Windjammer Barefoot Cruise
We did a 7 day barefoot cruise with 16 other friends on the SV Manadaly. Our itinerary took us from St. Lucia down through the Grenadines to Grenada. What a great venue for a group like that. The smallness of the boat - only 40 passengers total on our cruise made this feel like it was our own personal boat. Shore excursions were reasonably priced. Food was good, not great, buffet style. My favorite was the warm, freshly baked, chocolate chip cookies served at 10pm each evening. You can help set the sails, it's not required. But it is fun to do.Related to:
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Local Transport on Barbados
You absolutely should use the local minivans and buses to get around. Sure, it's loud and crowded, and you'll likely be the only foreigner there, but it's fun. Not to mention cheap and convenient. The white minivans will stop anywhere, by dint of sticking your hand out at the side of the road, or banging on the roof when you want to get off. And they always stop. There's always room for one more. Just remember the number of the bus you need to get back.
The big yellow Rasta buses are great. Music blaring as they thunder up and down the island with no regard for road rules or that you might not be hanging on as they round the corner, 2 wheels leaving the ground.
And there will always be someone to tell you which bus you need. Of course, sometimes they're wrong, but that's half the fun, just kick back and enjoy the ride.Related to:
Cruise Ship With Unbelievable Benefits
The Horizon is a 46,000-ton ship which entered service in 1990. It holds 1,354 passengers, and that is why I selected it. It is not huge, and, for a first cruise, I preferred a more intimate atmosphere.
It was a wise choice because the minute we stepped aboard, we immediately felt the warm, welcoming staff and saw the spotlessly clean vessel. Horizon is a refreshingly smaller and more homey ship with a level of gracious service that would be impossible to find on a ship that carried a thousand or so more passengers.
The decor is tasteful, cabins are spacious, well designed, and comfortable. The entertainment is (the critics say) "well above the norm". The service is truly noteworthy: small, bite-size delicacies on silver trays offered by white-gloved staff in public rooms at midnight; excellent coffee replenished without asking, bed turned down each night with delicious truffles at the bedside tables, and personalized room service at any time you ask for it.
It offers an expanded health club and spa/salon, in-cabin dining from the dinner menu for all passengers, in-cabin massages, chic Martini bar, and dinner is leisurely and gracious.
The lobby is a Mediterranean-accented boulevard with peach walls and warm marble. The Palladium Show Lounge, where evening floor shows are held, is huge with excellent viewing. The America's Cup Club is perfect for daytime viewing and for evening entertainment.
There is Michael's, a cigar lounge for after-dinner relaxing. In addition, there is a new library and card room as well as the Martini Bar which is a small room with a sophisticated New York art deco decor. For dancing there is the Rendezvous.
Furthermore, there are nice shops aboard the ship who have excellent sales toward the end of the cruise!Related to:
Cruising the Caribbean
Cruising is one of the best ways to get around and see the caribbean islands.
There are many different types of ships to use as your means of transportation. The hardest decision is finding the one that suits you!Related to:
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Rent a car
If you have the time, rent a car or depending on the island you may want to hire a driver. Locals can be a little crazy behind the wheel so if that is the case, hire a drive so some one just as crazy is behind the wheel and if you get in an accident it's the drivers insurance not your problem! This also frees up your time to do what? That's right take more pictures!Related to:
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One of our favorite parts of the Carribbean is our floating hotel room. Taking a cruise ship allows you to visit many different locations in a short period of time. Its always nice to preview places you are interested in going to... which saves you from wasting an entire vacation in locations that may not interest you!Related to:
One of our favorite parts of the Carribbean is our floating hotel room. Taking a cruise ship allows you to visit many different locations in a short period of time. Its always nice to preview places you are interested in going to... which saves you from wasting an entire vacation in locations that may not interest you!
If you've got the guts, fly...
If you've got the guts, fly in... but be warned, the runway is VERY short and ends in the water.
The best way to get around St. Barth's is to rent a jeep and bounce around the island, especially from the west coast to the east coast across the mountains. Be sure to stop at the top of the hill and heed the traffic, you might get clipped by an approaching airplane landing on the island's less than 1 mile of runway.
