First full day aboard the SeaDream II includes Cruz Bay, St. John, USVI

ABOARD SEADREAM II-During my first full day on this yacht, I kept thinking of the Italian concept of La Dolce Far Niente, the sweetness of doing nothing. There are no loud announcements inviting you to play bingo, buy the cocktail of the day or visit the spa. On the yachts of SeaDream you can do as you please, even if that means doing nothing. But since we were visiting an island of uncommon unspoiled beauty, I did do …

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Caribbean shore excursions: One good, one not so

ABOARD THE SILVER SPIRIT –Today we were on the island of St. Maarten/Martin and we took a ship shore excursion that visited five art galleries all around the island. Not only did we visit some very interesting artists, but three of the galleries were in their homes. There were 11 in our group and we had a very nice 29-passenger bus that was air-conditioned. Our guide spoke good English and was knowledgeable. I liked this excursion because …

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Memories of a sailing trip in the Caribbean- Letting the kids lead the way

Our kids on a bareboat in the British Virgin Islands in 2005 Everything changed that trip in one fell swoop. My kids—aged 21, 19 and 14 at the time—decided after years of following us on vacation, it was time for them to  lead mom and dad on an adventure, they said (though they expected us to pay for the privilege, of course). They were completely confident they could pull it off.  My son Matt had just spent …

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Carib Indian tidbits, or, chewing on Carib history

Traditional round Carib meeting house Because many Caribbean destinations have strong affiliations with the Carib(pronounced kar-RIB) Indians, this seems like a good time to mention their place in island history. Fiercely independent. Unyielding. Vanished. That pretty much sums up the status of the Carib Indians throughout the Caribbean, the island group named after them. Despite rumors to the contrary, Caribs still can be found on Dominica and St. Vincent and along the coasts of Honduras and Guyana, …

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What to pack for a Caribbean cruise — consider these the bare essentials

By Tim O’Keefe Which clothes to pack for a Caribbean cruise is simpler than you think. Your two most important considerations are comfort and practicality. Before deciding what to pack, do your homework first to narrow your focus and eliminate the urge to throw things in the suitcase at the last minute for “just in case.” Make a list of every day’s port of call and the activities you plan to participate in at each. How many days …

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Our itinerary: Here’s how you can spend 35 days in the Caribbean

By Tim O’Keefe This is where we go, and when. I guess I should point out that I’ve paid for this cruise and am  not a guest of Holland America or the ms Maasdam.  This is cruise is an incredible value, although after three stops I suspect I’ll get tired of Half Moon Cay. THE GRAND ITINERARY DAY DATE PORT ARRIVE DEPART Fri Nov 12 Fort Lauderdale, FL 5:00pm Sat Nov 13 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas 8:00am 4:00pm Sun Nov …

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A 35-Day Caribbean Cruise? For Real?

By Tim O’Keefe The typical seven-day Caribbean cruise may be fine for most people but I find them disappointing. Just as you’re becoming accustomed to ship-board life, it’s time to return to port. And seven days, even from Florida, doesn’t offer the chance to travel very far. Still, when I spotted a 35-day Caribbean cruise aboard the ms Maasdam on a cruise website, I thought it had to be a misprint. Thirty-five days is a third of …

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