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Aquarium Bar in Cozumel

Cozumel is full of little beach bars near the cruise ports. Most ships also offer a wide variety of shore excursions both on the island and on the mainland. When we stopped there on Holland America Veendam we walked around … Continue reading

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Snorkeling in Belize

It’s a long tender ride from ship to shore in Belize. Tenders are used when there is no cruise ship dock and the ship waits offshore while smaller boats bring passengers to land. These are sometimes the taller lifeboats off … Continue reading

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Chile – Viña del Mar

­When cruising out of Valparaiso as we did on the P&O Arcadia, if you fly into Chile you land at Santiago. From there you need to find transportation for the 70 mile trip out to the coast. Cabs are pretty … Continue reading

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A Visit to Grand Turk

After visiting several lesser traveled islands between Puerto Rico and Miami, Carnival Splendor made its last port stop at the private cruise ship beach on Grand Turk. We got a good view of the ship docking from the window of … Continue reading

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Sucia Island Beach Bonfire

After exploring around Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula and San Juan Islands, the Wilderness Adventurer made a final stop at the state marine park on Sucia Island.  Washington has a number of marine parks throughout the San Juan Islands.  Sucia Island … Continue reading

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Playa Mia Beach Park

Cozumel Mexico Following our excellent snorkel adventure in Cozumel, the Palancar docked at Playa Mia Beach Park.  They had tables reserved in a large roofed restaurant area for our excursion group.  Workers served us all some lunch and we could … Continue reading

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Half Moon Cay Revisited

I really hoped Half Moon Cay would redeem itself on this year’s visit.  On last year’s Holland America Westerdam cruise we sailed in under sunny skies on a bright blue sea.  This year the Carnival Liberty arrived in the dark … Continue reading

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Grand Cayman

Most people associate the Cayman Islands with banking, and a place people keep anonymous offshore accounts.  Legislation passed in 1966 to encourage the banking industry allowed the banks to flourish, giving a boost to their economy.  The Caymans, which includes … Continue reading

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Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan Honduras

Carnival Liberty glided slowly backwards through the deep channel which appears to have been dredged through a shallow bay.  Through our balcony window we saw the rusty hulk of an old shipwreck poking through the water, so of course immediately … Continue reading

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Half Moon Cay

Half Moon Cay, Holland America’s private tropical island in the Bahamas. Continue reading

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