We took the island hopper...
We took the island hopper plane, Air Jamaica Express, once we landed in Montego Bay. We needed to get to Negril. We had heard stories about the buses and taxis and that the ride over was about 2 hours long. So, we opted for the 15 minute flight...it was hot in the little plane but worth it!
We did take a taxi from the Negril Airport over to our resort. He charged us $5.00 US dollars - which we didn't think was too bad, until we realized that our resort is about 2 blocks from the airport!! We could have walked!!
My friend and I rented a 4x4...
My friend and I rented a 4x4 for 10 days and traveled all around Costa Rica with no problems. We traveled from San Jose to Coco Beach to Arenal Volcano to Manuel Antonio, etc without any problems. The only hassle of driving in Costa Rica is getting out of the San Jose traffic, but living in DC almost made it feel like a normal drive.
In 1800, The Northern...
In 1800, The Northern Lighthouse Board began operating and servicing the lighthouses along the rugged coast of England and Scotland. The first flagship of the
service fleet was named "Pharos" after the ancient lighthouse at Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Since that time each new
flagship designed and built for the Northern Lighthouse Board has been named "Pharos".
The seventh Pharos came off the ways of the Caledon Shipbuilding and Engineering Company in Dundee, Scotland as Hull # 507. Pharos (7) was launched
and commissioned in 1955. She was constructed not only as a working ship, but with facilities, fixtures and appointments designed to serve as a back-up for the
British Royal Yacht, Britannia.
During the next thirty years she performed her tender duties with honor, and on a number of occasions she hosted the Queen and
other members of the Royal Family.
In 1988 she was acquired by Windjammer Barefoot Cruises and re-registered as "Amazing Grace". Today she carries
passengers and cargo on a four week, Thirty-three hundred nautical mile trip from Freeport, Grand Bahama to Port of Spain, Trinidad and return.
I arrived from Mexico by bus,...
I arrived from Mexico by bus, 4 pesos for the trip from Ciudad Chetumal on the border with the Northern Transport Ltd.
and to leave towards the island of Caye Caulker I would advice Tropic Air, in the travelogue...
if you need a taxi, ask Junior ;-)...
Walk if you can. Do not ride...
Walk if you can. Do not ride the bus system. It is way too dangerous. You are packed in like sardines with people hanging out the windows and I don't think the brakes work too well. I suggest a competent guide. Oh yeah you might want to register with the American Embassy when you arrive. Just in case. Kidnapping I heard is a problem with Americans. We took our 14 yr old son and the people we were with took great care with him. He was always gaurded. The roads are littered with wrecks. People have them and just leave them there. There are nice subdivisions. An average 3 bedroom approx 1200 sq ft home is around 200,000.US So it is not a cheap country to live in.
Gas is around 3.00us a gallon but the stations are very modern and big.
Find a friend to drive you. They do not drive like they do in the US. I don't think there are any real speed limits or stop signs. It is scary.
Most vacation packages have...
Most vacation packages have transfers to & from airport to resort in some type of van or bus.
We shopped around the resort & inquired about renting a jeep or motorcycle. We got both. Just a bit of a hint is that there seems to be no road-rules what so ever. Anything goes. The main means of transportation for the locals are these tiny beat up scooters and they will travel w/o helmets & 3 people on a scooter. There is no real speed limit but most of the scooters cant go that fast. If you do venture out, just be cautious until you get a feel of how the road systems go. Cars, scooters & motorcycles will go in every directions & they have to pass you! We rented a Yamaha 125 which was new & very good condition & had a blast driving it around going to the other beaches. We even raced a local & ended up chatting with him about everything (he could not have been more than 14 yrs old!). Have fun, but be careful! We found really nice spots.
The best way to travel to...
The best way to travel to Central America is by air or sea. By air could be with the company of each country. By sea, with a cruise that stop in some of the most important harbours. Good idea to visit the Caribbean.
With bus always crowded of people without doubt! Bicycle more vital air... Train, timetables not always are so punctual like in London... Take it easy! Motorbyke, yeah! No so tired like bike...
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