Cruising to fish in the Turks and Caicos

Off Grand Turk, in the Turks and Caicos islands, south of the Bahamas, I went fishing. Anybody who knows me might wonder about that decision, but the simple truth is that I saw “Light Tackle Fishing” on the shore excursion list during a Caribbean cruise on Holland America’s new Nieuw Amsterdam. I thought, why not? I can tackle some light fishing. I had fun, thanks partly to the luck of the draw. Six men from a ship …

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New pirate ship bar greets cruisers to Holland America’s Half Moon Cay

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Make no mistake: The new bar on Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas may look like a pirate ship, but it has never been to sea, and it’s not going anywhere. The Captain Morgan on the Rocks Island Bar was built from scratch on bedrock, 9 feet below the sand, and those wood planks on the ship’s hull were nailed together – in the fall of 2010. Still, it’s a pirate ship in form, …

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Riding AquaDuck on a Disney Dream cruise…fun, wet and easy

Like nearly every other passenger on the new Disney Dream cruise ship, I rode the AquaDuck water coaster during a recent preview sailing. The Duck was fun, wet, and easy. I liked it so much I did it twice. You sit on a raft similar to an air mattress, with pockets for one or two riders, front and back. The raft is propelled by jets of water through a tube that drops, twists, turns, and then, ingeniously, glides along a clear, …

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