Saturday, September 17, 2011
Vlog [uh oh, Sandy's singing]...plus Cruise ports!
And now...a quick overview of our cruise ports! Go do some research and leave us links with what YOU would go see/do if you got to go! (Need a link to the cruise site? Go here!)
Whether you've signed up for the cruise or are thinking about it, we have gathered some quick links to save you time, where you can read about the history, culture, climate, etc. of our destinations and view some beautiful photos!
EASTERN CARIBBEAN MAP
The first thing we looked for was a good map of the Eastern Caribbean sea region, showing exactly where the cruise is going and where the islands are located. Here's a link to a good map; you can right-click anywhere on the map, left-click on Marquee Zoom, and keep hitting left-click to make the map larger and larger!
Look for our ports of call, which are:
-Philipsburg on the island of Saint Maarten (the Dutch side of the island of St. Martin)
-Basseterre on the island of St. Kitts-Nevis
-San Juan on the island of Puerto Rico
-Labadee on the island of Haiti, is not shown on the above map; it's a private Royal Caribbean beach resort on the north coast of Haiti.
OH THE PLACES WE'LL GO!
Our first stop is Philipsburg, St. Maarten, known as "The Friendly Island." St. (Sint) Maarten is the Dutch side of the island; the French side is called St. Martin. An excellent website for further reading is www.st-maarten.com which has info on "What to do in one day" (the ship is docked there from 8 am to 6 pm). It's also interesting to read about St. Maarten's long and colorful history, from the Arawak Indians to the island's discovery by Christopher Columbus in 1493 on his second voyage to the multi-cultured tourist mecca of today!
Another good website is Sint-Maarten - click on Island Info (maps, history, etc.), Sightseeing, and Things to Do.
If you're hungry for more info, check it out on Wikipedia!
ON TO BASSETERRE!
The next stop is Basseterre on the island of St. Kitts/Nevis, where the ship will again dock for the day (7 am-5 pm)! Basseterre is a scenic little town that is one of the oldest towns in the Eastern Caribbean.(don't forget your camera!)
OLD SAN JUAN
We will have part of one day to tour historic San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, where the first Spanish settlement was founded by Juan Ponce de Leon in 1508. According to a Wikipedia article, which you can read in full at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Juan_Puerto_Rico, the historic area is known for "narrow streets made of blue cobblestones and picturesque colonial buildings, some of which date back to the 16th and 17th century." History buffs: are you getting excited now?
in addition to the fun Labadee link above at Royal Caribbean's website, you can read about Labadee at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labadee . There are many fun things to do at Labadee, or you can enjoy the relaxation of a half-day on the beach enjoying the scenery!
Hopefully these links save you some research time and demonstrate what a beautiful cruise this should be! Remember, to learn more about the cruise or book your cabin(s), go to the official cruise page. Don't hesitate to pepper the travel agency, Cruise and Crop, with your questions. They are there to help you!