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THE COURIER | THE GOOD LIFE
Caribbean tourism still a ‘go’
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After eight years, the author finally finishes her green scarf, thanks to the help of the knitters aboard the J&E Riggin. charger attached to a 12-volt battery. The Riggin can carry up to 24 J. & E. Riggin knitting cruise guests, who sleep in 11 subterraCaptain Spear Drive, nean cabins accessible by steep Rockland, Maine steps. On sold-out cruises, strangers will sometimes bunk 800-869-0604 with strangers in staterooms mainewindjammer.com containing two or three beds. We ate all of our meals on the Owner-captains Annie Mahle ship except at Warren Island and Jon Finger have planned State Park, where the crew several knitting cruises for dinghied over the fixings for a next season. The four-day lobster bake. cruises depart June 13, 17 and We knitted anytime and ev27 and cost $803 per person. erywhere. Before breakfast The six-day cruise with Magand after dinner. In the saloon gie Radcliffe departs Sept. warmed by the stove and crush 3 and costs $1,108. Price inof bodies, and on the deck lit cludes all meals and onboard by gas lanterns and the rising accommodations the night moon. When the boat was heelbefore setting sail. The J.&E. ing and when she was as still as Riggin offers other theme a pine tree on a windless day. cruises, including photograAlone and together. phy, cooking and rug hooking. On the final night, we gathered below to hear Annie sing and Jon strum guitar. Around the waves and the creak of the the room, knitting needles masts, this was the sound of clicked softly. Like the slap of sailing.
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The travel industry is ramping up efforts to remind consumers that many Caribbean islands were unaffected by hurricanes and that their economies depend on tourism. Tourism agencies and travel companies are promoting deals, events and fundraising efforts while reinforcing the basic message that most islands were unscathed by the storms and are eager for visitors. A new website, CaribbeanIsOpen.com , is part of a million-dollar initiative funded by the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association. The website notes that even destinations that saw some damage from the hurricanes are starting to host cruise visits, such as Key West, Florida, and St. Kitts. Royal Caribbean announced that its ship Adventure of the Seas will resume port calls to St. Thomas on Nov. 10, and that the ship hopes to be in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and St. Martin by the end of November. AAA Travel is also launching a “Caribbean is Open for Business” campaign, calling the region a top AAA-recommended destination for fall and winter getaways, listing Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Martinique, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, the Cayman Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks & Caicos and St. Vincent & The Grenadines. In Dominica, the Secret Bay resort set up a fundraising page to benefit staff after many of its regular visitors from past years asked how they could help. Turks and Caicos is advertising its annual Caribbean Food & Wine Festival in Providenciales, Nov. 2-5, noting that the not-for-profit festival will raise funds for Turks & Caicos educational institutions damaged by Hurricanes Irma and
Maria. Skylark.com, a luxury vacation site, sent out a plea for donations to the official website for the recovery of the U.S. Virgin Islands . Skylark added that “much of the Caribbean was completely unaffected,” with a
link to the website’s “ideas on where to go .” Antigua is promoting its Dec. 5-9 Yacht Charter Show along with island resorts like Curtain Bluff, Verandah and St. James’s, which recently underwent renovations.
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