grow under the influence of the trade winds that caress Aruba, they maintain their bowed shape, sometimes running almost completely parallel to the parched land of the countryside.

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Bon bini — Welcome to Aruba. The island boasts some of the best beaches in all the Caribbean. All beaches on the island are public; the most popular are situated along the southern and protected western coasts. Palm Beach, 30 yards deep with mounds of fine talc-white sand, is one of the most famous beaches in the West Indies. This shore is lined with busy resorts and active windsurfers. Closer to Oranjestad, Eagle Beach is another favorite choice. This beach is generally less crowded than Palm Beach and offers a variety of water sports. Other possibilities on the leeward coast include Druif Bay Beach, less frequented by tourists. Toward the northern tip lies Arashi Beach, boasting an excellent offshore dive site. The easternmost tip of the island cradles a charming cove called Baby Beach, perfect for quiet snoozing. On the windward coast to the north, one happens upon hideaway strips and coves cut out of the limestone brittle of the coastline. Here the water tends to be rough — not advisable for swimming but ideally suited for the local windsurfers and kitesurfers, who especially favor Bachelor’s Beach and Boca Grandi. — Lynn Seldon

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Barbados

With manicured gardens, a centuries-old parliament and plenty of polo games and cricket matches, charming Barbados wears its British heritage like a comfortable tweed cape. But Barbadians have added their own twists to these traditions.

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Quick Guide Famed for: Sugarcane plantations, landscape paintings and cricket matches. It’s a Fact: The island’s signature Crop Over Festival started, as its name suggests, to celebrate the end of sugarcane harvesting.

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Signature Souvenirs: Rum, flying fish (yes, they do fly — sort of) and cricket paraphernalia. How to Get to Town: The downtown area of Bridgetown is located about a mile from the cruise ship pier, about 10 minutes away by taxi. Shuttle buses also are available. The shuttle pick-up point is just to the right of the cruise terminal; drop-off and pick-up for the return trip to the cruise terminal is at the head of Broad Street.

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Things We Love About Barbados Bridgetown, capital of Barbados, is a favorite among travelers who want to see “the real Caribbean.” A bustling metropolis in its own right, it doesn’t have the touristy feel some hot spots do. And the island’s panoramic landscape is among the most lush and majestic in the southern Caribbean. Hiking and driving tours of seaside villages, plantations, gardens and 17th-century English country churches make Barbados a great place for adventure or relaxation. Diving is the grand pursuit here: Underwater visibility usually exceeds 100 feet and provides stunning views of magnificent hawksbill turtles and more than

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50 varieties of fish gliding through shallow reefs. Popular dive sites include three in particular: Asta Reef, Dottins Reef and a spot two minutes by boat from Sandy Beach. Duty-free shopping is as close as the cruise ship terminal at Bridgetown Harbor, where dozens of shops offer everything you would expect: collectible watches, big diamonds and other outrageously luxurious goods not found in any other port. In Bridgetown, Broad Street is home to vendors specializing in fine local products such as watches, gold jewelry, crystal, perfumes and locally produced Barbados rum and liqueurs. — Jim Thompson

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Flying Fish Called “land of the flying fish,” Barbados has a special reverence for this unusual marine creature, which is depicted on currency, in sculptures and in the logo of the nation's tourism authority. Using large pectoral fins like wings, the fish can leap from the water and “fly” for up to 45 seconds at speeds of over 40 mph.

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Currency Vivid colors and a fixed rate of two Barbadian dollars to one U.S. dollar make it simple to understand Barbados’ currency. The blue $2 bill and the sevensided silver $1 coin with the image of a flying fish on the face are the most-used currency on the island.

Cou-Cou Tracing its roots to the island’s African ancestry, cou-cou has been a staple in Barbados since early colonial days. When paired with flying fish, this Caribbean polenta — made from cornmeal mixed with okra, pepper, butter and water — is the island’s national dish.

Rum “Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum.” This liquid libation, distilled from molasses and sugarcane juice, was born in Barbados (Mount Gay Rum dates to the 1600s) and has refreshed thirsty rebels from pirates to America’s colonial revolutionaries. George Washington insisted on having a barrel of Barbados rum at his 1789 presidential inauguration.

FROM TOP: Flying fish gliding above the water; Barbados flag flying on top of the Parliament Buildings in Bridgetown; Barbados dollar notes; baked polenta with vegetables; rum cocktail.

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Adopted on the island’s first Independence Day in 1966, the flag of Barbados incorporates two bands of blue to symbolize the ocean, a central band of yellow for the sand, and a black trident. The three points of the trident represent a democratic government of, for and by the people.

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Barbados had felt other cultural influences before the British arrived and left their indelible stamp. labor-intensive crop. White indentured servants from the British Isles became the backbone of the labor force prior to the use of African slaves. contemporary times Even as the economy suffered from the 1800s onward, cane cultivation was still the dominant industry. But since independence from Britain in 1966, tourism has flourished. Today, Barbados enjoys a healthy economy in its own right, but one British tradition still remains cherished here. When Barbados hosts England in a cricket Test Match, English fans flock to the island to watch the national sport of both countries in a carnival-like setting. Some of Barbados’ most celebrated modern heroes are cricket players, including Clyde Walcott, Frank Worrell and Everton Weekes — the “Three Ws,” all knighted in the 1960s — as well as Garfield “Gary” Sobers, considered to be the greatest cricketer of all time. — John Anderson

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beginnings As early as 1600 B.C., Amerindians canoed across dangerous currents to arrive first on Barbados, followed centuries later by tribes such as the Arawak and the Carib. But the Indians had abandoned the island by the time of its discovery by Europeans in the 1500s. It wasn’t until Portuguese sailors landed here on their way to Brazil in 1536 that Barbados finally got its name, meaning “bearded ones,” from the “bearded” aerial roots of fig trees abundant on the island. When the first British settlers landed here in 1627, establishing Holetown on the island’s western coast, Barbados was uninhabited. In 1639, together with the British governor and the Anglican Church, a local House of Assembly was elected and ruled the island, an unusual amount of autonomy to be given to a British colony. Sugarcane was introduced in the 1650s, and as demand for sugar took off, local plantations struggled to find workers for the

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With the Past When gentleman farmer Matthew Chapman — one of Barbados’ original settlers — arrived from England and built his plantation house around 1660, little did he know that it would reign, some 350 years later, as one of the island’s foremost tourist attractions. Chapman Plantation included a sugar plantation and a cattle mill by the time Chapman died in 1693, after which it changed hands — and names — several times. When brothers John and George Barrow purchased the estate in 1775, they renamed it “Sunbury,” after their childhood home in Kent, England. Today known as Sunbury Plantation House, the property is owned by the Melville family, who opened it as a museum in January 1984. After a fire in July 1995 nearly destroyed the “great house,” a meticulous restoration

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returned it to its former glory, and it reopened the following year in its present incarnation. The estate serves as a historical tribute to the genteel side of Barbados’ history, with antique furnishings, a unique collection of horse-drawn carriages and farm implements, and both china and silver, attesting to its storied past. The grounds, gardens and small wooded area surrounding the house are also open to the public and offer a romantic venue for weddings and other special events. — Michelle da Silva Richmond

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Green vervet monkeys roam as they like in Barbados, but you may prefer to meet them at the Barbados Wildlife Reserve. armadillos, plus five types of tortoise and dozens of bird species. There are wonderful natural-history exhibitions to observe and photograph. Brick pathways, open to both people and animals, wind through the woods. If you walk to the flamingo pond and through the huge, screened aviary, remember to watch your step.

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Islands have a specific appeal; the boundaries of an island offer the possibility that we can truly get to know it. In Barbados, let the trade winds be your compass. To the

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Bewitching Welchman’s Hall Gully, just south of the Flower

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No matter where one wanders on this island, at the end of the day, the senses will be sated. — Richard Carroll

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Here, the agile monkeys move freely through the mahogany forest. Indeed, during the day, the primate population — estimated at 8,000 — scampers in and out of the refuge at will, generally returning in time for scheduled afternoon snacks. Opened in 1985, the nearly cage-free reserve houses deer, mongooses, agoutis, iguanas and

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It was a group of Portuguese visitors, passing by in the late 1500s, who called the island Los Barbudos, the Portuguese translation for “bearded ones,” after the long, knotted boughs of the banyan trees found along the coast. But over the 350 years since English explorers first established colonies here, Barbados has reflected, more than anything else, the traditions of Great Britain. In a region where islands changed hands regularly, colonial Barbados was ruled by Britain for three uninterrupted centuries. As a result, Barbadian customs and institutions are bound inextricably with those of England. Bajan neighborhoods still bear British names, including Hastings and Worthing. Similarly, downtown Bridgetown boasts its very own Trafalgar Square, dominated by a statue of Lord Adm. Horatio Nelson and a building that is home to the Barbados Parliament. In the island’s House of Assembly, a stained-glass window pays tribute to the monarchs of England, from James I to Victoria. In true British fashion, life on Barbados comes to a standstill when a cricket match is being played. Cricket is the Barbadian national sport, played all over the island — in organized weekend matches and spontaneously on the streets. Barbados provides countless international players and has won the regional championship more times than all the other Caribbean islands combined. But the British tradition to which the islanders are most attached is high tea, their ideal way to top off a day’s activities. A stronger libation usually associated with Barbados is rum, whose name was coined from an English version of the Dutch and German roemer, or “large glass.”

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Belize

For a country of its tiny size, Belize is blessed with an incredible share of natural treasures — including the world’s only jaguar preserve and the Western Hemisphere’s longest barrier reef. Belize also offers a bounty of historical and cultural artifacts, especially in ruins of the ancient Maya civilization that made its home here.

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Quick Guide Famed for: Diving, nature preserves and sandy beaches. It’s a Fact: The Garifuna people of Belize are descendants of the original Caribbean residents, the Caribs and Arawaks. Signature Souvenirs: Mayan astrological charts and pendants; tropical-fruit preserves; and nance liqueur, made with cherries grown in the Yucatán. How to Get to Town: Cruise guests take a tender from the ship to Belize’s Tourism Village, a 15-minute ride. Taxis into the city are available at the village.

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Things We Love About Belize Belize is a country with a rich natural and cultural mix — from jungle animals and colorful fauna, Mayan ruins and artifacts, to its watery landscape of more than 200 tropical island cays that make up the nearly 200-mile-long Belize Barrier Reef. The largest, Ambergris Caye, is reached on a shore excursion where manatee-watching is a must and where a dazzling variety of colorful marine life awaits scuba divers and snorkelers. Caye Caulker, just south of Ambergris, has quiet beaches for the perfect relaxing day trip. A short walk along Albert Street, on the Belize City waterfront, leads to the Fort George Lighthouse and to the nearby House of Culture

Museum, which was once the governor’s residence. The Marine Terminal houses the Coastal Zone Museum showcasing the Barrier Reef’s marine life. Mayan history, through artifacts and pottery, awaits visitors at the Museum of Belize. Many shoppers also snap up hand-carved treasures made from local wood at Market Square. Outside the city limits, visitors flock to the Belize Zoo with its native ocelots and jaguars, or to the Community Baboon Sanctuary where Black Howler monkeys frolic. The 6th-century Temple of the Green Tomb and the Temple of Masonry Altar dominate Altun Ha, Belize’s most extensively excavated Mayan ruin. — Richard Varr

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Altun Ha

Sacred Center Thirty miles north of Belize City and a few miles inland lie the remains of one of the Mayan world's most important places: Altun Ha (Water of the Rock). The site was a major trading center for the Maya from A.D. 250 to 900, when, like the rest of the civilization, it fell into decline. Altun Ha consists of 13 temples and other structures grouped around two plazas. Among the artifacts that have been recovered here are

numerous pieces of jade, a gemstone which was important in Mayan society but is not native to the region; thus its presence is proof that Altun Ha was a trade hub. One of the pieces found is Kinich Ahau, a 6-inch-high jade bust of the Mayan sun god, the largest piece of Mayan jade sculpture ever recovered. The image now adorns Belizean currency notes.

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Bonaire

Considered one of the best diving locales in the Caribbean, Bonaire remains largely unspoiled. You won’t find a single traffic light on the entire island.

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Kralendijk, capital of Bonaire.

Quick Guide Famed for: Coral reefs, sea turtles and flamingos. It’s a Fact: Bonaire’s only significant export is salt, which is cultivated in shallow, man-made ponds and salt beds. Signature Souvenirs: Dutch cheese and chocolates, and miniature kunuku (rustic cottages).

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How to Get to Town: It doesn’t take long to reach Bonaire’s center; the ship docks right in town. Visitors have only about a two-minute walk after disembarking.

A hawksbill turtle swims on a tropical reef off Bonaire.

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Things We Love About Bonaire Only gently touched by development, Bonaire is a pristine paradise that abounds with life and color. The island is heaven for divers, but it’s not just surrounded by coral reefs — it is a reef, as it sits atop an underwater mountain. Bonaire claims a population of more than 15,000 pink flamingos and more than 200 other bird species. Giving the island color, and often song, are parrots, terns, parakeets, herons, hummingbirds and big-billed pelicans. Nestled in a bay on the west coast are the pink, orange

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and green buildings of the island’s capital, Kralendijk, where Kaya Grandi tempts shoppers with gemstone jewelry, wood carvings, leather goods, ceramics, liquor and tobacco. One of the most beautiful stretches in the Antilles is the north road leading from Kralendijk. It winds past dazzling blue water on one side and soaring coral cliffs on the other. The panoramic views from Seroe Largu make the scenic spot an excellent photo stop. — Jim Thompson

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HAND MADE ON BONAIRE A collaboration of 7 different Artists that all live on the beautiful island of Bonaire. Everything you will find in Elements is HAND MADE on the island. We offer a wide variety of art such as Stunning Dichroic Glass Jewellery, Bonaire inspired Flip-Flops, Kids personalised paintings, Driftwood clocks and signs, watercolour paintings and postcards, hand-painted clothing and many other works of art! Dichroic Glass WE ONLY USE STAINLESS STEEL!

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Cozumel

This lovely stop on Mexico’s Yucatán is known for its amazing dive sites, and for well-preserved archaeological remnants of the Maya. It was once a sacred destination for that ancient civilization, making it a top attraction for students of history.

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Quick Guide Famed for: Beaches, diving and eco-parks. It’s a Fact: At the eco-park on the south end of the island, whistling can cause crocodiles in the lagoon to rise to the surface. Signature Souvenirs: Silver jewelry, serapes and embroidered Mayan blouses. How to Get to Town: The Punta Langosta pier is right in the downtown area. From the International Pier or the Puerto Maya terminal, you’ll want to take a taxi.

