Monthly Archives: March 2011

St. Maarten/St. Martin

We docked at Phillipsburg on the Dutch side of this island.  The Dutch side is an independent country with ties to the Netherlands.  However, the French side is a Department of France and hence is part of France.  The Dutch … Continue reading

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San Juan, Puerto Rico

We arrived in this port at noon after passing the impressive fortress of Castillo San Filipe del Morro, started in 1538, (photo) which guard the entry to the harbour.  Christopher Columbus landed at Puerto Rico in 1493 with Ponce de … Continue reading

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Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands

The Turks and Caicos islands include some eight main islands and forty small low-lying cays. The name Turks is taken from a strange cactus plant that is said to resemble a turkey (photo). Grand Turk is the location of the … Continue reading

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Willemstad, Curacao

I really liked this port.  Curacao has a strong Dutch heritage which can be seen in the colourful buildings along the harbour.  Many of the buildings date from the 1700s and the old neighbourhoods and city centre were declared a … Continue reading

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Oranjestad, Aruba

We docked here at 1:00 pm after a long sail from Half Moon Cay.  The ship has lots of activities for sea days which is a good thing because it is at full capacity (2000 people) and most of them … Continue reading

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Half Moon Key, Nassau

I am off again on another cruise, my trip to Spain having fallen through.  On this two week cruise which started in Fort Lauderdale,  I will be going to Aruba, Curacao, back to Fort Lauderdale, Grand Turk, San Juan, St … Continue reading

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