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28 fAmiLY cruising

Make the most of your time together

fun AsHore GettinG there With Carnival Cruise lines

2011-12 Caribbean sailinG season

12 President’s Letter tAKes 14 fun Keeping Up with

14 fun tAKes Steward, there’s an elephant on my bed

Carnival Cruise Lines

Looking good in the sun and sand, playing to win in the casino, and more from the “Fun Ships”

24 Tips from John Heald HAving fun Yet? by Patti roth

Carnival’s senior cruise director shares advice for having an unforgettable vacation at sea

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letter from the president

Guest satisfaction is our No. 1 priority, and we at Carnival are committed to providing you with an unforgettable vacation. Dear Guest: Welcome aboard! On behalf of all our shipboard and shoreside employees, thank you for choosing Carnival Cruise Lines for your vacation. Whether this is your first cruise with Carnival or you have sailed with us before, our dedicated team will strive to make sure you have a fun, relaxing and memorable vacation. Guest satisfaction is our No. 1 priority, and we at Carnival are committed to providing you with an unforgettable vacation. From a wide range of dining options and diverse entertainment choices to friendly and attentive service and fun-filled activities for guests of all ages, a Carnival cruise is the best vacation value, on land or at sea. We hope that you enjoy this issue of Fun Ashore, which features informative and entertaining articles written by talented writers, with images by the best photographers in the business. Fun Ashore offers a wealth of information about the many fantastic features aboard our ships, as well as the exciting and beautiful destinations we visit. We hope this publication will serve as a valuable resource for getting the most out of your “Fun Ship� cruise. Wishing you a great vacation. Bon voyage!

Gerry Cahill President and CEO Carnival Cruise LInes

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Parents’

NIGHT

When the kids are away, the parents will… …often just look at each other, trying to remember when it wasn’t about the kids. Camp Carnival Night Owls, the late-night program for young cruisers, has a lot of parents blanking out. Here are a few ideas to help you take back the night:

Hang out at one of the ship’s hot nightspots. Dance, sing at Superstar Live Karaoke, laugh it up at The Punchliner Comedy Club, or just relax and enjoy music and adult conversation (you remember that, don’t you?)

Meet up at the spa for a romantic couples massage.

For more on Camp Carnival Night Owls and other programs for younger guests, see “Fun for (Kids, Parents and) All.”

Score a late table for dinner. Your Time Dining lets you arrive as late as 9:30 p.m.

We’ll let you take it from here.

Not in the mood to leave your comfy stateroom? Stay in and order room service — it’s free, and available 24 hours a day.

LIVING THIRSTY

The RedFrog Pub The pub serves Carnival’s privatelabel beer, ThirstyFrog Red.

Good times are on tap at RedFrog Pub,

the gathering spot introduced on Carnival Magic and continuing on Carnival Breeze. The island-inspired pub — British West Indies meets Key West — is the place to relax, meet old friends (or make new ones), and pass the evening playing foosball or tabletop shuffleboard. The casual menu

offers Bahamian conch salad, grouper fingers, firecracker Jamaican chicken wings and other Caribbean favorites. Wash it all down with a few pitchers of ThirstyFrog Red, Carnival’s private-label draught beer. RedFrog Pub also offers tastings of toprated Caribbean rums and a collection of the region’s best beers. 14

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Here’s to good times on Carnival Magic and Carnival Breeze!

We Got

MUNK’D

Does Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked look familiar?

That’s because it was shot on our very own Carnival Dream. In their ever-mischievous way, the Chipmunks return to the big screen to turn the luxurious decks into their very own munking-grounds. The film comes out in theaters in December 2011 and on Blu-ray and DVD in spring 2012. ALL PHOTOS THIS PAGE COURTESY OF CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES EXCEPT FOR CHIPWRECKED MOVIE POSTER COURTESY OF TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX.

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Carnival’s book gives complete directions for making your own towel creations.

STEWARD, THERE’S AN ELEPHANT ON MY BED How does the housekeeping staff turn an ordinary towel into a funky bullfrog, a graceful swan or other whimsical creation for your bed? Find out in Towel Creations, Carnival’s book of step-bystep instructions in towel origami.

Talk about twisted: Carnival’s stewards have been doing onboard origami for 20 years and now fold an astounding 10 million towel critters a year. The fourth edition of the popular manual — nearly 40,000 copies are sold each year — gives instructions on folding 40 towel animals. Now Towel Creations provides so much more than fun. It benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other life-threatening diseases. One dollar from each sale benefits St. Jude through Carnival’s Care to Play program. Purchase Towel Creations in the onboard gift shop, or have it delivered to your stateroom by buying it from the Gifts & Services section of Carnival.com prior to your next cruise. “Towel animals have become synonymous with the Carnival vacation experience and the Towel Creations series has been very successful, with upwards of 40,000 books sold each year,” says Gerry Cahill, Carnival’s president and CEO. “We’re thrilled to publish the fourth edition of the popular how-to guide while raising money for one of our favorite charitable partners, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”

Fun Times,

SERIOUS CAUSE

Towel Creations is just one of the ways Carnival helps St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, whose young patients have been diagnosed with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. The cruise line has committed to raising at least $3 million for St. Jude through Care to PlaySM. The campaign gets guests involved in fun, games and surprises, with events such as Groove for St. Jude and the Beary Cuddly Workshop for children. Guests also can donate online, through the St. Jude Partnership link at Carnival.com. St. Jude is world-renowned for its work to find cures and save children, and for doing so without charging families for treatment that isn’t covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay. St. Jude’s many success stories include Lindsey Wilkerson, a former patient who works as the organization’s ambassador and is godmother to Carnival Magic. So it’s not all fun and games on a Carnival Cruise. Sometimes it’s fun and games — but also serious help for people who need it. PHOTOS BY: (ELEPHANT TOWEL, TOWEL CREATIONS BOOK) CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES; (MOTHER & SON, CHILDREN STATUE, ST. JUDE CAMPUS) ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL.

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FROM TOP: Families find hope for a happier future at St. Jude; sculpture of children outside the entrance; the St. Jude campus in Memphis, which first opened its doors in 1962.

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MOISTURIZE! MOISTURIZE! MOISTURIZE!

BEAUTY Break SAY “YES’’ TO EXFOLIATION

ELEMIS EXOTIC LIME & GINGER SALT GLOW

EVEN WITH A HAT ON… YOU’LL NEED TO PROTECT YOUR HAIR

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SPF

Tropical rays are wonderful for your frame of mind; for your hair and skin, not so much. For guidance in looking good while having fun in the sun, we sought out two experts from Steiner Leisure, which operates Carnival’s spas and salons: Jess Heger, manager of Salon Services, and skin-care expert Angela Searle.

SHOULD I EXFOLIATE BEFORE OR AFTER GOING OUT IN THE SUN? ANGELA: Both! Exfoliation is perfect before tanning, to ensure skin tans evenly, and also after to ensure old dull skin cells are removed to show your glow. Try the new Elemis Tranquil Touch Body Polish or the forever favorite, Elemis Exotic Lime and Ginger Salt Glow.

dry out much faster. The key is this: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate for the best results. On board, we offer the amazing French Phyto hair treatment, which relaxes the scalp with deep massage techniques and also nourishes deep into the hair shaft. We also offer styling treatments like Color Guard to protect color.

DO I NEED ANY PROTECTION FOR MY HAIR IF I’M WEARING A HAT?

I’M IN THE POOL A LOT MORE LATELY. DO I NEED TO SWITCH TO A SPECIAL CONDITIONER?

JESS: Yes — the sun can fade your hair color and also cause it to turn brassy. Even if you are wearing a hat, UV filters can still reach your hair, and the sun can cause your hair and scalp to become dry and/ or sunburned. This issue is of special concern for men with very short hair or shaved heads. See the hair salon in the spa for professional solutions that won’t weigh your hair down.

JESS: Using a color-safe conditioner, both pre- and post-pool fun, is always wise. We have a large range in the salon that is fantastic for softening hair that has seen too much pool fun and needs extra attention. When possible, always avoid getting your hair wet; if possible, wear a cap or a leave-in conditioner to protect your hair and scalp from becoming dry.

I JUST COLORED MY HAIR AT HOME. WILL ALL THIS SUN DO ANYTHING FUNKY TO MY SHADE?

WHAT’S THE BEST CURE FOR SUNBURN?

JESS: We always recommend using color-safe shampoos, masks and treatments. The sun can make the hair brighter and lighter in a matter of days, and it can cause hair that has undergone permanent waving or straightening treatments to 16

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USE SUNSCREEN BEFORE YOU LEAVE YOUR STATEROOM, FOR A WORRY-FREE DAY IN THE SUN.

DEEP MASSAGE SCALP AND PHYTO HAIR TREATMENT

ohhh.. SOOTHE THAT BURN!

ANGELA: Sunburned skin cells need time to repair. Give your skin the hydration it needs by applying a super-restorative body butter, such as Bliss Naked Body Butter, to seal in skin’s natural moisturizing factors and leave your skin gleaming, not greasy.

PHOTOS BY: (BLISS AND ELEMIS PRODUCTS) STEINER LEISURE LIMITED; (MOTHER/DAUGHTER POOLSIDE) LOSEVSKY PAVEL/ SHUTTERSTOCK.COM; (LOOFAH) STEPHANIE FREY/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM; (SHAMPOOING HAIR) DEAN BERTONCELJ/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM; (SUNBURNED GIRL) HAVESEEN/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM; (GIRL IN HAT) PIOTR MARCINSKI/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM.

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GET READY FOR

The newest member of Carnival’s Dream Class of ships will soon be carrying cruisers to their dream destinations.

CARNIVAL BREEZE

Carnival Breeze launches

Everyone gets their own

in mid-2012 from Barcelona,

place to play. The ship has

Spain. She’ll spend the summer

dedicated spaces for children

in the Mediterranean Sea and

and teens, while the adults-

then cross the Atlantic Ocean

only Serenity space provides

to begin year-round Caribbean

grown-up relaxation with

sailings in November 2012.

hammocks, chaise lounges

Weighing in at 130,000 tons of

sheer bliss, try the two-level

number of innovations for its

Cloud 9 Spa.

3,690 guests: the WaterWorks

The décor follows a tropical-

aqua park; SportSquare, an

inspired design, combining

open-air recreation complex

bright colors and soft pastels

with a ropes course, mini-golf

and celebrating the Caribbean.

and an outdoor fitness area;

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Photo illustration of Carnival Breeze; renderings of Seaside Theatre, Cucina del Capitano and SportSquare.

and personal cabanas. But for

fun, the ship offers an amazing

“Not only will Carnival Breeze

the Lanai, a wraparound prom-

introduce exciting new features

enade with whirlpools extending

and a highly creative island-

over the ship’s sides; and the

inspired interior design that

Seaside Theatre, where you can

pays homage to the world’s

lounge in the pool while watch-

most popular cruising region,”

ing movies on a 270-square-foot

says Carnival President and

outdoor movie screen.

CEO Gerry Cahill, “but we’ve

Dining highlights include

also put together itineraries

Cucina del Capitano, a family-

that provide our guests with

style Italian restaurant that

the opportunity to visit a huge

brings the heritage of Carnival’s

array of stunning ports of call

captains to the table; the Lido

throughout the Caribbean and

Marketplace, a casual two-level

Mediterranean.”

poolside eatery; and Fahrenheit 555, a classic American-style

All of which makes the perfect vacation — a Breeze.

steakhouse.

Can’t wait to go

WHAT TO DO IN ALASKA Start planning your next great adventure: to Alaska, where amazing wildlife, breathtaking scenery and fascinating culture await. You can experience much of it from the deck of your ship — glaciers and whales passing by in the water; moose and bear grazing nearby on land — but the real magic comes when you step off the ship. In Juneau, adventurous explorers find much to do on Mendenhall Glacier, known as “the drive-up glacier” because it’s accessible by car. You can also explore it with a hike, on

a helicopter “flightseeing” tour and even by dogsled. Glaciers and wildlife also are highlights in Ketchikan, but cultural excursions such as Native villages and lumberjack shows add to the experience. Don’t leave without tasting Ketchikan’s succulent seafood at a crab feed. In Skagway, you may feel a touch of fever: gold fever. This is the birthplace of the

in g Mush! S eedo gsled. Klondike y b ka s Ala gold rush, and you can play prospector by panning for gold. Another delightful way to experience Alaska’s heritage is by riding the historic White Pass & Yukon Railway, which has been chugging through the White Pass since 1899. Carnival Spirit sails to Alaska from May through September, with 7-day cruises

You ne ver fo first brea ch rg et your in g whale. departing from Seattle and Vancouver. Guests travel through Glacier Bay and the Inside Passage, with stops at Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway. Once you see America’s 49th state, we have a feeling you’ll want to stop by the Future Cruise desk to book a return as soon as possible. ALL PHOTOS THIS PAGE: CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES.

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Everyone knows Carnival has always been about creating fun vacation

ABOVE: Scoring in blackjack. BELOW: Excitement at the slots.

experiences, and nothing says “fun” more than enabling cruisers to share their love of cruising. Whether you’re currently on board, preparing for your next voyage or reminiscing about your latest trip on the high seas, you have many ways of connecting with other cruisers and with the brand itself. Social networking tools have been available for fans since 2007, but the company “really ramped up” its social media and other digital platforms about 18 months ago, says Jim Berra, senior vice president and chief marketing officer. If you’re new to the Net — or looking for a few new ideas — here’s how to get online Carnival-style: Facebook (facebook.com/ carnival): Connect with old sailing pals and meet new ones before the cruise. Make landlubbing friends jealous during the cruise by posting photos of yourself at the pool and in port. Twitter (@CarnivalCruise or @CCLSupport): Learn the latest happenings on your ship and get immediate answers to questions that arise. Stay connected back home with cruise buddies and with Carnival’s fun-loving digital crew. YouTube: Take virtual tours of the “Fun Ship” fleet; see what happens on the shore excursion you’ve been yearning to try; share video highlights of other guests’ travels. Funville: Keep it going on the community page of Carnival.com, where you’ll find a community to fit you whether you’re a first-time cruiser or a frequent sailor.

ABOVE: Screen shots of Carnival’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

John Heald’s Blog: Read a firsthand and behind-the-scenes account of daily life on board a cruise ship, from Carnival’s senior cruise director.

WINNING WAYS

You’re already a winner with the Carnival Players Club! The Carnival Players Club is free to anyone over 18, and it couldn’t be easier to join. Just keep your Sail & Sign card inserted while you’re playing your favorite slots, and you’re in — with a cash bonus for every 1,000 points you earn. The rewards keep adding up as you play: Earn free drinks while you play, invitations to special events and tournaments, even cash and deals on future cruises. Not a slots player? No worries! Table players earn valuable perks, too. With free gaming lessons for beginners, as well as tournaments, drawings and other special Carnival casino events every cruise — you’re always a winner with the Carnival Players Club. Stop by and visit one of the friendly casino hosts for more information, a list of casino events or just to say “Hi.” You’ll feel like a high-roller in no time. ALL PHOTOS THIS PAGE: CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES.

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JOHN HEALD’S TIPS | GETTING YOUR CRUISE ON

ARE WE HAVING FUN YET?

PERHAPS YOU KNOW JOHN HEALD. HE’S THE JOLLY GUY WITH A SNAPPY BRITISH WIT AND A WAY WITH WORDS.

BY PATTI ROTH

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Just ask Carnival’s senior cruise director

Such qualities earned Heald, with 24 years of seagoing experience aboard the “Fun Ships,” the prestigious post of Carnival senior cruise director. And thanks to his daily behind-the-scenes (and occasionally off-the-wall) cruise blog, he has a following of a multitude of exuberant fans. Millions have hit on Heald’s blog since he started it in 2007, and they now enjoy his written and video dispatches about various shipboard experiences — including his inaugural ride on a waterslide wearing his “big man’s shorts” and a pair of brown socks. Heald pokes fun at himself as much as at anyone else, and he can stow the irreverence to offer polite, accommodating responses to slews of e-mail questions and special requests about onboard comedians, laundry at sea and many other topics. The

Carnival Senior Cruise Director John Heald knows the “Fun Ships” like no one else. ABOVE: Heald blogging from the bar.

real purpose of the “blog thingy,” as he calls it, is to help guests “understand more about what we do” and “make their cruise even more brilliant.”

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So who better to ask for advice about having an unforgettable cruise? WHERE SHOULD I BE WHEN THE SHIP SAILS AWAY? For the official start of the voyage, park yourself at the railing near the pier. Watch the exciting ritual as the gangway is pulled up, the ropes are untied, and the gap between the ship and the shore widens. Or, if you’re in a stateroom with a balcony, leave the unpacking until later and step outside — drink in hand. WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO MEET NEW PEOPLE? Easy. Shake hands and ask fellow guests where they’re from. People are especially friendly on a cruise ship. Sharing a table in the dining room also launches many strong friendships. I often meet sets of pals cruising together who say they met on a previous trip — at dinner. Singles might want to pop into the various meet-and-greet activities, which are tailored for different age groups. WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE TO FIRST-TIME CRUISERS? Go to every show. Go to every meal. Do everything.

John Heald’s advice, from top: At sail-away, stand where you can see the dock disappear from view. Try something new — sushi, anyone? Find a quiet spot to make some romance, but follow the crowd to a show or a nightclub. Check out John Heald’s Blog, shown at bottom, for more behind-the-scenes insight.

AND TO AVID CRUISERS? Do something you’ve never done. Swim with dolphins. Attend a cooking demonstration. Try the waterslides, which I insist are not just for kids. I also suggest enjoying some “me time”: perhaps grabbing a book from the ship’s library and settling in a quiet place to read. HOW DO YOU SET A ROMANTIC MOOD? Break away from the glitz and the hubbub and enjoy a simple, old-fashioned experience. Stroll hand-in-hand on an open deck. Stand at the railing and do nothing more than smell the ocean air, listen to the ship cut through the water, and stare at the stars. SPEAKING OF TO-DO LISTS, I’D LIKE TO TRY KARAOKE. ANY WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT? Participate in as many activities as you can. Go for it. The less talented you are, the more they’ll applaud. If you think you’re the worst singer in the world, trust me — you’re not. WHAT SHOULD I DO IN PORTS? Sign up for the excursions. Attend port lectures for some guidance on what’s available. AT A SHOW, IS THERE A WAY TO AVOID BEING PULLED ONSTAGE? Bribe the cruise director. {We think he’s kidding.} Better yet, sit in the balcony. Cruise directors never climb stairs. IF I’M PULLED ONSTAGE, HOW DO I HANDLE IT GRACEFULLY? You’ll never see the people ever again. Who cares? Have fun. To enjoy Heald’s blog, visit www.johnhealdsblog.com. FUN ASHORE CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES

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Here’s How to Make the Most of Your Family Cruise

By HEidi SARNA

All you need to do is look around the ship to see that Carnival attracts cruise lovers of all ages, young and old alike. In fact, about 700,000 kids have a ball cruising with Carnival every year — nearly half the total number of children carried by the entire North American cruise industry.

LEFT: Taking in all the choices on deck. CENTER: Kid-approved cuisine. BOTTOM: At Camp Carnival, the best seats in the house.

“Children have their own unique vacation expectations, which is why Carnival goes all out to make sure kids have the time of their lives,” says Kristi Ainsworth, the cruise line’s manager of Youth Programs. “As our ships have become larger, they provide us an even greater canvas for dedicated facilities and spaces for kids of all ages.” Where to begin?

Good MorninG! The Fun STarTS BriGhT and early If your stateroom has a balcony, stay in your PJs, order breakfast from room service, and enjoy your juice, cereal and pastries outside on your own private piece of deck. Or head up to the Lido buffet restaurant for a huge range of breakfast foods geared to all ages, including an omelette station, fresh fruit and donuts. At 10 a.m., the big and bright Camp Carnival playrooms open for a full day of fun and games — a world dedicated to kids’ whims and pleasures. Play some dodge ball, make a painting, or check out the day’s arts and crafts projects. Curious kids especially will gravitate to the more educational activities that focus on reading, music, geography and physical fitness. Pick up a copy of the Camp Carnival Activity Schedule at the start of your cruise.

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ABOVE: Twin racing slides on Carnival Magic. RiGHT: A super soaking under the sprinklers. BELOW, FROM LEFT: SkyCourse; basketball; miniature golf.

GeT your FeeT WeT When it’s time for family fun together, jump into your swimming suits to sample Carnival’s theme-park-style water features. Several ships harbor WaterWorks: mini water parks with sprinklers and sliding boards for younger kids, as well as tall, twisty water slides that beckon all ages. The newest ships in the fleet — the 3,646-passenger Carnival Magic, Carnival Dream and Carnival Breeze — boast the most elaborate theme-park-style set-up, with an infant slide, a spiral slide and a huge corkscrew waterslide 312 feet long and four decks high. Other active outdoor pursuits aboard most of the fleet include miniature golf courses and courts for basketball, volleyball and soccer. On Carnival Magic and Carnival Breeze, thrill seekers will gravitate to the SkyCourse, a ropes course suspended above deck — the likes of which have never before been offered at sea. Another innovative first that kids love is Carnival Laser Tag, which is set up in the main show lounge on board several ships.

CaMP Carnival and The Teen CluBS

Carnival rolls out the red carpet for tots through teens in five age groups, with complimentary all-day supervised activities and dedicated, experienced staff for each group. The Camp Carnival program targets the 2-to-11 set in sprawling indoor play spaces — some as large as 5,500 square feet — outfitted with games, toys and video screens. The entire fleet has stand-alone video arcades. Camp activities are geared to three age groups (2 to 5, 6 to 8 and 9 to 11) and broken down into areas. Creative kids will enjoy the WaterColors (art) and SeaNotes (music) activities, for instance, while the curious ones will be all over the H 2 Ocean (science) and EduCruise (geography) stuff. Hands-on fun also includes T-shirt decorating, face painting, sand art and pizza making, as well as the chance to build a stuffed animal in the Beary Cuddly Workshop. Sporting events are always a big hit, and so are bingo competitions. Even dinner can be part of the day’s fun, with staff supervising mealtime most nights for parents who would like an adults-only dinner date.

Circle “C” is geared to the particular whims and fancies of 12- to 14-year olds, with cool hang-out spaces designed with a dance floor, high-tech sound and lighting systems, plasmascreen TVs showing movies, and video games, gaming pods and more. Circle “C” attendees can join in sports such as basketball and volleyball, as well as ping-pong and various water games (depending on the ship). Catch a latenight movie or check out “swimming under the stars” pool parties.

Teens doin’ their thing at Circle ‘‘C’’

Making new friends at Club O 2

Club O2 , for 15- to 17-year-olds, is a spacious teen club with a dance floor and DJ, state-of-the-art sound and lighting system, plasma TVs and gaming pods. Teens can swill nonalcoholic drinks in the “Coke-tail” lounges, while listening to music or relaxing. Special teen coordinators organize karaoke sessions, theme parties, movies, video game contests, basketball, ping-pong and other events (depending on the ship). all photos this paGe: carnival cruise lines

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The KidS are all riGhT How to keep them (and yourself) happy in port

CLOCKWiSE FROM TOP: dining on the Lido deck; Lido pasta buffet; softserve ice cream.

TaKe TiMe To reFuel Hungry campers have a lot of options for lunch, including that great Lido buffet. The whole family can find something they love. The menu includes plenty of made-to-order favorites such as burgers, sandwiches and pizza. International options such as Indian cuisine will satisfy more-adventurous palates. When dinner rolls around, head to the Lido buffet with your family or Camp Carnival friends, or have a seat in a main restaurant and let the professional wait-staff team serve you. Here, the first “course” for kids is a box of crayons and festive menus that double as activity sheets. Snacking between meals means free soft ice cream and frozen yogurt, 24-hour pizzerias and optional “Bottomless Bubbles” that give everyone the green light to enjoy unlimited soft drinks throughout the cruise. TiMe To relaX — or rev uP Carnival’s roomy standard staterooms are always a welcoming retreat at the end of a long, fun day — and if you realize you’ve forgotten to pack something for your little ones, rest assured Carnival is there to help. The Fun Shops have sundries like toothpaste, and guests can rent strollers (although supplies may be limited). After a day on board or in port, mom and dad may want a guilt-free evening hitting the ships’ entertainment venues. no problem. The kids will be just fine in Camp Carnival’s night Owls program (fees apply). With games, movies, snacks and special parties throughout the cruise, kids have a lot to keep them busy at night. All you have to do is ask. On a Carnival cruise, families rule. 32

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Get active. A kayaking, biking or trekking tour lets them expend their seemingly unlimited reserves of energy while all of you can enjoy the breathtaking sights along the way. Some kids’ excursions cost about 10 to 25 percent less than their adult counterparts. Check for a minimum age (which often is about 8 years old). Have lunch. Exposing your kids to the local cuisine of a port is an easy way to teach them about the region’s ABOVE, FROM TOP: Jungle trekking; a Mexican feast; mom and culture. In Mexico, sample son take in the sights in Rome. the homemade fajitas, guacamole and salsa; while in Key West, go for the conch fritters; and in Europe, savor gelato, pizza and pasta. You get the picture. Ask questions. Depending on the age and disposition of your offspring, before choosing an organized tour for your family, find out how long the bus ride will be to the main points of interest. Most kids can easily handle 30 or 40 minutes at a stretch, but an hour or more on the road may be too much to handle for some. Luckily, plenty of ship tours don’t require long drives. Pack smart. When heading into port, be sure to carry a couple of bottles of water from the ship (the local water may not be drinkable), as well as sunblock, cash (some local currency if that’s necessary) and something to deal with motion sickness (the winding hinterland roads your motor coach tour or taxi may traverse might take their toll on your kids’ tummies).

Teen SPa ServiCeS Mother/daughter pedicure

Teens ages 13 to 17 can book relaxing spa treatments, from massages to manicures and pedicures. Carnival also packages these spa services as mother/ daughter and father/son combos as well, giving the whole family an excuse for a little stressfree togetherness.

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SHOUT OUT

Tropical isles lure the A-list with romance, glamour and, best of all, seclusion. This may be the stars’ favorite way to go on location.

by Lena Katz

The Caribbean is a celebrity playground — from Puerto Rico to Costa Rica, and nearly every island in between. Here’s the inside word on the stars we love and the places where they like to swim, golf, preen for paparazzi cameras, or just escape for a little bit of quiet time off the Hollywood grid.

RIGHT: Crane Beach, Rihanna’s favorite in Barbados

Celebrity: Rihanna ______ SHOUt-OUt: BaRBados os Rihanna is not only Barbados’ most famous contemporary celeb, but she’s also one of its most effective tourism ambassadors — though only on a volunteer basis. She went on record praising swim spot Crane Beach, brought pop-star gal-pal Katy Perry over for boating and snorkeling with sea turtles, and even recommended local fish-fry spot Oistins Fish Market for authentic Friday night fun. But it seems Rihanna’s not a one-island gal. In 2011, she performed in a benefit concert at James Bond Beach near Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and also shot the video for “Man Down” in rural Portland parish, known for its beautiful and secluded beaches.

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Celebrity SHOUT-OUT Celebrity:______ PRince haRRy -OUt: BaRBados BaRB SHOUt-OUt: HRH Prince Harry is famed for playing polo in Barbados and elsewhere; at right, he competes in the 2009 Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic in New York.

notorious otorious as the party-hearty prince of Britain’s royal family, Prince Harry was splashed all over the tabloids during a January 2010 visit to Barbados, where he fell off his horse during a charity polo match at apes Hill Polo club — then, just a few hours later, made audiences giggle with a little hip-shaking onstage during the society-attended fundraising party. When he’s being proper, PH can be seen at classic Barbados places like The cliff restaurant. (editors’ note: We like him best when he’s not proper.)

Celebrity Beyoncé ______ SHOUt-OUt: doMinican ReP.

Celebrity: anthony ______ BouRdain

Hip-hop’s reigning super-couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z certainly do their bit to promote tourism in the caribbean. any picture of Queen B in a bikini is sure to get worldwide attention. and when she threw a lavish 40th birthday party for her man at super-posh resort community casa de campo in 2009, it drew the crème de la crème of celebrities from Kanye to Kate Hudson.

supreme traveling foodie anthony Bourdain digs st. Maarten’s French-caribbean cuisine — so much so that after filming an episode of No Reservations here, he went on to write Gone Bamboo, a slightly surreal novel set on-island. People spot him noshing everywhere from “restaurant row” to roadside shack Hilma’s.

ABOVE: One of the exclusive villas at Casa de Campo, a 7,000-acre hotel, resort and residential community. BELOW: Beyoncé makes headlines whenever she visits the islands, which is often.

Star chef Anthony Bourdain has no reservations about tropical cuisine.

SHOUt-OUt: st. MaaRten

LEFT: Britain’s Prince Harry just wants to have fun. And who doesn’t, when they’re in the Caribbean?

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Celebrity SHOUT-OUT Celebrity: toM cRuise ______ SHOUt-OUt: cuRaÇao Çao

CENTER: Exploring Curaçao’s coast by ATV. ABOVE: Tom Cruise feeding his need for speed during the filming of Knight and Day.

legendary thrill-chaser Tom cruise found plenty of excitement in curaçao, speeding along the rugged coast by aTv. We can picture him flashing his trademark grin, bouncing his four-wheeler over the dusty ground in pursuit of giant iguana and exotic ostrich.

Celebrity: tyson ______ BeckfoRd

Celebrity: alonzo ______ MouRning

SHOUt-OUt: cuRaÇao

SHOUt-OUt: doMinican RePuBlic

When model/actor Tyson Beckford came to curaçao for the inaugural Jazz Fest, he was spotted barhopping at various island spots including Bermuda caribbean Discotheque, one of the hottest nightclubs in Willemstad.

nBa great alonzo Mourning spent his vacation time playing golf with buddies at Dye Fore and the other renowned courses of casa de campo, a resort community near la romana. unlike some celebs, Mourning didn’t use his star status to get the best table at restaurants — instead, he wangled a sneak preview of the Pete Dyedesigned “new nines” course.

RIGHT: Hole 15 of the Dye Fore Golf Course at Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic. BELOW: Challenging golf often draws retired NBA great Alonzo Mourning, below, to the Dominican Republic.

CLOCKWISE: Willemstad’s Bermuda Caribbean Discotheque; the crowd warms up at the 2010 North Sea Jazz Festival; daytime visitors to the jazz festival; Tyson Beckford in Los Angeles.

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Aruba • Barbados • Cabo San Lucas • Cozumel • Curacao • Grand Cayman • Grand Turk • Grenada • Juneau • Ketchikan • Mazatlan • Nassau • Puerto Vallarta • San Juan • Skagway • St Kitts • St Maarten • St Thomas

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Celebrity SHOUT-OUT Celebrity:______ lenny kRavitz SHOUt-OUt: the BahaMas ageless funk-rocker lenny Kravitz has a house on the Bahamas Out island, eleuthera, but he finds plenty to do in nassau: walking the red carpet for events like the Bahamas international Film Festival, recording at compass Point studios, or just joining in on something down-to-earth and local, like Junkanoo. One of Kravitz’s favorite dining spots on nassau is reported to be simmer Down, the restaurant at the Marley resort & spa.

Celebrity:______ gene siMMons SHOUt-OUt: t Ut Belize t-O LEFT: Gene Simmons in full KISS costume. BELOW: Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed at Chaa Creek Resort, July 2011.

On a recent episode of Gene Simmons Family Jewels, viewers saw some things that were perhaps staged — such as Gene simmons’ proposal to longtime partner shannon Tweed — and some that were not, such as simmons’ enthusiasm for the undersea. The Kiss frontman visited multiple dive and snorkel spots including Blue Hole and shark ray alley. RIGHT: Belize’s famous Blue Hole. BELOW: Nick Simmons, Shannon Tweed, Gene Simmons at the Rally For Kids With Cancer.

Celebrity:______ jiMMy Buffett SHOUt-OUt: key west it’s not exactly accurate to say Jimmy Buffett “hangs out” in Key West. rather, he epitomizes it. For a time, he was even the mayor of this funky town at the tip of south Florida, and though it’s no longer his primary residence, a fan could bump into him doing plenty of things around town: dropping by captain Tony’s saloon (the place that gave him his first regular stage), coming out of a recording session at his shrimpboat studios, or playing an impromptu concert at his now-legendary club Margaritaville. LEFT: Captain Tony’s Saloon in Key West, on the site of the original Sloppy Joe’s Bar. BELOW: Jimmy Buffett, who got his start at Captain Tony’s.

ABOVE: Junkanoo band. Tempting cocktails at the waterside Simmer Down restaurant at the Marley Resort & Spa. LEFT: Lenny Kravitz in concert.

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THE FIRST TIME IS THE BEST Recalling the thrill of new experiences

It’s the rare traveler who doesn’t return to the Caribbean and Mexican Riviera after one visit — or wish to come back. Romantic skies, breathtaking waters and alluring culture are just a few of the elements that call us back time and again. But there’s nothing like the first time. We asked six travel writers to take us back to the first time they snorkeled a reef, tasted exotic cuisine or took the plunge into some other untested experience. If you haven’t tried some of this yourself, we think that could soon change.

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ABOVE: LaVelle still delights in remembering the brilliantly colored marine life she encountered on her first snorkel trip.

SNORKELING IN THE BAHAMAS BY CIARA LAVELLE

The first thing I remember is the water, how blue and bright and clear it was. As we motored away from the Bahamian island, I couldn’t resist dipping my fingers into it. I’d only seen pictures of water like this in magazines, and I always assumed they were PhotoShopped. Now here I was, inside the pages. I felt silly pulling on my mask and flippers — they do make you look ridiculous — but I couldn’t wait to get into the sea. The water was shallow and warm; diving below, I found it as clear as an aquarium, and filled with fish I’d never seen before. Some fellow snorkelers were fascinated by the size of groupers and other larger species, but I loved the tiny, colorful ones: parrotfish, yellowtail snapper, and those even tinier that seemed to glow like a neon sign. I followed them from above until our guide called us back to the boat, and only then did I realize how exhausted I was. Snorkeling is hard work! I’ve snorkeled Caribbean reefs more times than I can count, and yeah, the initial wonder has faded a bit. But some things never change: I’m still mesmerized by that vibrant, blue ocean, and I chase those colorful fish every time. CIARA LAVELLE HAS VISITED DOZENS OF CARIBBEAN ISLANDS AND TRIES TO FIT IN SOME TIME BENEATH THE WAVES ON EACH TRIP.

DANCING WITH DOLPHINS BY GINGER D INGU S

Swimming with dolphins is exhilarating beyond belief... — Gin ger Din gus

ABOVE and LEFT: Dingus with Monet, her dance partner in Cabo San Lucas.