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Sea sponges and colorful fish on a large brain coral

Things We Love About Cozumel Cozumel neatly balances its cultural experiences with its more playful reputation for shopping. In San Miguel, the charming town that hugs the waterfront, locally made treasures include silver, turquoise and leather goods, as well as pottery, stone carvings and wooden masks from Cozumel’s artisans. The port also claims its share of duty-free shops offering diamonds, watches and designer jewelry. The avenidas and calles of the town’s core are easily explored by foot. Pleasant encounters are likely with some of the Caribbean’s friendliest people, the Maya, who first settled in Cozumel some 1,700 years ago. Many still live in the thatch-roofed homes

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designed by their ancestors. Lunch in town should always begin with guacamole; Cozumel’s restaurants are said to serve some of Mexico’s best versions of this classic avocado dip. Many visitors, especially families, head south from San Miguel to visit the dolphins and sea lions at Chankanaab Park. Other attractions include the landmark Punta Sur Lighthouse, part of an ecological and cultural preserve, where Mayan El Caracol meteorological structures have been preserved. The road to ruins also leads many visitors to the archaeological site of San Gervasio, close to San Miguel in the island’s center. — Chelle Koster Walton

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A Diving Paradise

Cochinita Pibil This traditional Yucatán Mayan dish is still one of the most popular foods served in Cozumel and throughout the region. Originally, the dish was made with wild boar covered with achiote, or annatto seeds, wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in a coal-fired stone pit. Today, achiote paste and banana leaves are still an obligatory part of the preparation, although the boar has been replaced by pork and an oven is the preferred cooking method. Bitterorange juice and various local spices are added to the achiote marinade, and the banana leaves give a distinctive flavor.

Mexican Flag You’ll see the distinctive green, white and red colors of the bandera mexicana, or Mexican flag, celebrated everywhere from cocktails to quilts. Green symbolizes the hope of the independence movement that ended in 1821; white, the purity of the Catholic faith; and red, the union of Mexico after its rebellion against Spain. The eagle on the crest symbolizes the Aztec heritage.

Mezcal It looks exactly like tequila, but this spirit has a few important distinctions. For one, it’s made from agave plants other than the blue agaves of Jalisco that signal true tequila. For another, the agave piñas — pineapple-shaped, pulpy bulbs that fermentable juice is extracted from — are baked in underground wood-charcoal-fired ovens rather than in steam ovens, giving them a smoky flavor that’s enhanced still more in mezcal añejo, which is aged in oak barrels for at least one year.

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Teetering on the shelf of a 3,280-foot drop teeming with brilliantly colored marine life, Palancar Reef is the second-largest natural coral formation in the world and is considered one of the world’s outstanding diving destinations.

FROM TOP: A scuba diver explores a coral reef; a plate of cochinita pibil; the Mexican flag; an agave plant.

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Food for Thought

Traveling means expanding your horizons, and that includes trying new foods. Here’s what’s cooking on the island of Cozumel. If you’re a meat lover, you’ll be interested in carne asada, charcoalgrilled beef or pork. Or perhaps the chuleta yucateca, a pork chop soaked in a spicy marinade called adobo, then perfectly grilled and smothered with sautéed onions. On the lighter side is mole: chicken or turkey baked in a spicy brown sauce. Also pibil — chicken or pork baked in a tangy red sauce with orange juice and wrapped in banana leaves. And there are always tamales — meat or chicken seasoned with chili, rolled in dough and steamed. Seafood lovers will swoon for ceviche — fish, shrimp or conch marinated with lime or lemon, vinegar, onions, tomatoes and cilantro. Or huachinango — red snapper, usually served whole. Those who prefer their fish to be filleted should try mero — fresh grouper. Mojo de ajo is fish, conch or shrimp that is cooked in a mouthwatering butter and garlic sauce. Other treats include plátanos fritos — fried plantains, relatives of the banana; queso relleno, or stuffed cheese; and flan, a delectable custard with a slightly burnt topping. Whatever your choice, beware the salsa. In particular, ixnepech, a sauce made with turbocharged habañero chilies, is blowtorch-hot. For relief, try horchata, a cold soft drink made from rice or barley with added flavorings, or jamaica (hah-MY-kuh), a mellow flower-based drink. — Raymond Niedowski

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Cozumel has no surface lakes or freshwater rivers, but it does have many underground ponds and caves known as cenotes (seh-NOH-tays). Some reach a depth of 210 feet — and to add to their mystery, the opening builds from the bottom up. A cenote forms when a combination of water and carbon dioxide dissolves the limestone. This process cuts fissures in the rocks and creates an upward-reaching cavern resembling a reverse hole. Its vertical walls continue to erode, filling the bottom of the pit with debris, which causes the “hole” to rise. The early Maya believed cenotes were inhabited by gods and provided an underground gateway to heaven. Gifts of gratitude were dropped into the cenotes as thanks to Chac, the god of water. — Eleanor Wilson

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San Gervasio, the largest site on the island, is incredibly well preserved. The structures at San Gervasio were used by the Maya primarily as altars and shrines and for gatherings of government officials. The site is divided into four historic districts, ranging from the early Classic period (A.D. 200 to 600) to the late Postclassic period (A.D. 1200 to 1519). Individual ruins are identified by plaques. In addition to tourist services, the site offers a snack bar and several gift shops. — Suzanne L. Carmel

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A Tale of Tulum Tulum’s awe-inspiring temple remains, set against a backdrop of aquamarine Caribbean waters, are a striking sight to behold.

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Perched high on the cliffs of the Yucatán Peninsula is the ancient city of Tulum, the only Mayan city known to have been built on the coast. Following the paths, visitors can visualize the Indian religious ceremonies that took place here and appreciate the magnificent beauty of this sacred locale. Today there is little to fear from the sacrificial pit, and the only ritual that must be followed is paying a fee for permission to use your video camera. Generally coupled with a trip to Tulum is a visit to Xel-Há Lagoon. An oasis on a hot day, this soothing lagoon contains a national underwater park and provides a wonderful respite after exploring.

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The Maya fashioned one of the most advanced cultures of the Western Hemisphere during the period A.D. 200 to 900. They flourished throughout the Yucatán Peninsula in southeastern Mexico — including today’s Cozumel island — erecting huge, imposing pyramids and temples, creating striking stone sculptures, and achieving a remarkable proficiency in mathematics and astronomy before mysteriously falling into decline. The Maya believed Cozumel to be sacred. A shrine to Ixchel, a moon goddess, invited visitation at least once in a lifetime. She could be a rather testy old crone and was often depicted with crossbones and a serpent. When feeling particularly nasty, Ixchel unleashed calamitous rainstorms and floods on the earth from a large water jug. No wonder common folk were eager to appease the goddess by visiting her shrine. But she also had a bright side — they called her Lady Rainbow — and was worshiped as the protector of weavers and also of women in childbirth. Ixchel’s mate was Itzamná, a mellow moon god who balanced out his spouse’s temper tantrums. — Raymond Niedowski

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Curaçao Curaçao’s picturesque capital, Willemstad, is built around a wellformed natural harbor and glows in soft pastel shades. Dutch influence pervades the port, with its manor houses, neatly kept streets and delicious varieties of cheese and chocolate.

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Quick Guide Famed for: Dutch architecture, plentiful shopping and Christoffel National Park.

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It’s a Fact: The Amstel beer brewery on the island is the only one in the world that uses seawater in its recipe — desalinated, of course. Signature Souvenirs: Wooden shoes, painted porcelain windmills and Curaçao liqueur. How to Get to Town: Willemstad’s shopping area, called Punda, is about a 15-minute walk from the pier. Some visitors prefer to take one of the taxis that are available at the pier.

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Things We Love About Curaçao Willemstad is a history museum within itself. One look at its classic waterfront reveals why this natural harbor and scenic city center are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The brilliant Caribbean hues of the Dutch-designed buildings along Santa Ana Bay, with their rows of gabled-roofed townhouses gleaming with red tiles, make this one of the most photographed Caribbean waterfronts. Just getting from the Punda district to Otrobanda is a treat: over Santa Ana Bay on the swinging 19th-century Queen Emma Bridge. Crossing into Otrobanda, you’ll find winding and narrow streets with gabled, Dutch-style houses that delight sightseers and locals alike. Many visitors begin with a trolley tour from Fort Amsterdam, where a British cannonball remains embedded in the 1769 Dutch

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Reform Church. Popular destinations include the renowned Kurá Hulanda museum of African history, which courageously highlights the past slave trade, and the Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue — the Western Hemisphere’s oldest, dating from 1651 — with its unique floor of beach sand. Amid the kaleidoscope of colors in Otrobanda’s Floating Market is a vast selection of fresh tropical fruits and vegetables, unloaded from Venezuelan schooners. More-lasting mementos are available in the Punda district, along Heerenstraat and Breedestraat, where bargains range from cameras to high-end jewelry. If you’re in the market for something to help you remember this colorful island, the famed Curaçao liqueur or a wheel of Edam or Gouda cheese is a wise choice. — Richard Varr

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Currency The color-coded bills of the Netherlands Antilles florin or guilder, as Curaçao’s currency is interchangeably known, are decorated with drawings of birds that are commonly found here: the hummingbird, the flamingo, the rufous-collared sparrow and the bananaquit.

Amstel Bright Straight from the Amstel brewery on Curaçao comes this light, refreshing Caribbean beer, typically served with a lime and made entirely from ingredients found on the island, including desalinated seawater. Because it’s not exported outside the Antilles, the beer has gained something of a mystique.

Curaçao Liqueur One man’s fruit is another man’s spirit, as the Spanish discovered when they tried to grow Valencia oranges in Curaçao. The new soil yielded only small, green and inedibly bitter laraha oranges. The oils in the peel, however, became the basis for the clear Curaçao liqueur still made by the original 1896 distiller, Senior Curaçao, as well as for Grand Marnier and Cointreau.

Hollowed-out Edam or Gouda cheese is the shell for this Dutch treat of “stuffed cheese,” filled with chicken, vegetables, spices, and raisins or prunes, and baked in the shell.

FROM TOP: Birds adorn Curaçao’s currency; the beer brewed only for local tastes; the signature spirit; Gouda cheese.

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The ornate gables on Willemstad’s colorful waterfront buildings highlight some of the most intriguing architecture in the Caribbean. They are a reminder of how Curaçao was governed and influenced by the Dutch, who claimed this arid island in 1634, and, since then, have helped to shape its history and culture. Similar to the Dutch capital of Amsterdam, Curaçao espoused racial tolerance through the years and opened its doors to many faiths. Today about 50 different nationalities call this beach-lined island home. beginnings Curaçao was one of the first inhabited Caribbean islands. Archaeological studies have revealed traces of native settlements some 4,500 years ago. At the turn of the 16th century, the Spanish, under the leadership of Lt. Alonso de Ojeda, were the first Europeans to reach Curaçao; they arrived a mere seven years after Christopher Columbus initially landed in the New World. According to legend, de Ojeda’s crew suffered from scurvy, and upon eating citrus fruit they were “miraculously” cured. The sailors named the island Corazón, or “heart." In 1526, a small group of Spanish settlers and slaves arrived and set up small ranches and farms; they maintained control of Curaçao for just over a century.

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dutch control A dramatic shift occurred on the island in 1634. Tipped off that the Spanish colony was very small, a Dutch fleet of warships and soldiers sailed in and conquered Curaçao. The Dutch West India Company now ruled and appointed the onelegged Peter Stuyvesant, who would later become governor of New Amsterdam (New York), as governor of the island. In the decades that followed, Stuyvesant set up a slave depot that grew to be the largest in the Caribbean; close to half of all slaves who crossed the Atlantic passed through the port. It was also a hub for merchants trading goods along the South America-CaribbeanEurope trade routes. During the height of the slave trade, Curaçao became the birthplace of the Papiamento language. A mixture of Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch and different African dialects, Papiamento evolved as a means for slaves to communicate with Europeans. At the same time, Jews from Europe and South America fled to Curaçao to escape the Spanish Inquisition; these included the Sephardic Jews from Brazil, who became successful merchants. By the early 1700s, the island’s Jewish community topped 2,000. They

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Timeline built the Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue in Willemstad, one of the oldest in the Western Hemisphere, which remains a house of worship today. In the meantime, the importance of Curaçao along the trade routes captured the attention of England and France. The island came under both English and French control for short durations, but Dutch rule prevailed once again in 1815 with the signing of the Treaty of Paris. Emancipation and the 20th century Curaçao had several plantations, but was not a particularly active agricultural society. Nonetheless, slaves did revolt, unsuccessfully, in 1765 and 1795. Not until 1863 did the Netherlands’ King William III proclaim the abolition of slavery, and more than 6,000 slaves on the island finally gained their freedom. Following emancipation, the island’s economy suffered until 1915, when the Dutch established a Shell oil refinery. Subsequently, a large influx of workers took place as Shell became the island’s largest employer. During World War II, the Allies established a military base on Curaçao for refueling aircraft; after the war, the island sought independence. However, in 1954, Curaçao instead settled for being part of the Netherlands Antilles, with the seat of government in Willemstad. While tourism is thriving today, Curaçao is still a major trading hub with one of the largest and most active ports in the world.

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Curaçao is discovered by Alonso de Ojeda, a lieutenant of Christopher Columbus.

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The Dutch conquer Curaçao.

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Dutch rule prevails with the signing of the Treaty of Paris.

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The answer is aloe vera, nature’s one-plant wonder. Aloe is a common ingredient in hand creams and a must for cooling burns caused by too much fun in the hot Caribbean sun. The fleshy leaves produce both a gel and a juice. Although the healing properties of aloe vera have been espoused for centuries, it wasn’t until the 1700s that the first plants arrived in Curaçao. They came from Africa via ships loaded with slaves. The sun-loving, drought-resistant plants adapted readily to the island’s desert-like climate and thrived on vast plantations overseen by Dutch entrepreneurs. In the beginning, the money-making crop was harvested for the bitter resin in the leaf’s outer layer, rather than for the soothing sap. The resin was boiled, turned into a laxative and shipped to Europe and the United States. Unlike early plantation owners, the Creole people took advantage of the healing benefits of aloe’s gooey sap. The pure gel contains more than 50 nutrients, including vitamins and minerals. In the local Papiamento language, aloe vera is called sentebibu. Loosely translated, it means “live to be 100.” Visitors of all ages can learn how aloe is cultivated by touring the Curaçao Aloe Vera Plantation. The farm, created in 1999, boasts 100,000 organically grown plants. Each plant takes three to five months to mature and can be harvested for up to 10 years, cutting a few leaves at a time. To obtain the purest gel, workers collect the succulent leaves at dawn. Once unloaded in the factory, the spiney leaves are washed by hand and fed into machines to extract the juice. The liquid is the prime ingredient in the plantation’s various lotions and potions. — Ginger Dingus

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Dominica This island sparkles like a magnificent green emerald set in a pool of shimmering blue water. Its verdant rainforests are crisscrossed by rushing rivers and dotted with mountain lakes and cascading waterfalls; flora takes on mesmerizing proportions.

