Thursday, August 12, 2010

Experience Celebrity Solstice

Only on the Celebrity Solstice will you be able to inhale the fragrance of a beautifully manicured lawn or watch glassblowers create art before your very eyes. You’ll dine in restaurants capturing every mood. You’ll experience the height of thoughtful design in open spaces and small details. And you’ll retreat to accommodations inspired by Celebrity’s Five Leading Ladies, including AquaClass, which centers around your love of the spa. Embark on a journey of imagination onboard Celebrity Solstice, where every moment exemplifies Celebrity’s tradition of impeccable service.

The Lawn Club is just one of the many firsts found on Celebrity Solstice. We invite you to stroll across this expanse of pure innovation. The refined setting is reminiscent of a country club, offering a casually sophisticated environment where you can practice putting, partake in the pleasures of an afternoon bocce tournament or just breathe in the fragrance of a freshly manicured lawn. As evening falls, witness the spectacle of molten glass being transformed into art at the adjacent Hot Glass Show, another ocean-going first fashioned through a unique collaboration with the Corning Museum of Glass.

Embark on a spirited culinary journey with some of the world’s finest chefs. Celebrity Solstice offers a vast assortment of refreshingly innovative dining experiences – complemented by one of the world’s most expansive floating wine cellars – rivaling anything found at sea or on land. Working closely with Elizabeth Blau & Associates, who helped orchestrate the culinary reform of Las Vegas, Celebrity has created a scintillating variety of choices to suit any mood and satisfy any craving.

Relish the dramatic sparkle of the Grand Épernay Main Dining Room, whose extensive champagne menu helps recreate the feel of a Hollywood venue. Treat yourself to one of the exceptional specialty restaurants – like the Italian-inspired Tuscan Grille or Silk Harvest Restaurant, their new Asian fusion creation. Or try something lighter and less formal, like a freshly baked scone in Café al Bacio & Gelateria or a freshly made crepe from Bistro on Five. As with every Celebrity cruise, what distinguishes the dining experience onboard Celebrity Solstice is the attentiveness of the staff, all of whom have been extensively trained in the fine art of presentation and eagerly anticipate guiding you on the culinary journey of a lifetime.

Nightfall is more than a time to go out, it’s a chance to immerse yourself in a myriad of places designed to elevate your evening. And when it comes to the allure of excitement after dark, nothing delivers like Celebrity Solstice. Feel the warmth of Cellar Masters, where you may eagerly anticipate the pouring of an exquisite cabernet while surrounded by inviting colors and enveloped by a soft chair. From there, move on to plan the day to come in the Passport Bar, which takes its cues from the map rooms found in the luxurious ocean-going yachts of old, or the Ensemble Lounge, whose elliptical bar can either bring you together to listen to music or serve as a stepping stone for more exciting events.

Slip into a classic cocktail in the Martini Bar, or move over to the adjacent Crush, where ice-filled tables unite the tastes and textures of vodka and caviar – exotic pairings that excite the palate. Venture further into your enchanted evening to Quasar, their exciting refreshing nightclub where retro styling fuses with contemporary rhythms to create a pulsating energy. Be seduced by the lights and the movement on the spacious dance floor, or take it all in from the VIP section, yours to reserve. Feel free to elevate the moment by ascending to the Sky Observation Lounge, where the canopy of stars appears to lie just within your grasp. Or feel the favor of fortune’s smile in Fortune’s Casino, inspired by Monte Carlo. Onboard Celebrity Solstice you don’t just go out for the evening, you surrender to the possibilities.

When the evening comes to a close, retreat back to your redesigned, more expansive staterooms, created to accommodate all of your desires. Your first step into your personal retreat will evoke a distinctive feeling of “ahhh,” but more importantly a feeling of gratitude for five very special women, their Five Leading Ladies. These five discerning travel connoisseurs – a frequent cruiser, a travel agent, a travel writer, a potential cruiser and a hotelier – contributed intuitive ideas about comfort, as well as their own personal wish lists, to the design of the staterooms and suites.

For a twist on the standard stateroom, you’ll find the new AquaClass, 130 contemporary staterooms dedicated to spa lovers like you. Created just for Solstice Class, these serene double occupancy accommodations allow you to enjoy a Celebrity cruise from an entirely new perspective – connected to it all yet secluded in your own hideaway. Allow a Personal Spa Concierge to arrange treatments for you at the nearby AquaSpa by Elemis. Or relax in the AquaSpa relaxation room and Persian Garden, both yours to enjoy at no charge. You’ll also enjoy complimentary dining in a specialty restaurant, Blu, dedicated to AquaClass guests, serving healthful yet delicious cuisine.