I tilt my head to the right. Monet nods to the left. I bob up and down, kicking my feet to stay afloat. Monet mimics me, shaking a tail fin to stay vertical, half in and half out of the water. I hold a slippery dolphin flipper in each hand as we dance, belly to belly. I first met Monet, my dolphin dance partner, on his turf (make that “surf”): an enormous pool in Cabo San Lucas. After some instruction by a professional trainer, our brief encounter began with a little game playing. While treading water, I held a large hoop above the surface. On cue from the skillful trainer, Monet jumped in the air, handily slipping through the circular toy. Monet was clearly ready for more action. I was just getting warmed up. Swimming with dolphins is exhilarating beyond belief, especially that first time. I felt privileged to watch Monet speed toward me, suddenly leap from the water and do a perfect back flip directly above my head. My favorite move was the foot push. While I floated on my back, a pair of dolphins silently zeroed in on my tootsies. I felt a cool snout gently touch each foot. The next moment, I was rapidly propelled backwards. When it comes to Monet and his pals, my dance card is always open. GINGER DINGUS HAS GONE SWIMMING WITH MANATEES, BELUGA WHALES AND STINGRAYS. SHE’S THRILLED WITH HER CERTIFICATE AS DOLPHIN TRAINER FOR A DAY. PHOTOS BY: (LAVELLE ON BEACH) JESI LEHMAN; (UNDERWATER SEALIFE) KHOROSHUNOVA OLGA/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM; (DINGUS WITH MONET) CABO DOLPHINS.

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THE FIRST TIME IS THE BEST

ZIPPING ALONG BY RICHARD CARROLL

Believe it or not, zipping across the rainforest cured Richard Carroll, above right, of his fear of heights.

I find m yself in a state of distress... stan ding on a small platform ll — Richard Ca rro

I find myself in a state of distress, deep in the Puerto Vallarta countryside. I’m standing on a small platform, staring down at towering palm trees hosting coconuts the size of bowling balls, while far below large, thorny cactus plants seemed to be beckoning with open arms. What am I doing here? I’ve always been fearful of heights, yet friends convinced me that ziplining would correct the dilemma. The instructions are splendid and, finally, they hook me up and give me a shove. I close my eyes, and to my surprise the ride in the sky is exhilarating, the adrenaline blast beyond cool. I land at the next platform, which seems to be higher than the first. With eyes now wide open, I soar from platform to platform, quickly realizing that I have discovered an exciting and innovative adventure. After making it from beginning to end with newfound enjoyment, I celebrate through the night. The zipline did help with my fear of elevation, because since then I have enjoyed the excitement of ziplines in Mazatlán, Playa del Carmen, Cancún and Cozumel. But the first was by far the best. RICHARD CARROLL HAS VISITED ALL SEVEN CONTINENTS IN SEARCH OF ADVENTURE, HIS JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY UNENDING.

ROMANCE IN A FLASH BY PARIS PERMENTER AND JOHN BIGLEY

Couples who witn ess the flash are guaranteed true lo ve. — Paris Permenter & John Big ley

ABOVE: Permenter and Bigley haven’t fallen out of love since seeing the green flash. LEFT: Stages of a sunset showing the flash of green.

We started watching for the green flash on our first Caribbean trip. Each island sunset found us on the beach, willing that split-second natural phenomena to appear. Although not exclusive to the Caribbean, the green flash is certainly the holy grail of many island travels. Under certain meteorological conditions, a green sizzle occurs on the horizon at sunset. Science explains this as the refraction of sunlight through the earth’s atmosphere. Islanders have a more romantic take: Couples who witness the flash are guaranteed true love. During a decade of Caribbean travel, we searched, but conditions were never quite right. Then, we found ourselves in a renowned sunset spot: the cliffs of Negril, Jamaica, facing west over nothing but sea. For two nights, we maintained our vigil but clouds ended our hopes. The third night, conditions were clear. Staring west, we waited. As the sun touched the horizon, it seemed to flatten as it slid beneath the darkening sea. Then, just when the last slice of red disappeared, a sudden after-image, one last green finger of light, appeared. So brief but yet so perfect. We looked at each other for confirmation. We had both seen it…our first green flash. Many sunsets later, our love remains in the limelight, just as the legend of the green flash predicts. HUSBAND-AND-WIFE WRITING TEAM PARIS PERMENTER AND JOHN BIGLEY FIND ROMANCE WHEREVER THEY VISIT IN THE CARIBBEAN.

A TASTE FOR THE EXOTIC BY JEN KARETNICK

A mama juana hangover is as authentic as it gets. — Jen Karetn ick

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“Would you like some mamajuana with that?” the bartender asked me at the Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival, pulling forth a bottle filled with amber liquid and various botanicals. I held up my freshly shaken mojito for a splash of this homebrewed stuff. He winked, and too late I suspected I was in for more of a whirlwind than the weekend had already been. It turns out that too much mamajuana really can make your head spin. Although every island claims its own mamajuana, this semi-sweet, medicinal liqueur, tasting of clove and sometimes cinnamon, can be traced back to the Dominican Republic, where the native Tainos brewed leaves, bark, herbs, roots and spices, with honey to tap the bitterness, into a tea that warded off fevers and other illnesses. With the influx of Europeans and the discovery of rum on Barbados, red wine and alcohol were added. The name is just a play on words: Dama Juana, the original moniker, referred to the structure of the plump, short-necked bottle in which the drink was cured. Spanish and Portuguese settlers liked the liqueur so much they began to affectionately refer to it as “Mama” Juana. But while mamajuana may not taste like a stiff drink, be warned: A mamajuana hangover is as authentic as it gets. JEN KARETNICK HAS EATEN AND DRUNK HER WAY THROUGH MORE THAN 30 COUNTRIES, AND IS GAME TO TRY ANYTHING — ONCE. PHOTOS BY: (ZIPLINE) CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES; (CARROLL) HALINA KUBALSKI; (COUPLE AT SUNSET) ERCHOV ALEXEI KONSTANTINOVICH/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM; (PERMENTER AND BIGLEY) PARIS PERMENTER AND JOHN BIGLEY; (STAGES OF GREEN FLASH) MILA ZINKOVA/WIKIPEDIA.COM; (KARETNICK) STACY SHUGERMAN; (MAMAJUANA) CRISTIAN LAZZARI/ISTOCKPHOTO.COM.

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leFT: arriving in style at the los angeles premiere of The A-Team. BelOW: Poster and portrait for the remake of the hit Tv series.

“You know you’ve made it when the paparazzi follow you everywhere”

Traveling Man “I’m a traveler by nature,” says Cooper, 36, who got to indulge his footloose side while studying acting as a graduate student at New York University. “I had my first taste of being paid to go where I’d never been when I was a host of Globe Trekker on the Discovery Channel,” he remembers. “I think I got like $5,000 an episode, which was an insane amount of money to pay a grad student to go to Peru and climb a glacier, sail the Kornati islands of Croatia or raft down the New River Gorge in West Virginia.” A high point of his travels as an actor was The Hangover Part II, which was largely filmed in Bangkok. Cooper says enthusiastically, “I loved that city. The food was incredible. The Chao Phraya river is stunningly beautiful. I loved the pageantry that goes along with the culture, which is both Muslim and Buddhist. It’s a fabulous place. You just have to get used to the heat and humidity.” The other side of celebrity has been harder. “You know you’ve made it when the paparazzi follow you everywhere,” he says. “The interesting thing is that they take your photograph and you see it in some magazine and realize that you are wearing the same thing every day. Or your mother points that out to you. She goes, ‘Why don’t you change your shirt?’ I remember I got a khaki shirt from Failure to Launch that I wore for nearly a year except when it was at the cleaners.” While Cooper may often be seen in jeans and a T-shirt, he admits he’s also partial to designer styles, including some well-tailored suits he’s worn on the red carpet, at trendy parties and on dates.

aBOve: Posing on the red carpet for the los angeles premiere of All About Steve.

“Actually, I love clothes and looking fashionably dressed when the occasion calls for it,” he says. Whatever he’s wearing, the blue-eyed, 6-foot-one Cooper is a hit with female fans and has been linked to a number of Hollywood beauties: from Jennifer Aniston to Renée Zellweger, with whom he had a long relationship. photos by: (a-team premiere) Ap photo/mAtt sAyles; (a-team poster) twentieth Century Fox Film CorporAtion; (a-team portrAit) miChAel muller/twentieth Century Fox Film CorporAtion; (all about Steve premiere) Joe seer/shutterstoCk.Com.

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“i’m just myself, and i’m lucky that i’ve had great relationships with women, but i don’t know anything beyond that” Asked about his love life, Cooper responds with a shrug, “There’s some things you should keep private. Neil Simon says, I think it’s in Biloxi Blues, that when something is written down there’s an inherent truth to it even when it isn’t [true]. I’ve been a victim of that. I would read stuff like I was having Jennifer Aniston come to a candlelight dinner at my house. I couldn’t believe people were literally making up whole stories. Luckily, I find it very humorous. I haven’t had to pay a price for it yet. “I’m just myself, and I’m lucky that I’ve had great relationships with women, but I don’t know anything beyond that,” he says. “The truth is I got my first perspective on romance from my parents. I grew up in a very old-fashioned Roman Catholic, Italian-Irish family in Philly. Over the years, my parents evolved into completely different creatures, in terms of their marriage and the roles that a man and a woman should play. And I think that’s great, and it was still romantic. Of course,” he adds, “I was also influenced like everybody else by movies and TV shows. But then you sort of figure out that you don’t need to replicate what you see. And you find your own definition of love.” FrOM TOP: With Julia roberts in Valentine’s Day; goofing on the Today show for Saturday Night Live.

When he isn’t on a film set, Cooper might be found hiking with his adopted rescue dogs, mountain biking or playing tennis. He loves the outdoors but also likes to spend time in the kitchen. “A passion of mine has always been cooking,” he says. “I started in restaurants when I was 15. First I was a busboy and then I was a prep cook. Then I had the opportunity to do this TV show called Kitchen Confidential, where we actually

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS MovIES The Place Beyond The Pines (2013 filming)

cooked every day in a totally functional kitchen, which was great.”

Challenging ChOiCes Cooper has taken on some challenging dramatic roles. In Limitless, he played a

The Words (2012 post-production)

writer who develops superhuman powers after taking a top-secret drug. He plays

The hangover ParT ii (2011)

a writer accused of plagiarism in The Words, co-starring Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana and

limiTless (2011) The a-Team (2010)

Jeremy Irons. In the upcoming Place Beyond the Pines, he’s a rookie cop out to get Ryan Gosling’s professional motorcycle rider turned bank robber. “Taking on the role of a cop was great for me because both my grandfather and

valenTine’s day (2010)

uncle were men in blue,” he says. “I thought I had learned a lot from them; but I went

he’s JusT noT ThaT inTo you (2009)

on some ride-alongs to get ready for the movie, and I really got a taste of what cops

The hangover (2009)

face from domestic disturbances to violence on the streets.” But just to prove he hasn’t lost his penchant for outrageous comedy, Cooper took

all aBouT sTeve (2009)

on a cameo in his pal Dax Shepard’s wacky Outrun. “I play the heavy in the movie, a

Wedding crashers (2005)

guy who has dreadlocks and wears a lion costume,” he says with a laugh. “It reminded me of some of the people I see in my neighborhood in Venice, which is not that far

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by inhibition. I think that you can only act without inhibition; otherwise you get totally

alias (2001-2006) gloBe Trekker (2000)

self-conscious.” The next challenge for Cooper may be in stepping behind the camera. “It’s a dream,” he says. “I’ve always wanted to be a director as well as an actor. I’ve just never had the guts to try.” photos by: (sCene From valentine’S day) ron bAtzdorFF/new line produCtions, inC.; (sCene From Saturday night live) dAnA edelson/nbCu photobAnk viA Ap imAges.

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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. Antiguans tout their 365 beaches — one for each day, officially counted, they say, and you can count them too if you’d like. The scalloped shores once beloved by colonial navies and smugglers are now favored by the most zealous beachgoers. Sailing, too, is a pastime pursued intently, as are scuba diving and snorkeling. FAST FACTS CLIMATE Antigua enjoys a sunny, relatively dry climate with pleasant trade winds. The year-round temperature ranges from 75° to 85°F. LANGUAGE English is the official language.

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LOCATION Antigua is situated in the Eastern Caribbean in the middle of the Leeward Islands. Barbuda, Antigua’s smaller sister island, lies 30 miles to the north. MONEY The Eastern Caribbean dollar is the official currency. U.S. dollars, major credit cards and traveler’s checks are widely accepted. POPULATION Approximately 88,000 ��� Boaters find many cozy spots in which to drop anchor in Antigua. FUN ASHORE CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES

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TOP SHORE EXCURSIONS

FUN TREKS : ANTIGUA

Here are just a few of the many tours you can experience during your visit. See your onboard shore excursions specialist to book today.

PORT VIEW Nicknamed “the Gateway to the Caribbean,” Antigua has been tops with sailors since Britain’s Admiral 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 here now house boutiques, restaurants and museums. Antigua is well known for its 365 beaches, offering 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 more than 40 shops sell fine jewelry, perfumes, clothing and more. At the waterfront Redcliffe Quay, shops in colorful colonial buildings sell handicrafts and Caribbean artwork.

Adventures by land and sea

DELUXE LOBSTER LUNCH & CHAMPAGNE CRUISE It’s a day of luxury and relaxation on the water aboard the catamaran Mystic. Guests dine on lobster and sip champagne as they sail beside the beautiful coastline of Antigua, taking in its white-sand beaches and boutique resorts. The day includes a stop at one of the beaches for sunbathing or swimming and more refreshments.

ISLAND SAFARI 4X4 ADVENTURE A convoy of open-air, safari-rigged Land Rovers goes where ordinary bus tours can’t reach. The offroad expedition explores the breathtaking south coast, passing through quaint Bendal’s Village

by the Body Pond to view rare tropical plants. The expedition continues through the rainforest along Fig Tree Drive and ends with a swim at a beach.

SEE ANTIGUA BY SEA A five-star catamaran takes guests to secluded Green Island for an afternoon of sun and serenity. Calypso and reggae music serenades passengers on the trip to the island, where the crew serves lunch and offers an open bar. On the return trip, the catamaran sails across English Harbour to the famed Nelson’s Dockyard.

STINGRAY SENSATION A thrilling swim with the inhabitants of Stingray Village comes after a short, scenic bus ride and a brief

orientation at the attraction. Participants wade onto a sandbar in approximately four feet of water, where they feed, pet and swim with the stingrays that come out to mingle with their human visitors.

CANOPY TOUR & CHALLENGE COURSE Participants soar across a lush forest, gliding along zip lines and through a challenge course. The experience includes walking across suspension bridges and flying along several zip lines with a ropes-challenge course that does not require physical strength but offers an excellent view of the landscape below. Safety instructions and equipment are included. Participants must be twelve years old or older.

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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. And 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. —J. B. and P. P.

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.

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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. By 1704, the harbor sheltered a large

colonies, thanks to sugar. The crop was

part of the British fleet, which set out

so lucrative that the British government

from here on raids and forays over the

spent a fortune on the dockyard to

next 100 years — a period of constant

maintain the might of the Royal Navy

power struggles be tween British,

and to discourage invaders who sought

Spanish, French and Dutch explorers,

this precious natural resource.

settlers and pirates.

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ABOVE: Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, commander of the dockyard for the Royal Navy’s West Indies Fleet during the late-18th century. BELOW: Image of an original dockyard map, November 1745: ‘‘A Plan of English Harbour with the King’s Yard and Careening Wharf.’’ LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

The dockyard where ships and sails were overhauled and repaired

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

HARBOR HISTORY

The yard was officially abandoned

The only remaining Georgian naval

by the navy in 1889 and soon fell into

dockyard in the world achieved its

disrepair. It was restored and reopened

greatest fame when Admiral Lord Horatio

in 1961 by a group of dedicated Antiguans

Nelson, the man who was to become

and expatriates who formed an

Britain’s most celebrated naval hero, was

organization known as the Friends of

headquartered there.

English Harbour. Now a national park,

During Nelson’s days in Antigua,

this area is a lively center for sailors,

the Antillean islands ranked higher in

history buffs and anyone who enjoys a

importance than the North American

nautical atmosphere. —D. W.

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ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA MUSEUM

S P EC I A L A DV E R T I S I N G F E AT U R E

TROPICAL ADVENTURES AWAIT

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

past, visit this historical museum, housed in the Old CourtHouse. Colonial artifacts, sugar-plantation displays and a life-size replica of an Arawak Indian dwelling can all be found here.

Island Safari tour

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The Excellence power catamaran, which operates the SEE ANTIGUA BY SEA tour, will take you on a 100% circumnavigation of Antigua’s exotic coastline with a visit to the idyllic Green Island.

For a look back at Antigua’s colonial

TROPICAL ADVENTURES

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way through Antigua’s off-road forest reserves and quaint traditional villages. Stop at a white-sand beach for a swim. THE BEST OF ANTIGUA: Enjoy the Antigua Island Highlights with narration from local tour guides, on the way to the historic English Harbour. You will visit ancient fortifications to snap some breathtaking photos and then stop at the famed Nelson’s Dockyard, the world’s only operational Georgian shipyard.

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The port at St. John’s

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.

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 duty-free 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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Beyond Aruba’s famed beaches lies a desert-like countryside studded with prickly cacti, free-form boulders, solitary dunes and unusual trees. The capital city, Oranjestad, celebrates its Dutch heritage with historical attractions, while its colorful assortment of buildings beckon the visitor from their waterfront perch. What else might you expect from a city whose name means “orange city” in aruba’s native Dutch? fasT faCTs CLIMaTe Aruba has a hot, dry climate, with little rainfall, low humidity and an average temperature of 81°F. LanGuaGe The official language is Dutch, but Papiamento, a patois derived from several other languages, is what the locals speak. Most people also speak English, Spanish and Portuguese. LoCaTIon Lying just 15 miles north of Venezuela, Aruba is within sight of South America and is 42 miles west of Curaçao.

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MoneY The official currency is the Aruba florin, or guilder. U.S. dollars are widely accepted, as are major credit cards and traveler’s checks. PoPuLaTIon Approximately 106,000  aruba’s desert landscape coexists with the island’s beaches. fun ashore carnival cruise lines

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FUN TREKS : ARUBA

PORT VIEW Everything Dutch comes alive in

Here are just a few of the many tours you can experience during your visit. see your onboard shore excursions specialist to book today.

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 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

under the sun, under the sea

BesT of aruBa & BeaCh Two of aruba’s natural and man-made wonders, one of its lovely beaches and an aloe factory, are featured on this tour by air-conditioned motor coach. sights include the California Lighthouse, the Casibari rock formations, the collapsed natural Bridge and the Baby natural Bridge; the tour offers a one-hour beach break.

sea TreK heLMeT DIVe aT De PaLM IsLanD Guests can take a guided walk along the ocean floor wearing a special helmet that keeps the user’s hair dry and accommodates eyeglasses for a clear view of everything: tropical fish, coral and even a sunken airplane. Guests can also enjoy De Palm Island’s amenities; beverages and

a light lunch are included. Participants must be eight years old or older.

De PaLM IsLanD, BeaCh & snorKeL This all-in-one getaway offers three hours of fun on De Palm Island. Besides its white, sandy beach, the island boasts a water park and a coral reef that is one of aruba’s best snorkeling spots. a buffet lunch, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks are included; the island is equipped with lounge chairs, freshwater showers and changing rooms.

aTLanTIs suBMarIne Guests ride the u.s. Coast Guard-approved Atlantis VI submarine on a 50-minute viewing of a sunken airplane or the wreck of the retired Danish sailboat Mi Dushi I, together with

the sunken coaster Morgenster. exotic marine life comes into sight during the descent that goes as deep as 130 feet. Participants must be four years old or older.

minced tenderloin and chicken stewed

sea & see IsLanD Tour

bridges, or head to De Palm Island for

The air-conditioned Seaworld Explorer takes guests five feet below the surface of the water to view marine life through large glass windows. sights include the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean, the 440-foot German freighter Antilla. The trip back includes a visit to the California Lighthouse, the original collapsed natural Bridge and the Casibari rock formations, where guests may climb 80 rugged steps to the top of the highest boulder.

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with golden raisins, prunes and nuts, all topped with Dutch Gouda cheese. Adventurous types explore the rugged, arid north side and famous natural 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. —R. V.

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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A DIVERSE, FRIENDLY POPULATION by Gerald Zarr

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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 over 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

Aruba is home to a mixture of people from South America and Europe, the Far East and other islands of the Caribbean, though most are descended from Arawak, Dutch and Spanish ancestors. No full-blooded Indians remain.

Company of Houston, Texas, reopened it in 1991.

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,

arawak art

Bonaire, Curaçao and Suriname). By 1986, Aruba’s people are keen linguists,

Bonaire and Curaçao. Once again, Aruba

Aruba had had enough and became an

using Dutch, English, Spanish and

was saved from the slave trade and a

autonomous state within the Kingdom of

Papiamento with ease, often all in the

plantation economy because of its poor

the Netherlands, with its own constitution

same conversation.

soil and aridity. Instead, the Dutch left the

and a high degree of self-government.

Arawaks to graze livestock on the parched

For a while, Aruba toyed with the idea

landscape, using the island to produce

of proceeding to full independence but then decided to stay Dutch.

BeGInnInGs Two thousand years ago, the Arawak

meat for other Dutch possessions in the

people settled Aruba and were still there,

Caribbean. With the exception of a short

In the capital of Oranjestad, or “orange

in 1499, when the Spanish conquistador

period during the Napoleonic Wars, when

city,” honoring Holland’s reigning House

Alonso de Ojeda came to claim the island

the island fell to the British, Aruba has

of Orange, a 21-member legislative

for Queen Isabella of Spain. The Spanish

remained Dutch ever since.

assembly elected by popular vote meets

didn’t think highly of Aruba, which they found too arid for cultivation — a bad

19Th-CenTurY GoLD rush

an eight-member council of ministers.

judgment call, because they missed the

In 1824, Aruba experienced its

The Netherlands is still responsible for

gold that was right under their noses and

first economic boom when gold was

defense and foreign affairs. Despite

didn’t foresee the economic boom in oil

discovered on its northern coast. A flood

its separate status, Aruba still retains

and high-rise hotels that the island would

of gold-hungry immigrants arrived from

strong economic, cultural and political

experience. This was a lucky break for

Europe and Venezuela, and the gold

ties with the mother country and her

the Arawaks, though, who were left alone

rush was on. A smeltery at Bushiribana

sister islands.

by the Spanish for more than a century.

processed over three million tons of raw

Before the first luxury hotel was

Thus the Arawak heritage is stronger on

material until 1916, when the mines were

opened in 1959, cruise ships provided

Aruba than on most Caribbean islands,

shut down.

the main source of visitors to the island.

thanks to that laissez-faire approach.

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regularly, and a prime minister heads

After gold petered out, Aruba became

Since then, both ship- and land-based

the world’s leading producer of aloe, just

tourism have grown phenomenally.

as the sunbathing craze was taking off in

Aruba now boasts more than 6,000 hotel

With their lukewarm attitude toward

the States. One can still visit the Aruba

rooms and over a million visitors each

Aruba, the Spanish didn’t resist too fiercely

Aloe Balm Factory and see the production

year. Having supplanted oil as a revenue

when the Dutch came calling in 1636 to

process first-hand — from aloe leaf to

earner, tourism is now the mainstay of

seize Aruba and the sister islands of

finished lotions and creams.

the island economy.

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by Sara Churchville sand dunes exploring xploring the island’s desert topography on foot will net you tumbleweed, aloe, cacti — and sand dunes. at hudishibana, ishibana, on the northwesternmost part of aruba, are the sweeping california ornia Dunes, named for a wrecked ship and complete with a stone lighthouse.

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a lighthouse stands guard on sand dunes.

a male frigate bird

Magnificent frigate Bird With a split tail at the end of its 39-inch body and bowed wings that span 85 inches, this is a species of scavenger bird you aren’t likely to miss. The black creatures are ubiquitous, especially to the south and west of the island and in Oranjestad harbor. The males can be distinguished by their red throats, which, during

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mating season, expand like a trumpet player’s cheeks.

rock formations afford great views.

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 quartzPastechis

diorite, while others, like the ones at ayo, are decorated with petroglyphs. a few even seem to have been stacked

Pastechis

atop each other, though apparently not by human hands.

These pastries, served at any meal and filled with dried

if you scale one, you’ll be rewarded with wonderful views

fruit, spices and meat or seafood, are one of the island’s

of the island.

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Alongside the typical array of luxury goods are some real Dutch treats, including Delftware, the familiar blueand-white porcelain. Delftware dates to late-16th-century Netherlands and takes its name from

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craftsmen created these works of art. The earliest Delftware style was shaped by the influence of products imported from Italy and Asia. The value — and hence the price — of a piece of modern Delftware is determined by the intricacy of design and the amount of hand-painting involved. To ensure the highest quality, look for the artist’s initials on the bottom of a piece or get a certificate of authenticity to accompany your purchase. —S.L.C.

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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. —W.L.S.

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B A R B A DOS

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. While cricket may be played as passionately here as in Britain itself, you’re not likely to find as beautiful a beach in all of england. and its lush, flower-filled forests must be the envy of every english gardener. fasT faCTs CLIMaTe Temperatures average 75° to 85°F, but trade winds moderate the heat. The rainy season is from August through November. LanGuaGe English is the official language. The locals speak it with a delightful lilt.

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FUN TREKS : BARBADOS

Here are just a few of the many tours you can experience during your visit. see your onboard shore excursions specialist to book today.

PORT VIEW 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 50 varieties of fish gliding through shallow reefs. Popular dives include three sites in particular: Asta Reef; a coral reef two minutes by boat from Sandy Beach; and the stunning, five-mile-long Dottins Reef. Duty-free shopping is as close as the cruise ship terminal at Bridgetown Harbor, where dozens of shops offer everything you would expect: collectible

amazing, amusing, free-wheeling

harrIson’s CaVe This tour begins with interpretative exhibits at the new cliff-top Visitor Centre of the attraction and then descends to the valley floor via a cliff trail, a valley trail or glass-enclosed elevators. harrison’s Cave has an amazing array of stalactites and stalagmites, crystal-clear subterranean streams and a magnificent waterfall plunging into a deep emerald pool.

seGWaY aDVenTure & BeaCh Guests glide along rugged paths and other roads less traveled on state-ofthe-art segway personal transporters. after instruction and a practice session, they travel along the northeastern coast of Barbados. riders move

watches, big diamonds and other along flat surfaces, down hills and over some rocky terrain. The tour includes a complimentary beverage and a snack. Participants must be twelve years old or older.

ATLANTIS suBMarIne Guests descend 55 feet below the waters of Barbados in the 48-person submarine Atlantis. The air-conditioned cabin offers spectacular views of coral, fish and other marine life. atlantis then goes 115 to 150 feet deep to view a shipwreck. Participants must be four years old or older.

TIaMI saIL, TurTLes & BeaCh a sleek, spacious catamaran takes passengers alongside Barbados’

scenic coastline, anchoring in a sheltered bay for swimming and snorkeling among peaceful families of green and hawksbill turtles. It then sails to a second bay for swimming or strolling on the sand. The tour includes complimentary cocktails.

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This luxurious cruise by catamaran includes food, drinks, scenery, snorkeling and even a swim with turtles. Participants may swim in a sheltered bay or join a guided snorkel expedition on a reef. The tour then moves on to a second spot for a turtle encounter and a stroll on the beach; lunch is served on the way.

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in any other port. In Bridgetown, Broad Street is home to vendors specializing in fine local products. Best buys are watches, gold jewelry, crystal, perfumes and locally produced Barbados rum and liqueurs. —J. T.

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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BARBADOS

by Jim Thompson

BarBaDos fLaG 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

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a democratic government of, for and by the people.

The fish only appears to fly over the waves.

fLYInG fIsh

The nation’s paper bills and coins

Called “land of the flying fish,” Barbados has a special reverence

CurrenCY

for this unusual marine creature, which is depicted on its

Vivid colors and a fixed rate of two

currency, in sculptures and in the logo of its tourism authority.

Barbadian dollars to one U.S. dollar make it simple to

Using large pectoral fins like wings, the fish can leap from the

understand Barbados’ currency. The blue $2 bill and the

water and “fly” for up to 45 seconds at speeds of over 40 mph.

the face are the most-used currency on the island.

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ruM PunCh

“one of sour, two of sweet, three of strong, and four of weak.” or: one part pure lime juice (1/4 cup) Two parts sugar (1/2 cup) Three parts Barbados rum (3/4 cup) four parts water (1 cup) source: barbados.org (the Barbados Tourism encyclopedia Web site)

Barbados rum drinks pack a punch.

ruM Barbadians’ favorite dish: cou-cou and flying fish

“Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum.” This liquid libation, distilled from molasses and sugarcane juice, was born

Cou-Cou

in Barbados (Mount Gay Rum dates to the 1600s) and

Tracing its roots to the island’s African ancestry, cou-cou has

has refreshed thirsty rebels from pirates to America’s

been a staple in Barbados since early colonial days. When

colonial revolutionaries. George Washington insisted on

paired with flying fish, this Caribbean polenta — made from

having a barrel of Barbados rum at his 1789 presidential

cornmeal mixed with okra, pepper, butter and water — is the

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B A R B A D OS

Barbados had felt other cultural influences before the British arrived and left their indelible stamp.

aBoVe: remnants of history. BeLoW: Barbadians are passionate about cricket.

servants from the British Isles became the backbone of the labor force prior to the use of African slaves.

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CANE AND CRICKET

the labor-intensive crop. White indentured

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

BeGInnInGs

economy in its own right, but one British

As early as 1600 B.C., Amerindians

When the first British settlers landed

canoed across dangerous currents to

here in 1627, establishing Holetown on

When Barbados hosts England in a

arrive first on Barbados, followed centuries

the island’s western coast, Barbados

cricket Test Match, English fans flock to

later by tribes such as the Arawak and the

was uninhabited. In 1639, together with

the island to watch the national sport of

Carib. But the Indians had abandoned

the British governor and the Anglican

both countries in a carnival-like setting.

the island by the time of its discovery

Church, a local House of Assembly was

Some of Barbados’ most celebrated

by Europeans in the 1500s. It wasn’t until

elected and ruled the island, an unusual

modern heroes are cricket players,

Portuguese sailors landed here on their

amount of autonomy to be given to a

including Clyde Walcott, Frank Worrell

way to Brazil in 1536 that Barbados finally

British colony.

and Everton Weekes — the “Three Ws,”

tradition still remains cherished here.

got its name, meaning “bearded ones,”

Sugarcane was introduced in the 1650s,

all knighted in the 1960s — as well as

from the “bearded” aerial roots of fig

and as demand for sugar took off, local

Garfield “Gary” Sobers, considered to be

trees abundant on the island.

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BORN FREE

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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.

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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-

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free reserve houses deer, mongooses, agoutis, iguanas and 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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BELIZE

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Caracol, the largest Mayan archaeological site in 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. The home of the ancient Maya, a sophisticated civilization that ruled for thousands of years before falling to extinction, it draws many visitors to the ancient ruins nearby.

FAST FACTS CLIMATE Temperatures average 80ºF year-round. The rainy season lasts from June until the end of November. LANGUAGE English, the official language, is widely spoken, as is Spanish; native languages include Creole and Mayan dialects. LOCATION Belize is located in Central America at the base of the Yucatán Peninsula, bordered by Mexico to the north, Guatemala to the west and south, and the Caribbean Sea to the east. MONEY The official currency is the Belizean dollar. U.S. dollars, traveler’s checks and credit cards are widely accepted. POPULATION Approximately 321,000

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PORT VIEW Belize is a country with a rich natural

Here are just a few of the many tours you can experience during your visit. See your onboard shore excursions specialist to book today.

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-milelong 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

Places that thrill, places to chill

ALTUN HA MAYAN SITE & RIVER WALLACE The important Mayan ruin of Altun Ha and Belize’s tropical rainforest are the stars of this tour, which begins with an exhilarating ride along Belize City’s scenic coast. The boat then enters the Belize River, called Rio Wallace (“River Wallace”) by the Spaniards during the conquistadors’ rule of the New World. Finally, an air-conditioned motor coach heads to Altun Ha, an ancient Mayan ceremonial center.

LOST WORLD CANOPY TOUR Guests soar across the enormous open-air Lost World Cave on five traverses that are 105 to 500 feet apart. The adventure takes them from platform to platform above the floor of the densely

populated forest and ends with an exciting rappel to the floor. The experience includes a safety briefing and all equipment. Participants must be eight years old or older.

CAVE TUBING, A FUN ADVENTURE

Guests explore centuriesold caves that hold untold stories of Mayan rituals. An air-conditioned motor coach takes them past mangroves, a savanna and small villages on the way to Jaguar Jungle Camp, where river guides provide gear and a short safety briefing before leading the trek to Caves Branch River. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase. Participants must be eight years old or older.

XUNANTUNICH MAYAN RUINS

Guests explore this famous Mayan archeological site

and then have a Belizean lunch in San Ignacio Town. Next they take a relaxing scenic journey to the Mopan River and then a five-minute ferry ride across the river to the remote ruins. The tour includes lunch in the San Ignacio area. Participants must be three years old or older.

RAIDERS OF THE LOST MAYAN CAVE Guests trek up a hillside trail in the Belizean jungle seeking Dragon’s Mouth, the ceremonial entry site into the Mayan underworld. They then travel through different levels of the Mayan underworld by way of zip lines, swinging suspension bridges and an energizing rappel down a cliff face. Participants must be twelve years old or older.

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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. —R. V.

How to get to town Cruise guests take a tender from the ship to Belize’s Tourism Village, a 15-minute ride from the ship. Taxis into the city are available at the village.

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The Wet

Lizard The Great Blue Hole on the Belize Barrier Reef

Crystal-clear turquoise water. Abundant sea life. Temperate conditions year-round. Divers enjoy all this and more when they explore beneath Belize’s surrounding waters. A diverse coastal geography of cays

Great Barrier Reef. Without the reef’s

(pronounced “keys”) and offshore atolls,

protection against erosion by strong

as well as the longest barrier reef in the

ocean waves, Belize’s Ambergris Caye

Western Hemisphere, create some of the

likely wouldn’t exist.

most exciting underwater experiences

And that’s not the only credit due

in the world for beginner and seasoned

to this natural spectacle. Divers here

scuba divers alike.

immerse themselves in one of the world’s

Descending into Belize’s electric-blue

most complex and diverse underwater

waters, divers encounter a vast and

ecosystems, with over 500 species of

varied ecosystem. At the Great Blue Hole,

fish and over 100 coral species. Sites

a perfectly circular coral sinkhole set off

like Shark Ray Alley and Hol Chan Cut, a

the mainland, divers can descend as

few miles south of Ambergris Caye, show

deep as 200 feet to witness fascinating

off some of the ocean’s most elusive

stalactites and limestone formations, as

creatures, including spotted eagle rays

well as shrimp and hundreds of colorful

soaring along the sandy floor and nurse

tropical fish. Divers experienced enough

sharks weaving through its narrow coral

for deeper waters may even spot a

channel. There’s no telling what you

hammerhead or black-tip tiger shark.

might discover lurking behind the reef’s

But though the country boasts plenty

undulating sea fans, or flitting through

of unique dive sites, its most famous

the electric-blue currents; schools

is the Belize Barrier Reef — and for

of rainbow-hued tropical fish, gently

good reason. Stretching 186 miles, it’s

coasting sea turtles and a barracuda

the second-largest coral reef system

showing off its sharp teeth are just a few

in the world, bested only by Australia’s

thrilling possibilities. —C. L.