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One of Dominica's shimmering waterfalls

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Signature Souvenirs: Carib crafts, grass mats and reed baskets. How to Get to Town: The ship usually docks in town. If you arrive at Woodbridge Pier, you can take a shuttle to begin exploring this stunning port.

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Ensenada

A noted commercial fishing center, Ensenada attracts boaters, divers, snorkelers and serious anglers in search of the big one.

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Rolling hills overlook the port.

Quick Guide Famed for: Sport fishing, beaches and La Bufadora, one of the world’s largest water spouts.

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It’s a Fact: The Guadalupe Valley region is home to 80 wineries, where most Mexican wines are produced. Signature Souvenirs: Silver jewelry, serapes and baskets made by the Kumiai and Pai Pai Indians of Northern Baja. How to Get to Town: It’s a short walk from the pier to town. Taxis and horse-drawn surreys are also available.

Fishing is one of Ensenada's main attractions.

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Ensenada Things We Love About Ensenada

The downtown waterfront promenade and the active fish market are the essence of the city, as are the shops along Avenida Primera and the striking Riviera del Pacifico Convention Center with its sparkling chandeliers, murals, ballrooms and museum. Two intriguing attractions are the Santa Tomas Winery, founded by the Dominicans in 1888, and Hussongs Cantina. The oldest bar in Baja, built around 1892, Hussongs is where the mariachis rattle the windows, and a smiling charro (cowboy) swings his lasso across the sawdust-covered floor.

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Twenty-one miles south, past Estero Beach, is Ensenada’s famous blowhole, La Bufadora, which is listed among the world’s largest natural water spouts. Here, the Pacific Ocean surges into a narrow crevice and spews water high into the sky. Thirty-five miles inland is Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico’s one and only wine growing area, which welcomes wine aficionados and those with a sense of discovery. Approximately 70 wineries are scattered through the stunning valley, and many vineyards are choosing to grow organic grapes. — Richard Carroll

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A Toast To Baja Blessed with an excellent microclimate, the area benefits from the moderating effects of the Pacific Ocean and from rich soil conditions, allowing vines to produce a variety of fruit. The region boasts first-rate wine-growing valleys — San Vicente, Santo Tomas, San Antonio de las Minas and Guadalupe — which often are collectively referred to as the Guadalupe Valley. In recent years, the region’s wines have edged into company with the respected California wine-making circles of Napa, Monterey, Temecula, Santa Barbara, Paso Robles and Sonoma. Mexico’s wines are now being distributed worldwide and have frequently been awarded celebrated wine-tasting ribbons by judges in France, Belgium and the United States.

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Ensenada’s Fiestas de la Vendimia salutes the annual harvest in August with winery tours and tastings, gourmet cuisine and live music. Year-round visitors can enjoy a selection of Guadalupe Valley wines. Tastings could include the delightful red Vino de Piedra of Casa de Piedra. La Casa de Dona Lupe was among the first to produce organic red wines, honey, olive oil and various salsas; of note are its best-selling cabernet sauvignon, tempranillo and merlot. Monte Xanic, with its numerous awards, is credited with raising Mexican wines to the forefront of the industry. Casa Pedro Domecq is well-known in Mexico and Latin America for its Presidente brandy, which has long been a top seller in the United States. — Richard Carroll

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Ensenada’s renowned wine-growing region, where the majority of all Mexican wines are made, is a glorious expanse of distinctive rolling vineyards.

Raise a glass (or two).

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Fort Lauderdale

With more than 300 miles of navigable waterways, a waterfront park in the middle of downtown, miles of spiffy beaches and the International Swimming Hall of Fame, it’s no wonder Fort Lauderdale has a reputation for loving all things aquatic.

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Fun on the sand and in the sky

Quick Guide Famed for: Beautiful beaches to the east, unspoiled Everglades to the west. It’s a Fact: The city became the No. 1 spot for college kids on spring break after the 1960 movie Where the Boys Are was filmed here. Signature Souvenirs: Seashells, alligator trinkets and juicy oranges.

Fort Lauderdale’s beaches seem to go on forever.

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exquisite, and the attitude pure Fort Lauderdale. Among our three world-class department stores, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s and Dillard’s you’ll find an expansive array of the most sought after names. Over one-hundred luxurious stores are available for your shopping pleasure that include Apple, Coach, Williams-Sonoma, and J.Crew, to name a few. Sophisticated, in every sense. The moment you enter our Palm Court you know you’re about to experience exceptional cuisine. Dine Florida style at an inviting array of enticing restaurants including The Capital Grille, Truluck’s, Seasons 52, PF Chang’s and Blue Martini. Enjoy!

Located just minutes north of Port Everglades and steps from the beach on Sunrise Boulevard.

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Galveston

An island off the Texas coast south of Houston, Galveston offers 32 miles of beaches and a charming historic downtown.

Quick Guide Famed for: Victorian architecture; the city has one of the nation’s largest and bestpreserved collections of the fancifully designed houses. It’s a Fact: Galveston’s 10-mile-long Seawall protects the city from storms and supports the See-Wall, which the city says is the world’s longest mural.

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Signature Souvenir: A piece of art or sculpture from Gallery Row.

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Grand Cayman Once the sanctuary of plundering pirates and shipwrecked sailors, Grand Cayman now is a haven for nature lovers, scuba divers and pleasure-seeking visitors from around the world. The diving is especially good in the turquoise waters that surround this former British colony. Back on land, visitors busy themselves with shopping, dining or explorations of local history and nature.

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Limestone forms the craggy edge of Smith Cove in Grand Cayman.

Quick Guide Famed for: Seven Mile Beach, considered by expert sunseekers to be one of the Caribbean’s best and least crowded stretches of sand.

It’s a Fact: The Cayman Islands are home to people of more than 120 nationalities.

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Replicas of pirates, blue iguanas or the Sir Turtle mascot.

How to Get to Town: Take the ship's tender to Royal Watler Pier, a 15-minute ride. Turn right from the pier to explore downtown.

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Things We Love About Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman is well known as a hub of international banking and finance, but more visitors are lured here by its extensive natural and man-made attractions. It’s favored by many Hollywood stars, who are enticed by its serene beauty. The centerpiece of the island is the magnificent Seven Mile Beach, a vast expanse of powdery white sand. Famed for diving, the island offers more than 200 named sites. Other attractions include the Mastic Trail, passing through a two-million-year-old forest and mangrove swamp in the heart of the island; Pedro St. James National Historic Site, dating from 1780; and the 59-acre Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park.

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Tendering to the island and back to the cruise ship can take up a good portion of the day, so set aside several hours for exploring the port. At lunchtime, save room for dessert: a slice (or more) of Grand Cayman’s world-famous rum cake. Shopping is especially rewarding in the capital, George Town, home to some of the Caribbean’s best duty-free deals. Great finds include blackcoral jewelry, luxury watches, fine perfumes and gracious dinnerware. Seekers of unique souvenirs pick caymanite, a hard stone with striations ranging in color from pale pinkish beige to deep russet. It's found only in the Caymans. — Jim Thompson

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Black Coral Carvings Divers thrill to come across expanses of black coral at sites off Grand Cayman, and jewelry carved from the coral is one of the island’s most popular gift items.

The islands’ flag is a pairing of Britain’s Union Jack with the Cayman Islands’ crest against a dark blue background. At the top of the crest is a pineapple, representing the islands’ one-time dependence on Jamaica. Under it, a turtle, the national symbol of the Caymans, stands on a thatch rope — the manufacture of which was once a thriving industry on the islands. The Lion of England signifies the obvious ties to Britain, while the three green-and-gold stars on blueand-white waves stand for the three Cayman islands and the sea.

Grand Cayman Blue Iguana Like the Grand Cayman parrot, the Grand Cayman blue iguana, or Cyclura nubila lewisi, is found only on the island. With its blue coloring, it should be easy to spot, but because it’s endangered and not very social to boot, it may take some searching to locate one. A subspecies of the Cuban rock iguana, the Blue can grow to be as long as five feet.

Grand Cayman Parrot Grand Caymanians once took in these loudly squawking birds as pets, but this practice is now illegal. About 4,000 Grand Cayman parrots, so-called because they are found nowhere else in the world, still remain on the island. Green, red and white, this subspecies of the Cuban parrot is the island’s national bird.

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FROM TOP: Black coral growing underwater; Cayman Islands flag; rare blue iguana, also known as Grand Cayman iguana; Cayman’s parrots are actually two subspecies of the Cuban parrot.

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From Privateers to Master Fishermen

Seagoing adventurers have long been drawn to the Caymans.

by Marjorie Klein

The wide beaches and cool caves of Grand Cayman echo with the rich history of its early inhabitants: turtles, crocodiles, pirates, sailors, soldiers, settlers and slaves. Beginnings Christopher Columbus first spotted the islands he called Las Tortugas on May 10, 1503, when his ship was blown off course from Panama to Hispaniola on his final trip to the New World. The three islands, so populated with tortoises that they looked like rock piles, became a way station for sailors to replenish their freshwater supply and stock up on turtle meat. Perhaps the presence of turtle on the menu resulted in the animals’ decline; by 1586, crocodiles had become so dominant that Sir Francis Drake, the first recorded English visitor, renamed the islands caiman (the Carib word for “crocodile”), from which their present name Cayman is derived. The Cayman Islands’ population stayed the same — comprising primarily sailors and pirates — until Oliver Cromwell’s British army defeated Spain in 1655. The Treaty of Madrid brought both the Caymans and Jamaica under British rule and made Grand Cayman a destination for settlers.

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Rule Britannia: the settlers settle in The first influx arrived: emigrants from England, Holland, Spain and France, plus refugees from the Spanish Inquisition and deserters from Cromwell’s army. Privateers, the genteel name for pirates such as Sir Henry Morgan who had their governments’ permission to plunder ships — ostensibly to retrieve wealth stolen from their country — discouraged these early settlers, many of whom high-tailed it back home. Blackbeard, as well as other pirates, found the caves, nooks and crannies of Grand Cayman to be the perfect hideout. Some pirates never made it to land, their ships having been lured onto the reefs by the beacon fires of the Caymanians, who strenuously resisted these invaders. By 1700, the first royal land grant in Grand Cayman signaled permanent settlement, followed by others throughout the island. The first recorded inhabitant was Isaac Bodden, grandson of the original settler, a soldier from Cromwell’s army for whom Bodden

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Town was named. Other districts can be traced back to that period of settlement as well; among them is Hog Stys, once the site of a pigpen whose name — thankfully — was changed to George Town in the early 18th century in honor of King George III. In 1713, the Treaty of Utrecht officially ended privateering (although freelance pirates continued to attack ships regardless), encouraging settlers to set up camp permanently and call Grand Cayman home. Many of these early settlers brought slaves with them to help farm crops such as cotton, which they exported, and the corn, yams, plantains, melons, citrus fruit and sugarcane grown for their own consumption. An 1802 census shows 933 people, 545 of whom were slaves. Democracy is born Self-rule for the Caymans began on December 5, 1831, when a historic meeting of residents took place to form the first representative government and elections were held. The Emancipation Act of 1833 brought an end to slavery on an island where slaves then outnumbered whites five to one. a tourist mecca Tourism and banking became Grand Cayman’s primary economic sources in the 20th century. On February 22, 1937, the Atlantic, the first cruise ship to bring tourists to the island’s shores, deposited 450 wealthy, mostly elderly passengers ashore for the day. During World War II, the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard operated bases on the island. When Bob Soto opened the first dive shop in 1957, Grand Cayman became the birthplace of recreational scuba diving. In 1962, the Caymans chose to remain a British Crown Colony, a decision that helped lead to the introduction of major banking legislation in 1966. The face of Grand Cayman has changed dramatically from that first sighting by Columbus; those turtles and caimans that once roamed the island now smile at us from a respectful distance on T-shirts.

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A Treasure for the Sea Master watchmaker Rolex makes waves with the Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date Rolesor, available at its Grand Cayman retail partner, Kirk Freeport. The Submariner Date Rolesor is the absolute reference in divers’ watches. The case features a unidirectional rotatable bezel in 18-karat yellow gold with blue Cerachrom disc. It is waterproof to a depth of 1,000 feet. The movement is equipped with a Parachrom hairspring, highly resistant to shocks and magnetic fields, ensuring superlative chronometric precision and remarkable reliability. For more information on this and other timepieces, visit www.rolex.com.

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The Kirkconnell family built Kirk Freeport into an island legacy.

by Jim Thompson

Shipwrecked in the Caribbean as a young British naval ensign in 1840, William Kirkconnell set out on an adventure that took him from ruin to riches, and forged a bond between his descendants and the Cayman Islands that would endure for generations. The Kirk Shipping empire was begun by Kirkconnell’s son, Walter. Kirk Shipping’s vessels once numbered more than 40, and plied the waters from the Caymans to Haiti, Jamaica and the United States for more than a century. The glory days of Kirk’s tall ships are today immortalized in the image of the Kirkconnell schooner, Kirk B, on the Cayman 25-cent coin. “My grandfather, who started the company in 1896, would have been proud,” says Gerry Kirkconnell, a fourth-generation descendent of William Kirkconnell who now runs the family’s Kirk Freeport group of duty-free shops. As times changed, the Kirkconnells moved from shipping and built on their many other enterprises. Real estate, farming, the Kirk Home Centre, the Kirk Supermarket and even a Coca-Cola distributorship are some of their ventures. Kirk Freeport grew from a small general store, which was founded in the 1800s and later became a supermarket. Jewelry, perfumes,

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crystal and watches from such esteemed brand names as Cartier, Rolex, Lalique, Baccarat and Mikimoto grace the company’s 23 locations in Grand Cayman. “It’s a big operation, but, for us, it’s just a family business,” says Gerry Kirkconnell, who oversees the shops from a modest office in the Kirk Freeport building in central George Town. “Anyway, I’m just Gerry to everyone.” For generations, the Kirkconnells have served the Caymans through government service and countless charitable works. Since 1962, every general election except one has seen at least one member of the family chosen for the Legislative Assembly of the Cayman Islands. “People come here for the beautiful beaches, the clear waters and perfect weather, but the real beauty of the Caymans — and the reason we love it here — is the friendliness and warmth of the people.," Gerry Kirkconnell says with a smile. “It is a true slice of paradise.”