CruiseOne is the only thing you’ll need to plan your next cruise vacation; offering most major cruise lines, the very best direct prices along with excellent personal service, all at no additional cost to the traveler. Contact Kathy & Eric Freer, your Local Independent Cruise Specialists at 321-735-0202 or toll free at 888-882-5793, or via the web at for more information.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Caribbean Cruising

If you’re seeking a vacation that has it all, then you should try Caribbean cruising. There are many different cruise lines that feature cruises to the Caribbean, some contemporary lines include Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Holland America, Carnival, Disney, Royal Caribbean, and many more. If you are looking for a premium or luxury cruise line, you can find amazing itineraries on Regent, Silversea and Azamara. You can find cruises that last for as little as three days or as long as two weeks.

You might think that Caribbean cruising is too expensive, but think again! There are many different packages offered at various times of the year that can save you lots of money on your vacation. By conducting some comparison shopping and staying flexible, you can locate some excellent money saving deals. We would be more than happy to save you time and money by doing all of the comparison shopping for you. We can look at multiple cruise lines and multiple dates versus having to go to each individual cruise line for pricing.

When it comes to cruise ship activities, there are no shortage of fun things to do. These days, cruise ships are like resorts on the water and offer fine dining, spa services, fitness centers, shopping, live entertainment, and much more. For families, there are cruise packages that feature fun activities for kids and even camps for little ones that allow parents to relax while their children socialize and play.

The on board activities and luxurious accommodations are only a small part of the allure Caribbean cruising offers. You’ll get to explore exotic ports of call like Aruba, Montego Bay, St. Maarten, Barbados, Trinidad and many more. While off the ship, you can explore the islands on a guided tour or go on your own adventure. Frolic on the gorgeous sandy beaches or try a water sport like surfing, parasailing or scuba diving. Enjoy some shopping in the many duty-free shops, or enjoy some authentic island cuisine. Whether you’re in the mood for some adrenaline pumping excitement or some relaxing time by the sea, you can find what you’re looking for in the Caribbean.

Caribbean cruising has it all. Fun and luxury abound on board and off. No matter what your idea of the perfect vacation is, a cruise can deliver!

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Caribbean & Bahamas Cruise Information

It's easy to find reasons why more people take cruises to the Bahamas and the Caribbean than anywhere else in the world. A warm climate; an astounding array of ports of call, each with its own distinctive character and appeal; thousands of beaches, including some of the world's best; great shopping at duty free prices; and incredibly clear seas teeming with marine life make this part of the world a perfect cruise vacation destination.

There's much more to this region stretching from south Florida to South America than sun, sand and surf. No other destination presents so many choices of cruise itineraries and lengths, with anything from a two-night getaway to an extended voyage sailing from ports from New York to Central America. In fact, it is so vast and diverse that it really constitutes three separate areas, traditionally defined as Eastern Caribbean/The Bahamas, Western Caribbean and Southern Caribbean.

A typical weeklong cruise allows vacationers to sample these varied cultures, history and people at four or five different ports. Each port call opens the door to a new slice of paradise, where you might discover traces of France or Britain or the Netherlands or Spain woven into the distinctive pace and style of the regions many individual nations.

Although a year-round cruise destination, the strong appeal of the Caribbean and The Bahamas for family cruise vacations make school holiday periods among the busiest times of year. Those looking for the best values in a cruise to the Caribbean and The Bahamas should check sailing dates in January, late spring or September through early December.

Eastern Caribbean/The Bahamas
The most popular cruising grounds in the world lie from the Bahamas just off the South Florida coast and the islands defining the border between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Legendary playgrounds of royalty and celebrities; places rich in historic importance and cultural traditions; world-class shops, entertainment and recreational opportunities; and exotic natural wonderlands make Eastern Caribbean and Bahamas cruises appealing to vacationers of virtually every age and interest.

Ships ranging from yacht-like luxury vessels to the largest floating resorts sail to the Bahamas and Eastern Caribbean year-round from the popular Florida ports of Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Port Canaveral, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico, and seasonally from eastern U.S. ports as far north as New York.