Only steps away from the tender area in the center of the Belize City Tourist Village is where you’ll find fun, casual dining with views of the Caribbean Sea and the Belize City harbor as your backdrop. Savor appetizing tropical dishes: lobster, shrimp, conch, and whole snapper served with rice and beans in Belizean style cuisine. Or just sit back and relax in our open air verandah while enjoying one of the many concoctions available from the bar. But don’t leave without one of our exclusive Wet Lizard T-Shirts.

The Wet Lizard… where fun and good food are always a given!

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CASA DE CAMPO

TOP SHORE EXCURSION S

FUN TREKS: CASA DE CAMPO

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Catamaran Sail & Snorke l Altos de Chavón & River Boat Cruise Altos de Chavón Artists Vill age Santo Domingo with Lunch Speedboat to Saona

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An idyllic beach retreat under swaying palms and sun-filled skies

This 7,000-acre resort in the Dominican Republic offers a wealth of recreation and indulgence. Pampering spa services, exciting water sports and several challenging golf courses are yours to sample. Art and history lovers enjoy visiting nearby Altos de Chavón, a cultural village where traditional Dominican artistic traditions are brought to life.

FAST FACTS CLIMATE Temperatures average 77°F year-round, although it can get as hot as 83°F on the coast. LANGUAGE The official language is Spanish. LOCATION Casa de Campo is in the southeastern region of the Dominican Republic, facing the Caribbean Sea. MONEY The Dominican peso is the official currency. Traveler’s checks and major credit cards are also accepted. POPULATION Nearly 10 million in the Dominican Republic

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TOP SHORE EXCURSION S

FUN TREKS: CATALINA ISLAND

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Altos de Chavón & River Boat Cruise Catamaran Sail & Snorke l Countryside Experience Santo Domingo Express

Taino Indian Cave & La Rom ana

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Turquoise water caresses the white sand of Catalina Island.

Also known as Isla Catalina, this pretty island offers many rewards for those who love the sea.

FAST FACTS

The surrounding waters teem with colorful fish and other

LOCATION Just off the southeastern corner of the mainland, about 1 ½ miles from shore

marine life, while, just offshore, a coral reef creates excellent snorkeling. Taking a stroll along the beach, you will find sandbars that provide shallow areas for cooling off.

CLIMATE Temperatures in the Dominican Republic average 77°F year-round. LANGUAGE The official language is Spanish.

MONEY The Dominican peso is the official currency. Traveler’s checks and major credit cards are also accepted. POPULATION Nearly 10 million people live in the Dominican Republic. FUN ASHORE CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES

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COSTA MAYA

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The Mayan ruins at Chacchoben, about 45 miles west of Costa Maya

Situated on the Caribbean coast of the Yucatán Peninsula near Mexico’s border with Belize, Costa Maya entices with both cultural and natural riches. It serves as a gateway to the peninsula’s lush interior and fascinating Mayan ruins, including the spectacular example at Kohunlich. It also boasts the world’s second-largest coral-reef system, home to more than 60 types of coral and more than 500 species of fish. 118

FAST FACTS CLIMATE The weather is sunny and hot yearround, with an average temperature of 85°F. LANGUAGE Spanish is the official language, but most shop clerks and other service people speak English. LOCATION Costa Maya lies on the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, about 150 miles south of Cancún. MONEY The peso is the legal tender; U.S. dollars and major credit cards are accepted everywhere in Costa Maya. POPULATION About 2,000

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TOP SHORE EXCURSIONS

FUN TREKS : COSTA MAYA

Here are just a few of the many tours you can experience during your visit. See your onboard shore excursions specialist to book today.

PORT VIEW The ancient Mayan civilization is on fascinating view in Costa Maya, which has the most archaeological sites in Mexico and where the greatest numbers of Mayan people still live. Yet the sparkling locale is every bit a modern destination, with a far-ranging choice of attractions: beaches and water sports; ecotourism; fine dining; and exquisite shopping. The ruins at Kohunlich and Dzibanché offer enthralling examples of Mayan architecture. Costa Maya’s verdant rainforests beckon nature-lovers, and

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the turquoise waters of the Western Caribbean offer excellent diving or simple relaxation. And what’s not to love about a place that calls itself “the birthplace of the rainbow”? The seven colors of the rainbow can be seen in Lake Bacalar, inspiring the magical sobriquet. This is the place to acquire Mayan

Finding old treasures and new pleasures

KOHUNLICH MAYAN RUINS

MAYAN CULTURE EXPERIENCE

Belize’s jungle holds the Kohunlich Mayan ruins, where temples and manicured lawns reveal ancient Maya culture. Highlights include the Temple of the Large Masks, the Plaza of the Acropolis and the Plaza of the Estelas and many more.

The Mayan people often are torn between their cultural past and the modern world. This tour demonstrates the dichotomy with a tour of an ancient ruin and a visit to a contemporary home where participants learn about and taste authentic Mayan cuisine. The family also discusses ancient medicines in this unforgettable experience.

JUNGLE BEACH BREAK Participants visit Uvero Beach, one of Costa Maya’s newest and most popular beaches. Beach chairs are available for relaxing on the powdersand beach; more-active visitors can try activities such as kayaking. Uvero has a bar serving cocktails, for the finishing touch on the day.

CHACCHOBEN MAYAN RUINS Visitors explore the virtually un-excavated Chacchoben Mayan ruins, a nearly 10-acre site in a secluded part of the jungle near the border of Belize. Guides

describe the history of the ruins and lead participants through Mayan temples, the main pyramid and the site’s manicured gardens.

DOLPHIN ENCOUNTER/ DOLPHIN SWIM ADVENTURE Two dolphin excursions are available: The Dolphin Encounter, for all ages, takes place on a submerged platform where participants may pet and kiss the animal. The Dolphin Swim Adventure is a full-on swim, with the guest holding the dolphin’s pectoral fins for an exhilarating ride through the water. Participants must be 2 or older; children 2-12 must be accompanied by a paying adult in the water.

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artifacts and replicas of Mayan art, crafts and jewelry, along with fine silver, beautiful pottery and leather goods. Costa Maya also is home to one of the largest diamond and watch stores in the Western Caribbean. For a simple indulgence, nothing’s better than the treat created from locally grown chicle plants: chewing gum. —K. C.

How to get to town Majahual is about five minutes from the pier. A limited number of taxis are available at the tourist village exit.

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ABOVE: Temple of the King at Kohunlich. RIGHT: One of the six gigantic stucco pieces flanking the central staircase at Kohunlich’s Temple of the Masks.

A journey into the jungle of the Yucatán affords the opportunity to peer into faces of the past: extraordinary masks that date back 1,500 years.

with a Terminal Classic structure,

They were uncovered, in fact, by site

covering the huge masks and resulting

looters in 1969 and have since been

in their remarkable state of preservation.

protected, along with the rest of the site.

The striking Temple of the Masks at Kohunlich, not far from Costa Maya, is adorned with eight 6-foot-high stucco sculptures on its façade, mysterious visages still bearing traces of red and blue paint. The Temple of the Masks is one of the oldest structures at the Mayan site, which also includes several ball courts and evidence of an irrigation system. Located in the southern part of the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico, near the border with what is now Belize, Kohunlich dates from approximately A.D. 100 to 900. Accordingly, its structures, many of which are still being excavated, represent more than one ancient architectural style. The Temple of the Masks, built around A.D. 500, represents the Early Classic period. Sometime after A.D. 700, it was overbuilt FUN ASHORE CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES 1039.indd 1

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This lovely stop on Mexico’s Yucatán is best known for its amazing dive sites, but the fascination only begins there. Once a sacred destination for the ancient Maya, cozumel retains a great deal of what this much-studied civilization left behind. Well-preserved archaeological sites make cozumel a top destination for students of history. and no matter your reason for visiting, you’ll be well sustained by the succulent seafood, meats, fruits and vegetables of the area’s cuisine. fAST fACTS CLIMATE The weather is sunny and hot year-round, with an average temperature of 81°F. LAnGuAGE spanish is the official language, but most shop clerks and taxi drivers also speak a little english.

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LOCATIOn The island of cozumel lies 12 miles off playa del carmen on the east coast of mexico’s yucatán peninsula, 30 miles south of cancún. MOnEY The peso is the legal tender. u.s. dollars and major credit cards are widely accepted as well. POPuLATIOn approximately 80,000

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TOP sHOre eXcursiOns

Fun TrekS : Cozumel

Here are just a few of the many tours you can experience during your visit. see your onboard shore excursions specialist to book today.

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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 one 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 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.

relaxation and exhilaration

CAVErnS BY JEEP & BEACh COMBO Participants travel by 4x4 Jeep through a tropical savanna to swim in the cool waters of an ancient Mayan cavern and then enjoy a leisurely lunch at lovely Explora Beach. The tour includes a ferry ride to Playa del Carmen, an exploration of mystical Chac Tun Cavern and the pleasure of Explora’s serene white sands.

MAYAn ruInS Of TuLuM Cruise explorers immerse themselves in the ancient Mayan world, one of Mexico’s best-preserved archaeological sites. hidden carvings and colorful frescoes adorn crumbling temple walls, and the site features a cliff-top castle. The tour includes time to shop for Mexican handicrafts at a

many visitors, especially families, local cooperative center and, later, time to take a dip in the Caribbean from a tranquil white-sand beach.

TWO rEEf SnOrKELInG BY BOAT

This fun-filled snorkeling exploration goes to two coral-reef systems. Guests get full snorkel instructions and a safety briefing by a PADI-certified guide before the snorkel trip to two prime spots. The first, Paradise reef, is a series of three reefs located about 200 yards from shore. The second, Dzul ha, boasts dazzling coral gardens. Photos are available for purchase. Participants must be eight years old or older.

DOLPhIn SWIM & rIDE WITh LunCh

This family-friendly outing lets guests kiss, ride and hug gentle, playful

bottlenose dolphins. Participants swim into the ocean cove for a ride on the back of a dolphin, and then they don snorkel equipment to swim alongside the affectionate creature. The excursion includes a complimentary lunch at Dolphinaris’ palapa-style restaurant, with time for shopping.

PASSIOn ISLAnD BY POWEr CATAMArAn This luxury tour of Passion Island offers a pictureperfect beach where guests can play or simply sway to the gentle breezes in a hammock. Sports include kayaking, beach soccer, kite flying and trampolines, and everyone can help themselves to the Mexican dishes at the buffet, which is served all day. An open bar offers local cocktails.

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head south from san miguel to visit the dolphins and sea lions at chankanaab park. other natural 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. —C.K.W.

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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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, charcoal-grilled 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 thick, 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 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 taste treats include plátanos fritos — fried plantains, a relative of the banana; queso relleno — stuffed cheese; and flan — a delectable custard with a slightly burnt topping. Whatever your choice, beware the salsa, which nasa could import for rocket fuel. in particular, ixnepech, a sauce made with turbocharged habanero 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 flowerbased drink. —R. N. ABOVE: Seafood feast 128

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Once a pilgrimage site for the ancient Maya, the tiny island of Cozumel is home to a number of fascinating Mayan ruins.

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Scouting San gervaSio

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 excavated site is divided into four distinct historic districts representing their periods of occupation, 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. —S.L.C. ABOVE: The site is remarkably well preserved. CENTER: A religious icon. BELOW: Ancient rites were performed here.

Puerta Maya and Downtown Cozumel, Mexico

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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. perched 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 one’s explorations.

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ABOVE: An aerial view of Tulum. BELOW: Detail of an iconic carving.

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The RemaRkable maya 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. —R. N.

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Not far from the busy shops, restaurants and bars of San Miguel, Chankanaab Park provides nature lovers with 450,000 square feet of pristine space to revel in.

Though the name means “small sea,” the park is really a little slice of paradise, with botanical gardens, a lagoon, a beach and a replicated mayan village. The sparkling chankanaab lagoon is home to colorful coral, fish and turtles, as well as a dolphin discovery facility. snorkeling and scuba diving are available from the beach. pleasant pathways wind through botanical gardens where several hundred species of tropical plants thrive. The archaeological park contains reproductions of stone carvings from well-known ruins around mexico and is staffed by guides to explain their significance. —S.L.C. ABOVE: Chankanaab Park. BELOW: Turtles make their home in the park.

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underground WonderS 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, for the much-needed h2o. —E. W. 1160.indd 1

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Curaçao’s picturesque capital, Willemstad, is built around a well-formed natural harbor and glows in soft pastel shades, like a cityscape painted by one of the Dutch Masters. The Dutch influence pervades the port, with its still-standing manor houses, neatly kept streets and delicious varieties of cheese and chocolate — not to mention the port’s namesake liqueur, Curaçao, made from the bitter oranges that grow in abundance. FAST FACTS CLIMATE The average temperature of 81°F is assuaged by eastern trade winds. The annual rainfall averages only 22 inches. LANGUAGE Dutch is the official language, but the vernacular is Papiamento, a mix of Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish and English with Caribbean and Indian dialects. Many people here speak some English.

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LOCATION Curaçao lies about 35 miles north of Venezuela and 42 miles east of Aruba. MONEY The official currency is the Netherlands Antillean guilder. U.S. dollars and major credit cards are widely accepted. POPULATION Approximately 142,000  Willemstad’s waterfront is lined with colorful buildings as pretty as dollhouses. FUN ASHORE CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES

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TOP SHORE EXCURSIONS

FUN TREKS : CURAÇAO

Here are just a few of the many tours you can experience during your visit. See your onboard shore excursions specialist to book today.

Adventurous and intriguing encounters

SEAWORLD EXPLORER SEMI SUB

The Seaworld Explorer takes passengers five feet below the surface of the water, but the ocean floor’s steep drop of several hundred feet is visible offshore through large glass windows. The windows also offer an upclose view of colorful fish and coral, and participants can watch a diver feed hungry schools of fish.

BEACH FUN BY BOAT

A scenic boat ride alongside Curaçao’s coastline offers views of the island’s notable monuments and beautiful beaches. During the three-hour trip, participants can relax with a complimentary beverage, take a refreshing swim or stroll along the beach. Guests are dropped off at the Sea Aquarium beach, which has a restaurant and bar.

CURAÇAO SIGHTSEEING & SEA AQUARIUM

This overview of Curaçao begins at the Spanish Waters Lagoon for panoramic views over Table Mountain and continues to Chobolobo, the colonial mansion where tasty liqueurs, including the famous Blue Curaçao Liqueur, are distilled. The Sea Aquarium showcases marine life from the surrounding waters and includes a dolphin show. Participants must be at least twenty-one years old to sample alcoholic beverages.

DOLPHIN ENCOUNTER

Dolphin trainers brief guests before the interactions with the friendly dolphins begin. Participants may touch, hug and kiss a dolphin on a submerged platform, and they will learn about

the dolphin’s anatomy and social behavior. All ages may participate, but guests under eight years old must be accompanied in the water by a participating adult.

SEA & SEE CURAÇAO This excursion that combines a trip on the Seaworld Explorer semisubmarine with a tour of the city’s highlights. The state-of-the-art vessel takes passengers five feet below the surface to view marine life through large glass windows. The tour includes a trip across the famous Queen Juliana Bridge and a visit to Chobolobo, where Curaçao Liqueur is distilled in 100-year-old barrels. Tasters must be twentyone to sample alcoholic beverages.

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PORT VIEW

Willemstad is a history museum within itself. One look at the capital’s classic waterfront reveals why this natural harbor and scenic city center are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The brilliant Caribbean hues emanating from Dutch architecture along Santa Ana Bay — 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 orient themselves with a trolley train tour from historic Fort Amsterdam, where a British cannonball remains embedded in the 1769 Dutch 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 shopping district, along Heerenstraat and Breedestraat, where bargains range from cameras to high-end jewelry. The famed Curaçao liqueur or a wheel of Edam or Gouda cheese is a wise choice. —R. V.

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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DEEP DUTCH ROOTS by Richard Varr

The ornate gables on Willemstad’s colorful waterfront buildings highlight some of the most intriguing architecture in the Caribbean. The charming capital, Willemstad

They are a reminder of how Curaçao

Lieutenant Alonso de Ojeda, were the

India Company now ruled and appointed

was governed and influenced by the

first Europeans to reach Curaçao — a

the one-legged Peter Stuyvesant, who

Dutch, who claimed this arid island in

mere seven years after Christopher

would later become governor of New

1634 and, since then, have helped to shape

Columbus initially landed in the New

Amsterdam (New York), as governor of

its history and culture. Similar to the

World. According to legend, de Ojeda’s

the island. In the decades that followed,

Dutch capital of Amsterdam, Curaçao

crew suffered from scurvy, and upon

Stuyvesant set up a slave depot that

espoused racial tolerance through the

eating citrus fruit were “miraculously”

grew to be the largest in the Caribbean;

years and opened its doors to many faiths.

cured. The sailors named the island

close to half of all slaves who crossed the

Today about 50 different nationalities

Corazón, or “heart,” which eventually

Atlantic passed through the port. It was

call this beach-lined island home.

led to the island’s name. In 1526, a small

also a hub for merchants trading goods

group of Spanish settlers and slaves

along the South America-Caribbean-

arrived and set up small ranches and

Europe trade routes.

BEGINNINGS Curaçao was one of the first inhabited Caribbean islands. Archaeological

farms; they maintained control of Curaçao for just over a century.

studies have revealed traces of Indian settlements as early as 4,500 years ago.

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During the height of the slave trade, Curaçao became the birthplace of the Papiamento language. A mixture of

DUTCH CONTROL

Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch and different

The first tribes were the peaceful

A dramatic shift occurred on the island

African dialects, Papiamento evolved

Amerindian Arawak, who migrated from

in 1634. Tipped off that the Spanish

as a means for slaves to communicate

South America.

colony was very small, a Dutch fleet

with Europeans. At the same time, Jews

At the turn of the 16th century,

of warships and soldiers sailed in and

from Europe and South America fled

the Spanish, under the leadership of

conquered Curaçao. The Dutch West

to Curaçao to escape the Spanish

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Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue

Inquisition; these included the Sephardic Jews from Brazil, who became successful merchants. By the early 1700s, the island’s Jewish community topped 2,000. MUSEUM KURA HULANDA

They 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

TOP AND RIGHT: Museum Kurá Hulanda

French control for short durations, but Dutch rule prevailed once again in 1815

slavery, and more than 6,000 slaves on

with the signing of the Treaty of Paris.

the island finally gained their freedom.

EMANCIPATION AND THE 20TH CENTURY

economy suffered until 1915, when the

Following emancipation, the island’s Dutch established a Shell oil refinery.

island sought independence. However,

Curaçao had several plantations but

Subsequently, a large influx of workers

in 1954, Curaçao instead settled for being

was not a particularly active agricultural

took place as Shell became the island’s

part of the Netherlands Antilles, with the

society. Nonetheless, slaves did revolt,

largest employer.

seat of government in Willemstad. While

unsuccessfully, in 1765 and 1795. It wasn’t

During World War II, the Allies

tourism is thriving today, Curaçao is still a

until 1863 that the Netherlands’ King

established a military base on Curaçao

major trading hub with one of the largest

William III proclaimed the abolition of

for refueling aircraft; after the war, the

and most active ports in the world.

CURAÇAO TIMELINE 1499: Curaçao is discovered by Alonso de Ojeda, a lieutenant of Christopher Columbus.

1642: The Dutch West India Company appoints Peter Stuyvesant as governor. 1634: The Dutch conquer Curaçao.

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1863: Netherlands’ King William III proclaims the emancipation of slaves. 1815: Dutch rule prevails with the signing of the Treaty of Paris.

1954: Curaçao becomes part of the self-governing Netherlands Antilles.

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Flavors of

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Gouda cheese is stuffed and baked.

KESHI YENA

Birds adorn Curaçao’s currency.

Hollowed-out Edam or Gouda cheese is the shell for this Dutch

CURRENCY

treat of “stuffed cheese,” filled with chicken, vegetables, spices,

The color-coded bills of the Netherlands Antilles “florin” or

and raisins or prunes, and baked in the shell.

“guilder,” as Curaçao’s currency is interchangeably known, ROBERT FREEMAN

are decorated with drawings of birds that are commonly found in the area: the hummingbird, the flamingo, the refous-

CURACAO LIQUEUR

collared sparrow and the bananaquit.

Brewed only for local tastes The signature spirit

AMSTEL BRIGHT

CURAÇAO LIQUEUR

Straight from the Amstel brewery on Curaçao comes this

One man’s fruit is another man’s spirit, as the Spanish discovered

light, refreshing Caribbean beer, typically served with a lime

when they tried to grow Valencia oranges in Curaçao. The new

and made entirely from ingredients found on the island,

soil yielded only small, green and inedibly bitter laraha oranges.

including desalinated seawater. Because it’s not exported

The oils in the peel, however, became the basis for the clear

outside the Antilles, the beer has gained something of

Curaçao liqueur still made by the original 1896 distiller, Senior

a mystique.

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Willemstad’s bustling shopping areas, the Punda and Otrobanda districts, boast a few hundred shops and vendors offering an enticing grab bag of international items: Italian silks, French perfumes, Swiss watches, Lladró collectibles from Spain, Hummel figurines from Germany. But what about finding a gift that specifically reflects the island’s proud Dutch heritage? Among the most popular mementos is blue Delft porcelain and ceramic, crafted into lovely pieces such as plates, tea sets, tiles, candleholders and decorative replicas of Dutch windmills and houses. Hand-embroidered linens from Holland add a cozy touch to home décor. Shoes, clogs and even tulips carved of wood are famed national symbols. Other gifts satisfy the palate. Wheels of Dutch cheeses — aged Gouda, slightly salty Edam — are easy to transport home. Dutch licorice and other candy

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will satisfy any sweet tooth, as will

TOP LEFT: An aerial view of Punda District, filled with great shopping. ABOVE: Lladró figurine.

Dutch chocolate, which can be of the dark variety, mint-flavored, or mixed with hazelnuts and raisins. Dutch cookies and jams make great welcoming gifts for those visiting Curaçao for the first time. Curaçao’s artists combine both Dutch and island heritage in their work. An oil or watercolor painting with a scenic view of Willemstad’s timeless Dutch architecture is an unforgettable keepsake. —R. V. 144

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The original center of Willemstad was Fort Amsterdam, built by the Dutch around 1675 and now serving as the seat of the government of the Netherlands Antilles.

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Fort Amsterdam is also the official residence of the governor and is not open to the public. Initially, Waterfort was the outer defense of Punda, one of the capital’s two districts. Built in 1634, the original structure was replaced some two centuries later. An imposing building with 136 turrets, Waterfort played an important

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role during World War II. Riffort, erected in 1828, is the most recent fort. It was constructed across from Waterfort, complementing the earlier fort while defending the outer section of Otrobanda, the city’s other district. During World War II, a steel net was stretched across the bay between the two forts to keep alien ships out. Fort Nassau was named after the Royal House of Orange. This massive structure dates back to 1797 and has been preserved almost in its original state. For years, it was the office from where the Queen Emma Bridge was opened and closed. In 1804, Fort Waakzaamheid was besieged by the English captain William Bligh, who commanded the infamous Bounty. During World War II, Americans mounted guns here. Fort Beekenburg was named after Director van Beek, who created the

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BACK TO NATURE

In addition to the ubiquitous cacti, Curaçao spawns an eclectic assortment of flora and fauna. If natural products are your preference, head to the organic herb garden, Den Paradera. Not only will you discover a garden medicine, you’ll find a reconstructed rural settlement showing how the locals used to live. A shop dispenses refreshing herbal teas and other beverages made from the garden’s latest harvest. The main attraction at the Ostrich and Game Farm is, you guessed it, the ostrich. The arid turf agrees with these huge, fast-running birds. Children (adults, too) can hold a fluffy chick or examine an enormous ostrich egg, big enough to make a breakfast omelet for two.

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brimming with soothing plants once used by islanders as

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Birds graze at the Ostrich and Game Farm; just hatched; a blue-tailed emerald hummingbird.

The fascination of the underwater world lures many visitors

vegetation, most native to the surrounding waters, from the dry

into the briny deep. But you don’t have to get wet to uncover

side of the viewing windows. Touch tanks allow the kids to get

the mysteries below. The Curaçao Seaquarium affords you the

up close to many creatures, but the sharks are divided off by

opportunity to observe 400 varieties of marine animals and

mesh fencing and thick but clear Plexiglas. —G. D.

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HIGH ON THE HILLTOP Curaçao’s Dutch history is highlighted in the island’s landhuizen (“manor houses”), which early landowners built high atop hills so they could signal easily to neighbors in times of emergency. Except for their color, the landhuizen are patterned after homes in the Netherlands. When an early Dutch governor complained that the Dutchstyle whitewashed houses glaring in the tropical sun caused him terrible headaches, locals responded by painting their homes in more soothing pastel hues. Landhuis Jan Kok is the island’s oldest building; it was erected surrounding an early salt plantation in 1650. Today many of the landhuizen hold charming restaurants. —M. L.

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It is the right place to shop in one stop! Souvenirs: shot glasses, shooters, magnets, plates, coffee mugs, dolls, spoons, key chains, photo frames, thimbles, ashtrays, and many more. High quality island T-shirts, ladies/kids garments, beach towels, exclusive handcrafted wooden items, sunglasses, batteries etc. Wide range of whiskeys, wine and many more assorted spirits including famous Curaçao liquor and local rum. Wide range of chocolates, Dutch cheeses and delicacies, cold soft drinks, water etc. TrompSTraaT z/n Curaçao n.a. Tel: (599-9) 4617954 E-mail: weekendercuracao@gmail.com

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Falmouth’s courthouse, completed in 1817. The interior was gutted by a fire in 1926, but the original exterior walls remain.

History buffs may fall in love with Falmouth, especially after the port emerges from a painstaking restoration effort now under way.

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Preservationists are keeping authenticity in the forefront while

LANGUAGE English is the official language of Jamaica. However, many locals speak Jamaican Creole or Jamaican patois, which is mostly English combined with the African languages Twi and Kwa.

they revive historic buildings from Falmouth’s past as a major Caribbean trading center, focusing on the city’s people and culture as well. Falmouth’s rebirth is expected to continue for some time. During its completion, visitors can enjoy many

LOCATION Falmouth is on the northern coast of Jamaica, 18 miles east of Montego Bay.

beckon, and the attractions of Ocho Rios and Montego Bay

MONEY The Jamaican dollar is the island’s legal tender. U.S. dollars, traveler’s checks and credit cards are widely accepted.

are not far away.

POPULATION About 8,200

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CLIMATE Jamaica enjoys a warm tropical climate all year, with temperatures ranging between 80º and 90ºF during the day and decreasing slightly into the 70s at night. The rainy season runs from about May through December, with September and October seeing the heaviest rainfall.

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Clean, comfortable beaches draw sun-worshipers to Fort Lauderdale.

With more than 300 miles of navigable waterways, a waterfront park in the middle of downtown, miles of spiff y beaches and the International Swimming Hall of Fame, it’s no wonder Fort Lauderdale has a reputation for loving all things aquatic. Other area attractions include the delightful Butterfly World nature park and the chic shops of Las Olas Boulevard.

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At first sight, you’ll love Freeport for its Lucaya resort scene. Then you discover the natural side of 96-mile-long Grand Bahama Island and realize that this is much more than just another pretty tourist magnet. From tiny old-island fishing settlements to national parkland boasting bat caves, vibrant coral reefs and isolated whitepowder beaches, Grand Bahama island’s appeal runs as deep as it does long. FaST FaCTS CLIMaTE Temperatures average 70° to 85°F. LaNGUaGE english is the official language. LOCaTION Freeport/Lucaya, Grand Bahama’s main city, lies 52 miles east of Palm Beach, Florida.

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Here are just a few of the many tours you can experience during your visit. see your onboard shore excursions specialist to book today.

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The most diverse island in the

Bahamas, Grand Bahama flexes its vacation muscle well beyond the metroresort Freeport-Lucaya scene. The ultimate island swimming experience involves dolphins at uNeXSO (underwater explorers Society). The Lucaya-based operation also offers scuba-diving excursions. A number of other tour operators take you underwater for snorkeling at lovely Peterson Cay National Park or on brilliant offshore reefs, where tropical fish and spiny lobsters hang out. At Paradise Cove resort, west of the port, you can snorkel to deadman’s Reef from the beach. Nature lovers can head east to the lush and historic Garden of the Groves for a serene tour of Mother Nature’s finest and lunch at the café. More active sorts can kayak and hike through Lucayan National Park, where ecosystems range from bat caves to remote beaches. Lively activities at Our Lucaya Radisson

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ISLaND DRIVE WITH SHOPPING, BEaCH & LUNCH a guided bus tour of Freeport takes guests past such sights as Millionaires Drive and includes shopping at Lucaya Marketplace or relaxation on the local beach. Guests also stop at a fruit market to purchase and enjoy a delicious piece of fruit.

aLL-INCLUSIVE VIVa WYNDHaM RESORT Carnival guests get full access to the secluded beach and luxurious amenities at this top oceanfront resort. Recreation includes kayaking, snorkeling and volleyball. For the less active, the beach has quaint thatched palapa

Resort include water sports and a huts and a bar serving tropical cocktails.

NaUTICaL CaTaMaRaN REEF & SNORKEL Ocean spray and Caribbean breezes are the ingredients for a relaxing jaunt aboard a spacious catamaran. The cruise takes guests along the Bahamian coastline, as they sip cool lemonade. Instructors provide a safety briefing before the snorkeling begins. Participants must be ten years old or older to snorkel.

WESTERN HERITaGE TOUR Participants visit five heritage sites: Mermaid Pond; Pinder’s Point Lighthouse, which guided 17th-century mariners; Hawksbill Creek, with

the famous Boiling Hole geologic formation; Holmes Rock, with a nature trail leading to Josey’s Cave; and Fern Gully, a serene wetlands. The tour ends with snorkeling from a lovely beach, followed by a lunch served fresh from the grill.

DOLPHIN CLOSE ENCOUNTER The Dolphin Experience at UNEXSO in Port Lucaya offers an educational, interactive encounter with dolphins on a three-footdeep submerged platform where guests can pet, kiss and hug a dolphin. after the encounter, guests can take a dip in the facility’s pool, enjoy lunch or a snack, or browse in the gift shop.

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water slide, and a variety of restaurants and bars lie footsteps away. For more seclusion, visit Taino Beach just east of Lucaya for soft white beaches that beg for bare feet and splashing in marbled blue-green waters. The beach also is a short walk from the authentic Bahamian settlement of Smith’s Point. For those seeking local culture, outlying beachfront settlements and funky conch shacks make the most intriguing introduction. —C.K.W.

how to get to town lucayan Harbour lies 10 minutes west of Freeport. Taxis and limos meet all cruise ships.

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Lucayan National Park on Grand Bahama Island embraces the entire range of Bahamian ecology, from limestone caves where bats nest to mangrove tidal creeks and beautiful, secluded beachscape.

Twenty miles east of Freeport/Lucaya along a lonely road lined with Caribbean yellow pines, the park encompasses 40 acres of land and three hiking trails. On the north side of the road, the trail leads to two caves you can climb down into — doorways to one of the longest mapped underground cave systems in the world. In the Burial Mound Cave, archaeologists once discovered the remains of ancient Lucaya people. Ben’s Cave is where you’ll find the bats (it closes in June and July for nesting season). But they’re not the only unusual creature here. A rare species of the crustacean Remipedia, with no eyes or pigmentation, was discovered and exists exclusively in the caves. Across the road, one trail crosses a tidal creek popular with kayakers. Birds are the most gregarious wildlife in this part of the park; look for great blue herons, green herons, hummingbirds, belted kingfishers and the Bahama yellowthroat. Winter is the best season for sightings because birds are migrating and most plentiful; mornings and low tide are the best time to catch them actively feeding. The Creek Trail boardwalk snakes through the mangroves to Gold Rock Beach — a good place for a swim and picnic. The return Mangrove Swamp Trail is older and sometimes wetter, but reveals an entirely different environment of orchids and native shrubs. All in all, Lucayan National Park is the easiest way to access the “bush,” as locals call it, without the assistance of a native guide. — C.K.W. COUNTER-CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT: Kayaking through the mangroves; bats in a cave; secluded beach; belted kingfisher; hummingbird; blue heron. 154

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Island’s sandy shores. here, local cooks chop up fresh conch for salad, fry up fresh fish, and dispense cold kalik beer and Bahama Mama rum cocktails like there’s no real world beyond their beaches. you can start your beach shackhopping just west of Lucayan harbour in the settlement of eight Mile Rock, where a strip of lollipop-colored shacks known as Sunset Village sell fried chicken, stewed conch and fresh catch of the day. In Lucaya, an old favorite, Billy Joe’s, specializes in grilled conch. Roasted conch and Gully Wash cocktails star at Tony Macaroni’s on silky-sanded Taino Beach. Next door in Smith’s Point, Outrigger Beach Club is the place to nosh and sip. In William’s Town, check out barefoot places with names like Bikini Bottom and Toad’s on the Bay. If you’re headed to the island’s east end, stop at Bishop’s Beach Club in high Rock for authentic cracked conch, barbecued ribs, broiled lobster, burgers and a superlative get-outta-town beach.

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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 the former British colony; viewing stunning stretches of black coral is a memorable experience for those who explore the reefs. Back on land, visitors busy themselves with shopping, dining or exploring local history and wildlife. FAST FACTS CLIMATE There are more sunny days here than anywhere else in the western Caribbean. The average temperature is 78°F.

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LANGUAGE English is spoken with a delightful lilt, a mixture of West Indian and Scottish accents. LOCATION Grand Cayman is about 480 miles south of Miami, Florida, and 180 miles northwest of Jamaica. MONEY The Caymanian dollar is the official currency. U.S. dollars, international credit cards and traveler’s checks are widely accepted. POPULATION About 51,000 people live in the Caymans; Grand Cayman is the most populous of the three islands.  CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Snorkeling with stingrays; the famous Seven Mile Beach; a bright welcome; touring by bicycle. FUN ASHORE CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES

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FUN TREKS : GRAND CAYMAN

Here are just a few of the many tours you can experience during your visit. See your onboard shore excursions specialist to book today.

