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Welcome Aboard


Service Excellence

Nighttime Activities

Delicious Dilemma

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

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


The Night Belongs to You




Shows & Entertainment

Do It All or Nothing At All


Princess Captain’s Circle®

Daytime Activities


Future Cruise Sales

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


2012-2013 Cruise Calendar


Ports of Call


Lotus Spa ® & The Sanctuary


Boutiques Onboard


Princess Photography

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


ScholarShip@Sea ®

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Movies Under the Stars ®


Youth & Teen

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

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Princess Shopping Host! Welcome aboard! I’m your Princess Shopping Host — your personal shopping consultant. I’m here to save you time and money both in the boutiques on board and in our fabulous ports of call. During this voyage, I’ll provide you with everything you’ll need to know about shopping. I’ll be hosting the live Shopping Spotlight Show and special events on watches and jewelry, and I’ll be available each evening at the Princess Shopping Desk. I’ll also provide you with maps, brochures, Passport to Value booklets and V.I.P. cards upon request. Few things are more thrilling on a cruise vacation than shopping for dazzling treasures such as watches, diamonds and jewelry — all at amazing duty-free prices. For inside information on how you can indulge your taste for the best, be sure to read Discover Style, our celebrity-packed magazine in your stateroom — and watch the Discover Style show on your stateroom television. You’ll find even more expert guidance on your television, with video replays of the Shopping Spotlight Show and special features about our boutiques on board. With all this expert guidance, you’ll know exactly how to enjoy the unsurpassed savings and selection of shopping on vacation! At your service, Your Princess Shopping Host



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Let your

journey begin Finally, you’re here.

Now is the time to relax and let

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

The magnificent Crown Princess,® seen from the perspective of a beach on Jamaica.


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At your

service Princess Cruises — The Consummate Host

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The Consummate Host


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

You first noticed it on the lapel of the officer who welcomed you aboard as you crossed the gangway — a small blue pin that read, “C.R.U.I.S.E.” Then you saw it again worn by the concierge, and your stateroom steward, and… What are these blue pins, and what does that acronym stand for? To help keep the passenger experience front of mind for all Princess staff and crew, we developed a philosophy and service program that is summed up in our C.R.U.I.S.E. ® credo — Courtesy, Respect, Unfailing In Service Excellence. It means warm, welcoming service provided at each and every opportunity. You’ve probably already experienced it for yourself — from courteous greetings of waiters in the dining room at dinner to friendly smiles from bartenders and deck stewards. This innovative program ensures the service level is consistently excellent across all the ships in the fleet. Every member of our staff is rigorously trained, not only in the “how to” of great service,

but more importantly in the “why.” Because aside from spectacular ships sailing to fantastic destinations, it will likely be the service you receive on your Princess cruise that you will most remember.

Celebrating a special occasion while on the ship — a birthday, honeymoon or anniversary, perhaps? Our staff can help make any celebration unforgettable. We have packages available that include such unique extras as champagne, flowers for your stateroom, upgraded amenities, framed formal portraits, visits to the Lotus Spa ® and more. You can even get married onboard or renew your vows. Just visit the 4 COLOR (PROCESS PMS 2945 & 549 & 123) front desk and ask about these special occasions packages.


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

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freshly prepared



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

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


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freshly prepared

We understand

how important

dining is to the vacation experience. Which is why we put such an emphasis on the quality and range of our dining options. Our own Master Chef, Alfredo Marzi, designed new menus for our

Delectable entrees served in the Princess restaurants range from Italian specialties to aged steak to the freshest fish available.

Traditional and Anytime Dining SM

a more southern ambience. Ask about

rooms to truly make sure the food is

the Chef’s Table, yet another unique

the star. From our signature pastas to

offering — you’ll be invited into the

our lighter Lotus Spa ® selections, you’ll

galley for champagne and hors

savor freshly prepared cuisine, utilizing

d’oeuvres, and then dine on a special

ingredients with regional influences.

menu conceived by the Executive Chef

For variety,

himself. Or if you happen to have a you can choose

balcony stateroom, you can stay in

a specialty restaurant like Sabatini’s,

some evening and we’ll bring the

where an Italian feast unfolds like a

experience to you — with Ultimate

stage production, the elegant Crown

Balcony Dining.


Grill SM or Sterling Steakhouse SM for an

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aged prime steak or grilled seafood,

We invite you to indulge in

or the Bayou Café & Steakhouse for

all this and more during your cruise.

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Restaurants & dining venues onboard Restaurants


Breakfast Hours

Lunch Hours

Traditional Dining Hours

Anytime Dining


5:30 PM, 6 PM and 8:15 PM

5:30 PM - 10 PM


Traditional & Anytime

7:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Noon - 1:30 PM


Breakfast Hours

Lunch Hours

Dinner Hours



7:30-10 AM for Suites only


6:30 PM - 11 PM

Cover charge




6:30 PM - 11 PM

Cover charge




6:30 PM - 11 PM

Cover charge

Bayou Café & Steakhouse




6:30 PM - 11 PM

Cover charge

Ultimate Balcony Dining


7 AM - 11 AM


5:30 PM - 10 PM

Nominal charge




Onboard reservations accepted only

(subject to change)


Breakfast Hours

Lunch Hours

Dinner Hours




11 AM - 5:30 PM





11 AM - 2:30 PM

7 PM onward




11 AM - 6 PM

(Except on Ocean and Pacific Princess)

6:00 PM - midnight



5 AM - 10 AM

11:30 am - 3:30 PM

5:30 PM - 11 PM



6 AM - 11:00 AM

11:00 AM - 5:30 PM

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



6 AM - 11 AM

11 AM - 6 PM

6 PM onward


Room service


24 hours

24 hours

24 hours


Afternoon tea



3:30 PM - 4:30 PM




7 AM onward



Nominal charge



11 AM - 5:30 PM

11 AM onward



7 AM - Noon

Noon - 6 PM

6 PM - onward

Nominal charge on only a few select items



11:00 AM onward (4:30 PM port days)

5 PM - 11 PM

Nominal charge



11 AM - 5:30 PM

5:30 PM onward


Main Dining Rooms

Specialty Dining Sabatini’s


Caribbean, Coral, Crown, Diamond, Emerald, Golden, Grand, Island, Pacific, Ruby, Sapphire, Star, Ocean Princess

Crown Grill

Caribbean, Crown, Emerald, Golden, Ruby, Star Princess

Sterling Steakhouse


Dawn, Diamond, Pacific, Sea, Sun, Ocean Princess Coral, Island Princess All Princess ships*