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Freedom’s Home

Known as “the birthplace of democracy in the Cayman Islands,” the Pedro St. James National Historic Site has been likened to the United States’ Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Caymanians met here on Dec. 5, 1831, and voted to form their first elected parliament. They gathered at “the Castle” on May 3, 1835, to hear the proclamation ending slavery in the British Empire. The mansion originally was the private home of planter William Eden. The three-story landmark was built from quarried native rock in about 1780. It was the only survivor of a 1785 hurricane, making it the Caymans’ oldest stone structure. The family abandoned it in 1877, and it

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was put to various uses until the Cayman government purchased it in 1991. Restoration work on Pedro St. James took seven years. Guests enter through the Visitors Center, which perches on a bluff overlooking the Caribbean Sea and surrounds a landscaped courtyard. The featured attractions are a 20-minute multimedia theater presentation of Cayman history and a self-guided tour of the imposing great house.

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Regal Retreat During her visit to Grand Cayman in 1994, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the botanic park named in her honor.

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Located on 65 acres in the North Side district, Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park is home to some 40 percent of the Caymans’ 600-plus native plant species. Research into traditional gardens led to the addition of the Heritage Garden. Island settlers once relied heavily on their gardens, and homes boasted flowering shrubs, medicinal herbs, fruit trees and vegetable plots. The twoacre Heritage Garden showcases a restored Caymanian wooden cottage from the early-20th century. The house was relocated here and surrounded by classic flora to give visitors a better understanding of life in bygone times. The Botanic Park is also home to the endangered blue iguana, found only on Grand Cayman. An estimated 150 mature blue iguanas remain in the wild. The park offers sanctuary in the Blue Iguana Habitat to others as part of a captive breeding program. — Ginger Dingus

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Swimming with fish in the sea always seems to be reserved for elite divers like Jacques Cousteau and his companions, or for island water babies who learned to swim before they could walk. But the Cayman Islands, long a mecca for divers and marine ecologists, welcomes snorkeling aficionados to swim with sea creatures in a crystal-clear aquamarine sea. Filled with miles of healthy coral reefs, it’s the perfect home for a dazzling array of sea life. Slipping away from the constraining bonds of land, snorkelers on a soft ecotourism adventure will see the flower-like beauty of the sea anemone, revel in splendid displays of fan-shaped coral, and be awed by reefs splashed with such vivid hues of orange, pink, violet, red and blazing yellow that they might have been created by Picasso. — Richard Carroll

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Close Encounters One of Grand Cayman’s most popular city visits isn’t to a city at all — at least not in the usual sense of the word. Meet the inhabitants of Stingray City and its neighbor, Stingray Sandbar. People are merely drop-in visitors who dive down to discover what makes this stretch of real estate so attractive to the rays. Fortunately, the area’s southern stingrays seem to relish all the attention. They certainly like being fed the handfuls of squid offered by cruise guests and other visitors. And they know the ropes. As soon as a tour-boat motor stops, a flotilla of rays gracefully glides onto the scene. From the deck of the boat, the saucer-shaped rays, which may

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Grand Cayman Here’s the ultimate insider guide to what’s hot in town. See it? Like it? Buy it!

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Proud Palm The silver thatch palm is a tall tree with fanlike fronds. To fully appreciate its name, one has to observe this indigenous tree by moonlight, when the underside of the fronds beam in silvery splendor atop trunks that often grow 30 feet tall. The fronds’ qualities provide an excellent roof thatch — they're rainproof, unusually tough and resistant to heat absorption. Once the fronds are picked, thatchers must work quickly. If the leaves dry out before use, the ends curl and the roof will leak. At one time, silver thatch was the principal component of the islands’ main industry: rope making. While the men went to sea to fish, women and children hiked inland to gather the fronds. After hanging the leaves to dry for a few days, they split them into strands and wove them into long cords. Today, this kind of rope is found in local craft shops in the form of attractive woven hats, baskets, fans and mats. — Eleanor Wilson

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One Hell Of A Town If your cruise director tells you to go to Hell, don’t be insulted. He’s probably just recommending a tour that includes the town of Hell. That’s the town’s real name, inspired by the jagged limestone formations resembling menacing flames, which jut up from much of the ground in this small hamlet near George Town. People do live here, but you’re more likely to meet one of the island’s ubiquitous green iguanas. Hell’s chief export? Postcards, available at the gift shop and the post office, on which visitors scrawl such devilishly clever greetings as “Having a Hell of a time — wish you were here.” Inside the gift shop, a staff member in a red devil suit demands with mock impatience, “What the Hell do you want?” It’s a must-do for the first-time Grand Cayman visitor — if only so you can say you’ve been to Hell and back.

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How long is Seven Mile Beach? The beautiful, powdery white sands actually stretch along the waterfront for only about five and a half miles.

Why is the water surrounding the islands so clear? There are no rivers or streams flowing from the islands into the sea, so there’s no runoff to spoil the renowned clarity of the water.

The whimsical, peg-legged pirate/turtle serves as the mascot and logo of the Cayman Islands. He was designed in 1963 by Suzy Soto and later sold to the Department of Tourism for $1. Sir Turtle commemorates the prime role played by both turtles and pirates in the islands’ history.

If Grand Cayman doesn’t have any mountains, why is it called "the Switzerland of the Caribbean"? George Town alone has more than 500 banks, a financial community which reminds many of that in Zurich. — Ginger Dingus

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Turks and Caicos is an idyllic archipelago of islands and cays offering 230 miles of white, sandy beaches and some of the world’s choicest dive sites. The main island is Grand Turk, where the capital, Cockburn Town, boasts pretty frame houses with gingerbread verandas.

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Quick Guide Famed for: Pristine beaches, thrilling scuba diving and pretty pink flamingos. It’s a Fact: After orbiting the earth in 1962, U.S. astronaut John Glenn’s Friendship 7 space capsule splashed down off Grand Turk.

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Signature Souvenirs: Natural sea salt, seashell art and colorful postage stamps.

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It’s not very hard to find your slice of Caribbean paradise in sun-soaked Grand Turk. Snorkeling clear turquoise waters, kayaking gentle surf, riding horseback and watching birds are just some of the activities on this flat island, only six miles long and a mile wide. Beyond its shoreline, humpbacks frolic to the delight of whale-watchers, and coral reefs with dramatic 7,000foot wall drops attract bold divers to one of the world’s best diving sites. Located in easternmost Turks and Caicos, a British Overseas Territory, Grand Turk is home to the archipelago’s capital, Cockburn Town. Stroll down Front Street and see limestone buildings emblazoned with vibrant pastel colors highlighting Bermudan-style architecture — a testament to how Grand Turk was settled by late-17th-century Bermudan salt rakers. The Turks and Caicos National Museum houses artifacts from the Molasses Reef Wreck dating back to 1513: brine-worn cannons, olive jars and pottery pieces from the earliest European shipwreck excavated in the Americas.

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The island’s historic past also includes visits from Fountain of Youth explorer Ponce de Leon and, in recent memory, from U.S. astronaut John Glenn, whose Friendship 7 Mercury space capsule splashed down nearby in 1962. Debate still lingers as to whether Christopher Columbus’ first New World landing was actually in the Bahamas or, as the explorer’s writings may suggest, within what’s now Grand Turk’s Columbus Landfall Marine National Park, which includes a protected reef zone. Other excursions include trolley train tours, glass-bottom kayaking, dune buggy adventures and bicycle riding on roadways skirting the island’s many salt ponds. Snorkeling with stingrays brings you up close and personal with the sea creatures. If you’re not sure what to do, you can always think about it while looking out at stunning ocean vistas from Governor’s Beach or another such pure-sand stretch along Grand Turk’s inviting shoreline. — Richard Varr

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Grand Guardian The lighthouse in Grand Turk has protected ships approaching the island for more than 150 years, but its first few years were rocky ones.

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According to Nigel Sadler of the Turks and Caicos National Museum, the lighthouse was built in 1852 at the insistence of the United States, which was concerned about the safety of ships trading with the Turks Islands. But Sadler notes that shipwrecks continued for decades, “along with complaints that the light was either not lit or too dim.” A kerosene light and a new Freshnel lens — a kind of lens specifically created for lighthouses — were installed in 1943. The beacon they created was visible for 15 miles at sea, Sadler says. In 1971, the lighthouse underwent an extensive renovation, including electrification. The Turks government donated the lens and the clock to the museum, which proudly displays it. The lighthouse and its keeper’s house have been designated historic sites by the Turks and Caicos National Trust. Besides acting as a sentinel for vessels at sea, it also is a popular picnic spot and is considered to be an excellent spot for viewing migrating whales in February and March.

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After three orbits around Earth, what better way to unwind from an historic space flight than by making a stop in scenic Grand Turk? U.S. astronaut John Glenn did just that after the Atlantic Ocean splashdown of his Mercury space capsule on February 20, 1962. He actually set foot back on Earth when brought to what was then a U.S. Air Force base and missile-tracking station on the island’s southern edge. Although not the first man in space, Glenn was the first American to orbit Earth, his journey taking just under five hours. Islanders celebrated his short stay in Grand Turk, encompassing a two-day medical evaluation and debriefing, by crowding the airport and cheering him on during an early-morning departure. The Turks and Caicos National Museum showcases an exhibit of visits by Glenn and fellow astronaut Scott Carpenter, the second American to orbit our planet, after his nearby splashdown three months later. A replica of Glenn’s Friendship 7 capsule at Grand Turk International Airport commemorates the historic visits. — Richard Varr

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Grenada Exotic aromas waft through this lovely locale, where the merest breeze explains the nation’s nickname: Isle of Spice. Visitors like to browse through the shops along the waterside Carenage and lounge on white, black or pink sand at the beach.

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Homes overlook the harbor.

Quick Guide Famed for: Nutmeg and other spices; rainforests and waterfalls.

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It’s a Fact: Islanders contribute to “community pots” that stew on fires alongside village roads, feeding hungry locals and visitors. Signature Souvenirs: Spice baskets, nutmeg jelly and chocolate. How to Get to Town: The ship docks in town. It takes only about seven minutes to walk along the picturesque waterfront to the center of all the shopping and attractions. Taxis are also available, if you prefer.

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Touring St. George Perched high atop a hill at the tip of the peninsula sits Fort George, overlooking the narrow streets of a city that has maintained much of its colonial charm. Built by the French in 1705, sturdywalled Fort George offers some of the island’s most commanding views. Visitors often enjoy strolling along the horseshoe-shaped Carenage, past fishing boats and yachts moored in the harbor, or relax on its pedestrian plaza and flock to its many restaurants and shops. A short walk into the town center leads to some of St. George’s historic buildings. The Gothic tower of St. George’s Roman Catholic Cathedral is the city’s most visible landmark. The pink St. George’s Anglican Church, with its four-sided clock tower, dates

back to 1825. The 1801 York House, where Parliament meets, and nearby Government House feature earlyGeorgian architectural designs. A visit to the Grenada National Museum reveals the island’s cultural and historic past, from the pre-Columbian Carib Indians to the 1983 U.S. military intervention precipitated by the assassination of Grenada’s prime minister and other leaders. Further inland from the harbor, Fort Frederick, completed in 1791, sits atop Richmond Hill and offers yet another commanding view of St. George and Grenada. A highlight of any visit to Grenada could be a stop at Market Square, just one block from the cruise terminal, where bottles of nutmeg, cinnamon and other spices make excellent purchases for gifts. — Richard Varr

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Grenada’s capital is in part defined by its topography, wrapped within and around a hilly peninsula sheltering one of the Caribbean’s most scenic natural harbors.

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Grenada and its Grenadite More than 4,000 years ago, South American tribes migrated north from the Orinoco Delta in their small wooden boats to discover new places to settle and live in peace. A northward Caribbean current brought them to Grenada. Experts estimate that the first settlement was built in about 2000 B.C. These early Stone Age hunters were also called preceramic people. The Arawaks and Kalinagos came later, building villages and establishing Grenada as a trading center: Some of them were highly skilled craftsmen and made wonderful pottery decorated with their mystic signs. The most important and powerful sign was the Sign of Life, a neverending circle that symbolizes the power of life and grants the bearer a fulfilled life of health and strength.

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Recently unear thed ar tifacts show the beauty and craftsmanship that the Kalinagos were able to achieve, but these artifacts are in limited supply and it’s illegal to remove them from Grenada. On the island of Grenada, the Kalinagos or Caribs discovered a green stone — as precious to them as the diamond — which they used to produce jewelry. Through their expert knowledge of the culture and history of the Kalinagos, the owners of Lisa’s have been able to find the green stone. It has been aptly named grenadite — stone from Grenada — and is the backbone of a unique collection available only at Lisa’s. The old mystic motifs combined with modern skills are the ingredients for Lisa’s wonderful, unique jewelry line, designed and

crafted in the atelier and workshop. Lisa, the creator of each piece of jewelry, also is inspired by Grenada’s natural beauty and splendor, creating jewelry depicting the culture and people of Grenada both past and present. What’s more, the creator produces jewelry inspired by her own vision of the world; each piece is handmade and one-of-a-kind. Lisa’s atelier and workshop is located in the Museums complex (Monckton Steet), a two-minute walk from the cruise terminal through the Sendall tunnel. For a unique and timeless treasure, you are invited to visit and take home a piece of Grenada’s finest. Meet Lisa and create with her your own "dream piece" and receive it on your return home — your unique "dream piece" made by Lisa's.

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The River Antoine Rum Distillery

When it comes to making the Caribbean’s signature spirit, Grenada relies on two centuries of distilled knowledge. connecting to cooking pots, distillation vats and fermentation tanks, using the iconic rum-making process that’s changed little since the facility’s founding around 1785. In the rum-making process, thick, raw sugarcane juice turns into crystal-clear white rum, with some blends spiked upwards of 150 proof. The delectable results are smooth and well worth a sip. — Richard Varr

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On the northern end of the so-called “Isle of Spice,” the River Antoine Rum Distillery’s clanking gears and grinding sugarcane presses churn out strong drink as they’ve done for more than two centuries. Surrounded by lush island flora, the rum operation, with its two-story, riverpowered waterwheel, is said to be the oldest in the world. A closer look inside reveals a labyrinth of pipes

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After a successful career cooking at one of London’s finest hotels and then running his own restaurant there, Brian Benjamin found himself yearning to work again at the source of Grenada’s fresh seafood and varied spices. So when he heard the 2007 Cricket World Cup was to be held in Grenada, Benjamin packed up his recipes and came back home with his wife and their four children. “I wanted to be a part of the Cup,” he says at B.B.’s Crabback, the popular St. George’s restaurant that he and his wife, Anna Benjamin, have operated since 2006. The 60-seat restaurant near the Carenage Market adds a classical flair to the island’s rich selection of seafood, meat and produce. From familiar foundations of lobster, prawn and swordfish to some of his more adventurous selections — curried goat or barracuda, anyone? — Benjamin delivers authentic tastes of his homeland. The travel website TripAdvisor recognized his accomplishments with its Certificate of Excellence for May 2011. He has a formal culinary degree and experience as a hotel sous chef, but it was his grandmother who taught him how to cook in the Grenadian way. “We’d be walking along through town, and she’d pick up a little of this and a little of that, and by the time you get home you’ve got a meal,” he says. keeping it fresh Benjamin buys directly from a local fisherman rather than accept the hours-old yield from the local market. He serves no beef because he thinks the Caribbean variety is tough and he refuses to import anything. He makes full use of Grenada’s rich selection of produce, from starchy roots such as callaloo and yams to richly flavored fruits such as pineapple, coconut and mango. His favorite spices from the Spice Island include bourden leaf, which is similar to bay but sweeter, and seasoning pepper, which he says is a tamer variety of the red-hot Scotch bonnet. "A Scotch bonnet gone soft,” he says with a laugh.

