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Friday, December 9, 2011

It's just better . . . cruising . . . in the Bahamas, Caribbean . . .wherever!

   Out to Sea published in December 2011


   (c) By Jim and Barb Fox

   Cruise enthusiasts say “it’s better in the Bahamas” and the Caribbean for that matter.
   It doesn’t seem to matter how many times they’ve been there, done that, many people can’t resist returning to the stunningly blue clear waters and wasting away on those white sand beaches.
Passengers from the Caribbean Princess head to shore at Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos. (Jim Fox photo)
    The allures are many: Swimming with the dolphins and parasailing; endless duty-free shopping in St. Thomas and Nassau; and the “nude” beaches of French St. Martin and the less-brash Dutch half of the island, St. Maarten .
   Sip, savour and explore the Bacardi distillery in Puerto Rico; enjoy the gaming and fun of Paradise Island’s entertainment playground; and spend a leisurely day at the beach on cruise lines’ private islands.
   Just unpack once and let the ship take you to a different island often each day and all with their own distinctive character and appeal.
   With easily accessible departure ports from New York City all the way down to south Florida and sailings from two days to two weeks, the Caribbean/Bahamas is the world’s biggest, most popular cruise destination.
   And, with so many cruise ships plying the turquoise waters, there are many very enticing prices.