Chef’s Table

Caribbean, Coral, Crown, Diamond, Emerald, Golden, Grand, Island, Pacific, Ruby, Sapphire, Sea,** Star, Ocean Princess

Casual Dining

$95 per person

Pizzeria (poolside)

Caribbean, Coral, Crown, Diamond, Emerald, Golden, Grand, Island, Ruby, Sapphire, Star Princess


Dawn, Pacific, Sea, Sun, Ocean Princess

Burger & hot dog grill

All Princess ships

Café Caribe

Caribbean, Crown, Emerald, Ruby Princess

(sea days only)

Horizon Court/Lido

Caribbean, Coral, Crown, Dawn, Diamond, Emerald, Golden, Grand, Island, Ruby, Sapphire, Sea, Star, Sun Princess

Panorama Buffet

Pacific, Ocean Princess All Princess ships All Princess ships


Coral, Dawn, Diamond, Island, Pacific, Sea, Sun, Ocean Princess

Ice cream bar

Caribbean, Coral, Crown, Dawn, Diamond, Emerald, Golden, Grand, Island, Ruby, Sapphire, Sea, Star, Sun Princess

International Café

Caribbean, Crown, Emerald, Golden, Grand, Ruby, Sapphire, Star Princess

Vines Wine Bar

Caribbean, Crown, Emerald, Golden, Ruby, Sapphire, Star Princess

Alfredo's Pizzeria Grand Princess

5:30 PM - Midnight

Note: Dining options, locations and venues vary by ship and actual meal times and charges are subject to change based on itinerary and season. While room service is complimentary, charges will apply to certain food and beverage items. Once onboard and based on availability, you may switch to Anytime Dining from Traditional Dining with 24 hours notice to the Maître d’Hôtel. Anytime Dining is not available on Pacific, Sun, Dawn, Sea** or Ocean Princess. Corkage fee of $15 applies. The Chef’s Table program is limited to approximately 10-12 passengers per cruise and is offered at $95 per person. * Ultimate Balcony Dining available in select staterooms. ** Anytime Dining and Chef's Table do not apply to Sea Princess while operating in Australia.

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

Length of Cruise

# of Formal Evenings

3-6 days


# of Smart Casual Events 1-5

7-13 days



14-20 days



21-28 days



29+ days



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Expand your horizons with the Princess ScholarShip@Sea® enrichment program featuring classes in cooking wine tasting, art, navigation and more.

Do it all

or nothing at all Free time —

something each of us have

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

What’s your type?

Are you a fitness

fanatic? Or a computer whiz? Do you wish you simply had more hours in the day after work and family commitments to just sit down and read a book? On a Princess voyage, we offer opportunities for every

Each day, opportunities

interest to be engaged. Which is one of the reasons

unfold from the fit and

on the ship they remember most fondly. So now that

active to the relaxed and

people often unexpectedly find that it is their time you’re here, we encourage you to follow your mood to whatever activities and entertainment most interest you. You’ll find a full schedule of what’s offered each

cultural. It’s up to you to

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

write the script.

and available whenever you feel like dropping in.

library, fitness centers and other venues are open

*Available on select voyages.


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Renew yourself

Body & Soul



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Health & Wellness


Rejuvenate with luxurious treatments in the Lotus Spa or the on-deck ®

retreat, The Sanctuary.

Sitting out on deck, you’ll be lulled into a blissful state by the sound of waves, the fresh sea air

The Sanctuary – truly special.

and the knowledge that while you are out here with

Rejuvenate in the

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

open air at the outdoor

And if you think that’s a good feeling, just imagine how

retreat reserved

you’ll feel after a massage or spa treatment!

exclusively for adults,


never felt as good as it does on

a Princess ship. The onboard Lotus Spa ® rivals most you’ll find on land — offering a sensational selection of services and treatments from facials, scrubs and massages to hot stone therapy, body therapy and body wraps, as well as a full-service salon should you choose to beautify after you unwind. The Lotus Spa Fitness Center offers the exclusive Core. Balance. Strength. fitness program designed to help you maximize your wellness with elements of these three fitness components, each combined with corresponding classes such as Fitball Pilates, Yoga and Tour de Cycle. The Lotus Spa Fitness Center also features world-class exercise equipment so you can tone on your own.

The Sanctuary, available on select ships.* In this popular haven you can get a massage under a cabana, to the

Perfectly complementing the rejuvenating spa offerings are Lotus Spa selections — healthy cuisine options found on the menus in our dining rooms.

sound of the sea lapping far beneath you. Or you can find yourself an empty chaise lounge in which to enjoy healthy smoothies, energy drinks, flavored waters and freshly squeezed lemonade. A spa menu exclusive to The Sanctuary highlights a variety of light snacks such as lettucewrapped spring rolls, fruit skewers, and spicy tuna pâté with baked pita wedges, all served by special Serenity Stewards. MP3 players are also available with themed playlists, so you can escape to the soothing sounds of music.

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

*The Sanctuary is available on most ships in 2011 and 2012. Covered cabanas not available in the Sanctuary on all ships.


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Bring home the

Perfect Gift You’ll return home from your Princess ® vacation with experiences to last a lifetime. But why not remind yourself of the carefree time you had onboard as often as possible, with something special from our array of onboard boutiques? Browse through the fine jewelry, fashion apparel and accessories onboard — you’ll discover a stellar selection of names like Swarovski, Lancôme, Estée Lauder and TAG Heuer among the luxurious offerings, as well as a wide variety of signature Princess merchandise. All shops are tax- and duty-free, with savings up to 60% off U.S. retail. Plus, watch for additional savings with special promotions throughout your voyage. And in each of our boutiques, you’ll be greeted by gracious, knowledgeable staff who can help you choose the perfect gift to take home.

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Princess Photo-Video captures ®

Your Memories at Sea A picture is worth

a thousand words — especially of your cruise with Princess. And we offer many ways for you to relive your vacation with both photos and video. You can have formal and casual portraits taken throughout the ship, with your choice of background, in one of our studio locations each evening. You’ll also notice our professional photographers and videographers at the gangway, in port, and even on select shore excursions. All photos taken will be displayed in the gallery the following day, and the Reflections DVD captures all the fun in motion!

Photo-Video Gallery.

Don’t forget to stop by and check out our great selection of digital cameras, high‑quality binoculars, exclusively designed frames, photo albums, Princess Collector’s Edition DVDs, and much more!