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Los Angeles A vibrant, glittering city favored with balmy weather and an endless stretch of beach, Los Angeles also boasts lavish boutiques, eclectic eateries and a celebrity seemingly at every turn.

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Quick Guide Famed for: The dream factory of Hollywood, ultra-luxury shopping on Rodeo Drive and a wide variety of ethnic cultures. It’s a Fact: In the 1700s, the city was originally called El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de la Porciuncula, which means Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of the Small Portion.

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Signature Souvenirs: Surfer paraphernalia and a map of the stars.

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Nassau The focal point of Nassau, the capital of The Bahamas, has always been the harbor, which has lured gangs of buccaneers, bootleggers and various other wily adventurers over the years. Beyond the harbor are many more delights: brightly painted buildings, intriguing history and alluring shopping, for starters.

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A lighthouse guards the entry to Nassau Harbor.

Quick Guide Famed for: Pink-hued buildings, Junkanoo revelers and pirate lore.

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It’s a Fact: American rebels briefly occupied the British port after the two-day Battle of Nassau in 1776. Signature Souvenirs: Local crafts from the Straw Market. How to Get to Town: It takes almost no time to reach the center of Nassau and its many shops and attractions — it’s all just a short walk from the pier.

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Princess Cays Located at the isolated southern tip of historic Eleuthera Island, Princess Cays® is an exclusive port of call reserved solely for Princess® guests’ enjoyment. Its 40 unspoiled acres include four adjoining cays and 1½ miles of pristine beach, and it has been landscaped with indigenous trees and plants that complement the natural beauty of this secluded port.

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Princess guests enjoy an exclusive retreat.

Quick Guide Famed for: Ultimate relaxation in a private corner of an island in The Bahamas. It’s a Fact: You can pre-reserve an airconditioned bungalow and any equipment you want to use on land or in the water.

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Signature Souvenirs: Creations from the island craft market and other shops.

Cushion starfish inhabit the ocean floor off Princess Cays.

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Roatán The serene isle of Roatán is famed for its splendid diving: Some 95 percent of the Caribbean’s known corals are thought to be found here. It’s also a delight for those who prefer to stay dry, offering butterfly and iguana reserves and colorful botanical gardens.

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A perfect beach awaits in RoatĂĄn.

Quick Guide Famed for: The largest barrier reef in the Caribbean, with easily accessible dive sites offering visibility from 50 to 100 feet.

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It’s a Fact: Local wildlife includes the basilisk, which is often called the Jesus Lizard because it can walk on water. Signature Souvenirs: Carved-wood designs and ceramics hand-painted by Lenca Indians.

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San Diego Stretching along the shores of the Pacific Ocean, San Diego’s attractions combine historic Spanish themes and a genteel Victorian quarter in a modern, fast-paced urban setting. The 34-mile long waterfront is a scenic gateway boasting restaurants, shops, attractions, parks and marinas.

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Palm trees on the serene San Diego waterfront

Quick Guide Famed for: Beautiful weather, a deep-water harbor and a world-famous zoo. It’s a Fact: Claimed for Spain in 1542, San Diego was the first European settlement of the U.S. West Coast. Signature Souvenirs: A miniature replica of a trolley car or of the Point Loma lighthouse.

San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter

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San Francisco Romance and history are a cable-car ride away in "the city by the bay," a beauty known for stealing visitors' hearts. From Fisherman's Wharf to Chinatown and other ethnic enclaves, San Francisco proudly displays the diverse heritage of the people who built the city..

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Golden Gate Bridge at sunset

Quick Guide Famed for: Cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge and historic neighborhoods such as Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf and Nob Hill. It’s a Fact: Of the 47 formally named hills in and around the city, the highest is Mount Davidson, which rises 925 feet. Signature Souvenirs: Miniature versions of cable cars and the Golden Gate Bridge.

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San Juan

This vibrant city blends spectacular natural scenery with historic architecture and a lively culture. Fascinating galleries and museums mix with fashionable shops, thrilling nightlife and beautiful beaches.

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A colorful building in Old San Juan

Quick Guide Famed for: The walled Old San Juan district, with 400 restored buildings dating to the 16th and 17th centuries. It’s a Fact: The piña colada, that creamy concoction of rum, pineapple and coconut, was invented here. Signature Souvenirs: Guayabera shirts and folk art found in local-designer clothing boutiques and art galleries.

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How to Get to Town: The ship will dock at one of three different piers in San Juan: Pier 1, Pier 4 or the Pan American Pier. From Pier 1, it’s just a short walk to the Old San Juan historic district and shopping area. Pier 4 is a 10to 15-minute walk or a short taxi ride to town. From the Pan American Pier, you’ll want to take a taxi as it’s not within walking distance.

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Things We Love About San Juan The heart and soul of the island is the historic district, Old San Juan, which dates to the 1500s. Visitors explore historical and cultural attractions throughout the cobblestoned, walled city, strolling the ramparts where Spanish solders once held watch. An energetic nightlife, including casinos and creative dining, draws visitors to different districts in San Juan. In SOFO — the neighborhood “South of Fortaleza” Street — fine restaurants double as bars for after-hours entertainment. A 10-minute ride leads to the beautiful beaches of the chic Condado, Isla Verde and Santurce areas, where sea kayaking, surfing and windsurfing are poplar sports during the day, and lounges and

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nightclubs fire up at night. Across the lagoon from Condado, Santurce is a cultural center with attractions that include the Museum of Art, the Fine Arts Center, Central Park and La Placita de Santurce, an open-air plaza with diverse local cuisine that turns into an allout street fest on weekend nights. Outside the city, the El Yunque rainforest is a must for those seeking Puerto Rico’s natural side. The only rainforest in the U.S. Forest System, it offers 28,000 acres of walking and hiking trails, bird-watching opportunities and idyllic waterfalls, in which to take a refreshing dip, with rapelling and zip-lining for the more adventurous types.

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Coqui Frog This tiny, indigenous frog — even the largest measures only about an inch — is the national symbol of Puerto Rico. The “ko-kee” song of the male, which begins at dusk and continues throughout the night, is one of the distinctive sounds of San Juan and of the island.

Bacardi 8 Everyone knows the globally distributed Bacardi brand, and as the Bacardi Rum Distillery within the San Juan metro area is the largest rum distillery in the world, imagine just how ever-present the famous bat-symboled bottle is here. If you’re looking for something more sophisticated than the white rum, Bacardi 8 might be the way to go. It’s aged eight years in charred white-oak barrels; features hints of vanilla, toffee, honey, caramel and bittersweet chocolate; and is “reminiscent of an aged cognac.”

Cocina Criolla San Juan is rife with restaurants and cafés specializing in cocina criolla, local cuisine that reflects Puerto Rico’s centuries of varied cultural influences. Two of the most distinctive local foods are bacalaitos (“codfish fritters”) and mofongo. Mofongo is made of tostones (“deep-fried green plantains”) mashed with olive oil and garlic, and it can come in any number of presentations, including relleno (“stuffed”) with seafood, pork or chicken, sometimes topped with tomato and garlic sauce.

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If the explorers had had their way, you would be visiting the city of Puerto Rico on the island of San Juan, rather than San Juan on the island of Puerto Rico. Columbus landed on the beautiful island in 1493 and named it San Juan Bautista (Saint John the Baptist). In 1511, Ponce de León named the town Puerto Rico. An unknown mapmaker seems to have switched the names in the 16th century, and it's stayed that way ever since. Beginnings As the second-oldest city in the Americas, San Juan is known as La Ciudad Amurallada (“the walled city”), because of its massive encircling stone wall anchored by two mighty forts, El Morro and San Cristóbal; the wall was started in 1539 and not finished until 1782. Up until 1897, the city was accessible only through five enormous, heavily guarded wooden doors that closed at nightfall.

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Spain’s neighbors come calling The wall was not merely for show. San Juan Bay soon became the central hub for the export of New World riches and a magnet for the British, Dutch and French privateers or pirates who sought fame and fortune. And their motherlands lusted for the most lucrative piece of real estate in the Western Hemisphere. With all this attention, it’s surprising how infrequently the city was overrun. The British managed to seize and burn San Juan in 1598, but dysentery did them in. On their heels, the Dutch attacked in 1625 but were overcome by disease as well and had to retreat. 18th-century Irish interlude As Spain’s prominence declined in the 18th century, Puerto Ricans became resentful of getting so little return on their labor for the Spanish. Islanders were not allowed to participate in government, and Spain’s mercantilist practices did not allow them to trade with other nations. As a result, the Puerto Ricans took to trading sugar and rum illegally. On this one occasion, the Spanish Empire took decisive action and sent two Irishmen to take charge. The first was Tomas O’Daly, an experienced engineer, who fortified San Juan’s defenses. The second was his boss, field marshal Alejandro O’Reilly, an Irish mercenary who fought in the Spanish army and quickly rose through the ranks. O’Reilly built schools and roads, dropped trade restrictions and lowered taxes; consequently, Puerto Rico’s economy boomed in the late-18th century. O’Reilly is also known as the father of the Puerto Rican militia, because he built up a local constabulary force. After leaving San Juan, O’Reilly went to New Orleans to become the governor of Spanish Louisiana. Under the American flag Following the Spanish-American War, Puerto Rico came under American rule. In 1917, Puerto Ricans became American citizens. They have voted overwhelmingly to retain their commonwealth status, making San Juan the oldest city under the U.S. flag today. Rescue Old San Juan After the city walls came down in 1897, the city expanded to include Miramar, Santurce, Condado, Hato Rey and Río Piedras, but Old San Juan remained its heart and soul. In 1973, San Juan gained the coveted title of World Heritage Site. Once considered a dingy assemblage of colonial ruins that seemed to have crumbled in tandem with the empire that constructed them, the sevenblock square comprising Old San Juan is now considered the best repository of Spanish colonial architecture in the Western Hemisphere. The charming blue adoquine (“cobblestones”) that pave the streets originally served as ballast on Spanish ships. One of the old city’s jewels, La Fortaleza is the oldest executive mansion in the Western Hemisphere.

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Columbus reaches Puerto Rico.

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The great encircling wall is completed.

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Puerto Rico comes under U.S. rule.

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The governor becomes popularly elected.

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The streets of Old San Juan are best known for their cobblestones and colorful historic buildings. But perhaps the most brilliant feature of the historic walled city is the cluster of jewelry stores filled with world class collections offered at great prices. Among the most visited jewelry retailers is BARED, on the corner of La Fortaleza and San Justo streets in Old San Juan and Plaza Las Americas in Hato Rey. BARED is the only authorized Rolex jeweler in Puerto Rico. Inside, gleaming in glass display cases is a collection of exquisite diamond rings and pendants that make up its Felix Bared Collection. Hundreds of fine diamond jewelry – most on white gold and platinum Pavé settings – are the heart of the signature collection. Pictured above, fourth generation jeweler, Felix Bared specializes in the Pavé technique essentially covering the entire surface of the white gold and platinum settings with diamonds. As many as 350 individual pieces are included in the seasonal collection. Designed by BARED

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and members of his staff, the pieces are handcrafted and fitted with specially cut diamonds. Zeroing in on that one magnificent piece in the collection is nearly impossible; each one is more magnificent than the next. The handmade pieces in the Felix Bared Collection are only available for a period of 18 of 36 months, making each a one of-a-kind treasure every time the line is reinvented. The precious stones used to make each piece are bought in Israel and Belgium, a process in which Bared is personally involed.

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FROM LEFT: La Garita Del Diablo; El Morro; an old wooden cart in Castillo San Cristobal.

Colonial Charm in Old San Juan

If you are drawn to historic cities, the seven blocks that make up Old San Juan will enchant you. Besides the area’s rich heritage, the district offers plenty of shopping, dining and nightlife opportunities in and around beautiful courtyards encircled with striking arches and ornamented with colorfully patterned tiles.

Within Old San Juan’s walls are three stunning Spanish Colonial structures that are designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the forts El Morro and San Cristóbal, and La Fortaleza palace. The best place from which to set out is El Morro, a fortress boasting walls 20 feet thick and 140 feet high on the western point of the peninsula. Built from 1539 to 1783, this massive edifice defended Puerto Rico from a slew of enemies over the years. Sir Francis Drake was one of the first to attack it, in 1595, and it was last bombarded by U.S. troops in 1783. One of the few buildings in the city older than El Morro is Casa Blanca (White House), built in 1521 as the residence of the Ponce de León family. For 250 years, Casa Blanca remained in the family. In

modern times, the structure was restored as two museums, one of which features much of the original wooden furniture. Back in the heart of Old San Juan, the buildings and historical sites are much more concentrated. Some of the best stops are the San Juan Museum of Art and History, the Pablo Casals Museum, the San Juan Cathedral, La Puerta de San Juan (the original port) and the Museum of the Americas. The district’s best photo spot is probably La Garita del Diablo (Devil’s Sentry Box), which is one of the oldest parts of the San Cristóbal fort, built around 1634. With all the other incredible scenery here, digital photographers will be glad they don’t have to worry about running out of film.