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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 a favorite getaway for many Hollywood celebrities, enticed by its serene beauty and by its variety of things to see and do. 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 natural attractions include the Mastic Trail, a restored 200-year-old footpath that meanders through a two-million-year-old forest and mangrove swamp in the heart of the island; Pedro St. James National Historic Site, a restored great house dating from 1780; and the 59-acre Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. Tendering to the island and back to the cruise ship can take up a good

Exploring the sea and its creatures

DOLPHIN SWIM, STINGRAY INTERACTION & TURTLE FARM This tour offers interaction with dolphins, stingrays and turtles. The dolphin encounter occurs on a submerged platform. Participants are then led into deeper water to swim with dolphins that push them on boogie boards. The tour moves on to the Stingray Enclosure to interact with the gentle creatures and wraps up at the world-famous Cayman Turtle Farm.

ALL-INCLUSIVE TIKI BEACH-SEVEN MILE BEACH GETAWAY A day at Tiki Beach Club, on Seven Mile Beach, begins with a welcome orientation and beverage, followed by a beach barbecue with unlimited Caybrew beer, rum punch, fruit punch and soda. This tour is ideal for families

and guests with limited mobility. Restrooms and freshwater showers are available. For an additional fee, guests may use the beach water-sports center, beach massage center, à la carte bar and restaurant.

CORAL GARDEN & STINGRAY SANDBAR Guests make two stops: the beautiful, exotic Coral Garden, to swim alongside colorful fish amid the coral; and Stingray Sandbar, where hundreds of friendly, gentle stingrays greet visitors in waist-high water. The staff hold and feed the stingrays while describing the creatures’ names and habits; participants may hold the rays if they wish.

EXPLORE CAYMAN BY LAND & SEA The tour begins aboard Nautilus, the world’s most luxurious semi-submarine,

portion of the day, so set aside several for up close views of Cheeseburger Reef and the shipwrecks Cali and Balboa. Guests then take a bus tour along the west bay peninsula; stops include the governor’s residence on Seven Mile Beach; Cayman Turtle Farm, on Boatswain’s Beach; and the quirky town of Hell, so named for its unusual rock formations.

hours for exploring the port. At lunchtime,

SUNKEN SHIP KITTIWAKE & REEF SNORKEL

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Guests snorkel around the sunken U.S. Navy rescue ship Kittiwake, a 251-footlong vessel that lies in the pristine turquoise waters of the Cayman Islands. A second snorkel stop explores the gorgeous coral reef off Seven Mile Beach. A complimentary drink of punch is served on the way back to the ship.

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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 shopping — at attractive discounts. Great finds include black-coral jewelry, luxury watches, fine perfumes and gracious dinnerware. Seekers of unique souvenirs striations ranging in color from pale only in the Caymans. —J. T.

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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FROM PRIVATEERS TO MASTER FISHERMEN 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.

Seagoing men have long been drawn to the Caymans.

BEGINNINGS

British army defeated Spain in 1655. The

the perfect hideout. Some pirates never

Christopher Columbus first spotted

Treaty of Madrid brought the Caymans,

made it to land, their ships having been

the islands he called Las Tortugas on

as well as Jamaica, under British rule

lured onto the reefs by the beacon fires

May 10, 1503, when his ship was blown

and made Grand Cayman a destination

of the Caymanians, who strenuously

off course from Panama to Hispaniola on

for settlers.

resisted these invaders.

his final trip to the New World. The three islands, so populated with tortoises that they looked like rock piles, became a

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By 1700, the first royal land grant in

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Grand Cayman signaled permanent settlement, followed by others throughout

way-station for sailors to replenish their

The first influx arrived: emigrants from

the island. The first recorded inhabitant

freshwater supply and stock up on turtle

England, Holland, Spain and France, plus

was Isaac Bodden, grandson of the

meat. Perhaps the presence of turtle

refugees from the Spanish Inquisition

original settler, a soldier from Cromwell’s

on the menu resulted in the animal’s

and deserters from Cromwell’s army.

army for whom Bodden Town was

decline; by 1586, crocodiles had become

Privateers, the genteel name for pirates

named. Other districts can be traced

so dominant that Sir Francis Drake, the

such as Sir Henry Morgan who had

back to that period of settlement as well,

first recorded English visitor, renamed

their governments’ permission to plunder

including Hog Stys, once the site of a

the islands caiman (the Carib word for

ships — ostensibly to retrieve wealth

pigpen whose name — thankfully — was

“crocodile”), from which their present

stolen from their country — discouraged

changed to George Town in the early 18th

name Cayman is derived.

these early settlers, many of whom high-

century in honor of King George III.

The Cayman Islands’ population stayed

tailed it back home. Blackbeard, as well

In 1713, the Treaty of Utrecht officially

the same — comprising primarily sailors

as other pirates, found the caves, nooks

ended privateering (although freelance

and pirates — until Oliver Cromwell’s

and crannies of Grand Cayman to be

pirates continued to attack ships

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Cotton was an early export of the island.

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

Colorful coral reefs attract divers.

the first representative government and elections were held. The Emancipation

1937, the Atlantic, the first cruise ship

In 1962, the Caymans chose to remain

Act of 1833 brought an end to slavery on

to bring tourists to the island’s shores,

a British Crown Colony, a decision that

an island where slaves now outnumbered

deposited 450 wealthy, mostly elderly

helped lead to the introduction of

whites five to one.

passengers ashore for the day. During

major banking legislation in 1966. The

World War II, the U.S. Navy and Coast

face of Grand Cayman has changed

Guard operated bases on the island.

dramatically from that first sighting by

A TOURIST MECCA Tourism and banking became Grand

When Bob Soto opened the first dive

Columbus; those turtles and caimans

Cayman’s primary economic sources

shop in 1957, Grand Cayman became the

that once roamed the island now smile at

in the 20th century. On February 22,

birthplace of recreational scuba diving.

us from a respectful distance on T-shirts.

GRAND CAYMAN TIMELINE 1700: Permanent settlement begins with the first royal land grant.

1503: Columbus spots islands he names Las Tortugas. 1655: The islands come under British rule.

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1831-33: First elections are held; slaves are emancipated. 1713-14: Piracy officially ends with the Treaty of Utrecht.

1962: Caymanians opt to remain a colony of Britain.

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A TREASURE FOR THE SEA

S P EC I A L A DV E R T I S I N G F E AT U R E

CARIBBEAN VIEWS

Master watchmaker Rolex makes waves with the Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date Rolesor, available at its Grand Cayman retail partner, Kirk Freeport.

A TRADITION OF SERVICE by Jim Thompson

For more information on this and other timepieces, visit www.rolex.com.

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KIRK FREEPORT

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 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.

ROLEX Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date Rolesor The Kirkconnell family built Kirk Freeport into an island legacy.

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The Kirk Shipping empire was begun by

many other enterprises. Real estate,

central George Town. “Anyway, I’m just

Kirkconnell’s son, Walter. Kirk Shipping’s

farming, the Kirk Home Centre, the Kirk

Gerry to everyone.”

vessels once numbered more than 40,

Supermarket and even a Coca-Cola

For generations, the Kirkconnells have

and plied the waters from the Caymans

distributorship are some of their ventures.

served the Caymans through government

to Haiti, Jamaica and the United States

Kirk Freeport grew from a small general

service and countless charitable works.

for more than a century. The glory days

store, which was founded in the 1800s

Since 1962, every general election except

of Kirk’s tall ships are today immortalized

and later became a supermarket. The

one has seen at least one member of

in the image of the Kirkconnell schooner

stores offer high-end goods at reduced

the family chosen for the Legislative

Kirk B on the Cayman 25-cent coin.

prices. Jewelry, perfumes, crystal and

Assembly of the Cayman Islands.

“My grandfather, who started the

watches from such esteemed names

“People come here for the beautiful

company in 1896, would have been

as Cartier, Rolex, Lalique, Baccarat

beaches, the clear waters and perfect

proud,” says Gerry Kirkconnell, a fourth-

and Mikimoto grace the company’s 23

weather, but the real beauty of the

generation descendent of William

locations on Grand Cayman.

Caymans — and the reason we love it

Kirkconnell, who now runs the family’s

“It’s a big operation, but, for us, it’s just a

here — is the friendliness and warmth of

Kirk Freeport group of duty-free shops.

family business,” says Gerry Kirkconnell,

the people,” Gerry Kirkconnell says with

As times changed, the Kirkconnells

who oversees the shops from a modest

a smile. “It is a true slice of paradise.”

moved from shipping and built on their

office in the Kirk Freeport building in

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Flavors of

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Cayman Islands FlaG the islands’ flag is a pairing of Britain’s union Jack with the Cayman Islands’ slands’ 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 land signifies the obvious ties to Britain, while the three green-and-gold stars on

photos CouRtesy of CAymAn IsLAnds depARtment of touRIsm

blue-and-white waves stand for the three Cayman islands and the sea.

Cayman’s parrots are actually two subspecies of the Cuban parrot.

Grand Cayman Parrot Grand Caymanians once took these loudly squawking birds in 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.

the Blue Iguana of Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman Blue IGuana

Black coral growing underwater

Like the Grand Cayman parrot, the Grand Cayman Blue Iguana, or Cyclura nubila lewisi, is found only on the island. With its blue

BlaCk Coral CarvInGs

coloring, it should be easy to spot, but because it’s endangered

divers thrill to come across expanses of black coral at

and not very social to boot, it may take some searching to locate

sites off Grand Cayman, and jewelry carved from the coral

one. A subspecies of the Cuban Rock Iguana, the Blue can grow

is one of the island’s most popular gift items.

to be as long as five feet. 170

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FISH STORIES AND MORE

The Cayman Islands National Museum grew from rather humble beginnings. Back in the 1930s, a local named Ira Thompson collected island artifacts as a hobby.

Cayman Islands National Museum

The government purchased his

oldest buildings, the museum was once a

its watery surroundings. In the Cultural

ensemble in 1979, and it became the

19th-century courthouse. Works by local

History Gallery, an especially lively

nucleus for a national museum depicting

artists line connecting hallways leading

catboat diorama includes a moving,

Caymanian history and culture. Today

to several active exhibitions. “Founded

talking mannequin who relates fish

the museum tells many interesting tales

Upon the Seas,” a thoughtful 10-minute

stories and tales of the great 1932 storm.

to more than 20,000 visitors annually.

audiovisual presentation now on DVD,

—E. W.

Housed in one of Grand Cayman’s

portrays the country’s dependence on DIGITAL VISION PHOTOS

CAYMAN Q & A

Seven Mile Beach

HOW LONG IS SEVEN MILE BEACH?

The whimsical, peg-

actually stretch along the waterfront for

legged pirate/turtle serves

only about five and a half miles.

as the mascot and logo of

WHY IS THE WATER SURROUNDING THE ISLANDS SO CLEAR?

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WHO IS SIR TURTLE?

The beautiful, powdery white sands

IF GRAND CAYMAN DOESN’T HAVE ANY MOUNTAINS, WHY IS IT CALLED THE SWITZERLAND OF THE CARIBBEAN?

the Cayman Islands. He

In George Town alone, there are

was designed in 1963 by

more than 500 banks, each securing a

Suzy Soto and later sold

mountain of money. —G. D.

There are no rivers or streams flowing

to the Department of Tourism for US$1.

from the islands into the sea, so there’s

Sir Turtle commemorates the prime role

no runoff to spoil the renowned clarity

played by both turtles and pirates in the

of the water.

islands’ history.

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Sterling silver charms from $25

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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

ABOVE: Pedro St. James. MIDDLE: Cannon at site; bedroom. BOTTOM, FROM LEFT: A traditional stove; kitchen; child’s room.

ending slavery in the British Empire. The mansion originally was the private home of planter William Eden. The threestory 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 was put to various uses until the Cayman government purchased it in 1991.

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Restoration work on Pedro St. James

landscaped courtyard. The featured

took seven years to complete. Guests

attractions are a 20-minute multimedia

enter through the Visitors Center,

theater presentation of Cayman history

which perches on a bluff overlooking

and a self-guided tour of the imposing

the Caribbean Sea and surrounds a

great house.

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REGAL RETREAT During her visit to Grand Cayman in 1994, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, named in her honor. 176

A lush refuge

Located on a 65-acre tract in the North Side district, the park features an estimated 40 percent of the Caymans’ 600-plus native species of plants. 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 2-acre 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. —G. D.

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SNORKELING THE CAYMANS OCEAN IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

ABOVE: Up-close and personal with stingrays. BELOW, FROM LEFT: Sea fan and coral; hawksbill turtle; sea anemone.

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 how 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 flowerlike 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. The Caymans aim to please, and willing

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KIM BUNKER/ISTOCKPHOTO

visitors stay wet and happy. —R. C.

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LEFT TWO PHOTOS BY KATE McCLARE

ONE HELL OF A TOWN

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Limestone formations inspired the name; the devil’s gift shop; welcome to . . . oh, you know.

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.

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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

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hamlet near George Town. People do live here, but you’re more likely to meet one

Dragon optics

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.”

Swimwear • Beachwear • Footwear • Sunglasses Apparel • T-shirts • Hats & Accessories

Inside the gift shop, a staff member in a red devil suit demands with mock impatience, “What the Hell do you want?”

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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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CLOSE ENCOUNTERS ALLISTER CLARK/ISTOCKPHOTO.COM

ABOVE: Fishy but friendly residents of Stingray City. BELOW: The popular attraction.

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. The inhabitants of Stingray City are the stingrays that live underwater. People are merely drop-in visitors

From the deck of the boat, the saucer-

who dive down to discover what makes

shaped rays, which may reach up to 6

this stretch of real estate so attractive

feet across, can be seen approaching.

to the rays. Non-divers flock to Stingray

Visitors have the choice of watching

Sandbar, a sandy, shallow area also

them from above the surface or jumping

teeming with rays.

in the waist-high water and swimming

Fortunately, the area’s southern stingrays

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beside them.

seem to relish all the attention. They

Before it became a popular tourist

certainly like being fed the handfuls of

attraction, Stingray Sandbar served as a

squid offered by cruise guests and other

protected area where fishermen cleaned

visitors. And they know the ropes. As soon

their catch en route to shore. The chance

as a tour-boat motor stops, a flotilla of rays

for a free lunch attracted the rays then,

gracefully glides onto the scene.

just as it does now. —G. D.

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HOLY HOT RODS!

IT’S THE BATMOBILE!

Bruce Wayne must be among the millionaire industrialists who regularly vacation in the Caymans: His alter ego’s car is parked in Grand Cayman, at the Cayman Motor Museum. Yes, the Batmobile — the very same souped-up ride used by the Caped Crusader in the 1966-68 TV show, Batman — is on permanent display at the Motor Museum, which opened in May 2010 near Boatswain’s Beach in West Bay.

The Batmobile and Batcycle, driven in the 1966-68 TV series, are on display at the Cayman Motor Museum.

Museum founder Andreas Ugland bought the Batmobile at a

Ugland founded the museum to gather his collection in one

London car auction in 2007. It’s one of 80 classic vehicles in the

place; it had been scattered at locations around the world. “My

museum’s collection, which includes the very first automobile

wife, Natalie, and I conceived the notion of bringing them all

ever produced — an 1886 Benz — and an exact model of the

to Cayman for the people of these islands, and our visitors, to

first vehicle driven in the Cayman Islands: a 1905 Cadillac.

enjoy,” he says.

For royal watchers, there’s Queen Elizabeth II’s first limousine,

The museum was 10 years in the making. “It truly is a

a 1956 Daimler DK400; for those who love speed, the museum

pleasure to share these motorcars and motorbikes with all

showcases Maseratis, Corvettes, Jaguars and several mint-

who might appreciate their significance — and magnificence,”

condition classic Ferraris.

Ugland says.

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SHOPPING IN:

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Here’s the ultimate insider guide to what’s hot in town. SEE IT? LIKE IT? BUY IT!

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Celestial Diamonds Collection pendant

BULOVA ACCUTRON Kirkwood Collection watch

HEARTS ON FIRE Fulfillment earrings

DIVERSA

Blue sapphire and diamond ring

BREMONT

Supermarine 500 SI watch

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LET THEM EAT RUM CAKE

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If you have never savored the unique and delicious flavor of rum cake, don’t leave Grand Cayman without doing so. One taste of this authentic island delicacy and you’ll know why so many clamor for it.

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Cayman’s rum-soaked treats

Rum cake is one of Cayman’s most sought-after sweets, for good reason. Taste buds tingle just from the aroma, let alone the flavor, of freshly baked cake drenched in premium rum. And what better way to reminisce about your cruise vacation, than by relishing this scrumptious treat back home in the company of friends? You’ll find the dessert attractively packaged at specialty stores, most supermarkets and many convenience stores throughout the island. 192

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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

TRULY TALL TALE

Everyone loves a good story, which no doubt explains why Caymanians enjoy relating the one about the Wreck of the Ten Sails.

Artist’s depiction of a crew’s fate on a storm-tossed sea

It’s the 18th century, and 10 Jamaican merchant ships are bound for Jolly Olde England. The passenger list includes at least one member of the royal household. The lead ship, the Cordelia, comes to grief on a reef east of Grand Cayman. Her warning signal to the others is misunderstood, and all 10 vessels founder. Residents of the island’s East End scurry to the rescue, snatching everyone — including King George III’s relatives — from the drink. The king, good sport that he is, rewards the Cayman islanders with freedom from taxation and wartime conscription. Not bad for getting your feet wet. True? The benefits exist all right, but did they result from a daring rescue at sea? Some say yes; party poopers who have checked it out say no. One clue is an inconsistent date for the event, ranging from 1785 to 1794. Does it really matter? Not if you like a tall tale to go

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GRAND TURK

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Sapphire-blue water laps the shore of Grand Turk.

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 of the collection is Grand Turk, where the capital, Cockburn Town, boasts charming frame houses with gingerbread verandas. Although modern conveniences have come to the island, the pace of life is slow here; on some parts of the island, you might see townfolk traveling on donkeys.

FAST FACTS CLIMATE Easterly trade winds keep the air dry, especially in winter. Temperatures vary from 75°F in winter to a high of 95°F in the summer, with an average year-round temperature of 83°F. LANGUAGE English is the official language of the Turks and Caicos Islands. LOCATION The Turks and Caicos Islands lie 575 miles southeast of Florida, halfway between Miami and Puerto Rico and 30 miles south of The Bahamas. MONEY The U.S. dollar is the legal tender. Traveler’s checks and all major international credit cards are accepted throughout the islands. POPULATION Approximately 23,500 in all the islands.

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Half Moon Cay is Carnival’s private island, made up of 55 acres along the 2,400-acre Little San Salvador Island. Ninety-eight percent of the island is devoted to an international bird sanctuary. As for the other 2 percent, Carnival packs in plenty of fun. Guests can splash it up at Half Moon Lagoon Aqua Park, stroll along a nature trail, or simply relax in a private, air-conditioned beachfront cabana. FAST FACTS ClimATe The weather is tropical, with average daily temperatures in the 80s. During winter, a cold front can cause a dip in temperature.

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lAnguAge The common language is English. loCATion Located in the archipelago of The Bahamas, this island is 100 miles south of Nassau and 17 miles from its nearest island neighbor. money Many items can be purchased with the shipboard account. Both U.S. and Bahamian dollars are accepted as well. ď ´ CloCKWiSe FRom leFT: Horseback riding on the shore; parasailing; seeing the island by bicycle; swimming with stingrays. Fun ASHoRe CArNivAL Cruise LiNes

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The southernmost point in the continental United States, Key West — with its balmy weather and Bohemian atmosphere — is a free spirit that holds a special place in our hearts. How can you not love a place that has a party every day to celebrate the sunset; where the residents still commemorate the weekend decades ago when the island ‘‘seceded’’ from the United States; and where great writers and artists are honored like celebrities? FAST FACTS CLIMATE In this subtropical region, temperatures average between 72° and 82°F. Summer temperatures often hit 90°F but are mitigated by cool trade winds. LANGUAGE English is the common language.

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LOCATION Key West is perched at the end of the Florida Keys, approximately 150 miles south of Miami and 90 miles from Cuba. It is the capital of the mythical Conch Republic. MONEY The U.S. dollar is the official currency. Credit cards and traveler’s checks are accepted nearly everywhere. POPULATION Approximately 25,000  A fiery juggling act at Key West’s legendary sunset celebration. FUN ASHORE CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES

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TOP SHORE EXCURSIONS

FUN TREKS : KEY WEST

Here are just a few of the many tours you can experience during your visit. See your onboard shore excursions specialist to book today.

PORT VIEW

This picturesque enclave offers delights

of many kinds, from its pastel-toned homes and shops to its offbeat sunset celebration, where colorful characters ring out the day on Mallory Square. Many visitors devote a good bit of their day to shopping Duval Street and the network of charming routes connecting to it. Best buys include dazzling local art, tropical home accessories and hand-rolled Dominican cigars. Collectors of the unique are drawn to beautiful treasure-coin jewelry, made from authentic pieces recovered from old shipwrecks near the island. Key West has many historic stops, most notably the landmark homes of writer Ernest Hemingway and naturalist John James Audubon; museums devoted to the shipwrecks and lore of the island’s past; and the Truman Annex, site of the winter White House during the presidency of Harry S. Truman. Families enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty of the Key West Butterfly

Explore by air, land and sea

KEY WEST PARASAILING This ride combines the thrills of offshore powerboating with parachuting, ballooning and gliding. Guests ride in pairs and launch directly from the onboard flight deck. Participants must be at least five years old and weigh at least 95 pounds; the maximum combined weight of each pair is 475 pounds. Pregnant women and guests with back or neck injuries or heart conditions may not participate.

SAFARI SPEEDBOAT TOUR

A two-passenger speedboat gives a personal view of the Blue Heron National Marine Sanctuary. Participants follow a lead guide boat into the sanctuary. The tour includes time to anchor and swim in the pristine tropical waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Drivers must be at least twenty-

& Nature Conservatory. And one of the two years old, and passengers must be at least six years old. Safety instruction and bottled water are provided. Pregnant women and guests with back or neck injuries or heart conditions may not participate.

CATAMARAN SAIL & SNORKEL The 60-foot catamaran Fury takes guests to a coral reef in the waters off Key West, which teem with dolphins and flying fish. Instruction and snorkel equipment are provided, and refreshments are served on the way back to the ship.

CITY VIEW TROLLEY – HOP ON, HOP OFF! Guests enjoy Key West’s many sights at their leisure, getting off the trolley at any of eight stops and getting back on when they like. The narrated tour features

all of Key West’s most popular sites, including the Southernmost Point, the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, Duval Street, President Truman’s Little White House, Mallory Square, the Butterfly Conservatory, the historic waterfront and Mel Fisher’s Treasure Museum.

most-often-packed mementos is a photo

DISCOVER KEY WEST

of tart key lime juice are available for sale

The Conch Tour Train or Old Town Trolley takes riders along the appealing streets of Old Town Key West. The history of this charming little island is revealed on a drive past Ernest Hemingway’s Home and Museum, President Truman’s Little White House, the pretty harbor area, the Southernmost Point, Henry Flagler’s hotel and a Civil War fort. Stops include the Shipwreck Historeum, with the best view of the island from a 120-foot tower.

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snapped at The Southernmost Point, which notes Key West’s geographic status in the continental United States. For refreshment, the Historic Seaport is filled with colorful waterfront restaurants. The island’s signature key lime pie stars on almost every menu — and souvenir bottles almost anywhere. —K. C.

How to get to town Key West’s historic Old Town, with its many charming shops and other attractions, is only a few blocks from the dock. It’s easily reached on foot, which also happens to be the best way to explore it. Old Town is split approximately in half by Duval Street, which leads to Mallory Square.

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A BOHEMIAN HAVEN by John Anderson

From pirates to poets, those seeking to live by their own rules have always been drawn to Key West. The Southernmost Point is a popular spot for snapshots.

It should come as no surprise that a place as special as Key West has a

with the dispatching of the pirates,

Caribbean for years.

the islanders found themselves under

history as unusual to match, evident in

Ceded to the United States in 1819,

Porter’s military dictatorship until a court-

the colorful characters found on present-

Cayo Hueso became Anglicized and

martial finally rid the residents of both

day Duval Street who bear an uncanny

was soon known simply as Key West.

the pirates and Porter himself.

resemblance to the quirky residents of

In 1821, U.S. businessman John W.

the past.

Simonton bought the island for $2,000

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who had been plundering ships in the

THE RICHEST TOWN IN AMERICA

and divided it into four parts; he sold

In the 1800s, Key West was an

three to fellow businessmen Fleming,

industrious place, with fishing and sea-

Spanish explorers first arrived on

Whitehead and Greene — you’ll find

turtle canneries as mainstays of the

Key West in 1521 and dubbed the place

streets named after them today — and

economy for decades. From 1830 until

Cayo Hueso, or Bone Island, due to the

kept one for himself.

the Civil War, salt production was a huge

discovery of human bones supposedly

Simonton next convinced the U.S. Navy

industry as well; the island supplied much

found in mangrove clumps. But for

that Key West would be an ideal base of

of the country’s salt. But by 1860, it was

centuries after, the area was largely left to

operations for the northern Caribbean

the fortunes made from shipwrecks on

its own devices. Eventually, settlers were

region. Thus in 1823 — following Lieu-

the coral reefs just seven miles offshore

drawn there for a number of reasons.

tenant Matthew Perry’s assessment that

that made Key West the richest U.S. town

Among the new residents were Bahamians

desperados were a bigger problem than

per capita.

known as “conchs,” who harvested the

malaria and mosquitoes — the Navy sent

People came from all over to bid

hardwood trees; Cuban fishermen; salty

in Captain David Porter and his West

on the salvaged bounty at the newly

New Englanders; and marauding pirates

Indies Anti-Pirate Squadron. However,

established customhouse. Millions of

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dollars’ worth of wreckage was being adjudicated on the island, supplying the fine furnishings and chandeliers found in local homes and the formal clothes people wore around town. With the building of the reef lighthouses in the late 1800s, the profitable wrecking business began to wane. Fortunately, two other businesses picked up the slack and kept Key West in the money: sponging and cigar production. Hundreds of skiffs patrolled the surrounding waters, harvesting millions of sponges from shallow seabeds; the sale of the sponges accounted for 90 percent of all sponges sold in the United States. At the same time, the cigar industry began to

The Hemingway House and one of its 60 cats, about half of which have six toes.

flourish when Cubans came to the island to escape their country’s revolution from

it included one of the world’s longest

beer and rum from Cuba and whiskey

Spain. By 1890, 129 cigar factories were

bridges, which connected Key West to the

from Nassau.

in operation on Key West.

mainland and was completed in 1912.

This devil-may-care environment

While the rail business Flagler foresaw

attracted the writers for whom Key West

THE 20TH CENTURY AND BEYOND

never materialized, another industry

is now famous. Ernest Hemingway lived

Key West was an isolated island

began to flourish in the 1920s with the

there the longest, but Tennessee Williams,

accessible only by boat until Henry

passing of Prohibition: bootlegging. The

Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop and a long

Flagler built his Overseas Railway in

demand for booze was met by newly rich

list of Pulitzer Prize winners also called

the early 1900s. A massive undertaking,

smugglers from Key West who supplied

Key West home at one time or another.

KEY WEST TIMELINE 1521: Spanish explorers arrive and name the island Cayo Hueso (Bone Island). 1819: Florida and the Keys are ceded to the United States.

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1912: Henry Flagler’s Overseas Railway is completed.

1821: John Simonton buys Key West for $2,000. 1860: Key West becomes known as the wealthiest town in America.

1982: In a humorous protest, Key West “secedes” from the U.S. and becomes The Conch Republic.

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Famous Writers Tennessee Williams and Ernest Hemingway lived here, and Key West still manages to lure celebrated writers who are charmed by the city’s eccentricity. Among the writers who live at least part-time in Key West are novelists Alison Lurie, Annie Dillard and

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Judy Blume; poet Richard Wilbur; and essayist Nancy Friday.

a popular gathering place

salooNs Sloppy Joe’s, the infamous Hemingway hangout, is the

the seven mile Bridge, left in photo. on right is the original, completed in 1912.

quintessential saloon in a city where friendly spots for

GraND eNtraNCe

are almost the raison d’être. The saloon names —

This is how you know you’ve arrived: the Seven Mile Bridge,

Hog’s Breath, Green Parrot, Lazy Gecko — still evoke

linking Marathon in the Middle Keys to Little Duck Key in the

the area’s history of piracy, rum running and general

Lower Keys. Key West is about 40 miles farther on. First built in

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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

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RIGHT: The Audubon House & Tropical Gardens. BELOW: Audubon House history; portrait of John James Audubon.

A LOOK AT HISTORIC LIFE IN KEY WEST

Captain John H. Geiger’s lovely 19th-century mansion, where the master wrecker and his family lived in the mid-1800s, was scheduled for demolition in the late 1950s.

But at the eleventh hour, it was saved by the Mitchell Wolfson Family Foundation. Today the restoration, renamed the Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, holds many of the key works of artist and ornithologist John James Audubon, including 28 of his firstedition lithographs and numerous engravings dating from 1830 to 1859. Audubon sighted and drew 18 new birds when he was in Key West in 1832 and is said to have visited the property. The house was built shortly thereafter in his honor. The museum is situated on an acre of tropical gardens resplendent with trees and plants — each labeled with its name and country of origin — plus a variety of orchids and bromeliads, an herb garden and a period nursery. Visitors can admire the European furnishings in the house and buy Audubon posters, as well as books on nature and local history, in the museum. Bird lovers can purchase first-, second- or third-edition lithographs in a number of sizes from the adjacent gallery. Among the most popular subjects are the bald eagle, the white-crown pigeon and the Key West dove. Every lithograph comes with a certificate of authenticity and a copy of Audubon’s field notes. —S. C.

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ABOVE: Pastel colors are common in Key West design. BELOW: A cool veranda.

A RICH MIX OF DESIGN

One of the first things you notice on a stroll through Key West’s narrow, tree-lined streets is the unique architecture.

water. The abundant conch shells were also used in place of bricks and stones, which led to the coining of the term “conch house,” a designation that now applies to all Key West homes. Adding to the mix of construction modes were seafaring shipbuilders who

Gingerbread trim, wide verandas,

all heard the clarion call of Key West,

adapted their skills to become architects

sloping metal roofs, overhanging eaves,

or Cayo Hueso (Bone Island) as the

and carpenters. The hand-hewn woods

cluttered Victorian details, louvered

Spanish called it. But the look of the

of cypress, yellow pine, mahogany and

shutters and pastel colors are all part of

tiny island reflects the blending of the

juniper, all readily available in the area,

the distinctive conch-house style that adds

diverse architectural styles of varied

were put together tongue-and-groove for

to the charm and character of the town.

groups of settlers who stayed over the

floors, walls and ceilings. Attic dormers

The style dates back to the first

years: laborers from The Bahamas, cigar

were turned into additional bedrooms.

permanent settlement here in 1822;

makers from Cuba and fishermen from

And roof hatches, common on ships,

most of the homes were built before

New England. Florida-coast building

permitted rising heat to escape and air

1900. Pirates, profiteers and poets have

forms are fused with Caribbean

to circulate. The “eyebrow” style, a Key

practicality and the large spaces of New

West invention based on the classic

England seacoast homes.

revival architectural phase, placed a

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then mixing the powder with sand and

Some of Key West’s earliest settlers

series of windows under a heavy roof

came from the nearby Bahamas,

overhang, another practical way to keep

bringing a functional method of home

the hot sun out and allow cool ocean

construction created out of necessity.

breezes in.

The basic structures, many of which still

While the 3,000-plus structures of

stand in the Bahama Village section of

the Key West Historic District cover a

the town, were assembled as simple

large portion of the island, one of the

shelters against the tropical heat and

largest concentrations of historic wood

rain, and built low to best withstand

buildings in the United States, an easy

the fierce storms and hurricanes of the

walk through the four-block section of

Caribbean region. To make mortar, lime

Old Town, offers a wonderful sampling

was obtained by burning conch shells,

of conch architecture. —J. A.

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“Excite Your Senses, Expand Your Mind” at The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory. The 13,000-square-foot pavilion houses a glass-enclosed greenhouse, which is home to hundreds of free-flying butterflies and exotic, colorful birds. The conservatory is a top-rated attraction in Key West: ranked No. 1 by TripAdvisor and a four-time winner of the People’s Choice Award. Visitors can examine the butterfly world with a wall-size map that depicts butterfly identification by country of origin, provides illustrated information on butterfly anatomy and physiology, and offers a detailed look at the incredible Monarch migration. Guests also get

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Butterflies roam free in the pavilion.

a rare close-up view of a variety of caterpillars feeding and developing on their host plants. The conservatory offers a journey through a collection of flowering plants, colorful birds, cascading waterfalls and trees that set the stage for the magnificent “flowers of the sky.” View 50 to 60 varieties of butterflies, over 25 bird species and some 3,500 plants that share the tropical climate-controlled environment of the greenhouse.

The final point of interest is the specially designed display nursery, offering a rare close-up look at the miracle of metamorphosis. Witness butterflies and moths develop, emerge on to their adult life cycle and get released into their idyllic environment. Wings of Imagination, the gallery, offers the artwork of artist and founder Sam Trophia. The gift shop also offers a wide assortment of butterfly and unique nature-related items.

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CUBAN CONNECTION ABOVE: Salsa and merengue dancers. BELOW, FROM LEFT: Latin bongo drummer; arroz con pollo; café con leche; revolutionary leader José Marti.

Key West is closer to Cuba than any other U.S. city — both geographically, at less than 100 miles, and culturally. At night spots, the rhythms of Cuban

with the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962,

music pulsate with a beat born in Africa

when President Kennedy and Soviet

and influenced by jazz, Big Band, reggae,

Premier Khruschev narrowly averted

salsa and hip hop. Cuban food — a

what historians claim was the closest

fusion of Spanish, African, Caribbean,

the world ever came to nuclear war.