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ScholarShip @Sea


Set sail with Princess, and you’re in for an adventure that’s more than just sightseeing. You will discover an array of engaging onboard offerings to expand your cultural horizons. Among the wonderful offerings of our ScholarShip@Sea ® enrichment program are an array of classes — up to 40 on every voyage. You can brush up on your cooking skills, expand your navigational knowledge, join the Zumba ® Fitness dance party, or experiment with website design in an onboard computer course. Get creative and have fun learning new craft activities and much more. ScholarShip@Sea ® also presents intriguing lectures on each cruise, including those focusing on the history, culture and geography of the region you are visiting.

Art auctions at sea

An adventure in the

Cultural Engaging enrichment

opportunities and exciting art auctions bring

are fun, fast-paced and offer a wonderful opportunity to bring home a great work of art at significant savings. You’ll find the art world’s greatest stars — names like Picasso, Chagall, Rockwell and Miro — all represented, as well as a variety of works by contemporary art’s most popular figures. There’s no registration necessary, and complimentary champagne and a festive atmosphere make these auctions an exciting highlight of your voyage. Artwork is charged to your shipboard account, then insured, packaged, and shipped to your home or office from a U.S. fulfillment center.

refinement to your cruise. PRINCESS CRUISES DISCOVERY

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Princess Cays


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

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

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

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



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


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under the stars®

Princess pioneered the concept — passengers enjoying a feature film ®

poolside on a giant screen — Movies Under the Stars.


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The sky’s the limit Order a drink

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

Even kids get in

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

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

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

Note: Movies Under the Stars is featured on most Princess ships in 2011 and 2012.

*Satellite coverage permitting.


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and teen

Kid-sized fun that’s simply

“SeaSational” Moms and dads,

Our youngest guests

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

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

’Tweens will revel in Shockwaves — a special venue with activities just for them. They can enjoy parties, join sports tournaments and scavenger hunts, watch movies, learn to cook with our Jr.CHEF@Sea program, or participate in talent shows, enjoy educational programs sponsored by the renowned California Science Center, and other fun options. No matter their age, kids on a cruise with Princess will find fun-filled activities suited just for them.

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Remix What’s a teen to do

on a Princess ship? Plenty — because

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

If you haven’t checked it out,

come to Remix.

It’s the place to be at sea!


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

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

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

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


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Casino gaming

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

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

Princess is your




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


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



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Music, dance & all that

Ladies and gentlemen,

please take your

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

Our original musicals

are unforgettable —

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

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Captain’s Circle


Welcome to

The Circle

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

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Gold Members After your 1st completed cruise • Member Benefits Card • Special Launch Savingsu • Preferential pricing offers • Circle Centersm Online - StandBy Programu - Referral Rewardsu - Circle Savings Accountsm • Princess Captain’s Circle Magazine • Free Cruise Photo Contestu • Access to a Circle Host onboard • Members-only onboard events • Princess Passport • Gold Member Pin

Platinum Members By voyage’s end, it’s likely

To the right you’ll find

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

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


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

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

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

N  OTE: Members are eligible for a higher tier level on the next cruise following completion of necessary cruises and/or cruise days. Passengers who sail alone in their cabin and pay the exclusive occupancy rate and passengers who pay for and sail in a full suite (mini-suites excluded) receive credit for two cruises. ■

From your 6th-15th cruise, or 51-150 cruise days • Preferred Check-In • Credit toward Internet Café packages† Voyage



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• Upgrade to Princess Platinum Vacation Protection^u • Preferred shoreside phone line • Platinum Disembarkation Lounge • Complimentary Cruise Atlas • Platinum Member Pin

Elite Members From your 16th cruise on, or 151+ cruise days • Complimentary shoe polishing, laundry and professional cleaning services • Priority ship to shore tender embarkation • Priority disembarkation • 10% boutique discount • Complimentary Grapevine Wine Tasting* • Complimentary mini-bar setup* • Deluxe canapés on formal nights (upon request) • Upgraded stateroom amenities • Traditional afternoon tea in stateroom (upon request) • Elite Member Pin

The Loyalty Commend onboard credit is determined by number of completed cruises and is applied per household.

u U.S.

and Canadian residents only.

† For use in the Internet Café or through wireless Internet. Availability may vary by ship. ^ With purchase of Princess Vacation Protection program (U.S. and Canada only). Excludes same-day service.

* For passengers 21 and over, complimentary Grapevine Wine Tasting is one per cruise per Elite Member. Complimentary mini-bar setup is one-time only, per Elite stateroom.

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a future journey

Book your next cruise


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

Book a cruise, or place a deposit, while you’re onboard and receive a special offer — up to $300 shipboard credit per stateroom. With just a reduced $100 USD refundable deposit per person, you’ll get a shipboard credit good on your next cruise with Princess. If you're unsure of your future travel plans, simply make a deposit and take up to 4 years to decide. This exclusive offer is available only to our onboard passengers. See your Future Cruise Consultant for details.

Shipboard Credit*

Cruise Length

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7-9 days

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$25 $50

10-15 days

Interior Oceanview

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16+ days

Interior Oceanview

$125 $150


Check the Princess Patter daily for office hours and location. *Deposit is per person, for 1st and 2nd passenger only. Note: Future Cruise Deposits are also available to international passengers. See Future Cruise Consultant for details.

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See the world with Princess Cruises® — the destination leader. The Princess Fleet is unparalleled, with 16 ships sailing more than 130 unique itineraries and visiting over 330 ports of call. Our ships are designed to meet every traveler’s needs, whether it’s grand cruising or a voyage on one of our small ships. Whichever you prefer, you can expect unsurpassed service and state-of-the-art amenities on every cruise. Princess sails to more worldwide destinations than ever before.

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Antigua Part of the two-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, this locale is even more focused on the waters surrounding it than you might expect. 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.


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. PRINCESS CRUISES DISCOVERY

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One of Antigua’s 365 beaches

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.

Snug coves line the shores of Antigua, a delight for anyone who spends time on or near the water.


THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT ANTIGUA 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,

Officers’ quarters at Nelson’s Dockyard

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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. 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. 86

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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.


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


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



Tropical Adventures Await Tropical Adventures is Antigua’s most established and awarded tour company. We endeavor to provide you with only the best shore excursions during your stay. The Excellence power catamaran, which operates the CIRCLE ANTIGUA BY SEA tour, will take you on a 100% circumnavigation of Antigua’s exotic coastline with a visit to the idyllic Green Island. The Mystic Sailing Catamaran offers the Champagne & Lobster Lunch 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

For a look back at Antigua’s colonial 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.



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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.

Shipping was important to Antigua’s past.

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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.