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The Oldest Mansion

Old San Juan is filled with hundreds of preserved buildings that tell the history of the city and the island. La Fortaleza (The Fortress), the Western Hemisphere’s oldest executive mansion in continuous use, has been home to more than 200 Puerto Rican governors. Its original single tower and patio were built in 1540 to protect the Spanish population from the Carib Indians. Its more-palatial elements were 19th-century additions, including the polished reception rooms, the stately mahogany staircase and the mosaiclined chapel that was once used for a storeroom for gold bullion. — Deborah Williams

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Think of San Juan, and quite likely three little words come to mind. Coffee. Rum. Cigars. Once the mainstays of Puerto Rico’s economy, these locally made delights still know their way around the table. Coffee made its Caribbean debut in the 1700s, when plants imported from the Old World first arrived on the scene. The shiny green shrubs flourished on Puerto Rico’s mountain slopes. Plantation owners grew rich, and coffee mills soon dotted the landscape. Although production has decreased over the years, a few top estates still grow the island’s prized black gold. Rum and alcohol are nearly synonymous in Puerto Rico. Distilled from fermented molasses,

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a by-product of sugarcane processing, this island spirit has a long history in the region. The best rum is aged in oak barrels, either charred to give the spirit color or left uncharred for clear, white rum. Cigars, as the story goes, date back to the island’s pre-Columbian inhabitants, the Taino Indians. The Tainos cultivated tobacco and rolled the dried leaves into cigars, which the Europeans observed in their early encounters with the natives. Intrigued, the explorers took their newfound habit back to Europe — and the cigar craze began. More than 500 years later, hand-rolling remains the preferred method of making fine cigars. — Ginger Dingus

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Legends & Lore

Who hasn’t heard of Ponce de León and his search for the legendary Fountain of Youth? Unfortunately, Ponce de León’s mission was cut short before he realized his dream: He met his fate at the hands of local natives while searching out magic potions in Florida. His remains were eventually shipped to Puerto Rico, where he had served as the first governor. He was buried in the San José Church, the second-oldest church in the New World. In 1913, his body was moved to the San Juan Cathedral, where it lies today, encased in a marble crypt. Although Ponce de León never discovered the secret of eternal youth, he did manage to find immortality in Old San Juan. If you believe in miracles, a visit to the Capilla del Cristo, at the end of Cristo Street, may be just what you're looking for.. Long ago, the story goes, the young men of San Juan used to race their horses down the steep city streets. One day, a particularly lucky daredevil narrowly escaped death when his horse stopped inches from the edge of a seaside precipice. The rider’s grateful family built a small chapel, Capilla del Cristo, on the spot of the near mishap. Now true believers, hoping to be cured of whatever ails them, place tiny replicas of arms, legs and hearts on the chapel’s silver altar, which is dedicated to the Christ of Miracles. — Ginger Dingus

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It stands to reason that the history of one of the oldest cities in the Western Hemisphere — it was founded in 1521 — would feature some colorful characters.

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If you’re curious to know which way the wind is blowing on this breezy island, just take a look at the watapana, or divi-divi, trees. These fragile trees have such a weak bark that they bend easily. As the divi-divi grow under the influence of the trade winds that caress Aruba, they maintain their bowed shape, sometimes running almost completely parallel to the parched land of the countryside.

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the Future El Yunque rainforest is home to a great variety of vegetation and wildlife, including one species that almost disappeared: the Puerto Rican parrot.

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According to the U.S. Forest Service, the bright-green bird has lived in the forests of Puerto Rico for well over a thousand years and once numbered in the millions. But the species (Amazona vittata) began dwindling soon after European colonization began in the 15th and 16th centuries. By the mid-1900s, its habitat was nearly eradicated by the conversion of forested land to farms and cities. In 1968, when the birds’ population had diminished to a mere two dozen, the Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Program was created. The multi-agency group has helped bring the number of birds up to about 40 — slow but steady progress that wildlife supporters are working hard to maintain.

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Dining is an integral part of discovering Old San Juan, as much as sightseeing or shopping. The neighborhood called SOFO — South of Fortaleza — is known for fine dining and for outdoor food festivals that draw many a hungry crowd. In the chic Condado and Isla Verde areas, chefs combine modern Latin-fusion meals with traditional Creole cuisine, and diners enjoy mouthwatering blends of Latin, French, Asian and even Indian cuisines. Traditional tastes The lively town of Santurce is home to fashionable Spanish restaurants, a local farmer’s market and the delightful fondas: small eateries serving homestyle Puerto Rican cooking. Here you might enjoy asopao, a hardy chicken-and-rice gumbo. Your meal will likely come with a generous helping of arroz blanco (white rice) and habichuelas: beans stewed in sofrito, a blend of onions, peppers, cilantro, garlic and salt pork. And you’re sure to want to a dessert of flan — baked custard topped with a caramel glaze — or tembleque, a bread pudding made with coconut milk and custard. No meal is complete without a cup of rich Puerto Rican coffee.

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In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue and confirmed that the Earth was round, not flat. He landed in Puerto Rico during his second voyage in 1493, only to sail right back home across the Atlantic. Now Christopher Columbus has come full circle. The explorer has returned to San Juan in statue form; the impressive figure stands on a pedestal in the Plaza de Colón, or Columbus Plaza. A more recent homage to the Great Admiral, Plaza del Quinto Centenario (Quincentennial Plaza) was created to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the European discovery of the Americas. The multilevel square, located on the highest hill in the old city, overlooks the busy harbor with its cruise ships and multitude of other vessels. Old San Juan’s colonial central square, the Plaza de Armas (Arms Plaza), was originally used for military drills — hence its name. The plaza, graced by a fountain and statues representing the four seasons, is a lively gathering spot for locals and a convenient place for visitors to take a break from the shopping circuit. — Ginger Dingus

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One of the vineyards for which Santa Barbara is famed

Santa Barbara This lovely California city calls itself a perfect combination of big-city culture and small-town hospitality. Dubbed “the American Riviera,” Santa Barbara offers gorgeous beaches and delightful shopping, and lovers of the grape find paradise among its many wineries.

Quick Guide Famed for: An 18th-century Spanish mission and serious wine. It’s a Fact: Hollywood has been making movies in and around Santa Barbara since 1910. Cecil B. DeMille used the sand dunes of nearby Guadalupe in his 1923 epic, The Ten Commandments.

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ART Gallery 113 ~ Original artworks by S.B. Art Association Santa Barbara Arts ~ Original arts and crafts by local artists Waterhouse Gallery ~ Fine California paintings, sculpture DINING Andersen’s Danish Bakery & Restaurant ~ All day and night dining Cielito ~ Fine Mexican regional dining Jeannine’s American Bakery and Restaurant ~ “Come home to Jeannine’s” ~ where good food meets good company La Arcada Bistro ~ Indoor/ outdoor café Petit Valentien ~ Small plate tapas with a French twist State & Fig ~ Simple. Rustic. California. FASHION & STYLE Encanto ~ Santa Barbara style clothing, jewelry and home goods Renaissance ~ Designer and fine consignment apparel and jewelry Socorro ~ Casual clothing in natural fabrics for women INTERIORS & ACCESSORIES La Tavola Fine Linen ~ Specializing in thousands of fine linen rental options for all occasions Lewis & Clark ~ Antiques and fine things JEWELRY Oliver & Espig ~ “Architects of Fine Jewelry”

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St. Kitts

Often regarded as the jewel of the Caribbean, this volcanic island offers some of the region’s most dramatic panoramas and dynamic photo opportunities. Formally named St. Christopher, St. Kitts is part of the two-island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis (pronounced NEE-vis).

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Quick Guide Famed for: A romantic aura, making it a popular honeymoon destination. It’s a Fact: In 2007, St. Kitts and Nevis became the smallest nation to host the Cricket World Cup. Signature Souvenirs: Locally designed batik print clothing, and sculptures created from dried coconut shells.

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How to get to town: You can walk to the historical center at Basseterre in just a few minutes — no taxi needed.

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Things We Love About St. Kitts Through the centuries, changes in governments gave many Caribbean islands a mélange of influences seen in cuisines, languages and architectural styles. St. Kitts’ British heritage is showcased at Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, where one needn’t be a military buff to enjoy the view of Nevis, Montserrat, Saba, St. Martin and St. Bart’s on a clear day. An even loftier summit is found atop Mt. Liamuiga, an all-day challenge. The easiest sightseeing is aboard the historic

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St. Kitts Scenic Railway, a 30-mile ride around the island aboard a narrow-gauge railway that once carried cane from the plantations. The train returns to the capital of Basseterre, the home of the island’s shopping scene, where batik and local artwork are especially popular buys. And for serious shopping for crystal, gold jewelry, watches, china and porcelain, shops along the Circus and in Pelican Mall and TDC Mall offer a wide assortment of tempting dutyfree goods. — John Bigley and Paris Permenter

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National Flower The flamboyant, a vibrant red-and-yellow flower with long black seedpods, blooms from May to August. It’s also known as the poinciana after Monsieur de Poincy, the island’s first French governor. No matter what you call it, St. Kitts has chosen this beauty as its national flower.

Honored Heritage St. Kitts may be small, but that doesn’t mean it can’t have its own coat of arms. The main features include a barge under sail, a red chevron, poinciana flowers and a Carib Indian’s head flanked by a fleur-de-lis and a rose. These symbolize the island’s early inhabitants and its French and English influences, respectively.

St. Kitts Flag The colors of St. Kitts’ national flag reflect the past and present: green for the land’s fertility, red for the struggle from colonial slavery to independence, black for African heritage and yellow for — what else? — year-round sunshine. Its two white stars represent hope and liberty.

St. Kitts also has a national bird — the brown pelican. Graceful and swift, these large brown-and-white creatures with the seemingly never-ending beaks patrol the sea for tasty morsels, soaring in lazy curves before plunging toward lunch or dinner. What better symbol of the island than these free spirits?

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St. Kitts offered European nations an important base in the Caribbean.

Beginnings For centuries, the island of St. Kitts had been an attractive home to various Indian tribes; its rich, productive volcanic soil earned it the name Liamuiga, or “fertile land,” by the Carib people who arrived around A.D. 1300. It was the northernmost island in the Caribbean that the tribe would settle. St. Kitts’ central location made it an important base for trade throughout the Caribbean. On his second voyage to the New World in 1493, Christopher Columbus discovered the island and named it San Jorges. But inaccuracies in maps of the time made it difficult to identify the islands, and San Jorges became San Cristobel (named after Columbus’ patron saint), which was later Anglicized to St. Christopher. The first French colony In 1623, hungry for a foothold in the Caribbean, the Englishman Thomas Warner landed on St. Kitts and claimed it as the first British territory in the West Indies; he established a colony a year later. In 1625, a French ship badly in need of repair

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appeared in the harbor. It had run into the Spanish Armada. Warner took pity and allowed the French to settle on the island, which made St. Kitts the first French colony in the Caribbean. The richest island St. Kitts changed hands numerous times between the French and English throughout its early history until 1783, when the Treaty of Versailles definitively recognized British rule. The island’s economic fortunes were bolstered with a switch to raising sugarcane in 1640, eventually becoming the leading sugar producer in the Caribbean. But from the late 1800s on, profits from the sugar industry began a long, slow decline. Today’s island In 1967, St. Kitts, along with its sister island, Nevis, became an associated state of Britain and attained full independence as a single nation in 1983. With its intriguing coves, excellent interior hiking paths, dramatic panoramas and palm-lined beaches, St. Kitts is a classic Caribbean destination.

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Mt. Liamuiga: Into the Dormant Volcano St. Kitts’ most commanding landmark, Mt. Liamuiga, reaches high enough into the sky to touch clouds drifting over its lush and verdant slopes.

hiking the volcano Many visitors to St. Kitts take on the challenge of reaching the summit. Casual hikers, be warned: Bring your hiking boots, but don’t tackle this peak without an experienced guide. Most hikes to the rim use well-traveled trails from Belmont Estates on the island’s northwest side, but trails soon become rugged with protruding roots amid slippery and muddy, narrow and rocky paths. The more adventurous cling to ropes along steep ledges from the mountain’s rim to dip 400 or so feet into the vast volcanic crater. The hike can be exhilarating. Tropical plants and flora enhance dramatic views stretching down to aquamarine shorelines. Green Vervet monkeys scamper nearby the dense forested trails. And those who descend into the crater, where occasional whiffs of sulfur waft on warm Caribbean winds, will get the thrill of a lifetime. — Richard Varr

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At 3,792 feet, this dormant volcano is taller than Mt. Nevis on St. Kitts’ sister island and is one of the highest peaks in the Eastern Caribbean. At its summit sits a crater more than a half-mile wide, containing a shallow but shimmering lake that is often shrouded in fog — a geological wonder formed by fiery eruptions of past millennia. Mt. Liamuiga was known as Mt. Misery to the British, but legend has it that native Carib Indians actually gave it that ominous name after suffering through volcanic eruptions. The name stuck until 1983, when St. Kitts won independence from Great Britain. The current name is Carib for “fertile land” or “fertile isle.” Volcanic activity was recorded as recently as 1843.

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It takes only 20 minutes to completely circle the rounded island of Nevis, a lush, unspoiled tropical paradise. Calm and quiet prevail: no crowds clamoring on beaches, hardly a traffic jam — not even a traffic light. Plantations that once dotted the landscape are now home to quaint inns and bungalows, many with old water cisterns and towering stonechipped sugar mills transformed into plush sleeping accommodations and fine dining rooms. Often cloaked in puffy clouds, Nevis Peak is a landmark 3,232-foot mountain at the island’s center, flanked by nearby Saddle Hill, where British Adm. Horatio Nelson once watched for approaching French ships. Today, rainforests with mango, coconut and breadfruit trees shade hiking trails where sheep, goats and monkeys roam freely. Along the mountain’s base, locals grow oranges, papayas and guavas that thrive in the cooler tropical temperatures. Nearby, the Botanical Gardens of Nevis provide a shady retreat with rare plants and trees, including the spiny Burglar Palm and the aptly named Old Man Palm, with shaggy, beard-like fibers spread generously over its trunk. The splendor continues at nightfall, when the mellifluous chatter of whistling frogs breaks the silence, and the skies above St. Kitts glow with deep orange and burgundy streaks of light — the hues of a dramatic sunset that islanders cherish and visitors will never forget. — Richard Varr

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Just a few miles from the magnificent fortress of Brimstone Hill, the road passes close to Romney Manor, an elegant former estate house set among 13 acres of rainforest, the ruins of a sugar estate and stunning formal botanical gardens. At Caribelle Batik Studio, founded in 1974, visitors can watch the batik process unfold. Local artists employ centuries-old hot-wax techniques to create unique batik designs on Sea Island cotton fabrics that will become shirts, skirts, sundresses and other apparel. Designs include abstracts, flora, fish and birds; another popular batik design includes replicas of Carib petroglyphs found alongside the access road leading to Romney Manor. — Jonathan Siskin

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Perched on a hill high above the northern coast of St. Kitts is a 38-acre stronghold aptly referred to as the Gibraltar of the West Indies, otherwise known as Brimstone Hill Fortress. The massive fortress, which played a pivotal role in the battle for control of the Leewards, takes its name from the lingering odor of sulfur (brimstone) constantly being released from nearby volcanic vents. In 1690, after dislodging the French from the island, the British decided to construct the behemoth. Over the next decades, some 2,000 slaves worked every day to build five bastions — linked by walls of burnt black stone 7 to 12 feet thick — and position 50 cannons. Its British builders believed that Brimstone’s vantage point some 800 feet above the Caribbean made it impregnable, but it was stormed successfully by the French in 1782. After their surrender, the British soldiers were permitted — as a tribute to their bravery — to march out in uniform with drums beating and colors flying. A year later, the British retook the fort and accorded the French the same honor. Of the original five bastions, three have been fully restored, including the Prince of Wales Bastion, which was completed in 1973. The old barracks and officers quarters now contain interesting displays of artifacts and paintings related to the fort’s construction. Still visible, etched into the inside walls of the barracks, are the names of those who fought and died there a long time ago. The fort is a powerful and silent reminder of the island’s violent past. — Michael De Freitas and Deborah Wilson

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Hear the Whistle Blow Since the first sugarcane was planted in St. Kitts’ fertile soil around 1650, sugar has been the mainstay of the island’s agriculture-based economy. In 1912, the small individually owned estate mills and boiling houses scattered throughout the island were replaced by one large sugar refinery capable of processing the island’s entire crop. During this time, a narrow-gauge railway was built between the pier in Basseterre Bay and a drop-off point about a mile north in order to haul cane and construction material for the new factory. By 1925, the railway had been extended around the island in a single loop. It remains in operation

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today. In all, the railway contains over 40 miles of track and 26 bridges. The original steam locomotive, Number 8, taken out of service many years ago, still sits in the sugar factory’s yard. During the peak harvest period, the new diesel engines haul over 2,700 tons (900 wagon loads) of cane each day. Currently, the railway is one of only six operating systems in the Caribbean. And despite the occasional collision and derailment, it still remains a vital part of the island’s economy. So railway enthusiasts needn’t fret — the clatter of wheels and locomotive whistles will be heard for many years to come. — Michael De Freitas

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St. Lucia

The island’s striking landscape is washed with green-mantled mountains, broad swaths of sand, exotic rainforests and a steaming volcanic crater. This is one of the Caribbean’s most romantic places, and many visitors end up falling in love with St. Lucia itself.