Creole and even Chinese cuisine — also is easily found. Stop for a cup of

MEMORIES REMAIN

Cuban coffee or café con leche. Dine

Key West has several tangible reminders

on sweet fried plantains, black beans,

of its Cuban past. The San Carlos Institute,

arroz con pollo or a Cuban sandwich. In

on Duval Street, was founded in 1872 to

Key West, you don’t have to look far for

preserve Cuban culture and promote

Cuban music, cuisine and culture.

freedom. Revolutionary leader José Marti ignited passion in 1892 with a stirring

A NEW HOME Cubans began emigrating to Key West in the early 1830s, establishing a strong

revered today, Marti is honored with a memorial in Bayview Park.

presence and bringing with them their

A monument to the U.S.S. Maine,

culture, their traditions and a thriving

located at the historic cemetery in the

cigar industry. They continued through

center of Old Town, is another important

two revolutions: in 1868, when thousands

link with Cuba. The monument is

came to work in Key West’s then-

dedicated to the more than 260 men

flourishing cigar factories, and in 1959,

who lost their lives when the battleship,

when millions began fleeing oppression

which sailed from Key West, exploded in

by Communist dictator Fidel Castro.

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Spanish-American War. — J. T.

A cigar-maker at work

HAND-ROLLED HERITAGE

Key West once shared Cuba’s fame for cigar production. In the 1830s, Cuban immigrants poured into Key West, bringing with them their reputation as the most skilled cigar rollers (torcedores) in the world. The island’s first cheroot factory opened in 1831. By the late 1800s, Key West was the cigar-manufacturing capital of the world. At its peak, the island supported some 150 factories that produced more than 100 million stogies each year. Key West’s once-flourishing reputation for hand-rolling panatelas, Churchills or coronas can be felt in Gato Village Park, on the site of a cigar-maker’s cottage dating to the late 1800s. The re-created cottage stands in a section once called Gatorville. The community was built by Eduardo Gato, the first Cuban to own a major Key West factory, for his employees. Nearby is a monument dedicated to the cigar industry and its workers. The industry went up in smoke when the Great Fire of 1886 destroyed 11 factories and most of the business district. This was followed by the unionization of workers, which drove many of the largest manufacturing companies to leave Key West. The final blow came with the use of rolling machines. By 1931, all of the island’s factories had closed. You won’t find Cuban tobacco, but on Duval Street, workers behind glassfronted storefronts and wooden kiosks keep the tradition of hand-rolled stogies alive. — J. T.

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The Florida Keys are home to two distinctly different varieties of conch (pronounced “konk”).

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ABOVE: The Key West Museum of Art & History at the Custom House. BELOW: Conch Republic banner.

There’s the conch, a mollusk whose

which celebrates its 30th anniversary in

sweet meat tastes something like a clam

April 2012. Spurred by a Border Patrol

and is batter-fried in fritters, stewed in

checkpoint on the main road in and out

chowder, or steamed and eaten in salad.

of the Keys, which caused traffic jams and

The queen conch is the large occupant

headaches for islanders and residents

of the pretty pink-and-white shell that is

alike, Keys residents “seceded” from the

a popular collector’s item; it’s illegal to

Union and founded the Conch Republic.

take queen conch without a license in

They elected a Cabinet and declared war

most U.S. waters.

on the United States — and immediately

Then there’s the Conch, proud human inhabitant of the Keys archipelago. You could look it up: This definition is even listed in the dictionary.

surrendered and requested $1 billion in foreign aid. The Conchs returned to the union with no ill will, of course, and their annual Conch Republic Independence Day

REBELLION AND REUNION Residents of the Keys still call themselves citizens of the Conch Republic,

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of these stately creatures and their processing into steaks and soups. As old-time fishermen tell it, the Caribbean Sea was once filled with abundant herds of sea turtles, enough to keep several competing Key West canneries going strong. But after years of declining populations, the two sea turtle families — which include the green turtle, the leatherback, the hawks bill. the loggerhead and the ridley — became protected under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. This, of course, put an

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and thousands of mobile, middle-aged singles who take a stab at living here for a few months. The little town is a dream fulfilled for the burned-out Boston stockbroker who once dabbled in oils on weekends between conference calls. It’s a way of life for the street person who sells one-of-a-kind jewelry, handmade in the back of his van, and a second beginning for many who never imagined they would be walking around in sandals and shorts and drinking rum coolers in sidewalk cafés while living off their pension checks.

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History, culture and entertainment converge with unsurpassed synergy in Miami, a city that has remade itself time and again. It began as an Old South outpost and in latter days has been a magnet for models and moguls. And the city has always welcomed those seeking to redefine themselves — whether they’re escaping political hardship in another country or blizzards in another state. Still so cool it’s red-hot, Miami captures the heart of visitors of many backgrounds and interests. FAST FACTS CliMATe in semitropical miami, the average yearround temperature is 84°f. lAnguAge english is the common language, but spanish is also widely spoken.

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lOCATiOn miami, in miami-Dade county, is on the southeastern coast of florida. MOney the u.s. dollar is the official currency. traveler’s checks and major credit cards are widely accepted. pOpulATiOn about 2.5 million people live in miami-Dade county.  Ocean Drive, the pulsing heart of South Beach near Miami Fun AShOre cArnIvAl cruISe lIneS

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PORT ViEW miami has perhaps more cultural

Here are just a few of the many tours you can experience during your visit. See your onboard shore excursions specialist to book today.

diversity than any other city in the country. little havana is primarily a cuban neighborhood, with a cigar factory and the Bay of Pigs monument, while little haiti, a fascinating ethnic enclave, is full of caribbean flavor. the lovely mediterranean-style town of coral Gables boasts the grand Biltmore hotel and the Venetian Pool. in key Biscayne, visitors can swim at gorgeous beaches, tour an historic lighthouse and participate in water sports galore. shopping for trendy items in charming coconut Grove makes for a fun diversion. far west of downtown miami, and its bustling Bayside marketplace hosting world-class shops, lies the everglades, a very special wetland environment that’s home to various kinds of wildlife. and last, but hardly least, is south Beach. Pastel promenade by day, neon nucleus of amusement by night, miami Beach’s ocean Drive — the heart of

Wildlife, cool hangouts and family fun

MiAMi SeAQuAriuM WiTh AirpOrT TrAnSFer (MiA) Marine life is the star at the Seaquarium, one of Miami’s oldest attractions. The Seaquarium offers several marine-mammal shows and an ocean-reef presentation. Visitors can feed a sea lion, watch sharks dining, touch starfish and experience other fascinating creatures.

Jungle iSlAnD TOur WiTh AirpOrT TrAnSFer (MiA) Wildlife shows, exhibits and tropical landscaping create an enthralling farewell to Miami at Jungle island, where visitors encounter playful apes and monkeys, colorful parrots and macaws, scary alligators, pretty pink flamingos and many other creatures. The museum

grounds include a lakeside café.

eVerglADeS TOur WiTh AirpOrT TrAnSFer (MiA) For guests leaving from Miami international Airport, a tour of the everglades is a memorable final look at South Florida. The adventure includes an airboat ride across the water, with likely sightings of alligators, exotic fish and tropical birds.

SOuTh BeACh eXperienCe WiTh AirpOrT TrAnSFer (Fll) guests waiting to fly home via Fort lauderdalehollywood international Airport can spend the time exploring Miami’s world-famous South Beach, including the historic Art Deco District. After a guided bus tour,

celebrated south Beach — has served participants can explore the area on foot, shopping at the designer boutiques along Collins Avenue or relishing lunch and a cocktail at one of the many outdoor cafés on beachfront Ocean Drive.

as a colorful backdrop for countless

FAMily Fun AT MiAMi ChilDren’S MuSeuM

sipping icy drinks at chic sidewalk cafés

learning really is fun at the Miami Children’s Museum, which is filled with interactive exhibits that engage kids’ imaginations. Besides examining traditional science topics, youngsters can climb a two-story sand castle, design their own money and explore Miami’s different cultures. Visitors of all ages can record their own CD at the World Music Studio or become a camera operator, news anchor or weather reporter at the television studio.

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photo shoots and film productions featuring stunning models and glitterati from around the world. images of cottoncandy-colored buildings, scantily clad in-line skaters and bronzed beauties pervade fashion catalogs, international magazines and the silver screen. the dazzling scene can’t get any better. it’s no wonder the world has been captivated.

how to get to town It takes about 10 minutes to drive to downtown Miami and a few minutes more to get across Biscayne Bay to Miami Beach. The best mode is by taxi; you’ll find cabs readily available at the port.

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ABOVe: Miami’s glittering skyline. righT: Mansion built by Florida pioneer henry Flagler.

In ultra-hip, modern Miami, it’s sometimes hard to believe anything existed before last week. But this city’s story is one of the oldest in Florida. seminole tribes had lived peacefully

becoming a British colony. shortly

in south florida for centuries when the

thereafter, Britain swapped with spain

spanish explorer Juan Ponce de león

and traded florida for the Bahamas.

to extend his railroad from Palm Beach to

sailed into Biscayne Bay in 1513. then it

in 1821, the united states gained

miami in 1896, and miami became a city

all changed. for 50 years, the spanish

control of the peninsula. During the late

later that same year. the 1920s brought

warred with the indians. then the french

1800s, northern developers began to

a slew of developers, and the 1930s was

and British arrived. in 1763, the french

move in. Julia tuttle, the daughter of an

an era of fabulous art Deco hotels in

and indian War ended with florida’s

early settler, persuaded henry m. flagler

miami Beach. tourism expanded and luxury hotels were built in the 1940s.

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in the late 1950s, when fidel castro took over in cuba, and throughout the 1960s, cuban exiles settled in miami and began to prosper. But the countrywide economic recession of the ’70s jolted miami just as it did everywhere else. the 1980s tV series Miami Vice helped make miami the place to be again. today, the self-proclaimed magic city is the cruise capital of the world. celebrities flock here, along with other visitors who appreciate the region’s dazzling energy.

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Whether it’s South Beach or Sunny Isles, you can get a nice tan, build a sandcastle, toss a ball or just sleep off the night before and rest up to do it all over again. Miami’s the city that inspires you to do the things you couldn’t – or wouldn’t – do anywhere else.

For an inspiring pre or post cruise experience, visit MiamiandBeaches.com or call 888.76.MIAMI. © GREATER MIAMI CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU - THE OFFICIAL DESTINATION MARKETING ORGANIZATION FOR GREATER MIAMI AND THE BEACHES.

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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. Best of all are the lovely white-sand beaches lapped by turquoise waters, one of many reasons to come back again and again. fasT faCTs CLIMaTe The temperature averages between 75° and 85°F year-round. LanGuaGe English is the official language. LoCaTIon Nassau is located on New Providence Island, just 150 miles from Florida’s east coast.

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MoneY The legal tender is the Bahamian dollar, but U.S. and Bahamian dollars are accepted interchangeably. Major U.S. credit cards are accepted nearly everywhere. PoPuLaTIon About 313,000 people live in the islands of The Bahamas.  Modern high-rises and quaint old structures meet in nassau. fun ashore carnival cruise lines

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top shore excursIoNs

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here are just a few of the many tours you can experience during your visit. see your onboard shore excursions specialist to book today.

POrt view Slip on your walking shoes if you plan to get to know the spirit and culture of The Bahamas in one day. If you’d rather save your feet or want to add an element of romance to your visit, hire a horsedrawn surrey ride from the dock. Near the dock, you’ll pass all of Nassau’s most important and impressive government buildings, churches and monuments. Some of downtown’s historic buildings house specialty museums, such as the intriguing Pompey Museum of Slavery & Emancipation at the old slave marketplace and The Balcony House Museum, believed to be The Bahamas’ oldest wooden structure. Families will want to stop at the interactive Pirates of Nassau Museum. Downtown’s Bay Street shopping area offers everything from duty-free jewelry and perfume to the vibrant work of local

sailing, ailing, sightseeing, gaming and more

AtlAntis BeAch DAy & Discover AtlAntis the Atlantis resort is open to carnival guests, who can explore the thrillpacked water park and relax at a reserved space on the beach — towel and lounge chair included. shopping and casino gaming at the resort are also available, and lunch is included.

AtlAntis AquAventure Full DAy with lunch carnival guests may explore the caribbean’s largest water-themed attraction. the 141-acre waterscape of pools, water coasters, body slides and rivers holds over 20 million gallons of freshwater and seawater and is home to more than 50,000 sea creatures. shopping and

casino gaming are also available, and the tour includes lunch.

seA & see tour this outing combines a semi-submarine tour with a one-hour island excursion. the Seaworld Explorer descends five feet to view coral formations and tropical fish through glass windows. A motor coach then takes guests through nassau to view sights such as Bay street, rawson’s square, the queen’s staircase, Fort Fincastle and Fort charlotte.

cAtAmArAn sAil & snorkel A sleek catamaran takes guests to lush coral gardens filled with colorful tropical fish. upon arrival at the snorkel

spot, participants get an orientation and may then explore the reef, with time to lounge on the deck and take in the serene view. the return trip includes a complimentary drink of lemonade.

highlights oF nAssAu By Jeep this caravan-style offroad adventure explores the countryside of new providence island; one guest drives each group of four in the Jeep, assisted by a guide giving narration by walkie-talkie. participants learn the island’s history and pass landmarks such as the house of parliament, Fort charlotte and the former residences of the island’s famous and infamous residents.

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artists. For the wares at the Straw Market, you’ll need cash if you want to bargain. Among islanders’ favorite local secrets found on West Bay Street: Arawak Cay, a collection of casual and colorful eateries and shops, where fresh conch salad prepared ceviche-style is the specialty — made to order before your very eyes. On the way back, Lighthouse Beach is the perfect place to stretch out in the sun. —C.K.W.

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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Reserve your tickets. Because when the ship docks, you’re on your way to the ultimate Only here can you splash into Aquaventure, the Caribbean’s largest waterpark, with  acres of thrilling water slides and rides. First, if you dare, take The Leap of Faith, a near vertical slide into shark-infested waters. Brave the Power Tower for even more twists and turns. Or embark on an amazing mile-long river ride through rolling waves and river rapids before dining near any of our  pools. Rental lockers and complimentary towels are available for cruise guests through our Hospitality Center. Of course, if pristine white sand beaches call you, reserve your Atlantis Beach Day to relax and gaze out at our crystal blue waters.

The legend of Atlantis comes to life on the Discover Atlantis Tour. Journey through The Dig, an archeological excursion where mythical artifacts are “preserved” among stunning marine life. Want to get even closer? Then Snorkel the Ruins of Atlantis in the world’s largest open-air marine habitat. You’re bound to see sleek sharks, spoŠed rays and tropical fish as you snorkel your way through the Ruins lagoon. Dolphin Cay is an extraordinary -acre habitat offering visitors an amazing, up-close experience with Atlantic BoŠlenose dolphins. Our Shallow Water Interaction lets guests of all ages go nose-to-nose with these remarkable animals. Touch,

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playground, Atlantis, Paradise Island. splash and play away with your delightful new sea friend. For even more excitement, try our Deep Water Swim. Glide and snorkel alongside a dolphin with a hand-held water scooter. At the end of your visit, these powerful animals offer visitors a “foot push” across the lagoon on a boogie board. Want more friends in wet places? Jump in for a splash in our Sea Lion Interaction. Hug, touch, or even kiss your new friend as you pose for a keepsake photo. It’s all waiting at Atlantis. A lifetime of memories, all in a single-day excursion.

To book one of these amazing Atlantis excursions, see your Shore Excursion Desk.

and all-day access to Dolphin Cay Beach.

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Visitors get a history lesson along with their exercise when ascending the stairs.

In the early 19th century, 600 slaves began to build a level road through the limestone ridge that lies between downtown Nassau and the rest of the island to provide better access. When slavery was abolished, so was the

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project. What was done looked like a long stairway at the dead end of the cut. In the 1920s, a promoter noticed that there were the same number of steps as there were years in Queen Victoria’s reign, and thus the name was bestowed on the stairway. Today

Perhaps the most unusual sight in Nassau is the Queen’s Staircase on top of Elizabeth Avenue hill, which pays homage to the 65-year reign of Queen Victoria.

beautiful palm trees and an adjacent cascading waterfall make the Queen’s Staircase a shady, cool oasis with a view that takes your breath away. —L. M.

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Almost everyone has seen marching horses and marching elephants. But marching flamingos? You can see them for yourself every day at Ardastra Gardens and Zoo, a cool retreat amid the bustle of Nassau. Audiences wait in eager anticipation for the arrival of the more than one dozen flamingos trained to spread their wings and march on command, responding to the voice of the trainer. All spectators are invited to enter the show arena after the performance for a close-up encounter with the amazing pink birds. In addition, animal lovers can see a meerkat family, as well as parrots, iguanas, lemurs, monkeys, sloths and even kinkajous. —D. W.

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Jamaica’s natural beauty is evident at every turn in the road. In Ocho Rios, rivers rush down mountains covered in thick foliage, the sea laps golden shores, and tropical flowers accent every view. The birthplace of reggae king Bob Marley is near this corner of Jamaica, and many other stars have found themselves lured to these fantastic shores, finding inspiration and welcome in its glorious mountains, its sparkling beaches and its warm people. FAST FACTS CLIMATE Temperatures average between 80° and 90°F on the coast. In the mountains, it can get as low as 40°F. The rainy season runs from September through November and from May through June. LANGUAGE English is the official language. Jamaicans also have their own patois — incomprehensible to most foreigners — as well as a myriad of idiomatic expressions.

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LOCATION Ocho Rios lies on the northern coast of Jamaica, which is 90 miles south of Cuba. MONEY The Jamaican dollar is the official currency, but U.S. dollars are accepted everywhere. Major credit cards are accepted at most restaurants and shops. POPULATION 16,500  Azure water laps the soft beaches of Ocho Rios. FUN ASHORE CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES

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FUN TREKS : OCHO RIOS

Here are just a few of the many tours you can experience during your visit. See your onboard shore excursions specialist to book today.

PORT VIEW Ocho Rios may not have the eight rivers its name implies, but you wouldn’t know that standing in the powerful cascade of Dunn’s River Falls. The island’s most recognized site offers one of the Caribbean’s most unusual experiences: climbing through 600 feet of rushing mountain water, holding hands in daisy-chain formation with other adventurers. The climb ends in one of the island’s busiest craft markets, which sells wood carvings and straw goods, but most travelers prefer to head to the numerous duty-free malls for more relaxed shopping. At Soni’s Plaza, Harbor Shops,

Fast adventures and new encounters

TRANOPY ADVENTURE

The Sky Explorer chairlift, the Jamaica Bobsled ride and a zip-line adventure are combined in this triplethreat outing to Mystic Mountain. The chairlift takes riders up 700 feet to the top of the mountain, where they get in the bobsled and plunge down 3,280 feet of twisting track. Back at the top, they get a safety orientation and “fly” through the jungle canopy on a series of cables and pulleys. Participants must be twelve years old or older and weigh no more than 280 pounds.

PARADISE BEACH CLUB WITH DUNN’S RIVER FALLS Guests visit Dunn’s River Falls to climb the rocks leading up this 600-foothigh natural attraction; then they head to Paradise Beach for fun in the sun and unlimited food, drinks

and entertainment. A DJ plays reggae music, and colorfully costumed Jamaican dancers perform. The day ends with shopping for local souvenirs in town.

SHARK ENCOUNTER & DUNN’S RIVER FALLS

After an invigorating climb up Dunn’s River Falls, guests travel to Dolphin Cove at Treasure Reef to meet its shark inhabitants. The encounter begins with a safety briefing — after which you may actually touch, hold, feed and even swim with sharks under the supervision of highly trained facilitators. The tour includes time for a stroll through an adjacent jungle trail. Participants must be eight years old or older.

CANOPY ADVENTURE

A series of high platforms and rope pulleys takes guests across the jungle

canopy of Cranbrook Flower Forest. After a briefing and outfitting with the safety harness, participants swing through the jungle, while enjoying a view of the Caribbean Sea. Participants must be ten years old or older and may weigh no more than 260 pounds.

DOLPHIN SWIM & DUNN’S RIVER FALLS After climbing the 600-foot-high Dunn’s River Falls, guests travel to Dolphin Cove for a brief presentation and a swimming session with the marine mammals. The tour includes time for shopping. Participants must be eight years old or older and must be able to swim; children must be accompanied by adults. Pregnant women may not participate.

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Taj Mahal and Island Village, fine jewelry, watches, Jamaican rum, and cigars are popular purchases. Also much-sought are spices to bring home a taste of the island’s signature jerk cuisine. Ocho’s elegant side is revealed in such attractions as Firefly, the serene estate where famed British playwright Noël Coward often came to find ‘‘room to write.’’ —J. B. and P. P.

How to get to town Your ship docks just a few steps from the heart of Ocho Rios' shopping and dining area. Taxis are readily available at the pier.

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LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT CASA DE ORO

by Jim Thompson

Casa de Oro sells top brands from five locations in Jamaica.

In 1931, B. D. Dadlani thought Jamaica would be only a brief stop on his journey from India to Trinidad or America. But when he stepped off the boat and saw the lush green forests and soaring mountains jutting against the island nation’s alabaster beaches, he knew this would be his new home.

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the National Honor of the Order of Distinction in 1994 for his community service. The feeling is reflected in the family’s philosophy of always putting the customer first and is echoed in their motto: “Always with the family tradition.” Many things in Jamaica have changed since B. D. Dadlani first arrived. But

“For him, like so many who come here,

Casa de Oro, a successful jewelry store

Jamaica’s greatest resource — the

it was love at first sight,” says Dadlani’s

with five locations in Jamaica: two in

open, friendly nature of the people —

son, Indru Dadlani.

Ocho Rios, two in Montego Bay and

has always remained constant, notes

B. D. Dadlani and his brother stayed

one in Negril. Specializing in high-end

Indru Dadlani.

and set up a small dry-goods store in

watches and jewelry, Casa de Oro is the

“There is just nothing like the people

Kingston. Over the years, with the help

exclusive Jamaica distributor of Cartier

of Jamaica,” he says with a smile in his

of his wife, his son Indru and other family

and of specialty items from Tiffany, TAG

voice. “If you add the great food and

members, he saw his simple shop grow,

Heuer and Mikimoto.

places in Ocho Rios like Dunn’s River

along with his love for the island and its

Indru Dadlani shares his father’s

people. Today, the Dadlani family owns

affection for Jamaica, and was awarded

Falls, the dolphins and Mystic Mountain, it’s a real slice of heaven.”

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A rushing waterfall, one of Ocho Rios’ most common elements

Ocho Rios has attracted visitors since

Columbus first anchored in St. Ann’s

the Taino to disappear from Jamaica only

explorer Christopher Columbus made

Bay, Jamaica, in 1494. A few years later, on

80 years later. Soon the Spanish would

landfall in 1494. The area has evolved

another voyage, problems with his ships

be displaced as well.

through roller-coaster times: England’s

caused him to be stranded in Maima,

triumph over the Spanish; the huge

which was renamed Sevilla la Nueva — the

influence of wealthy sugar plantations;

first and largest Taino settlement, located

the subsequent slave revolution;

just a few miles west of Ocho Rios. There

The British wrested control of Jamaica

international industrialization; and the

he remained for a year, abandoning

from the Spanish in 1658, although

tourism of today.

two ships that archaeologists are still

skirmishes continued sporadically. They

seeking. Sevilla was later the site of the

ended 150 years of Spanish rule with a

island’s first sugar mill, which fueled an

decisive victory at Rio Nuevo, a small

industry that became central to Jamaica’s

river that also lends its name to a village

economic growth.

outside Ocho Rios. Today, the battlefield

BEGINNINGS The advanced culture of Jamaica’s original settlers, the pre-Columbian Taino

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Indians, is reflected in what remains of

The displaced Taino were expected

site is marked by a monument honoring

their Arawak language, still spoken today;

to acknowledge the king of Spain, pay a

the Jamaicans who fought there with

in the ruins of ceremonial ball parks;

gold tribute, provide work and supplies,

the Spanish.

and in their complex religion, based

and convert to Christianity. These unmet

Sugar plantations spread across

on cosmology. Incredibly, the Taino

expectations, as well as the diseases

Jamaica, bringing great wealth to their

managed to survive for centuries.

contracted from their conquerors, caused

owners, whose costs were cut by the

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free labor of slaves they brought from Africa. Runaway slaves called Maroons are said to have hidden in the Green Grotto caves near Ocho Rios, as well as in the mountainous interior. With Jamaica as the largest producer of sugar in the world, plantations formed the basis of the country’s economy until the emancipation of slaves in 1834. Agriculture became more diversified and fishing became a major industry. The Blue Mountains, source of Jamaica’s famed coffee

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shipping piers fed by conveyor belts

celebrating its multiple virtues as a draw

Away from the bustling fishing piers,

that reached six miles to the mines. In

for vacationers, and the tourism industry

off in the hills just north of Ocho Rios,

1984, Reynolds Jamaica Mines decided

boomed. In Ocho Rios, grand hotels

one Sir Alfred d’Costa suspected that

to leave the island altogether, and pulled

and excellent restaurants sprouted

the distressing condition of his cattle

out of both the port and the mines.

along its beaches. Historic sites with

was caused by the strange red dirt on his

Today the Reynolds pier is used mainly

their explosive tropical beauty became

ranch. Analysis revealed a high content of

as a cruise ship port — an indication of

destinations unto themselves: Dunn’s

bauxite, a principal source of aluminum,

Jamaica’s next economic phase.

River Falls; Shaw Park; Noël Coward’s

which quickly attracted the attention of Reynolds Aluminum and accelerated the

home, Firefly; and, in Nine Mile, the Bob

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Marley Mausoleum honoring Jamaica’s

good fortune of Ocho Rios in the 1940s.

After gaining independence from

Fishing piers evolved into deep-water

Britain in 1962, Jamaica focused on

father of reggae. In these places, past tense became present perfect.

OCHO RIOS TIMELINE 1940s: Bauxite is discovered; Reynolds Aluminum begins mining operations.

1494: Columbus anchors in St. Ann’s Bay. 1655: The British conquer Spanish occupants; Ocho Rios is named.

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1962: Jamaica gains independence from Britain. 1952: The first shipment of Jamaican bauxite leaves the port of Ocho Rios.

Beautiful beaches are among Ocho’s biggest draws.

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by Sara Churchville heroic currency The most bandied-about currency on the island is in coin form. The 25-cent and the 20-dollar coin feature identical busts of national hero marcus arcus Garvey, and the other coins pay homage to homeland greats Alexander bustamante, Norman manley, George William Gordon and paul bogle. Jamaica’s paper currency also bears images of the nation’s revered personalities.

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Jamaica’s $20 note

The swallow-tailed butterfly is nocturnal.

Swallow-Tailed BuTTerfly The world’s largest swallow-tailed butterfly, the Papilio Homerus, is found only on Jamaica, where it’s called, as are all butterflies and moths, a bat. The black-and-yellow butterfly has a wingspan of 6 inches, making it the largest butterfly in the Americas. It’s also larger than the 3-inch winged Jamaican fruit bat, a rat-bat as the nocturnal creatures are called. The endangered Homerus

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is commemorated on Jamaica’s $1,000 note.

lush tropical ferns are long-lived.

Tropical fernS The tiny Jamaican Tody

Jamaican Tody

Ferns aren’t exactly rare in tropical climes, but ocho rios, with its nearby rainforest, has more than the usual amount. In fact, from the ocho rios beaches to about 4 miles

This red-throated, upwardly staring Jamaican bird is said to have

inland up the mountains is a deep ravine with some 500

gotten its color from a drop of blood from the Crucifixion. Unusual

species of ferns. The area is called, with unceremonious

among birds, it makes its nest underground. It appears topside

accuracy, Fern Gully.

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High-rises give Ocho Rios a modern feel.

Ocho Rios has grown into a thriving resort town with a mix of eye-popping architecture — from gingerbread to Georgian, from plantation-style to mega-modern. With its popularity as a destination for the rich and famous, it is not unusual to see well-preserved colonial buildings located next to glistening high-rises. The island boasts an abundance of 1880s plantation homes that are still in use long after their construction. The White River Valley, located high in the hills, has an especially vast array of classic homes. Here a visitor is

Harmony Hall, a mid-1800s Methodist manse east of Ocho Rios, has been showcasing the finest Jamaican arts and crafts since 1981.

transported into a world of Jamaica’s intriguing past, viewing the many styles of Georgian architecture that seem to tell the story of Ocho Rios itself. Another fascinating find is the Village of Flowers, where the beautifully colored buildings look like they could be framed inside a watercolor painting. Other parts of the property feature the ruins of an old plantation home and smaller houses re-created in their original design. —L. M.

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Ascending the falls

DUNN’S RIVER FALLS

Jamaica’s most celebrated sight is, without question, Dunn’s River Falls — having starred in numerous magazine advertisements and television commercials promoting this Caribbean hot spot. These photographic cascading falls splash down a rocky mountainside on

the slippery rocks and boulders.

the right, rush under the road and join

Guides will hold your cameras, take

the sea at the white-sand beach on the

your picture under the falls, and point

left — not only a sight to see but to tackle,

out placid pools among the lively rapids.

as well. For those not afraid to get their

Traditionally, climbers top off their trip

feet wet, climbing 600 feet to the top

with a cold Red Stripe beer, one of

of the cascades is a real high. But this

Jamaica’s most famous exports. —M. L.

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tourists, and pick your way gingerly up

THE NAME GAME A common belief is that Ocho Rios takes its name from the Spanish for ‘‘eight rivers,’’ which is the literal translation. But that interpretation is faulty, for the town doesn’t have eight rivers. The name instead may have been a corruption of las chorreras — Spanish for ‘‘rapids,’’ as in the rushing waters of Dunn’s River Falls. Jamaica itself has gone by several different names, as the English struggled to spell it the way they heard it. According to the Web site VisitJamaica.com, the nation in its early years was called Gemecoe, Gemegoe, Jamico, Jammaca, Xaymaca, even Mamecah. Christopher Columbus’ younger brother, Bartholome, was the first to put Jamaica on a map — although he spelled it Jamaicha.

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DESCENDING INTO HISTORY

When it comes to the thrill of exploring nature’s underground world, Jamaica sits high on the avid spelunker’s list. ABOVE: Grotto Lake inside Green Grotto Caves. BELOW: A timber bridge overlooks an outer pond.

Near Discovery Bay, along the island’s

modern-day cave explorers to trace the

lush and white-sand northern shores, sit

steps of those who passed through long

the Green Grotto Caves — a labyrinth

ago. Archaeological fragments reveal the

of rugged stalactites and stalagmites

Arawak and Taino Indians took shelter

in wide-open caverns and fissured

there. Pirates and runaway slaves used

chambers, with daylight beaming through

the caves as a hiding place — hence the

cracks and holes in the earth.

popular name Runaway Bay Caves — as

But what makes these caves particularly

did the Spanish fleeing the British. During

enticing is Grotto Lake, a subterranean

the first half of the 20th century, barrels

waterway that could be a setting for the

of rum lay in storage, and smugglers

Jules Verne classic Journey to the Center

used the caves to run arms to Cuba.

of the Earth. Modern-day Hollywood, in

Today’s visitors need only bring good

fact, did feature the caves as the lair of

spelunking shoes and a hardhat for

the villainous Dr. Kananga in the 1973

an underground tour, complete with

James Bond movie Live and Let Die.

tales of the myths and legends of one

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FLOWERS, FERNS AND WATERFALLS

When Christopher Columbus first arrived in Jamaica, he called it the fairest isle of all. Landing in what is now St. Ann’s Parish, Columbus saw a lush, verdant landscape that would earn the nickname ‘‘the garden parish.’’

Today, some five hundred years later, St. Ann’s natural beauty is in full bloom. Visitors can see, sniff, touch and photograph gorgeous flowers, ferns and waterfalls at tropical gardens tucked away in the countryside a short ride from FOTOSEARCH.COM

the cruise pier.

COYABA GARDENS A sparkling stream runs through this tranquil oasis set midway up the amazingly green hills behind town. The name coyaba says it all. It comes from the Arawak word for “paradise.” Pathways wind past pink ginger plants, lipstickred heliconia, giant cedars and banyan trees. The waters of Mahoe Falls splash down rocky cliffs into a tempting plunge pool. In British colonial days, these grounds were part of a plantation. The few remaining buildings house a gift shop and small museum displaying artifacts from Jamaica’s pre-Columbian inhabitants, the Taino Indians.

SHAW PARK GARDENS This botanical garden, named after sugar plantation owner John Shaw, is considered one of Jamaica’s finest. The property was transformed into an exclusive resort in the mid-1900s, when Flora McKenzie Pringle Stuart applied her green thumb to the landscape.

ABOVE: Shaw Park Gardens. RIGHT: Mahoe Falls at Coyaba Gardens.

COYABA GARDENS

Her magic touch lives on in hundreds of flowering plants nurtured by a picturesque waterfall.

CRANBROOK FLOWER FOREST The 130-acre haven welcomes visitors to discover an exotic tropical flower forest, wander through a rainforest, wade in the Little River, or simply enjoy the birds. Hundreds of orchids flourish in the greenhouse, and there’s a restored sugar mill to explore. —G. D.

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A STATELY VIEW

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: The great house’s veranda offers a majestic view of the Caribbean; the front entrance, set on a sweeping lawn; the rear of the great house; the home’s colorful gardens; fragrant flowers adorn the walkway leading through the garden. BELOW LEFT: Antiques fill the great house’s rooms.

Compared to the massive Rose Hall and Greenwood great houses, the manor at Prospect Plantation is an unassuming structure. Though hardly small, it comprises just a few compact rooms in two stories, unlike

the sprawling mansions of those better-known landmarks. Rising gracefully from the broad, manicured lawn leading from the road, it first seems less like an historic estate and more like the upscale vacation home of a modern family. Inside, however, the house’s history comes alive in the rich wood accenting its walls and the antiques that fill the smallish rooms. From the columned veranda on the rear of the house is a sumptuous view of colorful gardens leading down stone steps, with the Caribbean Sea seeming close enough to touch.

FERTILE HISTORY The great house was built in the early 1800s, but the plantation itself dates from 1721. After three ownership changes, it was purchased in 1936 by Sir Harold Mitchell of Scotland, an Oxford-educated scholar and former vice chairman of Britain’s Conservative Party. Mitchell later founded Prospect College, an all-boys school that still operates on the plantation grounds. The plantation is now owned by a sightseeing company, which offers tours by open-air jitney, horses and, surprisingly, camels. Views include White River Gorge and the spot where Christopher Columbus was shipwrecked for more than a year during one of his visits to the new world. The plantation is lush with plants, trees and agricultural crops that include bananas, cassava, sugarcane, coffee and allspice. Many of the trees were planted by famous visitors, including Winston Churchill, Henry Kissinger, Charlie Chaplin, Pierre Trudeau, Noël Coward and Drew Barrymore.