Hand-Embroidered Tablecloths, Runners and Doilies, Souvenir Tea and Kitchen Towels, Bun Warmers, Cutlery Bags and a Variety of Souvenir Items.

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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.


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. PRINCESS CRUISES DISCOVERY

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A perfect day in:

Prasad Gondi/

Aruba The colorful downtown

How to get to town To reach the colorful shops and attractions of Oranjestad, just walk through the cruise terminal and turn

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left onto L.G. Smith Boulevard.

The famous Natural ‘‘Baby’’ Bridge

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THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT aruba Everything Dutch comes alive in Oranjestad — from gabled architecture to delicious cheeses and exquisite blue Delft china. But not all of its attractions are imported. Oranjestad’s



boasts many tempting boutiques at

Happy shoppers

the shops along Caya G. F. Betico Croes, a delightful setting with its classic Dutch

ABOVE: The Aruba Historical Museum, where, BELOW, fascinating heritage is on display.

gabled, pastel-hued store facades. The legacy at the Numismatic Museum is a rich one, literally: some 40,000 historic

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Treasures such as Mopa Mopa art await in

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the Renaissance Mall and Marketplace.

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 minced tenderloin and chicken stewed with golden raisins, prunes and nuts, all topped with Dutch Gouda cheese. Adventurous types explore the rugged, arid north side and famous natural bridges, or head to De Palm Island for snorkeling and swimming. It might be wise to first visit the Aruba Aloe Museum and Factory, where Aruba’s signature moisturizing miracle and sunburn remedy is extracted from the island’s bountiful aloe plants. —R. V. 96

A windmill, sign of Dutch heritage


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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


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.



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 Aruba tourism Board/fernando Arroniz


Sand Dunes Exploring the island’s desert topography on foot will net you tumbleweed, aloe, cacti — and sand dunes. At Hudishibana, on the northwesternmost part of Aruba, are the sweeping California Dunes, named for a wrecked ship and complete with a stone lighthouse.


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

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


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

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Elegance in Design As the colonizing nations of Western Europe competed for control of the Caribbean, their planters and merchants brought with them their fine European furniture. But they soon discovered the heat and humidity of the islands were too powerful for the wooden furniture to endure. So local craftsmen were given the task of duplicating imported furnishings using sturdier woods indigenous to the islands. The reproductions proved to be less identical and more interpretive as the years went by. Thus were born the distinctive island design styles. Michael Connors, a distinguished scholar of West Indian decorative arts and furniture, explores this evolution in Caribbean Elegance (New York City: Henry N. Abrams, Inc., 2002). Connors, founder of the art and antiques company Michael Connors International, is the author of several similar books on island design and has designed two lines of colonial-style furniture; he is often credited with establishing colonial West Indian furniture as an independent collecting field. A favorite among design aficionados, his Caribbean Elegance presents the islands’ alignment of form and function, and focuses on the historical events and socioeconomic factors that contributed to the development of Caribbean furniture designs. Its 176 pages include the vivid color photography of Bruce Buck. Connors reveals that although the region’s heritage dates back more than 3,000 years, the development of West Indian furniture did not begin until the 18th century. Over the succeeding 300 years, Spain, England, Holland, Denmark and France all influenced furniture design in the Caribbean. Add to that African and North American influences, as well as expressions from the Caribbean’s history of slavery, and the result is an international art form representing a melting pot of style. 106


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The Dutch influence on the island of Aruba is pervasive, and it’s decidedly apparent in downtown Oranjestad’s charming shops.


Dutch Treats

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


the town of Delft, where potters and

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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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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A perfect day in:

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How to get to town The downtown area of Bridgetown is located about a mile from the cruise ship pier, about 10 minutes away by taxi. Shuttle buses also are available. The shuttle pick-up point is just to the right of the cruise terminal; drop-off and pick-up for the return trip to the cruise terminal

The Promenade in Bridgetown

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THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT barbados Bridgetown, capital of Barbados, is a favorite among travelers who want to see “the real Caribbean.” A bustling metropolis in its own right, it doesn’t have the touristy feel some hot spots do. And the island’s panoramic landscape is among the most lush and majestic in the southern Caribbean. Hiking and driving tours of seaside villages, plantations, gardens and 17th-century English country churches make Barbados a great place for adventure or relaxation. 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,

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Diving is the grand pursuit here: Underwater visibility usually exceeds 100 feet and

everything you would expect: collectible watches, big diamonds and other outrageously luxurious goods not found in any other port. In Bridgetown, Broad Street is home to vendors specializing in fine local products. Best buys are watches, gold jewelry, crystal, perfumes and locally produced Barbados rum

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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



a democratic government of, for and by the people.

The fish only appears to fly over the waves.


The nation’s paper bills and coins

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


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.


seven-sided silver $1 coin with the image of a flying fish on



“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: (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


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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Cane and Cricket 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.


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

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


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.

plantations struggled to find workers for

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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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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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A little tea with your tan? Bermuda adds a British accent to just about everything except — thankfully — the weather. Due to this cultural combination, you’ll find businessmen in Bermuda shorts, policemen called bobbies, and afternoon tea taken as seriously as anywhere else where they speak the Queen’s English. You’ll also find pink-sand beaches, pretty pastel buildings and many other reasons to spend some time in this cheery place with its own unique spot in the sea. FAST FACTS CLIMATE Occupying the sub-tropical zone, Bermuda maintains a temperate climate yearround. The average temperature is 85ºF from April to October and 68ºF from November to March. LANGUAGE English is the official language.


LOCATION The islands of Bermuda sit remotely in the Atlantic Ocean, more than 650 miles east of North Carolina. MONEY Though the Bermudian dollar is the official currency, Bermuda uses the U.S. dollar as its means of exchange. Traveler's checks and all major credit cards are also welcome in most shops and restaurants. POPULATION Approximately 65,000  Horseshoe Bay beach, on the south coast PRINCESS CRUISES DISCOVERY

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Divers find incomparable beauty off Bonaire.


Considered one of the best diving locales in the Caribbean, Bonaire remains largely unspoiled. You won’t find a single traffic light on the entire island. The quiet Dutch island is better known by bird-watchers than by vacation crowds, and many plumed creatures can be spotted at Washington-Slagbaai National Park in the north and at the flamingo sanctuary in the south.