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The Pitons, also known as the twin peaks, stand like sentries on St. Lucia’s coastline.

Quick Guide Famed for: The twin volcanic peaks called the Pitons, and palm-studded beaches.

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It’s a Fact: When France’s King Louis XVI controlled the island, he ordered mineral baths built for the benefit of his troops. Signature Souvenirs: Batik or silk-screened fabrics, and paintings by local artists. How to Get to Town: If your ship docks at La Place Carenage, take a three-minute ferry ride into town. If it docks at Pointe Seraphine, just walk down the gangway and you’re there.

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Things We Love About St. Lucia On the southwest coast of romantic St. Lucia, the island’s famed twin peaks — 2,620-foot Gros Piton and 2,460-foot Petit Piton — are among the Caribbean’s most photographed sights, appearing to rise from the sea at the water’s edge. These volcanic heights are for experienced climbers only. But hikes in the misty rainforest below, home of the rare St. Lucian parrot, offer plenty of satisfaction for the less-seasoned and for couples in search of romantic getaways. At the sulfur springs volcano, travelers walk to the edge of the volcano that last erupted two centuries ago. Nearby, the Diamond Waterfalls and Gardens cascade

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in a spray of “diamond” twinkles, and locals and visitors use steamy mineral baths built alongside the ruins of the baths commissioned by French King Louis XIV. St. Lucia’s capital, Castries, is also its shopping hub, thanks to duty-free malls offering treasures such as fine jewels and crystal. Here, fragrant spices, from cinnamon to nutmeg, are a sweet hint of this fertile island ripe with citrus. The island’s spices also liven up Creole cuisine. Favorite dishes such as saltfish and green fig are served in local hideaways in the fishing village of Anse La Raye and in tiny Gros Islet, which is famous for its Friday night jump-up party. — John Bigley and Paris Permenter

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The Pitons The so-called Twin Peaks are St. Lucia's most famous landmarks. At well more than 2,000 feet high, they’re recommended for only the most experienced climbers, but vehicle excursions are available.

St. Lucia Parrot Known locally as the jacquot, this colorful creature is found only in St. Lucia. Destruction of the bird’s forest habitat had caused its numbers to dwindle to only about 100 in 1979, when the parrot was officially named the national bird. Thanks to education programs, about 500 birds are now believed to live in the wild.

St. Lucia has produced two laureates: Sir W. Arthur Lewis (Economics, 1979) and Derek Walcott (Literature, 1992).

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Iguanas are so populous that St. Lucia was first named for them.

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St. Lucia is endowed with scenic waterfalls and an easy pace of life. It’s a multicultural locale enhanced by a distinctive past. Beginnings St. Lucia’s first inhabitants, the Arawak Indians, arrived around A.D. 200. They were replaced by the Carib tribe around A.D. 800. The Caribs called the island Hewanorra, or Island of the Iguanas, a word that inspired the naming of Hewanorra International Airport in Vieux Fort, on the island’s southern tip. While some say Christopher Columbus discovered St. Lucia in 1502, that honor most likely goes to a Spanish explorer, possibly Juan de la Cosa, who arrived in the early 1500s. The first colony was attempted in 1605 after an English vessel on its way to Guyana was blown off course and landed on St. Lucia’s shores. But the settlement lasted only five weeks; disease and conflict with the Caribs forced the settlers to abandon the island. the French/British seesaw France claimed the island in 1635, declaring it had purchased 296

it for the French West Indies Company, and attempted its own colony in St. Lucia in 1651. It was the beginning of 150 years of conflict between the French and British that saw the island change hands 14 times. In 1746, the French founded the town of Soufrière, and by 1780, another 12 settlements were established, as well as numerous sugar plantations. Finally, in 1814, after years of prolonged battles, the Treaty of Paris transferred the island to the British once and for all. modern times arrive St. Lucia gained its full independence from England in 1979 but still recognizes Queen Elizabeth II as the titular head of state. French influences have remained, not only in the names of towns and landmarks, but also in the Creole culture of its people, many of whom continue to speak a French patois — all part of the unique flavor of St. Lucia.

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St. Maarten/St. Martin Half Dutch and half French, the two-nation island of St. Maarten / St. Martin enjoys the best that its dual heritage has to offer — with a tropical twist. Like so many other Caribbean nations, this picturesque destination has stunning beaches; but with a profusion of sporting facilities, shops and restaurants, it is a paradise on many other levels as well.

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Philipsburg, on the Dutch side of the island.

Quick Guide Famed for: Shopping, yacht races and clothing-optional beaches. It’s a Fact: The island is the world’s smallest territory shared by two sovereign states: the Netherlands and France.

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Signature Souvenirs: Duty-free spirits, including the island’s own guavaberry liqueur, plus French fashions. How to Get to Town: Most ships dock at the A.C. Wathey Pier, and taxis can be hired at Wathey Square. Those docking at Great Bay can take the ship’s tender into port or hop a water taxi from the ship.

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Do you speak Dutch or French? It really doesn’t matter when you arrive at this Caribbean paradise of two sovereign nations living side-by-side and celebrating distinctive influences from their European roots. And St. Maarten is the only Caribbean stop where all attractions — restaurants, shops and beaches — are a stone’s throw away from the ship, making it one of the easiest island destinations to get around. Philipsburg on the Dutch side, St. Maarten, is the more popular of the two stops. Live music wafts through the air, and quaintly cobblestoned Front Street is lined with inviting duty-free shops, jewelry stores and boutiques, most of

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which offer a free drink to anyone entering to browse or buy. Wathey Square, across from the white 1793 Courthouse that is topped with a cupola, is a lovely spot to stroll. And both Philipsburg and French-side Marigot have history museums with exhibits going all the way back to the pre-Columbian days of the Arawaks. Philipsburg has grown even lovelier since a revitalization added enhancements, including the boardwalk that meanders between shops and the beach; it’s not only a pretty place to walk but also offers a lovely photo opportunity of your cruise ship in the harbor. — Richard Varr

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St. Maarten Flag First flown in 1985, the St. Maarten flag features the colors of the Netherlands flag — red, white and blue — arranged as the St. Maarten coat of arms within a white triangle intersecting a red color on the top and a blue one beneath. The coat of arms, with a courthouse, a sprig of sage, the sun and a pelican, represents elements of solidarity with the island's French Antillean neighbors as well as with the Netherlands.

Zouk Zouk, from the French Creole word for “party,” may have originated in the French Antilles, but this style of dance music that combines African drumming with influences from reggae, salsa and 1980s pop music is equally popular in the clubs on the Dutch side of the island.

Saba Lace On a small island about 30 miles south of St. Maarten is Saba, where lace making has been an artisanal tradition since the late-19th century. One Mary Gertrude Johnson returned to the island from a Venezuelan convent having learned the craft, which she then passed on to the local women. Today you don’t need to travel to Saba for the delicate lace; it’s available throughout St. Maarten.

Lantana camara, or “yellow sage,” is the national flower of St. Maarten, depicted on the island’s coat of arms.

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The people of St. Maarten and St. Martin offer proof that having the good fortune to inhabit one small island paradise is all anyone needs to coexist peacefully with folks of another nationality. beginnings The first settlers on the northeastern Caribbean island were the Arawak Indians, a tribe of Amerindians who migrated northward from the Orinoco river basin of South America, hopping from one island to the next along their journey. Finding an abundance of salt pans and brackish water on the future Franco-Dutch isle, they named it Soualiga, or Land of Salt. Due to the lack of freshwater sources, the island’s population remained small. A relatively cultured and innovative people, the peaceful Arawaks introduced agriculture and pottery-making. Their social structure was ruled by hereditary chieftains, believed to possess the powers of ancestral deities known as zemis. The tribe established a network of fiefdoms throughout the Caribbean; archaeologists, however, believe the Arawaks on St. Martin were an independent society and were free of such alliances. In the century leading up to the arrival of Christopher Columbus, the Arawaks were supplanted by the Carib Indians, a more aggressive tribe also from South America for whom the Caribbean is named. The Carib were skilled in the arts of boatbuilding and sailing — as well as war, which explains their dominance of the region. They also harbored large quantities of gold, obtained through trade with the mainland, which made them the target of many expeditions. 306

Columbus sights an island On his second voyage to the New World in 1493, Columbus sighted the island on his way to the Spanish settlement on Hispaniola. The fortuitous day was November 11, the feast day of St. Martin of Tours, in whose honor Columbus named the island. A dispute exists among historians as to whether the island Columbus sighted was indeed St. Martin or the more southerly Nevis. Regardless, the Spanish never took much interest in the 38-square-mile piece of property, and St. Martin sat mostly uninhabited for 138 years. In 1623, after the English colonized St. Kitts, their first stronghold in the Caribbean, both the French and Dutch followed suit in 1631 with their own settlements on St. Martin. For their part, the Dutch were in search of an outpost between their colonies in Brazil and New Amsterdam (New York). Once settled, they began producing salt, a precious preservative in the New World. Two years later, upon realizing the commercial potential of the island, the Spanish returned to reclaim their land and ran the settlers off onto neighboring islands. In 1644, the Dutch attempted to retake St. Martin and attacked Spanish strongholds, including the fort at Pointe Blanche. Leading the charge was the famed Dutchman Peter Stuyvesant, director of the Dutch West India Company and, later, New Amsterdam's governor. Stuyvesant lost a leg in the month-long campaign, thus earning the

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nickname Peg Leg Pete. The Spanish prevailed against the Dutch attack; however, just four years later, after reevaluating their interests in the Eastern Caribbean, they loaded their ships and sailed away. a land divided With the Spanish gone, the French and Dutch quickly reestablished themselves on the island. After a spate of skirmishes, both nations signed the 1648 treaty atop Mount Concordia that divided the island between them. But despite the treaty and the islanders’ reputation for peaceful coexistence, the border changed 16 times over the next 150 years. Finally, in 1815, the Treaty of Paris established the boundary once and for all. During the 19th century, the island became a busy trading center for the export of salt, cotton and tobacco. And after the introduction of the sugarcane crop, the island’s economy flourished with the growth of plantations. the scene today With the abolition of slavery in the mid-19th century, the plantations closed and the island’s prosperity came to an end, ushering in an economic malaise that continued for nearly 100 years. In 1939, the trend was finally reversed when import and export taxes were lifted; this act paved the way for the economic boom of dutyfree shopping. In 1943, the Princess Juliana International Airport was opened, and four years later, the island’s first hotel was built. With large-scale development projects, the Dutch side of the island rapidly became a favorite vacation destination for North Americans and Europeans. In the 1980s, the French side followed suit after new government policies encouraged investment. Nowadays, St. Maarten/St. Martin boasts one of the most lively tourist scenes in the Caribbean.

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Christopher Columbus sights the island, naming it St. Martin.

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French and Dutch settlers arrive.

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The Spanish reclaim the island.

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The French and the Dutch sign a treaty that divides the island.

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The Treaty of Paris ends the border dispute.

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Princess Juliana International Airport opens.

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A Tale of Two Cities Philipsburg The capital of Dutch St. Maarten stretches across a narrow isthmus between the waters of Great Bay to the south and Great Salt Pond to the north. The bustling, contemporary town has two main downtown streets, Front Street and Back Street, spliced by narrow lanes (steegjes) supporting a slew of boutiques, eateries and shopping arcades. It wasn’t so long ago that the city needed only two small streets. But St. Maarten’s boom as a vacation resort changed all that. Two thoroughfares, Cannegieter Street (formerly Pond Fill Road) and Walter Nisbett Road (formerly Ring Road), have been added — through landfill of Salt Pond — to relieve the downtown traffic congestion. Philipsburg was founded in 1733 as a free port, a status it enjoys to this day; it's known as "the shopping center of the Leewards." Front Street (Voorstraat) offers the public 16 blocks of every kind of store imaginable carrying duty-free bargains on everything from watches, cameras, liquor, clothing and linens to loose gems and exotic jewelry. Also situated on Front Street is the St. Maarten Museum, where island archaeology and history are reflected in colonial maps, Spanish buttons and pipes, china plates and pottery shards. Back Street (Achterstraat) was once the site of warehouses that stored harvested salt in vast

white sacks. Today most of Philipsburg’s administrative buildings and churches are found along this road. Marigot The capital of French St. Martin is unmistakably Gallic, from the international border sign that reads “Bienvenue en Partie Française” and the khaki-clad gendarme walking his beat, to the inviting sidewalk bistros and baguette-laden locals on bicycles. The original town was established in the 1680s, when the fear of raids, forcing the islanders inland to Orléans, had passed. Now stretching from the harbor to Port La Royale on the lagoon, Marigot’s handful of streets have been restored to their original charm and still contain plenty of colonial buildings with wrought-iron balustrades scattered among the more-contemporary, pastel-colored shopping arcades. The old warehouses of the esplanade, boulevard de France, now contain smart shops and cafés sporting street-front awnings and tables with umbrellas, encouraging folks to linger all day. Visitors to Marigot can spend a leisurely afternoon browsing in chic boutiques and gourmet shops that offer the best of France, stopping in at the small museum devoted to local prehistory or strolling the yacht-filled marina, one of the best people-watching spots in town. — Raymond Niedowski