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NATURAL MYSTIC by Garry Steckles

Far be it from me to cross swords with Keith Richards when it comes to music — any kind of music. But when the legendary Rolling Stones guitarist and rock ’n’ roll survivor tells people “reggae music died with Bob Marley” — and I’ve heard him say it — I must beg to differ. ADRIAN BOOT

There have been some dry spells. But the fact is, as any serious reggae fan will attest, the music’s alive and kicking. And Bob Marley, reggae’s greatest singer, songwriter and performer, is more popular, more influential, and more esteemed today than he was when he died in 1981. Come to think of it, Marley, some three decades after his death at the age of 36, may well be the most popular, influential and esteemed artist of any music genre the world has ever known. Marley’s global impact is often hard to comprehend to those of us who first heard his name in the early 1970s. Back then, the buzz from Jamaica was that a sensational young group called The Wailers were going to be the next big thing in reggae — a music that was already making an international impact with chart hits by Desmond Dekker and a hard-edged cult movie, The Harder They Come. The buzz was right on the money. In less than a decade, Nesta Robert Marley (the name he was given at birth) rose from obscurity to become the Third World’s first superstar. He broke attendance records in Europe. He toured and recorded virtually nonstop. He made headlines everywhere — for his music, his outspoken views on marijuana,

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unheard-of Rastafarian religion, and the

cancer broke in 1980, and he died in

and his music, collectively, have taken

parade of beautiful women who came

May of the following year. And that is

on almost mythic proportions. A whole

and went in his life.

when the legend really started. In death,

new generation has grown up listening

Then, almost as swiftly as it began, it

Marley has become even bigger than

to and revering Marley. His image adorns

was all over. The news that Marley had

he was in life. His image, his message

everything from T-shirts to shoes, from

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purses to posters, from bumper stickers to designer jeans, and his albums continue to account for an estimated

“If you know your history then you know where you’re coming from” —‘‘Buffalo Soldier’’

50 percent of reggae sales worldwide. Marley’s music has received numerous accolades in recent years: Time magazine chose his classic mid-’70s

gone back to Kingston the day after

mother, returned to Kingston at the age

Exodus as its album of the century; the

marrying Bob’s mother, Cedella; she

of 12 and spent the next few years in

BBC selected “One Love” from Exodus

was already pregnant. Captain Norval

Trenchtown, the ghetto that he was to

as its anthem of the century during its

Marley, a member of a wealthy Jamaican

immortalize in song. The grim concrete

marathon millennium broadcast; and

family, had virtually nothing to do with

jungle and the music that permeated

The New York Times put only one video,

the upbringing and support of the

it shaped Marley’s personality and,

Marley’s 1977 performance at London’s

youngster until he “sent for” Bob to join

eventually, his destiny. It was on the

Rainbow Theatre, into its millennium

him in the Jamaican capital. But when he

streets of Trenchtown that the slight boy

time capsule, which was placed under

reached the big city, Marley was put in

from “country” learned to handle himself, and he soon earned the street nickname ADRIAN BOOT

the Metropolitan Museum of Art to be opened on the first day of the year 3000. And Marley himself has received many

customer not to be trifled with. And it

posthumous tributes: He was featured

was here that he started to apply himself

on PBS’ prestigious American Masters

seriously to a career in music.

biography series; he has been inducted

Marley, Bunny Wailer — who had also

into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and

moved to Trenchtown — and another

honored with a star on Hollywood’s Walk

ambitious Kingston teen, Peter Tosh,

of Fame; and he received a Lifetime

joined forces to form The Wailers. After

Achievement Award at the 2001 Grammy®

honing their vocal and instrumental

Awards ceremonies.

skills under the guidance of the late Joe

Impressive as they are, these

Higgs, one of Jamaica’s most respected

achievements only hint at the impact

musicians, they cut their first records in

Marley has had on the countless millions

the early sixties. Despite having hit after

whose lives have been influenced by

hit, they made practically no money and

his timeless anthems. With the possible

were still living in desperate conditions.

exceptions of John Lennon and Paul

But The Wailers were special talents,

McCartney, no songwriter in history has

even by standards of a nation that has

given the world so many songs that are

produced more brilliant musicians per

entrenched in our collective memories.

capita than any other on earth, and

Reggae fans around the world, particularly in Africa, worship Marley as

they came to the attention of a young Marley relaxing between gigs

a god — an expression of veneration that

Jamaican record label owner, Chris Blackwell. Against the advice of many, in

would undoubtedly come as a surprise

the care of an elderly, infirm lady, and in

1972 he advanced them the money to cut

to a man who regarded himself as simply

fact ended up fending for both her and

what became the first authentic reggae

a musician with a message he wanted

himself before he was even 10 years old.

album (as opposed to a collection of

to share.

About a year later, his worried mother

singles): the epochal Catch a Fire.

Marley’s story started in rural Jamaica

finally tracked him down and returned

The album got rave reviews, sold well,

on February 6, 1945. He was born in

with him to Nine Mile, which is where

and suddenly reggae music was an

the small village of Nine Mile in the

he first struck up what would develop

international phenomenon. The following

parish of St. Ann, and from infancy, it

into a historic friendship with another

year, The Wailers came out with Burnin’,

was obvious that he was special. But

youngster, Bunny Wailer.

which cemented their reputation as

Marley never had it easy. His father had 262

Tuff Gong — rough translation, a tough

Marley, this time accompanied by his

reggae’s first real international stars.

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It was the last album they were to record as a trio. Tosh and Wailer, neither of them happy with Blackwell’s determination to make Marley the focal point of the group, each decided to go his own way. Marley immediately recruited three female backup singers: his wife, Rita; Judy Mowatt; and Marcia Griffiths — known as the I-Three — for his next album, 1974’s Natty Dread. Again sales went well, but it wasn’t until 1975 that Marley went from star to superstar status. The album that sent his career into the stratosphere was Live, recorded at London’s Lyceum ballroom. While the album as a whole is somewhat uneven, it contains the song that is perhaps Marley’s most famous: a

Marley was an emotional performer.

majestic, soaring version of “No Woman No Cry.” After that, with the brilliant

“Redemption Song,” arguably the

They still spend most of their time on the

publicist Charles B. Comer working on

greatest of his many memorable

road, touring in Europe, North America

his behalf, you couldn’t pick up a paper

compositions, for the last time.

and Asia, where their music has found

or a magazine or turn on the television

Marley died in a Miami hospital on May

adoring publics.

11, 1981, and his body was flown home to

But reggae’s nothing if not resilient,

Reggae fans around the world eagerly

Kingston. His funeral was the biggest

and as it continued to change, a new

awaited his annual album. Rastaman

and most emotional in Jamaican history,

wave of social-minded dancehall artists

Vibration was huge in 1976, and the

and his remains were taken across the

emerged in the early and mid-’90s. Today

without encountering Marley.

performers like Buju Banton, Anthony B, Capleton and the chart-topping Shaggy

“We’re jammin’ and I hope this jam is gonna last” —‘‘Jammin’ ’’

have taken dancehall to new levels and captivated new audiences. Meanwhile, many of Bob’s children continue to spread his musical message. Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers have been international stars since the

following year brought Exodus, which

island by motorcade to the village of

’80s, sons Damian and Julian Marley have

was even bigger. Then in 1978 came Kaya

Nine Miles, where he was laid to rest in

recorded with considerable success, and

and the less-than-successful live double

a white mausoleum a few feet from the

Bob’s youngest son, Kymani, a dynamite

album Babylon by Bus; 1979’s Survival;

tiny house in which he was born.

talent equally at home with roots reggae

and 1980’s Uprising.

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After Marley’s death, reggae went

and driving hip-hop, is the latest to burst

By the late ’70s, Marley’s health had

through what undoubtedly will be

on the scene. The legend lives on.

started to fail. A soccer injury to a toe

remembered as the musical equivalent

turned cancerous, and in keeping with

of the Dark Ages. Purposeful, uplifting

Garry Steckles is the author of Bob Marley

his Rastafarian beliefs, he refused to let

“roots” reggae gave way to crude,

(Signal Books, 2008). He has worked as

doctors remove part of his foot — an

repetitive dancehall, a reggae/rap

a newspaper editor in England, Canada,

operation that might have saved his

hybrid often with openly sexist and/or

Barbados and the United States, and has

life. The cancer spread and Marley

violent lyrics. As the ’80s dragged on, the

written about reggae and all aspects of

made his final appearance onstage in

great roots groups that had dominated

Caribbean culture in major newspapers

Pittsburgh in September 1980. Members

the music were virtually driven out of

and magazines in North America and

of The Wailers wept as he performed

Jamaica by the dancehall “posses.”

the Caribbean.

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—‘‘Trenchtown Rock’’

Bob Marley’s birthplace in Nine Mile, near Ocho Rios, has become a museum honoring the artist.

Here are recommendations of ten CDs for a basic reggae starter kit. The list includes everything from Bob Marley standards to classic roots and dancehall. All are readily available at Caribbean specialty stores and at major North American and European outlets with reggae sections. African Herbsman, The Wailers The collaboration between the eccentric Jamaican studio genius Lee

aficionados insist is the best the group ever made.

Blackheart Man, Bunny Wailer The first album from Bunny after his split with The Wailers, it’s still widely

outstanding live performances.

Hot Shot, Shaggy A huge international hit from the current king of reggae’s “lover men.” The hit single “It Wasn’t Me” propelled the charismatic Shaggy to superstar status — and it isn’t even the best track on this CD.

Inna Heights, Buju Banton Quality dancehall — terrific melodies, conscious lyrics — from the undisputed king of the genre.

One Stone, Culture Joseph Hill, Culture’s lead singer, is regarded by many as reggae’s finest

likely. Kymani is a prodigious young man

living vocalist. Culture has been making

who’s got a knack for writing melodies

superb roots reggae since 1977 with

that stay with you.

“Two Sevens Clash,” and they’ve never

“Scratch” Perry and The Wailers in the late ’60s resulted in music many reggae

“Equal Rights” — along with some

sounded better than on “One Stone.”

Exodus, Bob Marley and The Wailers

Touting I-Self, I-Roy

Time magazine’s editors chose it as

The early DJs — U-Roy, Big Youth, King

the album of the 20th century, and they

Stitt and Co. — set the stage for today’s

may just be right. The only contender,

dancehall, rap, and hip-hop. Nobody

in my book, would be another Marley

does it better than the late Roy Reid,

masterpiece, “Survival.”

known professionally as I-Roy.

Honorary Citizen, Peter Tosh

Universal Struggle, Anthony B

regarded as the singer’s masterpiece. Gorgeous melodies, incisive lyrics, not a single weak track. Roots reggae at its finest.

Country Journey, Kymani Marley

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This three-CD set is virtually a history

Pure, undiluted dancehall from one of

of one of reggae’s most accomplished

Jamaica’s most respected young artists.

and most controversial talents, the late

Anthony B’s lyrics are uncompromising

Peter Tosh. It combines early Tosh singles

and cliché-free, and like the best of the

Is this what Bob would have sounded

with classic album tracks from the

contemporary wave of dancehall stars,

like if he’d been born in the ’80s? Quite

’80s — including “Reggaemylitis” and

he can write a melody with staying power.

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Like an eagle’s nest overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Noël Coward’s beloved home, Firefly, is perched on a 1,000-foot hill some 20 miles east of Ocho Rios. From this vantage point, visitors can see the Blue Mountains to the south and the north-coast headlands surrounding Port Maria — an absolutely awe-inspiring vista. It was here that the famous British man-about-town, author, playwright, actor and composer found peace, happiness and “the time to write.” At this charming Jamaican dwelling, Coward wrote his only novel, Pomp and Circumstance. Firefly Hill also served as the site of countless parties and social gatherings, with Coward entertaining the likes of Winston Churchill, Queen Elizabeth II and a slew of celebrities, including John Gielgud, Katharine Hepburn, Claudette Colbert, David Niven, Joan Sutherland and Errol Flynn. Coward even personally cooked for the Queen Mother DEWEY WALDORF

at his Caribbean home. The house, which is open to the public, is much as Coward left it. Tour guides take visitors through the interior while painting such a vivid picture of his life that it is easy to imagine the owner will appear at any moment. Coward died suddenly in his big mahogany four-poster on March 26, 1973, at the age of 74. His grave, marked by an engraved marble headstone, is on the property. Coward’s friends thought it only fitting that he should be buried here. —D. W.

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Ocho Rios lays claim to Jamaica’s first theme park, just steps from the cruise ship pier. Island Village, designed to re-create the atmosphere of a Caribbean seaside community, extols all things Jamaican with an array of entertainment, dining and shopping diversions. The highlight of the complex is ReggaeXplosion, billed as “the ultimate reggae experience.” The two-level interactive museum traces the history of Jamaican popular music from its earliest roots to the present day, celebrating reggae music, artwork, images, film and the musicians who produced and are still augmenting this international phenomenon. Other attractions include an outdoor amphitheater and stage; a 220-seat theater; Village Square, where street performers entertain and artisans sell and indoor arcade for children; and the first Caribbean branch of Jimmy Buffett’s laid-back but lively Margaritaville bar — located right on a public beach with

ABOVE: Shoppers find many treasures at Island Village. BELOW: The complex’s outdoor amphitheater and stage. ISLAND VILLAGE

craft products; an outdoor playground

changing facilities and other amenities. Shopping options include some of Jamaica’s major duty-free retailers, along with boutiques and shops proffering an eclectic selection of Jamaican products and services. Elevated wooden walkways wind through the village, whose sparkling lagoons and flowering trees offer a pleasant natural setting. Island Village’s creators took great care to design the complex to complement the natural environment, while providing the ultimate destination for visitors to Ocho Rios. 272

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ABOVE: Coffee plants thrive at high elevation. BELOW: The prized Jamaican crop.

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Why is Jamaica’s Blue Mountain coffee the world’s most expensive and sought after? Biology and economy. Of the island’s 23,000 acres of coffee trees, only 10,000 produce Blue Mountain coffee, which legally must be planted above 2,000 feet. At this elevation, the daytimeprocess that produces a unique bean, blue-green in color, with little resistance to pests and disease. Its frailty means small yields. Blue Mountain coffee cherries, furthermore, are handpicked to insure optimal ripeness.

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nighttime extremes provide the perfect climate for a slow ripening

The other factor is supply and demand. Blue Mountain farmers can’t seem to grow enough coffee, so they can theoretically set their prices as high as they wish. Stateside, the beans go for $50 a pound; in Jamaica, you can buy them for about $15 a pound. —C.K.W. 274

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AKEE ’N’ SALTFISH Akee: an exclusively Jamaican fruit that looks and tastes

more like scrambled eggs than anything else. Saltfish: salted cod, which was imported in colonial times. The islanders��� taste for it has stuck, and today they import it at great cost for special occasions. The sum of the two gives you akee ’n’ saltfish, the national dish of Jamaica, a buttery-salty treat without parallel. —C.K.W.

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RIGHT: The Jamaican fruit, akee. BELOW: Jamaica’s national dish, akee ’n’ saltfish.

JAMAICAN JERK

A highlight of any visit to Jamaica is a taste of jerk meat, prepared in a unique cooking style. This island nation has a particular way of barbecuing seasoned meats over a wood fire for a one-of-a-kind flavor. Jerk seasoning is a fiery mix of as many as 20 spices, including Scotch bonnet peppers, pimento (allspice) and scallions. Bite-size pieces of chicken, pork and beef are marinated, or “jerked,” and then thrown over slats of green pimento wood stretched across a pit in the ground or, sometimes, a garbage can or anything else that will do. The result is a spicy, savory meal that must be washed down with an ice-cold Red Stripe beer. If you want some of the best Jamaican jerk, try one of the ubiquitous roadside stands. Or buy a jar or two of prepared jerk marinade to enjoy at home — the price is right. —W.L.S. Cooking jerk meats

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KORITE

Column earrings

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BULOVA

Precisionist Champlain Collection watch

MOVADO

Luno Sport watch

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Legend has it that Martha Brae, an Arawak girl, once used magic to divert the flow of a river to drown her Spanish captors. Some of that magic still remains on the river that bears her name.

River rafting on the Martha Brae

The Martha Brae River winds through a pristine forest full of bamboo, exotic fruits and many species of tropical birds. The best way to see all this is from the river itself. Travelers ride 30-foot bamboo rafts along the river’s gentle waters. Once used by plantation workers to haul bananas down the Rio Grande on the east coast, the rafts became tourist attractions back in the 1940s when Hollywood swashbuckler Errol Flynn used them to entertain his friends. Today, they come with cushioned seats for one or two passengers, and the guides, who navigate with long poles as they stand on the deck, talk a bit about their homeland or even stop to grab a fruit or flower from the riverbank. This is not a whitewater experience; the stable rafts and tame currents won’t even get a traveler’s feet wet. Lasting an hour or more, the tours are a relaxing up-close look at Jamaica’s Eden-like

The beauty of

Bamboo

Bamboo, one of the fastest-growing plants in the world, is versatile, to say the least. It’s strong enough to carry you down the Martha Brae and to be formed into sturdy furniture, yet soft and pliable enough for clothing and is even a food source.

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MAKING SCENTS OF RUM Jamaican rum, once known as “kill devil,” has come a long way since the mid-1700s, when it was a rough, fiery, knockout concoction. Appleton Estate rum is aged in oak barrels.

These days, no other Caribbean island boasts a wider variety of rums, ranging from crisp and crystal-clear to a smooth, golden-honey-colored sipping delight. You can mix the lighter varieties with fruit punch, or pack a punch by pouring a potent overproof — as in over 151 proof. COURTESY OF APPLETON ESTATE

Aside from color, the nose distinguishes one blend of rum from another. To be precise, that nose would be the master blender’s nose. In blending rum, as in creating a superb wine or an exotic perfume, you’re either blessed with “the nose” or you’re not. According to Joy Spence of Appleton Estate, Jamaica’s

one that can be duplicated by following

(and the industry’s) first female master

a closely guarded formula.

blender, women have better noses than men.

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Here’s a bit of rum trivia for your next cocktail party. Rum aged for 21 years on

What does a discerning nose know

sunny Jamaica is equivalent to a 63-year-

about rum? An aroma wheel offers a clue.

old brew from cooler climates. Rum ages

This pie chart, originally created for wine

best in oak barrels. Jamaica’s oldest

experts and later modified to describe

sugar estate and distillery, Appleton,

the nuances of such spirits as brandy

matures its rum in oak barrels once used

and rum, identifies positive scents like

for making Jack Daniels whiskey. Note:

“chocolate” and “cigar box.” On the

That olive-green ring around the edge of

negative side, there are “wet dog,” “tar”

your glass is a sign of a well-aged rum.

and “diesel.” It’s the job of the blender

So while you’re on the island, order a

to nose (and taste) various rums and

snifter of fine Jamaican rum. See the color.

to mix them into an appealing blend,

Sniff the aroma. Sip and enjoy! —G. D.

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James Bond, the fictional spy immortalized in novels and then on film, got his name during one of his creator’s many vacations in Jamaica.

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SPECIAL BOND Ian Fleming, author of the 13 Bond novels, explained: “I was looking for a name for my hero — nothing like Peregrine Carruthers or Standfast Maltravers — and I found it…on the cover of one of my Jamaican bibles, Birds of the West Indies, an ornithological classic by James Bond.” Fleming questioned whether the Bond books, which have sold more than ABOVE: Sean Connery as the original James Bond in Diamonds Are Forever. RIGHT: Collected stories in the best-selling spy series.

18 million copies in 23 languages, would have been born if he had not been in the “gorgeous vacuum of a Jamaican holiday.” From 1946 until his death in 1964, the author wintered at GoldenEye, his home on 30 acres of land overlooking Jamaica’s fashionable north shore. —D. W.

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PICK A PEPPER

Scotch bonnet peppers

Chili peppers are a trademark of Caribbean cuisine, dating back to the time of the Arawak Amerindians. (The Caribs, it’s said, used them for pepper warfare — drying and burning them to ward off enemies.) Like everything in the Caribbean, the peppers are hotter here. The most famous pepper of the islands, the Scotch bonnet, has 50 times the firepower of the wimpy jalapeño. It goes by the name bonney in Jamaica, habanero in Spanish islands and goat pepper or rocotillo in The Bahamas. FUN ASHORE CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES 1072.indd 1

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Space Center exhibit on the famed Apollo VII, the first manned spacecraft in the Apollo program

The deep-water harbor of Port Canaveral is in the city of Cape Canaveral, best known as the home of the Kennedy Space Center.

FAST FACTS

From here, the astronauts blasted off on historic Mercury,

LOCATION Port Canaveral, in the city of Cape Canaveral in Brevard County, is on the east coast of Florida. The county’s coastline is known as the Space Coast.

Gemini and Apollo missions. Miles of sandy shoreline stretch along the cape, and the hugely popular theme parks of Orlando are not far away.

CLIMATE The Space Coast boasts more than 300 sunny days a year. The average annual temperature is 76°F. LANGUAGE English is the common language.

MONEY The U.S. dollar is the official currency. POPULATION About 543,000 people live in Brevard County.

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The serene isle of Roatán is known 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. On the West End and West Bay, divers thrill at the brightly hued tropical fish swimming in clear turquoise waters, while others relax on powdery whitesand beaches shaded by coconut palms — the perfect seat from which to watch the world go by. FAST FACTS CLIMATE Temperatures average 75°F in this subtropical region. It is cooler in the mountain areas. The rainy season is from mid-May through mid-September. LANGUAGE Spanish is the official language of mainland Honduras, but most of Roatán’s people also speak English with a hint of Creole.

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LOCATION Roatán is part of Honduras, which is bordered by Guatemala to the west, by El Salvador to the southwest, and by Nicaragua to the south. The Gulf of Honduras and the Caribbean Sea lie to the north. MONEY The official currency of Honduras is the lempira. Traveler’s checks are accepted nearly everywhere in port. POPULATION Approximately 30,000  Divers come from far and wide to explore Roatán’s spectacular reefs. FUN ASHORE CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES

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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, while exciting tours complete the adventure. In the historic district, attractions include parks, museums, forts and shops, along with diverse cuisine. The area is especially alluring at night, when bistros, cafés and pubs create a scintillating scene. FAST FACTS CLIMATE The average year-round temperature is 83°F, with trade winds cooling off the coast. The rainy season is from May to October. LANGUAGE The official language is Spanish, but English is spoken island-wide.

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LOCATION Puerto Rico lies about 1,000 miles southeast of Miami, Florida. MONEY The U.S. dollar is the official currency. Major credit cards and traveler’s checks are accepted everywhere. POPULATION About 420,000  Old San Juan, the historic walled city, is Puerto Rico’s crown jewel. FUN ASHORE CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES

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FUN TREKS : SAN JUAN

Here are just a few of the many tours you can experience during your visit. See your onboard shore excursions specialist to book today.

PORT VIEW

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 soldiers 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 ten-minute ride leads to the beautiful beaches of the chic Condado, Isla Verde and Santurce areas, where sea kayaking, surfing and windsurfing are popular sports during the day and lounges and 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 all-out

Adventurous travelers and their rewards

CANOPY ADVENTURE La Marquesa Forestry Reserve is the setting for this soaring adventure on a series of ropes and pulleys connecting to platforms 10 to 70 feet high. The course includes an assisted rappel. Participants must be at least five years old, at least four feet tall, and weigh no more than 250 pounds.

PUERTO RICO’S FAVORITES Both Old and New San Juan and El Yunque Rainforest are showcased on this tour, which features historical landmarks such as the Capitol Building and other 17th-century architecture. It also highlights New San Juan’s Condado District, renowned for its beaches, hotels, casinos and restaurants. In El Yunque,

stops include La Coca Falls and the Observation Tower. The tour includes time for shopping.

RAINFOREST Guests see El Yunque, the only tropical rainforest in the United States territory. Sights include the Luquillo mountain range, featuring spectacular jungle-like vegetation. The tour stops at La Coca Falls, a natural pool and the Tourist Recreation Center, as well as at handicraft and local product stores.

SAN JUAN CITY TOUR & BACARDI DISTILLERY The attractive, historic city of San Juan is home to one of the most prolific rum distilleries in North America. At the famous Bacardi Rum distillery’s visitor center, guests get to know the process of

turning sugarcane into molasses and finally into rum. Tasting samples are included. The drive continues through Old San Juan to view 17th-century architecture, cobblestone streets and magnificent historic buildings.

HORSEBACK RIDING Winding along the edge of El Yunque and the banks of the Mamey River, riders explore the foothills of El Yunque Rainforest on spirited but gentle Paso Fino horses. Riders of all skill levels are welcome, but they must be ten years old or older; children must be accompanied by adults. The maximum weight per person is 250 pounds, and pregnant women or guests with certain physical problems may not join.

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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, birdwatching opportunities and idyllic waterfalls in which to take a refreshing dip, with rappelling and ziplining for the more adventurous. —K. C.

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 10- to 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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THE WALLED CITY by Gerald Zarr

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. San Juan’s high, protective wall still surrounds much of the city.

Columbus landed on the beautiful island in 1493 and named it San Juan Bautista

switched the names in the 16th century,

hub for the export of New World riches

and it's stayed that way ever since.

and a magnet for the British, Dutch and

(Saint John the Baptist). In 1511, Ponce de León named the town Puerto Rico. An unknown mapmaker seems to have

French privateers or pirates who sought

BEGINNINGS As the second-oldest city in the Americas, San Juan is known as La

A passageway inside the fort

fame and fortune. And their motherlands lusted for the most lucrative piece of real estate in the Western Hemisphere.

Ciudad Amurallada (“the walled city”),

With all this attention, it’s surprising

because of its massive encircling stone

how infrequently the city was overrun.

wall anchored by two mighty forts,

The British managed to seize and burn

El Morro and San Cristóbal; the wall was

San Juan in 1598, but dysentery did them

started in 1539 and not finished until 1782.

in. On their heels, the Dutch attacked

Up until 1897, the city was accessible

in 1625 but were overcome by disease

only through five enormous, heavily

as well and had to retreat.

guarded wooden doors that closed at nightfall.

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SPAIN’S NEIGHBORS COME CALLING

the 18th century, Puerto Ricans became

As Spain’s prominence declined in resentful of getting so little return on their

The wall was not merely for show.

labor for the Spanish. Islanders were not

San Juan Bay soon became the central

allowed to participate in government, and

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UNDER THE AMERICAN FLAG Following the Spanish-American War, Puerto Rico came under American rule. In 1917, Puerto Ricans became American citizens. In recent years, 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 Spanish 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 Blue cobblestones lend even more color to the old city.

ships. One of the old city’s jewels, La Fortaleza is the oldest executive mansion

Spain’s mercantilist practices did not allow

mercenary who fought in the Spanish

in the Western Hemisphere; it was

them to trade with other nations. As a result,

army and quickly rose through the ranks.

occupied by the Earl of Cumberland in

the Puerto Ricans took to trading sugar

O’Reilly built schools and roads, dropped

1598 and by the Dutch General Bowdoin

and rum illegally.

trade restrictions and lowered taxes;

Hendrick in 1625. In 1846, the building was

On this one occasion, the Spanish

consequently, Puerto Rico’s economy

remodeled and given a palatial aspect,

Empire took decisive action and sent

boomed in the late-18th century. O’Reilly

harmoniously uniting 16th-century military

two Irishmen to take charge. The first

is also known as the father of the Puerto

architecture with the refinements of the

was Tomas O’Daly, an experienced

Rican militia, because he built up a local

19th century. Since the 16th century, it

engineer, who fortified San Juan’s

constabulary force. After leaving San Juan,

has been the home of 181 governors of

defenses. The second was his boss,

O’Reilly went to New Orleans to become

Puerto Rico, ending with Luis Fortuño,

field marshal Alejandro O’Reilly, an Irish

the governor of Spanish Louisiana.

who was elected in 2008.

SAN JUAN TIMELINE 1782: The great encircling wall is completed.

1493: Columbus reaches Puerto Rico. 1511: San Juan is settled.

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1947: The governor becomes popularly elected. 1898: Puerto Rico comes under U.S. rule.

1973: San Juan becomes a World Heritage Site.

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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

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Bacardi 8 is aged eight years.

BACARDI 8 Everyone knows the globally distributed Bacardi brand, and The coquí frog sings at night.

as the Bacardi Rum Distillery within the San Juan metro area is the largest rum distillery in the world, imagine just

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COQUI FROG

how ever-present the famous bat-symboled bottle is here.

This tiny, indigenous frog — even the largest measures only

If you’re looking for something more postcollegiate than

about an inch — is the national symbol of Puerto Rico. The

the white rum, Bacardi 8 might be the way to go. It’s aged

“ko-kee” song of the male, which begins at dusk and continues

eight years in charred white-oak barrels; hints of vanilla,

throughout the night, is one of the distinctive sounds of San

toffee, honey, caramel and bittersweet chocolate; and is

Juan and of the island.

“reminiscent of an aged cognac.”

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ABOVE: An aerial view of Old San Juan, with the fortress El Morro in the foreground. RIGHT: La Fortaleza palace in the foreground.

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.

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Within Old San Juan’s walls are three stunning Spanish Colonial structures 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

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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Inside Casa Blanca, once the home of the Ponce de León family; Casa Blanca’s exterior; the Pablo Casals Museum, namesake of the great cellist (inset); a lookout tower at El Morro; Plaza del Quinto Centenario.

peninsula. Built from 1539 to 1783, this massive edifice defended Puerto Rico from a slew of enemies over the years. Sir Francis 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

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

Drake was one of the first to attack it, in 1595, and it was

remained in the family. In modern times, it 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 sights are much more concentrated. Some of the best stops are the San Juan Museum of Art and History; 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

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the Pablo Casals Museum; the San Juan Cathedral; La Puerta de

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Starfish pendant

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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,

Sweet, scrumptious flan

French, Asian and even Indian cuisines.

TRADITIONAL TASTES

a blend of onions, peppers, cilantro,

The lively town of Santurce offers

garlic and salt pork. And you’re sure

fashionable Spanish restaurants, a

to give in to a dessert of flan — baked

local farmer’s market and the delightful

custard topped with a caramel glaze —

fondas: small eateries serving home-

or tembleque, a bread pudding made

style Puerto Rican cooking at moderate

with coconut milk and custard. No meal

prices. Here you might enjoy asopao, a

is complete without a cup of rich Puerto

hearty chicken-and-rice gumbo. Your

Rican coffee; the locals often enjoy it

meal will likely come with a generous

with some frothy boiled milk.

helping of arroz blanco (white rice) and

ABOVE: The silver altar in Capilla del Cristo is said to cure those who seek its help. RIGHT: Illustration of Ponce de León.

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Typical Puerto Rican lunch served at a local fonda

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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 have some colorful characters, some better known than others.

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habichuelas: beans stewed in sofrito,

Who hasn’t heard of Ponce de León

If you believe in miracles, a visit to the

and his search for the legendary Fountain

Capilla del Cristo, at the end of Cristo

of Youth? Unfortunately, Ponce de León’s

Street, might work wonders.

mission was cut short before he realized

Long ago, the story goes, the rum-

his dream: He met his fate at the hands

fueled young men of San Juan used to

of local Natives while searching out

race their horses down the steep city

magic potions in Florida.

streets. One day, a particularly lucky

His remains were eventually shipped

daredevil narrowly escaped death

to Puerto Rico, where he had served as

when his faithful horse stopped short

the island’s first governor. He was buried

just inches from the edge of a seaside

in the San José Church, the second-

precipice. The rider’s grateful family built

oldest church in the New World. In 1913,

a small chapel, the Capilla del Cristo,

his body was moved to the San Juan

on the spot of the near mishap. Now

Cathedral, where it lies today, encased in

true believers, hoping to be cured of

a marble crypt. Although Ponce de León

whatever ails them, place tiny replicas

never discovered the secret of eternal

of arms, legs and hearts on the chapel’s

youth, he did manage to find immortality

silver altar, dedicated to the Christ of

in Old San Juan.

Miracles. —G. D.

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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. ABOVE: Enjoying El Yunque, home of the Puerto Rican Parrot. RIGHT: A pair of the dwindling species of bird.

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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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 numbers up to about 40 — slow but steady progress that wildlife supporters are working hard to maintain.

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Many visitors regard this as the jewel of the Caribbean. The 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). The smaller of the two, Nevis, is beloved by those seeking quiet getaways far from the crowds. FAST FACTS ClimATe The average temperature is 79°F yearround. The rainiest time is May through October. lAnguAge English is the official language. loCATion St. Kitts is part of the Leeward Islands chain in the eastern Caribbean. It is separated from neighboring Nevis by a two-mile-wide channel called the Narrows.

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money The Eastern Caribbean dollar is the official currency. U.S. dollars, credit cards and traveler’s checks are accepted almost everywhere. populATion About 50,000 people live in St. Kitts and Nevis.  The rugged yet serene coast of St. Kitts Fun AShore CarNival CruiSE liNES

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TOP SHOrE EXCurSiONS

FUN tREKS : St. KittS

Here are just a few of the many tours you can experience during your visit. See your onboard shore excursions specialist to book today.

PORt ViEW Through the centuries, changes in governments gave many Caribbean islands a mélange of influences seen in cuisines, languages and architectural design 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 St. Kitts Scenic railway, a 30-mile ride around the island aboard a narrowgauge railway that once carried cane from the plantations. The train returns to the capital of

Day tripping in paradise

4X4 iSlAnD SAFAri & BeACh guests take off-road vehicles through the tropical rainforest and then enjoy a refreshing swim in the Caribbean. The trip by specially modified 4x4 land rover heads inland through villages and up into the cool mountain rainforest. The tour stops at a private mountaintop property 1,000 feet above sea level, continues through the mountains to the opposite side of the island and ends at the beach.

neViS SAilAWAy & BeACh eSCApe This tour covers two islands in one day: St. Kitts and the neighboring island of nevis,

basseterre, the home of the island’s reached by catamaran. guests spend two hours on relaxing pinneys Beach under towering mount nevis before sailing back to the ship.

ST. KiTTS By rAil & SAil The St. Kitts railway offers a memorable journey around the beautiful island, followed by a relaxing catamaran sail back along St. Kitts’ southwestern coastline.

SAil & SnorKel ADVenTure A catamaran trip ends in a snorkeling experience in Shittens Bay, a secluded and unspoiled cove accessible only by sea. This is home to an abundance of marine life with several varieties of

reef fish and resplendent coral formations. guests may snorkel, swim or relax on the spacious catamaran. on the return trip, they may savor rum punch, sodas, beer and other beverages.

SKy SAFAri Zip lining

Adrenaline runs high on this “flight” over the rainforest, 25 stories above ground. participants travel by land rover to the zip-line course, which crosses valleys and a stream and goes through tunnels of vegetation to the landing point. participants must be six years old or older and weigh between 65 and 250 pounds. pregnant women and guests with certain physical problems may not join.

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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 duty-free goods. —J. B. and P. P.

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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A ‘FERtiLE LAND’ by John Anderson

ABoVe: St. Kitts was an important base in the Caribbean. BeloW: Standing guard.