FAST FACTS Climate The air temperature in Bonaire averages 82°F; the water temperature, 80°F. Language Papiamento, English and Spanish are spoken, but the official language is Dutch. Location Bonaire is an island in the Netherlands Antilles, just north of the equator. It is 86 miles east of Aruba and 30 miles from Curaçao; with these two nations, it forms the so-called “ABCs” of the Leeward Antilles. Money The Netherlands Antillean guilder is the official currency. The U.S. dollar and other major currencies are accepted here as well as traveler’s checks and major credit cards. population Approximately 14,000



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Bonaire Impossibly blue water

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

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Flamingos by the thousands make their home in Bonaire.

THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT bonaire Only gently touched by development, Bonaire is a pristine paradise that abounds with life and color. The island is heaven for divers, but it’s not just surrounded by coral reefs — it is a reef, as it sits atop an underwater mountain. Bonaire claims a population of more than 15,000 pink flamingos and more than

Bright coral

200 other bird species. Giving the island parakeets, herons, hummingbirds and big-billed pelicans. Nestled in a bay on the west coast are the pink, orange and green buildings of the island’s capital, Kralendijk, where

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color, and often song, are parrots, terns,

Kaya Grandi tempts shoppers with gemstone jewelry, wood carvings, leather goods, ceramics, liquors and tobacco. One of the most beautiful stretches in the Antilles is the north road leading from Kralendijk. It winds past dazzling blue water on one side and soaring coral cliffs on the other. The panoramic views from Seroe Largu make the scenic spot an excellent photo stop. —J. T. 124


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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.


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. PRINCESS CRUISES DISCOVERY

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Carnival performer

How to get to town Queen Emma Bridge

Willemstad’s shopping area, called Punda, is about a 15-minute walk

THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT CURAÇAO Willemstad is a history museum within itself. One look at the capital’s classic

from the pier. Some visitors prefer to take one of the taxis that are

World Heritage List. The brilliant Caribbean hues emanating from Dutch architecture

available at the pier.

along Santa Ana Bay — rows of gabled-roofed townhouses gleaming with red tiles —


waterfront reveals why this natural harbor and scenic city center are on the UNESCO

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. CURACAO TOURIST BOARD

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. MoreMikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue

lasting mementos are available in the Punda shopping district, along Heerenstraat and

Breedestraat, where bargains range from cameras to high-end jewelry. If you’re in the market for something to help you remember this colorful island, the famed Curaçao liqueur or a wheel of Edam or Gouda cheese is a wise choice. —R. V. 128

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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.


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


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

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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.


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.


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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Gouda cheese is stuffed and baked.


Birds adorn Curaçao’s currency.

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


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-


collared sparrow and the bananaquit.

Brewed only for local tastes The signature spirit



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


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. 136


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RIGHT: Fort Amsterdam. BELOW: Fort Amsterdam cannon defending the harbor. RUBEN CARBALLO

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.


Curaçao’s Forts

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


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


design for Willemstad. The fort fought off pirates as well as both the French and


the English throughout the 18th century.

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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.



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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The aptly named emerald pool


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

FAST FACTS ClimATe It’s tropical, with cooler temperatures at higher elevations. The rainy season is from July to October. lAnguAge English is the official language, although a French patois is also widely spoken. loCATion Dominica is located in the Lesser Antilles, between the French islands of Martinique to the south and Guadeloupe to the north. money The official currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar. U.S. dollars are widely accepted, and major credit cards and traveler’s checks are taken in larger establishments. populATion Approximately 73,000



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

Ft. 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 Ft. Lauderdale has a reputation for loving all things aquatic.

FAST FACTS CLIMATE The climate is subtropical, with a yearround average temperature of of 76°F. LANGUAGE English is the common language. LOCATION Ft. Lauderdale is located on the southeastern coast of Florida, in Broward County. It is about 30 miles north of Miami. MONEY The U.S. dollar is the official currency. Credit cards and traveler’s checks are widely accepted as well. POPULATION About 167,000 in Ft. Lauderdale and 1.8 million in Broward County

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Sapphire-blue water laps the shore of Grand Turk.

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. PRINCESS CRUISES DISCOVERY

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Exotic aromas waft through this lovely locale, where the merest breeze explains the nation’s nickname: Isle of Spice. Visitors like to browse through the shops along the waterside Carenage and lounge on a choice of white-, blackor pink-sand beaches. FAST FACTS

Climate Grenada has two distinct seasons: dry and rainy. The dry season is from January through May. The average year-round temperature is 80°F. Language English is the official language. Locals also speak a French-African patois.

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Location Grenada is part of a three-island nation that also includes Carriacou and Petite Martinique. It lies 60 miles southwest of St. Vincent and 90 miles north of Trinidad. Money The Eastern Caribbean dollar is the official currency. U.S. dollars, traveler’s checks and credit cards are widely accepted. population Approximately 108,000  Verdant hills embrace serene Grenada.

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A perfect day in:

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Vibrant blooms fill the island.

How to get to town The ship docks in town. It takes only about seven minutes to walk along the picturesque waterfront to the center of all the shopping and attractions. Taxis are also available,

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THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT GRENADA The very air in Grenada is a pleasure, for it carries the fragrance of the island’s bestknown feature: spice. Nutmeg is near the top of everyone’s list. Clove, mace, cinnamon, ginger and

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if you prefer.

A fishing boat on Grenada’s waterfront

cocoa also abound, all of them used creatively in various island foods and beverages. Grenada offers many other delights. Thick rainforests and sparkling rivers are among its natural wonders, and the island is dotted with rum distilleries and with the plantations that

Fragrant spices

grow its famed product. One of the more popular attractions is the vast Grand Etang National Park, a nature reserve that rests in the crater of an extinct volcano.

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Beyond the serene beauty of the land is the vibrant activity of the Carenage Market, a lively waterfront spot for browsing and buying all manner of exotic produce, local spices, and lovely arts and crafts. For a taste of the Caribbean at its prettiest, a visit to the town of St. George is a must. Its bright, neat structures are painted in vivid pastel shades, perfectly setting off its 18th-century French and Georgian One of many inviting beaches 146

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Rugged Beauty by Jim Thompson

This land of soaring mountains, dense rainforests, picturesque waterfalls and secluded beaches has a history laced with defiance and independence.

A picturesque hillside town

BeginningS When Columbus visited in 1498,

but fighting continued until slavery was abolished in 1834.

Grenada was inhabited by Carib Indians.