Ports of Call and Things to do
The region provides an almost endless variety of ports for cruise ships to visit, including exclusive private islands in some cases, but among the most popular ports of call are:

Nassau, The Bahamas -
Nassau and Freeport are the primary ports of call in The Bahamas, but several cruise lines also visit their own private islands in this chain. Popular shore attractions in the Bahamas include:

Shopping - Nassau, in particular, is famous as a shopper's paradise offering everything from designer fashions and jewelry at duty-free prices to locally produced arts and crafts.
Beaches and Water Sports - Incredibly clear waters and soft sand make The Bahamas a great place to spend a day at the beach or take a snorkeling or diving excursion.
Golfing - Some of the best golf courses in the Caribbean region are featured in golf excursions available on cruises calling at Nassau.
Nightlife and Casinos - Cruisers can enjoy nightlife running the gamut from party boats to spectacular live shows and world-class casinos during their Bahamas port calls.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - Cruise ships dock within easy walking distance of the heart of San Juan. From there, cruise vacationers can enjoy a wide range of shore activities, including:
Natural Wonders - From tropical rain forests and rugged mountains to spectacular beaches, the island of Puerto Rico provides a rich variety of places to see and visit.
Sporting Fun - Shore excursions available to cruise travelers include golf at one of the island's many outstanding courses, mountain biking or hiking, deep-sea fishing, river kayaking and nearly every kind of water sports activity imaginable.
History and Culture - A tour of San Juan, the second oldest European settlement in the Western Hemisphere, will satisfy history lovers with visits to historic sites and museums throughout the city. Those with a taste for the arts and music will want to be sure to visit San Juan's art galleries and many entertainment venues.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands -
With one of the most scenic harbors in the Caribbean, Charlotte Amalie is a perennial favorite among cruise vacationers. Here and on the nearby islands of St. John and St. Croix, travelers can enjoy a selection of shore experiences that includes:

Shopping - Charlotte Amalie is a "must visit" port for shoppers, with one of the biggest selections of duty-free stores in the Caribbean, even including a shopping mall adjacent to the cruise ship pier.
Nature Adventures - Most of the island of St. John comprises a vast national forest, making it an ideal environment for hiking, kayaking or touring by land or water. There's plenty to see and do underwater, too, on snorkeling and Scuba diving expeditions.
Day at the Beach - St. Thomas is home to the world-renowned beach at Magen's Bay, widely touted as one of the most beautiful stretches of white sand in the world.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten -
This island has two identities and two distinct personalities. The half of the island where most cruise ships call at Philipsburg is Dutch and goes by the name St. Maarten; the other half, only by a short cab ride away, is decidedly French and carries the name St. Martin. Among the shore excursions available for cruise visitors are:

Sailing - Some of the most popular shore excursions here aren't on shore; they're on sailboats. Cruise visitors can take a leisurely sightseeing/beach trip around the island on a catamaran or, for more thrills, take a ride on a genuine America's Cup racing yacht.
Caribbean Riviera - Tours of the island include the town of Marigot on the French (St. Martin) side of the island. The cafes and shops along the beach and streets of this very French town give it the ambiance of the French Riviera.
Underwater Delights - The clear waters and shallow water reefs around the island and nearby deserted islets make snorkeling and scuba diving excursions a popular choice for cruise vacationers visiting St. Maarten.

Western Caribbean
Combining some of the Caribbean's most vibrant cultures, natural wonders on land and in the sea, the rich historical treasures of the Mayan Empire, and legendary resort areas, the Western Caribbean ranks as one of the world's great vacation spots and offers extraordinary variety as a cruise destination.

Cruise ships depart for Western Caribbean sailings year-round from all the major Florida ports, including Tampa, as well as New Orleans, Mobile, Houston and Galveston on America's Gulf Coast, and Cancun, Mexico.