St. Kitts can claim some of the oldest settlements in the entire Caribbean.

BeginningS

into the Spanish Armada. Warner took

For centuries, the island of St. Kitts had

pity and allowed the French to settle on

been an attractive home to various Indian

the island, which made St. Kitts the first

tribes; its rich, productive volcanic soil

French colony in the Caribbean.

earned it the name Liamuiga, or “fertile land,” by the Carib people who arrived

The riCheST iSlAnD

around A.D. 1300. It was the northern-

St. Kitts changed hands numerous

most island in the Caribbean that the

times between the French and English

tribe would settle. St. Kitts’ central

throughout its early history until 1783,

location made it an important base for

when the Treaty of Versailles definitively

trade throughout the Caribbean.

recognized british rule. The island’s

On his second voyage to the New

economic fortunes were bolstered with

World in 1493, Christopher Columbus

a switch to raising sugarcane in 1640,

discovered the island and named it

eventually becoming the leading sugar

San Jorges. but inaccuracies in maps

producer in the Caribbean. but from

of the time made identifying the islands

the late 1800s on, profits from the sugar

difficult, and San Jorges became San

industry began a long, slow decline.

Cristobel (Columbus’ patron saint), which was later Anglicized to St. Christopher.

ToDAy’S iSlAnD

The FirST FrenCh Colony

island, Nevis, became an associated state

In 1967, St. Kitts, along with its sister In 1623, hungry for a foothold in the Caribbean, the Englishman Thomas Warner

of britain and attained full independence as a single nation in 1983.

landed on St. Kitts and claimed it as the

With its intriguing coves, excellent

first british territory in the West Indies; he

interior hiking paths, dramatic panoramas

established a colony a year later.

and palm-lined beaches, St. Kitts is a

In 1625, a French ship badly in need of

classic Caribbean destination.

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Flavors of

St. KittS

by Raymond Niedowski 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

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and yellow for — what else? — year-round sunshine. Two white stars represent hope and liberty.

the flamboyant, or royal poinciana, tree

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.

Brown pelican St. Kitts’ coat of arms

honored heritage

national Bird St. Kitts also has a national bird — the brown pelican.

St. Kitts may be small, but that doesn’t mean it can’t have its

Graceful and swift, these large brown-and-white creatures

own coat of arms. The main features include a barge under

with the never-ending beaks patrol the sea for tasty

sail, a red chevron, poinciana flowers and a Carib Indian’s

morsels, soaring in lazy curves before plunging toward

head flanked by a fleur-de-lis and a rose. These symbolize the

lunch or dinner. What better symbol of the island than

island’s early inhabitants and its French and English influences,

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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.

Carib for “fertile land” or “fertile isle.”

At 3,792 feet, this dormant volcano is

Estates on the island’s northwest side, but

taller than Mt. Nevis on St. Kitts’ sister

trails soon become rugged with protruding

island and is one of the highest peaks

roots amid slippery and muddy, narrow

in the Eastern Caribbean. At its summit

and rocky paths. The more adventurous

sits a crater more than a half-mile wide,

cling to ropes along steep ledges from

containing a shallow but shimmering

the mountain’s rim to dip 400 or so feet

lake that is often shrouded in fog —

into the vast volcanic crater.

a geological wonder formed by fiery eruptions of past millennia.

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Volcanic activity was recorded as recently as 1843.

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CloCKWiSe From ABoVe: The highest point on St. Kitts; aerial view of the island; the Devil’s Tooth rock formation, with St. eustatius and the island of Saba in the distance.

Many visitors to St. Kitts take on the challenge of reaching the summit. Casual boots, but don’t tackle this peak without an experienced guide. Most hikes to the rim use well-traveled trails from belmont

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hikers, be warned: bring your hiking

The hike can be exhilarating. Tropical plants and flora enhance dramatic

Mt. Liamuiga was called Mt. Misery

views stretching down to aquamarine

by the british, but legend has it that

shorelines. Green Vervet monkeys

native Carib Indians actually gave it that

scamper nearby the dense forested

ominous name after suffering through

trails. And those who descend into the

volcanic eruptions. The name stuck until

crater, where occasional whiffs of sulfur

1983, when St. Kitts won independence

waft with warm Caribbean winds, will

from Great britain. The current name is

experience the thrill of a lifetime. —R. V.

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UNSPOiLED CARiBBEAN SPLENDOR

ABoVe: The Botanical gardens. BeloW, CounTerCloCKWiSe: The Botanical gardens’ Tea house; a carriage ride; a romantic beach stroll; hiking through the rainforest.

It takes only 20 minutes to completely circle the rounded island of Nevis, a lush, unspoiled tropical paradise.

Calm and quiet prevail: no crowds

botanical Gardens of Nevis provide a

clamoring on beaches, hardly a traffic

shady retreat with rare plants and trees,

jam — not even a traffic light. Plantations

including the spiny burglar Palm and the

that once dotted the landscape are now

aptly named Old Man Palm, with shaggy,

home to quaint inns and bungalows,

beard-like fibers spread generously over

many with old water cisterns and towering

its trunk.

stone-chipped sugar mills transformed

The splendor continues at nightfall,

into plush sleeping accommodations

when the mellifluous chatter of whistling

and fine dining rooms.

frogs breaks the silence, and the skies

Often cloaked in puffy clouds, Nevis

above St. Kitts glow with deep orange and

Peak is a landmark 3,232-foot mountain

burgundy streaks of light — the hues of

at the island’s center, flanked by nearby

a dramatic sunset that islanders cherish

Saddle Hill, where british Admiral Horatio

and visitors will never forget. —R. V.

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. The nearby

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BASTIONS OF BRAVERY

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

Brimstone Hill Fortress

have been fully restored, including the

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.

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

the French from the island, the British

visible, etched into the inside walls of

a pivotal role in the battle for control

decided to construct the behemoth. Over

the barracks, are the names of those

of the Leewards, takes its name from

the next decades, some 2,000 slaves

who fought and died there a long time

the lingering odor of sulfur (brimstone)

worked to construct five bastions — linked

ago. The fort is a powerful and silent

constantly being released from nearby

by walls of burnt black stone 7 to 12 feet

reminder of the island’s violent past.

volcanic vents. In 1690, after dislodging

thick — and position 50 cannons.

—M.D.F. and D. W.

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The island’s striking landscape is washed with green-mantled mountains, broad swaths of sand, gentle valleys, exotic rainforests, blossoming wildflowers and a steaming volcanic crater. A lush, verdant destination, it boasts breathtaking views at seemingly every turn in the road. It’s one of the Caribbean’s most romantic places, and many a visitor ends up falling in love with St. Lucia itself. FAST FACTS CLIMATE Temperatures average 85°F in the winter and 92°F in the summer. LANGUAGE English is the official language, but most islanders also speak a French-Creole patois.

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LOCATION St. Lucia is one of the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles. It lies between Martinique and St. Vincent. MONEY St. Lucia’s official currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar. U.S. dollars, credit cards and traveler’s checks are accepted nearly everywhere. POPULATION Approximately 162,000  CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: The Pitons, St. Lucia’s famed twin peaks; a golden beach; excitement on the water; diving down to adventure. FUN ASHORE CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES

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TOP SHORE EXCURSIONS

FUN TREKS : ST. LUCIA

Here are just a few of the many tours you can experience during your visit. See your onboard shore excursions specialist to book today.

PORT VIEW

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 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,

Experiences to leave you breathless

LAND & SEA COMBO TO SOUFRIÈRE

A combination excursion begins with a motor-coach drive through Castries to the picturesque town of Soufrière, including the Botanical Gardens and Diamond Mineral Waterfall. In Soufrière Bay, guests board a catamaran, are served a Creole lunch and sail to the tranquil cove of Anse Cochon for a swim. Participants must be at least four years old.

ADRENALINE ZIP-LINE ADVENTURE

A peaceful hike through the forest leads to the zipline course, where guests “fly” across St. Lucia’s rainforest from high above the ground. The course ends with a rappel down to the ground, where complimentary refreshments are served.

Participants must be twelve years old or older and may weigh no more than 350 pounds. Pregnant women and guests with certain physical problems may not participate.

SKY CANOPY & AERIAL TRAM At Rain Forest Sky Rides Eco Park, the view is breathtaking and so is the journey across St. Lucia’s rainforest on a series of ropes and pulleys. After a safety briefing and a practice run, guests are transported to the course station and hike to the first canopy platform. Participants must be at least fourteen years old, and the maximum weight is 300 pounds. Pregnant women and guests with certain physical problems are not permitted.

crystal and the century-old Castries DOLPHIN & WHALE WATCH SAFARI

Spirits soar on a search for one of the world’s greatest mammals aboard a fast hydrophone-equipped boat. Guests may see various whales and dolphins and may even hear the whales’ hypnotic cries. Participants must be four years old or older.

DOUBLE THE FUN ON ST. LUCIA

This two-part tour begins with a catamaran cruise to the Pitons, St. Lucia’s famous twin peaks, and a swim in Anse Cochon. Guests enjoy refreshments and then visit Marigot Bay. The tour breaks for an hour’s lunch back aboard the ship and ends with an interesting island tour that includes Caribelle Batik and St. Lucia’s only rum distillery.

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Market. Here, fragrant spices, from cinnamon to nutmeg, are a sweet hint of this fertile island ripe with citrus, where more than 100 varieties of mangoes grow and where banana plantations stretch to the horizon. 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, famous for its Friday night jump-up party. —J. B. and P. P.

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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by John Anderson

St. Lucia is endowed with scenic waterfalls and an easy pace of life. It’s a multicultural locale enhanced by a distinctive past.

BEGINNINGS

for the French West Indies Company, and

St. Lucia’s first inhabitants, the Arawak

attempted its own colony on St. Lucia in

Indians, arrived around A.D. 200 and

1651. It was the beginning of 150 years of

were replaced by the Carib tribe around

conflict between the French and British

A.D. 800. The Indians called the island

that saw the island change hands 14

Hewanorra, or Island of the Iguanas,

times. In 1746, the French founded the

a name now used for the Hewanorra

town of Soufrière, and by 1780, another

International Airport in Vieux Fort, on the

12 settlements were established, as well

island’s southern tip.

as numerous sugar plantations. Finally,

While some say Christopher Columbus

in 1814, after years of prolonged battles,

discovered St. Lucia in 1502, that honor

the Treaty of Paris transferred the island

most likely goes to a Spanish explorer,

to the British once and for all.

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possibly Juan de la Cosa, who arrived in the early 1500s.

MODERN TIMES

The first colony was attempted in 1605

St. Lucia gained its full independence

after an English vessel on its way to

from England in 1979 but still recognizes

Guyana was blown off course and landed

Queen Elizabeth II as the titular head of

on St. Lucia’s shores. But the settlement

state. Yet the French influences have

lasted only five weeks; disease and

remained, not only in the names of towns

conflict with the Caribs forced the settlers

and landmarks but also in the Creole

to abandon the island. A second attempt

culture of its people, many of whom

at settlement in 1639 also failed.

continue to speak a French patois — all part of the unique flavor of St. Lucia.

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SCENIC DELIGHTS LEFT: Exploring a rainforest. ABOVE: Visitors walking through the Botanical Gardens.

How ironic that St. Lucy, the island’s patron saint, was blind. Packed into St. Lucia’s 238 square miles is some of the most magnificent, most diverse scenery in the Caribbean.

No wonder the British and French ping-ponged the island between them 14 times before the Brits finally snatched the prize. If you can’t find a piece of paradise here, you’ve taken a wrong turn on your way to heaven. For the sand-and-surf set, beaches come in two colors: golden white and jet black. Not the beach type, you say? Explore the twin mountain peaks, the rainforests or the marine park. Allergic to saltwater? Dance under a fresh waterfall that changes colors, bask in a hot mineral spring — sorry, one color only — or melt in a mud pot. If a swish of green catches your eye, chances are it’s a Jacquot, a rare parrot that calls St. Lucia home. Smart bird. If you miss it, perhaps you’ll run into some of the island’s other exotic flora and fauna. Although St. Lucia is fairly well developed, you can disappear into the ponderous silence of an area called Behind God’s Back, on the northeastern coast. But if you like your time ashore a bit more frenetic, you’ll be right at home at one of the town jump-ups, or street parties. Make sure your shades are sparkling clean when you visit this Caribbean spectacle. You won’t want to miss a thing. —R. N.

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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. fasT faCTs CLIMaTe Year-round temperatures average 80°F, and the sun shines most days. LanGuaGe French and Dutch are the official languages, respectively. On the street, you will hear Papiamento, a dialect based on local and European influences. LoCaTIon The northernmost island of the Netherlands Antilles, St. Maarten/St. Martin lies 144 miles southeast of Puerto Rico and 9 miles south of Anguilla.

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FUn treKS : St. Maarten

Here are just a few of the many tours you can experience during your visit. see your onboard shore excursions specialist to book today.

POrt VieW 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 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 the St. Maarten Museum offers a look at native Arawak artifacts and a crash

Beaches, boating and beauty

horseBaCK aDVenTure WITh oCean rIDe

riders saddle up for a horseback tour along the trail to the protected area of Cay Bay. The adventure begins with an open-air bus ride to the stables, where each guest receives an assigned horse and a Western-style saddle. at Cay Bay, riders take a short ride along the beach and an invigorating ride into the water. Participants must be ten years old or older and may weigh no more than 250 pounds.

aMaZInG TIKI huT snorKeL ParK

nestled in a cove, protected from the prevailing winds, is Tiki hut snorkel Park, a private getaway that offers snorkeling,

sunbathing and relaxation at the Tiki Bar. Guests may swim or snorkel around the reef; relax on a floating lounge or a noodle; or just lie on a deck chair and gaze at the splendid seascape. Guests must be six years old or older.

sT. MaarTen IsLanD Tour Both the french and Dutch sides of the island are featured on this tour, which begins on the Dutch side in Philipsburg and continues to Marigot, on the french side. Guests may shop in Marigot before returning to Philipsburg.

DIsCoVer sT. MaarTen BY JeeP four guests per Jeep explore the country roads, mountains and beaches of

st. Maarten. a guide leads the caravan from the Dutch side of the island to the bustle of the french side, with its narrow streets and open-air markets. Guests take a short break at the beach and then ride back to Philipsburg.

GOLDEN EAGLE CaTaMaran saIL & snorKeL The Golden Eagle, a 76-foot winged-mast catamaran, takes guests for a memorable day on the water: snorkeling, swimming or lying on the deck under the 80-foot sail listening to music. The Golden Eagle stops at a pink-sand beach, and the trip includes cocktails and snacks.

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course in island history. Philipsburg

has

grown

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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. —R. V.

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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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. Boats rest quietly in a serene harbor.

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powers of ancestral deities known as

CoLuMBus sIGhTs an IsLanD

The first settlers on the northeastern

zemis. The tribe established a network of

On his second voyage to the New

Caribbean island were the Arawak

fiefdoms throughout the Caribbean; but

World in 1493, Columbus sighted

Indians, a tribe of Amerindians who

archaeologists believe the Arawaks on

the island on his way to the Spanish

migrated northward from the Orinoco

St. Martin were an independent society

settlement on Hispaniola. The fortuitous

river basin of South America, hopping

free of such alliances.

day was November 11, the feast day

from one island to the next along their

In the century leading up to the arrival

of St. Martin of Tours, in whose honor

journey. Finding an abundance of

of Christopher Columbus, the Arawaks

Columbus named the island. A dispute

salt pans and brackish water on the

were supplanted by the Carib Indians, a

exists among historians as to whether

future Franco-Dutch isle, they named

more aggressive tribe also from South

the island Columbus sighted was indeed

it Soualiga, or Land of Salt. Due to the

America for whom the Caribbean is

St. Martin or the more southerly Nevis.

lack of freshwater sources, the island’s

named. The Carib were skilled in the

Regardless, the Spanish never took

population remained small.

arts of boatbuilding and sailing — as well

much interest in the 38-square-mile

A relatively cultured and innovative

as war, which explains their dominance

piece of property, and St. Martin sat

people, the peaceful Arawaks introduced

of the region. They also harbored large

mostly uninhabited for 138 years.

agriculture and pottery-making. Their

quantities of gold, obtained through

In 1623, after the English colonized

social structure was ruled by hereditary

trade with the mainland, which made

St. Kitts, their first stronghold in the

chieftains, believed to possess the

them the target of many expeditions.

Caribbean, both the French and Dutch

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settlements on St. Martin. For their part,

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followed suit in 1631 with their own 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 governor of New Amsterdam — who lost a leg in the month-long campaign, thus earning the 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

a colorful shopping scene in Philipsburg, the Dutch side of the island

With the Spanish gone, the French and Dutch quickly reestablished themselves

of the sugarcane crop, the island’s

boom of duty-free shopping. In 1943, the

on the island. After a spate of skirmishes,

economy flourished with the growth

Princess Juliana International Airport was

both nations signed the 1648 treaty atop

of plantations.

opened, and four years later, the island’s

Mount Concordia that divided the island between them. But despite the treaty

first hotel was built.

The sCene ToDaY

With large-scale development projects,

and the islanders’ reputation for peaceful

With the abolition of slavery in the

the Dutch side of the island rapidly became

coexistence, the border changed 16

mid-19th century, the plantations closed

a favorite vacation destination for North

times over the next 150 years. Finally, in

and the island’s prosperity came to an

Americans and Europeans. In the 1980s,

1815, the Treaty of Paris established the

end, ushering in an economic malaise

the French side followed suit after new

boundary once and for all. During the

that continued for nearly 100 years. In

government

19th century, the island became a busy

1939, the trend was finally reversed when

investment. Nowadays, St. Maarten/St.

trading center for the export of salt, cotton

import and export taxes were lifted; this

Martin boasts one of the most lively tourist

and tobacco. And after the introduction

act paved the way for the economic

scenes in the Caribbean.

policies

encouraged

S t. M a a rt e n / S t. M a rt i n t i M e L i n e 1493: Christopher Columbus sights the island, naming it St. Martin.

1815: The Treaty of Paris ends the border dispute.

1633: The Spanish reclaim the island. 1631: French and Dutch settlers arrive.

1648: The French and the Dutch sign a treaty that divides the island.

1943: Princess Juliana International Airport opens.

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St. Maarten Flag First flown in 1985, the St. Maarten flag features the colors of the netherlands etherlands 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 he coat of arms, with a courthouse, a sprig of sage, the sun and a pelican, represents elements of the island’s solidarity with its French Antillean neighbors as well as

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with the netherlands.

It’s party time!

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

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the Dutch side of the island.

Delicate Saba lace

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 Colorful blooms

returned to the island from a Venezuelan convent having learned the craft, which she then passed on to the local

Yellow Sage

women. today you don’t need to travel to Saba for the

Lantana camara, or “yellow sage,” is the national flower of

delicate lace; it’s available throughout St. Maarten.

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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 wroughtiron

balustrades

scattered

The Dutch and french happily share the two-nation island.

among the more-contemporary, pastel-

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colored shopping arcades. The old

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tables with umbrellas, encouraging folks

Also situated on Front Street is the

warehouses of the esplanade, boulevard de France, now contain smart shops and cafés sporting street-front awnings and

The capital of Dutch St. Maarten

St. Maarten Museum, where island

stretches across a narrow isthmus

archaeology and history are reflected

to linger all day. Visitors to Marigot can spend a leisurely

between the waters of Great Bay to the

in colonial maps, Spanish buttons and

afternoon browsing in chic boutiques

south and Great Salt Pond to the north.

pipes, china plates and pottery shards.

and gourmet shops that offer the best

The bustling, contemporary town has

Back Street (Achterstraat) was once the

of France, stopping in at the small

two main downtown streets, Front Street

site of warehouses that stored harvested

museum devoted to local prehistory or

and Back Street, spliced by narrow lanes

salt in vast white sacks. Today most of

simply strolling the yacht-filled marina,

(steegjes) supporting a slew of boutiques,

Philipsburg’s administrative buildings

one of the best people-watching spots

eateries and shopping arcades.

and churches are found along this road.

in town. —R. N.

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 SteP in tHe riGHt DireCtiOn Legend has it that the Dutch and French, vying for island territory, decided that hoofing it was better than running amok with

a free port, a status that it has to this

blunderbusses ablazin’. So an official from each side started back-to-

day. Known as the “shopping center of

back and walked around the island in opposite directions until they

the Leewards,” Front Street (Voorstraat)

met again face-to-face, each claiming the territory he had covered.

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

The Frenchman outpaced his competitor, fueling speculation that the agreater French acreage could have resulted because France had the more powerful navy when the 1648 Treaty of Concordia was signed. —R. N.

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hardest-working and most inspirational artists I have ever worked for. It was really the opportunity of a lifetime.”

nurTureD BY The MeLTInG PoT De Weever, 31, grew up in the Cayhill neighborhood of St. Maarten, and believes much of her success stems from her uniquely Caribbean upbringing. “Throughout the West Indies, as a people we are very artistic. Art is a part of our culture. Every young lady learns to dance at some part of [her] life. It’s a big part of preserving our tradition and culture.

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“We have more than 97 nationalities on the island,” she says. “As a child … it was a melting pot experience. I was surrounded by people of different cultures, traditions

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and customs, and I developed a very

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aBoVe: Broadway star nicole de Weever. BeLoW: The actress appeared on a marquee for the 2010 Tony award-winning musical, FELA!

Nicole de Weever’s road to Broadway began at home in St. Maarten.

And I was exposed to many different dance forms and styles because of the population being so diverse.” Her life in New York City is a dream come true, but de Weever can’t resist the pull of her Caribbean home. “I try to go home at least two times a year; every

For aspiring actors everywhere, it’s a

time I have time off I run back home,” she

dream come true: starring in a Broadway

confesses, laughing. Driven by cravings

show, your name shining from the

for authentic island cuisine, she visits

marquee, your picture blazing across

restaurants like Cubana. “It’s owned by

billboards. But when that dream becomes

my aunt, but has the most incredible local

reality, it can take some getting used to.

food; every time I go home, it’s one of

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“It’s been so surreal, this whole

the first places I go,” she says. She also

experience,” says St. Maarten native

makes a point of attending performances

stage: West Side Story world tour, FELA! on Broadway and in national touring company

Nicole de Weever. She’s one of the

by local musicians and other cultural

stars of FELA!, winner of three 2010 Tony

events when she’s on the island. “I do

Awards® for best choreography, costumes

my best to support that because there’s

and sound. The hit show is about African

so much talent in the Caribbean.”

Television: Featured dancer in Dancing with Life: Katherine Dunham (PBS) and in the Library of Congress documentary, The Katherine Dunham Technique; The View (ABC); The Colbert Report (Comedy Central) film: American Gangster

musician Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, whom de Weever calls “the Bob Marley of Africa.”

sPeCIaL assIGnMenT

“It all happened so quickly,” says de

De Weever’s desire to support

Weever, who performed FELA! in Europe

Caribbean arts is even greater now

in 2011. She is part of its first national

that she has been named a special

touring company, through mid-2012.

ambassador to her homeland by Frans

The show opened other doors as well. In

Richardson, St. Maarten commissioner

2011, de Weever got to work on superstar

of tourism. “I share our music, food and

Beyoncè's music video, Run the World

many conversations with people that

(Girls), as assistant to the choreographers.

I meet on a professional level as well as a

“She is incredibly humble,” de Weever

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open mind culturally because of that.

of my daily conversations,” she says.

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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.

aBoVe anD BeLoW: Breathtakingly resplendent creatures

BeaUtiFUL BUtterFLieS La Ferme was created

entertaining butterfly facts and unusual Imagine sipping nectar under a

insight into the butterfly’s existence. For

tropical sky while splendidly hued birds

example, did you know that butterflies

fly by and the lilting sounds of exotic

usually hang from the undersides of

music play in the background. Not bad,

leaves or crawl into crevices between

you say? While that image may reflect

rocks or other objects in bad weather

the lifestyle of the jet set vacationing on

and at night?

the island, it’s also the way butterflies

Information is also available on

thrive at La Ferme des Papillons (The

butterfly gardening. More than 20,000

in 1994 when two self-

Butterfly Farm) in Marigot, on the island’s

types of butterflies have been cataloged

described “eccentric”

French side. La Ferme is located on

worldwide, and about 80 percent of the

Englishmen, John

St. Martin’s east (Atlantic) coast, on the

species are in the Tropics. The largest is

road to Bayside and Galion Beach, close

New Guinea’s Queen Alexandra Birdwing,

Coward and William

to popular Orient Beach.

with a wingspan of just under a foot;

Slayter, chose to share

If you consider that the average life

the smallest is the Pygmy Blue, with a

span of a butterfly is a mere two weeks

wingspan of just under an inch, found

their love of butterflies

(although some live up to nine months),

in the southern United States.

with the public.

that nectar and tropical-sky concept may

The grounds contain landscaped

be rather less appealing. Yet a visit to

gardens, waterfalls and ponds filled

La Ferme is a delightful and enriching

with Japanese fish. A refreshment stand

outing. Many species have been imported;

and gift shop round out the sprawling

others are homegrown in a specially

complex. —M. L.

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SeCLUDeD SHOreS You can still find quiet beaches here.

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 two of the best:

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.

The Yoda Guy Movie Museum is built on Nick’s private collection of rare Hollywood relics. There’s incredible behind the scenes insights that no fan should miss, displays about THE TERMINATOR, MEN IN BLACK & ALIEN and an incredible collection of lifecast faces of Hollywood stars and historical figures, like Johnny Depp & Angelina Jolle, Marlon Brando & Bogart, even Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin.

19a Front Street, Philipsburg, St. Maarten Tel: 542-4009 www.thatYodaGuy.com

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 Museum, has that and a whole lot 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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Nick’s biography reads like a romantic novel. He grew up in the midst of the entertainment industry, worked with Hollywood legends like Sean Connery, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Harrison Ford, was featured in CINEMAX and HBO specials, won a place in THE GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS and was nominated for an EMMY. But he shocked 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.

The Museum Shop sells SIGNED movie memorabilia, posters, behind the scene photos and storyboards… unique autographed slices of STAR WARS history that become an heirloom to pass on through the family. There’s also Nick’s celebrated Caribbean artwork and his famed Caribbean Cruise Ship Map. This romantic map, inscribed with the route of your ship, is dedicated in gold, (at no extra charge), for birthdays, honeymoons, anniversaries or special occasions. It’s the perfect inexpensive cruise souvenir. With a 20-40% ship discount, the Yoda Guy Movie Museum 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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Amerindians were the earliest settlers on many Caribbean islands, but their stories sometimes get overshadowed by the more-recent history of the European settlers. Their lives come to light at the St. Martin Museum in Marigot. The museum’s permanent exhibition,

Using carbon-14 dating, scientists

“On the Trail of the Arawaks,” traces the

concluded that St. Maarten’s first settlers

history of this particular Amerindian tribe

built villages near Orient Bay and Grand

from its origins thousands of years ago.

Case around 500 B.C., bringing with

Archaeologists funded by the Hope

them the arts of pottery and horticulture.

St. Maarten as early as A.D. 800, farming,

Estate Archaeological Association took

Finds from the dig are also on display

fishing and living a quiet life. The

part in a 10-year dig to reconstruct

in the museum.

Arawaks, who revered their women,

human remains on display at the museum

information about Amerindian culture and

Amerindians traveled from their

populations. The Hope Estate, located

native Andes to the northeastern coast

called the island Oualichi, meaning “the

near Grand Case Salt Pond, was once a

of Venezuela and on to the Antilles.

At the museum, visitors can see the

plantation and is now St. Maarten’s most

Archaeologists believe that the Arawaks

Arawaks’ eating and farming tools,

important archaeological site.

lived on the island now known as

ornaments made of shell and stones,

island of women.”

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 flipflops and suntan-lotion bottles will wind up in the museum to document that fact. —M. L. and K. R. 352

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Once the home of notorious pirates such as Captain Kidd and Bluebeard, St. Thomas still offers plenty of “booty” in its duty-free shops and remains the commercial capital of the Caribbean. The largest of the trio making up the U.S. Virgin Islands (U.S.V.I.), it also offers rich history and fascinating sightseeing opportunities. Its beaches are a delight, with azure waters and sparkling shores. FAST FACTS CLIMATE The island enjoys warm, dry weather almost year long, with pleasant breezes that temper the humidity. LANGUAGE English is the common language of the U.S.V.I. Locals speak it with a Creole or West Indian lilt.

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LOCATION St. Thomas is 40 miles east of Puerto Rico. Its northern coast borders the Atlantic Ocean, while the Caribbean Sea washes its beaches to the south. MONEY The U.S. dollar is the legal tender. Traveler’s checks and major international credit cards are accepted throughout the island. POPULATION About 51,700  The bustling port stretches along the Caribbean. FUN ASHORE CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES

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FUN TREKS : ST. THOMAS

Here are just a few of the many tours you can experience during your visit. See your onboard shore excursions specialist to book today.

PORT VIEW One of the busiest cruise ports in the world, Charlotte Amalie is a shopper’s delight. Downtown’s two main shopping streets — Waterfront Highway and Main Street — are a maze of side alleys connected by mini-malls, most notably A. H. Riise. Even closer to the docks are Havensight Mall, Yacht Haven Grande and Crown Bay, where dozens of stores and boutiques feature goods of every price. Main Street’s buildings are protected as historic structures, making them a cultural delight as well. St. Thomas’ historic attractions are well-known and much explored: Fort Christian, with its landmark clock tower, dating to 1671; the nearby Government House and Legislature Building with its bright Caribbean-green façade; the large mahogany altar inside Frederick Lutheran Church. Also worth a visit is the Emancipation Garden, which commemorates the island’s end to slavery in 1848. Near the garden is Vendors Plaza, a source of African artwork, handbags and jewelry.

Superb views for a sparkling day

THE BEST OF ST. THOMAS & DOWNTOWN SHOPPING The highest point on St. Thomas, world-famous Mountain Top, offers fantastic views of the nearby British Virgin Islands from an observation deck. It’s one of several highlights of this tour, which includes two hours of shopping for duty-free goods in downtown Charlotte Amalie.

ST. JOHN TRUNK BAY BEACH & SNORKEL

Guests sample the many pleasures of the beach at Trunk Bay, one of the world's most highly rated stretches of sand. After a ferry ride across Pillsbury Sound, visitors travel past Cruz Bay, Hawksnest Bay and well-known Caneel Bay, arriving at Trunk

You can take it all in at once on the Bay for snorkeling in the crystalline waters.

ST. JOHN NATIONAL PARK ISLAND TOUR A ferry takes guests to St. John and its dazzling white beaches, crystalclear turquoise waters, plantation ruins, foliage and down-island views of the British Virgin Islands. On the island, the tour stops at scenic overlooks such as Cinnamon Bay, Trunk Bay, Hawksnest Bay and Caneel Bay, overlooking the Rockefeller Plantation.

ST. JOHN CHAMPAGNE CATAMARAN SAILAWAY A custom-designed catamaran takes guests from Charlotte Amalie Harbor to the island of St. John. A brisk sail across Pillsbury

Sound leads to a special anchoring destination for swimming, snorkeling, beachcombing and relaxation. Complimentary champagne and snacks are served before the return trip. Participants must be at least four years old.

CASTAWAY BAREFOOT SAIL & SNORKEL TO SHIPWRECK COVE Guests take a 65-foot sailing catamaran on a relaxing cruise to nearby Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge, where the main attractions are brilliantly colored reefs and the wreck of the World War II freighter Cartanza. The wreck lies 45 feet below the surface and is home to a multitude of exotic tropical fish.

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Skyride to Paradise Point, which carries passengers to the top of Flag Hill. The seven-minute ride offers a fantastic view of Charlotte Amalie and the harbor. A similarly breathtaking vantage point is Drake’s Seat, from which the legendary English admiral Sir Francis Drake supposedly watched the Spanish Armada sail through the harbor below. Today, the view is that of sun worshipers enjoying the stunning white-sand beach on Magens Bay. —R. V.

How to get to town Historic downtown Charlotte Amalie is about 11/2 miles from the ship’s dock. Taxis are readily available.

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Look beyond St. Thomas’ reputation as the Caribbean’s shopping capital, and you’ll find an intriguing past: a mix of native folklore, Spanish conquistadores and marauding pirates who brought their treasures and left behind a legacy of enchanting tales and superstitions for the generations that followed. BEGINNINGS

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growth, within nine years, more than 300

Migrating Indian tribes from South

colonists and slaves were farming over

America were the first settlers to see

50 plantations. Scenic, grassy fields on

St. Thomas’ towering hills and landscapes

the smaller neighboring islands served

framed by warm, aquamarine waters.

as pastures for goats and sheep.

They inhabited the island for 3,000 years

With the turn of the 18th century,

before it was actually “discovered” by

St. Thomas had become the base for the

Christopher Columbus in 1493.

Caribbean’s legendary pirates, including

First spotting St. Thomas and its

Blackbeard and Sir Francis Drake. The

surrounding islands during his second

island was eventually declared a free

voyage to the New World, Columbus

port, and with plantations continuing

named the island group Las Once Mil

to prosper, the slave trade flourished.

street names and architecture. In fact,

Virgenes, after the martyred St. Ursula

At the same time, the streets along the

the port of Charlotte Amalie was named

and her companion virgins. The Spanish

shoreline of what is now Charlotte Amalie

after a Danish queen.

explorer and his crew, however, didn’t

had become home to taverns, which

stay for very long. Upon dropping anchor

attracted many a seafarer; by the early

to replenish their drinking-water supply,

1700s, the population swelled to more

they were met by unfriendly Indians and

than 3,000.

instead set sail for Puerto Rico.

DANISH COLONIZATION

Hailed as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Magens Bay delights.

AMERICAN INTEREST IN THE VIRGIN ISLANDS The United States first realized the

The Danish West India Company

strategic importance of the Virgin Islands

eventually established plantations on

during the Civil War, when seeking to

neighboring St. John in 1717, and later

establish a naval base in the Caribbean.

Although Spain immediately claimed

bought St. Croix from the French in 1733.

But a deal wasn’t struck until World War I;

the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas wasn’t

With a booming slave trade, tensions and

fearing Germany would attempt to

quickly colonized, except by small

uprisings increased. In 1792, Denmark

capture the islands and the Panama

groups of settlers. This left its shores

proclaimed it would end the slave trade on

Canal, the United States purchased the

and natural harbors unguarded, thus

its islands — a promise that didn’t become

Virgin Islands for $25 million. After more

leading to struggles for domination by

a reality until 1848. By the mid-1800s,

than three centuries of Danish rule,

the Dutch, English and French.