Grenada achieved some independence

For nearly 150 years, the staunchly

in 1967, when it became an associated

independent Caribs fought off all

state within the British Commonwealth.

attempts at domination. In 1650, after

Britain allowed it to handle its own

the French occupied extensive areas, the

internal affairs but held authority over

Caribs fought a succession of bloody but

external matters. Full independence

losing battles to preserve their autonomy.

came in 1974, under the leadership of

Fiercely opposed to submitting, the last

Sir Eric Gairy.

of the tribe jumped to their deaths off a

Five years later, one of Gairy’s rivals

cliff on the northern side of the island. In

seized power — and he, in turn, was

tribute to their spirit, the spot was named

overthrown and then executed by a

Le Morne des Sauteurs (Leapers’ hill).

faction of his own party in 1983. The turmoil led the United States to invade

ReBellion — AnD FReeDom



the island in order to rescue a group of

Following nearly 100 years of fighting

U.S.-born medical students stranded by

between the French and British, Britain

the upheaval. Grenada recovered from

took over Grenada under the Treaty of

the instability and held free elections in

Versailles in 1783. Twelve years later, the

late 1984.

African slave Julian Fedon, inspired by

Today, this mountainous island

the French revolution, led a violent revolt

beckons tourists with its fragrant spice

and briefly took control of the island.

trees, exotic tropical flowers, picturesque

The rebellion was eventually crushed,

towns and stunning beaches.


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ABoVe: Sign of life handmade necklace. RigHT: Artifact with grenadite.

Grenada and its Grenadite

The “Green Diamond” of the Kalinagos

More than 4,000 years ago, South American tribes migrated north from the orinoco delta in their small wooden boats to discover new places to settle and live in peace. A northward Caribbean current brought them to Grenada. Experts estimate that the first settlement was built in about 2000 B.C. These early Stone Age hunters were also called pre-ceramic people. The Arawaks and kalinagos came later, building villages and establishing Grenada as a trading center: Some of them were highly skilled craftsmen and made wonderful pottery decorated with their mystic signs. The most important and powerful sign was the Sign of Life, a never-ending circle that symbolizes the power of life and grants the bearer a fulfilled life of health and strength. recently unearthed artifacts show the beauty and craftsmanship that the kalinagos were able to achieve, but these artifacts are in limited supply and it’s illegal to remove them from Grenada. on the island of Grenada, the kalinagos or Caribs discovered a green stone — as precious to them as the diamond — which they used to produce jewelry.

Through their expert knowledge of the culture and history of the kalinagos, the owners of Lisa’s have been able to find the green stone. It has been aptly named grenadite — stone from Grenada — and is the backbone of a unique collection available only at Lisa’s. The old mystic motifs combined with modern skills are the ingredients for Lisa’s wonderful, unique jewelry line, designed and crafted in the atelier and workshop. The Sign of Life motif is used in a line of jewelry made in .925 sterling silver and 10k and 14k gold combined with grenadite, pearls and other details. Lisa, the creator of each piece of jewelry, also is inspired by Grenada’s natural beauty and splendor, creating jewelry depicting the culture and people of Grenada both past and present. What’s more, the creator produces jewelry inspired by her own vision of the world; each piece is handmade and one-of-a-kind. Lisa’s atelier and workshop is on h. A. Blaize Street, a 10-minute walk from the cruise- ship terminal along the Carenage. For a truly unique and timeless treasure, you are invited to visit Lisa’s atelier and workshop to take home a piece of Grenada’s finest.


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Nature is celebrated spectacularly at Grand Etang National Park, a vast expanse of rainforest filled with lush vegetation and sparkling waterfalls. “Grand” seems too small a word for this Eden-like refuge from modern life. Trekking through the park on a choice of several hiking trails can be physically challenging, as they often move across varying elevations. Grand Etang also has some shorter, simpler trails for those who wish to get an easier taste of adventure. All are well-marked and carefully maintained.

ABoVe: lake Antoine in the national park. BeloW: Swimming at Concord Falls.

Grand Etang is filled with all manner of tropical trees and plants, on the ground and towering above. Mahogany and pommier trees rise above ferns and flowering plants including wild nutmeg, heliconia and ginger lilies, and shelter birds of many kinds. Local varieties of hawk and hummingbird are often seen, and many species bear names as enchanting as their forms: the Antillean euphonia, the purple-throated carib. Scurrying about on the ground are various frogs and lizards as well as opossums, armadillos, mongoose and a native primate, the Mona monkey. one of the more challenging treks is the Mt. Qua Qua Trail, which also leads hikers to the path toward beautiful Concord Falls. The centerpiece of the park is Grand Etang Lake, a cool attraction 1,900 feet above sea level in the crater of an extinct volcano. It’s a popular spot for swimming, and its crisp, clear waters are a refreshing reward for the journey to its shore. 150


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ABoVe: Homes look down on the harbor in St. george. RigHT: Shopping in market Square.

Touring St. George Grenada’s capital is in part defined by its topography, wrapped within and around a hilly peninsula sheltering one of the Caribbean’s most scenic natural harbors. And perched high atop a hill at the

horseshoe-shaped Carenage, past fishing

The Gothic tower of St. George’s

tip of the peninsula sits Fort George,

boats and yachts moored in the harbor, or

roman Catholic Cathedral is the city’s

overlooking the narrow streets of a city

to relax on its pedestrian plaza and flock

most visible landmark, while the pink

that has maintained its colonial charm.

to its many restaurants and shops.

St. George’s Anglican Church, with its

Built by the French in 1705, sturdywalled Fort George offers some of the

four-sided clock tower, dates back to 1825.


The 1801 York house, where Parliament

island’s most commanding views. Visitors

A short walk into the town center leads

meets, and nearby Government house

often find it pleasant to stroll along the

to some of St. George’s historic buildings.

feature early Georgian architectural designs. A visit to the Grenada

CloCKWiSe FRom leFT: A spectacular view from Fort Frederick; phone booths; cool Caribbean styles; in the market for spice. PhoToS CoUrTESY oF GrEnAdA BoArd oF ToUrISM

national Museum reveals the island’s cultural and historic past, from the preColumbian Carib Indians to the 1983 U.S. military intervention precipitated by the assassination of Grenada’s prime minister and other leaders. Further inland from the harbor, Fort Frederick, completed in 1791, sits atop richmond hill and offers yet another commanding view of St. George and Grenada. A highlight of any visit to Grenada could be a stop at Market Square, just one block from the cruise terminal, where bottles of nutmeg, cinnamon and other spices make excellent purchases for gifts. —R. V.