Ports of Call

Key West -
The southernmost point of land in the United States, the "Conch Republic" of Key West also has a stellar history as the favorite haunt of artists, celebrities, presidents and literary giants such as Ernest Hemingway. It's easy to spend a day in Key West just soaking in the ambiance, but there are lots of other things to enjoy, including:

Famous Places – Cruise visitors can easily spend a day touring the island's famous places, including the homes of Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams, Harry Truman's "Little White House" and the legendary Sloppy Joe's Tavern.
Shopping - Shoppers can find anything from funky crafts to fine arts, along with specialties like Key Lime treats along Duval Street and its tributaries.
Fishing - Its location makes Key West a perfect starting point for a day of fishing in the Gulf Stream, where anglers have an opportunity to hook a really big catch.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica -
The most popular of the cruise ports on the Caribbean's second largest island serves as an entry point to many of Jamaica's most famous and appealing attractions. Favorite shore excursions for cruise vacationers calling here include:

Natural Wonders - Most visitors to Ocho Rios includes spectacular Dunn's River Falls, and a chance to climb up the waterfall, in their itinerary. Natural wonders abound in Jamaica, and a cruise visit offers ample opportunities to sample them.
Arts and Artists - From reggae music to fine art, the cultural heritage and life of Jamaica ranks among the richest anywhere. Many cruises offer shore excursions that focus on the arts, usually including visits to museums, galleries such as Harmony Hall and tours of Noel Coward's beautiful retreat, Firefly.
Sport and Adventure - Active vacationers can go river rafting, mountain biking, horseback riding, golfing or any from an almost endless selection of active pursuits during a day at Ocho Rios.

George Town, Grand Cayman -
Long famous among divers and once a favorite haunt of pirates, the Cayman Islands have become one of the most popular ports of call on Western Caribbean itineraries. Among the reasons are the many distinctive experiences available here, including:

Swimming with Stingrays - Few cruise visitors miss the chance to visit the famous Stingray City and swim and snorkel among these strange and fierce looking creatures, who are actually quite docile and even friendly.
Diving Adventures - Scuba divers rate the spectacular coral reefs and clear waters teeming with marine life in the Cayman Islands among the world's best spots, and most cruises that call here offer excursions for certified divers.
Turtles and Tours - For those who don't want to go in the water, Grand Cayman Island is home to the world's first sea turtle farm, the spectacular limestone and coral formations known as Hell and the popular Seven Mile Beach. There's also golf, bicycling and horseback riding.

Southern Caribbean
Vacationers seeking a unique experience apart from the crowds will find their dream vacation on a cruise in the Southern Caribbean. Defined by a string of lovely small islands from Antigua south to Trinidad and the northeastern coast of South America, this region also enjoys the Caribbean's sunniest climate.

San Juan, Puerto Rico, ranks as the most popular departure point for Southern Caribbean itineraries, but some ships sail from other islands, such as Barbados. Most cruises from San Juan include stops at Eastern Caribbean islands, such as St. Thomas, before sailing down to the Southern Caribbean.

Ports of Call
Ports of call in the lower reaches of the Caribbean Sea also include:

Castries, St. Lucia -
Recognizable for the twin peaks of the Pitons rising from its shoreline, this island offers visitors a scenic wonderland and a sportsman's paradise. Among the favorite things for cruise vacationers who call here to do are:

Scenic Tours - Island tours take visitors to mountainous areas, lush rain forests, banana plantations, volcanic craters, fine beaches and beautiful waterfalls on this remarkably diverse tropical island.
Active Adventures - A port call at St. Lucia can include a day of horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking or other active adventures in the island's spectacularly rugged terrain.
Golf - Golfers will find several outstanding courses on St. Lucia available to them through programs offered on a cruise.

Georgetown, Barbados –
Very British Barbados lies at the eastern edge of the Caribbean. The quiet civility of the people matches the softly rolling landscape of this historic island. Among the most popular Barbados excursions for cruise passengers are:

Rum Factory Tours - Barbados is widely known for its rum, and tours of the local factories that produce this popular liquor and essential ingredient for Pina Coladas are a notable attraction for many visitors.
Exploring - Whether by 4X4, bicycle, horse or kayak, visitors can explore the countryside of Barbados off the beaten path on excursions offered by most cruise ships visiting the island.
Flowers Galore - The combination of tropical climate and British tradition make Barbados a garden spot. Among the top attractions for flower lovers are The Flower Forest with its varied gardens on 50 acres of land and Orchid World, which features dozens of exotic varieties of this tropical beauty.

