Colourful Curacao

Curacao, Curacao, oh Curacao. What a gem. Seriously. Whether you know the island from the famous liquor Blue Curacao or you’ve heard of the ABC Islands mentioned by travel agents, this island is definitely worth paying a visit to. In 1634, the island was occupied by the Dutch. Today, it is an independent country but the Dutch influences do not go unnoticed. Dutch is Curacao’s official language and the currency is the Netherlands Antillean guilder, also commonly known as the florin. Even through the architecture can you see the Dutch influences. I was excited for this one because not only was there a lot to see and do but there was a lot of TIME to do all the “seeing” and “doing”, which isn’t something you have a lot of during port days. The all-aboard time wasn’t until 9:30 pm later that night so we decided that after the ship…

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O Holy Trinidad

Trinidad was one of the ports that I was looking forward to, mostly because I’ve heard lots about its exotic culture and its renowned steel pan melodies. I’ve seen the local cultural dress, heard the music, and seen the colourful Carnival celebrations. A little bit about Trinidad before we dive into the day’s activities first. Trinidad was founded by Columbus in 1498 and it remained under Spanish rule until 1797 when it then fell under British rule. In 1889, both Trinidad and Tobago became a single two-island crown colony. Trinidad was the earliest-settled island of the Caribbean and since it was first inhabited, its long history is the reasons behind its many different cultural infusions from Spain, France, Britain, India, China and Africa. Today, the island has a population of about 1.2 million. Trinidad and Tobago are two separate islands, but they’re treated and seen as one single country. Interesting…

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Beach Bum in Barbados

Barbados was really the land of sun if you were to ask me. The king of Caribbean vacation destinations. The sunniest of suns. It’s where you were to go if all you wanted was a drink and a tan. So with this in mind, we knew the beaches would be good, and after a bit of research, we realized there wasn’t too much to tour on land. So for this one, we skipped the Princess tour and decided we were just going to spend a day at the beach by ourselves. That’s all we really wanted for this port. Before docking, we talked to the shore excursion officers for a bit and they did mention that there was a pink sand beach on the island – Crane Beach. The sand was pink because of the small grains of crushed red shells mixed in with the powdery white sand, which gave…

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A Stroll in Martinique

Now, we’re coming to Martinique. Even the name just rolls off the tongue. Martinique has a population of about 385,551 inhabitants and it’s an overseas region of France, making it one of France’s 18 regions of France. Because of this, the official language is French, which is spoken by virtually the whole population. Fort-de-France, its main “arrondissement”, is the capital and has a population of about 161,021. Before the trip, I had read somewhere that Martinique carried a bit of the French city vibe (which makes sense because of its ties to the country). So evidently, in my head, I was expecting the Parisian style for buildings, I pictured French cafes and the French lifestyle. Pictures of Toulon or Provence flashed through my head and I expected to feel as if I was walking down the streets of a town in France, but in Martinique. That wasn’t really quite the…

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All Aboard the St. Kitts Express!

This trip was really one port after another and one adventure after another. Here was the fourth of the trip. A short but sweet blog post. Our St. Kitts adventure was going to be by train. Yes, we were going on a scenic railway ride around the island. First, it was by boat, but now we’re switching our engine for a new set of wheels. The railway ride was scheduled to be 2 hours. We got off our bus at the little waiting area and we watched the train rumble its way towards us. I was blown away by how huge and how clunky it was. I was probably standing about a foot away from it as it slowed down and as I looked directly up at the train cars, part of me was worried that it was going to fall apart right then and there. We boarded the rail,…

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