St. Thomas had become a refueling port

the American flag was hoisted above

It wasn’t until 1671 — nearly two

for coal-fired steamships that journeyed

St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix for the

centuries after Columbus first set foot

between North and South America. But

first time in 1917. Throughout the second

here — that Danish colonization began.

low demand for the staple sugar-beet

half of the 20th century, immigrants

The Danish West India Company had

crop thwarted the economic boom

flooded St. Thomas and tourism helped

sailed two ships to the island, followed by

created just a few decades earlier.

revive the economy. Today these idyllic

other ships over the next several years.

Danish influences remain throughout

Although illness hampered population

the island, as evidenced in surnames,

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TIMELESS STYLE

S P EC I A L A DV E R T I S I N G F E AT U R E

Master watchmaker Rolex introduces the Oyster Perpetual Datejust Rolesor, available at its St. Thomas retail partner, A.H. Riise.

CARIBBEAN VIEWS

A ST. THOMAS LEGACY LIVES ON A.H. RIISE

by Jonathan Siskin

Resolutely feminine in white, this is the timeless companion of women. The bezel is set with 52 brilliant-cut diamonds, and the dial has a floral motif and Arabic numerals — a dazzling yet elegant look that makes the watch entirely adaptable to every attitude, occasion and lifestyle. ROLEX

For more information on this and other timepieces, visit www.rolex.com.

ROLEX Oyster Perpetual Datejust Rolesor A.H. Riise was founded by one of St. Thomas’ pioneer families.

Filippo Casinelli Paiewonsky’s fondest memory of his grandmother, Charlotte Paiewonsky, is her passion for family. She often led sailing jaunts around the Virgin Islands in her chartered catamaran carrying family and friends. The family shared her delight,

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crystal, liquor and art prints.

and also wrote a weekly newspaper column that appeared in the Virgin Islands Daily News. Filippo Paiewonsky notes that his grandfather’s passion for preservation was key to restoring the historic A.H. Riise buildings to their original brick and stonework structures. A.H. Riise took a major step forward in the early 1950s when Charlotte

gathering at their 200-year-old house

Isaac Paiewonsky eventually passed

Paiewonsky founded the A.H. Riise Gift

overlooking Blackbeard’s Harbor when

ownership of the original store to his

Shop. She stocked the store with luxury

her husband, Isidor Paiewonsky, reached

son, Isidor Paiewonsky, who became a

brands such as Patek Philippe watches

the age of 90 in 1999.

naturalized American citizen in 1917 —

and Lalique and Waterford crystal, which

The connection with St. Thomas and

the same year that St. Thomas, St. Croix

she had acquired on her frequent travels

the Virgin Islands has always been strong

and St. John were acquired by the U.S.

to Europe. “The gift shop established

among the Paiewonsky clan, who began

government from Denmark and collectively

by my grandmother eventually led to

making their mark when patriarch Isaac

became the U.S. Virgin Islands.

the development of A.H. Riise into the

Paiewonsky purchased an apothecary

Isidor Paiewonsky was a Renaissance

duty-free company it is today,” says

on the island in 1928. The business later

man whose talents extended far beyond

Filippo Paiewonsky, who, along with

became A.H. Riise, which today is one of

the business world, to horticulture, poetry,

his brother Sebastiano, represents the

the Caribbean’s premier sources of fine

and history. He was regarded as the most

fourth generation of Paiewonsky family

watches, perfumes, skin-care products,

important historian of the Virgin Islands

members to own the business.

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Ginger Thomas in full bloom

GINGER THOMAS As the official flower of the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Ginger

A cool, refreshing drink

Thomas grows abundantly on St. Thomas. Not only do the lovely yellow blooms offer up the scent of champagne, but

BANANA DAIQUIRI

the leaves are said to cure a host of ailments.

Where else to indulge in this sweet concoction of rum, bananas, was invented? The tropical classic was created 60 years ago by bartender Sonny Bernier, who is now deceased but left a worthy legacy. JOHN ANDERSON/ISTOCKPHOTO.COM

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lime juice and sugar than on the island where the cocktail

Sweep it clean!

A bananaquit looking for nectar

HANDMADE BROOMS

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Justin Todman, a craftsman who sells his wares at the Native

The official bird of the U.S. Virgin Islands, this yellow-

Arts and Crafts Cooperative, delights visitors and locals with the

breasted chirper is four inches long and loves gardens.

inventiveness of his pieces, made of date-palm or thatch-palm

Like a hummingbird, the bananaquit, or sugar bird, can

fronds and birch trees that he chooses and carves by hand into

use its small curved beak to extract nectar from certain

a range of sizes and lengths. The brooms are decorated with

flowers without having the bother of pollenating them.

feathers, wooden parrots and such. Some locals and in-the-

Because of its sweet tooth, it’s called a sugar thief in

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ABOVE: The Skyride to Paradise Point gives a bird’s-eye view of Charlotte Amalie. BELOW: The 99 Steps.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE WALKABOUT Perhaps no other city in the Caribbean is as well-known as Charlotte Amalie. Thousands of cruise-ship guests and other seagoing visitors have made the capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands the virtual capital of the Caribbean, at least when it comes to shopping. A walking tour that includes some shopping and a stop for refreshment is the ideal way to experience the city. The best place to start your tour is at Emancipation Park. Leaving the harbor and heading up Fort Pladsen, you will hit Emancipation Park, the site of a historic episode that took place on July 3, 1848. Here Governor-General Peter Von Scholten freed the slaves of the Virgin Islands 17 years before emancipation in the United States. A replica of the American Liberty Bell and a sculpture of King Christian V of Denmark are on display. Nearby is the two-story mint-green House of Legislature of the Virgin Islands. This 118-year-old Italian Renaissance structure was once used as a barracks for Danish police based here. From 1917, when the United States acquired the Virgin Islands, to 1930, it was similarly used by the U.S. Marines. Now the outside staircase leads up to the Senate chambers. Right across the street stands the island’s oldest building and national landmark, Fort Christian, dating from 1671. Named 364

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Frederick Lutheran Church

A replica of the U.S. Liberty Bell in Emancipation Park

after the Danish King Christian V, the fort has served over the

original Georgian-style structure was rebuilt in 1825 after a fire

years as the governor’s house, a church, the police station and

and reconstructed once again in 1870 after it was damaged in

the local prison. Today Fort Christian is a National Historic Site

a hurricane. Today the historic church is in active use.

currently under renovation.

Continue east along Norre Gade to Lille Taarne Gade and

Walk a short distance up Tolbod Gade to the intersection of

turn left. As you climb to Kongens Gade, you will pass a handful

Norre Gade, where the busy Central Post Office stands. While

of law firms before reaching Government House, the official

waiting to purchase your stamps, peruse the pretty murals painted

residence and administrative offices of the island’s governor.

by Stevan Dohanos, a former Saturday Evening Post artist.

This three-story building with wrought-iron balconies was built

From the post office, walk east along Norre Gade and you will

in 1867 for the Danish colonial council. The reception rooms

come upon the 18th-century Frederick Lutheran Church. The

on the first and second floors are open to the public. Visitors can see several small paintings by former

Of all the Caribbean islands, St. Thomas is the richest in pirate history. Perched just above downtown Charlotte Amalie’s outstanding shopping area, Main Street, on what is called Blackbeard’s or Government Hill, is the well-known Blackbeard’s Castle. Legend has it that it was from here that Blackbeard the pirate spied upon unsuspecting ships that he planned to plunder. Also located on the hill is the world’s largest collection of lifesize pirate sculptures, several restored 17th- and 18th-century manor houses, and the famous 99 Steps. Blackbeard’s Castle

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St. Thomas resident and French Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro on display in the second-floor ballroom. As you climb the 99 Steps to the top of the hill, do not be surprised if it feels like you are tackling more — there are at least 125 steps in all, comprising one of the city’s oldest “streets.” Atop Government Hill sits St. Thomas’ Haagensen House. The restored 1820s town house is now a museum featuring authentic West Indian period furnishings and accessories. Adjacent to the museum is a landmark building, Hotel 1829. The original town house has been extended behind to enhance this hotel, which has accommodated many of the island’s most famous guests over the years. You’ll want to go back down the hill to Main Street for shopping. The old warehouses that once stored pirates’ booty today hold many of Charlotte Amalie’s trendy boutiques and shopping arcades. —L. S.

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under his command and proceeded to seize the Spanish Silver Train that was laden with gold and silver from Peru. Drake eventually sailed back to England carrying over a ton of gold, which was more than enough to make every man in his company rich for life. Drake’s epic voyages lasted several years and saw him cross vast expanses of uncharted oceans and seas. His most celebrated journey began in 1577, when he was commissioned by Queen Elizabeth I of England to sail around the world aboard his flagship,

ABOVE: The bench affords the same view Drake is said to have enjoyed. BELOW: Sir Francis Drake.

The Golden Hind. This journey tested

Drake’s Seat, a breathtaking vantage point that gets its name from the English admiral Sir Francis Drake, is situated at the highest point on St. Thomas — 1,500 feet — and overlooks more than 100 of the U.S and British Virgin Islands. From here, you also have a bird’seye view of where the Caribbean Sea

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Drake to the limits of endurance as he weathered many vicious storms and survived a series of hard-fought battles, including raids on Spanish settlements on the coast of South America for five months. Despite every imaginable hardship, he returned home triumphant in the fall of 1580, nearly three years and 36,000 miles after his journey had

encounters took place in the Caribbean,

begun; he was the first Englishman to

where Drake confronted the Spanish on

circumnavigate the globe.

meets the Atlantic Ocean. Schools of fish

land and at sea — often making off with

may even be visible as dark formations

piles of loot.

For this remarkable achievement, he was knighted by the queen the following

One of his most famous exploits

year. Drake continued to sail far and wide

According to legend, Drake sat on

took place in the Isthmus of Panama,

for another 15 years, until his death in

this “seat” — a bench marks the exact

where he landed in 1573 with 73 men

1596. —J. S.

swirling in the turquoise waters.

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spot — while monitoring the movements of the Spanish Armada sailing through the passage below that today bears his name as well (Drake’s Passage). The notorious buccaneer also kept watch on his fleet, anchored in nearby Magens Bay. One of the greatest navigators of the 16th century, Drake gained fame and fortune for his daring voyages around the globe. A fearless sea captain who was revered as a hero by his countrymen, Drake was reviled by the Spanish, who called him “El Dragón” for his frequent attacks on Spanish galleons. Many brutal 368

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St. Thomas, is still used today. The synagogue reopened in 2002 after a major restoration and received the 2004 National Trust for Historic Preservation Honor Award, the highest national award for preservation. The

The St. Thomas Synagogue

site is also a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the support the synagogue’s outside awning were handmade in

National Register of Historic Places. Opened in 1833 by Sephardic Jews on the site of an

Denmark from rounded bricks. The interior pillars symbolize

earlier synagogue dating from 1803, it is the second-oldest

the four matriarchs in Judaism. The dark mahogany benches,

continuously used synagogue in the Western Hemisphere

bima (pulpit) and ark housing ancient Torah scrolls, as well

(Curaçao’s is the oldest) and the oldest synagogue in continuous

as the brass chandeliers with Baccarat crystal hurricane

use under the American flag. The Hebrew Congregation of

shades — the central ones still lit by candles — make the interior

St. Thomas was founded in 1796.

a dramatic indoor sight. Located at 16 A&B Crystal Gade, also

The synagogue itself conforms to Sephardic design, with

called Synagogue Hill by local residents, the synagogue is a steep

A STRONG DANISH HERITAGE In 1493, Christopher Columbus sailed in, anchored off St. Croix and named

climb up from Main Street.

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seats facing inward and a floor of sand. The four pillars that

the island group he discovered for the legendary Saint Ursula and her 11,000 virgin martyrs. In succeeding years, Spain, England, France, Holland and the Knights of Malta all claimed ownership at some point.

Fort Christian is currently under renovation.

But it was Denmark, which acquired the islands in 1754, and the industrious Danish colonists, who settled in a century earlier

For many travelers from Denmark and descendants of the

and built a viable economy based on sugar, cotton, commerce

original Danish settlers, the most endearing memorial is Fort

and slave labor, that made the most lasting impression on the

Christian, built in 1671. The Danish colonial building, a significant

idyllic islands.

island landmark with its shutters and ornate clock tower, is

Visitors with a keen eye can catch sight of shards of old

currently undergoing renovation. The United States bought

Danish brick walls, roads, ruins and mills. Royal Dane Mall, once

St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John and the other 65 small islets that

a thick-walled warehouse complex, is a popular attraction on

make up the U.S. Virgin Islands from the Danes for $25 million

St. Thomas. Reminders of its Danish past are all over the U.S.V.I.

in 1917. But even after eight decades, the Danish heritage of

capital of Charlotte Amalie, named for the Queen of Denmark.

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Simply. Magic. The magic of a Mark Henry Alexandrite piece is not the style (which happens to be gorgeous!), but the unbelievable change in the color of the stone. Come and see the magic for yourself at Royal Jewelers.

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SHOPPING IN:

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Here’s the ultimate insider guide to what’s hot in town. SEE IT? LIKE IT? BUY IT!

CROWN OF LIGHT

Crown Brilliant pendant

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14K white gold and diamond earrings

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Paraiba tourmaline ring

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Almost anything you’re looking for, you’ll find in the ports of call. Not only will the selection amaze you, but the quality of the merchandise is second to none. The stores featured on these pages carry the finest in every product category. You’ll see the famous brand names you know from around the world and many others that you’ve only heard about. Just remember: If you see something you like, buy it! Transcend Double Halo Pendant by Hearts On Fire; Royal Caribbean, Diamonds International

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A.H. RIISE STORES A.H. Riise offers one of the Virgin Islands’ most extensive selections of quality duty-free merchandise, at savings of as much as 50 percent and more off U.S. retail prices; and there is no sales tax. Shop with confidence: A.H. Riise fully guarantees every purchase. Choose from the world’s finest names in jewelry, watches, perfumes, cosmetics, liquor, tobacco, Caribbean gifts, art prints and more, all at spectacular duty-free savings. A company rich in history and tradition, A.H. Riise first opened its doors as the A.H. Riise Apothecary in 1838. A.H. Riise’s commitment to quality, value and exceptional customer service is a legacy that continues to this day. A.H. Riise’s Main Street store is located in one of the island’s most elegant and historic settings. For added convenience, stores are also located in the Havensight Mall and Crown Bay near the cruise ship docks. Experience Caribbean shopping at its best at A.H. Riise Stores, the Virgin Islands’ premier duty-free shopping destination. Located at Main Street, Waterfront, Havensight Mall and Crown Bay. Call 340-776-2303 or visit www.ahriise.com. Rolex Watches at A.H. Riise A.H. Riise is the U.S. and British Virgin Islands’ authorized Rolex dealer. A.H. Riise offers one of the

Caribbean’s largest selections of Rolex watches, as well as an After Sales Service Center in St. Thomas. Rolex watches can be found in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, in a new, beautiful, state-of-the-art boutique on Main Street; at the Havensight Mall; and in the British Virgin Islands at Romasco Place, in Road Town, Tortola. The Service Center is located inside A.H. Riise’s Main Street store. Call 340-776-2303, ext. 146. Perfumes, Cosmetics and Skin Care St. Thomas’ largest and most beautiful perfumery offers virtually every fragrance brand, from the classics to the newest designer scents for both men and women. The duty-free savings are substantial, and there is no sales tax. A.H. Riise is home to the Virgin Islands’ only M•A•C duty-free retail boutique, and provides an ultramodern and sophisticated setting for Chanel, Estée Lauder and Clinique boutiques. Here, available exclusively in St. Thomas at A.H. Riise, you’ll find L’Occitane, La Prairie, Elizabeth Arden, Sisley and assorted skin-care collections — in addition to Creed, Vera Wang, Bond No. 9 and Narciso Rodriguez fragrances, to name a few. Other fine cosmetic and skincare lines are also available. Be sure to visit the newly renovated A.H. Riise flagship store located in downtown Charlotte Amalie. Complimentary gift wrapping is

available. Call 1-800-524-2037 to order by phone, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Liquor Department at A.H. Riise Offering extraordinary savings of as much as 50 percent and more off U.S. retail prices, A.H. Riise is one of the Caribbean’s largest retailers of spirits and tobacco. A.H. Riise stocks almost every national and international liquor brand, as well as a wide assortment of unique specialty liqueurs and Caribbean rums, all at unbelievable duty-free savings; and there is no sales tax! For the island’s best selection of quality imported cigars, visit the walk-in humidor — climate-controlled to ensure optimum humidity and freshness. A.H. Riise provides convenient, guaranteed delivery to cruise ships; a free tasting bar; plus great gift-with-purchase offers, weekly specials, and friendly, courteous service. The Print Gallery at A.H. Riise Located in the Main Street entrance to the picturesque A.H. Riise Mall is the Print Gallery. The gallery displays one of the island’s largest selections of fine-quality prints. The Print Gallery at A.H. Riise also offers an excellent selection of antique and contemporary Caribbean map reproductions.

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Prints can be matted or framed, and packaged to travel or ship. Mail orders are gladly accepted. Call 340-776-2303 or 1-800-524-2037. The Swatch Boutique at A.H. Riise A.H. Riise’s 37 Main Street store is home to the Virgin Islands’ only Swatch boutique. This unique setting showcases the creativity, quality, fun and energy of a truly innovative company, its timepieces and the latest Swatch Bijoux contemporary jewelry collections. Call 340-776-2303 or 1-800-524-2037. Selleria watch by Fendi; Diamonds International and DI Watch & Design

Black Coral ring with pearls, diamonds and gold; Bernard K. Passman

BERNARD K. PASSMAN The undisputed master of Black Coral sculpture has always been the renowned artist, Bernard K. Passman. Connoisseurs of unusual fine jewelry and unique objets d’art are drawn to this internationally acclaimed sculptor’s stunning creations. Passman’s works appear in numerous publications, including Time and Town & Country magazines. Passman has been commissioned by royalty to create pieces that join historically noted collections. His commissions for U.S. presidents, royalty, heads of state, celebrities and other important dignitaries throughout the world bring accolades and recognition from the art community. Bernard Passman’s work can be found in his galleries located in Grand Cayman, Las Vegas, Maui; Ketchikan, Alaska; and on the island of St. Thomas on Main Street, at Havensight Mall and at Crown Bay.

BEVERLY’S

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Established in 1982, Beverly’s is family-owned and over the years has built a reputation for providing quality jewelry and service to thousands of loyal customers. Our products include watches (Citizen, Seiko, Guess, Fossil, Nautica, DKNY, Diesel, Invicta,

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Adidas, Timex, Casio); fine jewelry (diamonds and a full selection of loose, colored gemstones); and silver jewelry, including one of the finest collections of Larimar jewelry.

CARIBANA Caribana offers a variety of products, including duty-free liquor, tobacco, cigars, souvenirs, tropical clothing, everything for the beach (swimsuits, snorkel gear, sun-care products, towels), tablecloths and linens, fashion jewelry and accessories, and much more. We offer a lowestprice guarantee on all our products. Caribana stores can be found at three St. Thomas locations: Main Street, Waterfront and Havensight Mall.

CARILOHA Come feel the difference of the softest fabric in the world — Cariloha Bamboo™. Cariloha is the premier retailer of products made from bamboo, offering apparel, bedding, active wear, bath towels and handbags, all made from bamboo. When you think of bamboo, tall green shoots likely come to mind. But did you know that bamboo can actually be made into the world’s most comfortable fabric? Cariloha’s bamboo clothing is three degrees cooler than cotton and wicks moisture away from your body. Bamboo clothing is crazy soft to the touch and contains naturally occurring properties that are antibacterial and antimicrobial; it also provides full UVA/UVB protection. Bamboo saves more trees, regenerates naturally and is among the most eco-friendly, renewable resources on the planet. Visit any Cariloha store today to pick up a free bamboo lei and to feel the softness of bamboo clothing for yourself. Cariloha — Stay Cool, Wear Bamboo. Cariloha is located at the Grand Galleria shops at the end of Main Street.

DEL SOL Get the perfect gift at Del Sol, where you’ll find color-changing apparel and accessories that change color in the sun! Don’t let your vacation end without first seeing Del Sol’s worldfamous color-changing products. Del Sol’s popular T-shirt designs magically change color when exposed to the sun’s UV rays. Everything at Del Sol changes color with sunlight — hair clips, jewelry, hats, shorts, polos, tote bags, ladies’ T-shirts and more than 20 different shades of nail polish. Experience Del Sol’s colorchanging eyewear — Solize™ sunglasses, which feature polarized, polycarbonate lenses and color-changing frames; and best of all, Del Sol’s Solize™ sunglasses come with a lifetime guarantee against theft, loss and damage. Del Sol is the world’s largest color-change retailer, and its products are guaranteed to change colors for life. You can get a T-shirt anywhere, but only Del Sol shirts and products burst into rainbows of color outside in the sun. Visit any store today for a free demonstration and a free color-changing gift (no purchase necessary). Del Sol — Just Add Sun! Del Sol is located at the Grand Galleria shops at the end of Main Street.

DIAMONDS INTERNATIONAL Diamonds International Shines Light on the Crown of Creation Every piece of jewelry a woman owns means something special to her. So Diamonds International created the Crown of Creation collection to honor the woman wearing their jewels. Crown of Creation jewelry is inspired by an ancient story describing the special place that women hold in the hearts of their family. And it expresses what the heart feels, but often cannot say. Crown of Creation jewelry features Diamonds International’s exclusive diamond, the Crown of Light.

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The Crown of Light is the connoisseur’s diamond: a branded, 90-facet, round diamond with unparalleled brilliance and drama. These superb diamonds — as well as the Crown of Creation collection — can only be found at Diamonds International. Stop by and learn the entire fascinating story of the Crown of Creation at a Diamonds International showroom. Discover 90 facets of brilliant light performance and outstanding quality in the world’s most exclusive diamond, only at Diamonds International. Diamonds International is located on Main Street and Norre Gade; and at Havensight Mall, Yacht Haven Grande, Crown Bay, Sugar Bay Resort and Spa, Grand Galleria. Call 1-800-444-4025 or 1-800-51-JEWEL; or shop online at www.diamondsinternational.com.

EFFY JEWELERS

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Effy Hematian, the designer behind Effy Jewelers, has been designing and manufacturing fine jewelry for over 30 years. He is world-renowned not only for being innovative, but is admired for his careful attention to craftsmanship. Quality is number one to Effy; this dedication has made him one of the top jewelry manufacturers in the United States. There are many jewelry stores in St. Thomas, but few that offer timeless and unique designs at affordable prices. Whether you are looking for a beautiful gift or wish to treat yourself, Effy Jewelers offers high-quality jewelry at wholesale prices. Sparkling diamonds and gemstones in all colors of the rainbow are worth a look — or two. The best part is that they are all factory-priced; the savings are passed directly to you. We hope to help you find the perfect piece while you are on your Caribbean journey. Please visit us at 13A Main Street in St. Thomas, or shop online at www.effyjewelers.com.

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JEWELS Jewels is the largest authorized dealer of the finest Swiss timepieces, including Patek Philippe, TAG Heuer, Chopard, Breitling, Bulgari, Ebel, Omega, Movado, Raymond Weil, Tissot and more — all presented in an elegant shopping environment. Discover fabulous designer jewelry collections such as David Yurman, Marco Bicego, Chopard, Roberto Coin, Mikimoto, John Hardy and many more. Jewels also offers an exclusive diamond collection in 14k white gold. A must-see while in St. Thomas is the custom-designed David Yurman Boutique at the A.H. Riise Mall on Main Street. The David Yurman Boutique features the largest selection and latest styles of David Yurman found anywhere in the world. Visit Jewels for extraordinary designer collections, superior service and the finest luxury brands, all at tax- and dutyfree prices. On St. Thomas, Jewels is located at the A.H. Riise Mall on Main Street, on the Waterfront, Marriott Frenchman’s Reef, the Ritz-Carlton, Havensight Mall and Crown Bay Center. On St. John, Jewels is located in Mongoose Junction.

LALINE Treasures from the Dead Sea have traveled thousands of miles to the exotic Caribbean waters for the first time! Come arouse your senses…at Laline! Many good things begin over a simple cup of coffee, and so did Laline. Two cousins met on a sunny afternoon and decided to work together to make their dreams come true. Laline was established in 1999 as a boutique store offering a range of high-quality soaps, candles, fragrances, oils, bath accessories and gifts. Stepping into a Laline boutique is like stepping into a dream: full of fragrance, atmosphere and tempting products, which

invite you to feel and touch everything… . Every single product is pampered and cared for from its initial formulation to the final wrapping stage. There are no compromises! The highly rich and pure ingredients, comprised of Dead Sea salts, minerals and essential oils sourced in Provence, will not only fortify and hydrate the skin, but will leave your skin soft and silky and wanting more! In addition to the unique fragrances developed at Laline’s professional laboratories, Laline aims to constantly surprise its customers with new products and fragrances for every season and occasion. Today, Laline is a successful international luxury brand with over 70 boutiques worldwide, offering the trendiest and most customer-oriented products, designed to match the needs of everyone. Come visit Laline… ‘‘when body meets soul.’’

LITTLE SWITZERLAND For over 50 years, Little Switzerland has defined luxury across the Caribbean. Twenty-five stores, located in St. Thomas, St. John, Aruba, Curaçao, St. Maarten, Barbados, San Juan, Nassau, Tortola and Key West, offer an unprecedented showcase of the most desired collections of respected names in fine jewelry, watches, crystal and accessories. Little Switzerland has a worldrenowned collection of the best brands: Baccarat, Baume & Mercier, Breitling, Zenith, Omega, Rado, Raymond Weil, Roberto Coin, Swarovski, Swiss Army, TAG Heuer, Tiffany & Co., Tissot, Movado and many more, including their exclusive jewelry line, Avance. The Avance collection offers an array of styles to complement your mood for any occasion; choose to be elegant, bold or classically timeless. The collection features top designs from jewelers around the world, inspired by the moments we celebrate. Avance

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merges metals and precious stones into individual works of art to produce a tangible commemoration of light, shape and color. Each Avance piece has a lifetime warranty. If you haven’t been to Little Switzerland, then you haven’t been to the Caribbean! Treat yourself to a little Switzerland luxury-shopping experience in the Virgin Islands today. Be sure to ask about Little Switzerland’s interest-free credit offers. The Little Switzerland free credit offer is available on the spot, making your dutyfree shopping effortless! The shopping doesn’t have to end when your vacation does — visit www.littleswitzerland.com or call toll-free at 1-888-527-4473; previous clients will enjoy the same tax- and duty-free savings.

MILANO DIAMOND GALLERY

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Looking for a gift that looks like it’s worth millions but costs less than $1,000? Milano Diamond Gallery is your ideal destination for finding that perfect gift for yourself or a loved one. Being the largest DTC (Diamond Trading Company) sightholder in the Caribbean, Milano buys its diamonds from the source at unbeatable savings, which are passed to the consumer. Come and see our variety of beautiful diamond-studded jewelry. Our breathtaking collections include Firefly, with vibrant canary diamonds, and Tanzanite Dreams, with deeply hued tanzanite to enchant and inspire. It’s absolutely worth a visit, so please stop by and become mesmerized. Milano Jewelers has three locations: 9 Main Street, Havensight Mall and Crown Bay Center. For more information, e-mail info@milanodiamondgallery.com or visit www.milanodiamondgallery.com.

MR. TABLECLOTH For the past 34 years, Mr. Tablecloth has maintained

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one exclusive location on busy downtown Main Street in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. Here you will find the most impressive selection of beautiful hand-embroidered tablecloths, place mats and cloth accessories. The store specializes in “hard-to-find,” including pieces with 90-inch widths and lengths up to 252 inches. Nowhere in the world will you find such a varied selection all under one roof. No need to be discouraged about buying a tablecloth, as the latest material called microfiber requires absolutely no ironing and is completely stain-resistant. Some of the store’s tablecloths even have the appearance of fine linen — without all the work. A definite must-see! Tablecloths are not all you will find. Mr. Tablecloth also features exquisite bedsheets, pillowcases, shower curtains, duvets, runners and much more. Great, affordable gifts can be found in abundance. You will be pleased with the lovely selection of ladies’ evening-wear jackets; beaded crocheted sweaters; and pure-pima-cotton, lace-trimmed nightgowns. The children’s corner features a tremendous selection of top-quality handmade outfits for infants and children. The prices are far below what you would pay on the mainland for such fine merchandise. Unsure of what you want or need? Not to worry, as a very courteous, knowledgeable and patient staff is on hand to assist you. Whether you buy a cotton, Irish linen, organdy or microfiber tablecloth, you can be certain that the savings will be 30 to 60 percent. Due to the great assortment of specialty items and fabulous customer service, Mr. Tablecloth welcomes a large repeat as well as referred-customer business. Mr. Tablecloth doesn’t just sell you a tablecloth, but helps you to choose the perfect one. Located at 6 Main Street; or shop online at www.mrtablecloth-vi.com.

PRINCESS WORLD JEWELERS The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Princess World Jewelers, a favorite shop for frequent island visitors, welcome you with the finest personalized service in St. Thomas. A familyowned and -operated business since 1902, Princess World Jewelers shares the knowledge of diamonds, tanzanite, emeralds and all precious gemstones that ensures comfortable decisionmaking. Since the introduction of tanzanite, a radiant blue-purple gemstone discovered in East Africa in 1967, Princess World Jewelers has maintained one of the largest and most impressive selections of tanzanite in the world. This is made possible by frequent travel to Africa and by negotiating the finest “rough” for precision stonecutting in Germany. Once the gemstones are artfully cut, they are flown directly to St. Thomas and offered both set and unset. Harry Mirpuri promises once again this season to offer the finest quality available anywhere for the lowest direct pricing. In addition to tanzanite, the selection of unset diamonds in all sizes will impress the most experienced of diamond buyers. And if necessary, the staff will provide the time and information it takes to make you a diamond expert! Princess World Jewelers is located in the heart of St. Thomas’ famous Main Street shopping area. Open seven days a week. Visit early in the day to allow time for complimentary custom fitting and design work. 9A Main St.; www.princessjewelers.com.

ROYAL CARIBBEAN One of the foremost stores in the Virgin Islands with over 30 years in business, Royal Caribbean is known for its brandname watches and jewelry. Royal Caribbean offers a superb collection of Swiss handcrafted timepieces, featuring world-famous brands such as

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A. Lange & Söhne, Baume & Mercier, Bell & Ross, Blancpain, Breguet, Bvlgari, Cartier, Chanel, Corum, de Grisogono, Dior, Ebel, Fruitz, Glashütte, Gucci, Hamilton, IWC, Longines, Montblanc, Movado, Panerai, Philip Stein, Piaget, Rado, Raymond Weil, Roger Dubuis, Tissot, U-Boat and Vacheron Constantin. Fashion-conscious and trendsavvy shoppers can select from brands such as Casio, ESQ, Fossil, Luminox, Michele, Seiko, TechnoMarine, Toy Watches and TW Steel. At Royal Caribbean, you will be captivated by the most exquisite collection of Hearts On Fire Diamonds. Come in to see our rare collection of fancy yellow, pink, blue and white diamonds, the finest 14k- and 18k-gold and diamond jewelry, and the largest selection of precious and semiprecious jewelry. Perfect for that special someone are the world-renowned Mikimoto cultured pearls. Take home a piece of the Caribbean with larimar jewelry by Marahlago. Pamper yourself with Judith Ripka silver and 18k-gold jewelry and other designer brands such as Angélique de Paris, Scott Kay and Rebecca. Also available is a wide assortment of Cartier sunglasses and pens by A.T. Cross, Montblanc and Montegrappa. Royal Caribbean also has the four largest camera stores in the Virgin Islands. Come and get the latest in digital and video cameras, iPods, laptops and cell phones. An authorized dealer for top brand names such as Nikon, Canon, Leica, Pentax, Olympus, Sony, Panasonic and all other major brands of cameras, binoculars and electronics, Royal Caribbean continues to offer huge savings in all categories. Royal Caribbean’s knowledgeable staff will assist you, making your selection more enjoyable. Customers receive a free fivefunction digital watch with a $50

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purchase. In St. Thomas, Royal Caribbean is located on Main Street, and at Havensight Mall and Crown Bay Center. In St. John, it is located at Mongoose Junction. Open Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m. 5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Montblanc Boutique

In 1906, three visionaries came together in Hamburg, Germany, to perfect the revolutionary invention of a fountain pen with its own ink reservoir independent of an inkwell. Their vision: handmade writing instruments, produced in accordance with the highest demands of technology, design and finish. Today this uncompromising quality standard and traditional European craftsmanship still form the unshakable foundation of the brand. The white Montblanc star, named after the highest mountain in Europe, has long adorned not only fountain pens but also elegant leather goods, precious jewelry, fine accessories and fashionable eyewear. All belong to the Montblanc lifestyle world, as do exclusive watches produced in the Swiss factory of Montblanc Montre S.A. The crowning white star stands for world-famous luxury goods representing culture and a special way of life. Montblanc products are contemporary style icons and, as limited editions, coveted collectors’ pieces. All Montblanc products are available exclusively at Royal Caribbean and at the Montblanc Boutique at 8 Dronningens Gade in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; e-mail: daswanivi@aol.com.

and a gentleman buying jewels for his lady should be treated like a king. Whether you’re shopping for classics like diamonds, tanzanite and pearls, or something more exotic, you’ll find it all at Royal Jewelers — at prices you’ll love. 14 Main Street.

VENETIAN JEWELERS Nestled in the middle of the quaint historic shops near the beginning of Main Street is the world-famous Venetian Jewelers. Well-known in the Caribbean for its extensive collection of colored diamonds and precious gemstone jewelry and certified loose gemstones, Venetian Jewelers is the place to find that special jewelry piece you’ve been looking for. Venetian Jewelers features exquisite blue-diamond jewelry by the acclaimed designer, Sophia Fiori, as well as exotic Tanzanite jewelry and a wide array of loose white diamonds and whitediamond jewelry, black diamonds by Adagio and multicolored sapphires by Symphony. As the exclusive dealer for Sophia Fiori in St. Thomas, Venetian Jewelers is the only place where you can try on pieces from the Sophia Fiori Signature Collection. This collection was displayed at the 2008 Emmys as well as the 2007 Golden Globe Awards, when more than 100 stars from film and television modeled Sophia Fiori jewelry. Now you can own the same piece worn by a famous Hollywood star on the red carpet. St. Thomas is the tax- and duty-

ROYAL JEWELERS Why is it that so many people return to Royal Jewelers year after year? What makes so many people loyal to Royal? They know that everyone gets treated like royalty here! The Royal Jewelers philosophy is that a woman should be treated like a queen,

free capital of the Caribbean, and Venetian Jewelers is the preeminent jewelry shop on the island. Prices are 10 to 50 percent below those stateside, with NO tax or duty. And remember, Venetian Jewelers guarantees unbeatable value for the highestquality merchandise.

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