Willemstad, Curacao -
The primary island of the Netherlands Antilles, Curacao has an unmistakable Dutch heritage. In fact, the first impression cruise vacationers visiting the island's capital of Willemstad have is the Dutch style architecture of this picturesque city. During a port call at Curacao, cruisers can enjoy a variety of shore experiences, such as:

City Tour - The compact size and appealing ambiance of the Old City make it well-suited to a leisurely walk to see its architectural highlights, historical sites and, of course, shops and markets. For those who want to rest their feet, trolley train tours provide an easy alternative.
Sea Life - A visit to Curacao's vast underwater park provides opportunities for snorkeling and diving and up-close encounters with the sea life there. The park also features an excellent Seaquarium housing hundreds of varieties of marine species found in the waters around the island.
Ostrich Farm - Those looking for something completely different can take a tour to Curacao's Ostrich Farm to see and learn more about these unusual flightless birds. Most tours
also include the nearby Curacao Herb Gardens.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Situated only 20 miles north of Venezuela, Aruba has unwaveringly sunny skies, warm temperatures and cooling breezes, along with some of the best beaches in the Caribbean. The west coast boasts gentle waters, high-rise and low-rise resort areas, two golf courses, the cosmopolitan city of Oranjestad, and paved highways all the way down to San Nicolas. The northeast coast whipped by the wind is quite another matter. Here unique natural phenomena including rock formations, underground caves and natural bridges. The Arikok National Park is a natural preserve that covers one-fifth of Aruba with a wealth of flora and fauna, rugged desert interior, unforgiving terrain, hiking trails and historical sites such as gold mill ruins and old plantations.

Cruise ships arrive at the Port of Oranjestad. The three modern terminals have tourist information booths, phones, ATM’s and a handful of shops. The terminals can accommodate three megaships and two smaller ships; one of the three terminals is a container berth a short walk from the main terminal. From the pier, it is a 5 minute walk to the shopping districts of downtown Oranjestad and a 10 minute drive to the beaches.

You will need transportation to get to most of the beaches. Taxis will be lined up at the dock to take you wherever you want to go. Fares are fixed, and each driver will have a copy of the official rate schedule. There is daily bus service that offers round trips between the beach hotels and the port. Or if you prefer, all the major car rental companies have offices in Aruba and accept valid U.S. or Canadian driver’s licenses.

Sparkling white sandy beaches ring around the island. Cooled by constant trade winds, they include wide shaded expanses, secluded coves, and lively sunbathing and water sports meccas. All beaches are open to the public. While those on Aruba’s wild windward coast do afford tranquility and magnificent views, swimming here is not recommended due to strong undertow and crashing waves.

On the hotel side, across from the Talk of the Town Resort right in Oranjestad, are the calm waters of Surfside Beach. Going north is Eagle Beach, a popular public beach just past the low-rise resort area. Fringing the high-rise hotel strip is Palm Beach, dotted by water sports concessions, piers, restaurants, shops and world-class hotels. Hadicurari Beach (Fisherman’s Huts) is a rocky strip out past the Marriott Resort, very popular with windsurfer and kite surfers. Between the Holiday Inn and Marriott Resorts is Moomba Beach, an open-air restaurant/bar right on the beach offering lounge rentals. Malmok Beach is a narrow sandy stretch opposite sprawling homes; its shallow clear waters make it a popular snorkeling spot. A section called Boca Catalina is a small, secluded bay. Further north is Arashi Beach, perfect for snorkeling.

Because the island is part of the Netherlands, Dutch goods such as Delft porcelain, chocolate and cheese are especially good buys. Items from Indonesia, another former Dutch colony, are reasonably prices also. Skin and hair care products that are made from locally produced aloe are also popular and practical. If you are looking for big ticket items, shops have the usual variety of watches, cameras, gold and diamond jewelry, Cuban cigars, premium liquor, porcelain, perfumes, designer shoes, bags and clothing.

Some top rated, can’t miss shore excursions:

Island Bike Adventure: Explore Aruba’s wild northeast coast by mountain bike. Biking about 10 miles, you will visit the Baby Natural Bridge, which was cut by the sea and wind, the Bushiribana Gold Mine, the Alto Vista Chapel and the California Lighthouse.

Arikok National Park Hike & Beach: Travel about 30 minutes by bus to Aruba’s east end, where a park ranger will lead you on a hike through the desert like environment … full of divi-divi trees, iguanas, cacti, and if you can spot them, wild donkeys. Post hike, you can cool off with a swim or go snorkeling at Baby Beach.

Off-Road Land Rover Adventure: Take off into Aruba’s back country in an SUV, with you behind the wheel and in radio contact with your guide. You will visit attractions such as the Baby Natural Bridge, an ostrich farm, and the Bushiribana Gold Mine.