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Falling for Grenada Grenada’s many sparkling waterfalls are among the island’s most enchanting attractions, and the Concord and Annandale falls rank high in many visitors’ memories. Annandale is one of Grenada’s smaller waterfalls, but its accessibility makes it a popular introduction. It’s just outside St. George and can be reached by public transportation. Grenada’s famed fruit trees and other vegetation are neatly tended on the path to the falls. Shops and restroom facilities are available. More experienced hikers head to Concord Falls, which requires a tough but rewarding trek through Grand Etang Forest reserve. Concord is actually three waterfalls, each a little harder to reach. The lowest of the three is easiest, with a paved road leading to a large swimming area — a bracing experience in ice-cold water — that is popular for camping. reaching the second falls takes a hike of about 20 minutes, but the reward is a 40-foot cascade feeding a pool that offers natural refreshment after the long walk in. hiking to the third falls, which plunges 65 feet, is rather arduous and best left to experienced hikers with knowledgeable guides.

Annandale Falls, just outside St. george

RigHT: Just-picked nutmeg, fresh off the tree. BeloW: The dried spice.


Nutmeg Nation

From the shores of its 45 gorgeous beaches to the top of volcanic Mount St. Catherine at 2,757 feet above sea level, Grenada is the lushest of all the Caribbean islands. It is known as the Isle of Spice — and of exotic plants, fruits, vegetables and flowers. Throw a seed on the ground, islanders say, and it instantly sprouts.


At one time, one third of the world’s nutmeg supply came from Grenada. Grenada is now the second-largest producer of nutmeg, after Indonesia, and the producer of more spices per square mile than anywhere else in the world. The center of the nutmeg industry is the town of Gouyave, where the Grenada nutmeg Cooperative Association is located. A tour of the nutmeg station takes visitors past sacks of the fragrant spice; bins of mace in its various stages of preparation; and wooden nutmeg-shelling and -cracking machinery and drying racks. The smell of nutmeg lingers on one’s skin like a pleasant perfume long after the tour is over. —M.L. 154


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Theatre Museum

Cul t ur al Per f or m a n c e s

Arts & Cra f t

Enjoy the lush landscape of our island when making the journey to Spice Basket, ‘Home of Our Culture’. Located only three miles from our capital city, en route to both Annandale Waterfall and the majestic Grand Etang Lake. This blend of island attractions and experiences provide a cultural pot-pourri you cannot afford to miss! Spice Basket has created for your enjoyment, an authentic ‘one of a kind’ Grenadian experience, showcasing our music, dance, art & craft, cuisine, rich history and culture…

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A Shot of History When it comes to making — and tasting — the Caribbean’s signature spirit, the buck stops in Grenada. on the northern end of the so-called “Isle of Spice,” the river Antoine rum A closer look inside reveals a labyrinth

drink as they’ve done for more than

of pipes connecting to cooking pots,

two centuries. Surrounded by lush island

distillation vats and fermentation tanks,

flora, the sun-seared rum operation, with

using the iconic rum-making process

its two-story, river-powered waterwheel,

that’s changed little since the facility’s

is said to be the oldest in the world.

founding around 1785.


sugarcane presses churn out strong


distillery’s clanking gears and grinding

ABoVe: River Antoine Rum Distillery

In the rum-making process, thick, raw sugarcane juice turns into crystal-clear white rum, with some blends spiked upwards of 150 proof. If you get to taste the smooth results after a tour, it’s best to sip while on the island. According to regulations of the Transportation Security Administration, the strong concoction is too flammable to pass through airport security — even in checked baggage. —R. V. 156


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Home Cooking


After a successful career cooking at one of London’s finest hotels and then running his own restaurant there, Brian Benjamin found himself yearning to work again at the source of Grenada’s fresh seafood and varied spices. Benjamin has a formal culinary degree and experience as a hotel sous chef, but it was his grandmother who taught him to cook the Grenadian way. “We’d be walking along through town, and she’d pick up a little of this and a little of that, and by the time you get home you’ve got a meal,” he says.

Keeping iT FReSH

Brian Benjamin, chef and co-owner of B.B.’s Crabback

So when he heard the 2007 Cricket World Cup was to be held in Grenada, Benjamin packed up his recipes and came back home with his wife and their four children. “I wanted to be a part of the Cup,” he says at B.B.’s Crabback, the popular St. George’s restaurant that he and his wife, Anna Benjamin, have operated since 2006. The 60-seat restaurant near the

Benjamin buys directly from a local fisherman rather than accept the hours-old yield from the local market. he serves no beef because he thinks the Caribbean variety is tough and he refuses to import anything. he makes full use of Grenada’s rich selection of produce, from starchy roots such as callaloo and yams to richly flavored fruits such as pineapple, coconut and mango. his favorite spices from the Spice Island include bourden leaf, similar to bay but sweeter, and seasoning pepper, which he says is a tamer variety of the red-hot Scotch bonnet — “a Scotch bonnet gone soft,” he says with a laugh. —K. M. The pleasures of fresh produce

Carenage Market adds a classical flair to the island’s rich selection of seafood, meat and produce. From familiar foundations of lobster, prawn and swordfish to more adventurous selections — curried goat or barracuda, anyone? — Benjamin delivers authentic tastes of his homeland. The travel Web site TripAdvisor recognized his efforts with its May 2011 Certificate of Excellence. 158


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Princess Cays Located at the isolated southern tip of historic Eleuthera Island, Princess Cays ® is an exclusive port of call reserved solely for Princess ® guests’ enjoyment. Its 40 unspoiled acres include four adjoining cays and 1½ miles of pristine beach, and it has been landscaped with indigenous tropical trees and plants that complement the natural beauty of this secluded port. FAST FACTS CLIMATE Temperatures in The Bahamas range from 60°F in winter to 90°F in summer. LANGUAGE English is the most common tongue, but you’ll hear many other languages as well. LOCATION The islands of The Bahamas lie southeast of the Florida coast. Eleuthera is southeast of Grand Bahama and Abaco.


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San Juan

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


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. PRINCESS CRUISES DISCOVERY

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A perfect day in:

San Juan Shopping for the latest styles

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 A view from inside the walled city

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

The heart and soul of the island is the historic

not within walking distance.

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

Seafood prepared with flair

A colorful street

sea kayaking, surfing and windsurfing are popular sports during the day and lounges and nightclubs fire up at night. Across the lagoon

Condado beach

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 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. Ziplining in the El Yunque rainforest 164


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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.



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




(“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.


1782: The great encircling wall is completed.

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


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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San Juan


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


topped with tomato and garlic sauce.

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



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.


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


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


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

about running out of film.


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San Juan

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A Gastronome’s Tour

Dining is an integral part of discovering Old San Juan, as much as sightseeing or shopping. TACAR/ShUTTERSTOCK.COM

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.


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

¡Buen apetito!



Typical Puerto Rican lunch served at a local fonda

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.