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Bienvenue En Marigot It may be hard to believe you’re actually stepping on French soil when visiting St. Martin, with its Caribbean breezes and string of pure-sand beaches. The hilly northern half of this dual-nation island is a part of France known as an overseas collectivity. Proof of nationality is quickly discovered at brasseries serving fine French cuisine, boutiques sporting a Parisian flair, and supermarket shelves crowded with crusty baguettes. While cruise ships dock in Dutch St. Maarten, day excursions take guests to the heart of Marigot, St. Martin’s laid-back capital, where paintings of flower-filled island scenes hang in galleries along rue de la République and rue de la Liberté. Turn a corner or two and you can’t miss the impressive yachts moored within La Royale Marina. Designer shops and boutiques in town are a shopper’s delight, while dockside bistros spice freshly caught red snapper and spiny lobster with creamy French and Creole sauces. A five-minute walk to the shores of Marigot Bay leads to a popular market where vendor stalls brim with fresh produce, handmade jewelry and carved wooden trinkets. Fine French and international restaurants — some specializing in fusion flavors — line the main street of Grand

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Case, the quaint village on the island’s northern shores. St. Martin’s prettiest beaches are at Orient Bay, a fourmile stretch of sand often referred to as the Saint-Tropez of the Caribbean. Windsurfers skip across the aquamarine water as they cling to puff y red sails, and parasailers seem to float against the clear blue horizon. Beachside restaurants serve cooling sushi and tangy fish salads alongside upscale French cafes. The exhibit “On the Trail of the Arawaks” at Le Musée de Saint-Martin (Museum of St. Martin) displays artifacts and pottery from native tribes dating back a few millennia. A short drive from the capital, the Butterfly Farm features hundreds of the elaborately patterned insects from throughout the world. Wearing bright Caribbean colors and a touch of citrus-scented cologne might lead to a close encounter with the fluttering creatures. For yet more dramatic Caribbean panoramas, hike up the bluff to Marigot’s aging Fort Louis. Views stretch to St. Maarten’s sailboat-filled coves and beyond — to the mountainous silhouette of neighboring Saba and, in stark contrast, to the flat and peaceful island of Anguilla to the north. — Richard Varr

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Beautiful Butterflies

Imagine sipping nectar under a tropical sky while splendidly hued birds fly by and the lilting sounds of exotic music play in the background. Not bad, you say? While that image may reflect the lifestyle of the jet set vacationing on the island, it’s also the way butterflies thrive at La Ferme des Papillons (The Butterfly Farm) in Marigot, on the island’s French side. La Ferme is located on St. Martin’s east (Atlantic) coast, on the road to Bayside and Galion Beach, close to popular Orient Beach. If you consider that the average life span of a butterfly is a mere two weeks (although some live up to nine months), that nectar and tropical-sky concept may be rather less appealing. Yet a visit to La Ferme is a delightful and enriching outing. Many species have been imported; others are homegrown in a specially created Butterfly Sphere. The lush setting offers an oasis of tranquility and harmony, while providing an educational experience for people of all ages. Visitors are urged to wear bright colors and fragrance to attract the butterflies. La Ferme was created in 1994 when two self-described “eccentric” Englishmen, John Coward and William Slayter, chose to share their love of butterflies with the public. Since then, thousands of visitors have stopped by to see the exquisite butterflies and to learn about their four-stage life cycle: developing from a microscopic egg to a strange, exotic caterpillar that sheds its skin four to six times as it grows; moving on to become a delicate pupa/chrysalis resembling a piece of elegant designer jewelry; and in early morning hours, emerging from the chrysalis as a beautiful butterfly. The guided tours provide a variety of entertaining butterfly facts and unusual insight into the butterfly’s existence. For example, did you know that butterflies usually hang from the undersides of leaves or crawl into crevices between rocks or other objects in bad weather and at night? Information is also available on butterfly gardening. More than 20,000 types of butterflies have been cataloged worldwide, and about 80 percent of the species are in the Tropics. The largest is New Guinea’s Queen Alexandra Birdwing, with a wingspan of just under a foot; the smallest is the Pygmy Blue, with a wingspan of just under an inch, found in the southern United States. The grounds contain landscaped gardens, waterfalls and ponds filled with Japanese fish. A refreshment stand and gift shop round out the sprawling complex. — Marty Leshner

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La Ferme was created in 1994 when two self-described “eccentric” Englishmen, John Coward and William Slayter, chose to share their love of butterflies with the public.

Breathtakingly resplendent creatures

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The thrill of yacht racing

A Day at the Races Go ahead, admit it. You’ve always wanted to be a winch wench or a grinder. Or maybe being captain of the ship for a day is more your style. Well, you’re in the right place. St. Maarten/St. Martin is the only island in the Caribbean where novice sailors get the chance to race an authentic America’s Cup yacht. Simply watching these sleek sailboats cut through the water is pretty awesome, too. You may even find a ringside seat right on the deck of your cruise ship. For over 10 years, visitors to Philipsburg have been thrilling to the daily 12-meter regatta. The streamlined multimillion-dollar sailboats, transported to the Caribbean after the 1987 America’s Cup in Fremantle, Australia, race around a shortened America’s Cup course. The fleet includes three Canadian contenders and Dennis Conner’s Stars and Stripes, the proud U.S. vessel that won the cup after racing in nearly 350 individual matches. — Ginger Dingus

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Meet the Arawaks

The museum’s permanent exhibition, “On the Trail of the Arawaks,” traces the history of this particular Amerindian tribe from its origins thousands of years ago. Archaeologists funded by the Hope Estate Archaeological Association took part in a 10-year dig to reconstruct information about Amerindian culture and populations. The Hope Estate, located near Grand Case Salt Pond, was once a plantation and is now St. Maarten’s most important archaeological site. Using carbon-14 dating, scientists concluded that St. Maarten’s first settlers built villages near Orient Bay and Grand Case around 500 B.C., bringing with them the arts of pottery and horticulture. Finds from the dig are also on display in the museum. Amerindians traveled from their native Andes to the northeastern coast of Venezuela and on to the Antilles. Archaeologists believe that the Arawaks lived on the island now known as St. Maarten as early as A.D. 800, farming, fishing and living a quiet life. The Arawaks, who revered their women, called the island Oualichi, meaning “the island of women.” At the museum, visitors can see the Arawaks’ eating and farming tools, ornaments made of shell and stones, a burial site and funeral gifts in large clay pots. Ceramics and animal skulls are among the many well-preserved pre-Columbian relics exhibited. Also showcased are artifacts of the Arawak community’s religious and spiritual life, including zemis — images of gods made from a variety of materials — as well as astrological symbols and religious accoutrements worn by shamans. A more recent historical exhibition includes photos of the first airport built by the United States during World War II. That airport helped lure the first major influx of tourists to the island after the war. St. Maarten is now one of the Caribbean’s most popular cruise destinations. By the way, the Arawaks traveled via canoes made from hollowed-out trees — a far cry from today’s luxury cruise ships. Who knows? Maybe one day, hundreds of years from now, our flip-flops and suntan-lotion bottles will wind up in the museum to document that fact.

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Amerindians were the earliest settlers on many Caribbean islands, but their stories sometimes get overshadowed by the morerecent history of the European settlers. Their lives come to light at the St. Martin Museum in Marigot.

Human remains on display at the museum

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Jewelry Avenue Please come and collect a free pair of earrings

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Petal Power

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Visitors to the Caribbean region can’t help but stare at the vivid splendor of the hibiscus flowers that blossom almost everywhere in the islands. Indeed, Hibiscus rosa sinensis, as it is known to horticulturists, is an instantly recognizable island icon. One of the easiest varieties of tropical flowers to cultivate, its colors range from the deepest scarlet to delicate shades of pink, peach, yellow and white. New shades appear every year as local enthusiasts compete to breed the fullest and most colorful blooms. A little-known fact: The petals of the versatile hibiscus are dried, finely crushed and used all over the world in commercially produced herbal and fruit teas.

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Secluded Shores The island’s world-famous beaches are extraordinary even by Caribbean standards. Most are bustling, but there are stretches of sand still undiscovered by the masses. The island’s French side boasts 36 beaches that are generally quieter than their Dutch counterparts. Here are five of the best:

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Baie Longue (Long Bay) Rated by many as the best beach on the island, Baie Longue stretches for a mile on the western end of St. Martin. Orient This is one of the most popular clothing-optional beaches. Hordes of beachgoers come to shuck their clothes, catch some sun and gape. Unlike the neighboring French shores, almost all beaches on the Dutch side discourage nude or topless sunbathing. These beaches are relatively close to the pier in Philipsburg. Great Bay Smack in the middle of town, this strip of beach provides an oasis of peace. Simpson Bay This crescent-shaped sweep of sugar-white sand is a center for windsurfing activity. Set against a small fishing village, Simpson Bay offers a laid-back environment. Maho Bay This palm-shaded beach is strewn with lounge chairs belonging to the numerous beachfront resorts lining the shore.

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How To Say It It never hurts to speak more than one language, but it’s especially helpful in Dutch/French St. Maarten/St. Martin. So here’s a quick translation guide to get you through a day on either side of this bilingual island:

Dutch • Hello: Hallo (HAH-low) • Good-Bye: Dag (dahg) • How much is it? Hoeveel is het? (who-feel es et?) • Please: Alstublieft (ALST oo bleeft) • Thank you very much: Dank u zeer (DONK oo seer)

French • Hello: Bonjour (bone JHOOR) • Good-Bye: Au revoir (oh-rev-WAHR) • How much is it?: C’est combien? (say cohm-bee-EN) • Please: S’il vous plaît (seel-voo-PLAY) • Thank you very much: Merci beaucoup (mare-SEE boh-KOO)

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The Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit is a non-profit foundation built around Nick’s private collection of rare Hollywood relics. Encouraging kids to strive to be exceptional, there are incredible behind-the-scenes insights that no fan should miss, displays about ALIEN TERMINATOR & MEN IN BLACK and an incredible collection of lifecast faces, Hollywood stars and historical figures, like Johnny Depp & Angelina Jolie, Marlon Brando & Bogart, even Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin.

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Visitors to sunny St Maarten probably don’t expect to find Darth Vader and Michael Jackson nestled amidst the duty free jewelry stores. But the Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit, acclaimed as one of the 3 most popular Caribbean museums in TripAdvisor’s 2013 Traveler’s Choice Awards, has that and much, much, more. The Museum is the brainchild of Hollywood creature effects wizard Nick Maley, known as “that Yoda Guy” for his contribution to the creation of Yoda for STAR WARS. Nick worked on over 50 movies, including the SUPERMAN and HIGHLANDER sagas. A MUST SEE for art and movie fans, the museum is described by many as the most surprising enterprise in the Caribbean, where rare STAR WARS production items can be purchased, hand signed, from a movie insider.

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The Museum Shop sells SIGNED movie memorabilia, posters, behind-the-scenes photos and Nick’s biography reads like a romantic novel. storyboards… unique autographed slices of He grew up in the midst of the entertainment STAR WARS history that become an heirindustry, worked with Hollywood legends like loom to pass on through the family. There’s also Sean Connery, Sir Anthony Hopkins Nick’s celebrated Caribbean artwork and his and Harrison Ford, was featured in CIN- famed Caribbean Cruise Ship Map. This romantic EMAX and HBO specials, won a place in map, inscribed with the route of your ship, is dedTHE GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD icated in gold (at no extra charge) for birthdays, RECORDS and was nominated for an EMMY. honeymoons, anniversaries or special occasions. It’s the perfect inexpensive cruise souvenir. But, at the height of his career, Nick shocked his colleagues when he and his wife Gloria traded their Ferrari for a sailboat to pursue Nick’s passion for painting... in the Caribbean. His paintings reflect the serenity to be found in simple living, have toured the world with the UNITED NATIONS and hang in galleries and museums in 18 countries.

With a 20-40% ship discount, the Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit provides entertainment for the whole family. There’s something for every budget and if you are lucky enough to find Nick there, he will dedicate purchases and do photos with customers. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to visit a STAR WARS celebrity.

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St. Thomas

It's no longer the home of notorious pirates, but St. Thomas still offers plenty of treasure in its duty-free shops. The commercial capital of the Caribbean, it also has a rich history and culture and offers many fascinating sightseeing opportunities.

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Charlotte Amalie as seen from the St. Thomas harbor

Quick Guide Famed for: A swashbuckling past as the home of pirates such as Blackbeard and Captain Kidd. It’s a Fact: Charlotte Amalie, the island’s capital, was originally called Taphus, from the Dutch word for “beer hall.” Signature Souvenirs: Diamonds, crystal and perfumes.

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How to Get to Town: Historic downtown Charlotte Amalie is about 1½ miles from the ship’s dock. Taxis are readily available.

Pirates once sailed the waters around St. Thomas.

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Canada

Home to quaint fishing villages and charming towns, Canada’s Maritime provinces hold the treasures of both man and nature. The region’s special gems include Saint John in New Brunswick, and Halifax and Sydney in Nova Scotia.

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The Cains River flows through New Brunswick.

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New Brunswick Saint John Quick Guide Famed for: The Bay of Fundy, the Reversing Rapids and whale watching. It’s a Fact: Saint John is the hometown of the first Miss Canada, Winnifred Blair (1923).

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Signature Souvenirs: Dulse, a local snack made from dried seaweed; and whale-themed crafts.

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Nova Scotia Halifax Quick Guide Famed for: Golf, beaches and other pleasures. It’s a Fact: The legendary Oscar de la Renta, a native of the Dominican Republic, designed the interiors of the original Casa de Campo resort.

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Signature Souvenirs: Ceramics, local crafts and hand-rolled Dominican cigars.

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Nova Scotia Sydney There is so much to keep guests busy in Sydney, the capital of Nova Scotia: museums, historic sites and a steady schedule of cultural activities celebrating the area’s diverse heritage.

Quick Guide Famed for: Celtic music and culture stemming from the port's roots as a landing point for Scottish immigrants in the 18th and 19th centuries. It’s a Fact: The port was an important naval base during World War II, when it was used to stock convoys headed to the European theater.

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Signature Souvenirs: A miniature version of a Cape Breton lighthouse or of the 60-foot fiddle on the waterfront.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Handcrafted quality from 100% family-grown apples

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The seven pilots of the Breitling Jet Team belong to the international elite of aviation professionals. In performing their aerobatic figures at almost 500 mph, flying 7 feet from each other and with accelerations of up to 8Gs, errors are not an option. It is for these masters of audacity and daring exploits that Breitling develops its chronographs: sturdy, functional, ultra high-performance instruments all equipped with movements chronometer-certified by the COSC – the highest official benchmark in terms of reliability and precision. Welcome to the

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13-14 PC Discovery Caribbean Region 1  

This is the Port of Calls book for all Princess Cruise Ships cruising through the Caribbean region.

13-14 PC Discovery Caribbean Region 1  

This is the Port of Calls book for all Princess Cruise Ships cruising through the Caribbean region.