Atlantis Submarine Adventure: Cruise 148 feet below the sea in a submarine. During the gentle decent, you will pass by scuba divers, coral reefs, shipwrecks, and hundreds of curious sergeant majors, damselfish, parrotfish and angelfish.

In addition to the tours above, cruise lines typically offer about a dozen snorkeling, diving, sailing and other water oriented tours.

For some culture, head over to one of the town’s small museums which are only open on weekdays. There is the Archaeological Museum of Aruba, whose exhibits highlight the island’s Amerindian heritage. Fort Zoutman was erected in 1796 to defend against pirates. Since 1992 the complex has housed the Museo Historico Arubano, which displays island history from the colonial period until present. The small Numismatic Museum of Aruba has meticulous homemade exhibits telling the history of the world through coins.

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Monday, March 22, 2010

The Exotic Islands of the Southern Caribbean

Vibrant blue waters, white-sand beaches, swaying palms and the sounds of a steel drum band often come to mind when thinking about the Caribbean. Been there, done that also comes to many experienced travelers minds.

Many cruise travelers have had the opportunity to visit the most popular islands in the Eastern and Western Caribbean, but how many of us have sailed south to discover the more exotic, unspoiled islands? But what makes these southern islands more exotic than their northern counterparts? Part of it is due to the fact that most of the Southern Caribbean islands still enjoy a strong colonial influence. The majority of the southern islands, at one time or another have belonged to larger European countries like France, the Netherlands and the U.K. and many of these islands are still considered territories. Think of the Southern Caribbean as a little piece of European charm surrounded by a warm tropical paradise and you’ll understand why they are so special.

Just east of Puerto Rico, lies the island of Tortola. The largest of the British Virgin Islands, Tortola is home to some of the best white-sand beaches around as well as rugged mountain roads that lead to breathtaking views. In close proximity to Tortola is the neighboring island of Virgin Gorda with her unusual rock formations know as “The Baths.” These huge granite rocks give way to quiet coves and lush grottos where swimmers can soak their cares away in the hidden pools.

Heading south east, you’ll come to the island of Antigua, which is one of the largest boating islands in the Caribbean and home to 366 beautiful beaches; one for every day of the year. Just southwest of Antigua lies the island of St. Kitts. This beautiful island boasts pink sand beaches, rolling green hills and dormant volcanoes. While you are there, you must visit the 350-year-old Romney Manor Estate and Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, two of the must see sites on St. Kitts.

Farther south in the Lesser Antilles, you’ll find the French island of Martinique as well as St. Lucia, Barbados and Grenada. From the islands’ architecture to its enchanting local flavor, Martinique exudes a distinct French feeling you won’t be able to miss. The lush island of St. Lucia with its twin Piton peaks offers the best of both worlds. Get back to nature as you explore verdant rain forests, discover striking waterfalls and unique sulfur springs, then kick back and relax on the unspoiled golden beaches. The once British controlled island of Barbados is rich with English influence which is apparent in its sports (like Cricket) as well as its English architecture that dates back to the 17th century. The spice capital of the Caribbean, Grenada is the most fragrant of the islands where you will find nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cinnamon and cocoa on many of the spice estates. This island is also considered one of the most picturesque ports in the Caribbean with its lush vegetation, mountainous terrain and colorful colonial architecture.

To the west of the Lesser Antilles, you’ll find the Netherlands Antilles and the island of Bonaire and Curacao. Bonaire is famous for its diving with 100-ft visibility and a colorful array of tropical fish and vibrant coral reefs. Dutch influence can be seen throughout the island of Curacao, especially in its architecture which is a replication of the houses built in Amsterdam but painted with a distinctly Caribbean color palette. Be sure to explore Hato Caves where you’ll find two large caverns with ancient Indian pteroglyphs and a mystical underground lake.

So when you’re ready to head to a warmer climate but you want something new, head south and discover the European enriched, unspoiled islands of the Southern Caribbean. With so many choices to choose from, you won’t be disappointed.

CruiseOne is the only thing you’ll need to plan your next family cruise vacation; offering most major cruise lines, the very best direct prices along with excellent personal service, all at no additional cost to the traveler. Contact Kathy & Eric Freer, your Local Independent Cruise Specialists at (321) 735-0202 or toll free at (888)882-5793, or via the web at for more information.