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


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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The only store of its kind in San Juan Only one price. Only one place for real discounts. All products in the store will cost you $10.00 each or 3 for $25.00. Shirts, souvenirs, Puerto Rican coffee and more.

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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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St. Kitts

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.

st. kitts tourism board

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

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A perfect day in:

St. Kitts

The fine art of relaxation

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

St. Kitts’ capital, Basseterre, offers memorable shopping.

THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT ST. KITTS Through the centuries, changes in governments gave many Caribbean islands a mélange of influences seen in cuisines, languages and architectural styles.

A batik artist at work

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 narrow-gauge railway that once carried cane from the plantations. The train returns to the capital of Basseterre, the home of the island’s shopping scene, where batik and local artwork are especially popular buys. And for serious shopping for crystal, gold jewelry, watches, china and porcelain, shops along the Circus and in Pelican Mall and TDC Mall offer a wide assortment of tempting dutyThe St. Kitts Scenic Railway 184

free goods. —J. B. and P. P.

The Berkeley Memorial Clock, in Basseterre’s Circus roundabout


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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.


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


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.

repair appeared in the harbor. It had run 186


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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,

these free spirits?

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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.


Volcanic activity was recorded as recently as 1843.

HiKing THe VolCAno


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


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.

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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. 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. PRINCESS CRUISES DISCOVERY

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Visitors relax in pools filled with water from the sulfur springs.

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. ST. LUCIA TOURISM BOARD

The Pitons overlooking Soufrière

THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT ST. LUCIA On the southwest coast of romantic St. Lucia, the island’s famed twin peaks — 2,620-foot Gros Piton and 2,460-foot Petit Piton — are among the Caribbean’s most photographed sights, appearing to rise from the sea at the water’s edge. These volcanic heights are for experienced climbers only. But hikes in the misty rainforest below, home of the rare St. Lucian parrot, offer plenty of satisfaction for the less-seasoned and for couples in search of romantic getaways. At the sulfur springs volcano, travelers walk to the edge of the volcano that last erupted two centuries ago. Nearby, the Diamond Waterfalls and Gardens cascade 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, crystal and the century-old Castries 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 Seafood Friday in the village of Anse La Raye 200

jump-up party. —J. B. and P. P.

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


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.


ABOVE: Iguanas are so populous that St. Lucia was first named for them. BELOW: Cannon at Pigeon Point, overlooking Rodney Bay.

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


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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St. Maarten/ St. Martin

Half Dutch and half French, the two-nation island of St. Maarten/ St. Martin enjoys the best that its dual heritage has to offer — with a tropical twist. Like so many other Caribbean nations, this picturesque destination has stunning beaches; but with a profusion of sporting facilities, shops and restaurants, it is a paradise on many other levels as well. 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. MONEY On the Dutch side, the legal tender is the Netherlands Antillean guilder. On the French side, it’s the euro. U.S. dollars and all major credit cards are accepted everywhere. POPULATION About 37,000 people live in St. Maarten, about 31,000 in St. Martin.  Old French fort protecting the island’s harbor PRINCESS CRUISES DISCOVERY

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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.

Verdant hills lead to soft sand kissed by the Caribbean.

THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT ST. MAARTEN/ST. MARTIN 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.

Elegant local cuisine

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 course in island history. Wathey Square

Philipsburg has grown even lovelier since a revitalization added

enhancements, including the boardwalk that meanders between shops and the beach; it’s not only a pretty place to walk but also offers a lovely photo opportunity of your cruise ship in the harbor. —R. V. 208

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Two Nations, Side by Side in Harmony by John Anderson

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.



powers of ancestral deities known as


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,


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 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.


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


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.



S T. M A A R T E N / S T. M A R T 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/St. Martin by Sara Churchville ST. MAARTEN FLAG First flown in 1985, the St. Maarten flag features the colors of the Netherlands flag — red, white and blue — arranged as the St. Maarten coat of arms within a white triangle intersecting a red color on the top and a blue one beneath. The coat of arms, with a courthouse, a sprig of sage, the sun and a pelican, represents elements of the island’s solidarity with its French Antillean



neighbors as well as 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


the Dutch side of the island.

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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


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

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

A Tale of Two Cities PHILIPSBURG

Also situated on Front Street is the



among the more-contemporary, pastelcolored shopping arcades. The old warehouses of the esplanade, boulevard de France, now contain smart shops and cafés sporting street-front awnings and tables with umbrellas, encouraging folks

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),

A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION Legend has it that the Dutch and French, vying

have been added — through landfill of

for island territory, decided

Salt Pond — to relieve the downtown

that hoofing it was better

traffic congestion.

than running amok with

Philipsburg was founded in 1733 as a free port, a status that it has to this day. Known as the “shopping center of the Leewards,” Front Street (Voorstraat) offers the public 16 blocks of every kind

blunderbusses ablazin’. So an official from each side started back-toback and walked around the island in opposite directions until they met again face-to-face, each claiming the territory he had covered. The Frenchman outpaced his competitor, fueling speculation that the

of store imaginable carrying duty-free

Dutchman was tripped up by too many potato pancakes. Then again,

bargains on everything from watches,

greater French acreage could have resulted because France had the

cameras, liquor, clothing and linens to

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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melting pot experience. I was surrounded by people of different cultures, traditions and customs, and I developed a very


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.

open mind culturally because of that. 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


“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.”


“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

social level. St. Maarten is always a topic

says of Beyoncè, “and is one of the 220

“We have more than 97 nationalities on the island,” she says. “As a child … it was a

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

in 1994 when two self-

thrive at La Ferme des Papillons (The

butterfly gardening. More than 20,000

described “eccentric”

Butterfly Farm) in Marigot, on the island’s

types of butterflies have been cataloged

French side. La Ferme is located on

worldwide, and about 80 percent of the

Englishmen, John Coward

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

species are in the Tropics. The largest is

and William Slayter, chose

road to Bayside and Galion Beach, close

New Guinea’s Queen Alexandra Birdwing,

to popular Orient Beach.

with a wingspan of just under a foot;

butterflies with the public.


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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

(although some live up to nine months),

in the southern United States.

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


to share their love of


The guided tours provide a variety of

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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

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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Meet the Arawaks 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. 226


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The bustling port stretches along the Caribbean.

St. Thomas 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. 230

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. 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


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Road Town in Tortola, B.V.i., nestles in a cozy spot on the blue Caribbean.


Tortola is the hub from which the British Virgin Islands (B.V.I.) radiate. But with its small bays and hidden coves — once havens for pirates — the island is still a paradise for escapists.

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